Meet our new Fellows building the future of decentralized justice!
Since its' inception in 2018, the Kleros Fellowship of Justice has welcomed incredible minds - from prestigious attorneys and arbitrators to professors, students and entrepreneurs with the shared goal of delivering novel tools for the use of Kleros.
We are happy to welcome a new cohort of experts researching applications of Kleros in fields as diverse as intellectual property for NFTs, decentralized identity, venture capital and more.
Without further ado, let's meet our new Fellows advancing the decentralized justice movement!
Milad Mohammadi holds a B.A. from New York University and is a technology consultant focused on the communications, media, and technology sectors at a Fortune 500 firm. Before his current role, he worked at one of the most preeminent global law firms specializing in venture capital.
During the Fellowship, Milad will research the application of decentralized justice to improve trust and lower barriers to entry for startups and DAOs looking to raise venture capital. Milad is particularly interested in a more transparent and accessible venture finance system that can be fostered with Kleros.
Jun Hong Tang
Jun Hong is an arbitration lawyer currently pursuing his LL.M. at Stanford Law School. Prior to that, he was an Associate with WilmerHale in London, where he worked on international commercial arbitration matters. He was previously a Justices’ Law Clerk at the Singapore Supreme Court and an Associate at WongPartnership LLP, one of Singapore’s largest law firms.
As a Kleros Fellow, Jun Hong will conduct research on issues arising from the application of the Kleros protocol to disputes involving NFTs. In particular, he will address the benefits of using blockchain arbitration, potential procedural adaptations, as well as the recognition and enforcement of blockchain awards.
Samuel Ngwu is a technology lawyer from Nigeria with particular interest in data protection and the digital economy. He graduated with honours from the University of Ibadan and Nigerian Law School. After his law studies, he worked at commercial law firm LeLaw Barristers and Solicitors. He currently works at NDPR Consultant, a data protection consulting firm in Nigeria.
During his time in the Fellowship, Samuel will research the interactions between Kleros and Nigerian law courts in the context of dispute resolution for NFTs.
Alejandro Llera Ferri
Alejandro Llera Ferri is an attorney graduated from Universidad de Buenos Aires. After gaining broad experience working alongside a renowned mediator, he oriented his career towards corporate compliance, investigating the legal status of cryptocurrencies and NFTs. He works at Settle Network, the largest digital assets settlement network in Latin America for exchange and cross-border payments.
During his time in the Fellowship, Alejandro will investigate the dilemmas NFTs marketplaces face when delisting an NFT collection and how Kleros can solve that problem by providing proper, accurate, and decentralized curation.
John Wells M.D. is the Margie Villere Professor of Psychiatry at Louisiana State University Medical School, New Orleans. He started the Gulf Coast Clinics for collaborative psychiatry in primary care settings along coastal Louisiana, where he consults on patients, trains resident doctors and teaches students. He is currently focused on increasing autonomy for underserved patients.
For his participation in the Kleros Fellowship, Dr. Wells will research a novel application of local governance around a common treasury to better align patient engagement in clinical objectives.
Juan Ignacio Pose Lema
Juan Ignacio Pose Lema is an Argentinian medical doctor who graduated with honors from Universidad de Buenos Aires, specializing in anesthesiology and critical care medicine. During the past few years, most of his professional experience was related to cardiovascular surgery. His background teaching at the university in Argentina made him see the importance of a major social change to achieve fairness and he is currently studying how to contribute to that goal using Web3.
During his time in the Fellowship, Juan Ignacio will research improvement opportunities in the Proof of Humanity protocol.
McKenna McAreavy is an attorney specializing in copyright, emerging technologies and dispute resolution with a passion for music. She graduated from Saint Louis University School of Law and shortly after achieved a Mediation Skills Training Certificate from Northwestern University.
She currently works with content contribution and operations at YSyncX (a Web3 content curation and education startup) and maintains an active role in the American Bar Association as Vice-Chair of Marketing for the Section of Dispute Resolution.
During the Fellowship, McKenna will explore how binding arbitration clauses can be implemented in the sale of music NFTs to designate Kleros in resolving intellectual property disputes.
Nicole Vergez is an attorney at law graduated from the Universidad de Belgrano (Buenos Aires) with an academic excellence award from the Argentinian Bar Association. She has had different job experiences in relation to legal advice and assistance both in the public and private sector and is currently working at the oil & gas industry contributing to compliance controls for contracting and procurement.
