28-29 November 2018RAI, Amsterdam
Enterprise Solutions GM, EMEA @ HP Inc.
EMEA Sales Vice President @ Oracle Digital
Lesley Slaton Brown
Chief Diversity Officer @ HP Inc.
Head of Digital Technology Services @ Fujitsu Technology Solutions
Head, International Campaigns @ AWS Marketing
General Manager, Central & Eastern Europe, Baltics & Balkans & Emerging Markets @ Uber Eats
Director @ Deloitte Consulting
Dr. Carina Kögler
Head of Plant Service @ Audi
Head of Strategic Partnerships & Initiatives @ Microsoft for Startups
VP and Regional Head of HR – EMEA @ HP Inc.
COO @ MessageBird
Head of Diversity & Inclusion @ Splunk
Partner @ McKinsey & Company
AVP, Digital Business, Benelux @ Cognizant
Director of Business Enablement, IoT Services Group @ Arm
Senior Director, RDM & FCA Technology @ Elsevier
Regional Head of Finance - EMEA @ HP
Rini Icent Gopinath
Information Security Expert @ ABN AMRO
Director, Product Management @ Arm
Director, EMEA Channel Sales @ Autodesk
CEO @ MessageBird
Senior Consultant @ Deloitte
Inclusion and Diversity Head @ HEINEKEN
Data Science Manager @ Facebook
Andrea Hofmann PhD
Lead Data Scientist @ Deutsche Post DHL Group
Senior Front End Developer @ Adyen
Senior Solution Architect OmniChannel Payments @ adidas
Principal Architect @ Guidewire
CRO @ Pipedrive
Engineering Leader @ Uber
Senior Director, Industry Solutions, EMEAR @ HERE Technologies
People Products, Leadership Development @ Zalando
Co-Founder & Head of Growth @ Growth Tribe
Senior Recruiter & Nordic Social Media Lead @ Accenture
Senior Product Manager @ Mozilla
Senior Vice President and Head of EMEA @ GoDaddy
Co-Founder & COO @ Naoris Cyber Blockchain
Dr. Melanie Rieback
CEO & Co-Founder @ Radically Open Security
CEO @ The Workshop Technologies
Principal IS Business Analysis Expert @ European Central Bank
CFO & Head of Product Management @ AID
CMO @ Spotcap
COO and a Founding Team Member @ Adtile
Co-Founder & COO @ Zuper GmbH
CEO @ GLO Integration
CEO @ Seafoam Media
CMO Benelux @ IBM
Head of Technology @ ThoughtWorks Spain
Technical Leader @ ASOS
Director of Engineering @ Xing
Head of IT @ Siemens
IT Area Lead @ ING
Staff Software Engineer @ Google
Senior Principal Consultant @ Synopsys
Solutions Engineering Manager @ NetApp
Project Manager @ European Central Bank
Lotta Croiset van Uchelen
Chief DNA Officer @ Schuberg Philis
Product Manager @ Facebook
Security Software Engineer @ Yelp
Senior Product Manager @ TomTom
Product Manager @ Xing
Founder and CEO @ Acellere
Cloud Developer Advocate, AI/ML @ Microsoft for Startups
Data Analyst @ Bla Bla Car
Internal Security Developer @ Shopify
Fullstack Engineer @ Babbel
Founder @ Atos Blockchain Factory
Data Platform Solution Architect, AI @ Microsoft
Data Engineer @ Sixt
Director Digital Product @ Nike
Principal Software Engineer @ Red Hat
Data Scientist @ ABN AMRO
Project Engineer @ Ultimaker
Customer Solutions Architect @ Platform.sh
Agile Coach @ PA Consulting
Steven van Possum
Strategic Cloud Engineer @ Google
Data Scientist @ Mediaan
Group Director, Data @ Bisnode
Dr. Anna Lukasson-Herzig
Founder & CEO @ nyris GmbH
Software Engineer @ Yelp
Cosima Von Kries
Technical Evangelist @ Nintex
Conversion & UX Specialist @ Google
Co-Founder and CEO @ ClaimCompass
Joan de Jong
Director, Banking The Netherlands @ everis
Executive Director @ UN Women National Committee the Netherlands
Tech Entrepreneur, Founder and Owner @ SBDM
Founder @ Delygate
Director of IT @ Emanuel School
Solutions Architect @ cognition IT
Full-Stack Software Engineer @ OpenTable
Research Assistant @ Technical University, Berlin
Head of Operations @ Twickets
Business Development Director, Services, EMEA @ Westcon Group Germany
Co-founder & Chairman @ FirstCapital
Director, Professional Services @ Cognifide
Strategy Consultant, EMEA @ Optimizely
CEO @ Crassula
Senior Director, Business Intelligence & Corporate Strategy @ Applause
Trainer and Consultant @ Catalyst
Social Care Strategy @ HP Inc.
Founder @ Energize Your Voice
Product Manager @ Intermedia
Founder @ SPIN Ideas
Software Tester @ Nederlandse Spoorwegen
Software Engineer @ Pivotal Labs, Berlin
Jamesa Saoirse Brown
Director, Digital Strategy @ Cognizant
Investment Director @ Draper Esprit
Product Manager @ Telefonica Digital
Agile Coach @ Xebia
Mariana Filipova PhD
Innovator & Founder @ STEALM Academy
Software Engineer, Front End Tech Stack @ DAZN
Team Lead, Data Science @ Booking.com
Global Marketing Manager @ OnRobot
Head of Sales @ OnMaCon
Data Scientist @ Boost.rs
Web Developer @ Natural Cycles
Data & Analytics Developer @ Samen Veilig Midden-Nederland
Teresa De Sanctis
Digital Health Analytics Expert @ PharmAccess Foundation
Wendy van Thiel
Product Manager @ Off.Grid:Electric
Marlene de Koning
Lead Solutions Consultant @ Linkedin
Senior Associate, Research and Data Services @ AACSB International
Sara Jonasson Ginters
Founder & Speaker @ Via Consulting
Head of Talent @ Balderton Capital
Christina Bechhold Russ
Principal @ Samsung NEXT Ventures
Marketing Lead @ CoreValue
Founder and CEO @ Spectacular Speaking and Vocal Women
Software Engineer @ Cloudhouse Technologies
Coach @ Amber Rahim Coaching
Head of Data Strategy and Corporate Solutions @ Qualogy
Digital Advisor @ Microsoft
Mobile Engineering Manager @ OLX Group
Owner @ Q10 Consultancy
Machine Learning Engineer @ Trifork
Dr. Terri Simpkin
Academic, Researcher, Consultant @ Braver, Stronger, Smarter
Chief Operating Officer @ Auticon
Senior Business Services Manager @ VMware
Software Engineer @ 8fit
Nhung Le Nguyen
Senior Consultant Marketing Technology @ Deloitte Digital
Dr Petruta Tatulescu
Management Consultant and Project Manager @ Lufthansa AG
Flight Software Engineer, Autonomous Flight @ Daedalean AI
Janelle de Weerd
Marketing Manager @ Crobox
Systems Engineer @ HPE Galway
Manager Technology and Innovation @ IBM
Florencia Fernández Rivera
Expansion Lead @ Fever
Founder @ Hielema Coaching
CEO @ STEM Nation
PMO Manager, EMEA, JAPAC @ Oracle
Head of Cloud and Infrastructure Services Delivery @ Microsoft
Digital Marketer @ Open Social
Head Brand Analytics @ Philips
Diana Geels - de Koos
Senior Delivery and Cloud Program Manager @ Oracle
Head of MarketPlace @ Privalia
Reka Nikoletta Gazda
Executive Coach, Team and Leadership Development @ Growing Leaders
Co-Founder @ Tipic
Software Engineering Manager @ Facebook
Co-founder & Analytics Executive @ Dain Studios
CEO @ She’s Coding
Researcher @ Eurasia Group
Senior Product Manager @ LEO Innovation Lab
Senior Designer @ LEO Innovation Lab
Danielle ter Haar
Consulting Partner @ Technology2Enjoy
Rose La Prairie
Product Manager @ Android Digital Wellbeing
VP & General Manager, EMEA @ Kaltura
Head of Growth Marketing @ Badoo
Project Manager Digital & Innovation @ KfW
Founder Meri Body B.V. and Financial Analyst @ BNG Bank
Head of Analytics @ Badoo
Senior Consultant and Project Lead @ Accenture
Consultant Engineer @ European Space Agency
Principal Technical Programme Manager @ DAZN
Solution Consultant @ ServiceNow
Scrum master / Agile coach @ DAZN
Director of Online Marketing @ Dataiku
Before taking on her current role as Enterprise Solutions GM Luciana was the General Western Europe (GWE) General Manager for the Personal and Printing Systems Organization (PPS) in HP.
Previous to that role Luciana was the Vice President of the Global Customer Support Services Organization for PPS in HP responsible for driving a customer- focused trade services strategy, increase revenue and margin and increase services penetration rate for the overall PPS portfolio. Before the PPS integration Luciana was the VP and GM of the Channel Sales Organization (CSO) for HP’s Personal Systems Group (PSG) in APJ (Asia Pacific and Japan). During that time she also covered two General Manager Positions in India and China for PSG. Luciana has held other leadership roles such as Chief of staff of the PSG EMEA, VP of Marketing for PSG EMEA, Director of Distribution Development and Sales, Partner Business Director for Ingram Micro, Channel Marketing Director and Channel Operations Manager. Luciana has a degree in economics from the Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. - Current, VP & GM of EMEA Enterprise Solutions.
Giovanna is Vice President for Oracle Digital in Europe Middle-East and Africa (EMEA). The Oracle Digital organization is spearheading the company’s biggest ever transformation, and is central to positioning Oracle as the world’s most trusted cloud partner. In her capacity as leader of the Technology line of business, Giovanna is responsible for accelerating growth for Oracle’s cloud business in the mid-market.
As Chairperson for the Oracle Digital EMEA group, she took on the mission to help talented young professionals to futureproof their career and also to support the company’s goal to engage and empower the next generation of female leaders. More recently, she has developed a passion for “the future of work” and wiring multicultural teams to pioneer digital selling. A strong advocate of innovation as the new status quo, Giovanna is a passionate IT engineer at heart, with strong knowledge of the IT market and management competencies which she gained in diverse and multicultural organizations. Before joining Oracle in 1992, she was an IT Director in retail – fashion sector.
Lesley Slaton Brown is the Chief Diversity Officer at HP Inc. With over 20 years of experience in the technology industry, Lesley has a unique ability to align and build strategy across organizations and drive business outcomes within corporations, start-ups and non-profits. Coupling her global marketing, branding, communications and diversity and inclusion experience, with a deep passion for social entrepreneur and leadership development. Most recently, Lesley served as the Principal Investigator for the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME), “Go West” Computing Project. This project focused on broadening representation of women and minorities in computing education and careers.
Lesley was awarded the 2016 Woman of the Year in Technology by Silicon Valley’s Chapter of National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., in addition to the 2016 Multicultural Leadership Award by the National Diversity Council. She was twice recognized by Black Enterprise as a Top Executive in Marketing and Advertising, Savoy Magazine as a Top Influential Woman in Corporate America and was featured in Diversity Journal’s Leaders Publication. Lesley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with an emphasis in Marketing from Boise State University. She was a NCAA Scholarship recipient where she lettered in Women’s Basketball. Lesley lives in Morgan Hill, CA, and works at HP Inc. headquarters in Palo Alto, CA.
Ineke has joined Fujitsu in 2015 as Head of Managed Infrastructure Services in The Netherlands. Since July 2016 she is responsible for the full Customer Service Management delivery organisation; providing services to all IT-Services and Application customers for Fujitsu in The Netherlands. In addition she was recently appointed to also lead the Portuguese and Turkish Digital Technology Services organisation for Fujitsu.
