Dr Shreekant (Ticky) Thakkar

Dr Shreekant (Ticky) Thakkar

Chief Researcher

Secure Systems Research Center

Dr Shreekant (Ticky) Thakkar is Chief Researcher at the Secure Systems Research Center at the Technology Innovation Institute (TII), a cutting-edge UAE-based scientific research center. He is responsible for carrying out advanced research that makes the planet safer and more secure, with a focus on providing end-to-end security and resilience in cyber physical and autonomous systems.

Dr Thakkar’s career is punctuated by industry firsts and successes that have strengthened revenue, profit, and competitive advantage for Fortune 500 firms, as well as start-ups and entrepreneurial divisions.

Dr Thakkar is a hands-on leader with an invaluable blend of strategy development and tactical execution; an implementer and dedicated "doer'' who delivers corporate vision by building, leading, mentoring and supporting highly effective, diverse, and collaborative advanced development, engineering/software engineering teams across different geographies.

Before taking on his current role, Dr Thakkar was Chief Scientist and Executive Vice President of Engineering and Technology at DarkMatter, a cyber-security leader based in the UAE. In this capacity, he was instrumental in developing an engineering organisation of 500 people from a startup team in four geographical locations, delivering two generations of innovative secure smartphones and applications, and a secure VPN appliance that contributed significantly to the company's annual revenue.

In prior roles in the United States, he served as Chief Solutions Architect at Qualcomm Data Technologies, and as the Chief Technology Officer in the Personal Computing Group and as Vice President and Fellow at HP’s Emerging Computing Lab.

Earlier in his career, he completed 21 years at Intel Corporation in roles including Intel Fellow and Chief Systems Architect - Mobile Systems Technologies.

Dr Thakkar holds a PhD and an MSc, both in Computer Science, from the University of Manchester (UK). He also earned a BSc in Computer Science and Statistics from University College London. He holds more than 83 patents and has published 31 technical papers and over 4,700 citations in Google Scholar.