Team

Algorand is a first-of-its-kind technology that fulfills the promise of blockchain through a platform that solves the “blockchain trilemma” by offering the decentralization, scalability and security necessary for both businesses and developers. Led by a team of luminaries from academia and technology, Algorand also has proven business leadership and is backed by innovative firms such Pillar, USV, and more.

Executive Team

  • Silvio Micali<br>Founder

    Silvio Micali
    Founder

    Silvio Micali
    Founder

    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.

    In 2017, Silvio founded Algorand, a fully decentralized, secure, and scalable blockchain which provides a common platform for building products and services for a decentralized 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 Goedel 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, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Academia 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.

  • Steven Kokinos<br>CEO

    Steven Kokinos
    CEO

    Steven Kokinos
    CEO

    Steve is the CEO of Algorand and responsible for overall business vision and strategy.

    Steve is a serial entrepreneur, most recently co-founder and 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. Today, Fuze has over 700 employees servicing over 1500 enterprise customers around the world.

    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.

  • W. Sean Ford<br>COO

    W. Sean Ford
    COO

    W. Sean Ford
    COO

    Sean is the COO of Algorand, responsible for go-to-market execution and operations including product management, engineering, marketing and global community development.  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.

Leadership Team

  • Naveed Ihsanullah<br>Head of Engineering

    Naveed Ihsanullah
    Head of Engineering

    Naveed Ihsanullah
    Head of Engineering

    Naveed is a senior engineering leader and technologist fascinated by distributed systems and performance. Most recently of Mozilla, Naveed was instrumental in designing and leading the Quantum Flow program that focused 400 engineers to double Firefox’s performance in just one year. Naveed also lead the adoption of new technologies across all browsers to close the performance gap with native applications. These technologies include WebAssembly, SIMD.js, Shared Array Buffer and the still experimental Binary AST for JS (BinJS). Naveed is also previously of Bit9 (now Carbon Black) where he served as Principal Engineer of an enterprise application whitelisting product and then took over the Global Software Repository, a massive cloud-based application reputation system. Passionate about improving how enterprises use technology Naveed has also consulted on large organizational level projects for Fortune 500 companies including Boeing Jeppesen.

  • Paul Riegle<br>Head of Product

    Paul Riegle
    Head of Product

    Paul Riegle
    Head of Product

    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.

  • Chris Hurley<br>Head of Investor Relations and Business Development

    Chris Hurley
    Head of Investor Relations and Business Development

    Chris Hurley
    Head of Investor Relations and Business Development

    Chris is a serial entrepreneur and senior executive with experience building and growing companies for over 20 years domestically and internationally. Chris was most recently an early member of the executive team at Fuze where he helped to grow the company from an early stage startup to a global company with several hundred employees. In addition to  his many responsibilities during his tenure, Chris oversaw and closed four acquisitions. Chris joined Fuze from Sun Microsystems where he was a member of the Corporate Development team where is was responsible for M&A and strategic alliances totaling more than $1B in revenue. His time at Sun concluded as part of the team that completed Oracle’s $7.5B acquisition of Sun. Prior to joining Sun, Chris was a member of the executive team of Sanbolic and then Breakaway Solutions, prior to that, he was the founder and CEO of several Boston based technology companies.

  • Keli Callaghan<br>Head of Marketing

    Keli Callaghan
    Head of Marketing

    Keli Callaghan
    Head of Marketing

    Keli, a results-driven marketer, leads all aspects of marketing at Algorand. She joins Algorand from Avid, where she was responsible for global customer engagement strategies, field marketing teams and programs, annual customer conferences, ensuring the needs of the customer were represented in product releases and roadmaps, and the collaborative marketing partnership with Microsoft.  She was responsible for launching the customer community program that grew membership to tens of thousands of media professionals to become a respected voice in the industry. Prior to Avid, Keli worked with several global technology enterprises and startups that included 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 Bachelors of Science degree in Marketing Communications and Business Ethics from Fairfield University and a Masters of Business Administration from Boston College.

  • Regina O’Brien<br>Head of People & Talent

    Regina O’Brien
    Head of People & Talent

    Regina O’Brien
    Head of People & Talent

    Regina is solutions-oriented Human Resources leader, focused on fast and thoughtful problem-solving for stability and scalability with flexibility for growing companies. A trusted adviser and sought-after facilitator for team-building events and other engagements, she focuses on creating spaces where diversity of thought is recognized, embraced, and celebrated. Regina has previously led the Global HR Operations function for TraceLink, the Global HR Center of Excellence for Demandware (now Salesforce Commerce Cloud), and served in other HR-related functions and roles at Brookfield Renewable Power, Salary.com, and Akamai. Regina holds a Bachelors Degree in International Relations from Clark University, and a General Course Certification from the London School of Economics. She is a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP), Global Remuneration Professional (GRP), SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), and a Certified Kolbe Consultant.

