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Technical Evangelism Team

Technical Audience Marketing Team


Developer Experience (DX) Team @ Microsoft New Zealand

We're a diverse team with a number of different areas of focus and personalities. Below you'll find out who we are and what we do. Feel free to drop us an
e-mail (contact links are available on our blogs) or catch up with us at one of the local developer events.


Nigel Parker

Director, Developer Experience (DX) Group

Nigel leads the Developer Experience Group in NZ. This means working with the great team below to excite customers and communities about Microsoft’s new and emerging technologies like Microsoft Azure, Windows 8 and Windows Phone.  Nigel has been in the DX team for 8 years most recently as technical evangelist before taking on a business development role for Windows apps. Prior to Microsoft Nigel had broad experience in start-ups and system integrators building and launching software based products locally and globally. During his time in DX he has led strategic change with New Zealand developers, government agencies, start-ups, top NZ websites and media companies. This work has evolved into the app focus we have today in DX with Windows Azure, Windows Phone and the Windows 8 development ecosystems.

Technical Evangelism Team 

The evangelism team has technical responsibilities for driving awareness, usage and demand for Microsoft tools. Each of its expert members has a slightly different focus.


Ryan Tarak

Partner Business Evangelist – Windows apps

Ryan T is passionate about the NZ developer community. Ryan focuses on building, growing, and enhancing the developer communities around New Zealand. A graduate from both the University of Auckland and the University of Otago, Ryan is kept busy (and awake) by his beautiful baby girl, Kayla. With what little spare time he has available, he throws lavish barbeques for the DX team at the house he hand-built for his family.



Thiago Almeida

Technical Evangelist – Windows Azure

Thiago has over ten years of experience working as a solutions architect and technical leader with a proven track record in designing and delivering solutions in the Asia Pacific region. A native of Brazil, Thiago now spends time helping kiwi Software startups and Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) with Microsoft technologies, with a main focus on Microsoft Azure. While not organizing events, presenting, writing blog posts, or helping others on twitter, Thiago enjoys travelling around New Zealand and the region with his wife Karla.



Regan Murphy

Technical Evangelist – Windows Infrastructure

Regan has been working in the NZ IT Industry for 18 years and, as a Microsoft Partner, has delivered solutions to customers across a diverse range of vertical markets.  Regan started his career with a Novell Netware 4.1 CNE but quickly moved to Microsoft and Active Directory with the release of NT 3.51. In his IT/infrastructure Manager role, Regan oversaw the major transformation from Physical to Virtual (settling on Hyper-V failover clusters, HP Blade System and NetApp SAN) and, more recently, the Hybrid-cloud transformation (slowly moving services to Office 365 and Microsoft Azure). Regan likes diving, fishing, family, food, good wine, hoppy beer and travelling, especially if they all occur together!



Johannes Nel (Hannes)

Technical Evangelist – Windows Store Apps

Hannes has had a varied career developing software for a number of System Integrators and a government department. These projects include ERP systems, web sites and line-of-business apps, integrated with their existing back-ends. He is passionate about creating great user experiences.Apart from developing software and supporting Microsoft’s partners, he enjoys mountain biking and snowboarding. Hannes loves a good braai!



Joe Newton

Joe has extensive experience implementing Agile practices into organisations consulting directly as well as leading experienced Agile Teams embedded and co-located with customer teams at organisations in New Zealand, Australia, and the United Kingdom. In his role as Solution Specialist for Developer Tools he gets to continue working with customers and partners around NZ helping them move to agile software development using the Microsoft Developer Tools products. When not working Joe is playing volleyball, coaching and watching his sons play rugby and hauling fish out of the Hauraki Gulf.


Technical Audience Marketing Team 

The technical audience marketing team is responsible for all marketing activities aimed at technical audiences – online or offline, developer or IT pro, introductory or in-depth…


Gabriela Spindler

Audience Marketing Manager

Gabriela is a long-time IT professional holding various marketing and management positions over more than 20 years. She has been working for global hardware and software companies in Germany, and joined the DX New Zealand team in August 2011. In her role as Audience Marketing Manager in DX, she directs Microsoft's offline and online campaigns – to bring technical information to the New Zealand breadth audience of IT Professionals, and the software development community.



Anna Christison

Technical Audience Marketing

Anna likes to walk fast and is often described as optimistic and peckish. As the Technical Audience Marketing Specialist Anna helps to manage the online and offline communications for the TechNet and MSDN brands. In other words she spends her time communicating with devs, IT pros, students and startups. She has Degrees in Psychology, Marketing and Japanese but finds they are usually only combined when there is sushi for lunch. Anna enjoys looking at really big or small things, listening to jazz and smelling fresh baking. In the past she’s worked for a small cloud start up that sold language learning products and most recently in advertising for iconic NZ FMCG brands. Outside of work Anna’s helped to build a mud house in Nepal and worked as an archery teacher. In the future she’s looking forward to graduating to steeper slopes on her snowboard.



Ashley Gilgrist

Technical Audience Marketing Intern

Ashley is completing a Bachelor of Arts and Commerce Conjoint Degree majoring in Information Systems, Marketing and Sociology at the University of Auckland. Her roles at Microsoft include technical event co-ordination for conferences such as Ignite and the Microsoft Student Accelerator showcase, management of online and offline Microsoft Developer Network communications, co-ownership of the Microsoft Student programmes, and running marketing campaigns for developer audiences. Beyond work, Ashley has received her Black Belt in Shotokan Karate and upholds a strong belief in coffee and all things coconut-flavoured.


Geraldine Maxwell

Team Administrator

Geraldine has a love for people, travel, adventure, and the environment.  Whilst part-time for Microsoft, Geraldine is a full-time Mum to two young and very active twin girls. With a Bachelor of Business Studies and a background in sales analysis and administration, she always tries to keep her team on top of those administrative and organisational tasks that could otherwise be overlooked.