Yousef Khalidi is CVP of Azure for Operators at Microsoft. Responsible for strategy, partnerships, and technology to bring the power of Azure to the telecommunications industry. He drives engineering investments and strategic business planning including world-wide partnerships and deep integration with Microsoft services. Yousef 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, operational, and architectural roles in Azure.
Prior to joining Microsoft, 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. Khalidi also served as a member of Sun’s Technical Advisory Council.
Yousef 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.
Yousef is a member of the Georgia Tech Advisory Board (GTAB), as well as QCRI’s Scientific Advisory Committee. He holds over 50 patents in distributed systems, networking and computer hardware.