The Algorand Foundation Team

Meet The Algorand Foundation Team

The Algorand Foundation's mission is to enable an inclusive, decentralized, and borderless global economy - at scale - based on the Algorand blockchain technology.

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Ana Bicho de Almeida
Ana Bicho de Almeida
Executive Assistant

Stéphane Barroso
Stéphane Barroso
ARC Manager

Stéphane Barroso joined the Algorand Foundation as ARC Manager in 2022. ‍

Adriana Belotti
Adriana Belotti
Head of Community, Australia

Adriana has a background in web development and digital marketing and is currently the 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.

Fabrice Benhamouda
Fabrice Benhamouda
Research fellow

Fabrice Benhamouda is a Research Fellow at the Algorand Foundation where he conducts research in cryptography and blockchains. He serves as the technical focal point for the Foundation and as an advisor to developers from the Algorand community.

Pranjal Bhardwaj
Pranjal Bhardwaj
Developer Relations APAC

Pranjal previously worked with Polygon, Consensys, Nethermind and Chainstack as a developer relations manager.

Simon Bonanno
Simon Bonanno
Head Of Business Intelligence

Simon joined Algorand Foundation in August 2022 after spending 25 years at 2 companies he had co-founded.

Ronan Breen
Ronan Breen
Marketing Operations Manager

Evert Diaz Buitron
Evert Diaz Buitron
Developer Relations, Latin America

Deep Passionate about creating and teaching technology. Spent last years as CEO of a peruvian Software Factory, working with 100+ projects across latam, and now turning this experience in the region to grow the latam developers community in Algorand.

Alexa Carr
Alexa Carr
Head of Brand & Content

Alexa joined the Algorand Foundation as Head of Brand & Content in October 2022, after more than a year at Algorand Inc. as Senior Director of Ecosystem Marketing. 

Carolina Carrasco
Carolina Carrasco
Head of Events

I had been organizing events since 2005, it has been an amazing journey, Now We are designing the events of the future, retaining the essence of what they have meant in the past, to evolve with this new age of social interaction‍Mum of 2 amazing little boys, my philosophy of life that involves a harmonious balance of wellness, travel, design and food.

Jack Chan
Jack Chan
Head of Outreach and Integrations

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.

Kimberley Chang
Kimberley Chang
Business Analyst

Kimberley works in Ecosystem Funding at the Algorand Foundation where she manages funding related activities and business processes, as well as support with driving ecosystem growth.

Cecilia Chau
Cecilia Chau
Company Secretary

Xiu Chen
Xiu Chen
Digital & Social Media Manager, APAC

Xiu is responsible for social communication and digital marketing in the APAC region. She had been in blockchain marketing for 5 years and helped lots of projects developing growth strategy and market influence in Asia.

Howard Chung
Howard Chung
Senior Legal Counsel

Howard is a Hong Kong qualified lawyer with over 10 years experience in cross-border merger and acquisition, general commercial, investment funds, virtual asset and payment regulations work.

Fred Estante
Fred Estante
Head of Product Marketing

Fred’s responsible for operations in Brazil, nurturing and growing the local ecosystem of artists, content creators, developers and enthusiasts.

Alessandro Cappellato Ferrari
Alessandro Cappellato Ferrari
Head of Developer Tooling

Alessandro runs the developer tooling vertical at Algorand Foundation, as a former software engineer turned product guy Alessandro has experience in working, consulting and advising in both startups and tradfi companies.

Steve Ferrigno
Steve Ferrigno
Developer Advocate

Steve is a Developer Advocate at Algorand, where he helps new and existing developers learn about the Algorand blockchain technology with a focus on TEAL and security, as well as contributing to the Developer Portal and various repositories on GitHub.

Ryan R. Fox
Ryan R. Fox
Senior Developer Advocate

Ryan 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.

Russ Fustino
Russ Fustino
Developer Advocate

Russ Fustino is a Developer Advocate on Blockchain for Algorand and is a Microsoft MVP reconnect in App Development.

David Greaney
David Greaney
Developer Outreach & Programs Lead

David spent ten years of his life working as a Mechanical Engineer, another ten working in the events industry in production and operations roles, and is now working in Web3 as Developer Outreach & Programs Lead at the Algorand Foundation.

Ben Guidarelli
Ben Guidarelli
Developer Advocate

Ben has been a Developer Advocate at Algorand since October 2021.

Shai Halevi
Shai Halevi
Research fellow

I am a cryptographer, I obtained my PhD from MIT in 1997 under the supervision of Prof. Silvio Micai, and have been doing cryptographic research ever since, on topics such as homomorphic encryption, code obfuscation, and secure computation.

Deirdre  Halligan
Deirdre Halligan
Chief Operating Officer

Deirdre joined from financial superapp Revolut, where she served as a member of the Group Executive team as the Head of Global Affairs (covering global new market expansion, license authorisations, regulatory engagement, corporate communication and public affairs), and Wealth and Trading, as well as the Chairperson and COO of Revolut Securities UAB.

Matt Keller
Matt Keller
Head of Social Impact

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.

Chris (Hyunggun) Kim
Chris (Hyunggun) Kim
Developer Advocate

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).

Hugo Krawczyk
Hugo Krawczyk
Head of ACE Programme

He is the recipient of numerous industry awards for his contributions to the theory and practice of cryptography.

Jason Lee
Jason Lee
Global Head of Community

Rayan Khalil
Rayan Khalil
Community Manager Middle East

Rayan is the Algorand Foundation Community Manager responsible for the Middle East region.

Kristen Li
Kristen Li
Finance Manager

Kristen is the finance manager of Algorand foundation. She has over 10 years financial experience in the multinational company, where she oversaw global sales and debt management with over 400 customers, assisted in cash flow forecasting, business KPI monitoring, and financial automation projects. Prior to that, Kristen worked in accounting firms, leading audit engagements and bookkeeping for multinational companies.

