Speakers ITEM 2018
All Days
Business Day
Technical Day
Gigi Wang (USA)
Industry Fellow & Faculty, SCET
Board Member, Past Chair & President at VLAB
Managing Partner at MG-Team, LLC
LinkedIn profile

Topic: "From Linear to Exponential"
Gigi Wang is an Industry Fellow & Faculty at UC Berkeley Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship where she teaches a start-up boot-camp and executive innovation programs. She also runs a consulting firm, MG-Team, LLC, which delivers programs for entrepreneurship and innovation, and services for international business development. Read more
Stephen Parry (United Kingdom)
CEO Lloyd Parry International. Creating Adaptive Organisations and Cultures. Sense and Respond Org Designer and Change Architect
LinkedIn profile

Topic: "Re-Purposing the Business:
Changeability, Adoptability and Capability"
Stephen Parry is an international leader and organisational architect, designing and creating adaptive organisations and cultures. He has a world-class reputation for passionate leadership and corporate transformation by changing the way employees, managers and leaders think about their business and their customers. He is the CEO of Lloyd Parry International, a consulting group creating Adaptive Organisations and Differentiation.
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John Sung Kim (USA)
CEO JetBridge
LinkedIn profile

Topic: "Raising Money The First Time - It's About What You Don't Say."

John Sung Kim is a tech entrepreneur from San Francisco and is the founder of Five9 (valued at over $1.3 Billion on NASDAQ) and DoctorBase (which he sold to Kareo). He currently splits his time between the USA and the CIS region.
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Tamara Kulinkovich (Belarus)
Co-founder of "Sorokin & Kulinkovich studio" and "Skitapi"
LinkedIn profile

Topic: " The Abysses on the B2B way:
what we unterstood, when developing and selling SAAS product. "

Tamara specialized in business research and psychology of needs and started her 10 year experience in product management and sales since organized an HR- and marketing-solution-providing company. After some years company started automation projects in HR and Sales and opened schools for digital HR, business research and sales. In all these units, Tamara is responsible for product development and sales.
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Sïmon Saneback (Sweden)
Co-founder Wellstreet
LinkedIn profile

Topic: "The Ever-Changing Landscape of Disruptive Technologies"
Sïmon is an award-winning geek with substantial experience in the online industry in general and the e-commerce domain in particular.

He founded his first startup at 16 years of age and has since started over dozens of different companies. Since the late nineties, being in an entrepreneurial environment and developing successful businesses he has been two of his greatest passions. Read more
David Braun (Ukraine)
CEO TemaplateMonster

Topic: "Working on galley doesn't help to build great products. Hiring secrets of product companies."
David is a well-known public activist and serial IT entrepreneur. In May 2002 together with his mates, he co-founded the TemplateMonster company.
The business is run by a 35 year old CEO – David Braun – who has built a team of 427 people, and through everybody's combined efforts reached $15M in revenue.

He is the happy father of 3 children, a drummer and passionate social activist in the development of the local small businesses. Read more
Kristina Pototska (Ukraine)
Growth Product Manager, RetargetApp

Topic: "How to gain 10K paying users for your product without any marketing budgets"
Kristina is a Product Manager at RetargetApp, Facebook Ad intelligence for Shopify. She is great when it comes to retargeting and remarketing tips.
During pasted 4 years, as a growth product manager she successfully launched more than 100 product features for eCommerce websites.

She's also the voice of RetargetApp.
Kristina performed as a speaker at 100+ events in USA,
Europe & Asia. Read more
Allan Grant (California)
Co-Founder of Hired and Talkable. Hacker/Entrepreneur
LinkedIn profile

Topic: "From fail to launch: path to product"
Allan Grant has been passionate about software development since writing his first game at age 7. Between ages 13 and 18, Allan earned his 10,000 hours coding online games (in C) with thousands of players.

In college, Allan founded a web development company, Webmasters International, and bootstrapped it to profitability with 50+ employees. Most recently, Allan co-founded Talkable, the leading social referral platform for ecommerce companies. Read more
Alex Wellman (Estonia)
Head of Marketing at the Republic of Estonia, e-Residency

Topic: "The future of nation states and digital governance"

Workshop: "E-Residency in Estonia: How to establish an
EU company and access EU business banking from anywhere"
Alex Wellman currently serves as head of marketing for The Republic of Estonia's e-Residency programme where he manages the digital marketing efforts for the programme across the globe. Estonia was the first country to launch e-Residency, a government-issued digital ID card available to anyone in the world interested in running a global EU business. Read more
Alexander Sambuk (New Jersey)
Ex-Global Operations Director / Ex-COO at Luxoft (USA)

Topic: "Scaling your business: Insights from inside"
Global Technology & Operations Executive experienced at leading global technology services, application development, and cybersecurity companies.

