Rei Safavi-Naini is the AITF Strategic Chair in Information Security and a founding Director of Institute for Security, Privacy and Information Assurance at the University of Calgary. Before joining the University of Calgary in 2007 as the iCORE Chair in Information Security, she was a Professor of Computer Science and the Director of Telecommunication and Information Technology Research Institute (now  ICT Research Institute) at the University of Wollongong  Australia.

She has over 300 refereed publications, has served as an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, ACM Transactions on Information and System Security (TISSEC), and is currently an Associate Editor of  IEEE Transactions on Secure and Dependable Computing, IET Information Security and Journal of Mathematical Cryptology. She has served as Program Chair/co-Chair of numerous conferences, most recently, ACM CCSW 2014,  Financial Cryptography 2014, ACNS 2013 and Crypto 2012. She is a member of the Steering Committee of International Conference in Information Theoretic Security and ACM CCS Cloud Computing Security Workshop.

She has a PhD in Electrical Engineering from University of Waterloo, Canada.

Her current research interests are cryptography, information theoretic security, quantum-safe cryptography, network and communication security and privacy, and Cloud security and privacy.