LeverX Innovation Forum

Unlocking Success Together: A Celebration of Innovation, Collaboration, and Growth

When:

October
25-27, 2023

Duration:

3 days

Where:

Miami, Florida | JW Marriott Marquis

MEET OUR KEYNOTE & EXECUTIVE PANEL SPEAKERS

Muhammad Alam
Muhammad Alam

Muhammad Alam

President and Chief Product Officer for SAP Intelligent Spend and Business Network Product Engineering and General Manager for SAP Business Network

EXPERIENCE

Muhammad Alam is President and Chief Product Officer for SAP Intelligent Spend and Business Network (ISBN) Product Engineering and General Manager for SAP Business Network, where he is charged with executing on SAP’s future-forward strategy. He is responsible for procurement, travel and expense, and contingent workforce product engineering, as well as the business network, which allows customers to connect with millions of trading partners in near real-time. His organizations work together with ISBN’s Marketing & Solutions and Customer Success teams, focused on bringing market-leading cloud solutions to customers worldwide so they can realize greater visibility across enterprise spend and manage supply chain disruption.

Previously, Muhammad was Corporate Vice President, Dynamics 365 at Microsoft, where he led product management and engineering for all operations-focused applications in the portfolio. He has also held roles at Capgemini and Ernst & Young LLP, focused on supply chain management.

Muhammad, a Certified Public Accountant, earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Morehouse College in Atlanta, where he currently resides. 

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Elizabeth Hackenson

CIO and SVP, Schneider Electric

EXPERIENCE

Elizabeth is the Chief Information Officer of Schneider Electric since December 2017, when she joined the company.  

She brings 30+ years of experience leading technology operations and initiatives across large-scale complex organizations. Prior to joining Schneider Electric, Elizabeth had held three major CIO roles at AES (2008-2017), Alcatel-Lucent (2006-2008) and MCI (2004-2006). 

Hackenson holds an MBA from Stanford University and a Degree in Applied Sciences with a major in Data Processing and Computer Technology from Farmingdale State University. 

In 2023, Hackenson was named Top 100 women executives in technology to see, in 2022 received the US CIO IT Leadership and Innovation award; and in 2021 was recognized by Boston CIO as the Leadership Award recipient for technical innovation and her  achievements as a technology leader. 

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Gus Shahin

Chief Information and Digital Officer (CIDO), Flex

EXPERIENCE

Gus Shahin is the chief information and digital officer (CIDO) at Flex, the manufacturing partner of choice that helps a diverse customer base design and build products to improve the world.

Mr. Shahin is responsible for driving Flex’s corporate IT strategy and cybersecurity by developing agile, scalable end-to-end systems and tools to enable digital transformation via an enterprise-wide strategy for business processes and services across all verticals and factory operations. In his role, he is focused on delivering actionable insights and achieving business objectives through cutting-edge technology including artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), automation, and industry 4.0 to support the company’s modern manufacturing capabilities.

Previously at Flex, Mr. Shahin was responsible for customer and segment IT support, global implementation of core supply chain IT systems, customer solution architecture, e-learning and knowledge management teams. He has also managed factory operations, global IT deployment and IT for the mobile and consumer divisions.

Mr. Shahin holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Louisiana and a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Western Ontario.

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MARGARET BRISBANE

Chief Information Officer, Miami-Dade County

EXPERIENCE

Margaret Brisbane is the CIO and Director of the Information Technology Department for Miami-Dade County. In her current role, she is responsible for leading a team of 900+ IT professionals in servicing the technology needs of the County. Margaret is the first woman to serve in the role of county CIO.

Prior to joining the County, Margaret served as an IT Director for various brands under the Diageo Corporation. 

Throughout her career, Margaret has been actively involved in the community and professional organizations.  She is a member of the South Florida CIOs, the Chair of the ITWomen Virtual Mentoring Program, and a member of the Technology Committees at the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and the Beacon Council. She has a passion for mentoring and currently leads programs for high school students and an apprenticeship program with Miami Dade College and Florida International University students.

