Concordium Teams, Foundation Board and Advisory Board.

Concordium brings together world-class cryptographic researchers, outstanding software engineers, and business leaders with global enterprise experience across multiple disciplines and industries enabling the bridge between science, development, and users.


The Concordium blockchain will include an innovative toolbox that makes development of use cases and decentralized applications easy and fast. The toolbox includes a novel programming language for smart contract that is easy to learn and use for reliable smart contracts, resulting in improved productivity and significantly fewer coding errors and bugs.

Any business today must allow for its transactions to be recorded and regulated. With our vision to unlock the potential of blockchain for business, Concordium has done away with anonymity in exchange for improved privacy. Concordium’s built-in user identity at the protocol level supports regulatory compliance, allowing businesses to harness the power of blockchain technology.

Read more about our Concordium teams

Tech and Internal Science Team →

Concordium has a team of outstanding software engineers, cryptographers and researchers unlocking technological advances.

Operations Team →

The commercial and operational team at Concordium consists of business leaders with global enterprise experience across multiple disciplines and industries.

Foundations Board →

The Concordium Foundation board consists of our founder and highly reputed professionals.

Advisory Board →

Concordium Foundation’s advisory board is made up of highly esteemed experts and leaders of influential organizations and universities including NASDAQ, Mastercard and ETH.

Scientific Partners →

Concordium’s protocol is deeply rooted in the latest scientific research, developing cutting-edge cryptographic tools.

Tech Team

Concordium has a team of outstanding software engineers, cryptographers and researchers unlocking technological advances.

Chief Technology Officer
Torben Pryds Pedersen

Torben Pryds Pedersen is Concordium’s CTO and the father of the Pedersen Commitment. He was previously head of Cryptomathic’s R&D division. Pryds Pedersen holds an MS in Computer Science and a PhD in Computer Science (Cryptology) from the University of Aarhus. He has carried out extensive research in cryptographic protocols and participated in several EU projects related to electronic payment. He has been a visiting researcher at the University of Essen, Germany and CWI in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Pryds Pedersen has also been an active member of the program committees of several software certification organizations.

Project Manager
Stefan Michael Hebsgaard

Stefan is the project manager for the tech team. He comes from a similar position at Cryptomathic. Stefan has extensive industry experience with over 15 years of experience as a software project manager and 10 years prior to that as a developer. Stefan has worked on security related projects in the areas such as centralized digital signatures, Credit card personalization, crypto key management and client side mobile banking security for major players in the financial sector. Stefan holds a Masters degree in Computer Science from Aarhus University.

Senior Software Architect
Aleš Bizjak

Aleš Bizjak holds a Bachelors degree in Mathematics from the University of Ljubljana, and a PhD in Computer Science from Aarhus University supervised by Professor Lars Birkedal. Before joining Concordium he worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at Aarhus University where he was also involved in designing and teaching several
courses.  He has published 15 papers in leading international venues on semantics of programming languages, verification of concurrent systems, and computer aided verification. During his research he designed new program logics and methods for verifying concurrent programs, and formalized results using computer proof assistants. He served on program committees of leading international venues.

During his studies and work he authored several software tools to support his research and teaching.

Software Engineer
Kasper Dissing Bargsteen

Kasper Dissing Bargsteen recently joined Concordium as a Software Engineer. He holds a Master’s degree in Software Engineering from Aalborg University where he specialised in machine learning.

Software Engineer
Emil Madsen Bennedsen

Emil Madsen Bennedsen recently joined Concordium as a Software Engineer. He holds a Master’s Degree in Mathematics from Aarhus University.

Lead DevOps Engineer
Felice Dibattista

Felice Dibattista is an infrastructure specialist working in the IT industry since 2005.
Before joining Concordium he was working for Mobilepay as senior Devops Engineer, where he helped, among other things, provision and maintain a platform serving more than one million daily transactions and six million users.
During his career he worked in three countries (Rome, Spain and Denmark) and covered different profiles such as Platform engineer, Operations, System Administrator and Back-end Developer.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Bari University.

Senior Researcher
Thomas Dinsdale-Young

Thomas Dinsdale-Young holds a PhD from Imperial College London in program verification.
Before joining Concordium, he was an assistant professor at Aarhus University, where he developed techniques and tools for formally verifying concurrent software.

