Announcing the first Community speakers for TeamsFest!

The Call for Speakers for our third TeamsFest event closes at midday on Friday 31st July. Under 5 days away. I can’t quite believe we are here!

And it’s been a remarkable call this time around. We’ve received well over 200 sessions from over 100 unique speakers all around the world – a real testament to how far we’ve come given that when Adam Deltinger and I first started what was to become TeamsFest we were literally reaching out to everyone we knew to be part of the event as we didn’t know whether we could even fill the speaker roster. For us, it is truly humbling given that so many good people have invested their personal time to craft sessions and bring their experience and expertise to those who need it. No cost. On their dime. These people are an absolute credit to our community and our industry

TeamsFest is an event based on the ethos of our user group which is to democratise knowledge of Microsoft Teams for all. This principle guides our decisions such as having no corporate sponsors, running the event 100% free with no charges to access any of the conference recordings or material, and to run a virtual event for everyone to enjoy but who we specifically target as those who cannot afford to make traditional in-person or paid events, or who have existing commitments of a personal or professional nature

With so many submissions, we will no doubt face some dilemmas over the coming week as we begin to deconstruct and compose a schedule that will be relevant and exciting. As announced at our previous user group meet up we have worked hard to significantly expand the number of session slots in order to accommodate some of the immense sessions we believe need to be heard. However, as a single day event by choice we will ultimately still have a limit. If your submission doesn’t make it this time around, we would actively encourage you to apply again for TeamsFest when we return early next year, or at our monthly European Teams User Group.

So prior to the closure of the call for speakers, and in addition to the headline speakers from Microsoft we previously announced – Jeff Teper, Laurie Pottmeyer, Mark Kashman, Ilya Bukshetyn, Pouneh Kaufman, Anna Chu, Mike Tholfsen and Vesa Juvonen, it now gives us great pleasure to announce several speakers who we agreed would speak at TeamsFest prior to the CfS when we first started planning for the event

To keep up to date with TeamsFest, see or follow Chris Hoard, Adam Deltinger, Vesku Nopanen or Chris Webb on Twitter or LinkedIn. Announcement on the full speaker line up should be when the CfS closes on the 31st July or 1st August 2020


Raphael Köllner
Since 2019 Raphael Köllner is Microsoft Regional Director. He is the community guy, MVP for Office Server & Services, Windows 10 Insider MVP, MCT, Microsoft Student Partner Evangelist and become an attorney in Europe. He is the lead of the Office 365 Usergroup Germany, the Office 365 DACH, Leader of the Office 365 conference Germany, the SharePoint Saturday Cologne and one of 30 Windows 10 Top Insiders. Moreover he is member of the TEAMS Elite Team and the organizer of the TeamsCommunityDay. In this connection he leads the biggest Windows 10 Insider Community in Germany


Loryan Strant
Loryan Strant is a twenty year veteran of web and network technologies. He has spent the last decade and a half building digital relationships for businesses and organisations. Loryan blogs and writes articles about the cloud and co-authored two books on Office 365. He is also known by his previous social persona of “The Cloud Mouth”. Loryan was also the founder of Paradyne (which was acquired late 2015), helping to deliver innovative solutions through the cloud and enabling businesses to reduce IT costs. He is passionate about enabling people and organisations using technology the right way, enabling them to become more productive. Loryan is a Microsoft Office 365 MVP (Most Valuable Professional) 8 years running, an award created by Microsoft to recognise the best and brightest from technological communities around the world


Megan Strant
My passion is Microsoft Office 365. It’s been my focus for 8+ years helping organisations plan for, implement, adjust and adopt the technology. I have been in the project space for over 14 years with strengths in both Project Management and Change Management using Prince2 and Agile methods, along with the deeper change methodology. I spent time building and leading the Change Management Practice and delivering projects for 3 Microsoft partners, including establishing Paradyne as the first partner in Australia to have a Change Management offering as part of their implementations. Currently I am excited to be leading the Adoption and Change Management offering for Insync Technology, along with some independent consulting under the banner of Strant Consulting, with my husband Loryan Strant. Outside all of this work I enjoy speaking, and writing about all things Office 365 and also neurodiversity which is a personal passion and big part of my life. To kick off 2020 I received the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for Office Apps and Services


