STAREAST 2017 - Conference Speakers | TechWell

Conference Speakers

Appdiff, Inc.

Jason Arbon is the CEO of Appdiff, which is redefining how enterprises develop, test, and ship mobile apps with zero code and zero setup required. He was formerly the director of engineering and product at, where he led product strategy to deliver crowdsourced testing via more than...Read more


Concurrent Sessions

Shauna Ayers has been untangling the Gordian knots of IT systems for more than seventeen years, analyzing data systems and testing both software and data quality in the manufacturing, medical device, and healthcare industries. Shauna found her passion in developing creative solutions for the analysis and testing of sensitive and...Read more

Utopia Solutions

Founder and CTO of Utopia Solutions Lee Barnes is responsible for the firm's delivery of software quality solutions which include process improvement, performance management, test automation, and mobile quality. Lee has more than twenty years of experience in the software quality assurance and testing field. He has successfully implemented test...Read more

Richard Bender

Richard Bender has more than forty-five years experience in software with a primary focus on quality assurance and testing. He has consulted internationally to large and small corporations, government agencies, and the military. Richard’s work has included a wide variety of application classes and technology bases from embedded systems to...Read more


Michael Bolton is a consulting software tester and testing teacher who helps people solve testing problems that they didn’t realize they could solve. He is the co-author (with senior author James Bach) of Rapid Software Testing, a methodology and mindset for testing software expertly and credibly in uncertain conditions and...Read more


A VP of global delivery and solutions for tap|QA, Inc., Jennifer Bonine began her career in consulting, implementing large ERP solutions. Jennifer has held executive level positions leading development, quality assurance and testing, organizational development, and process improvement teams for Fortune 500 companies in several domains. In an engagement for...Read more

Concur Technologies

Gopal is a Performance Architect/Principal Engineer. His experience spans e-Commerce, Financial and various Technology industries. His responsibilities have included preparing sites for peak events, developing engineering frameworks and expanding performance engineering activities into the development cycle and production. He has presented at numerous industry events and been featured...Read more


Glenn Buckholz leads CI and deployment automation efforts at Coveros. Using his more than fifteen years of industry experience, Glenn brings success to his customers. Beginning his career as a consultant implementing automated test frameworks, he introduced the concept of change management to many, many projects. After moving on from...Read more


Hans Buwalda has been working with information technology since his high school years. In his career, Hans has gained experience as a developer, manager, and principal consultant for companies and organizations worldwide. He was a pioneer of the keyword approach to testing and automation, now widely used throughout the industry....Read more

PLATO Testing

Denis Carignan is a graduate of First Nations University of Canada and has devoted his career to working with First Nations and Indigenous communities and organizations in Saskatchewan and Atlantic Canada. Prior to joining PLATO Testing, Denis worked in various management positions with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada as well...Read more

Brandon Carlson
Lean TECHniques, Inc.

Brandon Carlson works for Lean TECHniques, Inc., an IT consultancy that helps organizations deliver high-value, high-quality products to market. Since starting his career in 1995, Brandon has held positions from development and architecture to management—and he’s still learning. Passionate about elevating the performance of IT as a whole, he has...Read more

Independent Consultant

Tom Chavez has more than twenty years of experience as a manager and product manager in the software development tools field. Today, he works in product management as a senior evangelist at SOASTA. Tom has worked across the Silicon Valley at companies including Apple, Sun, PalmSource, and Intuit...Read more

Lee Copeland
TechWell Corp.

With more than forty years of experience as an information systems professional at commercial and nonprofit organizations, Lee Copeland has held technical and managerial positions in applications development, software testing, and software process improvement. At TechWell, Lee has developed and taught numerous training courses on software development and testing issues,...Read more


Concurrent Sessions

Catherine Cruz Agosto found her software engineering experience at Baxter Healthcare and Boeing-subsidiary Insitu provided an excellent foundation for finding more effective and user-friendly approaches to complex technical problems. Catherine has developed more efficient and innovative data quality testing solutions at healthcare intermediary Availity, expanding their automated data quality testing...Read more

Madhumita Das
Great-West Financial: Empower Retirement

Women Who Test Sessions

Madhumita Das, who goes by Madhu, is very passionate about QA. She started her lifelong commitment to the software industry in 1995 as a software developer and moved to the QA arena in 1998. For over two decades now, she has worked in a variety of roles including developer, tester,...Read more

Travelers Insurance

Carl Delmolino is the director of quality assurance within the infrastructure technology division of Travelers Insurance. Before going off the rails to build an infrastructure testing practice, Carl spent more than twenty years in application software testing, leading BA, QA, and automated test teams in the personal and commercial areas...Read more

voke, Inc.

