Dr. Mohamed Ridza Wahiddin obtained his BSc (Hon), MSc and PhD degrees from UMIST, U.K. in physics. Upon completion of his PhD he returned to Malaysia in August 1989 and took up a lecturer position at the University of Malaya. For his outstanding pioneering work in quantum optics in Malaysia he is the recipient of the 1994 National Young Scientist Award by the Malaysia Ministry of Science, Technology & Environment. He was the Vice-President of the Malaysian Mathematical Society for the period 1997-1999. On the 10th December 2004 UMIST awarded him the higher doctorate degree of Doctor of Science (DSc) for his contributions to the advancement of knowledge in the field of Quantum Optics.
He was on secondment as the Research Senior Director for Information Security at MIMOS, a Malaysian government research institute focusing on ICT and microelectronics for the period 1 July 2005 – 30 June 2011. He is MIMOS Best Innovator for 2007 and recipient of MIMOS Innovator Award (2011) in conjunction with MIMOS 25th Anniversary.
He is an Honoree of the 2009 Asia Pacific Information Security Leadership Achievement from (ISC)2 – Senior IT Security Professional Category. He is also the recipient of the Cyber Security Malaysia Award for Information Security Visionary of the Year (CXO of the Year) and 2011 ASEAN Chief Security Officer.
Presently Dr Ridza is a Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Deputy Rector (Research and Innovation) at the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM).