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Jason Arbon is the CEO 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

Vice President of Quality Engineering
EPAM Systems

Adam Auerbach is the Vice President of Quality Engineering 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 DevOps...Read more

Jon Bach
eBay, Inc.

Jon Bach is a senior program manager at eBay, leading planning and operations for its risk management team. He has more than two decades of software quality project experience as a tester, test manager, test consultant, and test director, which he now uses to help eBay fight fraudsters. He has...Read more

Melissa Benua

In her career at companies from large to small, Melissa Benua has worked in nearly every software development role—engineer, test, DevOps, and program management. She's created and run high-availability, high-quality services at Boeing and Microsoft on products such as Bing, Cortana, and Xbox One. Melissa discovered her love of massively-scaled...Read more

Chris Blain
Engineering Manager
Medidata Solutions, Inc.
Chris Blain has twenty-two years of experience working in software development, on projects ranging from embedded systems to cloud applications. He offers students and companies a powerful mix of real-world experience and the latest research knowledge. He has worked as an engineering manager, test manager, developer, coach, and test
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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


Jennifer Bonine is a VP of global delivery and solutions for tap|QA Inc., a global company that specializes in strategic solutions for businesses. Jennifer began her career in consulting, implementing large ERP solutions. She has held executive-level positions leading development, quality assurance and testing, organizational development, and process improvement teams...Read more

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. Her love of support and the human side of problems lets her find a sweet spot between empathy for the user...Read more


Dr. Andrew Brown is a principal consultant at SQS. Recently, he has developed an independent line of research into understanding why we humans make the mistakes that lead to software defects. He has spoken at several conferences on this subject and was winner of the EuroSTAR 2017 best paper award...Read more


Hans Buwalda has been working with information technology since his high school years. In his career, Hans has gained experience as a developer, manager, and principal consultant for companies and organizations worldwide. He was a pioneer of the keyword approach to testing and automation, now widely used throughout the industry....Read more


Hatim Chahim is an experienced program (test) manager, agile project manager and senior advisor test tooling with more than thirteen years’ experience in IT industry and is currently working at ProRail. He has worked at the largest IT companies such as Capgemini and Accenture. Within ProRail, Hatim is responsible for...Read more

Eun Chang

Eun Chang is a lifelong learner, an avid consumer of new technologies, and a data scientist at Microsoft specializing in machine learning. In her career at Microsoft, Eun has driven a number of projects focusing on Windows post sales monetization and enterprise device usage. Her research uses a broad spectrum...Read more

Intel Corporation

Wendy Siew Wen Chin received her PhD in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from The University of Nottingham with the specialization in computer vision and machine learning. She is currently a software engineer in Internet of Things group, Intel. Her focus is on machine learning, visual fog computing and predictive analytics...Read more

Chris Colosimo
Product Manager

Chris Colosimo is a Product Manager, with expertise in SDLC acceleration through automation. Chris strategizes product development and deployment of Parasoft’s Continuous Testing solutions (Parasoft SOAtest, Virtualize and Continuous Testing Platform), across major enterprises such as CapitalOne and Care first. Being a service virtualization and API testing subject matter expert...Read more


Vice president of Quality at Hudl, Ashwin Desai is responsible for leading the transformation of a worldwide QA team to an automation focused organization following the testing pyramid and setting quantitative measures to allow the company to learn and improve quality. Previously Ashwin was the VP of Engineering, Quality and...Read more


Mehmet Duran is a Project Leader in Automation. He offers experienced-based QA and tooling service which improves the software quality within organizations. At a company in the railway sector he has implemented automation within a complex IT landscape. As a Project Leader Automation, he is focused on implementing innovative solutions...Read more

Isabel Evans
Independent Consultant

Independent quality and testing consultant Isabel Evans has more than thirty years of IT experience in the financial, communications, and software sectors. Her work focuses on quality management, software testing, and user experience (UX). Isabel authored Achieving Software Quality through Teamwork and chapters in Agile Testing: How to Succeed in...Read more

Conrad Fujimoto
Intellectica Systems Inc.

