Pre-Conference Speakers

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.

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

Regis Baccaro

Regis Baccaro

Régis is a Senior Consultant working with databases and BI since 1999. He specializes in mentoring, performance tuning and scalable architecture of datawarehouses and bi-solutions. His background and work experience mixes technology and business, providing him a unique edge to contribute to datawarehouse and database projects, and effectively interacting with technical and business decision makers. Régis is a frequent speakers at SQL Server conferences around the globe and is a board member of the Danish SQL Server User Group and the founder of the SQL Saturday Denmark community event. He is also Recipient of an MVP award for Data platform for four years in a row.

Pinal	 Dave

Pinal Dave

Pinal Dave is a SQL Server Performance Tuning Expert and an independent consultant. He has authored 11 SQL Server database books, 21 Pluralsight courses and has written over 4000 articles on the database technology on his blog at a https://blog.sqlauthority.com. Along with 16+ years of hands on experience he holds a Masters of Science degree and a number of database certifications.

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.

Kenneth Nielsen

Kenneth Nielsen

Kenneth M. Nielsen currently work at Microsoft as Data Insights Architect, focusing on data services on Azure. Previously worked as managing consultant and teamlead for the company Rehfeld Partners in Denmark. He has worked at various consulting firms and worked on many small/large/very large bi installations in Denmark over the last 12 years. He really likes to advice the customers to take the right decisions, but also maintains a high technical knowledge, so he can act at both architect and developer.

Edwin Sarmiento

Edwin 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.

Denny Cherry

Denny Cherry

Denny Cherry is the owner and principal consultant for Denny Cherry & Associates Consulting and has over a decade of experience working with platforms such as Microsoft SQL Server, Hyper-V, vSphere and Enterprise Storage solutions. Denny’s areas of technical expertise include system architecture, performance tuning, security, replication and troubleshooting. Denny currently holds several of the Microsoft Certifications related to SQL Server for versions 2000 through 2014 including the Microsoft Certified Master as well as being a Microsoft MVP for several years.  Denny has written several books and dozens of technical articles on SQL Server management and how SQL Server integrates with various other technologies.

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

Microsoft Speakers

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.

Regan Murphy

Regan Murphy

Regan is part of the worldwide Commercial Software Engineering (CSE) team at Microsoft, but based in Auckland, NZ.  The CSE team has a focus across all development areas, with Regan specialising in Data Platform and Machine Learning.  Like the rest of my team I love technology, gadgets, and the promise of new things to come - including #mixedreality.  I like beer, craft beer. I also enjoy wine. To offset the beer and wine, I run. Running is also a nice way to sightsee when travelling.

Raj Krishnan

Raj Krishnan

Raj Krishnan is a Data Solution Architect at Microsoft and helps customers implement Analytics solution in Azure. He has been with Microsoft for 15 years and has worked as an Architect at Microsoft Technology Center, Technical Evangelist in Developer Experience (DX) group and in healthcare vertical. Prior to joining Microsoft he has worked for one of the big five consulting companies, manufacturing, healthcare and database marketing companies. He teaches analytics and data warehousing at Illinois institute of Technology as an Adjunct professor and speaks regularly at conferences.

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.

Kenneth Nielsen

Kenneth Nielsen

Kenneth M. Nielsen currently work at Microsoft as Data Insights Architect, focusing on data services on Azure. Previously worked as managing consultant and teamlead for the company Rehfeld Partners in Denmark. He has worked at various consulting firms and worked on many small/large/very large bi installations in Denmark over the last 12 years. He really likes to advice the customers to take the right decisions, but also maintains a high technical knowledge, so he can act at both architect and developer.

David Lyth

David Lyth

David is a Premier Field Engineer (PFE) working for Microsoft NZ. He runs workshops covering SQL Server performance tuning and optimization, high availability configurations, maintenance and management, and Powershell. He also works onsite with customers to analyze and improve the health of their SQL environments, and provide advice on consolidation and modernization. As well as SQL Server, David supports APS (parallel data warehouse) appliances. Prior to joining Microsoft, David worked for an outsourcing company, supporting large SQL Server installations for a variety of NZ customers.

Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Speakers

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.

