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About Civic
As leaders in the decentralized identity space, Civic is focused on a few real-world applications of its blockchain-powered technology. The company offers flexible identity verification technology for businesses and is using digital identity as a gateway for decentralized finance on the Solana blockchain. Civic uses identity.com’s open-source, blockchain-based ecosystem to verify credentials. Civic was co-founded in 2015 by serial entrepreneurs Vinny Lingham and Jonathan Smith.

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Vinny Lingham, CEO & Co-Founder, Civic

Vinny Lingham is the chief executive officer and co-founder of Civic, a visionary company enabling consumers to securely send and receive money, including cryptocurrencies, around the world. Previously, he was the co-founder and CEO of Gyft, a mobile gift card company, which was acquired by First Data Corporation for more than $50M. He is an active investor and as co-founder of Newton Partners in South Africa, he has led early stage investments into successful startups, including Sweep South and Augmentors. Vinny was a Shark on Shark Tank South Africa, a Dragon on Dragon’s Den South Africa, and an Angel in National Geographic’s Undercover Angel. He is a co-author of “I’m In: Essential Advice for Entrepreneurs.”

Vinny Lingham, CEO & Co-Founder, Civic

A visionary leader and serial entrepreneur, Vinny is bringing the ability to send and receive money, including cryptocurrencies, to consumers. Previously, he was the co-founder and CEO of Gyft, a mobile gift card company, which was acquired by First Data Corporation for more than $50M.

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Jonathan Smith, Co-Founder & CTO, Civic

Jonathan Smith is the chief technology officer and co-founder of Civic. In this role, he 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. As a seasoned entrepreneur and investor, Jonathan serves as an advisor to blockchain projects including Doc.ai, BnkToTheFuture and Wala. Prior to co-founding Civic, Jonathan led technology, innovation and delivery in some of the most complex and security-sensitive environments in banking, including those at Genpact Headstrong Capital Markets, RBS Global Banking & Markets and HSH Nordbank. Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Jonathan Smith, Co-Founder & CTO, 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. As a seasoned entrepreneur, investor and advisor, Jonathan has successfully led teams that successfully innovated and delivered products in some of the most complex and security-sensitive environments.

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Chris Hart, COO, Civic

Chris Hart is the chief operating officer of Civic. Chris is a seasoned and collaborative leader with expertise in driving the adoption and scaling of innovative technologies across marketplace and mobile ecosystems. Chris leads all business operations at the company, including finance, compliance, business development, global project planning and business process improvement. He is a long-serving member of the Pat Tillman Foundation, and is the vice-chair of the organization’s board of directors. Chris has more than two decades of senior finance, operations and IT experience, and previously served as chief financial officer at Guidebook, Inc., and Nextag, Inc. He holds a BA in English and Philosophy from Emory University and an MBA in Finance from the University of San Francisco, where he graduated summa cum laude.

Chris Hart, COO, Civic

As a collaborative leader with expertise in driving the adoption and scaling of innovative technologies across marketplace and mobile ecosystems, Chris leads all business operations at the company, including finance, compliance, global project planning and business process improvement.

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