John Licciardello
Managing DirectorEcosystem Development Fund
John Licciardello has built a career focused on financial innovation. Following his undergraduate degree, John moved to Mexico City where he played a key role in an early stage financial technology startup. The venture developed and brought to market an innovative and patented product to empower unbanked remittance beneficiaries to access any ATM. From 2011 to 2015, John had an active role in all aspects of the business from IT to finance. He spearheaded the integration of the technology with over 2,000 points of sale across Mexico and played a leading role in closing a $10 million Series-A financing round. John has also spent time with the Innovative Finance and Program Related Investments divisions of The Rockefeller Foundation. These teams at The Rockefeller Foundation deploy ‘high-risk’ capital to state-of-the-art finance solutions with the potential to mobilize significant private sector capital towards positive social and environmental impact.

Currently John is the Managing Director of the Ecosystem Development Fund at the IOTA Foundation. The Ecosystem Development Fund, endowed with IOTA token donations from community members now worth in the tens of millions of dollars, is a resource for developers, entrepreneurs and others to build projects which will enhance the broader Ecosystem around the IOTA core technology.

John was born in Princeton, NJ and holds degrees in Engineering and Economics from the University of Delaware and Rutgers University, respectively. He will complete his Masters in International Finance from Columbia University in May of 2018.