2019 Judges

Justin Hall, Partner @ Voxus, Inc. | Tacoma, Washington, USA

Justin Hall has been doing technology PR and marketing for almost 20 years. He has extensive experience in the networking, security, and cloud services. He’s helped define company and product messaging for over 100 companies, and regularly ghost writes thought-leadership content for organizations and their executives.


Ilia Kolochenko, CEO & Founder @ High-Tech Bridge | Geneva, Switzerland

Ilia is a Swiss application security expert and entrepreneur. Starting his career as a penetration tester, he founded High-Tech Bridge to incarnate his application security ideas. Ilia invented the concept of hybrid security assessment for web applications that was globally launched in 2014 under ImmuniWeb® brand. Afterwards, Ilia designed and managed implementation of numerous machine learning technologies for ImmuniWeb. Ilia holds a BS (Hons.) in Mathematics and Computer Science, and is currently performing his Master of Legal Studies degree at Washington University in St. Louis. His military service took place in Swiss artillery troops. Ilia is a contributing writer for CSO, SC Magazine UK, Dark Reading and Forbes, mainly writing about cybercrime and application security. He is also a member of the Forbes Technology Council. In 2016 he received “Forum des 100” award – 12th annual award for one hundred entrepreneurs, politicians and personalities who build the French speaking part of Switzerland. In 2017 Ilia was named a “Thought Leader” by SC Media Reboot Awards.


Mukesh Marodia, Director of Product Management @ Informatica | Hyderabad, Telangana, India

As Director of Product Management of Informatica Data Security Group, Mukesh leads the product strategy and execution for Informatica’ s Data-centric Security, Test Data Management, and Data Archiving product lines. He has worked in enterprise software for 20 years, and previously served in Open Text, Virtusa-Polaris, Synygy and Motorola in various roles including product management, professional services and sales.

Mukesh drive product vision, strategy, and roadmap across the three product lines (Data Centric Security, Test Data Management, Data Archive) expanding the addressable market with new cloud-based offerings, big data and unstructured and semi-structured data solutions, as well as vertical-focused solutions for telco and healthcare.


Jayendra Viswanathan, Project Manager @ Mphasis Limited | Chennai, Tamilnadu, India

JA result-focused Technical project manager near 20 years of IT experience. 10+ Years of software development/Application support/Product support/Production support. With over 8 years of Project/Program Management/PMO Experience. Good Coordinator with Outstanding record of delivering solutions on time and within budget. Management background include managing service delivery for multinational clients, leading teams, developing and managing budgets, contracts agreement, monitoring project standards for deliverable. Exposure to program management. Currently working for Mphasis Limited in Chennai India.


Haniel Rose, Founder @ Iggi | Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Technology Product business professional with the start up enthusiast zeal and product leadership qualities.


Samvel Gevorgyan, CEO @ Cyber Gates | Yerevan, Armenia

Samvel Gevorgyan has been in IT industry since 2006 with his contribution to IT management and security. He studied in India, Singapore and Moscow, and has PhD degree in Cyber Security. Currently Samvel is the CEO and Founder of “CYBER GATES” company. The company managed to earn five international awards and is considered the best Cybersecurity company in region.


Yoni Heilbronn, Chief Marketing Officer @ Argus Cyber Security | Tel Aviv, Israel

Yoni Heilbronn serves as CMO at Argus. Yoni brings a wealth of experience in marketing, business development, strategy and acquisitions. Prior to joining Argus Yoni held various senior positions in leading High-Tech companies, including NICE Systems, SuperDerivatives, Plasan, and Olista. Yoni also served a decade in leadership roles in the IDF’s 8200 cyber intelligence unit, and currently serves as a board member of its alumni association. Mr. Heilbronn holds a BA in Political Science and History, Magna Cum Laude, Tel-Aviv University.


Michael Greene, CxO @ PasswordPing | Boulder, Colorado, USA

Michael Greene, is currently an officer and member of the executive leadership team at PasswordPing. Prior to PasswordPing, Mike was the Chairman of the Board and ChiefExecutive Officer at ID Watchdog Inc; where Mike was responsible for developing a multi-award winning company and product – and delivering triple digit growth rates culminating in an acquisition by Equifax. Prior to ID Watchdog Mike served in various executive leadership roles in a number of Data security companies; including Webroot Software and PC Tools Software. At Webroot, he was recruited to develop and launch its first enterprise product. During his tenure, he helped grow product annual revenue from $3M to$100M. At PC Tools, Mike served as Vice President of Product Strategy and Business Development and led it into an acquisition by Symantec. Mike has filed for and holds several patents relate to data security; and has been honored with numerous industry awards – most recently being recognized as a Thought Leader by SC Magazine.


