Silvio Micali has been on the faculty at MIT, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, since 1983. Silvio’s research interests are cryptography, zero knowledge, pseudorandom generation, secure protocols, and mechanism design and blockchain. In particular, Silvio is the co-inventor of probabilistic encryption, Zero-Knowledge Proofs, Verifiable Random Functions and many of the protocols that are the foundations of modern cryptography.
In 2017, Silvio founded Algorand, a fully decentralized, secure, and scalable blockchain which provides a common platform for building products and services for a borderless economy. At Algorand, Silvio oversees all research, including theory, security and crypto finance.
Silvio is the recipient of the Turing Award (in computer science), of the Gödel Prize (in theoretical computer science) and the RSA prize (in cryptography). He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and Accademia dei Lincei.
Silvio has received his Laurea in Mathematics from the University of Rome, and his PhD in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley.
Prior to joining the Board of the Algorand Foundation, Staci ran the Global Market Development practice at the Milken Institute, where she led its work on capital market development, crypto/blockchain solutions, and innovative finance to promote the sustainable development goals. Prior to Milken, Staci ran JPMorgan’s EMEA public sector practice out of London. Before JPMorgan, she led the Nasdaq’s two markets for microcap companies, and in the public and non-profit sectors had senior roles at the U.S. Treasury Department, the Center for Global Development, and the Harvard Institute for International Development.
Staci has done business in more than 50 countries and has advised and spoken widely on the potential for cryptocurrencies and blockchain to solve real-world problems, and for financial innovation to improve inclusion and reduce global poverty. In addition to the Algorand Foundation, she sits on the Boards of the Global Blockchain Business Council, the Rwandan Capital Market Authority, and the Energy for Growth Hub. She also serves on the advisory committees of the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), the European Parliament’s Science and Technology Committee (STOA), the U.S. Financial Technology Association, and Evolution Environmental Asset Management.
Nico Arqueros is the CEO of Rapadcin, Co-Founder of dcSpark and primary contributor to Milkomeda, a novel layer 2 protocol delivering EVM capabilities to non-EVM blockchains. He was previously the CTO of EMURGO, Co-General partner at dLab (acceleration program), and Senior Software Engineer for multiple startups in Silicon Valley. Nico began coding at the age of 13 and trained as an industrial and electronics engineer. He spent his early career leading teams developing software for iOS and Android applications. Today, he is passionate about advising early-stage startups in the blockchain space.
Michael most recently cofounded CrunchFund after leading TechCrunch to a successful exit with AOL. His venture investments include Uber, Airbnb and Pinterest. Michael was the Editor of TechCrunch, which he founded in 2005. In 2008 Time Magazine named Michael “One of the World’s 100 most influential people”. Michael also practiced securities law at O’Melveny & Myers and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Michael graduated from Stanford Law School and Claremont McKenna College. Michael is currently serving as an Inaugural Binance for Children Ambassador and is passionate about leveraging blockchain technology for social good.
Benjamin Ampen is the CEO of Kraken MENA, spearheading the growth of Kraken’s business in the UAE and broader Middle East Region. He was previously the Managing Director for Twitter in the Middle East & North Africa, responsible for building the business and increasing the platform’s audience and revenue across the region.
Prior to Twitter, Ampen was part of Google’s business development team across the UK and EMEA region and also worked at Universal McCann and Detecon Consulting. Until recently, Ampen was a board member of the IAB GCC (Interactive Advertising Bureau) and Chair of the Inclusion & Diversity Committee. He holds three Master’s Degrees in Management from universities and business schools in London, Germany, and Paris.
Eduardo Novillo Astrada is a married man, father of Cruz, Justo, Lucio and Tristan. A sportsman from his earliest moments, a native of the Open Door area, where he played his first polo matches, a place that saw him grow up and become the professional polo player he set out to be. He did his primary and secondary studies at Colegio Cardenal Newman.
He studied Business Administration and is an entrepreneur with participation in a portfolio of companies that develop sports businesses, technology, e-sports, real estate, agribusiness and pets.
His passion for sport, perseverance, vision and desire pushed him to achieve a 9-goal handicap for 6 consecutive years, and stand out among the best polo players in the world.
He has had many national and international sporting achievements, but the best has been winning the Triple Crown tournament of Polo Argentino in 2003 with the La Aguada team.
He also has a strong commitment to social action. He was distinguished as a sponsor of the NGO Grano de Mostaza and UNICEF. For more than 10 years he has actively participated in the development of polo in Argentina and the region. From 2014 to 2016 he was the head of the Argentine Association of Polo Players.
At Agrotoken his mission is to make the bridge between the field and the crypto world, two worlds that the more they come together, the more they will be strengthened. The company already created the most real and trusted cryptocurrency in the world, and it will continue on this path to transform agribusiness as we know it.
Basil Al Askari is the Cofounder and CEO of MidChains a regulated virtual asset trading and custody platform based in Abu Dhabi, UAE focused on both the retail and institutional markets. MidChains was founded after his tenures on Mubadala Capital’s Private Equity team and various commercial finance teams in GE Capital based in the UAE, US, UK.
Ramiro Almeida is Co-Founder & CEO of Tram.Global, utilizing Blockchain to build digital marketplaces to reduce global carbon emissions. Instructor and research scholar at the MIT Media Lab, focusing on venture studio courses at the intersection of technology and social innovation. Scholar in residence at Harvard University, where he was awarded the prestigious Loeb Fellowship at the Graduate School of Design. He was Co-Founder & President of Optimus Ride, an MIT spinout, whose mission was to build technology for safe, sustainable, and equitable autonomous mobility solutions with deployments in California, Massachusetts, Washington, DC, Virginia, and New York.
Jehanzeb is the Founder and CEO of J. Awan & Partners, an international Governance, Risk & Compliance consulting firm and of azakaw, a global RegTech company headquartered in the UAE. He is also the Chairman of the Middle East, Africa and Asia Crypto and Blockchain Association. Jehanzeb is an industry veteran with a 23-year career that has been built on assisting financial services firms manage their regulatory landscape. He has advised some of the largest global financial institutions and fintech firms on regulatory strategy and has longstanding relationships with key regulators in the MENA region. Jehanzeb graduated with a BSC and received a Magna Cum Laude from the University of Arizona. He is a member of the International Compliance Association and the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists.
Eng. Mohammed Alkaff AlHashmi is a computer science engineer with more than 18 years of experience.
With this accumulative experience he focuses on Industry 4.0, Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, Industrial automation, and IOTs.
He started his career as an Intelligence Network Engineer at Huawei.
Other than the technology part, he has vast experience in business and management. He is a serial entrepreneur who believes in projects that have a purpose and could bring value to the community, so he started MCPM Automation in the MENA region that provides cutting edge techs to support Manufacturing, Smart Cities, Energy, Sustainability and Environment.
At present he is the CEO of MCPM MENA, MCPM Holding, UI Ventures, and SVP private Equity at Wane Global, he is also partner and board member of CYNAX labs, Co-Founder and Executive Board Member of IslamicCoin which considered one of the mega blockchain projects and others, taking care of the business development, growth and strategy.
As Artificial Intelligence became an important pillar of Health technologies and R & D, Eng. Mohammed is also partner and a board member of Quant7 fund that invests in research and development within the medical and health care sectors, and blue ocean unique companies like Cellvera and Prepaire as well as finds opportunities for mergers and acquisition.
Having a futuristic approach and unique perspective about things, he always believes in giving back to the society through his knowledge and by creating success stories. He is passionate about bringing top class technologies for the development of the region and thrives on making the Earth a better place to live.
James (Jim) Anderson is the Founder and CEO of Wholecrowd LLC, a premier Marketing, Branding and Communications company located in Alexandria, VA and LosAngeles, CA. Jim has over 18 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies, trade associations, non-profits and small to medium size businesses across a wide spectrum of industries. James helps his clients understand market and industry trends to ensure their brand utilizes modern technologies and innovation to separate themselves from competition.
Prior to starting Wholecrowd, James was the founding partner of a public affairs company located in Washington, DC.
In his spare time, Jim enjoys spending time with his family, being outdoors and cycling. Jim is also on the Board of Directors of the Disaster Services Corporation and Volunteers of America Chesapeake and Carolina’s both 501(c)3 organizations helping communities and people in need
Jim received his degree from James Madison University where he was also a member of the Division I mens baseball team. Originally from Philadelphia, PA, Jim currently resides in Alexandria, VA with his wife and children.
Dapo Ako MBA, MSc
Managing Director & Head of Abu Dhabi Consulting Practice
Dapo holds the position of Managing Director & Head of the Abu Dhabi (UAE) Consulting Practice of j. awan & partners.
Dapo brings to the firm his considerable experience gained over a successful 25-year international career in financial services. His experience includes 15 years in risk and compliance roles, working as a lead supervisor at the retail firm's division of the UK regulator, the Financial Services Authority (now FCA) and various leadership roles. Dapo has successfully delivered several mandates across two leading financial institutions (UBS Investment Bank and Lloyds Bank), including Investment Banking Trade Surveillance programmes, and being the EMEA Employee Compliance Lead responsible for managing Employee Conflicts of Interest and was an Executive Director overseeing the Conduct Risk Change program.
Dapo is an Associate Member of the Professional Risk Managers
International Association (PRMIA), holds a BSc (Hons) & MSc (Hons)
Economics (Obafemi Awolowo University) and an MBA in Leadership &
Customer Focus Strategy (Imperial College Business School, London).
