At Oracle OpenWorld Europe, you’ll meet the minds behind the breakthrough ideas that are changing the world. Get inspiration from the thought leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators, and shapers of the future who are changing the face of business, redefining what's achievable, and the technology empowering them. They’ll give you insights that can revolutionise your organisation, markets, and customers. Check back for more speakers in the coming weeks!
Chief Executive Officer, Oracle
Safra Catz is chief executive officer of Oracle Corporation and a member of the company's board of directors. She previously served as president of Oracle and has also served as the company's chief financial officer. Catz first served as Oracle's chief financial officer from 2005 to 2008, as executive vice president from 1999 to 2004, and as senior vice president from April to October 1999. She served on the board of directors for HSBC Holdings, one of the world's largest banking and financial services organizations, from 2008 through 2015.
Tim Peake was the European Space Agency’s first British astronaut to travel to the International Space Station. Previously an Army Air Corp officer and test pilot, his work on the ISS and active engagement with the public back on Earth has made him a household name and role model to millions. Having first flown as a teenager, Tim applied to the Army Air Corp and after serving on the ground in Northern Ireland gained his wings and served in search and rescue. He worked providing humanitarian aid in the aftermath of the Bosnian war, trained the first British Apache helicopter crews, and supported Special Forces in Afghanistan. Following a distinguished military career and rising to the rank of major, and a period as a test pilot in the private sector, Tim applied to the ESA’s astronaut programme. Beating over 9,000 other applicants, he undertook a gruelling training programme that covered everything from living in Sardinian caves to spending 12 days underwater.
Travelling to the ISS on board a Soyuz vessel, Tim and two fellow astronauts led the Principia mission, a six-month scientific research mission. Tim undertook over 250 experiments, a spacewalk to repair the ISS power supply, helped to dock two spacecraft, and piloted a simulated Mars exploration. Much of his mission focused on not just the scientific work of the ISS but in communicating it to the public. In regular contact via video and social media with Earth, Tim spoke to over 1.5million schoolchildren across Europe from 400km above the planet. He even ran the London Marathon on a treadmill and delivered a New Year’s message on the BBC. Tim is a passionate ambassador for STEM subjects, appearing extensively in the media speaking about the importance of science. In his book Ask an Astronaut: My Guide to Life in Space, Tim answers all the most common questions on life in space, from the feeling of travelling at 8km per second to sleeping and eating in weightlessness.
Dara Ó Briain has earned a reputation as one of the finest comedians of the times. He is an assured and silver-tongued performer, maestro of Mock the Week and, in the eyes of The Sun, the best guest presenter on Have I Got News For You. In cabaret, Dara draws audiences into his confidence and never lets the laughter fade. His relaxed but quick-fire delivery draws on surreal aspects of everyday life, commonplace situations and the headlines of the day. Dara has sold out shows all over the world, from Melbourne to Shanghai.
In his first appearance at the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal, he made such an impact that space had to be made for him in the gala bill hosted by Joan Rivers. The previous host of The Apprentice: You're Fired! and a regular on QI, Dara has also starred with Rory McGrath and Griff Rhys Jones in a tribute to Jerome K Jerome’s Three Men in a Boat, and various ‘Three Men’ sequels. Dara has also exposed his love of all things science co-hosting Stargazing with Prof. Brian Cox and hosting Science Club and Six Degrees of Separation. Dara is also both producer and host of the popular Irish satirical show, The Panel. Latterly he has turned his hand to writing, with a sports column in the Guardian newspaper, and his first book, Tickling The English.
Media Executive, Entertainer
Cally Beaton is a media executive, entrepreneur and performer. At the start of her career, she headed an independent television production company that was bought by ITV. She joined the board of the UK’s main commercial broadcaster as both the youngest and the only woman member. She left ITV to start a creative consultancy and production company as well as joining Viacom as Senior Vice President of International Sales. It was working on Comedy Central that saw Cally develop her other life as a standup comedian. Cally considers the nature of the workplace and leadership culture. She looks at how to engender change (both personal and organisational), inspire teams and develop a positive, agile and inclusive environment.
Tracy was expelled from school at the age of 15 and with no exams or qualifications she left to travel the world. She began working on charter yachts in Greece at the age of 17 and learned how to sail. Tracy took part in her first Whitbread Round the World Race as cook aboard ‘Atlantic Privateer’ in 1985/86 becoming the first woman to race around the world on a Maxi.
Upon completion she decided to enter the first all-female crew in the 1989/90 Whitbread and ‘Maiden’ crossed the start line on 2nd Sept 1989 and sailed into the history books. ‘Maiden’ went on to win two of the legs and came second in class overall. The best result for a British boat since 1977 and the best result for an all-female crew ever. Tracy was awarded the MBE and became the first woman in its 34 year history to be awarded the Yachtsman of the Year Trophy.
AI Researcher, Data Scientist
Dr Rand Hindi is an entrepreneur and investor in Artificial Intelligence and Privacy. He is the CEO at Zama, focusing on homomorphic encryption for ZeroTrust machine learning.
Rand started coding at the age of 10, founded a Social Network at 14 and a web agency at 15 before getting into Machine Learning at 18 and starting a PhD at 21. He then created Snips, the first edge-based, private by design voice solution for OEMs, which was then acquired by Sonos.
He has been elected as a TR35 by the MIT Technology Review, as a "30 under 30" by Forbes, is a lecturer at Sciences Po in Paris and an advisor to multiple companies. He was previously a member of the French Digital Council where he focused on AI and Privacy issues.
He holds a BSc in Computer Science and a PhD in Bioinformatics from University College London (UCL), as well as two graduate degrees from Singularity University in Silicon Valley and THNK in Amsterdam.
Dr. Hannah Fry is an Associate Professor in the Mathematics of Cities at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at UCL. She works alongside a unique mix of physicists, mathematicians, computer scientists, architects and geographers to study the patterns in human behaviour - particularly in an urban setting. Her research applies to a wide range of social problems and questions, from shopping and transport to urban crime, riots and terrorism.
Futurist, Human Behaviour Specialist
Thimon De Jong is an expert in changing human behaviour, societal and cultural trends and the effects they have for businesses and nations. He runs his own thinktank and consultancy delivering strategic insight to all types of organisation. He also lectures at the social psychology department of Utrecht University. Formerly Director of Insight and Strategy at Dutch trends interpretation agency TrendsActive, Thimon looks at the changes in gender, society and demographics to predict what organisations will have to deal with to stay ahead. Thimon examines how social trends, technology and culture influence human behaviour and how this should influence and inform the behaviour of businesses whether looking at their consumers, their employees or their overall strategy.
Executive Vice President, Mission-Critical Database Technologies, Oracle
Juan Loaiza is executive vice president of mission-critical database technologies at Oracle; he reports to Oracle Chairman and CTO Larry Ellison. Loaiza is responsible for leading product strategy, product development, and product management for the world’s leading transaction processing and engineered systems technologies, in the public cloud and on premises.
Loaiza holds BS and MS degrees in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In 1988, he left the MIT doctoral program to join the Oracle Database engineering team and has been an innovator in database technologies ever since.
Executive Vice President and General Manager, CX Cloud, Oracle
Rob joined Oracle in 2018 as EVP, leading CX Cloud product and strategy across marketing, sales, commerce, and service. His goal is to build products that help companies succeed in the Experience Economy. In this new paradigm, the customer experience is paramount; inseparable from the value of the good or services a company provides. And at its helm are today's consumers, driving innovation and pushing the boundaries.
Rob spent the last 15 years focused on the customer experience, developing products for both large and early-stage companies. Most recently, as President and CEO of Lithium Technologies, Rob created the leading software in online communities. Prior to that, he ran the Digital Enterprise business for Adobe. Rob brings an outside-in perspective to Oracle and to each project, realizing that the way we and our customers work is rapidly changing, pushing us to adapt and transform in ways we never even imagined.
Ashley is one of the most influential and connected figures in digital and marketing. As one of the 100+ recommendations for him on LinkedIn reads, “If Ashley doesn’t know it – it ain’t worth knowing.”
In 2013 Ashley authored the "Modern Marketing Manifesto" which set out his beliefs around how digital and classic marketing should combine. In 2017 he followed this up with the “Modern Marketing Model (M3)” which redefines marketing for the digital age. Ashley is author of two best-selling books on digital. A columnist, commentator and blogger, he speaks worldwide on digital and marketing trends and best practice. Ashley is involved in a number of digital businesses and ventures as investor, adviser, mentor and operationally.
