Acronis #CyberFit Summit
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Aaron Garza
SVP of Business Development, Pax8
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Aaron Garza

I would describe myself as a problem solver who develops technology solutions to enable business growth and retention. Throughout my career, I have developed an internal database that has helped shape my perspective and acts as a compass when guiding and advising our partners. I’ve always been drawn to smart people who can simplify something profound. I am inspired by my children and motivated to provide them a bright future. I volunteer often with my family. Our time together usually includes at least one service project. I admire the details and the art of historical buildings. I could walk around for hours studying the structures.

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Abdul Gafoor
Head of Business, Dataguard MEA, leading Cloud Aggregator in MEA
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Abdul Gafoor

Highly passionate in sales currently leading cloud aggregation business focusing the Middle East and African Market to enable and establish cloud business through channels. Extensive skills in data protection and cybersecurity platforms focusing on SaaS-based solutions to existing and emerging markets. A methodical approach together with strong partner connections empowers to visualize and achieve the strategies and concepts.
Proficient in leading the business development team, increasing the customer base, sales, and earning potential of the organization. My key expertise is setting goals and objectives for the company in terms of business and financials, partner account management, customized SaaS & cloud-based solutions that easily fit most requirements of customers.
Specialties: Channel management, Sales & Marketing, Hybrid (On-Premise and cloud-based) solutions, Partner Management. and working in the information technology and services industry.

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Ahmed Amni
Sales Director EMEA, Virtuozzo
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Ahmed Amni
  • 15 years experience in the IT, Hosting, Cloud industry
  • Specialize in helping companies exceed their goals
  • Proven track record of success in strategies formulation and market penetration; adept at aligning core business, revenue, and growth goals
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Alain Knaepen
Founder, Managing Director, MindQuest
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Alain Knaepen

Alain Knaepen is a belgian SMB entrepreneur born in Mechelen in 1971, raised in Antwerp and currently residing in Erembodegem (Aalst) where his business HQ is also based.

Starting out with a master degree in Management and Marketing in 1994, further specialisation in ICT-integration for SMBs got him to assist and counsel his first clients with their day-to-day ICT-infrastructure and applications between 1995 and 2003. Soon his free-lance activities needed to be upgraded to meet further prospect demands, resulting in the founding of Mindquest in 2004.

Mindquest is an SMB ICT-integrator for SMB B2B market, working with a small team of geographically spread engineers and centralized administrative and commercial staff.

As owner and Managing Director, Alain Knaepen follows up the ICT-consultancy tasks during prospecting, on-boarding and pre-post calculations for periodic budget evaluations and optimisations. This next to the daily administration and commercial efforts. (25 years ICT-consulting experience, 17 years MQ business experience, Management and Marketing Master Degree)

Our Senior Engineers, Marco Meeus and Stijn Vanstreels, take care of technical project management and performs most of the second level interventions and problem solving. They are also the main technical managers for our daily datacenter co-location and hosting operations as well as all networking architecture. (25 and 15 years ICT experience, Electronic Engineering Bachelor Equivalent Degree, multiple vendor certifications)

Our Junior Engineer, Obaidullah Safi, handles the daily support and monitoring desk with remote and on site interventions spanning first and second level trouble shooting, next to installation and maintenance in coördination with senior engineers. (3 years ICT experience, System Engineer Graduate, multiple vendor certifications)

As third level engineer, Koen Verheyden completes our team in part time as specialist and programmer for the virtualisation architecture and functionalities. (25 years ICT and programming experience, Electronic Engineering Master Equivalent Degree, multiple vendor certifications, accreditations and references)

In order to keep new in-house expertise rotating, we often implement trainees during their ICT-bachelors and ICT-masters for specific technical vendor training and certification. This should result in continuous know-how updates and possible team reinforcement when needed on different levels.

The team composition always strives for overlap in competencies as well as the complementarity in specialisations, combining redundancy with a broad spectrum of in-house knowledge. Constant training and supplementary formation is present across our team with periodic eye on member expansion

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Albara Bahjatt
Founder & CEO, Smart Technology Solutions
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Albara Bahjatt

Albara Bahjatt is the Founder CEO of Smart Technology Solutions, a Saudi based MSP and IT company that focuses on customer trust and service since 2007. One of the first MSPs in Saudi Arabia that focuses on Small and Mid-sized businesses. Smart has been announced 3 times as one of the Saudi Fastest growing companies.

Albara has more than 20 years of experience in IT, management consulting, IT Consulting and training. He has more than 8 certifications in IT and management in the areas of security, Cloud, Networking, Servers, and auditing. As he previously got certified Information systems Auditor and Certified Internal auditor certifications.

He is also a licensed management consultant in Saudi Arabia. Helping companies and organizations reach higher potential in areas like, Teamwork, Corporate culture, training, leadership, and learning & development.   Albara has also founded multiple other companies in technology, online, trading and bidding.

His main personal social responsibility goal is to help kids, young and youth to find and figure out their potential and strength by making them understand the concepts and techniques of fast learning, mindset, leadership, positivity, peace, the power of doing and execution and how to utilize these to create a better culture in business and personal life. And, by pushing them to create a habits like regular reading, risk taking, learning things that is completely unknow for them, to reach a high level of confidence, perseverance, determination, and fear management.

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Alex Ruslyakov
Acronis Channel Chief
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Alex Ruslyakov

Alex Ruslyakov is head of the  Global Channel organization at Acronis, serving in the position of Channel Chief since late 2020. Alex drives world-wide partner programs and partner account management functions with a focus on the increase of Acronis partner ecosystem and fueling Acronis partners’ growth. Prior to that, Alex was leading the Global Sales Engineering organization at Acronis in the position of VP Global Sales Engineering.

Through his past 15 years at Acronis at different times, Alex held positions of Director of Global Professional Services, Director of Development – leading Cloud Solutions R&D Team, Head of Product Management for corporate products, and Technical Account Manager for strategic accounts. Alex started his career in 2003 as Sun Solaris Systems Engineer after getting his Master’s degree in computer science and software programming. He also graduated from Harvard Business School in Sales and Distribution Channel Teams Management.

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Alexis Ohanian
Co-Founder of Reddit and Founder of Venture Fund 776
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Alexis Ohanian

Tech founder and venture capitalist Alexis Ohanian embraces disruption, beginning with his Wa­ffle House epiphany that becoming an attorney was not his destiny to co-founding Reddit in his UVA dorm and launching the venture upon graduation. Ultimately selling the iconic company for millions, Ohanian’s entrepreneurial journey is a business school case study and playbook for founders.

Reddit.com has become one of the largest websites in the US. It was initially funded by Y Combinator in 2005 and sold to Conde Nast in 2006. Ohanian returned as executive chairman in 2014 to help lead the turnaround of the now independent company. Without Their Permission, his national bestseller chronicles much of the story.

In 2016 Ohanian left to co-found Initialized Capital—a seed-stage venture fund with over $770M under management and a portfolio with $100B in market value, which invested in companies like Instacart and Coinbase. In addition to starting Reddit.com, he has also been instrumental in other successful online ventures, including HipMunk and BreadPig. He’s invested in and advised over two hundred tech startups and was a partner at Y Combinator.

In June of 2020, in protest and solidarity with the national outcry for social justice, Ohanian stepped down from his seat on Reddit’s Board of Directors and urged his company to seat a Black candidate in his place.

With his passion for inclusion and a fervent commitment to Founders, Ohanian left Initialized Capital to establish the venture firm, Seven Seven Six, which recently closed its first fund with $150M. Focused on people, culture, and community, Seven Seven Six places humanity at its core. The firms’ limited partnership structure has DEI in its design, comprising 50% women and15% Black or indigenous limited partners. The firm offers the Founders in its portfolio an unprecedented Growth and Caregiving Commitment through an additional 2% of investment – set aside and dedicated to the life needs of Founders to encourage a balanced lifestyle including childcare, eldercare, or personal development. The innovation does not stop there. Through an open application process (not traditional for the VC world), Seven Seven Six has designed an Operator in Residence program to deliver optimum value to its Founders through access to cutting edge Operators. A first of its kind, the program promises to infuse VC with even greater diversity.

Ohanian is an advocate for the open internet, STEM education, and paid family leave. He has lobbied on Capitol Hill and penned a New York Times op-ed, Paternity Leave Was Crucial After The Birth of My Child, and Every Father Deserves It. Ohanian launched the Business Dad podcast, where he interviews fellow fathers about what it means to be a dad in today’s world and how they balance their careers and families. He is also the lead founding investor in the LA-based professional women’s soccer team, Angel City Football Club.

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Alex Zinin
Chief Cloud Infrastructure Officer, Acronis
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Alex Zinin

Alex Zinin joined Acronis as our new Chief Cloud Infrastructure Officer in June 2021. As Chief Cloud Infrastructure Officer at Acronis, Alex brings more than 25 years of experience to the role, and is responsible for end-to-end planning, design, and operations of the Acronis Cloud infrastructure, including Data Centers, Acronis’ new global CyberNetwork, and distributed Points-of-Presence. He also oversees the relationship and management of hardware and software vendors, facilities, telecom, Internet service providers, the design and implementation of Acronis-optimized hardware and software solutions.

Most recently, Alex served in executive roles at Palo Alto Networks, Cinarra, Cisco, and Alcatel-Lucent/Nokia.

Alex received his Master of Science Degree in Computer Science with honors from Kazan State Technical University, as well as executive business education at INSEAD and Venture Capital Executive program at UC Berkeley.

He is also the inventor of a number of issued and pending patents.

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Alexander Alvaro
EU Affairs consultant & former Vice-President of the European Parliament, EU
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Alexander Alvaro

Alexander Alvaro, Advisor for EU Affairs, former Vice President of the European Parliament. Alexander completed a bank apprenticeship and studied law at the Universities of Bremen, Mannheim, Lausanne, and Düsseldorf. He completed 2004 with the first state examination in law. In 2003 already he was elected to the FDP federal executive committee. In the European elections 2004, Alexander has been elected a Member of the European Parliament. There he joined the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) and was the Group’s spokesperson for civil liberties and home affairs until 2009. Following that, Alexander was Vice President of the Budgets committee until he was elected Vice-President of the European Parliament in January 2011. After the end of his political career, Alexander set up his own business as a strategic EU Affairs consultant based in Brussels, specializing in data protection, AI, ICT, and legislative procedures.

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Amos Dong
Partner Technology Evangelist, Acronis
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Amos Dong

Amos is passionate in latest technology trends. He comes from a solid technical IT infrastructure background. He has over 14 years of experience in the IT industry. Holding multiple certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, VMware, and Red Hat. His interests and specializations include Windows Server, Active Directory, Exchange Server, Hyper-V and VMware virtualization, Office 365 and G Suite, Cisco Routing and Switching, Network Security, and Linux Server.

Among some of the companies that he had been with previously are Microsoft, IBM, T-Systems, Atos, HCL, NCS, and Visa. He held positions ranging from Solutions Architect, Presales and Techncial Consultant, Systems and Network Engineer, IT Manager, and Technical Trainer. Amos likes sharing his knowledge and experiences with others. His current and last 2 job roles were Training related.

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Amy Luby
Chief Channel Evangelist, Acronis
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Amy Luby

Amy is an IT Channel Evangelist at Acronis. Amy brings a track record of success to Acronis as a successful leader and entrepreneur in the IT Services Channel, with an extensive record of achievement in Channel Sales program development and recruiting IT solution providers. She has strong technical expertise and domain knowledge in the rapidly evolving global managed, cloud and security services marketplace and a proven track record in creating profitable managed and cloud product portfolios, developing profitable Channel sales operations, increasing revenue quickly, and exploiting untapped market opportunities. Amy is founder and moderator of the global SMB Managed Services Community with 3000 active global SMB MSP reseller members. Amy is also a proven entrepreneur and pioneer in the IT services industry having founded and built one of the first Managed Services Providers (MSPs) in the country and then expanded that into one of the first Master MSPs, defining that business model in the process.

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Amy O’Connor
Partner Marketing Specialist, Jamf
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Amy O’Connor

Amy brings a wealth of success in varied fields to her current role in Partner Marketing, having worked in financial, hospitality, arts, nonprofit, and education spheres prior to joining Jamf. After 2 years in Customer Success honing her product knowledge, and deep understanding of Jamf customers, Amy is delighted to be on the Partner Marketing team spending her days building strong alliances, strategy, and messaging with our Jamf Managed Service Providers. She also leads in the Employee Resource Group space, serving as the Vice President of Administration and a founding member of the [email protected] board.

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Amy Sessions
Editor, Associate Publisher EMIRATES WOMAN & EMIRATES MAN
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Amy Sessions

Experienced Head of Content & Publisher with a demonstrated history of working in the innovative luxury fashion industry across both digital and print. Skilled in marketing, brand development and growth, innovation, luxury fashion, social, content, creative, buying, client retention / personal shopping and e-commerce.

Strong business development professional with a focus on creating industry-leading creative content that seamlessly blends commerce and plugging in a black book of HNW clients to drive ROI.

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Ana Maria Montero
International Broadcast Journalist
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Ana Maria Montero

Ana Maria Montero (AM) is an international TV, radio and print journalist with 20 years of experience who grew up professionally within the CNN family – from intern to anchor desk – working for CNN International, CNN Español, CNN domestic and HLN, in English and Spanish.

During this time, she hosted ‘Escenario’, a Los Angeles-based daily entertainment news show focused on all things arts and entertainment: Hollywood, premieres, celebrity interviews, set visits, film festivals, concerts, etc., including live coverage of the Academy Awards®, Grammys® and other high-profile events around the globe for CNN and TNT. She rounded out her experience as a live news correspondent working out of the Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York City, Miami, San Francisco, Chicago, Buenos Aires, and Mexico City Bureaus.

In 2017 AM traded red carpets for stock markets and joined the CNNMoney Switzerland team as an anchor for their flagship business and finance show, The Swiss Pulse. She also became host of the long-format interview show, The Newsmaker, as well as Tech Talk, a show about all things tech, with a focus on sustainability, the Swiss start-up scene and women in tech, covering such international events like CES Las Vegas and Viva Tech in Paris.

