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Ontology is a high performance, public blockchain specializing in decentralized identity and data. Ontology’s unique infrastructure supports robust cross-chain collaboration and Layer 2 scalability, offering businesses the flexibility to design a blockchain that suits their needs. With a suite of decentralized identity and data sharing protocols to enhance speed, security, and trust, Ontology’s features include ONT ID, a mobile digital ID application and DID used throughout the ecosystem, and DDXF, a decentralized data exchange and collaboration framework. For more, visit ont.io.

The Team

Jun Li

Founder
Jun Li is the founder of Ontology. He is a highly regarded blockchain solutions architect with 17 years’ experience in IT and fintech. Li previously provided support in areas such as technical architecture, management, and planning to top international IT firms and major financial exchanges, playing leading roles at the China Financial Futures Exchange and Infosys. Li holds a BA in Computer Science and an MSc in Communication Engineering from one of China’s most prestigious universities, as well as an MBA from the University of Manchester. He is also a certified Project Management Professional.

Gloria Wu

Chief of Ecosystem Partnerships
Gloria Wu is Chief of Global Ecosystem Partnerships at Ontology. With a wealth of experience ranging from consultancy and product marketing, to operations and social enterprise, Gloria previously served as the VP of Investment and Accelerations at Blue Elephant Capital, a leader in marketplace lending investing, where she focused on early stage EdTech incubation, acceleration, and seed investment.
Gloria has also held senior roles at DHL, the world's largest logistics company, and AIESEC, the world's largest youth-run organization, where she served as Director of Global Experience, Product Management, and Marketing.

Nick Zhang

Head of Business & Strategy
Nick Zhang is Head of Business & Strategy at Ontology. He is an expert in business development and brand marketing, with an MS in Financial Econometrics from John Hopkins University and a B.A in Mathematics from Boston University. Nick joined the blockchain industry in 2018 as a crypto investor in San Francisco, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge on the wider blockchain world. He has also participated and invested in global projects, including DoraHacks, Fcoin, 0x, Bibox, etc.

Erick Pinos

Americas Ecosystem Lead
Erick Pinos is the Americas Ecosystem Lead at Ontology. Erick also serves as the President of the Blockchain Education Network (BEN), a six-year-old global network of blockchain clubs, students, professors, and alumni. Erick has a BS in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he was the President of the MIT Bitcoin Club, as well as a researcher at the MIT Digital Currency Initiative.

Ning Hu

Chief of Technology
Ning Hu is a Senior Tech Lead, DIU at Ontology.
As one of the first Semantic Web experts in China, Ning Hu has almost two decades of experience in software development and high-level technology. As an early entrant into the world of emerging technology, Ning Hu joined Project Halo, an initiative by Paul Allen, Co-founder of Microsoft in 2008, where his role focused on the development of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Hu also assisted in the establishment of leading fintech company Green Dot’s subsidiary in China, where he worked as Development Manager. He has extensive experience in enterprise resource planning, digitization of government affairs, gaming platforms, and media streaming.
Ning Hu graduated from Southeast University with a degree in Computer Science.

Dr. Kendall Mao

Chief Scientist
Dr. Kendall Mao is Dean of the Ontology Research Institute. With a PhD in cryptography from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Dr. Mao is committed to driving the innovation and research of blockchain and cryptography, as well as real world use case application. His expertise lies in blockchain consensus mechanisms, blockchain privacy protection, and data security. Dr. Mao is a prestigious academic and his research has been featured in multiple international journals in the field of cryptography.

Humpty Calderon

Head of Community
Humpty Calderon is Head of Community at Ontology. A passionate technologist and marketer with over 15 years of experience in building successful businesses across education, fintech and information technology, Humpty has helped to deliver impactful solutions that improve communication and collaboration across multiple global organisations. His wealth of expertise in community building, product management and marketing has helped trusted fintech and DeFi initiatives grow across multiple blockchains, as well as securing significant value in staking validators, automatic market makers and cryptocurrency wallets.
Humpty’s mission is to make blockchain accessible to everyone and empower people through meaningful engagement and accessible onramps. He is excited to advance decentralized identity and data with Ontology through education, events and more.

Morio Katayama

Japan Ecosystem Lead
Morio Katayama is Japan Ecosystem Lead at Ontology. Since January 2020, Morio has led the business development, PR and marketing activities for Ontology in Japan, providing support to Japanese users and organizing information sessions and events to expand the business and its community.
After graduating from Keio University with a degree in Economics, he expanded into supply chain management in North America and Asia. Driven by a desire to look outside the traditional bounds of International Financial Architecture, Morio began exploring crypto assets and blockchain. He honed his skills by working in community and project management roles for blockchain projects, as well as founding the NinjaTech LLC in September 2018.

Advisors

Matsuyama KITAO Takayuki

After working for one of the largest specialized trading companies in Japan, a foreign financial institution, and a Japanese consulting firm, he has been working as an advisor for a start-up IT venture.

