Speakers

Meet the Valo Summit Speakers!

We have awesome guest speakers joining us at the Valo Summit Tour, sharing their knowledge on intranets and digital workplace experiences. Take a peek at who you’ll meet at the events and let us know if you want to hop on the stage too!

Guest Speakers at Valo Summit Tour 2019

Jeff Teper

Corporate Vice President - Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, OneDrive

Leading Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, and OneDrive product, design, and engineering in Microsoft 365 empowering over one billion people to collaborate at work, school, and home.

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Joanne C. Klein

MVP,
SharePoint & Office 365 Consultant

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NA

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 joannecklein.com

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Meet the Valo Team
and our Valo Partners on stage

Pekka Walkama

President
Valo

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EU APAC

As the Founder and CEO of Blue Meteorite, Valo’s mother company, Pekka considers himself a Digital Business All-Round Player. His goal is to make our #CustomerExperience, #PartnerExperience and #WorkdayExperience best-in-class. Plus Pekka is a family man, enjoys basketball and enjoys consuming movies on a grand scale!

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Knut Relbe-Moe

Product Evangelist & Partner Manager,
Valo

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EU APAC

Knut is an veteran Microsoft 365 MVP, a multi-award winning Microsoft architect and an experienced SharePoint consultant with hundreds of Intranet implementations under his belt. Knut is particularly talented at making sophisticated concepts seem simple by combining technical insight with business value and with his personal brand of engaging, down-to-earth enthusiasm and charisma.

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Gokan Ozcifci

Product Marketing Manager, Valo

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EU APAC
Besides being our main Product Marketing Manager at Valo, Gokan is also a celebrated Microsoft MVP and a highly sought after speaker. His tech and business knowledge are vast and his talks are always riveting! But between his globetrotting and speaker invitations, he also helps Valo customers and partners build innovative, intelligent and responsive cloud-driven Valo solutions. As a strong proponent of Mobile and Cloud-first ideology, his goal is to empower every person and every organisation to level up and achieve more with the Microsoft and Valo experiences.

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Sari Soinoja

Product Owner, Valo

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EU APAC

Sari is one of our foremost (and favorite) Valo Product Owners for Valo Intranet, Valo Extranet and Valo Entrance. She is well known as a passionate, dedicated M365 enthusiast who loves the ubiquity of technology and is ever determined to set new goals and break new ground. And when Sari speaks, there is always a revelation of something new and exciting on the horizon. In her free time, Sari also enjoys playing basketball and sipping fine scotch. Cheers!

 

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Jarmo Kuusinen

Business Director, APAC
Valo

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APAC

Nicknamed, “the conductor” for good reason, Jarmo currently conducts Valo’s APAC region with his extensive personal knowledge and experience in Valo business and product development, tech, marketing and also in sales. A well informed all-rounder, Jarmo has a particular talent for seeing the big picture and helping Valo Partners and clients achieve long-reaching outcomes through logical, precision actions. Don’t let his easy smile fool you – Jarmo is well known for his sharp business acumen and his ability to simplify complex ideas down to reveal the most vital points for mutual success.

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Daniel Anderson

Product Evangelist & Partner Manager APAC at Valo

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APAC

Daniel has been delivering strategic business outcomes for 15 years. Daniel works with the Microsoft 365 collaboration tools specifically SharePoint, Microsoft Teams, OneDrive, Yammer, and the Power Platform, while maintaining a clear focus on security, compliance and information protection. Daniel is helping your business by empowering users to achieve more with Microsoft 365 and the right tools for digital work.

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Mark Powney

Senior SharePoint and Cloud architecture Consultant, Valo Product Evangelist and Technical Partner Manager

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APAC

Mark is a riveting speaker who hails from more than 2 decades of web and intranet development and has slowly earned a reputation as a premium, Senior Consultant for SharePoint and Cloud architecture. But he describes himself more simply as someone who helps customers from all walks of life, from community organisations to large corporate and government agencies, design and build Office 365 and Azure based solutions.

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Vlad Catrinescu

Senior Valo Sales Executive, Product Evangelist & Microsoft MVP

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EU APAC NA

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!

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Jouni Pohjolainen

Valo Support Engineer

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APAC

Jouni has been developing SharePoint solutions since he first joined Blue Meteorite in 2010. A native Finn, he enjoys a good PC adventure game almost as much as his real-life world travel adventures, such as his recent move to join Valo’s APAC team in Australia for a year. In addition to video games, Jouni also loves to run and pitch random puns out of left-field.

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Elio Struyf

Engineering Lead, Valo

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EU APAC NA

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.

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Mika Berglund

Technology Consultant at Valo

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APAC

Mika has been working in the IT industry since the mid-80s and wrote his first program for the Commodore 64! He has since become an enthusiastic architecture, systems and application designer for many kinds of Microsoft platforms, but especially specialises in Azure and Office 365 and uses his extensive skills and knowledge to help businesses achieve their full potential.

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Ilija Lazarov

Technical Partner Manager
Valo

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APAC NA

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! 

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Jarbas Horst

Senior Software Architect and Valo Product Owner

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EU APAC

Jarbas is an Office 365 enthusiast, a lifelong learner and is known for his positive, can-do attitude. Over more than a decade his main focus has been on SharePoint Online and Microsoft 365 development. Jarbas is the Valo Teamwork Product Owner, a site provisioning specialist and also an enthusiastic speaker He particularly creates superb provisioning solutions for many medium to large businesses corporations and is happy to share his extensive first-hand experiences.

