Meet our Speakers at NFV World Congress 2017



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

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










Mr. Mark Lum
Chair | NFV World Congress


Co-Founder & Market Lead | Layer123


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

In his career, he has contributed to the first SDH, WDM and ATM networks, done time at ITU and ETSI standards as Rapporteur, and worked on the very first Carrier Ethernet services over 15 years ago. He continues to stay on top of fundamental trends and disruptions, and examines new developments with a careful eye: fulfilling the potential of SDN and NFV is highly interesting.

With a long experience in software (learning to program on punched cards!) Mark found the idea of NFV perfectly rational since first getting involved in 2012. So he is especially delighted to welcome this distinguished panel of pioneers, senior leaders and activists to this 8th World Congress on Network Functions Virtualisation and Software-Defined Networking.

Ms. Anshu Agarwal
Head of Partners & Solution Development | HPE


Anshu is responsible for HPE OpenNFV partnerships and solutions development for Communications Solutions Business at HPE. Prior to this role she was VP Marketing & Product Management at ConteXtream (acquired by HPE in 2015). She has also held various leadership positions at Juniper Networks, Level 3 Communications and Akamai.

Anshu holds a B.S in Electronics from IIT Roorkee, India; an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers, New Jersey; and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Illinois.

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 an Intel company


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

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

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

Mr. Sripathy Balaji
Head of Portfolio Service – Americas | Tech Mahindra


Sripathy Balaji is responsible for building cutting edge network services including SDWAN, NFV, Digital Enterprise Infrastructure and IOT for Tech Mahindra infra group, working in collaboration with partner ecosystems for creating sustainable & scalable solutions for customers

Sripathy brings a diversity of experience across multiple areas spanning Software defined Data Centers, Whitebox, Connectivity solutions, Cloud, converged infrastructure services along with a service Assurance and service management

He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Mysore and a Masters in International Business from IIFT Delhi

Mr. Lyle Bertz
Principal NFV/SDN Architect | Sprint


As Principal NFV/SDN Architect for Sprint, Lyle Bertz is responsible for Sprint's NFV and SDN technology strategy and architecture. In addition, he leads Sprint's efforts as a member of the OpenDaylight (ODL) foundation to promote and advance the global development and adoption of the ODL open source SDN platform. Lyle also supports Sprint's efforts to develop global NFV and SDN standards through collaboration via industry forums, standards bodies, and the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).

Lyle has more than 20 years of experience at Sprint in the areas of network architecture design and development, research and development, software development and engineering.

He has a B.S. in Mathematics, Computer Science and Actuarial Science from the University of Central Missouri.

Ms. Katherine Blough
‎Sr. Ecosystem Development Manager | Intel


Katherine Blough is the Strategy and Development Lead for the Intel Network Builders Program, a Network Platforms Group initiative aiming to accelerate network transformation for the data center through ecosystem collaboration. Focusing on the Americas market, she promotes the adoption of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Software Defined Networking (SDN) based solutions in telecommunications networks by bringing together independent software vendors (ISVs), operating system vendors (OSVs), original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), telecom equipment manufacturers (TEMs), system integrators, and communications service providers.

Katherine has extensive experience in the networking industry which include roles in sales, systems engineering, and business development. In addition, she has supported customers across multiple verticals which include Service Provider – MSOs, healthcare, banking, and manufacturing.

She holds a Bachelor's Degree in International Studies from Wright State University and an International MBA from the Moore School of Business – University of South Carolina.

Mr. David Boswarthick
Director, Committee Support Centre | ETSI


In addition to leading a team of highly inquisitive Standards experts in ETSI and ensuring the evolution of technical support to ETSI's various standards groups, one of David's principle pastimes is helping the ETSI NFV and MEC groups to reach their ambitious objectives of creating agile standards to support the rapid evolution towards 5G networks.

Other key activities include enabling IoT/M2M standards in collaboration with the European Commission, as well as studying what technical standards are necessary to enable the realization of successful Smart City large scale projects.

David has been extensively involved in the standardization activities of Machine to Machine, mobile, fixed and convergent networks in both the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP).

He has held several positions in the Telecoms industry including working at Global Telecommunication Systems, Monaco Telecom and British Rail Telecommunications. He has also written several magazine articles and co‐edited two books where his principal achievements included being contributor and chief editor on 'M2M, a systems approach', as well as involvement with 'The Internet of Things, Key Applications and Protocols'.

David holds a BEng Honours Degree in Telecommunications Engineering, Plymouth Polytechnic UK, and Master's Degree (DEA) in Networks and Distributed systems from the University of Nice and Sophia Antipolis, France.

Mr. Ulf Bragnell
Director, Product Management | Enea


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

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

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

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

Mr. Michael Brenner
Chief Architect, NFV | GigaSpaces


Michael Brenner is responsible for driving GigaSpaces' NFV standardization and open source strategy, and developing architecture and product features changes aligned with this strategy. Michael joined GigaSpaces recently in the Chief Architect for NFV position, after serving as SVP for Product strategy at ClearPath Networks. Prior to his time at ClearPath, Michael acted as the Senior Architect and Director in the CloudBand Business Unit of Alcatel-Lucent and was responsible for CloudBand's NFV platform architectural vision and NFV standardization strategy. This work leveraged his previous experience in complex service, application and network management projects with Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies and Alcatel-Lucent.

Michael is a leader of a series of industry activities focusing on NFV Information/Data Modelling with the goal to reduce fragmentation and increase convergence, and he served as vice-chairman of ETSI NFV ISG till August 2016. His professional distinctions include the Open Mobile Alliance Excellence Award for Outstanding Contributions (2007) and the Best Presentation Award (ICIN 2009).

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

Last but not least, in November 2014 Michael was awarded the first ETSI NFV ISG Excellence Award for his contributions to this forum, in particular developing and driving the ETSI NFV Architectural Framework and resolving Management and Orchestration issues.

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


Chair, Marketing Task Force | ETSI Open Source MANO


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

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

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

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

Mr. Steven Campbell
VP, Innovation & Strategy | Riverbed


As the Vice President of Innovation and Strategy, Steven is responsible for developing unique service offerings by aligning business needs with Riverbed solutions to innovate delivery, ensure consistency of the end-user experience, and align outcomes to business priorities. While businesses rely more and more on the application infrastructure to support the business, the landscape is undergoing radical change. Digital Transformation, led by the adoption of the cloud and the move to mobile platforms, adds greatly to the complexity of delivering consistent performance to the business. Riverbed solutions enable location independence for the modern Cloud First era in which we live.

With 30 years of innovating application infrastructures, prior roles include Nortel Networks, Electronic Data Systems, and the United States Air Force where Steven provided leadership in the support of changing the way end-users interacted with applications while driving out costs and improving access. During his tenure in these roles, Steven spent more than 11 years in Europe supporting global initiatives.

Steven's current focus is on just-in-time service delivery leveraging big data analytics to produce exceptional business outcomes.

Mr. Mike Capuano
VP, Global Marketing | Infinera


Mike Capuano currently serves on Infinera's leadership team as VP Global Marketing and has over 25 years of experience in the service provider and enterprise networking markets. Mike is a key leader for Infinera's NFV, SDN and open software programmability initiatives and speaks and writes frequently on the topic. Prior to Infinera Mike held executive positions at Cisco Systems, Juniper Networks, Pacific Broadband Communications and Motorola in product marketing, product management, sales and business development.

Mike holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Colgate University and has participated as a leader in numerous communications and networking industry forums.

Mr. Ross Cassan
Director Of Marketing – Fixed & Mobile Networks | Spirent Communications


Ross Cassan is director of product marketing for the Mobility Infrastructure business unit within Spirent's Networks, Applications and Infrastructure division and is responsible for strategy, marketing and promotion for Spirent's flagship product Landslide. Spirent Landslide enables end-to-end testing of the entire Mobile & Wi-Fi eco-system.

In addition, he is has been a key contributor to many technical standards bodies such as the Broadband Forum and TIA.

Ross joined Spirent in 1999 had has held positions in product management and product marketing for both hardware and software platforms. Prior to joining Spirent, Ross held marketing positions at Newbridge Networks and Nortel.

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


Nav Chander is senior director of Service Provider marketing at Silver Peak.

He has over 20 years of product planning, product management, marketing and business development experience. His past roles include working with some of the leading global systems integrators, telecom equipment vendors, and service providers such as MCI, Alcatel-Lucent, Motorola, IBM and 3Com.

Nav has had an active role in the development and adoption of new carrier telecom services as demonstrated by his past leadership role as the VP, Marketing Co-chair of the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) driving the deployment of global Carrier Ethernet Services. Throughout his career, he has had an active role in developing the market for new telecom and networking technologies for VoIP, MPLS, ATM, Frame Relay, Packet Optical and Ethernet Switching.

He has both an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering and an MBA from the University of Ottawa, Canada.

Ms. Rajshree Char
Rapporteur | ETSI NFV ISG


Principal Architect, | Ericsson


Rajshree Char is a principal architect in the Ericsson CTO office, Business Area Digital Services. She has worked in telecommunications for more than 20 years, with experience in product management, solution architecture and systems engineering.

Her current focus in on NFV and cloud technologies. Rajshree is active in ETSI NFV and TM Forum standards and is a rapporteur for the charging work item in ETSI NFV ISG EVE WG.

Prior to Ericsson, Rajshree worked at Telcordia, AT&T and Alcatel-Lucent.

Mr. Wayne Cheung
Director Product Marketing | Juniper Networks


Wayne Cheung has 20+ years of experience in telecom and networking, in roles including software development, technical and product marketing, solution architect and business development.

Wayne has developed cloud-based services around voice, video collaboration, security and Web conferencing. He has partnered with global service providers to define service offers, develop ROI models, translate to solution architectures, execute implementation strategies and create go-to-market plans for both residential and business customers. He has also worked with targeted enterprise vertical markets including healthcare and government to ensure compliance.

Wayne's diverse background brings expertise in transforming networks to best leverage the full benefits of NFV and SDN.

Mr. Roy Chua
Partner, Co-Founder SDxCentral | SDxCentral


Partner | Wiretap Ventures


Roy Chua has 20+ years of experience in technology infrastructure, including networking, security, SaaS and cloud technologies. Prior to co-founding SDxCentral, an online resource and news site, and Wiretap Ventures, a management consultancy, Roy was VP Products at 41st Parameter, an online fraud prevention company acquired by Experian.

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

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

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.

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 on behalf of the cable industry.

In his former role with BT, Don initiated and co-founded the ETSI Network Functions Virtualisation Industry Specification Group (NFV ISG). This forum has grown to over 290 companies including 38 service providers. He is a member of the NFV ISG leadership team and chairs the Network Operator Council.

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

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

Mr. Ariel Cohen
Senior Product Manager | Allot Communications


As a 17-year veteran of the Telecommunications industry, Ariel Cohen has garnered vast experience working with Tier-1 service providers and multiple generations of communication protocols.

