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Johann Gevers is a South African Entrepreneur ​, Speaker ​, and Blockchain ​ Enthusiast. He is based in Zug, Switzerland ​. [1]

Education

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Being interviewed

Gevers attended the University of the Witwatersrand where he earned a degree in Mathematics ​ and Psychology ​ in 1998. [4] ​ Two years later, he earned another Bachelors degree in Philosophy, with a focus in Logic, from the University of South Africa ​ in 1990 and later a HonsBCompt in Accounting, Auditing, and Tax from the University of South Africa in 1994. [4] ​ He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst and a Chartered Accountant. [4]

Career

Business Beginnings

Early in his career, Gevers has worked as a Research Scientist ​, Auditor ​, and Auditor ​. [4] ​ In 1999, Gevers became an independent Business Consultant and provided strategic business, finance, and technology guidance to client companies across diverse industries, including award-winning technology startups. [4]

Cryptocurrency Advocacy

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Speaking at an event

Gevers helped established Zug, Switzerland as the center of Cypto Valley in 2013. [5] ​ He nurtured relationships with regulatory authorities and has lobbied organizations such as Ethereum ​, ShapeShift, Xapo, Bitcoin Suisse, Monetas, and Tezos ​ to be headquartered there. [5] ​ In July 2016 the city of Zug became the first government in the world to officially accept bitcoin payments. [5] ​ In July 2017 the city of Zug announced it would become the first government in the world to offer blockchain-based digital identities to its citizens. [5]

Gevers is the Co-Founder and Board Member of the Bitcoin Association Switzerland, an organization that promotes cryptocurrencies in Switzerland ​ through meetups, events, and education initiatives. [4] ​ In addition, he is the Founder and President of the Digital Finance Compliance Association, an organization that aims to shape the regulatory framework for the cryptofinance industry. [1]

Gevers is the Founder and CEO of Monetas, a transaction platform that brings financial and legal services to everyone with a mobile phone. [4] ​ It aims to achieve banking access for the billions of people in the world who are unbanked and underbanked. [4]

Involvement with Tezos

Gevers is the Founder and President of the Tezos Foundation. [1] ​ In October of 2017, reports surfaced of infighting Tezos between Gevers and Kathleen Breitman ​ and Arthur Breitman ​. [2] ​ Although in the past Kathleen described Gevers as a "total mensch ", their relationship has soured and the Breitman's are seeked to oust Gevers as the President of the Tezos Foundation. [2] ​​ They accuse Gevers of self-dealing. [16] ​ In February 2018 after immense pressure, Gevers stepped down from his board seat. [16]

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