Speakers

Conference Chairs

John Chapman

IT Europa

John Chapman

IT Europa

John is considered one of the foremost analysts, speakers and commentators on the trends in the IT industry. After a distinguished career spanning over 47 years at the heart of the IT industry, John has advised IT companies on strategies and direction, written feature articles for major IT publications and has spoken at and chaired events around Europe.

John’s in-depth experience running IT companies, launching new technologies and helping IT organisations maximise their business potential enables him to commentate with authority on a whole range of topics as well as deliver stimulating and thought-provoking presentations.


Will Garside

IT Europa

Will Garside

IT Europa

Will specialises in writing and presenting – producing a huge range of content, ranging from thought-leadership articles to white papers. He started his career as a computer engineer before becoming one of the first producers on Sky TV’s primetime technology show “The Computer Channel” – alongside also covering mainstream business and technology news. He then worked as a product reviewer and technical writer for IT Network before going to Computer Weekly to cover security, telecoms and networking. He worked for several large technology brands including Microsoft and EMC as a technical writer and media consultant and was also the editor at International Broadcast Engineer – a role that saw him deliver a huge number of detailed analysis pieces on emerging video experiences. He has also written a number of books including tech guides for Which? and several "Dummies" guides on topics including big data and storage.

Will is also a highly experienced event moderator, managing content and panels at both the IBC and NAB shows for the last 10 years.

Keynote Speakers

KEYNOTE

Wiebe Wakker

Plug Me In

Wiebe Wakker

Plug Me In

Wiebe Wakker is a Dutchman born in December 1986 who embarked on an epic journey on March 15, 2016, driving his fully-electric "Blue Bandit" from Amsterdam to Sydney. With no money in his pocket, it was a daunting challenge to traverse 33 countries and cover a total of 95,000 kilometers without stopping at a fuel station.

Wiebe's journey is a testament to the power of determination, the kindness of strangers, and the potential of sustainable mobility. His goal was to prove the viability of sustainable mobility and inspire people around the world to adopt a more eco-friendly lifestyle. To achieve this, he reached out to his followers on plugmeinproject.com, a website where people could offer him a place to sleep, a meal, or a charge-up for his car. Thousands of strangers signed up and the responses determined his route, which took him from Amsterdam to Italy and back to the North Cape, through Eastern Europe, Turkey, the Middle East, India, and Southeast Asia.

The journey was not without its challenges. In India, the charger of his car exploded, and Wiebe was left stranded. However, he never gave up, and his followers and helpful locals came to his aid throughout his journey. Sheiks in Dubai took care of him, he met a famous prince in Malaysia, and he became a celebrity in Indonesia, even appearing in the tabloids.

After 1,119 days, Wiebe finally reached Sydney, making it the longest journey in an electric car. His experiences are still fresh in his memory, and he now shares his story with audiences as a speaker. Wiebe's presentation highlights what motivated him to undertake this incredible adventure and how he persevered through the many challenges he faced.

As a speaker he inspires, energizes, and challenges audiences to embrace change, deal with uncertainty, and achieve their goals. He shares insights on coping with crises and setbacks and encourages people to get out of their comfort zone. Wiebe also breaks through resistance to electric driving and inspires people to drive electric, promoting a more sustainable way of living.

In conclusion, Wiebe Wakker's journey is an inspiration to anyone who wishes to make a difference in the world. His message of sustainability, perseverance, and determination will continue to resonate with audiences for years to come. Whether you're looking for motivation to achieve your goals, embrace change, or drive electric, Wiebe's talks are sure to inspire, energize, and challenge you to live a more positive and sustainable life.


KEYNOTE

Johan Bakker

MSP Mentor

Johan Bakker

MSP Mentor

Johan Bakker is a seasoned expert in the field of Managed Service Providers (MSP), boasting over two decades of experience in the IT industry. As the visionary founder and lead mentor at MSP Mentor, Johan has dedicated his career to empowering IT professionals and businesses to achieve operational excellence and sustainable growth.

With a deep understanding of the unique challenges and opportunities within the MSP landscape, Johan offers invaluable insights and strategies that drive success. His extensive knowledge spans across service management, business development, and technological innovation, making him a trusted advisor to many in the industry.

Johan’s approach to mentoring is both holistic and hands-on, ensuring that clients receive tailored guidance that addresses their specific needs and goals. His commitment to continuous learning and improvement is evident in his dynamic workshops, insightful webinars, and personalized coaching sessions.

