Michal Braverman-Blumenstyk  

Michal Braverman-Blumenstyk

’87; CORPORATE VICE PRESIDENT AT MICROSOFT CORPORATION, GENERAL MANAGER OF ISRAEL RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT CENTER AND CTO, CLOUD AND AI SECURITY DIVISION

Michal Braverman-Blumenstyk is one of the top Israeli hi-tech leaders and one of the world's highest-ranking women in the cybersecurity industry.

She is Corporate Vice President at Microsoft Corporation, General Manager of Israel Research & Development Center and CTO, Cloud and AI Security division. Michal founded the Microsoft Israel Cybersecurity Center when she joined the company in 2013, initiating and driving some of Microsoft’s most innovative security products. As the CTO of the Cloud and AI Security division, Michal runs Microsoft’s global Cloud and AI Security strategy, technology, and innovation. Microsoft Israel R&D Center is one of Microsoft’s largest and most strategic global R&D Centers. Since Michal assumed the GM role – the first woman to hold this position – in February 2020, the Israel R&D Center grew by 31%.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Michal served as the General Manager of RSA Israel and the global leader of the Cyber Fraud and Risk Analytics product line at RSA/EMC (now Dell). Under Michal’s leadership, the revenues of the Fraud and Risk Analytics product line grew 20-fold and the number of protected users worldwide reached 300M. Michal came to RSA via the Cyota acquisition in 2006.

At Cyota, a cyber and FinSec startup, Michal served as the COO, leading R&D, product management, and Anti-Fraud services. Prior to Cyota, Michal served in several senior management positions in startups and global companies.

Michal is a passionate advocate for promoting the integration of Israeli Arabs and women in high-tech. She is a prominent speaker at technological conferences around the world and belongs to several organizations, as well as volunteering as a mentor in these communities.

Michal majored in Artificial Intelligence and received her M.Sc. from Columbia University, graduating Summa Cum Laude. Michal was a Ph.D. candidate in Computer Science at Columbia University.