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Vijaya Kaza

Chief Security Officer, Head of Engineering for Trust & Safety Airbnb

Vijaya has broad experience leading engineering, product management, and information security at various B2B and B2C companies. Currently, Vijaya is the Chief Security Officer and Head of Engineering for Trust & Safety at Airbnb.

Before that, as the Chief Development Officer she led product development at Lookout, a SaaS startup. At FireEye, Vijaya served as SVP of Cloud Products & Engineering, building their SaaS offerings while transitioning the company’s on-premise business to the cloud. Before FireEye, Vijaya held multiple executive roles at Cisco, where she led engineering for a broad portfolio of security products with over $1B in annual revenue.

Vijaya is an advisor for some of the leading VC firms. Vijaya was the winner of WeQual Awards America in 2022 in Technology category, was named as one of the 100 Women in Tech to watch in 2022, Top Revolutionary Women in Security 2019 and Top 25 Women in SaaS for 2018.

Gerhard Eschelbeck

Former CISO, Google and Chief Security Officer, Kodiak Robotics

Gerhard Eschelbeck is a well-regarded information technology executive with strong operational and strategic experience. As an experienced leader, he has launched innovative and successful companies and has built high-performance multi-national teams in the US, Europe, and Asia.

He is also a trusted advisor and board member to several early-stage startup companies. Gerhard was named one of Infoworld's 25 Most Influential CTOs and is a highly regarded author best known for publishing the “Laws of Vulnerabilities.” He is one of the inventors of the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) and holds numerous patents in managed network security.

Jeff Trudeau

VP, Chief Information Officer & Chief Security Officer at Chime

Jeff Trudeau is a seasoned executive with over 25 years of experience in security leadership. With his extensive security experience in FinTech and Healthcare,  he brings crucial cross-market product and investment insight. In addition to his role at Chime, Jeff is a Glynn 100 partner, an investor, and advisor for SVCI - Silicon Valley CISO Investments, an Advisory Board Member at Elron Venture.

He is also an Executive Member & Founding Chair Advisor at CyberEdBoard Community and a Governing Body Co-Chair at Evanta, a Gartner Company.

Jeff has held various leadership positions in information security throughout his career, including Chief Security Officer at Credit Karma and Chief Information Security Officer at Sutter Health. He has a proven track record of successfully implementing and managing security programs and experience in developing and executing technology strategies to drive business growth.

Jeff has received the  2013 “CISO of the Year” and “Top 100 CISOs” of 2021 awards.

Yaron Levi

Chief Information Security Officer at Dolby Laboratories

Yaron is a global multi-industry Cyber Security Leader offering Startup and Enterprise security leadership. His expertise includes Security Practice Creation, Strategy Development, Defense Doctrine Implementation, Security Architecture Development, Security Evangelism, Multi-Level Collaboration, Team Development, Coaching, and more.

Yaron serves as a Venture Advisor and Investor at SCVI - Silicon Valley CISO Investments, a Venture Advisor at Capri Ventures. He is also a member of the Board of Advisors at Safe Breach and a Member of the Tola Capital Enterprise Leadership Council.

Dror Hevlin

Chief Information Security Officer at SolarEdge Technologies

Dror is a  seasoned cybersecurity professional with over 20 years of experience, 15 of which he held leadership positions at elite cyber units of the Israeli Defense Forces, including the famed 8200 and Matzov (IDF infosec unit). Following his military career, Dror served as the first CISO of the Israel National Cyber Security Authority, overseeing the IL CERT and other national cybersecurity projects. 

Dror also serves as a CISO Board of Advisors member at Cynomi, guiding product development strategy. Previously, Dror held leadership positions at OTORIO, Israeli National Cyber Security Authority, the Israeli Defense Forces, and Israeli Military Intelligence.

Al Ghous

Chief Information Security Officer at Snapdocs

Al is an accomplished, results-oriented Leader with over 20 years of progressive responsibilities and distinguished Cyber, Information, and Product Security, Risk Management, Strategy, and Privacy/Compliance experience. Al held leadership roles in organizations such as Envision Digital, ServiceMax, GE Digital, Ernst and Young, Oracle, Kaiser Permanente, and Informatica.

In addition to his full-time position at Snapdocs, Al is actively involved in the cyber tech industry as a co-founder of SVCI - Silicon Valley CISO Investments, an advisory board member for Elron Ventures and Sierra Ventures.

Al is also a member of the Board of Advisors for various startups and public companies. He is a founding member of the Private Directors Association and a Governing Body Co-Chair at Evanta, a Gartner company, and a Co-Chair at Information Security Media Group.

Oded Blatman

CIO & CISO at Fireblocks, and former CISO at Bank Hapoalim

Oded Blatman is an award-winning executive and systems consultant with over 20 years of experience in various positions in the IT and cyber domains, including CEO, CTO, CIO, CISO, and IT Director in large enterprise companies, cloud s.a.a.s, and small startups.

Prior to his current positions, Oded served as a CIO & CISO at Clicksoftware, successfully leading  M&A Security Due Diligence to meet the rigorous Trust and Security requirements of Salesforce, resulting in the 1.4B$ acquisition of Clicksoftware.

Oded held several senior cyber security positions at leading technology companies and founded NetSys HLS and Thalamus HLS.

