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  • Mark Kirschner

    Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer,
    eBay Enterprise

    Mark is Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer of eBay Enterprise. Most recently, Mark was Vice CMO, Executive Officer for Global Marketing and Communications at Rakuten Inc. Before that, he ran global marketing, product management and public relations as CMO of Rakuten LinkShare. Mark brings over 25 years of experience in marketing, eCommerce and product management with technology and media companies. This includes global brands such as Scholastic, Walt Disney Co., Learningsmith, MTV/Viacom and NEC.

  • Ben Pressley

    Head of Worldwide Sales, Magento

    Ben is the Head of Worldwide Sales for Magento. Ben and his team strategically align Magento products and services to businesses in need of solutions necessary to compete in a rapidly changing commerce landscape. As a customer advocate, Ben passionately leads programs that provide insight and clarity to help foster our customers’ ongoing success. Ben brings to Magento a decade of open source software experience, having held Sales and Channel leadership positions at Novel in its open source business unit. Ben holds a Masters of Information Systems from the University of Utah and an MBA from Columbia University.

  • Paul Boisvert

    Director of Product Management, Magento

    Paul is Director of Product Management for Magento and is leading product management for Magento 2. Paul has been working at eBay Inc. since 2011 and joined Magento in 2012. Prior to joining eBay Inc., Paul led product development for Yahoo! Small Business inclusive of the eCommerce, hosting, business mail and domains businesses serving over 1 million small businesses.

  • Rania Awad

    General Manager, eCommerce,
    Your Chemist Shop

    Rania Awad started her online pharmacy, Your Chemist Shop, in 2004. What began as a small experiment, quickly developed into a thriving business. In 2014, Your Chemist Shop was acquired by a large pharmacy chain, Pharmacy 4 Less. Rania is currently the eCommerce Director for the brand, helping in the execution of their very exciting eCommerce strategy. Rania completed a diploma in digital marketing in 2009 and an MBA at the AGSM, UNSW in 2013. Rania is currently finishing her Lean Six Sigma accreditation.

  • Joe Devine

    Solution Consultant, Listrak

    Joe has over 10 years of experience in eCommerce technology helping online brands meet their revenue goals, KPIs and maximize their ROI. Joe has extensive technical experience in network engineering, web hosting administration, web application development and in management of a large email infrastructure for an ISP. In addition, he has many years of experience designing, developing and deploying eCommerce solutions and strategies to drive revenue and profitability. Joe has the ability to visualize web-based technical solutions, enabling him to uncover and resolve pain points in clients’ interactive marketing strategies. Through his various skill sets, Joe is able to help position marketing solutions for eCommerce customers and align revenue goals with services and solutions to maximize ROI.

  • Dean Flynn

    Managing Partner, IE Agency

    Over the past 13 years, Dean has had varied roles in development, design, strategy and project management. Early client side roles included work with the Australian Government before moving to the agency side in 2006. Dean is currently a Managing Partner of IE Agency, a Magento Gold Partner in Australia. He leads the agency’s innovative use of online and digital in-store installations for its clients including: Movember, Nike, Sportsgirl and sass & bide.


  • Jerome Green

    CEO & Owner, Atdec

    Atdec is a designer, manufacturer and distributor of mounting solutions for flat screens, projectors, tablets and other IT, AV, POS and medical technologies. Jerome has led his team to become an international market leader and Australian export success story, with offices and distribution in the US, Canada, UK/Europe, India, Middle East and Asia. Supporting this international expansion has been the development of eCommerce assets hosted internationally with B2B and B2C functionality, delivering value from high margin unit sales to end users to professional level CAD files, custom pricing, video/animations and other resources to Atdec’s international reseller network.

  • Carolyn Harrington

    Co-Founder & CEO, Moco Insight

    Carolyn is Co-Founder and CEO of Moco Insight. With over 15 years of management experience, she has successfully launched and grown start-ups across the globe. Carolyn has led Moco’s development from concept to market leading eCommerce reporting solution for online retailers and digital/web development agencies. Carolyn is a prolific blogger where she shares her knowledge about growing your online store through data driven decisions. Recognised for her expertise, Carolyn provides direction to companies on their eCommerce strategies and vision.

