Meet The Blinc Group

A Connected Group of Top Vaping and Cannabis Industry Experts

Our Team

Meet the Driving Force Behind Blinc


Our People are the very foundation of our success as a business and an unparalleled influencing force in every aspect of cannabis and vapor industries worldwide. We’re a tight-knit team. Our management and advisory board contribute deep industry expertise and relationships that play an integral in each of our companies.

Sasha Aksenov
Sasha Aksenov Co-Founder & Co-CEO

Sasha Aksenov is a serial entrepreneur, an award winning brand strategy expert and a marketing industry veteran with a successful 20 year track record.

Arnaud Dumas de Rauly
Arnaud Dumas de Rauly Co-Founder & Co-CEO

Former President of FIVAPE in EU, a board member of VTA, and one of the world’s most renowned experts in Vapor Technology, regulations, manufacturing and distribution.

Givi Topchishvili
Givi Topchishvili Co-Founder & Managing Partner

A New York-based entrepreneur and investor who over the past two decades has developed a systemic approach to business growth and expansion in a complex and ever-shifting global economy.

Dr. Iggy Vatelman
Dr. Iggy Vatelman Managing Partner, Distribution

A doctor of oriental medicine, Iggy is a seasoned entrepreneur and founder of successful lifestyle and healthcare brands with a nationwide reach. His commitment to a culture of structure and balance in business and life ensure an unparalleled edge in his enterprise endeavors.

Gary Krimershmoys
Gary Krimershmoys CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER

Former VP / Financial advisor for Penn Investment Advisors, his career includes Wealth Management, angel investing, trading equity derivatives on the American Stock Exchange and heading the European Structured Credit Derivatives team for Tullett Prebon, the 2nd biggest inter-dealer broker in London.

Max Soni
Max Soni Chief Digital Officer

A digital strategy guru and serial growth hacker behind brands like BBC America and Phone.com, Max is one of the nation’s top digital strategists with a 3 year track record in vapor tech marketing.

Michael Shwartsman
Michael Shwartsman CHIEF FINANCIAL ADVISOR

Michael Shwartsman, CBA, MBA, MSc. Is a managing advisor at American Business Valuation Group and a top tier expert in Valuation of businesses, technologies and investments with over 20 years of experience in working with Fortune 500 companies like IBM, Bacardi and SAP.

David Rheins
David Rheins COMMUNICATIONS & NETWORKING advisor

David Rheins is the Founder of the Marijuana Business Association which focuses business intelligence, networking, and commercial opportunities for its members. A business leader with 30+ years experience building and operating organizations as a senior executive for Rolling Stone, SPIN, iVillage, Corbis, Time Warner and America Online.

Alex Tops
Alex Tops Marketing Advisor

As a marketing strategist and entrepreneur, Alex developed investment platforms, award-winning digital products and startups in diverse sectors including cannabis & healthcare.

Jackie Zhuang
Jackie Zhuang Distribution Advisor

Jackie is currently a partner at Broad Far Limited, an international novel vapor technologies product distribution company from China and also Co-owner of Liberty Distribution LLC, which is a California based vapor device distribution company.

Darin Zoffoli
Darin Zoffoli RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT advisor

Darin is a creative visionary, an engineer, a vapor technologies expert and a cannabis connoisseur. He’s a founder and leader of Nicesteams – a USA based R&D and manufacturing facility that has produced some of the most innovative vapor hardware on the market.

Marie Harang-Eltz, PhD
Marie Harang-Eltz, PhD Scientific Advisor

With a doctorate of Pharmaceutical Sciences from King’s College, Marie studies pressurized metered dose inhalers for the treatment of lung diseases. She managed projects for the Vype brand and now for Enovap which she joined as scientific developer in 2016.

Peter Beckett
Peter Beckett EU Compliance Advisor

Leading EU public policy and regulatory affairs consultant specializing in disruptive innovation. A thought leader in standard setting via CEN/ISO, FDA rule making and regulatory affairs with deep expertise in vapor tech and harm reduction.

Dr. Monica Vialpando
Dr. Monica Vialpando Scientific Advisor

Monica is a pharmaceutical scientist who specializes in vapor products and cannabinoids. She helps clients prepare their formulations for regulatory scrutiny, devises analytical strategies, and advises on scientific and quality control issues.

Alexandra Gnedeva
Alexandra Gnedeva Brand Manager

A seasoned marketing professional with a passion for building productive relationships with clients, partners, and team members, Alexandra is a strategist focused on identifying trends and tailoring products to meet market requirements.

Jean-Pierre Ceccaldi
Jean-Pierre Ceccaldi Channel Development – EU

Jean-Pierre is based in EU, leading the conversation with our connected group of top vapor and cannabis industry experts to guide the launch and expansion of Blinc incubator companies in the countries of the European Union.

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