Dr. Alexander Shelkovnikov is a Co-Founder and Partner at Semantic Ventures, an early stage venture capital fund based in London. Prior to that he co-founded an identity management platform Smart ID, re-defining the future of digital identities for people, organizations and devices. He has also run venture investments at Deloitte Ventures and co-founded Deloitte's blockchain business in the UK. Previously he worked in strategy consulting at Monitor Deloitte where he advised some of the leading companies in technology, media, telecoms and digital payments across the globe as well as start-ups on growth, go-to-market and M&A. He undertook research in metamaterials and electromagnetic theory at the University of Westminster where he completed his PhD in Electronic Engineering.