The city of Frankfurt is home to a rich history and picturesque skyline, and in 2023 it also became home to the Digital Revolution Awards for our DACH ceremony. Hosted by co-founder of The Humanized Internet, Monique Morrow, the event helped raise funds for St. Martin’s School and Teenage Cancer Trust.

DACH Winners

The DACH region was also home to a variety of exceptional achievements in the cloud space in 2023. Our winners were crowned in person at Frankfurt’s JW Marriott hotel.

Tech Star of the Year Winner

Adam Bien
Sponsored by Rebura
Outstanding Leader of the Year Winner
Kave Bulambo
Sponsored by Frank Recruitment Group
Diversity and Inclusion Employer of the Year Winner
Delivery Hero
Sponsored by Revolent
Outstanding Contribution to the Earth Winner
Sponsored by Cognizant
Outstanding Contribution to the Microsoft Community Winner
Thomas Maurer 

Highly Commended: Benjamin Abt

Sponsored by Hitachi Solutions
Outstanding Contribution to the Google Cloud Community Winner
Natalie Pistunovich

Highly Commended: Ronna Steinberg

Outstanding Contribution to the Salesforce Community Winner
Doina Popa

Highly Commended: Alan Thomas Payne

Sponsored by Adapt – IQ 
Excellence in Learning and Development Winner
Sponsored by HSO
Outstanding Contribution to the AWS Community Winner
Nana Janashia

Highly Commended: Alexey Grigorev

Best Salesforce Partner to Work For Winner
Best AWS Partner to Work For Winner
Rackspace Technology

Tech for Good Joint Winners



Exceptional Cloud Employer of the Year Winner
Best Microsoft Partner to Work For Winner
Reply Group
Best Google Cloud Partner to Work For Winner
Materna Information

Highly Commended: Ancoris 

Digital Transformation Project of the Year Winner
Deutsche Bahn

DACH Shortlist

After a record-breaking year for nominations in the Digital Revolution Awards, the following have been recognized by our judges for using cloud technology to make the world a better place to live and work, and will be celebrated and a winner declared at our in-person awards ceremony and fundraiser in London in April.

Nana Janashia
Content Creator and DevOps Trainer at TechWorld with Nana

Alexey Grigorev
Principal Data Scientist at OLX Group and Founder of DataTalks.Club

Tobias Fenster
Microsoft MVP and Managing Partner at 4PS Germany

Martina Grom
IT-Consultant, Co-founder and CEO of atwor

Ragnar Heil
Microsoft MVP, Podcaster at Alex and Ragnar Show and Channel Account Manager EMEA Central at Quest Software

Adam Bien
AWS Hero, Author, Speaker, Trainer, Java Champion, JavaOne Rockstar, Podcaster, YouTuber, and Freelance Consultant

Christian Szandor Knapp
Salesforce MVP and Principal Technology Evangelist Salesforce at DIA

Gregor Reimling
Microsoft Azure MVP and Microsoft MCT, Managing Consultant at adesso SE

Angela Maragkopoulou
Chief Operating Officer at DWS Group

Felicitas Birkner
Head of Business & Head of Fujitsu Academy Expertise at Fujitsu

Kave Bulambo
Founder – Head of Talent at TalentDiverse EU

Georgie Smallwood
Chief Product Officer at TIER Mobility

Irina Schellenberg
Senior Associate Global SAP Alliance at PwC Deutschland

Sabine Bendiek
Chief People and Operating Officer, Member of the Executive Board at SAP 



Unit 4

Deutsche Telekom

Persistent Systems

Nana Janashia
Content Creator and DevOps Trainer atTechWorld with Nana

Alexey Grigorev
Principal Data Scientist at OLX Group, Founder of DataTalks.Club

Renato Losio
AWS Data Hero and Principal Cloud Architect at Funambol

Sam Williams
Founder at Complete Coding

Thorsten Höger
AWS DevTools Hero and CEO, Cloud Automation Evangelist at Taimos GmbH Consulting

