Who We Are

The Algorand Foundation is a Company Limited by Guarantee (CLG) with the incorporation issued by the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) in the Republic of Singapore.

Mission

Together with our community, we are building trusted, public and permissionless  infrastructure for the borderless economy.

The Algorand Foundation is committed to the development of an inclusive and transparent system where anyone can build prosperity through decentralized applications and projects, no matter where they are.  The Algorand Foundation will provide assistance with the network launch, along with initial governance and evolution of the public blockchain, with a primary goal of promoting broad participation and decentralization of the network. The Algorand Foundation is helping make the borderless economy a reality.

Core Technology

We believe that a public, permissionless, pure proof-of-stake blockchain with an open source approach is fundamental to delivering on the vision of a borderless economy.  

The Algorand consensus mechanism is designed to promote open participation, security and performance within a network that is decentralized by design. With consensus on a new block being reached as fast as the block can be propagated throughout the network, Algorand’s transaction throughput is on par with large payment and financial networks, all securely scalable to billions of users. And Algorand is also the first blockchain to provide immediate transaction finality without the fear of forks.

Learn more about Algorand’s core technology at www.algorand.com.

Algorand Foundation Board

John Bridgewater

John is a technology leader with experience building out teams, operations, and infrastructure in startup and more established technology companies.

As Executive Director at the Algorand Foundation during its first year of operation, John onboarded the initial team, filled board and advisor positions and developed the initial governance structure.

Prior to joining the Algorand Foundation, John has held technical leadership positions at Fuze, a cloud software company, BladeLogic, a data center automation software company, Breakaway Solutions, an Infrastructure-as-a-Service company. John’s areas of expertise include networking and distributed systems, data center and cloud infrastructure, technical operations, and business operations.

John holds a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science from McGill University. He is an avid runner & cross-country skier and enjoys playing chess & the New York Times crossword puzzle.

Pino Persiano

Giuseppe (Pino) Persiano is a professor of Computer Science at the Dipartimento di Scienze Aziendali -- Management of Innovation Systems of the Università di Salerno.

Pino has received his Laurea in Science dell'Informazione cumlaude, in 1986 from Salerno, his M.Sc. in Computer Science from Harvard University in 1989, and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Harvard University in 1992. Between Salerno and Harvard, he has worked for Olivetti, in Ivrea, Italy.

Pino has been an Associate Professor of Computer Science at theDipartimento di Matematica of the Università di Catania from 1992 to 1994. Then he moved to Salerno as a Professor of Computer Science.

His main research area is Theoretical Computer Science with a special focus on Cryptography. He was an early contributor to Non-Interactive Zero Knowledge and to Searchable Encryption.

He is a big fan of writer William Gibson, composer Philip Glass and of the Juventus Football Club. His palmares as a "tifoso" includes two World Cups, with a third one coming up soon.

Economic Advisory Committee

Co-Pierre Georg

Member, Economic Advisory Committee

Co-Pierre Georg is an Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town and holds the South African Reserve Bank Research Chair in Financial Stability Studies. His research interests focus on systemic risk and financial interconnectedness with a particular interest in the nexus of financial innovation and financial stability. He obtained his PhD from the University of Jena in 2011 and has published both in finance and interdisciplinary journals. Co-Pierre’s research has received awards from the European Central Bank, the SAFE Center of Excellence at Goethe University, the Volkswagen Foundation, and the Institut Louis Bachelier.

He has been a consultant at various central banks and held visiting positions at MIT, Oxford, Princeton, and Columbia University. He is a Research Associate at the Oxford Martin School for the 21st Century and the Imperial College Center for Global Finance and Technology, as well as a Research Affiliate at the Columbia University Center for Global Legal Transformation.

Guido Molinari

Member, Economic Advisory Committee

Guido is Managing Partner at Prysm Group, an economic consulting firm specialized in incentive design, token economics and governance for the blockchain and distributed ledger industry. He has led the firm’s consulting, education and research work with corporates, academic institutions, investment funds, and international organizations including IBM, MIT Sloan, Polychain Capital, and the World Economic Forum. He has led engagements with startups backed by Andreessen Horowitz, Sequoia Capital, and Union Square Ventures, with over $1B in total funding. He has presented at major industry conferences including Consensus, Yale Blockchain Conference, Crypto Economic Security Conference and Blockchain Revolution Global.

