Our Team

We are a global team of experienced scientists, engineers, venture creators and industry experts, based in Singapore and London.

Business and Executive Team

Tech Team

Advisors and Board members

Xinshu Dong
Board Member
PhD, National University of Singapore

Xinshu is a scientist and practitioner in building secure systems, ranging from blockchains to web browsers and applications. He was a technical lead for several national cybersecurity projects. The outcome of his research has been published at top international conferences. More recently, he led the research and development of Anquan’s proprietary scalable and secure blockchain, deployed for financial and ecommerce applications. He is currently leading the Zilliqa team for developing a new public blockchain Zilliqa for high-throughput applications.

​Prateek Saxena
Advisor and Board Member
PhD, University of California, Berkeley

Prateek Saxena is a research professor in computer science at National University of Singapore, and has a PhD in Computer Science from UC Berkeley. He works on blockchains and computer security. His research has influenced the design of browser platforms, web standards and app stores widely used today. He has received several premier awards such as the Top 10 Innovators under 35 (MIT TR35 Asia) in 2017.

Yaoqi Jia
Chief Technology Officer
PhD, National University of Singapore

Yaoqi is the Head of Technology for Zilliqa. His prior experience focuses on building secure and privacy-preserving web and distributed systems with cryptographic mechanisms. He proposed several technologies in his research as the building blocks for next-generation blockchain, addressing consensus and privacy issues. His research work has been published in top international conferences, such as CCS, USENIX Security, PETS, RAID, ESORICS. He has received the Best Paper Award in W2SP (2014) and ICECCS (2014). His work was acknowledged by Google and Apple (CVE-2014-7948 for Chrome and CVE-2015-5907 for Safari) and has received media coverage including Dailydot, Gizmodo and Techspot.

Amrit Kumar
President & Chief Scientific Officer
PhD, Université Grenoble-Alpes (France)

Amrit is the Head of Research for Zilliqa. He holds a PhD from Université Grenoble-Alpes, France and was hosted at Inria's Grenoble center. Prior to his PhD, he obtained an Engineer's diploma from Ecole Polytechnique, France, where he studied Computer Science and Mathematics. His research interests broadly span security, privacy and applied cryptography.

Aparna Narayanan
Communications Manager
MSc Public Policy & Management, King’s College London

Aparna is a communications and public affairs specialist with extensive experience in implementing strategic campaigns for the technology, energy, public and not-for-profit sectors. She is interested in the interface between advocacy, policy and technology — particularly in the use of tech for social impact. Aparna recently graduated with an MSc in Public Policy & Management from King’s College London and also has a B.A in Political Science from McGill University.

​Juzar Motiwalla
Advisor and Board Member
PhD, University of Wisconsin - Madison​

Juzar Motiwalla has investment and board-level experience with global technology startups. He was a venture capitalist responsible for investments in Asia and Silicon Valley. M&A exits with leading US and Japanese companies were secured for companies he was involved with. Prior to his venture capital journey he was the CEO of a 350-person computer science research lab in Singapore.

Max Kantelia
Advisor and Board Member
BSc (Hons) Engineering Science

Max is a financial services entrepreneur with 25 years’ experience of building professional services and technology firms in Europe, the US and Asia. He is a Co-Founder of Anquan Capital in Singapore and is on the board of Aeriandi (Oxford) and untapt (New York), both fast growth deep technology companies in the areas of voice technology and artificial intelligence. Max is an engineering graduate and started his career at GEC Marconi designing airborne radar systems. He was selected by EY as one of Asia’s Top 100 FinTech contributors in 2016 and is a part of the London Mayor’s Internationalisation programme.

Saiba Kataruka
Developer Marketing Lead
MBA, University of Oxford

Saiba Kataruka has earlier worked with IBM as a consultant for five years, in the payment technology field, in Asia and Europe. He then left the company to pursue an MBA degree from the University of Oxford. He loves reading, writing, public speaking and traveling. He is most interested in the decentralization aspect of the Blockchain technology and in the ways that it can improve the current social and financial structures.

