Meet our Speakers at SDN World Congress 2016



Are you a senior executive or leading activist – interested to contribute your thoughts, discuss your innovative work with the wider industry – and help lead the market in new directions? You are welcome to join the top-level Layer123 speaker community in a presentation, panel debate or roundtable discussion – a fantastic way to gain thought leadership, interact with your peers and raise your own profile!

For speaking opportunities: reply to the Call for Papers, contact any of the team or email Rob Jones:










Mr. Mark Lum
Chair | SDN World Congress


Co-Founder & Market Lead | Layer123


Mark has worked in telecoms and carrier networks since graduating from Cambridge. He joined ITT-STL where he was immediately put to work on the world's very first 140Mbit/s and 565Mbit/s optical line systems, and gained his MSc in Telecommunications studying statistics of modal noise in multimode systems: so proving the intrinsic superiority of singlemode.

In his career, he has contributed to the first SDH, WDM and ATM networks, done time at ITU and ETSI standards as Rapporteur, and worked on the very first Carrier Ethernet services well over a decade ago. He continues to stay on top of fundamental trends and disruptions, and examines new developments with a careful eye: fulfilling the potential of SDN and NFV is highly interesting.

Since first finding out about OpenFlow and SDN over 4 years ago, Mark clearly recalls learning to program in 1973 using punched cards on an ICL mainframe (and front panel register toggles on a PDP-8). So he is especially delighted to welcome this distinguished panel of leaders, activists and pioneers to the 5th World Congress on Software-Defined Networking and Network Functions Virtualisation.

Ms. Heidi Adams
Sr. Research Director, Transport Networks | IHS Markit


Heidi Adams joined IHS in March 2016, bringing over 20 years of product management, marketing, go-to-market strategy and industry analysis expertise to the team.

Prior to joining IHS, Heidi was Senior Director, Product Marketing, for Nokia's IP/Optical Networks group, where she led technical marketing across a broad range of areas including IP routing, virtualized routing/NFV, carrier Ethernet, IP/optical integration, carrier/WAN SDN, mobile backhaul, mobile packet core and packet microwave. She was also Director, Product Line Management, of Alcatel-Lucent's IP division, and has held roles in product management, technical support and software development for Nortel Networks, Bell Northern Research and IBM.

As the lead analyst for transport networks, including router and optical technologies, at IHS, she is uniquely positioned to assess the impact of emerging cloud-centric residential, business and mobile service architectures on the underlying IP and optical transport network infrastructure.

As a consultant to startups, service providers, vendors and the investment community, Heidi helps clients identify new market opportunities and advises on positioning, product development and business plans.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Queen's University, Ontario, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Ottawa, Canada

Ms. Nikita Agarwal
Senior Engineering Lead | Intel


Nikita is a senior applications engineering lead at Intel in the Software defined networking division. Nikita has many years of experience in mobile and networking systems and SW security. She has worked for Qualcomm and Motorola in the past extensively in mobile and networking security solutions.

Nikita has been leading multiple efforts at Intel to promote and encourage VNF-NFVi interoperability.

  Dr. Ali Al-Shabibi
Technical Program Committe Co-Chair | EWSDN


Network Software Developer | Open Networking Laboratory


Dr. Cengiz Alaettinoglu
CTO | Packet Design


Cengiz Alaettinoglu is a founding member of the company's R&D staff and provides technical direction for the product portfolio. His early experimental work, analyzing routing convergence and scalability properties, and correlating network performance issues to routing protocol incidents, lead to the creation of route analytics technology and the Packet Design product suite. He is currently working on real-time SDN analytics and orchestration applications that intelligently satisfy path and bandwidth demandswithout negatively impacting other services.

Prior to Packet Design, Cengiz was with USC's Information Sciences Institute where he worked on the Routing Arbiter project. He was co-chair of the IETF's Routing Policy System Working Group, has been published widely, and is a popular lecturer at industry events worldwide.

He holds a BS in Computer Engineering from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, and a MS and PhD in Computer Science from the University of Maryland.

Mr. Sam Aldrin
Architect | Google


Co-Chair, Network Virtualization over Layer3 WG | IETF


Sam Aldrin works as Network Architect @Google Network Operations. He is involved in defining and operating of Google DC networks in order to meet the ever growing demands of Network Capacity and Bandwidth. Responsible for modeling, automation and managing Programmable Networks @scale.

Sam holds the position of IETF WG co-chair for Network Virtualization over Layer3. He is author of various RFC's and drafts in the area of Routing Protocols within IETF. Sam is a frequent speaker at various networking conferences and forums related to SDN, NFV and other networking technologies.

Prior to Google, Sam worked as Principal Engineer at Huawei Technologies and was Technical Leader at Cisco Systems, developing various networking technologies.

Mrs. Silvia Almagia
Technical Expert, Centre for Testing & Interoperability | ETSI


Silvia joined ETSI in 2012 as a Technical Expert in the Centre for Testing and Interoperability. Her current activities include providing technical management and testing expertise in the areas of open source, interoperability testing and proof of concept (PoC) programmes. Among others, she is in charge of the NFV Plugtests, the Open Source MANO project (ETSI OSM) and the NFV PoC Framework.

Prior to this position, Silvia was Lead Member of the Technical Staff at Ulticom, where she was responsible for the design and development of software based carrier grade solutions enabling 3G and 4G services. Before that, she worked in the domain of Operations Support Systems (OSS) and Network Management for HP and Thales.

Mr. Christophe Alter
Representative, Carrier WG | OIF


Broadband Networks Standards Manager | Orange


Christophe Alter comes from the Orange Labs department dedicated to system architectures and standards. He is responsible for Orange Group' strategy regarding broadband networks standards and manages Orange delegates' participation in various SDOs.

Since he started his carrier at Orange in 2000, Christophe has been involved in a number of innovative projects ranging from Wi-Fi Hotspots and xDSL access to IPv6 and DWDM transmission, with a consistent goal – creating an open, interoperable ecosystem.

Christophe served at BBF as board member and technical chair from 2008 to 2014. He also participated in ITU-T, IETF, FSAN, MEF and IETF. He is now working with OIF to make optical networks agile and interoperable.

Dr. David Amzallag
Head of Network Virtualization, SDN NFV | Vodafone


As the Head of Network Virtualization, SDN and NFV for Vodafone David is leading the E2E Transformation for the entire Vodafone Group. In this role, he is responsible for developing Vodafone's vision, strategy, End-to-End architecture, Execution Plan and Deployment for Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), in close co-operation with the other group functions, operating companies, regional engineering and operation teams worldwide.

David served until recently as the Vice President for Virtual Telecommunications & NFV in Alcatel-Lucent where he designed the first company-wide vision and strategy for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). In addition, David was the CTO of CloudBand, responsible for the entire technology vision, strategy and architecture of ALU's NFV Management & Orchestration as well as for the positioning of CloudBand as an industry leader.

Prior to Alcatel-Lucent, David served as the Chief Technology Officer and an Executive Vice President at Amdocs. In this role he was responsible, among others, for planning and developing Amdocs' technology vision as well as Amdocs' future strategy, architecture and roadmap of the entire product portfolio. Prior to Amdocs David served as the Chief Scientist of 21st Century Network (21CN) of BT, where he was responsible for designing, planning, and optimizing solutions in BT networks, architectures and infrastructures in more than 100 countries and 250 networks worldwide.

David has over 20 years of unique experience in Telecommunications in leading, developing, and executing strategies, transformations, technological innovation, and advanced solutions in very large Operators, Software Vendors and Network Equipment Vendors.

David holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science, specializing in coping with computationally-hard optimization problems.

Mr. Jari Arkko
Chair & General Area Director | IETF


Expert, Internet Architecture | Ericsson


Jari Arkko is an Expert with Ericsson Research. Since 2013 he has also served as the Chair of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the Internet technology standards development organisation.

He has published 43 technical specifications (RFCs) at the IETF. As a developer, Jari works on routers, VPN software, testing tools, AAA systems, and AI. He received his Licentiate's degree from Helsinki University of Technology in 1996. Jari's main interests include Internet architecture, the Internet of Things, Internet privacy, Internet governance, and cutting through technology hype. He likes to personally build and and use the technology that he works with.

Mr. Stefan Arntzen
Vice Chair, REL(Reliability, Availability & Assurance) WG | ETSI NFV ISG


Architect | Huawei


Stefan Arntzen has contributed to the REL WG of ETSI NFV since the start; currently, he is the vice-chair of REL work group.

Stefan is working as reliability research specialist for Huawei and he has more than 20 years of experience in the architecture and design of platforms for resilient CT applications.

Mr. David Artuñedo Guillén
CEO OnLife Networks | Telefónica


David Artuñedo is OnLife Networks CEO in the Product Innovation Team at Telefónica responsible for re-architecting Central Offices as Datacenters using SDN & NFV open source technologies.

He has spent 18 years in Telco industry playing different roles including Innovation at Telefónica R&D, Technical Liaison manager at Jajah in Israel and CTO for TU Go in Telefónica.

Mr. Charlie Ashton
Director of Business Development | Wind River an Intel company


Charlie Ashton is an accomplished marketing and business development executive with extensive experience in the embedded systems industry. At Wind River, Charlie is responsible for business development initiatives for networking solutions. A prolific writer and commentator, his frequent blog posts and trade articles can be found throughout the embedded and software communities' literature.

Charlie has held leadership roles in both engineering and marketing at software, semiconductor and systems companies including 6WIND, AppliedMicro, Green Hills Software, Motorola (now Freescale Semiconductor), Dell and AMD.

Charlie graduated from the University of Reading in England with a BS degree in Electrical Engineering.

Mr. Ari Banerjee
Senior Director, Strategy | NEC/Netcracker


Ari Banerjee is the Senior Director of Strategy at Netcracker. He is responsible for all aspects of Netcracker's strategic initiatives across its BSS/OSS, CEM and Big Data Analytics business lines, including customer, product and technology management, market direction and corporate communications.

Before joining Netcracker, Ari was a Principal Analyst at Heavy Reading and led the company's Service Provider IT Total Access research service, including all aspects of telecom software research. His area of focus includes BSS, OSS, SDP, API exposure, policy management, digital commerce, revenue assurance, service assurance, as well as data warehousing, analytics, cloud networking and SDN and NFV.

Mr. Chris Barnard
VP, European Telecoms & Networking | IDC


Chris Barnard is vice president at IDC. He is based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and is responsible for IDC's Enterprise research in the EMEA telecoms and networking space. He also heads up IDC's telecoms business in the Nordics, Benelux, France, Spain, and Italy. Chris joined IDC in 2000.

With a personal research focus on enterprise transformation and network life-cycle services (consulting/integration, managed services, maintenance), Chris is the author of numerous white papers and trade press articles on professional services, networking, transformation, convergence, unified communications, ebusiness, infrastructure, and networking strategies.

He is widely quoted in the international technology and business press. In 2010, Chris was named telecoms analyst of the year by the Institute of Industry Analyst Relations (IIAR). He is frequently asked to speak at international industry conferences, customer events, and road shows.

Mr. Daniel Joseph Barry
VP Positioning and Chief Evangelist | Napatech


Daniel Joseph Barry is VP of Positioning and Chief Evangelist at Napatech and has over 20 years experience in the IT and Telecom industry in roles ranging from research, development, product management, sales to marketing. Prior to joining Napatech in 2009, Dan Joe was Marketing Director at TPACK, a leading supplier of transport chip solutions to the Telecom sector.

From 2001 to 2005, he was Director of Sales and Business Development at optical component vendor NKT Integration (now Ignis Photonyx) following various positions in product development, business development and product management at Ericsson. Dan Joe joined Ericsson in 1995 from a position in the R&D department of Jutland Telecom (now TDC).

He has an MBA and a BSc degree in Electronic Engineering from Trinity College Dublin.

Mr. Rick Bauer
Executive Director (Interim) | Open Networking Foundation


Rick Bauer serves ONF by co-ordinating and managing its technical programs.

He helps advance the technical agenda of the ONF, attending WG and DG meetings, and is an ex-officio member of the Technical Advisory Group, the Chipmakers Advisory Group, and the Testing Leadership Council. Prior to ONF, he worked in technology management in a wide variety of contexts, including CIO and Executive Director.

Rick has advanced degrees from the Wharton School of Business, the University of Pennsylvania, and Harvard. He lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Mr. Matt Beal
Director, Innovation and Architecture | Vodafone


Mr. André Beijen
Head of Network Innovation | KPN


André Beijen is program manager of virtualization within KPN. He is an experienced technology leader who has led several challenging transformations in innovative, high-tech companies.

Entrepreneured. Strong focus on people, return on invested capital and building results. Changing cultures into open, innovative and self-confident ecosystems.

Mr. Oded Bergman
Senior Product Manager | MRV Communications


Oded Bergman has more than 20 years of experience in the Telecommunications industry, he has held positions in various areas ranging from deeply technical system architecture efforts to customer-focused product line management assignments. His experience includes a contribution to the IP routing and MPLS evolution, building high scale HPC datacenter switching solutions, and driving innovative Flash storage systems technology.

Currently, Oded serves as a Senior Product Manager at MRV Communications where he is responsible for leading and promoting MRV's overall packet product line. His responsibilities include defining the requirements and the feature definitions for MRV's next-generation, high speed, intelligent CPEs with advanced NFV capabilities. Previously, Oded served as a System Architect designing high speed network systems and ASICs.

  Mr. Jeremias Blendin
PhD Student | TU Darmstadt


Jeremias Blendin has been a research assistant and Ph.D. student at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology of the Technische Universität Darmstadt since October 2013.

He holds a diploma degree in information systems. His research focuses on multicast and resource efficiency in Software-Defined Networking and Network Functions Virtualization.

From 1999-2007 he was employed as an IT security consultant at help AG, Germany.

Mr. Stefano Boero
Senior Technical Marketing Engineer – SDN | Italtel


Stefano Boero is in charge of Programmable Network and SDN Product Marketing within the "Technology Marketing office"

He graduated in Electronic Engineering at University of Genoa. He joined Italtel in November 2000 as IP Network Testing Engineer.

In Italtel he covered different roles of growing complexity: IP Network Product Manager,  DPI and Policy Control Business Development, Head of IP Infrastructure Competence Center, IP NGN and Video solutions Product Marketing Manager.

During his career Stefano has always been involved in innovative, cutting-edge technologies.

Mr. Nicolas Bouthors
CTO | Qosmos


As CTO, Nicolas Bouthors leads Qosmos' technology strategy, driving the company's initiatives in open and virtualized networks. He contributes to standards bodies such as ONF SDN, ETSI NFV and IETF SFC, and Open Source Projects centred around Network Virtualization. Nicolas has spent over 20 years in the telecommunications and information systems field.

Early in his career, he was instrumental in creating HP's OpenCall business. Then as the R&D manager of Inovatel, the advanced research organization of SFR, Nicolas led several innovative projects highlighting the impact of internet technologies on Mobile Operators. Nicolas was also CTO and founder of Volubill (2001), a company building a Policy and Charging Rules Function (PCRF) product for the Mobile Network Market. Volubill was a spinoff of the work he led as R&D Manager of Cegetel's Internet research lab.

Nicolas holds several patents relating to Mobile Data Charging. Nicolas has an engineering degree from the French schools Ecole Polytechnique and Les Mines de Paris.

Mr. Kevin Brackpool
Principal Engineer, SDN & NFV Architect | Vodafone


Kevin Brackpool is a Principal Engineer within Vodafone's technical experts community and works in the Network Virtualisation Centre of Excellence in Vodafone Group Technology.

He has an extensive knowledge of networking technologies based on over 30 years' experience and has spent the last few years working on Software Defined Networking, Network Function Virtualisation, and orchestration and assurance systems. Kevin holds a BSc Honours degree in Mathematics.

Mr. Ulf Bragnell
Director, Product Management | Enea


As Director, Product Management for Enea's NFV offerings at Enea, Ulf Bragnell is focusing on software solutions for the next generation telecom networks. In the OpenFastPath open source project Ulf is one of the key technical contributors and plays a critical role in the projects strategy and marketing activities.

He has 14 years experience in the telecom market working with major telecom equipment vendors like Ericsson, Nokia and Huawei. He has previously held technical sales positions at Enea, NXP and Texas Instruments.

Ulf holds an M.Sc. in electrical engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm.

He has previously held talks at OPNFV summit, ONS and NFV World Congress.

  Mr. Michael Bredel
Network Research Engineer | NEC


Mr. Michael Brenner
Chief Architect, NFV | GigaSpaces


Michael Brenner is responsible for driving ClearPath's product strategy and standardization. Prior to his time at ClearPath, Michael acted as the Senior Architect and Director in the CloudBand Business Unit of Alcatel-Lucent and was responsible for CloudBand's NFV platform architectural vision and NFV standardization strategy. This work leveraged his previous experience in complex service, application and network management projects with Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies and Alcatel-Lucent.

Michael is also currently vice-chair of ETSI NFV ISG and serves as an alternate Board member of OPNFV. His professional distinctions include the Open Mobile Alliance Excellence Award for Outstanding Contributions (2007) and the Best Presentation Award (ICIN 2009).

Michael has published numerous technical papers, and co-authored the book "The Open Mobile Alliance – Delivering Service Enablers for Next-Generation Applications" (John Wiley and Sons, 2008).

Last but not least, in November 2014 Michael was awarded the first ETSI NFV ISG Excellence Award for his contributions to this forum, in particular for the resolution of Management and Orchestration issues

Mr. Phil Bridge
Sr. Network Architect | EE


Philip Bridge has spent over three decades in the telecommunications and networking industries. He has worked in research labs, academia, startups, equipment vendors and service providers, in the UK and Europe, in technical, marketing and management roles.

From 2002 he worked at Orange as a network designer and architect, and continues that role at EE since it was formed from the merger of Orange UK and T-Mobile UK. Currently he is concerned with the technical strategy for mobile data in general, and the evolution of the architecture of the mobile data core network in particular.

  Mr. Manuel Bruggeman
Manager Cloud | KPN


Dr. Marcus Brunner
Chief Researcher, Head of Standardization | Swisscom


Marcus Brunner is head of standardization in the strategy and innovation department of Swisscom, Switzerland.

He received his Ph.D. from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) in 1999. He has been active in research and standardization for 20 years with experience in programmability of networks and services, self-organizing networks (SON), and many topics around packet-based networking technologies including information-centric networking, software-defined networking, and the future internet.

In his previous job at NEC Labs, Heidelberg, Germany, Marcus ran research and standards for energy efficient networking including energy-saving LTE base stations, energy-efficient routing protocol extensions (OSPF), green data centre networking with OpenFlow, energy-reduction for enterprises with M2M, and contributions from his group into BBF and 3GPP.

Mr. Chris Buerger
Technologist and Marketing Team Lead | Intel


Christian Buerger is a Technologist leading the Marketing team within the Datacenter Network Solutions Group at Intel.

He joined Intel from Wind River Systems, where he was a Senior Director of Product Management and Marketing responsible for leading the company's various open source and SDN portfolio initiatives.

Chris was previously the Senior Director of Product Realization at Virgin Mobile USA leading engineering, QA and project management teams. Prior to Virgin, he spent more than 10 years in various product management and engineering roles in the network operator and equipment manufacturer markets.

Chris has an Executive MBA from the Merage School of Business at the University of California in Irvine, a BA (Hons) in European Business from Ashcroft Business School in Cambridge/England and a Diplom Kaufmann degree from the Berlin School of Economics and Law in Germany.

Mr. Mike Bursell
Chief Security Architect | Red Hat


Vice Chair, SEC(Security) WG | ETSI NFV ISG


Mike Bursell joined Red Hat in August 2016, after previous roles at Intel and Citrix working on security, virtualisation and networking. After training in software engineering, he specialised in distributed systems and security, and has worked in architecture and technical strategy for the past few years.

Mike has been closely involved in the telco market and ETSI NFV since mid-2013, with contributions in the phase I SEC, INF and SWA groups, and is rapporteur for three security work items. He is currently the Vice-Chairman for the ETSI NFV Security Working Group, and is also involved in the OPNFV project.

Professional interests include: Linux, Open Source Software, security, distributed systems, NFV, SDN, virtualisation (including Linux Containers and hypervisors).

Mike has an MA from the University of Cambridge and an MBA from the Open University.

Mr. Michael Bushong
VP of Software Product Management | Brocade


Michael Bushong is Brocade's Vice President of Product Management for Brocade's Software Networking business. In this role, he has responsibility for defining strategy and product direction for Brocade's software networking portfolio, covering Brocade's major virtual networking functions as well as its OpenDaylight-based controller.

