Meet our Speakers at SDN NFV World Congress 2018



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

For speaking opportunities: reply to the Call for Proposals, contact any of the team or email Adrian Howlett:










  Mr. Steve Adams
Senior Strategic Planner | Intel


  Mr. Mordi Al-Rashed
Core & Infrastructure Manager | Zain Group


Faiz Alam
Senior Architect - Access Strategy | Liberty Global


Faiz has more than 16 years of experience in consulting, design, implementation, and support of telecom networks. He specialize in wireless and fixed broadband with expertise on network convergence and evolution towards 5G, enabling smooth migration of OpCos from hardware locked CSPs to Platform Providers.

Faiz is able to apply ETSI NFV framework together with OPNFV and ONF, and map them to 5th generation of service oriented cloud native architecture, with end-end Network Slicing, CUPS and MEC. He is currently responsible for managing and steering the creation of architectural guidelines and blueprints related to Liberty Global access network platforms, including those supporting residential services and B2B across Europe.

Faiz holds a MSc in Mobile & High-speed Telecom Networks from Oxford Brookes, and MBA in Sustainable Businesses from University of Bologna.

Mr. Simon Altman
VP Business Development | Amartus


Simon Altman is the VP of Business Development at Amartus, leading the company's global product expansion into the Inter-Carrier Blockchain and Service Automation space, working with Service Providers, Technology Vendors and System Integrators to meet the industry need for agile service creation and payment reconciliation in the global market.

Prior to Amartus, Simon held various senior-level positions in the telecom market and service provider space, involved in product strategy, business development, as well as building and leading global sales teams in the hardware, software and SDN market. Simon has a background in R&D and holds a BSc in Communications Engineering from The University of Leeds, MSc in RF & Microwave Engineering from The University of Bradford and an MBA from Heriot-Watt University.

Rami Amit
CTO and Head of Product | RADCOM


Rami Amit, our Chief Technology Officer and Head of Product joined RADCOM in February 2016. Prior to joining RADCOM, Rami was Director of Engineering at Cisco NFV BU, where he was responsible for Cisco's broadband solutions that are deployed by many top-tier CSPs. During his tenure at Cisco, Rami led several new products from inception up to worldwide deployment. He was also instrumental in the Company's transition to virtualization and application delivery in the Broadband market. Before Cisco, Rami held several CTO positions; he was the CTO for Jungo, a leading software provider for broadband service providers, founded Surf & Call solutions, which was later acquired by CosmoCom and was the first employee of the VOIP industry pioneer, VocalTec, in which he is considered as one of the early inventors of VOIP and led many of the VOIP technologies and products, innovating with the industry's first VoIP gateway and many other technological achievements.

Rami holds an Electrical Engineering Degree from Tel Aviv University.

Mr. Charlie Ashton
Sr. Director, Business Development | Wind River


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

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

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

Mr. Ari Banerjee
VP, Marketing & Strategy | NEC/Netcracker


Ari Banerjee works for NEC/Netcracker as Vice President of Strategy, responsible for strategic direction of the company enabling the company to exploit the changing market and technology opportunities. He is responsible for all aspects of Netcracker's strategic initiatives across its BSS/OSS and SDN/NFV business lines, including customer, product and technology management, market direction and corporate communications.

Ari interfaces with the CTO and CIOs at customers and prospects to ensure alignment of technology, products and services and provide strategic input to CTO office, product management, R&D. In his role Ari has to interface with industry organizations, standards bodies, media, analysts and is responsible for running marketing and strategic partner programs for Netcracker.

Mr. Matt Beal
Director, Technology Strategy and Architecture | Vodafone


Matt Beal currently serves as Director, Technology Strategy and Architecture for Vodafone Group. In this role, Matt oversees the global strategy and development of technology transformation and modernisation initiatives. Current initiatives range from Cloud and Network Virtualisation to 5G, Big Data, Internet of Things and Information Technology simplification. Having worked across a variety of start-up, competitive and incumbent carriers, Matt is experienced in large-scale technology transformation and corporate consolidation.

Matt joined Vodafone in 2014 from CenturyLink where he held the role of Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Product Development. During his six years at CenturyLink, Matt led the strategy, development and implementation of CenturyLink's network virtualisation, fibre access, cloud and IP TV solutions and assisted in the consolidation of Qwest, Embarq and Savvis.

Prior to CenturyLink, Matt led significant transformation and network implementation initiatives, including BT's 21st Century Network programme, with earlier start-up work at WilTel Communications, now a holding of Level3. Matt holds a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from Washington University in St Louis, where he also pursued Doctoral studies before beginning his telecommunications career.

Mr. Javier Benitez
Senior Network Architect | Colt


Javier lives in Barcelona, Spain, and has been a member of the Network Strategy & Architecture team since 2009, responsible for defining Colt's mid to long term Network & Platform architecture.

His main areas of responsibility and research are Optical, Ethernet, IP, MPLS and SDN/NFV. Javier is one of the architecture leads driving Colt's SDN&NFV Transformation programme called Novitas.

Prior to his current position, Javier worked for 10 years in Colt's Network Engineering team designing both the IP/MPLS and the Carrier Ethernet Networks and Services. He holds a Telecommunications Engineering Degree from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (Barcelona, Spain, 1996) and a MSEE Degree from Stanford University (CA, USA, 1999).

Azam Beyk
Lead OSS Consultant | Comarch


Azam is a telecommunications engineer with 10 years of practical experience in researching and introducing innovative technologies. Having gained his master's degree in engineering, he worked extensively with Vodafone UK and 5Gic on SDN/NFV and 5G, and as a fellow member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology he now focuses on future OSS, AI, machine learning and techno-economic analysis.

Mr. Dave Bolan
Senior Analyst, Voice and Packet Core Market Research | Dell'Oro Group


Dave Bolan joined Dell'Oro Group in 2017 and is responsible for the Carrier IP Telephony and Wireless Packet Core market research programs.

As a seasoned industry executive, Dave brings to Dell'Oro Group over 35 years of experience in sales and marketing roles at leading wireless and telecommunications companies. He was instrumental in helping several organizations develop new markets for a number of cutting-edge wireless communications products, including a number of industry firsts in handheld test and measurement instruments such as an LTE signal analyzer and 43 GHz spectrum analyzer. Other industry firsts include the first 23 GHz and 38 GHz microwave radios for backhaul of cellular networks.

Dave most recently served as the Senior Product Manager and Product Marketing Manager of Anritsu's handheld RF test and measurement business for installation and maintenance of 3G and 4G networks. Prior to Anritsu, he was involved in several start-ups, including PulsewaveRF, MiCOM Labs, CoWave Networks and Pico Communications. Previously,

Dave served as the Vice President of Marketing at Repeater Technologies, the Vice President of OEM Sales and Marketing at Spectrian and Vice President of Sales for Harris Farinon and Microwave Networks providing microwave backhaul for the cellular industry.

Dave started his career spending 12 years with General Electric.

Mr. David Boswarthick
Director Committee SC, OPS | 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
Product Management Director | Enea


As Product Management Director for Enea's NFV offerings, Ulf is focusing on software solutions for the next generation telecom networks. Ulf is an experienced Communications industry professional with 16 years in a wide variety of roles and responsibilities ranging from sales, business development, open source software development, product strategy and product management.

He has previously held talks at OPNFV summit, ONS, Layer 123 NFV and SDN World Congress He holds a M.Sc. in electrical engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm and has previously held technical sales positions at Enea, NXP and Texas Instruments.

Mr. Phil Bridge
Principal Network Architect | BT


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

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

Mr. Alexander Britkin
CEO | NFWare


Alexander is the CEO of NFWare, Inc. which he cofounded in 2015. NFWare is based in Bay Area, an innovative network software vendor which supplies Service Providers, Operators and Data Centers with super-fast virtualized and cloud-ready networking solutions. NFWare software-based products provides a high level of performance and reliability which was historically associated only with dedicated proprietary hardware.

Prior to NFWare, Alexander spent over 12 years in networking industry.

Alexander holds a PhD degree in Mathematics.

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


Marcus Brunner is head of standardization, eco-system development, and chief researcher in the strategy and innovation department of Swisscom, Switzerland.

He received his Ph.D. from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) in 1999. He has been active in research and standardization for 20 years with experience in programmability of networks and services (SDN and NFV), self-organizing/zero-touch networks (SON) for fixed and mobile networking systems like 3GPP mobile networks, DSL/ access networks, and many topics around packet-based networking technologies including energy-efficient networks, information-centric networking, IoT networking (LoRa, Cat M, and NB-IoT).

Mr. James Buchanan
SVP & General Manager Ensemble | ADVA Optical Networking


James Buchanan is responsible for the Product Line Management of ADVA Optical Networking's industry-leading FSP 3000 and FSP 150 product families, as well as the FSP Management and Control Software Suite. In this role he is responsible for setting the product vision and overseeing the rollout of the company's innovative Optical+Ethernet portfolio.

Previously, as VP PLM for Management and Control products, James was responsible for leading the development of ADVA Optical Networking's development of unified Control Plane and Service Management solutions for DWDM and Carrier Ethernet networking.

James joined ADVA Optical Networking in January 2006 as part of the acquisition of Covaro Networks. He brings 20 years experience to ADVA Optical Networking, gained with global telecommunications and high-tech companies, including Covaro Networks, Metera Networks, Nortel Networks and Spar Aerospace. James holds a degree in artificial intelligence from the University of Toronto.

Magnus Buhrgard
Open Source & Standardisation Manager | Ericsson


Magnus is Ericsson's primary delegate to ETSI ISG ZSM. With 30 years of experience in the telecommunication industry, he has spanned a multitude of architectures and technologies, reaching from fiberoptic research to network and service automation.
He is presently the program manager for Ericsson's ONAP engagement.
He has a long term engagement in carrier-grade network architecture, previously serving on the boards of SA Forum and SCOPE. Magnus is also engaged in the challenge of merging standardization, open source, and R&D ways-of-working.

Magnus holds a MS in Engineering Physics from Lund University, Sweden.

Dr. Albert Cabellos
Universitat Politecnica De Catalunya


Albert received a BSc (2001), MSc (2005) and PhD (2008) degree in Computer Science Engineering from the Technical University of Catalonia ( In september 2005 he became an assistant professor of the Computer Architecture Department and as a researcher in the Broadband Communications Group ( In 2010 he joined the NaNoNetworking Center inCatalunya ( where he is the Scientific Director. He is an editor of the Elsevier Journal on Nano Computer Network and founder of the ACM NANOCOM conference, the IEEE MONACOM workshop and the N3Summit. He has also founded the LISPmob open-source initiative ( along with Cisco. He has been a visiting researcher at Cisco Systems and Agilent Technologies and a visiting professor at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and UC Berkeley. He has participated in several national (Cicyt), EU (FP7), USA (NSF) and industrial projects. He has given more than 15 invited talks (MIT, Cisco, INTEL, MIET, Northeastern Univ. etc.) and co-authored more than 50 journal and 100 conference papers.

  Ms. Petra Callaly
General Manager | Layer123


Ms. Petra Callaly
General Manager | Layer123


Mr. Andrea Campanella
Member of Technical Staff | Open Networking Foundation


ODTN project Lead, Member of ONOS Technical Steering Team


Andrea Campanella is employed as a Member of Technical staff (MTS) at Open Networking Foundation (ONF). Andrea obtained a Master's degree (110/110) in computer science at the Public University of Milan in December 2016 after a Bachelor degree in Digital communication in July 2014. The master degree program and the final thesis work focused on computer networks and SDN, with specific attention to southbound protocols and paths to production.

Andrea started working with ONF through an internship in October 2015. Presently working as an engineer on both the ONOS and CORD platforms. Andrea is currently the leader of the Optical Disaggregated Transport Network (ODTN) Reference Design and Reference implementation. He also contributes to the P4 integration activities, the Leaf-spine Trellis project and the Software Defined Broadband Access (SEBA) project. Andrea also sits on the ONOS Technical Steering Team.

Mr. Stefano Cantarelli
Executive VP & Chief Marketing Officer | Mavenir


Stefano Cantarelli is the Chief Marketing Officer at Mavenir. He is responsible for helping expand its market share as partner of choice for its global customer base and ensuring that Mavenir continues to drive innovation that provides value to customers and agility to their technology.

Stefano is a proven industry veteran and visionary technology leader that brings expertise and strategic insight into mobile and convergent communications Stefano brings leadership in technology vision and innovative IP solutions in mobile and convergent communication. He also has expertise in operational excellence in major technology transformation cycles and introduction in the overall Telecommunication market worldwide.

Prior to Mavenir, Stefano was driving the Network and IT strategy for O2 UK and defining the Virtualization Strategy for the Telco Cloud project.

With nearly over three decades of industry experience, held various roles such as: CTO of Acision, Vice President of Carrier Networks for UK and Ireland at Huawei, and at Ericsson he had responsibility for Network Transformation Programme at the Network Business Unit level, in UK and Ireland.

He has also held senior roles at Bulldog, Vodafone Technology,
Siemens Telecomunicazioni, AT&T Network Systems and Lucent Technologies.

Stefano graduated in Milano at the Politecnico of Milano in 1988 for Electronic engineering.

Mr. Oliver Cantor
Associate Director of Product Strategy | Verizon


Oliver has worked for Verizon for more than 20 years and currently works across Verizon's SDN/NFV portfolio and other next-generation networking & security solutions.

Previous roles include head of Engineering & Planning for Voice and VoIP networks in Europe and Product Manager for Access technology.

Today he concentrates on advising customers on their Digital Transformation, business enablement and Agile working practices.

Mr. Jerry Caron
Global Head of Research & Analysis, Technology Group | GlobalData


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

Jeremiah was previously Current Analysis Research Director, IT Infrastructure, and originally joined the company in 2003 to provide coverage of the European enterprise communications market. Before joining Current Analysis, Jeremiah was Publisher of CMP Media's, a business magazine for telecom and Internet service provider executives.

Mr. Ross Cassan
Sr. Director, Product Marketing | 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.

Ms. Caroline Chappell
Principal Analyst | Analysys Mason


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

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

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

Dr. Marinos Charalambides
Senior Research Fellow | University College London


Marinos is a senior researcher at the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University College London. He received a BEng (First Class Hons.) in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, an MSc (Distinction) in Communications Networks and Software, and a PhD in Policy-based Network Management, all from the University of Surrey, in 2001, 2002 and 2009, respectively.

He has been working in a number of European and UK national projects since 2005 and his current research interests include network programmability, content distribution, network monitoring, and dynamic resource management. He has been the technical program chair of several conferences and in 2016 he received the Young Professional Award for "outstanding research contributions and leadership in the field of network and service management". He is currently an Associate Editor of IEEE TNSM.

Mr. Bruno Chatras
Senior Standardization Manager | Orange


Vice Chair | ETSI NFV ISG


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Dhiman Chowdhury
VP, Global Business Development | IP Infusion


Dhiman is Vice President of Business Development and responsible for customer/partner relationships and outbound product marketing. Dhiman brings 20+ years of experience defining and delivering industry leading products generating revenues over $3.2 billion. Prior to joining IP Infusion, Dhiman served as the Director, Systems Engineering at Delta Electronics where he created global market presence for Agema Systems, Inc. overarching many responsibilities to build business ground up as part of spin-out and spin-in initiative of open networking technology venture. As a successful venture, Agema Systems later merged back with Delta Electronics. For nine years, he was Director of Technical Program Management (R&D) for Allied Telesis, covering networking product lines for the data center, telecom and enterprise.

Dhiman was also a system architect (engineering product manager) at Netgear where he created service provider product lines including VoIP gateway products. At Nortel, Dhiman participated in the architecture and development of Industry's first hybrid VoIP Routing Systems. He was also part of Nortel's technology leadership team spearheading various technology initiative including protocol definitions and QoS architectures for transport over legacy and policy enabled networks.