In previous roles, he was responsible for the successful transition of his company's VoIP and VoLTE monitoring technology to the cutting-edge requirements of AT&T Domain 2.0.

In recent years, Ariel's focus shifted to emerging NFV technologies, as he worked with virtualization leaders such as Nokia and HP on applied architectures and solutions.

Ariel currently manages the NFV strategy at Allot and is leading the transition of the company's solution portfolio to Cloud infrastructure.

Ariel holds a BA degree from the Israeli College of Management and an MBA degree from Middlesex University in London.

Mr. Marc Cohn
Representative | ONAP


VP, Network Strategy | Linux Foundation


Marc Cohn is VP of Network Strategy for The Linux Foundation based in Silicon Valley.

Marc has been a major contributor to the Software Defined Networking (SDN) community, as the Market Area Director for the Open Networking Foundation (ONF), and Silver Member representative for the OpenDaylight Board of Directors.

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.

Mrs. Lynn Comp
Sr. Director CoSP Business Acceleration Team | Intel


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

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

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

Mr. Michael Coughlin
‎PhD Student | University of Colorado


Michael Coughlin is a PhD student in Computer Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder. His research interests include network and embedded security with a recent focus on hardware security. He has also worked in the past on software defined networks, networking in general, distributed systems and mobile systems.

Currently, Michael's focus is on investigating trust models in hardware security systems, using hardware security to strengthen the security of existing systems and using field programmable gate arrays to implement hardware security more flexibly.

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. Keate Despain
Director | Intel


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


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

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

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

Mr. Patrick Donegan
Founder & Principal Analyst | HardenStance


Patrick is the Founder and Principal Analyst of HardenStance Ltd, a leading analyst firm providing best in class research, analysis and insight in telecom and IT security.

A lot of Patrick's research is focused on best practise for telecom operators in securing their own networks and providing security services to end customers. In recent years, his research has focused increasingly on the security opportunities and threats presented by the telecom sector's efforts to evolve to more software controlled networking including the evolution in network security requirements from 4G to 5G.

Patrick has worked in the telecom sector for over 25 years, including in strategic planning roles for Motorola as well as for Nortel's mobile infrastructure business. Prior to forming HardenStance Ltd in January 2017, he worked for eleven years at Heavy Reading, the last three as Heavy Reading's Chief Analyst.

Mr. Zeev Draer
VP, Strategic Marketing | MRV Communications


Zeev leads technical marketing at MRV. He is responsible for marketing strategy and technology innovation research with focus on multi-layer convergence and transformation to virtualized and programmable networks.

Zeev brings over 25 years of experience in senior roles in the ICT industry, with expertise in business development, product and project management, and multilayer network solutions.

Prior to his role as VP of strategic marketing, Zeev served as VP and product line manager at MRV. In this position, he was responsible for leading and promoting MRV's flagship networking product lines in the service provider market.

He is a long time contributor to MEF and broadly active in making technology outlook presentations at industry seminars, conferences and tradeshows.

Dr. Ken Duell
AVP, New Technology Product Development & Engineering | AT&T


Ken Duell is AVP of New Technology Product Development & Engineering at AT&T. His organization is responsible for the design and development of AT&T's Layer 2/Ethernet and Layer 3/IP Edge Router Platforms.

His organization's current focus is on the design and development of AT&T's Domain 2.0 packet platforms including evolution of packet platforms to be based on merchant silicon and virtual network function software. Ken has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Mr. Andrew Dugan
CTO | Level 3 Communications


Andrew Dugan is Chief Technology Officer for Level 3 Communications, responsible for global network technology, architecture, engineering, systems and security.

Andrew joined Level 3 in 1998. He has 30 years of experience leading technology teams and in building telecommunications networks, switching platforms and services platforms.

Prior to joining Level 3,Andrew held leadership positions at MCIWorldcom and AT&T Bell Laboratories, where he designed and built transport network support systems, enhanced voice services platforms and architecting next-generation voice switching networks.

Andrew holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado as well as an M.S. Degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Mr. Abhi Dugar
Research Director, Cloud Infrastructure & IoT Security | IDC


Abhi Dugar leads IDC's worldwide research, strategic analysis, advisory services, and client relationships with major Information Technology and financial services industry clients on cloud infrastructure (compute, storage, networking, and security) technologies and IoT Security. His current focus is on developments and adoption trends of open source platforms in public, private, and hybrid cloud environments, Software Defined Networking (SDN), Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), and cloud services (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS).

Abhi's work covers analysis of technology trends, workloads, products, vendors, supply chain, and end-user adoption strategies in enterprise IT and datacenters of Web, Cloud, and Telecom Service Providers.

Abhi is the Founder and first Chair of the IEEE Consumer Electronics Society's Silicon Valley/Bay Area Chapter. He is based in IDC's San Mateo, California office.

Mr. Dave Duggal
Founder & Managing Director | EnterpriseWeb


Dave Duggal is the founder of EnterpriseWeb. His company offers an award-winning application platform for dynamic, distributed, data-driven business processes. The Platform enables organizations to flexibly connect end-to-end solutions across silos, partners, technologies and protocols. Dave is an Inventor on several awarded patents and is author of numerous academic papers, articles and blog postings. He is a regular conference speaker (Structure, CloudExpo, SemTech, EDW, GoTo Con, TM Forum, BPMnext, NFV SDN World Congress, etc).

Dave's company ran ETSI NFV's proof-of-concept #1, "CloudNFV". Subsequently, they have won five consecutive awards for TM Forum Catalyst projects collaborating with Tier-1 Service Providers and leading telecom vendors. Dave is also co-chair of the Platform 2.0 CG for the Industrial Internet Consortium.

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.

Mr. Travis Ewert
SVP – Network SW Development | Level 3 Communications


As Senior Vice President of Global Network Software Development at Level 3 Communications, Travis oversees the development of SDN Control Automation for network & service activation, management, and Programmable Networking as tied to data/analytics and extended to the customer for dynamic service enablement. He also oversees SW development of OSS platforms and Network Applications (UCC, CDN, IP-Video, NFV, others).

Prior to his current role, Travis spent 20+ years in Technology, Engineering, IT/Development, Operations, and Marketing leadership capacities.

Dr. Hany Fahmy
AVP – Global Public Policy | AT&T


Hany Fahmy is an Assistant Vice President with AT&T Global Public Policy and Legislative Affairs acting as a senior technical advisor for regulatory issues such as Net Neutrality, Wireless/Wireline broadband performance, Software Defined Network, Network Function Virtualization technologies, and IP transition.

In the past Hany acted as a director for wireless/wireline arch with AT&T Labs and director of Radio Access Network Planning with AT&T Mobility.

Hany holds a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He has more than 26 years of experience in the Telecommunication industry.

Mr. Keith Falter
Managing Director SDN and NFV | Juniper Networks


Keith Falter is Juniper Networks Global Managing Director responsible for SDN and NFV. In this role Keith leads a global team that delivers end to end solutions and assists incumbent providers, emerging market providers, and key enterprise customers in their business and technology transformations to SDN and NFV, SP Cloud Services, and next-gen enterprise services.

Keith has 25+ years experience in the Service Provider industry having worked in executive, strategy, and product management capacities with AT&T, Qwest, and Cincinnati Bell Technology Systems.

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. Evan Frith
Director of Products & Services | TELUS


Mr. Ichiro Fukuda
Chief Architect, Infrastructure | 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. Sam Fuller
Sr. Director, System Solutions | NXP


Sam Fuller is the Senior Director, System Solutions for the Digital Networking Group at NXP Semiconductors. Mr. Fuller has over 20 years of executive leadership experience in computer architecture, SoC architecture, embedded systems and semiconductor marketing and applications, and has lead innovative development efforts in SIMD processing, fabric interconnects and symmetric multicore processing.

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

Mr. Bob Ghaffari
Director, Networking & Appliances | Intel


Bob Ghaffari is currently director within Intel's Data Center / Network Platforms Group responsible for driving network solutions for Enterprise and Cloud.

He works closely with leading Enterprise-Cloud customers as well as with industry leading partners to deliver agile, secure, scalable and cost effective solutions to enable best in class TCO with transformational capabilities to enable the Software Defined Infrastructure (SDI) in an era where Software Defined Data Center (SDDC), Software Defined Networks (SDN), Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), and virtual / software based appliances are now starting to be a focus for CIOs and IT organizations.

Prior to this position, Bob has spent time in a variety of business development and marketing positions.

Bob has an EECS degree from UC Berkeley and a MBA from Santa Clara University.

Mr. Jim Greene
Industry Marketing Manager, Communications Service Providers | Intel


Jim is the marketing lead for the Communications Services Providers market segment, focused on data center modernization, cloud security, service assurance and data plane processing technologies and solutions. Prior to that, Jim was the senior technology lead for Storage and Security Technologies in the Data Center Group at Intel. In this role, he was responsible for the definition of products and usage models for datacenter and cloud security solutions. He came to Intel when that company purchased Conformative Systems in 2005. At Conformative, Jim led all product marketing activities for the XML processing appliance portfolio. Prior to that, James held several leadership roles in marketing, strategy, market development and business and technology planning for Compaq and Hewlett Packard enterprise server, workstation and storage business units.

Jim is a graduate of Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts, and is co-author of the book: Intel Trusted Execution Technology for Servers: A Guide to More Secure Datacenters. Jim is an avid distance runner and enjoys volunteer coaching with a local marathon training group and a local youth soccer league.

He has been a speaker, panelist or presenter at a number of public venues, such as the International Forum on Cyber Security, SecureTech Canada, Intel Developer Forum, OpenStack Conference and Design Summit, InfoSec World 2011, vmworld, ENSA@Work, RSA in US and Europe, CSA Congress, HP Discover and other forums.

Mr. Ron Haberman
VP Emerging Products | Nokia


A seasoned entrepreneur, Ron Haberman is Vice President of Nokia's Emerging Products unit within the Applications and Analytics Business Group. The Emerging Products unit is responsible for incubation of new technologies to mature businesses and currently contains IOT, Security, SON, Analytics and NFV orchestration. Ron was previously head of Nokia's CloudBand product unit, where he oversaw the convergence of Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia development teams leading to the successful relaunch of Nokia's Cloud management and orchestration portfolio.

Prior to Nokia, Ron co-founded and led cloud gaming company CiiNOW where he developed expertise in cloud and data center technologies.

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

Mr. Bill Hackenberger
VP Data Security | HyTrust


Bill Hackenberger helps HyTrust and its partners develop security solutions across virtualized and cloud environments for global enterprises and government. Much of Bill's recent work is focussed on secure governance and data protection for clouds, and where new X86 chip-level security andacceleration features can bring security and compliance to software defined infrastructures.