Ineke’s leadership career spans over 2 decades in which she has held a variety of roles from managing large field operations to CIO of a Dutch-based Water company. Ineke is passionate about adding value to our customers with technology and the quality of service she and her teams provide. She strongly focusses on co-creation; building new futures with and for Fujitsu’s customers.
Maria Ciolpan is Head of International Campaigns, Public Sector, for Amazon Web Services (AWS). Based in Luxembourg, Maria works with a broad range of public sector customers, from educational institutions, and government agencies to non-for-profits to share best practices and highlight the innovative work they are doing in the cloud. Maria is passionate about helping customers understand how to use cloud technologies to drive efficiencies, and improve the lives of their citizens to be inclusive, open and supportive of the aspirations of their communities. Maria studied marketing and has worked in the technology industry for more than 15 years, with most of her experience focused on the public sector.
Charity is an accomplished leader, with a passion for emerging markets and technologies. Holding a Canadian passport, she has worked on 4 continents during the span of her career. In Eastern Europe, she held leadership positions for Vodacom, leading strategy and driving sales channels for consumer and business segments. In Tanzania, she was Chief Marketing Officer for Vodafone, and instrumental in driving the adoption smartphones, mobile money (M-Pesa), and other industry-changing customer solutions. In Myanmar, also as CMO, she drove data penetration in a fiercely competitive market, as Telco providers raced to keep up customers' record-breaking data demands.
Switching gears, Charity left telco to take up a new challenge - leading Ubers' rides business in key South East Asian markets. She has since relocated her family to Europe, to lead Uber Eats growth across Central and Eastern Europe, Western Asia, and other key emerging markets.
Sandra is Director within Deloitte Consulting and is part of the Analytics & Information Management cluster of the Technology group in the Netherlands, in which she is leading the Advanced Analytics team of 35+ data scientists . She has been working in Analytics since 2001 in the Media and Telecom market. She has knowledge of both the technical and the business side of the trade and can form a bridge between IT and marketing. She’s experienced in transforming companies to insight driven organizations through showing the value of data.
Dr. Carina Kögler is head of plant service with 400 employees at Audi. She has worked at various universities and companies in very different jobs in the past 27 years and has always worked in a predominantly male environment. This environment was thrilling and has inspired her to give the audience some hints about how women can work very efficiently in male surroundings.
As a working mum she is very engaged in supporting young women in their personal and professional development.
Noga Tal leads Strategic Partnerships & Initiatives at Microsoft for Startups. In her role she’s focused on building and managing some of the company’s newest global startup engagement partnerships and programs, including its focus on female founders and other under-represented groups. In previous roles, she led different areas of Microsoft’s startup cloud adoption strategy and execution world-wide. Noga is also an advisor and mentor to several Seed stage startups in Tel Aviv. Prior to her work at Microsoft, Noga held various business, product and marketing management roles in the consumer space and in the non-profit industry. Noga is a passionate advocate of women in tech and in her spare time mentors and coaches women on pursuing and developing careers in tech.
Sharon Ellerker is HP’s VP and Regional Head of HR for EMEA, based out of the Bracknell office in the UK.
Sharon joined HP in May 2009 as the Employee Relations Director for EMEA and moved into the role of HR Director for the UK and Ireland in March 2010. In June 2014, she became Global VP HR for HP’s Enterprise Solutions Sales & Business Operations teams before moving into her current role in August 2015. Throughout her career, Sharon has always been a strong advocate for Diversity and Inclusion. In her current HR role, and as a member of the regional leadership team, she actively promotes equality for all HP employees in EMEA.
A competitive speed skater turned international tax lawyer, Mayke Nagtegaal is the COO of MessageBird, the Amsterdam-based cloud communications platform that, in 2017, raised the largest early-stage investment ever secured by a European software company. Mayke joined MessageBird in 2015 as CFO before becoming COO a year later. Prior to MessageBird, Mayke worked as a tax advisor for PWC and HVK Stevens. She resides in Amsterdam.
Suzanne began her career at a big four management consultancy firm working with clients in multiple industries in London and across Europe. She then moved to the Bay Area consulting at Hi-Tech companies and discovered her passion for Diversity & Inclusion and the next chapter of her career. She is currently the Chief Diversity Officer at Splunk.
A dynamic diversity and inclusion leader she has a passion for sourcing, engaging and developing talent to drive a culture of performance. She believes that future organizations will only be successful if they are able to include, harness and unleash the power of diverse teams. Suzanne is Scottish, her husband is Nigerian, her 3 kids Sophia(13), Eva(10), Keir(6) are from California. She likes to work out, travel and go shopping ….although she is more skilled at the latter!
Naomi Smit is a Partner in Digital McKinsey and has extensive experience working in the Telco and High-tech sectors. Naomi specializes in helping clients build digital businesses, adopt cutting edge technologies, and implement agile and lean methodologies. She is an expert in developing strategies for McKinsey clients to kick-start their digital transformations. Naomi holds an MBA from the London Business School, and earned her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Informatics & Economics at Erasmus University in Rotterdam.
Jitka leads Cognizant’s Digital Business in Benelux. Her experience in leadership roles in ICT is exceptional. She contributed to driving exceptional revenue growth, building successful teams and supporting customers with their digital challenges. She gained her knowledge in leading positions within VMware, Microsoft, Capgemini, Logica and IBM Netherlands. As a strong leader in complex, continuous changing and multi-cultural environment she stands for resilience, decisiveness and smart teamwork.
Bee Hayes-Thakore leads new business initiatives at Arm that remove the significant challenges businesses face when deploying IoT products globally. Previously at Arm, Bee has led the global marketing programs for the fast growing IoT Services Group since its inception.
Prior to Arm, Bee has more than 15 years of entrepreneurial and corporate experience spanning across embedded, robotics and data services, and has led products from concept to scale-out production for varied innovative technology partners such as Raspberry Pi, Premier Farnell, NASA, LEGO, AIRBUS, BT, X PRIZE and Shell. Bee is a Board Member of The Planetary Society.
Karin is responsible for the Technology teams driving the Elsevier portfolios of Research Data Management and the Funder/Funding focused product suite. This includes Mendeley Data – a research data lifecycle management solution, Mendeley Funding – a researcher focused funding search capability, Funding Institutional - an institutional focused funding search capability and Expert Look up – aided identification of top researchers for Funders to support proposal review and validation.
Before joining Elsevier, Karin was a Technology Director with eBay Classifieds Group heading up core capability technology platforms ranging from native apps; native advertising platforms, communications services across email, chat and push; internal sales and financial platforms on a global basis. She has worked in a wide range of organizations from financial services, telecommunications, advertising and standards. Karin holds a degree in Combined Social Sciences from the University of Durham and is a non-executive board advisor to Code to Change, an organization passionate about supporting mid career women to enter the world of IT.
Claire Bramley is the Regional Head of Finance for EMEA based in Geneva. In this role she partners with the President of HP EMEA to develop and implement the regional strategy and oversee the financial operations, planning and performance management of the region. In addition she provides guidance and oversight of EMEA Finance people programs including development, talent management and employee engagement.
Claire joined HP in January 2007 as the Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) Director for PSG EMEA based in the UK then relocated to Geneva as the Finance Director supporting the sales force and end to end financial processes for the Channel, including Retail & Telco’s, and for Corporate, Enterprise & Public Sector. Claire has a bachelor’s degree in Accounting & Financial Management from Loughborough University in the UK and is a Chartered Accountant.
Rini is an Information Security Expert at ABN AMRO who began her career in Cyber Security. She holds 5 years of experience with knowledge and skills in the industry that includes investigating and handling Cyber security incidents such as credential thefts, malware infections, data leakage, denial of service attacks and many more on daily basis. Having a passion for defensive security, she is responsible for building ideas for detection and defensive mechanisms for highly sophisticated attack techniques that are currently emerging in the field. She is a team player and loves sharing the knowledge. Currently involved in technologies such as cloud computing at ABN for implementing security controls. She spends time hacking in her lab to learn and develop skills to defend better. Rini loves travelling to explore new places, photography and plays soccer occasionally.
Kirsi joined ARM IoT business unit in 2015 as Product Manager for Mbed OS connectivity technologies. With over 20 years of experience in the technology industry holding several leading positions including 3GPP standardization delegate and Nokia Mobile Phones head software architect, Kirsi has wide expertise of technology evolvement consumer driven electronics and is now focused on Internet of Things solutions.
In ARM she is responsible to bring together diverse customer requirements, as a consolidated roadmap to ensure right connectivity solutions for corporates through to start-ups. In her daily work, she is responsible for the ARM internal investments to technologies, and collaboration with ARM partner ecosystems joint investments.
Vicky is responsible for the EMEA Channel organization at Autodesk, a company that makes software for people who make things. Currently she manages a target of over €600m and 35 staff. Vicky has a heritage in sales and general management and is recognized for her strong sales leadership and results.Vicky previously held several leadership roles in Xerox where she held the position of Director & General Manager, UK Sales Operations. She was also a UK Board member.
Vicky believes that innovation is driven by diversity and has for many years supported the development of women in sales and sales leadership in tech companies. She is a strong advocate of Autodesk´s Women in Leadership program.
Robert Vis is the founder and CEO of MessageBird, the Amsterdam-based cloud communications platform offering a suite of Cloud Communications APIs that enable developers and enterprises to communicate with customers in virtually any corner of the planet. Prior to MessageBird, Robert was the co-founder and CEO of Zaypay.com, a mobile payments platform which was sold to Mobile Interactive Group (MIG), later Velti (Nasdaq: VELT), now mGage. Robert resides in Amsterdam and San Francisco.
Marlieke Ranzijn is a senior Consultant within Analytics and Information Management (AIM). Her 7 years with Deloitte have been split between the United States and the North-West European Member firm, leaving her with a valuable global perspective on Analytics and Data Discovery. Marlieke possess proven knowledge in leading and contributing to advanced data visualization initiatives, business intelligence implementations, and strategic analytics projects.
Pascale recently joined HEINEKEN, after 28 years in the tech industry, where she worked in the fields of innovation, strategy and diversity. In 2011, together with 5 colleagues, Pascale founded ‘StrongHer’, an employee network changing the way we look at talent, irrespective of gender. This network has grown in 50+ countries, gathering 2600 members, including 24% men, and been recognized in 2014 by ITU and UN Women as a winner of the 2014 GEM-TECH Global Achiever Award. Pascale is a keen blogger, a certified leadership coach and a believer in diversity and inclusion as a business imperative and strategic challenge.
Sandi Conroy is a Data Science Manager for Facebook’s Community Integrity Team based in London. She’s passionate about using data to solve business problems and building diverse and supportive teams. Before joining Facebook in 2014, Sandi used her love of Statistics in the Insurance and Marketing industries and studying at Penn State and George Mason Universities.
Andrea is a lead data scientist and analytics expert at the world´s leading logistics company Deutsche Post DHL Group. She has 10+ years’ experience applying advanced data mining, predictive analytics and machine learning methods to real-world problems across multiple domains including medicine, finance and logistics. Andrea holds a Ph.D. in data analytics and combines extensive experience in quantitative research with a proven leadership record in managing data science projects and teams. In her current role, she delivers powerful and interpretable machine learning solutions to solve complex business problems and contributes to a data-driven strategy of Deutsche Post DHL Group.
Meike Muckenhaupt-Greenaway is a Senior Solution Architect at adidas, based in the company’s headquarters in Germany. As part of the IT Omnichannel Payments team she designs and implements online, mobile and in-store payment solutions across the globe. Prior to joining adidas, Meike spent 10 years as a Software Engineer for a global cloud-based eCommerce software company, where she focused on payment gateway integrations, REST API development, reverse logistics and automation of business processes. Meike enjoys gymnastics, cycling and skiing. She is married and has 2 kids.
Roz is a Principal Architect with Guidewire’s Professional Services team. As such she is responsible for solution delivery on multi-million Euro Insurtech projects across Europe.