Guido is a former investment banker at Merrill Lynch and has been a visiting lecturer in entrepreneurship at Columbia Business School and the London School of Economics, and an Imperial College Master in Innovation business coach. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and holds a BA in International Economics & Management from Bocconi University, a Graduate Diploma in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art and a joint MSc in International Management from HEC Paris and the London School of Economics. Most recently, he completed the Executive Education program at MIT Sloan in “Blockchain Technologies, Business Innovation and Applications”.

Technical Advisory Committee

Dan Boneh

Member, Technical Advisory Committee

Dr. Boneh is a Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University where he heads the applied cryptography group, co-directs the computer security lab, and co-directs the new center for blockchain research (CBR). Dr. Boneh's research focuses on applications of cryptography to computer security. His work includes cryptosystems with novel properties, cryptography for blockchains, web security, and cryptanalysis. He is the author of over a 150 publications in the field and is a recipient of the 2014 ACM prize, the 2013 Godel prize, the RSA award in mathematics, and six best paper awards. In 2016 Dr. Boneh was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

Bryan Parno

Member, Technical Advisory Committee

Bryan Parno is an Associate Professor with a joint appointment in Carnegie Mellon University's Computer Science Department and Electrical & Computer Engineering Department, and a Senior Member of ACM and IEEE. After receiving a Bachelor's degree from Harvard College, he completed his PhD working with Adrian Perrig at Carnegie Mellon University, where his dissertation won the 2010 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award. He then spent six years as a Researcher in Microsoft Research before returning to CMU.

Bryan's research is primarily focused on investigating long-term, fundamental improvements in how to design and build secure systems. In 2011, he was selected for Forbes' 30-Under-30 Science List. He formalized and worked to optimize verifiable computation, receiving a Best Paper Award at the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy for his advances. He coauthored a book on Bootstrapping Trust in Modern Computers, and his work in that area has been incorporated into the latest security enhancements in Intel CPUs. His research into security for new application models was incorporated into Windows and received Best Paper Awards at the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy and the USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation. He has recently extended his interest in bootstrapping trust to the problem of building practical, formally verified secure systems, for which he received a Distinguished Paper Award at the USENIX Security Symposium. His other research interests include user authentication, secure network protocols, and security in constrained environments (e.g., RFID tags, sensor networks, or vehicles).

Algorand Foundation Team

Sean Lee

Chief Executive Officer

Sean is an accomplished leader with extensive go-to-market experience working with start-ups and global technology companies in North America and Asia. He is an inspiring conference speaker focusing on digital innovation, cloud strategy and FinTech. Prior to the Algorand Foundation, Sean held leadership roles within Dell Technologies, Pivotal and EMC, working with clients and partners across 20+ countries.

Sean holds an Executive MBA from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a Double Major in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Waterloo in Canada. He is an avid Star Wars fan, an amateur photographer, and a whiskey enthusiast.

Fangfang Chen

Chief Operating Officer

Fangfang joined Algorand Foundation from State Street Corporation, where she held a number of management positions in both the US and Asia-Pacific region over her 12 year tenure there. Most recently, Fangfang was chief operating officer for the Asia-Pacific region, where she oversaw day-to-day operations across multiple businesses and directed transformation efforts in support of business growth.  Fangfang was a member of State Street's Asia Pacific ExCo, the senior most strategy and policy-making body in the region.  

Fangfang has extensive financial services industry experience, having held strategy and management positions at Fidelity Investments and American International Group. Prior to that, she was a management consultant, leading strategic engagements for Fortune 500 clients. Fangfang holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Yale University and a Bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of International Business & Economics in Beijing. 

Tal Rabin

Head of Research, Research Fellow

Tal is a researcher whose general area focuses on cryptography and, more specifically, on secure multiparty computation, threshold cryptography, and proactive security. Her works have been instrumental in forming these areas.

Tal obtained her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Hebrew University, Israel in 1994. She joined the cryptography group at IBM Research in 1996 and managed it from 1997 to 2019. She has served as a member of the SIGACT Executive Board and a council member of the Computing Community Consortium. She has initiated and organizes the Women in Theory Workshop, a biennial event for graduate students in Theory of Computer Science.

