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 6th World Congress on Software-Defined Networking and Network Functions Virtualisation.

Mr. Matus Adamec
Cloud CPE Program Management Lead | Deutsche Telekom


Matus is working as Service Transformation Manager in Deutsche Telekom Pan-Net. His key responsibility is to manage programs which outcome is to transform services from local production to central DT production environment. He is also accountable for management of transformation activities with local subsidiaries in order to assure E2E service transition.

Current program in his responsibility is focused on physical CPE virtualisation powered by automation and key advantages of SDN/NFV technologies.

He has spent 13 years in Telco industry held different roles including Product Management, Cloudifications & Innovations at Slovak Telekom and Deutsche Telekom.

Mr. Khaled Al Belooshi
VP, Fixed Networks | Etisalat


Khaled Al Belooshi has more than 18 years' experience in the telecom sector. He has extensive experience in the design, deployment and operation of national and international, large scale IP networks, including broadband and corporate services infrastructure. He has worked for the past five years for Etisalat Group, working very closely with Etisalat affiliates across Asia, Africa and Middle East.

Over the last four years he has focused on exploring the benefits of network virtualization technology and tools for both Group and OpCos levels inclusive of comprehensive PoCs and the release of technical white papers.

Khaled has a BEng (Hons) in communication Engineering.

Mr. Julio Alba
Network Advisory Systems Engineer | Dell EMC


Julio has been part of DELLEMC Networking since 2011, when he joined Force10 Networks which was acquired by DELL. Previously he worked in Foundry-Brocade and for many years in one of the most important Spanish networking System Integrators.

He has also participated as a speaker at other large events in the past like VMWorld, DELLEMC Forums or DELLEMC TechSummit.

In the academic space he participates as a professor in a NFV Master in Spain and in the past in some Universities like Carlos III of Madrid and University Europea de Madrid.

In his long experience he has taken some presales director roles, R&D Director positions and pre-sales lead in many European countries.

He is an Engineer from University of Sevilla, Executive MBA and has some certifications like PMP and most of the networking vendors.

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
Director, Wireless Segment Marketing | 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.

Mrs. Silvia Almagia
CTI Technical Expert | ETSI


Silvia joined ETSI in 2012 as a Technical Expert in the Centre for Testing and Interoperability. Her current activities include providing technical management and testing expertise in the areas of open source, interoperability testing and proof of concept (PoC) programmes. Among others, she is in charge of the NFV Plugtests, the Open Source MANO project (ETSI OSM) and the NFV PoC Framework.

Prior to this position, Silvia was Lead Member of the Technical Staff at Ulticom, where she was responsible for the design and development of software based carrier grade solutions enabling 3G and 4G services. Before that, she worked in the domain of Operations Support Systems (OSS) and Network Management for HP and Thales.

Ms. Nathalie Amann
SDN NFV Program leader | Orange


Nathalie Amann is a SDN NFV Program leader at Orange, working on the corporate side. She started in software development domain. After that she worked in research and anticipation projects related to Content Delivery Networks (CDN). She has been involved in virtual CDN and orchestration projects since 2014. She was project leader of virtual CDN trial by providing corporate expertise to Orange France Network Engineering and Operational teams to set up vCDN trial in Orange France production network.

Nathalie has presented On-Demand networks demonstrations Orange booth during the last Mobile World Congress. She is now SDN NFV program leader to support Orange European affiliates in their transformation to virtualization.

Dr. David Amzallag
Strategic Advisor & Technology Creator | DA Technologies & Strategies


David is currently a special strategic advisor for a group of top-industry start-ups, specializing in building and delivering innovative technologies for the new Telecommunication Industry.

David served until very recently as the Group Head of Network Virtualization, SDN and NFV for Vodafone and led one of the biggest transformations in Vodafone's history (Vodafone Ocean). In this role, he was responsible for developing Vodafone's vision, strategy, end-to-end architecture, vendor selections, and the execution plan for end-to-end Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) in more than 30 operators worldwide.

Prior to Vodafone David served as the Vice President for Virtual Telecommunications & NFV at Alcatel-Lucent where he designed the first company-wide vision and strategy for network virtualisation and was responsible, in addition, for the entire technology vision, strategy and architecture of ALU's NFV Management & Orchestration.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 design, plan, and optimize solutions in BT networks, architectures and infrastructures in more than 100 countries and 250 networks worldwide.David has over 25 years of uniqueexperience inTelecommunications inleading, developing, and executing strategies, transformations, technological innovation, and advanced solutions in very large operators, software vendors, network equipment vendors and start-ups.

David holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science, specializing in coping with computationally-hard optimization problems. As a telecommunication leader, David is a regular speaker on the telecoms circuit and frequently cited in the media.

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 Architecture & Innovation and deputy CTO | Deutsche Telekom


Arash Ashouriha is currently SVP Group Technology Architecture & Innovation and deputy CTO

In his role, he is in charge of the strategic development and architectural evolution of the technology domains including OSS alongside technology innovation management, patent management and standardization. In addition, he oversees strategic technology innovation projects such as Cloudfication@DT, 5G, Hyperscale Secure Telco (the evolved Terastream), Real Time Network Service Management etc.
Prior to joining Deutsche Telekom, Arash has been with Vodafone Group for 15 years, where he has held multiple Senior Management international roles both in Technology and IT, most recently Chief Network Officer for Germany & Central Europe (2011-2016) and Head of Global Applications (2009-2011).

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. Ari Banerjee
VP, Strategy | NEC/Netcracker


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

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

Mr. Daniel Joseph Barry
VP Positioning and Chief Evangelist | Napatech


Daniel Joseph Barry is VP of Positioning and Chief Evangelist at Napatech and has over 20 years experience in the IT and Telecom industry in roles ranging from research, development, product management, sales to marketing. Prior to joining Napatech in 2009, Dan Joe was Marketing Director at TPACK, a leading supplier of transport chip solutions to the Telecom sector.

From 2001 to 2005, he was Director of Sales and Business Development at optical component vendor NKT Integration (now Ignis Photonyx) following various positions in product development, business development and product management at Ericsson. Dan Joe joined Ericsson in 1995 from a position in the R&D department of Jutland Telecom (now TDC).

He has an MBA and a BSc degree in Electronic Engineering from Trinity College Dublin.

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. Eran Bello


Eran is the Chief Marketing Officer at ASOCS, known for being a knowledge-hub of all things NFV and virtual RAN. Eran made several contributions to ETSI NFV framework, in the areas of high performance and hardware acceleration. Prior to virtualizing the RAN at ASOCS, he led the telecom market at Mellanox, and had executive roles in other communication and IT technology companies.

