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Meet Our Tech Team

Ahn Byung Ik
President/CEO

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
CIO

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.

Lee Tae Dong
Tae Dong Lee
Fantom Nexus CTO

Tae Dong Lee has more than 10 years of development experiences. He is a research professor in Research Institute of ‘Info & Comm Tech’ in Korea University. He is a former software leader in Samsung Electronics(1st System Architect). He had his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering specializing in Information & Network, Korea University.

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.

Sang Min Choi
Lead Researcher

Sang Min is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Yonsei University, one of South Korea’s top 3 universities. Sang Min specializes in Blockchain research and development as well as research and development of the DAG Consensus Algorithm.

Ji Ho Park
Lead Researcher

Ji Ho received his Ph.D from Yonsei University, one of South Korea’s top 3 universities. Ji Ho specializes in DAG Consensus Algorithm Design at the Algorithm Design Department of Computer Science at Yonsei University. He is one of the key developers at FANTOM.

Samuel Marks
Development

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
Development

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
Development

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.