Our Speakers at NFV & Zero Touch World Congress 2018



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!

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Mr. Gal Afriat
VP Products | Sedona Systems


Gal Afriat leads Product management at Sedona. Working closely with global service providers, Gal is responsible for identifying and defining future networking solutions that result in improved efficiency resiliency, and increased operational agility. Prior to Sedona, Gal worked as a consultant and as a member of a major governmental organization where he managed an R&D staff in charge of radio technologies. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering, BS in Physics, and BS in Biomedical Engineering, all from Technion (Israel Institute of Technology).

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.

Mr. Charlie Ashton
Director of Business Development | Wind River


Charlie is an accomplished marketing and business development executive with extensive experience in the embedded systems industry. At Wind River, he is responsible for business development activities for the networking and telecommunications industries.

A prolific writer and commentator, his frequent blog posts and trade articles can be found throughout the embedded and software communities' literature.

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

Mr. Chris Buerger
Technologist, Datacenter Networking Solutions Group | 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.

Ms. Shoma Chakravarty
Worldwide Technical Leader, Telecom | Amazon Web Services


Shoma Chakravarty is the WW Technical Leader for Telecom at Amazon Web Services.

In her role, she works closely with telecom customers and technology suppliers enabling them to incorporate the benefits of cloud technologies. Prior to AWS, she held various roles including being the CTO of Telarix, which specialized in Interconnect Billing software, and Chief Architect at IBM's Global Center of Excellence for Telecom.

Mr. Nav Chander
Sr. Director, Service Provider Marketing | Silver Peak


Nav Chander is responsible for leading service provider marketing, positioning Silver Peak as a key enabling channel for service providers to expand managed service offerings, become more customer centric and identify new revenue streams.

Prior to joining Silver Peak Chander served as the research manager for enterprise, telecommunications and networking at IDC where he led the managed network services and worldwide networking infrastructure research programs. Nav has had extensive years of experience in driving new products at leading telecom, networking and managed service vendors throughout his career.He has both an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering and an MBA from the University of Ottawa, Canada.

Mr. Naga Chumbalkar
Director of Product Management | Lenovo


Naga is a technical director for telco solutions from data center to the edge. Having been an open source SW developer enabling HW technologies to engaging customers and participating in industry communities Naga has grown to comprehend the challenges carriers face in deploying NFV. Naga believes that even as technology closes the gap in meeting workload expectations it is the business justification and, often, cultural hurdles that need to be resolved.

Naga graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.

Mr. Ravi Chunduru
Distinguished MTS | Verizon


Ravi Chunduru is DMTS at Verizon working in Software Based Innovation Labs. His team does research and analysis in areas such as SDN/NFV, cloud security and network service optimization.

Prior to joining Verizon, Ravi was first Project lead for 'Promise' an OPNFV project, contributor to OpenStack and an architected Cloud based Security solutions and ADC products.

Ms. Jennifer Clark
Founder and General Manager | Battle Green Research


Jennifer P. Clark is Founder and General Manager at Battle Green Research, the Boston-based market research and consulting firm.

Prior to that, she headed the Network research practice at 451 Research, 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 | 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 R&D on behalf of the cable industry.

In his former role at BT, Don co-founded the ETSI Network Functions Virtualisation Industry Specification Group (NFV ISG). This forum has grown to over 300 companies including 39 service providers. He chairs the ETSI NFV Network Operator Council.

Don edited the original joint-carrier white paper on NFV published in October 2012 co-authored by 13 carriers. 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 13 patents.

Mr. Marc Cohn
VP Product Management | EnterpriseWeb


Marc has been a major contributor to the SDN and NFV community, as the former VP of Network Strategy for The Linux Foundation, the Executive Director for the OPEN-Oopen orchestration project (which recently merged into the ONAP project), Market Area Director and ONF Fellow for the Open Networking Foundation (ONF), an advisor to the Chair of the ETSI NFV ISG,and Silver Member representative (and Treasurer) for the OpenDaylight Board of Directors.

Marc has also held a number of executive roles in strategy and marketing at ClearPath Networks, Ciena Corporation, IP Infusion, among others.

Mr. Greg Collins
Founder & Principal Analyst | Exact Ventures


Greg Collins is a technology analyst and strategist with extensive experience in creating innovative, highly analytical and enduring market segmentation and research practices in the networking, telecommunications, and wireless markets. Exact Ventures' research combines both supply- and demand-side market intelligence and highlights the economics underlying emerging and transitioning markets and technologies.

Current research areas include:
- IP Multimedia Subsystems, Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE), and NGN Voice
- Wireless Packet Core and Evolved Packet Core
- Policy Servers/PCRF
- Diameter Signaling Controllers
- Session Border Controllers
- WebRTC
- Network Function Virtualization (NFV)

Prior to founding Exact Ventures, Greg was a Vice President with Dell'Oro Group. During his nearly 13 years with the company he created and/or managed approximately half of the company's research programs. Greg has also held several positions in high technology sales finance and operations, corporate finance, and corporate planning and development.

Greg is a frequent speaker at industry events worldwide, contributes articles to various industry publications, and is often quoted in leading trade and business publications. He has a BS in Economics from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA in Finance and Marketing from Washington University in St. Louis.

Mr. Richard Cziva
PhD Candidate | University of Glasgow


Richard Cziva is currently a PhD Candidate at the Networked Systems Research Laboratory (netlab) at the School of Computing Science, University of Glasgow.

His research focuses on the efficient allocation of resources in Cloud Data Centre networks through the exploitation of converged network-server resource management and Software-Defined Networking (SDN).

Recently, he has also been working on light-weight, container-based Network Function Virtualization (NFV).

Mr. Todd Dalke
Solutions Engineering Manager, Software Monetization | Flexera Software


Todd is a Solutions Engineering Manager within Flexera's Software Monetization group. He and team help software suppliers and IoT companies deploy new monetization models, drive down operational costs and protect their IP. They also help suppliers ship secure products by analyzing their code for open source vulnerabilities and license compliance issues.

Todd has more than 10 years of experience in the software industry and has worked with hundreds of companies in the Industrial Automation, Networking, and Medical markets, helping them implement new digital business models and monetize software more effectively. His passion is helping customers navigate the transition from selling physically installed software & firmware, to virtual, cloud and SaaS based solutions.

Dr. Deng Hui
Chief NFV Strategy Officer | Huawei


Chair, Modeling subcommittee | ONAP


Hui DENG obtained his Doctor degree from Dept. Computer Science and Technology at Tsinghua University in 2002. He worked as chief researcher in Hitachi (China) R&D Cooperation from 2002 to 2007, and worked as Principal staff between 2007 and 2016 in China Mobile. He joined Huawei and working on NFV related topic quite recently.

