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Ahsan Syed
Ahsan Syed
CEO
Hydra
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Ahsan is a multi-faceted sustainability professional with knowledge and interest in clean technologies, energy decarbonisation, climate policy, circular economy and sustainability integration in corporate strategy. His broad experience in the environmental industry was developed through his work as a Consultant with Cap-Op Energy, SYSTEMIQ and ERM. In these roles, Ahsan has advised clients across the public and private sectors on upstream oil and gas energy efficiency projects, GHG emissions quantification & reporting, carbon market regulatory design, carbon offsets project development, net zero GHG emissions planning and climate risk management and disclosure (TCFD and scenario planning). Ahsan currently works as a contractor for various clean technology companies between Canada and the UK, helping companies reduce emissions in hard to decarbonize sectors using green hydrogen. Ahsan has a BA in Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business, a BSc in Environmental Science from Western University, and a MSc in Environmental Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences which he attended on a full scholarship as a Chevening Scholar.

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Aldo Lele
Aldo Lele
Regional Sustainability Manager
IKEA
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Aldo Lele is Sustainability manager at IKEA South East Europe (SEE). South East Europe region includes 5 countries - Croatia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Ukraine. He is responsible for leading, developing and implementing sustainability related projects and topics in the whole SEE market. Aldo has been with IKEA for almost 15 years. He started his IKEA jurney as Colaborador in 2006 in IKEA Portugal.

He has changed various positions in IKEA Portugal through years and some of them are: Communication and Interior design manager, Project manager, Country Sustainability leader and he is Sustainability manager in SEE region at the moment. Aldo is passioned about People and Planet positive actions and inspiring others to live more sustainable life. He believes that together with co-workers and customers around the world, a new vision of how people can live a better life within the limits of the planet can be co-created. That means that everybody should always think long-term - The more people we reach, the bigger the impact we can have together.

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Anton Angelov
Anton Angelov
CTO & Co-founder
Automate The Planet
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CTO and Co-founder of Automate The Planet Ltd, inventor of BELLATRIX Test Automation Framework, author of bestsellers "Design Patterns for High-Quality Automated Tests: Clean Code for Bulletproof Tests" in C# and Java. Nowadays, he directs a team of passionate engineers helping companies succeed with their test automation. Additionally, he consults companies, leads automated testing training series in C# and Java, writes books, and gives conference talks. You can find him on LinkedIn every day. – 300+ Published Articles Automate The Planet – 120+ Published Articles Code Project – 60+ Published Articles DZone as Most Valuable Blogger – 6+ Articles Published in Quality Magazines – 30+ Given International Conferences Talks and Keynotes – 3 books published – 5,000,000+ article views – 1000 000+ amazing readers for 2020 – Read in 180+ countries

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Brooke Wenig
Brooke Wenig
Machine Learning Practice Lead
Databricks
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Brooke Wenig is a Machine Learning Practice Lead at Databricks. She leads a team of data scientists who develop large-scale machine learning pipelines for customers, as well as teach courses on distributed machine learning best practices. She is a co-author of Learning Spark, 2nd Edition, co-instructor of the Distributed Computing with Spark SQL Coursera course, and co-host of the Data Brew podcast. She received an MS in Computer Science from UCLA with a focus on distributed machine learning and a BA in Chinese. She enjoys cycling and taking her dog, Bingo, to the beach.

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Charl  van der Walt
Charl van der Walt
Global Head of Security Research
Orange Cyberdefence
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Charl van der Walt is Head of Security Research for Orange Cyberdefense, where he now leads a specialist security research unit that identifies, tracks, analyses & communicates significant developments in the security landscape that may impact customers. Previously Charl was a co-founder of SensePost – a penetration testing company that has made a mark on the industry globally for two decades now, and the lead for a global threat detection operation based in the UK. Charl and his team are globally recognized and frequently showcased at international security events such as Black Hat, RSA & BSides. Orange’s access to authentic security data as an operator, and their deep focus on intelligence and research, place Charl in a unique position to understand and comment on the fundamental dynamics of the security landscape.

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Charlie Pearmund
Charlie Pearmund
CEO
Virtual Bodyworks
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Charlie has 10 years of experience in startups and Technology M&A, during which time he raised more than €1bn in funding for SMEs.

After completing his MBA, Charlie implemented the world’s first stroke rehabilitation system based on embodiment in Virtual Reality in a clinical setting and has since successfully completed projects related to Diversity and Inclusion at Google Jigsaw and the World Bank.