Margaret earned a Master of Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University. She received a certificate in Executive Leadership from Harvard University. She was inducted into the Miami-Dade College Hall of Fame in 2022, received the Torch Award from FIU, and was named Female Technology Leader of the Year by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. She recently received the “Ones to Watch” award from the CIO Executive Council, and was nominated for the “Badass Woman of the Year”.  She received the South Florida CIO ORBIE Awards.

Speakers

Dr. Victor Lozinski
Co-founder and Chairman of the Board, LeverX
Nathan Emler
Engineering Programmer, Ariel Corporation
Lindsay Neill
Director Enterprise Applications, Mizuho-OSI
Cristina Greysman
Head of SAP on AWS Partner & Alliance at Amazon Web Services (AWS)
Soumya Sekhar
Senior Partner Solutions Architect - SAP at Amazon Web Services (AWS)
Achim Rossel
SVP Business Development at DSC Software
Lino Messerschmidt
Product Manager, SAP Product Lifecycle Costing
Jim Osborne
Solution Advisor, DSCM, SAP America, Inc.
Andy Hancock
Global Vice President, Center of Excellence, SAP Digital Supply Chain
Arnold Heinz
Head of Product Management Quote to Cash 
Eric Stajda
SVP Services & Product Development, LeverX
Christoph Fischer
VP of Sales - North America, LeverX
Dmitry Antanovich
Solution Director, Digital Supply Chain, LeverX
Jacques Muratori
Solution Director, Intelligent Spend & Business Network, LeverX
Walter Riskie
Sr. Client Partner, PLM, LeverX
Sergey Seleznev
Director SAP Software Solutions and Product Development, LeverX
Stepan Yunkevich
Head of Web Development, LeverX
Dmitry Novik
Head of Design, LeverX
Nataliya Rubakhava
Senior UX Researcher, Design Thinking Coach at LeverX AppHaus Wrocław
Vitali Usau
Head of Innovation and Mobile
Siarhei Valenda
Head of Automated Information Systems, LeverX
Dr. Victor Lozinski
Co-founder and Chairman of the Board, LeverX
Laura DiBella
President and CEO, Enterprise Florida 
Joern Keller
SVP and Chief Product Officer, SAP Business Network
CRISTINA GREYSMAN
Head of SAP on AWS Partner & Alliance at Amazon Web Services (AWS)
Melissa Medina
CEO & President at eMerge Americas
Sumaira Nabeel
Vice President Strategic Operations and Partnerships, Flex
Daniel Zimmermann
Partner, WilmerHale
Edy Sardilli
Global Partnerships & GTM, Google Cloud
Blake Lanning
Enterprise Solutions, Google Cloud
Alex Shubat
CEO, Espresa
Keith Styrcula
Founder and CEO, Glasstower Digital, LLC
Lindsay Neill
Director Enterprise Applications, Mizuho-OSI
Rebecca Tallon
Director of Water Treatment Technologies and Materials, A. O. Smith Corporation
Lino Messerschmidt
Product Manager, SAP Product Lifecycle Costing
Soumya Sekhar
Senior Partner Solutions Architect - SAP at Amazon Web Services (AWS)
Jim Osborne
Solution Advisor, DSCM, SAP America, Inc.
Julius Česnakauskas
Head of SAP Solutions at Girteka
Saulius Pauliukas
SAP Project Manager, Girteka
Jekaterina Timofejeva
SAP HCM & SuccessFactors Service Lead, Girteka
Lina Ponomariovienė
Head of People and Culture Transformation, Girteka
Andy Hancock
Global Vice President, Center of Excellence, SAP Digital Supply Chain
Laurynas Prikockis
CIO, Western Shipyard Group
Arnold Heinz
Head of Product Management Quote to Cash 
Sylwia Piatkowska
Procurement Project Coordinator, Amer Sports
Nathan Emler
Engineering Programmer, Ariel Corporation
Jacques Muratori
Solution Director, Intelligent Spend & Business Network, LeverX
Ulf Petzel
Head of PLM Global Solution Advisory, SAP
Achim Rossel
SVP Business Development at DSC Software
Amir Bonakdar
Senior Director - Business Lead Global and Americas - AppHaus at SAP
Dmitry Antanovich
Solution Director, Digital Supply Chain, LeverX
SERGEY SELEZNEV
Director, SAP Software Solutions and Product Development, LeverX Product Owner, DataLark
David Kramp
Director of Sales, LeverX
Brooke Williams
Vice President - SAP Business Network
Shawn Brown
Senior Director & Midwest MU Lead, SAP
Mark Landrosh
Senior Director - R&D / Engineering Solutions, SAP
Sean Laughlin
PLM Solution Management – Digital Products & Projects at SAP

