Dr. Najwa Aaraj Senior Vice President of Strategy & Cryptographic Technologies, DarkMatter Group

Dr Najwa Aaraj is Senior Vice President of Strategy & Cryptographic Technologies at the DarkMatter Group.

She is responsible for developing and supporting the implementation of the company’s overall business strategy, and benchmarking and measuring business performance. Dr Najwa also leads the development and operation of DarkMatter’s cryptographic technologies development.

Dr Najwa’s expertise lies in applied cryptography, trusted platforms, security architecture for embedded systems, software exploit detection and prevention systems, and biometrics. She has over 15 years of experience working in the United States, Australia, the Middle East, Africa and Asia with global firms.

Prior to joining DarkMatter Dr Najwa worked in Booz & Company, where she led consulting engagements in the communication and technology industry for clients across four continents. Previously, she held several research positions including Research Fellow with IBM T. J. Watson Security Research in New York, and with the Intel Security Research Group in Portland, Oregon. She was also a Research Staff Member at NEC Laboratories in Princeton, New Jersey.

Dr Najwa holds a PhD in Computer Engineering and a Master of Science Degree in Computer and Information Systems Security from Princeton University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer and Communications Engineering from the American University in Beirut.

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