Announcing the New Foundation Board and Executive Director

After an intensive recruitment period, the Ethereum Foundation has selected an Executive Director and appointed three members of its Board of Directors. This is a new organizational structure that will allow us to focus on the next stage of our development.

The Ethereum Foundation is a Swiss registered non-profit (“Stiftung”) organization whose purpose is to manage the funds raised from the Ether Sale in order to provide maximum service to the Ethereum and decentralized technology ecosystem. That’s what I mean. Our new Executive Director is Ming Zhang, and our Board of Directors currently consists of four members. They are Lars Klavitter, Vadim Levitin, Wayne Hennessy Barrett and Vitalik Buterin (Chairman of the Board).

Managing director

Min Chan



A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with degrees in computer science, media arts, and science, Ming is a Swiss-born Chinese-American who has spent decades leading and completing complex IT and management consulting projects, founding and founding venture companies. We have grown and also collaborated with companies. Leading educators, scientists, and inventors deliver exciting research innovations. She has been following Ethereum since 2013 and has a good understanding of legal and regulatory issues related to blockchain technology.
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board member

Lars Klawitter

Lars Klawitter

Lars has a degree in computer science and was involved in startups as a founder or senior executive during the first Internet revolution in the late 90s. Lars has since held senior positions in the automotive industry and has extensive experience in building and growing organizations at the intersection of technology and innovation. He has held several C-level IT positions and most recently served as his CIO for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. At Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, he is currently responsible for the Special Vehicles and Innovation business.
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Wayne Hennessy Barrett

Wayne Hennessy Barrett

Founder and CEO of 4G Capital, an African mobile money fintech business based in Kenya. He brings extensive experience in corporate governance and risk management, building and leading scalable distribution systems in emerging markets around the world. Following his distinguished military career, he has provided intelligence-led consulting and strategic advice to numerous boards in both the commercial and public sectors. He is a passionate advocate of the transformative power of financial technology for poverty alleviation and sustainable development.
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DR. Vadim David Levitin

DR. Vadim David Levitin

Vadim worked on technology issues for 23 countries on behalf of the United Nations. Trained as a physician, he was intrigued by the connections between human and technological systems and realized he could explain them, so he decided to pursue a master’s degree in technology. He ran a business development firm in Eastern Europe, serving Fortune 500 clients interested in markets where the region was emerging from communism. He then served as CEO of the Ecommerce Institute, a global technology company with subsidiaries in the UK, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand and the Caribbean. He consults with leading companies, governments and NGOs on nearly every continent, and consults with national governments on economic and technological issues, from digital markets to online stock exchanges, e-schools to emerging country technology strategies, and transportation to tourism. I have created a strategy. From healthcare to broadband development for national infrastructure.
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Vitalik Buterin

Vitalik Buterin

Vitalik is one of the inventors of Ethereum. Vitalik first discovered Bitcoin in 2011. A combination of mathematics, economics, and an intuition that it represented the way money “should” quickly drew him to the world of Bitcoin. In September 2011, he became the co-founder and original head writer of his Bitcoin Magazine. Following this, Vitalik founded Ethereum. Ethereum is a blockchain-based, arbitrary-state, Turing-complete scripting platform useful for smart contracts, computational resource markets, financial experimentation, decentralized governance, and many other use cases we haven’t even thought of yet.
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If you would like to meet with the new Foundation Board, please contact us below. press@ethereum.org

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