Co-founder and COO of industry analyst firm voke, Lisa Dronzek manages the business and brings practical, in-depth knowledge of the issues facing enterprise IT organizations and the line of business. Lisa leads research and data analysis efforts to provide compelling industry data. She identified the Agile Dilemma in 2012, and...Read more

Director of Product Strategy

Kevin Dunne is the VP of strategy and business development at QASymphony, ensuring their continued commitment to innovation and delivering tools to create better software. With a deep interest in emerging software development and testing trends, Kevin is dedicated to collaborating with thought leaders in this space. He comes to...Read more

Isabel Evans
Independent Consultant

Independent quality and testing consultant Isabel Evans has more than thirty years of IT experience in quality management and testing in the financial, communications, and software sectors. Her quality management work focuses on encouraging IT teams and customers to work together via flexible processes designed and tailored by the teams...Read more

Capgemini Sogeti Denmark A/S

Concurrent Sessions

Bettina Faldborg was a project manager before she ended up as a test consultant in the testing field almost by chance. With a passion for testing and quality, she may have entered testing by chance but quickly discovered that testing is the field for her. With Capgemini Sogeti Denmark since...Read more

Allstate Insurance

As an Enterprise Test and Release Manager in the Allstate Insurance strategy group, Sohail Farooqui provides strategic direction and thought leadership in the functional, regression, performance, and service architecture testing spaces across several mission critical and supporting applications while also serving on the core leadership team providing guidance in the...Read more

Conrad Fujimoto
Intellectica Systems Inc.

President and senior consultant of Intellectica Systems Inc., Conrad Fujimoto is an information technology professional with thirty-five years of experience in the education, government, financial, and utility sectors. An accomplished educator and author of several courses, Conrad delivers courses in software testing, relational database technology, data modeling, application programming, business...Read more

Bob Galen
Zenergy Technologies

An agile methodologist, practitioner, and coach, Bob Galen helps guide leaders and teams in their pragmatic adoption and organizational shift toward Scrum and other agile methods. Bob is often called “a Coach of Coaches” because of his deep and broad experience in the agile arena. He is director, agile practices...Read more

CA Technologies

Julie Gardiner is a pragmatic, practical, and people-driven leader, specializing in testing, agile, and quality. An enthusiastic and passionate speaker, her presentations worldwide come from real-world experiences in her more than twenty-five years in the industry. As product management director at CA Technologies, Julie is able to influence software quality...Read more

Sally Goble
Head of Quality
The Guardian

Sally Goble is head of quality at the Guardian, the world’s second most read online news platform in the world. For six years she has worked on the digital development team, witnessing many changes in the way online news is delivered to readers. Previously, Sally was a tech consultant in...Read more

Dorothy Graham
Software Test Consultant

In software testing for more than forty years, Dorothy Graham is coauthor of four books—Software Inspection, Software Test Automation, Foundations of Software Testing, and Experiences of Test Automation—and is currently working with Seretta Gamba on a test automation patterns wiki. A popular and entertaining speaker at conferences and seminars worldwide,...Read more

Fredrik Håård

Fredrik Håård is as slow-moving digital nomad, freelance developer, entrepreneur, and speaker. With experience ranging from doing scripted manual testing of sales systems to being tech lead at government institutions and setting up start-up development teams from scratch, his most cherished skill is making himself...Read more

Grand Software Testing

Jon Hagar is a systems software engineer and testing consultant, supporting software product integrity and verification and validation (V&V), with a specialization in mobile and embedded software system testing. For more than thirty years, Jon has worked in software testing and engineering projects. He authored Software Test Attacks to Break...Read more

Dawn Haynes
PerfTestPlus, Inc.

Dawn Haynes is CEO, testing coach, and consultant for PerfTestPlus, Inc. A highly regarded trainer of software testers, Dawn blends experience with a real-world view to provide testers with tools and techniques to help them generate new approaches to common and complex software testing problems. Passionate about improving the state...Read more

John Hazel

John Hazel leads a multi-site test and support team as part of the network management engineering professional services unit at Nokia. His team provides a full range of QA services—lab design and implementation, manual and automated functional and system verification, delivery, consulting, and training for a suite of custom web...Read more

Driven Forward

Glen Hellman is the founder of Driven Forward, an organization that helps companies with leadership development, team building, and strategic planning. Glen has more than thirty-four years of high tech sales, marketing, and executive management experience including years as a hired-gun turn-around CEO working for private equity investors. He’s founded...Read more

Evangelist for Parasoft

Arthur Hicken, Evangelist has been involved in automating various practices at Parasoft for over 20 years. He has worked on various projects involving the software development lifecycle, software security, complex web applications, and integration with legacy systems.Read more

Brian Hicks

Brian Hicks is a software engineer, development manager, and technical architect with over 15 years of hands-on experience designing and developing software using core Java, web services, and related technologies in both the commercial and public sectors. He is also a Certified ScrumMaster® and has experience implementing agile processes, leading...Read more

Paul Holland
Medidata Solutions, Inc.

