Lucy Adams is the CEO of Disruptive HR. She has held board-level HR roles in a number of large organisations, most recently at the BBC. She created Disruptive HR having grown frustrated with the lack of innovation and fresh thinking in the way people were being led and developed. She now runs the agency to help business leaders and HR functions to do things differently, and has worked with numerous blue-chip companies all over the world. She provides fresh insights and practical tools to help leaders lead, engage and develop their people in ways that are relevant for a disrupted world.
Lucy talks about some of the biggest challenges facing HR and leaders today, including: The need for new capabilities and mindsets to cope with the demands of a disrupted and digital world, how HR functions and leaders need to respond to the changing expectations of future employees, and how HR and leaders can create a culture of innovation, agility and collaboration.
Chief Technology Officer
Rebecca Parsons is the CTO at ThoughtWorks, with experience across a range of industries and systems. Her technical experience includes leading the creation of large-scaled distributed applications and the integration of disparate systems. She is a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion in the technology industry and is committed to increasing the number of women in coding and STEM fields.
Rebecca worked as an assistant professor of CS at the University of Central Florida where she taught courses in compilers, program optimization, distributed computation, programming languages, theory of computation, machine learning and computational biology. She also worked as a Director’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the Los Alamos National Laboratory researching issues in parallel and distributed computation, genetic algorithms, computational biology and nonlinear dynamical systems.
In 2018 she received the prestigious Technical Leadership Abie Award, presented by AnitaB.org, celebrating a woman who led or developed a product, process, or innovation that made a notable impact on business or society.
Sue Perkins is an accomplished presenter, writer, actor and comedian. Together with her presenting partner, Mel Giedroyc, Sue first entertained the nation on the popular Light Lunch, which ran for five series before transferring to an evening slot titled Late Lunch. Together they jumped their way through countless hours of television, marking the start of a double act that has lasted over 25 years, including the seven series of The Great British Bake Off and the reboot of the iconic BBC gameshow, The Generation Game. She has also appeared on many other comedy panel shows, including QI, Have I Got News for You and The Last Leg for television.
Sue also has several successful BBC travelogues under her belt and her documentary Sue Perkins and the Chimp Sanctuary was nominated for a Grierson Award in 2018. Over the course of her career, Sue has proven to be a highly talented writer, with writing credits including the beloved BBC comedy series Absolutely Fabulous. In 2015, her memoir Spectacles garnered overwhelmingly positive reviews, reaching the coveted number one spot in The Sunday Times paperback nonfiction chart. Sue wrote and starred in Heading Out, a sitcom for BBC2 about a veterinarian who struggles to come out to her parents with hilarious consequences. She’ll be returning to sitcom in 2020 having recently wrapped on Hitmen, a new series for Sky, where her and Mel play two best friends who also happen to be inept killers.
Casey has authored dozens of Pluralsight courses covering the principles of project management and business analysis. He has experience leading projects, analyzing challenges, and designing solutions in many fields, including healthcare, digital media, mobile app development and education. He's always in pursuit of new knowledge and loves to share what he learns along the way with others.
Teaching Your Techniques: Building Learning Experiences that Captivate Learners and Secure Institutional Memory
Senior HR Business Partner, Tech
Currently a senior partner in business for the General Management within the COO domain, Janine has a specialized focus on TECH, optimizing the quality of Human Capital globally and ensuring that they are in line with the broader ING Bank Strategy. Contributing to the design, the co-creation and the execution of the global COO people plan, Janine acts as a trusted advisor on people matters for the executives within the COO domain within a matrix governance. She continuously supports and challenges the business to make the right people decisions and advising management on HR tools, policies and processes, aimed at building our COO community both for today and tomorrow.
CLO / Head of Learning Management
Kristina Bixo has been the Head of Learning & Development at the SEB bank since 2012. Before that, she had the pleasure of working in various leadership roles within IT development-, Marketing- and Business development. In 2018, she got the task of building the bank’s corporate university to enable continuous learning for all employees and close the knowledge gaps as the world and need of different competencies constantly changes. The digital doors to SEB Campus opened in August 2019, which also marks the start of a success story that is far from ending.
Head of Development Automation
Following his passion, Sander started his career on the elite sports department of the Dutch Olympic Committee. In this organization he led multiple innovative IT related initiatives that contributed to the international competitive position of the Dutch athletes. Continuing his career at Rabobank, he fulfilled multiple IT leadership positions. In his present position as Head of Development Automation, he is responsible for organization-wide adoption of secure software delivery practices by all 400 teams within Rabobank IT Systems.
