Team, Advisors & Partners

Agora is a voting technology company based in Lausanne, Switzerland. Our team is a group of individuals bound together by their passion for spreading secure and transparent elections around the world and the shared belief that Agora can offer great value for global human rights.

 

Core Team

 
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Leonardo GammaR, CEO

Leonardo is a financial engineer, a pilot and a programmer. He received his first award at the age of 8 by President Chirac and patented his first invention at the age of 20, a CO2 emissions reducer for cars now widely used in West Africa. Afterwards, Leonardo built, ran and sold two profitable trading algorithms to one of the world’s top 15 largest hedge funds. He has since personally run a venture capital and algorithmic trading investment fund, Lae.vc and Lae.fund. Leonardo then began investing in academic research on new types of blockchain consensus models, developing mission driven projects which led to the birth of Agora and using this knowledge to offer blockchain consulting services through Lae Technologies Ltd. Leonardo studied Mechanical Engineering BSc and Financial Engineering MSc at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL).

 
 
 
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Boris Kaplounovski, CTO

Boris started his career in JavaCard team at Sun Microsystems, working on the implementation of an app store for J2ME applications. Afterwards he joined Intel to create open source implementation of Java, which was later integrated in Apache Harmony. Boris then took part in the Intel XML Gateway project, a software solution for accelerating, orchestrating and securing applications based on service oriented architecture, working on BPEL compiler, cryptography and interoperability testing. After 7 year at Intel as a lead software engineer, Boris decided to switch technology stack and apply his competence to e-commerce.

He joined AviaSales as CTO and 9th employee, organizing a highly effective development process and helping the startup to become N°1 online seller of airfares in Eastern Europe.

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  Igor Novogran   Head of Back-End Team   Igor is a research engineer, a cryptographer and a programmer. He developed high practical skills in cryptography during the 5 years he spent working at the Committee for State Security of Belarus. He later joined the R&D center of SK hynix where he designed algorithms which are going to be used in the next generation of storage devices. He was also involved in the development of a blockchain-based poker application and protocol (totalpoker.io). Igor studied Applied Mathematics and Cryptography at the Institute of Cryptography, Telecommunications and Computer Science (IKSI) in Moscow.   LinkedIn

Igor Novogran
Head of Back-End Team

Igor is a research engineer, a cryptographer and a programmer. He developed high practical skills in cryptography during the 5 years he spent working at the Committee for State Security of Belarus. He later joined the R&D center of SK hynix where he designed algorithms which are going to be used in the next generation of storage devices. He was also involved in the development of a blockchain-based poker application and protocol (totalpoker.io). Igor studied Applied Mathematics and Cryptography at the Institute of Cryptography, Telecommunications and Computer Science (IKSI) in Moscow.

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  Elodie Blomet   Head of Communications & Marketing   Elodie studied social sciences and communication at the University of Geneva. She was previously in charge of the community management for one of the most renowned ballet competition in the world, the Prix de Lausanne, before joining Agora in 2017. Prior to that she worked in the communication team of the University of Geneva.

Elodie Blomet
Head of Communications & Marketing

Elodie studied social sciences and communication at the University of Geneva. She was previously in charge of the community management for one of the most renowned ballet competition in the world, the Prix de Lausanne, before joining Agora in 2017. Prior to that she worked in the communication team of the University of Geneva.

  Jared Polites   Public Relations   Jared is a blockchain marketing specialist and advisor. He has worked with over 45 ICOs, raising over $300M. Some notable projects include Elastos and Patron. Previously, he led marketing/PR for Ardent Capital, a leading VC firm in Southeast Asia and incubator of aCommerce ($100M raised). Jared's career started at the FBI, where he was an Intelligence Analyst working Securities Fraud in New York. He holds a BBA from UT-Austin and a Master's in Finance from Sciences Po Paris.   LinkedIn

Jared Polites
Public Relations

Jared is a blockchain marketing specialist and advisor. He has worked with over 45 ICOs, raising over $300M. Some notable projects include Elastos and Patron. Previously, he led marketing/PR for Ardent Capital, a leading VC firm in Southeast Asia and incubator of aCommerce ($100M raised). Jared's career started at the FBI, where he was an Intelligence Analyst working Securities Fraud in New York. He holds a BBA from UT-Austin and a Master's in Finance from Sciences Po Paris.