Chief Executive Officer, illycaffè
Massimiliano Pogliani has been serving illycaffè, Italian global leader in sustainable quality coffee, as CEO since 2016. After the first three-year term, he was reappointed for the new tenure last year. He has more than 20 years of experience in marketing, branding, sales and retail, acquired in leading companies with premium & luxury brands. Massimiliano is the first external CEO in the over 80-year company history. Rooted in the top-quality espresso, illycaffè is highly reputed worldwide as a leader in coffee excellence, thanks to its devotion to a unique blend of 100% Arabica coffee, served in more than 140 countries and over 100.000 world’s finest cafés and restaurants. Under his leadership, illy has gone through a successful transformation involving both the business and the branding. The company has embraced a new customer centricity also thanks to its digital transformation, launched successful products among which the new aluminum capsules, accelerated its evolution towards B2C with its branded stores, continued to develop sustainable practices and partnered with a top brand ambassador like Andrea Bocelli
Chief Executive Officer, StrandLab
Award-winning entrepreneur and strategist, with extensive experience driving companies to successfully achieve innovation, revenue and business growth. Named among the top 50 Most Admired CEOs (The Technology Headlines, USA, 2019), top 100 Leaders of the Future (Capital Magazine, Spain, 2009), and Entrepreneur of the Year (Entrepreneurs Magazine, Spain, 2006) among other recognitions.
CEO at Strands Inc. boosting its international expansion and strengthening its position as global FinTech leader, by empowering 650 banks worldwide with Artificial Intelligence. Previously, founded Polymita Technologies (acquired by Red Hat) pioneering the Business Process Management (BPM) software industry, recognized as a Visionary by Gartner (Magic Quadrant 2009 & 2010) and Major Player by IDC (MarketScape 2011). Co-founder of multiple companies within enterprise software, mobile and Internet businesses, including Intelligent Software Components – iSOCO (acquired by Santander) and Enzyme Advising Group (acquired by Nexe Group).
Founder of Bcombinator (www.bcombinator.com), helping startups to scale up through incubation, acceleration, education, mentoring, advisory and fundraising. Raised €30M among all portfolio companies.
Chief Executive Officer, CCA
Anne Marie Forsyth is the UK’s foremost recognized customer service expert.
In two decades of leading CCA, she has developed the organisation into an influential outward-looking and futures-focused organisation with a highly-regarded independent research unit at the heart of its operations. CCA has developed a unique repository of almost 20 years’ worth of data, industry insight, analysis and research.
She is a highly accomplished media commentator, in demand as an international speaker, and represented the UK in negotiations to create an EU-wide customer care standard. She created and chaired CCA’s UK Industry Council Leadership Forum, an influential group of strategists and experts which leads CCA’s research agenda.
More than 45 leading organisations from all sectors of the economy form CCA Industry Council and account for c30% of the overall service activity in the UK. The group’s objective is to inspire and innovate a change in approach to ensure the customer is placed at the heart of the enterprise.
CCA has a growing international agenda with new partners measuring themselves against CCA Global Standard@, which is the recognized benchmark in the UK.
A graduate of Strathclyde University, Anne Marie began her career in Chartered Accountancy with Coopers & Lybrand and also had a successful marketing career for US multinationals, Johnson and Johnson, and in Europe, Phillips TMC.
Chief Executive Officer, SumIT AG
Holger Friedrich is CEO of sumIT AG. sumIT, a Swiss-based consulting company, employs Oracle technology and focusses on data warehousing and business intelligence. After obtaining a computer science and a doctoral degree in robotics, machine learning, and data mining, Holger worked in industrial research before co-founding sumIT AG. He has two decades of experience on Oracle DWH and BI projects, and has used Oracle's database, BI, and DI products since 1997. Holger is a regular speaker at Oracle conferences, such as OpenWorld and Kscope. He has long-term working relationships with Oracle development and product management. Furthermore, he is an Oracle ACE for BI and DWH, and received Oracle's award for DBA of the year in EMEA 2016.
Chief Executive Officer, Circulor
Doug Johnson-Poensgen has 25 years international experience, operating in TMT, financial services, IT and management consultancy sectors. His experience spans large corporates (Barclays, BT, Serco, AIMIA), scale-ups (Cadence, ISD) and Start-ups (Circulor, Snapdragon). He has broad functional experience with consistent themes being innovation, delivering growth and regulation.
Chief Executive Officer, ELEM BIOTECH
Specialising in emerging technology ventures and markets, Chris worked across mechanical industries (aero, auto, energy) before turning to health tech 5 years ago. With ELEM, Chris and his Co-Founder have taken up the challenge to deliver the most powerful and safe environment for medical trials by simulating human physiology on supercomputers. Prior to ELEM, Chris held executive roles at Atos and Sogeti HighTech (CapGemini), set up Altair France, founded and led Samtech UK until its acquisition by LMS, now Siemens.
Chris has an international background, read Aeronautical Engineering at Imperial College and Business Studies at Hult IBS. He enjoys sports, finance, and politics and took a special interest in Grow Movement and mental health.
Chief Operating Officer, Mestec
With 20 years experience of implementing software solutions around the globe, Mark has helped some of the world’s largest manufacturing companies use data to drive rapid improvements in productivity and performance. He holds a master’s degree in engineering from Cambridge University, is a chartered engineer and a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology.
Chief Information Officer, Wood
Luke Halliday is the Chief Information Officer for Wood. Wood are a global leader in the delivery of project management, engineering, consulting and technical services to energy and built environment customers, operating in 60 countries with 60,000 employees and $10 in revenue. Wood delivers services across the complete life cycle of assets, from concept to decommissioning, in Oil & Gas, Power, Infrastructure, Government, Mining and Industrial & Manufacturing sectors. As well as leading the IT function Luke is responsible for the programme that is delivering Oracle ERP, both on premise and cloud globally, along with shared services and entity simplification.
The programme has recently completed the implementation of Oracle HCM and eBusiness across businesses in the UK, USA and Canada covering 27,000 employees with further implementations across the globe in 2020 . Luke has been an IT professional for 30 years working for international companies in manufacturing and engineering services, with the last 10 years spent leading IT functions and large global programmes focussed on delivering technology that supports and enables business strategy.
Finance Chief Operating Officer, Royal London Group
Martin joined Royal London in 2005. As Finance Chief Operating Officer he is responsible for all the operational aspects of actuarial and accounting related to financial and regulatory reporting. This includes responsibility for finance and actuarial systems both of which he has led through recent transformations. In previous roles with Royal London, Martin has been Finance Corporate Development Director as well as Interim Group Financial Controller. He has also undertaken prominent roles in a number of the Group’s acquisitions.
Before joining Royal London, Martin spent 14 years at RSA in finance roles across the UK life and general insurance businesses. Prior to that he worked at Ernst & Young on a variety of insurance clients. He is a Chartered Accountant, with extensive experience in insurance financial management.
Chief Information Officer, SGS
Christoph Heidler was appointed Chief Information Officer (CIO) in December 2015. Christoph started his career in 1997 as a System Manager for Henkel KGaA, before becoming Technical IT Account Manager in 1999. From 2000, he worked at Johnson Controls, progressing through a number of managerial positions, before becoming IT Director EMEA in 2006. In 2007, Christoph joined Heidelberg Cement as Head of Global Infrastructure. In 2011, he became Vice President Global Infrastructure Services & Member of the Management Board at Schindler Informatik. Prior to joining SGS, he was CIO at CompuGroup Medical.
Christoph holds a degree in Electrical Engineering/ Information Technologies from Gerhard Mercator University in Germany.
Chief Technology Officer, BJSS Inc.
Larry is BJSS Inc’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO) responsible for the technology direction of BJSS’ Americas operation. He spends most of his time consulting with BJSS clients across diverse technology areas, including Cyber security, Cloud, Agile development, Big Data, Data Science, and the application of technology in low-latency Trading, Market Surveillance and Market Data Distribution. Prior to this position, Larry was HP’s Chief Technologist for the financial service industry. In this role he was responsible for analyzing the evolving technology needs of the financial services industry worldwide and working with HP's technology community to address those needs.
