Thought Leaders

The SAP Academy for Engineering is pleased to announce our amazing lineup of speakers for the 2020 season. We have hand-picked some of the most accomplished thought leaders from diverse backgrounds to share their experiences with our engineers. 

Vint Cerf

Father of the Internet

Lorien Pratt

Chief Scientist and Co-Founder of Quantellia

Philip Zimbardo

Professor of Psychology

Jane Chen

Co-Founder of Embrace

Chade-Meng Tan

Jolly Good Fellow from Google

Nipun Mehta

Founder of

Alex Lamb

Science Fiction Writer and Engineer

Dean Karnazes

Ultramarathon Runner

Jamil Zaki

Associate Professor, Psychology

Huggy Rao

Professor of Sociology

Prasad Ram

Founder and CEO of Gooru

John Danner

Professor of Entrepreneurship and Leadership

Gary Zukav

Bestselling Author

Hitendra Wadhwa

Professor of Professional Practice

Sujit Saraf

Engineer and Theater Director

Tamim Ansary


Leslie Berlin

Author and Historian

2020 Academy Faculty

We are a program by Engineers, for Engineers. At the SAP Academy for Engineering, we have assembled a group of experts to lead you. 

Thomas Jung


Pradeep Shankara

SAP Cloud Platform

Isabel Ostermeier

UX and SAP Fiori

Prashanth Adhikari

Machine Learning

Manfred Mensch

Performance and Scalability

Jayanth Bagare

Unit Economics

Rich Heilman


Archana Karnik


Rana Chakrabarti

Design Led Approach

Philip Engelmartin

Cybersecurity, Capture the Flag

Ralf-Dietmar Dittmann

SAP R/2, History

Ankur Bhatt

SAP SuccessFactors: HXM, HCM

Khalid Jamali

SAP Analytics Cloud

Mark Sherman

SAP S/4Hana

Sunjay Mohan

IP and Patent

Kishore Kumar Vivekanandan