IT Infrastructure & Cloud Strategies Live - A Virtual Conference

The Largest Premier Gathering of IT & Cloud Industry Leaders & Senior-Executives sharing key solutions to current & future challenges

Speakers

José Pires

CEO, Global Excellence & Innovation

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Jon Szymanski

VP of Software Engineering & QA

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Nicole Scheffler

Enterprise Engineering Leader

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Jairo Gomez

Sr. Manager, Infrastructure & Technology

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Dominik Rose

Director Customer Success Engineering

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Giuseppe Baretto

Cisco Advanced Services Business Development Manager for Unified Collaboration on EMEAR theatre

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Ashima Raheja

Head of Client Delivery Management EMEA

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Dheeraj Ahluwalia

Former Executive VP, Digital Transformation

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Rahul Lodhe

Senior Director SAP Artificial Intelligence

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Ani Mannan

Director, Business Operations & Strategy

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Neelesh Ajmani

Lead Enterprise Architect, Sr. Data Scientist – Consultant

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Olivia Byrne

Partner

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Jim de Vries

Managing Partner

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José Pires

CEO, Global Excellence & Innovation, Innovation & Excellence

Business Transformation & Operational Excellence World Summit & Industry Awards (BTOES18)

Wednesday 14th March 2018 | 20:30 - 21:15 pm

Biography

José Pires serves as the Global Excellence & Innovation (E&I) Leader for Andeavor Corporation, where he oversees the global identification, prioritization and execution of mission critical business improvements and innovations that add value to the company, business partners and external clients in multiple markets.

Prior to his current role, Pires held Excellence and Innovation leadership positions in large, global companies in the electronics (Sony), semiconductor (Cymer-ASML), food (Nestlé) and infrastructure (Black & Veatch) industries. Throughout his career, Pires developed and refined E&I as an award winning program for innovation, leadership development, strategy execution and value creation globally.

Pires is an advisory board leader and keynote speaker for several global conferences on innovation, operational excellence, leadership development, strategy execution, business transformation, customer engagement and growth acceleration.

He holds a Bachelor in Engineering Physics from the University of Kansas and a Master in Business Administration focused in Investment Banking and Entrepreneurship from the University of San Diego.

Jon Szymanski

VP of Software Engineering & QA, Beacon Street

Digital Transformation & Innovation World Summit

Thursday 16th December 2021 | 11:30 - 12:00 pm

Biography

Jon has over 25 years of experience in software engineering, managing and leading both development and testing teams. He has worked for large, billion-dollar companies, as well as consulted with start-ups as they build out their technology stacks from scratch.

Regardless of his title or role, his passion has always been focused on quality. He recently built a new QA team, with heavy focus on automated testing and CI/CD, and is now back leading several large scale engineering projects. When not at work, Jon is spending time with his wife, daughter, dog, and watching sports.

Nicole Scheffler

Enterprise Engineering Leader, VMWare

Digital Transformation & Innovation World Summit

Thursday 16th December 2021 | 09:00 - 09:30 am

Biography

Nicole Scheffler is a Tech Diva dedicated to sparking success by leading engineering teams and serving women in technology with the Tech Diva Success collection. She has a track record leading engineering teams at a Fortune 100 company where she witnesses the fast past of digital acceleration post covid as well as the need for diversity.

Nicole also speaks often on proven success principles to help define your aspirations, goals, and building diverse cultures. Applying more than 16 years’ experience in a fast-paced technology career, the wisdom featured in her best-selling “Pillars of Success” book with Jack Canfield, and hundreds of hours interviewing women in tech on her podcasts, Nicole provides a clear success framework for building diverse cultures and empowering women. Her courses, content, and speaking, help tech divas fires burn brighter while her leadership drives customer success for Enterprise customers.

Jairo Gomez

Sr. Manager, Infrastructure & Technology, ACAMS

Digital Transformation & Innovation World Summit

Friday 17th December 2021 | 14:30 - 16:00 pm

Biography

Subject matter expert in areas of business transformation, GRC, and business intelligence. 10+ years of experience in leading global cross-functional teams, coordinating both strategic and tactical efforts to drive continuous improvement and business transformation across multiple service-oriented industries.

Dominik Rose

Director Customer Success Engineering, LeanIX

Digital Transformation & Innovation World Summit

Wednesday 15th December 2021 | 10:00 - 10:30 am

Biography

Dominik has more than 10 years of experience around modern IT architectures. He helped many large clients to adopt LeanIX, and combines product & technical expertise with a deep understanding of modern EAM. Currently, he drives Customer Success Engineering and topics around Cloud-Native at LeanIX. He holds a master's degree in Computer Science as well as an MBA, and is a father of three very agile kids.

