The Agora team

Leonardo Gammar,  CEO
Leonardo Gammar is a financial engineer, a pilot and a programmer. Leonardo got rewarded for “the invention of the year" at the age of 8 by President Chirac, he patented his first invention at the age of 20, which was a CO2 emissions reducer for cars now widely used in developing countries and was awarded with a gold medal at the Geneva invention exhibition. After this venture, 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. Following the sale of his trading algorithms, Leonardo began investing in academic research on new types of blockchain consensus models and developing mission driven projects which led to the birth of Agora. Leonardo has used this research 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).
Boris Kaplounovski,  CTO
Boris started his career in JavaCard team at Sun Microsystems. In this project Boris worked on implementation of application store for J2ME applications. Afterwards Boris joined Intel to create open source implementation of Java. In this project Boris participated in testing and development of class libraries of Java. Results of this project were open sourced and became a part of Apache Harmony. After completion of this project Boris joined Intel XML Gateway project - software solution for accelerating, orchestrating and securing for application based on service oriented architectures. In this project Boris worked 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. Boris joined startup AviaSales as CTO and 9th employee. On this position Boris worked on asynchronous search engine for airfares, developed domain specific database and organised highly affective development process. These activities helped AviaSales to become N1 online seller of airfares in Eastern Europe.
Igor Novogran

Head of Back-end Team
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Igor Novogran is a research engineer a cryptographer and a programmer. Igor got high practical skills in cryptography during his work in government agencies. Later he joined R&D center of SK Hynix Inc. He participated in many research projects related to data compression, management of limited resources, etc. Algorithms designed by Igor are going to be used in nextgen storage devices based on NAND flash memory. Igor was involved in developing of poker protocol, which allows to play a fair online poker without the need for a trusted third party. The poker application uses blockchain technology. Igor studied Applied Mathematics and Cryptography at the Institute of Cryptography, Telecommunications and Computer Science (IKSI).
Gabriel De Tiberge

Head of Front-end Team
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Gabriel De Tiberge studied Communication Systems MSc and Management, Technology & Entrepreneurship minor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL).
He previously worked with Sterilux.ch and helped develop the underlying software controlling the sterilization devices.
Khadija Masri

Head of Business Development North Africa & Middle East
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Her Excellency Miss Khadija Masri: Former Ambassador of the Republic of Tunisia in Sweden, Former Ambassador of the African Union at the UN in Geneva and Former Head of Partnership department at the African Union, Ethiopia Addis Ababa. Career diplomat for more than 30 years, Miss Masri is our Business developer for North Africa and the Middle East.
Kyle Kemper

Head of Business Development North America
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Executive Director of the Blockchain Association of Canada, The BAC 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, Bitcoin and other virtual currencies; and, to promoting Canadian participation in international partnerships, associations, and other efforts to promote, study, research, and discuss Blockchain Technology.
Chid
 Liberty

Head of Business Development Western Africa
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Chid co-founded Liberty & Justice, Africa’s first Fair Trade Certified™ apparel manufacturer, after working in entertainment, technology, and finance. He was born in Liberia, West Africa, but left as an infant when his father became the nation’s ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany, with residence in Bonn. His family was later exiled in the United States. In 2009, Chid returned to Africa after 28 years abroad. Inspired by the Nobel Peace Prize winning Liberian Women’s Peace Movement, Chid co-founded Africa’s first Fair Trade Certified apparel factory to provide economic opportunities for internally displaced women, who on balance, were vulnerable to rampant unemployment and economic exclusion. He is currently leading L&J’s rapid expansion in Liberia and throughout the region.   In addition to his work at Liberty & Justice, Chid served as the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the University of Liberia’s Monrovia Business Startup Center (BSC). The BSC was founded by Spark, a Dutch NGO, for whom Chid 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, as well as the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia and IE in Madrid, Spain.   Chid was recognized by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in her 2011 State of the Nation Address for his leadership in shaping trade policy and indigenous Liberian entrepreneurship. He is a recipient of the 2014 Salzburg Global Fellowship, 2014 Global Innovation Summit Ecosystem Award, 2013 New African Press 50 African Trailblazers under 50, 2011 SVN Social Innovation Award, 2010 Cordes Fellowship, a Yoxi Portfolio SIR (Social Innovation Rockstar) and works as an advisor and board member to a number of high-impact organizations including GIIRS (the Global Impact Investment Rating System), The Liberia Marathon, FACE Africa, and the Opportunity Collaboration.
Karla Cruz

Head of Business Development Southeast Asia
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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 (i.e. blockchain, artificial intelligence etc.), 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). She is currently an industry mentor at RMIT University in International Studies and Economics.
Elodie Blomet

Head of Marketing
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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 department of the University of Geneva.
Jared Polites

Public Relations
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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.
Yasmin Moghaddam

Investor Relations
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Yasmin has a background in arts education and community driven non-profits, 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.