Mail: [email protected]
Linda spent the last ten years in emerging markets across Central America, South East Asia, and the Middle East working at the intersection of international development, public policy, and tech innovation at top-tier private and public institutions.
Before founding Quantum Temple, she was working with the Government of Dubai at the Dubai Future Foundation where she developed public policy and programs to drive the deep tech ecosystem in the Emirate.
Aubrey is an inventor, musician, writer, entrepreneur and hopeless foodie. After his co-founding role at Barbarian Group, he led a team at Apple who remade Apple.com for the iPhone Era. He has architected and shipped award winning products for over two decades with globally impactful companies such as Google, Sony, Mozilla, Amazon, Motorola, Disney, DreamWorks, Verizon, Lego, Justin Timberlake and Cirque du Soleil.
Benedetto Biondi is the CEO of Folks Finance. He has three years of experience at Blockchain Italia as Blockchain Innovation manager. His studies have included a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering at Politecnico di Milano and a master's degree in engineering Innovation and Management at Cardiff University, where he achieved distinction with a specialization in Data Analysis.
Benedetto is currently a lecturer at ELDA (Economics and Law for Digital Asset - University of Florence) and BIM (Blockchain Innovation Manager – Association Italia4Blockchain), where he teaches at DeFi lectures.
Self-taught developer. Cofounded several startups related to gaming and/or technology. Expert in talent finding and recruiting. Also specialized in building and managing teams, operations and logistics. Former professional Counter-Strike player, space enthusiast and blockchain technology supporter.
Adi is Founder & CEO at Applied Blockchain, a fast-growing company of blockchain and cryptography experts founded in 2015 and based in London, UK, and Porto, Portugal. Prior to this, Adi worked for 20 years as an enterprise architect and technology lead for companies, including Lloyds Banking Group and Vodafone.
Adi graduated in Computer Science from the University of Bristol and has an MBA from Tel-Aviv University. Adi is considered a thought leader in blockchain and data privacy and is regularly invited to present to C-level executives and international events, has presented blockchain at the UK Parliament and House of Lords, and lectured at University College London.
Greg is Chief Growth Officer at the New Computer Corporation. Greg’s expertise is in bringing people together through mutual interests, ensuring authentic engagement and customer satisfaction that leads to healthy revenues and ROI. He has a legacy of successfully developing and growing some of the world’s leading lifestyle brands including Ace Hotel, VICE, Phaidon, and Selina Hotel,
Greg has created and curated unique experiences, led on cultural programming, and formed strategic partnerships that lend relevance to projects and increase awareness. The launch of the historic Theatre at Ace Hotel, which involved overseeing the execution of the redevelopment strategy, won the Los Angeles Conservancy Preservation Award 2014.
Recognition from the travel industry comes in the form of LE Miami awards for Most Creative Collaboration (3D Printed Dress with Shapeways & Michael Schmidt) and Most Original Campaign (Inherent Vice movie Launch). His book Snacky Tunes: Music as the Main Ingredient won an AIGA Design Award.
He is the co-host of the podcasts Snacky Tunes and Crescendo!
Doug Broughton is the founder of Vendible, a web3 infrastructure company building solutions that provide data and asset controls for open blockchains. Vendible incorporates privacy-preserving zero-knowledge proofs with decentralized identifiers (DIDs), and smart contracts keep your data and finances secure and accessible. Integrated identity helps developers know who they are dealing with, even if they are anonymous, and losing keys doesn't mean losing funds.
Doug spent many years in corporate operations management focused on process optimization, continuous improvement, sustainable design, and servant leadership. After jumping into blockchain in 2012 to research consensus mechanisms, he identified several critical issues in data protection and user experience that he saw as blocks to the widespread adoption of decentralized services. After years of thought work and design, Vendible received a grant from the Algorand Foundation in 2021 to address the majority's concerns so that they could have greater peace of mind to choose sovereign ownership on open networks and decentralized applications. Having completed the grant earlier this year and securing VC funding, Vendible is creating outstanding user experiences that take away complexities while removing risks, including their private key loss protection system Trustible. Trustible uses the Vendible unique identity network and decentralized storage to protect users from losing their private keys on all major blockchains. The Vendible network provides developers authentication systems which allow them to leverage the identity network to create new botless and sybil-resistant applications where each participant can be verified unique and properly authorized to use services, even if that participant is anonymous.
Brian heads up tech and data governance at the Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA) of Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM). Brian is captivated by the nexus of finance, tech, risk management and human reasoning. This has spurred interests in exploring how people behave in response to finance and technology choices. And how they reason risk and business decisions. Brian uses these insights in the design and development of new regulatory initiatives and key technology infrastructure projects that improve the fintech ecosystem in the UAE.
Prior to joining ADGM, Brian led a payments fintech startup, held various risk management roles in commercial banks and a Big4 firm. In other capacities Brian is a mentor and advisor to Web3 startups, and an independent non-executive director of a Saudi Bank.
Adriana has been in the crypto space since 2013 and is currently the Governance Program Manager at the Algorand Foundation. Prior to this, she served as Head of Communities in Australia for the Algorand Foundation working with projects building web 3 applications using Algorand, the greenest and most efficient blockchain, supporting grassroots community initiatives and developing educational programs for industry and government.
Adriana is a non-executive board member of Blockchain Australia and recipient of their Blockies 2021 Community Leader of the Year award. Adriana is also a member of the National Blockchain Roadmap (NBR) Steering Committee , having co-chaired their Cyber Security Working Group.
In 2018, Adriana launched The Blockchain Pro Podcast, where she interviews professionals working in the web3 space, discussing their crypto journey and pro tips.
She also organises Blockchain Professionals and is the former organiser of Bitcoin Sydney, two of the oldest crypto meetups in Australia, having hosted nearly 200 events since 2014.
Adriana has a background in web development and digital marketing and holds bachelor degrees in English and Applied Computing.
Born in Rio de Janeiro, she lived in New York for two years in the late 90s, working in the music industry, before moving to Sydney permanently in 2005.
Keli is a seasoned entrepreneur and blockchain operator who joined Arrington Capital as a Partner and Chief Growth Officer in July 2022. Most recently she served as Algorand’s Head of Marketing, responsible for all aspects of their marketing and communication since inception to what it is today – a thriving community of millions of users, thousands of applications and billions of dollars of value.
Keli previously held leadership roles at the intersection of marketing and customer engagement with several global technology companies including Avid, Sprint, Zmags, and Rez1. Her roles have included the management of channel sales & marketing, developing marketing strategies and tactical execution plans to drive business awareness and growth, building go-to-market positioning and strategy, and leading cross functional teams.
Keli holds a degree in marketing comms and business ethics from Fairfield University and a MBA from Boston College.
Charvel Chedraui is the founder and CEO of Wayru, an Internet Service Provider with Distributed Ownership for the urban developing world. Wayru aims to bring reliable, affordable, fast and cheap Internet access to people in emerging countries.
Charvel is from Ecuador and has a business and design background. He has dedicated the last 10 years of his life trying to solve connectivity problems, specifically lack of internet access for most people in emerging countries.
Prior to founding Wayru, Charvel co-founded RedFenix, the first and only Wi-Fi solution in Latam aimed for the base of the pyramid businesses helping them increase their income by selling micro Wi-Fi recharges, which was backed by Start-Up Chile, CORFO, i3Lab, Smart Araucania amongst others. Prior to this, he developed the first Wi-Fi marketing platform in Latin America and worked as regional Wi-Fi marketing director for a multinational company managing teams in over 6 countries connecting more than 50 million people.
With ample experience in blockchain technology and innovation, Michael focuses on the application of future technologies and smart contract usability to solve significant issues efficiently and effectively. His goal is to enhance the next generation of blockchain technology.
Michael is an entrepreneurial business leader with 25+ years of experience building innovative, digitally focused companies. He has worked with Canadian, US, & European enterprises, providing him with a global perspective. His skill sets include product development, high yield revenue management, digital marketing & acquisition, branding, sales management, customer success, fundraising, investor relations, P&L, team building, & partnerships. He is now focused on the intersection of business strategy & blockchain technology & is a CIO Certified Blockchain Professional. He is also an amateur competitive OCR & ultra-marathon racer.
Federico earned his degree in Finance with a Master in Financial Markets and Intermediaries, at Bocconi University, Milano, (Italy), in 2005.
He started his career as a fund trader at Online Sim in Milan. In 2008, he joined Ersel Sim Milano, in the private banking department. He moved to Singapore in 2011, joining BSI Bank and worked in the External Asset Manager desk. In 2013, he joined EOF Services (Asia) Pte Ltd, now called Mindful Wealth, in Singapore as an investment manager. Mindful Wealth is a boutique investment company operating with a CMS license under the regulatory framework of the MAS (Monetary Authority of Singapore); in 2020 he is appointed Managing Director.
In 2017 Federico cofounded Memento Blockchain Pte Ltd, a Singaporean company specialized in DeFi products and blockchain-based services that aim to democratize finance. The first product, launched in 2020 and called “Domani protocol” is an infrastructure on blockchain for digital fund management. As of today the infrastructure is live on mainnet Ethereum and Avalanche and on testnet on Algorand, ZkSync and Klaytn.
Terry is Executive Director at Digital Finance Group, a blockchain and virtual asset investment firm with $1B AUM established in 2015. He is also a Board Director and Senior Executive Officer of Matrix, the first licensed a virtual asset exchange and custodian based in Abu Dhabi Global Market. He has 20+ years of experience in emerging markets, technology, and enterprise development. Previously, he was a policy advisor for several countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America working on economic development and technology programmes. He has served as Associate Dean at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, a faculty member at New York University, and a Program Officer at the Harvard University Institute for International Development.
