CLOUDFEST

SPEAKERS

CloudFest draws celebrities, newsmakers, visionaries, and experts from around the world in the fields that matter most to us—technology, government, media, and beyond. On our stages they communicate new ideas on advancing technology and the democratic web that makes CloudFest the best content-driven technology event on the calendar. From within the cloud computing industry and beyond, our speakers will give you fresh insights to help you tackle your business challenges—and see the world from a new perspective.

Merritt Moore

Quantum Physicist / Professional Ballet Dancer

Physics on Pointe

Merritt Moore

Quantum Physicist / Professional Ballet Dancer

Physics on Pointe

Dr. Merritt Moore is a quantum physicist and professional ballet dancer. She graduated from Harvard in Physics, and Oxford with a PhD in Quantum Optics. She danced professionally with the Zurich Ballet, Boston Ballet, English National, and Norwegian National Ballet. She was one of the 12 selected candidates to undergo astronaut selection on BBC "Astronauts: Do you have what it takes?". Merritt was awarded Forbes 30 under 30 and now dances with robots, featured by TIME, BBC, FT, and Vogue.

Maria Vaquero

Innovation Manager

Cloud & Heat​ Technologies

Maria Vaquero

Innovation Manager

Cloud & Heat​ Technologies

Maria is Innovation Manager in the Business Development Team of Cloud&Heat since 2020. Among other tasks, she coordinates the area of collaborative funded R&D projects to improve the efficiency and performance of cloud technologies. Previously she was a research associate and lecturer at the TU Dresden, where she completed her award-winning PhD thesis on stakeholder-driven technological innovation. She has a background in industrial engineering and has also worked in other industrial sectors like food & beverage and logistics.

Josepha Haden Chomphosy

WordPress Executive Director

Automattic

Josepha Haden Chomphosy

WordPress Executive Director

Automattic

Josepha is the Executive Director of the WordPress project, helping to coordinate and guide volunteer efforts across the ecosystem. Since 2015 Josepha has worked behind the scenes as the lead of the open source division at Automattic. Her work includes financial planning, sponsorship relations, volunteer training programs, and several diversity initiatives on a global scale. She is well-versed in conflict mediation tactics and has a knack for explaining complex topics clearly and respectfully.

Sonja Pierer

Business Consumption Director

Intel

Sonja Pierer

Business Consumption Director

Intel

Sonja Pierer is leading the Business Consumption Team of Intel Germany since October 2021 and is responsible for all Sales and Marketing related topics throughout all verticals. Sonja started her career with Cisco, where she held various Enterprise Sales positions covering customers from different segments (manufacturing, retail, logistics, finance and telecommunication). After 7 years with Cisco, she moved on to become the Regional Director for DACH at VCE and afterwards the Sales Director for EMEA with NCR, complementing her IT knowledge with solutions and services sales experience. Getting the chance to become the Managing Director at Experis, Sonja decided to use this opportunity to gain new expertise outside of the IT world and additionally to own full responsibility of the P&L of Experis Germany and dive deeper into all responsibilities a Managing Director has. With her latest role within Amazon B2B Marketplace, Sonja deepened her project and process knowledge. Sonja completed her Diploma of Computer Science and Economics at the University of Passau, is ITIL certified and is also a Project Manager PMP certified by PMI. Sonja Pierer lives with her partner and 2 dogs in Unterhaching, near Munich.

Dr. Wolfgang Oels

COO

Ecosia

Dr. Wolfgang Oels

COO

Ecosia

Wolfgang studied Engineering and Business and holds a PhD in Energy Economics. He started his career as a consultant with McKinsey & Company, before he took different leadership roles in the solar industry based in Europe and California. Since 2015, Wolfgang has been COO of Europe's biggest search engine: Ecosia, the search engine that plants trees.

Till Eisenberg

CIMON Project Manager

Airbus Defence and Space

Till Eisenberg

CIMON Project Manager

Airbus Defence and Space

As a project manager for Airbus Defense and Space GmbH, Till Eisenberg has built a career from pushing the limits of human endeavor. He specializes in aerospace, rocket and jet propulsion systems, and aerospace medicine. Most recently, Till and his team brought AI into space for the first time with CIMON. In early two decades of work, he has also worked in the fields of biology and blood analysis in the pursuit of space flight innovation.

Prof. Yuval Noah Harari

Historian, Philosopher, and Author

Prof. Yuval Noah Harari

Historian, Philosopher, and Author

Prof. Yuval Noah Harari is a historian, philosopher, and the bestselling author of Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, and Sapiens: A Graphic History. His books have sold over 35 Million copies in 65 languages, and he is considered one of the world’s most influential public intellectuals today. Born in Israel in 1976, Harari received his PhD from the University of Oxford in 2002, and is currently a lecturer at the Department of History in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 2019, following the international success of his books, Yuval Noah Harari co-founded Sapienship with his husband and original agent, Itzik Yahav. Sapienship is a social impact company with projects in the fields of entertainment and education, whose main goal is to focus the public conversation on the most important global challenges facing the world today. Yuval Noah Harari gave keynote speeches on the future of humanity in Davos 2020 and 2018, on the World Economic Forum’s main Congress Hall stage. He regularly discusses global issues with heads of state, and has had public conversations with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. Harari has also met with French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, Argentine President Mauricio Macri, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and Shanghai’s Mayor Ying Yong. In 2019, Harari sat down for a filmed discussion on technology and the future of society with Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and in 2018 he presented the first ever TED talk delivered by a digital avatar. Harari originally specialized in world history, medieval history and military history. His current research focuses on macro-historical questions such as: What is the relationship between history and biology? What is the essential difference between Homo sapiens and other animals? Is there justice in history? Does history have a direction? Did people become happier as history unfolded? What ethical questions do science and technology raise in the 21st century? Published in 2014, Harari’s Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind has become an international hit, with over 21 Million copies sold. It is a New York Times top 10 bestseller, which has stayed on the paper’s bestseller list for over half the time it has been available in the US, over a six year period. The book held positions #1-#3 on the Sunday Times’ bestseller list for 96 consecutive weeks. Sapiens was recommended by Barack Obama, Bill Gates, Natalie Portman, Janelle Mon e, Chris Evans and many others. The Guardian has credited Sapiens with revolutionizing the non-fiction market and popularizing ‘brainy books’. In 2016 Prof. Harari returned with Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, a critically acclaimed book that examines the big future projects facing humanity in the 21st century. Since its publication, over 9 Million copies of the book have been sold worldwide. After venturing deep into the past and then the future, Yuval Noah Harari published 21 Lessons for the 21st Century in 2018. Here he stopped to take the pulse of our current global climate, focusing on the biggest questions of the present moment: What is really happening right now? What are today’s greatest challenges and choices? What should we pay attention to? Over 5 Million copies of 21 Lessons have been sold worldwide. In 2020 Harari (as creator and co-writer) joined forces with renowned comics artists David Vandermeulen (as co-writer) and Daniel Casanave (as illustrator). Together, they created Sapiens: A Graphic History – a radical adaptation of the original Sapiens into a graphic novel series that is bursting with wit, humour and colour. These illustrated books cast Yuval Noah Harari in the role of guide, who takes the reader through the entire history of the human species, accompanied by a range of fictional characters and traveling through time, space and popular culture references. The series will be published in five volumes, with the first two books already available. Prof. Harari’s writings have received several accolades. In 2021 he was presented with a US Association of Foreign Press Correspondents Honorary Award. In 2020, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from VUB (the Free University of Brussels), and received the CITIC Author of the Year prize in China, for Sapiens: A Graphic History. In 2019, 21 Lessons was honoured as ‘Knowledge Book of the Year’ by the German magazine Bild der Wissenschaft, Homo Deus was recognized as the ’Wise Book of the Year’ by Krakow’s Jagiellonian University, and Sapiens won the ‘Academic Book of the Year’ prize at the UK’s Academic Book Trade Awards. In 2017 Homo Deus received Handelsblatt’s German Economic Book Award for “the most thoughtful and influential economic book of the year”, and in 2015 Sapiens won China’s Wenjin Book Award. Yuval Noah Harari lectures around the world on the topics explored in his books, and offers his knowledge and time to various audiences on a voluntary basis. He writes articles for publications such as The Guardian, The Financial Times, The New York Times, TIME and The Economist, andin 2020 wrote and interviewed extensively on the global COVID-19 crisis – discussing the pandemic’s implications on major news channels, including CNN and the BBC. Harari was featured in a profile piece on CBS’ 60 Minutes programme in 2021.