Larry has 30 years' experience developing technology solutions for the financial services industry. Throughout his career, he has held management and technology leadership roles in IT, software development, consulting and integration, and business development.
Chief Technology Officer, BJSS Inc.
Arlene Cairns is the Chief Finance Operations Officer at Aviva responsible for leading Global Finance Operations as well as leading the Global Finance Transformation. Arlene joined Aviva 3 years ago from Alliance Trust Savings where she was CFO, responsible for Finance & Treasury. Prior to this Arlene held a number of senior Global Finance & Strategy roles across the UK, Ireland and Australia working for Westpac Institutional Bank, Allied Irish Bank, RSA and Zurich Financial Services. This is in addition to her time as a management consultant at EY in the UK and Australia, where her focus was on Global Finance Transformation and performance improvement.
Board Director, CIPP
With over 35 years of experience in Payroll and HR sectors and a broad experience in sales, accounting and operations, Stuart enjoys opportunities to pass on subject knowledge and helping others develop.
He has experience of working at a strategic level, developing and implementing new concepts as well as understanding budgets and financial planning. From a payroll clerk and founder member of the BPMA, to CEO of a multimillion turnover company, his experience is broad as it is wide. Having achieved the diploma in Payroll Management, a further diploma in Applied Management. I then went on to graduate from Henley Business School, (University of Reading) with a Masters in Applied Management.
Stuart has successful built three companies, effectively building them into profitable businesses. Tax Filing Services Ltd (sold to an accountancy firm, 1996); PaySuite Ltd, an award-winning company for being the first ‘true’ cloud payroll software in the UK (sold to Intuit, 2014); Employer Services Ltd, started in 1999 with four employees, no clients, but a desire to provide a payroll bureau service which was second to none, that he sold in 2015, the company had 45 staff with over 400 clients and was bought by RSM.
He has recently helped form a HMRC recognized UK payroll and Auto Enrolment API software that enables providers to deeply integrate payroll and AE functionality within their own software products without the overhead of maintaining compliance year on year – PayRun.io
Vice President, Zürcher Kantonalbank
Andre is Vice President of the Unix platform services at the Zürcher Kantonalbank. He is responsible for the economic operation, the further development and the solution design of the Oracle database infrastructures, the web infrastructures, the physical and virtual server landscape and also the systems management infrastructures.
He leads the Oracle Exadata Initiative to check its cost-effectiveness and to increase the acceptance of this platform's commitment in IT management and application developers.
In addition to his management role, he is also project manager for cloud infrastructure initiatives at Zürcher Kantonalbank and has continuously developed the standardization and automation of IT infrastructures towards cloud use.
Vice President of Data Management, Deutsche Post DHL
Tobias is responsible for HR Data Management team within the Corporate Center of DPDHL Group. The primary focus is to (re)design and build a group-wide HR data solution, an improved IT landscape to execute key HR processes and an HR Core system for all business units. Tobias joined DPDHL in 2013 and responsible for HRDM since 2016. Prior to DPDHL Group, he was working for Accenture as Manager for HCM Solutions and at Merck KGaA responsible for various HRIT / data related projects.
Vice President and Global HR Director, Ria Financial
More than 20 years working in Human Resources in international environment. Used to work collaboratively with business teams and provide advice in order to not only support the company from a strategic point of view, but also to promote the values of the organization and participate in the growth of the activity.
Passionate about Talent Management (attraction, progression and development). "Engine" of the digitalization of the HR dpt. Work to reskill/transform the organization in order to get ready for a digital environment. Very data driven, I've pushed to develop a "KPI culture" and measurement of the HR activity in order to monitor the efficiency of our processes. Extensive Team Management experience.
Head of Enterprise Office, Nokia Global Services
Pasi Wirkkala currently holds the role of Head of Enterprise Office at Nokia Global Services. At the enterprise office Pasi manages and develops the unit and unit operations for the current and future Nokia enterprise customer base.
Pasi has a solid over 25 year history in telecommunications where he has held a number of executive roles in sales, operations, transformation, Strategic Partner management, M&A and in business performance management. He also previously managed a global services business for one of Nokia’s largest global customer groups. Pasi frequents in industry events as Nokia representative.
Head of Transformation and Enterprise Architecture, Swisscom
Sven is a passionate manager with 15+ years of experience in IT, telecom, enterprise architecture and organizational development. Before he entered Swisscom, he studied computer science and business economics at the university of applied science in Bern and worked for a startup in software development. Within Swisscom Sven first was responsible for several managing roles in the enterprise business group, mostly focusing on managing and delivering it projects and telco services. For four years he is now responsible for the architecture and technology steering among Swisscom.
Head Of Business Development, Modularbank
Rivo has been leading and advising many influential and award-winning business cases in the banking and financial services industry. He is one of the driving forces behind modularbank. Modularbank is the API first core banking suite to build next-generation banking experiences both in retail and business banking.
Head of IT Platforms and Engineering, ENAV
Chief System and Software Engineer with extended skills in Cloud and IT Technologies, Distributed Systems and Enterprise Architectures in the ATM and IT domains. Full experience in System Engineering for Large-scale Safety-Critical Systems, Unmanned Systems and Satellite Navigation Applications.
He is leading International programs and Agile engineering teams with particular emphasis on the future generation of Cloud Data Centers. The IT Platfoms unit manages platforms and infrastructures, focusing on virtualisation, cloud and service orientation.
EMEA Technology Research and Insights Leader, Deloitte
Hans van Grieken is currently the EMEA Technology Research & Insights Leader and part of Deloitte's global Emerging Tech Executive Council. He joined Deloitte in August 2016 coming in from Gartner where he was a VP of Research. In this role he helps shape Deloitte's global research agenda in addition to identifying & driving a number of EMEA research initiatives.
Hans is the lead or co-author of a number of recent Deloitte global and regional digital transformation research papers, amongst them 9 shifts that are changing the Digital Technology Operating Model of the Future (one of two lead-authors) and TechTrends 2019 (contributing author and global Conference and Boardroom speaker) and Dutch Digital DNA demystified (lead author).
Hans is an experienced keynote conference speaker. He recently returned from a global tour presenting Deloitte's Global TechTrends and Technology Operating Model research to financial services and insurance companies across the world, ranging from Helsinki to Johannesburg and from Washington to Shanghai, Hong Kong and New Zealand.
Head of Innovation and Revenue, Halldis
Francesco Iarlori, Head of Innovation and Revenue at Halldis, is a digital innovator, a transformer and strategist, a business developer as well as a lecturer in prestigious universities across Europe.
With almost 30 years of experience in sales, strategic planning & business development within major players in industries he created innovative processes and methodologies for virtually every industry.
He worked around the globe in sectors from Finance to Telecommunication and from Media to Transportation, Francesco is an advisor, a visionary and strategic planner, contributed to develop of the Internet, Mobile Communication and application of Artificial Intelligence in our day by day life.
Passionate about science he likes to find patterns and algorithms to improve business and common people life.
Marketing Technology Team Lead, Better Collective
Edward Fowler is Marketing Technology Lead at Better Collective. As a data driven marketer, he holds a strong background with over 10 years’ experience across marketing he current focuses on Marketing Automation and CRM.
Behavioral Economics Global Leader, BBVA
Alvaro is Behavioral Economics Global Leader at BBVA. He holds a degree in Computer Science with a major in Artificial Intelligence. Professor at ISDI for the Master in Internet Business, he is also the Finance Application Director of the Behavioral Economics Observatory of the Madrid Council of Economists.
He has developed his career for more than 17 years in different positions at BBVA. He began his development as a programmer for the Corporate & Investment Banking area. In 2012, during the banking liquidity crisis, he held a quantitative analysis function for liquidity management in the trading floor, being promoted soon as responsible for the Short Term Fixed Income Desk for Spain. Among his current responsibilities in Behavioral Economics are the promotion of projects under BBVA’s own methodology, the generation of an internal global talent network for the dissemination of this science and the lead of an artificial intelligence project leveraging cognitive mechanism to improve the bank’s communications with its clients and prospects. Outside BBVA he has undertaken several entrepreneurial projects (payment methods, 3D printing, fashion distribution, and social networks).