He was the Founder and Chair of Digital Custody Trust Company, a licensed virtual asset custodian based in the United States. He has served as a Director of LedgerX, a CFTC-licensed virtual asset derivatives exchange, and as CEO of Ethereum Classic Labs, which helps manage Ethereum Classic, a public blockchain with a market cap of $3.1B. He is a former member of the Executive Committee of the Chamber of Digital Commerce. He is currently an Independent Director of First Seafront Fund Management, a fund manager with $6B AUM regulated by the China Securities Regulatory Commission.
Mr. Culver holds an MBA from Columbia University School of Business, and graduate and undergraduate degrees from New York University
Jerry is the co-founder and CEO at Lofty. Prior to founding Lofty in 2018, Jerry worked as a quantitative risk management analyst at Barclays in the treasury risk department. He received a B.S. in Mathematics/Economics from the University of Southern California and a M.S. in Financial Engineering from Claremont Graduate University.
Cliff Cannon is the Founder and CEO. An Algorand-enthusiast (read: maximalist) with nearly a decade of experience in the tech industry. His background includes the role of CEO of the software development company Prosper I.T. Consulting. He is a Python developer along with other languages. He has been on the Algorand Blockchain since early March 2021, a day-1 Yieldly staker, ALGO NFT enthusiast and creator for months. He is very proud of his collection, but realized that there is so much more that could be done with these NFTs, hence, Alchemon!
With a diverse history across engineering, healthcare, music, cinematography and social impact, Marrs has developed a unique set of multi-disciplinary skills, making him one of the most exciting founders in Web3.
Dedicating the past 20 years to studying the process of creativity and collaboration in various industries, Marrs is now applying those learnings through Polynize to facilitate global collaborative creativity and large scale crowd-sourced innovation.
Jack joins Algorand from another Layer-1 blockchain called Harmony. Over there, his responsibility spanned across both engineering as well as grants, partnerships, and ventures. Prior to that, he worked at both tech startups as well as the likes of Amazon, Apple, Adobe, and Shutterfly. As his career progressed across two decades, his hands-on coding contributions turned into running full-stack engineering teams and coordinating multi-million dollar projects.
He was first introduced to Ethereum in early 2017, where he experimented and learned about the underlying premises of cryptography, mining pools and discovered other consensus protocols. A year later, he decided that the best way to dive in would be to run Proof-of-Stake validator nodes as a side hustle. That operation evolved into becoming a meaningful validator across five chains, including Cardano and Cosmos.
Akshay serves as Head of Innovation & Design, for Visa for 90+ countries in Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEMEA). He leads teams of product experts, designers, engineers, and digital commerce specialists based in Visa’s Innovation Centre in Dubai, and Visa’s Innovation Studios in Moscow and Nairobi. The Innovation & Design team co-creates new commerce use cases with products with banks, internet companies, FinTechs and merchants across the region. His remit also includes Visa’s Crypto products in the region.
Akshay holds 7 global patents in the FinTech and payments, and has served in various digital leadership capacities in Asia-Pacific and EMEA. He has played a key the role in the development of numerous commercially successful products in eCommerce and digital banking. A veteran digital and product development expert, Akshay and his teams have run over 200 co-creation sprints with diverse partners.
Prior to his current role, Akshay was a founding member of Visa’s Asia-Pacific Innovation Centre in Singapore, where he served as Senior Director and led partner co-creations. Prior to Visa, Akshay co-founded and led the Deloitte Greenhouse in Southeast Asia, a award-winning joint initiative between the Singapore government and Deloitte, focused on analytics-driven innovation. Before Deloitte, Akshay served as Director, Emerging Markets at Gartner, and started his career at Standard & Poor’s.
Akshay holds an MBA from the Indian School of Business and BA (Honors) in Economics from the University of Delhi.
Web3 & Metaverse pioneer with deep expertise working on NFT and VR/AR-related fields.
Former Accenture Director & founder of companies like VRTIFY, Spacia Labs, and RealityCode, among others. He was identified as “one of the 5 global minds that are revolutionizing the audio tech” (Mashable 2016) and one of the #100 US most innovative Startup CEOs in 2015 by Inc.
Niall is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of AID:Tech. AID:Tech is merging digital identity with payments and building an identity onramp from Web 2.0 to Web 3.0. AID:Tech focuses on real world use cases to bring the benefits of decentralisation, self-sovereign identity and on-chain reputation to non-crypto natives.
Michael Dershem, aka Dersh, is a seasoned business development entrepreneur who has assisted multiple ventures and attracted millions of dollars of capital. Outstanding track record in strategic business planning and development, capital and financial sourcing, multi-disciplinary problem solving, and technology development. Strong technology-transfer background from government and university research to private sector commercialization. Michael began his ‘serial entrepreneur’ career over twenty years ago. His first foray was as co-owner of RX Returns, which grew to become the largest pharmaceutical returns company in the nation. He later helped form a niche banking company, which became one of the fastest growing private companies in New Jersey. Serving as founding CEO of Pharmasset, an Emory University start-up company, successfully raised over $25 million in private equity funding and executed a $30 million research and development agreement with DuPont. The company has subsequently gone public and was acquired by Gilead Sciences for $11 Billion. Michael graduated with a BA in Economics from Dickinson College and holds an MBA as well.
Saqr Mashhor Ereiqat is the Co-Founder / Managing Partner of Crypto Oasis Sentio, the ecosystem investment structure of Crypto Oasis. He is also the Founder of Riddermark, a boutique advisory firm that invests and grows fintech, blockchain, healthtech, and govtech solutions.
A thirteen-year veteran of IBM in Middle East and Africa, he is the former Head of Public Sector Consultancy in Dubai, where is recognized as a pioneer in enterprise blockchain, being a co-author of the first IBM blockchain for government methodology and helped define the official government blockchain strategy of Dubai. While at IBM, Saqr led projects in 23 countries across Europe, Middle East & Africa where he worked with both public and private sector entities to define, create, and implement their blockchain strategies. Former clients include DHL, Shell, Airtel, Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA), Smart Dubai Government Establishment and The Prime Minister’s Office. In the field of healthcare, Saqr has advised several large hospital conglomerates on their technology strategy and set up the National Health Lab for Emerging Technology for the Saudi Arabian Government. He is currently working with the Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC), the Arab Youth Center, and the Founder Institute as a mentor supporting startups in the region. He is a BlockChain Aficionado for the Blockchain Founders Fund and other Blockchain-related organizations.
Fred's background in physics and aerospace engineering has allowed him to work at some of the world's largest atmospheric radars and wind farms.
Fred's a two-time startup founder and has worked on a microgravity microbiology experiment that flew aboard the International Space Station! Fred loves memes, physics, blockchain, rockets, telescopes, data, soccer, memes and Algorand.
Ramsey serves on the leadership of the web3 team at Kudelski Security, promoting security as an enabler of business. His responsibilities include supporting web3-native companies with their security journey and partnering with established enterprises across financial services, telecoms and media sectors, exploring the potential of digital assets to create new business models.
Prior to joining the company, Ramsey held roles in software engineering, cloud architecture and business development. He studied Mathematics & Computer Science at Imperial College London and has an MBA.
Marcus Feistl, LimeWire COO, prior to joining LimeWire was the Country Manager D/A/CH at Bitpanda, where he managed the largest market of Europe’s leading crypto broker. Additionally, he has experience as Management Consultant at Boston Consulting Group (BCG) with a focus on digitization projects.
Sean is the Interim CEO of Algorand. Prior to being appointed to this role, Sean served as Algorand's Chief Operating Officer since early 2018, responsible for go-to-market execution and operations including product management, engineering and marketing. Sean joins Algorand from LogMeIn where he was the Chief Marketing Officer responsible for global marketing strategy, product marketing, ecommerce, communications, brand leadership, and demand generation. He also ran the Integration Management Office for LogMeIn's acquisition of Jive Communications in early 2018. An experienced operations and go-to-market executive, Sean worked at Avid Technology where he led worldwide marketing strategy and operations as a member of the company’s Executive Leadership Team. Sean has also held several executive leadership roles including CMO and COO of Zmags, CMO of Syncsort, and as vice-president of Global Business Unit (GBU) marketing at Oracle reporting to the CMO where he was responsible for Oracle’s vertical industry applications worldwide.
At the start of his professional career Sean spent seven years as a senior strategy consultant with Monitor Group, and in 1999 he co-founded Upromise, Inc. where he was vice-president of product management and product marketing.
Sean earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Williams College and a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard University Graduate School of Business.
Ryan R. Fox is Senior Developer Advocate at Algorand, where he guides developers building decentralized applications using smart contracts, smart assets and atomic transactions executed by the Algorand Virtual Machine. Fox has been contributing to open source blockchain projects since 2013. Prior to joining Algorand, Fox lead the protocol development team at BitShares, following 20 years as a founder and advisor to innovation teams in financial services, mortgage banking, and academia including Wells Fargo, Bell Banks, and the University of Sydney.
Fox holds a B.B.A. in Management Computer Systems from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. For fun, Fox enjoys hiking and skiing the Green Mountains of Vermont and is designing a micro-hydro power generation system.
Jack Farley is a New York-based video journalist covering traditional finance markets as the host of Blockworks macro podcast, "Forward Guidance." He previously worked on Bloomberg, Dealbreaker, and Real Vision, where he hosted over 100 long-form interviews with investors, analysts, and financial professionals. He graduated from Brown University with a degree in Economics.
