TEDx Speaker | Advisor & Author of Driving Change | Nominated Speaker of the Year 2019
Karin Zingmark has over 20 years of experience in driving change on the topics of Communication and Leadership, most recently as CMO Lead at Microsoft. Today, she is a sought after speaker, an author and a strategic advisor, active on several boards. She is current with her second book “Brave through Trust”, following up on her first book ”Talk the Walk” which was selected one of the most important management books by the largest Swedish morning newspaper when it was launched 2017. She has a certificate in the foundations of Neuroleadership and is nominated Speaker of the Year 2019. Visit karinzingmark.com.
Mark is a Senior Product Manager at Microsoft focused on collaboration and intelligent communications with Microsoft Lists and SharePoint in Microsoft 365. He has worked at MSFT since 2000. You can valo him on Twitter @MKashman. Mark also co-hosts The Intrazone podcast (aka.ms/TheIntrazone).
As Community Lead for Microsoft Teams, Laurie manages the virtual Microsoft Tech Community and continues to mobilize the MVP Community to share their expertise around Microsoft Teams. Having spent 15 years at Microsoft, Laurie manages user adoption and pre-release programs for Live Meeting, OCS, Lync, Skype for Business, and Teams. Laurie has a strong history of bringing people together and surfacing the human element to impact technology, skilled in Community Management and User Adoption.
CEO, Microsoft 365 Trainer, Change Agent at ShareThePoint | Digital Workplace Conference Organizer
Managing Director, Consultant, and Trainer at ShareThePoint. Known for being a courageous catalyst for change, Debbie makes things happen. Debbie is a driven and respected leader in the online collaboration space, and interacts and communicates effectively at the executive level. Organizing annual Digital Workplace Conferences in New Zealand, Australia, Southeast Asia, connecting 1000’s of Microsoft Technology users, gurus, trainers, business managers, vendors, and resources.
Digital Strategist, Collaboration Consultant and Human-Centered Designer at Digital Workplace Company
James would describe himself as “a human-centred designer and a (business) technology strategist.” From the user research to the solutions architecture, he enjoys helping people to get the most out of the technology available to them. Involved in projects where creating strategies for digital workplaces and activity-based working.
CEO and Founder at Digital Workplace Group | Co-author of 'The Digital Renaissance of Work' | Social Entrepreneur
Paul Miller is CEO and Founder of the Digital Workplace Group (DWG). He is a business and social entrepreneur, author and speaker. DWG was recognised in 2020 by the Financial Times as one of the UK’s leading management consultancies for digital transformation. His latest book, The Digital Renaissance of Work: Delivering digital workplaces fit for the future (co-authored with Elizabeth Marsh), was shortlisted for the UK Management Book of the Year 2016 Award. Paul has been ranked one of the world’s Top 50 Social Employee Advocacy Leaders.
The know-how you need is only a conversation away. Janus empowers leaders to connect, create, grow, and share. Janus has built up quite an experience building a people business, working with business leaders and practitioners, and enjoy learning from past mistakes, creating superior results, and sharing in a friendly down-to-earth way. For more, visit janusboye.com.
Pekka is the President and founder of Valo, the digital workplace product suite built on top of Microsoft 365 with millions of global users. He is also the chairman of the Finnish Software and e-Business Association. With more than 20 years’ experience in the software business he is addicted to creating better workday experiences while spreading the #ValoLove.
Christian is a Microsoft Regional Director and MVP, Founder & CEO of CollabTalk LLC, an independent research and technical marketing services firm providing fractional-CMO services primarily within the Microsoft ecosystem. Find him online at www.buckleyplanet.com and @buckleyplanet.
