IBM Champions unlock the power of IBM

January 27, 2020 devadvin

After reviewing nearly 1,400 nominations, IBM is proud and happy to announce the 2020 class of IBM Champions.

The IBM Champion program recognizes innovative thought leaders in the technical community and rewards these contributors by amplifying their voice and increasing their sphere of influence. The program catalyzes their ongoing contributions by providing education, engagement, and opportunities.

An IBM Champion is a business partner or customer of IBM — an IT professional, business leader, developer, executive, or educator who influences and mentors others to help them innovate with and make the best decisions around IBM software, solutions, and services.

After reviewing the nominations, looking for those who have the most consistent and exceptional contributions, the selection committee members chose 604 new IBM Champions. You can review the full list below. Among those are:

  • 76% renewing; 31% new; and 3% Lifetime Champions
  • 44 countries represented
  • 9 technology and business areas, including Data & AI (31%), Cloud (20%), Blockchain (5%), Watson IoT (5%), Security (7%), Power Systems (12%), Storage (8%), IBM Z (7%), and Developers (2%)

These individuals evangelize IBM solutions, share their knowledge, and help grow the community of professionals who are focused on IBM offerings. IBM Champions spend a considerable amount of their own time, energy, and resources on community efforts — organizing and leading user groups, meetups, and events; answering questions in forums and building community; contributing articles, code, and applications; publishing podcasts; sharing instructional videos; and more.

As a benefit, IBM Champions receive IBM Champion-branded merchandise, IBM Champion digital badges, and invitations and discounts to IBM conferences. They are highlighted online and recognized at live events. In addition, they are offered opportunities that enable them to raise their visibility and broaden their sphere of influence. They are recognized for the work they have done over the past year and supported and enabled to do even more advocacy in the next year.

Meet IBM’s 2020 class of innovative thought leaders

The entire list of 2020 IBM Champions is below, including the area(s) of their expertise. You can also browse and search for IBM Champions to follow, collaborate with, or work with at the IBM Champion website.

