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.
Sep Kamvar
cLabs, Celo Foundation, Engineering
Builds things with purpose
Michelle Edwards
cLabs, People & Finance
Enhances community through operational excellence
Anna Kazlauskas
Corsali, Founder
Builds for all
Audrey Penven
cLabs, Engineering
Strives to expand what's possible
Tobias Kuhlmann
cLabs, Reserve & Liquidity
cares about robustness
Eric Cristobal
Celo Foundation, Ecosystem Growth
Helps people
Vitor Ribeiro Peters
cLabs, Intern | People
Understands and connects
Christopher Hayes
Celo Foundation, Government Relations
Changing the Shape of the Box
Gastón Ponti
cLabs, Protocol
Knocks down walls
Nam Chu Hoai
cLabs, Protocol
Highlights beauty
Piers Powlesland
cLabs, Engineering
Tries to build the unbreakable
Corey Lee
cLabs, Product Design
Designs interactions
Psi Vesely
cLabs, Cryptography
Hacks the planet (for good)
Eran Tromer
cLabs, Advisor
Innovates in cryptography
Jai Ramaswamy
Celo Foundation, Advisor
Advocates for values-based technology
Daniel Kimotho
Celo Foundation, Ecosystem Growth - Kenya
Helps others succeed
Daniel Kesler
cLabs, Developer Experience
makes tech accessible
Brian Mayote
cLabs, Finance and Accounting
Sees beyond the numbers
Yaliwe Soko
Celo Foundation, Ecosystem Growth
Impacts lives through positive contribution
Josh Crites
Celo Foundation, Developer Relations
Shares understanding
Victor Graf
cLabs, Protocol
Builds foundational systems
Jackie Bona
Valora, Growth
Sparks ideas, spurs growth
Xochitl Cazador
Celo Foundation, Ecosystem Growth
Helps communities prosper
Chris Hayes
Celo Foundation, Government Relations and Public Policy
Changes Shape of the Box
Aliu Musa
Celo Foundation, Ecosystem Growth
Makes positive impact
Nadiem Sissouno
cLabs, Protocol & Economics
Seeks clarity
Valentin Rodygin
cLabs, Application
Crafts simplicity
Chuck Kimble
Celo Foundation, Ecosystem Growth
Connects people
Anca Bogdana Rusu
cLabs, Public Sector
Brings people together
Mashiat Mutmainnah
Celo Foundation, Research and Innovation
Create financial equality and empowerment for BIPOC communities
Victoria Peschke
cLabs, Site Reliability Engineering
values simplicity & accessibility
Charles Eisenstein
Celo Foundation, Advisor
Inspires sacred economies
Morgan Beller
Celo Foundation, Celo Advisor
Dan Race
cLabs, Advisor
Communicates the vision
Danielle Andrzejewski
cLabs, Alliance
Bridges worlds for shared understanding
Slobodan Sudaric
cLabs, Economics
Seeks economic solutions
Mari Daily
cLabs, People
enables meaningful connections
Brynly Llyr
cLabs, Celo Foundation, Legal
Advocates and educates
Jeanne Tsan
Celo Foundation, People
Builds with heart
Elad Gil
cLabs, Advisor
Helps startups
Jake Leraul
cLabs, Legal
Follows his zk-purpose
Lilly Kofler
Celo Foundation, Marketing Communications
Inspires adoption
Alexander Harley
Steakwallet, Founder
Advances privacy first applications
Trevor Porter
cLabs, Protocol
Explores technical systems
Arthur Gousset
cLabs, Product
Builds to maximise impact
Angelica Valle Aguilera
Celo Foundation, Ecosystem Growth
Shares decentralized ways of living
Adriana Cerundolo
Celo Foundation, Community
Fosters connection
Alex Witt
Celo Foundation, Finance
Enables borderless financial inclusion
Marissa Florant
cLabs, People
Believes in your potential
Dimitri De Jonghe
Keyko, Validator Experience
Thinks outside of the circle
James Downer
Celo Foundation, Ecosystem Growth / Fellow
Gets hands dirty
William Le
Celo Foundation, Ecosystem Growth
Brings innovation to market
Zaki Manian
Iqlusion, Validating / Protocol
Works towards sovereign interoperable blockchains
Alec Schaefer
cLabs, Protocol
Builds equitable systems
Monica Garde
cLabs, Product
Builds for scale
Umar Sebyala
Celo Foundation, Ecosystem growth
Gets people involved
Matt Reed
cLabs, Legal
Counsels the creators
Mathieu Chanson
cLabs, Product
builds for scale
Rene Reinsberg
cLabs, Celo Foundation, Business
Paints the vision
Nelson Taveras
cLabs, Engineering
Dares to try
Aaron DeRuvo
cLabs, Web Apps
Integrates Mystic and Modern
Laurence Delisle
Valora, Experience
Creates pathways
Subha Subramanian
cLabs, Product
Dream. Do. Learn.
