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Driven by innovation and committed to excellence, our team brings together expertise from various fields to exceed the boundaries of blockchain interoperability.

Meet the Team

Matan earned biology and chemistry degrees while in high school, Following his service in the special forces, he joined Ormat (NYSE: ORA) working on AI models to optimize geothermal energy production. Introduced to blockchain through singularity university, focused on block space optimization and transaction ordering. Matan Founded Lightblocks Labs, with the goal of revolutionizing blockchain interoperability through shared security.

Matan Sitbon

Matan earned biology and chemistry degrees while in high school, Following his service in the special forces, he joined Ormat (NYSE: ORA) working on AI models to optimize geothermal energy production. Introduced to blockchain through singularity university, focused on block space optimization and transaction ordering. Matan Founded Lightblocks Labs, with the goal of revolutionizing blockchain interoperability through shared security.

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Matan Sitbon

CEO

Uri is an executive with more than twenty years of experience in software development and product management. Prior to his role at Lightblocks, he served as the head of engineering at bloXroute, where he effectively built and guided teams through cutting-edge projects. With an MBA focusing on strategic and innovation management, Uri brings a strong combination of academic insights and hands-on experience to his leadership positions.

Uri Margalit

Uri is an executive with more than twenty years of experience in software development and product management. Prior to his role at Lightblocks, he served as the head of engineering at bloXroute, where he effectively built and guided teams through cutting-edge projects. With an MBA focusing on strategic and innovation management, Uri brings a strong combination of academic insights and hands-on experience to his leadership positions.

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Uri Margalit

VP
Research & Development

Major in Intelligence Special Forces with an academic background in Math & Economics. Nimrod led a team, acted as a technological project manager, and was responsible for planning and constructing the main operations of the unit's annual strategy. His role involved planning and decision-making in high-stakes environments, drawing upon his operational experience and academic knowledge.

Nimrod Cohen

Major in Intelligence Special Forces with an academic background in Math & Economics. Nimrod led a team, acted as a technological project manager, and was responsible for planning and constructing the main operations of the unit's annual strategy. His role involved planning and decision-making in high-stakes environments, drawing upon his operational experience and academic knowledge.

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Nimrod Cohen

Head of Product & Research

Anthony Bertolino was previously the VP of Growth at iTrustCapital and Head of Growth at POAP. He studied Blockchain Technology at Berkeley, and is passionate about Ethereum and permissionless global coordination systems.

Anthony Bertolino

Anthony Bertolino was previously the VP of Growth at iTrustCapital and Head of Growth at POAP. He studied Blockchain Technology at Berkeley, and is passionate about Ethereum and permissionless global coordination systems.

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Anthony Bertolino

Head of Growth

Ittay Eyal is an Associate Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Faculty at the Technion and an Associate Director at the Initiative for Cryptocurrencies and Contracts (IC3). Eyal completed his PhD at the Technion, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at Cornell University. He was awarded a 2018 Alon Fellowship and a 2022 Krill Prize. His research focuses on performance and security in decentralized systems.

Prof. Ittay Eyal

Ittay Eyal is an Associate Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Faculty at the Technion and an Associate Director at the Initiative for Cryptocurrencies and Contracts (IC3). Eyal completed his PhD at the Technion, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at Cornell University. He was awarded a 2018 Alon Fellowship and a 2022 Krill Prize. His research focuses on performance and security in decentralized systems.

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Prof. Ittay Eyal

Research Scientist

A fintech and crypto veteran with over twenty years of experience in development and tech management. Led innovation and growth at several startups, including Sail and Firmo Network. Demonstrates a proven track record in pioneering blockchain applications and fintech solutions, supported by a solid foundation in computer science and a passion for technology.

Ariel Laub

A fintech and crypto veteran with over twenty years of experience in development and tech management. Led innovation and growth at several startups, including Sail and Firmo Network. Demonstrates a proven track record in pioneering blockchain applications and fintech solutions, supported by a solid foundation in computer science and a passion for technology.