Satya Jayanty

Satya Jayanty

"Microsoft Data Platform MVP (12+ years and counting). Satya Jayanty is a Data Platform Consulting professional based in United Kingdom, with over 25+ years of IT experience working within cross-industry, cross-functional and cross-domain know-how. The Consulting journey experience surrounding data platform comprises solution of architecture management service at the layers of definition, implementation and on-going evolution of IT strategy. He is a self-starter and team player who drives CxO & clients’ accounts with a focus to solve real-world business problems with achievable solution practices. A constant learner and always keen to gain perception on newer technologies, proven methodologies with best patterns & practices."

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

Regis Baccaro

Regis Baccaro

Régis is a Senior Consultant working with databases and BI since 1999. He specializes in mentoring, performance tuning and scalable architecture of datawarehouses and bi-solutions. His background and work experience mixes technology and business, providing him a unique edge to contribute to datawarehouse and database projects, and effectively interacting with technical and business decision makers. Régis is a frequent speakers at SQL Server conferences around the globe and is a board member of the Danish SQL Server User Group and the founder of the SQL Saturday Denmark community event. He is also Recipient of an MVP award for Data platform for four years in a row.

Pinal	 Dave

Pinal Dave

Pinal Dave is a SQL Server Performance Tuning Expert and an independent consultant. He has authored 11 SQL Server database books, 21 Pluralsight courses and has written over 4000 articles on the database technology on his blog at a https://blog.sqlauthority.com. Along with 16+ years of hands on experience he holds a Masters of Science degree and a number of database certifications.

Philip Seamark

Philip Seamark

An experienced database and business intelligence (BI) professional with a deep knowledge of the Microsoft BI stack along with extensive knowledge of data warehouse (DW) methodologies and enterprise data modelling. 

Ming Man Chan

Ming Man Chan

Ming Man is Microsoft MVP since year 2006. He is a software development manager for a multinational company. With 27 years of experience in the IT field, he has developed system using Clipper, COBOL, VB5, VB6, VB.NET, Java and C #. He has been using Visual Studio (.NET) since the Beta back in year 2000.  He and the team have developed many projects using .NET platform supporting different key functional areas in the organizations such as engineering, sales, and marketing. He is familiar with the architecture design of business application and is also an expert with database experience in MS SQL, Oracle and AS 400. He is familiar Application Life Cycle Management using the Agile and CMMI methodology.

Martin Cairney

Martin Cairney

Martin has over 15 years’ experience in SQL Server technologies. His experience spans both the Database Engine and infrastructure requirements, and Data Warehousing and BI implementations. He has worked across many industry sectors including London’s global financial institutions and both State and Federal Government Departments. He is a SQL Server MVP, MCT and an experienced conference presenter, having presented at PASS Summit, SQLBits, and SQL Saturday events and User Groups round the world

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.

Manohar	Punna

Manohar Punna

"Manohar Punna is an SQL Geek and President of DataPlatformGeeks by passion and a Data Platform Consultant by profession. He is a speaker at various SQL Server Day events and user groups, SQL Saturday Melbourne and Sydney, SQLBits, SSGAS and DPS conferences.  He has authored over 150 blogs and has written a One DMV a Day series which is a longest one day series on any topic on SQL Server till date. "

Ingeborg Hawighorst

Ingeborg Hawighorst

Ingeborg has several decades of experience in all aspects of information technology. For the last few years, her main focus has been on collaboration, data analysis, and her favourite: data visualisation. She is active in the online communities with the alias “teylyn” and has received the Microsoft MVP award for Excel every year since 2012. In 2001 Ingeborg moved with her family from Germany to New Zealand. She works for Powerco, a large New Zealand energy distributor, where her current focus is on data analytics and Office 365 integration.

Hamish Watson

Hamish Watson

Hamish is a Systems Management Specialist with a passion for efficient database & application deployment using DevOps methodologies. He has 19 years IT experience in managing large scale databases on SQL Server technologies. He has been managing SQL Server since SQL Server 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, International speaker and a repeat guest lecturer at a local university.

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.

Edwin Sarmiento

Edwin 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.

