Meet our Speakers at SDN NFV World Congress 2017



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

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










Mr. Mark Lum
Chair | SDN NFV World Congress


Co-Founder & Market Lead | Layer123


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

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

Since first finding out about OpenFlow and SDN over 4 years ago, Mark clearly recalls learning to program in 1973 using punched cards on an ICL mainframe (and front panel register toggles on a PDP-8). So he is especially delighted to welcome this distinguished panel of leaders, activists and pioneers to the 5th World Congress on Software-Defined Networking and Network Functions Virtualisation.

Mr. Basil Ahmed
Frontend Datacenter and Security Expert | Deutsche Telekom


Basil Ahmed has been associated with Deutsche Telekom for more than two years. He is part of the Technology and Innovation team in Deutsche Telekom that is developing the next generation high speed network architecture named 'TeraStream'.

Basil has worked with the TeraStream team in various capacities first as student then as a Business Analyst through an external company and recently joining Deutsche Telekom as Frontend Datacenter and Security Expert.

He is responsible for the development and implementation of NFV orchestration framework around Continuous Integration (CI/CD) principles to automate the deployment of VNFs. He is working around new concepts to build/test/deploy VNF that meet security requirements approved by Deutsche Telekom Group Security.

Basil received a Master of Engineering Degree in Information Technology from Frankfurt University of Applied Science

Mr. Sam Aldrin
Architect | Google


Co-Chair, Network Virtualization over Layer3 WG | IETF


Sam Aldrin works as Network Architect @Google Network Operations. He is involved in defining and operating of Google DC networks in order to meet the ever growing demands of Network Capacity and Bandwidth. Responsible for modeling, automation and managing Programmable Networks @scale.

Sam holds the position of IETF WG co-chair for Network Virtualization over Layer3. He is author of various RFC's and drafts in the area of Routing Protocols within IETF. Sam is a frequent speaker at various networking conferences and forums related to SDN, NFV and other networking technologies.

Prior to Google, Sam worked as Principal Engineer at Huawei Technologies and was Technical Leader at Cisco Systems, developing various networking technologies.

  Mr. Colin Alexander
Sr. Segment Marketing Manager | ARM


Colin has led Arm's Network Infrastructure marketing activity for the last 6 years, and has helped to shape Arm's product IP portfolio and eco-system support for the segment. He has focused on meeting the needs of new designs for Antenna, Base Band, Edge Compute and Core Network that require a meet a diverse mix of latency, throughput and power requirements. Colin interacts closely with a mix of ARM partners, OEMs and network operators.

Before this Colin has held numerous positions in a range of Fortune 500 and start-up companies working to meet Infrastructure and Networking industry requirements.

  Ms. Nathalie Amann
«OFR vCDN trial» project manager | Orange


Dr. David Amzallag
Principal | DA Executive


David Amzallag was most recently Head of Network Virtualization, SDN and NFV for Vodafone, leading the E2E Transformation for the entire Vodafone Group. In this role, he wass responsible for developing Vodafone's vision, strategy, End-to-End architecture, Execution Plan and Deployment for Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV).

Previously, David served as the Vice President for Virtual Telecommunications & NFV in Alcatel-Lucent where he designed the first company-wide vision and strategy for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). In addition, David was the CTO of CloudBand, responsible for the entire technology vision, strategy and architecture of ALU's NFV Management & Orchestration as well as for the positioning of CloudBand as an industry leader.

Prior to Alcatel-Lucent, David served as the Chief Technology Officer and an Executive Vice President at Amdocs. In this role he was responsible, among others, for planning and developing Amdocs' technology vision as well as Amdocs' future strategy, architecture and roadmap of the entire product portfolio. Prior to Amdocs David served as the Chief Scientist of 21st Century Network (21CN) of BT, where he was responsible for designing, planning, and optimizing solutions in BT networks, architectures and infrastructures in more than 100 countries and 250 networks worldwide.

David has over 20 years of unique experience in Telecommunications in leading, developing, and executing strategies, transformations, technological innovation, and advanced solutions in very large Operators, Software Vendors and Network Equipment Vendors.

He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science, specializing in coping with computationally-hard optimization problems.

Mr. David Artuñedo Guillén
CEO OnLife Networks | Telefónica


David Artuñedo is OnLife Networks CEO in the Product Innovation Team at Telefónica responsible for re-architecting Central Offices as Datacenters using SDN & NFV open source technologies.

He has spent 18 years in Telco industry playing different roles including Innovation at Telefónica R&D, Technical Liaison manager at Jajah in Israel and CTO for TU Go in Telefónica.

