Leadership

Ilia Kolochenko

Ilia Kolochenko

CEO & Founder
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.
Stéphane Koch

Stéphane Koch

Executive Vice President, Board Member
Stephane 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.
Bertrand Kolb

Bertrand Kolb

Board Member
Bertrand 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).
Ekaterina Khrustaleva

Ekaterina Khrustaleva

Chief Operating Officer
Ekaterina 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.
William Weber

William Weber

Chief Financial Officer, Board Member
William 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.
Marsel Nizamutdinov

Marsel Nizamutdinov

Chief Technology Officer
Marsel 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.
Ranbir Sahota

Ranbir Sahota

Chief Media Officer
Ranbir 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.
Jan Schreuder

Jan Schreuder

Special Advisor to CEO, Advisory Board Member
Jan Schreuder is an independent consultant providing advisory and strategic consulting services to Management and Boards, specifically focused on Cybersecurity, Digital Strategy and Transformation. He also works with technology startups who have new and innovative solutions to help connect them with businesses who need those solutions. Jan is a well-known veteran of the IT and cybersecurity industry and has over thirty years of experience in the industry as a leader and practitioner. He regularly presents at public forums on topics related to cybersecurity, innovation, and the use of advanced analytics and artificial intelligence techniques to identify and mitigate cyber threats. He has been an active advocate for greater collaboration and information sharing between the private and public sectors in combating cybercrime. He was previously a Partner at PwC in Switzerland, Australia and South Africa for more than 25 years, where he held various leadership roles. He is well respected as a trusted advisor on technology, information security and privacy, regulatory and risk related matters to large multinational organisations, especially in the financial services industry. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) and Chartered Accountant by training, and is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand (FCA.) Jan has a keen interest in education, specifically the promotion of STEM education and training and the increased participation of women in the IT industry. He has lectured at post graduate level at a number of universities. Jan has been on the Abbotsleigh School for Girls School Council for eight years (2004 – 2012), serving as Treasurer of Council.
Jake Kouns

Jake Kouns

Advisory Board Member
Jake Kouns is the co-founder, CEO, and CFO of the Open Security Foundation (OSF), a non-profit organization that oversees the operations of OSVDB.org, DataLossDB.org, Cloutage.org and SECore.info. All projects are independent and open web-based databases that provide detailed and unbiased technical information on security vulnerabilities, cloud security, security conferences and data loss incidents world-wide. Mr. Kouns has presented at many well-known security conferences including RSA, DEFCON, CISO Executive Summit, EntNet IEEE GlobeCom, CanSecWest, SOURCE and SyScan. He is the co-author of Security in an IPv6 Environment, Francis and Taylor, 2009, Information Technology Risk Management in Enterprise Environments, Wiley, 2010, and The Chief Information Security Officer, IT Governance, 2011. He holds both a Bachelor and Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Information Security from James Madison University. In addition, he holds a number of certifications including ISC2"s CISSP, and ISACA"s CISM, CISA and CGEIT.
Brian Martin

Brian Martin

Advisory Board Member
Brian Martin has been studying, analyzing, collecting and cataloging vulnerabilities as a professional activity and a hobby for more than 15 years. Starting with a personal collection organized in the FILES.BBS format and ultimately becoming the Moderator of the Open Source Vulnerability Database (OSVDB), where he processes hundreds of vulnerabilities daily, Mr. Martin has pushed for the evolution of Vulnerabilities Databases for many years for the benefit of the information security industry. He has been involved in all aspects of the vulnerability disclosure process, including finding new vulnerabilities, writing security advisories, coordinating disclosure with vendors and working with a variety of organizations to improve their vulnerability handling and response. Currently Mr. Martin is the COO of Open Security Foundation and a CVE Editorial Board member. His unique experience and expertise make him one of the most respected leaders in Vulnerability Management and a sought-after speaker at well-known security conferences, such as DEFCON, BlackHat, BruCON and many others.
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