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Associate Director - Test Automation

Yawo Amegadje is a Software Engineer and currently an Associate Director leading a team of Automation Frameworks Development at DTCC. He holds a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering/Automation & Controls, and a Minor in Computer Science. Yawo has 20 years of industry experience and has worked in multiple sectors including...Read more

Sr. Product Manager - Rational Test

Willetta "Lettie" Ar-Rahmaan is the Sr. Product Manager for IBM Rational Test in IBM DevOps. Ms. Ar-Rahmaan has more than 20 years in QA as Program/Project Test Manager, Automation Test Manager, Business Analyst, and functional tester. She has a B.S. in Computer Science with a minor in Business Administration (NCCU),...Read more

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

Software Quality Evangelist
Essence Of Testing

Anand Bagmar is a Software Quality Evangelist with 20+ years in the software testing field. He is passionate about shipping a quality product, and specializes in product quality strategy, execution, and also builds automated testing tools, infrastructure, and frameworks. Anand is a contributor to the Selenium project, writes testing-related blogs,...Read more

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Solutions Architect

Marc Beaulieu is a Software Quality Engineer with 30 years of IT experience in the Application Quality Management space.   He has a passion for technology and an accomplished QA professional with a proven record of successful contribution in quality management, performance management, security and automation technologies.   He has worked for...Read more

Hajer BenMoussa
Senior Consultant

Hajer Ben Moussa has been leading in the testing industry emphasizing agile software development practices for more than 6 years. Her extensive experience includes all aspects of manual testing, in addition to automation testing of client servers and web-based applications. Hajer analyzed and verified frameworks implementing Page Object Model (POM)...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

Senior Enterprise Advocate

Dave Burnison is a Senior Enterprise Advocate on the GitHub & Azure DevOps Teams. He is very passionate about DevOps and application modernization. He is a link between the product group and customers. Dave joined Microsoft in January 2016 and has spent time as a consultant and in technical sales...Read more

Director of Engineering

Nagesh Chetan is an accomplished technology leader with over 15 years of success in the financial services, hedge funds and most recently in the Customer Data Platform space. He is passionate about people management and has managed teams with over 14 people under him, including managers, that are both local...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

VP of DevOps and Automation
Zenergy Technologies

David Dang, VP of Automated Solutions for Zenergy Technologies, has been a leading figure in the software automation industry for over twenty years. At Zenergy, David coaches companies in DevOps and Automation to help them develop better software faster. As a former developer, DevOps and automation were natural fits for...Read more

Senior Software Engineer in Test
Netflix Inc.

Budhaditya Das (BD) is a Senior Software Engineer at Netflix. With more than 15 years of experience in architecting and building highly scalable test automation infrastructure using open source technology stacks. He is currently working on solving the testing challenges of Netflix’s Membership ecosystem. [email protected] Budhaditya Das Budhaditya (BD)...Read more

Principal QA Engineer

Júlio de Lima is a specialist in Software Testing with 13 years of experience. Júlio has a Bachelor's Degree in Software Engineering, a specialization in Teaching in Higher Education and a Master's Degree in Electrical and Computational Engineering with a focus on Testing and Artificial Intelligence. He currently lives in...Read more

Software QA Engineer

Earline Deutsch is currently a Software QA Engineer at SS&C and has been developing software since the days of Y2K. She started off as a Java developer but then flipped to .NET programming, with experience mostly in backend development of APIs and third-party integrations for companies like FedEx, International Paper,...Read more

Director, Quality Engineering
EPAM Systems

Maryna Didkovska is a Quality Engineering Director at EPAM Systems. As a Test Manager, Delivery Manager, and Software Automation Engineer, Maryna has managed teams to build scalable testing processes on projects with over 600 participants. She has also developed testing ecosystems at the enterprise level, found solutions to quality architectural...Read more

QA Manager
Auction Edge

Amanda Ellison has more than a decade of software quality experience. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in psychology and sociology, a Master's Degree in experimental psychology, and a second Bachelor's Degree in game design. Her software career started as a manual tester at an IT consulting company and she quickly...Read more