He joins Brocade having most recently served as head of marketing at datacenter switch startup Plexxi. Prior to Plexxi, Michael spent 12 years at Juniper Networks, most recently running product strategy, management, and marketing for Juniper's flagship operating system Junos. Notably, Michael spent several years leading Juniper's SDN and NFV efforts across both service provider and enterprise markets, placing him among the vendor firsts to aggressively pursue the technology. Additionally, Michael has been recognized for his blogging and social media contributions in the SDN space, having been listed as one of the industry's top bloggers and Twitter handles to follow.

Mr. Joe Cahill
Vice Chair | ETSI MEC ISG


Wireless Access Platform Solutions Architect | Intel


Joe has over 17 years experience working in the telecoms industry and currently works at Intel as a Platform Solutions Architect within the Network Platform Group (NPG). Joe has been involved in all aspects of product delivery from requirements gathering, project planning, software & hardware development to solution delivery and support.

He is currently working in the areas of Mobile Edge Computing (MEC), Virtual RAN (VRAN) and 5G solutions at Intel and is also vice chair of ETSI MEC Industry Specifications Group (ISG).

Prior to joining Intel, Joe worked for Altobridge who developed 2G/3G/4G mobile infrastructure solutions to aeronautical, maritime and remote communities to connect the unconnected.

Based in Ireland, Joe holds a BEng in Electronic Engineering from University of Limerick, Ireland.

Prof. Robert Cannistra
Distinguished Professional Lecturer of Computer Science and Information Technology | Marist College


Professor Robert Cannistra specializes in network infrastructure design and implementation. He has been teaching networking, security, virtualization, storage, voice and wireless courses within the School of Computer Science and Mathematics at Marist since 2002.

He has taught advanced networking and security courses as an adjunct professor of Computer Science at RPI. Prior to teaching, he held several positions in industry. His research interest is currently focused on SDN and NFV at Marist where he leads a team of student network engineers and application developers and researchers in the Marist SDN Innovation Lab while collaborating directly with the production network engineering team.

  Mr. Giuseppe Carella
Demo and Exhibition Chair | EWSDN


Senior Researcher | Fraunhofer FOKUS


Mr. Jerry Caron
SVP – Analysis | Current Analysis


Jeremiah Caron brings more than 25 years of experience to Current Analysis, a Global Data company, as a market watcher and influential voice in the telecommunications and information technology industries. As Senior Vice President, Analysis, Jeremiah is responsible for overall management and content direction for the company's portfolio of telecom and IT market intelligence, insight and advisory services. Jeremiah is responsible for monitoring and evaluating activities in enterprise technology and software; network and IT services; consumer services, and service provider infrastructure markets, focusing on the strategies and product development work of service providers, technology suppliers and solution providers.

Jeremiah was previously Current Analysis Research Director, IT Infrastructure, and originally joined the company in 2002 to provide coverage of the European enterprise communications market. Before joining Current Analysis, Jeremiah was Publisher of CMP Media's, a business magazine for telecom and Internet service provider executives.

Ms. Caroline Chappell
Principal Analyst | Analysys Mason


Caroline is Principal Analyst responsible for Analysys Mason's Software Controlled Networking programme. Caroline's research focuses on service provider adoption of cloud and the application of cloud technologies to fixed and mobile networks. She is a leading exponent of SDN and NFV and the potential these technologies have to enhance business agility and enable new revenue opportunities for service providers. Caroline investigates key cloud and network virtualization challenges and helps telecoms customers devise strategies that mitigate the disruptive effects of cloud and support a smooth transition to the era of software controlled networks.

Prior to joining Analysys Mason, Caroline was Practice Leader, Cloud and NFV, at Heavy Reading. She has over 25 years' experience as a telecoms software analyst and consultant working for research companies including Current Analysis and Ovum. Her areas of coverage spanned cloud services, digital service development and delivery, B/OSS, customer experience management and analytics, internet and cloud security, professional/managed services and service provider wholesale strategies in such areas as IP/Ethernet, enterprise cloud solutions and fixed and mobile wholesale access.

Caroline started her career as a software programmer at what is now BAE Systems. This has given her a lifelong interest in software architectures and engineering approaches, most recently including lean/agile development and DevOps, microservices architectures and model-driven, intelligent software automation.

Mr. Bruno Chatras
Senior Standardization Manager | Orange


Vice Chair | ETSI NFV ISG


Bruno Chatras is a senior standardization manager at Orange Labs Networks and a member of the Orange experts' community on Future Networks. He is the Chairman of the ETSI Technical Committee on Network Technologies (NTECH) and a Vice-Chairman of the ETSI Industry Specification Group on Network Functions Virtualisation (ETSI NFV).

Bruno joined France Telecom / Orange in 1985, where he started his career by developing GSM standards. Since then he has held several management positions within Orange, where he led the Intelligent networks R&D Unit and has been Vice-Chairman of the ETSI Technical Committee on NGN and ITU-T Rapporteur for Intelligent Networks.

Bruno holds several patents and is the author of numerous papers and presentations in the area of network architectures and protocols.

Mr. Mark Chen
Solution Marketing Lead, NFV System Integration | Huawei


Mark Chen has 17 years of experience in the IT & Telecommunications industry. He is currently the Solution Marketing Lead for NFV System Integration at Huawei Headquarter in China. This includes the promotion of Huawei NFV integration services to its key customers with the objective to build the business, expose new opportunities, develop and execute successful account penetration plan. Prior to joining Huawei, Mark has worked internationally for Alcatel-Lucent, Overture and Oracle and comes with global experiences in APAC, Europe and the US.

Mark has a track record of innovation and leading new technology introduction across 10 locations in 3 continents – Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Taipei, Tokyo, Shenzhen (APAC), Antwerp, London (Europe) Plano and Boston (USA). He has knowledge of convergence solutions and technology – voice/data; fixed/mobile; telecom/media & now telecom/IT and is a Solution architect – from an end to end standpoint.

His service provider experience comes with clear understanding of the commercial, IT and network as well as product and customer lifecycle management challenges facing any carrier. Mark's areas of expertise are in VOIP, IMS, Unified Communications, Multimedia, API Exposure Management, Service Delivery Platform Cloud Computing and NFV.

His previous work experience are as Network Consultant (xDSL & VoIP), Solutions & Product Marketing (NGN; NFV) Product Management (both commercial and technical products), Business support & development (ASB expansion into APAC) Solutions Support (global NGN BU function), Solutions, Bid & Project Management (IMS). Solutions Architect (IMS; Applications; API Exposure & NFV/SDN) and Chief Architecture Officer (ALU Software, Services & Solutions).

Mark studied at The University of Manchester, UK where he received a First Class Honors in Electrical & Electronic Engineering and Top student awards (1995 & 1998).

Dr. Franck Chevalier
Co-Head of Technology Consulting | Analysys Mason


Franck is currently Co-Head of Technology Consulting with Analysys Mason and has 16 years' experience in telecoms, spanning research, pre-sales and consulting. His experience includes providing specialist strategic and technical advice to governments, regulators and operators and has extensive knowledge of due diligence processes, business case development, procurement strategies, technical strategy, infrastructure sharing, outsourcing and mobile deployment strategies.

Franck is currently the Lead technical advisor to the Irish Government to deliver their National Broadband Plan.

Franck has been advising a number of regulators on technical issues across the world including Ofcom (UK), the IDA (Singapore), TRCSL (Sri Lanka) and OSIPTEL (Peru) and has also been advising a number of operators on their technical strategy, procurement and network cost modelling, including NBNco (Australia), Telecom New Zealand, BT, Manx Telecom, and Go Mobile.

He joined Analysys Mason in 2003, prior to which he was the design authority for a number of multi-million-pound optical networks in the UK, France, the Middle East and Africa, while working for Nortel Networks.

He graduated from Strathclyde in October 2000 with a PhD in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, focusing on ultra-fast routing schemes for all-optical networks.

  Mr. Dhiman Chowdhury
Director of System Engineering | Agema Systems


Mr. Roy Chua
Partner & Co-curator | SDxCentral


Partner | Wiretap Ventures


Roy has 20+ years of experience in enterprise SaaS, cloud computing, networking and security. Prior to founding SDxCentral, an online resource and news site, and Wiretap Ventures, a management consultancy, Roy was VP Products at 41st Parameter, an online fraud prevention company acquired by Experian where he led the product transition from on-premises software to a SaaS offering.

Before 41st, Roy was consulting VP Marketing at companies in the green-technology, security and software-defined networking space. Roy was formerly a co-founder and VP Products/Marketing at Identity Engines, an Enterprise security company acquired by Avaya. Before Identity Engines, Roy was Director of Product Marketing at Spirent Communications, responsible for its layers 4-7 networking product lines. He joined Spirent via the acquisition of Caw Networks, where he was part of the founding team, and was responsible for taking the Avalanche™ product from concept to award-winning product and growing revenue to $30M+ in under 4 years.

Roy also worked in marketing management and engineering positions at various startups and at Cisco Systems. He received his MBA from MIT's Sloan School of Management and M.S. and B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley, and is the holder of several patents in network instrumentation and distributed identity management.

Ms. Jennifer Clark
VP of Network Research | 451 Research


Jennifer P. Clark is Vice President; Network Research for 451 Research, the New York based market research and consulting firm.

She heads the Network research practice, providing actionable insight into network technology and infrastructure, examining the challenges facing both enterprises and network operators in provisioning the local, wide-area and radio access networks, and the solutions and technology that will meet the demands of 4G and 5G mobile networking, cloud computing, and Web 2.0. Jennifer's personal areas of research revolve around carrier infrastructure including Software Defined Networks (SDN), Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), PSTN Transformation, the Evolved Packet Core, DNS, IPv6, small cells, mobile backhaul, network policy, carrier Ethernet, and core and edge routers.

Jennifer started her industry research carrier with the Yankee Group, which was acquired by 451 Research in 2013. Prior to joining Yankee Group, she was Manager of Network Planning and Strategy for Wang Laboratories' corporate data network. She began her career at Wang with responsibility for the domestic and international rollout of Wang's packet network, connecting more than 250 locations in 14 countries. Before joining Wang, she was a member of the IT research and development division of Commercial Union Insurance Companies.

Jennifer is a highly regarded speaker at industry seminars and conferences, and is frequently cited by the commercial and trade press. She has been a guest lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management and is a member of the IEEE. She holds a B.A. degree from Mount Holyoke College.

Mr. Don Clarke
Principal Architect, Network Technologies | CableLabs


Chair, Network Operator Council | ETSI NFV ISG


Don Clarke is a leading member of the Network Technologies team at CableLabs and is responsible for progressing network virtualization technologies on behalf of the cable industry.

In his former role with BT, Don initiated and co-founded the ETSI Network Functions Virtualisation Industry Specification Group (NFV ISG). This forum has grown to over 275 companies including 37 service providers. He is a member of the NFV ISG leadership team and chairs the Network Operator Council.

Don edited the joint-carrier white paper on NFV co-authored by 13 carriers and published in October 2012. This document is widely regarded as the seminal document heralding NFV as the future direction for networks.

Don holds a BSc. (Hons) Degree in Computer Systems from the University of Essex, England, and is a Member of the UK Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). He is registered in the UK as a Chartered Engineer and registered with FEANI as a European Engineer (EUR ING). Don has authored nine patents relating to PON technology.

Mr. Axel Clauberg
VP, Aggregation, Transport, IP (CTO-ATI) & Fixed Access (CTO-FIA) | Deutsche Telekom


Board Member, ONF | Advisory Director, MEF


Axel Clauberg joined Deutsche Telekom AG in September 2011. At the group level, he is responsible for Deutsche Telekom’s IP Architecture and Designs for fixed and mobile networks. Since December 2011, Axel respresents Deutsche Telekom AG on the ONF board.

Axel has been involved with networking and computing since 1982 and holds a diploma in Physics from the University of Cologne. In 1983, he worked as a freelancing trainer on operating systems, networking and systems programming for Digital Equipment Corporation. Axel led the networking department at the University of Cologne Computing Center from 1989 to 1998 and was one of the main drivers for the deployment of the Internet Protocol in the German research community.

In 1998, Axel joined Cisco Systems as a Consulting Engineer on Core IP technologies in the German team. In 2000, Axel moved to an international role in the Cisco EMEA Service Provider team and held various leadership roles. From 2005, Axel was part of the core team building the Emerging Markets sales organisation for Cisco. His territory included Latin America, Africa, Middle East, Central/Eastern Europe and Russia. From 2008 to 2011, he acted as Sales CTO in Emerging Markets and had the responsibility for solutions development and deployment across all market segments. Axel also had the content responsibility for Cisco’s flagship events Cisco Live and Cisco Networkers in Africa, Middle East, Europe and Latin America.

Ms. Lynn Comp
Senior Director of Industry and Sales Enabling (ISE) | Intel


Lynn Comp brings a diversity of experience across multiple digital services touch points, spanning software, datacenter network and communications infrastructure, cellular telephony, and multiple technologies that increase operational automation and efficiency in cloud datacenters.

Currently Lynn's organization is responsible for customer, communications service provider, and ecosystem partner collaboration to accelerate and simplify the transformation of the network.

She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from University of Phoenix.

Mr. Robert Conger
AVP, Cloud & Portfolio Strategy | ADTRAN


As the Associate Vice President of Cloud Strategy and Architecture, Robert Conger is responsible for overseeing new technology development and ADTRAN's global cloud strategy.

Prior to this role, Robert served in a wide range of roles within ADTRAN, most recently as Director of Product Management and Global Business Development Manager.

Robert holds a Masters in Business Administration from Vanderbilt University and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee.

Mr. Peter Coppens
Head of Networking Portfolio & Product Management | Colt


In this role Peter Coppens is responsible for aligning Colt's data network product portfolio to customer demand in Europe. His career spans nearly 20 years in the telecom sector.

Prior to this role Peter served at Alcatel-Lucent and Global One. Since then, Peter has been active in Colt for 16 years in various senior positions. Based in Benelux Peter is responsible for pricing, business development and product marketing and management. Peter graduated from the Free University of Brussels as a Civil Engineer in Electrical Engineering, with specialization in Photonics and Optical Communications.

Mr. Andrew Coward
VP Service Provider Strategy | Brocade


As VP of Service Provider Strategy, Andrew Coward works with Brocade's engineering, product, technology and sales teams to align product and solution focus with service provider requirements.

Andrew is a network industry veteran with global executive leadership and innovation experience in network engineering, sales and marketing. Before joining Brocade, he ran strategy, marketing and product management for Carrier IQ, a company providing customer experience analytics on over 160 million mobile devices to network operators and handset vendors. Prior to Carrier IQ, he held various senior positions at Juniper Networks, including VP Service Provider Marketing, VP Technical Operations and CTO Asia Pacific over an eight-year period. Earlier in his career, he co-started the Asia Pacific offices of Unisphere Networks, a Siemens-funded start-up company later acquired by Juniper.

Originally from the UK, Andrew started his career designing some of the first IP networks for the UK government, and then spent ten years in Hong Kong and Tokyo before settling in the Bay Area of California in 2006.

Mr. André Czerwinski
Consulting Systems Engineer | Cisco


André has been involved in many impactful NFV projects since 2012 working with customers to transform their Service Portfolio and Operations. He specializes in Virtualization and Cloud Technology to create solutions for several market segments, both fixed and Mobile.

He is part of the Cisco EMAE CTO Forum and is acting as Cisco's lead engineer for several key innovation projects – recent one being NGENA. In this role he is responsible for bringing NGENA's vison of complete e2e automation for highly scalable, reliable and performant optimized VPN production to live.

Before re-joining Cisco in 2012 he was working at Ericsson as a Consultant System Engineer for broadband access networks and Redback Networks in technical sales.

Mr. Dai Libin
Director of Network Transportation | Huawei


Libin. Dai has more than ten years of experience in the telecommunications industry. He is an expert in E2E telecom technology, strategy and service consultancy and has much experience working in close partnership with some of the industry's leading operators. As Director of Solution Marketing at Huawei, he leads the development and implementation of Huawei's SDN solution strategy.

Libiin began his career as a software engineer at Huawei in 1999 and established the synchronization algorithm of transport platforms. He then spent three years in Huawei Europe, where he led product planning for the optical network portfolio. Since 2005, he has devoted himself to packet transport technology and solutions, leading a team that focuses on mobile backhaul solutions.

Libin has a double bachelor's degree in mathematics and electrical engineering from Nanjing University in China.

Mr. Amit Dass
Senior Product Manager | Ericsson


Amit Dass is responsible for driving the Transport SDN and network programmability related development inside the Ericsson Dynamic Service manager product at Ericsson AB in Sweden. He is also focusing on Ericsson's transport network evolution strategy from 5G driven use case perspective and its impact over current transport networks.

Prior to Ericsson Amit held engineering positions at Cisco, GE and AT. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Science and currently pursuing MBA in Innovation from IE Business School, Spain.

Mr. John Day
Senior Lecturer | Boston University


John Day has been involved in research and development of computer networks since 1970, when his group at the University of Illinois was the 12th node on ARPANet (precursor to the Internet) and has developed and designed protocols for everything from the data link layer to the application layer, also making fundamental contributions to research on distributed databases.

He managed the development of the OSI reference model, naming and addressing, andwas a major contributor to the upper-layer architecture. He was also a major contributor to the development of network management architecture, working in the area since 1984 and building and deploying LAN products and a network management system, a decade ahead of comparable systems.

John has published Patterns in Network Architecture: A Return to Fundamentals (Prentice Hall, 2008), which has been characterized (embarrassingly) as "the most important book on network protocols in general and the Internet in particular ever written." The book analyzes the fundamental flaws in the Internet and proposes what appears to be the only path forward.

Today John splits his time between making this new path a reality and teaching at Boston University. He is also a recognized scholar in the history of cartography focusing on 17thC China, and is past President of the Boston Map Society.

Mr. Tony Dempsey
ISV Eco System Strategy Manager | Intel


Tony is an experienced Telcom professional with 18 years of Telco experience prior to joining Intel working with a number of Network Operators in Europe, Caribbean, Central and South America. He has held a variety of managerial and development roles from product development, project and program management for the delivery of a wide range of network operator data services.

Tony Dempsey is part of Intel's Network Builders team and works with a number of Intel's strategic accounts to enable their development and GTM plans on a global basis as well as working with a broad section of other partners within the eco system.

Mr. Paolo Di Prisco
Head of Microwave Product Strategy | Nokia


Paolo Di Prisco is Head of Microwave Product Strategy at Nokia, with more than 10 years experience in the telecommunications industry, especially in packet transport networks.

In addition to product management role, he is responsible for product evolution strategy related to microwave/millimeterwave transport in terms of both radio and networking aspects.

Paolo has previously worked in the same business line as R&D Senior System and Architecture engineer, contributing to the definition of the first microwave packet radio platform.

He holds a Master of Science in Telecommunications engineering from Politecnico di Milano.

Mr. Tim Doiron
Principal Analyst, Practice Lead, Intelligent Networking | ACG Research


Tim Doiron is Principal Analyst, Intelligent Networking practice, at ACG Research. Tim's work is focused on network innovations and transformations in the areas of packet optical transport, data center inter-connect (DCI), transport/multi-layer SDN, and network function virtualization (NFV).

Prior to joining ACG Research, Tim was VP, Product Management at Coriant and has more than 25 years of telecommunications industry experience. In addition to previous General Manager, product planning and product management posts at Tellabs, Tim has held a variety of leadership positions in software development, product management, business development and marketing at ARRIS, Cadant, Ericsson and Southwestern Bell Mobile Systems. He began his career working on fighter jets as an engineer in the avionics labs at McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing).

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Southern Illinois University, a Master of Science in electrical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a Master of Business Administration from Webster University. Tim also holds seven U.S. patents and is a long-time member of both the IEEE and the Business Marketing Association (BMA). He is also an active member of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Industrial Advisory Board at Southern Illinois University.

Mr. Chris Donley
Sr. Director, Telco Open Source Ecosystems | Huawei


Board Member | OPNFV


Chris Donley serves as Senior Director, Open Source Ecosystems at Huawei. He is providing open source leadership for several Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network function Virtualization (NfV) initiatives. He previously served as Director, Virtualization and Network Evolution at CableLabs.

He also serves as the OPNFV Certification and Compliance Chair.

Chris received a Bachelor's degree in Engineering from Dartmouth College and a Master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado. He holds Cisco CCIE and (ISC)2 CISSP certifications, and has been granted eight US patents.

Dr. Jörg-Peter Elbers
VP Advanced Technology, CTO Office | ADVA Optical Networking


Jörg-Peter Elbers is VP Advanced Technology in the CTO office at ADVA Optical Networking in Munich, Germany, and is globally responsible for technology strategy, new product concepts, standardization, and research activities.

