When: Wednesday, May 23, 2018



Mikhail Kourjanski, PhD.

Lead Data Architect, Risk and Compliance Management Platform


Mikhail Kourjanski is the Lead Data Architect at PayPal, responsible for the data architecture of the PayPal real-time decisioning platform, that handles billions of events per day and maintains dozens of petabytes of data. For fraud prevention function alone, this platform saves more than $500M in annual profits. Mikhail has over 20 years of work experience, including high-tech software engineering, academic research, and consulting for the Financial Services industry. Mikhail’s architecture work includes a number of innovative developments such as high-performance distributed processing over eventually consistent data, multi-layer security model for data-in-transit middleware, service domain models for banking and Fintech clients. Mikhail had delivered multiple engagements for the Top-10 banks in the roles of trusted advisor up to CIO level, lead architect, and IT delivery executive. Prior to consulting period of Mikhail’s career, he proved a successful entrepreneur running his own company, winning and delivering R&D projects for the US Government agencies. Mikhail earned his Ph.D. degree in applied mathematics from the Moscow State (Lomonosov) University, Russia, followed by the post-doctoral research position at UC Berkeley. Mikhail’s academic research focused on large-scale distributed systems and real-time simulations for the Transportation industry and Smart Cars technologies.





Sai is a technology leader deeply passionate about solving Petabyte scale data problems, he has over 20 years’ experience in all things database. Sai led the database modernization journey at PayPal over the past 15 years in Scaling Databases horizontally and vertically to web scale from 10,000 executions per second to over 1 million executions per second, improving availability from high 3 9’s to high 4 9’s, re-platforming database infrastructure to commodity x86, pivoting to distributed database architecture, and building an ecosystem of NoSQL and traditional RDBMS database systems to offer fully managed and complete experience to cloud first applications. Sai is a frequent speaker at various database conferences and plays a significant role in influencing database roadmaps across the vendors. Sai also blogs at 


Athreya Gopalakrishna



Athreya is the NoSQL Engineering Lead at PayPal specialized in NoSQL databases and Caching technologies in the PayPal Database portfolio that includes some of the top NoSQL Databases in the industry. He spear headed the technology projects in the last 7 years and was responsible for evaluating, architecting, designing, developing, operationalizing NoSQL databases and Caching technologies for large scale performance centric installations. Athreya is currently focused on developing automated database provisioning and management systems to handle thousands of database clusters across Baremetals/VM/Container stacks spread across geo-locations.

Athreya possesses over 17 years of experience in wide range of industry domains like Billing, Payments, Customer Support, Fraud, Compliance, Infrastructure management platforms while having deep expertise in building applications/solutions on Messaging, Micro Services, Caching, Distributed systems, Database and Container technology stacks. Prior to PayPal, he worked at eBay, Lucent Technologies and Tata.





Sandeep Nawathe is currently the Senior Director of Engineering leading the Profile, Identity and Edge capability for Adobe Cloud Platform. Sandeep is an industry veteran, with over 25 years of experience serving as a technology executive. He has served as the SVP of Engineering at MyBuys, which provides cross-channel, multi-device, full lifecycle personalization through Email, Display Ads and Web. In addition, he was a Founder and CTO of ShopVibe, an online social shopping solution. His expertise extends to display advertising, big data, experience platforms and open source technologies. Sandeep is both a serial entrepreneur and an industry veteran, building products, teams and companies small and large. He has a BS, Computer Science, from IIT, Bombay and a MS, Computer Science, from IIT, Kanpur.





Ido Barkan is currently a Software Architect at AppsFlyer, the global leader in mobile attribution and marketing analytics with their technology on 98 percent of the world’s smartphones. Ido has nearly a decade in software development, engineering and testing and management at companies such as Redhat and CloudShare. He has a Bachelor of Science in Communications Systems Engineering from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and his Master of Science in Computer Science from IDC Herzliya.





Burzin Engineer is Founder and Chief Reliability Officer of PhonePe, a Flipkart company, that is making India cashless via its mobile payments app.  Burzin previously worked as Vice President, Technology at Shopzilla for over seven years. Burzin loves building highly optimized, scalable systems as much as he relishes good food. 


Gil Allouche


Gil Allouche is a tech entrepreneur and is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of provides a closed-loop account based marketing solution for B2B enterprises combining predictive scoring and programmatic advertising and whose customers include Cisco, Nutanix, Mulesoft, Salesforce and Infoblox. Prior to founding, Gil was the Vice President Marketing at Qubole, which delivers a self-service platform for Big Data Analytics in the cloud. Gil also served as the Sr. Director of Marketing at Karmasphere, acquired by FICO, and was the PMM and GM of Tibco Spotfire. Gil has an MBA from the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business.