Beyond his professional achievements, Johan is known for his passion for fostering a collaborative community among MSPs. He regularly contributes to industry publications, speaks at conferences, and engages in thought leadership that inspires others to excel.

When he's not mentoring or strategizing, Johan enjoys exploring the latest tech trends, networking with fellow industry leaders, and spending quality time with his family.

Connect with Johan Bakker to unlock your MSP's full potential and navigate the complexities of the IT services industry with confidence and expertise.


Speakers

Theo Wind

Pax8

Theo is an experienced industry executive with a background working within the hosting and MSP communities. With a deep understanding of the cybersecurity and business continuity space, Theo has helped enterprises and partners alike gain insights into the successful delivery of both virtualised and physical infrastructure across on-premise and via the cloud.

Cristiano Guerrieri

ThreatLocker

Cristiano Guerrieri

ThreatLocker

Cristiano is a Solution Engineer with over 15 years of experience in multi-domains and technologies. He attended the Cisco Network Academy in Italy and San Francisco, obtaining various certifications. Today, Cristiano holds his current position as a Solution Engineer at Threatlocker, a leading company in endpoint security. Application whitelisting is the gold standard when it comes to blocking ransomware, viruses, and other software-based threats. ThreatLocker is an easy-to-manage and quick-to-implement solution for creating application whitelists and ringfencing, allowing companies to control which software is running on their endpoints and servers.

Michael E Crean

SonicWall

Michael E Crean

SonicWall

Michael Crean is a U.S. Army Combat Veteran and the founder of Solutions Granted, Inc., and currently is the Executive Vice President of Managed Services at SonicWall. Crean is a results-oriented leader boasting a wealth of experience in networking, infrastructure architecture, design, technical support and cyber resilience – and has entrenched himself in Information Security, implementation, and the managed security services industry. Crean’s relentless commitment to MSPs/MSSPs/VARs has led him to provide and build real solutions that met corporate goals and compliance standards – which led immediate growth for thousands of customers through managed security offerings worldwide. Crean is widely recognized as a creative problem solver with a focus on management, risk mitigation, governance and operations strategies that increase revenue growth in highly competitive markets by leveraging people, process, and technology resources to address the cyber needs to win the war. Michael currently resides in Virginia, where he survived raising four teenage daughters and one son.

Jozef Kacala

GFI Software

Jozef Kacala

GFI Software

Jozef Kacala is the Vice President of Sales Engineers at GFI Software, where he leads the technical sales strategy and drives customer-focused solutions. Based in Slovakia, Jozef leverages his deep expertise in cybersecurity and MSP solutions to enhance customer satisfaction and digital security.

Outside of work, Jozef enjoys science fiction, music, and directing sports events, showcasing his dynamic and creative spirit.

Merijn Schipper

CloudBilling

Merijn Schipper

CloudBilling

Merijn Schipper, Sales Manager at CloudBilling, has over a decade of experience in billing, specializing in Managed Service Providers (MSPs) and cloud solutions. As the Sales Manager for CloudBilling, he oversees sales operations in the Benelux region, where he has been instrumental in driving growth and fostering strong client relationships.

With extensive experience navigating MSPs' challenges from both consulting and commercial perspectives, he brings a wealth of knowledge and practical insights. His hands-on approach and strategic vision make him a sought-after speaker, renowned for demystifying complex billing processes and delivering tangible results.

You can contact Merijn Shipper at mschipper@cloudbilling.nl

Wilco Ravestein

Paessler AG

Wilco Ravestein

Paessler AG

Wilco Ravestein worked in the IT industry for over 30 years in a variety of technical and commercial roles. These included Mobile Service Providers, several resellers, and Telecom vendors. Since 2016, he is the Regional Manager for Paessler in the Benelux, working with direct customers and resellers to serve the Monitoring Market. Worldwide, Paessler has over 500.000 installations. We refer to them not as customers but as fans. This session is for all IT administrators, managers, and directors interested in regaining control of their IT infrastructure and significantly reducing costs.

