RPA & Intelligent Automation Live - A Virtual Conference

The Largest Premier Gathering of RPA & IA Industry Leaders & Senior-Executives sharing key solutions to current & future RPA challenges.

Speakers

Patrik Spreitzer

Global Operations Coordinator Quality and Business Solutions

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Hao Dinh

Director Global Digital Industrial Operations

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Brandon Nott

Senior Vice President Product

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Balázs Kégl

AI Leader & Netmind Chief Data Scientist

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José Pires

CEO, Global Excellence & Innovation

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Armand Angeli

Chairman Committee Shared Services, RPA & Intelligent Automation Scientific Committee – Editorial Board F&G President DFCG International (www.dfcg.fr)

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Vinay Mummigatti

Chief Automation Officer, Data Science Executive & Digital Transformation Leader

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Helen Jackson

Machine Learning Engineer

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Rohail Khan

President

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Taylor Herron

Lt Col, Action Officer, Office of the Vice Chief of Staff

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Kevin Kroen

PwC Partner, Intelligent Automation Leader

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Bob Gross

Sr. Director, RCM Transformational Initiatives

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Matthew Dodgson

Head of Global Solution Engineering

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Donald Kuk

President & CEO

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Mark McGregor

Author, Performance & Business Coach

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Dr. Mathias Kirchmer

Managing Director and Co-CEO

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Bryan Eckle

Partner

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Patrik Spreitzer

Global Operations Coordinator Quality and Business Solutions, Bosch Service Solutions GmbH

RPA & Intelligent Automation Live - A Virtual Conference

Wednesday 16th June 2021 | 12:00 - 12:45 pm

Biography

Hao Dinh

Director Global Digital Industrial Operations, Electrolux

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Thursday 17th June 2021 | 12:00 - 12:45 pm

Biography

For two decades, Hao has led digital transformation initiatives for IBM, Unilever, GE, Ford, GM & collaborated with IDEO & the Aspen Institute to drive social innovations.

Also, he’s successfully started two non-profits that partner with the education systems in the United States and China to nurture the next generation of innovators. Lastly, to strengthen his physical, mental & spiritual self, Hao recently completed a US Navy Seals training program.

Brandon Nott

Senior Vice President Product, UiPath

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Tuesday 15th June 2021 | 09:00 - 09:45 am

Biography

Brandon Nott leads Attended Automation at UiPath.  As a former customer, he has built a successful RPA practice and brings firsthand knowledge of all aspects of the RPA life cycle to the product team. An award-winning technologist with a deep focus on sustainable, robust systems design. 

From automating mortgage operations to testing wireless technologies, Brandon takes a holistic approach to digital transformation that brings humans and technology together, seamlessly.  Not only does he create attending automations/robots at night, he is also avid race car driver, proud father of 3 and recently relocated to the NW area!

Balázs Kégl

AI Leader & Netmind Chief Data Scientist, Huawei Technologies

RPA & Intelligent Automation Live - A Virtual Conference

Wednesday 16th June 2021 | 10:00 - 10:45 am

Biography

Dr. Balázs Kégl is Chief Data Scientist and the Head of AI research leading a team of researchers and engineers working on cutting edge AI research motivated by telecommunication applications. His team is part of at Huawei's Noah's Ark Lab, a world class research with facilities located in China, Canada, UK, and France.

Dr. Kégl's research focuses on learning autopilots for engineering systems to make them more reliable, safer, and more energy efficient. Balázs joined Huawei's Algorithm and Software Design Department in France on sabbatical from the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), where he was a senior research scientist from 2006 to 2019 and head of the Center for Data Science of the Université Paris-Saclay between 2014 and 2019.

Dr. Kégl is co-creator of a code-submission platform (RAMP) to accelerate building predictive workflows and to promote collaboration between AI consumers and data scientists. Balázs graduated from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary with an M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering.  He obtained a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada and was assistant professor at the Université de Montréal from 2001 until 2006.