Dharmendra Keshari

Dharmendra Keshari

Dharmendra Keshari is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP. He has been organizing world renowned events like SQL Saturday (Singapore), also a co-organizer of KDSSG MSSQL Tech Unite events (in India), and also a core member of “Singapore SQL PASS Chapter”. He also frequently blogs on his website and also a regular contributor at sqlservercentral.com Currently working as Senior Database Administrator at Micron Technology, Singapore. He has worked in a variety of roles including SQL DBA, Windows/Hyper-V Administrator and also worked very closely with Storage team and vendor management which have given him extensive experience planning and implementing large-scale environment changes and upgrades. In his free time, Dharmendra loves to hang out with family & friends, joining Marathons and spend time reading on SQL Server new technology developments.

Denny Cherry

Denny Cherry

Denny Cherry is the owner and principal consultant for Denny Cherry & Associates Consulting and has over a decade of experience working with platforms such as Microsoft SQL Server, Hyper-V, vSphere and Enterprise Storage solutions. Denny’s areas of technical expertise include system architecture, performance tuning, security, replication and troubleshooting. Denny currently holds several of the Microsoft Certifications related to SQL Server for versions 2000 through 2014 including the Microsoft Certified Master as well as being a Microsoft MVP for several years.  Denny has written several books and dozens of technical articles on SQL Server management and how SQL Server integrates with various other technologies.

Ásgeir Gunnarsson

Ásgeir Gunnarsson

Ásgeir works as a Business Intelligence Developer for Össur. Ásgeir has been working with business intelligence for over 10 years, and with Power BI since its inception. Ásgeir has been awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional twice for his technical experience implementing Microsoft BI, as well as his contributions to the community as speaker and a user group leader. Ásgeir presents on international conferences such SQL Saturdays and others multiple times each year. In 2017 Ásgeir has presented Power BI sessions on SQL Bits, SQL Nexus and Microsoft Data Insight Summit with few other conferences coming up in the autumn. Besides speaking on international events Ásgeir also speaks locally and internationally in user groups and teaches multi day courses on Power BI and Power Pivot at the University of Ic

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

Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) Speakers

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.

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 and NZ.

Edwin Sarmiento

Edwin 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.

Denny Cherry

Denny Cherry

Denny Cherry is the owner and principal consultant for Denny Cherry & Associates Consulting and has over a decade of experience working with platforms such as Microsoft SQL Server, Hyper-V, vSphere and Enterprise Storage solutions. Denny’s areas of technical expertise include system architecture, performance tuning, security, replication and troubleshooting. Denny currently holds several of the Microsoft Certifications related to SQL Server for versions 2000 through 2014 including the Microsoft Certified Master as well as being a Microsoft MVP for several years.  Denny has written several books and dozens of technical articles on SQL Server management and how SQL Server integrates with various other technologies.

All Speakers

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.

Stijn Wynants

Stijn Wynants

Stijn is an independent Data Platform Consultant & DataMinds (Belgian Data Platform User Group) core member. He is also one of the organisers of the local user group sessions & the yearly event called DataMinds Connect (SQL Server Days). He spends his days tuning SQL Servers & solving problems with the data platform. He is primarily a DBA consultant, but has also done various BI & ETL projects. He gets his kicks out of Columnstore indexes & tuning queries but shivers at the sight of an SSAS cube. When Stijn is not working with SQL Server, you can probably find him enjoying the local cuisine & local beers or enjoying time with his wife and his dog.

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.

Satya Jayanty

Satya Jayanty

"Microsoft Data Platform MVP (12+ years and counting). Satya Jayanty is a Data Platform Consulting professional based in United Kingdom, with over 25+ years of IT experience working within cross-industry, cross-functional and cross-domain know-how. The Consulting journey experience surrounding data platform comprises solution of architecture management service at the layers of definition, implementation and on-going evolution of IT strategy. He is a self-starter and team player who drives CxO & clients’ accounts with a focus to solve real-world business problems with achievable solution practices. A constant learner and always keen to gain perception on newer technologies, proven methodologies with best patterns & practices."

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

Regis Baccaro

Regis Baccaro

Régis is a Senior Consultant working with databases and BI since 1999. He specializes in mentoring, performance tuning and scalable architecture of datawarehouses and bi-solutions. His background and work experience mixes technology and business, providing him a unique edge to contribute to datawarehouse and database projects, and effectively interacting with technical and business decision makers. Régis is a frequent speakers at SQL Server conferences around the globe and is a board member of the Danish SQL Server User Group and the founder of the SQL Saturday Denmark community event. He is also Recipient of an MVP award for Data platform for four years in a row.

