Find your inspiration by hearing from industry pioneers

Red Hat® Summit 2021 represents an opportunity to share experiences, innovations, and insights as we shape the future of open source.

Featured speakers for June’s event

Join our panel of leaders as they discuss technology trends and how their companies are preparing for the future of IT. You can also see who else is presenting at June’s event by exploring our available breakout sessions and opportunities to ask the experts your questions.

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Featured speakers from April’s event

From customer spotlights to vision and fundamental sessions, our April event featured presentations led by IT leaders at the forefront of the latest technologies and trends.

Keynote speakers

Chart your path forward with insights from thought leaders on the current landscape of open source.

Demo team

View virtual demos hosted by our team to get in-depth insights into Red Hat products and technologies.

Customers & partners

Learn how Red Hat customers and partners are using open source to address business challenges.

Vision & Fundamental speakers

Build your knowledge base and explore best practices for how to prepare for the future of open source technology.

Special guests

Take a break from technology sessions by interacting with guest speakers and enjoying a musical interlude.

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Paul Cormier

President and Chief Executive Officer, Red Hat

Paul Cormier is President and Chief Executive Officer of Red Hat. He joined the company in 2001, driving major strategy shifts and expansion of the company’s portfolio of products and services since then.

Cormier helped pioneer a commercial business model for open source software, moving open source innovation from passionate communities to broad adoption, from the datacenter to the cloud. He led efforts to introduce an enterprise subscription model, leading to the development of Red Hat® Enterprise Linux.®

Cormier also led the vision for one open hybrid cloud platform that could span traditional, on-premise hardware to multiple clouds. He has been instrumental in forging strategic partnerships, enabling technologies to work across hybrid enterprise IT environments and multiple clouds.

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Srini Kalapala

Vice President, Global Technology Strategy and Network Cloud, Verizon

Srini Kalapala is the Vice President of Technology Strategy and Network Cloud for Verizon. He is responsible for developing next-generation network technologies and strategies, identifying and partnering with suppliers to enable Verizon's technology strategy and driving technology architecture efforts across Verizon. He is also responsible for development of network cloud and edge platforms and for driving virtualization and automation across the networks.

Prior to his current role, Kalapala was managing strategy and architecture functions in the Information Technology organization. In that role, Srini led technology transformation efforts in the areas of workforce mobility, Wireline network transformation, and platform rationalization. His team also developed world class CRM platforms for technicians and call centers supporting Fios business. Forrester recognized his team as one of the top five leading architecture organizations in the world for these efforts.

Kalapala is a member of the board for the Linux Foundation for Networking and is active across other areas tied to software and networks. He is also on the board of trustees for New York Hall of Science (NYSCI).

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Mark Enzweiler

Senior Vice President, Global Partners and Alliances, Red Hat

Mark Enzweiler is Senior Vice President of Global Partners and Alliances for Red Hat. He is responsible for the development and execution of the team’s strategy and sales goals.

Prior to joining the company in 2006, Enzweiler served as Vice President of Global Channel Strategy and Sales for Lenovo. He also spent 25 years with IBM in various management and executive roles, including General Manager of Europe, Middle East, and Africa; Latin America; the Personal Systems Group; and the Global Chemical and Petroleum Industry Group. There, he was responsible for IBM's total business—hardware, software, and services—in those key industries and directed resources to develop and deliver solutions to the chemical and petroleum industries' top business challenges.

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Dave Farrell

Senior Vice President and General Manager, Global Strategic Alliances, Red Hat

David Farrell is Red Hat’s Senior Vice President and General Manager for Global Strategic Alliances. He leads the company’s go-to-market strategy for OEM partners, global systems integrators, strategic alliance partners, cloud service providers, and independent software vendors. He also works closely with Red Hat’s partners to build mutually beneficial relationships with customers.

Prior to Red Hat, Farrell served as General Manager of Red Hat Synergy for IBM and General Manager of IBM Cloud’s Watson & Cloud Platform organization. He also led IBM’s North America and EMEA Cloud and Software businesses.

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Ali Golshan

Senior Director, Global Software Engineering, Red Hat

With a passion for building disruptive products, Ali Golshan was Co-Founder and CTO for StackRox, acquired by Red Hat in 2021. At Red Hat, he oversees Red Hat’s technology strategy and roadmap for the StackRox products. Golshan is also the Co-Founder and board member at, and previously was the Founder & CTO of Cyphort (acquired by Juniper Networks) leading the company's product strategy and research initiatives.

Prior to that, he worked as a Security Researcher and Engineer at Microsoft and PwC. Golshan started his career in government conducting security and vulnerability research for the intelligence community.

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Terri Hall

Vice President, Global Partners and Alliances, Red Hat

Terri Hall is Vice President of Global Partners and Alliances at Red Hat and is responsible for strategy and revenue growth through the Red Hat OEM, ISV, and cloud partner ecosystems.

Prior to Red Hat, Hall served as Group Vice President, Alliances and Channels, at Oracle Corporation where she was responsible for Oracle's cloud applications revenue growth through global systems integrators and reseller partners across North America.

Hall has more than 25 years of experience in the technology industry including extensive leadership experience in direct sales, channel sales, and business development. Prior to Oracle, she served as Corporate Vice President of Global Alliances at AMD, and previously held leadership roles as Vice President of Sales for SUSE Linux, Vice President Strategic Accounts Sales at Novell and President of Broadchoice, a SaaS start-up. Early in her career, she spent 16 years at IBM in a progression of sales and sales leadership roles including Director of Global Industrial Sector Sales for IBM's Software Group.

