Conference Committee

William L. Bain
Scaleout Software

Dr. William L. Bain founded ScaleOut Software in 2003 to develop in-memory data grid and in-memory computing products. As CEO, he has led the creation of numerous innovations for integrating data-parallel computing with in-memory data storage. Bill holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Rice University. Over a 38-year career focused on parallel computing, he has contributed to advancements at Bell Labs Research, Intel, and Microsoft, and holds several patents in computer architecture and distributed computing. Bill founded and ran three start-up companies prior to ScaleOut Software. The most recent, Valence Research, which developed and distributed Web load-balancing software, was acquired by Microsoft Corporation and is a key feature within the Windows Server operating system. As an investor and member of the screening committee for the Seattle-based Alliance of Angels, Bill is actively involved in entrepreneurship and the angel community.

Robert Barr

Rob has worked in IT for 16 years and in Financial Services for the last 8 years, on applications ranging from container shipping through medical insurance to stock trading and highly scalable, high performance trade reporting systems. He acts as the In-Memory Data Grid SME for Barclays and co-chairs the Caching and NoSQL Communities of Practice. Rob helps organize and run the Docklands branch of the London Java Community, a 5000+ strong collective of Java enthusiasts from all sectors of development.

Greg Luck
CEO/CTO at Hazelcast

Greg is CEO and CTO of Hazelcast Inc, a leading in-memory computing company. He is a member of the JCP Executive Committee and was co-spec lead of JSR107, the caching specification for Java.

Denis Magda
Product Manager at GridGain Systems

Denis is an expert in distributed systems and platforms who developed his skills by consistently contributing to Apache Ignite In-Memory Data Fabric and helping GridGain In-Memory Data Fabric customers build a distributed and fault-tolerant solution on top of their platform. Before joining GridGain and becoming a part of Apache Ignite community, Denis worked for Oracle Inc. where he led Java ME Embedded Porting Team helping Java opening new boundaries by entering IoT market. Currently, Denis takes the role of Product Manager in GridGain and PMC Chair in Apache Ignite, leading both products to an exciting future.

Rafique Awan
Vice President(VP)/Principal at Wellington

As a VP/Principal ,Rafique Awan is responsible for the architect, design and development of Investment Book Of Record(IBOR) within the Investor and Portfolio Technology Group at Wellington Management. With more than US$1 trillion in client assets under management globally as of 30 September 2017, Wellington Management offers a broad range of equity, fixed income, alternative, and multi-asset investment approaches. Wellington most distinctive strength is rigorous, proprietary research, which is shared collaboratively across all areas of the firm. Rafique has been with Wellington since 2003 and his team is mainly responsible to provide advanced investment data solutions. He has more than 20 years of experience in IT as manager, architect, designer and developer. Rafique earned a Master Degree in Computer Science from Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad.

David Walker
Gordon Food Services

David has 16 years experience spanning finance, transportation & logistics, insurance, digital media, telecoms, manufacturing and government sectors. His expertise include data engineering, data integration, database design, data architecture, business intelligence, performance tuning.

He currently works at Gordon Food Services as a Technical Architect where he is building out a cloud-enabled, memory-centric data platform.