Alain Lissoir

Alain Lissoir is a Principal Program Manager at Microsoft in the Data Platform group. His primary focus is driving engineering and customer usage based on the live blood of the service: Data collection and Insight. Alain has been in the industry for many years supporting customers and driving engineering excellence through best practices, data and KPI, paying a particular attention to Azure SQL business insight respect to growth, feature adoptions, Availability and Engineering feedback. From Azure Active Directory to Azure SQL Databases, Alain pursue his journey on different aspects of Azure services, including the SQL engine, to continuously improve the Engineering quality, the customer metrics and the telemetry quality to help in making data driven decisions every day.

Sessions by Alain Lissoir :

Alexander Arvidsson

Alexander is a senior consultant at Atea in Linköping, Sweden. Nobody really knows what it means to be a senior consultant, but he spends his days teaching courses or helping clients of all shapes and sizes to take better care of their data.? 
He has spent the last 20 years toying with data, databases and related infrastructure services such as storage, networking and virtualization, occasionally emerging from the technical darkness to attend a Star Wars convention somewhere in the world.? 
He is a frequent international speaker, podcaster, blogger and a Microsoft Certified Trainer, focusing on SQL Server, Azure and Power BI. 

Sessions by Alexander Arvidsson :

Andrea Martorana Tusa

BI Specialist working at Widex, a danish manifacturing company producing hearing aids.? 
My task is collecting data from every branch of the company (Production, CRM, Marketing, Finance, etc.) and put it togheter with exposure towards the end-user. All through a full integrated BI solution based on Microsoft’s tools; SSIS, SSAS, SSRS, Power BI.? 
Formerly worked for 15 years in an italian bank as BI developer.? 
Common speaker as events and conferences around Europe (SQL Saturdays, SQL Nexus, SQL Konferenz, SQL Day Poland, etc). Speaker for DW/BI and Italian Virtual Chapters.? 
Author for,, UGISS (User Group Italiano SQL Server). 

Sessions by Andrea Martorana Tusa :

Andrew Pruski

Andrew has been working with relational databases (in one form or another) for over 10 years, has been a SQL Server DBA for 6 of those and have worked with containers for over two years. 

He’s been blogging for about 3 years and has just started speaking at events, he really enjoy presenting material that he has a passion for. 

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Ásgeir Gunnarsson

Ásgeir is a Data Platform MVP and a Business Intelligence Developer at Össur in Iceland. He works on Business Intelligence solutions using the whole of the MS BI stack. Ásgeir has been working in BI since 2007 both as a consultant and internal employee. Before turning to BI Ásgeir worked as a technical trainer and currently teaches BI courses at the Continuing Education Department of the University of Iceland.? 
Ásgeir speaks regularly at events both domestic and internationally and is the group leader of the Icelandic PASS Group.? 
Ásgeir is passionate about data and loves solving problem with BI. 

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Bartosz Ratajczyk

SQL Server developer, trainer and administrator living near Warsaw, Poland. Currently working as a consultant for 7N. Involved in a data warehouse project, where he builds ETL processing with SSIS. Started with SQL Server over 10 years ago, since version 2000. Fan of automating repeatable tasks, especially with PowerShell. Local user group and conference speaker, active Polish Data Community (former PLSSUG) member. MCSE Data Platform and MCT. When he does not work or attend/present at the conferences he's mostly spending the time at home with wife, daughter and some dogs (four) and cats (eight, and - probably - counting ...)
Sessions by Bartosz Ratajczyk :

Bent Pedersen

I have more than 8 years experience with Microsoft BI, SQL Server and C#/.NET. I have been working as both an internal and an external consultant for different companies in Denmark. For the last 3 years i have been working at Kapacity with enterprise customers on solutions with SSAS Tabular, Datazen, SQL. Within the past year I focus a lot on working with devOps, Automation, testing and simpligying development processes for MS Business intelligence.

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Breght Van Baelen

Breght Van Baelen is an all-round data scientist at Cegeka, interested in both data strategy as well as deep-diving into technical details. He believes businesses are drowning in information but starved for knowledge. The practice of knowledge extraction has proven to reduce business costs and increase productivity, making businesses more efficient and effective.

Becoming an active member of the data community, Breght is excited to present an end-to-end solution for predictive maintenance at dataMinds connect 2018. His solution will reduce maintenance & transportation costs and help companies transition from a break-fix model to a prevent-optimize one.

