Published May 1, 2024
By Team Warden

Meet the Founders - Part 2

In the ongoing saga of blockchain innovation, every chapter introduces new pioneers whose diverse backgrounds and shared vision propel the industry forward. Join us as we unveil the next set of visionaries behind Warden, shaping the future of cross-chain interactions with their unparalleled expertise and unwavering commitment to excellence.

As we continue our journey into the heart of Warden Protocol, we introduce two more remarkable minds driving the project's success. Alex Melikhov, renowned for his trailblazing contributions to the decentralized finance landscape, and Jon Heywood, a seasoned veteran with a passion for innovation and a wealth of experience in product design and development. Together, they epitomize the spirit of ingenuity and collaboration that defines Warden’s quest to redefine cross-chain interactions in the blockchain space.

Alex Melikhov - Co-founder (Product Development)

Alex Melikhov boasts extensive experience in the Blockchain and Crypto Industry, since 2016. Based in Lisbon, Portugal, he has left an indelible mark on the decentralized finance (DeFi) landscape. As CEO of Equilibrium, Alex spearheaded the launch of EOSDT, the largest stablecoin on the EOSIO platform, with over $20 million in collateral. He secured $8 million in funding from top-tier investors and successfully obtained a Polkadot parachain slot, positioning Equilibrium as a frontrunner in the ecosystem. Alex's contributions extend beyond his professional achievements, with occasional publications on leading platforms like The Block and CoinDesk.

With a keen eye for innovation, Alex has demonstrated exceptional leadership in the development of cutting-edge DeFi solutions. His relentless drive for success has propelled Equilibrium to the forefront of the industry, securing its reputation as a pioneering force in blockchain technology. Beyond his role as CEO, Alex actively contributes to the advancement of the crypto space through open-source projects and industry insights shared on various platforms.

To learn more about Alex Melikhov's groundbreaking work and contributions to the blockchain and DeFi sectors, visit and Dive into his insightful publications on platforms like The Block and CoinDesk to gain valuable perspectives on the future of decentralized finance and blockchain technology.

Jon Heywood - Co-founder (Product Design & dApps)

Jon Heywood, a tech industry veteran with over 15 years of experience, has immersed himself in the world of crypto and blockchain for the past 3 years. Hailing from Leeds, UK, and now based in Italy, Jon's journey into technology began at an early age when he built his first website at just 15. After studying web design at the University of Teesside, he embarked on a successful career path that included roles as a PHP developer at a leading eCommerce agency and later founding his own digital agency in Dubai.

Driven by a passion for innovation, Jon seamlessly transitioned into the crypto space, making significant contributions to projects at Qredo before joining Warden Protocol. With a focus on product development, Jon leverages his diverse skill set to deliver tangible solutions for the community, reflecting his commitment to driving progress in the blockchain ecosystem. In particular he is behind the SpaceWard experience already live on Warden.

Outside of work, Jon remains deeply engaged in the tech community, continuously seeking opportunities to collaborate and contribute to advancements in decentralized technology. With his rich background in web development and entrepreneurship, Jon Heywood stands as a key player in the evolution of decentralized finance and blockchain innovation.

Stay tuned for more updates about the team

With each new revelation, Warden Protocol's mission gains momentum, propelled by the collective expertise and unwavering dedication of its founding members. As Alex Melikhov and Jon Heywood join forces with David Pinger and Antonio Pitasi, the stage is set for a transformative journey towards a new era of blockchain innovation. Stay tuned for more updates about the team as Warden Protocol continues to chart its course towards redefining omnichain interactions and unlocking the full potential of decentralized technology.