With 25+years in executive and management roles in the security software business, Bill was most recently the CEO of HighCloud Security (acquired by HyTrust in 2013), a startup dedicated to bringing data security and privacy to virtualized environments by innovating encryption and key management for hybrid clouds.

Mr. Robert Haim
Business Analyst | ACG Research


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

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

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

Mr. Shawn Hakl
Vice President | Verizon


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

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

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

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

Mr. Mansoor Hanif
Director of Converged Networks Research Lab | BT


Member, Technology Steering Board | BT


Mansoor Hanif joined EE in November 2011 and led the technical launch of the 1st 4G network in the UK and was also accountable for the integration of the legacy 2G and 3G Orange and T-mobile networks.

Until 2016 he led the team who plan, design, rollout, optimise and operate all EE radio access networks, including Mobile Backhaul and Small Cells, and was accountable for the coverage aspects of EE's Emergency Services over LTE programme. He was also a board member of MBNL (the joint venture of EE with H3G) until 2016.

During the acquisition of EE by BT, Mansoor led the EE network Integration team and is currently Director of the Converged Networks Research Lab based in BT's Global Research centre in Adastral Park.

He is a member of the BT Technology Steering Board and is a board member of the Scottish Innovation Programme.

Mr. Eric Hanselman
Chief Analyst | 451 Research


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

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

Mr. Eyal Harari
Chief Operator Officer | RADCOM


Eyal Harari is currently Chief Operating Officer for RADCOM and Chief Executive Officer for RADCOM North America. In his twofold role, Eyal is responsible for overseeing ongoing business operations and leading the company's expansion within North America.

Eyal joined RADCOM in 2000. He began in the Development side as a software R&D group manager, later becoming the Director of Product Management for VoIP Monitoring Solutions, then the Senior Director of RADCOM's Product Management department, Vice President of Products and Marketing and finally in his current position since the beginning of 2016.

Eyal received a B.A. in Computer Science from the Open University of Tel Aviv, and also holds an M.B.A. from Tel-Aviv University and an LL.M in Business Law from Bar Ilan University.

Mr. Bryan Hill
VP, Engineering | Sonus


Bryan Hill has more than 30 years in the communications industry at startups and established companies in the greater Boston area.

Bryan's current focus is NFV and SDN aspects of securing Real-Time Communication in Openstack clouds. In his current role at Sonus Bryan oversees the Sonus Real-Time Communication in the Cloud solution as well as the development and test of the Sonus's leading SBC appliance solutions.

Bryan has a BA in Mathematics & Computer Science from Providence College.

Mr. Adrian Hoban
Chair, Technical Steering Committee | ETSI OSM


Principal Engineer | Intel


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

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

Mr. Marko Hokkanen
E2E Customer Solution Architect | Nokia


Marko has 20 years experience around Telco Cloud NFV, E2E Architecture, Solution Sales Management, Marketing, R/D management and Business Development.

He has been creating end to end solutions with startup/Tier 1 wireless carriers and webscale players in North America.

Marko has wide understanding of North America carriers and global webscale customers plans for new technology deployments, use cases, business cases and ecosystems around new technologies.

Lately he has been focusing for mobile/network edge computing and use cases and how those deployments bring value for end users, carriers, application/content providers. Especially his interests are around VR/AR/MR, AI and Machine Learning and how deploy them in network edge environment.

He has a Bachelor of Engineering from Espoo-Vantaa Institute of Technology, Espoo, Finland.

Mr. Faraz Hoodbhoy
Director Outreach, Ecosystem & Innovation | AT&T Foundry


Faraz leads AT&T's Outreach, Ecosystem & Innovation team where he and his team are the formal front door and face of AT&T to startups, entrepreneurs, venture capital investors and others in the innovation ecosystem.

Faraz has 20 years' experience in the mobile and software industries and was the founder and CEO of PixSense, a mobile social networking company with 40M+ subscribers.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Ms. Mona Hrapkowicz
Director Next Wave Communication Service Provider Business Acceleration | Intel


Mona Hrapkowicz has 25+ years of experience in technology infrastructure, including networking, data center and cloud technologies. Currently, her team at Intel is responsible for accelerating Next Wave Communication Service Providers' journey to Cloud-ready Solutions. She has also worked in Strategic Product Planning, Development and Marketing roles while at Intel.

Prior to joining Intel, Mona was a Product Line Manager at Celestica with responsibilities for Product Development and Manufacturing for their ATCA and Server ODM portfolio for Fortune 100 companies, a Regional Sales Manager for NEC, and a Sales Manager for TI.

Mona holds a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from Santa Clara University and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Columbia University in New York City.

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.

Dr. Hongxin Hu
Assistant Professor | Clemson University


Program Co-Chair | SDN-NFV Security 2017


Hongxin Hu is an assistant professor in the School of Computing at Clemson University. He received his Ph.D. degree in computer science and engineering from Arizona State University in 2012. His research interests centrally focus on the area of Cyber Security.

More specifically, he strives to develop effective solutions to address realistic security issues created by today's emerging technologies and applications, such as Network Function Virtualization (NFV), Software-Defined Networking (SDN), social networks, mobile computing, cloud computing, healthcare systems, and big data.

He has published over 70-refereed technical papers, many of which appeared in top conferences and journals. Hongxin's research has been funded by National Science Foundation (NSF), Amazon Web Services, Dell, etc

Mr. David Hughes
VP Engineering | PCCW Global


David Hughes has served as Vice President – IP Engineering at PCCW Global for 12 years. He is responsible for PCCW Global's IP backbone network and supporting infrastructure and services.

For the past 3 years, David has focused on evolving PCCW Global's data centers and development of NfV in support of the IP network. Prior to PCCW Global, he served 3 years as Director, IP Networks at CAIS and 9 years at Intelsat developing distributed systems satellite ground control networks.

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.

Mr. Shane Jackson
NFV & OSS Solution Architect, CTO | Comptel


Shane Jackson has worked in numerous IT and OSS support roles for 18 years. He has held positions at ICL, Connectivity Plus, Axiom and Comptel, consulting in the planning and rollout of IT architectures and infrastructures in enterprise businesses.

He currently works within the Service Orchestration CTO Office of Comptel, specializing in the design and implementation of service provider NFV use cases and orchestration architectures for key strategic alliances such as IBM and Nokia.

Mr. Puneet Jain
Director, Software Engineering | Juniper Networks


Puneet leads the software development organization for packet optical technologies for routing and switching products at Juniper Networks. This includes cloud based solutions, network management and simulations and optical controllers. Prior to this he was responsible for software development of core router platforms at Juniper. Before joining Juniper, Puneet held various engineering and management positions at Oclaro, StrataLight and Fujitsu Network Communications.

Puneet has been working on Coherent technologies, DWDM Optical Networks, and SDN/NFV technologies for the past several years.

Mr. Peter Jarich
Chief Analyst | GlobalData


Chief Analyst with Global Data, Peter Jarich manages the firm's syndicated research across service provider and enterprise markets, including enterprise and service provider infrastructure, enterprise and IT services, and consumer markets.

This role sees Peter directing the company's Competitive Intelligence and Market Advisory analysis across its Technology practice, while taking a lead on cross-cutting research topics like 5G and IoT. Peter holds a BA in Economics from Cornell University and a MS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.

Mr. Alastair Johnson
Principal Solution Architect at Nuage Networks | Nokia


Alastair Johnson (AJ) is a principal solution architect with Nuage Networks, based in Mountain View, California. AJ's focus is working directly with customers to introduce, explain, and expand technology based on Nudge Networks portfolio of products – solving customer problems through new, innovative WAN services for Enterprises and Service Providers targeting the Enterprise market.

AJ was previously a senior product manager responsible for Alcatel-Lucent's 7750 SR family of routers focusing on Internet related technologies, such as IPv6 and Internet Peering/Backbone. AJ has been with Alcatel-Lucent for 10 years in a variety of roles located around the world, primarily carrier customer focused in the IP/solutions space.

Mr. Craig Johnson
Director, Solution Architecture |


Craig Johnson is the Director of Solution Architecture at and a lifelong resident of Dallas, TX. With a primary focus on SDN and NFV, his 20 year career includes experience at Cisco, AT&T Wireless, and several startups in the carrier space.

He is also a 3x CCIE (#6965), having accomplished the Routing & Switching, Storage Area Networking, and Datacenter tracks.

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Mr. Kader Khan
Director of Simulator Business Unit | EXFO


Kader Khan, Director of Simulators Business Unit. at EXFO is responsible for the holistic business management of the EXFO Quality Assurer physical and virtual Simulation and Load Testing products, from identifying market trends to defining and launching products to test SBC, IMS, 4G, 5G, VoLTE, IoT and WebRTC.

Prior to this, he held various leadership positions in product management, business development, business management, R&D management and site management.

Kader has over 19 years of experience in the information communication sector, specializing in wireless technology. He has a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in computer science and has completed various technical and management certification courses.

Mr. Stefan Kindt
Head of Cloud Market Development | Nokia


Stefan is Head of Cloud Market Development at Nokia, responsible for the market positioning in cloud services and technology. Having held several positions in sales, marketing and business lines in the ICT industry for more than 20 years, Stefan has extensive IT and telco knowledge as well as global market insight with first-hand experience in Asia and Europe.

Dr. Christos Kolias
Sr. Research Scientist & Principal | Orange


Christos Kolias is a senior research scientist at Orange Silicon Valley, where he leads its software-defined networking (SDN) project.

Christos is a founding member of the ETSI NFV group and he has also served as a chair of ONF's Wireless & Mobile working group. He has lectured on OpenFlow, SDN and NFV at several events. He has more than 15 years of experience in networking and holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from UCLA.

Mr. Krzysztof Korzunowicz
Managing Consultant | Detecon


Krzysztof Korzunowicz has worked for 2 major European telecom operator groups (Orange and Deutsche Telekom) for the last 10 years in multiple different areas: procurement, project management, vendor management, E2E network optimization, test management, technical trainings, with a sprinkle of agile software and automated test development on top. Lately he has been doing technology and business consulting internally in DT group, as well as externally. All these experiences have left him with an in depth understanding of multiple overly complicated technologies and an even better understanding of how a lot of things should not be done.

Thus Krzysztof is definitely not a senior expert on anything, but rather a very curious fellow trying to figure out better ways of doing things, recently focusing on the area of new telco production methods, and even more importantly, culture. He is a proponent of Scrum and SAFe.

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


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

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

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

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

Dr. Richard Li Renwei
Vice Chair | ETSI NGP ISG


Chief Architect, Future Networks | Huawei


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

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

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

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

Dr. Geng Lin
CTO, Enterprise Network & Infrastructure Services | Google


Geng Lin is the CTO of Corporate Networks at Google. In this role, he leads the transformation of enterprise networking architecture to support the cloud-based IT service model both within Google and with Google cloud customers.

