Courtesy of the Oracle Technology Network (OTN) and the ARABOUG, the inaugural 2014 OTN MENA Tour brings a star-studded cast, consisting of some of the world's best Oracle ACEs, ACE Directors and Rock Star Speakers to the region.

Mike Ault


Oracle ACE Mike Ault has been working with Oracle products since 1990. He has published over 25 books as an author or co-author related to Oracle since 1994. Mike is a frequent, highly rated presenter at local, Regional, National and International Oracle conferences and has worked extensively with Oracle technologies since Version 6. Mike has published numerous magazine article and white papers dealing with Oracle database installation, performance and management topics. Mike has worked in the aerospace, drug, communications and consulting fields dealing with Oracle issues. Mike currently works for IBM as their Oracle Guru.

Tariq Farooq


Oracle ACE Director Tariq Farooq is an Oracle Technologist and has been working with various Oracle Technologies for 22+ years at some of the world's largest and brightest organizations. He is an award-winning Speaker, Author, Forumizer, Blogger & active Community Leader/Organizer. He is the co-founder and architect behind the OTN Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Tour program. He was the founding president of the IOUG Cloud Computing SIG. He is the founder of the BrainSurface Social Network, an IT collaboration site with thousands of signed-up users for the various Oracle Communities. He founded, organized and chaired various conferences including VirtaThon, the largest online-only conference for the various Oracle domains, the CloudaThon & RACaThon series of conferences, the OTN Expert+ conference in South Asia and the first ever Oracle-centric conference at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2011. Tariq was the Virtualization and Cloud Computing Track Manager for COLLABORATE 2012/2013. He was the founder and anchor/show-host of the VirtaThon Internet Radio series program. Tariq is an Oracle RAC Certified Expert, holds a total of 14 professional Oracle Certifications and, is the author of 100+ oracle-centric articles, white papers & other publications. Being very active within the Oracle speaking circuit, he has presented at almost every major Oracle conference all over the globe. He is the co-author of the Expert Oracle RAC 12c book and the upcoming Oracle Exadata Expert's Handbook. Tariq is currently, in the process of writing multiple books on Oracle DB Clouds, EBS and Troubleshooting/Performance Tuning. An avid motorcycle enthusiast, Tariq lives in Dallas, TX with his wife and four kids.

Syed Jaffar Hussain


Oracle ACE Director Syed Jaffar Hussain has over 20 years I.T. experience that includes more than 15 years of production Oracle database administration. Oracle has honored him with the prestigious Oracle ACE Director role, and named him DBA of the Year for 2011, both for his excellent knowledge and contributions to the Oracle community. He is an Oracle Certified Master (OCM) for Oracle Database 10g--a status granted only after passing extenstive challenges in a hands-on environment. He is also an Oracle Database 10g RAC Certified Expert. Syed Jaffar is co-author of the Oracle 11g R1/R2 Real Application Clusters Essentials, Expert Oracle RAC 12c books and he blogs regularly at

Jim Czuprynski


Oracle ACE Director Jim Czuprynski has over 30 years of experience during his career in information technology. He has served diverse roles at several Fortune 1000 companies in those three decades - mainframe programmer, applications developer, business analyst, and project manager - before becoming an Oracle DBA in 2001. He currently holds OCP certification for Oracle 9i, 10g and 11g. Jim teaches the core Oracle University database administration courses on behalf of Oracle and its Education Partners throughout the United States and Canada, instructing several hundred Oracle DBAs since 2005. He was selected as Oracle Education Partner Instructor of the Year in 2009. He continues to write a steady stream of articles that focus on the myriad facets of Oracle database administration, with nearly 100 articles to his credit since 2003 at and IOUG SELECT Journal. Jim’s monthly blog, Generally … It Depends ( ), contains his regular observations on all things Oracle. Jim is also a regular public speaker on Oracle Database technology features, and has presented topics at Oracle OpenWorld (2008 and 2013), IOUG’s COLLABORATE conferences (2011, 2013, 2014), OUG Norway (2013, 2014), and Hotsos Symposium (2014).

Edward Roske


Oracle ACE Director Edward Roske, interRel CEO since 1997, has been a regular speaker at annual Hyperion user conferences since 1995 and he is noted for his humorous slant to technically boring information; in the last ~20 years, he has spoken to over 10,000 people in 15+ countries on 5 continents.  He was the first Essbase Domain Lead for the Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) and was two-time chair for the Oracle Developer Users Group's (ODTUG) annual Kscope conference. Oracle awarded him the title of “Oracle ACE Director” and "Fusion UX Advocate" to acknowledge that at least in a couple of minor areas, Oracle feels Edward knows more than they do. Visit Edward’s blog at or follow him on Twitter at @ERoske.

