Once we have the agenda finalized, you will be able to learn more about our speakers on this page.

The Reaching for the Stars 2016 agenda was filled with talks by IBM experts and select business partners. Our speakers shared their insights on Cloud best practices, and everyone joined in discussions around our business and working with IBM.

The 2016 speakers are listed below:

Murat Guvenc, Cloud Channel Business Development Leader for Central & Eastern Europe

murat-guvencBased in:   Praha, Czech Republic

Contact details:

+420 730 578463


Ivo Brbic, IBM Hybrid Cloud Sales Leader Central and Eastern Europe

Based in:   Zagreb, Croatia

+385-1-6308-256 (Office)


Melissa Hadley, IBM Cloud Software, Global Channel Sales Strategy and Development Manager


Based in:  Fort Worth, Texas

+1 512 658 9004


Asi Pandele, Cloud Channel Sales Leader, SEE & Central Europe

Based in:  Bucharest, Romania

+40-21-4058-488 (Office)
+40-727-727-315 (Mobile)


Rene Ferguson, IBM Cloud Sales, WW Sales Skills Planning for Strategic Partners & Programs

rene-ferguson-minBased in:  Austin, Texas

+1 512 699 0464


Michael Kelly, Managing Partner, Ridge Consulting

mike-kellyBased in: Dublin, Ireland

+353 (0)1 443 4015 (Office)


Rick Niles, Global Channel XaaS Leader, Cloud Division

Based in:  Austin, Texas, USA

+1-512-534-0299 (Mobile)


Eugene Jung, IBM Cloud Software, Global Business Partners Strategy & Development Manager

Based in:  Atlanta, GA

+1 708-955-1948 (Mobile)


Duane Eger, Manager NA & LA, WW Cloud Channel Technical Professionals

Based in:  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

+1 720.430.8810 (office)


Karen Ashbaugh, IBM Cloud Software, Global Partner Programs

kathy-rizzutiBased in:  Kirkland, Washington, USA

+1 585 203 4595 (Office)
+1 585 230 6039 (Mobile)


Laszlo Boa, Cloud Architect (Bluemix) – CEE

Based in:  Budapest, Hungary

+36-20-823-5412 (Office)
+36-20-823-5412 (Mobile)


Sanjay A. Patel, IBM Cloud, Business Unit Executive, Global Channel GTM, Channel Strategy Team

Based in:  Rochester, MN , US

+1-507-884-6315 (Mobile)