Luminary: Chris Niehaus

Chris is a former Amazon and Microsoft executive with over 20 years of experience building and selling cloud solutions and programs globally. He is an expert at applying and scaling innovative technologies to positively disrupt education and workforce challenges. At Amazon, Chris led growth and commercialization planning for Amazon’s next generation, Artificial Intelligence-powered internal learning system, built Alexa in Education for EdTechs and Universities to adopt AWS voice services, and directed the global expansion of AWS EdStart, the leading global cloud accelerator for EdTech startups. At Microsoft, he led planning and launch operations for Microsoft Azure, Office 365, and Dynamics 365 global expansion to 15 new cloud data center regions including U.S. Government.