Founders


NYDIA ZHANG

NYDIA ZHANG

Co-Founder, Chairman

Nydia Zhang is a Cryptocurrency investor and Blockchain enthusiast. A graduate of University of Washington and former Sales Executive at Massimo de Carlo Gallery. She is the Fund-raising Committee Member of the Hong Kong Society for the Protection of Children (HKSPC), Co-Chair of Financial Literacy & Inclusion Committee at The Fintech Association of Hong Kong (FTAHK) and also sits on the Global Patrons Board of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

JEHAN CHU

JEHAN CHU

Co-Founder

Jehan Chu is a partner at Kenetic Capital, a Blockchain investment firm. He is a Blockchain evangelist since 2013, he founded the Ethereum HK Meetup, Hyperledger HK Meetup, and is a founding member of the Bitcoin Association of Hong Kong. Jehan is an Advisor to Melonport, Google EYE Program Mentor, SUSS Fellow, Vice Chairman of Para Site, Board Member of Design Trust and also a Global Patron of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

VETTING COMMITTEE


KAREN PAK OPPENHEIMER

KAREN PAK OPPENHEIMER

Senior Advisor at the Institute for Transformative Technologies, Board Member of Regents at Mercersburg Academy. Karen is Former Vice-President at WHP (World Health Partners) where she started and grew the global health organization that uses technology innovations and market-based approaches to bring healthcare within walkable distance in India and East Africa. She has worked in the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Oracle Corporation, and the United Nations Population Fund China. Karen holds a bachelor of science in chemical engineering from Johns Hopkins University, a master of science in biotechnology from Northwestern University, and a master of public health from the University of California, Berkeley.

JUDE WU

JUDE WU

Former Managing Director of Conservation International Hong Kong. Jude lead Conservation International’s (CI) Hong Kong program, which works to accelerate the city’s leadership in urban and corporate environmental sustainability. CI-Hong Kong focuses on helping Hong Kong value and invest in safeguarding the natural wealth that its people depend upon for freshwater, food and economic prosperity. Jude holds a B.A. In Politics from Princeton University and a Master in Environmental Management from the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Among her passions are long hikes in vast wilderness areas such as Patagonia.

JOLEEN SOO

JOLEEN SOO

After spending over 20 years in a career that spanned film, television, luxury travel, fashion and F&B, Joleen made the transition to the non-profit world and joined the Cambodian Children's Fund, an organization that transforms the country’s most impoverished kids into tomorrow’s leaders by delivering education, family support and community development programs into the heart of Cambodia’s most impoverished communities. As CCF’s Hong Kong Development Director, Joleen brings to the organisation a dedicated fundraising focus in the region. Separately, Joleen works independently to advise international brands on how to empower themselves with socially impactful purpose.

LOI LUU

LOI LUU

Loi Luu is a co-founder and CEO of Kyber Network, a decentralized exchange for cryptocurrencies focuses on both security and usability. He is also researcher working on cryptocurrencies, smart contract security and distributed consensus algorithms. Loi developed Oyente, the first open-source security analyser for Ethereum smart contracts and also cofounded SmartPool, another open source project which embraces decentralization of mining pools in existing cryptocurrency.

MATT CHWIERUT

MATT CHWIERUT

Matt Chwierut is the Research Director at Smith + Crown. He guides a research team in evaluating new cryptocurrency protocols, authoring briefing memos on key emerging topics, and reviewing countless white papers and is a Fellow at the Singapore University of Social Sciences. He holds degrees from University of California Berkeley and Stanford University.

BRIAN LIO

BRIAN LIO

Brian is the founder and CEO of Smith + Crown. He is the Chief Research Adviser to the Digital Chamber of Commerce's Token Alliance and a Fellow at the Singapore University of Social Sciences. Previously, he founded the Bright Iron Group, a design, strategy and user experience consultancy based in NYC and has held positions at Microsoft and DDB.

MATTHEW GREEN

MATTHEW GREEN

Dr. Matthew Green, a cryptographer and security technologist, has twenty years of industry experience in computer security. Dr. Green is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the Johns Hopkins Information Security Institute. He specializes in applied cryptography, privacy-enhanced storage systems, and anonymous cryptocurrencies. Dr. Green led the team that developed the first anonymous cryptocurrencies, Zerocoin and Zerocash. His research team has exposed flaws in more than one third of SSL/TLS encrypted web sites as well as vulnerabilities in encryption technologies, including RSA BSafe, Exxon/Mobil Speedpass.

