Meet our Speakers at SDN & OpenFlow World Congress 2012

The inaugural SDN World Congress, uniquely endorsed by the Open Networking Foundation as Co-Host, has attracted the backing of a senior community of market and industry leaders.

They will ensure that the full picture – the vision, future prospects, requirements, solutions and current state-of-play – is covered, so that all participants can understand how this fundamental shift in network thinking will impact their own work and business in coming years.

Keynote speakers include senior industry leaders:
- Jim Wanderer | Director of Engineering, Platforms Networking | Google
- Axel Clauberg | Vice President, IP Architecture & Design | Deutsche Telekom
- Stu Elby | Vice President – Network Architecture & Technology | Verizon
- Masahiro Igarashi | VP, Planning, Service Infrastructure Division | NTT Communications




Mark Lum
Chair | SDN World Congress


Co-Founder & Market Lead | Layer123


Mark has worked in telecoms and carrier networks since graduating from Cambridge University. He joined ITT-STL where he was immediately – and with best fortune – put to work on the world's very first 140Mbit/s and 565Mbit/s optical line systems, and gained his MSc studying modal noise in multimode systems.

In his career, he has contributed to the first SDH and WDM networks – even ATM – done time at ITU and ETSI standards as Rapporteur, and worked on early Carrier Ethernet services a decade ago. More recently as a consulting analyst, he continues to stay on top of fundamental trends and disruptions, and examines new developments with a careful eye.

Since first finding out about OpenFlow and SDN over 18 months ago, Mark now recalls learning to program in 1973 using punched cards on an ICL mainframe (and front panel register toggles on a PDP-8). So he is especially delighted to welcome this distinguished panel of leaders, activists and pioneers to the 1st World Congress on Software-Defined Networking.

Dr. Guido Appenzeller
Representative | ONF


CEO and Member Technical Staff | Big Switch Networks


Guido Appenzeller is the Co-Founder and CEO of Big Switch Networks.

Before co-founding Big Switch Networks, he was a Consulting Assistant Professor at Stanford University and head of the Clean Slate Lab where he led the research team that developed the OpenFlow v1.0 standard and the reference switch and controller implementations.

Guido previously was CTO of Voltage Security, an enterprise software company that he co-founded and grew from zero to profitability and over 1000 Enterprise customers. He was named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum and holds a PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University and a MS in Physics from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.

Mr. Sam Barnett
Directing Analyst, Data Center and Cloud | Infonetics Research


Sam Barnett is one of the most astute analysts in the data center and cloud computing field, leveraging 16 years in the telecom and data networking industry and an extensive technical marketing, business management, engineering, and computer science background.

Prior to joining Infonetics Research in July 2011, Sam held a range of technical marketing posts for more than a decade with Maxim Integrated Products and its acquisition, the storage and storage networking business unit of Vitesse Semiconductor. His experience there included several stints as a product line director for network processor programs, software and systems, and storage products, and most recently as the business manager for storage and storage networking products. Before that he worked with MCI for five years as a network architect and engineer, providing strategic advice on network infrastructure and technology (SONET, Ethernet, RPR, ATM, DWDM, OTN) for some of the largest and most technologically advanced networks in the world. Sam also co-founded Louisiana's first Internet service provider, Communiqué, and is a former adjunct professor of computer science at Colorado Tech University.

Sam now leads Infonetics' Data Center and Cloud coverage, including equipment and services for enterprises and service providers. He authors quarterly vendor market share and forecast services for data center network equipment, including switches, application delivery controllers, WAN optimizations, etc., and for storage area network (SAN) equipment, including Fibre Channel and Fibre Channel over Ethernet switches, storage networking adapters, etc. Sam also conducts surveys with global service providers and enterprises regarding data center deployments, cloud services strategies, and related issues, and produces regular research notes on hot topics in the data center and cloud space. Sam's ultimate goal is to develop Infonetics'' Data Center and Cloud practice into the world's most comprehensive, insightful, and respected offering in the data center and cloud space.

Earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a minor in Information Systems at Louisiana Tech University in 1990, Sam's post graduate work includes a pending thesis for a Master of Science degree in Computer Science and business administration graduate study at Louisiana Tech.

Mr. Michael Beesley
CTO, Platform Systems Divison | Juniper Networks


Michael Beesley is Chief Technology Officer of Juniper's Platform Systems Division, responsible for technical strategy, innovation and next generation product development for Juniper's portfolio of routing, switching, branch, and Wireless LAN products, as well as for the ongoing evolution and development of the JUNOS operating system.

Prior to his current role, Michael served as VP of Architecture for Juniper's Data Center Business Unit (DCBU) overseeing the architecture, development and future roadmap in terms of technology and product offering of Juniper's Data Center product lines and solutions.

He worked at Huawei Technologies from 2009-2010 as VP of IP R+D building and managing a Silicon Valley based team chartered with developing the next generation of advanced IP packet equipment for Huawei. From 2004 to 2009, Michael worked at Cisco in a variety of roles, ultimately serving as the Chief Technology Officer of the Edge Routing Business Unit (ERBU).

From 1997 to 2004, Michael was a member of Juniper Networks founding engineering team as employee number 47. During this time, he held multiple leadership positions in engineering and was instrumental in architecting JUNOS and delivering the first several generations of Juniper routers including the M40, M160 and T640. Mr. Beesley was one of four Distinguished Engineers in the company during the early years and also managed and grew the embedded software team. Prior to joining Juniper, he worked for six years at Cisco Systems as a Distinguished Engineer.

Michael holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering and computer science and a Masters degree in Mathematics from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

Mr. Eduard Beier
Service Portfolio & Solution Design | T-Systems International


Eduard Beier is responsible for Service Portfolio and Solution Design at T-Systems International.

