Journalist, reporter and author, Kate has been writing about technology and the Internet since 1995. She’s been a regular on BBC technology programme Click for over a decade and wrote a column for National Geographic Traveller magazine for 6 years. She also speaks at conferences and digital strategy and policy meetings, as well as lecturing in schools and universities to inspire the next generation of technologists. Her website, KateRussell.co.uk , has won multiple awards for best technology blog and she has been featured as one of the top 50 most influential women in UK IT by Computer Weekly magazine for the last two years. She also writes sci-fi and fantasy with two published novels now available.
Sr. Program Director: Lead Analyst, Cloud in Europe
Carla Arend is a senior program director with the European software and infrastructure research team and heads up IDC’s European cloud research. Arend provides industry clients with key insight into market dynamics, vendor activities, and end- user adoption trends in the European cloud market. As part of her research, she covers topics such as how European organizations are adopting cloud, how cloud drivers and inhibitors are evolving, cloud management, cloud security, data management in the cloud, IoT and cloud, AI and cloud, Devops and cloud, as well as GDPR impact on cloud and cloud code of conduct.
In addition to syndicated research, Carla has worked on many custom consulting projects identifying opportunities in the European cloud market and has authored white papers on subjects such as cloud
management, cloud security, data management in the cloud. Carla is regularly asked to speak at industry events, strategy workshops, sales kick-offs and training, partner events, and end-user events.
Carla holds a BA in business administration from University of Mannheim and an MSc in business administration and management of technology from Copenhagen Business School, in addition to course work at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Bangkok.
Global VP Threat Intelligence
Derek Manky brings more than twenty years of experience to a strategic and visionary cyber security role, working with FortiGuard Labs at Fortinet. Manky leads FortiGuard Labs’ global threat intelligence team which consults with leading CSOs/CISOs of Fortune 500 companies worldwide across multiple industries. Manky provides thought leadership to industry and has presented research and strategy worldwide at many premier security conferences. As a cyber security expert, his work has included meetings with leading political figures and key policy stakeholders globally, including law enforcement, which helps define the future of cyber security. In 2019, he was selected as one of six nationwide delegates to represent Canada as a Canadian leader from the field of cyber , through his leadership and expertise in Cyber Security. He is a contributing author to the World Economic Forum Partnership against Cybercrime Report . Manky has been recipient of his technical University’s honorable 2019 BCIT Distinguished Alumni Award .
Manky orchestrates global threat intelligence initiatives with Fortinet, including the World Economic Forum Partnership against Cybercrime, Cyber Threat Alliance (CTA), NATO NICP, INTERPOL Expert Working Group, and the Forum for Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST). Manky has been with the Cyber Threat Alliance since it was founded in May 2014 and sits on the steering committee, working with leading security executives and CEO direction in industry. His vision is applied to help shape the future of proactive cyber security, with the ultimate goal to make a positive impact towards the global war on cybercrime.
He works globally with the security industry and Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) to connect the dots, streamlining mitigation advice and threat forecasts based on personal knowledge and a team of world class experts at Fortinet and FortiGuard Labs. This strategy is integrated into advanced technology frameworks to fight cyber-attacks, while keeping clients secure. Manky designed a zero-day vulnerability disclosure framework, which has been reliably used for years to responsibly fix security issues before black hat attackers get a chance to exploit victims.
Manky sits on a computing science advisory committee and meets with universities to provide security industry input that he hopes will help shape the bright young minds of tomorrow. In an effort to educate, he is regularly featured in top tier media and guest articles including, but not limited to, CNN, Bloomberg, NBC, MSNBC, Wired, CSO, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, Dark Reading, and the Financial Times. Manky has also been the recipient of CRN’s ‘Security Superstar’ award. He continues to dedicate his career to security, research and education.
Chief Security Officer
Michael Konopka serves as Chief Security Officer at Cloud Best. His record of achievement over the past two decades includes a highly successful IT career with demonstrated focus on cybersecurity, high performance networking and risk mitigation to protect critical information assets. Through a combination of outstanding achievements and a keen understanding of developing a “risk aware” culture, he leveraged solid expertise in strategic IT infrastructure and cybersecurity. Previously, Konopka served in healthcare, software development and nonprofit organizations, responsible for architecting strategic roadmaps, developing high-performing teams and translating complex business requirements.
Deutsche Telekom Security GmbH
Sr. Vice President Delivery & SDM
Rene has been working at T-Systems International GmbH since 1988 and is leading now leading the Team at the Deutsche Telekom Security GmbH as a Senior Vice President Delivery & SMB.
Telekom Security has the Security of their customers in their mind and this also includes looking at Governance, Risk & Compliance. They strive to deliver a solution for infrastructure, Cloud and endcosutmer end points but never forget data security and compliance.
They have also been a string and long standing Partner with Fortinet.
Braintower Technologies GmbH
Managing Director & CTO
Florian Wiethoff is the Managing Director and CTO of Braintower, a leading German company specializing in network, cloud, and monitoring solutions for enterprise customers. With over 20 years of experience in the worldwide networking of large companies, Florian is an expert in his field. He has been particularly involved in DevOps and Cloud from the very beginning and is considered a pioneer in this area.
One of his outstanding achievements includes the migration of the first bank in Germany to a multi-cloud environment. He is known for his technical expertise and his ability to go into detail, for example, when it comes to specific configuration questions. Today Florian is a highly valued consultant for companies in need of sound technical expertise to achieve their business needs.
