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Why Okera?

Make security transparent, so you can access data with full trust.
Your business is growing. Is your security infrastructure keeping up?

Okera scales natively to secure your most sensitive data so you can unlock the full potential of all your data across new consumers and fresh use cases. Okera does this by segregating security from compute and storage so that you can apply consistent polices irrespective of the underlying data persistence layers, the compute engines, and the BI tools.

Okera’s unique no-code, write-once-execute-anywhere policy management helps alleviate talent shortage challenges. It gives you the confidence that your corporate policies will apply consistently and dynamically whether you are deploying a data warehouse, a data lake, or a data mesh. Oh, and, if we didn’t mention, you are finally able to secure your hybrid multi-cloud reality.

As your business scales in the future to handle expanded use cases, worry not, as Okera will give the peace of mind. Sleep well.

Where we came from:
Universal Data Access Control Policy Management.

Okera was founded in 2016 by technology pioneers who saw that the big innovation in big data — specifically the separation of storage and compute — created a big gap in data security.

At the same time, organizations started accumulating massive amounts of data. A lot of that data was and still is personally identifiable information (PII) that many citizens of the world want to keep private. Governments responded with data privacy regulations, most prominently GDPR.

Okera’s first customer is a widely recognized global brand, and they came to us because they needed to allow advanced data analytics on a variety of compute platforms while complying with the the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act (WBP). Several innovations later, and Okera is now trusted to authorize access to hundreds of petabytes of sensitive data for the world’s most demanding companies and even regulatory agencies themselves.

Learn more about our co-founder, CEO, and CTO: Nong Li.

Where we’re going:
The data trust layer.

Having proven our ability to protect data in-use at massive scale, Okera is making it easier for earlier-stage companies to adopt an effective data trust layer.

With our new SaaS deployment option and packaged offerings for modern data platforms like Snowflake and Databricks, unicorns-in-the-making can start small, assured that data security will scale beautifully to support rapid growth, and at far less cost and effort than conventional methods.

Okera’s POV

Okera’s Point of View is that organizations need universal data authorization for the same reasons they already use centralized directory services and identity providers for authentication:


Enforce policies consistently, regardless of the data platform. Okera does the heavy lifting of enforcement for you.


All data stakeholders can participate in policy creation and validation, and can self-serve their own audit reports.

Economy of Scale

Simply register new data and user roles to existing policies. Compare with alternatives that become increasingly complex at scale.

Okera’s Mission

Okera’s mission is to enable everyone to use data responsibly.

We make it easy for all data stakeholders to collaborate to define and evolve enterprise-wide data access policies, and Okera does the heavy lifting to enforce those policies. All so your organization can be the data-driven market leader that is trusted by your customers, partners, constituents, supply chain vendors, industry analysts, and employees.

Our Vision

Okera’s vision is a world where all data is accessible, protected, and trusted.

Help us make that vision a reality.

Industry Leadership

Okera is the proud sponsor and host of the award-winning AIRSIDE industry conference. AIRSIDE brings together industry thought leaders and practitioners to deep-dive into all things Big Data, Data Security, and Data Governance.

Learn more at airside.live.

Meet the Okera Executive Team

Nong Li

Co-Founder & CEO

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Bobby Napiltonia


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Ravi Ramachandran

Vice President of Sales

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Desiree Therianos

Vice President of People

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Claire Umeda

Vice President of Marketing

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Sameer Phatarpekar

VP of Global Customer Success

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John Fowlkes

Head of Security

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Meet the Okera Board of Directors

Ethan Kurzweil

Partner, Bessemer Venture Partners

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Patrick Heim

Partner & CISO, ClearSky Security Fund

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Tim Eades

CEO, vArmour

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Wesley Chan

Managing Director, Felicis Ventures

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Okera Investors

capital one growth ventures
bessemer venture partners
alumi ventures group
felicis ventures
clear sky