2021 Board Election Pt. 4: Election Candidates

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The board candidates page has been rebuilt and updated with new candidates since the release of this announcement. Those interested can view the candidates here.

Let’s Meet the Candidates.

You may have heard a lot about the upcoming Telos Foundation elections – they’re a big deal in the Telos community! But you may not have heard from the candidates themselves. If you find yourself wondering who they are and how they want to shape the future of the Telos Foundation, this is the article for you!

We reached out to our candidates and asked them to share some information with the community! Some have included email addresses or Telegram handles if you want to get in touch with them. We'll be updating this article with more information as other candidates reach out to us so check back often! By reading or reaching out, you’re well on your way to becoming an informed voter and engaged community member.

Need a refresher on the election process and updates? Scroll through our latest elections update, and then read the elections section of the August 2021 newsletter for a good recap.

Enough from us. Let’s hear from our candidates!

Erika Elder

Erika is the Director of Operations at GoodBlock and has experience in video production, marketing, non-profits and hospitality. She has been involved with Telos since January of 2019, and is passionate about bringing transparency and efficiency to the foundation.

“I believe Telos has the ability to change the world for the better. Meme coins come and go but Telos is here to stay, and I want to help bring awareness to this amazing project and help it blossom into the thriving ecosystem I know it's capable of.

I've worked for GoodBlock since 2019 and spent that time absorbing as much information about Telos as possible. I had a great mentor since before working at GoodBlock with a lot of experience working with foundations. I also have significant experience with non-profits.

I've worked in parallel and with the current foundation members for a long time now and I think I will bring diversity and a fresh perspective to the board.”


Email: erika@goodblock.io

Andreas Evangelou

Founder and CTO of EOSza, EZAR, Coolx and Tswaps

CBO at Turncoin and TheXchange

I am an expert computer and blockchain engineer with a vast range of knowledge and skills in software and smart contract design, blockchain architecture and computer systems architecture.

I have been part of the Telos ecosystem from the very beginning. During that time, I have been building the Telos ecosystem with our various projects and infrastructure. Additionally, I helped bring Telos to the spotlight in Africa by having a presence at one of Africa’s biggest blockchain events in 2020.

Moving forward, I would now like to build on the foundation I have helped create. I plan to do this by leveraging my knowledge, connections and projects to bring millions of users to Telos. I am in a unique position to create a partnership between Telos and the large community from these projects.

From my experience I believe I can help guide Telos in the best direction to take for creating the best blockchain environment for onboarding more projects.


Email: andreas@eosza.io

Telegram: @Andreas86

Ajinkya Jagtap

I was introduced to Blockchain & Cryptocurrency in 2016 and it has been a continuous learning experience since.

I was chosen as an Appics Junior Ambassador after a rigorous interview and then promoted as the Senior Ambassador within 6 months. My role primarily being onboarding influencers, growing the community and promoting Appics as an alternative to Instagram.

Appics migration to Telos brought me to this amazing community in September 2020 and I wanted to contribute & grow the Telos Ecosystem further.

That is how ‘CreativBlock’ as a Block Producer was born, and the existing BP’s helped immensely the technicalities.

My experience in Corporate Wellness – organizing sports events & marathons has inspired me to develop a Health – (fitness focused) app, currently in the planning stages of being developed on Telos.  

I am looking forward to being a Board member in the Telos Foundation, and an active contributor to help develop the Telos Ecosystem. We have an amazing Telos Core Development team. Telos will be the most sought after blockchain by Developers because of the technological developments we have over the other networks – the Telos EVM, Telos Private & Telos ID, to name a few, will be game changers for the entire crypto ecosystem.

My focus will be on making Telos a brand with the right mix of Marketing, Promotions and PR. Another important aspect will be to make $TLOS a currency that is widely recognized and adopted, and to have the appropriate partnerships in place for the same.