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Andreas Gauger
Chief Executive Officer, Open-Xchange
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Andreas Gauger

Co-founded the then largest webhosting company worldwide 1&1 Internet AG. Resposible for this business in a CEO position from 1998 to 2008. Since 2008 working on new ventures as a founder and as a business angel.
Companies Andreas has been involved with operational: ProfitBricks, an IaaS Provider (sold to 1&1 in 2017), AndroidPIT, the biggest portal for information about Android apps and phones Finalfolder, online backup and archive for consumers (sold to Acronis in 2016). New: Chatflow, make email and messaging more effective and fun for small businesses. Now working as CEO of Open-Xchange, trying to prevent a duopoly of Microsoft and Google in the communication/productivity apps space. Specialties: Building up successful startups. Growing companies from startup to the medium business range. Expert in internet products. Worked on over 30 and completed 9 M&A transactions.

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Andrew Parker
CTO, Teknov8 Distribution
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Andrew Parker

Andrew Parker is an IT and Managed Services veteran with over 25 years of experience in global networks, hosting and enterprise application management. Starting with a small IT shop in Durban, South Africa and branching out to London in 2005, Andrew has built his career advising businesses across multiple verticals including blue-chip electronics manufacturers, high street fashion manufacturers, and some of the UK’s leading education, insurance, media and hospitality partners. 

He is also a popular technology columnist having written weekly pieces for The Mercury, Cape Times and Argus newspapers in South Africa. As Teknov8’s CTO, Andrew has turned the business from a distributor model to a cloud services aggregator with a hands-on team who provide managed service wraps for Acronis’ Cyber Protect Services and a small leading cyber-security vendor portfolio. Andrew is a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist with a focus on data centres and an Acronis Certified Engineer (Backup and Cyber Protection) 

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Ann Cloyd
Co-Founder, DeepTech Inc.
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Ann Cloyd

Ann Cloyd is a Co-Founder of DeepTech, Inc., an NYC based growth stage venture that provides information technology and real-time support for small and medium-sized businesses.  After graduated Edison Community College with a degree in Business Administration, Cloyd’s first business was offering turn-key technology management solutions to the NYC art gallery scene after identifying a gap in support for Apple Devices in Businesses. After 21 years, she still leads the company and is currently focused on transforming how end-users interact with their technology and support team.

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Ashley Duran
Channel Account Executive, MSPs, Jamf
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Ashley Duran

Ashley supports our MSPs by helping them get started and grow with Jamf. Ashley’s previous roles as a Healthcare Sales Executive and Apple Ambassador give her the experience and knowledge needed to help organizations scale their services quickly

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Ben Jenkins
Senior Solutions Engineer, ThreatLocker
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Ben Jenkins

Ben Jenkins is a senior solutions engineer with over 8 years of experience working within the technology sector. Ben specialises in working with SME’s, helping them implement technical solutions that will grow and scale their businesses. As a ransomware expert, Ben spends most of his free time educating others about the importance of cyber security. When he’s not on the road, you’ll find him testing new technical solutions and advising on current infrastructure.

Ben has presented at many major events across the globe, and taken part in various panel discussions. Before joining Threatlocker, Ben worked in a variety of roles from support technician, to systems engineer. Together, these roles have enabled Ben to become the technology expert he is

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Brian Grayek
vCISO (virtual CISO), Cosant Cyber Security
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Brian Grayek

Mr. Grayek builds and leads security teams focusing on Applications Security, Threat Management, Vulnerability Management, and Security Operations Center for some of the largest enterprises on the globe, including Computer Associates, Verizon, Apollo Group, and Motorola.

Mr. Grayek possesses strong capabilities in managing Security Architecture and Engineering, Security Operations, Cyber Security Incident Response (SIRT/CIRT), SIEM, Identity & Access Management (IAM), Risk Assessments, Governance (CMMC, SSAE18/SOC1, PCI, HITRUST), Vulnerability Management, NAC, DLP, DRP, BCP, MDM, penetration testing, web traffic monitoring, security investigations, forensics, and physical security.

Most recently for a Top 5 Security Consulting company, Mr. Grayek created a Security Operations Center from the ground up including recruiting and building the team, initiating operations, policy, and procedure development, and established all functions.

Mr. Grayek presently maintains the following designations:

  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
  • ITILv3
  • Certified Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK)
  • FBI InfraGard TUF Member
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Brian Hazzard
Senior Product Manager, Rackspace Technology
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Brian Hazzard

Product Leader and futurist Brian Hazzard believes that empowered teams with a clear vision are unstoppable. He has led teams with this philosophy in B2B and B2C contexts within the email and blockchain industries.

As Director of Product at Voice, Brian led the product development for a first-of-its-kind social network built on the EOS blockchain. CEO Salah Zalatimo said “Brian is one of the most thoughtful Product Management leaders with whom I have worked. He provides sincere and careful guidance to his team, while also serving a key role in aligning stakeholders across the company. His superpower is his grip on frameworks – including the ones he authors.”

At Rackspace he is leading the transformation of the Hosted Mail division. Engineering Leader Alex Ezell said “Brian is one of the most creative thinkers I’ve ever worked with. He solves problems in unique and inspiring ways.”

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Brian Kane
Senior Director of Technology, NerdsToGo
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Brian Kane

With over 20 years of experience in IT, Brian Kane has spent time in the corporate sector, buying and designing technology and also on the Managed Service Provider side, building teams to support and manage Fortune 100 companies.

In 2020, Brian connected with David Colella, President and CEO of NerdsToGo, through a mutual party. Intrigued by the business model and eager to assist, Brian spent time discussing how to effectively scale NerdsToGo with David. With a background in building B2B systems, Brian saw the residential aspect of NerdsToGo that he believed could differentiate them in the market. As a result, Nerds brought him on as a consultant in 2020, and Brian became more acclimated with the brand.

NerdsToGo was acquired in September 2020. In December, after Brian met with the leadership team at Propelled Brands, he realized it would provide him an opportunity to leverage his experience and desire to build to a new level with a multi-brand organization.

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Brooke Baldwin
Author and Former CNN Anchor
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Brooke Baldwin

During her time at CNN, Baldwin was often sent into the field to cover the biggest breaking stories in the US and around the world. She has covered everything from natural disasters, mass shootings, and terror attacks. Brooke had the privilege of meeting Presidents and interviewing former first ladies, members of Congress, scientists, teachers, nurses, astronauts, actors, activists, rock stars and ordinary Americans in extraordinary circumstances – from surviving mass shootings to hurricanes to COVID-19. She also anchored extensive coverage of the Obama and Trump administrations and has also reported on stories from Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. (Ask her what it’s like to be catapulted o‑ an aircraft carrier.)

Since her show aired in the middle of the afternoon when news tends to break, she was often live on camera experiencing historic moments in real time along with the rest of the nation. In her last few years at CNN, Baldwin created and hosted her own CNN Digital series American Woman where she shined a light on trailblazing women in politics and pop culture.

Prior to joining CNN in 2008, Baldwin worked at local TV stations in Washington DC, Charleston-Huntington, WV and Charlottesville, VA. She earned a double bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Baldwin now makes her home in New York. She is dedicated to huddling, meditating, working out, traveling (in normal times!), hiking, reading, and hanging with her family, which includes her husband James and their pug, Pugsley.

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Bryson Tyrrell
Staff Systems Development Engineer (Cloud Platform Engineering), Jamf
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Bryson Tyrrell

Bryson Tyrrell joined Jamf in 2012 as a member of the IT department using Jamf’s own products to manage their Apple devices. He later moved into system administration and software development as a part of the team behind Jamf Cloud – the hosted platform for Jamf Pro. Now, Bryson uses his experience with AWS to lead the Platform Services team with a vision to deliver a unified experience for internal and third-party developers on Jamf’s APIs.

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Candid Wüest
VP of Cyber Protection Research, Acronis
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Candid Wüest

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.

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Catherine Bond Muir
CEO, W Series
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Catherine Bond Muir

Catherine Bond Muir may not always have seemed the obvious candidate to found the world’s first all-female single-seater motor racing championship. A former intellectual property solicitor, in 2000 she moved into corporate finance and spent more than a decade working on sports and gaming deals. This included the sale of Chelsea FC to Roman Abramovich and the acquisition of Aston Villa by Randy Lerner. After a career break following the birth of her first and only child relatively late in life, she was ready for a new challenge.  

W Series was born at Catherine’s dining table. As a lifelong motorsport fan with treasured childhood memories of watching James Hunt racing on the television, she saw that while women’s sport was generally enjoying a boom in popularity the situation was only getting worse for women in motorsport. It has now been more than 45 years since a woman competed in Formula 1, and it is W Series’ mission to change this.   

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Cheryl Rang
Executive Director, Advanced Solutions, Ingram Micro
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Cheryl Rang

Cheryl Rang is responsible for the business strategy, partner development, and overall growth of strategic Data Center Software infrastructure vendors, most notably our Backup & Recovery vendors including Acronis, IBM/RedHat, Lenovo DCG, Citrix, Veeam, APC, and more at Ingram Micro. Her team comprises over 100-vendor dedicated associates whose expertise encompasses the areas of vendor management, marketing, field sales, recruiting, technical consulting, and inside sales. As Director, her focus is leading the evolution of business initiatives around next-gen partners, hybrid cloud, data center software, and infrastructure.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y. On a personal note, Cheryl resides in Buffalo with her husband and 2 young children. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, boating, and spending time with friends and family.

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Chris Bolek
National Cloud & Carrier Network Solution Architect, US Signal
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Chris Bolek

As a Solution Architect for US Signal, Chris enjoys designing and customizing solutions to address the unique challenges faced by our customers and partners.  Chris specializes in designing scalable multi-tenant cloud hosting and customized data protection solutions.  Chris joined US Signal in 2004 and has worn many hats including Supervisor of the Network Operations Center, Data Engineer, Manager of Circuit Design and Provisioning and Carrier Sales Engineer. Before joining US Signal, Chris held technical and management positions with Choice One Communications and US Cellular and served in the U.S. Air Force as an Electronic Countermeasures technician.

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Chris Richardson
Deputy CIO – Product Ownership and Leadership Development, Arizona State University
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Chris Richardson

Chris Richardson is a Founder & Co-host of the Urban Complex podcast (smarter cities for a stronger tomorrow). He is employed by Arizona State University (rated #1 in innovation six years in a row) as deputy CIO of product ownership and is currently serving as the CIO for the Arizona Department of Education.

Chris has been leading the transformation of ASU into a Smart Campus and is a champion for initiatives like the ASU Mobile App (a comprehensive engagement layer for all of ASU’s constituents), ASU Smart City Cloud Innovation Center (powered by AWS) and the ASU/Cox Collaborative.

Formerly, Chris was with Honeywell for twelve years as they built a complex connected ecosystem of products and services.

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Chris Voss
Bestselling Author of “Never Split the Difference”, Former FBI Lead Hostage Negotiator, CEO Black Swan Group
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Chris Voss

Chris Voss is CEO of the Black Swan Group and author of the national best-seller “Never Split The Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It,” which was named one of the seven best books on negotiation. A 24-year veteran of the FBI, Chris retired as the lead international kidnapping negotiator. Drawing on his experience in high-stakes negotiations, his company specializes in solving business communication problems using hostage negotiation solutions. Their negotiation methodology focuses on discovering the “Black Swans,” small pieces of information that have a huge effect on an outcome. Chris and his team have helped companies secure and close better deals, save money, and solve internal communication problems.

Chris has been featured in TIME, Business Insider, Entrepreneur, Inc., Fast Company, Fortune, The Washington Post, SUCCESS Magazine, Squawk Box, CNN, ABC News and more.

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Chris Wallace
Senior Security Engineer, F1 Computer Solutions
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Chris Wallace

Chris Wallace is currently the Senior Security Engineer at F1 Computer Solutions, a Managed Service Provider in Manassas, VA. Throughout his career, he has slightly enjoyed the diverse landscape that is information security and, in this area, has a hand in regulatory compliance for applicable F1 clients with NIST Special Publication 800-171, Protecting CUI in Nonfederal Systems and Organizations as well as the upcoming Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification, eventually.

In his spare time (ha!), Chris enjoys landscape oil painting a-la Bob Ross.

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Christian Lau
Chief Technology Officer, Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC)
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Christian Lau

As Chief Technology Officer at Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) and Banc of California Stadium, Christian’s focus is on defining the technical vision of the organization. His primary area of interest is the use of technology to enhance the guest experience, eliminate friction and provide additive experiences for customers. From the beginning of his tenure, Christian has embraced the idea that his organization will try anything once. He has turned Banc of California Stadium into a test facility for partners, prospective partners and technology companies to collaborate on the development of conceptual ideas that have proven to be a guiding force for next generation guest experiences in arenas, stadiums and large venues worldwide.

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Christian Schneider
Senior Vice President of Product Management, Strato
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Christian Schneider

Christian Schneider is Senior Vice President of Product Management at leading webhosting company STRATO AG. In his role, he oversees all product innovations and works closely with departments ranging from development to finance and marketing.

Since STRATO’s acquisition by IONOS he is also responsible for transferring knowledge and findings around product packaging and pricing as well as portfolio extensions to other brands in the group. These synergies and partnerships were decisive in STRATO’s early launch of Acronis Cyber Protect. Christian currently works on expanding this success to more brands and countries.

Christian has been with the company for a total of 15 years, starting as an apprentice in 2004. He picked product management as his career path, first becoming a product manager with STRATO’s shared webhosting and in 2013 head of his department. After a two-year stint as product owner in the automotive industry, Christian returned to STRATO as Senior VP

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Christopher David
Director – Business & Media Relations, TECHx Media
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Christopher David

Christopher David is Media professional based in Dubai, UAE, with 18+ years of experience in the Technology Media space and other top industries like Internet solutions & IT enabled services industry.

In his 18 years of experience, Christopher has worked with companies like eFunds International (now FIS Group), Sutherland Group, Directi Internet Solutions (now Endurance Group) & JNS Media International in multiple roles like Business Development & Media Relations.

Currently Christopher is heading TECHx Media, the fastest growing technology media company in the region. TECHx is an online media platform for the technology community, covering news from tech industry and all major industries from across Middle East Africa. TECHx also helps tech brands in their outreach programs and channel expansion efforts via its 360-degree marketing approach.

In his tenure, Christopher has assisted top brands in their marketing and advertising efforts across MEA region and works closely with the PR agencies and brands in channelizing their content for better reach.

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Clare Satchwell
Head of Product & Marketing, Vuzion
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Clare Satchwell

Clare is Head of Product & Marketing. Based in Fareham, Hampshire, and Dublin, Ireland, Vuzion is a cloud aggregator and distributor. An award-winning platinum Acronis partner and Microsoft CSP Indirect Provider. With 25 years’ cloud experience, Vuzion brings together platforms, services and specialists, to support resellers, MSPs, and ISVs, in developing their services and bringing their products and solutions to a continually evolving ecosystem.

