Meet the Visionaries Behind the Saga Protocol

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    Rebecca Liao

    Co-Founder & CEO

    Rebecca Liao considers herself one of the crazies who can dream her craziest dreams everyday, and the greatest mission is to give others that same privilege. Prior to Saga, she was a Co-Founder, Advisor and COO at Skuchain, a currency agnostic blockchain for global trade and a World Economic Forum Tech Pioneer for 2019. In 2020, the World Trade Organization named Skuchain one of the top three blockchain companies in trade and supply chain finance. Under her leadership, Skuchain’s platform grew to $5 billion+ in annual volume. She is currently Advisor to Sommelier Protocol, where she is designing their DAO to optimize for governance, platform growth & regulatory compliance. She is also a Fellow at the Stanford Program in Law, Science and Technology.

    Prior to Skuchain, Rebecca was Director of Business Development and Head of Asia at Globality, Inc., a Softbank-backed B2B unicorn for AI-powered procurement of professional services. She was a member of President Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign, advising on China, technology and Asia economic policy. She also served on Secretary Clinton’s foreign policy team for her 2016 presidential campaign, responsible for Asia trade and economic policy. She began her career as an international corporate attorney at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP. Rebecca is also a widely published writer and has appeared in the New York Times, Financial Times and Foreign Affairs, among many other publications.

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    Jin Kwon

    Co-Founder & CSO

    Jin co-founded Saga to make app chains more accessible to developers. Prior to Saga, Jin was an executive at Tendermint, the development company that helped launch the Cosmos Hub.

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    Jacob McDorman

    Co-Founder & CTO

    Building. Please bugger off.

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    Bogdan Alexandrescu

    Co-Founder & VP of Engineering

    Bogdan Alexandrescu is a technology expert, an entrepreneur with two exists in his past, and an industry leader with a strong background in start-ups within the technology, fintech, and business consulting sectors. As a Partner at Blocktech Ventures and a passionate angel investor and advisor, he remains at the forefront of innovative developments in the industry.

    As a co-founder and VP of Engineering at Saga, Bogdan is responsible for creating and scaling Saga's Engineering organization tasked with building Saga's state-of-the-art technology, products, and services.

    Before his role at Saga, he worked with Apple & Twitter where he excelled as an engineering leader, managing engineering organizations focused on developing cutting-edge solutions in areas of Ads, Data Engineering, large-scale ML/AI, and infrastructure projects. Bogdan's expertise extends across various domains, including engineering management, software development, and project leadership. His educational background includes a master's degree in Computer Science from the University of California, Davis, where he achieved outstanding academic performance and Management, Business Administration, and Leadership from HBS.

    Actively involved in leadership affiliations, Bogdan is a valued member of organizations such as the Bitcoin Foundation, Ethereum Foundation, BIC, and more. His commitment to making a positive impact extends beyond his professional endeavors, as evidenced by his previous role as the President of Rotary, reflecting his dedication to community development and service.

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    Drew Beaudry

    Community Manager

    Drew is a Mechanical Engineer by training but fell down the crypto rabbit hole in 2018 and never looked back. After helping run an ATOM marketing DAO with Zaki Manian & Jack Zampolin, he began working under Jin Kwon at Tendermint. He was the first non executive employee for Saga and was given a blank slate to build out the Saga brand, community, & marketing efforts with the executive branch. Outside of work, you can find Drew in the mountains hiking/snowboarding, hanging out his Golden Doodle Maximus, or slaying demons in Diablo 4!

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    Tina Dao

    Operations

    Tina possesses a wealth of experience in operations and program management, having accumulated over 15 years of expertise at Sephora HQ, Well Fargo, and Cisco Systems before joining Saga. Beyond her professional achievements, Tina is an entrepreneur at heart, driven by a passion for innovation and growth. In her free time, she embraces her adventurous spirit by traveling to new destinations and connecting with diverse individuals. These experiences fuel her creativity and broaden her perspective, enabling her to bring fresh insights to her professional endeavors.

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    Josh Moser

    Finance

    Bio coming soon...

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    Brian Luk

    Blockchain Core Engineer

    Brian is the founding engineer at Saga. Combining his deep passion for web3 with his experience in the blockchain, finance, and SaaS sectors, he built out early iterations of Saga's product and continues to lead their development efforts with a product and user-first mindset. Before his tenure at Saga, Brian distinguished himself as a software engineer at Tendermint, contributing to and advocating for projects including the Ignite CLI, Cosmos SDK, and Tendermint. Brian received his Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology at the age of 20. He is part of the crypto class of 2017.

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    Roman Kollar

    Senior Blockchain Infra Engineer

    Roman Kollár is a Senior Blockchain Infra Engineer at Saga working on the protocol and validator services. He is based in Czech Republic. He studied Computer Science at Masaryk University in Czech Republic, while working as an intern at Red Hat, helping with the development and testing of core Linux utilities.

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    Ashish Chandra

    Senior Blockchain Infra Engineer

    Ashish has over 20 years of experience working in software design and development and is a problem solver at heart. After working in various industries such as telecom, banking and retail, Ashish discovered his love for blockchain and related technologies and has not looked back. Ashish loves music and writing, and very frequently travels to Colorado to recharge his batteries.

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    Konstantin Munichev

    Senior Engineer

    A Golang developer with background in distributed systems, blockchain and security field. Started to work in blockchain area in late 2016. Before joining Saga, worked on Hyperledger Iroha blockchain and FastBFT consensus algorithm.

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    Tho Nguyen

    Senior Program Manager

    Tho has over ten years of experience in Program Management & Strategic Operations, with a passion and proven track record for driving initiatives forward. Previously, she built node programs for robust, decentralized networks at DFINITY and The Lifted Initiative. Tho also grew the developer ecosystem at Samsung for emerging technology, such as VR and IoT. In her free time, you can find Tho dancing at a concert or wakeboarding with friends.

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    Emanuel Mazzilli

    Senior Software Engineer

    Emanuel graduated from University of Modena (Italy), BS in Computer Engineering in 2010, MS in Software Engineering in 2013 (Summa Cum Laude). From 2012 to 2014 he worked as researcher for Mercedes Benz (Palo Alto, CA) focusing on vehicle to vehicle network protocols for safety purpose. He specialized in mobile development working on the main app for Twitter (ads infra) and Facebook (News Feed), between 2014 and 2018. In 2019 he was the Head of Infrastructure for the biggest Italian party, building an online voting platform for primary elections (Rousseau). From 2020 to 2023 Emanuel worked as Software Engineer for Robinhood in Palo Alto, CA. He focused on the debit card transactions processing and on the crypto non custodial wallet. He has been involved in the crypto industry since 2016 as advisor and contributor in several projects. In 2023 he joined Saga.

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