He joined T-Systems in 1995 and has worked as PSE for R&E customers such as DANTE, CERN, DFN, and other NREN and University networks. Eduard has worked on leading network projects, including TEN-34 and GEANT (DANTE), B-WiN and G-WiN (DFN) and Backbone LHC (CERN).

Before joining T-Systems, he worked at the Computing Center of the University of Erlangen (1998-1995) and he has a Diploma in Computer Science.

Ms. Christele Bouchat
SIMR WG Co-Chair, Ambassador | BBF


Standardization and Strategy, CTO | Alcatel-Lucent


Christele Bouchat holds the position of strategy, innovation and standardization executive at Alcatel-Lucent, with 14 years of experience in the telecom sector.

She is acting vice-chair of the Service innovation and market requirements working group of Broadband Forum. She was a member of the BoD of the Home gateway Initiative Forum.

She began her carrier in the Research and Innovation centre of Alcatel, Belgium. She graduated as Civil Engineer in Physics, from the Polytechnic University of Liege, Belgium

Mr. Joachim Bürkle
Representative | MEF


Director Solution Management | Ericsson


Joachim Bürkle works as Director Solution Management in the area of IP, Optical and Microwave Networks. His recent work topic is SDN.

From 1996 to 2000 he was a system engineer at Bosch Telecom/Marconi in Germany and the United States, in the area of SS7 voice switching, ATM and IP broadband access systems (PON, AON) and point-to-multipoint microwave systems. From 2000 to 2009 he was a consultant and manager of market development at Nortel, in the area of wireline data networks (including ATM, Frame Relay, IP, MPLS, and Ethernet) for wireless operators in EMEA.

Joachim also was an editor/co-editor of several request for comments (RFCs) in the IETF, and is actively contributing to the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF). He received a master's degree in computer science from University Karlsruhe (TH) in Germany in 1995.

Mr. Paolo Campoli
Head of SP Architectures – EMEAR | Cisco


Paolo Campoli is the Head of Service Providers Architectures and the SP CTO for the EMEAR Sales Region at Cisco.

His responsibilities include overlay sales prime for the Telco, Digital Media and Cable verticals and Architecture design leadership of IPNGN Infrastructure, Mobility, Consumer Video, and Cloud / Managed Services systems.

He joined Cisco Systems in 1998, as EMEA Consulting Engineer, and has held a number of increasingly responsible positions. From 2001 as Senior Manager of the Central Marketing organization of Cisco Europe, and in 2004 he moved to Sales as Director of SP Business Development. Paolo was also appointed to lead Service Providers CTO interaction, SP architectures and technical operations.

In 2010 the Consumer Video vertical unit, resulting from the acquisition of Scientific Atlanta and Kiss, was moved to report to Paolo, to create the Cisco's first integrated business and technical team linking Network, Devices and Cloud.

In 2011 his responsibilities expanded to cover both Europe and Emerging Markets, as head of the SP Architectural play and regional CTO for the EMEAR Service Provider region.

Prior to Cisco, Paolo was at Siemens-Italtel, authoring ETSI technical standards, heading the ATM project office and leading market development for the DVB Cable and Satellite digital Set Top Boxes.

Paolo graduated in 1990 cum laude as Doctor in Electronics and Telecommunications, at the University "Politecnico of Milan".

Mr. Jerry Caron
Senior Vice President – Analysis | Current Analysis


Jerry Caron brings more than 25 years of experience to Current Analysis as a market watcher and influential voice in the telecommunications and information technology industries.

As Senior Vice President, Analysis, Jerry is responsible for overall management and content direction for the company's CurrentCompete and IT Connection services, and is part of the corporation's executive management team. He is responsible for monitoring and evaluating activities in enterprise technology and software; network and IT services; consumer services, and service provider infrastructure markets, focusing on the strategies and product development work of service providers, technology suppliers and solution providers.

Jerry was previously Current Analysis Research Director, IT Infrastructure, and originally joined the company in 2002 to provide coverage of the European enterprise telephony market. Before joining Current Analysis, Jeremiah was Publisher of CMP Media's, a business magazine for telecom and Internet service provider executives. He has been a featured speaker at many major industry events, as well as numerous, specialised events and seminars.

Mr. Vincent Catros
Access Network & System Architect | Orange


Vincent is currently working in the access network division of Orange Labs.

The quest for system flexibility and scalability led Orange, around 2007, to develop the concept of a virtual residential home gateway and to work on SDN technologies.

Prior to joining Orange Labs, Vincent worked for several years on embedded systems for testing and prototyping purpose in the telecommunication and automotive industries.

Dr. Wu Chou
Vice President, Chief IT Scientist, Head of Huawei Shannon (IT) Lab | Huawei Technologies Co., LTD


Fellow | IEEE


Wu Chou is Chief IT Scientist and Head of Huawei Shannon (IT) Lab, Huawei Technologies. He is an IEEE Fellow, a renowned expert in the field of IT, Web/Internet, communication, Cloud, and enterprise services. He has over 20+ years of successful professional career in leading R&D organisations.

He graduated from Stanford University in 1990 with four advanced degrees in science and engineering. He joined AT&T Bell Labs, continued his career in Lucent Bell Labs and at Avaya Labs as Director of R&D.

In his new role at Huawei, Wu leads the global Huawei Shannon (IT) Lab for its research and innovation in the fast-moving IT area. He has extensive experience and knowledge in cutting-edge technology research, incubating ground-breaking products, visionary technical leadership, and agile execution in product development.

He served as an editor for multiple standards at W3C, ECMA, ISO, ETSI, etc. He is an editor of IEEE Transactions on Services Computing (TSC), IEEE TSC Special Issue on Cloud Computing, and Journal of Web Services Research. He published over 140 journal and conference papers, holds 24 US and international patents with many additional patent applications pending. Wu received Bell Laboratories President's Gold Award for his achievement in 1997 and Avaya Leadership Award in 2005.