Prior to Google, he was CTO of Networking Business at Dell where he had the overall responsibility for technology strategy, system architecture, product innovation, and partnership and acquisition of key technologies, for Dell's networking and converged infrastructure business. He was appointed Dell Fellow in 2013.

Prior to Dell, he was CTO of IBM Alliance at Cisco Systems where he was responsible for technology direction, strategy, and solution development of the joint Cisco-IBM solution portfolio worldwide.

Geng is widely recognised as a leading expert in cloud networking and system architectures. He is a co-inventor of NVGRE network virtualization framework and an expert in Software Defined Networking. He is a contributing author of 2 books and over 60 papers and conference speeches. He holds B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from Peking University and a Ph.D. degree from the University of British Columbia, all in Computer Science.

Mr. Victor Lin
Tech Lead / Manager | Google


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

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

Mr. Tommy Lindgren
Cloud Market Development | Nokia


Tommy Lindgren is an Internet and telecommunications professional responsible for corporate wide market positioning of cloud services and technology at Nokia. Having worked in the industry for 20 years, He 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. First engagements with customers related to EPC virtualization started already in 2010.

Ms. Vanessa Little
Sr. Manager of Global NFV Ecosystem Architecture | VMware


Member, Technical Steering Committee | ETSI OSM


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. Currently a member of the Open Source MANO Technical Steering Committee, Van drives the next generation architecture of the platform.

Van is currently employed at VMware as the Sr. Manager – Global NFV Ecosystem Architecture where she is focused on innovative integrated architectures that include 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, providing technical and though leadership, and spreading the word about the strength of the NFV Ecosystem.

Mr. Patrick Lopez
VP Networks Innovation | Telefónica


Patrick Lopez is VP Networks Innovation at Telefonica group in Madrid. He has close to 20 years of international experience in launching and managing innovative mobile, cloud and video products.

At Telefonica, Patrick runs a team of innovators who are focusing on improving user experience for wireless, fixed and TV networks. 5G, mobile advertisement, consumer privacy, connecting the unconnected, SDN, NFV, open source and Edge Computing are some of the technologies and subjects his teams are involved in.

Prior to Telefonica, Patrick was founder and CEO of {Core Analysis}, the leading 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 with 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. Lu Guanghui
Chief Architect of NFV | ZTE


Lu Guanghui joined ZTE Corporation as R&D engineer for PS core network and wase project manager of SGSN product..

From 2008~2012, Lu was the chief architect of EPC/PS product planning and in charge of the design and planning of PS/EPC product architecture, feature, etc.

From 2012 to the present day, Lu has been the chief architect of NFV in the Telecom Cloud & CN Product, He is responsible for the Cloud & CN Product planning and architecture design with innovative technology and solutions in the NFV industry.

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

Mr. Guy Machlev
Sr. Director R&D, Head of Nokia Cloud Infrastructure Software Engineering | Nokia


Guy Machlev is a Senior Director in R&D heading the Nokia Cloud Infrastructure Software Engineering for the Cloudband Business Unit within Nokia, which delivers the company's cloud infrastructure and orchestration products to the service provider market. He is focused on helping operators advance in the area of Network Functions Virtualization.

Prior to joining Alcatel-Lucent, Guy was responsible for the Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) integrated and standalone product lines in Cisco Systems. Guy joined Cisco through the acquisition of P-Cube, a pioneer in the Deep Packet Inspection space.

Guy holds a B.Sc in Engineering from the Tel Aviv University.

Mr. Bryan Madden
Director of Marketing, Network Platforms Group | Intel


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

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

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

Mr. Ihab Mahna
Solutions Architect | EXFO


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

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

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

Mr. Mihir Maniar
VP, Security Business and Strategy | Juniper Networks


Mihir Maniar is Vice President of Security Products and Strategy at Juniper and joined in April 2015. In this role, Mihir is responsible for driving business growth on the SRX portfolio, virtualization and cloud security services, and the Security management/orchestration systems.

Mihir is a seasoned business and technology leader and prior to joining Juniper he was at Cisco for 16 years in various Executive management roles with most recently being the Senior Director of Product Management/Marketing for the Network Software group. Mihir was responsible for Cisco's Software Strategy across Datacenter/Cloud, Enterprise, Service Provider Business Groups, L4-L7 network services and SDN contributing to $20B+ in annual revenue. Mihir is a big-picture, results-proven leader focused on building high-performance teams and transforming market disruption as well as customer issues into highly successful, profitable products. Mihir has lead diverse multibillion-dollar product groups at Cisco with #1 or #2 market share dominance from infancy to success.

Previous to Cisco, Mihir was at Zeitnet, an early stage tier-1 VC funded startup with a successful acquisition exit.

Mr. Peter Margaris
Head of Service Provider Marketing | Palo Alto Networks


As Head of Service Provider Product Marketing at F5 Networks, Peter Margaris is responsible for the company's overall solution messaging, positioning and market strategy directed at F5's service provider business segment.

With a diverse background and over 25 years of experience in telecommunications and mobile technologies, he has held business leadership roles at Motorola, Nokia, and Alcatel-Lucent, as well as wireless start-up companies in Silicon Valley. Peter has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago and an M.B.A. from University of Illinois.

Mr. David Martín Lambás
Customer Centric Network Innovation – Business impact lead | Telefónica


David Martín works in the global innovation unit within Telefónica. His focus has been sizing the techno-economical impact of network transformation. During the last year David has been working on (i) Onlife Networks; a project that proposes a new design for the edge of Telefonica's fixed and mobile network and on and (ii) finding new network technologies to address the unconnected opportunity.

Prior to Telefonica David worked as a strategy consultant in projects for telco operators, regulators and governments in Europe and Latin America.

Mr. Klaus Martiny
Senior Program Manager | Deutsche Telekom


Vice Chair, Network Operators Council | ETSI NFV ISG


Klaus Martiny has been Vice Chair of the NOC in ETSI ISG NFV since 2014. He is Project Lead of the NWMO (MANO Requirements for 5G) project in NGMN with a focus on the definition of MANO requirements in the 5G Project. Klaus also Project Leads the NGCOR I and II in NGMN (Definition of Operations Requirements for Converged networks) and is Coordinator of the new Industry Initiative Network and Service Management (NSM)

Klaus has been Senior Program Manager at Deutsche Telekom since 2010 and is Vice President Continuous Improvement for Operations of T-Mobile International, Head of Operations (SVP) in E-PLUS and GSM Radio Validation and Specification in DETECON.

He has publications in articles concerning outsourcing, international project management (Merger and Optimization of international Organization); organizational change management; Disaster and Business Continuity and Network Management of future Networks..

Mr. Alexander McKinney
Director of Platform Software | Benu Networks


Alexander McKinney is responsible for architecture direction and creation of Benu Networks series of virtualized products and technology.

He brings over 20 years of experience in embedded product development and deep knowledge of software datapaths for the telecommunication market.

Prior to joining Benu Networks, Alexander spent 11 years starting at Covergence (later acquired by Acme Packet) designing software-based datapaths for bare-metal and virtualized platforms. Alexander has held various technical and management roles including Director of Platform OS Software responsible for the virtualization of Acme Packet's VoIP products solutions.

Alexander holds a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Waterloo, Canada and a Master's Degree in Applied Science from Queens University in Kingston, Canada.

Mr. Phil McKinney
President & CEO | CableLabs


Phil McKinney is President and CEO of CableLabs. In this capacity he heads the research and development organization responsible for charting the cable industry's technology and innovation roadmap.

Prior to joining CableLabs, he was the vice president and chief technology officer of the $40 billion (FY12) Personal Systems Group at HP. He was responsible for long-range strategic planning, research and development (R&D) and product roadmaps for the company's PC product lines, including mobile devices, notebooks, desktops and workstations. In addition, McKinney was founder and leader of HP's Innovation Program Office (IPO). The IPO was chartered to identify, incubate and launch adjacent and fundamentally new technologies, products and services that would become the future growth engines for HP.

Recently (February 2012), Phil released his first book on innovation and personal creativity titled Beyond The Obvious, published by Hyperion. The book is available in hardcover, digital and audio formats. The book will soon be available in Russian, Chinese, Portuguese (Brazil), Korean and Japanese.

Prof. Ahmed Meddahi
Professor | IMT Lille Douai


Ahmed Meddahi is a Professor at Institut Mines-Telecom/IMT Lille Douai.

He has a master degree from University of Lille (France), a Ph.D. from University of Evry and Institut National des Telecommunications, and HDR (accreditation to supervise research) from University Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC, Paris VI).

Ahmed's research topics range from security, network performance to quality of service.

His current research is focused on distributed architectures (P2P), security protocols for Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV).

Mr. Jim Melvin
SVP Product Management, CMO | SevOne


Jim Melvin joined SevOne after 20 years in leadership and CEO roles in software, hardware, and SaaS businesses.

He served as CEO of AppNeta for 5 years, as well as 2 years as President and CEO at Mazu Networks. Jim has an extensive background in leading companies and marketing teams through various stages of growth.

He has been awarded three US patents in fault tolerant systems design.

Mr. Pascal Menezes
Chief Technology Officer | MEF


Pascal serves as CTO and Advisory Director for MEF and is a former Principal at Microsoft Skype for Business Global Carrier Group. Pascal is a proven technology thought leader, sales evangelist, product manager and seasoned IP architect with decades of experience in internetworking, next-generation information systems, and communication architectures.

As the founder of TSCM Technology he is focused on the building of cloud scale architectures and real-time media networks using Software Defined Networks (SDN), Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO).

As one of the leading industry experts in Unified Communication (UC) and SDN he is a UCStrategies Expert,pioneer of Unified Communications (UC) and Software Defined Networks (SDN), Chair of UC SDN Task Group at International Multimedia Telecommunication Consortium (IMTC), Vice-Chair of Open Network Foundation (ONF) NBI Working Group and Co-Founder and former Vice-Chair of Wi-Fi Alliance Task Group Mobile Multimedia Over Wi-Fi.

Pascal has done five startups with multiple successes,has received numerous industry awards and has presented extensively in numerous events globally .

Pascal holds 4 patents with 25 additional patents pending and has co-authored many standards in the IETF, MEF, IMTC and Broadband Forum (MPLS).

Dr. Jim Metzler
Founder and VP | Ashton Metzler & Associates


Jim Metzler has worked in many positions in the networking industry. This includes creating software tools to design customer networks for a major IXC; being an Engineering Manager for high speed data services for a major Telco; being a Product Manager for network hardware; managing networks at two Fortune 500 companies; directing and performing market research at a major industry analyst firm; and running a consulting organization.

Jim's current interests include combining the architectural principles of SDN and NFV to create new solutions to support all of the networking requirements of a WAN's end points; i.e., branch offices, mobile users, the IoT, private data centers and public cloud facilities. His work in this area is sponsored by service providers, vendors and enterprise network organizations. In February 2017 he published an e-book entitled The 2017 Guide to WAN Architecture and Design and is a frequent blogger and columnist for Network Computing and Network World.

