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AIDTSEC 2021 In Figures

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Scientific Themes

The Artificial Intelligence Defence Technologies and Cyber Security Exhibition and Conference will take on how the latest advancements in Artificial Intelligence are being deployed in the defence and security industries.

The aim for having different main themes is that the whole road map for adopting AI should be drawn wisely throughout the summit, starting from building the data infrastructure and performing the digital transformation, going through the practical use and differences of the main platforms, tools, and even algorithms, ending up with real world scenarios for AI and cyber security in defence and military.

Digital Transformation and Infrastructure

Autonomous Systems and Vehicles

Cyber Security and Data Protection

AI in Military Applications

Main Tracks

On the participation level, AIDTSEC is targeting audiences with varying levels of experiences and interests. Therefore, AIDTSEC summit will consist of three main tracks for concurrent sessions and panel discussions that will take place in parallel, to cover all of the interests and backgrounds. These tracks are mainly summarized in the below:

Guest of Honor

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H.E. Dr. Talal Abu Ghazaleh, Guest of Honor

Chairman, Talal Abu Ghazaleh Global

Founder and Chair, Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Global (TAG.Global) Born on April 22, 1938. Founded Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Global (TAG.Global) in 1972, a leading global provider of professional and educational services with more than 100 offices worldwide. Recognized as one of the most influential leaders in the world, with lifetime achievements, distinctions and outstanding contributions to education, accountancy, Intellectual Property, business administration and management, commerce, ICT, science and technology, law and other fields. A builder of institutions with a sense of history and a vision for the renaissance of the Arab world.

Meet Our Speakers

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H.E. Ahmad Hanandeh

Minister of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship

Chief Executive Officer with a passion for Technology, Entrepreneurship, Customer Experience and Innovation. International experience combined with a strategic mindset and a focus on deliverables and implementation. Insightful leader with versatile background in telecommunication, logistics, finance, operations and business development and the ability to quickly analyze key business drivers and develop strategies to grow the bottom-line.

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Aiman Mazahreh

Co-Founder and CEO, STS Group

Aiman Graduated with BS degree in Electrical Engineering from San Diego State University in 1981 and has been active in the field of Technology ever since.

Aiman is focusing on navigating STS’s Digital Transformation journey where he is driving STS strategy to transform how the business operates and delivers value to all stakeholders.

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AJ Abdallat

CEO, Beyond Limits

AJ Abdallat is CEO of Beyond Limits and on the advisory board for Caltech’s Center for Autonomous Systems and Technologies (CAST). AJ has over 20 years’ experience building high-tech startups in the fields of bio-inspired artificial intelligence, reasoning systems and smart sensors. Prior to Beyond Limits, AJ was co-founder and CEO of several Caltech/Jet Propulsion Laboratory startups where he raised over $250M in venture and strategic investment. AJ holds a Master of Science degree in Engineering from the University of Missouri and a Bachelor of Science from the University of California at Berkeley.

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Jamie Ryan Bagby

Deputy Director, Raytheon Cyber Services

Mr. Ryan Bagby serves as the Deputy Director of Raytheon Intelligence & Space’s Cybersecurity Services Business, where he manages a diverse portfolio of international cybersecurity programs and cyber training offerings, including Raytheon’s Cybersecurity Academy franchise. Additionally, Ryan serves as an advising board member for several cybersecurity education programs sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Ryan began his career in the United States Army and joined Raytheon in 2011 bringing more than 20 years of experience supporting federal, commercial and international customers on IT and cybersecurity programs.

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Conrad Prince CB

Senior Adviser, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

Conrad Prince was deputy head of the UK’s cyber intelligence and security agency, the Government Communications Headquarters, from 2008 – 2015. In 2015 he became the UK Government’s first Cyber Ambassador, providing strategic advice to a range of governments on cyber security strategy. He left government service in 2018, and now holds various cyber and security advisory roles in the private sector. He is a senior adviser to BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, and advises boards in the financial services and other sectors. He is a Distinguished Fellow at the UK think tank the Royal United Services Institute, specialising in cyber strategy.