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Shira Friedman

Valo APAC Marketing, SEO and Digital Marketing specialist

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APAC

Is there anything about the digital world not to love? Explore, create, innovate and make an easier, better world for all! After 15+ years specializing in digital marketing, SEO and content creation, Shira believes there’s only one golden rule for digital: If you can dream it, it can be done!

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Tom Laureys, Amplexor

 Tom Laureys, Solution Manager ECM at Amplexor Belgium

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EU

Tom is Solution Manager ECM at Amplexor, based in Belgium. For the past 12 years, Tom has been helping organizations across industries to find the right technology to effectively digitize their business processes and improve collaboration and productivity. His combination of strategic thinking and expertise in a range of platforms – from Valo, SharePoint and Office 365 to Alfresco and OpenText – grant him the capacity to capture new trends on the market and turn them into solutions for customers.

Bart-Jan Dekker, I4-You

SharePoint Architect

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EU

Bart-Jan is responsible for the technical side of Valo implementation, classic as well  as modern at I4-YOU. Migrating from Valo Classic to Modern can be a lot of work if you do it manually. But fortunately there are tools available that help you in automating this task. In this session we will take a look on how migrate from Valo Classic to modern, automating as much as possible.

Ruud Brok, Portiva

Consultant

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EU

As a Valo Lover, and Valo Contributor Hero 2019 Winner, Ruud not only flips the switch deploying Valo but makes sure the solution fits the customer’s needs. On top of that, he also takes care of the change needed on the business side.

A question for his leisure time; how is the mountain biking in Finland?

Nick Van Hooijdonk, Portiva

Technical Cloud Consultant

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EU
As a technical cloud consultant, Nick connects the dots between business and tech. In recent years he has built up a lot of experience in rolling out Valo to both larger and smaller organizations. In addition to his passion for development at O365, he can often be found on the football field.

Lea Lähteenmäki, Blue Meteorite

Sales Director

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EU

Head of sales in Blue Meteorite, Lea shares the secrets of how they’ve sold over 100 Valos in 3 years in Finland.

Tytti Hallavo, Blue Meteorite

Director of Consulting Services
Blue Meteorite

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EU

"Having begun her journey at Blue Meteorite in 2010, with over 170 Valo delivery projects under her belt, Tytti is leading the Consulting Services Business with a successful practice since the starting point of when Valo was first established."

Tytti has a strong background in leading project businesses and expert organizations. She has worked in the Microsoft technology field along with intranets and web services for over two decades. With the majority of her work on the partner side steering customer solutions, Tytti delivers and ensures business profitability.

 

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Juliet Stott

 Founding Director, Bright Star Content Marketing Agency

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EU

Bright Star is Valo’s external content partner. Juliet and her team of experienced writers create content for Valo’s blog and write Valo’s customer stories. Juliet began her career at The Guardian Newspaper 20 years ago & has written for Advertising Week Europe & New York, Econsultancy, IBM, Nutanix, and The Content Council.

Päivi Haavisto

Production Manager, Valo

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EU

As a Production Manager, Päivi makes sure that the Product Development Team has all the things they need to share the #ValoLove with our Products! Päivi’s passions are the 3 C’s: Coffee, Cooking and Cava and she considers herself as a MasterChef of her own life.

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Michael Borell

Sales Lead EMEA
Valo

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EU

Michael is working closely with Valo Partner Managers to provide partners and customers the best possible result by helping partners in sales and streamlining the Valo Partner network. While off work, Mike can be found exploring the world, hiking or cooking to his family.

Noora Hakkarainen

Partner Manager EMEA,
Valo

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EU

Noora is a SharePoint professional with a customer on the mind. When not sunk in SharePoint, you will find Noora either cooking, traveling, or getting to know the next season’s fashion trends. Red lipstick alert!

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Sébastien Levert

Product Lead
Valo

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EU

Seb is an Office Development MVP specializing in delivering great customizations in SharePoint and Office 365. He is responsible of building great Intranet scenarios using the Modern experiences, and to develop our amazing partner network.

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Piotr Siatka

Software Developer,
Valo

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EU

Piotr really enjoys pure coding. After work, he tries to balance a healthy style of life, from running to beering.

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Erwin van Hunen

Lead Architect, Valo

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EU

Erwin goes back a long time with SharePoint and uses that knowledge to make the Valo product installation process shine! He is one of the few Microsoft Certified Masters in SharePoint and an Office Apps & Services MVP. Off work, Erwin loves spending his time in his studio filled with synthesizers.

Juha Koivula

Business Director, North America,
Valo

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NA

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.

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Jenni Mattinen

Marketing Communications Specialist
Valo

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EU

Jenni concentrates on partner communications and loves to work around the #ValoLove stories with customers! When not working, Jenni can be found from the forests, running tracks, yoga mat, or Crossfit box.

Olivera White

Partner Manager
Valo

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NA

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.

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Keyvan Pashaei

Support Specialist
Valo

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NA

Keyvan supports partners to help them succeed with Valo implementations.

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Melissa Perrotti

Office Coordinator
Valo

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NA

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

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NA

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!

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