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Tom Anderson, SAP

Thomas Anderson is the Director of Real Estate within Lob Finance and is responsible for SAP‘s Real Estate Management solution used by commercial, corporate and residential real estate organizations around the world. He is responsible for identifying trends in the increasingly complex real estate industry, working with customers to understand how they are impacted by these trends and coordinating with SAP product owners to develop new solutions. This role has taken him too many countries around the world where he has seen the explosive growth in real estate development and has spoken with customers extensively about the impact of digitalization on real estate management.

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Ritesh Bhushan, Deloitte

Ritesh is a Senior Manager in Deloitte’s SAP practice in the Netherlands and co-leads Deloitte’s SAP Finance capability in the EMEA region. He has helped many large global clients in improving finance operating effectiveness while reducing costs and supporting the organization's growth strategies by designing and implementing SAP S/4HANA Finance process and analytics capability. He also has deep expertise and experience in designing financial application integration and enterprise architecture. Ritesh is a regular speaker at international finance conferences on the subject of finance transformation and enterprise of future.

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Aico Biewenga, KPMG

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Scott Cairncross, TruQua Enterprises

Scott Cairncross is a Partner Principal and co-founder of TruQua Enterprises, an SAP Analytics software development and services company based in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to starting TruQua, Scott was a Senior Director of the SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) Regional Implementation Group (RIG) in the Americas. As a part of his management role at SAP, Scott led various product launches (ramp up), as well as other strategic initiatives. Scott has passionately worked with customers across industries to architect enterprise solutions solving complex business problems. Scott has a deep knowledge in a broad cross-section of applications and solutions, including but not limited to SAP HANA, SAP S/4HANA, SAP BusinessObjects Cloud, SAP HANA Cloud Platform, SAP NetWeaver BW, SAP BusinessObjects, and the SAP EPM suite. Scott has participated in numerous SAP go-lives and has spoken at SAP TechEd, ASUG, SAPPHIRE, CFO.com, and SAPinsider events including most recently the S/4HANA Finance Bootcamp. Scott also co-authored the book, “SAP Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) Add-In” as well as articles published in SAP Professional Journal and SAPInsider.

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Pras Chatterjee, SAP

Pras Chatterjee is a Director of Product Marketing for Enterprise Performance Management specializing in Planning solutions. Prior to joining Product Marketing, Pras was a Practice Manager for SAP Business Analytics Services in North America as a leader in the EPM practice. He has also served as a Solution Architect for SAP Business Planning and Consolidation version for the Microsoft platform and SAP NetWeaver focusing on Planning and Consolidations around the globe. Pras is a Certified Management Accountant and has worked with various software firms in the EPM space as well has had a career in Finance with various Fortune 500 organizations.

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Bram de Jonge, KPMG

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Damien Fribourg, SAP

Damien Fribourg is a Director of the EPM (Enterprise Performance Management) Center of Excellence (CoE) with 20 years of experience in this space. His professional background ranges from EPM product implementation (several competitors’ products as well as SAP’s) to selling activities as well as supporting strategic opportunities. Most noticeably, he spent 4 years at Hyperion, doing presales and heading the HFM consulting practice. Then, as a Senior Manager for BearingPoint Consulting, he took responsibility of the largest HFM implementation in Europe at Lafarge group. Later on, he joined SAP through the OutlookSoft acquisition. Within SAP, he worked as Consulting Manager for the Netweaver architects in France and ultimately reached the Solution Management group where he was in charge of all consolidation related features of SAP BusinessObjects Planning & Consolidation, together with the support of key customers and deals such as Bank of America, JPMC or Morgan Stanley. Damien was also the chief designer of the new consolidation features included in BPC 10.0 for the Netweaver platform and took an active role in field enablement with Elite Trainings, towards both an internal audience and to the SAP ecosystem.

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Antonio Giannelli, SAP

Antonio started his career in 1987 at IBM research lab in Hawthorne (US) creating software solutions for his customers. Among others he created a protocol to transmit toll payment transactions. In 1995 Antonio joined Cartesis, a French company developing and selling Financial Consolidation software. The company was acquired by PWC and successively by Business Objects, acquired by SAP in 2008. Without changing company, Antonio had the opportunity to develop experiences in Consulting, Research & Development, International Development, acquiring wide visibility on company requirements in Reporting and Performance Management. Today Antonio serves Clients, Partners and Colleagues by positioning SAP solutions to address requirements such as Finance Transformation, Accelerated Financial Close, Regulatory Disclosure.

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Pete Graham, SAP

Pete Graham is currently the Director, Finance Solutions and Mobility at SAP. He currently leads multiple finance and accounting topics including revenue recognition (IFRS 15, ASC 606) and lease accounting (IFRS 16, ASC 842). He is actively working with customers around the world as they tackle the revenue accounting standards with SAP Revenue Accounting and Reporting (RAR) and the lease accounting standards with SAP Lease Administration by Nakisa. Pete frequently helps customers and partners understand the latest information about next-generation in-memory solutions like SAP S/4HANA Finance and how S/4HANA Finance allows any business to Run Better. Pete also works with SAP customers, colleagues, and partners to bring new financial solutions to the market. He has almost 20 years of experience in the enterprise software industry in a variety of Product Strategy, Finance, and operational roles.

