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Sr. Manager Digital Transformation & Cloud, KPMG
Elwin is a senior manager at KPMG Technology Advisory. With a team of specialists working in the field of Cloud services, he supports organizations in their Digital and Cloud Transformation. In addition to being responsible for the Cloud alliances at KPMG, heisalso the point of contact for Digital Transformation and Cloud related topics at our customers focusing on Manufacturing, Retail and Utility segments, among others. Elwin has over 20 years of experience in IT related commercial roles with a focus on adding value from IT to the business.
VP Japan, Soul Machines
Una is VP Japan at Soul Machines, an AI company that is known for creating autonomously animated digital people with the abilityto automate and personalize digital interfaces and interactions at scale. Prior to her current role, she led global technology programs at Nikkei as HeadofInnovation at Nikkei Editorial Innovation Center. She started her career at General Motors in Slovenia and Intel in Germany, covering international business development across EMEA, and before moving to Japan, drove the international business development of software start ups in San Francisco. Una holds a double MA degree in Linguistics from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Vice President and CTO IBM Cloud, IBM Fellow, IBM
Hillery is CTO of IBM Cloud, responsible for technical strategy for IBM's cloud-native and infrastructure offerings. Prior to this role, she served as Director of Accelerated Cognitive Infrastructure in IBM Research, leading a team doing cross-stack (hardware through software) optimization of AI workloads, producing productivity breakthroughs of 40x and greater which were transferred into IBM product offerings. Her technical interests havealways been interdisciplinary, spanning from silicon technology through system software, and she has served in technical and leadership roles in memory technology, Systems for AI, and other areas. She is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology and was appointed as an IBM Fellow in 2017. Hilleryis a BS, MS, and PhD graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Director of Development and Chief Technology Officer, IBM
Namik Hrle is Director of Development and Chief Technology Officer in IBM’s Data and AI division. He holds a title of IBM Fellow, the ultimate distinction of IBM technical career given to a small number of individuals who demonstrated the highest level of technical leadership, innovation, business impact, social eminence and talent building. He is IBM’s Master Inventor, Member of IBM Academy and Technical Experts Council. Holder of 59 patents, numerous outstanding technical achievements, author recognition and corporate awards, Namik has a world-wide reputation as the ultimate expert in using data and AI for digital transformation and reinvention of enterprise applications.
Cyber Resilience & Multicloud Management Platform Leader, IBM
Lex Veltman is the Cyber Resilience & Multicloud Management Platform Leader at IBM Benelux. Any enterprise customer dealing with a multicloudstrategy is facing challenges to integrate the new world with the existing more traditional world. With a wealth of experience starting as a project manager all the way through consultant and business development within the IT domain, Lex is a very passionate person who likes to challenge and trigger you with controversial and sometimes with some disruptive ideas.
Cloud Advocate, IBM
Marc is IBM Cloud Advocate in the Netherlands. With a background in DevOps and Application development he brings 15 years of experience to the table. His current focus is on cloud, hybrid cloud and Red Hat to create a full cloud solution for clients in helping them meet their challengesintheir journey to the cloud.
Anna van Wassenaer
Cloud Security Business Development Executive, IBM EMEA
Anna has advised many clients on their business strategy and on how moving to cloud can give them wings to achieve their goals. However, this change also presents new threats, as well as new compliance and governance requirements. Her mission is to guide clients on a secure journey to cloud and to make the transformation as easy as possible. She is an avid proponent of the cloud business model and has a strong focus on customer experience with technology, having joined IBM after setting up a successful digital agency. Anna started her career as a strategy consultant, after completing her MA in Economics from Oxford University.
President, Submergence Group LLC
Brett Phaneuf is the chief executive of Submergence Group LLC (USA) / M Subs Ltd (UK) and overseas the design and production of manned and unmanned, underwater vehicle systems. A serial entrepreneur, Mr. Phaneuf has recently turned his attention to machine learning and artificial intelligence; a new company (Marine Ai) has been spun out from M Subs Ltd with the goal of creating cognitive AI to enhance maritime capabilities by drawing on decades of experience in manned and unmanned marine vehicle design, manufacture and operations, coupled with vast experience in automation and autonomous systems software architecture, and computer vision expertise.
