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 .

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.
Mengfan Zhang
Celo Foundation, Communications
Sparks prosperity for everyone
Chuck Kimble
cLabs, Ecosystem Growth
Connects people
Vitor Ribeiro Peters
cLabs, Intern | People
Understands and connects
Michael Zhang
cLabs, Advisor
Creates financial models
Jeanne Tsan
cLabs, People
Builds with heart
Danielle Andrzejewski
cLabs, Alliance
Bridges worlds for shared understanding
Amy Slawson
cLabs, Product
Explores the edges of possibility
Anastasis Karampetsos
cLabs, People
a Teal missionary
Jackie Bona
Valora, Growth
Sparks ideas, spurs growth
Anton de Leon
cLabs, Engineering
Builds playgrounds
Josh Crites
cLabs, Developer Relations
Shares understanding
Piers Powlesland
cLabs, Engineering
Tries to build the unbreakable
Daniel Kimotho
cLabs, Ecosystem Growth - Kenya
Helps others succeed
Taylor Lahey
cLabs, Design
Tells visual stories
Mashiat Mutmainnah
Celo Foundation, Research and Innovation
Create financial equality and empowerment for BIPOC communities
Laurence Delisle
Valora, Experience
Creates pathways
Psi Vesely
cLabs, Cryptography
Hacks the planet (for good)
Gabrielle Micheletti
cLabs, Experience / Fellow
Shapes beautiful prosperity
Oluwashina Peter
cLabs, Growth
Gets people to believe
Nitya Subramanian
cLabs, Valora, Product
Builds for impact
Bogdan Radu Dumitru
cLabs, Protocol Engineering
Builds tools that enable change
Daniel Kesler
cLabs, Developer Experience
makes tech accessible
Evan Kereiakes
UbeSwap, CEO
Implements the vision
Angelica Valle Aguilera
cLabs, Ecosystem Growth
Shares decentralized ways of living
Fernando Bresslau
cLabs, Ecosystem Growth
Works towards fair finance
Rene Reinsberg
cLabs, Celo Foundation, Business
Paints the vision
Tomer Weiss
Upright, Acceleration Programs
Makes people the best version of themselves
Elad Gil
cLabs, Advisor
Helps startups
Nikhil Raghuveera
Celo Foundation, Innovation
reimagines financial inclusion
Brian Mayote
cLabs, Finance and Accounting
Sees beyond the numbers
Valentin Rodygin
cLabs, Application
Crafts simplicity
Joshua Gutow
cLabs, Protocol Engineering
Seeks understanding
Zaki Manian
Iqlusion, Validating / Protocol
Works towards sovereign interoperable blockchains
Yaz Khoury
cLabs, Developer Relations
Conducts Technological Symphonies
Jason Rodrigues
Celo Foundation, Fellow
Empowers the next billion
Asa Oines
cLabs, Protocol
Learns from nature
Kanji Kawanabe
Valora, People
Aligning people & passions
Tim Moreton
cLabs, Engineering
Dreams, ships, iterates
Dan Race
cLabs, Advisor
Communicates the vision
Sep Kamvar
cLabs, Celo Foundation, Engineering
Builds things with purpose
J M Rossy, Wallet Engineering
Pursues excellence in craftsmanship
Lisa Wess
Valora, Product Circle, Support Lead
Supports, empowers, connects
Michael Straka
cLabs, Cryptography
Builds and learns
Naval Ravikant
cLabs, Advisor
Digests the future
Silas Boyd-Wickizer
cLabs, Advisor
Empowers validators
Victoria Peschke
cLabs, Site Reliability Engineering
values simplicity & accessibility
Can Demirezen
Valora, Consumer Growth
Learns to grow, helps to empower
Roman Croessmann
cLabs, Protocol & Economics
Seeks insights that empower
Eric Cristobal
cLabs, Ecosystem Growth
Helps people
Arthur Gousset
cLabs, Product
Builds to maximise impact
Yaliwe Soko
cLabs, Ecosystem Growth
Impacts lives through positive contribution
Mari Daily
cLabs, People
enables meaningful connections
Tong Wang
cLabs, Engineering
Alec Schaefer
cLabs, Protocol
Builds equitable systems
Mariano Cortesi
cLabs, Protocol
Reflects on life's mysteries
Natalie Alfers
Celo Foundation, Marketing, Always giving back
Turning the focus to gratitude
Junyi Zheng
cLabs, People
cultivates connection
Anca Bogdana Rusu
cLabs, Public Sector
Brings people together
Alberto Martin
cLabs, Product
Seeks user problems 
Adriana Cerundolo
Celo Foundation, Community
Fosters connection
Kevin Jue
cLabs, Engineering
Builds platforms to enable prosperity for all
Dimitri De Jonghe
Keyko, Validator Experience
Thinks outside of the circle
Judy Piper
cLabs, Engineering
Enables engineering learning and growth
