The Team

Education & Advisory

Steve Jarding, Harvard University

Education and Leadership Curriculum Adviser

Steve, has been a lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government since 2004. An international educator, author and political advisor, Steve is a specialist in the areas of education and leadership. In 2016 the Kennedy School’s student body voted him Teacher of the Year.

Ingo Fiedler, Hamburg University

Blockchain and Economic Adviser

Ingo is an economist at Universität Hamburg, an Affiliate Professor at Concordia University in Montreal, and co-founder of the non-profit Blockchain Research Lab. Ingo is observing the cryptocurrency markets since 2011 and has conducted research on blockchain and its applications since 2015.

Sven Beiker, PhD - Silicon Valley Mobility and Stanford University

Technology Adviser

Sven is the Managing Director of Silicon Valley Mobility, a consulting firm that focuses on the future of mobility in four key disciplines: automation, communication, electrification and commoditization. He is also a Lecturer in Management at the Stanford Business School. Sven’s insights stem from more than two decades of experience at BMW, McKinsey and Stanford.

Richard Wang, DFJ Dragon Fund

Strategic Adviser

Richard has been with the Dragon Fund since 2011. He has more than two decades of experience in business development, technical marketing and sales management in the technology space. Prior to joining the fund, Richard served as QunZhong E-Commerce’s CEO and founded OLEA Network with partners in Silicon Valley.

Charles “Chuck” Eesley, Stanford University

Strategic Adviser

Chuck is an Associate Professor in Stanford University’s Department of Management Science and Engineering. He is a specialist in identifying and implementing success factors in the early life of high-growth, technology startups. Chuck has conducted award-winning research into education and high-tech entrepreneurship in China.

Management Team

Richard Maaghul


Rich is a seasoned Silicon Valley entrepreneur with more than two decades of experience in emerging-and-disruptive technologies. A former software provider to Chevron Corp. and a co-founder of ODEM’s education partner Excelorators Inc., Rich is committed to using blockchain technology to make higher education more accessible and affordable.

Bill Bayrd

Chief Compliance Officer

Bill is a natural leader, innovator and thinker. An early developer of the ODEM concept, he has founded three companies, including Excelorators Inc. Bill has a Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Tennessee. Passionate about big, world-changing ideas, he served six years in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.

Michael Zargham

Chief Systems Engineer

Michael has a doctorate in Systems Engineering with an emphasis on optimization and control of decentralized systems. With over a decade of experience applying data to business decision-making applications, Michael founded BlockScience, a firm focused on applying rigor to the design of the socio-technical network systems.

Adel ElMessiry

Chief Technology Mentor

Adel is a proven technology leader and out-of-the-box thinker. He is a product of North Carolina State University where he earned a doctorate in computer science, machine learning and natural-language processing. He played a central role in the founding and growth of several tech companies, including Utilize Health and InVivoLink.

Johanna Maaghul

Chief Integrator

Johanna, who brings out the very best in people, is a tireless leader and collaborator with hands-on experience in project management, corporate strategy and technological integration. Her industry involvement spans healthcare, software creation, finance, and the practical application of blockchain technology.

Oliver Durrer


Oliver is a Swiss entrepreneur, former intrapreneur, innovation coach and business advisor. He believes in individual freedom, lifelong learning and technological progress to benefit people, organizations, and society.

Bowen Gao

Director, Business Development

Bowen is adept at forging partnerships with Chinese travel agents and maintaining productive relationships with key government officials. He also has a deep understanding of Chinese travel culture through his extensive involvement in marketing international tour products and services.

Alexa Narma

Senior Director, Product and Marketing

Alexa has more than a decade of experience in software strategy and marketing. A startup veteran, Alexa is known for her energy, insight and ability to motivate those around her to think outside the box and probe the limits of what is possible. In her off time, she enjoys exploring America’s natural wonders and wilderness.

Melissa Matos

Manager of Special Projects

Melissa is a skilled project manager and administrator with a flair for achieving impressive results. Having been part of the education and technology industry for several years, Melissa is keenly aware of the power of matching the needs of students and teachers to well-designed educational technologies.

Yu Hsiang “Jill” Huang

IT Administrator | Translation

Jill is an accomplished cross-cultural communicator who grew up in Taiwan, but now lives in the U.S. Coast. She is a passionate believer in the need for people to embrace lifelong learning and training. Jill believes that education for seniors and young people is the key to creating a healthy and inclusive society.

Kelly Mulherron

Integration Technical Project Manager

Kelly, a 14-year veteran of the visual effects industry where she focused on technical project management for R&D, she has a keen interest in emerging technologies. Kelly is always striving to leverage her passion for creative problem solving. In her spare time, she enjoys collecting antiques and travelling.

