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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

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

QA Architect/Cloud Architect

Scott Aziz has been a test architect for the past 30 years working at several Fortune 500 companies both as a test leader and as a consultant. His specialty with testing has always been test automation as he has designed many automation frameworks from scratch as well as used dozens...Read more

DevOps & Automation Architect
COUNTRY Financial

Sarah Bailey is an energetic leader and architect in DevOps with a passion for automation and success in all phases of continuous delivery. This includes design, proof of concept, software development, and execution for Big Data and DevOps. She has a strong record of success engineering robust high availability architecture...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


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

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


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

Principal Consultant

Jan Jaap Cannegieter has 25 years of experience in ICT, he did assignments in requirements, testing, quality assurance, process improvement, Agile and digitalization. Jan Jaap is Principal Consultant at Squerist, a consultancy company of 100 employees specialized in process management and testing. Within Squerist Jan Jaap is responsible for coaching, knowledge management and product development. Jan Jaap is...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

Sr. QA Manager

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

QA Manager
Atlassian (Trello)

Kate Conway has always asked a lot of questions. As a UNIX/Linux system administrator, those questions were mainly about OSes, backups, networking, and who unplugged that power cord. Eventually, those answers steered Kate’s career into software testing where she has been able to ask more exciting questions. Most recently, Kate...Read more

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

Derk-Jan de Grood

Derk-Jan de Grood works as agile coach for Squerist. He has guided many organisations with their Agile Transformation. He wrote several successful books and frequently publishes articles and columns for the major magazines. In 2014 he won the EuroSTAR testing excellence award. In 2016 he published his 7th book: “Agile...Read more

IT Innovation Manager
E.&J. Gallo Winery

Mark Gharibian has worked in the IT Industry for over 20 years. He's currently the IT Innovation Manager for E&J Gallo Winery and an adjunct faculty member at California State University, Stanislaus for the Computer Information Systems department. His undergraduate degree is in Computer Science and postgraduate degree is an...Read more

Senior Quality Assurance Engineer

Belinda Goodman is a Senior Quality Assurance Engineer at SalesLoft, located in Atlanta GA. At SalesLoft she has gotten the opportunity to work on the company's first acquisition, as well a wide variety of projects and teams. She has helped participate in scaling the market at a company that was...Read more

Senior Software Engineer
Airline Tariff Publishing Company

Anand Gopalakrishnan is a goal-oriented, innovative Senior Software Engineer at Airline Tariff Publishing Company with more than 10 years of experience in software development working across multiple industries: Energy, Healthcare and Aviation. He has a proven ability to design effective automation frameworks to assist in regression testing and an ability to design effective...Read more

Principal Consultant
Coveros, Inc.

Gene Gotimer is a Principal Consultant at Coveros, Inc., a software company that uses agile methods to help customers build software better, faster, and more securely. They do this by focusing on agile development and DevOps practices such as continuous integration, repeatable builds, unit testing, automated functional testing, analysis tools,...Read more

National Bank of Canada

Valentin Guerlesquin is the director of test automation, test data management and performance testing at National Bank. 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 is an...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

Principal Consultant
West Monroe Partners

Concurrent Sessions

Paul Herzog is a Principal Consultant at West Monroe Partners in Chicago. He has over 20 years of experience in testing technology leadership, software quality assurance, systems engineering, and Agile planning as a Scrum Master. His engineering career has taken him through projects in a wide variety of industries, from...Read more


Carolyn joined N26 as a software engineer. She’s originally from Taiwan, before moving to Berlin, she lived in the USA for 6 years including study, and worked for many big tech companies for 4-5 years as developers and software quality engineers. Her academic background was on electrical engineering and wireless...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

CA Technologies, A Broadcom Company

Ralph Jezierski has been working in the DevOps, continuous delivery and continuous testing world for more than seven years helping customers navigate their transformation to becoming more agile. He brings over 30 years experience in the IT industry as a developer, architect and consultant for applications in the retail, oil...Read more