Connie Ma
Connie Ma
Head of People

Connie runs people operations at the Foundation, she is passionate about co-creating a community where each person will become a better version of themselves, who own their voices, thrive with the right support, respect and trust. ‍

Summer Miao
Summer Miao
Head of Community, China

Summer has been with the Algorand Foundation since late 2019, and is responsible for the local community building and go-to-market strategy in China and APAC in general. She enjoys the great vibes within the global Algorand ecosystem and has established a thriving community through hundreds of events and campaigns she has held in the past few years.

Shane McGovern
Shane McGovern
Head of Platform Infrastructure

Shane McGovern joined the Algorand Foundation as the Head of Platform Infrastructure in 2022.

Anita Mo
Anita Mo
Assistant Finance Manager

Anita works in the Finance Operation department at the Algorand Foundation where she is mainly responsible for operating expenses payment process, financial accounting and expenses analysis. Before joining Algorand foundation, she worked in different finance departments in the manufacturing industry for over 5 years.

 Camilo Molano
Camilo Molano
Community Manager Colombia

Camilo is the Algorand Foundation Community Manager in Colombia and he is responsible for growing the local ecosystem of developers, startups, and enthusiasts.

Devan Moorthy
Devan Moorthy
Head of Ecosystem Access

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.

Johanna Moran
Johanna Moran
Head of Developer Outreach & Programs

Massimo Morini
Massimo Morini
Chief Economist

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.

Emma Barry Murphy
Emma Barry Murphy
Marketing Campaigns Manager

Alan O'Connor
Alan O'Connor
Project Manager

Jack O’Connor
Jack O’Connor
Head of Community, Europe, Middle East & North Africa

Jack is passionate about driving growth and engagement for important causes, projects and movements that have the potential to genuinely move the dial. He fundamentally believes that humility, authenticity and integrity are the core pillars of building meaningful community engagement.

Daniel Oon
Daniel Oon
Head of DeFi

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

 Danuta Assia Othman
Danuta Assia Othman
Events Specialist

Danuta is a highly committed and versatile journalist specialized in communication, press and organization of private and corporate events.

Shamir Ozery
Shamir Ozery
Head of Web3

Silvana Giovannetti Padro
Silvana Giovannetti Padro
Administrative Assistant

Piergiacomo Palmisani
Piergiacomo Palmisani
Head of Gaming

Autumn Moss Penaloza
Autumn Moss Penaloza
Head of Community, Americas

Joe Polny
Joe Polny
Customer Success Engineer

Tal Rabin
Tal Rabin
Research Fellow

Evangelina Rodríguez
Evangelina Rodríguez
Student Engagement Lead

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.

Waseem Salim
Waseem Salim
Community Manager, UK

Waseem is primarily responsible for the growth and management of the UK Community at the Algorand Foundation.

Ori Shem-Tov
Ori Shem-Tov
Software Engineer

Ori holds a BSc in Computer Science from the Technion, Israel. Prior to joining the Algorand foundation he worked as a Backend developer in the Recommendations team at Dynamic Yield (which was recently acquired by Mastercard).

Patrick Sibetz
Patrick Sibetz
Community Manager DACH

Patrick is an OG AlgoFam community member from the very early days moving closer and closer until he ended up working with Algorand. With academic roots in mathematics and quantitative finance he worked in investment banking as team lead for the quant trading desk before joining.‍

Harpal Singh
Harpal Singh
CFO

Harpal started his career at PwC in both the UK and Cayman Islands but has spent the last 10+ years working in the asset management sector.

Grace Sun
Grace Sun
Assistant Finance Manager

Grace is responsible for payment batch arrangement, reporting with analysis, and financial automation projects. Before the Algorand Foundation, Grace worked in the multinational manufacturing industry for 7 years with rich experience in financial reporting and projects in multi-national corporation environments.

Michael Teh
Michael Teh
Head of Finance

Michael is a CPA who began his career as an auditor at KPMG. He has a solid foundation in financial reporting, extensive experience in listed companies, MNCs, internal control and governance, system integration and business transformation.

Ryan Terribilini
Ryan Terribilini
Head of Ecosystem Funding

Lillian Toh
Lillian Toh
Executive Assistant

Lillian is a dynamic and highly driven individual with over 30 years of experience as an Executive Assistant to Senior Management in the Technology, Financial Services, FMCG, Healthcare, Logistics, Aviation, Automobiles and Animal Feed industries.

Michele Treccani
Michele Treccani
Head of Market Analytics & Research

Doro Unger-Lee
Doro Unger-Lee
Head of University Programmes

Doro Unger-Lee is the Head of University Programs at Algorand Foundation. Doro manages all university engagements at the Foundation.

Staci Warden
Staci Warden
CEO

Min Wei
Min Wei
Global Head of Ecosystem Growth

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.

John Woods
John Woods
CTO

John is particularly passionate about food, coffee and decentralized self-sovereign privacy preserving technology!

Eric Wragge
Eric Wragge
Global Head of Business Development and Capital Markets

Daniel Yang
Daniel Yang
Head of Markets Strategy

Daniel Yang is the head of investment and diversification for the Algorand Foundation and is a member of the investment committee.

Jack Zhang
Jack Zhang
Operations Manager

Jack is operations manager of Algorand Foundation, supporting daily operations and team functions, managing major initiatives and projects, and working with various partners to build policies, processes and procedures. 

Haichao Zhu
Haichao Zhu
Solution Architect

Haichao is the Solution Architect at Algorand Foundation in the Asia Pacific. He works on developing real-world business solutions to enable financial inclusion and empower the Algorand ecosystem.