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Tim Huckaby
Microsoft RD, MVP

Tim Huckaby is focused on Engaging User Experiences in Software and the Natural User Interface (NUI) - Touch, Gesture, Voice and Neural in a number of technologies and platforms on a broad spectrum of devices.

Mr. Huckaby has been called a “Pioneer of the Smart Client Revolution” by the press. Mr. Huckaby has been awarded many times for the highest rated technical presentations and keynotes for Microsoft and many other technology conferences like CES and events all around the world. Mr. Huckaby is consistently rated in the top 10% of all speakers at these events. Having worked for or with Microsoft for over 25 years, Mr. Huckaby has been on stage with, and done numerous keynote demos for many Microsoft executives including Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer mulitple times.

In 1999 Mr. Huckaby founded InterKnowlogy, a custom application development firm that creates high-impact software experiences and continues to flourish over 13 years later. In 2011 Mr. Huckaby founded Actus Interactive Software as a product company compliment to InterKnowlogy. Mr. Huckaby serves both companies as Chairman.

Mr. Huckaby has over 30 years of technology experience including serving on a Microsoft server product team as a development lead on an architecture team. Mr. Huckaby is a Microsoft Regional Director, a Microsoft MVP and serves on many councils and boards like the Microsoft Application Development Partner Advisory Council and the Microsoft Healthcare Executive Board.

Peter Leeson
CMMI Specialist

Peter Leeson is the founder and director of Q:PIT Ltd, based in England. He has nearly 40 experience in the software industry, is a visiting scientist with the Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania, USA). He is an internationally renowned speaker, instructor, consultant and process appraiser.

After spending many years being a process improvement consultant, Peter has focused more and more on the need for job satisfaction and the feeling of achievement as the ultimate key to quality, which means lower time to market and lower costs. Peter has worked in nearly every continent (still missing South America and Antarctica), and believes that any change for the better in an organization has to be deeply rooted in the culture of the country, the organization and the team.

Peter is not only a certified lead appraiser and instructor in CMMI (services, development and acquisition), Peter does quality assurance and development work in improving and rewriting the various courses of the CMMI Institute, seeking to make them more learner centred and focused on real improvement of business objectives and away from respect of theories and principles.

Alex Ionescu

Alex Ionescu is the founder of Winsider Seminars & Solutions Inc., specializing in low-level system software for administrators and developers as well as reverse engineering and security trainings for various organizations and is a coauthor of the Windows Internals series.

From 2003-2007, Alex was the lead kernel developer for ReactOS, an open source clone of Windows XP/Server 2003 written from scratch, for which he wrote most of the Windows NT–based kernel. During his studies in Computer Science, Alex worked at Apple on the iOS kernel, boot loader, firmware, and drivers on the original core platform team behind the iPhone, iPad and AppleTV. Returning to his Windows security roots, Alex is now Chief Architect at CrowdStrike, a security startup focused on nation-state adversaries and other highly sophisticated actors.

Alex continues to be very active in the security research community, discovering and reporting several vulnerabilities related to the Windows kernel and presenting talks at conferences such as Blackhat, Breakpoint, SyScan, and Recon. His work has led to the fixing of many critical kernel vulnerabilities, as well as to over a few dozen non-security bugs.

David Giard
Tech Evangelist

David Giard is a former accountant and a former biochemist, who has been developing solutions using Microsoft technologies for over 2 decades. Currently, David helps people build solutions in his role as a Microsoft Technical Evangelist. David has been very active in the developer community, speaking at numerous major conferences, code camps, and user groups; helping to lead user groups; and helping to organize conferences and other geek events.

He is the host and producer of the mildly popular online TV show Technology and Friends. He is the co-author of the wrox book real world .net, c#, and silverlight. you can read his latest thoughts at His hobbies include video, photography, sports, and embarrassing his sons.

Tobiasz Koprowski
Microsoft MVP

Tobiasz Koprowski is a community leader focused on SQL Server, SharePoint, security, collaboration, and ITIL, DR, BCM and SLA. Love licensing stuff. Microsoft Certified Trainer, freelancer, consultant. Conducts audit projects, consulting and implementation in Poland and across Europe. Technical Team Leader in GITCA. Member of Microsoft Terminology Community, Friends of RedGate PLUS, PASS, ISSA, ACM and several communities in the world. MVP for SQL Server since 1st July 2010. Former president of the Polish SQL Server USer Group. Creator of SQLDay Conference. Active blogger (owner of five) and international speaker with many different conferences experience. Co-author of SQL Server MVP Deep Dives Volume Two.