José Pires

CEO, Global Excellence & Innovation, Innovation & Excellence

Business Transformation & Operational Excellence World Summit & Industry Awards (BTOES18)

Wednesday 14th March 2018 | 20:30 - 21:15 pm

Biography

José Pires serves as the Global Excellence & Innovation (E&I) Leader for Andeavor Corporation, where he oversees the global identification, prioritization and execution of mission critical business improvements and innovations that add value to the company, business partners and external clients in multiple markets.

Prior to his current role, Pires held Excellence and Innovation leadership positions in large, global companies in the electronics (Sony), semiconductor (Cymer-ASML), food (Nestlé) and infrastructure (Black & Veatch) industries. Throughout his career, Pires developed and refined E&I as an award winning program for innovation, leadership development, strategy execution and value creation globally.

Pires is an advisory board leader and keynote speaker for several global conferences on innovation, operational excellence, leadership development, strategy execution, business transformation, customer engagement and growth acceleration.

He holds a Bachelor in Engineering Physics from the University of Kansas and a Master in Business Administration focused in Investment Banking and Entrepreneurship from the University of San Diego.

Armand Angeli

Chairman Committee Shared Services, RPA & Intelligent Automation Scientific Committee – Editorial Board F&G President DFCG International (www.dfcg.fr), DFCG

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Tuesday 15th June 2021 | 10:00 - 10:45 am

Biography

Armand Angeli is a recognized expert in shared services and outsourcing, RPA (Robotic Process Automation), Intelligent Automation, and international business development.

Armand leads the RPA/Intelligent Automation /Shared Services and Outsourcing Committee of DFCG, the French CFO Institute, a Think Tank with more than 400 CFO’s, Shared Services/GBS, Automation coE and Finance Transformation Leaders

Since 2016, he is an independent Strategic Business Advisor in the areas of International Business Development, Digital Transformation, Automation / RPA, Outsourcing and Shared Services.

He has introduced in France and Southern Europe, a number of key added value software and solutions to improve the performance, quality and compliance of Finance functions.

From end of 2014 until May 2016, he was the Lead of the newly created Business Process Services (BPS / BPO for F&A, Payroll, HR, Procurement, Multichannel Cx / Contact Centers) Practice of Hewlett Packard Enterprise for EMEA South (focus on France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Northern Africa).

As a Partner, from 2004 to October 2012, with Grant Thornton, the global audit and accounting network, Armand held several roles over eight years including Director Global Outsourcing Services, heading business development for Finance Transformation and Outsourcing, and serving as Global Lead for Travel, Tourism and Leisure sectors, and head of Payroll Outsourcing Services.  He was previously with PwC as European Business Development Director BPO, responsible for business development for shared services, outsourcing and consulting businesses for Continental Europe.  

Armand has degrees in engineering from INSA Lyon (including an exchange program with IIT Chicago) (1981) and an MBA from INSEAD (1990), and served in senior international roles, including as Purchasing Director, Sales Manager, Internal Audit Director and CFO, over a 15-year period with IBM, General Electric and CNH.  He has successfully led numerous financial re-structuring, IT, consulting, shared services and BPO projects. Armand is a French native and he is fluent in English and Italian.

Active in key professional and leadership organizations, Armand was for 9 years the President Europe, Middle East and Africa for the International Association of Financial Executives Institutes (IAFEI, www.iafei.org ). He is currently President of the DFCG International group (the French CFO organization, www.dfcg.fr ). He is a member of the Board of DFCG and of the Editorial Board of the CFO monthly magazine. Recognized as expert and influencer in his field, he is a frequent chairman and speaker at key international conferences. He leads and delivers executive level and certified professional training in RPA, Shared Services, Outsourcing and New Technologies

Vinay Mummigatti

Chief Automation Officer, Data Science Executive & Digital Transformation Leader, LexisNexis

RPA & Intelligent Automation Live - A Virtual Conference

Thursday 17th June 2021 | 11:00 - 11:45 am

Biography

As Chief Automation Officer at LexisNexis, Vinay manages an enterprise-level organization to deliver digital transformation and automation for 14 business units. He set the vision and roadmap for building world class products and services leveraging Artificial Intelligence, Data science and emerging technologies, in partnership with the CEO, COO and CFO. 