Clare has worked with Acronis on the launch of two sports partnerships and has helped Vuzion see great success with commit agreements which in turn are delivering great returns for their partners. Clare’s customer centric approach to change helps Vuzion and their partners stay ahead of the curve.

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Collin Apodac
Solutions Engineering Manager, Acronis
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Collin Apodac

Collin has been a part of the IT industry for the better part of 13 years. Prior to joining Acronis he held roles in various disciplines of IT; ranging from Level 1 Helpdesk to owning and operating a successful MSP in Southern California. He holds certifications in Network Security and enjoys working with partners to expand their overall Security portfolio. He has also designed, deployed and maintained numerous Cloud/Hybrid Architecture stacks for a wide variety of verticals. In his downtime he enjoys spending time with his family at the lake, golfing as much as humanly possible and deploying new and innovative platforms in his Home Lab.

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Craig Weir
Global Director, Cloud Cybersecurity, Ingram Micro
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Craig Weir

Craig Weir is the Global Dir. of Cloud Cybersecurity, responsible for the growth, acceleration, and direction of Ingram’s portfolio across the channel. He is passionate about digital transformation, the behavioral shift required to support this and the fundamental change in how we deliver value to our customers. Craig joined the Cloud organization in 2018.

His previous role was Dir. of Cisco Global Sales where we spent 6 years traveling the world, building a best-in-class Cisco practice while helping shape Ingram Micro’s long-term corporate strategy. Prior to this, Craig ran Ingram Micro Canada’s Software & Cisco practice. He’s been in the technology space for 20 years, first launching his own SMB consulting company after University.

Craig holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree, in Marketing and Business Management from the University of Guelph, Canada. He has an amazing family with 3 young children and lives outside Toronto.

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Cramer Snuggs
Founder and CEO, Cascade Technologies
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Cramer Snuggs

In addition to his role as Senior Security Evangelist for Acronis, Cramer Snuggs is also the Founder and Chief Executive of Cascade Technologies, an MSP based out of Myrtle Beach, SC. Cramer graduated from Lees-McRae College (LMC) where his professional career began when he took his first role in IT as a Computer Technician for LMC. An entrepreneur at heart, Cramer started Cascade Technologies in 2017, and has grown it into an international organization with clients across the U.S. and in Latin America.

Cramer and Cascade Technologies leverage Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud to provide world-class protection to all Cascade customers, both large and small. “My career and company have always been something special to me because every day I know I am making a difference in people’s lives and organizations.”

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Dan Havens
Acronis Growth Officer
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Dan Havens

Dan brings over 25 years of experience in building software companies having spent the last 12+ years specifically in the cloud space.

Prior to Acronis Dan helped build and sell numerous software companies including recently running the cloud business for Hewlett Packard Enterprise where he carried a billion-dollar quota. (HPE Cloud/Software sold to MicroFocus International 2016.)

Mr. Havens began his career as a Product Manager and Public Speaker for the Boeing Commercial Aircraft Group and holds a BS in Engineering with Minors in Math, Physics, and Speech.

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Dan Hill
CEO, UbiStor
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Dan Hill

As a founding partner of UbiStor, Dan Hill has worked to create the vision and value for its clients by providing affordable solutions that leverage emerging data and cloud technologies, both public and private. Dan directs all sales strategy and technology, focusing on end user, vendor, and channel relationships. Dan has been in the technology business for over three decades specializing in data management and disaster recovery for a good portion of that time.

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Danny Jenkins
CEO & Co-Founder, ThreatLocker
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Danny Jenkins

Danny Jenkins is the CEO & Co-Founder of ThreatLocker, an Orlando-based cybersecurity firm providing zero-trust endpoint security. Danny is a leading expert in cybersecurity with over two decades of experience in building and securing corporate networks, including many roles on red teams and blue teams. He is dedicated to educating industry professionals about the latest cyber threats and frequently speaks on the topics of ransomware, zero trust, and zero-day vulnerabilities. Before taking the reins at ThreatLocker, Danny co-founded MXSweep, a global provider of email and internet security SaaS applications based in Dublin, Ireland, that sold exclusively through the channel. MXSweep later went on to be sold to J2. Danny was also the CEO at Sirrustec, specializing in whitelabeled channel delivered email security. Sirrustec Sold to Censornet in 2014.

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Dave Sobel
Host, The Business Of Tech Podcast
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Dave Sobel

Dave is regarded as a leading expert in the delivery of technology services, with broad experience in both technology and business.    He owned and operated an IT Solution Provider and MSP for over a decade, both acquiring other organizations and eventually being acquired.  This firm was a winner of multiple awards, including Kaseya’s Cutting Edge and ConnectWise’s Best New Idea, as well as being a finalist for Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner of the Year in the Small Business Specialist category.    After his MSP experience, he has worked for multiple vendors at such companies as Level Platforms, GFI, LogicNow, and Solarwinds, leading community, event, marketing, and product strategies, as well as several M&A activities.

As a technologist, Dave is the host of the podcast “The Business of Tech” and co-host of the podcast “Killing IT”, and authored the book Virtualization: Defined. He was named a CRN Channel Chief multiple times, to the CRN UK A-List, as a Channel Futures Circle of Excellence winner, to Channel Pro’s 20/20 Visionaries, and has been an MSPmentor 250 member for multiple years  Dave has been recognized as one of the top virtualization experts globally as a Microsoft MVP for Virtualization.  Dave has served on the executive council for Managed Services and Emerging Technologies, the Vendor Advisory Council, as founding Chair for the Mobility Community for CompTIA.

Dave holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the College of William and Mary. He is a dynamic voice within the IT community, a former member and facilitator for Heartland Technology Groups and passionate about collaborating with clients and peers on utilizing technology to advance organizations.    He lives just outside Washington DC with his wife and two cats.   His interests include travel and food, cheering the Washington Nationals and Capitals, smoking barbeque, enjoying craft beers, and collecting and playing retro and modern video games among others.

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David Ednie
President and CEO, SalesChannel International
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David Ednie

David R Ednie is President and CEO of SalesChannel International. He is an expert in Cloud GTM Strategy and Execution, Cloud Sales Acceleration, Acceleration of Customer Adoption of Cloud Services and End2End Customer Experience. David has over 25 years international business experience working in culturally diverse markets in Europe, North America, Asia, the Middle East, and Australia.SalesChannel International’s clients include: Microsoft Corp, AWS, Acronis, VMware, HPE, Palo Alto Networks, ServiceNow, Veeam and Verisign. Prior to founding SalesChannel International David worked in a variety of Senior Executive roles in High Tech – Internet Services, IT and Telecommunications for US, British and French companies, including: NTT/Verio, Genuity, Integra, British Telecom, Data General and Intel. David is an Australian national and has lived in Paris, France for the past 20 years. He has significant multi-cultural experience and gained extensive personal knowledge and insights resulting from working with diverse and different cultures. SalesChannel International works with Senior Leadership and Management Teams to develop GTM and multi-channel sales strategies that deliver sustainable performance in today’s increasingly complex and competitive Cloud Services business environment.

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David Klauser
Sales Director Americas, Virtuozzo
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David Klauser
  • 20+ years of enterprise infrastructure transformation ​
  • Specialize in helping enterprise and partners accelerate revenue goals ​
  • Converged, Hyperconverged, Cloud, & Digital Workspace Specialist ​
  • Passionate about helping our partners grow their business
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Devon Stephens
Director of Sales Engineering, Net3 Technology, Inc.
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Devon Stephens

Devon Stephens is Director of Sales Engineering at Net3 Technology, a leading cloud service provider and platinum Acronis partner. 

Devon has designed and implemented robust and secure data protection strategies for over the past decade.  He is a proven data protection specialist in both the public and private sector.

From initial contact with the customer, Devon dives into each business environment to understand the current technical requirements and what each business needs to achieve with data protection and endpoint security.

Currently, Devon’s mission is to provide solutions that help shrinking IT departments maintain operational and informational security while keeping additional workloads to a minimum.

When he isn’t up to his elbows in tech specs and data protection, Devon runs off-road rallies and navigational challenges with his wife and twin boys. (The joke in the office is that he’s so dedicated to backup, he had twins).

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Dino Tamagni
Government Council / Head of the Department of Economics and Justice
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Dino Tamagni

Dino was elected to the Schaffhausen government council in 2020 and took over the economics department when he took office in January 2021. He is a business economist with a specialization in finance, Zurich University of Economics. 2013-2014: President of the GPK of the Canton of Schaffhausen. 2012-2016: Member of the GPK SH audit committee and from 2021 he became Government Council / Head of the Department of Economics and Justice.

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Ed Amoroso, Dr.
Chief Executive Officer, TAG Cyber LLC
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Ed Amoroso, Dr.

Dr. Ed Amoroso is currently Chief Executive Officer of TAG Cyber LLC, a global research and advisory company that supports enterprise cyber security teams and commercial security vendors around the world. Ed recently retired from AT&T after thirty-one years of service, beginning in Unix security R&D at Bell Labs and culminating as Senior Vice President and Chief Security Officer of AT&T from 2004 to 2016.

Ed has served as Research Professor at the Tandon School of Engineering at NYU since 2017. He has also been Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at the Stevens Institute of Technology for the past thirty years, where he has introduced nearly two thousand graduate students to the topic of information security. Ed also serves the Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University as a senior advisor. He is author of six books on cyber security and dozens of major research and technical papers and articles in peer-reviewed and major publications.

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Elaine Wang
Chief Digital Officer, Rectron South Africa
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Elaine Wang

Elaine Wang is a people-centric leader in technology. She passionately advocates for the advancement of women in technology through coaching and mentorship, as well as creating change in companies. In her time at Rectron, Elaine saw to the creation of Basadi, Rectron’s female empowerment programme.

In her various roles in technology distribution, most recently as the Chief Digital Officer for Rectron in South Africa, Elaine has seen to the launch of a cloud business unit, digital tools, as well as overseen the marketing function. Her role has positioned her as an expert in solutions that help to unlock the hidden potential within businesses.

As a leader, Elaine inspires and encourages her team to think creatively to find innovative ways to rise to any challenge. Her passion for cloud technologies, core strength in marketing strategy, and entrepreneurial mindset continues to deliver strong results in the organisation.

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Elisabeth Stettler
Lead Competence Center Modern Workplace, Competec-Gruppe
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Elisabeth Stettler

For years, Elisabeth Stettler has been managing digital transformation projects for large and medium enterprise customers, specializing on collaboration and digital workplaces.
In her current function as lead of the competence center “Modern Workplace” at Alltron (Switzerland’s leading ICT Distributor), she enables startups and business partners in B2B and B2B2B environments on their journey to innovative workplace solutions.

She’s the business owner of the Alltron cloud marketplace, which builds Alltron’s established route to market for cloud services and value-added services.

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Erick Simpson
MSP Expert, Thought Leader and Influence, and Creator of the MSP Mastered® Business Methodology
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Erick Simpson

Erick Simpson is one of the most sought-after technology business and channel improvement and transformation experts in the IT industry.

He is a strategic technology business and IT channel transformation specialist experienced in providing planning, guidance, assessments, and critical feedback to make smart decisions in building or improving technology businesses and IT channel programs and their performance. Erick has authored over 50 business improvement white papers and best practice guides and four best-selling books, and is recognized as one of the top influencers and thought leaders in the IT industry.

Leveraging over three decades of experience, Erick has served as an Enterprise CIO, VAR, MSP, Vendor, Educator, Advisor, Speaker, Consultant and Advocate for his clients. He is highly sought-after as one of the leading Security, Cloud, and Managed Services business improvement and transformation experts in the industry and has worked with dozens of MSPs and Vendor clients on both the buy and sell-side of the M&A process. He Co-Founded, developed, and sold one of the first “Pure Play” MSPs in the industry, and co-founded MSP University. He is the creator of the MSP Mastered® Methodology for Managed Services business performance improvement and the Vendor Channel Maturity Level Index™ that identifies Vendor and Channel Program maturation for strategic growth.

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Ezequiel Steiner
Acronis Business President
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Ezequiel Steiner

Ezequiel Steiner is a President and a member of Acronis’ Board of Directors. Until 2016 he was a General Manager for the Access Business Unit as well as Head of Business Development at Acronis. Before joining Acronis in June 2013, Steiner served as CEO, President, and Chairman of the Board at Acumatica, Inc. From 2004 to 2009, he served as Senior Vice President of Business and Corporate Development of SWsoft, today known as Parallels. Steiner led Parallels’ business development efforts and was responsible for its strategic alliances, technology partnerships, and acquisitions.

Previously, Ezequiel spent several years in sales management and business development positions at IBM, where he was awarded the IBM Role Model Award and was instrumental in the successful displacement of IBM competitors from major accounts. He holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Buenos Aires and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Florian Kiss
Channel Program Manager, Acronis
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Florian Kiss

Florian Kiss is a Channel Program Manager responsible for the Acronis Partner Program with a focus on the Service Provider Channel.

Florian brings to the table almost 10 years of experience in the Cyber Security space, in which he has covered multiple Sales and Channel roles, from lead qualification and opportunity generation to managing Partner Accounts of various backgrounds and geos, and ultimately leading Channel teams, sharing best practices and taking ownership in various Channel improvment projects.

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Francisco Amadi
Acronis Partner Technology Evangelist, EMEA
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Francisco Amadi

Francisco has been working in Acronis for over 13 years and he has over 18 years of experience in the IT industry in training, presales, support and system administration areas. He was previously a Teacher of mathematics, physics and computer sciences in High School. He has obtained multiple certifications from VMware, Microsoft and CompTIA Security+. He is Native Italian speaker.

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Gaidar Magdanurov
Chief Success Officer, Acronis
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Gaidar Magdanurov

A leader experienced in marketing and selling technology on a global market, P&L ownership, managing distributed international teams, online sales, evaluation of acquisition targets and integration of acquired companies, software engineering, and talent development.

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George Russell
Driver, Williams F1 Racing Team
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George Russell

George’s passion and love for motorsport started on the karting track in 2006. He had a talent from a young age and went on to win the MSA British Cadet Championship and the British Open in 2009. George graduated to single seaters in 2014 and in his first year of car racing, won the BRDC Formula 4 Championship and the prestigious McLaren Autosport BRDC Award.

