Michelle Bailey – Vice President, Datacenter Initiatives & Digital Infrastructure, 451 Research

Michelle has led the industry in quantifying the impact of emerging and disruptive technologies for datacenter and IT professionals. Michelle was ahead of the market in articulating the short-and long-term impacts of server virtualization, cloud computing and service provider infrastructure while recommending credible strategies to IT organizations on future-proofing the datacenter.

Prior to joining 451 Research, Michelle was a data scientist at a big-data startup specializing in social-media analytics and community building. Michelle also spent more than 10 years at IDC where she conceptualized and led its Datacenter Trends program producing research that spanned multiple disciplines in IT and datacenter infrastructure to provide a holistic view of the evolving datacenter. Much of this research focused on datacenter transformation with specialties in datacenter consolidation, energy efficiency, datacenter modularity, taxonomies and market sizing. In addition to being name Analyst of the Year at IDC, Michelle was the 2010 recipient of the prestigious Peacock Award for excellence in market research.

With over 20 years’ experience in market research, data analytics and IT consulting, Michelle is frequently quoted in the business press and technology magazines and is a highly sought after speaker at leading industry events. Michelle holds an Honors degree from Monash University, Australia in Mathematical Statistics.

Aziz Benmalek – Vice President WW Hosting & Cloud Services, Microsoft Corporation

Aziz Benmalek is the Vice President of the Worldwide Hosting Service Providers (HSP) group in Microsoft. Hosting Service Providers works with a diverse partner ecosystem of over 29,000 Hosters, Service Providers, SaaS Providers/ISVs, Outsourcers and Telecommunication companies from around the world to deliver flexible cloud solutions to customers. As one of the fastest growing channels for IT delivery, the Hosting Service Providers organization is a strategic line of business chartered to land Microsoft’s cloud vision across platform and applications.

As Vice President of WW HSP, Benmalek oversees the strategy and go-to-market across sales, marketing, technical enablement and business development. Working across multiple businesses and product groups, Hosting Service Providers develops infrastructure and productivity solutions to drive Microsoft cloud platform adoption, deployment and consumption.

Prior to his current role, Benmalek was general manager of the U.S. Hosting and Cloud Services business, working with nearly 6,000 U.S. based partners. There, Benmalek developed a deep, end-to-end engagement model working with partners to jointly create the vision, strategy, business case, and go-to-market scenarios to maximize market opportunities. While leading the U.S. business, Benmalek delivered double digit growth each year and scaled the business by hundreds of millions of dollars over several years.

Benmalek has over 24 years of global experience in the technology industry and has been with Microsoft for the last 18 years in various senior leadership positions. Prior to being general manager of U.S. Hosting & Cloud Services, he led the WW Hosting business in the Communications Sector, and managed the Global Partner Group in the Enterprise & Partner segment, based in Microsoft Corp. in Redmond, Washington. Benmalek was also a Country General Manager in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region, based in Dubai and Casablanca, and led the Small and Medium Business in Microsoft France.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Benmalek worked several years in IT consulting at AXA France in the CIC Financial Group, and led Sales and Marketing with an ISV in Paris. Benmalek attended “Classe Preparatoire” in Lycee Louis-Le-Grand in Paris, holds an Engineering Degree from École Centrale Paris, and a MBA from the European School of Management (ESCP).

Kirk Koenigsbauer – Corporate Vice President, Office Marketing, Microsoft Corporation

Current Business Focus: Kirk Koenigsbauer is Corporate Vice President of the Office Marketing group. His team is accountable for launch, demand gen, customer retention and all other product marketing activities for the suite of Office products spanning Consumer and Enterprise, including Office apps across Windows, iOS and Android, all Office 365 cloud services including Exchange, SharePoint, OneDrive, Yammer and Skype. The team is globally distributed with key centers in Redmond, the San Francisco Bay area and London.

Koenigsbauer was previously Corporate Vice President of the Office Core Applications and Services Engineering Group. He was responsible for the vision, design, development, and general management of Office applications across Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and web platforms. This included consumer and enterprise editions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Visio, Project and Access. Prior to that, he was Corporate VP of Office Product Management; Corporate VP of Office Server Marketing team; General Manager of Bing Search Product Management; and Product Unit Manager responsible for the design, development, and operations of the Microsoft.com, MSDN, and TechNet web sites. Koenigsbauer’s other Microsoft experiences have included product and program management roles on Microsoft Project, Access, and MSN Investor.

