Building the future

They are the movers and shakers, the innovators and leaders who are building the future today. Meet the forerunners of this space of digital transformation.

Ana Sanches

Ana Sanches

Ana Sanches is currently leading People Programs at OutSystems. As a woman in Tech, she helps deliver an awesome employee experience by triggering change and driving people's engagement to achieve the best business results. She picks Behavioral Design and Happiness at Work as two exciting topics of her current practice as a professional.

Arnaud Laroche

Arnaud Laroche

EY Partner, he's responsible for AI and Web Analytics in Europe, Middle East, India and Africa, role he embraced after having founded Bluestone Consulting in 1998, a company dedicated to Data Science subsequently acquired by EY. Arnaud Laroche has 24-year experience and has the goal to accelerate the development of AI and Data Science products, solutions and initiatives. An ambition that aims to strengthen EY's position as an AI world expert.

Daniel Martins

Daniel Martins

I am currently working as Solution Architect (IT expert and evangelist) at OutSystems and working closely with the sales team in the creation of proposals that present compelling technical solutions that adjust to the customers' needs and requirements.

Before joining OutSystems, I have been working for 10 years as IT consultant, responsible for the development and delivery of several IT projects.

Giuseppe Perrone

Giuseppe Perrone

Giuseppe is the Head of the Blockchain Center of Excellence for the Mediterranean Region of EY (Italy, Spain and Portugal). He graduated in Management Engineering and has been working in EY since 2009 with experience on strategy and management consulting, in the field of technological innovation and improvement and optimization programs, mainly in the Public & Government, Consumer & Retail products, Banking, Logistics, Healthcare, Transportation and Automotive sectors.

Jim Stolze

Jim Stolze

Jim Stolze is an European thought leader on digital transformation and entrepreneurship. After founding several companies he is now the Chief Strategy Officer of Singularity University in the Netherlands.

Laurent Stefani

Laurent Stefani

Laurent Stefani is Managing Director of Cognitive Services at Accenture Technology, where he covers many areas including Natural Language Processing and Understanding, Machine Learning and Deep Learning, Virtual Agents, and Computer Vision.
Graduated from Ecole Polytechnique, Telecom ParisTech and Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Laurent Stefani has 15+ years of experience in France and the United States in the field of Artificial Intelligence applied to the Healthcare Industry. He holds 5 patents.

Matteo Colombo

Matteo Colombo

KPMG Lighthouse Executive, he is responsible for the Data & Analytics Advisory Services in the United States and also leads the relationship with Microsoft Data & Analytics globally. What drives the 20-year career dedicated to Data & Analytics is the possibility to develop innovative solutions based in Data Science and A.I., accelerating Digital Transformation of various global organizations. He's bringing the event the subject “The AI Driven Enterprise: How Artificial Intelligent becomes mainstream in the Enterprise”.

Pedro Afonso

Pedro Afonso

Pedro Afonso is Axians Portugal CEO - from the VINCI Energies group specialized in developing TIC solutions and services, in the era of the digital revolution and energetic transition. With a 20-year history in the Information and Communications Technologies, Pedro Afonso is a regular speaker at important conferences and brings a unique vision on Leadership, People and Technology to the stage. Heading relevance, he will speak about internal contradictions, change curves and moral intelligence.

Philip Oberacker

Philip Oberacker

Dr. Philip Oberacker’s professional expertise in Data Science makes him a person with a strong algorithmic background which he uses everyday at KPMG Lighthouse where he enjoy working in a versatile and inspiring environment of specialists from various fields.

Rui Costa

Rui Costa

Rui Costa is the Technical Director of Identity and Security at Armis Group, with more than 13y of experience addressing critical business issues, helping clients following the world’s latest trends and best practices regarding Identity Management and Security. He leads this area of ​​activity at Armis Group,  developing implementation projects and consultancy in several countries in Europe, Africa and South America. His main concern and focus is to ensure the best relationship between the user experience and the adoption of the best security practices, while using the different daily work tools.

Rui Romano

Rui Romano

Rui Romano is the Business Intelligence Manager at DevScope, Microsoft Data Platform MVP and a reference on the Microsoft BI World. He is passionate about data and a frequent speaker on Microsoft events.