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Dr. Mutaz Al-Debei

Senior Territory Manager, Oracle Corporation

Al-Debei is currently working as the Senior Manager for the Public Sector (Oracle Technology & Cloud Solutions). Previously, he was the Autonomous Data Management & Cloud Technology Senior Territory Manager at Oracle. Beforehand, he was working as a principal consultant for Big Data and Analytics also at Oracle Corporation covering LEENA region. Earlier, he was working as the Director for Big Data & Analytics at Intrasoft MiddleEast. Also, he served as an associate professor at the University of Jordan, Department of Management Information Systems. He has also held posts at Brunel University London in the United Kingdom (UK). He is also certified in a number of professional domains such as Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), OCP for Oracle developer and Database Administrators (DBAs), Network+, Security+, and Credit Card Frauds.

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Dr. Gege Gatt

Co-Founder and CEO, EBO

Dr. Gege Gatt is the CEO of London-based company EBO.AI, an Artificial Intelligence enterprise which enables the automation and personalisation of engagement. He is a digital entrepreneur and IT-Law specialist. He serves as the Vice President of the Malta IT law Association and a specialist examiner at the University of Malta. He’s a Board Member of Humanity 2.0 developed by the Holy See in Rome and a consortium of thought-leaders to identify impediments to human flourishing and then work cross-sector to remove them.

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Fadi N. Daoud

Executive Director, TAG Knowledge Forum

Mr. Fadi Nawaf Daoud is a management advisor and professional senior trainer and consultant, and a strategic planning expert with a solid project administration background and expertise. His extensive experience stretches in international missions and development projects, leading youth initiatives and awareness campaigns, and economics monitoring. This experience is concentrated in Project Management, Youth Engagement, Mentorship, Entrepreneurship, Capacity Building, Public Private Dialogue, Advocacy and Partnerships. Mr. Daoud is a Certified Learning and Development Manager (CLDM), a Certified International Professional Trainer (CIPT), a Certified Anti Corruption Manager (CACM). Mr. Daoud holds a Master of Research Methods degree from the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom, and a Master of Business Administration in Management degree, New York Institute of Technology, New York, USA. BA, Banking and Finance, Applied Science University, Jordan

H.E. Belal Hafnawi

Commissioner/ Full time Board Member, Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC)

His excellency Eng. Belal Al-Hafnawi is An ICT Executive experienced in Management, leadership, regulatory and Strategy. Currently working a Commissioner/ Full time Board Member in Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC). Having (19)+ years of intensive experience in technology, telecommunications, information technology and digital transformation. He worked with several international mobile network vendors and service providers (Huawei, Motorola, Nokia and Samsung Electronics and STC. He has wide work experience in various telecommunications fields, which included management, technical and consulting experience, managing complex programs/projects and operation management . He holds bachelor and Masters degree in Telecommunications from university of Jordan, And has completed an executive track in Management and Leadership of technology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology(MIT)/United states focused on Artificial Intelligence and internet of things business implications and platform strategies. He is technical writer, author and speaker.

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Tousif Syed

Security Strategy Risk and Compliance Leader - Middle East and Africa, IBM

Tousif leads ‘Cloud Security’ and ‘Security Strategy, Risk and Compliance’ (SSRC) services for the Middle East and Africa Region. Tousif has over 18 years of experience in cybersecurity consulting, designing new service offerings, practice management, managing customer relations, leading and building teams, executing large and complex cybersecurity projects. He has keen interest in research and has published articles on SecurityIntelligence and Harvard business review. Tousif has a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering, Master’s degree in management from Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) and is a Master’s (ALM) degree candidate at the Harvard University.

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Baptiste Cazagou

Head of Public Safety National Security Microsoft Middle East Africa

Baptiste Cazagou is leading the Public Safety and National Security domain for Microsoft Middle East Africa HQ, where he advises and supports Defense and Security customers in their Digital Transformation leveraging the Microsoft Cloud. He began his career as a platoon leader in a French Army recon unit. Promoted Captain, he was head of the technical intelligence unit in a French Special Forces unit, designing and leading intelligence special operations overseas. He joined the cabinet office of the French President, working on counter-terrorism and piracy issues. He was hired by Deloitte to set up the Cyber Security practice in France, and joined Thales leading Cyber Security sales for Middle East, and more recently Strategy and Marketing for the Qatar Office. He is graduated from Saint Cyr French Military Academy, Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, and INSEAD.