Giuseppe Baretto

Cisco Advanced Services Business Development Manager for Unified Collaboration on EMEAR theatre, Cisco

Digital Transformation & Innovation World Summit

Thursday 16th December 2021 | 16:00 - 16:30 pm

Biography

Ashima Raheja

Head of Client Delivery Management EMEA, SAP

Digital Transformation & Innovation World Summit

Thursday 16th December 2021 | 17:30 - 18:00 pm

Biography

Being a technology enthusiast, Ashima has worked in 3 product companies and a non-profit charity organization over the last 17 years of my career. Started with writing the code, Ashima’s curiosity steered her towards front-end Business where she could see first-hand what customers need and what any vendor should offer. Technology trends follow human desires and ambitions and that intrigued her to step into technology and business defining strategy roles. 

Having worked in many diverse roles at SAP from Development and Quality program manager for SAP CRM, SAP IT Portfolio governance, Consulting Operations through to leading SAP Cloud Application Services globally, Ashima is currently working at SAP in Client Delivery Management role for Cloud managed services in Europe. 

Prior to joining SAP, Ashima worked at Oracle and Pivotal Software Ltd. managing ERP projects and operations. Through those stints, she has lived in India, Vancouver, Singapore, London and now has her home in Germany. 

Ashima believes in constant evolution which is fast-paced and purpose driven. Transformation is inevitable and being ahead of it, by knowing the pulse of market and customers is the only way for success for everyone. Ashima’s passion is to bring ideas to living reality, using technology.




 

Dheeraj Ahluwalia

Former Executive VP, Digital Transformation , Doha Bank

Business Transformation & Operational Excellence Summit in Financial Services Live - A Virtual Conference

Thursday 30th September 2021 | 09:00 - 09:45 am

Biography

Mr Dheeraj Ahluwalia brings over 30 years of global financial services experience with core competency in Consumer Banking, Payments, Wealth Management and Digital Banking. Dheeraj is a US graduate having completed his undergraduate and MBA from Pittsburg State University with Summa Cum Laude honors.

Dheeraj spent 20 years in the US, worked for organizations like GE Capital, Qualcomm, Mastercard Worldwide and Bank of America. Besides having held global roles managing Asia Pac and EMEA, he has experience working in Asia with Standard Chartered and in the Middle East with First Gulf Bank, National Bank of Oman and Doha Bank. Dheeraj has headed up various teams in Products, Analytics, Marketing, Re-engineering, Customer Experience and Retail Transformation.

He has launched digital Banking across 3 continents with 4 different organizations leading the transformation of Retail banking and Customer Experience. He is very passionate about Digital, Customer Service and Consumer Banking, which is where he has been focused over the last decade in leading transformational initiatives creating E2E digital sales and service capabilities for various financial institutions redefining value propositions, customer experience and streamlining service delivery. His favorite phrase “I am not interested in technology, but very interested in what it can do for my customers, the business and shareholders”.

Rahul Lodhe

Senior Director SAP Artificial Intelligence, SAP

Digital Transformation & Innovation World Summit

Wednesday 15th December 2021 | 10:00 - 10:30 am

Biography

Engineering Leader with more than 18 years in world class company having extensive experience in designing, developing and testing enterprise software products. Expertise in domains like Analytics & Business Intelligence, IoT and Machine Learning.

Responsible & accountable for driving global missions with Product Development, Processes and People. Managed end-to-end life cycles of onPrem and cloud enterprise software product components – from whiteboard designs to maintenance releases.

Experienced in building ground-up world-class teams, as well as in driving transformations of inherited teams. Building the team with Innovation as DNA and transformed employee engagement and trust score. Extensive experience in working with geographically distributed teams. Managing a development team of Managers, Architects, Product owners and Program managers.

Excellent balance of Technical skills, Managerial skills and Entrepreneurial skills.
Thrives in a 'start-up like' work environment.
 

