About Sepior

Sepior provides threshold cryptography software that enables the developers, service providers, and users of fintech services to transact online with trust. Sepior delivers institutional grade data protection and privacy through a revolutionary new approach for encryption key generation, management, and protection. Sepior’s software is designed and optimized to satisfy the most challenging requirements for security and privacy of services such as cryptocurrency custodial wallets, applications of public or private blockchains, and cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings.

 

Company

Sepior was founded in 2014 by a group of world-leading researchers and entrepreneurs within the field of cryptography. The company is headquartered in Aarhus, Denmark and has remote offices in California. 

Our vision is to establish Sepior as the leading provider of threshold cryptography software in the world. We want to make it much easier for companies and consumers to transaction online with trust in the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of their critical information, without the classic dependence of relying on any single trusted third party.

The Team

The management team includes CEO Ahmet Tuncay, veteran of multiple venture-backed high-technology start-ups, Nicolaj H Nielsen, co-founder of IT-security company CodeSealer, CTO Jakob Pagter, who is an expert in applied cryptography and co-founder of MPC-company Partisia, CMO Frank Wiener, who has a track record of scaling small entrepreneurial teams to large successful, publicly traded companies, and Business Development VP Ali Safari, who has a long history of establishing partnerships and market adoption to seed and cultivate new markets.

Our developers are internationally recognized crypto-researchers, among others including Ivan Damgård, fellow of the International Association for Cryptologic Research and co-founder of the IT-security company Cryptomathic.

 
  Ahmet Tuncay    Chief Executive Officer   Before Sepior, Ahmet was CEO of Soonr, a secure content management SaaS provider to over 150,000 businesses that was acquired by Autotask. Before Soonr, Ahmet held executive roles at SpiderCloud and Trapeze Networks, an enterprise wireless company acquired by Juniper. Ahmet was the founding CEO of SolarFlare, a fabless semiconductor company, and held management and engineering roles at PairGain Technologies, SynOptics Communications, and Electronic Data Systems.

Ahmet Tuncay

Chief Executive Officer

Before Sepior, Ahmet was CEO of Soonr, a secure content management SaaS provider to over 150,000 businesses that was acquired by Autotask. Before Soonr, Ahmet held executive roles at SpiderCloud and Trapeze Networks, an enterprise wireless company acquired by Juniper. Ahmet was the founding CEO of SolarFlare, a fabless semiconductor company, and held management and engineering roles at PairGain Technologies, SynOptics Communications, and Electronic Data Systems.

  Jakob Illeborg Pagter    Chief Technology Officer   Jakob works on creating innovative security solutions based on applied cryptography. He was formerly the head of the Security Lab at Danish research institute Alexandra Institutttet and is the co-founder of Partisia and Sepior. Jakob holds a PhD in computer science from Aarhus University and is a member of the Danish Council for IT Security as well as the committee for it security at the Confederation of Danish Industry.

Jakob Illeborg Pagter

Chief Technology Officer

Jakob works on creating innovative security solutions based on applied cryptography. He was formerly the head of the Security Lab at Danish research institute Alexandra Institutttet and is the co-founder of Partisia and Sepior. Jakob holds a PhD in computer science from Aarhus University and is a member of the Danish Council for IT Security as well as the committee for it security at the Confederation of Danish Industry.

  Frank Wiener    Chief Marketing Officer   Frank leads marketing for Sepior. Previously, Frank led marketing at multiple security and networking startups, including Wedge Networks, Cyan, Calix, and Paradyne, with several achieving successful IPOs. With roots in engineering, Frank has also held other leadership roles, spanning product development, product management, sales, business development, and general management.

Frank Wiener

Chief Marketing Officer

Frank leads marketing for Sepior. Previously, Frank led marketing at multiple security and networking startups, including Wedge Networks, Cyan, Calix, and Paradyne, with several achieving successful IPOs. With roots in engineering, Frank has also held other leadership roles, spanning product development, product management, sales, business development, and general management.

  Ali Safari    VP Business Development   Ali has many years of experience in product management, business development and marketing with a track record of delivering innovative products and solutions for public cloud, enterprise and service provider markets. Prior to Sepior, Ali spent over 7 years at Juniper Networks driving Cloud networking and SaaS products. Ali also worked at Trapeze Networks, Ixia and other companies forging partnerships and delivered leading-edge solutions.

Ali Safari

VP Business Development

Ali has many years of experience in product management, business development and marketing with a track record of delivering innovative products and solutions for public cloud, enterprise and service provider markets. Prior to Sepior, Ali spent over 7 years at Juniper Networks driving Cloud networking and SaaS products. Ali also worked at Trapeze Networks, Ixia and other companies forging partnerships and delivered leading-edge solutions.

  Morten Værum    Senior Software Architect   Morten is a mediocre guitar player and singer. He has 15 years of experience with cryptography, bioinformatics, and general software architecture. Morten was with CLC bio since its early days and has worked extensively with performance optimization, scalability, API-design, and product maturation. Prior to that, he worked for Cryptomathic. Morten holds an MSc in computer science from Aarhus University.