Mr. Ofer Ben-Yacov
Networking Senior Expert | Huawei


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. Geoff Bennett
Director of Solutions and Technology | Infinera


Geoff Bennett is the Director of Solutions & Technology for Infinera, a manufacturer of Digital ROADM next generation transport network switches

He has over 20 years of experience in the data communications industry, including IP routing with Proteon and Wellfleet; ATM and MPLS experience with FORE Systems; and optical transmission and switching experience with Marconi, where he held the position of Distinguished Engineer in the CTO Office. Geoff is a frequent conference speaker, and is the author of “Designing TCP/IP Internetworks”, published by VNR.

Mr. Adnan Bhutta
Director SDN | Dell EMC


Adnan Bhutta is the Director SDN @ Dell EMC Networking. Adnan is responsible for DELL EMC's SDN product management and global business development. Prior to this role Adnan was responsible for Global Sales Dell Networking North America. Adnan joined Dell in 2010 from Microsoft where he held engineering management position. Adnan has MBA from Duke University Fuqua School of Business and BSC Hons in Computer Science from LUMS

Mr. Emmanuel Bidet
VP, Convergent Networks Control | Orange


Emmanuel Bidet is currently in charge of core network within Orange Labs Networks.

Emmanuel has more than 25 years of experience in the Telecommunications industry. In his last positions, he was been in charge of Orange networks operations in France from 2008 to 2012 and responsible for new services development and deployment for Orange France from 2012 to 2016.

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


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

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

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

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

Dave started his career spending 12 years with General Electric.

Mr. David Boswarthick
Director Committee SC, OPS | ETSI


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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Marc Bouteyre
Head of SDN/NFV Solution Management | Kapsch CarrierCom


As Head of SDN/NFV Solution Management at Kapsch CarrierCom, Marc Bouteyre (born 1971) is responsible for the SDN/NFV task force, SDN/NFV technology and solution assessment. The role which he has held since November 2013 further includes responsibilities such as developing the go-to-market model, setting up the partner ecosystem for the Carrier Business Unit and managing the portfolio under Sales. Prior to this position Marc was Senior OAM Production Line Management.

Prior to joining Kapsch CarrierCom Marc was Head of Product and Project Line Management (Nortel, until 2009),managing the introduction of Hardware and Software products for RAN solution.

He also held a position in Channel Operation Management (Nortel, until 2002) managing and developing partner relationships for Router portfolio and Product Manager PBX (Nortel, until 1999): EMEA Product Manager for Meridian 1 PBX and member of the "Product Advisory Committee" of the European User Association.

Marc holds a degree in Fundamental Physics from the Université Denis Diderot Paris. He also completed a Masters at the Ecole de Management Lyon in France and a Masters in the Management of New Technologies.

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.

He has an engineering degree from the French schools Ecole Polytechnique and Mines ParisTech.

Mr. Ulf Bragnell
Director, Product Management | Enea


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

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

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

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

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.

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


Member of Ambassador Steering Team, ONOS and CORD Community


Andrea Campanella is employed as a Member of Technical staff (MTS) at Open Networking Laboratory. Andrea obtained a Master's degree in computer science at the Public University of Milan in December 2016 after a Bachelor degree in Digital communication in July 2014. The master degree program and the final thesis work focused on computer networks and SDN.

Andrea started working with ON.Lab through an internship in October 2015. Presently working as an engineer on both the ONOS and CORD projects. In ONOS his main focus is southbound protocols, device integration, the packet-optical use case and the P4 Integration. In CORD Andrea focuses mainly on the Enterprise-CORD project working on the service chain and enterprise connection network services.

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, NFV and Cybersecurity at Marist where he leads a team of student network engineers, application developers and researchers in the Marist Innovation Lab while collaborating directly with the production network engineering team.

Mr. Michele Carignani
Technical Expert | ETSI


Michele Carignani is Technical Expert within ETSI's Centre for Testing and Interoperability (CTI). He has a M.Sc. in Computer Science and Networking. Before joining ETSI, he was research fellow in CNIT (University Consortium for Telecommunication in Italy) working mainly on IoT and ITS research projects.

Mr. Jerry Caron
SVP - Analysis | GlobalData


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

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

Mr. Alfonso Carrillo Aspiazu
Chief Architect OnLife Networks | Telefónica


Since late April 2012, Alfonso Carrillo Aspiazu has dedicated most of his time to the research and the development of the SDN, NFV and Cloud solutions for Telefónica. What back then started as a research matter rapidly found a strategic fit within the company. And since April 2016 Alfonso has become the Chief Architect for our ONOS + CORD solution that will launch its commercial Beta Testing at the end of this October

Ms. Caroline Chan
VP & GM, 5G Infrastructure Division, Network Platform Group (NPG) | Intel


Member, Board of Directors | TIP


Caroline Chan is Vice President and General Manager of the 5G Infrastructure Division at Intel Corporation Network Platform Group, responsible for driving Intel global network infrastructure strategy and deliverables for 5G. Caroline leads this organization to identify and develop use cases that incorporate IOT, innovation in wireless technologies, and deployment models like mobile edge computing, alternative spectrums that enabled new service providers and enterprise networks.

Since she joined Intel in 2009, Caroline has worked closely with telecommunication vendors, operators, and application developers; driving strategy and marketing in virtualized RAN, mini Cloud RAN and mobile edge computing. Caroline also represents Intel at industry forums. Her research interests include 5G and HetNet performance. Prior to joining Intel, Caroline was Director of Product Management at Nortel Networks where she managed a portfolio of 3G and 4G wireless infrastructure products.

Caroline was born in Nanjing, China, received her BS EE from the University of Texas at Austin, and her MS EE from University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She enjoys international travel and NCAA football especially the Longhorns.

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


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

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

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

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

Ms. 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. Noel Charath
Representative | OSM


VP Client Services |


Noel Charath has nearly 20 years of support and service delivery experience with enterprise and carrier customers. At, He is responsible for services delivery of the RIFT.ware open source and commercial product portfolio, including professional services.

Prior to, Noel served as the Director of Services of Starent Networks where he managed customer support and professional services globally. With the acquisition of Starent by Cisco, He expanded his responsibilities to direct services delivery for North American carrier customers.

Prior to Cisco and Starent Networks, Noel held various roles spanning network engineering, product management, and systems engineering at successful firms such as US Robotics, 3COM and CommWorks.

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.

Ms. Uyen Chau
Member of Technical Staff | Open Networking Foundation


Uyen is a Member of Technical Staff at Open Networking Foundation working across the ONOS, CORD, and VOLTHA platforms.

She previously worked at Hewlett-Packard Enterprise as a Principal Engineer responsible for System Architecture across a wide range of HPE Networking products for Enterprise, Campus, and SMB segments, including HPE's VAN SDN controller, Aruba ethernet switch systems, and MSM wireless products.

Dr. Davide Cherubini
Network Virtualization Architect | Vodafone


Davide is Network Virtualisation Architect in the Network Virtualization Center of Excellence. His team is leading Vodafone Ocean, the Group Transformation for SDN and NFV.

His main responsibilities are End-to-End Analytics for SDN/NFV and Enterprise product portfolio transformation (VPN+).

