Meet our Speakers at Terabit Optical & Transport SDN




Mr. Mark Lum
Co-Founder & Market Lead | Layer123


Mark is a well known and widely respected consulting analyst with many years of experience in optical, packet, Ethernet and access technology markets.

Clients, associates and many in the industry know he takes care to stay on top of fundamental trends and disruptions, and examines new developments with a careful eye.

Mr. Klemens Birner
Senior Specialist, Network Design & Architecture | Colt Technology Services


Klemens Birner is a Senior Systems Engineer at Colt Technology Services.

He works in the Transport Network Design & Architecture team, as part of the Strategy & Architecture department. His role is to drive and support product development, technology introduction and network design optimisation, today mainly for Carrier Ethernet and WDM transport systems.

With more than 20 years in the ITC industry, Klemens spent his last fifteen years at Colt in various roles. Before that he was responsible at DeTeWe (now Aastra) for R&D design verification testing and at Philips Kommunikations Industrie (now Alcatel Lucent) for production test automation.

He holds a degree in communications engineering & data processing technology from the University of Applied Sciences Georg-Simon-Ohm Nuremberg.

Mr. Sverre Bjønnes
Senior Engineer | Telenor


Sverre Bjønnes has been working for Telenor, former Televerket (Norwegian Telecom) since 1975.

He has long-founded experience gained in the Transmission Network Development in Norway since 1984, including Access-networks with analog systems, ISDN, xDSL and FTTX (GPON) and Transport-networks with PDH, SDH and xWDM. He has contributed to establishing ETSI network standards (TM3 and TM1) from about 1985-1996.

Sverre has been educated in Oslo and earned his MSc from Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, together with Project management, Risk management and Project economy, from BI- Norwegian Business School 1994/1996 and purchasing and commercial project management at Interpro.

Mr. Chris Cousins
Director EMEA Solutions Engineering | BTI


Chris Cousins has extensive experience of engineering, deploying and operating next generation carrier networks with European and Global Operators, in a mix of roles for both operators and telecommunication equipment vendors.

Since the late 1990s, he has held Senior Engineering and Operations roles in AT&T UK, Carrier1 and PacketExchange. Additionally, he has worked closely with numerous global operators whilst at equipment manufacturers Tellabs, Sandvine and BTI.

He has broad experience in networking technologies, architecting solutions based in IP, MPLS, Carrier Ethernet, DWDM and SDH for Broadband, Enterprise and Mobile Backhaul applications.

Chris is currently engaged in helping connectivity, cloud and content providers across EMEA architect and optimise their networks for the performance demands of the Cloud focused on simplifying network solutions, which integrate optical, packet and application layers into scalable, yet versatile systems by leveraging the leading edge converged SDN-capable platforms.

Mr. Jim Crum
Vice President, EMEA Sales | BTI


Jim Crum is a seasoned professional with over 25 years' experience in the Telecommunications & ICT industries, leading international teams to deliver strategic business value to Connectivity, Cloud & Content Service Providers across EMEA.

His career to date has been focused on helping customers address their business challenges by leveraging new technologies, and he has extensive experience of engineering and international sales leadership and currently leads BTI's sales and business development activities across the EMEA region.

Previously Jim served as Director of European Sales at Tellabs, providing next-generation mobile backhaul and multi-service networking solutions to major carriers. Prior to Tellabs, he held software engineering positions with CASE Communications, one of the early public networking companies and technical customer facing roles with Cognito, the UK's first packet mobile data services provider.

Jim holds a B.Eng (Hons) in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from Strathclyde University in Glasgow, Scotland.

Prof. Lars Dittmann
Professor | DTU Fotonik


Lars Dittmann is today group leader at DTU Fotonik responsible for network technology and service platforms and co-ordinator for the whole communication cluster (covering 4 research groups and approximately 70 researchers) at DTU.

Lars was born in 1962 and received an M.Sc. EE and Ph.D. from the Technical University of Denmark in 1988 and 1994. He is currently Professor at the University within the area of integrated networks.

From January 1999 to February 2008 Lars headed up the network competence area (covering both optical and electrical networks) within the Research Center COM at the Technical University of Denmark and was prior to that responsible for electronic switching and ATM networks at the Center for Broadband Telecommunication.

He has been involved in a number of EU and national projects working on packet switching, to which he has contributed with traffic and protocol analysis as well as design of electronic IC's and systems (focus on efficient and reliable end-to-end solutions). In many of these research projects Lars has been either project manager or work package leader.