Global Alliance Director
Paul Martin is a Public Cloud Business Development Manager for the UK&I and is responsible for heading up Fortinet’s Public Cloud go-to-market strategy in this region . Based in London, Paul has been involved with Cyber Security for over 10 years and worked for Fortinet for almost 8 years focussing on helping both Partners and End-Users adopt Fortinet’s Security Fabric.
Consulting Systems Engineer Public Cloud
As a Consulting Systems Engineer Joeri Van Hoof is specialized in public cloud solutions at Fortinet. In his current position he is providing pre-sales advice to Fortinet customers as well as working with development and product management to improve the products and solutions. Joeri has experience with a variety of IT security products and technologies. He has a special interest in automated deployments and secure application development.
Consulting Systems Engineer Public Cloud
As a Consulting Systems Engineer Roy Scotford is specialized in public cloud monitoring solutions at Fortinet. In his current position he is providing pre-sales advice to Fortinet customers as well as working with development and product management to improve the products and solutions. Roy has worked in IT security for over 20 years working various technologies.
Business Development manager Cloud
Bettina wants to change the world and is doing this out of Germany, while helping customers and the channel community to migrate securely to the Cloud. She started her career in cyber security in the UK and while working with various customers also created her own brand in the community. After moving back to Germany, she decided to step into a different line of business but quickly realized that cyber security is where she wants to be and came back. Since then she worked in various roles but is now leading the business development for Fortinet for Public Cloud Security in Germany. On top she also just graduated from Hult business school in London where she successfully finished her Executive MBA, which she managed while still working full time.
Ricardo is a risk management expert and digital transformation strategist with extensive experience in large-scale change programs. He is passionate about helping businesses succeed in the digital age and has developed a deep understanding of NIS2 and other cybersecurity frameworks which he used to advise during his consulting career.
Ricardo's recent book, "Policy Design in the Age of Digital Adoption," offers valuable insights into how organizations can develop effective risk management and compliance programs that align with NIS2. He has led successful projects for large tier 1 financial services organizations in EMEA and leverages his strengths in Strategic, Achiever, Ideation, Command, and Competition to navigate the complexities of cybersecurity frameworks and support digital transformation initiatives.
Head of Global SAP Sales
Matthias is Head of Global SAP Sales at Fortinet. In this global role, Matthias builds the SAP business and manages the alliance to SAP, as well as to many players in the SAP ecosystem. He meets regularly with customers and builds a vision around implementing new innovations and solutions to achieve tangible benefits in their daily business. Matthias also works closely with Global System Integrators to build exciting new business models. He has worked in the SAP market since 1990 when SAP R/3 Version 1.0 was still under development.
Global SAP Systems Engineer
Julian is a Global SAP Systems Engineer at Fortinet. In his role, Julian develops and designs SAP Security Solutions for Fortinet. He researches actual SAP threats and build solutions to prevent unwanted access to data.
In his past, Julian worked as a SAP Security Consultant where he gained experience in penetration testing and security audits of SAP systems.
EMEA Security Partner Segment Lead
Rob Hale is the EMEA Segment Leader for Security at Amazon Web Services. A long term security practitioner, Rob helps customers improve their security posture as they migrate to and build on the cloud. He is a strong proponent that good security is a business enabler, helping companies build trust with their customers, having spent the past 23 years in security in a variety of technical, commercial and leadership roles launching and mentoring start-ups, managed service providers and enterprises in Europe.
Strategic ISV & PM Lead
Bahul Harikumar is an accomplished Security professional and currently leading the Strategic Partnerships for Infrastructure Security at Google Cloud. Bahul has more than 20 years of experience in Industry and led product management for leading Security vendors.
Consulting Systems Engineer Public Cloud
Senior Technical Consulting Engineer. Online since 1995, with 20 years of experience in IT, 18 years in cyber security, 6 years in public cloud (Azure, GCP, AWS). Started as a web developer before becoming a technical trainer for IT security products, sales engineer, product manager and now, one of the technical leads in the Fortinet team dedicated to public cloud. Cloud enthusiast, API builder, IaC advocate.
Jane is leading Tigera’s EMEA team introducing Network Security to Cloud Native organisations, and those moving to the cloud.
She has spent the last 7 years working in Security, DevOps and Kubernetes, and has worked
with diverse organisations helping them transform their digital footprint and enabling them
to adopt Container and Cloud Native technologies securely in their organisation
Sr. Principal Product Manager
Faisal Hasan is a Senior Principal Product Manager at Oracle. He is part of the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Engineering team. Faisal has been working in the technology industry for over 17 years, across a variety of roles from Networking & Security Engineering to Product Management. He holds a Bachelors in Computer Information Systems and has earned a VCDX in Network Virtualization & 2x CCIE certifications. Faisal is a frequent speaker at industry events and conferences. You can follow him on Twitter @FaisalHasan80
Sr. Cloud Solution Architect – Security & Compliance
Matteo Malagnino is a Microsoft Senior Cloud Solution Architect specialized in Security and Compliance, working in the One Commercial Partner organization. Based in Italy, Matteo has worked in the IT security industry from more than 15 years across different geos and org.
Cloud security passionate he became his journey in Microsoft 4 years ago contributing to the success of partners and the evangelization of cloud security with particular focus on Azure and Modern workplace.
Joined Fortinet 13 years ago as Support Engineer at Sophia office. After 3 years working for support team, joined sales team based in Paris as a SE for France. After 7 years selling the wide range of Fortinet products in many activity sectors such as industry, banking sector, public, media and distribution, joined the channel team Emea. As Fortinet was developing features to integrate the Fabric into emerging public cloud environments, it was perfect timing to technically contribute to the success of the products in this promising sector.