Oracle OpenWorld Europe speakers are the innovators, disruptors and thought leaders of tomorrow. From a former number two at United Nations, digital anthropologist, a pioneer in the mobile and data analytics industries, authors, futurists and many more, OpenWorld Europe brings you together with leading experts to discover your tomorrow, today.
Chief Executive Officer, OracleKeynote
Mark Hurd is chief executive officer of Oracle Corporation and a member of the company's board of directors. He joined Oracle in 2010, bringing more than 30 years of technology industry leadership, computer hardware expertise, and executive management experience to his role with the company. Hurd is also a member of the Baylor University Board of Regents.
Executive Vice President,
Database Server Technologies, Oracle
Andrew Mendelsohn is executive vice president for database server technologies at Oracle. He is responsible for the development and product management of Oracle’s family of database products, including Oracle Database, Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database, Oracle Berkeley DB, and Oracle NoSQL Database. In addition, Mendelsohn is also responsible for Oracle Database Cloud services including Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse Cloud and Oracle Autonomous OLTP Database Cloud, and for engineered systems such as Oracle Exadata Database Machine, Oracle Database Appliance, Oracle Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance, and Oracle Big Data Appliance.
Mendelsohn has been at Oracle since 1984. He began his career at Oracle as a developer on Release 5.1 of Oracle Database. Prior to joining Oracle, he worked at HP and ESVEL.
Mendelsohn holds a BSE in electrical engineering and computer science from Princeton University and performed graduate work in computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Comedian, Actor, AuthorKeynote
Born in Yemen in 1962, British comedian Eddie Izzard found inspiration in Monty Python's Flying Circus.
He worked in street theatre and comedy clubs before becoming nationally known through videos of his stand-up act. In 2000 he won two Emmy Awards for Eddie Izzard: Dressed to Kill. Other shows include One Word Improv (1997), Glorious (1997), and Sexie (2003). Izzard also appeared in film and TV
Former Deputy Secretary-General, United NationsKeynote
Lord Mark Malloch Brown is a former number two in the United Nations as well as having served in the British Cabinet and Foreign Office. He is active both in business and in the non-profit world, and also remains deeply involved in international affairs. He is currently Chairman of SGO and its elections division Smartmatic, a leading elections technology company. He is on the Boards of Investec and Seplat, which are listed on the London as well as Johannesburg and Lagos stock markets respectively. He is also on the board of Kerogen, an oil and gas private equity fund. He is Co-chair of a new Global Commission on Business and Sustainable Development.
US Managing Editor, Financial TimesKeynote
Credited as one of the few people who warned of the global financial crisis, Gillian Tett is the US Managing Editor of the Financial Times having previously covered markets and finance for the paper. A social anthropologist by training, Gillian worked extensively in Soviet-influenced Central Asia and eventually became Tokyo Bureau Chief for the FT. She later became deputy head of the influential Lex column. She was appointed the US Managing Editor, then worked as an assistant editor and columnist before returning to her US posting. In the years immediately before the financial crisis, Gillian applied her academic ethnographic research skills to the investment bank JP Morgan.
She discovered a corporate culture the rejected outside interference which led to the creation of complex financial instruments that few people understood. She concluded that the culture and those instruments could lead to a collapse.
Despite her findings being fatefully ignored, Gillian published Fool’s Gold: How unrestrained greed corrupted a dream, shattered global markets and unleashed a catastrophe just after the crisis exploded. Widely acclaimed and respected, it won the Spear’s Financial Book of the Year. Gillian was also the recipient of several prestigious journalism prizes, including the British Academy President’s Medal, the British Press Awards’ Columnist of the Year, and the Wincott Prize.
Whilst continuing her work at the FT and commentating in the media more generally, Gillian has expanded on some of the areas covered in Fool’s Gold in her book The Silo Effect: Why putting everything in its place isn’t such a bright idea. She highlights how organisational insularity doesn’t just stifle innovation, but can also lead to a blindness to problems that can bring down entire companies.
Data Scientist and FuturistKeynote
Inma Martinez is a pioneer in the mobile and data analytics industries since the 2000s, Fortune and TIME have described Inma Martinez as one of Europe’s top talents in social engagement through technology, Red Herring ranked her among the top 40 women in technology, and FastCompany labelled her a "firestarter". After her career in Telecoms heading IP services strategy for Cable & Wireless in the 1990s, Inma was part of the core data team that created one of the first A.I. systems to personalise in real time the mobile WAP portals of the main European mobile operators and media companies. Her second company, Visual Radio Oy (Finland) was the pioneer of visual and music streaming on mobile devices.
Futurologist Mark Stevenson is an author, broadcaster and expert on global trends and innovation. He is one of the world’s most respected thinkers on the interplay of technology and society, helping a diverse mix of clients to become future literate and adapt their cultures and strategy to squarely face the questions the future is asking them.
His key skill is his ability to take complex or abstract concepts and make them understandable by non-specialists without trivialising the subject matter.
He is the author of two best-selling books, An Optimist's Tour of the Future and the award-winning We Do Things Differently: the outsiders rebooting our world.
Mark’s advisory roles include Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Earth Challenge, the policy and regulation division of the GSMA, future-literacy hub Atlas of the Future, music industry re-boot The Rattle and being resident futurist at The National Theatre of Scotland.
Digital Anthropologist and StrategistKeynote
Rahaf Harfoush is a Strategist, Digital Anthropologist, and Best-Selling Author who focuses on the intersections between emerging technology, innovation, and digital culture. Formerly, Rahaf was the Associate Director of the Technology Pioneer Programme at the World Economic Forum in Geneva where she helped identify disruptive-startups that were improving the state of the world. Rahaf is the founder of Red Thread Inc., Think Tank and Special Projects Agency that supports organizations in transforming digital trends into strategic opportunities. She teaches “Innovation & Emerging Business Models” at Sciences Po’s MBA program in Paris. She was recognized a top future thinker by the Hay Literary Festival and as a Young Global Shaper by the G20 Think Tank Summit. Rahaf is also named a Young Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum and a Rising Talent by the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society.
