We’re excited to invite you to the second C3 Global Cloud Skills v-Tour proudly brought to you by The Leading Learning Partners Association

The Global Cloud Skills Tour is a part of an exclusive C3 event series. In 2019, the Leading Learning Partners Association (The LLPA) introduced “C to the power of 3”, a cloud certification circle model that incorporates training, certification, reporting and nurturing services that are offered together by its 32 leading learning members to accelerate knowledge worldwide.

“Contrary to popular belief, digital transformation is less about technology and more about people. You can pretty much buy any technology, but your ability to adapt to an even more digital future depends on developing the next generation of skills, closing the gap between talent supply and demand, and future-proofing your own and others’ potential” – Harvard Business Review. The C3 Global Cloud Skills Tour aims to address the cloud skills gaps by ensuring all existing and future cloud customers have the technical and soft skills needed to be successful.

Although we would prefer to see you all in person, it is not possible at this time, and our journey of knowledge sharing and providing valuable insights must continue. So go on, join over 2,000 chief learning officers, business decision-makers, HR professionals and Azure technical and consulting leads from all over the world at this final 2021 global cloud skills tour.

100 % Virtual Environment

Connect with people from all over the world in a fully realized virtual experience. Enjoy the live virtual entertainment and join us in celebrating the Cloud Skills Cup World Champions on day 2.

15+ Live and On-Demand Sessions

Engage with experts, sponsors and other like-minded professionals through group chats or one-on-one convos using real-time tools.

Live Booth Zones

Gain instant access to a full range of diverse exhibitors, downloadable presentations and video in a rich environment that is both mobile-friendly and highly interactive.

Live Keynote Sessions

Digital transformation is about people. Find out what the future of learning looks like in organizations and what you can do with technology innovation.


Learn about the latest role-based training and certifications, skilling initiatives, skills plans and learning pathways. Find out what’s next and how we can help you develop high performance teams.

Connect with our partners, customers and likeminded business professionals, gain insights and best practice solutions for unlocking your cloud potential and how you can trigger or accelerate learning and training opportunities for workers of all stages of their careers.

Engage with cloud customers, partners and learning experts in 1:1 conversations about how to address skills and people gaps to secure uninterrupted growth for your businesses locally or globally.

Key Topics

Opportunities in Cloud

Fostering life-long learning

Technical skills for business

Unlock your cloud potential

Accelerate your inner azure

How Azure and digital transformation is revolutionizing the way we work

How role-based skills continue to impact success

Journey to becoming future-ready

How to plan, execute, and implement with confidence


Company leaders and executives

CLO, HR managers, partners


Government IT departments

Universities and colleges

Azure leaders and experts

Microsoft technical and consulting

IT, Cloud, Data & AI and Developer Professionals

Exhibitors and Partners


09:00 - 09:15

Welcome and introduction - Setting the scene

Setting the scene, opportunites in cloud and what to expect in the keynote

Patrick Kersten
Program Director and Chairman of the Board
Computrain and The LLPA
Patrick Kersten is a Learning and Development professional with more than 20 years of experience. In his role as Program…
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Michael Jackson
The Expert on Change
The Other Michael Jackson
Why engage with Michael Jackson? As an expert on change and communication, Michael will help you craft and deliver your…
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09:15 - 10:00

Keynote - The Future of Learning in Organizations

“Despite COVID-19, we will continue to see a lack of critical IT over the next several years. If anything, the pandemic has brought into focus the dependency of organizations on technology and how technology is critical to create an agile and resilient organization. As new technologies are adopted and legacy technologies are retired, the IT skill mix is changing. IT vendors and their clients need to be aware of these changes or risk losing the war for IT talent.” — Cushing Anderson, program vice president, IT Education and Skills for Digital Transformation Research

Alexander Stüger
Chief Learning Officer Europe, Middle East & Africa
Microsoft International
After completing his studies in business administration at the universities of Vienna and Graz, Alexander Stüger
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10:15 - 10:45

Your Customers Need A Partner With Cloud Expertise, Is Your Company Prepared?

Microsoft shares how they are investing in their customers. Why lifelong learning is not optional anymore and how to think differently about your business transformation approach.

Edip Saliba
Enterprise Skilling and Training Lead
Experienced Marketing lead, Sales lead and Global Account Manager working for WW leading customers in
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10:45 - 11:15

Fostering the Learning Culture for Business and Growth

In this talk, Kåre Nygård, Head of Digital Consulting Norway in TietoEVRY, shares how TietoEVRY has built a learning culture to support employees, customers and business growth. TietoEVRY’s focus has been on continuous learning and re-/upskilling the employees in critical business areas such as the public cloud.