  Mr. Arash Ashouriha
SVP Group Technology, Deputy CTO | Deutsche Telekom


Mr. Charlie Ashton
Director of Business Development | Wind River an Intel company


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

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

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

Mr. Shekar Ayyar
EVP Corporate Development & GM Telco Business Group | VMware


Shekar Ayyar joined VMware in June 2007 and serves as the company's strategy and corporate development efforts as well as general manager of VMware's Telco Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) group, which is designed to help communications service providers accelerate innovation and launch new services faster, easier and with less expense through virtualization of telecommunications core networks and network functions.

In his Strategy and Corporate Development role, Ayyar is responsible for aligning strategy and long-term planning across VMware businesses as well as managing the company's mergers and acquisitions, and strategic investments. Under his leadership the company has executed on several acquisitions including Nicira and Airwatch.

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. André Beijen
Head of Network Innovation | KPN


André Beijen is program manager of virtualization within KPN. He is an experienced technology leader who has led several challenging transformations in innovative, high-tech companies.

Entrepreneured. Strong focus on people, return on invested capital and building results. Changing cultures into open, innovative and self-confident ecosystems.

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).

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. Nicolas Bouthors
CTO Qosmos Division | Enea


Nicolas leads technology strategy and initiatives in open and virtualized networks. He contributes to standards bodies such as ONF SDN, ETSI NFV and IETF SFC, and Open Source Projects centered around Network Virtualization. Nicolas has spent over 20 years in the telecommunications and information systems field. Early in his career, he was instrumental in creating HP's OpenCall business. Then as the R&D manager of Inovatel, the advanced research organization of SFR, Nicolas led several innovative projects highlighting the impact of internet technologies on Mobile Operators. Nicolas was also CTO and founder of Volubill (2001), a company building a Policy and Charging Rules Function (PCRF) product for the Mobile Network Market. Nicolas has an engineering degree from the French schools Ecole Polytechnique and Mines ParisTech.

Mr. Phil Bridge
Sr. 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.

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


Marcus Brunner is head of standardization 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, self-organizing networks (SON), and many topics around packet-based networking technologies including information-centric networking, software-defined networking, and the future internet.

In his previous job at NEC Labs, Heidelberg, Germany, Marcus ran research and standards for energy efficient networking including energy-saving LTE base stations, energy-efficient routing protocol extensions (OSPF), green data centre networking with OpenFlow, energy-reduction for enterprises with M2M, and contributions from his group into BBF and 3GPP.

Mr. James Buchanan
GM Ensemble Software Business Unit & SVP PLM | 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.

Prof. Robert Cannistra
Distinguished Professional Lecturer of Computer Science and Information Technology | Marist College


Professor Robert Cannistra specializes in network infrastructure design and implementation. He has been teaching networking, security, virtualization, storage, voice and wireless courses within the School of Computer Science and Mathematics at Marist since 2002.

He has taught advanced networking and security courses as an adjunct professor of Computer Science at RPI. Prior to teaching, he held several positions in industry. His research interest is currently focused on SDN and NFV at Marist where he leads a team of student network engineers and application developers and researchers in the Marist SDN Innovation Lab while collaborating directly with the production network engineering team.

Mr. Jerry Caron
SVP – Analysis | GlobalData


Jeremiah Caron brings more than 25 years of experience to Current Analysis, a Global Data company, 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 2002 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.

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.

Mr. Bruno Chatras
Vice Chair | ETSI NFV ISG


Senior Standardization Manager | Orange


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

Mr. Don Clarke
Principal Architect | CableLabs


Chair, Network Operator Council | ETSI NFV ISG


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

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

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

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

Mr. Axel Clauberg
VP, Aggregation, Transport, IP (CTO-ATI) & Fixed Access (CTO-FIA) | Deutsche Telekom


Board Member | TIP


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

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

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

Mr. Marc Cohn
Principal | MC Advisory


Marc has been a major contributor to the SDN and NFV community, as the VP of Network Strategy for The Linux Foundation, Market Area Director for the Open Networking Foundation (ONF), and Silver Member representative for the OpenDaylight Board of Directors.

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


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

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

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

Mr. Robert Conger
AVP, Cloud and Portfolio Strategy | ADTRAN


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. Peter Coppens
Head of Networking Portfolio & Product Management | Colt


In this role Peter Coppens is responsible for aligning Colt's data network product portfolio to customer demand globally. His career spans nearly 20 years in the telecom sector.

Prior to this role Peter served at Alcatel-Lucent and Global One. Since then, Peter has been active in Colt for 16 years in various senior positions. Based in Benelux Peter is responsible for pricing, business development and product marketing and management. Peter graduated from the Free University of Brussels as a Civil Engineer in Electrical Engineering, with specialization in Photonics and Optical Communications.

Mr. Richard Cziva
PhD Candidate | University of Glasgow


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

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

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

Mr. Dai Libin
Director of Network Transformation Management | Huawei


Dai Libin has more than ten years of experience in the telecommunications industry. He is an expert in E2E telecom technology, strategy and service consultancy and has much experience working in close partnership with some of the industry's leading operators. As Director of Solution Marketing at Huawei, he leads the development and implementation of Huawei's SDN solution strategy.

