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Gain insights, be inspired, and learn how you can DO MORE!

We’re delighted to present a dynamic lineup of expert speakers and presenters for the 2019 Typefi User Conference!


Caleb Clauset, VP Product at Typefi

Caleb Clauset

Vice President Product | Typefi

Caleb drives the vision and strategy for Typefi’s products, and cultivates strategic partnerships with developers to extend Typefi’s core capabilities.

He is an award-winning designer and Adobe Certified Expert in InDesign with over a decade’s experience designing, developing and implementing publishing technology. He holds a Master of Graphic Design from North Carolina State University and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

During Friday morning’s Typefi Product Update, Caleb will demonstrate Typefi’s key new features, and offer a glimpse of what users can expect to see in the coming year. He will also guide the product planning and feedback session on Friday afternoon.


Chandi Perera, Typefi CEO

Chandi Perera

Chief Executive Officer | Typefi

Chandi is your host for the 2019 Typefi User Conference.

Chandi joined Typefi in 2006, and has over two decades of publishing and media technology experience. He has acted as a technology consultant to corporations and government agencies around the world, and is a frequent conference speaker in the areas of content management, publishing, media, XML, structured content and digital rights management.

Chandi is a board member of a number of industry bodies and has degrees in Engineering and Computer Science.


Damian Gibbs

Damian Gibbs

Solutions Consultant | Typefi

Damian started out as an apprentice typesetter over 20 years ago at a leading South African educational publisher, and from the start was curious about opportunities that digital technologies bring to publishing. He transitioned to general market publishing and eventually became a service provider to local and offshore publishers covering a diverse range of publishing markets, all requiring varying workflows and output requirements.

Damian has extensive experience working with publishers to use evolving technologies and innovative digital publishing products to improve workflows, and to transition from pure print to digital outputs such as web, e-books, and CMS publishing.

Damian will present a session on accessible publishing at the Standards Publishing Workshop on Thursday morning, co-host the Publishing Standards with Typefi session with Guy van der Kolk on Thursday afternoon, and share how you can improve accessibility with smart content during the Typefi Lightning session on Friday.


David Popham

David Popham

Solutions Consultant | Typefi

David produced his first publication 25 years ago using PageMaker as part of a job in college athletics, and has been a publishing enthusiast ever since. Most recently, he was a graphic designer for a research think tank and has worked as a production artist in the educational publishing sector.

One of David’s favourite things to do is help others automate their publishing workflows so they can focus on other aspects of their work. He has a degree in Agribusiness, has completed coursework in Public Relations from Western Kentucky University, and is an Adobe Certified Expert in InDesign.

David will co-host the MathML, MathTools, and your Typefi workflow tutorial with Eric Damitz on Thursday afternoon, and offer up InDesign insights during the Typefi Lightning session on Friday.


Dilum Samarajeewa

Dilum Samarajeewa

Support Consultant | Typefi

Dilum is a dedicated and highly energetic IT professional with over eight years of experience in technical support. He has been a member of Typefi’s Professional Services team for the past three years, and is often the first point of call for clients who require technical support in the US, Europe, and Australia.

Dilum holds an Information Technology degree from Middlesex University in the UK, and takes pride in providing creative direction and out of the box thinking.

He will co-host the DO MORE with Typefi Designer templates tutorial with Jamie Brinkman and Marie Gollentz on Thursday afternoon.


Eric Damitz

Eric Damitz

Senior Solutions Consultant | Typefi

As a Senior Solutions Consultant, Eric works with customers to determine the best way to use Typefi for their particular needs, and then implements their solution. He started in publishing over 20 years ago as a TeX typesetter at a small development house, where he learned such valuable skills as opaquing film, making Dylux proofs, and pasting up forms with hot wax. He also learned desktop publishing, which was somewhat more useful. He moved to a large educational publishing company and spent 17 years as a production manager working with his colleagues to re-invent how publishing works—several times.

