W. Scott Stornetta, Ph.D

Chief Scientist

While working at Bell Communications Research (Bellcore), Dr. Stornetta co-invented, along with Stuart Haber, the blockchain technique.  This helped lay the foundation for Bitcoin and other digital currencies (for example, of the eight citations in the original Bitcoin paper, three reference his and Dr. Haber’s work).  Along with Dr. Haber, he co-founded Surety, a Bellcore spinoff.  Surety’s offering constituted the first commercial deployment of a blockchain.

Dr. Stornetta finished at Bellcore as Assistant General Manager of the 125-person Mathematical and Computer Sciences Laboratory.  Dr. Stornetta consulted for many years, evaluating the commercial potential of emerging technologies on behalf of universities, commercial research labs, and venture capital interests.

Dr. Stornetta received his Ph.D. in physics from Stanford University, after attending MIT, Harvard, and Brigham Young University.

Deryck Graham


Deryck is a serial technology entrepreneur with 30 years of building and listing companies on the Australian Securities Exchange and 19 years experience as a public company director.

He cofounded QHL, Australia’s largest composite aerospace defence contractor with $800m in contracts, launched, JV’ed and sold Eagle Aircraft which now forms Malaysia’s billion dollar aviation industry and developed one of the world’s first social media platforms.

He is a Blockchain evangelist and an active investor.

Wayne Hughes

Chief Operations Officer

Wayne has built successful businesses from new media, specializing in digital marketing and leading-edge web technologies, to corporate advisory.

Graduating with an MBA from UWA, Wayne is the founder and Managing Director of Titan Digital, Australia’s largest Digital Marketing Agency with 150 staff across 5 locations, and one of less than 20 Google Premier Partners in Australia.

Wayne has an eye for outstanding opportunities and the determination to deliver value.  He is a passionate Blockchain advocate and an early investor in the sector.

Simon Owen

Group General Counsel

Simon Owen almost 30 years of experience as a corporate lawyer, advisor and entrepreneur with particular focus on capital markets and the development and regulation of projects incorporating technology and innovation.

He is an experienced executive and Director, in both listed and unlisted public companies and has deep regulatory experience in Australia, North America, UK and Europe.

Most recently he has been Legal Counsel and Advisor for blockchain initiatives in both Australia and international jurisdictions.