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Mohammad Alkhudari

CEO, Green Circle for Cybersecurity


Specialized Cyber Security advisor and cybersecurity tools expert with a specialty in Developing Specialized Cyber Security tools and Solutions. Mr. Mohammad is an industry-leading authority in technology channels and specializes in digital transformation and international development, operations in Middle East. With more than 16+ years of broad-based senior level experience, management experience in technology and Education. Alkhudari currently serves as founder and CEO for International Business in Green Circle with establishing Next generation online Educational Institutions “Daience University”

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Naveen Bharadwaj

Director, Marketing and Strategic Partnership, Spire Solutions

I'm Naveen, a YOUNG LEADER with 14+ years’ corporate experience encompassing partnerships, divisional leadership, new market/business development and full cycle event production & management (ideation to execution)In my quest to learn and do new things, I took the risk of leaving my comfort zone (events industry) and joined Spire Solutions, Middle East & Africa's leading value added distributor of cybersecurity solutions where I currently lead marketing and strategic partnership.

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Nicola Chemello

CEO, Secure Cube


Chemello Nicola, Professional Engineer, Certified Digital Forensics Examiner. Nicola Chemello is the chairman and co-founder of SecurCube s.r.l. digital forensics company specialized in phone records investigation, BTS survey technology, and software development. The company cooperates with international Law Enforcement Agencies around the world. He is an EnCE Encase Certified Examiner, Physical analyst (CCPA), Mobile examiner (CCME), Ufed System specialist, Cellebrite Operator (CCO), former Oxygen and MSAB XRY forensic examiner. Registered at the Italian Court as CTU Witness Expert for digital examinations for several Prosecutors’ offices on digital devices investigations.

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Dr. Ameer Al-Nimrat

Doctor in Information Security, University of East London

Reader in Cyber Security & Digital Forensics. The views expressed here are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of the University of East London”.

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Muhannad ELhabbal

VP Business Development, Sovereign Intelligence, LLC

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Ken Morris

CEO, Knectlq INC

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Hamzah Mohammed Amin

Senior Data Science & Analytics Consultant, JBS

Data-Driven Transformation Strategist, Specialized in IBM & Informatica Solutions and specialize in Interpretable & Explainable AI, Intelligent Augmentation and Hybrid ML Modeling.

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Prof. Ibrahim Abu Alhaol

Assistant professor, Princess Sumaya University for Technology

Assistant Professor at the Data Science Department at Princess Sumaya University for Technology (PSUT) in Amman, Jordan, and Adjunct Research Professor at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Holds a BSc and an MSc in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Jordan University of Science and Technologies (JUST), and a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Mississippi (UoM), United States. A senior member of IEEE and a Professional Engineer (PEng) in Ontario, Canada. Interests in applied research in Machine Learning (ML), Natural Language Processing (NLP), and Big Data (BD) analytics to solve challenging problems in Cybersecurity, Internet-of-Things, and Wireless Networks.

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Ehab Atari

Senior Manager, PwC


Ehab is holding a senior executive manager in PricewaterhouseCoopers Middle East (PwC) with over 18 years’ experience in managing enterprise transformation projects in various areas, including designing and implementing strategies, establishing and operating the project management and governance office, designing operational models, developing organizational and policy structures, and managing and evaluating working mechanisms. In addition to extensive experience in the development of business boards. He participated in many institutional transformation projects for governmental and semi-governmental institutions and companies in various sectors such as real estate development and banking sector.

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Wilfried Yver

Digital, Data, Innovation and Money Chief Officer, Orange Jordan

Wilfried YVER has been working in the Information and Communication Technologies field for over 20 years most of which within Orange Group. He is specialized in marketing, innovation and business development management. He conducted business assignments in Europe, Middle East, Africa , Asia and Americas. He holds 2 Masters degree in Business from Normandy Management School and University of new Mexico. He Joined Orange Jordan as Chief Digital, Data, Innovation and Money Officer in December 2020.

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Samer Obeidat

CEO, Stallion Tech Inc

Mr. Obeidat is a global serial entrepreneur, researcher, and an impactful investor. He has over a decade of experience in leading successful technology startups, business consulting and fintech. In 2013, Obeidat built the first online investment platform for spot precious metals deliverable contracts, and was involved, as of 2016, in the investment of over a US$ billion in the gold markets in the EMEA. Mr. Obeidat has recently founded Investifai, Mena’s first Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered wealth management firm, producing higher risk-adjusted returns than most of the traditional investment managers. Also, Obeidat has launched “Stallion AI”, and partnered with a world-class team with cuttingedge experience from the top AI R&D labs in the world, aiming to transform MENA’s enterprises with advanced AI solutions and products across different industries in both public and private sectorsObeidat holds a BA degree in applied chemistry from Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST), and a master’s degree in global management (MGM) from Royal Roads University in Victoria. BC, Canada, where he conducted an empirical research that focuses on managing global multi-asset investment portfolios using machine learning models.

