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Management Team

Andrea Pagani

Chief Executive Officer / Upco International Inc. / Upco Systems Inc.

Andrea Pagani, age 39, is the founder of Upco Systems Inc. and has been its CEO since 2014. From September 2011 until March 2014 Mr. Pagani was a solution enterprise architect for Verizon Business. Verizon is a global company which delivers communications and technology solutions to its customers. Mr. Pagani has also held positions with IBM, Telecom Italia and France Telecom. Mr. Pagani holds a Bachelor of Computer Science in Nanotechnology from the Politecnico of Milano.

Jag Sandhu

Corporate Development / Upco International Inc.

Jag Sandhu a specialist in corporate finance and development and has over 18 years of experience in the capital markets. Mr. Sandhu has assisted domestic and international companies in raising multi million dollars for expansion and development. He has dealt extensively with strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, financings and operations for companies in various industries. Mr. Sandhu has held various senior level executive positions in a number of listed companies. He received his Bachelor of Economics from Simon Fraser University in 1990.

Paul Grewal, B.Com., CPA, CA

Financial Consultant / Upco International Inc.

Mr. Grewal is currently a Partner with Heming, Wyborn & Grewal Chartered Accountants in Surrey, BC. He received his Bachelor of Commerce from UNBC in 1998, received his CA designation in 1998 and has completed Parts I & II of the CICA In-Depth Tax Course. Mr. Grewal joined Heming, Wyborn & Grewal in 2005 and was promoted to Partner on January 1, 2009. Mr Grewal has extensive experience in the financial management of corporations that are doing business in a variety of industries.

Franco Zanichelli

Director / Upco International Inc.

Franco Zanichelli, age 63,  is director of Upco International Inc. and currently works as a foreign finance consultant for several companies and groups in Italy and abroad. Mr. Zanichelli also held several positions as financial director and client relations working with major European and international banks. Mr. Zanichelli holds a Bachelor in Parma, Italy.

Dominic da Assuncao

Head of Blockchain Development Team / Upco International Inc.

Dominic da Assuncao is a senior business system consultant and full-stack software engineer with over 27 years of development experience. Dominic is a graduate of British Columbia Institute of Technology, Capilano University, and DigiPen Institute of Technology, with specialization in international business, operations management, computer systems management, and computer games programming.

Since 1991, Dominic has led teams in the delivery of world-class shrink-wrapped software, and has designed and delivered customized ERP systems, multi-media kiosk applications, and internet enabled auction and medical systems.  In recent years, Dominic has been  working extensively on heterogeneous blockchain technology for critical networked applications.  He is presently engaged in upgrading a major clinical system at a prominent Canadian hospital using blockchain technology.

Don Blackadar

Blockchain Payment Application Project Lead / Upco International Inc.

Mr. Don Blackadar is a graduate of the University of Alberta (MSc) and a highly experienced professional with more than 25 years of experience in information technology. As a senior business analyst and project facilitator, Mr. Blackadar’s focus and core expertise is in the areas of strategic business analysis, and custom software delivery, with a strong focus on requirements definition and documentation, project planning and coordination, and quality assurance. His work in Information Technology has encompassed diverse engagements in public sector legal support and education, healthcare, recreation and tourism, shipping, land development, benefits administration, utilities, municipal government, retail, manufacturing, and other areas. Don has worked closely with Dominic daAssuncao since 2000, collaborating on the delivery and support of a complex clinical application operating at a prominent Canadian Hospital, including several upgrades. They are presently working on a major new release of clinical enterprise software invoking Blockchain technology.

Juan Ramos Toboada

Advisor to the Board of Directors / Upco International Inc.

Mr. Ramos Taboada, based in Argentina, has extensive experience in building successful companies. From 2011 to 2015 he was the Chief Operating Officer of Business Telecommunications Systems (“BTS”). BTS had revenues of $350 million and he was responsible for world operations. In 2011 Mr. Ramos Taboada was the strategic advisor for SKYPE for Latin America based in Luxemburg and Buenos Aires. He was instrumental in helping SKYPE to develop its Latin American footprint. From 2000 to 2010 Mr. Ramos Taboada was the Vice President Latin America of iBasis. iBasis is a leading international voice carrier and provider of value-added services for mobile operators. The company rapidly grew to be one of the largest carriers of international voice traffic in the world and in 2009 became a subsidiary of Royal KPN N.V., the national Telecom carrier of the Netherlands. He holds a Mechanical Engineer degree from the National University of Tucuman, Argentina; Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from I.E.S.E, Barcelona, Spain, and Advanced Management Program (AMP) at Harvard Business School, Boston.

Mihai Dumitrescu

Sales Director / Upco Systems Inc.

Mihai Dumitrescu, age 31, is Sales Director of Upco Systems Inc. since 2015. In 2014 Mr. Dumitrescu held a position as Sales Manger with Overseas Global Communications LLC, Bucharest. One year before in 2013 he held a position as Account Manager with Vox Carrier SRL, Bucharest. Mr. Dumitrescu holds a Master in Commercial Business Management, Romanian-American University, Bucharest.

Behind the Management Team

The Management Team is strengthened by further 10 people from United States, Italy, Germany and Romania in the fields of Marketing & Sales, Backoffice & Accounting, Client Relations, IT & Maintenance and further Technical Support.