Our Team

Our team encompasses ultimate professionals in finance, law, compliance, real estate and IT.
All our team members have impressing education and valuable work experience, which is used as a strong and secure ground for establishment of this business and provision of our services to both the investors and project owners.

Ludmila Yadchenko(Ludmila Jadčenko)

Founder, CEO Learn more via LinkedIn

Our CEO and “mom” of the Platform is Dr. Ludmila Yadchenko (Ludmila Jadčenko). Ludmila has been working in financial and business consulting sector for over 15 years, starting as an investment analyst for one of the leading international real estate consultancy companies, later on leading teams of analysts and establishing and managing her own consulting business thereafter.

Under Ludmila’s guidance and management, major investment projects have been successfully developed and implemented in diversified industries, from the processing of agricultural products to innovative high value-added products while the services rendered encompassed independent expert evidence on project feasibility, vast market researches, financial modelling and forecasts, and much more.

Ludmila holds a PhD in Economics obtained from the University of Latvia and a bachelor's degree in Law. In 2008, she was awarded the title of Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS).

Before launching FUNDAUS, Ludmila has participated as a retained expert in other financial platform developing and launching “from scratch”, including the development of internal logics and accounting system of the Platform, preparing technical tasks to IT developers, team building and management. Later on, Ludmila was involved in several outsourcing-based orders of crowdfunding platform development and servicing as a financial expert and advisor.

Janis Plotnieks(Jānis Plotnieks)

Board Member Learn more via LinkedIn

Janis Plotnieks is young but very experienced certified real estate professional, investor and entrepreneur.

During last decade, Janis has developed and launched various real estate projects, including residential buildings, villages and warehousing development projects for major international brands, as well as a private investor.

Janis’ previou experience also includes running successful marketing and HR companies, in which he is still highly involved. Janis holds a Business Administration diploma from Riga Business School (Riga Technical University) and within FUNDAUS project is going responsible for real estate project management, investor relationship co-ordination, as well as, due to his great expertise, helping the marketing team with marketing activities.

Mari-Liis Kurg

Board Member Learn more via LinkedIn

Mari-Liis Kurg is a dedicated professional with over 16 years of experience in the heavily regulated financial sector, being a recognized Financial Professional and Compliance Expert specialising in Financial Crime Prevention.

Fundamental knowledge combined with a long-term expertise in such complex areas as anti-money laundering (AML), Know your Customer (KYC) and combatting the financing of terrorism (CFT) and economic sanctions compliance and has counselled her clients in a variety of projects, and managed gap analyses, compliance program reviews, risk assessments, remediation efforts, investigations, and historical transaction reviews. Her clients include large, complex, global financial institutions, global payments institutions, mid-sized banks and Fintech and digital assets companies.

Before joining FUNDAUS as a strong driving force and a success-oriented team member, Mari-Liis has held senior Compliance positions within Baltics, Nordics and Benelux regions (SEB Bank, Swedbank, Coop Pank, Nordea Bank, ING Bank) and providing day-to-day management of their compliance programs and assisting them with remediation efforts, often in the context of a regulatory or criminal enforcement action. She has trained and advised the financial services industry and on AML, sanctions, CFT and other regulatory compliance issues.

With the strong legal and business acumen she is able to deliver solutions and controls aimed at optimising performance across dynamic environments, harnessed strong communication skills to monitor and report on compliance issues to both internal and external stakeholders – conveying complex legal and commercial terminology alongside business requirements in an easily understood format.

Former Member of the Estonian Banking Association and Board Member of Baltics ACAMS Chapter.

Jana Shmerling(Jana Šmerlinga)

Chief Lawyer Learn more via LinkedIn

Jana has been tightly involved in the creation and development of FUNDAUS from the very first day. She is an integral part of its core team, who, among other things and together with the CEO of FUNDAUS, generated our business model, solved issues related to establishing and licensing of the Company, drafted legal documents, planned further activities and assessed them from the legal point of view. Jana has graduated from the University of Latvia and High School Turiba and obtained Master’s Degree in Law. She has more than 15-year experience in legal field, has held several positions in banking and other financial institutions and has valuable and unique knowledge in financing, financial instruments, AML, GDPR, maritime law and ship finance, banking and corporate law.

Jana established her own legal bureau BONAMEUS in 2018, which is the main legal and compliance advisor for FUNDAUS from the beginning until now.

Upon servicing FUNDAUS, Jana performs high-level due diligence of all our customers – investors and project owners – and legal assessment of all the projects offered for financing on the FUNDAUS platform.

Jelena Zolotenko

CRO Learn more via LinkedIn

Jelena is a finance and compliance professional with over 10 years of experience in financial markets, including top management positions in the fields of risk management, compliance and AML in financial institutions. A degree in Accounting and Economics, obtained from Southampton (U.K.), is supplemented with further diplomas and certificates in risk-related spheres, including Basel III (CRDIV/CRR/PRO), International Association of Risk and Compliance Professionals Diploma (CRCMP), IGCA Certificate in AML and in Sanctions Compliance.

