Meet Our Speakers
Ashish Gupta, Director Collaboration Solutions, is an expert in Azure, Microsoft 365 and Office 365. He likes to be on the cutting edge of technology and takes pride in being the subject matter expert. He likes to stay current in all his technologies. With over 17 years of experience, he works vigorously with customers to earn their trust. He owns and manages all the production deployments, including design review, peer code review, test case validation and ongoing documentation to support the applications. He is involved end to end in a project lifecycle starting from pre-sales till delivery and post production support. He visits potential customers onsite and does roadmap sessions with them to increase the adoption of Office 365, Azure and SharePoint. He acts as a mentor/coach to developers and support staff and makes sure all the deliverables are in place and updates client on regular basis. He brings experience of different types of industries and sectors such as Government, Financial, Manufacturing, Chemical, Cosmetics, Agricultural, Pharmaceutical, Non-profit Organizations, Schools and Universities, Healthcare etc. Mr. Gupta is a Microsoft Certified Professional in Azure, Office 365 and SharePoint area. He has delivered many seminars and webinars in Microsoft Offices of NY, Chicago and California.
Asif focus is on coaching individuals and companies on their digital adoption and change management efforts. He truly believe that when people understand the WIIFM (What’s In It For Me) and how their actions help others around them, they are willing to make the behavior change and adopt the new processes and technologies.
Since 2002, he has been personally focused on training, mentoring, writing and speaking at conferences around the world. Along the way, he had the opportunity to author 3 books with Wiley publications, create 100s of instructional videos and contribute articles and interviews to many publications such as CMSWire, eLearning Industry and Redmond Mag. In 2018, he was awarded CMSWire’s contributor of the year. he have been fortunate to be awarded the Microsoft MVP award every year since 2007 for his contributions to the community.
Ayman Elsawah is a vCISO, AWS Security Strategist, and founder at Cloud Security Labs which helps high growth startups launch security programs and level up their security maturity and operations. He has been involved as a Virtual Chief Information Security Officer with different organizations to help them build and implement a security strategy, apart from training and enabling an organizational security culture. He has also authored a book in Cybersecurity, and also runs a podcast “Getting Into Infosec”. Ayman was previously an adjunct Professor and Advisor at the De Enza college.
Bob German is a Cloud Developer Architect at Microsoft technologies and helps developers succeed in building collaborative applications based on Microsoft 365 technologies including Microsoft Teams and the Graph API. He was previously working in a similar role as a Partner Technical Architect for Microsoft’s One Commercial Partner technical team which focused exclusively on US Managed Partners.
Bob had re-joined Microsoft after working for BlueMetal as a Principal Architect, delivering content and collaboration solutions for clients. As a Microsoft MVP for Office Development, he helped customers envision, design, develop, and implement intranets, extranets, and collaboration solutions based on SharePoint and Microsoft Azure.
In his earlier association with Microsoft, he was a charter member of the first Microsoft Technology Center (Boston, MA).
Brad has been evangelizing the use of technology and process automation to improve business and lives for over 15 years. Prior to joining Check Point, he had roles in information architecture at a Fortune 500, managing a consulting business, and most recently, as an Strategic Alliance Manager at a SaaS startup, where he built and executed a joint go to market with one of the world’s largest business and technology consulting firms. Brad’s unique, technical yet business focused, background gives him the ability to help users leverage technology to drive value to their businesses.
Daniel Segan is Innovative and enthusiastic hands-on technologist who works closely with clients to create solutions based on Microsoft Cloud technologies.
David Sherrell is the Co-Founder and CTO at OnScreen. OnScreen guides business users to complete any process or task, no matter how complex, with simple step by step instructions directly in the business app interface It is a Digital Adoption Platform that helps business users complete any existing or newly implemented process through simple in-app contextual guides.
OnScreen walkthroughs are easily created and maintained by super users and trainers. It takes on average 27 minutes for a first-time user to record, edit, and publish one guide! It is SaaS-based and doesn’t require complex installations or infrastructure.
Debbie DeHart is experienced in full-cycle project and program management, including strategic IT planning, design, implementation, and maintenance of enterprise-wide installations of Dynamics 365 ERP & CE (CRM} software. Debbie has been a Solution Architect for more than 29 years using her business process and analysis skills to help companies improve their bottom line. Technical expertise in Microsoft Software helps Debbie focus on delivering complex Dynamics projects on time and on budget. Architecture and team leadership are her special interests on the Dynamics platform.
