Charles Hoskinson is a Colorado-based technology entrepreneur and mathematician. He attended Metropolitan State University of Denver and University of Colorado Boulder to study analytic number theory before moving into cryptography through industry exposure. His professional experience includes founding three cryptocurrency-related start-ups – Invictus Innovations, Ethereum and IOHK – and he has held a variety of posts in both the public and private sectors. He was the founding chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation’s education committee and established the Cryptocurrency Research Group in 2013.
Aggelos Kiayias is the Chair of Cyber Security and Privacy at the University of Edinburgh. His research interests include computer security, information security, applied cryptography and cryptography foundations, with particular emphasis on blockchain technology and distributed systems, electronic voting and secure multi-party protocols, and privacy and identity management.