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Keynote Speaker Profiles

Jeff Teper

President - Collaborative Apps & Platform
Microsoft

Known as the “Founder of SharePoint,” Jeff came to Microsoft because of the company’s approach to solving challenges and empowering people through software. A developer at heart, today Jeff leads Microsoft’s collaboration platform including Teams, SharePoint and OneDrive, which serve more than 1 billion people around the globe.

Outside of work, Jeff is an avid runner, and an avid fan of Disney and The Beatles. Jeff has an MBA from Harvard and a BS from New York University.

Jeff and friends will keynote on AI Transformation of Work

Scott Hanselman

Partner Program Manager
Microsoft
Scott Hanselman

Scott has been a developer for 30 years and has been blogging at https://hanselman.com for 20 years! He works in Open Source on .NET and the Azure Cloud for Microsoft out of his home office in Portland, Oregon. Scott has been podcasting for over 800 episodes of http://hanselminutes.com over 15 years and 700 episodes of http://www.azurefriday.com

He’s written a number of technical books and spoken in person to over one million developers worldwide! He’s also on TikTok, which was very likely a huge mistake.

Karuana Gatimu

Principal Manager, Customer Advocacy Group, Microsoft Teams Engineering
Microsoft

Karuana is a business architect and productivity expert currently working in the Microsoft Teams product group. With a 25-year history in collaboration technology and corporate IT, she is experienced in Microsoft 365 services with a focus on Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, and Power Platform. She combines her technical expertise with a passion for community management and a #PeopleFirst approach to business transformation. Her team currently drives worldwide adoption of Microsoft 365 services, product feedback, and technical readiness for IT professionals, developers, and productivity Champions, including the Microsoft 365 Champions program and the Teams Technical Community. Her specialized experience in enterprise, government, non-profit, and retail solution architecture allows her to build large scale adoption programs and create the Microsoft Service Adoption Specialist and Virtual Event Production courses. She is the host & executive producer of Coffee in the Cloud on YouTube and a frequent speaker on empowering female leadership in technology and the future of collaboration.

Karuana will keynote on: Building a High Performance Organization in the Age of AI

Rafal Lukawiecki

Data Scientist
Project Botticelli Ltd

As Data Scientist at Project Botticelli Ltd, Rafal focuses on making advanced analytics and artificial intelligence easy and useful for his clients.

He can help you find valuable, meaningful patterns and statistically valid correlations using data science and machine learning in data sets both big and small. Rafal is also known for his work in business intelligence, data protection, enterprise architecture, and solution delivery. While majority of his clients come from consumer and corporate finance, entertainment, healthcare, IT, retail, and the public sectors, Rafal has worked in almost all industries.

He has been a popular speaker at major IT conferences since 1998, and he had the honour of sharing keynote platforms with Bill Gates and Neil Armstrong. A natural educator, he explains complex concepts in simple terms in his enjoyably energetic style.

Outside of IT, Rafal spends a quarter of every year finding abstractions in natural landscapes, expressing them through traditional, black-and-white, large-format film photography, making silver-gelatin prints by hand—see rafal.net. You can also follow Rafal on Twitter, or connect with him on LinkedIn.

Rafal will Keynote on The Next Decade in Data, Intelligence, and Technology

Dona Sarkar

Chief Troublemaker - Microsoft Inclusive AI and Accessibility
Microsoft

Amanda Silver

CVP of Developer Division
Microsoft
Dona Sarkar

Dona believes that you are one experiment away from being your most powerful self at work. And yes, in life!

Currently at her day job, she’s running 100 experiments as the Chief Troublemaker of the Microsoft AI and Copilot Extensibility Program. Her goal is that people all over the world can use Microsoft’s AI and Copilot programs to reason over their OWN data and truly make AI useful for their business.

Dona’s also a keynote speaker (fave audience is corporate leaders like YOU), a multi-published author (it turns out fiction writing is useful in software!),  the owner of the ethical luxury fashion brand called Prima Dona Studios and she has recently become a wine bar co-owner and is studying to be a sommelier.

A few years ago, she was named one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Productive People and Cosmopolitan magazine’s Businessperson of the Year for her multi-faceted (aka weird) life.  And yes, she is always ready to get on a plane and come see YOU.

Dona’s ESPC Keynote:  These are DEFINITELY the droids you are looking for (AI, Copilots and What It Means For You)

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