Speakers

Adrian Roselli

Adrian is a member of the W3C Web Platform Working Group, W3C Accessible Rich Internet Applications Working Group, and W3C Accessibility Task Force. He has written articles for trade journals, web sites, and participated as an author and editor on five web-related books. Back in 1998 he co-founded a software development consulting firm before leaving at the start of 2016 to start all over. Some may recognize Adrian from his days helping to run evolt.org, one of the first communities for web developers. Adrian has been developing for the Web since 1993.

Alexandra Draghici

Alexandra handles product development at CaptainForm, WordPress form builder launched in 2015 by 123ContactForm. Previously, she worked in project and product management at the same company and developed a deep interest in analyzing user behavior and building solutions tailored to their needs.

She believes that each market comes with a beautiful and unique user typology, that simply needs to be understood and addressed in a specific way. And the WordPress world is the closest to her heart. In 2016, she spoke at WordCamp Bratislava, WordCamp Belfast and WordCamp Bucharest.

Alexandra is also very fond of teaching and has founded the most popular platform for learning English in her home country, Romania. She asks “why” probably 100 times a day and she likes to do any type of puzzle, ride her bike and play tennis.

Alice Orru

Alice was born in the beautiful island of Sardinia, Italy, and always dreamt about travelling abroad and fight insularity.
After living in different Italian cities, in France and in Barcelona, she now lives in Genova, Italy.
She’s a long-time blogger, an avid reader and a language geek.

She’s been working as a multi-language customer support agent for WP Media and its WordPress cache plugin, WP Rocket, since September 2015.
This has been her first experience as a customer support agent for an IT company: her previous jobs were more focused on market analysis, online marketing and translations.

But since she loves embracing new challenges, she’s been studying WordPress a lot, taking PHP classes and improving her tech-skills: at the end, this is exactly like learning a new language, isn’t it?

Alice Still

Alice does copy and content strategy at Unramble and business development at Superscribe. She’s also a co-organiser of Brighton WordPress meetups, one of the co-founders of Brighton Digital Women, and lead organiser of WordCamp Brighton 2017. She uses content to create and build brands – on websites, via social media and at events – and has a particular interest in using tone of voice, content strategy and copywriting as tools to increase inclusiveness. Outside of work, Alice loves to stroll along Brighton’s seaside (especially in summer), play with her dog, Bear, and hang out at local cafes.

Dario Jazbec Hrvatin

Dario Jazbec Hrvatin is a documentation manager and usability consultant with OnTheGoSystems, creators of WPML and Toolset plugins. With a web-developing background, he’s been a huge WordPress fan for years, using it for every single project since the very start.

In recent years he has specialized in writing documentation and is involved with usability testing. He firmly believes that simplicity and ease-of-use, of both documentation and products, is of utmost importance for making a great product.

David Lockie

David is the Founder & Director of Pragmatic – a WordPress specialist agency. He has experience building a WordPress business from the ground up having grown his agency from one freelancer to over 40 full-time employees over the course of 5 years.
David is looking forward to talking at WordCamp Europe so he can share his in-depth expertise on growing and running a thriving WordPress agency. David hopes his talk will inspire others with the knowledge and confidence to successfully grow their own WordPress business.

Heather Burns

Heather Burns is a digital law specialist in Glasgow, Scotland. She researches, writes, publishes, consults, and speaks extensively on internet laws and policies which affect the crafts of web design and development. Her writing and blogging can be found at https://webdevlaw.uk. Heather has been designing and developing web sites since 1997 and has been a professional web site designer since 2007. She holds a postgraduate certification in internet law and policy from the University of Strathclyde.

Jennifer Miller

Jen Miller believes in the value and power of the written word in sharing truth and story, in life and in business. Combining her journalism background with a passion for customer service and marketing, Jen built NeedSomeoneToBlog.com, a blogging service focused on delivering highly-targeted, local search engine optimized blogging and page content primarily for real estate clients.

As the business grew, Jen discovered areas that could further develop authority, garner trust, and build engagement for her clients online. Her agency NeedSomeoneTo.com combines these services to share engaging messages of community and industry knowledge with their clients and followers. Jen also hosts a weekly podcast, Be Seen Blogging, delivering website content tips in under 10 minutes.

Jen Miller believes in the WordPress Community which is why she founded WomenWhoWP.org, a nonprofit dedicated to encouraging women in their WordPress journey. She also founded a specialty Meetup to accomplish the same goal.

Serving as a volunteer blogger for WordCamp Los Angeles in 2016 and 2017 and as Content Organizer for WordCamp Orange County 2017, Jen is active in the local WordPress Community. She presented at WordCamp Orange County in 2016 on Creating and Maintaining Sites While Mobile.

Joshua Strebel

Joshua Strebel is the Co-Founder and CEO of Pagely, the first-to-market Managed WordPress Hosting provider.

Throughout Joshua’s career he has only known the path of an entrepreneur, leading teams in creative web services, and Web hosting at the companies he has founded. Never having a ‘real job’ after college Joshua is a self taught professional in design, development, marketing, and business.

Beginning in 2003, Joshua and his and wife Sally co-founded and grew a boutique web design agency to a modest level of success in Scottsdale, Arizona.

From 2008 on he transitioned that company away from web design and development services to the hosting space focusing exclusively on WordPress. Headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, Pagely has grown into a multi-million dollar operation supporting such brands as Visa, Disney, and Time Inc. to deploy, manage, and scale their WordPress applications.

