About us

We’re a tech company making a home in the gold and commodities world.

Our team

The faces behind Aurus

Guido van Stijn Managing Director

Guido is a serial entrepreneur with a track record of successful businesses in the gold and commodities field. He will be at the forefront of the Aurus strategy and its implementation.

Dan Cearnau Chief Technology Officer

Dan’s background is in tech and startups. His journey went from tech enthusiast to full stack developer, blockchain expert and now CTO in multiple companies around the world.

Mark Gesterkamp Director of Business Development

Mark has broad experience in capital markets. Having a profound interest in precious metals and new technologies he embraces new finance propositions in the blockchain space.

Jelle Rijnink Marketing Director

Bachelor of commerce graduate specializing in marketing and management. Jelle has been actively involved in the blockchain space since early 2017, before joining Aurus.

Francisco Leyton LATAM Lead

Francisco has an MBA and was Head of Business Development at a multinational retail firm in LATAM. As a blockchain enthusiast, he joins Aurus to accelerate its global expansion.

Ralph Gesterkamp Middle-East Lead

Residing in Dubai for over 10 years, Ralph has a clear understanding in bringing business propositions to Dubai, while gaining experience holding manager roles for global companies in the ME region.

Richard Straub DACH Lead

Richard’s background in technology recruitment businesses in Germany has resulted in a deep understanding of innovative technologies and next-generation business models. He joins to help grow Aurus in the DACH region.

Mortada Khoraidah Saudi Arabia Ambassador

An experienced business professional and investment advisor in gold and real estate, Mortada has specialized in value added businesses within the Arabian region.

Jan-Jaap Sinke Full Stack Developer

Graduated in Design for Virtual Theater and Games. Working as front and backend developer in the information services industry on dashboarding and CMS. Skilled in PHP, CSS (LESS), HTML, Javascript, Laravel, Python, Vue.js, WordPress.

Non-Executive Advisory Board

Rex Johnson Non-Executive Advisor

Rex has extensive experience working in the Finance industry holding a number of senior trading and broking positions. He has been involved in multiple cryptocurrency start-ups and was previously a board member of an FCA regulated physical Gold trading company. 

Tony Dobra Non-Executive Advisor

Tony is a 40 year veteran of the precious metals industry. Working as a physical and derivatives trader in London, Frankfurt, Hong Kong and Luxembourg. He was then the Director of UK’s largest gold refinery Baird & Co. for then years

Jason Toussaint Non-Executive Advisor

Jason has deep experience in asset management, precious metals, and fintech industries.  He was previously CEO of SPDR Gold Shares (GLD), the world’s largest gold ETF, where he led the growth in assets to over $78 billion. He was also Managing Director and Global Head of Investment at the World Gold Council.

& Advisors

The supporters of our vision
SIMON OWEN In-house Counsel

Simon offers over 25 years of legal, commercial and corporate experience in emerging and developing businesses, specifically those based on innovation.

Deryck Graham Strategy consultant

Deryck sits on the board of many startups around the world. He’s passionate about the gold industry and is focused on tokenising underground gold.