Speakers

Thought Leaders

Speakers will include the Liferay Leadership Team, partners, world class customers, and special guests from the Liferay Community.

We are looking for thought-provoking and inspiring sessions given by the people who make up our diverse and talented community. Stay tuned as we add more speakers to our lineup in the weeks to come!

Liferay Symposium

Keynotes

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Bryan Cheung

Chief Executive Officer & Founder
Liferay, Inc.
Bryan Cheung steers the company's strategic direction and worldwide business development efforts as one of the founders serving with the company since its inception in 2004. Drawing on his technical experience, understanding of customer needs, and a passion for end users, Bryan leads Liferay in meeting its commitment to deliver focused and effective business solutions to its customers and its community. Bryan graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Computer Science, and is a sought-after keynote speaker at major IT and open source industry events.
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Mike Su

Head of Product
Upworthy
Mike is currently Head of Product at Upworthy, where he helps set the product vision and strategy for what is widely considered the fastest growing media site ever. Prior to Upworthy, Mike was Co-founder and CEO of mobile gaming studio Massive Joe Studios and Deep Fried Manna which he founded with Emmy award winning artist and producer Jeff Matsuda. MJS was backed by 500 Startups and screenwriter John August. Before founding Massive Joe Studios, Mike was VP of Product and Games at Break Media, helping to grow Break into a top 30 web property, and establishing a 50 person game development studio in Shanghai. Mike has also done program management at Symantec, and done digital consulting at Diginexus and Razorfish. Mike graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Computer Science and is a die hard Eagles and 76ers fan.

Featured Speakers

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Alaaeldin El-Nattar

EVP of Client Services
Rivet Logic
Alaaeldin is Executive Vice President of Client Services for Rivet Logic responsible for client and partner relations as well as overseeing all of Rivet Logic's practices to ensure delivery of the highest level of professional services to our clients nationwide. Alaaeldin has more than 15 years of enterprise IT software design and development experience, including deep expertise in open source platforms from Liferay, Crafter CMS, MongoDB, and Alfresco. At Rivet Logic, Alaaeldin has led the architecture and implementation of numerous client projects ranging from enterprise-wide intranets to large-scale public websites and social communities. Alaaeldin is also a certified Liferay trainer. Alaaeldin earned a BS in Computer Science from American University and an MS in Computer Science from George Mason University.
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Andrea Di Giorgi

R&D Developer
SMC TREVISO
Andrea Di Giorgi works as a Software Engineer in the R&D department of SMC TREVISO. He is mainly involved in the design and implementation of Liferay plugins, focusing on the User Experience and the integration of legacy systems and external security mechanisms. His areas of interest include desktop, mobile and Web programming with Java and the .NET Framework, software architecture and GUI development. For two years he has been a Microsoft Student Partner in the Department of Information Engineering at the University of Padua, Italy. He has a long standing experience in design and development of enterprise applications for Healthcare organizations. Andrea holds a Master's Degree in Software Engineering from the University of Padua.
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Andrew Gruhn

Solution Architect
sdg
Andrew Gruhn is a Solution Architect with sdg, where he brings product vision and strategy to great clients. As an innovator and technologist, he balances his focus between early-stage startups and leveraging that experience within educational institutions. Prior to his work with Yale University and New York University, Andrew held a Solution Architect position at Capella University and consulted for clients including Target, Best Buy, United Way and Jingit.
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Arvind Mishra

Practice Lead
Youngsoft, Inc.
Arvind works as the practice lead for Liferay Services for Youngsoft, Inc. His primary responsibility is to manage and grow the Liferay Practice at Youngsoft. Arvind comes with more that 10 years of professional experience in JEE/Portal domain and has provided consulting in various roles to multiple clients in different business verticals. Arvind is great supporter and fan of Liferay Portal. He first came across Liferay in 2008 while working for a client in version 4.4 and since then has been working on all editions of Liferay.
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Brett Swaim

Principal Consultant
Liferay, Inc.
Since joining the company in 2004, Brett has been the Lead Consultant on a variety of projects including the World Food Programme, Cisco Systems, and the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC). Brett specializes in end-to-end development, commonly leading the entire product lifecycle from the initial architecture and design, to the final release and subsequent support. His current experiences with Liferay integration involve working with Tomcat, Websphere, Oracle, MySQL, DB2, SAP, Stellent Integration, Siebel, and many others.Brett holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the California State University, Fullerton.
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Christian Colón

