This post completes our speaker roster for WordCamp Europe. We’re thrilled to have such talented people taking to the stage for WordCamp Europe in June. Watch this space for the schedule which we’ll be releasing over the coming weeks and the speaker highlights that will let you in on some of our speakers’ WordPress stories and will give you more insights into their talks at WordCamp Europe in Seville.
Pascal Birchler is a 21-year-old computer science student and web developer from Switzerland. He contributes to WordPress wherever he can, whether it’s by organizing the local meetups, WordCamp Switzerland, or by writing on his blog SpinPress. Follow him on twitter @swissspidy.
Jeni Tennison is Technical Director of the Open Data Institute. After having originally trained as a psychologist and knowledge engineer and gaining a PhD in collaborative ontology development from the University of Nottingham, she went on to work as an independent consultant and practitioner, specialising in open data publishing and consumption, including XML, JSON and linked data APIs. Before joining the ODI, Jeni was the technical architect and lead developer for legislation.gov.uk. Within the wider UK public sector, she worked on the early linked data work on data.gov.uk helping to engineer new standards for the publication of statistics as linked data. She continues her work within the UK’s public sector as a member of both the UK Government Linked Data Group and the Open Data User Group.
Mark Forrester is the proud Capetonian co-founder of WooThemes. From humble beginnings building commercial themes to helping steer the WooCommerce ship, and the team that empowers 24% of all online shops, Mark is passionate about WordPress and community building. He’s also a husband, father, photographer, football fanatic and wannabe surfer.
Thijs de Valk joined team Yoast in December 2012. He is currently Marketing & Sales Manager, which makes him responsible for the flow of sales and improvements in the conversion department. At Yoast, Thijs is doing website and conversion reviews, working on support and performing conversion optimization (A/B) tests on yoast.com.
Lilyana Yakimova is the Marketing Director at WordPress hosting specialist SiteGround.com. Joining the company since its very foundation, Lilyana has led all marketing and communication strategies of the company to date. Effectively communicating SiteGround strengths, Lilyana’s vision has helped grow the company from a single client to an international business and build the strong brand that SiteGround is today.
Ilona Filipi is the co-founder and MD of an Innovative WordPress Agency Moove specialising in the planning, production, and post-launch support of bespoke WordPress websites. She blogs at IlonaFilipi.com about the business side of running a WordPress agency.
David Aguilera got his PhD in Computer Science (he specialized in Quality in Conceptual Modeling) and co-founded Nelio Software, a start-up focused on offering WordPress-related services. He’s the lead developer of Nelio A/B Testing, a split testing service for WordPress.