Prosperity for All

What if money were beautiful?


Our mission is to build a financial system that creates the conditions for prosperity—for everyone.

Celo Foundation

Believes in a future where everyone can prosper

The Celo Foundation is a non-profit organization based in the US that supports the growth and development of the open-source Celo Platform. Guided by the Celo community tenets, the Foundation contributes to education, technical research, environmental health, community engagement, and ecosystem outreach—activities that support and encourage an inclusive financial system that creates the conditions for prosperity for everyone.


Celo, pronounced /ˈtselo/
means ‘purpose’ in Esperanto.

The spirit of Esperanto and auxiliary languages, is to equip speakers with a means to connect, engage, and build trust with someone who speaks a different native tongue. In a similar spirit, we are aiming to create a new platform to connect people globally and bring financial stability to those who need it most. We believe blockchain technology is one of the most exciting innovations in recent history and as a team we look to push the boundaries of what is possible with it today. More importantly, we are driven by purpose – to solve real-world problems such as lack of access to sound currency, or friction for cash-transfer programs aimed to alleviate poverty.

Celo Values

Celo is founded on two core values: unique purpose and connectedness. These, in turn, lead to practices that foster personal growth and community.

Unique Purpose

We believe that everyone has their own unique path of growth, and that personal fulfilment depends in large part on being able to reach one’s potential along that path. We embrace values that enable people to grow towards their full potential.


We believe that people live primarily in connection to one another. We recognize that individuals are healthier and happier when they are members of a strong social community with meaningful relationships – that is, when they are living within a healthy and happy whole. We embrace values that strengthen community.
How do we change the world? Change the story.
– Charles Eisenstein

Sacred Economics

Celo’s philosophy is grounded in the work of Charles Eisenstein’s
Sacred Economics
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Theory Of Change

A theory of change is a framework that describes how short-term actions will lead to long-term social impact. Celo’s aim is to create the conditions for prosperity, defined as: people fulfilling basic needs, growing along their own unique paths, and supporting each other. All of Celo’s projects have a specific hypothesis that tie our activities to one or more of these indicators of prosperity.