Koenigsbauer also spent three years with Amazon.com. There, he built, launched, and ran Amazon’s retail software and video games store. Additional responsibilities included product and program management leadership roles in the development and launch of the Electronics and Auction/3rd Party seller sites.

He started his career as a management information systems consultant with Andersen Consulting (Accenture) and clients including The Boeing Company, NCR, and Safeway.

Koenigsbauer graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies from Colby College.

Jonathan MacDonald – Founder, Thought Expansion Network

Jonathan MacDonald is the founder of the Thought Expansion Network, and an internationally renowned speaker on how to think differently about the future of business, society and technology within an environment of perpetual, fast-paced change.

He is one of the few people that global companies including Lego, Heineken, P&G, Unilever, Nestlé and IKEA trust to challenge their thinking and provide new perspectives and avenues of thought, particularly on the topics of disruptive innovation and future trends.

Jonathan has been creating and advising businesses for more than two decades, and his various accomplishments include Ministry of Sound’s digital strategy, launching a Sky TV channel and becoming the youngest ever Chairman of the British Music Industries Association.

He is one of the world’s most highly rated speakers and is a contributor to Forbes and the author of two books, “Business Poison” and “28 Thoughts on Digital Revolution”.

Mike Neil – Corporate Vice President, Enterprise Cloud Group, Microsoft Corporation

Mike Neil is the Corporate Vice President for the Enterprise Cloud Group at Microsoft Corp in Redmond, Wash. Mike oversees the engineering of current and future versions of Windows Server, System Center, Azure Operational Insights, Azure Automation and Microsoft’s Cloud Platform System. Prior to joining the Enterprise Cloud Group, Mike was the Director of program management for Windows Azure and help double Azure year over year. Before Azure, Mike oversaw the planning, execution and delivery of Windows Server 2012 and was responsible for Microsoft’s server and PC virtualization efforts since 2003.

Mike joined Microsoft as part of Microsoft’s 2003 acquisition of Connectix Corp. While at Connectix, Mike was the vice president of engineering and worked on the original team that developed Virtual PC Mac, allowing Apple Macintosh computers to run Windows. Mike also was one of the founding members of Pixo, a Silicon Valley start-up company that developed operating systems and applications for handheld devices, the most notable of which is the Apple iPod.

After attending the University of Michigan, Mike joined Apple culminating as the integration lead and technical lead for Apple’s Macintosh OS.

Mark Russinovich - Chief Technical Officer, Azure, Microsoft Corporation

Mark Russinovich is Chief Technical Officer of Microsoft Azure, Microsoft’s cloud computing platform. Mark earned a Ph.D. in computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and he joined Microsoft when it acquired Winternals Software, which he co-founded in 1996. He is also author of the popular Sysinternals Windows administration and diagnostic tools. He is coauthor of the Microsoft Press Windows Internals book series, a contributing editor for TechNet Magazine, and a senior contributing editor for Windows IT Pro Magazine. Mark is also a popular speaker at industry conferences like Microsoft TechEd, BlackHat and RSA Conference.

Joseph Sirosh – Corporate Vice President, Data Group, Microsoft Corporation

Joseph Sirosh is the Corporate Vice President of the Data Group, leading Microsoft’s Database, Big Data and Machine Learning products. His talented team of engineers, data scientists and product leaders are developing tools and services to transform data at scale into actionable intelligence. Joseph joined Microsoft in fall 2013 from Amazon.com Inc. where he was most recently the vice president for the Global Inventory Platform, responsible for the science and software behind Amazon’s supply chain and order fulfillment systems, as well as the central Machine Learning group, which he built and led. Before joining Amazon, he worked for Fair Isaac Corp. as vice president of research and development, where he led R&D projects for DARPA, homeland security and several government organizations. He is passionate about machine learning and its applications and has been active in the field since 1990. Joseph holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin and a B. Tech. in Computer Science & Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Chennai.