In 2015, George stepped up to the FIA Formula 3 European Championship for two seasons. Driving a car powered by the Mercedes-AMG Formula 3 engine, George finished the 2016 season in third position, after two victories and ten podium appearances.

In 2017, George switched to Formula One’s support series, GP3, and won the championship in his rookie year with two races to spare. George achieved further success that year when he was signed to the Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport Junior Programme.

In 2018, George made the step up to the FIA Formula 2 Championship with ART Grand Prix whilst taking the role of Reserve Driver for Mercedes.

George made his Formula One debut with Williams Racing as official Race Driver in 2019 and will start his third season with the team for the 2021 FIA Formula One World Championship.

Career Highlights

2021      Race Driver for Williams Racing

2020      Race Driver for Williams Racing, 18th overall: 0 wins, 0 podiums

2019      Race Driver for Williams Racing, 20th overall: 0 wins, 0 podiums

2018      Reserve Driver, Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport

2018      FIA Formula 2 Championship, 1st overall: 6 wins, 10 podiums

2017      GP3 Series, 1st overall: 4 wins, 7 podiums

2016      FIA Formula 3 European Championship, 3rd overall: 2 wins, 9 podiums

2016      Macau Grand Prix, 5th overall

2016      Junior Programme, Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport

2015      FIA Formula 3 European Championship, 6th overall: 1 win, 4 podiums

2015      Masters of Formula 3, 2nd overall

2014      BRDC Formula 4 Championship, 1st overall: 6 wins, 13 podiums

2008-2012          Karting: multiple title winner

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Gerard Allen
Senior Director of Global Services, JAMF
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Gerard Allen

Gerard is Senior Director of Global Services at Jamf, a company with a singular mission – to help organisations succeed with Apple.

In his role he is responsible for overseeing Jamf’s Services strategy, encompassing their Managed Service Provider business, Partner Technical Enablement, Sales Engineering, Professional Services and Certification Training.

Prior to joining Jamf Gerard ran an Apple-focused MSP business in Ireland before expanding operations into the UK and UAE.

No stranger on the Apple Conference scene, Gerard is passionate about the growth and development of community tools and integrations that help MSPs deliver a excellent end-user experience while easing the burden of the sysadmin who is entrusted with managing their environment.

Gerard lives with his wife and two daughters in Cork, Ireland and, when not working, enjoys cooking, exploring the world of wine and hillwalking. As a founding member of TaeKwon-Do Ireland he can be occasionally spotted behind a punchbag mentoring the next generation of martial artists.

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Graham Norbury
International Business Development Manager, RNT
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Graham Norbury

Graham Norbury is a technology evangelist with more than 30 years of experience, ranging from Storage, Servers, Networking, Software-Defined-Storage and Cloud. He has held roles at resellers, distributors and OEM manufacturers giving him a broad experience across the industry.

Since the beginning of the millennium, Graham has focused on Storage virtualisation, Cloud Computing and Cloud Storage solutions around the globe. His technological innovation and customer service excellence approach combined with his ability to break IT siloes is one of his strongest assets. Graham loves long walks with his dog across the hills near his home where he develops the best ideas and concepts how to resolve customer issues with simplicity and technological perfection.

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Greg Howard
Director, Strategic Account Sales, Acronis
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Greg Howard

With over 20 years’ experience in the service provider vertical, Gregory Howard is a proven cloud and cyber security veteran. He has worked in senior positions at VeriSign, Web.com, Parallels, and Acronis helping partners safely maximize their opportunity in the cloud. As an expert in sales and business development Gregory takes great pride in working closely with his partners to ensure the right GTM plan and execution to deliver high quality managed security services to their end customers.

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Dr.Lt.Col. Hamad Khalifa Al Nuaimi
Head of Telecommunications division Information Technology Center, Abu Dhabi Police General Head Quarter
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Dr.Lt.Col. Hamad Khalifa Al Nuaimi

In 2002, I Joined Abu Dhabi Police and started working as a Network technician, at the same time, my passion for educational qualifications was under my target. Thus, I worked hard in parallel and earned my HD (Higher Diploma) degree at CNET ( computer Network Engineering Tech ) from the HCT ( Higher College of Technology ) AlAin city , as well as my Bachelor degree in computer Networking.  In 2009, I moved to New York State and applied for SU (Syracuse University) where I completed my Master Degree in Telecommunication Network Management. In 2018 I earned my higher degree in PHD Project Management from the British University in Dubai.

I attended more than 100+ events, workshops and conferences internally and externally as a speakers or part of the panel discussion and most of them were about Network & Cyber Security and telecommunication as well as Digital Transformation with Future Accelerators. However, my responsibility at Abu Dhabi police GHQ  as telecom division manager makes me always busy, I do have other role as a telecom committee manager for most of the events around Abu Dhabi city such as , Grand Prix Formula One event.

Co-Founder of “Digital Barza“ which has more than 100+ members to accelerate the process of sharing and exchanging the knowledge. And A winner of IACP ( International Association of chef of Police ) for 40 under 40 award 2021.

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Harry Brelsford
Founder, SMB Nation
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Harry Brelsford

Harry Brelsford is the founder of SMB Nation from Bainbridge Island, Wash. He is a long-time SMB channel partner who has served customers and mentored other partners. He oversees the popular SMB Nation workflow including marketing analytics, content and events (webinars, workshops and multi-day conferences).

He holds an MBA in Project Management from the University of Denver (and numerous certifications such as MCSE, MCT, CNE, et al) and is the author of 23 books on technology and business topics. His 20 years of SMB technology experience were supplemented by teaching 12+ years at night as an adjunct professor at Seattle Pacific University and other higher-learning institutions. He served as the Dean in the Graduate School of Technology at Aspen University (where he was awarded a PhD in Letters).

An active entrepreneur, Harry is the force behind the Pocket MBA, Telephonation, Cloud Nation and XPmigrations.com. His latest startup is 420MSP.

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Heiko von Soosten
General Manager DACH, Acronis
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Heiko von Soosten

Since 2019 Heiko von Soosten is General Manager DACH at Acronis. Working for the company for nearly 15 years and held various leading positions since he joined the company. Highly qualified and experienced in Business Development, developing and improving channel business and customer relationships to create efficient distribution channels and partnerships. He graduated in Business Administration at the Schleswig Holstein Business Academy.

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Hitendra Patel
Founder, BrainPower Technologies
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Hitendra Patel

Hitendra Patel is the Founder of BrainPower Technologies (UK) Ltd.  The company focusses on delivering practical IT solutions within the SMB sector.

Hitendra holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and a Master of Business Administration (MBA).  During his 30 years’ experience, he has held challenging roles at senior levels in Sales, International Business Development and Marketing with companies in Industrial and Information Technology globally including UK, Germany, The Netherlands, and India.

Hitendra was also a Lecturer at Henley, a leading business school in the UK, where he gave lectures on Strategic Management and advised clients on distribution and market entry strategies.

Some of his recent assignments have included launching and taking through the first phase of growth of a start-up, product/service launch for a software company and business development/key account management for an IT consultancy.

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Hoda A.Alkhzaimi
President of Emirates Digital Association for Women, Director of Center of Cyber Security in New York University AD, Emirates Digital Association for Women
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Hoda A.Alkhzaimi

Hoda A.Alkhzaimi is the President of Emirates Digital Association for Women a non-for-profit organization
endorsed by the ministry of social affairs in the UAE that supports national and international
initiatives that aim to empower economic and educational development for diverse communities
with a specific focus on women and children. This includes, yet not limited to, establishing, and
creating ecosystems that support sustainable business development in the UAE and the
international scene which supports indigenous growth of local economies. She is as well the
strategic director for Women In Artificial Intelligence research international community that aims
to improve the scientific and professional positioning of women’s contributions within the field, especially in the MENA region. She is the lead of the Women In Engineering Chapter in Abu Dhabi
and the UAE lead for INWES MENA which is the global network for organizations of women in
science, technology, engineering and mathematics. She is currently as well doing her master’s
at London Business School with a focus on building sustainable economic ecosystems and
investments for valuable technological and industrial impacts.

Alkhzaimi has specific expertise in cryptology; cryptanalysis, constructing and validating
security hardware and software components, constructing trusted security architectures
for different environments in different products for the respective industries. Hoda.
Alkhzaimi obtained her PhD in Cryptanalysis from Denmark Technical University. Her current
research interests include Space, Aerospace, and UAV and autonomous systems security,
constructing and analyzing cryptographic primitives, validating and investigating links between
different cryptanalytic approaches and utilizing cryptographic primitives in different cybersecurity
architectures as in the Internet of Things and big data analysis among others. Her research includes
analysis of the effect of machine learning techniques on improving security analytics.

Hoda is currently the Director of the Center of Cyber Security in New York University
AD and a research assistant professor in New York University. She served in different posts for research and development in the Technology development sector for the past years, She also played a specific role in developing Cyber Security and Cryptology research and development
ecosystems. She headed the Department of Research and Development for Cyber Security and
Cryptology in different national initiatives in the United Arab Emirates along with her associations
to different security initiatives nationally and internationally. She consults for special projects with
national and international technology development initiatives.

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Dr. Humaid Alshamsi
Artificial Intelligence Expert, Abu Dhabi Police
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Dr. Humaid Alshamsi

Dr. Humaid Alshamsi is a director of the Artificial Intelligence applications at Abu Dhabi Police, also he served a number of entities in the Strategic management and performance development as Information Technology Expert. Dr.Alshamsi has a wide range research interests and publishes such as digital signal processing, machine learning, human computer interaction, computer vision, embedded systems and communications, and he gives more than 40 speeches in AI and IoT local and international events since 2017.

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Ilya Baimetov
Chief Product Officer, SIT Alemira and Director of Technology, Acronis
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Ilya Baimetov

Ilya Baimetov is the Chief Product Officer of SIT Alemira. Formerly product manager/architect at Microsoft’s Azure, Acronis, Odin, Parallels. Contributed to ideation and development of products such as Mighty Call, Parallels Desktop, Virtuozzo, Odin Cloud Blue, and Acronis Cyber Protect.

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Irina Lukasheva
Sales Enablement Manager, Acronis
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Irina Lukasheva

Performance-oriented Sales Leader offering exceptional record of achievement over 10-years career in IT.  Worked at Huawei, Comparex, Dr.Web  and other well-known vendors and resellers. Joined Acronis in 2017 with the focus on Middle East region. For over 4 years I have been helping to recruit Service providers, larger Telcos and ISPs WW with high overachieving rate QoQ.

Excellence Awards:

  • Acronis Viking’s Best Performers Club 2020
  • Best Sales Person of the Year 2019
  • Best Sales Manager 1H of Year 2018
  • I am fortunate to be able to combine my passion for CyberSecurity, Cloud Computing and Sales at my current role as Partner Sales Enablement Manger at Acronis.

I have got a Master degree at Economics and love to travel and discover new places.

Will be happy to see you All at my Workshops devoted to profitability and building packages with Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud.

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J.D. Perham
Solutions Architect, Acronis
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J.D. Perham

With 5+ years of experience as a sales engineer with Acronis, John currently works with some of the company’s largest enterprise customers, helping them develop, deploy, and maintain software to ensure system uptime and business continuity. John’s expertise also includes working with smaller to medium businesses so he understands the complexity of needs that can range from various customer deployments.

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James Abercrombie
Senior Sales Engineer, Acronis
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James Abercrombie

As a Senior Sales Engineer, James is extremely capable of making real world sense of underlying technologies that drive backup and disaster recovery solutions in order to bring discussions to positive technical closure.

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Jamie Chadwick
W Series Champion, W-Series
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Jamie Chadwick

Jamie Chadwick was inspired to start racing aged 11 after her brother, Ollie, attended a karting party and good old-fashioned sibling rivalry led her to achieve numerous wins at club level in the Junior series. A British Racing Drivers’ Club ‘Rising Star’, Jamie was the youngest – and first female – driver to win a British GT Championship and then became the first female winner of a BRDC British Formula 3 race and the MR Challenge Championship. Two race victories and three other podium finishes saw Jamie crowned the inaugural W Series champion in 2019, when she was also named as a Development Driver for the Williams F1 team. Jamie ended 2020 competing in the Formula Regional European Championship for Italian team Prema, having completed a 100-mile cycling challenge for cancer charity ‘Hope for Tomorrow’ – for whom she is an ambassador – during lockdown. In 2021, after a head to head battle with fellow Brit Alice Powell, Jamie became the two-time champion of W Series.

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Jamil Asfour
Managing Director, Artelligence.ai
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Jamil Asfour

Jamil is an accomplished executive, with more than 20 years of experience working for Fortune 500 companies across the globe including Apple, IBM, HPE, Ernst & Young, and Symantec.  As an advisor and a management consultant his main areas of focus are digital transformation, technology partnerships and investments.

While at Apple, Jamil managed special projects including global partnerships fund of $11.9 Billion and led over 27 M&As.  In addition, he directed operations and major projects in machine learning & AI research & development, as well as led the re-structure of the CIO’s business unit of 10,000 FTEs.

Throughout his career, Jamil has identified gaps stalling innovation, organizational integration and growth pre and post M&A deals. He has also led the development of long-term global technology partnerships within government and private sector organizations He has held several executive positions, managed special projects including more than 20 M&A deals.

Jamil holds two postgraduate degrees, an MBA from The University of Oxford and a Diploma in Management and Leadership from MIT.  He also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering specializing in Cryptography from The University of Texas at Austin. He is a YPO member and an active member of several engineering societies in the US, UK, Saudi, Jordan and Australia. He is also a widely known contributor to the Global Innovation Index and the Global Connectivity Index.

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Jamison West
Strategic Coach, ConnectStrat
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Jamison West

Jamison has been a serial entrepreneur for 25 years. He built Arterian (formerly JWCS), an MSP that he grew from a 1 man shop to 40 staff through both organic growth and the acquisition of 4 other IT Services companies.

He went on to Co-Found 3 SaaS companies including Teamatics, SmileBack, and TimeZest and currently serves as a fractional CEO for SmileBack and Chairman of TimeZest. He enjoys his role as a Strategic Coach and Consultant for several clients in the US.

His background includes:

  • Founding and operating companies in the SaaS and IT Services space

  • Participating in and moderating professional peer groups (HTG and EO)

  • Coaching and Consulting for organizations in the SaaS and IT Services verticals

  • Speaking on a range of topics from Cloud to M&A to People

  • Former EOS® Implementer

Jamison currently lives in Las Vegas, NV and travels constantly. 

