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

Owen Auger

Owen Auger

Owen Auger specialises in data modelling and visualization with Power BI, as well as financial modelling. He is currently a Data Analytics Manager at Fonterra in Auckland, and has previously worked in Corporate Finance at Contact Energy. He was a finalist at the 2014 Financial Modelling World Championships in New York City. He has a particular interest in using Power BI and related tools to improve efficiency of reporting and analysis among finance business users. Owen is a CFA Charterholder and has a Master of Operations Research.

Martin Catherall

Martin Catherall

Martin has over 15 years of experience working with data- driven applications built on SQL Server and Microsoft Data Platform technology. He has substantial experience as a developer, database administrator and consultant. Martin spent 10 years working on data-driven solutions for Statistics New Zealand where he spent a large amount of time contributing to the New Zealand Census. Martin founded the Christchurch SQL Server User Group and ran several SQL Saturday’s in that city before relocating to Melbourne in early 2016. He currently volunteers as a Regional Mentor for PASS and maintains strong involvement in the Australian and New Zealand Data Platform communities. His current interests are around data migrations, privacy, security, compliance, data ethics and how DevOps can help solve some of these challenges.

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.

Myles Matheson

Myles Matheson

Myles is a Solution Specialist for Microsoft New Zealand. He has worked in the field of business intelligence and data warehousing for the last 15 years both in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Regan Murphy

Regan Murphy

Regan is part of the worldwide Commercial Software Engineering (CSE) team at Microsoft, but based in Auckland, New Zealand. The CSE team has a focus across all development areas, with Regan specialising in Data Platform, including Azure Databricks, and Container technologies. Like the rest of the team Regan loves technology, gadgets, and the promise of new things to come - including #mixedreality and #artificialintelligence. Regan likes beer, craft beer. He also enjoys wine. To offset the beer and wine, he runs. Running is also a nice way to sight-see when travelling.

Darmadi Komo

Darmadi Komo

Darmadi Komo has been with Microsoft for over 18 years with extensive career in marketing, consulting, technical pre-sales, and technical partner readiness that spans both US subsidiary, Redmond headquarters, and Asia Pacific regions. Currently, Darmadi is leading Data and AI marketing in APAC and based in Singapore.

Rui Romano

Rui Romano

Rui Romano lives in Portugal and he leads the Business Intelligence team at DevScope. He has been Developing & Architecting software solutions since 2003 always focused in the Business Intelligence area.

Victor Isakov

Victor Isakov

Victor Isakov (MCA, MCM, MCSM, MCT, MVP) is a Database Architect and trainer who provides consulting and training services to various organizations in the public, private, and NGO sectors globally. He regularly speaks at international conferences such as Microsoft TechEd/Ignite, PASS Summit, IT/Dev Connections and SQL Saturdays. Victor has written a number of books on SQL Server and worked with Microsoft to develop the SQL Server exams and certification. In 2017 he authored Exam Ref 70-764 Administering a SQL Database Infrastructure (1st Edition). He is one of only three non-Microsoft Microsoft Certified Architects in the world.

Daniel Marsh-Patrick

Daniel Marsh-Patrick

I've spent 16 years in full-stack development, QA and process engineering. Got bitten by the BI bug around 10 years ago. Doubled-down immediately upon getting introduced to what would eventually become Power BI. I've recently released the Small Multiples Line Chart custom visual to the Power BI marketplace.

Phil Seamark

Phil Seamark

Phil is Microsoft Data Platform MVP and an experienced database and business intelligence (BI) professional with a deep knowledge of the Microsoft B.I. stack along with extensive knowledge of data warehouse (DW) methodologies and enterprise data modelling. He has 25+ years experience in this field and an active member of Power BI community Phil is passionate about all Microsoft BI technologies including Power BI. He is an active member, and always in the top list of authors in Power BI community. If you have a question, you might find Phil answering you there.