Raffaele Rialdi
Microsoft MVP

Raffaele Rialdi is a senior Software Architect working as a consultant, speaker and trainer. Since 2003 he is a Microsoft MVP in the Developer Security category and part of the Microsoft Developer Guidance Advisory Council. His passion for the community brought him to be member of the board of UGIdotNET, president of DotNetLiguria and co-founder of the Italian C++ user groups.

Currently he is driving and developing projects using C# and C++ languages in both WinRT and desktop environments.

Jonathan "J" Tower
Software Architect

Jonathan Tower --or J. as he is known-- is a senior software architect at Falafel Software, a consulting and training company based in Silicon Valley, California. J. loves the creative and problem-solving aspects of software development and has fifteen years of software development experience in industries including e-commerce, procurement, marketing, logistics, quality assurance, and manufacturing. His current technology interests include ASP.NET MVC, JavaScript, as well as several types of mobile development.

J. lives in Michigan with his wife and children, where he organizes a .NET User Group, four annual developer conferences, and a GiveCamp. For fun he enjoys photography and outdoor activities like biking and hiking.

Martin Kulov
Microsoft RD, MVP

Martin Kulov enjoys optimizing software development and operations. He loves picking up on various performance and quality issues that brings tremendous value to business. Being developer for the last 15 years himself he learned how software gets developed in good and not so good ways.

For his dedication to community and passion to help he is annually awarded with Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award in Visual Studio ALM since 2006. Starting from 2010 Martin is also member of the Microsoft Regional Director program to provide technical guidance and expertise to communities and businesses worldwide.

Martin often speaks at international developer conferences including DevReach which he founded back in 2006.

Andy Cross
Microsoft MVP

Andy Cross is an author, software consultant, cloud architect and co-owner of Elastacloud. His passion for distributed computing, big data and high performance compute sees him building massively scalable system utilising the limitless potential of the cloud. Andy’s specialism in the Cloud realm is big data, computation distribution, runtime diagnostics and service elasticity.

He is a Windows Azure MVP, Insider, co-founder of the UK London Windows Azure User Group and a Microsoft DevPro Community Leader.

Adam Granicz
Microsoft MVP

Adam Granicz is a 4x F# MVP and book author, key F# community member and evangelist, and a regular speaker at developer conferences and workshops. Next to heading IntelliFactory, the F# company specializing in functional web and cloud applications and developer tools, he serves on the steering committee of the Commercial Users of Functional Programming (CUFP) workshop where he promotes the use of functional programming in industry.

You can follow him on Twitter, or find him on FPish, the largest online functional programming community.

Alessandro Pilotti
Microsoft MVP

Alessandro Pilotti is the CEO of Cloudbase Solutionsm a company focused on cloud computing interoperability based in Verona, Italy and Timisoara, Romania. Cloudbase Solutions provides the integration between OpenStack and Windows, including the Hyper-V Nova Compute driver and Windows Cloud-Init.

Alessandro is currently an MVP on ASP .Net / Internet Information Services and a Windows Azure Insider, holds a master in computer science, various certifications in the IT domain (MCSD, MCSE, MCDBA, RHCE) and is a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT). He enjoys doing technical speeches, developing open source projects and participating in the IT community life in general.

When not coding, consulting or training, he is flying with his paraglider into old-fashioned clouds.

Ciprian Jichici
Microsoft RD, MVP

Ciprian Jichici is participating in the Microsoft Regional Directors Program as a Regional Director for Romania and has been involved for the past 16 years in many enterprise-scale technology-related projects, workshops and presentations. Ciprian is also a Solutions Architect MVP focusing especially on architectural issues related to the Microsoft Application Platform.

He splits his time between delivering workshops and presentations on technologies and platforms that are part of the Microsoft Application Platform and doing academic research in the field of data mining in preparation of his PhD thesis. Ciprian is the General Manager of Genisoft, a consultancy, training, and services company based in Timisoara, Romania.

