Pre-Conference Workshop Speakers

Leila	Etaati

Leila Etaati

Leila is a Artificial Intelligence Microsoft MVP, PhD, Trainer, and BI consultant. She is world well-known speaker in Machine Learning and Analytics topics, and spoke in world’s best international conferences in Data Platform topics, such as; Microsoft USA Ignite, Microsoft data Insight Summit, Microsoft NZ ignite, SQL PASS Summits, PASS Rally, SQL Nexus, SQL Saturdays and so on. She has more than 10 years’ experience in Data Mining and Analytics. She writes blog posts in RADACAD and also publishes YouTube videos in our channel. She also is an invited lecturer in universities such as University of Auckland, and Unitec, and some other universities. She worked in many industries including banking financial, power and utility, manufacturing, tourism, and so on.

Rob Farley

Rob Farley

Rob Farley runs LobsterPot Solutions. He is an MCM, MVP, MCT, PDW Trainer, and proud Arsenal supporter. He spends a lot of his time either tuning queries or helping people with their BI systems, from small in-house data warehouses to large PDW implementations. His presentation style and his ability to explain complex concepts simply are known throughout the SQL Server community. He blogs at http://sqlblog.com/blogs/rob_farley and at http://sqlperformance.com/author/robfarley , and is on Twitter at @rob_farley.

Matt Masson

Matt Masson

Matt Masson is a Senior Program Manager in Microsoft's Power BI team. He used to be the Program Manager of the SSIS team. He speaks and teaches many SSIS courses around the world. Matt has worked on multiple data integration products, including Azure Data Factory, Power Query, Power BI, SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS), Data Quality Services (DQS), and Master Data Services (MDS). He is currently part of the Microsoft Power BI team working on data movement areas of Power BI. He has authored two books – SSIS Design Patterns (Apress) and SQL Server 2012 Integration Services (MS Press), and is a frequent presenter at Microsoft conferences. You can find his blog at www.mattmasson.com .

MVP Speakers

Allen white

Allen white

Allen is the Business Development Manager for SQL Sentry. He's been both a developer and an administrator so understands both perspectives towards database technology, and loves sharing his experiences and helping people learn how to use SQL Server. Allen has spent over 40 years in IT and has been using SQL Server since 1992 and is certified MCITP in SQL Server and MCT. Allen has been awarded Microsoft’s MVP Award for the last nine years.

Leila Etaati

Leila Etaati

Leila is a Data Platform MVP, PhD, mentor, speaker, and consultant. She spoke in some important SQL server conference such as SQL Rally and Microsoft ignite New Zealand. She has over 10 years’ experience working with SQL server. She was involved in many large-scale projects for big sized companies as SQL server and BI consultant. She worked in Industries including banking financial, power and utility, manufacturing .Leila is PhD of Information System department, University of Auckland, New Zealand. She is a lecturer of BI and Machine Learning courses.

Reza Rad

Reza Rad

Reza Rad is an Author, Trainer, Speaker and DW/BI Consultant. He has a BSc in Computer engineering; he has more than 15 years’ experience in databases, programming and development mostly on Microsoft technologies. He is a Microsoft MVP in SQL Server for five continues years (from 2011 till now) for his dedication in Microsoft BI. His articles on different aspects of technologies, especially on MS BI, can be found on his blog: http://www.radacad.com/blog (previously was http://www.rad.pasfu.com) . He wrote some books on MS SQL BI and also is writing some others, He is also an active member on online technical forums such as MSDN and Experts-Exchange, and is a moderator of MSDN SQL Server forums, and is a MCP, MCSE and MCITP of BI. He is the leader of New Zealand Business Intelligence users group. He is a International Speaker in SQL Saturday and SQL users groups and Conferences like TechEd and PASS Summit. And He is a Microsoft Certified Trainer.

Martin Cairney

Martin Cairney

Martin Cairney is a highly experienced Database Administrator and Developer with well over a decade’s worth of experience with SQL Server. He has knowledge across multiple industry sectors including London’s global financial institutions and both Australian State and Federal Government Departments. He has regularly worked with companys with hundreds of SQL Server instances and has experience in developing tools and scripts for managing such large environments. He is an experienced conference presenter, having presented a number of times at SQLBits in the UK and various SQL Server User Groups in Australia and the UK. He is a Microsoft Certified Trainer and holds a number of Microsoft certifications, including MCDBA and MCITP. He has recently moved to Melbourne to help establish LobsterPot’s presence there.