Betty Waitherero Njoroge

Betty Waitherero Njoroge is Blockchain and IoT Director at Wecol Ltd, a green energy developer located in Nairobi, Kenya. A proof of concept nano pilot project is set to go operational in September 2021, producing 15 to 20 tons per day in demonstration of our concept on tokenized green energy ecosystems.

Wecol Ltd focuses on biomass for industrial thermal energy by net default due to the ever present demand.

Wecol provides sustainable biomass energy for industries in Kenya, and their approach is to utilize their own developed species of Drought resistant Grass in the form of briquettes as a renewable source of green energy. Their supply chain process will be managed by blockchain, and in this regard they will be partnering with the Telos Foundation Environmental, Sustainability and Governance group as well as building their DApp on Telos.net.  

Betty has over 15 years' experience in media and communications, she is a self taught Ethereum enthusiast and is lead innovator for the technical team at Wecol Ltd.

"I believe I would be bringing my experience in green energy systems and knowledge of the financial and payments systems in Africa to the Telos Foundation, which works very well and in line with the objective to grow the Telos network and community globally. Specifically, being able to tap into an existing and urgent need for reliable cross border payments, reliable KYC facilities and ID for undocumented Africans across the continent.  

Making Telos the most preferable digital payments platform in Africa is possible and I believe I have the capabilities to build membership to a critical mass.

I also will bring my knowledge of governance and structures of non-profits to the board allowing for members to have a guidebook and/or constitution to lean on, as well as a clear roadmap for entire community inline with our collective intentions.

Thank you for voting for me."


On Discord - BettyWaitherero#7980

On Telegram - @BettyWaitherero    

On email - bwaitherero@gmail.com

Filip Poverud

I'm 45y old, working as a Business Advisor for the Norway Post and focusing on the ROI from our Salesforce implementation.

I want to be part of Telos because I'm a visionary and see the potential of how we can go mainstream for everyday people.

I enjoy questioning what is beyond and build synergy, dynamics and awareness by developing visions into something that is tangible.

My qualifications are my strong IT skills, and the fact that we build a hub between technology and people on Telos for Telos.


Telegram: @CryptoWabbit  

E-mail: fpoverud@gmail.com

Kevin Quaintance

* Member of the Telos Launch Group since Oct 2018

* Top 6 Telos Block Producer

* Actively involved in TF business since 1/2021

* Contributor to the Telos Core Dev

* Co-architect and author of TEDP2 and TEDP3 fiscally conservative proposals

* Custodian of Telos Kickbot:  Monitors BP block production activity

* Current board member of prominent California financial institution, HCCU

* 30 year IT industry veteran

* Manages the DevOps practice for a leading financial corporation operating globally

Here is my pledge if elected to the board:

* Continue a fiscally conservative agenda to ensure Telos is a self-sustainable project

* Demand spending transparency with the community (with reasonable privacy where needed due to contractual commitments)

* Improve accountability of the Telos Core Dev roadmap

* Push forward our Telos marketing agenda to improve our visibility in the Crypto space

* Re-establish our leadership as the governance chain

I strongly believe if we can achieve these goals, Telos will become the successful project that we all believe it can be!



Sukesh Kumar Tedla

Sukesh Kumar Tedla is the CEO and Founder of TelosGreen, Unbiased and Kryptoskatt. He possesses a Masters' Degree in Telecommunications and has more than 6 years of professional experience working in both technical and leadership roles at companies like Ericsson and Volvo Cars.  He is also currently serving as the Chairman of the Swedish Blockchain Association and has been part of the blockchain scene globally for the past 4 years. He is a young entrepreneur challenging the implications of technology on societies at large.  

He is one of the founding team members of Telos Network and has been actively contributing to the Telos ecosystem since its inception. In recent times, he has been leading the Exchange & Liquidity operations as part of the Telos Core Team.

His candidacy to the Telos Foundation board aims to improve the enterprise relations front and focuses on improving internal workflows so that Telos can be self-sustainable in long term.