Prior to joining ADVA in 2007, he was Director of Technology in the Optical Product Unit of Marconi (now Ericsson). From 1999 to 2001, he worked at Siemens AG, last as Director of Network Architecture in Siemens Optical Networks.

Mr. Jason Emery
VP, Signalling Products | Oracle Communications


With over 25 years of experience in the telecom industry, Jason has a wealth of knowledge in product management and development. In his current role, Jason provides global leadership of a multi-product portfolio, including managing product plans of record, multi-site development organizations and working with legal, finance, sales and marketing teams to bring industry leading products to market and delight customers. Jason has been with Oracle Communications since August 2013 as part of the acquisition of Tekelec. After Tekelec's merger with Oracle in late 2013, Jason took on roles of increasing responsibility and scope, progressing from Senior Director to his current role as Vice President of Network Products.
Jason joined Tekelec in June 2006 as the Director and then Assistant Vice President of Product Management, overseeing the P&L for more than $200M in annual revenue and more than $50M in R&D, as well as a global team of developers.

From 2001 through 2006, Jason was Director of Software Development at Nortel where he managed $30M+ representing 200+ employees across multiple physical locations to deliver software for the DMS family of digital switches. Introduced new commercial off-the-shelf version of the CS2K, and a SIP interface for processing VoIP traffic. From 1997 through 2001 in Nortel Jason managed software developers to implement Primary Rate ISDN functionality on the new Spectrum Peripheral Module as part of the DMS line of digital switches. Jason began his career at Nortel Networks in 1989 as Manager Software development.

Jason holds a B.S. in System analysts and Computer Science from the Miami University. Jason lives in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina.

Mr. Doug Eng
Distinguished Technical Architect | AT&T


Doug Eng has spent over 20 years at AT&T developing the network generation mobile network architectures and designs. Doug is currently one of 13 "Distinguished" engineers at AT&T.

Doug's focus areas are NFV, Mobility Core and Mobility Services and he is one of AT&T's leaders in NFV, SDN, IoT and 5G. Doug also is responsible for connecting worlds of Marketing and Network Architecture which often means translating new Marketing ideas into network design concepts and new network standards into new business opportunities.

Doug has been working in the field of data communication for over 30 years. He was first introduced to cellular data communication when he joined McCaw Communications (now part of AT&T) over 20 years ago. From the day he started at McCaw Communications Doug has worked on mobility, Real-T service architectures and designs. For the first 18 years of Doug's career at AT&T he was responsible for 20+ employees, 100+ contractors and supported over 100 projects a year. Today Doug is an individual contributor working on next generation architecture and designs.

Dr. Michael Enrico
Network Solutions Architect | Polatis


Michael Enrico received his BSc and PhD degrees in physics from Lancaster University in 1991 and 1995. His PhD work was on experimental studies of superfluid helium at ultra-low temperatures. After a couple of years working as a research associate, he took a change in career direction and moved into telecommunications.

In 1997 he joined what was then BT Labs (later BTexact Technologies), working mainly on the study and development of innovative broadband access network architectures based on hybrid fibre-copper infrastructures. He then moved onto working on BT's wholesale broadband platform, focusing on the shorter term requirements of highly scalable IP network transport solution designs.

In 2000, he joined a telecommunications startup as a network architect, where he had responsibility for designing a novel platform capable of supporting wholesale secure broadband access and VPN services with a pan-European footprint.

In December 2001, Michael joined the Network Engineering and Planning group in DANTE, where he now works on various projects concerned with the future of pan-European Research and Education Networking. From 2003 he held the position of Network Engineering & Planning Manager and is now the CTO.

  Glynn Evans
VP Sales EMEA (SDN/NFV) | NEC/Netcracker


Mr. John Evans
Distinguished Engineer | Cisco


John Evans is a Distinguished Engineer within Cisco's Chief Technology and Architecture Office, with 20 years experience in the development of leading edge network and systems architectures.

John is currently defining what Cisco's SP architectures will look like post the transformation to cloud-based services, virtualisation, SDN, SDWAN, NFV, IOT and big data analytics, including the project.

Previously he worked in technical leadership positions for Cariden Technologies and BT.

John authored "Deploying IP and MPLS QoS for Multiservice Networks" and is a Fellow of the IET and a Senior Member of the IEEE.

Mr. Dino Farinacci
Founder |


Dino Farinacci is a technologist advancing the state of the art for the next-generation Internet. He is one of the original co-authors of LISP (the Locator/ID Separation Protocol – a fundamental concept of separating identity and location semantics from an IP address) dating back to 2007 and has the pleasure of writing two implementations of the protocol.

He currently does consulting for large and startup networking vendors as well as helping users deploy network designs using LISP and other architectures. He is a software engineer by trade and a technology visionary by passion.

Dino holds over 40 patents and has been a major contributor and member of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) for 28 years. If you can name an Internet protocol, there is a good chance Dino has designed and implemented it in widely deployed products.

Over his career working at the NSA, CDC, 3Com, Procket, and Cisco he has designed and implemented dozens of networking protocols. Dino became one of the first cisco Fellows in the late 90s and held that position through 2012 when he left to focus on ubiquitous deployment of LISP across many industries and the Internet.

Mr. Lyndon Fawcett
PhD Candidate | Lancaster University


Lyndon Fawcett is a PhD candidate within the School of Computing and Communications at Lancaster University.

He is involved in the EPSRC-funded TOUCAN project. His primary research interests are in how Fog and Edge computing infrastructures can be used to enhance NFV and SDN.

Dr. Igor Faynberg
Chair, SEC(Security) WG | ETSI NFV ISG


Expert | CableLabs


Igor Faynberg, a 2011 Bell Labs Fellow, is an industry consultant and an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science in Stevens Institute of Technology. He represents Cable Television Laboratories in the ETSI NFV ISG, where he chairs the Security Working Group.

Prior to founding the Stargazers Consulting LLC in 2015, Igor had various staff and management positions in Bell Labs and Alcatel-Lucent business units where he contributed to various R&D projects, starting from the development of variants of Karmarkar algorithm for supercomputers, Intelligent Network and its interworking with the Internet, to Cloud Computing and Network Functions Virtualization. Most recently he directed a group that researched solutions for security and identity management problems and led their standardization in the ATIS, IETF, ITU-T, ISO/IEC, ETSI, and INCITS Cyber Security Committee.

Prior to joining Bell Labs in 1986, Igor contributed to design and development of operating systems and a hypervisor as well as a network management suite for the Sperry Distributed Communications Architecture and designed the Local Area Networking architecture and protocols for the Borroughs Network Architecture.

Igor holds over 50 US and international patents for inventions relevant to converged services, data communications, and security, and he has over 30 refereed publications in the area of application of computers science to communications and network security. He has co-authored three books entitled, respectively, Intelligent Network Standards, Their Applications toServices (McGraw-Hill, 1997),Converged Networks and Services: Internetworking IP With PSTN (John Wiley & Sons, 2000), and Cloud Computing – Business, Trends, and Technologies (John Wiley & Sons, 2016).

He holds an M.A. in mathematics from Kharkov University, Ukraine, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer and Information Science from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

Dr. Eyal Felstaine
VP, Head of NFV Orchestration group | Amdocs


As Amdocs Head of Orchestration group, Dr. Eyal Felstaine has spearheaded the establishment of the NFV Unit and has headed it since its inception. An innovator and entrepreneur by nature, Eyal has co-founded and held CXO positions in several successful startups in the communications and Evolved Packet Core space. These include Traffix Systems, acquired by F5 [NASDAQ: FFIV], Allot Communications [NASDAQ:ALLT] and SANRAD, acquired by OCZ Technology [NASDAQ: OCZ] (OCZ was later acquired by Toshiba Japan).

Prior to joining Amdocs Eyal served as Vice President of Cyber Security Division at Radware [NASDAQ: RDWR]. An experiencedspeaker at industry conferences, Eyal has authored numerous referred journal papers, articles, patents and internet standardization documents (RFC).

Eyal is on the advisory board for the Technion CS department and has won prestigious awards for research excellence in network security. He served as a faculty member in the Information Systems Engineering department of Ben Gurion University.

Eyal holds a Ph.D. and an Computer Science, as well as a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering – all from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. He also holds an MBA from Columbia University, NY and an MBA from the London Business School.

Mr. Charles Ferland
VP Business Development | Nuage Networks


Charles is responsible for Nuage business development activities world-wide. With over 19 years of international experience, he more recently focused on Software Defined Networking and has been one of the early promoters of this technology.

He participates in many world-class SDN events, actively engaging customers and developing concrete uses cases helping them solve modern datacenter networking issues. Prior to joining Nuage, Charles was the SDN Executive at IBM, responsible for global sales and business development. He also led the IBM System Networking business unit in Europe for several years. Charles' involvement in datacenter networking began with the creation of BLADE Network Technologies (BNT, later acquired by IBM) where he was Vice President and General Manager for EMEA.

Charles' ability to articulate the value proposition into simple and concrete scenarios makes his presentations style very lively and easy to follow. He studied in Mathematics and Computer Sciences at the University of Quebec and holds an MBA from the University of Wales.

Mr. Nico Fischbach
Director Strategy, Architecture and Innovation | Colt


Nicolas Fischbach is Director of Strategy, Architecture and Innovation at Colt. Nicolas has been with the company for over 15 years and before moving into this role was in charge of Security Engineering and Operations. He also led Colt's Product Portfolio Programme.

Nicolas holds an Engineer degree in Networking and Distributed Computing and is a recognized authority on Service Provider security as well as on next-generation architectures. He has presented at numerous technical and business conferences, teaches networking and security courses at various universities and engineering schools, participates to various research groups, regularly writes articles and represents Colt at a number of consortiums such as MEF, ONF and NFV.

Mr. Christophe Fontaine
Open source Software Engineer | Qosmos


As a specialist in open source software development and software defined networking, Christophe Fontaine contributes to Qosmos technology strategy and initiatives in open and virtualized networks. He participates in standards bodies such as ONF SDN, ETSI NFV and IETF SFC, and Open Source Projects centred around Network Virtualization.

Prior to Qosmos he worked as an embedded software engineer for Theoris, focusing on hardware and software integration. Previous to that, he worked in software development for Ingenico and Neopost.

He holds a degree from the French engineering school Ecole centrale d'electronique.

Mr. Gerry Foster
5G Systems Architect | University of Surrey


Chartered Engineer | IET


Gerry Foster is a 5G Systems Architect at the 5G Innovation Centre, Institute of communications Systems, (ICS), University of Surrey. Gerry has authored papers in journals and conferences covering communications architecture topics across both fixed and wireless access technologies.

His career spans the cellular GSM, UMTS and LTE generations where he has worked in R&D at GEC, Motorola, Lucent and Teoco, generated more than 30 granted patents and continuously contributed to standards activities at 3GPP, ETSI and the IETF.

His current interests include; Next Generation Architecture, Content and Context Aware Networks and the Internet of Things.

Gerry is a Chartered Engineer of the IET, and graduated in Communications Engineering from Plymouth University.

Mr. Marcus Friman
Chief Product Officer & Co-founder | Netrounds


Marcus Friman co-founded Netrounds in 2007 and has succeeded in leading the company forward in a number of managerial, marketing and R&D positions.

Today, Marcus leads the strategy and development of the Netrounds product as Chief Product Officer and is focused on developing solutions to assist network operators throughout their telco transformation journey. Passionate about DevOps and test automation, he has actively participated in and followed the evolution of NFV standardization for the creation of more dynamic next-generation networks.

Prior to co-founding Netrounds, Marcus held positions as part of both the R&D and management teams at TeliaSonera and Telia Research. He is a Certified Ethernet Professional (MEF) and holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Luleå University of Technology in Sweden.

Dr. Daniel Fritzsche
Co-founder and Software Engineer | BISDN


Daniel Fritzsche co-founded BISDN GmbH, a Berlin-based start-up focusing on research & development of software & appliances for software defined networks (SDN) in 2012.

At BISDN he is responsible for design and implementation of SDN controllers for data center networks. Daniel has more than 10 years of experience in the Telecommunication industry. He has authored or co-authored more than 40 publications.

Mr. Sam Fuller
Head of Strategy & System Solutions | NXP


Sam Fuller is the Head of System Solutions for the Digital Networking group at NXP Semiconductors .

He has over 20 years of executive leadership experience in computer architecture, SoC architecture, embedded systems and semiconductor marketing and applications, and has led innovative development efforts in SIMD processing, fabric interconnects and symmetric multicore processing.

Sam holds BSEE and MSEE degrees from Brigham Young University and an MBA degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Ms. Caroline Gabriel
Research Director | Rethink


Caroline has been analysing and reporting in the hi-tech industries since 1986 and has a huge wealth of experience of technology trends and how they impact on business models.

In 2002 she co-founded Rethink Technology Research with Peter White. Rethink specialises in trends and business models for wireless, converged and quad play operators round the world and the technologies that support them. Caroline’s role is to head up the wireless side of the business, leading the creation of research, newsletters and consulting services focused on mobile platforms and operator models. In this role, she has become a highly recognised authority on 4G systems such as LTE and WiMAX, and a prolific speaker at industry events.

Prof. Alex Galis
Professor | University College London


Co-Chair, SDN Publication Committee | IEEE


Alex Galis is a Professor In Networked and Service Systems at University College London (UCL). He has co-authored 10 research books and more that 200 publications in the Future Internet areas: system management, networks and services, networking clouds, virtualisation and programmability. He has participated in a number of EU projects including overall technical leadership of the MISA – Management of IP networks, FAIN – programmable networks, CONTEXT – context aware networking and AUTONOMIC INTERET – autonomic networking projects.

He was a member of the Steering Group of the Future Internet Assembly (FIA) and he led the Management and Service–aware Networking Architecture (MANA) working group at FIA. He acted as PTC chair of 14 IEEE conferences including TPC co-chair of IEEE Network Softwarization 2015 and reviewer in more than 100 IEEE conferences. He also acted as a Vice Chair of the ITU-T SG13 Group on Future Networking. He is currently the co-chair of the IEEE SDN publication committee.

Dr. Chetan Gopal
Director and Head of Software based Innovation | Verizon


Chetan Gopal is a Director in Verizon IT and thought leader providing leadership to teams in India and the United States. He has a Doctorate in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts.

He started his career in Verizon Labs as a research engineer working on distributed computing and subsequently focused on Business & IT transformation from an OSS/BSS perspective.

In his current role, Chetan's focus and energy are on new product innovation in the SDN/NFV space and drive innovation strategies focused on ideation, architecture, solution design and delivery of products based on new platforms and technologies such as Cloud Management Platforms (CMP), Software Defined Network( SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and applications that enable solutions to drive a better business outcome keeping customer experience in mind.

  Mr. Jeff Gowan
Senior Marketing Manager | Wind River an Intel company


Mr. John Grant
Consultant | BSI


Partner | Nine Tiles


John Grant is chair of IEC PT 62379 (Common Control Interface, in TC100/TA4) and of Audio Engineering Society standards subcommittee SC-02 (digital audio), as well as editor of ISO TR29181-3.

His career began at the Cambridge University Computer Laboratory, and he wrote the operating system and BASIC compiler for the Sinclair ZX range of microcomputers. In 1981 he created local area networking technology which was used in both industrial and commercial environments and is still in use today.

Since then he has created products for carrying video and audio over digital networks, and related network switching equipment; this has given him an insight into the requirements of audio and other live media, which are very different from those for data traffic.

Dr. Cliff Grossner
Senior Research Director Data Center, Cloud and SDN | IHS Markit


Cliff Grossner is a Senior Research Director responsible for data center compute and networking, cloud services and SDN research at IHS Markit technology . He has more than 25 years of telecommunications industry experience covering market analysis, corporate and product strategy, product management and marketing, and scientific research. A recognized thought leader, he is also a frequent expert judge for industry and technology innovation awards and an invited speaker at industry conferences and is frequently quoted in technical publications such as Light Reading, Fierce Telecom, eWeek, Network Computing and Lightwave Online.

Cliff joined IHS (now IHS Markit) in December 2014, when IHS acquired Infonetics Research where he led the firm's data center networking, cloud and SDN research coverage. During his tenure at Infonetics, Cliff launched the SDN practice and grew revenue 100%.

Prior to Infonetics, Cliff held a range of senior positions in the information and communications technology industries including heading strategic marketing for Alcatel-Lucent's enterprise network business unit, tenures at Bell Labs, Sesame Networks, NewStep Networks, and Nortel. He has also worked as a research scientist and faculty lecturer at McGill and Concordia universities, specializing in artificial intelligence, distributed computing, and computer architecture.

He earned his Doctor of Philosophy at McGill University, and his Master of Science in Computer Science at Concordia University, both in Montreal, Quebec, Canada He holds multiple patents in computer networking, networking embedded security and telecommunications applications. .

Mr. Ron Haberman
VP & GM, CloudBand, Applications & Analytics | Nokia


A seasoned entrepreneur, Ron Haberman is Vice President and General Manager of Nokia's CloudBand business unit, which provides a carrier grade cloud management and orchestration software suite for Network Functions Virtualization supporting a wide variety of hardware and virtual network functions.

Prior to heading up the CloudBand business unit for Alcatel-Lucent, Ron co-founded and led cloud gaming company CiiNOW where he developed expertise in cloud and data center technologies.

Previously Ron served in Alcatel-Lucent's IP Routing business group as Director of Business Strategy responsible for Triple Play Service Delivery Architecture for IPTV. Ron has more than 20 years in business strategy, product planning, software engineering and network design and holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science in Software Engineering from Drexel University.

Dr. Marcus Hacke
Managing Director | ngena


Marcus Hacke developed the idea and concept for ngena and is the Managing Director of ngena since its foundation in February 2016.

He has worked for T-Systems since 2004, holding a number of managerial positions in Delivery, Sales, Portfolio & Offering Management andtheService Line Computing & Desktop Services. In these roles, his responsibilities included global provisioning and operations of telecommunications services and solutions as well as the development of T-Systems' global telecommunications portfolio (products and innovations), strategy and business development,expertsales and salesoperations.

Before joining T-Systems, Marcus spent seven years as a business consultant with McKinsey & Company, focusing on the IT and telecommunications industries. He holds a doctorate in physics from Forschungszentrum Jülich and RWTH Aachen University.

Mr. Robert Haim
Business Analyst | ACG Research


Robert Haim is responsible for the Business Case Analysis consulting division at ACG Research.

He has more than twenty-five years of experience in a variety of disciplines in networking and data communication. His career includes assignments in R&D teams for protocol, software and hardware design. For the past fifteen years, Robert has worked in product management and product marketing for wireline and wireless infrastructures. His current interests are focused on network function virtualization and cloud-based networking infrastructures and their economic impacts on service providers.

Robert graduated from UCLA with a B.S in computer engineering and an M.S. in computer science. He received his MBA from Pepperdine University.

Mr. Shawn Hakl
VP, Product and New Business Innovation | Verizon


Shawn Hakl is part of the Product and New Business Innovation organization. He leads the product management organization supporting IP Network Platforms and Managed Services for Verizon Enterprise Solutions, and the SMB segments for Verizon Wireless and Verizon's Consumer and Mass Business units covering products such as:

- Private IP, Ethernet and Public IP solutions
- Software-Defined Networking, Secure Cloud Interconnect offerings
- Managed and Professional Services
- Global Access Partner Strategy

Shawn's team is responsible for identifying key market opportunities, defining commercial models and customer requirements, and driving the development and launch of innovative solutions for Verizon's enterprise and business segments.

Prior to joining the Products organization, Shawn was part of Verizon Enterprise Solutions with global responsibility for pre-sales engineering and the professional Services practice for advanced network, IPT, UCC and CCS disciplines.

Mr. Nir Halachmi
Network Research Product Management | Huawei


Nir Halachmi is the Network Research Product Management at Huawei European Research Center (ERC).

Nir is a subject matter expert for innovative SDN and NFV solutions as well as Service Providers enterprise services and mobile backhaul (LTE and small cells).
In his current role, Nir is focusing on innovation around SDN, NFV and Future networks, and is leading Huawei's Network Research group product management on these technologies.

Nir had spent the past 18 years developing and managing telecommunications products within both the wired and the wireless industries, and has worked across various technologies including Carrier Ethernet, Circuit Emulation, MPLS, IP Networking, Wi-Fi and WiMAX, Cloud and Edge Computing, SDN and NFV.

Nir holds a Master's Degree in Computer Science from the Inter-Disciplinary Center (IDC) in Israel.

