Robleh Ali

Research Scientist, MIT DCI

Robleh Ali is a research scientist at the MIT Media Lab's Digital Currency Initiative. His main focus is on how national currencies can be issued digitally outside the existing banking system and the role of central banks in such a system. The overall aim of the work is fundamentally reforming the financial system by changing the way money is issued.

Ria Bhutoria

Director of Research, Fidelity Digital Assets

Ria Bhutoria is Director of Research at Fidelity Digital Assets where she conducts research and analysis on the digital asset ecosystem for clients. Previously, Ria led the efforts at Circle Research where she published sell-side style research on the market. Prior, she was an equity research analyst at Credit Suisse covering the FinTech and Payments sector.

John Carvalho

Chief Communications Officer, Bitrefill

John Carvalho, CCO at Bitrefill, has been dedicated and outspoken Bitcoiner for 7 years, working to defend Bitcoin and debate its function and purpose. John is helping Bitrefill to build a circular economy for Bitcoin.

Sonja Davidovic

Economist, International Monetary Fund

Sonja is exploring how emerging technologies can help IMF member countries achieve their development goals. Combining her background in finance and economics with technology and country specific knowledge, Sonja offered recommendations on how to deploy fintech applications to advance country’s financial inclusion efforts. Sonja is part of an IMF team working on central bank digital currency implementation considerations. As one of the founding Advisory Board members of the IMF Innovation Lab, she helped guide development, operations, and governance of the lab.

Carl Dong

Bitcoin Core Developer, Chaincode Labs

Carl is a systems engineer with contributions to rust-bitcoin and Bitcoin. He previously worked at 21 and Blockstream before joining Chaincode.

Tadge Dryja

Futurist, MIT DCI

DCI researcher, co-inventor of the Lightning Network, bitcoin developer working on scalability

Cory Fields

Bitcoin Core Developer, MIT DCI

Not-so-active-lately Bitcoin Core developer. Currently researching long-term solutions for hardening cryptocurrencies.

Sharon Goldberg

CEO, Arwen
Associate Professor, Boston University

Sharon Goldberg is the CEO/Co-Founder of Arwen (formerly Commonwealth Crypto), a Boston blockchain startup that is developing the most secure way to trade cryptocurrency. She is also a tenured associate professor in the Computer Science Department at Boston University, where her research focuses on network security and cryptography. Sharon has authored over 30 technical papers and is the recipient of two IETF/IRTF Applied Networking Research Prizes, an NSF CAREER Award, and a Sloan Research Fellowship.

Ethan Heilman

CTO, Arwen

Ethan Heilman is the CTO/Co-Founder of Arwen and PhD student at Boston University. Ethan has worked as an engineer at several startups and is the author of over 10 technical papers on cryptocurrency, blockchain, cryptography and network security. He is an inventor of the TumbleBit protocol and several of his contributions have been merged into Bitcoin Core. He has spoken at several top security conferences including Black Hat USA and Usenix Security. In his spare time, he enjoys breaking hash functions.

Quanquan Liu

PhD Student, MIT CSAIL

Quanquan was a research intern at the MIT Digital Currency Initiative for the Summer of 2019. She is currently a Ph.D. student in the MIT Theory of Computation group, advised by Erik D. Demaine. Her research interests include graph algorithms (both in the sequential and parallel/distributed sense), consensus for blockchains, proofs of space/work, and local models of computation. She seeks to apply local techniques to a variety of theoretical and practical problems.

James Prestwich

Founder, Summa

James is an engineer and curry enthusiast.

David Vorick

CEO, Sia

Lead Developer of Sia; Proof of Work researcher; Blockchain Philosopher

Stacie Waleyko

Developer, Casa

Stacie is a software engineer passionate about solutions that empower the individual. She is currently a back end developer at Casa working on technology to make self custody easier and safer. Prior to Casa she was the engineering lead on distributed ledger technologies at Context Labs in Cambridge, MA.

Valentine Wallace

Software Engineer, Square Crypto

Working on LDK with Square Crypto.

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