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Jan-Jaap Jager
Board Advisor, Acronis Revenue Officer
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Jan-Jaap Jager

As a board advisor and Chief Revenue Officer, Jan-Jaap Jager brings more than 20 years of experience in the IT industry. Previously, he was CEO of the Intergenia Group, one of the largest hosting companies in Europe. Jan-Jaap has extensive experience in developing and growing emerging markets. In 2006, he joined SWsoft, now known as Parallels, and build a whole new region from scratch that contributed substantially to Parallels’ revenue. Prior to joining Parallels, Jan-Jaap was a pioneer within Microsoft Germany, where he led the development and execution of the Microsoft hosting strategy. Jan-Jaap holds a BA in International Economics and Management from Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen, The Netherlands, as well as an advanced degree from the University of Würzburg in Würzburg, Germany.

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Janice Thompson
VP, US Digital Distribution, ScanSource
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Janice Thompson

Janice Thompson serves as Vice President of North America Digital Distribution for ScanSource. In this role, she is responsible for the strategic growth and direction of ScanSource’s digital portfolio. Janice has been with ScanSource for more than 15 years. During this time, she has held multiple leadership roles, including supporting the company’s international business operations. Throughout her tenure at ScanSource, Janice has been instrumental in launching many of ScanSource’s supplier partnerships, helping the company build its robust portfolio. She has extensive channel experience having worked with service providers, manufacturers and distributors prior to joining ScanSource.

Janice holds a BA from Simmons University in Boston, MA and is fluent in Brasilian Portuguese and Spanish. She has been married for 30 years and has two grown sons. Janice is an avid globe trotter and loves adventures of all kinds, especially if she’s on two wheels. She is bossed around by a cantankerous 14-year-old Chihuahua mix who can tell time.

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Jay McBain
Principal Analyst, Forrester
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Jay McBain

Jay leads Forrester’s research and advisory for global channels, alliances, and partnerships. He focuses on B2B marketing in the age of the customer; understanding and navigating the complexity of multiple routes to market; ensuring contextual and relevant content to accelerate the indirect sales process; and describing the technology infrastructure to build and support channel relationships.

His background is in channel leadership, sales, marketing, and operations, with a specific emphasis on indirect sales strategy/execution, covering multiple industries, segments, and underlying technologies. Jay is renowned for his industry thought leadership and expertise in partner recruitment, development, and acceleration through effective partner coverage, enablement, communication, and incentives. He is an expert in building and leveraging channel communities and one of the global leaders in social media, partner marketing automation, and other indirect growth strategies.

Jay provides research, advisory, and consulting to companies ranging from Fortune 100 vendors to startups on the entire scope of their channel and alliance strategies. He is a contributing author and has been cited in numerous channel media publications, including Channel Reseller News (CRN), ChannelPro, ChannelE2E, The VAR Guy, MSPMentor, Channelnomics, Computer Dealer News (CDN), Australia Reseller News (ARN), eChannelNews, Business Solutions Magazine, ChannelLine, ChannelInsider, SearchITChannel, Redmond Channel Magazine, Vertical Systems Reseller, Channel Buzz, and SMB Nation. He also maintains a popular blog on channel trends.

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Jeff Hardy
Product Marketing Manager – HSP, Acronis
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Jeff Hardy

Jeff has worked in technology for his entire career and been knee-deep in the hosting and service provider space for 17 years. His career has covered all the angles – from hardware, software, and hosting, to the cloud while working in large enterprises, small startups, and the in-betweens. He specializes in messaging, human behavior, economics, and “solving the human puzzle” of marketing and communications. At Acronis, his mission is to make the Hosting Service Providers (HSP) space safer and more profitable.

He’d love to meet you, so come up and say hello.

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Jeff Ready
Chief Executive Officer, Board Member, Co-founder, Scale Computing
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Jeff Ready

Jeff is the CEO and co-founder of Scale Computing. Prior to founding Scale Computing, Jeff was co-founder and CEO of Corvigo, a Linux-based anti-spam appliance, where he oversaw the company from startup through funding to acquisition. After the acquisition, Jeff served as VP of Marketing at Tumbleweed Communications. Prior to Corvigo, Jeff was co-founder, COO and VP of Marketing at Radiate. Jeff holds a degree in Computer Science from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

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Jerry Koutavas
President, The ASCII Group
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Jerry Koutavas

Jerry Koutavas, President of The ASCII Group, is responsible for fostering business relationships and overseeing the development of services and offerings that directly enhance the value and business model of each ASCII MSP member. Jerry previously served as Vice President of Business Development, where he led initiatives to promote the expertise of ASCII solution providers to SMB customers at national end user facing events, including Microsoft TS2 events and Comdex, while further developing regional MSP Success Summit peer events that continue today.

A widely-recognized figure in the IT industry, Jerry has more than 25 years of experience in the Channel and was honored by ChannelPro in their 20/20 visionaries list as a Visionary Channel Leader.

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Jess Coburn
CEO and Founder, Applied Innovations
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Jess Coburn

Jess Coburn is CEO and founder of Applied Innovations, a leading provider of Managed Cloud, IT and Cyber Security services that is focused on helping businesses leverage their technology to drive success.  Since 1999, Jess’s team at Applied Innovations has assisted thousands of companies around the globe to get the most out of their IT resources.  Applied Innovations was one of the first two providers in the world to collaborate with Microsoft and build an all Microsoft Cloud on Windows Server and remains an active Microsoft partner and contributor to multiple early adopter and futures councils around cloud technologies. Jess has earned multiple certifications over the course of his career and has had the honor to serve on several advisory boards, panels and been a featured guest in multiple keynotes because of his forward-thinking and innovative approach to leveraging cutting-edge cloud technologies.

https://jesscoburn.com/

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Joe Morgan
CEO at Joe’s Datacenter, LLC
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Joe Morgan

Joe Morgan studied and taught at Vatterott College in Kansas City. Prior to owning his own business, he worked for the Excelsior Springs School district as the System Admin and interim Director of technology. He has a certificate in cybersecurity from Harvard and a certificate for Cloud and DevOps from MIT. Joe’s Datacenter specializes in bare-metal servers, server colocation, cloud services, web hosting, and virtual private servers. Joe currently serves as the lead advisory board member for Virtuozzo in the United States and also serves on the advisory board of the Missouri State University design thinking program.

He is a member of Forbes Young Entrepreneur Council, the Kansas City Business Journal Leadership Trust and the  Kansas City Tech Council.

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Joel Zaidspiner
Associate Publisher, ChannelPro-SMB Magazine
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Joel Zaidspiner

Joel Zaidspiner is Associate Publisher for ChannelPro-SMB Magazine and a senior executive at the ChannelPro Network. He has been with ChannelPro for about 12 years and was formally with CMP Media. Zaidspiner is a mainstay at industry events and works closely with the Publisher on day to day operations and editorial strategy for ChannelPro Network media properties.

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John Zanni
CEO at Acronis SCS
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John Zanni

John Zanni has been a leading voice in the cyber industry for more than 25 years.

He currently serves as CEO of Acronis SCS, an American cyber protection and edge data security company exclusively dedicated to meeting the unique needs of the US public sector, including federal, state and local government, education, healthcare, and nonprofit institutions.

Prior to leading Acronis SCS, a role he has held since the company’s creation in 2018, John held senior positions at Acronis AIG, an international company, including President, Chief Marketing Officer, Senior VP of Channel and Cloud Strategy, and Senior VP of Cloud and Hosting Sales. Before joining the Acronis family, John spent more than 4 years at Parallels and 16 years at Microsoft. He earned his BS in Physics from California State University – Northridge.

Before transitioning to the tech field, John had a somewhat unconventional start to his career, first working as the chef and manager of his family’s French restaurant in Southern California for 13 years. There he learned how to successfully run a small business and interact with stakeholders – skills that have informed his leadership style ever since.

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Jonathan Griffiths
Demand Generation Director, PAX8
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Jonathan Griffiths

Jonathan is the Demand Generation Director for Pax8 UK, the award-winning cloud marketplace headquartered in Denver, Colorado –www.pax8.com. He joined Pax8 in June 2021 and has been working with Acronis on their #TeamUp programme leveraging the relationships with Williams F1 and Saracens Rugby.

No stranger to the sports industry and partnership marketing, Jonathan was previously Marketing Director for Sports Travel & Hospitality Group (STH). He led the marketing efforts for the Official Hospitality Programme at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and the Official Hospitality & Travel Programmes at Rugby World Cup 2019. He has also worked for Amer Sports and IMG in his 15-year marketing career.

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Jon McCarrick
Global Head of Partner Evangelism, Acronis
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Jon McCarrick

on is a veteran in the cloud service provider space, having worked for Parallels and Open-xchange prior to joining Acronis. Jon’s mission is to create an active community of service providers around the Acronis product line.

Expect to visit with Jon at your favorite trade show or find him on your favorite social media platform.

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Joshua Beil
Director of Research & Analyst Relations, Acronis
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Joshua Beil

Joshua brings over 20 years of marketing and research experience in Internet infrastructure, having spent the last 10+ years in the cloud software space. At Acronis he is responsible for analyst relations, primary research efforts, and customer success stories. Prior to Acronis, he spent 6 years with Parallels/Odin.

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Julia Kuznetsova
Sales Trainer and Curriculum Manager, Acronis
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Julia Kuznetsova

Julia Kuznetsova is Sales Trainer and Curriculum Manager at Acronis. She’s responsible for New Hires Onboarding and administering of the internal learning system and Acronis Academy for Acronis partners. She holds a Specialist Degree in Translation and Simultaneous interpretation (Italian).

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Katya Ivanova
VP WW Inside Sales, Acronis
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Katya Ivanova

Katya Ivanova leads Global Inside Sales at Acronis. Katya has been with the company since 2011 and held different positions in Sales and Technical Support.  Katya holds vast international experience, her teams are supporting strong partner ecosystem that reaches customers in more than 150 countries worldwide. Katya is responsible for execution of sales strategy and the development of critical programs to help Acronis attract new service providers and support growth of existing partner network.

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Keith Lukes
Director of Channel Solutions, UbiStor
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Keith Lukes

Keith has over 25 years of industry experience and a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University in Communication Systems. After 20 years in several different technical and leadership roles, Keith joined UbiStor in 2014 as the Director of Channel Solutions. During that time, he has integrated several new channel partners and technologies into our ecosystem greatly increasing our customer reach. His focus on marketing, sales enablement, and training coupled with his extensive technical experience allow him to have in-depth sales and technical discussions with our partners and their end customers.

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Kevin Jaberg
Chief Technology Officer, Mapletronics
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Kevin Jaberg

Kevin Jaberg currently holds the title of Chief Technology Officer of Mapletronics where he also serves as the Chief Security Officer. Kevin has worked in various positions throughout Mapletronics during his 22 year career with the company. He enjoys the ever changing landscape of technology and has a passion for helping organizations come up with solutions for technology hurdles they encounter.

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Kurt Zubler
Managing Director, Integres
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Kurt Zubler

Mr. Kurt Zubler has been a Member of the Cantonal Council since 2014 and previously politicized for a long time in the Schaffhausen city parliament.

He mainly works as an integration delegate in the Canton Schaffhausen; is the Managing Director of Integres, an organization aimed at smooth integration of the immigrant population of Schaffhausen into the local society and their support on the way to obtaining better employment and study opportunities in the town. Mr. Zubler is an initiator of a pilot project on integration courses that help refugees find employment in Switzerland. Initially, this project was organized in the Canton of Schaffhausen (2017), and later in Switzerland (2018).

At the same time, he is still an archaeologist working at the Historical Museum in Baden.

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Kyle Fenske
Director of Inside Sales – East, Climb Channel Solutions
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Kyle Fenske

Kyle has 10+ years of experience and expertise in enabling the North American IT Channel. His track record in accelerating partner’s go-to-market has been primarily around developing channel enablement programs that help VAR’s and MSPs expand their business with new solutions. At Climb Channel Solutions, Kyle has quickly led the launch, development, and execution of Climb’s new Cloud Marketplace, Expedition. The Expedition Marketplace is enabling over 1,200 MSPs with emerging technology vendors to expand their business.

With a wide range of experience in the areas of Information Security, Data Center, and the Cloud, Kyle combines his optimistic personality with innovative thinking to hyper-focus on execution in the channel. He is always ready to embark on new adventures with resellers, MSPs, and vendor partners.

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Larry Walsh
CEO and Chief Analyst, The 2112 Group
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Larry Walsh

Larry Walsh is the leading go-to-market advisor to technology executives, channel leaders, and solution providers around the world. Widely known for his ability to cut through problems and challenges facing vendors, distributors, and solution providers, Walsh is sought for his advice, counsel, insights, and consultation on channel strategies and technology market trends. He and The 2112 Group team are responsible for crafting and shaping the channel strategies and programs of companies that span the hardware, software, cloud, and services spectrum of the technology industry.

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Laurent Dedenis
Co-founder and CEO, Chainstack
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Laurent Dedenis

Laurent is a French citizen and the founder of several companies around the world. Currently CEO and co founder of Chainstack and CEO of Alemira, he has more than 20 years of global experience managing teams and technology companies such as Microsoft Dynamics, Parallels, Acumatica and Acronis, both at start up and growth stages in the Americas, EMEA, and Asia Pacific. Until 2019, Laurent was the Chief Revenue Officer and in charge of operations at Acronis, a large B2B cyber protection software company.

Laurent has marketed blockchain based solutions since 2016. Engaging with dozens of pioneering enterprises exploring decentralized technologies has placed Laurent at a vantage point. He has an in depth understanding of the technical and business challenges inherent to blockchain adoption and the significant business value it offers. Laurent believes that simplifying blockchain adoption is key to unblocking its true potential for enterprises.

In 1994, he left Paris for San Francisco and completed his post graduate degree. Laurent holds a Ph.D. in International Business Administration from the International University of America in San Francisco and a DEA (Master’s Degree) in Economics and Management from the University of Paris XI, in Orsay France. He currently resides in Singapore with his wife and three kids.

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Leigh Nordhoff
Head of Commercial sports Partnerships EMEA, Acronis
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Leigh Nordhoff

Leigh Nordhoff is Head of Commercial sports Partnerships EMEA at Acronis.

