Governance Working Group

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Nathan Vandy


Ravindra Kumar



The Working Group supports INATBA in promoting a transparent and inclusive model of governance for blockchain and other distributed ledger technology infrastructures and applications that reflect the shared interests of stakeholders. These stakeholders include voices from industry players, start-ups and SMEs, civil society organisations and public authorities.

Objectives for 2021

The WG has agreed on three objectives around which it will carry out its annual work:

  • - Identify and share research related to blockchain governance in close collaboration with the AAB
  • - Define a taxonomy for governance structures of blockchains and reviewing impact of decentralisation on entity creation
  • - Identifying, sharing and contributing to best practices and guidance as well as sharing and driving policy focus & evolution in key areas through discussion and bringing together key players

Outputs for 2021

The Working Group engages in a number of activities to achieve the above-mentioned objectives. Among others, the Working Group is currently aiming to:

  • - Publish a paper in collaboration with the Interoperability Working Group and Standards Committee on interoperable DLT-based systems
  • - Respond to Wharton questionnaire on governance best practices on taxonomy structure
  • - Review research on blockchain governance for publication of report on key industry topics
  • - Collaboration with other Working Groups on bilateral calls, papers, events and research


The Working Group is following four main workstreams focused on different aspects of governance.

Workstream 1: Collaboration and assistance to other Working groups
Workstream 2: Governance research in liaison with the AAB
Workstream 3: Analysis of taxonomies
Workstream 4: Governance implications for decentralisation and entity creation

Why is it essential?

The Governance Working group is essential because, in order to foster a healthy development of blockchain/DLT networks and applications, it is important for all stakeholders (including everyone involved in a new network) to understand how such a network is governed and its wider impact. Yet, there is currently a lack of guidance regarding this topic, which is influenced by multidisciplinary fields including economic, social, legal and technical considerations.


  • Country

ADAN – Association pour le Développement des Actif Numériques

Simon Polrot

ADAN is a professional body for digital assets industry players, based in France. ADAN’s mission is to promote digital assets in the aim of creating a free and open digital economy. ADAN also federates the industry players to nurture the development of this new industry, allowing for a level playing field, best common practices and ethical development.

Ingmar Zechlin

æternity blockchain is an Erlang-based scalable smart contract platform engineered by programming pioneers to address some of the most fundamental challenges native to earlier blockchains. By redesigning blockchain technology at the protocol level, the æternity developer community has enabled the core protocol to understand and integrate a rich set of functionalities out of the box.

Guardia Güell MONTSE

Alastria is a non-profit association that promotes the digital economy through the development of decentralised ledger technologies/Blockchain. Alastria is open to all types of companies and organizations with the mission to reach all sectors and contribute to the creation of an innovation ecosystem as diverse as possible.


Anne Warner

Algorand builds technology that accelerates the convergence between decentralized and traditional finance by enabling the simple creation of next generation financial products, protocols and exchange of value.

Yong Jae Kwon

Tendermint is a core contributor to the Cosmos Network, building the most powerful tools for distributed networks. Tendermint empowers people to create a transparent and accountable world through open, distributed, and interoperable networks.

Michael Pinkus

Bitbond radically improves the issuance, settlement and custody of financial instruments with the help of blockchain technology and tokenization.

Oliver Naegele

Blockchain HELIX, is a German Blockchain technology startup. Innovation, creativity & sustainability is at the heart of everything they do. Blockchain HELIX offers a Digital Identity solution for individuals and corporates, called helix id.

Nadia Filali

Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations carries out missions of public interest in support of the public policies implemented by the State and local government bodies. It contributes to the development of enterprises in line with its own proprietorial interests, and may also exercise competitive activities

Hinrich Pfeifer

Cardano Foundation is a blockchain and cryptocurrency organisation based in Zug, Switzerland. The Foundation’s core mission is to “standardise, protect and promote”​ the Cardano Protocol technology.

Vasilisa Marinchuk

Centre Blockchain de Catalunya aims to promote the adoption of digital assets and decentralized technologies (DLTs) in Catalonia through digital dissemination and literacy, not only among each and every one of the industrial sectors but also, and without exception, among those actors, individual or collective, private or institutional, potentially concerned.

Tom Baumann

The Climate Chain Coalition (CCC) is an open global initiative to support collaboration among members and stakeholders to advance blockchain (distributed ledger technology) and related digital solutions (e.g. IoT, big data) to help mobilize climate finance and enhance MRV (measurement, reporting and verification) to scale climate actions for mitigation and adaptation.