Mr. Emir Halilović
Program Director, Networking and Infrastructure EMEA | IDC


Emir Halilović is IDC's program director for carrier networks and enterprise networking infrastructure research in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

He leads research in the carrier network equipment market in EMEA, focusing on NFV, IP networks, radio access networks, transmission equipment, and fixed-line access equipment. Additionally, Emir covers topics of SDN and telecommunications service provider transformation. He is also the research lead of IDC's EMEA Quarterly Networks Tracker team, and co-manages IDC's EMEA Telco 2020 CIS, as well as the EMEA Enterprise Networks and Life-Cycle Services CIS, with focus on the hardware part of telecoms and enterprise networking equipment markets. In enterprise networking research, his focus is on SDN and network virtualization, as well as enterprise networking ecosystem development. Emir also contributes to regional and global consulting projects related to enterprise networking and telecommunications carrier network equipment.

Prior to joining IDC in 2003, Emir spent two years writing about the telecom, mobile, and IT industries, covering developments in Central European telecoms markets as they went through massive changes that included the liberalization of fixed-line telephony services, efforts to privatize state-owned operators, the explosion of mobile services market, and UMTS licensing.

Emir studied psychology at the Faculty of Philosophy of Belgrade University in Serbia. In addition to his native Serbian, he speaks English and Czech fluently.

Mr. Eric Hanselman
Chief Analyst | 451 Research


Eric is the Chief Analyst at 451 Research and coordinates industry analysis across the broad portfolio of 451 research disciplines, with an extensive, hands-on understanding of a range of subject areas, including networks, virtualization, security and semiconductors and their intersection in areas such as SDN/NFV, hyperconvergence and the Internet of Things.

Eric helps 451 Research's clients navigate these turbulent waters and capitalize on potential outcomes. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a VMware Certified Professional (VCP), and is a frequent speaker at leading industry events.

  Mr. Fran Heeran
VP and GM, SDN/NFV Division | NEC/Netcracker


Mr. Andreas Hegers
Head of Corporate & Portfolio Marketing | ECI


Andreas Hegers has led the corporate and portfolio marketing teams at ECI since 2014, after joining the company in 2013.

An industry veteran, he has 25 years of experience in the Packet/Optical networks area within the telecom industry. Andreas served as the director of market development NGN architectures at Ciena on the EMEA Strategic Transformation Team. He also held a variety of leadership positions in market development as well as sales and architecture at Nortel in the Metro Ethernet Networks division.

Before joining Nortel in 2001, Andreas was the director of account management, national and international carriers, at Alcatel in Germany.

Dr. Laurent Herr
VP Operations Support System | Orange Business Services


Laurent Herr has been Vice President 'Operations Support System' for Orange Business Services since 2013. Since joining the Orange Group in 1997, he has held a series of project and management positions: head of Transversal Projects and Quality of Service for the Consumer Division of Orange France, head of the Group Marketing Office, Large Accounts Sales Director. Prior to joining Orange, Laurent was a researcher in Computer Science at INRIA.

Laurent is a graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure and of Telecom ParisTech. He also holds a Ph.D. in Computer Sciences from the University of Paris South.

Mr. Adrian Hoban
Chair, Technical Steering Committee | ETSI Open Source MANO


Principal Engineer | Intel


Adrian Hoban is a Principal Engineer in Intel's Network Platforms Group. He is the system architect responsible for management and orchestration for Software Defined Networking and Network Function Virtualisation.

He specialises in open source software such as OpenStack, Linux, Open vSwitch, KVM, QEMU and libvirt and has a particular interest in multi-core performance optimisation leveraging the advanced features of Intel Architecture processors. Adrian is active in standards initiatives and regularly consults with Intel customers on system architecture, design and performance optimisation.

Mr. Michael Howard
Sr. Research Director & Advisor, Carrier Networks | IHS Markit


Senior Research Director Michael Howard is recognized worldwide as one of the industry's leading experts in emerging telecom markets, network operator trends, and user buying patterns. Michael co-founded market research firm Infonetics (now IHS) in 1990.

Michael leverages over 45 years of communications industry experience, including 25 years in market research, to author numerous works year-round, including quarterly vendor market share and forecast reports, service provider surveys, analyst notes, white papers, and custom research. He specializes in software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), carrier Ethernet, edge and core routers, IP/MPLS control planes, IP VPNs, cloud access, 40GE/100GE, packet-optical transport, mobile backhaul, and small cells.

Michael is a highly-sought speaker, and he frequently moderates educational webinars, chairs conference programs, and presents at industry events across the globe, including Mobile World Congress, CTIA, SDN & NFV Summit, and MPLS & Ethernet World Congress. He is also regularly quoted in the press, including Financial Time, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Business, Forbes, Businessweek, Light Reading, Network World, and Information Week.

As a consultant to startups, service providers, vendors, and the investment community, Michael helps clients identify new market opportunities, provides due diligence, and advises on positioning, product development, business plans, and M&A activity.

Before founding Infonetics, Michael was an IT Director at Tymshare/Tymnet, where he created network accounting and led the First Interstate Bank project that developed the world's first pre-Internet in-home banking system. Prior to that, shortly after receiving a BS in Mathematics from UC Berkeley, he worked for SDC on operating systems and programming language compilers for ARPAnet, which later became the Internet.

In 2008, Michael co-authored the book, Carrier Ethernet: Extending Ethernet Beyond the LAN, which received 5 out of 5 stars on An accomplished abalone diver, chef, and photographer, Michael is based in the Silicon Valley.

Mr. Hu Yun Chao
Chair, IEG WG, ETSI MEC ISG | Chair, EVE(Evolution & Ecosystem) WG, ETSI NFV ISG


Director, Corporate NFV Standardization Strategy | Huawei


Yun Chao Hu is responsible for the Huawei corporate NFV standardization strategies and is heading the Huawei delegation within the ETSI ISG NFV activities.

He is also responsible to manage an NFV virtual team of 16 resources working on NFV specifications. Furthermore, he is the NFV Infrastructure Working Group Co-Chairman and plays an active role in the NFV standardization, Proof-of-Concepts and Open Source activities.

Ms. Susan James
Head of NFV Infrastructure, Business Unit IT & Cloud | Ericsson


Susan has been with Ericsson for 25 years, 10 years with Ericsson in Australia and the last 15 years with Ericson AB in Sweden. She has worked in Enterprise and Wireline business areas in the Market Unit in Australia, and in the Networks and Cloud organisation in Sweden.

She has worked extensively with IMS and has been responsible for a number of the network functions in the Ericsson portfolio at different points in time. A product management veteran her career has focused on developing products to address technology transitions and the establishment of new business areas.

Susan has a MBA and Bachelor of Business from the University of Victoria.

Dr. Chris Janz
Technical VP, Transmission Product Line | Huawei


Vice Chair, NBI WG | ONF


Christopher Janz is a technology team leader at Huawei. He focuses on strategy, portfolio development and research related to Transport SDN.

He has been an advocate of and contributor to the software-defined networking movement from its early days. He currently serves as Vice Chair for the Open Networking Foundation's Intent NBI Sub-Group (open source SDN project Boulder) and is active in the ONF's Services area broadly.

Chris has 20 years of industry experience in roles including primary research, system architecture, and R&D management, product line management and strategic marketing. He holds a B.Eng. in engineering physics from the Royal Military College of Canada, a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Alberta and an M.B.A. from Queen's University. He has previously worked at Ciena, Alcatel-Lucent and other companies.

Mr. Peter Jarich
VP Consumer and Infrastructure | Current Analysis


VP of Consumer and Infrastructure at Current Analysis, Peter Jarich manages the firm's syndicated research into the network equipment and software solutions deployed at telecom network operators along with the consumer services, service innovations and connected devices riding on those networks.

This role sees Peter directing the company's analysts looking into wireline network infrastructure and services, mobile networks and services, and the competitive environment surrounding tablets and smartphones, including Current Analysis' regular tracking of service and device pricing and marketing dynamics. Peter holds a BA in Economics from Cornell University and a MS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.

Mr. Dominique Jodoin
President and CEO | NoviFlow


Dominique has more than 25 years of experience in the high tech industry, with over 10 years in successful venture-backed companies. Previous positions include: President & CEO of Bluestreak, a provider of embedded video software to the wireless and cable industries; EVP Business Development and President Americas at Red Bend Software, a venture-backed provider of Mobile Software Management solutions (acquired by Harman International Industries); and EVP Sales at WaterCove Networks, a venture-backed company provider of GGSNs (acquired by Alcatel-Lucent).

He also has worked for 17 years within the Ericsson Group, in a variety of executive positions with global sales and marketing responsibilities in the US, Sweden and around the world.

  Prof. Matthew Johnson
Professional Lecturer of Computer Science and Information Technology | Marist College


Professor Matthew Johnson specializes in functional programming languages and machine learning. He teaches software development, computer graphics, and game programming within the School of Computer Science and Mathematics at Marist and is currently the department of Computing Technology chair. Prior to teaching, he worked as a lead software engineer and project manager for Informatta, LLC developing machine learning software for data analytics. He also leads a team of student software developers and researchers in the Marist SDN Innovation Lab.

Mr. Robert Jones
Co-Founder & Managing Director | Layer123


Robert is a highly trained and experienced research engineer with two published patents in the field of process engineering.

Having left the engineering world to use latent skills in communication and management, Robert spent 10 years in the events business working for a global events organisation, during which time he developed an astute judgement of what will work commercially and how to meet customer expectations, launching and growing events that were highly successful in Europe, Asia and South America.

Robert has drawn together senior professionals with both events and industry backgrounds to build a unique business information platform.

Dr. Bob Kahn
Chairman, CEO & President | CNRI


Recipient of Alan M. Turing award 2004 (jointly with Vint Cerf)


Robert Kahn is the co-inventor of the TCP/IP protocols and was responsible for originating DARPA's Internet program. While Director of Information Processing Techniques Office (IPTO) at DARPA, he also initiated the United States government's billion dollar Strategic Computing Program. In the mid 1980s, Bob conceived the idea of open-architecture networking and coined the term National Information Infrastructure (NII), which became more widely known as the Information Super Highway.

In 1986 he founded the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI), where he is currently President & CEO. CNRI is a not-for-profit organization that provides technical leadership and funds research and development of emerging information infrastructure components.

In December 1997, President Clinton presented the U.S. National Medal of Technology to Kahn and his colleague, Vinton Cerf, for their work in creating the Internet protocols and their continuing leadership in internetworking. In 2004, Kahn was the recipient of the ACM Alan M. Turing award (sometimes called the "Nobel Prize of Computer Science"); and, in 2005, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush.

In his recent work, Bob has been developing the concept of a Digital Object Architecture (DOA), with an identifier/resolution system as its key component. The DOA provides a framework for interoperability of heterogeneous information systems.

Mr. Zaid Ali Kahn
Senior Director, Global Infrastructure Architecture and Strategy | LinkedIn


Advisory Board Member | DE-CIX


Zaid Ali Kahn is Senior Director of Infrastructure Engineering at LinkedIn. His team works on next generation infrastructure spanning networks, data centers and compute.

Prior to LinkedIn, Zaid held several senior technical positions in Silicon Valley including Sr Network Architect at WebEx responsible for designing one of the world's first SaaS networks. Zaid is also co-founder and former chairman of San Francisco Bay Area chapter of Internet Society and currently advisory board member at Deutscher Commercial Internet Exchange (DE-CIX).

Dr. Ryota Kawashima
Assist. Professor | Nagoya Institute of Technology


Ryota was born in 1983. He received his M.S. degree from Iwate Prefectural University in 2007 and also received a Ph.D. degree from The Graduate University for Advanced Studies (SOKENDAI) in 2010.

He has worked as a software engineer at ACCESS CO., LTD. and Stratosphere, Inc.

In 2013 he became an assistant professor at Nagoya Institute of Technology.

His research interest is SDN and NFV. He is a member of IEEE.

Mr. Patrick Kelly
Founder & Principal Analyst | Appledore Research Group


Patrick has consulted and advised telecommunication companies in Europe, Asia, and North America. He has in-depth experience in software service enablement that includes OSS, BSS, and service delivery platforms.

He most recently was Research Director for Analysys Mason and co-founded OSS Observer which was acquired by Analysys Mason in 2008. His area of focus includes NFV Orchestration and Management, Analytics, Customer Experience Management, Cloud Computing, and M2M.

Patrick holds a Master of Business Administration from Plymouth University and a Bachelor of Science from University of Vermont.

Mr. Gabriel Kerner
VP, Head of Product Management | Amdocs


Gabriel Kerner is Vice President and Head of Product Management for Amdocs Network Products. In this capacity, he is responsible to define the strategy and long term roadmap of Amdocs OSS division, and create adequate solutions to evolving operational challenges in delivering services on todays' and tomorrows' networks.

He also helps shaping Amdocs' vision and strategy in the network space, combining in-depth understanding of the telecom market with network technologies expertise.
In previous engagements, Gabriel helped define strategic network evolution with service providers across Europe and the world, with focus on end to end connectivity and network management. His experience spans business development, strategy and architecture, product management and development. Before joining Amdocs, Gabriel worked with Huawei and Nokia Siemens Networks.

Gabriel holds a BSc. in Chemistry and a PhD (Summa Cum Laude) in Physics. He co-authored numerous articles in referred journals, and is the recipient of several prestigious academic awards.

Mr. Sunil Khandekar
VP & GM | Nuage Networks


Sunil Khandekar leads the vision and direction at Nuage Networks.

He brings over fifteen years of experience in the communications and networking industry, including his former role as VP of business development for Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), as well as VP of global product management for Alcatel-Lucent's IP Division.

Sunil gained expertise in the networking start-up space in his time at TiMetra Networks, where he led product management and standardization. And before that, he held a variety of product management and consulting engineering management roles with Bay and Nortel Networks in New York and Santa Clara.

Sunil has co-authored and contributed to multiple IETF drafts. He is also a regular speaker at industry events and conferences. He has a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and a master's degree in CIS.

Dr. Bithika Khargharia
Director of Product & Community Management | Open Networking Foundation


Principal Engineer/Intrapreneur | Extreme Networks


Bithika Khargharia is a Principal Engineer/Intrapreneur at Extreme Networks and Director of Product/Community Management at ONF.

At Extreme Networks she is responsible for bringing to market solutions around disruptive technologies – most recently SDN and driving the innovation charter via programs such as the Extreme Networks – US Ignite SDN Innovation Challenge. At ONF, she is responsible for driving the Open Source SDN movement hinged around real-world market needs.

Bithika has 20 years of technology research and development experience that spans Systems Engineering including Green, Manageability and Performance; Server, Network and Large-scale Data Center Architectures; Distributed (Grid) Computing; Autonomic Computing; and Software-defined Networking. She has over 17 peer-reviewed publications, 2 patents and has contributed to 4 books on Autonomic and Green Computing. She is an Ambassador at the Anita Borg Institute and is intimately involved with shaping its flagship conference – The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, most recently as the program co-chair for the Open Source Day.

Bithika got her Masters & PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Arizona on Energy-efficient Large-scale Data Centers.

  Mr. Colin Kincaid
Service Provider CTO | Cisco


Mr. Daniel King
Senior Researcher, BT & Intel Co-Lab | Lancaster University


Principal Consultant, Old Dog Consulting | Research Associate, ONF


Daniel is a Senior Researcher at Lancaster University, researching Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) in partnership with the British Telecom and Intel Labs Co-Lab.

He is also an Open Networking Foundation (ONF) Research Associate, Chair of the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) SDN Research Group, and Chair of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) Simplified Use Policy Abstraction (SUPA) Working Group. He is an editor and author on numerous journals, articles, specifications, Internet-Drafts and RFCs related to optical networking deterministic path computation, traffic engineering and network optimization, packet forwarding, SDN, NFV, and Application-Based Network Operations (ABNO).

Dr. Günter Klas
Senior Manager Internet and Network Standards | Vodafone


Günter Klas is a senior member of Vodafone Group R&D. He is responsible for the team's research and engagement in telecoms standardisation and industry organisations, where related to network evolution and enabling services on top of the network.

This includes topics from next generation fibre, IP networking, SDN, NFV, edge computing to areas like device management and service enablement. His group is involved in shaping the new 5G architecture. Günter's team is active in numerous international organisations, from GSMA, NGMN, 3GPP to OMA, IETF, ETSI NFV, ETSI MEC and others.

Before his current role, Günter held various other senior positions in Vodafone from leading the Group's engagement in Industry Initiatives to heading system design for Vodafone UK. Previously he held roles in telecoms product management, systems engineering and research with Siemens in Germany. Günter has a PhD in Computer Science and a Masters in Electrical Engineering.

Mr. David Krozier
Principal Analyst | Current Analysis


David Krozier is a Principal Analyst on the Current Analysis Service Provider Infrastructure team. His focus at Current Analysis is on optical transport layer products and technology including WDM, OTN switching, OADMs, Packet Optical Networking, and converged IP/Optical platforms. He has a particular interest in the impact of SDN on optical control plane evolution.

David has over 10 years of experience as an industry analyst covering the optical transport, IP infrastructure, and SDN/NFV markets. He has a broad background in communications networking technology and markets developed through previous employment in engineering development, product management, and business development roles within major network equipment vendors. David thoroughly appreciates the equipment vendors' perspective, and provides clients with expert analysis of products, markets, and technology.

David has participated in communications standards development within the ATM Forum, ANSI, and the OIF, and has six patents related to photonic switching. He has an MBA from Providence College and a BSEE from Rutgers University. David is based in Greenville, South Carolina.

Ms. Louise Krug
Senior Researcher, Network Infrastructure & Innovation | BT


Louise Krug is a Senior Researcher within BTs Network Infrastructure and Innovation team. Her goal is to bring new technology to solve real customer needs and requirements. She is currently specialising in the use of container technology for NFV, capitalising on her background as both a network specialist and as a computing scientist.

Previous research topics have included the statistical analysis of network energy consumption, fixed mobile convergence and the development of high power lasers for transatlantic communications systems.

  Mr. Himal Kumar
PhD Student | University of New South Wales


Mr. Mukesh Kumar
DMTS System Engineering | Verizon


Mukesh Kumar is an architect in Verizon Software Innovation lab focusing on SDN/NFV technology transformation. He is driving innovation efforts in multiple areas including management and orchestration solution, virtual network service/product definition, VNF on-boarding, next generation OSS/BSS integration efforts etc.

Mukesh has spent 20 plus years in the high-tech industry in different roles including software developer, product manager as well as business development executive.

Prior to joining Verizon in 2015 he worked for multiple companies including Texas Instruments, Renesas Inc., Schlumberger and a few startup ventures. He has an MS degree in Electrical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.

  Mr. Stephen Lacey
Principal NFV Architect | Comptel


Mr. Petr Lapukhov
Network Engineer | Facebook


Petr Lapukhov is a Network Engineer at Facebook, primarily focused on building and supporting software systems for network monitoring, optimization and control. Prior to Facebook he worked at Microsoft on various aspects of data-center design and deployment.

Mr. Marc LeClerc
Chair, Market Education Committee | Open Networking Foundation


VP Strategy and Marketing | NoviFlow


Marc LeClerc is a globally known technology evangelist in the areas of computing, telecoms, internet and cloud technologies with over 25 years of experience in Product Management, Strategic Marketing and Business Development.

He has worked for Apple Computer, Matrox, and for the last 14 years Ericsson. Has been on the board of directors of the Parlay Group, participated in the OMA, chaired work groups in the GSMA, is a frequent speaker at industry events and has several dozen published articles in the global technology press including the Ericsson Business Review.

Mr. François Lemarchand
Strategic Product Director | Ericsson


François LeMarchand is heading Ericsson SDN product & solutions group.

He was previously responsible for strategy in Ericsson IP & EPC product line. Before joining Ericsson François headed Consulting Sales Engineering for Redback and held various Product Management and Sales positions at CoSine Communication and Cisco.

  Mr. Nicolas Lemieux
Director – Information & Communications Technology | Canonical


Mr. Grant Lenahan
Partner and Principal Analyst | Appledore Research Group


Grant Lenahan is a partner and principal analyst with Appledore Research Group, and provides a unique combination of management and technical acumen, combined with 30 years of successful innovation in both technology and business models. He most recently served in the office of CTO for Ericsson, and prior to that, Telcordia Technologies.

Through his career, Grant has specialized in transforming telecom software and service businesses in the face of dramatic market and technology shifts, positioning the businesses for survival and growth in new environments.

As an active participant in the TM Forum, and prior to that, OMA, Grant has developed deep expertise in virtualization, policy management, charging, catalog-driven operations, and the applications of "Dev-Ops" principals to network and service operations, and focuses his research today on these and other areas that promise to transform our industry.

