Change in leadership: Professor Dr Gregor Leander is the new Director of the Horst Görtz Institute for IT Security

Professor Dr Gregor Leander is an internationally leading scientists in the field of symmetrical cryptography. He has been at the Horst Görtz Institute for IT Security (HGI) at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) since the middle of 2015. His research focuses on efficient cryptographic processes for strong resource-constrained devices, such as RFID chips.

In addition to conducting cutting-edge research, Professor Leander will assume a broad array of duties in his new role as Managing Director, dedicating particular attention to the Institute’s strategic direction and organisation. He replaces Professor Dr Christof Paar, who holds the Chair for Embedded Security. Professor Paar, who has been at the Institute since its founding, will be available to the new managing director and the HGI head office in an advisory role. Professor Paar: “We are incredibly grateful to have found a leading international researcher with impressive leadership qualities in Professor Leander, and we offer our heartfelt congratulations on his new position at the HGI.”

Background information

Vita: Professor Dr Gregor Leander was awarded his doctoral degree in cryptography and coding theory by the RUB in 2004. In 2006 he spent a year at the University of Toulon, in France. He was an associate professor at the Technical University of Denmark between 2008 and 2012. He has received a number of awards for his research, including the DHL Innovation Award in 2013 and the German IT-Security Prize in 2010. Professor Leander has led the symmetrical cryptography research group at the HGI since 2015.


The complete press release is available for downloadhere. (In German only)