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Matt Hicks

Executive Vice President, Products and Technologies, Red Hat

Matt Hicks is Executive Vice President of Products and Technologies at Red Hat. In this role, he is responsible for product engineering for much of the company’s portfolio, including Red Hat® OpenShift® and Red Hat Enterprise Linux®. He is one of the founding members of the OpenShift team and has been on the forefront of cloud computing ever since.

Prior to joining Red Hat 14 years ago, Hicks served in various roles spanning computer engineering, IT, and consulting. He has worked with Linux and open source for more than 20 years, and his breadth of experience has helped him solve customer and business problems across all areas of IT.

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Werner Knoblich

Senior Vice President and General Manager, EMEA, Red Hat

Werner Knoblich joined Red Hat in 2003 and is responsible for developing and executing Red Hat’s business strategy across EMEA. With full profit-and-loss responsibility, his primary focus areas are sales, marketing, and services. Under Knoblich's leadership, the EMEA region has consistently exceeded financial targets, delivering innovative solutions to customer business challenges in both established and emerging markets.

Knoblich joined Red Hat in May 2003 as Head of Sales for Northern Europe. In 2004, he took over responsibility for sales in EMEA and in March 2005 he was promoted to Vice President and General Manager, Red Hat EMEA. Prior to Red Hat, Knoblich spent more than 6 years in the IT Asset Management sector for MainControl and MRO in the USA. He began his sales career working for USU Softwarehaus in Germany.

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Sarah Kunz

Strategic Account Manager, Red Hat

Sarah Kunz is a Strategic Global Accounts Manager at Red Hat focused on delivering IT solutions to the energy industry. She has more than 15 years of experience in oil and gas where she began her career as a field engineer.

Prior to Red Hat, Kunz held lead roles in software solutions development, sales, and strategic marketing at Schlumberger.

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Victoria Martinez

Business Development Manager, AI + Analytics, Red Hat

Victoria Martinez is Business Development Manager for the South and Central America Region at Red Hat Latin America. She is responsible for big data, advanced analytics and AI solutions, and was nominated for the Red Hat Innovation Awards in 2018. She is part of the Argentine Agile Community and has promoted the formation and consolidation of the Agiles Córdoba group.

Martinez has extensive experience in risk management and continuous quality improvement of critical embedded software systems, especially applied to electric programmable medical equipment. She is ISTQB (International Software Testing Qualifications Board) certified by ISQi Germany, she was a member of the team of ISTQB- and ASTQB-accredited instructors. She teaches quality training and software engineering nationally and internationally. She has been a consultant on issues related to change management in complex environments, project management, and development and implementation of agile methodologies, testing, and assurance of software quality since 2005.

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Larry Stack

Executive Vice President, Global Sales and Services, Red Hat

Larry Stack is Red Hat’s Executive Vice President of Global Sales and Services. He is responsible for the company’s commercial and public sector sales, channel and alliances sales, consulting services, and the global go-to-market strategy for Red Hat’s products, services, and solutions.

Most recently, Stack was Red Hat’s Senior Vice President and General Manager for North America Commercial Sales. Prior to Red Hat, he held various senior sales leadership positions at DXC Technology, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, Accenture, and Fujitsu. Stack served in the U.S. Air Force and in the White House Situation Room under the Reagan and Bush administrations. He also served as the Chief of Field Operations for the U.N. in Angola and as a peace negotiator in Bosnia.

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Chris Wright

Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Red Hat

Chris Wright is Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Red Hat. He leads the Office of the CTO, which is responsible for incubating emerging technologies and developing forward-looking perspectives on innovations like artificial intelligence, cloud computing, distributed storage, software-defined networking and network functions virtualization, containers, automation and continuous delivery, and distributed ledgers.

Spending more than 25 years as a software engineer, and more than 15 years as a Linux® developer, Wright has worked in Linux security, virtualization, networking, and telecommunications, as well as high-availability and distributed systems. He is passionate about open source software serving as the foundation for next-generation IT systems.

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Tim Yeaton

Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Red Hat

Tim Yeaton is Red Hat’s Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. He brings more than 35 years of software and technology management and marketing experience to the company through his past roles as CEO of Black Duck Software and as Chief Marketing Officer for Equallogic before it was acquired by Dell Corp.

Previously, he spent several years at Red Hat as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing and General Manager of Enterprise Solutions.

In 2009, Yeaton was named one of the most influential people in the open source software industry based on a MindTouch survey. In 2010, he was named a COPU Think Tank Advisor, which recognizes key global thought leaders in open source software. That same year, he was named a CEO of the Year finalist by the Mass Technology Leadership Council.

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Sebastien Blanc

Senior Technical Product Manager, Red Hat

Sébastien Blanc, Red Hat's Director of Developer Experience, is a passion-driven developer with one primary goal: sharing his passion by giving talks that are pragmatic, fun, and focused on live coding.

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Aisha Devrouax

Director, Product Management, Hybrid Cloud Business Services, Red Hat

Aisha Devrouax is the Director of Product Management for Hybrid Cloud Business Services at Red Hat. Devrouax and her team deliver solutions to reduce the challenges and complexity customers face in managing cost and usage in hybrid cloud environments.

Joining Red Hat in 2010, she catalyzed the development of new customer life-cycle management programs in Customer Experience and Engagement. In 2016, Devrouax into the Management organization and has had growing responsibilities for internal business initiatives. She now directs the comprehensive product strategy and experience for Red Hat’s subscriptions and cost management hosted services.

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Michael Elder

Senior Distinguished Engineer, Red Hat

Michael Elder is the Senior Distinguished Engineer for Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management for Kubernetes. His technical focus is enabling enterprises to deploy a common application programming model and operational model based on Kubernetes in hybrid architectures deployed across multicloud infrastructures.

