Patrick Kersten is Program Director at Computrain, the largest and leading IT training provider in the Netherlands. Computrain was founded in 1984.
After having studied Biology in Amsterdam Patrick specialized himself in Education. He started in the professional IT Education and joined Computrain in 2000 as a product specialist and instructor. A few years later he became responsible for Computrain’s extensive End User training portfolio.
In 2008 he became member of the Management Team of Computrain, becoming responsible for Training & Development. Since mid-2011, when Computrain merged with other IT training institutes, Patrick is responsible for the full IT training and services portfolio of the new organization and for managing the partnerships with delivery partners and the big software vendors.
Tomislav Dominkovic is CEO of Algebra, leading training and education company with focus in IT area in Croatia and surrounding region. He has founded Algebra in 1998. with 2 other partners. Within his 15 years of company leadership, Algebra became a dominating company in the market, based on its service quality and market innovation both in marketing approach and recognizing trends and market demand for education services and products. Apart from professional training, Algebra owns University college with 3 and 5-year degree study programs in applied computing engineering with 400 students enrolled.
Tomislav has finished his high school in the US and achieved his electric engineering diploma in Croatia. He has sharpened his entrepreneurial preferences with diploma study in management, one year, after diploma study program in business, customized for engineers.
Developing a company from ‘garage’ helped him to understand all processes in training and education business. Once a trainer himself, Tomislav learned the main postulates of a human learning process and this was great prerequisite to building a company that creates successful students. His great organizational skills and business sense was recognized by Croatian managers’ and entrepreneurs’ association (CROMA) which awarded him as the most successful young manager in 2007. As the main responsible person for contacts with IT vendors in company, Tomislav is a member of the Microsoft Partner Advisory Council in Redmond, WA representing Croatia and CEE Region from 2011 until 2014.
Jan Dvorak has been COO of GOPAS Czech Republic since 2008 and Vice Chairman of the board of GOPAS Slovak Republic since 2010. Both are the largest training centers in the country. Since GOPAS was established in 1992, Jan joined the company in 1999 as a marketing assistant after studying Marketing and Economics. In 2007 he finished his MBA program at CMC Business School in Prague. GOPAS trains almost 30.000 students every year. Jan was one of the first representatives of the LLPA association since 2009.
Ahmed AlHujairy is the Group CEO of Gulf Future Business Group of Companies and its training arm ThinkSmart for Development and Training, with it’s headquarter in The Kingdom of Bahrain and Operations in Gulf Region, including Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Kuwait, and Oman.
Ahmed holds an MBA from DePaul University and was the CEO of Bahrain’s largest hospital and Advisor to the Minister of Health. A few years later, Ahmed was the Board Member of Bahrain’s Largest Telecom Company BATELCO for 6 years, where he led the organization to tremendous growth in terms of revenue and expansion.
A member of the Microsoft’ Learning Partner Advisory Council (PAC) for 3 years, Ahmed is an integral part of Microsoft’s Learning’s strategic planning for growth of skilling and certifications globally.
Successfully launched several ICT skilling initiatives to cater for national need to train university students and fresh graduates to fill the gap between education and job market.
Founder and President of the Bahrain Chapter of Internet Society, Ahmed currently also holds the position of Secretary General of the ARAB ICT UNION, covering the Arab Region for ICT and Skilling Initiatives.