At Oracle OpenWorld Middle East, you’ll meet the minds behind the breakthrough ideas that are changing the world. Get inspiration from the thought leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators, and shapers of the future who are changing the face of business, redefining what's achievable, and the technology empowering them. They’ll give you insights that can revolutionise your organisation, markets, and customers. Check back for more speakers in the coming weeks!
Managing Vice President, Gartner
Miriam Burt is a Managing Vice President with management responsibility for the Retail Industry Advisory Services team. She also has a research portfolio which includes global retail business and technology trends, digital business, multichannel, customer processes, the future of customer experience and how people use technology. Mrs. Burt's technology research areas include point of sale, digitalization of stores, the Internet of Things, mobile, blockchain and AI.
AI Expert, and CEO, Satalia
Daniel Hulme is the CEO of award-winning AI solutions company Satalia, and Director of University College London’s Business Analytics Masters degree. He looks at how AI can solve the most challenging problems and deals with its business, ethical and social implications, as well as wider technological and economic developments. Passionate about creating a positive technological future, Daniel sees his mission as making AI accessible and understandable whilst also providing a framework for avoiding the potential pitfalls. He works at the intersection of technology, innovation, organisation and ethics. After studying computer and cognitive science, as well as management and computational complexity, and gaining a doctorate in AI, Daniel has since balanced work in both academia, public and private sectors. He's worked as a consultant for a range of technology companies in the UK and US. He’s served on and founded advisory bodies and steering groups largely focused on the economic, employment and ethical implications of technology, data and AI. He's also contributed to numerous books, articles and podcasts on AI and the future of work. He looks at how organisations can thrive, how they will innovate faster and more naturally, but also how the ethics and values of consumers and employees have to be incorporated.
Former CMO & Co-Founder of Fetchr
Businesswoman, motivational speaker ,serial entrepreneur and advisor, Joy Ajlouny is a flash-bang grenade thrown into the Middle East. Born and raised in California to Palestinian refugees, Ajlouny has built a reputation for her success in startups and ventures worldwide, all the while disrupting the status quo of women in buisness. Belonging to the top one percent of female entrepreneurs, the self-made entrepreneur has “gamified rejection” and carved her space in the business world.
In 2015 Ajlouny co-founded Fetchr, the Silicon Valley-backed tech company that was created to tackle the Middle East’s “no address” issue, which has been long been a hindrance to growth in emerging markets. She facilitated $11 million in initial investments in Fetchr, as well as $41 million in a series B round in 2017.
Ahead of founding Fetchr, Ajlouny was the driving force and sole entity behind the e-commerce luxury fashion platform Bonfaire. Over the last decade, her unmatched knowledge and expertise in funding and investment, startups and marketing strategies has compounded into what’s known as the “Joy effect,” a term that refers to the ripple of her influence on a multitude of new and once suffering companies. Considered an expert in emotional marketing, she follows the rule of thumb that in order to be successful, you have to “fall in love with your customer.”
As a self-made woman in the industry, Ajlouny is passionate about encouraging and investing knowledge into the young women of tomorrow. Her talks are not only centered upon her businesses, but on the realities of being a female entrepreneur, the double bind and the relentlessness it takes to secure a position that counters the traditional roles allocated for women.
Former M.D. McLaren, Electronics, Data and Tech Division
Peter Van Manen spent over 20 years at one of motorsport’s most famous names, McLaren. As MD of the company’s electronics, data and technology division, he led developments in both the F1 team as well as partnerships outside sport from aviation to healthcare. Before joining McLaren Electonics (later to become McLaren Applied Technologies), Peter worked in areas from coal mining to transport and defence.
A career engineer he has been involved in technological developments that have changed industries and been adopted as standards. In Formula 1, Peter has been a part of huge advances, from the first introduction of active suspension to today, where each car produces over 750 million data points from 500 parameters in real time over the course of a race.
