About Us

As leaders in the decentralized identity space, we’re focused on real-world applications of our blockchain-powered technology. We offer flexible identity verification technology for businesses by using digital identity as a gateway for decentralized finance on the Solana blockchain.

Over 30 developers, designers, engineers, sales, marketing & operations professionals currently work on building Civic. Meet a few of us below.

  • Chris Hart


    Chris is a collaborative leader with expertise in cryptocurrency, blockchain, and identity. In his role at Civic, Chris’ priorities are leading strategic business development, aligning the business in a dynamic environment, and building a thriving global culture. Chris previously served as CFO at Guidebook, Inc., and Nextag, Inc., and he brings more than two decades of outstanding senior finance, operations, and IT experience to Civic.

  • Jonathan Smith

    Co-Founder & CTO

    At Civic, Jonathan leads the creation of a trusted digital identity system, combining his passion for cryptocurrencies and token economies with his expertise in blockchain and banking technologies. Jonathan previously led technology, innovation and delivery in complex and security-sensitive environments in investment banking. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa.

  • Vinny Lingham

    Co-Founder & Chairman of the Board

    Vinny is a serial entrepreneur who previously founded the digital gift card platform, Gyft, which was acquired by First Data Corporation in 2014. After over a decade of experience in e-commerce, he realized that no-one had a universal solution to tackle identity fraud for consumers. He is an active investor and co-founder of South African Venture Capital leader Newtown Partners and has led early stage investments into successful startups.

  • Daniel Kelleher

    VP of Engineering

    Daniel has over ten years experience in the fields of finance, e-justice and blockchain, and holds a PhD in computer science from Trinity College, Dublin. He is dedicated to finding trustworthy, secure and decentralised technological solutions to improve the lives of people around the world.

  • JP Bedoya

    VP of Product & Design

    JP has over 15 years of experience developing and designing consumer and enterprise products. He previously served as head of Product Design at The Climate Corporation, overseeing product experience and user research and VP of Product at LifeLock, where he oversaw consumer products, new member acquisition, and new product development.

  • Anna Aubuchon

    Director of Business Operations

    Anna is passionate about delighting customers, blockchain technology and startup growth. With a background in business consulting and operations, she has held management positions at Thomson Reuters and Gyft. A trilingual Hong-Kong native, Anna received her BComm from UT Rotman School of Management, with a focus in Management and Economics.

  • Mike Marron

    Director of Finance & HR

    Two decades of finance, accounting and HR experience working with companies in diverse industries: tech startups, biotech, fashion, architecture, design, commercial transport, marketing and film production. Committed to collaborating with engaged, thoughtful teams to deliver meaningful services and interesting products to the marketplace. He most recently led finance and HR at Gyft.

  • Nancy Li

    Director of Marketing

    Nancy has over 10 years of experience in marketing, events, and sponsorships. Prior to Civic, she worked at Match Group, one of the largest dating portfolios in the world, and built their Sponsorships and Brand Partnerships programs from the ground up. Nancy is passionate about blockchain, startups, and brings creative storytelling and strategic marketing expertise to Civic.

  • Christopher Harding

    Director of Risk & Compliance, Compliance Officer

    Chris brings more than a decade’s worth of global experience in high-level risk management roles to Civic. At Civic, he supports all areas of the business to develop and bring to market a compliance product for decentralized finance (DeFi). After working as a business consultant for more than a decade with KPMG, he then developed and implemented new risk governance structures and risk management processes at LendingClub. Chris’ experience as a risk consultant and leader within the fintech industry complements Civic’s goal to bring the institutional mainstream into the world of DeFi.

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