He has published papers in numerous international venues, and has received an individual postdoc grant and research talent award from the Independent Research Fund Denmark (DFF).

Software Developer
Emil Holm Gjørup

I have a master degree in computer science from Aarhus University with focus on programming languages and program verification, and years of experience with software development.

Software Developer
Adam B. Hansen

Adam holds a bachelors degree in computer science from Aarhus University, and currently works part time for Concordium alongside his further studies.

He achieved his bachelors in 2019, where his final project was building a full proof of stake blockchain and a smart contract language in GO. He then took an internship at Concordium where he worked on analysing and implementing alternative consensus protocols. After the internship he joined Concordium as a software developer.

Adam’s interests include blockchain consensus protocols, as well as cryptography and security.

Software Engineer
Søren Hjort

Søren holds a master’s degree in computer science from Aarhus University with focus on programming languages, cryptography and algorithms, with a thesis in Computational Complexity.

Technical Writer
Lotte Koch

Lotte is an experienced technical writer with a passion for explaining things and a solid background in the area of software documentation. She works closely with the Concordium tech team to create documentation that contributes to a great user experience.

Before joining Concordium, Lotte spent several years successfully running her own technical and content writing business. She also worked as documentation lead at timeXtender and as Documentation Manager at Microsoft.

Lotte holds a Masters degree in English and History from the University of Southern Denmark.

Senior Software Engineer
Emil Lai

Emil Lai holds a MSc in Computer Science from Aarhus University.

Before joining Concordium he worked at Sepior developing a MPC based KMaaS. There he worked with crypto primitive; protocol implementations, and distributed networking to more holistic tasks such as API design, architecture, product design decisions etc.

Prior to his job at Sepior, he worked at Signaturgruppen, developing solutions around the NemID PKI.

Senior Test Manager
Carolin Lunemann

Carolin studied Computer Science at the University of Stuttgart and the University of Potsdam in Germany. She then completed her PhD in Computer Science at Aarhus University under the supervision of professors Ivan Damgård and Louis Salvail, with her research focus on secure cryptographic protocols in both the classical and the quantum world. Carolin worked as a student test engineer for several companies during her Diploma studies, and then after leaving academia, as a tester at Nets DanID. Before joining Concordium, she worked for six years as a test manager for mission-critical systems in the defense department at Systematic. The position as test manager in the Concordium tech team allows Carolin now to combine her crypto education with her test profession.

DevOps Engineer
Stefan Niemann Madsen

Stefan has a Masters degree in Computer Science from Aarhus University.

He worked as a DevOps engineer for Udviklings- og Forenklingsstyrelsen, IT development department for Skatteministeriet, working on a customs project.

Previously he worked for Danske Bank, as a part of the platform team working on the backend of their mobile banking app.

Senior Software Engineer
Michael Bisgaard Olesen

Michael recently joined the Concordium team where he’s currently developing the client that external users will use to communicate with the blockchain network.

His previous position was at Uber where he played a central role in designing and implementing a distributed graph-based cache along with related tooling. Among other things, the service currently the integration platform of critical storage and compute management systems within Uber’s infrastructure.

Michael holds a MSc in Computer Science from the University of Aarhus.

UI Developer
Jens Sørensen

Jens works as UI Developer at Concordium. He will be working on designing and implementing user interfaces in relation to the Concordium blockchain. Jens holds a MSc in IT Product Development with focus on UX and user-centered design, from the Department of Computer Science – Aarhus University. He has previously been working at Grundfos and the Alexandra Institute.

Senior Software Developer
Jakob Ørhøj

Jakob has previously worked at Systematic with designing and building robust integrations for the Danish healthcare sector. He holds a master’s degree in mathematics and computer science from Aarhus University where his main interests were within cryptography.

Software Engineer
Søren Bruus Zeppelin

Søren has a master’s degree in IT product development from Aarhus University with a focus on design process and prototyping. He wrote his thesis on the dissemination of news on voice-controlled speakers together with Stibo Systems as well as a small English news media.

After completing his education, he has worked as a front-end developer at IMPACT A / S for ~ 5 years. Here he has worked closely with companies of various sizes to implement e-commerce platforms – mostly for the web and smartphone apps. Before joining Concordium, he was a tech lead in IMPACT.

