Program Committee

The central purpose of Jazoon is to promote the exchange of knowledge and experience across borders. The Jazoon Program Committee was created to ensure that participants can learn all there is to learn about the latest trends throughout the Java and open source environments from the best qualified speakers. The Committee is composed of leading figures within the community and talented experts, who identify the trends and topics currently driving the Java world and whose responsibility it is to engage speakers who have something substantial to say about the issues.

Program Committee

Program Chair (overall)

Ognen Ivanovski (Chair)
Senior Software Engineer, Netcetera

Ognen is a senior software engineer and architect at Netcetera. His experience ranges from development of business-critical enterprise projects through process control, technical lead, coaching and architecture. Areas of expertise include real-time market data delivery / technical analysis, content management systems, acquiring systems for credit and debit cards, and transport schedule delivery. Since 2008 he has been responsible for mobile platforms and technologies within Netcetera.

Corsin Decurtins* (Co-Chair)
Senior Software Engineer, Netcetera

Corsin is a senior software engineer and IT architect at Netcetera. His projects at Netcetera include the development of platform architecture and business-critical transaction systems. He is involved in various customer projects and supports clients with his architecture and engineering know-how. Corsin studied computer science and worked as a research assistant at ETH Zurich.

Jutta Eckstein

Jutta is an independent coach, consultant and trainer from Braunschweig, Germany. Her know-how in agile processes is based on over ten years experience in developing object-oriented applications. She has helped many teams and organizations all over the world to make the transition to an agile approach. She has unique experience in applying agile processes within medium-sized to large distributed mission-critical projects. This is also the topic of her books 'Agile Software Development in the Large' and 'Agile Software Development with Distributed Teams'. She is a member of AgileAlliance and a member of the program committee of many different European and American conferences in the area of agile development, object-orientation and patterns.

Stefano Mallè

Evangelism Lead, Microsoft Switzerland after his graduation in Computer Science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Stefano Mallè has worked for a decade in the Swiss financial sector, including positions at UBS AG and Credit Suisse First Boston, before joining Microsoft in 2003 as a .NET Platform Strategy Advisor. At Microsoft, he leads the Technical Evangelists and he focuses his attention on the newest development technologies and their technical and business value, working mainly with decision makers within large enterprises and top web sites.

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Members Program Committee Java and beyond

Bela Ban
Lead JGroups / manager clustering team, JBoss / Red Hat

Completed his PhD at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. After some time at IBM Research, he did a post-doc at Cornell University. Then he worked on NMS/EMS for Fujitsu Network Communications in San Jose, California. In 2003, he joined JBoss to work full-time on open source. Bela manages the Clustering Team at JBoss and created and leads the JGroups project. Bela's interests include network protocols, performance, group communication, trail running, biking and beerathlon. When not hacking code he spends time with his family.
Christof Dornbierer
CTO, AdNovum Informatik AG

Christof Dornbierer is the CTO of Zurich-based AdNovum Informatik AG. He graduated in Computer Science from the ETH Zurich in 2004 and started working for AdNovum Informatik AG as a software engineer. Mr Dornbierer was appointed Head of Middleware Product Engineering at the end of 2005. At the same time, he assumed responsibility for consulting mandates and projects in the areas of security, single sign-on (SSO), and identity management (IDM). Since August 2008 he has been the technical leader of the AdNovum group and member of the executive board. In this function, Christof Dornbierer plays a decisive role in defining and governing the AdNovum technology strategy and the AdNovum software engineering process.

Nicolai Finke
Product Manager, LEGIC Identsystems AG

Peter Gassmann
Technical Project Lead & Senior IT Consultant, AdNovum Informatik AG

Peter Gassmann is working at AdNovum Informatik AG in Switzerland. As a long-time Java and Identity architect, he joined AdNovum in summer 2010. Before that, he had worked at Sun Microsystems, for 10 years, first in the Sun Java Center, helping customers successfully use Java technology. Then, besides working with Java technologies and the NetBeans development environment, he also got involved in Identity Management, selling and working with Sun's Identity, Role and Access Management products. Before joining Sun, Peter worked in the insurance industry. Peter graduated from FH Brugg-Windisch in ComputerScience.
Martin E. Kernland*
Senior Architect at mimacom ag

