Trevor Butterworth biography

Trevor Butterworth is a co-founder of Indicio and Vice President of Communications & Governance. As part of his communications portfolio, he serves as chief writer and managing editor for Indicio’s written content and communication, including presentations, website content, blogs, and white papers. His focus is both on explaining the technology to non-technical audiences and envisioning how it can be used to drive innovation. 

He is the author of Indicio’s Beginners Guide to Decentralized Identity and co-author of Indicio’s position paper, “A Trusted Copilot: Using decentralized identity to manage an AI virtual assistant.”

Trevor is also responsible for Indicio’s governance, Indicio Network’s governance framework, and ensuring Indicio meets its corporate responsibilities as a public benefit corporation. He also works on developing governance for Indicio’s customers. He is also on the Stewards Governance Committee of the Velocity Network.

Prior to Indicio, Trevor was a consultant to the Sovrin Foundation, and Director of Research at He was the founding Executive Director of Sense About Science USA, a nonprofit which developed innovative and collaborative projects on communicating the complexity of scientific and statistical evidence with, among others, the American Statistical Association, the Annals of Internal Medicine, The Broad Institute, Caltech, Harvard, MIT, Rockefeller University, Nature, and the Library of Congress. 

He was a consultant to the American Statistical Association, and to Cornell University, where he provided communications support to the machine learning and evidence analysis element of CERES 2030, the flagship project for the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal to achieve ‘zero hunger’ (SDG 2), which was supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and BMZ Germany.

As a journalist, he has written for numerous publications, including the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, Forbes, Newsweek, and Vox. He has presented at many conferences and events and institutions, including the Ford Foundation, Hyperledger Global Forum, the US National Academy of Sciences, and the UN World Data Forum. 

Trevor attended Trinity College Dublin (BA hons, M.Phil) Georgetown University, and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism (M.S.), where he received the Sevellon Brown Award. He was a visiting fellow at Cornell and an adjunct assistant professor for science communication in the department of Immunology at Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute at Trinity College Dublin.