Paula Januszkiewicz is the IT Security Auditor and Penetration Tester, Enterprise Security MVP and trainer (MCT) and Microsoft Security Trusted Advisor. She is also a top speaker at many well-‐known conferences including TechEd North America, TechEd Europe, TechEd Middle East, RSA, TechDays, CyberCrime, etc., and is often rated as number-one speaker. Paula is engaged as a keynote speaker for security related events and she writes articles on Windows Security.
She drives her own company CQURE, working on security related issues and projects. Paula has conducted hundreds of IT security audits and penetration tests, including those for governmental organizations. Her distinct specialization is definitely on Microsoft security solutions in which she holds multiple Microsoft certifications, besides being familiar with and possessing certifications in other related technologies. Paula is passionate about sharing her knowledge with others. In private, she enjoys researching new technologies, which she converts to authored trainings. She wrote a book about Threat Management Gateway 2010, and is working on her next book. She has access to a source code of Windows! Every year she makes over 200 flights (2013 -‐ 248) to gain more and more experience, provides penetration tests and consults Customers about how to secure their infrastructures.
With a prestigious international career spanning 20 years, Andy is not only a world class technology instructor and consultant, but is also a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional and multi award winning international conference speaker at such prestigious events as Microsoft TechEd, Dev Connections, TechMentor - Live 360 and the Cybercrime Security Forum. His passionate style of delivery, combined with a sense of fun has become his trademark and have won him great acclaim.
Although his primary focus is security. Andy loves to talk about the Windows platform, Exchange and Office technologies. And with knowledge dating back to the MS-DOS 2 and Windows 2.0 era there is often an interesting story to be told. But technology never sleeps and Andy continues to work with the Microsoft product teams to create and deliver ground breaking material on Microsoft Azure and Office 365. For 2015 Andy is scheduled to deliver content in Europe, the middle east and the US to name but a few. Andy has also just published his first book, a Sci-Fi Thriller “The Seventh Day.”
Daniel Petri is a world-known IT professional, technical trainer and creator of one of the world's largest IT knowledge bases – www.petri.com. Daniel consults to leading global Fortune 1000 companies in Microsoft IT Infrastructure and Engineering strategies.
For his contribution to the IT Pro community Daniel has received the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for the 9th time. Daniel's professional certifications include Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist, Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, Microsoft Certified System Administrator and Microsoft Certified Trainer.
While working for Microsoft, Daniel serves as a Senior Premier Field Engineer (PFE) specializing in Windows Server OS and Active Directory. After leaving Microsoft, Daniel started to work for ObserveIT, makers of the ObserveIT User Monitoring software, where he holds the role of Senior Solutions Architect.
Peter Leeson is the founder and director of Q:PIT Ltd, based in England. He has nearly 40 experience in the software industry, is a visiting scientist with the Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania, USA). He is an internationally renowned speaker, instructor, consultant and process appraiser.
After spending many years being a process improvement consultant, Peter has focused more and more on the need for job satisfaction and the feeling of achievement as the ultimate key to quality, which means lower time to market and lower costs. Peter has worked in nearly every continent (still missing South America and Antarctica), and believes that any change for the better in an organization has to be deeply rooted in the culture of the country, the organization and the team.
Peter is not only a certified lead appraiser and instructor in CMMI (services, development and acquisition), Peter does quality assurance and development work in improving and rewriting the various courses of the CMMI Institute, seeking to make them more learner centred and focused on real improvement of business objectives and away from respect of theories and principles.
Jürgen has been entrusted with the role of sole CEO as of January 2015, after joining the executive leadership team as Co-CEO in January 2014. He is responsible for developing and implementing strategic growth initiatives, while also providing leadership vision in maintaining a strong company culture.
Prior to joining iQuest, Jürgen has held senior executive management positions, including Chief Executive Officer of Sicap AG, Senior Vice President of business development, marketing and sales at Siemens IT Services, Chief Executive Officer and Vice President of consulting at Oracle Deutschland, and Chief Executive Officer at Sony Germany. In addition, he is a founding partner of Enterpriser, an IT consulting company in Germany.
