Microsoft Global Community Initiative Advisors

The Microsoft Global Community Initiative Advisors are a volunteer community of professionals from inside and outside Microsoft dedicated to improving the community experience.

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Who are the MGCI Advisors?

The Microsoft Global Community Initiative (MGCI) Advisors consist of volunteer community leaders globally and Microsoft full-time employees.

At the initiative’s launch, eight external community leaders were selected from over 130 candidates to serve 18-month terms as Board Officers and six regional leaders were chosen to promote the initiative, support Community Days events, and ensure global access to community resources. In May 2024, an additional 60+ regional leaders were appointed to better represent the diverse, global Microsoft Community.

The internal Steering Committee includes four Microsoft employees who specialize in community management and possess extensive leadership experience. Each member is required to appoint a succession delegate to maintain long-term continuity.

The MGCI is community-led, supported by Microsoft. We want to extend a big thank you to the volunteer community board members and regional leaders that give their time to lead subcommittees, create content, craft playbooks, and lead this initiative for the community.

MGCI Advisors



Training & Resources

Technology & Tools

MGCI Advisor contributions

  • Directly influence the direction of Microsoft community programs
  • Gather and amplify feedback from the community at large to share with the Microsoft Steering Committee and product leaders
  • Recruit new members to ensure diverse perspectives
  • Provide support for community-driven events, including marketing, logistics, and speakers
  • Support, a community-led, Microsoft-scaled website for event and User Group discovery, speaker bureau, and tools
  • Curate recommended training for community leaders

Opportunities to participate

The MGCI hosts a monthly General Session Meeting and there is room for everyone in this inclusive and fun group. Bring your passion area and we’ll create space for your ideas, inspiration, and feedback! Join the MGCI to participate and volunteer today.

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Meet the Microsoft Global Community Initiative Advisors

Advisors are organized into board members, regional leaders, steering committee members, who contribute via subcommittees.

Board Members

Rodolfo Castro profile picture
Rodolfo Castro
Solutions Architect, Microsoft and Unified Communications

Thomas Daly profile picture
Thomas Daly
Collaboration Director
SoHo Dragon
United States

Isidora Katanic profile picture
Isidora Katanic
Community Manager
Experts Inside AG

Mike Maadarani profile picture
Mike Maadarani
Cloud Solutions Architect
MCM Consulting

Jennifer Mason profile picture
Jennifer Mason
VP, Workforce Transformation & Learning
Planet Technologies
United States

Oluwaseyi Oluwawumiju profile picture
Oluwaseyi Oluwawumiju (Seyi)
Management Executive
Convenant Technologies

Mark Rackley profile picture
Mark Rackley
Group Manager, Modern Workplace Architect
United States

Sharon Sumner profile picture
Sharon Sumner
CEO – Evangelist of Automated, Business Delegated Office 365 governance
United Kingdom

Regional Leaders

Kayode Adeagbo profile picture
Kayode Adeagbo
He-Eleven.1 Consulting

Tom Arbuthnot profile picture
Tom Arbuthnot
Co-Founder, Empowering Cloud & Solution Director
Pure IP

Mohammad Baraka profile picture
Mohammad Baraka
Senior Projects & Digital Transformation Manager
Hampden Corporation

Robert Bogue profile picture
Robert Bogue
Thor Projects LLC
United States

Niclas Madsen profile picture
Nikkia Carter
NTC Tech Consultancy, LLC

Augustine Correa profile picture
Augustine Correa
Hackerspace Mumbai

David Ertel profile picture
David Ertel
Technology Enablement Specialist Sr.

Maria Espino profile picture
Maria Espino
The Last Prophecy Gaming, Inc.