Libiin began his career as a software engineer at Huawei in 1999 and established the synchronization algorithm of transport platforms. He then spent three years in Huawei Europe, where he led product planning for the optical network portfolio. Since 2005, he has devoted himself to packet transport technology and solutions, leading a team that focuses on mobile backhaul solutions.

Libin has a double bachelor's degree in mathematics and electrical engineering from Nanjing University in China.

Mr. Éric Debeau
Head of R&D Team | Orange


Eric Debeau has a solid 20 years experience in the telecommunications area with a particular focus to adopt IT techniques in networks and OSS domains. Through his broad experience as network architect (SDH, VoIP, IMS), he is recognized as an Orange expert in future network domain.

Eric is currently in charge of a R&D team working on the core network evolution leveraging IT techniques mainly covering NFV, OPNFV and network data analytics.

Mr. Duane Decapite
Sr. Director, Product Management and Strategy | Radisys


Duane joined Radisys in 2016 as Senior Director, Product Management and Strategy for the FlowEngine product line of high-performance, SDN/NFV carrier-grade switching and traffic flow solutions.

Prior to joining Radisys, Duane held several product management and engineering positions at Cisco where he specialized in areas including OpenStack, containers, virtualization, cloud ,security and networking. Duane authored Self-Defending Networks: The Next Generation of Network Security with Cisco Press and represented Cisco in the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC) to the President.

Duane has also been a featured speaker at key industry events including Linux Foundation Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), Cisco Live, Red Hat Summit, OpenStack Summit, SUSECon and Citrix Synergy.

Duane holds an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a BS in Computer Science from North Carolina State University and has completed coursework towards a MS in Engineering at Stanford University.

Mr. Gabriele Di Piazza
VP Solution, Telco NFV Group | 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. Dave Duggal
Founder & Managing Director | EnterpriseWeb


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

Dave's company ran ETSI NFV's proof-of-concept #1, "CloudNFV". Subsequently, they have won 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. Erik Ekudden
Group CTO and Head of Technology & Architecture | Ericsson


Erik Ekudden is Group CTO and Head of Technology & Architecture within Ericsson. Since 2005, he has been responsible for Ericsson's technology strategies and industry activities. He is based in Kista, Sweden.

Prior to assuming his current position Erik held various positions within research and development in Ericsson, including research area director and vice president of standardization. He joined Ericsson in 1993, working on mobile systems.

He holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.

  Mr. Matthew Farmer
Director, Office of the CTO | Sandvine


  Mr. Steven Furr
Principal Engineer Virtualization Architect | NXP


Mr. Rajesh Gadiyar
Sr. Director, Architecture & Systems Engineering, Network Platforms Group | Intel


Rajesh Gadiyar is the CTO of Network Platforms Group at Intel, and Sr. Director of Architecture & Systems Engineering. He is focused on driving a scalable and efficient architecture for next generation communications platforms. He leads the architecture efforts to accelerate Network Function Virtualization (NFV).

Since joining Intel in 2000, he has held several positions in Engineering, Professional Services, Strategic Planning and Architecture. Prior to joining Intel, he led various engineering teams at Trillium Digital Systems and Wipro Ltd. He brings several years of experience in networking products, architecture, protocols, standards and software development for Voice over IP, cellular, broadband, mobile telephony and data networks. He represents Intel in standard committees such as ATIS TOPS council and TIA and is a TSC member of the Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) initiative under Linux Foundation. He is a regular speaker at industry events and forums.

Rajesh has a B.S. in Electronics and Telecommunications engineering from National Institute of Technology, Trichy, India and an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Mr. Eran Gal
Engineering Director | Akamai Technologies


  Mr. Rudy Gopaul
Sr. Director, Business Development | NTT Innovation Institute


Dr. Eduard Grasa
Research engineer | Fundació i2CAT


Eduard Grasa 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. Cliff Grossner
Senior Research Director Data Center, Cloud and SDN | IHS Markit


Cliff Grossner is a Senior Research Director responsible for data center compute and networking, cloud services and SDN research 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 (now 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
Managing Consultant | Detecon


Alexey Gumirov is Managing Consultant at Detecon International, with 11 years experience in telecommunication technology, IP and IP/MPLS communications, enterprise data and carrier grade networks.

He has extensive experience in planning, engineering and architecture design of packet networks (e.g. Triple Play, Mobile Backhaul), routing technologies and strategies for IP, (G)MPLS and transport networks. Together with experience in POC design testings, equipment test plan creation, equipment and network scaling limits evaluations, including network technical and performance audit, RFPs preparation, vendors designs and offers assessment.

Prior to Detecon, Alexey gained a broad range of experience in Russia, working at Alcatel-Lucent (IP Consulting Engineer), Allied Telesyn International (Pre-sales Support) and Huawei Technologies (Pre-sales Manager). He was educated at the Novosibirsk State University, Russian Federation.

