Dusk Core

Emanuele Francioni
Project & Tech Lead

Inventor of the Dusk Network blockchain and the Segregated Byzantine Agreement consensus mechanism. Author of the Dusk Network whitepaper. Emanuele Francioni (Tomtom, Commerzbank and Vitrociset) has 20 years in R&D, tech leadership and software development on Byzantine Fault Tolerance systems, distributed computing, sensor networks and cryptography. Together with Fulvio, he published four patents in the realm of IoT, sensor networking, positioning system and blockchain.

Jelle Pol
Business Lead

Jelle Pol is in charge of business at Dusk. He started his career at the aPaaS platform Mendix, which was recently acquired by Siemens. After experiencing what it is like to work for a scale up, he went on to play a key role in the Technical Innovation department at Shell, where he founded the blockchain team. During his time in the blockchain team the first three blockchain projects were started and Shell joined the EWF and Ethereum Enterprise Alliance. He finished his career at Shell in Renewable Energies, before venturing out to start his own ventures in the blockchain space. He is considered all rounded, meaning deep knowledge of both the technical development, the company structure and fundraising.

Fulvio Venturelli
Lead Devops

Fulvio Venturelli (Amazon, Excite, TomTom) is a software engineer at heart. Specializes in project management, software architecture and infrastructure. Together with Emanuele, he published four patents in the realm of IoT, sensor networking, positioning system and blockchain.

Mels Dees
Marketing & Operations

Mels Dees graduated Cum Laude in Business Economics. Specializes and actively researches blockchain uses case and is an experienced digital growth strategist. His corporate experience stems from the financial industry where he performed classification and measurement on a near thousand of financial contracts and architected financial disclosures. Prior to starting Dusk he founded a blockchain consultancy where he build go-to-market strategies for newly funded companies. Former RaboBank.

Toghrul Maharramov
Consensus Architect

Toghrul Mahharamov is a consensus Engineer & Architect. VM Researcher. Former Neo Research & City of Zion.

Pascal Putman
Process & Digital Securities Issuance

Pascal Putman (ABN Amro, PostNL) specializes in New Business Development and IT advisory. After finishing the PostNL Talent Programme, he founded a consulting start-up in the blockchain space where he helped newly funded companies to build a go-to-market strategy. As a hands on consultant and manager in his former companies, he has vast expertise in creating entire infrastructures as well as pushing new IT products to market.

Dmitry Khovratovich
Lead Cryptographer

Dmitry Khovratovich got his PhD from University of Luxumbourg in 2010. He is the author of the Equihash (Zcash’s hashing algorithm) and MTP proof-of-works, the designer of the Argon2 password hash function, the author of the first attacks on the full AES block cipher. He is a recipient of two IACR Best Paper Awards, and his papers account for >2500 citations.

Jeske Eenink
Communications & Operations

Jeske Eenink (Liberty Global, Province of North Holland) has a background in business administration & innovation. Has been coaching teams in dynamic and fast moving environments. Follows a structured approach with a focus on long term success.

Matteo Ferretti
Lead VM Architect

Matteo Ferreti is Dusk's VM Architect. Former software developer at Reaktor, and former Mozilla Corporation where he worked for 6 years designing the API's for Add-on SDK. Responsible for the design of FireFox DevTools. Prior to that he worked for TomTom.

Merlin Stoll
HR & Design

 

Kevaundray Wedderburn
Blockchain Engineer

Kevaundray Wedderburn is an expert on bulletproofs. At Dusk he is creating a novel zero-knowledge proof protocol that enables to integrate circuits for Merkle Tree path proofs, set inclusion proofs, hash pre-image proofs and more. Former Neo research and City of Zion.

Jules de Smit
Blockchain Developer

Jules de Smit is a BFT and PoS consensus algorithm specialist. He is a large contributor to the consensus algorithm, VM & networking.

Nicola Paolucci
Software Developer

Nicola Paolucci implemented the backend and frontend of the Guru reputation algorithm. Former Full-Stack Developer at durdn.com and Senior Developer at Atlassian.

Victor Lopez
System Developer

Victor Lopez contributes to the Zero-Knowledge Virtual Machine. Rust evangelist, speaker at RustRush. Actively participated in projects like Ethereum, where he did research and experimentation on the Ethereum 2.0 lighthouse implementation. Former TOTVS, Ortobom and National Platform where he implemented several large scale distributed financial systems.

