June 14, 2017

About Me

Karina Popova woman in tech developer international speaker

Karina Popova

DevOps/System Engineer Lead
International Speaker
Developer Advocate
Thought Leadership
Global Woman in Tech

Location: Hamburg Area, Germany
Industry: Information Technology and Services



Karina Popova is a well-known woman in tech, an experienced developer and an international speaker with the Trust of The Audience Award in 2016. In addition, she has worked as Developer Lead last 10 years.

She has confident communication and leadership skills across different levels. They developed through international professional interaction and engagements.
– With representatives of various government institutions, due to working with the Ministry of State Property Management (Russia), Ministry of Economics (Russia), within the structures of the Authorized Representative of the President of the Russian Federation (Russia).
– With IT companies using agile environment across the world, while working with companies using agile environment, such as CredoAMGroup Development Company (Singapore, Amsterdam) and whatever mobile GmbH (Germany).


Karina Popova demonstrated social responsibility and communicative competence in the organization of professional networks, events, and conferences. As a result her organisation and management skills fostered through Positions of the Head of planning and accounting of public investment branch of the Ministry of Economics (2013, 8 subordinates); Head Engineer-Programmer at the Administration of Special Communication and Information of the Federal Protection Services (2011-2013, 12 internal and 50 external subordinates); Head of IT Department of the development Company “CredoAMGroup” (2009-2011, 5 subordinates).

At the same time, Karina Popova gained public speaking skills gained through frequent academic presentations, workshops. About 35 workshops in 2016, e.g., GEO-C Workshop, Workshops in the Delegation of the European Union 2013-2016, DevIt 2016, WTC 2016 San Jose etc. And participation as a speaker at IoT and DevOps conferences. About 26 conferences in 2016 e.g., Geomundus, Modern problems of modeling in economics and innovation technologies, IoTSlam 2016, DevTalks 2016, Codemotion Milan, Codemotion Warsaw, WTC 2016 San Jose, Voxxed Days Belgrade, Devoxx Morocco, TOP-5 DevRel Speakers 2016 etc.

Karina Popova: Experience

DevOps/System Software Engineer

LINK Mobility GmbH
September 2015 – Present (2 years) Hamburg Area, Germany

– An agile development environment.
– Develop and maintain complex infrastructure software solutions.
– Define, evaluate and implement of user stories and new standards.
– Configuration management and continuous integration/deployment.
– Integration and development with Java, C++, Python, SQL, Spring, EJB, Docker, Puppet, EMC.
– Due to test automation configuration, execution, reporting, monitoring, and troubleshooting.
– Worked on the administration of storage systems (EMC).
– Karina Popova has been an Initiative coordinator.
– Preparing technical presentations.
Preparing, giving and promoting a talk during international conferences.
– Networking with developers, Providing workshops and knowledge sharing.
– Communication language: English.

Head of planning and accounting of public investment branch 

Department of Regional policy, Ministry of Economics of the Russian Federation
March 2013 – October 2013 (8 months) Russian Federation

– Maintaining, updating the register of capital construction.
– Preparation of conclusions about the effectiveness of investment projects.
– The program for the establishment/upgrading of work positions.
– Preparation of materials for operational session and meetings.
– Preparation of the Interdepartmental Commission on pricing in the construction  (197-PP).
– Consideration of draft laws and regulations (including the regional targeted programs).
– Also, Karina Popova negotiated Agreements under the provision of public investment.

Head of Engineering department, VP of Engineering

Authorized Representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Ural Federal District
September 2011 – March 2013 (1 year 7 months) Russian Federation

Administration of Special Communication and Information Support, Department of Internal and Information Policy of the Authorized Representative of the President.
– Manage development of federal geoportal of the Ural region within national e-government program.
– Develop and integrate web-GIS infrastructure.
– Facilitate realization of online administrative processes, improve the accessibility of e-government services for citizens and organizations.
– Develop internal and external portals of federal authorities, administrate databases.
– Provide electronic integration of sub-systems of e-government among each other and with other federal electronic systems; ensure information security.
– Provide statistical analysis of various system data.
– Ensure support of emergency services.
– In addition, Karina Popova provided mathematical modeling of elections 2011-2013.