During his tenure at Nortel, Dhiman filed numerous patents and participated in industry standard committees. Dhiman has authored several technology books and wrote many scholarly articles. Some of his technology books on Unified and high-speed internetworking are continued to be reference handbook for graduate studies globally. He is a Research Scholar and doctoral fellow at The Robert Gordon University (RGU) with an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering and an MBA from University of Liverpool. Dhiman is an avid blogger, philanthropist, an advocate of human rights and founder of an NGO in special consultative status with United Nation that serves multiple orphanages in South Asia.

Mr. Don Clarke
Chair, Network Operator Council | ETSI NFV ISG


Principal Architect | CableLabs


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

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

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

Don holds a BSc. (Hons) Degree in Computer Systems from the University of Essex, England, and is a Member of the UK Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). He is registered in the UK as a Chartered Engineer and registered with FEANI as a European Engineer (EUR ING). Don has authored 13 patents.

Mr. Axel Clauberg
VP Aggregation, Transport, IP | Deutsche Telekom


Chairman of the Board | TIP


Axel Clauberg joined Deutsche Telekom AG in September 2011. Within the Group CTO/Technology Innovation team, Axel is responsible for DT's Aggregation, Transport & IP and Infrastructure Cloud architecture. Axel has more than 30 years of experience in the IT and Telecommunications industry. Before joining DT, he had various international leadership roles at Cisco Systems.

Axel represents DT in the Telecom Infrastructure Project (TIP) Board of Directors and is currently chairing the TIP board.

  Moty Cohen
OSS/NMS System Architect leader and a Product Line Manager | ECI Telecom


Mr. Yoav Cohen
Senior Instructor | Perpetual-Solutions


Yoav has 35 years of experience in telecommunications, networking and management applications.

Over the course of his professional work, Yoav participated in several SDOs such as MEF, ETSI NFV, IETF, OIF, TMF, BBF and ITU. He has been participating in the MEF Committees continuously since 2002 and has been recognized as a key contributor to the MEF Technical Specifications.

Yoav holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Ben-Gurion University in Beer Sheba,Israel.

  Mr. Yoav Cohen
Standards Specialist | RAD Data Communications


  Mr. Marc Cohn
Business Lead, Network Virtualization | Spirent


  Drazen Colnar
Chief Expert of Core Network | Huawei


Mr. Robert Conger
CTO, Americas & Head of Portfolio Strategy | ADTRAN


As CTO, Americas and Head of Portfolio Strategy, Robert Conger is responsible for overseeing new technology development and ADTRAN's global portfolio strategy. In addition to this role, Robert is involved in multiple industry groups including the Supplier Advisory Board for Open Networking Foundation (ONF). Robert has also served in a wide range of roles within ADTRAN including Product Management and Global Business Development. Robert holds a Masters in Business Administration from Vanderbilt University and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee.As the Associate Vice President of Cloud Strategy and Architecture, Robert Conger is responsible for overseeing new technology development and ADTRAN's global cloud strategy.

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

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

Mr. Domenico Convertino
Head of OSS/BSS Business | HPE


Domenico has been appointed in 2016 as OSS Worldwide leaderat HPE Communications & Media Solutions (CMS) business unit. Since taking on his new role, Domenico has focused strategy and execution on growth areas as "OSS for NFV/SDN" and "Telco Digital Transformation". HPE is now offering a full portfolio of products and solution able to address the new Automation and Orchestration challenges as well as the traditional Service Assurance and Service Fulfillment.

Domenico has almost 20 years' experience in the industry acrossOSS and IT Service Management sectors.He joined the former HP in 1999 serving in different management position for the Consulting and System Integration business at local and regional level. Since 2008 Domenico has been focused on the Telco business with responsibilities on large and complex OSS deals and, in the last 4 years leading the OSS business in the EMEA region. Domenico holds a Masters in Computer Science with major in Telecom Network Management. He is based in Rome.

Raffaele D'Albenzio
Solution Architect EMEA - Service Providers | F5


Working as a Solution Architect for F5, Raffaele specializes in service provider network architectures, with a specific focus on Network Function Virtualization. He has more than 15 years of experience in telecoms networking and has extensive knowledge of both fixed and mobile broadband networking. As part of his role, Raffaele is involved in the most strategic customer projects across EMEA, mainly related to the virtualization of network and service functions. Before F5, Raffaele held several positions both for vendors and telecom operators.

Prof. Filip De Turck
Ghent University


Filip leads the network and service management research group at the Department of Information Technology of Ghent University, Belgium and imec. He (co-) authored over 500 peer reviewed papers and his research interests include telecommunication network and service management, and design of efficient virtualized network and big data systems. In this research area, he is involved in several research projects with industry and academia, serves as Chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Network Operations and Management (CNOM), and is on the TPC of many network and service management conferences and workshops.

Filip serves as Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions of Network and Service Management (TNSM), and steering committee member of the IEEE Conference on Network Softwarization (IEEE NetSoft).

Dr. Deng Hui
Chair, Modeling subcommittee | ONAP


Chief NFV Strategy Officer | Huawei


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

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

Mr. Samir Desai
Director, Managed Services | GTT


Samir Desai is Director of Product Management and leads the managed services portfolio at GTT.

He's also responsible for next generation enterprise WAN solutions, including software-defined networking, cloud connectivity and security services on the GTT global network. Samir has over 15 years of wide-ranging product development and marketing management experience in the Telecommunications industry.

Prior to joining GTT, Samir spent nine years at Level 3 Communications where he managed their security, IPVPN and managed network services. He holds an MSc in Data Communications from Brunel University in London.

Mr. Gabriele Di Piazza
VP, NFV Solutions | VMware


At VMware, Gabriele is responsible for leading the development of Network Function Virtualization (NFV) Products and Solutions, enabling Telecommunication operators to transition to next generation converged cloud environments. Gabriele brings more than 20 years of enterprise and communication service provider (CSP) technology expertise in marketing, product management and business development to VMware.

Most recently, Gabriele was Senior Vice President Products & Marketing for Guavus, a company that provides big data analytics applications to the CSP industry for improved customer experience and service assurance. Di Piazza has also been General Manager of Hewlett-Packard Marketing Optimization where he was responsible for HP's Autonomy Digital Experience Management products.

Prior to Hewlett-Packard, Gabriele led worldwide marketing for the Operator Channels group at Microsoft, where he was also responsible for Microsoft's Media & Entertainment business and led global business development for media solutions in wireless carriers.

Before Microsoft, Gabriele spent 11 years at HP in different roles in the Communications & Media industries, related to marketing & solutions management in OSS/BSS/Contact Center/Rich Media/IPTV.

Gabriele holds a Masters in Electronic Engineering with a major in Telecom Networks from Politecnico di Milano.

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


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

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

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

Mr. 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. Victor Donselaar
VP Sales | Accanto


Victor Donselaar is the VP Sales and Business Development. Victor brings with him more than a decade of sales, marketing and business development experience. Today, he is challenged with building the sales pipeline and creating a new portfolio of Operator clients. Prior to Accanto Systems, Victor was the CEO at Movial Applications which was later acquired by Broadsoft. Victor became the Senior Director Solutions for BroadSoft Inc. where he oversaw their User Experience and end-user application strategy.

Victor holds a M.S. degree in business administration from RSM Erasmus University, in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He has also conducted telecom and business studies at the Helsinki School of Economics in Helsinki, Finland and at Prague University in the Czech Republic.

Mr. Dave Duggal
Founder & CEO | 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 six 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. George Edward Oakes
Expert B | Huawei


George has 25+ years' IT experience in architecture design and development, system Integration, and customer oriented solutions.

He has specialized in analyzing IT market insight, business development and customer business requirements analysis to provide IT infrastructure services and IT evolution roadmap plan for customer

His work involves NFV and application cloudification transformation analysis, IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS cloud architecture design, development, migration and optimization and Large scale IT systems and data consolidation/ transformation for complex data centers

Mr. Jim Fagan
Director of Global Products | Telstra


Based in Hong Kong, Jim Fagan is responsible for oversight of the Company's suite of managed services.

Jim has 15 years of diverse experience, including product management and financial management, that he brings to Pacnet. He previously worked at Rackspace as Managing Director of Asia Pacific, where he oversaw the management, strategy and growth of the company's Asia Pacific operations. He also served as Director of Financial Operations, and was instrumental in supporting the company's IPO on the New York Stock Exchange.

Prior to joining Rackspace, Jim was at Dell for nine years, most recently as Finance Controller for the Managed Service business, where he was responsible for the overall financial management and pricing structure of the company's services division. Previously, Jim worked at Chase Manhattan Bank and Sei Corporation.

Jim holds an MBA from Arizona State University and a BS in Finance from Villanova University.

Prof. Karoly Farkas
Head of R&D | NETvisor


Associate Professor | BME


Karoly did his habilitation in 2017 at BME Budapest, Hungary, received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science in 2007 from ETH Zurich, Switzerland, and his M.Sc. degree in Computer Science in 1998 from BME.

Currently he is working in parallel as an associate professor at BME, and as the head of R&D at NETvisor Ltd. in Budapest. His research interest covers the field of communication networks. He has published more than 90 scientific papers and has given plenty of regular and invited talks. He acted as program committee member and organizer of numerous scientific conferences and workshops.

He is the coordinator of the local Cisco Networking Academy and was the founding initiator of the Cisco IPv6 Training Laboratory and the BME NetSkills Challenge student competition at BME. Between 2012 - 2015 Karoly has been awarded the Bolyai Janos Research Fellowship of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

Mr. Walter Featherstone
Technical Officer for OpenSW | ETSI MEC


Principal Research Engineer | Viavi Solutions


Walter is a Principal Research Engineer at Viavi Solutions, with 19 years' experience in the mobile telecommunications industry. Prior to joining Viavi, he worked for Motorola Mobility during Google's ownership, Nokia Networks and Motorola Solutions.

He gained his PhD in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from the University of Leeds in 2000, specialising in communications. Walter is passionate about new fields of research, emerging technologies and innovation. He has 13 granted patents.

Walter is an active participant in the ETSI MEC ISG, where he's been appointed to the ISG's leadership team as Open Source / OpenAPI Lead Architect. Walter is chartered member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) and a member of the IEEE.

Mr. James Feger
GM & VP, Service Provider Solutions | F5


As General Manager of Service Provider, James Feger is responsible for the company's service provider business worldwide, overseeing F5's investments across product development, product management, business development, marketing, go to market, and related functions. Feger brings over 15 years of experience in the technology and telecommunications industries to this new position, including previous roles with CenturyLink and AT&T. Most recently, he was VP of Network Virtualization at CenturyLink, responsible for the development of all virtual services and products, including infrastructure routing, switching, compute, and automation. In previous leadership positions with CenturyLink, Feger managed Cloud and IT infrastructure teams, owned network strategy (including pioneering the company's SDN/NFV program), and served as interim Chief Technology Officer.

Dr. Marc Fiuczynski
Principal Architect | Akamai Technologies


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

Prior to Akamai, Marc co-founded CoBlitz LLC, an orchestrated container platform and CDN spin out from Princeton University that licensed caching technology to network operators; in 2010 CoBlitz was acquired by Verivue Inc. At Verivue, he was Chief Engineer for the licensed content delivery platform, which was used as the proof of concept efforts leading to the CDN Use Case for the initial NFV Whitepaper. Akamai acquired Verivue in 2012.

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

  Guillaume Fontaine
Technology Strategist | T-Mobile NL


Dr. Ray Forbes


Consultant | Huawei


Educated at Loughborough University of Technology between 1977 and 1984, Ray joined Plessey Telecommunications where he worked on Software Engineering and Analysis. In 1987 he moved to GEC Telecommunications to work on network development and later joined GPT to work on Network Design for GSM.

Since 1990 Ray has worked on network development in the area of Intelligent Networks and the standardisation thereof. In 1993 he became chairman of ETSI NA7, in 1995 ETSI NA6 was also in 1996 elected to be Rapporteur of Question 5 (Requirements for Intelligent Network Capability Sets); these groups being requirements setting bodies for the standardisation of Intelligent Networks.

He later chaired the Architecture Group in ETSI SPAN. Since it's creation he has chaired the NGN Protocols in Work TISPAN WG3 (which included the IMS adaptation to fixed network access) and with the Common IMS programme he was elected as 3GPP SA2 IMS Sub Working Group Vice Chairman in 2006. In 2010 he was elected as ETSI TC M2M Protocols WG Chairman. Ray has also been actively involved in the ITU-T Smart Focus Group.

He is appointed as Vice Chairman of the ETSI TC M2M and Working Group chairman of the WG3 in oneM2M on M2M Protocols in the global Standards Partnership Project. Also he is appointed as Leader of the M2M Service Enablement & Utilities Standardization in LM Ericsson. Currently, he is working for Huawei Technologies to lead and chair the ETSI ISG ENI (Experiential Networked intelligence).

Mr. Jerome Francois
Research Scientist | INRIA


érome is a research scientist at Inria. He received his Ph.D. on robustness and identification of communicating applications from the University of Lorraine, France, in December 2009.

He is now the deputy leader of the RESIST research group. Relying on data analytics and the convergence between network and system, this group aims to make elastic and resilient networked systems thanks to powerful intelligent methods to analyze and orchestrate resources to enhance security and scalability.

He is also research fellow at the Interdisciplinary Center for Security Reliability and Trust, SnT, at the University of Luxembourg and the leader of a joint team
between Inria and SnT on network softwarization.

His research area is the network management and cyber-security. He designed methods for monitoring and analyzing large scale networks in various scenarios, in particular traffic flow analysis, botnet detection, semantic phishing prevention techniques, large scale security analytics, encrypted traffic analysis, IoT security and SDN-based security.

Mr. Evan Frith
Director of Products & Services | TELUS


Evan is the Director - Products and Services for Business Connectivity Solutions at TELUS. During his 17 years of experience in the industry, Evan has been responsible for leading the Service Development, Life-cycle Management and Marketing of TELUS' Internet, MPLS and SD WAN solution sets.

Prior to his current role, Evan led a Toronto-based Large Deal pursuit team, supporting Business Consultants, Solution Architects and Sales Engineers develop and win Managed Services solutions across IT, Network, Security and Collaboration portfolio sets within the Canadian Financial, Retail and Public Sector verticals.

  Mr. Constantine Galatis
Business Development | Perpetual Solutions


Mr. Gerardo García De Blas
Technology Expert, Network Virtualisation Initiative, GCTIO Unit | Telefónica


Member, Technical Steering Committee | Open Source MANO (OSM)


Gerardo García is Technology Expert in Telefónica Research and Development. At present he is working for Telefónica's Global CTIO Unit in the Network Virtualisation initiative, where he is involved on different work areas related to Network Function Virtualisation (NFV), ranging from design and development activities and VNF testing in Telefónica's NFV Reference Lab to prototyping for demos and other dissemination activities. He is currently deeply involved in ETSI OSM (Open Source MANO), where he is one of the main contributors and proud member of the Technical Steering Committee.

Gerardo has been technically involved in the NFV ecosystem from its birth, contributing to the ETSI NFV ISG from the very beginning, where he has been the rapporteur of the ETSI specification "NFV Performance & Portability Best Practises", elaborated during NFV Phase 1.

Gerardo holds a Master in Telecommunications Engineering at the Technical University of Madrid (Spain). Since 2002 he has been working for Telefónica Research and Development. He is also co-author of over 20 research papers related to traffic measurements, routing, network QoS, P2P and content-aware networks.

Dr. Ori Gerstel
Co-Founder and CTO | Sedona Systems


Ori is founder and CTO of Sedona Systems - a leading supplier of multilayer network control software.