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 technology management BU Digital services | Ericsson


Mr. Shawn Hakl
VP, Product and New Business Innovation | Verizon


Shawn is a leader in Verizon's Product and New Business Innovation organization. He is responsible for the Security, IP Networking and Managed Services products that Verizon delivers to enterprise, small/medium business, wholesale and partner customers. He has global responsibility for:

· Private IP, Ethernet and Public IP network solutions
· Software Defined Networking and Network Function Virtualization
· Security Operations, Threat Intelligence and Security Analytics
· Managed and Professional Services

Shawn has also held leadership roles in Verizon's Global Operations, Sales Engineering and Information Technology organizations. Prior to joining Verizon, he held positions in IT, strategy and product management at various communications companies around the world.

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


Emir Halilović is IDC's program director for carrier networks and enterprise networking infrastructure research in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

He leads research in the carrier network equipment market in EMEA, focusing on NFV, IP networks, radio access networks, transmission equipment, and fixed-line access equipment. Additionally, Emir covers topics of SDN and telecommunications service provider transformation. He is also the research lead of IDC's EMEA Quarterly Networks Tracker team, and co-manages IDC's EMEA Telco 2020 CIS, as well as the EMEA Enterprise Networks and Life-Cycle Services CIS, with focus on the hardware part of telecoms and enterprise networking equipment markets. In enterprise networking research, his focus is on SDN and network virtualization, as well as enterprise networking ecosystem development. Emir also contributes to regional and global consulting projects related to enterprise networking and telecommunications carrier network equipment.

Prior to joining IDC in 2003, Emir spent two years writing about the telecom, mobile, and IT industries, covering developments in Central European telecoms markets as they went through massive changes that included the liberalization of fixed-line telephony services, efforts to privatize state-owned operators, the explosion of mobile services market, and UMTS licensing.

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

Dr. Francis Haysom
Principal Analyst | Appledore Research Group


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.

  Mr. He Wei
Chief Architect | ZTE


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


Principal Engineer | Intel


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

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

Mr. Jonathan Homa
Director Portfolio Marketing | ECI


Jonathan is responsible for making ECI's elastic network solutions thought-provoking to ECI's customers and the industry at large. Previously Jonathan was Vice President Architecture Marketing at Nortel Networks, and Vice President Business Development at Xtellus, an optical switching startup. He served on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions and the Multiservice Switching Forum.

Jonathan has a Bachelor in Electrical Engineering from McGill University.

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.

Dr. Andreas Iselt
Director Solutions Consulting and Marketing | Coriant


Andreas Iselt is Coriant's Director for Software Strategy, heading a global team of technical experts. He has been in the networking industry for more than 20 years working for British Telecom, Siemens and Nokia Siemens Networks, where he held positions in research, development, product and solution management.

Andreas has a Doctor of Engineering degree in Telecommunications from the Institute for Communication Networks at Technical University in Munich. His technology focus is on network reliability, network operations and automation. Helping Network Operators renewing their business by transformational change of network architecture and operations is his passion.

Mr. Dominique Jodoin
President & CEO | NoviFlow


Dominique has more than 25 years of experience in the high tech industry, with over 10 years in successful venture-backed companies. Previous positions include: President & CEO of Bluestreak, a provider of embedded video software to the wireless and cable industries; EVP Business Development and President Americas at Red Bend Software, a venture-backed provider of Mobile Software Management solutions (acquired by Harman International Industries); and EVP Sales at WaterCove Networks, a venture-backed company provider of GGSNs (acquired by Alcatel-Lucent).

He also has worked for 17 years within the Ericsson Group, in a variety of executive positions with global sales and marketing responsibilities in the US, Sweden and around the world.

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


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

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

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

Mr. Ádám Kapovits
Program Manager | Eurescom


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

Mr. Mervyn Kelly
EMEA Marketing Director | 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 Group


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

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

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

Dr. Ashiq Khan
Assistant Manager | NTT DOCOMO


Ashiq Khan is presently responsible for 5G network design in NTT DOCOMO. Previously, he was involved in the research and development of NFV, and the consequent vEPC commercialization by DOCOMO in 2016.

He is also a founding TSC member of OPNFV, and the founder of OPNFV Doctor and Promise projects, which are developing NFV features in OpenStack now. He is the founding chair of OPNFV Tokyo User Group.

Ashiq holds a PhD in computer science from the University of Tsukuba.

Mr. Kim Keunhyun
NFV/SDN Senior Manager | SK Telecom


As a senior manager for SK Telecom's Network Technology R&D Center, Keunhyun is responsible for driving NFV and SDN architecture and solutions for operator's network transformation. He is specially focused on SDN/NFV management and orchestration (MANO) including NFVO, as well as end-to-end network orchestration and automation.