With more than twenty years’ experience in software testing, Paul Holland is a senior director of test engineering at New York City-based Medidata Solutions, Inc. Previously, he spent two years as head of testing at a small consultancy, two years as the principal consultant/owner at Testing Thoughts, and seventeen years...Read more


A program director within IBM’s Cloud unit, James Hunter specializes in enabling software development, testing, delivery, and DevOps. A Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Chartered IT Professional, James has built a reputation for establishing a culture of trust among business, technology, and end users....Read more

Ganesh Iyer
Progress Software Development

Ganesh Iyer—QA architect, technology evangelist, researcher, professor, blogger, photographer, and dancer—is a QA architect with Progress Software Development. He is involved in several key QA initiatives including cloud test architecture, 24/7 test automation framework, web automation framework using Selenium and TypeScript, and a high-availability test framework with tests in long...Read more

Agile CxO

Leadership Summit Sessions

Rod Jardine is the founder and CEO of Agile CxO, Inc. that provides coaching, mentoring, and assessments for a company’s technology staff, development processes, business continuity plans, and technology architecture to improve time to market, decrease development costs, and increase development capability. Rod is a results-driven leader with more than...Read more

Riot Games, Inc.

A QA architect on League of Legends at Riot Games, Jane Jeffers has more than seven years in the games industry. Before moving into the MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena), she worked on multi-platform AAA RTS titles such as the Battle for Middle Earth II and Command & Conquer 3....Read more

Tania Katan
CEO of Creative Trespassing
Creative Trespassing

Tania Katan, CEO of Creative Trespassing, is an award-winning author, creative consultant and keynote speaker who believes in storytelling at all costs! She has been a featured speaker at Business of Software, Social Innovation Summit, Etsy, S.H.E. Summit, NPR, Comedy Central Stage, TEDx, and more. Her work has been written...Read more

Ultimate Software

Tariq King is the director of quality engineering at Ultimate Software. With more than fifteen years of experience in software testing research and practice, Tariq provides technical leadership, people leadership, strategic direction, and staff training in software quality and test engineering. He has previously held positions of test manager, test...Read more


James Koch, CTFL, is a solutions architect for Quilmont, an advanced automation firm, based in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Starting as a software test engineer with SiriusXM Satellite Radio, James worked on everything from their mobile application to regression testing on CE and OEM devices. That ignited his passion for...Read more


Concurrent Sessions

Jess Lancaster is the QA practice manager at TechSmith, the makers of Snagit, Camtasia, and other visual communication software applications. He coaches and equips testers with the skills to be quality champions on agile teams. With more than twenty years of information systems and...Read more

Sauce Labs

As Sauce Labs’ automation specialist, Leo Laskin is responsible for providing in-depth technical advice to customers about how to be successful with their automation and CI/CD efforts. With more than ten years of experience in quality assurance, Leo started with manual testing, moved into automation and leadership, and along the...Read more

Halogen Software

An automation enthusiast to the core, Chris Loder is an automation developer leading the automation framework team at Halogen Software in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Chris’ passion to automate has carried him through two decades of automation and automation framework development. He has worked with all the greats—Visual Test, WinRunner, Quick...Read more

 Prachi Maini

Prachi Maini is the quality assurance manager at Morningstar. With fourteen years of global quality assurance experience, Prachi has been involved with providing technical direction, automation vision, tool selection, resource planning, budgeting, forecasting, and hiring for leading insurance, financial, healthcare, and investment organizations with complex systems and multiple dependencies. An...Read more

Wilson Mar

Wilson Mar has been building and bringing enterprise applications to market on major platforms—from mobile to server clouds—as an architect, developer, performance tester, and manager. His website ( provides concise, in-depth advice on leading technologies. For the last 3 years, Wilson has been refining his training techniques on...Read more

Ellucian, Inc.