Addison Huegel
Head of Communications
BA in Physics, University of California, Berkeley

Addison Huegel is a new technology communications and marketing specialist with extensive experience building communities around blockchain, B2B, and B2C applications. Over the years he’s worked with hundreds of companies, from startups to Fortune 500s.  In 2015, he served as a communications consultant to the Ethereum Foundation and DEVCON1.  Before entering into marketing and PR, Addison worked in the field of Condensed Matter Physics and has published a number of scientific, peer-reviewed papers.

Haichuan Liu
Core Developer
Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours), Nayang Technological University

Haichuan is a winner of Singapore Enterprise Scholarship and an AWS Certified Solution Architect, and currently finishing his master degree in Computer Control & Automation from Nanyang Technological University. In his last position, he was involved in an autonomous vehicle project, and in charged of the development of Mobility on Demand system from A to Z using C++, also led the grounding of DevOps. He is addicted to the realization of large distributed system, especially Blockchain. Besides, he has great interest in indie game development and AI technologies.

Antonio Nicolas Nunez
Core Developer
Bachelor Degrees in Physics and Computer Engineering, Ateneo de Manila University

Antonio has bachelor degrees in Physics and Computer Engineering from Ateneo de Manila University, as well as a diploma in R&D Management from University of the Philippines Open University. He has over 10 years experience as a software engineer, deploying industry-grade solutions for multiple sectors. His programming interests include efficient C++ coding as well as build and test automation.

Jun Hao Tan
​Core Developer
Bachelor of Computer Science (Honours), National University of Singapore

Jun Hao is a practitioner in various areas in the Computer Science domain including blockchain, web security, trusted computing and program analysis. He was also awarded the National Infocomm Scholarship and graduated from the National University of Singapore (NUS) with a bachelor degree in computing science with specialisation in information security. At NUS, he co-founded NUS Greyhats, a cybersecurity interest group, which has won numerous cybersecurity events. He also co-founded Edgis, a non-profit special interest group provides a platform where infosec enthusiasts can meet, exchange ideas with others and contribute to community.

Clark Yang
Core Developer
Master of Computer Science, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan

​​Clark has over 10 years of experience in software development, with a focus on cryptographic engineering and multi-threaded embedded systems. During his former role at MediaTek (a semiconductor company), he has built solutions for large-scale commercial software in cooperation with Google, Microsoft, and Amazon. Clark also has experience in Digital Rights Management (DRM) development on Trusted Execution Environment (TEE), with focus on ARMv7/ARMv8 OP-TEE platforms. He successfully enhanced the performance of cryptographic primitives (by X10) in video streaming via HLS/RTP/RTSP, adopting symmetric/asymmetric cryptographic algorithms using OpenSSL 1.0.2g and Public Key Accelerators on DRM software.

Vaivaswatha Nagaraj
​Compiler Developer
Msc, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

Vaivaswatha is a compiler developer with experience working on multiple production compilers, with the latest being LLVM. His focus is on data flow analysis and machine independent optimizations, with a special interest in optimizing loop nests. His interests, outside of technology include Indian classical music and trekking the Himalayas.

Kaustubh Shamshery
​Core Developer
B.Tech (Information Technology, IIIT Allahabad)

Kaustubh is a software developer working in area of computational intelligence and network security. He has priorly been involved in reviewing blockchain companies and also has been a part of international blockchain projects. His research interests include NLP, deep learning and blockchain scalability.

​​Jasmine Song
Finance and Operations Executive
Bachelor of Business in Accounting and Finance (Double Major), Murdoch University

Jasmine has previously worked in various industries such as banking, IT, logistics and trading. Accounting reconciliation, audit and tax computation, business case writing and analysis are just one of the many skills she has as a Finance and Operations Executive. Being a self starter, Jasmine has run several successful initiatives over the years, and is constantly seeking to bring the same success by spearheading new initiatives at Zilliqa.

Sheng Guang Xiao
Core Developer
Master of Mechatronic Engineering, Chong Qing University, China

Sheng Guang has over 9 years of experience in software development, with a focus on language parser, signal processing, image processing and multi-threaded software systems. During his former role at Keysight technologies, he developed language parsers for ICL and PDL and also developed automatic test generator for IEEE 1687 standard. Before joining Keysight, Shengguang worked in ASM Technology Pacific for 6 years where he developed new AOI (Automatic Optics Inspection) products that used high speed camera and advanced vision algorithm to find units with defects in IC manufacturing; the product is now used by more than 20 factories worldwide.