Mr. Nicola Ciulli
Head of Research & Development | Nextworks


Nicola Ciulli, head of R&D activities at Nextworks, received the Laurea degree "cum laude" in Telecommunication Engineering in 1997 at the University of Pisa, and the Degree Diploma at SSSUP S. Anna. He worked for Consorzio Pisa Ricerche (CPR) in the period 1997-2009, and for the Department of Information Engineering of University of Pisa in 1999. He founded Nextworks in 2002.

His main research activities concern the architectural aspects of Control and Management Planes and of Traffic Control in next generation packet networks: Quality of Service (QoS) provision over the Internet and its interworking with Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM), Differentiated Services (DiffServ), MPLS and their integration. A special focus of his research and industrial activity is on GMPLS control and management planes architectures for SDH, WDM networks and Transport Ethernet services.

Nicola participated in several FP5, FP6 and FP7 projects (recent and current ones include PHOSPHORUS, GEYSERS, ETICS, MAINS and CHANGE), in research activities funded by the Italian Ministry for Research and Education (MIUR), and in industrial projects (e.g. Marconi ASTN/GMPLS project, where he co-ordinated the activities of Nextworks; Alcatel projects on 4G mixed packet/TDM switches and T-MPLS), Ericsson R&D projects on GMPLS and PCE.

Mr. Don Clarke
Head of Network Evolution Research | BT


Don Clarke leads a team of BT's leading network technologists developing BT's Network Evolution Strategy. He co-ordinates BT's Access Research Programme and leads network research collaborations with several of BT's strategic partners.

In November 2004, he was awarded the BT Gold Medal for his contribution to BT's achievement of 100% broadband coverage in the UK.

Since joining BT in 1973 Don has held a number of diverse R&D leadership roles including heading BT's optical access and copper access research groups. He holds several patents on PON technology, and has co-authored prize-winning technical papers. He is an experienced international speaker, and forum chairman, including the FSAN VDSL Working Group and the Full Service-VDSL Committee, a global initiative involving 18 network operators and 52 leading equipment and software vendors standardising VDSL-based video platforms for telcos.

As a leading figure driving forward R&D and standardisation of next generation networks for many years, Don is a highly regarded international figure. He holds a BSc. (Hons) Degree in Computer Systems from the University of Essex, UK, and is a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). He is registered with FEANI as a European Engineer (EUR ING) and registered in the UK as a Chartered Engineer.

Mr. Axel Clauberg
Vice President, IP Architecture & Design | Deutsche Telekom


Board Member | Open Networking Foundation


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

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

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

Mr. Murray Cooke
Network Computing Solutions Architect | Intel


Murray Cooke is Intel's Telecoms Consultant specialising in next generation network carrier infrastructure, with specific expertise in the "Service Edge" solutions.

Recent projects have covered Voice and Data applications on both Fixed Wireline and Mobile Wireless networks. Murray's experience covers the breath of this market sector, from component level to OSS, and from strategy to operational reality.

Previously as Chief Business Services Architect in British Telecom Group CTO, he was responsible for the planned migration of BT's services for Corporate and Enterprise customers to BT's 21st Century Network NGN platform. He led BT's technology strategy for the introduction of IT processing chassis technologies into the 21C platform to handle a portfolio of internal and customer facing applications

Prior to joining BT Group CTO, Murray was the head of Operational Engineering in BT's Global Solutions division, running UK Banking, Retail and Governmental networks through the Millennium. He has also held a number of Strategy and Business Development roles, and is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Mr. Matt Davy
Representative | ONF


Chief Network Architect and Executive Director of InCNTRE | Indiana University


Matt Davy is director of InCNTRE and Indiana University's chief network architect.

Before coming to Indiana University (IU) in 1999, he served as a network engineer for Tier 1 Internet Service Providers focused primarily on backbone traffic engineering. Matt has spent the last twelve years providing leadership in the design and management of large-scale, advanced R&E networks.

At IU, he is responsible for the long-term design and planning of the university's enterprise network, which includes over 100,000 data connections across eight campuses. Recently Matt has focused on supporting network research related to Software-Defined Networking and building collaborations among the faculty, students, and IT staff who support R&E networks.

Mr. Dominique Delisle
Program Director for Content Delivery Network & Services transformation | Orange


Dominique Delisle, Program Director for Content Delivery Network & Services Transformation, is currently driving the technical domain of Content Delivery Network in the Orange Corporate Network Branch.

Previously, Dominique had been working for nearly 30 years in the research organisation of France Telecom (today Orange Labs), heading various Departments and Labs in the domain of data networks, services and technologies, and broadband: IP routing, Frame relay, ATM, ADSL. He was also responsible as delegate and WP chairman in several standardization organisations (ITU, ETSI, IETF...). His current interest relates to content delivery technologies and their evolution in the context of cloudification and virtualisation.

Dr. Justin Dustzadeh
CTO & Vice President Technology Strategy, Networks | Huawei Technologies


Justin Dustzadeh is CTO & VP of Technology Strategy at Huawei USA, where he leads a team responsible for driving corporate-wide SDN technology direction, network architecture evolution and standardization strategy, including collaboration with ONF.

Most recently, Justin served as VP and Head of Network Architecture at Ericsson IP & Broadband Technology. Other previous positions include CTO & Co-Founder of a Silicon Valley software technology startup, senior technology and management roles at AT&T Labs (CTO support including driving target architectures and transformation of AT&T's networks & systems), as well as senior technology/R&D roles with French service providers Cegetel/SFR and France Telecom.

He holds a Ph.D. and master's degree in Computer Science and a bachelor's degree in Theoretical Physics and has graduated from ENST (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications) and ENS Ulm (Ecole Normale Supérieure) in Paris, France.

