Vikram Sharma

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, QuintessenceLabs

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, QuintessenceLabs. Recognized the potential of quantum cybersecurity in the early 2000s while in California; sought to commercialize the technology, returning to the Australian National University to work with the Quantum Optics Group. QuintessenceLabs emerged and is at the forefront of the cybersecurity sector. Formerly, founded two start-up ventures in the information technology (IT) infrastructure and services spaces – a consulting company providing IT services to the Federal Government in Australia, and one of India’s first private internet service providers. Began career as a programmer analyst, and subsequently worked as a consultant with companies and government agencies in Australia. MSc in Computer Science, Australian National University; MSc in Management, Sloan Fellow, Stanford University; Doctorate in Quantum Physics, Australian National University. Recipient: Pearcey State Award for Entrepreneurship (2013). 2014, joined the United Kingdom Government Expert Panel for its flagship Quantum Technology Hubs programme. Member of the Board, Canberra Business Chamber. Member, Industry Advisory Board: AusCyber; Research School of Computer Science, Australian National University. Member, Cybersecurity Technical Committee, Australian Computer Society.