Speakers

 

SPEAKERS OVERVIEW
Anthony de Lima
CEO & Chairman
Curacao Technology Exchange (CTEX)
www.ctexpartners.comAnthony-de-Lima
Mr. de Lima is the Chairman and CEO of Curacao Technology Exchange (CTEX). He has more than 27 years of experience in the IT, Financial services and Telecommunications sectors. Mr. de Lima is a co-founder of CTEX and has led the company through its capital raising and startup phases. He has held various senior positions such as Global CIO of the CITCO Group Limited, Executive Vice President at Telefonica North America overseeing all global accounts activity, founding member at ANSWERTHINK/HACKETT GROUP, and also Managing Director at KPMG and Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers).He has seasoned expertise in establishing global technology sourcing and supply chain management strategies, driving organizational mergers, implementing risk and financial management controls, and helping companies develop technology enabled products and services.Mr. de Lima has a Master of Science degree in Information Systems and speaks four languages.
Steve Lewis
Chief Executive Officer & Founder
Living Plan IT
www.living-planit.comSteve Luis
Steve Lewis is the CEO, Founder of Living PlanIT, the award winning international technology company that develops and licenses the PlanIT Operating System (PlanIT OS™) – the essential open software platform that enables the design, delivery, operations and enhancement of urban and rural environments, facilitating the interaction between people, places and things. He is member of the statutory board and chair of the Living PlanITFormerly with Microsoft Corporation until May of 2004, where Steve served as General Manager of Market Development and Co-Chair of the Microsoft Business Development Forum. Steve was primarily responsible for understanding key market trends and developments to identify their strategic implications for Microsoft and the industry. He also led the company’s strategic business development opportunities & commercial engagements leveraging Microsoft’s portfolio of technology, research & development, services, marketing, distribution, partner ecosystem and investment capital. Before joining Microsoft, Steve spent a couple of years raising capital for technology investments, mergers and acquisitions and participated on the boards of early through late stage development companies.He served as General Manager of the Lotus Messaging and Collaboration division of IBM Corporation, having previously held key executive positions in areas of business development, product strategy, management, marketing, engineering and sales.
Steve, considered a thought leader and visionary by industry and market analysts in the development of smart cities and the industrialization of the Internet, frequently delivers the keynote address at key industry events.
Leon (Lee) J. Taiman
Divisional Vice President
Caribbean & Latin America
www.vce.comLeon Taiman
Lee is Divisional Vice President for the Caribbean & Latin American division at VCE.  VCE, formed by Cisco and EMC with investments from VMware and Intel, is a leader in converged cloud infrastructure systems.  Through their Vblock™ Systems, VCE provides an optimized information technology system that accelerates the adoption of converged infrastructure and cloud-based computing models that dramatically reduce the cost of IT while improving time to market for customers.Lee has more than twenty-five years of experience in the IT and Telecommunications industry with proven experience in leading the deployment of complex IT solutions in the Caribbean & Latin American market.  Lee started his career as a Systems Engineer at Telcordia Technologies (formerly known as Bellcore) and eventually became Vice President, Sales for the Latin America region where he led the fastest growing region in the world for Telcordia.  In 2005, he joined BearingPoint as Managing Director for their Telecommunications & Media practice supporting their offices across Mexico, Colombia, Brazil and Argentina where he sold and deployed unique business and technology solutions to several clients in the region. He joined EMC in 2008 where he led the Telecommunications & Media area in Latin America until he joined VCE.Born in New York City but raised in Lima, Peru, Lee currently lives in Miami, Florida with his wife and three children.
Mr. Camilo Vidal
VP Latin America Enterprise Strategy
Schneider Electric IT Business
www.schneiderelectric.comCamilo Vidal
Appointed in January 2014, Camilo is responsible for leading the strategy and driving initiatives to develop the Datacenter business directly with end users throughout Latin America.Camilo joined APC by Schneider Electric in 1999 as Services Manager for Latin America and has held different positions like Country Manager for Colombia & Ecuador and more recently as Latin America Business Development Director. Camilo has more than 20 years experience in sales and general management in the IT and power quality Industries. Prior to APC by Schneider Electric, he held different positions in sales and management functions in companies like Visioneer and Digilab Colombia.Camilo holds a BS in Systems Engineering from the Universidad Politécnico Grancolombiano de Bogota, in Colombia. He has 2 children; he likes to watch soccer and play golf.
Dale “Dr. Z” Zabriskie
Senior Security Strategist
Symantec
www.symantec.comDale Zabriski
As an Evangelist for Symantec Corporation, Dale “Dr. Z” Zabriskie consults with IT professionals across the globe, advising on strategies for securing and managing their information. He is a CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional), certified in Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK), and is known for his ability to relate both technically and conceptually in an authoritative yet entertaining style. In his 13-plus year tenure with Symantec, Mr. Zabriskie has worked with organizations in over forty countries.  He has also been a popular moderator and participant in numerous industry panels. His expertise is supported by over thirty years of career experience in information technology, regulatory compliance, research and development, healthcare, manufacturing, and sales with companies like IBM, SunGard, IKON, and VERITAS.
Fawaad Khan
Americas Cloud Leader
Ernst & Young
www.ey.comFawaad Khan
Mr. Khan is an established business technology executive with a 15-year track record of leadership and successful business management in technology consulting and advisory services. He has a proven record of delivering complex enterprise solutions, managing executive client relationships, and driving organizational improvements.Mr. Khan has also managed and implemented several large-scale applications and technology solutions. He routinely engages with business executives including CxOs, VPs, and directors in support of major technology and organizational improvements as their trusted advisor.Mr. Khan helps companies focus on how best to implement their business strategies by using emerging and innovative technologies – Developing and presenting point of views, white papers, and leading practices for both practical and successful IT transformation with respect to technology architecture, services management, and operating model changes.Mr. Khan has an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Illinois.
Luis Benito Matias 
Cloud Practice Development Lead for SMSP Latin America
Microsoft Latin America