Elder has delivered talks from KubeCon to EclipseCon, among others, on topics ranging from his open source contributions to the Eclipse project to hybrid cloud deployment strategies and proof points. He holds numerous patents and has been honored with an IBM Corporate Award for technical achievement, has3 IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement awards, and is a co-author of Kubernetes in the Enterprise published by O’Reilly.

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Rich Jerrido

Senior Technical Principal Product Manager, Red Hat

Rich Jerrido is a “doer-of-all-things subscription management” including training, integration, enablement, documentation, and helping to identify product requirements. He serves as a technology expert, frequently speaking in web seminars and at industry events.

With more than 20 years working in both Linux and virtualization, Jerrido is very experienced in Red Hat’s systems management, configuration management, and subscription governance.

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Matthew Jones

Senior Principal Software Engineer, Red Hat

Matthew Jones is the Chief Architect of Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform for Red Hat and was one of the original Ansible developers for working on Red Hat Ansible Tower. Jones has more than 20 years of experience building highly scalable software systems across startups and enterprises.

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Subin Modeel

Principal Software Engineer, Red Hat

Subin Modeel is a Principal Software Engineer at Red Hat's AI Center of Excellence. Modeel works as part of a team of data scientists and engineers focusing on machine learning (ML), AI (AI), and open source AI/ML frameworks and libraries (e.g., TensorFlow, PyTorch, MXNet, CUDA).

He helps customers use machine learning libraries in hybrid cloud environments and contributes to the TensorFlow Project. He is also a chair of the Systems Group in MLCommons and a Apache committer.

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Serena Nichols

Senior Principal Product Manager, Distinguished Engineer, OpenShift Developer Tooling, Red Hat

Serena Chechile Nichols is Senior Principal Product Manager of Red Hat OpenShift Developer Tooling and a Distinguished Engineer. Nichols previously worked on the Red Hat User Experience Design (UXD) team, leading the UX efforts on the OpenShift Console since Red Hat OpenShift 3.7.

Nichols is a regular conference presenter and blogger. She is a co-presenter during the OpenShift Developer Experience Office Hours held weekly on With a strong background in user experience and development, she works closely with Experience Architects, UX, and Engineering to promote a collaborative environment for a consistent and delightful end-to-end user experience for developers.

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Narayanan Raghavan

Senior Director, Site Reliability Engineering, OpenShift, Red Hat

Narayanan Raghavan is the Senior Director of Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) for OpenShift at Red Hat. Raghavan is responsible for building Red Hat's SRE presence with Red Hat OpenShift Dedicated on AWS and GCP, Azure Red Hat OpenShift and Red Hat OpenShift Service on AWS.

He focuses on growing and scaling a managed services organization to define the life cycle, monitor, and manage a fleet of OpenShift clusters across AWS, GCP and Azure on behalf of Red Hat customers. Prior to this role, Narayanan led and managed appdev and middleware teams at Red Hat.

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Tracy Rankin

Vice President, OpenShift Engineering, Global, Red Hat

Tracy Rankin is Vice President, OpenShift Engineering at Red Hat. Tracy focuses on a close relationship with the business as well as customers, ensuring that Red Hat OpenShift continues to be the premier enterprise Kubernetes distribution.

Prior to Red Hat, Tracy spent many years in different roles putting the customer first. She has a passion for translating customer desires into enterprise solutions.

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Susan Roper

Senior Manager, Product Marketing, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat

Susan Roper is a Senior Manager, Product Marketing for Red Hat Enterprise Linux at Red Hat. Roper has more than 20 years’ experience as a product marketing leader and is passionate about connecting business challenges with technology solutions to help organizations meet the demands of a digital world.

Prior to Red Hat, she held product marketing leadership roles at security firms SecureAuth and Tenable. Roper also held various roles in product marketing at Quest Software, including Director of Product Marketing for Windows Management and Migration.

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Evan Shortiss

Technical Marketing Manager, Red Hat

Evan Shortiss is a Technical Marketing Manager for Cloud Services at Red Hat. He has a background in consulting, where he worked on the architecture and implementation of enterprise mobile applications and integration with commercial customers in EMEA and NA.

Evan enjoys contributing to various open source projects, particularly within the Node.js and JavaScript ecosystem.

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Burr Sutter

Director, Developer Experience, Red Hat

A lifelong developer advocate, community organizer, and technology advocate, Burr Sutter is a featured speaker at technology events around the globe—from Bangalore to Brussels and Berlin to Beijing (and most parts in between)—he is currently Red Hat’s Director of Developer Experience.

A Java Champion since 2005 and former President of the Atlanta Java User Group, Burr founded the DevNexus conference—now the largest Java™ event in the U.S.—with the aim of making access to the world’s leading developers affordable to the developer community. When not speaking at events, Burr is also the passionate creator and orchestrator of highly interactive live demo keynotes at Red Hat Summit, the company’s premier annual event.

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Shell Adams

Director, Global Head of Compute, Citi

Shell Adams is the Global Head of Compute within Citi Technology Infrastructure at Citi. Shell leads a global organization of technologists and engineers that are responsible for creating, architecting and maintaining the end to end services of the traditional distributed platform and the internal cloud services which provide the foundation for the future innovation at Citi.

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Kevin Deierling

Senior Vice President, NVIDIA Networking Products, NVIDIA

Kevin Deierling joined NVIDIA through the acquisition of Mellanox Technologies, where he was Senior Vice President of marketing. He's founded or been a senior executive at 5 startups that achieved positive outcomes (three IPOs, two acquisitions).

Combining both technical and business expertise, Deierling has variously served as the Chief Officer of Technology, Architecture, and Marketing in these companies, leading the development of strategy and products across a broad range of disciplines including networking, security, cloud, big data, virtualization, storage, smart energy, and DNA sequencing.

