Team & Advisors

Topl’s founders met at Rice University in 2016. A shared interest in wicked socio-economic problems, computational analysis, and technology led to our first discussions, but our shared passion and enthusiasm about challenging the status quo for the better made us a team.

Senior Leadership

Chris Georgen
CEO & CHIEF ARCHITECT
​​Chris earned degrees in Mathematics, Physics, and Philosophy from Rice University, and leads the design of Topl’s infrastructure while also directing overall strategy. He’s motivated by the potential for new economic systems to improve standards of living around the world and has been invited to speak in more than a dozen countries on the topic.

James Aman
CTO
James obtained a Ph.D. in Physics from Rice University and brings a unique set of skills in logically approaching problems and tailoring complex solutions. James spearheads the technical aspects of Topl’s infrastructure and oversees our engineering team.

Kim Raath
PRESIDENT
​​Kim has an M.A. in Economics and is earning a Ph.D. in Statistics from Rice University. Bringing her NGO experience that highlighted the acute need for digital infrastructure in developing world, Kim leads Topl’s community and investor development efforts.

Founding Team


Nick Edmonds
Nick Edmonds
Lead Blockchain Engineer
Laura Thiel
Laura Thiel
Project Director
Alex Bruns
Alex Bruns
Lead Element Engineer
Kamanzi Ntashamaje
Kamanzi Ntashamaje
Outreach Director


Anna McGuffee
Anna McGuffee
Chief of Staff
Gabi Skoff
Gabi Skoff
Content Developer
Minh Ha
Minh Ha
Element engineer
Aaron Schutza
Aaron Schutza
Lead Cryptographer


Shelbi Ragsdale
Shelbi Ragsdale
Community and Brand Director
Nick Edmonds
Nick Edmonds
Lead Blockchain Engineer
Laura Thiel
Laura Thiel
Project Director
Alex Bruns
Alex Bruns
Lead Element Engineer
Kamanzi Ntashamaje
Kamanzi Ntashamaje
Outreach Director
Anna McGuffee
Anna McGuffee
Chief of Staff
Gabi Skoff
Gabi Skoff
Content Developer
Minh Ha
Minh Ha
Element engineer
Aaron Schutza
Aaron Schutza
Lead Cryptographer
Shelbi Ragsdale
Shelbi Ragsdale
Community and Brand Director

Chris, James, and Kim established Topl, becoming Senior Leadership for its Founding team. In the past two years, Topl’s team has grown from three to twelve. The company is young, multicultural, and interdisciplinary, with a range of experiences and perspectives. We have intentionally assembled a diverse team of motivated individuals, each with a different backstory, but all with a common desire to use digital infrastructure to connect and improve the world. Our team is over forty percent female, originates from four countries, and speaks 7 languages, giving Topl a broad perspective that fosters creative problem-solving and helps ensure the best application of Topl’s solution across boundaries, borders, and markets.

We’re looking to expand our team with individuals passionate about new technologies, positive impact, and unconventional thinking.