Head of IT Department, CTO

CredoAMGroup Development Company
January 2009 – August 2011 (2 years 8 months) Amsterdam – Singapore

Residential and commercial real estate development company, project sales in Russia and abroad

Supervised work of the department:
– provided quality control and on-time delivery of assignments and projects;
– performed project planning and management;
– monitored information processing results and conducted error adjustments;
– in addition, organized and supervised planned work of subordinate employees.

Karina Popova engineered and supervised municipal GIS for the Ministry of State Property Management. Especially relevant comprehensive information resource integrating its own electronic maps with data from various city information systems.

Specialist in automation of banking operations

VTB North-West Bank of Urals
January 2008 – December 2008 (1 year) Russian Federation

– Provided support for automotive banking systems;
– In addition, supported business planning;
– Assisted in projects aimed at in automatization of banking operations;
– Ensured existing technologies support.

Chief Editor

December 2006 – December 2008 (2 years 1 month) Russian Federation

Full control of all sections in 2 magazines. Youth magazine “Sports-minded” and industrial magazine “Conversion”.

Specialist of Information Resources

Era Real estate company
September 2006 – January 2008 (1 year 5 months) Russian Federation

– Designed interactive real estate market price distribution map for local authorities.
– Developed systems of accumulation, storage, analysis and graphic visualization of spatial data.
– Aligned address semantic part of a topographic foundation of the city of Yekaterinburg.
– Supervised engineering of specific elements of information content.
– In addition, uploaded content to web pages;
– Developed web page design model; 3D models; dynamic computer graphics;
– Karina Popova developed documentation for program products, online documentation, user interfaces.


  1. Russian – Native or bilingual proficiency
  2. English – Full professional proficiency
  3. German – Elementary proficiency
  4. Italian – Elementary proficiency
  5. Portuguese – Elementary proficiency

Karina Popova: Education

Master of Science (MS), Geospatial Technologies

Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany 2013 – 2015

Karina Popova is a Winner of the international Erasmus Mundus scholarship in the Master’s Course in Geospatial Technologies. The second semester at the WWU provides basic and advanced courses in GIScience. In addition, courses in additional key competencies (project management) are provided.  The language of instruction is English.

Universidade Nova de Lisboa 2013 – 2014

Karina Popova is a Winner of the international Erasmus Mundus scholarship in the Master’s Course in Geospatial Technologies. The first semester offers different learning paths, addressing the previous know-how and requirements of the students. The courses at UJI focus on the provision of know-how in informatics, new media, and GI basics. In addition,UNL provides modules in mathematics, data modeling, and GI basics. The language of instruction is English.

Master of Science (M.Sc.), Applied Informatics in Economics, with honors

Ural Federal University named after the first President of Russia B.N.Yeltsin 2006 – 2011

Diploma with Honours
Faculty: Higher School of Economics and Management
Principal subjects / occupational skills covered: Mathematics; Mathematical logic; Information Systems Design.
Thesis topic: Development of intellectual information system for decision-making process for the Ministry of State Property Management.
Main course work:
1. Development and application of applied program packages in economics
2. Mathematical statistics
3. Simulation modeling of economic processes
4. IT & Business intelligence
5. Development and standardization of software tools and information technologies

Secondary education, Mathematics, physics, economics, with honors

Gymnasium N 35   1996 – 2006

Gold medal awarded to Karina Popova for the exceptional academic performance, diligence and exemplary behavior. Certificate of secondary education with Honours.

Karina Popova: Volunteer Experience & Causes

Press-secretary of the Museum

Museum of Honour in Battle
September 2001 – July 2013 (12 years) Arts and Culture

Social awareness and contributions of Karina Popova are demonstrated:
– through the position of a Press-secretary of the Museum of Honour in Battle during 12 years (Laureate of Tatishchev and De Genina Award);
– through the research project of patriotic education of high school students under the auspices of the State Programme “Patriotic education of the citizens of the Russian Federation during 2001-2013”.