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Rohana Gunawardena, Exium

Rohana Gunawardena heads the SAP practice division at Exium Inc., and has been working with SAP since 1992. During his career, Rohana has assisted multiple clients on detailed system correction projects, such as correcting inventory balances, controlling area reorganizations, retrospectively activating group currency, and optimizing intercompany accounting transactions. Rohana has spoken at many SAP conferences and has published more than 20 magazine articles in SAP Financials Expert, SAP SCM Expert, and SAPtips on various aspects of SAP. His presentations have focused on financial module selection, the order-to-cash process, global rollouts, business segment reporting, cross-module integration, and the financial impact of SCM transactions. He is widely acknowledged as a leading SAP expert. Rohana is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales. Previously, Rohana has worked with the consulting practices of Accenture, Deloitte, and PwC. You may reach him via e-mail at Rohana@Exium.com.

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Michel Haesendonckx, SAP

Michel Haesendonckx is Global Solution Owner at SAP SE for SAP’s solutions in the area of Finance & Performance Management, Management Accounting & Reporting. In this role he is responsible for the solution strategy and drives the go-to-market in this area, being highly involved in key innovation topics. He has 20 years of experience in the area of financial processes as well as analytics, of which 17 years in relation to SAP solutions. Apart from having been responsible for Presales and Business Development for the Finance line of business at SAP Belgium-Luxembourg for 8 years, he built his functional experience as external auditor, controller in the oil sector and CFO in the port logistics industry. He further extended his view in this field through his leadership position in FP&A in a globally operating consulting organization.

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JS Irick, TruQua Enterprises

JS Irick is a Consultant and Lead Developer at TruQua Enterprises, a Software Development and SAP Services company. A respected developer of innovative data analysis solutions, JS has developed tools for the scientific and financial industries. JS possesses a unique portfolio of skills focused on performance tuning the SAP and non-SAP stack. JS demonstrates both technical savvy and impeccable communications skills. A featured speaker and leader, JS has consulted and provided training to multinational corporations and spoken at major SAP events. A recognized performance testing and tuning expert, JS ensures the performance and stability of TruQua’s implementations. Through his experience with automated load testing and reconciliation tools, JS helps the team identify areas for improvement well before they become issues. JS’s expertise is in SAP NetWeaver Performance Optimization, SAP BusinessObjects EPM, SAP HANA, Cloud Computing, SAP BPC-ERP Integration, SAP BPC-ERP Reconciliation, HP LoadRunner, SAP Mobile Applications (SUP & Gateway Frameworks), Linux Server Administration, Python, Scrum Development Methodology, and Enterprise Security.

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Berker Kilinc, EY

Berker Kilinc is a Senior Manager in the Advisory Services practice of Ernst & Young LLP. He has 21 years of professional consulting services experience in large and complex SAP implementations across diverse geographies and industries. He specializes in SAP Program Management, SAP Finance and Controlling (FI-CO), and SAP Business Intelligence applications. In recent years he has been focusing on SAP S4 Finance.

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Elizabeth Milne, SAP

Elizabeth Milne has over 20 years of experience improving the software solutions for multi-national, multi-billion dollar organizations. Her finance career began working at Walt Disney then Warner Bros in the areas of consolidation, budgeting, and financial reporting. She subsequently moved to the software industry and has held positions including implementation consultant and manager, account executive, pre-sales consultant and working as part of the solution management team at SAP, Business Objects, and Cartesis. In 2008, she graduated with an Executive MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management. She currently manages the accounting and financial close portfolio for SAP Solution Marketing.

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Martin Naraschewski, SAP SE

Martin Naraschewski is responsible for the global go-to-market of SAP’s dedicated software solutions for Finance, including the areas of Accounting, Treasury, and Finance Shared Services. In his previous role, he was responsible for SAP’s global licensing strategy and pricing. Before joining SAP in 2005, he was advising various clients in the High Tech and Telecommunications industries on Corporate Finance and Strategy topics as a top management consultant.

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Genco Odevci, EY

Genco Odevci is a Manager in the IT Advisory Services of Ernst & Young LLP. His experience is focused on managerial and financial system integration at large organizations leveraging leading practices of finance business processes. His experience is concentrated on SAP deployment lifecycles in a variety of roles from blueprinting to realization, training, and post live. Since 1998, his SAP areas of focus have been primarily around product costing, profitability analysis, general ledger, logistics integration, and financial close. He has applied his systems skills in numerous SAP implementations and process redesign in a variety of industries including automotive, fast moving consumer goods, media-advertising, and manufacturing.

