Team OpenAVN

Our team is made up of some of the brightest minds in the industry today.

From our CEO to our interns, every person at OpenAVN reflects our values of innovation and resourcefulness.

OpenAVN is a collaborative environment driven by a company-wide passion for cybersecurity for the modern era. Founded in New York City, our team is made up of people from all over the world and all walks of life, which we believe only makes us stronger. Together, we are changing the face of cybersecurity.



Harish Prasanna | CEO & Founder

Harish is an open-source advocate, cybersecurity visionary, and a highly entrepreneurial leader. Harish has deep expertise in malware mitigation, vulnerability analysis, and threat mitigation technologies. As a long-time blockchain enthusiast, he was able to envision combining the benefits of the distributed capabilities of blockchain and the swift analytical capabilities of artificial intelligence to provide real-time malware protection to individual consumers and enterprises alike.

Bidlur Shivaprakash | CFO & Co-Founder

Shivaprakash is an entrepreneur, an academician, and currently serves on the board of several companies both in the United States and India. He began as a tenured professor and Chairman of the Computer Science Department at the University of Dubuque, Iowa for over six years. Shiv then left academics to enter the business sector. There, he founded several companies, had a few exits, and has been a serial entrepreneur, involved in a number of M&A transactions since 2001. Shiv is the recipient of many accolades, including “Entrepreneur of the Year” from the United States Chamber of Commerce and Mass Mutual and “Humanitarian of the Year” from the Rotary Club International. While having done extensive research in AI with an emphasis in partial pattern matching, Shiv holds an MBA in finance, an MS degree in Computer Science, and a Bachelor’s in Electrical and Electronics Engineering.

Vikal Kapoor | Chief Strategy Advisor

Vikal is a serial founder and futurist with a top-down view of the confluence of the markets, technology and people. His strategic growth and investment advisory to fellow founders, investors and executives drives aggressive growth and special situations, partnerships and M&A.
Vikal's deep understanding of a multitude of sectors buoys from his extensive global experience, knowledge and network in financial markets, services and technology. Vikal earned his MBA from ESADE Business School. He was groomed through the dynamism of Wall Street, private equity, and venture capital at JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Bloomberg, Proton, World Economic Forum, and SevenTrain Ventures. Vikal's singular focus is to maximize shareholder value. Additionally, Vikal is passionate about the human experience, consciousness, sports, cyber-psychometrics, geopolitics, and his three awesome children.

Arvind Hariharan | Commercial Lead - APAC

Arvind brings in a plethora of experience to OpenAVN. With technology and management consulting experience, Arvind has worked on large scale projects in the finance and public sectors across APAC. Arvind's specialty includes extensive experience in business strategy and intelligence, project delivery and DevOps. Arvind holds a master’s degree in Computer Science from The University of Melbourne, Australia.

Jonathan Ystad | Head of Product

Jonathan brings together the worlds of cybersecurity, design, and communication with a unique blend of creative vision, academics, and entrepreneurial acumen. His undergraduate studies in mass communication at Xavier University of Louisiana led him to graduate studies at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University. He then founded a production company while pursuing further graduate studies in Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. During his graduate studies, Jonathan researched the intersections between privacy law, surveillance, and human to computer interfaces. Jonathan brings to OpenAVN more than a decades’ worth of experience elevating user journeys from within the worlds of fashion, production, technology, and innovation management.

Jourdan Parkinson | Head of Sales

Specializing in enterprise-level solutions, Jourdan has worked with businesses across the country to leverage their metrics and data to create and implement more effective and efficient sales models. Having worked with companies in industries as diverse as energy, insurance, and media, he now specializes in growing tech companies and takes pride in helping early-stage startups take their sales to the next level. Prior to joining OpenAVN, Jourdan had extensive experience selling cyber security solutions to some of the most recognizable brands in the world. A lover of restoring old cars and an avid reader, Jourdan holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Western New England University.

Sarah King | Head of Communications

Sarah began her career in the legal field, before pivoting to the world of tech. As Communications Lead, Sarah combines her love of language with her passion for clear and honest communication to help bring OpenAVN’s products into the mainstream. Sarah received her J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and her B.A. in Graphic Design and Music from Yeshiva University.

Dmitriy Dolinin | Full Stack Developer

Dmitriy is a full stack developer with 23 years of experience in commercial programming. Through the years, he has successfully completed several key mobile platform, web site development, and hardware programming projects. He is OpenAVN's primary C++ backend developer.

Omar Enayet | Lead Front-End Developer

Omar is responsible for the front-end of the BrightScan client applications on desktop and mobile devices. He's committed to developing applications that run flawlessly, integrating well with other components of the system. His main expertise is Windows desktop and mobile, cross-platform development.

Christian Backes | Data Science & Malware Researcher

Christian graduated from The City College of New York with a bachelor's degree in Applied Math. He now applies his knowledge and expertise by working on data visualizations and solving various data science problems for OpenAVN.

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