Director HR Services, NationWide
Neil joined HR at Nationwide Building Society in 2007, and has been Director of HR Shared Services since 2011. He is responsible for HR Shared Services across Nationwide to c.17, 500 employees, and application/technology related projects and solutions within the HR function. Neil is the Programme Sponsor for Nationwide’s People Cloud Programme, which will modernize our core HR Systems with Oracle Cloud for HCM, Payroll, Helpdesk and Analytics, replacing our PeopleSoft systems. Prior to joining Nationwide, Neil gained valuable retail and operational experience working for Tesco, initially starting on their Retail Graduate Management Programme, and then latterly store based, as part of the senior management team.
Group Human Resources Director, Corserv
A Board Human Resources Director with a proven record at senior international level, Martin develops strategic organizational resources and align business transformation and change to drive cost-efficient scalable growth to meet $multi-million revenue goals through digital and structural transformation.
Martin has extensive experience guiding companies (from digital start-up to multi-£bn corporates) through transition, restructuring and transactions including global mergers, acquisitions, divestments, fund raising, new market entry, cultural assimilation and technological step change. Skilled at identifying synergies, cost efficiencies and growth opportunities in complex corporate transactions and environments; Martin also designs and manages executive remuneration schemes to attract and retain tomorrow’s business leaders.
Corporate Director of Systems, Grupo Piñero
Mateo Ramon is a corporate director of systems at Grupo Piñero with more than 25 years of experience in the sector, the last 20 always associated with tourism companies. In addition to being responsible for the IT of the group, it focuses its functions on the digital transformation of the companies that make up the holding.
Finance Transformation Director, Direct Line Group
Michael Wing is a Transformation leader with experience in both the Insurance and Banking sectors. Michael is the Finance Transformation Programme Director at DLG who works closely with the business leaders, business sponsor, enterprise-stakeholders and partners to deliver the organisations multi-year, multi-million pound programme outcomes and benefits.
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 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 the Database Team, Swiss Mobiliar Insurance
Alain Fuhrer has a bachelor degree in computer science. He worked a few years as Consultant in Oracle infrastructure and upgrade projects for different companies in Switzerland and is now responsible for the oracle database architecture and oracle projects at Swiss Mobiliar Insurance. Since 2018 he is the Head of the Database Team. His focus is to get the best out of the oracle architecture. His subjects are grid infrastructure, maximum availability solutions and oracle multitenant 12.1 & 12.2. Alain designed the new architecture at Mobiliar to serve the requirements of the agile development with the great advantage of using pluggable databases.
Head of IT, Gov Facility Services Limited
I joined Gov Facility Services Ltd (GFSL) in March this year as the Head of IT.
For the previous six years I was the Head of Technology at G4S. While there I progressed from an IT Project Manager, running my own team dedicated to the UK Facilities Management (FM) business, to be the Head of Technology, working with the global IT business as well as the UK FM team to roll out IT projects, define IT solutions and work with both new and existing customers to help improve our service to them.
Throughout my career I have been in charge of large software deployment within the businesses as well as building IT solutions for private and public sector bids.
In my new role at GFSL, I am responsible for the Oracle platform which is the backbone of the business, as well as all other IT systems and services that we use or would like to bring in.
We are an MOJ owned company so rely heavily on their services for support and end user computing but integrating them into an FM business has its challenges, especially inside a prison environment.
Director Digital and Customer Services, Birmingham City Council
Since completing his PhD, Peter has worked in many Commercial and Public Sector organisations leading and managing services as diverse as Property, HR, Finance, Revenues and Benefits, Pensions, Customer Services, Legal, Technology and Information management.
He leads the development and implementation of the Council’s ICT & Digital and Citizen access strategies and is also responsible for the Information, Technology, Revenues, Rents, Benefits and Customer Services teams. His team’s purpose is to lead, shape and deliver high quality council services enabled by great digital solutions making a positive difference every day to customers, businesses and visitors of Birmingham. He lives in the Black Country and is passionate about sustainable transport and enjoys cycling in the City and region.
Associate Director of Finance and Commercial, Ofqual
Katy Harding FCPFA FMAAT is Associate Director of Finance and Commercial at Ofqual. She leads on medium-term strategic planning and reporting, commercial strategy, financial control and risk management. She led the recent implementation of Oracle Cloud at Ofqual, and has also delivered corporate services transformation and large on-premise ERP implementations. Katy regularly talks to other Government Departments who are embarking on transformation journeys.
Director, Danieli and C. Officine Meccaniche SpA
Benedetti Camilla studied at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, where she earned a degree in Economics and Management.
Before joining Danieli she worked at Ernest & Young primary as an auditor assistant, then as a senior auditor. Her duties were to ensure the accuracy of the company’s financial reporting and budgeting and to coordinate the customer-facing auditing teams. She started her career in Danieli in 2008 as a Management Controller for the European and American subsidiaries. Subsequently she was promoted to Operational Coordinator for the Compliance Project responsible for analyzing, monitoring and defining the remedial actions in compliance with the company’s flows and processes.
In 2012 she became a Head of Accounts Payable Department and Cash Office. In 2015 she was in charge of Organizational Development of the Danieli Group in the field of Human Resources with a mission to define the human capital management process in terms of organizational development and training.
In 2016 she elevated to the position of Head of Human Resources. She has been a member of the company’s Board of Directors since 2015, member of the Board of MIP, Polytechnic of Milan -Graduate School of Business since 2016 as well as member of the Scientific Committee of theMIB in Trieste - Graduate School of Business, and today she holds a positon of the Board Director of the same school.
The company appointed Mrs. Benedetti as Deputy Chairwoman of the Board of Directors in 2017.
Director of IT Merchandising and Finance, ICA Sweden
Nina Junehed is the director of IT at ICA Sweden, Swedens largest grocery retailer, belonging to ICA Group. She is responsible for leading all aspects of IT and process development for the areas of merchandising & procurement, finance and payroll as well as masterdata management of all item and supplier information for ICA Sweden and ICA Group. Junehed’s primary focus is securing a stable operation for the correlated business areas as well as innovating operational processes with help of technology and advanced analytics.
Junehed joined ICA in 2016 to drive a large transformation project within the merchandising and replenishment field, securing and implementing new technology platforms and business processes alongside with improving data quality in the core merchandising area. In 2019 he was asked to extend the leadership to include the IT development for Finance and Payroll area at ICA group. Under her leadership, ICA has managed to renew core technology platforms to support the merchandising and replenishment areas and decrease complexity in the IT landscape, as well as increased the knowhow within the organsiation of how technology plays a vital role in the development path for the company going forward.
Junehed has a 15+ years background in leadership positions within the retail industry and retail tech indystry and holds a Msc. In Business Administration from Jönköping International University.
Director of Non Marine Facultative Department, AON
Alessio Izzo has been in the insurance business since 1994, when, after graduating at the Federico II University of Naples, joined Nelson Hurst’s Team Property International. He then joined RIB Reinsurance International Brokers as Head of Property and Casualty Department and in 2010 joined AON as Director of Non Marine Facultative Department.
He mastered the implementation of the ENAV “National Test Facility” (NTF) composed of Cloud Data Centers, simulation, testing and pre-operational facilities supporting all life-cycle phases of the system engineering chain. It supports ENAV programs and technical departments for Systems Engineering, V&V, R&D and Training activities, interconnected with European and Worldwide facilities. It was engineered in collaboration of the biggest players in the IT market (IBM, Lenovo, HPE, Redhat, Vmware, Citrix Veeam), acting as IaaS, PaaS as well as ATC-as-a-service Virtual Centers.
He collaborate and master National and International teams with years of experience in managing large scale software intensive systems. Supporting Italian 4-Flight program as nextgen ATC system. Leading the EC Project “Validation and demonstration engineering – Seabird” providing a system engineering data management framework (SE-DMF) to support the coherent development and delivery of all SESAR Solutions. He collaborates with a structured network of Universities and Research Centers.
Formerly Head of ENAV Experimental Center and Prototype Systems Unit.
Peter is the founder and technical director of FXLoader, the top-rated app on the Oracle Cloud Marketplace. FXLoader automates the update of currency rates in Oracle ERP Cloud.
Product Area Lead - Cloud Data, ING
Dad, spouse, adventurer, procrastinator, Oracle ACE Alumni and general tech-head.
As Product Area Lead - Cloud Data I set the long-term vision and strategy for all data products and data services within our global cloud tribe. From this role I drive innovation while empowering my team of product owners.
