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Sarma Adithe, SAP

Sarma Adithe is Area Product Owner for Access Controls responsible for overall Access Control product development. He has over 20 years of experience out of which 8 years in Access Controls domain. Sarma’s focus area at SAP is Access controls, as well as technical expertise in SAP Authorizations, Java, and Mobile. Sarma is directly involved in customer interactions, Co-Innovation, and Customer connect on topics related to Access Controls.

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Rui Bastos, Reliance Industries (India)

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Steve Biskie, High Water Advisors

Steve Biskie is the co-founder of and Managing Director for High Water Advisors, a consultancy that specializes in optimizing GRC and audit processes for organizations running complex ERP systems like SAP. Steve has been working with the SAP application for over two decades, and is considered an international expert in SAP audit issues, risk management, and GRC. He has published numerous audit-related topics for the SAP Professional Journal, written articles for SAP GRC Expert, and has been invited to speak at the SAPinsider series of conferences for 10 consecutive years (including two keynote presentations). Steve teaches beginner through advanced SAP auditing courses through the MIS Training Institute. He was an expert reviewer for the book “Security, Audit, and Control Features: SAP ERP (3rd Edition),” and recently published his own book through SAP PRESS titled “Surviving an SAP Audit.”

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Christophe Decamps, Expertum

Christophe Decamps is an experienced SAP security consultant at Expertum with a key focus in SAP HANA Security. He has worked on multiple SAP ECC and BW authorizations projects. Christophe’s expertise is in authorizations review, risk clean-up, implementation and support of authorizations concepts. During the past years, he has specialized in SAP HANA security and authorizations. He advises customers from different industries on SAP HANA security best practices and performs authorizations implementations.

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Julie Ford, Customer Advisory Group

Julie Ford is a Senior Member of the Customer Advisory Group with a Masters Degree in Cybersecurity from the University of Maryland and more than 13 years experience as an architect in SAP Security, Cybersecurity, Governance, Risk, Compliance, and Information Assurance. Julie is accustomed to working in global fast paced, high volume environments working with local and offshore resources, complex landscapes, and integration issues. Leveraging a wide-range of talents in computer technology, staff leadership, federal audit, and regulatory compliance, Julie provides a solid foundation to address all aspects of information systems across all platform types, project requirements, and business needs. Julie has worked with multiple GRC implementations, security redesigns, and audit remediation. She is an SAP TechEd & dCode speaker and an expert in the area of Cybersecurity for SAP.

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Thomas Frénéhard, SAP

Thomas Frénéhard is a Solution Expert in the Governance, Risk, and Compliance Solution Management team. His particular responsibility is with SAP Risk Management. Thomas's other functional areas of focus are in Internal Control and Compliance Management and Audit Management.

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Jan Gardiner, SAP

Jan Gardiner, CPA, is a Senior Director in GRC Solutions at SAP Labs, LLC. She is the solution owner of SAP Process Control for compliance and control management, responsible for product direction and go-to-market activities. She has been involved with compliance software at SAP for over 12 years and has worked closely with customers in a variety of industries and geographies.

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Matt Harwood, Turnkey Consulting

Matt works as an analyst in SAP security and GRC at Turnkey. He joined the graduate programme in October 2015 following the successful completion of an MSc in Risk Analysis at King’s College London. He was involved in the first live implementation of SAP S/4HANA in the United Kingdom and has worked for several blue-chip clients in his short time at Turnkey on a wide variety of projects including security design, SoD monitoring, and ruleset remediation.

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Michael Heckner, SAP

Michael Heckner is a Senior Director at SAP's Center of Excellence for GRC solutions. He has over 19 years of experience in enterprise business solutions. During his career, he has repeatedly explored how software can help address complex business requirements. For more than 7 years, Michael has worked with many global organizations to chart their course to corporate governance, enterprise risk management, and compliance - both, in the Americas as well as in Europe.

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Kurt Hollis, Deloitte

Kurt Hollis is a manager at Deloitte Consulting, LLP in the SAP Solutions Network located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Kurt has 16 years of experience with SAP products along with an SAP NetWeaver 7.0 Associate Certification and has performed expert consulting for SAP clients for over 12 of those years, 4 years as employee of Deloitte, and 10 years as employee of SAP Americas, and 2 years in a Big Pharma organization. A primary focus of Kurt’s specialty is with SAP HANA Systems performing administration, operations, and monitoring of several HANA systems. This includes SAP HANA environments based on HP, IBM, Dell, and Hitachi appliance platforms. These systems have been integrated with Business Objects platforms, Business Objects data services, SLTC servers, and many other tools and interfaces. An upgrade/migration of BW 7.30 to BW on HANA has also been performed successfully.

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Marc Jackson, Turnkey Consulting

Marc is a Senior Manager at Turnkey Consulting and the solution lead for SAP Process Controls. He has over 15 years of SAP experience out of which 4 years in the Process Controls domain. Marc's varied background and project experience whilst at Turnkey (and previously with PwC) has seen him develop skills in SAP Security & Authorizations, SAP Audit & Controls, Security Governance and SAP Process Control. Marc is also one of the SAP Process Controls training course instructors for SAP UK. Marc has lead several SAP Process Controls implementations across a variety of industries including: utilities, consumer products, information services, and fashion.

