Board of Directors

Our Governing Board functions to steer the strategic vision of the IOTA Foundation, its research interests and its development focus.

David Sønstebø

Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors & Founder

David is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for any kind of technology that can push human progress forward.

Dominik Schiener

Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors & Founder

Dominik is an entrepreneur from Italy, with a passion to drive change in society and business.

Ralf Rottmann

Member Board of Directors

Ralf is a serial entrepreneur who sold his last company to Alcatel-Lucent and is the co-founder of grandcentrix, Germany's leading SI for end-to-end Internet of Things productions.

Sergey Ivancheglo, aka Come-from-Beyond

Member Board of Directors & Founder

Electrical Engineer, Software developer, founder and creator of Nxt, co-founder of Jinn Labs.

Serguei Popov

Member Board of Directors & Founder

Professor of Mathematics with focus in Probability Theory. Also a mountain climber, chess enthusiast and heavy metal lover.

Supervisory Board

Our Supervisory Board guides and oversees the performance of the Governing Board, providing expert insights and proper external oversight.

Richard Soley

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of OMG

Dr. Richard Mark Soley is Chairman and CEO of OMG, Executive Director of the Cloud Standards Customer Council, and Executive Director of the Industrial Internet Consortium.

Rolf Werner

Former Head of Central Europe at Fujitsu

Dr. Rolf Werner has over 20 years of experience in developing business in the various segments of Telecommunication and IT industry.

Executive Team

The executive leadership team within the IOTA Foundation.

Alon Elmaliah

Staff Research Engineer

Alon is a programmer and electrical engineer with great passion for security and cryptography and an active member of the Cryptocurrency scene in Tel Aviv.

Daniela Faustino

Director of Human Resources

Daniela is a passionate int'l business executive with a focus on building teams & organizational capacity. She is driven to deliver business success & developing human potential.

Lewis Freiberg

Director of Ecosystem

Lewis has worked in the commercial software industry for the last 8 years. He has been in the DLT space since 2013 and believes in the transformative nature of the technology

Alon Gal

Director of Research

Physicist, programmer, and entrepreneur. Likes complicated equations and simple code.

Edward Greve

Director of Engineering

Edward is an avid software developer, technology enthusiast, teacher and polyglot. He connects mathematics, computer science, and business needs together.

Holger Köther

Director of Partnerships

Holger has driven projects & IT services at multinational corporates over the last 15 years. At the IF he manages the interfaces between the foundation, partners and integrators.

Jens Munch Lund-Nielsen

Head of Global Trade & Supply Chains

Jens worked 9 years at Maersk in various roles in sustainability, strategy and building new business ventures. Jens brings a vast network with international trade organisations.

Alisa Maas

Head of Mobility & Automotive

Since early 2010, Alisa has been active in the fields of mobility, IoT and fleet management, gaining extensive topic expertise on digital business models and product development.

Julie Maupin

Director of Social Impact & Public Regulatory Affairs

Julie is a world-leading expert on the regulatory implications and public sector use cases of DLTs, cryptocurrencies, smart contracts, artificial intelligence and IoT technologies.

Wilfried Pimenta de Miranda

Director of Business Development

Will is a senior strategist, business model innovator & business development manager. He brings international experience from startups and incumbents across various industries.

Our Team

The engineers, researchers, industry experts, and other professionals working every day on the development and adoption of the IOTA protocol for the machine economy and the IoT industry.

Aaron Alsop

Product Owner

Aaron values creativity and innovation to answer tomorrow's opportunities. Product Owner with IOTA | Startup Co-Founder | MBA from Royal Roads | Father of Twins | Hot Rod Builder.

Darcy Camargo

Research Mathematician

Darcy is a Ph.D. in stochastic processes. His field of research includes a lot of random walk and graph related processes.

Jakub Cech

Product Owner

Jakub is a product manager and software engineer with passion for learning algorithms. Usually the one to ask 'why'.

