Director, Cloud Platform, EMEA Google
As Enterprise Cloud Platform Lead – EMEA, Barak Regev is responsible for the sales and business relations for Google’s suite of Cloud Platform products in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Prior to becoming Cloud Platform Lead, Barak was Head of Google Enterprise for Israel, South Africa, Sub Sahara and Greece.
Prior to joining Google, Barak headed Microsoft’s sales organization dedicated to government, healthcare and educational customers in Israel, managing the team focused on accelerating growth and developing long term relationships with all enterprise accounts within these verticals. Earlier in his career, he spent a few years with Attunity Ltd where he was responsible for all direct sales of the company’s flagship product in Israel, Greece & Turkey and, before that, was employed as Manager of Sales & Marketing for a startup called ECU, leading enterprise sales of the company’s eCommerce platform.
Barak holds a Bachelor’s degree in Science Business Administration from California State University in Northbridge.
Global Thought Leader on the Digital Era and Big Data
Ben Hammersley is a leading international consultant futurist and speaker on the networked world. In 2014 he presented the landmark BBC television series, “Cybercrime with Ben Hammersley”. He has authored 5 books including “64 Things You Need To Know Now For Then”. Ben has reported on technology for numerous publications including The Times and the Guardian. He was deputy editor of WIRED magazine and is currently Editor at Large.
Hammersley is an author, futurist and technologist specialising in the effects of the internet and the ubiquitous digital network on the world’s political, cultural and social spheres. He enjoys an international career as a trends and digital expert, explaining complex technological and sociological topics to lay audiences, and as a high-level advisor on these matters to governments and business.
Hammersley’s TV series “Cybercrime, with Ben Hammersley” was broadcast worldwide in 2014 on BBC World News, and in the UK on the BBC News Channel. In this ground-breakng 6 part series, shot in the US, China, Nigeria, the UK and across Europe, Ben investigated the darker side of the internet: from government surveillance and NSA whistleblowers in Washington, to scammers and spammers in Lagos; from hardware hackers in Shenzhen, to cyber-warriors in London.
Hammersley is a Fellow at The Brookings Institute in Washington DC, a fellow at the Robert Schuman School of Advanced Study at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, and Innovator-in- Residence at the Centre for Creative and Social Technologies, Goldsmiths, University of London. He is also a Member of the High Level Group on Media Freedom at the European Commission. Ben is the author of five books, including the acclaimed 64 Things You Need To Know Now For Then, which is a guide to the new concepts of the modern world. He is contributing editor of WIRED Magazine and writes regularly for the international media including The Financial Times.
In addition to fellowships from the United Nations, the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Society of Art, Hammersley was the UK Prime Minister’s Ambassador to Tech City, the East London district which aims to be Europe’s centre of innovation and the location of choice for tech and digital companies and investors. He also sits on the Tech City Advisory Board. He was also previously Head of Digital at SIX Creative where he was responsible for creating, building and managing an international team dedicated to bringing cutting-edge internet strategy, design, and production to leading fashion and beauty brands worldwide.
President and Principle Analyst COMMfusion
Blair Pleasant is President & Principal Analyst of COMMfusion LLC and a co-founder of UCStrategies. With over 20 years experience as an industry analyst, she understands the market dynamics and challenges in these areas, and provides an objective perspective and insights to clients.
She is a frequent speaker and participant in industry conferences, webinars, podcasts, and other events to help educate customers, solution providers, channel partners, investors, and others about the evolving Unified Communications and Collaboration and contact center markets.
Ms. Pleasant received a BA degree in Communications from Albany State University, and an MBA in marketing and an MS in Broadcast Administration from Boston University.
Business Solutions Strategist & CTO Ambassador VMware
Charles Barratt is a Business Solutions Strategist and Global CTO Ambassador at VMware UK. He works closely with customers as part of VMware’s Advisory Services team in NEMEA and is responsible for helping them to accelerate business transformation through technology.