He acted as the co-chair of IETF MIF working group. And he was the board of director of WBA(Wireless Broadband Alliance) between 2012-2014, acted as the board of director of OPNFV between 2014-2016 and 1st board of chairman of OPEN-O project in Linux Foundation. He is the current standard coordinator, chair of modeling subcommittee in ONAP

Mr. Chris DePuy
Founder & Technology Analyst | 650 Group


Chris DePuy is responsible for 650 Group's Telecom Core and Wireless LAN research programs.

Chris has more than 20 years of financial and business analysis, and engineering experience. Prior to founding 650 Group, Mr. DePuy consulted to Dell'Oro Group. He has been involved with numerous startups, including as a co-founding board member of Wireless Security Corporation, later sold to McAfee.

For ten years, Chris worked as a research analyst covering software, communications and Internet sectors with investment companies such as Bowman Capital and Morgan Stanley. He was named the top ranking Equity Research Analyst in the Data Networking sector by Institutional Investor and Greenwich Research Survey. Previously, he worked as a consulting engineer at Hill Environmental and Stearns & Wheler.

Chris received a Masters in Engineering from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY and holds a Bachelor in Science in Engineering from Union College, Schenectady, NY.

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


Tim Doiron is Principal Analyst at ACG Research, leading the firm's Intelligent Networking practice. Doiron's work is focused on network innovations and transformations in the areas of packet optical networking, data center inter-connect, transport/multi-layer software-defined networking, mobile anyhaul and enterprise services virtualization with network function virtualization and vCPE/SD-WAN. Tim has ongoing collaborations in areas of network programmability, visibility, telemetry and automation.

Tim has more than 25 years of networking and telecommunications experience across business and technical organizations. He has served in executive and managerial roles: VP/general manager, VP of product management, director of marketing, product manager, business development and software engineering manager at vendor and service provider companies Coriant, Tellabs, ARRIS, Cadant, Ericsson and AT&T Mobility. Tim has extensive experience bringing new products to market.

Tim is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and has authored numerous articles. He holds a Master of Business Administration, Webster University; a Master of Science in electrical engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; and a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering, Southern Illinois University. Doiron also holds eight patents and is a member of IEEE and the Optical Society (OSA). He is an active member of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Industrial Advisory Board at Southern Illinois University where he serves as an advisor to the department chair.

Mr. Adam Dunstan
VP SDN/NFV Engineering | CenturyLink


Adam Dunstan is the VP SDN/NFV Engineering at CenturyLink. He leads the development engineering team responsible for delivering Network Function Virtualization Infrastructure and Services.

Before joining CenturyLink, Adam served as president and CEO of Active Broadband Networks, where the team developed leading Cable OSS software and SDN/NFV access technology. Active Broadband's IPR and team was acquired by Centurylink in 2016.

Prior to Active Broadband, Adam was principal of a consulting practice that provided services to cable system operators. Previously, he was employed by Avici Systems, where he served as vice president of business development and vice president of technology and was instrumental in the development and deployment of the world's first terabit, carrier-class router. While at Avici Systems, he also served as chairman, president and vice president of the Optical Internetworking Forum.

An acknowledged expert in the networking and telecommunications industries, Adam has invented patented routing technology and has served as an advisor to the FCC.

Mr. Balaji Ethirajulu
Director of Marketing | Ericsson


Balaji Ethirajulu, Director of Marketing at Ericsson Silicon Valley, has over 25 years experience in the telecom industry. He has worked in Product management, Technology Strategy, Marketing, Sales, Engineering, and Professional Services.

His current focus & passion is in the area of Management & Orchestration (MANO), 5G, Automation, NFV & SDN transformation, Containers & Micro services, open source projects and service assurance of hybrid networks.

Previously, he worked in many technology areas including Radio, IMS, Mobile core, OSS, Network management, enterprise systems, and service assurance systems.

He holds a Bachelor's degree in telecommunication engineering and an MBA from University of Dallas.

Dr. Marc Fiuczynski
Principal Architect | Akamai Technologies


Marc works as a Principal Architect at Akamai's Media & Carrier division. Related to this Congress, his efforts pertain to bringing Akamai's licensable products to network operator customers in an NFV/Cloud/SDI compatible manner.

Prior to Akamai, Marc co-founded CoBlitz LLC, an orchestrated container platform and CDN spin out from Princeton University that licensed caching technology to network operators; it was acquired by Verivue Inc. At Verivue, he was Chief Engineer for the licensed content delivery platform at Verivue Inc., which was used as the proof of concept efforts leading to the CDN Use Case for the initial NFV Whitepaper. Akamai acquired Verivue.

Marc received his PhD degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Washington.

Mr. Sven Freudenfeld
Director for Business Development | Lanner


Sven Freudenfeld is Director for Business Development for the Telecom Application Business Unit at Lanner Electronics focusing on telecom infrastructure and network communication appliances. Prior to joining the Lanner team, he was responsible for business development at Kontron focusing on the telecom vertical market which includes the AdvancedTCA, MicroTCA and Cloud product line.

Sven possesses more than 25 years' experience in voice, data, optical and wireless communications, having worked extensively with Nortel Networks in Systems Engineering, Sanmina-SCI in Test Engineering, and Deutsche Telekom in Network engineering.

He previously held the position of President of the Communication Platform Trade Association and member of PICMG's xTCA marketing work group as well as the Telecom Infrastructure Project (TIP).

Sven holds an electrical engineering degree from the University of Applied Science Deutsche Telekom in Germany

Mr. Ichiro Fukuda
VP of Engineering & Chief Architect | NTT Innovation Institute


Ichiro Fukuda is Chief Architect of Infrastructure at NTT Innovation Institute in Palo Alto. He has been at NTT Innovation Institute for 3 years working on realizing NTT's Cloud and Software-Defined networking vision.

Prior to joining NTT Innovation Institute, Ichiro worked for NTT Communications over 10 years. He led various development projects including ATM and IP/MPLS technology based network services. He is a member of CTO Council of Open Networking Foundation(ONF), and OpenContrail Advisory.

Mr. Jeremy Fuller


Architecture Strategy and Global Standards | Ribbon Communications


Jeremy Fuller currently leads Ribbon's Standards engagements. Ribbon Communications formed in 2017 through a merger of GENBAND and Sonus Networks. As a member of Ribbon's CTO office, Jeremy is focused on product evolution in relation to emerging technologies and standards. Over the last five years, Jeremy's primary focus has been NFV, SDN and cloud technology. In early 2017, he was elected chair of the ETSI NFV ISG Interfaces and Architecture (IFA) working group.