Presenter and FuturistKeynote
Jason Bradbury is best known for presenting The Gadget Show, both in the UK and US. He has also worked as a presenter and producer on BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky. Away from the studio he is also a lecturer on the University of Lincoln’s Computer Science and Product Design courses. With huge enthusiasm, a constant flow of ideas, Jason takes a whirlwind tour of the history of technology, how we got to where we are, how the pace of change is increasing, and where we might be in years to come. He explores themes such as the exponential advance in digital technology and how computers will be so integral to the world around us they will cease to be seen as an object in themselves. Having visited some of the companies and campuses at the cutting edge, he reveals who is changing the world and how. As well as being a student of all things tech, Jason also builds things, from hoverboards to robots to mind-reading devices and frequently illustrates his presentations with them, surprising and engaging audiences as well making them think. He combines a breathless passion for technology and the future with genuine insight and understanding of where the latest developments might come from and how they work.
Director, Eurasia Group Geo-Technology Practice
Kevin is the Director of Eurasia Group’s Geo-Technology practice, and help clients understand how rapid innovation is reshaping relationships among states, citizens, and non-state groups. He analyzes how these changes will affect companies, investors, and governments. Kevin also contributes to Signal, Eurasia Group's newsletter on geopolitics.
Kevin started his career at the Financial Times in London and then wrote for the newspaper from New York and San Francisco, where he covered Silicon Valley. He later worked in global equity sales at UBS and as a columnist at Reuters. Kevin holds a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from the University of Missouri and a master's degree in public policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, where he focused on science and technology policy. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Vienna, Austria, and a 2015 Journalism Fellow in Complex Systems Science at the Santa Fe Institute.
Technology Europe and Intelligent Platform Services Lead, AccentureKeynote
Yves Bernaert is currently leading Accenture Technology in Europe (40,000 professionals) and in charge of Intelligent Platform Services globally (SAP, Oracle, Microsoft, Salesforce and other Cloud Based Solution). He is a member of Accenture's Global Leadership Council, Accenture Technology's Global Management Committee and Accenture Gallia's Leadership Council and conference speaker on many industry, Technology and innovation topics. As sponsor of Accenture's Inclusion & Diversity Program, Yves is committed to building and fostering a team that respects diversity and achieves gender equality by 2025.
He has extensive experience shepherding large transformation projects involving deployment of technology solutions that create value and competitive advantages for our clients. Currently, Yves is focused on delivering "New IT," to outperform in a software-driven, cloud-first, blockchained and quantum computing world.
Partner, Disruption Lead, PwC United KingdomKeynote
Leo Johnson is Head of PwC's Disruption practice. He explores the big ideas that will shape business and society in the years to come and considers how the world might respond.
Johnson’s expertise spans revolutions in energy and transport to predictive policing and an end to language barriers. As the co-founder of Sustainable Finance, he specialises in mapping out unexploded volcanoes – charting the collisions of megatrends that are going to create seismic disruption. Earlier in his career, Johnson joined the World Bank as a Resource Economist before co-founding the boutique advisory firm Sustainable Finance, since acquired by PwC Group.
He also co-presents BBC Radio 4's flagship series FutureProofing, exploring the big ideas and innovations reshaping business and society. He sifts through the noise of exponential technology to tell us what is actually going to affect us and what is simply hype.
Johnson is also a Visiting Business Fellow at Oxford University's Smith School of Enterprise & the Environment.
Partner, Grant Thornton UK LLP
Mark O’Sullivan is the Practice Leader for Enterprise Applications for Grant Thornton in the UK. He has over 17 years’ experience working with clients to plan for and deliver transformative improvements in business performance, enabled through technology. During his career, Mark has taken on a number of interim CFO and FD roles helping those companies achieve stability through month-end close, drive enhanced and accelerated planning processes, and drive improved insights through business intelligence and analytics. These experiences have been critical in shaping an advisory style that focuses on practical recommendations, working collaboratively with client teams to transfer knowledge, experience and tools in order to deliverable sustainable value.
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, GapSquare
Zara Nanu is the CEO and co-founder of Gapsquare, a leading provider of pay transparency; gender and ethnicity pay gap analysis. Gapsquare is a member of the Oracle Global Start-up Ecosystem, Oracle’s program for innovators and start-ups worldwide. Zara is an expert on how diversity and inclusion can shape more dynamic and productive teams and a more engaging and empowering workplace. She is an entrepreneur who believes business can generate social impact as well as revenues and profits. She is not a talker – she is a doer.
Chief Executive Officer, Datafox
Bastiaan is the CEO and Co-Founder of DataFox, a company intelligence platform that provides sales, marketing and investing teams with the insights they need to identify new business opportunities.
Prior to DataFox, Bastiaan worked as a Growth Equity Investor in Goldman Sachs'Special Situations Group in London.
Chief Executive Officer, Charles Taylor InsureTech Limited
Jason is the chief executive of Charles Taylor InsureTech, the technology division of Charles Taylor plc, established to help insurance businesses drive change through the delivery of technology-enabled solutions.
Jason has over 15 years’ experience in the Technology Sector and joined Charles Taylor from KPMG, where he was a leader in the Advisory Practice, helping FTSE 100 organisations drive business value through digital innovation. Prior to this, he led Transformation and Infrastructure Outsourcing for Atos.
Specialisms include tech-enabled business transformation, digital innovation and data driven decision-making.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, YellowDog
He is spearheading YellowDog’s vision to build a world where people do more, create more, discover more; unleashed from limited computing power. Gareth launched breakthrough products in companies like Orange, Experian, and Arieso before having a conversation with a friend in a coffee shop about whether the processors in mobile phones could be put to use whilst its owners slept. After that, Gareth developed the idea for YellowDog.
Today, YellowDog helps business and enterprises process enormous amounts of data using public cloud or under-utilised computing power on-premise. When not solving problems and building products, Gareth is a dad, a keen cyclist, and an ardent reader.
