Dr. Gregoire Ribordy, co-founder and CEO, has 20 years of experience in various R&D and management roles in the field of optical measurements and communication systems. He founded ID Quantique in 2001 and has managed the company since then. Prior to this, he was a research fellow at the Group of Applied Physics of the University of Geneva between 1997 and 2001. In this position, he actively developed quantum cryptography technology and is the holder of a number of patents in the field. Between 1995 and 1996, Dr. Ribordy worked for one year in the R&D division of Nikon Corp. in Tokyo.
Dr. Ribordy is the recipient of several awards such as the 2001 New Entrepreneurs in Technology and Science prize, the 2002 de Vigier award and the Swiss Society for Optics and Microscopy 1999 prize. At the end of 2005, he was selected as one of the most innovative individuals in information technology worldwide by the World Technology Network. In 2017 Dr. Ribordy, with the other co-founders of IDQ, were awarded the Medal of Innovation by the University of Geneva (UNIGE).
Ms. Richdale is an entrepreneurial executive with 25 years of operating, management and sales and marketing experience. She has been working in the security industry for 18 years, focusing on cryptography, network security, identity management and strong authentication solutions. Prior to ID Quantique Ms. Richdale held the role of Managing Director International Operations of Bioscrypt, the enterprise access division of L1 Identity Solutions (now Sagem-Safran). In 2001 she founded the company A4Vision, specialising in 3D face recognition, which was acquired by Bioscrypt in March 2007.
Ms. Richdale holds an MBA from INSEAD (Fontainebleau, France), a degree in modern languages (Russian & German) from Cambridge University and a CISSP certification from (ISC)2. She is advisory board of the EPFL’s EMBA course, and is a scientific board member and lecturer at the Infosec course at the University of Geneva. She is also a member of the Innovation Council of Innosuisse, the agency responsible for science-based innovation in Switzerland.
Patrick has 18 years of experience in various R&D management roles, including project manager, R&D manager and VP of Engineering with TT-Novatech, Thermo Fisher Scientific and ID Quantique. He has a passion for lean innovation, and during his career he participated in more than 20 innovative product developments from technical specification to market delivery. In 2004 ID Quantique, with Patrick Trinkler, was one of the recipients of the 2004 Swiss Technology Award. In 2006 ID Quantique won the Frost & Sullivan Technology Innovation Award for its high speed hybrid quantum encryption product which was developed by Patrick’s team.
Patrick Trinkler completed his undergraduate studies in Electronic Engineering at the University of Applied Sciences (HES ARC St-Imier) and his studies in Project Management at the Geneva School of Business Administration (HEG GE). He finalised his academic path with a Certification as Chief Innovation Manager at the RWTH AACHEN University.
Mr Michael Desert has been working in optics and electronics since 2006. After completing his masters degree in Optics and Electronics in 2006, he joined the Qioptiq group, a European leader in photonics innovation, as account manager focussing on electro optic modulators and Faraday isolators market development. Since 2011, Michael has been working with ID Quantique in account management of the instrumentation product portfolio where he now heads the Photon Counting division.