Dilruba is a Software QA Manager, at Palo Alto Networks. She is an accomplished, highly organized Engineering Manager with over 15 years’ experience in hands-on end-to-end software testing, leading, and managing engineering teams. She has worked for world-class software companies including Microsoft, Cisco, Hitachi Vantara, and Palo Alto Networks. Her strong interpersonal skills enable her to influence others by establishing rapport and communicating clearly and concisely with engineers, top management as well as internal and external stakeholders.
She has graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with an Electrical Engineering degree. She also completed her Masters from Santa Clara University with Engineering Management and Leadership.
Dmitri Artamonov is a Senior Solutions Architect at FM Global and a Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer and Trainer. He is a senior technology professional with over a decade of experience. Dmitri is a versatile visionary who has worked in various fields, from small start-ups to international corporations. His previous client work includes projects with NASDAQ, BNY Mellon, and Deloitte.
His Clients and previous co-workers describe Dmitri as both a balanced leader and team-player who thinks outside the box to judiciously design and deliver top-quality products on front-end, mobile and in the cloud.
Ed is the founder and President of The Lytic Group, an NYC-based consulting group specializing in Microsoft cloud-based BI, analytics, and data warehousing solutions. The company also does development, administration, training and mentoring over migrations to Microsoft365.
Ed started out as a technical trainer, teaching Microsoft’s first corporate customers in the 90s how to use Windows, a mouse, and Office, but moved into consulting very early in his career. After about 15 years as an independent contractor in data architecture, ETL, and reporting, he saw an opportunity after realizing that every new customer had tales of nightmare experiences with consultants. It was clear that transparency, honesty, and clarity were rare in the business whereas they should be standard. These are now the pillars of The Lytic Group’s mission.
Ed’s current sights are set on growing his team’s practices in Microsoft365 and on the Azure Synapse data warehousing and data lake platform. Outside of work Ed spends his time with his two kids, playing his guitar and piano, and snowboarding when the season’s right.
Erick has more than 20 years of experience leading digital technology and creative design working with some of the world’s premier brands including Apple, NBC Universal, Lowe’s, Barnes & Noble, Target, and Verizon. In this time, Erick developed a passion for organizational development, including corporate leadership, communication, and teamwork. He has applied his experience and insights to found StitchDX’s Digital Workplace practice in 2017. There he leads strategy in crafting and developing transformative digital employee experiences. His approach has helped global enterprises and SMBs engage, empower and enable their employees, bringing together office-based and remote workers—even before the pandemic—with a user-centric, design thinking-based approach to discovery, design, and development. Erick resides in Massachusetts, with his wife, three children and their loyal dog Bandit.
Automating the world with UiPath’s RPA end-to-end Hyper-Automation platform. Hilel leads Presales and Customer Success operations in Middle East & Africa at UiPath. With over 12 years of experience working for leading technological organizations in the Netherlands and the Middle-East. Hilel helped numerous businesses implement and advance their digital transformation journey using Robotic Process Automation.
Kevin Boyd is a Digital Executive and internationally renowned keynote speaker in Digital Strategy and Transformations, New Ventures, FinTech, Marketplace , and Digital Marketing. He has over 25 years of experience in Financial Services and Retailing with 16 years in Digital. He has pioneered many firsts in digital and has a proven track record of taking on challenging initiatives and turning them around.
Kevin is an entrepreneurial individual who is innovative, action-oriented and achievement motivated. He is passionate about creating business strategies, driving sales. leading change, delivering on digital transformations, and launching new ventures.
Kevin has extensive International experience working in Canada, United States, Latin America, and the Caribbean and has achieved industry awards from Global Finance and Retail Banker International. He has spoken at numerous conferences on Artificial Intelligence, Customer Experience, Digital Transformations, and Innovations in Financial Services.
• Financial and Retail Transformations
• Marketplace, eCommerce and Payments (Shopify)
• Digital Sales, Onboarding and Digital Marketing
• FinTech and Digital Start-ups
• Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
• SaaS Business Models and Cloud-Native Platforms
• Back Office Operations and Contact Centre
• Lending Management Service (Mambu)
• Risk and Portfolio Management
• Personal and Business Banking, Wealth Management, and Insurance
Kevin Coleman is a seasoned professional with over 30-years focusing on forecasting and identifying the implications of emerging technology. During his career, he has worked for industry leaders such as Deloitte, CSC and Internet icon Netscape where he was Chief Strategist. He has testified before the U.S. Congress and Congressional committees, spoke at the United Nations and briefed the U.S. military and the Intelligence community on issues and opportunities related to emerging technologies. He is regularly published in The Quantum Daily (TQD) – a leading online resource dedicated exclusively to Quantum Computing. His quantum technology training program has had nearly 3,500 professionals participate in the last year and his webinar on Strategic Innovation-Keeping Pace with Change has had nearly 25,000 attendees.