Meet Our Master of Ceremonies

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ted-souder

Ted Souder

Former Google Insider | Global Speaker 🎤 Digital Transformation Champion | Advisor To Chairpersons & CEOs | Board Director | Professor | Art Collector

EXPERIENCE

Ted Souder is a leading authority on the transformative power of embracing a digital mindset in today's business world. With an impressive tenure as one of Google's earliest employees, Ted dedicated over 20 years to contributing to one of the most remarkable business success stories in history. Throughout his time at Google, he held various senior roles, including Head of
Industry, Retail, and Founder of the Google CFO Forum. Additionally, Ted served as Vice-Chair of the prestigious Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, one of the oldest and largest chambers in the United States.

Event Agenda

Day 1 – Wednesday, October 25  
Time Agenda / Location
9:00AM – 10:00AM Pre-Event | Design Thinking Networking Breakfast  
Pre-Event Registration Needed | LeverX HQ: 801 Brickell Ave # 1970, Miami, FL 33131
10:00AM – 1:00PM Pre-Event | Morning session: Design Thinking Workshop powered by the SAP AppHaus Network  Network 
Pre-Event Registration Needed | LeverX HQ: 801 Brickell Ave # 1970, Miami, FL 33131
1:00PM – 2:00PM Pre-Event | Design Thinking Networking Lunch 
Pre-Event Registration Needed | LeverX HQ: 801 Brickell Ave # 1970, Miami, FL 33131
2:00PM – 5:00PM Pre-Event | Afternoon session: Design Thinking Workshop powered by the SAP AppHaus Network  
Pre-Event Registration Needed | LeverX HQ: 801 Brickell Ave # 1970, Miami, FL 33131
2:30PM – 5:30PM Presentation Dry Run | Speaker check | Panel Discussion check 
JW Marriott Marquis | 255 Biscayne Blvd Way, Miami, FL 33131
6:30PM – 7:30PM Early Badge Pick Up
JW Marriott Marquis | 255 Biscayne Blvd Way, Miami, FL 33131
7:00PM – 11:00PM Welcome Reception | Networking
JW Marriott Marquis | LeverX Innovation Forum 2023 kick off 
Day 2 – Thursday, October 26  
Time Agenda / Speakers
7:30AM – 8:30AM Registration | 3rd floor
7:30AM – 8:30AM Breakfast | Networking | 3rd floor
8:30AM – 8:45AM A Message from the LeverX Co-founder and Chairman of the Board
Dr. Victor Lozinski, Co-founder and Chairman of the Board, LeverX
8:45AM – 9:00AM Welcome Kick-off
Laura DiBella, President and CEO, Enterprise Florida
9:00AM – 9:30AM SAP Keynote
Muhammad Alam, President and Chief Product Officer for SAP Intelligent Spend and Business Network Product Engineering and General Manager for SAP Business Network & Joern Keller, SVP and Chief Product Officer, SAP Business Network
9:30AM – 10:00AM Customer Keynote: Driving Digital and Business Transformation @SCALE at Schneider Electric
Elizabeth Hackenson, CIO and SVP, Schneider Electric
10:00AM – 10:30AM Unlocking Innovation: How Flex Partners with Startups to Tackle Business Challenges
Sumaira Nabeel, Vice President Strategic Operations and Partnerships, Flex
10:30AM – 11:00AM Networking (Around the Pods)
11:00AM – 11:30AM AWS for SAP, the proven cloud to run and extend any SAP workload
Cristina Greysman, Head of SAP on AWS Partners & Alliance, Americas Amazon Web Services
 Beth Sharp Sr. Solution Architect Manager, North America
11:30AM – 12:00PM Enterprise Intelligence Solutions by Google Cloud
Edy Sardilli, Global Partnerships & GTM, Google Cloud
12:00PM – 1:00PM Lunch | Networking
1:00PM – 1:30PM Panel: CIO Perspectives, Navigating Digital Transformation, Igniting Innovation, and Elevating Enterprise Success