Charles first joined VMware in 2013 as a Business Solutions Architect, and has since delivered bespoke business solutions to companies across a multitude of sectors including financial services, banking, telecommunications, consumer products and retail. He also represents the CTO Ambassador program, helping to ensure the latest solutions and developments produced by the Research & Development team are brought to customers as soon as possible.
Charles has more than 15 years of experience as a technical consultant, working with blue chip clients to improve the direction and execution of their IT strategies. With a specific focus on End User Computing and the cloud.
Outside of work, Charles is a talented tennis player, having represented his county at regional level and also counts skydiving amongst his hobbies.
VP Skype for Business Voss Solutions
Christopher Martini has over 20 years of experience in communications technology with a focus on the Microsoft stack and ecosystem. Christopher's perspective on the Microsoft ecosystem is unique as he has spent years as a Microsoft employee, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and as an enterprise IT customer. Prior to VOSS, Christopher was VP of Skype for Business at Connect Solutions. Christopher has helped organizations large and small define and realize their UC vision.
SVP of Operations RingCentral
Curtis Peterson has more than 20 years' experience managing information technology and carrier-scale data and packet voice communication networks. At companies ranging in size from start-ups to Fortune 500 firms, Curtis has managed teams responsible for engineering, project management, operations, data security, network security, data center, Carrier Operations, and internet backbone design and operation. Peterson has built world-class teams that can develop highly scalable networks while directing systems with ever-increasing compliance and security requirements in heavily regulated industries. Curtis has been a pioneer in VoIP services in the business communications space and has been developing, launching and operating Class 4 VoIP and customer-facing hosted PBX systems since 2002. Currently, he serves as the SVP of Operations at RingCentral, a leading cloud communications platform for businesses in the U.S., Canada and the UK.
Managing Director Gamma Network Solutions
David joined Gamma in 2012 following Gamma’s acquisition of his managed services business Varidion Limited and now heads up Gamma Network Solutions, our enterprise solutions division. Prior to then, David was CTO at Sirocom and laterally the Group CTO at Azzurri Communications. He has over 25 years’ experience in creating and delivering managed services.
Founder Disruptive Analysis
Dean Bubley is the Founder of Disruptive Analysis, an independent technology industry analyst and futurist consulting firm. An analyst with over 20 years’ experience, he specialises in wireless, mobile, and telecoms fields. He is one of the leading analysts covering UC, mobile infrastructure, service provider business models, voice/video communications and WebRTC.
He is known as a contrarian and visionary, often with challenging opinions that go against industry consensus. His present focus is on enterprise communications, 4G/5G/WiFi network technology and the “future of voice”, especially the evolution of WebRTC, VoIP/VoLTE, UCaaS, mobile broadband, eSIMs, service innovation, next-generation voice & messaging services. He also advises on trends in telco service creation & monetisation, mobile devices, IoT, applications ecosystems and telecoms regulation/policy.
He provides clients with advice and analytical opinion on topics such as business model validation, technology innovation and go-to-market strategies, "addressable market sizing", planning and due diligence. His clients include many of the world’s leading telecom operators, vendors and industry associations.
His latest research reports cover WebRTC, a disruptive innovation which puts voice/video calls into the browser, and the role of “non-neutral” mobile broadband monetisation business models.
Partner Account Manager, UK & Ireland Plantronics
Declan Doyle joined Plantronics in March 2005 as Corporate and reseller Manager. Declan has held several technology, sales and management and positions at global blue-chip companies, latterly with Rand Worldwide where he was Country Manager and previously with Parametric Technology. With the growth of the UC Market, Declan has been responsible for the development of the SP and SI Line of Business in the UK & Ireland for Plantronics. He is a Member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.
Managing Director, UK Unify²
Technical Evangelist Microsoft UK
Lilian is a Technical Evangelist in the Developer Experience organisation at Microsoft. She has previously worked as a Software Engineer developing Mobile and Web applications and experimenting with hybrid solutions in that space. Recently, Lilian's areas of interest have been around making applications smarter with Machine Learning APIs, such as Microsoft Cognitive Services, and understanding the notion of 'Conversations-as-a-Platform' which involves learning how chat bots and smart assistants can change the way we interact with technology today.