Lorne Phelps is a Senior Account Executive at Powell Software skilled in Sandler Solution Selling, Enterprise Software, Partner Relationship Management, and Go-to-Market Strategy. Throughout his career, Lorne has proven himself to be highly competent in managing, negotiating, and closing large complex transactions notably in the Fortune 500 space. Lorne has a passion for leading edge technology within the Microsoft ecosystem and has been helping Enterprise organizations achieve Digital Transformation for the last eight years.
Mahesh Kommanuru is a Digital transformation expert, with focus on delivering enterprise solutions using Office 365, Azure PAAS & SharePoint. He is a seasoned Microsoft Solutions Architect with 16 years of consulting experience. He is an expert in executing migrations to Office 365, Application modernizations, SharePoint and facilitating digital transitions to Microsoft Cloud. Mahesh had opportunities working with a broad spectrum of businesses and clientele, he gained valuable expertise facilitating compliant solutions to finance, health care, pharmaceuticals and federal clients. His consultative and advisory approach to the many small, medium and large customers has won him accolades from clients and solution partners. Mahesh is a certified Microsoft Technology and passionate to stay up to date on the latest innovations in cloud, collaboration, unified communications and information management.
Marc Rouhana is the CEO at OnScreen. He was previously the Director of Product Management at Winshuttle. OnScreen guides business users to complete any process or task, no matter how complex, with simple step by step instructions directly in the business app interface It is a Digital Adoption Platform that helps business users complete any existing or newly implemented process through simple in-app contextual guides.
Dr. Mihaela Ulieru is a technology alchemist and is an innovator at the edge of the impossible. She is founder and President of the IMPACT Institute for the Digital Economy (IMPACT stands for ” Innovation Management and Policy Accelerated with Communication Technologies”), which she founded at the peak of her illustrious academic career as a consulting arm of her work aiming at policy reforms for the adoption of latest digital technologies in all areas of society and sectors of the economy. Along the way she kept inspiring and supporting young entrepreneurs – one of her first MSc students was Garret Camp, co-founder of Uber and StumbleUpon – and she currently advises several startups aiming to put the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” technologies (AI, Blockchain, IoT, AR/VR) to work to make the world a better place.
She has held and holds appointments to a plethora of advisory boards and councils, among which: the Science, Technology and Innovation Council of Canada (appointed by the Minister of Industry), the Science and Engineering Research Council of Singapore (appointed by the PM), Expert to the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Data-Driven Development where as part of her work she proposed Blockchain to be added to the Top 10 Future and Emerging Technologies.
As a thought leader Dr. Ulieru promotes the advantages of leveraging Blockchain and its potential to create equality and a fairer society through the inclusion of the 99% in the economy. As a top high tech academic researcher she spearheaded and led major multi-stakeholder programs leading the scaling-up of operations through strategic partnerships and networks in Industrial Informatics, the Future of Medicine, Self-Organizing Security, the EnergyWeb, Global Manufacturing Systems, and Sustainable Personal Living Technologies. She has authored over 200 peer-reviewed scientific articles, Keynoted over 250 events, supports several non-profits and foundations and still has time to write poetry…
Michael Lantzy is a Remote work, meeting productivity expert and the Co-Founder at Soundbyte.ai. Soundbite.ai lets you use recordings to virtualize meetings, share personal messages, team announcements, and gather collaborative feedback – on your schedule. They are helping everyday people meet better by delivering a better way to collaborate supported by technology innovation He has spent his entire adult life building enterprise software companies without ever having stepped into an office.
Michael enjoys helping those who want to be great, and discover paths to becoming uncommon.
Nitin F is a Vice President – SAP Practice at Microexcel Inc. He is a Seasoned Leader with 18+ years of IT experience including 15+ years in SAP. Nitin is a multi-faceted SAP Practitioner with skills around SAP Practice Management, SAP Solution Architecture, SAP Delivery Management, SAP Pre-Sales, Innovation & People Management.
He managed Greenfield & Brownfield Implementations, Roll-Outs, Upgrades, Migrations, Integrations, Infrastructure Uplifts, Application Support, Application Development, User Experience / UI Enhancement & other SAP Platform / Landscape related projects in the SAP ECC, Suite on HANA & S/4HANA space.