Technology Solutions Manager
For over 15 years, Samuel has successfully helped organisations develop unique value propositions and competitive advantage by co-creating vision and developing technological innovations. He has extensive experience in IT strategy, team and project delivery leadership—having led teams of engineers to deliver complex multi-site cloud, mobile and hosted software solutions. In addition, Samuel has deep fluency in multiple environments, programs and methodologies including Agile, Waterfall and ITIL. He enjoys mentoring and coaching engineers to develop technical and business understanding.
Pluralsight Author, Senior Software Consultant
Craig Golightly has been developing software for over 17 years in a variety of industries and company sizes. For the past five years he has worked 100% remote and has had the opportunity to work with individuals across six continents in over a dozen countries. From these experiences Craig has seen the value of expanding technology teams beyond a local geographic area, and how individuals and companies can adjust to make remote work both productive and fulfilling.
Director, Cloud Trust; Pluralsight Author
Richard is a very experienced technology leader with a remarkable career ranging from software development and project management through to C-level roles as CEO, CIO, and CISO. Richard is rated and ranked in Ireland's top 100 CIOs. As an author for Pluralsight, Richard's courses are highly-rated in the Pluralsight library and focus on teaching critical skills in cybersecurity including ISO27001 and Ransomware. As a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) Richard is ideally positioned and passionate about sharing his extensive knowledge and experience to empower others to be successful. Richard also writes extensively on technology and security leadership and regularly speaks at conferences. When he is not writing for his blog https://www.richardharpur.com/ Richard enjoys hiking with his wife and 4 children in County Kerry, the tourist capital of Ireland. You can reach Richard on twitter @rharpur.
Managing Director of IT & MD of Asia for BT Technology, BT TechWomen Executive Sponsor
Rachel started her career as a chartered accountant before moving into IT consultancy. She then spent 20 years in various IT leadership roles with ABN Amro, M&S Money, HSBC, ACE Group (now Chubb) and Vodafone.
She has spent much of her working life overseas in NA, LATAM, ASPAC and Europe.
Rachel joined BT in December 2015. As Managing Director for IT she leads BT’s global IT organisation and is responsible for the design, build, run and transformation of the platforms that support all BT’s consumer and enterprise customer journeys and provide insight.
Rachel leads BT’s TechWomen programme helping women reach their potential and was recently awarded the Mentor of the Year Award at the Women of Future Awards and also named one of the top 30 global champions of women in business by the Financial Times.
Rachel believes in the power of art to transform society and is the Chair of the Board of Trustees of FACT, a charity dedicated to using arts and technology to solve social issues and a Trustee of the Creative Folkestone, a charity dedicated to regenerating Folkestone through creative activity.
Dr Maliha Khan
Chief Programmes Officer
Dr Maliha Khan is Chief Programmes Officer at Malala Fund, spearheading the effective delivery of programmatic work for girls’ education, including Malala Fund’s Education Champion Network. Dr Khan is an international expert in program design and performance, learning and accountability, with a focus on women and girls’ empowerment. She has designed rights-based programs focused on women and girls, been a professor of gender studies and has implemented women’s programs in marginalized regions of Pakistan. Dr Khan has worked extensively on frameworks for difficult to measure concepts such as resilience, gender empowerment, attitude and perception change. She has led program quality, impact measurement and knowledge management functions at CARE USA and Oxfam America.
Dr Khan has extensive experience in designing and implementing complex multi-country systems for large organizations and complex programs, and innovating the use of ICT, new forms of data collection and real time monitoring in M&E systems. While at Oxfam she oversaw the organization’s ICT for Development initiative and the Oxfam confederation wide “Responsible Data Policy”, the first policies of its kind in any development organization.
Most recently, Dr Khan has founded and led a start-up consulting firm that specializes in supporting clients in better decision-making through innovative information and measurement systems. She has also been a long-term consultant for Rockefeller Foundation and Girl Effect (Nike Foundation initiative). Prior to her international development work, Dr Khan has spent many years in academia, as an Associate Professor of Sustainable Development at World Learning’s SIT Graduate Institute and at the Lahore University of Management Sciences in Pakistan.
Dr Khan is from Pakistan, where she started her career implementing development projects. She has a PhD from the State University of New York and a MA from Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad in Social Anthropology.
