2017 Keynote speakers

A special thanks to all of the speakers that inspired, informed and engaged thousands of eager minds.

  • Jason Silva

    Emmy-nominated host of National Geographic's Brain Games

    Thursday, May 17 from 8:35-9:20AM

    A self-professed wonderjunkie, Silva is the creator of the web series SHOTS OF AWE, micro-documentaries exploring creativity, innovation, the co-evolution of human and technology, futurism, metaphysics, existentialism and the human condition. Silva exposes the relationship between 'out of the box thinking' and innovation—and highlights the role of "inspiration" in de-conditioning our thinking" in order to arrive at innovative, insightful moments. A modern philosopher and passionate speaker, Silva pushes the individual to think big and expand boundaries.

    An active and prolific global speaker, Silva has been described as “part Timothy Leary, part Ray Kurzweil, and part Neo from ‘The Matrix.’”

  • Jake Porway

    Founder of DataKind

    Wednesday, May 16 from 8:35-9:20AM

    Jake uses big data to tackle big social problems. As the founder of DataKind, he connects—and acts as an accessible bridge between—data scientists and not-for-profit companies, which often don’t have the know-how or resources to benefit from data analysis. A former New York Times Data Scientist, Porway wants all of humanity to benefit from the gains of big data.

    With DataKind, "We're connecting nonprofits, NGOs, and other data-rich social change organizations with data scientists willing to donate their time and knowledge to solve social, environmental, and community problems," Porway explains.

    Irrepressibly curious, Porway is both a scientist and a coder, equally excited to pioneer the next machine learning algorithm as his is to optimize the code to run it. He hopes to make machines smarter—and he looks for new ways to help machines make sense of things, for the greater good.

  • R "Ray" Wang

    Principal Analyst, Founder, and Chairman of Silicon Valley based Constellation Research, Inc.

    In addition to his role at Constellation Research, Ray is also the author of the popular business strategy and technology blog "A Software Insider’s Point of View". With viewership in the 10's of millions of page views a year, his blog provides insight into how disruptive technologies and new business models such as digital transformation impact brands, enterprises, and organizations. Wang has held executive roles in product, marketing, strategy, and consulting at companies such as Forrester Research, Oracle, PeopleSoft, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, and Johns Hopkins Hospital.

  • Alan Jacobson

    Director, Global Data Insight & Analytics, Ford Motor Company

    Mr. Jacobson earned his Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire and a Master’s degree at Virginia Tech as an IBM Fellowship recipient. His career with Ford Motor Company began in 1991, and he has been instrumental in delivering a number of product programs to market including F-Series, Expedition, Navigator, and Taurus and has been awarded U.S. patents in safety systems and tooling technologies.

    Mr. Jacobson had been recognized by the Automotive Hall of Fame as the Young Leadership & Excellence award recipient, the Engineering Society of Detroit as the Young Engineer of the Year, and the National Academy of Engineering, through their Frontiers program.

    Currently building Ford’s new Data Science team at Ford Motor Company, he works across all areas of the business supporting key analytic endeavors.

  • Monica Giselson Olsson

    BI & Analytics manager for IKEA Range & Supply

    Monica is BI & Analytics manager within Business Steering function at IKEA Range & Supply, one of three core-areas within the Inter-IKEA Group, which has the responsibility to develop, design, produce and supply the IKEA stores with home furnishing solutions globally.

    She has worked for IKEA many years and has seen a big change in how IKEA is focusing on fact-based decision making and analytics, and providing co-workers with information and tools to do so.

    She has worked in many different functions within IKEA, with the latest years focused on Business Intelligence and developing the BI and analytics platform for Range & Supply. She has also been instrumental in the selection of BI tools and the deployment of Qlik as a platform for analytics and data discovery throughout IKEA Range & Supply, by that providing a sound base for fact-based decision making and trusted analytics and reporting.

  • Mats Carrgard

    Senior Vice President of Business Performance for Virgin Mobile Middle East & Africa

    Mats is part of the group management team, where he is responsible for delivering tools for the business to track and manage business performance across all areas. This includes the management of data warehouses and Qlik as a business intelligence environment, as well as other data-driven areas such as Customer Value Management. Since starting in his current role in 2014, he has driven the implementation and delivery of a new data-driven infrastructure and way of working for the business.

    Mats has worked in the telecommunications field since 2000, in various roles ranging from management consultancy, operations, business development and commercial management. He has been with Virgin Mobile Middle East & Africa since 2007. As part of his latest role, he is bridging the gap between management and technology in order to develop and make use of the best tools and technologies for using data to make better and faster decisions, create and improve revenue streams and automate key business processes.