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Dr. Robert A. Brown

President, Boston University

Dr. Robert Brown has been president of Boston University since 2005. Under his leadership, Boston University has strengthened its position as a leading private research university and deepened its commitment to quality, residential undergraduate and graduate professional education.

The University's success can be measured by the invitation to join the Association of American Universities (AAU) in 2012 and by the almost 76,000 students applying for the fall 2021 freshman class. Revenue for research has risen by 90% to $574 million annually. Also, the University's first comprehensive fundraising campaign, launched in 2012, concluded in September 2019 and raised over $1.85 billion, during a period when the university performed $2.27 billion in federally sponsored research.

Dr. Brown is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the National Academy of Sciences. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the AAU. He is chairman of the Academic Research Council of the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Singapore and also serves on the Research, Innovation and Enterprise Council, chaired by the Prime Minister of Singapore. He has served as a director of Dupont de Nemours Corporation and Corteva Agrisciences and also served on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology for President George W. Bush. The National Academy of Engineering awarded Dr. Brown the Simon Ramo Founders Award in 2014. In that same year, he was elected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Previously, Dr. Brown was provost at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Photo credit: Photo by Scott Nobles for Boston University Photography

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Michael Denecke

Head of Test Technology, Volkswagen

Michael Denecke is the Head of Test Technology at Volkswagen AG. Over the past 20 years, he has led several teams within Volkswagen IT. Currently, he is responsible for hardware testing and cloud infrastructure virtual test environments.

Prior to this role, he was Head of R&D for IT where he managed security, infrastructure, and operations for the research and development department.

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Matt Garman

Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Marketing, AWS

Matt Garman joined Amazon in 2006, is currently the Vice President of the Worldwide Sales and Marketing organization in Amazon Web Services (AWS), and also sits on Amazon’s executive leadership S‑Team. He has held several leadership positions in AWS over that time.

Matt previously served as Vice President of the Amazon EC2 and Compute Services businesses for AWS for over 10 years. Matt was responsible for P&L, product management, and engineering and operations for all compute and storage services in AWS. He started at Amazon when AWS first launched in 2006 and served as one of the first product managers, helping to launch the initial set of AWS services. Prior to Amazon, he spent time in product management roles at early stage Internet startups.

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Elie Girard

Chief Executive Officer, Atos

Elie Girard began his career as auditor at Andersen before joining the Ministry for the Economy, Finance and Industry in the Treasury department.

Between 2004 and 2007, Elie Girard worked for the Office of the Minister for the Economy, Finance and Industry in France. He joined Orange in 2007 and was appointed Chief of Staff to the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. From 2010 to 2014, he was Senior Executive Vice-President in charge of Strategy & Development of the Orange group, member of the Group Executive Committee. In April 2014, Elie Girard joined Atos as Deputy Chief Financial Officer of Atos Group. He was appointed Group Chief Financial Officer in February 2015 and Group Senior Executive Vice President in February 2018. In March 2019, Elie was appointed Group Deputy Chief Executive Officer. He became Chief Executive Officer of Atos in November of the same year.

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Daniel Gurtner

Systems Engineer, IT and Telecommunications, Swiss Federal Railways

Daniel Gurtner is a System Engineer for IT and Telecommunications and has been working for Swiss Federal Railways for 4 years . He mainly works with customer information systems. Swiss Federal Railways manages about 3,000 displays that provide customers with the most important daily information for their journey.

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Scott Guthrie

Executive Vice President, Microsoft Cloud + AI Group, Microsoft

As executive vice president of the Microsoft Cloud + AI Group, Scott Guthrie is responsible for Microsoft’s cloud computing fabric, Artificial Intelligence platform, and the company’s digital transformation strategy.

This spans products and services such as Microsoft Azure, the global cloud computing platform, Microsoft Business Applications, including the automated business process capabilities of Dynamics 365, low-code/no-code tools in the Power Platform, and Mixed Reality, with HoloLens and Microsoft Mesh. It also includes a rich set of developer tools with Visual Studio, Visual Studio Code and GitHub, core commerce capabilities and infrastructure, and end-to-end security, access management, and compliance solutions across the Microsoft Cloud.

Most recently, Guthrie was corporate vice president of the Microsoft Azure team. Since joining the company in 1997, he has made critical contributions to many of Microsoft’s essential cloud, server and development technologies, and was one of the founders of the .NET project.

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Martin Köhn

Vice President, IT-Infrastruktur Operations, Bosch

Martin Köhn is a Vice President of IT Infrastructure Operations and has been working at Bosch for 11 years. Köhn is responsible for Bosch Cloud, which is built on OpenStack and OpenShift. He focuses on converting and migrating IT infrastructure services to make use of cloud computing and on implementing agile working methods.

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Arvind Krishna

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, IBM

Arvind Krishna is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of IBM. As a business leader and technologist, he has led the building and expansion of new markets for IBM in artificial intelligence, cloud, quantum computing, and blockchain.

He has also played a significant role in the development of innovative IBM products and solutions based on these emerging technologies.

Over his 30-year career at IBM, Krishna led a series of bold transformations and delivered proven business results. He most recently drove the successful $34 billion acquisition of Red Hat—the largest software acquisition—that has defined the hybrid cloud market. Together, IBM and Red Hat give clients the unique ability to build mission-critical applications once and run them anywhere.

Krishna previously was Senior Vice President of Cloud and Cognitive Software, where he pioneered the company’s hybrid cloud business, transformed IBM’s entire software and services portfolio and offerings for cloud, and grew the business. He also headed IBM Research, where he drove innovation in core and emerging technologies including artificial intelligence, quantum computing, blockchain, cloud platform services, data-driven solutions, and nanotechnology. In 2016, Wired Magazine selected him as “one of 25 geniuses who are creating the future of business” for his foundational work on blockchain.

