DCN Warsaw 2023 >> Advisory Board

Advisory Board

Alfonso Romano

Microsoft
Senior Business Program Manager

Alfonso Romano is a Senior Business Program Manager in Microsoft, which he joined in late 2020. Among many other projects in EMEA, Alfonso is working on the new Azure Region for Italy in terms of infrastructure deployment for public launch and beyond.

Prior to Microsoft Alfonso worked at Amazon Web Services for 4 years as their Italian Infrastructure Country Manager and launched AWS Italian Cloud Region in April 2020. During his tenure Alfonso has also been in charge of all new AWS Regions for EMEA. He successfully deployed Sweden in 2019 and kick-started South Africa, which was launched in 2020 a few weeks ahead of Italy. Before getting into the Data Center world in 2016, Alfonso worked in Intel as Engineering Manager in Intel’s production plants in both Ireland and Arizona (USA).

Simon Allen

Infrastructure Masons
Executive Director

Simon Allen is 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.

The iMasons vision is to Unite the Builders of the Digital Age by enabling our global membership to Connect, Grow, and Give Back. Our four strategic industry priorities are to – enhance Education opportunities – so Every mind is trained; champion Diversity & Inclusion – so Every person is included; promote Innovation – so Every innovation is realized; and inspire Sustainability – so Every click improves the future

Donata Guerrini

Google
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 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.

Scott Roots

Uptime Institute
Business Development Director

Scott Roots has over 20 years of experience within data center and digital infrastructure. Based at the Uptime Institute offices in London, UK, he is responsible for managing the Uptime Institute’s commercial relations in much of Europe.

He has been with Uptime Institute for the last eight years, offering customers the necessary support to excel in the design and implementation and operation of their critical IT operations. Prior to joining the Uptime Institute, Scott Roots worked with equipment and software vendors within the data center industry.

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 and 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.

Małgorzata Kasperska

Schneider Electric
Vice President of Secure Power Division

Małgorzata Kasperska is holding the position of Vice President of Secure Power Division at Schneider Electric and is responsible for the whole Middle Eastern Europe cluster.

In Schneider Electric since September 2017. Managed Emerson Network Power (now Vertiv) for 17 years (since December 2000) first in Poland then also in the Baltic countries and finally in CE region- 24 countries from Poland up to Israel. In her previous career she managed several companies. Among others, she led Tour & Andersson Hydronics and Controls (TAC) now being a part of SE.

She has a strong background in the electrical industry, being a graduate of Gdansk University of Technology as a Master of Science (M.S.) in Faculty of Electronics. She has also gained additional business knowledge in the field of General Management in Sweden.

Umberto Sordino

EAE Italia
Managing Director

Graduated in Electrical Engineering cum laude at the Federico II University of Naples in 1984, Umberto has been holding positions of increasing responsibility with Snam Progetti, Siemens, Atos.

He introduced the EAE brand in Italy in 1996 with its own commercial teams, until the creation in 2007 of EAE Italia, of which he is the Managing Director. Since 2020 he is also CEO of EAE Australia. Passionate cyclist, he thinks that “success is achieved by being able to see what others do not yet see’

Piotr Wójcik

Vertiv
Head of Key Account Management, Poland & Baltics

Piotr has over 20 years of experience in the data center industry, having held several sales management positions for leading infrastructure vendors.Vertiv

His managerial competencies are around conceptual and technical guidance in order to help customers achieve sustained growth, whilst providing solid and efficient solutions to accommodate their data center needs. In terms of technical skills, Piotr’s abilities span across the whole data center infrastructure spectrum: from critical power, racks to precision cooling for DC mission critical applications. Today, as the Head of Key Accounts Management in  Poland & Baltics, Piotr leads a team that works with Vertiv’s key customers in the region and which covers Vertiv’s full portfolio of products and solutions.

Wojciech Stramski

Beyond.pl
CEO

Wojciech is the CEO of Beyond.pl, a leading European provider of data center and cloud services.

Wojciech stared his career in KPMG Poland where he played an active role in the transformation of Polish businesses. He then went on to join Altria and later Honeywell leading several growth initiatives within both organizations in EMEA. He then rejoined KPMG, where he opened advisory business lines in 5 cities in Poland and leveraged best practices from multiple industries to fuel business growth for KPMG’s clients. His ability to create value got him the opportunity to join Kulczyk Investments – a prominent Polish investment firm – where as Director of Portfolio Management he was responsible for traditional asset classes, taking up supervisory board roles on multiple portfolio entities included those listed on the WSE. Today Wojciech plays an active role as advisor and angel investor in the Polish startup ecosystem. He has recently established Deep Change Ventures which is an investment arm into early stage startups whose objectives are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and related to the eradication of hunger, poverty, and access to water and health for all.

Adam Ponichtera

Data4
Country Manager Poland

Country Director Poland at DATA4, responsible for supervising the current DATA4 investment project in Jawczyce/Warsaw, its commissioning in Q1 2023, follow-up construction, as well as sales and general operational activities of DATA4 in Poland.