Proven Team Builder & Team Leader who is able to create transparency, foster buy-in, and effectively engage technicians and Board members in new business and technology initiatives. Read more
Solomon Amar (Israel)
Founder & CEO of AllStars-IT Group

Topic: "How to build a network that sells ICT to Giants As Intel, Motorola, SAP and others"
Solomon has more than 19 Years of leadership experience in Software Product Development and Product Market Launch. For the last 13 years Leading and managing the International IT Services Group- "AllStars-IT" and its Ukrainian subsidiary.

AllStars IT Ukraine is a leading international IT offshore staffing services company Located in Kiev, providing services to HighTech, Banking and Telecom sectors mainly in the US, UK, Germany and Israel. Read more
Vache Davtian (Ukraine)
Businessman, the keeper of happiness (Chief Happiness Officer) and the leader of the companies «Promkabel Electrica», «Pan Electro»
LinkedIn profile

Topic: "How to create dream. Motivators & demotovators of Y & Z generation"
Vache Davtian - the businessman with 26 years' experience, the keeper of happiness (Chief Happiness Officer) and the leader of the companies «Promkabel Electrica», «Pan Electro», the founder and the business coach of Leadership development School «LeaderWay».

Personal mission: "Ukraine - the successful country of happy people". Read more
Katya Vasilenko (Ukraine)
CEO of 42DM
LinkedIn profile

Topic: "Blockchain and ICO Marketing: 3 key pillars to success"
Growth-hacker with 16+ YOE in advertising and digital marketing in the US, Europe and Southeastern Asia. In 2015 Kate created a digital marketing agency 42DM for tech companies and established startups. 42DM works primarily with B2B companies, providing the following services. Read more
Valery Krasovsky (Ukraine)
CEO/Co-Founder at Sigma Software
LinkedIn profile

Topic: "Managing quick growth of IT consulting company is like sailing."
Being the co-founder of Sigma Software, Valery Krasovsky headed the company since its inception, first as a Chief Operating Office, and then as Chief Executive Officer. Under Valery`s leadership the company has grown from a small business with few clients in Europe to a premier software provider offering superior quality IT services for such companies like Volvo, AT&T, SAS, Fortum, Formpipe, Scania, and other world-known brands. Read more
Dmitry Khomenko (Ukraine)
COO inCust - Ukraine

Topic: "From startup to business"

He has experience in launches in the areas of construction, business consulting, advertising, marketing, mobile application development, CRM and ERP systems. And even in art. Created consulting products for diagnostics and management of business processes.
Organized the first Ukrainian social art project named "Incarnate the mission. Art and business", which united the best young Ukrainian artists and the elite of Ukrainian business in various areas (OLX, Nova Poshta, Delloitte, EVO.Company, Biosphere and others). Read more
Anna Boiko (Ukraine)
Account Manager at Sigma Software Head Of Development at DanAds

Topic: "Reaching A New Level of client relationship. From a just another outsourcing team to a trusted strategic tech advisor"
Anna has more than 10 years experience in the IT Sphere, specializing in account management, product management, business development, project management and IT operations management.
Anna started her career as a Project Manager Read more
Fred Williams (Ch.Republic)
Founder, Williams Technical

opic: "From Services to Solutions"
Fred is a specialist in the implementation of Agile in large companies. He deals with three topics: collection of requirements, documentation and sabotage of projects. He worked in such European IT companies as Zoom Technical, IDC, Kit Digital, Sitronics Telecoms Solutions. Read more
Anton Sytnyk (Ukraine)
Senior Engineering Manager at Innovecs

opic: Project management in "What? Where? When?" style. The equation with all unknowns
10+ years of experience as a project manager and SCRUM Master and 7 years of experience as a programmer.
Anton has completed more than 50 IT projects in different technologies. Read more
Denys Ryzhykh (Ukraine)
Agile Coach/PM at Luxoft Ukraine

Topic: "How to check whether your culture is a pitfall of your way to your product?"