President and senior consultant of Intellectica Systems Inc., Conrad Fujimoto is an information technology professional with thirty-five years of experience in the education, government, financial, and utility sectors. An accomplished educator and author of several courses, Conrad delivers courses in software testing, relational database technology, data modeling, application programming, business...Read more

Bob Galen
Zenergy Technologies

An agile methodologist, practitioner, and coach, Bob Galen helps guide leaders and teams in their pragmatic adoption and organizational shift toward Scrum and other agile methods. Bob is often called “a Coach of Coaches” because of his deep and broad experience in the agile arena. He is director, agile practices...Read more

Seretta Gamba
Test automation consultant

Seretta Gamba has forty years’ experience in development and fifteen in test automation. After going through all the usual developer roles, in 2001 she was put in charge of test automation for her current company. She developed a framework that enabled her company to quickly get excellent results. After having...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

ClearSpecs Enterprises

Concurrent Sessions

David Gelperin has more than 50 years experience in software engineering with an emphasis on requirements risk management and development and software quality, verification, and test (SQVT). Dave has been a SQVT consultant/mentor and instructor (20 years), quality support manager (5 years), verification lead (2 years), project lead (2 years),...Read more


Artem Golubev is a software veteran, with more than 20 years in Software Development building various B2B Enterprise and E-Commerce software at companies like Microsoft, Salesforce. He is a Certified Enterprise Architect, holds CC, CL, ACB certifications from Toastmasters. During his career, he’s learned a lot about infrastructure, code management,...Read more

Gene Gotimer
Technical Manager
Coveros, Inc.

Gene Gotimer is a senior architect at Coveros Inc., a software company that uses agile methods to accelerate the delivery of secure, reliable software. As a consultant, Gene works with his customers to build software better, faster, and more securely by introducing agile development and DevOps practices such as continuous...Read more

Fredrik Håård

Fredrik Håård is a slow-moving digital nomad, freelance developer, entrepreneur, and speaker. With experience ranging from doing scripted manual testing of sales systems to being tech lead at government institutions and setting up start-up development teams from scratch, his most cherished skill is making himself...Read more

Dawn Haynes
PerfTestPlus, Inc.

Dawn Haynes is CEO, testing coach, and consultant for PerfTestPlus, Inc. A highly regarded trainer of software testers, Dawn blends experience with a real-world view to provide testers with tools and techniques to help them generate new approaches to common and complex software testing problems. Passionate about improving the state...Read more

Brian Hicks

Brian Hicks is a software engineer, development manager, and technical architect with over 15 years of hands-on experience designing and developing software using core Java, web services, and related technologies in both the commercial and public sectors. He is also a Certified ScrumMaster® and has experience implementing agile processes, leading...Read more

QA Architect
Riot Games

A QA architect on League of Legends at Riot Games, Jane Jeffers has more than seven years in the games industry. Before moving into the MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena), she worked on multi-platform AAA RTS titles such as the Battle for Middle Earth II and Command & Conquer 3....Read more

Senior Quality Assurance Specialist
Lucid Software Inc.

Julene Johnson is a Senior Quality Assurance Specialist at Lucid Software Inc. She spent four years prior to joining Lucid studying molecular biology, and approximately a year of that time working in labs. After graduating, Julene decided to take her experience testing and apply it to a different field. She...Read more

Ken Johnston

A principal manager on the Microsoft core data science team, Ken Johnston and his team focus their research on Windows post sales monetization and device usage within the commercial and education segments. Since joining Microsoft in 1998, Ken has held roles of group program manager for Bing Data Quality and...Read more

Griffin Jones
Congruent Compliance

Griffin Jones is an Agile consultant and coach, specializing in applying human-centered systems thinking to regulated industries. He has a technical background of over twenty-five years of testing as an individual contributor, Manager, Director, and Consultant - for medical device and pharmaceutical companies, clinical research organizations, banks, and insurance companies....Read more