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Corey Patrick White
Corey Patrick White
Partner / SVP Intelligence
Future Point of View
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As a partner and senior vice president at Future Point of View, Corey White is tasked with helping leaders look out into the future and anticipate how technology will impact their organizations and themselves. Corey leads FPOV’s cybersecurity arm where he guides leaders on the best ways to protect their organizations in an increasingly critical yet dangerous digital landscape. He teaches leaders how to recognize and avoid common and uncommon cyberattacks while also proactively preparing for the near inevitability they will be forced to endure a digital event at some point. From building digital event response playbooks, assessing organizational cybersecurity risk, and even trolling the dark web for client information, Corey has wide experience in many different facets of digital security. Corey is also an accomplished speaker who offers audiences insights into how complex innovation is dramatically altering the world we live in ways that can be both positive and negative. He most recently presented on the subject of algorithmic bias at TEDx Oklahoma City.

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Crina Nicolae
Crina Nicolae
Head of Cards
ING Bank Romania
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With over 15 years of experience in ING Bank Romania, Crina Nicolae was named Tribe Lead Cards in October 2019. Crina joined the ING team in 2005 as a Management Trainee, eventually holding various roles in the Retail, IT and Customer Service areas. In 2006 held the role of Retail Banking Product Specialist, followed by Project Manager, Change Management Manager, Head of Value Chain Lending, IT Change and Process Manager, IT Service Management and IT Governance and Customer Service Lead. Crina has a master's degree in management and business strategies from BI Norwegian Business School and is a graduate of the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest, where she got a bachelor's degree in Economics and International Affairs.

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David Cuen
David Cuen
Director of Content Communities
Booking.com
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David Cuen has over 20 years of experience in community building strategy, digital and social content, brand marketing and communications. He has worked in top global companies like the BBC where in his last role he oversaw the social media strategy of the BBC World Service in 29 languages. He also spent 5 years at Instagram in London and San Francisco where he was in charge of the team building Community Editorial channels in 6 languages and community activations such as Worldwide Instameet. He also led a team of PR and communication professionals to ensure brand engagement. At the moment, David works as Director of Content Communities for Booking.com overseeing the team in charge of all the external sources of content. There he is building communities of enthusiastic travel ambassadors on Travel Communities. He's also a professor on Social Media Engagement on Domestika, an online learning platform..

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Gabriel Caramis
Gabriel Caramis
Founder & CEO
Woobble the Human Beings Digital Agency based in CEE
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Gabriel Caramis is the Founder & CEO of Woobble the Human Beings Digital Agency in CEE with an experience of over 10 years in Online Marketing. He launched Woobble in 2017 with the focus to make digital matter to customer problems with specific to all the web, mobile and marketing solutions. Gabriel always makes sure, the solutions are 100% unique and meet the client’s requirements. He is self-determined and urges to provide the best solution to suit your business nature and goal. His team of professionals will closely work with you and spot the right window for your business to attract customers. They have a wide area of knowledge in providing vital solutions and services in the areas of information technology, consulting and outsourcing in various segments of industry like advertising, education, finance, healthcare, life sciences, hotel/hospitality, media and entertainment, mobile and wireless, retail, real estate, sports and fitness, technology, non-profit and more. We Make Digital Matter to You!

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Graeme Rocher
Graeme Rocher
Architect
Oracle Labs
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Graeme Rocher is the creator of several popular Open Source projects including Grails (https://grails.org) and Micronaut (https://Micronaut.io) and co-author of "The Definitive Guide to Grails" (Apress - http://apress.com/book/view/1590599950). Graeme currently works as an Architect at Oracle Labs. Graeme is a member of the Java Champions (https://twitter.com/java_champions) and 2018 was awarded the Groundbreaker award by Oracle (https://developer.oracle.com/groundbreakers/) for his work on Open Source.

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Gunnar Grosch
Gunnar Grosch
Senior Developer Advocate
AWS
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Gunnar is a Senior Developer Advocate at Amazon Web Services (AWS) based in Sweden. He has previously worked as both a frontend and backend developer, as an operations engineer within cloud infrastructure, and as a technical trainer, in addition to several different management roles. With a focus on building reliable and robust serverless applications, Gunnar has been one of the driving forces in creating techniques and tools for using chaos engineering in serverless. He regularly and passionately speaks at events on these and other serverless topics around the world. Gunnar is also deeply involved in the developer community by organizing User Groups and Meetups in the Nordics, as well as being an organizer of technical conferences.