Internal Science Team

Senior Researcher
Christian Matt

Christian Matt is a senior researcher at Concordium. Before joining Concordium, he worked at the University of California, Santa Barbara as a postdoctoral scholar. Christian holds a PhD in computer science from ETH Zurich and studied computer science and mathematics at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany. His research spans several areas of cryptography and he has published papers at leading venues for cryptographic research.

Senior Researcher
Christopher Portmann

Christopher Portmann is a senior researcher at Concordium. He completed a Masters degree in theoretical computer science at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, with a thesis on quantum key distribution written at the university of Aarhus, Denmark. He obtained a PhD in cryptography from the Tokyo Institute of Technology. After doing a postdoc in the quantum information theory group of the physics department at the ETH Zurich, he worked as a senior researcher in the theoretical cryptography group of the computer science department at the ETH Zurich. He does research in both classical and quantum cryptography, with a focus on composable security. He has publications in leading venues of both physics and classical cryptography.

Senior Researcher
Daniel Tschudi

Daniel Tschudi is a senior researcher at Concordium. Daniel holds a Bachelor and Master’s degrees, both in Mathematics, from ETH Zurich. He did his PhD in Computer Science at ETH Zurich under the supervision of Professor Ueli Maurer. His research has been in cryptography with a focus on secure computation protocols. He maintains research interest in cryptocurrencies and anonymous communication. He has published several research papers in leading IACR conferences and distributed computing flagship venues

Operations Team

The commercial and operational team at Concordium consists of business leaders with global enterprise experience across multiple disciplines and industries.

Chief Executive Officer
Lone Fønss Schrøder

Lone Fønss Schrøder is CEO of Concordium. With extensive executive experience ranging from large-cap companies in aviation, biotech, retail, automotive, oil & gas, and shipping to banks and capital markets, Fønss Schrøder is also co-founder of the bank-fintech company Cashworks, Vice Chairman of Volvo Cars, and a Director at IKEA. She spent 22 years at A.P. Moller-Maersk — the world’s largest shipping company — serving as Senior Vice President and founding Maersk Procurement and Star Air. In 2005, she was appointed President of Wallenius Lines, a leading provider of global factory-to-dealer transport solutions and terminal facilities for the automotive industry. Fønss Schrøder holds an MSc in Business Administration and Economics from Copenhagen Business School and a Master in Law (LLM) from the University of Copenhagen and Blockchain Technologies program from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Chief Financial Officer
Jørgen Hauglund

Jørgen Hauglund is the CFO of Concordium and has extensive experience in the fields of financial planning, accounting, budgeting, controlling, and reporting from positions in a number of large Danish corporations, including Saxo Bank, ISS, Sydbank, A.P. Moller–Maersk, and the East Asiatic Company. He has worked for several years as a consultant focusing on financial management, shareholder value concepts, and corporate documentation/compliance. In addition, Hauglund has held senior management positions in investment companies focusing on shipping and real estate transactions. He holds an MS in Economics and an Executive MBA from the Copenhagen Business School, Denmark.

Chief of Operations
Conor Ringland

Conor brings a diverse career established in Capital Markets – across operational, commercial and managerial positions. He ran an active futures and options desk for 10 years, set up professional trading at Etrade Securities for 8 years, ran the front office and white label business for Saxobank in London for 7, digital strategy for the Markets division of Lloyds Commercial Bank, and before joining Concordium was the CEO CF1 of a UK broker. Conor’s roles include Investor Relations, Operations and Commercial Engagement.

Chief Marketing Officer
Beni Issembert

Beni Issembert comes with 15 years of experience in marketing within crypto, Ad Tech and online gaming and has a strong academic background as well as being a writer of several books. He is a true believer in blockchain technology and comes from a position as Chief Marketing Officer of Beam, which is the first cryptocurrency based on Mimblewimble.

Head of Partner Integrations
Mikael Breinholst

Mikael has 12 years experience from fintech of which the last 4 years was helping Coinify scale the product development and commercial organisation. Besides working for large companies like Nets and Saxo Bank, Mikael has also been co-founder/CEO of two tech startups

Head of Business Solutions
Torben Kaaber

A senior financial services executive with more than 30 years of International experience covering sales strategy, commercial excellence, people leadership and execution across countries/regions. Apart from early career Torben has been in Sales and account management and successfully built portfolios within the institutional space. Serving as Global CCO at Saxo Bank and member of the Executive team. Throughout the whole career Technology and finch has always been the cornerstone of choice.

