Virtual Training Partner Conference


Open Collaboration, Learning Anywhere

This year we invite you to live this Training Partner Conference event through a VIRTUAL experience open to all enthusiasts of open source technologies Training Partners.

While we may not be able to meet face-to-face this year at the Training Partner Conference, this certainly doesn’t change our willingness and enthusiasm to share with you the latest news of Red Hat Training and Certification.

You’ll be able to discover featuring informative keynotes, topic specific breakout sessions and share with our experts from the curriculum team and certification team

On this site, you'll find the most up-to-date information on registration, sessions, speakers, awards.

Some of the relevant topics we will cover in this year Conference:

  • State of the Business: Global and Regional
  • Curriculum Updates
  • Certifications Updates
  • Red Hat Learning Community
  • Reseller Track
  • Red Hat Academy Evolution
  • Red Hat Certified Training Partners Track
  • Instructors Enablement Track
  • Awards


"Certified Training Partner of the Year
Middle East, Turkey & Africa"


"Certified Training Partner of the Year
Eastern Europe & Russia"


"Fastest Growing Certified Training Partner of the Year
Middle East, Turkey & Africa"


"Fastest Growing Certified Training Partner of the Year
Eastern Europe & Russia"


"Training Reseller of the Year


"Fastest Growing Training Reseller of the Year


DevOps Instructor of the Year

Jiri Snopek,
Knowledge Factory

Cloud Instructor of the Year

Piotr Baranowski,
Education Center

Middleware Instructor of the Year

Artur Poczekalewicz,
Education Center

Talent of the Year

Olaf Bohlen, NIIT

Red Hat Academy Partner of the Year


Training Delivery Manager Award

Ricardo da Costa

Director‘s Award



Santiago Madruga - VP Presales & Services, EMEA

Ken Goetz - Vice-president, Training
Ken Goetz is Vice President of Global Learning Services at Red Hat, where he is responsible for building a community of outstanding and enthusiastic users of Red Hat products. Prior to Red Hat, Ken held many different roles in the IT education industry, including selling training, teaching classes, developing content, and managing back-office functions globally. He built and implemented a number of education programs from scratch and pioneered innovative solutions to grow the adoption of new learning formats and modalities. At Oracle, Ken led the integration of over 80 different acquired training businesses spanning the full spectrum of the technology stack, including SaaS and on-premise horizontal/vertical applications, hardware solutions, and middleware/database/cloud technologies. Ken lives in Raleigh, North Carolina and is a two-time Ironman triathlete. He received his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Jens Ziemann - Director, EMEA Training
Jens is responsible for the commercial success of Red Hat's Training and Certification Services Business in EMEA. Jens is not only one of the founding members of Red Hat EMEA, but also the longest serving employee in the EMEA region. Jens started working with Linux and Open Source Software in 1992 while studying computer science and economics at the University of Stuttgart. By 1994 he was running his own Linux Software and Services company (delix) in Germany.  Before the acquisition of delix by Red Hat in mid 1999, delix developed and maintained its own Linux distribution called ""DLD - Deutsche Linux Distribution"" and served as the market leader in Germany for many years. After the acquisition by Red Hat the development of the DLD and the developer team was integrated into the Red Hat Development team and are still part of the ""Core OS"" Team.
Since Red Hat's expansion into EMEA, Jens has been responsible for growing the training business, first with a focus on Central and Eastern Europe and later for the complete EMEA region.

Pete Hnath - Senior Director, Training Curriculum
Pete Hnath holds the title of Senior Director of Curriculum Development for Red Hat and is responsible for over 30 courses in the product portfolio. Key projects he's led include the roll-out of a comprehensive curriculum development process, restructuring the coursebooks to be adult learning centered, and the creation of an open source based virtual training platform. His team recently launched Red Hat Online Learning, an innovative, hands-on, self-paced training program running in the Amazon cloud. Previously, Mr. Hnath co-founded Red Hat University and led the creation of Red Hat's Sales College. In this position, he launched a 40+ hour elearning curriculum and sales certification program. Earlier in his ten-year Red Hat career, he led the company's partner marketing efforts. Mr. Hnath holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Florida.

Randy Russell - Director, Certifications
Randy Russell is the Senior Director of Certification at Red Hat. He has overseen the development of the industry-leading Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) and Red Hat Certified Technician (RHCT) performance-based exams, as well as the performance-based Certificates of Expertise exams that lead to the Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA), Red Hat Certified Security Specialist (RHCSS), and Red Hat Datacenter Specialist (RHCDS) credentials. He also oversaw the development of Red Hat's training curriculum until 2007, at which time he had the opportunity to focus on certification. Prior to joining Red Hat in 1999, Randy was a system administrator, programmer, and economist at an environmental economics consulting firm.

