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June 2017

Peter Rizun

Dr. Peter Rizun is Chief Scientist for Bitcoin Unlimited and a leading figure in the block size debate that currently engulfs Bitcoin. His organization develops software used by about 40 percent of the Bitcoin network’s mining power, and aims to solve the block size controversy by giving miners the ability to signal their support for a larger block size, an approach that has been repeatedly rejected by Bitcoin Core.

May 2017

Egbert-Jan Sol

Dr. Egbert-Jan Sol is CTO of TNO Industry, a leading applied research institute in The Netherlands. He is a participant in the National Blockchain Coalition and founder and chairman of the Digital City Eindhoven. He started his industrial career as a robotics system architect.

Kiril Ivanov

Kiril Ivanov is the CTO of LoyalGarden, a loyalty network based on the blockchain. He is a senior software architect with more than 15 years experience, the last 8 with leading banking and insurance institutions, including ING. Kiril has a degree in Artificial Intelligence from the Belarusian State University of Informatics. He has been a contributor to various blockchain initiatives since 2016.

Ron Dijkstra

Ron Dijkstra is the CEO of Loyal Garden, a blockchain-based loyalty network. He was previously an executive manager responsible for policy, contract management and procurement for several municipalities in The Netherlands and has a degree in Business Administration and Accounting from the University of Groningen.

Ram Avissar

Ram Avissar is the Marketing Director of CoinDash, a social trading platform for cryptocurrencies. He has degrees in law and accounting, and previously worked for Ernst and Young Assurance, in their high tech division. Before coming to CoinDash he was a member of the Matchpool team, which recently had its own successful ICO.

April 2017

Bernard Lietaer

Professor Bernard Lietaer is one of the world’s authorities on the design and implementation of currency systems. He is the author of Money and Sustainability and a leading thinker in the field of community and complementary currencies. He helped design and implement the European Currency Unit which became the Euro, and served as the President of the Belgian Central Bank’s Electronic Payment System.

Yoichi Hirai

Yoichi Hirai is a formal verification engineer at the Ethereum Foundation. He is interested in turning mathematical proofs into working software. He once visited the University of Amsterdam for half a year because he was fascinated by the constructive logics that originated there. His interest in becoming a convenience logician led him to Dresden and then to Berlin.

Gilles Fedak

Gilles Fedak is CEO of iEx.ec, an Ethereum-based solution for high performance cloud computing. iEx.ec raised more than $12 million in less than 3 hours during a crowd sale on 19 April 2017. An expert on high performance computing and a research scientist in Desktop Grid computing at the French National Institute for Computer Science (INRIA), Gilles has published more than 80 peer-reviewed scientific articles.

Raphael Mazet

Raphaël Mazet is a co-founder of Alice.si, an Ethereum app for social impact. Before Alice, he served for ten years in corporate relations and digital advocacy in Europe, Latin America and the U.S. He became fascinated with blockchain technology in 2015 when he discovered the potential for smart contracts to increase funding in the non-profit sector by improving transparency and accountability.

Michiel Berende

Michiel Berende is a specialist in blockchain applications for the insurance industry. He began his career as an underwriter and process manager for Dutch insurer Interpolis. Since 2007 he has served as a freelance consultant for the Microinsurance Network, PharmAccess Foundation, ILO, GIZ, IADB, Achmea, and others. He has conducted projects in Asia, Latin America and Africa and has written and published many articles on microinsurance and technology.