With more than 15 years’ experience in the IT industry Leigh brings a wealth of expertise in assisting partners to grow their business via the exclusive #CyberFit #TeamUp program and works to bring onboard sports teams that add value to Acronis partners’ businesses

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Manny DeJesus
Vice President of Product, Email & Productivity Apps, Open-Xchange
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Manny DeJesus

Manny DeJesus has been a product leader in the hosted email space for over a decade. Working with both Rackspace and Open-Xchange, he has helped build and grow email platforms serving hundreds of millions of users.

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Mareva Koulamallah
Head of Marketing and Communications Middle East & Africa, Acronis
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Mareva Koulamallah

Mareva Koulamallah is the Head of Marketing and Communication for Middle East and Africa at Acronis, a global leader in cyber protection. For two years before that, she also led the Public Relations (PR) and Communication’s activities and teams in Europe, Middle East and Africa at Acronis. Previously to working on the software side, she was part of another tech company, a leader in hardware solutions, Kingston Technology, handling the PR activities in EMEA for both the Kingston and HyperX (gaming) brands.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) double Major International Marketing and Management/Leadership from Rider University in the USA, and a Master’s Degree from CEFAM French-American Business School in France; both received with distinction. She has lived in six countries, and can speak several languages. She has over ten years of experience in international business development, strategic communication, and marketing.

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Maria Moran
Senior Cloud Development Manager, D&H Distributing Co. Inc.
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Maria Moran

Maria is a 20+-year Industry Veteran known for building strong relationships in both the IT Distribution and Reseller space while increasing Partner revenue, profitability, and value through strategic development, education, and execution. As a member of the D&H Cloud Leadership team, Maria is responsible for growing D&H’s US Cloud and Managed Services Business by engaging with VAR and MSP Partners to leverage D&H’s many Cloud Experts, Programs and Vendor relationships.

Prior to joining D&H’s Cloud Team in May, Maria spent 5 years at Ingram Micro managing and supporting Ingram’s largest and most Strategic Accounts. She was also an integral part of the team responsible for building Ingram Micro’s Cloud and Managed Services Business. Prior to Ingram Micro, Maria spent many years developing Cloud Business at a large regional reseller and working in the Corporate IT Education space.

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Marija Plodinec, Ph.D.
CEO, Member of the Board and
Co-Founder, ARTIDIS
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Marija Plodinec, Ph.D.

Marija Plodinec studied physics in Zagreb and received her doctorate in 2010 from the University of Basel. She co-founded ARTIDIS AG and in November 2017 became the CEO and a Member of the Board of Directors. For twelve years, she has driven the development of ARTIDIS, a medical device for fast and early diagnosis of breast cancer based on a unique nanomechanical biomarker, bringing the technology from basic research to the first clinical studies.

Dr. Plodinec is a recognized expert in the field of physical sciences in oncology and has co-authored important scientific papers and patents in this field. She is also a member of several international organizations focusing on cancer research and its clinical applications.

Under her leadership, ARTIDIS fundraised more than 25M USD, successfully completed the large clinical study on 545 patients in Switzerland, grown to +40 FTE and partnered up with leading US pharmaceutical and clinical institutions.

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Mark Hammer
Bilingual Technology Evangelist, Acronis
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Mark Hammer

Mark Hammer has significant technical consulting expertise with 19 years’ experience. He was co-founder of an internationally recognized consulting firm which received dozens of rewards for leadership, quality of work, and sales performance in the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software space.

He is a seasoned public speaker and has extensive experience managing and delivering training seminars and conferences for technical software applications, business processes, and sales leadership for business owners and fellow practitioners. He is also fluent in Spanish.

He has a wide array of technical expertise up and down the traditional IT stack. Highly skilled at communicating with all levels of constituents to provide real-world solutions to problems that impact business viability and efficiencies. He has successfully managed software implementation projects with international cross-functional teams for Fortune 100 companies. Mark Hammer currently works as a Bilingual Technology Evangelist at Acronis.

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Mark Wiener
President, BizCom Global
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Mark Wiener

Mark Wiener is a professional agent of change. His current role is president of BizCom Global, a Managed Cloud Service Provider that serves professional services and manufacturing clients with a cloud-first approach to business productivity, security, and efficiency. With his 30 years of experience working with companies from the halls of the fortune 500, down to the local mom-and-pop businesses, Mark helps companies improve their operational performance with planned and proper implementation of technology, which includes appropriate security controls.

Mark brings unique perspectives around emergency incident management to the technical services industry, with experience gained from days managing incident command for more than two dozen mass causality incidents in New York City. This experience has allowed for his customers to be prepared and for systems to be tested and when all fails a streamlined recovery.

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Markus Bauer
Technology Evangelist EMEA, Acronis
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Markus Bauer

Markus holds a degree in Information Electronics and has more than 25 years of experience in the IT industry with extensive expertise in Business Development, Marketing, Sales, as well as Presales and distribution of products and services. He held various Sales and Channel positions in which he, amongst other things, imparted technological expertise to Partners. Moreover, he was responsible for the expansion of the Channel Business and provided a reputable and knowledgeable reference point for Suppliers as well as Partners.

Markus’ mission at Acronis is to drive strategies and share technological expertise with Partners, Customers and Resellers. He works on all Channel levels and is responsible for Acronis trainings and workshops throughout EMEA.

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Dr. Marwan Alzarouni
CEO, Dubai Blockchain Center
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Dr. Marwan Alzarouni

Dr. Marwan Alzarouni is an internationally recognized blockchain technology advocate, keynote speaker and strategic advisor. Dr. Alzarouni is the CEO of Dubai Blockchain Center (DBCC), an impact business and a strategic partner to Dubai Future Foundation. The center was inaugurated by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum under the Area 2071 initiative in May 2018. It aims to create a fertile ground and a holistic ecosystem for blockchain companies and projects to thrive in. DBCC regularly hosts a number of blockchain startups within Area 2071 and also conducts educational classes and seminars around blockchain use cases in government and private sector. Dr. Marwan is currently heading the Digital Asset Task Force (DATF), a research and advisory team that reports to the Dubai Future Council for Blockchain. The purpose of the task force is to conduct a comprehensive study to provide clear guidance on how digital assets can be encouraged and regulated. The council establishes Dubai as a global blockchain capital, offering a prominent platform for decision-makers from various local and international governments and private sector entities to explore futuristic, blockchain-based solutions.

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Matt Pearson
Airspeeder and Alauda Founder
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Matt Pearson

Matt Pearson is the founder and visionary behind Alauda and Airspeeder. Together with a team of engineers, designers and commercial minds spanning Australia, New York and London, he is accelerating the development of electric flying vehicles through the white heat of sporting competition. 
Beyond his role as a defining voice in the future of mobility, Matt is driving the rapidly expanding Industrial Internet of Things space through his work at Fleet. From their base in South Australia millions of devices are powered via Low Earth Orbit through a growing network of nano satellites.

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Matthew Ball
Chief Analyst, Cloud, cybersecurity and infrastructure, Canalys
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Matthew Ball

Matthew Ball leads Canalys’ global infrastructure, cloud and cybersecurity research. He analyzes the impact of converging technologies on the channel, driven by digitalization and deployment of Internet of Things, across core data center and edge computing environments. He also leads confidential consultancy projects, participates in various channel surveys, and provides clients with expert advice and analysis. He is a regular presenter at industry events, including Canalys’ Channels Forums around the world, trade shows, and channel partner and customer conferences.

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Melanie Purkis
Director of Managed Hosting Products, LiquidWeb
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Melanie Purkis

Melanie Purkis is the Director of Liquid Web’s Managed Hosting Products & Services. Melanie has more than 25 years of experience with professional leadership, project management, process development, and technical support experience in the IT industry.

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Michael Frisby
Managing Director, Vuzion
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Michael Frisby

My passion has always been how IT can help individuals and businesses achieve more.  Vuzion was created to help IT providers build sustainable and profitable cloud businesses.  My role is to oversee the strategy of the business, ensure we delight our partners and provide services and solutions that help them achieve their goals

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Michael Osterman
Principal, Osterman Research
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Michael Osterman

Michael Osterman is the principal of Osterman Research, Inc., founded in 2001. Since that time, the company has become one of the leading analyst firms in the messaging and collaboration space, providing research, analysis, white papers and other services to companies like Dell EMC, Quest, Proofpoint, Trend Micro, Mimecast, Micro Focus, Malwarebytes and many others.

Prior to founding Osterman Research, Michael was the Vice President of Market Research at Creative Networks, a leading market research and consulting firm focused on the messaging and directory markets.  Michael has also held positions with the SRI International Business Intelligence Center, Ryan Hankin Kent, ElectroniCast and Gnostic Concepts.  His background includes research and analysis of various markets, including computer-aided software engineering, data communications, telecommunications, and fiber optic components.

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Mike Mingos
Technical Director & Cofounder of Tictac Cyber Security, TicTac
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Mike Mingos

Data Recovery Εngineer, Cyber Threat & Ransomware Expert, Cryptocurrency Instructor. Talks about #jobalert, #ransomware, #cyberattack, and #cybersecurity.

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Miltos Antoniades
Sales & Growth Lead, interworks.cloud
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Miltos Antoniades

Miltos is the Growth and Sales Lead for the interworks.cloud platform, responsible for driving growth through existing and new platform customers globally. He is passionate about cloud transformation and strongly believes in the value of clear communication of complex technological and commercial concepts. Before joining interworks.cloud Miltos held business development positions leading teams in Greece and EMEA since the early days of cloud and as-a-service offerings. He holds a BSc in Computer Information Systems and an MBA from the University of Rochester, NY.

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Muhammad Khaled
Regional Senior Solution Engineer, Acronis
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Muhammad Khaled

Muhammad Khaled is Regional Senior Solutions Engineer at Acronis, he is taking care of the entire Middle East and Levant. Muhammad is closely working with our enterprise sales, partner account managers, success managers to sell Acronis solutions and increase the brand awareness. Muhammad trains and enables Acronis resellers and service providers to ensure they are offering the best product that fits their customer requirements with cost effective solution and proper sizing.  He is responsible for increasing Acronis service providers in the region and improving the cloud business growth.

Muhammad has 15 years of experience in the datacenter solutions, cyber security and data protection. He was graduated from Faculty of Engineering in the specialization of Electrical Engineering – Communication and Electronics.

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Neil Morarji
General Manager, Asia Pacific at Acronis
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Neil Morarji

Neil comes with over 20 years of experience in the Cloud and Digital Transformation space. Prior to joining Acronis, he managed Ingram Micro’s Cloud Platform Business (Odin) in APJ. He was responsible for business growth, Professional Services and Alliance Management, driving and maintaining sustained growth across regional cloud partners. And before that, Neil held the position of a managing director at Parallels and Odin in Australia and New Zealand, building trusted partnerships with some of the countries’ largest services providers and hosters.

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Nezha Alaoui
Founder and CEO, The Mayshad Group
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Nezha Alaoui

Nezha Alaoui is a global advocate for women’s empowerment, entrepreneur, author, speaker and impact influencer.

She is the Founder and CEO of The Mayshad Group, a women centric comprised of enterprises, dedicated to leadership, development, diversity and inclusion.

She hosts conferences and events, bringing together policymakers, corporate leaders, and activists to build awareness and implement strategies to reach the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Nezha is a global advocate for the economic empowerment of women with an active community of 1.8M.

Nezha runs Women CHOICE, a New York based organization working closely with brands, corporations and institutions to implement diversity and inclusion initiatives and campaigns. Women CHOICE counts a global network of women founders, executives and influencers that follow and find support in her movement for women’s empowerment.

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Nick Grebennikoff
Chief Development Officer, Acronis
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Nick Grebennikoff

Nikolay Grebennikov is a well-known information technology leader with extensive practical experience in both operational and strategic management.

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Oleg Melnikov
Chief Technology Officer, Acronis
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Oleg Melnikov

Oleg is the technology leader at Acronis, and ambassador to our internal and external communities. He drives Acronis’ strategic technology projects with the primary responsibility of designing and implementing a companywide Innovation Policy, which includes intellectual property development, reactive and proactive IP protection, portfolio design, product development guidelines, and processes for effective intellectual property protection.

Within the last three years, Oleg heads and drives several important Divisions within Acronis:

  • Acronis Cyber Systems Team; responsible for: Acronis Cyber Systems projects (SalesForce, BSS/OSS/ERP, End-Customer/Partner LifeCycle, Billling Operations);
  • Design Team; responsible for: Product Design (Backup & Security, Storage & Virtualization, Consumer, UX Research, User management & Monitoring, – Digital Design, Brand and Print Design);
  • Product Management Team, responsible for: All product management for our products + All product management for our Platform and integrations with other products;

Oleg is leading some special projects and productive partnerships with key technology partners and evangelizing to strategic customers. Other responsibilities include managing Acronis IP and ensuring the harmony among product roadmaps.

Best known as a co-founder of Parallels (aka Odin, SWsoft), Oleg has led cross-cultural teams for over 20 years and enjoyed a fantastic track record of designing, architecting, building and supporting Odin Automation. Oleg holds a Master of Science Degree from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology in Computer Science and a Bachelor Degree in Radiophysics from the same school.

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Pablo Zabaleta
Man City Football Club
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Pablo Zabaleta

Born in Buenos Aires, Zabaleta played for Obras Sanitarias in his youth, before joining San Lorenzo. In January 2003, he was promoted to their first team and played there for two years. In 2005 he made the move to Europe after signing for Espanyol, where he made 102 appearances for the Spanish club and scored three goals.

In 2008 Zabaleta signed for Manchester City under manager Mark Hughes, joining in the summer transfer window alongside players such as Vincent Kompany, Robinho and Shaun Wright-Phillips. He made his debut on 18September versus Omonia Nikosia in the UEFA Cup. City came away from the first leg with a 2-1 victory; Zabaleta contributing to his first game with an assist to help secure the win.

During his time at Manchester City Zabaleta made 333 appearances, scored 11 goals and won five major honours. In 2011, under manager Roberto Mancini, City lifted the FA Cup after beating Stoke City 1-0 in the 130th final of the competition, ending the Club’s 35-year wait for a trophy.

In 2012 Zabaleta played in the last game of the season versus QPR, a match which Manchester City needed to win to secure the Premier League title. Zabaleta scored City’s first goal but the team was 2-1 down going into stoppage time. Edin Dzeko equalised in the 91st minute with Sergio Aguero scoring again in the 93rd minute to finish the season on top of the Premier League on goal difference and win the title for the first time in 44 years.