Jim holds a Ph.D. in Numerical Analysis from Boston University. He has been on the faculty of several universities including Bentley University, Northeastern University and Drew University. He has co-authored a book, published in the Prentice Hall series in computer networking and distributed systems, entitled "Layer 3 Switching: A Guide for IT Professionals". He has written for numerous and is a frequent speaker at conferences and at seminars.

Mr. Dave Meyer
Director, Advanced Network Technology Center | University of Oregon


Chief Scientist & Fellow | Brocade


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

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

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

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

Mr. Peter Middleton
VP | Comptel


Peter has been involved in the Telco software business for more than 20 years, working with British Telecom, HP Vertica and for the last 6 years Comptel . AS VP Global Alliances, he was closely involved with an ecosystem of partners such as Nokia, IBM, Salesforce, Accenture and others, seeing at first hand how they are influencing the new world. In late 2015,

Peter moved to the USA, where he has been involved with Service Providers in both North and South America, working with them on how they are shaping the Digital journey for both customers and themselves

Mr. Bipin Mistry
VP of Product Management | NEC/Netcracker


Bipin Mistry is the Vice President of Product Management for NEC/Netcracker's SDN/NFV Business Unit. Bipin's primary focus is on developing solutions and architectures specifically mapped to SDN/NFV and Orchestration. He has over 28 years of industry experience from working in areas such as security, software architectures, mobile and core networking technologies, product management, marketing, engineering and sales.

Prior to joining Netcracker, Bipin was the Vice President of Product Management for a security startup focused on DDoS analysis and mitigation. Bipin has also held architectural and management roles at Juniper Networks (Chief Mobile Architect) and Cisco Systems (Chief Architect of the Service Provider Division).

Mr. Aidan Molloy
Senior Director, NFV Strategy, Openet Accelerate | Openet


Aidan Molloy joined Openet in 2012, and currently serves as Senior Director NFV Strategy in Openet Accelerate, a business unit within Openet dedicated to NFV adoption. He is responsible for Openet Products in the NFV framework and more specifically MANO layer with Openet Weaver as a G-VNFM. Prior to this, Mr Molloy has served in a number of roles for Openet, including, Product Management, Technical Sales Support and Operations. More information can be found at:http:/

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

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

Mr. Bob Monkman
Senior Segment Marketing Manager | ARM


Member, Board of Directors | OPNFV


Bob Monkman is part of the Business Segment Group at ARM, based in San Jose, CA and focused on networking software strategy and ecosystem programs. Bob is a project lead in OPNFV, for the Armband project, ensuring multi-architecture support with the ARM server ecosystem and holds a seat on the OPNFV Board as a Silver Member Director. Bob also drives engagement and participation in Linaro, ONF, CORD, ONAP, DPDK and other relevant industry consortia.

Bob has been active in the telecommunications industry for over 30 years, starting as a HW/SW engineer for Tellabs after obtaining a BSEE degree from the University of Illinois, Chicago. Bob then moved into the commercial software arena in 1992, holding a wide range of technical, product management, strategic marketing and business development roles at Ready Systems, Mentor Graphics, Wind River Systems, MontaVista Software, Penguin Computing, QNX Software/Blackberry before joining ARM in October 2012.

Mr. Praveen Mosur
Senior Principal Engineer | Intel


Praveen Mosur is a Senior Principal Engineer in the Data Center Group at Intel Corporation. He has been driving technologies to enable scalable and efficient network & platform security solutions and crypto & compression hardware acceleration with Intel QuickAssist Technology.

Since joining Intel in 1996, he has contributed in various roles to CPU, Network Processor, Chipset and SoC products. Praveen has published 12 technical papers and holds 13 patents.

Dr. Julius Mueller
Senior Member of Technical Staff | AT&T Foundry


Julius Mueller (PhD) works as a project lead in the AT&T Foundry in Palo Alto as Senior Member of Technical Staff focusing on resource management and virtualization of fixed and mobile networks.

In particular, he is developing Proof-of-Concepts and prototypes for resource management and orchestration, MEC, 5G, AR/VR, connected/autonomous cars and virtualized environments.

Mr. Tetsuya Nakamura
Principal Architect | CableLabs


Vice Chair | ETSI NFV ISG


Tetsuya Nakamura serves as Principal Architect, Strategy and Innovation Group at CableLabs. Tetsuya is working on standardization effort at the ETSI NFV ISG as ISG Vice Chair. He is also working on CableLabs' open source research efforts on NFV and SDN, OPNFV Ambassador and OpenDaylight Advisory Group.

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

Dr. Sandhya Narayan
DMTS, SDN/NFV Architecture Planning | Verizon


Sandhya Narayan is a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff in Verizon's Network Planning Technology Strategy organization. She is currently involved in various open source projects at ONLab/Open Networking Foundation centering around SDN/NFV/cloud architectures for access networks and use cases.

Sandhya holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science.

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.

Mr. Madhu Nunna
Senior Product Manager – SDN/NFV Solutions | Mirantis


Madhu is at the forefront of highly disruptive telco industry trend – NFV/SDN network transformation. He has spent the last five years focusing on this industry shift and helped position Mirantis as a leader in disaggregated NFV/SDN solutions space.

He is currently a lead contributor to Telco vertical, as a product manager at Mirantis, both from strategic and tactical perspectives. Throughout his career, he built a reputation as a strategic thinker, with a penchant for delivering future proof solutions.

Madhu holds an MBA in technology management, a Masters in Technology , and a Bachelors in Electronics & Communications Engg. He started his career in object oriented programming, and held senior roles in systems engineering, solution architecture and pre/post-sales. In the past, as a Director of new product development and product management, he managed global teams and delivered complex network transformation solutions to telcos around the globe.

His past companies include Ericsson and Telcordia/Bell Communications Research.

Mr. Kazuaki Obana
Executive Research Engineer | NTT DOCOMO


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

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

Dr. Lyndon Ong
Technical Fellow | Ciena


Co-Chair, MA&E Committee | OIF


Lyndon Ong is a leading contributor to industry work on optical control plane.

He chairs the Optical Transport Working Group of the ONF and is an active member of OIF, serving as Co-Chair of the Market Awareness and Education Committee and having previously served on the Board and as Technical Committee Chair.

Lyndon is active at IETF, having previously chaired the Signaling Transport Working Group and authored a number of IETF RFCs. He was appointed Technical Fellow at Ciena in 2014 in recognition of his technical leadership and innovation.

Lyndon received his doctorate from Columbia University in 1991 and contributed to development of Signaling System 7 while at Bellcore. He subsequently worked at Bay/Nortel and joined Ciena in 2001, working on network control architecture, where he has the position of Principal, Network Architecture

Mr. Simon Osborne
CTO Service Orchestration | Comptel


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

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

Mr. David Ownby
Practice Manager – SP Architectures | World Wide Technology


David Ownby is an innovator and technology leader who has over 25 years working with advanced technologies with 20 of those years specifically focused on service providers using large scale distributed platforms. David brings expertise in large scale service provider systems design, end-to-end hardware and software architectures and the evolving transition to virtualization and service delivery via NFV.

In his current role, David is responsible for leading World Wide Technology's service provider architectures and lab services efforts within WWT's overall service provider solutions group. The team delivers validated full stack architectures for customers deploying complex technology solutions including NFV and 5G services along with the lab services capabilities to help customers and vendors adopt a diverse ecosystem of virtual network functions into their traditional and CI/CD service delivery platforms.

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. Paul Parker-Johnson
Principal Analyst, Practice Lead, Cloud Computing and Virtual Infrastructure Technologies | ACG Research


Paul Parker-Johnson (PJ) leads ACG's cloud computing and data center virtualization market research and consulting practice. His work examines market sizes, innovations and trends in cloud computing, service delivery platforms, and the virtualization technologies that enable them.

PJ's passion for the cloud springs from a rich history of engagement in network and application innovations for over 30 years. Prior to joining ACG he was director of cloud computing solutions development and marketing at Juniper Networks, delivering advanced network, software, and partner platform solutions to service provider and enterprise customers globally. Direct experience designing and delivering solutions in the XaaS and virtual data center landscapes informs his work. Prior to his work in data centers and the cloud PJ served in Juniper's service provider and emerging markets strategy teams, bringing numerous platforms and innovations in routing, switching, security and advanced network services to market over a ten year span.

Prior to joining Juniper he held senior product management and marketing positions in switching and routing with Lucent Technologies and Cisco Systems, participating in early delivery of ASIC-based and gigabit scale forwarding technologies for Ethernet and IP networks. Prior to Cisco PJ was a member of BBN Communications' professional services and network engineering teams, developing and deploying X.25 and early stage IP networking platforms into experimental and production networks. His initial experience in large scale computing and networking platforms came with IBM deploying online trading and transaction processing systems for financial services customers in New York from 1978 to 1983.

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, mostly about NFV with plenty of innovation for good measure. These include The Real CTOs of NFV series.

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

Mr. Burjiz Pithawala
VP Architecture & Engineering of Future Networks | Huawei


Burjiz Pithawala is Vice President of Architecture & Engineering of Future Networks at Huawei, where he leads the architecture and development of the next generation Internet that facilitates a new set of demanding applications like Augmented/Virtual Reality (AR/VR), Fog/Edge Computing, IoT analytics and 5G Mobility. His primary interest is in developing Intelligent, Automated Networks that reduce cost and manage complexity for businesses. His focus on Intelligence in the Network has lead him work on Machine Learning/AI applicability in the network.

Before joining Huawei, Burjiz was General Manager of a Cloud/SaaS engineering startup that specialized in developing Evolved Packet Core (EPC) as a Cloud/SaaS offering to MVNO along with NFV EPC for Tier1 Global Service Providers.

Burjiz holds a Masters Degree in Computer Engineering from Louisiana State University, USA and a General Management Program Degree from Harvard Business School, USA.

Dr. Dan Pitt


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. Gabriel Podolsky
Product Line Manager | Telco Systems


Gabriel Podolsky has been working for over two decades in the telecom software industry holding different positions, including CTO and co-founder of T-Soft (later Cramer Systems) developing tools for network discovery and performance management.

In his previous role in Amdocs he was product manager on topics including cellular network planning, new OSS user interfaces, Customer Experience Management
and in recent years focused on NFV for Amdocs MANO suite and AT&T Domain 2.0.

Gabriel recently joined Telco Systems as product manager, focusing on NFV solutions for vCPE using open standards software on x86 based networking platforms.

He holds a BSc in Math and Computer Science from the Ben-Gurion University in Israel.

Mr. Kurt Pynaert
Product Development and Business Lead | Nokia


Kurt Pynaert has 27 years of experience in SW and SW integration business. He leads multi-vendor solution integration projects and product development teams. He is also part of Nokia's SDN end-to-end team, Chief architect of SDAN (Software Defined Access Networks) and co-author of a system integration methodology (AIM – Advanced Integration Methodology).