Jon Brooks

Director of EMEA xSP Sales

Cloudian Inc

Jon Brooks

Director of EMEA xSP Sales

Cloudian Inc

Jon has been working in the storage and data management business for 30 years with time spent at major vendors and start-ups alike. His focus is on helping customers be more efficient, save costs and reduce risk in the cloud space. With Cloudian almost 5 years, Jon's responsibilities are to build on the success Cloudian has had in the Managed and Cloud Service Provider markets across EMEA. Jon works closely with Cloudian's strategic partners, including VMware and Veeam, to help innovate and bring new OR refreshed storage lines of business to Service Providers and their customers.

Ally Huang

Sr. System Product Manager

Supermicro

Ally Huang

Sr. System Product Manager

Supermicro

With over 18 years in the computer hardware industry, Ally works with strategic customers in EMEA to develop solutions for specific use cases. Ally specializes in Edge, IoT, 5G and Embedded solutions.

Thorsten Schuberth

Cloud Security Technology Sales

Check Point Software Technologies

Thorsten Schuberth

Cloud Security Technology Sales

Check Point Software Technologies

Thorsten Schuberth, Cloud Security Strategic Sales CER, has been loyal to IT and especially IT security for over 25 years and has held various positions at Check Point since November 2000. Initially, as a Security Expert, he was technically oriented and worked in end customer, partner and distribution support. In 2011, he moved to the Professional Services Team as Technical Account Manager. At the beginning of 2015, the renewed internal move to sales, initially to the German TelCo and MSP team, in 2019 to the Major Accounts area. From 2021, part of the channel team and currently responsible for the sales development of strategic cloud security technology partnerships.

Christoph Herrnkind

CEO

myLoc managed IT AG

Christoph Herrnkind

CEO

myLoc managed IT AG

I have been active as a founder and CEO in the hosting industry for over 22 years and founded one of the first German dedicated server providers in 2000. Since 2003 I am the Chief Executive Officer of myLoc managed IT AG, which is part of of the WIIT Group since 2020.

Dino Huber

CEO

DGC Deutschland

Dino Huber

CEO

DGC Deutschland

More than 20 years of professional experience as Program Director International Projects, Managing Director, - E-Projects and on Site-, USA, South America, Australia, China, Africa, Defence Outsourcing (Government, States, Defence, & Defense Industry) Worldwide, Thalesgroup France.

Erik Leo

MSP Account Manager

n-able

Erik Leo

MSP Account Manager

n-able

 

Prof. Yuval Noah Harari

Historian, Philosopher, and Author

Prof. Yuval Noah Harari

Historian, Philosopher, and Author

Prof. Yuval Noah Harari is a historian, philosopher, and the bestselling author of Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, and Sapiens: A Graphic History. His books have sold over 35 Million copies in 65 languages, and he is considered one of the world’s most influential public intellectuals today. Born in Israel in 1976, Harari received his PhD from the University of Oxford in 2002, and is currently a lecturer at the Department of History in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 2019, following the international success of his books, Yuval Noah Harari co-founded Sapienship with his husband and original agent, Itzik Yahav. Sapienship is a social impact company with projects in the fields of entertainment and education, whose main goal is to focus the public conversation on the most important global challenges facing the world today. Yuval Noah Harari gave keynote speeches on the future of humanity in Davos 2020 and 2018, on the World Economic Forum’s main Congress Hall stage. He regularly discusses global issues with heads of state, and has had public conversations with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. Harari has also met with French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, Argentine President Mauricio Macri, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and Shanghai’s Mayor Ying Yong. In 2019, Harari sat down for a filmed discussion on technology and the future of society with Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and in 2018 he presented the first ever TED talk delivered by a digital avatar. Harari originally specialized in world history, medieval history and military history. His current research focuses on macro-historical questions such as: What is the relationship between history and biology? What is the essential difference between Homo sapiens and other animals? Is there justice in history? Does history have a direction? Did people become happier as history unfolded? What ethical questions do science and technology raise in the 21st century? Published in 2014, Harari’s Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind has become an international hit, with over 21 Million copies sold. It is a New York Times top 10 bestseller, which has stayed on the paper’s bestseller list for over half the time it has been available in the US, over a six year period. The book held positions #1-#3 on the Sunday Times’ bestseller list for 96 consecutive weeks. Sapiens was recommended by Barack Obama, Bill Gates, Natalie Portman, Janelle Mon e, Chris Evans and many others. The Guardian has credited Sapiens with revolutionizing the non-fiction market and popularizing ‘brainy books’. In 2016 Prof. Harari returned with Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, a critically acclaimed book that examines the big future projects facing humanity in the 21st century. Since its publication, over 9 Million copies of the book have been sold worldwide. After venturing deep into the past and then the future, Yuval Noah Harari published 21 Lessons for the 21st Century in 2018. Here he stopped to take the pulse of our current global climate, focusing on the biggest questions of the present moment: What is really happening right now? What are today’s greatest challenges and choices? What should we pay attention to? Over 5 Million copies of 21 Lessons have been sold worldwide. In 2020 Harari (as creator and co-writer) joined forces with renowned comics artists David Vandermeulen (as co-writer) and Daniel Casanave (as illustrator). Together, they created Sapiens: A Graphic History – a radical adaptation of the original Sapiens into a graphic novel series that is bursting with wit, humour and colour. These illustrated books cast Yuval Noah Harari in the role of guide, who takes the reader through the entire history of the human species, accompanied by a range of fictional characters and traveling through time, space and popular culture references. The series will be published in five volumes, with the first two books already available. Prof. Harari’s writings have received several accolades. In 2021 he was presented with a US Association of Foreign Press Correspondents Honorary Award. In 2020, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from VUB (the Free University of Brussels), and received the CITIC Author of the Year prize in China, for Sapiens: A Graphic History. In 2019, 21 Lessons was honoured as ‘Knowledge Book of the Year’ by the German magazine Bild der Wissenschaft, Homo Deus was recognized as the ’Wise Book of the Year’ by Krakow’s Jagiellonian University, and Sapiens won the ‘Academic Book of the Year’ prize at the UK’s Academic Book Trade Awards. In 2017 Homo Deus received Handelsblatt’s German Economic Book Award for “the most thoughtful and influential economic book of the year”, and in 2015 Sapiens won China’s Wenjin Book Award. Yuval Noah Harari lectures around the world on the topics explored in his books, and offers his knowledge and time to various audiences on a voluntary basis. He writes articles for publications such as The Guardian, The Financial Times, The New York Times, TIME and The Economist, andin 2020 wrote and interviewed extensively on the global COVID-19 crisis – discussing the pandemic’s implications on major news channels, including CNN and the BBC. Harari was featured in a profile piece on CBS’ 60 Minutes programme in 2021.

Patrick Pulvermueller

CEO

Acronis

Patrick Pulvermueller

CEO

Acronis

Cloud software and hosting industry veteran, Patrick brings over 20 years of experience in technical, management, and leadership roles in which he continuously brought innovation and global growth to brands. Patrick joins Acronis from GoDaddy, where he most recently served as President of the Partner Business. In that role, he led the company’s strategic expansion of its Hosting, Productivity, and Security services through resellers and agency partners. Combining that experience with his product development expertise, Patrick is an expert in developing successful, cloud-based go-to-market strategies, particularly through service providers, resale channels, and strategic alliances. Previously Patrick held executive leadership roles as CEO of Host Europe GmbH and Group CEO of Host Europe Group (HEG), where he served as Group COO – having grown HEG from a small business to one that sold for $1.8 billion. He earned his MBA from The Open University in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England.

Pascal Bitterly

Head of Marketing Flexible Engine Cloud

Orange Business Services

Pascal Bitterly

Head of Marketing Flexible Engine Cloud

Orange Business Services

Alongside a team of passionate individuals, I lead the marketing and innovation strategy of Orange Business Services’ cloud platform called Flexible Engine. We develop open, hyper functional and sovereign cloud services based on the needs and close relationship we have with our clients, our technological partners and open-source communities. As for me, I have graduated from the Executive MBA of Paris Sorbonne Business School and the School of Business and Technology (ESTA, Belfort, France). During the course of my studies, I have found a passion in crafting out new ideas and transforming them into useful innovations – just like an entrepreneur. I thrived to optimize the transportation, storage and usage of increasingly rich and massive data.

