Meet Our Tech Team

Ahn Byung Ik

Dr. Ahn is the CEO of Fantom Foundation. He holds a Ph.D in computer science from Yonsei University and has been awarded the President Award for his successful IT business. Ahn is a contributing writer at Fortune Magazine, and has been featured in South Korea’s major business media outlets. In 2010, Dr. Ahn established a successful food-tech platform SikSin, which has since acquired over 3.5 million downloads and 22 million monthly page views. He is the president of the Korea Foodtech Association that consists of 90 companies as its members.

Michael Kong

Michael Kong is a smart contract developer who has been involved in the blockchain space for several years. He previously worked as the Chief Technology Officer at Block8, a venture capital-backed Blockchain incubator where he managed all of the business’s projects. He studied Finance and Information Technology at the University of Sydney and built one of the first Ethereum decompilers and smart contract vulnerability detectors.

Michael Chen

Michael Chen is a public relations- and marketing strategist with extensive experience in working with several high profile ICO’s. With almost 2 years of experience in the cryptocurrency space as an investor, Michael has done due dilligence on 400+ ICO’s before joining the Fantom Foundation.

Ashton Hettiarachi
Head of Innovation Lab

Ashton has over 10 years experience in business, the financial markets, and emerging technologies. He is the CEO at Blockchain Partners Holdings— a cryptocurrency investment and research firm located in Australia. Since 2016, Blockchain Partners has collected over billions of data points in cryptocurrency markets and have invested in 30+ successful ICOs. He was also responsible for building one of the largest e-commerce stores in the Middle East serving over 12,000 customers and shipping 50,000+ products.

Guillaume Drevon

Guillaume Drevon is the Chief Technology Officer of Sikoba Research. He is focusing on applying secure computation and zero knowledge proofs to blockchain projects. Guillaume is an experienced software engineering manager, having led development teams in a wide range of technologies, from windows kernel to mobile applications and in various industries such as video games, satellite and transportation. He studied at Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris and holds a MAS in pure mathematics.

David Freuden

David has been involved with blockchain since Dec 2016 assisting projects go-to-market and commercialise their technologies. Since in 2012 David has been an advisor to tech start-ups and a network member for Accelerating Commercialisation AusIndustry.

Barek Sekandari
Listing and Partnerships Director

A keen entrepreneur and salesperson, Bariq launched his first company at age 17 in the Event Management space before transitioning to Real Estate, where he ran a successful property development business.

Following his introduction to Bitcoin in 2015, Bariq became fascinated with its underlying blockchain technology. After tracking bitcoin and networking in the cryptocurrency and blockchain space, Bariq was well positioned to assist blockchain projects in business development and fund-raising in 2017. During this period, he also became an active contributor and token holder to numerous crypto projects.

Bariq is particularly passionate about the implementation of blockchain technology into governance models, especially around expanding the financial opportunity for individuals living in third world countries.

Since 2018, Bariq has been working closely with few south asian governments to facilitate the introduction of blockchain technology to their infrastructure.

Samuel Marks

Samuel is a PhD candidate and engineer, with a focus on distributed systems, compilers, epidemiology, biomedical engineering, and ERP. He runs Offscale.io, a high performance software consultancy firm.

Quan Nguyen

Quan Hoang Nguyen has rich experience in R&D. He has worked as a post-doc researcher at the University of Sydney and has undertaken Software Engineering roles at IBM, Capital Markets CRC and Smarts – Nasdaq OMX. His experience and research interests include Graph Visualization, Web Development, Cloud Computing, Compiler Optimization and Transactional Memory.

Maxim Zakharov

Maxim Zakharov has over 25 years of experience working as a Software Developer in a broad range of industries. His professional interests include Back-end systems and algorithm optimisation. He is a member of the Offscale.io team.

Andre Cronje
Technical Advisor

Andre Cronje was the Chief Crypto Code Reviewer in CryptoBriefing before he joined Fantom. With 20 years of development experience, he had been a Technology Analyst in a Hong Kong investment firm Leminiscap, Blockchain Infrastructure Engineer at CryptoCurve, Blockchain Protocol Advisor at BitDiem and technical developer/manager at various other projects. He oversaw mobile developments and mobile security before entering into cryptocurrency industry.

Alex Kampa
Technical Advisor

Alex has been involved in blockchain projects since early 2015, with a focus on blockchain architecture, consensus models and smart contracts. He is the founder of Sikoba, which is building a decentralised peer-to-peer IOU platform. As a researcher in monetary theory, he has worked on the credit conversion theory. Alex also has extensive experience in financial software development.

Agustin Chiappe

Agustin Chiappe Berrini has over 10 years of experience developing software. He specializes in distributed applications and data engineering, using Scala, Rust, Golang and Python and is a fan of compilers, virtual machines and emulating old cpus.

Maxim Prishchepo

Maxim Prishchepo - founder of Sfxdx.com team. From the middle of 2016 began to take an active interest in projects, connected with blockchain. He has a 15-year experience in FinTech area along with financial information system security and it helps greatly in blockchain projects.

Alexander Guzev

Alexander Guzev came to blockchain world with over than 10 years experience of maintenance business processes with telecom billing and traffic, IT systems implementation. After he has been involved in the blockchain space, he focused on blockchain architecture and distributed systems. Knowledge fusion of traditional financial industry and modern distributed technologies gives a great result. He is a member of the Sfxdx.com team.

Yury Chernyshov

Chernyshov Yury has been involved in blockchain space since 2016. He is a certified specialist in information technology and has a great background as a system analyst and blockchain expert with development experience. He specializes in the blockchain connected projects as a project manager in Sfxdx.com team.

Anatoly Sokolnikov

Anatoly Sokolnikov is a blockchain expert with over 8 years experience in the financial sector developing and improving banking IT systems. He specializes in blockchain architecture and blockchain core using Golang, Rust and C ++. He is a member of the Sfxdx.com team.

Egor Lysenko

Egor Lysenko is blockchain & software architect at Sfxdx.com team. He has over 6 years of experience in software development. Egor discovered the blockchain industry in 2014. Since then, its specialization is the architecture of the blockchain using Golang, Rust and C ++.

Gleb Selyukov

Gleb Selyukov has over 5 years of experience developing with Golang and Rust. He specializes in building scalable services, complex API integration and cloud deployments. Member of the Sfxdx.com team.

Oleg Kislisin

Oleg Kislisin is a software developer with over 5 years experience in Golang.

He specializes in distributed applications and has experience in building high load production systems based on microservice architecture. Member of the Sfxdx.com team.