Away from motorsport, he also looks at what working with data has taught McLaren in order to help other sports and industries. He examines the use of F1 methods of telemetry and data collection in applications like the intensive care baby unit at Birmingham Children's Hospital, where the use of real time analysis has seen a 25% decrease in life-threatening incidents. He also looks at how technology will be used in the smart city of the future, adopting data platforms and systems to monitor environment, transport, energy, utilities and infrastructure.
Adventurer and Mountain Climber
Always a curious child, for as long as she can remember, Raha dreamed of challenging adventures, seeing the world and perhaps even changing it. From a young age her eccentricity was obvious, blessed with parents who never asked her to change, teaching her to dream big and live even bigger, and raised her with the belief that life is what she makes of it and her dreams are a reflection of the endlessness of her capabilities.
Graduating with a bachelors in Visional Communications from the American University of Sharjah then started her career at a leading advertising agency, Raha’s life changed the day she summited Kilimanjaro and challenged herself, her society, and culture. It was there, between the clouds, standing on Africa’s roof where her spirit could no longer be silenced and nothing could hold her back from her love of adventure, Kilimanjaro open the doors to 8 more summits, yet still her love affair with altitude was insatiable, and her curiosity as to where her limits were grew fierce, just when she thought she found them, she set eyes on Everest, and the dream that turned her into an accidental role model was born, on may 18th 2013 a year after seeing the legendary mountain Raha made history by being the first Saudi woman to summit Everest, forever proving we could attempt the impossible and maybe even achieve it no matter where we are from, she’s living proof that if children are raised confident and curious, unapologetically who they are, then we’re capable of anything, Even for a Saudi woman to stand on top of the world.
Moharrak is a well-known speaker and has held motivational and inspirational speeches across the region and has received fantastic reviews from the audience. She has also been seen on TV, Radio and in numerous newspapers. She presents both in Arabic and in English.
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, Oracle Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific and Japan
Philippe Mathieu is executive vice president of Oracle Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA), Asia Pacific (APAC) and Japan; he reports to Oracle CEO Safra Catz and is a member of Oracle's executive committee. He is responsible for driving the expansion of the company in the region and its transformation to the Cloud together with a team of 20,000+.
Previously, Mathieu was senior vice president Strategy and Operations (COO) for Oracle International. He joined Oracle in March 2007 following the acquisition of Hyperion Solutions, as Oracle's vice president of finance (CFO) for EMEA.
Prior to Oracle, Mathieu held senior management positions in US based enterprise software companies including PeopleSoft, Commerce One and Sybase.
Mathieu has accumulated 25 years of international experience in the IT industry.
Senior Vice President, Oracle Cloud
Steve Daheb is senior vice president for Oracle Cloud; he joined the company in 2015. He brings to Oracle a strong record of building businesses, creating new categories, and driving integrated sales and marketing execution to achieve revenue growth.
Daheb is responsible for driving the global transformation and growth of key Oracle Cloud portfolio offerings including all PaaS and IaaS. His responsibilities include full go-to-market strategy and execution to achieve top-line growth of Oracle's cloud business.
Prior to joining Oracle, Daheb was chief marketing officer at Citrix. There he had global responsibilities for all corporate, solutions, product, and partner marketing. Prior to joining Citrix, Daheb served as the chief marketing officer at Blue Coat, a leading provider of web security and WAN optimization solutions. He helped lead the $1.3B sale of Blue Coat to a private equity firm. Previous to Blue Coat, he was chief marketing officer and senior vice president of business development at Emulex Corporation. Before that, Daheb held marketing, sales, and business development leadership roles at BlueArc Corporation (acquired by Hitachi Data Systems), Tasman Networks (acquired by Nortel), Brocade, and Lucent.
In 2010, Daheb was named a top 10 CMO by the CMO Institute and the American Business Awards named him one of the top 10 Marketing Executives in the United States. In 2012, the American Business Awards named Daheb as one of the Top Technology Executives of the Year.
Daheb holds a JD from the Santa Clara University School of Law and a BA from the University of California at Davis.
Senior Vice President, Data Warehousing and Big Data Technologies, Oracle
Çetin Özbütün is Senior Vice President of Data Warehousing and Big Data Technologies at Oracle. He is in charge of developing the core relational, data warehousing and big data related capabilities of Oracle Database, Oracle Big Data Appliance and Big Data SQL, as well as Oracle's Autonomous Database Service.