Benjamin Abt
Microsoft MVP and Principal Software Engineer at medialesson GmbH

Carsten Rachfahl
Microsoft Cloud & Datacenter Management MVP & Azure MVP and Technical Director at Rachfahl IT-Solutions GmbH & Co. KG

Thomas Maurer
Former Microsoft MVP and Senior PM and Chief Evangelist Azure Hybrid at Microsoft 

Eric Berg
Microsoft MVP Azure and CDM and Vice President Consulting Expert at CGI 

Sammy Deprez
Head of Technology at Arinti

Antje Lamartine
Microsoft MVP, Lead Adoption and Change Management M365 at IF-Blueprint AG

William Durkin
Co-Founder at Data Masterminds

Natalie Pistunovich
Lecturer: Cloud and Infrastructure atHochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin

Ronna Steinberg
Technologist, Google Developer Expert for Go at Women Who Go Berlin, Chapter Lead

Enrique López Mañas
Freelance Software Engineer 

Tomas Trajan
Managing Director at solveo GmbH

Christian Szandor Knapp
Salesforce MVP and Principal Technology Evangelist Salesforce at DIA 

Sanchit Dua
Salesforce Architect at Adesso

Doina Popa
Chief Executive Officer at InnoTrue

Narender Singh
Salesforce MVP and Salesforce Developer at Salesfive Consulting GmbH

Alan Thomas Payne
Senior Project/Program Manager and Co-Lead the Frankfurt, Germany, Salesforce Trailblazer User Group

Cyril Louis
Salesforce MVP, CEO and Co-founder at Mavericx


Green City Solutions



Electric Feel


Koenig & Bauer

Deutsche Bahn




Necko Technologies









Vera Solutions



Electric Feel

Materna Information

GFT Schweiz AG

Aliz Technologies



Our Frankfurt 2023 Judges

The Digital Revolution Awards celebrate the cloud industry’s very best pioneers, innovators and glass ceiling breakers across categories that recognize sustainability, employer branding, ED&I, talent development, and L&D. We’ve put together an expert panel that represents some of tech’s leading figures, meaning they’re best placed to judge the individuals and organizations that have truly excelled in the last year.

Aga Biegluk

Head of Talent Acquisition, EMEA | Infosys
As the regional Head of Talent Acquisition at Infosys, Aga oversees hiring in over 30 countries throughout EMEA. A strong believer in the power of people, human relationships and the culture of collaboration, she is passionate about maintaining an inclusive, supportive, friendly work environment and the constant pursuit of new creative ways to increase efficiency and productivity.

Markus Meukel

Vice President Alliances & Channels | Salesforce

Markus leads Salesforce’s Global Industry Business Development and Competitive Programs team, which are part of its Industry Advisory organization. He joined Salesforce in July 2020 after six years at McKinsey & Co, where he served as their Vice President of Digital Transformation and IOT. Markus has over 22 years of tech experience working in senior leadership roles in sales, program management and strategy consulting, working for companies that include Cisco, Telefonica and Deloitte.

Astrid Wieland

Small & Medium Business Sales Lead Business Applications | Microsoft

Astrid is an experienced sales and marketing leader with a track record of business strategy, sales leadership and hands-on execution excellence. With more than eight years of expertise in the IT industry, she has established herself as a successful woman in tech in an international organization. Currently leading Small and Medium Business Sales for Business Applications across 12 countries for the Microsoft Western Europe Headquarters, Astrid is also Co-Founder of #thenewITgirls – a community for women in IT that aims to empower and support women in the tech industry.

Özgür Solmaz

Sales Director | Rackspace
In his role as DACH Sales Director Automotive at Rackspace Technology, Özgür is responsible for a fast-growing vertical and within that, for one of the largest automotive manufacturers worldwide. With over 22 years of sales experience in the IT industry, Özgür focuses on global and strategic customers by supporting them in defining and executing their cloud and IT strategies.

Femi Adedimeji

Innovation Project Manager | AVEVA
Femi graduated from the University of Manchester with a Master’s in engineering in Biomedical Materials Science. She has over 10 years’ experience in industrial cloud computing, engineering and technical training. She is currently Innovation Project Manager at AVEVA, Frankfurt, where she facilitates, nurtures and drives a culture of innovation by collaborating across technical teams to create opportunities for new ideas to flourish. An advocate for race and gender diversity in technology, Femi is also part of the team that founded the BLACK Voices employee resource group in AVEVA in 2020. She supports the group towards a vision of a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for all.

