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Professor Keith Mayes – Managing Director

Keith Mayes (B.Sc. (Bath) Ph.D. (Bath) CEng FIET A.Inst.ISP) received his BSc (Hons) in Electronic Engineering in 1983 from the University of Bath and his PhD degree in Digital Image Processing in 1987. During his first degree he was employed by Pye TVT (Philips) which designed and produced TV broadcast and studio equipment. His PhD was sponsored by Honeywell Aerospace and Defence and on completion he accepted their offer of a job. In 1988 he started work for Racal Research where he worked on a wide range of research and advanced development products and was accepted as a Chartered Engineer. In 1995 he joined Racal Messenger to continue work on a Vehicle Licence plate recognition system (Talon) and an early packet radio system (Widanet/Paknet). In 1996 Keith joined Vodafone as a Senior Manager working within the Communication Security and Advanced Development group, under Professor Michael Walker. Early work concerned advanced radio relaying systems and involved participation in international standardisation (ETSI SMG2). Later he led the Maths & Modelling team and eventually took charge of the Fraud & Security group. During this time he was training in intellectual property and licensing, culminating in membership of the Licensing Executives Society and the added responsibility for patent issues in Vodafone UK. In 2000, following some work on m-commerce and an increasing interest in Smart Cards he joined the Vodafone International organisation as the Vodafone Global SIM Card Manager, responsible for SIM card harmonisation and strategy for the Vodafone Group. In 2002, Keith left Vodafone to set up Crisp Telecom and in November 2002 he was also appointed as the Director of the Smart Card Centre (www.scc.rhul.ac.uk) at Royal Holloway University of London (www.rhul.ac.uk), reporting to Professor Fred Piper in the world renowned Information Security Group/ISG (www.isg.rhul.ac.uk); and today, Keith is also the Director of the ISG. Keith is a Founder Associate Member of the Institute of Information Security Professionals. He has also had director experience within a London stock market listed company and a subsidiary of an American communications company. International high profile activity included leading the expert team that carried out counter-expertise work on the Ov-Chipkaart for the Dutch transport ministry, following published attacks on the MIFARE Classic chip card.

Sheila Cobourne M.A.(Oxon), M.B.A., M.Sc.(Open), M.Sc (London)) read Physics at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, and went on to work as a systems analyst developing financial systems for various multi-national organisations. She has an MBA from Henley Management College and an M.Sc. in Mathematics. She gained an M.Sc. in Information Security (Distinction) from Royal Holloway University of London (RHUL) in 2010, and is currently a PhD student in the Smart Card Centre / Information Security Group at RHUL. Her research is concerned with the use of NFC phones and smart cards in challenging environments. She is employed by Crisp in the role of “Senior Consultant”.

Assad Umar BSc MSc, completed his BSc in Business Information Technology (Coventry University) in 2010 and his MSc (distinction) in Information Security (Royal Holloway) in 2012. Previously he worked in the Nigerian Communications Commission; the regulatory body of the telecoms industry. He is currently conducting PhD research in transport ticketing systems. His research interests include: smart cards, HCE, NFC, mobile security, transport ticketing, performance testing of mobile device technologies and protocols. He is employed by Crisp in the role of “Senior Consultant”.

George Mayes BA, is a veterinary student at Magdalene College Cambridge and began his work with Crisp Telecom following an environmental research study in Hungerford. The work inspired the expansion of Crisp research and product development on on tagging, to include not only objects, but also living fauna and flora. George is employed as a part-time researcher with special emphasis on tags, tracking and associated systems.

Dr. Calvin Chen PhD MEng, completed his MEng in Computer System & Electronic Engineering (King's College London) in 2005. He completed his PhD in the Smart Card Centre at Royal Holloway, University of London in 2013, researching "Secure e-Payment Portal Solutions Using Mobile/NFC/RFID Technologies and Citizen Identity Scheme". He was employed by Crisp as a consultant an is now an expert associate, used as a strategic advisor for business development and client communication for opportunities in China and Taiwan.

Amelia Mayes BA, studied English at Southampton University and developed a keen interest in media, journalism, social media and film making. Amelia was employed by Crisp as a part-time Media Assistant/Technical Author and also assisted with marketing and promotional activities via conventional and new media channels. She is now an expert associate of Crisp for  social media.

Graham Hili BSc I.T. Hons (Malta), MSc (Royal Holloway) began his career with the Vodafone Group (Malta) where he was in charge of the security and the availability of the mobile value added systems (SMS, MMS, WAP). After this he moved to a consultancy position with LogicaCMG and Orange Group in the Netherlands. His current fields of specialisation include smart card security and the development of digital identity and digital security in IT systems and virtual worlds. Graham is an expert associate of Crisp.

Joanna Sfakiotaki has completed her undergraduate degree in Business Administration at the Technological Educational Institute of Crete. She has completed her final year dissertation in Stock Price Analysis with the use of Japanese rods-candlesticks. She has a keen interest in Business Analysis and Human Resource management in large to medium SME’s. Joanna has joined Crisp Telecom for her Erasmus work placement.

Lazaros Kyrillidis BSc, MSc (RHUL). He has worked in various roles such as IT HelpDesk for the T.E.I of Thessaloniki, Computer Science Teacher for Stratigakis Group SA, PHP Developer and Database Administrator for Techsoft SA, IT Auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers Greece and more recently as Information Security Consultant for Encode SA. He is now a PhD student with the Smart Card Centre / ISG and his research interests include smart cards, mobile phones / smartphones security and network security & security architectures. Lazaros is an expert associate of Crisp.


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