The Team

Our core R&D and Operations teams are growing fast. Make contact with us if you would like to work on some of the most exciting technology on the planet.

Commercial and academic research organizations can also second staff to DFINITY and have their costs covered. The Decentralized and Distributed Systems (DEDIS) Group at EPFL (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) has two members working full time on DFINITY at any one moment.

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Dominic is a crypto nerd. His recent novel designs include Threshold Relay and PSP chains, Validation Towers, Validation Trees and USCIDs, and he proposes new ideas such as "The 3 E's of Sybil Resistance". In a previous life he created a fast growing MMO game using his own distributed systems that hosted some millions of users.

Dominic Williams

Chief Scientist

Timo was once a Professor of Mathematics and Cryptography at Aachen University in Germany but got into Bitcoin. He recently became famous for his 2013 work on AsicBoost that increases the efficiency of Bitcoin mining by 20-30% enabling one canny miner who quietly adopted his system to earn up to $100M extra!

Timo Hanke

Head of Engineering

Ben Lynn is the "L" from the "BLS" cryptography applied by "Threshold Relay" to generate randomness and achieve incredible security, speed and scale in public networks. Once a Stanford PhD under Dan Boneh, Ben joined the DFINITY team after 10 years in senior engineering roles at Google. Ben writes many papers.

Ben Lynn

Staff Scientist & Engineer

Shigeo is one of the world's most talented writers of high performance cryptography libraries. He has interests in pairing implementations, x86/x64 optimization and machine learning, and is also the publisher of several academic works. His BLS implementations for DFINITY improved earlier state-of-the-art by more than 10X.

Shigeo Mitsunari


Mahnush joined DFINITY from a postdoctoral postition at Yale University working on scalable and fault-tolerant distributed algorithms for consensus and secure multi-party computation, secret sharing, and interactive communication over noisy channels. She writes many papers.

Mahnush Movahedi

Senior Researcher and

Martin is a hacker and researcher interested in building open decentralized networks. His current work for DFINITY focuses on repurposing the WASM virtual machine for blockchain computer networks. As an active and well known contributor within the Ethereum community he brings deep experience, insights and expertise.

Martin Becze

Virtual Machine Research

Enzo is an Applied Mathematics BSc from San Diego who has built and maintained high-throughput computing infrastructures for several high-growth startups in Silicon Valley. He now spends his time writing Go, reading cryptography papers and nerding out in the land of DFINITY blockchain computer decentralization.

Enzo Haussecker

Senior Engineer

Henning was IBM’s first Architect of Hyperledger and their official Ethereum Liaison officer stationed at EthDev in Berlin 2014-15. He recently wrote the bestselling book Ethereum and regularly advises the EU on blockchain strategy. He brings deep technical skills and works on a new DFINITY book and documentary.

Henning Diedrich

Biographer and Research Associate

Matthew lends part-time assistance while heading up blockchain for Clearmatics, a company applying crypto technology within the financial industry. A talented engineer, he has won several awards including Smart Contract Security at 2016 Thomson Reuters HackETHon (Ethereum Hackathon) and has contributed to several papers.

Matthew Di Ferrante

Associate - Research/Engineering

Robert is a Swiss lawyer by profession who works on DFINITY research, community outreach and our Zurich operations. His research interests focus on how Proof-of-Stake protocols can separate power and wealth to increase democracy, and the interplay with Sybil resistance and other needs of decentralized networks.

Robert Lauko

Associate - Research/Community


Bryan focuses broadly on building secure decentralized systems, touching on topics including private and anonymous communication technologies, Internet architecture, and secure operating systems. He received the Jay Lepreau Best Paper Award at OSDI, and grants from NSF, DARPA, and ONR, including the NSF CAREER award.

Prof. Bryan Ford

Team Lead

Philipp completed his PhD in cryptography in 2015 at the Faculty of Computer Science and Mathematics of the University of Passau, Germany with his thesis receiving the 2016 dissertation award of the University of Passau in the area of mathematics / computer science. He is interested in cryptography and decentralized systems. Philip writes papers.

Philipp Jovanovic

Research Scientist

Lefteris's research focuses on decentralized trust systems increasing the robustness and transparency of today’s Internet, scalable blockchain systems, bias-resistant decentralized randomness generation, secure software update dispersion and novel applications of threshold cryptography and distributed consensus. He writes papers.

Eleftherios K'-Kogias

Doctoral Researcher

Ewa is interested in generating "good" and verifiable randomness in a distributed setting, strongest-link collective authorities ("cothorities") and improving anonymous communication technologies, privacy-preserving biometric authentication schemes and anonymous, deniable authentication methods. Ewa writes papers.

Prof. Ewa Syta

Research Scientist

Stevens is postdoc researcher at DEDIS who has a particular interest in creating networks and systems that support anonymous communication. This is ambitious recent efforts in this regard are reflected in his work on the Aqua and Herd systems. He also writes papers.

Stevens Le Blond

Research Scientist

Linus works as a software engineer focused on the practical implementation of decentralized cryptographic algorithms and systems.

Linus Gasser

Software Engineer

Cristina works on distributed systems with recent projects including "Poster low-latency blockchain consensus". She also writes papers.

Cristina Basescu

Doctoral Researcher

Nicolas works as a security software engineer focused on the practical implementation of decentralized cryptographic algorithms and systems.

Nicolas Gailly

Security Software Engineer


Tom is CEO of String Labs, a Silicon Valley investor, incubator and studio focused on open protocol crypto projects. String Labs helped incubate the DFINITY project during 2016, and continues assisting DFINITY Stiftung house engineers in Silicon Valley. Tom has worked in the crypto industry since 2013, relocating from Shanghai in 2012.

Tom Ding

CEO, String Labs & SV Liaison

Artia brings extensive execution experience as a serial startup entrepreneur, crypto enthusiast, and venture capitalist (where his firm backed an MMO network created by Dominic). He joins the DFINITY Stiftung team with the aim of honing its operations, PR, marketing, community communications, social media and investor relations processes.

Artia Moghbel

Head of
Operations / Communications

Derek chases talent, which is made easier because everyone loves him!! In the distant past he was a recruiter at Google, later leaving and setting up Honeybadgr in 2014, the first crypto-focused head hunter in the world. Derek is connected to everyone and likes to talk. If you want to work for DFINITY, drop him a line at [email protected]

Derek Minter

Head of Talent Acquisition