Our Ambassadors

H.E Ameenah Gurib-Fakim

Sixth President of Mauritius from 2015 to 2018

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On 05 June 2015, she was sworn in as the 6th President and the First Female President of the Republic of Mauritius and served in that capacity until March 2018.

She was elevated to the Order of GCSK by the Government of Mauritius, and received the Legion d’Honneur from the Government of France in 2016. In 2017, she received both the lifelong achievement award of the United States Pharmacopoeia-CePat Award and the American Botanical Council Norman Farnsworth Excellence in Botanical Research Award. In 2018, she received the Order of St George at the Semperopernball, Dresden, Germany.

In June 2016, she was in the Forbes List for the 100 ‘Most Powerful women in the world’ and 1st among the Top 100 Women in Africa Forbes List 2017. She is honoured as one of Foreign Policy’s 2015 Global Thinkers.

Ameenah Gurib-Fakim has been the Managing Director of the Centre International de Développement Pharmaceutique (CIDP) Research and Innovation as well as Professor of Organic Chemistry with an endowed chair at the University of Mauritius. Since 2001, she has served successively as Dean of the Faculty of Science and Pro Vice Chancellor (2004- 2010). She has also worked at the Mauritius Research Council as Manager for Research (1995-1997).

Ms Gurib-Fakim earned a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Surrey (1983) and a PhD from the University of Exeter, UK (1987). During her academic journey, she has participated in several consultation meetings on environmental issues organized by international organizations. Between 2011-2013, she was elected and served as Chairperson of the International Council for Scientific Union – Regional Office for Africa, and served as an Independent Director on the Board of Barclays Bank of Mauritius Ltd between (2012-2015).

As a Founding Member of the Pan African Association of African Medicinal Plants, she co-authored the first ever African Herbal Pharmacopoeia. She has authored and co-edited 28 books, several book chapters and scientific articles in the field of biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. She has lectured extensively across the world; is a Member of the Editorial Boards of major journals, has served on Technical and national committees in various capacities. Elevated to the Order of the Commander of the Star and Key by the Government of Mauritius in 2008, she has been admitted to the Order of the Chevalier dans L’Ordre des Palmes Academiques by the Government of France in 2010 and is the recipient of 4 DSc (s).

Elected Fellow of several academies and societies, Ms Gurib-Fakim received several international prizes including the 2007 l’Oreal-UNESCO Prize for Women in Science, the African Union Commission Award for Women in Science, 2009.
Kateryna Yushchenko

Wife of the Third President of Ukraine; Associate Professor (Docent) at the Banking University of Ukraine
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Kateryna Yushchenko, wife of the Third President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko (2005-2010), is an Associate Professor (Docent) at the Banking University of Ukraine, where she teaches Corporate Social Responsibility and advises the university on international development. 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. The Foundation has raised and distributed over $60 million in assistance to hospitals, schools, museums and other organizations, and has established such partner organizations as the Ukrainian Cinema Foundation, Center for Museum Development, National Center for Women and Children’s Health, Association of Charities of Ukraine and the NOVO Clinic in Lviv. The Ukraine 3000 Foundation financed or contributed to the publication of more than 50 books, and disseminated more than 100,000 books throughout Ukraine. With an undergraduate degree in International Economics (cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from Georgetown University and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, from 1993 to 2000 Mrs. Yushchenko served as Country Director and Bank Training Manager for KPMG Peat Marwick-Barents Group in Ukraine. A child of Ukrainian WWII emigrants to Chicago, she moved to Ukraine in June 1991 to run the US-Ukraine Foundation, which she co-founded to support democratic and free market development in the newly sovereign Ukrainian state. Before coming to Ukraine, Mrs. Yushchenko held positions at the Joint Economic Committee of Congress, Department of Treasury, The White House and State Department. From 1982 to 1984, she was the Director of the Washington office of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America, the entity that represented all the Ukrainian-American organizations in the United States. She is a recipient of numerous honors, including an Honorary Doctorate from Southern Utah University, Distinguished Public Service / Public Sector Alumni Award from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, Golden Pyramid Award from UNESCO, Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Medal, Medal of the Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem, Swedish Order of the Polar Star, Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom, “Saint George” Award from the Mayor of Lviv, Golden Medal of the St. Elisabeth High School for Medical and Social Workers, Nadiya Pilman Medal For Attainments in Opthalmology, Special Award from the Children of Chornobyl Relief and Development Foundation.
Georgie Badiel