Prior to Vodafone, Davide served as Member of Technical Staff at Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs where he was part of the leading research team in Small Cells and, later on, of the Cloud/SDN and NFV research group. He co-authored several scientific papers and published more than 15 patents.

Prior to Bell Labs, Davide held different positions within the Tiscali Group. He supervised the introduction of new technologies and products across the whole Tiscali Group (15+ Countries). Later on, he joined the B2B department where he was responsible for the design of Wholesale/Direct sales ad-hoc projects. Finally, he co-founded the R&D group in Tiscali International Network.

Davide holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering with a dissertation on optimization of multi-service (MPLS) networks. His main interests are around network virtualization and optimization.

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 | Deutsche Telekom


Chairman of the Board | TIP


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

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

Mr. Marc Cohn
Principal | MC Advisory


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

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

Mrs. Lynn Comp
General Manager Network Cloud and Industry Enabling | Intel


Chair, Marketing Committee | ONAP


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


Peter Coppens is responsible for the Product Management, Product Marketing and Pricing of Colt's key networking services globally. The portfolio includes Colt's main revenue generators like Ethernet, Internet and IP VPN as well as the new SDN and NFV enabled high growth areas like On Demand services, SD WAN and Direct Cloud Access.

He has been with Colt for 17 years, going back to the time Colt Belgium (where he is based) was still a start-up. Previously he was with Global One and Alcatel (Bell Research Labs, now Nokia).

Mr. Andrew Coward
Founder & CEO | Lumina Networks


Andrew has over twenty years experience in telecommunications and networking, and has held executive management positions in Brocade, Juniper, Carrier IQ and Unisphere in network engineering, product management, strategy, sales and marketing.

Prior to co-founding Lumina Networks, Andrew was VP Strategy at Brocade, where he led Brocade's initiative to move customers' networking from hardware to software. Originally from the UK, Andrew spent over ten years in Asia, in Hong Kong and then Tokyo, before moving to California in 2006.

Mr. Richard Curran
Security Officer EMEA | Intel


Richard holds the position of Security Officer EMEA and is responsible for business development and coordination of Intel's security solutions and strategies across market segments to enterprise, IoT, consumer customers and partners.

Richard has been working for Intel for 17 years and had held various leadership roles. He has 35 years industry experience, and has a strong personal brand in the EMEA IT industry.

Previously he led business organisations in Solutions Marketing EMEA covering markets in Enterprise Computing, Cloud/Big Data, HPC, SMB, Telco.. Business Development Sales Director EMEA and Consulting Services Director EMEA.
During his career he was worked in a number of multinational companies including Compaq Computer EMEA & Concurrent Computer Corporation.

Richard graduated from Cork , Ireland in 1978.

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. Duane De Capite
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. Tjebbe de Winter
CTO | Cyso


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. Aykut Soner Demirkol
Broadband Services Planning Manager / Network Virtualization Program Manager | Turkcell


Aykut has 13 years of experience in Telecommunication and IT industry mainly focused on Mobile and Fixed Broadband Core Network planning. He is currently responsible on EPC, Broadband and NFVI Architecture and Investment planning. He is also Network Virtualization Program Manager, leading Turkcell's transformation program to Telco Cloud and Network Function Virtualization.

Mr. Tony Dempsey
ISV Eco System Strategy Manager | Intel


Tony is an experienced Telcom professional with 18 years of Telco experience prior to joining Intel working with a number of Network Operators in Europe, Caribbean, Central and South America. He has held a variety of managerial and development roles from product development, project and program management for the delivery of a wide range of network operator data services.

Tony Dempsey is part of Intel's Network Builders team and works with a number of Intel's strategic accounts to enable their development and GTM plans on a global basis as well as working with a broad section of other partners within the eco system.

Dr. Deng Hui
Chief NFV Strategy Officer | Huawei


Standard Coordinator and Chair, Modeling subcommittee | ONAP


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

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

Dr. Deng Lingli
Senior Project Manager & Research Engineer | China Mobile


Lingli Deng is a Project Manager at China Mobile Research Institute. She obtained her Doctor's degree in Computer Application Technology from the Institute of Software, Chinese Academy of Sciences and joined China Mobile in 2009. She is a core member of the Novonet project which drives SDN/NFV strategy for China Mobile, and is working on evaluation and introduction of data plane acceleration technology, running the Novonet Testing Lab and planning the SDN/NFV trial network for the company.

She is currently serving as the OPNFV Board Vice Chairperson and ONAP TSC Vice Chair.

Mr. Ken Dennen
Sr. Director of Business Development | Ethernity Networks


Ken heads North American business development for Ethernity Networks, an innovative supplier of network data processing technology targeted at Communication Service Providers (CSPs) for cloud and WAN applications. As Ethernity brings their ACE-NIC, a ground-breaking NFV accelerator solution to market, he is driving initiatives to expand Ethernity's SDN/NFV ecosystem through collaboration with CSPs, solution partners and equipment manufacturers.

Ken helped define and market industry-leading CSP data path solutions for several fabless semiconductor companies, including Broadcom, PMC-Sierra and Maker Communications. He has delivered several successful products, including Carrier Ethernet, enterprise and data center switches. Ken has also managed innovative products for cloud servers, including RDMA adapters and converged storage/networking fabrics. His abiding passion is enabling CSPs to reap the business benefits of the merchant semiconductor value chain.

Mr. Samir Desai
Director, Managed Services | GTT


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

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

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

Mr. Gabriele Di Piazza
VP 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. Alberto Diez
Product Manager | Core Network Dynamics


Alberto Diez has been working with standard telco architectures since 2007. He started his career in Fraunhofer FOKUS where he conceived and prepared the launch of the OpenEPC project. Later he worked in the industry with Nokia Siemens Networks and Siemens CVC with their real-time carrier grade products as their AAA server and PCRF, as solution architect of the former and product manager of the latter. Today he is an enthusiast of NFV/SDN and network evolution and is helping CND to play a significant role in the future of mobile networks

Mr. Patrick Donegan
Founder & Principal Analyst | HardenStance


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

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

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

Mr. Chris Donley
Sr. Director, Telco Open Source Ecosystems | Huawei


TSC member | ONAP


Chris Donley serves as Senior Director, Open Source Ecosystems at Huawei. He is providing open source leadership for several Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network function Virtualization (NfV) initiatives. He previously served as Director, Virtualization and Network Evolution at CableLabs.

He also serves as the OPNFV Certification and Compliance Chair.

Chris received a Bachelor's degree in Engineering from Dartmouth College and a Master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado. He holds Cisco CCIE and (ISC)2 CISSP certifications, and has been granted eight US patents.