Tal is a Member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences, a fellow of the ACM and a fellow of the International Association of Cryptologic Research (IACR). She is the 2019 recipient of the RSA Award for Excellence in the Field of Mathematics and winner of the 2014 Anita Borg Women of Vision Award for Innovation. She has been listed by Forbes as one of the World’s Top 50 Women in Tech for 2018.

Massimo Morini

Chief Economist

Massimo is Algorand Foundation's Chief Economist and also serves as head of Rates and Credit Modelling, and Coordinator of Model Research, at IMI bank. He is Professor of Fixed Income at Bocconi University and teaches Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies at Swiss Finance Institute Lugano. He has been Advisor and Trainer at the World Bank, the Monetary Authority of Singapore and several private and public financial institutions.  He published several quantitative papers and is author of the seminal books Understanding and Managing Model Risk, and Counterparty Credit Risk, Collateral and Funding.

Massimo’s main areas of interest are rates and credit modeling, risk management, and technology-enabled transformation of financial markets. He authored the first articles proposing blockchain and smart contract solutions for financial instruments, often quoted by US regulators. As board member, he headed the Valuation, Collateral & Risk Management working group at R3 blockchain consortium of banks. He led the development of smart contracts for collateralized derivatives with trusted computation on Ethereum. In the field he researches on decentralized financial market infrastructures, layer-two solutions and stability mechanisms, and his work on blockchain featured on Coindesk, Bitcoin Magazine, Harvard Business Review.

Craig Gentry

Research Fellow

Craig joined the Algorand Foundation from the Cryptography Research Group at IBM Research. While a PhD student at Stanford and a summer intern at IBM, he built the first fully homomorphic encryption (FHE) scheme, a breakthrough for which he won the ACM Doctoral Dissertation and ACM Grace Murray Hopper Awards. Continuing at IBM, he developed next-generation FHE schemes, including “BGV” and “GSW”, and worked with Shai Halevi (author of HElib) and others to make FHE more practical. He has also contributed work on zero-knowledge proofs (“Pinocchio”), signatures (BGLS aggregate signatures), and cryptographic program obfuscation (helping to build the first plausibly secure construction). For his work on FHE and obfuscation, he won the MacArthur “Genius” Award in 2014.

Shai Halevi

Research Fellow

Shai's research covers most aspects of cryptography: from public-key to symmetric cryptography, constructions, cryptanalysis, and foundational work. It includes breakthrough results on multilinear maps and obfuscation, advances in the theory of homomorphic encryption, and the implementations of both the HElib homomorphic encryption library and of branching-program obfuscation.

Shai is a Fellow and a board member of the International Association of Cryptologic Research (IACR). He is the recipient of the 2017 SIGSAC Outstanding Innovation Award, the Eurocrypt 2013 best paper award and the IBM Pat Goldberg best-paper awards in 2004, 2012 and 2013. He is the chair of the steering committee for the TCC conference, and was program (co)chair of ACM-CCS 2016, Crypto 2009, and TCC 2006.

Shai obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Science from MIT in 1997 and has authored more than 100 publications with over 20,000 citations. Prior to joining the Algorand Foundation, he was a researcher at IBM Research.

Hugo Krawczyk

Research Fellow

Hugo has 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 emerging 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.

Fabrice Benhamouda

Researcher

Fabrice is a researcher in cryptography. His interests range from theoretical topics to the implementation of secure multiparty computation protocols and their integration in blockchain systems.

Prior to joining Algorand Foundation, Fabrice was a researcher at IBM Research. He obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the École Normale Supérieure, Paris, France in 2016. He was awarded the “Prix de thèse Gilles Kahn 2017,” a French excellence award for Ph.D. theses in computer science, and an honorary mention at the ERCIM Cor Baayen Young Research Award 2017. He has received the best paper award at Eurocrypt 2018.

Ori Shemtov

Full-Stack Developer

Ori holds a BSc in Computer Science from the Technion, Israel. Prior to joining Algorand Foundation, Ori worked as a Back-End developer at the recommendations team at Dynamic Yield (which was acquired by McDonald's).

