Introducing the GoChain Steering Committee
2021 has been nothing short of incredible for the blockchain space. Public companies are investing and diversifying their balance sheets with digital assets, in addition to implementing new blockchain technology initiatives. For the first time, enterprises are recognizing the importance of blockchain and can’t deny its impending mass adoption.
The GoChain Foundation has worked tirelessly preparing for this moment, and we’re ready. As we grow the network with additional nodes, partners and initiatives, we believe the future is very bright. We’re excited to announce appointments for the recently announced Steering Committee.
To recap, the GoChain Foundation Steering Committee will be the first member-driven governance group instituted in the governance framework rollout. The group is committed to driving GoChain adoption and making decisions that will ensure GoChain’s long term sustainability. Community improvement proposals that meet the minimum threshold to advance will then be formally reviewed and voted on by the Steering Committee to determine if the proposal advances to official community wide vote.
The Committee is composed of seven members representing various parties interested in the success of the Network. Seats are allocated to represent the following groups:
● Two Members are appointed to represent the GoChain Foundation
● Three Members are appointed to represent the GoChain Signing Node Consortium
● Two Members are appointed to represent External Stakeholders
Representing the GoChain Foundation
Henry Ines — CEO
Henry is a global executive with 20+ years of professional experiences to include more than a decade as a VC working in Silicon Valley and Asia. He currently serves on the Steering Committee of the GoChain Foundation and as CEO has been responsible for driving enterprise adoption and overseeing the strategic growth and direction of the network.
Henry began his career as a management consultant for Fortune 500 companies. Later, he worked in corporate finance focusing on sell-side M&A within the IT and consumer & industrial product sectors before transitioning to merchant banking and direct investments in early-stage technology companies. Henry is an advisor to multiple tech startups and serves as a mentor for accelerators & incubators globally. Henry is passionate about global impact and seeks to leverage technology for the benefit of humanity.
Henry holds a BS in Finance from Pennsylvania State University in University Park, PA and an MBA from Duke University Fuqua School of Business in Durham, NC.
Travis Reeder — Founder & CTO
Travis has over 20+ years of experience building high scale applications and cloud infrastructure. Most recently with Oracle building out their next generation cloud offering and prior to that, he founded Iron.io where they built a serverless cloud product and a message queue that they scaled to 1M transactions per second.
Representing the GoChain Signing Node Consortium
Michael Fairbairn — Associate Director, Business Operations and Engagement in the RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub
Michael is responsible for delivering research and industry outcomes through the Digital Economy Business Lab, that connects RMIT’s research community to business and government. In this role, Michael identifies commercialisation opportunities that benefit the Blockchain Innovation Hub, its industry, academic and research partners.
Michael has extensive industry experience both in Australia and internationally, having led industry programs and provided strategic policy advice across the public and private sectors. Michael has regularly delivered innovative commercial products with industry partners that have provided great outcomes to our academics and students. Michael is passionate about the digital economy, blockchain, AI, Web3 and preparing students and industry for the “future of work”.
Michael holds a MBA Executive from RMIT University and a Master of Public Policy and Management from the University of Melbourne.
Eric Fegraus — Senior Director of Information Technology, Conservation International
Eric is a technology and environmental management professional with expertise in bringing novel technological solutions to global environmental challenges.
Eric works with a wide variety of private sector, university and individual technologists to develop, pilot, use and scale technology-based solutions for conservation problems. He leads Conservation International’s engagements with technology companies, as well as the technology development for several conservation projects, including Wildlife Insights, which Eric co-founded. Wildlife Insights uses cutting-edge technology, including camera traps and artificial intelligence, as well as advanced analytics to enable people everywhere to share wildlife data and better manage wildlife populations.
Prior to joining Conservation International in 2006, Eric worked as an environmental consultant, university research center scientist and software engineer. Eric holds an undergraduate degree in Environmental Biology and Management from the University of California, Davis, and a Master of Environmental Science and Management from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Mark Arruda — General Manager at Athena Cloud, Vice President Solutions at Cloud Carib Ltd.
Mark is a senior executive with startup to multi-national experiences across the globe, including:
• Cloud and Managed Services
• P&L Responsibility
• Reducing operating costs and increased efficiency
• Security Analysis and Planning
• Capex to Opex Planning
• Risk mitigation and business continuity
With over 20 years in technology and business, Mark has experience in service design and deployment; technology services management; software & system design and development; with a strong client-centric philosophy.
Two Members appointed to represent External Stakeholders:
Craig Macy — Corporate and Intellectual Property Attorney
Craig is an experienced attorney and business executive with 25 years working at successful, high-growth, venture-backed technology companies and law firms. He blends 25 years of legal, transactional, and intellectual property experience with practical business advice to help clients start, invest in, buy, grow, and sell companies.
Specialties: Legal and Corporate Strategy, M&A, Data Privacy, Intellectual Property, Multi-site Technology Operations, General Management, Operational Planning, and Product Management
We are looking for a second External Member to join the GoChain Foundation Steering Committee!
If you, or someone you know fits the professional profile of the other steering committee members, please fill out our interest form or email us (include CV, LinkedIn and why you want to join) and we will reach out to schedule a time to sync.
Prime candidates will have:
- Extensive corporate experience with large companies, NGOs or universities.
- Competence in the blockchain space and knowledge of basic concepts
- Committed to sustainable technology development and corporate responsibility practices
- Formal business/finance/technology education at a respected university or equivalent
- Experience with corporate governance or counsel experience is a plus
This position is intended for those who are passionate about blockchain and interested in significantly contributing to the growth of the GoChain network. The position will provide an unique opportunity to engage with the community and node signer representatives and to gain blockchain governance experience. The Steering Committee typically meets once a month to review and vote on any proposals to advance to community-wide voting.
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