Role of the Tezos Foundation

We sustainably deploy resources that support the long-term success of Tezos.

The Tezos Foundation is a Swiss foundation, supervised by the Swiss Federal Foundation Supervisory Authority. Our purpose is the promotion of the Tezos protocol through grants and other capital deployment vehicles.

Facts & Figures

Some Tezos Foundation highlights that were reported in our March 2020 Biannual Update

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new grants issued

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new strategic partnerships

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countries of grant recipients

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independent external audit finalised by PwC Switzerland

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grant applications received and evaluated

Foundation Council

The Foundation Council has the overall responsibility to manage and administer the Foundation, its assets and to define the Foundation’s strategy. In line with the Foundation Charter, the Foundation Council has delegated the operational and asset management duties to the Executive Committee of the Foundation. The Foundation Council appoints and constitutes itself. It is currently composed of seven members including the president of the Foundation.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is entrusted by the Foundation Council with the operational and asset management duties of the Foundation. In addition, the Executive Committee implements the Foundation Council‘s resolutions and is, among others, to some extent responsible for investment decisions fostering the Foundation’s purpose.

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee monitors the Foundation’s financial and business reporting, including financial statements and tax matters. The audit process includes reviewing the activities, adequacy, and effectiveness of the Foundation’s statutory auditor (PwC Switzerland).

Investment Committee

The Investment Committee (IC) provides recommendations and advice to the Foundation Council and the Executive Committee about all investments of the Foundation outside of regular grants and ordinary asset management.

Technical Advisory Committee

The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) was established to provide recommendations and advice to the Foundation Council and the Executive Committee on all technical matters of the Tezos protocol, including but not limited to technological priorities to be funded by the Foundation. The TAC includes external members from throughout the Tezos community.

Nomination and Remuneration Committee

The Foundation Council recently appointed a Nomination Committee to evaluate and propose new members to the Foundation Council. The Committee is further responsible to regularly assess the Foundation’s remuneration model. We refer to the News section of our website for more information regarding the future governance structure.

Foundation Council

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

Hubertus Thonhauser
Chair

Hubertus is Founding Partner of Enabling Future, a family office backed VC firm and tech-company builder based in Dubai. Previously he co-founded Babil Games, MENA regions leading mobile games publisher, acquired by Stillfront Group in 2016. Prior to 2010 Hubertus held various C-level and board roles within the Casinos Austria Group, a European market leader in the regulated digital gaming and casino industry.

Alexis Bonte
Member of the Foundation Council

Alexis is the co-founder and CEO of 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 where he advises on new investments in France, Spain, Portugal and Eastern Europe, as well as sources and accelerates growth in the gaming, blockchain and travel verticals. Originally from Romania, Alexis holds a BA Honours Degree in International Business & Languages from the European Business School (London).

Lars Haussmann
Chair of the Audit Committee

Lars is the Head of Corporate Management and Company Administration at Haussmann Treuhand AG. He has served at Haussmann Treuhand AG since 1999, and has extensive experience in corporate management, administration, and accounting matters in demanding and complex situations. Lars is originally from Switzerland, and holds a graduate degree in Economics from the University of Zurich. He is a Swiss certified chartered accountant.

Alice Lloyd George
Member of the Foundation Council

Alice Lloyd George is the founding partner of early stage venture fund Rogue Capital. Since 2013 Alice has been investing in emerging technology and internet culture in areas including gaming, blockchain, machine intelligence and computer vision, robotics, virtual and augmented reality and NewSpace. Previously Alice was a board member and observer for 12 portfolio companies at RRE Ventures, an investor at Bridgewater Associates, a fellow at the Brookings Institute in Beijing and Washington DC and a reporter with the Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong.

Daniel Masters
Member of the Foundation Council

Danny is co-founder and chairman of the CoinShares Group, a leading digital asset investment firm that manages hundreds of millions in assets on behalf of a global investor base. Prior to CoinShares, Danny launched the world’s first regulated Bitcoin Fund and founded Global Advisors, an oil and commodities focused investment house. With over 30 years of experience in pioneering new asset classes, Danny is a well-known and respected voice in the digital asset ecosystem. Earlier in his career, Daniel was the Global Head of Energy and Trading at JP Morgan. Originally from the United Kingdom, Daniel holds degrees in Physics and Statistics, and is proud to have traded more oil contracts than any other living person.

Marylène Micheloud
Member of the Foundation Council

Marylène is a researcher, expert, and professor. For eleven years, Marylène was the director of RERO, the Library Network of Western Switzerland (covering four universities and six Swiss cantons). Previously, she worked at the Central Research Laboratory of Landis & Gyr and as a professor at the Haute Ecole Valaisanne. She is the first Swiss woman to have a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Geneva University.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is entrusted by the Foundation Council with the operational management of the Tezos Foundation.

Hubertus Thonhauser
Chair of the Foundation Council (Executive Committee Member ad interim)

Hubertus is Founding Partner of Enabling Future, a family office backed VC firm and tech-company builder based in Dubai. Previously he co-founded Babil Games, MENA regions leading mobile games publisher, acquired by Stillfront Group in 2016. Prior to 2010 Hubertus held various C-level and board roles within the Casinos Austria Group, a European market leader in the regulated digital gaming and casino industry.

Ulrich Sauter
General Counsel

Ulrich is the General Counsel for the Tezos Foundation. He has more than 23 years of experience as a lawyer primarily in capital markets, financial products and corporate law. He worked for many years as general counsel in the investment banking sector, but also in the banking and finance department of a major Zurich law firm, as an intern in a New York law firm and as an apprentice at the St. Gallen District Court. In addition to admittance to the Swiss bar, Ulrich holds a law degree from the University of St. Gallen and an LL.M. degree in corporate law from the New York University School of Law.

Roman Schnider
CFO, Head of Operations

Roman is the CFO and Head of Operations at the Tezos Foundation. Previously Roman worked as an auditor and consultant with an Investment Banking focus at PwC for more than a decade. He built PwC Switzerland's Crypto Audit practice and served large financial institutions in Switzerland, Germany and Australia. Roman is a Swiss CPA and holds a Bachelor's degree in business administrations from the University of applied sciences, St. Gallen.

Other Committees

Investment Committee

Hubertus Thonhauser
Chair
David Fuchs
Head of Enterprise Adoption EMEA
Chris Lawlor
Co-Founder of TQ Tezos
Alice Lloyd George
Member of the Foundation Council
Ulrich Sauter
General Counsel
Roman Schnider
CFO, Head of Operations

Audit Committee

Lars Haussmann
Chair
Hubertus Thonhauser
Chair of the Foundation Council

Technical Advisory Committee

Michel Mauny
Chair
Jacob Arluck
Co-Founder of TQ Tezos
Bruno Bernardo
Research Engineer at Nomadic Labs
Adrian Brink
Co-Founder of Cryptium Labs
Benjamin Canou
CTO of Nomadic Labs
Jun Furuse
Director of Tezos Japan Foundation
Hubertus Thonhauser
Chair of the Foundation Council
Rob Witoff
CTO of Polychain Labs

Nomination and Remuneration Committee

Hubertus Thonhauser
Chair
Alexis Bonte
Member of the Foundation Council
Lars Haussmann
Member of the Foundation Council
Marylène Micheloud
Member of the Foundation Council

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