Benelux Leader, IBM Automation
Extensive experience in delivery of large scale solutions across 18 years of experience in the field of automation in particular, leading via data driven, results focused approach and heading the automation practice for BeNeLux market.
Change Manager, IBM
Leading the garage in the Benelux. In this role I facilitate (innovation) workshops, support the delivery of the 'garage' projects and educate people in an agile ways of working. I am also an experienced change manager and a certified senior project manager with over 20 years of experience in managing large and complex development projects with 6 years experience in retail and 7 years of experience in the Chemicals and Petroleum Industry.
Sales Leader EME for DataOps, IBM
Michael is accountable for several successful implementations of the Real Time Analytics approach and some of the exemplary topics he covers in the current role are Metadata-management, development and implementation of Governed Data lakes, GDPR as well as Real Time availability of data for up-to-date analytics within modern Information Architectures.
Client Technical Sales Specialist IBM POWER Systems, IBM
Franz holds a master degree in German philology and one in business management. He joined IBM in 1988 and immediately specialized in POWER systems (then called AS/400), in various roles. After an experience in storage solutions, Franz came back to his roots in 2013, this time with a stronger focus on Linux and open source solutions on POWER. Franz has over 20 years of practical experience with Linux and open source, on POWER, x86 and ARM architectures. He is both a Certified Linux Administrator and a certified POWER specialist.
Distinguished Engineer, CTO, IBM
Lysa is currently a Distinguished Engineer within the CTO office of the IBM Cloud Engagement Hub. In this role, she collaborates with IBM SMEs across the company/brands to advise major IBM clients on their Journey to Cloud. Lysa currently focuses on Mainframe modernization. This topic allows her to apply her expertise in Cloud to her foundation knowledge of IBM Z. Lysa pioneered the formation of Cloud Video and Watson Media & Weather. In the Cloud & Cognitive group, she led DevOps transformations and provided technical leadership in building greenfield Cloud Native applications that delivered cognitive/AI SaaS solutions for rich media on IBM public cloud.
SAP Alliance Technical Leader, IBM
Michael Love is a technology leader supporting IBM’s alliance with SAP. In addition to having over 20 years’ experience of working with SAP as a business partner, Michael also directly engages with many of the largest IBM/SAP clients globally. Technical leadership is provided across multiple technology domains surrounding SAP S/4 HANA and the Intelligent Enterprise, such as: Cloud adoption, keeping a “clean” digital core, agile digital innovation using Cloud DevOps platforms, Hybrid-Cloud best practices, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Quantum Computing, SAP integration best practices, Process Automation, Data Analytics, and Enterprise Architecture.
Big Data Analyst, IBM
Willem Hendriks studied Mathematics at TU Delft (the Netherlands). He is currently undertaking various Machine Learning related projects at IBM, as a data analyst.
Chief Communications Officer, IBM
Jonathan is a storyteller and corporate communications leader with two decades of international experience. His expertise is in helping companies communicate their value and leadership to key stakeholders across business and society. He is IBM’s Chief Communications Officer for Mayflower Autonomous Ship project responsible for media and public engagement and for building the MAS400.com mission portal.
Client Technical Professional Analytics Platform, IBM
Marc Decker is a Sales Engineer in the IBM Data and AI unit. He has much experience with data engineering. In the last years Marc has broadened his focus with the world of data science and advanced data (science) platforms. Marc was among the first Sales Engineers in Europe who started with Cloud Pak for Data when it emerged about 2.5 years ago.
