IOHK CEO Charles Hoskinson teams up with predictive analytics firm

12 February 2019 Consultancy.asia

Ethereum co-founder Charles Hoskinson has joined predictive analytics firm Endor as a senior advisor, while continuing in his current role as CEO of Input Output Hong Kong.

Blockchain maestro Charles Hoskinson – the co-founder of the Ethereum platform and latterly Cardano – has been recruited as a senior advisor to Endor, a block-chain-supported predictive analytics software provider based in Tel Aviv. Hoskinson will continue in his current role as CEO of Input Output Hong Kong, which he co-founded in 2015 with the aim of providing peer-to-peer financial service innovations for the world’s three billion underbanked.

“We’re thrilled that Charles Hoskinson will be joining Endor as a senior advisor,” said Endor CEO Yaniv Altshuler of the recruitment coup. “His experience and expertise derived from his foundational work on Cardano and Ethereum, two of the leading companies in the burgeoning blockchain sector, speaks for themselves. We have some incredibly exciting, innovative projects planned for release in the coming months and we are certain that his insights and leadership will make invaluable contributions to making them a huge success.”

Founded by MIT Lab sociophysics researchers in 2014, the block-chain-supported Endor technology uses automated artificial intelligence to analyse data and determine patterns in the area of consumer behavior, providing businesses such as leading banks and retailers with valuable predictive insights – with the company claiming a reported 80 percent accuracy rate from its clients on generated predictions.

IOHK CEO Charles Hoskinson teams up with predictive analytics firm

According to a press release, Hoskinson, who will begin working closely with Endor in the coming weeks, will be tasked with providing guidance and counsel as to the evolving cryptocurrency sector while also heading up a new, unspecified strategic project within Endor – with details to announced in the near future. The data analytics firm says that is set to grow its service-line and expand the scope of its predictive analytics engine.

Recently presenting to Deloitte in Tokyo on Cardano and blockchain technology, as well as addressing the 2019 Japan Blockchain Conference in Yokohama, Hoskinson said on twitter of  his new advisory role: “I'm very excited to be working with Endor. They are trying to tackle some of the most interesting and difficult problems and have an excellent team from some of the best universities.”

Yet, responding to speculation on Reddit, Hoskinson has since clarified that he will continue in his current positions, tweeting: “To the idiots and FUDsters (crypto jargon for someone who spreads Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt through the investment community in order to impact prices), I have not left IOHK or Cardano. Being an advisor for a project does not mean that I am abandoning or slowing down upon existing commitments. It is unbelievable the garbage being said on telegram and reddit. Cardano is my primary passion and work.”

Based out of Hong Kong, IOHK is developing Cardano as a fully open-source decentralised public blockchain and cryptocurrency platform – described as havening more advanced features than any protocol yet developed and the first to evolve out of a scientific philosophy and a research-first driven approach. Experts from PwC, among others, have predicted that 2019 will be a big year for the crypto sector, with the launch of BCG-backed New York crypto-bourse Bakkt evidence of the sector’s increased mainstreaming.

Deloitte adds Richard Hayler as Disputes and Arbitration leader

16 April 2019 Consultancy.asia

Deloitte has brought in Richard Hayler as its new Southeast Asia Disputes and Arbitration Leader. Hayler crosses from FTI Consulting – continuing the recent personnel shuffle in the regional forensics space.

Following the onboarding of veteran forensics expert Jarrod Baker as its new Forensic Investigations Leader for Southeast Asia earlier this year, global professional services leader Deloitte has added another ex-FTI Consulting executive to its regional forensics practice with the appointment of Richard Hayler as its new Southeast Asia Disputes and Arbitration leader. It’s Hayler’s second stint at the Big Four firm.

Originally starting out as an auditor in the chemicals, pharmaceuticals & energy practice of fellow Big Four firm KPMG in the UK (via a five-year Technical Director role with specialist life sciences consultancy Primarius), Hayler after three years crossed to Deloitte in 2008, serving as an Associate Director for its Forensic & Dispute Services division in London, and then from 2012 in Singapore. 

From there, Hayler joined the Singapore office of FTI Consulting’s Economic & Financial practice, promoted to senior managing director at the beginning of last year. Now, like his colleague Baker, Hayler has returned for his second stint with Deloitte, after respectively four and nearly six years with FTI. Meanwhile, FTI recently added e-discovery expert Christopher Marks as a senior managing director – continuing its global raid on Ernst & Young.

“I am delighted to be returning to Deloitte rejoining old friends and being on board with a great team,” Hayler said. This is an exciting time to be back at Deloitte as the firm has made great strides integrating to serve its clients across Asia Pacific better and I look forward to being part of that success.” As of September last year, Deloitte began integrating its Asia Pacific arms into single operational unit – with a co-attendant $321 million investment committed to human capital.Deloitte adds Richard Hayler as Disputes and Arbitration Leader in Southeast AsiaHayler across his career has developed expertise in a broad range of  competencies around forensics, disputes and litigation, including complex valuations, M&A and contractual disputes, accounting irregularities; alleged misappropriation, asset tracing and fraud investigations among others – having led or advised teams multiple jurisdictions in “some of the largest and most complex cases in the last decade.”

“Having Richard in our leadership team is a strong market differentiator,” said Tim Phillipps, Deloitte’s Financial Crime Strategy and Response Network leader for APAC. “His track record and extensive experience will be critical as we continue to expand and strengthen our presence in the Southeast Asia region.  It will enhance our capacity to serve our clients, and ensure that we continue to provide clear, timely and insightful counsel.”

In addition to Deloitte, Hayler serves on the Standards Review Board of the International Valuation Standards Council, as well as being a member of the adjunct faculty at Singapore Management University’s School of Law and the Honorary Treasurer for the Board of Directors of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Singapore. He was also last year a group representative for financial & fintech business group with the local British Chamber of Commerce.

According to the firm, Hayler’s recruitment forms part of its plans to expand its forensics services in the region – a practice which has already grown substantially in recent years to include more than 125 dedicated forensic practitioners based in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam, with growth driven by investment in disputes and arbitration, electronic discovery, investigations, forensic digital platforms and financial crime advisory and analytics among other areas.