Meet the contributors working on Celo from around the world. Our collective experience ranges from public and private sector, technology, nonprofits, and NGOs.
Victoria Peschke
cLabs, Site Reliability Engineering
Values simplicity & accessibility
Pedro Gutiérrez
Keyko, Engineering
Makes the impossible
Markus Franke
cLabs, Economics
Makes economics work
Isha Varshney
Celo Foundation, Ecoystems
Enables financial freedom
Tobias Kuhlmann
cLabs, Reserve & Liquidity
Cares about stablecoin robustness
Eran Tromer
cLabs, Advisor
Innovates in cryptography
Taylor Lahey
cLabs, Design
Tells visual stories
Meltem Sendag
Celo Foundation, Ecosystem Growth, Turkey
Creates magical moments
Bayo Paul Sodimu
cLabs, Mento and Reserve
Builds for the future
Kobi Gurkan
cLabs, Cryptography
Increases integrity using math
Audrey Penven
cLabs, Engineering
Strives to expand what's possible
Aaron DeRuvo
cLabs, Web Apps
Integrates Mystic and Modern
Martín Volpe
cLabs, Engineering
Brings great products to life
Julia Velloso
Celo Foundation, People
Creates warmth
Josh Crites
Celo Foundation, Advisor
Shares understanding
Alon Shavit
Upright, Co-Founder
Undos the Industrial Revolution
Harpalsinh Jadeja
Celo Foundation, Developer Relations
Enables true control
William Le
Celo Foundation, Ecosystem Growth
Brings innovation to market
Kari Riley
Celo Foundation, Events
Makes memorable events
Christopher Hayes
Celo Foundation, Government Relations
Reshapes the context
Xochitl Cazador
Celo Foundation, Ecosystem Growth
Helps communities prosper
Dakyum (Kyle) Kim
Celo Foundation, Communications / South Korea
Strives to enable freedom of money
Morgan Beller
Celo Foundation, Celo Advisor
Elizabeth Peng
Celo Foundation, Marketing Communications
Champions the mission
Chris Hayes
Celo Foundation, Government Relations and Public Policy
Changes Shape of the Box
Edwin Okonkwo
cLabs, Partner, Yield
Levels the playing field
David Machotka
Celo Foundation, Security
Guiding strategies forward
Beverly Lwenya
Celo Foundation, Social Media
Evangelizes great ideas
Aliu Musa
Celo Foundation, Ecosystem Growth
Makes positive impact
Evan Kereiakes
UbeSwap, CEO
Implements the vision
Lisa Wess
Valora, Product Circle, Support Lead
Supports, empowers, connects
Subha Subramanian
cLabs, Product
Dreams, does, learns
Tianchan Dong
Celo Foundation, Ecosystem Growth
Understands Human Potential
Nelson Taveras
cLabs, Engineering
Dares to try
Marek Olszewski
cLabs, Celo Foundation, Valora, Engineering
Builds technical teams
Stefan Ioja
Problem solver
Silas Boyd-Wickizer
Valora, Engineering
Empowers validators
Amit Chu
Celo Foundation, Finance & Accounting
Innovates on traditional finance
Nadiem Sissouno
cLabs, Protocol & Economics
Seeks clarity
Donald Hutchison
cLabs, Engineering
Presses buttons, goes further
Eela Nagaraj
cLabs, Engineering
Seeks inclusive solutions
Raymund Vincent T. Ricabar
Celo Foundation, Business Intelligence
Data Is Power
Can Demirezen
Valora, Consumer Growth
Learns to grow, helps to empower
Danielle Andrzejewski
cLabs, Alliance
Bridges worlds for shared understanding
Matt Reed
cLabs, Legal
Counsels the creators
Chuck Kimble
Ponto, CRO
Connects people
Mathieu Chanson
cLabs, Product
builds for scale
Piers Powlesland
cLabs, Engineering
Tries to build the unbreakable
Daniel Kesler
cLabs, Developer Experience
makes tech accessible
Roman Croessmann
cLabs, Protocol & Economics
Seeks insights that empower
Jesse Sawa
Envisions what is possible
Gastón Ponti
cLabs, Protocol
Knocks down walls
Vasco Bilbao-Bastida
cLabs, People
Clarifies and connects
Jane Khodarkovsky
Celo Foundation
Advocates financial inclusion and independence
Jake Leraul
Celo Foundation, Legal
Follows his zk-purpose
Arthur Gousset
cLabs, Product
Builds to maximise impact
Denisse Halm
Valora, Ecosystem Growth
Delivers financial equity
Nina Barbakadze
cLabs, Issuance & Oracles
Writes code for freedom
Adriana Cerundolo
Celo Foundation, Community
Fosters connection
Jackie Bona
Valora, Growth
Sparks ideas, spurs growth
Trevor Porter
Abacus, Engineering
Explores technical systems
Henny Damian
Celo, Design, Events
Designs with Purpose
Alec Schaefer
cLabs, Protocol
Builds equitable systems
Vitor Ribeiro Peters
cLabs, People
Understands and connects
Jason Rodrigues
Celo Foundation, Partner
Empowers the next billion
Nicolas Brugneaux
cLabs, Applications
Cooks and codes
Meagan Gillis
cLabs, Intern | People
Bridges people and processes
Brian Mayote
cLabs, Finance and Accounting
Sees beyond the numbers
Natalie Alfers
Celo Foundation, Marketing & Business Development
Seeks ways to grow together
Valentin Rodygin
cLabs, Application
Crafts simplicity
Ryan Orton
Celo Foundation, Business Intelligence
Enables Data Driven Decision Making
James Downer
Celo Foundation, Ecosystem Growth / Fellow
Gets hands dirty
Masha Healy
Celo Foundation, Builder Growth
Creates efficient people first processes
Bogdan Radu Dumitru
cLabs, Protocol Engineering
Builds tools that enable change
Jose Rodriguez
Celo Foundation, El Salvador Ecosystem Lead
Connects people through Financial Freedom
Marissa Florant
Valora, People
Believes in your potential
Mariano Cortesi
cLabs, Protocol
Reflects on life's mysteries
Victor Graf
cLabs, Advisor
Builds foundational systems
Jeanne Tsan
Valora, People
Builds with heart
Anca Bogdana Rusu
cLabs, Public Sector
Brings people together
Laurence Delisle
Valora, Experience
Creates pathways
Ben Speckien
cLabs, Security
Breaks down barriers
Asa Oines
Abacus, Co-Founder
Learns from nature
Isabelle Wei
cLabs, Engineering
Builds impactful products
Arsen Abdulkhamidov
Clabs, Data Engineering
Solves problems
Umar Sebyala
Celo Foundation, Ecosystem growth
Gets people involved
Corey Lee
cLabs, Product Design
Designs interactions
Slobodan Sudaric
cLabs, Economics
Seeks economic solutions
Martin Chrzanowski
cLabs, Protocol
Plays with languages
J M Rossy, Wallet Engineering
Pursues excellence in craftsmanship
Tim Moreton
cLabs, Engineering
Dreams, ships, iterates
Behice Uzun
cLabs, People
Celebrates diversity and engagement
Matt Kim
cLabs, Product
builds to uncover potential
Nam Chu Hoai
cLabs, Protocol
Highlights beauty
Alex Witt
Celo Foundation, Finance
Enables borderless financial inclusion
Evan Fenster
Celo Foundation, Research and Innovation
Creates powerful products
Alberto Martin
cLabs, Product
Seeks user problems 
Ernest Nnamdi
Celo Foundation, Developer Relations
Enhances developer experience
Daniel Kimotho
Celo Foundation, Ecosystem Growth - Kenya
Helps others succeed
Rene Reinsberg
cLabs, Celo Foundation, Business
Paints the vision
Mashiat Mutmainnah
Celo Foundation, Research and Innovation
Create financial equality and empowerment for BIPOC communities
Aleksandra Angelova
Crunches numbers
Sep Kamvar
cLabs, Celo Foundation, Engineering
Builds things with purpose
Charles Eisenstein
Celo Foundation, Advisor
Inspires sacred economies
Viral Sangani
Celo Foundation
Builds community
Yvette Floyd
cLabs, Finance
Enabling worldwide financial liberty.
Monica Garde
cLabs, Product
Builds for scale
Abhinav Mulagada
cLabs, Data Services
Empowers accessibility
Nikhil Raghuveera
Celo Foundation, Innovation
reimagines financial inclusion
Jean Regisser
Valora, Applications
Unfolds intentions
Alexander Harley
Steakwallet, Founder
Advances privacy first applications
Michael Straka
cLabs, Cryptography
Builds and learns
Tomer Weiss
Upright, Acceleration Programs
Makes people the best version of themselves
Anna Kazlauskas
Corsali, Founder
Builds for all

Early Backers

Early CELO holders include prominent venture funds, C-level operators, academics, and experts across a wide range of fields including

Reid Hoffman

Jack Dorsey

Naval Ravikant

Casey Neistat

Arianna Simpson

Tanguy Chau

Elad Gil

Keisuke Honda

Kilowatt Capital

Julia Popowitz

Linda Xie

Vijay Pandurangan

R&R Ventures

Nitesh Banta

Warren Hogarth

Curious Endeavors

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