Kurt's multi-domain experience and expertise covers access, networks, applications, virtualization,including end-to-end solution integration & validation.

He holds a master's degree in electrical engineering, specialization in automation, and postgraduate program in business management.

Mr. Rajesh Rajamani
Director of Product Marketing | Spirent Communications


Rajesh Rajamani is the Director of Marketing at Spirent, where he is responsible for the Service Provider and NFV domains. Prior to joining Spirent, Rajesh worked in CenturyLink in Strategic Marketing.

Rajesh has also worked in Redback and Nortel as a software engineer and architect. Rajesh completed his MBA degree from Duke University and also attended Indian Institute of Technology in Chennai.

Dr. K K Ramakrishnan
Professor | University of California


Dr. K. K. Ramakrishnan is Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of California, Riverside. Previously, he was a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Labs-Research. He joined AT&T Bell Labs in 1994 and was with AT&T Labs-Research since its inception in 1996. Prior to 1994, he was a Technical Director and Consulting Engineer in Networking at Digital Equipment Corporation. Between 2000 and 2002, he was at TeraOptic Networks, Inc., as Founder and Vice President.

K.K. is an AT&T Fellow, recognized for his fundamental contributions on communication networks and lasting impact on AT&T and the industry, including his work on congestion control, traffic management and VPN services. He is an IEEE Fellow, and has received other awards. His work on the "DECbit" congestion avoidance protocol received the ACM Sigcomm Test of Time Paper Award in 2006. He has published nearly 250 papers and has 155 patents issued in his name. K.K. has been on the editorial board of several journals and has served as the TPC Chair and General Chair for several networking conferences and has been a member of the National Research Council Panel on Information Technology for NIST.

K. K. received his MTech from the Indian Institute of Science (1978), MS (1981) and Ph.D. (1983) in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park, USA.

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


Chair | ETSI OSM


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 OSG OSM) project on Management and Orchestration for NFV.

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

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

Mr. Lakshminarayan Ravi
Industry Segment Innovation CTO Leader | Aricent


Lakshminarayan is a telecommunications Industry veteran with over 30 years of telecommunications industry experience spanning Technology R&D, Product Line Management, Operations, Business Development and Sales leadership. His technology experience spans wireline, wireless, enterprise and optical transport/access areas in both legacy and next-generation technologies.
Lakshminarayan leads the effort to enable end to end solutions for the Service Provider segment utilizing Aricent frameworks for NFV/SDN, Converged Core, Mobility, M2M/MTC and Analytics suite.

Prior to Aricent, Lakshminarayan held senior executive and P&L leadership positions within leading Telecommunications equipment manufacturers including Hitachi CTA, GENBAND, Tekelec, Santera, Nortel and Bell-Northern-Research. He has contributed to several innovations while working for these companies which have resulted in US Patents and Patent filings. He has also served as mentor and board member of innovative startup companies in their early stages.

In addition to his extensive experience in Canada and USA, he has spent several years in emerging markets in Asia, most predominantly in India and South Asia, building sales and operations delivery teams to address the needs of fast moving operators in price sensitive markets.

Lakshminarayan holds a Bachelors degree in Engineering from National Institute of Engineering, India and a Masters degree in Engineering from University of New Brunswick, Canada

Mr. Frank Rayal
Founding Partner | Xona Partners


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

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

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

Mr. Khalid Raza
Co-founder and CTO | Viptela


Khalid Raza is a former Distinguished Engineer at Cisco and widely regarded as a visionary in routing protocols. In a career spanning over 20 years, Khalid has played an instrumental role in architecting networks for Global Tier-1 carriers and Fortune 100 companies, and defining innovative grid solutions for the healthcare industry. He has been awarded the pinnacle of Cisco certifications: Cisco Certified Architect (CCAr) and Cisco Certified Design Expert (CCDE).

Most recently, at Hewlett-Packard, he was honored as Distinguished Technologist, and he created the vision for the company's Next-Generation Datacenter and Wide Area Network architectures. Khalid holds patents in Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) and Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) and is the author of a book titled "Large-Scale IP Network Solutions."

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from NED and a Master of Science degree from Wichita State University.

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. Patrick Richardson
Senior Product Manager | Akamai Technologies


Patrick Richardson is a Senior Product Manager at Akamai Technologies, where he is responsible for the Licensed CDN Platform.

Prior to Akamai, he led Product Management for the licensed content delivery platform at Verivue Inc., which was acquired by Akamai. Patrick began his career as a cofounder of CoBlitz, a virtual networking platform and CDN spin out from Princeton University that sold caching technology to network operators; it was acquired by Verivue. Patrick earned his Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University.

Mr. Niall Robinson
VP Global Business Development | ADVA Optical Networking


Niall Robinson has spent more than 25 years in the telecommunications industry and has worked at all levels of the food chain from service provider to component provider.

Specializing in moving cutting edge technology from the lab to the network Niall has held roles in MCI/Worldcom's Advanced Technology group, Nortel's optical research team and Oclaro's high speed optical modules group. During his tenure at these companies he worked on a wide range of technologies, from terrestrial and submarine optical amplification solutions to 100Gb/s transmitters and receivers.

Niall is now VP Global Business Development at ADVA Optical Networking, still focusing on moving cutting edge technology from the lab into the network.

Mr. Dan Rodriguez
VP Data Center Group, GM Communication Infrastructure | Intel


Daniel C. Rodriguez is vice president in the Data Center Group and general manager of the group's communications infrastructure division at Intel Corporation. He leads strategy for the division's various market segments and manages Intel's business in those segments, which include wireless core, cable infrastructure, routers and switches, and network security. He is also responsible for network platform product and packet-processing strategy and marketing. Daniel and his organization are key contributors to Intel's network transformation strategy, which focuses on workload convergence on Intel architecture and developing platforms to support network functions virtualization.

A leader in networking innovation, Daniel has spearheaded the transformation of several nascent networking segments into flourishing businesses at Intel. Before assuming his current role in 2015, he spent four years as wireless infrastructure marketing director expanding that aspect of Intel's networking business. He has also played an influential role in several of Intel's flagship networking products and technologies, including Intel QuickAssist Technology and the Intel Data Plane Development Kit. Earlier in his tenure at Intel, he held various marketing and strategic planning roles in network, storage and embedded segments.

Daniel also spent a year on assignment in Shannon, Ireland, where he headed the communications infrastructure division's marketing team for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region and led worldwide wireless marketing strategy. He started his career at Intel in 1997, initially in finance.

Daniel holds a bachelor's degree in finance from Arizona State University and earned his MBA degree from the University of Southern California.

Ms. Sue Rudd
Director Service Provider Analysis | Strategy Analytics


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

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

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

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

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.

Mr. Saurabh Sandhir
VP Product Management | Nuage Networks


Saurabh Sandhir heads Product Management at Nuage Networks. Saurabh brings over 17 years of experience leading cross-functional engineering, product management and marketing teams focused on networking software products.

Prior to Nuage, Saurabh was Head of Technology Strategy at Ericsson and before that, he held a variety of leadership roles during a 13 year tenure at Juniper Networks including product line responsibility for Juniper's network programmability and NFV platforms. Saurabh played key role in building Juniper's SDN partner and channel programs and defining the SDN architecture/strategy leading to the acquisition of Contrail Systems.

Saurabh has an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, a Masters in Computer Science from Purdue University and an MBA from University of California, Berkeley.

Mr. Ralph Santitoro
Head of SDN/NFV Solutions Practice | Fujitsu Network Communications


Distinguished Fellow & Director | MEF


Ralph is a MEF founding member, serves on the Board of Directors, and co-chairs MEF's Global Marketing Committee. Ralph has been a catalyst for MEF's Third Network vision and MEF's transformation towards developing software artifacts, architectures and service definitions addressing Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO) of network services using SDN and NFV technologies.

Ralph created and leads Fujitsu's SDN/NFV Solutions Practice where he also serves as Principal Consultant. The practice assesses, designs,integrates, and manages multi-vendor solutions using SDN/NFV/LSO technologies that enable on-demand Virtual Network Services.

Ralph regularly speaks at events on LSO, Virtual Network Services, NFV, SDN, and SD-WAN.

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


Tony Sarathchandra, as Director of Product Management at Juniper Networks, leads Cloud Services, SD-WAN and NFV/SDN solutions across the company's product portfolio. In this role, he is responsible for defining overall solution strategy, roadmap and delivery timelines based on customer requirements across both key service provide and enterprise customer segments.

Prior to Juniper Tony held product management, product marketing and business development roles at Cisco Systems and Nortel Networks spanning over 16 years.

Tony holds a Bachelors in Computer Systems Engineering from the University of Queensland, Australia.

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


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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Louis Scialabba
Director, Carrier Solutions Marketing | Radware


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

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

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

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

Mr. Chandra Sekar
VP of Marketing | Avi Networks


Chandra Sekar is VP of Marketing at Avi Networks where he is responsible for product marketing, communications, and demand generation.

Prior to Avi Networks, Chandra held product marketing and management roles at networking and security companies including Illumio Inc., Citrix Systems, Zenprise, and McAfee.

Chandra started his career as a software developer at Talx Corporation where he developed distributed data communications software for computer telephony systems.

He holds an MBA from U.C. Berkeley's Haas School of Business and an MS in Electrical Engineering from Southern Illinois University.

Dr. Nitin Shah
Principal Innovator T&I | Nokia


Nitin J. Shah is in the Corporate Strategy group of Nokia, with focus on cloud, open source and software.

He has a track record in innovation and development of new products and services in wireless networking. Nitin also has experience in strategy and marketing in the mobile communications and digital marketing industry, with start-ups, global network equipment vendors, and solo consulting.

Nitin received his BA, MA and PhD from the University of Cambridge in England.

Mr. Roshan Shaik
Senior Manager, Software Architecture and Development | Equinix


Roshan Shaik works as Senior Manager at Equinix. He is involved in defining and Development of the most innovative, industry leading SDN & NFV platform, "Equinix Programmable Network (EPN)" powering the Equinix Cloud Exchange and Interconnection Oriented Architecture (IOA). He is responsible for modeling, automation and provisioning Interconnection network services.

Prior to Equinix, Roshan worked as Principal Engineer at Silver Spring Networks designing and developing IOT Network Platform, IOT Data Platform and Smart City Network for automatic provisioning, managing, securing and monitoring the IOT networks. Roshan also contributed to Cisco Systems's Nexus 1000v, developing the very first commercial virtual switch in virtual networking.

Roshan graduated from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani with a BS degree in Computer Sciences.