Sessions by Breght Van Baelen :

Cédric Charlier

Cédric is a talented architect and Data Platform MVP active in the domains of Business Intelligence, Data warehousing, Self-service BI and Data Science. He has more than 15 years of successful experiences with SQL Server in European industrial groups and services companies. Driven by quality and reliability, he is the main developer of an open-source solution for testing BI solutions (cubes, etl, reports) named NBi ( Cédric also advocates for the introduction and general usage of agile practices in BI’s world.
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Chrissy Lemaire

 Chrissy is a Windows PowerShell MVP and PASS PowerShell Virtual Group co-lead who has worked in IT for nearly 20 years. She works for General Dynamics and serves as the SQL Server DBA at NATO Special Ops HQ in Belgium. She is also an avid scripter, and has used PowerShell since it was introduced in 2005 at the Microsoft Professional Conference in Los Angeles. Chrissy is the creator of the popular dbatools PowerShell module for SQL Server.
Chrissy is currently pursuing an MS in Systems Engineering at Regis University. In her spare time, she explores Trappist breweries in Belgium with her wife and maintains with her mom and best friend.

Sessions by Chrissy Lemaire :

Denis Reznik

Denis is a Data Architect at Intapp, Inc. He has more than ten years experience in software development, database design and performance tuning for cloud and on-premises solutions. In 2010 Denis became Microsoft Data Platform MVP and maintain the MVP status till now. Apart from his professional career, Denis actively participates in the development of Ukrainian SQL Community and hold the status of PASS Regional Mentor for Central and Eastern Europe.

Sessions by Denis Reznik :

Eelco Drost

SQL Server Engineer with over 20 years of experience. Never leaves the house without his headphones. Travels the world with his Canadian girlfriend.

Sessions by Eelco Drost :

Enrico van de Laar

Enrico has been working with data in all kinds of formats and sizes for over 15 years.

He is a Data & Advanced Analytics Consultant for Data Masterminds, where he helps organizations take their first steps in the world of Advanced Analytics.

Enrico is a Data Platform MVP since 2014 and a frequent speaker on various data related events all over the world. He authored the book “Pro SQL Server Wait Statistics” and blogs about technologies like Microsoft SQL Server and Azure Machine Learning on his blog at

Sessions by Enrico van de Laar :

Erwin de Kreuk

Erwin de Kreuk is a passionate SQL Server enthusiast. He is working as an Analytics Architect at Axians. Eager in helping out customers in getting the most added value out of their Analytics Environment. 
Next to that, he is a practice leader for Microsoft BI (at Axians). Always investigating the latest (vs newest) possibilities/opportunities and sharing his enthusiasm among his colleagues. 

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Gianluca Sartori

Gianluca Sartori is a Data Platform MVP, independent consultant and performance tuning specialist. He has been working in the software industry since 1999 and has been working with SQL Server ever since. He also works as a SQL Server trainer and in his spare time he writes technical articles and participates the SQL Server forums. Gianluca enjoys presenting SQL Server topics at conferences in Europe. He is currently working as lead DBA at a famous Formula 1 team.

Sessions by Gianluca Sartori :

Hugo Kornelis

Hugo Kornelis is an established SQL Server communiity expert who spends a lot of time at various conferences. He is also a blogger, technical editor of a variety of books, and Pluralsight author. He was a SQL Server MVP from 2006 to 2016. When not working for the community, he is busy at his day job: freelance database developer/consultant. Hugo has almost 20 years of SQL Server experience in various roles. He has a strong database design background, but also loves to write and tune complex queries.

Sessions by Hugo Kornelis :

Karel Coenye

Karel Coenye a senior Data Architect and Consultant at Kohera, has been working with SQL Server in different roles since 1999. Currently working on the Azure Data stack as SQL architect while coaching and training other DBAs and developers. Experienced in both cloud-environments as in large On-Premise environments specialized in tuning, tweaking and monitoring. His IT passion drives him towards the physical and virtual boundaries while seeking ways to push systems towards their limits.

Sessions by Karel Coenye :

Kasper de Jonge

Kasper de Jonge is a senior program manager on the Business Applications team at Microsoft, where he has worked developing features for Power Pivot and other Analysis Services products such as the Tabular model and Multidimensional cubes. He is a frequent speaker at conferences such as TechEd, SQLPASS, and SQLSaturday, and is the creator of?, one of the leading Power Pivot websites. 

