Chief Executive Officer, Cloud Industry Forum
Alex has over 25 years’ of experience in the IT industry. He spent 12 years at Microsoft, gaining diverse experience with Enterprise customers through to leadership of channel partner teams and programmes. In 2010 Alex joined Rise (part of 1&1) as Managing Director running their Cloud IaaS hosting proposition. He developed Rise into a successful Cloud business and in 2011 they were awarded Microsoft’s prestigious world-wide Hosting Partner of the Year. In February 2013 Alex joined Cloud Industry Forum in a full time capacity as Chief Executive Officer. He had been serving as non-Executive Director since 2008.
Director of Engineering Strategy, Ticketmaster
Simon Tarry started programming 8 bit machines at the age of 8, released a couple of games at school and graduated in Computer Science and Management Studies from Nottingham University. The next 10 years were spent at IBM labs going backwards – from high level languages (Java), through C++, C, PL/X and onto COBOL and Assembler, focused on SOA, security and UI/UX. Simon has spent the last 7 years leading agile teams of .Net, Java and PHP developers across banking and insurance domains, and is currently helping transform TicketMaster into an always open global one-stop shop for tickets. He’s recently led a migration to host a full e-commerce stack in the cloud, and is leading Ticketmaster International’s engineering strategy implementation.
Michel de Goede
Enterprise Architect, Alliander
Michel de Goede has been in general and IT consulting for over 30 years and has built a serious track record of advising, transforming, reorganizing or automating organizations. Michel has been a Strategy Consultant / Enterprise Architect with Alliander for about 7 years covering topics from IT to Risk and Security and from Startups to Valuation or Post Merger Integration. Alliander, the number one Dutch Grid Operator, is a leader in new developments such as smart grids, electric vehicles, smart metering, internet of things, mobile, consumerization, renewables and hence has launched various new business initiatives whereas operations should still be as cost effective and efficient as possible. The crossroads between traditional grid operations and new business ventures make Alliander a very exciting place to work. Michel holds an international MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management.
Head of Hybrid IT, Fujitsu UK and Ireland
Mark is responsible for leading Fujitsu’s Hybrid IT business which is focused on the optimisation and orchestration of cloud and traditional IT environments to provide sustainable competitive advantage for Private sector customers and joined up Government for those in the Public sector. Mark has over 20 years’ experience in the IT and Telecommunications industry starting in product management for what is now ARM and Apple and moving into P&L management and sales at BT and now Fujitsu. Mark has personally led and managed teams who lead complex and high value (£30m to over £1Bn) outsourcing and managed service pursuits. Mark has a Business, Finance and Marketing degree and has worked extensively across Europe, the Americas and Asia.
Board Member, Cloud Security Alliance (UK Chapter)
Alex is a Business Executive with a specialism in information security. For over two decades he has been championing the cause of information security for businesses and organisations in the public and private sectors. As a business person Alex understands business drivers and associated information security risks which he helps organisations to control and manage.
Alex is passionate about ensuring security enables and supports business, he often writes articles and delivers presentations on information governance and digital and cloud security
Chief Technology Officer, Interoute
Never afraid to challenge the status quo of existing technology and traditional industry thinking, Matthew Finnie is one of the most provocative technology thinkers in Europe. Interoute owns and operates the largest networked cloud computing asset in Europe and is redefining how businesses deploy advanced communications platforms in the Cloud.
Partner, Head of IT, Rider Levett Bucknall
Over the last seven years, Mark Evans has taken RLB from hosting its own data centre, through IaaS Private Cloud and recently into a Hybrid Cloud environment.
RLB is a 4,000-strong business consultancy in the Construction industry with 120 offices across the globe, the largest private, independent quantity surveying practice on the planet.
With an interest which now lies more in business than IT, Mark has worked variously as Global Infrastructure Director for a major container shipping company, Midlands Regional Support Manager for Orange Personal Communications and IT Director for Bucknall Austin, a UK-based construction consultancy. Mark’s interest is in how IT supports business strategy, overcoming any constraints which the IT service may try to place on the business.
Head of IT, Ratcliffe Groves Partnership
Nick Ioannou is an IT professional with over 20 years of experience, blogger, author and speaker. As Head of IT at the architectural practice Ratcliffe Groves he has been using cloud systems for over 12 years on retail sites and as part of the overall IT strategy. His first book Internet Security Fundamentals is aimed at educating general users.
Professor, Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Patricia Lago is full professor at the VU University Amsterdam, leading the group on social and sustainable software and services.
Her research interests are in software- and service oriented architecture, architectural knowledge management, and green IT. Lago has a PhD in Control and Computer Engineering from Politecnico di Torino, Italy. She is chair of the IEEE/IFIP WICSA Steering Committee, member of the IFIP 2.10 Working group on Software Architecture, the IFIP 2.14 Working group on Services-based Systems, and the Dutch Knowledge Network on Green Software. She is Area Editor Service Orientation of the Elsevier Journal of Systems and Software.