Hedera Global Governing Council

Building the future together

Up to 39 collusion-resistant organizations lead the Hedera network.
Each Council member is committed to network innovation, stability, and its continued decentralization.

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Hedera is governed by the world's leading organizations

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Hedera’s governance
is decentralized by
design. The 39
members will be
distributed fairly
across time, region,
and industry.

Member Since22 Sep 2023

Decentralized governance

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Members of the Hedera Governing Council share an equal vote in the direction of Hedera's software and services. Hedera Improvement Proposals provide the Hedera community with opportunities for input.

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Unlike other blockchain networks, Hedera ensures stability for end-users and application owners with a no-fork guarantee. The Hedera Governing Council achieves this through technical controls via state proofs.

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At scale, we anticipate thousands of public nodes joining to support the network's decentralized consensus and growth. Council members run the initial set of nodes on the Hedera network.

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All members have a three-year maximum term, with up to two consecutive terms and an equal vote on network and platform decisions. Swirlds, the creator of hashgraph, has a permanent seat and equal vote.

Transparent governance

Each Council meeting is available within 30 days of approval by the Council, typically a few weeks following each subsequent Council meeting. Meeting records are immutable, recorded on Hedera using ProvenDB.

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Date Posted

July 12, 2023

The Council members discussed proposed changes to Hedera Contributor Reward Plan and the Hedera Committee Policy, as well as the Proof-of-Stake Task Force.


June 14, 2023

The Council members approved the development and implementation of certain changes to the staking rewards algorithm as presented at the meeting.

Virtual (Zoom)

May 20-21, 2023

The Council members approved the April 12, 2023 meeting minutes and the allocation of 3,735,000,000 hbars to fulfill existing contractual obligations for token purchase agreements, network governance and operations, and ecosystem and open-source development and voted to appoint Shuchi Rana and Ian Jebbit as Co-Chairs of the Marketing Committee, with each serving a term of May 17, 2023 through December 31, 2024.

Sunnyvale, CA

April 12, 2023

The Council members approved the COFRA Group as the 29th Council member and the March 8, 2023 meeting minutes and voted to form the Marketing Committee, contingent upon Council’s election of two Marketing Committee Co-Chairs, and approved the Marketing Committee’s charter as presented at the meeting.


Building the future together

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Building the future together

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