After winning the Premier League in 2012, Manchester City faced Chelsea in the Community Shield that summer, played at Villa Park. City won 3-2 thanks to goals from Yaya Toure, Carlos Tevez and Samir Nasri. In 2014, Zabaleta again helped Manchester City win the Premier League title, with the League Cup also adding to that season’s achievements.

In 2017, Manchester City gave Zabaleta an emotional send-off at the Etihad Stadium as he left the Club to join West Ham United. He spent two seasons at the London Stadium before announcing his retirement.

Zabaleta continues to work in football as a studio guest for Sky Sports and represents Manchester City at commercial events and Club activities.

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Managing Director & Co-founder of Tictac Cyber Security
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Pasha Ershow
SVP, APJ & MEA Sales and Global Channel, Acronis
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Pasha Ershow

IT industry veteran with over 20 years of experience, focusing on cloud and digital transformation, business development, sales and marketing. Recognized for his broad international experience in emerging and developed markets, Pasha is used to leading operations in multinational environment – experienced in running large teams and managing $500m+ businesses.

Pasha Ershow served as Acronis Chief Revenue Officer in 2018 – 2020, and since 2021 took the role of Acronis Senior Vice President, responsible for Global Channel Strategy and also managing APJ & MEA Sales, based out of Singapore. Prior to Acronis, Pasha held executive roles at major companies like Microsoft, Ingram Micro and Parallels.

Holding a Master’s degree in Economics from Moscow State University of International Relations, he is most passionate about technology and people talent development.

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Pat Hurley
Vice President & General Manager, Americas at Acronis
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Pat Hurley

Top performing Sales executive with experience building and growing Enterprise, SMB and Public Sector software sales teams. Proven leader with experience hiring and cultivating successful sales representatives, developing internal processes, analyzing tends and driving accountability across an organization consisting of inside & outside sales professionals. Persuasive communicator with excellent analytical, presentation and interpersonal skills.

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Patrick Dolan
Director of Cloud Solutions, Virtuozzo
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Patrick Dolan

Patrick Dolan is determined to help businesses grow, starting with Virtuozzo’s partners and their customers. He specializes in go-to-market strategies, product positioning, and creating value. His knowledge of the hosting industry includes nearly 20 years of experience using hosting products as an end-user and compiling 10 years working in the industry. His fascination with the industry and how it can help businesses began with the dot-com boom where he transformed businesses with innovative eCommerce solutions. Today he is proud to continue contributing to the industry by collaborating with partners to deliver modern hosting solutions.

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Patrick Pulvermueller
Chief Executive Officer, Acronis
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Patrick Pulvermueller

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.

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Paul Donnelly
Founder & CEO, Teknov8 Distribution
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Paul Donnelly

My passion for building reputable IT businesses comes from the life-long experiences of being a seller and being a customer. From my younger years being a front-line salesperson, I have always tried to identify opportunities where other sales individuals have failed and to build lifelong trading relationships, some of which I still have to this day. I find that working with businesses personally, in conjunction with my team is a way for me to truly connect with what matters to our clients the most, and in turn bring those needs into our company values. The simple act of delivering what our prospects and clients want and need to shape their own businesses brings me endless satisfaction. My vision is to disrupt the market. Finding new ways to keep both the business and my partners evolving. With over 2 decades of experience in the I.T. space, technology may have moved on, but the passion and focus needed to keep a business front and centre of the game remain as high now as it did when I first started in this industry.

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Paul Redding
VP Partner Engagement and Cybersecurity, Compliancy Group
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Paul Redding

Paul is the VP of Partner Engagement and Cybersecurity at Compliancy Group. Paul’s extensive experience and understanding of security compliments Compliancy Group’s regulatory and HIPAA compliance expertise. With Paul as a member of Compliancy Group’s team, MSP partners can be confident that their business will evolve and grow.

Compliance makes security happenTM. The regulatory compliance market is rapidly growing, MSPs offering Compliance-as-a-Solution will see tremendous profits. Paul saw the huge opportunity in the regulatory compliance industry and made the conscious decision to partner with the best solution in the market.  Compliancy Group’s platform is the catalyst for the MSP evolution, providing him the opportunity to effect change in a way that was not possible as an independent MSP.

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Peter French
Acronis GM Middle East & Africa
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Peter French

A technologist, entrepreneur and tinkerer at heart, Peter comfortably inhabits both the technology and business worlds. As a senior leader in the backup and cyber protection industry, his success rests on his ability to grow an ecosystem based on meaningful, long-term relationships.

A problem-solver who thrives under high pressure, Peter is passionate about using technology creatively to keep us connected, improve systems and the way we do things. He is an accomplished speaker and technology thought leader, equally comfortable diving deep into the technology, discussing the latest business trends, or unpacking complex concepts for a non-technical audience.

Peter is also a certified Level 2 CrossFit coach and the former owner of a CrossFit box. If you can’t find him at work or relaxing with his family, he’s probably at the box, slogging away at a gruelling WOD.

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Partner, SAV, DAV, IFoA (Affiliate), Dorigo AG HR Services
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Petra Wildemann

As a Partner at Dorigo AG HR Services, Petra supports clients in the industries of insurance, technology and risk management by recruiting top talent for key positions, particularly in the areas of cyber risk, cyber security, actuarial services and claims management. Petra is a recognized
expert in all of these fields with extensive high-level experience and a deep, broad network. Petra is also the chair (and founder) of the Swiss Cyber Think Tank (SCTT), numbering more than 180 members, hosted by a variety of major companies, since SCTT’s founding in 2015.

She is a frequent event speaker at the SOA, IFoA, AAE, Risk!N, and InsurTech and have published articles on actuarial and technical topics, including White Papers written with Denny Wan (Chair of the Open Group FAIR Sydney Chapter) of Macquarie University (Australia) on cyber pricing models and Fei Zhang (Head of Blockchain at Allianz Group) on the Future Model of Insurance. She also frequently serves as a panel member for conferences on actuarial and technical topics, in particular, cyber and pandemic risks.

Previously, with Metabiota, she served governments and insurers across the world by helping them with the vetting of risk models for epidemic and pandemic risks for L&H and livestock coverages.

Prior to that, as Executive Director for the Insurance Industry at Hewlett Packard, developed IT architectures and implemented Telematics and Pay-as-you-drive solutions. As an Associate Partner at IBM, Petra served the insurance industry in Europe and Asia with product design and technical solutions in emerging markets. Earlier, she worked for Accenture for nine years, first as a consultant and then Managing Director, serving the European insurance industry.

Her extensive experience in the field of actuarial science includes a stint as Global Director at SunGard, where she led the Actuarial teams in Europe and Asia. At Pro Insurance Services and at FTI, she led actuarial and forensic investigations over a wide range of topics, including money laundering, international capital reserve needs, fraud and suicide claims, compliance issues for insurance industry start-ups, and due diligence reviews. She worked as an actuary in the U.S. for US Fidelity & Guaranty and then Aetna. She is a licensed actuary of the Swiss and German actuarial societies and an affiliate of the British actuarial society, earned a Master’s Degree in Mathematics from the University of Münster and have done post-graduate research at the University of Maryland.

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Phil Goodwin
Research Vice President, IDC
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Phil Goodwin

Phil Goodwin is a Research Director within IDC’s Enterprise Infrastructure Practice, covering research on data management. Mr. Goodwin provides detailed insight and analysis on evolving industry trends, vendor performance, and the impact of new technology adoption. He is responsible for producing and delivering timely, in-depth market research with a specific focus on cloud-based and on-premises Data Protection, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery, and Data Availability. Mr. Goodwin takes a holistic view of these markets, and covers risk analysis, service level requirements and cost/benefit calculations in his research.

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Pierre Garçon
Legend, Washington Football Team
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Pierre Garçon

Pierre Andre Garçon played wide receiver for 10 seasons in the NFL. Before being drafted, Garçon began his college football career at Norwich University in Northfield Vermont. He finished his freshman year in 2004 with 44 receptions for 1,017 yards and 13 total touchdowns. After a year at Norwich University, Garçon transferred to the University of Mount Union. While at Mount Union Garçon was named to the all-conference second-team as a sophomore and received all conference first-team honors as a junior and senior in the Ohio Athletic Conference. Also, in his junior and senior season, Garçon received the Ed Sherman Award as the nation’s best wide receiver.

Garçon was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL draft. In his second season Garçon became one of the Colts featured receivers, he finished the 2009 season with 47 receptions for 765 yards and four touchdowns. Garçon scored six touchdowns in each of the next two seasons, and he compiled over 940 yards in 2011, which was his final season in Indianapolis.

Garçon signed a five-year deal with the Washington in 2012. After an injury plagued 2012 campaign, in 2013 Garçon emerged as one of the league’s top wideouts. He finished the season with 1,376 receiving yards, 5 touchdowns, and a new franchise record 113 receptions. In his next three seasons with Washington Garçon averaged 73 catches, 867 yards, and 4 touchdowns per year. Garçon also achieved an outstanding milestone in Washington by hauling in his 500th career reception in 2016.

After a successful five-year stint in Washington, Garçon played his final two NFL seasons for the San Francisco 49ers. Pierre Garçon finished his NFL career with 628 receptions, 7,854 receiving yards, and 38 touchdowns. He still holds the Washington Football Team franchise record with 113 single season receptions.

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Rayanne Buchianico
Owner, ABC Solutions, LLC
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Rayanne Buchianico

Rayanne Buchianico, EA is the owner of ABC Solutions, LLC in Clearwater, Florida providing complete accounting, business, and tax consulting services to IT Professionals in the United States and abroad. She is a Certified QuickBooks Professional Advisor in QuickBooks Desktop and Online versions and offers courses and blogs tips on QuickBooks regularly. She holds a degree in Accounting and is enrolled to practice before the Internal Revenue Service.

Rayanne is also a partner with Sell My MSP. A listing service helping buyers and sellers of IT firms find each other. With expertise in managed service providers, Sell My MSP provides unique guidance through the merger/acquisition process including business valuation services.

Her commitment to her profession takes her out of the office, too. Rayanne currently sits on the Member Advisory Board for The ASCII Group and a former member of the Executive Council for Advancing Women in IT at CompTIA. She teaches finance courses through Bigger Brains and Great Little Seminar to help IT Professionals understand their business finances and make appropriate management decisions. Rayanne also provides information through social media such as the PSA Impact Podcast series, YouTube Channel, and publishing articles through various IT Channel periodicals.

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Rich Freeman
Executive Editor, ChannelPro Network
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Rich Freeman

Rich Freeman is founding and executive editor of the ChannelPro Network, where he’s responsible for setting overall editorial direction, covering industry trends, and reporting on breaking news in the SMB technology market. A veteran writer and editor, Rich has more than 25 years of experience in the IT industry. His articles and white papers have appeared on the websites of Computerworld, Network World, CIO, InfoWorld, and Redmond Channel Partner magazines, among others.

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Richard Tubb
The IT Business Growth Expert
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Richard Tubb

Richard Tubb is one of the best-known experts within the global IT Managed Service Provider (MSP) community. He launched and sold his own MSP business before creating a leading MSP media and consultancy practice. Richard helps IT business owner’s take back control by freeing up their time and building a business that can run without them. He’s the author of the book “The IT Business Owner’s Survival Guide” and writer of the award-winning blog www.tubblog.co.uk

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Rick Hebly
Product Management, Acronis
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Rick Hebly

Rick is Director of Product Management at Acronis. He leads Outbound Platform Integrations, including with Remote Monitoring & Management, Professional Services Automation and Cloud Marketplaces. Rick drives’ Acronis strategic projects to make it easier for existing Acronis MSPs and compelling for new partners to sell, manage and bill Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud to their customers, leveraging the tools and processes MSP’s already trust today.

Native to The Netherlands, Rick is well respected for this expertise in MSP business and technology, across data protection, cyber security, cloud management and managed hosting on the global managed and cloud services stage. He brings deep and wide experience to Acronis and most importantly its partners, with over 15 years leading Business Development, Cloud Consulting, Product Marketing and Management in regional channels, public software vendors such as Citrix and Commvault, as well as Cloud and SaaS Start-Ups.

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Righter Kunkel
Head of Acronis #CyberFit Academy
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Righter Kunkel

Righter is responsible for all internal and external education, certification, and evangelism at Acronis. He leads a team of trainers and evangelists, working in close collaboration with the marketing team, to drive sales enablement for Acronis’s inside sales, field sales and marketing team, in addition to all of Acronis’s partners, distributors, resellers and service providers. Righter plays a crucial role in driving business growth working in close collaboration with the Acronis executive team and ensures high productivity of Acronis’ sales and marketing. In an age where the attention span of most people is shrinking, this person will know how to teach online content remotely thereby driving increased awareness and engagement of Acronis and its robust offering and platform.

Righter has over 20 years of leadership experience in the public sector/commercial education and consulting industry. Righter has a deep working knowledge of operating a global for-profit partner, employee, and customer training business to include the internal business functions of development, certification, enablement, sales, services, and operations.

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Rolando Espinoza
QSA, CISSP, CISA. VP of Governance, Risk and Compliance, Security Validation, LLC
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Rolando Espinoza

Rolando Espinoza QSA, CISSP, CISA. Experienced security professional with over 25 years in Security, Audit and Risk Management roles. Led global risk assessments and audits for fortune 500 companies as well as developed the IT Internal Audit function with a focus on Cyber Security at multiple companies. Work experience encompasses multiple Information Security and IT fields such as: Identity and Access Management, Security Engineering, Systems Programming/Administration, and End User support. Previous employers include Party City, JP Morgan Chase, Wyndham Worldwide, Morgan Stanley, Lucent Technologies, Credit Suisse First Boston, and NY Con Edison.

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Ron Eo
Head of Curriculum and Training, Acronis
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Ron Eo

As Head of Curriculum and Training, Ron is responsible for curriculum and training development for enabling partners, end-users and employees at Acronis.

With over 15 years of training delivery, management and development experience in the IT software and training industry in Apac, Ron has a deep working knowledge of how training and enablement can transform individuals and companies and accelerate returns on investment.

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Ronan McCurtin
VP Europe, Israel and Turkey, Acronis
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Ronan McCurtin

Ronan McCurtin is the Vice President for Europe, Israel and Turkey at Acronis, a global leader in cyber protection solutions.

With more than 20 years of experience in the international IT and software industry, Ronan brings extensive experience in this segment, where he has successfully led multiple teams.

He is highly qualified and experienced in developing and improving channel business and customer relationships to create efficient distribution channels and partnerships. These efforts include working with resellers and managed service providers.

