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Manager, Test Engineering
Equinox Media

Oishi Anam started her career in telecommunication, then moved to software testing. She did her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Electrical Engineering. She has ten years of experience in web, mobile, native applications and systems testing. In recent years she has been involved in testing a wide variety of digital fitness...Read more

Chief Technology Officer

Jason Arbon is the CTO at where his mission is to test all the worlds apps. Google’s AI investment arm lead’s latest funding round. Jason previously worked on several large-scale products: web search at Google and Bing, the web browsers Chrome and Internet Explorer,...Read more

VP of Cloud and DevTestSecOps
EPAM Systems

Adam Auerbach is the Vice President of Cloud and DevTestSecOps at EPAM Systems, a leading global provider of digital platform engineering and software development services. Before joining Epam, Adam served as the VP of Quality and DevOps Engineering at Lincoln Financial Group where Adam was responsible introducing and leading the...Read more

Safiya Bano
Senior Member Technical, QA

Safiya Bano is currently with Salesforce, working as a Senior Automation QA Engineer. She has a wide testing background spanning manual, automation, mobile, database, API and ETL testing experiences. During her 7 years of experience with multiple industries like Education, E-Commerce, HR, Media and Telecommunications, she has used a variety...Read more

Lee Barnes
Utopia Solutions

Lee Barnes has over 25 years of experience in the Software Quality Assurance and Testing field. He has been involved in the implementation of test automation and performance testing solutions in hundreds of environments across a wide array of industries. As CTO of Utopia Solutions, Lee is responsible for the...Read more

Melissa Benua
Director of Engineering

Melissa Benua has worked in nearly every software development role—dev, test, DevOps, and program management—at companies big and small and somewhere in-between. She's created and run high availability, high-quality services for PlayFab, Bing, Cortana, and Xbox One, and now for mParticle's enormous data platform. Melissa discovered her love of massively-scaled...Read more

Suze Bolduc
Sr Test Automation Developer
Mutual of Omaha

Suze Bolduc wrote her first test automation while working on a homegrown solution using REXX in a VM/CMS IBM 370 environment in the 1990's. Then graduated to teaching HTML classes and other technical classes. She moved on to teach herself automation tools like QARun, Test Complete, Selenium and Geb. Currently,...Read more


Michael Bolton is a consulting software tester and testing teacher who helps people solve testing problems that they didn’t realize they could solve. He is the co-author (with senior author James Bach) of Rapid Software Testing, a methodology and mindset for testing software expertly and credibly in uncertain conditions and...Read more

AI Appstore, Inc.

Jennifer Bonine is the CEO of AI Appstore, Inc., and was the first female Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) platform tech CEO. AI Appstore specializes in custom subscription technology bundles, leveraging an intelligent platform using a personalized ‘virtual research assistant’ to enhance corporate growth. The company exceeds expectations of integration, testing, delivery,...Read more

Jenny Bramble
Senior Software Test Engineer
WillowTree Apps

Jenny Bramble came up through support and DevOps, cutting her teeth on that interesting role that acts as the 'translator' between customer requests from support and the development team before diving headlong into her career as a tester. Her love of support and the human side of problems lets her...Read more

QA Manager

Douglas Burton has been a QA engineer, test team manager, trainer, and mentor for 17 years. He has specialized in automated and manual software testing in healthcare, hospitality, and media industries where he has built teams from the ground up for startups and evolved existing test teams to look at testing...Read more

QE Lead
Deloitte Consulting LLP

Concurrent Sessions

Saurayan Chaki is a leader in Deloitte’s Healthcare Quality Engineering practice. He is known for structuring and delivering large complex Quality Engineering engagements in the context of Healthcare Technology mega-programs. Most recently, Saurayan has served in leadership teams of several multi-year Cloud-based modernization transformation projects, where he has led a large global team of Quality Engineers, Test...Read more

Jenna Charlton
Coveros, Inc.

