Keynote speakers

Laura Grit

Laura Grit, VP/Distinguished Engineer, AWS

Laura Grit is a VP/Distinguished Engineer at Amazon Web Services. Over her 15 years at Amazon, Laura has worked in organisations across the company, including’s eCommerce Platform, Infrastructure and Networking, and AWS. She specialises in driving large-scale programs that address infrastructure efficiency, resiliency, security, and developer productivity. This includes programs like the migration to AWS, and the AWS region build process. 

Laura is a passionate advocate for growing and developing others, and is a close partner to the Amazon technical career development work. She currently serves as a leader of the Amazon Principal Engineer Community, and has previously helped lead the Amazon Women in Engineering affinity group, for which she is now an Executive Sponsor. Prior to joining Amazon, Laura completed her Ph.D. in Computer Science at Duke University, where she specialised in resource allocation for distributed virtual computing environments.

Conor McNamara

Conor McNamara, Managing Director, ASEAN, AWS

Conor McNamara joined Amazon in 2014 and is currently the Managing Director of ASEAN at Amazon Web Services (AWS), where he works with customers and partners across Southeast Asia as they innovate, scale, and transform their businesses via the AWS Cloud. As part of this mission, he is passionate about upskilling and enabling builders across the region as a pathway to unlocking accelerated social and economic growth for our diverse ASEAN community. 

Conor has held several leadership positions during his time at AWS. He previously served as the APAC Head of Business Development, where he led the incubation of new AWS Services and Industry capabilities in the Asia Pacific region, while actively championing the rapidly evolving needs our APAC customers. He also previously led the AWS India business, where he focused on enabling and growing the local customer and partner community following the launch of the first AWS India region.

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