Data & AI Ethics Community Lead and Client Architect, IBM
Drs. Sophie Kuijt, MBA is IBM’s Benelux Chief Technology Officer for IBM Global Business Services. She is also an IT architect for IBM clients within the Consumer Industry. Sophie is the founder of the Data, Artificial Intelligence & Ethics community within IBM Benelux. She leads the local community where ethical questions are discussed, and where education and guidance are being developed for IBM’s AI and Data professionals. Sophie represents IBM Nederland in NLDigital's thinktank on Digital Ethics, she is part of the FME platform for AI and she leads one of the streams in the NL AI Coalition, on Mensgerichte AI.
Robin van Tilburg
Analytics Client Architect, IBM
Data and analytics have played a mayor part in Robin's career. He started analysing as business analyst, worked with data as ETL developer and combined both as BI Specialist and extended this all to advanced analytics. As Analytics Architect, he helps customers to get the best business results out of their data, using data ingestion, data governance, analytics and AI.
Chief Engineer Spacecraft Platforms, SES
Olivier Aventin studied space and aeronautics at the "Ecole Nationale Superieure de l'Aeronautique et de l'Espace". He started his carrier in TAS in the operational department and then worked for different satellite operators, SES in the United States, Eutelsat in Paris and since 2009 at SES in Luxembourg. During his carrier he experienced different challenging situations like re-orbit a satellite in safe mode, put in place specific momentum management after a solar array failure to limit the impact on the life time and recently re-orbit AMC-9 after major anomalies on the satellite.
Distinguished Engineer and CTO, Banking and Financial Markets (EMEA), IBM
Bharat Bhushan is the IBM Distinguished Engineer and Chief Technology Officer for the Financial Services Sector at IBM across EMEA. He leads his clients in creating and exploiting new digital platforms that leverage the full power of Cloud for innovation and operational efficiency. His specific interest areas include Business Platforms and Open Banking. Specifically their impact on the business and technology architecture as well as the value created for the end-consumers. Bharat has served in a variety of technical leadership roles and has twenty five years of hands-on experience in the industry.
Stefan van Den Borre
Client Technical Professional
Stefan has more than 20 years experience in data management solutions. Over the years he evolved from a classical DBA over a Data Warehouse Specialist to a Data Engineer operating in the Big Data (Hadoop, Spark, NoSQL, Kubernetes) space. In 2018 he joined the Machine Learning / Data Science community and today he is working as Client Technical Professional for the IBM Watson Studio and Watson Cognitive (Cloud) solutions.
European Technical Sales Leader, PaaS, Public Cloud, IBM
Lee is the EMEA Technical Sales Leader for the IBM Cloud, focused on Platform as a Service (PaaS). He is based in the IBM Hursley Laboratory, UK. The EMEA Technical Sales team are divided across nine Markets and help IBM’s clients to adopt Hybrid and Public Cloud through an extensive portfolio of IaaS and PaaS offerings available in IBM Cloud.
Director, IBM Cloud & Cognitive Software Benelux, IBM
Vincent Visser is an energetic, passionate and successful Business Leader who loves a challenge! With 17 years (international) experience in the field of Sales, Sales Management, Business Development and People Management he is capable & able to lead small and large teams to greater achievements. Vincent started his career at Consul Risk Management where he worked as Manager Sales Operations EMEA and Sales Leader Nordics/UK (Consul was sold to IBM in 2007) before starting his career in IBM.
Abdoul Gadiri Diallo
Technical Sales Cloud Integration, IBM
Abdoul has 15 years experience in IT working with customers in Belgium and Luxembourg. His current focus areas includes application and platform modernisation and journey to Cloud. Abdoul graduated from the Université Libre de Bruxelles with a MSc in Computer Science Engineering.
Developer Advocate, IBM
Yves Debeer is a developer advocate for IBM and is based in Brussels. His work focuses on IBM Cloud, Kubernetes, Watson AI, Internet of Things, Mobile development and Node.js. As a developer advocate, Yves shares his knowledge with other developers and teaches how to use the technologies to create innovative applications and solutions. In his spare time Yves is a triathlete who enjoys running, biking and swimming.