Jenna Charlton has been a software tester for nearly a decade. In that time she’s focused on manual testing, taking a particular interest in web accessibility and usability. Jenna’s experience in testing runs the gamut from lone tester on a Scrum team to test lead on an enterprise-level project. Jenna’s...Read more

Erika Chestnut
Sr. QA Manager

Concurrent Sessions

For 20 years Erika Chestnut has been immersed in the world of Technology and Quality. She started her career as a developer and gained a deep understanding of business processes, SDLC, and the role quality played in achieving business goals. She is an empathetic servant leader who derives deep satisfaction...Read more

Nandan Chhabra
Lead, QA Automation

Concurrent Sessions

Nandan Chhabra is a technology enthusiast at heart who likes to explore new technologies. Professionally, he has over 8 years of industry experience in SDLC and STLC. Has worked on different development methodologies like Agile, Waterfall and Kanban. Currently working as a Lead, QA Automation, and providing automated solutions covering...Read more

Enterprise Solutions Architect

Mark Cruth is an Enterprise Solutions Architect with Atlassian, working with organizations around the world to improve the connection between the work being done and the goals being pursued with the help of Jira Align. An Agile advocate since 2009, Mark has made it his mission to inject the values...Read more


Since he got his first computer at age thirteen, Kaushal Dalvi has been interested in systems and software performance. He spent days researching performance characteristics of different motherboards, CPUs, GPUs, RAM, and disks to configure and overclock them in order to squeeze the maximum frames per second out of the...Read more

Ahmed Datoo
Co-Founder & COO

Ahmed Datoo is the Co-Founder and COO of Mesmer. His experience in the technology industry spans software engineering, product management, marketing, and strategy. Prior to Mesmer, Ahmed was co-founder of Zenprise and was the SVP of Product and Marketing. At Zenprise he grew revenues from $0 to $250 million, built...Read more

Travis Davidson
Senior Quality Engineering Manager
Magic Leap

Travis Davidson is an accomplished Senior Quality Engineering Leader. Travis currently leads a team of creative engineers responsible for ensuring quality, risk reduction, performance engineering and monitoring. With over 13 years in software quality, development, process management and Agile methodologies, Travis has continuously demonstrated best in class technology and process...Read more

Philip Daye
Quality Architect

Philip Daye has more than two decades of experience in software development, testing, and delivery for companies of all sizes. From his earliest days as a software tester, Philip has pursued a passion for quality, which has led him to hone his craft by studying and researching the advances in...Read more

Chris DeMars
Developer Advocate
Quicken Loans

Chris DeMars is a Developer Advocate at Rocket Mortgage, the nation’s largest lender, based in Detroit, Michigan. He has over 20 years of technical experience and speaks all over the world on web accessibility, and CSS. For his community contributions, he holds awards as a Microsoft MVP, Google Developer Expert, and...Read more

Péter Földházi
Lead Software Test Automation Engineer
EPAM Systems

Péter Földházi has been working at EPAM since 2012 and moved to the USA in 2019. Most of his experience comes from mobile testing, but has experience in desktop and web testing, along with desktop application and game development as well. He has experience in all levels of test automation. Processes,...Read more

Senior QA Engineer

Concurrent Sessions

Shivani Gaba is a passionate QA Engineer who believes that knowledge sharing boosts up all engaged parties and increases their confidence. It was summer of 2013 when Shivani and “testing” met each other for the first time and have been best friends since then. Holding rich experience in the testing...Read more

Development Expert
Cisco Systems

Jérémie Garnier has been working in Cisco’s Innovation Department for over ten years, focusing on Cloud software solutions including Solr/Lucene, Kafka, Zookeeper, Hadoop, as well as Android and HTML5. While this role has afforded the opportunity to learn and stay on the cutting-edge of Innovation Technologies, Jérémie has also spent...Read more

Principal Automation Architect

Concurrent Sessions

As a Principal Automation Architect at Magenic, Paul Grizzaffi is following his passion of providing technology solutions to testing and QA organizations, including automation assessments, implementations, and through activities benefiting the broader testing community. An accomplished keynote speaker and writer, Paul has spoken at both local and national conferences and...Read more

Valentin Guerlesquin
National Bank of Canada

Valentin Guerlesquin is the director of test automation, test data management and performance testing at National Bank of Canada. He has been a software testing professional for more than 10 years. Valentin has worked in several roles, including test environment management, manual functional testing, mobile, and testing process improvement. He...Read more