Roz started coding as soon as she could write and was first paid for it at sixteen. In the two decades since graduating she has worked in five countries, in multiple industries, and in companies varying in size from start-ups to multinationals. Being fed up of being the only woman in the room a lot of the time, she is a founder member of Guidewire’s Woman’s Network, GROW.
As the former Senior Marketing Director for EMEA and LATM, Talent Solutions, Laurence Bret-Stern has seven years of fuelling growth at LinkedIn under her belt, where she successfully launched the company’s French office and served on the EMEA Leadership Board.
In 2017, she joined the leading sales Customer Relationship Management (CRM) platform Pipedrive as its Chief Revenue Officer. Since then, Laurence has poured her energy into boosting the growth, value creation and branding efforts of her new company leading a global team from London. In Amsterdam, she will offer tactical knowledge on the journey of moving upmarket with Pipedrive.
Anu Gali is an Engineering Leader at Uber leading the Finance Insights team. As a tech leader, Anu has built high performing engineering teams from the ground up and steered large-scale projects in web, e-commerce and mobile technologies for companies such as Groupon, Shutterfly, Adobe and Yahoo. Anu strongly believes in having an entrepreneurial mindset and in helping others to reach their potential. A few years back, in her spare time, she co-founded a company and released a social entertainment app “IntoMovies”. She also volunteers for a number of charitable organizations and STEM programs.
Leen Balcaen is leading the EMEAR Industry Solutions team at HERE Technologies, providing in-depth insights and expertise on how location and location-based services play a key role across industries and sectors like Smart Cities, Transport and Logistics, Retail, Insurance, Media and more. Leen is a global leader with more than 15 years of experience in digital mapping, location-based services, points of interest, probes and search. In the last two years she focused especially on areas like IoT, SaaS, Public Sector and Smart Cities.
Prior to starting her current role, Leen led the HERE Cities, Public Sector and Infrastructure team at the company. In this role she defined the strategy and vision for HERE Cities which she is now executing in her current role. Leen started at HERE in 2015 as a Director of Product Management for the company’s Consumer Business Group. Prior to HERE, Leen worked at TomTom/Tele Atlas for 11 years in various roles, including Director of Enhanced Content for TomTom Places and Senior Program Manager Community Input.
Leen has a Master’s Degree in Geography from the University of Gent and is fluent in English, Dutch and French.
Jennifer Beecher has never quite come to terms with writing third person biographies. She heads up Leadership Development in the People Products Team at Zalando, with a background in software engineering, product management, coaching and facilitation. Building leadership culture, infrastructure and products is where her patchwork of acquired skills and her natural curiosity for humans in their wonderful complexity meet.
Jennifer lives near Berlin and tends to spend her free time with a small human, attempting to finally master a pull-up, or doing something involving music.
David runs Growth Tribe, a young 65-person company that teaches startups and corporates the skills, tools and tactics of rapid experimentation. His hobbies include building prediction models and running 5-second tests. He also has a Youtube channel called “Growth Tribe”... come subscribe.
Divya has extensive international experience in HR and Recruiting. With a career spanning over 8 years, she is working with leveraging her Recruiting experience in Accenture at a Nordic level. Her passion is within recruiting diversely, driving key initiatives, attending events and that also fuels Accenture’s goals. She believes in creating a better employee & candidate experience and fostering a truly human culture, so people bring the best versions of themselves at work. Right now she is also driving Social Media Recruiting activities within the Nordic at Accenture.
Arielle is a Senior Product Manager in Mozilla's Open Innovation team, where she has been working to enable better contribution experiences through tooling. Previous to that, she started Product Department at Sierra Club, America's Largest Environmental Non-Profit, where her worked earned her a Webby Honoree award and drove many internal process adoptions, including agile, testing, and impact estimating. Before that, she worked as a Digital Strategist in the music industry, notably with artists OK Go and Amanda Palmer. She is currently based in Berlin.
As Senior Vice President and head of GoDaddy EMEA, Irana leads a global team that helps small businesses in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa bring their businesses online and make their own way.
Irana joined GoDaddy in 2013, leading product teams focused on delivering productivity tools to small businesses. In addition, Irana founded GoDaddy Women in Technology (GDWiT) a networking organization with a mission to foster professional growth among women at GoDaddy as well as attract more diversity to the technology industry.
Prior to GoDaddy, Irana ran product teams at Intuit, where she oversaw the launch of Quickbooks POS and mobile payments, enabling more than 100,000 merchants to “go mobile.” Irana began her career at IBM where she served in engineering and product leadership roles focused on technology solutions for enterprise customers worldwide.
Monica is an innovative, dynamic and passionate C-level executive. In her most recent assignment as a Co-founder and COO of Naoris, blockchain based cybersecurity start-up, established in London, she illuminates the way towards achieving new successful innovative technology products and manages their entrance into the mass market.
In the past, she was working as Business area security officer for Edwards and spent 8 amazing years in AT&T in multiple senior roles reporting up to VP levels.
She has the obsession to make a positive difference in the world. Believing passionately in freedom, empowerment, equality and sustainability.
Dr. Melanie Rieback is the CEO/Co-founder of Radically Open Security, the world’s first non-profit computer security consultancy company. Melanie worked as a Senior Engineering Manager on XenClient at Citrix and was also the head researcher in the CSIRT at ING Bank. For fun, she co-founded the Dutch Girl Geek Dinner in 2008. Melanie was named 2010 ICT Professional of the Year (Finalist) by WomeninIT, one of the “400 most successful women in the Netherlands” by Viva Magazine (Viva400) in 2010 and 2017, one of the “fifty most inspiring women in tech” (Inspiring Fifty Netherlands) in 2016 and 2017, and the “Most Innovative IT Leader” by CIO Magazine NL (TIM Award) in 2017. Her company, Radically Open Security was also named the “50th Most Innovative SME” by the Dutch Chamber of Commerce (MKB Innovatie Top 100) in 2016.
Kristen MacDonald is a Gaming industry original: from CS to CEO. Starting in Customer Service over 15 years ago she learnt the importance of player feedback first-hand and has helped to shape company strategy and vision ever since. Moving up through leadership roles in CS, Marketing, Design and Product Development. She is a champion of design; having introduced UX, design principles, and built an internal Games Studio under her watch as CDPO.
Now as CEO of The Workshop Technologies, Kristen inspires with her fearlessly forward attitude towards industry challenges and in her commitment to diversity. She is “All In.”
Nicole is a business analyst at the European Central Bank in Frankfurt. She is an economist with an MBA specialising in information management. She started her career in consulting, mainly implementing market risk management systems for financial institutions. At the ECB she is responsible for the implementation of systems in the area of market operations, covering the whole range from business process modelling and requirements management to managing implementation and testing.
Linh Bergen-Peters brings more than 20 years of marketing experience to her role as Chief Marketing Officer at Spotcap. As CMO, Linh is responsible for Spotcap’s multinational marketing strategy and the global marketing team. Linh has worked for leading technology companies across Europe, building and marketing high-tech brands. Before joining Spotcap, she held senior roles at HID Global, AMD and Hewlett Packard. Linh is fluent in four languages and holds a masters degree in management from ESSEC Business School in France.
A passionate technology enthusiast with over 15 years’ experience in building software and overseeing high-level global technology projects in companies ranging from small start-ups to large corporations. Background and interests in Banking, E-commerce, Mobile and Blockchain technologies.
As an ex-software developer, Annikki loves to tackle complex technical problems alongside talented engineers and scientists every day. Annikki is also the founder of Future Female, a platform and a network to connect and inspire women in tech and a kick-starter for new Googles and Amazons.
Leitha Matz is COO/co-founder of Zuper, the first mobile financial coach in Germany and Austria (getzuper.com). With 20+ years of building IT and eCommerce teams, she's solved problems for companies ranging from FedEx (international logistics) to FreshDirect (online grocery, $600 MM rev/yr) and is a frequent international speaker on topics ranging from FinTech gamification and financial health to data management, remote work and startup management.
Leitha also co-founded "Mind The Gap," a non-profit group promoting women's financial equality and is an EU tech ecosystem connector and a mentor/judge for startup organisations, including the METRO Accelerators by Techstars.
Nha-Lan transformed a traditional 19-year-old organisation from a boutique consultancy into a company that is regarded as a valued strategic partner to many large organisations across different industries. Under her leadership, the impact of GLO Integration’s work has grown beyond solely successfully delivering technical IT projects also to define and execute their integration and API strategies to drive digital transformation.
Nha-Lan has a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and a master's degree in Supply Chain Management. Before starting her career at GLO Integration, she successfully founded and sold a fashion webshop and worked as a freelance project manager at The Modefabriek. She began her career at GLO Integration as a trainee four years ago, during which she followed an extensive technical training program and wrote her master's thesis researching the maturity of Service-oriented Architectures of large organisations in The Netherlands.
Rhiannon Payne is the Founder and CEO of Sea Foam Media, a boutique Blockchain, ICO, and STO agency based in San Francisco with a globally distributed team.
Rhiannon started Sea Foam working as an independent ICO consultant and whitepaper author and has since expanded the company to encompass end-to-end services for prospective ICOs (Initial Coin Offerings) and STOs (Security Token Offerings). She currently serves as an advisor for three Blockchain projects and has worked with over fifteen.
Rhiannon has been passionate about amplifying women’s voices since the age of 20 when she started an online magazine with original content written by and for women. Today, her team at Sea Foam Media is comprised of over 50% women.
Evita has a heart for driving change and putting people in the center of that change. Before joining IBM as Chief Marketing Officer for the Benelux market, she has had several international management functions at Philips Electronics with fifteen years of experience in Business Innovation, Strategy, Global Product marketing and Regional marketing & sales. Next to the opportunities that Digital Transformation brings to businesses, Evita is highly interested in the impact it has on society and how it serves as a driver of the dialogue around Diversity and Inclusion. As a Board member of the Museum Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder, she also supports the societal dialogue around Tolerance and Diversity.
Evita Stoop holds a Master of Science degree from Delft University of Technology and a MBA from London Business School.
Maria Gomez is the Head of Technology at ThoughtWorks Spain. She has been a software developer and architect for more than 10 years. She has worked with many different technologies and domains, which has helped her advise stakeholders to make the right technology decisions. She joined ThoughtWorks in London in 2012 and has led teams in the United Kingdom, India, Germany, USA, Ecuador, and Spain.
She is also a speaker and an advocate for diversity and inclusion in the IT industry.
Amanda is a technical leader at ASOS.com, passionate about all things inclusion. Amanda is personally driven by developing technical teams as well as empowering them to develop themselves. She strongly believes in challenging the status quo when it comes to the representation of women and minorities within technology and has previously lead Engineering teams across the globe in Canada, America and Ireland both in large scale corporations and smaller start-ups.
Born in Wilhelmshaven, studied Computer Science in Hamburg, being a passionated Ruby on Rails Developer and a mom, Uygar, 37, is in her professional life the Director Engineering for the Premium Memberships at XING where she leads as a people manager a bunch of developers, QA engineers, Agile Project Managers and Teamleads. Having worked as Ruby on Rails Engineer in several teams before for building successful products, she gains experience in developing and also placing products on the market. Besides that Uygar also believes in young talents and therefore is training apprentices at XING as computer scientists as well as being active for motivating more girls and women for programming.
With a career spanning multiple decades, roles, organizations, and countries from her home country of Canada then UK, Norway and currently Germany, Joanne has experienced many challenges and rewards on route. Through creative problem solving and inspiring leadership, she commits to delivering beyond expectation by finding the right solution, at the right time with maximum efficiency. In her current role as Global Head of IT within Siemens PD Solutions, she ensures maximum value add in E2E service delivery to 4000 employees in 40 countries.