Eric’s particular skillset focuses on publishing automation, workflow improvement, and single-source publishing for both digital and print. He has a degree in Rhetoric (writing, not arguing) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Eric will co-host the MathML, MathTools, and your Typefi workflow tutorial with David Popham on Thursday afternoon, and throw out a few more math tips during Friday’s Typefi Lightning session.


Guy van der Kolk

Guy van der Kolk

Senior Solutions Consultant | Typefi

Guy first got hooked on publishing while attending an international school in Ivory Coast, where he used Pagemaker, Photoshop and an Apple Quicktake 100 camera to help create the yearbook. After many hours of hard work, while holding the final printed product, he knew this was an industry he wanted to be a part of.

Having spent the first 17 years of his life in West Africa, Guy is fluent in three languages and has a multicultural background that has served him well in his career. As an IT consultant and trainer for an Apple Premium reseller and now as a Senior Solutions Consultant for Typefi, he has spent the last 15 years training thousands of people to get the most out of their software.

Guy will co-host the Publishing Standards with Typefi session with Damian Gibbs on Thursday afternoon and, during the Typefi Lightning session on Friday, he’ll reveal some hidden gems in Typefi 8 that will help you DO MORE!


Jamie Brinkman

Jamie Brinkman

Solutions Consultant | Typefi

Jamie joined Typefi as a Solutions Consultant in 2014, bringing 10 years of experience as a Senior Content Editor with a multinational mass media and information firm. She is highly skilled in layout and design, and has extensive experience in copy editing utilising AP, Chicago, and company-specific style guidelines.

As a Typefi Solutions Consultant, Jamie works closely with customers to develop and implement automated publishing solutions, as well as providing ongoing training and support.

Jamie will co-host the DO MORE with Typefi Designer templates tutorial with Marie Gollentz and Dilum Samarajeewa on Thursday afternoon, and share new options for borders and shading during the Typefi Lightning session on Friday.


Jason Mitchell, Director of Professional Services at Typefi

Jason Mitchell

Director of Professional Services | Typefi

Jason leads Typefi’s global Professional Services team and has over 15 years of experience in managing publishing operations and digital products for both small and large publishing houses. He has successfully led teams to redefine the publishing process to include digital products and improve profitability in the travel and medical publishing sectors.

In his Friday presentation, Jason will discuss how a carefully-chosen and well-trained Typefi project team can make the earth move!


Jim Cain, Solution Architect at Jacquette Consulting

Jim Cain

Solution Architect | Jacquette Consulting

Jim has 20+ years of experience in software architecture, design, development, and systems integration for the publishing, education, pharmaceutical, and healthcare industries.

In his Friday case study, Jim will explain how his client The Institutes successfully integrated DITA XML and Typefi in 2009, and share insights into the continued evolution of this publishing solution over the past decade.


Kara Laufer Levesque, Publishing Manager at ASTM International

Kara Laufer Levesque

Publishing Manager | ASTM International

Kara is a Publishing Manager at ASTM International. She has over a decade of experience in project management and seven years of experience in publishing.

Kara has managed the production of online and print journals as well as standards and translated content. She currently focuses on the production of third party content for ASTM’s Compass platform.

During Thursday’s Standards Publishing workshop, Kara will present a case study on ASTM International’s standards publishing practices.


Karl Jankowski

Karl Jankowski

IT Director | Typefi

With 17+ years’ experience in software development companies, a Bachelor of Science, and a Masters in Business Administration, Karl oversees and maintains the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of Typefi’s technology infrastructure.

As well as working behind the scenes to support the continuous development of Typefi products and services, Karl often works with Typefi’s R&D and Professional Services teams to develop solutions, and provides support and advice to Typefi customers.

In Friday’s Typefi Lightning session, Karl will share insights into Typefi Server management, and reveal how good information is the key to solving problems quickly and effectively.


Marie Gollentz

Marie Gollentz

Solutions Consultant | Typefi

Based in Paris, Marie is a Solutions Consultant focusing on the European market. Prior to joining Typefi, she held a number of positions in the publishing industry in London, including at the publisher of Research Fortnight and the London School of Business and Finance.

