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Shahryar Shaghaghi

Lecturer; Chief Technology Officer, Quantum Xchange

Shahryar Shaghaghi, is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Quantum Xchange,  designing and overseeing the development and execution of Quantum Xchange’s technology roadmap and enhancing the company’s broader post-quantum crypto-agile infrastructure strategy, exceeding customers’ expectations through continued product innovation, and contributing to the company’s ongoing leadership in the quantum technologies ecosystem.  Shahryar is also the IT Risk Management lecturer at Columbia University’s Enterprise Risk Management graduate program. 

Shahryar is an accomplished and recognized leader in technology and risk management including cybersecurity and data privacy through his solid career track record.  Shahryar has had significant technology consulting leadership roles with Andersen Consulting (Accenture now), PWC, Deloitte, Kurt Salmon, BDO, and CohnReznick.  As the EVP of Citigroup’s global leader of IT Risk Management Implementations, Shahryar led and successfully delivered Citi’s largest and most complex Information Security programs to meet OCC and FRB requirements.  Shahryar recently served as the Cybersecurity SME for FRBNY.  Shahryar is one of the authors of the SOC for Cybersecurity developed by the AICPA to help auditors identify cyber risks. Shahryar was named to the PrivSec200 list of influential professionals who have made significant contributions to the privacy and security sectors.

By leveraging his extensive technology and risk management leadership experience garnered from his tenure with major consulting and financial services companies and his solid track record with complex and global implementations, Shahryar has successfully helped chief technology, risk, compliance, legal, audit, finance, operations, and security officers achieve their goals and optimize their critical and strategic programs. Shahryar has deep expertise in the areas of cybersecurity, data privacy, application development, IT infrastructure management, digital transformation, IT due diligence, IT financial management, and business continuity. He also implemented compliance programs related to enforcement actions and industry recognized standards including NIST, CMMI, CCPA, NYDFS, GDPR, ISO 27001, SOC 2, HIPAA, FFIEC, AML/KYC, FATCA, DFARS.

Recently Shahryar was a partner at CohnReznick Advisory and the national head of Cybersecurity and Privacy Advisory.  Prior to that Shahryar was at BDO Consulting and led Technology Advisory and global Cybersecurity practices. Shahryar was a partner at Kurt Salmon where he was responsible for expanding CIO Advisory Services. He also served as executive director of IT Risk Management and Transformation with Citigroup, where he led strategic and reengineering initiatives for its Global Operations and Technology for Citi globally, including the Information Security Program. He is a former partner with Deloitte Consulting, where he formed and led their first information security consulting offerings. He spent the early part of his career with PwC and Andersen Consulting, now Accenture.


  • M.S., Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • B.S., Bethune Cookman University