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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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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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Pradeep Basavarajaiah, Honeywell

Pradeep is the SAP GRC and Audit Manager at Honeywell. He has over 17 years of experience and has been associated with GRC journey at Honeywell from day one. Pradeep manages SAP GRC deployments across Honeywell for Process Controls, Access Controls, and Risk Management modules. He is also responsible for SAP security audit, ensuring all security controls are effectively deployed to support SOX compliance.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Christoph Nagy,

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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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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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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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Olivier Simonet, TJC Group

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Jochen Thierer, SAP

Jochen Thierer is head of Development and Product Management for Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC). In this capacity, he and his team are responsible for the GRC products in SAP’s portfolio. In close collaboration with SAP GRC Solution Management, his team manages all SAP GRC product facets, including product strategy and roadmap. Jochen is in this role since 2010; after joining SAP in 1994, he assumed various responsibilities in Consulting, Training, Software Architecture, and Software Development across multiple SAP products, most notably Developer and Development Manager for SAP Global Trade Services (SAP GTS).

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Maurice van der Sanden, Reliance Industries Limited

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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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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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