About Us

Our
Mission

KELA’s mission is to deliver the world’s best intelligence solutions that empower organizations to neutralize their most relevant threats observed in the cybercrime underground ecosystem.

Management

KELA’s team of experts includes senior officers in the IDF’s intelligence units and leading tech specialists with backgrounds in the cyber world.

NIR BARAK

Chairman of KELA's Board

Former CEO and founder of KELA, Nir Barak now sits as Chairman of the Board. With extensive experience in the cyber threat intelligence realm, Nir is responsible for the company’s strategic growth opportunities and direction for the company’s wider portfolio. Nir founded KELA in 2009, and has since led KELA to become a global and diverse company with strong intelligence expertise, industry-leading technologies, and commitment to partners and clients around the world. Nir has successfully led multiple companies to exits catering to both the private and public sectors.

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DAVID CARMIEL

Chief Executive Officer
With more than 15 years of experience in the intelligence industry, both in the military and the private sectors, David holds the position as KELA’s CEO. Prior to being appointed CEO, David acted as Chief Research Officer and later CTO at KELA, overlooking all technology initiatives and business efforts. Combining extensive intelligence expertise and strategic business understanding, David is responsible for driving KELA’s global expansion efforts and accelerating the company’s growth trajectory. David graduated from Tel Aviv University with a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering. David is also a CSFI (Cyber Security Forum Initiative) fellow, where he helps shape and influence CSFI’s cyberspace related activities through volunteering and collaborative efforts in the CSFI community.
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IRINA NESTEROVSKY

Chief Research Officer

Irina is the Chief Research Office at KELA. She oversees all operations designed to provide our clients with the best and most actionable research products. Having served in one of the IDF’s elite intelligence units, Irina has an extensive background in research and intelligence gathering. Irina completed her B.Sc. in Neuroscience and M.A in Learning Disabilities at Tel Aviv University.

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AYESHA PRAKASH

VP Global Channels and Alliances

Ayesha is an award winning cyber security expert and volunteer with more than 15 years of experience in tech. She is the current VP of Technology Partnerships and Alliances at KELA, a darknet intelligence firm. Ayesha also volunteers her time as a Director of Strategic Planning & Program Advocacy at the National Child Protection Task Force (NCPTF), a nonprofit dedicated to educating and supporting global Law Enforcement on live investigations in human trafficking and child exploitation. She has extensive experience driving global business development and Go-to-Market efforts in the cybersecurity space, previously holding leadership positions, such as head of global partnerships and Chief Revenue Officer at leading cyber intelligence firms. Ayesha serves on the board for the cybersecurity program for Pace University & Ithaca College. She is an active member of Alliance of the Channel women (ACW), AFCEA, & Allies of the Channel Council (ACC). Ayesha is also a Cyber Security Forum Initiative (CSFI) fellow, where she helps shape and influence CSFI’s cyberspace related activities through volunteering and collaborative efforts in the CSFI community. Ayesha also launched a Pay it Forward Movement in cyber to advocate DE&I initiatives for marginalized groups within cybersecurity.

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DORON LEVIT

CEO, KELA KK Japan

Doron is CEO and Representative Director of KELA Group Japan, leading business development and sales in the country. Doron was previously at Pebbles Interfaces, a company acquired by Facebook. Doron held various positions in private equity firms and Fortune 500 corporations, and founded YamTov (SeaYourself), a non-profit aiding people with disabilities through adaptive sea sports.  Doron studied Engineering and Business Management at Tel Aviv University.

SHAMAI TAL

Director, Business Manager, Asia

Shamai has over 30 years of experience leading business partnerships in Asia, specializing in Taiwan, Japan, and China. Shamai brings his skills to KELA as director of sales in Asia. Shamai served as a senior business leader at Applied Materials for over 20 years. Shamai successfully merges his technical expertise with strategic planning and commitment to clients.

OHAD EYLON

VP Sales North America

Ohad has over 20 years of experience in both government and corporate positions. Ohad manages all pre-sales and sales operations at KELA. Ohad has extensive experience in leading various technology, data, and information security projects, and he is PMP, ITIL3, and CCNA certified. Ohad obtained his B.A. in Government and Politics at the University of Maryland, and his M.Sc. in Negotiations and Conflict Management at the University of Baltimore. Ohad served as Lt. Col., special OPS battalion commander in the IDF.