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David Ormerod, SAP

David has over 20 years experience in designing and implementing Enterprise Performance Management solutions, primarily in Finance. He has worked for a number of customer organisations spanning a wide variety of industry sectors including telecommunications, financial services, media, and oil & gas. In recent years he has worked as a Solution Consultant and Technical Account Manager for several Performance Management software vendors, including Hyperion and Oracle, prior to joining SAP in February 2010, where he is responsible for Business Development of Finance solutions. David is frequently called upon to help our LoB Finance customers understand how SAP solutions can help them across topics such as Planning and Consolidation, Treasury, Real Estate, and Shared Services. He is a popular speaker and workshop facilitator at events such as SAPinsider, SAP Select, and Sapphire. Recently he has pioneered a Design Thinking approach to developing a technology roadmap for Finance, and is keen to bring this to more customers in 2016.

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Paul Ovigele, ERPfixers

Paul Ovigele is the founder of the online micro-consulting platform, ERPfixers (http://www.erpfixers.com). He has worked as an ERP financials consultant since 1997 in both North America and Europe, specializing in implementing the Financial Accounting and Controlling modules along with their integrated areas for companies in industries such as consumer goods, chemicals, logistics, pharmaceuticals, apparel and entertainment. Paul has delivered numerous training sessions to finance professionals at both the functional and managerial levels, is published in FinancialsExpert where he also serves as a technical adviser, and has presented at various SAP financials conferences around the world. Paul is also the author of the books “100 Things You Should Know About Financial Accounting with SAP (2011)” and “Reconciling COPA to the General Ledger (2013)”.

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Sonam Pawar, TruQua Enterprises

Sonam Pawar is a Functional Analyst, Model/Process/Data Designer and FI/CO Specialist at TruQua Enterprises with 7 years of SAP FICO experience, including SAP S/4HANA Finance and Central Finance in different stages of SDLC, including end-to-end implementation, rollout, due diligence and support projects. Sonam has industry exposure spanning across Professional Services, Banking, Insurance, Oil and Gas, Energy, High-Tech, Oil Field services. She maintains an expertise in the areas of solution design and configuration of FICO modules including, SAP New GL, AR, AP, Fixed assets, Bank accounting, and Controlling. Sonam has worked extensively with executive management and business users from Accounting to Report, Order to Cash, Procurement to Pay, Manufacturing, and Operation to Maintain. Sonam has proven skills in the proactive analysis of SAP solutions, including SAP S/4HANA Finance, to propose improvements and optimization of business processes and SAP design. She also maintains an M.B.A in Finance with domain experience in financial analysis, credit analysis, project financing in large credit department of a federal bank in India.

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Jean-Claude Pizzi, SAP

Jean-Claude Pizzi is a Business Development Expert in SAP Italy. He has more than 15 years of experience in SAP Performance Management Solutions. After roles in Consulting, Product Management, and Pre-sales, he now supervises the Demand Generation and Positioning of SAP Finance solutions in the EMEA Finance Solution Centre of Excellence with a focus on South Euope. He has a long experience in enabling customers and partners in solutions like SAP Business Planning and Consolidation, SAP S4/HANA Finance, and SAP Cloud for Analytics.

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Robert Schiffner, PwC

Robert is a Manager in the SAP practice of PwC Switzerland. He has 14 years of experience in providing consulting and assurance services to clients in various industries, including consumer and industrial products, pharmaceuticals, and telecom. He helps companies optimize processes, strengthen internal control, and transform their business using SAP technology. Robert has been involved in numerous SAP business transformation initiatives from strategy development through go live. He focuses on process design, controls integration, and project quality assurance. He also works with internal and external audit teams, providing functional and technical subject matter expertise and supporting business process reviews and control assessments.

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Kathrin Schmalzing, EY

Kathrin Schmalzing is a Senior Manager in the Advisory Services practice of Ernst & Young LLP. Before she transitioned to consulting, she first worked in the automotive industry in the controlling department, giving her a clear view at the challenges faced by both consultants and end users. Kathrin has been working with SAP solutions since 2002 and has been involved in multiple end-to-end implementations of its financial solutions. Her current focus is on the Financial Accounting and Controlling modules, as well as on their integration with other SAP ERP modules. Kathrin published two books with Rheinwerk Publishing: 100 Things You Should Know About Controlling with SAP and Configuring Controlling in SAP ERP. Her third book, CO-PA in S/4HANA, will be published in spring 2017.

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Brian Shannon, Dolphin

As Dolphin’s Chief Strategy Officer, Mr. Shannon is focused on business processes and financial solutions to maximize return on investment. He has more than 20 years of SAP experience and his background includes thought leadership, knowledge management, project management, training, and SAP consulting with extensive experience in the automotive and manufacturing sectors, as well as oil and gas, retail, and utility verticals. Mr. Shannon’s industry and finance experience includes positions as a National Credit Manager, International Finance Manager, Corporate Banking Credit Analyst, and Financial Strategist. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Manitoba, and an MBA in International Finance from the University of South Florida.

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