TEAM

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RUFO GUERRESCHI

Founder and CEO

  • Founder of Trustless Computing Association. Launched Free and Safe in Cyberspace, a top cybersecurity event series.

  • Founded and exited Participatory Technologies. As Head of EMEA BizDev at 4thpass, acquired by Motorola, he sold +$10M Java mobile app store systems, including to Telefonica.

  • As CEO at Open Media Park, Brought the valuation of a planned EU’s 2nd largest IT/media park from €3m to€21m.

    (LinkedIn)

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ROBERTO GALLO

Security Architecture Lead

  • As Founder and CEO of the Brazilian Kryptus, he lead up to 50 employees as the leading South American cutting-edge hardware cybersecurity provider.

  • Lead Scientist at Trustless Computing Association.

  • Designed the World's 1st secure CPU inspectable in HW/SW source designs, SCuP. Designed security architecture of the 400,000Brazilian voting machines & the ASI-HSM of the Brazilian PKI-root CA.

    (LinkedIn)

JOONYOUNG PARK

Supply Chain Lead

  • Formely at Kudelski - a global leader in IPTV, and cybersecurity - he led 30-staff team in Palo Alto managing new products concept-to-manufacturing.

  • Formerly co-managing director JRC, a family-owned $200M/yr 6-sigma electronics manufacturing plant (EMS) in South Korea. Exited in spring 2018.

  • At LG Solutions, he was Chief of Engineering Staff for B2B Solution Development. At Motorola, he Principal Staff System Engineer.

    (Linkedin)

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KESHAW SINGH

Graphics Lead & Product Design Manager

  • Highly talented and multi-versed digital graphics artist and consumer electronics designer.

  • Specializes in designing and coordinating advanced design and communications projects integrating 3d animation, 3d renderings, user interface design, Web and mobile app design, visual effect, video post production.

 

ADVISORS

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Gerhard Knecht

Advisor - Strategy & Operation

  • CISO of the Global Unisys vertical business unit for Security Services

  • Invented and implemented the Unisys Security Implementation Methodology (UniSIM)

  • Designed and developed the National Information Security Framework of Portugal.

  • PhD in computer science from Innsbruck University, Austria, as well as sever other certifications and diplomas from various institutions.

(Linkedin)

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MARTIN GIESE

Advisor - Strategy & Operation

  • Managing Director of the new XPRENEURS startup incubator in Munich, which hosts 50 startups per year in 3-month programs.

  • Voted among the top 5 in the Business Angel of the Year award in Germany in 2017.

  • Masters in Public Administration from Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University and a Master in Entrepreneurship from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

  • For 13 years he had various leadership roles in marketing, sales, business intelligence, controlling and operations at Kabel Deutschland (successful IPO 2010, acquired by Vodafone in 2013) where he helped develop the Digital Pay TV and Broadband via cable product lines from pilot stage into a EUR 1 billion per year subscription business.

(Linkedin)

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UDIT DHAWAN

Advisor - Endpoint Security

  • Previously a Senior researcher at Intel Labs and Samsung R&D.

  • Lead student architect on the US DARPA CRASH/SAFE project at, aimed at a new clean-slate co-design of an entire computing stack for secure computation.

  • Co-lead Scientist of the Trustless Computing Association since 2017.

    (LinkedIn)

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JEAN - PIERRE PENNACINO

Advisor - IT harwdare economics

  • A Geneva-based IT executive with over 25 years of senior and executive positions in financial, operation and growth in leading IT companies, including Motorola, Gemalto, PwC and STMicroelectronics.

  • Most recently, he was COO at Wisekey, a Geneva-based Swiss listed cybersecurity company with over €60M/yr revenue.

(LinkedIn)

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GEORGE FROST

Advisor - Legal

  • George provides legal consulting services and strategic advice to leading startups and firms in the IT sectors, from Berkeley, CA.

  • Among his principal clients are Bitstamp Ltd., the world’s first fully licensed and regulated European bitcoin exchange, GateHub Ltd., and Ripple Labs, where he served as the company’s founding general counsel.

    (LinkedIn)

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DIRK SIMPSON

Advisor - Marketing

  • International marketing executive with 18 years of experience. 

  • Since 2008, he is Global Business Director at Hogarth Worldwide - the World largest marketing production agency - where he co-lead campaigns for top global brands like Rolex, Apple, P&G, Novartis, HSBC, Philips, McDonald’s

(LinkedIn)

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FLORIAN WEJDA

Advisor - Finance

  • Previously, M&A and startup investment analyst at Digital Capital Advisors, IEG investment Banking Group, BNP Paribas Corporate.

  • Master Graduate at Leipzig HHL Graduate School of Management. Independent crypto/blockchain analyst and investor since 2014. Former Judo professional athlete.

    (LinkedIn)

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CHRISTIAN WIRTH

Advisor - Blockchain Architecture

  • Currently, Senior Blockchain Architect at IBM in Berlin.

  • Full-stack developer and IT architect. Author of papers on blockchain security and governance, Hyperledger, and GDPR.

  • Co-lead development of Hyperledger-based blockchain for a leading German logistics company. Master in Computer Science at Freie Universität Berlin.

(Linkedin)

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TAPAN (T.K.) LALA

Advisor - IT security

  • Founder/CEO of cybersecurity consulting startup.

  • Led Valley startups, large commercial organizations and defense contractors.

  • Formerly R&D lead at BAE System, Rockwell, 3Com. Active US DoD Secret clearance.

(LinkedIn)

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JOSHUA WEISS

Advisor - Negotiation theory

  • Co-founder of the Global Negotiation Initiative at Harvard University and a senior fellow at the Harvard Negotiation Project.

  • Director and creator of the master of science degree in leadership and negotiation at Bay Path University.

  • Conducts research; consulting with many organizations including Microsoft, General Motors, and Christie’s Art Auction House.

  • Engages in negotiation and mediation at the organizational, corporate, government, and international levels.

(Linkedin)

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PEDRO PAIVA

Advisor - Commercialization

  • MSc Computer Engineering & Telecoms from EPFL and has a 1st year Executive MBA from IIMT.

  • Multi-lingual leader delivering results for 20+ years in fast moving multi-cultural environments, and uses thought leadership to bridge strategy, business and technology solutions & services, covering diverse areas like Enterprise Solutions, Data, Voice, Internet, Mobile, Cloud, and Internet of Things in several industries.

  • Effective communicator who is able to develop a strategic vision, organize and structure, implement pragmatic plans, in different functional areas like Product Management, Marketing, Innovation of Future Services, Business Development and Sales.

(Linkedin)

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ROMAN YAMPOLSKIY

Advisor - Intersection of AI and cybersecurity

  • AI Superintelligence Safety Expert and Professor, senior member of IEEE, Research Advisor for MIRI and Associate of GCRI, and tenured Associate Professor in the department of Computer Engineering and Computer Science at the Speed School of Engineering, University of Louisville.

  • Founding and current director of the Cyber Security Lab and an author of many books including “Artificial Superintelligence: a Futuristic Approach.”

  • Dr. Yampolskiy has been recognized as: Distinguished Teaching Professor, Professor of the Year, Faculty Favorite, Top 4 Faculty, Leader in Engineering Education, Top 10 of Online College Professor of the Year, and Outstanding Early Career in Education award winner among many other honors and distinctions.

(Linkedin)