Gabriel Aberasturi Waleed Abu Sirhan Robert Adachi Wole Adetayo
Moller Agaiby Masataka Aikawa Elizabeth Albert Ted Alexander
Liam Allan Phillip Allison Tamer Aly Emeka Boris Ama
Saghi Amirsoleymani Doug Anderson Dave Anderson-Ward Tony Andrews
Marcel Anthonijsz Torbjorn Appehl Bill Apple Julio Aspiazu
Jacob Bock Axelsen Hugo Azevedo Vishwas Balakrishna Chiara Baldan
James Baldwin Jose Balitactac Kerry Balkaran Daniel Balko
Keith Ball Niel Balsino Susan Barker Rick Barlow
Paul Bartak Gerald Beasley Gerd W. Becker Patric Becker
Thomas Beebe Beth Beese Gregory Belinson Gary Ben-Israel
Horacio Benedicto Khaled Bentebal David Bergeron Julie Bergh
Robert Bersano Felipe Bessa Dave Beulke Hitesh Bhatia
Milan Bhatt Vinita Bhushan Prashant Bhuyan Harald Biedermann
Pat Birkeland David Birmingham Ron Bisceglia Matteo Bisi
Ian Bjorhovde Dez Blanchfield Frank Blau Shawn Bodily
Larry Bolhuis Klaus-Gunter Bonjean Nathanaël Bonnet Frederic Bosch
Bastien Boudot de la Motte Glenn Bowden Steve Bradshaw Rainer Brandl
Klaas Brant Emiliano Brogi Alexey Brook Shambi Broome
Greg Brown Yannick Bruck Philipp Brune Michele Buccarello
Jim Buck Guillaume Buffier Miguel Carbone Edson Carlotti
Kris Caron Jake Carroll Julia Carter Elder Carvalho
Kenio Carvalho Neil Casey Sushant Chalke Satadru Chattopadhyay
Sandeep Chellingi Raghu Cherukuru Bartosz Chrabski Kasey Clark
Lionel Clavien Heather Cole Adrian Collett Brenda Collins
Robert (Kent) Collins Michael Condry David Conover Paul Cortellesi
Kirsten Craft Ember Crooks Jeffrey Crose Christoph Cuscoleca
Diego D’Addeo Herbert Daly Arup Datta Ron Davis
Gabriella Davis Jop de Graaf Roberto De Pedrini Koen Decorte
Jim Dee Mike DeGeus Boudewijn Dekkema Luc-Michel Demey
Shrirang “Ranga” Deshpande Andrew Detandt Opemipo Disu Stephen Diwell
Oleh Dokuka Ryan Dolley Craig Drabik Philippe Dubost
Trevor Eddolls Andrew (Ed) Edmondson Ahmed El Sayed Bruce Elgort
Alan Eliscu Michael Elleby III James Ellis Yosuke Enomoto
Javier Estrada Benavides Miho Ezawa Jared Fagel Robert Fijan
Jeff Filippi Frank Fillmore Helen Fisher Kimberly Floss
Catherine Foley Clement Fouque Sonya Fournier Scott Francis
Carlo Francisco Shaun Frankson Markus Fraune Rand Frerking
Alfred Freudenberger Chuck Fried Gregor Frimodt-Møller Gary Fry
Alan Fulton Celia Gahagan Jesse Gallagher Paras Gandhi
Susan Gantner Kevin Gee Joe Geller Jim Genna
Markus Giacomuzzi Cosimo Damiano Gianfreda Sylvain Gilbert James Gill
Mark Gillis Tom Glaser Phil Godwin Steven Goedertier
Manuel Gómez Burriel Andres Gomez Casanova Iqbal Goralwalla Ron Gordon
Bartlomiej Grabowski Philip Grabowski Phil Grainger Joe Grasso
Kim Greene David Greenstein Stacey Gregerson Wolfram Greis
Ezriel Gross Thomas Gruenig Charles Guarino Avilesh Gujrathi
Philip Gunning David Hablewitz Rhonda Hackenburg Akhil Hada
Salem Hadim Dirk Haegebarth Patrick Hall Joshua Hall
Atsushi Hanaki Martin Hansgut Qing Yun Hao Reg Harbeck
Colin Hardy Jesse Harmon Warren Harper Raymond Haruna
John Hassman Birgitta Hauser John Hawkins Yoshiki Hayama
Bob Hayes Scott Hayes Marc Hebert Martin Heitkämper
Chris Hembrom Michael Hennecke Finbarr Hennessy Dan Hermes
Jim Herron Theo Heselmans Karsten Hespelt Elaine Higa
Jukka Hiltunen Daisuke Hiraoka Shawn Hisaw Steve Hnath
Mario Hockx Dennis Hoddinott Greg Hodgkinson Ted Holt