Public Cloud Architect, IBM
Steve Lievens has 20 years of experience as an IT Specialist. His main focus is on application modernization and cloud native application development, using IBM Cloud offerings. Passionate about DevOps, he continues to explore the many possibilities Cloud has to offer in a modern technology landscape. Steve is a Level 2 Certified IT Specialist and a Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD - Linux Foundation).
Bobby van Groningen
Bob is an impact driven leader with a background in both marketing, product management, consultancy and IT strategy. He is now responsible for IT development in the area of Customer Interaction within ABN AMRO. With great passion he has been focussed on the technical development of ABN AMRO’s conversational AI platform. Scaling the platform and truly helping customers and employees is the goal. Besides this Bob is also responsible for the other digital Customer Interaction channels like Video Banking and Webcare.
Technical Sales Integration & Management, IBM
Sander Joosten has been working with IBM Software during his entire working career. He started in 2000 as a IT helpdesk analyst at a large Dutch retail company, working with a wide range of IBM Tivoli management products. After having been a Tivoli enterprise systems management administrator, he joined the IBM Lab Services team for Tivoli in 2006. Since then, he was involved in numerous implementations as either a software consultant or project manager. Nowadays, he works as technical sales in the Cloud & Cognitive Software unit, where he focuses on the Management & Platform portfolio.
Information Architecture & Integration Technical Lead, IBM
Frank Ketelaars leads and actively works in a European team focused on IBM and open source analytics solutions, including Spark, Hadoop and Real-time Analytical Processing on private cloud. In his capacity, Frank also leads the European technical community and participates in customer and business partner engagements across all industries. Frank has fulfilled various national and international assignments, being involved both in pre-sales and consulting assignments focused on application development, data warehousing, database replication and big data analytics. Developing applications and advanced analytics that fulfil needs for business still moves the needle for him.
Ariana De Almeida Nieto
Managing Consultant Energy & Blockchain, IBM
Ariana De Almeida is a Managing Consultant for IBM Services based in The Netherlands. Ariana focuses on the design of scalable business networks, with blockchain as the enabling technology. Additionally, as a subject matter expert on new business models in the energy & utilities sector, Ariana advises clients on innovative solutions that support the energy transition and the transformation of the energy ecosystem.
Robert Vrees is a Managing Consultant for IBM Services based in The Netherlands. Robert has worked as a frontrunner on solving real business challenges by utilizing blockchain technology. Robert headed numerous engagements that lead to the successful development and deployment of several world-first blockchain-based solutions. In particular, with proven expertise in the energy & utilities sector, Robert works with clients to identify and design innovative solutions that accelerate the energy transition.
Hybrid Cloud Integration Specialist, IBM
Pierre has 16 years experience in IT working with customers in Belgium and Luxembourg. His current focus areas includes agile integration architecture and journey to Cloud. Pierre graduated from the Université Libre de Bruxelles with a MSc in Electrotechnical Engineering.
Data & Analytics Architect, Axians
Maurice Veltman is Solution Architect Data & Analytics. I work with Axians a platinum IBM business partner in west-europe. I have my track record within data warehouses, big data and business intelligence within the wholesale and e-commerce industry.
Martijn van Amstel
Technical Sales Manager Cloud Benelux, IBM
Martijn leads the IBM Cloud Benelux technical sales team. With his team of specialists, he is supporting clients on their journey to cloud. Prior to his current role Martijn was the Cognitive and Data leader for one of IBM’s strategic accounts. He has also spent many years leading- and being part of development teams in the field of data & AI. More than 20 years of experience have given him a deep knowledge of engineering, agile working and architectures. He is an experienced information architect with a demonstrated history of working in the financial services industry.
Belux Software Country Leader, IBM
Klaus Formesyn has many years of experience as a sales director at both SAP and IBM with an impressive career in complex sales and people management. He has worked in various sales management roles in software (IBM, SAP), IT Services and in the management of large global customers. Klaus is currently responsible for IBM's Cloud and Cognitive division in Belgium and Luxembourg. He has a clear view on sales: A salesperson must help his client to achieve their strategic goals. Klaus is creative and a strong believer in technology and what technology can bring to the community and to businesses. Therefore, IBM and Red Hat are ideally positioned to guide companies in their digital transformation and their efforts to be and stay relevant.