Ian Ryan

Vanta

Ian Ryan

Vanta

Senior Channel Manager with 8 years experience working with high-growth SAAS Vendors and Channel Partners primarily in Cybersecurity, Observability and GRC verticals. Ian has developed and managed third party channel ecosystems including, Cloud Alliances, Value Added Resellers, Value Added Distributors, MSP's, MSSP's, System Integrators and Consultants sales motions across the EMEA Territory. He specialises in Partner Recruitment, Partner Enablement, Partner Growth and Expansion. Ian joined Vanta in November 2023 to accelerate the Vanta Channel Business footprint in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Taija Engman

Good Sign

Taija Engman

Good Sign

Taija Engman and her five Co-Founders founded Good Sign in 2007 to provide innovative pricing and billing solution for managed services businesses. Taija is a goal-driven business leader with a passion for delivering unparalleled value to customers. She is also the Chairperson of the Board of the Finnish Software Association, which has over 600 software businesses as members. Before co-founding Good Sign, Taija, along with the entire founding team, worked at Fujitsu. Taija earned her Master of Science in Industrial Engineering and Management from Aalto University. In her free time, Taija enjoys swimming in open waters or getting lost in good novels and business books.


Raymond Parkinson

ConnectWise

Raymond Parkinson

ConnectWise

Ray is a seasoned professional with 9 years of experience working closely with Managed Service Providers (MSPs). He is passionate about collaborating with European MSPs, leveraging their expertise to drive success and foster strong partnerships within the industry. Ray's knowledge and insights have made them a sought-after speaker at the prestigious MSP events. Outside of work, Ray embraces personal challenges and recently accomplished a significant milestone by completing his first marathon in Rome. Additionally, Ray has shown incredible commitment to learning by maintaining an impressive 465+ day streak on Duolingo, actively studying the Dutch language. With their extensive experience, passion for MSPs, and dedication to personal growth, Ray continues to make a positive impact in the industry.


Nisha Balajee

ManageEngine

Nisha Balajee

ManageEngine

Nisha Balajee is an enthusiastic learner of endpoint management and security trends in the market, with an aim to enhance the management process for IT administrators. Having hosted multiple product trainings and interacted with customers on a regular basis, Nisha understands the views and experiences of end users. She can be contacted at nisha.b@manageengine.com.

Matt Scully

Kaseya

Matt Scully

Kaseya

Matt Scully utilizes his extensive Channel experience to foster existing MSP partnerships at Kaseya and develop new partnerships. Prior to Kaseya, Matt served in channel leadership roles at Datto, Mailprotector, and Redstor. He was responsible for developing and managing the company’s partner programs and overseeing marketing strategies for channel leaders to enhance customer satisfaction and expand their businesses. 

Harry Aujla

SIOS Technology Corp

Harry Aujla

SIOS Technology Corp

Harry Aujla serves as the Director of Partner Alliances at SIOS Technology Corp. With a comprehensive background spanning more than two decades in the field of IT business continuity, he offers a substantial wealth of knowledge to enterprises aiming to establish seamless IT continuity strategies across their operations. His consultancy efforts have spanned diverse industry verticals including manufacturing, transportation, government, and others, allowing him to represent specialised vendors proficient in high availability, disaster recovery, and fault-tolerant computing methodologies. Throughout his extensive career, Harry has held various roles including that of a technical consultant, technical trainer, and salesperson.

David Bond

Panoramic Data

David Bond

Panoramic Data

David Bond is CTO and Founder at Panoramic Data Limited.

He has a broad background in technology management, including Software-as-a-Service development, operations and professional services. He specialises in Managed Service Provider automation and innovation.

A software developer at heart, David has authored and published numerous open source API nuget packages for the .NET community, including packages for Cisco, Meraki, Microsoft Azure, ServiceNow, AutoTask PSA, LogicMonitor and Datadog.

Industry experience includes IP network design at BT, end-to-end performance optimisation at Three Mobile and Founder and CTO at Panoramic Data Limited.


Henrik Davidsson

Check Point

Henrik Davidsson

Check Point

Henrik Davidsson is Check Point’s Head of MSSP Sales EMEA. Previously, Henrik was VP International Partner Business at Ironscales, and prior to that he was Sr. Director for Global Partner Strategy, Programs & Enablement at Vectra, where he was responsible for onboarding and enablement of Vectra’s partner ecosystem along with development of partner value propositions, messaging and the strategic direction of Vectra’s partner strategy. He has over 20 years’ experience in working with large enterprises, service providers and always stays in the frontline of new security challenges and coaching end customers and partners alike on how to augment their security posture and cyber resilience. Henrik has held leading position at companies such as Cisco, Juniper Networks, VMware, FireEye and NTT Security.

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