Kåre Nygård
Head of Digital Consulting Norway
His biggest passion is to help develop other people’s careers. In his current role, he has the opportunity to influence…
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11:15 - 11:55

LLPA Panel - The Cloud Certification Circle - Evaluating Learning and Measuring ROI

Train, prepare and certify your team. During this session, Patrick Kersten will take you through the Cloud Certification Circle model developed by the LLPA and show how this model supports 180+ international leaders gain better training project insights in terms of train-to-certification ratio, which in turn, results in improved justification of investments and less time spent on redundant administrative tasks.

Patrick Kersten
Program Director and Chairman of the Board
Computrain and The LLPA
Patrick Kersten is a Learning and Development professional with more than 20 years of experience. In his role as Program…
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Michael Jackson
The Expert on Change
The Other Michael Jackson
Why engage with Michael Jackson? As an expert on change and communication, Michael will help you craft and deliver your…
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Marika Kotola
Executive Advisor
Sovelto Oyj
Marika has an absolute passion for Learning as a Lifestyle. Learning a skill is our most important meta-skill now and…
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Cristina Ratiu
Bittnet Training is the largest IT Training provider in Romania. We live and breathe education and it starts..
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Zafarullah Hashim
General Manager (Sri Lanka & Maldives)
Trainocate is Asia’s largest and world’s top twenty IT training provider...
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Jan Dvořák
Chief Operation Officer
Jan Dvořák has led the Czech chapter of International Association of Microsoft channel partners for the past 9 years
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Jorge Lopes
Director of Rumos, for Training area, Jorge Lopes already has extensive and proven experience in the Services and..
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11:55 - 12:00

Coffee Break (Online Networking Breakout Video and Chatroom)

12:00 - 12:30

I find your lack of Azure disturbing

More than ever technology is impacting our lives. Consumers use daily on their devices apps build with state-of-the-art tech, when they use your products and services they expect the same level of awesomeness. This new reality is having a major impact on how organizations adopt new technologies. Organizations need to adopt tech faster and better than their competitors. Cloud computing and Azure in particular allows organizations to build and deploy applications at a faster pace. This pace aligns with consumer expectations, but you can’t do this by just using tech, you need the right team. Getting a team of qualified and certified professional it’s of the utmost importance. In this session, we will understand how with the help of Azure, and a great team you can build your next great solution. Azure provides the tools, you provide the team, and together we can change the world!

Tiago Costa
Cloud Architect and Advisor | Trainer | Author | International Speaker
Tiago Costa is a Cloud Architect and Advisor and International speaker for the Microsoft Cloud. For the past years, he…
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12:30 - 13:00

Developing a Learning Culture - Customer Success Story

How do business and learning strategies meet? How do organizations balance their needs for competence development and the personal development needs of their workforce? Creating a Culture of Learning is a topic of strategic importance to all forward-looking organizations.

Svetoslav Spasov
Managing Director
Svetoslav is an executive with 15 + years of technical experience complemented by technical degree and background in enterprise organizations…
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Dimitar Georgiev
Senior Consultant & Training Manager
Dimitar is a Senior Consultant and Trainer with more than 15 years of experience in consulting some of the region’s...
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09:00 - 09:15

Welcome and introduction - Setting the scene

Setting the scene, opportunites in cloud and what to expect in the keynote

Michal Karski
Chief Cloud Architect | Board Member
Cloud Team and The LLPA
Michał Karski wanted to be an entrepreneur since he can remember. His first personal computer ZX Spectrum +, received as…
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Michael Jackson
The Expert on Change
The Other Michael Jackson
Why engage with Michael Jackson? As an expert on change and communication, Michael will help you craft and deliver your…
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09:15 - 10:00

Keynote - Advancing Gender Diversity in Technical Teams

We’re putting a spotlight on diversity, encouraging leaders to think inclusively as they build and develop technical teams. During this Keynote, we will unpack the challenges facing employees and leaders, consider how diversity can make organisations more innovative and work towards practical steps for everybody to consider. Join us for this timely and important conversation.

Jane Pitt
Training Program Manager
Jane Pitt is an award-winning Technical Architect with +20 years of experience in infrastructure engineering and architectural design. She is…
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Vlatka Šipoš
Metrics-driven digital strategist with enthusiasm for helping clients to launch, expand or transform their new or existing products, services, or…
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10:00 - 10:15

Coffee Break (Online Networking Breakout Video and Chatroom)

10:15 - 10:45

How Infobip uses Azure to deliver 500 million WhatsApp messages

Infobip is a global leader in omnichannel communication. We make it our business to simplify how brands connect with, engage and delight their customers on a global scale. In this talk, I will present the technical side of our WhatsApp product which delivers 500+ million WhatsApp messages monthly using the Microsoft Azure platform. I will discuss specific challenges we needed to overcome to make it work, the drivers that made us decide to use the Azure platform, how we did it and what lessons we learned along the way.