Denis is loving to work with people, improving their working environment and processes.
Propelling teams' performance. Making them do its best with satisfaction and avoiding burn-out. Read more
Ruslan Nazarenko (Ukraine)
Mentor at Google Launchpad

Interviewed with Allan Grant
opic: "From fail to launch: path to product"
8 years in marketing. He had his first product when he was 16 and sold it in his 18. He helped to launch more than 40 products for the last 2 years. Read more
Sergey Karpenko (Ukraine)
Project Manager at Softserve
Tutor in PM school of LITS
FB page

Topic: "Service in a hyper speed!"
For 12 years in IT area in different roles and functions, Sergiy created his own unique style and dynamic approach in process of teamwork building. Always searching for opportunities to make innovations and optimizations, he has never stopped his own development process. Read more
Timofey Yevgrashyn (Germany)
Director of Solutions Delivery, Dinarys GmbH (Germany)
Agile Coach and Trainer, AgileLAB.org

Topic: "Why IT Evolution Ain't as Good it Used to Be. A view from the outside"
An experienced Agile thinker with project management, consulting, coaching and training expertise.
His personal experience in IT industry is since 1997, from which more than 12 years he had been managing effective software teams with Agile methods. Read more
Slava Pankratov (Ukraine)
Managing Partner at School of Managers "Stratoplan", Business Trainer

Topic: Selling content: Sales scenario («timeless classic»).
Passed the way from QA engineer to CTO at "Yandex.Ukraine" and Director of Training Center "Luxoft. Ukraine"
In 2010 he cofounded School of Managers "Stratoplan" together with Alexander Orlov.
The key business expertise - marketing and sales of educational products and services. Read more
Elena Sosyedka
Co-founder of Concord Bank and Charity Exchange "DobroDiy"

Graduated from Moscow Humanitarian University by qualification "Economist of banking activities - financier", Dnipropetrovsk University of Economics and Law with a degree in International Economics, Kyiv Mohyla Business School with a PMBA Diploma.
She is raising six children. Read more
Yevgen Tsvetukhin
Product Manager at Railsware LLC

Topic: "Data Blending for critical business decisions"

After transition from EPAM in 2008 Yevgen joined Railsware team. Along with many successful projects developed for customers such as Montessori Compass and Interstellar he is now developing product strategy in the company via Mailtrap product in particular. Read more
Vladimir Sytnikov (Ukraine)
General Manager stopad.io
LinkedIn profile

Topic: "From startup to business"
Vladimir is General Manager at Novnify, a member of ZEO Alliance company. Before starting a career in software product management, Vladimir had succeeded in consumer electronics marketing and sales. He graduated from ZEO University Product school, spent a few years working in product management and marketing, and eventually came with an idea of StopAd - an ad-blocking solution to address the problem of excessive and annoying online advertising. Read more
Natali Renska (Ukraine)
Program Manager at Luxoft
LinkedIn profile

Topic: "Idea: From support to development. From sql requests to Prod"
Have more than 13 years of experience in software development industry with strong specialization in delivery and people management.
Strong hands-on experience in project , program and portfolio management using different methodologies/ approaches.
Deep knowledge in programming and data base development concepts. Read more
Viacheslav Rudnytskyi (Ukraine)
Chief Learning Experience Officer,Savvy
LinkedIn profile

Topic: "Delivering ideas to your product owners & customers"
Viacheslav Rudnytskyi is an education expert from Ukraine with 8 years experience of training IT professionals, startup founders and technical geeks willing to launch their products on global markets.
The author of courses on IT emailing, negotiations, cross-cultural communication and public speaking. Cambridge CELTA instructor, a trainer at IDEA (International Debate Educational Association). Read more
Vitaliy Kulikov (USA)
Staff Software Engineer at Pinterest

Topic: "Embedding-Based Search and Recommendations"
Vitaliy is three times an MIT graduate, an ex-Microsoftie, and twice
an ex-Googler.

Working experience:
2004-2005 - Software Engineer (Microsoft)

2005-2006 - Software Engineer (Google)Data Mining and Analysis

Provided Google leadership with data to make strategically-important decisions, including acquisition of YouTube in 2006.
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Enrique López Mañas (Germany)
Freelance Software Engineer & Mentor (Munich Area, Germany)
Part of the Google Expert Crew since 2014
LinkedIn profile

Topic: "TensorFlow for Mobile Heroes"
Enrique has been developing for Android since 2008. He has also experience with iOS and Windows Phone on the client side, and J2EE, NodeJS and Python on the server side. He enjoys applying Firebase in projects. Computer Vision and ML aficionado.
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Denis Yarats (California)
Research Engineer at Facebook AI Research
LinkedIn profile

