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Dr Zakwan Jaroucheh

Biography Dr Zakwan Jaroucheh is a Lecturer in the School of Computing Engineering and the Built Environment at Edinburgh Napier University (ENU). He holds a BSc degree (1998) in Systems Engineering from the Higher Institute for Applied Sciences and Technology - Damascus, and a MSc degree (2008) in Business Information Systems from ESIGELEC (The École supérieure d'ingénieurs en génie électrique) - France. He was awarded a PhD degree (2012) in Context-aware pervasive computing by ENU. In his current role as a Lecturer at ENU, Dr Zakwan is involved in lecturing on subjects including Secure Software Development at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Prior to joining ENU in 2018, Dr Zakwan spent around seven years in the industry working with Dell SecureWorks as a principle security engineer.

His research interests lie at the intersection of computer science, finance and law, specifically in the areas of blockchain technology, web3 protocols, crypto assets and tokenization. In his current work, he is focused on exploring the potential of blockchain technology to revolutionise the way we exchange value and conduct financial transactions. he is particularly interested in the development and adoption of web3 protocols, which enable decentralised applications and peer-to-peer transactions on the internet, and the use of crypto assets and tokenisation as a means of representing and exchanging value.

His previous research has focused on the use of blockchain technology and smart contracts in the tokenisation process, decentralised authentication and authorisation, secure sharing of digital assets, financial services, combating fake news, decentralised cryptographic secrets management, and in the potential for blockchain-based securities. He has also published papers on the potential for crypto assets and blockchain-based governance systems.

Overall, his research is driven by the belief that blockchain technology, tokenisation and crypto assets have the potential to fundamentally transform the way we exchange value and conduct financial transactions. He is committed to continuing my research in this exciting and rapidly-evolving field and to conducting high-quality research that advances our understanding of these technologies and their potential to shape the future of finance and beyond.

He is also a software engineer with a passion for 'solving problems', 'generating new ideas', 'breaking things' and 'doing things better'. He enjoys setting high standards, constantly learning new things, and sharing that knowledge with others. He is effective communicator and motivator who identifies and leverages assets in teammates to reach organisational goals. He is relentless optimist who believes there is no failure, only feedback. He is passionate to be a part of the community and giving back to the community.

He has published numerous quality scholarly articles. His most recent research achievements have been published in several highly-cited IEEE Computer Society, Personal and Ubiquitous Computing journal and International Journal of Advanced Computer Science and Applications, as well as premier international conferences. He can be reached at z.jaroucheh@napier.ac.uk.
Research Interests Research areas include but not limited to context–aware pervasive computing, adaptive service–based applications, secure software development, blockchain and distributed ledger technologies, and self–sovereign digital identity management.
Teaching and Learning Software Engineering, Level 9.
Secure Software Development, Level 10.
Programming for Web, MSc.