Jim Hewitt

I have been active in the EOSIO space for well over 3 years now and have a deep understanding of both the process of the blockchain and the Telos community. I believe I’m well placed to continue to help Telos move into this next phase of crypto mass adoption.

I have been in Telos from its inception and as part of the Telos UK BP team, chaired the “Go no Go” mainnet launch meetings and was part of the team that drafted the current Telos Blockchain Network Agreement TBNOA. I was also elected to the original Telos Foundation Board and was the first Telos Foundation President.

The next few years are an important time for the project. The current Telos Core Team have been doing a great job and are now in a position to consolidate Telos as a major force in the crypto space. I see my role on the TF Board (if elected) to help to continue and consolidate the work of the current Telos Core Team and at the same time build out more transparency and structure into the TF to increase community engagement


Telegram: @Jim_Hewitt

Brian Tse

I’m based out of Toronto, Canada and I have an extensive background in accounting, finance, and advocating for free speech. I began my journey into cryptocurrencies in 2016 and quickly discovered the advantages of blockchain technology.

Combined with increased mainstream social media censorship, my partners and I co-founded Discussions.app in 2017. Built on the principles of free-speech and decentralization, Discussions is a platform where even the creators cannot censor any posts. Originally launched onto the EOS blockchain, we migrated to Telos in 2020 when we discovered the exceedingly supportive Telos community and developers.

Due to my positive experience with the community, I can envision Telos as the most used blockchain in the world. I want to help steer Telos towards this vision by improving its governance and proposal system to ensure that new projects and existing developers continue to develop and grow with Telos. By doing so, we will be able to make Telos more accessible to mainstream users. I believe this is a sustainable and healthy way to grow the Telos Ecosystem, to become the most used blockchain in the world.

My candidacy to the Telos Foundation board seeks to improve transparency and governance to attract new and existing partnerships to grow the ecosystem.


Telegram: @BrianT7

e-mail: brian@novusphere.io

Discord: BT#6666

Uma Hagenguth

I am Co-founder & COO of APPICS (the social media dapp based on Telos). The company APPICS AG, founded in 2018 in Zug, Switzerland is a blockchain ecosystem that contains several high quality products and services, including tokenization and marketing for crypto projects. For the past 2.5 months my team and I have been working closely with the TF, re-branding the online presence of Telos, creating new posting plan, strategizing on the rollout of campaigns like Telos EVM and I have become very involved in the daily processes, since joining as a marketing manager. It was important to us at APPICS that Telos’ brand speaks for itself across all mediums, attracts new community members, developers and investors, while keeping the community updated and entertained at the same time.

Our founding team at APPICS has been in the fin-tech & blockchain space since 2011, mining, trading, marketing and scaling companies. Prior to founding APPICS, as a team we’ve already successfully worked together as a marketing agency, helping brands and later "influencers" to establish themselves on social media through growth hacking strategies and software. Our aim is to introduce the masses to the benefits of blockchain technology through our extensive network in the mainstream & blockchain industry, AI tools and expertise.

Our APPICS network consists of influential team members, powerful brands and foundations. Besides our strong influencer network, we have also organically grown our Ambassador program to over 70 Ambassadors in over 20 countries.

Two of our APPICS Ambassadors have even joined the TF, one is running for a board seat as well; which shows how strong and willing the APPICS network is to support Telos in forging ahead.

My vision for Telos is to become the leading blockchain platform for mass adoption through global brand awareness. I believe that Telos has the capability to provide an ecosystem and technical foundation (e.g customizable smart contracts) for dApps to thrive, realize their visions and ideas, grow a community and launch their product. The more people know about the benefits of Telos, the more valuable applications will be built on the blockchain, which attracts more users and catapults Telos to the front of the pioneering decentralised networks. This is why we chose to build APPICS on Telos and have a strong incentive to help Telos succeed and become the (decentralized) Google of the Blockchain space.

If elected to the board, I will be able to bring all of my knowledge, more time and dedication, the APPICS network, connections, tools and expertise to Telos. Since I am already involved in the current marketing processes, communication and rollout of new features, being part of the board will help in pushing concepts to realization that will accelerate the scaling of Telos in the most efficient way.



