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Yousef Khalidi, Microsoft Azure

Dr. Yousef Khalidi is Corporate Vice President at Microsoft Azure. He is responsible for Product and Program Management for Azure Networking, which covers Microsoft’s global investments in cloud networking software and hardware. He drives strategic business planning including world-wide partner coverage and deep integration with Microsoft services. Dr. Khalidi was a member of the team that conceived and built the initial version of Microsoft Azure (code named Red Dog), and has served in several engineering, product management, and architectural roles in Azure.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Dr. Khalidi spent 14 years at Sun Microsystems where he was a Distinguished Engineer. At Sun, he held several R&D, architecture, and management positions in enterprise software, including CTO and Chief Architect of Solaris, Chief Architect of Sun's N1 utility computing platform, Chief Architect and Director of the Sun Cluster product line, and as a principal architect of the Solaris MC and the Spring advanced development projects. Dr. Khalidi also served as a member of Sun’s Technical Advisory Council.

Dr. Khalidi earned his bachelor's degree in Computer Science from West Virginia University where he graduated summa cum laude. He earned his MS and PhD in Information and Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), with a minor in Performance Evaluation & Statistics.

Dr. Khalidi is a member of the Georgia Tech Advisory Board, as well as QCRI’s Scientific Advisory Committee. He holds over 50 patents in distributed systems, networking and computer hardware.

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