Head of Software & Fintech
Keld Stehr Nielsen

Keld has 10 years of experience in the financial services industry at Danske Bank and 2 years in consultancy at Deloitte. He has a master in philosophy and mathematics, and a PhD in behavioral and brain science. His area of expertise is digital transformation of core functions in the financial services, incl. compliance, risk, and digital sales -building bridges between business and technical conversations.

Head of Product Marketing and Business Intelligence
Alexandre Juncker

As an engineer, Alexandre started his career working in the oil and then nuclear energy sector before joining the Blockchain Lab of EY in Paris back in 2016. Thanks to various endeavors, Alexandre built his expertise in the various aspects of Distributed Ledger Technologies including distributed systems architecture, governance, on-chain data management, crypto-economics, mining, tokenization, etc. In particular, Alexandre lead the standardization initiative in Switzerland to define principles for a distributed execution platform for the energy sector. Today, Alexandre leverages this experience from the industrial side in order to promote Concordium and align its development with the expectation of decentralized application builders.

Administration Manager
Anja Brøgger

Anja Brøgger is the Administration Manager in Concordium. She has extensive experience in administrative work and has worked in the Management Consulting for the past 8 years.

News Anchor
Claire Ross-Brown

With both a corporate and artistic background, Claire has had a diverse career, which is a perfect match for the position as news anchor. Working firstly with Banking and Finance in London city, as a headhunter for amongst others, Goldman Sachs and Lehman brothers, thereupon a career as a well known actress in Denmark and founder of her own fashion brand, CJ London, she also comes from a position as Executive Director for a Fin Tech company in Switzerland.

Graphic Designer
Daria Kolesnyk

Daria is a UI/UX designer with 5 years of experience and most of them within crypto. She is a pro in creating websites, mobile and desktop applications. Daria comes from Beam, which is the Confidential Cryptocurrency and DeFi platform. She holds a master’s degree in marketing from National Technical University in Kharkiv, Ukraine.

Community Manager
Flora Ekwere

Flora started her career in tech as a Digital Marketing Manager, she has experience working across the marketing spectrum, wearing several hats as a Social media manager, content creator, community manager and CX operations manager. She has extensive experience in the blockchain industry, as one of the early community members of the popular project on the Steem blockchain – Steemit. She worked with several communities on Steemit, most notably SteemSTEM where she contributed in creating several fascinating scientific content. She graduated top of her class and through her budding career has been known to take a highly rational and methodological approach in solving real world challenges.

General Counsel
Henrik Sanders

Henrik B. Sanders serves as an advisor to Concordium. Henrik has experience and expertise on regulatory issues due to his professional background as an attorney-at-law. In addition to his commitment to Concordium, Sanders is Partner and Chairman of the Board with Mazanti-Andersen Korsø Jensen Law firm and is admitted to the Supreme Court in Denmark. Sanders primarily works with mergers and acquisitions and has been the legal advisor in several substantial transactions on behalf of both buyers and sellers, including private equity funds in connection with the acquisition and sale of companies. Additionally, Sanders works with general business law and provides advice to several companies. Sanders holds a Master in Law (LLM) from the University of Copenhagen.

Accounting Manager
Julie Simoni

With 5 years of experience as an accountant, Julie has joined Concordium’s team as Accounting Manager. Julie has a degree as a Financial Controller AK from Copenhagen Business Academy, a degree as Revisor HD-R from SDU and is in the process of the master’s degree cand.merc.aud at CPH Business.

Communications Manager
Maria Amalia Rojas

For the past 7 years Maria has worked as a Communications Consultant for the United Nations Development Program, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the Ministry of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica and other governmental institutions.  Prior to Concordium, Maria worked as the Public Relations Manager of The Development Observatory of the University of Costa Rica. 

Head of People and Organisation
Peter Linnemann

Peter S. Linnemann is the Head of HR at Concordium and has a proven track record and vast international experience in general management and human resources management and has worked as a management consultant for several years. He is an Associate Partner of Humanostics.