Debi Steigerwald

I believe in the purpose of The Telos Foundation, to power the economy of the future and ignite the highest potential of humans. Developing the vision into reality is based on the Telos community building its network as a place for purpose-driven startups, individual developers, and more.

As a marketing and sales executive leadership team member at high-performing and technology focused startups for over 15 years, I am intimately involved in the development and execution of the business road map which produces demonstrable results. I am a strategic leader with tactical knowledge in planning, directing, and implementing multiple successful teams and large-budget projects with measurable ROI. With a focus in eCommerce, digital and direct marketing, as well as customer experience and sales operations in fast-paced organizations, I bring broad experience and successful history of developing teams that deliver continuous improvement and exceptional internal and external customer service.  

Over the last five years, I have focused on purpose-driven organizations and was introduced to Telos through a conversation about intentional business strategy and focused on B-Corporation Certification. In the last four years, I have worked with several organizations to acquire this prestigious, important, and impactful certification. The ethos of The Telos Foundation is clearly aligned with these values and I see an enormous opportunity.

Over the last months, I have been working with Lliam Buckley and team, in a marketing consultant role, to provide insights when possible, and assist where needed. I'd love the opportunity to expand my contribution.

I would be proud and honored to be a board member for the Telos Foundation! Working with Lliam and the team as a marketing advisor has been mutually beneficial, I feel that it is a very reciprocal relationship. I would love the opportunity to contribute to the growth in awareness and adoption of this amazing technology. My background in Certified B Corporations and purpose-driven enterprise is a great fit for the vision and mission of the foundation.


Email: debi.steigerwald@gmail.com

Telegram: @DebiSteigerwald

James Davis

Starting out in the design and marketing field, notably as an Art Director at Wizards of the Coast, James shifted his focus from art-team leadership to full-time production management. First as a studio head for a mobile game studio, and then later as a producer at AAA video game studios.

James worked with Douglas Horn at Goodblock from the very earliest days of the company, where he helped grow the team by hiring and managing employees working on blockchain products. Then James helped manage the launch of Telos, organizing teams and working on several aspects of the launch, including the first BP approval process, to make sure the first Telos BPs were compliant before starting up the network.

Since being called back into the video game industry, James has once again been doing production management for small to large teams, most recently as Lead Producer. Having worked on production, design, and marketing for many large brands: Disney, Marvel, Apple, Halo, Forza Motorsports, James has the professional experience to bring Telos to the next level of mass-market adoption, and he would appreciate your vote for his candidacy for Board of Directors.


Email: youcanwritejames@gmail.com

J.T. Buice

J.T. Buice (pronounced Bys) is a technical business owner with broad competencies in all areas of IT Infrastructure including LAN and WAN networking, server architecture (UNIX & Windows), mass storage, and telecommunications.

Since 2015, Buice has served as CEO of Kainos Technologies, a managed services provider he co-founded bringing fast and efficient technology solutions and support to the state of Texas.

Before Kainos, Buice joined Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) as IT Manager to deliver always-on IT that enabled SpaceX to serve commercial and government entities in furthering the exploration of space with an end goal to make life multi-planetary.

Buice joined the Telos Community immediately following its announcement in 2018 as a co-founder, chain validator and appointed to the team that launched the chain at block 1. Buice served on the first Telos Foundation board of directors in 2019 and is ready to pick up that torch again to help drive Telos to the next level of mass adoption utilizing his existing relationships with many of the board candidates and a level-headed business mind set.


Email: jbuice@kainosbp.com

Edward Ekker

Edward is a concept designer that hails from Estonia, one of the friendliest crypto-centric countries in the world.

Edward has long been member of the world’s most advanced digital society, and seeks to bring his experience, know-how, and contacts to Telos.

“I would like to establish Telos as the blockchain that is synonymous with Web 3.0.