Ani Mannan

Director, Business Operations & Strategy, Wolters Kluwer

Business Transformation & Operational Excellence Summit in Financial Services Live - A Virtual Conference

Thursday 30th September 2021 | 09:00 - 09:45 am

Biography

SENIOR, SEASONED STRATEGY AND OPERATIONS EXECUTIVE LEADING CHANGE, GROWTH AND TRANSFORMATION, WHILE DEVELOPING HIGHLY MOTIVATED TEAMS TO DELIVER BUSINESS OUTCOMES

Neelesh Ajmani

Lead Enterprise Architect, Sr. Data Scientist – Consultant, Biogen

IT Infrastructure & Cloud Strategies Live - A Virtual Conference

Thursday 26th May 2022 | 11:00 - 11:45 am

Biography

I am a well-seasoned and highly accomplished professional with a sizeable tenure. I have spent my experience accumulating knowledge and achieving set goals through delivering my best at every step of the way to provide optimal results. I firmly believe in establishing and maintaining the key partnerships and relationships that prove productive and allow for better performance.

Olivia Byrne

Partner, K&L Gates LLP

IT Infrastructure & Cloud Strategies Live - A Virtual Conference

Thursday 26th May 2022 | 12:00 - 12:45 pm

Biography

I am a partner in the Washington D.C. office at K&L Gates LLP and a member of the firm’s Real Estate Investment, Development, and Finance group.

I also spearhead the firm's U.S. Economic Incentives practice along with the Real Estate and Public Finance practices in the Washington, D.C. office. Our team has successfully obtained economic incentives for clients on a national basis including the District of Columbia and has extensive experience drafting legislation for economic incentives. We represent clients in real estate projects relating to headquarters buildings, mixed use, retail, office, residential, manufacturing, warehouse, healthcare, hotels, restaurants, and sports arenas.

Our real estate practice also involves site location assistance for many different industries, namely technology, broadcasting, manufacturing, as well as industrial, sports, and entertainment facilities and hotels. The team and I represent inbound companies from abroad as well as U.S. companies relocating or deciding to remain in place and expand. Our proven track record demonstrates proposals to certain corporations such as manufacturing in excess of US$100 million dollars in economic incentives!

I served as lobbyist for The Advisory Board Company that won the “Game Changer Award” at the Washington Business Journal’s Best Real Estate Deal of the Year Awards in 2016.

Jim de Vries

Managing Partner, Enhance International Group

Business Transformation & Operational Excellence Summit & Industry Awards (BTOES)

Wednesday 15th December 2021 | 15:00 - 15:30 pm

Biography

Jim de Vries is a skilled thought leader with more than 30 years of experience helping clients achieve their desired outcomes through his ability to facilitate teams and drive improvement. His experience encompasses financial, commercial, CRM, services, IT, call centers, security, transportation, automotive, power systems, oil and gas, nuclear energy, research and development, government, and electronics industries.

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Dina Salah

Google Cloud Specialist

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Rias Attar

Vice President – VP, Transformation, Integration, Project Management, Continuous Improvement

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Greg Pepper

Security Architect

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José Pires

CEO, Global Excellence & Innovation

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Ram Byahatti

National Head - Multi Cloud Solutions

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David Erickson

Co-founder and CEO

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Nathan Scott

Co-Founder, Omni-Self Inc.

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Dominik Rose

Director Customer Success Engineering

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Lumu Joshua Melchizedek

Head of the IT and Infrastructure Department

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Magnus Penker

CEO and Founder

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Rahul Lodhe

Senior Director SAP Artificial Intelligence

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Pierre Roman

Sr Cloud Ops Advocate

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Dina Salah

Google Cloud Specialist, Cloudypedia

Digital Transformation & Innovation World Summit

Thursday 16th December 2021 | 14:00 - 14:30 pm

Biography

Rias Attar

Vice President – VP, Transformation, Integration, Project Management, Continuous Improvement, Caesars Entertainment

Business Transformation & Operational Excellence Summit & Industry Awards (BTOES 2020)

Wednesday 18th November 2020 | 10:30 - 11:00 am

Biography

Rias Attar is an accomplished operational excellence and project management professional. He is recognized for his ability to help strategize business architecture, identify areas to improve processes and outcomes, turn around businesses from deficient to profitability, champion continuous improvement efforts, deliver challenging cross-functional programs while working collaboratively with diverse types of stakeholders, lead and coach winning teams, and inspire staff to deliver ambitious results.

Mr. Attar has planned and executed transformational projects (Business and Technology) that contributed over $500M of combined EBITDA impact and is managing a portfolio of initiatives that adds between $200 and $300M of EBITDA annually. He established PMOs, led Lean and Six Sigma efforts, championed Change Management, ensured proper Governance while reducing Bureaucracy, and has set proper business directions while staying focused on motivating staff, inspiring trust and confidence, developing people’s skills, and generating enthusiasm.

