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Get to know Facebook’s production engineering sector during a private networking event.

You’re invited to take a behind-the-scenes look at how Facebook’s production engineers keep the platform running smoothly and scaling efficiently for more than 2 billion people around the world.

A line-up of technical speakers will collectively share stories on how they’ve curated their career journeys so far, navigated their way through different roles and new areas inside and outside Facebook, upskilled and developed competencies throughout their careers, and positioned themselves to take advantage of opportunities.

The event is reserved for women and allies across a variety of tech backgrounds & industries in EMEA, such as infrastructure production engineering, privacy/security, technical program managers, software engineers, and more.

Open to new opportunities? Facebook is hiring! Registrants will get their foot in the door with Facebook’s talent acquisition team.

You’ll…

  • Get an inside perspective on Facebook’s production engineering sector.
  • Hear career stories and advice from women leaders.
  • Learn about job opportunities that match your skillset.
  • Find collective support in a community of women & allies.

Agenda (Subject to Change):

  • 4:00 PM BST - Event Kickoff & Welcome Address Featuring:
    • Orna Berryman, Director of Technical Program Management, Dev Infrastructure
  • 4:10 PM BST - Panel Conversation Introduction
  • 4:15 PM BST - Panel Conversation Featuring:
  • 4:55 PM BST - Panel Q&A
  • 5:25 PM BST - Closing Remarks
  • 5:30 PM BST - Optional Networking Breakouts
    • Breakout 1 - Security & Privacy: Nina Barakzai, Director, Office of Data Protection
    • Breakout 2 - Data Centre: Natasha Haveron, Director, EMEA Data Centre Site Operations
    • Breakout 3 - Production: Teodora Olaru, Production Engineering Manager, Infrastructure
    • Breakout 4 - TPM: Michal Singer, Group Technical Program Manager
    • Breakout 5 - Security & Privacy: Hadar Yudovich, Security Engineering Manager, Internal Detection & Response Group
    • Breakout 6 - TPM, Dev Infra: Orna Berryman, Director of Technical Program Management, Dev Infrastructure
  • 6:00 PM BST - End

About Facebook: Founded in 2004, Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. Over 2 billion people use Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, or Messenger every month to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what’s going on in the world, and to share and express what matters to them. They’re defined by their unique culture – one that rewards impact. Teams are encouraged to be bold and solve the problems they care most about.

About PowerToFly: PowerToFly is a women-run startup that works with companies to identify skilled professionals they’d like to network with. Over the past few years, we’ve produced 1,000+ events across the world with brands like American Express, Microsoft, Deloitte, and Slack, which have resulted in countless hires.

About PowerToFly’s Events: All RSVP’d attendees are welcome, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, or age. If you require assistance to fully participate in this event, please email hi@powertofly.com, and we will contact you to discuss your specific needs.

Unfortunately, PowerToFly and Facebook cannot admit outside recruiters to this event. Please email hi@powertofly.com if you have any questions about this policy.

Meet The Speakers

Orna Berryman
Orna Berryman
Director of Technical Program Management, Dev Infrastructure

Orna is a Director of Technical Program Management, supporting about 60 people, at Facebook's Infrastructure team. Her team manages all programs in Core Data - and DevInfra Tooling. Before her 2 year tenure at Facebook, Orna worked as a Director of Program Management at Google Cloud, and at VMware. Orna multiple Program Management Offices for the networking and the CTO teams, and while doing so, specialized in distributed systems, virtualizations and cross-company projects between Dell, VMware, Pivotal and RSA.

Before VMware, she was responsible for the first release of Nvidia’s chip for the first Surface Tablet, and shipped multiple GPU releases downloaded by over 30 million users. She spent 5 years at Electronic Art leading large eng. and artist groups building The Sims games, with 3 shipping titles, including My Sims, and Sims 3 Expansion.

She studied at Stanford (Engineering Certificate), USF (Masters in Org. Development.) and Haifa University (English Language and teaching).

Orna loves mountains (Everest base camp, Kalapathar and Mt. Whitney) and wild rivers (Futaleufu, American, MagPie), all with her 4 children and husband - we are happy it is not the reverse!

Nina Barakzai
Nina Barakzai
Director, Office of Data Protection

Nina joined from Unilever, where she was global Chief Privacy Officer and General Counsel, Data Protection, handling all aspects of privacy globally. She sits on the Responsible Marketing Committee of the UK’s Data & Marketing Association and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants’ Research Advisory Group, working on big data. She is former president and chair of In-House Counsel Worldwide and is past chair of the UK’s commerce and industry group, representing UK in-house counsel.

In her spare time, she volunteers as Chair of the management committee of a youth group in Twickenham, Middlesex.

Fun fact: she has started numerous knitting “projects”, but her 2 children (aged 27 and 23) have despaired of her ever finishing one!

Natasha Haveron
Natasha Haveron
Director, EMEA Data Centre Site Operations

Natasha is an experienced Senior I.T executive with a history of working in large global tech multinationals, directing global teams. At Facebook Natasha manages a distributed team in Ireland, Sweden and Denmark to operate Facebook’s Data Centres.

Having experience across a wide range of industries, Natasha joined Facebook from Linkedin last October, having worked remotely since she started. She is a strong strategic thinker with experience of planning, directing and managing global teams, across Infrastructure Architecture, Operations, Software Development, IT Support, Service Delivery and Programs.

In her spare time, Natasha loves spending time with her daughters, working out, reading, travelling, playing guitar and singing.

Teodora Olaru
Teodora Olaru
Production Engineering Manager, Infrastructure

Previously a Software Engineer in the Anti-malware and Cyber Security space.

Started as a Production Engineer within Facebook Infrastructure working on systems that have as main goal to help keep a healthy state of the global fleet without human intervention. After 2.5y transitioned to Engineering Management, supporting the Repairs team in providing an efficient, fully automated and self-adaptable repair process in order to maximise the availability of every asset within the fleet.

Passionate about solving problems and simplifying processes, highly attracted to any remotely dangerous sport, deeply invested into physical and mental health as well as human connection.

Michal Singer
Michal Singer
Group Technical Program Manager

Michal Singer is a a Group Technical Program Manager (aka getting s#%\t done) at Facebook Tel Aviv, working on infra connectivity projects to connect the unconnected.

Michal originally joined FB with the Onavo acquisition 8 years ago and before that spent a few years in different startups, playing in the data world. She did her BA, MA and is now working on her PhD in Technology & Education.

When not at work, Michal loves a good book, strong coffee, fine wine, traveling, creating things and time with her dog and husband.

Hadar Yudovich
Hadar Yudovich
Security Engineering Manager, Internal Detection & Response Group

Hadar is a Security Engineering Manager at the Internal Detection & Response group. He has 12 years of experience in cyber security, with 8 of those years focused on digital forensics and incident response (DFIR), both in the Israeli Air Force and in the private sector.

Before joining Facebook, he was a security researcher for Illusive Network, where he searched for new deception techniques and researched new digital forensics artefacts.

Hadar holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the Holon Institute of Technology, and several certifications, including the GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst (GCFA). In his free time he likes to cook, develop open source forensic tools and solve forensic challenges.