  • Carl Hartmann

    CEO & Managing Director, Temando

    Carl is a leading global entrepreneur, retail futurist and business leader with a vast array of awards under his belt, including IBM’s Entrepreneur of the year program, Deloitte Fast 50 Rising Star and winner of the 2014 Online Retail Industry Recognition Award. Carl is the Co-Founder and CEO of Temando, a market-leading technology company that is working with some of the world’s largest brands to overcome the challenges of shipping in eCommerce.

  • William Harvey

    Principal Product Manager, Magento

    William joined the Magento product group in 2012. With over 20 years of experience in development and product management roles, he is currently focused on improving the performance and scalability of Magento.


  • Rick Hogge

    Lead Architect, Magento

    Rick joined Magento in 2014 but has worked for eBay, Inc. since 2007 where he specialized in delivering highly scalable web infrastructure. Rick now leads the Magento 2 architecture team, helping to deliver the next generation platform while maintaining the flexibility that makes Magento great. Rick has 22 years of engineering experience and has worked for PayPal, Visa, MCI as well as several startups.

  • James Horne

    Managing Director, Balance Internet

    As an Internet Solutions Architect, James has been building websites for over 19 years. James was one of the founders of Balance Internet when it was established in 2008. The business now has over 45 Retail, Franchise and Corporate clients. Balance Internet is a specialist cloud-based system integrator and they specialise in solutions for eCommerce, CRM, PIM, EDM, ERP and POS. He is also the Founder and Owner of WineASAP, an online wine retail group that sells custom wine products in Australia via four channels.

  • Nick Hull

    eCommerce Strategist, eWave

    Nick started his career in online marketing and optimization and has worked with leading brands and retailers such as Nike, Woolworths and Wesfarmers. As an eCommerce Strategist, he delivers complex and integrated marketing strategies for brands to succeed in an omni-channel environment. Nick now leads the Relevance team, a conversion technology division at the award winning eCommerce agency, eWave. With a keen eye for eCommerce innovation, Nick identifies unique opportunities and advanced technologies to drive ROI and measurable results.

  • Christian Larsen

    CTO, Anchor

    Christian is CTO at Anchor, Australia’s leading premium-support hosting provider. He has over 8 years experience in professional GNU/Linux systems administration and consulting services. Christian specialises in architecting and delivering highly available hosting solutions designed to scale to a global audience and helping developers adapt their applications to do the same. Christian leads the team that built and runs the infrastructure behind Apple’s Testflight iOS application testing platform.

  • James Lowe

    Senior Consultant & Project Manager, Acidgreen

    James is an agile focused Senior Consultant and eCommerce Project Manager at Acidgreen in Sydney. James has a strong technical background and proven experience developing, managing and delivering high profile digital projects. James has over 13 years experience in the IT Industry working in all stages of the software development life cycle. With a passion for technology and the web, James thrives on seeing projects through from conception to completion and onward.


  • Ben Marks

    Magento Evangelist Community Manager, Magento

    Ben joined Magento in April 2014 as a Developer and Community Evangelist after spending 5 years working as a Magento developer and educator. He is responsible for helping Magento and its amazing community of users and developers to be as connected as possible.

  • Emmanuel Negri

    Development Manager & Tech Consultant, Acidgreen

    With a multi-disciplinary developer background, Emmanuel has a strong knowledge of programming concepts and system integration technologies. He is responsible for automating development processes, coaching Acidgreen’s developers to ensure best practices are applied, and gathering business requirements and translating them into technical solutions. Emmanuel ensures Acidgreen continues to develop highly effective Magento web stores.