David Garcia is the CEO and Founding Managing Partner of Borderless Capital, a modern financial institution investing capital and building financial products that accelerate access, bootstrap adoption and create value globally through the Algorand Borderless Economy.
Zeph Grunschlag is a Senior Software Engineer at Algorand focusing on improving smart contract developer experience.
He has a varied background in software development, data science, education and research.
He first became enamored by Silvio Micali's work while teaching a graduate cryptography course at Columbia in 2004.
Coy Garrison, a former SEC counsel and career staffer, advises private fintech companies, public companies, and financial institutions on how to navigate challenging legal and regulatory issues related to crypto and blockchain technology. Drawing on more than eight years of experience at the SEC and his technical understanding of federal securities laws, he provides regulatory counsel and unique insights to clients on the securities law implications of their business plans. He also advises public companies and their boards on compliance with SEC reporting and disclosure requirements, including the growing area of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) matters.
Prior to joining Steptoe, Coy served as counsel to SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce and to former Director of the SEC's Division of Corporation Finance, Bill Hinman. As Commissioner Peirce's lead advisor on crypto matters, Coy counseled her on every SEC crypto enforcement matter since November 2019. He was responsible for crafting crypto policy positions, including composing two token sale safe harbor proposals, and negotiating the Commission's no-action position on custody of digital asset securities by special purpose broker-dealers. As counsel to former Division of Corporation Finance Director Bill Hinman, Coy coordinated and advised on reviews of all proposed registered offerings by crypto exchange-traded products and token offerings, represented the Commission on the FSOC’s Digital Assets Working Group, and worked closely with the director of FinHub on a variety of matters. Coy also previously served as special counsel in the SEC's Office of Real Estate and Commodities, where he led the agency's disclosure review program for the non-listed REIT industry. Coy started his career at the SEC as an attorney-adviser in the Office of Real Estate and Commodities and also served as a reviewer on the SEC’s Shareholder Proposal Task Force.
Ronit Ghose runs the Future of Finance & Digital team in Citi Global Insights (CGI), Citi’s thought leadership unit. Ronit’s current areas of focus include Digital Assets, the Metaverse, Web3 and the broader interaction of the future of technology and the future of money and finance. CGI provides analysis and advice to Citi’s institutional clients and the bank’s leadership.
Alongside his Citi role, Ronit is an Advisory Board member at the Fintech Centre at Imperial College Business School and at a several tech firms and early stage VC investors. Prior to joining Citi c25 years ago, Ronit worked in the policy world, including being a bag carrier for a former UK Prime Minister. Ronit is currently based in Dubai.
Nicholas Horbaczewski is the CEO & Founder of the Drone Racing League (DRL), the world’s premier, professional drone racing property. Combining groundbreaking technology and immersive drone racing, DRL is creating a new era of sports that brings high-speed competition IRL, in virtual simulation and in the metaverse.
Before founding DRL in 2015, Nicholas served as the Chief Revenue Officer of Tough Mudder, which was the largest mass participation running event series in the world that Nicholas grew to over 60 global events and $100mm in revenue during his time there. Prior to Tough Mudder, he developed an interest in multicopters while the Chief Information Officer of ADS, a $1.5b distributor of advanced hardware to the US government. Nicholas also co-founded Leeden Media, an entertainment company for feature-length independent films, and brings his love of production to his work at DRL.
Internationally recognized for building The Sport of The Future, Nicholas has been named an EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards Finalist, an Entrepreneur Magazine’s 50 Most Innovative Entrepreneurs, a Crain's 40 Under 40 member, and the founder of one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies in the world.
Rotem is a member of Algorand’s founding team and a Director of Product Management, overseeing the product development of the Algorand platform, including the Algorand Consensus protocol, smart contracts platform, and developer tools.
Prior to Algorand, Rotem served for 5 years in Israel’s elite cyber-intelligence unit 8200, leading projects of national strategic caliber. His experience, however, stretches even further back. He started his career as a software engineer for SAP AG at the age of 14 and has since developed software and conducted research for several prominent companies, including IBM Research, Akamai Technologies and Broadway Technology. He also provided strategic counsel at Sygnia, a leading cyber-security consulting firm.
Rotem Holds a Master of Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from MIT.
Adam is forever a creative, but shifted his professional trajectory away from music and built a 22 year career in the insurance industry playing all the roles - service, sales, marketing, risk advisor, operations, owner. Adam has insurance designations, sure - but that isn't what makes him tick. Thinking out of the box, pushing boundaries, and driving forward-thinking teams - that's the tick-tick-boom. In 2021, Adam took his innate creativity, learned practicality and the thrill of big-vision-building and became the founder of Nimble. Nimble is a decentralized and democratized insurance marketplace built on Algorand; the rails for all people to have the opportunity at lower premiums, investment income, and proper protection.
Matt is co-founder and CEO of CoBuy, formed in 2016 to unlock homeownership for everyone. CoBuy’s new Shared Homeowner OS™ helps friends and family members plan, structure, and manage their most important asset, together.
Before hopping a flight to Seattle to start CoBuy with his mother, Matt worked in investment banking and financial markets in London for a decade. He holds degrees from University College London (BSc Economics) and ESCP Business School (Masters, London & Turin).
Chief Metaverse Officer at Verse Estate, hyper realistic metaverse headquartered in Dubai
Founder of the AllStarsWomen DAO, initiative to help close the gender gap in the tech space and Web3 industry.
Mentor at Brinc /Animoca Brands accelerator program empowering game changers in web3.
Speaker at major web3 events.
John Jannotti is the Head of Applied Research at Algorand. He works to improve Algorand's Smart Contract platform by bridging the ideas of the Theory Team across to the high-performance and quality demands of the Engineering Team. In former careers he has taught Software Engineering at Brown University and co-founded Foodler (which accepted Bitcoin in 2013!). He splits time between New Hampshire and Algorand's Discord server.
Ross is the Founder and CEO at Distributed Finance. As the owner and operator of Zest and Rand Gallery, Distributed Finance is the market-leading DAO and NFT player on Algorand. Working with customers like Eterna Capital and Borderless Capital, Zest helps create and manage enterprise-ready DAOs. With a 55% market share, Rand Gallery is the #1 NFT marketplace on Algorand.
Ross graduated from Warwick and ESADE Business Schools. Ross is a mentor at Algorand Miami, Algorand Accelerate and Entrepreneur First. He enjoys endurance sports in his spare time, whether organising and leading world-first expeditions or partaking in IRONMAN races.
Mr. Sanzar Kakar is founder of HesabPay (hesab.af/app), an Algorand chain digital payment app in Afghanistan, enabling users to buy airtime, pay stores, pay bills, transfer funds, cash in & out and much more.
Mr. Kakar has been providing financial services in Afghanistan for over 13 years, employing over 300 employees serving 700 international clients. Mr. Kakar graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science Engineering and from Warwick Business School with a Masters in Business Administration. He first worked for Merrill Lynch as a Technology Analyst, creating a link for automatic reporting to the New York Stock Exchange. He started in Afghanistan as an Investment Associate for Acap Partners, setting up a $20 million venture capital facility and sourcing over 300 new opportunities for consideration. Mr. Kakar then joined as the Executive Advisor to the Attorney General’s Office of Afghanistan on a U.S. Department of State program to reorganize the institution and set up a national paper and computer criminal case management system spanning 7 justice institutions.
Mr. Kakar speaks English, Pashtu and Dari.
Matt Keller directs the Impact and Inclusion vertical for the Algorand Foundation. In that capacity, Matt leads the design and development of strategies to increase the use of the Algorand Blockchain to achieve financial inclusion, social impact, and environmental sustainability.
In previous lives, Matt was a lobbyist on Capitol Hill to advance the cause of campaign finance and voting rights reform in the United States; Executive Director of the $15 Million Global Learning XPRIZE sponsored by Elon Musk; Vice President at One Laptop per Child; Legal Counsel for the United Nations World Food Programme in Rome, Italy; Legislative Aide to a United States Senator; Legal Aid attorney for migrant farmworkers in Arizona; and a Jesuit Volunteer in Portland, Maine.
Hugo is a member of the Algorand Foundation research group and responsible for the Algorand Centers of Excellence (ACE) Program and other academic research and education initiatives. As a cryptographer, Hugo contributed to the cryptographic design of numerous Internet standards, including IPsec, IKE, and SSL/TLS. His SIGMA key exchange protocol serves as the cryptographic basis for both IKE and TLS 1.3 handshake. Hugo is a co-inventor of the HMAC message authentication algorithm and the designer of HKDF, the key derivation standard adopted by TLS 1.3, Signal, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and more. He contributed to the theory and applications of pseudorandomness, zero-knowledge, key exchange, password authentication, threshold and proactive cryptosystems, and searchable encryption.
Hugo is a Fellow of the International Association of Cryptologic Research (IACR), the recipient of the 2015 RSA Conference Award for Excellence in the Field of Mathematics, the 2018 Levchin Prize for the development of real-world cryptographic schemes, and multiple IBM awards including two corporate awards. Prior to joining the Algorand Foundation, he was a Distinguished Research Staff Member and an IBM Fellow at IBM Research.