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Christopher Jacob

Global Vice President, ThreatQuotient

As VP of Threat Intelligence Engineering, Chris Jacob leads a global team of engineers in working with prospects and customers to assess their current approach to intelligence, understand their needs, and provide them with a product driven solution. Chris has over 15 years of experience in Information Security, beginning with serving as Battalion Information Systems Coordinator during his time in the Marine Corps, and including leadership positions at Sourcefire, Fidelis Cybersecurity and Webroot.

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Adam AlSheyab

Projects & Business Development Manager, Hikvision Middle East & North Africa

Experienced as Projects & Business Development Manager and former Sr. Technical Advisor with a demonstrated history of working in the CCTV security, AI Solutions and Video Surveillance industry. Skilled in CCTV Integration, VMS, Access Control, Video Intercom, Alarm Systems, Thermal solutions, Mobile CCTV, ITS, Parking Systems, Video Wall and Commercial Display solutions, Networking, Technical Support, and Physical Security. Strong business and learning development professional and products training with a Master's degree focused in Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance from California University.

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Mohammad Al-Rawabdeh

Security Director, Specialized Technical Services (STS)

Mohammad Al-Rawabdeh is a regional security director for STS cybersecurity, 12+ years of experience, holding many of specialized cybersecurity certificates. I'm responsible for developing and executing the company’s strategic direction and vision, as well as leading STS’s commitment to safe, reliable operations and organizational excellence. I established and developed the cybersecurity program for many of enterprises in Jordan, KSA and UAE and help them to comply with the national and international cybersecurity standards.

Ruba Darwish

Country Manager, BMBTech

A Business Leader whose a Firm Believer in technology, with strong commercial acumen and operational success in driving aggressive omni-channel digital, customer centric & marketing strategies across multiple countries and regions. Currently holding the Country Manager position of BMB Jordan allows me to share part of my experience with multiple sectors within Jordan, stress on the importance of technology to progressively advance as a country, build a digital economy and provide a better quality of life to our citizens. I am a proud member of the board of The Information and Communications Technology Association of Jordan (“[email protected]”), which serves as the collective voice of the technology industry to boost the role of [ICT] in the national economy. My role with [email protected] has also enabled me to support the role of women in the technology sector, along with helping technology entrepreneurs and incubators in Jordan.

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Eng. Lama Arabiat

Head of Artificial Intelligence, Ministry of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship

Strategic Expert in Artificial Intelligence and Digital Transformation. Established the Artificial Intelligence Division at MoDEE .Responsible for preparing national policies and strategies to support the adoption of artificial intelligence in all vital sectors and strengthen the public sector in the use and adoption of AI to promote the digital economy in Jordan. Responsible for creating and facilitating different projects and initiatives to support the AI ecosystem in Jordan. Representative of Jordan in the Arabic Working Team for AI and play an active role in drafting the AI strategy for the Arabic region. Representative of Jordan in the UNESCO-intergovernmental special committee as an AI expert to draft the recommendations on the ethics of AI.

Dr. Rami B H Shahin

CEO, ITI Group

Dr. Rami is a Transformation consultant specialized in the transformation and international development of artificial intelligence management, innovation, and Future foresight services. He has achieved great success in artificial intelligence and innovation in several countries such as the UAE, KSA, Jordan and Japan through LIFO and Innovation thinking system. He is the General Manager of International Company, Ambassador of Innovation and Business Accelerators, AI advisor for International Leaders and CEOs’ ,Board of Advisor in different international Organization such as IAIDL .Additionally , International Transformation Advisor to a number of major and international companies.