His business experience includes executive/team assessments, analyses and transformation of organisations globally for a number of companies. Peter is an MBA alumnus of IMD in Switzerland and holds a BSc. in economics from Copenhagen Business School

Concordium Foundation Board

The Concordium Foundation board consists of our founders and highly reputed professionals.

Lars Seier Christensen

Lars Seier Christensen is Chairman of the Swiss non-profit Concordium Foundation. With over 30 years of experience across the banking and financial sector, Seier Christensen is a global pioneer in FX and derivatives trading, having co-founded the online trading and investment platform Saxo Bank in 1992. He served as co-CEO of Saxo Bank for more than 20 years, in which time the bank grew to 1,500 employees across 150 locations serving customers in 170 countries. SaxoTrader, the bank’s flagship online trading offering, was launched in 1998 and was one of the first online FX trading platforms in the world. SaxoTrader has since grown to become one of the world’s most complete multi-asset trading platforms. Seier Christensen is also the founder and sole owner of Seier Capital, a private equity and venture capital firm which specializes in investments in angel, seed, and A-round stage companies. The firm invests in art & fashion, financial services, food and beverages, sports & entertainment, social media, and technology industries.

Professor, ETH Zurich
Ueli Maurer

Professor Ueli Maurer is a Science Advisor and a Concordium Board Member. He serves as Professor of Computer Science and Head of the
Information Security and Cryptography Research Group at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich), where his research interests include cryptography in both theory and applications, information security, theoretical computer science, information theory, and discrete mathematics. Maurer obtained his PhD in electrical engineering at ETH Zurich in 1990 and was subsequently a DIMACS Fellow at Princeton University. He is best known for his work on information-theoretic cryptography, the security analyses of the Diffie-Hellman protocol and the RSA system, inventing the indifferentiability concept, extended work on secure multi-party computation, developing a universal statistic test for random bit generators, and his work on constructive cryptography — a unified theory for cryptographic security proofs. He has been named a Fellow of the International Association for Cryptologic Research, a Fellow of the IEEE, and a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). In 2013, he received the Vodafone Innovation Award for Mobile Communications and in 2016 received the RSA Award for Excellence in Mathematics. Maurer also served as Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Cryptology from 2002-2010.

Simone Monnerat

Simone Monnerat is a board member of the Concordium Foundation. She is an attorney-at-law and civil law notary and she works as partner at in Zug, Switzerland. She specializes in foundation, corporate and notarial law. Due to her profound expertise in Swiss foundation law and governance matters in particular together with her long standing interest in digitalization and technology she found herself immersed in different blockchain projects in the international melting pot of the Crypto Valley in Zug.

Banking Circle
Bjørn Krog Andersen

Bjørn Krog Andersen is a board member of the Concordium Foundation. He is the Head of Legal Compliance for Banking Circle, a fully licensed bank and financial infrastructure built for Payments businesses and Banks. He was a partner of the law firm Moalem, Weitemeyer and Bendtsen in Copenhagen, Denmark. He has extensive regulatory and compliance expertise and advises fintech, regtech and blockchain companies in his practice in addition to VC- and PE-related M&A work. Bjørn was General Counsel of Saxo Bank Group for six years, heading its legal, regulatory, and compliance departments globally. This expertise provided him with a deep understanding and insights into regulatory concerns and worldwide obligations within ID/KYC and investor protection related topics.

Concordium Advisory Board

Concordium Foundation’s advisory board is made up of highly esteemed experts and leaders of influential organizations and universities including NASDAQ, Mastercard and ETH.

Board Member of Scale Capital
Claus Nielsen

Claus Nielsen serves as an advisor to Concordium. Mr. Nielsen brings expertise from online trading, sales trading, and execution. Mr. Nielsen was previously an executive member of the Saxo Bank management team for 15 years as a specialist in online trading and investment. Mr. Nielsen had an instrumental role in building and supporting Saxo Bank’s platform with 40,000 tradable instruments across four asset classes, including risk management and analysis. Mr. Nielsen also held global responsibility for Saxo Bank’s Sales Trading team, servicing the bank’s 2,000 most significant accounts, UHNW, family offices, and institutional clients. He is also currently a Board Member of Scale Capital, Lotusdew Asset Management India and Climaider (SDG). Claus is mentor at Copenhagen Fintech and investor in Zwift, Motosumo, Lifeguard (HealthTech), Evaxion (BioTech) Digishares (tokenisation platform) and other start ups.

