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Catalyst Fund Operations by IOG Catalyst Team


To fully unlock the power of Catalyst, new features, infrastructure and tools are needed to assure funding opportunities and project success by transparent and responsive administration and oversight.


Appoint IOG Catalyst Team to develop and deploy new tools and features to take operation and oversight of Catalyst to new levels and act as administrator and operator of Catalyst for the next 12months

Total to date

This is the total amount allocated to Catalyst Fund Operations by IOG Catalyst Team. 2 out of 7 milestones are complete

Total funds requested
Distributed: ₳2,001,000
Remaining: ₳139,000
In Progress
To be completed
Total Votes
Votes Yes
Votes No

About this idea

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The Catalyst Team has 21 core members, who can also utilize, as necessary, resources across IOG, allowing the Catalyst Team to dynamically increase or scale back its resource capacity when needed to leverage UI/UX design research, full-stack development, technical and cryptographic research, and product marketing as required. 

Collectively, the Catalyst leadership and core team carries over 400 years of deep technical expertise that enables Cardano to benefit from Catalyst’s decentralized innovation funding programme and innovative voting system. The organizational structure is cross-functional and multidisciplinary in nature, and is represented across two core teams: Catalyst Core and Fund Administration, as illustrated in the following Organizational Chart. 

Catalyst Leadership:

Vice President, Governance: Nigel Hemsley


Nigel led the delivery of five Cardano hard-forks since Allegra, including Alonzo smart contracts and further improvements with Vasil. Nigel has been an integral member of the Cardano Ecosystem having advised across many individual elements from product strategy of the Djed stablecoin to supporting community members to build NFT DApps. Nigel now leads Voltaire which puts him into a unique position to support and oversee Catalyst. Nigel built up his expertise on distributed networks initially in the Reinsurance industry building the first grid-computing solutions for the Risk Models of Lloyd's of London and Swiss Re.

Group Lead: Kriss Baird


Kriss joined the Catalyst team in April 2021 as the first Product Owner. He has played a pivotal role in introducing new features and enhancements to the Catalyst system including privacy-preserving voting,, Catalyst Natives, project accountability, proof of achievement and milestone-based funding, and upgrading the Community Review process. Kriss is principally responsible for overseeing Catalyst's services. He has been involved in Cardano since 2017 and is deeply passionate about this disruptive startup ecosystem. Kriss has a decade of experience delivering national-scale startup funding programs. At Innovate UK, the UK Government's innovation agency, he led 25 rounds of the IC tomorrow digital innovation competition that funded hundreds of startups to develop and trial digital prototypes with leaders such as Google Chrome, Mozilla, Samsung, Sony, IBM Watson, McLaren, Intel, Universal Music Group, and more. Kriss has also held roles at digital innovation for social impact grant-maker Ufi VocTech Trust, lead at UCL's EDUCATE EdTech Accelerator, and innovation expert-in-residence at Imperial College London. 

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Ufi VocTech Trust

Lead Architect: Steven Johnson



Steven has been the Lead Architect for Project Catalyst since joining the project in 2022.

He has been a Software Engineer since the Late 80’s, Architecting both hardware and software systems since the early 90’s. Steven led the systems architecture of a number of large scale projects in the Gaming and Wagering industry including casino wide monitoring systems, jackpot systems, financial auditing systems, LED display Systems and Privacy preserving routers. He designed systems delivered to Conrad Casinos, IGT, Jupiters Limited, Queensland TAB, Max Gaming, Mikohn Gaming and others in Australia, USA and Canada. Steven has a wide range of expertise as diverse as embedded hardware, communications systems, real time OS, Kernel development, Virtual Machines, Applied cryptography and Blockchain technology. He founded several successful companies and holds Patents in Time based statistical methods for Jackpot prize awarding in the USA, Australia, UK and other territories. His diverse set of interests led him to contribute to a number of Open Source projects include such projects as GDB and the ZFS File system.

Technology Lead: Sasha Prokhorenko



Sasha has been leading software development at Catalyst since joining in 2022. He is a skilled Software Engineering Lead, with over ten years of experience building software products for clients including PepsiCo, Liberty Global, and Philip Morris International. Sasha has proven expertise in multiple programming languages and frameworks and has successfully led cross-functional teams through all stages of the software development process. He embraces continuous improvement and innovation.

Product Manager: Daniel Ribar


Daniel has over 17 years of high performance track record in customer experience and business operations. He is passionate about empowering people worldwide through innovation, which began when he used bitcoin to pay his college rent in 2013. In March 2021, he joined the Catalyst team after making significant contributions to Project Catalyst by building community dashboards since the program's inception (Sep 2020). As a community liaison and efficient operator, he builds bridges between products, services, users, and communities. Outside of Catalyst, he has been involved in the Cardano ecosystem for over 5 years in roles such as a stakepool operator, Cardano ambassador, and moderator. In addition, he curated experiences for global travelers as general manager of the renowned Remote Year program. Daniel also built an operational stack for a Czech student real estate investment group where he then served as a general manager and partner. He also led a startup for young working professionals, which became the country's largest flat sharing network with over 80,000 members throughout Europe. He successfully exited these ventures to focus full-time on Cardano.

Catalyst Team
Catalyst Team