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


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. Mark Showalter
Senior Director of SDN Product Marketing | Infinera


Mark is the senior director of SDN product marketing at Infinera. In this role Mark is leading Infinera's strategy for transforming static optical networks to software defined intelligent transport networks. Previously, Mark held the title of senior director of service provider solutions marketing at Extreme Networks where he led the marketing effort for Extreme's Ridgeline Service Advisor network management software and the E4G Cell Site Router. Prior to Extreme Mark has served the telecommunications industry in key roles at Infonetics Research, Matisse Networks, Procket Networks, Cosine Communications, Ascend Communications and Pacific Bell. Mark received his bachelor's degree in computer engineering from the University of the Pacific and an MBA from the University of Washington, Michael G. Foster School of Business.

Mr. Kumaran Siva
Data Center & NFV Market Development | Intel


Kumaran Siva is responsible for Data Center and NFV market development in the Programmable Solutions Group (PSG) at Intel Corporation. In this role, he is responsible for driving business strategies and partnerships in transformative communications areas including Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and building customer and partner understanding of the value of using field programmable gateways (FPGAs) to accelerate carrier functions in the cloud, including encryption, broadband network gateways, and network monitoring services.

Kumaran has a broad background in communications, networking and semiconductor technologies. Prior to joining Intel in 2016, Kumaran was an Associate Product-Line Director at Broadcom responsible for a variety of product lines including multi-core CPUs, and wireless connectivity solutions. Before Broadcom, Kumaran has worked at ARM and PMC-Sierra in engineering and product marketing roles. Kumaran has a bachelor's degree from the University of Waterloo and a master's degree from Harvard University.

Mr. Brian Skerry
Principal Engineer | Intel


Member, Technical Steering Committee | OPNFV


Brian Skerry is a Prinicpal Engineer in Intel's Network Platforms Group working on a number of SDN and NFV initiatives. He is currently one of Intel's representatives for the OPNFV Technical Steering Committee and is the lead architect on an NFV reference architecture targeted for service provider use cases. His focus for the past few years has been on using server platform technologies to achieve the NFV vision, and he has worked with various industry partners and service providers on developing proof of concept systems.

Brian joined Intel in 2000 to work on storage products and was the software architect on multiple I/O processor silicon projects.

Prior to joining Intel Brian worked for multiple companies in the communications industry, including cellular and satellite systems.

Mr. Timon Sloane
VP, Standards & Membership | Open Networking Foundation


Timon Sloane is the vice president of standards and membership of the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) leading the organization's efforts with SDN standards, skills certification, and membership

In his role as vice president of standards, Timon's primary focus is to drive activities within the organization relating to the OpenFlow standard, bridging standards activities and open source initiatives to bring efforts in both areas under a single umbrella. Timon also leads efforts relating to the ONF-Certified SDN Professional (OCSP) Program to build and enhance the worldwide footprint of the ONF's skills certifications. Timon works closely with current and potential ONF membership to ensure that the full community is working together towards a common goal of accelerating the adoption of SDN.

Prior to this new role, 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. His prior experience also includes 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.

Mr. Mark Stadtmueller
Business Solution Executive | NEC/Netcracker


Mark Stadtmueller is a Business Solution Executive for Netcracker's Virtualization CTO Office. His current focus is on positioning service provider solutions for success in the rapidly evolving digital economy. Before joining Netcracker in December 2016, Mark led British Telecom's go-to-market initiatives for enterprise customers around SDN/NFV solutions in the Americas region. Mark was also responsible for BT's solution sales initiatives in the Americas around the Internet of Things, Big Data Analytics and Unified Communications.He previously was a Senior Principal Consultant at BT as well, providing business consulting in the Professional Services Group.

Mark started his career in nuclear engineering for the U.S. Navy before serving as a Communications Officer on a destroyer, architecting satellite, voice and data networks for NATO exercises.He worked for a satellite communications consulting company and an access concentrator startup before joining Lucent as both a Product Manager and Overlay Solution Sales Specialist.Mark lived in the U.K. for two years while running product marketing and sales operations for a Canadian OSS company (Syndesis, which was acquired by Subex, which had assets acquired by Netcracker). He also ran the U.S. operations of a Danish information exchange software company and headed global technology partnerships for a Canadian fixed-mobile convergence startup.

Mark has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Connecticut and an M.S. in Engineering Management from the Catholic University of America.

Mr. Shahar Steiff
AVP New Technologies | PCCW Global


Board Member | MEF


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

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

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

Mr. Sebastian Strollo
Principal Engineer | Tail-f


With 25+ years in the software and telecom industry, Sebastian serves as a Principal Engineer at Cisco where he is responsible for overseeing ConfD engineering projects from design specifications to final implementation. He provides technical project leadership for multiple projects and is responsible for leading customer, vendor, and interdepartmental teams in identifying design options that ensure the success of the project.

Sebastian joined Cisco as part of the acquisition of Tail-f Systems. Prior to Tail-f, Sebastian was a system developer at Synapse Mobile Networks and has been a software developer at Ericsson, Nortel and various other startups.

Mr. Les Stuart
Sr. Dir., NFV Product Management | HPE


Les Stuart has been with HPE for 17 years as an Engineer, Distinguished Architect, Product Line Manager, and now as Sr. Director for NFV Product Management. Stuart has defined and created management and orchestration solutions for a wide variety of customers and technologies. He now leads MANO, OSS/BSS and Partner solutions for the Network Function Virtualization business unit for HPE

He is a 28-year veteran of the high-tech industry, seventeen of which were spent in business development, as a developer, product line manager, and marketing manager in the management divisions of Hewlett-Packard, 3Com, Nortel, and Extreme Networks.

Stuart has been responsible for the creation of many management solutions for customers ranging from the Service Provider to the smallest of enterprises. Stuart holds several patents for management tools, continues to author numerous white papers, and speaks at industry events around the world. Stuart has also held positions with standards bodies as well as management communities. Stuart majored in Computer Science with an emphasis on application development and a minor in Business Administration at California State University at Chico.

Mr. Krish Subramanian
Sr. Product Marketing Manager | Check Point


Krish Subramanian, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, Data Center and Cloud Security at Check Point Software Technologies, has more than twenty years of networking and security industry experience. In his current role, Krish is responsible for Check Point data center and cloud security solutions.

Prior to Check Point, Krish served as Manager, Technical Marketing at Cisco Systems where he was responsible for marketing data center, virtualization, remote access, voice and networking solutions. Previously, Krish held various Product Development and Marketing positions at Guavus, Cisco, Nortel and Bell Canada. Krishnan holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering from McGill University.

Mr. Michael Sullivan-Trainor
Principal Consultant | MST Consulting


Michael Sullivan-Trainor is Principal Consultant at MST Consulting, Inc. an industry research advisory firm specializing in helping service providers and suppliers navigate the organizational and economic uncertainty of digital transformation.

He leads a practice that provides business case analysis, case studies, ROI analysis, market size and growth analysis and partner identification and assessment for key network and operational domains including NFV/SDN, OSS/BSS and services.

Michael has 22 years experience conducting such engagements and has been a featured presenter at NFV World Congress, Operations Transformation Forum, Huawei Cloud Connect, Mobile World Congress Asia and TM Forum Live.

Mr. Nick Tausanovitch
VP, Solutions Architecture | Netronome


Nick Tausanovitch is vice president of solutions architecture at Netronome where he has been helping to drive the company's SmartNIC acceleration and offload strategy for Cloud IaaS and Telco NFV. In this role, Nick has been working closely with industry and open source community partners to create ground-breaking solutions that greatly accelerate NFV and cloud data center applications while being tightly integrated with cloud management and orchestration infrastructure.

Prior to Netronome, Nick had product management responsibility for the Caladan network processor product line at Broadcom. Prior to Broadcom, Nick was Director of Electronic Design at IDT where he developed algorithmic Network Search Engines. Before IDT, Nick was a system architect at Nortel, where he developed switches, routers, and network processors.

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. Martin Taylor
CTO | Metaswitch


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

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

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

Mr. Stéphane Téral
Senior research director, Mobile Infrastructure and Carrier Economics | IHS Markit


With 28 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, Stéphane Téral is regarded as one of the top analysts in his field, having been the trusted advisor at some of the world's largest telecom providers and manufacturers.

Stéphane joined Infonetics Research/IHS in January 2006, after 8 years with analyst firm RHK, where he developed their European optical coverage and helped carriers migrate from PSTN to next-gen networks. Prior to RHK, Stéphane was an engineer and project manager with Alcatel, where he deployed the CATV optical networks that allowed the 1992 Olympics and the grand opening of Euro Disney to be televised using fiber optics for the first time.

Stéphane now specializes in next-generation mobile infrastructure, voice over LTE and circuit-to-packet migration products and services, and adoption trends of service providers. He also tracks overall telecom economics and forecasts service provider capex, opex, and revenue, as well as outsourcing and managed services. As an advisor to startups, service providers, vendors, and the investment community, Stéphane helps clients identify new market opportunities, provides due diligence, and advises on positioning, product development, business plans, and M&A activity.

A highly sought thinker and speaker, Stéphane is quoted in prestigious publications such as The Economist, Le Monde, Barron's, and The Wall Street Journal, and chairs and presents at events worldwide, including Carrier Network Virtualization, LTE World Summit, and Self Organizing (SON) Conference. He is also a frequent expert judge for industry and technology innovation awards, such as GSMA Mobile World Congress and LTE World Summit.

Stéphane was a McGowan Scholar at the McLaren School of Business, University of San Francisco, where he received his MBA, and has an Engineering Diploma in Telecommunications from Télécom SudParis (formally the Institut National des Télécommunications), France.

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


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

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

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

Mr. Amit Tiwari
VP – Strategic Alliances and Systems Engineering | Affirmed Networks


Amit Tiwari most recently served as Senior Director, Leader Global Mobility Practice at Cisco.

Previously, he was Vice President of Solutions Development at Starent Networks and held product management and applications engineering roles at 3Com and US Robotics. Amit has an Honors diploma in Systems Management, a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master's degree in Business Administration from Illinois State University.

Mr. Tom Tofigh
PMTS, Network Architect | AT&T


Tom Tofigh is currently a Principal Member of Technical Staff in the AT&T's Domain 2.0 architecture and planning Labs at AT&T.

Tom has been responsible for planning and implementation of large-scale telecommunications equipment He has extensive experience that spans across many disciplines including emerging mobility networks, Switches, enhanced protocols, cross layer design, smart devices, and chip designs. Products introduced include innovative solutions for the mobile devices, switches, platforms, and QOS mechanisms. He holds over 25 patents awarded and many more pending. Tom also has taught computer and networking courses at GWU in the past.

Mr. Abel Tong
Representative | MEF


Sr. Director of Marketing, | Ciena


Abel Tong is Sr. Director of Solutions Marketing for Ciena's Blue Planet Division. He is responsible for helping Ciena customers to transform networks through the application of Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV), to deliver value and create new services, and to simplify network operations.

