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Red Hat Training Partner & Instructor Conference Europe, Middle East and Africa

  • September 21, 2018 to September 23, 2018
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Hotel NH Prague City

Thank you for your interest. This event is fully booked.

Red Hat Training Partner & Instructor Conference will be held September 21 - 23 at the Hotel NH Prague City in Prague.

Facilitate learning. Enable Technology adoption.

At this year’s conference, we expect record attendance from our training partners, instructors, and Red Hat® Academy representants. To provide targeted content for our attendees, we are developing an updated agenda featuring informative keynotes, topic specific breakout sessions and roundtables, and guest speakers.

New to this year: We want you on stage!
As a Red Hat Training Partner we are certain you have a great and successful story to share with the rest of the audience... right?  We want to hear it during one of the keynotes of the second day of the conference! Please submit your story here and we will be contacting you shortly.

On this site, you'll find the most up-to-date information on registration, sessions, speakers, awards, logistics, and accommodations.

Some of the relevant topics we will cover in this year Conference:

  • State of the Business: Global and Regional
  • Curriculum Updates
  • Certifications Updates
  • Red Hat Learning Community
  • Red Hat Academy Evolution







  • Certified Training Partner of the Year FY18 - Middle East, Turkey & Africa
  • Certified Training Partner of the Year FY18 - Eastern Europe & Russia
  • Fastest Growing Certified Training Partner of the Year FY18 - Middle East, Turkey & Africa
  • Fastest Growing Certified Training Partner of the Year FY18 - Eastern Europe & Russia
  • Training Reseller of the Year FY18 - EMEA"
  • Fastest Growing Training Reseller of the Year FY18 - EMEA
  • Infrastructure Instructor of the Year
  • Cloud Instructor of the Year
  • Middleware Instructor of the Year
  • Talent of the Year
  • Red Hat Academy Partner of the Year
  • Training Quality Manager Award
  • Director‘s Award

Hans Roth -  Vice-president, EMEA Services & Pre-Sales
Hans Roth joined Red Hat in 2016 and is based in Munich. He is leading Red Hat's services business across EMEA. Red Hat Services is supporting Red Hat's customers with consulting, training and certification to succeed with Red Hat technology.

Prior to Red Hat, Hans was Vice President Service Delivery unit for Hewlett-Packard Enterprise for Central Europe. He was holding several positions within the Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Services EMEA Management Team before. Hans is a leader for Business Process Management, IT Strategy, System Integration and Strategic Outsourcing for many years. He has managed large, complex and multinational team during his 20+ years in the IT industry.

Ken Goetz - Vice-president, Training
Ken Goetz is Vice President of Global Learning Services at Red Hat, where he is responsible for building a community of outstanding and enthusiastic users of Red Hat products. Prior to Red Hat, Ken held many different roles in the IT education industry, including selling training, teaching classes, developing content, and managing back-office functions globally. He built and implemented a number of education programs from scratch and pioneered innovative solutions to grow the adoption of new learning formats and modalities. At Oracle, Ken led the integration of over 80 different acquired training businesses spanning the full spectrum of the technology stack, including SaaS and on-premise horizontal/vertical applications, hardware solutions, and middleware/database/cloud technologies. Ken lives in Raleigh, North Carolina and is a two-time Ironman triathlete. He received his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Jens Ziemann - Director, EMEA Training
Jens is responsible for the commercial success of Red Hat's Training and Certification Services Business in EMEA. Jens is not only one of the founding members of Red Hat EMEA, but also the longest serving employee in the EMEA region. Jens started working with Linux and Open Source Software in 1992 while studying computer science and economics at the University of Stuttgart. By 1994 he was running his own Linux Software and Services company (delix) in Germany.  Before the acquisition of delix by Red Hat in mid 1999, delix developed and maintained its own Linux distribution called "DLD - Deutsche Linux Distribution" and served as the market leader in Germany for many years. After the acquisition by Red Hat the development of the DLD and the developer team was integrated into the Red Hat Development team and are still part of the "Core OS" Team.
Since Red Hat's expansion into EMEA, Jens has been responsible for growing the training business, first with a focus on Central and Eastern Europe and later for the complete EMEA region.

Iveta Babulenkova - Country Sales Manager, Czech & Slovak Republic

Pete Hnath - Senior Director, Training Curriculum
Pete Hnath holds the title of Senior Director of Curriculum Development for Red Hat and is responsible for over 30 courses in the product portfolio. Key projects he's led include the roll-out of a comprehensive curriculum development process, restructuring the coursebooks to be adult learning centered, and the creation of an open source based virtual training platform. His team recently launched Red Hat Online Learning, an innovative, hands-on, self-paced training program running in the Amazon cloud. Previously, Mr. Hnath co-founded Red Hat University and led the creation of Red Hat's Sales College. In this position, he launched a 40+ hour elearning curriculum and sales certification program. Earlier in his ten-year Red Hat career, he led the company's partner marketing efforts. Mr. Hnath holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Florida.

Randy Russell - Director, Certifications
Randy Russell is the Senior Director of Certification at Red Hat. He has overseen the development of the industry-leading Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) and Red Hat Certified Technician (RHCT) performance-based exams, as well as the performance-based Certificates of Expertise exams that lead to the Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA), Red Hat Certified Security Specialist (RHCSS), and Red Hat Datacenter Specialist (RHCDS) credentials. He also oversaw the development of Red Hat's training curriculum until 2007, at which time he had the opportunity to focus on certification. Prior to joining Red Hat in 1999, Randy was a system administrator, programmer, and economist at an environmental economics consulting firm.

Karl Reynolds - Senior Director, North America Training
Karl is Red Hat's Senior Director of Training for North America. He manages all aspects of the training business in the United States and Canada. Karl has nearly 20 years of IT training experience. In his career, he has delivered, developed, sold, and managed a variety of training programs. Karl is a graduate of Virginia Tech.

Ales Nosek - RHLS Customer

Tariq Fazal - Director, Red Hat Academy

Travel Information

Date: September 21 - 23, 2018

Location: Hotel NH Prague City
Mozartova 261/1
150 00 Praha 5, Czech

Questions? Contact us:
Training Partners, Logistics or Agenda: Hellen Thienhaus
Instructors and Technical Sessions: Florian Brand