Earle F. Philhower, III

Senior Manager

KIOXIA

Earle F. Philhower, III

Senior Manager

KIOXIA

Earle has spent the past 20 years at storage industry leaders where he worked hand-in-hand with enterprise and cloud customers to learn their needs and help them get the most from their solid state storage. He currently holds the position of Senior Manager at KIOXIA America, the inventor of flash memory and one of the world's largest flash manufacturers. There he focuses on the exciting new open source software defined flash storage, Software-Enabled Flash™ technology.

Eric Gold

Cloud Security Evangelist

Orca Security

Eric Gold

Cloud Security Evangelist

Orca Security

Eric Gold has spent the last two years as a cloud security evangelist with Orca Security, where he helped the company grow -- from 12 people to 300 people and from a $10M to a $2 Billion valuation. Before Orca, Eric was employee #16 at Aqua Security, and he was responsible for winning all the initial Aqua customers inNorth America such as Adobe, Expedia and Disney. Eric has been working for American and Israeli startups for over 30 years, and has participated in successful exits at Forte Software (acquired by Sun Microsystems/Oracle), Vitria (IPO), Nominum (acquired by Akamai), and Couchbase (IPO). Eric has a Bachelor of Science degree in Information and Decision Systems from Carnegie-Mellon University."

Andreas Gauger

CEO

Open-Xchange

Andreas Gauger

CEO

Open-Xchange

OX's CEO Andreas Gauger has been heavily involved in shaping the cloud and hosting market in Germany since the 1990s. He founded his first software company when he was still at school and, in 1995, was co-founder of the German hosting pioneer Schlund+Partner. From 2000 to 2008, as the board spokesperson, Gauger drove forward the growth of 1&1 to become both the European market leader in hosting and a leading German ISP and telecommunications provider. In 2010, he co-founded the internationally successful cloud provider ProfitBricks, of which he was CEO until 2016. Since then, he has been supporting investment companies as a consultant in the SaaS environment.

Maria Vaquero

Innovation Manager

Cloud & Heat​ Technologies

Maria Vaquero

Innovation Manager

Cloud & Heat​ Technologies

Maria is Innovation Manager in the Business Development Team of Cloud&Heat since 2020. Among other tasks, she coordinates the area of collaborative funded R&D projects to improve the efficiency and performance of cloud technologies. Previously she was a research associate and lecturer at the TU Dresden, where she completed her award-winning PhD thesis on stakeholder-driven technological innovation. She has a background in industrial engineering and has also worked in other industrial sectors like food & beverage and logistics.

Kay Bandemer

Head of Acceleration

Trend Micro

Kay Bandemer

Head of Acceleration

Trend Micro

Kay Bandemer is Head of Acceleration at Trend Micro. In this role he is responsible for advancing the Japanese cybersecurity vendor‚ cloud activities in Germany. He has been with Trend Micro since 2001 and has held various sales and technical leadership positions within the company. In his last role he was Head of Large Enterprise Sales for Germany. Other previous positions include Technical Director for Austria and Switzerland as well as Manager Sales Engineering for the German-language market.

Alexander Best

Regional Technologist Central Europe

DataCore Software

Alexander Best

Regional Technologist Central Europe

DataCore Software

Alexander Best has been working in the IT industry for more than 30 years. In the late 90s, he moved from server and WAN/LAN industry to SAN, Fibre Channel and HA domain. As CTO of CEMA AG in Mannheim, he contributed significantly to the success of DataCore’s SDS technology in Germany. In 2005, Alexander Best joined DataCore Software where he held various positions. As Regional Technologist Central Europe & EMEA Alliances he is responsible for driving industry and technology partnerships.

Janek Maiwald

CTO

DGC

Janek Maiwald

CTO

DGC

Janek Maiwald is a Senior IT Executive with 25 years of working experience. Prior to his current responsibility as CTO for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Cybersicherheit, he managed senior roles for a variety of international companies located in Zurich, Paris, London and Mexico City. His professional expertise focusses on IT Infrastructure, Cloud-based Hosting & Security framework as well as Blockchain technology.

Tanja Link

Partner Account Director

Acondistec

Tanja Link

Partner Account Director

Acondistec

 

Michael Martin

Photographer, Geographer and Author

DATAGROUP

Michael Martin

Photographer, Geographer and Author

DATAGROUP

Michael Martin has been traveling in the deserts and polar regions of the world for 35 years. He undertook expeditions to the North Pole and South Pole, but also knows other parts of the Arctic and Antarctic like few others. On stage with DATAGROUP CEO Andreas Baresel and Cloud expert Frederik Schmidt he will report on one of his most difficult expeditions. Michael Martin is a photographer, geographer and author of over 30 books, he has given more than 2000 lectures and his films can be seen regularly on television.

Jacob Bom Madsen

Lead Product Manager, UI

Universal Robots A/S

Jacob Bom Madsen

Lead Product Manager, UI

Universal Robots A/S

Jacob is responsible for the user’s successful interaction with Universal Robots’ products, such as the PolyScope programming interface on the teach pendant of all UR robots. Through 7 years with Universal Robots, Jacob has worked extensively with automation customers, automation equipment manufacturers, and industry innovators through roles in Application Engineering, the Universal Robots+ eco-system, and Product Management. He holds a degree in Electronics Engineering and is currently doing an Executive MBA program.

Zsolt Egri

CEO

BitNinja Security

Zsolt Egri

CEO

BitNinja Security

Zsolt Egri is a cybersecurity and web-hosting expert, Chief Executive Officer Of The Year according to Cybersecurity Excellence Awards. He is the co-founder and CEO of BitNinja, the multi-award winner security solution provider and also the owner of Web-Server Ltd, the second largest shared-hosting company in Hungary. His award-winning patent, the 'Source Code Structure Analysis' delivered a fantastic improvement to fight against obfuscated malware. Zsolt often hosts webinars and writes on cybercrime topics. His latest e-book is “The Art of Server Protection - Cybercrime Investigation and Defense for Shared Hosting Providers and Server Owners”.

Keith Drazek

Vice President, Public Policy & Government Relations

Verisign

Keith Drazek

Vice President, Public Policy & Government Relations

Verisign

As vice president of public policy and government relations in the Naming and Registry Services organization at Verisign, Keith Drazek is responsible for actively and broadly participating in the development and advocacy of Verisign’s policy interests in multiple arenas involving internet identifiers directly affecting product and services offered by Verisign. Keith brings over 30 years of experience and leadership in the technical functions of the internet and the Domain Name System (DNS), internet policy development, government relations, external affairs and channel management.

Glenn Johansson

CEO

GleSYS

Glenn Johansson

CEO

GleSYS

Glenn Johansson is the CEO and founder of GleSYS AB, which provides compliant and green infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) to industries where internet and hosting is mission critical. And for 20+ years GleSYS has helped customers and businesses, alla around the world, to scale and grow gracefully – using the internet. With his experience and expertise in the cloud- and hosting market in the Nordics, Glenn is now an award winning entrepreneur, thought leader in the cloud computing space, sometimes keynote speaker, who believes that “we can change the course of the future together."

Till Eisenberg

CIMON Project Manager

Airbus Defence and Space

Till Eisenberg

CIMON Project Manager

Airbus Defence and Space

As a project manager for Airbus Defense and Space GmbH, Till Eisenberg has built a career from pushing the limits of human endeavor. He specializes in aerospace, rocket and jet propulsion systems, and aerospace medicine. Most recently, Till and his team brought AI into space for the first time with CIMON. In early two decades of work, he has also worked in the fields of biology and blood analysis in the pursuit of space flight innovation.

Oliver Oehlenberg

Field CTO

Riverbed I Aternity

Oliver Oehlenberg

Field CTO

Riverbed I Aternity

As Field CTO for Riverbed|Aternity, Oliver Oehlenberg helps companies to use data-driven analytics and machine learning to improve the visibility of complex IT environments and to enhance the User and Employee Experience to drive a better adoption and to generate more revenue. He has been working in the IT industry as developer, consultant and manager for over 20 years.

Frederik Haak

Senior Manager – SSD Marketing

KIOXIA

Frederik Haak

Senior Manager – SSD Marketing

KIOXIA

Frederik Haak is active in the storage industry since 2014. After his role as business development manager for enterprise and datacentre hard disk and solid state drives at TOSHIBA storage and devices, he joined the NAND flash spin-off KIOXIA in 2017 as product manager for enterprise solid state drives. Since 2018 he is engaged as senior marketing manager EMEA for the entire solid state drive portfolio at KIOXIA Europe.

