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 for the era of quantum computers

Cryptography for the era of quantum computers

Cryptography for the Internet of Things and Cyber-Physical Systems

Cryptography for the Internet of Things and Cyber-Physical Systems

Cryptography for the cloud

Cryptography for the cloud

Cryptographic protocols

Cryptographic protocols

Cryptography engineering

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. 

Najwa
Dr Najwa Aaraj

Chief Researcher

Marc Manzano
Dr Marc Manzano

Vice President

Michael
Prof. Michael Scott

Technical Director

Kevin Acres
Kevin Acres

Senior Cryptography Engineer

maitha
Maitha Al Blooshi

Associate Researcher

ALREEM
Alreem Al Kaabi

Associate Researcher

Abdel
Dr Abdelrahaman Aly

Senior Cryptographer

Emanuele Bellini
Dr Emanuele Bellini

Lead Cryptanalyst

Faisal
Faisal Bin Mahfoodh

Associate Researcher

Marigrace Borromeo
Marigrace Borromeo

Executive Assistant

juan
Dr Juan Del Carmen

Senior Cryptanalyst

andre
Dr Andre Esser

Senior Cryptanalyst

Juliet Gaithuru
Dr Juliet Gaithuru

Senior Technical Writer

Alvaro
Alvaro Garcia

Director of Integration

Stephan Groenewald
Stephan Groenewald

Senior Project Manager

Anna
Dr Anna Hambitzer

Senior Data Scientist

Jonathan
Jonathan Hernandez

Senior QA Engineer

Ravindra Jejurikar
Dr Ravindra Jejurikar

Senior Cryptography Engineer

Polina
Polina Sashkova Koornneef

Senior QA Engineer

Adam Krzysztofik
Adam Krzysztofik

Senior QA Engineer

mukul
Dr Mukul Kulkarni

Senior Cryptographer

Amanda Lemos
Amanda Lemos

Project Manager

Hector
Hector Maqueda

Senior Cryptography Hardware Engineer

Rusydi Makarim
Rusydi Makarim

Senior Cryptanalyst

Chiara Marcolla
Dr Chiara Marcolla

Senior Cryptographer

Victor Mateu
Dr Víctor Mateu

Lead Cryptographer

Santos Merino
Santos Merino

Lead Cryptography Engineer

Ma muri
Ma Muri

Senior Hardware Engineer

Kashif Nawaz
Kashif Nawaz

Senior Cryptography Hardware Engineer

Lucas
Lucas Perin

Senior Cryptography Engineer

Mohamed
Mohamed Rachidi

Cryptanalyst

Eugenio
Eugenio Martin Salazar

Senior Cryptography Engineer

Abdellatif Shihab
Abdellatif Shihab

Senior Project Manager

Victor Sucasas
Dr Victor Sucasas

Senior Cryptography Engineer

Xiaojie Zhu
Xiaojie Zhu

Lead Cryptography Engineer

Yaroslav
Yaroslav Zazulyak

Senior Cryptography Integration Engineer