Today, the Algorand Foundation announced the appointment of Staci Warden as their CEO. On the board of the foundation since September 2021, according to a press release, Warden will take on the responsibilities as its leader.
The Algorand Foundation will nurture from Warden vast experience. Before joining the organization, she ran the Global Market Development practice at the Milken Institute, a nonprofit think tank created with the objective of aiding people at “building meaningful lives”.
At the Milken Institute, Warden led the nonprofit’s work on capital market development, innovative finance with sustainable development goals, and crypto and blockchain solutions, according to the release. Its subsequent participation in the Algorand ecosystem seems like a logical step.
This network aims at becoming the hub for the “future of finance” running on its Proof-of-Stake (PoS) blockchain by merging decentralize and traditional finances. Designed with a non-carbon emission approach, with low-cost and a scalable network, Warden has acknowledged its potential.
According to Kieron Guilfoyle, the Foundation’s Board Chairman:
Staci understands the potential for Algorand to become a dominant Layer One blockchain, and she has the experience and expertise to drive our global efforts to scale and to deliver outstanding value to our community. I know she will waste no time in shifting the Algorand Foundation into its expansion phase.
In addition to her experience at the Milken Institute, Warden ran JP Morgan’s Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) practices. She also led the Nasdaq’s two market for microcap companies and held senior positions in the public and nonprofit sector at the U.S. Treasury Department, according to the release.
Furthermore, Warden worked for the Center for Global Development, and the Harvard Institute for International Development. The new member at the Foundation has experienced doing business in over 50 countries with a vast knowledge of the use cases and potential for crypto to aid people and mitigate real world issues.
The Foundation believes the current year will be “key” in the development of ALGO network. In 2022, they expect the DeFi sector, Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs), to continue to gain relevance and increase their adoption rates.
In that sense, the Foundation has set out to make the network a core “building block” for the digital economy of the future. Warded stated the following on her new role:
1.7 billion people in the world do not have access to finance, and the Algorand protocol has the speed, the security, and the decentralization to address the problem of global financial inclusion at scale. By both ratcheting up our global ambitions as well as doubling down on our commitment to the DeFi ecosystem, I know that we will deliver tremendous value for both the Algorand ecosystem as a whole and the end-users it supports.
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As of press time, ALGO trades at $1,01 and has seen an almost 10% profit in the last week as the crypto market continues to trend to the upside. As the year enter the end of its first quarter, it’ll be interested to see if ALGO and the market in general will be able to sustain their bullish momentum.
ALGOUSDT moving sideways on the daily chart. Source: ALGOUSDT Tradingview