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KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Ben Saunders

World Record-Breaking Polar Explorer

Ben Saunders

Ben Saunders

World Record-Breaking Polar Explorer

Polar explorer and world record-breaking long-distance skier Ben Saunders is a man making history. Best known for leading one of the most ambitious polar expeditions in a century, he was the first to successfully complete the epic, 105-day, 1,800-mile trek on foot to retrace Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s ill-fated, early 20th-century journey to the South Pole – equivalent to running 69 marathons back-to-back. Of his expedition he said, “We can all accomplish great feats through ambition, passion, stubbornness, and refusal to quit. If you dream something hard enough, it does indeed come to pass.”

Ben has five North Pole expeditions under his belt and has accomplished some of the world’s most impressive polar expeditions. He is the youngest person to ski solo to the North Pole and holds the record for the longest solo Arctic journey by a Briton. He also holds the record for the longest human-powered polar journey in history and is the third in history and the youngest by 10 years to reach the North Pole alone and on foot. Since 2001, he has skied more than 3,730 miles (or 142 marathons) in the Polar Regions. He has also climbed in the Nepalese Himalayas, worked as an instructor at the John Ridgway School of Adventure, raced bikes at a national level, and run seven marathons and three ultra-marathons.

Marshall Van Alstyne

Co-Author of Platform Revolution and Professor at Boston University

Marshall Van Alstyne

Marshall Van Alstyne

Co-Author of Platform Revolution and Professor at Boston University

Marshall Van Alstyne is coauthor of the international bestseller Platform Revolution. He is one of the world’s foremost experts on network business models and is Everett Lord Distinguished Scholar at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business.  He is a frequent speaker, board level advisor, and consultant to both startups and global firms. His research has received half a dozen academic and industry awards and appeared in top journals such as Science, Nature and Harvard Business Review. Interviews appear regularly across Bloomberg, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and National Public Radio. Having studied computer science at Yale and management economics at MIT, he holds multiple patents; he was among the first to measure individual dollar output from social networks and IT, and his theories of network businesses are taught worldwide.

Matt Calkins

Chairman & CEO, Appian

Matt Calkins

Matt Calkins

Chairman & CEO, Appian

Matt founded Appian at age 26.  He won Dartmouth’s award for top economics graduate, class of ’94.  He is active in Virginia government and serves on the board of three prominent institutions: the Virginia Public Access Project (VPAP), the Sorensen Institute, and the Northern Virginia Technology Council PAC.  He is the author of three boardgames and winner of several game design awards.  Matt is frequently a top finisher at the World Boardgaming Championships.

John Rymer

Vice President, Principal Analyst, Forrester Research

John Rymer

John Rymer

Vice President, Principal Analyst, Forrester Research

John is the lead analyst on Forrester’s application development strategy, sourcing, and structure playbook. He contributes to Forrester’s coverage of low-code application platforms and business rules platforms.

Malcolm Ross

VP, Product Marketing, Appian

Malcolm Ross

Malcolm Ross

VP, Product Marketing, Appian

Malcolm Ross is the VP of Product at Appian. Malcolm has been directly involved in the management and implementation of enterprise software solutions for over 18 years. Malcolm is a frequent speaker and writer covering the application of BPM technology to solve real-world business problems. Malcolm received his BS degree in Computer Science with a minor in Actuarial Mathematics from Florida State University.


GUEST SPEAKERS

Stephen Ball

Head of Enterprise Solutions, Sunsuper

Stephen Ball

Stephen Ball

Head of Enterprise Solutions, Sunsuper

Stephen has over 30 years of experience in the financial sector in a variety of capacities including consultancy, software development and management both in Australia and overseas. He is currently a Director of Gate and GNGB, with previous experience managing his own consulting business. His sector knowledge includes local and state government, government owned corporations, private corporation, consultancy, superannuation administration and fund management. Currently Stephen is Head of Enterprise Solutions and is accountable for Sunsuper’s business systems.

Brian Derfer

Chief Technology Officer, Agile6

Brian Derfer

Brian Derfer

Chief Technology Officer, Agile6

Brian blends nearly 20 years of hands-on experience in the software industry with a background in cognitive anthropology in order to bring a unique perspective to technical problem domains. He has been involved in several start-up ventures as founding partner or early associate, and worked as an architect in the development of key systems within the Defense Health Information Management System (DHIMS) as well as Fortune 100 companies, in vertical markets that include family services, healthcare, education, and social media. His main areas of focus include Agile process, software development best-practices, artificial intelligence, organizational learning, web and mobile development, cloud computing, and test-driven design. Mr. Derfer holds a Master’s Degree in Cognitive Anthropology from UCSD, and is a Certified Scrum Master through the Scrum Alliance. He is listed on one US patent. His other interests include soccer, sailing, music, history, and human cognition.