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Emmanuel Jacque

F&SI Global Head for Defense and National Security, SAS

Emmanuel comes into this role after serving 28 years in the French military, followed by 3 years building a successful company that is a critical SAS partner, and then joining SAS in 2017. During his distinguished and highly decorated military career, Emmanuel moved from fighter pilot into various roles supporting intelligence operations to eventually being responsible for revamping the entire intelligence process for the French Air Force in cooperation with NATO and US. Throughout his career, he has been instrumental in pushing the envelope on how advanced technology can be leveraged to support intelligence operations. He continued this work at his former company Oak Branch, where SAS provided the core technology behind systems for intelligence fusion and analytics, including some pioneering work on early detection of radicalized individuals and fake news detection. Since joining SAS in 2017, Emmanuel provides subject matter expertise to Defense and National Security organizations.

Eyad Janbek

Senior Advisor, Technology Consultants

Mr. Eyad Janbek is a Senior Advisor in Defense, Telco, and Software industry. Solid international experience in Business Development and Operations Management coupled with diversification across multiple verticals and technologies. Mr. Janbek is acquainted to developing and managing large scale complex programs, challenging operations, and mission-critical national-level infrastructures. A seasoned professional with holistic vision and a strategic mindset focused on core business pillars.

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Dr. Nailah Al-Madi

Associate Professor, Princess Sumaya University for Technology

Dr. Nailah Al-Madi, is an Associate Professor at the data science department, Princess Sumaya University for Technology. She got her PhD in Computer science in 2014 from North Dakota State University, USA, with GPA 4.00. During her PhD she got the Doctoral Dissertation award and was selected as one of the top 10% students. Her MSc in Computer Science from Jordan University of Science and Technology, 2009. And her BSc in Computer Information System from Al Albayt University. She has more than 25 publications in prestigious journals and conferences. In 2019, She got the Distinguished Teacher Award at PSUT. In 2020, she organized the Women in data science conference, under the patronage of HRH Princess Sumaya Bint El Hassan, in collaboration with Stanford University (USA). She also supervised many winning projects, such as VaccineJO, which got the 3rd place in the Crown Prince Award for Best Government Service Application, 2019.

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Tamara Saeed Mohammad AlBsoul

Head of Business Analytics & AI Department, Zain Jordan

Tamara has a solid background in Math, Statistics, programming, and business along with 10+ years of hands-on experience in Data Engineering, Data modeling, Data management and Artificial intelligence using different tools and applications. She currently manages a team of data Architects, data Engineers & data scientists who are responsible for innovating new solutions for various business challenges and problems using data.

Mohammad Kayed

Principal Cybersecurity Consultant

Mr Mohammad Al-Kayed serves as the Principal Cybersecurity Consultant leading Black Mountain's Cybersecurity Services Center where he is overseeing Black Mountain’s international security strategy and offering portfolio. In addition to his 10 years extensive career as a head of cybersecurity divisions in multinational organisations, Mr Al-Kayed is a renowned cybersecurity trainer, researcher and adviser with focus on security intelligence and operations where he held multiple roles advising for the governmental and private sectors while executing large scale projects across the GCC, MENA and EU.

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Thabet Awad

Cybersecurity Consultant, Detection and Response Team (DART), Microsoft

Thabet has been part of the Microsoft family since 2016, he worked as an Azure Networking Technical Advisor and has recently moved to Microsoft’s Detection and Response Team (DART), the team that responds to security incidents and help customers become cyber-resilient. Before joining Microsoft, he was an infrastructure automation specialist.

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Nada Abdelfattah Issa Khater

Head of Digital Transformation Policies and Strategies, MoDEE

Eng. Nada Khater has 15 years of experience in public and private organizations related to IT sector in Jordan, currently she is Head of Digital Transformation Policies and Strategies at the Ministry of Digital Economy & Entrepreneurship of Jordan. Previously, she was Chief Operating Officer ‎at IT Experts Company in Jordan. Eng. Nada participated in the developing National ‎Cybersecurity Strategy 2018-2023, Cybersecurity policies framework 2019, and Jordan’s Cybersecurity Law in 2019. She led the development of Jordanian AI Policy 2020. In addition, participated in the formulating Government Data Classification and Management Policy 2020, and Cloud Computing Policy for Jordan 2020.

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Tariq Salameh

Team Lead Solution Engineer, Cloudera

I am currently working as Team Lead - Solution Engineer in Cloudera to assist customers in their data-driven journey on-prem, public and private Cloud. I possess 16 years of experience with several vendors such as Oracle, Informatica, and Cloudera, focusing on Data Management areas like Big Data, Data Warehouse, ML, and Cloud. I am enthusiastic and passionate about cutting-edge technology and driven by customer success.