Diarmuid Daltún

Co-Founder

DeepSquare

Diarmuid Daltún

Co-Founder

DeepSquare

Sustainability Advocate, Tech Entrepreneur, B2B Sales & Marketing Leader, Cloud & Hosting veteran, bridging traditional business & blockchain. Currently laser focused on DeepSquare (csquare.ai spin-off), an open ecosystem for decentralised sustainable HPC as a Service, stimulating innovation by democratising access to best in class resources for AI, Media, IoT and preparing to serve the next generation of the internet, to bring to life a vision of Web 3 and Metaverse.

Johannes Meyer

Principal Technical Product Manager

noris network

Johannes Meyer

Principal Technical Product Manager

noris network

Johannes Meyer works as Principal Technical Product Manager for noris network AG and is responsible for the entire cloud portfolio of the south-german internet pioneer. He is also involved in the Freifunk-movement and founder & co-host of the official Kubernetes/CNCF Meetup Nuremberg. Johannes Meyer ist als Principal Technical Product Manager für die noris network AG tätig und in dieser Funktion für das gesamte Cloudportofolio des süddeutschen Internetpioniers verantwortlich. Er ist darüber hinaus in der Freifunk Netzwerk Community aktiv und Gründer/CO-Host des offiziellen Kubernetes/CNCF-Meetups Nürnberg.

Paolo Storti

CEO

Zextras

Paolo Storti

CEO

Zextras

Paolo Storti is an IT and Open Source Enthusiast. This passion dates back to the high-school days when, in 1993, he started using Linux and other Open Source software as they allowed more freedom and control. In his early career, while working in the new Open Source team for IBM, he came up with the idea of applying the Open Source business model to the Public Administration, first, and then to other specific industries, according to the always-evolving market needs.

Alexander Jenewein

EMEA Hyperscale Sales Leader

Lenovo

Alexander Jenewein

EMEA Hyperscale Sales Leader

Lenovo

Alexander Jenewein is leading the Lenovo Cloud Service Provider Team in EMEA. He is responsible for driving Lenovo’s cloud vision and positioning the value proposition in this market segment. Before joining Lenovo in April 2020, Alexander held various management positions with Oracle and Hitachi Vantara. In his spare time, Alexander enjoys skiing, golf, cycling and other outdoor activities.

Simon Besteman

Manager Director

Dutch Cloud Community

Simon Besteman

Manager Director

Dutch Cloud Community

Simon Besteman is the Managing Director of the Dutch Cloud Community, the Dutch coalition of hosting providers. As a leading representative of the industry, he is a frequent blogger on industry and policy matters, a keynote speaker at congresses and conferences, and a participant at Dutch government round tables on telecommunication, data center and internet regulatory matters. He sits on the boards of various industry groups, with a focus on education, employment, and governance.

Vicențiu Ciorvaru

Team Lead

MariaDB

Vicențiu Ciorvaru

Team Lead

MariaDB

Vicențiu has been part of the MariaDB ecosystem for more than 8 years and is now a team lead at the MariaDB Foundation. Vicențiu's experience centers around development of MariaDB Server's core features, SQL level and optimizer internals. His main focus is now on the quality of the MariaDB Server and he is guiding the development of MariaDB Server's testing infrastructure. Additionally Vicențiu has tackled numerous linux distribution related problems and also manages the download infrastructure that is used by thousands of users every day to download MariaDB Server.

Chris Lubkert

Co-Founder

Extendify

Chris Lubkert

Co-Founder

Extendify

Chris is the co-founder of Extendify, the fastest growing WordPress onboarding platform. Extendify makes it easy for users to create beautiful WordPress sites without the need for a separate page builder. Extendify is the preferred tool for many WordPress agencies and also has a solution for web hosts to effectively onboard new WordPress users, increasing customer retention and AOV. Prior to starting Extendify, Chris was at Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com and WooCommerce. At Automattic, Chris led various acquisitions and venture investments, including the acquisition of Tumblr. Additionally, he led internal growth initiatives. Chris spent his early career in private equity after studying biomedical engineering.

Daniel Pope

Co-Founder and CEO

Submer

Daniel Pope

Co-Founder and CEO

Submer

Daniel Pope started in the web hosting business at the age of 16, growing a one-bedroom server to a multi-million dollar datacenter. Following a successful exit, Daniel has worked for nearly a decade managing technical teams across EMEA, enabling the Subscription Economy by delivering automation software to the largest Telco's and Hosters of Europe. Now, his vision is to deliver the Next Generation Datacenter through Immersion Cooling and Robotics.

Frank Lee

Director of Engineering (AI)

Ampere Computing

Frank Lee

Director of Engineering (AI)

Ampere Computing

Frank Lee is Director of Engineering (AI) at Ampere Computing. He has over 25 years of development and leadership experience in machine learning, media processing, cloud computing and IoT. Frank is an enthusiast in video, computer vision and ambient intelligence technology. He previously held engineering leadership positions in Acer, Nvidia and several Silicon Valley startups. Frank earned BSEE from University of Wisconsin-Madison and MSEE from Stanford University. He is currently based in San Francisco Bay Area.

Michaela Cruden

Senior Strategy Manager

CentralNic

Michaela Cruden

Senior Strategy Manager

CentralNic

Michaela has been a part of the domain industry for over a decade and joined CentralNic’s Registry Division as Senior Strategy Manager in 2021. She is a specialist in domains and has a broad array of experience having worked in areas spanning across product management, compliance to business development at companies such as Afilias and EuroDNS. She holds an MA in International Relations and Security and in her current role she works alongside CentralNic’s registry partners in an advisory capacity on everything from channel relations, sales/marketing strategy, operational standards to integration with other industry stakeholders.

Max Reckers

Performance Technology Consultant

Ajax and Dutch National Team

Max Reckers

Performance Technology Consultant

Ajax and Dutch National Team

Max joined the staff of Louis van Gaal in 2008 with AZ, Bayern Munich, Dutch National Team, Manchester United and in 2022 for the National team again. Creating technical solutions and processes which heavily rely on (big)data and innovation for both Sports Performance and Omni Channel Commerce for SportsClubs his story gives you tons of practical learnings.

Colin Presly

Senior Engineering Director

Seagate

Colin Presly

Senior Engineering Director

Seagate

Colin Presly leads Seagate's Office of the CTO, with a charter to explore new areas of storage innovation. With more than 20 years in the HDD industry, including IBM & Xyratex, Colin has held several engineering management roles within research and development. Colin most recently led the development of Seagate's industry leading dual-actuator HDD platform. Colin holds a master's in mechanical engineering from Imperial College, London.

Akash TK

Senior Product Consultant

Site24x7- Zoho Corp

Akash TK

Senior Product Consultant

Site24x7- Zoho Corp

Akash is a senior product consultant with extensive experience in SaaS Business model, Presales activites, Cloud Platforms, APM Solutions, Network Monitoring, who is passionate about Business Development. He can reached on LinkedIn.

Jeff Wittich

Chief Product Officer

Ampere

Jeff Wittich

Chief Product Officer

Ampere

Jeff Wittich is the chief product officer at Ampere. Jeff has extensive leadership experience in the semiconductor industry in roles ranging from product and process development to business strategy to marketing. Prior to joining Ampere, he worked at Intel for 15 years in a variety of positions throughout the company. Most recently, he was responsible for the Cloud Service Provider Platform business, driving global market reach, product customization, and ultimately defining the products and platforms being used across the cloud worldwide. While at Intel, Jeff also led a product development team responsible for 5 generations of Xeon processors. He received an Intel Achievement Award for his work in developing the Custom CPU program.

Robert Jacobi

Cloudways Director of WordPress

Cloudways

Robert Jacobi

Cloudways Director of WordPress

Cloudways

Robert Jacobi ran 3.5% of the internet and today leads the WordPress business unit at Cloudways, a multi-cloud managed application as a service platform that lets users choose where they want their website to be hosted from a variety of options, including Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, DigitalOcean, Vultr, and Linode, With 20 years experience as an open source executive, entrepreneur, and evangelist, Robert has worked with startups to Fortune 500 companies as a Global Strategist and Solution Ambassador to increase revenue and market awareness. Robert is an international, well known, and respected speaker/contributor to open source, hosting, and infrastructure communities. He has served in multiple roles with Joomla, member of Make WordPress Hosting, contributor to ICANN At-Large, and former Chair for the Technical Outreach Working Group of the Internet Infrastructure Coalition. Robert loves his two and four-legged family, as well as preparing all sort of meals. Ask him about his annual marinara weekend.