Jeremy has over 23 years of experience in emerging technology analysis, product planning and standards development. He has been an active contributor to ETSI NFV ISG, IETF, 3GPP, OMA, as well as start-up activities that have evolved into wider industry initiatives.

Mr. Sameh Gobriel
Senior Research Scientist | Intel


Sameh Gobriel is a senior research scientist at Intel Labs where he drives research to enable future Intel products to be best-in-class in performance. His research interests include platform I/O architecture, software networking, Network Function Virtualization, Machine Learning and energy-efficient Design of Computer Platforms.

He received his BE in Electronics and Electrical Communications Engineering from Cairo University in 1999, the MS and the PhD degree in computer science from the University of Pittsburgh in 2007 and 2008, respectively.

Mr. Anand Gonuguntla
Co-Founder, President and CEO | Centina Systems


With over 15 years' experience in the telecom industry, Anand co-founded Centina Systems.

Prior to his current role, Anand was the Director of Systems and Software Engineering at Xtera. He also held management positions in software and program management at Fujitsu where he worked on FLM and FLASHWAVE product lines.

Anand holds a master's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of North Dakota and a bachelor's degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, India.

He has published in Proceedings of ACM and holds a patent in network management.

Mr. Enrique Gracia
CTO of SDN/NFV | NEC/Netcracker


Enrique Gracia, CTO of SDN/NFV at Netcracker, believes change is the only constant, and companies and individuals need to embrace such change in order to thrive. In that capacity, he has been an active part of the telecommunications evolution for the past 20 years, helping major operators transform their businesses.

Enrique holds a bachelor's degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Mexico.

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. Amrit Hanspal
VP, Product Management | netElastic


Amrit has more than 22 years of experience in the industry including 15 years at Cisco Systems focused on IOS, IOS-XE & IOS-XR. At Cisco, Amrit drove the company's MPLS software features since the early 2000s, and went on to lead the Service Provider Software PLM team as well as manage a $500M business portfolio.

More recently, Amrit worked with Infinera where he successfully launched their SDN offering.

He began his career in sales, and provides a strong bridge between engineering and sales functions to ensure a healthy balance between technology vision and business objectives.

Amrit holds a Masters in Computer Science from Boston University as well as a Masters in Mathematics and Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering from BITS, Pilani, India.

Mr. He Yubao
Chief Serviceability Solution Design Expert | Huawei


Mr. Adrian Howlett
Conference Producer | Layer123


Mr. Bin Hu
Principal Member of Technical Staff | AT&T


Convenor of Technical Community | OPNFV


Bin Hu is an innovation thought-leader and instrumental in diverse technology domains ranging from mobile Internet and web platform to network virtualization, SDN and cloud computing.

He currently focuses on implementing AT&T's open source strategy in network virtualization, primarily through active participation in OPNFV and OpenStack. Bin is the convener of OPNFV's technical community and an Ambassador of OPNFV, driving the discussion and consensus of various aspects and topics in community. In addition, Bin is the PTL of Gluon project in OpenStack, PTL of IPv6 project and committer of NetReady project in OPNFV, driving the NFV networking solutions.

Bin was the Winner of OPNFV 2015 Annual Award, and the recipient of OPNFV 2015 Q3 Collaboration Award. In addition, Bin was a recipient of OMA Contributor and Achievement Award for Outstanding Contribution in Content Delivery and Cloud Computing (2012). Bin was also the Chairman of IEEE ComSoc SCV Chapter (2007 and 2009). Under his leadership, SCV Chapter won IEEE ComSoc Chapter Achievement Award of North America Region in 2009.

Bin Hu's previous speaking experience includes Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit (2016), OPNFV Summit (2015 and 2016), OpenStack Summit (2015 and 2016), Open Networking Summit (2015 - 2017), NFV World Congress (2015 and 2016), OPNFV Hackfest (2015), OMA Messaging Workshop (2012), AppNation Conference (2011), SVIEF Conference (2011), SVC Wireless Conference (2011), SVC Wireless Mobile Apps Workshop (2011), RichComm (2010), to name a few.

In his spare time, Bin is an active community volunteer and won prestigious The President's Volunteer Service Award of United States in 2015 and 2016.

Mr. Glen Hunt
Principal Analyst: Global Telecom Technology and Software | GlobalData


Glen is a Principal Analyst, at Current Analysis, where he provides competitive analysis related to next generation service provider infrastructures trends and solutions. His analysis covers a broad range of network technologies including Software Defined Networking (SDN), Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), IP routing, mobile backhaul and fronthaul, and mobile packet core. Since joining Current Analysis in 2004, he has provided analysis of packet microwave, mobile backhaul, EPC/vEPC, IP Services Edge and Core routing as well as NFV infrastructure and SDN controller trends.

Glen has held various senior marketing and product line management roles at Advanced Switching Communications, Netrix, Sprint International, Dynatech Communications, and Tesdata Systems.

Ms. Hema Kadia
VP & Head of SDN/NFV, Strategy and Practice | Prodapt


Hema heads SDN/NFV, Strategy and Practice at Prodapt, defining solutions & service offerings addressing the business needs across the digital and network transformation journey. She has 20 yrs of experience with successful achievements in the IT, Telecommunications, Media & Hi-Tech industries, heading Strategy, Product Management, Solutions and Global Delivery Center of Excellence (CoE).

Prior to Prodapt, Hema headed the global Product Management for Comverse's (now Amdocs) Converged Billing & Charging System (ComverseONE). She also established and led Comverse's Global Professional Services Competency Center (CoE) building foundation framework of methodologies, best practices and leading global organization for large scale IT & Business transformation programs for OSS & BSS. Earlier in her career, she worked with Convergys and Amdocs. Hema holds Master's Degree in Computer Applications from M.S. University, India.

  Mr. Amit Kapoor
Product Management | Verizon


Mr. Petr Kaštovský
CEO | Netcope Technologies


Petr has been working for Netcope and its predecessor INVEA-TECH for 7 years. He was one of the founders of the FPGA department of INVEA-TECH, which separated in 2015 into an independent company Netcope Technologies.

During this time, he has worked his way up from a product manager to a head of the department, following with Netcope Technologies technical director and CEO position. As a former programmer, he has a profound understanding of the products' functioning and has also won the most important contracts of the company and has introduced several products to the market. All of these products are currently successful on the market. Among the most outstanding ones is the world's first 100GE network card for PCI Express interface.