Sessions by Kasper de Jonge :

Koen Verbeeck

Koen Verbeeck is a Business Intelligence professional working at AE. He helps clients to get insight in their data and to improve their business intelligence solutions. Koen has over 10 years of experience in developing data warehouses, cubes and reports using the Microsoft BI stack. Somehow he has developed a particular love for Integration Services along the way. Koen writes articles for and has his own blog at He has been awarded the Microsoft Data Platform MVP award in 2017.
Sessions by Koen Verbeeck :

Leila Etaati

Leila is Data Scientist, PhD, MVP, and BI Consultant, and Speaker. She has over 10 years’ experience working with databases and software systems. She was involved in many large-scale projects for big sized companies. Leila has PhD of Information System department, University of Auckland, MS and BS in computer science.

Sessions by Leila Etaati :

Luka Riester

Luka’s current interests are data related Apache projects like Hadoop, Spark, Kafka and Flink, Azure and hybrid deployments and architectures, analytics frameworks like H2O, Python and more recently Blockchain. Apart from being a consultant-architect with an increasingly important front-facing, customer oriented role, he is also in charge of a team of 40+ data engineers, scientists, and architects deployed on numerous missions. With the "BDA Team" he is participating and leading initiatives in innovation, hackathon and other competitions as well as community involvement.

10+ years in the data industry Luka gained experience by working on numerous IT projects as a technical expert starting from ERP implementations to Business Intelligence, Data warehouse modeling, Big Data & Analytics and IoT projects. His skill-set covers various competencies on different IT platforms accompanied with a sound understanding of business needs and requirements. His specialties cover technical and functional design of data structures with a strong focus on real-time, batch and hybrid data integration, analytics industrialization and end-user data interaction.

Sessions by Luka Riester :

Nico Jacobs

Dr. Nico Jacobs is a Microsoft Business Intelligence and SQL Server trainer and consultant at U2U since 2004. Before that, he was a machine learning (data mining) researcher at the computer science department of the University of Leuven where he obtained a PhD in machine learning. At U2U, Nico creates and delivers courses on the SQL Server business intelligence stack (Integration Services, Analysis Services, Reporting Services …), Power BI, Azure Cortana Intelligence (Big Data) and the traditional relational database environment (database development and administration).
Sessions by Nico Jacobs :

Paul Andrew

Paul is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP with 10+ years’ experience working with the complete on premises SQL Server stack in a variety of roles and industries. Now as the Business Intelligence Consultant has turned his keyboard to big data solutions in the Microsoft cloud. Specialising in Azure Data Lake Analytics, Azure Data Factory, Azure Stream Analytics, Event Hubs and IoT. Paul is also a STEM Ambassador for the networking education in schools’ programme, PASS chapter leader for the Microsoft Data Platform Group – Birmingham, SQL Bits, SQL Relay, SQL Saturday, PASS Summit speaker and helper. Currently the Stack Overflow top user for Azure Data Factory. As well as very active member of the technical community.

Sessions by Paul Andrew :

Pieter Vanhove

Pieter Vanhove is a SQL Server Premier Field Engineer at Microsoft Belgium and has been working with SQL Server since 2000. Performance tuning, SQL audits, migrations and training are part of the job. Pieter has also a profound knowledge in implementing high availability and disaster recovery solutions and loves the new Azure stuff. Together with the SQLUG in Belgium, he helps organizing SQL Server Days and is also a regular speaker at Belgian and international events. Pieter recently won the Speaker Idol Contest at PASS Summit 2014.

Sessions by Pieter Vanhove :

Pieterjan Geens

Pieterjan is a senior data science consultant at Business and Decision with experience in a wide range of domains, incl. anomaly detection, optimisation and recommendation systems, geo spatial analysis, the creation of advanced visualisations and social network analysis.

Passionate about building innovative and lasting data science solutions, Pieterjan focuses on making the most of typically large data sets using different technologies like R, Microsoft Azure and Spark. 

Sessions by Pieterjan Geens :

Pinal Dave

Pinal Dave is a SQL Server Performance Tuning Expert and an independent consultant.

He has authored 11 SQL Server database books, 21 Pluralsight courses and has written over 4100 articles on the database technology on his blog at a

Along with 16+ years of hands on experience he holds a Masters of Science degree and a number of database certifications.

Sessions by Pinal Dave :

Randi Vertongen

After getting a degree in Business Intelligence, Randi found his true calling as a SQL Server DBA.

Performance tuning is his favourite part of being a DBA.

At the moment Randi is pursuing getting certifications as a way to learn and improve.