Ernie Ramirez

Chief Operations Officer, Agile6

Ernie Ramirez

Chief Operations Officer, Agile6

Ernie is an experienced entrepreneur having played a central role in co-founding 4 successful businesses. After earning an MBA from UC Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business, Ernie worked at Price Waterhouse and Disney Interactive in Accounting and Finance. Next, he was a founding member of Reflexive Entertainment, Inc. a video game developer where he served as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Producer for over 10 years. In 2008 Ernie and his partners sold the business to Amazon.com. During a six year tenure with Amazon, he served in the capacity of Executive Producer and then Studio Head of Amazon Game Studios, Orange County overseeing the development and release of over 20 game titles. Ernie is also a founding investor in the 3D printing company Matter Hackers where he continues to serve on the Board. Finally, he is a founding financial backer of the successful 501(c)(3) non profit firm Creative Kids Playhouse Children’s Theater of Orange County. Since its founding in 2011, the theater has produced over 65 shows and introduced thousands of children to the self confidence building benefits of performing in theater arts.

Robert Rasmussen

President and CEO, Agile6

Robert Rasmussen

Robert Rasmussen

President and CEO, Agile6

Robert is a proud Navy Veteran who has delivered multi-million dollar programs in several countries in the fields of Telecommunications, IT and Enterprise Software. Robert’s gift is for bringing diverse technical teams together to solve problems. Whether for the benefit of mobile operators like TeliaSonera, Hutchinson 3, Ventelo, TDC and Telenor or for US military commands like Military Sealift, Army MEDCOM, Army IMCOM, Air Force Medical Ops and Naval Special Warfare, Robert seeks purpose in the mission and builds pride in his teams. Most recently as a Sr. Vice President at VetAdvisor, LLC, Robert has enjoyed a long history of representing purpose-driven companies like DefenseWeb Technologies (Humana), NetCracker (NEC), Ericsson and SAIC. Robert holds an MBA from National University, is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Scrum Professional (CSP), Certified Scrum Master (CSM & PSM2) and Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO & PSPO).

Malcolm Richard Postings

Global CTO / Innovation Lead

Mal Postings

Malcolm Richard Postings

Global CTO / Innovation Lead

As an industry-leading architect and entrepreneur bridging business and IT, Mal has extensive experience building next generation business models enabled through emerging technologies, with focus on Information Services/Technology business. Throughout his career as Global CTO at QuintilesIMS, Principal/Partner/CTO at EY and Capgemini, he has established a consistent record of leading innovative global transformation programs and alliances for complex, multi-billion dollar global organizations

His current position is as Global CTO, VP at QuintilesIMS which he joined in June 2016 and where he has delivered: a new architecture practice and associated latest technologies such as workflow and API integration; open source code for Apple research kit; patient centricity smart dosing and personalized medicine; the Solution Design Studio plus ‘Ignite’ accelerator approach; and next generation cognitive and automated solutions. Prior to this he was Global CTO/Partner at EY.  Mal is currently also serving on the Board of Directors for CLOUD Inc., and is the CEO & Co-Founder of the Vincigravitas consulting firm.

Mal received his ‘A’ Levels (Pure Maths, Geography, and Science) from the University of London; and throughout his career has taken numerous high profile executive education courses in technology, marketing and strategic planning – including an Executive MBA from Lancaster University.

​​Bill Raczyk

Director of Business Process Improvement, OCC​

​​Bill Raczyk

​​Bill Raczyk

Director of Business Process Improvement, OCC​

Bill Raczyk is the Director of Business Process Improvement at OCC (Options Clearing Corporation), the world’s largest equity derivatives clearing organization. In his current role, Bill is responsible for the strategic direction of OCC’s Appian platform as well as aiding departments throughout the organization with improving their operations through detailed analysis, process innovation, and appropriate deployment of technology. He has previously served OCC in leadership roles of many groups, including Business Analysis, Business Controls, Deployment, Technical Writing, and Quality Assurance. Prior to OCC, Bill worked for Cargill and Andersen.

Deb Smallwood

Founder, Strategy Meets Action (SMA)

Deb Smallwood

Deb Smallwood

Founder, Strategy Meets Action (SMA)

Deb Smallwood is the Founder of Strategy Meets Action (SMA), a strategic advisory services firm that offers a unique combination of advisory, research and consulting services to guide insurers, MGAs and agents to tap into the infinite possibilities of transformation, leverage emerging trends, and guide technology investments in today’s changing world. She is widely recognized for her expertise in helping companies re-think, re-energize, and re-tool their strategic investments that enable high business value and differentiation.