Victor Isakov

Victor Isakov

Victor Isakov (MCA, MCM, MCT, MVP) is a Database Architect that specializes in SQL Server performance tuning, optimization, high-availability and upgrade projects. Victor has authored a number of books and Microsoft courseware for SQL Server and regularly speaks at various conference internationally. He was one of the first IT professionals to achieve the Microsoft Certified Master certification and is the only Microsoft Certified Architect in Australia.

Martin Catherall

Martin Catherall

Martin is a Consultant with SQL Down Under in Melbourne, Australia and has over 10 years’ experience as a TSQL developer and database administrator. He is a current recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for The Data Platform and is a Regional Mentor for the Professional Association of SQL Server (PASS) in the Asia Pacific area as well as the former leader of the Christchurch SQL Server User Group

Tobiasz Koprowski

CEO of Shadowland Consulting. In January 2015 decided to permanently leave Poland and discover new worlds. Actually settled in West Bridgford (England). Community leader focused on SQL Server, SharePoint, security, collaboration and ITIL, DR, BCM and SLA. Love licensing stuff. MCT, freelancer and consultant. Subject Matter Expert at CQURE. Member of Microsoft Terminology Community, Friends of RedGate PLUS, PASS, ISSA, ACM and several communities in the world. Member of the boards: PTI & ISSA (Poland's Chapter). Since 1st July 2010 Data Platform MVP. Former President of the Polish SQL Server USer Group. Creator of SQLDAY Conference and Conference CEO 2009-2011. Co-Leader of PASS East Midlands Group. Speaker at group meetings and conferences.

Warwick Rudd

Warwick Rudd

Warwick Rudd is a SQL Server MVP, Microsoft Certified Master – SQL Server 2008, Founder and Principal Consultant at SQL Master Consulting. With over 15 years of experience beginning with the release of SQL Server 6.5, he has worked in both Australia and England from small start-ups to Multi-National Corporations. Warwick predominantly specialties in designing and implementing HA & DR Solutions. He is a frequent speaker at local SQL Server User Groups & SQL Saturday events, Ignite in Australia and New Zealand. When not playing with the SQL stack, Warwick likes to get away to the cold and spend time snowboarding.

Matt Allington

Matt Allington

Matt Allington is a career expert in BI and has 30+ years experience in using data to deliver business value. Matt is a Microsoft MVP that specialises in Power BI, Power Pivot and Power Query. He brings his business and IT experience to the table to get fast and effective results through training, consulting and general business data problem solving. Matt is the author of the book “Learn to DAX – A Practical Guide to Learning Power Pivot for Excel and Power BI”.

Manohar Punna

Manohar Punna

Manohar Punna is a Senior SQL DBA by profession and a Data Platform Community Enthusiast by passion. He is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP and heads the Asia's Largest Database Community, DataPlatformGeeks as President. He is the author of the longest one day blog series till date - One DMV a Day. In his day to day job he designs and builds new database systems, automate DBA activities, tune databases and queries and much more. He likes to get his hands dirty by exploring other tools like Powershell, .NET, WMI, etc to simplify DBA life. Manohar has also built tools like database service and health monitor, Job Activity Monitor, Using SanSnap to achieve HA and DR capabilities in SQL 2008 etc.

Rob Farley

Rob Farley

Rob Farley runs LobsterPot Solutions. He is an MCM, MVP, MCT, PDW Trainer, and proud Arsenal supporter. He spends a lot of his time either tuning queries or helping people with their BI systems, from small in-house data warehouses to large PDW implementations. His presentation style and his ability to explain complex concepts simply are known throughout the SQL Server community. He blogs at http://sqlblog.com/blogs/rob_farley and at http://sqlperformance.com/author/robfarley , and is on Twitter at @rob_farley.

MCM Speakers

Victor Isakov

Victor Isakov

Victor Isakov (MCA, MCM, MCT, MVP) is a Database Architect that specializes in SQL Server performance tuning, optimization, high-availability and upgrade projects. Victor has authored a number of books and Microsoft courseware for SQL Server and regularly speaks at various conference internationally. He was one of the first IT professionals to achieve the Microsoft Certified Master certification and is the only Microsoft Certified Architect in Australia.

Warwick Rudd

Warwick Rudd

Warwick Rudd is a SQL Server MVP, Microsoft Certified Master – SQL Server 2008, Founder and Principal Consultant at SQL Master Consulting. With over 15 years of experience beginning with the release of SQL Server 6.5, he has worked in both Australia and England from small start-ups to Multi-National Corporations. Warwick predominantly specialties in designing and implementing HA & DR Solutions. He is a frequent speaker at local SQL Server User Groups & SQL Saturday events, Ignite in Australia and New Zealand. When not playing with the SQL stack, Warwick likes to get away to the cold and spend time snowboarding.