Nitin is experienced at managing Complex SAP ECC, SoH, S/4 HANA On-Premise and Cloud programs with SAP Cloud Platform, SuccessFactors and Concur Implementations.
His expertise also lies in Customer Advisory skills on IT Roadmap Planning, Hardware Sizing, Solution & Products Evaluation, Service Criticality & Business Impact Assessment, Information Security Assessment, Vendor Management & Contracts Evaluation.
Nitin is also experienced in Service Model Set-Up, Incident management, Escalations / Conflicts Management, Change & Release Management, Technical Landscape Planning, Disaster Recovery & BCP Management. He has an in-depth process understanding of Professional Services, CPG + Retail & Manufacturing Industries.
Peggy Tsai is currently Vice President of Data Solutions at BigID. BigID is an advanced AI/ML data discovery platform that helps enterprises identify and protect their customer and entity information on structured and unstructured sources. BigID is built entirely on APIs which are used to create apps for use cases related to ensuring data privacy compliance, reducing data security breaches and improving data governance.
Peggy has over 18 years of practitioner experience in data management, stewardship and governance in the financial services industry. Prior to joining BigID, she was Vice President of Data & Analytics at Morgan Stanley where she helped run the data governance program across the Wealth Management division. She held various positions at Morgan Stanley where she supported the data science teams on analytical data governance and led a project team to document data lineage and business definitions across enterprise systems in order to comply with Basel regulations. Peggy was also Data Innovation Lead in the Enterprise Data Management group at AIG. She was responsible for implementing enterprise data management practices to support Anti-Money Laundering, Solvency II and GDPR in the Latin American region and Commercial line of business. Peggy also worked at S&P Global Ratings where she held various positions in enterprise data group and technology in order to drive the value of data between the business and IT.
Peggy has a Masters in Information Systems from New York University and a Bachelors of Arts in Economics from Cornell University. In her spare time, she tweets and writes about her favorite topics including data governance, women in data and the future of fintech.
Phil is a founder and solutions architect with 13+ years of experience in Fortune 500 Enterprise IT. He leverages his experience with designing and deploying internal and customer-facing business-critical apps in the cloud and on-premises. He has also managed small teams of developers, engineers, admins, architects and operated core application infrastructure, whether email, identity, and collaboration systems. Since 2017, while learning the fundamentals of decentralized ledgers and cryptocurrencies, he has been passionate about blockchain and web3.0 technologies. A stark contrast to the centralized, closed-source platforms he worked with on a day-to-day. After learning about the PermaWeb and its decentralized storage protocol Arweave in 2018, he dove in and became a trusted community leader and subject matter expert. He recently founded ArDrive; an open-source software-development community focused on building a new kind of cloud file sync app that lets anyone pay once to store their files permanently.
Prakash Gatta MD FACS is a Board Certified & Fellowship trained Esophageal Surgeon that completed his fellowship training at the prestigious Oregon Clinic under Dr Lee Swanstrom in 2007. Since then he created the first Esophageal Surgery Service at the University of Cincinnati at his first academic appointment. After moving back to the Seattle area in 2010 he has created amongst the largest Robotic Foregut Surgery programs in the US at MultiCare Health System with the collaboration of local and regional clinical leaders and partners. Dr Gatta has pioneers technology driven delivery of surgical techniques including starting the first Single Site Surgery program (minimally invasive surgery via one small incision) in Washington State. His research interest encompasses developing new surgical instrumentation, creation of new intellectual property in this space and particularly (more recently) in the field of Artificial Intelligence with Robotic/Digital Surgery platforms. Specific areas of interest include predictive analytics, machine learning and surgical automation. He is a Key Opinion Leader (KOL) with several industry partners (including Intuitive Surgical, Verb Surgical, BD, CSATS, Ethicon and J&J).
Dr Gatta serves as a co-director of MultiCare’s Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship program. He is an active participant in several surgical societies (AFS, SAGES, ACS) where he occupies a leading teaching role in mentoring other surgeons in both Robotic, Foregut and Minimally Invasive Surgery. He continues to give back the surgical community by establishing new training pathways, teaching courses, establishing one of the only Robotic MIS fellowships in the country. He holds academic appointments at the University of Washington and at AT Still University.
Dr Gatta was raised in Kuwait and graduated from Medical School with Honors at Seth G.S. Medical College (University of Bombay) that has an excellent academic pedigree with a right history of success and is amongst the top 3 schools in India consistently.
As a recent survivor of Covid-19 he has gained national prominence given his “remarkable life arc” where he (with the incredible support of his wife and children) was able to overcome the challenges of being a former refugee, an immigrant, going through medical school and the challenges of entry into and the completion of Surgical Residency and Fellowship training in addition to overcoming the affects of this pandemic.