Chief Executive Officer, Optima
Jacob Lopez is a sounded technology entrepreneur and experienced technology expert. In 1999, Jacob founded a software company called Jacsys Microsistemas developing integral solutions for the retail industry. In 2010, Jacob was appointed IT Director in charge of Technology by the International Bookmaker Stan James and in 2012; Jacob was appointed Group CIO at Stan James. In 2012, Jacob founded OPTIMA Gaming, today supplying one of the leading Software Platforms for the Gaming and Sports Betting Industry Worldwide, OPTIMA Multichannel Gaming Suite.
Jacob's background is technology: Full stack developer Certified Systems Engineer in Microsoft Windows and Red Hat Linux. J2EE Architect, Certified Weblogic Specialist Data Architect Enterprise Architect, certified by EACOA MBA.
Chief Executive Officer, Interactive ScientificKeynote
Dr Becky Sage is an award-winning CEO with over 10 years of experience in science and business. She leads Interactive Scientific, who design immersive solutions for scientific visualisation, collaboration and experimentation in the education and pharmaceutical markets. Sage was named one of 2018 London Tech Week’s 30 Change Makers to watch, as well as being recognised as a 2016 Innovate UK Infocus awards winner, finalist for 2016 WISE Tech Start-Up Award and Regional Finalist for HSBC Forward Ladies Award 2017.
Chief Executive Officer, Association of Professional Sales
Andrew spent 25 years in all various sales roles as he progressed through his career, covering the disciplines of Field Sales in Retail, High Net Worth Banking Sales at Lloyds, Business Banking Sales with Barclays, Sales Finance with GE Capital & Sun Microsystems, followed by a range of roles in EMC including individual contributor, Sales manager and director, and latterly VP Sales and Service EMEA for EMCs core business.
Prior to his leadership role as VP with a $2B annual budget, Andrew held the role of Director Sales Operations, which encompassed Sales Transformation, Sales Enablement and Training for EMEA and Sales Operations.
During that four year period Andrew lead the transformation of the Sales Teams from Product Based Sales, to Solution Sales, using a range of in-house and external tools, which focused on improving the conversations with customers, raising the level of customer engagement and creating the skills for value creation and challenger sales engagements. This produced increase in average engagement size and improved portfolio and solution engagement, with higher win rate, which was audited using external support.
Andrew is passionate about sales and its professionalism and works as CEO in the fast expanding Association Of professional Sales. He is married to Alison, Global Chair at EY, and they have two children, dividing their time between London and Hampshire. He enjoys sailing, cycling, photography and movies.
Chief Executive, CCA
Anne Marie is a regular speaker on customer experience, both in the UK and internationally. She is committed to improved professionalism, is passionate about customer service, and is convinced of the need for organisations to leverage their potential to achieve competitive advantage and customer service excellence.
A graduate from University of Strathclyde Anne Marie commenced her career as a student chartered accountant with Coopers and Lybrand. From there she worked in product development and international senior marketing roles in Phillips and Johnson and Johnson Healthcare.
In 1996 whilst an executive director at Network Scotland she helped create CCA where as CEO she has grown the organisation successfully to become recognised as a leader in its sphere of influence.
Chief Information Officer, Galliford Try
Mark Cotton is the CIO of Galliford Try a FTSE 250 house building and construction group.
Mark has been responsible for a number of major change programmes at Galliford Try, including their ERP implementation that facilitated a drive to transform a process diverse organisation.
Previously to Galliford Try Mark was the IS Director at Volume House Builder, Taylor Wimpey and was the CIO for BDP a global architecture & engineering firm. He has experience of the automotive industry and the software development industry. Having graduated with a Civil Engineering degree Mark gained a MBA from Warwick Business School in 2008.
Chief Information Officer, AWE
Tony is responsible for AWE’s sizeable technology change portfolio that is focused on modernizing and bringing new capability to AWE. The information and technology agenda is substantial and will be a key enabler in how AWE transforms for the future and creates the modern working environment that AWE needs going forward.
The CIO is also accountable for all aspects of security at AWE; physical, personnel and information security. The AWE security department delivers a market leading, agile and integrated security system that is capable of countering a threat, whatever its origins, to protect AWE and ensure the defence of the UK's strategic nuclear deterrent.
Prior to joining AWE, Tony was the Business Transformation Director at the Musgrave Group, a privately-owned company that operates in the food retail and wholesale sectors with annual revenues of approximately €5Bn. He was responsible for all information exploitation, technology as well as the transformation of business processes across the group. Before that he was CIO at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office where he was a Board member and led a series of transformation initiatives.
Chief Information Officer, FLSmidth
Mads Madsbjerg Hansen is CIO in FLSmidth which is a global supplier of products, services and projects to the cement and mining industry. He has broad experience with IT projects and operations from global companies like Carlsberg and Maersk.
FLSmidth is in a company that has grown through acquisitions and where there is a strong tradition for decentral management close to our customers all over the world. Mads will talk about how we in this environment have fund the right fit between culture, business strategy and deployment of ERP and Cloud Solutions
Chief Technology Officer, ShieldIO
Simon Bain, A recognized leader in the IT industry for over 20 years, known for developing award-winning security & search applications, including an innovative parallel processing search engine. Simon has worked with leading banks to implement on-line banking platforms and payment processing systems, created the first online voting application to be granted security clearance for use on interactive digital TV in the UK and Contributed to building the XML SWIFT Document Type Definition (DTD) Standards for payment processing and on-line banking platforms.
Simon is a Published author on security and E-Voting and holds 6 security patents, 4 advanced search patents with 4 AI, NLU and Security Patents Pending.
Chief Technology Officer, Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge
Kausik Munsi is Chief Technology Officer for the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge, BAMF). He is an enthusiast in modern technologies such as cloud, micro-services, blockchain, big data, predictive analytics and more. Since 2001 he has invested his deep experience in complex projects at the Federal Office.
In 2016 he was honoured with an Oracle Excellence Award at OpenWorld San Francisco for the Federal Office's project ASYL Online. ASYL Online is a central integration platform, which creates a smooth data exchange not only for fast and mobile registration of refugees but also a connection to the systems of other federal and state authorities.