Artificial Intelligence Leader, PwC
Rob is an evangelist for the responsible and ethical adoption of AI and advises companies, governments and other global stakeholders on harnessing the opportunities of the technology to drive innovation in a way that increases trust.
He is a regular media commentator, keynote speaker and a highly active voice on social media.
Rob is particularly focused upon the issues and policies relating to the impact of automation on the workforce, the future skills agenda, and ensuring that the benefits to be delivered by AI are equitably spread across society.
He is an advisory board member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on AI, an advisor to The IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems, and a Fellow of The RSA. HR Magazine recently announced him as 'HR Most Influential Thinker 2019'.
Senior DB Administrator, Ford Otosan
Born in Ankara, graduated KTÜ Faculty of Science Department of Physics in 2006, Çağıl completed an MSC at Sakarya University Institute of Natural Sciences Computer and Information Engineering in 2014.
He started his career as unix/linux system administrator in 2009 where managed and configured unix/linux system and implemented HA Clusters. During this time, he also installed many servers and server hardware with a particular focus in problem solving.
Then he met the database world.
He joined Ford Otosan in 2015 as Database administrator where his duties are planning, installation of new databases, backup and restore, monitoring and tunning DR planning.
Research and Development Manager, Amtrol-Alfa
Pedro Vieira, 48 years old Mechanical Engineer from Porto, Portugal. Started the career at the Institute of Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Management in Porto where he was responsible for Composite productions processes and some research programs.
After the development for Amtrol-Alfa of the Composite pressure vessel for LPG in 2005, was hired by the company to be responsible for the new composite production line. In 2016 started being the R&D Manager.
Customer Portal Head, SGS
Guillaume heads the Customer Portal at SGS. Over the past 20 years, he dedicates himself to the digital transformation of large organizations, both from the inside as a program director, or from the outside, as an entrepreneur. He particularly considers that the customer must be the focus point of a digital strategy. He successfully designed and implemented a global omnichannel sales strategy for a major luxury group, including online sales supported by dedicated concierges, B2B2C channels, social strategy and internal education. Guillaume also likes sharing his experience and is a visiting professor in business schools in France and Switzerland.
He has an engineering degree from Ecole Centrale de Paris, is a happy father of 2 digital natives.
Principal Quality, Circle K
Maija Laksa is Principal Quality Responsible for JDE&RPA in Circle K Europe. JD Edwards (JDE) is the ERP solution for Circle K Europe and has been upgraded to version 9.2 and migrated to the new Oracle Cloud Infrastructure in August 2019.
Maija is a release manager for JDE and managing JDE support provided by Redfaire International. She is also IT responsible for robotics process automation (RPA) at Circle K Europe.
Maija has joined Circle K in 2016. Prior she worked as implementation and support analyst of Oracle EBS for about 20 years. She holds Master Degree of Computer Science from University of Latvia.
Circle K is the leading fuel and convenience retailer in Scandinavian countries (Norway, Sweden and Denmark), in the Baltic countries (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania), as well as in Ireland and also has an important presence in Poland.
Information and Development Manager, Northumberland
Ryan has spent all of his career working in the Public Sector for Northumberland County Council in the ICT Service.
Starting in software development after leaving University; Ryan has extensive Oracle E-business knowledge and expertise, both functional and technical, and has now managed the organisation through a number Oracle E-Business implementations / upgrades. This has progressed to leading on the migration of ERP to Oracle Cloud.
Current role is Information and Development Manager within Information Services where he has the responsibility for several application development, support and training teams.
Azure Solution Sales, Microsoft
Nick is a sales director at Microsoft, runs the Azure Central Government business in Microsoft UK and has spent nearly a decade of his 23 year career working in public cloud. Prior to his current role, Nick was the Open Source Lead for Microsoft UK and led the UK partnership with Oracle, focussing on the Enterprise Cloud Interoperability agreement.
Before joining Microsoft, Nick held various management, sales and technical roles within Amazon Web Services, Dimension Data, CACI, RazorFish, Boo.com and Marconi. Nick started out his professional life as an Oracle DBA in the late nineties and has managed Oracle databases and Oracle Applications for Internet, Public Sector and Financial Services customers.
Transformation Manager, ArcelorMittal
Koen started his career in steel industry as researcher in one of the R&D centers of the ArcelorMittal Group in Belgium. Later he switched to Finance and was Head of Finance of the steelworks in Belgium until 2016.
He then joined an interdisciplinary team responsible for the digitalization strategy of the group. In that role he is now leading the HR transformation programme in Europe and the implementation of the ArcelorMittal global Talent Suite.
Avaloq Application Responsible, Zürcher Kantonalbank
Chris is responsible for the architecture, integration and development of the Avaloq Banking Suite in the Zürcher Kantonalbank. In addition to his application responsibility, he leads the successful Avaloq migration from the IBM Power infrastructure to Oracle Exadata as project manager. This migration project led to a significant increase in the performance of securities settlement at the Zürcher Kantonalbank.
Information Technology Manager, Alcar Ruote SA.
High school degree in Electronics and then Master degree in Business and Administration from Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano (Italy).
Started working as free-lance in business process improvements projects. Has more than 20 years of professional history of working in the automotive industry with responsibilities in Organization and IT areas.
Responsible for planning, and control information technology projects, in the last years focused in the implementation and the maintenance of Internet of Things Hardware and Software Applications, Manufacturing Applications, Oracle Supply Chain Management Cloud and Oracle ERP Cloud.
Program Manager, Croydon Council
Mark Moody is a Programme Manager working with London Borough of Croydon Council. He led the team that delivered Croydon Council’s Oracle Cloud Programme, known locally as My Resources. With an IT and Transformation background he has worked with Local Authorities on a broad range of projects and programmes.
Mechanical Engineer and General Manager, Amtrol-Alfa
World traveler: In depth understanding of the world cylinder markets - visited more than 75 countries, allowing Amtrol-alfa to currently sell to more than 100 countries. Helped develop international standards to allow innovative technologies to be recognized worldwide.
Goal: Maintain Amtrol-Alfa as leader and the most Innovative company in the Gas cylinder world 27 years carrier at Amtrol-Alfa: General Manager (current), Vice-President Sales and Marketing, Vice-President Business Development, Innovation Director, Commercial director, Strategic procurement, Cylinder Design Engineer, Maintenance engineer.
Business Intelligence Service Manager, HSBC
Andre is an experienced senior delivery manager and he currently works at HSBC as Fusion Business Intelligence Service Manager. He has led the successful delivery of a number complex £2m-£10m+ system integration programmes. Prior to HSBC Andre was a Senior Manager at Deloitte delivering on premise and cloud based ERP solutions. He has also worked extensively across the Telecommunications market in various roles and has a passion for the power of information and insight to transform organizations.
Energy Intelligence Manager, National Grid
Climate change is one of the biggest challenges that humans have ever faced. We're the first generation to fully understand the impact that we've had on our climate and the last that can do something about it. This is why James Kelloway, Energy Intelligence Manager, comes to work every day - to help drive change.
In his role as Energy Intelligence Manager, James works with top tier data scientists across the world who use brand-new, cutting-edge AI techniques to make sure that GB's electricity grid can operate with net zero carbon capability by 2025.
James' career began very differently to many of the other engineers at National Grid ESO. He programmed his first computer when he was six years old, went on to complete two degrees in Classical Music, and even conducted a symphony orchestra before working in software development. It's fair to say that he didn't take the traditional route.
However, it led him to a role where he gets to work with a diverse and talented group of data scientists, developing a number of initiatives that he's incredibly proud of. One of these is the carbon intensity initiative - a project that measures the amount of carbon that the electricity system is using.
Integration Manager, ICBF
Karl O’Connell is Integration Manager with ICBF. ICBF is a non-profit industry good organization operating in Ireland since 1998. ICBF manages one of the world’s largest integrated livestock databases. ICBF is empowering sustainable farming through collaboration and excellence in genetics and big data solutions.
O’Connell holds a MSc from University College Cork & BSc in Computer Science from Cork Institute of Technology.