Tiago Costa

Tiago Costa

Tiago Costa is a Cloud Architect and Advisor for the Microsoft Cloud. He architects and develop solutions using Microsoft technologies like: Microsoft Azure, Office 365, SharePoint, .Net and SQL Server. Working has an Independent Contract he regularly delivers consulting services and classes around the world on Microsoft Azure.

With 40 Microsoft certifications he is also a Microsoft Azure MVP, Microsoft Certified Trainer and MCT Regional Lead.

Vítor Pereira

Vítor Pereira

Vítor Pereira doesn’t have the typical background of an IT Professional. About to enter his last year in Law school, the passion for Web Design took him from analyzing the Constitution to be the Tech Leader in the Digital Media Bureau at Universidade Lusíada. Soon he realized of the need to upgrade his programming skills having graduated in Multimedia Engineering by ISTEC, followed by a new position as Programmer Analyst for Gfi Portugal where he would come to perform multiple roles in the following 10 years: from Project Management, Pre-Sales Coordination, Microsoft Partnership Management and, later Account Management. In the last year he accepted a new challenge as the Director for the company’s FabLab in Lisbon. Given his passion for interface design and Human-Machine interaction he still considers a privilege to work in the space where design and technology meet.

Anand Vengurlekar

Anand Vengurlekar

Today, Anand is an innovation process consultant working on global brands based in Dubai.

His most recent projects have focused on combining emerging technologies with unique consumer experiences. This has included medical device companies, enterprise software providers, cryptocurrencies, bots, smart city initiatives and Islamic finance. He is also travels to GCC (including KSA) and other countries regularly to give keynotes and run workshops on innovation.

Recently, he was Chief Communications Officer at INSEAD Business School, at which he conceived and led the team to refresh the global brand identity. This included using design thinking on critical elements of the consumer journey leading to a boost on social media recognition from 15k to over 1M.

Because of his experience in innovation & branding, He regularly teaches the process to corporate teams and at global business schools such as in INSEAD, EHL and others.

Beatriz Oliveira

Beatriz Oliveira

An entrepreneur, speaker, and visionary in the web design industry, Beatriz Oliveira is the founder and CEO of BindTuning, one of the leading platforms for building modern workplaces for Microsoft Office 365 and SharePoint.  Actively involved in STEM education for youth and an ardent supporter of women in technology, she is a Microsoft MVP and MCP.

Filomena Cautela

Filomena Cautela

Event Hostess

Filomena Cautela, 34 years old, is one of the most known portuguese actress and TV host. Her career started back in 2001 and hasn’t stopped since, making the difference with every project.

In 2018 the definite highlight was when she was “Festival Eurovisão da Canção” host. Currently, Filomena Cautela is “Cinco Para A Meia-Noite”, RTP1 talk-show TV Host.

Helena Vieira

Helena Vieira

Helena Vieira has been an entrepreneur for the past 16 years. She has founded a few start-ups and was co-founder and CEO (2005-2013) of BIOALVO SA, a Portuguese natural resources biotech company. Currently, Helena is the Executive Director of BLUEBIO ALLIANCE, the Portuguese network for the marine bioresources sector. She is also a Full Associated Invited Professor of FCUL, responsible for all teaching of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology Transfer. She is a PI at BioISI centre, responsible for the blue biotechnology unit at M&B lab. She is an expert for marine biotech at the UN DAOLOS, Pool of Experts, BBI-JU SC, European Marine Board and at the International Advisory Board of ERA NET MARINE BIOTECH. Helena has been an invited mentor for several national and international mentoring programs.

Jorge Palma

Jorge Palma

Jorge is the Technical Lead for Azure Cloud Native Development and DevOps, with his team they help customers accelerate their transformation journey by unlocking the full potential of the cloud. Since 2012, he has implemented and architected solutions in Azure, in different roles from Services, Tech Evangelism to Sales.