  • Yossi GIlad<br>Head of Systems Research

    Yossi GIlad
    Head of Systems Research

    Yossi GIlad
    Head of Systems Research

    Yossi Gilad’s work is focused on the design, construction, and analysis of secure and scalable networked systems. Prior to Algorand, Yossi Gilad was a postdoctoral researcher at MIT and Boston University. Before MIT/BU, he was a research staff member at IBM and also a postdoc researcher at the Hebrew University, Israel. Even before that he held research and engineering positions at Google, Marvell’s switching division, and Israel Defense Forces. Yossi Gilad completed his PhD at Bar Ilan University, Israel. He is a recipient of the IETF/IRTF Applied Networking Research Prize (2017), the IBM Research Inventor Recognition Award (2015), and the Check Point Institute for Information Security Prize (2013-2014).

  • Jing Chen<br>Head of Theory Research and Chief Scientist

    Jing Chen
    Head of Theory Research and Chief Scientist

    Jing Chen
    Head of Theory Research and Chief Scientist

    Jing is an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department at Stony Brook University. She is also an Affiliated Assistant Professor in the Economics Department and an Affiliated Member of the Stony Brook Center for Game Theory. Her main research interests are distributed ledgers, game theory, and algorithms. Jing received her Bachelor and Master degrees in Computer Science from Tsinghua University, and her PhD in Computer Science from MIT. She did a one-year postdoc at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. Jing received the NSF CAREER Award in 2016.

  • Sergey Gorbunov<br>Head of Cryptography

    Sergey Gorbunov
    Head of Cryptography

    Sergey Gorbunov
    Head of Cryptography

    Sergey is an Assistant Professor at the University of Waterloo. His research interests range from foundational cryptography to design of secure large scale systems, computer networks, protocols and blockchains. He received PhD from MIT in ’15 where he was the recipient of the Microsoft PhD fellowship. His dissertation was on building advanced cryptographic protocols using lattice-based cryptography for which he received Sprowl’s Doctoral Thesis Prize for best PhD thesis in CS at MIT.  Prior to joining Algorand, he was the founder and CTO of StealthMine, and spent some time at IBM T.J. Watson Research Centre.

  • Nickolai Zeldovich<br>Head of Distributed Systems

    Nickolai Zeldovich
    Head of Distributed Systems

    Nickolai Zeldovich
    Head of Distributed Systems

    Nickolai Zeldovich is a professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, and a member of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. He received his PhD from Stanford University in 2008. His research interests are in building practical secure systems. Recent projects by Prof. Zeldovich and his students and colleagues include the CryptDB encrypted database, the STACK tool for finding undefined behavior bugs in C programs, the FSCQ formally verified file system, the Algorand cryptocurrency, and the Vuvuzela private messaging system. He has been involved with several start-up companies, including MokaFive (2005), PreVeil (2015), and Algorand (2017), and his work has been recognized by several best paper awards at the ACM SOSP conference and by the ACM SIGOPS Mark Weiser award.

  • Şahver Kaya<br>Head of Ecosystem, Community, and Partnerships

    Şahver Kaya
    Head of Ecosystem, Community, and Partnerships

    Şahver Kaya
    Head of Ecosystem, Community, and Partnerships

    Şahver has 15+ years of hands on experience in growing B2B and B2C businesses at all stages of their lifecycle. Before joining Algorand’s leadership team, Şahver was advising startups and blockchain projects in Europe and Asia. The first brand she created was selected as a research project for an award-winning graduate paper at MIT Sloan School of Management in 2014. After successful exit from her first startup in early 2015, Şahver was invited as the founding CEO to a cloud based digital marketing startup that she co-founded with two MIT Faculty members; the idea was based on an algorithm that would morph the websites quickly with a Bayesian learning system. From 2000 – 2010, Şahver had progressively more strategic and innovation assignments at global B2B power houses such as IBM Software Group in Lexington, MA; Siemens Automation and Drives in Nuremberg, Germany and Deloitte Strategy & Operations in NYC.  Şahver holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan, and a MS in Information Systems from the Northeastern University Graduate School of Engineering. She earned her B.S. in Physics and Mathematics at Dokuz Eylül University. Since 2017, Şahver shares her observations and analysis on global digital economy on her weekly column at Hürriyet. She is also conducting a research with Carlota Perez on how the digital revolution is shaping entrepreneurship ecosystem in emerging economies.