Roberto Cavalcanti

Roberto Cavalcanti

Roberto Cavalcanti is an Azure Database Senior Support Escalation Engineer with Microsoft CSS, working as a Technical Advisor for the Azure Database Global Technical Support team. He is a database specialist with over 20 years of experience. Roberto is passionate about SQL Server customer support, focusing on helping Microsoft improve its database products, and customers to make the most of their Azure Database implementations. He has been supporting Azure SQL Database since its inception, when it was still called SQL Azure. Roberto has written many articles about Azure SQL Database for MSDN/TechNet, SQL Magazine, and has been a speaker for Microsoft in internal and external events such as TechReady, Microsoft Insights/TechEd, SQL Saturday. He has delivered SQL trainings to many Microsoft SQL professionals in multiple countries in the Americas, and in Europe. Roberto is based at the Microsoft Support Center in Las Colinas, Texas, USA.

Jose Manuel

Jose Manuel

Jose Manuel Jurado currently works as SQL Support Escalation Engineer and Subject Matter Expert in Azure SQL Database at Microsoft Spain. With over 15+ years of experience in SQL Server environments (administration and database development), he is a speaker for internal events at Microsoft and for public events as SQL Saturday, SQLBits, SQL Nexus, TechReady, DotNetConference and Azure BootCamp. In the past, he worked as Project Manager for large Global Retail Company for more than 10 years developing projects using different Microsoft Technologies.

Edwin M Sarmiento

Edwin M Sarmiento

Edwin M Sarmiento is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP and Microsoft Certified Master from Ottawa, Canada specializing in high availability, disaster recovery and system infrastructures running on the Microsoft server technology stack. He is very passionate about technology but has interests in music, professional and organizational development, leadership and management matters when not working with databases. He lives up to his primary mission statement – “To help people and organizations grow and develop their full potential.

Jonathan Stewart

Jonathan Stewart

Jonathan Stewart is a Business Intelligence Consultant specializing in data visualization, data warehousing and data management technologies. An advocate for educating others, he is a public speaker, teacher and blogger, continually teaching people about the Microsoft BI Stack. Since 2000, he has been working in the database field with industry leaders in healthcare, manufacturing, financial, insurance and federal, state and local governments. Jonathan is very active in the community. He has presented on SQL Server, SSIS, Reporting Services, Power BI and business intelligence at numerous SQL Saturday events, local user groups and conferences throughout the United States and around the world. He participates in webcasts, podcasts and online presentation events. He is also an active board member for his local Columbus, Ohio PASS chapter. Jonathan maintains a blog at https://sqllocks.net/. He is a frequent speaker at local, national and international events and is a board member of the Columbus SQL Server User Group. In his free time, Jonathan works with the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning commission to help improve central Ohio and enhance the quality of life of its residents.

Patrick Flynn

Patrick Flynn

Patrick Flynn is a full time Production DBA and has worked with Microsoft Database and Development products since 1994. He specializes in providing Automation, Monitoring, Performance Tuning, High Availability and Disaster Recovery solutions for Enterprise environments. He has particular interests in Database Internals and Corruption Recovery Techniques as well as applying Powershell and PowerBI to assist in DBA tasks. He is a regular Presenter at SQLSaturday events in Australia, NZ and South-East Asia

Gilbert Quevauvilliers

Gilbert Quevauvilliers

Microsoft MVP - Power BI Consultant using Microsoft Power BI to provide solutions for business challenges by sitting with the users within the business to build Power BI models which enable the business to gain insights. My goal is for the business to see their data on their terms by delivering Microsoft Power BI Solutions in weeks or less, thereby enabling them to move forward to leverage their data. I have assisted with the implementation and completion of Power BI which includes Power BI Desktop development, assistance with Power BI Gateway, Power BI Service, Power BI Internal Training, Power BI Best Practice & Power BI User Group sessions. Power BI training provided to Businesses based on their requirements. Participate and present at the Brisbane Power BI User Group Leader, SQL Saturday Presenter, Brisbane Power BI User Group, Power BI Community and publish blog posts to the Power BI Community Blogs. Past working experience in Business Intelligence (BI), working on large, complex end to end BI solutions for customers.

