Our Vision

Ocean Blue believes that decentralised, self-sovereign platforms bring about robust systems that greatly simplify the exchange of value in regulated financial markets whilst allowing compliance with regulations to be met.

In order to achieve this vision we:

  • issue grants in order to develop, support and finance the building of decentralised, self-sovereign platforms for the regulated financial markets.
  • support and fund lobbying efforts that promote and support the development of decentralised platforms by engaging with regulators, policymakers and the wider community.
  • work closely with partners to ensure the success of the projects we fund.

Ocean Blue Board

Ocean Blue Foundation is based in The Netherlands and run by a multi-national board:

Martin Worner - Chair

Martin spent 30 years in Capital Markets and technology working across asset classes and functions, as a coder, entrepreneur and leader. The last 5 years in the blockchain space mainly in a Product role. Martin has a strong interest in how regulations are shaped for the blockchain space, and in balancing rules with innovation while retaining the key safeguards.

Amila Kulasinghe - Board Member

Amila is a legal, regulatory and business structuring adviser. He has been actively engaged with blockchain and cryptoasset projects and policy initiatives since 2015. Amila originally qualified as a commercial barrister at the English Bar and subsequently practised financial services law in London, advising banks, asset managers and hedge funds. In addition, he is a CFA Charterholder and formerly worked in investment banking at Barclays, where he was a Director in the Prime Brokerage & Custody division. Amila has a BA in Law from the University of Oxford and an LL.M from UCL.

Melanie Crouch - Board Member

Melanie has spent the last 25 years working for commercial businesses and has a strong interest in the potential of blockchains. She is People & Culture Manager at web3 software company Confio GmbH and has a law degree from Leiden University and a Masters in Organisational Development.

Alessio Treglia - Board Member

Long time contributor to the Free&Libre Open Source Software. Before joining Tendermint, Alessio was working as Vice President of Global Markets Operations Technology at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in London, where he had the opportunity to grow significant experience in regulatory reporting and technology risk management across various divisions. Alessio met Tendermint's co-founders Jae Kwon and Ethan Buchman back in 2016, whilst he was working on the design of a proof-of-concept distributed ledger for a foreign exchange clearing system based on Tendermint Core in collaboration with FXCH, a Dublin-based FX clearinghouse. He believes that the Cosmos stack is a powerful blockchain technology that has the potential to bridge the gap between the traditional financial services sector and the crypto ecosystem in today's global market and ultimately pave the way towards a sustainable global economy.

Jón Gunnar Ólafsson - Board Member

Jón Gunnar Ólafsson is the legal counsel at Monerium. Having been with the organization from the start as their first employee, he led their EMI application with the Central Bank of Iceland, which was granted in 2019, becoming the first EMI authorized to issue e-money on blockchain networks. Jón graduated with a Mag. Jur degree in Law from the University of Iceland in 2016, and has been heavily involved in the blockchain ecosystem ever since.