Pre-Conference Workshop Speakers

Leila	Etaati

Leila Etaati

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

Rob Farley

Rob Farley

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

Matt Masson

Matt Masson

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

MVP Speakers

Vivek Patel

Vivek Patel

Vivek Patel is a Microsoft MVP (Data Platform), Founder at Insight2Actions Inc. User group Community leader-Toronto Power BI, PowerApps and Microsoft flow, Microsoft Power BI user group board of advisors, 2017 and 2018 Power BI world Tour-organizing committee and 17 years of business Intelligence experience working on Microsoft Data platform projects. Currently, he is focused on designing process automation solution utilizing the latest offerings from the Microsoft business intelligence platform. He holds a degree in Chemical engineering degree. He has successfully completed many small to large scale BI projects using latest tools from Microsoft business intelligence platform and related technologies, such as Power BI, PowerApps, Microsoft Flow, office 365, SharePoint, SQL Server, Azure, Excel, SAP HANA. He has Implemented Power BI/PowerApps enterprise wide, developing applications and business intelligence solutions tailored to unique and complex business challenges. He is passionate about saving businesses time and resources by doing things right the first time and getting rid of bottlenecks. He is capable of handling end to end engagements through different phases as pre-sales, solution design, planning development activities, customer expectations with technology solutions, Proof of concepts, submitting proposals, project planning, leading team to develop & deliver solution on time with zero defects. Being a trusted advisor, he advises each of his customer to follow the recommended and best practices in technology and business domain solutions. As a Founder at Insight2Actions Inc he frequently provides consulting/training to BI professional and organizations and help business deliver end to end digital transformation projects with team of highly skilled BI professional. He is a regular speaker at conferences and user group events. His mission is to spread the word and share his knowledge about Power BI.

Allen white

Allen white

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

Leila Etaati

Leila Etaati

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

Reza Rad

Reza Rad

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

Martin Cairney

Martin Cairney

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

Victor Isakov

Victor Isakov

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

Martin Catherall

Martin Catherall

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

Tobiasz Koprowski

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

Warwick Rudd

Warwick Rudd

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

Matt Allington

Matt Allington

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

Manohar Punna

Manohar Punna

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

Rob Farley

Rob Farley

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

MCM Speakers

Victor Isakov

Victor Isakov

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

Warwick Rudd

Warwick Rudd

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

Rob Farley

Rob Farley

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

All Speakers

Chris Hoder

Chris Hoder

Chris Hoder is a Senior Program Manager on the Azure Cognitive Services team working to bring AI capabilities to all developers and companies. Chris currently focuses on the developer experience across the platform, driving a consistent experience and design in the APIs, SDKs and Docs. Prior to this role, Chris spent 3 years working directly with customers helping them bring their AI solutions to life from ideation to deployment. Outside of work, Chris is an avid skier, sailor and laser cutting enthusiast.

Charles Sterling

Charles Sterling

Charles Sterling is Senior Program 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.

Zaki Semar

Zaki Semar

Zaki is a seasoned Solution Architect based in Auckland with extensive experience in Office 365, SharePoint and delivering modern workplace solutions. He is a MCSE (Productivity) working for Intergen and has delivered several productivity, collaboration and document management solutions including several intranets. He is passionate about crafting solutions using the three Microsoft Clouds (O365, Azure and D365) and his pragmatic outlook underscores the solutions he delivers ensuring that they are fit for purpose and delivering tangible value to clients.

Victor Isakov

Victor Isakov

Victor Isakov (MCA, MCM, MCSM, MCT, MVP) is a Microsoft Certified Architect and trainer who provides consulting and training services to various organizations in the public, private, and NGO sectors globally. He specialises in performance tuning, upgrades, licensing optimization and helping organisations architect their Data Platform strategy. Victor regularly speaks at international conferences such as Microsoft TechEd/Ignite, PASS Summit, IT/Dev Connections, and SQLSaturdays. He has written a number of books on SQL Server and has 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)"". Victor is one of only three non-Microsoft, Microsoft Certified Architects in the world.

Jian Sun

Jian Sun

A passionate technologist with 12 years’ experience in pre-sales and delivering business solutions with Microsoft Dynamics 365. The very first Microsoft business applications MVP in New Zealand awarded in 2010. Jian has led complex enterprise solutions across multiple industry verticals, working at Microsoft partners, enterprise customers and Microsoft. He strives for a trusted advisor role with customers and thrives on driving business impact and delivering business values with keen focuses on ROI and TCO. Currently, Jian is the Technology Specialist in Microsoft Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement at Microsoft New Zealand.

