Linda Rising has a Ph.D. from Arizona State University in the field of object-based design metrics and a background that includes university
teaching and industry work. Linda is an internationally known presenter on topics related to patterns, retrospectives, agile development approaches,
and the change process.
Find more information about Linda at www.lindarising.org
Stephen is rated as one of the top 3 lecturers at one of Europe’s top MBA Business Schools. He has a reputation
of taking complex management concepts such as Project, Programme Change and Crisis Management and being able
to distil them down, into highly informative and fun lectures - often using “storytelling” techniques. His
attitude is “if you haven’t done it – you shouldn’t be teaching it!”
Unusually, for an academic, he has actually has spent most of his working life in real business and still runs his own, highly successful, Project Management Company. Stephen is an unusual blend of Academic, Businessman and Teller of Tales. Stephen is a well-known speaker in many conferences all around the world, such as Airmic Conference 2014, Norwegian Project Zone 2013 and Agile Business Conference etc.
A hands-on techie, Naresh is a globally recognized leader in eXtreme Programming. Currently Naresh is building two lean-startups in India. Part of his time is also dedicated to help Software companies as an Agile/Lean Coach/Consultant. From Organizational Transformation to enhanced Developer productivity, Naresh helps organizations embrace, scale and sustain essential Agile and Lean thinking. Naresh was the Chair for the Agile India 2012 Conference, largest conference on Agile and Lean in Asia. He founded the Agile Software Community of India (ASCI) in 2004. He is responsible for creating and organizing various international conferences including the Simple Design And Testing Conference (SDTConf) and Agile Coach Camp. In recognition of his accomplishments, in 2007 the Agile Alliance awarded Naresh with the Gordon Pask Award for contributions to the Agile Community.
Johannes possesses a unique combination of technical know-how, marketing impact and inspirational leadership. He trains distributed teams and contributes to projects halfway across the world, and enjoys starting and contributing to projects as a programmer, sharing knowledge and helping others build their own career. He is an active contributor to the programmer community in Oslo and Sri Lanka and a veteran speaker in Norway and abroad. Johannes is a top contributor to Agile USA, NDC, Java Zone, Agile Prague and many other (agile) related software conferences.
Thushara has been leading geographically distributed software teams over 12 years. During that time she has employed a variety of traditional and Agile processes. As the Chief Project Officer of Exilesoft, Thushara enjoys her day-to-day work with a large pool of technical specialists and a diversified clientele/integrated teams distributed in Norway, Australia and Sweden. Her experience in speaking at International conferences can be found here : www.contextready.com/events
Srinath Perera, is a director of research at WSO2 Inc., where he overlooks the overall WSO2 platform architecture with the CTO. He is a co-founder of Apache Axis2, a member of the Apache Software foundation, and a member of the Apache Web Service Project Management Committee. Srinath also serves as a research scientist at the Lanka Software Foundation and teaches as visiting faculty at the University of Moratuwa. He is a frequent technical speaker and author of many academic and technical publications. He has authored two books “Hadoop Cookbook” and “Instant MapReduce Patterns.
Dilan has been involved in Agile software delivery for the last 5 years as a software architect. He is currently the Chief Technology Officer of Innovative-e.
Indika has been in the Software Industry for almost 14 years, wearing many hats from Developer, Engineer, Senior Engineer , Architect , Manager to Head Of Technology and Engineering. He is a passionate technologist who is spearheading the company's technology front.
Aruna is a technology and business visionary with executive and hands-on experience in delivering multimillion dollar solutions. He holds an M.Sc. in Computer Science and a First Class Honours degree in Computer Engineering from University of Moratuwa. As the Senior Director of Engineering, at Intel Software (Pvt) Ltd, Aruna is responsible for the custom development for Service Providers. Aruna has over 20 years experience in software engineering, including Project Manager for number of large scale projects across Europe and USA, a Development Manager, Technical Leader and a Software Engineer, where he was responsible for developing enterprise applications for USA based customers.
Gogula is a SQL Server MVP since 2008 and a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert in Business Intelligence. He possesses 13 years of industry experience, where he designs and builds business intelligence solutions among others. Gogula has been involved in developing and evaluating SQL Server 2008 and 2012 certification exams for Microsoft as a Subject Matter Expert, and has also authored a chapter in the book titled SQL Server MVP Deep Dives, Vol 2. He is a founder of the technical communities SQLServerUniverse.com and SQL Server Sri Lanka User Group, where he regularly speaks on database and business intelligence topics. Gogula has delivered several technical presentations at TechInsights – Penang, Malaysia in 2010, a community conference organized by the Microsoft technical communities of Malaysia (http://blogs.msdn.com/b/malaysia), and SQLSaturday #180 – Kathmandu, Nepal in 2012, a SQL Server training event that is held on a global scale (http://sqlsaturday.com).
Shahani Markus Weerawarana has more than 20 years of global experience in the IT industry, government and academia. Her professional career has spanned many different roles, including being an educator, engineer, entrepreneur, manager and researcher. She is currently a Visiting/Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computer Sciences & Engineering of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. Previously, she was the Chief Technology Officer at the ICT Agency (ICTA) of Sri Lanka. Prior to that, she was the Head of Engineering at Virtusa (Sri Lanka), which is a global software services provider with centers in USA, UK, India and Sri Lanka. She also worked at Prescient Markets Inc., (New York), and at IBM TJ Watson Research Center (New York). Shahani has a B.S. in Computer Science & Mathematics, an M.S. in Computer Science, an M.S. in Mathematics and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Purdue University, USA. Her research interests include software architecture, software engineering, social informatics, parallel & distributed systems, e-governance and the open source software eco-system.
Shan specializes in mobile technology with over a decade of experience in that field. He has a strong background in telecommunication software development and has a great passion for coding in Android and iOS platforms. Works at WSO2 as the Director, Mobile Architecture, where he leads the mobile team in building a suite of open source software to solve the enterprise mobile first challenge. Prior to joining WSO2, he was working as the CTO/Director of Microimage Mobile Media. He played a key role in engineering products, where Microimage has won many local & international awards which includes winning the inaugural GSMA Asia Mobile Innovation Award, commendation from GSMA at the Barcelona World Awards in 2007, Asia Pacific ICT Awards (APICTA), National Science & Technology Awards (Sri Lanka).
Chinthaka is a .NET Tech lead at Exilesoft with over 6 years of Enterprise Software Development Experience. Being a First Class Honors Degree holder (BSc Engineering) from University of Moratuwa, and a Microsoft Certified Professional Developer, he works as a Tech Lead at Exilesoft for a Scandinavian Client, operating in the Education industry. Chinthaka has been a pioneer on Windows Phone App development since its first release in 2010 and he is an expert on Windows Store Apps as well.