Lars is author or co-author of more than 150 peer-reviewed journal and conference publications.

Mr. Kevin Drury
Optical Products & Solutions Marketing Leader | Alcatel-Lucent


Kevin Drury is a Senior Director of Optics Product Marketing in the Networks Division at Alcatel-Lucent.

He has over 20 years experience in the Telecommunications industry with particular expertise in the areas of Carrier voice and applications, fibre-optic transmission, wavelength division multiplexing, narrowband and broadband access and LAN/WAN networking. He has presented or co-authored papers for numerous industry events including ITPX/NCUG, ITU Telecom, Supercomm, OFC, and NFOEC.

Kevin received his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada where he specialised in telecommunications. Further in his academic career, he completed a Master's in Business Administration.

Dr. Jean-Paul Faure
Data Center Connect Product Line Manager | Alcatel-Lucent


Jean-Paul Faure joined the Alcatel Corporate Research Centre in 1999 to work on optical switching technologies and flexible networks. He later joined the Alcatel Optical Networking Division contributing to the development of multi-reach transmission platforms and GMPLS applications. In 2007, he became PLM for WDM terrestrial solutions, with a focus on ultra-high bit rate transmission, and was involved in the Coherent 100Gb/s market introduction, several early field trials, and customer deployments. He is now a PLM for the DCC solution.

A member of the Alcatel-Lucent Technical Academy, he received the Bell Labs President's Award in 2010 for his involvement in the 100Gb/s Coherent interface innovation and demonstrated business impact. He is also author and co-author of 12 patents and several international publications.

Jean-Paul obtained a Masters Degree in Physics from University of Paris-XI Orsay, and a PhD. in applied Physics from University of Paris-VI in 1998.

Mr. Giuseppe Ferraris
Head of Transport Innovation | Telecom Italia


Giuseppe Ferraris has the responsibility of defining the evolution of the Transport Network of Telecom Italia.

He has more than 20 years of experience in the design of transport networks, with focus on aspects such as new technologies, network architectures and reliability.

Mr. Hans-Martin Foisel
Carrier WG Chair, Member BoD | OIF


Head of Hybrid Network Technologies | Deutsche Telekom


Hans-Martin Foisel joined the Optical Internetworking Forum ( in 1998, and has served as president 2007-2010 and is Carrier Working Group Chair since 2002. In these roles he was involved in the developments of multi-domain, multi-layer networking solutions as well as 100G technologies and systems.

At Deutsche Telekom he is Head of Hybrid Network Technology in the Fixed Mobile Engineering Germany Department. His main activities comprise intelligent optical networks, optical access networks and their basic infrastructure elements and systems.

He has more than 30 years of experience in optical telecommunication R&D, design, architecture and technology including prior roles at Heinrich-Hertz-Institute in Berlin.

Mr. Olivier Gombert
Head Of Transmission Factory | France Telecom-Orange


Olivier Gombert graduated from the "Institut National Polytechnique" of Grenoble. In 1995, he started his career in France Telecom as R & D engineer and technical expert on the optical transmission networks. As R&D project manager, Olivier designed the architecture of many transmission networks (Spain, UK and North America) for the France Telecom Group affiliates.

In 2000, working within the Group Sourcing Division of France Telecom, he became Sourcing Manager first on the transmission networks, then on the core network and fixed access networks.

Olivier is now the Head of the Transmission Factory in the International Backbone Network Factory of France Telecom-Orange. In this position, he is responsible for defining the new networks architecture and the long distance transmission network strategy, as well as overseeing the management of all international projects on terrestrial transmission.

Dr. Matthias Gunkel
Senior Transport Network Architect | Deutsche Telekom


Matthias Gunkel is Senior Transport Network Architect within “Fixed-Mobile Engineering Deutschland” (FMED) group in Darmstadt, Germany, the technology centre of DT, being responsible for high-speed optical transport technology and future network architectures within the entire DT group.

Currently, Matthias leads DT-internal strategic activities on how to evolve towards a flexible all-optical L1/L2 network capable to transport high-bitrate traffic beyond 100G per wavelength. Doing so, he recently carried out a Terabit field trial in DT’s fibre infrastructure with practically relevant parameter settings: 8×216.4 Gb/s Nyquist-WDM superchannel transmission at 4b/s/Hz highest spectral efficiency over 1750km with EDFA-only amplification.