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


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

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

Dr. Stu Elby
Vice President, Corporate Technology & Chief Technologist, Digital Media Services | Verizon


Board Member | Open Networking Foundation


Stuart Elby, Chief Technologist of Verizon Digital Media Services, is responsible for the overall solutions architecture, design and development of the media distribution platform supporting VDMS products.

Formerly, Stuart was responsible for developing Verizon's target network architecture and driving the industry to converge towards this target. He also managed the design and specification of Verizon's core services platforms including VoIP / IMS, video, cloud computing, and Verizon Wireless' open network service delivery platform.

Prior to joining Verizon, Stuart was a Research Associate at the NSF Center for Telecommunications Research at Columbia University performing R&D in all-optical networks and developing ATM/WDM platforms. In 1985, at a laser surgery start-up, Lasers for Medicine Inc, he was responsible for FDA clinical trials, product development, and brought the first disposal plastic fiber-optic system to the medical market. In 1982, he worked at StorageTek, contributing to the development of the first commercial optical disk storage system.

Stuart received a BS degree in Optical Engineering from the University of Rochester, NY in 1982 and received a MSEE and Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1989 and 1994, respectively. He serves on the advisory boards of several university/government/industry consortia. He lives with his wife and kids just south of the middle of nowhere, NJ.

Dr. Michael Enrico


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

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

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

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

Mr. Charles Ferland
Representative | ONF


WW Integrated Solutions Manager | IBM


Based in Munich, Germany, Charles Ferland is responsible for European business sales for IBM System Networking within IBM's Systems & Technology Group (STG).

Charles brings fifteen years of IT experience in networking, data center, network architecture and service provider product management and international sales. Prior to joining IBM, Charles was the vice president and general manager for BLADE Network Technologies (BNT) in EMEA where he handled sales and support operations, including BNT's OEM relationships with partners such as HP, IBM and NEC, as well as direct sales through value-added resellers and distributors.

Prior to joining BLADE Network Technologies, Charles worked at Nortel's Embedded Switching Business Unit in EMEA with responsibility for sales, marketing and pre- and post-sales for the business in the region. He began his career as a senior network solutions specialist for TELUS, Canada's second largest telecommunications service provider. Charles has a B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Sciences from the University of Quebec and an MBA from the University of Wales.

Mr. Graham Finnie
Chief Analyst | Heavy Reading


Graham Finnie has been researching telecommunications for more than 20 years, formerly as a journalist and latterly as an analyst and consultant.

Since joining Heavy Reading in September 2004, following a ten-year tenure at the Yankee Group, Graham has been responsible for a wide range of research, focusing primarily on next-generation broadband services and IMS. He became Chief Analyst of Heavy Reading in February 2007. He has also hosted numerous Webinars and Live events for Light Reading, and is a regular speaker at other major industry events.

As a journalist, Finnie was formerly editor-in-chief of the award-winning industry paper Communications Week International and has edited several other leading trade publications. He is based in the U.K.

Mr. Matthew Finnie
CTO-CIO | Interoute


Matthew Finnie drives the company's advanced services strategy, including developing the platform that has allowed the company to launch its industry-leading VOIP, Ethernet and Media products.

Trained as an electrical engineer, he helped develop early IP-product innovations, including one of the first commercial applications of VOIP a decade ago. As head of the Enterprise Service Development Group at Vocaltec, he worked with European/US carriers and multi-national corporations to launch converged communication services. Matthew was also the co-founder of US-based Internet start-up Insitu, which developed real-time IP collaboration tools.

Matthew has degrees in electrical and electronic engineering and marketing.

Mr. Nicolas Fischbach
Director, Network & Platform Strategy and Architecture | Colt


Nicolas is Director of Network Strategy and Architecture at Colt, a leading European provider of end-to-end business communications and managed services.

He joined Colt in 2000 and was previously in charge of Product and Infrastructure Security Engineering. In this role Nicolas focuses on mid to long term planning, strategic architecture design, technology watching, and driving research and innovation.

Nicolas holds an Engineer degree in Networking and Distributed Computing and is a recognised authority on Service Provider and IT security. He has presented at numerous technical and security conferences, teaches networking and security courses at various universities and engineering schools, participates in various research groups and regularly publishes articles.

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


Head of Hybrid Network Technologies | Deutsche Telekom


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

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

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

Dr. Andreas Gladisch
VP Convergent Networks and Infrastructure | Deutsche Telekom Innovation Labs


Andreas Gladisch is in charge of the innovation field Convergent Networks and Infrastructure. He holds a Dipl. Ing. degree in Theoretical Electrotechnics from the Technical University of Ilmenau, and the Ph. D. in Optical Communication from Humboldt University Berlin. He works at T-Labs since February 2009.

He joined the Research Institute of Deutsche Telekom in 1991 where he was involved in projects on Management of WDM networks. From 1999 until 2009 he held several positions at T-Systems. In a strategic consultancy role he was involved in projects developing the national and international strategy of Telekom's transport networks. In 2006 he became head of the project unit Next Generation Broadband Networks of T-Systems.

Since 2009 he manages the project field "Broadband Network Architecture and Economics" and the department "Infrastructure Development" of Telekom Innovation Laboratories. Andreas is member of ITG and IEEE and has authored or co-authored more than 120 national and international technical conference or journal papers. He holds several patents.

Mr. Ken Gray
Senior Director, Office of CTO, Platform Systems Division | Juniper Networks


Ken Gray is responsible for technical strategy and innovation for Juniper's Platform Systems Division, with a particular focus on core routing and the evolving area of Software-Defined (Driven) Networks.

Prior to his current role, Ken worked at Cisco Systems from 1995-2011 in a variety of roles, ultimately as a Principal Engineer working on high-end routing platforms and operating systems.