Chief Information Officer, EGGO Kitchen
A long experience in a consulting company brought to Philippe the ability to solve complex business projects. Moreover, Philippe has gained a strong experience in the fields of IT Master Plan and Enterprise Architecture. As Head of PMO within the IT organization of a Belgian insurance company, he actively contributed to the rollout of projects fully in scope with the corporate strategy.
Today, as CIO of EGGO, the player in the top 3 on the retail Belgian kitchen market, Philippe combines his know-how to ensure that both the software and the hardware architectures are in line with the EGGO's ambitious digital transformation initiative.
Global Chief Information Officer, Amplifon
Gabriele Chiesa, Global Chief Information Officer at Amplifon is a key member of the company’s Global Executive Leadership Team. He and his team ensure effective and efficient implementation processes transforming the IT organization into a business enabler for Amplifon, a worldwide leader in engineering and selling hearing aid devices through direct retail channels and franchise stores.
He previously covered roles in IT development as well as communication and marketing in Vodafone and ENI Oil & Gas.
Consulting Chief Information Officer, Camden Councill
Omid Shiraji has held CIO and senior technology leadership roles in the private, public, and third sectors. Omid is a member of the Mayor of London’s Smart London Board and is currently setting up the London Office of Technology and Innovation. Omid's passion lies in using data and technology to disrupt traditional ways of working and developing the talent needed in IT for the digital age.
Chief Technical Officer, DAZN Group
Florian joined Perform in 2014 after the merger of Opta into the Perform Group, now called DAZN Group. Florian oversees the management of DAZN's technology portfolio, comprised of development, IT services and video architecture. DAZN Group is home to DAZN, the world's first pure sport live and on-demand streaming service. Florian previously worked at imp where he was Managing Director and Chief Technology Officer before selling the company in 2000. He then went on to be Managing Director at Fairplay Productions prior to joining Opta in 2006 where he was Chief Technical Officer and Chief Operating Officer. Florian has a BA equivalent EE.
Chief Insight Officer & Caldicott Guardian, NHS Business Services Authority
Nina has been working with data for more than 20 years. She has a wealth of experience in driving value from big (gish) data and developing strategies to optimise the insight available from data. Recent projects include the creation of a data science lab and the delivery of a cloud based business intelligence solution for NHS organisations accessing primary care prescription information.
She will be talking about the valuable insights for the wider NHS and patients that have been discovered within NHSBSA data such as tackling antimicrobial resistance and risk from unsafe prescribing.
Chief Marketing Officer, Mutua Madrid OpenKeynote
Javier Garcia, CMO of Mutua Madrid Open and Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open. Licensed by ESIC in "Commercial Management & Marketing". With more than 10 years of experience in the sports sector, developing his professional career oriented to Marketing, going through companies of great popularity Orange and Promarsa Marketing and Associates or Futbol Indoor Events.
Multilingual product developer (English, French and Spanish) with a great knowledge of the sports sector and business development.
Chief Marketing Officer, BrightTALK
David Pitta is the CMO at BrightTALK and has 20+ years’ experience growing businesses with innovative go-to-market strategies. He's spent the last 15 years in the webinar and video technology market, and the last decade leading BrightTALK's marketing for connecting 7+ million professionals and businesses together to learn and grow. He has been at the intersection of technology, data, and machine learning for informing go-to-market strategies for the last 5 years. David oversees a global marketing function leveraging BrightTALK's content and demand marketing platform for customer acquisition and business growth.
Head of Financial Services, London Borough of Lewisham
Selwyn is the Head of Financial Services and the Senior Responsible Owner (SRO) for the Oracle Cloud programme at the London Borough of Lewisham. He is responsible for co-ordinating and delivering service budget support to Council directorates, ensuring the delivery and monitoring of the Council's financial strategy within the directorates. He also has responsibility for the Council's pensions and payroll functions. His varied role involves working closely with Members, Chief Officers and external partners to provide support and advice to ensure that decision makers make the best use of taxpayer money. As the Oracle Cloud SRO, he is responsible for ensuring the successful delivery of the fully integrated Oracle Cloud programme.
Selwyn is a qualified chartered management accountant with more than 20 years’ experience working in local government in a variety of finance roles and is also a board director on two wholly owned companies of Lewisham Council.
Head of Database Department, CERN Openlab
Eric Grancher leads the database services group in the CERN IT department – supporting databases related to mission critical assets such as particle accelerator and experiments events that supports CERN’s infrastructure and research. Since joining CERN in 1996, Eric assumed responsibilities in IT to work on RAC application scalability with Real Application Cluster, storage scalability for databases as well as high-availability architectures.
Prior to joining CERN, he graduated as engineer at the French school “Telecom ParisTech” and with an MSc at “Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon”. Eric has been an OakTable member since April 2005 and has specific interest in database applications and performance. Eric is a frequent speaker at industry events and Oracle community forums to share his vision, strategy and experience in managing and driving unique databases.
Data Analytics Scientist, CERN Openlab
Manuel's career has been focused on supporting large scientific collaborations through technological innovation. At CERN, as part of the Beams and Information Technology Departments and the openlab collaboration, he has led critical data-management, big data and machine-learning initiatives, which have helped to improve the operations and control of largest and most complex scientific instrument ever built (CERN’s LHC).
In addition, he has collaborated with NASA-JPL, Fermilab (U.S. Dept. of Energy) and GSI, among others. He has contributed, as a guest lecturer, to Executive Programs at ESADE Business School, and has advised companies such as Oracle, BMW, Caixa, Gassco, ENI and UPS.
Global Director of Digital Marketing, Pirelli
Davide Alemani is the Global Director of Digital Marketing at Pirelli. A professional with over 15 years of experience in digital marketing and communication, as well as online media, mobile marketing, e-commerce with experiences as a copywriter and journalist. He is currently leading the digital transformation and the digital marketing strategies of one of the most famous brands in the world, and leader in the tire manufacturing industry.
Previously he covered the role of Head of Digital innovation, Social Media and Mobile at Ferrari where he was leading the creation and execution of all the new digital products and the social media strategy.
In 2018, he has been the content of two Markie Awards: Modern Marketing Leader of the Year and Rapid Transformation.