As an SVP, Enterprise Head of Automation and Process Excellence COE (RPA, BPM, Cognitive Automation) at Bank of America, he established a global organization to deliver Process Excellence, RPA and Intelligent Automation strategy, innovation, standards and digital transformation programs. He had similar roles and responsibilities at UnitedHealthcare and Virtusa and spent the early part of his career at Tech Mahindra, his last role as the VP and Global Head of Enterprise Business Solutions including CRM, ECM, Supply chain, Supplier relationship management, BPM, Business consulting, PLM, process consulting.

He has a Masters in Science from the University of North Carolina.

Helen Jackson

Machine Learning Engineer , Summit2Sea

RPA & Intelligent Automation Live - A Virtual Conference

Thursday 17th June 2021 | 10:00 - 10:45 am

Biography

I have a mixed background in software engineering, machine learning, materials science, and physics. I have an active Top Secret Security clearance 

Rohail Khan

President, IRPA AI Board

RPA & Intelligent Automation Live - A Virtual Conference

Tuesday 15th June 2021 | 12:00 - 12:45 pm

Biography

Mr. Khan is a seasoned senior executive with over 23 years of C-Level experience across multi-sector Fortune 2000 and start-up companies.  His industry expertise lies within Healthcare Administration, Financial Services, and BPO Services where his areas of expertise include strategy, operations & administration, RPA/automation, business transformation, technology innovation, process-led reengineering, product development and building global organizations at scale. He has consistently exceeded results throughout his executive career and has established new service delivery models that remain in operation 15+ years later.                       

Mr. Khan is currently President of IRPA’s Digital Solutions Exchange guiding IRPA’s 100,000+ global members establish strategy, drive business transformation through process-led automation and digital business transformation. He is a Board Advisor to i-Tuple, a firm engaged by Private Equity, Hedge Funds and Family Offices to assess target companies across people, process and technology and validate their investment thesis. He also sits on the Board of Payssurance, a healthcare start-up. Prior to that, he was Founder and CEO of Skills International - a not-for-profit firm focused on global talent migration and immigration to Canada.  Mr. Khan was a member of Immigration Round Table co-sponsored by the Conference Board of Canada and the Federal Government of Canada.  He has been instrumental in helping public companies in Canada to address critical skill gaps. 

Prior to this role, he was Group President, of Xerox’s $1.7B Healthcare Administration and Human Capital Management Solutions. He managed 1300+ healthcare BPO contracts with Fortune 2000 and SMB clients including delivery, automation and service delivery to their employees. He managed a global organization of Sales, Strategy, IT Services, Delivery Operations, Product Management and Customer Service of 11,300+ professionals across 23 countries. He was at the forefront of defining health wellness solutions for customers.

Taylor Herron

Lt Col, Action Officer, Office of the Vice Chief of Staff, United States Airforce

RPA & Intelligent Automation Live - A Virtual Conference

Tuesday 15th June 2021 | 09:00 - 09:45 am

Biography

Advises the Air Force’s second highest ranking officer on strategies to optimize the Department’s 689,000 person workforce and $165B budget to accelerate change across a broad range of disciplines including artificial intelligence, human capital management, agile software development, and robotic process automation. Crafts strategic messaging in support of a broad range of senior engagements and drives maturation of the Air Force's intrapreneurial capabilities.

Kevin Kroen

PwC Partner, Intelligent Automation Leader, PwC

RPA & Intelligent Automation Live - A Virtual Conference

Tuesday 15th June 2021 | 09:00 - 09:45 am

Biography

Lead PWC's Intelligent Automation go to market efforts, with a focus on bringing PwC's "New World, New Skills" initiative to clients through innovative products and services. Kevin also manages PwC's go to market alliances with a number of leading automation software platforms.

Kevin previously led intelligent automation efforts within the Financial Services industry (spanning across Banking and Capital Markets, Asset and Wealth Management, and P&C/Life Insurance). These efforts span Operations, Finance, Risk, and Compliance competencies.

Kevin has prior extensive experience in Capital Markets operations, finance, and technology transformation, focused on post trade processing and books/records processing.