Joshua has never been listed on a “Top X of Y list” or a “# under # list” or been honored as “Top X of the Valley”. However, he has successfully bootstrapped an innovative, culture first, 100% remote, web application hosting company generating several million in annual revenue fueled by the simple philosophy that “business is personal”.

Off the clock Joshua is a husband and father, automobile enthusiast, aging snow sports participant, and connoisseur of single malt scotch.

Julka Grodel

Julka Grodel is a Senior Software Engineer at AddThis and has been working with CMSs for over 10 years. She is passionate about writing easily maintainable and extendable code and is on a mission to make it simple to use AddThis’ social tools on single page apps and within a dynamic DOM. Julka spends most of her time on open source projects that integrate AddThis tools for various CMSs and JavaScript frameworks and is the primary developer on AddThis’s WordPress plugins. When not working, she spends her time volunteering with the Junior League, in a pilates studio, or doting over her blind cat Batman and his BFF Robin.

Marco Calicchia

Half Italian, half American, Marco is a Community Manager at SiteGround. In his role he attends numerous events around the world and actively networks and builds relationships with the WordPress community members. In his free time, apart from playing football and cooking, Marco travels frequently to visit his family in the US and Italy. He loves to spend his summers sailing and winters snowboarding.

Marina Pape

What makes people tick, take action, and become loyal is always on Marina’s brain. Educated in Cape Town in English and Psychology, she did further studies in Marketing then worked in advertising and for an NGO before joining the startup that became South Africa’s leading eCommerce store, Yuppiechef.com. After five years at Yuppiechef, Marina made a move to London and joined the WooCommerce marketing team. Marina currently leads the half of WooCommerce’s marketing team responsible for demand generation and retention, and spends her days storytelling, launching products, talking to customers to find out how we’re really doing, and writing poems about the sea.

Pascal Birchler

Pascal is a student and Core Developer based in Zurich, Switzerland. He’s been working with WordPress for half of his life and passionate about helping other people and cooking. Most recently he’s been improving updates and i18n in WordPress.

Pirate Dunbar

Ptah Dunbar is a self-taught digital architect, internationally renowned speaker, educator and serial entrepreneur with over a decade experience creating software and contributing to open source. Ptah speaks 10 languages, teaches students how to code, and is on a mission to create software that empowers a trillion people over the next decade.

Rahul Bansal

Rahul is the founder and CEO of rtCamp – the only WordPress.com VIP Partner from Asia.

His WordPress journey began in 2007 when he was looking for ways to customize his blog. Later on, he moved from professional blogging, freelancing to starting rtCamp in 2009.

At work, Rahul plays multiple roles, switching between sysadmin (his favorite), to a salesperson and everything else company demands from him.

Over the years, Rahul has contributed to the WordPress community in different ways as a WordCamp speaker, organizer, volunteer, polyglot, theme/plugins developer.

Outside of WordPress, he loves spending time with his son and is a self-proclaimed foodie.

Rian Rietveld

Rian is a WordPress engineer, specialised in web accessibility. She works for the WordPress agency Human Made and is part of the WordPress Accessibility Team. If she’s not coding, you can find her working in her garden.

Sasha Endoh

Sasha is a web strategist, front-end developer, and multidisciplinary designer. She runs an interactive design studio in Montreal, Canada that specializes in creating WordPress websites for NPOs, cause-based organizations, and other do-gooders. Her goal is to make a lasting impact through amplifying the voices of those who are working towards meaningful positive changes. She enjoys spreading her passion for coding, design, and social change through public speaking and educational initiatives like Ladies Learning Code and Girls Learning Code.

Syed Balkhi

Syed Balkhi is an award winning young entrepreneur with several 7 figure online businesses. He was recognized as the top 100 entrepreneur under the age of 30 by United Nations. His work has been featured in Forbes, Inc, Washington Post, FoxBusiness, Entrepreneur, Wired, and many top publications.

In 2009, he created WPBeginner which is now one of the largest free WordPress resource site on the web.

In 2011, he created a site called List25, an extremely popular site that within 3 months of launch was receiving 5 million page views per month. List25 has over 2.1 million subscribers and 470 Million video views on Youtube.

In 2013, he launched OptinMonster, the best lead generation software that helps businesses grow their email list. Every month, OptinMonster forms are viewed billions of times and help convert millions of abandoning visitors into subscribers.

Aside from these, Syed is also the founder of Soliloquy, Envira Gallery, WPForms, and MonsterInsights.

Thabo Tswana

Thabo is a freelance web designer from Harare, Zimbabwe. He has a hunger to constantly grow and evolve as a web designer and he has a genuine passion for website security. He is also an open source junkie (die-hard Ubuntu user!) and has been using WordPress for more than three years. Thabo was the primary organizer for the very first WordCamp Harare and is a co-organizer for Harare WordPress Meetup. He is hoping he can remember the French he studied at O Level so he can put it to good use in Paris.

Tom Greenwood

Tom co-founded Wholegrain Digital with his wife Vineeta back in 2007 with the aim of helping good people benefit from good design.

A fan of open source and WordPress, it is his job to set the vision for the company and ensure that everyone is healthy and happy.

In his spare time he has an unhealthy obsession with natural health and likes to run around the woods with bare feet.

Yoav Farhi

Yoav Farhi is an Iñtërnâtiônàlizætiønër at Automattic, who works on everything related i18n (that’s internationalization) and l10n (localization) and of course, translation. A core contributor to WordPress for 8 years now, he works hard to make the web a better place.