Technical Architect
NYU
Chris Colon is a Technical Architect at NYU with in-depth experience in architecting content management solutions for higher-ed. Currently he is spear heading the intranet solution for NYU in collaboration with sdg.
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Dan Meyers

Hewlett Packard
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Dave DeMichele

Application Architect
Yale University
Dave DeMichele is an Application Architect with the Campus Community Technologies team at Yale University. His role is to serve as a key technologist and thought leader for SaaS/PaaS platforms in support of Yale's Cloud 1st strategy. Dave is the architecture lead for the Salesforce/Force.com platform at Yale and serves as an architect resource for various other application implementations at the University. Previous roles at Yale include coordinating and consulting on IT projects for various clients at the University as a Technical Analyst and Assistant Director for Online Services at the Association of Yale Alumni where he developed a custom suite of Web-based applications for event registration, data reporting & alumni volunteer management. Prior to Yale Dave held positions focused on developing highly functional Web applications for internal and external audiences. Dave holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Central Connecticut State University.
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David Truong

Product Manager
Liferay, Inc.
David has been a consultant for Liferay since 2005. He has developed, integrated, and customized every major version of Liferay. David now brings his extensive background and creativity to the Liferay Product Team managing platform and tooling. He holds a degree in Computer Science from DePaul University.
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Eduardo Garcia

Core Engineer
Liferay, Inc.
Eduardo García works as a core engineer in Liferay. He is experienced within the architecture of the product and he is currently working at the improvement of Liferay CMS features. Within the last year he has also participated as instructor in several Liferay Training courses. Prior to Liferay, Eduardo worked as a Java developer and manager in web projects for media companies. Eduardo holds a bachelor's degree in Telecommunications Engineering and a master's degree in Computer Science from Carlos III University of Madrid, Spain.
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Eduardo Lundgren

Core Engineer
Liferay Brazil
Eduardo has been one of the most active Core Developers since 2008, and he is the creator of the AlloyUI project built on top of the YUI3 Library. Mainly focused on Java and JavaScript development, he has a wealth of experience in building enterprise web applications across multiple languages and platforms. Always seeking to participate in innovative open source Web projects. He also has a long history of contributing to other projects like jQuery and jQueryUI. Eduardo holds a bachelor's degree in Telecommunications Engineering and a master's degree in Computer Science focused on Mathematics and Computer Vision from Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil.
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Edwin Chung

VP of Product Management
Liferay, Inc.
Ed has been with Liferay since 2005 and has managed many of Liferay's strategic accounts. His work has included development of enterprise portal strategy, business process analysis, and business process re-engineering. Ed also has extensive experience around the overall design, development, and implementation of internet, intranet, and extranet solutions. Ed joins Liferay with over 12 years of consulting and product management experience. Prior to Liferay, Ed's experience included providing portal solutions to Global 1000 companies. Ed holds a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles.
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Emil Oberg

Consultant
Monator Technologies
Emil is a consultant at Monator Technologies in Sweden. He's working with the hearts and minds of IT, and he's deeply passionate about how we can improve ourselves, be it agile methodologies, toolchains, or internal politics in an organization.
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Howard Meisner

Global Corporate Trust Development Services
US Bank
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Igor Arouca

Senior Software Engineer
Liferay, Inc.
Igor Arouca joined Liferay just after earning a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and brings more than 9 years of experience designing and implementing enterprise-level applications in Java. At Liferay, Mr. Arouca has been working with clients from various industries helping them architect, develop, and optimize applications running in Liferay portals. He specializes in scaling Liferay systems on the cloud and in leading agile teams to deliver quality software on budget and on time.
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James Falkner

Community Manager
Liferay, Inc.
James Falkner oversees the 100,000-strong open source Liferay Community. In this role, James provides information, education, and leadership development, while constantly encouraging participation and growth of the community. James has over 14 years of experience in technology, and he blends his strong technical background with a passion for open source. James has been involved with enterprise web development and the Liferay Community since 2008. Prior to joining Liferay, James led development of several key technologies in Oracle's Web Center stack, including its collaboration and social networking services. James is also an alumnus of Sun Microsystems, where he was the principal architect for Sun's portal technologies and participated in several open source projects such as OpenPortal, GlassFish, and Community Equity. James holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Florida.
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James Min