Elizabeth Hackenson, CIO and SVP, Schneider Electric,
Gus Shahin, Chief Information and Digital Officer (CIDO), Flex
1:30PM – 2:00PM Panel: The Future of AI. Is AI our friend or enemy?
Andy Hancock, Global Vice President of the Center of Excellence within SAP
Melissa Medina, CEO & President of eMerge Americas
Ted Souder, Digital Transformation Champion, Advisor To Chairpersons & CEOs
Madeline Pumariega, President, Miami Dade College
Daniel Zimmermann, Partner, WilmerHale
2:00PM – 2:30PM Espresa's Journey: Transforming Ideas into a Cloud-Based Employee Platform
Alex Shubat, CEO of Espresa
2:30PM – 3:00PM Transforming Quote to Cash Solutions for Large and Medium-Size Enterprises
Arnold Heinz, Head of Product Management Quote to Cash, SAP
3:00PM – 3:30PM Connecting people, processes, and systems in supply chain across multiple enterprises
Brooke Williams, Vice President - SAP Business Network
Breakout Sessions:  
Track 1 - Supply Chain, Logistics & Business Network - Met Ballroom 2
3:30PM – 4:00PM Evolution towards Intelligent Enterprise in Logistics: Embracing the Transportation-Centric Approach and Unveiling SAP Solutions Implementation 
Julius Česnakauskas, Head of SAP Solutions, Girteka
Saulius Pauliukas, SAP Project Manager, Girteka
4:00PM – 4:30PM The Ariba experience by Amer Sports
Sylwia Piatkowska, Procurement Project Coordinator, Amer Sports
4:30PM – 5:00PM SAP EPD Collaboration integration to SAP Ariba Sourcing and Supply Chain Collaboration
Ulf Petzel, Head of PLM Global Solution Advisory, SAP
Track 2 - Product Lifecycle Management  - Met Ballroom 3
3:30PM – 4:00PM Digitalize product development, innovate faster, and build a digital thread
Mark Landrosh, Senior Director - R&D/Engineering Solutions at SAP 
Sean Laughlin, PLM Solution Management – Digital Products & Projects at SAP
4:00PM – 4:30PM Design to customer demand and product individualization with PLM software
Jim Osborne, PLM Practice Lead, SAP North American Digital Supply Chain COE
Achim Rossel, SVP Business Development at DSC Software
4:30PM – 5:00PM How to Improve Your Product Costing Process and Avoid Expensive Mistakes
Lino Messerschmidt, Product Manager, SAP Product Lifecycle Costing
Track 3 - Innovation - Met Ballroom 4
3:30PM – 4:00PM AWS SDK for SAP ABAP, intro Generative AI and how that helps SAP customers
Joao Bozelli, Specialist Solutions Architect, SAP on AWS na Amazon Web Services (AWS)
4:00PM – 4:30PM Glasstower: Is the World Ready for Instant, Low-Cost B2B FX Payments?
Keith Styrcula, Founder and CEO, Glasstower Digital, LLC
4:30PM – 5:00PM Using AI to empower your organization with innovative technologies by Google Cloud
Blake Lanning, Solutions Engineer, Google Cloud
 Track 4 - Business Technology Platform - Met Ballroom 5
3:30PM – 4:00PM Bring together data and analytics, artificial intelligence, application development, automation, and integration
Shawn Brown, Senior Director - Center of Excellence SAP Business Technology Platform
4:00PM – 4:30PM Innovating with SAP Business Technology Platform for customer value
Amir Bonakdar, Senior Director - Business Lead Global and Americas - AppHaus at SAP
4:30PM – 5:00PM Innovate faster with SAP BTP and 200+ AWS services
Soumya Sekhar, Senior Partner Solutions Architect - SAP at Amazon Web Services (AWS)
6:30PM – 6:45PM Meet up
JW Marriott Marquis Lobby
6:45PM – 6:50PM Shuttle departure to the Sefair Yacht
7:00PM – 11:00PM Set Sail in Miami!
Sefair Yacht
Day 3 – Friday, October 27