Natalie Alfers
Celo Foundation, Marketing & Business Development
Seeks ways to grow together
David Riascos
cLabs, Ecosystem Growth
Supports intangible values in people
Alon Shavit
Upright, Acceleration Programs
Undos the Industrial Revolution
Eela Nagaraj
cLabs, Engineering
Seeks inclusive solutions
Martín Volpe
cLabs, Engineering
Brings great products to life
Silas Boyd-Wickizer
Valora, Engineering
Empowers validators
Laurisha Cotton
Valora, Social Media and Video
Shares global stories
Mariano Cortesi
cLabs, Protocol
Reflects on life's mysteries
Tim Moreton
cLabs, Engineering
Dreams, ships, iterates
Vasco Bilbao-Bastida
cLabs, People
Clarifies and connects
Michael Straka
cLabs, Cryptography
Builds and learns
Kobi Gurkan
cLabs, Cryptography
Increases integrity using math
Alberto Martin
cLabs, Product
Seeks user problems 
Mengfan Zhang
Celo Foundation, Communications
Sparks prosperity for everyone
Jane Khodarkovsky
Celo Foundation
Advocates financial inclusion and independence
Gonzalo Nardini
Valora, Applications
Builds the future
Cody Born
cLabs, Advisor
Improves social structures
Isabelle Wei
cLabs, Engineering
Builds impactful products
Michael Zhang
cLabs, Advisor
Creates financial models
Nikhil Raghuveera
Celo Foundation, Innovation
reimagines financial inclusion
Ben Speckien
cLabs, Security
Breaking down barriers
Markus Franke
cLabs, Economics
Makes economics work
Lisa Wess
Valora, Product Circle, Support Lead
Supports, empowers, connects
Meltem Sendag
Celo Foundation, Ecosystem Growth, Turkey
Creates magical moments
Matt Kim
cLabs, Product
builds to uncover potential
Bayo Paul Sodimu
cLabs, Mento and Reserve
Building for the future
Dominique Liau
Valora, Product
Enriches experiences & unites beauty and simplicity
Jean Regisser
Valora, Applications
Unfolds intentions
Jason Rodrigues
Celo Foundation, Partner
Empowers the next billion
Marek Olszewski
cLabs, Celo Foundation, Valora, Engineering
Builds technical teams
Martin Chrzanowski
cLabs, Protocol
Plays with languages
Denisse Halm
Valora, Ecosystem Growth
Delivers financial equity
Karima Williams
Valora, Consumer Growth
Create beautiful customer journeys
Taylor Lahey
cLabs, Design
Tells visual stories
Tomer Weiss
Upright, Acceleration Programs
Makes people the best version of themselves
Donald Hutchison
cLabs, Engineering
pressing buttons, going further
Roman Croessmann
cLabs, Protocol & Economics
Seeks insights that empower
Can Demirezen
Valora, Consumer Growth
Learns to grow, helps to empower
J M Rossy, Wallet Engineering
Pursues excellence in craftsmanship
Evan Kereiakes
UbeSwap, CEO
Implements the vision
Pedro Gutiérrez
Keyko, Engineering
Makes the impossible
Bogdan Radu Dumitru
cLabs, Protocol Engineering
Builds tools that enable change
Naval Ravikant
cLabs, Advisor
Digests the future

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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