Topic: "Neural Machine Translation with using convolutional neural networks. Facebook case."
Denis is a Research Engineer at Facebook AI Research. His research interest is to develop intelligent agents that can communicate with people and perform useful tasks, with the ultimate goal to liberate people from the burden of mundane routines. In particular, he's focusing on advancing fields of Natural Language Processing and Reinforcement Learning.
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Sergey Baidachnyi (Canada)
Principal developer evangelist at Microsoft Canada

Topic (Mobile & IoT stream):
"Developing IoT solution from scratch"

Topic (AI & Data Science):
"Azure Machine Learning for Data Scientists"
Currently residing in Canada, Sergii is participating in many pilot projects with partners around IoT, Machine Learning and Big Data.
Sergii was introduced to the Microsoft platform for developers circa 2001, and since that time, he has actively participated in a number of .NET projects, developing, managing, and architecting financial, medical, and multimedia applications. Read more
Aleksandr Gritsevski (Estonia)
System Quality & Risk Manager at Kuehne + Nagel
LinkedIn profile
FB page

Topic: "Managing quality and risks within the development of IT Systems"
20+ years of extensive experience in software development as Team Leader, Scram master, Automation Manager, Software Engineer, Comprehensive knowledge of software design and implementations Skills in the some program languages, tools and technologies.
15+ years experience in the design and implementation of web-based applications.
15+ years experience in the company management.
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Andrejs Kalnacs (Latvia)
Lead Software Developer in Test Evolution Gaming
LinkedIn profile

Topic: "From numbers to graphics: visualisation as a tool for better understanding of testing"

Andrejs has 10 years of industry experience in software testing in different business
domains - gaming, mobile telecommunications, biometrics, banking & retail. Currently Andrejs works as Lead Software Developer in Test at Evolution Gaming, skyrocketing web app testing to new level – implementing not only functional testing solutions, but also non-functional - as performance and load time tests.
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Irina Vidal Migallón (Germany)
Computer Vision & Deep Learning Engineer at Siemens

Topic: "When and how to migrate to a Deep Learning solution from a traditional ML approach"
Irina has a MEng in Electrical Engineering and a MSc in Biomedical Engineering and very soon took a liking to visual problems in Machine Learning and AI: whether it be object detection, segmentation or video retrieval. This has led her to work as a Computer Vision engineer in different industries: from optical biopsy systems at France's INRIA to surgical planning tools and Augmented Reality applications in the Berlin start-up scene.
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Claudiu Draghia (Romania)
Quality Manager at Capgemini Consulting (Romania)
LinkedIn profile

Topic: "Misconceptions of Software Testing"
Author of well known Testing challenges. Claudiu worked in different companies, in in-house projects, as outsourced, within proof of concept projects, with different technologies and different business areas. Since 2012 Claudiu got involved in local testing community and started to work on his own on testing related projects.
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Diana Pinchuk (Ukraine)
QA Engineer at GetSocial BV
LinkedIn profile
FB page

Topic: "Deep linking testing: keep calm and stay focused"
Diana is a curious QA engineer with 4+ years of experience in various fields (last 2 years focused on mobile testing). A huge fan of tech podcasts, co-organizer of GDG Lviv community and GDG DevFest Ukraine conference. ISTQB Advanced level certified.
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Oleksandr Gurbych (Ukraine)
Scientific Software Engineer & Mentor at Biolin Scientific R&D / Ciklum (Lviv, Ukraine)
LinkedIn profile

Topic: "Data Modelling of QCM-D sensor"
Oleksandr is Oracle Certified Professional, patent owner and PhD candidate in the field of Computational Chemistry. He was engaged in the development of algorithms and enterprise solutions in the USA. Now he is doing Big Data analysis for Scandinavian Biotech industry. Also Oleksandr is Java and Machine Learning mentor at LITS.
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Dmitriy Yefimenko (Ukraine)
CTO at Portmone

Topic: "CD/CI, product and PCI"
Product and team manager, software architect, business and system analyst with more than 20 years of experience. Last 10 years specializes on sophisticated distributed fintech products, agile transformation and development processes. Active speaker of many conferences and events. Read more
Alex Vinogradov (USA)
Founder and CEO HeartIn, CFC (CallsFreeCalls), ixc.ua

Topic: Challenges & Opportunities in Digital Health & Wearables using AI and mobile technologies.
Oleksii Vynogradov Founder and CEO of 3 product companies as:
1. HeartIn, Inc., which creates a unique smart t-shirt with built-in sensors that brings wellness solutions and cardio-diagnostic to the mass market. The product has user-friendly comfortable design and costs just $160. On the wearable market now dominate devices with very low accuracy measurement HR/HRV and no solutions for mass preventive diagnostic. Those problems a team of HeartIn likes to solve. Read more
Cynthia Lee (USA)
Lecturer at Stanford University (USA)

Topic: "Essential Big-O for the DevOps engineer: quantifying scalability of software systems?"

