Amina Al Sherif

Amina Al Sherif

Amina Al Sherif is the Chief Innovation Officer and Head of Special Projects at She has spent over ten years in the Department of Defense serving as an Army officer in the Reserves and North Carolina National Guard (SOD-X) and remains focused on bringing culture, process, and technical innovation to the DoD and intelligence community.  

Prior to Anno, Amina worked as a Customer Engineer on the Google Cloud Platform bringing the innovation and power of Google’s capabilities to the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community. She works with the government to help improve mission effectiveness through the adoption of commercial cloud services with a focus on big data and machine learning, gaming and simulation, and data privacy and security in cloud computing and analytics. 

Amina has worked with the Joint Special Operations Command as an Arabic, Farsi, and the French language enabled Open Source Exploitation Analyst at Fort Belvoir, VA, and Fort Bragg. She deployed under Operation Inherent Resolve to Baghdad, Iraq in 2015/2016. In 2016-2017 she deployed to Afghanistan supporting the Special Operations Community. Most recently Amina deployed to Iraq and Syria for a Special Missions Unit out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina. 

Amina holds a BA in Linguistics and Arabic from the University of Mississippi and a Masters in Professional Studies in Cybersecurity and Information Sciences from Penn State University. She regularly blogs on Medium documenting her self-taught technical career. In January 2020, she published her first book An Approach to Machine Learning in Cyber Defense for the Department of Defense. 


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22 February 2022
16:00 - 17:30 CET, Geneva | 23:00-00:30 CST, Beijing | 10:00-11:30 EST, New York
Barbara Ryan (WGIC), Caroline Gevaert (University of Twente), Amina Al Sherif (

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