Pre-Conference Workshop Speakers

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.

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

Peter Ward

Peter Ward

Peter Ward is WARDY IT Solutions Chief Technical Architect. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Management. Peter’s credentials and achievements include being a highly regarded speaker at SQL Server events; a sought after SQL Server consultant and trainer providing solutions for some of the largest SQL Server sites in Australia. Peter has been recognised as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for his technical excellence and commitment to the SQL Server Community. Peter is an active member in the Australian SQL Server community and President of the Queensland SQL Server User Group. In the last year Peter was a speaker for Tech-Ed North America, New Zealand and Australia. He was also a Spotlight speaker for the SQL Pass Community Summit, the largest SQL Server event in the world.

Tobiasz Koprowski

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

Dimah Zaidalkilani

Dimah Zaidalkilani

Dima Zaidalkilani is a Program Manager focused on Power BI in the Microsoft Data Group.

Sunil Agarwal

Sunil Agarwal

Seasoned professional with 30+ years of industry experience in databases. Sunil has worked as a Developer/Lead in database engine technology, as a tool Designer/Lead building backup/restore tools, as an application Developer/Manager enabling B2B commerce and e-learning, and now as a Principal Program Manager in SQL Server product team for the last 14+ years. In his role as a program manager, Sunil has led the team to deliver Column Store Index, real-Time operational analytics, In-Memory OLTP, AlwaysON Readable Secondary, Data Compression, Snapshot Isolation, Vardecimal Storage Format, Enhancements to TempDB, Bulk Import/Export, and Supportability. Experienced in leading teams both for in-house and offshore development. Equally at ease with drill-down discussion with engineers and working with customers and partners. Have authored many technical white papers/blogs and two books in SQL Server. Popular SQL Server presenter in numerous national/international conferences. Enjoys teaching and have taught introductory programming courses at University of Rhode Island and University of Colorado in USA.

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.

Sergei Dumnov

Sergei Dumnov

Sergei is a senior data scientist at Qrious (Spark Ventures), an Auckland based big data analytics company, where he responsible for data wrangling, analysing it and building analytical applications using variety of tools (Hive, R, Greenplum, Power BI, Tableau). He received his PhD degree in Physics & Mathematics from Lavrent'ev Institute of Hydrodynamics in Novosibirsk (Akademgorodok), Russia, where Sergei conducted research activities in the areas of mathematical modelling of water flow and transport phenomena in water bodies.

Philip Seamark

Philip Seamark

Experienced database and business intelligence professional with a deep knowledge of the Microsoft BI stack and extensive knowledge of data warehouse methodologies and enterprise data modelling. Expert knowledge in all facets of BI/DW including project management, dimensional modelling, performance tuning, ETL design and development, report and dashboard design and development as well as installation and administration. 25 years experience in delivering business applications across a broad range of technologies.

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

Peter Ward

Peter Ward

Peter Ward is WARDY IT Solutions Chief Technical Architect. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Management. Peter’s credentials and achievements include being a highly regarded speaker at SQL Server events; a sought after SQL Server consultant and trainer providing solutions for some of the largest SQL Server sites in Australia. Peter has been recognised as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for his technical excellence and commitment to the SQL Server Community. Peter is an active member in the Australian SQL Server community and President of the Queensland SQL Server User Group. In the last year Peter was a speaker for Tech-Ed North America, New Zealand and Australia. He was also a Spotlight speaker for the SQL Pass Community Summit, the largest SQL Server event in the world.

Hamish Watson

Hamish Watson

Hamish is a Systems Management Specialist with a passion for efficient application deployment using DevOps methodologies. He has 18 years IT experience in managing large scale databases on JADE & SQL technologies. He has been managing SQL Server since SQL 2000 and pragmatic architectural design is his main focus at Jade Software. Educating and helping others learn is a driver for Hamish and he is a PASS Chapter Leader, confident speaker and a guest lecturer at a local university.

Robert Blaas

Robert Blaas

Robert Blass has 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 he has consulted with large multi nationals, local government and private companies in New Zealand and overseas.

Tobiasz Koprowski

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.

Jean van Schalkwyk

Jean van Schalkwyk

Jéan van Schalkwyk is the director of Business Intelligence at Samaki Consulting Ltd. Jean has over 12 years’ experience and has expertise in BI and Master Data Management – strategy, architecture, analysis and design specialising in Microsoft’s BI suite of applications. Jean has worked across a breadth of industries including education, utilities, telecommunications, finance, facilities management, healthcare, retail, justice and insurance. Jean has a Postgraduate Diploma in Business and Administration from Massey University and a B.IT degree from the University of Pretoria in South Africa.

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.

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 .