Dr. Christos Kolias
Principal Research Scientist and Orange Expert | Orange


Christos Kolias is a Principal Research Scientist and an Orange Expert at Orange Silicon Valley. He is a co-founder of NFV and the ETSI group and had led the formation of the ONF's Wireless & Mobile working group of which he was its first chair. He has been a frequent speaker on NFV, SDN, SD-WAN, MEC and IoT. Christos holds a PhD in computer science from UCLA where he studied under Prof. L. Kleinrock.

Mr. Oliver Korfmacher
CTO, Telco Solutions | Atos


Oliver Korfmacher is responsible in the ATOS BDS Telco Solutions for Core Subscriber, Policy, Authentication network functions and new Cloud Repositories. He is defining and developing solutions scope in the telecommunications space as well as the company's strategic position in this challenging market.

His current focus is to pave the way to cloud native lightweight architectures, and align the standardization definitions (for instance from the emerging 5G concepts) with the market realities for user and machine communications networks.

Prior to this position, he served as stream lead for Policy solutions in a large telco vendor and as principal consultant for an international mobile messaging and identity management company for many years, where his focus was the mobile carrier market.

He also acquired broad experience by developing and designing wide area communication solutions.

Mr. Robin Ku
Director, Kyrio NFV Interoperability Lab | Kyrio


Robin Ku is a director at Kyrio, the commercialization arm of CableLabs, the innovation and R&D engine for the global cable industry.

He is responsible for the Kyrio NFV Interop Lab where virtualization solutions are integrated, validated and showcased for the network operator community.

Drawing on 2 decades of test engineering experience, from managing Voice over IP certification to automation of DOCSIS 3.1 testing, Robin brings a practical perspective to SDN/NFV technologies. His primary focus is to help operators find and evaluate virtualization solutions that meet their business and deployment requirements.

Mr. Mukesh Kumar
Associate Fellow : VES Software Innovation Lab | 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. Tim Labatte
Senior Software Director | Intel


Tim Labatte is a Senior Director of Software Engineering for the Network Platforms Group at Intel Corporation. His responsibilities span across Wireless, Network Appliances, Media processing Servers, Storage Appliances, Ethernet products, Crypto/Compression accelerators and SW accelerators such as DPDK and DPI. He currently serves on the board of Directors for fd.io (Fast data - Input/Output), a Linux Foundation Project focused on Flexible Data Plane acceleration for storage and networking.

Prior to this role, Tim has led large world-wide teams in Networking, Manageability, Mobile telephony, and high speed I/O products. His 15+ years of development experience extends from HW Component Engineering, SW Driver development and BIOS/FW Engineering. Tim currently holds 9 patents and has authored numerous papers on low-level storage and I/O subsystem SW. Currently residing in Oregon, USA, Tim enjoys the forests of Northwest Oregon and creating micro-controller based projects in his spare time. Tim holds over 9 patents in the area of high speed I/O and Storage Technologies.

Mr. Paul Lancaster
Partner Development Manager | Red Hat


Paul Lancaster was a founding employee at one of the most well known Cloud Computing Service Providers and has been driving innovation and partnerships for Cloud Computing and Service Providers since 2008.

He has managed partnerships worldwide for Red Hat for nearly 5 years. In his role as NFV Sr. Partner Development Manager, he works with partners in driving integration and productization of Red Hat OpenStack and partner software, helping drive Red Hat's ecosystem of 100's of applications.

Paul attended the University of Pittsburgh as well as California University of Pennsylvania and lives in the Bay Area with his daughter.

Mr. Andrew Lange
CTO, VP and Head of OSS Transformation | Nokia


Andrew is the VP of Technology Strategy at Nokia's Bell Labs. He is happiest when delivering creative solutions to problems.

Sometimes these are technical problems like: 1) The IP metric optimization system that revolutionized traffic engineering; 2) The reconceptualization of broadband access that broke the back of the B-RAS and catapulted Alcatel, now Nokia, into the #2 IP routing position; or 3) The reconciliation of warring IP and Optics industries with technology like MPLS-TP and solutions like Converged Backbone Transport.

Sometimes these are people problems like: 1) Driving the BGP specification to completion; 2) Reforming how the Alcatel-Lucent Services organization approaches RF optimization; or 3) Building Nokia Software's UX organization and integrating user-centered design into the product development process.

And sometimes they are both like: 1) Integrating major international networks after an acquisition - twice; 2) Guiding a major customer through a transformation project; or 3) One of his current efforts: driving the Future of Network and Service Automation.

Andrew has been fortunate to work with excellent colleagues from around the industry writing standards. He has been awarded 14 patents across a variety of areas including cable routing, session admission control, and mobile backhaul.

Dr. Bryan Larish
Director, Technology | Verizon


Bryan Larish is a Director of Technology at Verizon. In that role he analyzes future technologies to identify the highest return-on-investment opportunities for implementing new technology inside Verizon. His team's current focus is using artificial intelligence and machine learning to improve the performance of Verizon's networks.

Previously Bryan was a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff for Verizon's SDN/NFV Architecture Planning where he designed and selected hardware components for next-generation data centers and developed security architectures for Verizon's SDN/NFV deployments.

Prior to joining Verizon, Bryan was Technical Director for Enterprise Connectivity & Specialized IT Services at a U.S. Government agency where he was responsible for setting the technical direction of the development and operation of the agency's global network infrastructure. Bryan also worked in the Chief Engineer's office at the U.S. Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) where he implemented engineering techniques used to manage, architect, and plan the U.S. Navy's communications/IT systems portfolio. Bryan's other experience includes Technical Director for Navy engineering policy and various engineering roles at SPAWAR.

Bryan holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in electrical and computer engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a B.S.E. in electrical engineering from Arizona State University.

Mr. Mike Larson
Software Architect | AT&T


Mike is a day zero engineer (founding) with Vyatta, which was recently acquired from Brocade/Broadcom by AT&T to accelerate virtualization of its network. Prior to that Mike has been involved with various silicon valley companies and startups for over 30 years now.

One project Mike is currently working on is DANOS, or the Disaggregated Network OS.

Mike received his BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington. Mike lives in San Francisco with his wife, two dogs and three children

Mr. Gianpietro Lavado
Module Development Lead | OSM


Senior Solutions Architect | Whitestack


Networking solutions architect, with current focus on the most innovative software technologies to achieve efficient network operations. More than fifteen years of planning and deployment experience in Service Provider technologies, including Core, Carrier Ethernet, Data Center, Cloud, SDN, NFV and Network Management. Previous positions include Planning and Operations roles at Impsat / Global Crossing, and pre/post-sales roles at Cisco Systems.

