Serial Entrepreneur, Public Speaker

Charles is a serial entrepreneur who has focused his career on solving tough technology challenges for some of the world’s largest organisations.

In addition to providing advisory services to his clients, Charles has built and sold three technology companies so far in his career, and in his spare time passionately supports and mentors young entrepreneurs and start-up teams.

He is an experienced public speaker having presented at various events in the UK, US, and the Middle East on the philosophical questions around Smart Devices, Data Science, and Artificial Intelligence industry and the societal impact of the application of this technology.

Charles holds an MA in Law from Cambridge, and has had the privilege of assisting a number of clients, including: HSBC, Barclays, Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan Chase, UBS, Royal Bank of Scotland, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Royal Bank of Canada, and Deutsche Bank.


Founding Member @ ICIJ Data Unit

After working on web apps for the Financial Times and Economist at FT Labs, he joined the investigative team at La Nación in Costa Rica to learn the trade of data journalism from Giannina Segnini. From there he became a founding member of ICIJ’s Data Unit.


Chief Technology Officer @ Hewlett Packard

Wilfried Grommen serves as Hewlett Packard’s Chief Technology Officer for the Public Sector in EMEA. Grommen has 24 years of experience in the IT industry. In his previous position, he served as Microsoft’s Chief Technology Officer for Central and Eastern Europe, focusing primarily on technology policy (interoperability, innovation, security).

Areas of Specialisation: Cloud computing, Cyber security, Big data analysis, Executive Communications, Business Process Re-engineering, Technology Policies and Standards.

Wilfried will be sharing his insights on Big Data, Smart Vehicles and Transportation.


Entrepreneur, Financial Data Analytics Expert

Dr Abdalla Kablan is an entrepreneur, and financial data analytics expert. He specialises in the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning in the design of complex systems. He is also the Founder of Hippo Data, a Fintech Startup that utilises Big Data analytics and Natural Language Processing (NLP) in the optimisation of Trader Behaviour and Algorithmic Trading Systems. Furthermore, he is the founder of Scheduit, an intelligent business oriented matchmaking and professional networking platform. Dr Kablan is also an academic at the University of Malta where he lectures and researches topics related to computational intelligence, financial engineering, and financial data science.


Data Scientist @ Teradata

Neil Sammut is a Data Scientist working in the Advanced Analytics team at Teradata. His day-to-day role involves being parachuted into a clients’ offices to munge data and produce actionable insights that can be turned into value. Neil has worked with different customers across both Banking and Retail industries in the UK, using a variety of models and analytical approaches. When he isn’t wearing his lab coat, he is usually tinkering with music and trying to predict the winner of the Grand Prix.


Advanced Analytics and Big Data Technology Solutions Professional @ Microsoft

Michal Marusan’s background lies in data warehousing and business intelligence on massively parallel database engines. For the last five years he has been working on numerous Big Data and Advanced Analytics projects with different customers mainly from Telco, Banking and Transportation industries.

Michal’s focus and passion is helping customers with implementation of new analytical methods into their business environments to drive data-driven decisions and generate new business insights both in the cloud and on-premise systems.

Michal is member of Global Black Belt team, CEE Advanced Analytics and Big Data TSP at Microsoft.


Advanced Solutions Sales Director @ Microsoft

Mr. Piric is responsible for leading a team of technical and solutions sales professionals responsible for business development and scaling of Microsoft’s new and emerging technologies in the areas of Cloud, Big Data, Internet of Things, Enable Application Innovation and Media Services.

Mr. Piric has 23 years of international enterprise IT experience working in Canada, USA and EMEA regions. Since 2007, he has focused on the EMEA region where he held various leadership roles mainly focused on incubation of new Microsoft businesses, emerging solutions and products and developing new eco-systems.

Presently residing in Munich Germany where Microsoft CEE HQ is located.


Managing Director @ Oulala Games

Benjamin Carlotti, co-founder and Managing Director, holds a Masters in Sport Finance (Georgetown University). He was a financial consultant for three years, as well as a shareholder of a mobile gaming company. Benjamin has been following the evolution of the Fantasy Sports industry in the USA and has anticipated its rise in the European market. He therefore launched Oulala.com three years ago. He regularly speaks at conferences, and contributes to various BtoB publications.


Head of Marketing @ iMovo

Daniela’s background lies in digital marketing and online customer acquisition, managing multiple digital channels, including affiliates, PPC, SEO and digital media. She thrives on marketing insights and analytics to increase customer engagement and loyalty and to continually optimise marketing performance. Daniela is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Malta, with published studies on digital marketing.


Product Marketing Manager EMEA @ Tableau

Bob manages Tableau’s Product Marketing for Europe. He has a background in aeronautical engineering and a passion for technology and data. The last twenty years has heralded many changes in IT and Bob has been at the hub of many of them. Data security at Dr Solomon’s and Kaspersky, hardware innovation as Head of Product Management at Sun Microsystems and mobile technology at Toshiba. Bob is a regular speaker on the power of putting data into the hands of the people who need it.


Sales & Alliances Director @ QlikView Hellas

Stefanos Tsolakidis holds the position of Sales & Alliances Director in QlikView Hellas. Having worked for more than 10 years in the IT industry, today he focuses his interest in Business Analytics. He monitors upcoming technologies and trends within the BI industry and participates in some of the major international BI conferences. As part of his position he has worked with large enterprises in order assist them in exploiting business intelligence solutions. He holds a degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Surrey, UK and MSc in International Business Management from CERAM Business School in France.


Head of Big Data @ Betsson Group

    Doug is the Head of Big Data at Betsson Group who has focused his career on solving tough technology challenges for some of the world’s largest organisations to deliver tangible business value. Specialising in Big Data/Analytics transformation, he has extensive practical experience at big four IT advisory firms and start-ups in leading and selling complex business change projects/teams, successfully implementing award winning big data/cloud technology digital projects and in establishing multi-million pound consulting practices delivering to global corporate clients and founding start-up companies. Doug has had the privilege of working with multi-national customer facing Financial Services, Entertainment, Telecommunications, Pharmaceutical and Government operations. He has formerly held a variety of senior management and executive roles at E&Y LLP, PwC LLP, IBM Global Services, Wipro Technologies and Zurich Financial Services. Doug holds ACII, MSc and MBA qualifications as well as have lectured at Cranfield University. In his spare time he passionately supports and mentors young entrepreneurs and start-up teams.


    Head of Data Intelligence @ Betsson Group

    Vlad has worked in a variety of industries – from financial services to telecommunications, and is now enjoying his time in igaming. His journey always kept him close to the data and the value it offers to the consumers. He is passionate about designing and executing impactful data strategies, building teams and structures to enable and support the best in class data-led organisations.


    Senior Account Executive EMEA @ Salesforce

    As a sales expert with a strong experience with some of the world’s largest technology solution and cloud platform providers, Alex is all about helping businesses find, win and keep customers and thus grow their business.

    He is currently helping customers in Malta in a journey to success – and when he’s not doing that he’s having a good time playing the piano or hiking new paths.