Before starting Sedona, Ori was a Principal Engineer at Cisco, where he was responsible for driving the architecture of router-transport integration. Before joining Cisco in 2002, Ori held senior architecture positions at Tellabs and Nortel, where he architected the first mesh optical network and the first fully switched optical network, respectively.

He started his work in optical networking at IBM, where the first commercial DWDM system was developed. For his contributions, Ori was awarded the grade of IEEE Fellow (2008) and OSA Fellow (2014). Ori has published approximately 100 papers in the main international conferences and journals in the field, as well as several book chapters. He holds over 35 granted patents on optical and multilayer networks, and a similar number of pending patents.

He served as Editor in Chief for IEEE/OSA JOCN and as a conference committee member and co-chair of several conferences and is regularly invited to teach short courses, attend panels, and give plenary talks at the main conferences of the field. He also serves as steering committee member for OFC. Ori holds a PhD from Technion (Israel Institute of Technology).

Ms. María José Giné Casals
SDN/NFV Product Manager | Telefónica


María José is SDN & NFV Product Manager in Telefonica Business Solutions. She is a Telecommunications Engineer and Master's Degree graduate with wide Project and Product management know-how.

With over 17 years' experience in Telecommunications Operator Processes & Projects, Management (PMO), Strategy (Service Development) and Operations (Customer Relationship Management & Service Management and Operations) the different roles have been carried out in ICT companies (Telco Operators, basically).

Maria Jose has been successful in launching Services to the IT market.

She currently works in Telefonica NFV Product Marketing, defining and promoting the Network Services' evolution strategy using SDN and NFV technologies.

Mrs. Alla Goldner
Director of Technology, Strategy and Standardization | Amdocs


TSC Member and Usecase Subcommittee Chair | ONAP


Alla is a Director of Technology, Strategy and Standardization at Amdocs. She has over 20 years of varied experience in Telecommunication Standards development lead, in Technology Strategy and in System Architecture from Alcatel, Motorola, Intel, Marvell and Allot Communications. Alla has wide experience of leading standardization work in 3GPP, IETF, ETSI NFV, BBF, ETSI MEC, being a Rapporteur and a leading contributor of numerous work items in the areas of 5G, Policy Control and Charging, NFV, SDN, Service function chaining, Control-User Plane split and Congestion management. She has served on the Program Committees of several conferences (e.g. IEEE ICC and IEEE CSCN), published at top research venues and holds multiple patents.

Her current interest is related to network evolution domain with focus on NFV and SDN areas both in Standardization and Open Source domains.

Alla holds a BSc in Mathematics and Computer Science from Tel Aviv University and MSc in Technology Management from New York University.

Mr. Anand Gonuguntla
CEO | Centina Systems


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

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

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

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

Mr. Oscar González de Dios
Researcher | Telefónica


Óscar González de Dios received his PhD with honors form U. of Valladolid and his MS in Telecommunications Engineering also from U. of Valladolid.

He has 16 years of experience in Telefonica I+D. He has been involved in numerous R&D European projects, where he has acted as WP leader and coordinated the BANITS 2 project. He has co-authored more than 100 research papers and internet-drafts and is currently active in several IETF working groups, as well as ITU-T Study group 15.

His main research interests include Photonic Networks, Flexi-grid, Inter-domain Routing, PCE, automatic network configuration, End To End MPLS, performance of transport protocols and and SDN.

He is currently leading the SDN & Tools group of the Integrated Transport Center of Telefonica Global CTIO unit.

Mr. Sebastian Grabski
Director, Customer Solutions | Cloudify


Sebastian is Director of Customer Solutions at Cloudify with over 18 years of experience in IT industry. Previously, he worked as a cloud architect, consultant and systems engineer at Cisco, Motorola, and Orange. His knowledge spans industries, technologies and business needs - making him an efficient sales consultant and IT architect.

John Grant


John Grant chairs the ETSI Industry Strategy Group on Next Generation Protocols. He has been designing digital networks since 1981 when he created local area networking technology which was used in both industrial and commercial environments. Since then he has created products for carrying video and audio over digital networks, including network switching equipment; this has given him an insight into the requirements of audio and other live media, which are very different from those for data traffic. More recently he has been researching how packet networking can meet these requirements as well as avoiding the various problems that have been identified with Internet Protocol.

Mr. John Grant
Partner | Ninetiles




John chairs the ETSI Industry Strategy Group on Next Generation Protocols. He has been designing digital networks since 1981 when he created local area networking technology which was used in both industrial and commercial environments. Since then he has created products for carrying video and audio over digital networks, including network switching equipment; this has given him an insight into the requirements of audio and other live media, which are very different from those for data traffic. More recently he has been researching how packet networking can meet these requirements as well as avoiding the various problems that have been identified with Internet Protocol.

He is a Fellow of the Audio Engineering Society and chairs their standards subcommittee SC-02 on digital audio. He is also editor of several international standards documents including ISO TR 29181-3 (Future Network switching and routing).

Dr. Eduard Grasa
Director of RINA research area | Fundació i2CAT


Eduard graduated in Telecommunication Engineering at the TechnicalUniversity of Catalonia (UPC, July 2004) and got his Ph.D. (UPC, February 2009).

In 2003 he joined the Optical Communications Group (GCO), where he did his thesis on software architectures for the management of virtual networks in collaboration with i2CAT, which he joined in 2008. He has participated in several national and international research projects, dealing with network virtualization, management and orchestration. His current interests are focused on the Recursive Internetwork Architecture (RINA), a fundamental new internetwork architecture that radically simplifies networking.

He has been the technical lead of the FP7 IRATI project, where a RINA Prototype for Linux over Ethernet was developed; and also the technical lead of the FP7 PRISTINE project, investigating the programmability and distributed management aspects of RINA.

He is currently the technical lead of the H2020 ARCFIRE project, experimenting with RINA prototypes at scale using FIRE+ testbeds.

Dr. Pål Grønsund
Senior Research Scientist | Telenor


Pål Grønsund joined Telenor ASA in 2007 now holding a senior research scientist position, mainly focusing on NFV, SDN, Orchestration and Hybrid Clouds. He has experience with radio access and core network technologies including 3GPP, WiMAX, WiFi, cognitive radio technologies and Cloud-RAN. Pål has been working on virtualization of network and IT functions since 2008 and since 2013 has been fully focused on NFV and SDN while working in research, technology strategy and technology execution divisions.

As a researcher, Pål has been involved in several EU funded research projects and is currently the coordinator of the EU funded project 5G-VINNI (Verticals INNovation Infrastructure). He is vice chair in the ETSI Open Source MANO (OSM) project and has standardization experience in ETSI NFV ISG and ETSI RRS (Reconfigurable Radio Systems). Grønsund holds a PhD in Informatics from the University of Oslo (Norway) on Cognitive Radio and has been a Visiting Researcher at the Institute of Electrical Engineering at UCLA.

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


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

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

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

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

  Mr. Alexey Gumirov
Pan-Net IC E2E Design Senior Specialist | Deutsche Telekom Pan-Net


Alexey has 13 years experience in telecommunication technology, IP and IP/MPLS communications, enterprise data and carrier grade networks, SDN & NFV, Telco cloud.

In recent years he has been involved in a number of projects defining strategy of telco transformation towards Telco cloud, evaluation of the optimal NFVI architecture and Network Functions virtualization strategy.

Mr. Thomas Haag
Senior Network Architect | Deutsche Telekom


Thomas Haag is a senior network architect at Deutsche Telekom Germany in technical lead of access network architecture. His focus areas are broadband access, access control, SDN based access.

Thomas has a long-time experience in developing broadband access within DT in several positions. He has more than 18 years of experience in broadband network and service development.

He contributed to and co-authored several BBF and IETF standards and also co-authored some granted patents. He holds a degree in electrical engineering at University of Applied Sciences in Darmstadt, Germany.

Dr. Marcus Hacke
Founder & Managing Director | ngena


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

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

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

Dr. Jan Häglund
Head of Portfolio and R&D, Digital Services | Ericsson


Jan Häglund is head of portfolio and R&D in Business Area Digital Services. Ericsson Digital Services provides solutions that realize our customers' digital transformation including software and services in the areas of monetization and management systems (OSS/BSS), telecom core (packet core and communication services), and cloud & NFV (Network Functions Virtualization) infrastructure.

Jan Häglund joined Ericsson in 1993 and spent the first years of his career in applied software research and in system and software architecture roles. He has had several leadership positions in Ericsson with business responsibility for investments in packet core, transport and network management hardware and software. Jan Häglund has international experience, both as the head of organizations based in Silicon Valley and from working in Tokyo with Japanese customers.

Jan holds an MSc and a PhD from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, and an MSc from the Engineering School of Physics in Grenoble, France. In his spare time, Jan is an amateur singer and has regular national and international performances with the Mikaeli Chamber Choir of Stockholm.Jan Häglund is head of architecture and solutions in Ericsson's Digital systems business area. He is responsible for the overall architecture evolution of core networks, cloud infrastructure and OSS/BSS and their evolution towards NFV/SDN and 5G.

Jan joined Ericsson in 1993 and spent the first years of his career in applied software research and in system and software architecture roles. He has had several leadership positions in the company with business responsibility for investments in packet core, transport and network management hardware and software. Jan has international experience, both as the head of organizations based in Silicon Valley and from working in Tokyo with Japanese customers.

In his spare time, Jan is an amateur singer and has regular national and international performances with the Mikaeli Chamber Choir of Stockholm.

Jan holds an MSc and a PhD from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, and an MSc from the Engineering School of Physics in Grenoble, France.

Mr. Emir Halilovic
Principal Analyst, Global Telecom Technology and Software | GlobalData


Emir Halilovic recently joined GlobalData as a Principal Analyst on the Service Provider Infrastructure (Global Telecom Technology & Software) team. His focus at GlobalData is on optical transport layer products and technology including WDM, OTN switching, OADMs, Packet Optical Networking, and converged IP/Optical platforms. He has a particular interest in how deep changes in service provider networks, like 5G, NFV and software-defined networking, affect the evolution of transport products and technologies.

Prior to GlobalData, Halilovic spent 14 years at IDC, where his latest position was a program director in Telecoms and Networking team in EMEA. Most recently he was the head of the IDC research team focusing on enterprise networking market in EMEA, and co-manager of a research program focusing on service provider infrastructure transformation. During his tenure at IDC, he managed research programs focused on telecommunications infrastructure and enterprise equipment in EMEA region. He also took part in worldwide IDC telecoms equipment-related thought leadership documents and projects on topics such as SDN, NFV, and LTE small cells. In addition, he led consulting and custom research projects centered on telecoms CAPEX and telecommunications and enterprise network equipment.

Prior to joining IDC, Halilovic spent two years writing about the telecom, mobile, and IT industries in the Czech Republic for the business weekly Prague Business Journal. Over the course of his work there, he provided extensive coverage of developments in the Czech telecoms market as it went through massive changes that the included the liberalization of fixed-line telephony services, efforts to privatize state-owned operators, the explosion of the mobile market, and UMTS licensing.

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

Mr. John Hanahan
Sr. Director, Interconnection Product Management | Equinix


John Hanahan is Sr Director, Interconnection Product Management for Equinix. In this role, he is responsible all Product Management activities related to NFV Product Strategy and Execution.

Prior to his current role at Equinix, John spent 3 years at Extreme Networks as VP, Product Management and Product Marketing where his responsibilities included driving product strategy, portfolio rationalization, positioning, messaging, and product life cycle management. Prior to Extreme Networks, John spent 13 years at Cisco Systems in a variety of product management leadership roles managing multi-billion dollar products and services.

John holds a M.B.A. from University of California at Berkeley's Haas School of Business, and a B.A. in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

  Mr. Christian Hasner
Group Consulting Architect, NFV | VMware


Dr. Francis Haysom
Principal Analyst | Appledore Research


Francis has 25+ years of experience in the telecommunication infrastructure and software industry. He has led the design and transformation of OSS products at some of the industries leading suppliers. He most recently was responsible for driving new innovation at Telcordia, and later Ericsson..

He is an acknowledged expert in inventory, fulfillment and the related transition to model based orchestration.

Francis received his PhD from the University of Bath and a BSc in Engineering Science from the University of Exeter.

Jared Headley
Sr. Director, Market Development | Cisco


Jared Headley is Senior Director of Market Development within the Cloud Platform and Solutions Group at Cisco.

He leads a talented team of product managers, technical marketing and principal engineers who are responsible for enabling customers to automate and orchestrate their network and managed services business. For the last 3-1/2 years he has been a part of helping Cisco transform from a hardware centric company into a software solution provider.

While associated with Cisco for 25 years, Jared has also experienced Silicon Valley life by starting a small business and leading marketing for a mid-sized firm. Jared co-founded AfterImage, a creative services agency during the first Internet boom, that helped Cisco, Oracle, PeopleSoft, Sun, Siebel Systems, Cadence Design and others bring their messages to life. Jared was also VP of Marketing for Aptina, a PE-backed image sensor company that was successfully sold to ON Semiconductor.

Jared enjoys leading through change, working with talented people and growing businesses.

Mr. Wim Henderickx
Director Consulting Engineering & PLM - Technology | Nokia


Fellow | Bell Labs


Mr.Wim Henderickx is Director Network Consulting Engineering & PLM - Technology in the ION Division at Nokia, based in Belgium. Mr. Henderickx provides senior level consulting on advanced IP solutions for Service provider and Enterprise customers around: Cloud Networking (SDN/NFV), Triple Play, Mobile, IOT, etc.

He has over 20 years' experience in the communications and networking industry, and is a regular speaker at technical conferences all over the world. He is active in a number of SDO's like IETF, BBF, openStack, etc.

Mr. Henderickx holds a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering, Data Communications and a Masters degree in Economy and is a Bellabs Fellow.
He is a renowned Ethernet and IP expert in the industry, holding several patents. His TPSDA architecture has been adopted by more than 55 customers worldwide.

Mr. Richard Hewitt
Senior Product Manager | Metaswitch


Rich Hewitt has over 10 years experience in the telco industry, covering VoIP, LTE and cloud architectures. He has worked on Metaswitch cloud native products in roles in Engineering, Customer Support, and Product Management and alongside Tier 1 operators all around the world.

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.
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.

Alan Hu
Sr. Director of Router & Carrier Ethernet Product Line | Huawei


Alan is a senior director of Huawei's Router & Carrier Ethernet Product Line, being responsible for marketing promotion for carrier IP product and solution. He has been in high tech industry for ~20 years. His main focus is to promote Huawei E2E carrier network solution covering IP core and edge, metro aggregation, mobile backhaul, plus Huawei company overall strategies in Telco cloud and SDN/NFV.

Before joining Huawei, Alan had worked for Cisco San Jose, CA (1998-2011). During ~13 years working in Cisco San Jose, Alan worked in multiple domains: IP Core & Edge network, SP managed service and global enterprise network solution.
Alan held a BS/MS from one of top universities in China. He also had a MS/MBA from Ohio University, USA.

Mr. Kevin Hu
President of Network Product Line | Huawei


Kevin is President of Huawei Network Product Line. He is responsible for the end-to-end strategy in R&D, marketing, business and operations management of Huawei network product portfolio.

Kevin joined Huawei in 1999. He served as President of the Switch & Enterprise Gateway Product Line, CEO of Huawei Overseas Branch, President of the Carrier IP Product Line and so on. He has gained rich experience in marketing and solution sales, product portfolio management, and R&D of network solution.

Kevin graduated from Xidian University in 1996.

Mr. Dharmraj Jhatakia
General Manager & Head of SDN/NFV | Happiest Minds Technologies


Dharmraj has 17+ years of proven experience in software engineering for Networking Products and solutions across Fortune companies as well as start-ups.

