Mehdi is Chairman of International Data Center Authority (IDCA). He provides guidance to the IDCA affairs and data center industry via his active presence, in-depth knowledge, diverse expertise and see-through vision. Mehdi’s thoughts are always highly educational and boldly progressive. When he speaks, he delivers exceptionally unique set of eye-opening speeches and lectures that are always life changing. He lectures globally and represents IDCA in summits, seminars, symposium and webinars. Meeting with governmental delegations, including Presidents, Prime Ministers, and Ministers with regards to digital economies, digital infrastructure, digital road-maps, data center and cloud strategies, national standardization and education programs on information technology, as well as discussions with C-Levels across the corporate arena are integral portions of Mehdi’s active role at IDCA. He oversees the developments of the IDCA boards and committees. He provides insight and supervision to the development of the data center standards and utilizes his knowhow, expertise and forward-looking strategies to empower and enable the development of the Application Ecosystem® industry, which is inclusive of information technology, data center, cloud, IoT, AI, etc.
Mehdi is first individual to realize the urge, pioneer the concept and advocate for “application-centric” infrastructures. He actively promotes "data" center specialization across industry verticals suited to the application needs. He is a futurist living in the present, a thought leader in true Cloud “not just Virtualized, but Realized” (as he puts it), expert strategist and transitionist between the logical abstraction layers of cloud to its physical merits and possibilities. His in-depth understanding of the “data center” and its inherited comprehensive unity of IT and Facility merged with his sensible and realistic approach towards energy efficiency and environmentally conscious designs and implementations sheds light into the clouded ambiguities of “Big Data”, “IoT”, and “Cloud” which caters harmony to the world at large.
Mehdi is the pioneer and authority on the digital economy fundamentals, initiatives, and developments. He is passionate about building better lives for the citizens of the world. He emphasizes on the promising merits of building the right foundations for robust and sustainable digital economies around the globe. Mehdi has carried out missions and traveled worldwide to carry the message of global harmony, peace, dialog, liberty, and prosperity through the means of fundamental digital transformation of nations and their emergence to the new global stage.
He has led the campaign to bring knowledge, standardization, compliance, best practices, and technological developments as well as effective expertise to the data center industry, both nationally and internationally specially for mission-critical environments effectively for national security projects, securities and exchange projects, aviation and transport, military and defense, oil and gas, telecommunication, healthcare, etc. Mehdi is known for his immense experience, thought leadership, visionary strategies, comprehensive expertise, effective methods and systematic, yet fluid approach. Mehdi has been personally responsible for the training, education, certification and career development of thousands of data center professionals worldwide.
Aside from his speeches in conferences, symposiums, lectures, sessions with top officials and discussions at expert assemblies, his advice and strategies are typically used as benchmarks at many government and private institutions. Thus, organizations typically seek his recommendations for best practices and approach towards their short-term and long-term planning of cloud, data centers, information technology and data management.
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Richard worked thirty years for the Federal Government designing and teaching management and executive training courses and providing internal management consulting services. Received numerous letters of commendations from top executives, including the Secretary of Energy and the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Also received numerous Performance Awards including the Career Achievement Award.
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As founder and CEO of Hu-manity.co, Etwaru is known for pursuing the 31st Human Right “everyone has the right to legal ownership of their inherent human data as property.” He is driven to reshape the world by creating a new data economy, where inherent human data is legally human property.
Richie Etwaru has spanned unlikely disciplines and multiple continents over two decades. He has had the honor to operate in academia, entrepreneurship, government advisory, and Fortune 500 companies in financial services and healthcare. He’s been quoted in NPR, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, The Washington Post, Computer World, Forbes, VentureBeat, WIRED, and has appeared on dozens of television stations and media outlets globally.
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Joseph Yuen is one of the most influential members of the global IT community who is passion resides in bridging eastern and western hemispheres of the globe.
Mr. Joseph Yuen was appointed as the Rotating Chairman of World Trustmark Alliance (WTA) in April 2018; a world organization to promote cyber trust and cyber security under digital transformation with members over 40 countries; and the Chairman of Hong Kong Federation of E-Commerce (HKFEC) since 2015.
Mr. Yuen has intensive experience in Digital Business from being the Founder and CEO of Ecommerce World Limited, and his role as Managing Director of China Post Trade Development Company Limited. Prior his work with China Post, Mr. Yuen was the founder and CEO of Digital Outdoor Television Limited in 2006. The company was the first in Hong Kong to bring HD television program and advertisement, installed over 400 restaurants, computer arcades, 7-11, Circle K and record stores.
Mr. Yuen also has a rich management and marketing experience from local and regional telecommunication industry. He was the General Manager, Marketing of New World Telecom who brings first VoIP deployment in 2002 and a the first FTTH deployment in Thrunet-Korea, as the Regional Senior Marketing Manager of Optical Ethernet Solution from Nortel Network Asia since 1994.
Mr. Yuen was graduated in Bachelor of Electronics Engineering (Communication) degree from the University of RMIT, Australia in 1996, and he is currently the Board Advisor for Guangdong Province Electronics Commerce Association (GDECA); Ecommerce Foundation in European; Russian Association of Internet Trade Companies (AITC) and the Expert committee of APEC Ecommerce Business Group.
Shaji Nair is the Chairman, CEO and Founder of Future of Technology Summits hosting Future of Technology Summits around the globe. Mr. Nair is a serial entrepreneur, an industry veteran with years of experience on the international frontlines of industry’s development and evolution.Mr. Nair’s role at the International Data Center Authority is to provide council on is digital trade initiatives worldwide, thus a) help nations build robust and sustainable digital economy platforms b) channel investments into the right venues for the digital transformation era, c) educate, train, certify and enrich the global data center and cloud workforce.
Christine Hoerbinger is the Secretary of the Board of Directors at the International Data Center Authority (IDCA). Christine comes from 30+ years of experience working with some of the world’s most reputable institutions. She has edited Regional Economic Outlooks (REO), coached, supported and organized writing course for MCD economists, planned and organized Washington-based outreach events for management and policymakers and drafted commentaries for international press, blogs, books, articles and surveys.
She is an expert writer and editor who has served in the capacity of Chief Editor, Analyst, Researcher, Consultant, Project Evaluation Officer, Public Affairs Officer and Assistant Director at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), and Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
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Ashley Pridemore is a business and financial law specialist, securities and due diligence attorney who is expert in range of securities transactions including: (i) real estate investment trusts (REITs); (ii) business development companies (BDCs) investing in middle market companies; (iii) private equity offerings; and (iv) programs structured to qualify as like-kind exchanges under Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code. Ashley is a graduate of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, where she graduated cum laude. She was a member of the National Trial Team, an articles editor of the Journal of Business and Technology Law, litigation and advocacy award recipient and a member of the business law society. Ashley has firm grip over information technology industry and the legal frameworks, codes and norms around the industry. Up until January 2016, Ashley has served as Vice President at SK Research, a division of RCS Capital Corporation (NYSE:RCAP).
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Brian Branson is a veteran and seasoned executive who has served Corporate America for decades. He has served in Global Knowledge Training for 11 years, as the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) since April 2009 after being the organization’s Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for four years. During this period Brian has lead his organization in training, educating and providing certifications to information technology professionals not only the Fortune 500s, the Federal Government but globally as the largest professional training company. Prior to joining Global Knowledge, his roles included: Vice President/General Manager of DoubleClick, Inc.’s Enterprise Marketing Services Division, CFO of SmartPath, Inc., before its acquisition by DoubleClick, CFO/Treasurer position at BTI Telecom, a $250+ million local exchange carrier, and Ernst & Young.
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