Who We Are

The Cryptography Research Centre (CRC) is the leading centre of its kind in the GCC region and one of only a few globally that brings together theoretical and applied cryptographers. With this combination of expertise, we are able to design, analyse and implement cryptographic algorithms and protocols. As a result, we offer solutions to address the threats faced today by digital societies. 

Our cryptography experts come from top-tier academic institutions and research bodies across the world, maintaining strong ties with leading international cryptographers to the benefit of our work. In-depth technical expertise encompasses fundamental classical and post-quantum cryptography research, applied cryptography engineering, and research on theoretical and practical cryptanalytic techniques. We also draw on machine learning to enhance our research capabilities.

CRC is part of the Technology Innovation Institute (TII), a UAE-based research centre that aims to lead global advances in artificial intelligence, autonomous robotics, quantum computing, cryptography and quantum communications, directed energy, secure communication, smart devices, advanced materials, and propulsion and space technologies. 

We belong to the Abu Dhabi Government’s Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC), which oversees technology research in the emirate.

What We Do

Cryptography Research Centre

Cryptography for the era of quantum computers

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Cryptography for the Internet of Things and Cyber-Physical Systems

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Cryptography for the cloud

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Cryptographic protocols

Cryptography for the era of quantum computers

Cryptography engineering

Cryptanalysis

Cryptanalysis

Scientific Advisory Board

We have assembled a scientific board of world-renowned cryptographers specialising in CRC’s areas of expertise.

Dr. Carlos Aguilar
Prof. Carlos Aguilar

Dr. Lejla Batina
Prof. Lejla Batina

Dr. Guido Bertoni
Prof. Guido Bertoni

joan-daemen
Prof. Joan Daemen

Dr. Tim Guneysu
Prof. Tim Guneysu

Dr. Damien Stehlé
Prof. Damien Stehlé

Our Team

Here at CRC, we’ve brought together a team of passionate minds from across the global cryptography community and from different areas of expertise. They investigate the current and future challenges of a digital society and respond to those challenges with practical solutions. 

Dr. Ray O. Johnson

Chief Executive Officer
Technology Innovation Institute

najwa
Dr Najwa Aaraj

Chief Researcher

Michael
Prof. Michael Scott

Technical Director

Francisco
Prof. Francisco Rodríguez Henríquez

Technical Director

Kevin Acres
Kevin Acres

Senior Cryptography Engineer

Shamsa
Shamsa AlEissaee

Associate Researcher

reem
Alreem Al Kaabi

Associate Researcher

Abdel
Dr Abdelrahaman Aly

Senior Cryptographer

maitha
Maitha Al Blooshi

Associate Researcher

Emanuele Bellini
Dr Emanuele Bellini

Principal Cryptographer

Loic
Dr Loïc Bidoux

Senior Cryptographer

Marigrace Borromeo
Marigrace Borromeo

Executive Assistant

Senior QA Engineer
Dr Jesús-Javier Chi-Domínguez

Senior Cryptographer Post Quantum

Juan
Dr Juan Del Carmen

Senior Cryptanalyst

Serhii
Serhii Drashpul

Senior Hardware Engineer

Andre Esser
Dr Andre Esser

Senior Cryptanalyst

Leonardo Fin
Leonardo Fin

Senior QA Engineer

Juliet Gaithuru
Dr Juliet Gaithuru

Senior Technical Writer

Alvaro
Alvaro Garcia

Director of Integration

david
David Gerault

Senior Cryptanalyst

Ruslan Gerasimov
Ruslan Gerasimov

Senior Integration Engineer

Stephan Groenewald
Stephan Groenewald

Lead Project Manager

Anna
Dr Anna Hambitzer

Senior Data Scientist

Jonathan Hernandez
Jonathan Hernandez

Senior QA Engineer

CS
Dr CS Huang

Cryptanalyst

Paul Huynh
Dr Paul Huynh

Senior Cryptographer

Ravindra Jejurikar
Dr Ravindra Jejurikar

Senior Cryptography Engineer

Polina
Polina Sashkova Koornneef

Senior QA Engineer

ronald
Ronald Koornneef

QA Engineer

bohdan
Bohdan Kostiv

Senior Software Engineer

Adam Krzysztofik
Adam Krzysztofik

Lead QA Engineer

Mukul Ramesh Kulkarni
Dr Mukul Kulkarni

Senior Cryptographer

Amanda Lemos
Amanda Lemos

Project Manager

Faisal Bin Mahfoodh
Faisal Bin Mahfoodh

Associate Researcher

Rusydi Makarim
Rusydi Makarim

Lead Cryptographer

Chiara Marcolla
Dr Chiara Marcolla

Senior Cryptographer

Simon
Simon Martinez

Senior Infrastructure Engineer

Victor Mateu
Dr Víctor Mateu

Principal Cryptographer

Hector
Hector Maqueda

Senior Cryptography Hardware Engineer

Santos Merino
Santos Merino

Principal Cryptographer

Ma Muri
Ma Muri

Senior Hardware Engineer

marida
Marida Muscianese

Project Coordinator

Kashif Nawaz
Dr Kashif Nawaz

Junior Researcher

Jose Ignacio Olvera
Jose Antonio Olvera

Senior Project Manager

Marco Palumbi
Marco Palumbi

Senior Cryptography Engineer

Lucas
Dr Lucas Perin

Senior Cryptography Engineer

Mohamed
Mohamed Rachidi

Cryptanalyst

Raghvendra
Dr Raghvendra Rohit

Senior Cryptographer

mario
Mario Romero

Senior Vulnerability Researcher

Eugenio
Eugenio Martin Salazar

Senior Cryptography Engineer

Nitin
Dr Nitin Satpute

Senior Machine Learning Engineer

Abdellatif Shihab
Abdellatif Shihab

Senior Project Manager

Eduardo
Dr Eduardo Soria-Vazquez

Senior Cryptographer

Victor Sucasas
Dr Victor Sucasas

Lead Cryptography Engineer

theodoros
Theodoros Trochatos

Intern

Javier
Dr Javier Verbel

Senior Cryptanalyst

wei
Dr Weiqiang Wen

Senior Cryptanalyst

yar
Yaroslav Zazulyak

Senior Cryptography Integration Engineer