Starting his career as a software developer, engineering for Telco grade Switches and Routers, Dharmraj evolved into a technical leader and techno business leader through successful project execution and value creation for customers, achieved in collaborative team environment. Dharmraj started the SDN-NFV group as part of the Product Engineering Services @ Happiest Minds, which was about a 1.5-year-old startup at that time. Since then, he has been responsible for developing strategy, execution plan, GTM and working with a strong team with shared vision which has been successful in making the SDN-NFV a multi-milliondollar entity through consulting and delivering transformational SDN and NFV engineering services for leading technology vendors and service providers of the Telecom and Networking Industry.

Dharmraj shares his ideas with the community through white papers, blogs and speaking opportunities at leading conferences in SDN-NFV space.

Mr. Timo Jokiaho
Principal Technologist - NFV | Red Hat


Currently Timo is Principal Technologist at Red Hat EMEA Telco Technology Office focusing on Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), working with Service Providers, Network Equipment Providers, System Integrators and Independent Software Vendors to progress NFV agenda in the industry.

Prior to this Timoled the software technology planning function within Huawei Technologies, focusing on Base Platform domain (operating systems, virtualization, telco Cloud with High Availability and performance focus) and also planning for terminal software platforms (Android and potentially some others). Timo also led Samsung device software R&D in Finland.

Earlier Timo led the Strategy, Technology & Architecture work within network element platform development at Nokia Siemens Networks and also led several R&D and business teams at Nokia Networks. He has also worked outside of the telecommunications industry by developing equipment/software security industry and maritime navigation industry. He has also been running his own business for several years.

Timo was the first Chairman of SCOPE Alliance (2006, Nokia) and the Chairman of 2011 (Huawei), an industry consortium established by major Network Equipment Providers. He was President of the Service Availability Forum and Chairman of Technical Working Group and also a major contributor at Linux Foundation.

Mr. Jokiaho holds a Master's degree in computer science from Helsinki University.

Mrs. Ulf Jönsson
Director, NFV Infrastructure | Ericsson


Ulf Jönsson is currently responsible for the NFV Infrastructure solution & product portfolio strategy at Ericsson. He has had several leadership positions in Ericsson with business and strategic product management responsibility in areas such as NFV infrastructure, SDN, 5G Cloud, IT Cloud, and IP & Broadband as well as Mobile Backhaul.

Ulf joined Ericsson in 2000 and spent the first years of his career in networking, Bluetooth and Mobile Broadband research and standardization. He was for several years the overall leader of the Ericsson standardization efforts in the IP and Broadband space and active in among others Broadband Forum and IEEE 802.3.

Ulf holds a master's degree in Electrical Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.

  Mr. Chong Kai Keong
Director | Huawei


Mr. Per Kangru
Technologist in the CTO Office | Viavi Solutions


Per works in the Business Development and Technology office with VIAVI Solutions, based in Sweden. Per has 20 years of experience supporting leading Telecom and IT companies in their transformation projects. His current work is focused on the evolution to 5G with a major focus on the Automation of the Network and Service Management. Per with VIAVI was one of the founding members of the ETSI ZSM ISG.

He has previously been involved in building the global success of the 4G (LTE) Technology supporting global operators and vendors in the development, deployment and optimization of their networks and services. He actively participates in several industry bodies such as LSTI, TIA/Quest, NGMN and TM-Forum.

Per is a co-author of the bestselling book on LTE published by Wiley. He has several patents granted in the area of Telecom Assurance.

Mr. Zahi Kapeluto
Director, Research and Technology Management | AT&T


Zahi is a Director at AT&T's development center in Tel-Aviv, Israel. He is managing the development of various applications which are part of AT&T's Domain 2.0, the company's software defined network. In this role, Zahi is responsible for a few ECOMP components and their ONAP derivatives.

Zahi has been working at AT&T for the past 8 years, during which he has held various positions, including leading the architecture team for the Network and Communications group.

Zahi has 20+ years of experience in the hi-tech industry.

  Jared Kellogg
VP, SDN Strategy | NEC/Netcracker


Mr. Mervyn Kelly
Marketing Director, EMEA | Ciena


Mervyn Kelly is EMEA Marketing Director for Ciena, responsible for helping customers and partners improve their business through software and hardware based network transformation and delivering new revenue streams such as high performance on demand cloud services and virtualised IT applications.

He has been in the Telecoms industry for over 20 years, and prior to his current role Mervyn held EMEA Product Marketing and Business Development senior management positions.

Mervyn is a Chartered Engineer and holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Microelectronic Engineering from the University of Ulster.

Mr. Patrick Kelly
Founder & Principal Analyst | Appledore Research


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.

Jutta Kemppainen
Sr. Principal Product Manager | Infinera


Jutta Kemppainen is Senior Principal Product Manager at Coriant, responsible for strategy and planning of Coriant Transcend SDN products including the Transcend Maestro Multi-Domain Orchestrator. She has been in a leading role in developing the Transcend Maestro into a full-featured multi-domain, multi-layer orchestrator and automation platform and bringing it to the market.

Jutta has over 20 years of experience with telecommunication management and control products. Prior to the current position, she has been in various management positions at Tellabs. Jutta holds a Master of Technology in Communications and Networking from Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland.

Mr. Sunil Khandekar
Founder & CEO | Nuage Networks


Sunil leads the vision and direction at Nuage Networks, a Silicon Valley-based business that brings a combination of technologies and networking expertise to the enterprise and telecommunications industries.

He has built 15+ years of expertise in product management and consulting engineering in leadership roles working with the IP Division of former Alcatel-Lucent (now Nokia) and networking start-up TiMetra Networks, as well as Bay and Nortel Networks in New York and Santa Clara, California. His first professional job came before even earning his degree when he was able to convince a local company in his hometown to hire him as a design engineer during a university-wide strike.

Sunil believes that the key to successful leadership is having the ability to define your vision and inspire people to follow it. Nuage Networks' success so far is due to hiring top talent and building a team of dedicated players focused on bringing new thinking to industry problems.

A co-author and contributor to multiple IETF drafts, he is also a regular speaker at industry events and conferences. He has a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and a master's degree in CIS.

  Mr. Aleksandr Khvostov
Head of Cloud Infrastructure Development | SafeData


Alexander Khvostov has over 10 years of experience in IT. He graduated from Moscow State Technical University after Bauman and started work as a system engineer. He has extensive experience in virtualization and cloud design and deployment. He started working for Rostelecom in 2013 and participated in many projects related to cloud development. Alexander was a system architect and technical project manager in Rostelecom SDN\NFV deployment projects. For now he is responsible for public and privates clouds development for various B2B and B2G customers.

Alexander Khvostov
Director, Integrated Solutions Department | Rostelecom-Datacenters


Alexander has over 10 years of experience in IT. He graduated from Moscow State Technical University after Bauman and started work as a system engineer. He has extensive experience in virtualization and cloud design and deployment. He started working for Rostelecom in 2013 and participated in many projects related to cloud development. Alexander was a system architect and technical project manager in Rostelecom SDN\NFV deployment projects. For now he is responsible for public and private clouds development for various B2B and B2G customers.

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


Principal Consultant, Old Dog Consulting | Research Associate, ONF


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

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

  Mr. Daniel King
Technical Instructor | Perpetual-Solutions


Mr. Phil Kippen
Sr. Director, NFV Group | VMware


Phil Kippen is the Director of Service Provider NFV Field Engineering at VMware. Phil has over 20 years of architecture design, technology innovation and business development experience across the Service Provider Market.

In his current role, Phil is responsible for the Service Provider field engineering and technical business development activities behind VMware's vCloud for NFV platform and solutions.

Phil has a strong background in wireline and wireless architectures, orchestration, virtualization and resource optimization technologies, and is passionate about uncovering opportunities to leverage technology innovation to help solve Service Provider business problems.

Prior to VMware, he was a Distinguished Engineer, with Cisco's Global Service Provider, Architecture & Business Development group, where he played a key role in the creation of Cisco's Virtual Managed Cloud Services portfolio, technologies and strategy.

Phil has a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and an MBA from the University of Washington, Foster Business School.

Mr. Ulrich Kohn
Director Technical Marketing | ADVA Optical Networking


Ulrich is Director of technical marketing at ADVA Optical Networking with responsibility for the companie`s One Network Edge program. With over 25 years of experience in fixed and mobile networks, Ulrich is familiar with the challenges and pain points of today's networks and is able to show how the latest technology provides answers and an economic, future-proof path forward.

Before joining ADVA Optical Networking in April 2013, he worked for Ericsson and Marconi Communications in management positions with Business Development, Network Strategy, Product Marketing and Technical Sales.

Dr. Hans-Joerg Kolbe
Chief Engineer Access Innovation | Deutsche Telekom


Hans-Joerg Kolbe is a chief engineer at Deutsche Telekom Germany working as technical lead for SDN, NFV and broadband access. He is co-responsible for the system design and architecture of DT's Access 4.0 program and is an active member of the Open Networking Foundation's reference design work and member of the ONF UCST.

Before joining Deutsche Telekom, he headed various research groups at NEC Laboratories Europe. Prior to that, he was responsible for the broadband access network architecture and service implementation at Arcor AG, the German fixed line division of Vodafone.

Hans-Joerg has over 19 years of experience in broadband network technology and works on SDN and virtualization since 2010. He has significantly contributed to multiple ETSI and BBF standards as well as scientific papers and co-authored multiple granted patents. He holds a PhD in physics from University of Marburg, Germany.

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


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

Mr. Krzysztof Korzunowicz
Managing Consultant | Detecon International


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.

Ullas Krishnan
Senior Architect, SDN/NFV Services | Infosys


Ullas is a Senior Architect at SDN/NFV practice, Infosys. He has 18+ years of Product and Solution development expertise with Network OEMs and Service Providers. He has been part of design and development of large number of network devices ranging from DSLAMs, CMTS, Routers and Switches right from board bring up to protocol development. He was part of the team that incubated SDN/NFV services at Infosys from 2013 and has been working on various SDN/NFV solutions and accelerators since then.

Mr. Himal Kumar
Co-Founder and CTO | Canopus Networks


Himal Kumar Co-founded Canopus Networks at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia and now serves as the CTO of the start-up. Himal has years of experience in building production grade SDN solutions and has engineered multiple SDN/NFV applications deployed and trialled in research and production networks. He is also a part of open-source SDN community and has contributed to applications in ONOS and ODL.

He received his Master of Philosophy degree from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in 2017 and Bachelors from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT Patna) in 2014. His expertise has been in applying SDN/NFV technology in the areas of Internet Exchange Points (IXPs), High-Speed Flow Classification and NFV for middle-boxes.

Mr. Gianpietro Lavado
Senior Solutions Architect | Whitestack


Module Development Lead | OSM


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

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

Mr. John Lawitzke
ConfD Product Manager | Tail-f


During his multi-decade career, John has worked as a software developer, software development manager, field applications engineer, and technical product manager with a focus on embedded systems and networking.

John began working with NETCONF, YANG, and network element programmability after joining Tail-f in 2007. Since that time, John has spoken numerous times about these technologies; educating people about what they are and how to best implement them.

Mr. François Lemarchand
Product Manager Cloud & SDN | Ericsson


Francois drives Ericsson NFVI product strategy within the Product Area Cloud. At Ericsson Francois set up early Ericsson SDN products & solutions for IP transport, broadband services & DC networking. He is a strong believer in opensource benefits and has driven Ericsson SDN software development to full upstream model.

Prior to joining Ericsson Francois was heading up worldwide consulting engineer organization for Redback networks, Senior Product Manager at Cosine communication and service provider technical sales at Cisco systems.

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


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

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

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

Dr. Richard Li Renwei
Vice Chair | ETSI NGP ISG


Chief Scientist, VP of Future Networks | Huawei


Renwei Li (Richard Li) serves as Vice Chair of ETSI ISG NGP for Next-Generation Protocols. He works as Chief Scientist and VP of Future Networks at Huawei USA, where he leads a senior research team to design and develop next-generation network architectures, technologies, protocols, and solutions.

Before establishing the Future Networks Lab, Richard was Vice-President and Head of the Internet Technology Lab, Huawei USA, where he spearheaded network technology innovation and development encompassing several areas of networking such as Routing and MPLS, Cloud and Virtualization, SDN, and Orchestration. Prior to joining Huawei, he worked with Cisco and Ericsson in his various capacities. Richard also serves as Chairman of ITU FG on Network 2030 and co-chairs of some industrial or academic conferences and workshops. He also actively engages himself with the IARIA to bridge the academia and industry and mentor new engineers.

Richard is extremely passionate about advances in communications and challenges himself by solving problems in their entirety thus creating a bigger and long-term impact on future networks.

Mr. Li Shitao
Engineer | Huawei


Shitao is Senior Researcher in CCN-NFV Research Department at Huawei. He has 10 years of experience in IT and telecommunication research and standard work in different SDOs, such as 3gpp, IETF, OASIS and ETSI.

Currently, Shitao is the rapporteur of SOL001, and also the Liaison officer for OASIS TOSCA. Beside the work in ETSI NFV, he is the co-leader and co-founder of NFV adhoc working group in OASIS TOSCA, where he promotes the collaboration between OASIS TOSCA and ETSI NFV. He is also deeply involved in the modeling working in ONAP as the committer of the modeling project in Amsterdam and Beijing release, where he works together with the Huawei ONAP term pushing ONAP implements SOL001 based data model solution.

Mr. Zhiming Li
Chief Expert of Network Architecture Transformation | Huawei


Zhiming Li's main area of responsibility is cloudfication and automation. He is based in the UK and has more than 15+ years' experience of mobile network architecture.

Mr. Mory Lin
Director, Embedded System Product | Supermicro


Mory currently is acting as a Director Embedded System Product at Supermicro for IoT Embedded, Edge Computing and Industrial Fanless solutions in Architecture Department, where he leads a global team for product management, market development and global marketing promotion for IoT product lines.
He joined Supermicro in 2008 and expanded Supermicro competitive advantage in server expertise and cloud computing to help and embrace the whole new chance with their partners and customers.

Before Supermicro, Mory committed to IoT topics in his early career with one of embedded industry leaders (Advantech) for EMEA market developments and accumulated critical business acumen in embedded industry as Product Sales Manager for IPC product lines and deployed the online Store business model globally.

Ms. Vanessa Little
Director, Global NFV Ecosystem Architecture | VMware


Chair, Technical Steering Committee | 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.

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

Dr. Liu Feng
Senior Marketing Manager | Huawei


10-year experience in mobile transport network solution, focus on 5G transport solution in recent 2 years

Ms. Vickie Lonker
VP, Network and Security Product Management | Verizon


Victoria Lonker is the Vice President of Network and Security Product Management. Her team of outstanding humans have innovation and life cycle responsibilities for the portfolios of Managed Security Services, Managed Network and Converged Services including SDN/NFV, Edge Solutions and Strategic Networks. Prior to this role, Vickie was Executive Director of Network & Virtual Solutions with Product Management responsibilities for our Layer 3 to Layer 7 solutions and platforms which include: Private IP, Secure Cloud Interconnect, Virtual Network Services, Professional Services, CPE & Site Services and Intelligent Cloud Control.

Vickie has enjoyed a long career with leadership roles in Product Management, Finance (PCM), Solutions Architecture / Deal Development (GID), Marketing, Sales and Sales Engineering. Her early days at GTE and Bell Atlantic included roles in Customer Network Engineering, Network Planning and Transmission & Switching Engineering.

Vickie holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Engineering Administration in Industrial and Systems Engineering, both from Virginia Tech. She also completed business and executive management programs at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina. Ms. Lonker resides in Cary, North Carolina with her husband and three adult children.

Dr. Diego Lopez
Head of Technology Exploration and Standards | Telefónica




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

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

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

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

  Mr. Lu Robin
Chief Expert of Carrier Cloud Computing | Huawei


Robin is a Senior Solution Manager with Product and Solution development expertise in Telecom communication and IT technologies, including Switching system, Core, Data Center, Cloud, NFV and SDN.