He is also Chief Architect at High-Tech Systems & Software, an IT solution provider based in Bucharest, Romania.

Adrian Stoian
Microsoft MVP

Adrian Stoian is an IT Trainer and Consultant at TechReady, specializing on systems management and virtualization solution with a focus on System Center family. Adrian is a Microsoft Certified Trainer since 1998 and enjoys explaining how to plan, implement and operate IT solutions.

Since 2009 he was awarded Microsoft MVP on System Center Configuration Manager. Whenever he has time, Adrian likes to go mountain biking.

Cristian Lefter
Microsoft MVP

Cristian Lefter is one of the SQL Server MVPs and as a primary competence he is a technical trainer. He is also a consultant, author, speaker and community leader. As his main expertise is Microsoft SQL Server, which resulted in founding an official PASS chapter, writing books and articles, contributing at the development of Microsoft Official Courseware, authoring certification exams, speaking at technical events and working as a Subject Matter Expert in various projects.

For the moment, he is the team leader of the Business Intelligence Development Team at Ubisoft, one of the largest video game companies in the world. Outside technology, Cristian is very passionate about public speaking being the founder and currently the president of a Toastmasters Club.

Besides the technical and public speaking communities, Cristian is involved in the dancing community, being one of the West Coast Swing certified instructors.

Valy Greavu
Microsoft MVP

Valy Greavu (MVP, MCP, MOS, PhD) is a lecturer at “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iasi, Romania since October 2006. His first contact with IT world was in October, 1998 when he began a PhD programme and was also hired as network technician. Currently, he is well recognized as an IT Romanian professional and works as consultant for financial, private and public institutions. He specializes in complex systems design, Windows networking, systems management, security, messaging and computer forensic. The highest aspects of his expertise are in Internet Banking security and ISO 27001:2005 Standard.

Valy is co-author of Local Area Networks. Design and Administration (2003, 2006) and Windows Networks. Servers and Clients (2004). In 2005, he was a finalist at Imagine Cup, IT invitational (Yokohama, Japan) and in 2006 he won second place in the final round of the same competition (New Delhi, India).

In his personal life, Valy tries hard to be a good father, allocating as much as possible time to his daughters and to his wife. His biggest hobby is soccer: both playing and watching it.

Tiberiu Covaci
Microsoft MVP

Before moving back to Romania in 2012, Tiberiu Covaci lived with his family in Sweden and Bermuda for 16 years. He founded Many-core, a company that trained and mentored developers and architects around the world to understand the .NET Framework and the technologies built on top of .NET. He works closely with Microsoft as member of the Developer Guidance Council, course Author, and Technology Reviewer for the Microsoft .NET Official Curriculum courses.

He is a member of the ASP Insider and Telerik Insider groups, IASA Speaker & Trainer, INETA Speaker and Country Lead, founding member of IASA Sweden and IASA Romania, and former member of the MCT Advisory Council. He is interested in technologies like ASP.NET (WebForms, MVC, WebApi), multi-core and asynchronous programming, new programming languages and trends.

For his contributions in the area of Technical Computing he was awarded the MVP title by Microsoft and Telerik.

Tiberiu Radu
Senior Consultant

Tiberiu Radu is a Senior Consultant with Microsoft Romania, where he started as a MACH hire on the Enterprise Services team. Microsoft Academy for College Hires (MACH) means that prior to Microsoft he had little experience, joining directly from the "Politehnica" University of Bucharest, where he has had over 4 years’ experience as a Team Lead for the Microsoft Student Partners program.

In the last 5 years he's focused on everything around Virtualization technologies, including Server Virtualization, VDI solutions and System Center to manage it all. In the last year, he has also added Azure IaaS to his list of favorite skills.

Petru Jucovschi
Tech Evangelist

Petru Jucovschi is a Developer Evangelist at Microsoft working with designers and developers to unleash breakthrough innovations.

A subject matter expert on mobile and cloud industry trends, Petru is a go-to person at Microsoft Romania for topics related to HTML 5, Windows 8, Windows Phone and Windows Azure.