Aaron DeRuvo
cLabs, Web Apps
Integrates Mystic and Modern
Martín Volpe
cLabs, Engineering
Brings great products to life
Slobodan Sudaric
cLabs, Economics
Seeks economic solutions
Alex Witt
cLabs, Celo Foundation, Finance
Enables borderless financial inclusion
Matt Reed
cLabs, Legal
Counsels the creators
Tarik Bellamine
Valora, Applications
Builds for people
Luke Tchang
cLabs, Engineering
Dreams and builds
Dominique Liau
Valora, Product
Enriches experiences & unites beauty and simplicity
Anna Kazlauskas
Corsali, Founder
Builds for all
Ezechiel Copic
cLabs, Public Sector
Engages official sector
Eran Tromer
cLabs, Advisor
Innovates in cryptography
Alexander Harley
Steakwallet, Founder
Advances privacy first applications
Thomas Teulery
cLabs, Engineering
Explores and learns
David Riascos
cLabs, Ecosystem Growth
Supports intangible values in people
Morgan Beller
Celo Foundation, Celo Advisor
Nadiem Sissouno
cLabs, Protocol & Economics
Seeks clarity
Jonathan Chuang
cLabs, Engineering & Cryptography
Creates new possibilities
Jean Regisser
Valora, Applications
Unfolds intentions
Charles Eisenstein
cLabs, Advisor
Inspires sacred economies
Karima Williams
Valora, Consumer Growth
Create beautiful customer journeys
Vasco Bilbao-Bastida
cLabs, People
Clarifies and connects
Meltem Sendag
cLabs, Ecosystem Growth, Turkey
Creates magical moments
Jake Leraul
cLabs, Legal
Follows his zk-purpose
Eela Nagaraj
cLabs, Engineering
Seeks inclusive solutions
Brian Gauld
Celo Foundation, Marcom
Empowers change
Pedro Gutiérrez
Keyko, Engineering
Makes the impossible
Trevor Porter
cLabs, Protocol
Explores technical systems
Jason Rudianto
cLabs, Protocol
Protocol & Economics
Or Neeman
cLabs, Protocol
Strives for simplicity
Lucas Ege
cLabs, Protocol
Interprets complexity
Vanessa Slavich
Celo Foundation, Experience
Designs for equity
Kobi Gurkan
cLabs, Cryptography
Increases integrity using math
Audrey Penven
cLabs, Engineering
Strives to expand what's possible
Natalya Thakur
cLabs, Ecosystem Growth / Fellow
Creates frameworks for the future through design thinking
Matt Kim
C-Labs, Product
builds to uncover potential
Cody Born
cLabs, Protocol
Improves social structures
Donald Hutchison
cLabs, Engineering
pressing buttons, going further
Laurisha Cotton
cLabs, Social Media and Video
Shares global stories
Gastón Ponti
cLabs, Protocol
Knocks down walls
Lilly Kofler
Celo Foundation, Marketing Communications
Inspires adoption
Mathieu Chanson
cLabs, Product
builds for scale
James Downer
cLabs, Ecosystem Growth / Fellow
Gets hands dirty
Michelle Edwards
cLabs, People & Finance
Enhances community through operational excellence
Victor Graf
cLabs, Protocol
Builds foundational systems
William Le
Celo Foundation, Ecosystem Growth
Brings innovation to market
Gonzalo Nardini
Valora, Applications
Builds the future
Chris Ostrowski
cLabs / Celo
Convenes, Creates, Translates
Yorke Rhodes IV
cLabs, Protocol
Builds ethically optimistic tech
Umar Sebyala
cLabs, Ecosystem growth
Gets people involved
Xochitl Cazador
Celo Foundation, Ecosystem Growth
Helps communities prosper
Marissa Florant
cLabs, People
Believes in your potential
Julian Sproul
cLabs, People / Recruiting
conscious recruiting
Ben Speckien
cLabs, Security
Breaking down barriers
Tobias Kuhlmann
cLabs, Reserve & Liquidity
cares about robustness
Aliu Musa
cLabs, Ecosystem Growth
Makes positive impact
Denisse Halm
Valora, Ecosystem Growth
Delivers financial equity
Corey Lee
cLabs, Product Design
Designs interactions
Martin Chrzanowski
cLabs, Protocol
Plays with languages
Claire Belmont

cLabs, Protocol
Empowers people to create a beautiful world
Alon Shavit
Upright, Acceleration Programs
Undos the Industrial Revolution
Marek Olszewski
cLabs, Celo Foundation, Valora, Engineering
Builds technical teams
Nelson Taveras
cLabs, Engineering
Dares to try
Nam Chu Hoai
cLabs, Protocol
Highlights beauty
Isabelle Wei
Valora, Engineering
Builds impactful products
Markus Franke
cLabs, Economics
Makes economics work
Brynly Llyr
cLabs, Celo Foundation, Legal
Advocates and educates

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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