Paul Herzog
Principal Consultant

Paul Herzog is a Group Product Manager at Devbridge in Chicago.  He has over 20 years of experience in backlog elaboration and refinement, business analysis, software quality assurance and Agile planning as a Scrum Master.  His engineering career has taken him through projects in a wide variety of industries, from...Read more

Senior Automation Engineer
Ansible by Red Hat

Concurrent Sessions

John Hill is an automation engineer with a specialization in UI Test Automation and Test Automation Architecture. Champion for the open source solution. Read more

Engineering Manager
Influx Data

Dr. Jess Ingrassellino is the engineering manager for Influx Data. She is a frequent speaker at international conferences and focuses on community, collaboration, and improvisational practices for enriching professional life. In her spare time, Jess teaches software testing and Python, writes, and plays violin and viola.Read more

Teresa Jurgens-Kowal
Global NP Solutions, LLC

Teresa Jurgens-Kowal is passionate about innovation. She is a writer, mentor, coach, and trainer. Teresa founded Global NP Solutions in 2009 to help individuals and organizations learn, adopt, transform, and sustain innovation. She enjoys helping people reach their highest levels of success with innovation. Teresa’s consulting clients include a full...Read more

Jagdish Karira
Director, Agile DevOps DevSecOps Transformation
Ciber Global, LLC

Jagdish Karira leads an agile and DevOps digital transformation services practice at one of the leading consulting companies. Jagdish is an innovative, self-motivated, result-oriented, fiscally responsible, pragmatic, relentless, as well as a Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®) Program Consultant (SPC), SAFe® DevOps Practitioner (SDP), ICAgile® DevOps Certified Professional who is Coaching...Read more

CEO of Creative Trespassing
Creative Trespassing

As a creativity expert, Tania speaks at Fortune 500 companies, tech summits, and conferences around the globe, showing people how to harness the power of constraints in order to solve pressing problems, ideate, and innovate. In this interactive talk, Tania Katan, bestselling author of Creative Trespassing and co-creator of the globally...Read more


Byron Katz has been in love with computers since his father bought the family a Commodore 64. A degreed architect, he found his way back to software development in 2010, and his career has included roles as a quality assurance lead, a full-stack developer, consultant, and sales engineer. Byron has...Read more

Chief Scientist
Tariq King is the Chief Scientist at, where he leads research and development of their core platform for AI-driven testing. Tariq has over fifteen years' experience in software engineering and testing and has formerly held positions as Head of Quality, Director of Quality Engineering, Manager of Software...Read more
Rob Lambert
Cultivated Management

Rob Lambert is on a mission to make management more interesting, rewarding, and fun. It's an uphill struggle. Rob started his career as a software tester, became an engineering manager, and then made the logical move sideways to HR, before setting up his own management consulting company. When he's not...Read more

Upland InGenius

An Automation Architect at Upland InGenius, Chris Loder is an automation enthusiast to the core. His passion and experience help companies reduce regression time and improve overall software quality. With over two decades of automation experience, he designs and implements automation frameworks with his team of automation developers. Chris is...Read more

Director of Test Engineering
Equinox Media

Janna Loeffler has more than fifteen years of software quality experience. She holds a bachelor's degree in computer engineering and a master's degree in business administration. Working in a variety of software engineering roles, including development, testing, quality assurance, and DevOps, has provided her with a holistic view of software...Read more

Glyn Martin

An accomplished servant leader with exceptionally high standards, Glyn Martin is currently responsible for transforming Testing & Quality Assurance at one of the world's leading communications services companies. Transformation is Glyn’s passion and he is increasingly being recognised globally as a QA industry expert.

Prior to this Glyn held roles across a number...Read more

Sr. Manager Bioinformatics System Software Engineering
Guardant Health

Aprajita Mathur is a mom, inventor, mentor and international speaker with an engineering background in Bioinformatics. She has more than 15+ years of software testing experience. She has worked on a wide range of products like instrument software, LIMS, integrated solutions and data analysis pipelines which are used in the...Read more

Richard Mills

Richard Mills has more than 25 years of experience in software engineering with a concentration on pragmatic software process and tools. Rich has a specific focus in Agile development methods and is passionate about DevOps, Continuous Integration, and Continuous Delivery. As the Solution Lead for DevOps at Coveros, Rich is...Read more

