Gail Shaw is a Senior Consultant with Xpertease, based in Johannesburg, South Africa. She specializes in database performance tuning and database recovery, with a particular focus on topics such as indexing strategies, execution plans, and writing T-SQL code that performs well and scales gracefully.

Gail is a SQL Server MVP, a frequent poster on both the SQL Server Central and SQLTeam forums, writes articles for both SQLServerCentral and Simple-Talk and blogs on all things relating to database performance on her blog at http://sqlinthewild.co.za. She has spoken at TechEd Africa, at most of the 24 Hours of PASS web events and, on multiple occasions, at the PASS Community summit.

Gail is an Aikido Shodan (1st degree black belt), practices archery and in her copious spare time is pursuing a Master's degree in Computer Science at the University of South Africa.

Twitter: @SQLintheWild