Mr Özbütün joined Oracle in February 1989, after finishing his MS degree in Computer Science from Brown University, and contributed to every Oracle Database release since Version 6.
Senior Vice President, Human Capital Management Cloud Business Group, Oracle
Emily He is Oracle's senior vice president of the human capital management cloud business group. Prior to joining Oracle, she was chief marketing officer of DoubleDutch, a leader in digital marketing solutions for events, conferences, and trade shows. Ms. He has 18 years of experience in various enterprise software roles, including marketing, corporate strategy, and business development at companies such as Siebel Systems, E2Open, and Saba Software.
Ms. He is known for supporting business growth with highly differentiated corporate branding and product positioning, as well as innovative digital marketing, demand generation, and customer experience programs. She is a recognized thought leader on digital transformation, engagement marketing, talent management, and authentic leadership. Her perspectives have appeared in a broad spectrum of business publications including the Economist, Fortune, Forbes, Fast Company, and the Huffington Post.
Ms. He has an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Senior Vice President, Software Development, Oracle
Wim Coekaerts is senior vice president of software development at Oracle. Coekaerts is responsible for managing a number of projects and cloud services including Oracle Linux and Virtualization, Oracle Enterprise Manager, Oracle Management Cloud Service, Visual Builder Cloud Service and Oracle Database Cloud Service. He is a well-known developer in the open source community and serves as Vice Chairman for the Linux Foundation.
Senior Vice President and General Manager, Financial Services Global Business Unit, Oracle
Sonny Singh has served as senior vice president and general manager of the Financial Services Global Business Unit at Oracle since 2013. In this role, Singh has worldwide responsibility for Oracle's product portfolio for the financial services industry across banking, insurance, and capital markets. His organization spans all business functions including product strategy, research and development, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), sales, consulting, marketing, and customer service. In addition, his operational responsibilities include Oracle Financial Services Software (OFSS), a publicly held company, where he is a member of the Board of Directors.
Prior to his current role, Singh was the senior vice president responsible for all functions in Oracle's go-to-market strategy, including product marketing, competitive intelligence, field enablement, and M&A integration across Oracle's entire product and services portfolio. His organization delivered all of Oracle's strategic customer engagement capabilities, including solutions and expertise for all industry vertical segments; the Oracle Insight program, Oracle's branded value engineering competency; and Oracle Solution Centers. Additionally, his organization was responsible for the expert resources, tools, and capabilities for two key market segments: Oracle Key Accounts and Midsize.
Prior to that, Singh was group vice president for Oracle Consulting, where he led Oracle's services business in North America Strategic Accounts. Singh began his Oracle career in 1990 and has had held a number of leadership roles in Oracle's consulting and sales organizations, focusing on Oracle Applications.
Singh holds an MS in industrial engineering from Stanford University and a BS in mechanical engineering from Punjab University, India.
Senior Vice President, Technology, Oracle Middle East and Africa, and Central and Eastern Europe
Abdul Rahman Al Thehaiban is Senior Vice President – Technology for Oracle in Middle East and Africa (MEA) and Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) region. Abdul Rahman joined Oracle in 1996 as sales director for the Saudi Arabia operation. Prior to joining Oracle, Abdul Rahman owned a leading software solutions consultancy specializing in application development for Unix, Informix and Oracle.
Within three years of joining Oracle, Abdul Rahman helped propel Saudi Arabia into the top revenue earning countries in the Middle East. In September 2010 Abdul Rahman was promoted to the position of vice president for Middle East and Africa, and in 2016 he was appointed to his current position.
Abdul Rahman is reputed for applying creative approach to drive business growth. Abdul Rahman has also performed a key role in driving a number of capacity building initiatives within and outside Oracle.
Abdul Rahman is an executive board member of the Young Arab Leaders (YAL) group, an association of individuals that plays an active and responsible role in improving the state of the pan-Arab world. Abdul Rahman is also a member of the Sawa’ed mentoring program of the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation.
