Zama is an open source cryptography company that builds state-of-the-art Fully Homomorphic Encryption (FHE) solutions for blockchain and AI.
We believe people shouldn't care about privacy. Not because it doesn't matter, but because it shouldn't be an issue!
From data breaches and surveillance of cloud applications, to blockchain smart contracts where everything is public, doing things privately online is becoming increasingly complicated. The only way to solve this is to make everything encrypted end-to-end, regardless of where the application is running. And the only way this can happen is if homomorphic encryption becomes mainstream.
We are a remote-friendly company with headquarters in the centre of Paris.
We at Zama are a community of passionate people working on solving some of the biggest privacy and security challenges. When we think about how to build our team, the first thing we think about is the culture we want to create.
We strive to make our work environment as pleasant, stress-free, and convivial as possible. Our processes are designed to be remote-friendly, meaning you can join the company from anywhere in the world.
Our hiring process gives everyone a fair chance to be evaluated on their mix of professional, academic, and personal skills, while ensuring we spend enough time to get to know each other.
Meet some of our team
Dr Rand Hindi
Rand is an entrepreneur and deeptech investor. He is the CEO at Zama and an investor in over 50 companies across privacy, AI, blockchain, medtech, and psychedelics.
Rand started coding at the age of 10, founded a Social Network at 14, and started a PhD at 21. He then created Snips, a privacy-centric AI startup that was acquired by Sonos.
Rand holds a BSc in Computer Science and a PhD in bioinformatics from UCL.
Dr Pascal Paillier
Pascal is a researcher and entrepreneur in cryptography and the CTO at Zama.
He has spent the past 25 years inventing new cryptographic techniques for critical industries. From embedded security to whitebox crypto to homomorphic encryption, Pascal has contributed to groundbreaking research in corporate environments.
He is a member of the IACR and an expert at ISO, where he contributes to standardization efforts for cryptography. Pascal has authored over 60 academic papers, received "Best Paper Award" at Asiacrypt 2005, and is one of the most widely cited authors in homomorphic encryption with more than 12,000 citations. Prior to Zama, Pascal was CEO at CryptoExperts and Head of Cryptography Innovation at Gemalto. He holds an engineering degree and a PhD in cryptography from Telecom ParisTech.
Dr Marc Joye
Marc is a cryptographer and security technologist and the Chief Scientist at Zama.
He has been active in the field of cryptography for more than 25 years, from low-level implementations up to protocol design. He is a co-inventor of the ACJT group signature scheme and of the Joye-Libert homomorphic encryption scheme.
Prior to Zama, Marc worked in a number of security companies, including as a Research Scientist at OneSpan, as a Fellow and Security Technologist at NXP Semiconductors, as a Fellow and Distinguished Scientist at Technicolor, and as a Scientific Expert at Gemalto. He has co-authored over 170 scientific papers, has greater than 11,000 citations, and has filed more than 140 patent families. Marc holds a PhD in Cryptography from UCLouvain and is a Fellow of the IACR.
Jeremy oversees day-to-day operations at Zama. He is a cross-functional and highly tactical leader who has worked with a number of organisations to shape strategy, drive communications and partnerships, and lead policy and process. Jeremy's educational and professional background is multidisciplinary. Apart from working across the non-profit, education, and corporate sectors, Jeremy is the author of two novels (2019 Wishing Shelf Book Award Finalist and 2021 Wishing Shelf Book Award Winner). In 2020, he was named Writer of the Year by the IAOTP, and in 2022 he was named to Business Elite's 40 Under 40.
Prof Nigel Smart
Chief Academic Officer
Chief Academic Officer
Prof Nigel Smart is a cryptography researcher and entrepreneur. He is the Chief Academic Officer at Zama.
From 2000 to 2017, he founded and ran the cryptology research group at the University of Bristol, before joining COSIC at KU Leuven in 2018. In parallel, he founded several successful companies, including Identum (acquired by Trend Micro) and Unbound Security (acquired by Coinbase).
Nigel has held a Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award, two ERC Advanced Grants, is an IACR fellow, and was a director and vice-president of the International Association for Cryptologic Research. He is also the co-founder of the popular crypto conference, Real World Crypto.
Dr Agnès Leroy
Senior Software Engineer
Senior Software Engineer
Agnès is a software engineer and expert in GPU programming.
She started out as a researcher in Computational Fluid Dynamics, where she worked on the GPU acceleration of a particle-based simulation method. She is the author of several publications in this field, and won several awards in the course of her PhD. After a few years contributing to various open source software projects, Agnès decided to focus on software development.
Before joining Zama, Agnès worked at EDF (Electricity of France) as a researcher, then at RTE (France's Transmission System Operator) as a software developer. She holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from Ecole des Ponts ParisTech and a Civil engineering degree from Universidade de Minas Gerais (Brazil). She also holds a PhD from Université Paris-Est.