Péter Földházi
Quality Architect
EPAM Systems

Peter Földházi was first involved with QA as a beta tester of DOTA in 2006. Since joining EPAM in 2012, he moved towards test automation, and is currently working in the USA as a Quality Architect. He has experience in designing and developing solutions for mobile, web and desktop applications within...Read more

Team Lead of Engineering
New Work SE

Shivani Gaba is currently the Team Lead of Engineering at New Work SE in Germany. She’s an experienced speaker who has delivered sessions at various international conferences. She believes that knowledge sharing boosts up all engaged parties and increases their confidence. It was the summer of 2013 when Shivani and...Read more

Principal Consultant
EPAM Systems

Julie Gardiner works as a Principal Consultant at EPAM Systems, providing consultancy, delivery, and advice in all aspects of testing, management, and agile/DevOps. She is a certified Scrum Master and agile coach, who has over 25 years of experience, including time as a Developer, DBA, Project Manager, Head of Operations...Read more

Priyanka Halder
Director of Quality Engineering
Oscar Health

Priyanka Halder has more than 15 years of experience in Quality Engineering leadership working in various multi-billion dollar companies like Oscar Health, GoodRx Inc, Sony Network Entertainment, Dell R&D, Accenture, and Truecar. She currently leads the Quality Engineering + DevOps team at Oscar Health – the one and only full-stack...Read more

Payson Hall
Consulting Project Manager
Catalysis Group, Inc.

Payson Hall is a former U.S. Army Ranger and consulting project manager for Catalysis Group, Inc. in Sacramento. Formally trained as a software engineer, Payson’s early career included software development, hardware/software system integration, and Independent Verification & Validation. As his career progressed, his role shifted to include increasing project management...Read more

Founder and CEO

Chris Harbert's love of software test automation started around 2006 when he was doing test-driven development and pair programming in an Extreme Programming (XP) shop. Since then, he earned his MBA from the Robert H. Smith School of Business and went on to hold various leadership positions, including as a...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

DevSecOps Architect
Dell Technologies

Marc Jimenez is a DevSecOps Architect at Dell Technologies. He has been in the Technology industry for over 18 years in a wide range of roles from SAN Integration Engineer to Software Engineer to DevSecOps and Site Reliability Engineer. Some of his responsibilities have varied from Scrum Master, Technical Team...Read more

NG Fellow, Lean-Agile
Northrop Grumman

Dr. Suzette Johnson serves Northrop Grumman’s Space Systems sector as a Northrop Grumman Fellow, Lean-Agile and Technical Fellow Emeritus. Suzette works across the organization and in concert with the divisions and business units to support programs and functions in the adoption and implementation of Lean-Agile principles, processes, and digital capabilities. As...Read more


With over two decades of working in the software testing industry Martin has experience from almost all aspects of testing. Through the years Martin has working several different industries including telecom, defense and automotive. The last couple of years he has divided his time between helping large organisation with test...Read more

Jonathan Kauffman
Senior Consultant
Coveros, Inc.

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Jonathan Kauffman works as an agile software development and test consultant at Coveros, a company that helps organizations develop secure software using agile methods. In this role, Jonathan has helped both government and commercial organizations develop and test high-quality applications, and he has gained his experience by working with health...Read more

Associate Director QA
GSPANN Technologies, Inc.

Himani Khanna is a QE Strategist recognized for leading and executing projects for various global e-commerce clients, contributing successfully to different product launches across multiple geographies and business categories. Himani has 14+ years of hands-on experience in delivering different functional and API automation projects in domains of account/order/content management on...Read more

VP of Product-Service Systems
EPAM Systems

Tariq King is the Vice President of Product-Service Systems at EPAM, where he manages a portfolio that lies at the intersection of software products and services, and supports the business through technology consulting. Tariq has over 15 years' experience in software engineering and testing and has formerly held positions as...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

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

VP Solution Engineering
Relicx, Inc.