CEO at Distributed Consulting | Remote Work Expert | Virtual Workforce Strategist
As the Founder of Distribute Consulting and the Remote Work Association, Laurel Farrer starts, strengthens, and leverages virtual workforces to solve corporate and socioeconomic concerns. A global thought leader on the topic of remote work, Laurel collaborates with the world’s leading businesses and governments to eliminate virtual worker discrimination, prevent policy retraction, increase remote job accessibility, train distributed leaders, and design economic initiatives. Additionally, she also shares her expertise as a Forbes contributor, subject matter expert for business education curriculum, and virtual software product advisor.
Gokan is a Project Marketing Manager at Valo where he assists organisations with building innovative, intelligent, and responsive cloud-driven solutions. With the Mobile-first & Cloud-first ideology, his goal is to do more with the Microsoft cloud. You will frequently catch Gokan at numerous national and international conferences sharing his great ideas or even a laugh or two!
Luise Freese is winning heart & mind of your employees to adopt Office 365! She’s also a Microsoft 365 Business Consultant and MVP for Office Apps & Services. She focuses on giving guidance regarding digital literacy, the art of teamwork, and simplifying business processes. Her mission is to make work work.
Dan provides creative solutions for end-to-end, business to business Enterprise Content Management (ECM) with the Microsoft Sharepoint platform. As a Senior Sharepoint Consultant at Konica Minolta, he also consults and mentors on Sharepoint best practices for critical business processes and user adoption within a wide variety of industries.
Seb is a Product Lead at Valo and building the right tools for more effective working days in the digital workplace environment. He’s also Office Development MVP. You will find Seb speaking regularly at conferences around the world. Along with coding, Seb builds solutions with client-side technologies levering all aspects of the Microsoft Cloud, including Microsoft Graph and Office 365. Seb’s motto: Always be shipping!
Solution-focused IT professional, to the high-energy working environment to exceed client expectations, Matt is an expert in applying technology to meet challenging business requirements for more than 15 years. While creative at problem-solving, Matt ensures meeting deadline commitments. Matt designs simple, innovative, and efficient SharePoint solutions that are specific to medium and large corporate needs. When it comes to being efficient and being able to use all internal communication tools, Matt is the person you want in your corner.
Modern Workplace & Collaboration Maestro at Creospark | Driving Digital Transformations
Shafina is working as a Modern Teamwork Adoption & Change Management Lead. She’s a dynamic adoption and change management consultant, specializing in working with companies trying to forge a new path with an old map. A graceful motivating speaker, Shafina’s primary goal is to encourage users and organizations to challenge their uncertainty in a digital world and bring to life the concepts of modern teamwork.
For over 20 years Dwyer has indulged his passion for delivering optimized business processes and information worker solutions. He is currently focused on Email Management and Document Management on the Office 365 and SharePoint platforms through the development of the OnePlace Solutions product suite.
Vlad is an Office 365 expert helping organizations get the most out their Microsoft 365 Digital Workplace. IT Professional at heart, Vlad focuses on helping administrators manage governance across services such as SharePoint, OneDrive for Business, and Microsoft Teams. Additionally, Vlad is the author of three SharePoint books published by Apress.
John is the founder of Flow Studio solutions: powerstudio.app and powerclarity.app. He specializes and blogs (johnliu.net) frequently on client-side scripting, custom development, workflows and forms, helping developers to customize SharePoint and beyond. John is a strong advocate of serverless technologies and has been awarded a second MVP in Business Applications for his work in strengthening Microsoft Flow and PowerApps capabilities.
Perry is a Digital Transformation Leader focused on Azure and Microsoft 365 platforms. While delivering multiple cloud migrations across verticals including retail, healthcare, logistics, and manufacturing, Perry is passionate about results and positive outcomes. Perry supports organizations’ journey to Azure and Office 365.
Founder and CTO at Knowledge People AS, Knut is also known as Office 365 MVP, MCT, MCSE SharePoint, MCSA Office 365, SharePoint evangelist. More so, Knut is the Product Evangelist and Partner Manager for Valo where his main focus is advising the clients on how to get the most out of SharePoint and Office 365. Always diving deeper into the SharePoint world with his never-ending smile! Psst. The best treasure is #ValoLove.