As General Manager of IBM Systems and Technology Group’s development and manufacturing organization, Krishna led the strategy for data-centric systems and the widespread industry adoption of open and collaborative technology standards. He also grew the IBM Information Management business by 50%.

At IBM, Krishna has been an outspoken advocate for learning at every stage of one’s career. He has made scientific contributions in a number of technical fields, including wireless networking, security, systems, and databases. In addition, he founded IBM’s security software business and helped create the world’s first commercial wireless system.

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Louise McKeever

Chief Information Officer, Ireland Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Louise McKeever is Chief Information Officer at the Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine (DAFM) and is responsible for the Information Management and Technology (IMT) Group of Divisions, which delivers ICT services as part of the Corporate Development function of the Department.

She sets priorities and direction across all areas of ICT within DAFM and has a diverse background building and leading high performing teams. With extensive experience in helping implement large-scale transformational change and having cultivated more than 20 years of experience working across information and communications technology (ICT), McKeever has an in-depth understanding of business leadership and change management.

Before joining DAFM, she was Head of Software Engineering in the Department of Social Protection (DSP). She started in DSP as an Executive Officer/Junior Systems Analyst in the Information Systems Division (ISD) of DSP and progressed through various roles to become the Head of Software Engineering before moving to DAFM as CIO in January of 2021.

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Shashi Menon

Vice President, Digital Technology, Schlumberger

Shashi Menon is the Vice President of Digital Technology at Schlumberger, the world’s leading technology and services provider to the energy industry.

He oversees the digital technology strategy for the company and leads a global team responsible for defining, developing, and deploying an enterprise-grade digital platform for the transformation of the energy industry. Prior to this role, he led the overall product management for subsurface processing and interpretation digital technologies.

With his 20+ years at Schlumberger, Menon has extensive product development experience in using big data, high-performance computing, artificial intelligence, and machine learning to accelerate the digital transformation of customer workflows. He has also been instrumental in the development of several platform-based solutions and business models for Schlumberger.

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Karthik Narain

Senior Managing Director and Lead, Accenture Cloud First, Accenture

Karthik Narain leads Accenture Cloud First, which is a multi-service group that provides the full stack of cloud services spanning strategy, industry-specific cloud journeys, cloud data and AI, migration and modernization, and secure cloud management, as well as change and talent management for continuous innovation.

Narain focuses on extending the company’s leadership in cloud computing with Accenture’s ecosystem partners and through investments in deep industry capabilities and solutions, cloud acquisitions, and talent, and helps clients shape, move, and operate their business in the cloud to accelerate innovation and achieve their digital transformation goals. He is also a member of the company’s Global Management Committee.

Over his 20-year career, Narain has led many innovative technology programs for clients across a variety of industry sectors, including financial services, high tech, software, and platforms. Prior to Accenture, Karthik led the high-tech business for HCL Technologies, where he was responsible for some of HCL’s marquee client relationships.

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Jimmy Ng

CIO and Head of Group Technology & Operations, DBS Bank

Jimmy Ng is Group Chief Information Officer and Head of Group Technology & Operations at DBS Bank. Managing more than 10,000 technology and operations professionals globally, Ng plays a leading role in the development and execution of the bank’s digital strategy.

Prior to this, Jimmy was Deputy Head of Group Technology & Operations, where he oversaw the bank’s first technology development centre outside Singapore, DBS Asia Hub 2 in Hyderabad. He also oversaw DBS’ Middle Office Technology and Enterprise Architecture/Site Reliability Engineering. Also, Ng worked in the bank’s Consumer Banking Operations where he helped overhaul the ATM/Self-Service Banking management and harnessed state-of-the-art data analytics and machine learning techniques to develop and implement new auditing approaches.

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Fernando Nuñez

Director Nacional de Gobernanza e integración de Sistemas de Salud, Ministerio de Salud de la Nación Argentina

Fernando Nuñez is an Information Systems Engineer at National Technological University. During his tenure, he has shown great dedication to continuous improvement, engineering, and the systematization of complex processes.

Previously, Nuñez served as Coordinator of Quality Management and Technical Coordination Advisor at Hospital Garrahan. He also worked on the development of information systems for the SAME Province and was responsible for the implementation of solutions at the Inter-American Development Bank. His experience of more than 20 years includes various responsibilities in the systems area, both in private organizations and in provincial and municipal governments of Argentina.

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Ted Okada


A member of the Senior Executive Service and FEMA’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Ted Okada is responsible for leading the technology strategy and direction for a wide variety of mission, business and enterprise systems, providing guidance, advisory services as well as investment and change management planning.

Okada is the creator and executive sponsor of OpenFEMA—a project that ensures FEMA is providing timely, usable, and accurate information to constituents to enhance and promote a transparent and collaborative culture within FEMA. This growing open source and digital nature of information- sharing and communications were opened up for use by the media, non-profits, and universities immediately after the Hurricanes Sandy, Harvey, Irma, and Maria disasters that resulted in a number of outcomes benefitting storm survivors. It has also led to a unified strategy to reduce complexity in FEMA systems built around simplified web services, built on the same OpenFEMA foundation.

Okada has more than 30 years; experience in international relief and development with a decade in internet services architecture and two technology start-ups, as well as serving as the Director of U.S. Global Public Private Partnerships and Director of the Humanitarian Systems Group at Microsoft.

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Randeep Sekhon

Chief Technology Officer, Bharti Airtel

Randeep Singh Sekhon is Chief Technology Officer for Airtel India and South Asia. Headquartered in New Delhi, India. Randeep is responsible for driving technology Strategy and Innovation, Digitization, Network operations, Rollout, Planning and quality. Bharti Airtel,ranks amongst the top 3 mobile service providers globally in terms of subscribers.