Principle Data Engineer, Aviva Quantum
Niall Scott is a principle data engineer for Aviva Quantum, Aviva's Global Data Science Practice, leading efforts across Data Engineering to provide a leading data capability to Aviva's data science community, working at the forefront of the rise of the data engineering, from DevOps through to DataOps. He joined Aviva in 2006, working on scalable storage for database, elastic compute, Oracle RAC, high available architecture and Oracle Exadata. Most recent focus was leading Aviva's move to Oracle Cloud.
Niall has a degree in Simulation and Virtual Reality, and is a regular speaker at industry events and Oracle communities sharing my vision, strategy, and experience in managing and driving the data revolution
Lead Architect, Swisscom
Christoph Lutz is a lead architect at Swisscom where he is responsible for the database and database platform strategy. In his current role he designs and implements mission critical database solutions for Swisscom and their customers from industries and domains where maximum availability, performance and security are key.
He has been working with Oracle technologies in large-scale enterprise environments for 18 years and leverages his extensive experience to get the most auf of Oracle Engineered Systems for Swisscom and their customers.
DevOps Engineer, CERN
Antonio Nappi is a DevOps Engineer at CERN. He graduated from University of Naples Federico II (Italy) with a Master Degree in Computer Science Engineering. Since then, he has been working as cloud expert and system administrator in Italy, Ireland and Switzerland. He is now responsible for migrating the CERN Application Service, that hosts CERN Java critical Applications, to Docker Containers and Kubernetes.
Business and Functional Analyst, Bpost Nv Van Publiek Recht
Steven Touchant is a senior business/functional analyst leading the ICT Finance team of bpost, the Belgian postal operator. bpost is one of Belgium's largest Oracle eBusiness Suite customers and recently embarked on an Oracle ERP Cloud journey and gone live with P2P, R2R and inventory management in October 2019. Steven is involved on a day-to-day basis in almost every aspect of Oracle's suite of integrated business applications. Before joining bpost in 2011 he was, as an eBusiness Suite Financials (Senior Principal) Consultant working for Oracle Belgium, involved in mid to long term projects as well as short term assignments for a period of more than 11 years.
Group Controller, Korian
Philippe Morin was appointed Group controller of Korian, the European leader I care and support services for the elderly in early July 2018.
After 2 years in Spain working for a French audit firm as equivalent to the French "Military Service", Philippe joined Arthur Andersen, a US audit firm company, in 1996. Main assignments were on French large companies (consolidation and US GAAP assignments) and medium size companies in automotive industry and BtB. In 2004 Philippe joined as Manager Consolidation Vivendi Group. After nearly 2 years he moved to Deputy Head of consolidation of France Telecom group.
In January 2007 Philippe joined Alstom as Head of Consolidation and Corporate accounting. He was in charge of published financial statements of Alstom in IFRS and in charge of the accounting department of the main Alstom holdings companies. In 2009 he was appointed Finance Director of Hydro North America being based in Canada. In 2012 he was appointed Finance Director of Hydro Europe, the oldest Hydro region executing long term contracts in Europe, Africa and Asia. As of May 1, 2014 Philippe Morin is appointed Vice-President Finance & IS Wind Business, located in Barcelona, Spain.
Benefiting from the acquisition of Alstom by GE Philippe left the finance function to become Project Management Executive, within the "European" region covering Africa, Europe and Middle East. Directly responsible of the execution and the performance of the largest GE Hydro region.
DB Zürcher Kantonalbank
As a DBA specialist expert Christian is the responsible "product owner" for Exadata within Zürcher Kantonalbank and also the DBA for all the Avaloq databases. As one of the database engineers he's introducing new features and new database releases. He's also the leading DBA for automating Exadata server installation and database creation using Ansible.
Database Engineer, Swisscom
Thomas Mayer works as a database engineer in a DevOps organization developing, engineering and operating an automated High-End Exadata/OVM/ZDLRA based DbaaS Solution. He joined Swisscom 15 years ago and has been part of numerous - mainly Oracle based - Mission Critical Projects involving designing and operating High-Availability architectures.
His key areas are ZDLRA, Exadata and Performance.
Head of Business Solutions Customer Service, BSH
Martina Krenn always had a passion for service in different areas. Since 2001 working at BSH Customer Service in various positions in the headquarter and local entities. BSH is one of the world’s leading household appliance manufacturer, representing the global brands Bosch, Siemens, Neff, Gaggenau as well as local brands like Pitsos, Balay or Thermador. Since 7 years responsible for Business Solutions within Customer Service, working as a bridge between business needs and IT.
Her passion is about creating outstanding solutions which are highly appreciated by the users, increasing efficiency for the company and at the same time, giving the consumer a good experience with the BSH brands. BSH Customer Service is working in 48 countries worldwide, so the biggest challenge is to create global processes and solutions for Contact Center, Parts Logistics and the Service Technicians which are running in India as well as in Europe, China, Indonesia or the US, Turkey or Russia.
Reader in Computer Vision, Manchester Metropolitan University
Dr. Moi Hoon Yap is a Reader (Associate Professor) in computer vision at the Manchester Metropolitan University. She is leading the Human-Centered Computing Group. She is the holder of the Royal Society Industry Fellow with Image Metrics Ltd, and the PI/Co-I of the research projects funded by the Royal Society, Innovate UK, H2020 and industry partners. She serves as an associate editor for Journal of Open Research Software and a reviewer for IEEE journals/Transactions. Her research interests are facial analysis and medical image analysis, mainly in deep learning for real-world computer vision applications. To name a few, facial wrinkle detection and in painting, automation of breast ultrasound lesion detection, diabetic foot ulcer recognition and skin lesion detection.
Assistant Head of Information and Applications Services,
British Army Headquarters
Colonel Mark ‘Chopsey’ Cornell has over 29 years’ experience in the Army and as a Royal Signals Officer; he is currently the Assistant Head of Information Application Services – The Army Software House in Army Headquarters delivering digital transformation solutions to the Army and wider Defence. Prior to this he spent the last 6 years within the Land Environment Tactical Communications space. Firstly, employed as a Capability Manager in the MoD responsible for the £5.2 Bn Deployed Communications portfolio including capabilities such as MORPHEUS (the tactical radio system for the British Army), Falcon (a wide-area trunk communications system for the Army and the Royal Air Force), Air and Maritime Tactical Data Links and Operational IS to support deployed troops across UK Defence. More recently he was employed as the Senior Requirements Manager within the Battlefield and Tactical CIS Delivery Team where he was responsible for the development of the requirements for the MORPHEUS capability on behalf of the User Community, adopting an innovative method of requirements representation.
Col Cornell has a first degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, a Master of Science in Design on Information Systems and attended the Advanced Command and Staff Course for Senior Leaders in the UK military in 2003/2004. He has extensive operational experience from multiple tours in Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and the broader Middle East as well as tours as the Chief of Staff and Chief Operations in the Permanent Joint Headquarters CIS Branch.
Col Cornell is married to Sarah and has three daughters; Grace, Eva and Theodora and his interests include Cycling, Golf and Gardening, which is really an excuse to get ever bigger and more powerful power tools to play with!!!!
Professor of Biochemistry, Bristol University
Imre Berger was trained as a biochemist at Leibniz University and Medical School (MHH) in Hannover (Germany), MIT (Cambridge, USA), and ETH (Switzerland). After group leader posts at ETH and EMBL, Imre joined Bristol as Professor of Biochemistry, Director of the Bristol Synthetic Biology Centre and since 2019 Director of the new Max Planck Centre for Minimal Biology.
Imre pioneered synthetic viral nanosystems for DNA delivery and biologics production. His tools accelerate R&D in academia and industry world-wide. He holds international patents for protein and DNA technologies, founded biotech companies and received numerous distinctions, including the Swiss Technology Award, DeVigier Award and a Welcome Trust Senior Investigator Award for his innovative research.
Geophysicist, Royal Holloway
Saswata (Sash) Hier-Majumder is a geophysicist with an interest in the Earth’s deep carbon and water cycle, planetary magma oceans, and microstructure in natural materials. Sash uses numerical models and 3D microtomographic images of rocks to understand the flow of liquids and magma in the deep and shallow subsurface. His research group at Royal Holloway University of London is currently collaborating on a project with Oracle, the British Geological Survey, and the London Natural History Museum to model permanent sequestration of anthropogenic carbon below the surface. Sash has a PhD in Geophysics from the University of Minnesota, USA. Before his current position as a Reader in Geophysics at Royal Holloway, he was an assistant professor at the University of Maryland, and a postdoctoral researcher at Yale University, USA.
