Rafat is passionate about new technology areas where innovation curve is typically high. He has more than 20 years of experience in enterprise solutions architecture, consulting, business development, and architecture-led repeatable enterprise solutions. He joined Rackspace Strategy and Architecture Advisory Services team in 2012 to support its rapidly growing enterprise business. Prior to joining Rackspace, Rafat worked at Hewlett Packard as the lead architect for their cloud business in the western area where he led cloud workshops, architected enterprise solutions, and delivered many successful deployments and key wins for a wide spectrum of fortune 500 U.S companies. He also worked at Sun Microsystems (Oracle) for ten years in its Global Sales Organization as the CTO for the vertical industries. Rafat co-founded two start-up companies focused on providing innovative cloud technology solutions in Financial Services and Healthcare industries. Rafat Holds a Master's Degree in Computer Science from Old Dominion University in Virginia and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from Cairo University in Egypt.