We are a non-profit based in Zug, Switzerland with teammates all over the world. We’re building teams with expertise in formal verification, distributed systems, and open-source ecosystem development.
Sean is a distributed systems engineers with over a decade of experience building and scaling large production systems. Straddling the fence between the academy and industry, his work has been featured in ACM Sigcomm, EuroSys and O'Reilly Velocity.
Ethan sees consensus algorithms as a 21st century means for promoting social cohesion. He is driven to empower humans with new ways to coordinate and reach agreement at scale.
Arianne is Managing Director at the Interchain Foundation. She plays a key role in the day-to-day running of the ICF and its strategic direction. She believes that value should be shared among those who create it. She did her Masters in Finance at Princeton, but decided the trading floor wasn’t for her. Outside of work you'll find her practicing yoga, teaching math, and with her dog Millicent.
Jessy is Director of Trust and leads security efforts that drive the overall maturity of the Cosmos ecosystem. She believes that people should not have to be experts in security to be safe online, and hopes you’re using the strongest form of two-factor authentication available.
Zarko is Research Scientist and leads research efforts at the Interchain Foundation. He believes that specification and implementation should be in love, and strongly encourages techies to do gardening.
Michael P. Niederer
Michael is the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer at the Interchain Foundation. He is in charge of Finance & Accounting, Tax & Legal and ensures Regulatory Compliance. Michael loves nature and likes hiking and playing tennis and dreams of crossing the Grand Canyon on foot.
Zach is the Grants Manager, involved in the planning and implementation of grant programs — from application to approval and utilization. He enjoys home renovations, growing food, and flying airplanes.
Oliver is the accounting and tax manager at the Interchain Foundation. He ensures that the financial books are fully compliant with local laws and regulations. Besides accurate financial books, Oliver likes train rides, mountain climbing, picnics, French wine, discovering new restaurants — at best all on the same day.
Greg is the Director of Infrastructure and leads infrastructure projects that build tools and services for the Cosmos ecosystem. He believes that using IT infrastructure should be a seamless experience that enables customers to focus on their goals, instead of fighting the servers.
Thane is a Distributed Systems Engineer at the Interchain Foundation, supporting and contributing to the development of Tendermint. He believes that decentralization is one critical component of what makes a healthy society, and that distributed systems technology bolsters and supports that decentralization.
Josef is a research scientist at the Interchain Foundation, and focuses on fault-tolerant distributed protocols, their formal specification, and their automated verification. Josef believes in math and logic. He enjoys Yoga, all kinds of music, and being at the seaside.
Anca is a Distributed System Engineer at the Interchain Foundation with a focus on protocol specification and development. Besides blockchain technology, Anca likes skiing, swimming and painting.
Our Foundation Council
The ICF Foundation Council help set the mission and vision of the Interchain Foundation, and assure that the actions of the ICF are related to and adhere to that mission and in line with the Foundation’s mandate.