Alex is a seasoned leader in the technology industry with extensive international business experience in agile software engineering, continuous testing, and DevOps. Starting out as a developer and then moving into software testing, Alex raised through the ranks to build and lead quality engineering practices across multiple enterprise companies from...Read more

Grafana k6

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

Technology Manager
State Farm Insurance Companies

Theron Melrose currently works at State Farm Insurance Companies as a Techology Manager. He has been there for over 23 years and has tremendous experience in waterfall delivery from the service and delivery side. His current responsibilities include leading a capacity and performance testing team through a transformational effort that...Read more

Director Agile Practices & Systems Integration
CGI Federal, Inc

Teri Musick is the Director of the CGI Federal’s Agile Practice and Systems Integration, an Agile Mentor and a SAFe Program Consultant (SPC) with more than 18 years of experience in technology-based programs and projects in the US Federal. Teri provides agile transformation guidance throughout all organizational levels, from enterprise...Read more

Kristoffer Nordström
Northern Test Consulting AB

Kristoffer Nordström is a test developer who has worked with telecommunications systems, distributed compilers, cloud technology, smartphone OS development, embedded systems, and much more. As a testing devotee and a member of the context-driven test community, with his own company Kristoffer consults and teaches the course Python for Testers because...Read more

QA Director

Julie Papineau became passionate about quality assurance in 2001 when she realized accompanying teams from “quality assurance” to “quality assistance” is the challenge that inspires her. Julie's biggest motivation is adapting quality within continuous integration and delivery. In regards to quality and testing, Julie thrives to share and acquire new...Read more

Principal Automation Engineer

Shailaja Patel is a Principal Automation Engineer with the CIO office of IBM. She comes with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. Skilled in Business Automation & Test Automation strategies, Shailaja also provides guidance to teams on various facets of automation. She brings over...Read more

Architect | Automation | DevOps
Dell Technologies

With passion of lifelong learning, Prashant Patil has been leading his life by setting examples, adapting to situations and solving technical challenges. He completed his Master's from Southern Methodist University in 2006 and started working at AT&T as a Performance Test Engineer after graduation. His keen eye for detail, efforts toward streamlining...Read more

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Greg Patterson's career started with language and functionality testing for a Unix systems for Novell in 1993. He has been testing and writing automation since then, creating and using different frameworks including Java, Python, JMeter, C#, Selenium, and many commercial products. He has tested a variety of products from Operating...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

Jeff Pierce
Managing Consultant

Jeff Pierce has more than 20 years of experience in software engineering management, specializing in program, project, and software quality assurance management. Jeff is also experienced in building technical teams that are rapidly able to implement solutions and deliver business value. More recently, Jeff has focused on Agile project management...Read more

Senior QA Engineer

Cody Pike has spent his 15 year career assuring quality for companies that range in size from local startups to Fortune 500. He has served as a Manual Tester, Automation Engineer, QA Manager, Engineering Manager, and Product Owner. Wearing many hats at many places has provided Cody with a unique...Read more

Senior QA Automation Engineer
Highlight Inc.

Brianna Roby is a Senior Quality Assurance Automation Engineer at Highlight Inc. Her past experience includes time as a backend developer working in Golang, Python, and Elixir. She moved into Quality Assurance when given the opportunity to build a QA Team in a company lacking one, and fell in love...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
Engineering Manager

Dionny Santiago is an Engineering Manager at Indeed and has 12+ years of industry experience working as an SW/QA/ML engineer, software/test architect, and engineering manager. Dionny completed his master's thesis on exploring the intersection between AI and test automation and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in this problem space. One...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

Senior Product Manager

Mark Schettenhelm has 40+ years of mainframe experience and his specialties are in Source Control Management, Testing, and Application Portfolio Analysis. Mark has received the Certification of Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) from the International Association of Privacy Professionals, (IAPP) and previously served on the IAPP's Education Advisory Board and as...Read more

