About Our 2022 Keynote Speakers
We all know it’s important to keep up with the day-to-day management of the data center, but it’s also critical to stay informed about what lies over the horizon that might seriously impact your data center’s performance.
Critical Infrastructure for Critical Problems
Ben Hammersley is one of the most thought-provoking futurists of our time and has been addressing audience around the globe for over 10 years. He brings a practical, proactive approach to future technologies inspiring audiences to be PRESENT now to be PREPARED for the future.
As an international reporter, author and adventure seeker, Ben explores the effects of the internet and the digital network on the world’s business, political and social atmospheres. His latest book, which was published internationally, “64 Things You Need to Know Now For Then” gives us the essential guide to the things we need to know for life in the 21st century. Ben is the writer, host, and narrator of Netflix and BBC television series “Cybercrimes with Ben Hammersley” that was shot in over six countries across the globe. As the first specialist correspondent on the internet for The Times [of London] and the Guardian, he became the inventor of the popular term, ‘podcast’.
With his current position as the Editor-at-Large of UK’s WIRED magazine, Ben has been called upon to advise three governments and countless organizations in the area of technology and media including a seat on the European Commission High-Level Group on Media Freedom of the European Union. His personal experiences from the fields of aviation, emergency medicine, genomic science, disaster response, and war reporting, has enabled Ben Hammersley to deliver insightful, practice-changing messages to corporate and governmental clients on five continents for over two decades.
Chief Revenue Officer
Jonathan H. King is the Chief Revenue Officer at Switch. In this role, Jonathan leads sales, channel and ecosystem strategy, development and go to market execution. Jonathan brings over 25 years of diverse operating experience in every facet of the data center business and surrounding technology ecosystem. Jonathan joined Switch from Google Cloud where he led partnership and ecosystem development including the launch of Google Cloud VMware Engine and Google Cloud’s Telecom & Edge ecosystem.
Before joining Google, Jonathan was VP of Strategy, Data Center & Cloud at World Wide Technology (“WWT”) where he was responsible for technology and services strategy, data center solutions and founding WWT’s multi-cloud architecture practice. Prior to WWT, Jonathan served as VP, GM at Ericsson in Stockholm, Sweden where he launched a new as a service business unit and led product area cloud strategy, portfolio management, business development and alliance development. Jonathan also held various executive positions with CenturyLink as VP of Platform Strategy and Business Development, VP of Cloud Strategy & Business Development and VP of Global Cloud Solutions. Prior to CenturyLink, Jonathan was SVP of Business Development at Joyent, now a Samsung company, where he led alliance development, ecosystem formation and strategic business development. Before Joyent, Jonathan was a Client Partner Director with the Global Solutions group of Verizon Business where he led teams designing and selling complex hosting, managed services and transformational outsourcing solutions for commercial and government customers. Jonathan joined Verizon by way of acquisition when Verizon/MCI acquired Totality where he was VP of Alliance Development. Moreover, he held various executive positions with Exodus Communications, a market leading global hosting provider, including VP of Channel Marketing and VP of Strategic Alliances.
Jonathan is a regular keynote speaker at various technology and policy conferences and has served on numerous advisory boards. Jonathan holds a B.A. in History from Miami University, a J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law and a LL. M. in Intellectual Property and Technology Law from Washington University in St Louis School of Law. Jonathan’s academic publications include The Three Paradoxes of Big Data (Stanford Law Review Online 2013), Big Data Ethics (Wake Forest Law Review 2014), Big Data and the Future For Privacy (Handbook of Research on Digital Transformations, Elgar 2016) and Big Data Sustainability, An Environmental Systems Analogy (Washington and Lee Law Journal, March 2016).
SVP/Chief Technology Officer
Ihab Tarazi is the Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President at Dell Technologies, Infrastructure Solutions & Ecosystems where he is responsible for technology strategy and next generation platforms including 5G, Edge, AI/HPC and Servers, as well as engagements with technology vendors and cloud ecosystems. Prior to this role, Mr. Tarazi served as Chief Technology Officer at Packet Host, Inc. (currently Equinix Metal), a leading bare metal cloud company built for developers, where he was responsible for the company's Product, Engineering and Technology. Prior to joining Packet, Mr. Tarazi held a number of positions in the telecom and infrastructure space, including Chief Technology Officer at data center and colocation provider Equinix, where he was responsible for developing the Equinix Cloud Exchange and strategic engagements with leading platforms in the Cloud, Security, Storage, Edge and IoT. Previously Mr. Tarazi served as VP Engineering and Technology at Verizon, where he led a global team for the Engineering and Product Development of Global Enterprise Services including MPLS VPN, IP, Ethernet, Security and Managed Services. He serves as a member of the board of directors for NeoPhotonics Corp. since October 2015. He is also a member of the board for Telecom Infrastructure Project (TIP).
Mr. Tarazi holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications from the University of Maryland and an M.S. in Telecommunications Management from Southern Methodist University.
VP, Industrialized Construction
Amy Marks, VP, Industrialized Construction at Autodesk is known throughout the world as the "Queen of Prefab." At Autodesk, she informs product strategy, thought leadership and convergence consulting for customers incorporating industrialized construction methodologies. Prior to joining Autodesk, she defined the language, process and frameworks that are adopted by companies, universities and countries around the world reflecting the convergence of Design-Make-Operate models. Notably, Amy was appointed by the Singapore government's Building & Construction Authority as an international expert to advise its design and construction productivity roadmap. Her thought leadership and tenacity, leading alongside the government and industry, resulted in unprecedented change and innovation - catapulting Singapore to worldwide recognition in the Industrialized Construction space. She is a graduate of the University of Florida and an alumna of the Harvard Business School.