Introducing Orbs’ New Advisors, from Cryptography to Game Theory, from Networks to Bitcoin

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Orbs is proud to announce a new team of incredibly accomplished and noteworthy advisors to guide our company into the next era of blockchain. All of them bring a variety of skills to the table from a spectrum of disciplines — cryptography, economics, electrical engineering, network architecture, algorithmic game theory, and of course cryptocurrencies. Here are our six new advisors, leading Orbs’ endeavour to introduce virtualization and practical consensus to a long-term vision of blockchain.

Professor Rosario Gennaro

Rosario Gennaro, Ph.D. is a Professor of Computer Science and the Director of the Center for Algorithms and Interactive Scientific Software at The City College of New York. He has a 25 year career in cryptography and network security research. After his doctorate from MIT he was a researcher at the IBM T.J.Watson Research Center until he joined CCNY in 2012. He is the author of more than 150 highly cited publications and holds 22 patents. His research focuses on issues of anonymity and the use of cryptography to mitigate systems break-ins.

Professor Ariel Orda

Ariel Orda is the Herman & Gertrude Gross Professor at the Viterbi Faculty of Electrical Engineering at the Technion. Prof. Orda is an IEEE Fellow. He received his BSc (summa cum laude), MSc and PhD at the Technion. Ariel is a renowned expert in network algorithms and protocols and in the application of game theory to networked systems. He’s published over 150 papers in competitive peer-reviewed journals and conferences, as well as co-authored Internet RFC and patent applications, which were cited over 9000 times. He has served as editor for leading scientific journals and general chair, program chair and steering committee member in leading conferences.

Professor Neil Gandal

Neil is Professor of Economics in the Berglas School of Economics at Tel Aviv University. He received his B.A. and B.S. degrees from Miami University (Ohio), an M.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin, and a Ph.D. from the University of California-Berkeley. Neil has published numerous empirical papers, cited 5000+ times. He is a research fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research. Neil was a managing editor at the International Journal of Industrial Organization (IJIO), going on to be named IJIO “Honorary Editor” — the only honorary editor in its history.

Professor Joshua Gans

Joshua is a Professor of Strategic Management and Jeffrey S. Skoll Chair of Technical Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto (with a cross appointment in the Department of Economics). He is also Chief Economist of the University’s Creative Destruction Lab, leading the Blockchain-AI stream. Previously, he was the Professor of Management (Information Economics) at the University of Melbourne. Joshua holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University and an honors degree from the University of Queensland.

Gal Shahaf

Gal is a theoretical computer scientist, currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Weizmann Institute of Science. His research focuses on algorithmic game theory and network architecture. His PhD, MSc and BSc degrees are in mathematics, all from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Steven Goldfeder

Steven Goldfeder is a postdoctoral researcher at Cornell Tech where he works at the intersection of crypto(graphy) and crypto(currencies). He holds a PhD from Princeton University and is a co-author of the leading textbook on cryptocurrencies.