Lorant Domokos

Lorant Domokos likes to explore cutting edge technologies and development practices while also trying to practically integrate them into efficient and cost effective enterprise applications. He started out close to the metal with C++ and neural signal processing in the medical field and then shifted to using open web standards in line of business applications.

In the last few years he focused on single page application architectures in a quest to bring the best possible user experiences to largest audience possible. He is an active member of the development community with several presentations on modern web techniques. Always with an eye on code quality and reusability he is pushing the web the furthest it can go. He was a lead developer at Fortech and moonlighting as an enterprise mobility consultant working on projects deployed in Germany and New York.

Last year he joined Microsoft Office Division in Oslo where is working on the search and a more social enterprise through the Office Graph.

Florin Cardașim
Software Architect

Florin Cardașim leads the Architecture and Analysis discipline in Endava Iași/Romania. Beyond his technical skills, Florin has gained a broad experience as a trainer for companies and speaker in community events. Florin is passionate by technology and by working with people to construct amazing things.

He is experienced as both technical leader and software project manager. He is focused on quality and on-time delivery while carefully looking to keep inside the fun of the software development.

Dan Nicola

Dan Nicola is a passionate Agile practitioner, focused on guiding teams in becoming self-organized and committed to delivering customer value at all times. He works at Maxcode in Iasi, Romania, where he is involved in exciting projects in the payments and health care industries.

Dan is also a proud Codecamper and helped create one of the largest communities of software developers in Romania.

Florin Coroș
Software Architect

Florin Coroș is a passionate software architect and developer who has been working for the last 10 years in a wide variety of business applications using Microsoft technologies. He is particularly interested in distributed applications, object oriented design and unit testing. He has an increased interest in software quality and he strongly believes in quality driven products. As one of the fans of Uncle Bob he values his saying: “the only way to go fast is to go well”. Currently, Florin works in Cluj-Napoca, Romania as a Software Architect at ISDC. He also helps other companies with trainings, coaching and consulting.

In the last years Florin got involved in IT communities, by speaking at community events or by having an active role in organizing them. He is one of the Co-Founders of RABS, a community of experienced IT professionals which wants to help raise the quality of our products as an industry. In the last two years, with the support of all major development communities, Florin organized The Global Day of Code Retreat in Cluj-Napoca, an event which gathered more than 70 passionate developers for a full day of practicing their profession.

Răzvan Rusu

Răzvan Rusu works at Ecko Systems & Consulting and for the last four years he has been gathering experience in Microsoft techonologies based on his background in IT consultancy and training. These were also the trigger for him becoming a Microsoft Specialist and MCSE.

He is a student at "Politehnica" University of Bucharest, where he followed Tiberiu Radu's Team Lead position for the Microsoft Student Partners program. During this time, he also joined Tudor Damian in the ITSpark community and overall he delivered more than fifty trainings for students and general IT Pro audience.

Being a PowerShell enthusiast, he wrote articles on this subject, leaving his spare time to enjoy Cristian Lefter's West Coast Swing lessons.

Florin Loghiade

Florin Loghiade is an IT consultant with a huge passion for virtualization and cloud technologies. For the last three years he has been a Microsoft Student Partner and in that time he became a Microsoft Specialist on Private Cloud using the System Center family. In his first year as a Microsoft Student Partner, Florin got to the final stage of ImagineCup Romania and after that he won RestartEDU.

Lately he got promoted to the rank of Team Lead in the Microsoft Student Partner program taking on the challenges of managing a new team and driving it to success.

In his free time he likes to learn and try out new technologies.

Claudia Jelea

Claudia Jelea focuses her practice mainly in the areas of copyright, IT&C, e‑commerce, trademarks and personal data protection (privacy). She helps clients who wish to protect and exploit their intellectual property assets and assists them with legal compliance, contract drafting and negotiations.

She is both a lawyer with the Bucharest Bar and a trademark attorney. She holds two master’s degrees in IT law and, respectively, in European intellectual property law from Stockholm University, Sweden.

Claudia runs - a boutique shop of tailored legal services. Their expertise covers commercial law with a special focus on intellectual property, entertainment, Internet, e-commerce, IT&C and personal data protection. Their clients are usually start-ups and medium-sized companies in the business of online, e-commerce, software development, mobile apps, telecom and artists or record companies.

