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The Launch of the Inaugural Pythian Council | Mar 2024

Today, on March 7, 2024, the inaugural Pythian Council has been elected and approved by the Pyth DAO through on-chain voting. This blog post serves as an update announcement for the Pyth DAO and wider DeFi community on the recent status of the Pythian Council, one of the two Pyth DAO councils.

Pythian Council

As per the Pyth DAO Constitution, the Pythian Council is made of 8 members who are signers of the Pythian Multisig Wallet. The composition of the Pythian Council aims for geographical diversity to better fulfill and realize the ethos, mission and guiding values of the Pyth DAO.

The Pythian Multisig Wallet has powers to perform actions that are delegated to it by the Pyth DAO. Operational Pyth Improvement Proposals (PIPs) delegated to the Pythian Council include:

  • Upgrades to the oracle program.
  • Upgrades to the verification program for each Pyth-supported blockchain.
  • Setting of data request fees per blockchain, as well as other protocols or network fees.

The execution of such actions by the Pythian Council requires 7-of-9 approval.

The first election of the Pythian Council was conducted via on-chain voting. New elections will begin 6 months after the previous election has started and will replace 4 members of its cohort of 8 members.

Council Members of Mar 7, 2024

Firstly, a warm congratulations to the newly elected Pythian Council members. The Pyth contributors and the wider DeFi ecosystem wish them luck on their duties as council members.

Below is a summary of the newly elected Pythian Council members. You can see their full candidate profiles on GitHub.

The members are listed below by order of the number of affirmative votes for that candidate. The top 4 candidates by votes can remain as council member for up to two terms.

  1. Afif Bandak
  • Contributor at Synthetix
  • Location: North America
  • Motivations: Synthetix is a top user of Pyth Data with plans for further collaboration.
  • Experience: 3 years as a contributor to the Synthetix protocol with DeFi and oracle systems expertise.
  1. Marc Tillement
  • Role: Director at Pyth Data Association
  • Location: Europe
  • Motivations: Key stakeholder of the Pyth Network as a member of the Pyth Data Association.
  • Experience: 3 years as a contributor to the Pyth Network, with past governance participation engagement in Synthetix, Aave, Optimism, and Compound.
  1. Robinson Burkey
  • Role: CCO and Co-Founder at Wormhole Foundation
  • Location: Europe
  • Motivations: Wormhole is a critical infrastructure provider for the Pyth Network.
  • Experience: Wormhole Foundation lead and core contributor to the Wormhole Protocol. Participant in various DAOs across EVM and non-EVM chains.
  1. Guillermo Bescos
  • Role: Software Engineer at Douro Labs
  • Location: Europe
  • Motivations: Douro Labs is a significant technical contributor to the Pyth protocol and member of the Pyth Network ecosystem.
  • Experience: 2+ years of experience working on the Pyth codebase. Helped build most of the governance software stack for the Pyth DAO.
  1. Jayant Krishnamurthy
  • Role: Co-Founder and CTO at Douro Labs
  • Location: North America
  • Motivations: Douro Labs is a significant technical contributor to the Pyth protocol and member of the Pyth Network ecosystem.
  • Experience: 2+ years of experience as a software contributor to Pyth, working across all parts of the codebase.
  1. Guilhem Chaumont
  • Role: CEO at Flowdesk
  • Location: Europe
  • Motivations: Flowdesk is a market data provider for the Pyth Network.
  • Experience: Co-Founder and CEO at Flowdesk, a full-service digital asset trading and technology firm.
  1. Shu Tsu Wei
  • Role: Contributor at HMX
  • Location: Asia
  • Motivations: HMX has been a user of Pyth Data since day one.
  • Experience: 6 years in DeFi with general expertise in smart contract development.
  1. nope
  • Role: CTO at Solend
  • Location: North America
  • Motivations: Solend is a long-time user of Pyth Data.
  • Experience: 3 years of building on Solana (and working with Pyth). Serves on ecosystem multisigs for spl-stake-pool, openbook-ex, and Marinade.

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