Senior QA Consultant
QualityWorks Consulting

Ria Joseph started her career as a mobile application developer but found her true calling in Quality Assurance and Engineering where she was enamored by the wonders of software testing. So much so, she became a certified tester through the International Software Testing Qualifications Body (ISTQB). Working as a Senior...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
Mark Lambert
Vice President of Products

Mark Lambert is responsible for ensuring that Parasoft’s portfolio of test automation products deliver real value to the organizations adopting them. Working with a broad cross-section of Global 2000 customers, the Parasoft team helps DevOps teams optimize their software development processes by assessing their specific development needs,...Read more


Philip Lew is the CEO at XBOSoft. As a Corporate Executive, Development Manager, Product Manager and Software Engineer, Philip has managed teams to tackle broken processes, develop solutions to difficult problems, and coached others be leaders, managers and experts. He leverages his academic background in operations research and computer science...Read more

Project Manager
Seera Group

Concurrent Sessions

Sylvia Lobo is a Project Manager with Seera Group and an inclusivity advocate. She has experience in cyber security project management, especially in Intrusion Attacks and ensuring security online with Seera with in-depth knowledge of simulating phishing attacks, social engineering management to manage deliverable cyber security products and in...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

Alissa Lydon
Senior Product Marketing Manager
Sauce Labs

Alissa Lydon is a Senior Product Marketing Manager at Sauce Labs. With 6 years in the testing industry, she has worked with companies of all sizes in their journey to automation and continuous testing. From educating people about the benefits of test automation, to organizing educational events for QA and...Read more

Enterprise Quality Solutions Domain Mgr

Matthew Malec has been a member of the KeyBank team for the past 13 years and has been fortunate to hold many positions from support and project delivery to his current role leading Enterprise Quality Solutions, part of the enterprise Quality Assurance organization. He is responsible for the strategic direction...Read more

Edward Mandere
IT Applications Programmer Lead
Progressive Insurance

Edward Mandere has worked at Progressive for the past 10 years. He has helped build and maintain .NET Libraries used to build Progressive's backend systems. Recently Ed has started working on migrating applications from monoliths to microservices using .NET CORE/Docker/OpenShift. This effort has led to close collaboration with the STE's to...Read more

Aprajita Mathur
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

Technology Manager
State Farm Insurance Companies

I'm currently a Technology Manager overseeing the Capacity and Performance testing team that ensures the Digital presence (Web, Mobile, and Customer Print) meets the expected business volume metrics for capacity and performance measurements. In over twenty years with State Farm, I have held business analyst roles, test analyst roles, test-lead...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

System Test Engineer Lead
Progressive Insurance

Domonic Nunley is a System Test Engineer Lead at Progressive Insurance. Dom worked as a Quality Insurance Analyst for 3 years and then a Systems Test Engineer for the past 7 years. He has built C# automation test frameworks for complex back-end systems using different test interfaces such as MsTest/xUnit,...Read more

QA Lead

Ben Oconis comes from a customer support background where he spent 15 years managing customers, dealing with angry people, and helping make their day to day experience better. As a new tester—and the first within his organization—he takes that background and previous experience and tries to apply it to find...Read more

Senior Testing & Automation Engineer
Ramsey Solutions

Greg Paskal is a natural innovator, pioneering new approaches across the testing and automation landscape. Greg enjoys mentoring others in highly sustainable, maintainable approaches to manual and automated testing. The author of Test Automation in the Real World and a variety of and publications, Greg can be heard...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

Pawel Piwosz
Lead Systems Engineer
EPAM Systems

Concurrent Sessions

Pawel Piwosz has over 20 years as in IT industry professional working for a range of large companies to small startups. Currently, Pawel is working at Epam as Lead Systems Engineer, and helping the organization to grow DevOps practices. He is also leading the DevOps Community Poland and is a...Read more

Co-Founder and CEO
API Fortress

Patrick Poulin is the co-founder and CEO of API Fortress, an API testing automation platform that was built from the ground up for continuous API testing and unlimited functional uptime monitoring. Prior to API Fortress, Patrick worked as the API evangelist at Getty Images. Before that, he ran the retail...Read more

