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Chief Executive Officer, Oracle
Safra Catz is chief executive officer of Oracle Corporation and a member of the company's board of directors. She previously served as president of Oracle and has also served as the company's chief financial officer. Catz first served as Oracle's chief financial officer from 2005 to 2008, as executive vice president from 1999 to 2004, and as senior vice president from April to October 1999. She served on the board of directors for HSBC Holdings, one of the world's largest banking and financial services organizations, from 2008 through 2015.
Tim Peake was the European Space Agency’s first British astronaut to travel to the International Space Station. Previously an Army Air Corp officer and test pilot, his work on the ISS and active engagement with the public back on Earth has made him a household name and role model to millions. Having first flown as a teenager, Tim applied to the Army Air Corp and after serving on the ground in Northern Ireland gained his wings and served in search and rescue. He worked providing humanitarian aid in the aftermath of the Bosnian war, trained the first British Apache helicopter crews, and supported Special Forces in Afghanistan. Following a distinguished military career and rising to the rank of major, and a period as a test pilot in the private sector, Tim applied to the ESA’s astronaut programme. Beating over 9,000 other applicants, he undertook a gruelling training programme that covered everything from living in Sardinian caves to spending 12 days underwater.
Travelling to the ISS on board a Soyuz vessel, Tim and two fellow astronauts led the Principia mission, a six-month scientific research mission. Tim undertook over 250 experiments, a spacewalk to repair the ISS power supply, helped to dock two spacecraft, and piloted a simulated Mars exploration. Much of his mission focused on not just the scientific work of the ISS but in communicating it to the public. In regular contact via video and social media with Earth, Tim spoke to over 1.5million schoolchildren across Europe from 400km above the planet. He even ran the London Marathon on a treadmill and delivered a New Year’s message on the BBC. Tim is a passionate ambassador for STEM subjects, appearing extensively in the media speaking about the importance of science. In his book Ask an Astronaut: My Guide to Life in Space, Tim answers all the most common questions on life in space, from the feeling of travelling at 8km per second to sleeping and eating in weightlessness.
Comedian, Television Host, Author
Dara Ó Briain has earned a reputation as one of the finest comedians of the times. He is an assured and silver-tongued performer, maestro of Mock the Week and, in the eyes of The Sun, the best guest presenter on Have I Got News For You. In cabaret, Dara draws audiences into his confidence and never lets the laughter fade. His relaxed but quick-fire delivery draws on surreal aspects of everyday life, commonplace situations and the headlines of the day. Dara has sold out shows all over the world, from Melbourne to Shanghai. In his first appearance at the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal, he made such an impact that space had to be made for him in the gala bill hosted by Joan Rivers. The previous host of The Apprentice: You're Fired! and a regular on QI, Dara has also starred with Rory McGrath and
Dara has also exposed his love of all things science co-hosting Stargazing with Prof. Brian Cox and hosting Science Club and Six Degrees of Separation. Dara is also both producer and host of the popular Irish satirical show, The Panel. Latterly he has turned his hand to writing, with a sports column in the Guardian newspaper, and his first book, Tickling The English.
Executive Director of Cybersecurity Operations, Abu Dhabi Digital Authority
His excellency Mohammed Gheyath currently serves as the Executive Director of Cybersecurity Operations at Abu Dhabi Digital Authority (ADDA). With over 18 years of professional experience, the accomplished Emirati executive specializes in organizational development, business function set-up, and technology management and development.
In his current capacity, H.E. Gheyath spearheads the ADDA’s efforts to adopt new technologies and initiatives to further enhance the cybersecurity infrastructure and cyber ecosystem. Gheyath’s strong leadership and constant support to the ADDA’s strategy have successfully culminated in the development of a common security transformation framework for all Abu Dhabi government entities, that increases the IT protection of the Emirate and the country’s digital infrastructure, systems and data.
Prior to joining ADDA, H.E. Gheyath was responsible for setting up the new function of the Information Security Regulatory Affairs at the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA).