Economic Advisors

  • Andrew Lo

    Andrew Lo

    Andrew Lo

    Charles E. and Susan T. Harris Professor Professor, Sloan School of Management, MIT Director of the Laboratory for Financial Engineering at the MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

    Professor Lo is a world expert in Finance and Technology. A former governor of the Boston Stock Exchange, he is currently a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and a member of the OFR Financial Research Advisory Committee, the New York Federal Reserve Board’s Financial Advisory Roundtable, FINRA’s Economic Advisory Committee, the Consortium for Systemic Risk Analytics Academic Advisory Board, the Board on Mathematical Sciences and Their Applications, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s Board of Overseers. He is founder and chief scientific officer of AlphaSimplex Group, LLC, a quantitative investment management company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His awards include the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship, the Paul A. Samuelson Award, the American Association for Individual Investors Award, the Graham and Dodd Award, the 2001 IAFE-SunGard Financial Engineer of the Year Award.

    Professor Lo holds a PhD in economics from Harvard University.

  • Christian Catalini

    Christian Catalini

    Christian Catalini

    Christian Catalini is the Theodore T. Miller Career Development Professor at MIT, and an Assistant Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

    Christian’s main areas of interest are the economics of digitization, entrepreneurship, and science. His research focuses on blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies, the economics of equity crowdfunding and startup growth, and the economics of scientific collaboration.

    Christian is one of the principal investigators of the MIT Digital Currencies Research Study, which gave access to all MIT undergraduate students to Bitcoin in the fall of 2014. He is also part of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy and the recently launched Digital Currency Initiative.

    His work has been featured in Nature, Science, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, WIRED, NPR, Forbes, Bloomberg, TechCrunch, the Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, and VICE news among others.

  • Kenneth Rogoff

    Kenneth Rogoff

    Kenneth Rogoff

    Kenneth Rogoff is Thomas D. Cabot Professor at Harvard University. From 2001–2003, Rogoff served as Chief Economist at the International Monetary Fund. His widely-cited 2009 book with Carmen Reinhart, This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly, shows the remarkable quantitative similarities across time and countries in the run-up and the aftermath of severe financial crises. Rogoff is also known for his seminal work on exchange rates and on central bank independence. Together with Maurice Obstfeld, he is co-author of Foundations of International Macroeconomics, a treatise that has also become a widely-used graduate text in the field worldwide. Rogoff’s 2016 book The Curse of Cash looks at the past, present and future of currency from standardized coinage to crypto-currencies. The book argues that although much of modern macroeconomics abstracts from the nature of currency, it is in fact lies at the heart of some of the most fundamental problems in monetary policy and public finance. His monthly syndicated column on global economic issues is published in over 50 countries.

    Rogoff is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Group of Thirty, and He is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Rogoff is among the top ten on RePEc’s ranking of economists by scholarly citations. He is also an international grandmaster of chess.

  • Sharlyn Wu<br>

    Sharlyn Wu

    Sharlyn Wu

    Sharlyn is Managing Director at China Merchant Bank International. She is in charge of fintech and blockchain investment initiatives and works with the bank on business strategies.

     

    She has been advisor to multiple start ups in fintech space and help the companies to bring products to market. Previously she was investment banker with UBS and headed China capital markets business. She had extensive experience working with top enterprises across different fields.

  • Darius Sit <br>

    Darius Sit

    Darius Sit

    Darius is co-founder and Managing Partner at QCP Capital, Asia’s largest Crypto-asset trading firm headquartered in Singapore focused on OTC, Market Making and Derivative trading. Formerly a Macro Trader at Dymon Asia Capital, he spent years trading cross-asset derivatives with a focus on Asian FX/NDFs and model-based strategies before moving on to manage the Asia FX & Bonds book at BNP Paribas in New York.

     

    In addition to institutional trading, Darius has created and implemented asset allocation models for sovereign wealth funds and developed predictive models for Asian currencies, many of which operate under managed float regimes. He has a particular passion for crypto-economics and advises a number of crypto projects on trading structures and strategies.

     

    An accomplished writer, Darius has published a number of thought leadership pieces on tokenisation of assets and is authoring the chapter on crypto-assets in the upcoming textbook “Fintech: The New DNA of Financial Services”. He can frequently be found at conferences speaking on the topics of cryptocurrency markets and trading infrastructure.

  • Joseph Naggar

    Joseph Naggar

    Joseph Naggar

    Joe Naggar is a Partner at GoldenTree Asset Management.  Mr. Naggar is a member of the Executive Committee, Chair of the Risk Committee and responsible for the firms investments in structured products.  Under Mr. Naggar’s direction, GoldenTree built sophisticated, proprietary systems to analyze opportunities in structured products which integrate the firm’s proprietary knowledge of single name credits into the analysis of structured product investments.

    Mr. Naggar has spent more than 20 years managing risk across fixed income markets having served as Managing Director at Morgan Stanley and worked at Merrill Lynch and Swiss Re Financial Products.

    Mr.  Naggar serves on the advisory board of the MIT Center for Finance and Policy and is an Economic Advisor to Algorand.  Mr. Naggar holds an M.B.A from the MIT Sloan School of Business with a concentration in Financial Engineering and a B.S. from Pennsylvania State University in Mechanical Engineering through the University Scholars program.

