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Javaid Awan, SAP

Javaid has 25 years of IT experience designing and implementing solutions. He has led business and I.T. transformation projects in finance, procurement, corporate, supply chain, and shared services. He is a very hands-on individual who can cover processes, architecture, dev ops, and delivery. He has held several senior IT positions.

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Alessandro Banzer, Xiting

Alessandro Banzer has worked in Information Technology since 2004, specializing in SAP in 2009. Since then, Alessandro has been involved with global SAP projects in various roles. Alessandro is an active contributor and moderator in the Governance, Risk and Compliance space on SAP Community. He is responsible for Xiting in the Americas region and a subject matter expert in SAP Access Control (GRC) and SAP Security in general.

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Hartmut Berndt, Deloitte

Hartmut Berndt is a Senior Manager at Deloitte Consulting (Frankfurt) specializing in ERP Finance, BI and EPM with an SAP background of 25+ years. He is part of Deloitte’s Finance Transformation Accelerator (“FTA”) Global network and drives Simple Finance activities for Deloitte in Germany. Hartmut is member of the German-speaking SAP Users Community (DSAG) SAP EPM community (formerly SAP SEM) from the beginning (2000) and co-leads the BI Planning workgroup ever since. Hartmut has significant knowledge in a wide variety of industries: Manufacturing (process industries, make-to-order, make-to-stock), professional services, waste disposal and consumer business.

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Pras Chatterjee, SAP

Pras Chatterjee is a Senior Director of Product Marketing for Planning & Analysis at SAP focusing on SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP BPC. 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 BPC version for the Microsoft platform and SAP NetWeaver focusing on Planning and Consolidations around the globe. Pras is a Chartered Professional Accountant and has worked with various software firms in the Finance space as well has had a career in Finance with various Fortune 500 organizations.

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Zoltan Dobszai, Nokia Solutions & Networks Hungary

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Damien Fribourg, SAP SE

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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Mustafa Çağrı Gökrem, Turkish Railways

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Kapil Goyal, Deloitte

Kapil is an experienced SAP GRC and SAP S/4HANA Security expert at Deloitte and co-leads the Deloitte GRC center of excellence. He has over ten years of experience leading SAP GRC Access Controls, SAP S/4HANA, SAP Fiori, and ECC security and control implementations and review services across numerous industry sectors. He has spoken extensively on GRC topics and is a prominent speaker at international GRC conferences. Kapil’s accomplished project management skills, understanding of implementation methodology as well as control design and analysis, and problem-solving abilities have allowed him to provide value-added services to clients in the areas of role design and implementation, risk identification, mitigation and management; and security strategy solutions.

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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

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Michel Haesendonckx, SAP SE

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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Michael Heckner, SAP

Michael Heckner is currently a Senior Director at SAP’s Center of Excellence for GRC solutions for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. 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 10 years, Michael has worked with many global organizations to chart their course to corporate governance, enterprise risk management and internal control, compliance, and audit management – both, in the Americas as well as in Europe.

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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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George Kamtsioras, SAP

George Kamtsioras joined SAP in 2001 and since then he has worked at various roles and responsibilities. He is a Business Development Director in the Center of Excellence for Finance and Risk, covering South Europe, Middle East, and Africa. Prior to that, he was Business Architect in Financial Services, covering Greece, Cyprus, and Malta. Initially he started his journey within SAP as an FI Consultant, then Project Manager, and finally becoming Consulting Manager. He is married and a father of one girl. George holds a BA in Physics and an MBA and among others he is keen to optimally combine his Expertise in Finance with the fast-developing topic of Machine learning and help to bring this message forward in his area of responsibility.

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Ivan Mans,

Ivan co-founded and is active as a chief technical architect for the ABAP-Experts product portfolio. With 20 years of SAP experience across various industries, Ivan is the author of some widely spread SAP add-ons. Today Ivan’s focus is set on real-time intrusion detection for SAP.

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Imran Mia, Nakisa

Imran Mia is the Head of the Center of Excellence at Nakisa. With over 15 years of experience in corporate accounting, Imran has become a leader in his field with particular expertise in IFRS and US GAAP. Imran has helped develop best practices to enable organizations to plan, transition, and comply with financial regulations. He is a subject matter expert on the new lease accounting standards and works extensively with leading world organizations to help ensure compliance with minimum disruption to existing business processes. Imran has been closely involved in the development of SAP Lease Administration by Nakisa by advising and ensuring compliance with IFRS 16 and ASC 842.