Director of Global Innovation, MovemberKeynote
Dan Cooper is in charge of Global Innovation. Dan has more than a decade of international experience in communications, sponsorship, business development, CSR and brand marketing, working with some of the world’s most recognized brands and entertainment platforms.
Metis Program Director, Home Office
Nick McGrath is responsible for the Home Office’s Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning System and Shared Services, supporting HR, Finance and Procurement for c 33,000 staff in the Home Office and the Disclosure and Barring Service.
Nick also leads the Home Office’s migration to the Oracle Cloud. The Home Office is the pathfinder for central government organizations moving to the Oracle cloud, as part of the Government Shared Services strategy, and successfully rolled out Finance, Purchase to Pay and Expenses management in Oracle Cloud across the organization in December 2018. HR and payroll are due to go live in 2019.
Before joining the Civil Service Nick originally trained as a lawyer, but somehow ended up leading business change projects for a large multinational consultancy, and working as an independent contractor managing HR and Finance Shared Services projects
Head of Group IT and Digital Transformation, ENAV S.p.A.
Mauro Giancaspro is the Head of Group IT and Digital Transformation at ENAV S.p.A., the Italian Air Navigation Service Provider, a post held since October, 2018. He has held several management positions since coming to ENAV in 2002, including roles as the Responsible of the Competence Center ERP from 2002 to 2005, the Head of the Aeronautical Operational Information System Department from 2006 to 2012, the Head of the Program Management Office in 2013 and the Head of IT Department from 2014 to 2018.
Before joining ENAV, he worked for 5 years in Oracle on many ERP Large Projects in Italy and across Europe. He earned a Bachelor degree in Computer Science from the University of Bari in 1996.
Head of Strategy & Architecture, Wolseley
Sean is a PMP qualified professional, he joined Wolseley UK in 2008, following more than two decades of international experience defining and delivering technology driven transformation programmes for manufacturing and supply chain organisations. Wolseley UK is the UK operating company of Ferguson plc, the world’s leading specialist distributor of plumbing and heating products. Sean has held varied IT leadership roles at Wolseley; his main focus now is supporting its technology investment programmes in supply chain and logistics, customer service and e-commerce.
Corporate Center, Group HR and Head of People Insight Adoption & Change Management, AXA
10+ years’ experience, mostly in communications and change management in large companies. I have also spent 2 years as Chief of Staff to AXA Assistance CEO, which has been a step change in developing my approach of stakeholder management and sponsorship in any project and decision-making process.
Since end of 2017, I have taken the responsibility of Head of Adoption & Change Management for HRIS and People Insight topics at AXA. As we have now reached a large scale of deployment, my challenge is to accompany the change in terms of solutions continuous improvement, both from an end-user and HR expert perspectives.
IT, HR Solutions and Core HR & Absence Management Solutions Lead, AXA
10 years of experience in Human Resources and IT, particularly to support international firms in their digital transformation. Among others experiences, I contributed to define and implement Core HR solutions and implementing digital features in multicultural environments and in organizations which are facing strategic challenges. Since 2017, I am the Core HR & Absence Management Solutions Lead in charge of steering project portfolio and product activities management of Core HR & Absence solutions at AXA
Head of HR Innovation and Technology, Cabinet Office
Zoe is Head of HR Innovation and Technology at Civil Service HR. Zoe has worked in the Cabinet Office since 2015, collaborating with all UK government organisations on strategic HR,technology and service design; before that she was an HR Business Partner in the DWP. Zoe is a Chartered Member of the CIPD. Zoe holds the pen on the Civil Service 'Global HR Design' and is the cross-Government HR lead on the Shared Services Strategy for Government.
Vascular Surgeon, Senior Lecturer, Clinical Advisor, Manchester University Trust
Naseer is a vascular surgeon based at Manchester University Foundation Trust, UK. He performs the full range of vascular procedures but specialises in complex ultra-distal hybrid revascularisations of the lower limb, particularly the diabetic foot. He is part of the specialist multi-disciplinary lower limb preservation team that has reduced major amputations by 23% within three years at his institution. His award winning research is health inequalities surrounding lower limb amputations and he, for the first time, described regional, gender and ethnic inequalities across England. He also highlighted that half of all amputations performed in England are in patients who do not have diabetes. He is currently heading up the MARS project (Manchester Amputation Reduction Strategy) which is redesigning community vascular services across Greater Manchester and incorporating them with hospital, public health and social care services. He is also part of the team developing the National Ulcer Strategy for England.
Programme Director, HK Lab
Mathias Askholm is the Programme Director for HK Lab. In 2017 Danish trade union HK became the first trade union in the world to establish an external innovation lab. Using design methods Mathias and his team is transforming a 120-year-old trade union through new digital offerings and business models.
IT Director of Business Processes Excellence, Ceragon
Tamir Lahat is the IT Director of Business Processes Excellence at Ceragon Networks Ltd. Tamir has spent the last 15 years in various global companies leading Applications teams, Business Transformations and Implementation Projects in the areas of Order to Cash, Procure to Pay, Sales and Services.
He is currently focusing on Ceragon’s IT Applications Journey to the Cloud, while acting as a trusted IT Business Partner to the Operations, Sales and Services Management.
Recently Tamir led Ceragon’s first, Oracle ERP Cloud implementation for their Romania’s entity as part of Ceragon’s Journey to Cloud.
Delivery Programme Director, Stepstone UK
Nick Winwright is the Delivery Programme Director at StepStone UK. A professional with over 15 years of experience in product delivery in both the online recruitment and energy sectors. Nick has recently implemented Oracle CPQ and Oracle Commerce Cloud within StepStone UK and is now looking into how integrating the systems will open up new opportunities for customers. When Nick is not focused on product enhancements, he works with his team on improving the agile delivery capabilities at StepStone.
Group Financial Controller, Scottish Water
Brian joined Scottish Water in 2002 just after its formation. Brian is also a director of Scottish Water Horizons Ltd ( a company focussed on growing Scottish Water’s non-regulated commercial activities) and Scottish Water International Ltd ( a company developing opportunities in the water industry internationally).