Vytautsa Kaseta

Crypto Economy Organisation is a not for profit, non-governmental organization founded to represent the interests of the crypto professionals, blockchain companies and to satisfy public interests through education, training and other activity of public benefit.

Sorin Simplaceanu

dCentra is a privately held German company, which focuses on bringing Blockchain Technology to use & work for various Industry Domains and the General Public. They do this by engaging in customer projects as a Service Provider and also by building their own products within a startup context as an Innovator.

Niels Brab

Deutsche Börse actively shapes the transformation towards a more sustainable world with products and services that help market participants to meet environmental, social and governance standarts.

Andrea D’Intino is active as an European research organisation, it is a think/do tank engaged both in socio-political analysis and development of technical solutions. They have decades of expertise adopting, developing and customising technologies for blockchain protocols, audio/video production, independent communication, private storage of information, autonomous p2p networking, hardware recycling, crypto currencies and trust management.

Vasilis Charalambous

George Z. Georgiou & Associates LLC is an award-winning, Cypriot law firm undertaking work in the fields of: Arbitration; Banking & Compliance; Commercial; Corporate & Tax; Data Protection; Employment & Pensions; Intellectual Property & Media; Litigation & International Commercial Litigation; Real Estate & Construction; and all other areas of Cypriot law.

Silke Elfrifai

Gnosis builds new market mechanisms to make this future possible. Through decentralized platforms on the Ethereum blockchain, they enable the distribution of resources—from assets to incentives, and information to ideas—at individual, societal, and global scales.

Ravindra Kumar

INCRREDA is passionate about helping businesses to fulfil their potential by encouraging them to embrace the innovative and disruptive Blockchain DLT technology platforms. They have been working continuously on most demanding use cases in industries – Trade Finance, P2P Energy Trading & Healthcare. It would optimise existing infrastructure estate to support the growing business demand and bring operational cost significantly down for medium and large businesses.

Fabrice Croiseaux

INFRACHAIN is a privately driven non-profit organization with public sector support created by the emerging Blockchain-industry. They are a cross-industry effort aiming to push the adoption curve of blockchain by sharing expertise, participating in blockchain projects, disseminating information on operational blockchain use cases and creating an international ecosystem. INFRACHAIN is a Blockchain community and focus on issues allowing Blockchain applications to become operational in the current regulatory environment.

Julie Anne Bratten Maupin

IOTA Foundation is a non-profit organization and creator of the Tangle, a permissionless, multi-dimensional distributed ledger, designed as a foundation of a global protocol for all things connected. Led by a team of talented developers and passionate industry experts, IOTA developed an advanced ledger that moves beyond Blockchain to effectively address the challenges of scalability, energy resource requirements and data security, as well as transaction fees.


Jolocom creates solutions for the future of digital identity. They believe everyone and everything capable of having a self-sovereign identity should be able to freely communicate and share information with each other.

Guido Schmitz-Krummacher

The Lisk Foundation was established 2016 in Zug, Switzerland and since then oversees the development and promotion of the Lisk blockchain application platform.

Mirko de Malde

Lynkeus is a strategy consultancy firm focused on the design and implementation of advanced IT solutions in the biomedical sciences and beyond. Founded in 2001, it has acquired specific expertise in the conception and management of EU-funded projects ranging from artificial intelligence, advanced analytics, blockchain, privacy-enhancing solutions, mixed reality, secure computation, and synthetic data. Its team of IT and biomedical scientists, project managers, lawyers, experts in public policy and science communication, works at the intersection of ethics, law and medical technologies, developing innovative, scalable and compliant systems.

Wim Stalmans

The Blockchain Academy partners with the leading universities throughout the world to provide blockchain education to close the skills gap and stir innovation. They work with certification bodies, experienced instructors, incumbent and startup employers, professional associations and top institutions to power skills-based training programs that prepare today’s workers for tomorrow’s jobs.

Alexandru Stanescu

The Luxembourg-based NPO aims to establish one single regulated European market in regards to blockchain related issues that is competitive to other jurisdictions without lacking a very high standard of security and trust. Over 40 lawyers, tax advisors, auditors & other professionals from over 15 European countries are working together to shape the future for the better.


Yoti began in 2014 by building a free consumer app that puts the ID on phones. The Yoti app is designed with privacy at its core, giving individuals a safe way to share personal details with businesses and individuals. Today, Yoti has over ten million app downloads around the world. They have expanded their offering to a suite of business solutions that span identity verification, age estimation, e-signing and AI anti-spoofing technologies.