He is currently Chief Expert of Carrier Cloud Computing at Carrier IT, focus on NFV and Cloud Solution for Telco IT business.

Mr. Pierre Lynch
Lead Technologist | Keysight Technologies UK


Chair, TST (Testing, Experimentation & Open Source) WG | ETSI NFV ISG


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

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

Mr. Bryan Madden
Director of Marketing | 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. Cousy Maher
Sales Director, Network Infrastructure | Intel


Cousy Maher works in the Intel Data Center Sales Group with a focus on communication service provider digital and network transformation. He has been at Intel for the last 13 years where his roles have included market development and product management, focused on network infrastructure and communication service providers. Cousy is based in New Hampshire.

Before joining Intel in 2005, Cousy worked in account management, business development, product marketing, and engineering positions with a focus on computing platforms for communications infrastructure. He holds an MBA from Arizona State University, an MSEE from Georgia Institute of Technology, and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University.

Mrs. Kiran Makhijani
Principal Engineer at Future Networks | Huawei


Kiran is a Principal Engineer at Future Networks, Huawei USA. Her research applies to next-generation network architectures and forwarding protocols. She is working on data plane innovations and mechanisms for defining resource assurances for emerging application scenarios.

Kiran has several years of experience in various areas of routing & switching platforms, designing cloud-scale virtualization, policy-based routing, and edge-services in provider networks. She is an active contributor and rapporteur at ETSI NGP and now represents Huawei as charter member of ITU FG-NET-2030 study.

Mr. Oren Marmur
VP, Head of NFV | Amdocs


Oren is the Head of NFV at Amdocs, leading all business related activities in the Network Function Virtualization space, NFV Orchestration, VNF Management and NFV Ecosystem and Partnership program.

Oren has over 20 years of experience in the telecom and optical industries, holding several executive, business and technical related positions and specializing in leading advanced technologies into successful execution, market penetration and strong business growth. Prior to Amdocs Oren was the CEO of Mishor 3D, developing an innovative Augmented Reality solution for the automotive market.

Prior to Mishor, Oren was the CEO of Mobix, a leading communication solution provider for the Smart Grid and Smart Metering market. Before Mobix, Oren was the Head of the Optical Networking & CESR Line of Business at ECI Telecom, a leading supplier of networking infrastructure for carrier and service provider networks worldwide, and has successfully managed the transition and growth of the Optical Networking business at ECI to being the major growth engine for ECI and one of the most profitable businesses for the company.

Earlier, Oren was the Founder of FlexLight Networks, a venture capital-backed startup company that pioneered the GPON optical-access market. Oren has also held several technical positions in the telecom and defense markets.

Arturo Martin De Nicolas
Master Systems Designer | Ericsson


Arturo Martin de Nicolas is currently an active member of the ETSI NFV SOL and IFA working groups and OASIS TOSCA. He joined Ericsson in 1990 and has over 28 years of professional experience in the telecommunications industry, having dedicated part of his career to the development of standards in ETSI NFV, ITU-T, 3GPP, IMTC, DMTF, OASIS TOSCA and other SDOs.

Arturo has held several systems management and product management positions in areas like mobile communications, visual communications, traffic dimensioning or function virtualization. He is based in Aachen and has worked previously in Sweden, Finland, US and Spain. He holds a Master degree in Telecommunications Engineering by the Universidad Politécnica of Madrid. He is author of numerous granted patents in communication systems.

Mr. Klaus Martiny
Senior Program Manager | Deutsche Telekom




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. Victor Medina
Marketing Director for B2B | Telefónica


Mr. Pascal Menezes
Chief Technology Officer | MEF


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.

Pascal currently serves as MEF's Chief Technology Officer. He is focused on cloud scale architectures, real-time media networks, Software Defined Networks (SDN), Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO). He is a former Principal from Microsoft Skype for Business Global Carrier Group where he spent close to 10 years working on many real-time media and network technologies. 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).

Mr. Robin Mersh
CEO | The Broadband Forum


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

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

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

Eduard Metz
Network Architect | KPN


Eduard is a network architect within the KPN CTO office.

He has a background in packet networking, i.e. IP, MPLS and Ethernet network architecture and technologies, in various positions at among others KPN, KPNQwest and TNO.

Current interests are disaggregation and open, programmable networking.

Sanjay Mewada
Chief Strategy Officer | Netcracker


Sanjay has been instrumental in leading Netcracker's continued growth through strategic technical and business initiatives since he joined the company in 2005. In his current role as Chief Strategy Officer, Sanjay is responsible for the company's image, market development, corporate communications, media relations and brand management.

Prior to joining Netcracker, Sanjay worked at Yankee Group as Vice President of the Telecom Software Strategies Decision Service, where he managed research and programs to improve communications service providers' business results. Specifically, he helped clients make decisions regarding their use of business and operations support systems (BSS/OSS). Before joining Yankee Group, he worked at MCI, Intelsat and the World Bank while focusing on product management and technology evaluation functions.

Sanjay holds a bachelor's degree in Physics and an MBA from Bombay University. He also holds a master's degree in International Business from the Fletcher School.

Gary Middleton
Principal Practice Director - Group Digital Infrastructure | Dimension Data


Gary is qualified in Electrical Engineering and has 24 years IT industry experience. He spent four years with IBM building early electronic commerce systems and has been with Dimension Data for twenty years. He has held various positions across Dimension Data in the Security and Networking business units and is currently responsible for the Data Centre Networking business, in addition to skills and sales transformation for the Digital Infrastructure practice. He is married with three daughters and lives in the UK.

Mr. Frank Miller
EMEA CTO | Ciena


Frank O. Miller is the CTO of EMEA at Ciena out of the London, UK office.

Frank has over 25 years in the ICT industry as principal engineer, strategist and executive with deep experience in access, transport, cloud, voice, video and wireless platforms. He is a globally recognized technology leader and innovator with prior leadership roles in telecom, cable, academia and fortune 500 companies. Before Ciena, Frank was the Chief Architect at CenturyLink.
Frank was the winner of the Independent Technology Executive of the Year in 2011 in the cable industry for key innovations in cloud, video, wireless and access technology. Frank also won the Distinguished Service Award (Oregon Association of School Executives), Volunteer of the Year (Oregon Library Association) and Excellence in Telecommunication (State of Oregon) in recognition of over two decades of public, volunteer leadership in leading the vision and implementation of the telecommunication landscape for the State of Oregon.

Mr. Bob Monkman
Director, Networking Software Strategy & Ecosystem Programs | Arm


Board Member Linux Foundation Networking | DPDK, Akraino


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. Karl Mörner
VP Product Management and R&D, NFV Business Unit | Enea


Karl is responsible for Enea's NFV roadmap, product management and innovation. He leads the development of software that allows telecom operators and systems integrators to build intelligent, high performance NFV infrastructure on which to deploy new, value added services.

An expert in operating systems and network architecture, he began his career as a system architect, specializing in RTOS and edge technologies. Prior to becoming VP of R&D, he was director of system management and then product management at Enea. Karl plays an active role in the continuous development of Enea's core technologies and has also been instrumental in guiding the company through to the next generation of network solutions.

Mike Morris
Head of Product Line Technology, Nokia Software's Digital | Nokia


Mike has 36 years of experience in telecommunications with Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies, Alcatel-Lucent and now Nokia. In this time, he has primarily been focused on the development and delivery of new technologies and products. He was chief architect for Alcatel-Lucent's IMS portfolio and directed the evolution of these products to the cloud. His current responsibilities include evolving Digital Network's communications offers to a cloud-native, microservices environment. In addition, Mike is intimately involved in the development of Nokia Software's 5G strategy and product integration into Nokia's end-to-end solution. Mike received his MS/MA in Computer Science and Mathematics from Michigan State University.

Dr. Ray Mota
Managing Partner | ACG Research


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

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

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

Mr. Shay Naeh
Solution architect Orchestration | Cloudify


Shay Naeh is a seasoned technology professional with over 20 years of experience in the areas of internet ventures, cloud services and enterprise software who helps lead technical innovation at Cloudify.

He has driven the directions of several successful startups and ventures. Some of Shay's expertise includes deep coverage of networking, DPI and protocols, and specifically NFV, network automation and orchestration, virtualization, security, web acceleration, large-scale applications, application performance management, cloud multi-tenant models, SaaS, agile prototyping and more. Shay is an avid blogger and technology writer.

Yoshihiro Nakajima
Manager, Core Network DevelopmentDepartment | NTT Docomo


Yoshihiro Nakajima is a manager of the network management and orchestration group of the core network development department in NTT DOCOMO. He has led NFV development and NFV standardization for the mobile core network system.

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


Hironori Nakano is a Director of Solution Service Department, SoftBank. Hironori manages value added services, like security gateway(Web/Mail security, FW/UTM, etc.), remote access gateway, authentication service(PKI,Radius,etc.), EMM(MDM,MAM,MCM) business, hosting business.

Before joining SoftBank, Hironori worked at Research Laboratories, Japan Telecom, and was in charge of PKI.

Hironori holds a masters degree in Electrical engineering from KEIO University of Tokyo.

Mr. Brian Naughton
CTO | Accanto


Brian has over 25 years experience in the Telecommunications industry, starting his career at Nortel Networks and later leading Group OSS Architecture at the Operator C&W. Brian has created a number of industry initiatives ranging from founding ETSI's Mobile Edge Compute working group, founding the Product and Service Assembly Initiative (BT, C&W, Colt, QinetQ, Oracle, Microsoft) and leading OSS through Java Initiative. Brian joined IBM as an Executive in their Telco Mega Deals team and most recently held responsibility as the Head of IBM's Telco Software Business. Brian has a Bachelor in Computer Engineering from University of Limerick and Post Graduate in Software Engineering from Oxford University.

Ms. Renu Navale
Sr. Director, Network Industry Enabling (NIE) Organization in Network Platforms Group (NPG) | Intel


Renu Navale heads the Intel Network Builders program in the Network Platforms Group in Intel. This program is focused on accelerating network transformation via NFV and SDN by working closely with the industry ecosystem. With over fifteen years in the High-Tech Industry, Renu Navale has extensive experience in Telecommunications, Wireless, and Semiconductors. Renu has led several Strategic, Business Planning, and Marketing initiatives at Intel. She is also a recipient of the Intel Achievement Award.

Before joining Intel, Renu worked as a senior software engineer at Alcatel-Lucent on Wireless, VOIP, Element and Network Management technologies. She was a recipient of the 2003 Lucent Technologies Reaching New Heights Recognition Award as well as two Lucent Software Awards for Design and Development Innovation. She has also published at the Computer Software and Applications Conference on wireless technologies.

Renu holds an Executive MBA from the Thunderbird, School of Global Management (May '08), a Master of Computer Science Degree from Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Computer Science from Bangalore University, India.

Dr. Stephan Neidlinger
VP Strategic Alliance Management | ADVA Optical Networking


Stephan joined ADVA Optical Networking in 2008 and plays a key
role in promoting and shaping the company's innovative open connectivity
solutions. As Vice President, Strategic Alliance Management, Stephan is
responsible for managing ADVA Optical Networking's strategic alliance partners,
effectively positioning the joint solutions in the marketplace and to the
company's customer base.

Stephan is one of the founding members of the WDM PON Forum and member
of CableLabs' working groups.

Prior to joining ADVA Optical Networking, Stephan acquired extensive
telecommunications experience, working for more than 16 years at Siemens
(now part of Nokia). During Stephan's tenure there, he held a number of
research, development, business and product line management positions. He
worked extensively on the development of a range of networking technologies,
including fiber-in-the-loop, hybrid fiber coax, twisted pair, metro and backbone
DWDM systems and Passive Optical Networks (PONs).

Stephan earned a master's degree and doctorate in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Munich, Germany, where he conducted research into
coherent optical transmission systems.

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. Nasser Noei
VP, Solution Delivery and Advance Service | Delta Electronics


Nasser is VP, Solution Delivery and Advance Service at Delta Electronics America. In this role, he is responsible for initial discovery discussions with customers interested in white-box switches for SDN, disaggregated or combined use deployment. Post selection he helps customers and integrators bring their solution to delivery

Prior to his current role at Delta, Nasser spent 14 years at Cisco Systems Inc. as Director of Software Development and QA, where his responsibilities included NX-OS software deliver on Nexus switches for data center, and IOS-XR delivery on ASR9K and CRS routers to large mission critical operations. Nasser's work history also includes organizations, such as Sun Microsystems, and IBM Lotus

Nasser holds a BS degree in Computer Science from California State University, San Francisco.

Ms. Wendy Ooms
Architect | KPN


Wendy Ooms MSc is architect in CTO office.

She has been working on the introduction of NFV and SDN within KPN.

Wendy gained experience during implementations on both operator and vendor side. She is currently working on the topic Internet of Things.

Janez Ori
Director Strategy and Business Development | Iskratel


Janez is Director of Strategy and Business Development at Iskratel. He has 20 years of experience in product strategy, product portfolio management and marketing in the telecommunications industry. He started and continued most of his career in Iskratel and spent three years in Cisco. He graduated in the field of telecommunications and electrical engineering at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana, in 1997.

Mr. Simon Osborne
Software - Head of Strategy, Digital Operations | Nokia


Simon is Head of Strategy for Nokia Software Digital Operations solutions. Prior to the acquisition in 2017 he was responsible for detailing creative and innovative solutions for the communications market in Comptel.

As Vice President of the Fulfillment Business Unit he led product management 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. Hiroyuki Oto
General Manager of Core Network Development Department | NTT DOCOMO


Hiroyuki Oto is General Manager of Core Network Development Department,
which deals with the development for all of core network nodes and
its operation system in the DOCOCMO's commercial mobile network.

He launched the first NFV/SDN system, virtual-EPC (vEPC) which realized by
multi-vender's configuration, to DOCOMO's commercial network and he is working on
applying NFV/SDN technologies to all of core network nodes in DOCOMO mobile network.

He is also looking into systems and architectures of the next generation mobile core network, that are 5G, IoT, and future mobile networks.

Mr. Paul Parker-Johnson
Practice Lead, Cloud and Virtual System Infrastructures | 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. These include The Real CTOs of NFV and The Real Innovators of Networking series.

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

Barak Perlman
CTO | Ethernity Networks


Barak leads the design of data center and virtualization activities in Ethernity. He oversees the development of ENET DPDK and several research projects. He participates in MEF and several open source activities.

Barak is an expert in SDN/NFV with significant experience in open-source projects. He had built full solutions from concept through high-level design, software and FPGA & ASIC design. Prior to Ethernity,Barak held a variety of technical positions, VP R&D, Chief Architect, and Director of Systems Engineering.

He worked at ECI and in several start-ups including Chromatis Networks, acquired by Lucent. While at ConteXtream, which was acquired by HPE, Barak led the technical definitions of the vE-CPE and SD-WAN solutions. Prior to that, he was responsible for the architecture of networking ASICs for the PON market and NPUs in PMC-Sierra. Via all the positions he had held, Barak gained experience of close cooperation with many of the major carriers/MSOs worldwide. Over the course of years, Barak contributed to the work of many standardization bodies: ITU-T, IETF, IEEE, FSAN and BBF. Recently Barak has focused on performance and SDN in ETSI NFV ISG. Barak Perlman holds several patents.

Richard Petrie
CTO | London Internet Exchange


Richard has been with LINX since 2014, running the technology group, responsible for all of LINX's exchanges across the UK and in North America. Previously, Richard has held senior operations and engineering positions with service providers, Colt Technology and IPC Network Services as well as within financial services companies such as Bloomberg and BGC Partners. He has over fifteen years experience in delivering high volume, low latency and agile network solutions.