Manuel Dias

Manuel Dias

With over 20 years’ experience in technology, Manuel Dias started his career at EFACEC leading a R&D team developing real-time systems. Nowadays is an AI Ambassador at Microsoft Portugal, and in 2018, co-funded the new Data Science Portuguese Association, in which he is now Vice-president.

Paula Panarra

Paula Panarra

Paula Panarra has been working at Microsoft for eight years. She started as the Marketing Lead, having responsibility on business market, consumer and digital. After three years as Marketing Lead she then followed as head of Marketing & Operations, having in her hands all operational activity, business development as well as the marketing investments. After that, she took the role of Public-Sector Lead, driving Digital Transformation in government entities and public administration. Paula Panarra has a degree in Chemistry Engineering at Instituto Superior Técnico and has more than 20 years of experience as a business leader. Before joining Microsoft, Paula Panarra worked for more than 15 years for multinational Procter & Gamble. She was responsible – first – for financial management, then she was Head of Operational Communication and Marketing. She is, since December 2016, the General Manager for Microsoft Portugal supporting customers with Microsoft mission to “empower every person and organization in the world to achieve more”.

Pedro Pereira

Pedro Pereira

In the academic field, he has invested in Microsoft systems certifications, running several versions of Windows Server, Exchange, Hyper-V, SCCM, VMM, Lync / Skype for Business, Azure, Office 365 and EM + S. His role as a trainer has always been present in his career, working in companies such as CompTA, New Base in migration projects and Microsoft in the area of Microsoft Support Engineer - Azure AD.

Rohit Bhargava

Rohit Bhargava

An innovation and marketing expert and the founder of the Non-Obvious Company. He spent 15 years as a marketing strategist for Ogilvy and Leo Burnett. Nowadays, Rohit teaches marketing and innovation in one of the world’s leading academic and research institutions - Georgetown University, in Washington, D.C..

Rui Nabeiro

Rui Nabeiro

Rui Miguel Nabeiro is Board Member at Grupo Nabeiro, one of the major private business groups in Portugal. It has over 30 companies spread across several business sectors, although coffee is its main activity. Operating in over 35 countries and with Direct Operations in 8 – Portugal, Spain, France, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Angola, Brazil and China – it has 3 500 collaborators and holds the greatest coffee roasting in the Iberian Peninsula.

After completing his degree in business management (at Universidade Católica Lisboa) he started his career in Madrid. In the last 10 years, as Board Member at Grupo Nabeiro, the creation of the Delta Q brand, the introduction of new categories in the portfolio of the Group and the expansion of the International area are worthy of note.

His mission is developing his people, brands and business, turning Delta Cafés into one of the top 10 coffee players worldwide. He is clearly committed to innovation and the search for new trends.

Sérgio Viana

Sérgio Viana

Sérgio Viana is someone focused on creating great experiences through the use of technology. Even when he was attending the degree in Computer Sciences at Instituto Superior Técnico, his main focus was on how to use technology to solve people’s problems. For more than 12 years he’s been working with customers, shaping their mobile and web initiatives and understanding how to design experiences on all channels used by people, every day - always powered by the Cloud.

Tiago Noronha

Tiago Noronha

With a master's degree in Computer Science, Tiago Noronha showed interest in technology since an early age. As a consultant in Unipartner, he works mostly with Microsoft Azure, currently developing solutions for clients in different industries using ChatBots, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence.

Arlindo Oliveira

Arlindo Oliveira

Arlindo Oliveira, is a professor at the computer science and engineering department of IST. Also, he is a past president of INESC-ID and the Portuguese Association for Artificial Intelligence, and a member of the IEEE and the Portuguese Academy of Engineering.

Celso Martinho

Celso Martinho

Optimistic, challenge oriented, Celso is a geek with entrepreneur spirit who likes technology and to think and design products. He was eventually thrown to  a management career that he also leaned to like. Founder of SAPO and currently CEO and founder of Bright Pixel, a startup incubator and investor. It's also the home of specialists with great experience with the use of technology and creativity in innovation environments, digital transformation and creating new projects. 

Gerd Leonhard

Gerd Leonhard

Gerd Leonhard focuses on near-future, ‘nowist’ observations and actionable foresights. He is considered a leading voice on a wide range of topics including digital transformation and the discovery of digitally-native business models.