From 1984 to 1995, Ken was a geek responsible for designing large networks at a company that ultimately became Verizon.

Dr. Peer Hasselmeyer
Senior Researcher | NEC Europe


Peer Hasselmeyer has many years of experience in the fields of distributed computing, Software-Defined Networking, and Cloud and Grid computing.

He received a MS degree in Computer Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder, USA, and a Ph.D. from the Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany. He is currently working as a senior researcher at NEC Laboratories Europe in Heidelberg, Germany. For more than three years he has been involved in NEC's research and development activities on ProgrammableFlow, NEC's product line of OpenFlow-enabled solutions. Peer published numerous research papers in international conferences and magazines, and is a frequent speaker at conferences and exhibitions.

Mr. Michael Howard
Principal analyst, carrier networks | Infonetics Research


As co-founder of Infonetics Research, Michael Howard has 40 years of communications industry experience, including 20 years in market research.

Michael is recognized worldwide as one of the industry's leading experts in emerging markets, service provider network market trends, and user buying patterns. He currently focuses on IP edge and core routers, carrier Ethernet, IP/MPLS, VPLS, pseudowires, WDM-PON, WDM, ROADM, SONET/SDH optical, 40G–100G, IP NGN, and packet transport from customer CPE through the metro to the core and long haul. He also tracks IP VPN, Ethernet, mobile backhaul, and optical services that service providers offer their customers.

In addition to authoring regular market research reports, Michael is a consultant to startups, service providers, manufacturers, and the investment community, identifying new market opportunities, providing due diligence, and advising 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, Michael worked for Systems Development Corporation on operating systems and programming language compilers for ARPAnet, which later became the Internet.

Besides earning the moniker 'rock star of telecom market research' from fans, Michael is also an accomplished abalone diver, chef, and photographer.

Mr. Masahiro Igarashi
VP, Planning, Service Infrastructure Division | NTT Communications


Masahiro Igarashi is currently responsible for strategic planning for NTT communications' service infrastructure, which includes Arcstar secure private networks reaching more than 150 countries and a Tier 1 IP backbone connected with major ISPs worldwide, as well as secure data centers in Asia, North America and Europe

Since he joined NTT in 1986 as a network engineer, Masahiro has held various professional and management positions with NTT group. Prior to his current position, he became CEO of NTT MSC (a Malaysian subsidiary of NTT Communications) in 2005 and he was Head of NTT International Procurement office from 2009.

Dr. Chris Janz
Representative | ONF


Head, Market Development | Ciena


Chris Janz is head of Market Development at Ciena Corporation. He has nearly 20 years of industry experience in areas ranging from optical component and system development to storage and data center networking.

Chris has held roles in primary research, system architecture, product development team management, product line management and strategic marketing at Ciena, Akara, Alcatel-Lucent and GEC-Marconi. His current activities largely focus on solution and market strategy and development in the area of software-defined networking, and network infrastructure and software solutions supporting cloud services infrastructure.

Chris holds a B.Eng. in engineering physics from the Royal Military College of Canada, a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Alberta and an M.B.A. from Queen's University.

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


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

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

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

Mr. Ádám Kapovits
Programme Manager | Eurescom


Project Co-ordinator | FP7 CHANGE


Ádám, who comes from Hungary, is responsible for projects dealing with next generation access and transport networks. He has been involved in a number of EU research projects.

Mr. Zoltán Lajos Kis
Representative | ONF


Research fellow | Ericsson


Zoltán Lajos Kis is a Research Engineer, working in the Packet Technologies division of Ericson Research in Budapest, Hungary.

He received his degree in computer science from Budapest University of Technology and Economics in 2004. After participating in research projects on distributed algorithms and network management, he started working with Ericsson in 2007. He worked as system engineer of several products in the telephony gateway and in the user database areas. He joined Ericsson Research in 2010, where he started working on the OpenFlow ecosystem.

He contributed to the 1.1 release of the OpenFlow protocol, and has been following the evolution of the protocol since. He has been a member of ONF's extensibility working group since the beginning, where he received ONF's Outstanding Technical Contribution award at the end of 2011.

Dr. Hans-Jörg Kolbe
Head of Converged Networks Research and Standards | NEC Laboratories Europe


Hans-Jörg Kolbe leads the Converged Networks Research and Standards group at NEC Laboratories Europe in Heidelberg.

His group's research and standardisation areas include software-defined networking, fixed and mobile network architectures, home networking and machine to machine communications. Hans-Jörg holds a Ph.D. in Physics from Universität Marburg.

Prior to joining NEC in 2007, he was responsible for the broadband network design at Arcor AG & Co KG, which later became part of Vodafone. Besides managing his group and leading R&D activities, Hans-Jörg is still an active member in standardisation of network architectures at ETSI and in the Broadband Forum.

Mr. Marc Lasserre
Director of IP Standards | Alcatel-Lucent


Marc Lasserre has 20 years of experience in the networking industry and is the author of several IETF drafts related to MPLS VPN standards. Marc is Director of IP standards for Alcatel-Lucent and is involved with standards definition and network design.

Over the years, he has held technology leadership positions at several high tech companies in Silicon Valley where he has been active in the design of Ethernet switches, ATM switches and IP routers. He has worked on system design, protocol design and implementation for such technologies as Ethernet, IP, MPLS, ATM, Frame Relay and PPP. Marc is a frequent speaker in major Telecommunications and Networking conferences. He holds a BSCS from the University of Bordeaux, France.

Mr. Chris Liou
Vice President, Network Strategy | Infinera


Chris Liou is an Infinera Fellow and the Vice President of Network Strategy at Infinera, where he focuses on long term strategic product planning and next-generation optical network architecture solutions for service providers world-wide.

