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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.
Futurist and Author
Mike Walsh is the CEO of Tomorrow, a global consultancy on designing companies for the 21st century. A global nomad, futurist and author of the bestselling book, The Algorithmic Leader, he advises some of the world’s biggest organizations on digital transformation and disruptive innovation in this new era of machine intelligence.
A prolific writer and commentator, Mike’s views have appeared in a wide range of international publications including Harvard Business Review, Inc. Magazine, BusinessWeek, Forbes and the Wall Street Journal. Each week he interviews provocative thinkers, innovators and troublemakers on his podcast, Between Worlds.
Principal Analyst and Founder, Constellation Research, Inc
R "Ray" Wang is the Principal Analyst, Founder, and Chairman of Silicon Valley based Constellation Research, Inc. He's also the author of the popular business strategy and technology blog "A Software Insider’s Point of View". With viewership in the 10's of millions of page views a year, his blog provides insight into how disruptive technologies and new business models such as digital transformation impact brands, enterprises, and organizations. Wang has held executive roles in product, marketing, strategy, and consulting at companies such as Forrester Research, Oracle, PeopleSoft, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, and Johns Hopkins Hospital.
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.
SVP, Marketing & Digital Demand Generation, EMEA & JAPAC, 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.
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.
Vice President, Oracle Cloud, Oracle
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).
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.
Executive Vice President, Oracle Database Server Technologies, Oracle
Andrew Mendelsohn is executive vice president for database server technologies at Oracle. He is responsible for the development and product management of Oracle’s family of database products, including Oracle Database, Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database, Oracle Berkeley DB, and Oracle NoSQL Database. In addition, Mendelsohn is also responsible for Oracle Database Cloud services including Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse Cloud and Oracle Autonomous OLTP Database Cloud, and for engineered systems such as Oracle Exadata Database Machine, Oracle Database Appliance, Oracle Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance, and Oracle Big Data Appliance.
Mendelsohn has been at Oracle since 1984. He began his career at Oracle as a developer on Release 5.1 of Oracle Database. Prior to joining Oracle, he worked at HP and ESVEL.
Mendelsohn holds a BSE in electrical engineering and computer science from Princeton University and performed graduate work in computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Senior Vice President, Oracle Applications Development
Rick Jewell is senior vice president of Oracle Applications development. Jewell has been with Oracle since 1989 and has overall responsibility for Oracle’s supply chain management applications. In addition, his responsibilities include Oracle's recent acquisitions in supply chain, specifically the transportation management, demand planning, advanced planning and scheduling, and product lifecycle management products.
Prior to Oracle, Jewell spent nine years with a large global systems integrator and he also served as CIO for a Bay Area-based medical-device manufacturing company. Jewell is a graduate of Stanford University, where he received a BA in economics and an MS in industrial engineering.
Senior Vice President, ERP Applications Development, Oracle
Rondy Ng is Senior Vice President of ERP Applications Development at Oracle with responsibility for leading all aspects of product strategy, product development, and product delivery for Oracle’s ERP applications and cloud services.
Under Rondy’s leadership, Oracle has developed and delivered the award-winning Oracle ERP Cloud, with rapid adoption from thousands of mid-sized, large and global organizations. He has worked closely with C-suite executives and heads of finance, operations and strategy to reimagine their business processes while taking advantage of the latest technologies in pursuit of new business models and growth.
Rondy’s vision for Oracle ERP Cloud has helped customers implement the latest innovations in artificial intelligence, digital assistants, natural language processing, blockchain, and the Internet of Things to enhance productivity, reduce costs and improve internal controls. Three years in a row since 2017, Oracle ERP Cloud was named a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Cloud Core Financial Management Suites for Midsize, Large and Global Enterprises and positioned for the highest ability to execute.
Rondy joined Oracle in 1990 and has held a variety of product development leadership positions within Oracle. He holds a Master of Science degree in Computer and Electrical Engineering from Cornell 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.
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.
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.
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.