Jürgen holds a degree in Mathematics, a teaching Degree in Mathematics and Physics and a Master of Science in Management from MIT.
Andy Cross is a cloud architect and co-founder of Elastacloud. With a background in highly transactional websites, his performance optimisation within the Microsoft development stack eventually led him to more and more distributed systems and open technologies. An international speaker, Andy has lead teams building the largest Hadoop and HDInsight specialist deployments on Azure.
His passion for embedded software and high performance compute clusters gives him a unique sphere of computation from the very small and resource constrained to the massively scalable limitless potential of the cloud. He is a Azure Insider, co-founder of the UK London Azure User Group, an Azure Most Valuable Professional and a Microsoft Regional Director.
Raffaele Rialdi is a senior Software Architect working as a consultant, speaker and trainer. Since 2003, he is a Microsoft MVP in the Developer Security category and part of the Microsoft Developer Guidance Advisory Council. His passion for the community brought him to be member of the board of UGIdotNET, president of DotNetLiguria and co-founder of the Italian C++ user group.
Currently he is working as architect and developer on the backend of an enterprise project and working on cross-platform mobile development in both C# and C++ languages.
David Giard is a former accountant and a former biochemist, who has been developing solutions using Microsoft technologies for over 2 decades. Currently, David helps people build solutions in his role as a Microsoft Technical Evangelist. David has been very active in the developer community, speaking at numerous major conferences, code camps, and user groups; helping to lead user groups; and helping to organize conferences and other geek events. He is the host and producer of the mildly popular online TV show Technology and Friends. He is the co-author of the Wrox book Real World .NET, C#, and Silverlight. You can read his latest thoughts at www.DavidGiard.com. His hobbies include video, photography, sports, and embarrassing his sons.
When he is not in front of his computer screen, George is either boxing, working out, road tripping or spinning the latest tracks with his DJ friends.
Andrea Saltarello is CEO and founder of Managed Designs, a company providing consultancy services related to software design and development.
A solution architect, Andrea is still eager to write code in real projects in order to get feedback about his architectural decisions; he is co-author of “Microsoft .NET: Architecting Applications for the Enterprise” by Microsoft Press: first released in 2008, the second edition hit the stores in September 2014.
As a trainer and speaker, Andrea had several speaking engagements for courses and conferences across Europe such as DevWeek and Tech-Ed Europe; he also taught "Operating Systems" during the "Master in Editoria Multimediale" class organized by the University “Politecnico of Milan”.
In 2001 Andrea co-founded UGIdotNET, the first Italian .NET User Group of whom he is the President and leader: due to his community efforts, he has been granted the Microsoft MVP award since 2003.
Independent Consulant and Trainer at ShadowLand Consulting. Community leader focused on SQL Server, SharePoint, security, cloud computing, collaboration solutions, and ITIL, DR, BCM and SLA. Love licensing agreements. Working with audit projects, consulting and implementation in Poland, Scandinavia, Europe and China. Member of the Boards of Directors in GITCA EMEA and Polish Information Processing Society (Lower Silesia District). Member several associations: Microsoft Terminology Community, Friends of RedGate PLUS, PASS, ISSA, ACM and several communities in the world.
MCT and MVP for SQL Server since July 2010. Subject Matter Expert at CQURE and Microsoft Connect. Former president of the Polish SQL Server USer Group. Creator of SQLDay Conference. Active blogger (owner of five) and international speaker with many different conference experience. Co-author of SQL Server MVP Deep Dives Volume Two. Cross-mountan cyclist, amateur in swimming and running. Fan of snooker and good music.
Adam Granicz is a 5x F# MVP and the author of 4 F# books, key F# community member and evangelist, and a regular speaker at developer conferences and workshops.
Next to heading IntelliFactory, the F# company specializing in functional web and cloud applications and developer tools, he promotes the use of functional programming in industry at various events and venues. You can follow him on twitter, or find him on FPish, the largest online functional programming community
Ciprian Jichici is participating in the Microsoft Regional Directors Program as a Regional Director for Romania and has been involved for the past 16 years in many enterprise-scale technology-related projects, workshops and presentations. Ciprian is also a Solutions Architect MVP focusing especially on architectural issues related to the Microsoft Application Platform.