He was also the Director General of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Smart Learning Program, a world-class innovative education system that uses the latest technologies in the industry. Under his leadership, Mohammed Bin Rashid Smart Learning Program launched the world’s first Smart School Transformation Framework that was implemented in over 250 schools across the UAE to help them transform into smart institutions.
H.E. Gheyath held several prestigious positions in various leading regional and international organizations. Among these were Vice Chairman of the Telecommunication Standardisation Advisory Group (TSAG) in ITU/UN; Chairman, the World Telecommunication Standardisation Assembly in Dubai, which attracted 900 delegates from more than 120 countries; Chairman of the National Committee responsible for the establishment of the UAE National infrastructure Operator, the third operator in the UAE; Head of the UAE delegation in the ICANN Government Advisory Group (GAG); and Technical Lead in the Free Trade Agreement negotiations with the US.
H.E. Gheyath holds a bachelor degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Khalifa University. He was one of the first patch of UAE executive leadership program. H.E. Gheyath has recieved many awards, among which the Prime Minister Office Appreciation certificate for effective participation in the Free Trade Agreement with the USA and EU, the Emirates Award for Government Excellence (2015), and the World Summit for Information Society Award (ITU / UN),
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.
Content Creator and Actor
Khalid is an Emirati content creator who tells stories that bring the world together, he creates culturally-relevant material that is made for an international community. His viral videos such as "When Muslims Celebrate Christmas" and "Shopping While Married" in addition to his two seasons of "The Ramadan Show" have built an audience on his Facebook channel of over 3 million people. Khalid graduated from Stanford University and was featured in the 2018 list of Top Young Influential Arabs by Arabian Business as well as being the first social media personality to be awarded a Dubai Star in the Downtown Dubai Walk of Fame.
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 and 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.
Media Executive, Entertainer
Cally Beaton is a media executive, entrepreneur and performer. At the start of her career, she headed an independent television production company that was bought by ITV. She joined the board of the UK’s main commercial broadcaster as both the youngest and the only woman member. She left ITV to start a creative consultancy and production company as well as joining Viacom as Senior Vice President of International Sales. It was working on Comedy Central that saw Cally develop her other life as a standup comedian. Cally considers the nature of the workplace and leadership culture. She looks at how to engender change (both personal and organisational), inspire teams and develop a positive, agile and inclusive environment.
Tracy was expelled from school at the age of 15 and with no exams or qualifications she left to travel the world. She began working on charter yachts in Greece at the age of 17 and learned how to sail. Tracy took part in her first Whitbread Round the World Race as cook aboard ‘Atlantic Privateer’ in 1985/86 becoming the first woman to race around the world on a Maxi.
Upon completion she decided to enter the first all-female crew in the 1989/90 Whitbread and ‘Maiden’ crossed the start line on 2nd Sept 1989 and sailed into the history books. ‘Maiden’ went on to win two of the legs and came second in class overall. The best result for a British boat since 1977 and the best result for an all-female crew ever. Tracy was awarded the MBE and became the first woman in its 34 year history to be awarded the Yachtsman of the Year Trophy.
AI Researcher, Data Scientist
Dr Rand Hindi is an entrepreneur and researcher in Artificial Intelligence and Privacy. He is the CEO at Snips, the first edge-based, private by design voice solution for OEMs. Rand started coding at the age of 10, founded a Social Network at 14 and a web agency at 15 before getting into Machine Learning at 18 and starting a PhD at 21. He has been elected as a TR35 by the MIT Technology Review, as a "30 under 30" by Forbes, and is a lecturer at Sciences Po in Paris. He was previously a member of the French Digital Council where he focused on AI and Privacy issues.
Dr. Hannah Fry is an Associate Professor in the Mathematics of Cities at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at UCL. She works alongside a unique mix of physicists, mathematicians, computer scientists, architects and geographers to study the patterns in human behaviour - particularly in an urban setting. Her research applies to a wide range of social problems and questions, from shopping and transport to urban crime, riots and terrorism.
