Team

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Development Team

Poramin Insom

Founder and Core Developer

Poramin Insom created what was the world's 4th most valuable cryptocurrency in February 2014. He is also the world's first person to implement stealth addresses in QT-Wallets, improving cryptocurrency anonymity. He earned a masters degree in Information Security from Johns Hopkins University where he wrote a paper on a proposed practical implementation of the Zerocoin protocol.

Peter Shugalev

Lead Core Developer

Peter is a highly skilled programmer and software architect with 15+ years of experience. He lives in Moscow, Russia, and graduated from Moscow State University magna cum laude with a Master's Degree in Computer Science and Mathematics. He has created network and security-related services, and has even created his own programming language and a cross-platform compiler for a signature-based intrusion detection system.

Andrey Bezrukov

C++ Developer

Andrey has 17 years of experience in C++ and has worked for prestigious companies such as Deutsche Bank where he worked on an algorithmic trading platform and a flexible FX risk calculator. His tech stack includes C++11, C++14, Boost, STL, PostgreSQL and Linux. In his past time, Andrey also has experience in setting up cryptocurrency mining operations. As someone who has been involved with software development for forex, stock markets and algorithmic trading, Andrey has a keen interest in fintech and especially in cryptocurrencies where he believes will form the lifeblood of a new economy that enables free markets and economies. In that vein, he strongly believes the need of privacy mechanisms on the blockchain.

Tadhg Riordan

Backend Developer

Tadhg Riordan is a Software Developer from Wexford, Ireland. He holds an MSc from Trinity College Dublin. In his studies he worked with Blockchain privacy mechanisms, focusing particularly on Zero-Knowledge Proofs and the Ethereum platform. He is a strong advocate for the adoption of crypto-currency and for complete financial privacy.

Martun Karapetyan

Cryptographer and Developer

Martun has over 7 years of experience as a software engineer with C++ and also holds a PhD in cryptography. He is also familiar with C#, Java and Python. He has worked as a senior cryptography researcher at the American University of Armenia where he has created novel white-box algorithms and conducted scientific research on encryption algorithms. Prior to his cryptographic work, he had worked at Google as a software engineer where he developed features on Youtube monetization and claiming. Martun was also in a team of 4 people who developed an AI-based poker playing software which could play champion level Texas Hold'em by using techniques such as card clustering, hand strength, the Nash equilibrium training algorithm, and opponent modeling.

Putta Khunchalee

Developer

Putta is a self taught programmer who has been programming for 13 years since he was 17 years old. His tech stack includes C, C++, C#, Go , PHP, Perl and Typescript. He has been involved with a wide variety of projects from autopilot firmware for aircraft, applications to manage hospitals and even game patches and extensions. Putta is always eager for technical challenges and sees blockchain technology as an exciting field to be in.

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Mariia Kren

QA Engineer

Mariia is a QA Engineer with a Diploma in Mathematics & Computer Science from St Petersburg State University. Her main languages are C++ and Python and she has a strong background in software testing on multiple operating systems.

Levon Petrosyan

Levon Petrosyan

Developer

Levon is a software engineer with Master's degrees in both Computing Sciences and Economics from the American University of Armenia. His background is in C++ programming and cryptography which he uses in a teaching position at the Armenian Code Academy.

djm34

Miner Developer

djm34 is one of the most recognized miner devs in the cryptocurrency scene and has developed miners for Vertcoin (lyra2re, lyra2rev2), Neoscrypt, Coinshield/Nexus and Yescrypt, just to name a few. He played a key role in developing Zcoin's Lyra2z transition algorithm and its miners. djm34 is currently working on an Argon2d GPU implementation for Zcoin's MTP.

Saran Siriphantnon

Developer

Saran Siriphantnon is the CTO of Satang.co/Satoshift, a fintech company focusing on creating an open financial system for Southeast Asia. He served as President of the Computer System Administrator Group at King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang.

Panu Suksumonsin

Developer

Panu is a software engineer who graduated from the Faculty of Engineering, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand's number one ranked university. His main programming languages are C++ and Go. Panu has experience in cryptocurrency exchange development and was also responsible for coding the merkle tree library for MTP, Zcoin's Proof of Work algorithm. He has a passion for mathematics, programming and games.

Research

Aram Jivanyan

Cryptography Advisor

Aram is a cryptographer turned into CEO. He is the founding CEO of Skycryptor, Techstars company pioneering the development of proxy re-encryption algorithms. Skycryptor first product called BeSafe IO is deployed in dozen SME and enterprise enabling to secure, control and track sensitive business documents in the cloud and beyond. Before founding Skycryptor Aram worked as senior cryptography researcher and development team lead at the American University of Armenia where the scientific group conducted cryptography research for Fortune 1000 industrial partners. Aram's main research interest included white-box cryptography, searchable encryption methods, oblivious transfer protocols and cryptographic e-voting systems.

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Tigran Mamikonyan

Developer

Tigran holds a Master's Degree in Informatics and Applied Mathematics and Computer and Information Sciences. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Informatics and Applied Mathematics at Yerevan State University.

Operations and Marketing Team

Reuben Yap

Chief Operations Officer

Reuben Yap is the Chief Operations Officer of Zcoin. He was a corporate lawyer for ten years specializing in institutional frameworks before joining Zcoin. He joined the Zcoin team in October 2016 and has played a pivotal role in shaping Zcoin's strategy and vision. Reuben is well versed in the inner workings of privacy protocols such as Cryptonote, Mimblewimble, Coinjoin, zkSNARKs and Zerocoin having delivered keynotes, talks and panels on the topic worldwide at conferences such as Beyond Blocks, Blockshow, Distributed and Bitcoin Wednesday making the tech easy to understand for the average crypto enthusiast.