Founder of The Georgie Badiel Foundation;
Miss Burkina Faso 2003 and Miss Africa 2004
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Georgie Badiel 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.   Georgie Badiel was born in Abidjan. She was raised between Cote D’Ivoire and Burkina Faso. She was named Miss Burkina Faso 2003 and Miss Africa 2004. She is the co-author of The Water Princess and has always been a true citizen of the world. As a model, she loves working in fashion; as an activist, the Georgie Badiel Foundation is her passion. As a small and focused charity, the Foundation is dedicated to helping the people of Burkina Faso and Africa to gain access to clean water and sanitation. As young girl, Georgie used to walk for 3 hours every day to fetch water. After traveling the world, Georgie went to visit her sister who was almost nine months pregnant. Her sister still needed to awaken between 2 am and 4 am to get water. Inspired by this experience and in response to the critical need for water and sanitation for tens of millions just like her sister, Georgie founded the Georgie Badiel Foundation in 2015.

Our Advisors

Bruce
 Silcoff

Shyft International CEO, Chairman at Fairlane Group; Advisory board member, McKesson Canada - Health & Wellness Strategic Advisory Board
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Chief Executive Officer, Bruce Silcoff, leads the Shyft team in its ambitious vision to establish a new paradigm for digital identity and KYC/AML processes. Bruce joins Shyft with an extensive resume and impeccable reputation for entrepreneurial achievement. 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. Bruce embodies what it means to be a serial entrepreneur, having built and exited highly coveted companies over the years.
Joseph
 Weinberg

Shyft Chairman; CEO Paycase; Early Bitcoin investor/broker; Special Advisor OECD; Director at Coinsetter
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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-boarder settlement and remittance. His diverse experience also includes business development roles at both Xtreme Labs and Pivotal Inc., where he worked on building some of the largest mobile applications currently in use around the world today. His passion for global transformation and systemic equality is rooted in experience. Prior to joining Xtreme Labs, Joseph spent time in the Peruvian Amazon where he stayed amongst some of the worlds most underdeveloped and impoverished cultures. Joseph holds a degree in Communications from Simon Fraser University with concentrations in Business & Computer Science.
Jaron
 Lukasiewicz

Founder & CEO Coinsetter; CEO CAVirtex; Leading blockchain executive

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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. Jaron graduated from Rice University on the President’s Honor Roll with a B.A. in Economics.
Prabhakar
 Reddy

Investor at Accel Partners; Serial entrepreneur of digital media platforms; Expert on Blockchain and Enterprise SaaS investments
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Investor at Accel Partners one of the biggest venture capital firms in the blockchain industry. Accel's portfolio includes Facebook, Dropbox, Slack and Spotify. Accel currently manages over $11 Billion of committed capital. Previous partner at Singularity Ventures. He has been a serial entrepreneur all his life, 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 is 2nd start-up to the Top 100 websites in the world.Prabhakar has an MBA from Harvard Business School, and also holds a Bachelors of Engineering degree in Electronics & Instrumentation. At the age of 20, he won the “Dubai Software Development Trade Show 2008” in Dubai. In 2012, he was nominated for the BITS Alumni Top 25 under the age of 25.
Josh
 Harrington

Consultant in Cyber Threat Intelligence and Analytics at Deloitte Canada
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Josh Harrington - A computer science graduate from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Possesses a degree in Information Technology with a specialization in Networking and IT Security (BIT) and a minor in operations management. He runs his Cyber Security company and works as a consultant in Cyber Threat Intelligence and Analytics at Deloitte Canada. He's a Software Engineer and has worked for the University of Ontario and IBM among others.