Featured Speakers

Jeffrey Ma

Member of the infamous MIT Blackjack Team

When it comes to beating the house - whether you're amassing poker chips or market share - Jeffrey Ma is living proof that data-driven decisions and smart risk-taking trump luck every time. A member of the renowned MIT blackjack team and the founder of four successful companies, Ma has established himself as the expert that business leaders, entrepreneurs and organizations turn to for insight on harnessing the power of technology-driven platforms to optimize performance, customer loyalty, and overall success.

Ma gained worldwide recognition as a member of the MIT blackjack team, which inspired the best-selling book, Bringing Down the House and the hit film, 21. Since then, he has founded GlofSpan.com (sold to Demand Media), Circle Lending (sold to Virgin) and Citizen Sports (sold to Yahoo!). Ma’s most recent venture, tenXer, an analytics tool designed to optimize employee performance, progress and productivity, was recently acquired by Twitter. 

Professional sports teams and leading global corporations, including Sports Illustrated, ESPN, Ford and McDonald's seek Ma's insight on how to effectively understand and utilize technology as a competitive advantage, as well as his proven game plans to score big in the digital age. In his bestselling business book, The House Advantage: Playing the Odds to Win Big in Business, Ma seamlessly connects his experiences at the table and in the sports world, to business analytics and the power of data, providing insight that is accessible for individuals at every level.

With an extraordinary real life tale that illustrates the power of data, coupled with an entrepreneur’s business expertise, Ma captivates audiences with fascinating insight on strategy, innovation, risk, analytics, and how to understand, play and win the game.

Arthur Riel

Director, World Bank Group

Arthur Riel is the Director of Infrastructure, Cloud, Middleware Engineering and Finance at the World Bank Group where he is responsible for the management of all data centers, servers/storage/backup, database/web farms, ERP systems, document management platforms, cloud initiatives and systems supporting the Finance, Treasury and Human Resources departments. Arthur has worked in senior technology management roles at a number of organizations including Moody’s, NYSE EuroNext, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. With a 30 year history of IT management and execution, he has worked with dozens of companies in the areas of architecture and software development. An accomplished entrepreneur, Arthur has started two technology companies in the areas of computer science training and compliance technology solutions.

Arthur’s current interests revolve around forklifting large segments of WBG data centers to the cloud, restructuring the remaining data structure footprint and improving the authentication/access management processes. In addition, Arthur has worked on a number of ICT programs and projects within operational World Bank projects with a particular focus on Enterprise Architecture, Interoperability and eGovernment.

Arthur is a published author with original research dating back to 1988. His work in the field of object-oriented programming is highlighted in Object-oriented Design Heuristics, a book he published in 1996. Arthur holds Bachelors of Science and Master of Science degrees in Computer Science from Northeastern University.

Kelli Zielinski

Manager, Storage & Compute, Domino's

Kelli leads the global Storage & Compute team at Domino’s that is responsible for the company's IT infrastructure. Kelli joined Domino's in 2013 as an engineer and has more than 20 years of IT experience.  During her Domino’s tenure, Kelli has witnessed the explosive doubling of digital sales firsthand. Throughout this hyper-growth timeframe, Kelli's leadership style has challenged conventional thinking, resulting in new solutions that not only meet business demands, but also exceed them. Kelli is a Michigan native residing in Ann Arbor who enjoys a myriad of hobbies too numerous to list.

Liz Centoni

Senior Vice President and General Manager, Cisco Computing Systems Product Group

Liz Centoni is Senior Vice President and General Manager of Cisco’s Computing Systems Product Group. She sets the business and engineering direction, strategy, solutions and priorities for the company’s Data Center Compute business, which includes the flagship Unified Computing Services (UCS) and HyperFlex product families.

Prior to her current role, Liz was Vice President of Engineering Strategy and Portfolio Planning. As a key member of the engineering leadership team, she was responsible for shaping, guiding and managing Cisco’s engineering strategy and execution across the company’s routing, switching, security, mobility, video, collaboration, data center and cloud offerings.

She has also served as Vice President/General Manager of the Service Provider Access Group where she led strategy, marketing direction and engineering efforts to grow Cisco’s portfolio of Carrier Ethernet Access solutions.

Since joining Cisco in 2000, Liz has a strong track record in various engineering roles where she was instrumental in bringing to market industry-leading products and managing global teams.

Mentorship, talent development and leadership are an important priority for Liz and she is an active mentor and sponsor of underrepresented groups. She launched the Women in Engineering Leadership Forum at Cisco and is the Cisco Global Executive Sponsor for the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program. Liz is a proud recipient of the YWCA 2015 TWIN award, Cloud NOW 2015 Top 10 Women in Cloud award, and Million Women Mentors 2015 Mentor of the Year award.

Liz holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with a minor in Physics and Math from University of Mumbai.

Sumit Dhawan

SVP & GM, End User Computing, VMware

Sumit Dhawan is Senior Vice President and General Manager of VMware’s End User Computing business. He leads product, engineering, and Go-To-Market for VMware’s complete End User Computing (EUC) portfolio across product and cloud services offerings for two key markets: Mobile & End-point Management and Virtual Desktops and Applications, totaling over $1B.

In his first three years at VMware, he led the Virtual Desktop product portfolio, Horizon and Workspace ONE solution for End User Computing. He drove VMware to become the market leader in the virtual desktop and application market, driving the business to be over $700M. He also drove the integration of mobile, identity and desktop technologies into a single digital workspace solution, Workspace ONE. Workspace ONE is a unique solution in the market that enables customers to deliver any application to any device using a single platform.

Prior to his current role, he was Group Vice President and General Manager of mobile products at Citrix. He drove Citrix’s entry into the mobile management market, including the acquisition of Zenprise. During nearly 16 years at Citrix, Dhawan worked in several functional areas including product management, engineering, product marketing, sales, and corporate development for various emerging and established products and businesses. 

Dhawan holds degrees in both business and science, with a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Minnesota. Dhawan graduated with a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT). He is an avid blogger and spokesperson on how transformative technology drives major strategic shifts for business, helping drive the industry conversation around how the Digital Workspace is driving economic disruption.

Scott Dietzen

CEO, Pure Storage

Scott Dietzen is a three-time successful entrepreneur with WebLogic, Zimbra and Transarc, and currently serves on the board of big-data trailblazer Cloudera. Prior to Pure Storage, he was President and CTO of Zimbra, a vendor of open source messaging and collaboration software. Zimbra (acquired by Yahoo! and VMware) was a pioneer of the Web 2.0 and Open Core paradigms. Prior to Zimbra, Scott was CTO of BEA Systems, where he helped craft the technology and business strategy for WebLogic that drove BEA from $61m in annual revenues prior to the WebLogic acquisition to over $1B. Scott came to BEA in 1998 via the acquisition of WebLogic, an innovator in Java and web application server technology. Prior to WebLogic, Scott was Principal Technologist of Transarc (acquired by IBM), a developer of distributed transaction and file sharing systems. Scott earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in Computer Science and B.S. in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University.

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