He splits his time between delivering workshops and presentations on technologies and platforms that are part of the Microsoft Application Platform and doing academic research in the field of data mining in preparation of his PhD thesis. Ciprian is the General Manager of Genisoft, a consultancy, training, and services company based in Timisoara, Romania.
He is also Chief Architect at High-Tech Systems & Software, an IT solution provider based in Bucharest, Romania.
For over 8 years, Claudia Jelea has been focusing her practice on IT&C, Internet, intellectual property and personal data protection. She likes to stay connected to this dynamic side of law which tries to keep up with new technologies and the digital environment.
Claudia currently runs IP Boutique – a trademark agency and Jlaw - a boutique shop of niche legal services. She is both a trademark attorney and a lawyer. She also did two master programs in IT Law and, respectively, in European Intellectual Property Law at Stockholm University, Sweden.
As for fun, Claudia is a painting enthusiast and enjoys yoga for balance.
Founder and CEO of XEDUCO (former Intelprof Training ), George Dobrea is a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) since 1998, and nominated since 2004 by Microsoft as Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for Enterprise Security. He provides consultancy and technical training for IT infrastructure frameworks, Enterprise Security and Microsoft System Center products. Passionate about security topics, he delivers around the world Ethical Hacking courses for security analysts and IT security professionals.
Speaker at international conferences including TechED, MCT and MVP Summits in USA or Europe, George is actively involved as a volunteer in international training projects with humanitarian agencies like NetHope and CRS. He’s the MCT Regional Lead for Romania and member of the EMEA board of IAMCP – International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners.
Adrian Stoian is an IT Trainer and Consultant at TechReady, specializing on systems management and virtualization solution with a focus on System Center family. Adrian is a Microsoft Certified Trainer since 1998 and enjoys explaining how to plan, implement and operate IT solutions.
Since 2009 he was awarded Microsoft MVP on System Center Configuration Manager. Whenever he has time, Adrian likes to go mountain biking.
Ionut is developer for Cerner Romania and passionate about technology (smartphones, wearables, security). He is a regular speaker at the major Romanian IT conferences, reviewer at MOBzine.ro and book writer with focus on mobiles. Prior joining Siemens Ionut was the editor in chief for CHIP IT magazine and chief of CHIP’s software testlab.
Founder of PITECH+PLUS group of businesses, Bogdan Herea was born in Bucharest, Romania. His results in school brought him a scholarship at INSA LYON (L’Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon) where he studied Computer Engineering. His entrepreneurial projects started at the end of 2005, when he founded his own IT services company in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, after 13 years of living and working in France.
In 2005 he founded Pitechapps, a company with 10 engineers working in PHP technology. Due to the global dynamic of the IT industry, the company rapidly grew, and new business lines were added. In 2011 he managed to bring in-house mobile competences, through a spinoff named RODEAPPS. After 4 years, RODEAPPS acquired clients in Europe, US, UAE. A team of 24 engineers is building today in Cluj-Napoca mobile apps for world brands. PITECH+CONCEPT was launched in 2012 with a small team of digital marketeers. The purpose of this new line is to create a hub for digital product innovation. Once re-branded as PITECH+PLUS, two years ago, the structure became the epicenter of a group of companies which sustain education, start-ups and innovation. In 2014, Herea expanded his entrepreneurial efforts again by changing the group operational strategy, from services to services and products. Starting with April 2014, two teams are working on two digital start-ups: SONIC+PLUS, a B2B2C product offering an innovative solution for invoice dematerialization and PARKING+PLUS, B2B2C, with C focus for easing drivers’ lives in a crowded towns.
After years of challenges, he decided to give back. Having said that kindness is the ultimate coolness, he founded in 2014 a free vocational school that teaches passionate young people computer programming. The school is based on a partnership with the school 42, founded by the magnate telecom Xavier Niel in Paris. The common aim is to deliver world class programmers and tech entrepreneurs.