CEO & Founder at Abalon | Office Apps and Services MVP | Enterprise Solutions Architect
Patrick has 20+ years of experience as an Enterprise Solutions Architect. He has a successful track record of technical expertise for Office 365, SharePoint, SQL Server, and Oracle RDBMS. He is a former Microsoft employee in France. He now works for his own company Abalon, created in 2011. Abalon is dedicated to supporting customers on getting real business benefits with Microsoft collaborative platform.
Daniel is a Microsoft 365 Consultant that has been delivering strategic business outcomes for 15 years. Daniel works with the Microsoft 365 collaboration tools specifically SharePoint, Microsoft Teams, OneDrive, Yammer, and the Power Platform, while maintaining a clear focus on security, compliance and information protection. Daniel is helping your business by empowering users to achieve more with Microsoft 365 and the right tools for digital work. Make the most of the transformation and grow!
Janniek is a Solution Architect and takes a leading role providing solutions or consulting services based on Microsoft SharePoint and inherent technologies, usually on an international scale. He has grown into his leadership position through guiding teams to grow, exceeding revenue targets, and delivering projects successfully, within budget and on time. Janniek is ensuring appropriate technology is being implemented to address business requirements.
Noorez Khamis is a Microsoft recognized MVP in Microsoft Teams & Microsoft 365 Technologies. Noorez has 15+ years of industry experience in a consulting capacity while having been directly involved in hundreds of projects. He’s helping clients embrace cloud technologies to change the way employees connect, collaborate, and communicate. This is achieved through cloud consulting engagements to facilitate their cloud enterprise integration needs as well as developing products which will ease organizations’ employee transition to the cloud resulting in lower costs, increased productivity, and automated processes.
Elio is an independent Belgium-based Solutions Architect, Blogger, and Public Speaker. Elio has gained extensive experience in Office 365 and SharePoint development. He was deemed a Microsoft MVP five consecutive times and has been recognized as a SharePoint/Office 365 Top 25 Influencer three times.
Collaboration Practice Lead at InfoWorks | Office Apps and Services (SharePoint) MVP
Daniel is a Microsoft Office Apps and Services MVP with 15 years’ experience building technology solutions, intranets and extranets. As a Practice Lead for InfoWorks, Daniel helps organizations of all sizes solve complex data challenges by implementing Microsoft 365 and SharePoint without the need of customization and costly investments. Daniel is a sought-after trainer, providing customized Power BI and Power Automate training for companies around the world. He’s also passionate about giving back and building the Microsoft tech community. Daniel holds leadership roles in various local user groups, serves as an organizer for Microsoft 365 Nashville, and is a co-host for the popular 365 Message Center show on MessageCenter.Show. Follow Daniel online at DanielGlenn.com.
Susan Hanley is a consultant specializing in the “people side” of intranet and collaboration solutions. She is a Microsoft Office Apps and Services MVP and writes the Essential SharePoint blog for Computerworld at computerworld.com/blog/essential-sharepoint. Her areas of expertise include information architecture, knowledge management, collaboration and intranet strategy, user adoption, governance, and business value metrics. The co-author of three popular SharePoint books that focus on business challenges.
Jussi is a master of tackling the challenges of digital workplace with best tools fit for the job. Jussi serves as a crew member in Blue Meteorite, the company behind the renowned, award-winning Valo product family. He has experience from over 50 intranet projects and has gained deep knowledge on how to built end-user and organizational capability, how to adopt Office 365 into the working culture, and how to successfully leverage from Office 365 features, using Valo Intranet and Valo Teamwork. Specialized in Intranet, Yammer, Microsoft 365, SharePoint, and digital workplace and internal communication and collaboration consulting.