Previously, Chris has also served in the roles of Vice President of Product Planning and Vice President of Product Management at Infinera, where he oversaw all product management and technical marketing activities for the DTN product lines, including product planning, product definition, and product lifecycle management.

Prior to Infinera, Chris was at Ciena as the Senior Director of Product Management and Marketing for the CoreDirector switch product line and LightWorks intelligent optical networking software, and was responsible for cradle-to-grave product management functions, including product definition, strategy and marketing. Chris joined Ciena through the Lightera Networks acquisition, where he drove product definition and product management of the CoreDirector from inception.

Chris has previously held product management and marketing positions at StrataCom and Cisco, and systems architecture and engineering positions at Hewlett-Packard and Telcordia. Chris received his B.S.E. with high honors in Electrical Engineering and a certificate in Operations Research and Financial Engineering from Princeton University, and received his M.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Stanford University.

Dr. Diego López
Head of Technology Exploration | Telefónica I+D


Diego joined Telefonica I+D in 2011 as a Technology Expert on network middleware and services. He has previously worked for several private and public organizations, developing and deploying communication services, most notably as responsible for Middleware Activities in RedIRIS (the Spanish National Research and Educational Network).

Diego is one of the European liaisons to Internet2 MACE (Middleware Architecture Committee for Education), and was appointed as a member of the EC's High Level Expert Group on Scientific Data e-Infrastructures. He is one of the main architects of eduGAIN, the Authentication and Authorisation Infrastructure (AAI) of GÉANT and has contributed to the e-IRG whitepapers.

His current interests are related to network intelligence and virtualization, infrastructural services, and new network architectures. He received his MS from the University of Granada in 1985, and his PhD degree from the University of Seville in 2001.

When not struggling with network and middleware issues, Diego dedicates his time to his girls, seeking and enjoying comics, wines, and cheeses, and walking long distances while listening to his iPod.

Dr. Karl May
President and CEO | Vello Systems


Karl May is a technology entrepreneur and executive who has been involved in the founding, funding, or management of over a dozen high technology companies over the past two decades, and has been at the forefront of IP routing, interactive television, the broadband revolution, and currently the emergence of software defined, virtualized networking.

He is a co-founder and the president and Chief Executive Officer, of Vello Systems, a closely held company delivering on the promise of virtualized networks with solutions for the data center WAN to optimize data protection and application mobility, revolutionizing the economics of enterprise and service provider infrastructure.

Prior to Vello, Karl served as president and CEO of OpVista, COO of CHIPSag, and Executive Chairman of AP Engines. He served as VP and General Manager of Bay Networks' Broadband Technology Division (formerly LANcity), and pioneered the cable modem for hundreds deployed to millions. He also served as a leader in the early days of interactive television at Silicon Graphics, working with AT&T and TimeWarner Cable to deliver advanced services to televisions.

As a founder of Provectus Ltd., Karl co-developed an early IP router and brought it to market. He started his career as an engineer at Hewlett-Packard, working on the first RISC-based workstation. An honors graduate in electrical engineering he went on to earn a Dr-Ing from the TU Munich. Over the years, he has played key roles in the development of standards bodies, from ITU to DVB, to MPEG-LA, MIPS ABI, and DOCSIS, and is confident ONF will evolve with similar success.

Mr. Rohit Mehra
Vice President, Network Infrastructure | IDC


Rohit Mehra is IDC's Vice President of Network Infrastructure, covering Enterprise and Datacenter Networks.

He provides expert insight and analysis into global industry and technology trends as they relate to enterprise networking and related areas of Ethernet and Layer 4-7 switching, routing, wireless and WAN Optimization. His breadth of coverage allows him to take a wholistic view of network infrastructure- from enterprise mobility and BYOD, to cloud networking. In this capacity, he is responsible for market share and forecast reports as well as global go-to-market strategies.

As part of his research on Datacenter networking, Mr. Mehra covers current and emerging trends in converged systems and infrastructures, Ethernet fabrics, network virtualization and the broader area of Software Defined Networking (SDN).

Mr. Mehra also assists clients with custom consulting and research, including user surveys and buyer case studies. He has a deep understanding of networking solutions in key verticals/industry segments, and collaborates closely with IDC Insights and other research groups to assist clients with their specific requirements.

Mr. Mehra has a Master's in engineering management from BITS, Pilani, India, and an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, Arizona, USA.

Mr. Uwe Michel
Network Architect, Group Technology, FME | Deutsche Telekom


Uwe Michel is a Network Architect, Technology Strategist and Management Consultant with more than 20 years experience in the mobile communication industry and related technologies. Throughout his career he has held several management but also expert positions, both on network operator as well as on supplier side.

Currently he works at Deutsche Telekom Group Technology investigating the means for network simplification and consolidation.

Mr. Julius Müller
PhD Research Student | TU Berlin


Julius Mueller (Dipl. Inf.) studied computer science at the Freie Universität Berlin and obtained his diploma in 2009. In his university studies he concentrated on computer networks, distributed systems and mobile communications.

He worked as student researcher at the Fraunhofer Institute FOKUS in the competence center Next Generation Network Infrastructures (NGNI) in the field of optimized service provision in Next Generation Networks (NGNs) and particularly the IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS). Here, Julius also worked in some European projects, such as the EU project Vital++. In this context he also wrote his diploma thesis about NGN/IMS and Peer to Peer (P2P) system integration.

In 2009 he joined the chair "Architektur der Vermittlungsknoten (AV)" at the electrical engineering and computer sciences faculty within the Technische Universität Berlin as PhD researcher, where he is working within the German BMBF project G-Lab DEEP-G. His scientific work and PhD supervised by Prof. Thomas Magedanz focuses on the evolution of NGNs towards the Future Internet (FI). Particularly he is investigating Evolved Packet Core (EPC) optimization, Policy and Charging Control Architectures and Cross-Layer Composition within NGNs and the FI.