Mennat Mokhtar has 14 years of experience in the FinTech world. She has gained a wealth of experience as a hands-on software developer, system analyst and infrastructure engineer in top global financial institutions in New York, London, Dubai and now in Amsterdam. Previously a Vice President in Credit Trading Technology at Goldman Sachs followed by IT Manager at the first REIT in the MENA region.
Mennat is now an IT Area lead at ING Netherlands & Belgium for Investments. She has a strong passion for people motivation and lean way of working.
Ralitsa Angelova leads Google's efforts to improve Maps quality using deep learning and other machine intelligence techniques. Dr. Ing. Angelova currently leads a team of 12 software engineers. Her prior projects at Google include novel machine learning approaches to improve the quality of Google's Knowledge Graph, and work in video ads quality. Prior to joining Google, she was a research associate at the Max Planck Institute in Saarbruecken, Germany, where her work focused on machine learning to discover patterns in social networks. She serves at ACM-W Europe and strongly supports full engagement of women in all aspects of the computing field.
Meera Rao is a senior principal consultant and the director of the secure development practice within the Synopsys Software Integrity Group. She focuses on helping her clients establish and enhance their DevSecOps and CI/CD lifecycles by integrating a broad range of security related activities. She has over 23 years of experience in software development organizations and has overseen and performed secure code reviews, static analysis implementations, architectural risk analyses, secure design reviews, and threat models of systems built from a few thousand lines of code to systems containing tens of millions of lines of code.
Bhavna Mistry is a Solutions Engineering Manager at NetApp responsible for EMEA GSI (Global Systems Integrators), EMEA Partner Solution Center and Channel across UK, Middle East and Iberia. Her background includes Government and more recently Service Providers including Deutsche Telekom/T-Systems. Bhavna is enthusiastic and passionate about delivering the Engineering Days event across EMEA, bringing together NetApp Product Managers with customers and partners to gather feedback and influence product roadmaps and strategy.
Bhavna has an Honours Bachelors and Masters Degree in Electronics Engineering from the University of Warwick and has worked for 20 years in the IT industry in a technical role, including 8 years at NetApp, Fujitsu-Siemens and Sun Microsystems.
Anastasia is an IT Project Manager at the European Central Bank in Frankfurt. She recently graduated from her second Masters in Project Management from Georgetown University in Washington DC, USA while she is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) in good standing since 2013. Her academic background is Applied Informatics and Systems Engineering Management. In the European Central Bank she has lead multiple Information Technology projects in the area of financial markets, statistics and central banking, the current one being a data warehouse project for market operations. She is interested in IT innovation and project management. When managing projects, she prefers having a deep understanding of the underlying business processes so she can efficiently perform risk and stakeholder management for her projects.
Lotta Croiset van Uchelen is Chief DNA Officer at Schuberg Philis, an innovative business technology company focused on the mission-critical applications that its customers and society rely on 24/7. Lotta combines her studies in information science, economics, and psychotherapy to implement (together with other team members) Schuberg Philis’s colleagues grow their impact in their coaching roles so that they in turn can help grow impact for colleagues. Lotta has taken care of over 10 foster children. Working with Social Services for so many years helped Lotta realize her vision for Schuberg Philis: caring for each other, growing impact, and taking a business-like approach do not have to be mutually exclusive. Choose your own boss is one of the many results.
I’m a Product Manager supporting Growth and Engagement on Workplace by Facebook. Workplace is our work product that helps people connect and discover new more inclusive ways of working. I started my career back in 1999 working for lastminute.com before “Product Manager” was even commonly a job title in the UK. I set up teams and worked at Save the Children, Zoopla and a start-up called Mydeco. Just before Facebook I spent 7 years as a Product Director for OpenTable. Outside work I spend most of my time reading or stepping on lego left behind by my two little boys.
Alina is a Security Software Engineer at Yelp London where she contributes to building secure infrastructure. She is leading the Awesome Women In Engineering (AWE) Group at Yelp in the UK. She was born in Romania where she finished her studies with a masters degree in Networks Security from Politehnica University of Bucharest before moving to London in 2015. Outside work Alina loves travelling, playing tennis and enjoys listening to classical music.
Natasa Jovanovic is a product leader passionate about building products that have a positive impact on people’s lives on a large scale. In her 16-year career in tech, Natasa has held various positions in the fields of Software engineering, User Experience Design and Product Management. She is currently working as a Senior Product Manager in TomTom, responsible for TomTom Navigation User Interface, the product used by millions of users out there.
Natasa holds a PhD degree in Artificial Intelligence and Machine learning. She has passion for creating end-user value as well as business value out of data. Natasa is a true believer that diversity is a key to making companies innovative and successful.
As a Product Manager, Angela is responsible for several member acquisition products at XING. While studying environmental and economic law, she worked for Germany’s leading legal database, where she discovered her interest in online services. After completing her degree, she gained work experience in sales, project and product management spanning fields such as telecommunication, online marketing, coaching services as well as online shops. Besides her passion for agile methods and user-centric products, she is a speaker and mentor at the XING Mentor Month, an initiative that supports refugees entering the German job market.
Vishal is the founder of Acellere, a German technology company. He and his team are developing the engine to reduce the risk of software failures on this planet. He is an engineer by qualification, has worked across the world and mostly lives out of a suitcase. His passion is to industrialize software engineering using AI.
Amy Boyd is a Cloud Developer Advocate at Microsoft, having obtained a degree in Computer Science, completing a research project in Natural Language Processing/Machine Learning and an internship at Microsoft’s search engine, Bing. Amy is passionate about Data Science and Machine Learning and her roles at Microsoft have allowed her to work in many different areas of data science (visualisation, ML, big data, IoT) as well as working on projects with customers from across the globe. Her role as a Cloud Developer Advocate is to help developers, students and start-ups to engage with Microsoft around Microsoft Azure and specifically the Microsoft AI Platform by providing content, learnings, and sample code. You will find her sharing her content and learnings online and at in-person events.
Sophie switched her career into the Tech industry by joining BlaBlaCar as a Data Analyst in 2016, after holding a 4-year experience in analytics roles, first as an economist at TOTAL, and then as a strategy consultant. At BlaBlaCar, she is now responsible for supporting the new B2C business line by providing key business insights and delivering a best-in-class reporting. She is a teamplayer who contributed to building geography-based analytical tools for her team and is now one of the developer for the testing platform.
She is also an enthusiastic yogini who occasionally shares her practice by guiding sessions at BlaBlaCar. Sophie holds a double-degree from CentraleSupelec in Electrical Engineering and IFP School in Petroleum Economics & Management.
Diana Birsan is an Internal Security Developer at Shopify. Originally from a post production sound background, she slowly made her way into the Information Technology field working at a telecommunications company in Canada. In the past few years since joining Shopify, she has become focused on device and identity security as it fits in an open company culture. Over this past year her role has shifted more into researching motivation and behaviour and building engaging security awareness programs while maintaining openness and trust at Shopify.
Pooja Salpekar is a FullStack Engineer at Babbel. Pooja has been developing software in Ruby on Rails and Python-Django based web-apps throughout her career. She works with the platform team that ensures the core backend services are available and scalable. She also has experience working with startups and consulting services at ThoughtWorks.
She enjoys mentoring, and has conducted ruby sessions for college students in Uganda, teaching them the basics of Ruby based Web-Development. She has been working and delivering software in agile teams following industry certified practices like Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery, Test Driven Development and Pair programming.
Jessica Hofmann is the Founder of the Atos Blockchain Factory, a Blockchain delivery center. Originally a consultant, she takes great joy in adding value with Blockchain for customers across industries; as Founder of the Blockchain Factory she maximizes value for customers by providing a growth path into Blockchain, together with her expanding delivery team. She is keen to further progress the Blockchain technology and aims to mature value-adding business cases across industries, to ultimately achieve the maximum potential of this revolutionary technology. Off work, Jessica is passionate about travelling, reading and sports.
Gabrielle Davelaar is a Data Platform Solution Architect specialized in Artificial Intelligence solutions at Microsoft. Originally trained as a computational neuroscientist she now focuses on helping the top 15 Fortune 500 customers building trustworthy and scalable platforms able to create the next generation of A.I. applications. She loves teaching people and going in depth on the topic. However, knowing the feeling of being the only woman in the room, she recently started an initiative together with other women she met at Microsoft to create more female visibility within the field.
Iulia is a Data Engineer at Sixt as well as a PhD student in both Psychology and Artificial Intelligence. She also holds two masters degrees in artificial intelligence, one from the Politechnica University of Bucharest, and the other from Lumiere Lyon 2 University and Polytech Nantes.
In her current role she builds machine learning solutions on top of AWS and likes to tackle complex algorithms (deep learning, reinforcement learning, genetic algorithms) to solve real world problems.
Kimberley Carr has 10 years of international experience driving retail & consumer products growth and profitability with roles in private equity, management consultancy and Fashion Tech. In her role as a Digital Product Director EMEA at Nike, Kimberley is focused on driving differentiation and reducing friction across Nike Digital products with a focus on European markets & consumers. Looking to offer all Nike customers best in class experiences online, via mobile apps and in-store where technology seamlessly supports exercising, the Nike brand and lifestyle, and a fun and engaging shopping experience. She is responsible for the digital experiences across the consumer journey from discover to purchase for commerce on Nike web, mobile, & social channels.
Orit is an experienced software engineer who is passionate about open source and infrastructure with extensive experience with distributed systems and storage. Currently she is working on Ceph object storage (Ceph Rados Gateway), a highly available distributed software defined storage designed to scale and handle PetaBytes scale.
In her previous role at Red Hat she authored and co-maintained live migration for KVM/QEMU. Previously at IBM Research Labs she developed nested virtualization for KVM.
Violeta Misheva works as a data scientist at ABN AMRO bank. She has been working as a data scientist for about 3 years. She became convinced in the power of data to solve interesting problems during her PhD. With around 6 years of total experience of working with data, statistical inference and machine learning, she is quite passionate about both latest and more traditional machine learning technologies. Violeta is also quite passionate about using data for good and developing bias-free, ethical AI products.
A Bachelor of Engineering, Harma Woldhuis started as a lab manager at the FabLab ProtoSpace, helping others make their own ideas come to life through digital fabrication. One of those workshops was the initial spark for Ultimaker so Harma has been with the company right from the start. She has held a number of positions across various departments and contributed to the development, testing, and launch of every Ultimaker 3D printer. At the moment, she works in R&D as project lead optimizing the development processes in the rapidly growing department.
I started my career doing phone support for ISPs customers as a part time job while finishing my studies as an electronics engineer. That part time job made me see how much I like helping people and guiding them to resolve issues, specially technical ones. And thus, I've found myself building strong experience in customer success for different technologies and business companies, leading me to be a Customer Solutions architect at one of the most successful French startups Platform.sh.
Erin is an Agile Consultant at PA Consulting. She started her career when she joined the John Lewis Partnership on the Technology Leadership Graduate Programme after graduating from the University of Warwick with a degree in Law and Sociology. Despite being what her friends playfully refer to as “cursed with technology”, she stumbled into a career in IT and was thrown into a world of infrastructure, integration and firewalls. Erin has found her niche as an Agile Coach, and is often branded as being an “early adopter”. Outside of work she mentors girls on confidence issues, and coaches public speaking.
I'm a Strategic Cloud Engineer at Google, with a background in development and deployment of big data infrastructure and pipelines at Google scale.
A full-time student working as a data scientist Iulia’s used to being the youngest in the room, and often the only woman. So she made it her mission to show up in as many rooms as possible. Her belief is that visibility is the most empowering force to drive change; that listening to outspoken women in STEM and realizing that's who you can grow up to be is louder than any stereotype or preconception the world can throw at you. Her next challenge is Amsterdam: starting her data science master at UvA and taking on more business responsibilities, bringing her passion for tech innovation to her network.
Maria is Group Director, Data Organisation with a long background within Bisnode, as MD of Southern Markets for 15 years. Prior to Bisnode, Maria was one of the pioneers, digitizing financial media in and online advertising in Italy. She also mentors start-ups. Maria has a wide experience of how to manage transformation within a global company. With great interest in art, she combines leadership, finance and the love of data in her inspirational talks. Maria is a cosmopolite both in private and in business.
Dr. Anna Lukasson-Herzig is the founder and CEO of nyris, a visual search engine that enables companies to process large amounts of visual data using best in class algorithms for unparalleled speed and quality. Founded in 2015, the young tech venture has received numerous awards, and works with a large number of German DAX companies as clients. Prior to founding nyris, Anna was a Principal at the Boston Consulting Group, where she was a strategic consultant to global industry clients. Prior to BCG, her first career step was in the steel industry, where she developed a feed forward control system to optimize the geometry of steel slabs. Anna studied Engineering at the RWTH Aachen, and has a PhD in Material Science from the same university. She is married and the mother of 2 irresistible, fabulous boys.
Originally from Hong Kong, Yenny is a full-stack software engineer at Yelp in Hamburg, Germany. Yenny is on the Biz National team, where top-notch code quality is required to scale advertising tools and reporting for national businesses. She leads the Awesome Women in Engineering Group at Yelp in Germany.
Yenny was a presenter and mentor at various tech conferences including EuroPython, the Grace Hopper Conference, and PyConDE. She was the guest speaker of the “Technical Lessons Learned on Pythonic Refactoring” episode of the “Talk Python” podcast, which has about 50,000 downloads.
Cosima is a Technical Evangelist and has been working as a consultant for almost two years. By being active in SharePoint and Workplace Collaboration projects she was able to acquire substantial knowledge about Nintex technologies, Office365 and Intelligence Process Automation solutions. Driven by these technologies she supports businesses to improve their processes and to find the best way to operate more efficient, in order to benefit from their digital transformation projects.
Her job allows her to merge her passion for technologies, process automation and networking with the IT community on a global scale. In her spare time, she likes to learn new languages or interact with people from different cultures to share experiences around the globe.
When she first took the stage at European Women in Technology last year, Raisa was building websites and open source projects at Google in London. Now, she is proud to call Amsterdam her home as she takes on a new role, helping Google’s clients improve their mobile site speed and user experience. She understands the challenges of building performant and user-friendly sites, and is dedicated to helping others achieve this.
Tatyana Mitkova is co-founder and CEO of ClaimCompass - a company that helps passengers get compensated when their flight is disrupted. During her studies in Berlin, Tatyana became involved with social entrepreneurship projects that sparked her passion for startups. Her company ClaimCompass is backed by Silicon Valley's 500 Startups, Social Capital and Hustle Fund and Tatyana herself was recently selected to be among Forbes Bulgaria's 30 under 30 and EY's Class of Entrepreneurial Winning Women 2017/18.
Rosie cut her teeth in technology straight out of university working. At M&S, Rosie was a driving force of the mobile growth throughout the business delivering key strategic projects including mobile coupons, launching WiFi across the estate, launching Native Apps for iPhone and Android, as well as supporting the development of people and mentoring students.
Joan de Jong is an international oriented executive specialized in Innovation, Transformation and Technology. Over 20 years of experience delivering fit for purpose IT solutions from mainframe, to social robotics, from outsourcing to digital transformation. She has worked as CTO of Bethmann Bank in Germany and is now building the Dutch practice for everis an international IT Consultancy Firm.
She is passionate about connecting people to achieve more than what is expected and a strong believer in and promoter of Open Innovation and Authentic Leadership.She holds a MBA from Nyenrode and is now pursuing her Undergraduate in Coaching at Cambridge.
Marije Cornelissen is Executive Director of UN Women National Committee the Netherlands. Formerly, she was a Member of the European Parliament, active in the fields of women's rights, employment and enlargement, and she was the UN Women's Representative of the Netherlands in 2016.
Aside from her tasks for UN Women, she works as freelance consultant for international and national institutions and human rights organisations. She is also a speaker and moderator at diverse conferences within her fields of expertise, and teaches courses and workshops in EU lobbying at Leiden University, Clingendael and the College of Europe.
Susanne Birgersdotter, a Swedish self made entrepreneur and investor, shares her inspirational journey from designing her first app from her kitchen table to becoming a partner in the VC company, Milky Way Cap within 7 years. Susanne’s strong instincts and intuition has helped her grow her companies including designing a #1 ranked app and founding Igotcha, SthlmAppLab, SBDM. She is an active mentor/member on several boards, and a popular global speaker giving lectures and workshops on entrepreneurship and venture capital. Susanne was nominated for Sweden’s most powerful female founder in 2017 and 2018.
Johanna founded Delygate, a 2sided marketplace empowering women to delegate non-value add tasks to trusted service providers, in Switzerland in 2018. Her vision is to create a world where women don’t have to choose between their professional and personal roles. Prior to this, Johanna spent 12 years in finance, management consulting and business development working for companies like Siemens, Procter & Gamble or Horvath & Partners in Europe and in the US. She holds an MBA degree from NYU Stern School of Business. In her leisure time, she enjoys sports and sculpting.
Sylvia is currently the Director of IT in Emanuel School. She manages both the support and management Information teams. Prior to that, she was Director of IT Technical Services with NESCOT College in London. Sylvia has over 20 years working in the IT industry. In both posts she had the responsibility of managing all the IT Systems and infrastructure. She is an expert in networking, managing security operations and project management and she has a long track of successful implementation of projects. Sylvia is interested in cybersecurity and coaching. In her spare time, she enjoys playing chess, writing and travelling.
Esther works as a Solutions Architect at cognition IT, designing and implementing EUC solutions for both small-business and large enterprise infrastructures. She has actively shared her passion and knowledge with the IT community by presenting at local Microsoft and Citrix User Groups and international events, like E2EVC and Citrix Synergy. Esther is also actively involved in the myCUGC.org community as one of the founding leaders and mentors of the CUGC Women in Technology Mentorship Program.
Esther received the Citrix Technology Professional (CTP) award for the 4th time this year and is also awarded as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for Enterprise Mobility. You can read her blog posts at her website: http://www.virtues.it or follow her on Twitter: @virtues_IT.
Elham is a full-stack software engineer with 8 years + experience in small and large-scale software projects. As a Software Engineer and software consultant, she has contributed to development efforts by various companies. Elham is passionate to share her experience with the community.
Gunay Kazimzade is working at the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society (the German Internet Institute) which is run by Technische Universität Berlin in cooperation with Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Universität der Künste Berlin as well as Universität Potsdam and Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems. She is a Ph.D. student in Computer Science at TU Berlin.
After Applied Mathematics and Computer Science degrees was involved in the education field and managed two social projects focused on women and children CS education. Trained over 3000 women and 300 children. Currently working on Research Group "Criticality of Software Systems". The main research directions: AI in education, Racial/gender biases in AI, critical perspectives of the future autonomous cars.
Amanda is a Senior Customer Experience Manager for Roomi Ltd. Roomi is a peer-to-peer marketplace, making it safer and easier for people to search for room rentals, sublets, and roommates. Potential roommates can request to book a room online and securely pay the first month's rent upfront. Amanda has been with Roomi since 2016, first in the New York headquarter, and now in London, UK. She heads up the Customer Experience Department. She has a degree in Information Systems Management, and prior to Roomi she co-founded a health and wellness marketplace and worked at a Real Estate startup. Amanda is also an active member of Dreamers//Doers, a high impact members-only community for trailblazing women.
Even before leaving university with an MBA in late 2003 Sonna Barry wanted to have a sales career. Achieving that goal was harder than she expected. Two years into her professional career Sonna managed to land her first sales job at a start-up (which were not yet all the rage in 2005). Since then Sonna has worked in SaaS-related sales working her way up from telephone sales rep to leadership positions, learning from her successes and failures. Today, Sonna believes that everybody can be successful by defining what success truly means for oneself and then taking responsibility for making it happen.
Hazel is chairman of FirstCapital, an investment bank with offices in London, Dublin and Silicon Valley specialising in providing M&A and private equity advice to high growth European technology companies. Hazel is a member of the Governing Board of Innovate UK, the national innovation agency for the UK. She was previously on the Investment Advisory Panel of the North West Fund, and ran a portfolio of venture capital assets for a European family office.
In 2016 Hazel won the RealBusiness/CBI First Woman in Finance Award, and in 2015 she was awarded the Women in Private Equity Award for Best Corporate Finance Advisor. Hazel was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours in 2017 for services to entrepreneurship and innovation.
Inecke is Director of Professional Services at Cognifide, the WPP digital technology consultancy. She leads a team of Consultants, Experience Analysts and Experience Architects, the biggest specialist team of its kind in London. Her background lies in advising large organisations in business process re-engineering, IT strategy, operating models, cost analysis and business change. She has worked with some of the world’s best known brands, such as Ford and Unilever.
Jil is the Strategy Consultant for the EMEA region at Optimizely, the world’s leading experience optimization platform. She helps leading brands such as the BBC, Renault and JustEat deliver personalized experiences to their customers and make the transition towards becoming data-driven rockstars. Furthermore, she facilitates the transformation of mindsets, drives the cultural shift of leadership and product teams, and encourages the replacement of digital guesswork with evidence-based optimization.
Jil is originally from Germany and holds a Master's degree in International Management from Ivey Business School, Canada, and CEMS Global Alliance of Management, completing her degree in 4 countries on 3 continents. She now lives in Amsterdam.
Daria is a FinTech entrepreneur and CEO of Crassula. She has over 8 years experience in e-commerce and payments. Daria has been leading strategy and international business development for several payment companies, was responsible for signing international agreements with Paypal, IBM, Alipay, Riot Games and several other leading names.
Kelly is an experienced Senior Director with a demonstrated history of working in the technology and professional services industries. Skilled in IT Strategy, Business Transformation, Predictive Analytics, Multivariate Statistics, Business Analytics & Intelligence and O2O Community Management. She is a strong software and consulting services professional with a dual degree in Economics and Government.
Caroline Pickard is an independent expert consultant based in the Netherlands, specialising in diversity, inclusion, communication and training. As Catalyst Ambassador for the Netherlands, Caroline speaks regularly in both English and Dutch within the corporate community about Catalyst research and the practical issues surrounding inclusion, diversity and talent management. She is an experienced trainer, building, delivering and facilitating customised D&I events and language programmes across a wide range and scale of businesses and institutions. Well-used to diverse environments, Caroline has held positions within logistics, recruitment, high-tech and the teaching and training sectors. Caroline is originally from the UK and graduated with Honours in Geography from the University of Bristol.
Catalyst is a global nonprofit working with some of the world’s most powerful CEOs and leading companies to build workplaces that work for women. Founded in 1962, Catalyst helps organisations remove barriers and drive change with pioneering research, practical tools, and proven solutions to accelerate and advance women into leadership - because progress for women is progress for everyone.
Liesbeth has 2 passions, digital innovation and diversity and inclusion.
As social care strategy lead, Liesbeth drives global social care strategy & digital innovation, offering customer support on our customer’s favorite mobile messaging platforms including Messenger, Twitter, WeChat, Line, Kakaotalk. Recently, she introduced HP Support WhatsApp, with HP as first global consumer computing brand, offering customer support on WhatsApp Business.
Liesbeth volunteers as chair of the board of HP Women's Impact Network Netherlands, organizing events and dialogue contributing to a diverse and inclusive workplace where all employees belong, innovate and grow. Liesbeth holds a B.HA degree from Hotelschool The Hague.
Minna Taylor is the Founder of Energize Your Voice, a NYC based communication consultancy. With an experiential approach, rooted in the principals of improv and performance, she and her team support organizations to explore their full potential in public speaking, brand storytelling, executive presence, and leadership communication. Notable clients include UBER, Red Bull, Citi, and E&Y. Minna earned her BFA from NYU Tisch and went on to earn her MFA in Performance with a concentration in speech and vocal production. Beginning her career as an accent reduction specialist, Minna went on to transfer her theatre training to developing an innovative approach for professional development.
Lilia Gorbachik is the Product Manager at Intermedia, business cloud applications and unified communications company with more than 110K businesses and 6500+ partners. Before Intermedia she spent more than 10 years in IT, working in different roles: QA, pre-sales, project manager etc. Lilia is passionate about helping others: coaching women who just started their career in IT, students who want to be a product manager.
Veronica is a strategic marketer with a passion for stories and startups. She started SPIN Ideas to help entrepreneurs create a solid and authentic marketing strategy based on their stories, and help them find their place in the market.
Cryptocurrency trader by night, software test specialist by day. This year my hobby became my work. I care deeply about software quality as well as innovation. I love innovative tech, such as Blockchain, and have been a Bitcoin enthusiast since 2012. Also a Litecoin miner, albeit briefly, and a software tester since 2008. Blockchains and their possibilities are so exciting! Everyone needs to know and I want to explain.
Aarti is a Software Engineer at Pivotal Labs, Berlin. Prior to this she has worked with ThoughtWorks and a startup too. In 8 years of her software development career she has been part of many different teams and enabled multiple clients to change the way they build software. She is mostly dancing or traveling when she's not working.
Jamesa is director of Cognizant’s Digital Strategy practise in the Nordics, and is responsible for teams in Sweden, Finland and the Baltics. She began her career as a ballet dancer, then decided to give strategy consulting a go with BCG, then took left turn into academia, then returned to consulting. She is passionate about understanding human behaviour and how we interact with systems, and works with clients across a range of issues from organisational change to human insights and product strategy. She is currently working with Cognizant global leadership to design a sponsorship programme to identify and develop the upcoming group of women leaders.
Nicola joined Draper Esprit in 2017. Before joining the company, Nicola was co-founder and CEO of the online retailer, Covetique, sold to ASOS plc. Nicola spent 5 years as a venture capital investor with Balderton Capital and media-consultancy Ravensbeck, focussing on early-stage technology and media investments. Nicola started her career as an investment banking analyst in the technology team of Jefferies International in London. Nicola has been a start-up mentor on the Enterprise Ireland Retailer Ready programme. She graduated from University College Dublin with a BComm in International Business & French.
Laura has worked in marketing, as a TV script-writer and a digital copywriter, to eventually go back to her first love: design. In 2014 she founded the Madrid chapter of the international event Ladies that UX aimed at empowering design women around the world. After 8 years as a UX designer, she is now a product manager at Tuenti, part of the Spanish telco company Telefónica. There, she worked in the development of chatbots targeted mainly to customer support and conversion.
Evelien Acun-Roos is an experienced Agile Coach at Xebia and Professional Scrum Trainer at Scrum.org. Her passion with Agile centers on the teams and individuals within them. She loves to get teams up and running and help them continuously improve. She has helped many teams to become more Agile (like ING, Rabobank, Vrije UniversiteitAmsterdam, APG, Philips, VodafoneZiggo). Evelien loves to give Professional Scrum Trainings. Her training courses are filled with brain based learning activities. In her classes she lets the learner learn instead of the teacher teach. Evelien was born in Zoetermeer, living in Helmond with her husband and 3 kids.
Mariana has developed her own teaching and learning system ( Top Level Thinking) based on inspiration for motivation, high potential personal development, learning the easy way, short time results achievement and a special knowledge selection in the area of foreign languages and digital learning. Top Level Thinking is also the main base for developing lots of other studying areas and a fundamental for developing the latest science and technology education STEALM (Science – Technology – Engineering – Arts - Languages – Mathematics). She is a founder of STEALM Academy for innovative and developmental studying and thinking.
Born in Yugoslavia, from 2008 she lived in Prague where she was building her career in tech and 3 years ago she moved to London. Andrea today develops high performing apps using React & Mobx. She is an accessibility evangelist, with strong beliefs that information and technology should be available for everyone. Andrea’s next goal is to start up a tech bootcamp that would teach woman, people with disabilities, and other minority groups to build tech products.
Elena is a Team Lead of a Data Science team in Booking.com working on the personalization of user experience on the website. Together with her team she builds machine learning models to identify user intent and to provide relevant information to the user based on it. Before joining Booking.com Elena did her PhD in Machine Learning in the Radboud University in the Netherlands.
Nora is the global marketing manager at OnRobot and responsible for the company’s whole communication and marketing strategy. OnRobot’s headquarter is located in Denmark, Odense, and has regional offices in Germany, China, U.S., Malaysia, and Hungary. The company’s aim is to build a world-leading organization in development and production of end-of-arm tooling for collaborative and light-weight industrial robots. One of the biggest challenges Nora faces is to educate the market about the latest industrial tech trends.
Valeria Pagano started a career as Sales Manager almost 20 years ago as pure causality. During the years she learned the art of selling and spread this passion through Social Media. Since 2011 she focused on E-commerce and Affiliate marketing, always as Sales Manager. In early 2017 she began her “career” as speaker and moderators during internationals online marketing summits in Sitges, Wicklow and Amsterdam. Moreover in her spare time she consults and motivates young women entrepreneurs to jump out their comfort zone and learn to sell their products.
Gabrielle is a Data Scientist at Boost.rs, a startup focusing on people professional development. In this role, Gabrielle is responsible for building and maintaining a world-class database of jobs and skills across 27 major industries. In addition, she develops algorithms to recommend meaningful career paths to the Boost.rs users and help them progress in their careers.
Prior to her startup experience, Gabrielle was a medical researcher in the field of brain imaging. She holds a PhD degree from the Paris-Saclay University and an engineering degree from ESPCI ParisTech.
Sundas is a software Engineer and Microsoft Certified Web Application Developer. She started my career with a US Based digital marketing firm serving celebrities, doctors and spas to improve their digital presence. With growing tech trends in healthcare industry, specially fem tech, she got attracted towards working with Natural Cycles.
Working with all the departments, Sundas uses her programming skills to provide smart, high end and modern tech solutions for innovating and maintaining Natural Cycles' web presence. She is very passionate about learning the latest web trends, front end technologies and how technology in general do more good than harm. Finding out ways to use technology to do good in society, is how she spend her weekends.
After a Master’s programme in Methodology and Statistics, I was not able to choose between business and research. I started working as a Data Scientist, later changing to the position of Data & Analytics Developer. At the same time, I registered as an external PhD candidate to perform research in the field of missing data methods at Utrecht University, in particular the evaluation of those methods. The result is that I now work with SQL Server Management Studio, BI tooling and .CSS files during 4 days of the week, and with Python and R on 2 other days of the week. Busy, but fun!
PharmAccess is an NGO that aims to enhance access to healthcare in Sub-Saharan Africa towards Universal Health coverage (UHC). With a Ph.D. in Neuroscience and a background in healthcare, Teresa strives to unravel actionable insights from the patients journeys in order to optimise outcomes and quality of care for all the main stakeholders: providers, patients, and donors. Teresa tries to leverage her years of academic experience and her current knowledge of business models to bridge the gap between research and its real-world application.
Teresa is doing a joint presentation with Wendy van Thiel, Product Manager @ Off.Grid:Electric.
As a Product Manager, Wendy manages cross-functional software products to deliver the best value for the company’s dream: to bring solar energy to off-grid and other underserved markets. In this role, she combines two of her prior experiences. Firstly, she utilizes her years of experiences in agile software development for the utility industry. Secondly, she brings market learnings from her role as a data analyst at PharmAccess, where she analysed the impact of digital interventions on Kenyan Healthcare.
Marlene joined LinkedIn in 2012 as one of their first consultants and now works as a Team Lead. She is responsible for the growth of digital media and new products into the enterprise businesses and to bring digital transformation to her clients.
Before joining LinkedIn she worked at IBM and also for brand/research agencies. She has been a public speaker at the CHRO Forum EMEA, Talent Connect London, Talent Connect Las Vegas, HR Vision Event and together with Heineken at the World Employer Brand Event.
In 2018 she joined the Microsoft Academy for Women and successfully graduated as a data scientist.
Her passion is to drive change for a gender balanced leadership in the next generation, which she does as a board member of Professional Women’s Network (PWN) Amsterdam and Women@LinkedIn.
Olga provides customer service, quality control, research support and analysis of business education data, with a focus on the EMEA business education environments. Her background is in project management and non-profit work, specifically in non-formal education, peacebuilding and human rights. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at Saint-Petersburg State University (Russia) and Bard College (USA), MA in Political Science at Central European University (Hungary) and Research Master’s in Public Administration at Leiden University (Netherlands).
After nearly 17 years at one of the world’s largest IT companies, Sara decided to leave to pursue her dream to influence the IT industry to become more diverse and inclusive with a particular focus on gender equality. She now runs her own company and supports organisations to create more inclusive recruitment and workplace practices. One of her passions is to talk about how companies need to re-think their inclusion and diversity practices to increase the pace of change, with a focus on innovation as a driving force.
In addition to her extensive and international experience from IT, she has held several positions on the boards of the Professional Women’s Network Stockholm and the Red Cross. She also led Cisco’s women’s network in Sweden. She is one of the coordinators of #teknisktfel (#technicalerror), the tech industry’s #metoo movement in Sweden.
Kiana joined Balderton as a Head of Talent in 2017. She previously spent 11 years in Silicon Valley as an entrepreneur, marketer, and executive recruiter working with early-stage companies backed by NEA, Sequoia, USV, Index, Greylock, and Andreessen Horowitz. While in college, Kiana started her first company, Beanstr, a sentiment analysis based review aggregator for restaurants. She then went on to work as a marketing consultant before starting her second company HomeSuite which recently raised a Series C led by GV. Through these experiences she discovered a passion for helping entrepreneurs solve people challenges of hypergrowth. In her current position, Kiana works with Balderton portfolio companies on how to hire, develop, and retain the best talent in Europe.
Kiana has BA in Political Science from UC Berkeley and an MBA from Stanford Business School. Before moving to London, she lived in ten cities across Asia, North America, and Europe.
Christina Bechhold Russ is a Principal at Samsung NEXT Ventures, based in London, focused on early stage investments in software and services particularly in mobility, consumer and IoT. Christina is also the co-founder and Managing Director of Empire Angels, a New York based angel group of young professionals investing in early stage technology startups, with a focus on supporting young entrepreneurs. She is also a Regular Contributor for the Wall Street Journal on startups and small business, a mentor for Startup Sesame and Venture for America and a member of VFA’s Rise Committee focused on increasing diversity in entrepreneurship. Christina is a sought-after speaker and panelist at events in the U.S., Europe and Asia, a TEDx speaker and was recognised by the New York Business Journal as a 2016 Woman of Influence.
A passionate marketing generalist and a creative mind with over 8-year experience in the field. Lily’s running a B2B marketing practice focused on mid level and enterprise businesses at CoreValue, a US-based software and technology company, and is a marketing advisor to startups. She is a repetitive speaker at digitally-related events and contributes to the community of #WomenInTech in her region while mentoring younger generation.
Lily has an expertise in Healthcare and Pharmatech industries. Meanwhile, she is interested in enterprise automation solutions for sales and marketing, such as Salesforce.com and Marketing Cloud.
Olivia Schofield is an International award-winning speaker. She has worked as an Executive Coach and International Keynote Speaker on five continents in 24 countries. Her clients include American Express, BNP Paribas, Gore-Tex, Hoffman La Roche, Shell, Zalando, IBM, Microsoft. She learnt her craft in the theatre; add a First Class Honours Degree in Communication and Linguistics, and over 20 years experience in production and sales for media companies including the BBC and Thomson Reuters, and you realise she knows exactly what she is talking about. Quoted in Forbes Magazine, Olivia says. “Most companies spend their energy on branding, marketing and sales rather than on polishing the presentation and delivery of their people”.