Sudhir Rawat

Sudhir Rawat

Sudhir recently joined Microsoft, NZ as DEV-PMM. He spent 14 years (around 13 years in Microsoft) in industry and involved in various activities like development, consulting, troubleshooting and speaking. He works extensively on Data and AI platform. He delivered talk in various conferences on various topics like BI, Big Data, IOT and AI. He delivered talk on Hadoop performance in SQL PASS 2015, Seattle. He also delivered sessions on another platform like Microsoft Tech-ed INDIA, Microsoft Azure Conference, Great INDIA Developer Summit, SQL Server Annual Summit, Reboot (MVP) etc. His certification includes Azure Data Scientist Associate, Azure AI Engineer Associate, Azure Data Engineer Associate, MCITP, MCTS, MCT, MCPS and MS. He author a book on "Operationalizing Big Data and Advance Analytics Solution using ADF". You can find him at http://aka.ms/connectsudhir, http://aka.ms/followsudhir, http://aka.ms/gitsudhir

Zaki Semar

Zaki is a seasoned Solution Architect based in Auckland with extensive experience in Office 365, SharePoint and delivering modern workplace solutions. He is a MCSE (Productivity) working for Intergen and has delivered several productivity, collaboration and document management solutions including several intranets. He is passionate about crafting solutions using the three Microsoft Clouds (O365, Azure and D365) and his pragmatic outlook underscores the solutions he delivers ensuring that they are fit for purpose and delivering tangible value to clients.

Gayan Perera

Gayan Perera

Gayan Perera is the co-founder/CTO of Magnetism, company specialising in business solutions. He is also a 7 year+ Microsoft MVP and a Director of ReactAR. His mission is to ensure businesses are able to reach their potential through smart use of technology. He does this through setting the technical direction of the business, this is best captured in an important lesson learnt from aviation: "Aviate, Navigate, Communicate". Aviate - In our business build the best software to help you reach your potential Navigate - Set a path, learn, change, adjust course - be committed to growth while maintaining focus Communicate - in my world a man is only as good as his word! Communication is essential to keep us all in sync!

Rami Mounla

Rami Mounla

Rami is a Solution Architect specialized in Dynamics 365 and the Power Platform. Coming from Wellington his experience is mainly around implementing cloud services for the public sector. Rami is author of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Extensions Cookbook and leader of the Dynamics community in Wellington.

Steve Knutson

Steve Knutson

Steve is the Managing Director and co-founder Stratos Technology Partners, a Software Development and Technology Consulting firm based in Christchurch, New Zealand. Steve works as a consultant on Digital Workplaces and Technology projects for a wide range of clients and has extensive practical experience implementing solutions big and small. Steve is a Microsoft MVP for Office Services and Apps, organiser of IT community events and regular presenter at IT industry and community events.

Jonathan Southee

Jonathan Southee

Jonathan is the Director of Digital Delivery at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise. A global organisation responsible for growing NZ companies internationally. He has a long history of CRM and Data delivery across a variety of industries (FMCG, Banking, Government) as well as multiple technology stacks.

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.

Suzanne George

Suzanne George

Suzanne George, Microsoft Regional Director and MCTS has developed, administered, and architected online applications since 1995 and has worked in various environments - small, medium, and very large companies. With a focus on Digital Transformation using Office 365 and O365 integration with applications; she has often been asked to speak at conferences around the country. She is an expert in designing, developing, deploying, managing and troubleshooting complex architectures and solutions on the Microsoft platform – with a focus on Collaboration Tools and application integration. Currently, Suzanne is a Chief Architect for Collaboration Services at Cognizant and has worked closely with Microsoft for years. She also was a contributing author for several books including the SharePoint 2010 Administrators companion.

Chimene Bonhomme

Chimene Bonhomme

Chimene is the trusted technical advisor in the Microsoft Customer Success Unit for Azure Data Platform. My focus is big data, custom ML, AI, IoT, OSS, customer success and business strategy. Prior to joining Microsoft, Chimene worked as a Data Specialist Consultant and successfully delivered projects for cross industries and companies in the US, Australia and New Zealand. Chimene is also a regular speaker in various forums such as the Data Insight and Power BI User Group, Difinity, Global AI Nights, Azure Summit, SQL Saturdays, HINZ, and other Microsoft events.

Heidi Hasting

Heidi Hasting

Heidi is a Business Intelligence Developer, Database Administrator, Cloud Administrator and so much more. With over 7 years experience in Microsoft products. Heidi is an ALM/DLM enthusiast and Azure DevOps fan. Co-founder and Organiser of Adelaide Power BI User Group and active attendee at tech events (Azure Bootcamps, DevOps days, SQL Saturdays, Difinity and PASS Summit).

