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The Composable Team

The Composable team consists of approximately 35 individuals, with 20 members dedicated to Engineering, Infrastructure, and Research, while 11 others are focused on Product, Design, Marketing, and Business Development. The remaining four individuals are assigned to Legal, Finance, and HR roles. Biographies of select core members are provided below.

0xbrainjar | Founder & CEO

Brainjar brings a deep understanding of the blockchain space and a comprehensive vision on cross-chain DeFi. He is focused on researching blockchain infrastructure and relevant trends to advise on Composable’s development as well as designing products that can best leverage the Composable tech stack. He’s also advising Composable Labs, the incubation arm that births and supports projects using Composable’s tech stack. Brainjar writes about the R&D at Composable on Twitter and Medium.

Blas Rodriguez Irizar | Chief Technology Officer

Blas has 8 years of experience as a Software Engineer. He started his blockchain experience at LayerTwo, moving to Consensys where he worked on building zk-rollups. Blas has expertise in building high performance systems and working with different blockchains like Solana, Ethereum, and Bitcoin. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Science and a Masters Degree in Finance. In his role at Composable, Blas oversees the Research and Engineering departments with the critical responsibility of creating the technology strategy behind Composable’s products. Twitter

Eoin Whelan | Chief Finance Officer

Eoin has extensive experience operating, scaling, and raising capital in the Traditional and Decentralized Finance sectors. He had an early career as an international tax and M&A accountant with Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC). He held leadership roles at BDO advising international corporate clients, and at EY leading the finance transformation team and successfully growing the business tenfold. Eoin had over 5 years as a C-level executive for a number of DeFi, NFT, and blockchain-related projects. He holds an undergraduate degree in accounting and a Master’s degree in business and finance. In his role, Eoin focuses on delivering excellence in finances to accelerate the company’s journey towards expansion and sustainable growth.

Jeffrey Smith | Global GC, Chief Compliance & Risk Officer

Jeffrey has specialized experience spanning the different dimensions of finance across securities law, financial regulation, digital assets, DeFi, compliance, risk, mergers & acquisitions, taxation, anti-money laundering, and more than 23 years of deep experience in the law covering all aspects of business and finance. Jeffrey has advised a range of clients across the different dimensions of DeFi, such as liquidity management, smart contracts, regulatory compliance, initial coin offerings (ICOs), DAOs, and more. Twitter.

Ahmad Wehbi | Chief Operations Officer

Ahmad has 11 years of experience and spent most of his career advising institutions on strategy, operations, and organizational topics. Ahmad is focused on the operational side of Composable and holds a B.B.A. in Entrepreneurial Studies and an MBA from INSEAD. At McKinsey & Company, he helped organizations design and orchestrate ecosystems at scale. At Composable, Ahmad is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations and ensuring that business processes are efficient, effective, and aligned with the overall strategy. Twitter

0xslenderman | Head of Design

0xslenderman started his career in technology consultancy. Given his passion for aesthetics and design, he became an entrepreneur founding a creative consultancy company. Since then, he obtained 7 years of experience in creative direction. He has been in crypto since 2014 and has been designing applications since 2018. Previous to joining Composable, he led the creative strategy at various DeFi projects. 0xslenderman has a background in IT Engineering and Computer Science, which enables him to turn complex and tech-heavy concepts into seamless and user-friendly experiences. Twitter

Robert Zhuang | Head of Product Delivery

Rob has more than 16 years of experience in project management and delivery. He started his career in traditional finance working at ANZ Bank and HSBC as Project Manager and Digital Transformation Lead. He then moved to digital banking at BABB leading delivery efforts. Before joining Composable, Rob gathered entrepreneurial experience founding the blockchain company Footballnet. With two bachelor degrees in Commerce and Law, Rob brings broad experience to Composable and unites product, design, and development in order to bring Composable’s vision to life. Twitter

Joseph DeTommasso | Head of Strategy

Joe possesses extensive experience in both the crypto and traditional finance (TradFi) sectors, having contributed to the Bitcoin network as an independent node operator in 2011 and working with top hedge funds where he was focused on statistical arbitrage between international ETFs. Joe worked with leading crypto funds like FalconX and CMS Holdings, managing relationships and strategic partnerships with trading partners and liquidity providers. At Composable, Joe focuses on tokenomics, driving strategic direction and goals, and crafting plans to achieve business objectives. Twitter

Joon Whang | Frontend Lead

Joon is a seasoned Frontend software engineer with a background primarily focused in the Cosmos ecosystem. He began his blockchain career at Cosmostation, where he gained hands-on experience in Cosmos by re-writing Mintscan. Subsequently, he moved on to LayerTwo and other prominent companies such as Osmosis and Tendermint. At Composable, Joon currently serves as the Lead Frontend engineer, responsible for all user-facing products. Twitter

Kostya Kastsevich | Parachain Lead

After graduating from UC Berkeley, Kostya worked on analyzing financial data and supporting storage infrastructure for various IT companies. In 2020, he joined a blockchain startup, where he developed both the front-end and back-end of a Web 3 application. Later on, Kostya shifted his focus to Substrate and Rust. Currently, Kostya is responsible for overseeing the technical aspects and delivery of innovative solutions on Composable's parachains, Picasso and Composable.

Vladislav Marshukin | Bridging Lead

Vlad is a skilled software engineer with experience in blockchain technology and programming languages like Rust, Java, C++, and Android development. He currently works as the Bridging Lead, focusing on developing several Centauri connections. In the past, he has delivered successful projects at companies like Soramitsu, Bitfury, and Paymon Inc. Vlad has a particular interest in functional programming, formal verification, and embedded systems, which he applies to internal projects and helps the team succeed.

Jafar Azam | Developer Relations

Jafar is a versatile professional with expertise in foreign exchange trading, cross-border payment and regulatory landscapes. He holds a BSc in Economics and actively explores reading in Cryptography, Psychology, and Philosophy. After a wealth of experience working for Ethereum-based protocols, Jafar now focuses on fostering productive relationships for business development and ecosystem growth at Composable.

Josie Leung | Senior Product Owner

Josie boasts vast project management and business development expertise, having significantly contributed to startup growth and excelling in competitive roles at Linkedin and She developed's core business pre-DeFi summer and later focused on retail products built on the IBC Protocol at Ignite (formerly Tendermint). At Composable, Josie drives product development by defining product features and coordinating with cross-functional teams for market delivery.

Patrick Kondek | Marketing Lead

Patrick, a marketeer with a strong background in business analysis, is equipped with a diverse and growth hacking skill set. Fueled by a passion for scalable businesses and a keen interest in blockchain technology, Patrick excels in his role as Marketing Lead at Composable where he spearheads the company's marketing endeavors by crafting content and implementing robust growth strategies.