Chief Impact Officer
Lindsey Kneuven is Chief Impact Officer for enterprise technology skills platform Pluralsight, Inc. (NASDAQ: PS) and Executive Director of the company’s social enterprise, Pluralsight One. In this role, Kneuven will lead the company's philanthropic initiatives, implementing strategies that align Pluralsight's product, culture, community, people and brand to make a meaningful impact on the way the world learns. As Executive Director of Pluralsight One, she manages all aspects of the social enterprise, including partnerships, grants and product development.
Prior to joining Pluralsight, she was Chief Impact Officer for Cotopaxi, a Utah-based outdoor gear company with a social mission at its core. She led the organization’s global philanthropic strategy which included all giving, supply chain initiatives, and employee engagement. She was recognized by Utah Business as one of 30 Women to Watch and by the Community Foundation of Utah as an Enlightened 50.
She serves on the Utah Lieutenant Governor’s Commission on Community Engagement as well as several nonprofit boards. Lindsey formerly directed global grant making, strategic planning, and large-scale employee engagement programs for a portfolio of multi-national corporations, including: Oracle, Juniper Networks and Singularity University at Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF). With over $7.3 billion in assets under management and over $823 million granted in 2015 alone, SVCF is the largest community foundation in the world. While there, Lindsey led the organization’s work on human trafficking and wrote a grant-funded white paper on human trafficking in Silicon Valley that earned her the Leigh Stillwell Award for Excellence.
Lindsey also has extensive experience in international development and nonprofit management, having spent a number of years working in East Africa to develop and implement a primary school literacy model with Nuru International as their Senior Education Program Director. Before Nuru, Lindsey served as the Global Grants Manager for the Salesforce Foundation where she oversaw the strategy, programming and success of multimillion dollar granting initiatives for four years. She has been active in international and domestic poverty alleviation initiatives for over 15 years.
Pluralsight One Partnerships: Technology Skills Development in the Humanitarian Sector
Pluralsight Author, Principal Software Engineer
Daniel is a Principal Software Engineer at Predica living in Warsaw (Poland) focused on implementation of solutions using Microsoft technologies. He started his journey with sharing knowledge as a Microsoft Student Partner at the Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology in Warsaw. Daniel was awarded with Microsoft Most Valuable Professional title. Daniel loves to share his knowledge and passion about Microsoft Azure, Universal Windows Platform, Internet of Things, and Azure DevOps. He writes articles on the personal technical blog – TechMindFactory.com where he tries to provide valuable content related with the Microsoft Azure cloud, IoT, Azure DevOps, and Universal Windows Platform application development. He is a regular speaker at various national and international conferences and meetups. He also shares some interesting samples that you can find in his Github repository. Daniel likes taking up new challenges in his free time as well as spending time with his family.
Dr. Heike Laube
CLO - Development, Services and Support
Dr. Heike Laube is global Vice President and Chief Learning Officer (CLO) for Development / Services / Support at SAP SE. Since 2016, Dr. Laube has focused on high-impact learning for the technical job families at SAP in software development, as well as professional services—representing about 50% of the SAP workforce. Together with her team, she was instrumental in building the transformational learning framework in 2017 for the board areas Digital Business Services, fostering a large-scale upskilling initiative that touched several thousand partcipants at the close of 2019.
In 2011 she started the SAP Enterprise Support (ES) Academy, the expert channel for customer and employee facing enablement with focus on "value-driven support“. With the TSIA Vision Award in 2013 and the Brandon Hall Excellence Award in 2016, the program created a de facto industry standard, replacing the out-dated push-pull method for different expert and 'self-paced‘ formats with peer-to-peer learning options, leveraging the SAP-owned social collaboration Software (SAP JAM).
Prior to joining services, Dr. Laube started her career at SAP in software development for Supply Chain Management (SCM) serving in various functions: Regional Industry Group (pilot customer management ) as well as Knowledge & Product Management. Her industry experience spans across automotive and chemical to the health domain.
Rafał works as a software engineer for Avenga. As an industry leader since 2007, he works to develop his passion for software at every possible moment. He believes that being pragmatic is very helpful and proves it by switching technologies whenever there is a need or an opportunity to learn new concepts. Starting with .NET back-end solutions, he quickly became a web guy and then worked with mobile technologies and VR/AR. He is also a Microsoft MVP in Windows Development.
As his passion evolved, he became obsessed with knowledge sharing and community activities. This resulted in co-founding a conference, giving talks and conducting workshops.