Mihail Mateev

Mihail Mateev

I am Senior Solution Architect at EPAM Systems, and also a Microsoft Regional Director currently living in Sofia, Bulgaria. My interests range from technology to entrepreneurship. I am also interested in programming, web development, and education. Technical Consultant, Community enthusiast, PASS Regional Mentor for Central Eastern Europe, chapter lead, Microsoft MVP - Microsoft Azure, Data Platform. Organizer of SQLSaturday, Azure Bootcamp, IoT and JavaScript conferences. My experience is in various areas related to Microsoft technologies, including Windows Platform, ASP.Net MVC, MS SQL Server and Microsoft Azure. I have a PhD in cloud computing and am a university lecturer on Smart Homes and Smart Energy IoT Solutions

Martin Catherall

Martin Catherall

Martin has over 15 years of experience working with data- driven applications built on SQL Server and the Microsoft Data Platform technology. He has substantial experience as a developer, database administrator and consultant. Martin founded the Christchurch SQL Server User Group and ran several SQL Saturdays 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. Martin's current interests are around database NoSQL, PaaS and data modernisation

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 20+ years IT experience in managing and deploying large scale databases on SQL Server technologies. Hamish runs a DevOps consultancy business Morph iT which is based in Christchurch, New Zealand. His company helps clients optimise their SQL Server instances as well as embrace using the Azure platform for both application and databases. Bringing DevOps efficiencies to databases is both a passion for Hamish as well as a key driver for his company. He has been managing SQL Server since SQL Server 2000 and pragmatic approaches to delivering business value to clients is his career passion. He speaks at many conferences & user groups and his topics range from Agile techniques for DBAs to tuning tempDB which mean that his sessions are informative, relevant and entertaining. 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.

Dmitriy Solovev

Dmitriy Solovev

Dmitrii Solovev has been working as a consultant and trainer in IT since 2007 with a focus on Microsoft technologies such as Windows Server, SharePoint, SQL Server. Fully focused on the Data Platform stack since 2015 with the primary focus on Power BI and related technologies. Currently working as lead consultant for Data Bear Ltd (UK) and partner in AstroSoft (Russia). Active MCT from 2008 to 2013 and since 2018. Has been recognized as Microsoft MVP: Data Platform in 2019.

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 SQLSaturday 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 Columbus, Ohio PASS Local Group. Jonathan maintains a blog at https://sqllocks.net/. 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.

William Durkin

William Durkin

William Durkin is a Data Architect for Data Masterminds. He uses his decade of experience with SQL Server to help multinational corporations achieve their data management goals. Born in the UK and now based in Germany, William has worked as a Database Developer and DBA on projects ranging from single server installations, up to environments spanning 5 continents using a range of high availability solutions. William is a regular speaker at conferences around the globe and is the organizer of the popular DataGrillen event.

Daniel Marsh-Patrick

Daniel Marsh-Patrick

During his 17-year career across the UK and New Zealand, Daniel has been helping drive enterprise-wide solutions through process and software engineering; predominantly through Business Intelligence (BI), data visualisation and software integration. He is extremely passionate about the Microsoft BI stack, specifically Power BI, and has been delivering Power BI solutions since 2014. He regularly presents and blogs on a variety of Power BI subjects and is a contributor of custom visuals to the Power BI Marketplace. Daniel aims to empower people with the knowledge and tools to make their workdays easier by using software and/or common sense to eliminate the tedious bits. He enjoys sharing the knowledge he has gained with anyone that has the inspiration and desire to learn these skills for themselves.

Anupama Natarajan

Anupama Natarajan

Anu is a Data, Analytics and AI Consultant with 20+ years of experience working in design and development of Data Warehouse, Business Intelligence, AI enabled applications and SaaS integrated solutions. She is a Microsoft MVP in Artificial Intelligence, Microsoft Certified Trainer and really passionate in sharing knowledge. She enjoys solving complex business problems with innovative solutions using Microsoft technologies and use that experience in her training. Anu is a speaker at various conferences including PASS Summit, SQL Saturdays, Data Platform Summit, Difinity, Webinars and organise local user group meetups and SQLSaturday Organiser in Wellington, New Zealand.

Ben Watt

Ben Watt

Ben is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP and Managing Director of Datalineo, a Dublin-based consulting business. Ben is a long-time Power BI user and has a long background in SQL Server, data warehousing and data visualisation.