Announcing the New Foundation Board and Executive Director
After an intensive recruitment period, the Ethereum Foundation has selected an Executive Director and named three members to the Board of Directors. This is a new organizational structure, which will allow us to focus on our next phase of development.
The Ethereum Foundation is a not for profit (‘Stiftung’) organization registered in Switzerland, and has the purpose of managing the funds that were raised from the Ether Sale in order to best serve the Ethereum and decentralized technology ecosystem. Our new executive Director is Ming Chan, and our Board is currently comprised of four members. They are: Lars Klawitter, Vadim Levitin, Wayne Hennessy-Barrett and Vitalik Buterin (President of the Board).
An alumni of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she studied Computer Science, Media Arts & Sciences, Ming is a Swiss-born Chinese American who has spent decades leading and completing complex IT and management consulting projects, founding and growing business ventures, and working with top educators, scientists, and inventors to bring inspiring research innovation to life. She has followed Ethereum since 2013 and has a sound understanding of the legal and regulatory issues relevant to blockchain technology. LinkedIn, Twitter
Lars has a degree in Computer Science and was involved with startups as a founder or senior executive during the first internet revolution of the late 90ies. Having since moved into senior positions in the automotive industry, Lars has substantial experience in building and growing organisations at the intersection of technology and innovation. He held several C Level IT positions, the most recent of which CIO at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, the company where he is currently responsible for the special vehicles and innovations business. LinkedIn, Twitter
Founder and CEO of 4G Capital, an African mobile money fintech business based in Kenya. He has created and led scalable distribution systems in emerging markets around the world with extensive experience in corporate governance and risk management. After a distinguished military career he has provided intelligence-led consultancy and strategic advice to a number of boards in both the commercial and public sectors. He is a committed advocate for the transformative power of financial technology for the alleviation of poverty and sustainable development. LinkedIn
DR. VADIM DAVID LEVITIN
Vadim worked on technology issues in twenty-three countries on behalf of the United Nations. Trained as a physician, he found the nexus between human and technology systems intriguing and illustrative leading him to pursue a master’s degree in technology. He ran a business development company in Eastern Europe serving Fortune 500 clients interested in those markets as the region emerged from communism. Later, he was CEO of Ecommerce Institute, a global technology company with subsidiaries in the U.K., Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, and the Caribbean. He has consulted with major companies, governments, and NGOs on almost every continent, authored national strategies on economic and technology issues ranging from digital marketplaces to online stock exchanges, from e-schools to technology strategies for emerging countries, from transportation to tourism, and from healthcare to national infrastructure broadband development. LinkedIn
Vitalik is one of the inventors of Ethereum. Vitalik first discovered Bitcoin in 2011, and the combination of math, economics and an immediate feeling that it represented the way that money “should be” attracted him immediately to the scene. In September 2011 he became the cofounder and original head writer for Bitcoin Magazine. Following this, Vitalik founded Ethereum, a blockchain-based arbitrary-state Turing-complete scripting platform useful for smart contracts, computational resource marketplaces, financial experimentation, decentralized governance and many other use cases that we have not even thought of yet. LinkedIn, Twitter
If you would like to organize an interview with our new Foundation Board, please contact [email protected]