Olav Småriset

Chief Executive Officer

Olav is a successful entrepreneur with an academic background in electronics and programming. He is driven to create businesses and platforms that easily allow people to utilise cryptocurrency and blockchain technology

Manuel Lains

Chairman & Head of Product

Manuel is the chairman and co-founder of two of the largest and most prominent blockchain companies in Norway, BitGate and BitSpace. He holds a M.Sc in Electronics from the University of Oslo, and is an experienced developer.

Christian Lains

Chief Strategy Officer

Christian is the Co-Founder of both BitSpace and BitGate, and has been a key figure in the blockchain community since 2011. He graduated from the University of Oslo with a masters degree in Philosophy.

Ivar Duserud

Investor Relations

Ivar has studied economics at Eastern Connecticut State University, and has been involved with blockchain and cryptocurrencies since 2014. He is a talented executive managing day-to-day activities and planning at BitGate and BitSpace.


Frederic Lhote

Lead Developer

Frederic has been a computer and gaming enthusiast since he was 6 years old, and is a former data engineering student. He is interested in 3D modeling/printing, alternative nuclear power and computer security and favors software that is open source. His life approach is rational and uncompromising, which is reflected in his work.

Terje Melkevik

Testing & compliance

Terje Have used crypto for 10 years, and is interested in the development of the cryptocurrency industry. He is formerly a pilot, and today he does mobile application testing, as well as compliance and customer service.


Christian Gjesdal

Support & compliance

Markus Arnesen



Camilla Wollan


Camilla Wollan is a DLA Piper Partner in the Finance and Projects Department. She specializes in financial law and has worked for numerous banks. Camilla is interested in the fintech and blockchain space as a challenge for financial regulations.

Raymond Øverlie


Raymond has 20+ years of experience from the financial markets and as an investor he has been founding partner of several startups. Through his work he has earned an unique experience in different fields as Partner, Chairman, board member, FX, stocks and derivatives trader, CEO and CFO. He has a background from the Norwegian School of Economics and the Harvard Business School.

Robert Viglione


Rob is the Co-founder of ZenCash and a former physicist and mathematician with experience working on Bitshares, BlockPay, Zclassic, Seasteading, and BitGate. He’s currently a PhD Candidate in Finance researching cryptofinance and teaching “Bitcoin & Blockchain Applications in Finance.”

Lars Hektoen

Cultura Bank

Lars Hektoen, holds a master’s degree in economics and business administration from The University of St Gallen (CH). He went on to become a general manager at Chase Manhattan Bank and President at ABB Financial Services AS. He was a co-founder and later CEO of Cultura Bank, recently crowned the most Ethical Bank in Norway!

Lasse Meholm

Finansit AS

Lasse has worked in the finance and securities market since 1986. FinanceCube was sold in 2012, and since 2013, Lasse has been working in banks, within IT strategy, digital banking, Blockchain and Fintech companies as the area of work. Lasse is now CEO and founder of Finansit, a consulting company focusing on Blockchain/DLT strategy, Fintech/startups and a frequently used keynote speaker.