R&D Data Academy Lead
A scientific leader with expertise in deployment of data and analytics tools within R&D business processes, Kate works in the pioneering Data and Computational Sciences team in GSK. She leads the R&D Data Academy, where scientists go to advance their job-related data skills. Kate has a PhD in organic chemistry and a score of 258 in Pluralsight’s Data Visualisation literacy.
Alice Meredith has been leading and supporting high performing teams for over 30 years. She is a culture strategist who has pioneered multiple innovative concepts and techniques to support leadership effectiveness. She is passionately committed to her work of helping leaders build diverse and inclusive environments where all individuals and groups are free from prejudice.
Alice is a skilled facilitator and content creator who has published seven dynamic and engaging Pluralsight leadership courses based on her own leadership experience working inside fortune 100 companies. Her leadership experience includes director and other senior-level leadership roles with retail operations and human resources as her specialties. She is a certified HR Senior Professional who uses her skills and knowledge with one purpose in mind, which is, to help leaders eradicate all forms of discrimination in the workplace.
My Mentored Learning, Inc.
Dale has been a Microsoft Certified Trainer since 1998 and a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) since 2004. Dale's expertise is in explaining difficult concepts and ensuring his students/attendees have actionable knowledge on today’s issues and technologies. Straddling the line between fun and function, Dale's instruction is memorable and entertaining. Along with his 20+ years of training, Dale also has an additional 8 years of Senior IT Management experience, as well as over 14 years of teaching cybersecurity-related topics. Most of Dale's student have been from many Fortune 500 companies, Universities and various divisions at the Department of Homeland Security.
Ethical Hacking: New and Improved DIY Mobile Security Workstation for Cheap
Pluralsight Author, Senior IT Management Consultant
Kevin's mission is to close the gap between IT departments and the businesses they support, by opening up IT to change. His goal is not to change what IT does; it is to change how IT does it, by changing how IT thinks. Kevin's expertise is helping organizations of all sizes adopt and embrace agile methodologies for faster deliveries, reduced cost and increased customer satisfaction. Kevin possesses numerous degrees and certifications, and over 20 years of progressive experience in a wide range of technical areas including: software development, operations, project management and leadership. His hobbies include learning, teaching, scuba diving, playing chess and traveling.
Pluralsight Author, IT Security Consultant
Peter started out in the nineties as software engineer working on internet banking applications for various European financial institutions. After developing, his role changed to defending and designing systems and networks for high-availability websites. In 2004 he started specializing in breaking: pentesting complex and feature-rich web applications. Currently he leads a global team of highly skilled penetration testers as lead pentester. He's a contributor to several open-source penetration testing tools, and likes to speak at international security conferences and meetings such as OWASP, BSides, OSDC and NullCon.
Head of Department, Engineering Lead
Bank of Kigali
Eveque is the Head of Engineering Chapter in Digital Factory. Previously, he occupied various other management positions dealing with development and integrations in ICT division Bank of Kigali Ltd. Prior to joining Bank of Kigali, he worked as IT Applications and Software Development Manager for KCB Bank Rwanda Ltd, and at Kigali Institute of Science and Technology as Website and Application Manager. He has extensive experience with technology used in the banking industry to respond to business and customer needs. Eveque has managed complex developments and integrations using middleware between various banking systems (CBS, ERP, HRMS, CMS, etc), innovations and implementations of digital channels such as Internet Banking, Mobile Banking and payment Systems. Eveque has undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering and Information Technology from University of Ngozi and Master of Science’s degree in Software Engineering from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.
Special Adviser Corporate Relations, Tech and Innovation
Norwegian Refugee Council
Sean Nicholson specializes in partnerships focused on technology, innovation and new financing models to support humanitarian assistance. These partnerships range from cash grants, pro bono donations of expertise and services, and joint ventures. Previously Sean worked for Microsoft in a number of global roles including building new businesses focused on underserved and emerging markets, was a Commonwealth adviser to the Namibian government, and ran the ICT services for a number of UK marine research organizations.
Executive Vice President Sage Product Delivery
Linz joined Sage, the UK’s largest tech company, in 2017 and currently leads Sage’s UK&I Product Delivery Organisation, building and maintaining UKI Products, including Sage 50cloud Accounts and Payroll.
Based in Newcastle, having started his career at Procter & Gamble followed by 14 years at HP, Linz brings a wealth of experience when it comes to solving business problems through technology. His background is in large scale application delivery and organisation transformation, including within Fortune 500 and FTSE 100 Companies, as well as UK Government Departments.