How do you answer when someone asks what you do for a living? Troy Marshall’s answer—“I don't make software, I make software better”—explains his career helping organizations build and scale programs to improve the quality, security, and performance of their software and systems. Troy is currently the director, application security...Read more

Alex Martins
CTO/Advisor – Continuous Quality
CA Technologies

Alex Martins is a practitioner with more than 18 years of experience in large-scale application design, development and testing. For the last 13 years Alex has been focused on software quality engineering and testing discipline. Going through all levels, from Tester to Practice Leader in various technology companies such as EDS,...Read more

Moser Consulting

John McConda is an experienced Software Quality Control/Assurance tester, technician, and manager. Experienced in multiple methods of software testing from rigorous validated system testing, to session-based exploratory testing, test automation, and performance. Teacher and speaker for software testing classes and conferences.

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Danny McKeown has more than thirty years of technical and management experience in information technology. With Paychex for thirteen years, Danny has spent the last seven years as the test automation architect. In this role, he is instrumental in implementing a secure integration of Perfecto Mobile’s solution with the Paychex...Read more

Infosys Limited

Ashish Mehta has more than fifteen years of global experience in software quality assurance and development. He has worked with clients to establish independent QA organizations, multi-stack test competencies, and mature testing practices in system test automation, middleware automation, data-warehouse, and end-to-end integrations. Ashish’s passion for new technology has helped...Read more

Jeroen Mengerink
Polteq Testing Services B.V.

Test consultant for the Netherlands-based Polteq Test Services B.V. Jeroen Mengerink has performed multiple TPI assessments worldwide. His technical skills allow him to team with developers in testing websites, APIs, and web services. Jeroen performs both functional testing and performance testing. In addition to his work for clients, he is...Read more

J.C. Penney

Safi Mohamed is a lead performance engineer for e-commerce omni-channel at J.C. Penney. He spent the past five years working with various online retailers to prepare their sites for peak holiday events. Safi’s experience spans various technologies and architectures, including cloud, agile-based performance testing, and APM tools. He develops testing frameworks...Read more

Joel Montvelisky

Joel Montvelisky is the chief solution architect and QA manager at PractiTest, where among other things he works with hundreds of organizations worldwide to improve their testing and most importantly their testing results. During the past twenty years he has been a tester, QA manager, and consultant/trainer for companies in...Read more


Chief technology officer and cofounder of LeanDog, Jeff “Cheezy” Morgan has been teaching classes and coaching teams on agile and lean techniques for twelve years. Most of his work has focused on the engineering practices used by developers and testers. For the past few years, he has experienced great success...Read more

Bayside Consultants

With operations experience in a variety of regulatory settings from public utilities to video games, Bill Moseley has been involved in projects that require compliance with payment processing, privacy, rate structures and consumer protection. After joining a global QA organization, Bill broadened his legal and regulatory compliance background with testing...Read more

Ramsey Solutions

Greg Paskal is a natural innovator, pioneering new approaches across the technology landscape. Greg enjoys mentoring others in highly sustainable, maintainable approaches to manual and automated testing. The author of Test Automation in the Real World and a variety of publications, Greg can be heard on the TestTalks podcast...Read more

Infosys Ltd.

Hitesh Patel is a group project manager at Infosys Ltd. and co-leads the Infrastructure quality assurance team with Carl. Hitesh has experience in various QA roles in his eighteen years in planning, executing, and delivering on-time, end-to-end testing solutions. He is passionate about quality and providing innovative QA solutions for...Read more

Jeffery Payne
Coveros, Inc.

Jeffery Payne is CEO and founder of Coveros, Inc., a software company that builds secure software applications using agile methods. Since its inception in 2008, Coveros has become a market leader in secure agile principles and recognized by Inc. magazine in 2012 as one of the fastest growing private companies...Read more

PQA Testing

A QA practitioner with PQA Testing, Jim Peers has more than sixteen years of experience in software development and testing in multiple industry verticals. After working in the scientific research realm for a number of years, Jim moved into software development, holding roles as tester, test architect, developer, team lead,...Read more

Dale Perry
Independent Consultant

Dale Perry, an independent consultant and trainer, has over 40 years experience in information technology. He has been a programmer/analyst, database administrator, project manager, development manager, tester, and test manager. Dale’s project experience includes large systems development and conversions, distributed systems, on-line applications, both client/server and web based. He...Read more


Concurrent Sessions

After several years working as a scientist in particle physics and computational fluid dynamics, Ingo Philipp immersed himself in the multifaceted worlds of functional software testing and development. Ingo is on the product management team at Tricentis where his responsibilities range from product development and product marketing to test management,...Read more

IDEXX Laboratories

Tom Poirier is manager of the performance and automation solutions group at IDEXX Laboratories, the worldwide market leader in immunology and diagnostics for animals. At IDEXX, he introduced performance testing in 2014 and has built it into a capability that delivers more than thirty projects annually across the enterprise. With...Read more

Randy Rice
Rice Consulting Services, Inc.

