Featured Speakers

Charles Sterling

Charles Sterling

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

Matt Masson

Matt Masson

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

Sergei Gundorov

Sergei Gundorov

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

Pre-Conference Speakers

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.

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).

Charles Sterling

Charles Sterling

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

Ken Puls

Ken Puls

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

Reza Rad

Reza Rad

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

Leila Etaati

Leila Etaati

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

Steph Locke

Steph Locke

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

Amit Bansal

Amit Bansal

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

Microsoft Speakers

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.

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.

Sandy Winarko

Sandy Winarko

Sandy is a seasoned Product Manager with extensive experience in the US, Europe, and Asia, combining commercial/technical responsibilities in principal/senior roles at various TMT (Technology, Media, and Telecommunications) companies, such as Microsoft/Skype/Nokia, BSkyB (British Sky Broadcasting), and C&W (Cable & Wireless). At Microsoft, he is currently driving the efforts to modernize SSIS (SQL Server Integration Services) on premises and in the cloud as part of ADF (Azure Data Factory).

David Lyth

David Lyth

"David is a Premier Field Engineer (PFE) working for Microsoft NZ. He runs workshops covering SQL Server performance tuning and optimisation, high availability configurations, maintenance and management, and Powershell. He also works onsite with customers to analyse and improve the health of their SQL environments, and provide advice on consolidation and modernisation. 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. "

Charles Sterling

Charles Sterling

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

Matt Masson

Matt Masson

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

Microsoft Regional Director (RD) Speakers

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

Amit Bansal

Amit Bansal

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

Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Speakers

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.

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.

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).

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.

Manohar Punna

Manohar Punna

"Manohar Punna is a Microsoft Data Platform Consultant and a Data Platform MVP. In his day to day job he works on building database and BI systems, automation, building monitoring systems, helping customers to make value from their data & explore and learn. By passion Manohar is a blogger, speaker and Vice President of DataPlatformGeeks. He is a community enthusiast and believes strongly in the concept of giving back to the community. Manohar is a speaker at various Data Platform events from SQL Server Day, various user groups, SQLSaturdays, SQLBits, MS Ignite, SSGAS & DPS. His One DMV a Day series is the longest one day series on any topic related to SQL Server available so far."

Craig Bryden

Craig Bryden

Craig has been working in Business Intelligence since the late 90’s and has gained experience in almost all industries. Craig is a current Microsoft Data Platform MVP. 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 Chief Data Strategist at BiTQ (www.bitq.com.au) where he and his team help customers to transform business data into intelligent data.

Anupama Natarajan

Anupama Natarajan

"I am a Software Professional with 15+ years' experience in designing and developing Web, Data Warehouse, Business Intelligence and Mobile solutions. I am a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) and Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) and 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. I do speak at Conferences, User Group sessions and run training sessions on variety of Design and Delivery related topics. I currently organise the SQLSaturday in Wellington and meetups at the Wellington Data Management and Analytics meetup. "

Hamish Watson

Hamish Watson

"Hamish is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP and VMware Expert with a passion for efficient database & application deployment using DevOps methodologies. He has 19 years IT experience in managing and deploying large scale databases on SQL Server technologies. He has been managing SQL Server since SQL Server 2000 and pragmatic approaches to delivering business value to end users is his career passion. 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."

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.

Dave Dustin

Dave Dustin

Dave has been working in the IT industry for more than 35 years and has specialised on the Microsoft Data Platform from the very early days, delivering and managing data solutions of all sizes. Heavily involved in community activities, Dave has presented at numerous usergroups, conferences and other events, as well as being active in online engagements. Dave is currently the Data Lead for Xero.

Ken Puls

Ken Puls

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

Reza Rad

Reza Rad

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

Leila Etaati

Leila Etaati

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

Steph Locke

Steph Locke

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

Amit Bansal

Amit Bansal

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

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Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) Speakers

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.

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.

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

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.

