Tad Neeley

CEO & Founder

Tad is focused on using capital markets and new business models to develop, finance, and operate infrastructure projects around the globe. Tad is responsible for turning complex financial structures into standardized digital smart contracts on the blockchain.

Tad’s experience structuring complex financings in the energy sector, perfecting secured liens on cashflows, and establishing blocked accounts to enforce the waterfall of payments is the inspiration for Banyan’s smart contract and virtual lockbox platform. Tad is a former Operating Partner at Golden Gate Capital where he focused on investments in telecom infrastructure.

Tad has an MBA from Wharton at the University of Pennsylvania. Tad also spent 4 years in the Peace Corps building water systems in the Philippines and Paraguay.

Abdel Banda

President & Founder

Abdel is leading the effort to establish Banyan as the leading infrastructure financing platform among institutional investors focused on deploying capital in Africa. Born in Ghana, Abdel is passionate about enabling global capital to efficiently flow into core infrastructure projects in Africa.

Abdel began his career in Investment Banking and Sandler O’Neil + Partners and most recently was managing director of Africa for Edison Chouest, the largest private US ship builder and supply chain logistics provider for offshore oil and gas. Abdel has a degree in finance from Notre Dame University while playing football for the Fighting Irish.

Ryan Wartena, PhD

Head of Innovation & Founder

Ryan is on a mission to get the world to run on 100% renewable energy through a distributed, transactive, services-based network of microgrid systems. As Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer of Banyan, Ryan is developing a blockchain based financing platform for distributed energy system that connects operational data into financial contracts.

The Banyan platform will accelerate the development and financing, renewable energy systems. Ryan has PhD from Georgia Tech and did Post-Doc research at MIT in battery technologies.

Art Yerkes

Head of Engineering & Founder

Art is the lead software engineer responsible for building the core Banyan smart contract and blockchain platform. Art has been a core engineer at various technology startups, including Perpetual Entertainment, On Demand Technologies, and over six years at BitTorrent and started at Intel.

Art works in a variety of programming languages, with a current focus on functional languages such as Elm, haskell and F#, along with a long history with C++.

Amanda Li

Head Of Product

Amanda had firsthand inefficiencies in distributed infrastructure deployment as a prior infrastructure investor. She is excited to improve transparency and automation tools for financiers, developers and the ecosystem. Prior to Banyan, Amanda has been at Generate Capital, McKinsey & Co. and served product and engineering roles in technology and renewables startups across Canada, China, and the US.

Amanda holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a Bachelor’s of Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia.

Deborah Peacock, P.E., J.D.

Deborah Peacock is President/CEO and Managing Partner at Peacock Law P.C. and an Independent Director for several natural resources and technology companies. In her CEO role at Peacock Law, Deborah manages a highly successful business and provides legal, IP and business/technology advice to an international clientele. Her particular expertise includes complex transactions, M&A, and commercialization of leading-edge technologies.

Deborah is a licensed attorney in three states (New York, Colorado, New Mexico). She is also a Registered Patent Attorney (U.S.) and a Registered Professional Engineer (New Mexico, Colorado). Deborah is a graduate of Colorado School of Mines (B.S. Metallurgical Engineering) and Harvard Law School (J.D.).

Tom Killian

Tom Killian is Principal at Sandler O’Neill + Partners. He holds 38 years of experience in Commercial & Investment Banking with 24 years at Sandler. There, he functions as a primary resource in structuring & implementing complex capital markets transactions for financial institutions and has written extensively on the impact of Basel III rules and the Dodd Frank Act requirements on capital structure and strategic planning for U.S Banks. He is also a founding Board member of SBIG – 501(c)3.

Tom holds a B.S from University of North Carolina (J.M Morehead merit scholar) and an MBA (Finance) from Northwestern University.

Guido Mayerhans

Guido Mayerhans is Founder and Managing Director of Ngen Capital, Zurich Switzerland. Prior to that he was Co-Founder and Managing Director of eBaoTech, an Insurance Software company acquired by Alibaba. Guido also has worked at  McKinsey & Company – Financial Institutions Group, Zurich and Goldman Sachs – Financial Institutions group – London/Frankfurt.

Guido has a M.S, Electrical Engineering from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology,a M.S from University of Notre Dame, and an MBA from INSEAD Business School.