Tariq Fazal - Director, Red Hat Academy
Tariq is a senior global business leader with over 16 years of experience in the IT industry deploying, delivering, managing and supporting enterprise training solutions for global enterprises. In his current role at Red Hat, Tariq leads the support services organization for the Global Learning Services group. He is also the Global Program Manager for Red Hat Academy, and works with senior leaders within academic institutions to create centers for enterprise-ready talent by outfitting them with Red Hat Training which includes hands-on instruction, curriculum, labs, performance-based testing, and instructor support.

Time zone CEST



14:00 - 14:05Welcome Words
Jens Ziemann - Senior Director, EMEA Training
14:05 - 14:30State of Business and Updates Global
Ken Goetz - Vice-president, Training
14:30 - 14:55State of Business EMEA
Jens Ziemann - Senior Director, EMEA Training
14:55 - 15:20Certifications Update
Randy Russel - Director, Certifications
15:20 - 15:45Curriculum Update
Pete Hnath - Senior Director, Training Curriculum
15:45 - 16:05Customer/ RHCP of the year Testimonial
Fabrice Harbulot - Cloud Engineer freelancer
16:05 - 16:30Awards
Jens Ziemann - Senior Director, EMEA Training



18:30 - 18:50Welcome
Florian Brand - Manager, Training Delivery Red Hat EMEA
18:50 - 19:50Curriculum Deep Dive
Pete Hnath - Senior Director, Training Curriculum



10:00 - 10:05Intro
Jose Ojer del Valle - EMEA Sales Manager - Red Hat Training
Channel & Red Hat Academy
10:05 - 10:25Training Resellers Sales sessions
Gary Williams - Business Development Manager
RED HAT Authorised TRAINING Partners (EMEA)
10:25 - 10:45Marketing Updates
Noelia Morcillo - Marketing Specialist Training Partners & Red Hat Academy
10:45 - 11:05Global updates
Holly Neal - Senior Global Learning Program Manager, Business Development
11:05 - 11:25Operations Update
Marie-Emilie Pina - Team Leader, Customer Service



14:00 - 14:05Intro
Jose Ojer del Valle - EMEA Sales Manager - Red Hat Training
Channel & Red Hat Academy
14:05 - 14:25Business sessions
Marika Cante - Business Development Manager - META, CEE & CIS regions
Certified Training Partners
Jose Ojer del Valle - EMEA Sales Manager - Red Hat Training
Channel & Red Hat Academy
14:25 - 14:45Operations & Marketing
Faiz Rahman - Manager, Operations & Customer Service Training EMEA
Noelia Morcillo - Marketing Specialist Training Partners & Red Hat Academy



14:20 - 14:40Red Hat Academy State of Program- Global Update
Tariq Fazal - Director, Global Learning Services
14:40 - 15:00Red Hat Academy State of Program- EMEA Team Update
Sandra Moldoveanu - Program Manager Red Hat Academy EMEA
Noha Kadry - Program Manager - Red Hat Academy
Middle East, Turkey and Africa
15:00 - 15:20RHA Marketing Updates
Noelia Morcillo - Marketing Specialist Training Partners & Red Hat Academy
15:20 - 15:40Graduate Program
Jo Shields - Principle Campus Programs Lead



18:30 - 18:35Introduction
Florian Brand - Manager, Training Delivery Red Hat EMEA
18:35 - 18:55Curriculum Deep Dive OpenShift
Dirk Davidis - Red Hat Training Solution Architect - Instructor and Examiner
18:55 - 19:15Red Hat® OpenShift® Product news/discussion
Daniel Messer - Principal Product Manager
Florian Brand - Manager, Training Delivery Red Hat EMEA



18:30 - 19:00Examiner Round Table
Lene Jensen - Manager, Exam Delivery and Support
19:00 - 19:45Project Novello - intro and what is coming up next?
Kiesten Grey - Director, RH Training - Learning Platform
Adrian Andrade - Training Content Architect
19:45 - 20:30Labs / VT Support
Rudolf Kastl - Team Lead, Platform Readiness
20:30Q&A and wrap up


Date: July 7, 2020
Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (GMT+02:00) Brussels, Copenhagen, Madrid, Paris

(Registration opens 30 minutes earlier)

If you have any question, send us an email.

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