Prof. Dr. Michael Schapira

Prof. Dr. Michael Schapira ( is a full professor at the School of Computer Science and Engineering, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research interests lie in the design of practical protocols and architectures with provable guarantees (e.g., in terms of performance, resiliency to failures, security, privacy, and more) for (Inter)networked environments. He is also co-founder and chief scientist of Compira Labs.

Prior to joining the Hebrew University he was a visiting scientist at Google NYC and a postdoctoral researcher at UC Berkeley, Yale University, and Princeton University. He is a recipient of the Allon Fellowship (2011), a Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship (2013) and several other prizes, the latest are in 2020 the IEEE Communications Society William R. Bennett Prize as well as the Facebook Research Award in 2020.

Dr. Schapira holds a PhD in Computer Science, a BSc in Math and Computer Science, and a BA in Humanities, from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (awarded in 2008, 2004, and 2004, respectively).

Prof. Dr. Haya Schulmann

Prof. Dr. Haya Schulmann is a professor in the Department of Computer Science at Goethe University Frankfurt since February 2022 and holds a LOEWE top professorship.

She is Head of the Analytics Based Cybersecurity research area at the National Applied Cybersecurity Research Center ATHENE.

In 2021, Schulmann was awarded Germany's most prestigious IT security prize, the German IT Security Prize from the Horst Görtz Foundation, for the development of the Cache Test security solution as part of her work for ATHENE Research Center. She is the scientific director of the Fraunhofer Innovation Platform for Cybersecurity and a visiting professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel and initiator and director of the German-Israeli Partnership Accelerator Program in Darmstadt and Jerusalem.

Haya Schulmann graduated in 2014.

Prof. Michael Waidner

Michael Waidner has been a Professor of Computer Science, Chair for Security in Information Technology, at Technische Universität Darmstadt and the Director of Fraunhofer SIT since the end of 2010. Since the beginning of 2019, he has also been the Founding Director (CEO) of the National Research Center for Applied Cybersecurity ATHENE, and since 2016 a Visiting Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel.

From mid-1994 until the end of 2010, Michael Waidner held various technical and executive positions at IBM Corporation, initially at IBM Research in Rüschlikon, Switzerland, and subsequently at IBM's headquarters in New York. Until his move to Darmstadt, he was an IBM Distinguished Engineer and Chief Technology Officer for Cybersecurity, chair of the IBM Security Architecture Board and responsible for the company's technical strategy in cybersecurity. He was also an elected member of the IBM Academy of Technology.

Michael Waidner is an inventor of 25 patents and an author of over 160 articles in scientific conferences and journals. He also regularly writes articles for a broader audience, e.g., for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung FAZ and for Tagesspiegel Background.

Since the beginning of 2024, he has been the Editor-in-Chief of the ACM Transactions on Privacy and Security, one of the leading journals in the field of cybersecurity. He is a member of the German Academy of Science and Engineering acatech, a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers IEEE, a Distinguished Scientist of the Association for Computing Machinery ACM, and a member of various advisory boards for industry and government.