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  Yasmin Moghaddam   Investor Relations   Yasmin has a background in arts education and community driven nonprofits. She became involved in the blockchain ecosystem in 2016 whilst managing client relations in the Big Data & Analytics, Cyber Security, Cyber Architecture and Engineering Sectors. Since she has been involved in business development for numerous Blockchain startups and focuses efforts towards social impact projects.   LinkedIn

Yasmin Moghaddam
Investor Relations

Yasmin has a background in arts education and community driven nonprofits. She became involved in the blockchain ecosystem in 2016 whilst managing client relations in the Big Data & Analytics, Cyber Security, Cyber Architecture and Engineering Sectors. Since she has been involved in business development for numerous Blockchain startups and focuses efforts towards social impact projects.

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  Khadija Masri    Head of Business Development North Africa & Middle East   Her Excellency Miss Khadija Masri has been a career diplomat for more than 30 years. She is a former ambassador of the Republic of Tunisia in Sweden, former ambassador of the African Union at the United Nations in Geneva and former Head of Partnership department at the African Union, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.   LinkedIn    

Khadija Masri 
Head of Business Development North Africa & Middle East

Her Excellency Miss Khadija Masri has been a career diplomat for more than 30 years. She is a former ambassador of the Republic of Tunisia in Sweden, former ambassador of the African Union at the United Nations in Geneva and former Head of Partnership department at the African Union, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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  Kyle Kemper   Head of Business Development North America   Kyle is the Executive Director of the Blockchain Association of Canada, which is dedicated to raising awareness of Blockchain Technology among Canadian consumers, merchants, businesses, regulators, and policy makers; to promoting Blockchain technology adoption in Canada; to further Canadian and international study and research in blockchain technology; and other efforts to promote, study, research, and discuss blockchain technology.   LinkedIn

Kyle Kemper
Head of Business Development North America

Kyle is the Executive Director of the Blockchain Association of Canada, which is dedicated to raising awareness of Blockchain Technology among Canadian consumers, merchants, businesses, regulators, and policy makers; to promoting Blockchain technology adoption in Canada; to further Canadian and international study and research in blockchain technology; and other efforts to promote, study, research, and discuss blockchain technology.

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  Chid Liberty   Head of Business Development Western Africa   Chid co-founded Liberty & Justice, Africa’s first Fair Trade Certified™ apparel manufacturer in Liberia, where he was born and returned after 28 years abroad. In addition he manages the Ignite Fund (Liberia), an equity investment fund that makes strategic investments in Liberian Pico-cap companies with high growth potential. He also speaks internationally on social entrepreneurship and impact investing – recently at Harvard, Stanford, and Princeton Universities – and works as an advisor and board member to a number of high-impact organizations.   LinkedIn

Chid Liberty
Head of Business Development Western Africa

Chid co-founded Liberty & Justice, Africa’s first Fair Trade Certified™ apparel manufacturer in Liberia, where he was born and returned after 28 years abroad. In addition he manages the Ignite Fund (Liberia), an equity investment fund that makes strategic investments in Liberian Pico-cap companies with high growth potential. He also speaks internationally on social entrepreneurship and impact investing – recently at Harvard, Stanford, and Princeton Universities – and works as an advisor and board member to a number of high-impact organizations.

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  Karla Cruz   Head of Business Development Southeast Asia   Karla brings with her a wealth of experience and an extensive global network from her years in Investment Banking, Early Stage Commercialization and Business Development. Her expertise with traditional institutions and her strategic understanding of emerging technology enables her to bridge the gap between both schools of thought - using technology as a platform to address some of the most pressing social issues of today. Her most recent involvements include the induction into the Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC), the Silicon Valley Blockchain Society (SVBS), and the World Economic Forum (WEF).   LinkedIn

Karla Cruz
Head of Business Development Southeast Asia

Karla brings with her a wealth of experience and an extensive global network from her years in Investment Banking, Early Stage Commercialization and Business Development. Her expertise with traditional institutions and her strategic understanding of emerging technology enables her to bridge the gap between both schools of thought - using technology as a platform to address some of the most pressing social issues of today. Her most recent involvements include the induction into the Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC), the Silicon Valley Blockchain Society (SVBS), and the World Economic Forum (WEF).

