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Sarma Adithe, SAP

Sarma Adithe is Chief Product Owner for Access Governance and is responsible for overall SAP Access Control & SAP Cloud Identity Access Governance product development. He has over 25 years of experience, out of which 12 are in the Access Controls domain. Sarma’s focus area at SAP is Access Governance, as well as technical expertise in authorizations, Java, and Mo bile. Sarma is directly involved in customer interactions, Co-Innovation, and Customer Connect on topics related to Access Governance Solutions.

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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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Maxim Chuprunov, Riscomp

Maxim (CPA, CISA, CRISC) has founded Riscomp (SAP Implementation, Recognized Expertise for GRC and SAP Education Partner company) in 2010 and since then, with his team of experts, has been helping customers to automate GRC-relevant processes. Maxim has 19 years of experience in SAP Audit, Risk and Compliance areas and is author of several professional books.

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Christian Cohrs, SAP SE

Christian Cohrs is Product Manager for Identity and Access Management at SAP. He has a background in computer science and worked in various positions at SAP during the last 17 years, most recently as Area Product Owner for SAP Single Sign-On.

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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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Matthias Dennig, targens GmbH

Matthias Dennig is working as a presales and consulting expert for the product SMARAGD aces360. His area of responsibility includes advising prospective clients and supporting the introduction of the SAP BIS-based product SMARAGD aces360. For more than 15 years he has worked as a project manager in the compliance environment for targens GmbH in various major projects in Germany and abroad.

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Angelika Dillinger, SAP SE

Angelika is an Audit Director and a certified Quality Assessor with 10 years of SAP experience. She is currently responsible for building up a global audit framework and for leading global audit engagements across SAP. In her former role she managed Corporate Audit’s end-to-end business processes from demand management to audit follow-up, including compliance with external audit standards, quality assurance, and continuous process improvement. Furthermore, she managed the SAP Audit Management Solution at Corporate Audit and the related infrastructure from a business perspective.

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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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Imanol Beguiristáin González, Repsol S.A.

Imanol is currently IT Business Partner for Audit and Control, Risk, Sustainability, and Technology divisions in Repsol (Spanish leader in the Oil and Gas field). He has over 13 years of experience in IT with focus in business system analysis, project management, system implementation, and consulting. During his first years of professional career he led different SAP GRC implementation projects in Spanish companies from utilities and energy industries.

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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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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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Rik Holvoet, BekaertDeslee

For the last 7 years, Rik has been the CIO of Bekaert Textiles. Since the acquisition of DesleeClama textiles 2 years ago, the new branded company Bekaert Deslee is world’s largest manufacturer of mattress fabrics and related bed cover solutions. Owned by German family equity holding Haniel and headquartered in Waregem Belgium, the group has manufacturing facilities located in Belgium, Turkey, Romania, Estonia, Poland, Czech Republic, Spain, North America, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, China, Indonesia, Australia, and South Africa. Apart from the integration activities, the new company is going through a massive continuous improvement program and a digital transformation program in order to build a more agile, customer driven, and sustainable/profitable company for the future.

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Miguel Ángel López de Toro, Repsol S.A.

Miguel Ángel López is the IT responsible for Risk and Audit applications based on SAP GRC in Repsol (Spanish Oil & Gas Company). His career began as SAP NetWeaver consultant focusing in ABAP development. He has worked in different customer designing custom ABAP application and performing code audit. He also has a deep knowledge in SAP NetWeaver Frameworks for developing user interfaces (WDA, FPM, SAPUI5) and their integrations with SAP Portal. Since 2013 he has focusing in SAP GRC Solutions: Risk Management, Process Control, and Access Control.

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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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Asheesh Mishra, Heineken International B.V.

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Paulo Moniz, EDP

With 20 years of experience in the world of information technology, Paulo began his career as a systems administrator at EDP Distribution and subsequently moved to EDINFOR where he participated in several international projects for the development of IT solutions as an analyst, programmer, and also as a trainer. He has devoted himself to project management and embraced the Security area in 2008, when he assumed the leadership of the Security Practice at Logica Iberia. Currently he is in charge of Information Security and IT Risk department at EDP. He has a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico and has completed successfully a post-degree in Information Systems (POSI) in the same institution. He also has an MSc in Information Security from Carnegie Mellon University and an MSc in Information Security from the Faculty of Science, University of Lisbon. He is currently attending AESE Lisbon MBA (Master in Business Administration).

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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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Gabriel Perez, Customer Advisory Group

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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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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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Maurice Sanden, Reliance Industries

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Patrick Schwieger, Turnkey Consulting

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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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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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Gerald West, Serco Group

Gerald West has been working with SAP systems for 20 years, mainly in the security and controls arena. He has led a variety of teams and initiatives around SAP licence management, SAP projects, SAP operations and SAP value realization (including initiatives like SAP-by-Email), as well as the core area of SAP security and controls. The common theme and focus of these roles has been protecting and unlocking the value of the corporate systems (especially SAP) for the business. In 2010, Gerald led an initiative to select, purchase, and implement a controls platform. Over the ensuing years, he has orchestrated and overseen the use, expansion, and extension of the platform and helped deliver significant benefits at Serco. He is currently Head of Application Security and Controls Assurance and also responsible for security awareness and education.

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