Alan Shimel
Founder, CEO & Editor-in-Chief
Techstrong Group
As founder, CEO, and editor-in-chief of Techstrong Group, Alan manages a broad array of businesses and brands including Techstrong Media, Techstrong Live, Techstrong Research,, Security Boulevard, Techstrong TV, and Techstrong Learning. To do so and succeed, Alan has to be attuned to the world of technology, particularly DevOps, cybersecurity, cloud-native and digital transformation.

With almost 30 years of entrepreneurial experience, Alan has been instrumental in the success of several organizations.

Shimel is an often-cited personality in the security and technology community and is a sought-after speaker at conferences and events. In addition to his writing, his DevOps Chat podcast, TechStrong TV and Digital Anarchist audio and video appearances are widely followed.

Alan attributes his success to the combination of a strong business background and a deep knowledge of technology. His legal background, long experience in the field and New York street smarts combine to form a unique personality.

Mr. Shimel is a graduate of St. John's University with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Politics, and holds a JD degree from NY Law School.
Mitch Ashley
Techstrong Research
Mitch serves as principal at Techstrong Research where he is part of a team of preeminent experts in digital transformation, DevOps, cloud-native, cybersecurity, data and AI/ML. In this role, he works with companies to align digital transformation and technology strategies to achieve disruptive goals and high-impact outcomes.

Mitch also serves as Techstrong Group CTO, is in demand as a speaker and is widely followed online on his podcasts, Analyst Corner commentary and interviews on the highly popular Techstrong TV streaming video program where he engages with top digital and tech leaders from across the industry.
Ori Bendet
VP of Product

Ori brings more than 17 years of senior-level experience to his role as VP of product management at Checkmarx where he oversees the entire product portfolio and strategy, serving thousands of customers worldwide. He is an experienced product leader combining his strong technical and go-to-marketing skills. Ori also managed Checkmarx SAST, a Gartner and Forrester market-leading solution used by thousands of customers worldwide. Checkmarx SAST has been instrumental in spearheading the flagship Checkmarx One platform which is gaining ground with hundreds of global customers adopting the cloud-based platform. Prior to Checkmarx, he held leadership and engineering positions at Time To Know, HPE, PicApp and Bezeq.

Raghu Ravinutala
CEO & Co-founder

Raghu Ravinutala is the CEO and Co-Founder of, a global leader in Conversational AI that delivers autonomous, human-like experiences for customers and employees to accelerate enterprise growth. Since its inception, Raghu and his team have successfully expanded Yellow.aiโ€™s presence across the U.S., Southeast Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Japan, Australia and Latin America with 1000+ customers in 85+ countries. Previously, Raghu worked for 16 years with leading tech companies such as Texas Instruments, and Broadcom across leadership roles in Engineering, Product Management, and Business Development both in the Bay Area and India. He is also an elected member of the NASSCOM Executive Council 2021-23. Raghu has been recently recognized as the CX Leader of the Year at the CX Awards 2022, organized by CX Today.

Dineshwar Sahni
Director of Product Security

Dineshwar Sahni is the director of global product security, at Visa, Inc. He has over 15+ years of experience delivering high visibility initiatives that span business, engineering and product security areas in FinTech. He is passionate about enabling and empowering people by ingraining security into their mindset through training and automation. He is a shift left pioneer currently focused on supporting developers to start left through SecDevOps. In his current role at Visa, he oversees a global product security team and is responsible for ensuring all Visa products are free from vulnerabilities before release and are built better based on the feedback that is received from production.

Tracy ("Trac") Bannon
Senior Principal/Software Architect & Digital Transformation Advisor
The MITRE Corporation

Tracy Bannon is a passionate software architect who writes, speaks, teaches and practices her craft everyday.As an accomplished software architect, engineer, DevSecOps and digital transformation advisor, Tracy Bannon has worked across commercial and government clients. She is driven by understanding complex problems and working to deliver mission/business value at speed. As a long-time advocate for diversity in technology, she is helping to narrow the diversity gaps as a mentor, sponsor, volunteer and friend.

She is just as passionate about mentoring and training as she is about delivering valuable software! She loves community and knowledge building with teams, clients and the next generation of technologists by guest lecturing at universities, leading working groups and sharing experience stories. Another avenue for mentoring and community building is as a contributing journalist and Podcaster with ๐—œ๐˜'๐˜€ ๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฑ! ๐——๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—น๐˜† ๐—ฃ๐—ผ๐—ฑ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜ (part of The Sourced Network).

Much of Bannon's time is invested as a senior principal in MITRE Corporationโ€™s Advanced Software Innovation Center.

She also publishes, speaks and blogs to get the word out and is a featured speaker and panel moderator at industry events. She holds certifications from Microsoft, AWS, DevOps Institute, PMI, Scrum Alliance and the Software Engineering Institute (SEI).