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About us

The CYSEC story and our commitment to data protection

CYSEC provides a confidential computing solution, enabling secure collaboration in the cloud and in the edge for valuable data.

Our Story

CYSEC Founders

CYSEC was born in 2018 when Patrick Trinkler and Yacine Felk, two cybersecurity entrepreneurs, decided to focus on answering the biggest challenge: securing data-in-use.

Moving corporate data to the public cloud and process data in the edge is a major accelerator for business development. The more companies follow this strategic path, the more data in use—the point of least resistance—becomes a target for attack.

Having made a successful exit with the world’s first quantum technology, a University of Geneva spin-off, Patrick and Yacine were well placed to develop a business-first solution that would be effective, straightforward, and cost-effective.

Leveraging 20+ years of cybersecurity and cryptography experience, the founders worked with a team of experts to design and build a trailblazing confidential computing solution, CYSEC ARCA Trusted OS.

CYSEC board of Directors with Patrick Nicolet et Gonpo Tsering

CYSEC ARCA Trusted OS is a confidential computing solution protecting highly sensitive data in all its states, particularly data in use and is compatible with all environments: data centers, public cloud, and the edge.

Leadership

Patrick Trinkler
CEO & Co-Founder

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Before launching CYSEC, Patrick and Co-Founder Yacine played an active part in the world’s first exit in quantum technologies. Patrick has specialized in creating business value from security for governments, banks, the industrial sector and telco, using his deep experience in security, especially in technologies relating to quantum computing and cryptography.

Patrick earned an undergraduate degree in engineering at the University of Applied Sciences and a Master in Project Management at the Geneva School of Business Administration.

Patrick used to love watching football, but has turned his attention in recent years to something more active: photography.

Yacine Felk, PhD.
COO & Co-Founder

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Like co-founder Patrick, Yacine specializes in application of security to real-world business challenges. Through his previous assignments in Semiconductor industry and Quantum communication technologies, Yacine brings his expertise in hardware systems for consumer, industrial, and security applications with in-depth expertise in IP and licensing to CYSEC.

Yacine holds a PhD. in Management Sciences from Mines Paristech (France) and a Master from ENSAM Paris. In 2018, he was awarded the “IP Management Award for Security’’ from Fraunhofer Gesellschaft IAO.

In his spare time Yacine loves hiking and climbing in the mountains he can see from his office window.

Alexandre Karlov, PhD.
CTO

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Alexandre has over 14 years experience in the field of applied cryptography, infrastructure security and hardware security. He has worked across both public and private sectors. Previously Alexandre was Professor of Information Security at the Swiss University of Applied Science Western Switzerland and a senior cryptographer at Kudelski Security. Alexandre holds a Master in Communication Systems and a PhD in Cryptology from EPFL.

When Alexandre is not involved into his day to day activities and when he has some free time, he likes to play CTFs as well as take some free time from computer to do traveling, hiking and snowboarding.

Mathieu Bailly, PhD.
VP OF SPACE & IOT

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leads the IoT & Space Business Unit at CYSEC. Mathieu has spent his career in innovation management, business development and sales in high-tech industries. He holds an MSc in Materials Science from the Grenoble Institute of Technology in France and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Queen's University, ON, Canada.

He lists sleepwalking as a hobby - evidence of life in the fast lane.

Sarah Moussouni
VP of Engineering
Luca Gabella
VP of Sales Edge Computing

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Luca has built his career in multi-disciplinary roles at international level (Europe and USA) selling and managing leading-edge innovation projects, setting-up business units from concept to implementation and running digital transformation initiatives. Over these years, he acquired a solid experience around IoT and Edge supporting companies such as Nokia, IBM and Red Hat entering this market. Luca earned a MSc in Physics from EPFL and an MBA from SDA Bocconi In his spare time, he enjoys discovering new cultures, sailing, trekking and eating well.

Matthieu Legré, PhD.
VP of Product

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leads the product management at CYSEC. Matthieu has spent his career in technology and product development, and strategic product protection (including IP management and standardisation). He worked in his previous positions on quantum-based products for cybersecurity applications.

He holds a PhD in Quantum optics from Geneva University, Switzerland.

Marc Hentsch
VP OF SALES FINANCIAL SERVICES
Alexandra Vaillant
Marketing Director
Emna Amri, PhD.
INNOVATION DIRECTOR

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leads the innovation activities. Emna has multiple years of experience in R&D projects management and an extensive background in quantum systems design and implementation for security applications. Emna holds a PhD in Quantum Technologies from the University of Geneva and an international Master degree in Micro and Nanotechnologies from EPFL (CH), INPG (FR) and Polito (IT).