Grant received his B.A. in Economics and Mathematics (Computer Science) from Drew University and a joint Master's Degree from the School of Engineering and the Sloan School of Management from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Mr. Randy Levensalor
Lead Architect, Cloud and Managed Services | CableLabs


Randy is a lead architect within the Data & Information Architecture group at CableLabs, leading the virtualization and orchestration of the cloud-based infrastructure to support cable operators¹ products and services.

Currently, Randy is focused on leading the effort to develop new approaches while leveraging existing cloud technologies to contribute enhancements back into open source communities, including OPNFV, OpenStack and OpenDaylight by delivering open reference implementations. Through this effort, CableLabs will be able to share results back into related standards groups, including ETSI NFV ISG and IETF.

Prior to joining CableLabs, Randy gained extensive experience, leading R&D, DevOps, and Product Management across several HP divisions. While at HP, Randy¹s teams focused on successfully delivering HP¹s public cloud, Linux and converged management solutions.

Mr. Brian Levy
CTO EMEA | Brocade


As CTO EMEA (Chief Technical Officer EMEA), Brian Levy is responsible for bringing Brocade's vision for cloud strategy and virtualized infrastructure to the market. Levy will also be charged with providing insight and communicating product vision and direction internally and externally, to both customers and analysts.

Before joining Brocade, Brian served as Juniper Networks CTO Service Provider Sector EMEA, a role in which he supported the service provider sales organisation and worked in collaboration with the development teams in order to bring new products to market. As the global lead within Juniper for SDN and NFV initiatives, he worked closely with customers, partners and development teams to introduce and advocate SDN in the industry.

Brian has held many senior positions in the industry working for both suppliers and service providers for HP he was the global CTO for their Media and Communications Business and he was the Group Technology Officer at British Telecom.

Dr. Richard Li Renwei
Chief Architect, Future Networks | Huawei


Vice Chair | ETSI NGP ISG


Dr. Richard Li works as Chief Architect of Future Networks at Huawei USA, and also serves as Vice Chair of ETSI ISG NGP.

He is responsible for investigating, defining, designing, and building network models, architectures and protocols for the next-generation internet.

Richard is a well-published and well-spoken network architect, technologist, designer and developer.

Prior to joining Huawei, he worked with Cisco and Ericsson on routers, switches and BRAS

Mr. Victor Lin
Tech Lead / Manager | Google


Victor Lin currently leads software development for Google Access wireless infrastructure team to develop various fixed and mobile wireless technologies. Before that, he and his team worked on various Google SDN efforts, including B4, and Jupiter.

Victor has worked for multiple startup companies in silicon valley since 1991. He is an expert in building networking and wireless communication systems and is the author of multiple patents in those areas.

Mr. Chris Liou
VP, Product Management & Strategy | Infinera


Chris Liou is a Fellow and the Vice President of Network Strategy at Infinera, where he focuses on network architecture and solutions for network and service providers worldwide. Previously, Chris has also served in the roles of Vice President of Product Planning and Vice President of Product Management at Infinera, where he oversaw the product management and technical marketing activities for Infinera's optical transport hardware, software and network management product lines, including product planning, product definition, and full product lifecycle management.

Previously, Chris was at Ciena where he served as Senior Director of Product Management and Marketing for the core optical switching product line. He has previously held product management and technical marketing positions at StrataCom and Cisco for WAN network and service management solutions, along with systems architecture and engineering positions in the areas of distributed computing and network management at Hewlett-Packard and Telcordia. Chris received his B.S.E. with high honors in Electrical Engineering and a certificate in Operations Research and Financial Engineering from Princeton University, and received his M.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Stanford University.

Mr. Renato Lombardi
VP Microwave Product Line | Huawei


After graduation at the Technical University of Milano and service in the army as a junior officer, Renato Lombardi has twenty years of experience in the microwave industry covering several roles in Siemens and Nokia Siemens Networks.

At Siemens, after leading the Microwave Technical Sales in Germany, he was responsible in Milan for Business and Product Management, and later appointed as head of Research & Development. Following the merger with Nokia, he was part of the integration team and later Head of Product Management of the Microwave Business Line, responsible for the product portfolio, strategy planning and overall profit and loss of the product lines.

He joined Huawei Technologies in 2008 as Head of Microwave R&D, at Huawei European Research Centre, Milan, Italy and is currently the Head of Microwave Competence Centre.

Mr. Cristian López Rallo
SDN NFV Marketing | Telefónica Business Solutions


Cristian López works in the marketing innovation area of Telefónica Business Solutions with focus on SDN/NFV technologies. His vision is from a customer perspective and he is currently pushing transformation of customer experience through automatization of more flexible WAN services for the SMB and Corporate market.

He joined Telefónica in 2015 and has been working in service development and marketing areas. Prior to joining Telefónica, Christian worked at Colt Technology Services (a European service provider) and Iberbanda (a local Spanish service provider).

He holds an executive MBA from IE Business School and Telecommunications Engineering from Technical University of Madrid.

Dr. Diego López
Head of Technology Exploration | Telefónica




Dr Diego R. López joined Telefonica I+D in 2011 as a Senior Technology Expert on network middleware and services. He is currently in charge of the Technology Exploration activities within the GCTO Unit of Telefónica I+D. Before joining Telefónica he spent some years in the academic sector, dedicated to research on network service abstractions and the development of APIs based on them. During this period he was appointed as member of the High Level Expert Group on Scientific Data Infrastructures by the European Commission.

Diego is currently focused on identifying and evaluating new opportunities in technologies applicable to network infrastructures, and the co-ordination of national and international collaboration activities. His current interests are related to network virtualization, infrastructural services, network mamagement, new network architectures, and network security.

Diego chairs the ETSI ISG on Network Function Virtualization, actively participating in the ONF, and the IETF WGs connected to these activities, acting as co-chair of the NFVRG within the IRTF.

Apart from this, Diego is a more than acceptable Iberian ham carver, and extremely fond of seeking and enjoying comics, wines, and cheeses.

Mr. Pierre Lynch
Lead Technologist | Ixia


Vice Chair, TST(Test) WG | ETSI NFV ISG


Pierre Lynch is a Lead Technologist with the Product Management team at Ixia, and vice-chair of the ETSI NFV TST working group, as well as a work item rapporteur.

Pierre has 20 years experience in the telecommunications testing industry and is the co-chair of the Operations working group at the Small Cell Forum

Mr. Bryan Madden
CommSP Industry Marketing Director | Intel


Bryan Madden leads the CommSP Industry Marketing function for Intel's Network Platforms Group. He is responsible for a worldwide marketing team that conceives, plans, directs and executes strategic marketing activity across the CommSP value chain with direct and indirect customer collaboration as well as ecosystem co-marketing in support of the transformation of the network and communications services industry with focus on SDN/NFV, Media, Telco Cloud, Intelligent Edge and 5G.

Bryan is a 17 year IT and Telco industry veteran and has held various roles spanning sales, product, program and marketing management at Intel.

Prior to Intel, Bryan held senior positons at Dell, Allfinanz, Softco and Kraft Foods.

Mr. Ihab Mahna
Solutions Architect | EXFO


Ihab Mahna brings over 20 years of experience at both start-up and industry leading technology companies. Prior to joining EXFO in 2014, he was VP Marketing and business Development at Avvasi Inc., where he brought the company from technology prototype to fully deployed product generating a growing revenue and winning mind and market share.

He has also held the position of VP of Product Management at Cartiza Networks, Director of Product Management at Redline communications, Development Director – Telecom Innovation Centre at Siemens Canada and various technical leadership positions at Nortel Networks and Nettest Canada.

Ihab holds Bachelor degrees in both Computer Science and Automation Control, and Engineering from Alexandria University.

Mr. Mile Maksan
EMEA NFV Lead Solution Architect | Oracle Communications


Mile has more than 15 years of experience in the telecommunication industry. He has been working for carrier service providers and telco vendors passing all the product stages, from pure R&D at Siemens, network operations at ONE (aka Orange Austria, now Drei), managing technical support at Nortel and Alcatel-Lucent to developing core network development at Telekom Austria Group and actively participating in TAG very aggressive NFV activities. Now he is working at Oracle Communications global business unit, CTO office as a NFV lead solution architect responible for the EMEA.

During his professional career he has been involved in developing software for GSM/UMTS core network elements (HLR/HSS, MSC, ...), operated and maintained mobile core circuit and packet switched networks in multi-vendor environment, managed deployment of new radio access and core network technologies like UMTS, HSxPA, LTE, EPC, NFV and others.

From early 2013. until Q1 2015. he was project manager for several NFV proof of concepts and live trials at Telekom Austria Group achieving some early NFV deployment successes and collecting valuable experiences. Most of the PoCs have been done with NFV startups that have used essence of the NFV idea in various TAG opcos.

Since April 2015. Mile has been working at the Oracle CGBU CTO office participating in the strategy creation actively listening to customer specific requirements and their needs necessary to improve their business driven network development.

Mile holds a B.Sc.EE in electrical engineering and general MBA from the Technical University of Vienna/Danube University Krems.

Mr. Joe Marsella
CTO, EMEA | Ciena


Joe Marsella is Chief Technology Officer for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at Ciena, responsible for aligning Ciena's product portfolio to the business challenges and opportunities of customers in the region.

Joe has more than 20 years of experience in the software and telecommunications industry, having been with Ciena since 1997. He has vast expertise in packet and optical networking, including detailed knowledge on software defined networks (SDN), network functions virtualisation (NFV), photonics, DWDM, OTN, Carrier Ethernet and Control Planes. Prior to his appointment as CTO EMEA he served as Senior Director Product Management (PLM) SDN Portfolio at Ciena, responsible for the cross product software strategy of Ciena's Agility software portfolio.

He has also had served as Senior Director Strategic Solutions, Director Product Management (PLM) – Switching, and Senior Director Product Management (PLM) – Transport, at Ciena. In these roles he provided expertise and direction in key vertical markets, helped develop the global packet optical switching business, as well as product line management for Ciena's global metro and core optical Transport portfolio.

Prior to joining Ciena, Joe was a principal member technical staff at Siemens where he led software integration for Siemens's Cable Telephony Product (CoAxiom) and the software interface into partner development company Scientific Atlanta (now Cisco).

Joe has a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Purdue University.

  Mr. Josep Martrat
Market Manager | ATOS


Project Co-ordinator | SONATA


Dr. Jon Matias
Technical Director & Co-founder | Keynetic Technologies


Dr. Jon Matias co-founded Keynetic Technologies in 2016, a recently incorporated startup focused on providing high added value cybersecurity solutions, based on SDN and NFV technologies, for Telcos, Industry 4.0 and Smart Grids.

He is currently leading the strategy and development of FlowNAC, a highly flexible and extensible network access control solution that improves the security of network virtualization scenarios.

From 2003 to 2016 he was with the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) working as a researcher in the Communications Engineering Department. He was involved in several national and european R&D projects related to SDN/NFV, such as FP7 ALIEN and FP7 UNIFY.
Jon Matias holds a Master of Science (2003) in Telecommunication Engineering from the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), where he also received his PhD (2016) in the field of network security and virtualization.

Mr. Craig Matsumoto
Managing Editor | SDxCentral


Craig is known in Silicon Valley as one of the pre-eminent voices covering the networking industry.

Before joining SDNCentral in 2013, he spent 11 years with Light Reading, the leading news and community site for telecom technology and business. His primary beats included routing and switching, Ethernet, optical networking, and semiconductors, and he also contributed to coverage in wireless technology and Internet video.

Prior to Light Reading, Craig spent seven years with EE Times, the leading trade publication for the electronics industry. He was there during the dot-com bubble, covering the wealth of technologies emerging in IP and optical networking.

Craig also covered technology for the San Jose Business Journal and the real estate beat for the Fresno Business Journal. He holds a B.A. in Engineering Math from U.C. Berkeley.

  Mr. George McGregor
Senior Director Product Management | Citrix


  Mr. Apurva Mehta
Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder | Versa Networks


Apurva is the chief technology officer (CTO) at Versa Networks, a leading provider of software defined-wide area networks (SD-WAN) and software defined-security (SD-Security) for enterprises and service providers. The company's products transform WAN and branch networks to achieve unprecedented business advantages. Versa's carrier-grade virtualized network function (VNF) software provides unmatched agility, cost savings and flexibility vs. traditional network hardware.

Apurva brings with him of over two decades of experience leading complex networking development products that have generated billion-dollar revenue streams. Prior to co-founding Versa,

Apurva was CTO and Chief Architect for Juniper Networks Mobility Business Unit where he led and delivered the MX Series, a family of Ethernet routers and switches and one of the most successful products in Juniper's history. The MX Series established Juniper as the market leader in Metro and Carrier Ethernet solutions. For his contributions, Apurva was awarded Juniper Network's prestigious Founder's Award for technical leadership.

Prior to joining Juniper, Apurva was the Chief Architect and Director of Software at Riverstone Networks and YAGO Systems. Prior to YAGO, Apurva was Architect for all ATM software at Centillion Networks.

Apurva has a Master of Science in Computer Science from University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science and Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology.

Mr. Łukasz Mendyk
NFV/SDN Solution Manager | Comarch


Łukasz Mendyk works as the OSS Product Manager at Comarch. He specialises in solutions based on the concept of Catalog-driven fulfillment as well as the innovative concepts such as Self-Organizing Networks, Software Defined Networking (SDN), Network Function Virtualization (NFV).

His 19 years of professional experience include fifteen years of involvement in developing OSS products for the telecommunications industry. He obtained his Master of Science degree from the AGH University of Science and Technology in the field of Computer Science.

Łukasz is an enthusiast of TMF standards and best practices which proved useful during his career when helping to develop OSS products that add value to CSPs.

Mr. Pascal Menezes
Chief Technology Officer | MEF


Pascal is a proven technology thought leader, sales evangelist, product manager and seasoned IP architect with close to 30 years of experience in internetworking, next-generation information systems, and communication architectures.

As the founder of TSCM Technology he is focused on the building of cloud scale architectures and real-time media networks using Software Defined Networks (SDN), Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO). After almost a decade at Microsoft he was Principal Program Manager for Skype for Business leading strategic programs such as SDN, Real Time Media over Wi-Fi and Skype for Business using Azure Express Route with QoS.

As one of the leading industry experts in Unified Communication (UC) and SDN he is a UCStrategies Expert, early pioneer of Unified Communications (UC) and Software Defined Networks (SDN), Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer for the MEF, Chair of UC SDN Task Group at International Multimedia Telecommunication Consortium (IMTC), Vice-Chair of Open Network Foundation (ONF) NBI Working Group, Co-Founder and former Vice-Chair of Wi-Fi Alliance Task Group Mobile Multimedia Over Wi-Fi, former Chair of SIPv6 Task Group at International Multimedia Telecommunication Consortium (IMTC), pioneer of MPLS and MPLS Forum appointed Subject Matter Expert, IETF L2VPN MPLS design team member, co-inventor of Virtual Private LAN Service (VPLS) and Scientific Committee for the MPLS World Congress.

Pascal has done five startups with multiple successes, has received numerous industry awards such as SDN and Openflow 2015 World Congress Best of Show for UC SDN, ONF SDN North Bound Interface Leadership Award, ONF 2014 Ping Pan Memorial Innovation Award, IMTC 2013 Technical Leadership Award, MEF 2012 Technical Leadership Award, Microsoft 2005 Gold Star Achievement Award, Best Built Network at Supercom 2002, Best ISP for Washington State 2001, Outstanding Contribution from Metro Ethernet Forum for 2001, 2002, and 2003 and has presented extensively in numerous events globally. Pascal holds 4 patents with 25 additional patents pending and has co-authored many standards in the IETF, MEF, IMTC and IP/MPLS Forum.

Mr. Peter Menzel
Lead Enterprise Architect Cloud Networking | T-Systems


Peter Menzel has worked in the IT Business for 30 years in several companies and positions. At T-Systems he started as a Consultant and had experience in Business Development before he entered the Offering Management some years ago.

He is now a Senior Portfolio architect and is responsible for new architectures. He values them from the perspective of changing business propositions and creation of new products. He is in the group of T-Systems SDN fellows as well as in deep contact to Cloud architects, the T-Labs and the TC production departments.

Mr. Robin Mersh
CEO | The Broadband Forum


Robin Mersh joined the Broadband Forum as Chief Operating Officer in July 2006, and was promoted to Chief Executive Officer in July 2010. Robin has authored many articles, and has spoken at and chaired many broadband industry conferences and exhibitions. He has worked in the telecom industry for more than 18 years, starting at Cable & Wireless and BT before moving to the U.S.

Robin has worked in business development and alliance management for various OSS software companies in the U.S., mainly in network and service provisioning and activation, where he negotiated and managed several large OEM agreements.

He is originally from Cambridge, England. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London.

Mr. Sanjeev Mervana
Sr. Director Marketing, Service Provider Business | Cisco


As Senior Director of Marketing for Service Provider Business at Cisco, Sanjeev is responsible for setting and executing the strategic direction of products and solutions for Cisco Service Provider Solutions and Architectures around SDN/NFV, Evolved Programmable Network ( EPN) , Mobility, Cloud and Video for Cisco's global service provider customers.

Sanjeev is an expert on a broad portfolio of intelligent Routing & Switching platforms, solutions software & architectures designed to meet service provider needs. Recent accomplishments of Sanjeev, includes the successful introduction of Industry's First Network Convergence System Family for Internet of Everything ( IoE), Cisco Open Networking Environment ( ONE) for Service Provider, ASR 9000 , ASR 900 & ME3600/3800 in the Service Provider Market segment, as well as managing the business of Carrier Ethernet Edge routing within Cisco's Service Provider Networking Group.

Sanjeev has been with Cisco for over 15 years and has authored various publications, blogs as well as a Cisco Press Book "Design Principles of DSL Based Access Solutions." With over 25 years of experience in networking , Software & Solutions , Sanjeev has held prominent roles leading innovative and architectures and solutions around Software, SDN, NFV, Broadband Aggregation, IPTV Carrier Ethernet and Mobile IP RAN business within Cisco.

Sanjeev holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics from Pune University and currently resides in San Jose with his wife, daughter and son.

Mr. Dave Meyer
Chief Scientist & Fellow | Brocade


Director, Advanced Network Technology Center | University of Oregon


David Meyer is currently Chief Scientist and Fellow at Brocade Communications, where he works on future directions for Internet technologies. His current focus is the use machine learning (and in particular deep learning) for networking applications.

Prior to joining Brocade, he was a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco Systems, where he also worked as a developer, architect, and visionary on future directions for Internet technologies. Most recently he served as the chair of the Technical Steering Committee of the OpenDaylight Project (he is currently the Chair of the OpenDaylight Board of Directors). He has been a member of the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) of the the IETF ( and the chair/co-chair of many working groups. He is also active in the operator community, where he has been a long standing member of the NANOG (, RIPE, and APRICOT program committees (and served as NANOG program committee chair from 2008-2011).

David is also a frequent speaker at major industry and academic conferences. He is also currently Director of the Advanced Network Technology Center at the University of Oregon where he is also a Senior Research Scientist in the department of Computer Science. One of his major projects at the University of Oregon is routeviews (see

Prior to joining Cisco, he served as Senior Scientist, Chief Technologist and Director of IP Technology Development at Sprint.

Mr. Alexander Millner
Head of Radio and Transport Strategy | Tele2


Alexander Millner is an internationally experienced network architect specialized in packet transport and mobile networks. He has more than 13 years of experience designing IP based networks for both fixed and mobile services.

Prior to Tele2, Alexander was a System Engineer at Cisco, where he led technical sales across a broad range of areas including IP routing, mobile packet core, mobile backhaul, small cells, network virtualization / NFV and IP/Optical integration.

In his career, he has designed and operated multiple Tier-3 IP networks and one PAN European Tier-2 IP network. He continues to stay on top of fundamental trends and disruptions, and examines new developments with focus on network virtualization. As head of radio and transport strategy at Tele2, he is uniquely positioned to access the impact of Cloud and understand how to build an infrastructure supporting the new 5G services.

Alexander has an MSC and a BSC degree in Information Technology from Bond University in Australia.

Mr. Pravin Mirchandani
CMO | OneAccess


Pravin Mirchandani joined OneAccess Networks as Chief Marketing Officer in 2011 and currently leads the product strategy, product management and corporate communications functions for the company. Pravin has developed the company's innovative SDN / NFV strategy based on service migration and introduced the concept to operators across the globe. In addition he regularly blogs on the subject of SDN and NFV and is often featured in thought-leading articles in the industry press.