Mark Minson
QA Lead Engineer 5
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Mark Minson is a Swiss-Army knife in the QA field. A certified Scrum Master with QA Lead and automation experience, he has also spent time doing project management and an assortment of other duties. He enjoys the challenge of quality and having fun in the workplace. Since going back to...Read more

Manisha Mittal
Senior Manager

Manisha Mittal is currently working as Senior Manager, Quality Assurance has more than 14 years of experience in the field of software testing. She is a dynamic, self-motivated leader and believes in delivering quality software, a key factor to customer satisfaction, and motivates the team with excellent leadership & management...Read more

Joel Montvelisky
Chief Solution Architect and co-founder

Joel Montvelisky is a Co-Founder and Chief Solution Architect at PractiTest. Joel has been in testing and QA since 1997, working as a tester, QA Manager and Director, and a Consultant for companies in Israel, the US and the EU. Joel is also a blogger with the QA Intelligence Blog,...Read more

Sumit Nagal
Principal Engineer

Concurrent Sessions

Sumit Nagal is a Principal Member of Technical Staff at Mulesoft in Salesforce; Before joining Salesforce, had spent 15 years at Intuit, where he has played various roles, including Engineer to Architect, and has led numerous successful initiatives and innovations to fruition as an engineering Leader. He spoke at multiple conferences and...Read more

Senior Developer Advocate
Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Talia Nassi is an international keynote speaker who delivers content on all things testing and quality. She is currently a Senior Development Advocate at Amazon Web Services (AWS). Previously, she worked at Split Software as a developer advocate and at WeWork as an engineer, and implemented Testing in Production from...Read more

Meena Negi
Senior Software Engineer
Sony Interactive Entertainment

Meena Negi is an ISTQB certified senior software engineer at Sony Playstation. She has a master's degree in computer science and has almost ten years of extensive software testing experience in various fields of mobile, web, automotive, and cloud gaming. Her passion is to break things; therefore, she designs and...Read more

Jaimee Newberry
Picture This Clothing

Women Who Test Sessions

Jaimee Newberry worked in the web interaction, design, and development industry from 1998 to 2013, with emphasis on empathetic and behavioral psychology-applied interface design for web, mobile web, and iOS applications. Currently, she is the cofounder and CEO of Picture This Clothing, which started as a passion project launched by a...Read more

Anna Ondrish
Director of Quality Assurance

Anna Ondrish has over 15 years of experience in the Quality Assurance field. She currently works for Orases in Frederick, MD as the Director of Quality Assurance. Twice in her career, she has been hired as the first Quality Assurance Lead for a company. Both times she made something out...Read more

Jeff Payne
CEO and Founder

Jeffery Payne is CEO and founder of Coveros, Inc., a consulting company that helps organizations accelerate delivery using agile methods. Since its inception in 2008, Coveros has become a market leader in agile and DevOps engineering while being recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing private companies...Read more

Senior QA consultant

Concurrent Sessions

Laveena Ramchandani is an experienced Testing Consultant with a comprehensive understanding of tools available for software testing and analysis. She is energetic, technical-minded professional seeking a position as a Product Experience Analyst. She would really like testers out there to get involved with data science testing as there is a...Read more

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Principal Designer

Kanika Rehani is a Principal Designer at An SVA alumni, she previously held a lead design role at Hearst, Inc.’s Emerging Tech team (focusing on Voice AI for Amazon Alexa apps). Kanika also drove design for BranchOut, Oyster, CondéNast Portfolio, NYMag, She has a design background in multimodal...Read more

Principle Consultant
AmiBug.Com, Inc.

Rob Sabourin has more than thirty-five years of management experience leading teams of software development professionals. A highly-respected member of the software engineering community, Rob has managed, trained, mentored, and coached hundreds of top professionals in the field. He frequently speaks at conferences and writes on software engineering, SQA, testing,...Read more

Adam Sandman

Adam Sandman was a programmer from the age of 10 and has been working in the IT industry for the past 20 years in areas such as architecture, agile development, testing and project management. Currently Adam is a Director of Technology at Inflectra Corporation, where he is interested in technology,...Read more

Dionny Santiago
Director of Engineering

Dionny Santiago is a Director of Engineering at, where he leads the development of the core AI-driven testing platform. Dionny's goal is to advance the current state of the art in software testing through the application of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Dionny holds a M.S. degree and...Read more

