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Romesh Adury, EY

Romesh Adury is a Senior Manager in the Advisory Services practice of Ernst & Young LLP. Romesh has over a 19 years of experience as a Process Improvement and SAP transformation professional with an emphasis in SAP Financials, Controlling, Procurement and Solution Architecting. Throughout his career, Romesh has worked with several global companies across various sectors, turning process improvements through optimizing SAP Financials and enabling technologies. Romesh holds degrees in Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management and in Electrical Engineering from IIT (India).

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Kirk Anderson, SAP

Kirk Anderson is a Vice President of EPM Go to Market responsible for SAP's Enterprise Performance Management solutions and in particular SAP's Business Planning and Consolidation solutions. Most recently his focus has been on BPC optimized for S/4 HANA. Kirk is a Chartered Accountant working for a number of years in public accounting.

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Thiagu Bala, Deloitte

Thiagu Bala is a Senior Manager with Deloitte. He has more than 18 years of SAP experience, working primarily in analytics and performance management. He has architected and delivered many end-to-end global solutions across a broad spectrum of industry verticals. Thiagu has spoken about many advance SAP topics in ASUG, SAP Financials, Sapphire, and other SAP conferences.

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Eric Barlow, Serio Consulting

Eric Barlow is a Managing Partner with Serio Consulting LLC who has been consulting on SAP applications since 1995. As a former Platinum Consultant with SAP America Inc., Eric has worked in various consulting roles across a variety of implementations and upgrades in North and South America, EMEA, and Asia. Eric possesses extensive knowledge of the FI/CO modules with a strong emphasis in the capital management area inclusive of Project Systems, Investment Management, and Asset Accounting. Eric is a recurring speaker and is active in the development and testing of new SAP solutions.

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David Bath, Protiviti

David Bath is an Associate Director of Protiviti. He has over 20 years of experience working with a number of organizations to enhance their business performance by using analytics and business intelligence software. He has extensive experience in implementing Business Intelligence and Corporate Performance Management solutions using SAP tools, including SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation, SAP Web Intelligence, SAP BusinessObjects, and SAP Data Services to name a few.

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Akos Beres, itelligence

Akos has more than eight years of SAP experience, with exposure to BPC, BW, FI/CO, as well as other financial planning, consolidation, and reporting solutions, such as Hyperion Essbase, HFM, Cognos, and MicroStrategy. Akos' industry experience includes retail, distribution, warehousing, manufacturing, and R&D. He has acted in many different roles, ranging from business subject matter expert to lead solution architect. Prior to joining itelligence, Akos worked at several Fortune 500 companies in various finance roles, including financial analyst and treasury manager. He has an undergraduate degree in Economics and an MBA from the Carlson School of Management.

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Scott Cairncross, TruQua Enterprises

Scott Cairncross is a recognized thought leader in the area of Enterprise Software, focused on SAP Analytics and SAP ERP solutions. He has 16+ years of SAP implementation experience. Scott is passionate about helping customers achieve their return on investment from their enterprise software solutions. During the past ten years, Scott has focused on Financial Planning and Analysis, Financial Consolidation, Analytics, Usability Design, and Cloud Development. Scott’s focus during the past 4 years has been primarily in SAP S/4HANA (Simple Finance), Financial Planning and Analysis, and Financial Consolidation. Scott frequently speaks at national and local events on Cloud and Analytics topics from strategy to implementation know how. Scott has also spoken at ASUG/Sapphire; SAPinsider’s Financials, Reporting & Analytics, and HANA events; and various ASUG Chapter meetings from Northern California to Chicago, Illinois. Scott has been published in SAP Professional Journal and SAPinsider. Prior, Scott was the Senior Director of the SAP Enterprise Performance Management Regional Implementation Group in the Americas. Scott worked with countless large enterprise and SME customers to assist with their EPM and Analytics Solutions Strategies and Implementation. As a part of his management role at SAP Scott led various Ramp Ups, as well as other strategic initiatives.