A graduate of both the University of Edinburgh and the London School of Economics, Pravin has over 25 years' experience working in key roles in major telecom equipment manufacturers and software vendors including Bay Networks, Nortel, Orchestream and Codima Technologies. Before joining One Access, Pravin was CEO at Syphan Technologies UK, an innovative organisation providing security services to managed service providers.

Pravin is multi-lingual and fluent in English, French and German and lives in Paris with his wife and son.

Dr. Li Mo
Chief Architect | ZTE


Mo Li is the Chief Architect of CTO Group, ZTE Corporation.

Li has over 20 years experience in the telecommunication industry, including extensive work in IBM, Nortel and Fujitsu, prior to joining ZTE in 2001. His current research interests include SDN, NFV, P2P network, Next Generation Core Networks, IMS, and Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC). Li is an active member of the IEEE, ETSI, and ITU-T, where he edited for two published recommendations. He has more than 10 approved US patents and many more in progress.

He holds a Ph.D degree from Department of Electrical Engineering of Queen's University (1989).

  Ms. Luisa Mola
Service Development Director | Telefónica


Mr. Aidan Molloy
Senior Product Evolution tManager | Openet


Aidan Molloy joined Openet in 2012, and currently serves as their Senior Product Evolution Manager a position he has held since 2015. He is responsible for Openet Products in the NFV framework and more specifically MANO layer with Openet Weaver as a G-VNFM. Prior to this, Aidan has served in a number of roles for Openet, including Technical Sales Support and Operations.

Before joining Openet, Aidan held a number of technical and support positions at Jinny Software, and was a SS7/SIGTRAN Developer for Dialogic.

He holds a B.Sc in Computer Science and Software Engineering from Maynooth University.

Mr. Giuseppe Monteleone
Sr. Technical Marketing Engineer – NFV | Italtel


Giuseppe Monteleone is a senior Technical Marketing Engineer at Italtel, involved in product marketing within the "Technology Marketing office" and specifically in NFV solutions.

He holds a degree in Electronic Engineering. He has worked with Italtel since 1983, in has covered different roles: Design Manager for the Italtel Element Manager for TDM voice networks; Project Leader for the Italtel Softswitch (national Italian VoIP backbone; international VoIP backbones); Network Architect for the Italtel IMS network solutions; Head of a System Laboratory for the design of NGN solutions; Product Manager for the following Italtel products: iMSS Softswitch, i-MCS IMS core, i-RPS Routing and Policy Server.

As a Certified Scrum Product Owner, he has participated in several international research projects.

Dr. Giacomo Morabito
Associate Professor | University of Catania


Giacomo Morabito was born in Messina, Sicily (Italy) on March 16, 1972.

He received a laurea degree in Electrical Engineering and a PhD in Electrical, Computer and Telecommunications Engineering from the Istituto di Informatica e Telecomunicazioni, University of Catania , Catania (Italy), in 1996 and 2000, respectively.

From November 1999 to April 2001, he was with the Broadband and Wireless Networking Laboratory of the Georgia Institute of Technology as a Research Engineer.

Since April 2001 he has been with the Dipartimento di Ingegneria Informatica e delle Telecomunicazioni of the University of Catania where he is currently Associate Professor.

Dr. Ray Mota
Managing Partner | ACG Research


Ray Mota brings a talent for complex technical and critical thinking and provides strategic direction, sharp analysis, and expert advice on networking issues, specializing in design, implementation, and troubleshooting.

Prior to founding ACG Research, Ray worked for Aberdeen Group, ManageAll, Micros-To-Mainframes, Advanced Technology Group, Eastman Kodak and the IRS. He has designed, implemented and supported complex trading floor systems and large WAN Frame Relay and ATM networks; provided training on Sniffer, HP Advisor protocol analysis tools and MPLS architectures; developed cloud applications; and has a software patent attributed to him.

Ray is routinely called upon to speak as a guest lecturer throughout the country and has provided insightful commentaries and analyses in industry publications.

Mr. Tetsuya Nakamura
Principal Architect | CableLabs


Member, Board of Directors | OPNFV


Tetsuya Nakamura serves as Principal Architect, Strategy and Innovation Group at CableLabs. Tetsuya is leading CableLabs' open source research efforts on NFV and SDN, the Board member of OPNFV, and OpenDaylight Advisory Group.

Before joining CableLabs, Tetsuya worked at NTT for about 17 years. While at NTT DOCOMO, Tetsuya was in charge of NFV investigation for mobile networks, and actively involved in the ETSI NFV ISG as ISG Vice Chair, Vice Chair of Technical Steering Committee, and Chair of Software Architecture WG. Also, he was a founder of OPNFV and the initial Board member for NTT DOCOMO.

  Mr. Hironori Nakano
Director, Solution Service Department, Network Service Division | SoftBank


  Mr. Wylie Nelson
VP – Wireless & Testing | Kyrio


Wylie Nelson spearheads Kyrio's wi-fi hub, wi-fi testing, and SDN/NFV testing businesses. He brings a strategic business background, combining product management, business development, sales, operations, marketing, and legal experience driving strong revenue growth.

Prior to joining Kyrio, Wylie led multiple product development initiatives at Zayo, helping to drive outstanding growth leading to an IPO and positioning Zayo to be a leading bandwidth infrastructure provider. Prior to Zayo, Wylie was an attorney providing legal services for telecom, financial and legal verticals.

Wylie received his J.D. and MBA from the University of Colorado and his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Colorado State University. He is a member of the Colorado Bar Association.

Mr. Thinh Nguyenphu
Vice Chair, SOL(Solution) WG | ETSI NFV ISG


Network Architect | Nokia


Thinh Nguyenphu is a Senior Specialist as NFV Architect at Nokia Bell Labs organization. In his role, he is responsible for NFV architecture evolution and industry standardization organizations collaboration.

Currently, he is the vice-chairman of ETSI NFV ISG Solution Working Group, and member of the Technical Steering Committee. Prior to ETSI NFV Phase 2, he was the rapporteur for ETSI NFV Software Architecture work item. Also, a chairman of OASIS Field Force Management System Technical Committee.

He has over 30 years of experience in the IT and telecommunication industry with various positions ranging from research and development, technology evaluation and OEM selection of networking equipment, product manager, and NASA Space Shuttle communication system. He has been active in multiple industry standardization organizations, involving start-up standard collaboration.

Mr. David Noguer Bau
Senior Manager, Global Strategic Marketing | Juniper Networks


David Noguer Bau is the Head of Carrier Ethernet and Multiplay Marketing for Juniper Networks EMEA. He has extensive experience in Carrier Data Services with special emphasis on next generation Multiplay services and network architectures.

Prior to joining Juniper Networks, David spent seven years at Nortel where he was a Business Development Manager specializing in Carrier Ethernet and Broadband areas. Before Nortel he worked at Eicon-Dialogic as Technical Manager in Spain. David is the Country Marketing Chair at Metro Ethernet Forum for Spain.

David Noguer has wide experience speaking at international Conferences. He holds an IT engineering degree from Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB) and has an executive MBA from EADA Barcelona.

Mr. Sten Nordell
CTO | Infinera


Sten Nordell, Transmode's Chief Technology Officer, was formerly Chief Convergence Officer and also VP Networks & Platform Strategy at mobile operator Telenor Group, and served as CTO of both Utfors AB (the first carrier in the world to deploy IP/MPLS directly over WDM) and Bay Networks' Internet and Telecom Division in EMEA.

Sten also has experience as a Director of Business and Technology Strategy EMEA for Nortel. Being one of the few people in the industry to have senior level experience both in building networks from the operator's perspective and in designing systems as a vendor to meet operator needs, Sten has been in demand and recognised for his presentations at numerous consortia, conferences and shows.

Mr. Kazuaki Obana
Executive Research Engineer | NTT DOCOMO


Kazuaki OBANA is an Executive Research Engineer at Research Laboratories, NTT DOCOMO. After joining NTT, he was engaged for 17 years in R&D of priority queuing by time and place information, proxy design with shaping functions, fast transmission system with multi-lane aggregation, Home ICT system on Customer Premises Equipment (CPE), and programmable nodes.

His current interests and responsibilities are NFV, SDN and related areas. He holds BE/ME degrees in electrical engineering from Waseda University, Tokyo.

Mr. Łukasz Ogrodowczyk
Computer Systems Analyst | PSNC


Łukasz Ogrodowczyk is a Computer Systems Analyst in Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center. He was involved in some R&D projects related to low-level virtualization and data processing into network processors (Future Internet Engineering), open networking hardware (ALIEN) and SDN/NFV paradigm (FELIX).

Łukasz is a full stack developer, familiar with embedded systems, network protocols and Quality of Service in next generation packet networks.

In free time developer of smart solutions for the Internet of Things.

Ms. Wendy Ooms
Lead Architect Virtualization | KPN


Wendy Ooms MSc is lead architect virtualization within KPN.

Since 2012 she has been involved in deploying IaaS solutions.

Wendy gained experience during implementations on both operator and vendor side. She is currently working on the introduction of NFV and SDN within KPN.

Mr. Simon Osborne
CTO | Comptel


Simon is Chief Technology Officer for Service Orchestration at Comptel, responsible for detailing creative and innovative solutions for the communications market. As Vice President of the Fulfillment Business Unit he lead the product management team and the development team to transform Comptel Provisioning & Activation technology into to a fully integrated catalog-driven Fulfillment platform.

Simon has also held senior roles in strategy and architecture and in over 20 years in the industry has also worked at Axiom Systems, Metasolv, Nortel, Architel and CGI.

Dr. Vijoy Pandey
Head of Engineering, Networking | Google


Vijoy Pandey is Head of Engineering ​for data center fabrics and backbone at Google. He​ leads ​the ​team responsible for the architecture, design, planning and engineering of Google's data center, cloud and backbone networks with a push towards building large scale distributed systems for automation, diagnostic telemetry and health data analytics.

Prior to Google, he was the CTO of Networking​ at IBM where he led the technical vision & system architecture for IBM System Networking. He was previously the CTO and Director Engineering of a startup, Blade Networking Technologies (BNT) which was acquired by IBM. Before that has held various leadership and management roles in switching, security, and application delivery controller companies & startups.

Mr. Prayson Pate
Chief Technology Officer – Ensemble & NFV Evangelist | ADVA Optical Networking


Prayson Pate is ADVA Optical Networking's chief technology officer for Ensemble and an evangelist for network functions virtualization (NFV). He speaks at industry events and writes posts and articles to inform, educate and entertain, mostly about NFV with plenty of innovation for good measure. These include The Real CTOs of NFV series.

Prayson received a master's degree in electrical and computer engineering from North Carolina State University and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Duke University. Prayson has contributed to standards bodies such as the MEF and IETF. He is a named inventor on nine patents.

Mr. Justin Paul
Head of OSS and NFV Marketing | Amdocs


Justin Paul is in charge of the OSS and NFV Marketing team at Amdocs, based in Bath, UK. He has worked in telecommunications for 20 years in product marketing and product management roles for leading telecommunication companies specializing in bringing new technologies to market.

In Amdocs he is responsible for marketing Amdocs' evolution of OSS to address new technology areas such as Internet-of-Things, HetNets, NFV and SDN. He is also responsible for marketing Amdocs' NFV solutions and has overseen a series of major product launches in this area.

Justin is an experienced conference speaker and panelist – speaking at LTE Asia, SCTE, and OSS in the era of NFV/SDN in the past year. As an Amdocs spokesperson he regularly briefs the press and analysts and has been widely quoted.

Prior to joining Amdocs he worked as an independent consultant to the Scottish Government; Airwave, the UK Public Safety Network Operator (TETRA) as Head of Product Marketing; Alcatel-Lucent as Head of Segment Marketing and Nokia as System Marketing Manager for the early GPRS and 3G data networks.

Prof. Adrian Perrig
Professor, Network Security Group | ETH Zurich


Distinguished Fellow | CyLab, Carnegie Mellon University


Adrian Perrig is a Professor at the Department of Computer Science at ETH Zürich, Switzerland, where he leads the network security group. He is also a Distinguished Fellow at CyLab, and an Adjunct Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University.

From 2002 to 2012, he was a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Engineering and Public Policy, and Computer Science (courtesy) at Carnegie Mellon University; From 2007 to 2012, he also served as the technical director for Carnegie Mellon's Cybersecurity Laboratory (CyLab). He earned his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University under the guidance of J.D. Tygar, and spent three years during his Ph.D. degree at the University of California at Berkeley. He received his B.Sc. degree in Computer Engineering from EPFL. Adrian's research revolves around building secure systems -- in particular his group is working on the SCION secure future Internet architecture.

Mr. Laurent Perrin
Director Product Management | Orange Business Services


Laurent Perrin is Marketing Director, International Product Management, in the Connectivity Business Unit of Orange Business Services. In this position he leads a team of senior product managers in charge of a 900 M€ revenue product portfolio focused on multi-national companies. His focus it to support Orange customers in the transformation of their network to adapt with new Cloud and Internet usage, leveraging SDN-NFV technologies.

He brings his 20 year experience in the B2B telecommunication market, with a strong marketing focus in innovative areas (Internet, M2M, hybrid networks) and the ability to work in international and multicultural environments.

Mr. Manuel Peuster
Research Associate | Paderborn University


Manuel Peuster received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degree in computer science from Paderborn University, Germany in 2012 and 2014, respectively.

He is currently a research associate in the Computer Networks group at Paderborn University where he is working towards his PhD. His main research interests are network function virtualization and software defined networks. He is currently involved in the European H2020 project SONATA

Mr. Davide Pezzolla
Research Assistant | Politecnico di Torino


Davide Pezzolla obtained a BSc at Politecnico di Torino.

He is currently completing his master thesis as part of the MSc programme, still with Politecnico di Torino, working as Research Assistant.

Davide's research interests are in network function virtualization, software defined networks and cloud computing. His current focus is on dynamical configuration of virtual network function.

  Mr. Danny Phillips
Director, Product Marketing | Citrix


  Ms. Padma Pillay-Esnault
Distinguished Engineer | Huawei


Mr. Miguel Ponce De Leon
Chief Technologist, TSSG | Waterford Institute of Technology


CTO | Kodacall


Miguel Ponce de Leon is a Chief Technologist who has participated in over 30 national & international research projects, and has authored papers in future networking, communication network management, Smart Grid & Living Labs.

Currently Miguel is coordinator of the ICT PRISTINE project and has been primary investigator for the research projects ICT PanLabs II, ICT Perimeter, ICT OpenLab, ICT 4WARD, ICT EFIPSANS, ICT AutoI, and FI PPP FINESCE. Miguel is also involved in commercialising research, most recently in innovating a new PaaS for realtime communications for Kodacall.

Miguel has participated in standards activities, where he has been a representative to ETSI and TMForum, and on the Advisory Council of ISOC.

Mr. Aleš Potočnik
Director | Iskratel


Aleš Potočnik is director of sector Telco responsible for product management and product development.

He also has responsibility for product management in the Transport sector.He has been involved in the Telecommunication sector for over 21 years and is a graduate of the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Within Iskratel Aleš has been involved in product development and management, large projects development and delivery of various products. He has more than 5 years of experience in solutions management for Telco and Transport markets in Eastern Europe and CIS region.

Mr. Gagan Puranik
Director, SDN/NFV Architecture Planning | Verizon


Gagan Puranik is Director of Software Defined Network (SDN) Architecture Planning for Verizon. He is responsible for collaborating with wireless, wireline, and capital planning teams on all functional and service level migrations tied to a software-based architecture. This includes strategic design standards implementation, and industry engagement.

Over his last 18 years with Verizon, Gagan has held numerous leadership positions in various parts of the business. Gagan's most recent assignments include leading Verizon's Phase 4 LTE Trials, which took place in Boston, and helping to foster the rapid adoption of LTE at Verizon's Innovation Centers, which are designed to spur the growth of new business. He has also been issued 5 US patents.

Gagan earned a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Engineering from University of Mysore, India and a Master's Degree in Computer Science from Mississippi State University. He earned also earned a MBA from Belhaven University and attended "Leading Product Innovation" from Harvard Business School.

Mr. Chris Purdy


Chris has lead the development of CENX's technology vision since the inception of the company. He has served in numerous roles at CENX including heading R&D, Professional Services, and Product Management in support of implementing this vision. In the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF), Chris was a leader in helping to create The Third Network vision, has participated in numerous projects, and was editor of the Ethernet Service Constructs specification in the technical committee.

Before CENX, Chris was CTO at Nakina Systems, a telecom operations software vendor. He helped take the company from its early stage to one deployed in multiple Tier 1 providers managing thousands of network elements. Prior to Nakina, Chris spent 19 years with Nortel in numerous roles including Professional Services, Senior Network Operations and IT consultant, and Director of Optical Ethernet Management.

Chris holds a BASc. in Electrical engineering from the University of Toronto.

Mr. Vasile Radoaca
CTO of SDN/NFV Division | NEC/Netcracker


As Chief Technology Officer for Netcracker's SDN/NFV division, Vasile Radoaca is responsible for driving NFV and SDN strategy, architecture and solutions across the NEC/Netcracker portfolio. He is focused on SDN/NFV management and orchestration (MANO), NEC's program for researching and standardizing NFV, as well as the team's end-to-end VNF solutions.

Prior to joining Netcracker, Vasile held executive positions at Huawei, Alcatel-Lucent and Cisco. He is also a technical member of Bell Labs, holds seven major telecom infrastructure patents and has contributed to 15 IETF RFCs/RFIs.

Mr. Francisco-Javier Ramón
Head of Network Virtualisation, GCTO | Telefónica


Chair | ETSI Open Source MANO


Francisco-Javier has worked in Telefónica since 2000. He was former head of the IP Network Technologies group in Telefónica I+D, and since 2008 he has been head of the Network Virtualisation Initiative and the NFV Reference Lab in Telefónica GCTO Unit. Additionally, he has been chair of the Performance and Portability Expert Group and the Working Group of Testing, Experimentation and Open Source in ETSI NFV ISG

In April 2016, he was elected Chairman of Open Source MANO (ETSI OSG OSM) project on Management and Orchestration for NFV.

His expertise areas are network virtualisation, IP network architecture, traffic capture and analysis, QoE modelling, network planning and dimensioning, routing and network performance. He is author of several patents and technical papers in these fields.

Francisco-Javier achieved a Master Telecommunications Engineer qualification at the Technical School of Telecommunications Engineering of Málaga (Spain), 2000, and a Master's Degree in Economics at UNED (Spain), 2006.

Mr. Anil Rao
Senior Analyst | Analysys Mason


Anil Rao is the lead analyst for the Service Assurance programme at Analysys Mason, focusing on producing market research and thought leadership on the evolving assurance industry.

He has published research on NFV/SDN and its impacts on assurance, real-time network analytics and how service assurance can help in reducing churn and improving customer experience.

Anil holds a BEng in Computer Science from the University of Mysore, India and an MBA from Lancaster University Management School, UK

Mr. Yann Rapaport
Product Manager | 6WIND


As Product Manager for 6WIND, Yann Rapaport works closely with sales, marketing and R&D to define and implement the 6WINDGate and Speed Series roadmaps in co-ordination with 6WIND's ecosystem of partners and customers.

Yann has held diverse positions at 6WIND, starting as a QA engineer in 2001 to managing the software outsourcing team in Vietnam in 2004, then serving as a pre-sales engineer in the US in 2008 and managing the customer support team back in Paris in 2009.

Yann holds a MSc in Computer Science, with a major in Systems and Networking, from ENSIMAG in France, which specialises in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics.

Dr. Uwe Rauschenbach
Rapporteur, ETSI MEC ISG | Rapporteur, ETSI NFV ISG


Senior Standardization Specialist, Nokia Bell Labs and CTO Nokia | Nokia


Uwe Rauschenbach is a senior standardization specialist at Nokia Bell Labs and CTO, playing an active part in the development of industry specifications that deal with the introduction of cloud technologies into telecommunication networks, namely ETSI Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and ETSI Mobile Edge Computing (MEC).

He is responsible as ETSI NFV rapporteur for the set of specifications that define how the NFV Orchestrator and the VNF Manager interwork.

He has also worked in other standards developing organizations such as the IETF and the Open Mobile Alliance on various topics including RTCWeb, Network APIs and Mobile Television.

Uwe has a background in university and industry research in the fields of media coding and networked multimedia services, and holds a PhD from the University of Rostock for works in image coding and image transmission.

Mr. Frank Rayal
Founding Partner | Xona Partners


Frank Rayal is founding partner at Xona Partners, a boutique management and technology advisory firm specializing in telecom, media and technology. He is a telecom industry professional with more than 20 years of experience working with network operators and system vendors to develop and deploy innovative wireless solutions.