Senior Consultant and Sales Engineer
Liferay, Inc.
James Min has been a software engineer, senior consultant, and sales engineer at Liferay, Inc. since joining the Liferay team in 2006. His work includes strategy development, business process analysis, advanced developer training, specialized engineering projects & POCs, architecture reviews, deployment & integration strategies, and performance tuning & scaling consultation. Having worked with every major release of Liferay from v3.2 and up, he comes with a deep knowledge of the Liferay Portal product in addition to strong systems engineering skills within a portal environment. James has worked in the hi-tech industry for over 16 years, and prior to joining Liferay specialized in Forte distributed enterprise web applications at Sun Microsystems for their numerous enterprise customers, with particular emphasis in the financial risk management and entertainment industry spaces. James is currently based out of the Liferay Los Angeles HQ, and has also worked for Liferay out of New York City and the Frankfurt-Germany office. He holds a bachelor's degree in Cognitive Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
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Janne Hietala

Chief Commercial Officer
Arcusys Ltd.
Janne started his own consulting company at age of 21. After combining forces with Arcusys Ltd, a Liferay partner, he's been leading the company's Liferay business development since 2008, during which Liferay has gained tremendous growth in Finland. Since 2010, he's been spearheading the Valamis development, turning Liferay into one of the most versatile learning platforms in the world. Valamis was selected the best application in Liferay Marketplace in 2013. Janne works with Liferay and Valamis key customers to deliver a great online learning experiences for organizations using Liferay by leveraging most important learning technologies like social learning, mobile learning, OpenBadges, Tin Can API, gamification and learning analytics.
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Jeremy Hebblethwaite

Head of Architecture
Bank Julius Baer
Jeremy has over 17 years experience in Information Technology, 13 of which in the Private Banking domain. As Head of Architecture for Bank Julius Baer in Asia, he has transformed the landscape in Singapore and Hong Kong. Over 7 years, the landscape evolved from only a core banking system to a full featured service offering for the bank's staff and clients. Over 80% of this has been developed internally an a full open source technology. This features Portal and Application Servers, Workflow, Rules and Indexing Engines, Databases and Operating Systems. These applications serve critical functions such as eBanking, CRM, Anti Money Laundering and Order Management. The largest project was the Relationship Manager's Workbench consolidating all the views and access to all the functions of underlying applications. This was built on Liferay's Portal Server.
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Jonathan Mak

UI Software Engineer
Liferay, Inc.
Jonathan Mak is a User Interface Software Engineering for Liferay. He has been working on supporting Liferay's UI in the engineering and support departments. He has a passion for helping users become more efficient and productive through the web. Jonathan has been working on UI since 2001 and brings a variety of experiences to Liferay.
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Jonathon Omahen

Senior Training Consultant
Liferay, Inc.
Jonathon Omahen joined Liferay in 2009, after leaving a small Japanese software company in Hawaii. He has an extensive background in linguistics and education, and seeks to improve and promote internationalization and localization in technology. As a consultant, he has worked on projects for Cisco, and has contributed to training materials and taught numerous Liferay training sessions. A lifelong participant in open source adoption and an ardent free software advocate, he strives to bring knowledge of Liferay to the masses.
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Jose Luis Castellano

Head of Portals And Contact Center
Isban US (Santander Group)
Jose Luis Castellano is currently employed by Isban US Branch as the Head of Portals and Contact. Isban (Ingeniería de Software Bancario) is part of the Technology and Operations division of the Santander Group and provides software development and system integration services to the different affiliate companies in the Group. He began his professional career as a Junior Programmer and soon became Head of Intranet & Collaborative Apps at Cajas Rurales IT Services in Spain. Jose Luis developed his passion for Collaboration and Web Based Solutions, using Lotus Notes, Java, HTML and Javascript. In a short period of time he moved to Santander Group, one of the top Financial Holding Companies in the World, where he kept working in Intranet/Internet Solutions with J2EE Technology and with CMSs as Vignette and Fatwire. In 2000, simultaneous to moving to Santander Group, he cofounded “Spain Is Moving”, a startup for Spanish Language Learning where he managed all the Development and Infrastructure as IT Director. In 2003, Isban was founded as part of Santander Group where he continued his career leading the Portal Development Team. In 2010, he was given the opportunity to move to USA and work in the Santander US, former Sovereign, Transformation Project for both Intranet and Internet. He started using Liferay for the Santander Bank US Website in 2013 He has a BS in Computer Science Degree from University of Granada (Spain) and spent his senior year at the University of Miami. He also holds an MBA from Universidad Pontificia de Comillas, Madrid (Spain).
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Juan Fernández