Mario Žagar
Principal Engineering Architect
Solutions architect and development lead with over 10 years of experience in designing, developing, deploying and...
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10:45 - 11:15

How To Lead Your People's Learning Journey With A Growth Mindset

Digital transformation requires a mindset shift, behaviour change and leader support. Implementing the latest digital processes and tools won’t achieve much if people within the organization don’t adopt a digital mindset. There’s no argument that digital transformation involves the addition of new technology, but people are what allow the transformation to succeed. Technology is an enabler of digital transformation; people bring digital thinking, tools, and processes together. When you focus on equipping the workforce with the knowledge, training, and leader support required to develop a digital mindset and skillset, lasting digital transformation and success of your cloud journey can become a reality.

Michael Jackson
The Expert on Change
The Other Michael Jackson
Why engage with Michael Jackson? As an expert on change and communication, Michael will help you craft and deliver your…
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11:15 - 11:45

Digital Transformation Is About People - What Makes A Great Training Organization

As the world (and the world of work) changes, learning and development (L&D) departments like yours have an unprecedented potential to impact workplace learning through the continuous cultivation of increasingly diverse and adaptable skills within your workforce. Given your pivotal role in maintaining an ever-changing workforce, understanding the key factors impacting your training organization’s functioning has never been more important. During this session, we’ll discuss your approach to structuring your training department processes and practices to create lasting business impact.

Ken Taylor
Training Industry, Inc.
Ken Taylor is the President of the world’s largest web portal focused on the corporate training and development marketplace. His…
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11:45 - 12:15

How To Develop an Agile Learning Organization

Learning is today critical in several ways. The rapid digitalization of business puts focus on reskilling of large groups of employees. At the same time companies compete on the rate of learning.

in this presentation, Johan Skoglöf from Future Learning Organization will discuss how to build an agile learning organization to meet these challenges. He will describe how to stepwise make learning digital, personified, continuous and embedded in the flow of work. Johan will give examples and best practice on approaches, technology and culture that helps to build a learning organization.

Johan Skoglöf
Business Transformation Consultant
Future Learning Organisation
Johan Skoglöf is a senior consultant with the mission to help companies build agile learning organizations for the future. With…
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12:15 - 12:45

DevOps for Humans

Digital transformation is now essential for organizations trying to navigate the "new normal". Digital transformation may be powered by automation but automation is powered by humans. To meet new demands, humans must now go through their own transformation including new skills, new tools, and new interactions. This session will look at DevOps and digital transformation from a human perspective including data on upskilling, workforce transformation, remote work and the characteristics of the hybrid DevOps Human.

Jayne Groll
DevOps Institute
CEO of DevOps Institute, speaker, author, DevOps evangelist, ITSM/ITIL Expert, advisory board member, coach, strategist.
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Companies that attend C3 Global Cloud Skills Tour

A Global Challenge to Find the Best All-round Cloud, Data & AI and Developer Professionals

Top skills go head to head during the C3 Cloud Skills Cup World Championships set to take place on the 9th of June 2020 at 3pm CET.

Participants will be required to answer 50 multiple choice questions in the quickest time. The final will result in rankings for the top Cloud, Data & AI and Developer World Champions to be announced at the opening on the 10 June 2021 during the C3 Global Cloud Skills v-Tour.

Frequently Asked Questions

The C3 Global Cloud Skills vTour will take place online. It is a 2-day event kicking off on 9 June 2021, at 09:00 am Central European Time zone. The event program will include live segments and Q&A.
The C3 Global Cloud Skills vTour is for anyone involved in Education and Technology. We have designed an agenda that speaks both to c-level executives, IT developers and IT implementers.
For the best event experience, make sure you are registered so you can view content during the live event and access all content on-demand after the event is over. As long as you are registered, you will be able to stream on-demand once published, but sessions will not be enabled for download or offline viewing.
Yes, you will need to enter your name and email address to enjoy all C3 Cloud Skills vTour features. Gain access to great content and resources by our leading sponsors and exhibitors.
No. You do not need to download or install any software to participate in our conference. You only need to have access to the Internet
These sessions are hosted live from the Netherlands in CET (UTC +2) time zone.
Yes, we are excited to give you fun digital swag to use during and after the C3 Global Cloud Skills vTour. Click on the link below to download the full digital swag kit. Full digital swag kit
You can simply click on the info desk in the lobby area which will take you to the chatroom where you can be in touch with other attendees through chat, video and audio call. You can also initiate a chat with the exhibitors by just going to the booths that are located in the exhibition hall by just clicking the chat button
Yes, we will host a live Q&A session throughout the event.
All sessions will be hosted in English

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