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Tomás Kong, SAP

Tomás Kong is a Senior Director of solution management at SAP working on the Fraud Management solution. Tomás has nine years of experience at SAP, and he previously spent many years in product management and consulting roles at several technology companies focusing on financial, billing, and compliance solutions.

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Bill Oliver, Winterhawk Consulting

Bill is a founding Partner of Winterhawk Consulting , a SAP Services Partner ® and global provider of Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) services. Bill has over 20 years’ experience in the field of SAP Information Security and auditing which includes large scale Security and GRC implementations as well as managerial roles in external audit, advisory, and assurance services. Bill holds a Master’s Degree in Information Technology from Boston University and is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).

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Dr. Neil Patrick, SAP

Dr Neil Patrick has over 10 years’ detailed experience in the GRC field; as a management consultant, as a software developer, and as a business developer. He has conducted GRC requirements and business analysis sessions for organisations around the world and is currently a Director in the GRC Centre of Excellence at SAP.

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Simon Persin, Turnkey Consulting

Simon is an experienced SAP Security and SAP GRC consultant, having designed, reviewed, and implemented SAP Security and compliance solutions for a number of major blue chip clients. Simon has over 10 years’ experience with SAP and currently specializes in SAP Enterprise GRC solutions. As well as working with SAP Access Controls, Process Controls, and Risk Management, Simon also has a specialization in the wider GRC & Security products of Fraud & Audit Management, Enterprise Threat & Detection and SSO. Simon is a certified SAP NetWeaver Consultant for SAP Security, GRC Access Controls, and a certified instructor for the SAP GRC Training courses in the UK. Simon is also a certified SAP Strategic Expert Partner for the GRC solution area and supports pre-sales activities on behalf of SAP. He has written articles for several industry publications and he is also a regular speaker at international GRC conferences. He is in demand for technical troubleshooting and supporting customers to unlocking the value from their investment in GRC technology. Simon has also co-authored a book on the SAP GRC Access Controls certification.

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Jérôme Pugnet, SAP

Jérôme Pugnet is a Senior Director of Product Marketing for SAP GRC Solutions and has over 11 years of experience in Risk and Compliance Management, Business Process Control, IT Governance, and Audit and Fraud Management domains, in particular in the Financial Services industry. He has over 15 years of previous experience on financial software and ERPs, in implementation engagements, and pre-sales advisory roles.

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Michael Rasmussen, GRC 20/20 Research

Michael Rasmussen is an internationally recognized pundit on governance, risk management, and compliance (GRC) – with specific expertise on the topics of enterprise GRC, GRC technology, corporate compliance, and policy management. With 22+ years of experience, Michael helps organizations improve GRC processes, design and implement GRC architecture, and select technologies that are effective, efficient, and agile. He is a sought-after keynote speaker, author, and advisor and is noted as the “Father of GRC” — being the first to define and model the GRC market in February 2002 while at Forrester.

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Mick Roche, Deloitte

Mick Roche is Deloitte’s EMEA lead for GRC and responsible for Deloitte’s UK SAP GRC practice. He has over 15 years SAP experience on global implementations, GRC and Analytics. Deloitte have merged the capabilities of Controls and Analytics and use these capabilities as to ‘detect the cause’ and ‘fix the effect’ of control weaknesses. Currently the Deloitte team are delivering GRC Access Control or Process Control Transformation projects at 8 FTSE 100 clients.

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James Roeske, Customer Advisory Group

James Roeske is CEO and co-founder of the Customer Advisory Group LLC. James has over 22 years of SAP Security, Audit, GRC, and Executive Management experience. Over those years, James has had a professional focus on technical configuration of SAP R/3 Security, segregation of duty design, user provisioning solutions, GRC software solution design, and corporate compliance implementations for companies around the world. Previous to founding the Customer Advisory Group, Mr. Roeske held strategic positions at Virsa Systems, SAP America, and SAP Canada. This has allowed him to lead, plan, and participate in over 220 SAP GRC and Security projects for some of the largest and most complex compliance environments across the globe.

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Sylvester van der Giesen, KPMG

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Vishal Verma, SAP

Vishal Verma’s current role as a solution owner for SAP Business Partner Screening, his main responsibilities are to formulate solution strategy and drive go-to-market. He ensures that the solution matches the evolving customer needs spanning across various industries. For last 10 years he is working at SAP on various solutions related to global trade compliance, third party risk, vendor compliance, know your customer (KYC), internal audit, fraud and anti-corruption. He has 14 years of experience across multiple areas of software industry. Over these years he worked on managing products from cradle to grave (identifying growth opportunities, justifying investments, developing product, formulating pricing strategy and communicating value through integrated marketing programs and campaigns)

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Marie-Luise Wagener, SAP SE

Marie-Luise has 18 years of SAP experience in the areas Audit, Consulting, Training, and Architecture in various Releases and SAP solutions. She worked seven years in the consulting area as Senior SAP Auditor and Senior SAP Consultant with clients from multiple industries, five years as Global SAP Security and Compliance Architect for a world-wide leading manufacturing company, headed the EMEA GRC Practice for 3 years, and joined SAP SE in 2015 as Vice President for Global GRC. Areas of her expertise are GRC, SAP Security and Controls Architecture, Program Management, and international Roll-Out Projects.

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