Alex Mang
Senior Developer

Alex Mang gathered nearly 10 years of on-field experience from working with Microsoft and Microsoft-related technologies in all sorts of projects, whether they were embedded related, robotics related, software for touch-based devices or mobile terminals.

He has dedicated his last years working for my own start-up company where he mostly develops Windows Azure based apps as an ISV.

Romulus Crișan
Software Architect

Romulus Crișan is a Development Discipline Lead at Endava Cluj. He has experience in Information Exchange, LOB and Digital Media applications working for global enterprises. Romulus provides mentoring and coaching to software developers helping them grow. He is also a certified Scrum Master fulfilling this role with various teams around the world.

Romulus embraces challenges because this make him a better person and he loves writing code because for him this is not a job it’s a hobby, a way of living.

Attila-Mihaly Balazs
Code Wrangler

Attila-Mihaly Balazs is a programmer journeyman who appreciates challenges, working on all levels of the stack, learning and teaching.

He has worked with many tools and technologies (from reverse engineering to web applications) and would love to delight and inspire you interesting ideas.

Silviu Niculiță

Silviu Niculiță is a passionate software developer and CTO focused on solving hard business problems with cutting-edge technology.

For the last 5 years he has managed teams building and operating high-performance database marketing systems from hardware architecture to design, development, quality assurance and support.

Silviu's areas of interest are around how small teams can be most effective in building real software: high-quality, secure systems at the highest limits of robustness, performance and flexibility.

Silviu has worked with groups like Microsoft, Siemens and RIA Solutions Group. He also holds numerous Microsoft developer certifications.

Bogdan Toporan
Team Lead

Bogdan Toporan is a Senior software engineer, with over 6 years experience with Microsoft Technologies, working on different markets like public services sector, hospitality industry, oil and gas industry.

He's got significant experience in different platforms, from web, mobile to desktop applications.

Dan Ardelean
Microsoft MVP

Dan Ardelean graduated the Informatics High school "Gr. Moisil" in Iasi, Romania follwed in 2002 by the Faculty of Automatic Control and Computer Engineering, Department of Computer Engineering. In 2003 he moved to Italy and since then he is a full-time C# developer.

In 2013 he has started his own (small) company called XpressCode which focuses on consulting and mobile cross-platform development using C# (Windows Phone, Windows 8 and Android, iOS using Xamarin tools).

He is also an Nokia Developer Champion for Windows Phone and Microsoft MVP on Client Development.

Radu Vunvulea
Microsoft MVP

Radu Vunvulea is a senior software engineer at iQuest, working on LoB application using Microsoft technologies. He has a vast experience on different platforms from mobile and web to backend solution deployed on on-premise and in the cloud.

He worked on different fields such as e-commerce, pharma, automoto, logistics, home automation and transportation. He is very active at offline events in Romania, where he is not only a speaker, but he is also an organizer. In the online world he writes technical posts on his blog.

Mihai Tătăran
Microsoft MVP

Mihai Tătăran is the General Manager of Avaelgo, a software consulting and custom development company based in Romania, and an MVP on Windows Azure and Windows Azure Insider. Lately Mihai had an extensive experience with Windows Azure: completed solutions for different customers, and delivering the Microsoft DPE training on Azure for partners in Romania. One of those projects made it to a Case Study on Microsoft .com website, and his company Avaelgo was nominated as Cloud SME of the Month in Europe in May 2012.

Mihai has very good experience with large audiences at international conferences: DevReach in Bulgaria, Codecamp Macedonia, TechEd NA 2011 and 2012 BoF sessions; he is also involved in organizing ITCamp Romania.

Tudor Damian
Microsoft MVP

Tudor Damian works as an IT consultant and technical trainer, his company offering outsourced IT support services. He is a Microsoft Virtual Machine MVP and has a vast experience in working with virtualization and IT management technologies, an experience which comes from implementing and managing large hosting infrastructures.

A few years ago he helped co-found, a Romanian IT community oriented towards the entry and mid-level ITPro audience: students or beginners in the IT field, technical and non-technical staff in the SMB/NGO segment, and end-users who are either starting to or want to learn more about IT in general. He is also one of the organizers of ITCamp Romania.

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