Kieron is a seasoned entrepreneur having built and exited three Fintech businesses with his most recent company 3V, an online and mobile payments company selling in 2015 for $20 million. He has a deep understanding of the Fintech and Blockchain space, in particular raising growth capital and developing scaling strategies.
He has led and influenced many of the key developments in payment card processing systems design. Kieron is an accredited inventor of a number of major innovations in the industry in the past decade. In particular the technology that underpins Mastercards InControl technology that was purchased from Orbiscom in 2009 for $100 million and the development of VISA’s payments system for the London 2012 Olympics.
Kieron has over 30 years international senior executive experience in manufacturing, telecoms and financial services working with companies such as VISA, Paypal, Telefonica, Lloyds, Tesco, Orange, and Alcatel Lucent.
He holds a B.Comm(Hons) from University College Cork and a Masters in Business from University College Dublin.
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.
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.
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 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”.
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 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).