I am a founder of the Telos Seal initiative which has harnessed grassroots marketing support and funding from the Telos blockchain. I have also kickstart a Telos IT support team, and leading the charge on the Telos identity system.”

I would like to take my experience in fintech and blockchain and apply a clear organizational structure to the Telos Foundation to ensure that it will stay transparent, well organized, and efficient.”


Being known as Fycee in most crypto-blogging platforms, it has always been my aim to share awareness to everyone about what cryptocurrency can bring to our lives.

Currently a part of the Marketing & Community Growth Team headed by Lliam Buckley I am considered to be the most active member handling:

* Telos Network Facebook Group - Admin

* Telos Community Telegram Chat - Admin

* Telos SEALS co-founder

* Telos-Give-Away co-founder and multi-sig account holder

* A five-time top Ambassador in APPICS six-month season, successfully lead the APPICS-Philippines Team as a Senior Ambassador.

* Formerly a Customer Service Representative in AT&T handling multiple Line of Businesses, Harman-Audio Tech Support Representative, and phone banking representative in a Top International Financial Institution.

* Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Communications Engineering in one of the Top State Universities in the Philippines (PUP-Taguig City, Metro Manila).

I see Telos as one of the leading blockchain of Web 3.0 - that is my vision for Telos ever-since I started here and handpicked by the CEO herself.

With an intensive Sales and Marketing experience correlated with customer service, Business-to-consumer and Business-to-business real-time support, this will be my greatest edge handling a corporate seat in a fast growing and the most powerful blockchain in the DeFi history - The Telos Network.

It is my aim to stick to my mission and vision to Telos. It would be an honor to represent the Asia and The Pacific Region in proposing projects to benefit the community members and the growth of the Telos Ecosystem.

I am currently in partnership with TNMItech.com for a Block-Producing activities and as a start-up. It is a single-proprietorship IT-services for organizations.

My ultimate mission when I get elected as a Telos Foundation Board of Director is to create projects that would cater the use of the Telos EVM and related Telos Dapps for livelihood programs that would range from Micro-scale level up to large-scale companies in order to retain the ultimate goal of being real-world-ready and mass adoption.

I will continue to expand my expertise by collaborating with brilliant individuals to develop more use-cases for the Telos Blockchain and the TLOS Token itself.

I will STILL continue working for the Telos Foundation team under Lliam's leadership and do what I still do with an extra mile just like what I have always been doing.


Telegram @Fycee.  

Twitter: @EironFycee.

Stefano Ferretto

governance blockchain

I was born the 10/10/1990, I'm from Italy, for most of my life, I did sports, like soccer, tennis, ping-pong, basket, until I start to swim and from that point until 20 years old I was a pro-swimmer.

I did many jobs, like lifeguard, swim teacher, personal trainer, driver, etc...

At 16 years old, I created two sites where I talked about mobile phones (it's one of my passion) there was a forum with over 50.000 members, then I shut them down because I didn't have much time.

At 20 I built with my friends two Android games, one with Appinventor the other one with Unity3d.

At 22 I started to follow the Crypto World, but I didn't pay too much attention...

At 24 I started a career in a network marketing agency, and in 3 years I was able to have a turnover of about 4m$ and a team of about 5k members, in this years I was able to learn marketing and how to manage a large organisation.

At 26 I started to invest and creating cryptocurrencies.

At 28 I started with my brother an agency where we mentorship people about blockchains and cryptocurrencies, and did many meetings talking in front of hundreds of people.

Right now at the age of 30, I'm living off my crypto investment that I was able to grow from 10k$ to almost 1m$ in just two years.

My vision for Telos is that we're already one of the biggest blockchains in this world, we only need to be recognised by more people and I will use my knowledge on marketing and community to do this!

As an investor, I know what kind of blockchains are working right now and what a crypto investor like me is looking for! We have almost everything to attract a mass of investors and to help us reach at least the Top 10 and a mass adoption!