Kristoffer Storm
VM Engineer

At Dusk Network, Kristoffer Ström is developing the Web Assembly/Rust zero-knowledge proof VM for smart contracts. Prior to Dusk he worked for InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) where he was in charge of developing the electron client and IPFS geo-ip. At Parity Ethereum he fixed bugs and worked on an experimental database backend.

Kieran Hall
UX & Front-End Developer

 

Carlos Perez Baro
Blockchain Developer

Carlos Perez Baro is the co-creator of ZeroCaf, a doppio Elliptic Curve using a Ristretto mapping, by Dusk Network. Prior to Dusk he contributed to open-source projects such as Rust Web3 and ERC725, for which he was also an administrator. He thought scholars of UPC about Ethereum's Virtual Machine and was part of ALASTRIA, a blockchain project and regulated national effort by 70 of the largest companies in Spain. Former Rust Core Dev at Caelum Labs, Full Stack Dev at Atos.

Georgi Goranov
Blockchain Developer

Georgi Goranov works on the general protocol implementation (nodes and blockchain). He started coding at 15 years of age, and worked for multiple enterprises where he built and maintained high-throughput distributed systems. He is particularly knowledgeable about mechanism design, distributed computing, multiparty computation and public key cryptography. Former C++ Dev at RDF and Concurrent Systems, Web Dev at Shippit.

Luke Pearson
Junior Cryptographer

Luke Pearson is a skilled mathematician who is the co-creator of ZeroCaf, a doppio Elliptic Curve using a Ristretto mapping, by Dusk Network. Furthermore, he specializes in cryptographic protocols, and hash functions. At just 16 years of age his love for cryptography was tested and he was awarded finalist in the 'national cipher challenge'. Multi-linguist (English, French, German, Dutch, Russian).

Giancarlo Di Bella
Design

 

James Roy Poulter
The Reserve

 

Aylon Morley
Wentworth Hall Family Office

 

Gary Quin
Credit Suisse

 

Richard Sanders
CipherBlade

 

Nicolas Cimon
Cross Border Consulting

 

Marcel Roelants
BitPay

 

Ivan Poon
Switcheo

 

Patrick de Laive
TNW

 

Balder Bomans
Maven 11 Capital

 

Mikko Puhakka
Lion Partners

 

Marc Wesselink
Startupbootcamp

 

Emanuele Francioni
Project & Tech Lead

Inventor of the Dusk Network blockchain and the Segregated Byzantine Agreement consensus mechanism. Author of the Dusk Network whitepaper. Emanuele Francioni (Tomtom, Commerzbank and Vitrociset) has 20 years in R&D, tech leadership and software development on Byzantine Fault Tolerance systems, distributed computing, sensor networks and cryptography. Together with Fulvio, he published four patents in the realm of IoT, sensor networking, positioning system and blockchain.

Fulvio Venturelli
Lead Devops

Fulvio Venturelli (Amazon, Excite, TomTom) is a software engineer at heart. Specializes in project management, software architecture and infrastructure. Together with Emanuele, he published four patents in the realm of IoT, sensor networking, positioning system and blockchain.

Toghrul Maharramov
Consensus Architect

Toghrul Mahharamov is a consensus Engineer & Architect. VM Researcher. Former Neo Research & City of Zion.

Dmitry Khovratovich
Lead Cryptographer

Dmitry Khovratovich got his PhD from University of Luxumbourg in 2010. He is the author of the Equihash (Zcash’s hashing algorithm) and MTP proof-of-works, the designer of the Argon2 password hash function, the author of the first attacks on the full AES block cipher. He is a recipient of two IACR Best Paper Awards, and his papers account for >2500 citations.

Matteo Ferretti
Lead VM Architect

Matteo Ferreti is Dusk's VM Architect. Former software developer at Reaktor, and former Mozilla Corporation where he worked for 6 years designing the API's for Add-on SDK. Responsible for the design of FireFox DevTools. Prior to that he worked for TomTom.

Kevaundray Wedderburn
Blockchain Engineer

Kevaundray Wedderburn is an expert on bulletproofs. At Dusk he is creating a novel zero-knowledge proof protocol that enables to integrate circuits for Merkle Tree path proofs, set inclusion proofs, hash pre-image proofs and more. Former Neo research and City of Zion.

Jules de Smit
Blockchain Developer

Jules de Smit is a BFT and PoS consensus algorithm specialist. He is a large contributor to the consensus algorithm, VM & networking.

