Identity and Access Management Veteran Joins Authlete

Authlete strengthens global leadership in API security and digital identity solutions

PALO ALTO, Calif., Feb. 26, 2024—Authlete, Inc., a leading software component provider for API security and digital identity, is delighted to welcome Zulfiqar Ahmed as its Vice President of Product. Ahmed will drive Authlete’s product vision and strategy, accelerating the company’s global expansion.

Ahmed brings over 20 years of engineering, consulting, and professional services background, with a specialized focus on identity and access management. His extensive experience includes key roles at companies such as Microsoft, Auth0 (now part of Okta), and Okta.

As an early member of the Auth0 team, Ahmed contributed to all stages of Auth0’s growth, working closely with co-founders. During his tenure at Okta, Ahmed led integration initiatives for major global clients, including defining identity architecture and governance.

“Authlete offers a unique solution which addresses unmet needs that cannot be filled by traditional Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) solutions. I am thrilled to be part of the Authlete team with such an innovative product and deep expertise in identity,” said Ahmed.

“We are excited to welcome Zulfiqar to the Authlete family,” said Michael Mansouri, Authlete Director and Group CEO. “His wealth of experience and expertise in identity and access management will be invaluable as we continue to innovate and grow. Zulfiqar’s leadership will undoubtedly strengthen our position as a leading provider of API security and digital identity solutions.”

“We are building a dream team of API security and digital identity experts,” said Takahiko Kawasaki, Authlete Co-founder and Representative Director. “Zulfiqar will be a significant pillar in scaling our technology to the next level.”

About Authlete

Authlete provides software components as a service based on OAuth 2.0 and OpenID Connect to empower companies to secure their valuable APIs quickly and efficiently, reducing time to market. Authlete is used by some of the world’s largest digital banks, fintechs, and healthcare service providers. To learn more about Authlete’s solutions and innovations, visit