John Nahas and Wilson Wu joins BENQI as Strategic Advisors

3 min readSep 15, 2021


BENQI is thrilled to announce the appointment of key figures on Avalanche, John Nahas and Wilson Wu, as strategic advisors.

John Nahas is the Senior Director of Business Development at Ava Labs, responsible for building and growing the Avalanche network. John supports the growth of the Avalanche ecosystem and was previously a founding team member at TokenVault which was acquired by Franklin Templeton. He is a Director at the LA Blockchain Lab and a contributor to numerous industry groups and policy organizations.

“BENQI is one of the key cornerstone DeFi projects to launch natively on Avalanche. It has been impressive to see the growth of the BENQI project since inception, and their innovative team has been a pleasure to work with and support. I am thrilled for the future of both BENQI and the Avalanche ecosystem as we continue to work towards a greater goal of creating adoption for open financial products ” — John Nahas, Ava Labs

Wilson Wu is the Head of Asia for Avalanche, responsible for the incubation, growth and community outreach of the Avalanche Ecosystem within the Asian region. Wilson leads the Avalanche Asia team in incubating new promising projects, and expanding Avalanche’s network and presence within the Asian region including China, Korea, and SouthEast Asia. He was previously FBG’s Head of Business Development in Asia, managing the secondary market and incubation of over 40 projects. Prior to that, he worked in the traditional financial markets for over 10 years, covering securities, FX, futures, options and micro-lending.

“We are excited to be working collaboratively with one of the most promising projects on Avalanche. BENQI has been diligent in covering the highly valuable Asian market and this partnership signals our intentions to penetrate the Asian region and educate the community on the technological promises of Avalanche and the Decentralized Financial systems capable of being built on it” — Wilson Wu, Avalanche Asia

Both John and Wilson have been instrumental in getting BENQI to where it is today and having them onboard represents BENQI’s vision of expanding beyond DeFi. By establishing core relationships with key strategic leaders in their respective geographical regions, BENQI will be able to leverage off their expertise while maneuvering the delicate regulatory landscape surrounding Decentralized Finance. Additionally, BENQI will be able to gain insights into specific community building and penetration into both Western and Asian markets.


Built on Avalanche’s highly scalable network, BENQI aims to bridge decentralized finance (DeFi) and institutional networks by building a suite of DeFi products, starting with a lending protocol. Through BENQI, Avalanche users will be able to earn interest on their assets, obtain credit through over-collateralized loans and earn QI governance tokens as rewards for providing liquidity on the protocol. For more information about BENQI, please visit:

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BENQI is a DeFi protocol on Avalanche providing users & developers access to capital-efficient DeFi products: BENQI Liquidity Market & BENQI Liquid Staking.