Recently, Keunhyun led the development of the world-first commercial launch of vEPC and vIMS with NFVO for rapidly and flexibly responding to increased LTE data and voice traffic. He is currently in charge of NFV/SDN evolution strategies by collaborating with both NG-OSS and 5G tech teams in SK Telecom.

During the last 13+ years, Keunhyun has developed 3G/4G mobile network architecture, signalling and traffic optimization with the special focus on the system integration. Prior to joining SK Telecom, he worked for Samsung Electronics who developed enterprise switch/router and 3G/4G mobile core infrastructure system like SGSN/GGSN/SGW/PGW.

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. Krzysztof Korzunowicz
Managing Consultant | Detecon


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

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

  Mr. John Lawitzke
Technical Product Marketing | Tail-f


  Ms. Catherine Lefevre
AVP – AT&T Network & Shared Services | AT&T


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 Architect, Future Networks | Huawei


Richard Li works as Chief Architect of Future Networks, Huawei USA, and serves as Vice Chair of ETSI ISG NGP. His main interests include, but are not limited to, next-generation network architectures, technologies, protocols, solutions, and software. His goal is to build a better and more efficient internet, for which he works on the protocol stack evolution (and disruption), control plane automation, AR/VR transport, tactile internet, and internet technologies supporting immersive experience. A particular focus of his work is on the Next-Gen Core Networks for 5G applications.

In the past at Huawei, Richard worked on Routing and MPLS, Cloud and Virtualization, De-Aggregation, SDN, and Orchestration. He spearheaded the invention and development of Cloudcasting for cloud-centric networks, RaaS (Routing as a Service), URF (United Router Farm), Non-Stop Routing technologies and object-oriented in-service software upgrade, TTZ (Topology-Transparent Zoning) as a virtualization technology for internet topology reduction and scaling, Receiver-Driven RSVP-TE for Multicasting MPLS and Multicast VPN, MPLS Extensions for MPLS and VXLAN Interconnects, and among many others.

Prior to joining Huawei, Richard worked with Cisco and Ericsson, being a major contributor to their networking technologies, standards, solutions and operating systems.

Mr. Eric Loos
Senior Product Manager Capacity & IP | BICS


Eric Loos joined BICS in 2007, holding positions as architect of the Carrier Ethernet Service Network and manager of the expert team in the operations department before taking up a role as Senior Product Manager Capacity & IP at the end of 2011.

He has over 15 years of experience in the Service Provider segment, alternating between network engineering, architecture design and operational roles. Familiar with all stages of a network lifecycle, he has a unique perspective on the challenges faced by service providers and carriers.

Mr. Cristian López Rallo
Head of SDN NFV Marketing | Telefónica Business Solutions


Cristian López works in the marketing innovation area of Telefónica Business Solutions with focus on SDN/NFV technologies. His vision is from a customer perspective and he is currently pushing transformation of customer experience through automatization of more flexible WAN services for the SMB and Corporate market.

He joined Telefónica in 2015 and has been working in service development and marketing areas. Prior to joining Telefónica, Christian worked at Colt Technology Services (a European service provider) and Iberbanda (a local Spanish service provider).

He holds an executive MBA from IE Business School and Telecommunications Engineering from Technical University of Madrid.

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




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

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

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

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

Mr. Patrick Lopez
VP Networks Innovation | Telefónica


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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Pierre Lynch
Lead Technologist | Ixia


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

Prof. Thomas Magedanz
Director, NGNI | Fraunhofer FOKUS


Thomas Magedanz (PhD) is professor in the electrical engineering and computer sciences faculty at the Technical University of Berlin, Germany, leading the chair for next generation networks (Architektur der Vermittlungsknoten / AV) supervising Master and PhD Students.

In addition, Thomas is director of the 'NGNI' division at the Fraunhofer Institute FOKUS, which provides toolkits and open experimental platforms for fixed and mobile Next Generation Networks, service oriented architecture based Service Delivery Platforms, and the Future Internet for international operators and vendors. He is one of the founding members of FOKUS (1988) and member of the management team.

Thomas is a globally recognised technology expert, based on his 20 years of practical experiences gained by managing various research and development projects in the various fields of today's convergence landscape (namely IT, telecoms, internet and entertainment). He is senior member of the IEEE, editorial board member of several journals, and the author of more than 250 technical papers/articles. He is the author of two books on IN standards and IN evolution. Thomas is a globally recognised tutorial and keynote speaker at major academic and industrial workshops, conferences and symposia around the world. Examples include: IEEE IN workshop, IEEE ISS, IEEE NOMS, IEEE IM, IEEE ICC, etc.

Mr. Klaus Martiny
Senior Program Manager | Deutsche Telekom


Vice Chair, Network Operators Council | ETSI NFV ISG


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

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

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

Ms. Johanne Mayer
Director, Product Marketing | Oracle Communications


With more than 20 years in the OSS/BSS industry, Johanne is director product marketing, focused on orchestration at Oracle.