Product Manager
Liferay Spain
Juan has been with Liferay since 2010 working as a Core Engineer before transitioning to Product Manager for Mobile Strategy. His works include development of portal mobile strategy, market research, product vision, and roadmap definition. Prior to Liferay, Juan was a Liferay consultant and an active member of the community. Juan holds a B.S. in Software Engineering from the University of Seville, Spain.
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Juan Hidalgo

UX Designer
Liferay, Inc.
Juan is a UX professional with more than 20 years of industry experience and a background in UX and graphic/web design. He has been involved in the digital world since the Bulletin Board Systems in 1990. In 1999, Juan started his own digital agency in Spain, focusing on GUI, accessibility, and research around memory in learning platforms. Since then, he has been working on improving the user experience for top companies in Spain and public governments in Europe. Juan is a member of IDF, UXPA, AAD and other international associations and is a renown speaker for design conferences. He is passionate about writing on memory, emotions and the psychology of interaction design.
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Julio Camarero

Software Engineer
Liferay, Inc.
Julio Camarero leads the WCM efforts for Liferay Portal. He has been one of the most active Core Developers since 2008 getting in touth with almost every part of the portal during this time. He is also the main coordinator of the Liferay Translation Team and has performed many Liferay training courses throughout Europe. He also participates often as an Architectural Consultant for Liferay customers. Julio holds a bachelor's degree in Telecommunications Engineering and a master's degree in Computer Science from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D in this field, focusing his research on web and intelligent techniques applied to disaster management response.
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Michael Han

VP of Operations, US & APAC
Liferay, Inc.
Michael brings his background in capital markets and more than 12 years of technology management and architecture experience to Liferay. As Liferay's VP of Operations, US and Asia, Michael oversees Liferay's operations in Asia (both in China and Southeast Asia) as well as Liferay's support and training operations in the US. Michael also manages strategic client relationships in the high-tech and financial industries. Finally, Michael leverages his expertise in large-scale distributed systems to guide the benchmarking and performance management of Liferay's product lines. Prior to Liferay, Michael served as Chief Architect for Bank of America Global Foreign Exchange and as Managing Director for a proprietary trading firm. During his career, Mr. Han has specialized in leveraging Agile practices to deliver high-performance financial systems in distributed, multi-shore development models. Michael holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, US.
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Miguel Pastor

Senior Software Engineer
Liferay, Inc.
Miguel works as a Software Engineer in the platform team where he spends most of his time building "infrastructure" features for the portal. He is an Scala enthusiast and enjoys learning new programming languages and technologies. Miguel holds a Computer Science degree with a Master in Complex Software Systems, and he is currently pursuing a PhD on distributed systems and cloud computing.
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Minhchau Dang

Senior Technical Support Engineer / Senior Consultant
Liferay, Inc.
Since joining the company in 2007, Minhchau has worked with enterprise clients and internal support teams to help maintain, customize, performance tune, and upgrade almost all major and minor releases since Liferay 4.3.
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Máté Thurzo

Software Engineer
Liferay, Inc.
Máté Thurzó is one of the core engineers in the Liferay Hungary office. Since he joined Liferay he worked with support, participated in consultancy as well, which helps him understand the customer's needs besides technology and architecture. His current focus is Staging, he is a key contributor to this functional area. Máté is a technology enthusiast who enjoys learning new interesting technologies and leveraging them to make the portal better. Máté holds a master's degree in Computer Science from the University of Debrecen.
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Nathan Cavanaugh

Director of User Interface Engineering
Liferay, Inc.
Nate Cavanaugh is the Director of UI Engineering at Liferay, the global lead for Liferay's UX team and one of the co-creators of AlloyUI. He's passionate about solving problems and loves to create new things, whether it's design, code or drawings. Nate loves dogs, wakes up every day at 3am, and is one of only 4 nerds in the entire world who does not like Star Wars or Star Trek.
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Norazam Zakaria