Priya is a hard-core software developer that has worked at some of the most prestigious software companies in the world. She started her career in India and then moved to work in Germany, London, France, and the USA. She has a myriad of life experiences in different industries like Telecom, Banking, OS internals, Transportation and now in Virtualization. Her R&D work is in the niche technologies like Containerization, Virtualization, Cloud Computing, Security. She is passionate about innovating solutions, giving presentations, writing blogs on her vision for future tech and she currently has five patent filings.
“Leaders Create Leaders”, this sums up the beliefs that guide the work of Amber Rahim, AKA “The unconventional leadership coach who creates impact with (STEM) organisations and individuals.” Don’t be fooled by her kind, compassionate and gentle approach; being coached by Amber means working towards transformational change without fluffing about.
Combining a solid business background with extensive experience in coaching, Amber works to enhance the impact of individuals and teams. People are more productive when doing the things they believe worthwhile.
Amber volunteers her time for leadership causes, such as a kickass mentorship program she helped develop and deliver, and supporting WIT.
Ana Maldonado is the Head of Data Strategy and Corporate Solutions at Qualogy where she translate clients needs and business questions into (R&D) solutions. Previously she worked as a senior researcher at TNO, Solvay Laboratory of the Future and as a visitor researcher at the University of Amsterdam where she collaborated with multidisciplinary teams to apply predictive modeling to molecular optimization and discovery. She earned a MS in Chemistry at the University Simon Bolivar (Venezuela) and a PhD degree in Computational and Theoretical Chemistry from the University Paris 7 (France). Current interests include innovation, R&D, corporate strategy and data science.
Laura Nuhaan is passionate about innovation and the ability of tech to drive it. As an executive digital advisor at Microsoft she helps companies and executives take full advantage of digital opportunities with a focus on digital health. Before Microsoft she founded a consultancy firm, The Andeta Group to commercially transform organisations enabling them to meet the digital needs of their customers. Laura also worked for 10 years in Silicon Valley where she founded a start-up which worked to digitally connect the elderly with their family members as well as helping with remote care. She has been the driving force behind several start-up companies across many industries in Europe and Silicon Valley and has used this experience in various publications, such as her book ‘Sales-Balanced Score Card and Social Selling’.
Ayelen Chavez is an Engineering Manager currently leading an international team of mobile engineers in one of the OLX Group's Tech Hubs located in Berlin. She has a master degree in Computer Science from the University of Buenos Aires and has more than 10 years experience developing solutions for different platforms. Ayelen moved to Germany almost 3 years ago and spends her free time either working out, travelling or in between her other hundred plus hobbies, such as playing guitar, biking and cooking.
Martine founded Q10 Consultancy because of her passion for Customer Success (CS) and the SaaS industry. 'I am fascinated by the answers to the question: if you will never sell a day in your life, would your company survive? Moreover, would you increase revenue?’
Martine has a successful career in marketing, event management, sales, operations and CS leadership in companies like Amsterdam RAI, Apple and Bynder. She now helps setup and drive CS organisations with her customers. She evangelizes CS at conferences like Pulse, TCSA, CS Unplugged Europe and SuccessCon and is an expert commentator at the BNR Radio Zaken Doen.
Having trained as a computer scientist during her B.Sc., Halleh found great opportunities to focus on algorithms and optimization problems. After focusing on Artificial Intelligence, Halleh’s passion towards pattern recognition and machine learning developed and she later began working as a Machine Learning Developer at Trifork. Here, she designed and implemented a Virtual Expert for one of the largest car service companies in the Netherlands which assists new team members and mentors them to provide the best support for their the clients. Virtual Consultant was another model developed to consult dieticians about the nutritional habits of their users and how to improve them.
Dr Terri Simpkin is a recognised academic, researcher, consultant and expert in leadership and management in the ‘second machine age’. A successful business leader, she has worked internationally with governments, industry associations, large and small business and is an accomplished academic manager.
She has managed university departments with a global remit and designed world leading, cutting edge Master’s programmes and corporate leadership development. She sits on global advisory panels for the Data Centre sector and is a sought after public speaker.
As a researcher she is actively involved in global studies into the role of the impostor phenomenon as a barrier to career advancement, particularly for women in STEM. Her research provides the foundation for her consulting work through Mischief Business Engineering (Uk & Aust) and supports a full suite of programmes called Braver Stronger Smarter. Her academic work continues as the Higher and Further Education Principal with CNet Training.
Terri is a Churchill Fellow, a Chartered member of the CIPD, a Trustee of the Baker Dearing Trust, a Certified Practitioner AHRI, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and, in her spare time, a devoted Duran Duran fan.
Viola Sommer is a director at Auticon, an award-winning international tech company that exclusively employs autistic adults in cutting edge tech roles. Viola studied psychology in London, where she specialised in autism. After two years as a researcher and teacher, Viola joined Auticon’s operational team in 2014. In 2016, she launched Auticon’s UK enterprise with funding from Richard Branson’s Virgin Group. The social enterprise has since grown 200% year-on-year, winning major UK blue-chip clients, including GlaxoSmithKline, Allianz and Channel 4. Having a very personal connection, Viola is a passionate advocate for neurodiversity in the workplace.
Ramona drives the Client Solution Division for VMWare in the Benelux region since 2017. Previously she lead the integration solution departments for international software vendors in France and Mainframe worldwide.
She is known to build and support geographically spread teams for growth, she tactically builds and supports successful teams with a customer-first focus. Ramona is a business Economist with a Master in business Interpreting for 8 languages. She is a team player and loves sharing knowledge, involved in #girlsintech and mentrix for University Hasselt #NetworkSofia. Ramona is a cloud computing adept with business analytical skills from Mainframe to IoT process management currently emerging in the field.
Lily is a Software Engineer at 8fit in Berlin. Hailing from the Midwest US, she started her career as a translator, copywriting for startups in Russia, Germany and Spain. Realizing the power of tech to connect people, she studied software engineering at App Academy NYC in 2015. She then worked in eCommerce with React, before moving back to Europe last year. Now Lily works with a data-driven team on a mobile fitness app for millions of users. She believes collaborating across departments and cultures leads to the best solutions.
Nhung is a Senior Consultant passionate about Marketing Technology working at Deloitte Digital. In her role she leads global implementation programs for large clients focusing on transforming the marketing technology, people and processes to build stronger relationships with their customers.
Nhung is also known for her contribution to establish and expand the marketing technology practice across Deloitte North West Europe. Her professional experience as a woman with an Asian background working in consulting has inspired her to speak for not only women in technology, but also to foster inclusion and diversity. She is dedicated in her goal to transform the gender landscape of working in technology and supports full engagement of women with big thoughts, big ideas and big actions in their pursuit of disruptive leadership and innovation.
Dr. Petruta Tatulescu is a management consultant and experienced keynote speaker based in Frankfurt am Main. She has been an Observer with the UNECE United Nations Economic Commission for Europe in Geneva, Switzerland, since 2005, lately working on the Gender-Responsive Standards Initiative. Her PhD, successfully completed in 2016, was also focused on a gendered topic. She is passionate about empowering, advising and coaching fellow professional and business women.
After completing her PhD in Mathematics, Tatiana got a job in programming and a hobby of flying. Few years later she married the two together by joining a Zurich-based startup Daedalean, aiming at equipping flying vehicles with a fully autonomous flight controller. Her day to day responsibilities include AI data research and translating human pilots’ requirements into quantifiable software tasks.
Having spent most of her time in male-dominated environments, Tatiana is keen to see more women in technology field, and has volunteered as a coding instructor with UK-based charity CodeFirst:Girls, which helps university students progress towards a career in technology.
Janelle is the Marketing Manager at Crobox, an Amsterdam-based startup that specializes in combining consumer psychology with AI to deliver high-impact customer intelligence. At Crobox, she defines the brand and marketing strategy. Next to that, she helps small and new companies with brand development. Janelle has extensive experience in brand storytelling, in both academic and practical environments. She uses her academic research and experience working with tech startups to set the foundation for brands to find and develop their brand drives, purpose, and strategy.
Lynda is a Systems Engineer at HPE Galway, Ireland. She is passionate about DevOps, Women in Tech and Diversity & Inclusion initiatives. Within HPE Galway, she was a former chairperson of the HPE IWN (Ireland Women's Network) and supported its mission of attracting, retaining, and promoting women across HPE. She also delivers STEM career talks as part of the Smart Futures programme by Science Foundation Ireland. Outside of HPE, Lynda is organizer of the Women in Technology Galway meetup group and is actively involved in promoting and supporting women in tech initiatives across Ireland.
Snezana holds M.Sc. degree in Computer Science from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering - University of St. Cyril and Methodius in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia. After the graduation she moved to The Netherlands where she got a job at a multinational with headquarters in NL. Ever since then she works in IT having more then 17 years of international working experience. Currently she works for IBM as a project manager managing a wide range of projects for IBM clients in The Netherlands and Europe in the area of Cloud Application Innovation.
Florencia Fernández Rivera, Fever’s Expansion Lead, the leading entertainment discovery platform, with a mission to inspire people through experiences around the world. Based in Madrid, Florencia works scaling the business model in different cities around Europe and USA. Florencia is passionate about digital marketing and technology, helping companies to growth their business by acquiring & retaining customers with marketing for conversion best practices. Florencia studied advertising and communications and has worked in the technology industry for more than 10 years in Europe and LATAM in companies like IBM, Facebook and other new startups, helping sales & marketing departments with their business growth and success in this digital world.
Founder of Hielema Coaching. A certified coach and trainer educated in Marketing & Management, Sociology (HONS) and HRM. She developed expertise in the area of coaching, training, recruitment, and leadership. Alena left her corporate job and followed her passion for supporting women in performing to their best abilities and succeed. It is a topic close to her heart for she played ‘small’ for too long, feeling unfulfilled. She speaks publicly around Europe on the subject of women empowerment. Works with professionals and entrepreneurs who search for exponential growth, want to lead & play BIG and have fulfilling life and career.
Teresa Janowski has worked in a variety of Tech companies including Telstra, Motorola, BAE Systems and SAAB Technologies. In 2013 joined the STEM Nation team, applying her expertise to the empowerment of young people pursuing STEM careers. As the CEO, Teresa has been instrumental in the creation of programs that build both technical and personal skills of students passionate about STEM: this includes the STEM Sista and STEM Mista mentoring programs, which give students the chance to solve real world problems, learn life skills, and build the resilience required to succeed both in their STEM careers and into the future.
Teresa is married with adult children and enjoys working on cars on the weekend with her husband.
PMO Manager for Oracle EMEA and JAPAC with focus on the flawless execution of a program for co-innovation and co-creation from customer idea to prototype. Always interested in new means and new tools, which can be helpful in reaching targets, milestones, success stories and happy customers. Can only be successful by networking and influencing.Other Roles: COBOL- and RPG-Trainer, Owner of Office for Secretarial Support, Chair of the Oracle Netherlands Workscouncil, Member of the Oracle European Workscouncil, Board Member for Oracle Women Leadership Netherlands. Specialties: Program Management, Influencing, Creative Thinking, Application Knowledge, Networking, Curious
I am graduate computer scientist and electrotechnics engineer, stared my career in Serbia as teacher, java developer and project manager. In 2000 I took the project manager role for the project that was delivered in Germany, and after some time I decided to move with my husband and two daughters to Germany.
Since 2015, I joined Microsoft, where I started as Premier Field Engineer manager for Germany. Mid-2017 I was promoted to head of cloud and infrastructure services delivery, responsible for a team of engineers and consultants in Germany as well as Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). With a background of more than 20 years professional experience in IT for several industries and true P&L responsibility, I bring proven experience in leading successful, high-performance development and delivery teams and business units across multicultural regions in EMEA.