My experience is: Built 2 sites at the age of 16 with 50k members. -As a Networker, I created a turnover of about 4m and managed a team of about 5k members. -Talked in front of hundreds of people about Blockchain and Crypto. -Turned 10k$ of crypto assets to almost 1m$ in just two years.

I'm a good fit for the Telos Foundation because I can give a vision and an external view and feel like a crypto investor with good profitability and knowledge of other projects.


Email: stefanoferretto@live.it

Alberto Ferreto

I'm Alberto Ferretto, 32 years old. I was a professional swimmer with excellent results. Now I am passionate about sports and technology, crypto enthusiast and investor.

My vision for Telos is that in the next few months we will be recognized as a frontrunner in the blockchain industry. Tacking union, cohesion and synergy to the world.

I've never been more proud of the work that I've done. One of my best experiences was about set up and manage with my brother a team of about 60 people with 5k customers and over 4 millions in sales in the network marketing industry. I've done so many things and had so much fun doing them. I've created online and offline events, given public speeches for crowds of hundreds, and participated in training courses also with Anthony Robbins.

I am a huge supporter of Telos and I want to do everything I can to make sure that it succeeds. In addition to investing, I am ready to lend my support in any way that I can.


Email: ferrez89@gmail.com

Chris Barnes

I am a small-town Canadian who treats people likethey are from the same small town. I have earned a Bachelor of Science in Earth and Atmospheric Science and an Advanced Diploma in Mechanical Engineering. My career has taken many turns ranging from designing, manufacturing, and selling custom poker tables,to owning a “pimp my ride” smoothie truck, to leading teams at industrial Wind Facilities, to acting as a Director of Solar Operations overseeing a fleet of industrial sized solar facilities and operation & maintenance teams.

Since May of 2021 I have become very active in the EOS community where I participated in and won the first trial election of a political playoff, fractal governance election inspired by Dan Larimer’s book More Equal Animals. As it would turn out I am reasonably skilled consensus builder (which is what this process seems to select for) and had continued success in the second trial election in July where I made it to the final playoff round and became a Chief Delegate. In the first official political playoff election in September I again made it to the final Chief Delegate round which granted me a budget of ~800 EOS per month.

I have most recently joined Helios as the Guardian (or Project Manager) of this Venture Capital initiative led by Brock Pierce. Here I am responsible for building out the Helios Core team as well as contributing to the establishment and operation of the VC and Incubator wings of the organization.

My vision for Telos fits squarely within the vision for Helios: Empowering and unifying the EOSIO ecosystem through a broad composition of investment in community projects, VC deal flow, growth capital, and early stage funding — that positively shifts external market perception about EOSIO.

I will address a concern that will undoubtedly be raised at some point and that is whether I am EOS first, and the simple answer is no, I am people first. I did not become involved in cryptocurrencies to simply fill my bags, but rather to contribute and participate in something that has a legitimate opportunity to improve the lives of people and health of our planet. Blockchains are simply tools, the real value lies in how humans interact with and benefit from these tools. This is where my priorities lie. Therefore I don’t buy into the competitive nature and this idea of a zero sum game as it applies to various crypto projects and especially among the various implementations of EOSIO.

As mentioned earlier I am fairly good at finding consensus or at least common ground between different groups of individuals. If given the chance, I intend to leverage that skill as a Telos Foundation Board member. I will strive to identify the needs and opportunities within Telos, and then find synergies and collaborative opportunities to solve these problems with the other key players in EOSIO and the crypto world at large. I firmly believe that win-win outcomes are possible in every dispute, and from every challenge.

Perhaps I’m just a naive optimist, but I’m ok with that, and I don’t plan on changing anytime soon.


Telegram: @ChrisBarnes1

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Barnzooor

Email: chris@heliosrising.com

Conclusion: Elections are Just Around the Corner!

We loved reading about the passion and experience each Telos Foundation board member candidate brought to the table. We hope you did too!  

Stay tuned for future updates on the election logistics – we’re working hard to make the process as seamless and efficient as possible.

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