Former Vice-chair of NASDAQ and FCSE Chair
Hans-Ole Jochumsen

Hans-Ole Jochumsen serves as an advisor to Concordium. Mr. Jochumsen brings deep insights and expertise on regulatory issues relating to global exchanges and trading. Prior to Concordium, Mr. Jochumsen was the President and an executive member of OMX, which was acquired by Nasdaq in 2008. Mr. Jochumsen then spent 10 years in various executive positions at Nasdaq, eventually serving as President of Global Trading and Market Services from March 2014 and December 2016 and as European Vice Chairman from January 2017 until his retirement in 2018. Other previous positions include the Chairmanship of the Federation of European Securities Exchanges (FESE) and President and CEO of Copenhagen Stock Exchange and FUTOP Clearing. Mr. Jochumsen is also currently a Board Member of Nykredit, the Chairman of Nordax Bank AB, and a Senior Advisor at Alkymi. Jochumsen holds a Master of Science in Economics from the University of Copenhagen.

EVP, Global Strategy and Solutions, Mastercard
Peter Klein

Peter Klein serves as an advisor to Concordium. Mr. Klein has over 20 years of leadership and business management experience in banking, technology, and fintech. He is currently leading Mastercard’s payment strategy focused on redefining MasterCard’s role and position in global non-card payments. Mr. Klein was previously President, Global Head of FX Payments at Earthport Plc, a world-leading fintech company specializing in low-value cross-border payments. Before shifting his focus to payments and fintech, Mr. Klein spent numerous years on the banking side, leading and growing global clearing, FX and prime brokerage businesses and teams at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and JP Morgan. He spent nine years with Citibank, establishing and running several of its high-growth electronic trading platform businesses across multiple regions including Scandinavia, Australia, and the UK. Mr. Klein holds a master degree in Management and Finance from Macquarie University, Sydney (2004).

Former Skype COO
Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson serves as an advisor to Concordium.  Mr Jackson was the COO for Skype for the first four years, creating a €400Mio product line.   Following this, and ten years as Partner in  leading Venture Capital  fund Mangrove Capital , Michael is deeply involved in the Crypto ecosystem.  He was an early member of Bitcoin Foundation, member of the board of, advisor to several projects and author of widely cited reports and comment pieces on the disruption of Asset Management and Private Equity by Distributed Ledger based blockchain.  Michael also sits on the board of large, systemically regulated companies – AXA Insurance, Volvo Cars and Luminor Bank keeping day to day knowledge with current needs and trends of mission critical companies and technology.  He is also a guest lecturer at University College London MBA on the Business of Telecoms

Professor, ETH Zurich
Hans Gersbach

Hans Gersbach serves as an advisor to Concordium. Dr. Gersbach is currently Professor of Macroeconomics, Innovation and Policy at ETH Zurich, where his research areas include: Macroeconomic Thinking and Economic Policy; Innovation, the Engines of Growth and Long-term Well-being; and Design of New Democratic Institutions. Dr. Gersbach was previously a visiting professor at the Bendheim Center for Finance at Princeton University and a professor at the University of Heidelberg, where he worked for over a decade. Dr. Gersbach is a Member and Former Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Berlin, a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law, Munich, and a member of the ifo Scientific Advisory Council and Acting CESifo Council, Munich. Dr. Gersbach is also a research fellow of CEPR (Centre for Economic Policy Research), London.

Professor, ETH Zurich
Roger Wattenhofer

Roger Wattenhofer serves as an advisor to Concordium. Mr. Wattenhofer is a full professor in the Information Technology and Electrical Engineering Department at ETH Zurich, where he also received his doctorate in Computer Science. He had stints at Brown University in Providence, RI and Microsoft Research in Redmond, WAbefore returning to ETH Zurich, originally as an assistant professor in the Computer Science Department. Wattenhofer’s research interests are in a variety of algorithmic and systems aspects in computer science and information technology, currently in particular wireline and wireless networks, distributed systems, and physical algorithms. He publishes in different communities: distributed computing, networking, and theory of computer science.