Roberto Galdo

DACH Salesforce Service Line Leader | Merkle
Roberto Galdo is the Head of Salesforce Service Line at Merkle DACH, where he supports more than 500 talented professionals to express their full potential and deliver top-of-the-market solutions to over 400 world-class clients. During his 14 years of experience in technology, innovation and people engagement, Roberto has delivered game-changing Cloud and CX solutions to top brands from several industries—under Roberto’s lead, Merkle has been awarded Partner of the Year 21/22 by Salesforce Switzerland. Always keen on nourishing talents, Roberto looks forward to being part of the Digital Revolution Awards judging panel to give his support to the brilliant individuals and innovative companies that are taking part in this year’s awards.

Doris Schlaffera

Change and Transformation Expert, Location Manager | Communardo Software GmbH

As a business consultant and IT change expert, Doris’ activities focus on the human aspects of digital transformation, such as employee acceptance or the successful integration of new technologies into modern corporate cultures and processes. In recent years, she has specialized in various Microsoft 365 services such as Microsoft Teams, Yammer, SharePoint Online and the employee experience platform Viva. Doris graduated from the College of Multimedia Design at the “Graphische” in Vienna and found her way into IT only by chance. Since then, she has put her heart and soul into it and founded the IT women’s network #thenewITgirls. She has worked at Communardo Software Gmbh since 2021 and is Location Manager in Vienna.

Hendrik Adam


Hendrik founded DIA in 2001. He leads the company as CEO and is a Salesforce expert with more than 15 years of experience. DIA joined the Salesforce ecoystem in 2006 and is one of the leading Salesforce Partners in the DACH market, with more than 100 employees and offices in Frankfurt, Berlin, Munich and Villingen-Schwenningen. The firm offers next-generation cloud technologies, services and products on the Salesforce platform for several industries, with extensive experience in manufacturing and retail. Before DIA, Hendrik was employed by Continental and studied Electrical Engineering at TU Darmstadt, Germany.

Andreas Mertens

CEO | avameo GmbH 

Andreas is a serial entrepreneur and passionate computer scientist, with more than 25 years of experience using it in business. As CEO of avameo GmbH he supports companies in developing their digitization strategy, and is currently working on an innovative personnel development software that’s based on a big data and AI research project. He supports young entrepreneurs as a coach and is a member of the jury for start-ups from the renewable energy sector at the PitchNight Spreewind in Potsdam. He also lectures at well-known universities and passes on his practical experience to young talents.

Cyril Louis

CEO  & Co-Founder | Mavericx

Cyril is the Co-Founder and CEO of Mavericx, a professional services firm that helps companies ensure the very best customer experience each and every time. Mavericx deliver innovative and outstanding cutting-edge solutions using platforms such as Salesforce, Ibexa, Celonis, UiPath and complementary Cloud technologies. Prior to setting up Mavericx, Cyril obtained his MBA from ISC Paris Business School, and acquired over 20 years’ experience in the technology and marketing industries. Cyril also regularly shares his vision on topics such as digital transformation and omnichannel customer experience, whether in publications or at conferences.

Stephanie Cramer

Recruiting Lead and HR Business Partner | entero AG

Stefanie is Recruiting Lead and HR Business Partner of the business and IT consulting company entero AG, which supports manufacturing companies and B2B service providers into the digital future and optimize processes in sales, service and marketing as well as procurement and order processing – often based on industry and specialist solutions related to Salesforce. Before joining entero in 2019, Stefanie worked as Recruiter and Training Advisor at Accenture. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Leadership.

Nico Schilling

Client Technology Lead | Rackspace Technology
Nico brings 13+ years of direct, hands-on experience with expertise in the strategy, planning, integration, implementation, and operations of large business cloud programs. In his role as a Client Technology Lead for Rackspace Technology he is responsible for one of the largest automotive manufacturers worldwide, working closely with the Rackspace professional service delivery team and with his customer, including technical guidance and staffing.