Mr. Attar worked for different companies at a variety of industries such as: Michelin (Tires), Friede Goldman Halter (Oil & Gas) , DHL Express (Courier), and General Electric/Genworth (Mortgage Insurance), and Maple Leaf Foods (Food Processing and Supply Chain). Prior to working at Caesars (Entertainment/Hospitality), he spent a few years in the consulting business working with companies such as Danone Dairy (Food Processing), Steel Tech (Steel Manufacturing/Rolling Mill), Sport Master (Clothing/Retail), and dipndip (Chocolate F&B). 

Mr. Attar started his professional career in Finance as an FP&A analyst then moved to project management and operational excellence about 18 years ago. During that time, he worked/lived in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, Connecticut, New York, The Middle East, Toronto-Canada, and now in Las Vegas. 

Mr. Attar has a bachelor degree in Finance, got his MBA from University of Texas, and have a few certifications in project management such as (PMP) Project Management Professional, (ACP) Agile Certified Practitioner, and (CSM) Certified Scrum Master. He is also a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (LSSBB).

Outside of work, Rias is a devoted family man with a wife and 3 kids. His best time is when he spends it with his kids playing board games, riding bikes, swimming, or just watching movies. Rias loves sport, tries to work out often, practiced Jiu Jitsu and Kick Boxing for years, and enjoys lap swimming every once and a while. He also loves music and plays the classical guitar.

Greg Pepper

Security Architect , Check Point Software

Digital Transformation & Innovation World Summit

Wednesday 15th December 2021 | 11:30 - 12:00 pm

Biography

Greg Pepper has been an IT professional for 20+ years with expertise in Security, Networking & Cloud Computing. Initially working for Sony Online Entertainment, Price Waterhouse Coopers & Organic. Greg has spent the last 15 years working for Cisco & Check Point helping customers to design, plan and implement secure networks throughout the Internet Edge, Campus Backbone, Data Center and Cloud Environments.

José Pires

CEO, Global Excellence & Innovation, Innovation & Excellence

Business Transformation & Operational Excellence World Summit & Industry Awards (BTOES18)

Wednesday 14th March 2018 | 20:30 - 21:15 pm

Biography

José Pires serves as the Global Excellence & Innovation (E&I) Leader for Andeavor Corporation, where he oversees the global identification, prioritization and execution of mission critical business improvements and innovations that add value to the company, business partners and external clients in multiple markets.

Prior to his current role, Pires held Excellence and Innovation leadership positions in large, global companies in the electronics (Sony), semiconductor (Cymer-ASML), food (Nestlé) and infrastructure (Black & Veatch) industries. Throughout his career, Pires developed and refined E&I as an award winning program for innovation, leadership development, strategy execution and value creation globally.

Pires is an advisory board leader and keynote speaker for several global conferences on innovation, operational excellence, leadership development, strategy execution, business transformation, customer engagement and growth acceleration.

He holds a Bachelor in Engineering Physics from the University of Kansas and a Master in Business Administration focused in Investment Banking and Entrepreneurship from the University of San Diego.

Ram Byahatti

National Head - Multi Cloud Solutions, NTT

Biography

Professional with over 28 years experience in IT services in areas of large transformation programs, automation and cloud solutions in cutting edge technologies and providing roadmaps to client leadership mainly on hybrid cloud transformation. 

David Erickson

Co-founder and CEO, Forward Networks

Digital Transformation & Innovation World Summit

Wednesday 15th December 2021 | 17:30 - 18:00 pm

Biography

David holds a PhD in Computer Science from Stanford. He is a contributor to the OpenFlow spec and the author of Beacon, the OpenFlow controller at the core of commercial products from Big Switch Networks, Cisco, and others, and open source controllers such as Floodlight and OpenDaylight. His thesis used SDN to improve virtualized data center performance.

Nathan Scott

Co-Founder, Omni-Self Inc., LogMeIn

IT Infrastructure & Cloud Strategies Live - A Virtual Conference

Wednesday 25th May 2022 | 09:00 - 09:45 am

Biography

Omniself is an interactive, cross-platform data visualization solution focused on enhancing user interaction and user engagement. It works across multiple technologies and within multiple industries.

With Omniself you can create a personalized avatar for your website in just three easy steps and let it assist your clients with everyday tasks!

Dominik Rose

Director Customer Success Engineering, LeanIX

Digital Transformation & Innovation World Summit

Wednesday 15th December 2021 | 10:00 - 10:30 am

Biography

Dominik has more than 10 years of experience around modern IT architectures. He helped many large clients to adopt LeanIX, and combines product & technical expertise with a deep understanding of modern EAM. Currently, he drives Customer Success Engineering and topics around Cloud-Native at LeanIX. He holds a master's degree in Computer Science as well as an MBA, and is a father of three very agile kids.