Linz is a keen advocate of introducing Tech to young people to inspire them to join the industry and is exec sponsor of Sage’s Tech Grad Program. He is also a sponsor and advocate of the First Lego League in the North East, enabling over four hundred 8-14 year olds to have the opportunity to compete with their Lego Mindstorm Robots and demonstrate a range of skills.
As a passionate supporter of the Sage Foundation, Linz got on his bike last year to ride from London to Paris over three days, raising money for Rare Dementia Support. He plans to do another ride this year with the Foundation and around 100 other Sage Colleagues.
Pluralsight Author, Data Strategy & Technology Consultant
Ranjan Relan is an Industry Veteran with 12+ years of experience in the Analytics field. He is currently working as a Data Strategy and Architecture Consultant with top pharma consulting firm, ZS Associates. He did his Masters equivalent with one of top colleges in India ISB Hyderabad (Advance Management Program in Business Analytics) . Ranjan has taken guest lectures with top colleges/forums in India IIM Kashipur (https://www.twipu.com/IIMKsp/tweet/1165150944956305408). He has advised and mentored various education startups like Upgrad.com, udacity.com and more. He recently started as an author with Pluralsight, building an Azure AI course.
Tommy van Schaik
Born and raised in the Netherlands, Tommy van Schaik found out early on that his natural habitat was between business and IT. After graduating with his masters of Business Process Management & IT, he started his career as a Dutch Airforce Officer. After a beautiful ex-pat adventure in the United States, he switched to civilian life and moved back to Europe to continue his career in the Aerospace and Defence domain. Currently, he is working as an IT project manager for the NATO Communication and Information Agency. If he has any spare time left between family, work and being a Pluralsight author, Tommy tries to stay fit either in the ring or on the basketball court.
Tommy is of the firm belief that the agile is the result of a perfect storm in which products (software) became more complex, while at the same time, the explosion of the Internet allowed multiple ideas to compound into a more effective and efficient way to create products.
Greg Shields is Author Evangelist with Pluralsight and is a globally-recognized expert on systems management, virtualization and cloud technologies. A multiple-year recipient of the Microsoft MVP, VMware vExpert and Citrix CTP awards, Greg has been a contributing editor for Redmond Magazine and Virtualization Review Magazine, a co-chair for TechMentor events and a frequent speaker at IT conferences worldwide. Reach him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ConcentratdGreg.
Global Head of Risk Transformation & Innovation
Global Head of Risk Transformation and Innovation for HSBC, Steve’s team of risk and change professionals is responsible for shaping and implementing change across the group, prioritising, managing and delivering critical transformational initiatives. Steve leads the Global Risk Innovation team, working to foster and embed a culture of innovation, equipping the bank with the skills to face the future in a rapidly changing landscape.
CTO Consultant, Pluralsight Author
David is a Webby Award winning cloud development consultant who focuses on cloud native custom development strategy. For over 15 years, David has led custom software development on emerging platforms for companies such as FedEx, AT&T, Sony Music, Intel, Comcast, Herman Miller, Principal Financial and Adobe. David regularly writes and speaks on the digital landscape with published works for Pluralsight, O’Reilly, and Lynda.com (now LinkedIn Learning). He has also written for Mashable, Smashing Magazine and VentureBeat, and has presented at events such as AdTech, Interop and Adobe Max.
Yvo Verbeek has a long experience in IT and Learning and Development. In his current role he is responsible for the development of the 2500 IT professionals within Achmea. With passion for learning and development he helps Achmea with the digital transformation in order to attract IT professionals and develop the skills of the Achmea employees to stay ahead of the future.
VP Digital Transformation & Innovation
Wendy is a business leader who is responsible for a P&L owning orders, revenue and profit. She leads an EMEIA-wide team in Networks and Telecoms. Wendy is a change agent who loves to drive transformation across her business. She develops strategy and has a strength in simplifying the deliverables into team-sized chunks that her team can be proud to contribute to and deliver against. Wendy cares about her customers; she is passionate about delivering customer service, growing the business and developing people which enable business and personal growth. Wendy has a proven track record of turnaround in a number of businesses across Fujitsu. She has delivered significant profit improvement in the business areas that she has managed, along with leading a number of successful bids, the last being £300m. She is the Executive Sponsor for Fujitsu's Womens Business Network and is proud to be leading a robust plan to make Fujitsu the place where women come to work and succeed.