Paul Docherty

Paul Docherty serves as an advisor to Concordium. Mr. Docherty was the Managing Director of Security Assessment and Application Security globally for Barclays Bank. Prior to which he ran the Security Advisory team for Cisco and was responsible for all Cisco security services focused on assessing, architecting, securing and implementing the strategies required to achieve a secure digital environment. Mr. Docherty has been intrinsically linked with many of the industry initiatives including founding and acting as chairman for the first seven years of CREST, the security industry’s association. Working with the Bank of England to help create CBEST, and forming, then acting as the inaugural chairman of SRIE (Security Researchers Information Exchange).


Scientific Partners

Concordium Blockchain Research Center Aarhus, Aarhus University

Concordium’s protocol is deeply rooted in the latest scientific research, developing cutting-edge cryptographic tools. The Concordium Foundation has granted DKK 50 million to the Concordium Blockchain Research Center Aarhus (COBRA), Aarhus University, to support research into blockchain technology.

Jesper Buus Nielsen

Professor Jesper Buus Nielsen is Concordium’s Chief Scientific Advisor, COBRA’s center leader, and a Professor of Computer Science at Aarhus University in Denmark. As the author of over 70 scientific publications, he is a leading expert on secure multiparty computation and has been the program committee chair for the Theory of Cryptography Conference and the Eurocrypt Conference. Most notably, he is co-author of Secure Multiparty Computation and Secret Sharing — widely regarded as a seminal work on privacy in distributed computing environments. He is a member of the Cryptography Group in the Department of Computer Science at Aarhus University. Buus Nielsen holds a PhD in Computer Science from Aarhus University.

Ivan Damgård

Professor Ivan Damgård is one of the world’s top-cited published researchers in cryptography. Within the blockchain community, Damgård is the co-inventor of the Merkle-Damgård-construction — the cryptographic hash function that all blockchains rely on in one form or another. He is a fellow of the International Association for Cryptologic Research (IACR) and, in 2015, he received the RSA Award for Excellence in Mathematics, which recognized Damgård as an innovator and for his lifetime achievements in the field of cryptography. Damgård received his PhD in Computer Science from Denmark’s Aarhus University, where he currently serves as a professor. In 2021, Ivan Damgård received the first STOC Test of Time Award for his impactful work.

Associate Professor
Claudio Orlandi

Claudio Orlandi is an Associate Professor at Aarhus University and Work Package Leader for cryptography at COBRA. His research areas include secure multiparty computation, foundations of cryptographic computing, data analytics, and cybersecurity. Prior to this, he worked as a postdoc at Aarhus University and at Bar-Ilan University in Tel Aviv. Orlandi graduated with an MEng in Computer Engineering before obtaining his PhD in Computer Science from Aarhus University with renowned cryptographers Ivan Damgård and Jesper Buus Nielsen as advisors.

Associate Professor
Bas Spitters

Bas Spitters is an Associate Professor at Aarhus University and Work Package Leader for formal verification and smart contracts at COBRA. His research areas include computer-aided proofs in cryptography, logic, semantics, and type theory. Spitters holds a PhD in Mathematics from Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands. Spitters has held positions in Nijmegen, Chalmers, Paris-Sud, Carnegie Mellon University and was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University.

Assistant Professor
Diego Aranha

Diego F. Aranha is an Associate Professor at Department of Computer Science at Aarhus University, where he is also affiliated to COBRA and DIGIT. Before, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering at Aarhus University. His professional experience is in Cryptography and Computer Security, with a special interest in the efficient implementation of cryptographic algorithms and security analysis of real-world systems. He received the Google Latin America Research Award for research on privacy twice, and the MIT TechReview’s Innovators Under 35 Brazil Award for his work in electronic voting.

PostDoc Researcher
Danil Annenkov

Danil Annenkov is a PostDoc at the Concordium Blockchain Research Center Aarhus, at Aarhus University working on formal verification of smart contracts. His research areas include programming language semantics, formal verification, proof assistants and type theory. Danil Annenkov received his PhD degree in Computer science from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark in 2018. After receiving his PhD degree, Annenkov was a postdoc researcher at INRIA Nantes, France, where he worked on extending the Coq proof assistant with new reasoning principles.