Amit Bansal

Amit Bansal

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

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.

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.

Jakub Barzyk

Jakub Barzyk

Jakub Barzyk is a Senior Consultant at Webstep, Norwegian provider of high-end IT system development, data warehouse and business intelligence solutions. He has moved to the Vikings land to accomplish his Master’s degree studies and explore breathtaking Norway’s fjords rated as the most impressive landscapes on the planet. He specializes in Microsoft Business Application Platform technologies including Power BI, PowerApps, Flow and Azure Cloud. Today Jakub’s main focus is on translating business requirements into top-of-the-range engineering solutions. Jakub is also a member and speaker of Power BI, PowerApps and Flow User Group Norway sessions.

Manohar Punna

Manohar Punna

"Manohar Punna is a Microsoft Data Platform Consultant and a Data Platform MVP. In his day to day job he works on building database and BI systems, automation, building monitoring systems, helping customers to make value from their data & explore and learn. By passion Manohar is a blogger, speaker and Vice President of DataPlatformGeeks. He is a community enthusiast and believes strongly in the concept of giving back to the community. Manohar is a speaker at various Data Platform events from SQL Server Day, various user groups, SQLSaturdays, SQLBits, MS Ignite, SSGAS & DPS. His One DMV a Day series is the longest one day series on any topic related to SQL Server available so far."

Craig Bryden

Craig Bryden

Craig has been working in Business Intelligence since the late 90’s and has gained experience in almost all industries. Craig is a current Microsoft Data Platform MVP. 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 Chief Data Strategist at BiTQ (www.bitq.com.au) where he and his team help customers to transform business data into intelligent data.

Sandy Winarko

Sandy Winarko

Sandy is a seasoned Product Manager with extensive experience in the US, Europe, and Asia, combining commercial/technical responsibilities in principal/senior roles at various TMT (Technology, Media, and Telecommunications) companies, such as Microsoft/Skype/Nokia, BSkyB (British Sky Broadcasting), and C&W (Cable & Wireless). At Microsoft, he is currently driving the efforts to modernize SSIS (SQL Server Integration Services) on premises and in the cloud as part of ADF (Azure Data Factory).

David Lyth

David Lyth

"David is a Premier Field Engineer (PFE) working for Microsoft NZ. He runs workshops covering SQL Server performance tuning and optimisation, high availability configurations, maintenance and management, and Powershell. He also works onsite with customers to analyse and improve the health of their SQL environments, and provide advice on consolidation and modernisation. 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. "

Anupama Natarajan

Anupama Natarajan

"I am a Software Professional with 15+ years' experience in designing and developing Web, Data Warehouse, Business Intelligence and Mobile solutions. I am a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) and Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) and 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. I do speak at Conferences, User Group sessions and run training sessions on variety of Design and Delivery related topics. I currently organise the SQLSaturday in Wellington and meetups at the Wellington Data Management and Analytics meetup. "

Hamish Watson

Hamish Watson

"Hamish is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP and VMware Expert with a passion for efficient database & application deployment using DevOps methodologies. He has 19 years IT experience in managing and deploying large scale databases on SQL Server technologies. He has been managing SQL Server since SQL Server 2000 and pragmatic approaches to delivering business value to end users is his career passion. 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."

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.

Dave Dustin

Dave Dustin

Dave has been working in the IT industry for more than 35 years and has specialised on the Microsoft Data Platform from the very early days, delivering and managing data solutions of all sizes. Heavily involved in community activities, Dave has presented at numerous usergroups, conferences and other events, as well as being active in online engagements. Dave is currently the Data Lead for Xero.

Charles Sterling

Charles Sterling

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

Ken Puls

Ken Puls

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

Reza Rad

Reza Rad

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

Leila Etaati

Leila Etaati

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

Steph Locke

Steph Locke

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

Amit Bansal

Amit Bansal

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

Matt Masson

Matt Masson

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

Sergei Gundorov

Sergei Gundorov

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