Brian joined Scottish Water from Scottish and Southern Energy plc where he held the post of Group Financial Controller following the merger of Scottish Hydro-Electric plc and Southern Electric plc to form Scottish and Southern Energy plc in 1998. Prior to this he worked in senior roles on projects which included the privatization of the North of Scotland Hydro-electric Board to form Scottish Hydro-Electric plc.
Lead Architect Future Technology, BAE Systems
Andrew Gordon is Lead Architect Future Technology for BAE SYSTEMS Air. His career spans over 30 years working in engineering, technology and information systems. While at BAE SYSTEMS Andrew has worked on programmes including Tornado, Typhoon, F-35, Type 45 and QEC. In his current role Andrew is focused on research and development of information technologies to support BAE SYSTEMS digital strategy, with a specific focus on Industrial Internet of Things, Integrated Vehicle Health Management, Analytics & AI, Digital Twin and System Architectures.
Principal Data Engineer, Aviva
Niall Scott is the Principal Data Engineer within Aviva’s data science department Quantum. He has spent the last 15 years working with data through engineering and architecture to drive forward data strategies. While at Aviva Niall has worked on Oracle Data Warehousing, Product Development, Operations, Security and Architecture. Today spends most of his time looking at Data Lakes, Machine Learning and emerging technologies to further develop Aviva’s digital strategy.
Blockchain Architect, AMIS
Robert is a integration developer at heart and one of the expertise leads on Integration, Blockchain and IoT at AMIS. He is a respected author, speaker at (international) conferences and is a frequent blogger on the AMIS Technology blog, the Oracle Technology Network, and participates in OTN ArchBeat Podcasts. Robert is a member of the board of the Dutch Oracle User Group (nlOUG) and also organises meetups. In 2017, Robert was named Oracle Developer Champion, but also hold the Oracle ACE title, for his contributions to the community. He is co-author of the first Oracle PaaS book published, which was published in January 2017. His fascination for technology had led to the research of Blockchain and recently published a book about it called Blockchain across Oracle.
International CRM Manager, Norwegian Air Shuttle
Cecilie is International CRM Manager at Norwegian Air Shuttle and the owner and subject-matter expert of the CRM channels and strategy across all markets and business units. Cecilie has worked in Norwegian since 2017, before that she was Head of Marketing for Hafslund Strøm, the largest utility provider in Norway. She has broad experience in marketing and CRM, and are dedicated to optimise the use of data, prediction and personalisation within the organisation to provide customers with a personalised experience.
Norwegian Air Shuttle is the world's fifth largest low-cost airline operating 500 routes to 150 destinations in Europe, North Africa, Middle East, Thailand, Caribbean, the U.S and South America. In 2017, Norwegian carried around 33 million passengers. Norwegian has almost 10,000 employees and a modern, environmentally friendly fleet of more than 150 aircraft with an average age of 3.7 years.
Research Associate, Industrial Organization and Microeconomics, WHU, Otto Beisheim School of Management
Wilhelm is a research associate in the Department for Industrial Organization and Microeconomics at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management. His research interests focus on the role of technology in competitive strategy and organizational performance, especially big data analytics and artificial intelligence. He joined WHU as a doctoral candidate and holds degrees from the London School of Economics and CEMS.
Customer Access Manager, Calderdale Council
Public Service Leader in Local Government for 13 years currently in the role of Customer Access Manager at Calderdale Council. Responsibility for the activities of all customer access channels as well as lead responsibility for Digital Transformation of Customer Services managing the coordination and lead of projects and working with services across the council to ensure the transformation delivers required outcomes. Recognized internally and externally as a thought-leader and as someone who delivers value for money without compromising the customer experience.
IT Portfolio Manager, Allianz Partners
Mr. Peter Woehr joined Allianz, one of the world largest insurance companies, in 2016 as Program and Portfolio Manager in the BI & Big Data pillar located in the internal IT provider entity of this insurance group. His previous appointments have ranged from Investment Manager at a Munich-based VC company, co-founder of a consultancy specializing in the field of SPI (software process improvement), and Chief Security Officer (CSO) for Germany’s largest broadband provider, and has involved projects worldwide at various locations mainly in Germany, Austria, France, UK, CEE regions, USA, China, Japan, India and Israel.
Architect, Certified Weblogic Specialist Data Architect Enterprise Architect, certified by EACOA MBA.
Head of HR Operations & Technology, Sainsbury's
Elaine’s career in HR spans over 25 years, and has always been in retail. She has held senior positions across a number of global retailers, and is now the Head of HR Operations & Technology at Sainsbury’s. Leading a team of almost 300 HR colleagues, Elaine is responsible for a broad range of foundational HR operational services across the Sainsbury’s Group as well as the HR technology strategy and landscape. She has recently been responsible for leading and landing a complete transformation of HR systems at Sainsbury’s with Oracle. Elaine sits as a member of the Sainsbury’s Group HR Leadership team.
Manager Global HR Systems and Processes, Skanska
Annika is globally responsible for HRIS in Skanska since 2012 and I have been the system owner primarily for the two global HR systems that we have in Skanska-our performance and talent management system Skanska Talent (Oracle HCM) and our talent acquisition system Skanska Recruit (Oracle Taleo). I am responsible for the maintenance and the development of our global systems and I lead a team of seven system and report administrators. In my role, I bridge gaps between global/local and IT/HR.
During 2017 and 2018, I have owned the Global Oracle HCM implementation project. We created a Global Oracle Core HR system, which our US Business Unit use as their HRIS and in doing so; we ensured that in future any of our other Business units could also use the system. At the same time, we moved our performance management system from Taleo to Oracle HCM Performance and Talent Management.
Before this, I managed the pre-study, procurement and global implementation of the Taleo system for talent acquisition and performance management in Skanska (in 2010-2011).
Consulting Chief Information Officer, Camden Councill
Richard is Human Resources Director & HR Transformation Leader with proven expertise in delivering best in class HR solutions through major transformation programs, capability development, organisational change and as a business partner, notably for Credit Suisse.
