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Advisory Board

Simon Allen

Data Center Nation
Global Strategic Advisor

Simon is the former Executive Director of the Infrastructure Masons (iM) which is a global non-profit, professional association for men and women motivated to make a better-connected world for everyone. Guided by an Advisory Council of industry leaders responsible for the largest and most advanced digital infrastructure portfolios in the world.

Donata Guerrini

Strategic Negotiator Global Infrastructure

Donata began her career in New York, managing large-scale high-rises and Data Center construction sites in the United States, then moving on to the development of a Data Center start-up and the commercial and business development direction for a multinational engineering company.

Donata then joined Google in Europe, as a leading global strategic negotiator for Data Center and renewable energy projects, supporting Google infrastructure entry plans into new markets and expanding existing ones in the EMEA regions. During her career, she has participated as a speaker at the international conferences, addressing topics related to technological advancement, Data Centers infrastructure and sustainability. In 2021, she won the award as the most talented Italian young manager of the year, while in 2020 she received the international iMasons award, for outstanding contribution to the development of digital infrastructure.

Susanna Kass

Stanford University
InfraPrime & UNSDG Program

Susanna Kass is a Climate Change Advocate. She is the Chief Executive and Sustainability Officer at InfraPrime, a Switzerland Net Zero startup Data Center; also, she is the Data Center Advisor on the United Nations Sustainable Development GoalsEP Program.

InfraPrime focuses on providing resilient and sustainability infrastructure offerings products for on premise net zero clean energy design with energy storage and hydrogen for Data Center. The decarbonization projects are Energy Resilient and embrace The Circular Economy to reuse waste heat, reduce emission, upcycle to regenerate agri and fuel, eliminate carbon to store in materials to achieve Carbon Neutrality sustainability net positive metrics.
As Data Center Advisor on the United Nations Sustainable Development GoalsEP Program, she represents the UN Sustainable Development team by engaging private sector leadership, academic researchers, and public institutions to jointly promote sustainable energy within the international Data Center sector and global verticals industry. Kass is one of the researchers for The Clean Energy For Biden (now named Clean Energy for America), her focus is to provide scientific based evidence for America to revamp Carbon Neutral infrastructure and to support the new enactment to the Paris Agreement.
Kass is honored as top 50 women leaders in San Francisco, a member of Climate 50 most influential towards a carbon free future as a Stanford Energy Fellow. Kass current lecturer at school of engineering at Stanford University and Cornell University Energy Systems Institute. She is a guest lecturer at The National University of Singapore. She works with the researchers at IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), the Sustainability Institute at MIT, Columbia University, UCLA, UC Berkeley, SDSU, NMSU to foster research and cooperation.

Aleksandar Grbic

Global Data Center Segment Manager - Electrification Smart Power

Aleksandar has experience in delivering advanced solutions to the critical infrastructures such as data centers and supporting the data center projects on a daily basis and delivering business excellence to the most demanding requirements.

Aleksandar is shaping ABB’s approach to data center market by following customer needs and data center market trends. Transformation of ABB market approach from product-based offering, towards application and solution-based approach to answer to customer needs. Constantly improving the organization knowledge on data centers topic, organizing, and managing trainings and workshops.

Holding a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Politecnico di Milano (Italy) with a thesis on the topic “Design alternatives for the power supply system of a data center”.

Marco Politi

DBA Group
VP Sales

Marco Politi graduated cum laude in Electronic Engineering and Telecommunications and has a 30+ years long experience in management roles in different companies.

Marco worked for 10 years in R&D departments of two major telecom equipment manufacturers (radio Links and mobile radio equipment) before joining a Venture Capital Fund specialized in investing in ICT and high tech startups. He is author or co-author in 14 IEEE technical papers and holds 4 technological patents.

After leading a 20MnEuro revenues VC Fund’s portfolio company active in outsourced Call Center Services to EBITDA positive, he joined as Head of Business Development Electro Power Systems a start up designing and producing Hydrogen Fuel Cell based backup power systems developing the market in Europe, USA, China, and South East Asia.  In 2012 he joined 47MnEuro revenues architecture, engineering and business software applications supplier DBA Group as Vice President for Sales and Business Development fostering its expansion into International Markets with special attention to the Balkan, Caucasus and Central Asia regions. Today DBA Group is listed on the Italian stock exchange since 2017 and counted 94MnEuro revenues in 2022.

Since 2018 he has in particular been involved in Data Center related projects by acquiring as customers international hyperscalers. DBA providing both design, permitting and construction supervision services has assisted them with their expansion and rollout plans in Italy, Germany and Switzerland. Given his previous experience with hydrogen fuel cells, he is advocating the re-use of heat generated by Data Centers to be shared in community heating projects and the adoption of FC for both primary and backup power needs.

Tobias Spilker

Data Center Vertical Market Manager Switzerland

Tobias is the Vertical Market Manager for Data Centers in Switzerland at Siemens Smart Infrastructure. Among others, his major responsibilities are strategic account development, portfolio innovation rollout and business development in Switzerland.

Tobias holds a PhD in mechanical engineering and has a professional experience of more than 15 years across various industries and functions, thereof 5 years in the data center industry.
Siemens Smart Infrastructure is one of major players on the building and energy infrastructure market with dedicated departments to serve focus industries such as the data center industry.
The wide portfolio allows to offer modular and holistic solutions across the disciplines of integrated infrastructure management, IoT, automation & cooling, physical security, fire safety, power distribution, life cycle management and financing solutions.

Matteo Buzzetti

CSC SA - Webuild Group
General Manager

Matteo Buzzetti is the General Manager of CSC costruzioni sa, the Swiss Subsidiary of the Webuild Group, a General Contractor working worldwide in 50 countries with 80.000 employees. He is developing in CSC the Data Centre Business Unit for the Webuild Group and currently CSC is building a 18 MW Data Centre in Switzerland.

Matteo has been working for Webuild Group for 15 years and he has been the Engineering Manager for the Red Line of the new Doha Metro (Qatar), for the Cityringen, the new Copenhagen Metro (Denmark) – two projects worth around 2 billion euros – and for the Bujagali Hydroelectric Power Plant in Uganda. Matteo began his professional career with the Italian Design Consultant C. Lotti & Associati taking lead of motorway and railway projects. He has worked in major projects in Italy, Bosnia Herzegovina and he has followed the mega project MOSE in Venice, the integrated system of mobile barriers to defend of the entire Venice Lagoon from the high tides.

Sylvie Neau Le Roy

Uptime Institute
Business Development Director France, Luxembourg, Belgium & Switzerland

Sylvie Le Roy is the Business Development Director France, Luxembourg, Belgium & Switzerland at Uptime Institute and has extensive experience in the Data Centre industry, with over 15 years in Data Centre Operations and 10 years in Business Development at Uptime Institute.

In her previous role, Ms Le Roy led the customer support organization for a leading European operator of carrier-neutral data centres. Her team was directly responsible for driving customer engagement and satisfaction programmes across 40 sites in 11 countries, supporting the company through successive quarterly revenue growth and IPO.

Heiko Siats

CBRE GWS IFM Industrie GmbH
Business Development Manager CEE

Heiko has 12 years of experience in Business Development, he had held in several sales and key account management roles in the facility management industry in the DACH region, developing solutions to meet of the customers’ needs.

In addition to classic sales tasks, his responsibilities also included consulting for technical service solutions for various customers in the real estate and industrial sectors. Heiko is responsible for client development at CBRE Data Center Solutions in Central and East Europe. He is an expert in identifying the needs of clients and developing the appropriate service solutions together with the client. He helps clients with their growth strategies through flexibility. As a Data Center industry leader with more than 3,500 specialist employees worldwide, CBRE is in the unique position to draw on our scale, and our unparalleled breadth of expertise in the data center market and global platform, to deliver an integrated solution covering all service lines featured within this scope and beyond.

Richard Pimper

VP and CTO

Richard Pimper, VP and CTO of Digital Power Huawei based in Germany, is serving Infrastructure & Operations Professionals.


His coverage area spans the Data Center Solution and products, IaaS space with extensive knowledge of solutions (including internal private, hosted private, and public IaaS), enterprise adoption trends, the current state of cloud standardization, and cloud metrics creation. Richard’s coverage also includes strategic right sourcing of applications, DaaS, Data Center Strategy, cloud strategy development, customer use cases, cloud adoption trends, cloud economics, and the green implications of cloud computing. He has advised hundreds of enterprises on these topics through speeches, workshops, webinars, inquiries, advisory, and reports.

Previously, Richard was a Managing Director for Sun Microsystem in EMEA region, Data Center Business Companies, experience 18years in the ICT Business. He interviewed hundreds of I&O Professionals and technology vendors while conducting primary and secondary research for reports and consulting engagements. After to his time at Sun Microsystems , Richard worked in Government of Hungary as State Secretary, after managing multiply size projects at Real Estate and Oil&Gas Sector, Telecom Sector focusing on Green Energy and Sustainability and Fund Management. Last years he has been working as a Data Center and Infrastructure director.

Babak Falsafi

SDEA - Swiss Data Center Efficiency Association

Babak is the founding President of the Swiss Datacenter Efficiency Association (SDEA), certifying full-stack efficiency and emissions in data centers, and a Professor of Computer and Communication Sciences at EPFL.

He is the founder of EcoCloud at EPFL, an industrial/academic consortium investigating sustainable datacenter design, and served as its director between 2011 and 2022. He is an Alfred Sloan Research Fellow and a Fellow of ACM and IEEE.

Lincoln Booth

Compass Datacenters
Vice President, Corporate Development

Lincoln is the Vice President of International Development for Compass Datacenters with responsibility for new region expansion throughout EMEA. Prior to Compass, Lincoln was a Global Expansion Manager with AWS and was directly responsible for Data Center expansions across 100 sites in 14 countries, including the Zurich region launch.

Lincoln holds a Masters Degree in International Commercial Law through Robert Kennedy College Switzerland, has a Master of Arts in Laws (UK common law), and is a candidate for the Cambridge University Executive MBA degree through Judge Business School. He also holds a Certified Data Centre Design qualification. With over 30 years experience in the Data Center and communications industry, Lincoln is very well connected with international Data Center providers, end-users, and service providers. Prior to Compass, Lincoln has held various international positions in Australia, Singapore, UK, Ireland, and Germany with roles in sales, operations, procurement, and strategy.

Yves Zischek

Digital Realty Switzerland
Managing Director

Yves Zischek joined Digital Realty as Managing Director Switzerland in May 2022. Before joining Digital Realty he held several top management positions at SBB AG for 8 years, most recently as Head of System Integration Rail Control. Here he ensured that the trains in Europe’s busiest rail network would continue to be safe, reliable and punctual in the future, thanks to innovative solutions.

Prior to, Yves was responsible for the Telecom division at SBB AG as well as for the industry wide program smartrail 4.0, which aimed to fully automate the railroads. Earlier in his career, he held senior positions at Sunrise Communications and Colt Technology Services. Zischek holds a Master of Arts from the University of Zurich and a Master in Business Administration from the University of Strathclyde, and has furthered his education in digital transformation at IMD in Lausanne. Zischek is married since more than 20 years and has two young adult children who are still living with him and his wife in Zurich. He likes to run, bike and swim as well as listening to Jazz, smoking a good cigar and drinking a good glass of wine.

Roger Semprini

Equinix Switzerland
Managing Director

Roger Semprini joined Equinix in 2016 as Managing Director for Switzerland. Roger came to Equinix from Swisscom, where he was Senior Vice President for Strategic Accounts, Senior Vice President for Sales & Marketing, and a member of the Executive Board of Swisscom IT Services AG

Before joining Swisscom, he worked for Fujitsu as Senior Vice President and a senior member of the management board, leading the Alps (Austria/Switzerland) and the Eastern European region, heading 17 national subsidiaries and leading more than 1,400 employees. In parallel, he was president of the Supervisory Board of Fujitsu Technology Solutions AG in Switzerland, which he set up and headed as CEO/Managing Director from 1999 to 2008. Roger has more than 20 years’ experience in development and management within local and international ICT organizations, including IT & Business Process Outsourcing (ITO & BPO), and played an integral role in Switzerland’s ICT industry. Roger graduated from Zurich Business School in 1984 and has an M-MBA from MIT Sloan in Boston.

Sergio Milesi

SDCA - Swiss Data Center Association
Gas&Com AG

Sergio has over 25 years of experience in the ICT and Datacenter Business. He is CEO of Gas&Com, a fiber backbone company in Switzerland, and he is also President of the Swiss Datacenter Association.

Sergio is well connected with national and international companies in the sector and he communicates in 4 languages. He is graduated of the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zürich.

Sherif Rizkalla

CEO Italy & Switzerland

Sherif Rizkalla is the CEO – Italy & Switzerland at STACK EMEA. Prior to Stack EMEA, Sherif served as Marketing Senior Vice President for the Enterprise Business Unit of Du, the leading Emirates mobile & fixed telephone operator.

He was responsible for developing the Telco and ICT business of Du in the UAE enterprise market, and for growing Du’s share both horizontally in the segment and vertically developing new services.

Previously Sherif was Marketing Director for the B2B market in Wind Tre SpA, following the merger of Wind Telecomunicazioni and H3G Italy. He joined Wind in January 2009 and held several leadership roles as Procurement Director, Marketing Director for the Large Enterprise and Head of Sales and Marketing for the Large Enterprise Business. Before joining Wind, Sherif spent 12 years in Alcatel-Lucent, where he held various positions in sales, marketing and solution architecture, in Italy and the Middle East. He has extensive knowledge and experience in enterprise business and telecommunication networks with a special emphasis on broadband Internet access technologies. During his career with Alcatel, Sherif spent several years in France where he managed and led the Broadband Division Client Projects. He began his career with Alcatel in the United States as a network engineer. Sherif studied Computer Engineering at George Mason University in the United States. He also holds a master’s degree from George Mason in Data and Mobile Communications Networks Analysis and Design.

Roger Süess

Green Datacenter AG

Roger Süess is CEO of Green. With over 25 years of experience in IT leadership positions at major international companies, he deeply understands the requirements of modern IT infrastructures.

In his previous role as Managing Director at UBS, he was responsible for the infrastructure regions Switzerland and EMEA, the CTO Office and Global Engineering driving their continuous modernization agenda. As Head Cloud Business Office, he developed the cloud strategy of the major bank and accompanied the transformation. In addition, he was involved in the development of the cloud guide for the bankers’ association, which points out ways to a secure cloud use. In earlier positions, he was active in industry, various technology companies and consulting mandates.
Roger Süess has an excellent international network and spent several years of his career abroad before returning to Switzerland. Since 2019, he has been responsible for Green’s sustainable growth strategy and is passionate about leadership and sustainability, as he is convinced that both topics are closely connected to technological progress and innovation.

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