Senior SharePoint and Cloud architecture Consultant, Valo Product Evangelist and Technical Partner Manager
Mark is a rivetting speaker who hails from more than 2 decades of web and intranet development and has slowly earned a reputation as a premium, Senior Consultant for SharePoint and Cloud architecture. But he describes himself more simply as someone who helps customers from all walks of life, from community organisations to large corporate and government agencies, design and build Office 365 and Azure based solutions.
Andy is a Senior Consultant at Insight, providing advisory, design and technical implementation of digital solutions for a number of customers looking to transform their digital workplaces. Andy has over 10 years of Microsoft SharePoint consulting experience in helping organisations leverage the platform technology to build effective business processes and to achieve collaboration outcomes.
Julie Whitlock is the Associate Director, Digital Innovations at Murdoch University located in Perth, Western Australia. With an extensive background in marketing, customer experience, product development and digital she is currently accountable for the teams, platforms and digital experience on the University’s engagement channels including website, student portal and staff intranet. Julie was a nominee for WiTWA Tech[+] 20 Awards – 2019, is a member of the University Senate, University Art Board and holds a voluntary Board position for the not-for-profit, Women’s Legal Service WA.
Learning Experience Designer at NSW Department of Education, Education Consultant & Digital Creative and Co-founder of SLAM Australia, Digital Sparks
Rob McTaggart can honestly state he has the vision and expertise to support the transformation of any primary school towards being a leader in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). After more than a decade of training and supporting educators in modern teaching methodologies and educational technologies, he would describe himself as an experienced and flexible ICT generalist, problem solver incorporating systems design and development.
With over 20 years of experience bridging the gap between IT departments and Operations, both in the UK and NZ, there isn’t much Lee hasn’t seen with Microsoft technology projects. Lee learned very quickly, that technology should ALWAYS make the daily working of the users more effective. His passions in life are Technology, Business and People. Lee is happiest when he’s able to combine all three.
For the past 10 years, Tom has been helping customers across industries to effectively digitize business processes and improve collaboration and productivity. His combination of strategic thinking and expertise in a range of platforms – SharePoint and Office 365 to OpenText and Alfresco – grant him the capacity to capture new trends and turn them into solutions.
Internal Communications Coordinator at Multipharma
Based on his 20 years’ experience, Christof has developed an internal communications approach based on 3 pillars: Information (content creation and execution), Organization (involve your stakeholders through rules and processes), and Coaching (empower your employees to communicate).
Solutions-focused, team-oriented Senior SharePoint Architect with Project Management experience and hands-on skill in the successful implementations of highly scalable SharePoint solutions. With proven strengths in managing cross-functional teams to achieve optimal business outcomes within mission-critical initiatives.
Ulrika Hedlund is an EdTech entrepreneur and the founder of Storyals. Ulrika is passionate about technology and the power of
storytelling. After over a decade working at Microsoft, she became an entrepreneur and now helps organizations all over the world drive adoption of Office 365. She has authored numerous courses and is a frequent blogger and public speaker.
Ulrika is born in Sweden, lives in Dubai, has a Master’s in Electrical Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm and an Executive MBA from London Business School.
President at Sharp Perspective | Co-Founder, Executive Director - The WIT Network
Corinne Sharp has been working in the IT sector for over 20 years leading sales, marketing and channel teams both at Fortune 100 companies as well as start-up and re-imagined software companies. As President of Sharp Perspective, she works with organizations from start-ups through to large global organizations on their sales, channel and management strategies. Corinne is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Women in IT (WIT) Network, a global and local organization focused supporting women of all ages and stages in their pursuits of careers in the technology sector through education, networking, and mentoring. In less than 2 years, The WIT Network has grown to over 3000 members in 53 cities around the world. Companies partner with The WIT Network to drive their diversity and inclusion strategies. She has also held leadership roles with Microsoft and General Electric in both Enterprise and SMB organizations.
