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I am a software developer at heart who has been innovating process automation deployed in highly scalable and agile environments of industry leaders such as T-Mobile, Lufthansa, ING, and Atlassian. I contributed to various open-source workflow engines for more than 15 years and I'm the Co-Founder and Chief Technologist of Camunda – an open-source software company reinventing process automation.
I am the author of "Practical Process Automation" and co-author of "Real-Life BPMN". Additionally, I am a regular speaker at conferences around the world and a frequent contributor to several technology publications. I focus on new process automation paradigms that fit into modern architectures around distributed systems, microservices, domain-driven design, event-driven architecture, and reactive systems.
Oliver Maeckel is Partner / Vice President at Siemens Advanta Consulting. He has been with Siemens AG since 1997. The focus of his current work is, in particular, the digitization of project business processes and the optimization of the development and delivery of "first-of-its-kind" large-scale projects. Over the last years, he and his team were able to decrease risks and to speed up project business processes in the pre-sale, sales and execution phase using digital technology.
32 years with Unilever : Global Director of Innovation Alliances and Partnering: Design, Implementation and execution of major Innovation Alliances, relationship and legal enablement
From bench R&D to industrial implementation of chemicals innovation, Foods InnovationDevelopment of and implementation of global innovation process and global IT innovation support tools.Project leadership of major FMCG innovation projects from start to post launch including full business case development and multi million Euro investments.Full development and implementation of major capital investments.Collaborative and Open Innovation. Modern rapid innovation approached across the whole innovation paradigm. Change agent and Innovation pioneer at Unilever and externallyPeople motivation and management in innovation cultures
Jeff Machols is the Senior Vice President of Continuous Improvement for Voya Financial, a financial investment management company. He has been in the role since July of 2017 and is responsible Voya’s Continuous Improvement and Lean capabilities. His leadership and commitment to developing people and high-performance teams have been key to driving Voya’s cultural transformation.
Prior to his current Role, Jeff held multiple Information Technology leadership positions at Voya, ING and CitiStreet. Before joining Voya (CitiStreet), he had multiple application development roles in the manufacturing industry. He is one of the original committers of the Apache Directory Services project and authored “Subversion In Action”.
Jeff lives in Jacksonville, Florida and holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Rochester Institute of Technology and an MBA from the University of North Florida.
José Pires serves as the Global Excellence & Innovation (E&I) Leader for Andeavor Corporation, where he oversees the global identification, prioritization and execution of mission critical business improvements and innovations that add value to the company, business partners and external clients in multiple markets.
Prior to his current role, Pires held Excellence and Innovation leadership positions in large, global companies in the electronics (Sony), semiconductor (Cymer-ASML), food (Nestlé) and infrastructure (Black & Veatch) industries. Throughout his career, Pires developed and refined E&I as an award winning program for innovation, leadership development, strategy execution and value creation globally.
Pires is an advisory board leader and keynote speaker for several global conferences on innovation, operational excellence, leadership development, strategy execution, business transformation, customer engagement and growth acceleration.
He holds a Bachelor in Engineering Physics from the University of Kansas and a Master in Business Administration focused in Investment Banking and Entrepreneurship from the University of San Diego.