Team

We say, hello!

Core Team

Poramin Insom

Founder

Poramin Insom founded Zcoin in 2016, seeking to provide financial privacy and also more inclusive mining via ASIC resistant proof of work. 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. He has been instrumental in laying the foundations of Zcoin's technology from implementing the world's first implementation of Zerocoin and also pushing for the research and development into the MTP mining algorithm. Poramin has been focused on pushing for the adoption of Zcoin into the real world especially in his involvement in facilitating the Thai Democrat Party to conduct its primary elections to elect its party leader on Zcoin's blockchain and also integrating Zcoin into the Thai economy via his regulated cryptocurrency exchange Satang Pro. Lately, his work has been focused on Exodus, Zcoin's tokenization layer that allows anyone to build their own private tokens on Zcoin's blockchain.

Reuben Yap

Project Steward

Reuben Yap is the Project Steward of Zcoin and has played a pivotal role in shaping Zcoin's strategy and vision. He joined the Zcoin team in October 2016 and currently handles the overall strategy and operational aspects of the project along with being its spokesperson. Reuben has been a vocal advocate of online and financial privacy for over ten years, having founded a leading VPN company (bolehvpn.net) in 2007 and being the first merchant in Malaysia to accept cryptocurrencies in late 2012.

Prior to joining Zcoin, he was a partner at a law firm, specializing in institutional frameworks.

Peter Shugalev

Lead 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.

Tadhg Riordan

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.

Andrey Bezrukov

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Research

Aram Jivanyan

Cryptographer

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.

Tigran

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.

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.

Zcoin Sergio von Facchin

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.

Lance Ward

South Korean Ambassador

Lance is an Assistant Professor in the Department of General Education in South Korea. He first got into crypto in 2013 while living and working in Vietnam to find alternative ways to send money overseas. His interested really grew after being invited to a crypto meetup in Stockholm and then another in Zurich during his travels. He then got more involved in the Bangkok Bitcoin scene and became an admin of some telegram chat rooms to help those new to blockchain. Lance studied Interactive Design/Game Development from Savannah College of Art and Design, and holds a master's degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of Southern Queensland.

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.

Community Managers

Anthony Montecalvo

Spanish Community Manager

Anthony Montecalvo, a cryptocurrency enthusiast since 2017, hopes to finish his marketing studies in Venezuela, has knowledge in the English and Portuguese language, and a wide variety in the area of commerce and digital work between the professional and basic design and editing of videos. Anthony, hopes to complete and base his marketing studies internationally, boosting economic and cultural growth.

Taygun Dogan

Turkish Community Manager

Former banker, worked with Amazon, produced content for hundreds of projects in the world of crypto.

He holds four undergraduate degrees: International Relations, Law, Economics and Finance. He writes for several medium-level publishers, including Hackernoon. He's also a translator. He thinks the best place to use his marketing skills in the private sector is the blockchain, the future of the financial sector.

Lemar “Luke” Briones

Filipino Community Manager

An Information Technology graduate from the Philippines, Lemar has been a cryptocurrency enthusiast since 2017 and is dedicated to spreading awareness of Zcoin across the Philippines.