Workshop: "Getting started in Machine Learning: a guide to tricks & tools"

Cynthia Lee is a Lecturer in the Computer Science Department at Stanford. She has a PhD in high-performance computing from UC San Diego and also taught there before moving to Stanford. Her industry work experience includes NASA Ames and startups.Read more
Ivan Pashko (Ukraine)
Scrum Master/PM at Intellias

Topic: "Same but different: A story of delivering multi-brand product"
Typical software engineer. Along the almost 10 years career in IT, was working as QA, support, security, automation, development engineer and team leader. Daily duties were to design strategies, develop automation processes, maintain gaps, work closely with the clients and cross-functional departments to succeed in product delivery. Speaker on various Ukrainian conferences. Read more
Alex Shevchenko (Ukraine)
Head of Exonum
Ph.D. in Physics and Mathematics

Topic: "Technical approach how to integrate Blockchain technology into business and government sectors."
Seasoned professional in IT industry with 10 years' experience, Alex started his career in High Performance Computing dealing with complex computational problems on hybrid architectures. Read more
Alexander Serbul (Russia)
Head of Integration and Deployment QC dept. at Bitrix

Topic: "The way to effectively use machine learning and neural networks for everyday tasks in e-commerce, helpdesk and chatbots"
Starting from 2011, Alexander Serbul supervises integration and deployment quality control department at Bitrix24. - actively participating as both the software architect and expert developer in the company's projects related to artificial intelligence, neural networks, high-load and fault tolerant solutions. Read more
Semen Frish (Ukraine)
VR Engineer at SoftServe

Topic: "We ARe @ Exciting Times?"
He is developed his first game for ZX Spectrum console when he was 12 years old. I'm one of the first Ukrainian flash developers, keynote speaker and host of UAFPUG, speaker on FlashGAMM, Lviv GameDev, GameMixer and De:coded conferences, contributor to Gamasutra. Read more
Andrey Bereznikov (Ukraine)
Cloud pre-sales engineer De Novo
Topic: "What is available for Ukrainian developers in IaaS?"
Over 10-years' IT experience, with 5 years committed to developing and implementing cloud services in the Ukrainian market. Read more
Anton Velychko (Ukraine)
CTO has 16+ of custom software development and system architecture. Co-owner of IT-startup company Yaskravo

Topic: "Mobile application with Augmented Reality technology. Analysis of local and cloud solutions"

Anton is an Expert in Project Management, has a solid experience in Operation Management in outsourcing and complex projects in multy-cultural environment. Read more
Petr Korenev (Ukraine)
Team Lead at Sigma Software (Ukraine)
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Topic: "Mobile products security in 2018"
Petro Korienev is a Team Lead at Sigma Software, has been developing mobile applications for iOS / macOS for more than 6 years with the main focus on Enterprise and business applications. Read more
Denis Dovgopoliy (Ukraine)
Founder GrowthUP Coliving

Interviewed with Alex Vinogradov
"Challenges & Opportunities in Digital Health & Wearables using AI and mobile technologies"
Stakeholder and Managing Partner of GrowthUp Group. Cofounder of the first Ularainian business accelerator GrowthUp. Of the the leaders of Ukrainian venture and entrepreneurship community. Board Member and Observatory Board members of several startups. Read more
Artem Grygorenko (Ukraine)
QA Leader in Apriorit company

He has been engaged to software testing since 2012. He has an experience in testing projects of various types: starting with websites and up to testing of low-level solutions and complex client-server applications. Read more
Anton Tokar (Ukraine)
Director Of Business Development at Reactor

He is in IT (blockchain, AI/ML/VR/AR) BusDev with previous experience in security analysis, and in the management of Ukrainian Association of Artificial Intelligence. Read more
Tatiana Akhremenko (Ukraine)
Branch & Delivery Manager at XtendX (Ukraine)

Tatiana's path in "IT" - It is a "search yourself" (how I can help…what I can do …. what I like the most….). QA background (5 years) became an essential part of her - Quality in everything! Team Lead & PM background opened key aspects - Communication & Support which can do the same "magic" as thousands lines of code behind the Product interface! Read more