Natasha Schön is a writer, traveler, and digital marketer - in that order. She's currently the Marketer for Open Social, an online community solution, and THX, a blockchain solution. She has a Master in Digital Marketing Strategies and over four years of experience in communications for companies like Mars One and Makro.
Danielle’s main interest and passion is how organizations are adopting changes in their strategic learning and decision making while embedding Big Data & Analytics. Professionally, she leads the Global Brand Analytics team of Philips shaping the overall Brand strategy based on Brand perceptions around the world. Besides her experience, she is performing an Executive PhD in the faculty of Management in the VU University in Amsterdam.
Senior Delivery Manager and Cloud Program manager for OHI Back Office, an Oracle Consulting solution for the Dutch Health Insurers. Our application is built for policy administration, claims processing and premium calculation, but does much much more: it supports our customers reaching their (innovation) goals! To describe myself I would like to share my four personal goals for this year: excellent Relationship management for two of our customers (end responsibility), successfully implement the Cloud programs I run, result driven contribution to our organization development goals and Develop my directs instead of Manage them. I am energetic, goal driven and have a great passion for improvement and change. In doing this I love to use visual communication to make the communication more effective and to the point.
Aleksandra Olszewska is Head of MarketPlace at Privalia, a multi local flash sales e-commerce forming part of Vente-Privee Group since 2015.
Of her professional career stand out her multiple positions held at different Privalia countries from 2018 till today. She has managed Logistics, Customer Service, Procurement and MPlace from the initial project phase to the final integration with business as is. Aleksandra is MA in English Literature and BA in Spanish Studies. She completed her education with an EMBA at IESE Business School, Universidad de Navarra.
As an ex-Ericsson manager and coach working with leaders, Réka has a combined 10+ years hands-on experience in successfully leading scaling remote tech teams that need to deliver on-time. She specialises in the biggest impact on team culture and productivity: leadership behaviour. This pragmatic coach supports leaders in changing their ineffective and unproductive habits and behaviours in a sustainable way. To have high-performing teams, happy employees and stellar leadership careers.Réka holds a BA in International Relations, certifications in emotional intelligence development for the workplace, psychological first aid, phototherapy-based tools and is a member of the International Coach Federation.
Lucilla is a passionate business advisor in marketing strategy. In 2016 she founded TIPIC together with two brave men; Tipic is an innovation consultancy, its team is composed by strategists, designers, engineers and storytellers that works together to design strategies and think innovative products.
She belives that design is a strategic marketing tool for doers to make things better and to make better things. She designs strategies to inspire companies to become future proof players.
I started as a software engineer which gave me the opportunity to work with several companies including the European Space Agency. I moved to London, UK where I acquired a multitude of skills and made the decision to become a manager. This decision got me into an adventure with Amazon Video and now with Facebook. I am leading the Infrastructure team within Publisher Solutions in Facebook’s London office taking care of Audience Network and solving the complex problems. I love working with a diverse group of talented people which support each one to get to our full potential.
Saara Hyvönen is a co-founder of Dain Studios, a Data Science & AI company with the mission of helping companies leverage data and AI for their future business success. In two years Dain Studios has grown from a group of three founders to a team of 20, serving customers in Finland and Germany as well as other European countries, and working on their own AI product development. Prior to Dain Studios, Saara worked at Sanoma, leading the customer analytics development area, and at Nokia as the head of global CRM analytics. Before stepping into the business world Saara worked as a post-doctoral researcher in data science at the University of Helsinki, participating in multidisciplinary research projects ranging from dialectometry to atmospheric sciences. Saara holds a PhD in mathematics.
Nathalie is the founder and CEO of She's Coding, a US-based nonprofit for women in tech that is focused on creating a more inclusive tech industry, and helping to close the gender gap. She is also a Software Engineer with 15+ years of experience, a research background, and a passion for working in startup companies. Nathalie lived and worked in both Europe and the US - until recently she spent 8 years in the Seattle area, where she grew She's Coding into a 2.500+ women strong community. Since Nov 2018 both her and She’s Coding can be found in Amsterdam.
Clarise Brown is an experienced geo-tech researcher with four years in-country experience in China, full professional proficiency in Mandarin and an M.A. from Johns Hopkins SAIS. As a Researcher at Eurasia Group, she leverages an understanding of the intersection between geopolitics and advanced technology to help clients maximize opportunities and minimize risks in challenging regulatory landscapes. Her research areas include autonomous vehicles, AI and 5G.
Melanie is a Senior Product Manager on Imagine, an skin diagnosis and tracking platform powered by artificial intelligence, from LEO Innovation Lab. Imagine uses computer vision and machine learning to help people suffering from chronic skin conditions to better understand their condition. With a strong background in disruptive technology - working with social media monitoring at Brandwatch, to gaming at Gameduell - Melanie is passionate about pushing the boundaries of what’s possible with technological infrastructure. She loves everything about product management from quant to qual research.
Rie is a Senior Designer on the Imagine platform at LEO Innovation Lab. She has a background in designing solutions related to technologies such as blockchain technology, machine learning, robotic process automation and conversational interfaces. Rie is passionate about using design to help users navigate the chaotic and fast-moving world of new technologies, and solving users wicked problems. She believes in delivering unique experiences to users at every step of interaction.
In the world of visualization a revolution has started the past years. Augmented-, virtual- and mixed reality are part of the latest technologies in visualization, mixing real life and the virtual world.
Currently this technology is well-known in the leisure- and gaming industry. It is a challenge however to introduce this into the day to day processes of organizations.
I have 15 years of experience in IT and Sales. I will be responsible to setup/grow the VR/AR/M initiative within T2En as part of our new NIT-Lab (New Innovative Technology-laboratory).
I am able to build bridges between business, innovative ideas and new technology. In this role I act as an intermediar between these two worlds, translating the needs of the end users into practical applications on both VR/AR/MR solutions.
As the product manager of Android Digital Wellbeing, Rose La Prairie leads Android's efforts to improve wellbeing by reducing distraction. This expands on her previous work on the Android Enterprise team where she focused on improving productivity at work. Before joining Google, Rose La Prairie worked for McKinsey & Company and the Guardian Media Group. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from the University of Cambridge.
Jenny Kalenderidis joined Kaltura in February 2018 as VP & GM EMEA. In this role she is responsible for all aspects of Kaltura’s enterprise and education business in the region. A technology veteran with a successful track record in delivering complex solutions for multi-national organizations, Jenny has held senior roles at Microsoft, Splunk and RSA. Most recently, she ran the Financial Services & Insurance Sector for Microsoft UK and sat on Microsoft UK’s Commercial Leadership Team. Before that, Jenny ran the UK business for Splunk and sat on the EMEA Executive Management team. Prior to joining Splunk, Jenny spent 15 years at RSA, EMC’s security division, where she ultimately ran the UK business and sat on the RSA EMEA and EMC UK Executive Management teams. Jenny is a strong advocate of workplace diversity, particularly with regard to women: she was on the Board of EMC’s Woman’s Leadership Forum and has worked tirelessly throughout her career to mentor young women as they start out in the technology industry. Jenny holds a Masters degree in Business Analysis from Lancaster University and did her undergraduate studies at Bristol Polytechnic.
Data Engineer with 10+ years of experience in multiple companies. Currently working as Strategic Cloud Engineer @ Google's Professional Services Organisation helping customers and partners get the most out of Google products.
Ira is a Head of Growth Marketing department at Badoo, each day she helps to sign up more than 300,000 new people in 190 countries in with localized ads in 47 different languages. Previous to Badoo, Ira did business for Avazu Holdings running UA projects for companies like Amazon, Lazada, OLX, Namshi, IGG, Square Enix, Playrix, GameLoft, SocialPoint.
Theresa is a Projectmanager for Digitization and Innovation, working at KfW, a German government-owned development bank. Before joining KfW, she worked as a Software Engineer and Product Owner for over 6 years at Accenture. Theresa is co-founder of “Women Techmakers Frankfurt” a regional community for women in tech with over 1,300 members. Besides technology, she is highly interested in Agile Methods and how the Agile Mindset will change our daily work-life. Theresa’s vision is a future with a diverse tech community and people-focused organizations.
Registered Nurse turned Financial Analyst and Entrepreneur, Namita Krul is the Founder of Meri Body ("my body" in Hindi), a social cause enterprise working towards educating millions of semi-literate Indian women on the female cycle and contraceptive issues through mobile technology. After obtaining her MBA from Erasmus University (2010), Namita applied theoretical business models to real-world social problems, resulting in New Yardsticks, a consulting company on women empowerment, and co-founding WORK+SHELTER, a non-profit ethical unit training women in New Delhi. Namita's been recognised for her contribution to the economic empowerment of women, winning The International Alliance for 100 Women 'World of Difference' Global Award in 2013 and being nominated for RSM's Distinguished Alumni Awards (2014).
A specialist in mining analytical insights, Candice Ren has worked for a number of firms internationally across industries. She is now the Head of Analytics for Badoo Ltd, a social networking company based in London with many successful apps including Badoo and Bumble.
With over 15 years of experience Alexandra Oborina leads strategic technology consulting projects. She helps C-level executives to shape their journey towards digital, to integrate digital strategy with the business and technology landscape and to embed innovations and data analytics.
Prior Accenture Strategy Alexandra was deeply involved in R&D for 4G & 5G Network Standardization at Nokia Research Center, Centre of Telecom and Technology Catalunya and Infosys. Alexandra holds PhD in Electrical Engineering from Aalto University (Finland) and MBA from IE Business School (Spain).
Odina is a Computer Engineer, currently working as a Consultant Engineer with European Space Agency - ESA ESTEC . The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.
ESA has sites in several European countries, but the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, is the largest. ESTEC is our technical heart - the incubator of the European space effort - where most ESA projects are born and where they are guided through the various phases of development. She is responsible for the centralisation of some elements of IT Services and ensures best usage of resource and technology for the Agency. She analysis and assess trends in the ICT Market, build and maintain relationship with ICT market Leaders to understand and report on innovative technology with a contract and budget management of over €7.5M. She is currently part of the SpaceTalk Events going on across Europe. She has 12 years’ experience in the IT industry and over 8 years experience supporting users in a Service desk environment of over 6000 users. A football fan and she supports Manchester United.
Jennifer Rivas is a Principal Technical Programme Manager at DAZN, who helps support and guide the various verticals across the product team to launch DAZN in new markets, a live and on-demand sport video streaming service in 7 countries, on over 20 platforms, to millions of subscribers. Before starting at DAZN, Jennifer spent 10yrs working as a Producer in Video Games delivering titles such as Angry Birds Starwars, Golden Axe, Diggs Nightcrawler to the various console platforms. Working with different cultures, people and companies she has found that building strong relationships with the people you work with and being your authentic self helps everyone reach goals that they wouldn't have thought possible.
Daria Tubielewicz is a Solution Architect who works with global clients within the Telco, Media Communications and Retail industry to embark on their digital transformation journey. Daria believes that putting people at the core of any technology transformation is the key to its success. After over a decade at one of the Big4 consultancies, having built multiple Applications, leading successful teams and supporting one of the biggest transformations in the industry, Daria is now focusing on end to end transformation strategies and solutions.
Daria holds an MBA from University of Minnesota.
Robyn has been working in Agile environments for over 10 years now, starting off as a developer, then moving on to coaching agile methodologies for the past 4 years. She strongly believes the foundation of any team is excellent communication. Without this a company is doomed to fail. Main passion is bringing people together in relationships of trust and openness and watching amazing teams grow from those roots.
Alivia joined Dataiku working on User marketing and saw the company grow from only 20 people to 200+ employees across 4 continents. She helped scale the marketing team from 3 people to 15 and now works on building processes & analytics, as well as finding tools to keep growing. She also writes a weekly data science newsletter on data science and AI news, Banana Data News.
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