Riccardo is a member of Monero Core Team, who are stewards of the Monero Project, and is also the lead maintainer of the Monero project. With an academic background in informatics and logistics. Riccardo spent many years in software development, before starting a business in the import/ export industry with his wife. Due to the success of that business, he had enough freedom to start tinkering with Bitcoin early in 2011. In 2012 he became involved in various cryptocurrency-related projects, leading to his 2017 launch of Globee, a multi-currency payment processor, and 2018 founding of Tari Labs, which is contributing to the Tari decentralised assets protocol. Riccardo and his wife live along the Garden Route on the coast of South Africa, where he spends weekends hanging out with their dogs and playing with LEGO.