Advancing Homomorphic Encryption for a More Private Internet.

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

CEO

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.

CEO

Dr Pascal Paillier

CTO

Pascal is a researcher and entrepreneur in cryptography and  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.

CTO

Dr Marc Joye

Chief Scientist

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 member of the IACR.

Chief Scientist

Dr Ilaria Chillotti

Director of Cryptography

Ilaria is a researcher in cryptography, specialized in homomorphic encryption.

Fascinated by enigmas and secrets, she studied mathematics at a young age in order to get closer to cryptography. She notably co-authored TFHE, one of the fastest homomorphic encryption schemes in the world. She is the author of several publications, and winner of the "Best Paper Awards" at Asiacrypt 2016 as well as the iDASH competition in 2019. Before joining Zama, Ilaria was at Microsoft Research and then in postdoc at KU Leuven.

She holds a BSc from Cagliari University, a MSc from Joseph Fourier University in Grenoble, and a PhD from Versailles Paris-Saclay.

Director of Cryptography

Prof Nigel Smart

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.

Chief Academic Officer

Dr Agnès Leroy

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.

Senior Software Engineer

Jeremy Bradley

Chief of Staff

Jeremy is a cross-functional and highly tactical leader who has worked with a number of organisations to shape strategy, drive communications and partnerships, and oversee operations. His educational and professional background is multidisciplinary and apart from working across the non-profit, education, and corporate sectors, Jeremy is the author of two novels (one of them a 2019 Wishing Shelf Book Award Finalist). In 2020, he was named Writer of the Year by the IAOTP.

At Zama, Jeremy oversees the day-to-day operation of the policies and procedures that make our team members more effective and engaged. He studied at Lincoln University of Missouri, the University of Leicester, and Harvard.

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