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Haiyan Zhang
Haiyan Zhang
Chief of Staff, Xbox (Microsoft Gaming)
Xbox
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Haiyan Zhang is a designer, engineer and maker of things. Haiyan is Chief of Staff for Xbox, Microsoft’s Gaming division. She was formerly Senior Director of Innovation at Microsoft Research Cambridge. She has also served as an inventor and TV host on the BBC series, Big Life Fix, inventing cutting-edge technology in support of people and communities in need. Previous roles include Innovation Director at Xbox Games Studio and Co-Founder, Design & Development Lead for the SaaS platform, OpenIDEO. Working at the design consultancy IDEO, Haiyan created innovative tech experiences for clients including Mattel, Electronic Arts, HBO, Citibank, France Telecom, Alcatel, Cisco, and AT&T. Haiyan holds a Masters degree with Distinction in Interaction Design from the Interaction Design Institute in Ivrea and a Bachelor of Computer Science (1st-Class Honours) from Monash University, Australia. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of the British Academy of Film & Television Arts.

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Jim Jagielski
Jim Jagielski
Head of the Salesforce Open Source Program Office (OSPO)
Salesforce
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Jim Jagielski is a well-known and acknowledged expert and visionary in open source, an accomplished coder, and frequent engaging presenter on all things open, web, blockchain, and cloud related. As a developer, he’s made substantial code contributions to just about every core technology behind the internet and web and in 2012 was awarded the O’Reilly Open Source Award. In 2015, he received the Innovation Luminary Award from the EU and in 2019 was picked by InterCon as one of their Top 50 Tech Leaders. He’s likely best known as one of the developers and cofounders of the Apache Software Foundation, where he has previously served as both chairman and president and where he’s been on the board of directors since day one. He’s served as president of the Outercurve Foundation and was also a director of the Open Source Initiative (OSI). He’s Salesforce’s Open Source Program Office lead, and he credits his wife Eileen with keeping him sensible

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Mark   Little
Mark Little
VP of Engineering
Red Hat JBoss Middleware
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Mark Little leads the technical direction, research, and development for Red Hat JBoss Middleware.

Prior to taking over this role in 2009, Mark served as the SOA technical development manager and director of standards. Additionally, Mark was a chief architect, and co-founder at Arjuna Technologies, a spin-off from HP, where he was Distinguished Engineer. He has worked in the area of reliable distributed systems since the mid-80s with a PhD in fault-tolerant distributed systems, replication, and transactions. Mark is also a professor at Newcastle University and Lyon University.

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Mihnea Simian
Mihnea Simian
Chapter Lead
ING Bank Romania
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Before anything else, Mihnea is first a web developer, at 17 launching a user-generated content platform with thousands of active contributors. In his early career, after graduating Computer Science, he came in contact with various Python frameworks for rapid web application development (Zope, Django, Flask) while working for a contractor for European agencies digitalization. He moved to advertising platforms, by integrating adserver clients with real time bidding AI, dividing his attention between Python, application monitoring, reliability engineering and the Frontend boom. In fall 2015 he got his first job as Frontend Developer at ING. In 2017 he moved for a year to Berlin to get a grasp of what it means to be an Amazonian for the largest retail online shop, and came back to ING Bank in Bucharest, soon to become the Frontend Chapter Lead for Home'bank.

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Morten Bonde
Morten Bonde
Motivational speaker, author and Creative at the LEGO Group
LEGO Group
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When LEGO Group Senior art director Morten Bonde was declared legally blind in 2016, His whole world collapsed. How should life continue? Morten made a decision: he wanted to teach himself to focus on the good in life rather than the bad. Morten became a public speaker and wrote the book Sentenced to Blindness – Now What? A Journey from Hopelessness Street to Possibility Road to share how he decided to see possibilities in blindness rather than limitations. Today Morten has an active career in the LEGO Group, and is a published author and motivational speaker on self-management and self-motivation.

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Newton Howard
Newton Howard
Professor of Computional Neuroscience
Oxford University
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Dr. Newton Howard is the founder of ni2o, Inc., a biotechnology company developing a novel, artificial-intelligence driven brain-computer interface to treat a wide range of debilitating neurological disorders and to improve cognitive and athletic performance. His career spans academia, the U.S. military and the private sector. A prolific scientific author and inventor, he is highly skilled in moving research from the lab to military and commercial applications, including technology you may use daily such as wireless hot spots, Google Earth and Google Translate. Dr. Howard holds advanced degrees in Mathematics (Oxford), Cognitive Informatics (Sorbonne), Neurosurgery (Oxford), and psychiatry (Sorbonne). He has made significant contributions to the fields of neuroscience, linguistics and national defense, including the Physics of Cognition (a mathematical framework for modeling complex medical, economic and security equilibriums), Intention Awareness (a theory for predictive modeling of naturalistic systems), Mood State Indicators (an algorithm to model mental processes involved in human speech to predict emotional states), ADAMA (a method of autonomously identifying and contextually understanding metaphors in language), the Functional Code Unit (a method for translating neurological signaling t logical data structures) and most recently, the Brain Code (a multivariate analytical model designed to extract emergent properties of the brain’s neuronal system).