John Izaguirre

John Izaguirre is Europe Ecosystem Lead at Ontology. John has a vast array of experience in collaborating with multiple stakeholders to determine audience interest and develop strategic go-to-market communication plans that align with the company’s creative business priorities and initiatives.
In addition to this, John has a certification in Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies from Princeton University, a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Affairs from San Francisco State University, and an MBA from Universidad Isabel I.

Ontology Harbinger

Zaid AI-Khalili

English Community
Zaid discovered Ontology in December 2017 and became Ontology’s first community manager in January 2018. Before getting involved in blockchain, Zaid graduated with an honours in Global Business Management and worked for several years as a Logistics Specialist for a transportation company based in Toronto, Canada.

Aweda Ismail Lekan

English Community
Ismail, also known as the helpful “Hamzat”, has been working as an English administrator with Ontology since September 2018. Hamzat embarked on his quest to become a crypto enthusiast two years ago when he stumbled across Ontology. Hamzat was amazed at the team’s expertise and the message of Ontology. Outside of his role at Ontology, he runs a procurement company specializing in engineering materials and laptops.

Andrei Trandafira

English Community
Andrei joined Ontology in March 2018 as an admin for the Romanian and trading community. He has an MA in Philosophy and Logics and is currently doing a Ph.D. in Political Science on the subject of how to trust blockchain and how it can improve social and political institutions.

Emilio Fernández

Spanish Community
Emilio created and has been working as an admin for the Ontology Spanish community since March 2018. Passionate about blockchain, he is enthusiastic about helping to grow the Ontology community.

Ľuboš Vyhňár

Trading community
Ľuboš, also known to our community as DuMonT, joined Ontology in May 2019. He created and built the Ontology Czech and Slovak community, and provides localization services to help his local community to understand Ontology better. He recently joined our trading community as an admin. In his day-to-day job Ľuboš works as a CAD designer.

Hakan Yıldırım

Turkish Community
As a long-time supporter of Ontology, Hakan officially joined the Ontology Turkish community as an admin inJune 2018. As well as being an experienced lecturer, he has over 16 years experience as a freelance front-end developer. Currently, he is a Ph.D. candidate at the world's fourth-largest university, Anadolu University, whicheducates more than 2 million students —, He also received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from this university. His Ph.D. focuses on the topic of identifying research priorities and needs in blockchain technologies for open and distance learning. He will attend Purdue University in the United States as the RCODI research fellow from August 2020.

Duy Trung

Vietnamese Community
Duy Trung is Ontology’s Vietnamese community admin and Co-founder of a popular cryptocurrency community in Vietnam. He is well connected to the local communities in Vietnam, and regularly carries out research on blockchain security technology. While aiming to foster the growth of Ontology, he has successfully grown the Ontology Vietnamese community into Ontology’s second largest overseas community.

Dilip Ishara

Sinhala Community
Dilip Ishara has been working as our Sinhala community admin since June 2019. Using his experience in internet marketing and communications, Dilip built one of our fastest-growing communities in Sri Lanka. A crypto enthusiast, Dilip has helped a number of blockchain projects achieve great success by providing a consultancy service with a specific focus on marketing, PR, and communications.

Jatin Kalra

Hindi Community
Jatin joined the Ontology Hindi Community as an admin in July 2019, and has been developing and expanding the Ontology Hindi Community ever since. With great patience and flexibility, Jatin excels at creating a positive and calm atmosphere in the Ontology Hindi community. His proactive approach and friendly behavior make him a people person, which has led the Indian community to thrive. Jatin believes customer support is crucial, which is what he does best.

Milestones

27/11/2017
Official launch in New York City
27/12/2017
Joined the Decentralized Identity Foundation (DIF)
20/04/2018
VBFT consensus algorithm released
20/05/2018
Ontology's Triones Consensus System Economic Model released
30/06/2018
Ontology MainNet launched
02/07/2018
ONTO app released
22/08/2018
ONT DID added to the W3C-CCG DID Method Registry
09/12/2018
Ontology chosen to be part of Microsoft Accelerator
28/12/2018
Ontology Sharding design announced
22/02/2019
Ontology Development Platform is added to Google Cloud Platform Marketplace
21/05/2019
Ontology Wasm TestNet launched
23/05/2019
World's first cross-chain TestNet launched
13/06/2019
Two Ontology-proposed blockchain standards approved unanimously by IEEE
30/06/2019
Ontology MainNet in stable operation for one year
09/07/2019
Ontology White Paper 2.0 released
14/10/2019
Ontology Multi-VM launched
22/01/2020
ONT FS released
14/02/2020
Blockchain SaaS Framework (Add-on Store) alpha released
02/04/2020
Ontology Wasm-JIT released
30/05/2020
Ontology Layer 2 released
02/06/2020
ONT ID 2.0 upgraded
28/06/2020
Ontology DDXF 2.0 released
30/06/2020
Ontology 2.0 launched
16/09/2020
Wing Finance launched