Prior to joining Oracle, Johanne was ICT account manager with Ericsson Australia, senior analyst with Analysys Mason leading the service provider programme, and marketing director with Alcatel-Lucent's OSS/BSS solutions. She is a frequent speaker at conferences.

Following her tenure as board and executive committee member, Johanne was recipient of the TM Forum Distinguished Fellow in 2010.

Mr. Neil McRae
MD, Technology and Architecture, Group Chief Architect | BT


Neil McRae is a leading innovator in the Internet and Telecommunications industry. From using open software to create one of the first service providers in the UK to building several large global networks. Neil has significant knowledge and experience in IP technologies and also significant experience with SDN/NFV, Broadcasting, Optical, Mobile, Voice, xDSL, Datacentre, MPLS and Ethernet. He ran Network Engineering at COLT for ten years where he also contributed to COLT's datacentre build; Neil also ran Networks at Cable and Wireless Worldwide for four years.

For the last four years Neil has led BT's global network strategy culminating in extending BT's leading position in the gartner magic quadrant and supporting significant expansion in BT's global and UK networks.

He has worked to expand BT's footprint and capability in the UK from BT's next generation access network through to Ethernet, Broadband, Mobile and TV services and CDN. Neil is one of two distinguished engineers inside BT.

Neil has been involved in the start-up of many Internet governance and supporting organisations and has been a non-executive director of the London Internet Exchange for over fifteen years. Neil also serves on the programme committee for the UK Network Operators Forum.

In his spare time Neil loves motorsports, live music and technology Neil studied management at Sloan School of Management at MIT.

Mr. Łukasz Mendyk
NFV/SDN Solution Manager | Comarch


Łukasz Mendyk works as the OSS Product Manager at Comarch. He specialises in solutions based on the concept of Catalog-driven fulfillment as well as the innovative concepts such as Self-Organizing Networks, Software Defined Networking (SDN), Network Function Virtualization (NFV).

His 19 years of professional experience include fifteen years of involvement in developing OSS products for the telecommunications industry. He obtained his Master of Science degree from the AGH University of Science and Technology in the field of Computer Science.

Łukasz is an enthusiast of TMF standards and best practices which proved useful during his career when helping to develop OSS products that add value to CSPs.

Mr. Pascal Menezes
Chief Technology Officer | MEF


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

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

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

Pascal has done five startups with multiple successes,has received numerous industry awards and has presented extensively in numerous events globally . Pascal holds 4 patents with 25 additional patents pending and has co-authored many standards in the IETF, MEF, IMTC and Broadband Forum (MPLS).

Mr. Naoki Miyata
Engineer | NTT Communications


Naoki Miyata is a manager at Technology Development in NTT Communications and a software engineer who is dedicated to develop and introduce SDN technologies for mainly service provider's transport networks. He specializes in computer science, transport network technologies and business process reengineering.

Previously, he developed software systems which automated the configuration of transport devices and improved the business processes on them. His primary area has focused on the software architecture which realizes dynamic, manageable, cost-effective and adaptable services on multi-vendor, multi-layer and multi-domain transport networks.

Dr. Li Mo
Chief Architect | ZTE


Mo Li is the Chief Architect of CTO Group, ZTE Corporation.

Li has over 20 years experience in the telecommunication industry, including extensive work in IBM, Nortel and Fujitsu, prior to joining ZTE in 2001. His current research interests include SDN, NFV, P2P network, Next Generation Core Networks, IMS, and Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC). Li is an active member of the IEEE, ETSI, and ITU-T, where he edited for two published recommendations. He has more than 10 approved US patents and many more in progress.

He holds a Ph.D degree from Department of Electrical Engineering of Queen's University (1989).

Mr. Nirav Modi
VP & GM, Blue Planet | Ciena


Nirav Modi has over 15 years of experience in the telecommunications industry and is currently Vice President of Product Portfolio Management for Ciena's Blue Planet Division. In this role, he drives Ciena's software strategy and their Blue Planet software portfolio. Nirav works closely with global network operators to enable network transformation leveraging SDN, NFV and orchestration solutions.

Nirav joined Ciena through the Cyan acquisition where he was the Director of Software Innovations. Prior to that he was with Tellabs where he worked as Principal Engineer and Architect, responsible for the architecture and delivery of a variety of networking products.

He is considered an industry evangelist and expert in network virtualization and orchestration. Nirav represents Ciena within the ETSI NFV ISG as well at OPNFV. He is a company spokesperson at major industry events, as well as the press and industry analysts.

Nirav has a B.S in Electrical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota.

