STAREAST 2022 - Conference Speakers | TechWell

Conference Speakers

Derek Ashmore
Application Transformation Principal
Asperitas Consulting

Derek Ashmore is the Application Transformation Practice Lead at Asperitas Consulting. He helps companies leverage AWS and Azure cloud platforms to gain a competitive advantage with a focus on DevSecOps, infrastructure code, cloud computing, containerization, making applications cloud-native, and migrating applications to the cloud. Derek routinely speaks at technical conferences...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

Sr. Director, Software Quality
Western Digital

Mary Ann Belarmino is currently the Sr. Director of Software Quality at Western Digital. Before Western Digital, she was the Director of Quality Services in Pegasystems where she lead multiple quality-focused groups - Quality Excellence group (focused on quality discipline and shift-left best practices, and quality assurance), and Quality Productivity group (focused on building test frameworks, visualization and...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

Jenny Bramble
Director of Quality Engineering

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

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Sr. Solutions Architect

Jason Branham has held various roles in the world of DevOps, starting his journey in the industry over 14 years ago as a Developer and Test Automation Engineer. Today, his passion is to empower Dev/Test teams to embrace automation with an emphasis on cross-discipline collaboration. Jason aims to break the...Read more

Global Application Security Evangelist

Concurrent Sessions

Currently an Application Security Sales Evangelist for HCL. Prior to this, was with IBM for14 years. Rob has worked with clients all over the world to help address their challenges in ways that bring a positive impact to the business bottom line. Rob has spoken most recently at DevOps Skillup...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

Adrian Dunston
Director of Backend Engineering
Adrian P. Dunston has worked in companies of all sizes as a software developer, data architect, scrum master, manager, and briefly founder. His hobbies include cross-referencing several dozens of self-help and leadership books which he quotes endlessly to his amazing wife and fabulous children. Adrian is passionate about neurodiversity, using...Read more
Derek Evans
Managing Consultant

Derek Evans been in the application security sector for 15 years, working in eight different industries and rising through the ranks to serve as AppSec and DevOps director. At the tactical level, he has worked to advise clients on implementation and maturity of their software security initiatives, security assessment programs...Read more

Péter Földházi
Lead Software Test Automation Engineer
EPAM Systems

Concurrent Sessions

Peter has been working at EPAM since 2012 and moved to the USA in 2019 where he is working as a Test Automation Consultant. He has experience in mobile, web and desktop testing in all levels of test automation in the financial, gaming, fitness and other domains. Processes, architecture, code...Read more

Sr Manager- Consulting

Suresh Chandra Bose, Ganesh Bose is a Senior Manager - Consulting at Cognizant Business Consulting practice. Suresh is an accredited Lead Assessor from TMMi Foundation and has been in the IT Industry for more than 23 years with vast consulting experience in various industries. He has executed strategic initiatives for...Read more

Independent Consultant

Julie has more than twenty years' experience in the IT industry, including time spent as a developer, database analyst, project and program manager, test analyst, test team leader, test consultant, and test manager. She is now director of consulting at Hitachi Consulting, providing consultancy and training in all aspects of...Read more

DevSecOps Senior Engineer

Gene Gotimer is a DevSecOps engineer at Steampunk, often working with federal government clients. He considers himself a developer, but he usually focuses on DevSecOps practices such as continuous integration, repeatable builds, unit testing, automated testing, security tools, and automated deployments. Gene feels strongly that repeatability, quality, and security are...Read more

Solutions/Test Architect
QualityWorks Consulting Group

Dimitri Harding is a Solutions/Test Architect at QualityWorks Consulting Group. He is an advocate of quality and process innovation in agile software development; through embracing modern tools, and simple processes. While most of his professional career is in quality assurance, he spends a lot of time developing applications that solve...Read more

Susan Harrington
Technical Trainer

Susan J. Harrington brings more than 25 years of software development experience serving as a consultant and mentor to clients including the Federal Reserve Bank, Sprint, Bell Atlantic (Verizon), Direct Energy, and MetaSolv Software (Oracle).  When she has not been on a client site, Susan has been in the classroom...Read more

Test Automation Architect
Red Green Refactor

Thomas is presently serving as a Test Automation Architect. He leads a team of testers, ops engineers, and production support analysts in the adoption of DevOps practices. Previously, he led the enterprise automation support of 73 applications at Huntington National Bank that encompassed testing, metrics & reporting, and data management....Read more

Web UI Test Engineer, Space Mission Control Software
KBR, Inc.