PostDoc Researcher
Bernardo Magri

Bernardo Magri is a PostDoc researcher at the Concordium Blockchain Research Center Aarhus, at Aarhus University. He completed his PhD in computer science at the Sapienza University of Rome in 2017, where he worked mostly on blockchain technology and backdoors in cryptographic primitives. His research interests span over all aspects of cryptography, including but not limited to subversion attacks, key-exchange,  blockchain technology, and secure computation.

PhD Student
Hamidreza Khoshakhlagh

Hamidreza Khoshakhlagh is a PhD student at Aarhus University in the Cryptography and Security research group and part of the Concordium Blockchain Research Center at Aarhus University. His research is in cryptography, particularly in zero-knowledge protocols. Hamidreza is currently working on the ID Layer of Concordium.

Postdoctoral researcher
Luisa Siniscalchi

Luisa is a postdoctoral researcher in cryptography at Aarhus University in the Concordium Blockchain Research Center.  Before joining  Aarhus University she spent one year as a Post-doc at the University of Salerno. She completed the Ph.D. at the University of Salerno in March 2018 and she was advised by Ivan Visconti.

Her research is mainly focused on various aspects of cryptography, such as non-malleable cryptography,  multi-party computation, and privacy-preserving technologies for blockchains.

PhD Student
Søren Eller Thomsen

Søren Eller Thomsen is a PhD student at Aarhus University in Cryptography and Security research group at Department of Computer Science, and he is also part of the Concordium Blockchain Research Center Aarhus, at Aarhus University. He has a broad range of research interests including formal verification, distributed systems, and information flow control. Specifically, is he currently working on developing a new consensus algorithm and meanwhile trying to formally verify existing consensus protocols.

PhD Student
Benjamin Hvass

Benjamin S. Hvass is a PhD student at Department of Computer Science, Aarhus University supervised by Diego Aranha. His research is on high-insurance cryptography and involves formally verifying  functional correctness and security of cryptographic primitives. Benjamin holds an M.Sc. in Mathematics from Aarhus University.

IT University of Copenhagen

IT University of Copenhagen is one of Denmark’s leading universities on IT research and education.  Bernardo David, an ITU associate professor, collaborates closely with Concordium on consensus protocols and multiparty computation.

Associate Professor
Bernardo David

Bernardo David is an Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department of the IT University of Copenhagen (ITU), working on cryptographic protocols for multiparty computation and blockchain applications. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from Aarhus University and has previously worked as an Assistant Professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. Bernardo has published over 30 articles in scientific journals and conferences. Among his main contributions is Ouroboros, the first provably secure protocol for proof-of-stake blockchains. He is a member of the Center for Information Security and Trust (CIST) at ITU.

PhD Student
Lorenzo Gentile

Lorenzo Gentile is a PhD Student in Computer Science at the IT University of Copenhagen (ITU) and a member of the Center for Information Security and Trust (CISAT). He holds a Master in Computer Engineering from Politecnico di Milano (PoliMi) and has previously worked as a Research Collaborator at the Department of Mathematics and at the Osservatori Digital Innovation of his former university. His current research interests focus on cryptographic protocols for multiparty computation and blockchain applications.

The Indian Institute of Science

The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) is India’s leading institution of advanced education and research in sciences and in engineering. IISc is now part of Concordium’ Academic Council, the academic relationship between Concordium and the Indian Institute of Science is led by Chaya Ganesh.


Assisting Professor at Indian Institute of Science
Chaya Ganesh

Chaya Ganesh is an Assisting Professor at Indian Institute of Science. She was a PostDoc at the Concordium Blockchain Research Center Aarhus, at Aarhus University. Ganesh’s research is in cryptography and she is particularly interested in secure computation and zero-knowledge protocols.

She has published several research papers in top conferences on topics ranging from Non- Interactive Zero-Knowledge Proofs for Composite Statements, and Efficient Zero-Knowledge Proof of Algebraic and Non-Algebraic Statements with Applications to Privacy Preserving Credentials, to Proof-of-Stake Protocols for Privacy-Aware Blockchains. Ganesh has served on the program committees of BCC 2019, CANS 2018, SEC 2018, and will be on PETS 2020, CANS 2019.

Ganesh received her PhD from New York University, where she was awarded the Henry MacCracken Fellowship by NYU during her doctoral studies. She also holds an M.S. in Computer Science from IIT Madras, and a B.E. in Information Science and Engineering from R.V. College of Engineering, Bangalore.