Marie holds a Masters degree in European Political Sciences from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and a Bachelors degree in Political Sciences from Sciences Po Strasbourg. She is trilingual in English, French and Spanish.

Marie will co-host the DO MORE with Typefi Designer templates tutorial with Jamie Brinkman and Dilum Samarajeewa on Thursday afternoon, and if you’ve ever wondered whether it’s possible to produce both print and EPUB outputs from a single InDesign template, she’ll show you how it’s done in Friday’s Typefi Lightning session!


Patrick Gibbons

Patrick Gibbons

Senior Solutions Manager | IEEE

Patrick is the Senior Solutions Manager for the IEEE Standards Association and has been the point person working with Inera and Typefi in rolling out IEEE-SA’s XML workflow. He has over 20 years’ experience in electronic publishing, previously working for Bowker, Lexis/Nexis, and Elsevier.

Patrick has a Masters Degree in Library and Information Science from Rutgers—The State University of New Jersey.

During Thursday’s Standards Publishing workshop, Patrick will share insights into the challenges and benefits of introducing an XML-based publishing workflow at IEEE.


Peyton Bentley

Peyton Bentley

Information Architect | Kaplan Professional Education

Peyton has worked in printing and publishing for over 20 years, and has been involved with numerous aspects of the industry, from editing to layout to printing. His interest in cutting-edge technology drew him to e-book creation and then to DITA.

As the first Information Architect for Kaplan Professional Education, he has been involved with developing the roles and responsibilities of the IA position, creating a content model, and moving legacy content to DITA. He will share insights into this process during Friday’s User Conference.


Stephen Laverick

Stephen “MC Lightning” Laverick

Business Development Manager | Typefi

Stephen has over 20 years’ experience in scholarly publishing, with time spent working in both the UK and China. Primarily focused on digital publishing solutions, Stephen has experience in overseeing the development of robust, scalable and efficient XML-first workflows for Open Access mega-journals as well as tailoring bespoke solutions around specific publisher requirements.

Stephen is currently serving on the Steering Committee of JATS For Reuse (JATS4R) aiming to encourage standardisation and best practices in the use of JATS XML, as well as participating on the NISO working group for Manuscript Exchange.

He’s also one highly entertaining individual, and is looking forward to hosting Typefi Lightning on Friday—be prepared for anything!


Tim Siers, Co-founder of MasterDocs

Tim Siers

Technical Director & Co-founder | MasterDocs

Tim is a co-founder at MasterDocs, an Australian company founded in 2013. He has fifteen years’ experience delivering hundreds of content management, digital publishing and collaboration projects for Federal Government and other public sector clients.

During Friday’s User Conference, Tim will present a case study on how the Australian Government used MasterDocs to collaboratively author Annual Reports, bringing them together in a single location, allowing the public to search and compare content, and promoting transparency and accountability.


Tommie Usdin, President of Mulberry Technologies

B. Tommie Usdin

President | Mulberry Technologies, Inc.

B. Tommie Usdin is President of Mulberry Technologies, Inc., a consultancy specialising in XML for prose documents.

Tommie has been working with SGML since 1985 and has been a supporter of XML since 1996. She chairs “Balisage: The Markup Conference” and is a frequent speaker at JATS-Con, MarkupUK, and other conferences. She is co-chair of the NISO Z39-96, JATS: Journal Article Tag Suite Working Group, and a member of the NISO STS Standing Committee and the BITS Committee.

Tommie has developed DTDs, Schemas, and XML/SGML application frameworks for applications in government and industry. Projects include reference materials in medicine, science, engineering, and law; semiconductor documentation; historical and archival materials. Distribution formats have included print books, magazines, and journals, and both web- and media-based electronic publications.

Tommie will present the Friday keynote The Value of Descriptive Markup for Discovery, Utility, and Preservation. You can read more about her at the Mulberry Technologies website.


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