The NDC Sydney Agenda Committee

The people behind the NDC Sydney agenda.

Alex Mackey

An experienced Principal Consultant, author & speaker with over 18 years’ experience specializing in web and .net technologies. I have written two books: Introducing .net 4.0: With Visual Studio 2010 and Introducing .net 4.5 published by Apress and have spoken at a number of large conferences in the UK, Ireland and Australia including NDC, Ignite/TechEd, Web Directions and Remix.

Donna Edwards

Donna has been enabling technical teams for over twenty years. She is passionate about helping businesses scale, creating great workplace environments where people can thrive. Donna recently joined AWS as the Partner Manager for WA/SA and was previously the State Delivery Manager at Readify, leading a team of 80.

Adam Cogan

Adam Cogan blogs at and interviews for SSW TV. Adam is the Chief Architect at SSW, a Microsoft Certified Gold Partner specializing in custom enterprise .NET solutions mostly using Angular and React. His solutions also involve Office365, SharePoint, Business Intelligence, and CRM solutions.

Liam Westley

Liam Westley is Head of Engineering at Huddle where he works with some of the best .Net developers and UX designers to deliver world class collaboration software. He quite likes working just on the edge of The City as there is some fantastic food and coffee to be had within a few minutes walk.

Filip Ekberg

Filip is the author of C# Smorgasbord and a handful of Pluralsight courses, speaker at events and user groups around the globe, Microsoft and Xamarin MVP. He loves teaching fellow developers how to master C# by understanding important concepts such as asynchronous programming, MSIL and much more.

Adam Stephensen

Adam Stephensen is an Azure Technical Specialist for Microsoft. If he isn't coding his own prototypes or helping companies deliver cloud solutions, he is probably presenting, training or mentoring on new technologies. Adam is passionate about building awesome teams, growing technical communities and helping organisations understand where AI & the cloud can help them be successful.

Andrew Coates

A Civil Engineer by training and a software developer by profession, Andrew Coates has been a Developer Evangelist at Microsoft since early 2004, teaching, learning and sharing coding techniques. During that time, he’s focused on .NET development on the desktop, in the cloud, on the web, on mobile devices and most recently for Office. Andrew has a number of apps in various stores and generally has far too much fun doing his job to honestly be able to call it work. Andrew lives in Sydney with his wife and two pretty-much grown-up children.

Niall Merrigan

Niall is an Irish guy who managed to end up in Norway after finding out the country existed when he was in New Zealand. He works in Capgemini in Stavanger, Norway as a Managing Consultant, and is also an Microsoft ASP.NET MVP since 2010, Friend Of RedGate and general rugby nut (which means he shouts a lot). He has a passion for web technologies, security and whiskey which can lead to some interesting discussions.

Ian Hughes

Ian Hughes is a consultant with Readify in Australia, and CTO of start-up He has worked in development for 20 years, and talks internationally about Leadership, Agile, DevOps and Mobile. He likes code, science, travel, beer, and football.

Kjersti Sandberg

Kjersti Sandberg is the founder of ProgramUtvikling AS, and has organized the NDC Conference from the very beginning. Her daily job is with the professional areas of sale, marketing and business development. Here role within this year`s agenda committee has been to liaise with speakers and present good ideas.

Jakob Bradford

Jakob is the general manager of the NDC conferences. His role in the committee is making sure we don’t select more speakers than we can fit in the agenda which is a hard job with so many good suggestions (even with 5 tracks). He sometimes nags about budgets, but the committee usually doesn’t care.