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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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Gergely Molnar, Nokia Solutions & Networks Hungary

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Chaudhry Muhammad Adil, Accountant General Pakistan Revenues

Chaudhry Muhammad Adil is presently working as Branch Officer SAP FI in Accountant General Pakistan Revenues (AGPR). AGPR is responsible for Centralized Accounting and Reporting of Federal transactions. He has worked in the public sector for the last 18 years. He worked for 10 years on the PIFRA (Project to improve Financial Reporting & Auditing) project and as a core team member/ resource person for implementing SAP in AGPR. This PIFRA project, the biggest SAP implementation in Pakistan, includes the full implementation to computerize the accounts of Pakistan Audit & Account Department, which involves more than 127 online sites. The project was financed by World Bank to enhance the transparency and Accountability in Accounting and Auditing System with approx. 6000 users all over Pakistan. His roles and responsibilities include, understanding the current business process; mapping them into SAP and performing gap analysis; customizing, implementing, and configuring the FI/CO module along with cross-functional integration of other applications. He also served as Director, Project Development in Prime Minister’s Youth Program. He was responsible for the entire spectrum of Financial Management including, Project Management, planning, forecasting, budgeting, revenue mobilization, expenditure management, and financial reporting. He holds an MS (Management Sciences with major in Finance), MBA, and is SAP FICO certified.

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Martin Naraschewski, SAP

Martin Naraschewski is the general manager of SAP’s Line of Business Finance. He is responsible for the global go-to-market of SAP’s software solutions in the areas of Accounting, Treasury, Financial Operations, Real Estate Management, Enterprise Risk & Compliance, Cybersecurity, and Tax. In a previous role, he was responsible for SAP’s global licensing strategy and pricing. Before joining SAP in 2005, he advised as top management consultant for various clients in the High Tech and Telecommunications industries on Corporate Finance and Strategy topics.

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Dr. Neil Patrick, SAP

Dr. Neil Patrick is a director of SAP Centre of Excellence for GRC and Security covering EMEA. He has over 12 years’ experience in Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance (GRC) and security fields. During this time, he has been a managing consultant, run professional services delivery teams in the UK and USA, and conducted customer business requirements sessions around the world as well as sales and business development initiatives. Neil has presented core GRC and security thought leadership sessions in strategic customer-facing engagements, conferences, and briefing sessions.

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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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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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Mike Ramsey, LeaseAccelerator

Mike has almost 30 years of experience designing, selling, and implementing financial software solutions to Global companies. He spent over 10 years at SAP America as a Senior Industry Principal where he specialized in finance, accounting, leasing, and tax applications. During his time at SAP, Mike consulted with enterprise accounts on how to best apply technology to automate business processes related to asset management, contract originations, regulatory compliance, GAAP accounting, and electronic invoicing. Prior to joining SAP, Mike worked at Oracle Corporation as the Director of Finance Consulting. At Oracle, he advised enterprise accounts on how to best design and implement core banking, leasing, and financial services solutions. Prior to Oracle, Mike began his career at Federal Mogul, where he became the director of Sales Force Automation. Mike received his Bachelor of Applied Science from Southern Illinois University.

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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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Melissa Scotti,

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Dina Shahin, Customer Advisory Group

Dina Shahin has more than 17 years of experience specializing in SAP security application design, security implementation, Segregation of Duties design, SAP GRC application implementation, and audit. She has worked on global scale SAP implementations and has extensive experience in planning, implementing, training, and administering SAP GRC applications. Dina is a hands-on functional SAP security specialist, ensuring the design and development of appropriate security and controls in both public and private sector companies around the world. Dina has over 60 engagements in a wide-range of organization sizes and industries. She is based in Germany.

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Brian Shannon, Serrala

As Serrala’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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Olivier Simonet, TJC Group

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Nils Strachanowski, Serrala

Nils started his career at Serrala (formerly Hanse Orga Group) as a Consultant for Order-to-Cash projects about six years ago. With experience gained from successfully implemented projects with over 100 customers across the EMEA region, as well as globally operating customers, he is considered an expert in projects in the entire order-to-cash and working capital area. Based on this experience, he now advises customers as Manager Solution Architects Order-to-Cash. And due to his extensive knowledge, he regularly writes articles for Treasury Magazine and is also an experienced speaker for product lectures. In order to expand his knowledge, he is interested in the recently fast developing fields of Blockchain and cryptocurrencies.

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Achint Varia, Winshuttle

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Vishal Verma, SAP

Vishal Verma is Global Solution Owner for SAP solutions for global tax management. 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 the last 12 years, he has been working at SAP on various solutions related to global trade compliance, customs and duty management, tax processes, third party risk, fraud, and anti-corruption. He has 17 years of experience across multiple areas of the software industry. During this time, 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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Mert Yağcioğlu, Turkish Railways

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