CEO of Creative Trespassing
Creative Trespassing

Tania Katan, CEO of Creative Trespassing, is an award-winning author, creative consultant and keynote speaker who believes in storytelling at all costs! She has been a featured speaker at Business of Software, Social Innovation Summit, Etsy, S.H.E. Summit, NPR, Comedy Central Stage, TEDx, and more. Her work has been written...Read more

Progressive Insurance

Mike Keith is System Test Engineer Lead, Progressive Insurance. Mike Keith has been a Test Engineer for over 15 years, focusing primarily on the automation testing for back-end systems and APIs. Over the last 5 years he’s stepped into the dark arts of combinatorial testing techniques and test oracles. More recently...Read more

Senior Director Quality Engineering
Ultimate Software

Tariq King is the senior director and engineering fellow for quality and performance at Ultimate Software. With more than fifteen years’ experience in software testing research and practice, Tariq heads Ultimate Software’s quality program by providing technical and people leadership, strategic direction, staff training, and research and development in software...Read more

Mark Lambert
Vice President of Products

Mark Lambert, Vice President of Products, is responsible for ensuring that Parasoft solutions deliver real value to the organizations adopting them. His team helps customers optimize their software development processes by assessing their specific development needs, then determining how to apply Parasoft technologies, processes, and methodologies to achieve their goals....Read more

Theresa Lanowitz
voke, inc.

Founder of voke, inc. Theresa Lanowitz is recognized worldwide as a relentless advocate for software quality, a strategic thinker, and influencer in software lifecycle and its transformation including testing, virtualization, cloud computing, cyber security, embedded systems, IoT, release management, and mobile software. A champion of emerging technology, Theresa initiated coverage...Read more

Intel Corporation

Heng Kar Lau has been developing application, system software and managing software development teams for 15 years. As a product owner of software testing department for Internet of Things Group at Intel, he is responsible to lead a team to develop software testing life cycle framework, incorporate agile practices into current...Read more

InGenius Software

An automation enthusiast to the core, Chris Loder is an automation developer leading the automation framework team at InGenius Software in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Chris’ passion to automate has carried him through two decades of automation and automation framework development. He has worked with all the greats—Visual Test, WinRunner, Quick...Read more

Carnival Corp.

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


David Lumpkin is a Senior SDET at Craftsy, an online and mobile platform based in Denver that delivers craft education via interactive video tutorials and workshops. With more than ten years of software engineering experience, he is focused on improving customer experience through innovative tools, continuous delivery, and an extremely...Read more

Wilson Mar

Wilson Mar has been building and bringing enterprise applications to market on major platforms—from mobile to server clouds—as an architect, developer, performance tester, and manager. His website provides concise, in-depth advice on leading technologies. For the past three years, Wilson has been refining his training techniques on Git...Read more

Alex Martins
Advisor, Presales
CA Technologies

Alex Martins is a practitioner with more than 18 years of experience in large-scale application design, development and testing. For the last 13 years Alex has been focused on software quality engineering and testing discipline. Going through all levels, from Tester to Practice Leader in various technology companies such as EDS,...Read more

Guardant Health

Aprajita Mathur is a Bioinformatics Software Quality Assurance Manager with a engineering background in Bioinformatics. She has more than 10 years of software testing experience and over 5 years of testing in a compliance environment. She has worked as a manual and automation tester on a wide range of products...Read more

Moser Consulting

John McConda is an experienced Software Quality Control/Assurance tester, technician, and manager. Experienced in multiple methods of software testing from rigorous validated system testing, to session-based exploratory testing, test automation, and performance. Teacher and speaker for software testing classes and conferences.