Yulia Su

Sales and Marketing Coordinator

Yulia, who has a teacher’s certificate and describes herself as a committed lifelong learner, has a solid interest in understanding the power of education and emerging technologies. She also believes blockchain technology will eventually have a profound and positive impact on the future of humanity.

Jeff Slavin

Technical Writer

An extremely meticulous practitioner, Jeff has more than eight years of technical writing experience, an MBA, and PMP and ITIL Expert certifications. He currently works for ODEM as a Technical Writer, producing clear and easy-to-understand documentation.

Patria Abditiar

Community Manager, Indonesia

Patria is a marketing specialist who has years of experience interacting with entrepreneurs and technology startups in Southeast Asia’s most-populous country. He is particularly passionate about building relationships of trust with industry leaders at the intersection of blockchain technology and education.

Gustavo Guimarães

Lead Ethereum and Smart Contract Architect

An experienced software engineer and a graduate of Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, Gustavo is skilled in blockchain development, Ethereum protocol, smart contracts and databases. He enjoys dancing in his spare time.

Kieren Davies

Ethereum Developer

Kieren, a gifted programmer, is a graduate of the University of Cape Town and two-time world finalist in the Association for Computer Machinery’s International Collegiate Programming contest. Kieren is passionate about developing innovative and under-appreciated technology. He also has a soft spot for his adorable Ragdoll cats, Cinnamon and Nutmeg.

Sergio Diaz

Software Developer

Sergio is an experienced full-stack developer with a penchant for helping emerging technology companies design, develop and launch their products under demanding timelines. Sergio has for several years worked closely on projects with Dr. ElMessiry, ODEM’s Chief Technology Mentor.

Jose Castellanos

Software Developer

Jose has worked as an offshore software developer in the healthcare industry for more than five years. He graduated with Honors, Summa Cum Laude from UNITEC, Laureate International Universities. A proud Honduran, Jose enjoys watercolor painting and supporting his wife who runs her own arts-and-crafts store.

Gazy Mahomar

Software Systems Architect

Gazy, a full-stack developer, is a passionate problem solver and technology enthusiast with 10 years of experience working on desktop, Web and mobile applications. A graduate of UNITEC, Laureate International Universities, in computer systems engineering, Gazy feels he applies his best work to projects that will make the world better.

Mohamed Taraman

Senior Technical Lead

Mohamed, a computer science graduate of Alexandria University’s Faculty of Engineering, has an MBA and two decades of experience in software development. Mohamed, an avid learner, is a software enthusiast who enjoys playing table tennis.

Scott Akers

Blockchain Solutions Engineer

Scott is a self-described polymath bridging gaps between technical systems and their users. Scott has a masters degree in technology commercialization from UT Austin and extensive experience with blockchain-based identity management systems. When he isn’t trying to revolutionize education, Scott enjoys whitewater rafting and seeking out California’s best hamburgers.

Jan Bass

Creative Director

A veteran marketer who has worked with Nokia, Athleta, and many San Francisco Bay Area enterprises, Jan has always had a focus on the creative and branding side of business. His work with ODEM centers on developing and communicating ODEM’s brand and enhancing the user experience on the ODEM platform.

Kat Banks

Social Media Manager

Katherine is a seasoned digital marketer with experience in capital raising, education and hospitality. She has collaborated on several award-winning marketing campaigns involving technology and travel. Immersing herself in local cultures is a passion that fuels Kat’s output of innovative concepts and ideas.

Alyssa Diaz

Marketing Project Manager

Alyssa Diaz, who has experience in advertising, marketing, and product development, has joined ODEM as Marketing Project Manager. She has previously worked in technology and healthcare. A marketing graduate of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, she thrives on working in collaborative team environments focused on achieving common goals. In her spare time, she enjoys going to live music concerts.

Wael Hossny

Director of Business Development - MEA

Wael has more than two decades of experience leading nation-wide initiatives for digital transformation, education management, and adoption programs. He believes that strategic partnerships are the key to achieving business objectives. He has diplomas in Project Management from Cambridge University and Software Engineering from London Metropolitan University. He enjoys AI/Sci-fiction movies, music and aeronautics.

Brandon Mitchell

Token Solutions Engineer

Brandon is a cybersecurity student at Tennessee Tech University and has ​a passion for learning through collaboration and attending conferences and hackathons. A Bitcoin early adopter with previous experience in blockchain development and portfolio managing, Brandon enjoys gaming and weightlifting in his spare time.