Dr. Howard is a professor at Oxford University and Georgetown. He currently directs the Computational Neurosciences Lab at Oxford and is the former director of the MIT Mind Machine Project and the MIT Synthetic Intelligence Lab. He founded and sits on the Board of two nonprofits: the Howard Brain Sciences Foundation, which funds innovative research initiatives to improve our understanding of the human brain and advance the diagnosis and treatment of neurological conditions; and C4ADS, which is dedicated to providing data-driven analysis and evidence-based reporting on global conflict and transnational security issues.

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Purna Virji
Purna Virji
Senior Evangelist, Content Solutions
LinkedIn
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Purna Virji is a globally recognized content strategist who has been crowned the Search Personality of the Year by the US Search Awards, was named by Adweek on their Young Influentials List, and was named by PPC Hero as the #1 Most Influential Expert in the world. She is a columnist and top-rated international keynote speaker who regularly speaks at conferences such as AdWeek, DMEXCO, The Next Web Conference and INBOUND. Prior to joining LinkedIn, Purna led global learning and thought leadership programs for Microsoft. An award-winning former journalist, Purna is an avid traveler, aspiring top chef, and enthusiastic tennis player in her spare time.

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Răzvan Sighinaș
Răzvan Sighinaș
Chief Informational Officer
ING Bank Romania
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Razvan Sighinas joined ING Bank Romania management Board in March as CIO. Răzvan is active in the IT field for more than 18 years, having started as a software engineer and moving on to operations and senior management roles in US and Europe for major players including Oracle, Vodafone and Electronic Arts. He holds an engineer’s degree from the Bucharest Polytechnic University, an MBA from HEC France and several major certifications in software and project management. Prior to his joining ING he operated as Senior Director for Electronic Arts, running an organization spanning across US, Canada, Romania, Ireland and India in charge of providing technology solutions and services such as game engines, big data and real time analytics solutions running behind all Electronic Arts’ digital offerings. For 10 years, he also headed the IT Operations for Vodafone Romania and created the IT Shared Service Center in Bucharest for Vodafone Group. Travelling, tennis and water sports are his main hobbies and he takes great pride in his two boys that share this passion for sports and technology.

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Rory  Preddy
Rory Preddy
Senior Cloud Advocate
Microsoft
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Rory works in the Developer Relations team at Microsoft as a Senior Cloud Advocate. Cloud Advocates use their deep research skills to help professional cloud developers discover and successfully use Microsoft’s platforms. A seasoned speaker whose talks are both meaningful and humorous, Rory speaks around the world empowering developers to achieve more.

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Sameer Sharma
Sameer Sharma
Global GM (Smart Cities & Transportation) for IOT Solutions
Intel
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Sameer Sharma is the Global GM (Smart Cities & Transportation) for IOT Solutions at Intel and a thought leader in IOT/AI ecosystem, having driven multiple strategic initiatives to scale over the past 20+ years. Sameer leads a global team that incubates and scales new growth categories and business models for Intel. His team also focuses on establishing leadership across the industry playing a pivotal role in deploying solutions for the development of smart cities around the world—an important effort in furthering the goal of sustainability. These solutions include Intelligent Transportation, AI/Video, Air Quality Monitoring and Smart Lighting. With far-reaching impact, each of these solutions is providing local governments a plethora of data to enhance the daily quality of life for citizens while simultaneously promoting responsible practices to protect the environment. As a leading authority on Cities and AI, Sameer is a frequent keynote speaker at top global events and has been featured in publications such as Economist, Forbes, WSJ and New York Times. His high-energy talks cover pragmatic examples of impact and reflect his passion and belief that technology can and must be a force for good in our society. Sameer has an MBA from The Wharton School at UPenn, and a Masters in Computer Engineering from Rutgers University. He holds 11 patents in the areas of IOT and Mobile.