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Ryan Bowman
Director of Solutions Engineering, ThreatLocker
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Ryan Bowman

Ryan Bowman is the Director of Solutions Engineering at ThreatLocker, an Orlando-based cybersecurity firm providing zero-trust endpoint security.  Ryan is an IT and Security professional with 20+ years of experience as an MSP and IT Services provider.  He is dedicated to assisting partners in understanding the zero trust architecture and successfully implementing zero trust security solutions to protect organizations from cyber attacks.

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Sabine Schulz
Channel Sales Expert, Acronis
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Sabine Schulz

Sabine Schulz is a Channel Sales Expert in the Acronis Sales Team, she has been advising customers and partners in the IT industry for over 16 years with extensive expertise in business development, partner management, sales and distribution of products and professional services. The focus areas of her expertise include: Cloud Services, Cyber Protection, Software Defined Infrastructure, Backup & Disaster Recovery.

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Salim Essaid
Journalist, Event MC
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Salim Essaid

Salim Essaid is a Dubai-based journalist, host, & moderator who covers innovation, business, technology and human stories around those topics in the Middle East. Over the past decade, Salim has covered breaking news and features from TV and online platforms for outlets including TIME Magazine, CNN, NHK World, Agence France Presse (AFP) and the Associated Press (AP). Until the end of 2020, Salim was the lead reporter on Euronews’ weekly Inspire Middle East, and after that the host of Sci-Tech. He produced more than 120 episodes exploring the latest happenings in the MENA region’s technology, business, and cultural scene to highlight the people breaking the mold. His career saw him use data visualization to investigate New York’s secret surveillance policies over Arab and Muslim Americans, explore the denial of women’s citizenship rights in Jordan, cover the protests over the 2017 relocation of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, explain the potential impact of cryptocurrencies on the UAE’s remittance industry, and highlight how AI systems can be built to be biased. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Arabic and Japanese from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Master’s degree in broadcasting from the Columbia School of Journalism in New York.

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Sally M Solaymantash
President and Founder, SOLAYMANTASH Associates Limited
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Sally M Solaymantash

Sally is a global technology leader, president and founder of SAL (UK, USA and Switzerland), international public speaker and advisory board member of Girls in Tech Switzerland.

She builds responsive IT teams with high resource retention to deliver secure and scalable systems for global clients. Enabling organizations to drive productivity, foster innovation, respond to regulatory changes and realize commercial opportunities. She has a track record across the entire SDLC. She builds service management capabilities, governance models and drives changes via organizational/IT process improvements in diverse regulated industries. Sally leads by combining leadership and technical skills. Her entrepreneurial spirit is evident in operating personal firms for over 30 years and is currently focused on advancing Sustainable Circular Technology.

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Sam Weiss
Manager, Solution Partner Program, Jamf
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Sam Weiss

Sam manages the Solution Partner Program at Jamf. This dedicated team focuses on helping third parties bring Jamf integrations to life, fostering a powerful ecosystem of enterprise Apple solutions.

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SB (Serguei Beloussov)
Chief Research Officer and Founder, Acronis
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SB (Serguei Beloussov)

SB is the founder of Acronis, currently serving as the company’s Chairman and Chief Research Officer. Prior to this role, SB served as Acronis’ Chief Executive Officer from 2013-2021. SB was also Acronis’ first Chairman of the Board from 2003-2007 and again from 2019 to present-day.

Before founding Acronis, SB served as Parallels’ CEO until 2011, a company that operates as a global leader in virtualization and automation software. SB still provides leadership to Parallels today as the company’s Executive Chairman. SB is also the co-founder and Executive Chairman of Acumatica, and a Senior Partner at Runa Capital, a global technology-focused venture capital firm he co-founded with university colleagues in 2010.

As of July 1, 2021, SB has stepped down as CEO of Acronis so he can better lead the company’s technology and research strategy as Chief Research Officer. SB’s role now includes a larger focus on overseeing and directing the company’s advanced technologies, as well as its university relations program – including the Schaffhausen Institute of Technology (SIT) in Switzerland, which he co-founded in 2019.

SB sits on the Governing Board of the Centre for Quantum Technologies in Singapore. He holds a B.S. in Physics, an M.S. (Hons) in Physics and Electrical Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from MIPT.

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Scott Wiles
Owner, TeamLogicIT
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Scott Wiles

Scott Wiles is the owner of TeamLogic IT in Melbourne, Florida.   For 35 years, Scott has been an IT leader working as vice president for IT Infrastructure and Information Security at AMC Theatres, vice president of distributed systems for UMB Bank, and held positions at Sprint, EDS and Aerojet. He also served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force.

Scott has extensive experience working with a number of industry compliance standards (PCI, Sarbanes Oxley, CMMC, FINRA, GLBA, etc.) as well as leading the efforts to secure world class E-commerce and financial platforms.  He enjoys using that experience to help small and mid-sized businesses address their needs in securing their businesses.

Scott graduated with a MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Denver and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Kansas State University.  He and his wife of 31 years, Melissa, have two grown children and reside in Melbourne Beach, Florida.

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Soeren von Varchmin
Chairman of the Advisory Board, CloudFest and NamesCon
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Soeren von Varchmin

For Soeren, keeping his head in the clouds makes great business sense, as he helps countless industry leaders achieve their goals. As Chairman of the CloudFest Advisory Board, Soeren uses his deep internet infrastructure expertise to create game-changing event experiences. An industry rock star, Soeren is also an actual rock star as the guitarist for the Lords of Uptime.

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Stacey Wright
VP of Cyber Resiliency Services, Cyber Crime Support Network
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Stacey Wright

Stacey A. Wright, CISSP, is CSN’s Vice President of Cyber Resiliency Services. Stacey leads projects to assist the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) in developing the cyber domain for the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) and the development of the international Cyber Classification Compendium. She works with multiple partners and stakeholders around the world, particularly in state and local governments, and law enforcement.

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Stamatis Barbounakis
VP of Sales, interworks.cloud
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Stamatis Barbounakis

Stamatis is the Vice President of Sales at interworks.cloud. He leads the company’s sales teams towards the accomplishment of a very aggressive multi-year growth plan of its two main lines of business. He has an outstanding 30y experience in the IT industry holding leading sales roles in multinational and Greek IT companies. He combines entrepreneurial drive with business-management skills, the ability to communicate a clear strategic vision and cultivate excellent relationships with teams, partners and customers. He is the father of a Software engineer son and an elite swimmer daughter.

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Stanislav Pavlov
Principal Technical Evangelist, Acronis
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Stanislav Pavlov

Stas Pavlov, Ph.D. in nuclear and particle physics and computer modeling of physical processes, has been in the IT industry for more than 20 years. He had started as a Delphi developer and through the web, desktop, mobile, IoT, and database development, had grown to a consultant, system analyst, and finally CIO of a small innovative IT company and spent about a year had been working for a hardware manufacturer.

In the last 8 years, he has been focusing on technical evangelism and developers relations helping IT professionals, partners, and startups to become successful, enable ecosystems to create innovations, and transform businesses. To meet these goals, he uses his very specific mix of development, architecture, analyzing, project and program management, and marketing experiences.

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Stanislav Protassov
Technology President and Co-founder, Acronis
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Stanislav Protassov

Stanislav has more than 20 years of experience in global software development: from developing and designing system and application software to creating and developing globally remote engineering teams that effectively take part in the general software development process.

Stanislav is known for his innovation activities in the fields of virtualization and cloud computing. According to USPTO he is the author of about 95 issued patent applications in software development, distribution systems, virtualization technologies and algorithms, and other IT systems.

Stanislav became especially well-known in management circles for his unique capabilities to grow and retain employees. In Parallels Stanislav created from scratch one of the best engineering teams in the IT sphere, also helped in hiring highly skilled professionals for Acronis and Acumatica. Stanislav holds a Ph.D in Physics and Mathematics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.

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Steve Brining
Partner Technology Evangelist – Cyber Protect, Acronis
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Steve Brining

Steve Brining serves as the partner technology evangelist for Acronis Cyber Protect at Acronis. Prior to Acronis, Mr. Brining honed his skills for over 20 years as a cybersecurity expert at PatchLink, McAfee, BeyondTrust and other technology companies. Mr. Brining holds a Masters in Business Administration in E-Business and Masters in Science in Technology and Innovation Management with specialization in Cybersecurity and is a Commanding Officer in the Arizona Army National Guard.

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Svetlana Sorokina
Managing Director, Switzerland, Ingram Micro
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Svetlana Sorokina

Svetlana has over 25 years of IT and Telecom experience in Sales, Marketing, Business Development and General Management.

She started her career in Telecom industry in 1996 in Comstar Telecommunications in Moscow, Russia. In 1997 Svetlana relocated to Dubai and in 1999 started working in Aptec, a leading IT Distributor in META. Svetlana has built and successfully developed a Mobility Business Unit in Aptec, after which in 2008 she started her career in the IT division in the same company as Marketing Manager Gulf and then Marketing Director META.

In 2012 Aptec Holdings was acquired by the global distribution giant Ingram Micro Inc. Svetlana was a member of Ingram Micro Executive team of META region until her appointment as a Managing Director Ingram Micro Switzerland in June 2020. Svetlana relocated to Switzerland with her family in August 2020.

Svetlana Sorokina holds an MA in Arabic language and literature from Moscow State University and an MBA from American University in Dubai.

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Tara-Jane Sloane
VP Sales, Teknov8 Distribution
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Tara-Jane Sloane

What’s my motivation? I am passionate about creating environments of high performing individuals. From taking channels that have become stagnant, or individuals that have lost their way, my passion remains constant. Driving positive change to see results thrive. Whilst not from an IT background, my 34-year career in sales and sales operations, with the last 23 years at a senior executive level have provided me with a vast knowledge of how other industries grow and develop. Not having an institutionalised view of how the sector works means it’s easier to challenge the status quo which keeps our company evolving.
Spanning B2B, B2C, FMCG, retail and commercial market sectors, my focus has always been on building customer loyalty through Service and Sales methodologies that ensure the customer is always front and centre of all business objectives. Retaining this principal means we maintain healthy, loyal relationships with our Partners.

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Tobias Undeutsch
Co-Founder and CEO, Backup ONE AG
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Tobias Undeutsch

Tobias Undeutsch is Co-Founder and CEO of the Backup-, Archive and Cyber Security specialist Backup ONE AG based in Switzerland. He is a Cyber Security enthusiast and holder of the CISSP Certification. Backup ONE partners with Acronis to make top of the edge data protection solutions easily accessible to companies of any size in Switzerland.

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Tolga Dincer
Founder and CEO, DT
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Tolga Dincer

Tolga Dincer is the Founder and CEO of DT. He serves in multiple executive board member roles for the DT Technology Group of Companies.

Tolga has more than 15 years’ experience in the telecommunications industry, encompassing Entrepreneurship, Management, PMO, Development, Mobility, Virtualization, Distributed Cloud and Computing, Cyber Security and Digital Platform Strategy, together with communication and technology design for Inclusive AI.

Tolga is also the co-founder of Peranova Technology Investments, an Artificial Intelligence-focused private investment company. He holds multiple M.S. in MIS and Computer Science, and is an Advisory Board member at Bahcesehir University and Istanbul Atlas University.

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Topher Tebow
Senior Cybersecurity Researcher, Acronis
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Topher Tebow

Topher Tebow is a cybersecurity researcher, focusing on community collaboration and threat analysis. Topher has been working with malware and other cyberthreats for more than a decade, beginning with web-based malware before moving into endpoint protection. Topher has written technical content for several companies, covering topics from security trends and best practices, to the analysis of malware and vulnerabilities. In addition to being published in industry publications like Cyber Defense Magazine and Security Boulevard, Topher has contributed to articles by several leading publications, and spoken at international cybersecurity events.

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Vanessa Vaughn Mathews
Founder and Chief Resilience Officer, Asfalis Advisors
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Vanessa Vaughn Mathews

Vanessa is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, the co-owner and host of the Business Resilience DECODED podcast, and an adjunct professor at Savannah State University. She has a passion for women and the black community in highlighting the systemic challenges minority professionals face in the public and private sectors. Her desire is to create forward moving change and decrease the wealth inequality gap in these communities, by sharing her knowledge and expertise through her energetic and encouraging approach. Vanessa Vaughn Mathews has been on the front lines of the crisis management and business resilience profession throughout her career. She is the 1st female in the state of Georgia to graduate with a degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management, she has worked with a Tier 1 intelligence agency, Fortune 500 companies, and has received local, national, and international recognition for her work to restore business and community resilience.

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Victor Fiss
Worldwide Solutions Engineering Senior Director, Acronis
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Victor Fiss

Victor Fiss has had a distinguished career leading teams to implement, integrate, and manage enterprise, SMB, Enterprises, and Service Providers wide solutions.

As Worldwide Sr. Director of Solutions Engineers, he oversees the coordination of solutions engineers for ACRONIS solutions.

He is responsible for the team’s goals and initiatives with sales, product management, development, and worldwide customer support.

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Wanda Eugene Ph.D.
Executive Director, Research Assistant Scientist, University of Florida 
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Wanda Eugene Ph.D.

Wanda Eugene Ph.D. prepares leaders with the business and technical skills necessary to achieve lasting change. She is the Director of the Collaboratory for Inclusive Entrepreneurship at UF Innovate which seeks to inspire, educate, and empower women and minoritized populations to attain leadership in all phases of the innovation lifecycle. In this role, she leverages her expertise to support the development and implementation of a clear strategy for contributing to a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable tech entrepreneurship ecosystem across the state of Florida. Additionally, she is the co-founder and Managing Director of DEEP Designs. Dr. Eugene holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science, a Master’s in Industrial Engineering, a Master’s in Interdisciplinary Studies specializing in Instructional Technology and African American Studies, and a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering.

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Willam Toll
Head of Product Marketing, Acronis
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Willam Toll

William is focused on connecting Acronis products with the community.

With more than 20 years of experience marketing Cloud, Hosting, IT Infrastructure, SaaS, Cloud Security and Data Protection services and solutions, William is passionate about helping organizations large and small, direct and in the channel, learn about and connect with solutions that will ensure their growth and success

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Yury Averkiev
VP, Product Management, Acronis
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Yury Averkiev

Yury has 15+ of experience delivering innovate enterprise endpoint management, RMM, and cyber protection solutions. In his own words: “I love to build great products and the challenges and the satisfaction that come with the job delivering products that truly help our partners and the end customers”.