Lucas Gleed profile picture
Lucas Gleed
Administration Assistant (Compliance)

Daniel Glenn profile picture
Daniel Glenn
Owner & Microsoft 365 Consultant

Jacquemard Sylvain profile picture
Sylvain Jacquemard
Chief Information Officer
La Source Nursing School

Adis Jugo profile picture
Adis Jugo
SW Teams Consulting GmbH

Joshua Jones profile picture
Joshua Jones
Founder and Trainer
VoltEdge Learning

Shinichi Kawara profile picture
Shinichi Kawara
Active Brain Inc.

Steve Leblond profile picture
Steve Leblond
Enterprise Technology Officer
City of Frisco

Randy Lemus-Garcia profile picture
Randy Lemus-Garcia
Chief Innovation Officer
BGE Inc.

David Leveille​ profile picture
David Leveille​
Crush Networks, Inc.​

Niclas Madsen profile picture
Niclas Madsen
Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)

Phil Magnuszewski profile picture
Phil Magnuszewski
Chief Innovation Officer
Infused Innovations

Audrius Martinkus profile picture
Audrius Martinkus
Modern work advisor, CEO

Patrick McGown profile picture
Patrick McGown

Akah Mandela Munab profile picture
Akah Mandela Munab
Light Group

Lizzette (Liz) Nunez profile picture
Lizzette (Liz) Nunez
Sr. Microsoft Partner Development Manager

Russ Onizuka profile picture
Russ Onizuka
Information Technology Advisor
Systems Integration Services Group

Pa Pa profile picture
Pa Pa
Founder & Data Analytics Consultant
Databuzz KP

Pablo Doher Drizzle profile picture
Doher Drizzle Pablo
Solutions Architect

Sheryl Pass profile picture
Sheryl Pass
Program/Project Management, Retail Systems – Global Tech
Circle K

Rizki Pratama profile picture
Rizki Pratama
Engineer Cloud System
Sudtana Cosmetic

Wes Preston​ profile picture
Wes Preston​

Perla Ramirez profile picture
Perla Ramirez
Sr. Global IS Change Management & IT Product Manager
Crowell & Moring LLP

Jason Rivera profile picture
Jason Rivera
Collaboration Architect
Cognizant Microsoft Business Group

Ben Rupp profile picture
Ben Rupp
Modern Work and Learning Technical Coordinator
InsITe Business Solutions

Sanghvi Saumya profile picture
Sanghvi Saumya
Ingenious Developers Community

Pete Simpkins profile picture
Pete Simpkins
Business Applications Architect
Omni Workspace

Carlos Solis​ profile picture
Carlos Solis​
Associate Vice President Technology Innovation​
Texas State University​

Michael Suchacek profile picture
Michael Suchacek
Cloud Consultant and Trainer

Mate Toth profile picture
Mate Toth
Power Platform Consultant & Trainer

Jordan Uytterhagen profile picture
Jordan Uytterhagen
Founder & CEO
Cadence Solutions

Ahmad Uzair profile picture
Ahmad Uzair

B Aurora RZ Valles profile picture
B Aurora RZ Valles
Microsoft for Sartup Consultant & Trainer Professional IT
MVP Microsoft Ambassador Program

Sharon Weaver profile picture
Sharon Weaver
Smarter Consulting

Michał Ziemba profile picture
Michał Ziemba
Cloud Solution Architect

Microsoft Steering Committee

The Steering Committee is supported by over 300 professional community managers within Microsoft who contribute to all varieties of communities in our ecosystem. The leaders below also lead an internal Community Council to better organize these efforts from within our global organization. This is a #OneMicrosoft team effort.

Karuana Gatimu profile picture
Karuana Gatimu
Principal Manager, Customer Advocacy Group
Microsoft 365 Engineering

OHeather Newman profile picture
Heather Newman
Principal Manager, Customer Advocacy Group
Microsoft 365 Engineering

Scott Hanselman profile picture
Scott Hanselman
Vice President
Developer Community

Tiffany Lee profile picture
Tiffany Lee
Customer Experience PM, Customer Advocacy Group
Microsoft 365 Engineering

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