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As one of the world’s foremost innovators, practitioners/consultants, lecturers, educators and trainers serving the Enterprise Architecture (EA) industry, Dr. Steve Else has been a sought-after authority within the global business transformation community for nearly two decades.

As Founder and CEO of EA Principals, Inc. (EAP), Dr. Else is among the globe’s top TOGAF (The Open Group Architecture Framework) trainers, having worked with thousands of professionals to help them learn and practice EA. He is also author of the book Organization Theory and Transformation of Large, Complex Organizations.

In addition to leading EAP, he established and leads the Enterprise and Solution Architecture International Institute (ESAII) (esaii.org) under the Center for Public-Private Enterprise (CPPE) (cppe.org), which he founded in 1998. ESAII expands his global professional outreach and allows other experts to mentor students on complex, innovative enterprise solutions approaches, going well beyond the enterprise architecture aspects of value delivery.

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Michael J. Novak is Chief Operating Officer of EA Principals, Inc., a global training and consulting firm. He is a retired U.S. Naval Officer and retired Federal Employee. His military career included service aboard ships of the Pacific Fleet; management of Equal Opportunity and Race Relations programs, intercultural relations/overseas diplomacy programs, shipboard training programs, and defense logistics. His significant duties included three command tours, service as an interpreter (Japanese-English) for the Director of Naval Intelligence, and on the staff of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, Logistics, in the Pentagon. His extensive career in government included positions with the Internal Revenue Service Office of Procurement, the IRS Office of Research, Department of the Treasury Office of Strategic Planning and Evaluation, the IRS Office of the National Director of Quality, and the Defense Logistics Agency Executive Directorate of Quality Assurance. His significant duties have included drafting the Treasury Department Strategic Plan; serving on task groups chartered by Vice President Gore’s National Partnership for Reinventing Government; and developing and implementing Defense Department procurement policy.

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Klaus Schulz is an enterprise architect and BigData guru with SOA service factory team experience. Mr. Schulz is a former Chief Technology Architect of 3COM Corporation and was the technical architect on the first ever JAVA commercial application on the internet. Mr. Schulz has held executive advisory board positions at Silicon Valley Companies, such as Verano, TIBCO, Oblix, Xten, BrainGem and Wireless Enterprises, and has a distinguished history of initiating, developing and promoting new business via leading-edge and disruptive technologies. Mr. Schulz is known as a middleware expert after successfully integrating the merger of  US-Robotics / PALM with 3COM and began his executive career with C-Level positions at Hellonetwork, BrainGem and Intrago in the UK. His startup success includes the Boston based Reach Incubator of Frank Selldorff & Peter Cowie, and a successful CircleT-Ventures exit valued at $220 Million of Hellonetwork Asia with Marubeni and NTT in Tokyo, Japan. Mr. Schulz and his team won the National Information Infrastructure Awards from Al Gore in 1999, and several other awards for online merit and innovation. Mr. Schulz holds a Engineering Degree from San Jose State and a MBA from National University.

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After undergraduate studies of physics and zoology, Bill earned his PhD in Evolutionary Biology from Harvard in 1973 studying complex living systems at different levels of organization (genetic systems to species) and from several points of view. After retiring from academia in 1980, he applied systems thinking variety of knowledge management roles, e.g., desktop publishing, computer literacy education and publishing, technical communication, and documentation management - initially in business applications software development and banking.

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Dr. Amjad Umar received an M.S. in Computer and Communication Engineering and a Ph.D. in Information Systems Engineering, both from the University of Michigan. His main areas of expertise include enterprise architectures and integration, SOA, strategic planning of e-government and e-business, ICTD (information and communication technologies in developing countries), e-consulting for international projects, mobile computing and wireless communications, and information security. He has extensive industrial and academic experience in these areas at the national as well as international levels. He has supervised numerous large scale industrial projects with international organizations in more than 25 countries, has led numerous industrial seminars and corporate training sessions, and has taught graduate level university courses at the University of Pennsylvania, University of Michigan, Fordham Graduate School of Business, Rutgers University, and Peking University.

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Dr. David G. Ullman the father of the Robust Decision-Making methodology. This process helps organizations make decisions when information is uncertain, incomplete, conflicting and evolving. It supports teams as each member works to support what she thinks is important while reaching a solution acceptable by all. The methods have been applied in areas ranging from national security to job searching/

He holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University, and was Professor of Mechanical Design at Oregon State University for 20 years. His text, The Mechanical Design Process is a compendium of best practices that treats the product development process as a series of difficult decisions. The 5th edition (McGraw Hill) will be published in 2015. His book, Making Robust Decisions develops the methodology and was published in 2006. He is a Life Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and founder of its Design Theory and Methodology committee.

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Dr. Kevin Kreitman builds on over 20 years of experience in dramatically improvingorganizational effectiveness, spearheading creation of transformative enterprise architecture, and identifying and harnessing emerging technologies and process improvements in education, healthcare and government sectors; pioneering outstanding trainings, strengthening team performance, and negotiating among key stakeholders; and aligning technical activities with corporate objectives and policies to achieve the right outcomes for organizations and the customers and communities they serve. 