Deputy Group CEO
SKALI Group
Norazam Zakaria, or more fondly known as NZ amongst SKALI’s staff is the Deputy Group CEO of SKALI GROUP, which is the solutions arm of SKALI Group. He graduated from Washington State University at Pullman, Washington in 1989 with Bachelor in Business Administration (MIS) degree. He began his career in 1989 with Melewar Group as a Programmer and subsequently joined Solsisnet (under Dataprep Holdings) as a Sales Executive in 1993 and worked his way up to be their Sales Manager by 1996. In 1997, he ventured on his own business still within the ICT industry and rejoined the corporate world as a Business Development Manager for B2B Commerce Sdn Bhd (ajv company with General Electric, US) in 2001. Eventually he joined Skali in 2004 as a Sales Manager and have been here since. Within SKALI Group, he moved up to Sales Director post in 2007 and eventually his current post in 2014. He was instrumental in developing and managing several key accounts in both corporate(BNM, Etiqa, PETRONAS etc) & government sectors(MAMPU, Johor & Perak state govt) and ensuring successful deployment of high profile projects for SKALI Group. His multi-dimensional ICT skills ranges from consultancy, project management, business development and marketing encompassing various industries including government, financial, education, healthcare & oils & gas. Currently, he oversees the overall operations of the Group and heavily involved in steering the technology roadmap for the Group.
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Olaf Kock

Senior Consultant
Liferay, Inc.
Starting as an active part of the Liferay community in 2008, Olaf has joined Liferay Germany as a Technical Consultant and Trainer in 2010 and is currently overseeing the training program in Europe. In trainings, on site at customers and at conferences he answers many questions regarding Liferay's features, architecture and best practices. As the host of the “Radio Liferay” podcast he shines light on the personal side of the people involved in Liferay and covers news about upcoming features and activities.
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Perry Lombard

Sr. IT Program Leader
Genworth
Perry Lombard is the Sr. Information Technology Program Leader for the US Life Division at Genworth Financial, a leading insurance company and a Fortune 500 company. He is currently responsible for Internal Collaboration, Content Management, and Enterprise Video Delivery. Mr. Lombard has been with Genworth Financial since 1995 and has held a number of leadership positions in Technology Infrastructure and Technical Operations. Before joining Genworth Financial, Mr. Lombard worked for GE Financial Assurance, Inc. in Richmond in various technical and leadership positions. These included roles in datacenter relationship management, mainframe networks, strategic planning, business continuity planning. and general management. Mr. Lombard graduated from Phoenix Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Digital Electronics in 1985. He lives in Richmond, Virginia with his family and enjoys activities with his children, hiking, and mountain biking.
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Prasanta Bhuyan

Senior Programmer Analyst
IEEE
Prasanta has over 15 yrs of IT experience across a wide spectrum of industry verticals. About two thirds of his career, he has spent consulting for several customers over portal and content management related solutions and implementations. He started his journey with Liferay a few years ago with InsideIEEE for IEEE and has never looked back. Within IEEE he is known as a Liferay enthusiast and often consulted for various Liferay related questions and clarifications. Prasanta holds a B.E. degree in Mechanical Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Rourkela India.
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Raymond Augé

Senior Software Architect
Liferay, Inc.
Raymond Augé is a Senior Software Architect focused on feature development and innovation. Since joining Liferay in 2005, his goal has been to increase ease of development without compromising creativity. Recently, he has prototyped and placed into production, a remote publishing, workflow-driven staging implementation complete with in-context preview, page versionning, website branching and rapid data modeling for application development. He has driven numerous improvements in areas such as permissionning, dynamic data models and meta-data support, WCM, and Import/Export. He leads the charge for upcoming implementations of wRAD in Liferay. Raymond holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Laurentian University.
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Rex Petersen

Engagement Manager/Enterprise Architect
XTIVIA
Rex wears the dual hats of Enterprise Architect and Engagement Manager at Xtivia leading enterprise scale engagements from a program management and technical leadership perspective. He wrote his first program for money on a TRS-80 Model II when he was 13 and has been an avid developer and technologist ever since. Working in various industries such as Banking, Education, Online Travel, Retail, and Telecommunications, he has developed a passion for building high-performance agile web applications built on a Service Oriented Architecture.
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Richard Phelps