Morten Værum

Senior Software Architect

Morten is a mediocre guitar player and singer. He has 15 years of experience with cryptography, bioinformatics, and general software architecture. Morten was with CLC bio since its early days and has worked extensively with performance optimization, scalability, API-design, and product maturation. Prior to that, he worked for Cryptomathic. Morten holds an MSc in computer science from Aarhus University.

  Ivan Bjerre Damgård    Co-founder, Professor   Ivan is a professor and head of the research group in cryptography at Aarhus University. Ivan is also co-founder of Sepior and one of three authors behind Sepior’s main patent application. He is one of the top cited and publishing researchers in cryptography, is a fellow of the IACR (International Association for Cryptologic Research), and received the 2015 RSA Award for Excellence in the Field of Mathematics.

Ivan Bjerre Damgård

Co-founder, Professor

Ivan is a professor and head of the research group in cryptography at Aarhus University. Ivan is also co-founder of Sepior and one of three authors behind Sepior’s main patent application. He is one of the top cited and publishing researchers in cryptography, is a fellow of the IACR (International Association for Cryptologic Research), and received the 2015 RSA Award for Excellence in the Field of Mathematics.

  Thomas Pelle Jakobsen    Senior Cryptography Engineer   Thomas is one of the co-founders of Sepior. He has 10 years of experience with software architecture and applied cryptography. He holds a PhD in computer science from Aarhus University. Prior to Sepior Thomas worked at the Danish research institute Alexandra Instituttet where he helped companies adopt new cryptographic solutions for secure computation.

Thomas Pelle Jakobsen

Senior Cryptography Engineer

Thomas is one of the co-founders of Sepior. He has 10 years of experience with software architecture and applied cryptography. He holds a PhD in computer science from Aarhus University. Prior to Sepior Thomas worked at the Danish research institute Alexandra Instituttet where he helped companies adopt new cryptographic solutions for secure computation.

  Michael Bæksvang Østergaard    Senior Security Engineer   Michael has worked with many aspects of IT security from cryptography to penetration testing and also has several years of experience with IT operations. Prior to joining Sepior Michael worked with IT security, system administration and software development at Miracle. Michael holds a PhD in computer science from Aarhus University.

Michael Bæksvang Østergaard

Senior Security Engineer

Michael has worked with many aspects of IT security from cryptography to penetration testing and also has several years of experience with IT operations. Prior to joining Sepior Michael worked with IT security, system administration and software development at Miracle. Michael holds a PhD in computer science from Aarhus University.

  Emil M.L. Kristensen    Software Engineer   Emil is an experienced software developer. Emil has worked with applied cryptography across a number of security systems.  Before joining Sepior Emil worked at Signaturgruppen with responsibilities in software development and operations on projects related to authentication and the danish national PKI infrastructure NemID.  Emil holds a MSc in computer science from Aarhus University.

Emil M.L. Kristensen

Software Engineer

Emil is an experienced software developer. Emil has worked with applied cryptography across a number of security systems.
Before joining Sepior Emil worked at Signaturgruppen with responsibilities in software development and operations on projects related to authentication and the danish national PKI infrastructure NemID.
Emil holds a MSc in computer science from Aarhus University.

  Torben Lauritzen    Senior Software Engineer   Torben has software development experience from a wide variety of businesses, including bioinformatics, health, and currency trading. He has previously been working at Aarhus University, CLC bio (now Qiagen), CSC (now DCX) and Danske Bank, at which places he had the opportunity to work with the full stack, ranging from databases, backend, and frontend, to deployment and operations. Torben holds an MSc in computer science from Aarhus University.

Torben Lauritzen

Senior Software Engineer

Torben has software development experience from a wide variety of businesses, including bioinformatics, health, and currency trading. He has previously been working at Aarhus University, CLC bio (now Qiagen), CSC (now DCX) and Danske Bank, at which places he had the opportunity to work with the full stack, ranging from databases, backend, and frontend, to deployment and operations. Torben holds an MSc in computer science from Aarhus University.

  Jesper Buus Nielsen    Co-founder, professor   Jesper is a professor at the research group in cryptography at Aarhus University, where he is active in the research field of Multiparty Computation. He is also a co-founder of Sepior. Jesper is a recipient of several prestigious research grants including the ERC Starting Grant.

Jesper Buus Nielsen

Co-founder, professor

Jesper is a professor at the research group in cryptography at Aarhus University, where he is active in the research field of Multiparty Computation. He is also a co-founder of Sepior. Jesper is a recipient of several prestigious research grants including the ERC Starting Grant.

  Lasse Møller Alm    Software Engineer   Lasse holds an MSc in computer science from Aarhus University. He has previously been working on security for mobile payment solutions. Lasse is an elite 400m runner, and uses the same dedication and goal orientation in both athletics and software development.

Lasse Møller Alm

Software Engineer

Lasse holds an MSc in computer science from Aarhus University. He has previously been working on security for mobile payment solutions.
Lasse is an elite 400m runner, and uses the same dedication and goal orientation in both athletics and software development.