Martin Kernland is a senior software architect at mimacom, a company specialized in Enterprise Java and open source technologies, especially ICEFaces, Liferay and the Spring Framework, and successfully applying agile methods based on SCRUM.
Prior to mimacom, Martin was Head of R&D, Architect and Senior Engineer at Whitestein Technologies, and before that he was developing an industry-grade JMS messaging server at Softwired inc. Martin holds a master degree in computer science and economics from the University of Zurich. He is married and the father of two girls.
Micha Kiener*
Head of Research & Innovation, CTO Mimacom AG

Micha is responsible for Research and Innovation at mimacom, a company specialized in Java and open source technology applying agile methods based on SCRUM. He is initiator of the open source framework edoras and participated in the development of ICEfaces, an Ajax-framework based on JSF.
After his diploma thesis in artificial intelligence, he focused on Java, especially in light-weight, model- and process-driven architecture, framework developing and agile methodologies.
  Dierk König
Canoo Engineering

Nemanja Kostic

Solution Architect, Zurich Financial Services

Nemanja Kostic has a decade of commercial experience with JEE software architecture, engineering, business and technical analysis, design, integration, development and deployment of distributed, desktop and Internet applications. He is currently architecting and leading the development of a global underwriting solution for Zurich insurance company. He holds a Master's Degree in Software Systems from Belgrade University and is a co-founder of Serbian JUG JavaSvet.

Jakob Magun*
Managing Partner, mp technology consulting

Jakob Magun is Managing Partner at mp technology consulting. He has a degree in Computer Science from ETH Zürich and over the last years has focused on IT Technology and Business Consulting, J2ME Wireless Applications, BlackBerry Software Development, Push E-Mail and RFID Technology. Currently he is engaged in IT Technology evaluation assignments as well as IT Project review and coaching.

Karim R. Mazouni

Managing Director, OCTO Technology (CH)

Dr. Karim Riad MAZOUNI joined OCTO Technology in October 2008 to start and lead OCTO's Swiss subsidiary in Lausanne. OCTO Technology is a 10-year old French company focused on consulting for software architecture and agile development methodologies. Before OCTO, Karim spent 8 years at Sun Microsystems as a Senior Software Architect and team leader. Before Sun, Karim spent 2 years (1998-2000) at UBS AG IT System Engineering division in Zurich working as a technical IT architect on various projects involving distributed object technology (CORBA, EJB, IBM Component Broker). From 1991 to 1997, Karim worked as a teaching & research assistant in the IT department of EPFL in Lausanne and focused his research work on the design & implementation of reliable distributed object-based systems. Karim got his Ph.D from EPFL (1996), his Master's from Univ. of Paris (1990) and his Engineering Degree from Univ. of Algiers (1988), all three in Computer Science.

Alexander Neumann
Editor of the iX magazine

Alexander Neumann has been an editor of the iX magazine since December 2008. His primary area of responsibility is the online channel "heise Developer". After completing his university studies in German and history and several years of working in science and as a lector in advertising, he started off in the area of IT journalism in 2004 as the editor of "Java Magazin" and "Eclipse Magazin" published by Software & Support Media. On top of that, Alexander was a member of the program committees for the conferences Eclipse Summit Europe, Eclipse Forum Europe and Software QS Day.

Philipp H. Oser
Lead Architect, Elca Zurich

Philipp H. Oser is a Lead Architect at ELCA where he has architected and lead the development of two Java Enterprise Edition enhancement frameworks: first a proprietary one, LEAF Java, and more recently an open one based on Spring called EL4J. These frameworks have been used in more than 35 projects. Before joining ELCA, Mr. Oser spent a year at Ubilab (UBS IT research lab). He studied Computer Science at ETH Lausanne and at Carnegie Mellon University. His interest lies mainly in framework design, software architecture, and the J2EE.

Erich Oswald
Dr. sc. techn. ETH / Chief Technology Officer, Ergon Informatik AG

Erich Oswald is CTO at Ergon Informatik, a Zurich-based software company that specializes in custom software solutions. His duties include coaching and consulting project teams and customers in architecture, design, technology and development process. Erich's interests focus on agile and lean development in the Java universe. He holds a diploma and a PhD in computer science from ETH Zürich.

  Joseph Pelrine

Bruno Schäffer

Fellow, Canoo

Bruno Schaeffer is a cofounder and fellow of Canoo, a Basel, Switzerland based company specialized in Java consulting and services. He has been a Java developer, consultant, and architect since the early days of Java. Among others, his work areas have been building several Web application platforms for the financial industry, portal server infrastructure, Webenabling of host applications, and Rich Internet Applications. He also teaches a course in object-oriented software engineering at the University of Zurich. Prior to that, he worked as an IT researcher and manager in the financial industry. Bruno holds a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Linz and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Zurich.

