Team

FOUNDATION BOARD

Jeff Garzik

Board Member & Chief Scientist

A futurist, entrepreneur and software engineer, Jeff is co-founder and CEO of Bloq, a leading blockchain technology company. Jeff is also the chief designer of Metronome.

Jeff serves on the board of Coin Center, and the advisory boards of BitFury, BitPay, Chain.com, Netki and WayPaver Labs. He has delivered presentations on bitcoin and blockchain technology at TEDx, State of Digital Money, and Scaling Bitcoin, as well as private briefings to corporations, governments, central banks and hedge funds. Jeff was also recently appointed to the Linux Foundation board of directors, as well as the World Economic Forum Expert Network as an expert in information technology.

Jeff has a long history of early technology adoption. After helping to launch CNN.com on the Internet in the early 1990s, he worked for many successful Internet startups and service providers. Concurrently, he worked continuously on open source software engineering projects for over two decades. His involvement in one of the best known open source projects — the Linux kernel — led to an extended tenure at Linux market leader Red Hat during open source's most formative years. Jeff's work is found in every Android phone and data center running Linux today.

In July 2010, Jeff came across a post describing bitcoin. Recognizing the potential of a concept previously thought impossible — decentralized digital money — he began contributing to Bitcoin’s open source software as a developer. He was one of the first Bitcoin developers. Jeff found himself at the heart of the global, revolutionary, technology phenomenon known as bitcoin.

Matthew Roszak

Board Member & Chief Strategy Officer

Matthew is co-founder and chairman of Bloq, a leading blockchain technology company and a visionary of Metronome – a cryptocurrency engineered for longevity. Matthew is also founding partner of Tally Capital, a private investment firm focused on digital assets and blockchain-enabled technology with a portfolio of over 30 investments, including Blockstream, BTC Media, Civic, Doc.ai, Factom, Genaro, Orchid, Rivetz, Token Report and Qtum.

Matthew is a blockchain investor, entrepreneur and advocate. Matthew serves as chairman of the Chamber of Digital Commerce, the world’s largest trade association representing the blockchain industry. In addition, Matthew serves on the board of BitGive, a non-profit foundation targeting public health and the environment. He is also the founder of the Chicago Blockchain Center, a public-private partnership with the State of Illinois, CME Group, DRW and Lightbank. Matthew was a producer of the industry’s first ever documentary, The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin.

Matthew is a sought after thought leader on blockchain technology, and has testified as an expert before U.S. Congress and spoken at the U.S. Federal Reserve. He has presented at TEDx, been featured on CNBC and quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and Financial Times. In addition, Matthew has been a speaker at FinTech conferences worldwide, including Money20/20, CES and American Banker.

Wouter van der Schagt

Board Member & Executive Director

Wouter is founder and director of the online multi-currency wallet QoinPro, which currently supports over 1 million users. He has about 20 years of development, architectural and entrepreneurial experience, and is certified in multiple IT technologies. He has focused the last several years on cybersecurity, blockchain and cryptocurrencies.

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Marco Ferreira

Marketing Director

Marco has about twenty years industry experience primarily in financial services operations which included a pivotal role in establishing a fund administration outsourcing platform in South Africa. He qualified as a Certified Accounting Technician, completed his diploma in fund administration with distinction, and is a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Directors.

Dennis De Jong

Project Manager

Dennis De Jong has 20 years of work experience and has been the senior / lead back-end developer for several large and complex projects, of which some were related to crypto-currencies. He has been interested and involved with the blockchain since 2013.

Michael Banner

Marketing and Communication

Michael is an educator and writer with many years of experience. He has a teaching certificate accredited by the University of Cambridge and a bachelors degree in Media Studies and Creative Writing. In the interest of self development, he is currently studying for a certificate in graphic design.

He has a great deal of experience of creating, proofreading and editing English text books and exam content. He has experience of creating promotional material, interacting with customers and product partners, as well as maintaining a website, from his time running his own DVD film business in the UK. He has also been a staff writer for the film review site www.fareastfilms.com

Maarten Swemmer

Senior IT Manager

After his MSc in Technology and Society (a combination of IT and human technology interaction), Maarten started his career in digital marketing. He bridged the traditional gap between IT and business as a marketing support expert, service manager and content management consultant, looking after the business interests with regard to enterprise content management systems. 

More recently, Maarten has worked in his own digital development agency and as co-founder/CTO of EcoMatcher, a company that turns planting trees into a CSR / marketing instrument by providing full transparency of the location and details of each planted tree, through an IT platform. Maarten loves applying technology to innovate business processes, and is excited about the disruptive possibilities of blockchain.

Pavle Vujosevic

Senior Developer

During 5 years of experience as a full stack developer Pavle specialized in back-end development focusing mainly on PHP and Laravel framework. He can also fully support front-end development using jQuery, vue.js and Bootstrap.

Pavel has obtained his MS degree in IT area at University of Karlsruhe (Germany) and Universtat Politecnica de Catalunya (Spain). He started his career from corporates and then moved to start-up world. He has been working on automated trading platforms that support multiple currencies and exchanges.