Founder and Chief Prototyper Kazendi
Max Doelle is the Founder and Chief Prototyper at Kazendi, a lean innovation studio bringing pioneering commercial prototype solutions to a range of different industries.
Kazendi has fast become Europe’s leading HoloLens studio and has created bespoke commercial projects for brands such as Unilever, Allianz and Selligent among others.
As Chief Prototyper, Max works to engage companies by demonstrating the opportunities that come with emerging technologies. Working exclusively with the HoloLens platform, Kazendi delivers innovation on a daily basis for clients looking to break with traditional industry moulds. Kazendi presents companies with a unique opportunity to explore new ground and enhance consumer engagement on an unprecedented level through this new and ground breaking technology.
VP of Product Fuze
Michael Affronti is the Vice President of Product at Fuze and works in our New York City office. He oversees our Product Management and Design teams and is responsible for defining a strategic and aggressive product roadmap that aligns with our company's goals of growth, customer satisfaction, and competitive agility.
Michael joined Fuze in January of 2015 via the acquisition of Contactive, big-data startup in NYC, where he ran the Product and Designs team for the previous two years. Prior to Contactive and Fuze, Michael spent 10 years at Microsoft in Seattle, WA, working in Product Development building social collaboration experiences in Lync, Office365, Outlook, Exchange, and Yammer.
Michael is also an instructor at General Assembly where he teaches a Product Management and Entrepreneurship course. He advises several startups in the NYC and Seattle area and blogs about product management, leadership, and productivity on his blog. He holds two U.S. patents and has 13 pending for innovation in the enterprise productivity space.
General Manager iam+
Noam Fine is a serial entrepreneur, currently acting as General Manager at iam+ innovation center in Israel. Under his role Noam is overseeing operations, driving innovation and forming partnerships focused on the integration and deployment of artificial intelligence technologies and experiences.
Noam joined iam+ in late 2015 when iam+ acquired Sensiya, a startup he founded and served as its CEO from inception to acquisition.
iam+ was founded in 2013 by will.i.am - artist, singer, performer 7 times Grammy winner and tech entrepreneur. The company serves as a multi-disciplinary hub, focusing on culture tech: where fashion, style, music and art meet technology.
Co-founder & Chief Strategy and Product Officer NURO Secure Messaging
Omri Sigelman is Co-founder of Nuro Secure Messaging, a secure group messaging platform that allows organizations including enterprise, government and the armed forces to regain privacy and ownership of group collaboration between employees and authorized third parties for security and compliance purposes.
Omri is an experienced tech entrepreneur having co-founded DroidSecurity, the first security suite for Android mobile devices in the market. The company later became AVG Mobile after being acquired by AVG Technologies, protecting over 100 million active users worldwide. Omri led the AVG Mobile marketing and product management teams.
In the early part of his career, Omri founded Anecdots, a revolutionary technology for web browsers. He was also a senior director with Britannica Knowledge Systems, responsible for all regional sales activity, including both pre- and post- sales client relationships.
He also co-founded Z-Plus, an e-commerce web venture.
Paige brings over 20 years of experience in senior marketing leadership to her role as Chief Marketing Officer of Prysm. Her diverse experience spans many areas of enterprise software, mobile technology, cloud computing, customer experience, green technology and social media.
Prior to Prysm, Paige was Chief Marketing Officer of SDL (LSE: SDL.L), a leader in customer-experience software. She also served for over three years as Vice President of Marketing for integrated-marketing leader Aprimo. At both companies, her thought-leadership and demand-generation programs contributed to rapid growth and, at Aprimo, led to a successful acquisition by Teradata (NYSE: TDC).
Paige also served as CMO at PHH Arval (NYSE: PHH) and two early-stage startups — Aravo and GreenRoad Technologies.
