Our Team

“Our goal is to provide everyone with an equal opportunity to access global commodities through innovative blockchain technology.”

Andrew Sassi

Director - CEO

Andrew has extensive experience in financial and capital markets, including major system implementation in investment banking and government treasury roles. With over 20 years experience initially in funds management followed by a  successful career in stockbroking, Andrew has consulted and advised on numerous capital raisings across various industry sectors.This was complemented earlier by a background in technology system implementations with Global Private Investment Banks and Treasury Departments within public sector and government treasury bodies.

With the emergence of the digital asset universe, which Andrew has followed closely, he is committed to supporting and demonstrating the innovative technology of the Metex Metals Exchange.

Andrew is a graduate of the University of South Australia and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Brett Wilkins-Byrd

Director, Compliance and IT Operations

Brett has over 20 years’ experience integrating software and online services for supporting integrated business management and digital commerce. Brett has extensive experience in compliance systems and various compliance audit roles. He has extensive experience across various online platforms and software solutions to improve business services including developing interactive training and education materials. This has evolved into a broad skill set integrating systems to gain best advantage from software and the internet when delivering business services.


Domenic Virgara BA Acc CPA

Director & CFO

Mr Virgara is a qualified CPA by profession and has been a high performing recruitment Director and CFO, with the Clements Group (now Hoban Recruitment) for over 20 years before starting up Techforce.

During his tenure, Dom provided strategic, financial and marketing guidance for his companies. He brings strong financial discipline to the role.


Simon Tscharke

Venture Private Advisory. Corporate Accountant and Business Advisor

With 20 years experience as a Chartered Accountant and Business Consultant, Simon Tscharke advises on all aspects of accounting and business advisory, works and invests in many Adelaide start-up businesses and sits on various company boards as a director or advisor.

He has particular in property, manufacturing and the wine industry.

Simon continues to build on his leading knowledge through memberships with a number of institutes and takes a keen interest in the up-to-the-minute developments across all financial areas. He sees the science behind busines, and has advised many businesses from start up stage through to those with established operations across a wide range of industries.


Frank Favretto

Venice Capital - Corporate Advisor

Frank Favretto is a former Chartered Accountant with 35 years experience in Investment Banking. 7 of those years were with Bankers Trust Australia as a Director and Executive Vice President. His primary duties included Managing Director of BT Stockbroking, its ASX Member Representative and a member of BT’s Equity Underwriting Committee.

Since, he has founded, developed, funded and took to IPO a number of start-up companies including eBet Limited – eBet was acquired by Tabcorp 2016 for $128 million. More recently Frank was a Founder and is a Director of the water exchange H2OX.  Key milestones include: The Development of H2OX water exchange trading platforms and the development of the business into profitability, later negotiating a merger agreement with CBL Markets.

Harly Zappino

Neo Legal - Partner

Harly Zappino is a lawyer at Neo Legal , specialising in Corporate advisory, technology, financial services and litigation.

Harly has a deep understanding of blockchain technology, crypto currency and the law surrounding it. Harly initially entered the crypto currency space 4 years ago mining bitcoin. He has since helped to establish multiple digital currencies, digital exchanges and blockchain projects within Australia and Internationally. Harly often provides advice on high net worth crypto currency transactions. Currently Harly is supporting the movement of technological advancement in the traditional capital markets via blockchain technology.

Harly’s business acumen and extensive knowledge of corporate law allows him to sufficiently exceed in the area of Corporate Advisory. He has advised international and Australian companies on reverse takeovers, Initial Public Offerings, mergers and acquisitions.

Harly is one of the few lawyers in Australia who understand the complexities of crypto currency and the laws that may apply to it.


Kenny Lee

Neo Legal - Principal

Kenny Lee is a partner of Neo Legal, heading the Blockchain, Commercial and Corporate departments of the firm.

Kenny has 6 years experience as a lawyer and runs his own specialist team of lawyers that possess a deep understanding of  blockchain and FinTech industry.

He has a strong business acumen and his entrepreneurial foresight is key to helping numerous clients establish a solid and sustainable foundation on which to operate their business.


Bill Angelidis

Asta Solutions - CEO

Bill is the founder and CEO of Asta Solutions and has successfully launched multiple technology start-ups over the past two decades, developing a deep network and presence in the Australian business and IT community.

Today, Asta has become a significant player in the end-to-end IT services space across Asia Pacific. Led by Bill, Asta has built trusted, long-term relationships with its customers, by continually innovating and rolling out new technologies. Asta is currently at the forefront of blockchain and other emerging tech development across Asia Pacific through its consulting brand www.astaetc.com.

Bill’s areas of expertise include software engineering, operational management and business marketing.


Robert Chambers

Marketing & Content

Rob brings to Metex a wealth of expertise in international brand management, content creation, product commercialisation and campaign deployment. With experience supporting similar blockchain based projects, Rob has quickly added value to Metex leading up to the launch of Metex Exchange.

Rob is responsible for Metex’s brand reputation enhancement, advising on marketing strategies and opportunities, and to place Metex in front of the targeted audience with strategic marketing messages.


Aaron Troy Cassar

Co-Founder & Strategist

Aaron is a Digital Economy Entrepreneur involved in the setup of a number of new
start-up blockchain businesses including PureGold, Eqitrade & School of Blockchain. Aaron brings with him over 20 years of experience working internationally in consulting roles with listed public companies in Asia.

As a Co-Founder, Aaron continues to harness his passion for innovation, technology and business development to provide strategic input for Metex.