Alfredo Abate
Alfredo AbatePresident
Alfredo Abate has been using Oracle technologies since 1999, with a focus in Oracle E-Business Suite, as an Applications DBA. He is currently the President of the Chicago Oracle Users Group (COUG) and President of the Oracle MAA SIG. He has presented at numerous conferences and user group events such as COUG, NCOAUG, GLOC, OATUG, MOUS, Collaborate, and Kscope. For his Oracle community contributions, he was awarded with the Oracle ACE designation. In 2019, he was presented with the IOUG Outstanding Regional User Group Leader of the Year award and in 2020, the OATUG Member of the Year award. He currently works for a manufacturing company where he is responsible for and enjoys working with a full suite of Oracle technologies.

Location: United States
Website: Link

Nassyam Basha
Nassyam BashaUS Conference Events Chair and Quest Liaison
Nassyam Basha is a Database Administrator. He has more than 13 years of experience as an Oracle DBA. He holds a master’s degree in Computer Applications from the University of Madras. He is an Oracle 11g Certified Master and honored as Oracle ACE Director from Oracle Corp. He actively participates in Oracle-related forums such as ODevC/Hub with a status of Silver Crown, Oracle support awarded as “Guru” and acting as Oracle Developer Community Moderator and written 70+ articles with OTN, Dell, Toad World, UKOUG, Quest Community, etc. He holds the prestigious “Select Journal Editor’s Choice Award” in 2018 and 2020 based on the Quest Community’s best Oracle technical article. He is a board member for the KSAOUG, MAA SIG, and IDGOUG Oracle User Groups. He maintains an Oracle technology-related blog,, and can be reached at

Location: Saudi Arabia
Website: Link

Markus Flechtner
Markus FlechtnerInternational Chair
Markus is a Principal Consultant at Trivadis/Germany. Before that he has been working with Oracle software for more than 20 years in various positions (developer, DBA). At Trivadis he is specialized on Oracle Real Application Cluster and database upgrade and migration projects. He is a teacher for his company’s trainings on Oracle RAC and Oracle Database 12c New Features.
Markus likes sharing his experiences and knowledge on his blog (, on twitter (@markusdba) and at national and international conferences. He has written several articles and he is co-author of the (german) book „Der Oracle DBA“.

Location: Germany
Website: Link

Andy Klock
Andy KlockLibrarian Chair
Andy Klock has has been working with Oracle database technologies since 2000. He was a technical team lead at Pythian and for the last few years has been at Enkitec (now AEG) working with Oracle engineered systems and other large databases. Andy Klock uses the scientific method to address all performance issues, plus he always checks his logs.

Location: United States

Farhan Masood Ahmed
Farhan Masood AhmedWebinar Chair
Working as a Senior Administrator Principle Consultant on Oracle Database Technology with 12 years of Core Dba experience.

Location: India

Ramesh Ganesan
Ramesh GanesanWebsite Chair
Ramesh is an IT professional with over 15 years working professionally as an Oracle Apps DBA with hands-on experience with Planning, Installation, Implementation, Managing and Tuning of Oracle RAC
database administration, Oracle Data Guard, Oracle Database 9i, 10g, 11g and Oracle E-Business Suite 11i, R12. He has excellent communication, project management, release management, and organizational skills. Ramesh also a certified Scrum Master where he used Agile skills to deliver projects and meet expected deadlines. He currently on the North Central Oracle Application User Group (NCOAUG) Board of Directors and have been assisting with planning, advising, and organizing alongside NCOAUG board members. Ramesh is a self-starter with a high level of productivity and a sense of ownership. He has the ability to learn quickly and apply knowledge to new situations.
Sean Scott
Sean ScottWebinar Chair
Sean has been working with Oracle technologies since 1995. He’s a database administrator and engineer concentrating in the areas of database design, performance optimization, disaster recovery, high availability and development. He’s a frequent contributor to the Oracle community including holding leadership roles at the user group level and as an author and presenter for regional user groups, IOUG/Collaborate, Oracle Open World and OAUG. His interests include developing tools, integrations and automation to improve and streamline database administration workflow.

Location: United States

Samir Pandya
Samir PandyaWebsite Chair
Samir Pandya is a leading Master Data Management (MDM) practitioner with more than 10 years of extensive techno-functional experience in Oracle e-Business Master Data Suite. Currently, he works at Elkay Manufacturing as a Master Data Management Lead. Samir has managed several MDM implantations for major companies. He develops data governance framework, data quality matrices, business processes, and KPIs. Samir holds a master’s degree in Information and System Management from Keller Graduate School of Management.

Location: United States

Ian Cookson
Ian CooksonOracle Liaison
Product Manager for Oracle Clusterware since December 2013. Prior to that, Technical Manager with the RAC Pack, preceded by many years of DB consulting (with Oracle and HP). Now situated at Oracle HQ in California.

Location: United States