Director of Business Development

Kevin Pyles has been in the QA industry now for over 12 years with project and management roles throughout. Kevin is on the board for QA at the Point, and is an award-winning international speaker. Kevin recently fell in love with AI and Python and started promoting AI as the...Read more

Senior Consultant (Test Lead)

Concurrent Sessions

Laveena Ramchandani is a Senior test consultant working at Deloitte. She has been testing for over 6 and half years. Laveena finds the world of testing very interesting and enjoys exploring and learning new skills within it. She would like to share her knowledge and help those who attend the...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 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

Sargis Sargsyan
Director, Quality Assurance

Have been in the software industry for about ten years. Agile believer and excellent team player with an experience working in distributed international teams, using Agile/Scrum/Kanban methodology. Was a part of solid industries specialized on Mobile, Web, SaaS and Enterprise applications. Passionate about public speaking and knowledge sharing. Has spoken...Read more


Dona Sarkar is convinced that working in an organization doesn't mean you need to turn into a corporate drone, obey your village elders, track your work in that tool, and risk dying of boredom. Instead, she believes that it's absolutely possible to win in the corporate world while still being...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

Jessie Shternshus
The Improv Effect

Women Who Test Sessions

Owner and founder of The Improv Effect, Jessie Shternshus helps individuals and businesses reach their full potential through interpersonal-communication skills improvement, leadership training, and agile/executive coaching. Jessie has been a key player in internal culture transformations for global companies. Her clients include executives from Netflix, Crayola, Groupon, Skype, Adecco, Capital...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

Clint Sprauve
Enterprise Strategist

Clinton Sprauve is the Enterprise Strategist for Tricentis. He was previous an Enterprise Solutions Architect at Gitlab and also served as their Sr. PMM for Competitive Intelligence. Prior to GitLab, Clinton was the Product Marketing Director for Mobile at Sauce Labs. Clinton also served as the senior product marketing manager...Read more

Coveros, Inc.

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

Global Head of Quality Engineering

Leadership Summit Sessions

Allyson Stuart is an executive global IT manager with 34 years' experience leading transformational strategies in quality assurance, service delivery, risk management, and production support. She has served as a CIO, CISO, and Global Head of Technology Risk, but is best known as a chief quality officer who has built...Read more

Dusko Vuksanovic
Director of Engineering
TheZenith Insurance

Dusko Vuksanovic is a 25 years technology veteran. He started his career as a consultant for IBM, and later spent over 15 year working in the travel technology field. As a CTO, he helped to grow from brick-and-mortar into a multi-million dollar business. Later he joined Fareportal, where as...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

Test Architect

Mike Wagner is a Test Architect and Principal Consultant with tap|QA. He has over 13 years of industry experience as a Software Tester, Engineer, Developer, and Architect; He is primarily focused on driving innovative test automation practices and strategies within a number of organizations ranging from software to hardware. He...Read more

Vice President

Kirk Walton 20 years’ experience in the IT Services industry (starting as a Lotus Notes consultant in 1999!) He has over 15 years’ experience in recruiting and has successfully recruited and hired well over 500 IT professionals during that time. Kirk established the recruiting practice at tap|QA, a national consulting firm exclusively...Read more

Senior Manager, DevOps
J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc.

Wayne Wang is experienced in all aspects of IT systems delivery and operations, from strategic planning, portfolio management, project initiation, systems design, build, implementation, support, and maintenance. Wayne is a strong advocator for building quality in every step of the IT value chain using Agile/Lean and DevOps principles. In the...Read more


Tal Weiss is the CTO and co-founder of OverOps, where he is responsible for overseeing the company’s product and engineering strategy. He has been designing scalable, real-time Java and C++ applications for the past 15 years. Previously, he was co-founder and CEO at VisualTao which was acquired by Autodesk. Following the...Read more

Software Engineer

Tyler Yates is a senior software engineer at He has been at Indeed for over four years and have worked on improving several aspects of the software development lifecycle. Yates' main focus in the past two years has been to automate and gather insights into the various stages of...Read more