Global Director, User Experience, Enterprise Services
Unisys
Dr. Richard Phelps, Global Director-User Experience, has lead user experience, interface design and usability programs for Unisys cloud-based managed IT services portfolio for the past 6 years. He is responsible for the user interface strategy, architecture and design of Unisys web-based Business Services Portal. The Portal supports all Unisys cloud-based service offerings including: 1) virtual service desk for end user self-service support, 2) online dashboard-based services monitoring, 3) remote infrastructure management, 4) managed security services, as well as 5) client provisioning and management of virtual computing resources. Prior to leading User Experience at Unisys, Rick server 6 years as the Vice President of Marketing for Unisys Global Outsourcing Services, a $2.7B division of Unisys. After completing his Ph.D. at Tufts University in 1979, specializing in Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Rick spent the first two years of his career pioneering the user interface design and usability for speaker independent speech recognition systems with the founders of Dragon Systems (developers of Naturally Speaking). In 1981, Dr. Phelps transitioned into a marketing executive role bringing innovative enterprise IT services and software to market, always overseeing Product Management with an eye to user friendly software products and online IT services. Prior to Unisys, Rick was the National Marketing Director for Ernst & Young IT Consulting Services, where he was responsible for bringing to market E&YΓÇÖs Navigator System Series software and methodology as well as E&YΓÇÖs Business Process Re-engineering Services. Then, at EDS as a Vice President of Business Development, he led business growth initiatives for outsourcing services based on emerging automated software development technologies. Rick graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Albion College in Experimental Psychology. He received his Masters and Ph.D. from Tufts University, while working on user interface design concepts for the Xerox Star computer, which served as the basis for the Apple Lisa and then Macintosh.
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Richard Sezov, Jr.

Knowledge Manager
Liferay, Inc.
Richard Sezov brings to Liferay a varied and diverse range of IT experience spanning multiple industries. Having worked with portals almost since their inception, he has led Liferay's Knowledge Management effort, having responsibility for Liferay's documentation and training materials, since 2007. Rich has a passion for teaching technology through the written word, and is the author of Liferay in Action from Manning Publications, as well as numerous other works with his team, such as the Liferay User Guide and the Liferay Developer Guide, and Liferay's training materials. Rich has over 21 years of experience in varied technology roles, including system administration and development, and has a passion for open source. Prior to joining Liferay, Rich led portal development for a Fortune 500 packaged food company and later for a non-profit organization, which is where he discovered Liferay. Rich holds a B.A. in English from Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey.
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Robert Frampton

UI Software Engineer
Liferay, Inc.
Rob Frampton is a UI Software Engineer and has been with Liferay since 2012. He primarily works on the user interface infrastructure of Liferay Portal, and is a contributor to Liferay's Javascript framework, AlloyUI. He focuses a lot of his energy towards improving the mobile experience of Portal by working on responsive Javascript and CSS components.
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Ryan Schuhler

UI Software Engineer
Liferay, Inc.
Ryan Schuhler is a UI Software Engineer who works as the lead UI architect for Liferay's Webteam. He works on liferay.com and all its sub sites, maintaining the front-end code that goes into it as well as dabbling in the back-end. Day to day he works on anything from coding solutions for marketing's needs and strategies to building microsites for events (like this site). Ryan has an appreciation for cleanliness and effeciency when it comes to both code and user experience and is passionate about seeing these things implemented on liferay.com. He loves the unique opportunity to both use and contribute to Liferay's product and can see, first-hand, the benefits of having a well developed, flexible portal software.
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Sateesh Theetha

Global Head: Portals and Collaboration Practice
Wipro
Sateesh hasover 17 years of International IT exposure in the areas of Enterprise Architecture Consulting, Strategic Planning, Digital Transformation & Technology Innovation across Portal Implementation, Enterprise Collaboration, SOA, BPM, CRM, ECM, WCM, Digital Marketing, Digital Commerce, E-learning, and User Experience. Sateesh particularly specializes in the area of open source transformation and has been instrumental for various customer transformation programs where Sateesh has played varied roles ranging from Enterprise Architect, Large Program’s Management, Demand Management, Pre Sales, Sales, Head of Solution’s & Advisor. Sateesh has extensive experience working with customers across industries and geographies.
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Silvio Santos