Yaniv Toledano

Global CISO & CIO at Pagaya Technologies

Yaniv Toledano has a demonstrated track record of over 18 years in cybersecurity and vast experience in the financial, telecommunication, and technology sectors. In his previous roles, Yaniv has designed, established, and led cross-company infosec programs for multi-billion public companies, leading large cyber security groups and focusing on next-generation cyber-related risks. Yaniv holds three risk management and privacy patents and is an 8200 veteran.

During his career, Yaniv held hands-on executive leadership positions in both emerging and corporate technology software and service companies. He has a proven track record of leading business units and development groups and managing complex projects. Yaniv cultivated a unique understanding of the technology field, customer management, and GTM strategy.

Krishnan Chellakarai

CISO - Information Security, Risk & Compliance at Gilead Sciences

Krishnan is a passionate Cybertech executive with over 30 years of experience in Information Technology and Cybersecurity in multinational biopharmaceutical, life sciences, financial, and technology environments. His expertise lies in digital resilience, enterprise risk management, compliance, data privacy, and intellectual property protection.

Before joining Gilead Sciences, Krishnan held Cybersecurity leadership positions at healthcare and technology companies, including Roche/Genentech, Stanford Hospital, and Union Bank of California.

Krishnan is a trusted partner and strategic advisor as a board member for early startups and non-profit organizations. He strongly advocates diversity and inclusion in the cybersecurity industry and is the founder and chairman of NextGen Cyber Talent, a non-profit organization that provides a platform to increase diversity and inclusion in cybersecurity. Furthermore, Krishnan actively shares his extensive knowledge by participating in multiple industry security forums, such as Direct Trust, Healthcare CISO Group, Evanta, and NH-ISAC.

Oran Hollander

CISO at Babylon Health and former CISO at Telefónica

Oran is a Cyber Security veteran with over 20 years of industry experience. He is currently the CISO of Babylon Health, one of the world's fastest revenue growing companies, and has served on multiple roles throughout his career, including a security officer in the Israeli Defense Forces' Intelligence Corps, established EY's Cyber Excellence Center in Israel and was the CISO of Telefonica, the largest mobile operator in Germany.

In addition, he serves as an Angel Investor in Oligo Cyber, a Seed Investor in Cyvers & Entitle and as advisory board member at Canonic Securities and Akeyless. 

Jesse Whaley

Chief Information Security Officer at Amtrak

Jesse Whaley is a seasoned cybersecurity leader with over 20 years of experience safeguarding critical infrastructure and data. He is currently the Chief Information Security Officer at Amtrak, the USA's largest passenger rail service provider and one of the world's most complex and critical transportation systems. As Amtrak's Chief Information Security Officer, he spearheads the company's cybersecurity strategy, overseeing all aspects of IT security and ensuring the safety and security of millions of passengers and employees.

Before Amtrak, Jesse held several senior cybersecurity positions at the US Department of Defense, including Chief of Defensive Cyber Operations and Director of Cybersecurity Operations Center. Before that, Jesse served in the US Army in various Cybersecurity roles.

Jesse is an influencer and passionate advocate for cybersecurity awareness and education. He is a member of the Advisory Board of Tetrate, Evantam, and HMG Strategy, actively contributing to developing industry best practices and standards.

Nir Omer

Chief Information Security Officer at Bank Leumi

Nir Omer is a technology leader and strategy expert with more than 20 years of executive leadership experience managing large-scale organizations across various domains and industries, from cyber security to technology innovation.

Before Bank Leumi, Nir served as a Military representative to NATO and the EU. Before that, he held several senior positions at the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), such as Head of the National Center of Encryption and Cyber Defense - Matzov, Head of the Cyber Security Transformation Program at the IDF’s J6 & Cyber Defense Directorate, Head of R&D, COMSEC and Cyber Security and others.

Ilan Abadi

VP, Global CISO at Teva Pharmaceuticals

Ilan Abadi is a senior information cyber security executive over 25 years of CISO experience and deep expertise in heavily regulated Operation Technology (SCADA) environments. He has proven experience defining cybersecurity strategies, managing cybersecurity systems for large global enterprises, and leading cyber security innovation by implementing hybrid cloud services and establishing critical mission SIEM/SOC 24x7.

Before Teva Pharmaceuticals, Ilan served as a Chief Information Security Officer at Ness Technologies, CISO at the Israel National Police, and a Head of Information Security at YES Television’s Digital Broadcast Services.

Ilan serves on the advisory boards of several major cybersecurity companies and startups

He is a contributor at Cisostreet.com, Dark Reading, Cybersecurity Observatory Web Magazine, and Infosecurity Magazine. 

Tamir Ronen

Global Chief Information Security Officer of HiBob

An innovative HR platform for modern, multi-national businesses, which helps companies worldwide uncover the power of HR to drive people's productivity, engagement, collaboration, and retention.

Tamir has vast experience as a CISO in different industries such as insurance, healthcare, financial and high-tech while working at some of the biggest companies in Israel.
Tamir also has extensive experience in working with startups in various stages as a design partner, helping them in creating the added value required for acquisitions and continuous success.
Tamir holds a B.S in Electricity and Electronics Engineering.

Elik Etzion

Managing Partner at Elron Ventures

Elik is Elron Ventures' Managing Partner and responsible for expanding and overseeing Elron ventures' portfolio companies. Beginning his career in the IDF’s elite 8200 unit, his recent positions included Deputy Commander of the Cyber Division, Head of the Cyber R&D Department, and Head of the Cyber Operations Department. Before joining Elron Ventures, Elik was the Global CISO at Bank Hapoalim Group. Elik holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science (summa cum laude) and an MBA, both from Tel-Aviv University.