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Announcing the public sector speakers in the re:Invent 2021 leadership sessions

This year, re:Invent from Amazon Web Services (AWS) is back in-person, in Las Vegas, Nevada, from Monday, November 29, 2021 through Friday, December 3, 2021. It also includes a comprehensive virtual agenda so attendees who can’t join in person can stream event content online. There will be two public sector leadership sessions during re:Invent for attendees to get inspired and discover the latest advancements and new initiatives from and for the public sector.

Max Peterson to dive deep on how AWS and the public sector are shaping the future

On Tuesday, November 30, at 2:30 PM PT at the Venetian Theatre, Max Peterson, vice president of worldwide public sector at AWS, will host customers from around the world in his public sector leadership session. Max will share how public sector organizations continue to push boundaries on Earth and beyond, and he’ll also discuss innovative advancements that are empowering communities and providing new paths to space exploration. From the classroom to space, customer speakers will join Max to share their groundbreaking stories on how they’re using the cloud to drive their missions.

Meet these speakers here:

University of Oxford

The University of Oxford has a long history working with AWS. Earlier this year, AWS collaborated with the university on the Oxford X-Reality Hub EdTech project, among others. Louise Richardson, vice-chancellor of the University of Oxford, will share how collaborating with AWS and using the cloud is driving cutting edge research into human machine interfaces and the significant advancements coming from this. Professor Richardson became vice-chancellor in January 2016, having previously served as principal and vice-chancellor of the University of St Andrews in Scotland. Professor Richardson received a B.A. in history from Trinity College Dublin in Ireland. She then studied in the US, graduating with an M.A. in political science from University of California, Los Angeles, and an M.A. and PhD in government from Harvard University.

Expo 2020 Dubai

The global events and expo industry had to completely reimagine their experiences because of the pandemic. Taif Muhsin, vice president of integrated operations at Expo 2020 Dubai, will highlight how the Expo pivoted in response to the pandemic and is now establishing a model for new ways global events can connect people around the world, in person or virtually. Muhsin leads a team of more than 100 people in the delivery and operations of information and communications technology (ICT) projects, which includes running cloud and operations, testing and quality assurance, and vendor and partnership management. Muhsin has led and built the foundation for the digital road map and technology architecture for the largest event ever to be held in the Arab world.


People over 50 are the largest growing demographic in the world. Najeeb Uddin, chief information officer (CIO) of AARP, will share how the organization is using AWS to transform how it supports its members. During the pandemic, AARP found new ways to help people stay connected and get access to educational programs, and was able to scale effectively with the cloud. Uddin is responsible for information security, technology transformation, and system reliability for AARP’s technology environment. He is a lead executive for AARP’s digital transformation, which aims to deliver a unified, omnichannel consumer experience for AARP’s 38 million members. Previously, Uddin held executive roles in the technology and database marketing industries, where he led client management, large-scale systems implementation, outsourcing, and technology adoption.


Organizations are using space data in innovative ways and redefining how we research, make decisions, and see our world. Astra was founded in 2016 with a goal of reshaping how the space industry works. Stratos Davlos, senior vice president of software engineering at Astra, will share how their organization is using the cloud to help get data insights more quickly to ultimately drive their mission to improve life on earth from space. Davlos leads Astra’s software engineering organization. He brings two decades of leadership in artificial intelligence and software engineering from Apple, Jio, and IBM. Davlos has a B.S. in mechanical engineering and a M.S. in artificial intelligence.

Sandy Carter to make top announcements for public sector partners

On Wednesday, December 1 at 10:00 AM PT at the Venetian Theatre, Sandy Carter, vice president of AWS worldwide public sector partners and programs, will make the top announcements for public sector partners to help drive growth and value across the public sector. She will share the 2022 vision with partners to drive results and innovation, as well as share partner success stories and insights on how to build transformative technologies in the public sector in 2022.

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