He is currently a lead architect at Whitestack, a new company with the mission to accelerate SDN, NFV and Cloud deployments all around the world.

Mr. Alex Leadbeater
Head Non-UK Obligations & Standards | BT


Alex is responsible for LEA Security and Regulatory future standards strategy for BT Group globally. Alex has been involved with both ETSI, 3GPP and other standards bodies for over 17 years.

Alex was BT's Head of Global Non-UK Data Retention for 10 years. He currently chairs 3GPP SA3-LI as well Vice Chairing ETSI TC Cyber and ETSI ISG NFV SEC. In Alex's 18+ years with BT, he has been involved in all aspects of systems and wider security solution design and implementation, from hardware chip design through to leading multinational projects.

Alex is an IET CEng Chartered Engineer and firm supporter of the benefits of ETSI standards.

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


Randy Levensalor is a leading member of the CableLabs Network Virtualization team.

He is responsible for creating the NFV infrastructure reference platform and progressing orchestration capabilities based on service providers' needs. Randy is actively involved in OPNFV as Vice Chair of the OPNFV End Users Advisory Group, OpenStack and OpenDaylight and contributes to key industry standardization efforts including ETSI NFV.

Prior to joining CableLabs, Randy gained extensive experience leading R&D, DevOps, and Product Management across several HP divisions focusing on successfully delivering HP's public cloud, Linux and converged management solutions.

Mr. Martin Liepert
Sr. Architect | Gemalto


Martin Liepert is a Senior Architect at Gemalto, based in Munich, Germany with over 20 years of experience in the software industry. Initially working as a hardware/firmware engineer, developing the industry's first USB Token for Software Licensing, in 2007 he started work in the CTO office, where he was involved in several research activities and patent applications. During that period, he gained tremendous knowledge on cryptography and eventually designed an AES Whitebox for securing the communication between Host and Hardware Token.

Over the last 5 years, Martin has been involved in the architecture and design of many of Gemalto's product lines and supported large customer projects form the technical side. Recently, he is also actively participating and contributing to the ETSI NFV standardization efforts around License management for VNF functions.

Mr. Tommy Lindgren
Cloud Marketing Director | Nokia


Tommy is an Internet and telecommunications professional responsible for corporate wide market positioning of cloud solutions and technology at Nokia. Having worked in the industry for 20 years,

Tommy has extensive knowledge in both fixed and mobile networks, from both CSP and vendor side. Former positions include responsibilities in pioneering operator VoIP deployments in late 90's, IP/MPLS network planning and peering, Internet research and packet core product management.He has been engaged in cloud and NFV engagements with customers since 2010.

Ms. Vanessa Little
Member, Technical Steering Committee | OSM


Director, Solutions Architecture | VMware


With over 25 years' experience in various roles in network and system architecture, mobile video system architecture and governance in both telco and retail sectors, Van has developed a diverse toolset. Having worked as everything from UNIX sysadmin to Chief Technical Officer with a number of leadership roles in between, Van has contributed to technologies from mobile, enterprise data centre, multi-national networks and beyond.

Now at VMware as the Director - Global NFV Ecosystem Architecture Van is focused on leading integrated architectures that integrate all of the NFV partners across the globe in useful NFV solutions that solve for specific problems. This role has her speaking at conferences around the world, and spreading the word about the strength of the NFV Ecosystem.

Dr. Diego Lopez
Head of Technology Exploration and Standards | 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. Patrick Lopez
VP Networks Innovation | Telefónica


Patrick Lopez is Vice President of Networks Innovation at Telefonica group, steering committee member at 5Tonic and board member of ONF. He has 20 years of international experience in launching and managing mobile, cloud and video products.

At Telefonica, Patrick supports a team of innovators composed of developers, network hackers, data scientists and UX specialists. Their focus is reinventing the networks value chain by developing and implementing SDN, NFV, edge computing, virtualized radio and core networks to create customer-centric networks. The teams use open source, agile and devops methodologies adapted to our mobile, fixed, enterprise and TV networks. Connect the unconnected, programmable edge computing, 5G and service personalization are some of the themes that the teams are focusing on.

Prior to Telefonica, Patrick was founder and CEO of {Core Analysis}, the leading industry analyst practice at the intersection of mobile networks, video and cloud. He was exclusive advisor to Opera software in its acquisition of Skyfire for $155 million and he was part of the teams that sent the world's first mobile picture message (MMS) and deployed the first streaming video optimization engine for mobile networks.

Patrick has contributed to various industry and financial reports including Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse First Boston, Frost & Sullivan, Yankee group, Ovum, ... and has written several articles in collaboration with The Wall Street Journal, Wireless Week, Fierce wireless, RCR Wireless News, CNN and CNBC.

Patrick currently resides in Madrid, Spain and has worked in the United States, Canada, Switzerland, Ireland and France. He holds a MBA in Corporate Management.

Mr. Pierre Lynch
Chair, TST (Testing, Experimentation & Open Source) WG | ETSI NFV ISG


Lead Technologist | Ixia


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

Ms. Johanne Mayer
Evangelist - NaaS 2020 | Telstra


With more than 25 years in the OSS/BSS industry, Johanne is Global evangelist NaaS 2020, part of Telstra Networks 2020 Transformation group.

Prior to joining Telstra, Johanne was director product marketing, focused on orchestration at Oracle, ICT account manager with Ericsson Australia, senior analyst with Analysys Mason leading the service provider programme, and marketing director with Nokia (former Alcatel-Lucent) OSS/BSS solutions.

She is a frequent speaker at conferences. Following her tenure as board and executive committee member, Johanne was recipient of the TM Forum Distinguished Fellow in 2010.

  Mr. Ritesh Mukherjee
Director Product Management | 128 Technology


Mr. Denis Murphy
Offering Manager - IBM Hybrid Cloud | IBM


Denis Murphy is an offering manager in IBM Hybrid Cloud with responsibility for offerings that help Service Providers manage their networks. These offerings ensure that events that are critical to business services are properly discovered, visualized, prioritized and acted upon. Murphy has over 20 years of experience in the Telecommunication industry and holds a BE in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from University College Cork, Ireland

Dr. Sriram Natarajan
Network Engineering (Software) | Google


Sriram Natarajan works in Software Network Engineering at Google.

Previously he was Senior Research Engineer at Deutsche Telekom - Silicon Valley Innovation Center (T-Labs), USA. He researched SDN for containers (LXC and Docker) and the realization of lightweight NFV services.

