Patrick HidalgoChief Economist
Marla DukharanGeneral Counsel
Sade N. Jemmott
Rawdon J.H. Adams is Chief Executive Officer at Bitt and a Senator in the Barbados government.
Adams was educated at Harrison College in Barbados. He holds degrees in Economics and Political Sociology from the University of South Carolina and the London School of Economics. Adams worked for two years in H.M. Treasury (Britain’s Finance Ministry) as an Expenditure Analyst monitoring the spending of the UK’s Overseas Development Administration.
He subsequently worked for Rank Xerox in the UK and General Electric Medical Systems in France in finance roles ranging from revenue analysis, research and development cost control and inventory management. In this last role he coordinated analysis and reporting across GE Medical System’s $150m European inventory operations. In 2000, he cofounded Sparrow Holdings, LLC an investment company focused on finding undervalued companies quoted on the US and UK stock markets. The collapse in stock market prices in 2007 led to the company developing in-house statistical tools designed to hedge its portfolio against such losses. Realising there was no comparable commercial software for the tools being created Adams founded a start-up to fill the gap in 2008. In 2011 its first software suite was launched and in 2015, operating under the name HedgeTec SAS, it won a milestone contract with a small New York based hedge fund to both implement its software and train users. According to Bloomberg data the fund performed in the top 15% versus its peers over the duration of the three month contract. In the prior year it had been in the bottom 20%. Adams returned to Barbados from France in 2017 to head the financial technology company Bitt as chief executive officer.
Adams is the son of Barbados' second Prime Minister, Tom Adams; and the grandson of Sir Grantley Adams, National Hero of Barbados and only Prime Minister of the West Indies Federation.
Popelka previously served as senior vice president of supplier, customer and people care at Overstock. He was responsible for the strategic direction and operational effectiveness of Overstock's award-winning customer care department. Under his direction, the department repeatedly ranked in the top four of the former NRF Foundation/American Express Customer Choice Awards, and earned the Gartner Gold Award and the 2011 Stevie Award for the Retail Customer Service Department of the Year. Popelka was also responsible for all relations with the company's drop-ship fulfillment partners.
Popelka held several positions after joining Overstock in 2002, including business to business manager, director of the books, media, movies and games department, and vice president ofcustomer care. In these roles, Popelka contributed greatly to the success of Overstock, helping to set the tone of the company's culture while at the same time spearheading development of a media channel, travel site, and auto sales site.
Popelka holds aBachelor's Degree in Journalism, Broadcasting, Film and History from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Simon Chantry is Chief Business Development Officer at Bitt.
Simon graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and Management, with Honors, from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). With extensive project management and nuclear systems commissioning experience from his involvement with Bruce Power’s Restart 1 & 2 projects, part of the world’s largest operating nuclear facility, Simon brings a systems approach to structuring Bitt’s departments and operations.
Holding multiple roles over his time at Bitt, including Director and COO, bringing the company’s blockchain based mobile software suite to market in 4Q 2017. He currently manages Bitt’s major accounts through the Caribbean including central and commercial banks, and other large institutions, and is also active as an adviosor to a number of financial technology and digital currency companies as well as a frequent panelist at OECD blockchain policy forums.
Patrick has spent most of his career on the buyside of fixed income capital markets. However, prior to Bitt, Patrick wrote code for a year and then helped managed development workflow at Granicus, a govtech software firm.
He helped grow Proprietary Capital, a mortgage derivative hedge fund, from $100MM to $600MM assets under management (AUM) doing everything from analyzing collateral and stress testing the portfolio to building strategic partnerships for repo lending, hedging and regulatory compliance.
While at Countrywide, the world’s largest mortgage lender at the time, he securitized ~$15B residential non-conforming loans, managed three product lines and helped transform business models and consumer behavioral research into usable internal software and analytics.
He has been an active blockchain investor since 2015. His volunteer work has included mentoring aspiring Cleantech Open and Rockies Venture Club startups seeking to gain funding from angel investors and performing due diligence on startups that have traction from angel groups. Patrick has an undergraduate degree in Finance from the University of Colorado at Boulder, an MBA in International Business from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and a 13 week Ruby on Rails certificate from the Davinci Institute.
Marla Dukharan brings 20 years’ experience as an economist in the Caribbean financial services sector to Bitt and is regarded internationally as a chief point of reference on regional economic issues. Her resolve to play an active role in supporting solutions to the Caribbean’s economic and social challenges led her to join Bitt in 2017. At Bitt, Marla contributes to the adoption of technologies in the Caribbean that boost financial and economic inclusion and lower the cost of financial services, enabling the region to transcend the constraints of traditional business and banking channels. A clear and deep commitment to making a difference in the Caribbean is the driving force behind her career and work. She has taken a leading role in driving discussion, action and public policy choices that foster gender equality, reduce income inequality and promote new models of fiscal and economic resilience to lead the region toward a more prosperous and sustainable future.
Marla is passionate about resolving the dichotomy of slow economic growth in a region with limitless potential and works openly to bring important issues to the forefront of public awareness, enabling the transition from attention to action on topics that directly hinder growth, such as the region’s high level of debt, financial exclusion, crime and vulnerability to climate change and natural disasters.
As an active supporter of regional initiatives Marla contributes to the IDB’s #Unfollow campaign and is a member of their Next Generation Board and Member of the Caribbean 2030 Leaders Network. Marla frequently uses her platform to facilitate enhanced engagement between the public and private sector and bring greater attention to the research and work done by others to put the region on a more sustainable socio-economic path.
Sade N. Jemmott
Sade N. Jemmott is General Counsel and Company Secretary at Bitt.
Jemmott is a Barbados-qualified Attorney-at-Law and Certified Trust & Estate Practitioner. Prior to assuming her current roles as General Counsel and Company Secretary with Bitt, she specialized in International Business at the pan-Caribbean law firm Lex Caribbean, where she advised international corporations and financial institutions in relation to multi-jurisdictional corporate, commercial and financing transactions. Sade has served as CARICOM Youth Ambassador (CYA) to Barbados, Vice Dean of Regional Initiatives in the CYA Corps, Global Shaper in the Bridgetown Hub and an active member of the Barbados International Business Association.
She is also a Director of the Barbados Entrepreneurship Foundation and their representative on the National Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (MSME) Steering Committee and MSME Institutional Framework Sub-Committee. Having already earned a Master of Laws in International Commercial Law at University College London (UCL) as a Chevening Scholar, Sade recently completed a Master of Science in Integration Studies at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, with special emphasis on international trade in goods and services, regional integration and development.
Drawing on both her professional and academic exposure, Sade is responsible for managing the execution and coordination of the legal and regulatory affairs of the Bitt group of companies.