BOARD OF ADVISERS


SANDRA RO

SANDRA RO

Sandra Ro is CEO at Global Blockchain Business Council and former head of digitisation at CME (Chicago Money Exchange) Group. She assumed this role in early 2016 after serving as executive director, FX research & product development. She spent four years in the Global Capital Markets division of Morgan Stanley, where she served as vice president in event driven/M&A FX derivatives advisory. Before that, she spent three years as an associate at Deutsche Bank as an FX structurer on the London trading floor. Sandra also serves on the board of directors of the Yale University Alumni Fund.

DUNCAN FITZGERALD

DUNCAN FITZGERALD

Mr. Fitzgerald is a partner in PwC’s Risk assurance practice since 1999. He is a Governor of the Institute of Internal Auditors – Hong Kong Chapter, a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Hong Kong Institute of Directors, Fellow of the ICAEW, Member of HKICPA, CIA (Institute of Internal Auditors). He also helps certain charities and Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) address corporate governance challenges.

DAVID LEE KUO CHUEN

DAVID LEE KUO CHUEN

Prof. LEE is a Visiting Fulbright Scholar (2015) at Stanford University and Professor for Fintech and Blockchain at Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS). He was the Director of the Sim Kee Boon Institute for Financial Economics at Singapore Management University. His latest two books entitled “Blockchain, Digital Finance and Inclusion” by Elsevier have just been published in Sep 2017.He graduated with BSc, MSc and PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

JACQUELINE CHOW

JACQUELINE CHOW

Ms Chow is an Executive Committee Member and Fund-raising Committee Member of the Hong Kong Society for the Protection of Children (HKSPC); a Pre-school Management Board member of the YWCA Hong Kong; and a Council Member and Adult Management Committee of the SAHK(formerly the Hong Kong Spastics Association). She is also the Independent School Manager for the Ebenezer School and Home for the visually impaired, and Recruiting Events Co-chair of the Brown University Alumni Association.

JOYCE TAM

JOYCE TAM

Joyce Tam is an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs within their Private Wealth Management. She also advises non-profit organizations and foundations on their liquidity and portfolio needs. Joyce is a co-founder and serves on the board of directors of Design Trust, an initiative of the Hong Kong Ambassadors of Design. She also volunteers for a number of charitable organizations, including the Dragon Foundation, Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups, Hong Kong United Youth Association, Youth Elites, and World Vision.

STRATEGIC PARTNERS


Pro-Bono Legal Advisor

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM, 金杜律師事務所) is a multinational law firm headquartered in Hong Kong. KWM is the first and only global law firm based in Asia and as of March 2015 was the largest law firm headquartered outside of the United States or European Union. It is the 6th largest firm in the world by number of lawyers and one of the top thirty by revenue, as at 2015.

KWM alumni include judges of a number of courts, including the High Court of Australia, the Federal Court of Australia, the Supreme Court of New South Wales and Victoria, as well as a former Prime Minister, the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, and members of the Commonwealth Parliament.

Impact Measurement Partner

Alice is a social funding and impact management platform built on the Ethereum blockchain. It helps social organisations (charities, NGOs, social enterprises) to run projects transparently, using smart contract-based incentives to ensure their impact is independently verified and accessible to everyone. This makes it much easier for funders (philanthropic organisations, impact investors, small donors) to identify and scale social projects that demonstrably work, while reducing due diligence, monitoring, reporting and other transaction costs.

Project Analyst Network Provider

Smith + Crown is the world's leading Blockchain Research Firm and provides intelligence, data, analysis and cryptoeconomic research across the breath of the industry, it's markets and organizations. At Smith + Crown we are passionate believers in the idea that Blockchain technology can be an incredible powerful tool in solving some of the most challenging problems faced by society today. We are excited to lend our expertise to support Social Alpha and it's mission to enable organizations to effectively apply Blockchain technology to these problems.

Pro-Bono PR Partner

Founded in 2015, Wachsman is the world's largest public relations agency focusing on the blockchain industry. From offices in New York and Dublin, Wachsman provides media relations, strategic communications, brand creation, and corporate development services to many of the most indispensable companies in the financial technology, digital currency, and crypto-asset sectors worldwide.

FOUNDING PATRONS