Mike Israel

IT Asset Lifecycle Consultant

HPE

Mike Israel

IT Asset Lifecycle Consultant

HPE

20 years + of service for HP/HPE, several positions in Finance and Remarketing Sales, Experience from simple Product or Service Sales to an IT Asset Lifecycle Consultant with focus on Sustainability and Circular Economy.

Karl Rabe

MD and Founder

WoodenDataCenter

Karl Rabe

MD and Founder

WoodenDataCenter

A Engineer by training, with a MBA option, Karl is a sustainable Data Center Pioneer, founding companies like Windcloud and WoodenDataCenter. His biggest challenge is to fight scope3 emissions in IT infrastructure. This is largely accomplished by designing and building Data Centers from Cross-Laminated Timber. WoodenDataCenter pioneers Liquid-Cooling and Heat recovery options and is the first manufacturer to integrate superconductive DC Power Distribution. Karl is the Co-Lead of the OCP MDC.

Thorsten Schäfer

Sales Director EMEA

Scale Computing

Thorsten Schäfer

Sales Director EMEA

Scale Computing

Thorsten Schäfer, born in 1979, studied business informatics at the Duale-Hochschule Baden-Württemberg. He is a very experienced sales manager with more than 15 years of experience in the computer software industry, familiar with Hyper Converged (HCI), Edge Compuing, Software Defined Storage (SDS), Storage Area Network (SAN), VMware, Storage and VDI. Strong sales professional as well as very strong technical background: as the first German DCME - but also in the areas of business development, consulting, engineering, channel development & management. He gained his experience at companies such as DataCore Software, StorMagic and Bechtle.

Konstantin Rygol

Lead Engineer for AI and HPC

BOSTON Server Storage

Konstantin Rygol

Lead Engineer for AI and HPC

BOSTON Server Storage

Konstantin Rygol is the Lead Engineer for AI and HPC at Boston Storage and Server Solutions GmbH. He has a master's in physics from the University of Bergen in Norway. During his studies of atomic physics, he developed a deep passion for HPC and AI. He is now an instructor for the NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute, driven to bring AI to the DACH region.

Philipp Kurus

Senior Sales Executive

Boston Server & Storage Solutions GmbH

Philipp Kurus

Senior Sales Executive

Boston Server & Storage Solutions GmbH

 

Dr. André Fachat

CTO Complex Solution Architecture

IBM DACH

Dr. André Fachat

CTO Complex Solution Architecture

IBM DACH

Dr. André Fachat works as IT architect in application development since 1999. He became IBM Distinguished Engineer in 2021. His special fields are performance optimization and non-functional requirements in general. His last projects include a large electronic document management system in the public sector, or the infrastructure for patient record systems and the German e-Prescription system.

Danny McPherson

Executive Vice President and Chief Security Officer

Verisign

Danny McPherson

Executive Vice President and Chief Security Officer

Verisign

Danny McPherson is responsible for Verisign's information systems and services, as well as information and corporate security. He has actively participated in internet operations, research, and standardization since the early 1990s, to include serving on the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) and chairing an array of Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and other working groups and committees. He has authored several books, numerous internet protocol standards, network and security research papers, and other publications. Previously, McPherson was CSO at Arbor Networks, where he developed solutions to detect and mitigate cyberattacks and performed pioneering research on Internet infrastructure evolution, as well as botnet and malware collection and analysis. Before that, he held technical leadership positions in architecture, engineering and operations with Amber Networks, Qwest Communications, Genuity, MCI Communications, and the U.S. Army Signal Corps.

Candid Wüest

VP of Cyber Protection Research

Acronis

Candid Wüest

VP of Cyber Protection Research

Acronis

Candid Wüest is the VP of Cyber Protection Research at Acronis, the Swiss-Singaporean cyber protection company, where he researches on new threat trends and comprehensive protection methods. Previously he worked for more than sixteen years as the tech lead for Symantec’s global security response team. Wüest has published a book, various whitepapers and has been featured as a security expert in top-tier media outlets. He is a frequent speaker at security-related conferences including RSAC and AREA41. Wüest is an advisor for the Swiss federal government on cyber risks. He learned coding and the English language on a Commodore 64. He holds a master of computer science from the ETH Zurich and various certifications and patents.

Andrew Melck

Director, Enterprise Alliance

platform.sh

Andrew Melck

Director, Enterprise Alliance

platform.sh

Andrew Melck is a father, music and natural wine lover, vocalist and digital business executive who has been helping large organizations to transform their technology estates for 20 years in various technical, project management and sales roles. He has been with Platform.sh since 2014 and strongly encourages others to join this exciting Paris-based company. Working from his home in Cologne, Germany, he currently helps some of the largest companies in the world to make the most of Platform.sh’s remarkable development and application fleet management solution. He does not own a car.

Andy King

Technology Evangelist and Thought Leader

SUSE Software Solutions

Andy King

Technology Evangelist and Thought Leader

SUSE Software Solutions

Technology Evangelist and Thought Leader (Cloud Solution Architect) specialising in SUSE, Rancher(K8s), SUSE Enterprise Linux and SUSE Manager. Open Source Ambassador for Managed Service Providers (MSP) and Kubernetes Certified Service Providers (KCSP). Leading cultural change for cloud adoption, developing and coordinating cloud architecture strategies.

Roger Benson

Commercial Senior Director, EMEA

AMD

Roger Benson

Commercial Senior Director, EMEA

AMD

Roger Benson is Commercial Senior Director for AMD Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), responsible for all of AMD’s datacenter, commercial client PC, and embedded business in the region. Roger joined AMD in 2018, initially responsible for driving growth of the AMD EPYC server products through strategic customer, OEM, and channel relationships in EMEA. Prior to AMD, Roger worked in sales and marketing roles at Intel for over 20 years, managing multi-country teams while based in the UK, Germany, and Belgium and working extensively across EMEA, the US, and Asia with global partners. Roger holds a BEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and an MBA from Aston University in the UK, and has attended executive education programs at INSEAD and Darden business schools.

Jörg Pernfuß

Security Architect

IONOS

Jörg Pernfuß

Security Architect

IONOS

Jörg Pernfuss is a Security Architect and an Information Security Manager for TechOps Hosting at IONOS. In this role, he conceptualizes and coordinates company-wide security initiatives, supports the operation, monitoring and development of the certified information security management system. He is also the technical contact for information security risk management. Jörg started at IONOS in 2010 as a Junior System Administrator for Linux systems with a focus on monitoring, reporting and compliance. Since then, he has gained more than ten years’ experience in information security. He’s also been active in the open source software community for over 20 years. Before joining IONOS, he studied computer science at Würzburg University, Germany.

Claudia Frese

CEO

STRATO AG

Claudia Frese

CEO

STRATO AG

Claudia Frese, born in 1971, has been Chief Executive Officer of STRATO AG and a member of the Executive Board of IONOS since September 2020. She started her career with a variety of start-ups before holding a number of management positions at eBay GmbH. She then moved on to adviqo AG, where she was in charge of all online activities. Before STRATO, Frese was CEO of MyHammer AG and MyHammer Holding AG. Altogether, she has more than 20 years of experience in digital business.

Fredrik Björklund

CEO & Co-Founder

Miss Group

Fredrik Björklund

CEO & Co-Founder

Miss Group

Fredrik Björklund is a seasoned veteran of the hosting industry, with over 17 years of experience to his name. He started his career in the Support team of his first employer and worked his way up gaining valuable experience in several different departments. Fredrik has held management positions in Support, Marketing, and Product for multiple hosting companies. In 2014, Fredrik and serial entrepreneur Mattias Kaneteg co-founded Miss Group. The Group today holds over 30 brands all over the world and is one of Europe’s fastest-growing hosting groups. Fredrik initially held the title COO of Miss Group and focused on the organic growth of the Group’s brands. He eventually became the CEO and is currently managing Miss Group’s organic growth, the integration of newly acquired brands as well as day-to-day operations.