Abdul Rahman has been recognized as one of the top 100 executives in the Middle East by Forbes Middle East magazine in 2019.
Abdul Rahman has an Executive Master’s degree in International Business from the University of Edinburgh (2004). Abdul Rahman is married with four children.
Senior Vice President, Applications Business, Oracle Middle East, Africa and India
Arun Khehar is Oracle's Senior Vice President for the Applications Business across the Middle East, Africa and Turkey region. Arun has +20 years of business leadership experience at Oracle.
Arun is Board Member and Executive Leader responsible for driving and growing Oracle’s applications business (SaaS) across +100 countries in Emerging Markets - biggest and fastest growing business unit in EMEA.
He has a broad spectrum of experiences including: general management, P&L management, sales management (+700 million USD business covering all enterprise segments and industries), change management and talent development of multi-cultural teams (+1 000 employees).
Arun Khehar was recognized among Top 10 Indian Business Leaders by Forbes Middle East in 2018.
He studied Engineering in Sweden, followed by a Master’s Degree in International Business from University of Edinburgh in Scotland and ENPC from Paris in 2004.
Prior to joining Oracle, Arun worked with Apple Computers distributor and HP Company.
Chief Marketing Officer, EMEA, Japan and Asia Pacific, Oracle
Amanda is a well-known international technology marketer having worked for many years in global and field leadership positions in Silicon Valley & internationally. She was formerly global CMO of the Sage Group, plc, and has worked for Cisco, IBM, EMC & Symantec.
In addition to marketing, Amanda is also the SVP of Oracle’s Digital Demand Generation & Business Development teams, leading hub-based organisations all over the world focusing on reimagining Oracle’s customer experience through a combination of digital and physical engagements.
Amanda has a passion for technology start-ups and is a board advisor to a number of early stage companies including Fintech, IoT & Blockchain companies.
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.
Senior Vice President, Applications Development, Oracle
Clive Swan is Senior Vice President, Applications Development at Oracle. He was responsible since inception for the development of the full suite of Fusion HCM cloud and now leads Oracle’s development initiatives in Adaptive Intelligence Cloud solutions.
Clive has been with Oracle since 1990, holding a variety of leadership positions within the development organization. Prior to Oracle, he worked at EDS.
Clive holds a Master of Arts degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University.
Group Vice President, CX Cloud Business Group, Oracle
Group Vice President of Customer Experience Cloud, Joe leads overall strategy and go-to-market for Oracle CX. During his four-year tenure, CX has become a growth engine for Oracle while increasing customer satisfaction. With operational experience in over 50 countries, Joe is a frequent global speaker on Digital Transformation and Artificial Intelligence. Prior to Oracle, Joe was SAP's Senior Vice President of Global Sales for CRM. Prior to SAP, Joe worked for Salesforce.com, Siebel Systems and PeopleSoft, in a variety of executive roles, leading successful sales efforts and innovating operations.
Group Vice President, Oracle Product Development
Rajan Krishnan is a group vice president in Oracle product development. He is responsible for outbound product management for Oracle Cloud applications across enterprise resource planning, supply chain management, human capital management, and customer relationship management. Prior to this role, he was vice president for Oracle industry CRM products. He came to Oracle via the Siebel acquisition in 2006.
Krishnan has more than 25 years’ experience in product development, product strategy, product management, marketing, and sales across the information technology and pharmaceutical industries.
Krishnan holds an MBA from the IMD business school in Switzerland, a post-graduate diploma in international trade from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, and a B-Pharm with honours from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science in India.
Vice President, Product Development, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure
Bryan Thompson is Vice President of Product Management for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, leading teams of customer facing Product Managers and Technical Evangelists. These teams are focused on helping our customer's success in moving to cloud and taking full advantage of the services and solutions to enable their business. Prior to joining Oracle, Bryan was Sr. Director and General Manager of Private Cloud for Rackspace where he led product, engineering, operations and support teams responsible for delivering private cloud solutions. Before Rackspace, Bryan was VP of Product Management at Tier 3 (acquired by CenturyLink) and has held different product and technology leadership roles at Limelight Networks and Amazon.com.
