New global organization: The Meet Magento Association does the next step. New global organization: The Meet Magento Association does the next step.

As at Meet Magento Germany some days ago announced the Meet Magento Association has set new roles. Now it’s time to give a special consideration to those new roles and to introduce them into the ecosystem.

Since 2016 the Meet Magento Association has besides Annemarie, the director of our office in Leipzig, three Vice Presidents responsible for East Europe, SE Asia and West Europe. Kuba, Guido and Thai Son are real veterans in the Magento world. They contribute a lot to their local Magento world, but at the the same time they support many other Magento ecosystems worldwide. It was only logical that they organize Meet Magento events in Poland, the Netherlands and Vietnam. But all that doesn’t qualify them to become a vice president of MMA. They want to make a difference and push the Meet Magento Association to a new level. And so they became involved. It needs a lof of work, engagement, love and passion to do it voluntary. A totally different role plays MMA’s new Innovation officer. We all tend to use the word “innovation” too much. By the time it lost a lot of its magic and real meaning. But we believe that innovation is really a key for our all success. And so it’s key for MMA. Sofoklis is one of the leading professors in Europe in the area of Innovation Management and entrepreneurship. We’re very delighted to have him as new Innovation officer.
On the one hand this modified global organization should facilate the access to MMA for people in Europe and South East Asia. And on the other hand the aim is to advise and support our partners and local organizers to continue with the success story Meet Magento.

Here they are:

Annemarie Hache – Director Office Leipzig – Meet Magento Association
Annemarie is with Meet Magento since August 2010. Right from the beginning she was involved in the organization of Developers Paradise and Meet Magento Germany. Besides that she organized the Meet Magento UK 2011 on behalf of Magento, Inc. and established the Meet Magento event in Brazil together with Carlos Hix. She is now concentrating on bringing events to Asia, India and South America and setting up the Meet Magento Association in Germany.
Guido Jansen – Senior Conversion Specialist – Dutchento
Guido is one of the people in the Magento world who’s not a developer, but one of the well known faces. After his study in psychology and usability, Guido helped since 2004 Dutch and international brands to establish and optimize their online customer dialogue. In 2008 he became involved into Magento, became the Dutch community manager for Magento and organized in 2009 the first Meet Magento NL. Guido did so many presentations at international events about Persuasion, E-commerce and Magento, that we stopped to count them.
Kuba Zwolinski – CEO – Snowdog
Kuba’s way into Magento is examplary for most of Magento agencies: Using Magento, delivering sophisticated solutions to merchants, enjoying the community worldwide, contributing and sharing his resources and knowledge with all of us. Since his #roadtoimagine 2016 he is well known even in US. As organizer of Meet Magento Poland he knew what it means to bring people together. His company Snowdog is the organisation behind the MM mobile app.
Thai Son Nguyen – Internet Entrepreneur – SmartOSC
Thai spent over the last eight years finding ways to bring value into the eCommerce ecosystem, having built and optimized over 500 projects running on the Magento platform, through SmartOSC, the business he co-founded. Today, driven by its vision to provide growth, SmartOSC brings scalability and strong eCommerce expertise with more than 350 specialists.
Sofoklis Kyriazakos – CEO – Innovation Sprint Sprl
Sofoklis Kyriazakos graduated in 1993 Athens College school and obtained his Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications in RWTH Aachen, Germany in 1999. Then he moved to the National Technical University of Athens, where he obtained his Ph.D. in Telecommunications in 2003. He also received an MBA degree in Techno-economic systems from the same University. Sofoklis holds the position of Associate Professor in the University of Aalborg, where his activities are focused around Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship. He has managed, both as technical manager and coordinator, a large number of multi-million ICT projects, both at R&D and industrial level. Sofoklis has published more than 100 publications in international conferences, journals, books and standardization bodies and has more than 400 citations. In 2006 Sofoklis founded Converge SA, an ICT startup with specialization in software integration. In 2016 after having steered successfully the company from the position of Managing Director, he resigned to co-found Innovation Sprint Sprl and he is currently the CEO of the company. Sofoklis is member of Board of Directors in 2 companies in Greece and Canada and has also been a member of the BoD of Athens Information Technology, a Center of Excellence for Research and Education. Sofoklis is very active in the area of innovation management & entrepreneurship and since 2016 he is the Innovation Officer of Meet Magento Association, the largest eCommerce meetup community.

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