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Executive Vice President, Oracle Applications Product Development
Steve Miranda is executive vice president of Oracle Applications product development. He is responsible for leading all aspects of product strategy, product development, and product delivery for the entire portfolio of Oracle Applications and related services. Miranda's primary focus is on delivering the industry's most complete, proven, and innovative set of cloud solutions encompassing enterprise resource planning; supply chain, human capital, and enterprise performance management; customer experience; and Oracle Data Cloud applications.
Miranda joined Oracle in 1992 and has held a variety of leadership positions within the development organization. In 2007 he was asked to lead the engineering of Oracle's next-generation suite of software applications, Oracle Fusion Applications. Under his leadership, Oracle has delivered on its promise to help applications customers innovate and remain competitive while leveraging their existing IT investments and increasing the value of those investments with new Oracle products and services.
Prior to Oracle, Miranda worked at GE Aerospace. He holds degrees in mathematics and computational sciences from Stanford University.
Chairman, Eurasia Group
Cliff Kupchan is Eurasia Group's chairman, as well as director of research and leader of the firm's global macro coverage. Cliff has held high-level positions in the US government and regularly meets top foreign leaders. He provides cutting-edge insights on political risk. Cliff has been a leading expert on international relations for more than two decades-in academia, as a US official, and in the private sector-and he speaks frequently to private and public sector audiences. He regularly briefs clients on macro developments and is co-author of Eurasia Group's annual top risks publication.
Cliff often appears on major TV networks and is frequently quoted in the world's leading newspapers. He has published extensively in academic journals and frequently authors op-eds. Cliff currently focuses on US foreign and trade policy, dynamics within the US government, and global hotspots. He is also an expert on US and international sanctions. Throughout his career, he has specialized in the Middle East and Eurasia, and remains very involved in the regions.
Before joining Eurasia Group, Cliff held a senior position at the US State Department during the Clinton administration. He previously worked for the House International Relations Committee of the US Congress, where he served as the top foreign policy adviser on global foreign assistance, North Africa, and Eurasia. He was also staff director of the Subcommittee on Africa. More recently, Cliff was vice president at The Center for the National Interest. And he spent two years in Moscow, where he ran a large foundation. Cliff, who is fluent in Russian, received a master's degree from Stanford University and a bachelor's degree from Brown University.
In his current role as founder and managing partner of Ebtikaar, a transliteration of the Arabic word for “Innovation‟, a boutique innovation consultancy, Petar specialises in applying the Scientific Method to tackle business challenges in government -and corporate- sector innovation and entrepreneurship. At the government level, Petar is working across a number of key initiatives in the flagship Accelerator program for the SHERAA Sharjah Entrepreneurship Centre, an initiative under the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority SHUROOQ, along well as a recent collaboration with the Emirates Youth Council Entrepreneurship Task Dr.Stojanov helps established organisations think in a disruptive and aim for exponential and innovative growth. He has developed his own set of frame-works and with numerous case-studies managed to 5x-10x different organisations.
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, VUL9 Security Solutions
Mohamed is a serial entrepreneur who launched his first venture in second year of undergrad, started his own publication (Gulf Elite) a year later with over 40,000 monthly readers, and published 2 books by the end of university. He is currently co-founder and CEO of VUL9 Security Solutions, the region‟s fastest growing cybersecurity company currently helping UAE tech giants such as Careemand Aramex better secure their platforms and data, as well as assisting various marquee brands in the UAE better defend against cyber attacks and cyber breaches. Mohamed has been recognised “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” by Arabian Business, “10 top African change leaders” by African Leadership University, “One of 7 youth transforming the world” by Spain-based organisation Pangea and was the youngest entrepreneur to ever be featured on the cover of Forbes Middle East Magazine.
Since starting his first company which was sold to Microsoft in 1995, Karl has enjoyed a long history of successfully guiding companies through the different stages of growth. He has built and sold five companies, the most recent in 2009 to global logistics company Deutsche Post DHL, and led two companies to their Initial Public Offering.After 15 years of success in the IT industry, including being recognised as a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum, Karl turned his attention to the cleantech industry in 2006. He started The Neutral Group to reduce energy and carbon for multinational companies and governments.
Following a three year secondment working for the CEO and CFO of Deutsche Post DHL, heading up their global carbon reduction strategy, in 2010 The Neutral Group began work creating and executing a sustainability strategy for the McDonald‟s supply chain in Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa. Karl moved with his family to the UAE where he founded the highly successful Neutral Fuelsto formalise The Neutral Group‟s biofuel business.In 2011 Neutral Fuels pioneered commercial biofuel production in the Middle East when it commissioned the UAE‟s first licensed biorefinery in Dubai. The company quickly became the Middle East‟s first commercial producer and seller of biodiesel converted from used cooking oil.
Head of IT, Precision Group
Results driven technology leader, with 18+ years of experience in IT Operations, ERP Implementations, Project Management and hands-on experience in managing major transformation programs. Business Savvy Management Professional with expertise in driving the transformation of IT as a Business Enabler. Competent to bring in the benefits of IT to solve the business issues while managing costs and risks.
Senior Vice President, Technology and Systems, Oracle Europe, Middle East, and Africa
Andrew Sutherland is Senior Vice President of Systems & Technology for Oracle Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) & Asia Pacific (APAC). He is responsible for growing Oracle’s EMEA market share in these key business areas. In this role he develops business strategies and manages competence in Oracle’s technology and systems offerings across the region. He is also responsible for the interaction with Oracle’s product development teams.Sutherland joined Oracle in 1995, and has more than 30 years’ experience in emerging technologies and their application to business challenges. His specific expertise is in the design of solutions incorporating mobile and internet technology.
Immediately prior to joining Oracle, Sutherland established a high tech company that developed technological solutions to the problems of the sensory-impaired. The company received prestigious innovation awards from the Department of Trade and Industry.
Before this he was deputy director of the Centre for Speech Technology Research, a research and development consultancy attached to the University of Edinburgh. During his time there, Sutherland helped win and subsequently oversaw the development of projects in commerce, industry, and the public sector.
In 1988, Sutherland designed the UK’s first parallel-processing speech-recognition system. Based on parallel processors, it operated in real time. Under his management, this technology was successfully applied to problems encountered in aviation, medical reporting, and police reporting.
Sutherland has contributed more than 15 technical publications on multimedia and business issues, including entries in a major encyclopedia. He holds a first-class BSc in electrical and electronic engineering from Edinburgh University, a PhD in digital-signal processing, and an MBA in workflow analysis. Sutherland is also a chartered engineer.
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