Aggelos Kiayias is the chair in cybersecurity and privacy at the University of Edinburgh. His research interests are in computer security, information security, applied cryptography, and foundations of cryptography with a particular emphasis in blockchain technologies and distributed systems, e-voting and secure multiparty protocols, as well as privacy and identity management. He joined IOHK in 2017 as chief scientist through a long-term consulting agreement between IOHK and the University of Edinburgh, where he is also the director of the Blockchain Technology Laboratory. He has held a professor in residence (gratis) position at the University of Connecticut, and a visiting scientist position at the Simons Institute of the University of California, Berkeley; he is also an associate professor of cryptography and security (on leave) at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.
Professor Kiayias has received a number of distinctions and awards for his research including, an ERC fellowship (starting grant), a Marie Curie fellowship, an NSF career award, and a Fulbright fellowship. His cybersecurity research has been funded by the Horizon 2020 programme (EU), the European Research Council (EU), the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (Greece), the National Science Foundation (US), the Department of Homeland Security (US), and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (US). He holds a PhD from the City University of New York and a BSc in mathematics from the University of Athens. He has more than 100 publications on the subject in journals and conference proceedings.