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Cloudera Sessions 2016
Brisbane | December 1

Pullman Hotel
Corner Ann and Roma Streets
Brisbane City QLD 4000


  • Amy O'Connor

    Big Data Evangelist, Cloudera

    Amy O’Connor leads Cloudera's team of vertical industry experts, principal architects and business value consultants. She advises customers globally as they introduce Big Data solutions and adopt enterprise-wide Big Data delivery capabilities. Amy was recently named by Information Management as one of the “10 Big Data Experts to Know”. Prior to joining Cloudera, Amy built and ran Nokia’s Big Data team, developing and managing Nokia’s data asset and leading a team of data scientists to drive insights. Previously Amy was vice president of services marketing and also led strategy for the software and storage business units of Sun Microsystems. Amy has an extensive background in the Hadoop ecosystem, in building big data skills and teams, and in developing business-focused analytical use cases. She holds her M.B.A. from Northeastern University and her bachelor degrees in computer science and electrical engineering from the University of Connecticut.

  • Prashant Raju

    Senior Manager, Electronic Arts

    Prashant Raju currently manages a big data platform and team of data engineers and scientists at Electronic Arts mobile game studio Firemonkeys based out of Melbourne, Australia. In his role his team supports freemium titles The Sims FreePlay, Real Racing 3 and Need for Speed No Limits. The team use Cloudera’s distribution to further understand player behaviours and motivations and help improve player engagement and monetisation. Along with a Bachelors of Statistical Science and Mathematics from La Trobe University, he has over 10 years experience working in the data and analytics space in sports science, advertising, healthcare and most recently video games. He is also a science fiction addict, a coffee connoisseur and an unsuccessful but always optimistic gardener.

  • Mahdi Askari

    Cloudera Systems Engineer

    Mahdi joins us from Xchanging, now a CSC company, where he spent the last 10 years working in various roles across various countries. In-fact, over the last decade Mahdi has called Singapore, Malaysia, London and Melbourne home! During his tenure at Xchanging, Mahdi has had substantial hands on development experience with enterprise software, working across industry verticals including Telco, Insurance and Procurement. Most recently, Mahdi was the lead architect and played an integral role in the big data project rollout for the first 4G provider in KL, Malaysia. Mahdi has worked on few integral projects in London,UK for London Insurance Market which covers initiatives like, fraud detection, reserve optimization in insurance industry. Mahdi holds Bachelor of Software Engineering

  • Shyam Sundar Srinivasan

    Country Manager, ANZ Cloudera

  • David Levy

    Cloudera Systems Engineer

    David has worked with multiple Federal agencies and departments since 2005 as a technical specialist helping to drive solutions to successful outcomes. Solutions oriented and pragmatic, David emphasises long term success and looks to build foundation capabilities to enable this as an outcome. Amongst other capabilities, David has worked on cyber security, batch processing, geospatial and genomics systems which is now combined with his extensive Big Data knowledge. David holds a Bachelor of InformationTechnology from Australia National University.

  • Andrew Ridley

    Industry Development Manager, Intel Corporation

    Andrew Ridley is the Australian and New Zealand Financial Services Industry Development Manager for Intel Corporation. Andrew’s role is to assist the growth of the Australian Financial Services Industry and ensure that FSI organisations achieve value from their investment in Intel technologies. Andrew works across the entire Intel product portfolio, spanning critical infrastructure to client devices, through to ultra-mobile and embedded technologies. Andrew joined Intel in 2011. He is a technically oriented sales and marketing professional and has experience across a wide array of technology roles; from network engineering to marketing and product management. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Melbourne.

  • Jeffrey Wiggins

    Advisory Systems Engineer, Dell EMC

    Jeff Wiggins is the System Engineering Manager for DellEMC’s Emerging Technology Team (ETT) in Australia and New Zealand. With over 20 years of experience in the technology industry and 13 years of storage technology experience, Jeff is expert at working with ANZ customers and strategic partners to define, architect, evangelise and deliver next generation file and object solutions leveraging the DellEMC portfolio as well as key technologies from ISV software and solution providers. In addition to focusing on Media and Entertainment workflows in OTT and IPTV delivery, Jeff’s current solution focus areas include Hadoop and the associated Apache ecosystem, Splunk and Enterprise Data Lake solutions.

  • Matt Furse

    Digital Transformation, Microsoft

    Matt Furse is a Digital Transformation Specialist, focused on the Internet of Things, working in the Australia & New Zealand markets for Microsoft. Matt is responsible for working with a range of Commercial Business, Government and Education customers to develop new thinking and strategies around Digital Transformation and ultimately building out how advancing cloud technologies can function as an accelerants to their business change and disruptors in their markets. Matt joins the team from the Australian subsidiary with an experienced background across Microsoft’s Datacenter, Azure and Windows Device domains. Prior to moving to Australia in 2010, Matt spent 4-years working in the Microsoft UK subsidiary as a Global Technology Advisor to the retailer, Tesco, and prior to that spent 2-years in IBM eBusiness Hosting. Matt has over 10-years of direct sales experience working with senior-level line-of-business BDMs as well as senior-level technical contacts delivering on solution-oriented sales motions.