Abel has over 15 years of networking and telecommunications systems experience. He is also a long-time contributor to MEF. Abel has been a part of MEF's Project UNITE, an industry wide collaborative initiative bringing standards development organizations together to create the building blocks for Lifecycle Service Orchestration and Third Network. He is also a member of Open Daylight and the Open Networking Foundation (ONF).

Dr. Mehmet Toy
DMTS | Verizon


Dr. Mehmet Toy is a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff in Verizon Communications and involved in the architecture, implementation, testing and standards of Virtualized Network Services.

Prior to this position Mehmet held senior technical and management positions in several well-known companies and startups including Comcast, Intel Corp., ADVA Optical Networking, Fujitsu Network Communications, AT&T Bell Labs and Lucent Technologies. He has also been a tenure-track faculty and adjunct professor in various universities including Stevens Institute of Technology, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Worchester Polytechnic Institute, and University of North Caroline at Charlotte.

Mehmet contributed to research, development and standardization of Cloud, Overlay, Self-Managed, SDN and Virtualized Commercial Networks and Services, Carrier Ethernet, IP Multimedia Systems (IMS), Optical, IP/MPLS, Wireless, ATM, and Signal Processing technologies. He holds a patent and has five pending patent applications. He has also published numerous articles, seven books and a video tutorial in these areas. Two of his books are being used as college text books and one of them is translated to Turkish.

Mehmet holds a Ph.D degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ, and M.S and a B.S degrees in Electronics and Communications from Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey.

He has served on the Open Cloud Connect Board, the IEEE Network Magazine Editorial Board, the IEEE Communications Magazine as a Guest Editor, the IEE-USA and the IEEE ComSoc in various capacities. He has received various awards from Comcast, AT&T Bell Labs and IEEE-USA for his accomplishments in these fields. He is currently Sr. Member of IEEE and chair person of the IEEE ComSoc Cable Networks and Services sub-committee, and serves in MEF and ETSI NFV.

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. Shin Umeda
VP | Dell'Oro Group


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

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

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

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

Ms. Sarah Wallace
Director, Service Enablement, AI & Analytics | IHS Markit


Sarah Wallace serves as the Director of Service Enablement, AI & Analytics for IHS Markit Technology.

Her research covers the next generation support systems (OSS/BSS) which will enable personalized services and allow partnerships for new ecosystems like IoT, all while running in a virtualized environment. Sarah also examines the analytics and machine/deep learning that will be driving these capabilities. Additionally, she covers customer experience, managed services, and telco cloud.

Sarah first became an analyst in the telecom industry 17 years ago covering OSS at RHK. Prior to her work at RHK, she served as Senior Technology Editor for OSS Magazine. She more recently worked as Analyst for Heavy Reading covering topics such as OSS/BSS, Big Data Analytics, SDN/NFV, cloud, managed services, customer experience, social CRM, M2M, mobile payments, mobile commerce and enterprise mobility.

Sarah most recently served as Principal Market Analyst for TimeTrade Systems where she conducted primary research for multiple verticals, including telecom. While at TimeTrade her reports were cited by media such as Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, AdWeek, Re/Code and VentureBeat.

Mr. Martyn Warwick
Editor in Chief | TelecomTV


A founding member of Decisive Media, Martyn Warwick has been a telecoms journalist for more than 30 years. As Editor-in-Chief of TelecomTV, he writes and films about global telecoms and IT related issues, conducts TV interviews and also moderates televised panel discussions with senior telecoms executives all over the world.

Amongst previous roles, Martyn was the founding editor of Euronet magazine, editor-in-chief of Communications International and Editor-in- Chief of Middle East Communications, Asian Communications and Broadcast and Satellite magazines. Whilst he was editor of Communications International the magazine won the prestigious 'Best International Business Magazine' award.

Martyn is a well-known figure in the international industry, having interviewed people ranging from Bill Gates and Richard Branson through to Ban-ki Moon and Boris Johnson and many, many individuals in the global comms sector.

He is regularly asked to speak at and to moderate panels at industry conferences around the globe. Martyn is probably the most recognisable public 'face' of TelecomTV -and has an invaluable black book of industry contacts built up over many years of working and talking with senior executives ​the length and breadth of the sector.

Mr. Cris Wendt
Principal Strategy Consultant | Flexera Software


Cris Wendt is a Principal Strategy Consultant at Flexera. He focuses on strategic business model issues relating to implementing licensing, as well as the internal change management aspects of undertaking this business transformation.

With extensive licensing, compliance, pricing and entitlement management experience, he focuses on defining and deploying software monetization, licensing and pricing models for global intelligent device manufacturers and enterprise software vendors.

Mr. Andrew White
Chief Technologist, NFV in the Americas | HPE


Andrew White is Chief Technologist, NFV in the Americas, at Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

Prior to HPE, Andrew was CTO at ATIS, overseeing the strategic work of ATIS' Technology and Operations Council, its CIO Council and the global standards development activities of the organization's fourteen technical committees.

He is a 20-veteran of the information and communications technology industry, and is a founding member of ATIS Cloud Services Forum. Prior to joining ATIS, White served as a Principal Consultant for Nokia Siemens Networks, Technical Director at Qwest and as a Battalion Signal Officer for the U.S. Army. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Mathematics from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, and was commended as a Distinguished Graduate from the U.S. Army Signal Course.

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 a variety of roles across many parts of the business.

Previously, Sue led the marketing activities at Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent for IMS/VoLTE, CloudBand NFV management as well as IPTV and broadband access solutions. She also led a business development team 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.

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


A telecommunications veteran, Angela Whiteford previously served as Product Management and Marketing Vice President at Iron Mountain, Marketing Director at Starent Networks, Director of Nortel's Municipal Wireless Solutions and worked in Nortel's Chief Technology Office in Asia, providing next generation wireless networks to emerging markets.

Angela holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Business and an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Queen's University.

Mr. Brad Wilson
Director Market Development, CSP Solutions | Dell EMC


Bradley Wilson is responsible for Strategy and Architecture for Service Assurance and Analytics.

He has spent 25 years in the Telecom industry.

  Mr. Bill Wright
Director, Global Business Development | Red Hat


Bill is responsible for Red Hat's global business development strategy for mobile operators and partners.

Prior to Red Hat, he has held a number of roles, including Director of Product Management at Affirmed Networks, with a focus on virtualization, network security and NFV automation. He was also a member of the Global Strategic Alliances group at VMware. Prior to VMware, Bill worked in global accounts sales and sales management. He has been interviewed by CNN International, and featured in numerous corporate videos (Hewlett-Packard, VMware, etc.).

He has a BA in Communications from St. Mary's College of California, a certificate in Cybersecurity from MIT, and graduated from the USMC Logistics Operations School.

Mr. Rami Yaron
Co-Chair, Global Marketing Committee & Chair, Mobile Backhaul Focus Group | MEF


VP, Strategy & Business Development | Telco Systems


Rami has over 20 years of diverse experience in the telecommunications industry. Currently he Co-Chairs the MEF Global Marketing Committee, Chairs the Mobile Backhaul Focus Group, and is an inaugural member of the Marketing Leadership Council.

In his current role at Telco Systems, a leading provider of innovative, multi-service edge solutions, Rami oversees technology, strategy, and business development for the SDN, NFV, Carrier Ethernet, and IP/MPLS, product lines.

Previously, Rami held various senior level positions in engineering, architecture, product strategy, and business development at DragonWave, Axerra Networks, Carrier Access, and Paragon Networks.

Rami holds an MS in Computer Science and an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Haven.

Ms. Valerie Young
Director, 5G Infrastructure Software Strategy | Intel


Co-Chair, Edge Computing WG | Telecom Infra Project


Valerie Young is a Director of the 5G Infrastructure Software Strategy for Intel Network Platform Group (NPG). She is responsible for driving the software strategy to bring Intel processors into the Wireless infrastructure with projects such as virtualized radio access networks, Cloud RAN, FlexRAN, and mobile edge computing for enterprise and Internet of Things (IOT).

She has led strategies and contributed to parallel and pipeline architectures, both in silicon and software technologies for Intel. In her role, she closely works with telecommunication vendors, operators, application developers and industry forums. Valerie represents Intel at the ETSI MEC Forum, Open Edge Computing, and the Telco Infra Program (TIP). Prior to working at Intel, Valerie worked at NEC, nCUBE and RadiSys with responsibilities ranging from ASIC design, firmware, software and engineering management.

Valerie received her BS EE from Oregon State University, and has post graduate work in optics and communications. When Valerie is not busy with her career and family, she is an avid hiker and bicyclist.

Mr. Jimmy Yu
VP, Microwave Transmission, Mobile Backhaul & Optical Transport Market Research | Dell'Oro Group


Jimmy Yu re-joined Dell'Oro Group in 2008 and is responsible for the Microwave Transmission, Mobile Backhaul, and Optical Transport market research programs.

He originally joined Dell'Oro Group in 2001, and spent over four years as the primary analyst for Dell'Oro Group's Optical Transport program and built our coverage of the PON market. In 2006, Jimmy joined Spansion, a leader in flash memory solutions, where he was a Strategic Product Marketing Manager for Spansion's server memory subsystem product line.

Prior to joining Dell'Oro Group in 2001, Jimmy worked for Deloitte Consulting in the strategy and operations group as a Management Consultant with a focus in the high-tech industry. He began his career in Northrop Grumman's space technology group, where he was a lead mechanical engineer developing satellite communication subsystems and components, such as transceivers. While at Northrop Grumman, he also developed advanced packaging approaches for millimeter wave RF semiconductors, circuit boards, fibre optics, and photonics.

Jimmy is a recognised authority in the Optical Transport Market and has written articles in various industry magazines such as Lightwave. He is frequently quoted in publications such as BusinessWeek, Capacity Magazine, Converge! Network Digest, Dallas Business Journal, and Network World.

He received a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of California Davis and an M.B.A. in General Management with an emphasis in Corporate Strategy and Finance from the University of Michigan.

Prof. Lixia Zhang
Professor | UCLA


Board Member | Asia Future Internet Forum


Lixia Zhang is a professor in the Computer Science Department of UCLA. She received a Ph.D in computer science from MIT and was a member of the research staff at Xerox PARC before joining UCLA in 1995. She is a fellow of ACM, a fellow of IEEE, the recipient of the IEEE Internet Award, and the holder of the UCLA Jon Postel Chair in Computer Science.

Since 2010 she has been leading the effort on the development of Named Data Networking, a new Internet protocol architecture.

Dr. Zheng Yi
Senior engineer of IDC network | China Unicom


Zheng Yi is a Senior Engineer in the Network Technology Research Department of China Unicom. His work is focused on data center network, hybrid cloud network, software defined network(SDN)and network function virtualization (NFV). He is a main participant in the writing of China Unicom CUBE-NET2.0 white paper and China Unicom 2020 Vision planning white paper. He is also a main designer of China Unicom data center inter-connect (DCI) network.

Zheng has a doctor's degree in communication and information systems from Beijing Jiaotong University in China.