He is the tech driver of Amazon Web Services which is a nearly $36 billion US dollar run rate business

Dr. Werner Vogels

Chief Technology Officer, Amazon, Seattle, USA

Why you should listen

At Amazon, Werner is driving the company’s technology vision, which is to continuously enhance the innovation on behalf of the company’s customers.

Providing a scalable on-demand infrastructure and a pay-as-you-go pricing model, Amazon Web Services, Amazon’s cloud computing arm is continuing to revolutionizing the IT industry, a project Werner spearheaded. He joined Amazon in 2004, two years before he helped launching services like S3 and EC2, which now build the compute foundation of millions of AWS’s customers worldwide.

On his LinkedIn profile, Werner issues a fair warning, “I don’t deal well with b*lls#!t and incompetence.” It is quite understandable if you consider the many roles he has to juggle in a day: engineer/ architect/ scientist/ programmer/ investor/ mentor/ data analyst.

Prior to joining Amazon, Werner worked as a researcher at Cornell University where he was a principal investigator in several research projects that target the scalability and robustness of mission-critical enterprise computing systems.

Vogels holds a Ph.D. from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and has authored many articles for journals and conferences, most of them on distributed systems technologies for enterprise computing.

Hear Werner speak at Worldwebforum 2020 about what it takes to scale up one of the most highly valued and dominant companies in the world.

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. We are driven by the excitement of building technologies, inventing products, and providing services that change lives. We embrace new ways of doing things, make decisions quickly, and are not afraid to fail. We have the scope and capabilities of a large company, and the spirit and heart of a small one.

Together, Amazonians research and develop new technologies from Amazon Web Services to Alexa on behalf of our customers: shoppers, sellers, content creators, and developers around the world.

Our mission is to be Earth’s most customer-centric company. Our actions, goals, projects, programs, and inventions begin and end with the customer top of mind.

You’ll also hear us say that at Amazon, it’s always “Day 1.”​ What do we mean? That our approach remains the same as it was on Amazon’s very first day – to make smart, fast decisions, stay nimble, invent, and focus on delighting our customers.



Dr. Werner Vogels is Chief Technology Officer at Amazon where he is responsible for driving the company’s customer-centric technology vision.

As one of the forces behind Amazon’s approach to cloud computing, he is passionate about helping young businesses reach global scale, and transforming enterprises into fast-moving digital organizations.

Vogels joined Amazon in 2004 from Cornell University where he was a distributed systems researcher. He has held technology leadership positions in companies that handle the transition of academic technology into industry. Vogels holds a PhD from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and has authored many articles on distributed systems technologies for enterprise computing.