Futurist, Human Behaviour Specialist
Thimon De Jong is an expert in changing human behaviour, societal and cultural trends and the effects they have for businesses and nations. He runs his own thinktank and consultancy delivering strategic insight to all types of organisation. He also lectures at the social psychology department of Utrecht University. Formerly Director of Insight and Strategy at Dutch trends interpretation agency TrendsActive, Thimon looks at the changes in gender, society and demographics to predict what organisations will have to deal with to stay ahead. Thimon examines how social trends, technology and culture influence human behaviour and how this should influence and inform the behaviour of businesses whether looking at their consumers, their employees or their overall strategy.
Chief Design Officer, Deloitte Digital
Nelson is the Chief Design Officer for Deloitte Digital and leads the growth of Deloitte’s Experience Design teams across a network of global digital studios. Having traveled the world as an entrepreneur, builder, brander, designer and problem-solver, Nelson is obsessed with learning from others, collecting stories, and finding relationships between people and ideas.
Since founding his first business out of his high school locker, Nelson has built several companies—including two digital agencies, a search management start-up, a restaurant chain, and a winery—all while spending a career building brands across Fashion, Finance, Technology, and Retail industries. He holds several design patents, has been a teacher of interactive design, and his work has been published in several leading books and magazines on brand design and digital experiences. His publicized clients have included the likes of: Adobe, Agilent, Barneys NY, Chipotle, Cisco, David Yurman, Fox Sports, Jones Apparel Group, lululemon athletica, Massage Envy, Neiman Marcus, Nike, Nine West, Prada, Sony, Tiffany & Co., VMware, and Walmart.
Sports Tech Innovator
Dr. Erez Morag is a Sports Tech Innovator. He is the Chief Innovation Officer of PlayerMaker that provides breakthrough digital AI-based wearable solutions for football clubs. Erez is the former Head of the Athlete Performance Insight Group at Nike’s HQ in Oregon. In over 20 year’s of global extensive experience in sports technology, Dr. Morag has received prestigious awards for his innovation and scientific work, and was awarded 29 patents. Erez worked with dozens of elite athletes including footballers Ronaldo, Ronaldinho; basketball all-stars; Olympic gold medalists Liu Xiang and Allison Felix; and tennis legends Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
Jack Sim is a leading social entrepreneur and sanitation advocate who broke the taboo around toilets by bringing the sanitation crisis to the global media spotlight. Known for his unique efforts in combining humour and serious facts to advocate for improved sanitation conditions globally, Sim has mobilized a global movement involving governments, policy makers, UN agencies, international civil society, thought leaders and activists to work together in addressing the sanitation crisis affecting 2.6 billion people.
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.
Executive Vice President, Mission-Critical Database Technologies, Oracle
Juan Loaiza is executive vice president of mission-critical database technologies at Oracle; he reports to Oracle Chairman and CTO Larry Ellison. Loaiza is responsible for leading product strategy, product development, and product management for the world’s leading transaction processing and engineered systems technologies, in the public cloud and on premises.
Loaiza holds BS and MS degrees in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In 1988, he left the MIT doctoral program to join the Oracle Database engineering team and has been an innovator in database technologies ever since.
Executive Vice President and General Manager, CX Cloud, Oracle
Rob joined Oracle in 2018 as EVP, leading CX Cloud product and strategy across marketing, sales, commerce, and service. His goal is to build products that help companies succeed in the Experience Economy. In this new paradigm, the customer experience is paramount; inseparable from the value of the good or services a company provides. And at its helm are today's consumers, driving innovation and pushing the boundaries.
Rob spent the last 15 years focused on the customer experience, developing products for both large and early-stage companies. Most recently, as President and CEO of Lithium Technologies, Rob created the leading software in online communities. Prior to that, he ran the Digital Enterprise business for Adobe. Rob brings an outside-in perspective to Oracle and to each project, realizing that the way we and our customers work is rapidly changing, pushing us to adapt and transform in ways we never even imagined.
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, 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.
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