Jan Camenisch

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Jan Leonhard Camenisch is a Swiss research scientist in cryptography and privacy and is currently the CTO of DFINITY. He previously worked at IBM Research – Zurich, Switzerland and has published over 100 widely cited scientific articles and holds more than 70 U.S. patents.

Jan Camenisch
Alma materETH Zurich
Occupation(s)Cryptographer, Computer Scientist, CTO
Known for
  • Identity Mixer
  • Direct Anonymous Attestation (DAA)
  • IACR Fellow
  • IEEE Fellow
  • ACM Fellow
  • ACM SIGSAC outstanding innovation award
  • IEEE computer society technical achievement award
  • IFIP Kristian Beckman award

Camenisch received an engineer's degree in electrical engineering in 1993 and a Ph.D. in computer science in 1998, both from ETH Zurich. He was an assistant professor in computer science at the University of Aarhus, Denmark, before joining the IBM Zurich Research Laboratory in 1999. Camenisch was born in the small Swiss village of Langwies.


Camenisch was named Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for contributions to privacy-enhancing cryptographic protocols in 2013[1] and Fellow of the International Association for Cryptologic Research for contributions to the theory and practice of privacy-preserving protocols and impact on government policy and industry in 2017.[2]

He received the 2010 ACM SIGSAC Outstanding Innovation Award for outstanding theoretical work on privacy-enhancing cryptographic protocols and his leadership in their practical realization[3] and a Technical Achievement Award from the IEEE Computer Society for pioneering theoretical work on privacy-enhancing cryptographic protocols and leadership in their practical realization in 2013.[4]

He was elected as an ACM Fellow in 2018 for "contributions to privacy-enhancing cryptographic protocols and leadership in their practical realization".[5]


  1. ^ "2013 elevated fellow" (PDF). IEEE Fellows Directory.
  2. ^ "Jan Camenisch, IACR Fellow," IACR.
  3. ^ "ACM SIGSAC Awards," ACM Special Interest Group on Security, Audit and Control.
  4. ^ "Jan Camenisch: 2013 Technical Achievement Award Recipient," IEEE Computer Society.
  5. ^ 2018 ACM Fellows Honored for Pivotal Achievements that Underpin the Digital Age, Association for Computing Machinery, December 5, 2018

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