AVA Foundation | Blockchain to support charitable organizations

AVA Community

Coming together to build a better community

The AVA Community is a diverse group of passionate people working to create a positive, scalable impact on the world through distributed and emerging technologies.

AVA Founders

  • Caine Smith

    Co-Founder & Executive Director

    A veteran in bringing new technologies to market specializing in user experience design, Caine has worked with some of the world’s most recognized brands delivering innovative tech solutions to millions of users.

  • Ben Keiser

    Co-Founder & Chairman, Board of Directors

    Ben's career has focused on the intersection of law and technology in support of environmental sustainability. He got his start in distributed tech as part of an early industrial-scale Ethereum mining operation and has become a passionate advocate for its power to drive meaningful social change.

  • Nick Forster

    Director of Partnerships

    Nick brings 15+ years' expertise working with NGOs and governments to AVA, and is recognized as a thought leader on fair recruitment and combatting forced labour.

  • Nancy Harrison

    Director Marketing

    Nancy brings 20+ years of marketing, communications, and public relations experience. In her role she supports AVA’s overall marketing strategy including the total social media strategy.

  • Joseph Fargnoli

    Director Business Development

    Joseph Fargnoli is the CEO of Run2Play Inc and recently was in the advertising industry as Head of Video at Motive and VP of BizDev for Aerserv.

  • Chelsey Clime

    Director of Charity Alliance

    Chelsey comes from an arts background with a commitment to meaningful and creative public assembly

  • Sean McMillen

    Director of Product


  • Paul Nairn

    UX/UI Designer

    Paul brings 8 years professional experience in UX/UI design and is here to ensure the user is considered with every design decision made.

  • Jay Chow


    Programming professionally for 7 years with an emphasis on eCommerce and Big Data research on social network datasets. When he is not working he enjoys traveling around the world and learning about different cultures.

  • Howard Fung


    Howard is a Software Engineer originally from the heart of San Francisco, now residing in San Diego after graduating from UCSD.

  • Ken Shen


    With a background in electrical engineering and physical product design, Ken is currently focused on front end web development.

  • Kelly Chess


    Originally from the Big Island of Hawaii, she studied Hospitality at Cornell, New York. After learning how to code Kelly has been working as a Project Manager and Developer ever since.

  • Chris McGuire

    Content & Marketing Strategist

    15+ years in digital content creation and media, portfolio includes a video featured in the Smithsonian museum in Washington, DC. Focused on coverage and promotion of decentralized technology-related projects.

  • Michael Potts


    Principled crypto investor, community advocate and voracious researcher.

Our Advisors

  • Tony DiMatteo

    CEO and Co-Founder of Lottery.com

    A sought-after speaker and thought leader on social impact, entrepreneurship, crypto, and gaming. Tony has been reported on in The Wall Street Journal, VentureBeat, TechCrunch and more, and advises to several philanthropic orgs and blockchain ventures.

  • Tomislav Car

    CEO, Infinum

    Tomislav is the CEO at Infinum, a software design and development consultancy. Alongside his partners, Tomislav built Infinum from a college hobby to a respected business with global clients and 150 employees.

  • Sam Sutaria

    Head of Strategy, WaterBear Network

    With a background in biology and filmmaking, Sam's primary focus is on raising funds and awareness for conservation projects, connecting people to nature through bespoke travel experiences, documentaries and events.

  • Hayden Gill

    CEO, Coin Miner

    CEO and Founder of CoinMiner.com. MMO trading pioneer. Leader in industrial-scale mining projects, products and services.

  • Adam Lambert

    Managing Director, Investment Fund & Prop Trading Firm

    A successful entrepreneur Adam founded a financial digital news aggregation platform, serves as MD for a large prop trading firms, General Partner of a private fund and co-founder of a charitable organization that raises money for community initiatives.

  • Tristan Forster

    CEO, FSI Worldwide

    CEO and founder of FSI Worldwide, reforming the manpower industry by developing and implementing end-to-end ethical practices. Founder of Freedom Matters and recipient of the UN Global Compact award, WEF Davos.

  • Nitin Rajan

    CTO, Elutions Inc

    Industry-leading architect of holistic solutions combining IoT, Infrastructure and Prescriptive Analytics.

  • James Sinclair

    Executive Director, Ethical Innovations

    James Sinclair is an international lawyer, social entrepreneur and academic researcher. He works at the intersection of labour rights, technology and sustainability, advising governments, corporates and NGOs.

  • Christian Gladwell

    Global CEO M&C Saatchi Performance

    Christian is a C-Suite leader, experienced at building tech to improve consumers experience with products and marketing. Was President of Marketing at MZ responsible for the revenues of successful gaming franchises (Game of War and FFXV)

  • Sarah Manski

    Founder, Society of Blockchain Scholars

    A scholar of technology, political economy, commons economics and globalization at the University of California Santa Barbara

AVA Community

We are working with industry-leading firms to grow the Community and bring the AVA project to life.

Foundation Partners

Symbol - Tokenomics

  • David Sabo

    Founding Partner

    David has been building businesses since 19. Previously he worked as Head of Global Expansion at Europe's first cryptoaccelerator. He has extensive background in product design and business strategy.

  • Antal Karolyi, PhD

    Founder Partner

    Antal is an angel investor, former quant trader and the President of HUNBAN. A physicist by education, holds a PhD in computational statistics

AirVu Media

  • Damien Murphy

    Creative Director

    An experienced individual with 10+ years in digital content creation, animation and video - working for some of the world's top brands. Damien is proficient in all stages of the creative process from conception to delivery.

  • Trisha Meyerhoff


    An experienced Project Manager, Trisha grew up in the Cayman Islands and graduated with a BA in Business Administration and Psychology from Trent University in Canada, now leads the delivery of projects for clients.

Berman Fisher

  • Lauren Christie

    Financial Director

    Lauren started at KPMG Audit in London in 2005 and moved to the Cayman Islands with KPMG in 2008 specializing in FS. She is a qualified Chartered Accountant (ACA), Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), and has 14+ years of experience in the industry.

Benefits for AVA Community Members

  • Socially responsible
  • Supports charitable projects through direct funding
  • Decentralized governance by and for the AVA Community

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Become a Beneficiary Partner

Are you part of a charitable or philanthropic organization and want to reach and engage donors in a new way? Apply to be a part of the AVA rewards scheme today.

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Do you have an app that fits within our six pillars and want to integrate AVA Coin? Let us know.

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