In India, the company's product offerings include 2G, and 4G wireless services, mobile commerce, fixed line services, high speed home broadband, DTH, enterprise services including national & international long-distance services to carriers. Prior to this, Randeep was CEO of Hutchison Tri Indonesia based out of Jakarta. He successfully drove customer-centricity and digitization-led efficiency and business transformation for 3 in Indonesia.

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Facundo Trillo Quiroga

CIO, Medifé

Facundo Trillo Quiroga is the CIO of Medife and is responsible for Technology. Trillo has international experience across Latin America, Europe and the US in telecommunications, information, and healthcare businesses.

He has developed his career in large organizations such as Thomson Reuters as CTO for Latin America and the Telefónica Group, where he also held various Global and Regional executive positions.

With more than 20 years of experience engaging and partnering with stakeholders through major change initiatives in the implementation, design, and development of software, he now leads IT transformation at Medifé.

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Ashesh Badani

Senior Vice President, Cloud Platforms, Red Hat

Ashesh Badani is Senior Vice President of Cloud Platforms and is responsible for leading Red Hat’s broad hybrid cloud portfolio. This includes product development and go-to-market strategies for Red Hat® OpenShift®, Red Hat OpenStack® Platform, Red Hat Virtualization, and Red Hat developer tools.

Under his leadership, Red Hat expanded OpenShift from an award-winning Platform-as-a-Service solution to the industry’s leading enterprise Kubernetes platform, with more than 1,000 customers spanning all regions and industries.

Previously, Badani served as Director of Product Management and Product Marketing of Integration and Application Platform Products at Sun Microsystems. He has more than 20 years of experience in the technology and finance industry in established and emerging companies.

The OpenStack word mark and the Square O Design, together or apart, are trademarks or registered trademarks of OpenStack Foundation in the United States and other countries, and are used with the OpenStack Foundation’s permission.

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Stefanie Chiras

Senior Vice President and General Manager, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat

Stefanie Chiras is the Senior Vice President of Partner Ecosystem Success at Red Hat, leading global partner ecosystem engagement. She plays a critical role in increasing the understanding of our product portfolio within the ecosystem and defining the strategy for partnering with Red Hat for customer success.

Prior to joining Red Hat in 2018, Chiras served as Vice President of Offering Management at IBM Cognitive Systems. As part of the Cognitive Systems brand team, she led the worldwide business for the systems and software portfolios, AIX, IBM i, Linux, and the cloud stack. She has extensive experience in both business and technology, including technical roles that range from silicon technology to system architecture.

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Pete Cruz

Manager, Product Marketing, Technical, Red Hat

Pete Cruz is responsible for leading product and technical marketing for Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management in the Red Hat Management organization.

With more than 29 years of experience in network, server, application, cloud, and service-level management, Cruz has held senior- and executive-level product management and marketing positions at Cabletron, Opticom, Smarts, Empirix, Voyence, EMC, SevOne, and VMware prior to Red Hat.

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Jason Dobies

Senior Principal Developer Advocate, Red Hat

Jason Dobies is a Developer Advocate at Red Hat. For close to 20 years, Jason has worked in the software industry developing in a variety of languages, including Python, Java™, and Go.

He is currently working as an advocate for Kubernetes and Red Hat® OpenShift® and is a co-author of "Kubernetes Operators" (O'Reilly, 2020). In addition to his career as an engineer, Dobies is an Adjunct Professor at Villanova University, currently teaching Software Engineering and Senior Projects.

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James Falkner

Senior Principal Developer Advocate, Red Hat

James Falkner is a technology advocate, teacher, learner, and author dedicated to open source and open computing. At Red Hat, Falkner is a technical marketing director for Red Hat® Runtimes for cloud-native applications and loves learning from others and occasionally teaching at conferences.

He has more than 2 decades of experience with a number of large and small organizations across the technology spectrum.

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Joe Fitzgerald

Vice President and General Manager, Management, Red Hat

Joe Fitzgerald is Vice President and General Manager of the Management organization and responsible for management products and strategy at Red Hat. Fitzgerald has more than 30 years of experience in engineering, operations, systems, and cloud management.

Prior to joining Red Hat he was CEO and co-founder of ManageIQ, CTO and Distinguished Technologist at HP, and CTO and co-founder of Novadigm. Fitzgerald has numerous patents across cloud and systems management in virtualization, security, compliance, configuration management, OS installation, and software distribution.

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Steven Huels

Senior Director, AI Services, Red Hat

Steven Huels has more than 20 years of experience with data management and analytic platforms as a consultant, developer, product owner, engineering manager, and business unit owner.

Huels is Senior Director for Red Hat's AI Services business focusing on Red Hat's artificial intelligence strategy, ecosystem partners, and customer implementations. As one of the founders of the Open Data Hub project, a reference architecture for building a Data Science platform on OpenShift, Huels enjoys speaking with customers who are exploring how to build out their artificial intelligence / machine learning (AI/ML) platforms.

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Ken Johnson

Vice President, Application Services, Red Hat

Ken Johnson is Vice President of the Application Services organization at Red Hat and responsible for application development, integration, and business automation technologies and businesses.

He has held multiple leadership roles in product management since joining Red Hat in 2007. Prior to Red Hat, Johnson was a Senior Engineering Manager at MetaMatrix, Inc., pioneers in the enterprise information integration market. He has also held technical leadership positions at Vignette Corporation, Oberon Software, and Sybase, Inc., with a focus on application integration and data management technologies.