Service Line Leader Cloud Application Services, IBM
Steve is a Partner for IBM Global Business Services in the Benelux. As a leader of Cloud Application Services, he engages with IBM clients to guide them through all the phases of their journey to the cloud. Steve has 20 years of international experience leading teams in large and complex IT service engagements with a core focus on delivering value to the business.
Robby van Damme
Product Manager and CTO, PearlChain
Robby is a father of 3 teenagers, married and growing his own vegetables. Next to his quite busy job as CTO of PearlChain, he likes to play rock music on his Les Paul and play badminton at his local club.
Joan van Loon
Director Public Sector Belgium, IBM
With degrees in Health Economics, Applied Economics and Nursing, Joan started his career as economist for the Provinciaal Instituut voor Hygiëne in Antwerp. 4 years later he entered the consulting world as Healthcare consultant for Coopers & Lybrand, later PwC. After the global take-over of PwC Consulting by IBM, Joan held several management positions at IBM. Today he is Board Member of IBM Belux and Enterprise Sales Unit Director, responsible for Public Sector, Life Sciences, Telecommunications, Energy & Utilities. Next to that Joan is ambassador for IBM Watson AI and spokesperson for IBM Belgium.
Executive Architect, IBM
Bartho Dröge is an Executive Architect in IBM with over 30 years of experience. Recently he switched from a client role in the High Tech and Electronics industry to become the Global Innovation leader for Component Business Modeling in the IBM Institute for Business Value: the unique source for Thought Leadership.
Security Architect Leader EMEA, IBM
As EMEA Security Architect Leader Erwin helps design and advises key clients on IT security solutions that best fit their business needs. In addition, Erwin has built up extensive experience in design, build and implementation of IT infrastructure for enterprise clients.
Client Technical Professional, IBM
Eric is an experienced Information Technology Specialist with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. Strong information technology professional skilled in IBM DB2, IT Service Management, IT Strategy, Pre-sales, Cloud Computing and Application Architecture.
Nancy Rademaker is one of the very few female keynote speakers to cover the impact of digitization on customer behaviour and how that affects the way companies should interact with customers. With a mix of mind-blowing examples and a great sense of humour, she takes the audience on an exciting rollercoaster of high-level content, delivered in a very energized and easy-to-digest way, leaving her audience inspired time after time.
Having been nominated as moderator of the year, Ronnie is among the best in the Netherlands. With his energetic enthusiasm, infectious humour, wit and relaxed interaction Ronnie always gets high marks at congresses, events and award presentations.
Bjorn is an experienced technical expert on the IBM's Hybrid Cloud Integration portfolio. He strives to educate, guide and support his customers, partners and ISV's to the digital transformation of using container platforms and workloads, and leading to innovate and optimize on the right model.
Cloud Solutions Strategist, VMware
Mike is the Global Technical Account manager covering IBM at VMware; helping IBM develop product strategy to incorporate VMware products into the IBM portfolio of world class offerings.Prior to this role, Mike served as a director of product management at Virtustream, a VMware partner who provides managed SAP services to large multi-national companies.Mike started his career in the public sector, working for the City of West Palm Beach and in that capacity had the opportunity to lead one of the first large scale virtualization government projects in the state of FL.Mike hold as BS in Computer Science from the Richard Stockton College of NJ and started his career as a programmer focused on Windows software development for a large hardware manufacturer.
European Threat Management Program Director, IBM
Mike Kehoe is IBM’s Security , European Threat Management Program Director working with clients in developing their next generation Security Operation Centres (SOC) based on on-premise or hybrid cloud. Providing solutions for the client to understand their adversaries, their threats and their methods to actively prepare to detect and defend against them. IBM Security Threat management is a force multiplier that will allow an organization unify their cyber defences and stop threats before they damage their organization.