Mr. Victor Donselaar
VP Sales & Business Development | Accanto Systems


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

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

Mr. Matthew Dove
Head of Portfolio Management, Global Services | Nokia


Matt has 25 years of experience in the technology and telecoms industries. He has been involved in the early stage of several key IT technologies, such as ERP, CRM and Internet commerce, both as a consultant doing commercial deployments and as a product manage on the vendor side. He has spent the last 15 years in the mobile, where was involved in the development of the earliest smartphones, the introduction of 2.5G and 3G networks and led the marketing introduction of one of the first open, unlimited consumer internet offerings in the world.

For the last 4 years in Nokia he has been working in the Systems Integration business line within Nokia Global Services, where he has been developing Nokias cloud professional services strategy, and building the cloud transformation consulting business.

Mr. Duan Halo
Director, New IP Solution Architect, Carrier BG | Huawei


Halo has 20 years' experience in the telcom/IT industry

He is deeply involved with Huawei Enterprise and Telcom Network Solution Cloudilization.

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.

Ms. Dayna Eidle
Computer Science Student | Marist College


Dayna is a sophomore student studying Computer Science at Marist College in New York, USA. She has been working as a software developer in the Marist Innovation Lab and is focusing mainly on cyber security research.

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. Bora Eliacik
Head of Engineering | Netsia


Bora Eliacik, Head of Engineering for Netsia, is an ICT professional with more than 20 years experience in the telecommunications industry. Throughout his career, Bora has participated in large-scale software integration and development projects as a project manager, product manager and architect in a wide variety of technologies including call control in fixed and mobile networks, intelligent telecom networks, service delivery platforms, targeted advertising, emerging telecom technologies, content management and delivery, OTT TV and IPTV, SDN and NFV and Orchestration.

Mr. Erik Engström
VP Global Service Provider Alliances | Clavister


Erik Engström joined Clavister in 2013 from Nokia, where he held various sales roles with key responsibilities for LTE security solutions. Erik has more than 20 years' experience from the telco and network security/management markets working with companies like Ericsson, IBM and several start-ups.

  Mr. Tim Epkes
Sr. Principal Software Architect | Dell EMC


Ms. Shirin Esfandiari
Director of Product Marketing | Oracle Communications


Shirin is Director of product marketing at the Oracle Communications Global Business Unit. She is responsible for product marketing strategy for virtualized IP Communications solutions such as Voice over LTE.

She has over 15 years of industry experience in marketing and sales enablement, customer program management and sales consulting with experience drawn from numerous strategic engagements with service providers and partners around the world.

Prior to Oracle, Shirin held positions with Acme Packet as customer program manager helping Tier 1 operators in the EMEA region. Preceding that she was working for the Ericsson's global service delivery center in a systems integrator and sales consulting role.

Shirin holds an International MBA from the IE Business School, a Masters of Applied Sciences in telecommunications engineering and a Bachelor of electrical engineering from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. She is currently working at living in the Madrid, Spain.

Mr. Andreas Falkner
EMEA Sales Engineering Director | Dell EMC


Andreas Falkner joined Dell Networking in August 2012 as part of Dell's acquisition of Force10 Networks.

Andreas is a Senior Technical Manager and he heads up the Systems Engineering Team of DELL Networking EMEA . His responsibility is to drive the Networking Opportunities throughout EMEA and evangelize the DELL Networking solutions. His favourite topic these days is Open Networking - and how it will change the networking Paradigm

Prior to joining DELL Andreas has covered multiple Technical Management roles in Networking over the past 15 years - including positions with Force 10 Networks, Brocade and Foundry Networks.

Mr. Matthew Farmer
Regional CTO | Sandvine


Matt Farmer is Regional CTO at Sandvine, he is a veteran of the telecommunications arena with over 20 years of experience working with Tier 1 CSP's on traditional and cutting edge projects.

Matt has worked with the largest and smallest operators in the world to deliver state of the art capabilities and use cases in the areas of network policy control, Network Function Virtualisation, Service monetisation and Optimisation, Big Data analytics and security.

Matt has several patents pending in the areas of autonomous systems. When not helping operators.

Matt spends his time building unmanned autonomous vehicles and 3dprinting gizmo's for his two children.

Dr. Paolo Fasano
Network Automation Manager | TIM


Paolo Fasano received his PhD in Electronic Engineering from Politecnico di Torino and has worked at Telecom Itali, now TIM, since 1993, engaged mainly in the innovation of packet networks.

He started working on broadband networks and services, contributing to the first geographical experiments on ATM networks in Europe. Then his interests shifted to the Internet Protocol. He actively contributed to IETF in pioneering IPv6 within TIM. He started working on SDN and NFV while leading a Data Networks Innovation team. Today he is responsible for Network Automation, addressing the introduction of SDN tools to enhance configuration and control of IP connectivity.

Mr. Uwe Fischer
Executive VP, R&D and PLM, and CTO | Coriant


Uwe Fischer is Executive Vice President of Products and Solutions at Coriant, where he is responsible for the strategy and planning of the company's comprehensive portfolio of SDN-enabled, end-to-end packet optical transport products and solutions. Mr. Fischer also serves in the role of Chief Technology Officer (CTO), where he is responsible for defining Coriant's future network vision and technology strategy, as well as directing the company's research and standardization activities.

Between 2010 and 2013, Uwe served as Head of Product Management for the Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) Optical Networks business, where he played a key role in the turnaround program that returned the business unit to profitability. Previously, his executive management positions included Head of NSN's DWDM Business Line (2007-2009) and Head of Business Development, Transport Networks at Siemens AG (2004-2007).

Uwe, who possesses a strong technical background in the field of optical networks, brings 30 years of technical strategy and product management experience to his role. He began his career at Siemens AG in 1986, where he worked in the business unit for advanced development of optical networks. Through the course of his career at Siemens AG, he obtained extensive experience in systems engineering, sales, business development and product management.

He is frequently invited to speak and keynote at conferences hosted by prestigious industry and business organizations. He received a Master Diploma in electrical engineering from the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany. He holds a series of patents in optical transmission and optical networking, and is also a member of the Optical Society of America (OSA).

Dr. Wolfgang Fleischer
Head of NFV & IMS Services | Telekom Austria


Wolfgang Fleischer works for Telekom Austria Group in Vienna Austria. As Group Lead Core & Service Networks he oversees the strategy development and the technical roadmap realization in those areas for all subsidiaries of Telekom Austria Group. His responsibilities also include Network Function Virtualization, where he is the owner of a number of group-wide projects within Telekom Austria Group.

Wolfgang has a record of 22 years in Telecommunications. 11 years he spent in product development dealing with various technologies, focusing on topics like central office switches, SDH add and drop multiplexers, ATM switches, mobile core network gear and film production and play-out servers. He worked for Philips, Lucent and Megisto Systems - a US based start-up company. The other 11 years he spent working for a Telecommunications service provider, Telekom Austria Group, for which he has been responsible for core and service networks since 2003, first locally in Austria, since 2009 for the entire Telekom Austria Group. He holds a Doctor degree in Physics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Zurich (ETH Zurich) and an MBA from the Vienna Sales Manager Akademie.