Kazunori Hosoda Daniel Housden Pawel Hryb Martin Hubel
Hermann Huebler Morag Hughson Stephen Hume Tom Huntington
Dharmatej Inaganti Sana Inam Chikako Inami Michael Inman
Sergio Insalaco Tetsuji Ishii Alex Ivanov Rich Jackson
Kevin Janes Mateja Jankovic Norbert Jenninger Terry Johnson
Tim Johnson Jason Juliano Ari Juntunen Norman (Joe) Jurak
Art Kagel Joel Kaiser Yuma Kajita Daichi Kakimoto
Nir Colder Kristy Callback-Rose Nick Kammerman Ichiro Kano
Michael Karasienski Amarender Katkam Isamu Kato Hiroshi Kawai
Mikio Kaya Leanne Kemp Ashiqur Khan Karen Kilroy
Yongkook (Alex) Kim Joseph King Susan Kirk Ronda Kiser-Oakes
Joachim Klassen Chris Klein Zessink Scott Klement Ute Kleyensteuber
David Knight Lester Knutsen Paramjot Kochar Levi Kom
Andre Konig Brian Kordelski Mirna Kos Emil Kotrc
Michael Krafick Stefan Kral Tomasz Kraszucki Misha Kravchenko
Pavan Kristipati Jay Kruemcke Henri Kuiper Rajesh Kumar Khare
Michiya Kurosawa Mark Lack Roger Lacroix Youssef Largou
Kirsten Ann Larsen Sheryl Larsen Brian Laube Susan Lawson
Stacy Lee Dominic Lehr Markus Leonard Cindy Lichtenauer
Mats Lidstrom Niels Liisberg Matthew Likes Joseph Likuski
Andy Lin Mika Lindholm Janttu Lindroos David Link
Craig Lister Mark Little Chi (Harold) Liu Jonathan Long
Mark Lucente Thomas Lucey Juan Carlos Ludena Daniel Luksetich
Jaqueline (Jaqui) Lynch Lockwood Lyon William Magdelinskas Aaron Magid
Daniel Magid Amit Malik Shawn Mandel Angelica Marchiori de Mattos Casali
Jan Marek Paolo Maresca Remo Marini Karl Henry Martinsson
Christian Massé Pete Massiello Mark Mastrangeli Kazuki Masuda
Tom Matt Paul Matthews Kim May Steve Mazer
Roberto Mazzoni Candace McCabe John McCarthy Eric McCormick
Mia McCroskey John McDonald Johnny McGuire Jonathan McKnight
Rob McNelly Corey Mendelsohn Paul Mendelson Patrick Meyer
Dale Michael Mark Michael Vincencio Michaelis Igor Migrić
Hiroshi Miki Brad Miller Kristian Milos Dmitry Mironov
Koki Miura Armand Mizan Richard Moberg Shawn Moe
Cristian Molaro Mark Moncelle Tiago Moura Richard Moy
Janakiram MSV Craig Mullins Stephan Multhaupt Chris Muncan
Ronan Murphy Brett Murphy Paul Murray Krešimir Musa
Keita Nagase Satoshi Nakamura Hideko Nakano Judy Nall
Daniel Nashed Philip Nelson Bjarne Nelson Adam Newbold
Arne Sigurd Rognan Nielsen Kohei Nishikawa Shinji Nishio Joachim Novak
Bernie O’Connor Bob Oesterlin Anders Ohrnberg Tatsuya Okazaki
Jesper Hemmet Omer Yoshimasa Ono Kim Ørbo-Pedersen Ognjen Orel
Jose Luis Ortega Diazgranados Martin Otto Tony Owens Robert Owor
John Pace Richie Palma Lethika Panicker Jon Paris
Douglas Partch Bharatkumar Patel Joseph Amrith Raj Paturi Joy Paul
Gerhard Paulus Michael Pavlak Alexander Pawlik Robert Payette
Jeff Pearring Sri Vijay Bharat Peddi Stoyan Pedev Miroslav Peic
Anant Pendse Christopher Penn Robert Perih Ramanathan Perinkolam Krishnamurthi
Hermanni Pernaa Jean-Georges Perrin Raymond Perry Kaylei Perry
Trevor Perry Brett Phaneuf Chuck Picard Steve Pitcher
Pascal Polverini Peter Poon Bruno Portaluri Mike Potter
Derek Powe Prasenjit Pusty Stephanie Rabbani Jacek Rafalak
Dana Rafiee Harry,(OmHaraiSriRam) Ram ( Gangaikondan-Iyer) Hemanth Rama Balagopal Ramdurai
Suganya Rane Kristin Rangel Steen Rasmussen Dustin Ratliff
Robert Recknagel Gustavo Reis Sabine Rentzsch Miroslav Rešetar
