Shirly Valge is the founding team member and COO at Velas, a Swiss-based Blockchain technology company that has recently secured a $135 mln financial commitment from GEM. To date, Shirly has been pushing Velas to grow partnership relations with many well-known crypto companies, including Fireblocks, Spacechain, and Ledger, as well as traditional companies like Ferrari, Richemont Group, and Siemens. Additionally, she has initiated different marketing/ PR campaigns and hackathons and has become the industry thought leader invited to speak across global conferences. In early 2022 she developed a methodology to evaluate the carbon footprint of a decentralized distributed Blockchain network for Velas to become a 100% carbon-neutral protocol.
Born and raised in Estonia, the #1 Country to use blockchain on a national level since 2007, Shirly is also part of the Forbes 30 under 30 DACH, class of 2021.
Before leading Velas, she served as a Chief Sales Officer responsible for marketing and fundraising in the largest Swiss Crypto Mining Investment firm. Shirly has been closely studying the developments of the crypto space across Switzerland and Europe since the end of 2016; also volunteered as an Expert in Crypto and Fintech for Kickstart Accelerator since 2018 by helping startup projects with in-depth knowledge in crypto and fintech.