Leadership Team

Vinay Gupta

Vinay Gupta is Founder and CEO of Mattereum. He is a leading figure in the blockchain space, having co-ordinated the release of the blockchain platform Ethereum in July 2015, and was 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 Renaissance man and 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.

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Anton Shelupanov

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.

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Dr James Hester

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. 

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Ian Grigg

Ian Grigg is Mattereum’s Chief Scientist. A renowned financial cryptographer who has been active in this space since 1995, Ian is inventor of both Ricardian Contracts and triple-entry accounting.

Educated at the University of South Wales (BSc Hons, Computer Science) and the London Business School (MBA Executive), Ian went on to specialise in financial cryptography and security and risk management. He spent six  years with CAcert, the community-driven certification authority, as independent auditor, in its strategy and governance and then software development. He currently consults on P2P and has been working to develop an EOS with Dan Larimer and Block.One.

Ricardian Contracts represent the canonical design pattern for tying a legal contract to a digital asset issued over the internet and is central to the Mattereum platform. Triple entry accounting merges cryptography and bookkeeping to eliminate reconciliation and allow accounts to be shared. Bitcoin was the first large-scale triple entry system, rightly regarded as a potentially revolutionary advance on the double entry bookkeeping first found in the accounts of the Republic of Genoa in 1340.

Ian’s primary area of continuing research is in the exploration and construction of the next generation of identity and governance systems for users and he has advised many blockchain startups on best architecture and business models.

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