Time Agenda / Speakers
8:00AM – 9:00AM  Breakfast | Networking | 3rd floor
9:00AM – 9:30AM  Miami Dade County is Future Ready
Margaret Brisbane, Chief Information Officer, Miami-Dade County
9:30AM – 10:00AM Developing Innovative Digital Tools to Understand Local Water Quality
Rebecca Tallon, Director of Water Treatment Technologies and Materials, A. O. Smith Corporation
10:00AM – 10:30AM Eliminating the physical paper trail while increasing transparency & efficiency
Nathan Emler, Engineering Programmer, Ariel Corporation
10:30AM – 11:00AM Networking (Around the Pods)
11:00AM – 11:30AM Navigating the Seas of Technological Advancement: Exploration of SAP implementation
Laurynas Prikockis, CIO, Western Shipyard
11:30AM – 12:00PM Integrated Product Lifecycle Management on S/4HANA
Lindsay Neill, Director Enterprise Applications, Mizuho-OSI
12:00PM – 12:30PM Enhancing People and Organizational Management through SAP SuccessFactors 
Jekaterina Timofejeva, SAP HCM & SuccessFactors Service Lead and Lina Ponomarioviene, Head of HR Transformation, Girteka 
12:30PM – 1:30PM Lunch | Networking (Around the Pods)

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS: BE PREPARED TO CONNECT, LEARN, AND INNOVATE

Engage With Industry Experts

Connect with experienced professionals specializing in SAP solutions and gain valuable insights, best practices, and innovative strategies to optimize your business processes.

Extend Your Business Network

Interact with like-minded professionals, industry leaders/experts, and LeverX customers from various sectors. Share experiences, ideas, and forge collaborations and business opportunities.

Experience the Forefront of Innovation

Discover the latest advancements in tailored SAP technologies by LeverX, designed to meet your specific needs. See how they enhance efficiency, cut costs, and elevate productivity in your organization.

Engaging Workshops

Gain practical knowledge on leveraging the capabilities of SAP solutions. Learn effective strategies to address your business challenges while enjoying an engaging and enjoyable experience.

Inspirational Keynote Speakers

Be inspired by influential thought leaders and industry visionaries who will share their insights and perspectives. Prepare to be both educated and entertained!

Exciting Evening Events

Join us in celebrating our 20th anniversary in Miami with a series of unforgettable evening events. Experience a grand welcome reception, and picturesque sunset.

Celebrating 20 Years of LeverX in Miami: Unforgettable Moments Await

Join us in celebrating our 20th anniversary amidst the vibrant backdrop of Miami. Immerse yourself in a series of unforgettable evening events:

  • Grand Welcome Reception: Immerse in a festive atmosphere as we kickstart the celebrations.
  • Sunset Happy Hour Harbor Cruise: Set sail on a picturesque cruise, and experience the magic of Miami's sunsets.