Edison Lim
Application Lead
Master of Information Security, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Edison is a software engineer who specialises in data science, cyber-forensics and application development. Edison believes that blockchain is an internet of value, and is interested to explore various use-cases of blockchain and accelerate the world’s transition to decentralisation.

Jacob Johannsen
Compiler Developer
PhD in Computer Science

Jacob specializes in programming language semantics and compiler implementation. As a software developer Jacob has worked in compiler design, quantum cryptography, pensions and life-insurance policy management, editorial software for the newspaper industry, and bespoke web applications. His non-professional interests include comedy, snooker, American football, film and theater, literature and poetry, avantgarde music, languages, board games, craft beer, fine dining, and chocolate.

Sophia Fang
VP, Business Development
Master of Science, National University of Singapore

Sophia has extensive experience in business & technology consulting and has led design and multinational rollout of large scale and complex technology initiatives across a broad array of sectors. With strong understanding of business operations and deep knowledge in technology, Sophia has displayed consistent abilities of identifying unique business opportunities, facilitating strategy planning and delivering successful implementation of solutions, to build up clients' technology capability to match the constantly evolving business environment.

Sandip Bhoir
Core Developer
Bachelors degree in Information Technology, Mumbai University

Have over 12 years of experience in software development across multiple domains like ATM domain, Retail banking and Investment banking. Has been involved in development of various distributed systems using C++ with the focus on the reliability, scalability and throughput.

Deli Gong
Infrastructure Lead
Bechelor of Engineering in Computer Science and Technology, Zhejiang University, China

Deli is a practitioner in building distributed and network systems using trusted hardware, e.g., Intel SGX. He has extensive experience in programming high-performance, distributed and FPGA systems. Deli was working in research at the National University of Singapore, with the focus on system security, trusted hardware, and DDoS defense. Before that, he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and also the excellent student award from Zhejiang University, China. He was a recipient of the first-class award in ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge in 2015 and a first prize winner at the National Olympiad in Informatics in Provinces, China in 2011.

Ian Tan
Full Stack Developer
LLB Law (Honours, First Class), University of Bristol

Ian is a full stack engineer with a keen interest in developer tooling and smart contracts. With a background in law, he is particularly fascinated by the immense potential of smart contracts and blockchain technology in the realms of trade finance and international commerce.

Han Wen Chua
Developer Advocate
Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering (Aerospace)

Han Wen is an idealistic libertarian seeking to help build a community of active developers on Zilliqa. He was an active member in the mining community during the early days. He previously worked in the Aerospace industry designing military drones and passenger-to-freighter solutions. His other interests include 3D printing, geopolitics and progaming.

Ada Tan
Operations Executive
Bachelor of Business in Public Relations and Marketing (Double Major), Murdoch University

Ada is a double degree holder of Public Relations and Marketing from Murdoch University. She has experience in working in various sectors like insurance and food manufacturing and that experience has helped her be adept at coordinating with external and internal stakeholders. She looks forward to contribute to the team by bringing the procedural efficiency of the traditional industries to the team’s operations.

Noel Yoo
Blockchain Application Developer
BSE in Computer Science and Engineering, Yonsei University, Seoul

Neuti is a software engineer specializing in web development and blockchain application development. His focus is on building applications safe and scalable with quality codes and high standards. He is an open source enthusiast. He has a BSE in Computer Science and Engineering from Yonsei University.

Anton Trunov
Research Engineer
Tomsk State University of Control Systems and Radioelectronics

Anton's interests lie in the field of formal methods, program verification, interactive theorem proving, dependent types and functional programming. He loves proving theorems using computers! As a software developer he has worked on embedded systems for coal mines safety equipment, programmed supercomputers to simulate high current beams of charged particles and worked on the formalization of a fine-grained concurrent separation logic.

Hazeem Mohamed
Project Manager
Bachelor in Computer Systems Engineering, Coventry University (UK)

Hazeem has comprehensive experience in Project Management, Software QA Management, Pre-Sales & Technology Consulting and has led the team and supported the launch of many applications & products in the region in an agile environment domains such as Mobile, Enterprise Mobility, Telecom And IoT. He has a Bachelor Degree in Computer Systems Engineering from Coventry University UK, as well as a Diploma in Electronics & Telecom Engineering from Republic Polytechnic Singapore.