Dr. Ray Forbes


Consultant | Huawei


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

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

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

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

Mr. Sven Freudenfeld
Director for Business Development | Lanner


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

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

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

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

Mr. Carsten Fuchs
Chief Operating Officer | ng4T


Carsten co-founded ng4T. His main responsibilities are sales operations, customer projects and partnerships. He consults European and Asian Telecommunication Manufacturers and Operators in testing and deploying 5G Communications Platforms. Key activity areas are NFV, IoT, Network Slicing and SDN.

Carsten has over 20 years of experience in the Telecommunication Industry from SS#7 over GSM/GPRS to UTMS and LTE. He held several technical lead and management positions at Siemens and Tektronix. Carsten led active and passive test projects with all major mobile network manufacturers and all major mobile operators around the world.

Mr. Jeremy Fuller


Senior Principal, Technology Strategy and Global Standards | GENBAND


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

Jeremy has over 23 years of experience in emerging technology analysis, product planning and standards development. He has been an active contributor to ETSI NFV ISG, IETF, 3GPP, OMA, as well as start-up industry activities that have evolved into wider industry initiatives. Prior to joining GENBAND, Jeremy was a senior manager in Nortel with a team focused on product planning and mobile core network standards development.

Mr. Steve Furr
Sr. Principal Engineer, Sr. Software Architect - Virtualization | NXP


Steve has over 25 years of experience in providing software technology for networking and embedded device manufacturers, in both senior engineering and product management roles. Prior to joining NXP, Steve acquired over 12 years of experience at a leading provider of realtime and embedded operating systems. For the last 8 years, Steve has been a senior member of the NXP Digital Networking, with both product management and senior engineering responsibility for enablement software for networking equipment manufacturers.

Steve is a senior architect, with responsibility for NXP virtualization technologies in support of various solutions including NFV and virtual CPE. Steve holds a Bachelor of Sciences degree from Simon Fraser University.

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


TSC member | ONAP


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. Jambi Ganbar
Senior Technical Solutions Manager, NFV R&D | VMware


Mr. Martin Geddes
Founder & Principal | Martin Geddes Consulting


Martin Geddes is a scholar of emerging telecoms business models and network technologies, and an entrepreneur advancing the practical use of innovative communications technology.

He is a network performance scientist, and works with business partners on the commercial application of state-of-the-art techniques in network measurement, modelling and manipulation. He is also co-founder and Executive Director of the Hypervoice Consortium, an industry association that promotes the development of value-added voice services.

Geddes is formerly Strategy Director at BT's network division, and Chief Analyst and co-founder at Telco 2.0. Martin previously worked on a pioneering mobile web project at Sprint, where he was a named inventor on 9 patents, and at Oracle as a specialist in high-scalability database systems.

He is currently writing two books, one on the future of personal communications, and the other on the future of the Internet and distributed computing. He holds an MA in Mathematics & Computation from the University of Oxford.

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


TSC member | ONAP


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

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

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

Mr. Anand Gonuguntla
Co-founder and CEO | Centina Systems


Anand Gonuguntla, Co-founder and CEO of Centina Systems, has more than 20 years' experience in the telecom and software industry. As CEO, Anand oversees all strategic planning and execution of the company's corporate, sales and product initiatives. Under Anand's leadership, in just 10 years, the company underwent global expansion and has been recognized by leading analyst firms such as Gartner and Frost & Sullivan. The company was also ranked by Deloitte as one of the fastest growing companies in America and has achieved 314% growth from 2009 through 2013. These accolades are a validation of Centina's enterprising spirit and its commitment to its core values.

Prior to Centina Systems, Anand held leadership positions at Xtera Communications and Fujitsu Network Communications. Anand also holds patents in the area of network management and is well published in the communications industry. He received his master's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of North Dakota and a bachelor's degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, India.

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


Rudy Gopaul has over 20 years of leadership experience in sales and business development, enterprise software engineering and corporate management. He also has an entrepreneurial spirit, having started two of his own companies. Currently, he serves as the Senior Director of Business Development for Silicon Valley's NTT Innovation Institute (NTT i3). In this role, he is responsible for expanding NTT i3's Business Development, Strategic Alliances and Partnerships to drive broad commercialization success and extend the company's global innovation technology leadership. He also is responsible for executing on new ideas, rapid prototyping and the development of new products.

Prior to this role, Rudy was Chief Architect for Cloud at NTT i3, where he led the evangelism, strategic direction and go-to-market channels for the NTT i3's products in the Cloud business.

Previously, Rudy was Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at another NTT Group company, Britehouse Group in Johannesburg, South Africa where he played a significant role in the growth of the business through acquisition. He co-developed the first enterprise mobility strategy for the Group and initiated the group's innovation strategy which included people, technology, process and the concept of the Innovation Lab. Rudy has held various engagements at NTT.

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 & Advisor - Cloud, Data Center, and SDN | IHS Markit


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

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

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

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

Mr. Alexey Gumirov
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.

Mr. Thomas Haag
Senior Network Architect | Deutsche Telekom


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

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

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

Dr. Marcus Hacke
Founder & Managing Director | ngena


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

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

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

Dr. Jan Häglund
Head of Architecture and Solutions | Ericsson


Jan Häglund is head of architecture and solutions in Ericsson's Digital systems business area. He is responsible for the overall architecture evolution of core networks, cloud infrastructure and OSS/BSS and their evolution towards NFV/SDN and 5G.

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Mr. Nick Hancock
Industry Partner Manager - NEPs and ISVs - WW CME | HPE


Nick currently leads HPE's global partnership strategy with NEPs and Telco-focused ISVs. He has recently been focused on working with partners to develop digital transformation solutions and joint go to market strategy for virtualized core, edge, BSS and SDN.

In a former role at HP, Nick worked closely with Intel, BT and software partners in the early proof-of-concept which led to the initiation of the ETSI Network Functions Virtualization Industry Specification Group (NFV ISG) and co-authored the HP response to the 2012 joint- carrier NFV white paper.

Nick has over 20 years of experience across telecommunications and IT and holds a BSc. (Hons) Degree from University of Durham.

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


Member, Technology Steering Board | BT


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

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

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

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

Mr. Eric Hanselman
Chief Analyst | 451 Research


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

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

Mr. David Hawkes
Head of Technology & Webscale Partnerships | Nokia


David Hawkes is Head of Technology & Webscale Partnerships within the Corporate Strategy Division of Nokia.

As part of this role, he manages the overall strategic relations with a small number of key partners for Nokia, with a particular focus on semiconductor and webscale companies. Responsibilities include maximizing joint value to Nokia and its partners, either through establishing technological advantages or through enabling access to new markets and client opportunities.

Previously posts include Corporate VC and M&A Advisory, the creation and successful development of an IP Business Licensing function and a number of other senior management roles across companies such as Schlumberger and Canal+ Technologies. He is a qualified European Patent Attorney and holds a BA in Physics from Oxford University.