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Paul Merrill
Beaufort Fairmont Automated Testing Services

Paul Merrill is principal software engineer in test and founder of Beaufort Fairmont Automated Testing Services. A frequent writer on testing and test automation in top-notch testing publications and an international speaker at testing and software conferences, Paul works with clients every day to accelerate testing, mitigate risks, and increase...Read more

Bayside Consultants

With operations experience in a variety of regulatory settings from public utilities to video games, Bill has been involved in projects that require compliance with payment processing, privacy, rate structures and consumer protection. After joining a global QA organization, Bill broadened his legal and regulatory compliance background with testing for regional requirements from around...Read more


Abdul Muhaimin is the Senior Director of Agile Transformation for Mede/Analytics, the leading healthcare analytics company helping payers and providers make even smarter decisions. Abdul is an expert in Agile software development and release management with over 12 years of experience in the delivery of enterprise applications through multiple release...Read more

Jaimee Newberry
Picture This Clothing

Jaimee Newberry worked in the Web Interaction Design & Development industry from 1998-2013 with emphasis on empathetic and behavioral psychology-applied design for web, mobile web, iOS + Android applications working with some of the world’s biggest brands including Audi, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Disney, McDonald's, Nintendo, and Zappos. She’s CEO...Read more

System Test Engineer Lead
Progressive Insurance

Domonic Nunley is System Test Engineer Lead, Progressive Insurance. Domonic Nunley worked as a Quality Insurance Analyst for 3 years and then a Systems Test Engineer for the past 5 years. He has built C# automation test frameworks for complex back-end systems using different test interfaces such as MS-Test, FIT,...Read more

Gitte Ottosen
Test Manager and Test Coach

Gitte Ottosen is a Test Manager and Test Coach at Capgemini-Sogeti Denmark. As a career tester, Gitte has more than 20 years of experience in test engineering and test management, in both traditional and agile contexts. She has worked with test process improvement; first as a test architect/manager in Systematic...Read more

Gerie Owen
VP, Knowledge and Innovation—US
QualiTest Group, Inc.

Gerie Owen is Vice President, Knowledge and Innovation-US at QualiTest Group, Inc. She is a Certified ScrumMaster, conference presenter, and author on technology and testing articles and is currently developing a curriculum for DevOps training. Gerie enjoys mentoring new QA Leads and brings a cohesive team approach to testing. Gerie chooses...Read more

Alan Page

Alan Page has been improving software quality since 1993, now as director of quality for services at Unity. He spent more than twenty years at Microsoft, working on a variety of operating systems and applications in nearly every Microsoft division, and two years as Microsoft’s director of test excellence. Alan...Read more

Director of Quality Assurance–Automation
Ramsey Solutions

Greg Paskal is a natural innovator, pioneering new approaches across the Quality Assurance landscape. Greg enjoys mentoring others in sustainable approaches to manual and automated testing. Author of Test Automation in the Real World and countless technical publications, Greg can be heard on the TestTalks podcast with Joe Colantonio. Creator...Read more

Amit Patel
Total Performance Consulting

As founder and CEO of Total Performance Consulting, Amit Patel brings more than fifteen years of experience in performance engineering, quality assurance, and software testing. Amit prides himself on being a vital part of his client’s development team, delivering world-class performance engineering, quality assurance, and test automation during all stages...Read more

Software Test Lead
Valtech Canada

Nimesh Patel is an experienced, passionate, and skilled software test professional with thirteen years of experience in software testing and quality. As a hands-on test lead and manager, he’s actively involved in the testing efforts of all the projects he works on. He’s tested different types of software systems with...Read more

Jeff Payne
CEO and Founder

Jeffery Payne is CEO and founder of Coveros, Inc., a software company that builds secure software applications using agile methods.  Since its inception in 2008, Coveros has become a market leader in secure agile principles while being recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing private companies in...Read more

Distinguished Evangelist

Concurrent Sessions

Ingo Philipp is a passionate and award-winning Exploratory Testing and Agile thought leader, with a resume of speaking engagements that span the globe. In his roles as Tricentis’ Distinguished Evangelist and a product manager, his responsibilities range from product development and product marketing to test management, test conception, test design,...Read more