Client Technical Specialist, IBM
Else is active within the business intelligence domain for more than 20 years. She gathered a lot of hands-on experience as a business intelligence consultant. In 2009, she joined IBM as principal consultant for Cognos Analytics implementations. In this role she also broadened her horizon towards planning, budgeting and forecasting. In 2013, she moved towards a sales role as Technical Sales Specialist for Cognos and Planning Analytics, proving the added value of our solutions towards new and existing customers.
IBM Storage Systems Technical Advocate, IBM
After working for several business partners for nearly 20 years Robbin joined IBM in 2011 as Storage Client Technical Sales. With more than 15 years experience Robbin offers a two feet on the ground approach to the challenges our clients meet with current topics like Cloud and AI. Explaining how IBM Spectrum Software Defined Storage will help your current storage while you prepare for your journey to the cloud without vendor lock-in.
Lead Digital, BOLD.digital
Stephanie Wagenaar is Lead Digital at BOLD.digital and responsible for BOLD.lab, which advises companies on strategy and implementation of artificial intelligence (AI) in their organization. She is what Google calls a “smart creative”: she loves to combine technical knowledge with creative energy and tackle business problems by using innovative tools and data analytics. Her specialisations are creating data strategies and data quality improvement strategies for companies.
Nart Wielaard is TEDx speaker, author of award winning business books such as We Are Big Data and associate partner of BOLD Digital. He helps organizations turn complex issues in convincing and simple narratives, mostly in the domain of the digital transformation. His new forthcoming book is about how CFO’s play a vital role in improving data driven decision making processes. Nart was originally trained as a CPA.
AI & Cloud Client Advisor, IBM
As a client advisor on AI & Cloud, I help enterprises get to the next level by embracing technology. Based on my all-round experience in the areas of IT strategy consulting, software engineering and Cloudadvisory, I help enterprise clients define the journey to cloud that fits their needs. Whatever the 'Why' -cost reduction, application modernization or creating new revenue streams through AI technology -my passion lies in discovering what will make a client successful and defining how to utilize the available Cloud technologies to make that happen.
Country & Sales Lead BeLux, Red Hat
Stef Schampaert, Country Manager BeLux at Red Hat, has been in the IT industry for almost 30 years. He started his career at Dell as a Business Development Manager and served as Sales Manager and Country Manager for over 11 years at NetApp. Since 2015, Stef is leading the fast-growing Red Hat team in Belgium and Luxembourg.
Cognitive Process Automation Practice Leader BeLux, IBM
Yannis wrote his first lines of Basic code on a Sinclair ZX-81 at age 7, and never dropped his fascination for having machines doing the job ever since. Yannis has led Digital Transformation services for 20 years, starting with his own company in 1993, joined Xerox, Fujitsu, and CSC/DXC, in various roles of Head of, managing consultant, program manager and solution architect. Since 8 years, in IBM, Yannis leads the “Enterprise” segment in Belgium for the resulting Digital Business Automation software unit.
Ivo van den Berg
Information Security Lead, ABN AMRO
Currently, Ivo is working at ABN AMRO for almost 2 years in the role of Information Security Lead in which he manages different experts in the security domain: architects, IT integrators, subject-matter experts and data analytics and data science. Before that he was manager of the data and analytics department at a Dutch health insurance company for 6 years, following his work as a statistician there. His love for all things analytics started in Academia when researching the brain reward function in relation to different psychological disorders.
Product Owner Conversational AI, ABN AMRO
Jeroen works as a Product Owner with the chatbot team at ABN AMRO since its start in 2017. Starting with four colleagues working on an MVP, today the team contains over 40 colleagues working on the Conversational AI platform which hosts multiple chatbots of which Chatbot Anna is the leading personality of the platform. Jeroen has experience in upgrading an MVP to a product that plays a key role in the digital strategy of the bank.