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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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Massimo Ciotola, SAP

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David Dixon, TruQua Enterprises

Since 2008, David has been a featured speaker worldwide at SAPinsider conferences annually (starting with “Reporting & Business Intelligence with SAP and Business Objects” conference and more recently including "S/4HANA Finance Bootcamp"). His expertise is also often called upon by SAP such as moderating "askSAP EPM Innovation Community Calls" and participating in talk shows such as "Financial Excellence with Game Changers". He was also the only third-party expert featured at SAP's "BPC MEGA Elite" training other consultancies on SAP BPC Financial Consolidation in 2011. He co-authored the book "Mastering the SAP Business Information Warehouse" written with Bill Inmon, the "father of data warehousing," as well as white papers sponsored by Business Objects and SAP on Business Intelligence (BI) and Enterprise Performance Management (EPM). David started his career in 1995 as a Financials and Controlling (FI/CO) consultant with SAP specializing in financial consolidations, product costing and profitability analysis with particular expertise in the ERP information systems and tools. David was an FI/CO Platinum Consultant before he left SAP in 1999 to help form an SAP BW consultancy startup that was acquired in 2004 which in turn, was acquired in 2007 for the SAP practice and high-performance culture that David led. Thereafter, David built overnight SAP practices at his subsequent companies. David is not only an executive and practicing consultant but also a hands-on developer since his earliest days with SAP. His skills span functional and technical domains. He has worked with SAP's development team in Walldorf and Palo Alto on numerous occasions in support of applications and initiatives in the S/4HANA, EPM and BI space. He continues to have active and personal ties with SAP's product and solution organizations. He has extensive project experience in implementing high-value global solutions for Fortune 100 companies.

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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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Monty Guevara, SimpleFi Solutions

Monty Guevara is a Senior Manager with SimpleFi Solutions, Monty began his career with seven years of custom application development experience working with Java, C#, and .NET. He has subsequent established expertise in database technologies, primarily MS SQL Server and SAP BW, but extending to Oracle and Teradata. Monty focuses on system architecture and development as it relates to integration of core data to the SAP BPC module.

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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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Carsten Hilker, SAP

Carsten has been working in the field of financial and management accounting for 20+ years in various roles including development, consulting and product management. He is an advocate of financial excellence, enterprise optimization and profitable growth and has presented and published on the topic of Finance and Management Accounting in numerous occasions. His past and current professional affiliations include ASUG, IMA, CAM-I, the Resource Consumption Accounting Institute (RCA-I), Society of Cost Management (SCM) and the International Controller Association (ICV).

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Stephanie Hudson Miller, SAP

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Shelly Jain, TekLink International

Shelly Jain is a BPC Certified Senior Consultant at TekLink– a leading global services firm focused on SAP products such as Business Warehouse, HANA, Business Planning and Consolidations, and BusinessObjects. Shelly specializes in implementation of Planning and Reporting Solutions using EPM BPC. She has a strong finance background and over 3 years of hands on experience in developing and managing planning solutions in BPC. She also has extensive knowledge of SAP BPC (7.5 NW; 10.0 NW; 10.1 NW), SAP BW, ABAP, and Business Objects

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Ravi Krovidi, PwC

Ravi is a Director in Advisory Services and leads SAP transformation service offerings related to revenue automation in the context of new revenue recognition standard. He has 21 years of experience in managing operations, business transformation initiatives, and SAP implementations in the Technology Sector. He has in-depth understanding of key operational issues related to cloud business models, revenue recognition, product or service bundling, customer experience, entitlement management and volume licensing. MBA from UC, Berkeley.

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Mitresh Kundalia, Quality Systems & Software

One of the leading Industry experts, Mitresh is an acknowledged SAP Financials Expert with specialization in SAP New General Ledger Migration. SAP PRESS has published his book on the SAP New G/L Segment Reporting. He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and white papers and he has given presentations at various SAP conferences and events. He serves on the advisory board of "SAP Financials Expert" publication. Mitresh is the chief solutions architect in designing, developing, and building General Ledger Migration Optimizer (GLMO), a leading product to accelerate and jump-start the SAP New G/L initiatives; SAP Data Re-organization Optimizer (SDRO), a leading SLO-type product for managing complex system landscape re-organizations and Group Currency Activation & Conversion (GCAC), product-suite to manage introduction of parallel currencies, and conversion of data in the live SAP system. He can be reached at Mitresh@QSandS.com

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Jim Link, itelligence

Jim Link is an EPM Engagement Manager with itelligence, Inc., an NTT Data company. Jim has been working with SAP solutions since 2005, getting his start in FI/CO, SEM-BCS, and SEM-BPS, but primarily focused on BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation (BPC) since 2009. Jim’s industry experience includes real estate, banking, power and utilities, food products and media, and he has acted in many different project roles ranging from business subject matter expert to lead solution architect. A Certified Public Accountant by trade, Jim’s background also includes 6 years as an auditor with PwC and in financial reporting departments. Jim is active in the SAP community as an ASUG Volunteer, specifically the ASUG Enterprise Performance Management SIG Chair, BPC Influence Council Chair, and former Business Process Architecture SIG Program Chair, and has spoken at several ASUG Annual Conferences since 2008.