Jelena’s multilateral expertise covers development and management of AML/KYC systems of a financial institution, risk identification, assessment and management including the clients’ and company’s operations, development and monitoring and updating of financial institution’s policies and procedures and regulatory reporting under CRD/IFR/MIFID/ MIFIR/ EMIR. Additional experience in capital adequacy assessment and recovery plan preparation and calibration of the indicators, business continuity policies, plans and testing provide for a qualification that is beyond the standard Risk Officer’s qualification. Besides that, she used to participate in annual internal audits of a financial institution.

Given the said experience, Jelena’s valuable strengths are deep and complex understanding of the entire system of both risk management and business continuity in a financial institution, a structured and systemic approach to risk- related procedures, and ultimate analytical skills with a focus on the key issues keeping an eye on details.

At FUNDAUS, Jelena is primarily responsible for timely update and validation of risk documentation and ongoing control of duly implementation of risk management procedures in the company. As the CRO, Jelena is a member of the Risk Committee. Taking her comprehensive knowledge in all related fields, Jelena one of the key persons that enables implementation of true intersubstitutability and four-eye supervision principle in FUNDAUS.

Marina Latinceva

Chief Compliance Expert Learn more via LinkedIn

Marina has been an integral part of the professional FUNDAUS team from the very moment of the company’s foundation. Under Marina’s guidance and with her ultimate care, all mandatory internal procedures of the Platform have been developed in accordance with the regulations and pertaining to licensing of the Platform by Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) of Estonia as financial services provider as well as the set of documents for our agent company, FUNDAUS TRUST AGENT OÜ, that was required to receive the operating license in the area of service of trust services.

The highest standards of FUNDAUS policies and procedures, in accordance with international AML requirements and best practice of financial market participants are backed with Marina’s previous more than 10-year-long experience in commercial banks, being a responsible for customer onboarding and due diligence. During this time, Marina has been involved in different processes related to AML in credit institutions, starting from development of policies and procedures, followed by in-depth client investigation and compliance supervision. With a passion for continuous improvement of her professional knowledge and skills, Marina follows and reports on all recent and prospective amendments in the field of AML regulation and never misses an opportunity to participate in vocational trainings and seminars.

Marina is also involved in all the processes related to GDPR and provides other advice and support in compliance. From 2019 Marina is a partner inBONAMEUS, Latvian legal bureau, which is an advisor and supporting company for FUNDAUS in legal and compliance issues.

Inga Klavina(Inga Kļaviņa)

Chief AML Expert Learn more via LinkedIn

Inga Klavina is an experienced financier with a MBA degree obtained in Riga Business School and a 8-year-long experience in banking as Senior Client Executive in large corporate division of one of the top 3 banks in Latvia.

For over 10 years, Inga has been involved as a chief expert in managing investment projects in the Baltics, involving crediting and EU fund allocation. For the last 3 years, preceding the launch of FUNDAUS, she has been directly involved in real estate development and management operations, thus gaining practical experience in legal and financial aspects of real property sector.

Inga’s valuable expertise in finance and banking industry is successfully complemented with Anti-Money Laundering Specialist certification (CAMS) and so, she has necessary knowledge to perform mandatory Platform activities pertaining to client research and their risk assessment and fulfilment of other AML requirements applicable to crowdfunding service providers.

Anne-Jana Prantsuzova

Compliance Officer/DPO Learn more via LinkedIn

Anne-Jana has been involved in various fields of civil, corporate, tax and financial law for around 9 years as a lawyer, legal advisor and legal counsel, encompassing 2 years of valuable experience in AML/CTF in a business service, business advisory and accounting company and 4 years of heading a compliance department in an international brokerage company.

Holding a master’s degree in law, obtained from Tallinn University of Technology, one of the most innovative universities in Estonia and keeping to constantly upgrade knowledge in compliance and AML related issues, Anne-Jana is equally qualified in application of local and international legal acts and enactments and proficient in employing smart technological solutions for compliance and KYC, as offered by certified service providers.

At FUNDAUS, Anne-Jana is responsible for execution of internal procedures and policies, including Compliance procedure and plan of compliance checks, and monitoring the applicable legal regulation to keep the internal documents of the company up-to-date. Besides that, she is involved in staff suitability assessment procedures in compliance with the EBA and EFSA requirements, communicates with the EFSA and supports the Board in compliance issues, including provide recommendations to the staff concerning the compliance matters.

As a DPO, Anne-Jana ensures communication between the company and data subjects and with the Data Protection Inspectorate, advises and supports the Board and the staff on data protection issues to efficiently prevent data breach incidents.

Edvards Daniels

Web Designer Learn more via LinkedIn

Edvards is a digital marketing professional with ten years of experience within the digital advertising field. Edvards has extensive experience coordinating and leading web development projects in various industries with the key aspect on design, user interface and user experience.

Throughout the years Edvards has helped companies navigate the digital waters which includes everything from creating user acquisition strategies, developing creative part of advertising, media buying and also assisting on website conversion rate optimization.

Important to mention that most of the projects Edvards has helped to build is from ground-up and launched into the market. Last five years Edvards has been leading boutique digital marketing and web agency working with clients locally and internationally.

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