Devin Richards Casey Richardson Philip Riecks Chad Rikansrud
Robert Rios Dusty Rivers Mark Robbins Julian Robichaux
Brad Romano David Romo David Rosen Atanu Roy
Michael Ryan Udo Sachs Atsuki Sakae Shoichiro Sakaigawa
Mutsumi Sakaigawa Shin Sakamoto Ryuta Sakamoto Alexey Saltovski
Vishwasrao Salunkhe Vicente Salvador Saravanan Sambandam Darren Sanders
Len Santalucia Mohankumar Saraswatipura Subhasish Sarkar Ravi Sarkar
Chris Schlipalius Guido Schneider Roland Schock Don Scott
Lee Scruggs Cameron Seay Michael Sedlmayer Alan Seiden
Kenneth Shaffer Graeme Sharp Perry Shindle William Shipley
Steven Shull Tommi Sihvo Bruce Simms Carlos Simoes
Egil Simones David Simpson Anthony (Tony) Skjellum Marc Smith
Kenny Smith Byron Smith Chris Smithee James Sobieski
Fred Sobotka Svenn-Aage Soenderskov Andrew Sorrell Carolyn Staats
Zeljen Stanic Andy Steeds Antony Steel Tilo Steiger
Juergen Sterlike Kurt Struyf Julian Stuhler Christopher Sullivan
Shawn Sullivan Janet Sun Thanikachalam “Billy” Sundarrajan Darren Surch
Hidekazu Suzuki Nigel Sylvester Tim Tait Yuki Takagi
Ryoga Takao Leandro Takeda Michael Talalaevsky Yoshifumi Tamura
Seigo Tanaka. Masayuki Tasaki Robin Tatam Satsuki Tay
James Taylor Lillian Taylor Paul Teichmann Meral Temel
Claire Terblanche Greg Tevis Brandon Thomas Simon Thompson
Stephen Thorne Jorn Thyssen Michael Tiefenbacher Joel Tilton
Daiji Toriii Paolo Tortiglione Katsumi Totsuka Jimmy Tran
Konrad Trojok Denis Tronin Tetsuharu Tsuji Laura Tuller
Paul Tuohy Paul Turpin Laura Ubelhor Nuttee Udomsirirat
Shigeo Ueda Stephen Ulmer Michael Urwin Robert van den Breemen
Frank van der Linden Rudi van Helvoirt Harry van Irsel Ryan VanAlstine
Luc Vandaele Kay Vandevanter Ivan Vankov Bob Vargo
Vikram Vaswani Eric Vercelletto Diego Verdier Abhishek Verma
Jos Verschuuren Birgit Vesterling Jennifer Vezina Vedran Vidovic
Dave Waddell Jeff Waggoner Shingo Wakabayashi Catherine Wakelin
Mike Walker Alex Walter George Warner Anders Wasen
Philip Wasylow Nick Waters Gary Watters Pascal Weber
Mark Whitney Tim Willging Randy Wilson Sebastian Wind
Andre Wiradarma Dave Wiseman Paul Withers Steven Wolk
Glenn Wong Carol Woodbury Murray Woods Fumiaki Yanase
Jeff Yanoviak Rama Yenumula Gokhan Yildrim Kazuhito Yokoi
Keita Yokoyama Yoichi Yoshida Kohsuke Yoshihara Mitsuyoshi Yoshioka
Marco Zanchi Wendy Zemba Badr Eddine Zinoun Sebastian Zok
Joel Zysman

We look forward to working with this amazing group of community leaders!

Connecting with IBM Champions

Stay tuned for profiles of the IBM Champions in our Champions in Action series, for the sessions they give at events around the world, and for guest posts to let you know what they’re working on.

You can follow their work via our @IBMChampions Twitter stream (and via our #IBMChampion hashtag) as well.

Don’t miss meeting these IBM Champions in person at our upcoming conferences, where many of them will be presenting. You can find IBM Champions at user events and IBM events, including IBM Technical University, IoT Exchange, Think 2020. At Think 2020, you can meet the IBM Champions at our IBM Champions lounge, where we will host topical roundtable chats, or you can join them at their many sessions and at other IBM Developer and IBM Community events.

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