Highly Experienced Leadership Team

Vinay Gupta

Founder & CEO

Vinay Gupta is Founder and CEO of Mattereum. He is a leading figure in the blockchain space, having coordinated the release of the blockchain platform Ethereum in July 2015, and was a strategic architect for ConsenSys Systems, a technology hub focusing on the Ethereum blockchain and related applications.

He helped architect the National Blockchain Strategy for Dubai. He has been involved in commercial software development since 1992, with long stints in energy policy and defence think tanks, and his experience as a programmer and visionary has covered fields as diverse as medical imaging, flight simulation, cryptographic applications and the web, as well as energy policy, disaster relief, and grand strategy for poverty alleviation.

A futurist interested in the technological transformation of society and commerce, Vinay has a strong track record of thought leadership in environmental and infrastructure risk, failing states, energy policy (with five years at the Rocky Mountain Institute) and disaster management.

He was on the editorial team of Small is Profitable, the winner of the 2003 Economist Book of the Year, and has contributed to US Department of Defense research, advised Arup on urban resilience and was associate fellow at the UCl Institute for Security and Resilience.

He has long had a humanitarian concern with the condition of the poorest in society and disaster relief. He invented the cheap, simple, non-patented and open-source hexayurt refugee shelter which has gone on to become iconic in the Burning Man counter-culture. In his techno-realist view, technology and engineering, including blockchain, can contribute to positive social and commercial transformation and help deal with resource scarcity.

Anton Shelupanov

Managing Director

Anton is Mattereum’s Managing Director. He oversees the company’s overall operations, governance, delivery and public affairs functions. Prior to joining Mattereum Anton has led major international initiatives in the justice and policy fields.

He has worked with dozens of governments and judicial systems in Europe, Asia, America and Australia, written legislation for nation states, and developed transnational policy and strategic guidance for international government bodies such as the UNODC and the World Health Organisation. Anton has managed teams in settings including academia, charities and the private sector. He is the author of two books, several reports and many articles. He was educated at Oxford University.

Dr. James Hester FRSA

Head of Ontology

James, Mattereum’s Head of Ontology, brings twenty years of experience documenting and caring for priceless objects in the museum and heritage world to gathering and organising the information which forms Mattereum Asset Passports. Prior to joining Mattereum, James served as a curator and educator for a number of museums in the US and the UK, most notably as Royal Armouries Curator of Collections at the Tower of London. He received his PhD in 2018 from the University of Southampton anaylysing medieval arms and armour to better understand how they were used.

Thomas Barker

Consulting Engineer

Thomas is Mattereum’s Lead Technologist with responsibility for overseeing and implementing our infrastructure build. He is an experienced fintech software developer with a background of working across multiple in-house exchanges and trading systems. He was formerly with BullionVault. He holds an SII Certificate in Securities & Financial Derivatives.