The Team

We’re a team of contrarians, energized by the knowledge
that our approach is about to turn the security market on its head.
Our motto is “Rather than spend more, deploy smarter.”
We’ve built an exceptional crew with multidisciplinary expertise in security products, R&D, physics, mathematics, big data, SOC and hacking. We’re out to shatter the conventional wisdom that you are more secure when you spend more – and this takes a team with guts.

Avi Chesla

Avi Chesla

Founder & CEO

Avi is a recognized leader in the Internet security arena internationally, with expertise in product strategy, cyber security, network behavioral analysis, expert systems and Software Defined Networking. Prior to empow, Avi was CTO and VP of Security Products at Radware, where he was responsible for defining, leading and executing the company’s strategic technology roadmap and vision. Avi’s views on industry trends and best practices have been featured in articles, white papers, and on the conference speaking circuit and he earned more than 25 patents in the arena of cybersecurity solutions.

Iko Azoulay

Iko Azoulay

Founder & CTO

Iko brings with him to empow many years of expertise in management technology positions. Prior to empow, Iko was Chief Architect at Toga Networks, where he led cutting edge technology projects as part of the Israeli innovation center. Previously, Iko was Director of Security Products R&D at Radware, where he led the development and implementation of Radware’s successful security DefensePro product, and before that he served as Director of Networking at Flash Networks. Iko holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the Tel-Aviv Academic College.

Roi Bondi

Roi Bondi

COO

Prior to joining empow, Roi was an entrepreneur and consultant assisting SW companies to establish custom procedures to grow from start-ups to fully productive companies. Previously, Roi served as VP Technology Operations and R&D at Playtika, where he scaled up the R&D group from a few dozen to over 600 employees in over 4 different offshore sites. Roi holds a BA in Computer Science and an MBA from Bar Ilan University.

Rami Cohen, Ph.D.

Rami Cohen, Ph.D.

VP Technologies

Dr. Rami Cohen received his Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Computer Science from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology in 2007 and 2005, respectively. Rami has vast experience of over 14 years in leading network and system architectures in several major companies.  Prior to joining empow, Rami led the SDN and network virtualization research activities of IBM’s research lab in Haifa.

Haim Zlatokrilov, Ph.D.

Haim Zlatokrilov, Ph.D.

VP Products

Prior to joining empow, Haim served as Director of cyber defense technology at the Israeli National Cyber Directorate.  Prior to this Haim was Product Manager at Verint, and CEO and Co-Founder of Syntomo.  Haim holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Tel Aviv University.

Antony Farrow

Antony Farrow

Sr. Director Solutions Architecture

Antony has been with empow since 2015, and brings with him over 20 years of experience in engineering and sales support.  He began his career at Nortel Networks EMEA, and went on to fill key positions at startups Crossbeam and Plexxi, where he was instrumental in increasing sales and customer success and helping those companies transition from startups to successful cyber security providers.

Roni Katz, PhD

Roni Katz, PhD

Chief Data Scientist

Dr. Roni Katz received his Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Computer Science from Bar-Ilan university. Roni has experience of over 18 years in leading data science research and machine learning algorithms in academy and in the industry. Prior to joining empow, Roni led the data science in Sagarmatha.

Roni Winisch

Roni Winisch

Human Resources Manager

Roni has been HR and administrative manager at empow since 2017.  Before this she worked at the Israeli Ministry of Tourism.  Roni holds a degree in Psychology and Political Science from Tel Aviv University.

Idan Bellayev

Idan Bellayev

Head of Security Research

Idan has been with empow since November 2016. Before that he served for 5 years in the Israeli Defense Forces, first as Cyber Security Analyst and then as Security Research Team Leader.

John O'Sullivan

John O'Sullivan

Director of Sales, North America

Prior to joining empow in June 2018, John worked at IBM Security for three years as National Senior Account Executive and Cloud Security Account Executive.  He holds a BA in Economics from the College of the Holy Cross.

Arik Pinto

Arik Pinto

Sales Manager, EMEA

Arik Pinto has been EMEA Sales Manager at empow since 2016.  Previously Arik was an entrepreneur with his own business, and served in the Israeli Defense Forces elite navy seals unit.  He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

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