Reuben has also been a strong advocate of online and financial privacy for over ten years, having founded one of SE Asia's top VPN companies (bolehvpn.net) in 2007 and being the first merchant in Malaysia to accept cryptocurrencies.

Sebastian Bausch

China Liaison

Sebastian Bausch is a security analyst and has been passionate about cryptocurrencies since 2011. He is the co-founder of Criton Group, a risk consulting firm with focus on Asia. Sebastian studied Mandarin at Xiamen University and holds a postgraduate degree from the University of Nottingham. He is the primary liaison with the Chinese community and the Chinese investors.

Sandra Yap

Director of Partnerships and Media

Sandra Yap is in charge of Zcoin's partnerships and media coverage. Sandra has been involved in the entertainment and media industry since 2008 and has both acting and production experience and having played roles on both the big and small screens. She has also served as a brand ambassador for reputable companies such as Speedo and Celcom. Sandra studied Media and Communication at Goldsmiths, University of London and also Acting for Film at the New York Film Academy.

Sebastian M.

Operations Manager

After 12 years of working as a consultant for a top 5 IT and business consulting services firm, Sebastian threw in the towel to continue life as a student. Still a techie at heart, he rediscovered his passion for IT amidst the cryptocurrency boom. As Zcoin's Operations Manager, he reports directly to the COO.

Anwar P.

Senior Support

Anwar is a qualified electrical and electronics engineer with several years of experience of technical support at an IT company. He handles support queries, community management and also assists the COO with day to day matters.

Michael “Muggles” Bernhardt

Community Lead & Johannesburg Ambassador

A programmer by trade, he is running his own business to manage water projects via an online portal with installations throughout Africa.

Michael has been consumed by crypto since 2013 and has a strong passion for privacy and freedom.

Advisors and Consultants

Alexander N.

Advisor

Alexander N. aka Aizensou is a full-stack developer who has experience in many programming languages (C++, C#, Python, Perl, Java etc.) and has been involved in the cryptocurrency space since 2013. He has a broad development portfolio from low level APIs in Python and C++ to Android native application in Java. In addition to his involvement in cryptocurrencies, Alexander completed his P.h.D. in machine learning at a German university from 2012 to 2016. He has wide experience in many blockchain and ICO projects and currently serves as an advisor to Zcoin.

Torphop Korgtadam

IT Security Consultant

Torphop Korgtadam is Co-Founder of Creden and MHCON (Meet the Hackers). He has experience in the banking industry and has been appointed as Global Subject Matter Experts (GSME) for Cyber Security, End-Point Security, and Web Application Security. He consults and advises on matters in relation to IT audit and control and the management strategy of internal audits.

Ambassadors

Benjamin Lakoff

Prague, Czech Republic Ambassador

Ben is an entrepreneur and finance professional. He has extensive international experience in lean startups, strategic planning, and financial statement management & analysis. He is an active trader and is very passionate about cryptocurrencies, especially those like Zcoin with a focus on privacy and decentralization. He is currently the Head of Finance & Strategy of Intelligent Trading Foundation (ITF), and Director at Blockchain Hub Prague

Matt Koskinen

Boston, MA Ambassador

Matt has a background in automotive training as well as motorsports marketing. He bought his first Bitcoin in 2013 and quickly became fascinated with the technology and potential of cryptocurrencies. Next to being a self-taught student of finance and economics and an active trader and investor, he is an advocate of privacy and blockchain technology.

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Sergio von Facchin

Nomad Ambassador

Sergio is an author, entrepreneur, world traveler and loves the free life. He shows people legal ways to acquire more freedom through internationalization, tax optimization and diversification. The possibilities that cryptocurrencies like Zcoin offer, play a major part in getting more independence in our current financial system. In a world where more and more personal data is leaked, it's important to know how to protect your data. This is why Sergio supports Zcoin and wants to bring more awareness to the project and its possibilities.

Nzeadi Joachim Noble

Abuja, Nigeria Ambassador

Joachim is a civil engineering graduate from Nigeria who is passionate about cryptocurrencies and dedicated to spreading awareness of Zcoin across Nigeria.

Prashanth Konda

Dubai, UAE Ambassador

Prasanth is a Computer Science student and part-time blockchain engineer with a passion for decentralization. He got infected with the crypto virus when the Zcoin team visited Dubai and subsequently delved deep into the topic. What's more, Prasanth is involved in the startup and hackathon scene and is currently building proof of concepts for several blockchain solutions.

Abhimanyu

Somewhere in India Ambassador

Abhimanyu is an IT consultant by profession, based out of India. He got introduced to Bitcoin in 2011 for a university project and is active in crypto space ever since. He started trading crypto currency in early 2017. While searching crypto currencies for trading, he discovered Zcoin and being a privacy advocate, he instantly liked the Project and started endorsing it for financial privacy.

Teddy Cleps

European Nomad Ambassador

Teddy is the founder of Crypto Freak - a community dedicated in educating people about cryptocurrencies and trading. This industry was love at first sight, enough for him to quit his job in order to be part of the greatest financial revolution of our lifetime.

Not based anywhere, as travelling is a great part of his life.

Preston Sledge

Austin, TX Ambassador

Preston is a business major at UT Austin with an eye on the decentralized future. He is actively working towards the research, development, and education of blockchain/cryptocurrency technology through the student organization at his university.