  • Krisztian Panczel

    Managing Director, Cheap Sheds Pty, Ltd

    Krisztian Panczel founded his first online store, CheapSheds.com.au with his wife in 2008. Since then, Cheap Sheds has grown into the largest online retailer of backyard storage units in Australia and has launched in New Zealand, becoming a multi-million dollar retailer. Cheap Sheds’ unique education and customer focused approach has caught the attention of the online retail space. The Australian Government’s Digital Business program and PayPal’s Driving Business Online initiative have both featured Krisztian’s inspirational Cheap Sheds story.

  • Alex Podopryhora

    Managing Director & Co-Founder, M2E Pro

    Alex combines an extensive IT background with years of investment banking experience and has worked on a number of successful start-ups across Europe. At M2E, Alex is responsible for developing the strategy to create and accelerate growth, and deliver exceptional value to all M2E Pro customers worldwide. Alex holds a MSc in Database Systems along with an Executive MBA from London Business School.

  • Chris-Wells

    David Short

    Managing Director Shorty’s Liquor

    David leads the team with 14 years of corporate and fine wine retail experience, which has served him well in developing Shorty’s Liquor CBD to be the leading corporate beverage supplier in Sydney. David’s experience includes acting as the wine buyer for the Keystone Group for the last 10 years, which owns and operates some of Sydney’s most prestigious venues including Gazebo Wine Bar, Manly Wine, and The Winery (winner of Australia’s Wine Bar of the Year four out of the last five years). David has leveraged his years of creating award-winning wine lists, close industry contacts and extensive buying power to offer Shorty’s corporate clients an unprecedented selection of premium quality wines at extremely competitive prices.

  • Sarah Timmerman

    Founder & Director, Beginning Boutique

    Sarah Timmerman is the Founder and Director of Beginning Boutique, Australia’s raddest online store. Beginning Boutique is one to watch with a rapidly growing social media following, impressive web presence and brand new Magento platform. BB.com.au is 6 years old and has quickly taken centre stage in the Australian eCommerce scene.

  • Chris Wells

    CEO & Founder, Nexcess

    Chris is the CEO and Founder of Nexcess. Having been involved with Magento since its inception, Nexcess continues to push the envelope on performance, offering an optimized platform catering to specific client needs. Nexcess has grown to be the largest Magento hosting provider, which Chris attributes to the team’s dedication to its clients and strong relationships with its partners.

  • Chris-Wells

    Marcelo Wesseler

    CEO, SingPost eCommerce

    Marcelo Wesseler is the CEO of SingPost eCommerce, member of the Singapore Post Group. SingPost eCommerce enables global brands to enter Asia Pacific via an end-to-end eCommerce offering that includes a best-in-class technology platform combined with an extensive fulfillment and logistics network of 15 distribution centers in the region. SingPost serves more than 600 clients and runs sites like shop.adidas.com.my, levis.co.kr, shop.toshiba.com.sg and shopled.phillips.com.sg


  • Gary Wheelhouse

    Chief Digital Officer, Harvey Norman

    For 23 years, Gary has been with Harvey Norman working in both bricks and mortar, and online, focusing on delivering results. Gary is currently CDO at Harvey Norman. He is responsible for the company’s digital strategy, taking ownership of all online and digital activity. Harvey Norman’s digital strategies address customers, stores, their people, and suppliers, increasing customer acquisition, conversion and retention. Harvey Norman won Best Mobile Store 2012, and Best Multichannel Retailer 2013 by the Online Retail Industry of Australia.

  • Stefan Willkommer

    CTO & Co-Founder, TechDivision GmbH

    Stefan studied computer science at the University of Applied Sciences in Rosenheim. During this time, he started his entrepreneurship with several projects leading to the founding of TechDivision GmbH as an internet support company for open source driven solutions for content management and eCommerce. TechDivision, a Magento Gold Partner, has become one of the leading companies in Europe for consulting, developing and supporting Magento Enterprise solutions. Over the past 5 years, Stefan has supervised a number of international Magento projects for very high profile brands.