Rob Farley

Rob Farley

Rob Farley runs LobsterPot Solutions. He is an MCM, MVP, MCT, PDW Trainer, and proud Arsenal supporter. He spends a lot of his time either tuning queries or helping people with their BI systems, from small in-house data warehouses to large PDW implementations. His presentation style and his ability to explain complex concepts simply are known throughout the SQL Server community. He blogs at http://sqlblog.com/blogs/rob_farley and at http://sqlperformance.com/author/robfarley , and is on Twitter at @rob_farley.

All Speakers

Charles Sterling

Charles Sterling

Charles Sterling is Principal Progam Manager in Power BI Team based in Redmond. He came to Microsoft from being a marine biologist working for United States National Marine Fisheries doing marine mammal research on the Bering Sea. He started out at Microsoft supporting Excel and moved through a couple of support teams to being an escalation engineer for Microsoft SQL Server. Taking his love for customers (and diving), Chuck moved to Australia as a product manager and developer evangelist for the .NET Framework. In 2008 he moved back to Redmond as the Visual Studio community program manager and just recently moved to the Power BI team to continue his community passion and looking after the Power BI influencers and MVPs.

Ken Puls

Ken Puls

"Ken Puls, FCPA, FCMA, is a Chartered Professional Accountant, blogger, author and trainer with over 20 years of business and financial modelling experience. His passion lies in exploring tools to turn data into information, and teaching others how to benefit from them. Ken has held the Microsoft MVP distinction since 2006 in both the Excel and Data Platform categories. He is also one of about 4% of CPA’s to be recognized as a Fellow of his accounting body. Learn more about Ken at https://ca.linkedin.com/in/kenpuls."

Reza Rad

Reza Rad

Reza Rad is author, speaker, trainer and consultant. He is the world well-known name in the Microsoft BI field. Reza Rad is invited speaker in world’s best and biggest SQL Server and BI conferences such as PASS Summits, PASS Rallys, SQLBits, TechEds, Ignites, Microsoft Data Insight Summit, and so on. He is author of books on this topic, and he has more than 15 years’ experience in the Microsoft BI technologies. 10 years of his experience focused on training and consulting to the largest BI teams in the world. He is also Microsoft Certified Trainer for years. He is Microsoft SQL Server MVP (Most Valuable Professional) focused on BI and Data Analysis, He has been awarded MVP from Microsoft because of his dedication and expertise in Microsoft BI technologies. He is author of Power BI online book; from Rookie to Rock Star; http://radacad.com/online-book-power-bi-from-rookie-to-rockstar

Leila Etaati

Leila Etaati

Leila is a Artificial Intelligence Microsoft MVP, PhD, Trainer, and BI consultant. She is world well-known speaker in Machine Learning and Analytics topics, and spoke in world’s best international conferences in Data Platform topics, such as; Microsoft USA Ignite, Microsoft data Insight Summit, Microsoft NZ ignite, SQL PASS Summits, PASS Rally, SQL Nexus, SQL Saturdays and so on. She has more than 10 years’ experience in Data Mining and Analytics. She writes blog posts in RADACAD and also publishes YouTube videos in our channel. She also is an invited lecturer in universities such as University of Auckland, and Unitec, and some other universities. She worked in many industries including banking financial, power and utility, manufacturing, tourism, and so on.

Andreas Volter

Andreas Volter

"Andreas Wolter has been specialized in SQL Server for 18 years. He is not only a Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) but also one of 2 Microsoft Certified Solutions Masters Data Platform (MCSM) in the Asia Pacific Region and has been awarded with the MVP several times. Together with his company Sarpedon Quality Lab, he is focusing on development and optimization of high performing OLTP Systems and big Data Warehouse Architectures. "

Steph Locke

Steph Locke

Steph is the founder of a consultancy in the UK. Her talks, blog posts, conferences, and business all have one thing in common – they help people get started with data science. Steph holds the Microsoft MVP award for her community contributions. In her spare time, Steph plays board games with her husband and takes copious pictures of her doggos.

Amit Bansal

Amit Bansal

Amit R S Bansal is a SQL Server Specialist at SQLMaestros (brand of eDominer Systems). He leads the SQL and BI practice with a much focused team providing consulting, training and content development services to more than 160+ SQL customers globally. He frequently speaks at international conferences including MS Ignite, SQLBits, SSGAS/DPS, PASS Summit & SQL Saturday events. Amit is also honored with Microsoft Regional Director status, MVP award and Microsoft Certified Master of SQL Server credential. Amit has been working with SQL Server since 1999 and has been part of countless mission critical SQL deployments. Performance Tuning in SQL Server is his core area of expertise. To learn more about Amit, visit http://sqlmaestros.com/amit-bansal/

Matt Masson

Matt Masson

Matt Masson is a Principal Program Manager at Microsoft who focuses on data integration challenges. Matt has worked on multiple products in this space, including Power BI, Power Query, Azure Data Factory, SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS), Data Quality Services (DQS), and Master Data Services (MDS). Most recently, he has been focused on Power BI’s data connectivity experience and the Power Query SDK (https://aka.ms/DataConnectors). He has authored two books – SSIS Design Patterns (Apress) and SQL Server 2012 Integration Services (MS Press), and is a frequent presenter at Microsoft conferences. You can find his blog at https://www.mattmasson.com/.

Sergei Gundorov

Sergei Gundorov

The presenter, Sergei Gundorov, currently works as a Program Manager on the Power BI team at Microsoft. He has Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Sergei published numerous articles over the course of the last 26 years through multiple channels on various subjects that range from accounting and economics to in depth technical articles on MSDN (Microsoft Developer Network). Sergei’s most recent contribution was to the Security Whitepaper for Power BI published in May of 2017. He presented his most valuable technological advancements to worldwide developer audiences at TechEd, TechReady, and Office/SharePoint Developer conferences. He participated and contributed to numerous webcasts that focused on various technologies that he is considered to be an expert on. He is an inventor and filed several patent applications. Sergei runs popular technical “XLGeek’s Space” blog where his work is praised very highly by the readers and his apps users.

Chris Lowe

Chris Lowe

Chris Lowe is GM Architecture, Data and Analytics at Genesis Energy and plays a key role in building the capabilities to become a truly data driven organisation. He has worked with Microsoft data platforms for 18 years and is currently establishing the new data capabilities at Genesis to meet the needs of enterprise business intelligence, data science exploration and also expanding their artificial intelligence capability. Prior to joining Genesis, he worked in Telecommunications, Packaging, Forestry, Mining and Appliance Manufacturing in a variety of Operations Research and Information Technology roles.

Chimene Bonhomme

Chimene Bonhomme

Chimène Bonhomme is a Technical Solution Specialist in Data and Artificial Intelligence on the Enterprise team at Microsoft. Her focus is on the Cortana Intelligence Suite, big data analytics and machine learning. Prior to joining Microsoft, she worked as a Data Specialist Consultant and has successfully delivered projects for various industries and companies in the US, Australia and New Zealand. She is also a speaker in the NZ Business Intelligence - Power BI User Group.

Nagaraj Venkatesan

Nagaraj Venkatesan

Nagaraj Venkatesan is a Data Platform MVP from Singapore and the leader of Singapore SQL PASS Chapter. As a SQL Server enthusiast, Nagaraj is a regular speaker in Asia Pacific region at Data Platform events like SQL Saturdays, SQL Server Geeks Summit, User group meetups etc. Nagaraj shares his technical expertise at strictlysql.blogspot.com. Nagaraj also runs a YouTube channel called "DataChannel", which contains technical interviews with top Microsoft Data Platform experts in the world.

Lace Lofranco

Lace Lofranco

Lace is a Senior Software Development Engineer on the Commercial Software Engineering (CSE) Team at Microsoft. Her focus is on big data analytics, machine learning, data engineering, and scalable architecture. Prior to joining Microsoft, she worked as a Senior Consultant and has successfully delivered projects for various industries and companies across the globe, particularly in the US, South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand. She is also a co-founder of the Azure Nights Melbourne User Group.

Martin Catherall

Martin Catherall

Martin is a Consultant with SQL Down Under in Melbourne, Australia and has over 10 years’ experience as a TSQL developer and database administrator. He is a current recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for The Data Platform and is a Regional Mentor for the Professional Association of SQL Server (PASS) in the Asia Pacific area as well as the former leader of the Christchurch SQL Server User Group

Sam Denton-Giles

Sam Denton-Giles

Sam Denton-Giles is the Internet of Things Business Group Lead for Microsoft Asia-Pacific. He is responsible all up for managing the health and growth of the IoT business in APAC, from developing and integrating the partner ecosystem through to marketing and direct sales. He works closely with Microsoft specialist sales teams and partner ISV and Solution Integrators to deliver high impact Internet of Things and Advanced Analytics projects to customers in the Asia-Pacific region.