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 of MANO | ZTE


He Wei is Chief Architect of ZTE MANO solution, in charge of MANO product & solution planning. He has worked in ZTE for over 15 years focusing on management domain, and now leading the management & operation transformation based on SDN/NFV. He Wei has been involved in many global carriers commercial irtualization projects in terms of MANO design and planning, to provide proposals of the operation reconstruction strategy in actual commercial deployment for Mutiple Operators such as China Mobile, China Unicom, VEON, etc.;

He is familiar to ETSI specification of MANO component architecture, functionalities, interfaces definition, and on behalf of ZTE in OPEN-O/ONAP and other MANO open source projects activities, having a deep comprehension of the MANO industry development trends.

Mr. Fran Heeran
Group Head of Network Virtualization, SDN and NFV | Vodafone


Fran Heeran is Head of Network Virtualization, SDN and NFV at Vodafone Group. Fran is leading the group-wide, operations-driven, transformation for Network virtualisation, SDN and NFV. Fran has over 20 years' experience in the software industry and has spent the past 15 years in the telecommunications sector. He has served in senior technology and business leadership roles in a number globally renowned organizations including Alcatel-Lucent, Nokia and NEC. Fran has worked closely with some of the largest global service providers and has been a contributor to standards organisations including GMSA and OMA.

Prior to his current role, Fran was the Senior Vice President and General Manager at Netcracker , a division of NEC corporation where he led the SDN/NFV business unit. Fran was also Senior Vice President and General Manager and Alcatel-Lucent (and subsequently Nokia) where he led the Communications and Collaboration business as well as the charging and policy business. Fran has also held senior business, technology and strategy positions at Aepona (acquired by Intel) and Valista where he was CTO and Senior Vice President of Product Management.

Mr. Mike Heffner
VP, Product Line Management Ensemble | ADVA Optical Networking


Michael Heffner joined ADVA Optical Networking in January 2016 as part of ADVA's acquisition of Overture Networks. Michael serves as the Vice President of Product Line Management for ADVA's Ensemble software business unit. In this role, Michael is responsible for defining ADVA's NFV and SDN product strategy through direct engagement with customers and industry analysts. In addition to managing the product strategy, Michael is also responsible for driving ADVA's NFV/SDN and Analytics solution architecture, partner ecosystem and open source engagement strategy.

Prior to joining ADVA, Michael served as the Director of Product Management within Oracle Communications' Big Data Analytics team. In this role, Michael was responsible for growing Oracle's presence within the CSP community by defining compelling use cases, value propositions and go-to-market strategies that addressed the role of Big Data Analytics in data monetization, customer experience, and cost optimization, especially using new technologies like NFV and SDN.

Michael's 25+ year telecom career spans roles in R&D, solutions architecture, product marketing and product management at a variety of companies including Oracle, Tekelec, Tektronix, Nortel and Motorola. Michael holds a Bachelor's Degree in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University.

Mr. Adrian Hoban
Chair, Technical Steering Committee | 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 shaping and communicating the value of ECI's elastic network SDN-controlled, NFV-virtualized, packet-optical transport, solutions.

Prior to ECI, Jonathan headed business development and product management at Xtellus, an optical wavelength switching startup that was successfully sold to Oclaro. Before that, Jonathan was Vice President Architecture Marketing at Nortel Networks. 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. He has lived and worked in Canada, the United States, and currently in Israel, where he makes Jerusalem his home.

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.

  Mr. Adrian Howlett
Conference Producer | Layer123


Mr. Jason Hunt
Executive Software Architect | IBM


TSC member | ONAP


Jason is an executive software architect at IBM, focused on distributed architectures across the convergence of enterprise applications and network services, with a particular fascination on designing highly available, reliable, and resilient software architectures. He serves as IBM's representative to the ONAP Technical Steering Committee.

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.

Ms. Susan James
Head of NFV Infrastructure, Business Unit IT & Cloud | Ericsson


Susan has been with Ericsson for 25 years, 10 years with Ericsson in Australia and the last 15 years with Ericson AB in Sweden. She has worked in Enterprise and Wireline business areas in the Market Unit in Australia, and in the Networks and Cloud organisation in Sweden.

She has worked extensively with IMS and has been responsible for a number of the network functions in the Ericsson portfolio at different points in time. A product management veteran her career has focused on developing products to address technology transitions and the establishment of new business areas.

Susan has a MBA and Bachelor of Business from the University of Victoria.

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


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

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

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

Mr. Jiang Xue
Carrier IT Sales VP | Huawei


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. Timo Jokiaho
Head of Telco Technology Office, Red Hat EMEA | Red Hat


Timo Jokiaho is Technologist of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) at Red Hat, working with Service Providers, Network Equipment Providers, System Integrators and ISVs to progress NFV agenda in the industry.

Prior to this Timo led the software technology planning function within Huawei Technologies, focusing on Base Platform domain (operating systems, virtualization, telco Cloud with High Availability and performance focus) and also planning for terminal software platforms (Android and potentially some others). Timo has also led Samsung device software R&D in Finland. Before this he led the Strategy, Technology & Architecture work within network element platform development at Nokia Siemens Networks and also led several R&D and business teams at Nokia Networks. Timo has also worked outside the telecommunications industry developing equipment/software security for industry and the maritime navigation industry. He has also been running his own business for several years.

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

Timo holds a master's degree in computer science from Helsinki University.

Mr. Nevin Jones
Sr. Tech Director Transmissions Architecture | ZTE


Nevin has over 25 years of hardware R & D experience in Telecom engineering at Bell Laboratories, Agere Systems, LSI and ZTE.

His primary focus is on SDN, optical transmission and broadband access technologies. He is currently working on solutions addressing IP+Optical Synergy based on SDN.

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. Arpit Joshipura
General Manager, Networking & Orchestration | ONAP


TSC member | ONAP


Arpit brings over 25 years of networking expertise and vision to The Linux Foundation with technical depth and business breadth. He has instrumented and led major industry disruptions across Enterprises, Carriers and Cloud architectures including IP, Broadband, Optical, Mobile, Routing, Switching, L4-7, Cloud, Disaggregation, SDN/NFV, Open Networking and has been an early evangelist for open source. Arpit has served as CMO/VP in startups and larger enterprises including Prevoty, Dell/Force10, Ericsson/Redback, ONI/CIENA and BNR/Nortel leading strategy, product management, marketing, engineering and technology standards functions.

Arpit has served as CMO/VP in startups and larger enterprises including Prevoty, Dell/Force10, Ericsson/Redback, ONI/CIENA and BNR/Nortel leading strategy, product management, marketing, engineering and technology standards functions.

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.

Prof. Ruediger Kays
Full Professor | TU Dortmund University


Chair | VDE/ITG


Rüdiger Kays is full professor at TU Dortmund University and head of the communication technology institute. His research interests are focused on wireless local communication systems for different application areas such as media networks, smart home, smart cities and industrial applications. Currently, he is working in several research projects on wireless communication for Industry 4.0. Before joining TU Dortmund University in 1999, he was general manager of research and advanced development of a large consumer electronics company.