Systems Account, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust
Peter has been working within the NHS for 28 years after a number of years in Private Finance. He first became involved with Oracle when the Trusts at Lancaster, Barrow and Kendal merged in 1998 when the Barrow Trust were using Oracle Financials 10.5 with upgrades to 10.7 later that year and eventually 11i in 2000 which Peter project managed.
The Trust has been at the forefront of NHS Oracle implementations, being the first independent Trust to take 11i and was the first NHS Trust to move to Fusion Financials. It was one of the first Trusts to implement Oracle Assets (11i) and I-Procurement and many of our integrations with Oracle and other NHS Clinical systems have.
The Trust went live with Oracle Fusion on 1st April 2017 and Peter was heavily involved in the project, especially around the data cleanse and transfer from the old Oracle 11i.
Lead, Open Call Competition team, The Defence and Security Accelerator
As Open Call lead, Gabriella is tasked with shaping the strategy for Open Call Innovation funding in order to make it as easy as possible for SMEs, universities and other research organisations to apply and successfully achieve funding for their defence and security innovations. Gabriella works with Defence and Security departments and agencies across government to supply funding for innovative technology that will in turn aid UK prosperity. Prior to work at DASA, Gabriella worked at Enterprise Europe Network supporting SMEs and universities to build international collaborations and apply for funding through Innovate UK and the EU.
Gabriella has also worked in an array of other roles including digital project manager for tech start up and as a trade adviser in Belgium for the Department for International Trade.
Senior Vice President,Technology and Systems, Oracle Europe, Middle East, and AfricaKeynote
Andrew Sutherland is Senior Vice President of Systems & Technology for Oracle Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) & Asia Pacific (APAC). He is responsible for growing Oracle’s EMEA market share in these key business areas. In this role he develops business strategies and manages competence in Oracle’s technology and systems offerings across the region. He is also responsible for the interaction with Oracle’s product development teams.Sutherland joined Oracle in 1995, and has more than 30 years’ experience in emerging technologies and their application to business challenges. His specific expertise is in the design of solutions incorporating mobile and internet technology.
Immediately prior to joining Oracle, Sutherland established a high tech company that developed technological solutions to the problems of the sensory-impaired. The company received prestigious innovation awards from the Department of Trade and Industry.
Before this he was deputy director of the Centre for Speech Technology Research, a research and development consultancy attached to the University of Edinburgh. During his time there, Sutherland helped win and subsequently oversaw the development of projects in commerce, industry, and the public sector.
In 1988, Sutherland designed the UK’s first parallel-processing speech-recognition system. Based on parallel processors, it operated in real time. Under his management, this technology was successfully applied to problems encountered in aviation, medical reporting, and police reporting.
Sutherland has contributed more than 15 technical publications on multimedia and business issues, including entries in a major encyclopedia. He holds a first-class BSc in electrical and electronic engineering from Edinburgh University, a PhD in digital-signal processing, and an MBA in workflow analysis. Sutherland is also a chartered engineer.
Senior Vice President, Applications Development, Oracle
Chris Leone is senior vice president of development for Oracle Human Capital Management (HCM) Cloud, including Oracle Global HR Cloud and Oracle Talent Management Cloud. In this role, Leone is responsible for the strategy, product management, product development, and product go-to-market functions that deliver modern HR in the cloud to global users. Recently, he was named #16 on Business Insider’s Most Important People in Cloud Computing list.
For more than 20 years, Leone has developed enterprise software applications for large and midsize companies. He came to Oracle via its acquisition of PeopleSoft, where he was responsible for the product management activities for the company’s financial and project management and enterprise performance management product lines. Prior to joining PeopleSoft, Leone was vice president of products at Hyperion, where he was responsible for business performance management applications.
Senior Vice President, SaaS Product Marketing, Oracle
Juergen Lindner is the SVP for SaaS Product Marketing responsible for thought leadership, go-to-market strategy and sales enablement. Prior to joining Oracle in 2016 he held several leadership roles at SAP SE, including Global Vice President Go-to-market and Sales Enablement for all SAP product lines, leadership roles in financials, procurement, mobile, analytics, database & technology.
As a 20+ year veteran in the enterprise software industry, Lindner is driven by being able to help companies succeed in their transformation journeys and taking full advantage of new emerging technologies. Lindner holds a masters in International Business Administration and Management from the University of Applied Science in Constance, Germany.
Senior Vice President, Oracle Applications Development
Rick Jewell is a Senior Vice President of Applications Development at Oracle Corporation. Rick has been with Oracle since 1989 and has overall responsibility for Supply Chain Applications for the company. In addition to the SCM Cloud and other product areas, Rick’s responsibilities include the acquisitions Oracle has done in Supply Chain, specifically; G-Log transportation management, Demantra demand planning, Numetrix advanced planning and scheduling, and Agile product lifecycle management products. Prior to Oracle, Rick spent 9 years with a large global systems integrator as well as serving as CIO for a Bay Area-based medical device manufacturing company. Rick is a graduate of Stanford University with a BA in Economics and a MS in Industrial Engineering.
Senior Vice President, Product Development, Enterprise Performance Management, OracleKeynote
Matt Bradley is currently the Senior Vice President, Product Development for Enterprise Performance Management at Oracle. Matt is an experienced executive with global hands on experience running large and small teams in product strategy and engineering. His current role covers Oracle's EPM footprint - Planning, Budgeting and Forecasting, Financial Consolidation and Management Reporting, delivering both SaaS based solutions as well as for the more traditional on premise based deployments. He joined Oracle in 2007 as part of Oracle's Hyperion acquisition. As a VP, Product Development at Hyperion Matt helped lead the charge in establishing Hyperion as the market leader within EPM. Prior to joining Hyperion in 2000 Matt held several development lead positions at various Medical Information companies supporting EMR, Casemix Analysis, Decision Support and related subjects. Matt and his family moved from Ireland to the Bay Area back in 1993.
Matt holds a degree in Computer Science from Queens University, Belfast. After graduating in 1989 he started his career in information technology at Oracle.
Senior Vice President, ERP Applications Development, Oracle
Rondy Ng is Senior Vice President of ERP Applications Development at Oracle with responsibility for leading all aspects of product strategy, product development, and product delivery for Oracle's ERP applications and cloud services.