Assistant Director of Finance, London Borough of Lambeth
Hamant Bharadia is CGMA and CIPFA qualified professional with 28 years of local government experience within Finance and IT. As Assistant Director of Finance and Deputy S151 officer leads on the financial strategy and policy for the Council and the development and implementation of all financial aspects of the Council's budget processes for both revenue and capital.
Having worked at various levels with technology, organization redesign and financial management as subject matter expert, project lead or senior responsible officer has been exposed to both client and provider perspective. Often acting as the bridge between Finance and Technology to interpret and deliver business specific and practical solutions covering a wide range of back office transactional processes to client servicing systems such as social care and housing for example.
Partnership Support Officer and System Administrator, West Sussex County Council
Luke Coe is a Partnership Support Officer and System Administrator at West Sussex County Council delivering on the West Sussex Family Assist service across the children's workforce and the county.
As a former personal assistant to the Women and Child Health division at Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Luke developed a sound understanding of service provision and need in West Sussex. Using this experience, he has been effectively leading on the delivery and development of Family Assist across the county since 2017, achieving the 2018 Gov News Public Sector Paperless award for 'Best Customer Experience - Enhancing the Customer Experience through Technology'.
In facilitating partnership working across the children's workforce to support the growth and expansion of Family Assist, his goal is to improve the experience of families and promote the best start in life for all children.
Senior Midwifery Manager, Western Sussex Hospitals, NHS Foundation Trust
Kelly Pierce is a Senior Midwifery Manager at Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Kelly has been a practicing midwife for over 20 years. She has successfully led a portfolio of innovative public health programmes in the fields of weight management, maternal smoking, immunization and engaging service users which have gained an array of awards including three All-Party Parliamentary Group awards for Maternity, the prestigious Royal College of Midwives 'Team of the Year 2017' award and the 2018 Gov News Public Sector Paperless award for 'Best Customer Experience - Enhancing the Customer Experience through Technology'.
Her vision is to maximize opportunities for families by enabling closer partnership working, including using digital solutions, across the children's workforce in order to provide the very best start in life for all children.
Senior Manager Strategic Projects, Sakura Fintek Europe BV
Judith is Senior Manager Strategic Projects within Sakura Finetek Europe BV, based in Alphen aan den Rijn. Besides her study Biochemistry, she studied Quality Management and she is also a certified LEAN Six Sigma Black Belt. Judith fulfilled several management positions in healthcare, like Academic Centre for Dentistry Amsterdam (ACTA) and Academic Medical Centre in Amsterdam (AMC) and is working since 5 years in Sakura Finetek Europe BV. Sakura Finetek Europe has the aim to implement Oracle Cloud as the new ERP solution. PwC is the independent advisor for Sakura Finetek Europe and Judith is working closely with PwC project team to design the business blueprint.
Operations Manager, Deutsche Lufthansa AG
Axel Viel graduated 1993 in Electrical Engineering with the focus on Computer Science. He is working for Lufthansa since 2000 in several team lead position, responsible for IT infrastructure and application operation. His main tasks and responsibility is a stable and reliable operation of IT-Applications supporting the Sales and Marketing processes for the Lufthansa Hub-Airlines.
Senior Vice President, Oracle Cloud
Steve Daheb is senior vice president for Oracle Cloud; he joined the company in 2015. He brings to Oracle a strong record of building businesses, creating new categories, and driving integrated sales and marketing execution to achieve revenue growth.
Daheb is responsible for driving the global transformation and growth of key Oracle Cloud portfolio offerings including all PaaS and IaaS. His responsibilities include full go-to-market strategy and execution to achieve top-line growth of Oracle's cloud business.
Prior to joining Oracle, Daheb was chief marketing officer at Citrix. There he had global responsibilities for all corporate, solutions, product, and partner marketing. Prior to joining Citrix, Daheb served as the chief marketing officer at Blue Coat, a leading provider of web security and WAN optimization solutions. He helped lead the $1.3B sale of Blue Coat to a private equity firm. Previous to Blue Coat, he was chief marketing officer and senior vice president of business development at Emulex Corporation. Before that, Daheb held marketing, sales, and business development leadership roles at BlueArc Corporation (acquired by Hitachi Data Systems), Tasman Networks (acquired by Nortel), Brocade, and Lucent.
In 2010, Daheb was named a top 10 CMO by the CMO Institute and the American Business Awards named him one of the top 10 Marketing Executives in the United States. In 2012, the American Business Awards named Daheb as one of the Top Technology Executives of the Year.
Daheb holds a JD from the Santa Clara University School of Law and a BA from the University of California at Davis.
Senior Vice President and General Manager, Financial Services Global Business Unit, Oracle
Sonny Singh has served as senior vice president and general manager of the Financial Services Global Business Unit at Oracle since 2013. In this role, Singh has worldwide responsibility for Oracle’s product portfolio for the financial services industry across banking, insurance, and capital markets. His organization spans all business functions including product strategy, research and development, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), sales, consulting, marketing, and customer service. In addition, his operational responsibilities include Oracle Financial Services Software (OFSS), a publicly held company, where he is a member of the Board of Directors.
Prior to his current role, Singh was the senior vice president responsible for all functions in Oracle's go-to-market strategy, including product marketing, competitive intelligence, field enablement, and M&A integration across Oracle's entire product and services portfolio. His organization delivered all of Oracle's strategic customer engagement capabilities, including solutions and expertise for all industry vertical segments; the Oracle Insight program, Oracle's branded value engineering competency; and Oracle Solution Centers. Additionally, his organization was responsible for the expert resources, tools, and capabilities for two key market segments: Oracle Key Accounts and Midsize.
Prior to that, Singh was group vice president for Oracle Consulting, where he led Oracle’s services business in North America Strategic Accounts. Singh began his Oracle career in 1990 and has had held a number of leadership roles in Oracle’s consulting and sales organizations, focusing on Oracle Applications.
Singh holds an MS in industrial engineering from Stanford University and a BS in mechanical engineering from Punjab University, India.
Senior Vice President, Oracle Applications Development
Rick Jewell is senior vice president of Oracle Applications development. Jewell has been with Oracle since 1989 and has overall responsibility for Oracle’s supply chain management applications. In addition, his responsibilities include Oracle's recent acquisitions in supply chain, specifically the transportation management, demand planning, advanced planning and scheduling, and product lifecycle management products.
Prior to Oracle, Jewell spent nine years with a large global systems integrator and he also served as CIO for a Bay Area-based medical-device manufacturing company. Jewell is a graduate of Stanford University, where he received a BA in economics and an MS in industrial engineering.
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 Rondy’s leadership, Oracle has developed and delivered the award-winning Oracle ERP Cloud, with rapid adoption from thousands of mid-sized, large and global organizations. He has worked closely with C-suite executives and heads of finance, operations and strategy to reimagine their business processes while taking advantage of the latest technologies in pursuit of new business models and growth.
Rondy’s vision for Oracle ERP Cloud has helped customers implement the latest innovations in artificial intelligence, digital assistants, natural language processing, blockchain, and the Internet of Things to enhance productivity, reduce costs and improve internal controls. Three years in a row since 2017, Oracle ERP Cloud was named a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Cloud Core Financial Management Suites for Midsize, Large and Global Enterprises and positioned for the highest ability to execute.
Rondy 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.
Senior Vice President, Analytics, Oracle
T.K. Anand is Senior Vice President, Product Development at Oracle Corporation, reporting to Executive Chairman and CTO Larry Ellison. He is responsible for the Analytics product strategy and portfolio which includes Oracle Analytics Cloud, Oracle Analytics Server and Oracle Analytics for Applications.
Prior to joining Oracle in 2018, T.K. spent over 20 years at Microsoft Corporation working on a number of products and services including SQL Server, Power BI, Azure data services and Excel. Most recently, he was General Manager and Partner Director of Engineering in the Cloud & AI Division at Microsoft where was responsible for Business Intelligence products including Power BI and SQL Server Analysis & Reporting Services.
T.K. has a Bachelor of Technology degree in Computer Science & Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He also has a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Toronto, Canada where his research focused on database systems.