Julian Geils

Senior Consultant IT Security

DGC

Julian Geils

Senior Consultant IT Security

DGC

 

Santi Costa

CMO

Cloudways

Santi Costa

CMO

Cloudways

Santi Costa once led a 1,800% web traffic growth explosion, in two days. Today Santi is the CMO at Cloudways, a multi-cloud managed application-as-a-service platform the drives customer growth and simplifies the website hosting experience across top tier providers including Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, DigitalOcean, Vultr, and Linode. Santi loves to read, think, spoil his girls, ride his bikes, and see ideas grow, whether his own or someone else's. He's a huge fan of human nature and business stories.

David Mason

Director of Channel Success

SiteLock

David Mason

Director of Channel Success

SiteLock

David Mason is responsible for ensuring the company’s commitment to the mutual growth and profitability for each member of our partner community. David has more than a decade’s worth of experience helping partners of all industry types within the online presence space grow their market share with strategic planning, channel management and sales education.

Yann-Guirec Manac’h

Head of Hardware R&D

Scaleway

Yann-Guirec Manac’h

Head of Hardware R&D

Scaleway

Yann-Guirec leads research and development for all hardware-related matters, in close collaboration with the product teams at Scaleway. He is responsible for thinking ahead and bringing the best ideas forward to the different actors within the company. He holds an Engineering degree in mechanical engineering from Arts et Métiers (France) as well as an MScA in Mechanical Engineering from École Polytechnique de Montréal (QC, Canada). Before being part of Scaleway, Yann-Guirec had a successful career with other cloud service providers of various sizes as well as consulting work in financial infrastructures. Since 2018, he helps Scaleway on various projects ranging from material sourcing to developing the technology that will be on the market in the next five years

Hartmut Schultze

Business Architect

HPE

Hartmut Schultze

Business Architect

HPE

Hartmut Schultze works on decentralized and democratic use of technology to generate knowledge and value from inherently private data (especially medical data). In his various roles, the focus for him is to create value from it by leveraging technology, optimizing environments, introducing automations, and acting as a change agent to enable this. Since 2015, he has worked on memory-driven computing initiatives to optimize and massively increase efficiency for big data analytics across multiple use cases. Previously, he managed several international clients in his role as an Account Executive in outsourcing services driving innovation. Hartmut Schultze studied software and automation engineering at the University of Stuttgart. He works from Düsseldorf with his international team.

Igor Seletskiy

CEO and Founder

CloudLinux

Igor Seletskiy

CEO and Founder

CloudLinux

As founder and CEO of CloudLinux, Igor Seletskiy has always had a strong entrepreneurial spirit. His leadership comes from his expertise in software development for the web hosting industry. Since its founding in 2009, CloudLinux has become a leader in specialized hosting of OS providers. Under Igor Seletskiy's leadership, CloudLinux expanded to include Imunify360, Linux server malware protection. CloudLinux Inc. solutions now address the needs of WordPress, Shared, Dedicated, VPS hosting by offering optimization & security of the server. Igor Seletskiy has held a professional presence in the industry for several years. He's participated in CloudTalk Global, CloudFest, ARM Dev Con, HostingCon, the cPanel Conference, among many others.

Stefan Mink

Head of TechOps Hosting

IONOS SE

Stefan Mink

Head of TechOps Hosting

IONOS SE

Stefan Mink is Head of TechOps Hosting at IONOS and is in charge of data centres, networks and information security. He is also responsible for the planning, construction and operation of more than 30 data centres in Germany, France, Spain, the UK and the USA, ten of which are operated by IONOS, Fasthots and Arsys themselves. Stefan Mink has worked for IONOS and its predecessor companies 1&1 Internet and Schlund+Partner for more than 20 years. He studied computer science at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

Carole Olinger

Social Media Manager

XWP

Carole Olinger

Social Media Manager

XWP

Carole is the Head of CloudFest Hackathon. She loves to connect with people and help build communities. Previously ​​the WordPress Community Ambassador for a leading WebOps hosting platform, she recently joined forces with XWP, who’s building a better web at enterprise scale. She has also been involved in WordCamps all over the world as an organizer, speaker, emcee and volunteer contributor to WordPress, currently co-organizing Europe’s biggest flagship event, WordCamp Europe.

Matthias Nehls

Founder & CEO

DGC

Matthias Nehls

Founder & CEO

DGC

Matthias Nehls is a thoroughly cyber security enthusiast who has been working for 20 years as a developer and IT security expert for various companies and stock corporations. With cyberscan.io®, he developed and marketed his own vulnerability scanner in 2018. in January 2020 he gained nationwide publicity with the disclosure of the Buchbinder data scandal. Since then, he has regularly worked with selected media partners to raise awareness for cybersecurity among the general public. In 2015, Matthias Nehls founded the DGC, an all-in-one cybersecurity solutions company. The DGC's mission is to identify and manage the risks of digitalization, reduce potential threats, and thus protect customers from cyber threats.

Norbert Lindermeier

Senior Business Development Manager

BOSTON IT

Norbert Lindermeier

Senior Business Development Manager

BOSTON IT

Norbert Lindermeier, born in 1956, learned technical implementation in mechanical engineering. 25 years ago, he switched to IT systems sales. For 12 years, he has been very successful in implementing solutions as Business Development Manager. His focus is on customized server and storage solutions, edge computing, Hyper Converged (HCI), video surveillance and individual requirements from the industry. He has applied his experience in business development, consulting, development and management in various deployment scenarios at companies such as ECF, CPI, Dlink and Ingram Micro.

Max Schulze

Founder

Sustainable Digital Infrastructure Alliance e.V.

Max Schulze

Founder

Sustainable Digital Infrastructure Alliance e.V.

Max Schulze is the Founder of the Sustainable Digital Infrastructure Alliance (SDIA). With a background as a software engineer and a cloud expert, Max brings his experience to measuring the footprint of the digital economy as well as advancing the SDIA’s roadmap towards making it sustainable and future- proof. Throughout his career, he has dedicated himself to the well-being of people and the planet, and Max is committed to creating a positive future for the next generation.

George Melissargos

Executive Director, FAE & Solutions Enablement

Supermicro

George Melissargos

Executive Director, FAE & Solutions Enablement

Supermicro

George has a PhD in Computer Science and over 20 years of experience working in the computer hardware industry. His career has taken him from product management to solutions enablement through business management. George works with strategic partners & customers in EMEA to develop and bring to market solutions that harness the best of cutting-edge computer hardware.

Gaurang Sinha

Director, Go-to-Market

Titan

Gaurang Sinha

Director, Go-to-Market

Titan

Gaurang is passionate about combining technology, design, and commerce to create access to delightful software for small businesses. At Titan, Gaurang works closely with the world's most innovative web-presence providers to deliver a great business email experience to their customers. He drives Titan's commercial strategy and focuses on creating growth and revenue for Titan and its partners with the Go-to-market team. Gaurang studied finance and corporate strategy at the Indian School of Business and computer science at VIT University in India. He loves to travel and read and lives in Goa, India, with his partner.

Thorsten Willer

Senior Consultant

Computacenter

Thorsten Willer

Senior Consultant

Computacenter

Thorsten has been at working in IT security for almost twenty years. Initially focusing on infrastructure security, he has expanded his subject areas to include other technical as well as organisational areas, ultimately covering Cloud Security. With his focus on concepts and architectures, his main areas of expertise are planning and consulting.

Bas Welman

Solution Architect

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Bas Welman

Solution Architect

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Bas Welman, Solution Architect and Technical Account Manager at Zerto, a HPE company. Helping our Managed Services Providers to deliver the best RPO and RTO to their customers. Before joining Zerto, Bas was a Cloud Platform Architect at Bitbrains/Solvinity a specialist Managed Services Provider delivering High Performance Cloud services to the financial market. Bas has over 25 years of experience in IT and has been involved designing, implementing and running cloud infrastructures.

Sim Upadhyayula

General Manager, Solutions

Supermicro

Sim Upadhyayula

General Manager, Solutions

Supermicro

Sim works closely with various enterprise and service provider clients in understanding their next generation data center needs and identifying right solutions to achieve their goals. Along with the technical enablement functions deploying first to market solutions, Sim’s passion for next generation technologies and trends often finds him engaging in panel discussions, speaking sessions and other technology evangelization events in the IT industry.