Dyrell Chapman

Software Engineer

Dyrell is a self taught programmer and co-founder of Geometric Energy Corporation with a passion for cutting edge technology and humanities social development.

陳志誠 (Sam Chen)

Senior Software Engineer

Embedded system developer, doer, and father.

Dave de Fijter

Online Community Liaison

Dave is a experienced developer and technology enthusiast. When he's not developing or with his family you will most likely find him in the IOTA Discord server.

Vassil Dimitrov

Senior Research Scientist

Vassil Dimitrov is a Full Professor at the Department of Computer Eng, Univ. of Calgary. Research interests include encryption algorithms, discrete mathematics and related topics.

Paul Douglas

Senior Software Engineer

Electrical engineer, Core Developer, karate, 3D printing, and optics enthusiast.

Chris Dukakis

Software Engineer

Chris is a programmer interested in permissionless and emerging tech. Mostly writes in JavaScript and likes concise code.

Paulo Finardi

Research Scientist

Paulo is a C.S. PhD student at the Univ. of Campinas focusing on cryptographic digital signatures. He holds a M.Sc. Applied Mathematics on numerical analysis.

Casper Eicke Frederiksen

Media Producer

Communicating the vision and real life implementations of this revolutionary technology to the IOTA Community and beyond.

Sabri Goldberg

Creative Director

Sabri is a well-known passionated graphic designer / illustrator in the altcoin scene, who has been interested in cryptocurrency since the early days.

Rihards Gravis

Software Engineer

Application developer with a passion for detail.

Andrew Greve

Social Science Researcher

Andrew is a Political Science PhD candidate with a passion for technology and policy.

Janine Härtel

Senior Product Manager

Janine has worked in several strategic automotive projects with a strong focus on new business models in MaaS applications and OTA services.

Eric Hop

Senior Product Owner

There are no problems, only solutions.

Bartosz Kuśmierz

Research Scientist

Bartosz is currently pursuing a PhD in physics on the topic of symmetric polynomials theory in the fractional quantum Hall effect at Wrocław Univ. of Science and Technology.

John Licciardello

Managing Director, Ecosystem Development Fund

John spent many years working in FinTech and holds degrees in Engineering, Economics, and Finance. The convergence of these fields in DLTs makes for an ideal home.

Giorgio E. Mandolfo

SysOps Engineer

Systems Engineer, Linux enthusiast for way too long; I feel at ease with a bash terminal. Actually, give me ten of those.

Emmanuel Merali

Staff Software Engineer

Passionate technophile and long time believer in the IoT vision.

Michele Nati

Lead Tech Analyst

Michele, PhD, is a technologist with many years of research and innovation experience in the field of IoT and Trust. He's passionate about DLTs and data-driven innovation.

Andreas Osowski

Senior Software Engineer

Software engineer, Core Developer. Penchant for software architecture, distributed and embedded systems and functional languages. IoT DIY Gadgets are what brought me here.

Jan Pauseback

Technical Analyst

Studied Business & Information Technology and Software Engineering. Worked mostly in startups and innovation departments in the mobility/automotive sector: mytaxi, Volvo, Daimler.

Navin Ramachandran

e-Health Stream Lead

Practicing doctor, researcher, eHealth specialist. Honorary senior lecturer UCL CHIME, UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies. Advisor to UK All Party Parliamentary Group on DLT.

Samuel Reid

Q Architect

Sam is a mathematician, inventor, and business executive who is CEO of Geometric Energy Corporation and has had extensive academic involvement with the Univ. of Calgary.

Gal Rogozinski

Software Engineer

Programmer, cyclist, swimmer, and kung fu enthusiastic.

Olivia Saa

Research Mathematician

Olivia is a PhD student at Univ. of São Paulo studying Dynamical Systems and Game Theory. She holds a M.Sc.Eng. and degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mathematics.

Tsvi Sabo

Software Engineer

I like when technology serves progress, with interests in cryptography, math, frisbee and hummus.