Dan Cantaragiu is the founder of D&D Mentoring, an young company specialized in organizational development and leadership, operating a license from Leadership Management International USA. Previously, Dan activated for 16 years in large multinational companies, occupying top management positions.
"There is a day when you have to return to the young generation all you received from the society in the last 20-25 years. I strongly believe in this personal mission. "
Dan graduated the Polytechnic University of Bucharest (1992) and Master of Business Administration of OUBS London (2011).
Tiberiu Radu is a Senior Consultant with Microsoft Romania, where he started as a MACH hire on the Enterprise Services team. Microsoft Academy for College Hires (MACH) means that prior to Microsoft he had little experience, joining directly from the "Politehnica" University of Bucharest, where he has had over 4 years’ experience as a Team Lead for the Microsoft Student Partners program.
In the last 5 years he's focused on everything around Virtualization technologies, including Server Virtualization, VDI solutions and System Center to manage it all. In the last year, he has also added Azure IaaS to his list of favorite skills.
Dan Nicola is a passionate Agile practitioner, focused on guiding teams in becoming self-organized and committed to delivering customer value at all times. He works at Maxcode in Iasi, Romania, where he is involved in exciting projects in the payments and health care industries.
Dan is also a proud Codecamper and helped create one of the largest communities of software developers in Romania.
Vlad is one of those people lucky enough to get paid for doing what they love - developing software. He also enjoys giving talks on various subjects, overcooking food and referring to himself in the third person. You can find out more about him on vladiliescu.ro.
Florin Coros is a passionate software architect and developer who has been working for the last 10 years in a wide variety of business applications using Microsoft technologies. He is particularly interested in distributed applications, code design and unit testing. He has an increased interest in software quality and he strongly believes in quality driven products. As one of the fans of Uncle Bob he values his saying: “the only way to go fast is to go well”. Currently, Florin works in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. As part of iQuarc he helps different companies with training, coaching and consulting. He is also a Software Architect at iQuarc.
In the last years Florin got involved in IT communities, by speaking at community events or by having an active role in organizing them. He is one of the Co-Founders of RABS, a community of experienced IT professionals which wants to help raise the quality of our products as an industry. In the last years, Florin was actively involved in organizing The Global Day of Code Retreat in Cluj-Napoca, an event which gathers tens passionate developers for a full day of practicing their profession.
Alex Mang is a regular speaker at community driven events focusing mostly on cloud-computing topics, thus aiming to help developers better understand the implications of cloud-computing as a whole. As an Azure Advisor, he regularly offers feedback on upcoming Azure features and services and gets to test them out in early development stages.
Alex dedicates most of his time developing his BizSpark Plus start-up, KeyTicket Solutions, an event management and ticketing solution developer company, where he gets to work with some of the biggest event organizers in Romania. He also invests lots of time teaching software architectural patterns and cloud computing development at user groups and forums. Whenever he doesn’t write articles in the monthly TechWiki magazine, he develops and publishes open-source Azure-related libraries (e.g. Azure Search Client) on CodePlex or in Git repositories.
During his 10 year career as a software developer he got the chance to work on both hardware and software projects using Microsoft and Microsoft-related technologies on all platforms imaginable: embedded, robotics, desktop, mobile and web.
Silviu Niculita is a passionate software developer and CTO focused on solving hard business problems with cutting-edge technology.
For the last 6 years he has managed teams building and operating high-performance database marketing systems from hardware architecture to design, development, quality assurance and support.
Silviu's areas of interest are around how small teams can be most effective in building real software: high-quality, secure systems at the highest limits of robustness, performance and flexibility.
Silviu has worked with groups like Microsoft, Siemens and RIA Solutions Group. He also holds numerous Microsoft developer certifications.
Radu Marinescu is full professor of software engineering at the Politehnica University of Timisoara, where he heads the LOOSE Research Group. Recently, he joined Endava as Group Manager for Code Quality, with the goal of making code quality part of Endava's organisational DNA. Radu's interests are focused on software design, quality assurance, software metrics and refactoring. He is co-author of the "Object-Oriented Metrics in Practice" book, one of the best selling titles on metrics.