Vice President, Oracle Cloud
Ashish is the Vice President for Oracle Cloud and responsible for product strategy and driving the global transformation and growth of Oracle Cloud Platform portfolio consisting of AI Platform, Blockchain, IoT, Integration, App Dev, Containers/Serverless, Mobile, and Chatbots. He also leads Oracle's global initiative for growing engagement and adoption of Oracle Cloud Platform with developers. Prior to Oracle, he was General Manager for the technology incubator at Bertram Capital, a private equity firm, where he incubated and launched four Cloud startups focused on DevOps. Ashish was also the Chief Marketing Officer at NuoDB, a cloud database company. He has also held various product and marketing leadership roles at Sales Force and Symantec.
Vice President, Product Management, Digital Assistant/AI & Integration, Oracle
Mr. Suhas Uliyar is a 20-year+ mobile industry veteran, known as an exceptional visionary, strategist and technology evangelist responsible for designing and developing enterprise mobile & intelligent chatbots, platform and tools. Suhas was named in the Top 100 Wireless Technology Experts by Wireless World in 2014. Suhas is responsible for driving Oracle’s Multi Channel experience strategy including mobile, Digital Assistants (Chatbots), Augmented Reality & AI. He is a seasoned executive with years of technical and business management experience in enterprise software, artificial intelligence and machine learning with a successful track record as both an entrepreneur in small start-ups and an executive with major industry leaders. Suhas has held leadership positions with SAP, Motorola Solutions, Spring Wireless, Dexterra (Antenna Software) and Micromuse (IBM).
Vice President, Product Marketing - Security, Oracle
Fred Kost is vice president of product marketing for security at Oracle where he is responsible for go-to-market and sales enablement. Fred has extensive security industry expertise and has held senior leadership roles in marketing and product management at Cisco, HyTrust, Symantec, nCircle, Blue Lane Technologies and Check Point.
Vice President, Cloud Applications Development, Oracle Europe, Middle East and Africa
Liam Nolan is Vice President, Cloud Applications Development for EMEA. He represents Product Development across the EMEA region with an active role in helping customers with roadmaps, transformations and partner activities. He has been involved with the development of ERP Cloud Services for the last number of years.
Prior to joining Oracle's Product Development Division Liam worked with Oracle Consulting Services (OCS). During his time in OCS, Liam designed and implemented complex business system architectures across many business verticals including Banking, Insurance, Construction, Transport, Central and Local Government, Retail and Telecommunications.
Liam is an accountant who has brought both his business and IT skills together to ensure maximum effectiveness of IT applications in the accounting and business workplace.
Chief Sustainability Officer and Group Vice President,
Supply Chain Management Product Strategy, Oracle
Jon Chorley is group vice president of product strategy for Oracle's supply chain management (SCM) applications and leads the team responsible for driving the business requirements and product roadmaps for these applications. Oracle's best-in-class SCM applications support value-chain transformation through the enablement of the information-driven value chain. These solutions include product lifecycle management, transportation and logistics, manufacturing, asset lifecycle management, value-chain planning, and order fulfillment.
Chorley is also the chief sustainability officer for Oracle. In this role, he drives and coordinates all initiatives, both internally and externally, related to environmental sustainability. This responsibility covers all areas, from IT infrastructure and business operation to corporate reporting and risk management. Oracle is committed to developing practices and products that help protect the environment.
Chorley has more than 25 years of experience in the software industry in a broad set of roles including sales, implementation, and development. He began his career with IBM, selling and deploying systems and application software. He was also a principal at Modular Systems, a consulting company specializing in supply chain applications for midsize companies. In addition, Chorley has led software development at Synon for a CASE development tool, and was vice president of National Envelope, a major paper company. He has been with Oracle for 15 years. Prior to his current role he was responsible for the development of Oracle's supply-chain logistics applications.
Chorley graduated summa cum laude with a joint BA in physics and geophysics from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.