Meet the team

We're building the Celestia network
Our team has deep experience building and scaling blockchains from projects like Ethereum, Cosmos and Harmony.

We are on a mission to change the way that blockchains and decentralized applications are built—making them more secure, scalable and sovereign. We envision a world where global communities have the power to self-organize without being burdened by existing power structures.
Mustafa Al-Bassam
CEO, Celestia Labs

PhD in blockchain scaling at UCL, Co-founder of Chainspace (acquired by Facebook)
Ismail Khoffi
CTO, Celestia Labs

Former senior engineer at Tendermint and Interchain Foundation
John Adler
CRO, Celestia Labs

Creator of Optimistic Rollups, previously scalability researcher at ConsenSys
Nick White
COO, Celestia Labs

Co-founder of Harmony, BS & MS from Stanford
Tomasz Zdybał
Software Engineer

Former core developer at Ethereum Classic, trust minimization maximalist
Hlib Kanunnikov
Software Engineer

Previously lead developer at ProximaX, networking enthusiast
Evan Forbes
Software Engineer

Former data engineer, rollup maximalist
Rene Lubov
Software Engineer

Former engineer at Go Ethereum with a background in distributed systems testing
Nhu Viet Nguyen
Software Engineer

Former testing engineer at Oracle
Josh Bowen
Software Engineer

Former software engineer at Google
Rachid Chami
Software Engineer

Bitcoin believer, security enthusiast, former blockchain developer at Web3 Labs
Viacheslav Gonkivskyi
Software Engineer

Former software engineer at Luxoft
Manav Aggarwal
Software Engineer

Former contributor at Nebula Protocol and Two Sigma Investments, BS & MS from Stanford
Yaz Khoury
Head of Developer Relations

Former DevRel engineer at Celo Foundation and former Director of DevRel at Ethereum Classic
Ekram Ahmed
Head of Marketing and Communications

Former positioning and strategy consultant for Facebook and Google
Tejinder Nijjer
Operations Associate

Former project manager at Xerox and Elekta
Jeremy Sklaroff
Head of Operations and General Counsel

Former general counsel of Edge & Node/The Graph and financial regulatory attorney at Davis Polk
Rootul Patel
Software Engineer

Former software engineer at Palantir and AWS
Ryan Ford
Software Engineer

Former smart contract engineer
Vlad Krinitsin
Software Engineer

Former software engineer at Vivid Money
Gabriel Blaut
Software Engineer

Hackathon Enjoyer
Rahul Ghangas
Software Engineer

Former backend engineer at Ren
Mojtaba Eskandari
Software Engineer

Former software engineer at Tendermint
Matt Sevey
Director of Engineering

Former core developer of Sia and Skynet, Outdoor Enthusiast and Career Coach
Josh Stein
Solutions Engineer

Former DevRel at Ankr & Teaching Assistant at buildspace
Alina Loseva
Visual Artist

Explorer of the world
Mary Liu
Business Development Manager

Former Galaxy Digital FoF investor, Schwarzman Scholar, BA from Columbia
Ganesha Upadhyaya
Senior Research Engineer

Former lead engineer at Harmony Protocol, MS & PhD in Compilers
Connor O Hara
Software Engineer

Cryptography and distributed systems enthusiast
Callum Waters
Software Engineer

Former lead engineer of the Tendermint consensus protocol. Chief instigator of deadlocks, race conditions and memory leaks.

Advisors

Morgan Beller
General Partner, NFX and Co-creator, Diem≋ (fka Libra)
Ethan Buchman
Co-founder, Tendermint and Co-founder, Cosmos
Zaki Manian
Co-creator, IBC and early Cosmos contributor
James Prestwich
Founder, Nomad
George Danezis
Professor of Security and Privacy Engineering, University College London
Matthew Di Ferrante
Security expert and auditor, Ethereum contributor since 2014
Marko Baricevic
Software Engineer, Interchain Foundation
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