Meet the Speakers

Meet the people on stage

The Valo Summit is full of great sessions from our Valo Team members and carefully selected guest speakers. This year we are existed to have Joanne C. Klein on stage with us.

Joanne C. Klein

SharePoint & Office 365 Consultant

Joanne Klein is an independent consultant and founder of NexNovus, an Office 365 Consulting company, and a 3-time Microsoft MVP in Office Apps & Services. She works with Microsoft customers across all industry verticals on their Office 365 environments, specifically SharePoint, and provides value by sharing her boots-on-the-ground knowledge and experience with them. She helps customers through their modernization journey from the classic to modern world of SharePoint site and information architecture.

An important area of focus for Joanne is the modern digital workplace and the Microsoft 365 suite of tools built within it to help organizations protect, retain, and secure their unstructured content now being produced at an exponential rate. This requires an all-important shift for organizations, IT staff, and information workers to make and she has substantial practical experience working with customers to make this happen.

Joanne blogs about these areas of focus and more at

Meet the Valo Team and our Valo Partners on stage

Vlad Catrinescu

Senior Valo Sales Executive, Product Evangelist & Microsoft MVP

As an author of 3 SharePoint books, a Microsoft Certified Trainer, a Microsoft MVP since 2013 and a highly sought out international speaker, Valo’s very own Vlad Catrinescu has worked tirelessly to help over a million IT Professionals and end-users gain a better understanding of the Microsoft 365 platform. Vlad is recognized as one of the “Top 25 SharePoint & Office 365 Influencers” in the world. Aside from all that, he also has an uncanny knack for simplifying difficult concepts and an unerring sense of humour!


Elio Struyf

Engineering Lead, Valo

Elio is both a beloved Valo VIP and an independent Belgium-based Engineering Lead, Blogger and Public Speaker. His tenacity and deep passion for Office 365 and SharePoint development has earned him the reputation as a trusted thought leader in the information technology space. So much that he has been nominated a Microsoft MVP five consecutive times and has been recognized as a SharePoint/Office 365 Top 25 Influencer three times.


Ilija Lazarov

Technical Partner Manager

Ilija is a passionate visionary and experienced tech guru professionally skilled in Management, Solution Architecture, Enterprise Architecture and Microsoft Products. A #SharePoint lover since 2001. A #Microsoft developer since 1999. A #Cloud enthusiastic since BPOS/Project Red Dog. An #analytical #problemsolver for life! Ilija also happens to possess a triple-threat social media, communications and business ability rarely seen in such highly tech-minded people! Don’t mess with Lazarov: he has the super-power to make sure your tech pushes your business to the next level! 


Juha Koivula

Business Director, North America,

Working with Valo since 2013, Juha’s current mission is to grow our presence in The Americas together with our partners. Juha also enjoys playing tennis and speaking languages.


Olivera White

Partner Manager

Olivera is responsible for building, maintaining and managing long-term relationships with current and prospective partners. Helping Partners and Valo succeed with her boundless enthusiasm. When not working, Olivera enjoys life with her kids, doing photography, scuba diving, horseback riding, learning how to play a guitar and drinking wine.


Keyvan Pashaei

Support Specialist

Keyvan supports partners to help them succeed with Valo implementations.


Melissa Perrotti

Office Coordinator

At the office, Melissa holds the responsibility as the NA human resource and finance coordinator, while supporting the Marketing team. In her free time, Melissa enjoys staying active by either hitting the gym or spending time outdoors.

Annie Orzechowska

Events & Marketing Specialist

The magic is in the details! When not organizing memorable Valo events & marketing actions in the NA region, you can find Annie nurturing her passion for health & wellness or planning her next travel and crazy adventure!