Mr. Bob Monkman
Senior Segment Marketing Manager | ARM


Member, Board of Directors | OPNFV


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

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

Mr. Tetsuya Nakamura
Vice Chair | ETSI NFV ISG


Principal Architect | CableLabs


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

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

Mr. Brian Naughton
CTO | Accanto Systems


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.

Mr. Thinh Nguyenphu
Vice Chair, SOL(Solution) WG | ETSI NFV ISG


Network Architect | Nokia


Thinh Nguyenphu is a Senior Specialist as NFV Architect at Nokia Bell Labs organization. In his role, he is responsible for NFV architecture evolution and industry standardization organizations collaboration.

Currently, he is the vice-chairman of ETSI NFV ISG Solution Working Group, and member of the Technical Steering Committee. Prior to ETSI NFV Phase 2, he was the rapporteur for ETSI NFV Software Architecture work item. Also, a chairman of OASIS Field Force Management System Technical Committee.

He has over 30 years of experience in the IT and telecommunication industry with various positions ranging from research and development, technology evaluation and OEM selection of networking equipment, product manager, and NASA Space Shuttle communication system. He has been active in multiple industry standardization organizations, involving start-up standard collaboration.

Ms. Wendy Ooms
Lead Architect Virtualization | KPN


Wendy Ooms MSc is lead architect virtualization within KPN.

Since 2012 she has been involved in deploying IaaS solutions.

Wendy gained experience during implementations on both operator and vendor side. She is currently working on the introduction of NFV and SDN within KPN.

Mr. Andy Ory
Co-Founder & CEO | 128 Technology


Andrew Ory, one of the co-founders of 128 Technology, has served as the company's Chief Executive Officer and board member since inception. Prior to 128 Technology, Andrew co-founded Acme Packet with Patrick MeLampy in August 2000 and served as its Chief Executive Officer and President until Acme Packet's acquisition in 2013. Andrew also founded Priority Call Management and served as its Chief Executive Officer and Chairman. Andrew holds a B.A. from Harvard University.

Dr. Vijoy Pandey
Head of Engineering, Networking | Google


Vijoy Pandey is Head of Engineering ​for data center fabrics and backbone at Google. He​ leads ​the ​team responsible for the architecture, design, planning and engineering of Google's data center, cloud and backbone networks with a push towards building large scale distributed systems for automation, diagnostic telemetry and health data analytics.

Prior to Google, he was the CTO of Networking​ at IBM where he led the technical vision & system architecture for IBM System Networking. He was previously the CTO and Director Engineering of a startup, Blade Networking Technologies (BNT) which was acquired by IBM. Before that has held various leadership and management roles in switching, security, and application delivery controller companies & startups.

Mr. Paul Parker-Johnson
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, mostly about NFV with plenty of innovation for good measure. These include The Real CTOs of NFV series.

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

Dr. Dan Pitt


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. Rajesh Rajamani
Director of Product Marketing | Spirent Communications


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

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

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


Chair | ETSI OSM


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

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

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

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

Mr. Anil Rao
Senior Analyst | Analysys Mason


Anil Rao is the lead analyst for the Service Assurance programme at Analysys Mason, focusing on producing market research and thought leadership on the evolving assurance industry.

He has published research on NFV/SDN and its impacts on assurance, real-time network analytics and how service assurance can help in reducing churn and improving customer experience.

Anil holds a BEng in Computer Science from the University of Mysore, India and an MBA from Lancaster University Management School, UK

Mr. Lothar Reith
Senior Consultant | Detecon


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.

Mr. Patrick Richardson
Senior Product Manager | Akamai Technologies


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

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

  Mr. Dmitrii Sakharchuk
Chief architect, Network Strategy and Solutions | Rostelecom


Dmitrii Sakharchuk has extensive experience in R&D of largest Russian & CIS telecom operators, including Rostelecom, Vimpelcom, TransTelecom. Areas of expertise include key aspects of WAN infrastructure, such as IP/transport networks, fixed broadband access, mobile core, VAS platforms, etc.

In his current role, Dmitrii is responsible for SDN and NFV technical strategy, network transformation, solution/equipment verification and new services development

  Dr. Elio Salvadori


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


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

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

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

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

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

  Mr. Adrian Schmid
Product Manager | Swisscom


Mr. Louis Scialabba
Carrier Solutions Marketing Director | Radware


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

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

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

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

Mr. Claudio Scola
Director, European WAN Services | Tata Communications


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 Tata Communications is to help create a next generation cloud-friendly WAN that allows organisations to transform and accelerate their pace of change.

Mr. Franz Seiser
VP Core Network & Services | Deutsche Telekom


Since January 2013, Franz Seiser is in charge to drive the development of innovative and efficient network architectures for DT in the area of core network and service enabling.

He holds an M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from Technical University Vienna, and started as System Engineer for PBX software 1996, focussing on Enterprise VoIP issues from 1998, being based in Europe and U.S. (Silicon Valley).

