The ERGO Team has a solid background in core development with cryptocurrencies and blockchain frameworks including NXT, Scorex, CARDANO and WAVES. Explore our key research. Below are brief biographies for some of the core ERGO team but there are many other developers and community members involved, some of whom are anonymous.
“Ergo is an extremely exciting project run by IOHK alums Dmitry and Alex. I'm happy to see it grow and evolve.”
Core and Ecosystem Development
Active in blockchain since 2011, Chepurnoy (kushti) has written over 20 academic papers and more than 15 years experience in software development. Co-founder of ERGO, he was also a co-founder of smartcontract.com (now Chainlink), a core developer at NXT, and one of the first employees at IOHK, where he was a Research Fellow and Team Scorex Manager.
Meshkov (catena) has a PhD in physics and over 10 years experience in software development. He has written several peer-reviewed papers on crypto and has worked with Chepurnoy on the Scorex project since 2015. Co-founder and Core Developer at ERGO, Meshkov was an RD Researcher at IOHK, focussed on building a framework for blockchain prototyping.
Slesarenko (morphic) is an ERGO Foundation Board Member and graduate of Applied Mathematics from Udmurt State University. He is founder of Scalan and has extensive experience in software development as a team leader, architect and researcher. Slesarenko is a Blockchain Core Developer and Lead Developer of ErgoScript at ERGO, and an Expert Team Leader at Huawei Research Lab.
Kornacki, the creator and host of the Ergo Cast, has been an ERGO community member from day 1 and has been involved with Cardano since 2017. In 2019, he was named a dLab/EMURGO Fellow.
Mark is an Ergo Foundation member and works across various roles in Ergo. As a Computing Science graduate with a personal passion for improving inclusive systems, he is also the Technical Director for Disabled Students UK CIC, a non-profit, named as one of the most influential disability-led organisations in the UK.
Zadorozhnyi (greenhat) is a Software Engineer.
Saxena (scalahub) is a Software Engineer, co-author of many papers.
Mohammad Hasan Samadani
Mohammad (mhs_sam) has a PhD in computer science and over 12 years of experience in security and software development as product owner, researcher, and team leader. He developed the ERGO mining softwares, Stratum server, and ergopool (smart contract based pool to bypass pool-resistancy of Autolykos v1) and became an ERGO Foundation Board Member in 2020.
Joseph has been involved in crypto on the investment side since 2013, and was a partner CIO at Big Bear Investments. Joseph has been on the board of Universal Education Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization since 2008. He brings a passion for counter economic frameworks, and tools for social good. His role as business developer is creating partnerships in the crypto industry as well as educational partnerships, research opportunities and driving the adoption of Ergo tooling in the public and non-profit sectors.
Oskin (oskin1) is a Software Engineer, Lead Scala Developer at mail.ru.
Knizhnik has a PhD in Computer Science and is an experienced Software Solution Architect.
Kharin is a Researcher and a co-author, along with Alexander Chepurnoy and Dmitry Meshkov, of ‘Self-Reproducing Coins as Universal Turing Machine’, a novel approach towards achieving Turing-completeness of a blockchain system.
Aksarin is a Scala backend developer. Graduated from Saint Petersburg ITMO University with a Masters in Computer Science. He has worked for companies such as Siemens Business Services, Gazprom, and Yandex.
Others Members of Core and Ecosystem Development Team
Promotion and Community Management
Martin (mx) is an engineer and graduate in Automatics and Robotics. He has over 5 years experience in crypto and is a co-founder of the WAVES Platform. Martin is an ERGO Foundation Board Member and passionate about open, truly decentralised blockchain technology.
Justin has 13 years of Investment Banking experience and has been involved with crypto and Bitcoin since 2013. Now an ERGO Board Member and exclusively focused on crypto, he is most passionate about open, permissionless and decentralised blockchain platforms.
Guillermo (mentalist420) has been involved in the Blockchain ecosystem since 2014. He is an ERGO Community Manager and dedicates his time and energy into being an essential conduit, strategist and advisor for the community and the projects he supports.
Guy is an ERGO Community Volunteer and author of many of the excellent Blogs
Filippo has been a blockchain and Bitcoin enthusiast since 2013. He is a co-founder of the Blockchain Education Network, a consultant and advisor Crea Network, COO of the Lescovex Exchange and an ERGO Community Volunteer.
Sakata, otherwise known as Ollie, has volunteered for the role as co-host for the Ergo Cast to assist in delivering its vision. Ollie is a member within the ERGO community and is studying towards a degree in Computing outside of the podcast.