Bob Gross

Sr. Director, RCM Transformational Initiatives, Cleveland Clinic

RPA & Intelligent Automation Live - A Virtual Conference

Tuesday 15th June 2021 | 09:00 - 09:45 am

Biography

Bob Gross is the Senior Director of Revenue Cycle Transformation at Cleveland Clinic with
over 10 years of experience in the hospital & health care industry. He is skilled in
leading teams focused on analytical capabilities including enterprise data
warehousing, data visualization, machine learning, and predictive analytics. Bob is
also leading a new team focused on transformative technologies, including robotic
process automation (RPA), block chain, electronic data interchange (EDIs), and
application programming interfaces (APIs). He also serves as an influencer of technology adoption and optimization within the Revenue Cycle.

Bob has held prior roles in budgeting, financial modeling, accounting, enterprise information systems, and healthcare information technology (HIT). He is a Certified
Professional in Health Information & Management Systems (CPHIMS) certification
holder, as well as a finance professional with a Master of Business Administration
(MBA) focused in Corporate Finance from Cleveland State University. Technologies
his team are leveraging to transform the Revenue Cycle at Cleveland Clinic include Epic, UiPath, Olive, Teradata, Informatica, Tableau, SAS, Python, Hyperledger, Hadoop, Oracle, and Microsoft SQL Server.
 

Matthew Dodgson

Head of Global Solution Engineering , Blueprint Software Systems

Biography

Matthew Dodgson is Head of Global Solution Engineering at Blueprint Software Systems, supporting the delivery of Blueprint’s Enterprise Automation Suite, a modern and intuitive tool for scaling process automation initiatives to enterprise scale. He believes in delivering quality solutions to customers that drive change and value for their organization, and is passionate about helping teams to rapidly optimize, automate and digitally transform their organizations. Cultivated through a background in customer service, quality assurance and software engineering, he has seen first-hand that the best solutions require dedication, passion and support from the whole team. 

Donald Kuk

President & CEO, Enterprise Transformation Excellence, Inc.

Business Transformation & Operational Excellence Summit & Industry Awards (BTOES 2020)

Wednesday 18th November 2020 | 13:30 - 15:30 pm

Biography

Donald Kuk is an innovative, multiple industry award winning Global Transformation, Cognitive Automation and Operational Excellence Senior Executive with 20 plus years of delivering record setting top line growth, customer and employee satisfaction, and margin improvement leading rapid Enterprise Transformation and Intelligent Automation for the world’s most highly regarded manufacturing, retail and centralbanking, insurance, technology, health care and health sciences industry leaders.

Widely published successes include advanced metrics, analysis, strategy, mission, vision, opportunity identification, milestones, budget and roadmap development, multi-tiered communication, transformation and improvement program management, training, change and performance management, and results verification.

Named the “Enterprise Whisperer” by Fortune Magazine, Donald is a frequent invited Conference Chairperson, Keynote Speaker, Session Chairman and Tutorial Presenter at CEO, CFO, CIO, CTO, Operational Excellence and Enterprise Strategy events worldwide.

Mark McGregor

Author, Performance & Business Coach ,

Business Transformation & Operational Excellence Summit & Industry Awards (BTOES)

Wednesday 20th March 2019 | 15:15 - 16:30 pm

Biography

A former Research Director at leading IT industry analysis firm Gartner, Mark has an extensive background in enterprise architecture, business process management and change management, having held executive positions with a number of technology companies.

Mark has authored or co-authored four books on business and process management, including “Thrive! How to Succeed in the Age of the Customer” and “In Search of BPM Excellence” and  “People Centric Process Management.  Widely respected for his knowledge and views on business change, he is the creator of “Next Practice” and has variously been described as a ”BPM Guru”, a “Thought Leader” and a “Master of Mindset”. 

Mark is passionate about the people aspects of change, he has spent much of the last ten years travelling the world, learning, teaching and researching the cultural aspects of change and how executives perceive business and process improvement In this capacity he has literally taught hundreds of people and been fortunate to interview and interact with many CEO’s .

Dr. Mathias Kirchmer

Managing Director and Co-CEO, BPM-D

Business Transformation & Operational Excellence World Summit & Industry Awards (BTOES18)

Wednesday 14th March 2018 | 13:15 - 13:45 pm

Biography

Dr. Kirchmer is an experienced practitioner and thought leader in the field of Digital Transformation and Business Process Management (BPM). He co-founded BPM-D, a consulting company focusing on digital process transformation, operational excellence and customer experience by leveraging the discipline of BPM. Before he was Managing Director and Global Lead of BPM at Accenture, and CEO of the Americas and Japan of IDS Scheer, known for its ARIS Process Software. 

