Board of Directors
Vanessa Grellet is a Global Executive with over 17 years of expertise in the Financial Services and Tech industry. At ConsenSys she focuses on Enterprise and Strategic initiatives including the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA), the Accounting Blockchain coalition (ABC) and leads the Blockchain for Social Impact Coalition (BSIC). Prior to Joining ConsenSys she was the CEO of IIH a Wealth Management firm, a key member of PwC’s global wealth management team and served as a corporate strategy executive for the NYSE managing a portfolio of strategic projects, partnerships and M&A focusing on Derivatives, Cash markets, Clearing, Listing, Market data and Regulatory reform. She is a former securities lawyer and worked for various regulators. She chairs the Nexus Working Group on Impact Investing, dedicated to educating, empowering, and connecting Next-Gen impact investors, philanthropists, and social entrepreneurs. Vanessa is an Advisory Board member of Cornerstone Capital, an ESG asset manager, sits on the Advisory Board of The Resolution Project dedicated to activating young leaders through social entrepreneurship and is a Partner at Acumen fund focused on impact investing. She is a Milken Institute Young Leader and a Young Leader Board member of the Off the Record lectures series (OTR) affiliated with the Foreign Policy Association. Mrs. Grellet graduated Cum Laude from Law School (Paris II Assas) and Business School (HEC).
Rhett Godfrey is a director at the social impact firm Boma Investments. As a social entrepreneur, educator, published author, and serial-founder of several leading initiatives for impact, Rhett enjoys redefining what is possible through radical collaboration for social good. He has started and strategically directs several multi-stakeholder initiatives in fields as diverse as ethical fashion and youth action for the UN Sustainable Development Goals. His interest in Blockchain is social rather than technological, helping organizations form the human foundations of decentralized interconnected high-tech solutions.
Yorke Rhodes III
Yorke E. Rhodes III is a passionate technologist with broad interests, always drawn to the next shiny object. He earned a BS in Computer Science from NYU’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. He has worked in industry for over 20 years, across large enterprises such as Microsoft and IBM and startups in wireless, mobile, digital marketing and ecommerce. At Goldman Sachs Investment Bank he built their first wireless internet ingress and advised bankers in wireless, telecom and media. His perspectives are informed by his experiences as a young developer where he witnessed the beginnings of client server databases, OS/2’s demise, clamshell laptops, obscure languages like ada, lisp and paradox and the birth of the internet as we know it today. While teaching about bitcoin for many years, his interest was piqued by blockchain during the summer of 2015 with the launch of Ethereum. He is currently Principal Program Manager, Azure Blockchain Engineering at Microsoft working on blockchain and looking at various levers to help mature and accelerate this exciting nascent industry. Yorke is also an Adjunct Professor at NYU where he has taught Digital Marketing and Intrapreneurship and currently teaches Ecommerce with a healthy dose of blockchain.
Sophie Gu is a technical researcher and a business analyst at ConsenSys. She is currently leading engagements with multiple agencies of the UN and marquee clients of the financial services sector. Sophie has been building the BSIC community from the very beginning, organizing the first two incubators and flagship BSIC conferences since 2017. She is also engaged in the impact investing community at NEXUS, having conversations with leading innovators and investors such as the IDB, Nesta, Upstart Co-lab, the ImPact, the Nature Conservancy, and Encourage Capital. Previously she was a researcher at Ashoka Social Finance Services and the Development Research Institute at NYU. Sophie has a Master’s degree in Economics from NYU and a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Statistics from NYU Stern School of Business.
Susie’s career started in international development creating dive site protectorates in the Red Sea, ecotourism in the Siwa desert oasis, social awareness campaigns for solid waste management in Palestine, and Debt-for-Nature Swap finance mechanisms in Romania. These activities are now part of a larger movement to measure and foster the well-being of a community or society called “Social Impact”. After her work with The World Bank and USAID, Susie settled in New York City and continued to educate disenfranchised populations through tech transfer and capacity building programs. Then she read about Blockchain and learned that Syrians in Jordanian refugee camps were receiving World Food Programme aid via Blockchain which eliminated high bank fees for the UN, fraud and bureaucracy. She worked at ConsenSys Academy, the learning arm focused on driving knowledge of the Ethereum blockchain. Bringing together her passions for international development and blockchain, she is excited and honored to be on the Board of Advisors of BSIC.
Robert serves the Global Social Impact Lead at Consensys and brings 8 years of blockchain experience to the firm, having entered the ecosystem in 2011. Robert co-founded the ConsenSys Social Impact practice to create an organization dedicated to the application of blockchain technology across all social impact vectors. He also co-founded the Blockchain for Social Impact Coalition Foundation, the first social sector consortium initiative in the blockchain ecosystem. Since co-developing the ConsenSys social impact practice, he has deployed over half a dozen blockchain-enabled solutions in the social sector and has worked with organizations including the US State Department, UNOPS, Lane Crawford Joyce, the Human Rights Foundation, Harvard SHINE, and many others. Some of these projects include the first US State Department blockchain grantee project, solutions that positively effect sexual assault reporting in California, and making Syrian war crime evidence immutable for submission to International Criminal Court, as well as creating the first blockchain enabled cash transfer programming consortium for crypto-startups and social sector stakeholders to work together: the Bifrost Initiative. Prior to joining ConsenSys, Robert spent his professional career at Goldman Sachs, Teach for America, and most recently, Cisco Systems. Robert holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, a Masters in Business Administration from Emory University, and a Certificate in Disruptive Strategy from Harvard University.