Klaus Kolitz

CTO

Sixt SE

Klaus Kolitz

CTO

Sixt SE

Dr. Klaus Kolitz is leading the global Sixt IT comprising of more than 700 colleagues in Pullach, Bangalore and Kiev. He joined Sixt in 2019 as CTO and has since been responsible for driving the digitization and technical modernization across all areas. This includes rebuilding the majority of Sixt’s system landscape which has grown tremendously since Erich Sixt started programming the first lines of codes in the 1980s, and of course, Sixt’s own journey to the cloud. Prior to entering the “Orange World”, Klaus worked at “trivago” which he joined in 2011 in the early days of the startup. Due to the significant growth of trivago he was given the opportunity to build up the entire engineering organization and shape the backend search technology as well as the customer frontend. Notable milestones include scaling the platform from 10 to 150 Million monthly visitors, bringing AI into the search and rebuilding the entire backend with new technologies into the cloud. Klaus studied at KIT (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) in Karlsruhe, Germany where he received his Diploma in Industrial Engineering (Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen). He then completed his PhD in information systems with a strong focus on electronic markets.

Georg Klauser

CEO

Boston Server & Storage Solutions

Georg Klauser

CEO

Boston Server & Storage Solutions

Georg Klauser has been CEO at Boston Server & Storage Solutions GmbH for the regions Germany, Austria & Switzerland since 2015, leading the company to become a solution provider for innovative and efficient customized cloud and data center solutions, which are rounded off with comprehensive services. Prior to that, he was Director of Sales & Marketing at Boston for 6 years. He gained his many years of experience in cloud- and high-performance computing as VP Marketing at Deutsche Wolke and VP Technical Marketing, EMEA at RisingTide Systems from Palo Alto, CA, USA. In 2009, Georg Klauser graduated with a Master of Arts in Business (M.A.) from the University of Applied Sciences Kufstein, complemented by the Lean Six Sigma Master Belt from ETH Zurich and Laurea University of Applied Sciences.

Dr. Wolfgang Oels

COO

Ecosia

Dr. Wolfgang Oels

COO

Ecosia

Wolfgang studied Engineering and Business and holds a PhD in Energy Economics. He started his career as a consultant with McKinsey & Company, before he took different leadership roles in the solar industry based in Europe and California. Since 2015, Wolfgang has been COO of Europe's biggest search engine: Ecosia, the search engine that plants trees.

Thomas Rickert

Director Names & Numbers

eco – Association of the Internet Industry

Thomas Rickert

Director Names & Numbers

eco – Association of the Internet Industry

Attorney-at-law and domain law expert Thomas Rickert is Director of the Names & Numbers Forum with the Association of the Internet Industry, eco e.V. (eco.de) which, in addition to political lobbying activities, is regularly hosting events informing about the current trends in the DNS industry and providing a platform for information exchange. From 2011 to 2015, Thomas Rickert was a member of the GNSO (Generic Names Support- ing Organization) Council of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (icann.org). Currently, Thomas Rickert is a member of ICANN’s EPDP working group, which is tasked with making the handling of registration data for gTLDs, including WHOIS, compliant with GDPR. Further , Thomas Rickert is managing partner of the law firm Rickert Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH (www.rickert.net), which is specialised in legal issues of the digital economy.

Josepha Haden Chomphosy

WordPress Executive Director

Automattic

Josepha Haden Chomphosy

WordPress Executive Director

Automattic

Josepha is the Executive Director of the WordPress project, helping to coordinate and guide volunteer efforts across the ecosystem. Since 2015 Josepha has worked behind the scenes as the lead of the open source division at Automattic. Her work includes financial planning, sponsorship relations, volunteer training programs, and several diversity initiatives on a global scale. She is well-versed in conflict mediation tactics and has a knack for explaining complex topics clearly and respectfully.

Takaaki Nakano

SSD Application Engineering Department

KIOXIA Europe GmbH

Takaaki Nakano

SSD Application Engineering Department

KIOXIA Europe GmbH

 

Russell Jeffrey

Director of Platform Strategy

Duda

Russell Jeffrey

Director of Platform Strategy

Duda

Russell Jeffery is an expert in the web and digital marketing and also Duda's Director of Ecosystem and Product Strategy. Russ heads up Duda’s App Store initiative and is responsible for integrating a wide range of 3rd party tools. Russ holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Oregon and has deep experience with and passion for nearly anything related to the web, ranging from SEO to Web Design to Technical Web Standards.

Sebastian Noelting

CEO

RNT Rausch

Sebastian Noelting

CEO

RNT Rausch

Sebastian has been a doer for 25 years: He founded his first company directly after finishing school. After holding several leading positions, among others at 1&1 Internet AG, his career as interim manager led him to RNT Rausch GmbH, former Rausch Netzwerktechnik GmbH, whose management he took over in 2008. His daily ambition: to optimize IT or create completely new server and storage solutions that solve problems such as performance, storage space, high availability or data throughput in data centers or big data environments. His specialties: Software-defined storage, cloud computing, virtualization. Since 1998, RNT considers itself as reliable partner, solution provider and developer, enabling technology innovations. Organizations as well as data centers around the globe trust in the standard and individual solutions to advance their business. Based on self-developed hardware or solutions of long-time partners, RNT choses the fitting software for the operation of server or storage cluster and builds tailor-made solutions – delivery, launch and support are included as well!

Holger Müller

CTO

Cisco

Holger Müller

CTO

Cisco

Holger Müller has been working in the IT industry for over 20 years for many industries, most notably IBM and Cisco. He has been working for Cisco as an IT architect for more than 8 years. For 4 years now, Holger has been an integral part of Cisco in the public sector, as CTO and lead architect with a focus on the areas of states, municipalities, health and education. The graduated computer scientist (FH) is an enthusiastic football coach and loves traveling with his e-mountain bike.

Ralph Völter

VP Sales EMEA

Instaclustr

Ralph Völter

VP Sales EMEA

Instaclustr

Ralph Völter has collected years of experience as a developer and consultant with several companies and branches before he switched to distribution work. That has helped him understand not only the subject area from customers but also the technical side from customers' issues. His passion and experience with Open Source began over ten years ago with his start with Red Hat and stays strong today.

Frederik Schmidt

Cloud Expert

DATAGROUP

Frederik Schmidt

Cloud Expert

DATAGROUP

As a senior IT consultant with many years of experience in on-premises and cloud infrastructures, Frederik Schmidt advises not only on the topic of technology, but also on the fundamental changes that accompany a cloud expedition. Especially in the topics of efficient use of cloud technologies, cloud strategy and the changes for people and companies, he is the guide who prepares you for this journey, plans with you and brings you safely to your destination.

Merritt Moore

Quantum Physicist / Professional Ballet Dancer

Physics on Pointe

Merritt Moore

Quantum Physicist / Professional Ballet Dancer

Physics on Pointe

Dr. Merritt Moore is a quantum physicist and professional ballet dancer. She graduated from Harvard in Physics, and Oxford with a PhD in Quantum Optics. She danced professionally with the Zurich Ballet, Boston Ballet, English National, and Norwegian National Ballet. She was one of the 12 selected candidates to undergo astronaut selection on BBC "Astronauts: Do you have what it takes?". Merritt was awarded Forbes 30 under 30 and now dances with robots, featured by TIME, BBC, FT, and Vogue.

Chiara Grossi

CMO

WIIT

Chiara Grossi

CMO

WIIT

With 15 years of experience in the Cloud industry, Chiara Grossi joined the WIIT Group as the Chief Operating Officer of Adelante, an Italian company acquired in 2018. Today she is in charge of WIIT Group Chief Marketing Officer role and coordinates the marketing strategy and operations for both Italy and Germany.

Philip Chehade

Senior Product Strategist

Name.com

Philip Chehade

Senior Product Strategist

Name.com

Philip started his career at Apple, working directly with product and industrial designers to launch iPhone products. His passion lies at the intersection of advanced technology products and user-friendly design. At Name, he leads the reseller program, helping platforms streamline web development and reduce customer frustrations.

Burt Kaliski Jr.

Senior Vice President and CTO

Verisign

Burt Kaliski Jr.