Ori is passionate about learning new technologies and expanding his horizons. He believes that blockchain technology is here to stay and will have a powerful impact on the world's economy, society and culture.

Michael Teh

Financial Controller

Michael joined Algorand Foundation from TCL, a multinational electronics company, where he was the financial controller overseeing global financial management in the mobile devices division. Michael was responsible for the financial and risk management in TCL mobile devices sales to over 160 countries throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.

Prior to TCL, Michael worked in one of the Big Four accounting firms, leading audit engagements for listed companies and MNCs. He is a certified public accountant and holds a BBA degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Michael likes doing minor handyman projects, especially with his two boys. He is the handyman of the family.

Stephen Duignan

Head of Marketing

Stephen joined the Algorand Foundation from LogMeIn, a SaaS technology company focused on the development of industry leading UCaSS, IDaSS and CE products, where he was VP International Marketing & Strategy. In this role, he was responsible for building and executing LogMeIn's go-to-market strategy for its international market expansion in Europe, India, APAC and LATAM. Prior to LogMeIn, he worked in market growth and expansion roles in companies such as SanDisk and Dell Computers.

Stephen has over 25 years experience in building marketing teams and marketing strategies that have delivered successful geographic expansion in a range of industries and markets. While Stephen's career has been built in marketing, he originally graduated with a BSc. in Applied Physics from Dublin City University. The intersection of technology, science and building markets is his passion.

Steve is a Tottenham Hotspur supporter, a motorcyclist and all around motorsports fan. When not spending time with his family or on his motorbike, Steve's guilty pleasure is building Lego Technics.

Haichao Zhu

Associate Director, Developer & Ecosystem Development Asia Markets

Haichao is the associate director at Algorand Foundation. He works on developer community building and ecosystem development.

Before joining Algorand Foundation, Haichao worked as a developer, researcher, and product manager at Nervos project, where he helped with product development and marketing. He was also a researcher and developer at Microsoft Research Asia in Beijing, Tokyo University in Japan as well as Hasso-Plattner-Institute in Berlin.

Sophie Wang

Marketing Manager Asia Markets

Sophie is a marketing manager of Algorand Foundation and holds a B.Sc. in Finance from Donghua University and an M.S. in Media Management from Fordham University NYC.

She is passionate about emerging technology and blockchain’s potential to bring about social change.  A social media strategist at heart and content marketer, she joined Algorand Foundation to build and grow a thriving community in China.

Before joining Algorand Foundation, Sophie worked as a marketing professional at several local and international companies. Her past experience includes helping out at the FoST and New York Advertising Week before joining a Shanghai-based cloud computing company working in tandem with their VIP service providers: Microsoft, Amazon Web Services and Alibaba.

Sophie is an art lover, occasional foodie and an amateur poet. She adores her four-legged friends (dogs) and has done successful PR for four cute Yorkies in NYC, which was covered by DailyMail, New York Post and other media outlets.

Summer Miao

Marketing Manager Asia Markets

Summer is the Asia marketing manager of Algorand Foundation, responsible for go-to-market execution and operations including marketing strategy, event planning, public relations and community management in China and Southeast Asia.

Prior to joining Algorand Foundation, Summer worked at High Performance Blockchain, where she focused on content creation, social media marketing and business development. At her leisure, Summer is an extreme sports lover, a K-pop fan and a language enthusiast.

Ronan Breen

Digital Marketing Manager

Ronan also joined the Algorand Foundation from LogMeIn, a SaaS technology company focused on the development of industry-leading UCaSS, IDaSS and CE products, where he held the roles of Digital Marketing Manager and Automation Marketing Manager. He was responsible for LogMeIn's demand generation campaigns globally across search, display, re-marketing, and social. He moved into marketing automation and has experience using both IBM Silverpop and Marketo automation platforms. He was responsible for developing automation strategy and executing email marketing campaigns, delivering marketing qualified leads for sales.

Ronan originally graduated with a B.A. in Business and Political Science from Trinity College Dublin and also holds a Digital Marketing Certificate from Dublin City University.

Ronan enjoys travelling, is a recently more optimistic Aston Villa supporter, loves movies and is a Marvel fanatic.

The Algorand Foundation is a Company Limited by Guarantee (CLG) with the incorporation issued by the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) in the Republic of Singapore.