Senior Vice President, Software Development, Oracle
Wim Coekaerts is senior vice president of software development at Oracle. Coekaerts is responsible for managing a number of projects and cloud services including Oracle Linux and Virtualization, Oracle Enterprise Manager, Oracle Management Cloud Service, Visual Builder Cloud Service and Oracle Database Cloud Service. He is a well-known developer in the open source community and serves as Vice Chairman for the Linux Foundation.
Senior Vice President, Marketing, SaaS, Oracle
Juergen Lindner is Oracle’s senior vice president of marketing for SaaS, focusing on enterprise resource planning (ERP), enterprise performance management (EPM) and supply chain management (SCM). He is responsible globally for SaaS thought leadership, go-to-market strategy, and sales enablement.
Prior to joining Oracle in late 2016, Lindner held several leadership roles at SAP SE including global vice president of go to market and sales enablement for all SAP product lines. Prior to that, he held product leadership roles in financials, procurement, mobile, analytics, database, and technology. Before joining SAP, he worked for Deutsche Bank and SAP systems integrators.
As a more than 20-year veteran of the enterprise software industry, Lindner is continuously driven to help companies succeed in their transformation journeys and take full advantage of emerging technologies. Lindner holds a masters degree in international business administration and management from the University of Applied Sciences in Konstanz, Germany.
Senior Vice President, Applications Development, Oracle
Clive Swan is Senior Vice President, Applications Development at Oracle. He was responsible since inception for the development of the full suite of Fusion HCM cloud and now leads Oracle’s development initiatives in Adaptive Intelligence Cloud solutions.
Clive has been with Oracle since 1990, holding a variety of leadership positions within the development organization. Prior to Oracle, he worked at EDS.
Clive holds a Master of Arts degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University.
Chief Marketing Officer, EMEA, Japan and Asia Pacific, Oracle
Amanda is a well-known international technology marketer having worked for many years in global and field leadership positions in Silicon Valley & internationally. She was formerly global CMO of the Sage Group, plc, and has worked for Cisco, IBM, EMC & Symantec.
In addition to marketing, Amanda is also the SVP of Oracle’s Digital Demand Generation & Business Development teams, leading hub-based organisations all over the world focusing on reimagining Oracle’s customer experience through a combination of digital and physical engagements.
Amanda has a passion for technology start-ups and is a board advisor to a number of early stage companies including Fintech, IoT & Blockchain companies.
Group Vice President, Oracle Product Development
Rajan Krishnan is a group vice president in Oracle product development. He is responsible for outbound product management for Oracle Cloud applications across enterprise resource planning, supply chain management, human capital management, and customer relationship management. Prior to this role, he was vice president for Oracle industry CRM products. He came to Oracle via the Siebel acquisition in 2006.
Krishnan has more than 25 years’ experience in product development, product strategy, product management, marketing, and sales across the information technology and pharmaceutical industries.
Krishnan holds an MBA from the IMD business school in Switzerland, a post-graduate diploma in international trade from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, and a B-Pharm with honours from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science in India.
Group Vice President, Human Capital Management Strategy, Oracle
Gretchen Alarcon is group vice president for Oracle’s human capital management strategy, responsible for development and go-to-market initiatives that help businesses around the world modernize their HR practices through the adoption of Oracle’s HCM cloud apps. Additionally, Alarcon acts as a thought leader, highlighting trends and strategic initiatives in businesses’ transition to the cloud. With more than 20 years’ experience in product strategy, Alarcon uses her knowledge of the industry to showcase the importance of modernization through the integration of cloud apps in core HR, talent acquisition, and HR data analytics. Together with her team, she forecasts future of work movements and delivers initiatives to businesses to protect their bottom line.
Prior to Oracle, Alarcon worked at Icarian, National Semiconductor, Ford, and Silicon Graphics, where she drove the management of workforce suites and aided in the redesign of worldwide human resource functions.
Alarcon holds an MBA from the University of Michigan and a BA in American Studies from Stanford University.
Head of Strategy, HCM Cloud Applications, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Oracle
Yazad Dalal is passionate about identifying and sharing future trends in all areas of people management. As a human capital expert, he has lectured at INSEAD, given keynote presentations at major national and international HR forums and has appeared in over 20 mainstream, business and HR publications in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific.
Yazad is Head of HCM Strategy at Oracle Corporation. He is responsible for overall strategy and business growth of Oracle’s HCM Cloud solutions across the Europe, Middle East and Africa regions. A veteran of several HR technology companies, he has held regional leadership roles in New York, Bangalore and Singapore. A born and raised New Yorker, Yazad is currently based in London.
Vice President, Oracle 4.0 and Advanced Technologies
Vice President, Oracle Global Head Industry 4.0, Eric has 20 years of experience working in digital and business innovation, and transformation strategy roles. He has deep cross-industries knowledge in innovation and Digital/Business Strategy. His career experience includes senior and executive positions in management and IT strategy at IBM Global Services, Capgemini. Prior to this role, he successfully supported manufacturing companies to design and transform their business model to subscription-based model . Co-authored IBM Book "BPM: Modeling through Monitoring"; co-authored Industry 4.0 whitepaper French Syntec. Eric is also president of TRIZ-France developing Manufacturing innovation practices. Panelist at the Davos World Economic Forum.
Vice President of WMS Cloud Development and the former founder and CEO, LogFire
Diego Pantoja Navajas is Oracle Vice President of WMS Cloud Development and the former founder and CEO of LogFire. He is an industry thought leader in SCM who enjoys exploring the impact of advanced and emerging tech on supply chains. He is a regular contributor online at Supply Chain Management Review.
Vice President, Oracle Cloud
Ashish is the Vice President for Oracle Cloud and responsible for product strategy and driving the global transformation and growth of Oracle Cloud Platform portfolio consisting of AI Platform, Blockchain, IoT, Integration, App Dev, Containers/Serverless, Mobile, and Chatbots. He also leads Oracle's global initiative for growing engagement and adoption of Oracle Cloud Platform with developers.
Prior to Oracle, he was General Manager for the technology incubator at Bertram Capital, a private equity firm, where he incubated and launched four Cloud startups focused on DevOps. Ashish was also the Chief Marketing Officer at NuoDB, a cloud database company. He has also held various product and marketing leadership roles at Sales Force and Symantec.
Vice President, Product Management, Digital Assistant/AI & Integration, Oracle
Mr. Suhas Uliyar is a 20-year+ mobile industry veteran, known as an exceptional visionary, strategist and technology evangelist responsible for designing and developing enterprise mobile & intelligent chatbots, platform and tools. Suhas was named in the Top 100 Wireless Technology Experts by Wireless World in 2014. Suhas is responsible for driving Oracle’s Multi Channel experience strategy including mobile, Digital Assistants (Chatbots), Augmented Reality & AI. He is a seasoned executive with years of technical and business management experience in enterprise software, artificial intelligence and machine learning with a successful track record as both an entrepreneur in small start-ups and an executive with major industry leaders. Suhas has held leadership positions with SAP, Motorola Solutions, Spring Wireless, Dexterra (Antenna Software) and Micromuse (IBM).
Vice President, Product Marketing - Security, Oracle
Fred Kost is vice president of product marketing for security at Oracle where he is responsible for go-to-market and sales enablement. Fred has extensive security industry expertise and has held senior leadership roles in marketing and product management at Cisco, HyTrust, Symantec, nCircle, Blue Lane Technologies and Check Point.
Vice President, Oracle Consulting UK and Ireland
Consulting is the team that (amongst other things) carries our SOAR upgrades to ERP Cloud and HCM Cloud. Prior to UK and Ireland, Phil was responsible for Oracle Consulting in Northern Europe. Prior to joining Oracle in 2008 he had a background in Consulting and Sales roles in BEA Systems (Middleware) and Walker Interactive (ERP). Phil is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
Vice President, Oracle ERP and HCM Marketing
Gustavo Amorim is Vice President at Oracle, responsible for marketing strategies and plans for ERPM and HCM solutions in Europe, Middle East and Africa. With more than 15 years in the enterprise software industry, Gustavo Amorim is passionate on how technology enables transformation and empowers organizations and human beings in achieving great outcomes and in shaping the future of business. He is now very dedicated in helping Oracle´s customers realize the full potential of cloud applications in managing financial, operations and human resources processes, leveraging intelligent technologies. Gustavo holds a MBA in Marketing from St. John´s University.