Nicola Paolucci
Software Developer

Nicola Paolucci implemented the backend and frontend of the Guru reputation algorithm. Former Full-Stack Developer at durdn.com and Senior Developer at Atlassian.

Victor Lopez
System Developer

Victor Lopez contributes to the Zero-Knowledge Virtual Machine. Rust evangelist, speaker at RustRush. Actively participated in projects like Ethereum, where he did research and experimentation on the Ethereum 2.0 lighthouse implementation. Former TOTVS, Ortobom and National Platform where he implemented several large scale distributed financial systems.

Kristoffer Storm
VM Engineer

At Dusk Network, Kristoffer Ström is developing the Web Assembly/Rust zero-knowledge proof VM for smart contracts. Prior to Dusk he worked for InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) where he was in charge of developing the electron client and IPFS geo-ip. At Parity Ethereum he fixed bugs and worked on an experimental database backend.

Kieran Hall
UX & Front-End Developer

 

Carlos Perez Baro
Blockchain Developer

Carlos Perez Baro is the co-creator of ZeroCaf, a doppio Elliptic Curve using a Ristretto mapping, by Dusk Network. Prior to Dusk he contributed to open-source projects such as Rust Web3 and ERC725, for which he was also an administrator. He thought scholars of UPC about Ethereum's Virtual Machine and was part of ALASTRIA, a blockchain project and regulated national effort by 70 of the largest companies in Spain. Former Rust Core Dev at Caelum Labs, Full Stack Dev at Atos.

Georgi Goranov
Blockchain Developer

Georgi Goranov works on the general protocol implementation (nodes and blockchain). He started coding at 15 years of age, and worked for multiple enterprises where he built and maintained high-throughput distributed systems. He is particularly knowledgeable about mechanism design, distributed computing, multiparty computation and public key cryptography. Former C++ Dev at RDF and Concurrent Systems, Web Dev at Shippit.

Luke Pearson
Junior Cryptographer

Luke Pearson is a skilled mathematician who is the co-creator of ZeroCaf, a doppio Elliptic Curve using a Ristretto mapping, by Dusk Network. Furthermore, he specializes in cryptographic protocols, and hash functions. At just 16 years of age his love for cryptography was tested and he was awarded finalist in the 'national cipher challenge'. Multi-linguist (English, French, German, Dutch, Russian).

Jelle Pol
Business Lead

Jelle Pol is in charge of business at Dusk. He started his career at the aPaaS platform Mendix, which was recently acquired by Siemens. After experiencing what it is like to work for a scale up, he went on to play a key role in the Technical Innovation department at Shell, where he founded the blockchain team. During his time in the blockchain team the first three blockchain projects were started and Shell joined the EWF and Ethereum Enterprise Alliance. He finished his career at Shell in Renewable Energies, before venturing out to start his own ventures in the blockchain space. He is considered all rounded, meaning deep knowledge of both the technical development, the company structure and fundraising.

Mels Dees
Marketing & Operations

Mels Dees graduated Cum Laude in Business Economics. Specializes and actively researches blockchain uses case and is an experienced digital growth strategist. His corporate experience stems from the financial industry where he performed classification and measurement on a near thousand of financial contracts and architected financial disclosures. Prior to starting Dusk he founded a blockchain consultancy where he build go-to-market strategies for newly funded companies. Former RaboBank.

Pascal Putman
Process & Digital Securities Issuance

Pascal Putman (ABN Amro, PostNL) specializes in New Business Development and IT advisory. After finishing the PostNL Talent Programme, he founded a consulting start-up in the blockchain space where he helped newly funded companies to build a go-to-market strategy. As a hands on consultant and manager in his former companies, he has vast expertise in creating entire infrastructures as well as pushing new IT products to market.

Jeske Eenink
Communications & Operations

Jeske Eenink (Liberty Global, Province of North Holland) has a background in business administration & innovation. Has been coaching teams in dynamic and fast moving environments. Follows a structured approach with a focus on long term success.

Merlin Stoll
HR & Design

 

Giancarlo Di Bella
Design

 

James Roy Poulter
The Reserve

 

Aylon Morley
Wentworth Hall Family Office

 

Gary Quin
Credit Suisse

 

Richard Sanders
CipherBlade

 

Nicolas Cimon
Cross Border Consulting

 

Marcel Roelants
BitPay

 

Ivan Poon
Switcheo

 

Patrick de Laive
TNW

 

Balder Bomans
Maven 11 Capital

 

Mikko Puhakka
Lion Partners

 

Marc Wesselink
Startupbootcamp