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Jose PaulJose Paul, VP, Engineering
Prevedere, Columbus, Ohio, USA

Jose has over 20 years of experience in the software development and IT management space. Prior to Prevedere, he was CTO of Rumba Solutions, in charge of architecture and platform solutions for client applications. Previously, Jose held development roles at JP Morgan Chase, HMB, and the Ohio Department of Health.
   Jose has a Bachelor of Technology degree from the University of Kerala, India.


Shiva Ayalasomayajula, IT Delivery Manager/Director
ProKarma, San Diego, California, USA

Shiva is a seasoned technology leader with 15 years of experience in managing strategic programs/portfolios and providing a consistent value stream delivery for companies of various sizes. Shiva currently serves as a delivery manager/director for ProKarma, a digital transformation consulting firm. He graduated from the University of San Diego with an MBA, and also completed his Masters in Computer Science (M.S) at WKU in Bowling Green, KY.

Raveesh Chugh, Head of Strategic Security Partnerships
Amazon Web Services, Seattle, Washington, USA
Accomplished cloud technology professional with 15+ years experience in business and technology roles. Skilled at Business Development with extensive experience in partnership management and revenue achievement for cyber security solutions. Proven ability to manage P&L and exceed business goals. A graduate of Vanderbilt University, he also mentors startups on how to build successful AWS partnership.

Alison Higgins-Miller, CEO
Lightray Insights Pty Ltd, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Matthew Jones, Managing Partner
Alliance Resort Group LLC, Panama City Beach, Florida, USA

Dinesh JoshiDinesh Joshi, Senior Software Engineer
Apache Cassandra, Cupertino, California, USA

Dinesh is a Committer on the Apache Cassandra project and has been a professional Software Engineer for over a decade building highly scalable realtime Web Services and Distributed Streaming Data Processing Architectures serving over 1 billion devices. He has a Masters degree in Computer Science (Distributed Systems & Databases) from Georgia Tech, Atlanta, USA.

Rajnish KelkarRajnish Kelkar, Marine Manager
Jordan Cove LNG LLC (a Pembina Pipeline Corporation Company), Houston, Texas, USA

Rajnish Kelkar has 33 years of experience in international management and operational roles in Oil, Gas, Energy and Maritime industries. Rajnish is a Chartered Engineer, a Member of the Institution of Engineers and the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST-UK).  He holds a Bachelor‚Äôs in Economics and a MBA from Henley Business School, UK.

Guy Koenig, President
Gulf States Financial Services Group, Houston, Texas, USA
Guy Koenig is the President of GSFSGroup, Inc., a leading F&I products administrator, obligor, and insurance company located in Houston, TX, that is part of The Friedkin Group. The company provides a full suite of auto related products to agents and dealers, including training, technology, reporting and numerous profit sharing and reinsurance solutions. Prior to joining GSFSGroup in 2019, Guy held several professional roles including President of CareGard Warranty Services, Inc.; Chief Strategic Officer for AMT Warranty Corporation, a subsidiary of AmTrust Financial Services; and Director of Business Development and Operations for General Fidelity Insurance Company, a Bank of America subsidiary. Throughout his professional career, Guy has focused on sales and account management, reinsurance, operations, compliance and legal functions for all warranty segments including Auto, Consumer Products, Direct to Consumer and Heavy Equipment. Guy has a B.S.B.A. in Corporate Finance and a Juris Doctorate from Drake University and remains licensed to practice law in Iowa.

Vijay PandeyVijay Pandey, Director of Technology
Intueor Consulting, Inc., Irvine, California, USA

Technology Leader with responsibility for shaping Intueor’s technology products, solutions and services to in a way that maximizes business value for Intueor clients; responsible for IP creation, customer engagement with new product ideas, product sales, competency and capacity building specializing in the areas of Enterprise Architecture, Technical Architecture, Business Architecture, Application Architecture, SOA, JEE/Java, Security, Modeling and Performance Engineering.

Sharon Parsons, Associate Director, Specialty Product
Humana Insurance, Louisville, Kentucky, USA

"Sharon Parsons is the Associate Director of Specialty Product at Humana, with more than 18 years’ experience in health care. Sharon is responsible for the product development and management of the Employer Group Specialty Product portfolio, as well as the integration of corporate capabilities and services across the entire product portfolio. She leads cross functional teams to drive results across the organization and leads product and program development for board-level corporate goals. Sharon has a passion for product development and management, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Product Development and Management Association (PDMA). She recently earned her Innovation Management Certified Professional certification from PDMA and also served on the conference committee. Sharon holds an MBA from the University Of Notre Dame Executive MBA program Chicago, Illinois, and completed a double major to earn a BA in both psychology and philosophy from St. Norbert College, De Pere, Wisconsin. She currently holds 2 bronze Stevie Awards for Women in Business, awarded in 2016 under the new product and employee of the year categories. She holds the Gold Stevie Award for Product Developer of the Year 2017 from the American Business Awards."

