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David Chaum

Widely recognized as the inventor of digital cash, David Chaum is also known for other fundamental innovations in cryptography, including privacy technology and secure election systems. With a PhD in Computer Science from UC Berkeley, he taught at NYU Graduate School of Business and the University of California, led a number of breakthrough projects as well as founded the International Association for Cryptologic Research, the cryptography group at the Center for Mathematics and Computer Science in Amsterdam, DigiCash, the Voting Systems Institute, and the Perspectiva Fund. Chaum has recently launched his latest venture, Elixxir, a blockchain-based payments and messaging protocol. Elixxir is on a mission to fulfill the dream of decentralization by bringing privacy, speed, and security to a global consumer scale.