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  Annica Lofling   Head of Business Development Scandinavia    LinkedIn    

Annica Lofling
Head of Business Development Scandinavia

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Our Ambassadors

Agora’s board of ambassadors consists of senior officials, international relations experts and seasoned diplomats. They work closely with our management team to open new business opportunities and are representatives as well as thought leaders for Agora.

 
  H.E Ameenah Gurib-Fakim   Sixth President of Mauritius from 2015 to 2018   Ameenah Gurib-Fakim was the 6th President and First Female President of the Republic of Mauritius, serving in that capacity until March 2018. She was nominated in the Forbes List of the 100 Most Powerful women in the world in 2016 and 1st among the Top 100 Women in Africa Forbes List 2017.   LinkedIn    

H.E Ameenah Gurib-Fakim
Sixth President of Mauritius from 2015 to 2018

Ameenah Gurib-Fakim was the 6th President and First Female President of the Republic of Mauritius, serving in that capacity until March 2018. She was nominated in the Forbes List of the 100 Most Powerful women in the world in 2016 and 1st among the Top 100 Women in Africa Forbes List 2017.

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  Kateryna Yushchenko   Former First Lady of Ukraine from 2005 to 2010. Associate Professor at the Banking University of Ukraine   Kateryna Yushchenko, wife of the Third President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko and former first lady of Ukraine from 2005 to 2010, teaches Corporate Social Responsibility at the Banking University of Ukraine. Since 2005, she has been Chairman of the Ukraine 3000 Foundation, which promotes citizen involvement in addressing Ukraine’s needs in health, education, history and the arts. She previously served as Country Director and Bank Training Manader for KPMG. While living in the USA, Mrs. Yuschenko held positions at the Department of Treasury, The White House and State Department.   LinkedIn

Kateryna Yushchenko
Former First Lady of Ukraine from 2005 to 2010. Associate Professor at the Banking University of Ukraine

Kateryna Yushchenko, wife of the Third President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko and former first lady of Ukraine from 2005 to 2010, teaches Corporate Social Responsibility at the Banking University of Ukraine. Since 2005, she has been Chairman of the Ukraine 3000 Foundation, which promotes citizen involvement in addressing Ukraine’s needs in health, education, history and the arts. She previously served as Country Director and Bank Training Manader for KPMG. While living in the USA, Mrs. Yuschenko held positions at the Department of Treasury, The White House and State Department.

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  Georgie Badiel   Founder of the Georgie Badiel Foundation.   Activist & Author.   Georgie Badiel is an author and activist who has taken on the issue of the lack of potable drinking water in West Africa. She is the founder of the Georgie Badiel Foundation, which focuses on providing access to clean water and sanitation facilities and services to the people of Burkina Faso. She co-authored the children book “The Water Princess”. She also worked as a model and was named Miss Burkina Faso 2003 and Miss Africa 2004.   LinkedIn

Georgie Badiel
Founder of the Georgie Badiel Foundation. Activist & Author.

Georgie Badiel is an author and activist who has taken on the issue of the lack of potable drinking water in West Africa. She is the founder of the Georgie Badiel Foundation, which focuses on providing access to clean water and sanitation facilities and services to the people of Burkina Faso. She co-authored the children book “The Water Princess”. She also worked as a model and was named Miss Burkina Faso 2003 and Miss Africa 2004.

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Our Advisors

Agora’s board of advisors consists of experienced entrepreneurs, business leaders, and blockchain experts. They work closely with our management team to advise on business strategy and tactical directions, as well as generally enrich our company with their experience and knowledge of the industry.