During her participation in the Fellowship, her goal will be to demonstrate how a decentralized arbitration service such as Kleros can contribute to dispute resolution in NFT markets.
Buki Ogunsakin is a technology lawyer from Lagos, Nigeria with specialization in emerging technologies, data protection and cybersecurity. In addition to her legal studies, she also obtained an Msc. degree in Project Management from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. She is currently the Principal and Head Satoshi at BBO Solicitors and is a Certified NFT Expert from the Blockchain Council.
During her time in the Fellowship, Buki will analyze the use of Kleros in disputes cutting across different use cases of NFTs.
A 2020 graduate from Amity Law School, Delhi (GGSIPU), Aparna Tripathi is a corporate and taxation attorney based out of India. Soon after graduation, she joined a Senior Advocate of India where she works on various aspects of law.
During her time in the Fellowship, Aparna will be working on the interplay between NFTs and intellectual property rights.
Kanan Dhru works at the Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL) where she studies public and private justice innovations and what it takes to scale them. Prior to joining HiiL, Kanan was working as a justice innovator in India, as the founder of Research Foundation for Governance, Lawtoons and LawForMe. Her work also entailed working closely with policy-makers to develop legislation, organising discussion groups on justice solutions as well as managing communities such as Legal Hackers at pan-India level.
During the Fellowship, Kanan will research on developing the understanding of Kleros from the lenses of people-centred justice, i.e. whether/how the platform is preventing/resolving the most pressing justice problems of people. The research will compare different features and services provided by Kleros against the OECD criteria for people-centred design and delivery of legal and justice services.
Abhijeet Singh is a policy analyst and a law graduate with honors from the W.B. National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata (India). He has an avid interest in the fintech domain both from a regulatory and a technical perspective. He is also keen on exploring legal tech solutions using artificial intelligence for improving access to justice in India.
During his time in the fellowship, he will explore the application of Kleros for DAO and consumer dispute resolution for the crypto industry in India by drawing parallels from the crypto regulations in Singapore.
Wanjiku Karanja is a technology lawyer from Nairobi (Kenya), currently in her first year as a JSD Candidate at Stanford Law School. She obtained a Master of Laws Degree in Intellectual Property Law from the London School of Economics. Later, Wanjiku worked at the Center for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law (CIPIT) at Strathmore University where she researched on diverse topics spanning from data protection to net neutrality. She has also worked in the blockchain industry as the Legal Research Lead at Bithub Africa.
During her time in the Fellowship, Wanjiku will explore the role that values such as trust, legitimacy and fairness play in Kleros dispute resolution protocol. She will examine Kleros formal and informal governance practices, with the aim of interrogating the impact of value sensitive design on the administration of justice.
Tomide Adeoye a post-graduate student at the Nigerian University of Technology and Management who is passionate about making meaningful impact in Africa through software and public policy. He graduated from the faculty of law Obafemi Awolowo University where he wrote his dissertation on the regulatory framework for the adoption of Blockchain Technology in Nigeria. He currently operates lawvisuals.org where he designs and develops applications for legal institutions. He has also previously worked in consulting, finance and strategy with organizations such as VFD Group, PwC, Providus Bank, and more. He is currently building a startup at the intersection of Real Estate and Blockchain technology.
Tomide will research the optimization of land user rights through real estate tokenization. This will include an analysis of the readiness of the Nigerian real estate and finance industry to adopt on-chain arbitration mechanisms.
Sujoy Sarkar is a law student from National Law School of India University, Bangalore in his penultimate year. He has previously worked on numerous research projects with a special focus on technology policy making. He’s recently started working on a volunteer capacity with the Ocean Protocol, in order to narrow the focus of his research in the intersection of artificial intelligence and blockchain technology.
During his time in the Fellowship, Sujoy will attempt to explore underlying questions as to the governance of oracle networks and in particular the role of Kleros protocol as an adjudicatory mechanism.
Mohammad B. Asghariaghamashhadi
Dr. Mohammad B. Asghariaghamashhadi is a legal technologist and serial legal tech entrepreneur based in Tehran, Iran. He is a former EU Commission Last-JD Fellowship awarded and graduated with a Ph.D. in Law, Science and Technology. He is Information Technology and Startups Law Adjunct University Assistant Professor at Iran National University (SBU) and apart from academy. He is founding partner of DAADYAB Legal Tech Innovation Hub and Co-Founder at RASAN, a GameFi & DeFi Startup Studio.
During the Fellowship, Mohammad will evaluate the use of Kleros in the context of computational antitrust for NFT markets.