Prithvi Sathiya


Prithvi Sathiya is currently a Data and Software Engineer for, which provides a closed-loop account based marketing solution for B2B enterprises combining predictive scoring and programmatic advertising and whose customers include Cisco, Nutanix, Mulesoft, Salesforce and Infoblox. At, his focus is to help build the company software platform. Prithvi has a BS in Computer Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara.



Ananth Subramanya


HCL Technologies

As the head of digital platform solutions at HCL, Ananth guides enterprises in their digital journey. Ananth has a background as a solution architect coupled with a decade in delivering transformation projects, as well as having served as a support engineer, development lead, test manager, product manager, pre-sales consultant and regional field sales director.   His belief in encouraging success as a group over hero culture has pushed him to create a framework for organized collaboration over individual brilliance. Ananth has grown a 30 member team to a $800 million practice.  


Rob Russo

Platform Architect


Rob Russo is the Platform Architect at AppLovin, a comprehensive platform that helps developers of all sizes finance, market, and expand their businesses. Rob started in 2012 as one of AppLovin’s first engineers after completing both his BA and MA at Boston University. Since then, Rob has been integral in architecting, implementing, and growing the platform and its team from the first ad request to the comprehensive platform it is today.




Matthias Baumhof serves as the VP Worldwide Engineering for ThreatMetrix, a LexisNexis Risk Solutions Company and the World’s Largest Digital Identity Network. He joined ThreatMetrix 2011 with the Acquisition of the Australian based startup TrustDefender, where he lead their development team. Mr. Baumhof earned a Masters of Electrical Engineering from the Technical University in Karlsruhe, Germany.


Ginger Gilsdorf



Ginger is currently serving as an Application Engineer with the Intel Corporation, where she primarily is working with Intel-based enterprise servers with a particular focus on software enablement, configuring hardware and software together to gather data and evaluate performance for industry-specific large-scale workloads. Ginger is experienced in object-oriented programming, data structures, parallel programming, and operating systems and currently works with Apache Hadoop and Spark, SQL/MapReduce, NoSQL databases, and machine learning applications.


Brian Bulkowski



Brian is a Founder and the CTO of Aerospike. Prior to Aerospike, Brian became a Lead Engineer at Novell, and then Chief Architect of Cable Solutions at Liberate – where he built a high-performance, embedded networking stack, as well as the high scale broadcast server infrastructure. As Director of Performance at Aggregate Knowledge, Brian had direct experience with the scaling limitations of sharded MySQL systems. ‘It wasn’t hard to see that there was a huge need for a new distributed database, because they all sucked. Everyone was struggling with what was available. That led to the idea for Aerospike.’ When he’s not busy creating stuff with plywood or a welding torch, Brian plays cello in a band called Rosincoven. He also writes about cuisine for the San Jose Metro.


Srini Srinivasan



When it comes to databases, Srini Srinivasan is one of the recognized pioneers of Silicon Valley. He has two decades of experience designing, developing and operating high scale infrastructures. He also has over a dozen patents in database, web, mobile and distributed systems technologies. Srini co-founded Aerospike to solve the scaling problems he experienced with Oracle databases while he was Senior Director of Engineering at Yahoo. ‘I moved into database development because nothing that I saw would actually work – it was a lack of flexibility. They weren’t designed to do what people needed them to do. They were too manual and labor-intensive. We put together a simpler, much more effective solution. It’s based on fundamental database technology – to ensure you don’t lose any data. And the apps are easy to write. But then we added the third, key element: our database is self managing. 24/7. It never goes down. No loss of data. Others claim to do this by slapping some attempt at self management on later. But with Aerospike, it’s at the core.’


Timothy Smith

Sr. VP and GM, Global Technical Infrastructure & Operations


In his role as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Global Technical Infrastructure & Operations, Tim oversees all aspects of the company’s production service delivery infrastructure, including six data centers on three continents, internal and external networks, servers, storage, and data platforms and systems – all while serving on the company’s Technical Leadership Team and managing Corporate IT across the company’s 26 global offices. As an early employee and the first Vice President hired at AppNexus, Tim helped the company scale from a small startup to a leading ad tech company. Tim began his technology career as a civilian co-op student with the Navy and, later, was a co-op student and then civilian career employee at the Army’s Ballistic Research Lab. He subsequently worked at a number of technology companies, including Sun Microsystems, UUNET Technologies, Wayport and Vonage. Additionally, Tim has worked as a consultant in technology operations, information security, information technology governance, risk management, compliance (IT GRC) and venture capital due diligence. Tim is a member of Arista Networks global advisory board as well as an advisor to DriveScale a composable infrastructure company that helps AppNexus disaggregate storage from servers.

Tim lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife and dogs and is an avid skydiver and aspiring farmer.