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General Manager, Microsoft SQL Server

Mark Souza is a General Manager in the Microsoft SQL Server development group. He is responsible for all Customer Programs including the Product Group’s Customer Advisory Team. This team specializes in implementing the most challenging customer database applications worldwide. His experience focuses on the issues related to the distribution, modeling, design, and performance of data with a distributed computing application. Mr. Souza uses this customer experience to drive high quality SQL Server product planning back in Redmond. Mr. Souza's twenty five+ years in the Information Technology business has consisted of database administration, end-user tool management, systems engineering database specialist/lead, client/server architect, Microsoft regional data technology specialist and SQL Server development customer advisory team. 

Mr. Souza has a Masters Degree in MIS from Marist College and an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from SUNY Potsdam. He enjoys spending quality time with his wife Lisa of 22 years and three beautiful children (Andrew 15, Megan 12 and Jennifer 10). He also enjoys reading, running, sports and attending broadway shows in his spare time.

Guy Lucchi
Chief Technology Officer NHS Account, CSC

Guy has been with CSC for 11 years and is currently the Chief Technology Officer for the multi-billion dollar CSCA NHS Programme in the UK. Guy is responsible for the Application, Data and Technology domains across a portfolio of Enterprise Applications including a bespoke .Net application targeted at supporting hundreds of thousands of users that operates on a 24x7 basis. In this role  Guy leads a team of over 50 Architects responsible for setting the architectural direction and overseeing the solution through the development lifecycle and into live operations.

Previous to joining the NHS account Guy was consulting focused and was formerly head of the Architecture & Design practice for CSC consulting in the UK.  Over this 17 year career within the IT industry Guy has worked in a variety of business sectors including healthcare, telecommunications and utilities.

Richard Tkachuk
Principal Program Manager, Microsoft SQL Server

Richard Tkachuk is a Principal Program Manager on the Microsoft  SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse team. Richard has been with the PDW team since shortly after the acquisition of DATAllegro and helped ship the SQL Server PDW appliance.  Richard has been a part of SQL Server for over ten years with a particular focus in data warehousing.

Richard travels frequently visiting customers and speaking at technical conferences in Asia, Europe and North America. He resides with his family in Laguna Niguel, California.

Enterprise Architect, Microsoft

Ross is best-selling author, former SQL Server MVP and holds multiple roles at Microsoft.  As an Enterprise Architect at the Microsoft Technology Center in Silicon Valley, Ross provides executive briefings, architecture design sessions and proof of concept workshops for Microsoft largest customers.  As Principal Platform Specialist, he is responsible for leading the SQL Server data platform vision at one of Microsoft’s most strategic accounts.
Ross is well known in the Silicon Valley and in the SQL Server Community and frequently speaks at technology conferences around the world.   His recent books and publications include; Introducing SQL Server 2008 R2 (MSPress), Windows Server 2008 R2 Unleashed (SAMS) , SQL Server 2008 Management and Administration (SAMS) and Planning, Implementing and Supporting SQL Server Virtualization with Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V and Live Migration whitepaper.  He specializes in SQL Server High Availability, Consolidation, Virtualization, Scalability and I2A SQL Appliances such as Fast Track, PDW and SSBI.

You can follow or contact Ross on either of his Twitter handles @RossMistry and @SQLServer

Chief Scientist, FusionIO

As Fusion-io's chief scientist, Steve Wozniak acts as a key technical advisor to the Fusion-io research and development group. He also works closely with the executive team of Fusion-io in formulating a company strategy that will accelerate the expansion of major global accounts.
Mr. Wozniak, who co-founded Apple Inc., was the engineering force behind the launch of the home computer revolution. In 1976, Mr. Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded the company with Wozniak's Apple I personal computer. The following year, he introduced the Apple II personal computer, featuring a central processing unit, a keyboard, color graphics, and a floppy disk drive. The Apple II was integral in launching the personal computer industry.
After leaving Apple in 1985, Mr. Wozniak was involved in various business and philanthropic ventures, focusing primarily on computer capabilities in schools, stressing hands-on learning and encouraging creativity for students. He also founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and was the founding sponsor of the Tech Museum, Silicon Valley Ballet and Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose.

In 2000, he was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame and was awarded the prestigious Heinz Award for Technology, The Economy and Employment for "single-handedly designing the first personal computer and for then redirecting his lifelong passion for mathematics and electronics toward lighting the fires of excitement for education in grade school students and their teachers."

Mr. Wozniak is also a published author with the release of his New York Times Best Selling autobiography, iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon, in September 2006 by Norton Publishing.

Head of Enterprise Systems Portfolio, Transport for London

Shamere has been with TfL for almost three years, having come from the Private Sector. His current post –Head of Enterprise Systems Portfolio is a strategic technology role, charged with managing a wide portfolio of enterprise services, focusing in particular on innovation to deliver efficiencies and service improvements. Recently, he has lead one of the largest implementations of public cloud technology within Public Sector to date.