John Hill is a Web UI Test Engineer working at the NASA Ames Research Center on the VIPER Mission's Web-based Mission Control Software. He has 10 years of UI Testing experience ranging from 5-man startups up to Fortune 50 enterprises. John specializations in Web Test Automation, Performance Engineering, and Test...Read more


Filip Hric is a SDET & QA lead at Slido and official ambassador. Filip studied psychology and landed in tech, where he now combines the knowledge from both. He has a huge passion for music and running. Always learning, blogging, streaming, creating videos, and online courses. All can...Read more

Consultant II
QualityWorks Consulting Group

Megan Hutchinson is an ISTQB certified Quality Assurance Analyst with over six (6) years of testing experience. She enjoys problem-solving and helping individuals along with having discussions with individuals in the same field with regards to what is current. She is currently trying to learn more about the testing realm...Read more

Ebenezer Ikonne
Cox Automotive

Ebenezer Ikonne works for Cox Automotive (a business unit of Cox Enterprise) where he provides support and guidance for teams which develop and deliver software solutions that are transforming the automotive industry. Ebenezer has held a wide range of senior leadership positions in different types of organizations such as software...Read more

Raj Indugula

Introduced to agile methods via Extreme Programming in 2003, Raj Indugula is a Principal Coach at LitheSpeed with over 17 years of hands-on experience with the pragmatic application of agile methods and XP-inspired code quality practices, and coaching teams on the adoption of Lean-Agile-DevOps practices. He has helped develop all...Read more

QA Lead
Deloitte Consulting LLP

Mradul Kapoor is a QA leader working with Deloitte Consulting, he specializes in fast-paced large-scale implementation with low code and no code platforms and QA delivery. He leads overall quality assurance (QA) for client’s deliverables including setting up a large-scale testing practice and Testing Center of Excellence (TCoE) to achieve...Read more


Savvy Katham is an organizational catalyst and a management consultant focusing on modern technologies, cloud solutions, and lean frameworks. Savvy has over two decades of experience across various industries, including Life Sciences, Health Care, Finance, and Technology. She firmly believes that empowered leaders drive success in any field. Coaching and...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
DevOps Chief Evangelist, Author

Eran Kinsbruner is a bestselling author, TechBeacon Top 30 test automation leader, and the Chief Evangelist and Senior Director at Perforce Software. His published books include the 2016 Amazon bestseller, “The Digital Quality Handbook”, “Continuous Testing for DevOps Professionals”, and “Accelerating Software Quality – ML and AI in the Age...Read more

Andrew Knight
Developer Advocate

Andrew Knight is the Automation Panda and a Developer Advocate at Applitools. He strives to help others in solving problems in software development, testing, and quality. Over the past decade, he has designed and built robust test automation projects from the ground up that can run thousands of tests continuously....Read more

Senior Agile Coach

George Lively has over twenty years of experience in Agile. He began with Extreme Programming (XP), using Agile Engineering practices like Test Driven Development. He has been a practitioner, coach, and trainer, working in small, medium, and large organizations in a variety of industries. For the last three years George...Read more

Upland InGenius

Chris Loder, a QA Automation Manager at Upland Software, is an automation enthusiast to the core. His passion and experience allow him to 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...Read more

Director of Engineering

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

Senior Manager - Quality Engineer
Sysco Corporation

Yoosuf Maktoum has over 13 years of experience in the IT industry specializing in Quality Engineering. His areas of expertise include architecting QE platforms, strategizing testing solutions, and leading multinational quality engineering organizations. As a Senior Manager of Quality Engineering in the Business Technology organization at Sysco Corporation, a leader...Read more

Abraham Marin-Perez
Software Developer
Equal Experts

Abraham Marín-Pérez is a Java programmer, consultant, author, and public speaker with more than ten years of experience in a variety of industries. Originally from Valencia, Spain, Abraham has built most of his career in London, UK, working with entities like JP Morgan or the United Kingdom’s Home Office, frequently...Read more

Leandro Melendez
Performance Test Manager

Leandro Melendez is a performance testing advocate with K6-Grafana helping everyone to ramp up on their performance practices. He has over 20 years of experience in IT and over 10 in the performance testing practice where he served multiple S&P500 customers all over the USA, Mexico,...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

Senior Developer Advocate
Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Talia Nassi is a Senior Developer Advocate at Amazon Web Services (AWS) and international keynote speaker based in Los Angeles, California who delivers content on all things serverless and testing. She enjoys helping developers understand how to build efficient serverless applications seamlessly and at scale, as well as how to...Read more

Jeff Payne
CEO and Founder

Jeffery Payne is CEO and founder of Coveros, Inc., a company that helps organizations accelerate software delivery using agile methods. Prior to founding Coveros, he was the co-founder of application security company Cigital, where he served as CEO for 16 years.