Matt Allington

Matt Allington

Matt Allington is a career data professional that has spent more than 30 years leveraging data to drive success. In 2014 Matt left the corporate world to start his own company (Excelerator BI) and now works full time to help others to use Microsoft BI products (Power BI, Power Pivot for Excel, Power Query for Excel). Matt is Microsoft MVP based in Sydney Australia, however has a global reach through his blog at http://xbi.com.au/blog

John Liu

John Liu

John is a Senior Consultant based in Sydney. He specializes and blogs ( johnliu.net ) frequently on client-side scripting, custom development, workflows and Forms. Originally from a technical background in .NET, he is fluent with both creating custom software from scratch as well as extending out of box capabilities. John is a frequent speaker at Office 365 Conference, O365 Saturday around Australia, and helps to organize the Sydney SharePoint User Group (e.g. consuming all the pizza). John is a dual MVP in both Office Apps and Services (SharePoint) as well as Business Applications (Flow).

Indira Bandari

Indira Bandari

Business Intelligence Consultant with over 15 years experience in designing and developing datawarehouses and analytical solutions. Has a Masters degree in Statistics and is passionate in learning data science. I am a co-organiser of the NZ Business Intelligence User Group. Speaker at a few User Groups and SQL Saturday sessions. Volunteering and sharing my knowledge is my passion. In my pass time I teach game development for primary school kids. Recently I have started teaching about databases and Power BI to 10 -15 year old kids.

Ankit Patira

Ankit Patira

Ankit currently works as a Architect for Insight Enterprises in Melbourne. He is regular speaker at various Microsoft BI events and conferences. His primary area of focus is Cloud, BI, AI, Data and Analytics.

Yana	Berkovich

Yana Berkovich

Yana is a Data Platform Microsoft MVP, MBA, Engineer, Product Management, O365 and BI consultant Based in Vancouver Canada. She is a speaker in PowerBI, Business Analysis, O365 and Power Platform topics. Yana spoke in international conferences in Data Platform topics, such as: Microsoft Business Applications Summit Seattle (Featured session), SQL Saturdays (Boston, Vancouver BC, Redmond, Calgary), O365 Saturdays (Redmond, Vancouver) and many local user group sessions in Seattle and Vancouver areas, including leading the local O365 user group. She has more than 10 years’ experience in Business Analysis Product and Process Management using Microsoft tools, and recent data visualizations, integration, and data warehouse developer. She writes blog posts in http://www.yanaberkovich.com/Blog. She worked in many industries including banking financial, Insurance, power and utility, Oil and Gas, Military & Government.

Luc Labelle

Luc Labelle

Luc has been working in IT for the past 18 years. With over a decade of experience as a consultant, he's been involved in countless SharePoint, Office 365 and more recently Power BI projects. The context of intervention he has worked in has allowed him to recognize how to avoid pitfalls when it comes down to deploying new business applications from both business and technical perspectives. Passionate about IT, he founded his own consulting firm in 2014, Kabesa. Luc is deeply involved in Montreal community and participates as often as possible in the various events, both as organizer and as a speaker. Business Applications MVP, he runs the Montreal Business Applications User Group and has delivered countless of sessions in Canada, the United States and Europe, always presenting on cutting edge Microsoft technology.

David Duan

David Duan

Dr David Duan is Principal Data Scientist at Fraedom, a global SaaS company that specialises in Expense Management and Advanced Payment Technology. He heads up the Data Science team in Fraedom and looks after Data Science strategies, innovation and initiatives. David focuses on building Data Science products to improve customer experience, and creating Data-Driven culture in Fraedom. David holds a PhD from The University of Auckland in Applied Mathematics.

David Alzamendi

David Alzamendi

Delivering Business Intelligence and Data Analytics Solutions with On-Premises and Cloud technologies since 2011, David Alzamendi is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert and event speaker who solves problems with best practice procedures and the latest technology. David is passionate about the positive impact data can have on our lives, businesses, economy and the environment. He prides himself on using his creativity and optimism to solve what others thought impossible.