team

Lovis Leonardo Lüpertz

Co-Founder
Chief Art Officer

Born into the art world as the son of one of the greats,  Leo grew up and sharpened his entrepreneurial skills amidst a large family deeply involved in the international art business.  The Lüpertz family are curating, collecting and creating art at the highest level. Leos network is a key to the success of YAIR.  Leo’s cultivated design aesthetics shape the look and feel of the YAIR project.

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Florian Braeunig

Co-Founder
Chief Executive Officer

A fearless visionary and a persuasive  personality, Flo has dared to dream big.  He has brought together investment funds and team players to chase dreams such as an experimental island colony in Vanuatu and a charitable arts organisation in Berlin.  He has always been ahead of his time until he came across blockchain and realised a way to bring his passions together with a single focus on the YAIR project.

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Rufus Lane

Co-Founder
Co-CTO, Communications,
Concept Development,
Web Development

From engineering to philosophy to multimedia technology, Rufus’s education has branched laterally as has his professional growth from designer and web developer for big corporates like PWC and Deloitte to his own development business servicing the Australian arts scene.  

In more recent years, following a move to Berlin with his family, Rufus dove into VR development and has been bitten by the crypto-economics bug, for which there is no cure.  He has rolled all that fascination and energy into the YAIR project.

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Hagen Hübel

Co-Founder
CTO

Web and App Development,
Blockchain Development

Growing up in East Germany under communism, Hagen took natively to computers as a form of liberation and grew into an experienced developer, working on Skype development and other high profile projects.

Since blockchain became programmable Hagen has been coding it.  He is an experienced Ethereum developer having coded the systems for some ICO funded projects.  Now he is turning his skills to Aeternity programming for YAIR, drawing on his early grounding with C++.

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Kay Pieper

Financial Advisor

As an  MBA and the CEO of Jan Pieper Asset Management  Kay manages a string of real estate investments from Berlin to Ibiza to Capetown and is plugged into a wide business network. One of the earliest believers in the YAIR project, Kay has paid the bills and put a roof over the teams heads through the lean formative phase.  

Anna Jill Lüpertz

Art and Curation

Anna is a key figure of the Lüpertz family and has spent her whole professional life working hands-on with the biggest galleries and artists in the world such as Michael Werner  of Berlin and New York.  Anna has more recently become a gallerist herself and advises international art collectors on building strong art portfolios.  Anna's expertise and relationships are bringing artists at the top of their game to the YAIR platform.

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Laura Braeunig

Head of content / PR

Laura is an active video journalist and social media manager for companies like VICE, dealing with sponsors on their behalf such as Adidas.  More recently she works as a PR Manager for clients such as the Embassy of UAE.  Laura brings her skills at crafting strong narratives to the YAIR Team and is the anchor point for public relations at YAIR.

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Deborshi Seal

CBDO

Deborshi has a Masters in International Business and has spent years in hands on business development in early and growth stage tech startups in London, Dubai and Berlin. In his last role, he joined as the first business employee of an enterprise AI company and helped scale it to 50 people in less than 2 years. He is passionate about both tech and art, and has spent long periods of time in novel settings (monasteries, kibbutz, alternative living communities, retreat centres, etc.) to continuously deepen his understanding of the world and of himself. 

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Stefan Schulz

Advisor

Stefan brings deep experience with the entertainment industry and copyright law to the table. As a former CDO of Universal Music and the CEO of Watchever, under  Vivendi, Stefan's industry knowledge is unmatched.  He is also an advisor for numerous crypto projects including Concert VR, YEAY and Bitfury.

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Hong Yu

Advisor

Hong is an accomplished contemporary art scholar specialising in  China's traditional visual legacy: Hong typically advises corporate and individual art collectors from China and internationally.

Hongs role in the YAIR Team is to craft a strategy for moving into the art world of China and South East Asia.

 

Eric Romba

lindenpartners - legal team

Eric is a lawyer and partner at lindenpartners
Lindenpartners are legal specialists in crpto-assets and blockchain.

Erics approach to advising his clients is to understand where they wish to go, and develop an attitude together.  The whole paired with pragmatic solutions and entrepreneurial understanding is the key.

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Robert Oppenheim

lindenpartners - legal team

Robert is a lawyer at lindenpartners since 2013.

As a specialist lawyer, Robert supports banks and financial institutions in all issues of banking supervision and capital markets law. His focus in FinTech Consulting is on Robo-Advice, Crowdinvesting and Payments. In addition, he advise companies Including YAIR in the areas of ICOs, crypto-assets and Blockchain/DLT.

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Heiko Hubertz

Advisor

Heiko is the founder of Bigpoint, one of the global top 10 developers and publishers of browser and online games.  Since 2002 the computer scientist has been considered a pioneer in the games industry,  working with partners and investors like NBC Universal. He is among the TOP 10 Internet Managers in Germany and has won numerous awards, including the Red Herring Top 100 Europe. Today he supports promising startups and internet projects, including MeetOne, Kreditech, Stuffle, and YAIR as a business angel.

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Adina Popescu

Advisor

Both a philosopher and an entrepreneur, Adina creates platforms that integrate nascent technology in order to generate impact and to empower bottom-up movements. She is the currently launching AERTH, an immersive climate and environmental data platform driven by blockchain technology.

Having worked in the mixed reality space since 2012, Adina has a rich knowledge of immersive and interactive technologies. Today, Adina is the founder of SNOWBLACK, a studio for VR & AR technology dedicated to building the future of how we experience content.

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Emin Mahrt

Advisor

As the COO of Aeternity Blockchain, Emin brings years of crypto development experience onboard.  Together with his longtime business partner Richard Kirschstein these two native Berliners have found numerous projects including: Abend AG, Missing Link and Proud  Magazin.

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Richard Kirchstein

Advisor

Richard is a serial founder and business developer. In partnership with Emin Mahrt, they have founded numerous business successes including a token based e-learning platform: Dacade.   The pair were early miners of Bitcoin and other Ethereum which kickstarted their path to many later projects. For Richard this includes investing in his local Berlin neighborhood via a restaurant in Neukolln, and a hotel in Kreuzberg.

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Prof. Markus Lüpertz

YAIR Advisor

"Art is only there for those who are interested in it. Those who aren't are out of luck."
Markus Lüpertz is a German Neo-Expressionist whose idiosyncratic paintings and sculptures seamlessly blend figuration and abstraction. Markus is president of the Dusseldorf Art Academy, and a professor in the city of Karlsruhe.  He has had an extensive and sometimes controversial influence in the art world. Lüpertz’s works are held in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. and the Von der Heydt-Museum in Wuppertal, Germany, among others.