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ITSIK KESLER

VP R&D

Itsik has served almost 10 years as a Major in the IDF’s elite intelligence unit, leading numerous network security teams and researches. Itsik specializes in network forensics, malware analysis, security methodologies, and more. A recipient of the President’s Medal of Excellence and the Head of the Intelligence’s award for creative thinking, Itsik was appointed Senior Security Consultant to the Israeli National Cyber Security Authority at the Prime Minister’s office, where he was responsible for handling Incident Response events and various network security projects.

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NOY REUVENI

Threat Intelligence Team Leader

Noy is a threat intelligence team leader at KELA, guiding a team of analysts in their daily operations. A graduate from Drexel University, Noy holds a B.S. in Business Administration, with a double major in Finance and Accounting. Noy’s expertise at KELA derives from nearly 7 years of experience in fraud investigations and business intelligence, including over 2 years as an analyst in KELA’s Cyber Intelligence Center.

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ELAD EZRAHI

Threat Intelligence Team Leader

Elad is a Senior Threat Intelligence analyst and Team Leader at KELA. Following his military service as an Arabic analyst in the IDF’s elite intelligence unit, Elad worked as a researcher in the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). Elad is an expert in Darknet and cyber-crime investigations, and fluent in Arabic, Hebrew, and English. Elad received his bachelor’s degree in Middle East and International Relations from The Hebrew University.

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MAYA STEINER

Threat Intelligence Team Leader
Maya is a Threat Intelligence Team Leader at KELA, overlooking daily operations of a team of analysts in KELA’s Cyber Intelligence Center. Prior to advancing as a team leader, Maya was a threat intelligence analyst in the Cyber Intelligence Center for 3 years. Maya completed a double major of History and Middle Eastern Studies at Tel Aviv University and then moved on to intern at INSS, Israel’s Institute of National Security Studies. Maya is in the process of completing her certification by SANS GIAC for Cyber Threat Intelligence.
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  • NIR BARAK
    NIR BARAK Chairman of KELA's Board

    NIR BARAK

    Chairman of KELA's Board

    Former CEO and founder of KELA, Nir Barak now sits as Chairman of the Board. With extensive experience in the cyber threat intelligence realm, Nir is responsible for the company’s strategic growth opportunities and direction for the company’s wider portfolio. Nir founded KELA in 2009, and has since led KELA to become a global and diverse company with strong intelligence expertise, industry-leading technologies, and commitment to partners and clients around the world. Nir has successfully led multiple companies to exits catering to both the private and public sectors.

    Contact me in LinkedIn
  • DAVID CARMIEL
    DAVID CARMIEL Chief Executive Officer

    DAVID CARMIEL

    Chief Executive Officer
    With more than 15 years of experience in the intelligence industry, both in the military and the private sectors, David holds the position as KELA’s CEO. Prior to being appointed CEO, David acted as Chief Research Officer and later CTO at KELA, overlooking all technology initiatives and business efforts. Combining extensive intelligence expertise and strategic business understanding, David is responsible for driving KELA’s global expansion efforts and accelerating the company’s growth trajectory. David graduated from Tel Aviv University with a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering. David is also a CSFI (Cyber Security Forum Initiative) fellow, where he helps shape and influence CSFI’s cyberspace related activities through volunteering and collaborative efforts in the CSFI community.
    Contact me in LinkedIn
  • IRINA NESTEROVSKY
    IRINA NESTEROVSKY Chief Research Officer

    IRINA NESTEROVSKY

    Chief Research Officer

    Irina is the Chief Research Office at KELA. She oversees all operations designed to provide our clients with the best and most actionable research products. Having served in one of the IDF’s elite intelligence units, Irina has an extensive background in research and intelligence gathering. Irina completed her B.Sc. in Neuroscience and M.A in Learning Disabilities at Tel Aviv University.

    Contact me in LinkedIn
  • AYESHA PRAKASH
    AYESHA PRAKASH VP Global Channels and Alliances

    AYESHA PRAKASH

    VP Global Channels and Alliances

    Ayesha is an award winning cyber security expert and volunteer with more than 15 years of experience in tech. She is the current VP of Technology Partnerships and Alliances at KELA, a darknet intelligence firm. Ayesha also volunteers her time as a Director of Strategic Planning & Program Advocacy at the National Child Protection Task Force (NCPTF), a nonprofit dedicated to educating and supporting global Law Enforcement on live investigations in human trafficking and child exploitation. She has extensive experience driving global business development and Go-to-Market efforts in the cybersecurity space, previously holding leadership positions, such as head of global partnerships and Chief Revenue Officer at leading cyber intelligence firms. Ayesha serves on the board for the cybersecurity program for Pace University & Ithaca College. She is an active member of Alliance of the Channel women (ACW), AFCEA, & Allies of the Channel Council (ACC). Ayesha is also a Cyber Security Forum Initiative (CSFI) fellow, where she helps shape and influence CSFI’s cyberspace related activities through volunteering and collaborative efforts in the CSFI community. Ayesha also launched a Pay it Forward Movement in cyber to advocate DE&I initiatives for marginalized groups within cybersecurity.