Jeffery is a recognized software expert and popular keynote speaker...Read more

Technical Delivery Lead
Equal Experts

An engineer at heart, Lyndsay Prewer has over twenty years experience of helping individuals, teams and organisations improve their software delivery. For the past 7 years I've been a consultant with Equal Experts, leading a range of engineering teams in the delivery of large-scale IT services. Problem domains have ranged...Read more

Engineering Manager

Mala Punyani is an Engineering Manager and Quality Automation Architect at Splunk with 5+ years of experience in product quality and automation, building enterprise-quality products, and automation solutions. Prior to Splunk, Mala worked at leading enterprise companies, including Home Depot, Visa, and PayPal, building world-class quality product solutions, managing teams,...Read more

Director of Quality Assurance
Lucid Software

Craig Randall graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy with a degree in Maritime Transportation. He founded and leads the Quality Assurance team at Lucid Software. He has 20 years of experience in the QA industry where he has tested a variety of software including container ship load planning...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

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

Max Saperstone
Technical Sales Manager

Concurrent Sessions

Max Saperstone has been working as a Software and Automation Engineer for over fifteen years. He is currently designing cool prototypes and building automated tooling for the government, as a DevOps SME at Steampunk. Max's focus is on Test Automation and Continuous Testing, with the goal of having organizations understand...Read more

Adam Satterfield
Sr. Director of Engineering Enablement
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

Product Manager
Deloitte Consulting India Pvt Ltd

Jigesh Shah is a Performance and Automation Test Architect with rich experience in in US Healthcare, Insurance, and eLearning. Jigesh an OCJP, Certified Scrum Master , AWS , Docker and Azure associate has worked on various testing tools like Load Runner, VSTS ,Selenium, JIRA ,SQL Server, DynaTrace, AppDynamics, Appium, Microsoft...Read more

QA Manager
CP Rail

Concurrent Sessions

Nazlie Shahmir is a Quality Assurance Manager at Canadian Pacific Railway, Calgary, where she is involved in DevOps process engineering, quality engineering, and automation testing. She is a Professional Engineer, Certified Project Manager Professional, Scrum Master, and Distinguished Toastmaster with over 20 years of experience working in different industries. Nazlie has over 20...Read more


Mike Sowers has over forty years of practical experience as a global leader of internationally distributed IT teams across multiple industries. Mike is a senior leader, skilled in working with both large and small organizations to improve their agile software development, testing, and DevOps delivery approaches. Mike is an industry...Read more


Tom Stiehm has been developing applications and managing software development teams for over twenty years. As CTO of Coveros, he is responsible for the oversight of all technical projects and integrating new technologies and testing practices into software development projects. Recently, Tom has been focusing on how to incorporate DevSecOps...Read more

Supervisor of Quality Assurance
Modern Woodmen of America

Jamie Sullivan is a Supervisor or Quality Assurance at Modern Woodmen of America – a Fraternal Financial organization - headquartered in the Midwest (Rock Island, Il). In 2016 She was challenged with restarting and building a Quality Assurance practice that was less than 2 years old by learning and developing...Read more

Iryna Suprun
Engineering Manager

Concurrent Sessions

Iryna Suprun has 17 years of overall experience in the software industry, 14 of them in testing, developing, and implementing quality assurance processes, testing strategies, and building automation frameworks. She spent most of her career working with various real-time processing systems, first in the telecommunication industry(Audio Platform for GoTo family),...Read more

Perforce Software

Surya Suravarapu has over 14 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, Broadcom, and Perforce...Read more

Greg Sypolt
VP of Quality Engineering

During his 20 year career, Greg Sypolt has focused on improving quality engineering strategies, techniques, and leadership. He is currently the VP of Quality Engineering at EVERFI, where he has successfully transitioned the organization from a traditional manual testing process to an automation-first approach, coaching multiple development teams on how...Read more


Concurrent Sessions

In 2008, Federico co-founded Abstracta (, a company that is dedicated to providing testing services and creating development tools that help simplify software testing tasks. Federico holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the School of Computer UCLM, in Spain, and he completed his undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering at...Read more

Director of Test Automation

Jim Trentadue has more than twenty years of experience as a leader in the software testing field. In his various career roles in testing, Jim has focused on test execution, automation, management, environment management, standards deployment, and test tool implementation. In the area of offshore testing, Jim has worked with...Read more

QE Automation Director
BrightInsight Inc

Yesh Veera is currently working at BrightInsight Inc, leading healthcare data IOT platform as Automation Architect. With 11+ years of experience in software testing , Automation Framework design and development , currently Yesh provides technical & people leadership, strategic direction, and sets up Automation roadmap for BrightInsights. Test Design, Designing...Read more

Staff Test Automation Engineer

Olga Vovk is a self taught web developer who switched to a test automation career in 2015 and has fallen in love with it ever since. She is the organizer of Software Testing KC meetup, co-founder of QA Learning Center, and a passionate supporter of Women in Tech groups. She has...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

QA Manager
Journal Technologies

Lura Wolfe has 25 years of experience in Quality Assurance leading people and projects. Her background focuses on large conversions to new applications. She has experience in Health Care and Local Government applications. Lura has been a long-term consultant, and full-time employee, working to establish sound Quality Assurance test approaches....Read more

Principal QA and Agile Consultant
Zsquare Solutions Inc

Lisette Zounon is a passionate quality engineering leader with over 17 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