Regan Murphy

Regan Murphy

Regan is part of the worldwide Commercial Software Engineering (CSE) team at Microsoft, but based in Auckland, NZ.  The CSE team has a focus across all development areas, with Regan specialising in Data Platform and Machine Learning.  Like the rest of my team I love technology, gadgets, and the promise of new things to come - including #mixedreality.  I like beer, craft beer. I also enjoy wine. To offset the beer and wine, I run. Running is also a nice way to sightsee when travelling.

Raj Krishnan

Raj Krishnan

Raj Krishnan is a Data Solution Architect at Microsoft and helps customers implement Analytics solution in Azure. He has been with Microsoft for 15 years and has worked as an Architect at Microsoft Technology Center, Technical Evangelist in Developer Experience (DX) group and in healthcare vertical. Prior to joining Microsoft he has worked for one of the big five consulting companies, manufacturing, healthcare and database marketing companies. He teaches analytics and data warehousing at Illinois institute of Technology as an Adjunct professor and speaks regularly at conferences.

Pinal	 Dave

Pinal Dave

Pinal Dave is a SQL Server Performance Tuning Expert and an independent consultant. He has authored 11 SQL Server database books, 21 Pluralsight courses and has written over 4000 articles on the database technology on his blog at a https://blog.sqlauthority.com. Along with 16+ years of hands on experience he holds a Masters of Science degree and a number of database certifications.

Philip Seamark

Philip Seamark

An experienced database and business intelligence (BI) professional with a deep knowledge of the Microsoft BI stack along with extensive knowledge of data warehouse (DW) methodologies and enterprise data modelling. 

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 and NZ.

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.

Ming Man Chan

Ming Man Chan

Ming Man is Microsoft MVP since year 2006. He is a software development manager for a multinational company. With 27 years of experience in the IT field, he has developed system using Clipper, COBOL, VB5, VB6, VB.NET, Java and C #. He has been using Visual Studio (.NET) since the Beta back in year 2000.  He and the team have developed many projects using .NET platform supporting different key functional areas in the organizations such as engineering, sales, and marketing. He is familiar with the architecture design of business application and is also an expert with database experience in MS SQL, Oracle and AS 400. He is familiar Application Life Cycle Management using the Agile and CMMI methodology.

Martin Cairney

Martin Cairney

Martin has over 15 years’ experience in SQL Server technologies. His experience spans both the Database Engine and infrastructure requirements, and Data Warehousing and BI implementations. He has worked across many industry sectors including London’s global financial institutions and both State and Federal Government Departments. He is a SQL Server MVP, MCT and an experienced conference presenter, having presented at PASS Summit, SQLBits, and SQL Saturday events and User Groups round the world

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.

Manohar	Punna

Manohar Punna

"Manohar Punna is an SQL Geek and President of DataPlatformGeeks by passion and a Data Platform Consultant by profession. He is a speaker at various SQL Server Day events and user groups, SQL Saturday Melbourne and Sydney, SQLBits, SSGAS and DPS conferences.  He has authored over 150 blogs and has written a One DMV a Day series which is a longest one day series on any topic on SQL Server till date. "

Kenneth Nielsen

Kenneth Nielsen

Kenneth M. Nielsen currently work at Microsoft as Data Insights Architect, focusing on data services on Azure. Previously worked as managing consultant and teamlead for the company Rehfeld Partners in Denmark. He has worked at various consulting firms and worked on many small/large/very large bi installations in Denmark over the last 12 years. He really likes to advice the customers to take the right decisions, but also maintains a high technical knowledge, so he can act at both architect and developer.

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.

Ingeborg Hawighorst

Ingeborg Hawighorst

Ingeborg has several decades of experience in all aspects of information technology. For the last few years, her main focus has been on collaboration, data analysis, and her favourite: data visualisation. She is active in the online communities with the alias “teylyn” and has received the Microsoft MVP award for Excel every year since 2012. In 2001 Ingeborg moved with her family from Germany to New Zealand. She works for Powerco, a large New Zealand energy distributor, where her current focus is on data analytics and Office 365 integration.

