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6220: InnerCircle Keynote: The Cloud Journey-A Hybrid Approach to Multicloud Environments


Join us as we kick off InnerCircle 2019! This keynote session feature clients candidly sharing their real-world IBM Cloud journeys. In addition, IBM experts will discuss the common challenges that clients of all sizes and industries are facing today—from tackling the complexities of managing a hybrid environment to needing modern development processes to stay competitive. Learn about the IBM solutions that take on the most pressing issues prevalent in a multicloud world, and hear what IBM has on the horizon.

InnerCircle Pre-Conference Sessions Cloud
Moscone West Level 2 Ballroom
Mon (February 11), 3:30PM PT


Tej Luthra

Vice President of Engineering, Merlin International

As Vice President of Engineering for Merlin International, Tej Luthra leads building cybersecurity solutions in the field of Identity, Endpoint and User Visibility, Threat and Kill Chain Analysis, Automation and Risk & Compliance. Prior, Tej was with IBM for 8 years as GTA Executive. Before that 3 years at Netflix building BI Practice, DevOPS Automation, and Cloud Migration.

Kristina Spess

Program Director, WAS/WXS Technical Support and Cloud Client Programs (CCAC and InnerCircle), IBM

Kristi Spess is a 20 year IBMer with experience from contract negotiations to finance to technical support. Currently Kristi runs the Websphere, Liberty, Runtimes and Java Technical Support teams. She also runs the InnerCircle program for IBM along with leading the Engineer Enablement and Effectiveness program for Support. Kristi currently resides in Austin, Texas with her husband, dog and two children.

Arvind Krishna

Senior Vice President, Cloud and Cognitive Software, IBM

Arvind Krishna is senior vice president, Hybrid Cloud, and director of IBM Research. In this role, he leads the company's hybrid cloud business, including strategy, product design, offering development, marketing, sales and service. He also guides IBM's technical strategy in core and emerging technologies including artificial intelligence, quantum computing, cloud platform services, data-driven solutions and blockchain. Previous roles include general manager of IBM Systems and Technology Group development and manufacturing, general manager of IBM Information Management and vice president of strategy for IBM Software. Arvind has an undergraduate degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the recipient of a distinguished alumni award from the University of Illinois, is the co-author of 15 patents, has been the editor of IEEE and ACM journals, and has published extensively.

Felix Marx

CEO, Truata

Felix Marx has joined Truata as CEO to advance its goal of furthering consumers control over their data as envisioned by the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), while enabling businesses to better serve their customers through data-led decisions.

Most recently, Marx served as executive vice president, services for Mastercard in Asia Pacific.

Steve Robinson

IBM Synergy Executive for Red Hat, IBM

Ibrahim Hassan

Executive Director of Investment, Qatar Development Bank

Ibrahim Hassan is the Executive Director of Investments, where he manages a fund of USD 100 million with a mandate to provide funding solutions to start-ups and SMEs to support their growth and global scalability. IH plays a vital role through QDB to reform the local ecosystem in Qatar and provide entrepreneurs with knowledge and mentorship.