Industry Panel

Following are the confirmed industry panelist:

Janina Nakladal, Senior Academic Alliance Manager, Celonis

image009Janina Nakladal is Senior Academic Alliance Manager at Celonis – a vendor of Process Mining software and one of the fastest-growing tech companies worldwide. Process mining uses analytics of actual event logs and existing business process to provide objective, fact-based insights. Janina is responsible for the global education and research cooperation program at Celonis and mainly developing new markets, as well as creating the e-learning strategy. After graduation as M.Sc. in Business Administration with a focus on market-oriented management at the WFI Ingolstadt School of Management, she joined Celonis in January 2018. Since then, she has provided more than 80 lectures, workshops and speeches on Process Mining as well as new concepts for education on 3 continents. Janina gained further working experience at Siemens Healthineers, Random House and United Nations.

Gerrit Kazmaier, EVP, SAP HANA and Analytics

image011Gerrit Kazmaier is EVP, SAP HANA and Analytics with global responsibility for the development, product management, and solution management of these portfolios of solutions. Gerrit is passionate about data and cloud technology, and how continuous innovation can create lasting business value for SAP customers. With the vision to develop a unified approach for a business intelligence, planning, and predictive analytics solution, Gerrit built the foundation for SAP Analytics Cloud and the SAP Digital Boardroom.

In 2018, Gerrit expanded his role to additionally cover SAP’s Database and Data Management organization, where he first began his career at SAP in 2009. As head of development, product management, and solution management for these two areas, he is responsible for building, innovating, and driving the market strategy for SAP’s flagship in-memory database platform SAP HANA as well as SAP’s Analytics solutions. During his tenure at SAP, Gerrit has filed over 30 patents on technologies for analytical and spatial data processing. Together with his team, he also won the prestigious SAP Hasso Plattner Founders’ Award for their work on creating a high-performance spatial engine inside SAP HANA.

Gerrit studied Computer Science at the University of Konstanz, Germany and the University of Nottingham, England. He enjoys spending his free time with his family and is an avid endurance sportsman.

Ivo Körner, Vice President Systems Hardware IBM Europe

image013Ivo Koerner is Vice President Systems Hardware IBM Europe. Since July 2017 Ivo Koerner is Vice President Systems Hardware for IBM in Europe. Before this Ivo Koerner has been Vice President for IBM’s Enterprise and Industry Sales for Germany, Austria and Switzerland and has been also member of the management board of IBM Germany since August 2013.

Ivo Koerner has held various local and European management positions within IBM’s Software Group. Among these were Director of Public & Distribution Sector, Brand Executive for Information Management in Germany, Switzerland and Austria and European Sales Integration Executive for Candle. Prior to his current position, he headed up IBM’s Software Group as Vice President in IBM Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

In 2001 Ivo Koerner joined IBM after gaining 2 years experience in founding, financing and managing an internet start-up company. Before, he held various Sales and Sales Leadership positions in the IT industry. He started his career in 1991 working as an IT consultant for the Commission of the European Community in Luxemburg.

 Dr. Holger Kömm

IMG_1891Dr. Holger Kömm is Senior Director of the Advanced Analytics Hub & Lab at adidas AG. He started his career as data scientist during his doctorate, before he joined adidas as lead data scientist in the Big Data department. His background covers Mathematics, Economics, Computer Science & Statistics, especially Forecasting. He holds a Ph.D. from the Catholic University Eichstätt-Ingolstadt in Applied Statistics and is a passionate swimmer.



Dr. David Douglas: David Douglas, Emeritus Professor, received his PhD in Industrial Engineering from the University of Arkansas and taught a wide variety of courses and workshops with emphasis on data analytics, data mining, business intelligence, enterprise systems, and Global IT. He retired August 2017 after 42 years on faculty with the University of Arkansas with his initial appointment in Industrial Engineering in 1975. He moved to what is now the Information Systems Department in 1978 and served as Department Chair from 1985 to 1997 and again as interim Department Chair in 2010. The Department implemented its Ph.D program and its Master of Information Systems program during his time as Department Chair. Dr. Douglas relishes teaching, working with industry and applied research. He has taught in 5 different countries—Australia, China, France, Greece, and Vietnam. He is the recipient of several teaching and service honors and awards including International Educator of the year (IACIS), 2010 Majdi Najm Outstanding Service Award (SAP University Alliances), Teradata Pioneer Award, IBM International Professor of the month, two IBM faculty awards and NSF co-principal investigator for Enterprise Computing Community.

As Director of Enterprise Systems, he was instrumental in obtaining gifts in kind in excess of $200 million from Enterprise Systems platform partners – IBM, Microsoft, SAP, Teradata and SAS. He received IBM Faculty Awards in 2007 and 2013 and Teradata Pioneer Award in 2017. Publications have appeared in various journals including Communications of the ACM, Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, Ethics and Behavior, the Journal of Business Ethics, the Journal of Computer Information Systems, the Journal of Organizational and End User Computing, Information and Management, and the Journal of Management Information Systems, as well as international, national and regional Proceedings of various Conferences.

Dr. Douglas is an Academic Faculty Network member of the University of Arkansas’s Blockchain Center of Excellence.