Teams Nation | May 2021

Welcome to Teams Nation

Teams Nation is a 100% free, 100% community based monthly meetup and community conference focused on Microsoft Teams, its underlying technologies and extensibility options. Its aim is to bring together Microsoft, Community Leaders and the Tech Community to democratise technical knowledge, provide opportunities for speaking and to create a network of Teams enthusiasts the world over

Our fourth conference takes place online on Wednesday 26th May 2021

Call for Speakers open until 31/03/2021

Registration opens soon. You can keep up with us on Meetup, LinkedIn Twitter or catch up on YouTube

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Best, Chris, Vesku, Adam and Chris

2021 Schedule (All times in CEST & BST)

Central European Summer Time (UTC+2) is + 1 of British Summer Time (UTC+1), +6 of Eastern Standard Time (EST|UTC- 4) and +9 of Pacific Standard Time (PDT|UTC -7). Please co-ordinate these session times to your time zone

Teams Nation Keynote

Room 1: Adoption & Governance

Room 2: Security & Compliance

Room 3: Productivity

Room 4: Meetings, Calling & Devices

Room 5: Education & Community

Room 6: Build & Extend

Room 7: Table Talks & Unconference

Room 8: The Power Platform

Room 9: Teams Nation France (aMS)

Room 10: Teams Nation Germany (TCD)

Teams Nation Speakers


Adam Deltinger (Sweden) | Blog: here
Senior Consultant at Atea in Sweden, working to improve communication and collaboration for customers with the power of Microsoft 365! 2 x MCSE certified and a Microsoft MVP in Office Apps and Services! Balancing work life with family life and tries to contribute to the community as much as possible! Has spoken at several events in the past year including Microsoft Ignite, Ignite the Tour Milan and Teamsdagen

Karuana Gatimu 2014

Karuana Gatimu (US) | Twitter: here
I manage a team of rockstars who advocate on behalf of our customers for Microsoft Teams every day. Our group handles our technical & user readiness, voice of customer communities like UserVoice and all our community outreach through MVP’s, Microsoft Partners, User Groups and events. We also deliver our worldwide training and Teams adoption programs including Coffee in the Cloud on YouTube. In short – it’s a #DreamJob that I’m privileged to have while also supporting multiple diversity & inclusion efforts in our industry


Chris Hoard (UK) | Blog: here 
Microsoft Certified Trainer Regional Lead (MCT RL), Educator (MCEd) and Office Apps and Services MVP. With over 10 years of cloud computing experience, he is currently building an education practice for Vuzion (Tier 2 UK CSP). His focus areas are Microsoft Teams, Microsoft 365 and entry level Azure. In his spare time he is very active in the Microsoft Tech Community, blogging at and has spoken at several events such as Microsoft Ignite, SharePoint Saturday, Commsverse, Galactic Summit and the Microsoft 365 Virtual Marathon. As the co-creator of the European Teams User Group, TeamsFest and Teams Nation, he is also a member of the Microsoft Association of Practicing Architects (MAPA), the British Computer Society (BCS), the Microsoft 365 Partner Council and the Microsoft Certifications Board


Vesa Juvonen (Finland) | Twitter: here
Working as a Principal Program Manager in SharePoint/OneDrive engineering. Before that in Senior Program Manager role at Office 365 CXP/CAT team and Principal Consultant at Microsoft Enterprise Services. Running programs like Microsoft 365 Patterns and Practices initiative helping customers and partners to adopt recommended options for their use cases. Sharing is caring!


Mark Kashman (US) | Twitter: here
Mark is a Senior Product Manager on the SharePoint team focused primarily on SharePoint Online, the mobile and intelligent intranet. He has worked at MSFT since 2000. He started working with SharePoint building a digital asset management (DAM) solution built on top of SharePoint 2007 (IMM, the Interactive Media Manager) before moving to the SharePoint team. He lives in the Sammamish, WA area and enjoys kayaking, soccer, hiking, Dad duties, and quiet-bird-chirping moments for reading and writing books – when not playing that darned addictive Bejeweled


Pouneh Kaufman (US) | Twitter: here
Working in Core Services Engineering, Microsoft, Pouneh Kaufman is leading Seamless Teamwork experiences through collaboration, communication and meetings that deliver highly productive work environment for all end users through Microsoft Teams and M365 services. Her 18 years of media & entertainment and development experience enables her to apply end user insights and partnerships with engineering and business stakeholders to influence product direction, validate product readiness and enable rich productivity experiences. Pouneh is passionate about enabling user-centric experiences that transcend technology and workflows to cutting edge digital and flexible workspaces that drive greater productivity and increase levels of engagement and satisfaction. She was responsible for the deployment and adoption of Microsoft Teams for over ~240K employees

Vesa Nopanen MVP

Vesa Nopanen (Finland) | Blog: here 
Microsoft MVP for Office Apps & Services. Helping and coaching customers to find benefits and value when adopting new tools, methods, ways or working and practices into daily work-life equation. I am always eager to challenge current situation and dig out new possibilities and ways to think and work. In my work I am also an adviser for customers so they can discover best benefits, build roadmaps, gain best value & ROI out of chosen tools. My expertise area is Office 365, covering especially Microsoft Teams, SharePoint and tools that create a modern workplace solution and practices. Buzzwords and tags that describe what I do: #Office365, #MicrosoftTeams, #SharePoint, #ModernWork, #Adoption, #Teamwork #Flow #PowerAutomate #GraphAPI #Forms #OneNote


Laurie Pottmeyer (US) | Twitter: here
Laurie has spent 15 years at Microsoft managing user adoption and pre-release programs for Live Meeting, OCS, Lync, Skype for Business and Teams – helping to build better products and helping organizations mobilize people to use them.  Laurie’s current role as Community Lead for Microsoft Teams is unique and demonstrates the commitment from Teams engineering to understand, listen, and build a high-quality product around the needs of users. She manages the virtual Microsoft Tech Community, creating a robust network of worldwide community events and user groups, and continues to mobilize the MVP Community to share their expertise around Microsoft Teams.  Laurie’s always listening for success stories, looking to connect people, and learning through experience


Jeff Teper (US) | Twitter: here
I lead engineering teams for Microsoft 365, including Teams, OneDrive, and SharePoint, that empower more than one billion people around the world to collaborate at work, home, and school. After more than 25 years at Microsoft, I’m still inspired by our core mission — connecting people everywhere with tools and technologies to create, build, and achieve more together. I joined Microsoft as a developer evangelist because I believed in empowering others with the Microsoft platform. Today, I’m still inspired by those principles as we deliver what’s next for Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, and OneDrive. When I’m not working, you may find me preparing for my next marathon, binging Disney movies with my family, or listening to my all-time favourite band- those boys from Liverpool


Chris Webb (US) | Blog: here 
Chris is an experienced and true ‘jack of all trades’ technology junkie. He has over 20 years experience working with all types of Microsoft Technology working for a global executive membership organization. While working on Office 365 migration and implementation he discovered the Microsoft Tech community, and how valuable it was for learning many of the ins and outs of Office 365. Over the past year Chris has been a leader in the communities contributions area’s such as SharePoint , OneDrive and Microsoft Teams. Chris speaks and contributes regularly for the Dallas / Fort Worth Office 365 user group held every 3rd Tuesday of each month. Other community contributions include his own tech blog and Twitter presence. Chris is currently working on expanding his interests onto an Office 365 focused YouTube channel, working on now contributing to the PowerApps and Flow communities and eventually speaking at other usergroups and conferences