www.microsoft.comluis-benito-matias
Mr. Matias is the regional presales Manager for cloud in Small, Medium Business and Partners business area, working in recruiting and developing presales capabilities covering Hybrid Cloud scenarios across Microsoft’s partner ecosystem including Telco and Hosting Service Providers.Mr. Benito Matias has a senior role in coordinating the work and defining the strategy for all technical pre-sales activities small, medium business and partners (SMSP) business areas of Microsoft in Latin America. Mr. Benito Matias focuses on key areas such as Microsoft’s Cloud technologies like Windows Azure, Office 365, Hosting, Windows Intune, CRM Online amongst others.Mr. Benito Matias has been with Microsoft since 2005 in various architecture and technical solutions roles.Mr. Benito Matias has a systems and IT Engineering degree from the ‘Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca’.
Leonardo Gonzalez
Commercial Director – Northern Latin America
VMWARE
www.vmware.comleonardo-gonzales
Leonardo Gonzalez is the Sales Director of the Northern Latin America region where, since September 2012, he leads the development of businesses and strategies in Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Central America and the Caribbean. Leonardo’s corporate career includes engineering and sales business development positions with Cisco Systems, partner management with VCE, and technical and professional services with EMC. With more than 21 years of experience in the IT industry, Leonardo has worked in the development of cloud solutions for Latin America. He holds a Bachelors’ Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Universidad Metropolitana in Caracas, Venezuela, and he currently resides in Miami, FL.
Spiros Tsitsonis
Business Development Manager
www.cisco.comspiros-tsitsonis
Mr. Tsitsonis is a Business Development Manager at Cisco focusing on creation and value proposition of Cloud and Premise-based  service offers to Enterprises. In his role he is responsible for guiding the vision, strategy and execution for the company in the Latin America Sales team as well as promoting Cisco’s innovation and added value with such offers.Mr. Tsitsonis has worked in the Telecom and IT industry for 25 years and is a 15 year veteran of Cisco, with expertise in Systems Architecture, Product Line Management, Solution Management and Sales Business Development.Prior to Cisco, he was a Chief Architect of GSM Base Station Development at Celcore (DSC/Alcatel USA) and a Senior Software Developer of Nortel’s GSM Mobile Switching Center and Visitor Location Register products. Mr. Tsitsonis holds patents in the SS7 over IP area and holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Memphis.
Mr. Luis Montaño
Dell Caribbean Storage Engineer
www.dell.comluis-montano
Mr. Montaño is a senior engineer with DELL. He has worked for over 10 years with PDVSA in various technology and telecommunications areas. Luis was also a SAP consultant and held senior positions at HP for close to 15 years. He graduated as an electronic engineer from the Univesity of Simon Bolivar, Venezuela.
Mr. Tomas Mieres (CISSP, Security+, VTSP 4 
BDM NOLA)
Senior Manager
EMC
www.emc.comtomas-mieres
Over twenty seven years of experience in the IT business, working in Major IT corporations such EMC, IBM. Hitachi and Hewlett Packard. With a proven record of helping sales organizations in reaching YoY incremental revenue of 25% average. 

Based on Miami Mr. Mieres has been supporting the Latin America region for more than fourteen years in different position as a Business Consultant, Sales and Product Manager. Throughout his career he has developed unique skills in problem resolution of complex project situations and has provided leadership on new product development; including building new services, tools, teams and best practices.