We enable digital asset success.

Discover our mission, values, who we are, and how we serve our clients.

Crypto shouldn’t mean compromise.

Zodia Markets is backed by SC Ventures, the innovation and ventures unit of Standard Chartered Bank, and OSL Group, Asia’s leading digital asset company.

Our digital asset brokerage and exchange platform is born institution ready. We provide access to the institution-first digital asset future. Blending unparalleled insight and continuous innovation within a framework of oversight and governance.

Client-friendly, compliant, and streamlined.

At Zodia Markets, our mission is to make digital asset products compromise-free. More familiar to the way our clients work, more robust and compliant, and freed from complexity. So digital assets are simpler, safer and quicker to access.

Qualities that guide us and underpin our relationships.

Professional
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We are dependable and familiar to our clients. As peers, we are guided by the same principles and beliefs that have guided them for generations, our unparalleled insight enables us to make the unfamiliar, familiar.

Qualities that guide us and underpin our relationships.

Professional

We are dependable and familiar to our clients. As peers, we are guided by the same principles and beliefs that have guided them for generations, our unparalleled insight enables us to make the unfamiliar, familiar.

Focused

Our clients can be assured the digital asset future is a familiar, safe and an accessible place for them to navigate and reap its rewards.

We apply our knowledge and experience to bring clarity and inspire confidence.

Exceptional

We never compromise on the diligence our institutional clients would demand of themselves. In the world of digital asset trading, where agility can be the by-product of compromise, Zodia Markets is a true exception to the rule.

Liberating

We have a unique ability to unlock closed doors. We not only enable institutional investors to fearlessly embrace the digital asset future, but also navigate new, uncharted waters with the agility, curiosity and enthusiasm of the crypto native.

“We are redefining digital assets, making them institution-ready. Our success lies in empowering institutions to fearlessly unlock the full potential of the digital asset future on their own terms.”

Usman Ahmad

Chief Executive Officer

Meet the exceptional
individuals behind Zodia Markets.

Usman Ahmad

Co-Founder & CEO

Prior to Zodia Markets, Usman spent 18 years in financial services, predominantly in technology, enterprise leadership and strategic transformation roles across both Merrill Lynch and HSBC, spanning London, New York and Hong Kong.

Nick Philpott

Co-Founder & Head of Partnerships

Nick Philpott is a market structure specialist with 15 years experience and is the Co-Founder and Head of Partnerships at Zodia Markets, a cryptoasset brokerage and exchange business based in the UK.

Michael Walsh

Executive Chair Ireland

Michael has more than 30 years’ experience of Financial Markets both on the sell side where he ran global institutional sales teams at RBS, Lloyds, and BNPParibas, and on the buy side as CEO of White Marigold Capital UK, an alternative investment manager specialising in relative value volatility trading.

Mark Richardson

CEO Ireland and Chief Commercial Officer

Previously, Mark was Head of Prime Brokerage
Equity Finance at Credit Suisse EMEA where he
was responsible for migrating the Prime trading
business from London to Dublin. He began his
financial markets career in Goldman Sachs
Equity Finance before moving to UBS as a sales
trader focusing on US institutional clients.

Bharvi Hadani

Chief Operating Officer

Bharvi Hadani brings a wealth of experience to the team from a range of cross asset business areas within various financial institutions including Barclays Capital, HSBC, BNP Paribas, BGC Brokers and more recently NatWest Markets.

Buford Scott

Chief Financial Officer

Buford Scott is Chief Financial Officer of Zodia
Markets, where he leads the finance function
including treasury, funding, financial reporting,
financial planning, budgeting, financial control,
and product control across all Zodia Markets
entities.

Mark Mathews

Chief Risk Officer

Mark Matthews is a 22+ year veteran across the 1LOD within Financial Markets and currently Chief Risk Officer at Zodia Markets.

Dina White

General Counsel

Prior to her current role, Dina spent much of her career at Bank of New York Mellon and U.S. Bancorp, focusing on mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, corporate trustee work and complex financial products.

Andrew Price

Chief Compliance Officer

Previously, at Revolut Andrew built and lead the Global Authorisations Department responsible for all regulatory applications from initial licence scoping through to becoming authorised and operational entities.

Saira Hassan

Chief Information Security Officer

Saira Hassan is the Chief Information Security Officer at Zodia Markets where she provides leadership on the Cyber Security strategy, control design, and governance. The program combines Standard Chartered’s Cyber Security Risk Framework with innovation and best practices from the Standard Chartered Ventures group and OSL.

Giovanni Miano

Chief Technology Officer

Giovanni is the Chief Technology Officer at Zodia Markets, where he leads the technology strategy. He started his career as a software developer and has spent the last 20 years holding several leadership positions with top investment banks, financial institutions, and trading companies, most recently working as the CTO at Bequant where he was in charge of creating the company’s entire technical infrastructure.

Gareth Hughes

Head of Exchange

Gareth Hughes is commercially and operationally responsible for the Exchange business line at Zodia Markets. He joined from TP ICAP where he was global head of commodities electronic markets with revenue ownership across the product spectrum.

Catherine Woods

Head of Client Engagement

Catherine Woods is the Head of Client Engagement where she evaluates digital assets and custodians to ensure they meet institutional standards, and leads the team responsible for client onboarding. With more than 20 years of experience in banking across multiple disciplines, her strengths are adaptability and execution.

Paul Howard

Head of Sales

A Computer Science graduate with modules in cryptography, algorithms and finance, Paul Howard is Zodia Markets Head of Sales.

Fei Yang

Head of Operations

Fei Yang is Head of Operations. Fei’s career spans both buy-side and sell-side financial institutions, and both traditional and digital assets. As the architect and creator of Zodia Markets’ bespoke operational workflow, her mantra has always been, “Do it right, do it once”.

Ayad Butt

Head of Sales and Trading Africa & Middle East

Ayad spent 16 years in New York, Singapore and Hong Kong running FX Options Trading books as a senior trader at Citibank and Credit Suisse and as a Macro Portfolio Manager at Astignes Capital before starting his entrepreneurial journey as the founder of 5 Lanes Limited, a Crypto trading business specialising in derivatives and structured products.

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