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Programme Team


Please meet the incredible programme team who will be responsible for creating The European Power Platform Conference Programme.
If you have expertise to share, they would love to hear from you! Call for Speakers is now open.

The Team’s deep industry knowledge and subject matter expertise will help create and curate an exceptional programme of content for the European Power Platform Conference, covering Power Platform and Dynamics 365, to help you and your team achieve more with the phenomenon that is the Microsoft Power Platform.

They look forward to meeting you in Dublin in June 2023. Check out what they have to say below

Programme Chair

Jussi Roine

Jussi Roine | MVP | North Advisors | Finland

Born in ’77, I was drawn to computers at the ripe age of 5 when my parents brought home a VIC-20 home computer. I became a programmer at the same ripe age of 5 when I could type 10 PRINT “MY NAME IS JUSSI.” If we discard my questionable past working with Unix and Linux systems, I’ve worked for multiple Microsoft Partner companies since 1990. For the past decade or so, I worked at the company I co-founded, and in late 2019 I joined Microsoft as an Azure Developer Audience Lead. It was fun, but I’m better at building something from scratch – and now I run our new company, North Advisors, that focuses on Azure and Power Platform consulting and support.


Programme Team


Antti Pajunen

Antti Pajunen | MVP | Forward Forever | Finland

Antti is a Microsoft Business Applications MVP and a Power Platform, Project Operations, and Project for the web Solution Architect with a deep passion for learning cool new things. Antti is a frequent speaker at Power Platform and Dynamics 365 community events, and loves traveling the world to meet people from the community in person.


Rebekka Aalbers | MVP | Macaw | The Netherlands

Rebekka Aalbers works as a Technology Consultant at Dutch Microsoft Partner Macaw. Her focus is on helping customers with the implementation of the Microsoft Power Platform in their organization and building low code solutions. Her drive is to get the most out of the out of the box capabilities of the platform and only use custom development when it really adds value. As a former Business User herself she is an avid supporter of Citizen Developers and loves to help people getting started on their Power Platform journey.

Donald Hessing

Donald Hessing | MCM | Capgemini | Netherlands

Born in ’76 and raised with Commodore PC 10, GW Basic and table tennis, I’m educated in Information & Communication technology and experienced in the Microsoft technology stack, started as a Visual Basic and Microsoft .NET developer in the web content and service integration domain.  Donald changed his career in 2007 from .NET / SOA to SharePoint. Back in 2009 he became one of the first Microsoft Certified Masters for SharePoint (MCM) in the world and is now in his daily job Delivery Architect Director Microsoft for Capgemini.

With more than 15 years of experience in digital projects and international experience with public facing websites, e-commerce, service-oriented architecture, intranets, document management, Information architecture and cloud.

Donald likes to share his knowledge and findings in the community and has been the programme chair for the European SharePoint, Office 365 and Azure Conference since 2017. If you would like to meet in person, please contact me on twitter @dhessing

Programme Advisor

Heather Newman

Heather Newman | Microsoft | United States

Heather currently serves as Principal PM Manager and Lead for Dynamics 365 and Power Platform Community Success Engineering Team, Digital Transformation Platform Group at Microsoft. She leads a team of community program managers whose charter is engagement, evangelism, and growth by building strategy, programs, and connections for our community members with Microsoft.Heather is a former Microsoft MVP for Office Apps and Services. Over the past twenty years, Heather has led marketing for Global Cloud Provider, AvePoint, and founded a marketing consultancy. She has produced thousands of events, campaigns, and experiences in the high-tech and entertainment industries. Heather is also the host of the Mavens Do It Better Podcast, which features interviews with extraordinary everyday experts who light a spark in our world. She lives in Marina del Rey, California, and has extensively traveled the world both for pleasure and by speaking about Power Platform, Office 365, SharePoint, Microsoft Teams, Workplace Culture, Community and Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging. Heather is a published playwright and graduate of the University of Washington School of Drama, Seattle WA.

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