He joined T-Systems, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom (DT), in 1999. During his Strategy & Architecture work, he was involved in various European and national founded research projects over the last years (amongst others Nobel, Nobel-II, Diconet, KomNet, Eibone, MultiTeraNet, Strongest), partly leading the DT contributing parts.

Mr. Laurent Gydé
Chief Technical Officer | RENATER


Laurent Gydé has worked for more than 25 years in the field of IT and network infrastructures for Education and Research in France. Since 2010, he has been Chief Technical Officer of RENATER (French National Research and Education Network).

Laurent also participates in French and European technical committees and councils in the context of projects like the GÉANT Network or the TERENA Association.

Formerly, Laurent headed up or was involved with various IT and network projects for different universities and research agencies in France.

Mr. Jon Hudson
Principal Member Representative | Ethernet Alliance


Principal Engineer | Brocade


Jon Hudson joined Brocade in 2009 from Juniper Networks and has over 18 years' experience in multiple roles such as Network Engineer, Unix Systems Administrator, SAN Engineer, Production Operations Architect, and Director of Systems Engineering within the financial, online gaming, and manufacturing industries.

As a Gobal Solution Architect in Brocade, he is responsible for Fabric, Virtualization & Cloud Technology as well as TRILL Standards development in the IETF. He is the Secretary of IETF TRILL WG, Co-Author of four IETF Drafts and Co-Inventor of Patent GB2441278.

Dr. Torben Jacobsen
Representative | OSA


Vice Chairman | Ibsen Photonics


Torben Jacobsen holds chairman or member positions of the board of directors at following companies: Ibsen Photonics, Kaleido Technology, Ferroperm Optics, Stensborg, Nanofiber – and recently, chairman at IDEAdvance.

Furthermore, he is member of the Advisory board at the Department of Photonics Engineering, Technical University of Denmark. Torben served for four years on OSA's Corporate Associates Committee.

In 1997, Torben Jacobsen joined Ibsen as CEO; the company was sold to the American telecommunication company ADC in the year 2000. During the telecom crisis in 2001-2002, the company was bought back and became Ibsen Photonics, a Danish company producing optical components such as diffraction gratings and optical modules such as interrogation monitors and spectrometers. In 2011 he changed from the CEO position and went into the Board.

Torben received a Master of Science and a Ph.D. from the Technical University of Denmark. He later studied at the Copenhagen Business School and earned his MBA from there.

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.

Mr. Yoshinori Koike
Senior Research Engineer | NTT Network Service Systems Laboratories


Yoshinori joined NTT Network Service Systems Laboratories in 2000. Since 2000 he has been engaging in research and development of optical transmission systems, such as SDH, WDM, ROADM, OXC and so on.

Since 2003, he has actively participated in ITU-T SG15 on SDH, OTN, ASON, synchronization and packet transport technology. Since 2009,he has also participated in IETF for MPLS-TP related standardization. He is currently a Rapporteur for Question 3/15 (General characteristics of optical transport networks) of ITU-T SG15.

Yoshinori is a member of the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers (IEICE) of Japan.

Mr. Per Larsson
Executive Network Architect | TDC


Per Larsson joined TDC in 2001, and currently holds a position as executive network architect at TDC Capacity & planning department, with focus on optical & transmission, mainly DWDM and SDH platforms.

Per started his work in carrier networks in the mid 80's, with a focus on the transmission technologies of the day: X.25, Frame Relay and ATM. Planning, building and network operation/management were the main topics. His experience has been gained at TietoEnator, Telecom Finland, Sonera, Tele1 Europe and Songnetworks.

Since 1997 he focused on optical & transmission platforms, primarily DWDM and SDH networking. Particularly the main topics of development, planning, network operation/management and cost analysis, in both international and regional areas.

With his broad experience, Per is today active in the development and planning of TDC's Optical & transmission networks in the Scandinavian and European region.

Mr. Nicolas Lemonnier
Optical Systems Expert | Bouygues Telecom


Nicolas joined Bouygues Telecom in 2010 to investigate the evolution opportunities of Bouygues Telecom DWDM network.

In 2010 and 2011 he was involved in an RFI and RFQ process as an expert of DWDM equipments. Both aimed at the selection and the introduction of a new DWDM equipment as a basis for the next generation 100G DWDM Core network. After the selection of the new equipment, Nicolas continued to work on its implementation on other parts of the network.