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Ariel Laub

Senior Blockchain Architect

Yogev Bar-On is a PhD candidate at the School of Computer Science at Tel Aviv University. His research explores Game Theory and Machine Learning applications in Blockchain. Yogev also audits decentralized applications and has accumulated more than 250K$ in bug bounty prizes.

Yogev Bar On

Yogev Bar-On is a PhD candidate at the School of Computer Science at Tel Aviv University. His research explores Game Theory and Machine Learning applications in Blockchain. Yogev also audits decentralized applications and has accumulated more than 250K$ in bug bounty prizes.

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Yogev Bar On

Researcher

Lead Defi Protocol Risk management in Chaos Labs

Yoni Keselbrener

Lead Defi Protocol Risk management in Chaos Labs

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Yoni Keselbrener

Senior Blockchain Software Engineer

Omer Ben-Porat is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Data and Decision Sciences at the Technion. His research focuses on the strategic, societal, and economic aspects of learning in multi-agent systems. He has been recognized with prestigious awards such as the J.P. Morgan PhD Fellowship, the Rothschild Postdoctoral Fellowship, and the Israeli Association for Artificial Intelligence Dissertation Award.

Prof. Omer Ben-Porat

Omer Ben-Porat is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Data and Decision Sciences at the Technion. His research focuses on the strategic, societal, and economic aspects of learning in multi-agent systems. He has been recognized with prestigious awards such as the J.P. Morgan PhD Fellowship, the Rothschild Postdoctoral Fellowship, and the Israeli Association for Artificial Intelligence Dissertation Award.

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Prof. Omer Ben-Porat

Research Scientist

Builder and Blockchain enthusiast with over twenty years in development

Gury Traub

Builder and Blockchain enthusiast with over twenty years in development

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Gury Traub

Senior Blockchain Architect

Open source contributor, LLMDeep learning enthusiast, mega geek.

Ron Turetzky

Open source contributor, LLMDeep learning enthusiast, mega geek.

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Ron Turetzky

Blockchain Developer

A sound engineer and self taught software developer

Francisco Baralle

A sound engineer and self taught software developer

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Francisco Baralle

Blockchain Developer

Planning, Building & Implementing Strategies in the Digital Space

Reef Naaman

Planning, Building & Implementing Strategies in the Digital Space

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Reef Naaman

Marketing & Business Development

Former Head of Crypto Department at UNKJD, VP Product & Research at Albert AI, background in Computer Science

Tomer Brandes

Former Head of Crypto Department at UNKJD, VP Product & Research at Albert AI, background in Computer Science

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Tomer Brandes

Token Architect

Managing employee relations, ensuring laws compliance and fostering a supportive and comfortable work environment.

Shiri Lee

Managing employee relations, ensuring laws compliance and fostering a supportive and comfortable work environment.

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Shiri Lee

HR

Bachelor's degree in computer science and mathematics. Interested in game theory, distributed systems, and blockchain technologies in particular. Intrigued by the intersection of abstract theoretical concepts with real-world problems.

Alon Chayet

Bachelor's degree in computer science and mathematics. Interested in game theory, distributed systems, and blockchain technologies in particular. Intrigued by the intersection of abstract theoretical concepts with real-world problems.

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Alon Chayet

Researcher

Sergei is a software developer with 15 years of experience in crafting diverse software products. His passion currently lies in smart contracts and DeFi. Holding a master's degree in applied mathematics, he brings a deep understanding of the mathematical principles underpinning his work

Sergei Liakh

Sergei is a software developer with 15 years of experience in crafting diverse software products. His passion currently lies in smart contracts and DeFi. Holding a master's degree in applied mathematics, he brings a deep understanding of the mathematical principles underpinning his work

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Sergei Liakh

Blockchain Developer

Holds a diploma in microelectronics and nano-sensors engineering, but is passionate about building reliable cloud infrastructures and efficiently automating software delivery processes. Has more than 5 years of SRE/DevOps experience within the shipping and blockchain spaces.

Marios Aronis

Holds a diploma in microelectronics and nano-sensors engineering, but is passionate about building reliable cloud infrastructures and efficiently automating software delivery processes. Has more than 5 years of SRE/DevOps experience within the shipping and blockchain spaces.

