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Rainer Speh

Rainer Speh

CTO at Siemens Saudi Arabia

Executive Bio

Prof. Dr. Rainer M. Speh is Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Siemens Ltd. Saudi Arabia.

In his role as CTO, Speh predicts future trends to guide senior management on the direction the company should take and manages several R&D projects.

Speh heads the MindSphere Application Centre (MAC) in Saudi Arabia, where he and his team explore opportunities to co-create digital solutions with the public and private sectors, in several areas including Industrie 4.0, smart infrastructure, smart cities, agriculture including vertical farming, energy, hydrocarbon industries and cybersecurity.

Since joining Siemens AG in 1999, Speh has worked in the Infrastructure and Cities Sector and the Business Unit of Power Plant Controls as their CTO for more than 15 years. From 1985 to 1999, he held several technical positions in the industry in Germany.

Speh received his Professorship from the Technical University Kaiserslautern, Germany, in 2014 and has been lecturing since 1996. He earned his PhD from the Technical University of Darmstadt in 1985, where he also studied Electrical Power Engineering from 1975 to 1980.

Speh is the most recent Past President of the Power Engineering Society (ETG) within the Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies (VDE) of Germany.

Speh works with local universities like Effat University and Prince Sultan University to develop students’ digital proficiency and is a member of the Industrial Advisory Board of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) since 2011.

As one of the top innovators at Siemens, Speh holds more than 40 patents.

In his free time, Speh is a photographer and golfer, and has traveled to more than 50 countries with his wife of the last 40 years. He is a father of two sons aged 34 and 28.





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