Our Speakers


Aliaksei Toustsik, BI & Big Data Solution Architect, Adastra Germany

Aliaksei Toustsik is Business Intelligence Consultant at Adastra Germany where he is responsible for architecture and development of Big Data projects. Before joining Adastra, Aliaksei was a software engineer and DBA at Viaden Media, Epam Systems and BelWillesden. He brings his experience in both Hadoop and RDBMS worlds to help customers develop their Big Data solutions. Aliaksei holds a degree in physics from Belorussian State University.


Brian Cort, Advanced Visualization Expert

Brian Cort has over 15 years experience as a data visualization specialist working with commercial and government clients to design and build custom data visualization solutions in industries such as financial markets, news media, marketing analytics, information analysis and professional sports. He also runs design strategy sessions to identify company direction and product vision, and define supporting corporate structures and capabilities.

Frantisek Mantlik, Senior Data Scientist

Frantisek Mantlik is a Big Data and Analytics Consultant, and an expert in Hadoop installation and maintenance, concepts and tools. He is a Certified Apache Hadoop 2.0 Developer-Java with extensive experience in data gathering, data analysis, data integration, and Information Management best practices.

Gordon Gibson, Machine Learning Lead, Ada.Support

Gordon is a Big Data and Analytics Consultant with exceptional hands-on experience performing statistical analysis, querying data and creating non-linear optimization programs. He is highly skilled with various data science and data quality tools, including, but not limited to, Knime, R Statistical Analysis Package, Ataccama Data Quality Centre, and Matlab.

John Yawney, Data Science Practice Lead

John Yawney is the data science lead at Adastra Canada. John holds a PhD in applied mathematics from the University of Waterloo and has extensive experience performing numerical and statistical analyses. He feels as comfortable with technology as he does with mathematics, having significant development experience throughout an array of programming and scripting languages. His experiences include scientific computations parallelized across massive computing clusters and distributed computations within the Hadoop ecosystem.


Marcos Da Silva, Big Data Practice Lead

Marcos is a curious soul who has never met a problem he did not enjoy solving. He currently oversees the Big Data practice at Adastra where he provides technical leadership as well as mentoring for the members of the practice. He has a wealth of experience as a developer, team lead, architect, development manager and as a product manager. This experience has come through his work in a in a variety of industries including Financial Services, Healthcare, Retail and Insurance; always with a focus on data and its many uses.

Marcos has an Honours Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Toronto as well as an MBA from Rotman @ U of T.


Michal Klaus, Ataccama CEO

Michal Klaus is the Chief Executive Officer of Ataccama Corp., an established Data Quality, MDM, and Big Data Processing technology vendor. The company headquarters in Toronto and has customers in Canada, the United States, and Europe. Michal oversees all of Ataccama's operations and is responsible for global sales and marketing.

Nelio Lucas, Chief Architect & Chief Information Security Officer, Adastra

Nelio oversees Adastra’s technology strategy, and manages the technical competency groups within Adastra. He provides ongoing technical leadership and consulting services to Adastra’s customers and ensures that the highest standards of technical excellence are met. Nelio has an Honours Degree in Computer Engineering from Universidade Nova, Lisbon.

Nikola Raskovic, Lead Consultant, Adastra

Nikola Raskovic has 15 years of IT experience, mostly in the area of Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence. Over the years, he has held leadership roles on various Data Warehousing projects, chiefly as a Solution Architect, Business Systems Analyst, Data Architect, and Project Lead. Nikola’s sizable experience, strong analytical skills, coupled with great interpersonal and communication skills have allowed him to play a pivotal role in successful implementation of multitude of decision support systems. Nikola holds an Engineering Degree from the University of Montenegro.


Rob Turner, VP Big Data & Analytics, Adastra

A veteran of the communications industry, Rob has been a business builder at several of the largest telco’s in Canada and Europe, and has successfully guided organizations through large-scale people, process & technology transformations.  Rob has led Finance, HR and IT teams, and has expertise in ERP, EDW, and Middleware technologies.

At Adastra, Rob leverages his business and technology background to help media and telecommunications organizations address key business challenges by optimizing their Information Management systems and processes.

Rob holds an MBA from the University of Windsor, and a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of Western Ontario.


Sergius Neumann, Lead Consultant, Adastra Germany

Sergius Neumann is an account manager for the world biggest car manufacturer and he is responsible for numerous of his client’s projects in the automotive industry. At the same time, he is a Data Warehouse Consultant with experience in Analysis, Design, Modeling, ETL, BI Development and Big Data technologies. Sergius demonstrates exceptional skills in creating designs that understand and effectively translate business requirements into technical architecture. As a team leader he brings vision, creativity, passion and self-assertion together to drive his client’s success story. Sergius holds a Master’s degree in business information systems from the Technical University of Brunswick in Germany.

Standa Dvorak, CEO, Adastra.One

Standa Dvorak is CEO of Adastra.One, formerly Anywhere Mobile Apps, which he founded in 2012. The highly respected app development company has delivered more than 300 apps that have won various prizes and exceeded client expectations.


Stefan Yordanov, Data Science Lead, Adastra Bulgaria

Stefan Yordanov is a senior data management expert who covers a number of areas including analytics, semantic databases, semantic search, data integration, and SOA. He has extensive experience in the financial industry not only in helping clients with their data science and analytics initiatives, but also most recently in implementing fraud detection and regulatory compliance solutions.

Tomas Synek, Campaign Management Practice Lead, Adastra Slovakia

Tomas is a campaign Management Practice Lead with more than seven years' experience in building campaign management platforms and helping large companies with automation and direct marketing improvements.

Vincent Hong, IoT Solution Architect, Microsoft

Vincent Hong is a Microsoft Solution Architect specializing in the Internet of Things.  He brings vast experience understanding customers’ business challenges and mapping them to secure, scalable and robust solutions that leverage IoT. His current focus includes leveraging the agility provided by the adoption of cloud based services.

Zeeshan Saeed, VP, IoT Practice Lead, Adastra

Zeeshan helps Adastra’s customers realize the full potential of their BI/DW investment by leveraging existing strengths and targeting solution and architectural deficiencies from a best-practices perspective. His extensive experience in delivering high quality large scale IM solutions enable him to show tangible results. Zeeshan holds a Masters degree in Computer Science.