  • Monica Kedzierski

    Enterprise Global Supply Manager

    Monica Kedzierski holds an MBA in Finance and BS in Business Administration with a dual major Financial Information Systems & Management Information Systems. In prior roles Monica led large scale transformation of financial systems in Silicon Valley at Cisco Systems, the global provider of networking products, generating over $40B revenues annually. As the company evolved its operating model and expanded their offerings, Monica took a lead on transforming the financial systems platform to enable the company’s growth strategy.

    In Monica’s current role at BorgWarner her focus is on driving vision and strategy for Supply Chain Systems Transformation and Supply Chain visibility. Monica provides operational leadership for data and analytics function. She introduces the most effective, leading-edge technology solutions and applies them end-to-end, from building vision for connecting the unconnected data sources through improving corporate productivity and profitability.

  • Lars Björk

    General Session Speaker
    Wednesday, May 17 from 9:20-9:40AM

    UN Peacekeeping Powered by Qlik
    Lars Bjork, CEO, will explain the partnership Qlik has with the United Nations to become better stewards of data to impact positive change. He will be joined by representatives from the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations and Field Support who will announce Qonnections Hackathon winners of the challenge to create a Qlik Sense app for UN stakeholder conflict analysis and predictive regional modeling. They will then discuss key applications for data analysis around peacekeeping, diplomacy, gender equality and humanitarian development that they use to update the UN Security Council.

    Lars Björk
    Chief Executive Officer, Qlik

    Lars Björk leads Qlik as CEO and is a member of the company’s board of directors. He oversaw the company’s initial public offering (IPO) in 2010 on the NASDAQ, which was recognized as one of the year’s top tech IPOs.

    Lars is recognized as an authority on driving company culture through an accessible management style, with articles appearing in the New York Times, Forbes and Harvard Business Review, as well as speaking engagements at conferences including the CEO2CEO Leadership Summit. He was named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the technology category and was named Technology CEO of the Year at the 2015 PACT Annual Enterprise Awards. More recently, he was nominated to participate in Startup America, a White House initiative to accelerate high-growth entrepreneurship, and the Clinton Global Initiative, an organization that brings together leaders to drive action on global challenges.

  • Anthony Deighton

    General Session Speaker
    Tuesday, May 16 from 8:25-9:45AM

    Qlik’s 2020 Vision and Roadmap
    This keynote will showcase Qlik’s 2020 vision and roadmap and how Qlik is both addressing our customers’ key challenges today, while driving future trends in the market tomorrow. We will highlight how hybrid cloud analytics will deliver greater option value to customers, how associative big data indexing will change how customers drive insight from greater combinations of data, and how we will advance our portfolio, leveraging the latest technology, to drive greater insight from smart intuitive analytics. Ultimately, we will demonstrate why our unique platform approach to visual analytics, powered by our unique ecosystem, is the driver for innovation and new data-driven possibilities.

    Anthony Deighton
    Chief Technology Officer & Senior Vice President, Products, Qlik

    As Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President, Products, Anthony is responsible for guiding product strategy and leading all aspects of the company’s R&D efforts. Since joining Qlik in 2005, Anthony has played a critical role in evolving and driving the product evolution to maximize the potential of visual analytics.

    Anthony holds a B.A. in Economics from Northwestern University and an M.B.A. with high distinction from Harvard Business School.

  • Toni Adams

    General Session Speaker
    Tuesday, May 16 from 10:30AM-12:30PM

    Partnering with Qlik for Future Growth
    Toni Adams will unveil the new partner program, including highlights of the new Managed-Services-Provider track and how Qlik will support partners in a hybrid cloud environment. Toni will outline your journey to profitability and growth with new partner program enhancements such as enablement, marketing, competitive and closer field collaboration. Toni will also explore net new revenue opportunities for you through customer relevant solutions such as Big Data which are enabled through technology partnerships.

    Toni Adams
    Senior Vice President of Global Partners and Alliances Sales, Qlik

    Toni Adams is responsible for defining and implementing the global partner strategy for Qlik's partner ecosystem. Prior to joining Qlik, Toni was Vice President Partner and Alliances Marketing at VMware responsible for partner programs and partner marketing. Prior to this, Toni was Vice President at Symantec responsible for Channel and Alliances marketing as well as Symantec's partner program and partner enablement.

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