Peter Schnorf

Director. Head of Platform Architecture and TIS CTO Switzerland, Credit Suisse, IT Technology Infrastructure Services

Dr. Peter Schnorf is the head of Platform Architecture in the CTO organization of Credit Suisse's global Infrastructure division. He has held various other positions in Credit Suisse over the last 10 years,  beginning as Smalltalk Architect, running a Web/Java Competence Center, and leading Technical Architecture (technology management and standards) for the IT of Private Banking. Prior to that, Peter spent 8 years in the USA, first as a post-doc for Compiler Technology at Stanford University, then as Researcher in Multimedia for Canon, and finally as Media Architect and SW Engineer at Taligent. He holds a diploma in Mathematics and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Zurich.

Michael Stal

Senior Principal Engineer, Siemens

Michael Stal, Principal Engineer, Siemens, and Professor at the University of GroningenMichael Stal is a Principal Engineer at Siemens Corporate and Technologies. His main work areas cover Software Architecture, Concurrent and Distributed Systems, as well as Programming Languages & Paradigms. Michael has co-authored a couple of books, most notably volumes 1 and 2 of the Pattern-Oriented-Software-Architecture book series. He got his Ph.D. from the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen which appointed him professor of software engineering. He serves as editor-in-chief of the German magazine JavaSPEKTRUM and also as Microsoft MVP for Visual C#. Michael has written many publications and scientific papers and is speaker at various conferences and events.

Patrick Walther

Dipl. Informatik Ing. ETH, Dipl. Wirtschaftsing. FH, Head IT & Operations Derivative Partners Research AG, Member SI & Java User Group Switzerland

Patrick Walther was born in 1971 and grew up in Zurich. He studied computer science at ETH ZH, graduating in 1997. He worked as a Software Developer & Project Manager at Ergon Informatik AG, starting in 1997. From 1997 to 2006 he worked as Head Strategy & Process Management Online Banking Credit Suisse. He has been Head of IT & Operations at Derivative Partners Research AG, since 2009.

Jürg Wanner

Managing Partner, Master of Science ETH, Pyx Engineering AG, Zürich

Jürg Wanner is co-founder and managing partner of Pyx Engineering AG. He received a Master of Science degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zürich where he studied physics and computer science. From 1985 to 1991 he worked for a large copier and printer manufacturer where he designed and developed document processing software. After that he joined a leading financial institution where he worked in system engineering. Since founding Pyx Engineering in 1999 he has worked as an architect, consultant and engineer for various companies, mainly financial institutions. Among others, he has worked in the following fields: mobile devices, development and large scale application deployment. With more than 20 years' experience in software design and development he has been working with Java since its inception.

Andre Weinand

Dr., Senior Software Developer, IBM Rational Zurich Research Lab

Andre Weinand has beein a senior developer with the IBM Rational Research Lab in Zurich, Switzerland since 1997. He is a team lead and component owner on IBM's Jazz project, the Eclipse-based framework for collaborative software development. Before joining Jazz he played an active role in the Eclipse project from its inception, working on JFace, Compare, JDT UI, and the effort to bring Eclipse to Mac OS X. André has been an object-oriented developer, consultant, and architect for more than two decades, working on a wide variety of projects, large and small. Prior to joining IBM he was a member of Taligent's "People, Places, and Things" team. He is one of the principal designers and implementors of ET++, the first portable C++ application framework. André has a doctorate in computer science from the University of Zurich.

Stefan Wengi

Dipl. Informatik Ing. ETH, Acrea AG, Partner and Co-Founder

Stefan Wengi is partner and co-founder at Acrea AG, an independent IT management consulting company based in Zürich, Switzerland. He has extensive experience in software engineering, technical leadership, and in defining business & technology strategies. His expertise includes the areas of IT security, middleware, software engineering, architecture and strategy.Stefan holds degrees in Computer Science and in 'Management, Technology and Economics' both from ETH Zürich. In addition he is a lecturer at a university of applied science in a curriculum on information technology.
Stephane Zermatten
Software engineer, Google

Stephane Zermatten has been a software engineer at Google Zurich since 2006, and his currently working on web services based on the Atom Publishing Protocol. Before that, Stephane worked on a J2EE application framework at Vertical*i S.A., Lausanne for 5 years. He graduated from EPFL in computer science in 2001.

* Members of JUG Switzerland executive board

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