Michael Adjedj is set to join QEDIT’s Cryptography team. Dedicated to mainstreaming zero-knowledge proof (ZKP) cryptography through a global standardization process, QEDIT has launched ZKProof, a community-driven initiative, to enthusiastic response. In addition to being named to multiple year-end lists of top startups, QEDIT also recently closed a series A round with strategic partners in the U.S. and China. From Tel Aviv, Israel, Michael’s chief responsibilities will be to design, implement, and attack cryptographic systems, making them as durable and impenetrable as possible.
Prior to signing on with QEDIT, Michael had accrued more than a decade of experience in the cryptography world. After several years as a Security Engineer and Independent Consultant in Cryptography, Michael spent more than six years with digital identity and security firm Gemalto. Starting out as an R&D Security Expert, Michael was soon hired to Cryptography & Security Expert, where he designed and implemented white-box cryptography, and simulated attacks on white-box implementations.
In 2009, Michael graduated from Université Bordeaux 1 with a Cryptography Master’s degree. He has received numbers endorsements from his current and past colleagues in the areas of cryptography, set top box, DRM, security, debugging, and more.
In addition to his vast cryptography skills, Michael is a passionate archer, having once split his own arrow a-la Robin Hood in a practice session. He is also an avid fan of Andrzej Sapkowski’s The Witcher Saga, a collection of fantasy novels and short stories. In his spare time, Michael likes to keep his cryptography skills sharp by playing Crypto CTF, an online competition for likewise-inclined hackers all over the world. As part of Team Megaloblastt, Michael scored fourth in the 2017 CHES WhibOx contest, a white-box cryptography competition organized by the ECRYPT-CSA consortium.