We are delighted to introduce the 2021 Programme Committee for EuroSTAR Online, 28-30 Sept.

The EuroSTAR programme is created by the community for the community. Our 2021 online conference will be led by our Programme Chair Fran O’Hara. The committee reviews each and every speaker submission to curate the very best keynotes, tutorials, track talks, and workshops for our attendees. We are looking forward to a diverse and incredible programme this year.


  • Fran O'Hara EuroSTAR 2021 Programme Committee


    Programme Chair - Fran O'Hara (Ireland)

    Fran has over 35 years’ experience in the software industry working in various roles in development, test, management and professional consulting. He co-founded and successfully grew a software testing services organisation which was ultimately acquired by Sogeti/Capgemini. For the last 15 years he has been providing independent coaching, training and mentoring in Agile and Lean to a wide range of organisations. He has a particular focus on quality, testing and associated practices.

    Fran is an international speaker, a co-organiser of Agile Tour Ireland and a co-founder of the Irish SIG in Software Testing – SoftTest. His tutorial, ‘Metamorphosis – Moving to Agile and Staying Agile’, was voted best tutorial at EuroSTAR 2016 in Stockholm.

    Follow Fran on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/franohara1/

  • Janet Gregory EuroSTAR Committee


    Janet Gregory (Canada)

    Janet Gregory is an agile testing and process consultant with DragonFire Inc. She is the co-author with Lisa Crispin of Agile Testing Condensed: A Brief Introduction (LeanPub 2019), More Agile Testing: Learning Journeys for the Whole Team (Addison-Wesley 2014), and Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams (Addison-Wesley, 2009), the Live Lessons Agile Testing Essentials video course, and “Agile Testing for the Whole Team” 3-day training course. Janet specializes in showing agile teams how testing activities are necessary to develop good quality products. She works with teams to transition to agile development and teaches agile testing courses worldwide. She contributes articles to publications and enjoys sharing her experiences at conferences and user group meetings around the world.

    Together with Lisa Crispin, she has founded the Agile Testing Fellowship to grow a community of practitioners who care about quality. Check out https://agiletestingfellow.com to find out more about courses and membership.

    For more about Janet’s work and her blog, visit https://janetgregory.ca or https://agiletester.ca You can also follow her on twitter @janetgregoryca or LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/janetgregory/

  • Derk-Jan de Grood EuroSTAR 2021 Programmee Committee


    Derk-Jan de Grood (Netherlands)

    Derk-Jan de Grood works as agile transition coach for Squerist. He has worked for organizations like ING Bank, RTL, DPD, Nationale Nederlanden and Greenchoice and supported them in their Agile Transformation. He wrote several successful books on Testing, and quality and frequently publishes articles and columns for the major magazines. In 2014 he won the EuroSTAR testing excellence award. Derk-Jan was part of the program committee in 2011 when the conference was held in Manchester and contributed to many other editions as tutorial host and speaker. He regularly speaks at other conferences as well, e.g. the XP Days Copenhagen, Selenium Days Ney Zealand and the Agile Testing Days and STAR conferences in Europe and America. On his own blog he shares his knowledge and experience for everyone to benefit.

    Follow Derk-Jan on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/derkjandegrood/

  • Sowmya Ramesh EuroSTAR 2021 Programme Committee


    Sowmya Ramesh (U.K.)

    Sowmya Ramesh is a testing professional with over 18 years of IT industry experience currently working as a consultant with 2i Testing. She has a deep interest in the area of non-functional testing, in particular, accessibility testing which she has promoted for a number of years in the testing community. Sowmya writes blogs on topics of professional interest and has been a speaker at events for MOT Edinburgh, DevTest Summit. Sowmya has been a reporter on Eurostar Conferences for the past two years. She is presently a member of the committee for Scottish Testing Group.

    Follow Sowmya on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/sowmya-ramesh-53a80118

  • Szilard Szell


    Szilárd Széll (Finland)

    Szilard is working as 5G DevOps Transformation Lead and SAFe SPC at Eficode, a leading DevOps consultancy company in the Nordics. He has 20 years experience working in and for the Telecom industry, focusing on Quality Assurance, Automation, Process Improvement and Agile Transformation. He has been a public speaker for 12 years and works in conference organization. Szilard is supporting the testing community as a volunteer for years, being a Working Group Chair in ISTQB and the former president of the Hungarian Testing Board (member of ISTQB). Szilard's love of continuous learning resulted in multiple certifications, while his love of creativity and play resulted in the collection of more than 130k LEGO bricks. :-)

    Follow Szilárd on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/szellszilard/