He can be reached through LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/sameersharma/) or Twitter (@sameer_iot)

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Scott Lyons
Scott Lyons
Tech, Commercial & Strategic Partnerships

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Scott Lyons leads the Tech & Commercial Partnerships for Ford of Europe. Based in Berlin, Lyons is responsible managing and growing various aspect of Ford's European Tech Partnerships Ecosystem and is the co-founder of the Ford start-up innovation program MakeItDriveable.  His focus is on content and services that will help deliver meaningful, unique and viable solutions to Ford customers via the connected car. Lyons joined Ford in 2013 from Motorola Mobility where he was Director of International Market Development and led a global team responsible for external developer engagement and business development within the MOTODEV organization. Prior to that he held positions at WPP interactive agency Digit London as commercial director – leading the award-winning Vodafone and Motorola accounts respectively – and co-founding London-based interactive agency Sugar Ltd. – a pioneer in the webcasting and digital creative industries. Lyons began his career with time spent in both the press relations and on-air promo departments at MTV Networks in New York, working on a variety of high-profile programming including the “MTV Movie Awards”, “Unplugged” and the “Video Music Awards”.

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Silvia Dumitrașcu
Silvia Dumitrașcu
Web Performance Product Lead/Functional Manager - Digital Tribe
ING Bank Romania
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Silvia Dumitrașcu has been part of the ING Bank Romania team since 2014, when she joined as a Senior Digital Marketing Performance & Strategy Expert. In 2017, she occupied the position of Content, Social Media and Website Manager and in 2018 she took on the role of Web Performance Product Lead and Functional Manager as part of ING’s Digital Tribe. Silvia has a background in Finance and Marketing, working in companies such as IBM and one of the local Agile coaching Startups - Mosaic Works, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Urban studies, as well as a Master’s degree in Physical Planning and the Management of Urban and Rural Settlements from the University of Bucharest.

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Simon Ritter
Simon Ritter
Deputy CTO
Azul Systems
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Simon Ritter is the Deputy CTO of Azul Systems. Simon has been in the IT business since 1984 and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Brunel University in the U.K.

Simon joined Sun Microsystems in 1996 and started working with Java technology from JDK 1.0; he has spent time working in both Java development and consultancy. Having moved to Oracle as part of the Sun acquisition, he managed the Java Evangelism team for the core Java platform. Now at Azul, he continues to help people understand Java as well as AzulÕs JVM technologies and products. Simon has twice been awarded Java Rockstar status at JavaOne and is a Java Champion. He represents Azul on the Java SE Expert Group, OpenJDK Vulnerability Group and Adoptium Steering Committee.

Follow him on Twitter, @speakjava.

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Stuart Clark
Stuart Clark
Technical Leader Developer Advocate
Cisco
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Stuart is a Technical Leader / Developer Advocate at Cisco DevNet, where he focuses on network automation and the developer experience for engineers, partners working with network automation, and DevNet.

Prior to joining Cisco DevNet, he worked in a variety of roles ranging from Network Engineer to Network Architect for Cisco. Stuart can be found on Twitter @bigevilbeard

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Tejas Chopra
Tejas Chopra
Senior Software Engineer
Netflix, Inc.
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Tejas Chopra is a Senior Software Engineer, working in the Data Storage Platform team at Netflix, where he is responsible for architecting storage solutions to support Netflix Studios and Netflix Streaming Platform. Prior to Netflix, Tejas was working on designing and implementing the storage infrastructure at Box, Inc. to support a cloud content management platform that scales to petabytes of storage & millions of users. Tejas has worked on distributed file systems & backend architectures, both in on-premise and cloud environments as part of several startups in his career. Tejas is an International Keynote Speaker and periodically conducts seminars on Micro services, NFTs, Software Development & Cloud Computing and has a Masters Degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, with a specialization in Computer Systems.

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Tim  Bond
Tim Bond
Director of Insight
DMA
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Tim is an experienced research and insight professional, with a background in social sciences and over 13 years’ experience in communications, data, marketing and technology. A social scientist by training, with an MA in Sociology from Aberdeen University, he has a proven track record of planning, executing and delivering strategic content and insight projects across a range of sectors. A key part of his role at the DMA is developing content and actionable insight for the data-driven marketing industry, which also supports the association’s core belief in putting the customer first and being the driving force of intelligent marketing.

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Tobias Margarit
Tobias Margarit
Managing director
Diconium
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Tobias Margarit is Managing Director of diconium data and partner for the areas Smart Content & Campaign, Personalization & Analytics as well as Data Sciences & AI. With 15 years of experience in the field of data strategies and the implementation of BI and AI projects, he successfully realizes data driven business management projects for clients. In addition, Tobias has more than 10 years of experience in the conception and scaling of digital and data analytic platforms for a car manufacturer in southern Germany, China and the United States.

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