Dr. Kirchmer has led numerous transformation and process improvement initiatives and has worked with hundreds of clients in technology, financial, health, consumer goods and manufacturing industries. He has published 11 books and over 150 articles. He is affiliated faculty at the University of Pennsylvania and  received a research and teaching fellowship from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. 

 

 

Bryan Eckle

Partner, Summit2Sea

RPA & Intelligent Automation Live - A Virtual Conference

Thursday 17th June 2021 | 10:00 - 10:45 am

Biography

Bryan Eckle is a partner at Summit2Sea Consulting (S2S). He collaborates with clients and leads our consulting team to identify and solve complex problems with clean and simple solutions. Bryan's expertise lies in implementing people, process and technology solutions to financial management, procurement, budget and overall data analytics challenges.

He is constantly evaluating emerging technologies across data analytics, process automation and AI / machine learning in order to identify the optimal solutions to our client’s business challenges. He received his BS in Business Administration from Mary Washington College and holds a certification in ICAgile.

Previous RPA Speakers

Brandon Nott

Senior Vice President Product

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Marco Chmura

Director of Quality & Transformation

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Eric Fisher

Senior Solutions Architect

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Tony Higgins

Chief Technology Officer

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Matthew Marino

AVP Lean Management- Operational Effectiveness

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Vinay Mummigatti

Chief Automation Officer, Data Science Executive & Digital Transformation Leader

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Rajesh Rao

Global Head of the RPA & Conversational AI (Chatbot) CoEs

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Donald Kuk

President & CEO

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Rias Attar

Vice President – VP, Transformation, Integration, Project Management, Continuous Improvement

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Rai Phakay

Solutions Architect

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Dan Whitacre

Senior Director Transformation and R&D

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Brandon Nott

Senior Vice President Product, UiPath

RPA & Intelligent Automation Live - A Virtual Conference

Tuesday 15th June 2021 | 09:00 - 09:45 am

Biography

Brandon Nott leads Attended Automation at UiPath.  As a former customer, he has built a successful RPA practice and brings firsthand knowledge of all aspects of the RPA life cycle to the product team. An award-winning technologist with a deep focus on sustainable, robust systems design. 

From automating mortgage operations to testing wireless technologies, Brandon takes a holistic approach to digital transformation that brings humans and technology together, seamlessly.  Not only does he create attending automations/robots at night, he is also avid race car driver, proud father of 3 and recently relocated to the NW area!

Marco Chmura

Director of Quality & Transformation, Morningstar

Business Transformation & Operational Excellence Summit & Industry Awards (BTOES)

Thursday 21st March 2019 | 15:00 - 15:30 pm

Biography

Marco Chmura is Director of Quality & Transformation at Morningstar, whose mission is to create great products that help investors reach their financial goals. Marco’s spent the past 5+ years helping Morningstar achieve that mission by developing a process mindset and client-centric culture by championing the voice of the customer and mentoring/guiding leaders as they manage LEAN Six Sigma and Agile development projects. For the past year and a half, he’s also been responsible for helping Morningstar enhance the customer experience through the adoption of emerging technologies such as Robotic Process Automation, AI, ML, Chat, etc.

Eric Fisher

Senior Solutions Architect, Micro Focus

RPA & Intelligent Automation Live - A Virtual Conference

Tuesday 15th June 2021 | 10:00 - 10:45 am

Biography

Eric Fisher is a Senior Solutions Architect at Micro Focus. With over 10 years of industry experience at Micro Focus, (and HPE, HP, and Opsware by heritage), he works with some of the largest Fortune 500 companies in the US to evangelize automation, promote Micro Focus' cloud and automation solutions, and help to translate technology into business value.

Based in Phoenix, AZ, he has a passion for technology and over 20 years’ experience working with data center engineers and IT experts, both as a consultant and a customer. 