Sessions by Randi Vertongen :

Reza Rad

Reza Rad is an Author, Trainer, Speaker and Consultant. He has a BSc in Computer engineering; he has more than 15 years’ experience in databases, programming and development mostly on Microsoft technologies. He is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP for seven continuous years (from 2011 till now) for his dedication in Microsoft BI.

Sessions by Reza Rad :

Richard Douglas

Richard Douglas is a Senior Solutions Engineer at SentryOne, where he specializes in the SQL Server product range. He has worked with SQL Server since version 7.0 in various developer and DBA roles and holds a number of Microsoft certifications. Richard is a keen member of the SQL Server community, he ran a PASS Chapter in the UK, served on the organizing committee for SQLRelay, and has spoken at a number of events across EMEA and the US. Richard blogs at and on Richard is also on Twitter as @SQLRich.

Sessions by Richard Douglas :

Rob Sewell

Rob is a SQL Server DBA with a passion for Powershell, Azure, Automation, and SQL (PaaS geddit?). He is an officer for the PASS PowerShell Virtual Chapter and has spoken at and volunteered at many events. He is a member of the committee that organises SQL Saturday Exeter and also European PowerShell Conference. He is a proud supporter of the SQL and Powershell communities. He relishes sharing and learning and can be found doing both via Twitter and his blog. He spends most of his time looking at a screen and loves to solve problems. He knows that looking at a screen so much is bad for him because his wife tells him so. Thus, you can find him on the cricket field in the summer and flying a drone in the winter. He has a fabulous beard

Sessions by Rob Sewell :

Ronny Meeusen

As a senior consult at Kohera, Belgium, I’m implementing the client Datawarehouse and Business Intelligence solutions. With 25 years of experience in various architectures and businesses, I’ve a broad view on the different data platforms used in the field. Without exceptions, all environments have their strength and can be combined, for this reason, I believe that hybrid-cloud architectures are the way to go. The last few years, my interest in advanced analytics has increased a lot. While this was evolving, the possibilities for operationalizing the data scientist work becomes available and make it more interesting than ever. Also experimenting with Azure Machine Learning and In-Database Machine learning technologies brings the search for the best data driven solutions on top of my activities. Sharing my experiences within this fields looks the next logic chapter in my career.

Sessions by Ronny Meeusen :

Saar Gillis

Saar Gillis is a Data Solution Architect @ Cegeka. Working with the Microsoft BI suite since 2000. Saar has been involved in all different aspects of Business Intelligence implementations:

requirements & source analysis, dimensional modeling, database design, ETL development and report development.

Sessions by Saar Gillis :

Sammy Deprez

Sammy Deprez (1988) works at Kohera as Microsoft BI Consultant since 2016. He is an experienced developer and specialised in the Microsoft SQL & Cortana Intelligence Stack. His main focus is to help companies to become a data-driven company. He has done projects both locally and abroad, from healthcare to finance. Sammy is very passionate about data en know the future can be changed with it. Therefore he enjoys learning new technical skills and acquiring insights into different functional areas.
Sessions by Sammy Deprez :

Simon Whiteley

Coming from a world of traditional BI structures, Simon is now obsessed with utilising cloud technologies to revolutionise these traditions.

He will dive into any interesting BI problem, whether its ETL patterns, analysis models or building custom D3 visualisations.

As a Microsoft Data Platform MVP, his main focus is harnessing Azure Data Services to build the next generation of Cloud Analytics Architectures!

Sessions by Simon Whiteley :

Stijn Wynants

Stijn is an independent Data Platform Consultant & dataMinds (Belgian Data Platform User Group) core member. He is also one of the organisers of the local user group sessions & the yearly event called DataMinds Connect (SQL Server Days). He spends his days tuning SQL Servers & solving problems with the data platform. He is primarily a DBA consultant, but has also done various BI & ETL projects. He gets his kicks out of Columnstore indexes & tuning queries but shivers at the sight of an SSAS cube.

Sessions by Stijn Wynants :

Thierry Janssens

I am currently working at a Data Science start-up focussing on R and Machine Learning on Microsoft Azure. More than 10 years experience in Enterprise Content Management with a focus on Document Management, Collaboration, Intranets, Extranets and Search. Strong development background in .net and system engineering.

Sessions by Thierry Janssens :

Thomas Vandezande

In the daily life he’s a Microsoft SQL consultant at Realdolmen with the focus on performance and security. He usually grabs the opportunity to put the security topic on the table whenever a customer contacts him to design a new SQL environment. It’s his personal mission to convince SQL database owners that security should be a top priority and not ‘everybody is a sysadmin’. Every database owner convinced is another step closer to a world without data leaks.