Radu strongly believes that research must ultimately flow into software products that have influence the state of the practice in software companies. Consequently, he was one of the key driving forces in creating inFusion, an industry-strength tool for assessing design quality. inFusion has been successfully used by thousands of developers and architects in large-scale companies, including a very successful deployment in a Global Fortune 500 telecom company. In 2014 he received the ICSME Most Influential Paper Award, after having received in 2009, along with an MIT professor, the IBM John Backus Award for "having done the most to improve programmer productivity" from a jury that included two Turing Award winners. In 2010 he served as General Chair for the 26th International Conference on Software Maintenance, the premier scientific event in this field.
Sorina Mone is a marketing professional with multidisciplinary mindset and background. She holds a PhD in marketing and, as marketing lead of one of the largest software companies in Transylvania, Fortech, Sorina contributed to rebranding the organization and positioning it as one of the most active on the local market.
Her recent focus has also been in the product development area. As product owner of vreau-ceva.ro, Sorina was responsible with orchestrating all activities from idea to market. She is currently involved in product marketing and operations and has become passionate with all facets of product development, from business model generation, to building a team around an idea and implementing it.
Razvan Dobre is a Phd student at Politehnica University of Bucharest. He is pasionate about system administration and cloud technologies. He curently works as a TechOps Engineer for Adobe Romania.
Passionate clean coder using .Net since its first beta version. Involved in enterprise solutions in banking, retail, pharma and other industries. Certified SCRUM master.
Tries to find patterns of pitfalls in software delivery and use alternatives in order to make easier the development process. Trail/marathon runner.
Florin Loghiade is an IT consultant with a huge passion for virtualization and cloud technologies. During his college days he joined the Microsoft Student Partners program on the IT PRO track and focused on studying on-premise and cloud infrastructure technologies using Windows Server and System Center. He then became a Microsoft Specialist on Private Cloud. In his first year as a Microsoft Student Partner, Florin got to the final stage of ImagineCup Romania and after that he won RestartEDU.
Florin’s main focus is implementing and managing Windows Server and System Center products.
In his free time he likes to learn and try out bleeding-edge technologies in order keep up with today’s trends.
Razvan Rusu works at Ecko Systems and for the last five years he has been gathering experience in Microsoft techonologies based on his background in IT consultancy and training. These were also the trigger for him becoming a MCSE and MCT.
He has mostly given up the GUI and uses PowerShell in his work. At this time, he's also a Partner - Technical Solutions Professional at Microsoft, specialized in the Azure platform, helping out clients who want to transition to the cloud.
Radu Vunvulea is a technical lead at iQuest, working on LoB application using Microsoft technologies. He has a vast experience on different platforms from mobile and web to backend solution deployed on on-premise and in the cloud.
He worked on different fields such as e-commerce, pharma, automoto, logistics, home automation and transportation. He is very active at offline events in Romania, where he is not only a speaker, but he is also an organizer. In the online world he writes technical posts on his blog.
Mihai Tataran is the General Manager of Avaelgo, a software consulting and custom development company based in Romania, and an MVP on Windows Azure and Windows Azure Insider. Lately Mihai had an extensive experience with Windows Azure: completed solutions for different customers, and delivering the Microsoft DPE training on Azure for partners in Romania. One of those projects made it to a Case Study on Microsoft .com website, and his company Avaelgo was nominated as Cloud SME of the Month in Europe in May 2012.
Mihai has very good experience with large audiences at international conferences: DevReach in Bulgaria, Codecamp Macedonia, TechEd NA 2011 and 2012 BoF sessions; he is also involved in organizing ITCamp Romania.
Tudor Damian works as an IT consultant and tech support specialist. With more than 10 years of experience in managing complex IT infrastructures, he is a technical speaker at local and regional IT events, talking about the latest technologies and trends on topics including general networking & security, virtualization technologies, OS deployment and maintenance, social engineering and information security awareness, web application security, white-hat hacking and penetration testing techniques.
His day to day activities cover designing and implementing IT solutions, performing security audits and penetration tests, offering tech support services and delivering training sessions for experts and beginners alike. He is also a co-organizer for ITCamp.