Umair Sarfraz

Software Engineer

Programmer with a deep interest in software design and architecture, cloud security and distributed systems. Basketball fanatic.

Mark Schmidt

Community Manager

Mark is a distributed ledger technology enthusiast and entrepreneur located in Germany. As a community manager he will facilitate the ecosystem growth around the globe.

Fahad Sheikh

Online Community Liason

Fahad has experience in IT service management and enjoys to read and marvel at natural biological systems.

Clara Shikhelman

Research Mathematician

Clara is a Mathematics PhD candidate at Tel Aviv University. Her research focuses on Graph Theory and Combinatorics. She also loves giving public talks about math and literature.

Alexey Sobolev

Frontend Developer

Front-end developer, work on web and mobile applications by integrating various modern technologies and frameworks such as React, Node, and WebAssembly.

Marwen Trabelsi

Software Engineer R&D

Building PoC and helping partners to build products using IOTA.

Charlie Varley

Software Engineer

Programmer with a background in Psychology and Philosophy. UX enthusiast, LFC supporter and techno head. Charlie is lead developer of the Trinity wallet.

Andrea Villa

Senior Research Engineer, Security Specialist

Andrea is a self-taught and passionate tinkerer and computer hacker, give him a challenge and you will keep him awake all night.

Mathew Yarger

Senior Research Engineer & Security Specialist

Mat is a US Army Combat Veteran, DoD Cyber Security Expert with 10 years of experience, System Architect at Geometric Energy Corporation and a dedicated father.


The outside experts in industry and academia supporting the IOTA project.

Harm van den Brink

Energy & E-mobility Advisor

Harm is an entrepreneur and always looking for practical and useful implementations of new and disruptive ideas. His focus is on EV infrastructure and the energy domain.

Regine H. Helmer

Digital Transformation & Business Development Advisor

Regine is Founder and CEO of Seedlab, a digital transformation and business development consulting firm. She is also a lecturer at HWZ Univ in Zurich, a keynote speaker and author.

Anes Hodžić

Digital Transformation and Internet of Things Advisor

Anes is VP Digital Transformation and IoT at Digital Transformation Office of Airbus Group. He holds a doctoral degree in Electrical Eng./Telecom from the Technical Univ. Berlin.

Gur Huberman

Finance & Economics Advisor

Gur Huberman is the Robert G. Kirby Professor of Behavioral Finance at Columbia Business School where he has taught since 1989. Gur is interested in incentives in crypto coins.

Hongquan Jiang

Technology Industry Advisor

Hongquan is a partner at Robert Bosch Venture Capital and is a “deep tech” investor with multiple successful investments in IoT, AI, augmented reality and automotive technologies.

Koen Maris

Cyber Security Advisor

Koen is a passionate information/cyber security specialist who serves as a trusted advisor for many organizations and is known for questioning current applied security models.

Madjid Nakhjiri

Public Key Infrastructure Advisor

Madjid is an expert in public key infrastructure and has spent years in the area of device and user authentication and related key management schemes.

Michael Nilles

Smart Cities & Infrastructure Advisor

Michael Nilles is executive member of the Board of Directors and Chief Digital Officer (CDO) for Schindler. Michael also serves on the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

Alexander Renz

Smart Mobility & Transportation Advisor

New Mobility Enthusiast, Startup Aficionado and Managing Partner at New Mobility Consulting.

Jochen Renz

Smart Mobility & Transportation Advisor

Electronics Engineer who after a 20-year corporate IT career Co-Founded New Mobility Consulting & New Mobility World with my brother Alex. Simply put, cars and IT are in our blood.

Klaus Schaaf

Smart Mobility Advisor

Klaus holds a diploma degree and a PhD in Physics from Göttingen University and has been with Volkswagen AG for 30 years, mostly in research areas and promoting edge technologies.

Joachim Taiber

Smart Mobility Advisor

Chief Technology Officer of the International Transportation Innovation Center and Adjunct professor at the Clemson Univ. International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR).