26-27 November 2019RAI, Amsterdam
28-29 November 2018RAI, Amsterdam
Get to know our first speakers. Many more will be released in the coming months
Technical Program Manager @ Facebook
TechOps Business Operations Lead @ Adobe
Dr Loubna Bouarfa
Founder and CEO @ OKRA Technologies
Trading & Investments COO, ChangeLab @ Nordea
Agile Coach and Product Developer @ Swisscom
Technology & Entertainment Projects Manager @ Liberty Global
CIO @ Mercedes-Benz Cars & Vans Turkey
Strategic Cloud Engineer @ Google
QA Manager @ eBay Denmark
Mariana Gomez de la Villa
Programme Director DLT @ ING
Head of Technical Delivery for Cloud Infrastructure, Identity and Security Services @ Microsoft
Scientific Data Manager @ International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Managing Director @ Empower Amsterdam
Catalyst Europe Consultant Nordic Region @ Catalyst
Co-founder @ EduHeroes
Business Development Director, Services EMEA @ Westcon Group Germany GmbH
National Director @ Global Woman Club Holland,
Founder @ Trading for Women
Software Development Manager @ Vistaprint
Experience Director @ Demodern Creative Technologies
Dr Anastasia Dedyukhina
TEDx speaker & founder @ Consciously Digital
Head of IT @ Siemens Solutions
Founder @ MINOIS
Head of GBS Reporting and Data Analytics @ Ingram Micro
Head of Research and Knowledge Exchange @ University of Winchester
IT Programme Manager and PMO @ HP
Blockchain Tester, Managing Consultant @ Capgemini
Cloud Consultant @ Google
Head of QA @ Caplin Systems
Member of the Investment Team @ Cottonwood Technology Fund
Change Partner @ Angela Huser
Senior Product Manager @ TomTom
Director Knowledge Management @ HP
Director of Digital Marketing and Communications @ Cellnovo Group
Global Head Brand Analytics @ Philips
Director of External Affairs, Governmental and Political Relations @ Bosch UK
CEO & Co-Founder @ Deployed
Founder @ Delygate.com
Senior Vice President, Business Enablement and Communications @ Mastercard
Head of Product @ Klaus
Head of Securities and FX Markets @ Swift
Serial Entrepreneur and Researcher @ Dottoressa Computer
Cara de Lange
Founder and CEO @ Softer Success
Annelis Gutierrez Machado
Data Engineering Lead @ Social Point
Founder @ Shule
Interaction Designer @ Red Hat
Product Owner @ RatePAY
Global Segment Architect - Brand and Communications @ Shell
Vice President of Payment Products @ Western Union Business Solutions
Director @ Nesta Challenges
EVP Digital Transformation and Quality @ Alcatel Lucent Enterprises
Head of Growth and VC-Backed Division @ Silicon Valley Bank UK
Data Marketplace Manager @ HERE Technologies
Development Leader @ IKEA Home smart
Marili 't Hooft-Bolle
Chief Operations Officer @ WeTransfer
Producing Community Director @ Ubisoft International Production
Asmaa Majid Al-Rifaie
Software Engineer @ Ingka Group
CEO @ Contentstack
Janelle de Weerd
Marketing Manager @ Crobox
Stephanie Szeto manages large-scale programs in Developer Infrastructure at Facebook, where she builds products, services, infra that enable Facebook developers to be among the most productive in the world. She spends her time thinking about organizational health, cultural change in large organizations, and helping people maximize their potential at work. In her free time, she enjoys devising frameworks to think about life, making spreadsheets, and organizing things.
Ruxandra is a Career consultant, Program Manager, Recruiter, and Learner. Being A Millennial in love with Psychology and working in the Tech World, Ruxandra is passionate about tackling and sharing her challenges. Ruxandra is guided by Occupational Health principles learned while she was a Master’s student. She enjoys solving problems about the nature of our work and also builds meaningful experiences through corporate context by coordinating learning and social projects. From agency IT recruiter to People Programs lead in a big corporation, she followed an amazing learning path fuelled by curiosity.
Dr Loubna Bouarfa is a machine learning scientist turned entrepreneur.
She is the founder and CEO of OKRA Technologies - an artificial intelligence data analytics company for healthcare. OKRA allows healthcare professionals to combine all their data in one place and generate evidence-based insights in real time, to save and improve human lives. Loubna is currently a member of the European Union High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence, where she is particularly focused on healthcare and achieving competitive business impact with AI. She was named an MIT Technology Review Top Innovator Under 35, a Forbes 50 Top Women In Tech, and recently won the prize for Best Female-Led Startup at the StartUp Europe Awards. On a personal level, she is a strong advocate for diversity, women and challenging the status quo.
For more information on OKRA, visit okra.ai and find us on LinkedIn and Twitter.
Tali Melchior has always had a passion for conveying abstract and complex ideas in a simple and accessible way and believes that by dismantling our bias and paradigms we can unlock our creative potential. Tali started her career as a high-school history teacher and transitioned into the tech world after studying a MSc in Software Development. Today she works at Nordea, the largest financial services group in the Nordic region. There she combines her passion for human experience, technology and design as a Customer Experience and Design Lead in the Corporate & Investment Banking Innovation Lab. Since joining Nordea, Tali has taken part in shaping and designing the methodology for the experimental Change-Management ‘SWAT team’ called ChangeLab. Her focus was on designing the research and insight phase before starting change initiatives, and on facilitating transformation journeys of several teams.
Maja Schreiner is a graduate engineer in information systems with almost 20 years of practical experience in professional software development and quality engineering. Maja’s interests include applying agile practices in everyday work, advocating for agile methodologies and coaching other testers and developers. Before joining Swisscom, Maja worked as a Test Manager, Test Engineer and Software Engineer in the public administration, finance and health industry. Her heart goes for Agile. She’s been running the Agile Testing Meetup Zurich for 4 years where she’s been presenting on different topics on a regular basis and helping the community grow. Since 2015 Maja is a speaker at international software conferences like online test conference, Romanian Testing conference, Lean Agile Scrum 2017 Zurich, DevOps Days 2017 London, Quest for Quality 2017 Dublin, Swiss Testing Day 2018 in Zurich, TesBash Munich 2018, UKSTAR 2019 London and Agile Testing Days USA 2019. Maja’s interests also include empowering and connecting women who work in technical and lead roles and for that reason she founded the internal Swisscom women community three years ago. Community's ultimate goal is to help and enable women on different stages of their careers to speak up, change their jobs, find a mentor or a job-sharing partner. Last but not least, being a good role model for her 2 daughters fills her heart with tremendous pride and joy.
Luba Protsiva has +5 years’ experience in leading OTT (Over-The-Top) projects that delight customers with quality, simplicity and ease-of-use. Luba gets thrill out of digital innovations and she spends her time learning about behaviour design thinking that improves customer experience. Luba grew up in country of Georgia and moved to the Netherlands after Executive MBA graduation from Business School Netherlands. In her free time she enjoys co-organising fundraising events that support good causes.
Joining Mercedes-Benz Turkey in 2002, Dr. Demet Karaali has held a series of increasingly expanding positions, including the CEO& President Assistant, Head of IT for sales, aftersales and retail and CIO of Mercedes-Benz Cars and Vans Turkey.
Since 2010, Dr. Demet Karaali has been a leader in information technology management with a focus on the digitalization. As CIO of Mercedes-Benz Cars and Vans Turkey, Karaali manages all IT aspects of sales, aftersales, marketing and retail in MB Cars, Vans Turkey and providing various IT services throughout Istanbul to global Daimler locations. Karaali provides leadership for the continued development of an innovative, robust, and secure information technology environment throughout the company. Under her leadership, IT in Turkey has consistently earned recognition and awards for achievements. Karaali received her bachelor's degree in mathematics from Technical University of Istanbul and completed her Phd at the same university in Industrial Engineering. She has completed numerous executive leadership and management training programs during her career.
Rachael is a Strategic Cloud Engineer within the Professional Services Organisation of Google Cloud, based in London. A born and bred Londoner, Rachael studied Physics at Kings College London and went on to work as a Software Developer and Business Analyst in Finance. Rachael is passionate about supporting women and underrepresented groups in technology and is honoured to be attending the European Women in Tech conference!
Louise has been working in quality & test for over 13 years. She started with very large waterfall businesses before discovering agile development practices at eBay. She now leads the Quality team for the largest online marketplaces in Denmark, dba.dk & bilbasen.dk. Louise is passionate that trust is better than control and collaboration gives the best results.
Louise’s team act as quality ambassadors in their squads which brings them very close to their product & developer colleagues. Instead of purely executing tests they take on a coaching role, helping everyone to de-risk fast iteration delivery. This empowers the squads to achieve market leading results by taking ownership of their deliveries and creating effective test suites instead of heavy documentation. Louise has learned continually through her career in quality, and she continues to enjoy learning as part of the agile journey at eBay. She loves sharing what she learns with her colleagues and helping them to deliver business value with appropriate quality.
Mariana Gomez de la Villa has joined ING in 2015 and is currently the Distributed Ledger Technology Program Director at ING, with overall responsibility for driving research, development and implementation of Distributed Ledger Technology as well as capitalizing on its potential in order to unlock mass-scale value. Under Mariana’s leadership, the Blockchain program has delivered over 44 proofs of concept and 8 live pilots in collaboration with the following business areas: payments, trade finance and working capital solutions, financial markets, post-trade, bank treasury, lending, compliance and identity.
Mariana is also responsible for setting up long-term purpose and vision, including the governance of the program within ING globally. Mariana is an active leader in global consortia, outlining the Distributed Ledger Technology strategy and envisioning market landscapes. Mariana’s accountabilities include the definition of products, services and business models, as well as foresight to business, technology, leadership communities and international stakeholders, including regulators.
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.In 2001, I started as an IT specialist at T-Online International AG working on DSL Product support and was promoted to team manager for Configuration and Deployment team in 2005. In 2007 I took over the new roles at Deutsche Telekom AG, first as manager operations and team leader for package development and environment support team and transformed them to the dev-ops team. In 2012 I was promoted to head of infrastructure development media and was responsible for the Infrastructure Platform for the IPTV Product of Deutsche Telekom AG.
Since 2015, I am with Microsoft, where I started as Premier Field Engineer manager for Germany. Since mid-2017 I was promoted to head of technical delivery for cloud and infrastructure services, responsible for a team of engineers and consultants in Germany as well as Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and Microsoft regional office Frankfurt lead.
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.
Ludmila Marian is a Scientific Data Manager at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Vienna, within the Nuclear Data Section. She is responsible for all computer-scientific aspects of the nuclear and atomic data libraries that are maintained by the Nuclear Data Section. Prior to IAEA, Ludmila work at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Geneva, for 10 years as a Computing Engineer and Service Manager, as part of the IT Department. She led the team developing CDS, the CERN Institutional Repository, managing more than 140TB of files. Prior to CERN, Ludmila worked as a Research Assistant at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland from where she graduated with a Master Degree in Computer Science, as well as at Carnegie Mellon University, USA, where she did her Diploma Thesis. Her technical interests vary from Information Retrieval, Data Mining, Computer Vision to System Architecture and DevOps, with a focus on optimization. Ludmila is an Open Source enthusiast and outside of work, she enjoys hiking and cycling.
Shea Harty is a woman passionate about helping others with their career development, even if you are unemployed. She has a background in Human Resources and Communications. She was born and raised in New York and currently lives in Amsterdam. Being a foreigner in Europe and being from the United States gives her a keen awareness of the benefits and difficulties of creating diverse communities.
Shea Harty is the Managing Director of Empower Amsterdam. A non-profit organization that believes in creating inclusion and community for foreigners in different cities. They help unemployed professionals get back to work faster with free career coaching and workshops. The organization also partners with companies to outsource their career development for their employees.
In addition, Shea is the Captain of the Women in Tech Regatta Amsterdam. A yearly European boutique conference that brings together women and men to discuss topics around tech, career, start-ups & scale-ups, leadership, and culture in a way that helps women become more involved in the tech industry. They have a unique format that combines panel discussions with in-depth small group discussions creating a space for everyone to laugh, learn, share, as well as an opportunity to be seen & heard. Their motto is #relationshipsarethetruecurrency.
As Catalyst Ambassador for the Benelux and Nordic regions, 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.
Part-time Gamification Geek & Full-time Education Enthusiast. Co-Founder of EduHeroes Club - An education initiative dedicated to rethinking how we teach & learn. With an emphasis on helping learners thrive in the future, by promoting 21st century skills through project-based learning and design thinking. Community Builder & Communications Manager in education - Organising meetups & workshops for adults, promoting educational topics and gathering like-minded people that want to change something within education. Her quest: Engaging with entrepreneurs and specialists, fostering innovation and dynamic exchange of ideas with a mission to challenge and improve education as we know it.
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.
Giovana Vega is a certified Forex Trader (King Juan Carlos University, Madrid), and an International Motivational Speaker and Money Mindset Strategist who grew up in Peru.
Arriving in Holland in 1997, she learnt Dutch, studied bookkeeping and took on a job in Finance, discovering a passion for currency interactions. In 2014, she launched her personal journey into the world of trading and investing, a decision she never regretted.
Founder of Trading for Women, her business focuses on money-mindset, wealth-creation and lifestyle. She is dedicated to encouraging women to take control of their financial future. She inspires women to create financial awareness and wrote the book “Trading for Success, 8 secrets why women are better forex traders”.
She is also international speaker and author. “Phenomenal Global Women Project”, which she co-authored, has also been released as a film documentary. Giovana has been featured in international magazines such as “Star People” and “Global Woman Magazine”. Twice guest on Dutch National TV channel RTL4, Giovana has also been selected as 1 of the 10 finalists of TEDx Amsterdam Women in her role of inspiring women. She is also the National Director of Global Woman Club the Netherlands, a platform that connects professional women around the world.
Eugenia is a Software Development Manager at Vistaprint. In her role, she leads a team of software engineers that build customer-centric experiences on the promotional products website for Vistaprint. In addition, she manages recruiting activities for the expansion of the Vistaprint Technology Team in Europe, which aims to significantly grow the Software Development team in the Barcelona and Prague offices. As a Women in Tech, and often the only women in the room, she is keen on reducing the gender imbalance through hiring and getting involved in local communities that support Women in Tech to attract talent. She is an avid supporter of agile methodologies, having facilitated many agile trainings to different departments within the company. She is passionate about building valuable software fast and empowering teams to become autonomous and productive.
Outside of work, Eugenia enjoys travelling and running. She has ran 7 half marathons in 7 different cities of USA & Europe and 1 full marathon in Paris.
Eugenia was born and raised in Caracas (Venezuela) and went to Boston for college. She graduated Summa Cum Laude and holds an Industrial Engineering Degree from Northeastern University, where she was awarded Top 100 Most Influential Seniors due to her impactful engagement in tutoring Statistics and Database.
Hannah Johnson is Experience Director at Demodern, one of Europe’s leading creative technology boutiques. Here, she looks after storytelling and narrative design across all their projects, ranging from interactive exhibition spaces to augmented reality solutions for clients like Dumont, Ikea and Nike.
Over the course of her career, Hannah founded a London-based tech start-up, worked in strategic and creative roles at advertising agencies, before moving to Demodern, with the goal of creating experiences so immersive and compelling, they feel like magic.
In 2017, Hannah was one of 15 “future female creative leaders” worldwide chosen by Cannes Lions festival of creativity. In 2018 she was selected as one of Horizont Magazines "top 35 creatives under 35”.
Dr Anastasia Dedyukhina is a coach, TEDx speaker, Huffington Post blogger and author of Homo Distractus. She got rid of her smartphone as well as her senior international career in digital marketing, when she realised how dependent she had become on her gadget. She eventually set up Consciously Digital, a London-based consultancy that helps people develop a healthier relationship with technology. She is frequently quoted in the international press talking about tech-life balance and has appeared in The Guardian, BBC, Metro, Channel 4 etc. and is a speaker at major tech conferences, including World Mobile Congress (Barcelona).
Joanne Thurlow is currently Head of IT for Siemens Solutions, a Siemens portfolio company. Her current role’s scope on end-to-end service delivery to 6500 employees in 42 countries and across seven vertical markets. Focus is on IT service delivery, enabling a global engineering environment for large scale projects while orchestrating internal IT digital transformation.
Joanne’s career began in Canada over 30 years ago, and has spanned multiple roles, organizations, and countries. Joanne has experienced many challenges and rewards on route. Through creative problem solving and inspiring leadership, she commits to delivering beyond expectations by finding the right solution, at the right time with maximum efficiency.
Working with global teams, Joanne understands the key to success is the empowerment of each team member. Her ability to recognize and develop an individual’s highest potential value has ensured continuous success over the years – for them, and for the business. Joanne recognizes that all are ‘Possibility in Progress’.
Simone is the founder and designer of MINOIS - smart minimalist handbags. With an MSc in Industrial Design Engineering from Delft University of Technology and a minor ‘Création Industrielle” from Paris Design school, Simone combines solid technical knowledge with a keen eye for elegant designs.
Simone worked for several tech companies (Siemens, TNO and TomTom) before starting her own company MINOIS.
Ellen Meekels is a Business Intelligence and Finance executive with more than 15 years of international experience. As leader of Reporting and Data analytics, Ellen pioneered the alignment of business KPIs and performance measurement across Global Business Services and Country Operations. Ellen is a strong advocate for rationalization and converging of processes and systems. She implemented a global dashboard platform, enabling accessibility to data, dynamic reporting and analytics for associates worldwide. Her recent work includes the development of a data literacy program, ranging from introduction to data and analysis to critical thinking. These elements are fundamental to transform to a data-driven organization.
As executive sponsor of the ‘Diversity and Inclusion program’ at Ingram Micro, Ellen’s vision is to promote a positive, fulfilling and work-related state of mind where everyone feels valued, empowered, and respected by their peers.
Ellen holds a Masters degree in Applied economics from University of Antwerp, Belgium and attended leadership and executive education programs at University of Irvine and Stanford, Graduate school of Business.
Professor Burke PhD MBA DMS is Professor of Management with Winchester Business School, in the Faculty of Business, Law and Sport. Maria has a well established research profile, evidenced by an extensive record in the fields of Systems / Business / Management which include peer-reviewed publications; a successful track record in obtaining competitively funded research grants and an excellent track record in establishing collaboration in community, business and government contexts. She has a significant record of international publications and an excellent record of attracting external income from UK Research Councils and European Union Funds, winning international prizes for the research such as the B2B Best Internet Award and the EPSRC National Impact Prize.
Professor Burke has experience of leading research projects both as Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator on various projects, having been successfully awarded several EPSRC grants. One of these grants, valued at £1.4 million, aimed to explore the application of Digital Technologies to the High Street. This research attracted significant partners, national and international press and featured in New Scientist; the New York Times; Japan Times and the technology journal WIRED. Maria has also contributed to the workings of the UK Research Councils. Experience in this area, includes invited membership of the Special Commissioning Panel for the Research Seminars Competitive Fund; member of the Expert Commissioning Panel for the awards of Research-First Grants in Business and Management and membership of several Funding Panels including Research in the Wild grants. She has authored several textbooks. In addition she has published book chapters, many peer-refereed international journal papers and national reports. She has also delivered papers at many conferences both nationally and internationally and organised and led international panels and workshops. She is an active Editorial Board member of the Journal of Documentation and a new journal published by Elsevier, focussed on technological innovation, the International Journal of the Digital Human. Maria also has experience within multicultural environments having worked with a range of international Universities in Europe, China and Russia such as the Nicholas Copernicus University; Warsaw Technical University; Jagiellonian University; Budapest Technical Universities; Etvos Lorand University, National University of Columbia and various Russian and Belorussian State Universities.
Donatella is IT Program Manager at HP, with over 15 years of experience in the technology industry. Her focus is on the implementation of large-scale software projects to a global user base for the Digital Services organization. Donatella joined HP in 2001 covering a variety of roles in the IT sector and, prior to that, she served as Technical Trainer in a telco company. While at HP, she recently led a major digital transformation program that re-shaped business processes for over a million of users. Throughout her career but also in her personal life, Donatella has always been a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion. She holds a Master of Science in Computer and Automation Engineering from the University of Padova, Italy. Donatella is a proud hospital volunteer at the Neurological Institute Carlo Besta for the charity org A.V.O. Passionate reader, bicycle enthusiast and ungifted gardener, she loves spending her spare time outdoor in nature.
President of the "Blockchain Testing Community" in the Netherlands, winner of the EuroSTAR Rising STAR Award 2018 and passionate software tester. Software development is different for blockchain-based applications; blockchain impacts the way we are used to working as IT-professionals. IT-professionals and especially testers can deal with blockchain-based software but it requires in-depth knowledge. I am building a community where testers can learn and experiment with this innovative technology.
Ada Ng is a Cloud Consultant within the Professional Services Organisation of Google Cloud, based in London. Originally from Hong Kong, Ada studied Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Imperial College. Before joining Google, she spent over 10 years in the financial industry, involved in projects such as engineering an internal cloud platform to host over 1000+ internal and external customer facing applications. Ada is involved in driving the Diversity and Inclusion initiative at Google Cloud UK, and is excited to be part of the European Women in Tech conference.