Software Engineer
Sony Interactive Entertainment

Gunjan Sharma is a Software Engineer working for Sony Interactive Entertainment for the last eight years. She writes automated tests for streaming services developed by her company to stream PlayStation games on a console or on a PC. Prior to this, she worked for Qualcomm as an Integration Engineer helping...Read more

VP/Director of Quality

I have over 24 years of experience in the systems/software development industry with a focus on Quality Assurance, Operations, Agile SCRUM, and SDLC development. I have functioned at a director and Vice President level for the past 13 years, and have specialized in building Quality Assurance Test organizations from the...Read more

Director of Engineering, Quality & Operations

Jeff Sing is a Quality Leader who has been in the testing industry for over 15 years. During this time, he has built automation frameworks, test strategies, and executed quality initiatives for fields such as medical devices, infrastructure security, web identification, marketing tech, and experimentation and progressive delivery. Jeff is...Read more

Senior Software Engineer in Test
Netflix Inc.

Helena Song has over 20 years of experience in test automation, test tool development, and continuous integration (CI) in the internet software service domain. In the past 10 years, she focused on solving test automation and CI challenges in the microservices domain. During this endeavor, she learned a lot of...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

QC Test Manager
State of Vermont

Renee Taylor works for Vermont’s Agency of Human Services (AHS) Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA) as the Test Manager/Director. She has developed a well-respected testing team from a single person (herself) into a team of 12 dedicated testers, with varying levels of skill and experience, that have been involved...Read more

Big Data Florida

Scott Tilley is an emeritus Professor at the Florida Institute of Technology, President and Co-Founder of Big Data Florida, President and Founder of the Center for Technology & Society, Senior Fellow at the American Security Council Foundation, past President of INCOSE Space Coast, and a Space Coast Writers’ Guild Fellow....Read more

Mark Tomlinson
Performance Architect

Mark Tomlinson is currently a Performance Architect with a small fintech startup in Philadelphia and he is also the producer of the popular performance podcast PerfBytes ( His testing career began in 1992 with a comprehensive two-year test for a life-critical transportation system, a project which captured his interest for...Read more

QA Technical Director

Ariadna Trueba studied technology at University and started working in the IT department, until she realized she had a passion for checking bugs and issues. She decided to start investigating further into the QA side and after working as a long experienced QA manual, started diving further into QA automation....Read more

Sneha Viswalingam
Director of Quality Engineering

Women Who Test Sessions

Sneha Viswalingam is a Tech Leader in the Quality Engineering space. She shares technical knowledge by blogging, speaking at conferences, and podcasting. Sneha is a value-driven engineer with a deep interest in engineering technical solutions as well as building high-functioning, creative, and psychologically safe teams. Sneha created Code her Stories,...Read more

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

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Software Engineer in Test

Sarah Watkins is a Software Engineer in Test at Q2 where she works on an automated end-to-end web UI testing solution that continuously runs thousands of tests daily. She also shares her knowledge of best practices and good coding methodologies with other teams. In addition to this, she is a...Read more

Testing Engineer Lead

Lisa Waugh is an exceptional Software Development Engineer in Test and DevOps, passionate about quality and innovation, and currently a Testing Engineer Lead at IBM. She brings over 30 years of experience in information technology, with concentration on DevOps, Continuous Testing, and Performance Testing. She has a diverse background in...Read more

Technical Software Tester

Boris Wrubel is currently a Technical Software Tester at and has dedicated himself to software testing with a focus on test automation in agile projects for over 15 years. His professional experience ranges from large-scale projects in the banking and telecommunications industries to the municipal sector. Alongside these projects,...Read more

Catalyst Campus for Technology & Innovation

Robin Yeman has expertise spanning over twenty-five years in software engineering with focus on Digital Engineering, DevSecOps, and Agile building large complex solutions across multiple domains from submarines to satellites. She advocates for continuous learning with multiple certifications including SAFe Fellow, SPCT, CEC, PMP, PMI-ACP, and CSEP. She is a Systems...Read more

Director of QA Engineering
FORT Robotics

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