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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.
Executive Vice President, Applications, Oracle Europe, Middle East, and Africa, Asia Pacific, and Japan
Alain Blanc is executive vice president for Oracle Applications in Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), Asia Pacific and Japan (JAPAC). Blanc has more than 30 years of software sales and sales management experience and draws on this expertise to drive the growth of Oracle's applications and software as a service (SaaS) offerings across the region.
Blanc came to Oracle following the company's acquisition of Hyperion in 2007, when he joined as EMEA vice president for business intelligence and enterprise performance management. Before joining Oracle, he served as vice president for EMEA at Hyperion, where he was a member of that company's global executive committee. Blanc first joined Hyperion in 1996 as managing director of operations in France, working his way up to become vice president for southern Europe in 1998 and eventually vice president for EMEA in 2000.
Prior to his tenure at Hyperion, Blanc held executive positions at Comshare, serving as director of sales and as a division director. Before that, he worked as a consultant at Cegi Tymshare (later McDonnell Douglas Information Systems Group), where he helped pioneer the field of computerized decision-making in France.
Blanc has a master's degree in information management systems and a diploma from Supélec, the top engineering school in France.
Stand-up Comedian, Actor
Wonho Chung is an award-winning and critically acclaimed stand-up comedian, singer, musician, interviewer, actor and media personality.
Born to South Korean and Vietnamese parents in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and raised in Jordan, he learned to speak Arabic as his native tongue. Wonho’s fluency in the language of the region and immersion in its culture from childhood have given this multi-talented entertainer a unique Asian-Arab perspective, enabling him to make a strong connection with audiences from this part of the world.
Wonho started his career as a standup comic, but in recent years he has been more focused on his acting career, and he has a strong affiliation with the travel industry. In 2018, Wonho was selected to be Mr. Trivago - the new face for its Middle East campaign. Chung has appeared on various TV productions in a presenter capacity.
In March 2014, Wonho got invited to appear on Al Barnameg, a popular Egyptian talk show hosted by Dr. Bassem Youssef, the “Middle Eastern John Stewart”. More than 64.5 million viewers tuned in, making it the episode with the highest viewership in the show’s history according to NileSat.
Geo Political Consultant, Eurasia Group
Having served numerous positions in the Canadian federal government, including foreign minister, John Baird offers a broad array of sectoral expertise, including in financial services, aviation, infrastructure, energy, and the environment. As minister, Baird supported cross-border partnerships, provided development assistance, and strengthened trade and economic engagement with Canada. His extensive diplomatic, political, and economic experience centers on North and South Asia, the Middle East, and the Americas.
Prior to his tenure as foreign minister, John served as president of the Treasury Board (2006–2007); minister of the environment (2007–2008 and 2010–2011); minister of transport, infrastructure, and communities (2008– 2010); and leader of the government in the House of Commons (2010–2011). He previously spent ten years in the Ontario legislature, where he served as minister of community and social services, minister of energy, and government house leader.
In addition to his work with Eurasia Group, John is a senior business advisor at Bennett Jones LLP and sits on the advisory board of Barrick Gold Corp. and the corporate boards of CP Rail, FWD Group, and PineBridge Investments. He is also a global strategic advisor to Hatch Ltd, a Canadian global multidisciplinary management, engineering, and development consultancy. He holds a bachelor of arts (honors) in political studies from Queen's University at Kingston.
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.
Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Neutral Fuels
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.
Strategist, Innovator and Entrepreneur
Nader Sabry is an innovator, entrepreneur, advisor and a leading global voice in innovation in space technology, government, and health and wellness. He is a passionate advocate for inspiring the youth to embrace science and technology in developing nations, through the Get2space.com initiative in partnership with the US Space Foundation.
He was former Chief Strategist for the Dubai Department Of Economic Development, Director Of Strategy For The Dubai Foreign Investment Office, head of innovation and thought leadership at A.T. Kearney, advised governments and fortune 1000 companies. He has also helped found several successful start-ups. He has raised directly US $20 Million in early-stage venture capital and indirectly $100 million for startups he has advised and cofounded.