Frank co-founded small-cell backhaul pioneer BLiNQ Networks. He held senior product management, marketing and business development positions at Ericsson, Redline, and Metawave.

He holds a BS in electrical engineering from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, and an MASc in electrical engineering and an MBA from the University of Toronto, Canada. He is a senior member of IEEE, and a member of Professional Engineers Ontario.

Prof. Dipankar Raychaudhuri
Distinguished Professor & Director, WINLAB | Rutgers University


Fellow | IEEE


Dipankar Raychaudhuri is Distinguished Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering and Director, WINLAB (Wireless Information Network Lab) at Rutgers University. As WINLAB's Director, he is responsible for an internationally-recognized industry-university research center specializing in wireless technology. He is also PI for several large U.S. National Science Foundation funded projects including the "ORBIT" wireless testbed and the "MobilityFirst" future Internet architecture.

Dr. Raychaudhuri has previously held corporate R&D positions including: Chief Scientist, Iospan Wireless (2000-01), AGM & Dept Head, NEC Laboratories (1993-99) and Head, Broadband Communications, Sarnoff Corp (1990-92). He obtained the B.Tech (Hons) from IIT Kharagpur in 1976 and the M.S. and Ph.D degrees from SUNY, Stony Brook in 1978, 79. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.

Mr. Andy Reid
Chief Network Services Architect | BT


Vice Chair | ETSI Open Source MANO


Andy Reid is currently architect for BT's project on network functions virtualisation.

Andy has worked in the telecoms industry for over 25 years and is now particularly concerned with removing packet performance bottlenecks in hypervisors, and the operations and management of virtualised network functions and their supporting infrastructure platform.

Andy has a long history in telecoms strategy and architecture and has a particular interesting in modelling, including functional modelling, data modelling, operational modelling, and performance modelling. Following his close involvement with the original SDH network architectural definition almost 20 years ago, Andy co-authored the seminal reference text "Transmission Networking: SONET and the Synchronous Digital Hierarchy", together with Mike Sexton. In more recent years he has also done a substantial amount economic modelling for pricing, regulation and competition law.

Mr. Lothar Reith
Senior Consultant | Detecon


Lothar Reith joined Detecon's packet switching competence group in 2005 and is providing consultancy services to Telco clients nationally and internationally. He is member of ONF and MEF, and regularly contributing in IETF. His expertise spans from regulatory services to IT BSS and OSS systems, charging architecture, management plane, control plane and data plane of mobile and fixed networks.

Prior to joining Detecon, Lothar worked 17 years for Nortel Networks in Germany and Northern Telecom/Bell Northern Research in Canada in various roles from software testing, technical support, pre-sales, product marketing, product management and senior network solution specialist. He has over 30 years experience of applying packet switching technologies in carrier networks for business and residential customers, starting at AEG as software developer for digitizing the telegram service with X.25 transport for Deutsche Bundespost.

Lothar Reith has a Diploma in computer science (Informatik) from the Technical University Darmstadt and has been a member of the society for Informatik (GI) for over 30 years.

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Ms. Sandra Rivera
VP and General Manager, Network Platforms Group | Intel


Board Member & Chair, Marketing Committee | OPNFV


Sandra Rivera has held marketing and business development roles for 13 years at Intel, focused on communications markets and products, with responsibility for product marketing, segment marketing, channel and ecosystem marketing.

Currently Sandra drives TEM, OEM and End User Market Development for Intel's Communications & Storage Infrastructure Group. She is also responsible for communications and storage infrastructure solutions integration, ecosystem enabling and overall industry marketing

Prior to Intel, Sandra co-founded The CTI Authority, a computer telephony distributor, served as president of Catalyst Telecom's CT division and had responsibility for the Dialogic sales organization in the eastern US and Canada.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Penn State University.

Mr. Luis Jorge Romero
Director General | ETSI


Luis Jorge Romero, Director General of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), has more than 20-years experience in the telecommunications sector. At ETSI he initiated a global standardization partnership for Machine to Machine communications, and has driven the implementation of the ETSI Long Term Strategy, an ambitious plan to prepare the institute for the future.

Previously he has held diverse Director positions in Spain, Morocco and Mexico, predominantly with Telefonica. As Global Director for International Roaming and Standards, and Director of Innovation and Standards, he oversaw Telefonica's participation in global standardization activities, and participated directly in the work of the Next Generation Mobile Networksv (NGMN) Alliance and in the GSM Association (GSMA).

Before joining ETSI in July 2011, he held the position of Director General of Innosoft and was also a partner and board member of Madrid-based Innology Ventures.

Mr. Carsten Rossenhövel
Managing Director | EANTC


Carsten Rossenhoevel is Managing Director of EANTC AG (European Advanced Networking Test Center), an independent test lab in Berlin, Germany.

In this role, Carsten is responsible for EANTC's business development and marketing. Carsten has over 20 years of experience in telecommunication networks and testing. His technical areas of expertise include Multi Protocol Label Switching (MPLS), Carrier Ethernet, Triple Play, and Mobile Backhaul.

Carsten is one of the co-founders of EANTC AG. Before joining EANTC, he studied computer science at the Technical University of Berlin and worked as a software engineer, as well as consultant in the financial services and media sector.

  Ms. Eva Rossi
Head of Transport Product | Vodafone


Mr. Yvon Rouault
Wireless specialist in the CTO Office | EXFO


Yvon Rouault holds the position of Wireless Specialist in the CTO Office and focuses on new technologies such as Network Analytics, LTE Advanced, NFV, 5G, and Fronthaul/CRAN. With some 30 years of experience in the network test and measurement (T&M) industry, Yvon has occupied various roles ranging from engineering, sales support, account management, channel management, product marketing, and advisor at the CTO office level.

Yvon has worked for leading companies such as; Hewlett Packard, Agilent Technologies and Tektronix Communications.

He holds an engineering degree in Electronics and a master's degree in Marketing Management.

Ms. Sue Rudd
Director Service Provider Analysis | Strategy Analytics


Sue has over 25 years' experience in mobile broadband, voice and value added IP services.

At Strategy Analytics she analyses and evaluates the potential for:
• SDN enabled Services, Telco Cloud and 5G Network Slicing
• SDN/NFV impact on Network CAPEX, OPEX, TCO and margins
• Virtualisation of Radio Access Network (vRAN) and Small Cells
• Video Delivery Optimization and Content Delivery Networks
• Seamless Wi-Fi Roaming and Offload
• OSS and Network Signaling Opportunities

Prior to joining Strategy Analytics, she managed market opportunities for companies selling to Telcos, MNOs and ISPs. Sue has worked for leading vendors: Comverse (now Xura), Motorola Cellular (now Nokia), Bolt Beranek & Newman (BBN now Raytheon) and Burroughs (now UNISYS).

Sue has an MBA in Operations Mgt. from the Wharton School at Univ. of Pennsylvania and MA in Economics from University of Cambridge UK.

Dr. Craig Russell
Principal Research Engineer | CSIRO Data61


Craig Russell is a network research engineer at CSIRO Data61 in Australia. He has 20+ years experience in the design, implementation and operation of large data networks, both in the commercial and R&D sectors.

In recent years Craig has specialised in the development of SDN prototype applications and together with colleagues at the University of NSW and AARNet (Australian Academic and Research Network) he has recently deployed an Australia wide SDN test-bed spanning 9 University campuses plus CSIRO and developed an ONOS application called CASToR that controls this network.

Craig is a co-founder of the Australian SDN Alliance, an informal industry group formed to promote the adoption of SDN technology and is an ONOS ambassador in Australia. He holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics from Macquarie University.

Mr. Bryan Sadowski
VP, DCEngine & FlowEngine Product Marketing | Radisys


Bryan Sadowski serves as vice president of FlowEngine and DCEngine, bringing more than 20 years of telecom expertise to the role, including extensive experience working directly with communications service providers.

Prior to Radisys, Bryan was most recently vice president of Professional and Advanced Services for Sonus Networks, where he spent a decade in a variety of leadership positions, including sales, marketing and business and product development.

He holds a Global Master of Arts in International Relations from Tufts University and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Boston College.

Mr. Michele Santuari
Junior Research Engineer | CREATE-NET


Michele Santuari received a Masters degree in Telecommunications Engineering in 2014 from the University of Trento, with the thesis: "An OpenFlow architecture to improve traffic management in enterprise edge networks" developed in collaboration with CREATE-NET and Trentino Network S.r.l.

In 2013, he joined CREATE- NET as a junior research engineer and software developer within the Smart Infrastructure application area. He is focused on Software Defined Network, in particular on the Control Plane and Management development.

  Mr. Tony Sarathchandra
Director, Product Management – SDN Technology and Solutions | Juniper Networks


Dr. Jehanne Savi
Executive Leader, All-IP & On-Demand Networks Programs | Orange


Jehanne Savi is currently leading 2 strategic programs for Orange world-wide aiming respectively at the all-IP transformation of the services and networks, and at the industrialization of new on-demand offers on the network layer as well as on the service layer thanks to the virtualization and automatization promises (i.e. NFV&SDN). Besides, she is a board member of French INRIA.

Previously, she was executive director of the online channels within Orange France. As such she was responsible for the business development of the digital customer relationship, in terms of usage adoption and channel share as well as in terms of new self-service offering ; she has been an active stakeholder of the SOSH launch whose products are a web exclusivity.

Earlier, during 9 years, she was head of IT delivery for France within the group IT executive committee, after a few years in charge of defining and implementing business processes and IT for VoIP & TV & internet offers over ADSL & fiber access.

She joined the Orange – France Telecom group in 1995 and held until 2001 a series of positions as an operation manager, i.e. transmission manager and then mobile deployment manager for the area of Lyon in France, followed by project manager for the mobile network roll-out of Optimus in Portugal, and at last pre-sales manager for the enterprise business market back in the region of Lyon.

She has a degree in telecom management (Telecom Paris Tech) and a PhD in theoretical physics. Mother of 3 young kids, she is also a member of the european network for "Women In Leadership".

Mr. Frank Schapfel
NFV Telecoms Solutions Marketing Manager | Intel


Frank Schapfel is a 16-year Intel veteran marketing various communications and networking programs.

Frank has led market development, technical support, segment/industry marketing, and product marketing teams launching new initiatives like Network Processors, Intel Communications platforms, and QuickAssist technology. Before Intel, he held sales and marketing roles at Samsung Semiconductor, IDT, and Digital Equipment. Frank has a BSEE from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA with High Honors from Boston University.

  Mr. Gershon Schatzberg
Strategic Planner, SDN | Intel


Dr. Fabian Schneider
Dissemination Work Package Leader | BEBA project


Senior Researcher | NEC


Fabian Schneider is a Senior Researcher at NEC Laboratories Europe (situated in Heidelberg, Germany). Fabian's research targets network and cloud management. In particular he is working on finding the right abstractions for controlling networks and on improving scalability and performance of SDN solutions. He is active in the ONF since 2012, participating in various working groups and projects including SDN architecture, intent & northbound interfaces (NBI), OpenFlow protocol development and hybrid considerations. Fabian is currently Deputy Area Director of the Services Area in the ONF.

Prior to joining NEC in Jan 2012, Fabian spent 12 years researching, administrating and designing computer networks, focusing mainly on network measurement and monitoring in his scientific career. While earning his Ph.D., Fabian worked at DT Labs in Berlin where he developed broadband access network measurement solutions and studied user behavior on the Internet. During his PostDoc at Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris, Fabian worked on home network monitoring and network performance evaluation of virtualized systems. Fabian holds a Ph.D. in computer science from TU Berlin, Germany and a Diplom (german M.Sc equivalent) from TU München, Germany.

Mr. Louis Scialabba
Director, Carrier Solutions Marketing | Radware


Louis Scialabba is currently Director of Carrier Solutions Marketing for Radware. In this role, Louis is responsible for leading network security and application delivery marketing initiatives for wireless, wireline and cloud service providers.

Overall, Louis has 21 years' career experience in the communications and networking industry in a variety of roles, including Solutions Marketing, Sales, Business Development, Product Line Management, and Engineering.

Prior to Radware, Louis was Head of North America Marketing at Aviat Networks, a leading packet microwave supplier. He spent the majority of his early career at Tellabs, where he was Director of Mobile Routing Technology Planning for 8600, 8800, and 9200 product lines. Other roles at Tellabs included Director of Product Line Management, Market Management and Business Development for Tellabs Mobile Backhaul, and Engineering Manager for Tellabs Managed Access, Cable Telephony, and Digital Cross-connect business units.

Louis earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois and a Master of Business Administration degree from St. Xavier University in Chicago.

Mr. Claudio Scola
Director, Product Marketing, Global Network Services | Level 3 Communications


Claudio Scola has over 25 years experience in the Telecommunications Industry with over 17 years of experience in the product management and product marketing of Internet and WAN services.

Claudio is a member of the MEF and regularly speaks about Lifecycle Service Orchestration. "I have seen many waves of exciting trends transform the industry and the future is just as exciting now as it was back then". His focus right now at Level 3 Communications is to help create a next generation cloud-friendly WAN that allows organisations to transform and accelerate their pace of change.

Dr. Sandra Scott-Hayward
Lecturer | Queen's University Belfast


Research Associate | Open Networking Foundation


Dr. Sandra Scott-Hayward, CEng, is a Lecturer in the Network Security research group at the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT), Queen's University Belfast.

She has experience in both research and industry, having worked as a Systems Engineer and Engineering Group Leader with Airbus before returning to complete her Ph.D. at Queen's University Belfast.

At CSIT, Sandra leads research and development of network security architectures and security functions for SDN. Sandra is Vice-Chair of the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) Security Working Group and received an Outstanding Technical Contributor Award from the ONF in February 2015.

Dr. Prodip Sen
CTO, Network Functions Virtualization | HPE


Chair, Board of Directors | OPNFV


Dr Prodip Sen is currently Chief Technology Officer of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) at HPE's Communications Solutions Business (CSB), where he is responsible for the technology strategy and industry engagement for the NFV. His current focus is to foster the generation of solutions and techniques that will accelerate the use of Software Defined Networking (SDN) and NFV approaches in service provider networks. Prodip is part of the core group of individuals who have been instrumental in creating the NFV industry movement, and continue to energize the industry and push its boundaries. He served as the first Chair of the ETSI Industry Specification Group on Network Functions Virtualization (ETSI NFV ISG) from January 2013 to July 2014. He is a former board member of the Open Networking Foundation (ONF).

Prodip and his industry colleagues subsequently created an open source activity hosted under the Linux Foundation to help accelerate the implementation of software and platforms for NFV – Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV). This project which will leverage existing open source projects to create a reference platform for NFV. He is currently Chair of the Board of Directors for OPNFV.

Before joining HPE, Prodip was at Verizon, where he was responsible for assessment of new technologies and architectures, definition of the target architecture and network evolution strategy. Prior activities covered a variety of architecture, design and system engineering activities, in support of data and multimedia services.

Earlier, while at Polytechnic University in Brooklyn, NY (now NYU Poly) and at the University of California, Los Angeles, Prodip conducted research in computer communication networks, network management, decision theory, system theory and control theory. He has taught courses in communication networks, digital communications, signal processing, and control theory.

Prodip is a Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Communication Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India.

Ms. Afrodite Sevasti
Senior Project Manager | GÉANT


Chief Business Development Officer | GRNET


Dr. Afrodite Sevasti holds the position of Chief Business Development Officer at the Greek Research and Technology Network (GRNET) S.A. She is also a Senior Project Manager in GÉANT, where she is currently coordinating the development activities on introducing SDN and NFV capabilities to the pan-European data network for the research and education community. She has also led research activities on advanced network services and next generation OSS/BSS solutions for non-commercial environments.

Afrodite graduated from the Computer Engineering and Informatics Department of Patras University, Greece, where she also received her PhD in the field of QoS enhancements on IP-based networks. She also holds an MSc degree on Information Networking from Carnegie Mellon University.

Mr. Syed Shaaf
Principal Solution Architect | Red Hat


Syed Shaaf is an open source enthusiast helping customers adapt to open source both on a strategic and technology level over the last 16 years.

Starting off as a Software/Build engineer he has deployed many CI/CD environments and is an expert in driving applications/operational efficiency projects, while today tools have matured and containers bring another perspective to CI/CD. Merged together with software-defined data centre, the possibilities become endless.

Syed currently works with Telecoms to bring agility to both application development and infrastructure.

Ms. Lakshmi Sharma
Senior Director Product Management SWBU | Brocade


Lakshmi Sharma brings twenty years of experience developing large-scale enterprise and carrier-grade systems that demand high scalability, security, and reliability. Lakshmi leads's Silicon Valley team and is responsible for cloud platform development and RIFT.ware technology solutions. Her team is responsible for converting the strategic vision of RIFT.ware into technology that can be presented to customers and industry standards bodies to advance compelling technology solutions.

Prior to, Lakshmi led development of cloud, virtualization products, and orchestration solutions at Cisco. She previously served as Director of Engineering and Distinguished Engineer in the Core Business Unit at Juniper Networks.

Lakshmi holds an MBA from the University of Santa Clara and Masters in Computes Applications from Delhi University.

Mr. Donglin Shen
Principal Analyst | EJL Wireless


Donglin Shen's research focus area is LTE/LTE-A and 5G radio access network (RAN) technologies and services including centralized RAN (C-RAN), Carrier Aggregation, VoLTE, and LTE Broadcast. In addition, his coverage included core network technologies including self optimized networks (SON), software defined networks (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV).

Before joining EJL Wireless Research, Donglin was the Vice President/Chief Technology Officer, Strategic Planning for ZTE where his responsibilities included wireless R&D activities (GSM/EDGE, WiMAX, W-CDMA/HSPA, LTE, VoLTE, WiFi & small cells), direct mobile operator business development and technical proposals, NGMN technical development, and IPR evaluation and licensing.

Prior to this, he was a member of the Senior Technical Staff at AT&T Wireless. Donglin's focus included 3GPP standards development on Iur-g interface, UMTS1800/1900 specifications and A-GPS specifications. He also was responsible for technology and vendor management for W-CDMA/HSPA technology supporting AT&T Wireless. In addition, he has held senior technical positions at Metawave Communications and Nortel Networks.

Donglin holds a M.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and a B.S. in electrical engineering from Northeast University, Shenyang, China. He also attended Graduate School at the University of Science and Technology of China, Beijing, China. He also has been awarded three patents.

Prof. Dimitra Simeonidou
Director Smart Internet Lab | University of Bristol


CTO | Bristol is Open


Dimitra Simeonidou is a Professor at Bristol and the CTO of the Bristol smart city initiative: Bristol Is Open. She is a leading academic in the Fields of Networks, Cloud networking and Software Defined Networking.

Over the years, she has led a large number of research projects with and she is the author and co-author of over 400 papers in journals and international conferences, book chapters, several standardisation documents and patents.

  Mr. Manish Singh
VP, Product Management – SDN & NFV | Tech Mahindra


Mr. Kevin Smith
Senior Technology Strategist | Vodafone


Kevin Smith has worked on mobile Internet technologies since 1998, and helped design and deliver Vodafone mobile platforms and services since 2000. He has chaired numerous industry working groups for GSMA and OMA, and edited standards for W3C.

He currently works on 'smarter traffic management' that allows networks to realise improved customer Internet experience without breaching their privacy.

Mr. David Snow
Principal Analyst | Current Analysis


As Principal Analyst for Service Provider Infrastructure, David is responsible for tracking the evolution and key developments within the IP Services Infrastructure market. His coverage areas include Hosted Multimedia Application Servers, IP Multimedia Subsystems (IMS), Mobile Softswitching, Policy Control, Service Delivery Platforms (SDPs), Session Border Controls (SBCs) and Softswitches.

Prior to joining Current Analysis, David was a Senior Analyst at Juniper Research, where he led the Mobile Commerce stream, with a concentration on plotting the course of mobile payments, banking and financial services, as well as Near Field Communications (NFC) and ticketing. He also served as a Senior Analyst at both Ericsson AB and Marconi Corporation, where he focused on market, strategic and competitive intelligence.

David is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and earned a B.Sc. in Physics from University of Bristol and an M.Sc. in Telecommunication Technology from Aston University.

Mr. William Snow
VP of Engineering | Open Networking Laboratory


Bill Snow is the VP of Engineering with the Open Networking Laboratory (ON.Lab). He is responsible for all engineering and operations at ON.Lab and leads the teams providing core engineering to the ONOS and CORD projects. Prior to joining ON.Lab,

Bill spent over 25 years in the industry building development teams and delivering innovative products. He has led engineering teams for both startups and public companies in the networking and security spaces. He was responsible for the routing and high availability teams delivering the Cisco CRS-1. He was also responsible for the Centillion LAN switching product line prior to Centillion's acquisition by Bay Networks.

