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Our best and brightest.
With more than 175 outstanding customer, partner and Qlik speakers, this year’s lineup keeps getting better by the day! Check out the speaker list and get inspired.
Lars Björk leads Qlik as CEO and is a member of the company’s board of directors. He oversaw the company’s initial public offering (IPO) in 2010 on the NASDAQ, which was recognized as one of the year’s top tech IPOs.
Lars is recognized as an authority on driving company culture through an accessible management style, with articles appearing in the New York Times, Forbes and Harvard Business Review, as well as speaking engagements at conferences including the CEO2CEO Leadership Summit. He was named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the technology category and was named Technology CEO of the Year at the 2015 PACT Annual Enterprise Awards. More recently, he was nominated to participate in Startup America, a White House initiative to accelerate high-growth entrepreneurship, and the Clinton Global Initiative, an organization that brings together leaders to drive action on global challenges.
Before Qlik, Lars held several positions as CFO at companies such as ScandStick and Resurs Finance. He has an MBA from the University of Lund, Sweden and a Degree in Engineering from the Technical College in Helsingborg.
Anthony serves as Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President, Products. He is responsible for guiding product strategy and leading all aspects of the company’s R&D efforts.
Since joining Qlik in 2005, Anthony has played a critical role in evolving and driving the product evolution to maximize the potential of visual analytics.
Previously, Anthony was the General Manager of Siebel System’s Employee Relationship Management (ERM) business unit. Anthony helped found the ERM business at Siebel, seeing it grow to more than 300 customers and $20 million a year in license revenue. It was widely recognized as Siebel’s fastest-growing product line and named Product Line of the Year.
Prior to joining Siebel, Anthony worked as a management consultant at A.T. Kearney in Chicago.
Anthony holds a B.A. in Economics from Northwestern University and an M.B.A. with high distinction from Harvard Business School.
Donald Farmer is the VP Innovation and Design, working with customers and partners to establish Qlik as the leading solution for visual analytics. Donald has over twenty years' experience in analytics and data management. In that time he has worked as a consultant, in startups and as a leader of Microsoft's BI product teams. He is a speaker at many international events on business intelligence, data integration and data management, blogger, and author of several books.
In addition to his career in Business Intelligence, Donald has worked in fields as diverse as fish-farming and archaeology. He is also a guest professor at SouthWestern University in Chongqing, China, and advises on several academic boards. He lives near Seattle in an experimental woodland house, with his wife Alison, an artist.
Captain Scott Kelly
Explore. Discover. Push the limits.
These are the best ways to describe U.S. Astronaut Captain Scott Kelly and his accomplishments. During his record-breaking year in space, Kelly captivated the world while laying the groundwork for the future of space travel and exploration. An American hero whose contribution to humanity is as far reaching as his out-of-this-world adventure, he now reveals what he learned during his 143 million mile adventure — including lessons on leadership and teamwork, personal stories of perseverance, and the path that led him to secure his place in history.
With life lessons and personal stories that reveal unique and valuable advice on pushing one’s own limits, to insight on the leadership and teamwork required in such demanding conditions, Kelly reflects on choices and life events that paved his journey’s path. He also talks about the challenges — such as long-term deprivation from loved ones and Planet Earth — that will bring audiences to the edge of their seats as he delivers a truly one-of-a-kind experience.
During his talk at Qonnections 2016, you’ll find out how Captain Scott Kelly used data to make his year in space successful — and how, with data, the sky is not the limit.
Toni Adams is responsible for defining and implementing the global partner strategy for Qlik's partner eco system. Prior to joining Qlik, Toni was Vice President Partner and Alliances Marketing at VMware responsible for partner programs and partner marketing. Prior to this, Toni was Vice President at Symantec responsible for Channel and Alliances marketing as well as Symantec's partner program and partner enablement. Other roles Toni has held include senior positions leading EMEA marketing for Altiris, solutions marketing for Software AG, and a host of European and global partnering and technology roles at Novell. Toni is based in Burlingame, California, USA.
Mark is Executive Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Services responsible for global sales, both direct and through Qlik’s expansive partner network, including alliances with system integrators and technology partners. He also leads consulting services, training and education, and technical support organizations to ensure customer success. Mark is a global tech industry veteran bringing a track record of rapid revenue growth and expansion to Qlik.
Prior to joining Qlik, Mark served as Senior Vice President, Global Sales of VCE, an EMC Company focused on accelerating adoption of converged infrastructure and cloud-based computing. Mark has experience in go to market execution for all channels in high growth markets. He previously held positions as SVP Worldwide Sales, RSA, the security division of EMC, and other global sales leadership positions within EMC. Prior to that, he was VP of Sales at PTC helping drive the company’s revenue from $300 million to $1 billion dollars.
He holds a bachelor degree in psychology from Hofstra University.
Currently, Drew is responsible for the product strategy and execution of Qlik Cloud. Prior to this position, he led the corporate and business development teams at Qlik. Highlights include the development and launch of Qlik Market and Qlik Cloud as well as the acquisitions of Vizubi (nPrinting), a reporting company; DataMarket, a cloud based data services company; NComVA, an advanced visualization company; and Expressor, a data management company.
Prior to joining QlikTech, he has held corporate and field operating roles at IBM and Cognos, PTC and Siebel Systems.
Before joining the technology industry, Drew served in the United States Army in various positions with the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment. He has a B.S. from the United States Military Academy and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Thomas Tighe is President and CEO of Direct Relief, which has furnished more than $3.5 billion essential medicines, equipment, and supplies to support health services for low-income people in 88 developing countries and in all 50 U.S. states, where the organization conducts the country’s largest nonprofit charitable medicines program. During his tenure, Fast Company ranked Direct Relief among the world’s 10 most innovative nonprofits for its use of mapping technology during the Ebola outbreak. Before Direct Relief, Tighe served as Chief of Staff and Chief Operating Officer of the Peace Corps.
Alberto Cairo has been teaching Information Graphics and Visualization at the School of Communication at the University of Miami since January 2012. He is also director of the Visualization Program at the University of Miami’s Center for Computational Science. He holds a BA in journalism (University of Santiago de Compostela) and an MA in information society studies from the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Barcelona). He teaches courses on information graphics and visualization, and is interested in the convergence between visual communication, journalism, and cognitive science. Alberto is author of the books “Infografía 2.0: Visualización interactiva de información en prensa” (Alamut, Spain, 2008), “The Functional Art: An Introduction to Information Graphics and Visualization,” (PeachPit Press, USA, 2012) and new this March “The Truthful Art: Data, Charts, and Maps for Communication,” (New Riders, USA, 2016).
Randy Olson is a postdoctoral researcher working with Prof. Jason H. Moore at the University of Pennsylvania Institute for Biomedical Informatics. He also has gained notoriety across social media as a Community Leader of the popular Reddit thread and Twitter account @DataIsBeautiful. His primary areas of focus include artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data visualization. He also maintains a personal blog focusing heavily on data visualization and machine learning. His writing and research has been featured in Fast Company, People Magazine, Huffington Post, Business Insider, The Guardian, Detroit Free Press, Washington Post, FiveThirtyEight, Harvard Business Review and many others.