Chris Kim is a Developer Advocate at Algorand, where he helps developers learn how to successfully build sustainable, scalable, and secure dApps leveraging the Algorand Virtual Machine (AVM). Previously he brought optimized solutions to companies like OKX and UNICEF as a business consultant at Blockchain at Berkeley, which is an organization determined to act as the blockchain hub of the Bay Area (California). With his passion for blockchain education, Chris led several projects regarding NFTs, reward-based team management, and payment to introduce blockchain’s use cases to university students. He received his bachelor’s degree in Economics and Data Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
Neel Kamal is Founder & CTO of NFTVerse. He brings nine years of industry experience to this new venture in startups like LeadSquared, Cropin Technology (Principal Engineer), and Eloelo (VP of Engineering). Most recently, he worked with Joyride Games, a gaming company that was his entry point to the Web 3.0 world. A problem solver by heart, Neel loves building products from scratch that are scalable for the masses.
Jonathan is passionate about improving people's lives through the development and integration of technology with lifestyles. He has been building on Algorand since 2020 and launched the venture studio Algo Foundry in January 2022 to support Founders to bring their dreams to the Algorand ecosystem.
Steve is the founder of Sonic Boom Ventures, a crypto focused investment firm. He has been a serial entrepreneur and investor for over 25 years, founding and operating companies ranging from internet infrastructure, cloud software, communications, and crypto.
Steve was previously the CEO of Algorand, helping build and scale the founding team who implemented and launched the protocol designed by Silvio Micali. After the launch of the public network in 2019, Algorand remained a key contributor to protocol development and provided support to ecosystem projects and growth.
Prior to Algorand, Steve was Co-founder and CEO, then later Executive Chairman of Fuze, where he was responsible for corporate strategy. Under his direction, the company transformed the way enterprises view collaboration as a key driver of business visibility, process improvement, and results and scaled to over $100M in revenue.
Prior to Fuze, Steve was co-founder of BladeLogic, Inc., a recognized leader in the data center automation market with a Fortune 500 client list including GE, Time Warner, Microsoft, Cable & Wireless, Walmart, and Sprint, among others. Bladelogic held a successful IPO and was later acquired by BMC Software for ~$800M.
Prior to BladeLogic, Steve was co-founder and CEO of Web Yes, Inc., an early market leader in the Web hosting and application service provider arena that provided infrastructure services for Sun Microsystems, Netscape, and Lycos, among others. Web Yes was acquired by Breakaway Solutions in 1999.
Jason is the Global Head of Community for Algorand Foundation. He held various positions in NEM Foundation as Vice President and Executive Committee, Board Secretary, Partnerships & Strategic Alliances, and as Expansion Director since 2017. Based in Singapore, he was a Board Director for Blockchain Australia and recognised as a Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list-maker. He was a FinTech startup co-founder, ecosystem builder and Wealth Management executive with Standard Chartered Bank, having worked with partners across 30+ cities throughout his career.
Jason holds a Master of International Business and a Bachelor of Laws and has completed the Cambridge Judge Business School executive programs on strategy, innovation and creating high-performance teams. As a strong believer in social good, he regularly volunteers with non-profits and leadership empowerment programs. When Jason is not catching up with the latest breakthroughs in tech and life hacks, he enjoys trying out new cuisines and forming meaningful connections with people with unique perspectives and big ideas. He is blessed with a wife and two daughters who are still trying to convince him to get a puppy.
Nick Leeson, the “rogue trader” that broke Barings Bank is one of the most sought-after speakers on the global speaking circuit. The collapse of Barings Bank, and Nick Leeson's role in it, remains one of the most spectacular debacles in modern financial history.
How could one trader, an ambitious 25 years old investment broker, bring down the banking empire that had funded the Napoleonic Wars and counted the late Queen Elizabeth II as one of its private customers?
The young gambler who found himself sucked into a terrifying spiral of loss was a working-class boy from Watford, north London, who lived out of his depth, high in an upper-class world, until his unchecked gambling caused the downfall of Barings Bank in 1995 and caused chaos in the Singaporean money market.
Sentenced to six and a half years for fraud, Nick spent four and a half of those incarcerated in a Triad gang-ridden Singaporean prison, locked up 23 hours a day, most days, in 100+ degree heat. He was eventually released early on compassionate grounds, due to battling colon cancer, on July 3rd 1999 and extradited back to the UK. At that time his oncologist gave him a 60% chance of surviving another five years.
More recent cases such as Allied Irish Bank, Societe Generale (2008) and UBS (2011) simply highlight that loopholes haven't been closed. In an exclusive interview for the BBC with Huw Edwards, Nick commented "I think rogue trading is probably a daily occurrence amongst the financial markets. Not enough focus goes on those risk management areas, those compliance areas, those settlement areas, that can ultimately save them money."
Despite more audacious and larger scale incidents of rogue trading since the collapse of Barings, Nick Leeson remains the most infamous and high-profile rogue trader and one of the world's most sought-after keynote speakers within the corporate sector.
The late Sir David Frost, who interviewed Nick whilst in the Frankfurt prison, optioned the rights to his story and in 1999 the Hollywood film Rogue Trader was released as a dramatisation of his story and starred Ewan McGregor (Star Wars, Trainspotting) with Anna Friel (Marcella, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Pushing Daisies) portraying his wife at the time.
These events with Nick Leeson represent a unique opportunity for people to meet and question the main protagonist in the largest and most significant financial scandal of the 20th century and gain his personal insight into the current economy and the world today.
Victor Mapunga is a seasoned serial entrepreneur from Zimbabwe with experience in Blockchain, Crypto, FinTech & E-commerce, amalgamated with a focus on emerging markets and the role of investment in the developing world. He is Co-Founder & CEO of FlexFinTx, creators of FlexID, a digital identity wallet which aims to unlock access to financial, insurance, healthcare & government services to over 400 Million Africans. He is the Co-Founder & MD of Mutapa, one of Zimbabwe’s fastest growing E-Commerce & FinTech startups, serving hundreds of merchants & empowering businesses to expand their markets through a global marketplace. He is a previous speaker at the Blockchain Africa Conference & has received training in entrepreneurship & technology from Yale University, M.I.T. & King’s College, London respectively.
Gary has built and scaled engineering teams across a spectrum of companies (startups through public), with significant achievement in the large scale data / event processing space. He joins Algorand from Wayfair, where he led the teams responsible for their customer information platform (DMP), bootstrapped their ML platform org, and scaled the onsite Media / sponsored products platform; the latter growing 3x into a $100 million recurring revenue business over an 18 month span. Before Wayfair, Gary held several technical leadership roles including head of engineering at OfferLogic (acquired by Rokt) and chief architect for a digital media trading startup. Gary completed his Bachelor's of Science degree in Applied Mathematics at Marist College and a Master's of Science in Industrial Engineering at Northeastern University.
James is based at the London Office for the team and has responsibility for driving and nurturing all key revenue streams. He joined the team in January 2019 from British Tennis where he was a member of the Executive Team in his role of Commercial Director. He has held similar roles at the Rugby Football League and the FIA World Rally Championships, where he also assumed the position as TV & Media Director. James has worked with some of the biggest brands in the world and has enjoyed tremendous success in attracting title sponsors to a variety of different domestic and global sports and platforms including Fever-Tree (Queen’s), First Utility (Super League), Monster Energy (Isle of Man TT), Tetley’s (Challenge Cup), Nokia (FIA World Rally Championship) and BNP Paribas (Davis Cup).
Khaled has worked in leadership roles at some of the world's most renowned financial organizations, including Arab Financial Services, BPC Banking Technologies, FSS and SWIFT. Khaled has expertise in the financial payments segment, which matured during 21 years of business relationships with top financial institutions.
Prior to joining the Algorand Foundation as the Head of Ecosystem Access, Devan held a number of commercial roles at prominent technology companies including Ripple, PayPal, and Xero. Passionate about all things Web3, Devan is focused making sure everyone has access to the Algorand ecosystem.
Arul is a builder and investor in Blockchain and Web3 business model. With learnings from 20+ years as entrepreneur and 10+ years as investor, Arul likes investing his time and capital in early stage founders and be part of their journey to build category setting businesses.
Arul founded Enrich is 2003, acquired 2 companies in Europe, built development center with 300+ engineers in India and transformed the company from a professional services firm to the category setting leader in Oracle Procurement cloud during the early years of SaaS business model evolution. Enrich is ranked as Inc 500 company 5 consequent years from 2007 to 2011, Deloitte Top 50 and Pace setter by ABC. Arul was also recognized as Entrepreneur of the year by E&Y, Fetna and B2B magazine. Exited the business to a large private equity firm in 2015.
Arul co-founded Borderless, a Web3 focused financial institution in 2018 along with his Argentinian partner David Garcia whom he met in Bahamas. Borderless has multiple funds in Web3 space and is currently managing over $600M of AUM and a portfolio of 160+ companies across Algorand and EdgeFi ecosystems.
Arul along with his life partner Kavitha manages their family office called Eleven Eleven Investments with a diversified portfolio across early stage startups, private equity, fund of funds, venture debt and public equities. As a couple they also spend their time giving back to community through AK Foundation in the areas of education and sustainability with a mission to plant million trees.
Kevin is a dropout of the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) where he pursued a degree in biomedical engineering. Kevin’s research while in school focused on genome sequencing, gene editing, and the gut microbiome before he transitioned his focus to building startups.
At FPG, Kevin works with the sales, marketing, and product teams to lead go-to-market efforts.
Sam is the Chief Executive Officer and founder of the pioneering esports organisation, Fnatic. Fnatic is one of the most successful esports brands of all time, winning more tier 1 tournaments than any other team globally. With over 40 pro-gamers, 70 creators, and teams and facilities in 7 locations across the world, they are driven by their ability to advance esports performance, whilst growing a growing fan base of over 35million. They are the world’s second most-watched team in 2022. Having partnered with some of the biggest brands in the world including Gucci, BMW, ASOS, Fnatic reaches one of the most elusive audiences with its youth focused in-house studios and content team.