Dr. Dan Pitt


President | Palo Alto Innovation Advisors


Dan Pitt is Senior Vice President of the MEF Forum, a leading telecommunications industry consortium that pioneered Carrier Ethernet and now advances agile, assured, and orchestrated carrier services, and President of Palo Alto Innovation Advisors, serving clients in the U.S., Japan, China, and the U.K.

From 2011-2016 he served as Executive Director of the Open Networking Foundation, building the organization from its roots to the acknowledged global leader in the advancement of open Software-Defined Networking (SDN).

Dan has served as Dean of the School of Engineering at Santa Clara University and as technology Vice President at Bay Networks and Nortel Networks. He received a B.S. in mathematics from Duke University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Illinois. He resides in Palo Alto, California, with his wife and son.

Dr. Dan Pitt


Senior Vice President | Palo Alto Innovation Advisors


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

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

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

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

Mr. Adan Pope
Chief Information Technology Officer | Ciena Blue Planet


Adan is Chief Information Technology Officer, where he is responsible for the overall vision and technology strategy for Ciena's software platforms and delivery practices. He works with Ciena's leadership team to drive industry-leading technology and spearheads Ciena's strategic engagement with key customers, partners, and other external stakeholders.

Prior to joining Ciena, Adan held several senior positions at Ericsson, including Vice President of Technology and CTO Support Solutions and head of portfolio management and strategy for the multimedia business unit. Additional roles Mr. Pope's held include the CTO/CSO role for Telcordia, CTO/BU head for Amdocs, Head of research for Cramer systems, and senior technical and leadership roles at AT&T Bell Labs, Tellabs, and ShopperTrak.

Adanholds both an MBA and a Master of Science in Computer Science from North Central College.

Mr. Hayim Porat


As CTO. Hayim has come to ECI to lead its innovation center and spearhead its efforts in the areas of NFV and SDN. Hayim brings much experience to ECI both in the SDN/NFV areas as well as in more traditional telecoms.

Among his experience, Hayim held the position of chief Cloud Iaas and SDN architect at Toga Network (Huawei's R&D center in Israel), principal architect at Tejas Networks, founder and CTO of Ethos Networks and more.

  Mr. Luc Provoost
Solutions Architect | Intel


Mr. Kurt Pynaert
Head of End-to-End SDAN Solutions Team | Nokia


Kurt has 30 years of experience in SW and SW integration business. He leads multi-vendor solution integration projects, product and solution 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 Nokia's 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. Nathan Rader
Director NFV Strategy | Canonical


Representative | OSM


Nathan has been working in the Telco industry for over 15 years. He was technically responsible for the first LTE network deployment in the world. However, he has more recently been focused on NFV. He lead a team responsible for an early commercial Telco cloud with a European operator. He currently works for Canonical as the Director of NFV Strategy where he is responsible for Canonical's Telco program and strategy, along with engagements with service providers and various community initiatives.

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


Chair | Open Source MANO


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

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

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

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

Dr. Uwe Rauschenbach
Rapporteur | ETSI


Senior Standardization Specialist, Nokia Bell Labs & CTO | Nokia


Uwe Rauschenbach is a senior standardization specialist at Nokia Bell Labs and CTO, playing an active part in the development of industry specifications that deal with the introduction of cloud technologies and related management mechanisms into telecommunication networks, namely ETSI Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), ETSI Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) and ETSI Zero-touch network and Service Management (ZSM). Another work area are specifications that enable applications to access network assets via APIs in 3GPP. He is responsible as ETSI NFV rapporteur for the set of specifications that define how the NFV Orchestrator and the VNF Manager interwork, as ETSI MEC rapporteur for the MEC API framework, and as ETSI ZSM rapporteur for the ZSM architecture.

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

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

Mr. Lothar Reith
Senior Consultant | Detecon International


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

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

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

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. 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.

Anders Rosengren
Head of Technology & Industry, Business Area Digital Services | Ericsson




Anders is head of Technology and Industry in Business Area Digital Services. Ericsson Digital Services provides solutions that realize our customers' digital transformation including software and services in the areas of monetization and management systems (OSS/BSS), telecom core (packet core and communication services), and cloud & NFV (Network Functions Virtualization) infrastructure. In his role Anders is responsible for Business Area Technology Strategy and development as well as Standardization and Open Source strategy and execution

Anders joined Ericsson in 1989 and spent the first years of his career as a developer and project manager in ASIC & HW development. He has held various leadership positions in the company leading R&D work in both HW and SW for Telecom Core and IP products as well as leading strategic technology and network and implementation architecture teams on company level in Telecom Core, Cloud, IP, NMS/OSS and Radio product areas. Anders has international experience, leading multi-country R&D units across Europe, US and Asia.

Anders holds an MSc in Electronic Engineering from the Institute of Technology in Lund, Sweden.

Laurent Roullet
Head of Virtualization and Verification Research Group, Nokia Bell-Labs | Nokia


Laurent is currently leading the End-to-end Mobile Networks Virtualization & Verification research group at Nokia Bell Labs and he is located in Paris-Saclay. He is graduated from Ecole Polytechnique, Paris, and Ecole nationale supérieure de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace, Toulouse.

His expertise covers areas of Cloud, SDN & NFV, LTE, RAN, Self-Organized Networks, DVB-SH, DVB-H, IP Networking, Broadcast & Satellite Systems.

Mr. Eden Rozin
CPO, Product Manager | AT&T


Eden is Leading the Product Management/Solution Engineering group of AT&T Tel-Aviv, Israel.
Active contributor to ONAP and Akraino edge stack communities. Part of Domain 2.0 team that innovates around service design and orchestration, cloud and networking infrastructures, cloud computing and 5G. his spare time is spent writing his thesis on the philosophy of the mind while breaking his teeth with French.
Please feel free to reach out!

Mr. Marton Sabli
Head of Solution Line Orchestration | Ericsson


Marton is an experienced leader with a history in the Telecommunications industry. His experience covers strategy, operations, engineering, product management, support, business development and leading teams, working best in leadership positions, which require a mix of business and technology focus.

Marton understands how to create commercial offerings and position them for success in the marketplace.

He strongly believe in creating an environment where each member has a sense of purpose and drive to reach their full potential.

Mr. Mark Sanders
General Manager NFVi and Hosting Services | Telstra


Mark is a pioneering executive in hosting, software, digital media and technology across many areas of strategy and operations. He has been working in the intersection between media, hosting, telecommunications, technology, business and strategy in Australia and with many International organizations.

Mark stands at the forefront of emerging technology for Telco's: Virtualization and Automation of network functions. Leading the innovation and delivery of a "Network Cloud" that will transform how Telco's build and lifecycle Network Services.

In his current role as the Principle for Network Cloud at Telstra, Mark is developing and executing a cross company strategy for NFV. Establishing a Multi Tenanted "NFV as a Service" platform and service organization.

Mark has previously held roles in Digital Media, responsible for growing Telstra's B2B Enterprise Media portfolio including Content Delivery Networks, Digital Video Network, Global Media Network, Cloud Broadcast Operations and Transcoding Headend. Mark lead an emerging program to virtualize media functions and a full stack solution optimized for professional media leveraging orchestration and automation.

Mark is based in Melbourne 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".

Dr. Marco Savi
Researcher | FBK CREATE-NET


Marco Savi is an Expert Researcher at FBK CREATE-NET. He received an M.Sc. degree in Telecommunications Engineering from Politecnico di Milano in December 2012 and he has been a visiting PhD student at the University of Melbourne. In June 2016, he received a PhD in Information Technology at Politecnico di Milano.

During his doctoral studies, he worked on topics related to Content Delivery and on the emerging Network Function Virtualization (NFV) paradigm. In March 2016, he joined the former CREATE-NET (now FBK CREATE-NET) as a Researcher. He has worked on several research projects, and is currently actively contributing to the H2020 EU-Korea DECENTER project. His current research interests include multi-layer IP/optical network control planes, Network Function Virtualization, Software Defined Networking, Network Monitoring and Fog Computing.

Mr. Dileep Saxena
Principal Consultant | Ericsson


Dileep is currently a Principal Consultant in Ericsson in the Global Operations Consulting Group He is based in the United States of America. Dileep has over 32 years of experience in telecommunications covering legacy switching and transport equipment, wireless technology and now NFV cloud operations.

Dileep has provided telecom operations consulting to service providers throughout the globe for the last 18 years including NFV cloud operations consulting for the last three years. Dileep's most recent engagements with telecom service providers involved NFV cloud service assurance and automation.

Dr. Stefan Schnitter
VP Infrastructure | Deutsche Telekom


Stefan is VP Infrastructure at Deutsche Telekom Pan-Net, an affiliate company
of Deutsche Telekom which is building the future cloudified production environment in

He is responsible for building and operating the telco cloud across Europe as common
infrastructure for applications including data centers, network, OSS, security and test
automation. He has more than 17 years of experience in the telecommunication and
consulting business. He held different senior executive positions within Detecon,
TransTeleCom and Deutsche Telekom.

Stefan holds a degree in Mathematics, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering and a PhD in Mathematics from Technische Universitär Clausthal, Germany.

Mr. Stephan Scholz
CTO | Atrinet


Stephan is Atrinet's CTO and in this capacity he is responsible for all product innovations.

Stephan has a very long and extensive experience in the telecom industry.
Prior to his engagement with Atrinet, Stephan held several senior business and technology positions within Nokia, Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) and Siemens, including CTO of NSN, Head of different business units and managing director of very large development entities worldwide.

In these positions, Stephan was always not only close to latest technology and market trends but among those industry leaders shaping trends in the telecommunication industry. Additionally, Stephan is a board member in several startups in the US, Germany and Israel - which has provided him with significant experience in the world of focused, fast, innovative and internationally-acting companies of smaller size.

Mr. Jeffrey Schwartz
Associate VP, Managed Network Services and Cloud Enablement | Tata Communications


Jeff Schwartz is the Associate Vice President of Managed Network Services and Cloud Enablement at Tata Communications. In this role, Jeff is responsible for the product management and development of network based solutions that span across both Enterprise and Service Provider segments and all key vertical markets. As the product leader for both the global Ethernet and IZO Private Connect business', Jeff is on the leading edge of network convergence, dedicated and cloud based solutions, and hybrid networking environments around the world.

Prior to joining Tata, Jeff spent 13 years at Verizon during which he led the global deployment of Ethernet Services, the introduction of the Verizon Financial Network and the Public Internet portfolio including FiOS business services. Jeff holds an MBA from Babson College and resides in Boston.

Mr. Claudio Scola
Director, Head of Product Management - EMEA | CenturyLink


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

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

Lian Shaoxiong
Director, Carrier Cloud Computing & Big Data Market Management Department | Huawei


Michael Lian has been working in the telecom and IT industry for more than 17 years He joined Huawei after graduating from Nankai University with a degree in Electricity and Information Systems. During the first 10 years at Huawei his focus was in telecom IN, VAS and CTI, after which he switched into the IT area, with a focus on cloud transformation in the telco industry. He now works in the cloud marketing management department.

Mr. Donglin Shen
Principal Analyst | EJL Wireless Research


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

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

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

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

Ms. Jane Shen
Sr. Director of NFV Technical Planning NFVCC | Huawei


Jane Shen has held various engineering and technology positions in high capacity distributed system architecture and design for over 20 years. She has extensive experience in telecommunication network system design and deployment. Her expertise spans across all aspects of real time high capacity data platform architecture and design. In 2016 Jane joined Huawei as technical leader in NFV technical planning. She has been focusing on planning and leading effort to build the next generation Intelligent O&M services(systems) with fast data processing and Machine Learning technology integrated.

Mr. Wenyu Shen
Technology Development Manager | NTT Communications


Wenyu Shen has over 10 years of experience in the telecommunications industry and currently serves as a technology development manager in NTT Communications. In this role, he drives NTT Communications' SDN/NFV strategy and leads a team developing a next generation SD-WAN/NFV service platform. In the meantime, he is also actively involved in and contributing to the Open Source Communities and standardization bodies. For example, as a representative of the NTT Group, he is currently a member of technical leadership team in ONF, leading ONF's technical strategy. Before his current position, he was in charge of several important development projects for the commercial services such as the Enterprise Cloud service and the Arcstar Universal One service.

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

Mr. Shin Jongyoon
Senior Manager, Network R&D Center | SK Telecom


Jongyoon joined SK Telecom in February 2012 and is currently responsible for the design, development and deployment of next-generation transport network technologies for 5G transport network of SK Telecom and wired core network of SK Broadband, including Carrier SDN Platform, NaaS Platform and Converged Packet Optical Network. His current interests include intelligent network automation, big data analytics, and modernized network environment. He has also participated in global standardization activities through ITU, IETF, and IEEE.

Prior to joining SK Telecom, he worked at ETRI (Electronics Telecommunications and Research Institute) as a Senior Researcher for 10 years of experiences designing, developing and networking embedded systems and communication systems. He received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, in 2000 and 2002, respectively. He also has enrolled in graduate studies for ITMS (IT Media & Strategy) in Yeonsei University this year.

Dr. Shucheng Liu
Technical Manager | ETSI ENI ISG | Huawei


Principal Engineer | Huawei


Shucheng currently serves as Network Control & Software Technical Area Director at Huawei Technologies Co.,Ltd. His research interests include network intelligence, NFV/SDN, ICN, IPv6 and IoT. He also served as Principal Standard Delegate responsible for network intelligence and SDN area in network research dept.

He has been actively contributing in organizations of standards and technical professional. He served as Co-founder and Technical Manager of ETSI ISG ENI, Vice-Chairman of ETSI ISG IP6, Secretary of IRTF SDNRG, Member of IETF OPS area Directorates, key Proponent of IETF SUPA WG, Author of 9 RFCs, Rapporteur of 1 work item in ETSI; Guest Editors of Special Issue on Intelligent Network Management in IEEE Transactions on Network Science and Engineering, NFV Special Issue in IEEE Network Magazine and Architecture For Next Generation Wireless Networks Special Issue in IEEE Communications Magazine, and Referees/TPCs for several conferences and journals in computer networking area.

Muhammad Shuaib Siddiqui
Senior Researcher / Area Manager Software Networks | i2CAT Foundation


Shuaib Siddiqui has 10+ years experience working in the academic, research and industry of ICT sector. At present, he is a senior reseacher at i2CAT Foundation where he is also the Area Manager for Software Networks research lab. Since he joined i2CAT Foundation in 2015, he has been active in 5G related projects (under H2020) on the topics of control, management, & orchestration platforms based on SDN/NFV, network slicing, and NFV/SDN security. Currently, he is working on the H2020 5GCity (5G PPP Phase 2) project, as Deputy Project Coordinator, which aims to design, develop and deploy a neutral host platform for 5G infrastructures in three cities (Barcelona, Bristol and Lucca).

Shuaib Siddiqui holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) (Spain), M.Sc. in Communication Systems (2007) from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, and B.Sc. in Computer Engineering (2004) from King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM), Saudi Arabia. One of his publications, based on his PhD thesis, received the IEEE Internet Technical Committee (ITC) paper of the year award for 2015.

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


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

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

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

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

Mr. Prakash Siva
VP, Technology & Strategy | Radisys


Prakash brings over 20 years of experience in product and engineering development of optical, mobile, IP/Ethernet and test networks to his role at Radisys. As part of the sales team, his primary focus is on enabling large Communication Service Providers (CSPs) to adopt and deploy cloud, SDN and NFV solutions using open source technologies. His earlier roles at Radisys included CTO/sales, product manager and lead architect for load balancers, SDN data planes and packet gateways targeted at LTE and wireline networks.

Prior to joining Radisys, Prakash held management and engineering positions at HP/Agilent, Turin Networks/Dell and Infinera. Prakash has a diverse background in software engineering that complements his current work to enable rapid deployment of virtualized and container based cloud technologies at CSP scale. Prakash holds a MS Degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Texas (UTA).