Maryam Umar works as Head of QA of a Fintech firm. She started her career thirteen years ago as a QA test engineer in the finance and mobile industry. After transitioning to the eCommerce sector, Maryam performed QA in various capacities for online restaurant and travel services. She continues to work in QA as a manager now with special focus on sustainable delivery practices. In addition to this, Maryam has been a keen advocate of creating and sustaining diverse teams. As she has transitioned in my career, Maryam has found that creating teams which work well together is more challenging than the actual project(s) to be delivered by the team. She pays special attention to team dynamics and ensuring engineers are in roles which give them a sense of purpose. Maryam has also been speaking at schools and universities to educate students about what the industry has to offer and what a creative space the technology sector can be.
Dutch-born Marie Weijler (27) is a member of the investment team at Cottonwood Technology Fund, a Dutch-American venture capital firm specialized in high-tech and hard science. Her main responsibilities include deal sourcing and investor relations. Previously, she was the Senior Manager of fintech scale-up Princip.al, which offers a deal sourcing platform to private investors. In 2018, she was involved in raising € 25 million for fintech scale-up UnifiedPost. This achievement resulted in a place on the Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe 2019 list in the Finance category.
Angela is a Talent Developer, Change Manager and Business Coach. She is passionate about all things change. Formerly tasked with the change management of large scale HRIT projects, she now focuses on change at the individual level. Both her career program and 1:1 coaching are deliberate moves to creating more female leaders.
As a believer in strong networks and collective learning, she has created ‘Women’s Badass Business’. A European network of women who are ambitious, daring, caring and like to do and talk business.
If not in the corporate setting, you'll find her switch between start-up and underground. Launching Sunday afternoon electronic music parties or chasing non-traditional business approaches. Angela likes a good game and so do her clients.
Catch her at www.angelahuser.com
Moriah Baxevane-Connell is a Cloud Consultant within the Professional Services Organisation of Google Cloud, based in London. Originally from a small town in Pennsylvania, Moriah spent almost 5 years as a Data Insights Consultant for Microsoft in the US before moving to the UK in 2017 to pursue an MBA at the University of Oxford. She now uses her background in tech as well as the foundational business knowledge from her MBA course to work with customers across the UK to optimise their usage of Google Cloud Platform. Moriah is very passionate about promoting and encouraging women in technology, and has attended and spoken at events such as the Grace Hopper Conference over many years. She’s excited to work with European Women in Tech to continue to support women across the field!
Nilofer Christensen is a Senior Product Manager at TomTom, within the Driver Apps product unit. She has been with TomTom for almost 5 years, working to build the next generation of consumer smartphone applications.. Nilofer is also the founder of BeanTrails, a tech startup promoting a circular economy and waste reduction in the coffee industry. Prior to TomTom, Nilofer lived in Australia where she founded her own app and web development consultancy. She has also taught sustainable infrastructure engineering at the University of Melbourne while completing her doctorate in Geomatic Engineering. Outside of work, Nilofer is a fitness enthusiast who loves to cycle, swim and run as a budding triathlete.
Olga Martens-Stuurman is based in Amstelveen, the Netherlands. She has fulfilled several Global and EMEA leadership positions in HP’s Customer Support organization. Olga gained deep insight in customer needs through 20+ years of Customer Service and by managing global, complex operations at scale. She is currently leading the worldwide provide Knowledge Management organization focused on the development of global, strategic knowledge management capabilities as well as operational delivery.
Olga has a master’s degree in Political Sciences from the University of Amsterdam and has completed several executive courses at INSEAD, Harvard and Nijenrode University. Olga is very interested in new digital technologies and applications, loves to learn and is passionate about people. She spends a lot of time and energy on developing diverse, high-performance teams and the future of work. Olga likes singing and scuba diving as well as cooking and sharing good wine with family and friends.
Bommy is a corporate communications and digital marketing professional who helps executives and entrepreneurs to leverage their business's core competencies. She has lived and worked on three continents and feels strongly about the power of communication to drive change. Bommy holds volunteer positions to promote diversity in technology. She is the Paris Ambassador for Women of Wearables, a global non-profit with 20K members worldwide, and she is a member of the Commission for Tech & Diversity at Paris Tech Advocates.
Danielle helps organizations to make better strategic & tactical decisions based on Data. She facilitates Digital Transformation, enabling organizations to not only grow and innovate faster than competitors, but also to deliver a better Customer Experience. Danielle is a result driven, energetic, motivating and inspiring leader, with a natural approach to bridging cultures and people. She believes that data can help with better predictions, but we need to stay in control of the decisions guided by our judgment and that when people/teams within organizations embrace and learn from data, combined with experience and collaboration, best outcomes are achieved.
Danielle started working as a consultant for leading Multinational Companies, working with clients like P&G and Unilever helping them to grow their portfolio in South America and Spain, where she learned data analysis. Then she joined the biggest winery in Europe as Marketing Insight Manager, where she understood more in depth the challenges that Companies were facing when implementing new strategies in an entrepreneurial company. Danielle also learned how data enabled Trade Marketing & Customer Experience as a source of growth. Later on, she decided to move to Amsterdam to consolidate her Global career, so she joined RB as Market Insights Manager, where she led best practices ‘scaling” through Europe and North America. This expertise was built within agile teams, Matrix Organization in a newly created role. Danielle’s current position is Global Head of Brand Analytics in Philips leading the team responsible for the Philips Brand strategy/positioning and Customer Experience within B2C & B2B, influencing Global Management, Business and Market Leaders. To validate her thoughts with science, she combines her passion with a Part-time Executive PhD in Management studying the influence of Digital Technologies in Strategy planning and execution.
Eman Martin-Vignerte was born in Qatar and studied Electrical Engineering at Paderborn University followed by Medical Equipment Engineering at the University of Ulm.
Eman joined Bosch in 1999 as SW Engineer to work for common rail diesel engine, where she developed hardware and software for the Electronic Diesel Control system. In 2004, she moved on to the automotive division responsible for Hyundai customer to become a team leader for change management activities.
Three years later she took on responsibility for business development for Healthcare Telemedicine in the UK. In 2013, she became responsible for Political Affairs and Government Relations.
Emma is the co-founder and CEO of Deployed, a work definition platform. We use software, data, and decision-making science to help corporates scope work better. Deployed has been awarded two coveted government grants for both our user design and machine learning technology.
Having recently been named in the “301 Female Tech Trailblazers”, Emma is a rising star amongst women in B2B tech and is passionate about nurturing other women. Emma has always been a ‘grafter’ with an entrepreneurial spirit. Before Deployed, she ran the popular pop-up chain, Blow Bar, which had five locations across London at its peak, with their flagship outlet on Regent Street, and 140 on-demand staff across the capital. This led Emma to develop a deep understanding of the gig economy and how we could change the way companies describe work.
Johanna is the founder of the Swiss Startup Delygate.com. It’s a digital marketplace empowering people to delegate everyday tasks in just a few clicks. Typical chores are handyman, housework, home improvement, languages and more.
Prior to this, Johanna spent 12 years in corporate 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 and specialized in both finance and marketing.
She is based in Zurich, Switzerland and enjoys sports and sculpting in her leisure time.
Rose Beaumont is senior vice president, Business Enablement and Communications for Mastercard. In this role, Ms. Beaumont leads all internal and external communications, business experience, interaction and amplification for Mastercard throughout Europe and internationally. Focused on delivering integrated solutions and experiences that drive business performance, enhance reputation and brand and drive engagement and understanding across all audiences, Ms Beaumont combines excellence in thought leadership and strategic vision with creative execution and story-making.
Prior to joining Mastercard, Ms. Beaumont was with The Walt Disney Company, where she was most recently executive director of brand and franchise for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Prior to that, she was director of communications for Yahoo! Europe. Ms. Beaumont also brings a wealth of experience from her previous roles leading diverse, global teams and driving creativity and strategic thinking. A passionate believer in the power of communications, her expertise lies in helping a brand connect with its many audiences in creative and innovative ways.
Passionate about solution oriented product design, customer support and remote leadership, Valentina thrives on creating a structure where there is chaos, deriving clear action items for everyone involved. Pragmatic and outspoken, she helps the teams she works with to get closer to their full potential, by supporting team members to define personal development goals in alignment with the company missions - and teaching team leads to do the same. As Head of Product for Klaus App, she is currently in charge of driving the development and implementation of Quality Assurance strategies and solutions for customers. Before accepting this new challenge, she was responsible for the APAC/EMEA support team for WooCommerce, a division of Automattic. Valentina has over a decade of experience leading and working remotely, facilitating change and excellence in those who work with her. She delivers speeches about remote leadership, customer support and working motherhood in English and Spanish, and lives close to Barcelona with her twin toddlers.
As Head of Securities and FX at SWIFT, Juliette ensures that SWIFT remains at the cutting edge of developments across the Capital Markets industry. She leads an international team of business experts responsible for traffic growth and strategic business development across the portfolio. This includes FX data insights, collateral management, settlement and other market-specific initiatives designed to address security, compliance and new technology challenges.
She previously worked at Morgan Stanley in London, Société Générale in Paris and Clearstream Banking in Luxembourg – she took on the new post of Head of Securities and FX at SWIFT in August 2017, having previously been Head of Market Infrastructures and Head of Standards. During her tenure as Head of Market Infrastructures, Juliette, together with her team, successfully launched new resilience and real-time payment technologies and solutions for SWIFT clients in the sector, which includes central banks, depositories and clearing houses.
Juliette first joined SWIFT in 1998, returning in 2004 after four years at Clearstream and has held several senior management positions within the company, including Head of Standards.
She has previously been named in Financial News’ Top 100 Women in Finance and Payments Source’s Most Influential Women in Payments.
Juliette is based at SWIFT’s headquarters in Brussels and holds a dual French and British nationality.
Liliana Carrillo is a computer science engineer with a background in artificial intelligence, distributed systems and business. Ambassador of several post-blockchain and AI projects. Passionate about decentralizing power, and social impact projects.
Her personal mission is the awareness creation of methodologies and technologies that can enable our collective intelligence, the sense of co-responsibility in our communities, and upgrade our society.
To build a better future with prosperity for all Liliana has chosen to work/play with/for kids, and work/play with/for high tech.
Cara de Lange is a wellbeing mentor, coach and speaker. She is the founder of Softer Success – Be More Gentle with Yourself. Her program Prevent Burnout, Find Balance enables individual clients and corporate teams to create a more harmonious, peaceful and productive life. Cara shares simple tools and tips on how to slow down, increase energy and become more resilient.
Cara is an associate of and works closely with the International Stress Management Association (ISMA). She is also a member of the organising committee for International Stress Awareness Week. Her first book ‘Softer Success’ – Prevent Burnout Find Balance and Redefine your Success launched in March 2019 and is available on Amazon.
Annelis heads the Data Engineering Team at Social Point.
She has over 14 years of experience, doing various engineering roles in the tech industry.
Originally from Cuba, Anne moved to sunny Barcelona 7 years ago, she studied Computer Science and has been developing data solutions ever since.
In Social Point Anne’s been designing the analytics infrastructure and architecture, creating the systems that collect and process data as well as the in-house BI platform that uses that data to inform the executive team about the company’s strategy and business performance.