Massimo is Algorand Foundation's Chief Economist. He joined as Economic
Advisor and Head of Economic Research when he was also serving as head
of Rates and Credit Modelling, and Coordinator of Financial Model
Research, at IMI bank of Intesa San Paolo Group. He is Professor of
Finance and Blockchain at Bocconi University and of Blockchain and
Cryptocurrencies at Swiss Finance Institute, USI Lugano. He was an
Advisor and Trainer at the World Bank for 7 years, at the Monetary
Authority of Singapore for 2 years, and at several private and public
financial institutions worldwide. Since 2000 he published several
quantitative finance papers on top journals and conference proceedings,
and is author of the seminal books Understanding and Managing Model
Risk, and Counterparty Credit Risk, Collateral and Funding, by Wiley
Massimo holds an MsC in Economics and a PhD in Maths. His main areas of research have been interest rates, credit modelling and risk management, while since 2014 he has focused on the decentralization of markets through blockchain technology and incentives design. He was a board member of R3, the consortium of largest banks for blockchain application, and one of the first contributors to the CORDA platform. He authored the first articles that in 2015 and 2016 described blockchain decentralized financial products and derivatives with Ethereum test implementation. His work on blockchain has been featured on CoinDesk, Risk Magazine, Bitcoin Magazine, Harvard Business Review and has been quoted by CFTC and US Senate. Since July 4 2019, when he joined Algorand Foundation a few weeks after launch, Massimo devoted his efforts to the Algorand public blockchain, tokenomics, governance and decentralized finance.
Autumn is Head of Community (Americas) for the Algorand Foundation. She loves working at the intersection of technology and social impact, and wants to share the revolution and opportunity happening in blockchain with others
Autumn brings to the Foundation over a decade of marketing and communications experience for digital companies, and direct experience growing blockchain communities
Previous to Algorand, Autumn was Head of Marketing & Community for shEOS - the first female-founded block producer on the EOS network. She’s most proud of co-launching the shEOS Foundation, which empowered young women in the Philippines with technology scholarships.
Autumn’s favorite activities are camping and traveling with her husband and young daughters, waterskiing, snow-skiing, playing ball with her rescue pup, blasting music, making soup and hugging trees.
Johanna is passionate about startup and developer ecosystem building. She has held positions with Dogpatch Labs, Ireland’s leading startup hub as Innovation Partner Manager where she grew Google’s First Fridays For Startups initiative to be the largest startup engagement platform in Ireland. Previous to this as Europe's community development director for SoftLayer, an IBM company, where she focused on developing networks with leading accelerators, meet-ups, investors and entrepreneurs to identify high quality start-ups in all the major hubs in Europe in order to help them scale.
More recently her dev ecosystem building has taken her to Web3.0. As Irish Community Lead at ConsenSys, she founded ‘Blockchain Ireland Week’ in 2019 which has scaled significantly. Currently as Developer Outreach Programs Lead for Algorand Foundation, she’s excited to nurture the next 10,000 developers building on Algorand through global programs.
Agash is the CTO of Zest and Rand Gallery, Zest Capital is the market-leading DAO and Rand Gallery is the biggest NFT marketplace on Algorand. Working with customers like Eterna Capital and Borderless Capital, Zest helps create and manage enterprise-ready DAOs.
Agash has an extensive crypto background working in the space for the last 5 years. He is a degen at heart with an extensive Algorand NFT portfolio. He is a graduate from King’s College London and a serial entrepreneur having sold his last blockchain business in the UK in the healthcare space.
Daniel helps grow the DeFi ecosystem on Algorand, Algorand users can trade for the assets that they want through the various DEXes and participate in borrow & lend platforms to obtain a yield on their assets. We inch closer towards becoming the financial chain.
Shamir Ozery joined the Algorand Foundation as Head of Web3 after nearly two and a half years as Algorand Inc's Marketing Programs Director. Passionate about growth, Shamir has spent the last 15 years learning, building, consulting and executing marketing campaigns with and for a wide variety of clients - from startups to Fortune 500 companies.
Shamir has served as an Adjunct Professor at University of Michigan and Northeastern University, teaching Entrepreneurial and Digital Marketing. A self proclaimed "NFT Junkie" - Shamir believes Web3 has the power to revolutionize the term ownership and global financial inclusion.
Taylan joined Pera as CEO in January 2022 and has been leading the transformation of the popular Algorand wallet into a world class, decentralized crypto experience. Prior to Pera, Taylan led the Hipo team, helping launch industry changing products such as Robinhood, Muse, Algorand and Tinyman.
Chris Peikert, Fellow and Head of Cryptography at Algorand, is a world leader in lattice-based and post-quantum cryptography. He has devised many widely used cryptosystems, efficient algorithms, and security proofs for post-quantum digital signatures, identity-based encryption, pseudorandom functions, zero knowledge proofs, learning with errors, fully homomorphic encryption, and more. His research has heavily influenced several proposals that have advanced through several rounds of NIST’s ongoing post-quantum cryptography standardization process.
Peikert is also the Patrick C. Fischer Development Professor in the University of Michigan’s Computer Science and Engineering division. He received his Ph.D. from MIT in 2006 under the supervision of Silvio Micali, and has previously held research and faculty positions at SRI International and Georgia Tech.
His recognitions include a Sloan Foundation Fellowship, the US-Israel Binational Science Foundation Bergmann Memorial Award, Best/Distinguished Paper Awards at STOC, Crypto, and Eurocrypt (among others), and the Test of Time Award from the Theory of Cryptography Conference.
Claudio Parrinello is the CEO and Cofounder of PlanetWatch, which is building a global decentralized environmental data ecosystem by leveraging Web3 technologies and communities.
Claudio holds a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics. He is a former research physicist, international consultant and manager at CERN, Geneva. An Italian national, he has lived and worked in the US as well as in several European countries.
In 2012, he cofounded Terabee, a French startup developing innovative 3D sensing solutions. In 2016, Claudio started getting involved in the blockchain ecosystem. In 2017, he led a project delivering the first NFT standard for the EOS blockchain.
Finally, in 2019, he got the idea underpinning PlanetWatch, by blending his passions for the environment, citizen science and advanced technologies. PlanetWatch has since become the only company in the blockchain ecosystem to be an official CERN spin-off.
Abhinav is a Research Partner at Woodstock Fund, focusing on research and investments, especially on infrastructure, middleware, and the general web3 stack. He has bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and a minor in Finance from BITS Pilani, India. Abhinav has been involved in the blockchain space since 2018, and previously worked with IBM on IoT systems and UNSW Sydney on blockchain-based intrusion detection systems. Outside of work, he enjoys football, photography, and traveling.
Piergiacomo is a crypto idealist, a true believer of the power of quality education and passionate about building strong communities. Piergiacomo holds a Bs in Economics from UCSC of Milan and a Master in Technology Management from UC Santa Barbara, where he was also the President of the Blockchain Club and won the 2020 edition of the New Venture Competition. Piergiacomo co-founded the Blockchain Acceleration Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to accelerating education, research and adoption of web3.
In his spare time enjoys playing horde on Gears of War, Rebirth Island on Call of Duty or 2vs2 on FIFA; when he wants to take a break from screens, he likes to play Everdell with friends. Piergiacomo is also a huge AC Milan fan and likes to play soccer, basketball and to practice Krav Maga.
Joe Polny is an engineer on the Developer Relations team at the Algorand Foundation. As someone that is passionate about blockchain technology, he has a deep understanding of the Algorand development process and enjoys sharing that passion and knowledge with others. He graduated from Wentworth Institute of Technology in 2020 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Engineering and previously worked as an engineer in the defense industry prior to joining the Foundation in May 2022.
Daniel Pye is the Digital Projects Manager for the Canada SailGP Team. Canada SailGP Team is one of the few independent teams in this high-speed sail racing league, having joined in May 2022 at the start of Season 3. The team is driven by their entrepreneurial spirit and is on a mission to become the first fully-digital sports franchise, with a suite of Web3 projects in motion.
Before joining the Canadian team, Daniel worked as a project manager in Web3 for several years, only to refocus his efforts at the onset of the pandemic on founding a mental health nonprofit called the Rise to Thrive Foundation. Now that he’s returned to the realm of Web3, he hopes to demonstrate the business viability of disruptive technologies in sport by launching projects that support the goals of the Canada SailGP Team.
Life-long gamer and entrepreneur with lots of experience leading multidisciplinary teams in the entertainment and tech industry. In early 2020 when I fully discovered blockchain technology I knew I wanted to be involved somehow, and I am lucky enough to be able to mix two of my greatest passions, gaming and blockchain tech.
Over his career, Paul has led products and driven product strategy for organizations ranging from startups to Fortune 25 environments. Prior to joining Algorand, Paul was with Carbon Black where he led product management for all strategic initiatives across a portfolio of products that produce over $200 million in recurring revenue. This role included being market facing where he pushed to educate, advocate, and contribute to thought leadership in the cybersecurity space. Prior to Carbon Black, Paul held a number of leadership positions including global product management at IBM and founding a sales oriented startup. Paul holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Integrated Science and Technology from James Madison University and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame.
Evangelina is the Student Engagement Lead at Algorand Foundation. Evangelina manages the community of students globally and is responsible for the coordination of activities, relationships and initiatives related to universities and students.