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An experienced enterprise architect in the public and private sectors for over a decade, Angel Romero is currently Chief of IT Governance and Enterprise Project Management Services with the Department of Water Resources. Angel has extensive hands on experience with leading Enterprise Solutions such as Oracle E-Business, SAP, Documentum, ITIL, Data Centers, and Business transformation. In addition, he brings a wealth of practical and academic experience to TOGAF® 9 Certification Training at EA Principals. Certified in Enterprise and SolutionArchitecture, TOGAF® 9, Archimate®2, he is also a Project Management Professional (PMP®).

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Li-yong Yu is an accomplished senior technology professional with 15+ years of management experience, and is currently Director of Information System Management at Synectics for Management Decisions, Inc. Through our partnership with Synectics, we are able to engage Mr. Yu's skills as needed to address client project challenges. He is skilled in leading cross-functional teams and managing the complete lifecycle of high-profile projects and programs. Mr. Yu has particular strengths in enterprise architecture (EA), system development and integration (SDLC), and service management (ITSM) lifecycles, and can fill a broad range of rolls including analyst, facilitator, problem solver, and communicator.

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An experienced promoter and practitioner of the Enterprise Architecture and Solution Integration methodologies and tools, Maxim Nagornov has spent the last several years leading the Solution Architecture capability development at one of the biggest corporations in the telecommunications industry – Nokia Siemens Networks. His main professional objective is in breaking the barriers between technological, operational, business and mindset silos through thought leadership and practical examples. His entire professional career is being devoted to achieve the best integration, convergence and symbiosis between Business and Technology, Telecom and IT, Telecom and IP, Voice and Data, Fixed and Mobile Telecommunication technical and operational domains.

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J.D. Baker is a Software/Systems Engineer with interest and expertise in enterprise architecture, requirements development, software/system architecture and system design processes and methodologies that support Model-Based Engineering.  He has used UML as a leader of development teams since 1999 and Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect since 2001. He provides training and mentoring in software and system architecture, systems engineering, software development, iterative/agile development, object-oriented analysis and design, the Unified Modeling Language (UML), the UML Profile for Systems Engineering (SysML), use case driven requirements, and process improvement. He is an elected member of the Architecture Board at the OMG.  He has participated in the development of UML, OMG SysML, the UML Profile for BPMN Processes and the UML Profile for DoDAF and MODAF.  J.D. holds many industry certifications, including OMG Certified System Modeling Professional (OCSMP), OMG Certified UML Professional (OCUP), Sun Certified Java Programmer, and he holds certificates as an SEI Software Architecture Professional and ATAM Evaluator.  He is also an Instructor and Faculty Advisor for the University of California San Diego Extension Information Technology, and Engineering and Defense Technology departments.

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Dr. Todd J. Schneider is an accomplished, innovative, and problem-solving Engineering Professional with extensive experience in architecture, full life-cycle systems development, semantic technologies and their applications, domain/process modeling, net-centric operations, and both command and control, as well as communications systems. He has published numerous white papers, proposals, and trade studies related to his areas of expertise. A recognized expert on interoperability, his core strengths include TOGAF, DoDAF, MoDAF, UML, Ontology Analysis & Development, RDF/RDFS, OWL, SPARQL, Modeling, NCOIC Scope Practitioner, Requirement Analysis & Development, and OO Analysis & design.

EDUCATION Ph.D., Mathematics (Logic), The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA M.S., Mathematics, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC B.S., Physics, State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY

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Through Christine Robinson’s professional experience, contributions to industry, and leadership on major transformation initiatives, she has established herself as an expert in the fields of business and technology transformation. Besides being a Certified Enterprise Architect and accredited trainer for EA Principals as a TOGAF 9.1 trainer, she is also is widely known for her contributions to helping explain major challenges on the horizon, as well as disruptive trends. Books, magazines, blogs, and on-line magazines available around the world feature works she has written to educate and raise awareness about wide-ranging business and technical challenges. She has been interviewed on television, even with “the Father of the Internet, Dr. Vint Cerf.” As an EA Principal, she leads hands-on training in TOGAF and Certified Government Architecture courses for professionals seeking to master Enterprise Architecture and gain valuable recognition for their accomplishments as demonstrated through proctored examinations.

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Mr. Dharan is responsible for Asia Pacific  Marketing, Sales, Services, and Operations in building customers and markets for EA Principals. As part of the leadership team, he also brings innovation and transformation in taking the company to new heights in the next decade. He leads with strategic initiatives in engaging clients, Architects, IT managers and CXOs, in building partnerships and delivering exceptional value to local and global clients in their Essential Change. Mr. Dharan is a practising Business Transformation Strategist, Enterprise/Business Architect and a highly regarded trainer in TOGAF. With his Business Strategy Consulting experiences with CXOs of major corporations, as Adjunct professor teaching Strategy subjects to MBAs at reputed business schools in the APAC region, 30+ years of Asia Pacific customer experiences with Microsoft & IBM, delivering business IT solutions, he brings exceptional practical knowledge and inspiration to the field of Enterprise Architecture and Essential Change. 

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