About us

The CYSEC story, mission, values and leadership

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

Our Story

CYSEC was born in 2018 when Patrick Trinker 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 ARCA Trusted OS protects 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.

Massimo Lucchina
VP Corporate Business Development

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VP Corporate Business Development and Strategic Alliances at CYSEC is a seasoned Executive with experience in technology nurturing and successful go-to-market strategies. Before joining CYSEC, Massimo worked for Cisco, where he led several innovation and product activities. More recently he worked in the Chief Strategy Office of Samsung, with responsibilities for European corporate business development.

Massimo holds MsC in Electronic Engineering from the Politecnico di Milano.

Shiri Band, CISSP
VP PRODUCT

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leads product management and product marketing at CYSEC and has over 20 years’ experience in product leadership, business analysis and security industry for companies like Kudelski Security, Orange as well as startups. Shiri holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Computer Science and in English as well as an MBA from the University of Haifa, Israel.

When her nose is not in a book, she can be found doing impossible-looking stretches: Yoga is a way of life.

Mathieu Bailly, PhD.
VP 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.

Florian Wiedmann
Director Finance

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Florian Wiedmann, Finance Director at CYSEC. Florian holds a MSc from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) in the field of Business Analytics and a BA in Business Administration from the University of St. Gallen (HSG). He has multiple years of experience working for both large multinationals and start-ups with a strong exposure to strategic and financial topics. Florian manages the accounting and financial control functions of CYSEC, and implements a financial strategy that supports the rapid growth prospects of the business.

Florian spends his spare time reading books, but has recently set himself a new goal: running a marathon.

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.

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.

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.

Our Team

Emna Amri, PhD.
INNOVATION & STRATEGIC INTEGRATION MANAGER
Valentin Finini
Lead Security Engineer
Lawrence Stalder
Lead DevSecOps Engineer
Sandra Pesenti
Office Manager
Constant Blanck
Business Analyst
Roberto Roscino
Senior Security Engineer
Loïc Damien
Senior Software Engineer
Theo Buehler
Senior Software Engineer
Matteo Besançon
Security Engineer
Loïc Haas
Senior Security Engineer
Sylvain Willy
Software Engineer
Pierre Kohler
Software Engineer
Jonathan Zaehringer
Software Engineer
Natacha Linard
Security Researcher
Malvina Catalano Gonzaga
Digital Marketing Specialist