Evangelina is a lawyer specializing in finance and she has been actively working in the blockchain ecosystem since 2018 in multiple initiatives
Evangelina has developed her career as a Program Manager at the Blockchain Academy Chile of the Latamtech group, a Latinoamerican Startup. She was responsible for content creation, community development, and educational programs for developers and blockchain enthusiasts. She has written conceptual and technical content for the international media Be In Crypto. In addition, she has been part of projects advising on the development of the Alphaverse metaverse of the Atari company
Evangelina is from Argentina, is very energetic, loves electronic music and festivals. She lives close to the sea and spends time in nature, like trekking, swimming, running, and enjoys skating or going to the gym.
Fernando Ruiz is a physician with a master degree in Public Health (Harvard), a master in Economics (Javeriana University) and a doctorate in Public Health (Mexican Institute of Public Health). He was Colombia ́s Minister of Health from 2020 to 2022, Vice Minister of Public Health from 2013 to 2016. He was the Technical Director for the design and building of CTIC, the first Latin America Comprehensive Cancer Center (2016-2020). He has been Co-chair of COVAX, the multilateral facility for the access to COVID-19 vaccines, President of the Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization (2021), member of the Executive Board of the World Health Organization (2016). Researcher on Health Systems and Economics for 20 years, and a consultant for the World Bank and the Interamerican Development Bank.
Takatoshi Shibayama is the Head of Sales APAC for Copper.co, a crypto prime brokerage and custodial service. He provides institutional clients with a secure way to access the world of crypto investing.
Prior to this, he was an analyst and investor of distressed corporate situations for 17 years, starting his career with investment banks such as JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs, later joining a US hedge fund Davidson Kempner Capital Management, and co-founding 3D Investment Partners in Singapore, with nearly US$1bn in AUM.
Abhinav Sinha, a graduate of the Birla Institute of Technology and co-founder and CTO of Eko India Financial Services, holds multiple patents for secure payments and telecommunications innovations. He started his career as an engineer at Oracle before joining Six DEE Telecom Solutions as a product manager for the company's Online Recharge Platform.
At Eko, Abhinav has led the charge in building a digital banking and financial services platform for all, with over 100 services now available on the platform to cater to all needs a customer has from a bank and open APIs to truly democratise them. Since 2007, Eko has served over 50 million customers and is available over a merchant network of 150,000 customers that enables over 7 million banking transactions per month. Over 300 partners have already built their business on top of the Eko platform. Eko is committed to expanding its range of financial services with its mission to take digital economy solutions to the next 500 million Indians and to other developing markets around the world.
Abhisar, Co-Founder and CEO of Kalga Labs, is a London Business School finance graduate and an investment banker with 15+ years of experience in global markets trading, analytics and strategy at leading financial institutions like Deutsche Bank, Bank of Montreal, Kotak Bank. He also holds a masters in Economics from IGIDR (under Reserve Bank of India) and through the management of multi billion dollar trading desks, has ample experience in leading teams in a high pressure environment. He is crazy about Bollywood and films in general and truly believes a decentralized structure is key to the future of cinema.
Priya is a technology entrepreneur, a changemaker and multi-talented professional with experience being advisor/member on the tech policy team on the US Presidential campaign. She is the creator of the concept and credit title "Impact Advisor" for cause and culture-based Cinema, primarily given in Hindi cinema famously known as Bollywood.
Priya has moderated panels during the World Economic Forum at Davos, chaired panels at Horasis meetings, Indian Merchant Chamber of Commerce and Industry and during the United Nations General Assembly.
Victor Shelstad is CEO and co-founder of Star Sight Labs, where he focuses on the development of Aegir Tactics, a digital card game. He has a background in professional gaming with placements in several national and world championships. Victor believes that for gaming to evolve further we must build immutable game assets, robust game economies, and player governance.
Jack Stanley is the President of Alchemon. As a Co-Founder of The Tech Academy (an award-winning, licensed, technology trade school established in 2014 and headquartered in Portland, Oregon) he brings a wide skill set to the table. With years of experience in curriculum development and teaching of a variety of coding classes (including video game development) he was an obvious choice to bring aboard to ensure Alchemon achieved its goals!
Jayden Sage is the Founder & CEO of Global Crypto Council (GCC). He is a Wall Street Mathematician who has been in the Blockchain space since 2011. He serves as a Speaker, Advisor, and Futurist to startups, universities, government entities, and industry in the upcoming transformation to distributed value creation. His particular emphasis is on humanity’s navigation through decentralization with Web 3, Web 4, & Web 5. Jayden Sage is an Angel Investor in the Blockchain industry and also runs an investment fund in the Space industry.
Chris is currently the Group Head of Investor Relations for Pyypl, the most exciting next-generation consumer financial services company in the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia. Prior to this Chris was leading a corporate advisory business based in Dubai, working with international companies, Sovereign Wealth Fund’s, large family offices and other qualified investors to create valued partnerships and drive their business interests in the Middle East and North Africa
With over 15 years of international business experience, Chris has also held leadership roles for investment banks, multinational brokerages and a boutique investment house in London focused on equity capital markets. During this time, Chris ran equity securities finance trading and proprietary trading businesses in Europe and the Middle East. Chris also pursued a personal venture establishing strategic partnerships for a lifestyle technology platform called the ‘The Swing Index’ which provides coaching as a service
Amrita is the first NFT artist in the UAE, a pioneer and thought leader in the web 3 space and an award-winning UAE golden visa holder.
After a successful career in the banking world, Amrita left the corporate world for a deeper calling to become an artist, leading to the creation of her multimedia art genre, SoundBYTEs(c).
The unique idea led to her recognition and coverage with Forbes, CNN, BBC World, CNBC, Bloomberg etc., to winning awards, being selected for Expo 2020 and creating one of the world’s largest augmented reality murals and the first in the Middle East. She works with physical artwork, NFTs and fashion and adds Augmented, Virtual Reality and artificial intelligence into her work.
She uses sound, story telling, art and technology and has created other collections called The AlphaBYTEs and The CrystalBYTES where she creates new languages and infuses human consciousness into art.
Amrita’s art expresses a story with words through images and she hope to inspire people go inwards find their own voice and then come out and tell their story or re-write it to inspire others.
Calvin has more than 10 years of financial services and investment experience across fintech start-ups and asset management. As the Managing Director at Hex Trust, Calvin works closely with clients globally to provide bespoke blockchain and custody solutions to help them bridge the worlds of digital assets and traditional finance. Prior to joining Hex Trust as the first business hire, Calvin held numerous roles across institutional sales and business development at leading firms such as PIMCO, Figure Technologies, Deloitte and BNY Mellon. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA in economics from UC San Diego, and is a CFA and CAIA charterholder.[email protected]
Ashish is a celebrated serial entrepreneur and philanthropist. He started his first business in 1996 at the age of 15 with a $5,000 loan. Since then, Ashish and his family have driven the growth of the company from a small IT business in Uganda to the globally recognized multi-sector investment group that exists today. Through its businesses and investments, the family now created a presence across 26 African countries in sectors spanning technology, manufacturing, real estate and financial services. Ashish is passionate about enabling, empowering and inspiring young entrepreneurs and women entrepreneurs. In 2009, he launched the families Foundation to foster and support emerging entrepreneurs through mentorship, Mara Mentor is a free online global platform that connects emerging entrepreneurs with business leaders and industry experts. The family's vision is to create a self-sustaining Africa through entrepreneurship.
In 2012 Ashish was appointed a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum (WEF) in recognition of his success and leadership in driving social and economic change in Africa. Ashish advises several heads of state in Sub-Saharan Africa and is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Entrepreneurship.
In 2013 Ashish was listed in the Fortune magazine’s 40 under 40 list globally.
In 2015 Ashish was appointed Chair of the United Nations Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council. His business was also awarded the Boldness in Business award by FT and ArcelorMittal. In 2016 Ashish was awarded Esquire Middle East Man of the Year.
In 2017 Ashish was appointed Chair of the Presidential Youth Advisory Group at the African Development Bank.
In 2019 Ashish was named African Leadership Person of the Year for Employment Generation. Ashish truly believes that by 'doing good' you will 'do well'. His Spiritual Leader: Morari Bapu has a huge influence on his life, whose teaching is; Truth, Love & Compassion. Ashish’s current focus is how to in a self-sustainable and scalable way solve meaningful financial inclusion & digital inclusion.
Ortal Tevel is the CEO of Colu and the co-founder of Urban Change Protocol. Passionate about local currencies and the cities of the future, pioneering local coin solutions that drive economic and social prosperity for urban communities.
Ortal has been leading Fintech software products in the last 20 years, and is obsessed with turning ideas into reality and innovative applications.
Krishna Tammireddy, Chief Marketing Officer (and acting India CEO) at Nowigence, has 20+ years of experience in Sales, Customer Success, Strategic Growth consulting. Krishna earlier led sales at Telstra Mobile Gaming, EA, Cellmania & Blackberry Appstore business. He was head of Blackberry's App World and Content Marketing until 2014 and oversaw JAPAC, Middle East, and Africa. Thereafter, he was Co-Founder & Chief Business Office of Junotele. In his spare time, Krishna enjoys mentoring businesses; at 50K Ventures, a few of the startups he had initially identified (Commute & Automate) have now been acquired by unicorns Careem and Notion.
Ryan has worked on numerous projects at the intersection of technology, policy, and operations. He started his career working on Android at Google and jumped to fintech startups from there, including leading platform partnerships at Ripple in the early days of the blockchain industry. Ryan is a graduate of the University of Oxford Master of Public Policy program and holds a BA in Classical Civilizations from the University of California, Berkeley.