Ravi has over 25 years of professional experience in enterprise technology, business process services and consulting. He is currently a consultant and advisor in enterprise cloud procurement, migration, digital transformation and governance applications. He served as a mentor for the BSIC incubator in 2018. In addition, he is a co-founder and current treasurer of Stanford Startups New York, an alumni club focused on building the Stanford-alum startup and entrepreneur community in New York. Outside of the professional space, he is a patron and trustee of the Carnatic Music Association of North America, a longstanding Indian classical music organization in New Jersey. He is also a performing classical violinist. In his prior professional career, Ravi´s background included cofounding OfficeTiger (sold to RR Donnelley in 2007 for 250mm) and Pride BPO – among the earliest business process outsourcing organizations with large offshore operations. He also program-managed a multi-year business transformation effort at Bridgewater Associates. He holds a MS from Stanford and BSE from Princeton.
Whitey is an Avid Learner, Tech Enthusiast, Social Entrepreneur, Blockchain Developer and Angel Investor. Whitney graduated from Howard University with a degree in Computer Science in May 2019 and is also proud graduate of Founder Gym, a Venture Capital Fellow at HBCUvc, a Developer Evangelist at Major League Hacking and a Software and Blockchain Developer at Microsoft. Since her exposure to Silicon Valley and Entrepreneurship in 2017, she deduces that technology and blockchain represent tools that can be used to bring about positive change and equal opportunity for all in the developing world and beyond. As such, she has embarked on a journey that will help her grow and execute across technology, entrepreneurship and ecosystem building. She is excited to be an advisor to Blockchain for Social Impact Coalition where she is able to combine her passions and mentor founding teams in the social impact space.
Mary Dwyer is an Analyst at Reinvestment Fund, a nonprofit with $1.1B of impact investment capital under management. There, she integrates technology into all areas of business to increase access and equity in commercial loan originations for affordable housing, healthcare facilities, schools and other community projects that revitalize neighborhoods across the country. Mary received her Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from The Cooper Union, where she also served on the Board of Trustees and played an integral role in the school’s financial plan to provide free education to all admitted students. During her time in college, Mary interned for ConsenSys and The Walt Disney Company as a blockchain engineer. In these roles, Mary researched symmetric and asymmetric cryptosystems and their application in blockchains, architected an interoperable electronic health record system for submission to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, and designed an identity system that augments the security and autonomy of user data across Disney and its partner companies. In her time outside of work, Mary takes classes at the Fels Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, volunteers with Sunrise Movement, and advises on Digital Identity projects with the Blockchain for Social Impact Coalition.
Thessy Mehrain has been creating innovative digital solutions for more than 15 years across several domains. As Director of Product & Innovation at ConsenSys, co-Founder of Liquality, and Founder of Women in Blockchain, Thessy’s focus is on increasing social and economic inclusion through blockchain solutions. Her project Liquality.io enables unintermediated value exchange for financial inclusion and frictionless global interactions across different blockchains. At ConsenSys, she also worked on self-sovereign identity, supply chains, and with the Social Impact team. In 2016, Thessy founded ‘Women in Blockchain’, a decentralized global community that is governed by common principles to be a catalyst for women defining the blockchain space. Previously, Thessy was the Vice President of Product Strategy at JPMorgan’s investment bank, worked with Occupy’s Alternative Banking Group, and co-founded Reviews.com, a scientific peer reviews system. She is a multi-national who embraces the global culture of New York City.
Cody Born is a Software Engineer passionate about improving the world using blockchain technology. Cody recently started working at cLabs, the company behind the Celo blockchain. Celo’s mission is to bring financial inclusion and prosperity to everyone in the world. Prior to cLabs, he worked for two years as an engineer on the Azure Blockchain team, helping Microsoft and its enterprise customers leverage blockchain for solving real-world problems. While on this team he’s worked on a handful of blockchain products and services including Ethereum Logic Apps, Azure Blockchain Service, and Decentralized Identity. Cody is particularly interested in blockchain-based governance systems and has recently been involved in the RadicalxChange community. Before diving into blockchain he spent five years fighting online abuse, leveraging machine learning and big data to identify attacks and employed economic models to disincentivize future abuse. Cody has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from the University of California, San Diego.
Tegan Kline is the former International Business Development Manager and OXT Relations Lead for Orchid, an A16z and Sequoia-backed blockchain company. At Orchid, they are creating tools and protocols for users to obtain digital freedom and open and accessible internet. Tegan’s professional experience has been with Fortune 500’s and startups, most recently as Executive VP of a patent marketplace powered by blockchain, analyzed by AI. She began her career in Investment Banking at BAML and, prior to discovering blockchain, worked in Sales and Trading at Barclays. Tegan is working to redistribute resources and income using blockchain and AI with Nature 2.0, Co-Author and Partner of Blockchain Code of Ethics, Head of the U.S. for Triangles, a group that supports female founders and Ambassador to Buckminster Fuller Institute, helping to make the world work for 100% of us.
With a background in experiential marketing and creative strategy, Simona is passionate about the potential blockchain has in leveling the playing field in terms of access to information, resource and global opportunity. Previously the co-founder of the Bounties Network, Simona is Chief Engagement Officer for OST and the Pepo app and her work is all about broadening access to blockchain applications for everyone and empowering communities through token economics.
Adam Wiedemann is a civic technologist who takes a human-centered approach to advanced technology. Adam led several projects at the City of Austin’s Innovation Office. These projects include Austin’s Smart City Plan and the MyPass Digital Identity Project, a blockchain-based application that enables people experiencing homelessness to store important identity documents in a secure digital locker, and gives them access to digital notarization tools in order to transform scanned IDs into legally executable documents. Prior to his work in civic tech, Adam spent 11 years at Lexmark in such roles as Portfolio Manager for Advanced Technology, Co-Founder of Lexmark’s VR lab, and IoT principal architect for the Robotics division. He served on Lexmark’s software IP committee and help co-found Lexmark’s internal innovation team Adam received a BS in Computer Engineering from Purdue University.