Mr. Rajesh Narayanan
Technology Strategist, Networking | Dell


Rajesh Narayanan is a Technology Strategist, Principal Engineer in the Office of the CTO, at Dell Networking.

Rajesh is a seasoned technology professional more than 15 years in the telecom and enterprise networking background. Before joining Dell in 2010, he was a Senior Network Architect at Orange Labs in San Francisco for close to 6 years. Prior to which he worked as a senior software engineer architecting, designing and developing networking and telecommunication systems.

At Dell, his primary role has been to help drive the SDN/OpenFlow technology innovation and product strategy.

Dr. Reza Nejabati
Lecturer | University of Bristol


Reza Nejabati has over ten years of academic and industrial experience in the field of telecommunication and computer science. His current area of research is in the field of disruptive new Internet technologies with focus on application of high-speed network technologies, design and control issues for software defined, service-oriented and programmable network, cross layer network design and architecture as well as network architecture and technologies for e-science and cloud computing.

He obtained his MSc with distinction in Telecommunication and Information Systems and PhD in Electronic Systems Engineering from the University of Essex. Reza is currently a lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Bristol. He was a lecturer and prior to that an RCUK fellow, in the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex.

Dr. Lyndon Ong
Principal, Network Architecture | Ciena


Representative | Optical Internetworking Forum


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

He is on the Board of Directors at the OIF, serving as VP of Marketing, and was formerly Technical Committee Chair. He edited the OIF E-NNI 1.0 Implementation Agreements and currently edits a PCE IA still in progress.

He is active at IETF, having previously chaired the Signaling Transport Working Group and authored a number of IETF RFCs. Lyndon is Ciena's main representative in the Open Networking Foundation, working on OpenFlow and SDN.

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.

Dr. Dan Pitt
Executive Director | Open Networking Foundation


Dan Pitt is Executive Director of the Open Networking Foundation, starting on its public launch in March 2011.

Dan spent twenty years developing networking architecture, technology, standards, and products at IBM Networking Systems in North Carolina, IBM Research Zurich in Switzerland, Hewlett Packard Labs in Palo Alto, and finally at Bay Networks and Nortel Networks in Santa Clara, Cal., where he was vice president of the Bay Architecture Lab and the Enterprise Solutions Technology Center.

From 2002-2007 he served as dean of the school of engineering at Santa Clara University and holder of the Sobrato Chair in Engineering. From 2007-2011 he advised and served in executive operational roles in startup companies in the U.S., Canada, and Australia, most recently as an executive in residence at the Plug and Play Tech Center in Sunnyvale, California.

Dan received a B.S. in mathematics (magna cum laude) from Duke University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Illinois. He taught as an adjunct professor at Duke University and the University of North Carolina for ten years and has fifty publications and one patent to his credit.

Dr. Jürgen Quittek
Representative | ONF


General Manager, Network Research Division | NEC Europe


Jürgen Quittek is leading the Network Research Division of NEC Europe in Heidelberg, Germany.

He received his degree in communications engineering from RWTH Aachen, Germany, in 1989 and his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Germany, in 1996. After a postdoctoral year in Berkeley, California, he joined NEC in 1997. In 2000 he was a visiting professor at Freie Universität Berlin.

His research interests include network management, energy-efficient communications, and software-defined networking. He is TPC member or chair of several conferences, particularly within the IEEE Communications Society. At the IETF he founded and chaired multiple working groups in the Operations and Management area. Since 2011 Jürgen has contributed to standardization at the Open Networking Foundation (ONF).

Dr. Frank Rühl
Emerging Technology Manager, Fixed Network, CTO | Telstra


Frank Rühl is the Emerging Technology Manager for Fixed Network Technologies in the Innovation and Chief Technology Office of Telstra.

He is responsible for developing strategies for the future evolution of the Telstra fixed network and the underlying technologies, including Transport, Aggregation, Broadband Access, IP Core Networks and Network Control. He holds a PhD in optical communications from the Australian National University and has been working in optical communications research and its application to telecommunications networks for nearly 30 years.

He has been instrumental in the introduction and evolution of optical transport networks in Telstra’s network and various major technology evolution studies. He has been an Invited speaker at OFC, COIN and NFOEC international conferences.

Dr. Prodip Sen
Director – Network Architecture, Technology Group | Verizon


Alternate Board Member | Open Networking Foundation


Prodip Sen is Director of Network Architecture, in the Network and Technology organization at Verizon Communications.

His responsibilities include technical and economic assessment of new technologies and architectures for introduction into the Verizon networks, as well as the definition of the target architecture and the network evolution strategy for Verizon. His current interests include Software Defined Networking and Cloud Networking.

Previous assignments at Verizon cover a variety of architecture, design and system engineering activities, in support of data and multimedia services. Prior to joining Verizon, he has held positions at Polytechnic University in Brooklyn NY and at the University of California, Los Angeles. Prodip has conducted research in computer communication networks, network management, decision theory, system theory and control theory. He has taught courses in communication networks, digital communications, signal processing, and control theory. Prodip is a Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Communication Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India.

Dr. Afrodite Sevasti
Chief Business Development Officer | GRNET


Afrodite Sevasti holds the position of Chief Business Development Officer at the Greek Research and Technology Network (GRNET) S.A. She is also a Senior Project Manager in the GEANT (GN3) Project Management Team, coordinating the multi-domain network service research activities.

Prior to joining GRNET, Afrodite worked as a Project Manager and R&D Computer Engineer for several years at the RA Computer Technology Institute (Greece). She graduated from the Computer Engineering and Informatics Department of Patras University, Greece, where she also received her PhD in the field of QoS enhancements on IP-based networks.

Afrodite also holds an MSc degree in Computer Science from the same department and an MSc degree in Information Networking from the Information Networking Institute of Carnegie Mellon University.