In his spare time Ryan lives vicariously through the emotional turmoil that comes with the daily grind of a season of San Francisco Giants baseball.
Tian is the founder of 1circle Chinese community on Algorand, and the project lead of TigerChi, an NFT project that roars to bring people together
Since launching 1circle Chinese community, Tian leads the team to drive Algorand awareness and engagement with Chinese audience, especially students and developers. She has driven the partnerships between Algorand Foundation and Top Chinese universities - Peking University and Tsinghua University Student Blockchain Association, and has supported developer camps and events in China. On 1circle Chinese community website www.1circle.io,, the team has produced/translated 226 articles in 10 months for its audience, and has been updating the Algorand ecosystem overview chart regularly.
TigerChi NFT project supports Algorand student outreach by designing student TigerChi NFTs to onboard more students all around the world. TigerChi has been actively engaged in social impact initiatives too, it is working with Tigers4ever charity, as well as onboarding more charities onto Algorand.
With a strong interest in Metaverse, Tian has led the design and development of TigerChi Kingdom, which was used for Algorand's 'Earth day in Metaverse' event on www.xSpaces.io. She also acts as the advisor to xSpaces for engaging them to Algorand Ecosystem.
Tian holds a MBA from Collège des Ingénieurs in France and Master's degree in Information Science from Peking University in China. She has a rich experience in product marketing and has always been an active advocate for Algorand.
She is a mother of two amazing kids, and in her spare time, she enjoys travelling and photography, and now everything NFT and web3.
Feel free to say Hello to her on Decipher!
Michele works in the Economy Team where he is responsible for the mathematical modeling, simulation and understanding of the relevant processes that define the blockchain ecosystem, such as Circulating Supply Dynamics, Price Dynamics and Governance Framework.
After the Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics, Michele has visited as a researcher many Universities and Laboratories throughout Europe, doing research both in Theoretical Physics and Complex Systems, finally getting into Investment Banking as a Quant.
As soon as he leaves the laptop, Michele throws himself into ultra marathons and ultra trails wandering for days and nights into the wild, but surely cannot survive on nothing but the dew of a single Ginko leaf.
Dean Tyler is a life-long avid gamer and serial entrepreneur which set him up well to start the Algo Gaming Guild (AGG). AGG is an organization that drives blockchain gaming adoption, specifically on Algorand, through informational mediums and upcoming tech-powered tools.
In his spare time, you can catch him in the gaming world, playing games like Legends of Runeterra, Splinterlands, Star Citizen, Call of Duty, Overwatch and more. GG.
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Doro Unger-Lee is the Head of University Programs at Algorand Foundation. Doro manages all university engagements at the Foundation. Together with the Algorand research team she launched the Algorand Centres of Excellence (ACE) programme. The ACE programme strives to make a long-lasting, positive impact in the blockchain and cryptocurrency space.
Before joining Algorand Foundation Doro Unger-Lee was a senior programme manager at international top universities, including UC Berkeley, MIT and the University of Cambridge
Nikhil Varma serves as a Web 3.0 subject matter expert (cannonball) at Algorand Foundation’s India arm, AlgoBharat, where he engages with universities and companies to accelerate the diffusion of blockchain technology in India. Nikhil is Associate Professor at Ramapo College of New Jersey, and also a guest professor at India Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, and at Molde University, Norway, where he teaches supply chain analytics and blockchain related courses.
Prior To academics, Nikhil spent time as a developer, analyst, management consultant and a project manager. He also started two companies and served on the board of a public company that acquired his startup. He has a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, India and a master’s in computer engineering from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. He also has an MBA and a PhD in management from HEC Montreal.
Nikhil is passionate about optimizing operations and using machine learning to develop efficient delivery platforms. He teaches blockchain to managers and has given lectures at several institutions and conferences on institutionalization blockchain.
Eric joined the Algorand Foundation in July 2022 after spending over 20 years at JPMorgan, where he served most recently as Managing Director in structured finance and head of Asset Backed Securities for Northern Europe. During his time there, he successfully led the completion of over 100 fundraising, strategic disposal, principal investments, or advisory assignments, with an aggregate value exceeding $500bn.
At the Foundation, Eric reports to CEO, Staci Warden, and leads global initiatives and strategic partnerships in traditional capital markets, as well as decentralized finance. Teams working in capital markets solutions, DeFi, capital markets access and integrations, investor relations and office of the chief economist report to him. He also chairs the Foundation's Investment Committee.
Eric lives in central London where, together with his wife Francesca, they are revitalizing Rochester Square, a formerly derelict plant nursery, as a socially inclusive community arts hub.
Fergal Walsh is CTO at Tinyman, a decentralized permissionless automated market maker (AMM) exchange protocol on Algorand. Fergal has been designing and building systems for over 10 years and has spent the last 6 years at @HipoLabs helping to build products for startups in a wide variety of areas including fintech, event managment, natural history curation, sports apparel, health care and blockchain based decentralized finance. These days he focuses exclusively on building products for the Algorand ecosystem, primarily in the area of FutureFi.
John Woods joined the Algorand Foundation as CTO in 2022. Prior to joining the leadership team he worked as Chief Architect of Cardano at IOHK. John has held roles leading software architecture and applied cryptography at a number of firms including Informatica and ConsenSys.
Jason Weinstein is a partner at Steptoe & Johnson, where he serves as co-chair of both the Blockchain and Cryptocurrency and the Investigations and White-Collar Defense practices. Jason is also the Director of the Blockchain Alliance, a public-private forum created to help combat criminal activity involving cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology through education and dialogue between industry and government, and which has grown to more than 150 participating companies and government agencies on six continents. He is a member of the strategic advisory board of Bitfury and the advisory boards of Coin Center and the Chamber of Digital Commerce. Prior to joining Steptoe, Jason served as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in DOJ’s Criminal Division, where he led the Division’s cybercrime, transnational organized crime, human rights, and gang programs and oversaw the most significant organized crime, financial crime, cybercrime, and intellectual property theft cases in the U.S. Jason previously served for 10 years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York and the District of Maryland.
Ben Wyeth is the founder of Goanna NFT project, Algorand's highest grossing NFT collection. He is passionate about using NFTs to drive real world impact and the projects early conservation efforts have been spun out into The Gilbert Goanna Tree Planting Fund, Algorand's first dedicated impact fund. In '22 he doubled down on his commitment to NFTs launching the Shufl NFT marketplace.
Min is the Global Head of Ecosystem Growth where she is responsible for building partnerships, attracting and supporting web 3 verticals, and scaling community activations. She joins us from Blockchain.com, where she was leading partnerships. Previous to that, Min co-founded a venture-backed startup that built consumer facing apps and was the COO. Before jumping into the entrepreneurial world, Min held a number of roles across Partnerships, BD, and Strategy functions at technology and media companies. She started her career building software in financial services.
Daniel Yang is the head of investment and diversification for the Algorand Foundation and is a member of the investment committee.
Daniel is passionnate and deeply involved with blockchain technology since 2016. In his previous role, he was an integral part of the Cumberland Asia team, a leading cryptocurrency trading firm in the space. In his previous life, Daniel worked in the institutional trading business for TD Bank, having managed and traded FX and Precious Metals products.
He holds a Masters of Management Finance from Queens university in Canada and is a CFA Charterholder.
In his free time, he follows religiously his hometown professional hockey team and enjoys the frosty feeling of playing ice hockey while living in the tropical climate of Singapore.
Matt Zhang is the Founder and Managing Partner of Hivemind Capital Partners, a crypto-focused investment firm dedicated to blockchain technologies, crypto companies and the digital assets ecosystem. Founded in 2021, Hivemind leverages a converging multi-strategy approach to create start-to-finish capital solutions for entrepreneurs, and provides category-leading infrastructure to institutionalize crypto investing.
Prior to Hivemind, Mr. Zhang spent 15 years in the financial services industry, and most recently as the global head of structured products trading at Citi, the leading global investment bank. In addition to his trading business responsibility, Matt created the bank's spread products investment technologies team, or SPRINT, to focus on venture equity investments in the fintech space. Matt was also a founding partner of Citi Impact Fund, which makes equity investments in "double bottom line" companies to help address society's most pressing challenges.
Matt holds an MST in Real Estate from University of Cambridge and a BS in Economics from the London School of Economics. Mr. Zhang is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA).
James is the CEO and Co-Founder of Jambo. James grew up in the D.R Congo, Central Africa. His family has been doing international business in the region for three generations, mainly investing in local infrastructure that helps develop local rural communities. James is a serial entrepreneur and avid investor. He became involved with the crypto community starting in 2015 as a personal contributor. In 2017, he launched Black Panther Capital’s first crypto fund of funds which invested in 10+ top tier token funds globally, and also participated in Coinbase, Bitmain, Messari, and other well-established industry leaders. Personally, James has also been a long-time blockchain/crypto advocate and personal advisor to many prominent organizations and institutions. James was invited to the Davos World Economic Forum as a blockchain forum panelist in Jan 2020 and spoke at the Singapore FinTech Week on the future of cryptocurrency in 2019.
Cyborg, philosopher, technologist, mathmo, artist
creator of 2i2i ~ the infinitely dimensional, infinitely inclusive market model based on Algorand a corollary results in the provably fairest and provably most inclusive social network 2i2i has the theoretical potential to jump start the most efficient and inclusive economy ever
experienced in systems design, mathematical and backend coding,
blockchains, machine learning, quantitative trading
winner of multiple awards for systems created in TradFi
could code "anything" in any language, but choosing TEAL nowadays :)