Emna is a published author of many papers in top rated scientific journals and a patent holder.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Gonpo Tsering
Chairman

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Gonpo Tsering is a highly experienced manager with proven leadership skills and a unique track record focusing these days on VC investments. Gonpo has a master’s degree from the University of St. Gallen as well as from IMD.

He lives in Zug, Switzerland, where he crafts his skills as a pizzaiolo. Incidentally, he also wears the sharpest suits in our office

Patrick Nicolet
Founder and Managing Partner, Line Break Capital

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Patrick is the founder and managing partner of the Swiss-based venture company Line Break Capital, which he launched after more than twenty years at Capgemini. Prior to starting a corporate career, he initiated and oversaw the creation of the first Swiss incubator, Y-Parc. He was recognized by the WEF as a ‘Global Leader for Tomorrow’.

Just like the other Patrick at CYSEC, he loves rugby.

Cosimo Calcagno
Investment manager

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Cosimo Calcagno oversees technology investments at Indaco leveraging his deep expertise in the enterprise software industry and serves on the board of several portfolio companies.

He holds an MBA from SDA Bocconi and started his career at Accenture, where he led as business Manager several digital transformation programs for major European corporates in TMT (telco, media and technology) and Financial Services sectors.

 

Patrick Trinkler
CEO & Co-Founder

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Before launching CYSEC, Patrick and Co-Founder Yacine played an active part in the world’s first exit in quantum technologies. Patrick has specialized in creating business value from security for governments, banks, the industrial sector and telco, using his deep experience in security, especially in technologies relating to quantum computing and cryptography.

Patrick earned an undergraduate degree in engineering at the University of Applied Sciences and a Master in Project Management at the Geneva School of Business Administration.

Patrick used to love watching football, but has turned his attention in recent years to something more active: photography.

Yacine Felk, PhD.
COO & Co-Founder

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Like co-founder Patrick, Yacine specializes in application of security to real-world business challenges. Through his previous assignments in Semiconductor industry and Quantum communication technologies, Yacine brings his expertise in hardware systems for consumer, industrial, and security applications with in-depth expertise in IP and licensing to CYSEC.

Yacine holds a PhD. in Management Sciences from Mines Paristech (France) and a Master from ENSAM Paris. In 2018, he was awarded the “IP Management Award for Security’’ from Fraunhofer Gesellschaft IAO.

In his spare time Yacine loves hiking and climbing in the mountains he can see from his office window.

ADVISORY BOARD

José Achache, PhD.
Founder, director and chairman of various startups, mostly in Space

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José Achache is founder, director and chairman of various startups, mostly in Space. José has been Professor at Paris Sorbonne, Director of Earth Observation at ESA and an architect of the Copernicus program of the EU, among many other roles.

He lives in Geneva, when not at lower latitudes, where he enjoys sailing and snowboarding, depending on the season.

Pascal Junod, PhD.
Applied cryptographer for Snap Inc.

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Pascal Junod has done applied and less applied cryptography for a living since 1999, both in the academic and industrial worlds. He holds a master in computer science from ETH Zurich and a PhD in cryptography from EPFL and currently works as an applied cryptographer for Snap Inc.

Pascal is a man who takes his work-life balance seriously. In his spare time, he loves trail running, white-water kayaking, reading books and caring about his family.

Jim Holden
Founding Partner of Holden International

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Jim Holden founded Holden in July of 1979, with sales engineering in all of its dimensions in mind, creating demand for new innovation, engaging and defeating competition, and building sales infrastructure. Reflected in having published five business books, he applies unconventional thinking to providing customers with unexpected business value, while professionally identifying competitor unexpected vulnerability to win deals.

Jim enjoys climbing Mt. Rainier, Challenge Series racing, the martial arts, and mountain biking – in balance with cancer research and mentoring kids as part of the Illinois Tech, Stuart School of Business Advisory Board.

Olivier Macé
Senior vice president of EFG Bank

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Olivier Macé is an unabashed fintech enthusiast who bridges the world of blue-stocking financial institutions with cutting-edge fintech technology. He is currently the senior vice president of EFG Bank in Geneva, and previously served as executive director of both Goldman Sachs and of Leonteq .

Howard Yu
Director of Advanced Management Program, IMD

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Howard Yu is the LEGO Professor of Management and Innovation and director of IMD's Advanced Management Program (AMP). Yu received his doctoral degree from Harvard Business School. Prior to this, he worked in the banking industry in Hong Kong.

He lives in Lausanne, Switzerland and keeps fit in the COVID world by turning his home into a dance studio.