Before the current Valo journey and global product business, Juha has worked in consulting, in countless Intranet and digital workplace projects. He has had the privilege to work with great people from all over the world. Juha’s current home, the Valo Team, is the best group of professionals he could ever imagine. Currently more interested than ever in building the great digital workplaces, intranet designs, and digital transformation with Office 365.
James is the Founder and Managing Director of Step Two, the originator of the global DEX movement and a keen, hands on enthusiast for enhancing Digital employee experiences. He is also a global thought leader on digital employee experience, digital workplaces and intranets and the author of “Designing intranets: creating sites that work”, “What every intranet team should know”, the “Intranet Roadmap” and more.
Ben has been consulting to Australian and British businesses for over 25 years. He has recently run two separate digital workplace transformation businesses, but now heads up Nexon, who are Microsoft Gold Partners, deliver solutions across all Microsoft Clouds and is now Australasia’s largest Valo Partner.
Denise Strong has led Information System teams in the non-profit sector for the past 15 years, and has been the Director of Information Systems at Special Olympics Canada for the past 5 years. In her career, she has spearheaded many projects focused on improving the capacity and efficiency of non-profits on a national and international level. In her current role with Special Olympics projects include: the implementation of CRM systems including modules for memberships, donor and donation management, and communications management; complete website overhauls to support National and provincial endeavors; as well as significant upgrades to office technology and infrastructure.
Senior Consultant - M365 Applications | SharePoint | Modern Workplace at Solvera Solutions
Experienced SharePoint Consultant with a demonstrated history of working in a variety of industries. Strong business and solution analysis, solution design and development experiences utilizing SharePoint.
To facilitate the evolution of human capabilities, Tracy’s passion is to empower people and therefore training and change management lie close to her heart. Her Mission is to positively impact WHAT and HOW people create, as she believes that what we design / create, designs / creates us back (Ontological Design). It is about enabling others to serve themselves better, expand their possibilities, increase their capacity to learn, act more effectively and better design their future.
Chris Stevenson is an IT Business Partner at the Livonia-based Masco Corporation, a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of branded home improvement and building products. As an IT Business Partner, Chris is responsible for working closely with IT and business areas to influence technology solutions that generate business value. He has developed Masco’s enterprise Office 365 strategy and assisted business areas in developing technology roadmaps. Chris earned his Business Relationship Management Professional certification in 2018.
Paul is the Founder of Adopt & Embrace- and is focused on helping people around the world unlock real business value from Microsoft 365.
A regular speaker, a Microsoft Global Partner of the Year winner, and 10 time recipient of Microsoft’s “Most Valuable Professional” (MVP) award… Paul recently co-authored “Adopt & Embrace Microsoft Teams: a manager’s guide to communication, collaboration, and coordination with Microsoft Teams”
Chief Digital Officer and Managing Partner at Portiva / Microsoft Regional Director and MVP
Aside from being CTO of Portiva (Netherlands SharePoint and Office 365 implementation partner), Maarten Eekels has also been involved in implementing SharePoint (and later Office 365) in areas like web content management, document management, knowledge management, business process support, business intelligence and search since 2003.
Maarten is also a regular speaker on both national and international circuits and runs Maarten’s Cloud Journal (https://www.youtube.com/user/maarteneekels) for Dutch-speaking Office 365 users.
Daniel may have begun his career in communications, but his love of technology kept leading him back into the realms of digital services. As the Digital Services Coordinator at Liverpool City Council, he oversaw one of the biggest and most successful digital transformations that ensured Liverpool is now one of Australia’s most digitally acute councils.
Jonathan Phillips is Head of Consulting at SimplyCommunicate. He is a 25 year veteran of digital and internal communications, client side at Coca-Cola European Partners (as Head of Digital Communications) and now leads a team of brilliant consultants helping global clients meet their employee and business needs. A specialist in intranets and digital workplace technologies, Jonathan manages projects for clients like Credit Suisse, HM Treasury, Nestlé and Shell. He is a communication advisor to UK government and an experienced non-exec director.
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