Evan Cheng
M.S in Computer Science, Syracuse University

​Evan is an engineering director at Facebook, where he oversees development of programming languages, runtimes, and compilers. He received the 2012 ACM Software System Award for his work on LLVM at Apple.

Aquinas Hobor
Advisor and Board Member
Phd Computer Science, Princeton University

Aquinas Hobor was born near Chicago, IL.  He got his undergraduate degrees from the University of Chicago and his PhD in computer science from Princeton University in 2008.  He does research in computer theory, including semantics, verification, machine-checked proof, logic, complexity, and algorithms.  From 2008-2011 he was a Lee Kuan Yew Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Computing, National University of Singapore.  Since 2013 he has been an assistant professor with a joint appointment between Yale-NUS College and the School of Computing.

Alexander Lipton
Advisor and Board Member
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Mathematics

​​Alexander Lipton is Founder and CEO of StrongHold Labs, Partner at Numeraire Financial, Co-Founder and Advisor of Distilled Analytics, Connection Science Fellow at MIT Media Lab and Visiting Professor of Financial Engineering at EPFL. He is an Advisory Board Member at UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies, Clearmatics and Numerix. His prior experience includes Managing Director at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, leading the quant group. Earlier, he also worked for Citadel Investment Group in Chicago, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank and Bankers Trust.

Loi Luu
PhD, National University of Singapore

Loi is a researcher working on cryptocurrencies, smart contract security and distributed consensus algorithms. He is also a regular invited speaker at Bitcoin and Ethereum workshops such as DevCon2, EDCON. Loi believes in the force of the Ethereum and Blockchain technologies and much of his work revolves around this community. He developed Oyente, the first open-source security analyzer for Ethereum smart contracts. Loi also cofounded SmartPool, another open source project which embraces decentralization of mining pools in existing cryptocurrency. He continues to champion decentralisation and trustless properties of the Blockchain with KyberNetwork, taking inspiration and developing value for the community.

Stuart Prior

Stuart Prior is a Fintech veteran with 20+ in Corporate and Investment Banking. Stuart specializes in leading corporate banking initiatives for the adoption of blockchain technology and Crypto Finance.  Throughout his career he has focused on the development of banking technology applications including Ultra High Frequency / Low Latency trading and the development of large scale data management platforms.  Over the years he has worked with many of the largest banks in the world, including Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank, and will bring his expertise to help guide Zilliqa’s development and practical applications.  ​

Christel Quek
BSc (Social Sciences), National University of Singapore

Christel is a technology executive who has built brands and digital businesses since the advent of the digital economy. She is a Co-Founder of BOLT, a live TV & gaming service (Kenya, Southeast Asia, and Latin America), and the Founder of pin8cle, a strategic consultancy to turn start-ups to rev-ups. Previously, Christel founded Brandwatch's first office in Asia-Pacific (digital intelligence product), was the Head of Content at Twitter across their International Markets, and led Social Business for Samsung Asia. Christel was selected by The Guardian as one of the top global digital strategists, Campaign Asia-Pacific as a Woman to Watch, and Business Insider as one of the 30 best executives to follow on Twitter. More recently, Christel delivered the commencement speech at the National University of Singapore, and has contributed articles to Harvard Business Review and Huffington Post. ​

Ilya Sergey
Lead Language Designer
PhD, KU Leuven (Belgium)

Dr Ilya Sergey does research in the area of programming languages, program analysis, and formal verification. Prior to joining academia, Ilya has spent a part of his career in industry, working in JetBrains Inc., a world-leading company in creating integrated development environments for software developers. His joint research efforts with the members of Zilliqa team have already resulted in the inception of Scilla, a programming language for mechanically verified smart contracts.

Vincent Zhou
Advisor and Board Member

Vincent is founding partner of FBG Capital, with extensive experience in digital assets trading and investment. Vincent is also an early investor of a broad spectrum of blockchain companies and projects. He is considered as one of the most well-connected and visionary crypto hedge fund managers in Asia.