Tezos Foundation Council

The Tezos Foundation Council is composed of accomplished professionals who lead the Foundation as it supports the Tezos protocol and ecosystem. Individually, they each bring expertise and insights from their respective fields. Collectively, they form a council full of unique backgrounds and experiences from all over the world.

Ryan Jesperson

President of the Tezos Foundation

Ryan is the President of the Tezos Foundation. Most recently he was the Chief Operating Officer at Divvy, a FinTech company. Ryan received a BS degree, cum laude, from Brigham Young University, and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Prior to his work at Divvy, Ryan helped launch the humanitarian Self-Reliance Services initiative of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was an executive, turnaround specialist, and tech entrepreneur in the healthcare industry.

Michel Mauny

Michel is Chief Scientific Officer at Nomadic Labs, on leave from Inria (the French National Institute for Computer Science and Applied Mathematics), where he was a senior researcher and more recently Chief Executive Officer of the Inria Foundation. Michel’s scientific interests are mainly in the fields of programming languages: design, implementation, semantics, static analysis, and type systems. After his Ph.D. at Paris-Diderot University, Michel joined Inria in 1985 and worked on programming languages with the research group that designed and developed OCaml, the functional programming language used to implement Tezos, and the Coq proof assistant. From 1989 to 2005, Michel led the research team that further developed OCaml.

Marylène Micheloud

Marylène is the first Swiss woman to receive a Master’s degree in Computer Science (Geneva University, 1977). After years of activities in research and teaching, her last full-time position was as the director of RERO, the Library Network of Western Switzerland (covering four universities and six Swiss cantons). Marylène serves as the Vice-President of a family fuel retailer business, a position she began after her retirement in 2014. Additionally, Marylène is the Co-President of the Valais Academic Association, a role she has held since December 1, 2017.

Lars Haussmann

Lars is the Head of Corporate Management and Company Administration at Haussmann Treuhand AG. He has extensive experience in corporate management, administration, and accounting matters in demanding and complex situations. Lars is a non-executive director of various Swiss companies with international interests in different industries.

Hubertus Thonhauser

Hubertus is a seasoned entrepreneur and tech-investor who is driven by his passion of adding value to excellent teams. He is Managing Partner of Enabling Future, his proprietary VC-firm operating out of Dubai, with a portfolio of 20 companies in US, Europe and MENA and covering sectors like fin-tech, blockchain as well as food- and clean-tech. Previously Hubertus was Co-founder of Babil Games, a leading mobile games company with Arabic content, which he led to a successful exit to NASDAQ-listed Stillfront Group in 2016. From the years 2000 to 2010 Hubertus was founding CEO of Casinos Austria’s Swiss operations and played a leading role in establishing the regulated gaming industry in Switzerland.

Ryan Lackey

Ryan is a founder of several computer security technology and applications companies, such as HavenCo on Sealand in the North Sea and CryptoSeal. Ryan was an active participant in groups including the cypherpunks and the cryptography mailing list where Bitcoin was first announced.

Alexis Bonte

Alexis is co-founder and CEO of the online gaming company eRepublik Labs, which is part of the Stillfront Group, where Alexis holds the position of Group COO. He is also a venture partner at Atomico, advising on new investments in France, Spain, Portugal, and Eastern Europe, as well as sourcing and accelerating growth in the gaming, blockchain and travel verticals.