Her team at Social Point created the first Self Service Data Lake in the company, powering data scientists and game teams as they mine for insights regarding SP’s customers and portfolio.
Passionate about crafting, role-playing games and dancing (especially Salsa).
Gloria Kimbwala is looking to contribute to an innovate technology organization domestically or internationally where her positivity, enthusiasm, creativity, intelligence, and hard work can be utilized.
She currently working on her Master’s in Computer Sciences with an concentration in Software Engineering. She actively mentors other minorities, women, and under-represented communities in tech.
In her free time, Gloria spends her time volunteering with women and technology groups in the Bay Area. Also available for speaking and interviewing.
Tereza Novotná is an Interactive Designer at Red Hat where she influences the user experience of the hybrid cloud management product portfolio. She brings the human perspective to technology.
Tereza grew up in the Czech Republic but her life was shaped in the USA where she lived for 7 years. From a student-athlete at Elon University where she competed in track & field and cross country, later on she found her passion in user experience.
Discovering herself and overcoming barriers, she finished her bachelor in International Business and master degree in Interactive Media while taking advantage of an athletic scholarship helping the team to win several trophies. She started her career as a UX Designer in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Currently, Tereza works in the engineering hub in Brno, Czech Republic at Red Hat where she applies UX processes to products. From uncovering deep user insights to exploring various approaches and design paths, she works collaboratively with the engineering team to get the best possible solution implemented. As IT infrastructure is primary a male dominated field, Tereza is looking forward to hearing inspiring stories from women who manage to lead their way in global teams.
Karla currently works as a Product Owner at RatePAY, where she is responsible for all customer-facing platforms. Prior to working in a fintech company she had different roles in the Berlin startup scene i.e. at shyftplan, twago, truffls and epubli. With a background in International Business Administration and her self-taught tech skills she steadily moved into digital product management to build innovative, useful software. Karla is a firm believer in agile methods, user centric design and diverse teams. She greatly enjoys sharing knowledge and interacting with audiences, because there is always an opportunity to grow. She was amongst the TOP10 finalists of RAHM 2018, the global LGBT leadership contest, and named as one of the 50 Women in Product in Europe List 2018.
Alejandra works as a Global Segment architect for Communications and Branding at Shell
Alejandra develops global architectures for the shell.com, DAM, Chatbots, CX and several other digital projects; her focus is to develop digital architectures that can help Shell to respond effectively to customer demands.
Originally, from Peru, she is also an Australian citizen; she gained a bachelor degree in Systems and Software engineering at the Australian National University, Canberra. A few years later, she completed her Masters in Business, specialising in Marketing, at the University of Adelaide.
She has lived in The Hague for several years, working at Shell, International Baccalaureate and Inter IKEA. In 2014, she led a team to win first place at Startup Weekend Eindhoven with VRroom, an app that utilises Google Cardboard to create 3D virtual reality showrooms for Do-It-Yourself stores.
Alejandra has been at speaker at several events such as European women in technology, BDA Europe, CMO digital Insights, Cloud expo Europe-Smart IoT-London, Enterprise apps world - London, Big Data expo-Netherlands.
Karen has spent over 25 years in blue chip customer facing service businesses, working in the UK and internationally. She is currently the Vice President of Payment Products for Western Union Business Solutions in the UK, where she leads a team focused on international payments, supporting companies across various industries including NGO, Education, Pensions and Payroll. Since taking up this position in the middle of 2018 Karen has established herself as a respected leader with a commercial and customer centric approach and a desire to develop her people.
Karen was General Manager for the American Express UK Corporate business from 2012 to 2018 and was responsible for driving significant growth from a mature business through a focus on small businesses, international payments and working capital optimisation. Leading a team of 300 her key responsibilities covered all customer facing activity including direct sales, engaging existing customers and developing new value propositions & revenue streams. She also sat on the European Risk committee and was a director of the American Express insurance subsidiary.
Karen previously held a number of increasingly senior roles within American Express including successfully growing and retaining the relationships with the top 150 clients globally; creating new integrated teams to drive an improved customer experience while ensuring full regulatory compliance; transforming mid-market account management from a servicing and retention culture to a successful sales culture; launching an offshore management information team to drive increased customer engagement and loyalty in a cost effective way; and converting customers to a digital servicing experience.
Kate is passionate about delivering on the opportunity technology offers society. She is Director of Nesta Challenges, experts in solving critical problems facing society through large scale tech and innovation competitions. Working closely with start-ups, entrepreneurs and innovators around the world, Nesta Challenges backs them financially and non-financially to find a tech product or service that improves the quality of life for chosen communities. The current portfolio includes tackling loneliness, re-skilling blue collar workers, mobility for wheelchair users and data for farmers in developing countries.
Kate started her career in management consulting, helping some of the world’s largest companies focus on building high performing workforces. In the last decade, her career has concentrated on growing the footprint, income and profile of organisations on a mission to create good in society, regardless of sector. Prior to working at Nesta Challenges, she was Chief of Staff at Comic Relief, leading on strategy, change management and government partnerships. She chairs the trustee board at Missing People and is a non-executive director of the British Paralympics Association.
