Meet The Team

Our Team

Maria Rybak
Founder & CEO

Background in Psychology and Social Sciences, a degree in Sustainable Food Production Systems, and a thesis on product placement and consumer behaviour. Has been a research assistant in food psychology at Oxford University, marketing at Harvard, has worked at the World Health Organization & United Nations, and has worked with NGOs.

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Sandstone McNamara
COO, Quest Director

Bachelor of Integrative Applied Psychology and a Bachelor of Game Development specialising in Human Computer Interaction. He has published affective games and impactful VR worlds. Has worked for LiminalVR – a cutting edge company creating positive state-inducing VR experiences.

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Erik Tagirov
Lead Developer, Illuminated Architect

Erik is an experienced professional with a degree in IT and 10 + years of experience. His capabilities expand across the full stack from designing beautiful front-end applications to building infrastructure from the bottom-up. He’s gained expert networking abilities using high and low-level languages while working at a VoIP provider. He’s been programming since early adolescence and sees it as more of a passion than a job.

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Friederike Wild
Android Developer, Tech Magician

Friederike received a degree in computer science, specializing in Mobile and Media. She’s excited about computers since playing her first point-and-click adventure and realizing how machines can tell stories and create alternative realities. Her previous work experience includes developing mobile games (like the first official board game port of Catan for Android) and working for the dating network Badoo.

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Nataneal Xufre Garcez
Backend Developer, Code Warrior

Natanael has been involved in the IT world since he was 14. He’s implemented systems for the professional center of northern vaudois .and been a coach at the Fédération des hôpitaux Vaudois Informatique where he managed, gave support and training to users on site. He’s a junior developer recently receiving his IT degree in development. He loves challenges and craves discovery.

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Mikel [Miguel] D’Andrea
Experience Designer, Futuring Specialist

Mikel is a trained UX consultant and problem solver, with a mission to evolve peoples experiences beyond the screen. He has a degree in international relations and associate degree in management development. He thrives in bridging positions at the interface of people and technology and previously co-organised TEDx in Italy. He’s always liked tinkering, tweaking and tuning whatever he could get his hands on. This eventually led him to systems design and user experience.

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Marielle Lee
Graphic Design UI/UX

Rio received a Degree in Industrial Design and Communication Design from Swinburne University of Melbourne. He’s worked on a variety of incredible projects with various digital agencies from government endorsed projects for safer roads to cryptocurrency and FinTech applications. He is driven by curiosity to deliver the highest quality UI/UX design and always ready to implement the latest practices and find unique inspiration for his work.

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Ilya Shapko
Graphic Designer, Artistic Genius

Ilya is a masterful craftsmen with a huge following on design platforms, his work is sure to attract your eye. Combining science and art Ilya is a kind of vibrant Da Vinci, with incredible precision and a wild mind for spectacular designs. See his work on behance

Our Advisors

Pietro Pravettoni
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Nova Spivack
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Sean Conner
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Nick Carnahan
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Charles Read

Charles Read is a seasoned DLT researcher and investor and the founder of SERVAMPS Accelerator. His advisory is focused on user acquisition & retention strategies, influencer and grassroots marketing strategies and understanding emerging trends in the digital assets market.

Palindrom

Palindrom specialises in tokenized platform design and token metrics optimisation based on proprietary fundraising models.

Sean Conner

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Nick Carnahan

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Jason Brink

As a blockchain theorist and cryptocurrency evangelist, Jason has been involved in the cryptocurrency marketspace since 2013. He was the winner of the 2014 Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation / Global Development Network Prize for the creation of the “AidDollar,” a novel blockchain-based solution to solve the problems endemic to foreign aid. As a member of several cryptocurrency development teams, Jason is a well-known figure in parts of the global cryptocurrency community.

Wit Sumathavanit

As the Director of Business Development for Travel Technology Services, Wit is well known among the upper echelons of Thai society, servicing the top local and international corporations in Thailand for their premium travel needs. A nearly full-time employee at his family business since the age of 15, he has overseen nearly a decade of explosive growth, culminating in 100% growth over the last two years. As an outside consultant for multiple cryptocurrency teams and with over four years of active work in blockchain projects, Wit is a constant source of innovative power and entrepreneurial thinking.

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