Prior to joining T-Labs, he worked as a Senior Researcher for NTT Innovation Institute Inc for over 2 years, where he designed and developed network services for NTT's SDN solutions. In addition, he was in charge for evaluating OpenFlow hardware platforms. He was active in the ONF, contributing to Security and Architecture working group. Sriram holds a MS and a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Massachusetts, Amherst. During his PhD, Sriram worked on addressing security issues in network virtualization.

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.

Ms. Gloria Nogales
Ecosystem Strategy Lead | Intel


Gloria Nogales is the Americas Ecosystem Strategy Lead within Intel's Data Center / Network Platforms Group, responsible for directing the team to conceive, plan and execute strategic initiatives across the Intel Network Builders ecosystem.

She is focused on closely working with key customers and industry leading partners to accelerate adoption of scalable Intel based next generation communication platforms, in the areas of SDN/NFV, Edge Cloud, Media, 5G and AI in Networking.

Prior to this position, Gloria held a variety of different jobs at Intel and other leading companies such as Vodafone and Cisco, spanning senior management roles in Business Development and Network Engineering. With her international experience and her passion to work with people across the globe, she is fluent in 4 languages.

Gloria holds executive education from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, an MBA in Technology Management from Golden Gate University in San Francisco and a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from Polytechnic University of Madrid.

  Mr. Srinath Padmanabhan
Product Marketing | Google


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. Viraj Parekh
Executive Director, Integrated Network and Security - Business Product & Solutions | Verizon


Viraj heads the product organization for Verizon's global Managed Services, Virtualized Services, and Edge Solutions catering to the enterprise, business and public sector marketplace. He leads an outstanding team that drives P&L, innovation and life cycle responsibilities for SD-WAN, SD-WLAN, NFV, uCPE, Hosted Network Services, LAN, WOS, Security, Application Assurance, Application Performance Management & Analytics, Intelligent Cloud Control, Secure Cloud Gateway, Professional Services and Resale business including CPE, Software & Site services.

He has been the visionary behind Verizon's recent innovation as the first global service provider offering SD WAN, Orchestration and Virtualized Services at scale to Enterprise customers

Viraj has global experience at setting strategy, building practices/portfolios and leading teams composed of technology and business professionals to deliver enterprise grade solutions and products.

Prior to joining Verizon, Viraj has also held multiple positions and leadership roles in Business development, Product Management/Engineering, Architecture/Sales Engineering, and Service Delivery/Operations at other service providers and integrator companies around the world.

Mr. Prayson Pate
CTO, Ensemble | 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. These include The Real CTOs of NFV and The Real Innovators of Networking 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.

Dr. Dan Pitt


Senior Vice President | Palo Alto Innovation Advisors


Dan Pitt has been a leading voice of the SDNFV movement since its inception. He served as executive director of ONF from its public launch in March 2011 until September 2016 and since January 2017 has been senior vice president of MEF, driving technical and ecosystem development.

Dan has relentlessly championed open networking to put more people to work building novel solutions for more customers of all types. He also advises private and public companies to commercialize new ideas and stay abreast of new capabilities.

Prior to ONF Dan ran and advised startup companies, served as dean of engineering at Santa Clara University, held executive management roles at Nortel Networks and Bay Networks, developed and managed networking technology and HP and IBM, and taught computer science and electrical engineering at Duke and UNC.

Dan holds a B.S. from Duke and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois. He lives in Palo Alto with his wife and son.

Mr. Tipu Qureshi
Principal Engineer | Amazon


As a principal engineer in the AWS support organization, Tipu works with customers to implement automation and setup new workloads on the AWS platform. He has developed various architectures and certifications on AWS. Tipu comes from a background in various core telecom technologies across operators and vendors. He has a masters in systems engineering from Cornell University and over a decade of experience in systems engineering with a focus on realtime systems.

Mr. Rajesh Rajamani
Director of Marketing, Service Provider Networks and NFV | Spirent Communications


Rajesh Rajamani is responsible for product management and marketing for Cloud and NFV solutions for NEMs, Telcos and Cloud customers. Prior to Spirent, Rajesh worked at CenturyLink as a Strategic Planning Manager and he has also worked in Redback Networks and Nortel in Engineering and software architecture roles.

Rajesh obtained an MBA degree from Duke University and also attended Indian Institute of Technology at Chennai, India. He is also a veteran speaker for the Layer 123 and other industry events on the topic of NFV testing, benchmarking and validation.

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


Chair | Open Source MANO


Francisco-Javier Ramón 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 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. John Reister
SVP Marketing and Product Management | Vasona Networks


John was VP product strategy for Arris (Nasdaq: ARRS), joining through its acquisition of BigBand Networks where he was VP advanced technology and chief architect. He was instrumental in the company's expansion to telecom markets with platforms for advanced video services. Previously John was CTO of DSL pioneer Copper Mountain Networks (Nasdaq: ARRS), a consultant with Bain & Co. and an engineer with McDonnell Douglas (NYSE: BA).

Dr. Alex Reznik


Enterprise Account Architect | HPE


Alex Reznik is currently an Enterprise Account Architect on Hewlett Packard Enterprise's telco strategic account team. In this role he is involved in various aspects of helping a Tier 1 telco evolve towards a flexible infrastructure capable of delivering on the full promises of 5G.

Prior to May 2016 Alex was a Senior Principal Engineer at InterDigital, leading the company's research and development activities in the area wireless internet evolution.Since joining InterDigital in 1999, he has been involved in a wide range of projects, including leadership of 3G modem ASIC architecture, design of advanced wireless security systems, coordination of standards strategy in the cognitive networks space, development of advanced IP mobility and heterogeneous access technologies and development of new content management techniques for the mobile edge.

Alex also serves as Chair of ETSI's Multi-Access Edge Computing Industry Specification Group (MEC ISG) - the leading international standards group focused on standardizing the architecture and APIs for management and service exposure for edge computing.

Alex earned his B.S.E.E. Summa Cum Laude from The Cooper Union, S.M. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University. He held a visiting faculty appointment at WINLAB, Rutgers University, where he collaborated on research in cognitive radio, wireless security, and future mobile Internet. He served as the Vice-Chair of the Services Working Group at the Small Cells Forum. Alex is an inventor of over 130 granted U.S. patents, and has been awarded numerous awards for Innovation at InterDigital.

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. Chandresh Ruparel
Director, Ecosystem Strategy and Intel Network Builders | Intel


Chandresh Ruparel brings 15+ years of experience that spans communications infrastructure, Internet-Of-Things and datacenter networks.

He has held hardware & software development, product line management, business and market development roles at Intel, Alcatel-Lucent, HCL, Dialogic and Radisys. Currently Chandresh's organization is responsible for ecosystem strategy and enabling driving technology and scale enablement with the Intel Network Builders' partner community to accelerate and simplify the transformation of the network.