Piotr is a "Digital" Executive recognized for his humble leadership and ability to leverage digital as a competitive weapon through the use of data analytics, agile tools and legacy IT. He is big supporter of all "elastic" solutions, driving variability and flexibility into the company cost model. In ALE he has design new organisation to drive agility ("Digital Studio") and unify/optimize business processes ("Digital Factory"). Piotr has operated a common service capability at GE across 50+ developed and emerging countries, and at GE Capital operations in France with need to accommodate highly regulated financial services industry. He has a depth of expertise in leading scaled, global industrial organizations and complex application/infrastructure portfolios. He is the author of the new concept of Happiness Level Agreement, which links digital operations with user satisfaction.
Sonya Iovieno heads up the Growth and VC-Backed division of Silicon Valley Bank’s UK Branch. Sonya joined SVB from Lloyds Bank in September 2016, where she was responsible for new business origination with mid-market companies. Sonya brings 20 years of corporate and commercial banking experience. At Silicon Valley Bank, Sonya is focused on high growth venture capital backed businesses that have typically raised Series A financing.
Darya Kamkalova is Data Marketplace Manager at HERE Technologies based in Berlin. For more than 7 years, Darya had been responsible for data acquisition first at an intersection of automotive & IT industries, and later – in location intelligence area. Some of her achievements include negotiations and signed agreements with state authorities, industry associations and businesses - from Australia to the US, from South Africa to Sweden. She is currently supporting customers on their journey with HERE Data Marketplace – a platform designed for location data exchange that simplifies sourcing and licensing of data and speeds up time to market.
Rebecca Töreman works in new innovations and manages the development of the IKEA Home smart (TRÅDFRI) ecosystem. Before her current position, Rebecca worked in product development engineering and sustainability at IKEA for Lighting and product development for Lighting & IKEA Home Smart.
Rebecca appreciates being able to create a better everyday life at home around the world by combining technology with home furnishing. She is especially passionate about Democratic Design, which means always considering form, function, quality, sustainability and low price to develop fantastic products.
Marili is the Chief Operations Officer (COO) at WeTransfer. She joined the company in May 2017 and is responsible for a number of departments and teams — including operations, finance, HR, legal, facilities, support, the creative studio and growth and analytics.
Marili is an experienced and energetic general manager who excels in high-growth environments. Her focus on financial management, strategy and operational excellence comes from a wealth of experience across multiple subscription services, marketplaces and commerce.
At WeTransfer, Marili’s expertize lies in the international rollout of the company, analytics- based decision making and building optimal teams for business development and integration.
Previously she worked as a consultant for McKinsey after holding a variety of leadership roles at companies ranging from Fab.com, Snappcar and Glossybox to Realnetworks and Endemol. Since 2016 she’s led Fast Forward Ventures, helping startups to navigate growth acceleration and funding.
Marili has lived in the Netherlands, UK, France, Germany, Spain and South Africa and speaks five languages: Dutch, English, Spanish, German and French. She studied Law and Economics at the University of Leiden/Rotterdam and holds an MBA from INSEAD.
Vicky Lagarre has worked for Ubisoft International production HQ for 13 years now. With her team, as Producing Community Director, she is currently in charge of following the 200 Ubisoft producers, organizing internal sharing events but also feeding them with internal and external benchmarks. Since 2016, she has been a change agent leader within the organization, being certified SAFe® 4,6 Program Consultant. Part of her role is to accompany Ubisoft senior producers and development studios in the current transition linked to Games a Platform/Service. She has learned continually through her career by exchanging with video game production leadership but also by attending lots of summits and external events (GDC, DevOps summits). She loves sharing and exchanging with her network around the deep changes the videogame industry is facing.
Asmaa is a Software Engineer and Data Scientist at Ingka Group, formerly known as IKEA Group based in Sweden. Originally coming from Tehran, Asmaa wanted more in life so she decided to undertake distance studies for BSc Creative Computing from the University of London in 2010. She published an academic paper related to Swarm Intelligence while finishing her BSc degree in 2014. She found out that there is no end for a woman’s dreams and got a scholarship for a master’s degree in Computer Science in Sweden, and she travelled 5,196.9 km to continue her dreams.
She initially worked as a Performance Test Specialist at IKEA Group in 2016, and in 2019 she became a Software Engineer in the Data Science team. Asmaa has since grown in her tech career at Ingka Group, stepping up to become a tech lead within the team. She enjoys traveling and reading books, and so far she has visited 15 countries and 40 cities around the world and has many more on her list.
Neha Sampat is CEO of the Contentstack™ – the hub powering omnichannel content, digital experiences and personalized customer journeys – and Founder of Digital Experience Platform Built.io®. Neha is a recognized industry leader, a proponent of diversity and an outspoken advocate for women in leadership. Neha sits on the Board of the Developers Alliance supporting professional growth for developers. She can be found appearing on keynote stages or expert panels discussing her experiences as an entrepreneur, a female leader, or her company's role in the future of technology. Neha was named in “San Francisco Business Times Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business” in 2017, is a “San Francisco Business Times 40 under 40” honoree and one of “50 Women in Tech Dominating Silicon Valley” in 2015.
Janelle is the Marketing Manager at Crobox, an Amsterdam-based Customer Intelligence solution that combines consumer psychology with AI to deliver actionable insights. At Crobox, she manages the marketing team and defines the brand direction and strategy, translating it into bitesize cross-department projects. Her analytical yet empathetic perspective helps translate the complicated, and often intimidating, elements of data analysis into digestible actions for online retail professionals.
Throughout her career, she has leveraged her background in psychology to make marketing efforts more engaging and relevant. Customer centricity is a vital part of her approach, from leveraging data insights to improve the customer experience to creating stories that are just as entertaining as they are educational. It’s within this scope that she helps entrepreneurs and small businesses future-proof brand strategies.
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