He is chairman of the board of ITG (Information Technology Society within VDE), member of the VDE supervisory board, as well as senior member of IEEE.

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. Gabriel Kerner
VP Network Products and Offerings | Amdocs


Gabriel Kerner is leading the strategy and execution of Amdocs Open Network division. In this capacity he is responsible for OSS, Policy, NFV, ONAP and ECOMP co-creation - building encompassing solutions to evolving operational challenges in delivering services on todays' and tomorrows' networks. He also helps shaping Amdocs vision and strategy in managing network operations in the NFV era, combining in-depth understanding of the telecom market with network technologies expertise.

Gabriel also serves as director on the board of MEF, an industry association spearheading pragmatic standardization of Network service lifecycle management. In previous engagements, Gabriel helped define strategic network evolution with service providers across Europe, with focus on end to end network management. His experience spans business management and development, strategy, product management and engineering. Before joining Amdocs, Gabriel worked with Huawei and Nokia Siemens Networks. Gabriel holds a PhD (Summa Cum Laude) in Physics, is the recipient of multiple prestigious academic awards, co-authored numerous scientific papers and holds several patents.

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. Sunil Khandekar
Founder & CEO, Nuage Networks | Nokia


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

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

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

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

Mr. 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. Stefan Kindt
Head of Cloud Market Development | Nokia


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

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. Ulrich Kohn
Director Technical Marketing | ADVA Optical Networking


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

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

Dr. Hans-Joerg Kolbe
Senior Engineer Access Innovation & Cost Engineering | Deutsche Telekom


Hans-Joerg Kolbe is a senior engineer at Deutsche Telekom Germany working as technical lead in the areas of access network innovation and strategic cost engineering. His focus areas are SDN, NFV and broadband access.

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

Hans-Joerg has over 18 years of experience in broadband network technology and works on SDN and virtualization since 2010. He has significantly contributed to multiple ETSI and BBF standards as well as scientific papers and co-authored multiple granted patents

He holds a PhD in physics from University of Marburg, Germany.

Mr. Peter Konings
Head of Product Development, Europe | Verizon


Peter Konings manages Enterprise Networks and Managed Services for EMEA, LATAM and Canada at Verizon and brings with him more than 20 years of product managing IT and Telecom solutions for enterprise customers.

In his current role he is responsible for managing the regional requirements for the Verizon virtualized network services, enabling products for resellers in region and optimizing access solutions.

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. Robin Ku
Director, Kyrio NFV Interoperability Lab | CableLabs-Kyrio


Mr. Peter Kurta
Head of Cloud Core Solution Design | Nokia


Peter leads Telco Cloud Solution creation activities at Nokia's Mobile Networks, Cloud Core organization. It means, the creation of solution blueprints, covering a full NFV deployment, such that is including Datacenter, Cloud/SDN Infrastructure, Telco VNFs, EMS as well as Orchestration and VNF management. By creating such blueprints, we are about to realize all the benefits NFV has to offer, while tackling the complexity challenge of such a system.

Peter has a background in R&D management and innovation, working on the field of telecommunication for 17 years. Among other projects he has pioneered the virtualization and later the cloudification of telco applications, first for R&D internal use, and later for commercial application.

He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from the John von Neumann Technical College (Hungary), and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Purdue University (US, Indiana

  Mr. David Lake
Sr. Principle Engineer | Dell EMC


David Lake is a Senior Principal Solutions Architect with Dell. He has more than 25 years of network design and deployment experience, ranging from X.25 and SNA, through the era of multiprotocol routing to IP. He has extensive experience in transporting rich-media technologies across complex enterprise and service provider networks, has served on the ETSI NFV, MEC and NGP groups and at IRTF ICNRG. Prior to joining Dell, David was with the Mobility CTO group at Cisco Systems. David had a number of roles in the CTO and Corporate Consulting groups over 19 years at Cisco.

David is also a part-time researcher working towards a PhD in the 5G Innovation Centre at the University of Surrey where he is investigating new packet-core architectures appropriate for 5G networks.

David holds a BSc in Electronic Engineering, an MSc in Telecommunications, a dozen publications and seven patents.

Mr. Stephen Laufer
Associate Partner, Network and OSS Transformation Practice | IBM


Stephen Laufer currently is a member of the Global Telecommunications Media and Entertainment Center of Competency's Network and OSS Practice. Mr. Laufer brings over thirty years of in-depth Telco Strategy, Architecture and Execution experience, across diverse lines of business, including: Fixed, Mobile, Consumer and Enterprise. Additional experience in Billing/Charging, CRM and Order Management. He has successfully led OSS transformation programs around the world focusing on strategy, architecture, managed services and network analytics, as well as BSS transformations.

He has worked with international telecommunications firms in a number of sales, marketing and executive positions, including Solutions and Strategy. Mr. Laufer has been a speaker at numerous industry conferences on a variety of topics throughout his career.

Mr. John Lawitzke
Technical Product Marketing | Tail-f


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

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

Ms. Catherine Lefèvre
AVP - AT&T Network & Shared Services | AT&T


Catherine received her master's degree in computer science and her qualified teaching's degree in computer science in 1996 from the University of Namur (FUNDP) in Belgium.

After graduation, she became a full-time Software Development Engineer working for Alcatel, implementing projects for the Belgian operator called Belgacom. She later moved on to a role as a Service Design Engineer in the context of the British Telecom market to finally reach the level of Technical Market Responsible in the Intelligent Networks domain.

Since February 2006, Catherine has been identified as a High Potential for the Alcatel-Lucent company. She has performed some internal career moves resulting in significant changes in project management and customer focus, being exposed to the Corporate Executive Board. She had an opportunity to go to the Manchester Business School in order to follow an executive education in order to improve her knowledge from marketing, financial, project management perspectives.
In 2008, she received the Purple Star Award for her exceptional contribution to the business, demonstrating innovative customer focused approaches in the context of the Benelux business within RU North & West Europe

In 2009, she was one of the Nominees as Benelux People Leader of the Year and was the first finalist lady. She was also one of the Founding members of the Smart Metering Alcatel-Lucent Venture team, utilizing some of her awarded patents. She has explored a potential business in the utility domain focusing on the Smart Metering, meeting meter manufacturers and third party companies in order to build a new product. She therefore become an expert in meter management and meter protocols like C12.X and DLMS (Device Language Message specification)/COSEM (COmpanion Specification for Energy Metering).

Catherine was a Member of the Alcatel-Lucent Technical Academy from 2010 to 2013. In 2012, she received the S3G Award that recognizes people who are driving a high performance culture within Software, Solutions and Services Alcatel-Lucent Group.