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Your participation is highly appreciated

Calling all business innovators, SAP enthusiasts, industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and visionaries! The LeverX Innovation Forum is designed exclusively for you, offering a transformative experience to unlock and elevate your business potential.

Executives, Vice Presidents & Directors

  • CIO/COO
  • Chief Supply Chain Officer
  • EVP of Global Supply Chain
  • Supply Chain Executives
  • VP of Engineering
  • Director of Engineering
  • Director of Supply Chain & Logistics
  • Director of IT
  • Director, Master Data Management
Accelerated product launch-min

Managers, Analysts & Specialists of:

  • Supply Chain/Logistics
  • Inventory/Fulfillment
  • Manufacturing Engineers
  • R&D Manager
  • CAD Designers
  • PLM Solution Manager
Transparency-min

Information Technology (IT) teams:

  • SAP Solution Architect
  • IT Lead
  • Business Analyst
  • Logistics Analyst
  • Supply Chain Analyst
  • PLM Analyst
  • Manufacturing Analyst
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Limited Seating: Exclusive Design Thinking Workshop

As a valued participant of the LeverX Innovation Forum 2023, we are excited to offer you an exclusive opportunity!

Join our Design Thinking Workshop, designed to ignite your creativity and problem-solving skills like never before.

Date: October 23 — October 24
Venue: 801 Brickell Ave, Suite 1970, Miami, FL, 33131

In this immersive workshop, we invite you to delve into the world of design thinking, a user-centered approach that empowers you to tackle complex challenges with fresh perspectives. Led by certified industry experts, this hands-on session will equip you with innovative tools and methodologies to unleash your creative potential and drive meaningful solutions.

Register for this workshop and tell us the topic you are interested in solving through design thinking sessions.

Spaces are filling up fast, so don't miss out on this unique chance to enhance your problem-solving skills and take your business to new heights. We look forward to seeing you at the workshop and helping you achieve your digital transformation goals!

Learn more about the Design Thinking Workshop

Inspirational Voices: Recap of Our 2022 Speaker Lineup

Our previous Innovation Forum was an extraordinary showcase of the power of ideas and the brilliance of our esteemed speakers. From groundbreaking innovations to thought-provoking insights, these exceptional industry leaders left an indelible mark on our event, inspiring us all.

Laura DiBella

Deputy Secretary of Commerce, Enterprise Florida

Mark Twilley

IT Director, Global Development & Delivery (R&D), PepsiCo

Andreas Hauser

SVP, SAP AppHaus Network

Nagarajan Nallaiah

Sr Mgr Head of System security and compliance, Varian, a Siemens Healthineers company

Troy Land
Vice President - SAP Business Networks Ecosystem Global Lead, SAP

Rohan Joshi

Acting Manager, PLM, Censhare, Applied Medical
Kassie Augedahl
Lead Equipment Data Analyst, Manager, RD&E, Ecolab
Sergey Seleznev
Director, SAP Software Solutions and Product Development, LeverX Product Owner, DataLark

The Spirit of Innovation: Igniting Ideas, Fostering Synergistic Connections

Every picture tells a story, and within our photo gallery lies a captivating narrative that beautifully captures the vibrant experience at LeverX Innovation Forum. Step into a world of visual memories that eloquently celebrate the brilliance of our esteemed speakers, the contagious enthusiasm of our participants, and the unwavering spirit of innovation that fuels our thriving community.

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LEVERX: WHO WE ARE

Founded in 2003 in the heart of Silicon Valley, LeverX is a global system integrator specializing in SAP implementation and custom software development.

As an SAP Gold Partner and Global Strategic Supplier, we've delivered 950+ successful projects for 800+ customers, maximizing their SAP investments.

Our expert teams support clients across North America, Europe, Central Asia, and the Middle East, offering flexibility and reliability through digital transformations.

Our competence is confirmed by relevant certifications and partnerships with market leaders.

SAP partner
AppHaus Network
AWS partner
Microsoft partner
google cloud partner
ISO 22301
ISO 27001
ISO 55001
ISO 9001

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