He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Pune and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Santa Clara University.

Ms. Nancee Ruzicka
President | ICT Intuition


Nancee Ruzicka is the founder of ICT Intuition LLC and helps network operators define and execute strategies that grow business services revenue through digital transformation. Ms. Ruzicka started as an engineer at Lockheed Martin and became an accomplished analyst at Yankee Group and Stratecast after five years with US WEST Advanced Technologies.

ICT Intuition provides trusted research and consulting to operators, software companies and systems integrators worldwide. She is uniquely qualified to understand and apply digital ICT solutions to achieve business outcomes. Specifically;

Agile Operations Planning and Optimization - Rapid definition of the operational processes and system requirements unique to business services operations.
Applied Operations workshops - Working with operators to define operational upgrades, systems rationalization strategies and the application of analytics to monetize business services.

Primary Market Research - Industry research focused on business services requirements, digital transformation and market progression.
Nanceewas awarded dual graduate degrees in Computer Systems Management and Business Management and an undergraduate degree in Engineering. She is a featured speaker at industry events and frequent contributor to numerous business and industry publications.

Mr. Louis Scialabba
Carrier Solutions Marketing Director | 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. Ujwal Setlur
Founder & CTO | Pensa Networks


Ms. Lakshmi Sharma
Head of Product Management, Networking, Google Cloud | Google


Lakshmi Sharma brings twenty years of experience developing large-scale enterprise and carrier-grade systems that demand high scalability, security, and reliability. Lakshmi leads RIFT.io'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 RIFT.io, 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.

Dr. Vishal Sharma
Principal | Metanoia


Vishal Sharma is a seasoned international telecom industry expert, with global exposure, who has executed assignments for clients on 4 continents, and worked both in the US and India.

Vishal is an innovator, researcher, engineer, and entrepreneur rolled into one, and his multi-faceted roles over the last 22+ years have included: entrepreneur, technologist, technical leader, academic (professor of electrical engineering), educator, technology evangelist & advisor, technology writer, editor, and speaker, & researcher in academia and in industry labs. He is currently Principal at Metanoia, Inc. - a niche Bay-Area firm providing expertise to leaders in the telecom ecosystem that he founded in 2001.

Vishal has focused on techniques to lower carriers' total cost of ownership (TCO) through better assessment and optimization of a carrier's strategy, business models, operations, networks, and technology. In recent years, he has concentrated on software-defined networking and cloud infrastructure for both enterprises and carriers. Vishal manages the very active Carrier Ethernet LinkedIn Group, which comprises 8,429+ members from 2,236+ companies from 122+ nations on all 6 inhabited continents. Vishal earned his B. Tech (EE) degree from IIT Kanpur, and his MS (Signals & Systems), MS (Computer Engineering), and Ph.D. degrees from UC Santa Barbara.

Mr. Donglin Shen
Principal Analyst | EJL Wireless Research


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.

Mr. Wenyu Shen
Technology Development Manager | NTT Communications


Wenyu Shen has over 10 years' experience in the telecommunications industry and currently serves as a technology development manager in NTT Communications. In this role, he drives NTT Communications' SD-WAN/NFV strategy and leads a team developing a next generation SD-WAN/NFV service platform. In the meantime, he also leads the pre-sale activities regarding SD-WAN and NFV services. Before his current position, he was in charge of several important development projects for the commercial services such as the Enterprise Cloud service and the Arcstar Universal One service.

Prior to joining NTT Communications, Wenyu Shen worked for NTT Network Innovation Laboratories in 2008, where he was in charge of many core research projects, starting from GMPLS, OSS/BSS, SDN and NFV. He holds more than 10 patents and is the author of numerous papers and presentations in the area of network architecture and design.

Mr. Manish Singh
VP of Network Services Strategy & Marketing | Tech Mahindra


Manish is a well-respected industry leader with over 20 years of experience and specializes in Wireless Networks. For three consecutive years, he served on the Board of Small Cell Forum. Manish is currently serving on ONAP's Marketing Committee. He is Tech Mahindra's primary liaison to ON.Lab for R-CORD program. Manish is a Thought Leader with an excellent mix of technology depth and business acumen.

Before joining Tech Mahindra, Manish served as Radisys' CTO where he spearheaded the company's strategic initiatives in SDN, NFV and VoLTE (Voice-over-LTE). Prior to Radisys, Manish was the VP of Product Management at Continuous Computing, where he led the startup's spectacular growth in Small Cells and DPI. During the course of his career Manish held various Management and Architect positions at Intel, Trillium Digital Systems and C-DOT.

Heholds an MS degree from I.I.Sc. Bangalore.

Manish routinely features as a keynote speaker at leading industry events. He is a thoughtful writer with copious published papers and articles.

Mr. Timon Sloane
VP Marketing & Ecosystem | Open Networking Foundation


Timon Sloane is the vice president of marketing and ecosystem of the Open Networking Foundation (ONF). He leads the organization's efforts building an open source ecosystem, thus helping to enable broad transformation of the networking industry through the adoption open source business practices.

As part of driving ecosystem change, Timon is responsible for ONF's marketing, membership, standards, certification programs.

Prior to the ONF, Timon provided product and management consulting services to numerous technology firms, most recently with Ericsson where he was driving product strategy for the networking product lines. He has also help numerous executive roles in product management, marketing and engineering for firms such as Matisse Networks, Extreme Networks, NET, FlowWise and SCO.

Timon received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Ms. Nurit Sprecher
Vice-Chair | ETSI ZSM ISG


Head of Management, Virtualization and Application Enablement | Nokia


Nurit Sprecher at Nokia serves as a vice-chair of the ETSI ISG ZSM. Before, Nurit was the founding Chair of the ETSI MEC ISG. With 25 years of experience in the telecommunication industry, she has spent many years working as a principle system architect and technologist, defining the carrier-grade network and service architecture evolution and working on system design. Nurit has contributed to many projects carried out in the IETF, ITU-T SG15, IEEE, BBF and ETSI and has participated in core discussions on the Next Generation Network with Tier-1 carriers and a number of governments.

Nurit is a contributing author to many publications. She recently contributed to a workshop paper for the International Conference on Communications 2016 (ICC'16), entitled "Architecture Vision for the 5G era: Cognitive and Cloud optimized Network Evolution".

Nurit leads the Nokia standardization strategy and activities in the areas of management, virtualization and application enablement and is a distinguished member of the Nokia technical committee.