Hamish Watson

Hamish Watson

Hamish is a Systems Management Specialist with a passion for efficient database & application deployment using DevOps methodologies. He has 19 years IT experience in managing large scale databases on SQL Server technologies. He has been managing SQL Server since SQL Server 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, International speaker and a repeat guest lecturer at a local university.

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.

Edwin Sarmiento

Edwin 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.

Dharmendra Keshari

Dharmendra Keshari

Dharmendra Keshari is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP. He has been organizing world renowned events like SQL Saturday (Singapore), also a co-organizer of KDSSG MSSQL Tech Unite events (in India), and also a core member of “Singapore SQL PASS Chapter”. He also frequently blogs on his website and also a regular contributor at sqlservercentral.com Currently working as Senior Database Administrator at Micron Technology, Singapore. He has worked in a variety of roles including SQL DBA, Windows/Hyper-V Administrator and also worked very closely with Storage team and vendor management which have given him extensive experience planning and implementing large-scale environment changes and upgrades. In his free time, Dharmendra loves to hang out with family & friends, joining Marathons and spend time reading on SQL Server new technology developments.

Denny Cherry

Denny Cherry

Denny Cherry is the owner and principal consultant for Denny Cherry & Associates Consulting and has over a decade of experience working with platforms such as Microsoft SQL Server, Hyper-V, vSphere and Enterprise Storage solutions. Denny’s areas of technical expertise include system architecture, performance tuning, security, replication and troubleshooting. Denny currently holds several of the Microsoft Certifications related to SQL Server for versions 2000 through 2014 including the Microsoft Certified Master as well as being a Microsoft MVP for several years.  Denny has written several books and dozens of technical articles on SQL Server management and how SQL Server integrates with various other technologies.

Craig Bryden

Craig Bryden

Craig has been working in Business Intelligence since the late 90’s and has gained experience in almost all industries. He has previously been seconded by Microsoft to assist in creating certification tests for the Microsoft Business Intelligence tools, and is a regular speaker at BI related user groups and conferences. Craig is the organiser for the QLD Power BI user group. Craig is the COO at BiTQ (www.bitq.com.au) where he and his team help customers to transform business data into intelligent data.

Ásgeir Gunnarsson

Ásgeir Gunnarsson

Ásgeir works as a Business Intelligence Developer for Össur. Ásgeir has been working with business intelligence for over 10 years, and with Power BI since its inception. Ásgeir has been awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional twice for his technical experience implementing Microsoft BI, as well as his contributions to the community as speaker and a user group leader. Ásgeir presents on international conferences such SQL Saturdays and others multiple times each year. In 2017 Ásgeir has presented Power BI sessions on SQL Bits, SQL Nexus and Microsoft Data Insight Summit with few other conferences coming up in the autumn. Besides speaking on international events Ásgeir also speaks locally and internationally in user groups and teaches multi day courses on Power BI and Power Pivot at the University of Ic

Anupama	Natarajan

Anupama Natarajan

I am a Software Professional with over 15 years experience in designing and developing Web, Data Warehouse, Business Intelligence and Mobile solutions. I am a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) and really passionate in sharing knowledge. I love solving complex business problems for my clients with innovative solutions using Microsoft Technologies and use that experience in my trainings.

Ankit Patira

Ankit Patira

Ankit is BI and Data Analytics consultant with several years of experience in traditional BI practices and recently with cloud based, self-service BI, big data and analytics technologies. Ankit is regular presenter at Microsoft BI related meetups and events. He is also one of the 'Super Contributors' of the Power BI Community site.

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

David Lyth

David Lyth

David is a Premier Field Engineer (PFE) working for Microsoft NZ. He runs workshops covering SQL Server performance tuning and optimization, high availability configurations, maintenance and management, and Powershell. He also works onsite with customers to analyze and improve the health of their SQL environments, and provide advice on consolidation and modernization. As well as SQL Server, David supports APS (parallel data warehouse) appliances. Prior to joining Microsoft, David worked for an outsourcing company, supporting large SQL Server installations for a variety of NZ customers.