David Holtzman, a seasoned technology expert, will be joining a great team of experienced board members who will help us increase trust across the entire internet.

David Holtzman joins UTU board

We’re happy to announce that David Holtzman has joined UTU’s Board of Directors.

David is a world-renowned cybersecurity and privacy expert who has helped advance the technology space from its infancy. As an early-stage Internet pioneer, he designed the global DNS registration system used by ICANN. He has also been an executive at blue-chip technology companies, including Chief Scientist at IBM and CTO at Network Solutions. 

David has led the technical and cybersecurity teams for two presidential campaigns, taught entrepreneurship and marketing strategy at universities and is currently the Co-Founder and CEO of Globalpov, an organization that consults on strategic leadership issues including technology acquisition. He also serves as an advisor for blockchain data platform Ocean Protocol. 

David has authored two books in the privacy and identity space: Privacy Lost and How to Survive Identity Theft

The wealth of experience David will inject into UTU is immense. From guiding us in our quest to maintain the highest standards of data privacy and security to scaling of the UTU protocol, we look forward to benefiting from David’s expertise as we increase trust for the entire internet. 

We’re truly privileged to have David join UTU’s Board of Directors, whom we’d like to take this occasion to introduce. 

Fola Esan

Fola Esan

Fola is currently the Chief Operating Officer of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). He is also the founder and managing partner at Red Iroko Group, an African-focused investment advisory firm. Fola’s strategic and operational excellence bring enormous value as UTU grows its footprint and business.

Fola has over 25 years’ experience in M&A, business development, finance and operations across various sectors, with an MBA from the London Business School (LBS). He has held senior executive roles in multinationals including Schlumberger, Lafarge and Schneider Electric. Fola brings strong leadership and partnership networks to the table and has deep experience in over 12 countries in Africa and beyond. 

Vivina Berla

Vivina BerlaAfter a first career spent in the steel industry and over 25 years in the institutional investment world, Vivina founded Vimine Holding, where she combines her global financial experience with a desire for positive change. 

Since 2011, Vivina has led efforts towards outcome-based investing and applying ESG metrics to private equity funds and company investments alike. At Vimine, she focuses on the Sustainable Development Goals as a helpful framework for growth.  She collaborates with entrepreneurs and investors to design and implement sustainable investment solutions with net positive impact on the communities in which they operate. At UTU, we share this vision of promoting positive change by fostering trust and inclusion in the communities we serve.

For over 10 years, Vivina served as Europe’s Managing Director for Alternative Investments at Merrill Lynch. In 2004, Vivina joined Gartmore Investment Management as Head of Institutional Business, Europe and Middle East and later became Co-managing Partner of Sarona Asset Management, a Dutch/Canadian private equity firm linking investors‘ capital to entrepreneurs’ needs in Frontier and Emerging Markets. 

Vivina graduated from the London School of Economics and obtained an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth in the US. She has been a mentor for the “Business Start-Up” programme for the Prince’s Trust and is an Emeritus Governor of the London School of Economics.

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Luka is the co-founder and partner of Meta Change Capital, a venture capital fund that focuses on growth-stage blockchain companies in emerging markets. 

Luka has nearly 20 years working in startups, including creating, operating or advising many acceleration or incubation programmes such as Aeternity Ventures, Deutsche Telekom’s hub: raum Krakow, and independently-operated HUB385. Prior to Meta Change, Luka served as Director of Investments at æternity Ventures, where he led investments to grow the æternity ecosystem. Luka has directly invested in or supported the investment in 40 startups, and personally invested in many startups as an angel investor or a co-founder. He also advises multiple startups globally in matters of fundraising, operations, and business development.

Luka has also spent ten years as an operator, focused on product and fundraising. He has held senior operations roles in major corporations, most notably Croatian Telekom and Deutsche Telekom. Luka has been in love with cryptocurrencies and blockchain since 2012 and has been active in the space since then.

Luka has been instrumental to UTU’s growth by helping forge partnerships with other protocols and providing key advisory services.


We welcome David to our Board of Directors, and look forward to working closely with all of our amazing board members as we continue on our mission to transform digital trust



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