Senior Vice President and CTO

Verisign

Dr. Burt Kaliski Jr., senior vice president and chief technology officer (CTO), leads Verisign’s long-term research program. Through the program’s innovation initiatives, the CTO organization, explores emerging technologies, assesses their impact on the company’s business, prototypes and evaluates new concepts, and recommends new strategies and solutions. Burt is also responsible for the company’s industry standards engagements, university collaborations and technical community programs. Prior to joining Verisign in 2011, Burt served as the founding director of the EMC Innovation Network. He joined EMC from RSA Security, where he was vice president of research and chief scientist. Burt started his career at RSA in 1989, where, as the founding scientist of RSA Laboratories, his contributions included the development of the Public-Key Cryptography Standards (PKCS), now widely deployed in internet security. Burt has held appointments as a guest professor at Wuhan University’s College of Computer Science and as a guest professor and member of the international advisory board of Peking University's School of Software and Microelectronics. He has also taught at Stanford University and Rochester Institute of Technology. Burt was program co-chair of Cryptographic Hardware and Embedded Systems (CHES) 2002, chair of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) P1363 working group, program chair of CRYPTO ’97, and general chair of CRYPTO ’91. He currently serves on the scientific advisory board of QEDIT, a privacy-enhancing technology provider. Burt is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery, a senior member of the IEEE Computer Society, and a member of Tau Beta Pi. Burt received a PhD, Master and Bachelor of Science degrees in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where his research focused on cryptography.

Uwe Presler

Director Sales

Nextcloud

Uwe Presler

Director Sales

Nextcloud

Uwe has been educated in IT sales an has worked for a variety of tech enterprises including Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone and more recently the SME market leading CRM, xRM CAS Software AG. He is experienced in the areas of partner and sales management as well as business development.

Jann Wendt

CEO

north.io

Jann Wendt

CEO

north.io

Jann Wendt is CEO and founder of several tech companies (north.io GmbH, TrueOcean GmbH and NatureConnect GmbH) that combine digitalization, environmental protection and the fight against climate change. He graduated with a Master of Science in Environmental Geography and Environmental Management from Kiel University, focusing in particular on Big Spatial Data.

Jean-Baptiste Marchand-Arvier

CEO

WP Media

Jean-Baptiste Marchand-Arvier

CEO

WP Media

Co-founder of WP Media, a web-performance company behind WP Rocket a web performance plugin for WordPress used on +2 Millions of websites, Imagify an image optimization service (+5B of images optimized) and RocketCDN (the easiest CDN service). We've been acquired by group.ONE in 2021.

David Snead

General Counsel

cPanel / WebPros

David Snead

General Counsel

cPanel / WebPros

David Snead is the General Counsel for cPanel. He is responsible for cPanel and WHMCS’ legal operations. Since 1999, his practice has focused exclusively on the Internet infrastructure industry. In 2011 he co-founded the Internet Infrastructure Coalition (I2Coalition), an advocacy organization for the Internet infrastructure industry. He manages the i2Coalition’s public policy portfolio. David is also on the Board of Directors of CasaQ, a shelter for homeless LGBTQ+ youth in Albuquerque.

Elisabeth Kurek

VP of Cloud Marketing

IONOS

Elisabeth Kurek

VP of Cloud Marketing

IONOS

Elisabeth Kurek is an American cloud leader and diversity advocate living in Germany, with 15+ years of experience in the cloud industry. Elisabeth is currently the VP of Cloud Marketing at IONOS, leading campaign marketing, technical marketing, and the website management teams for all IONOS cloud products, worldwide. Prior to IONOS, Elisabeth led partner marketing for the DACH region at AWS, driving her region to the #1 partner marketing pipeline in EMEA. Elisabeth has served as the Vice President of Partner Growth at uberall, and held various marketing roles at Parallels (now Corel Corporation), NTT, and 1&1. Elisabeth holds a master’s degree from an ivy league school, graduating with an M.S. Ed. in Educational Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania. Elisabeth is a champion for diversity in the tech industry. Among other things, she launched the first Diversity & Inclusion Working Group at i2Coalition and the first diversity event of the ecoVerband. Elisabeth was a core member of the Women@Amazon affinity group, and a member of the core team to bring the AWS GetIT program to the DACH region.

Steven Koleczko

Senior Consultant IT Security

DGC

Steven Koleczko

Senior Consultant IT Security

DGC

 

Hans Seeuws

External Relations Manager

EURid

Hans Seeuws

External Relations Manager

EURid

Hans Seeuws took on the role of External Relations Manager of EURid (.eu) in January, having previously consulted EURid for 5 years. He has been active in the TLD industry since 2008, working with both ccTLD and gTLD operators. He has a background in business operations, public institutions and communications. Hans Seeuws holds an Executive MBA from ESCP Paris and a Bachelor in Communication Management.

Filip Korbel

Sales Director

IceWarp

Filip Korbel

Sales Director

IceWarp

Serving as IceWarp’s Sales Director, Filip Korbel endeavours to ensure growth-oriented business and go-to-market portfolio strategy. As part of his drive to abandon stagnating routines in our channel approach, Filip is on the lookout for new cloud and SaaS partners among ISPs, cloud and hosting providers worldwide. Filip’s team achieved  +9% Y-o-Y revenue growth compared to 2020 and +35% Y-o-Y growth in cloud.  With business and executive background in the areas of SaaS, cloud and artificial intelligence, Filip Korbel has strong understanding of customer needs and knows how to match them with available technologies. In 2003, he started his own small company focused on desktop virtualization, which was subsequently acquired by Altron Business Solutions, a.s., with him taking the role of Sales Director and a member of the Board. Since 2015, he has been the Sales Leader at IBM’s Commercial Department for the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Filip has also served as technology and business advisor to Czech Prime Minister’s office in the areas of artificial intelligence, smart cities and media sharing

Enrico Rampin

Executive Board Member and Chief Sales Officer

WIIT

Enrico Rampin

Executive Board Member and Chief Sales Officer

WIIT

Enrico Rampin spent his entire career developing new geographic areas, new markets and distribution channels for products and services in the ICT sector. Thanks to a long experience as Sales Manager in large global corporates, he has acquired a strong know-how in the management of commercial structures and resources. Since 2009 he helds the role of Executive Board Member and Chief Sales Officer.

Pieter Vereecken

Cloud Solutions Architect

Veeam

Pieter Vereecken

Cloud Solutions Architect

Veeam

Pieter Vereecken is a Cloud Solutions Architect for Veeam Software based in The Netherlands. He serves as a trusted advisor to service providers across EMEA helping them create, build and implement Veeam-powered services. Pieter holds several certifications such as double VMware VCP, AWS Solutions Architect, Cisco CCNA and Microsoft MCSE.

Philip Saladin

Head of Sales

DGC Switzerland AG

Philip Saladin

Head of Sales

DGC Switzerland AG

 

Robert Neumann

Head of Cyber Protection Operation Center

Acronis

Robert Neumann

Head of Cyber Protection Operation Center

Acronis

Robert is working in cybersecurity for more than 20 years, ranging positions from threat researcher to the manager of Viruslabs in companies like Acronis, Forcepoint, Sophos and Virusbuster. He also participates in various research projects starting from small scale malicious campaigns through niche malware to in-depth investigations and threat actors attribution.

Jan Löffler

CTO

Plesk

Jan Löffler

CTO

Plesk

Jan Löffler is CTO of Cloud Platform and Incubation Products at Plesk and a tech enthusiast who loves to code. At Plesk he is driving technical innovation, developing product roadmaps and leading aspects of the company‘s technology strategy and vision for emerging products. Before becoming a Pleskian he was Head of Platform Engineering at Zalando and responsible for overseeing the company’s system engineering, identity & access management, continuous delivery, developer tooling teams as well as driving Zalando’s Open Source activities. In the early days of his career Jan was Head of Development Webhosting, Server and Domains at 1&1 Internet AG and became a true expert and trusted advisor in the hosting industry.

Sonja Pierer

Business Consumption Director

Intel

Sonja Pierer

Business Consumption Director

Intel

Sonja Pierer is leading the Business Consumption Team of Intel Germany since October 2021 and is responsible for all Sales and Marketing related topics throughout all verticals. Sonja started her career with Cisco, where she held various Enterprise Sales positions covering customers from different segments (manufacturing, retail, logistics, finance and telecommunication). After 7 years with Cisco, she moved on to become the Regional Director for DACH at VCE and afterwards the Sales Director for EMEA with NCR, complementing her IT knowledge with solutions and services sales experience. Getting the chance to become the Managing Director at Experis, Sonja decided to use this opportunity to gain new expertise outside of the IT world and additionally to own full responsibility of the P&L of Experis Germany and dive deeper into all responsibilities a Managing Director has. With her latest role within Amazon B2B Marketplace, Sonja deepened her project and process knowledge. Sonja completed her Diploma of Computer Science and Economics at the University of Passau, is ITIL certified and is also a Project Manager PMP certified by PMI. Sonja Pierer lives with her partner and 2 dogs in Unterhaching, near Munich.