Julian Lee

Julian Lee

Julian is not your traditional Microsoft employee. He does not know SQL, .NET or Windows. He started his career in Cancer Research and specialized in Genomics. Half of his time was spent in tools such as R, Bioconductor, Perl and a Sun Machine to do High Performance Computing work. 5 years ago, a Palo Alto based company (Revolution Analytics) started its operations in Asia and he joined them as their early ‘revolutionaries’ preaching R and Data Science. In 2015, Microsoft acquired this company and today he preaches Advanced Analytics and Artificial Intelligence

Lindsey Allen

Lindsey Allen

Lindsey is Partner Group Program Manager for SQL Server 2016 and SQL Server core engine (SE, RE, EE, In-Memory OLTP and Columnstore) Prior, she was lead architect and manager of Azure Data Customer Advisory Team focusing on end to end solution design and optimization for strategic Microsoft customers such as IoT connected cars and hospitals, mission critical transactional and data warehouse systems, real time monitoring system with streaming analytics. In the 21 years working at Microsoft, Lindsey architected and optimized some of the largest and most complex mission critical systems in the world.

Siva Harinath

Siva Harinath

Siva is a Principal Program Manager on the Microsoft Business Applications Platform Innovation (BAPI) team. Siva joined Microsoft Business Intelligence team in 2002 and has been part of the Analysis Services, Reporting Services, Power BI product teams. Siva has closely worked with enterprise customers in architecting solutions with Microsoft BI stack. Siva currently leads the team helping the MVPs, user groups, community, education/training content and marketing websites of Dynamics 365, Power BI, PowerApps, and Stream.

Gosia Borzecka

Gosia Borzecka

Gosia Borzecka works as a full stack .NET developer. While searching for her path, she has been working as a network administrator and IT systems supervisor according to Prince2 and ITIL methodologies. Currently, she loves programming and looking for news related to it, to which she devotes most of her time. While she started work with Office 365 and SharePoint she found an opportunity to add more fun to existing business apps using the newest technology provided by Microsoft. After work, she teaching kids programming and co-organizing workshop meetup: NottsDevWorkshop.co.uk

Robert Blaas

Robert Blaas

"I have over 20 years of experience in the architecture, design and delivery of Business Intelligence solutions with a focus on the data structures required to effectively deliver business information. Over this time I have consulted with large multi nationals, local government and private companies in New Zealand and overseas. I have designed and developed enterprise data warehouses and large corporate data stores ensuring high quality data and information to business users. I enjoy working with people across a business to understand their requirements and translates these into sound technical structures. Having worked within multi-cultural environments, I am able to easily facilitate, mentor and coach business teams in meeting their information requirements."

Dave Dustin

Dave Dustin

With more than 25 years experience on SQL Server, Dave has worked with a number of startups, SMEs and larger enterprises. He is a popular presenter and contributor at meetups and conferences around the world. Based in Wellington, New Zealand, he is currently the Data Lead at Xero.

Warwick Rudd

Warwick Rudd

Warwick Rudd is a Data Platform MVP, Microsoft Certified Master – SQL Server 2008, Founder and Principal Consultant at SQL Master Consulting. With over 15 years of experience beginning with the release of SQL Server 6.5, he has worked in both Australia and England from small start-ups to Multi-National Corporations. Warwick predominantly specialises in designing and implementing HA & DR Solutions. He is a frequent speaker at local SQL Server User Groups & SQL Saturday events, Ignite in Australia and New Zealand. When not playing with the SQL stack, Warwick likes to get away to the cold and spend time snowboarding.

Victor Isakov

Victor Isakov

Victor Isakov (MCA, MCM, MCT, MVP) is a Database Architect that specializes in SQL Server performance tuning, optimization, high-availability and upgrade projects. Victor has authored a number of books and Microsoft courseware for SQL Server and regularly speaks at various conference internationally. He was one of the first IT professionals to achieve the Microsoft Certified Master certification and is the only Microsoft Certified Architect in Australia.

Tobiasz Koprowski

Tobiasz Koprowski

CEO of Shadowland Consulting. In January 2015 decided to permanently leave Poland and discover new worlds. Actually settled in Hucknall (The Last home of The Byron Family). Community leader focused on SQL Server, SharePoint, security, collaboration and ITIL, DR, BCM, and SLA. Love licensing stuff. MCT, freelancer, and consultant. Subject Matter Expert at Microsoft. Member of Microsoft Terminology Community, Friends of RedGate PLUS, PASS, ISSA, ACM and several communities in the world. Since 1st July 2010 Data Platform MVP. Former President of the Polish SQL Server USer Group. Creator of SQLDAY Conference and Conference CEO 2009-2011. Co-Leader of PASS East Midlands Group. Speaker at group meetings and conferences.STEM Ambassador.