He joined the mobile communications industry mid-2000 (max.mobil, renamed as T-Mobile Austria) for preparations of 3G, i.e. license auction, vendor selection and contract negotiations.

By end of 2002 he started to focus on mid- to long-term issues in the mobile core-network. This included work as a delegate in 3GPP standardisation. Early 2006 he moved to T-Mobile International headquarters in Bonn to work as Head of Core Network Architecture, responsible for evolution of T-Mobile core networks across Europe. He was taking part in the NGMN-initiative right from its beginning in late 2005 and stayed involved in LTE/EPC architecture related issues up until today.

Driven by Deutsche Telekom's "one company" project to combine fixed and mobile operations, during 2010 Franz extended his personal horizon to include fixed networks as well.

Dr. Prodip Sen
CTO, Network Functions Virtualization | HPE


Chair, Board of Directors | OPNFV


Dr Prodip Sen is currently Chief Technology Officer of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) at HPE's Communications Solutions Business (CSB), where he is responsible for the technology strategy and industry engagement for the NFV. His current focus is to foster the generation of solutions and techniques that will accelerate the use of Software Defined Networking (SDN) and NFV approaches in service provider networks. Prodip is part of the core group of individuals who have been instrumental in creating the NFV industry movement, and continue to energize the industry and push its boundaries. He served as the first Chair of the ETSI Industry Specification Group on Network Functions Virtualization (ETSI NFV ISG) from January 2013 to July 2014. He is a former board member of the Open Networking Foundation (ONF).

Prodip and his industry colleagues subsequently created an open source activity hosted under the Linux Foundation to help accelerate the implementation of software and platforms for NFV – Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV). This project which will leverage existing open source projects to create a reference platform for NFV. He is currently Chair of the Board of Directors for OPNFV.

Before joining HPE, Prodip was at Verizon, where he was responsible for assessment of new technologies and architectures, definition of the target architecture and network evolution strategy. Prior activities covered a variety of architecture, design and system engineering activities, in support of data and multimedia services.

Earlier, while at Polytechnic University in Brooklyn, NY (now NYU Poly) and at the University of California, Los Angeles, Prodip conducted research in computer communication networks, network management, decision theory, system theory and control theory. He has taught courses in communication networks, digital communications, signal processing, and control theory.

Prodip is a Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Communication Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India.

Mr. Donglin Shen
Principal Analyst | EJL Wireless


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

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

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

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

  Mr. Wenyu Shen
Research Manager | NTT Communications


  Mr. Damijan Slapar
CTO | Iskratel


  Mr. Steve Smith
Associate Fellow, Information Technology | Verizon


Mr. Alexander Sobania
Senior Expert Production Management & Automation | Deutsche Telekom


Alexander Sobania joined Deutsche Telekom in 2008. Within the Group CTO team Alexander is responsible for the management and automation of different virtualized applications on the cloud.

He has approximately 10 years of experience in the Telecommunication industry where he has held various roles on both technical and conceptual levels.

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. Takafumi Tanaka
Researcher | NTT


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.

Mr. Martin Taylor
CTO | Metaswitch


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

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

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

Mr. Nicolas Thomas
NfV Pioneer | Fortinet


Nicolas Thomas is an NfV pioneer, and ETSI NfV ISG representative for Fortinet.

He has former positions at Canonical and HP, and is an active actor in the telecom industry transformations for 2 decades. Nicolas 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),

He is in charge of Fortinet focus on NfV architected solutions and partnerships.

Dr. Joan Triay Marques
Technical Manager | ETSI NFV ISG


Specialist | NTT DOCOMO


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

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

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

Ms. Eleni Trouva
Research Fellow | NCSR Demokritos


Eleni Trouva received her diploma in Computer Engineering & Informatics from the University of Patras, Greece in 2006 and a Master of Science in Computer Science from the Department of Informatics of Athens University of Economics and Business in 2009. In September 2009, she joined the i2CAT Foundation, where she initially contributed in the FP7 GEANT3 project and then in the FP7 IRATI project.

In 2013, she joined the Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications of NCSR Demokritos, where she was initially contributing in the T-NOVA project. Currently, she is working in the 5G-PPP CHARISMA, 5G-PPP MATILDA and H2020 SHIELD projects. Her research interests include future network architectures, NFV orchestration and management and SDN and NFV security challenges.

Mr. Shin Umeda
VP | Dell'Oro Group


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

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

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

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

Ms. Srilakshmi Valisammagari
Senior Technologist | Verizon


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

Prior to Joining Verizon Enterprise Solutions, Srilakshmi was a part of Verizon Wholesale Market, IT with primary responsibly of Building and providing solutions to CLECs.

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

  Mr. Erwin van Rijssen
Head of Service Orchestration BU Digital services | Ericsson


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.

Mr. Mirko Voltolini
VP Technology & Architecture | Colt


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.

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


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

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

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

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