Jens Christian Zwenger

Partner, Salesforce Consulting Leader | PwC

Jens leads PwC‘s Salesforce consulting alliance in Germany. He has worked for more than 18 years in professional consulting as a trusted advisor across industries. He is a known expert in cloud-based transformations with a focus on Salesforce products and technologies. He steered some of the largest Salesforce implementations in EMEA, as well as PwC’s own Salesforce rollout in Europe. Jens is an enthusiastic leader who has successfully built and grown Salesforce consulting units.

Jacqueline Considine

Sales Director | Salesforce Partner 

Jacqueline is a most recent Directorial appointment at EPAM, joining to lead their DACH Salesforce Partner Business. 

With over 25 years of IT experience in Senior Leadership roles across enterprise sales, alliances, partner management, and strategic consulting, Jacqueline has worked with the likes of Dell, BMC for Cisco and Salesforce, Mindtree, Vonage, and Copado. 

Jacqueline is proudly ITIL V3 certified and has served the Salesforce ecosystem for almost two decades at both the ISV and GSI levels in EMEA and across the globe. 

Henning Heesch

Founder and CEO | entero AG
Henning is Founder and CEO of the business and IT consulting company entero AG, which supports manufacturing companies and B2B service providers into the digital future, and optimizes processes in sales, service and marketing as well as procurement and order processing—often based on industry and specialist solutions related to Salesforce. Before founding entero, Henning initiated and accompanied change management processes as an Employee Development Manager at Dow Chemical. He then learned the consulting business at Accenture, a global consultancy. Henning holds a degree in process engineering from the Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg.

Sissy Tongendorff

Head of Diversity & Inclusion | Capgemini
Sissy is responsible for Diversity & Inclusion at Capgemini in Germany with a focus on the dimensions of life phases, work-life balance, women in IT, the LGBTQ+ community and people with different nationalities and disabilities. She leads the external auditing by berufundfamilie GmbH with the ambition to make visible and valuable progress on Capgemini’s D&I journey for its talents and the outside world—for potential employees, investors, companies, partners and customers. Moreover, under Sissy’s lead, Capgemini was also certified by EDGE, the Leading Global Certification for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Igor Guss

Senior Manager IaaS | Ingram Micro Distribution GmbH

Igor has headed the Infrastructure-as-a-Service business unit at Ingram Micro since 2020, and is responsible for cloud partner recruitment, enablement and scale for Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services. He currently leads a team consisting of Sales, Pre-Sales and Business Development Managers. Having first joined the company in 2015, he was previously responsible for the portfolio of Ingram Micro’s Cloud Marketplace in Germany and also running Ingram Micro’s German start-up competition Come Challenge in 2019. 

Claude Bravi

Head of Customer Experience and CRM | Neo Technologies

Claude is a growth-focused leader with a track record of unlocking value for tech and multinational corporations through successful product/service digital strategies and launches, agile business transformation strategies, and marketing across varies B2B/B2C segments globally. His areas of expertise also includes marketing communications, GDPR, data security and compliance, and digital strategy development. An experienced leader, Claude has also served as a coach and mentor throughout his career.

Roman Weber

Founder and CEO | NFQ X GmbH

Roman is a marketing technology pioneer. He is founder and managing partner of NFQ X, a Salesforce partner offering all CRM services from a single source: strategy, technology, analytics and operations. Roman is a CRM and loyalty evangelist with over 17 years of consulting background—he was co-founder of a loyalty consultancy and worked for companies that include BMW in-house consulting, SPS and Accenture.

Prateek Singh Mitter

Practice Manager, Enterprise Packaged Apps. EMEA | Infosys

Prateek spearheads the Enterprise Package service line for Infosys in Europe, which has a significant footprint across the central and eastern regions on the continent. His team pioneers large scale digital transformation programs in Europe by building futuristic business models, best in class business processes and harnessing the power of cloud, analytics and intelligence. Prateek is passionate about nurturing a world-class consulting practice which leaves a lasting impact for his customers.

