Meet the Team

Timothy Lewis

Timothy develops processes, relationships, and information distribution to build and scale technology products. As an engineer, he is a seasoned entrepreneur and technical consultant by trade. Primarily involved in applications, communication systems, network, blockchain, voice/video, security, design, development, and deployment.

As an inventor, he filed numerous patents and operates several businesses in regard to products resulting from this IP. As an adventurer, Timothy sailed the Pacific and explored most of Hawaii in great detail. As a philanthropist, he helps create and distribute greeting cards to inspire hope in children.

Wulf Kaal

Prof. Wulf Kaal, Ph.D. is a leading expert at the intersection of law, business, and emerging technology. His research focuses on innovation, technology, emerging technology applications, digital assets, smart contracts, technology strategy, decentralized infrastructure products, private investment funds, and dynamic regulatory methods. Before entering the academy, he was associated with Cravath, Swain & Moore LLP, in New York, and Goldman Sachs in London, UK.

Kaal advises international policymaker, central banks, governments, medium to large enterprises, law firms, startups, and venture capital funds on emerging technology solutions. As an expert witness, Kaal works closely with major law firms and business consultants. As a business consultant, adviser, and mentor, Kaal has advised several of the top 10 blockchains by market capitalization. He focuses on creating synergies for his clients and building successful new businesses, among others, on existing solutions.

Ari Lerner

Ari Lerner is an author, developer with more than 20 years of experience, and co-founder of Ari is a recognized leader in the AngularJS community. Along with authoring the canonical guide to AngularJS with the book ng-book. He is a member of Google's community-based AngularJS working group and has a background in distributed systems.

He is a regular speaker and contributor to the AngularJS community San Francisco as well as a teacher at General Assembly and Hack Reactor.

Gordon Einstein

Gordon Einstein is a hybrid Crypto-Attorney, Technologist, and Enterprise Strategist. Gordon received his undergraduate degree in Politics in 1991 from Brandeis University in Boston and then received his JD in 1995 from the USC Gould School of Law in Los Angeles. Gordon is also a proud Eagle Scout, having served in Boy Scout Troop 223.

Initially Gordon's law practice centered on startup, venture capital, investment banking, regulatory compliance, intellectual property and general business law. As an avid computer and programming hobbyist, in 2012 Gordon was intrigued by Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, and the related technologies. By 2014, he was providing legal services to several individuals and companies operating in this space. And by 2016 the majority of Gordon’s law practice involved working with crypto, blockchain and FinTech startups and funds, including as Chief Legal Officer of Distributed Lab. The practice was formalized as CryptoLaw Partners in 2017.

Gordon frequently speaks and educates both in the United States and internationally. Some common themes are issues and developments relating to cryptocurrency, the legal aspects of FinTech, structuring blockchain startups, ICOs/STOs, and AML/KYC compliance.

Marc Aniballi

Marco has 40 years of experience in entrepreneurial bootstrapping, systems thinking/design and leading edge technology solution delivery. Beginning with a background in Computer Science and Engineering, he extended his education with humanities studies and began his career building integrated business systems using productivity application integrations to streamline existing business processes in the publishing industry. This led to a long path spanning multiple industries and geographies, always pushing the limits of the application of available technologies to squeeze out new commercial opportunities. More recently, Marco has been working with start-ups to implement blockchain solutions and core protocols to deliver on the promise of decentralized infrastructures both systemically and from the user perspective. As the Managing Director of Block Blox LLC, he oversees a team of experts delivering the economic platforms of tomorrow. Through his work with the Emerging Technology Association, Marco hopes to streamline the delivery of the financial components of the Grant Programs undertaken by the Association to ensure both full regulatory compliance and as much automation as is practical.

Timothy Messer

Tim has 15 years of experience in financial technology and has held multiple securities licenses. At the Federal Reserve and Commerce Bank, he architected and led the building of processes handling billions of dollars.

Previously he founded the Techstars-funded e-commerce and payment platform Hanzo. For ETA, he leverages his project management capabilities to oversee the entire grant program.

Raphael Baumann

Raphael is a young, dynamic lawyer and notary public based in the heart of the Crypto Valley in Zug, Switzerland. Since 2017 Raphael is active in crypto space and is advising corporations and individuals on the several regulations around cryptocurrencies, blockchain and DeFi. For the past two years he has been with PST Legal, a boutique law firm specializing in blockchain regulations, fintech, DeFi, commercial law and startups. He has advised clients on international issues and helped various developers, investors, and organizations with their preeminent and emerging projects to maintain compliance with Swiss law.

As a passionate sportsman, he ran the marathon below 3 hours and is often hiking in the Swiss alps.

Hayley Howe

Hayley Howe is a compliance consultant for the ETA and provides procedural assistance to DEVxDAO grant applicants. Howe holds a B.S. in Mathematical Economics with a French minor and a J.D. Over the last three years she has engaged in in-depth academic analysis of blockchain and digital asset topics including DAOs and DeFi as senior research assistant for Wulf Kaal. She works for two prosecutors’ offices in white collar crimes and criminal appeals. Finally, Howe is the Vice Chair of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) P2145 DLT Reputation Governance Sub Working Group and the Secretary of their Governance Working Group.