Mr. Sandro Tavares
Head of Cloud Core Marketing | Nokia


Sandro Tavares has more than 15 years of international experience in the telecoms industry, holding positions in sales and marketing, and participating in industry breakthroughs such as the launch of the One Voice Initiative for VoLTE.

He has worked with the Nokia family of companies for more than 10 years, and currently is Head of Converged Core Marketing for the Mobile Networks business group. Previously, he served as Head of Business Development for Telco Cloud in Americas, overseeing our sales and business developments activities for Telco Cloud and Data Center infrastructure in North and Latin America. His topics of coverage include Telco Cloud, Subscriber Data Management, Data Center Infrastructure and VoLTE/VoWiFi.

Sandro holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Universidade de Brasilia, an MBA from Fundacao Dom Cabral and a post-MBA from Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management.

Mr. Steve Teitzel
Global Solution Executive, Network and OSS Transformation | IBM


Steven Teitzel is a Global Solution Executive at IBM for Network and OSS Transformation within IBM's Global Telecommunications, Media and Entertainment Industry.

Steven is responsible for the strategy and business development for IBM cloud-based networking with NFV/SDN and OSS enabling network and OSS transformations. He applies artificial intelligence, automation, service assurance, and agile DevOps along with over 30 years of networking experience to NFV/SDN to build IBM cognitive networks for the service providers.

Steven has been with IBM as a solution executive, a Managing Partner, Partner, consultant and architect within IBM Sales and Global Services for IT Strategy, Networking and Service Management.

Mr. Henri Tervonen
CTO and Head of R&D Foundation, Mobile Networks | Nokia


Henri was previously VP of Architecture, Mobile Broadband, Nokia Networks, December 2013 - December 2015. He joined Nokia in 1997 and has held numerous senior and executive level positions in the company.

Henri is a results-oriented architecture and technology leader with a strong track record in incubating new businesses. As Head of R&D he is leading - and transforming - highly skilled software and hardware teams that are delivering world-leading solutions in multiple technologies.

Henri holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science, Wireless Communications, Espoo / Helsinki University of Technology, Finland.

Dr. Joan Triay Marques
Technical Manager | ETSI NFV ISG


Specialist | NTT DOCOMO


Joan Triay is a research and standardization specialist at DOCOMO Euro-Labs, in Munich, Germany, which he joined in 2012, and where he is currently involved in standardization and research activities spanning different areas such as network virtualization, mobile communication networks, and 5G network management.

In the ETSI NFV, Joan is currently serving as the Technical Manager, and previously as the Assistant Technical Manager. He joined the ETSI NFV from the very beginning (2013) and has been participating actively in developing the NFV concepts and standards.

Before joining NTT DOCOMO, Joan held different research and management positions in the academia and research community including visiting researcher positions in USA and UK. Joan holds a Ph.D. in Telematics Engineering (Computer Networks) (2011) from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Spain.

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, TheStreet.com 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.

Ms. Srilakshmi Valisammagari
Senior Technologist | Verizon


Srilakshmi Valisammagari is a Senior Technologist in Verizon Enterprise Solution SDN/NFV Innovation Group. She leads and drives SDN/NFV related Products and Solutions for Enterprise Customers. Her responsibilities includes Product enablement, Customer experience, OSS/BSS Integration, VNF Onboarding.

Prior to Joining Verizon Enterprise Solutions, Srilakshmi was a part of Verizon Wholesale Solutions - IT with primary responsibly for building and providing network solutions to CLECs.

She has an MBA in Finance and MS in Telecommunications Networks from the University of Texas at Dallas and a Bachelors in Computer Science from Osmania University.

Mr. Andres Viera
Product Management | Fujitsu


Andres is North American Product Line Manager for Virtuora Service Activator powered by UBiqube, responsible for defining SDN/NFV control solutions, use cases, and detailed product requirements. Andres is also an expert in defining multi-layer network orchestration and control framework solutions, as well as defining IP layer service life-cycle management and network control applications.

Andres is a mechanical engineer with a bachelor's degree and masters in science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and an MBA in Finance from Fordham University.

Mr. Alex Vul
Principal Cloud Architect | Intel


Alex has over 25 years' experience in building cloud computing, data center automation, virtualization and high availability solutions for telecommunications and enterprise industries.

He is currently serving as a principal cloud architect in the Datacenter Network Solutions group at Intel. In his current position, Alexander is responsible for defining and driving Intel's SDN/NFV MANO strategy and leading Intel's participation in MANO open source communities, such as OPEN-O and ONAP. Alexander is also responsible for representing Intel at industry initiatives and standards activities including Zero-Touch NSM, ETSI NFV, and OASIS TOSCA where he is the co-chair of the TOSCA NFV Profile Working Group.

Prior to joining Intel in 2016, Alexander held a position of a corporate architect at VMware, where he was responsible for architectural governance, oversight and alignment of VMware's product portfolio. Alexander also held a number of key technical leadership positions in product development and CTO organizations at various other companies, including BMC Software, eBay, Intuit, Sun Microsystems and Amdahl Corporation. Most notably, Alexander was responsible for architecture, design and delivery of BMC's cutting-edge cloud lifecycle management software for communications and enterprise service providers, Intuit's next-generation cloud datacenter platform, Sun's Open Telecommunication Platform and N1 cloud management solution.

Alexander holds a Computer Science degree from Boston University.

  Mr. Alan Weckel
Founder and Technology Analyst | 650 Group


Ms. Sue White
Head of SDN/NFV Marketing | NEC/Netcracker


Sue leads the marketing of SDN/NFV at Netcracker, a forward-looking software company wholly owned by NEC Corporation. She brings over 20 years of experience in the telecoms industry, spanning product marketing, strategy, product management and technical sales.

Previously, Sue led the portfolio marketing activities at Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent for IMS/VoLTE, CloudBand NFV orchestration as well as IPTV and broadband access solutions. She also led business development in EMEA focused on next-generation IP networks.

Sue has a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electronic Engineering with Communications from the University of Sheffield in the UK.

Dr. Tong Zhang
Principal Engineer | Intel


Tong Zhang joined Intel in Jan. 2016 as a Principal Engineer and Chief Architect for AI and Analytics of the Network Platforms Group. She has led the architecture efforts for Machine Learning and Deep Learning solutions including customer engagements with impactful design wins.

Before joining Intel, Tong was a Principal Scientist in Hewlett-Packard Labs where she led over a dozen projects related to media analytics, computer vision, machine learning and pattern recognition. She has 50 granted US patents and over 70 publications to her credit. She is a member of IEEE's Multimedia Technical Committee, vice chair of the ACM SIGMM Bay Area Chapter, and co-organizer of the Bay Area Multimedia Forum. She earned Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Southern California.