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Marios Aronis

DevOps Engineer

Ehsan is a software engineer with 10 years of software and 4 years of blockchain development experiences. He is the Director of Blockchain & Transactive Energy at IEMS Solutions. He has a solid skillset in designing and developing micro-services and distributed services. He is most interested in different distributed ledger technologies such as blockchain and contributed to different projects such as Cosmos, THORChain, THORSwap, Osmosis and etc.

Ehsan Saradar

Ehsan is a software engineer with 10 years of software and 4 years of blockchain development experiences. He is the Director of Blockchain & Transactive Energy at IEMS Solutions. He has a solid skillset in designing and developing micro-services and distributed services. He is most interested in different distributed ledger technologies such as blockchain and contributed to different projects such as Cosmos, THORChain, THORSwap, Osmosis and etc.

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Ehsan Saradar

Blockchain Developer

Hands-on content & community manager fueled by a passion for blockchain's potential and building bridges between the community and innovative projects.

Heinrich Tessendorf

Hands-on content & community manager fueled by a passion for blockchain's potential and building bridges between the community and innovative projects.

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Heinrich Tessendorf

Content & Community manager

5+ years of experience in Blockchain technologies and 15+ in Software engineering. Extensive expertise in the areas of stable coins, security tokens, lending and staking protocols, DIDs and compliance tools design and development. Led the full lifecycle development of various DeFi products, overseeing everything from conceptualization to implementation and deployment with a strong emphasis on security and optimization

Tetiana Afonina

5+ years of experience in Blockchain technologies and 15+ in Software engineering. Extensive expertise in the areas of stable coins, security tokens, lending and staking protocols, DIDs and compliance tools design and development. Led the full lifecycle development of various DeFi products, overseeing everything from conceptualization to implementation and deployment with a strong emphasis on security and optimization

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Tetiana Afonina

Senior Blockchain Engineer

Matan earned biology and chemistry degrees while in high school, Following his service in the special forces, he joined Ormat (NYSE: ORA) working on AI models to optimize geothermal energy production. Introduced to blockchain through singularity university, focused on block space optimization and transaction ordering. Matan Founded Lightblocks Labs, with the goal of revolutionizing blockchain interoperability through shared security.

Matan Sitbon

Matan earned biology and chemistry degrees while in high school, Following his service in the special forces, he joined Ormat (NYSE: ORA) working on AI models to optimize geothermal energy production. Introduced to blockchain through singularity university, focused on block space optimization and transaction ordering. Matan Founded Lightblocks Labs, with the goal of revolutionizing blockchain interoperability through shared security.

lightblocks logo

Matan Sitbon

CEO

Uri is an executive with more than twenty years of experience in software development and product management. Prior to his role at Lightblocks, he served as the head of engineering at bloXroute, where he effectively built and guided teams through cutting-edge projects. With an MBA focusing on strategic and innovation management, Uri brings a strong combination of academic insights and hands-on experience to his leadership positions.

Uri Margalit

Uri is an executive with more than twenty years of experience in software development and product management. Prior to his role at Lightblocks, he served as the head of engineering at bloXroute, where he effectively built and guided teams through cutting-edge projects. With an MBA focusing on strategic and innovation management, Uri brings a strong combination of academic insights and hands-on experience to his leadership positions.

lightblocks logo

Uri Margalit

VP
Research & Development

Major in Intelligence Special Forces with an academic background in Math & Economics. Nimrod led a team, acted as a technological project manager, and was responsible for planning and constructing the main operations of the unit's annual strategy. His role involved planning and decision-making in high-stakes environments, drawing upon his operational experience and academic knowledge.

Nimrod Cohen

Major in Intelligence Special Forces with an academic background in Math & Economics. Nimrod led a team, acted as a technological project manager, and was responsible for planning and constructing the main operations of the unit's annual strategy. His role involved planning and decision-making in high-stakes environments, drawing upon his operational experience and academic knowledge.

lightblocks logo

Nimrod Cohen

Head of Product & Research

Anthony Bertolino was previously the VP of Growth at iTrustCapital and Head of Growth at POAP. He studied Blockchain Technology at Berkeley, and is passionate about Ethereum and permissionless global coordination systems.

Anthony Bertolino

Anthony Bertolino was previously the VP of Growth at iTrustCapital and Head of Growth at POAP. He studied Blockchain Technology at Berkeley, and is passionate about Ethereum and permissionless global coordination systems.

lightblocks logo

Anthony Bertolino

Head of Growth

Ittay Eyal is an Associate Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Faculty at the Technion and an Associate Director at the Initiative for Cryptocurrencies and Contracts (IC3). Eyal completed his PhD at the Technion, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at Cornell University. He was awarded a 2018 Alon Fellowship and a 2022 Krill Prize. His research focuses on performance and security in decentralized systems.

Prof. Ittay Eyal

Ittay Eyal is an Associate Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Faculty at the Technion and an Associate Director at the Initiative for Cryptocurrencies and Contracts (IC3). Eyal completed his PhD at the Technion, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at Cornell University. He was awarded a 2018 Alon Fellowship and a 2022 Krill Prize. His research focuses on performance and security in decentralized systems.

lightblocks logo

Prof. Ittay Eyal

Research Scientist

A fintech and crypto veteran with over twenty years of experience in development and tech management. Led innovation and growth at several startups, including Sail and Firmo Network. Demonstrates a proven track record in pioneering blockchain applications and fintech solutions, supported by a solid foundation in computer science and a passion for technology.

Ariel Laub

A fintech and crypto veteran with over twenty years of experience in development and tech management. Led innovation and growth at several startups, including Sail and Firmo Network. Demonstrates a proven track record in pioneering blockchain applications and fintech solutions, supported by a solid foundation in computer science and a passion for technology.

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Ariel Laub

Senior Blockchain Architect

Yogev Bar-On is a PhD candidate at the School of Computer Science at Tel Aviv University. His research explores Game Theory and Machine Learning applications in Blockchain. Yogev also audits decentralized applications and has accumulated more than 250K$ in bug bounty prizes.

Yogev Bar On

Yogev Bar-On is a PhD candidate at the School of Computer Science at Tel Aviv University. His research explores Game Theory and Machine Learning applications in Blockchain. Yogev also audits decentralized applications and has accumulated more than 250K$ in bug bounty prizes.

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Yogev Bar On

Researcher

Lead Defi Protocol Risk management in Chaos Labs

Yoni Keselbrener

Lead Defi Protocol Risk management in Chaos Labs

lightblocks logo

Yoni Keselbrener

Senior Blockchain Software Engineer

Omer Ben-Porat is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Data and Decision Sciences at the Technion. His research focuses on the strategic, societal, and economic aspects of learning in multi-agent systems. He has been recognized with prestigious awards such as the J.P. Morgan PhD Fellowship, the Rothschild Postdoctoral Fellowship, and the Israeli Association for Artificial Intelligence Dissertation Award.

Prof. Omer Ben-Porat

Omer Ben-Porat is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Data and Decision Sciences at the Technion. His research focuses on the strategic, societal, and economic aspects of learning in multi-agent systems. He has been recognized with prestigious awards such as the J.P. Morgan PhD Fellowship, the Rothschild Postdoctoral Fellowship, and the Israeli Association for Artificial Intelligence Dissertation Award.

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Prof. Omer Ben-Porat

Research Scientist

Builder and Blockchain enthusiast with over twenty years in development

Gury Traub

Builder and Blockchain enthusiast with over twenty years in development

lightblocks logo

Gury Traub

Senior Blockchain Architect

Open source contributor, LLMDeep learning enthusiast, mega geek.

Ron Turetzky

Open source contributor, LLMDeep learning enthusiast, mega geek.

lightblocks logo

Ron Turetzky

Blockchain Developer

A sound engineer and self taught software developer

Francisco Baralle

A sound engineer and self taught software developer

lightblocks logo

Francisco Baralle

Blockchain Developer

Planning, Building & Implementing Strategies in the Digital Space

Reef Naaman

Planning, Building & Implementing Strategies in the Digital Space

lightblocks logo

Reef Naaman

Marketing & Business Development

Former Head of Crypto Department at UNKJD, VP Product & Research at Albert AI, background in Computer Science

Tomer Brandes

Former Head of Crypto Department at UNKJD, VP Product & Research at Albert AI, background in Computer Science

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Tomer Brandes

Token Architect

Managing employee relations, ensuring laws compliance and fostering a supportive and comfortable work environment.

Shiri Lee

Managing employee relations, ensuring laws compliance and fostering a supportive and comfortable work environment.

lightblocks logo

Shiri Lee

HR

Bachelor's degree in computer science and mathematics. Interested in game theory, distributed systems, and blockchain technologies in particular. Intrigued by the intersection of abstract theoretical concepts with real-world problems.

Alon Chayet

Bachelor's degree in computer science and mathematics. Interested in game theory, distributed systems, and blockchain technologies in particular. Intrigued by the intersection of abstract theoretical concepts with real-world problems.

lightblocks logo

Alon Chayet

Researcher

Sergei is a software developer with 15 years of experience in crafting diverse software products. His passion currently lies in smart contracts and DeFi. Holding a master's degree in applied mathematics, he brings a deep understanding of the mathematical principles underpinning his work

Sergei Liakh

Sergei is a software developer with 15 years of experience in crafting diverse software products. His passion currently lies in smart contracts and DeFi. Holding a master's degree in applied mathematics, he brings a deep understanding of the mathematical principles underpinning his work

lightblocks logo

Sergei Liakh

Blockchain Developer

Holds a diploma in microelectronics and nano-sensors engineering, but is passionate about building reliable cloud infrastructures and efficiently automating software delivery processes. Has more than 5 years of SRE/DevOps experience within the shipping and blockchain spaces.

Marios Aronis

Holds a diploma in microelectronics and nano-sensors engineering, but is passionate about building reliable cloud infrastructures and efficiently automating software delivery processes. Has more than 5 years of SRE/DevOps experience within the shipping and blockchain spaces.

lightblocks logo

Marios Aronis

DevOps Engineer

Ehsan is a software engineer with 10 years of software and 4 years of blockchain development experiences. He is the Director of Blockchain & Transactive Energy at IEMS Solutions. He has a solid skillset in designing and developing micro-services and distributed services. He is most interested in different distributed ledger technologies such as blockchain and contributed to different projects such as Cosmos, THORChain, THORSwap, Osmosis and etc.

Ehsan Saradar

Ehsan is a software engineer with 10 years of software and 4 years of blockchain development experiences. He is the Director of Blockchain & Transactive Energy at IEMS Solutions. He has a solid skillset in designing and developing micro-services and distributed services. He is most interested in different distributed ledger technologies such as blockchain and contributed to different projects such as Cosmos, THORChain, THORSwap, Osmosis and etc.

lightblocks logo

Ehsan Saradar

Blockchain Developer

Hands-on content & community manager fueled by a passion for blockchain's potential and building bridges between the community and innovative projects.

Heinrich Tessendorf

Hands-on content & community manager fueled by a passion for blockchain's potential and building bridges between the community and innovative projects.

lightblocks logo

Heinrich Tessendorf

Content & Community manager

5+ years of experience in Blockchain technologies and 15+ in Software engineering. Extensive expertise in the areas of stable coins, security tokens, lending and staking protocols, DIDs and compliance tools design and development. Led the full lifecycle development of various DeFi products, overseeing everything from conceptualization to implementation and deployment with a strong emphasis on security and optimization

Tetiana Afonina

5+ years of experience in Blockchain technologies and 15+ in Software engineering. Extensive expertise in the areas of stable coins, security tokens, lending and staking protocols, DIDs and compliance tools design and development. Led the full lifecycle development of various DeFi products, overseeing everything from conceptualization to implementation and deployment with a strong emphasis on security and optimization

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Tetiana Afonina

Senior Blockchain Engineer