 
  Jaron Lukasiewicz   Founder & CEO of Coinsetter, CEO of Cavirtex, Leading Blockchain Executive   Jaron Lukasiewicz is a leading blockchain executive and one of the most demanded advisors to companies in the industry. He was previously Founder and CEO of Coinsetter, a New York City-based bitcoin exchange, and Cavirtex, a leading bitcoin exchange in Canada – both acquired by Kraken in 2016. Prior to creating Coinsetter in 2012, Jaron held roles in private equity at The CapStreet Group, investment banking at J.P. Morgan, and more.   LinkedIn    

Jaron Lukasiewicz
Founder & CEO of Coinsetter, CEO of Cavirtex, Leading Blockchain Executive

Jaron Lukasiewicz is a leading blockchain executive and one of the most demanded advisors to companies in the industry. He was previously Founder and CEO of Coinsetter, a New York City-based bitcoin exchange, and Cavirtex, a leading bitcoin exchange in Canada – both acquired by Kraken in 2016. Prior to creating Coinsetter in 2012, Jaron held roles in private equity at The CapStreet Group, investment banking at J.P. Morgan, and more.

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  Prabhakar Reddy   Investor at Accel Partners, Seria Entrepreneur of digital media platforms, Expert on blockchain and enterprise SaaS investments   Prabhakar Reddy is an investor at Accel Partners, one of the biggest venture capital firms in the blockchain industry, currently managing over $11 Billion of committed capital. He is a serial entrepreneur, with over 9 years of experience running successful digital media and online platforms. He sold his first start up in 2008 while still undergrad and scaled his second start-up to the Top 100 websites in the world.   LinkedIn    

Prabhakar Reddy
Investor at Accel Partners, Seria Entrepreneur of digital media platforms, Expert on blockchain and enterprise SaaS investments

Prabhakar Reddy is an investor at Accel Partners, one of the biggest venture capital firms in the blockchain industry, currently managing over $11 Billion of committed capital. He is a serial entrepreneur, with over 9 years of experience running successful digital media and online platforms. He sold his first start up in 2008 while still undergrad and scaled his second start-up to the Top 100 websites in the world.

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  Joseph Weinberg   Chairman of Shyft, CEO of  Paycase, Early Bitoin Investor and Broker, Special Advisor OECD, Director at Coinsetter   An early investor in Bitcoin and a director at Coinsetter until its acquisition by Kraken FX in 2016, Joseph Weinberg knows his way around the digital currency world. Currently, Mr. Weinberg is the co-founder and CEO of Paycase, a universal platform company that enables individuals, businesses, and financial institutions to connect to the Internet of Value for the purpose of cross-border settlement and remittance.   LinkedIn    

Joseph Weinberg
Chairman of Shyft, CEO of  Paycase, Early Bitoin Investor and Broker, Special Advisor OECD, Director at Coinsetter

An early investor in Bitcoin and a director at Coinsetter until its acquisition by Kraken FX in 2016, Joseph Weinberg knows his way around the digital currency world. Currently, Mr. Weinberg is the co-founder and CEO of Paycase, a universal platform company that enables individuals, businesses, and financial institutions to connect to the Internet of Value for the purpose of cross-border settlement and remittance.

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  Bruce Silcoff   CEO of Shyft International, Chairman at Fairlane Group, Advisory board member at McKesson Canada   As CEO Bruce Silcoff leads the Shyft team in its ambitious vision to establish a new paradigm for digital identity and KYC/AML processes.With over 30 years of experience in Fintech, CPG Marketing, and Customer Loyalty, Bruce has an eye for reshaping traditional industries by introducing disruptive technologies to solve business challenges and provide clients with competitive advantages.   LinkedIn    

Bruce Silcoff
CEO of Shyft International, Chairman at Fairlane Group, Advisory board member at McKesson Canada

As CEO Bruce Silcoff leads the Shyft team in its ambitious vision to establish a new paradigm for digital identity and KYC/AML processes.With over 30 years of experience in Fintech, CPG Marketing, and Customer Loyalty, Bruce has an eye for reshaping traditional industries by introducing disruptive technologies to solve business challenges and provide clients with competitive advantages.

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  Josh Harrington   Consultant in Cyber Threat Intelligence and Analytics at Deloitte Canada   Josh Harrington works as a consultant in Cyber Threat Intelligence and Analytics at Deloitte Canada while running his cyber security company. He is a software engineer and has worked for the University of Ontario and IBM among others.   LinkedIn

Josh Harrington
Consultant in Cyber Threat Intelligence and Analytics at Deloitte Canada

Josh Harrington works as a consultant in Cyber Threat Intelligence and Analytics at Deloitte Canada while running his cyber security company. He is a software engineer and has worked for the University of Ontario and IBM among others.

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Our Partners

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