A highly-regarded industry thought-leader in data analytics, Piyanka Jain is an internationally acclaimed best-selling author and a frequent keynote speaker on using data-driven decision-making for competitive advantage at both corporate leadership summit as well as business conferences. At Aryng, she leads her SWAT Data Science team to solve complex business problems, develop enterprisewide Data Literacy, and deliver rapid ROI using machine learning, deep learning, and AI. Her client list includes companies like Google, Box, Here, Applied Materials, Abbott Labs, GE. As a highly-regarded industry thought leader in Data Science, she writes for publications including Forbes, Harvard Business Review, and InsideHR. Piyanka has keynoted at the following conferences Cvent Connect 2019, Microsoft Modern Workplace, American Marketing Association conferences, Predictive Analytics World, Growth Hacker TV, GigaOm, Google Analytics User Conference, EMC Big Data Conference.
TPM @ Amazon | IoT and Edge Evangelist & Speaker | Product Management | Inventor
Delivered innovative Analytics, IoT and Cloud Products over a decade. Leading IBM’s Edge Analytics (Data & AI) for Multi Cloud Environment including AWS, Azure, IBM cloud and GCP, Launched Hitachi’s IoT & Data Analytics platforms and Cisco’s Openstack cloud.
Passionate in understanding customer needs & delivering solutions that address them, excel at product strategy, technology and driving cross-functional teams in dynamic environment
Swarnabha Ghosh is a Data Scientist at Aryng. He has experience in working with advanced machine learning and deep learning algorithms, and is currently the subject matter expert at Aryng.
He has a postgraduate degree in Physics and research experience in computational physics. He likes to keep up with the latest advancements in the world of Deep Learning and Machine Learning, and incorporate them to create customer centric solutions for business problems.
Tiffany Campbell is the President of Equilibrar LLC, a consulting firm that specializes in assisting ISV’s build their presence in the channel without adding headcount by means of better integrations, furthering partner relationships and creating a stronger social media platform. She was previously the Vice President for Business Development in BeanWorks. Tiffany has worked with various sales and management profiles since the past 20 years, with a specialization in identifying, nurturing, and securing new business opportunities.
Terry Simpson is the Technical Evangelist at Nintex and is PMP certified, graduate of Marshall University with a degree in Finance and also a graduate from Frostburg State University with a master’s degree in Business Administration. He supports a variety of Enterprise platforms like SharePoint on premises, Office 365 SharePoint Online, Salesforce, Box and all of the Enterprise suite of products at Nintex. (Workflow, Forms, Document Generation, Nintex Workflow Cloud, App Studio and Hawkeye Analytics)
Terry brings a unique mixture of skills to the success of many solutions. His strong project management background and command of solutions has given him the ability to guide decision makers, design solutions, and lead implementation teams.
He is an experienced project manager, consultant, trainer and speaker. Terry has spoken at numerous SharePoint events including SP Tech Con, Nintex User Groups, SharePoint Conference.ORG, SUGDC, SUGATL, and SharePoint Saturday events around the country.
Nintex is easy, point-and-click workflow automation software to tackle everything from basic business functions to company-wide processes with a few clicks – not code – helping you improve how you work.
Ulrich Leuthner is the Chief Digital Officer and Member of the Executive Board at Performance One. He is a passionate Marketing leader and has been involved in developing new Markets and transforming Marketing organizations, orchestrating large global Marketing initiatives with geographically dispersed teams by being Customer Centric, Growth Oriented, and Agile.
His specialties lie in below areas:
Strategic planning, Marketing strategy, and Market segmentation
• Brand Marketing, Messaging and global Go-To-Market
• Launches and worldwide Marketing programs with synchronized regional Marketing tactics
• Digital Transformation of Sales and Marketing organizations
• Social media strategy and execution
• Product Marketing and Portfolio Marketing.
Vadim Tabakman is Director of Presales at Nintex, and is primarily a Software Engineer, in a wide variety of business applications. He is particularly interested in client/server, SharePoint, MS-SQL C#, and C++ development.
Although reinventing the wheel is frowned upon in development, sometimes Vadim find that building a tool that already exists helps in understanding how it works, and also allows you to improve on it.
He specializes in Software Design and Development. Primarily, in the .NET environment but with many years of C++ skills, and various other languages.
Vadim has also been involved in development for SharePoint, Gaming, Electronic Form (printing/design software) and IT Security sectors.