Randall (Randy) Rice is a leading author, speaker, and consultant in software testing and software quality. With more than thirty-eight years of experience building and testing software projects, Randy has authored more than sixty training courses in software testing and software engineering. He is coauthor (with William E. Perry) of...Read more

O.C. Tanner

With a passion for test automation and quality software, Matt Robbins has more than thirteen years of experience in testing software, developing robust automation frameworks, test automation processes, and testing strategies to improve software quality. In the past five years Matt has led and mentored team members in test automation,...Read more

Anna Russo

Anna Russo is an ALM MVP specializing in ALM TFS Software Process consulting and training. Since 2008 Anna has worked with a variety of clients to improve their software quality and processes by properly implementing Microsoft Team Foundation Server, Test Manager, and Visual Studio tools. Anna applies hands on expertise...Read more


Rob Sabourin, P. Eng., has more than thirty-three years of management experience leading teams of software development professionals. A highly-respected member of the software engineering community, Rob has managed, trained, mentored, and coached hundreds of top professionals in the field. He frequently speaks at conferences and writes on software engineering,...Read more

TechArcis Solutions, Inc.

A regular contributor to and other TechWell publications, Sunil Sehgal is an expert in quality assurance and testing solutions, with a focus on transformation initiatives that bring year-after-year cost and quality advantages. At TechArcis, Sunil leads the global strategy, innovation initiatives, and new...Read more


Ardy Signey has more than twenty-three years of experience in the systems/software development industry with a focus on quality assurance, testing, and SDLC development. He has specialized in building quality assurance organizations from the ground up. Ardy’s continual involvement with projects using the newest technologies has made him one of...Read more

TechWell Corp.

TechWell’s IT director Mike Sowers has more than twenty-five years of practical experience as a global quality and test leader of internationally distributed test teams across multiple industries. Mike is a senior consultant, skilled in working with both large and small organizations to improve their software development, testing, and delivery...Read more

Tom Stiehm

Tom Stiehm is a 20 year veteran of the Information Technology industry. He has spent the past 10 years managing, designing and implementing software products and applications using agile software development methods. Prior to Coveros, Tom held a variety of CTO and architect positions at software development companies. Tom is...Read more

Sidra Medical and Research Center

Concurrent Sessions

A PMP® Certified Project Manager with 19 years of IT experience, Shyam Sunder is currently working at Sidra Medical & Research Center (Qatar) and has worked in various reputed organizations like Dell, United Health Group, HCL etc. previously. Shyam’s strengths are in the areas of Project Management, Software Quality, and...Read more


Chief storyteller of The Three Pillars of Agile Testing and Quality, Mary Thorn is director of agile practices at Ipreo in Raleigh, NC. Mary has a broad agile and testing background that spans automation, data warehouses, and web-based systems in a wide variety of technologies and testing techniques. During her...Read more

JU Consulting

Jacob Ukelson has focused on the application side of enterprise software for more than twenty-five years. Jacob started his software career at IBM’s TJ Watson research lab and has since been a CTO/product manager/BizDev executive for both large established software companies and startups. He started the DevOps period of his...Read more

Zeger Van Hese

Born and raised in Belgium, Zeger Van Hese has a background in Commercial Engineering and Cultural Science. He started his professional career in the movie distribution industry but switched to IT in 1999. A year later he was bitten by the software testing bug and has not been cured since....Read more

Erik van Veenendaal
Improve IT Services BV (Bonaire)

A leading international consultant and trainer, Erik van Veenendaal ( is a recognized expert in software testing and requirements engineering. Erik is the author of a number of books and papers, one of the core developers of the TMap testing methodology, a participant in working parties of the...Read more

Alison Wade
TechWell Corp.

Alison Wade is an accomplished executive dedicated to the business of software. For the past fifteen years, she has worked with industry leaders developing programs for software development and testing professionals.  She is the Program Chair for the Mobile Dev + Test and IoT Dev + Test conferences, and she...Read more

Jonathon Wright
CA Technologies

A strategic thought leader and distinguished technology evangelist, Jonathon Wright specializes in emerging technologies, innovation, and automation. With more than fifteen years of international commercial experience in global organizations, Jonathon is director of digital assurance at CA Technologies R&D, based in Oxford, England. He combines his practical experience and leadership...Read more