Paul PattonPaul Patton, Senior Manager, Front End Innovation & Regulatory
Delta Faucet Company, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

With more than 38 years of experience in the plumbing industry, Paul brings extensive knowledge to his role as senior manager front end innovation and regulatory at Delta Faucet Company.  In this role, his responsibilities include anticipating product needs for the Delta®, Brizo® and Peerless® brands, identifying innovative technologies and product enhancements, and collaborating with industrial design and engineering teams. As a voice of the customer, he ensures products brought to market offer relevant innovations for end-users. Products developed under his guidance have received numerous prominent industry awards including ADEX and Stevie awards and he holds six patents for plumbing products. He also actively interacts and works to influence legislation for federal, state and 40,000+ local jurisdictions. He has been instrumental in working with these organizations in the area of water conservation and always brings in the voice of the customer. Paul has worked closely with the EPA, WaterSense program and has helped to develop several different standards for the program.

Kris Rajan, Senior Distribution & Business Development Manager
BBC, London, United Kingdom

Corey SchiffCorey Schiff, President
CS Beverage Solutions, Northbrook, Illinois, USA

Corey Schiff leads CS Beverage Solutions with over 25 years of senior level management experience in the Food and Beverage and CPG Industries.  Schiff's expertise is in sales, marketing, business development, research and development, product development and customer service.  Schiff's expertise and experience have made him a valued resource to executives in the foodservice, grocery, industrial, c-store, liquor, CPG, distribution, hotels, air lines, restaurant buying groups, and food and beverage manufacturing industries.

David Siskin, Founder and Partner
Boomity, San Francisco, California, USA

Sherry SmithSherry Smith, Vice President, Media, Mobile & Marketing
Clarity PR, New York, New York, USA

Sherry specializes in strategic communications programs for fast-growth technology companies. She holds a master's degree in business communication from ESLSCA International Graduate School of Business in Paris and is a member of MENSA.

Steve SpiewakSteve Spiewak, Director Marketing
PlumChoice, Lowell, Massachusetts, USA

Steve Spiewak is the Director of Marketing for PlumChoice, an Allstate Company. He has over 25 years of marketing experience in the technology industry, including cloud, IoT, storage and identity solutions. A graduate of SNHU and Northeastern University, he enjoys mentoring new candidates entering the field of marketing.

Ashish Tanwer, Senior Software Engineer
Cisco, Sunnyvale, California, USA

Ashish Tanwer has been Lead Architect of Cisco Cloud Object Storage since 2015. He has more than 8 years’ experience in product design, business processes, and software development. A graduate student, lead innovator, and research scholar from Stony Brook University, he specializes in cloud and distributed systems and provides consulting to businesses for product architectures.

Evangelos VarsamisEvangelos Varsamis, CEO
Gadget Flow Inc, Merrick, New York, USA

Founder / CEO at Gadget Flow Inc, Investor and Marketing Advisor at Qrator Ltd and contributor at Forbes, Inc, HuffPost and American Express Essentials. Sprint Crowdfunding Fund and Crowdreach advisor and speaker.

Cathy Vasilev, Senior Vice President
Red Oak Compliance, Cedar Park, Texas, USA

Cathy brings more than 25 years of compliance and supervisory expertise in independent broker-dealers, wire-house broker/dealers, and RIAs. Cathy served as the Assistant Vice President of Supervisory Systems and Controls at NFP Securities, an independent broker/dealer, and RIA. She was an Associate Manager for Prudential where she supervised 75 representatives, performing all compliance functions for the branch. She began her career as a stockbroker for Salomon Smith Barney and later moved to compliance and operations. Cathy has a Masters of Business Management degree. She is a member of the Association of Compliance Professionals; a member of National Society of Compliance Professionals; a member of Compliance and AML Professionals; and has FINRA Series 7, 24, 26, 63 and Life and Health licenses.

Rajani Veeramachaneni, President
E Center, Inc., Newtown, Pennsylvania, USA

Kumar Varun VermaKumar Varun Verma, Manager, Product Marketing
Kaseya, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Varun Verma is a Product Marketing Leader & Data Protection Evangelist with 15 years of experience with Global Fortune 500 companies. He brings extensive experience to the information management market, including backup, networking and networked storage concepts and technologies. He holds a Master’s diploma in Human Resources Management, Operations Management, and a Diploma in Instructional Design.