Sreenivas Tatti, Principal Consultant @ Ayrus Inc. | Naperville, Illinois, USA

Sreenivas is a seasoned energy professional with over 14-year career in business consulting and analytics with deep knowledge and expertise in end-to-end energy trading and risk management solutions. He has extensive experience advising clients to plan, facilitate, develop and implement but not limited to Natural Gas, Power, Crude and Refined products trading operations and possess sound understanding of business core processes, risk management, regulatory requirements, technology developments and IT environments. He has led the team through strong consulting engagements helping energy clients in ETRM implementations, IT strategy, IT development, Business alignment, Exchange integration and transformation management. Sreenivas is a well recognized subject matter expert in the de-regulated ISO markets with exceptional integrity and a record of improving business operations systems. He has experience with the implementations of Open Link Right angle, Endur and Allegro. Sreenivas holds a Bachelor of Computer Engineering degree from University of Pune, India.


Shomiron Das Gupta, Founder and CEO @ Netmonastery Network Security Pvt Ltd | Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Shomiron Das Gupta, the founder and CEO of Netmonastery, is a highly experienced Intrusion Analyst, and has been building threat detection systems for more than a decade. He has the experience of building detection strategies for the most advanced security operations centers in the world. Having founded NETMONASTERY (NM) at the end of 2002, he set out to deliver quality attack detection products and services to all its customers. Over the years he has worked intensively on, DDoS mitigation, Traffic Anomaly, Collaborative Detection Systems, Trace Tools, Big Data, Real-time FishBowling, Multi-layer Correlation, Reporting Technologies, Audit Systems, Frameworks, Parallel Processing and Measurable Security.
Specializing in areas such as Intrusion Analysis, Threat Intelligence, SIEM, DDoS Defense Strategies, Intrusion Prevention, Incident Handling, Multi-layer Correlation and Big Data, he has spoken at numerous conferences such as the DSCI Best Practices Meet, NULLCON and was interviewed at the prestigious RSA Conference too.

Outside work he is a trained mountaineer with expedition experience in the high Himalayas.


Mehdi Hassan, Principal Consultant @ Wipro Limited | Painted Post, New York, USA

Mehdi Hassan is an IT Leader & Cyber Security Evangelist with 19+ years of international experience with multinational firms – PwC US, Wipro Limited and CMC Limited. He has experience working with many Fortune 500 customers. He has developed extensive Strategic Leadership, General & Project Management, Cyber Security Architecture and Business Development skills within a variety of business industries including Finance, Insurance, Telecom, Retail, Manufacturing and Healthcare across USA, Asia, Europe, Australia and Latin America. He has helped customers with IT Strategy, Solution Roadmap, Business/IT Alignment, Program Plan, Cyber security Implementation, Consulting and Solution Architecture & Design. He holds a Bachelor degree in Computer Science and Engineering.


Revant Kapoor, Software Engineer @ Pinterest |San Francisco, California, USA

Revant Kapoor is an Entrepreneurial Engineer currently working on the Growth team at Pinterest [200M+ monthly active users], where he leads the user retention effort. Previously he was a founding engineer at Highlight, a startup which got acquired by Pinterest. Before that he was at Zynga where he was a founding engineer on Cityville, one of Zynga’s largest game [100M+ monthly active users] where he was also granted 2 patents.

He is passionate about Startups, Artificial intelligence and large scale Distributed Systems. At Pinterest he is currently building machine learning pipelines to predict churn and help users get relevant content.


Sourav Mukherjee, Database Administrator @ Capgemini America |Buffalo Grove, Illinois, USA

Sourav Mukherjee is a Senior Database Administrator and Architect based out of Chicago. He has more than 12 years of experience working with Microsoft SQL Server Database Platform. His work focuses on Microsoft SQL Server started with SQL Server 2000. Being a Consultant, he has worked with different Chicago based client projects. He has helped many companies in designing and maintaining their high availability solutions and providing query performance tuning to improve the overall SQL Server performance. He is passionate about SQL Server Database and the related community and contributing to articles in different SQL Server Public sites and Forums helping the members. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science followed by a master’s degree in Project Management. Currently pursuing Ph.D. In Information Technology. He is an MCT (Microsoft Certified Trainer) certified since 2017, MCP, MCTS, MCDBA, MCITP, TOGAF, Prince2, PMP, and ITIL Certified. He writes articles and blogs on Scholarly journals and other social media platforms.


Pratik Thanki, Senior Manager – Energy Trading and Risk Management @ Sapient Corporation | Houston, Texas, USA

Pratik is an innovative leader with 12 plus years of experience in Energy and Finance industries. As a delivery lead, he has led several large programs for multiple organizations, such as investment banks, utilities, oil/gas majors and LNG companies. He possesses an elite Energy Risk Professional (ERP) certification. With the use of strong domain knowledge in Natural Gas, LNG, Oil & Refined Products, Power including trading, hedging and valuation, he has collaborated with other industry leaders in the space and delivered high value business and IT transformation programs involving globally distributed delivery teams.


