Company Leadership

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Shahrokh Shahidzadeh


Shahrokh Shahidzadeh leads a team of technologists driving a paradigm shift in Cybersecurity through Acceptto's Passwordless Continuous AuthenticationTM. Shahrokh is a seasoned technologist and leader with 30 years of contribution to modern computer architecture, device identity, platform trust elevation, large IoT initiatives and ambient intelligence research with more than 31 issued and pending patents. Prior to Acceptto, Shahrokh was a senior principal technologist contributing to Intel Corporation for 25 years in a variety of leadership positions where he architected and led multiple billion-dollar product initiatives.

Chief Technology Officer - Haitham Akkary

Haitham Akkary


Dr. Haitham Akkary leads the technical staff at Acceptto. Haitham is a computer technologist with 33 years of contribution to modern computer architecture, more than 50 issued and pending patents and a significant number of publications. Prior to Acceptto, Haitham was an Associate Professor at the American University of Beirut and worked for 20 years at Intel where he served as a Principal Research Scientist and held many other leadership positions in various microprocessor design and development projects.

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Nahal Shahidzadeh

Co-Founder & COO

Nahal Shahidzadeh leads Acceptto’s operations and planning. Nahal is an entrepreneur with broad experience covering financial services and managing private funds. Previously, she worked on microprocessor design and development of the Pentium 4 microprocessor at Intel Corp. with 10 issued and pending patents. Nahal was honored as a Gold winner in the Cybersecurity Woman of the Year (North America) category of the 2020 Cybersecurity Excellence Awards.

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Mani Malek

Principal Software Architect

Mani has 15 years of experience in system architecture and software development in telecommunication and security industries. He developed a business support solution at Rastinware, a company he co-founded in 2010, for some of the biggest internet and 3G-LTE providers in the middle-east. Mani has always been passionate about cybersecurity and predictive analytics. He joined Acceptto in 2014 as the Principal Software Architect, where he had the privilege to work with a very innovative team to develop one of the leading Biobehavioral®, risk-based authentication systems in the security industry.

Board of Directors

Vali Ali

Strategic Board Of Advisory

Vali Ali is the Chief Technologist, VP, and HP Fellow overlooking software and security innovations for platform security at HP's Personal Systems. Mr. Ali works closely with HP Labs’ Security Labs, HP’s renowned Security Research Facility to guide and integrate research into Personal Systems products. Vali holds 84+ published patents, with another 50+ pending, in the area of security and platform trust. He is a technical leader who manages a seasoned team of senior technologists, collaborating with HP Labs Security Research Scientists as well as industry subject matter experts in the areas of Security, Manageability, Client Virtualization, BIOS / Firmware, Operating Systems, Smart Office, and Core Platform Enablement. He has delivered decades worth of innovation to the security fabric of our industry as core members of the trusted platform think tank.

Jim Kaskade


Jim Kaskade is currently the CEO of Conversica, a pioneer in the category of Intelligent Virtual Assistants. Mr. Kaskade is an experienced executive with a unique perspective of running high-growth businesses at any scale. Prior to Conversica, he led Janrain -- the category creator and global leader of Consumer Identity & Access Management (CIAM) -- as CEO. Janrain became the global leader in CIAM under Kaskade’s leadership in 2018 and was later acquired by Akamai Technologies in early 2019. Prior to Janrain, Kaskade was the Vice President & General Manager of Digital Applications at CSC (now DXC). This line of business generated more than $1B in commercial revenue, including both consulting and delivery organizations focused on serving Global 1000 companies in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Argentina, and Brazil; with technologies from partners including SAP, Oracle, Microsoft, IBM, Salesforce, Workday, and ServiceNow. Prior to that, Mr. Kaskade was the VP & GM of Big Data & Analytics at CSC where he grew revenues more than 50% YOY.

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John Zangardi

Board of Technical and Strategic Advisory

Dr. Zangardi is currently the president of Redhorse Corporation and previously worked at Leidos as a senior vice president responsible for business initiatives and strategic partnerships. Prior to that he served for over three decades in government where he concluded with a presidential appointment as the CIO for the DHS. As a distinguished public sector leader, a cybersecurity expert, and a transformational leader, John was responsible for modernizing cyber infrastructure, streamlining the Authorization to Operate (ATO) process, and moving rapidly to adopt hybrid and multi-cloud at both the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense. A native of Scranton, Pa., John graduated from the University of Scranton. He earned a Master of Science from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Doctor of Philosophy from George Mason University.