Under Mr. Ng's leadership, Oracle has developed and delivered the new generation market leading enterprise proven Oracle ERP Cloud, with rapid adoption from thousands of mid-sized and multinational enterprises worldwide since 2013.
Mr. Ng joined Oracle in 1990 and has held a variety of product development leadership positions within Oracle. He holds a Master of Science degree in Computer and Electrical Engineering from Cornell University.
Vice President, Product Marketing Database and Big Data, Oracle
As a Vice President within Oracle's Cloud Business Group, Monica leads global marketing and sales programs for Oracle’s flagship Database and Big Data Cloud portfolio. A veteran technology executive, she’s an expert in building, retaining and motivating teams for maximum performance. She believes that "empathy" is the most critical leadership trait and "managing" an organization is not the same as "leading" them. Monica draws inspiration from her incredible family and friends who give her unconditional and non-judgmental support to strive to become a better person and excel in her career. Monica is passionate about supporting women to pursue an education and career in STEM. She was awarded as one of the 2017 Powerful Women of the Bay by CDA Consulting Group as well as 2017 Women of Influence by The Silicon Valley Business Journal in recognition for being passionate about educating, empowering, and connecting with women in business and the community. Follow Monica on twitter @mbkumar.
Vice President, Product Strategy, Oracle Cloud InfrastructureKeynote
Kyle York is the vice president of product strategy for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and the general manager of Oracle’s Dyn global business unit (GBU). In his current role, he focuses on product strategy, market development, messaging, evangelism, and developer relations for Oracle’s cloud infrastructure platform and is responsible for overall Dyn GBU operations. York and his team focus on executing strategic initiatives to bring Oracle’s modern and forward-looking enterprise cloud product strategy to market, driving awareness, momentum, roadmap acceleration, and innovation.
York has been with Oracle since its acquisition of Dyn in 2016. He joined Dyn as an early executive in 2008, where he spearheaded company growth and corporate strategy, which led to its acquisition by Oracle. York is an expert in the global internet, cloud, SaaS, IaaS, and technology markets and trends.
York has spent his career working in the “as-a-service” business model. Prior to joining Dyn, he spent six years at SaaS company WhippleHill Communications, which was acquired by Blackbaud in 2014. In addition to his efforts at Dyn, he is a board member, advisor, and investor in several fast-growth startups. York holds a BS in marketing from Bentley University.
Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Logfire, and Vice President, WMS Development, Oracle
An entrepreneur at his core, Pantoja-Navajas came to Oracle in December 2016 when his startup, LogFire, was acquired by Oracle. He started and built LogFire into a category leader over 10 years, enduring the ups and downs of a growing startup and ultimately positioning his company for acquisition by an industry giant. Since the LogFire acquisition, he has served as vice president of WMS development, part of Oracle's supply chain management cloud solution. He brings extensive business experience and entrepreneurial knowhow, plus a spirit of collaboration and teamwork, which is helping the program build off its many successes and pave the way for future growth.
Vice President, Database Product Management, Oracle
Penny Avril is a Vice President in Oracle Server Technology Division, leading product management for Oracle Database. Her responsibilities include product planning, positioning, collateral, go-to-market strategy and field enablement. She works with release and development managers to take the database from design spec through development to production.
Penny has been with Oracle since 1995. She holds a BA in computer science from Cambridge University.
Vice President, Cloud and Technology, Oracle UK, Ireland and Israel
John Abel has worked with Oracle for over 20 years and during this time he has worked in Support, Applications, Technology and Consulting. More recently, John has been in Oracle Systems for four years. John's focus now is Engineered Systems and Oracle Database Cloud (Database as a Service) across Europe, Middle East and Africa and he often uses his prior experience to explain all aspects of technology to customers. In his presentations, John relates to actual customer experience and provides real world answers to real world problems. John is also a successful Oracle Press Author and using his experience of over 300+ customer engagements has produced publications explaining the Oracle Technology and Applications.
Vice President, EMEA & JAPAC Digital Demand Generation, Business Development & Marketing, OracleKeynote
Amanda St L Jobbins is the Vice President, Demand Generation & Marketing EMEA/APAC of Oracle’s international markets in EMEA, Japan and Asia Pac. Amanda is a well-known international technology marketer having formerly been the Global CMO of the Sage Group, Plc and having worked for many years in global and field leadership positions in Silicon Valley and internationally. She has worked for, among others, Cisco, IBM, EMC and Symantec. In addition to marketing, Amanda is also the Vice President of Oracle’s Digital Demand Generation and Business Development teams leading hub based organizations all over the world focusing on reimagining Oracle’s customer experience approach through a combination of digital and physical engagements.
Amanda speaks on business issues, industry technology trends, marketing leadership, diversity and has keynoted at the London Business School, Web Summit on Brand, the Economist forums and Gartner events among many others. Amanda has a degree in Business Administration and German Language and Literature from the University of Hull, England. She has also studied at Stanford, Rice University and MIT on their executive programs. Amanda has a passion for technology start-ups and is a board advisor to a number of early stage companies including Fintech, IoT and Blockchain companies. Amanda lives in London and in her free time enjoys film, music, outdoor pursuits and the arts.
Senior Principal Product Manager, Oracle
Susan is a member of Oracle's cloud application development tools product management team. She has been focusing on productivity enhancing solution for developers in various capacities since 1997, from consulting to development and product management. She currently leads the Oracle Mobile Development Program Office responsible for facilitating mobile software development and best practice across Oracle. She is a frequent speaker at events and workshops. She has a passion for Visual Development, Developer Practices.
Software Evangelist, Oracle
David works in the Serverless Developer Relations Team at Oracle. Prior to that, he was involved in Java EE 8 and its transition to the Eclipse Foundation as part of the Jakarta EE initiative. Over the years, David has championed Java extensively throughout the world, presenting at conferences and user groups, large and small. David lives in Belgium. In his spare time, he enjoys playing video games with his daughter and tinkering with technologies such as Home Automation, electronics and pinballs.