He hopes speaking at dataMinds will provide him the opportunity of bringing that battle to a larger audience. Instead of convincing people one at a time, convince a group and hope they spread the word.

When he’s not working for Realdolmen he’s either scripting (in Powershell offcourse!) or working in his garden that provides him a special place away from stress. Other than that he enjoys everything related to the Italian culture with the main focus on food and coffee.

Sessions by Thomas Vandezande :

TImothy Van Brusselen

Timothy is a Business Analytics Consultant at element61. He is a technical architect/developer who accompanies enterprises on their data warehouse and BI journey. He loves everything that has to do with SQL Server but focuses on T-SQL development, SSIS, BIML, tabular and Azure data solutions.

Sessions by TImothy Van Brusselen :

Tobias Koprowski

Founder of Shadowland Consulting. In January 2015 decided to permanently leave Poland and discover new worlds. Actually settled in Hucknall (The Last home of The Byron Family). Community leader focused on SQL Server, SharePoint, security, collaboration and ITIL, DR, BCM, and SLA. Love licensing stuff. Microsoft Certified Trainer, freelancer, and consultant. Subject Matter Expert at Microsoft. Member of Microsoft Terminology Community, Friends of RedGate PLUS, PASS, ISSA, ACM and several communities in the world. Since 1st July 2010 Data Platform MVP. Former President of the Polish SQL Server User Group. Creator of SQLDAY Conference and Conference CEO 2009-2011. Co-Leader of PASS East Midlands Group. Speaker at group meetings and conferences. STEM Ambassador. In the free time actively traveling, hiking, cycling, catching moments. Coffe, Music, and Technology addicted.

Sessions by Tobias Koprowski :

Tom Carpentier

Tom is an experienced Business Intelligence Analyst currently working for Ordina, focusing on ETL (using SSIS and BIML), T-SQL development and SSAS. He also enjoys the occasional Power BI work, and loves to learn new technologies, and has recently set his sights on Quantum Computing and Q#. He particularly enjoys sharing his knowledge with others, and has thus been a Microsoft Certified Trainer in both .NET and SQL/BI development since 2012. 

Sessions by Tom Carpentier :

Uwe Ricken

Uwe Ricken is working with IT systems since the 90’s. He found the way to the technology of Microsoft SQL Server with the assignment for the development of membership administration software for the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany. Afterwards the software has been distributed to five additional European countries.

The primary passion for developments with Microsoft SQL Server expanded in 2007 with his engagement as a DBA for the Deutsche Bank AG in Frankfurt am Main. After 6 years of experiences in the European Operations Center as a DBA and over 14 years as a developer of complex database models he earned in May 2013 the “Microsoft Certified Master – SQL Server 2008” certification which “was” the highest technical certification from Microsoft.

The successful year 2013 has been finalized with the first MVP award for his outstanding support to the Microsoft SQL Server community in Germany and Europe. Uwe Ricken was the first MCM + MVP in Germany!

To provide his deep knowledge about Microsoft SQL Server to the interested community Uwe is blogging since 2010 at about his daily experiences with Microsoft SQL Server. His blog posts are in German language only to provide the German speaking SQL community a deeper inside view into the technology of Microsoft SQL Server. Uwe Ricken is a speaker on many international conferences and events and preferred topics for “Database Internals”, “Indexing” and “Development”.

Sessions by Uwe Ricken :

Wesley Backelant

In his role as a Cloud Solution Architect - Data & AI at Microsoft, Wesley is responsible for supporting customers in their journey to the cloud with their data related workloads. Before joining Microsoft, Wesley was a Database Architect working on some of the largest implementations of SQL Server in Belgium. Wesley started his professional career in the SQL Server 6.5 timeframe and remained true to his passion ever since. Wesley is active on Twitter (@WesleyBackelant) where he handles topics related to his favorite

Sessions by Wesley Backelant :

Wout Vangoidsenhoven

Wout Vangoidsenhoven is a Microsoft Data Platform & Business Intelligence Consultant at Ordina Belgium. He discovered the magical world of (big) data after finishing college just 2 years ago. Nowadays he mostly works with the SQL Server BI Stack (SSIS, SSRS, SSAS). Next to that he recently took an interest in Azure (Eventhubs, SQL DW, DataFactory) and the benefits and innovations it can bring to organizations.

Sessions by Wout Vangoidsenhoven :