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Abhinav Joshi

Senior Manager, Red Hat OpenShift Product Marketing, Red Hat

Abhinav Joshi is an OpenShift Product Marketing team leader in the Cloud Platforms organization at Red Hat. Joshi and his team are focused on marketing and sales enablement of cloud-native workloads on Red Hat® OpenShift®, including AI/ML, data analytics, databases, Java™, etc.

He has more than 20 years of industry experience in hybrid cloud, AI/ML, data analytics, digital workspace, and software-defined datacenter products and solutions. Throughout his career, Joshi has held strategic roles in product management, product marketing, Sales, and Consulting Services at Red Hat, VMware, Cisco, and NetApp.

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Dan Juengst

Senior Principal Technology Evangelist, Red Hat

Dan Juengst is Sr. Principal Technology Evangelist at Red Hat. He has 20+ years of high-tech experience in areas such as DevOps, cloud computing, Platform-as-a-Service, application performance, grid computing, and high-performance computing.

Juengst has held senior technical positions at CloudBees, CA Technologies, Sun Microsystems, SGI, and Wily Technology. His roots in technology originated in the Aerospace industry where he used high performance compute grids to design rockets.

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Lucy Kerner

Director, Security Global Strategy and Evangelism, Red Hat

Lucy Kerner is currently the Director, Security Global Strategy and Evangelism at Red Hat and leads security thought leadership, evangelism, and the technical and go-to-market strategy for security across the entire Red Hat portfolio globally.

In addition, Kerner helps create and deliver security related technical content to the field, customers, partners, analysts, and press and has spoken at numerous events, including security conferences, such as RSA and Hack3rCon/SecureWV, and is a Red Hat Summit Top Presenter.

Kerner is a frequent author of security articles at various online magazines, such as TechBeacon, TechSpective, Increment Magazine, and more. Prior to her current role, Kerner was a Senior Cloud Solutions Architect for the North America Public Sector team at Red Hat where she presented and designed cloud solutions for a wide range of North America public sector customers. Kerner has 20 years of professional experience as both a software and hardware development engineer and a pre-sales solutions architect, where she worked on various aspects of security. Prior to joining Red Hat, she worked at IBM as both a Mainframe microprocessor design engineer and a pre-sales solutions architect for IBM x86 servers. She has also interned at Apple, Cadence, Lockheed Martin, and MITRE, where she worked on both software and hardware development.

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Ellen Lafferty

Principal Product Marketing Manager, Red Hat

Ellen Lafferty is a product marketing manager focusing on the go-to-market strategy for the value of Red Hat, including the value of subscriptions, security, and open hybrid cloud.

She is responsible for taking a customer-first approach to portfolio messaging and positioning, enablement, and marketing campaigns.

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Stu Miniman

Director of Market Insights, Cloud Platforms, Red Hat

Stu Miniman is Director of Market Insights on the Cloud Platforms team. Prior to Red Hat, Miniman was an analyst and host of theCUBE, where he wrote about and interviewed thousands of industry leaders at the intersection of business and enterprise tech.

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Mike Piech

Vice President and General Manager, Cloud Storage and Data Services, Red Hat

Mike Piech is Vice President and General Manager of the Cloud Storage and Data Services organization, managing a team responsible for the product management, strategy, and marketing of Red Hat's portfolio of data services offerings.

These include cloud-native capabilities for storing, moving, transforming, and combining data for such applications as machine learning and edge computing. Prior to Red Hat, Piech held executive product roles at Magnet Systems (mobile app server) and Engine Yard (PaaS), after Oracle and BEA with product responsibility for WebLogic, Java™, and other enterprise platform technologies. He holds several patents.

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Rich Sharples

Senior Director of Product Management, Application Services, Red Hat

Rich Sharples is the Senior Director of Product Management of the Application Services organization at Red Hat. Sharples has spent 30 years advocating the use and design of enterprise middleware and cloud services.

He previously worked for Forte Software and Sun Microsystems as an independent software developer and consultant, building distributed software systems for the space, transport, telecom and energy sectors. Sharples served on the node.js Foundation Board of Directors and helped it transition from BDFL (“benevolent dictator for life”) to an open, independent foundation.

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Mark Thacker

Principal Product Manager, Red Hat

Mark Thacker has more than 25 years in the IT industry, focusing on enterprise computing with an emphasis on security solutions. Thacker has authored deployment guides on multilevel-labeled security, firewalls, network separation, role-based access control, encryption, and identity management.

Currently, as a Principal Product Manager, Thacker is responsible for the security strategy of Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® and works as an advocate for security solutions within Red Hat. He particularly enjoys working with people to translate complex technology into deployments with practical benefits.

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Stephen Watt

Distinguished Engineer, Red Hat

Steve Watt is a distinguished engineer and leads the emerging technologies group within the Red Hat Office of the CTO.

His team is responsible for identifying and evaluating emerging technologies that may impact Red Hat's market, providing company direction and developing the emerging technology for commercialization. Prior to Red Hat, Watt was the founder of the Hadoop Business and Hadoop Chief Technologist at HP and a Software Architect and Master Inventor at IBM Emerging Technologies. Prior to IBM, he worked for a number of consumer-facing software startups in the USA and his native South Africa.

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Marty Wesley

Portfolio Architect, Red Hat

Marty Wesley is a Portfolio Marketing Manager, focusing on Red Hat's complete portfolio of solutions.

Wesley has worked in a variety of software product marketing and product management roles for more than 20 years in both large companies and startups, helping define and market infrastructure and business applications based on open source software. His experience with commercial open source solutions dates back to the very beginning of Red Hat® Enterprise Linux®.

