The Mina Foundation, a public benefit corporation serving the Mina Protocol, has announced the addition of Harvard Business School Finance Professor Marco Di Maggio to its board. Di Maggio is the Director of the Fintech, Crypto and Web3 Lab at Harvard University, and he is also a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a Coinbase Institute Advisory board member.

Other current board members include former Executive Director at Zcash Foundation Josh Cincinnati, former Crypto Engineering Lead at Twitter Tess Rinearson, CEO of Mina Foundation Evan Shapiro, and General Counsel of Mina Foundation Joon Kim.

Di Maggio expressed his excitement about joining the Mina Foundation board and bringing his interests in how blockchain technology and digital assets can improve financial inclusion, contributing to Mina’s broader goal of fostering the user-owned decentralized web.

Evan Shapiro, CEO of Mina Foundation, stated that the addition of Marco Di Maggio to the board demonstrates the organization’s commitment to a web powered by participants and attracts leading experts like Di Maggio from top institutions. Shapiro looks forward to seeing Di Maggio’s contributions to the Mina Ecosystem.

Professor Di Maggio’s research at Harvard Business School focuses on how new technologies have disrupted financial markets and their effects on firms and individuals. His work has been widely recognized and published in leading academic journals. He has also been cited by notable outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Bloomberg, and Forbes.

Di Maggio is particularly interested in Mina’s applications of Zero Knowledge to enable programmable privacy and scalability across the network. He is eager to work alongside the other board members to encourage developer interest in utilizing Mina’s tools to bring the user-powered web to life.

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The Mina Foundation is a public benefit corporation serving the Mina Protocol, the world’s lightest blockchain. The Foundation supports the protocol and its community by issuing grants to third parties and maintaining community and network health.

Mina is the world’s lightest blockchain, powered by participants. It uses advanced cryptography and recursive zk-SNARKs to design an entire blockchain that is about 22kb in size. Mina is the first layer-1 to enable efficient implementation and easy programmability of zero knowledge smart contracts (zkApps). With its unique privacy features and ability to connect to any website, Mina is building a private gateway between the real world and crypto.