Sanil Pillai is the Director of Infostretch Labs & Strategic Insights. He is an experienced leader for digital and enterprise applications. Throughout his career he has built and managed offshore and onsite engineering teams, including managing several mobile projects for Fortune 500 clients, and has deep technical and functional expertise...Read more

Amber Race
Senior SDET
Big Fish Games

Amber Race is a senior software development engineer in test at Big Fish Games. After majoring in Asian studies, teaching in Japan, and traveling the world, she stumbled into software testing and has been loving it ever since. Amber has more than fifteen years of testing experience at Big Fish...Read more

Raj Rao

Raj Rao is the Co-Founder of AutonomIQ, the leading AI Testing Platform that transforms English language test cases
into instantly executable and sharable Selenium scripts and test data. Raj’s thought leadership in the application
of Natural Language Processing (NLP) to solve some of Software Engineering’s most intractable and...Read more

Anna Russo

Anna Russo is an ALM MVP specializing in ALM TFS Software Process consulting and training. Since 2008 Anna has worked with a variety of clients to improve their software quality and processes by properly implementing Microsoft Team Foundation Server, Test Manager, and Visual Studio tools. Anna applies hands on expertise...Read more


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

Max Saperstone

For almost a decade, Max Saperstone has been a test engineer focusing on test automation and the continuous integration/continuous delivery process. Max specializes in open source tools—Selenium, JMeter, AutoIT, Cucumber, and Chef. He has led several testing automation efforts, including developing an automated suite focused on web-based software to operate...Read more


Dona Sarkar wishes she’d been born a cat so she could have had nine lives. Since that didn’t work out, she decided to live nine lives in this one. Dona spends her days running the Windows Insiders program at Microsoft, celebrating diversity in STEM fields as a fashion blogger at...Read more

Mike Shema is Vice President of SecOps and Research at Mike's experience with information security includes managing product security teams, building web application scanners, and consulting across a range of information security topics but that’s for work. For fun he writes books and blog posts about information security, with...Read more

Ben Simo
Medidata Solutions, Inc.

Concurrent Sessions

With more than two decades of experience, Ben Simo, aka QualityFrog, is a skilled context-driven software tester who views software testing as a cognitively complex activity that requires critical thinking, effective communication, and rapid self-directed learning. Ben approaches software testing as a search for knowledge―both confirming existing beliefs and seeking...Read more

Site Reliability Engineer
Procore Technologies

Jonathan Solórzano-Hamilton is a Site Reliability Engineer at Procore Technologies. He led software development, architecture, and DevOps at UCLA’s Office for Research Information Systems from 2011-2018. Prior to this, he worked at Stanford University, his alma mater (BS Physics '08). One of his most recent projects was the replacement of...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

Tom Stiehm

Tom Stiehm is a 20 year veteran of the Information Technology industry. He has spent the past 10 years managing, designing and implementing software products and applications using agile software development methods. Prior to Coveros, Tom held a variety of CTO and architect positions at software development companies. Tom is...Read more

Senior Architect

From the olden days of DOS to the contemporary world of software testing, Gil Tayar was, is, and always will be a software developer. He cofounded WebCollage, survived the bubble collapse of 2000, and worked on various big cloudy projects at Wix. His current passion is figuring out how to...Read more

Mary Thorn Consulting

Chief storyteller of the book The Three Pillars of Agile Testing and Quality, Mary Thorn is owner of Mary Thorn Consulting in Raleigh, NC. During her more than twenty years of experience with healthcare, financial, and HR SaaS-based products, Mary has held director, manager- and contributor-level positions in software development...Read more

Director of Practice Strategy
Kanda Software

Peter Varhol is a well-known writer and speaker on software and technology topics, having authored dozens of articles and spoken at a number of industry conferences and webcasts. He has advanced degrees in computer science, applied mathematics, and psychology, and he is director of practice strategy at Kanda Software. His...Read more

Alison Wade
TechWell Corp.

Women Who Test Sessions

Alison Wade is 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 is the Program Chair for the Mobile Dev + Test and IoT Dev + Test conferences, and she...Read more