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Mick Ebeling

Founder and CEO, Not Impossible

Recently named by Fortune Magazine as one of the Top 50 World’s Greatest Leaders , a recipient of the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian of the Year Award and listed as one of the world’s most influential creative people by The Creativity 50’s, Mick Ebeling has sparked a movement of pragmatic, inspirational innovation. As a career producer and filmmaker and now founder and CEO of Not Impossible, Ebeling harvests the power of technology and story to change the world.

Ebeling founded Not Impossible, a multiple award-winning social innovation lab and production company, on the premise that nothing is impossible. His mantra of “commit, then figure it out” allows him to convene a disparate team of hackers, doers, makers, and thinkers to create devices that better the world by bringing accessibility for all. This unconventional approach brought to life highly acclaimed initiatives—the EyeWriter, Project Daniel, Don’s Voice and most recently Music: Not Impossible—that brought the ability to draw back to a paraplegic street artist, 3D-printed arms to Sudanese amputees, a “voice” to an ALS patient who hadn’t spoken in 15 years, and wearables that let deaf and hearing people alike feel music in a “surround body” experience.

Working with a wide array of Fortune 500 companies, Ebeling not only pushes the bar on innovation, he also shares the emotionally resonating story of doing so. These narratives of overcoming seemingly impossible odds to “Help One. Help Many.” have inspired people across the world to do the same. Ebeling’s book, “Not Impossible: The Art and Joy of Doing What Couldn't Be Done,” recounts the life experiences that led to the founding of Not Impossible. Published in a multitude of languages, the book was hailed as “a unique and inspiring tale of brave abandon” by Nicholas Negroponte. Named one of Wired’s “Agents of Change,”, a two-time SXSW innovation of the year award winner, a two-time Tribeca Disruptor innovation winner, a fellow with The Nantucket Project, and recipient of every major creative and advertising award, Ebeling is on a mission to provide “Technology for the Sake of Humanity.” By tapping into a community of passionate and talented engineers, makers, idea generators, and storytellers, Ebeling is making the inconceivable, the unbelievable, and the impossible, Not Impossible.

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Ben Folds

Ben Folds is widely regarded as one of the major music influencers of our generation. He’s created an enormous body of genre-bending music that includes pop albums with Ben Folds Five, multiple solo albums, and numerous collaborative records. His last album was a blend of pop songs and his Concerto for Piano and Orchestra that soared to #1 on both the Billboard classical and classical crossover charts.

For over a decade, he’s performed with some of the world’s greatest symphony orchestras, and currently serves as the first ever Artistic Advisor to the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center.

Folds, who was on tour in Australia when the pandemic hit in early 2020, has been holed up in Sydney, writing new music for his next album, working on his second book, and doing live streams for his patrons on Patreon. In June, he wrote and released a new single entitled “2020” on the turmoil of the past few months.

An outspoken champion for arts education and music therapy funding in our nation's public schools, in 2016 Ben held the distinction as the only artist to appear at both US national political conventions advocating for arts education, has served for over 5 years as an active member of the distinguished Artist Committee of Americans For The Arts (AFTA), and serves on the Board of AFTA’s Arts Action Fund.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt

SAward-Winning Actor, Director and Screenwriter
CEO, HITRECORD, a unique production company and online platform for creative collaboration

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is an actor, filmmaker, and entrepreneur. His acting career spans 3 decades, and ranges from television (3rd Rock from The Sun) to arthouse (Mysterious Skin, Brick) to multiplex (Inception, 500 Days of Summer, Snowden).

He made his feature screenwriting and directorial debut with Don Jon (Independent Spirit Award nomination, Best First Screenplay). Joseph Gordon-Levitt is also the founder and acting CEO of the online creative platform, HITRECORD.

HITRECORD is an online creative platform with a growing worldwide community of over 850,000 people. The platform empowers artists around the world to start their own creative projects, and to invite others to collaborate with them. Over the years, HITRECORD’s “community-sourced” production company has published a number of books, produced award-winning campaigns for brands ranging from the ACLU to LG, toured live shows and screened short films at festivals such as Sundance, BFI, TIFF, and SXSW. Their first television show, HITRECORD On TV, won an EMMY in the category of Outstanding Achievement in Interactive Media.

In recent years, Gordon-Levitt has become a thought leader in exploring the relationship between technology and creativity. In his latest talks, Gordon-Levitt examines the unintended side effects of social media culture on our creative and mental wellbeing. Drawing from his unique perspective as an artist, entrepreneur, and his years of experience in the spotlight of Hollywood, Gordon-Levitt delivers dynamic talks and presentations that shed light on internet culture, collaboration, and creativity. He’s spoken everywhere from TED to TechCrunch and AT&T. His 2019 TED talk has nearly four million views.

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Kumail Nanjiani

Writer, actor, comedian

Kumail Nanjiani is an Oscar-nominated writer and critically acclaimed actor and comedian. Nanjiani was recently seen alongside Issa Rae in the romantic comedy, The Lovebirds, released on Netflix, and coming up in the highly anticipated Marvel film, The Eternals, alongside Angelina Jolie releasing in 2021.

Previously, Nanjiani starred in and wrote The Big Sick, which was nominated for an Oscar for Original Screenplay.

On television, Nanjiani and his wife, Emily V. Gordon, currently serve as executive producers on the Apple TV+ series Little America, which was renewed for a second season ahead of its series debut which released on January 17, 2020. Nanjiani also reprised his starring role as Dinesh on the sixth and final season of the Emmy Award-winning HBO comedy series Silicon Valley. Nanjiani has also joined the cast of the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi show on Disney Plus.

Most recently, while in quarantine, Nanjiani and Gordon created the podcast, Staying In with Emily and Kumail, while in quarantine. Staying In donated all proceeds to charities helping those affected by COVID‑19.