He received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, a Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Stanford University as well as a Master of Science in Engineering Management from Stanford University.

Mr. Alexander Sobania
Senior Expert Production Management & Automation | Deutsche Telekom


Alexander Sobania joined Deutsche Telekom in 2008. Within the Group CTO team Alexander is responsible for the management and automation of different virtualized applications on the cloud.

He has approximately 10 years of experience in the Telecommunication industry where he has held various roles on both technical and conceptual levels.

Mr. Vin Spinelli
SVP, Global Sales & Marketing |


Vin Spinelli leads the customer experience at with responsibility for go-to-market strategy and delivery of RIFT.ware to enterprise and service provider markets.

Prior to, Vin served as Managing Director, Mobile Solutions Group at Juniper Networks where he led sales, marketing, channel, business development, and services and support for the mobile market. Vin also held senior management roles at Starent Networks, which he helped grow from a point product company to a high growth solutions company and guiding the company to a successful acquisition by Cisco.

Prior to Starent Networks Vin served as Chief Architect for Mobility at Cisco where he organized and led mobile sales operations. Vin holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from California State University at Long Beach and is a military veteran having served in the U.S. Navy.

Mr. Nick St-Pierre
VP, Office of CTO | Sandvine


Nicolas St-Pierre is Vice President in the Office of the Chief Technology Officer at Sandvin and currently focuses on thought leadership as well as Sandvine's forthcoming products and solutions strategy in the Service Provider space, including virtualization and software-defined networking.

Nick has over 15 years of industry experience. In his previous role at Sandvine, Nicolas was the Director of Sales Engineering.

Previously, Nick has worked as Chief Technology Officer and founder of Bering Media, a hyperlocal advertising data company, and has also worked at various networking firms including Shasta Networks and Nortel Networks after attending Montreal's École Polytechnique.

Mr. Shahar Steiff
AVP New Technologies | PCCW Global


Board Member | MEF


Shahar Steiff joined PCCW Global in 2001 and has served in various sales, pre-sales product development and management roles. In his current assignment Shahar explores the applicability of new technologies to PCCW Global's current and future product portfolio. Shahar represents PCCW Global in numerous Standard bodies such as MEF, ONF, TM Forum, NGMN, OPEN-O and others with focus on inter-carrier orchestration standardization.

Prior to his current role in PCCW Global Shahar worked for Teleglobe Inc. and for NetVision, an Israeli ISP.

Shahar is also a board member of MEF and a Co-Chair of the MEF Technical & Operations Committee, Co-Chair of the ONF Carrier-Grade Work-Group, Deputy director of the ONF Services-Area and an External Advisory Board member at T-NOVA.

  Ms. Renée Strömberg
Head of Tail-f Marketing | Tail-f


Prof. Andy Sutton


Principal Network Architect | BT


Professor Andy Sutton is EE's Principal Network Architect with responsibilities for RAN architecture evolution and mobile backhaul strategy and architecture. Andy has 30 years of experience within the telecommunications industry, mainly in radio access, transmission and transport network strategy, architecture and design.

Andy's research interests include; distributed and centralised RAN architectures and protocols, radio access network dimensioning and QoS, microwave and millimetre wave radio systems along with synchronisation and time distribution in telecommunications networks. During his career Andy has worked for Mercury Communications Ltd, Orange, France Telecom Group, H3G and EE.

Andy is a Visiting Professor with the Department of Computing, Science and Engineering at the University of Salford where he delivers 6 annual lectures. He also works with the University on collaborative research projects. He is a research mentor and industrial partner of the 5G Innovation Centre at the University of Surrey.

Andy is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Member of the Institute of Telecommunications Professionals and Fellow of the British Computer Society. Andy contributes to International telecommunications standardisation activities and several industry forums.

Mr. Shinya Tachimoto
VP, Network Service Systems Labs | NTT


Shinya Tachimoto is currently a VP, Project Manager of IP and Optical systems for NTT. He has various experiences in network service systems.

He joined NTT Communication Switching Laboratories in 1990 and developed switching system software for 10 years. In NGN project, he had a key role in system development and network integration test. Following this he worked for NTT docomo for 5 years and he was responsible for developing mobile network service applications.

Shinya Tachimoto received his Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tokyo Institute of Technology.

Mr. Douglas Tait
Director of Product Marketing | Oracle Communications


Setting the telecommunications marketing strategy for Oracle and the industry, Doug Tait is defining and building out the Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and Service Delivery Platform (SDP) for Communications.

As Global Director of Marketing for Oracle Communications, Doug is driving the strategy and tactics for SDP, NFV, and WebRTC. Prior to Oracle, he was the director for Global Telecom Markets at BEA and founded the JAIN initiative defining Java technology for communications at Sun.

Doug organized international standards, community, and user group meetings for creating standards and driving the communications market toward standard based interfaces, platforms, and protocols.

Dr. Tang Xiongyan
Chief Technologist and CTO for network technology | China Unicom


Vice Char, TC10 | CCSA


Dr. Xiongyan Tang is now the Chief Technologist and CTO for network technology at China Unicom Network Technology Research Institute, vice chairman of China Communication Standardization Association (CCSA) TC10. He has more than 20 years of experience in telecommunication technologies.

He received his Ph.D degree in telecom engineering from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications in 1994. From 1994 to 1997,he conducted research of high-speed optical communications in Singapore and Germany. Since 1998, he has been working on technology management in telecom operators in China. His professional fields include optical and IP networks, broadband communications, SDN/NFV and new generation networks. He's now in charge of research and planning of broadband network and SDN/NFV in China Unicom.

Mr. Martin Taylor
CTO | Metaswitch


Martin Taylor has spent over 30 years in the telecom and network equipment industries, with diverse experience in product marketing, engineering, technology planning and business development.

Martin has been at Metaswitch since 2004, and became CTO in 2011. Prior to that, he was SVP Product Strategy, with responsibility for product management. During his time at Metaswitch, Martin has been closely involved with many industry firsts, including the first carrier-class virtualized Session Border Controller, and the first cloud-native virtualized IP Multimedia Subsystem. A pioneer in the field of NFV, Martin was recognized by Light Reading in January 2014 as one of the top five movers and shakers in NFV.

Martin's prior experience includes the role of founding CTO at CopperCom, where he was widely recognized as an early pioneer in Voice Over Broadband for his leadership of the ATM Forum standards work on Loop Emulation. Martin is a graduate of Cambridge with a degree in Engineering.

  Mr. Bala Thekkedath
Director of Marketing, NFV | HPE


Dr. Lester Thomas
Chief Systems Architect, Distinguished Engineer | Vodafone


Lester Thomas is the Chief Systems Architect for Vodafone Group Plc and also holds the title of Vodafone Distinguished Engineer.

He has been with Vodafone for 13 years and is responsible for Vodafone's Business and Operational Support Systems Architecture and Strategy, including their transformation to a cloud-native, agile and API first strategy. He was also the Vodafone champion for the TM Forum Open API programme.

Prior to Vodafone, Lester was Chief Technology Officer at an internet start-up and also spent 4 Years working for Andersen Consulting.

Lester has a PhD in Digital Information Theory from the University of Wales and held a post-Doctorate research position at the University of Cambridge.

  Mr. Nicolas Thomas
NFV Pioneer | Canonical


Mr. Phil Tilley
Director NFV & CloudBand Product Marketing | Nokia


Phil is Product Marketing Director NFV and Cloud solutions and is responsible for the positioning and promotion of Nokia's Lean Ops and NFV solutions including the CloudBand product line.

He has a BSc in Engineering from University College of North Wales and has over 20 years engineering and marketing experience and has always been an evangelist for the latest telecoms technologies.

Phil was also the Global marketing Co-Chair for the MEF (Metro Ethernet Forum) where he worked with vendors and service provider members to increase awareness and adoption of Carrier Ethernet and launched CE2.0.

Mr. Abel Tong
Director Blue Planet Marketing | Ciena


Co-Chair, SDN WG | MEF


Abel Tong is Sr. Director of Solutions Marketing at Ciena and is responsible for developing integrated Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Packet Optical networking solutions.

He has over 15 years of networking and telecommunications systems experience. Abel is a long-time contributor to the MEF and has been involved in the development of many of the key standards including ENNI, E-Access services and vNID specifications. He also has been instrumental in the go-to-market for CE2.0 and for market education around network management and Ethernet service OAM. Today, Abel is Co-Chair of the SDN Working Group and a member of the Marketing Leadership Council. Abel is also a member of the Cloud Ethernet Forum (CEF) and the ONF.

Mr. Jeans Tseng
VP, General Manager of Telecom Applications Business Unit | Lanner


Jeans Tseng oversees Lanner's business for the service provider market. He leads the development of vCPE benchmarking and NFV PoC with various 3rd parties including Wind River and NTT Lab..

Jeans has over 25 years experience in sales and technical management in IT, Networking, and Telecom industries. Prior to Lanner, he was with Alcatel-Lucent from 1999-2013 as country General Manager, VP of sales and President of Taiwan Alcatel Technology Co. Ltd.. Prior to that, he was with Xylan Corp. as country general manager, D-Link and Siemens Telecommunication Systems as Director of the R&D Center and software engineer.

Jeans received his bachelor degree from National Taiwan Ocean University and an MBA from National Chiao Tung University. He also attended innovation and management programs in INSEAD and UC Berkeley. He wrote six books on LAN/WAN Integration and three books for Network Planner's Training Course. Jeans is a founding member and advisor to NBL (Network Benchmarking Lab.), which is a certified by ONF to run OpenFlow Conformance Certification in Taiwan. He also co-ran several Distinguished Lecture classes on SDN together with IEEE Fellow, Prof. Yingdar Lin in 2015.

Mr. Shin Umeda
VP | Dell'Oro Group


Shin Umeda covers a broad view of Telecommunications Infrastructure at Dell'Oro Group as he has built their coverage and researched many of the technologies. He currently produces the analysis on Network Functions Virtualization's (NFV) impact on telecom operators as well as equipment and component manufacturers. He previously covered the Optical Transport, Routers, and Carrier Ethernet markets for Dell'Oro Group.

Shin joined Dell'Oro Group in 2000, bringing extensive experience in financial and operations planning and analysis. Prior to joining Dell'Oro Group, Shin held financial analyst and management positions at a number of networking and technology companies, including Nortel Networks, Bay Networks, SynOptics Communications, and Amdahl Corporation.

Mr. Umeda's research and analysis has been widely cited in leading trade and business publications including Bloomberg, Businessweek, Network World, The Economist, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. He has appeared as an invited speaker at industry conferences such as NetEvents Global Summit, SDN & OpenFlow World Congress, and Carrier Network Virtualization. He has presented at investor conferences, customer seminars, and sales meetings around the world.

Shin has a B.A. degree in Business from San Jose State University and an M.B.A. in Finance from Golden Gate University.

  Dr. Steve Vandris
Director, Datacenter Network Solutions Group | Intel


Board Member | OpenFog Consortium


Mr. Ravi Varanasi
General Manager, Cloud Security Solutions | Intel


Ravi has been responsible for Data Center and Cloud Security Solutions since 2013 in his role as General Manager for DC Security, leading teams to deliver customer facing products with Software Enablement, IA platform value. Making security an enabler for DCG priorities around Cloud, SDN/NFV, SDI, Big Data, HPC are among his top priorities.

As security development leader and networking expert, Ravi held various leadership roles in Cisco's Security Group, Data Center Group and Core Switching & Routing product groups. He co-founded & patented Network Admission Control (NAC), TrustSec (MacSec) for DataLink level network security, was the first developer for Ether Channel, PAgP protocol and Cisco's first hardware accelerated IPSec VPN solution on routing and switching platforms.

He led successful engineering teams for Cisco Firewalls, Web Application Firewalls, Data-at-rest security and was responsible for FIPS/Federal compliance OnRamp authority.

Between his 13 years at Cisco, Ravi was Vice President, Engineering for 4 years in a successful startup – Sipera – in Mobile Communications Security for CSPs, Telcos and the startup was acquired by Avaya.

Ravi has always been passionate about innovative solutions with complete product lifecycle for customers and empowering sales teams as an accomplished Engineering and Product Management leader.

Mr. Mirko Voltolini
VP Technology & Architecture | Colt


Mirko Voltolini is Director of Design and Architecture at Colt Technology Services, responsible for the technical service development activity, covering Colt managed data, voice and IT services, and for the architecture of the Colt network and data centres.

He joined Colt in 2002 and held several senior roles in the technical development and engineering area.

Prior to joining Colt Mirko worked at GTS/Ebone, Italtel and ICT Consulting, an independent telecom consultancy company.

Mirko holds an MSc in Telecommunications Engineering from Politecnico of Milan.

Mr. Ferdinand von Tüllenburg
Research | Salzburg Research


Ferdinand von Tüllenburg, MSc received his first academic degree Dipl. Inf. (FH) from the Department of Computer Science and Mathematics at the University of Applied Sciences of Regensburg and his MSc degree from the Department of Computer Science and Mathematics at the University of Passau.

He has worked as technical consultant and software engineer for several companies and institutions.

Since 2013 he has been a member of the Advanced Networking Center at Salzburg Research. He co-authored multiple international publications and contributed to several international research projects.

His research interests are distributed systems, multi-agent systems especially in the context of Smart Grids and future data communication systems using software-defined networking and network function virtualization.

Mr. Kevin Wade
Sr. Director and Product Marketing Team Leader, Blue Planet | Ciena


Kevin Wade is Senior Director of Product Marketing within Ciena's Blue Planet division. In this role, Kevin is responsible for leading the Blue Planet portfolio marketing team, as well as for driving the creation of programs to drive market awareness and market share for Ciena's Blue Planet software suite.

Kevin has more than 20 years of experience with successful start-ups and public companies in the networking industry, targeting both the service provider and enterprise markets. He joined Ciena through the Cyan acquisition, where he was responsible for the company's product marketing and field marketing activities.

Before joining Cyan in 2012, Kevin was Sr. Director of Product Marketing with Force10/Turin (now Dell Force10) and also held product marketing positions with Ascend (now Alcatel-Lucent) and Cabletron (now Extreme Networks).

An accomplished technology marketer, Kevin has presented at leading industry conferences including Supercomm, Comptel, and Cable-Tech Expo, and has published articles in trade magazines such as Data Center Knowledge and Lightwave. Kevin earned his Bachelor's degree in Finance from Northern Arizona University in 1993.

Mr. Graham Walker
Product Manager | Allied Telesis


Graham Walker is a Senior Product Manager at Allied Telesis. He has worked with Allied Telesis Labs in New Zealand for 13 years.

Graham has 20 years' experience in software research and development. He is a forward thinking professional who takes every opportunity to evangelise new technologies and liaises with customers to understand their requirements.
His role is to drive the development of the network operating system used on the company's flagship portfolio. His focus is to ensure that Allied Telesis innovate the way in which services and applications are delivered and managed – both now and into the future.

Graham holds a Bachelor's Degree of Computer Science from Strathclyde University in Scotland.

Mr. Yu Wang
PhD Student | University of New South Wales


Yu Wang is pursing his PhD at The University of New South Wales, Australia. His research topic is on optimising network video transmission over software defined networks (SDN) and he is keen on SDN, video application classification, QoS management, network automation, web development.

Yu has designed and developed TeleScope, a flow-level video telemetry system using SDN which can automatically help to profile and manage video flows in a core network with very low processing cost. The related work will be presented at this workshop.

In 2015, Yu got familiar with APIC-EM, OpenDaylight and WebRTC etc. and practised his programming skill in various languages during his 1 year work at Cisco HQ for CTAO BU.

In 2016, Yu has achieved ONF Certified SDN Associate (OCSA). In addition, Yu is also a full-stack web developer.

  Mr. Qing Wei
Principal Researcher | Huawei


  Ms. Angela Whiteford
VP Marketing & Product Management | Affirmed Networks


Mr. Noah Williams
Senior SDN/NFV Solutions Architect | HPE


Noah Williams is currently a SDN/NFV solution architect in HPE's Communication Solutions Business (CSB) unit.

Noah has over fifteen years of experience implementing transformative technologies such as SDN/NFV, mobile networking, and voice over IP into service provider networks. Prior to joining HPE, he held a variety of solution architecture, systems engineering, marketing, and professional services roles at network equipment vendors including ConteXtream, Cisco Systems, Starent Networks, and Sonus Networks.

Noah holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Systems Engineering and a Graduate Certificate of Business from the University of Massachusetts.

Dr. Johan Witters
Co-Chair, EMEA Marketing | MEF


IP Regional PLM for evolution of business services to SDN and NFV | Nokia


Johan Witters is currently in IP Business Management and Consulting at Alcatel-Lucent.

He is a very active member of the MEF and a Co-chair for EMEA Marketing and Benelux Marketing. Since joining Alcatel-Lucent in 1992, he held several positions within the company with an end-to-end solution focus in voice-data convergence. His current responsibilities at Alcatel-Lucent include consulting on business data services such as IP and Ethernet VPNs as well as value added services.

Dr. Hagen Woesner
General Chair | EWSDN


Hagen Woesner is General Chair of the EWSDN conference.

He studied computer science in Chemnitz and Berlin, and received both Master and PhD from TU Berlin. From 2003 to 2006 he was with Create-Net, Trento, Italy for a post-doc stay, working on GMPLS extensions for optical impairment signaling. After returning to Berlin in 2007 he has been a project manager for EICT and TUB in projects related to Future Internet architecture and test beds. Currently he works on several OpenFlow-related research projects, and coordinated the EU FP7 OFELIA project. As CEO, he recently founded BISDN GmbH, a company developing flexible OpenFlow datapath elements.

Dr. Steve Wright
NFV & SDN Industry Engagement, Standards & Industry Alliances | AT&T


Chair, End User Advisory Group | OPNFV


Steve Wright helped create the concept of virtualized network functions. He currently chairs the End User Advisory Group at OPNFV and previously chaired the ETSI NFV ISG where he also initiated the Proof of Concept program.

Over 30 years and 4 different countries, his career has involved research, development, program management, product management, university faculty and board roles; resulting in 50+ patents and a number of diverse publications.

He has presented his research at international conferences in Europe, Asia, Australia and the USA; founded the IEEE NFV SDN conference and serves on other conference committees. He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia.

  Mr. Georgios Xylouris
Research Fellow | NCSR Demokritos


Mr. Shawn Zandi
Principal Network Architect | LinkedIn


Shawn Zandi is a principal network architect with LinkedIn.

For the past 18 years, He has worked as network and security expert for consulting firms from Dubai to Silicon Valley, designing networks for universities, hospitals, airports, most luxurious hotels, plain old dial-up service providers and mega scale data centers.

Shawn's job at LinkedIn is to economically grow and scale data center and backbone network with correct architecture, long term strategy and well-defined roadmaps in place. He is leading LinkedIn next-generation datacenter and infrastructure architecture projects as well as many engineering and research working groups. He holds over 50 industry certifications.

  Ms. Angela Zhang
Senior Marketing Manager, Carrier BG | Huawei


Mr. Walter Zielinski
Senior Director – Core Network | Huawei


Walter works for Shenzhen based Huawei core network department responsible for the development, evolution and the deployment of the legacy and 4G technology. His current focus is VoLTE/VoIP/VoWiFi, NFV migration, and the mobile network architecture optimization with the special focus on the system integration and the business requirement validation.

During the last 20 + years he has developed , deployed and launched the critical 2G/3G/4G voice network infrastructure (MSC/STP/IMS, SS7 GW, SCP/AS, IM-SSF, MGW, CSCF, TAS) and the packet core protocols (ATM/FR, X.25/X.75, IP) across the globe.

His R&D experience covers the entire telecom stack from VHDL defined processor, OS through call processing to C++/java applications and he has worked on Nortel, Ericsson, Intel and Oracle platforms. He has helped carriers to restructure their corporate architectures towards eTOM/TAM compliance and he has a large experience with the rapid product development, IT integration technology (i.e. ESB/BPM) and key BSS telco domains (business product catalogue, EIM, OM).

Prior to the emergence of NFV he had already worked on and implemented the enterprise based cloud solutions, including voice. Walter has progressed from the software developer, deployment manager, to head of product development, CTO and head of business unit. He has served as auditor, and helped the private investors with M&A, due diligence and valuation. He holds degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Windsor, Canada and in Molecular Bio-Engineering.

Currently, on the technical front Walter is involved with the assurance that VoLTE/VoWiFi handover work properly, and that NFV scaling/NFV operations fit the market requirements.