Scientific Advisors

  • Shafi Goldwasser

    Shafi Goldwasser

    Shafi Goldwasser

    RSA Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT.

    Co-Leader of MIT’s Cryptography and Information Security Group

    Professor Goldwasser is a world expert in cryptography and complexity theory. Her awards include the Turing Award, the Gödel Prize, the Franklin Medal, and many others. She is a member of National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

    She has received her Ph.D in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley.

  • Costantinos Daskalakis

    Costantinos Daskalakis

    Costantinos Daskalakis

    X-Window Associate (Tenured) Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT

    Professor Daskalakis is a world expert in Algorithms, game theory, learning, and statistics.

    His many awards include the 2008 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award, the Game Theory and Computer Science Prize from the Game Theory Society, the 2010 Sloan Fellowship in Computer Science, the 2011 SIAM Outstanding Paper Prize, and the best paper award in the Economics and Computation conference in 2006 and 2013.

    Professor Daskalakis received a Ph.D. in computer science for the University of California at Berkeley.

  • Vinod Vaikuntanathan

    Vinod Vaikuntanathan

    Vinod Vaikuntanathan

    Associate (without Tenure) Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT

    Co-Leader of MIT’s Cryptography and Information Security Group

    Professor Vainkuntanathan is a world expert in cryptography. His awards include the George M. Sprowls Award for best Ph.D. thesis in Computer Science, the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, the NSF Career Award, and the Microsoft Fellowship.

    Professor Vaikuntanathan holds a PhD in electrical engineering and computer Science from MIT.

  • Maurice Herlihy

    Maurice Herlihy

    Maurice Herlihy

    An Wang Professor of Computer Science, Brown University

    Professor Herlihy is a world expert in Distributed Computation. He is the recipient of the 2003 Dijkstra Prize in Distributed Computing, the 2004 Gödel Prize in theoretical computer science, the 2008 ISCA influential paper award, the 2012 Edsger W. Dijkstra Prize, and the 2013 Wallace McDowell award. He is fellow of the ACM, a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, the National Academy of Engineering, and the National Academy of Arts and Sciences.

    Professor Herlihy holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from M.I.T.

Cryptocurrency Advisors

  • Naval Ravikant

    Naval Ravikant

    Naval Ravikant

    Naval is Chairman and co-founder of AngelList and a founder of CoinList. He’s also a founder and Partner at MetaStable Capital. He is a seed investor in Twitter, Uber, Wish, Thumbtack, Postmates, Kraken, Yammer, Stack Overflow, Protocol Labs, BlockStack, Chia, Basis, and OpenDoor. He’s on Twitter as @naval and blogs at http://www.startupboy.com.

  • Alessandro Chiesa

    Alessandro Chiesa

    Alessandro Chiesa

    Alessandro Chiesa, a world expert in cryptography, is a faculty member in computer science at UC Berkeley.

    His research, includes the areas of complexity theory, cryptography, and security, and focuses on the theoretical foundations and practical implementations of zero knowledge proofs that are short and easy to verify.

    He is a co-inventor of the Zerocash protocol, and is an author of libsnark, the leading open-source library for succinct zero knowledge proofs.

    He received a Ph.D. in computer science from MIT in 2014, and B.S. degrees in computer science and mathematics from MIT in 2009.

  • Joseph Bonneau

    Joseph Bonneau

    Joseph Bonneau

    Joseph Bonneau is an assistant professor of computer science at New York university.

    A world expert in cryptography, his research interests include side-channel cryptanalysis, protocol verification, software obfuscation, and privacy in social networks. Recently, he focuses on the difficulty of successfully deploying cryptography and security technologies due to compatibility requirements, economic incentives, and human factors, and in particular

    on secure communication tools, cryptocurrencies, password and web authentication, and HTTPS and PKI on the web.

    He is a co-author of Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies, Princeton University Press 2016)

  • Jill Carlson

    Jill Carlson

    Jill Carlson

    Jill works with financial institutions and start ups to bring cryptocurrency products to market. Her work has ranged from advising the International Monetary Fund on blockchain technology to working with cryptocurrency initiatives on driving adoption. Previously, Jill ran strategy at start up Chain, where she managed initiatives with Nasdaq and State Street.

    Jill has conducted academic research on cryptocurrency at the University of Oxford, where she focused on the economic and political implications of bitcoin. In particular, she examined the relationship between cryptocurrency and capital controls in Argentina. She has also worked with the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance, contributing to their cryptocurrency and blockchain benchmarking studies.

    Jill began her career as a credit trader at Goldman Sachs, covering sovereign debt and derivatives. She holds a MSc from Magdalen College, Oxford, and an AB from Harvard, where she studied Classics.

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