Program Committee

Matteo Merli
CTO , StreamNative

Matteo Merli is the PMC Chair of Apache Pulsar and CTO at StreamNative. He is co-creator of Pulsar while at Yahoo!, co-founder of Streamlio, Committer and PMC of Apache Pulsar and Apache BookKeeper. He works for The Apache Software Foundation for 4+ years, and has rich experience in distributed pub-sub messaging platform.

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Sijie Guo
Co-Founder and CEO, StreamNative

Sijie Guo is the co-founder and CEO of StreamNative, VP of Apache BookKeeper, and PMC Member of Apache Pulsar. Before StreamNative, he was one of the co-founders of Streamlio. Before Streamlio, he was the tech lead for the messaging group at Twitter, where he co-created Apache DistributedLog and Twitter EventBus. Prior to Twitter, he worked on push notification infrastructure at Yahoo.

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Sanjeev Kulkarni
Dreaming about Streaming, Splunk

Sanjeev Kulkarni works on the streaming product at Splunk. He came to Splunk via their acquisition of Streamlio where he was the co-founder. At Streamlio, he was building next generation real time processing engines. Before Streamlio, he was the technical lead for real-time analytics at Twitter where he co-created Twitter Heron. Before that, we was at Locomatix where he handled their engineering stack. Before that he worked in the Adsense team at Google leading several initiatives. He has a MS. in computer science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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Joe Francis
Director, Verizon Media

Joe is an experienced manager in building and running high-performing engineering teams. He has a track record of developing large scale cloud services from scratch, deploying them to production and scaling them up to Internet level traffic at Yahoo. He is technically strong in large scale distributed systems. He also had a startup career at Asempra (acquired by Dell) in CDP for SQL server databases, and worked on distributed database, transactions & recovery at Sybase.

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Addison Higham
Chief Architect, StreamNative

Addison Higham is the Chief Architect at StreamNative. He has been focusing on micro-services, distributed systems, big data, and cloud architecture with extensive experience in various big data Apache projects, such as Pulsar, Flink, and Spark.

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Fabian Hueske
Senior Software Engineer, Snowflake

Fabian Hueske is a committer and PMC member of Apache Flink, software engineer at Snowflake, co-founder of @dataArtisans, and author for O'Reilly.

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Jesse Anderson
Managing Director, Big Data Institute

Jesse Anderson is a Data Engineer, Creative Engineer and Managing Director of Big Data Institute. He works with companies ranging from startups to Fortune 100 companies on Big Data. This includes training on cutting edge technologies like Apache Kafka, Apache Hadoop and Apache Spark. He has taught over 30,000 people the skills to become data engineers. He is widely regarded as an expert in the field and for his novel teaching practices. Jesse is published on O’Reilly and Pragmatic Programmers. He has been covered in prestigious publications such as The Wall Street Journal, CNN, BBC, NPR, Engadget, and Wired.

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Ben Lorica
Principal, Gradient Flow

Ben Lorica, was formerly Chief Data Scientist at O’Reilly Media, and the former Program Chair of the Strata Data Conference, the O’Reilly Artificial Intelligence Conference, and TensorFlow World. Ben is also an advisor to a few exciting startups and organizations: Databricks, Alluxio, Matroid, Anodot, Determined AI, Anyscale, Faculty (formerly ASI Data Science), Graphistry, Yakit, and The Center for Data Intensive Science + Open Commons Consortium (University of Chicago).

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