Jean-François Gaudy

Jean-François Gaudy

Jean-François joined Gfi in 2010 and has successively been Director of Microsoft Practices, Mobility and then Innovation. Previously, he ran his own software publishing and services company, before joining Unilog/Logica to take charge of the creation of new products and collaborative practices. As Chief Innovation Officer, Jean-François implements Gfi's innovation strategy.

José Ferrari Careto

José Ferrari Careto

José Ferrari Careto has a degree in Economics From Nova School of Business and Economics in Lisbon. He is currently in charge of the new Digital Global Unit, running a Digital and IT transformation program for the EDP Group. Previously at EDP, he was responsible for the Corporate Marketing unit and a board member at the retail company EDP Comercial and EDP Soluções Comerciais. Most of his career was built on the Telecom sector in several companies (i.e. Optimus, Novis, Sonae Redes de Dados, Oni and Maxitel) and as a board member at the national regulator ANACOM. He was Vice-President of the APDC, the Portuguese Association for the Development of Communications, and began his career path at CTT - Correios de Portugal, the Portuguese national postal service.

Maria João Carioca

Maria João Carioca

Maria João was born in Lisbon, holds an MBA from INSEAD and an LCOR from Harvard Business School. Since march 2017 she is a Member of the Board of Directors and Member of the Executive Committee of Caixa Geral de Depósitos, S.A..

Paulo Fernandes

Paulo Fernandes

Paulo Fernandes is a Solution Architect at OutSystems, where he's currently responsible for supporting sales and pre-sales activities for the Mediterranean region. Passionate about technology and innovative solutions that can make a real impact in the world, Paulo has coordinated professional services and managed projects and multi-skilled teams in Mexico, Hong Kong, Dubai, and Switzerland. Paulo holds a master's degree in Information Systems and Communication Networks Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico.

Pedro Pinto

Pedro Pinto

Pedro Pinto Chief Technology Officer at InnoWave has more than 16 years of progressively responsible experience managing teams of Product Development and R&D.

Pedro is responsible for the company's innovation area, fostering innovative and entrepreneurial spirit of each of the consultant’s team challenging them, every day, to create solutions that improve and simplify the lives of its customers.

Recently, he has participated in several summits and conventions sharing the company's vision for the future of television.

Pedro Pinto holds a Science degree from Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro. He and his highly trained team develop innovative solutions that change lives through innovation.

Rosalia Bote

Rosalia Bote

Rosalía is part of Microsoft Strategic Pursuit team for SAP on Azure covering Western Europe. With more than 15 years of experience in IT Infrastructure Management and SAP Enterprise Technology Platforms, Rosalía has deep knowledge of SAP architectures, services and operations, as well as team and project management.

Rosalía aims to help SAP customers realize the full potential and benefits from Microsoft Azure platform. She focuses on the analysis of business drivers and requirements to translate them into robust, secure and supportable solutions for SAP landscapes.

Prior to Microsoft, Rosalía was working in the UK for a managed services provider, designing cloud and hybrid solutions for SAP clients. Previously she held positions both, in the SAP consultancy space and within end SAP customers.

Rui Quintino

Rui Quintino

Rui Quintino is Senior Architect & Data Researcher at DevScope and works with Microsoft data related technologies since 1998. Currently works on Data Research & Advanced Analytics team at DevScope, learning and evaluating Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence & data science frameworks and how they can fit & bring added value to DevScope products & SaaS solutions offerings.

Beyond data technologies, Rui also has professional experience in web, mobile & security and he likes to mix all of these to make the world a better place through the use of data.

Susan Silbey

Susan Silbey

Susan Silbey, the current Chair of the MIT Faculty is Professor of Sociology, Anthropology, and Behavioral and Policy Sciences at MIT. She won multiple award also has written many books and her work about governance, regulatory and audit processes was awarded.

Tim O'Brien

Tim O'Brien

General Manager, AI Programs, Tim leads Ethical AI Advocacy at Microsoft and is responsible for programs to drive and promote responsible development and use of technology, inclusive of public policy and the ethics of artificial intelligence.