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CEO & FounderIlia 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.
Executive Vice President, Board MemberStephane is a recognized public speaker, lecturer and expert in cybersecurity, cybercrime and privacy. A Sergent in Swiss Army Special Forces, he holds a Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) degree in Economic Crime Investigation, and a degree of Specialist in Public Relations (ISRP). He is also a Member of the scientific board of the Master of Advanced Studies on Competitive Intelligence and Monitoring at the Geneva High School of Management. Stephane is a trainer and expert for the Institute of Economic Crime Investigation Institute (ILCE), the Swiss Institute of Public Relations (ISRP), the SAWI, the University of Geneva (MAS Infosec), visiting lecturer at the Ecole de Guerre Economique de Paris. Since 2003, Stephane is a Senior Online Security advisors for Reporters Without Borders (RSF) where he led a series of workshops on information security for journalists in various Institutes and Universities all around the world.
Board MemberBertrand Kolb started his career in law enforcement in 1998 as a Swiss Police detective in Lausanne. In parallel, Bertrand was accomplishing his military service in Swiss Military Police. Bertrand holds a Master degree in white collar crime prevention and prosecution (MAS-CE). After over a decade of successful career in law enforcement, he started his own company in telecommunication security and privacy. Building his business, he continued serving as a president of Intercommunal Police Council of Lavaux during five consecutive years. Today Bertrand manages two of his companies delivering cleared security services to Swiss government and law enforcement agencies. Bertrand is actively involved in local politics, law making and at the PLR Lavaux (Free Democratic Party of Switzerland).
Chief Operating OfficerEkaterina Khrustaleva holds a Bachelor degree in Accounting and Finance. She started her career in private banking and family office industry in Geneva. Inspired by emerging cybersecurity market, she joined High-Tech Bridge in early 2010 as a sales executive. In 2013, after several promotions for outstanding performance and highly creative sales tactics, Ekaterina became Chief Operating Officer. Today, Ekaterina manages High-Tech Bridge’s global operations, leading her teams by example and personal experience. Speaking five languages, Ekaterina is also in charge of global partnerships and strategic alliances at High-Tech Bridge. She is a member of several private associations gathering the most successful business leaders and entrepreneurs. Ekaterina is currently attending various Leadership Programs at IMD Business School in Lausanne and cybersecurity for executives program at Harvard.
Chief Financial Officer, Board MemberWilliam obtained his university degree in economics and finance from Fribourg State University, Switzerland. He completed his Swiss Civil Protection service as an officer, managing rescue troops. William has an outstanding experience of over 35 years in corporate finance, managerial accounting, financial regulation and compliance. Throughout his career, he held various managerial positions in corporate finance at leading international and Swiss companies. William is a prominent expert in Swiss financial legislation and FINMA regulations. At High-Tech Bridge he is responsible for corporate finance, internal audit and compliance.
Chief Technology OfficerMarsel Nizamutdinov has a BS degree with honors in System Analysis and Mathematics. Marsel is the author of one of the first books about web application security, published at the very beginning of 2005 and translated into two languages. He started his career in IT security industry in early 2001, when he was responsible for information security in a medical institution. At the beginning of 2003, Marsel joined one of the biggest online retailers in Eastern Europe, where he managed security and compliance for online transaction processing for European and American markets. In 2008, he moved to a leading ERP software company in Eastern Europe as a Chief Security Specialist. There Marsel was responsible for security of more than 50 thousand corporate customers, including large banks and governmental institutions. In 2011, he joined High-Tech Bridge to lead the development of ImmuniWeb® platform. Marsel is also passionate about mountain ski and scuba diving.
Chief Media OfficerRanbir is an award-winning Public Relations Specialist. With a BA Hons degree in German and Russian, and a Post Graduate Diploma from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, she started working life at German manufacturing giant Siemens. Since then, Ranbir has held roles at leading UK PR agencies promoting B2B and technology companies. From telecoms giants to innovative start-ups, Ranbir has been instrumental in securing exposure both in the UK and internationally. Today, for High-Tech Bridge, Ranbir provides strategic PR advice and manages day-to-day media relations.