Kelly Kish, Director of Marketing @ DirectDefense, Inc. | Englewood, Colorado, USA

As Director of Marketing, Kelly Kish brings extensive experience in driving both product, channel and corporate marketing programs in technology. Before DirectDefense, Kelly held marketing positions at a number of marketingleading technology companies, including FireEye, Elo Touch Solutions, SonicWALL and GE Energy. Kelly holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma


Amit Bareket, CEO & Co-Founder @ Safer Social Ltd. – parent company of SaferVPN & Perimeter 81 | Tel Aviv, Israel

Amit Bareket is the CEO and Co-Founder of leading VPN provider, SaferVPN, and next-gen secure network access service, Perimeter 81. He is a cybersecurity expert with extensive experience in system architecture and software development. 

Amit has authored 7 patents issued by the USPTO for storage, mobile applications and user interface. Prior to co-founding SaferVPN and Perimeter 81, Amit worked as a Software Engineer for major enterprises including IBM XIV Storage and BigBand Networks. He graduated Cum Laude with a B.Sc. in Computer Science and Economics from Tel Aviv University and served in the Israel Defense Force’s elite intelligence unit.


Nancy Wu, Head of Sales & Support @ Skystem | New York, NY USA

Nancy Wu has spent most of her career working in, consulting for, and auditing various accounting departments’ financial close process for public and private organizations ($200 Million to $4 Billion), including banks and credit unions.

Her published work around leveraging user behavior to design internal controls is archived in the Cornell University Library. Ms. Wu is also the author of a whitepaper that discusses management standards around balance sheet reconciliation process.

She is the subject matter expert on a webinar program that draws 300 to 500 signups each month on topics ranging from internal controls over financial reporting, to month-end close infrastructure, to Finance tone at the top.

Ms. Wu currently leads sales and customer success for SkyStem, a technology company that offers month-end close and reconciliation automation for mid-market companies in banking, healthcare, retail and various other industries.


Yossi Appleboum, CEO @ Sepio Systems | Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA

With more than 25 years of experience in Security and Networking, Mr. Appleboum brings unique vision on Cyber Security. In the early 90’s, Mr. Appleboum joined the Israeli Army Intelligence and served as a team leader focusing on development of Network Security Systems. Later, Mr. Appleboum was a co-founder of WebSilicon which focused on security systems. Mr. Appleboum was involved in design and implementation of more than 250 systems for government agencies, integrators and vendors. In 2013, WebSilicon was acquired by Magal (NASDAQ: MAGS), one of the world’s largest physical security integration companies. After the acquisition, Mr. Appleboum served as the CTO for Cyber Security of Senstar Inc., the North American division of Magal. As the CTO for Cyber Security, Mr. Appleboum was instrumental in all phases of the development of the Cyber Security Systems, that converge physical and logical security in a manner that brings a new level of cyber security to the market. In 2016, Mr. Appleboum co-founded Sepio Systems, a Cyber Security startup company that brings a new approach for defending supply chains against cyber-attacks. Mr. Appleboum serves as the CEO of the US company, responsible for North American operations.


Olga Khamilova, Marketing Coordinator @ Swiss Post Solutions Ltd. (Vietnam) | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

With more than 25 years of experience in Security and Networking, Mr. Appleboum brings unique vision on Cyber Security. In the early 90’s, Mr. Appleboum joined the Israeli Army Intelligence and served as a team leader focusing on development of Network Security Systems. Later, Mr. Appleboum was a co-founder of WebSilicon which focused on security systems. Mr. Appleboum was involved in design and implementation of more than 250 systems for government agencies, integrators and vendors. In 2013, WebSilicon was acquired by Magal (NASDAQ: MAGS), one of the world’s largest physical security integration companies. After the acquisition, Mr. Appleboum served as the CTO for Cyber Security of Senstar Inc., the North American division of Magal. As the CTO for Cyber Security, Mr. Appleboum was instrumental in all phases of the development of the Cyber Security Systems, that converge physical and logical security in a manner that brings a new level of cyber security to the market. In 2016, Mr. Appleboum co-founded Sepio Systems, a Cyber Security startup company that brings a new approach for defending supply chains against cyber-attacks. Mr. Appleboum serves as the CEO of the US company, responsible for North American operations.

Other achievements: Certificate of Technological University for the Best Business idea (PostVenture,2015), Best employee of the year (SPS Vietnam,2017), ExtraMile Award (SPS Vietnam,2017)


Doshia Stewart, Director, Corporate Brand & Marketing @ Allegion | Carmel, Indiana, USA

Marketing leader, specializing in international brand management and strategic and M&A communications, and B2B and B2C marketing programs. Responsible for corporate brand strategy, digital marketing and innovation and tech thought leadership.


Pablo de la Riva, CEO & Founder @ buguroo | Carmel, Indiana, USA

Pablo founded his first company when he was 21. He had previously been in charge of more than 200 technical team members when he was CTO at Écija, leading different divisions, such as an ethical hacking team, antifraud, managed security and others. After 5 years leading the company in Spain, he is starting to ramp up the project internationally.


Tyler Shields, VP Strategy @ Signal Sciences | Cary, North Carolina, USA

Built and ran security products and services companies including Veracode, @Stake and Signal Sciences. Masters dergree in computer science and an MBA from University of North Carolina. Board advisor to multiple security startups and established companies. For analyst for Forrester Research covering Mobile, Application and IoT security markets.


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