Prior to PHH, Paige spent a decade at Oracle Corporation, leading a variety of marketing initiatives. She began her career launching IBM’s Internet division, as well as its first electronic-commerce products.
She holds an MA (ABD) and a BA in political science from the University of Kentucky, and spent a year in New York University’s Media Ecology Ph.D. program, studying technology's impact on culture.
CEO and Founder IP Cortex
Rob Pickering is CEO and Founder of communication software vendor ipcortex. A keen innovator and a champion of open standards, he's passionate about using emerging technologies like WebRTC to change the way we work.
He's a reformed engineer with a technical pedigree tracing back to the beginnings of TCP/IP, and lead the team that developed RTCEmergency - the Google prize winning proof of concept app that delivers WebRTC-augmented emergency services communications.
Head of Product Marketing IR
Skip leads worldwide Product Marketing at IR for Communications Experience Management products and services across Unified Communications, Contact Center, and Compliance offerings. He’s a 20+ year veteran of the unified communications and collaboration industry starting in the late-90s with Placeware Web Conferencing, before being acquired by Microsoft in 2003. He then spent 13 years at Microsoft with Real-time Collaboration, Unified Communications, and Cloud Productivity with Office 365.
Prior to leaving Microsoft last year, he led go-to-market strategy and execution for Lync and Skype for Business.
Steve Haworth is CEO of TeleWare with responsibility for driving the business growth strategy of TeleWare. Working alongside the wider TeleWare team to develop integrated communication technology solutions focused on increasing employee productivity, enhancing customer experience and meeting regulatory requirements.
A graduate in Media Technology from the University of Teesside; Steve has worked in the telecoms space for some 20 years. During that time he has worked with BT, Vodafone, Siemens (GPT) and Marconi to name a few. Steve started his career at TeleWare in 2002 as the Business Development Director and was appointed as CEO in 2007.
With a focus on innovation, Steve understands the importance and impact that communications technology can have on business. Steve has overseen the transformation of TeleWare from simply a telecoms business into a creative communications technology partner delivering better communications for better business.
Steve spearheads the TeleWare Executive Board, as well as a team of creative, customer focused employees who are committed to enabling businesses connect, discover and grow. This is achieved via a range of tailored services and through the unique range of communications software which is developed in-house.
These solutions are designed to enable TeleWare’s partners to help their customers route, record and analyse their communications, enabling them to increase productivity, meet governance and regulatory requirements and to ultimately improve customer experience.
Vice President Marketing EMEA Polycom
Tim Stone joined Polycom in January 2013 as vice president of Marketing for Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA). In this role, Stone is responsible for the overall Marketing strategy and execution in the region. He is charged with developing the brand and demand and as such responsible for all marketing activities, including product marketing, partner marketing, vertical marketing, strategic marketing and marketing communications programmes.
Tim has over 16 years’ experience in leadership marketing, product management, strategy and business development in the UC &C industry. Previously the Marketing Director for Collaboration at Cisco Systems, EMEA he also held senior roles at Lucent technologies and SDX Business Systems. Tim is recognised as a leader in B2B marketing, and respected ‘voice’ in collaboration technologies in Europe.
Tim is based at Polycom’s Slough offices near London in the UK.
Unified Comms Architect, Microsoft Certified Master and MVP Modality Systems
Tom Arbuthnot is a specialist Unified Communications Solutions Architect, Microsoft Certified Master and MVP, with a number of years’ experience in the field working with many companies across different verticals on global UC projects.
He spent 5 years working for a Cisco UC specialist, before moving to Modality Systems to focus on the Microsoft UC offering. He has been involved in all aspects of UC projects from presales, scoping and design, through to deployment, support and user adoption.
He is heavily involved in the UC community, regularly blogging at tomtalks.uk, co-running the Microsoft UC User Group London (mucugl.co.uk) and speaking at many user groups and global events such as Microsoft Lync Conference, TechEd and Ignite. He is a contributing author to Microsoft Lync Server 2013 Unleashed, and a regular on the popular The UC Architects podcast.