He is now part of a working group involving people working on transmission and people working on IP, aimed at the investigation and the introduction of new features in the domain of IP & WDM convergence.

Dr. Arnold Mattheus
Senior Project Manager | Deutsche Telekom


Arnold Mattheus received his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from the Technical University of Kaiserslautern in 1987. Then he joined Deutsche Telekom and has been working for different divisions including the Technology Centre and T-Systems. Since June 2008 he is with "Fixed Mobile Engineering Deutschland" (FMED).

In the nineties he was focussed on mathematical analysis and numerical simulation of optical transport systems in conjunction with laboratory experiments and field trials. Part of this work was carried out in European R&D projects.

Since 2000 is active with the ITU-T SG15 and is also involved in a number of other standardisation bodies. Besides that he is engaged in international carrier-to-carrier collaboration for several years, as well as in DT's projects on network evolution, in particular design, architecture and technology of the Optical Transport Network.

Mr. Sten Nordell
Chief Technology Officer | Transmode


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.

Dr. Guy Roberts
Senior Transport Network Architect | DANTE


Co-Chair, NSI WG | Open Grid Forum


Guy Roberts is Senior Transport Network Architect at DANTE and is responsible for the design of the GÉANT transmission network and leader of the standards task in GN3. He is also co-chair of the NSI working group in the Open Grid Forum.

Guy has 20 years' experience in the telecommunications sector, he began his career with the rollout of SDH into Telstra's transmission network. In 1995 he moved to Fujitsu as product architect for the multi-service access platform FSX2000 and later moved to the UK where he was involved in the development of the FDX – Fujitsu's xDSL access platform. In 2006 Guy joined DANTE where he now works in the Office of the CTO, he has had a key role in designing the recent upgrade of the GÉANT network to 100G.

Guy received his BEng degree from RMIT University in Australia in 1991 and in 2007 he completed a PhD on integrated semiconductor optical amplifiers for fast packet switching at the University of Cambridge.

Mr. Michael Sedlick
Director Customer Consulting & Regional Product Line Management | Alcatel-Lucent


Michael Sedlick is Director Customer Consulting & Regional Product Line Management for the Core Networks Group of Alcatel-Lucent's Optical activity.

He has over 20 years of professional experience at Alcatel-Lucent and Alcatel, working in Core Networks, Optical and Enterprise groups.

Michael held positions in R&D, Product Line management, and Business Development.

Over the course of his career, Michael has developed expertise in Optical and Data Transmission solutions for both service providers and enterprise customers.

Mr. William Szeto
CTO of Terrestrial Networks | Xtera Communications


William Szeto joined Xtera in 2011 and serves as the Chief Technical Officer of Terrestrial Network Systems.

He has over 35 years of experience and is well-seasoned in the telecom industry. Bill is active with the standard communities and was the Vice Chair of ATIS's OPTXS OHI committee. He is also active with the ITU-T SG 15 on optical transport and Ethernet. Prior to Xtera, Bill was the Founder, President and CEO of Ceterus Networks until 2003 and Chief Technology Officer until 2009.

Prior to Ceterus, Bill was President and CEO of Iris Labs, the Senior Manager of Sprint for 28 years, the CTO for Monterey Networks and Principal Technologist for the Core Optical Transport Business Unit for Cisco Systems. During that, he was a member of the Board of Directors for the Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF). Szeto holds a BSEE and an MBA from Ohio State University and is a registered professional engineer in the state of Ohio and Kansas.

Mr. Rick Talbot
Senior Analyst, Optical Infrastructure | Current Analysis


Rick brings more than 25 years of experience to Current Analysis clients as a technology and marketing analyst in the telecommunications industry. As Senior Analyst, Transport and Routing Infrastructure, Rick primarily focuses on tracking, analysing and reporting on developments that impact the metro, and long-haul optical infrastructure market. His areas of coverage include the companies, technologies and strategies related to the market for WDM-based access, switching, optical add/drop and PON products.

Rick has served with network operators, equipment vendors and the government. He has held product marketing, product management and strategic planning positions at NEC Corporation of America, PacketLight Networks, Ciena Corporation and Alcatel Network Systems. He has held engineering, network planning and marketing positions at Broadwing Communications, WilTel, National Datacom and Southwestern Bell Telephone Company. He was also a policy analyst for the Public Utility Commission of Texas.

Rick holds an MBA degree from Southern Methodist University and a bachelor of engineering science degree from Trinity University. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Texas and a senior member of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers.