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Rei Safavi-Naini is the NSERC/Telus Industrial Research Chair and Alberta Innovates Strategic Research Chair in Information Security at the University of Calgary.   She is the co-founder of the Institute for Security, Privacy and Information Assurance at the University, and served as its Director until December 2018. She has published widely in premier journals and conferences on information security and privacy  and has given numerous keynote talks, most recently at Chinacrypt 2018  and PST 2019. She has served on the editorial board of leading information security journals and program committee of conferences, and has been the program chair of major international conferences including Crypto,  Financial Cryptography, and Applied Cryptography and Network Security.  She is currently Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, IET Information Security and Journal of Mathematical Cryptology.

Her current research interest includes post-quantum cryptography and communication security, cloud security, and security of blockchain and decentralized systems.