Chief Executive Officer, Dagger Consulting LLC (and Co-Chair of AIMA’s Digital Assets Working Group)
John D’Agostino is Coinbase Institutional Lead for Advisory and Strategic Partnerships. Prior, John was the US Managing Director for Waystone Governance, the world’s largest fund governance firm. There, John served on the global governance committee and served on the Board of Directors for several of the world’s largest asset managers, including several of the largest digital asset funds in the United States.
Previously, John was a Managing Director at KPMG Consulting, where he was part of the firm’s global leadership for the Finance and Hedge Fund consulting groups. While at KPMG, he provided operational and strategic advisory services across a variety of industries, including advising on the acquisition of the London Metals Exchange by the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
John served as Vice President and Head of Strategy for the New York Mercantile Exchange, where he helped transition the floor to electronic trading and was part of the leadership team building out the core systems to accommodate co-location, quant and HFT volumes. He also led the effort to develop the first Middle East energy derivatives exchange in partnership with the Dubai Government. This work and John’s role was chronicled as the subject of two NY Times best selling books, Rigged by Ben Mezrich and The Start Up Of You by Reid Hoffman.
A cum laude graduate of Williams College, John received a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Harvard Business School. He also studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University. John has adjunct lecturer positions at Instead, MIT and Columbia Universities, where he teaches courses in Fintech and Governance. In 2019, John was named Chair of the UK Consulate’s Financial Services Working Group.