Lumu Joshua Melchizedek

Head of the IT and Infrastructure Department , Smart Telecom

IT Infrastructure & Cloud Strategies Live - A Virtual Conference

Thursday 26th May 2022 | 09:00 - 09:45 am

Biography

Josh, is an IT and Telecom professional having a Master’s in Business Administration majoring in Information Systems from Sikkim Manipal University and he also holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science Degree. He started his currier in 2012 at a Microfinance as an IT support officer, worked in two other organizations and has also been involved in several IT projects both on a small and large scale.

He is currently Heading the IT and Infrastructure department in Smart Telecom Uganda. For the past three years managing the Infrastructure of a Telecom working on serval projects there, He has acquired vast knowledge in telecommunication more so on GSM, UMTS, LTE, telecommunication operations both from a technical and managerial point of view.

Magnus Penker

CEO and Founder , Innovation360 Group

Digital Transformation & Innovation World Summit

Wednesday 15th December 2021 | 16:00 - 16:30 pm

Biography

Magnus Penker is an internationally-renowned thought leader on innovation, sustainability, and business transformation. He is a speaker in prestigious global forums and events, such as – The Global Peter Drucker Forum, top-ranked international business and design schools, a variety of associations, and some of the world’s largest companies. Mr. Penker is currently writing Play Bold and a 5 Volume Series on Business Innovation titled The Complete Guide to Business Innovation and is contributing as an editor at the International Journal of Innovation Science.

As a result of these achievements he has been honored with the Business Worldwide Magazine award as the ‘Most Innovative CEO Sweden 2016’ and appointed as a Global Top 100 CEO by CEO Monthly year 2018. Additionally, he has launched 10 start-ups as well as acquired, turned around, and sold +30 SMEs all over Europe.

Through his best-selling American books on digitization and IT engineering and his more than 20 years of experience as a management consultant and business leader, Mr. Penker inspires leaders to find a new way of thinking and organizing to stay on top.Mr. Penker is driven by the recognition that in these turbulent times, we must understand what we are really good at and determine how we can use those capabilities and competencies to create advantages in a globalized market with endless possibilities. The global map is being redrawn at speeds we have not seen before, and historically low interest rates are attracting capital to global digital-risk projects that will further strengthen this movement.Mr. Penker has a B.Sc. in Computer Science (CTH, Sweden) and an MBA from the Henley Business School, England.

For the past 10 years, he has used his practical and theoretical insights to develop InnoSurvey®, a leading methodology and global innovation database which is used to analyze and to provide advice to companies, business leaders, and scientists around the world. Today, Mr. Penker is the CEO and Founder of the Innovation360 Group, which is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, and in New York, USA.

Rahul Lodhe

Senior Director SAP Artificial Intelligence, SAP

Digital Transformation & Innovation World Summit

Wednesday 15th December 2021 | 10:00 - 10:30 am

Biography

Engineering Leader with more than 18 years in world class company having extensive experience in designing, developing and testing enterprise software products. Expertise in domains like Analytics & Business Intelligence, IoT and Machine Learning.

Responsible & accountable for driving global missions with Product Development, Processes and People. Managed end-to-end life cycles of onPrem and cloud enterprise software product components – from whiteboard designs to maintenance releases.

Experienced in building ground-up world-class teams, as well as in driving transformations of inherited teams. Building the team with Innovation as DNA and transformed employee engagement and trust score. Extensive experience in working with geographically distributed teams. Managing a development team of Managers, Architects, Product owners and Program managers.

Excellent balance of Technical skills, Managerial skills and Entrepreneurial skills.
Thrives in a 'start-up like' work environment.
 

Pierre Roman

Sr Cloud Ops Advocate, Microsoft

Digital Transformation & Innovation World Summit

Tuesday 14th December 2021 | 13:30 - 15:00 pm

Biography

As a Sr. Cloud Ops Advocate, Pierre Roman engages with the operations and infrastructure communities on behalf of Microsoft. He is part of a team that drives growth and adoptions of the Azure platform by providing upskilling guidance and bringing community feedback to the product groups.

With over 25 years of experience in the industry, he brings a well-rounded view of all facets of the Ops/infra lifecycle. His skills enable him to relate to his audiences and cultivate relationships at all levels (from the nuts and bolts guy/gal to management.)

He’s a husband, a dad, a hockey fan, a gadget freak and a geek.

Pierre is always ready for a conversation (in English or français - naturellement).