Dr. Rastislav Slosiar
Solution Architect & Technical Strategist | Swisscom


Rasti started his career researching on network design/optimization algorithms at the Telstra Research Laboratories, Melbourne, Australia. He joined Swisscom in 1999 as an IP Network Engineer and soon became head of IP Engineering wireline and later head of wireline network architecture. In these roles, he contributed significantly to the introduction of broadband DSL, triple play wireline network architectures and later FTTH.

After a number of leading architecture positions in a wireline/wireless convergent context, he contributed to the establishment of the joint mobile network strategy partnership between Ericsson and Swisscom. He plays now in this joint team the role of senior technical strategist for core and cloud and solution architect in the agile "mobile experience large solution" while supporting the Swisscom agile transformation.

Mr. Bob Smeets
Lead-Architect , Network Virtualization | KPN


Bob works as lead-architect for the network virtualisation effort in KPN. As a techno-enthusiast, he particularly likes the challenge of bringing high-performance and carrier-grade telecommunication applications into the newly built KPN Private Telco Cloud.

He joined KPN in 2014 and brings experiences from earlier jobs in software development, systems engineering and technical presales & consultancy. In 1996, Bob received a MSc. degree in Applied Physics from the University of Technology in Delft, the Netherlands.

Ms. Gail Smith
Founder, SD WAN practice lead | Cavell


Gail has led high impact consulting and transformation projects for Service Providers, Public entities and their vendors around the globe. Gail is leading Cavell's efforts in developing its SD WAN practice across its research, consulting, training and technical service groups.

Prior to Cavell she spent 10 years in increasingly senior P&L management positions at challenger organizations that disrupted the telecommunications industry and created the backbone of the new digital economy. At Level3 Communications she was SVP International Sales and Marketing and then Corporate Group Vice President and President Europe, where in less than 3 years she took the organization from start-up to operating in 5 countries. She also oversaw a major infrastructure build of 10 datacenters as well as metro, intercity, and subsea fiber.

Prior to Level3 she was part of the start-up team of MFS International (now Verizon Business) as Director of European Product Management, and then VP and General Manager of the International network. As part of the management team she participated in growing MFS International into the first global Tier 1 Internet provider.

Clare Somerville
Senior Wireless Architect | Intel


Clare is a senior wireless architect in the Network Platform group at Intel, she leads a team which defines platform enhancements to support 5G base-stations. She joined Intel in 2014 and has 20 years' experience across multiple generations of mobile systems. In 2015 the Small Cell Forum awarded her the chair's prize for outstanding contribution, citing her technical leadership for activities on FAPI and virtualized small cells.

Prior to Intel Clare spent 10 years at Picochip, where she was responsible for 3G, WiMAX and LTE small cell system architecture. She began her career at Bell Labs as a research engineer in their European wireless communications lab.

Clare received both her MEng in Electronic Engineering and Ph.D in Wireless Speech Coding from the University of Southampton, UK.

Mr. Kentaro Someya
Softbank Telecom


Kentaro joined Softbank in 2012 and works in the IaaS Engineering Department. Here he develops secure gateway (Firewall, VPN, LB, and so on) based on SDN/NFV.

Kentaro holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the Tokyo Institute of Technology.

Mr. Robert Soukup
Senior Program Manager | Deutsche Telekom


Robert Soukup is a senior program manager at DT. He heads the Access 4.0 program within DTs Engineering division. Access 4.0 aims at implementing SDN, bare metal and NFV technologies for fixed and mobile Access to gain flexibility and lower overall costs.

Prior to heading the Access 4.0 program Robert held various management positions within DT. Amongst others he was in charge of Design-to-Cost, a discipline, which strives to create full cost transparency and to manage supplier relationships accordingly.

Robert started his career at Roland Berger, a leading management consultancy. He graduated from Karlsruhe University.

Mr. Vincent Spinelli
SVP, Global Sales, Marketing & Business Development |


Vin leads the customer experience at RIFT with responsibility for go-to-market strategy and delivery of RIFT.ware to enterprise and service provider markets. RIFT is a leader in VNF Network Service Orchestration & Automation. We are a consumer and provider of Open Source software: RIFT.ware.

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

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

Ms. Nurit Sprecher
Vice-Chair | ETSI ZSM ISG


Head of Management, Virtualization and Application Enablement Standardization | Nokia


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

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

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

  Mr. Ramesh Sriraman
General Manager | HCL Technologies


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, TM Forum, NGMN, ONAP 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 LSO Committee.

Mr. Paul Stevens
Telecom Sector Marketing Director | Advantech


Paul Stevens is Telecom Sector Marketing Director at Advantech's Networks & Communications Group. Paul has focused on technology marketing roles since he joined Advantech in 2002 and is currently focused on building out Advantech's NFV ecosystem to enable new solutions at the network edge and accelerate time to market for network equipment providers, system integrators and service providers.
Prior to that he was European Marketing Manager at Motorola and held various telecom account sales positions.

In the past Paul participated actively in European standards committees. He graduated in Electrical and Electronic Engineering in the UK.

Matti Swan
Lead Architect, Technology & Architecture | Elisa


Matti is responsible for mobile core & telco cloud technology leads at Elisa.
He has over 25 years of experience in IP networking, technology strategy planning and
facilitating adoption of new technologies - latest ones 5G and NFV.

Matti holds an MSc in Electrical Engineering from Helsinki University of Technology
and MBA from Aalto University.

Geza Szocs
Product Manager, AA CloudBand | Nokia


Géza is a senior product manager in the CloudBand MANO portfolio at Nokia. He is responsible for Nokia's Generic VNF Manager - CloudBand Application Manager - where he is involved in key NFV development and deployments, ETSI NFV compliancy, product security and release management topics. Previously, Géza has been working in the domain of Realtime Geographical Analytics, Customer Experience Management and Device Management. In addition to 10 years of product management experience, he had various other roles, such as trainer, product specialist and software engineer, a total of 18 years spent in the telecommunications industry. Géza holds an MSc degree in computer science from Babes-Bolyai University (RO)

Mr. Takafumi Tanaka
Researcher | NTT


Takafumi Tanaka is a member of Networking Systems Research Group at NTT
Network Innovation Laboratories in Japan.

He received his B.E. degree in electrical engineering and M.S. degree in
informatics from the University of Tokyo, Japan in 2007 and 2009,
respectively. In 2009 he joined NTT Network Innovation Laboratories and
has been engaged in research on elastic optical network planning,
transport SDN, and machine learning in optical communication. He serves
as a TPC sub-committee member for OFC.

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


Vice Chair, TC10 | CCSA


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

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

Yuval Temam
NFV Ecosystem Alliances Director | Amdocs


Yuval is Director of NFV and SDN Ecosystem Alliances. He leads Amdocs NFV and SDN ecosystem engagement, creating alliances to offer operators holistic and unique solutions with a variety of business models, as well as validation and certification benchmarks. With this remit he actively seeks out incubation and start-up companies with whom Amdocs can collaborate to deliver groundbreaking solutions that disrupt the market.

Prior to joining Amdocs, Yuval led the NFV and SDN alliances program at RAD Data Communication and its first mile connectivity product line portfolio.

Yuval has over 15 years' experience as a product line lead and account manager in domains such as IoT, orchestration/command and control, security and surveillance, automation and AI/ ML, mobility and broadband wireless access, cloud and virtualization.

Yuval was also the founder of BlueTraffic, a social, cloud-based solution for traffic and parking optimization.

Yuval holds a master's degree in History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas from Tel-Aviv University and a BSc in Computer Science and Mathematics from Bar-Ilan University.

Mr. Nicolas Thomas
NFV Pioneer - MEF SECaaS Lead | Fortinet


SECaaS chair | MEF


Nicolas Thomas, NFV Pioneer, ETSI representative for Fortinet.
A leader of the MEF Security as a service project (adhoc).
Intrapreneur focus on securing automated solutions for Fortinet.
Former positions at Canonical and HP. Active actor of the telecom industry transformations for 2 decades. Started with the move of network functions to x86, Linux to Virtual machines and open hardware ATCA, Opencompute, hence Clouds and elastic services. Architecting platforms for Telco, OpenStack/Cloud. Hands-on NFV since 2011 (pioneer ETSI NFV creation). Former SAForum, Scope Alliance, Picmg member, CP-TA.

Nils Petter Tisell
Product Manager, Network Orchestration | Cisco


Nils-Petter works in the product management team of the Cisco Tail-f NSO network orchestration solution. His focus is to help customers automate service orchestration for large scale networks.

He has been in the telecom industry for over 20 years with telecom management and value add service products. Before Nils-Petter joined Cisco, he held various product management positions within OSS and media at Ericsson.

Nils-Petter holds a Master of Computer Science and Electrical engineering from Linköping University.

Mr. Petar Torre
Lead Architect, telco | Intel


Petar Torre is Lead Architect at Intel's Communications Service Providers vertical for datacenter, network and service transformation. Within infrastructure focus Petar is working on key CommSP projects and ecosystem enablement.

Dr. Joan Triay Marques
Specialist | DOCOMO Euro-Labs


Technical Manager | ETSI NFV ISG


Joan Triay is a principal network architect 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. He joined the ETSI NFV from the very beginning (2013) and has been participating actively in developing the NFV concepts and standards.

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


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

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

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

Mr. Hideyuki Tsugane
Director | Trend Micro


Hideyuki Tsugane is Director of Trend Micro Incorporated, a global leading company in cybersecurity solutions. He is responsible for business development of new security solutions for SDN/NFV based network. He has 23 years of experience in the telecommunication industry, widely covering extensive business areas.

He started his career as a network engineer with Japanese Tier-1 carrier NTT, then experienced telecom business consulting at Accenture. Before joining Trend Micro, he worked 12 years for Hewlett-Packard as sale/pre-sale manager and solution business lead for telecom industry in Asia-Pacific region.

Shai Tsur
Senior SW Ecosystem Program Manager | Arm


Shai is part of the Infrastructure Line of Business at Arm where he is responsible for Arm's activities around Operator NFV. As part of his role, he heads up Arm's activities around Universal CPE, driving the joint go-to-market activities of Arm's SoC and software partners in developing Arm-based uCPE solutions for mobile operators.

Mr. Tu Jiashun
Principal Scientist of NFV/SDN | ZTE


Mr. Jiashun(Jason) Tu has focused on research and marketing of Telecom Industry from TDM->IP->Cloud for 20+ year and now is the Principle Scientist of ZTE NFV/SDN solution. As one of the main designer of ZTE 2G/3G/4G /5G and fixed core network, he is pushing the telecom network evolve to Telco Cloud , which will help to converge the CT and IT industry in the future of 5G. Mr. Jiashun Tu acts as associate rapporteur in ITU-T in Q8/SG13 (2004 study period) and Q14/SG13 (2008 study period).

Mr. Aloke Tusnial
CTO SDN/NFV | NEC/Netcracker


Aloke Tusnial is Vice President Global Sales for the SDN/NFV Business Unit at NetCracker Technology, a subsidiary of NEC Corporation, where he is responsible for leading the sales strategy and customer engagement, for the software defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV) initiatives of the company.

Prior to this role, he held a variety of pre-sales, architecture, strategy and account management positions serving several customers in North America focused on real time B/OSS for Video and Internet of Things, the drivers for SDN and NFV.

Mr. Raanan Tzemach
VP Product Management | Telco Systems


Raanan Tzemach is the Senior Vice President of Product Management and Marketing at Telco Systems. Raanan is responsible for driving the corporate strategy and product portfolio for delivering innovative Carrier Ethernet and NFV solutions, including the company's NFVTime solution,a leading end to end distributed NFV solution.

Raanan's prior experience includes broad executive experience at prominent telecoms and technology companies, including Cisco, Amdocs, Sansa Security (ARM), NDS and Cellcom, where he led product innovations, corporate strategy and research and development of new telecommunications, mobile and IT solutions.

Mr. Christian Uremovic
Technical and Solutions Marketing | Infinera


Christian Uremovic is responsible for Technical Solution Marketing at Infinera. In this role he is marketing and promotingInfinera Solutions internally and externally helping the world's leading network operators and data centers scale and automate their telecommunication infrastructure to radically reduce TCO.

Previously, as Manager and Director for Sales Engineering Christian was responsible for technical solution consulting leading teams in EMEA and in North America region.

Christian joined Tellabs in 2010 where in 2016 Tellabs merged with Coriant. Christian brings 18 years of experience in the telecommunication industry having previous Technical Sales positions at Nortel and Business Development positions at ADVA Optical Networking.

Daniel Valle
Chief Technologist - Service Providers | World Wide Technology


As Chief Technologist for EMEA Service Providers group in WWT, Daniel leads a group of highly qualified experts in the Network and Multi-Cloud Virtualisation field for WWT key partner OEMs and customers. WWT Advisory Services team, leveraging its Advanced Technology Center (ATC), help EMEA Service Providers, using innovation, best-in-class technology and services to create unique solutions to their end customers, driving profitability and reducing technology implementation risks.

Daniel has worked in the SP/Telco industry for over 15 years. He has led and developed, complex solutions for Data Centre servers and to multi-homed networks. With deep knowledge in ITIL processes, he has worked in managed services solutions with over $60M TCO

Dr. Stefan Vallin
Director of Product Strategy | Netrounds


Dr. Vallin brings over 25 years in automation and the OSS landscape to Netrounds as the Director of Product Strategy. Today, Dr. Vallin is also an Advisor to Data Ductus, a System Integration specialist based in Sweden. Prior to joining Netrounds, Dr. Vallin was the Director of Product Strategy at Tail-f Systems and subsequently Principal Engineer working on NSO strategy at Cisco Systems after Cisco's acquisition of Tail-f in 2014. Dr. Vallin holds a Ph.D. in Network Management from Luleå University of Technology and a M.Sc. in Computer Science from Linköping University, both of which are located in Sweden.

Rudy Van Ginneken
Principal Systems Engineer | VMware


Rudy has 25 years of experience in the Telecom industry spanning across most domains. He has been working as a people manager, business developer and consulting Solutions Architect on strategy and implementation projects for large enterprises, Service Providers and large European institutions, such as BT Global Services, SITA/Equant, Essent Kabelcom, BASE, Kabel Deutschland and the European Commission, and as an OSS presales (and OSS evangelist). He has experience in business analysis and requirements engineering, strategic solution architecture, product management and technical implementation architecture, business development, presales and people management. His OSS domain experience covers service fulfilment, service assurance and SLA management, network fault and performance management, network and service inventory management and to some extent customer management.

Eric van Vliet
Platform Application Engineer,NFV Remote Evaluation Service Labs | Advantech


Eric is Lead Platform AE at Advantech Networks & Communications Group. He has a technical background in embedded systems and networking equipment and works closely with customers on new product design-ins. His experience covers supporting Operators and Enterprises deploying Advantech equipment used for example in Universal CPE, Next Generation Central Office, Fixed Mobile Convergence, MEC, Edge routing and vRAN deployments.

His current focus is to help ecosystem partners and customers accelerate their NFV development using Advantech's Remote Evaluation Service in addition to active participation in industry PoCs and plugtests.

Eric has been with Advantech for over 13 years and is UK-based.

Dr. Bart Vanbrabant
CTO | Inmanta


Bart is co-founder and CTO of Inmanta, a leading technology and solutions provider for end-to-end service orchestration. He is responsible for Inmanta's product development and R&D.

Bart has over 10 years of experience in operating large-scale distributed systems. Before co-founding Inmanta, he did research at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven) in the iMinds-DistriNet research group. There, he obtained a PhD in computer science on configuration management for distributed systems. Afterwards he valorized his research in several industry projects for the management and orchestration of SDN/NFV and cloud. In 2016, he started the spin-off company Inmanta together with two fellow colleagues, applying their innovative technology to enable CSPs to deliver their services much faster and with more flexibility.

