At Oracle OpenWorld Europe, 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!
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.
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 Griff Rhys Jones in a tribute to Jerome K Jerome’s Three Men in a Boat, and various ‘Three Men’ sequels. 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.
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.
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 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.
Senior Vice President, Analytics, Oracle
T.K. Anand is Senior Vice President, Product Development at Oracle Corporation, reporting to Executive Chairman and CTO Larry Ellison. He is responsible for the Analytics product strategy and portfolio which includes Oracle Analytics Cloud, Oracle Analytics Server and Oracle Analytics for Applications.
Prior to joining Oracle in 2018, T.K. spent over 20 years at Microsoft Corporation working on a number of products and services including SQL Server, Power BI, Azure data services and Excel. Most recently, he was General Manager and Partner Director of Engineering in the Cloud & AI Division at Microsoft where was responsible for Business Intelligence products including Power BI and SQL Server Analysis & Reporting Services.
T.K. has a Bachelor of Technology degree in Computer Science & Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He also has a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Toronto, Canada where his research focused on database systems.
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, Marketing, SaaS, Oracle
Juergen Lindner is Oracle’s senior vice president of marketing for SaaS, focusing on enterprise resource planning (ERP), enterprise performance management (EPM) and supply chain management (SCM). He is responsible globally for SaaS thought leadership, go-to-market strategy, and sales enablement.
Prior to joining Oracle in late 2016, Lindner held several leadership roles at SAP SE including global vice president of go to market and sales enablement for all SAP product lines. Prior to that, he held product leadership roles in financials, procurement, mobile, analytics, database, and technology. Before joining SAP, he worked for Deutsche Bank and SAP systems integrators.
As a more than 20-year veteran of the enterprise software industry, Lindner is continuously driven to help companies succeed in their transformation journeys and take full advantage of emerging technologies. Lindner holds a masters degree in international business administration and management from the University of Applied Sciences in Konstanz, Germany.
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.
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.
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.
Group Vice President, Human Capital Management Strategy, Oracle
Gretchen Alarcon is group vice president for Oracle’s human capital management strategy, responsible for development and go-to-market initiatives that help businesses around the world modernize their HR practices through the adoption of Oracle’s HCM cloud apps. Additionally, Alarcon acts as a thought leader, highlighting trends and strategic initiatives in businesses’ transition to the cloud. With more than 20 years’ experience in product strategy, Alarcon uses her knowledge of the industry to showcase the importance of modernization through the integration of cloud apps in core HR, talent acquisition, and HR data analytics. Together with her team, she forecasts future of work movements and delivers initiatives to businesses to protect their bottom line.
Prior to Oracle, Alarcon worked at Icarian, National Semiconductor, Ford, and Silicon Graphics, where she drove the management of workforce suites and aided in the redesign of worldwide human resource functions.
Alarcon holds an MBA from the University of Michigan and a BA in American Studies from Stanford University.
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.