Eli Ben-Sasson

Co-founder of StarkWare

Eli Ben-Sasson is the co-founder and president of StarkWare, a technology company aimed at making blockchain scalable, transparent, and post-quantum secure. He is also a professor of computer science at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, where he conducts research on theoretical computer science, cryptography, blockchains, and zero-knowledge proofs.

Ben-Sasson is one of the inventors of STARKs, a class of mathematical systems that enable succinct non-interactive arguments of knowledge (SNARKs) without trusted setup or cryptographic assumptions. STARKs are used by StarkWare to compress and verify transactions on the Ethereum blockchain, reducing fees and congestion and increasing throughput.

Eli Ben-Sasson has a vision for a decentralized world with extreme integrity, where blockchain and cryptography enable trustless interactions and verifiable computation. He is the recipient of several awards and honors, such as the Gödel Prize in 2014, the Michael Bruno Memorial Award in 2016, and the ERC Consolidator Grant in 2018.