Tony Higgins

Chief Technology Officer , Blueprint Systems

Biography

Tony Higgins is the Chief Technology Officer at Blueprint Software Systems where he oversees product development efforts to bring Blueprint's technology vision to life, within a philosophy of continuous innovation.

With over 20 years’ experience leading digital teams, he has been instrumental in driving the vision and evolution of Blueprint’s Enterprise Automation Suite, a modern and intuitive tool for scaling process automation initiatives to enterprise scale.

Tony has a broad base of software delivery skills and experience ranging from start-ups to global enterprises. He is passionate about building technology that helps teams to rapidly optimize, automate and digitally transform their organizations.

Matthew Marino

AVP Lean Management- Operational Effectiveness, Prudential

Business Transformation & Operational Excellence Summit & Industry Awards (BTOES 2020)

Tuesday 17th November 2020 | 14:30 - 16:00 pm

Biography

Vinay Mummigatti

Chief Automation Officer, Data Science Executive & Digital Transformation Leader, LexisNexis

RPA & Intelligent Automation Live - A Virtual Conference

Thursday 17th June 2021 | 11:00 - 11:45 am

Biography

As Chief Automation Officer at LexisNexis, Vinay manages an enterprise-level organization to deliver digital transformation and automation for 14 business units. He set the vision and roadmap for building world class products and services leveraging Artificial Intelligence, Data science and emerging technologies, in partnership with the CEO, COO and CFO. 

As an SVP, Enterprise Head of Automation and Process Excellence COE (RPA, BPM, Cognitive Automation) at Bank of America, he established a global organization to deliver Process Excellence, RPA and Intelligent Automation strategy, innovation, standards and digital transformation programs. He had similar roles and responsibilities at UnitedHealthcare and Virtusa and spent the early part of his career at Tech Mahindra, his last role as the VP and Global Head of Enterprise Business Solutions including CRM, ECM, Supply chain, Supplier relationship management, BPM, Business consulting, PLM, process consulting.

He has a Masters in Science from the University of North Carolina.

Rajesh Rao

Global Head of the RPA & Conversational AI (Chatbot) CoEs, Nokia

RPA & Intelligent Automation Live - A Virtual Conference

Wednesday 16th June 2021 | 10:00 - 10:45 am

Biography

Rajesh currently heads the RPA & Conversational AI (Chatbot) CoEs at Nokia. He is responsible for globally implementing these technologies to deliver extreme automation benefits. Prior to this role, Rajesh was heading Platforms/Automation for HCL’s Business Services Division, where he delivered Automation solutions to multiple large global companies.

Rajesh brings strategic and operational expertise in Technology & Process led Transformation, Automation, Outsourcing and Emerging Technologies, and has held global leadership positions in these areas with people & PnL responsibilities, including board positions.

He holds a Business Management diploma (PGDBM) from XLRI and a Bachelor of Technology from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) at Kanpur, India. He is a trained Six-Sigma Black Belt and a certified Information Security Lead Auditor for ISO 27001.

Donald Kuk

President & CEO, Enterprise Transformation Excellence, Inc.

Business Transformation & Operational Excellence Summit & Industry Awards (BTOES 2020)

Wednesday 18th November 2020 | 13:30 - 15:30 pm

Biography

Donald Kuk is an innovative, multiple industry award winning Global Transformation, Cognitive Automation and Operational Excellence Senior Executive with 20 plus years of delivering record setting top line growth, customer and employee satisfaction, and margin improvement leading rapid Enterprise Transformation and Intelligent Automation for the world’s most highly regarded manufacturing, retail and centralbanking, insurance, technology, health care and health sciences industry leaders.

Widely published successes include advanced metrics, analysis, strategy, mission, vision, opportunity identification, milestones, budget and roadmap development, multi-tiered communication, transformation and improvement program management, training, change and performance management, and results verification.

Named the “Enterprise Whisperer” by Fortune Magazine, Donald is a frequent invited Conference Chairperson, Keynote Speaker, Session Chairman and Tutorial Presenter at CEO, CFO, CIO, CTO, Operational Excellence and Enterprise Strategy events worldwide.

Rias Attar

Vice President – VP, Transformation, Integration, Project Management, Continuous Improvement, Caesars Entertainment

Business Transformation & Operational Excellence Summit & Industry Awards (BTOES)

Wednesday 20th March 2019 | 19:30 - 20:30 pm

Biography

Rias Attar is an accomplished operational excellence and project management professional. He is recognized for his ability to help strategize business architecture, identify areas to improve processes and outcomes, turn around businesses from deficient to profitability, champion continuous improvement efforts, deliver challenging cross-functional programs while working collaboratively with diverse types of stakeholders, lead and coach winning teams, and inspire staff to deliver ambitious results.

Mr. Attar has planned and executed transformational projects (Business and Technology) that contributed over $500M of combined EBITDA impact and is managing a portfolio of initiatives that adds between $200 and $300M of EBITDA annually. He established PMOs, led Lean and Six Sigma efforts, championed Change Management, ensured proper Governance while reducing Bureaucracy, and has set proper business directions while staying focused on motivating staff, inspiring trust and confidence, developing people’s skills, and generating enthusiasm.

Mr. Attar worked for different companies at a variety of industries such as: Michelin (Tires), Friede Goldman Halter (Oil & Gas) , DHL Express (Courier), and General Electric/Genworth (Mortgage Insurance), and Maple Leaf Foods (Food Processing and Supply Chain). Prior to working at Caesars (Entertainment/Hospitality), he spent a few years in the consulting business working with companies such as Danone Dairy (Food Processing), Steel Tech (Steel Manufacturing/Rolling Mill), Sport Master (Clothing/Retail), and dipndip (Chocolate F&B). 

Mr. Attar started his professional career in Finance as an FP&A analyst then moved to project management and operational excellence about 18 years ago. During that time, he worked/lived in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, Connecticut, New York, The Middle East, Toronto-Canada, and now in Las Vegas. 

Mr. Attar has a bachelor degree in Finance, got his MBA from University of Texas, and have a few certifications in project management such as (PMP) Project Management Professional, (ACP) Agile Certified Practitioner, and (CSM) Certified Scrum Master. He is also a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (LSSBB).

Outside of work, Rias is a devoted family man with a wife and 3 kids. His best time is when he spends it with his kids playing board games, riding bikes, swimming, or just watching movies. Rias loves sport, tries to work out often, practiced Jiu Jitsu and Kick Boxing for years, and enjoys lap swimming every once and a while. He also loves music and plays the classical guitar.

Rai Phakay

Solutions Architect, Micro Focus

RPA & Intelligent Automation Live - A Virtual Conference

Wednesday 16th June 2021 | 11:00 - 11:45 am

Biography

Rai Phakay is a versatile solutions architect with Micro Focus specializing in automation, orchestration and cloud migrations technologies. He has 16 years of industry experience working with Fortune 500 companies.

Rai’s current stint is in IT Operations Management, focusing on delivering automation solutions for enterprise environments with mission critical infrastructure, helping translate technology to business value. Currently based in Toronto, Canada, he is a post graduate in wireless networking and VOIP, and holds a bachelor's degree from Delhi University, India.

Dan Whitacre

Senior Director Transformation and R&D, Kroger

RPA & Intelligent Automation Live - A Virtual Conference

Thursday 17th June 2021 | 09:00 - 09:45 am

Biography

Senior Director Transformation team charged with engagements to enable the transformation of customer and associate experiences through the harmonization of strategies across business units, technology departments and external partnerships and a value-based approach to utilizing data, science, technology and engineering methods.  Asked to re-join Kroger in 2015 to lead the initiative that would transform the organization to an enterprise approach to data and analytics architecture, technology, practices and strategy.

In between Kroger tenures, Dan served as the CTO and Vice President of Business Development for a technology services organization transforming to a data and analytics consultancy eventually acquired by Data Intensity. 

Additionally, served six years consulting at IBM on Information & Analytics strategy and architecture in multiple industries including retail, healthcare, manufacturing and U.S. intelligence.  While at IBM, Dan served in the IBM Federal CTO office, the Information and Analytics Tiger Team, the Big Data Champions team, as a client software advocate for IBM R&D, the IT Architecture Certification board and the Information On Demand Executive Architecture team.