  Prof. Dimitra Simeonidou
Head of High Performance Networks | University of Bristol


Mr. Julian Smith
Senior Systems Consultant | Brocade


With more than 28 years' experience in the networking industry, Julian Smith is a key member of Brocade's System Engineer team, specialising in SDN and high-performance computing (HPC) environments.

As Senior Pre-Sales Consultant, Julian works hand-in-hand with customers to build out networking strategies that can meet immediate needs while scaling to support future demand. Prior to his tenure at Brocade, Julian has held key roles at HP, Cray Communications, Cable & Wireless and Foundry Networks (prior to its acquisition by Brocade).

Mr. Bill Snow
VP of Engineering | ON.Lab


Bringing more than 25 years of experience in the software and information technology industries, William Snow has led engineering teams at numerous start-ups and has also led large, complex projects at companies such as Nortel Networks, Cisco Systems, and IBM.

Prior to joining ON.lab, Bill has served as VP of Engineering and Operations for enterprise security startups including Cymtec Systems, Agari Data, the 41st Parameter, and Identity Engines, where he has been responsible for hardware and software development, QA, manufacturing operations, data center operations, customer support, IT, and professional services.

Bill previously served as Director of Engineering at Cisco Systems where he was responsible for all routing and high availability features of the CRS-1. Prior, he served as Vice President of Engineering at Nortel Networks where he was responsible for all product development for the Centillion line of ATM LAN switches. He also served in multiple management roles for the group in IBM, which brought the first TCP/IP and Internet products into the IBM divisions.

Bill brings an extensive, broad mix of business knowledge in the development of networking and security products. He received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University. He also received a Master of Science in Electrical / Computer Engineering and a Master of Science in Engineering Management, both from Stanford University.

Dr. Jan Söderström
Head of Packet Technologies | Ericsson


Jan Söderström is head of Packet Technologies Research at Ericsson, responsible for the company's long term technology development in areas such as Cloud, IP and Evolved Packet Core.

He leads a global team of around 100 researchers, with labs in USA, Canada, Sweden, Finland, Hungary and China. He is based in Stockholm since 2011. He initiated the co-operation with Stanford around OpenFlow in 2008 when he worked in San Jose to build up the new Ericsson research lab there.

He has been with Ericsson since 1991 and worked in several managerial positions in technology areas such as Optical networking, Radio access, Ethernet, IP and Cloud. Jan has a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Chalmers University, complemented with a research project at California Institute of Technology.

Mr. Mike Spanbauer
Service Director, Business Technology & Software | Current Analysis


Mike is Service Director for the Current Analysis Business Technology and Software service.

Mike and his analyst team monitor and evaluate activities in the markets for Application Platforms, Collaboration Platforms, Data Center Technology, Enterprise Mobility Technology, Enterprise Networking, Enterprise Security, and Unified Communications and Contact Centers. Additionally, Mike reports on major technological, strategic and tactical developments of companies that provide networking solutions deployed on premise to support enterprise business operations.

Mike brings an experienced and veteran eye to the Business Technology and Software team at Current Analysis, with over 10 years dedicated to Enterprise competitive intelligence. He initially ran the network operations and management domain competitive intelligence practice within HP Software, and the last seven managed the competitive intelligence program within HP's networking organization. Mike is respected by peers and partners alike for an objective and insightful view of the networking industry, providing technical and business support for sales and strategy teams.

Mike graduated with both a BS in Computer Networking and a BS in Business Administration from Regis University.

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


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

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

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

Mr. Ignacio Vazquez Tirado
Head of IP Technology and Service Engineering | Telefónica Global Solutions


Ignacio Vazquez is responsible for the IP/MPLS architecture and Technology of the Backbone Network of Telefónica (TIWS-Telefónica International Wholesale Services) and responsible for Service Engineering of Special Projects in multinational corporation projects.

He is charge of developing strategies of architecture design to make a flexible, scalable, robust, manageable and efficient network for future services.

Ignacio has the Master Degree of Telecommunication and he has been working in Telefónica International Backbone technology for the last 12 years.

Mr. Mirko Voltolini
Director, Design and Architecture | Colt


Mirko Voltolini is Director of Network Design and Architecture at Colt Technology, responsible for the technical product development activity, covering both Colt managed data and voice services, and for the architecture of the Colt network. He joined Colt in 2002 and held various roles in the technical development and engineering area.

Prior to joining Colt he worked at GTS/Ebone, initially in the R&D team, and then as responsible for the product development team. Prior to joining Ebone, Mirko worked at Italtel, the major Italian Telecom supplier, and for ICT Consulting, an independent Telecom consultancy company.

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

Mr. Jim Wanderer
Director of Engineering, Platforms Networking | Google


Alternate Board Member | Open Networking Foundation


Jim Wanderer is Director of Engineering at Google, and leads a team responsible for the design and development of Google's internal production networking systems.

Since joining Google in 2006, he has helped design and develop high performance and large scale networks for Google's unique environment. A close collaboration with Stanford University led to Google's switch to OpenFlow and provided the opportunity for Jim to lead the development of the world's largest SDN network to date.

Jim has more than 20 years experience in the development of networking systems and network management systems and is a veteran of multiple Silicon Valley start-ups.

Mr. Peter Willis
Chief Data Networks Strategist | BT


Peter is researching the future of networks covering everything from photonics to network applications. He is now working on virtualising network functions to implement them as software running on COTS hardware.

Peter previously worked on the development of BT's 21st Century Network Architecture and BT's Internet service.

Mr. Marc Woolward
CTO for Networks and Telecommunications | Goldman Sachs


Marc Woolward is a Technology Fellow of Goldman Sachs and was appointed CTO for Networks and Telecommunications in 2010.