Meet the D&AD Impact Council

The D&AD Impact Council is made up of senior figures from across the creative, social entrepreneur, Venture Capital and NGO space and exists to support and represent D&AD Impact’s mission to drive creativity that powers change.

Bill Tai

Venture Capitalist, Educator & Athlete

Bill Tai has been funding startups as a VC since 1991, and is a leading figure in the Blockchain segment. He is a Board Director / Strategy Chair of the Board at Bitfury, and Board Chairman of Hut8, North America's largest crypto mining operation. His co-created the annual Blockchain Summit on Necker Island in 2014, holds the title "Yoda" at Airswap, Board Advisor to P2P Energy Company Power Ledger, the first ever Australian company to hold an ICO, and is an investor and advisor to Blockchain based startups including Airswap, Gamma, BlockSeer and fund SparkChain Capital. His interest in cryptocurrency began in 2001 as a contributor to the creation of the currency in SecondLife and accelerated when he lit up his first Bitcoin Miner in 2009.

Originally trained as a chip designer, he joined LSI Logic, a seminal Silicon Valley startup formed by the CEO of Fairchild Semiconductor after earning a BSEE with Honors from University of Illinois. After an MBA at Harvard he was issued Badge #A001 during the formation of TSMC (NYSE:TSM), now among the 20 most valuable technology companies in the world. Currently he is co-founder Chairman of Treasure Data; Board Member of BitFury, Hut8, and Voxer and a lead seed investor in Canva, Color Genomics, Safety Culture, Tweetdeck/Twitter, Wish.com and Zoom Video. He was Founding Chairman & CEO of iAsiaWorks (IPO via Goldman Sachs & Morgan Stanley) and Founding Chairman of IPinfusion (Tokyo:4813) and is Founding Chairman of Treasure Data. He has served as Board Director of 7 publicly listed companies (AWRD EGHT IAWK NPIX TMTA TUNE and IMGO) that grew from startups he funded at their formative stages. He serves on the World Economic Forum's Technology Pioneer Committee and is an Adjunct Professor of Innovation at Curtin University in Perth, Australia. He is co-founder of ACTAI Global a 501(c)3 dedicated to preserving the ocean and its related ecosystems.