TBC March 2019

City, University London

CxO Day

About the day

Our CxO day is primarily aimed at business leaders who provide or make use of Drupal services (i.e web development agencies, training companies, clients etc), but naturally everyone is welcome. Throughout the day we'll have speakers talking about their experiences working with Drupal and Open Source technologies in their sector(s) or personal life. With a hot food buffet for lunch and a free drinks reception at the end of the day you'll also have ample time to network with the other attendees.

Find out more about the CxO day and the benefits of attending

The CxO day takes place at City, University of London.


08.30 - 09.30: Registration and breakfast

09.20 - 09.30: Introduction to the day, Alex and Leon

09.30 - 10.15: Drupal Association - Megan

10.15 - 11.00: University of Cambridge, Barney Brown, Head of Digital Comms

11.00 - 11.30 Tea/Coffee break

11.30 - 12.15: Speaker 3

12.15 - 13.00: Warchild UK, Head of Digital Dave O’Caroll

13.00 - 14.00: Lunch

14.00 - 15.00 Bossa studios, Roberta Lucca

15.00 - 16.00: Caffe Nero co-founder Paul Ettinger

16.00: Drinks and networking


Our confirmed speakers are:

Paul (Pablo) Ettinger

Caffe Nero co-founder, TALENTBANQ

Paul (Pablo) Ettinger

One of founding team of Caffe Nero Paulnow works part time for Caffe Nero (predominantly building the extensive music programme. He is a founder investor and Chairman of Streetlife.com, the UK’s fastest growing community social network which has over 1.5m users and was recently sold to Nextdoor.com an American tech unicorn. He is also an active angel investor and sits on the Board of a number of tech businesses as well as the family business, Ettinger of London a fast growing designer/manufacturer of luxury leather goods. More recently he co-founded TALENTBANQ, a music business focused on live music production and developing the careers of unsigned musicians. Whilst not working Paul mentors young entrepreneurs, skis competitively and plays jazz piano.

Megan (Byrd) Sanicki

Drupal Association

Megan (Byrd) Sanicki

Providing leadership for one of the largest open source Projects with over 95,000 active community members. In our mission to support the Drupal Project, the Association unites our global open source community to build and promote Drupal. We do this primarily by using our two main resources: Drupal.org, the center of our community’s interactions, with 2 million unique visitors a month; and DrupalCon, which hosts over 6,000 attendees a year and provides the critical in-person acceleration of ideas. Both foster the contribution journey that makes amazing software, and the evaluator’s adoption journey that encourages people to use Drupal across industries to create amazing things. Achieving our mission helps the community thrive into the future and realize their Drupal dream.

Barney Brown

University of Cambridge, Head of Digital Comms

Barney Brown

Barney Brown’s career in Digital Communications has been split between web development and communications teams spanning the education sector, theForestry Commission and the music industry. As Head of Digital Communications at the University of Cambridge, Barney works in a team of ten focussing on the production of guidelines and assets to aid in the management of thousands of websites and social media profiles.

Dave O'Caroll

Warchild UK, Head of Digital

Dave O'Caroll

Responsible for all our digital communications channels (website, social media, emails), creative content and design and overall digital strategy. I've been working in the charity sector for nearly 10 years and I still love it.

Roberta Lucca

Bossa studios, Serial Entrepeneur and BAFTA Award winner

Roberta Lucca

BAFTA winning Entrepreneur. Chief Evangelist. Board Director. Change catalyst. Speaker. Curious explorer. Co-Founder of Bossa Studios (multi-million $ revenue games Scaleup) and BOLDR (part game, part AI virtual coach). Former Computer Scientist, Marketer and Product Manager. Built and launched over 20 digital/mobile products and games over the last 15 years. Love for the new, experimentation, leadership and self-improvement. My forte is to create original products, concepts and movements from scratch while inspiring people to make things happen and be bold every day.





Content reference

Keynote speakers

Ryan Szrama

Commerce Guys

Ryan Szrama

Ryan got his start in web development through an online sales company based in Louisville, KY. It was there that he nursed Ubercart through its infancy to its use on over 20,000 websites as the Project Lead and community face of the project.

In 2009, Ryan co-founded Commerce Guys and eventually led the development of Drupal Commerce for Drupal 7. He grew the new project from its first full release at DrupalCon London to its use today on over 60,000 websites.

As of February 2016, Ryan acquired control of Commerce Guys and assumed leadership of the business with his time split between managing the company and contributing to its various open source projects.

Chris Teitzel


Chris Teitzel

Chris has been part of the Drupal community for 8 years and during that time has been fortunate enough to be involved in all aspects of the community. Originally part of the team supporting the Omega theme, he helped drive documentation and community support to lower the bar for theming in Drupal. He’s since been involved in projects spanning the globe working with all levels of business from top enterprises to startups building everything from bootstrapped humanitarian tools based on SMS to airline ticketing systems built in Drupal Commerce. In the recent years he has set his sights on security in Drupal and specifically around data privacy and security to again lower the bar for developers to adhere to best practices.

Baddý Sonja Breidert


Baddý Sonja Breidert

Baddý Sonja Breidert (baddysonja) is the CEO and Co-Founder of 1xINTERNET, one of the largest Drupal web agencies in Germany. 1xINTERNET has offices in Germany and Spain and has clients all over Europe.

Baddý graduated with B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Reykjavik in 2003 and after that completed her M.Sc. in Engineering Management from the Technical University in Vienna, where she today teaches Agile Project management and IT. She is also an European champion in Robotic Soccer - where she competed with her University in 2008.

Baddý has been very active in the Drupal community and has organised conferences and events both in Iceland and Germany. Currently she is one of the main organisers of Drupal Europe, which will take place in fall 2018.


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