    Contact me in LinkedIn
  • DORON LEVIT
    DORON LEVIT CEO, KELA KK Japan

    DORON LEVIT

    CEO, KELA KK Japan

    Doron is CEO and Representative Director of KELA Group Japan, leading business development and sales in the country. Doron was previously at Pebbles Interfaces, a company acquired by Facebook. Doron held various positions in private equity firms and Fortune 500 corporations, and founded YamTov (SeaYourself), a non-profit aiding people with disabilities through adaptive sea sports.  Doron studied Engineering and Business Management at Tel Aviv University.

  • SHAMAI TAL
    SHAMAI TAL Director, Business Manager, Asia

    SHAMAI TAL

    Director, Business Manager, Asia

    Shamai has over 30 years of experience leading business partnerships in Asia, specializing in Taiwan, Japan, and China. Shamai brings his skills to KELA as director of sales in Asia. Shamai served as a senior business leader at Applied Materials for over 20 years. Shamai successfully merges his technical expertise with strategic planning and commitment to clients.

  • OHAD EYLON
    OHAD EYLON VP Sales North America

    OHAD EYLON

    VP Sales North America

    Ohad has over 20 years of experience in both government and corporate positions. Ohad manages all pre-sales and sales operations at KELA. Ohad has extensive experience in leading various technology, data, and information security projects, and he is PMP, ITIL3, and CCNA certified. Ohad obtained his B.A. in Government and Politics at the University of Maryland, and his M.Sc. in Negotiations and Conflict Management at the University of Baltimore. Ohad served as Lt. Col., special OPS battalion commander in the IDF.

    Contact me in LinkedIn
  • ITSIK KESLER
    ITSIK KESLER VP R&D

    ITSIK KESLER

    VP R&D

    Itsik has served almost 10 years as a Major in the IDF’s elite intelligence unit, leading numerous network security teams and researches. Itsik specializes in network forensics, malware analysis, security methodologies, and more. A recipient of the President’s Medal of Excellence and the Head of the Intelligence’s award for creative thinking, Itsik was appointed Senior Security Consultant to the Israeli National Cyber Security Authority at the Prime Minister’s office, where he was responsible for handling Incident Response events and various network security projects.

    Contact me in LinkedIn
  • NOY REUVENI
    NOY REUVENI Threat Intelligence Team Leader

    NOY REUVENI

    Threat Intelligence Team Leader

    Noy is a threat intelligence team leader at KELA, guiding a team of analysts in their daily operations. A graduate from Drexel University, Noy holds a B.S. in Business Administration, with a double major in Finance and Accounting. Noy’s expertise at KELA derives from nearly 7 years of experience in fraud investigations and business intelligence, including over 2 years as an analyst in KELA’s Cyber Intelligence Center.

    Contact me in LinkedIn
  • ELAD EZRAHI
    ELAD EZRAHI Threat Intelligence Team Leader

    ELAD EZRAHI

    Threat Intelligence Team Leader

    Elad is a Senior Threat Intelligence analyst and Team Leader at KELA. Following his military service as an Arabic analyst in the IDF’s elite intelligence unit, Elad worked as a researcher in the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). Elad is an expert in Darknet and cyber-crime investigations, and fluent in Arabic, Hebrew, and English. Elad received his bachelor’s degree in Middle East and International Relations from The Hebrew University.

    Contact me in LinkedIn
  • MAYA STEINER
    MAYA STEINER Threat Intelligence Team Leader

    MAYA STEINER

    Threat Intelligence Team Leader
    Maya is a Threat Intelligence Team Leader at KELA, overlooking daily operations of a team of analysts in KELA’s Cyber Intelligence Center. Prior to advancing as a team leader, Maya was a threat intelligence analyst in the Cyber Intelligence Center for 3 years. Maya completed a double major of History and Middle Eastern Studies at Tel Aviv University and then moved on to intern at INSS, Israel’s Institute of National Security Studies. Maya is in the process of completing her certification by SANS GIAC for Cyber Threat Intelligence.
    Contact me in LinkedIn