Dux Raymond Sy
Dux is the CMO of AvePoint. With over 20 years of business and technology experience, he’s been a driving force behind digital transformations for commercial, educational and public sector organizations worldwide. He’s a published author of “SharePoint for Project Management”. He’s also recognized by Microsoft as Regional Director (RD) and Most Valuable Professional (MVP). A sought after public speaker and mentor, he’s a tireless advocate of diversity, inclusion & technology for good who has written numerous whitepapers, articles, and delivered engaging interactive presentations to over 25,000 people at leading industry events around the world. When he’s not globetrotting, or invigorating audiences, Dux lives in Washington, DC with his amazing wife and two children. In his free time, he enjoys running along the Potomac River and sampling the most exotic foods available (grilled scorpion, anyone?)


Martina Grom
I am a Principal at atwork currently living in Vienna, Austria. My interests range from technology to travel. I am also interested in science fiction, writing, and innovation. I am recognized as an expert in Microsoft Cloud solutions. Since 2015, I am also a Regional Director for Microsoft. My expertise is related to online technologies, and my specialty is in Microsoft Cloud Services like Azure and Microsoft 365. I help architecture planning companies with cloud solutions, and provide strategy, consulting and architectural planning of cloud projects. In addition, I am one of the organizational heads of cloudusergroup for Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. I have authored numerous books, articles and blogs. My passion is online and social media, cloud computing, cybersecurity. I have a Master’s of International Business Administration from the University of Vienna, Austria. Talk to me about: Cloud Computing, Cloud Architecture & Strategy, Change Management, Microsoft Azure, Office 365, Enterprise Social


Tom Arbuthnot
A Microsoft MVP and Microsoft Certified Master, Tom Arbuthnot is Principal Solutions Architect at Microsoft 365 Collaboration specialists Modality Systems. Tom stays up to date with industry developments and shares news and his opinions on, Microsoft Teams Podcast and email list. He is a regular industry speaker at events around the world


Edyta Gorzon
My story with Microsoft technology started in 2013 in the role of a business development professional responsible for channel management and marketing. Today, I am a consultant of modern workplace solutions who tries to combine business attitudes with technical aspects. In addition to that I am a co-founder and key organizer of SharePoint Saturday Warsaw, happy team member of ShareCon365, Power Saturday Warsaw & aOS Ambassador. I believe that the greatest value is people, technology helps to strengthen these relationships

Russ Basiura

Russ Basiura
I am passionate about helping clients leverage the most convenient, user-friendly cloud-based suite of productivity tools. I bring nearly 20 years of experience working in multi-national companies deploying Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft Teams. I have seen companies that have been fabulously successful and unfortunately, I’ve seen some fail miserably. The patterns for what works and what doesn’t are almost always the same. I am an expert in building enthusiasm and ensuring success while navigating the potholes that cause failures


Tony Redmond
Tony Redmond has been working with Microsoft server technology ever since Digital and Microsoft concluded the Alliance for Enterprise Computing in August 1995 and he found out that the OpenVMS-based email server that he was working on had just been superseded. He’s written ten books on Exchange to date, including his latest “Inside Out” book on Exchange 2013 (Mailbox and High Availability) that appeared in October 2013. His latest venture is the “Office 365 for IT Pros” ebook (, which covers all aspects of Office 365. The ebook is updated monthly to take account of changes within the service and has been hailed as a unique approach to technical documentation. The eBook is now in its fifth edition ( In addition, he has written literally hundreds of articles about different aspects of Exchange and has spoken at conferences such as Ignite, TechEd, MEC, Exchange Connections, and HP’s Technology Forum. Tony blogs regularly about Exchange and Office 365 at