Software Engineer
Liferay, Inc.
Silvio works as a Mobile Software Engineer at Liferay and has been working on Liferay Sync for Android. Prior to Liferay, Silvio worked developing Android mobile applications at Samsung. Silvio holds a bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering and a master's degree in Computer Science from Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil.
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Vanessa DiMauro

CEO and Managing Partner
Leader Networks
Vanessa DiMauro is the founder and CEO of Leader Networks, a research and strategy consulting company that helps organizations succeed in social business and B2B online community building. DiMauro is a popular speaker, researcher and executive advisor. With over 15 years experience in social business leadership positions, she has founded and run numerous online communities, and has developed award winning social business strategies for some of the largest and most influential companies in the world. Many of her clients have won industry awards such as ForresterΓÇÖs Groundswell and SNCRΓÇÖs Excellence in Communications. Her work has been covered by leading publications such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Forbes. DiMauro was recently named a one of 40 top social marketing masters worldwide by Forbes. Vanessa DiMauro sits on several boards including The Society of New Communications Research (SNCR) and Social Media Today. She is former Executive-In-Residence at Babson CollegeΓÇÖs Olin School of Management, holds both a B.A. and M.A. from Boston College and blogs at http://www.leadernetworks.com/blog/.
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Vicki Tsang

Product Manager
Liferay, Inc.
Vicki has been with Liferay since 2011 and has been primarily involved with Liferay's Social Office, initially as the Project Manager and more recently as the Product Manager. Currently, she is responsible for steering the Social and Collaboration roadmap for Liferay and has overseen the deployment of Social Office internally. Before joining Liferay, she worked at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and was a Software Engineer for a major defense contractor. Vicki holds a degree in Physics with Space Science and Technology from University of Leicester, UK.
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Vikram Samant

EVP - Solutions & Presales
CIGNEX Datamatics
Vikram brings over 24 years of industry experience in manufacturing and global IT services across multiple verticals & technologies. With several years of experience across sales, consulting & delivery. Vikram’s expertise is in building customer centric solutions. At CIGNEX Datamatics, Vikram holds global responsibility for enhancing and defining solutions based go to market strategy enabling CIGNEX Datamatics to become One Stop Open Source service provider. Prior to joining CIGNEX Datamatics, Vikram held key positions at HCL, IBM and NTT Data, the most recent of which was VP Application Outsourcing at HCL. Vikram’s accomplishments include defining & leading HCL’s radical approach for applications management services across technologies and verticals, earning membership to IBM’s Global 100% Club, leading sales & delivery for NTT Data’s (Intelligroup) strategic accounts, growing revenue and margins by several multiples and building cross-border partnerships.
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Wayne Boley

Vice President, Knowledge Services
A.T. Kearney
Wayne is a British-American change leader with 20+ years of experience in consulting, knowledge management, people leadership and development, marketing/communications, and systems integration in blue-chip professional services firms. Wayne has particular emphasis on: Knowledge & Research (transforming former library functions into value-adding centers of analysis and business development/support), Systems (driving the redesign and integration of back-end systems to transform the front-end experience in knowledge sharing and collaboration; broad experience with Oracle, SharePoint, Liferay, Solr, Lotus Notes, etc.), and Cultural Change (navigating complex, decentralized partnerships to influence change throughout the organization).
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Wes Kempa

UI / UX Architect
Youngsoft, Inc.
Wes works as a User-Experience Architect/Consultant for Youngsoft, where he brings over fourteen years of professional experience in both technical and leadership roles for a wide variety of projects and technologies. He holds a BFA from Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, MI where he returned to teach, mentor, and share his experiences with others. Wes loves to inspire, and be inspired. His experience includes working with all types and sizes of businesses — including AAA Michigan, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Browning Firearms, CA Technologies, Honeywell, Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, State of Michigan, Steelcase, and Wolverine World Wide (parent company of Hush Puppies, Sebago, Bates Footwear). He truly enjoys working with his clients to create something great!
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Zeno Rocha

Front-End Engineer
Liferay, Inc.
Zeno Rocha used to work as a software developer at Petrobras (the largest company in Latin America) and Globoesporte.com (the most accessed sports website in Brazil), now he's a front-end engineer at Liferay focused on the AlloyUI project. Besides that, he's a writer at Smashing Magazine, host at Zone Of Front-Enders podcast and co-founder of BrazilJS Foundation.
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