Björn Rost


Oracle ACE Director Björn Rost is the co-founder of portrix Systems, a service provider and consulting company focused on Oracle Technology, including servers, storage, Oracle Linux and Solaris to Real Application Cluster databases. He enjoys working with software developers to tightly integrate with existing Oracle features. He is passionate about sharing knowledge, and has regularly speaks at several conferences and user group meetings around the world. He also serves as the president of IOUG's RAC special interest group.

Basheer Khan


Oracle ACE Director Basheer Khan is recognized as an accomplished expert for both his functional expertise in Oracle Applications and his technical expertise in Oracle Fusion Middleware. With over 27 years of experience in Information Technology & Enterprise Architecture, he is an industry-leading expert on SOA, BPM and Oracle. A frequent speaker on the capabilities of Oracle Applications & Technology at major conferences including Oracle Open World, he has been published numerous times. Basheer has beta tested several Oracle Cloud Services prior to their general availability. Quite active in the Oracle community, he founded several Special Interest Groups and has served on the boards of Regional and International Oracle User Groups. He currently serves as the Chair of the OAUG Fusion Middleware Special Interest Group.

Kai Yu


Oracle ACE Director Kai Yu is a Senior Principal Architect and technologist in Dell Oracle Solutions Engineering. Kai has been working with Oracle Technology since 1995. Kai’s focus is to architect and implement Oracle Solutions based Oracle RAC, Oracle Virtualization & Cloud Solutions and Oracle EBS applications. He has authored number s of Oracle technical whitepapers and has given more than 100 presentations including 22 Oracle OpenWorld Presentations since 2006 at major oracle technology conferences around the World. Kai has served as IOUG Oracle RAC SIG president and IOUG conference committee and a co-founder of IOUG Cloud computing SIG. Kai is an Oracle ACE Director and the receiver of 2011 OAUG Innovator of Year award and the 2012 Oracle Excellence Award: Technologist of the Year: Cloud Architect by Oracle Magazine. Kai is a co-author of Apress book “Expert Oracle RAC12c. Kai has been active in sharing his Oracle knowledge on his Oracle blog :

 Joel Perez


Oracle ACE Director Joel Perez is an Expert Oracle Technologist with over 14 years of specialized experience in several areas of the Oracle Database Server Family. He has a long and distinguished history of working around High Availability, Disaster Recovery Solutions, RAC, RMAN, Data Guard, Database Hardening and others. During these years Joel has worked as a Senior Consultant with a large number of companies and clients in various countries all around the world: Venezuela, Panama, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Ecuador, India, Italy, France, Turkey, England and others. Joel is an active speaker at many international. Joel frequently publishes articles for OTN LAD Spanish & Portuguese. Joel was the first Latin American to be named “OTN Expert” in year 2003, Oracle ACE since 2004 and Oracle ACE Director since 2012.



Oracle Nerd Inam Ullah Bukhari has been working with Oracle Technologies for over 14 years with a specialized focus around Oracle, SQL Server, C#, .NET Framework and Java. He is a regular IT blogger and frequently participates in IT workshops. He is an Oracle Certified DBA, Forms Developer and RAC Expert along with other industry standard certifications like Java and SAP. Inam currently works as Senior Oracle Database Architect in an Information Security Company in Saudi Arabia.

Osama Mustafa

Osama Mustafa

Oracle ACE Osama Mustafa is an Oracle Author with extensive experience in Oracle Products. He is a Oracle Certified Professional DBA (10g, 11g), Certified Ethical hacker (Penetration testing) and Certified Sun System Administrator. He is the author of Oracle Penetration Testing book. 

Dr. Mohamed Houri


Oracle Nerd Dr. Mohamed Houri has a PhD in Fluid Mechanics (Scientific Computing) preceded by an engineer diploma in Aeronautics. He has been working around the Oracle database for more than 14 years for different Europeans customers as an independent Oracle Consultant specialized in Tuning and Trouble-shooting Oracle performance problems. Mohamed has worked with the Naval Architect Society of Japan on the analysis of tsunamis using a powerful signal analysis called Wavelet Transform.  He maintains an Oracle blog and is very active in the Oracle Worldwide forum and in the French equivalent one