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DarkMatter appoints new SVP for Special Projects division

Dr. Najwa Aaraj - SVP of Special Projects at DarkMatter
Dr. Najwa Aaraj, DarkMatter

DarkMatter has recently announced the appointment of Dr. Najwa Aaraj as the Senior Vice President – Special Projects, having previously served as the Vice President of the business unit.

The Special Projects division of the company falls under the CEO’s Office, and is responsible for identifying and developing new business opportunities, providing new security and technology tools to the company and focusing on research.

In her new role at DarkMatter, Dr. Aaraj will continue to be involved in evaluating and customising secure product architecture; designing and setting up special projects related to authentication and cryptology systems; and overseeing the development and operation of the company’s test and validation labs.

Faisal Al Bannai, Chief Executive Officer, DarkMatter, said, “Dr. Aaraj has been with us right from the very beginning and we are hugely grateful for her commitment, enthusiasm, and obvious talent. Part of the journey with DarkMatter was always going to be about believing in the company’s vision, and she was one of the earliest converts. Her increased responsibilities are well-deserved given the hard work and success she has already achieved in delivering projects to our clients. Our Secure Communications portfolio, amongst other solutions, has been well received and I look forward to Dr. Aaraj continuing to driving success in her engagements”

The Special Projects unit within DarkMatter looks to foster inter-departmental collaboration, and aside from Secure Communications it also involved in the setting up of the company’s Crypto Programme, its Test and Validation Labs, and the development of new (secure) technologies.

Dr. Aaraj said, “It has been an exciting and fulfilling journey with DarkMatter so far. I am so impressed by the progress we have all been able to achieve in a relatively short period of time, and I would like to thank my colleagues for their support throughout. We are only at the beginning of having a profound impact on how cybersecurity is regarded and implemented in the UAE and further afield and I look forward to building a legacy we can all be proud about having had a part in establishing.”

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