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John Livingood, Protiviti

John is a Director of technology consulting in Protiviti's SF office and responsible for the SAP GRC, Security, and Controls Solutions practice in the US west region. John is a subject specialist in the solution design and implementation of access management software that enables an organization to proactively control system access from business- and IT-related risks. John has over 13 years of technology consulting experience and has served hundreds of companies during his tenure at Protiviti. He has also been involved and supported 25+ full cycle ERP implementations (mostly SAP).

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Tarak Majmudar, PwC

Tarak has been deploying and delivering Enterprise solution for 20+ business transformation and ERP implementation programs for over 16+ years. He works with PwC’s Finance Transformation Advisory practice specializing in technology driven transformation. Tarak with his unique approach of blending business knowledge with strong hands-on SAP implementation skill helps to drive resulted oriented solutions. Tarak‘s area of expertise includes, finance process improvement, large scale ERP/SAP transformation. He has successfully lead, driven & delivered large scale / complex SAP Implementation programs across various vertical with heavy focus on Retail and Consumer, High-tech.

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Sydnie McConnell, Woodward

Sydnie McConnell is the lead SAP business systems analyst for Finance at Woodward, which integrates leading-edge technologies into fuel, combustion, fluid, actuation, and electronic control systems for the aerospace and energy markets. Sydnie has over 15 years of experience with SAP Financials, both as a business user and a systems analyst. Her primary focus is on SAP Controlling, particularly product cost controlling and profitability analysis. Sydnie has worked on a variety of complex projects, including several global SAP ERP and BPC implementations and integrating multiple ERP systems into a single SAP general ledger. She is the co-author of First Steps in SAP (2nd edition).

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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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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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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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Prakash Sethia, IDEXX Laboratories

Prakash Sethia is a Principal Application Analyst in the SAP Center of Expertise at IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. which is a worldwide leader of diagnostic products for animals. He is responsible for the HR and BPC systems. He has over 13 years of SAP experience working for product (SAP), consulting and end user companies. He has worked as a Solution Architect on multiple ECC upgrades as well as the BPC upgrade and is currently working on implementing Balance Sheet and Cash Flow statements on the BPC system.

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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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Aneesh Aboo Sulaikha, Deloitte

Aneesh Aboo Sulaikha is a SAP Specialist at Deloitte Consulting, LLP in the SAP Solutions Network (SNET) located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Aneesh has 8 years of experience with SAP products along with an SAP NetWeaver 7.0 Associate Certification and is a Certified Specialist in SAP HANA, upgrade, Unicode Conversion and Migration project. Aneesh has extensive experience in installing and managing complex SAP implementation, maintenance and production support, Big Data Analytics in Hadoop and S4 Hana. Aneesh's key expertise is in the design and architecture of SAP solutions including SAP analytics, reporting tools and SAP cloud products. He has good hands on experience in implementation/installation projects, SAP system conversion, operating system / database migrations, setup and configuration of various SAP products including SAP HANA, SAP S4 HANA, SAP Fiori, ERP, BW, Solution Manager, SCM and GRC.

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Kathie Topel, Protiviti

Kathie Topel leads Protiviti’s Business Transformation practice. She is a visionary leader with 20+ years in business transformation, innovative strategy, organizational change management, process design and efficiency, and technology solutions. She is known for advising and supporting organizations to fundamentally change the way they operate and dramatically improve their performance and results. Kathie is an expert at working with and developing cross functional teams that can perform at exceptional levels. Consistent track record for meeting aggressive timelines and budget constraints, while achieving all functionality goals in complex initiatives requiring extensive cross organizational collaboration and the resourceful application of multiple talents. Continuously noted for delivering bottom line results and a high level of customer satisfaction. Breaking down complex challenges into executable steps that create individual ownership and accountability is her passion and drives her unprecedented success.

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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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