Until April 2021 Adam was an executive on the board of ATM, currently Atman, a major Polish DC company, with responsibility for sales operations. He also worked in the B2B division of T-Mobile Poland which he joined through the acquisition of GTS Central Europe by the Deutsche Telekom group. Before that he managed sales operations at Exatel, a major Polish telecom, and had also worked for other telecoms, including eTel and Telefonia Dialog. He started his professional career as a consultant at PTK Centertel, currently Orange. Adam has extensive experience in sales and sales management, technical support, and customer service.

 

Jakub Wolski

Honeywell
DC Strategy & BD Leader for One BMS EMEA

Jakub Wolski is a Data Centre Strategy & Business Development Leader for One BMS EMEA (Trend, Centraline, SBC) at Honeywell, which he joined in middle of 2020. Jakub is responsible for supporting Hyperscale, CoLo and Edge customers and providers to achieve their sustainability and growth targets.

Prior to Honeywell, Jakub worked at Schneider Electric IT (SE IT) for over 14 years, holding multiple different roles from managing Data Centre engineering team responsible for the design and build of prefabricated and traditional Data Centre to Global Product Management responsible for strategy and launch of the Energy Storage Systems and UPS products.

Slawomir Koszolko

Atman
Managing Director

Slawomir Koszolko is Managing Director of Atman, the largest data center provider in Poland. He has overall responsibility for the whole company’s operations with special focus on sales, marketing and business development activities.

Atman is the leader on the polish data center market with 15% market share, providing services to both retail customers and wholesale/hyperscale players. Slawomir has 20 years of experience in data center and telecommunications industries working previously on several senior managerial positions in T-Mobile Polska, GTS Polska and Energis Polska. His main areas of responsibility has been B2B marketing, corporate strategy and business development.

Krzysztof Szczygiel

Polski Instytut Data Center
President

Krzysztof Szczygiel has 20 years experience within high availability data center infrastructure. President of Polski Instytut Data Center S.A., expert in Cenelec TC 215 WG03 “Data Centre Facilities and Infrastructures” and ISO/IEC SC 39 “Sustainability, IT and data centres”.

Krzysztof works as an expert in working groups related to data center standardization for the series of standards EN 50600 since 2009 and ISO / IEC 22237 since 2017. He is also the chairman of KT 173 of the Polish Committee for Standardization.

He focuses on consulting solutions for data centers with high availability and supervising design and implementation processes in terms of compliance with standards, primarily with the EN 50600 series of standards. Consultant of many private and public sector enterprises on data center projects.

After studying at the Warsaw University of Technology at the Faculty of Electronics, he improved his skills during 10 years of work at the University. Maintains contacts with the university Krzysztof prepared and conducted a series of lectures at the Warsaw University of Technology “Designing data centers”.

Maciej Wisniewski

AODC
CEO

Maciej Wisniewski is the owner and CEO of prime Polish integrator– AODC (Art of Data Center). He has worked in the IT Infrastructure industry since 2009.

Maciej began his career in a design studio. After finalizing his studies at the Warsaw University of Technology with a degree in Electrical Engineering, he has obtained the qualification to design electrical installations within the Electrical Engineering graduate range.

In 2009 he started working for Qumak S.A., where he was responsible for the Data Center department. He has been running AODC since 2016. AODC designs, constructs, and provides maintenance services to the largest DC facilities in Poland. To date, Maciej has completed over 150 IT projects in Poland as well as Europe.

His knowledge of Data Centers is also supported by a number of prominent certification he holds such as Uptime Institute’s, EPI’s, as well as TUV IT’s certifications.

Tomasz Kulik

Rittal
Sales Director IT

Tomasz has over 23 years of experience in HVAC installations, 9 of which in the data center industry, having held several management positions related with Maintenance, Service, Project Management and Sales.

Mechatronics Engineer, MBA graduate, Certified Data Center Professional (CDCP), Tomasz has worked for leading companies since the very beginning of his professional career in the the HVAC industry. For over 9 years, he has been focusing on the Data Center market and the different disciplines that converge in it. Today, as IT Sales Director for Rittal Poland, Tomasz manages a team of specialists skilled in areas such as sales, technical proposals, and operations who assist clients throughout the entire project lifecycle: projects from the early concept, to design, installation and services.

Radek Odrobina

Ernst & Young
IoT CTO EMEIA

Radek is an expert in architecture definition with focus on service orientation, optimization and integration. Over 20 years of experience span international engagements in Financial Services, Energy, Telecommunications and Products.

Radek worked on multiple projects as chief architect and delivery lead, holds the position of CTO for EMEIA IoT Competence Centre, was responsible for Technology Architecture practice in Accenture Poland, created and operated the SOA Competence Centre, managed several alliances. Prior experience included design and build of core systems for capital markets. Education: University of Toronto, M. Eng in Civil Engineering; Technical University of Łódź, M. Sc. In Civil Engineering.

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