Sr Director of Test Engineering
Global Payments

Adam Satterfield, Sr Director of Test Engineering at Global Payments, has been in the software testing industry for 20 years. He has a wide background in industries such as military, SaaS, telecom, mobile, healthcare and finance. Adam enjoys leading and mentoring quality assurance teams as well as teaching testers how...Read more

Gerta Sheganaku
Product Engagement Manager

Gerta Sheganaku is a Product Manager for AI/ML solutions at Tricentis where she focuses on building AI based tool that enable testers to focus on the fun parts of QA. Previously to joining the Tricentis R&D team, Gerta has worked with customers of various industries and sizes around the globe...Read more

Amy Smidutz
Director of the Delivery Team

Leadership Summit Sessions

Amy Smidutz is the Director of the Delivery Engineering Team at Netflix. Delivery Engineering owns a variety of platforms responsible for Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery, and Infrastructure Experimentation. She and her team continue to build and enhance delivery tools that enable engineers at Netflix to deploy their services with confidence...Read more

kimberly snoyl
UX Designer & Sr. Test Consultant

Kimberly Snoyl is a senior software tester with 7 years of experience in Testing, and recently added the role UX Designer to her skillset. With a Masters in Human Media Interaction, she focuses on UX Testing, and gives a Usability Testing course to her colleagues. She is leader of the Usability Testing...Read more


Coveros' Executive Vice President of Training Mike Sowers has more than twenty-five years of practical experience as a global leader of internationally distributed test teams across multiple industries. Mike is a senior leader, skilled in working with both large and small organizations to improve their software development, testing, and delivery approaches....Read more


Surya Suravarapu has over 13 years of experience working in product and IT services industries supporting customers across various domains in Development and QA areas. He has been part of the customer facing SWAT team with expertise in DevOps products for over 4 years at CA Technologies, now Broadcom. He...Read more

Mythili Venkat
Consulting Manager
Deloitte Consulting LLP

Concurrent Sessions

Mythili Venkat is a technology consulting leader with significant experience in quality engineering, digital transformations and program management. She has handled large custom application development engagements and has successfully enabled quality engineering levers for successful delivery. She has significant experience tailoring QE strategies to suit applications on the cloud and...Read more

Ted Veterano
Senior Manager

Ted Veterano is a Senior Manager in the Systems Engineering practice for Deloitte Consulting. He has over twenty-seven years of consulting and program management experience spanning a variety of industries. Ted has led numerous complex large-scale information technology and business transformation engagements and is currently focused in the Service Delivery...Read more

Harshal Vora
Product Specialist
QMetry Inc.

Harshal Vora is a skilled DevOps and Mobility Practice Lead with credible standing across different roles - Solutions Architect, Technology lead, Thought Leader. Leading solution engineering initiatives to drive development efficiency, improve business agility and help capture new revenue streams across industry verticals. Ambitious, self-driven technologist with 10+ years in...Read more

Alison Wade
TechWell Corp.

Alison Wade is the President of TechWell and an accomplished executive dedicated to the business of software. For the past fifteen years, she has worked with industry leaders developing programs for software development and testing professionals. She currently serves as the Program Chair for EPIC Experience, STAREAST, and STARWEST. She plays a...Read more

Jenkins Documentation Officer
CloudBees Inc

Concurrent Sessions

Mark Waite maintains the Jenkins git plugin and is the Jenkins documentation officer. He's a long-time contributor to the Jenkins project and has been involved in software delivery and software testing for many years. He's a manager at CloudBees and a frequent contributor to open source software. He is one...Read more

Jason Wick
Senior Manager

Jason Wick is a Senior Manager of Product Development with over a decade of experience in Engineering, Quality Assurance, and Automation in a variety of industries. He got started in QA working on video games at LucasArts in the Bay Area and used that initial experience to build a career...Read more

Lisette Zounon
Principal QA
Zsquare Solutions Inc

Lisette Zounon is a passionate quality engineering leader with over 15 years of experience helping people and companies improve the quality of their applications, with solid tools, a simple process, and a smart team. She strongly believes that industry best practices including implementing agile methodologies and DevOps practices are invaluable....Read more