Sebastian Knoll

CEO | Mainfilm

Sebastian is a true visionary in the world of digital entertainment. With livyu, he has transformed the way people experience live music, creating the first digital concert hall for A-list artists and festivals in the EU. His expertise in digital marketing and content creation also led him to found Lookin’Friday, a digital experience agency that focuses on fun and conversion-focused B2B marketing. As CEO of Mainfilm, he brings his innovative approach to the production of B2B content formats for the web 2.0 era.

Oliver Bergius

Director | PwC

Oliver leads PwC‘s enterprise agility consulting practice in Germany. He has worked in professional consulting for more than 15 years, working on large IT and digital transformations across a number of industries. Oliver is a known expert in agile transformations, with a focus on bridging the silos between functions towards a client-focused and product-oriented operating model. Oliver understands technology and cloud enablement as key levers to drive this forward, and is passionate about using tech to make a difference.

Lars Heiermann

Director Digital Workplace Engineering | CONET

Lars has been a dedicated champion of digital development and change for more than 20 years. As a software developer and driver for innovation, the computer science graduate is particularly passionate about AI, data analytics and all things M365. Lars has been working for IT consulting company CONET in various specialist and management roles since 2000. His current roles includes a big focus on talent discovery and development among CONET’s software engineering and tech professionals

Stephan Lemmen

Senior Manager | Arlanis Reply

Stephan is responsible for the successful business development that helps Arlanis Reply grow its customer base. Due to his extraordinary communication skills he very successfully nurtures key relationships with clients, partners, and other external stakeholders. Since 2007 Stephan has been highly experienced in CRM business and has a deep integration knowledge, especially with MuleSoft. He has gained extensive worldwide project experience in large scale enterprise companies in numerous industries. In addition, Stephan has a proven track record of combining technical knowledge with deep business understanding, which makes him a valuable partner for business partners and customers.

Sebastian Paas

Partner | PwC

Sebastian Paas is a cloud and digital leader in Germany and EMEA with over 20 years of professional experience in CIO and technology consulting. He specializes in the planning and management of large IT transformations, as well as IT strategic issues, and is a regular columnist at CIO Magazine Online, as well as a blogger and guest lecturer at the renowned ESCP Europe. 

Dominic Greenwood

Group Chief Operating Officer | Expersoft Systems

Dominics background is in advanced technology and its application to varied business domains, with a central focus on financial services solutions. He is currently COO at Group level and is responsible for the evolution of group products, including the flagship PM1 solution for wealth and asset management. Dominic has published more than 60 peer-reviewed academic publications, holds patents, and is an occasional consultant to the European Commission ICT research programme. 

Florian Evers

Managing Director, Germany & Spain – Director, UK | EMPAUA DE

Florian is Managing Director at Salesforce consulting firm EMPAUA. With over a decade of leadership experience he is part of the team helping hyper-growth companies use digital solutions to help drive their businesses forward, whilst also empowering its own people to constantly grow alongside them.

Ruediger Dorn

Partner Strategic Hyperscaler Alliances DACH

Ruediger leads strategic partnerships with cloud providers within IBM Consulting Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In his role he is responsible for driving businesses together with alliance partners, shaping new joint offerings and supporting the continuous growth of the hyperscale practice within IBM Consulting. Prior to this Ruediger worked in international leadership positions at large cloud providers like Google, Microsoft and Oracle.

Martin Whyte

Partner, Digital Operations | PwC

Martin is a Partner in PwC’s technology consulting practice and leads the digital operations analytics team, with a focus on data strategy and big data. He has more than 15 years of experience in data and analytics and is an expert in data-driven transformations. He has a proven track record in medium and large scale projects and programs, with hands-on experience in implementing highly effective solutions. Furthermore, he has worked in various industries developing data lake architectures based on different technology stacks.

Florian Evers

Managing Director, Germany & Spain – Director, UK | EMPAUA DE

Florian is Managing Director at Salesforce consulting firm EMPAUA. With over a decade of leadership experience he is part of the team helping hyper-growth companies use digital solutions to help drive their businesses forward, whilst also empowering its own people to constantly grow alongside them.