Mr. Gert Vanderstraeten
Network Architect | Microsoft


Gert is a Network Architect in Microsoft's IT organization. His main responsibility is development of strategy for improving the interaction between the network infrastructure and real-time services which are relying on it. He focuses on providing the right user-experience while increasing efficiency and agility by exploring technologies like SDN and NFV, keeping cloud and mobility as a strategic direction in mind.

Prior to Microsoft Gert worked 16 years at Cisco as a Technical Leader and member of technical staff. He has 20 years of experience with troubleshooting, implementing and designing collaboration solutions while guiding the largest global enterprise customers from legacy communication systems towards full IP environments.
Gert received a Master degree in Engineering from the U-Hasselt University and a Master in Management from the KU Leuven University, Belgium. He holds an active CCIE in the Collaboration track, obtained VMware certification (VCP-DCV) and Master ASE (Accredited Systems Engineer) - Network Infrastructure (HP).

Sumit Verdi
NFV Solutions Director | VMware


Sumit is part of the VMware Telco NFV business unit leading lighthouse solutions and architecture for telco providers; helping transition virtual network functions and solutions to modernized 5G-ready cloud platforms. He brings 15+ years of experience in telco solutions innovation, product management, enterprise architectures, and technical sales. He has engaged with over 25 operators and numerous partners driving solutions and network transformations.

Before VMware, he spent 5+ years at a startup developing solution in telco network intelligence and predictive analytics. Prior to that, he spent 7+ years at Vodafone defining solutions, strategies, and architectures for handset, RAN, EPC, IMS, and Enterprise platforms. Sumit holds a Bachelors' degree in Computer Science from the California State University, San Jose.

Mr. Ignacio Verona
Senior Solution Architect | Red Hat


Currently Ignacio is Senior Solution Architect at Red Hat EMEA Telco Technology Office, focusing on Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and working with Service Providers, Network Equipment Providers, System Integrators and Independent Software Vendors to progress NFV agenda in the industry.

Red Hat has solid plans and products in telecom networking domain for NFV and SDN, combining those with industry leading Open Source development and business model. Domain focus has been and is NFV Readiness of Red Hat OpenStack Platform today and container platform in near future. Ignacio also covers other topics like automation for applications and networks (legacy & virtualized) and blockchain applications for telco. As part of his role, he co-leads Red Hat's efforts on 5TONIC, the 5G research and innovation laboratory.

Earlier, Ignacio worked as a Solution Architect for NEC Spain, delivering NFV and SDN projects (like vCPE) and as a contractor for Ericsson holding multiple roles like QA tester and systems' engineering.

He holds a Master's degree in computer science from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.

Mr. Jon Vestal
VP, Product Architecture | Telstra


Based in Singapore, Jon Vestal is a veteran of the telecoms industry with over 20 years of IT and telecommunications experience from engineering and operations to product development and sales.

In his current role as head of product architecture, Jon overseas the team responsible for the enhancement of the company's core network products as well as the design and delivery of strategic product initiatives including cloud computing.

He joined the company in 2011 to lead its Content Delivery Network (CDN) product development, spearheading the buildout of the company's extensive Asia Pacific CDN PoP network and helping create a growing and profitable new product portfolio.

Prior to assuming this role, Jon was Asia Pacific Managing Director for Expereo Singapore. He also spent more than 10 years at Internap Network Services where he served in a number key positions including General Manager of APAC and earlier as acting CTO of Internap Japan and Director of International Engineering and Operations.

Dr. Ricard Vilalta
Senior Researcher | CTTC


Senior Researcher | CTTC


Ricard (Girona, 1983) graduated in telecommunications engineering in 2007 and received a Ph.D. degree in telecommunications in 2013, both from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Spain. He also has studied Audiovisual Communication at UOC (Open University of Catalonia) and has a master degree on Technology-based business innovation and administration at Barcelona University (UB). Ricard is a senior researcher at CTTC, in the Optical Networks and Systems Department. He is an active contributor in several standardization bodies such as ONF, ETSI and IETF. He is also a member of the technical steering team of Open Transport Configuration & Control in ONF.

His research is focused on SDN/NFV, Network Virtualization and Network Orchestration. He has been involved in several international, EU, national and industrial research projects: 5GTANGO, 5GCAR, 5G-Crosshaul, EU-Japan STRAUSS, ICT IDEALIST, ICT COMBO, ICT STRONGEST, ICT OFELIA, FP6 E-Cab. He has also authored and co-authored more than 200 journals, conference papers and invited talks.

  Mr. John Volkering
Pre-Sales Technical Lead | Versa Networks


Mr. Mirko Voltolini
VP Technology & Architecture | Colt Technologies Services


Mirko Voltolini is VP of Technology, Architecture and Asset Management within Colt Network Services.

He is responsible for technology and product development of Colt network services, for the architecture of the Colt network, and for the management of Colt network assets. He joined Colt in 2002 and held several senior roles in the technical development and engineering area, covering data, voice, and IT services and technologies. Prior to joining Colt he worked at GTS/Ebone, Italtel, and ICT Consulting, an independent telecom consultancy.

Mr. Alex Vul
Principal Cloud Solution Architect | Intel


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

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

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

Alexander holds a Computer Science degree from Boston University.

  Archie Wade
CTO Staff | Aria Networks


Mr. Kevin Wade
Sr. Director | Ciena


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

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

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

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

Gregory Walton
Senior Manager Enablement | Vmware


Gregory Walton is a Senior Manager with VMware's SD-WAN solution by VeloCloud. Greg is responsible for educating the partner community in how to sell, install and maintain the VeloCloud SD-WAN solution. He is considered a great evangelist of the VeloCloud solution and travels around the globe energizing VMware's partners and customers.

Greg began his journey into SD-WAN three years ago as an SD-WAN customer of a global network. He has a unique perspective as a customer and now professional speaker and trainer of VeloCloud's SD-WAN solution.

When he is not traveling, Greg is based out of Portland Oregon where he is an avid runner and father of two.

David Wang
Founder & CEO | Wave2Wave


For more than two decades, David has been an innovator in the telecom and networking industries, working with large telecom firms and startups.

With Wave2Wave David has created the world leader in the design and manufacture of essential network inter-connectivity solutions. Under David's leadership, the company is now poised to launch the next revolution in data center technology, bringing an unprecedented level of control and virtualization to the L-1 Layer.

David's passion for excellence and focus on tackling engineering challenges at the infrastructure level have enabled him to see unique opportunities for dramatic improvement in data center architecture - improvements that will translate into business opportunities across communications, digital media, ecommerce, mobile apps and enterprise software.

In his career, David has played a key role in both large enterprises and startups. David's philosophy in business is "do what we say, say what we can do and do it every single time."

David holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Tsinghua University and a master's in industrial engineering from University of Regina. His expertise encompasses engineering, professional services, sales and management..

Prof. Ning Wang
University of Surrey


Ning Wang received his PhD degree in Electronic Engineering from University of Surrey, and he is currently with the 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) hosted at Surrey. He has been the principle investigator of EU and UK national research projects in the areas of future networks, 5G, content delivery, network management and smart-grid communications. Since 2013 Ning has been leading a team at 5GIC on the development of 5G network edge intelligence and core network development.

To date Ning has published over 130 research papers and his research outputs have twice featured in IEEE ComSoc Technology News. His research interests generally include future network design including 5G, content/information centric networking, SDN/NFV, Quality of Services/Experiences and Internet-of-Things applications.

Mr. Piotr Weglicki
Senior Marketing Manager | AMD


Piotr is a Senior Marketing Manager in AMD's embedded business within the Enterprise Solutions Business Unit. He is responsible for driving solutions for the Networking market segment worldwide.

Piotr has worked in the semiconductor industry for over 20 years in a variety of technical and business positions. Prior to joining AMD, he worked at NXP, Freescale and Motorola Semiconductors. During his career, he has been responsible for technical and system marketing, designing solutions centered on Communications and Networking processors based on 68k, PowerPC, MIPS, ARM and x86 architectures.

  Frank Weyns
Executive Product Manager | Huawei


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


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

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

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

Mr. David Williams
SVP Sales & Marketing | netElastic


David is Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, at netElastic Systems, where he is responsible for worldwide sales, marketing, and strategic partnerships. netElastic is an innovative software company developing NFV solutions for carriers.

David has more than 25 years of carrier and service provider experience. Prior to netElastic, he was President of MegaPath's Managed Network Services business, which he led to a successful buyout to GTT. David also received MEF's "Best Wholesale Ethernet Service" award when he led MegaPath's carrier wholesale division (formerly Covad Communications).

David leverages his broad telecom experience to help netElastic deliver carrier-focused solutions that deliver on the promise of NFV.

David has a degree in computer science and business from California State University, Chico.

Dr. Johan Witters
IP rPLM Business Services Evolution | Nokia


Johan started in the research division of Alcatel. Since then he held several positions with an end-to-end solution-focus. He also worked as a business consultant in the IP division, being responsible for IP & Ethernet business data services and cloud services. Currently, he is responsible for business development for Nokia/Nuage's SD-WAN solution as well as for the evolution of business services including SDN and NFV.

He holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Antwerp, Belgium as well as several telecom patents. He has been a speaker at numerous conferences and is active as MEF EMEA marketing co-chair.

Dr. Hagen Woesner
Co-Founder & CEO | BISDN


Hagen is co-founder and CEO of BISDN GmbH, a Berlin-based software company developing virtual network functions for data center and telco applications.
From 2010 to 2013 he led the EU research project OFELIA ( which constructed a pan-European OpenFlow testbed.

Before that he worked in research projects on optical networks / GMPLS and clean-slate Internet architecture. From 2003 to 2006 he was with Create-Net, Italy, where he set up the research group on Broadband and Wireless networks. He received his PhD from TU Berlin in 2003, and is still an associated lecturer at the telecommunication networks group there. He was general chair of the European Workshop on SDN (EWSDN) from 2012 to 2016.

Mr. Kevin Woods
VP of Marketing | Lumina Networks


Kevin Woods is Vice President of Marketing for Lumina Networks. Lumina Networks is a spin-off of Brocade's SDN Controller technology and team. As one of the original employees, Kevin joined Brocade's newly formed SDN team in January 2014, establishing the business case and product strategy for what has become Lumina Networks' product line today. Lumina networks is the industry's leading vendor for open source SDN Controllers Powered by OpenDaylight.

Prior to Brocade, Kevin led SDN strategy development for Cisco and was responsible for onePK, Cisco ONE and the programmability interfaces within Cisco's IOS. While at Cisco, he helped put together the Cisco ONE project that involved the development of applications, plugins and agents that help existing Cisco customers adopt SDN.

Kevin has over 25 years of experience in public and private communications infrastructure and has been an early adopter of new technologies such as OpenFlow, voice-over-IP, DOCSIS, DSL and Ethernet switching.

Kevin is fascinated with new and emerging networking technologies and is especially interested in how new technologies impact organizations, skill sets and business models.

Mr. Peter Wörndle
Expert in NFV & Cloud Native Architectures | Ericsson


Peter Wörndle is working as an Expert in Network Function Virtualization at Ericsson. In his position he is driving technology evolution and architectures related to Network Function Virtualization and cloud-native network applications.

Peter is currently the Vice-Chair of the Technical Steering Committee (TSC) in ETSI ISG NFV and has previously acted as rapporteur and contributor to several ETSI ISG NFV specifications and reports

Yupeng Xiong
Director of Fixed Access Network Product Line | Huawei


Yupeng is Director of Huawei Fixed Access Network Product Line. He is responsible for :
Product portfolio strategy, planning, architecture
SDN/NFV/Cloud strategy of fixed access network
Insight into the development trend of global operators' networks

Yupeng joined Huawei in 1998. He served as R&D chief architect , MKT chief planner of the fixed access product line and so on.
He has gained rich experience in global tier 1 operators national broadband project and leaded a series of important global joint innovation projects.

Mr. Rami Yaron
Sr. Director, SDN/NFV Solutions | NEC/Netcracker


Co-Chair, Global Marketing & Education Committee; Chair 5G Focus Group | MEF


Rami has over 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. He is Co-Chairing the Global Marketing & Education Committee as well as the 5G Focus Group, and a member of the Board of Directors of the MEF.

In his current role at NEC/Netcracker, Rami oversees SDN/NFV solutions to enable large-scale digital transformations by unlocking the opportunities of the cloud, virtualization, and the 5G mobile ecosystem.

Previously, Rami held various senior-level positions in architecture, product strategy, and business development at Telco Systems, 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.

  Mr. Gorkem Yigit
Senior Analyst | Analysys Mason


Mr. Hirotaka Yoshioka
Director of IP transport technology | NTT


Hiro joined NTT Network Service Systems Laboratories in 1995, and engaged in R&D and supporting commercial network of the legacy exchange system software, IP server software, IP edge router and transport technologies.

He is now leading the technology of disaggregation and integration of IP transport (Named Multi-Service Fabric (MSF) and Beluganos). He joined TIP and ONFin 2017.

Hiro received his M.E. degree in physics in 1995 from Tokyo Metropolitan University (TMU).

Ash Young
Solutions Architect/Consultant | Arm


Ash has been a pioneer in open source and storage for more than 20 years and was responsible for the original Network Attached Storage (NAS) architecture and open source stack that is still used in today's conventional storage. As an early contributor to NFV's standards and to OPNFV, Ash now leads the CORD community on Arm along with the Machine Learning (ML) Storage Reference Design.

Mr. Yuan Bo
VP of Network Architecture Transformation, Carrier BG | Huawei


Yuan Bo has over 20 years experience in the Telco industry, 8 years of which was in research and development and 12 years in marketing.

His main focus includes telco trends and strategies, Digital Transformation & Cloud strategy, Network Architecture Planning and Consultancy and SDN & NFV.

  Yuan Yuan
VP, West European Carrier Data Centre Solution Department | Huawei


Mr. Erez Zelikovitz
VP, Head of SDN/NFV Network SW Solutions Business Line | ECI


26 years of management experience in the Telecommunication market, 14 years of which in Product Marketing and Business development including strategic alliances with large global firms. Business oriented by differentiation, passion and teamwork forms the basis of his success. Started in R&D as SW Engineer then System Architect and VP R&D of large teams including all disciplines.

Today, Erez leads as VP at ECI the MUSE SDN/NFV 5G SW Suite Business line with Product Strategy, Product Management, Business Development and Go to Market strategy responsibility.

Ms. Angela Zhang Jingqiu
Director of Network Architecture Transformation Marketing, Carrier BG | Huawei


Angela is currently the director of SDN/NFV Marketing of Huawei Technologies Co.,Ltd. responsible for the global marketing in SDN/NFV related area.

She has worked as a telco marketing expert in the telecom area for four years, responsible for various new product and solution marketing.

Before joining Huawei, Angela worked as a senior solution architect in Bell Canada Toronto and specialized on the enterprise networks.

Zhang Dawei
Marketing Director for Operator Cloud and NFVI Solution | ZTE


Zhang Dawei(David Zhang), Marketing director of operator cloud and NFVI solution, is responsible for cloud core network and infrastructure solution promotion in the global market and leads the high level customer communication on relevant solutions.

Hehas concentrated on the core network area since 2004, and joined ZTE in July 2008. From 2004-2013, he worked as core network solution manager and since 2013, he moved into the cloud core network and infrastructure area.

Beyond the mentioned technical areas, he also has done research on mobile edge computing, hybrid cloud management and cloud native technology areas.

Michael Zunke
VP, CTO Software Monetization | Gemalto


Michael "MiZu" Zunke is vice president and chief technology officer for Gemalto's Sentinel Software Monetization Solutions. Michael joined Gemalto through its acquisition of SafeNet in 2015 and previously held senior research, development, and technology roles at Aladdin Knowledge Systems.

He holds several patents in software security and is a specialist in application security for licensing, protection against reverse engineering, and automated technologies to integrate security into applications.