In 2013, she was the Guest editor for volume 18 issue 1 of the Bell Labs Technical Journal. She also played an active role in the Merger and Acquisition process related to the Open API Platform (assets/people) between Alcatel-Lucent and AT&T. She joined AT&T in October 2013, driving a worldwide team, following Agile practices, Continuous Integration, with a never-ending automation goal.

In 2015, she started to focus on AT&T Domain 2.0 technology (Software Defined Network) software development best practices; being engaged early on prototypes and proof of concepts, accelerating AT&T's ability to move from concept to scaled production development, integrating the DevOps Culture. In addition to her contribution to the ECOMP Platform, she is a member of the AT&T "Virtual Network Function" Governance Board and is co-leading the open sourcing of the ECOMP Platform (ONAP).

Mr. François Lemarchand
Strategic Product Director | Ericsson


François LeMarchand is heading Ericsson SDN product & solutions group.

He was previously responsible for strategy in Ericsson IP & EPC product line. Before joining Ericsson François headed Consulting Sales Engineering for Redback and held various Product Management and Sales positions at CoSine Communication and Cisco.

  Mr. Leo Ma Liang
Chief Product Manager of Huawei Cloud Core NFV Solution | Huawei


Mr. Gary Leonard
Global Account Leader | Nokia


Gary Leonard is Nokia's Global Account Leader for the Dell Technologies Alliance. In this role, he coordinates the joint go to market and joint solutions between Dell Technology companies and Nokia. The joint solutions focus is on Enterprise and Carrier NFV connectivity solutions sales.

Gary brings over twenty years of experience in the data communications industry and has held various technical, marketing, and sales positions with Racal Datacom, Fore Systems / Marconi Communications, Riverstone Networks, and Alcatel- Lucent Technologies.

  Mr. Dejan Leskaroski
Sr. Product Manager | Affirmed Networks


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. Anders Lidén
Solution Architect-SDN/NFV, Product Management | Clavister


Anders Lidén is a Solutions Architect at Clavister, part of the Product Management team, responsible for SDN/NVF solutions.

He has more than 13 years of experience in the network security area, working with software architecture and design of network security products deployed by major telecom equipment vendors.

Mr. Tommy Lindgren
Cloud Market Development | Nokia


Tommy is an Internet and telecommunications professional responsible for corporate wide market positioning of cloud solutions and open source marketing. Having worked in the industry for 20 years, Tommy has extensive knowledge in both fixed and mobile networks, from both service provider and vendor side. Former positions include pioneering operator VoIP deployments in late 90's, IP/MPLS network planning and Internet peering, evolved packet core product management and competitive positioning.

Tommy has been engaged in cloud and NFV with customers since 2010.

Ms. Vanessa Little
Director, Solutions Architecture | VMware


Member, Technical Steering Committee | OSM


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

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

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. Zygmunt Lozinski
Network Domain, Telecom Industry. STSM & IBM Master Inventor | IBM


Zygmunt Lozinski is one of the technical leaders for IBM's business in the telecom industry; he is responsible for SDN/NFV solutions.

He was an architect for one of the first deployments of NFV infrastructure. He is a member of the ETSI NFV and the ONAP security work groups.

Zygmunt also consults to operators on technology and strategy. Recently he completed the Data Center and Network Data Center Strategy for a global mobile operator covering the transformation of telecom infrastructure to cloud.

Zygmunt received the B.Sc(Eng) in Computing Science from Imperial College London. He is a member of the IEEE. He is an IBM Senior Technical Staff Member and an IBM Master Inventor with over 25 patents filed in computing and telecommunications, and over 100 publications.

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

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


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

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

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

  Mr. Peter Marek
Director x86 Solutions | Advantech


Mr. Oren Marmur
VP, Head of NFV, Amdocs Open Network | Amdocs


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

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

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

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

Mr. Klaus Martiny
Senior Program Manager | Deutsche Telekom


Vice Chair, Network Operators Council | ETSI NFV ISG


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

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

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

Mr. Josep Martrat
Project Co-ordinator | SONATA


Telecom Market Manager | ATOS


Josep Martrat holds a Degree in Telecommunication Engineering from Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). He is currently Market Manager of Telecom and Media services at Atos Research and Innovation.

He works on the establishment of the innovation strategy for Atos' portfolio around telecoms. His research activity includes study of Cloud technologies, network virtualization (SDN/NFV) and new services in Future Internet and the use of SLAs in the business world. He coordinated BonFIRE initiative about designing, building and operating a multi‐cloud facility for experimentation with hybrid clouds (public & private). He is currently coordinating SONATA / 5GTANGO projects about agile network service development and deployment on software networks (SDN/NFV) that is releasing a NFV-based SDK, a validation and verification (V&V) NFV catalogue and a MANO service platform.

Mr. Pat McCarthy
CMO, VP Strategy & Innovation, Europe | Huawei


Pat McCarthy is the CMO, VP Strategy and Product Management in Europe for Huawei Product and Solutions, dedicated to Autonomic Orchestration & Assurance for Fixed, Wireless, IT and Cloud.

Pat is a senior professional with 20 years' experience across USA, Europe, India and Brazil markets. He has Telco and IT experience in strategy, product and marketing roles in the industry and the sponsor for Huawei's Innovation Operation Automation Catalysts.

Prof. Nick McKeown
Professor, EE and CS | Stanford University


Chief Scientist, Chairman & Co-Founder | Barefoot Networks


Nick McKeown has been a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Stanford University since 1995, where his research team has focused on how to improve the Internet, and how to make switches and routers faster. In 2005 he started the Clean Slate Program at Stanford, which led to Martin Casado's now infamous work, better known as "Software Defined Networking."

He co-founded Nicira (acquired by VMware for $1 billion), Abrizio and Nemo ("Network Memory"), as well as ONF, ON.Lab and In 2013,he co-founded Barefoot Networks, where he is Chairman and Chief Scientist. His current passion is to move the network dataplane from fixed-function hardware up and into software where it belongs. He envisions this revolution will foster much faster innovation in networking, and finally hand over the keys to those who own and operate networks to customize them to best suit their needs.

Nick is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE), the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK), the IEEE and the ACM. He received the British Computer Society Lovelace Medal (2005), the IEEE Kobayashi Computer and Communications Award (2009), the ACM Sigcomm Lifetime Achievement Award (2012), the IEEE Rice communications theory award (1999), and an Honorary Doctorate from ETH (Zurich, 2014)

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. John Meakin
Principal Strategy Consultant | Flexera Software


John Meakin is a Principal Strategy Consultant at Flexera specialising in the monetization of software with over 25 years' experience in software licensing and business transformation. John works closely with both established software producers, looking for newer innovative approaches to licensing, as well as non-traditional software organizations seeking guidance and assistance to monetize device based software to develop new and recurring revenue through flexible software monetization approaches.

With his extensive background and understanding of the continually evolving software licensing and associated intellectual property considerations, John has worked with a broad cross-section of industry sectors including SDN & NFV areas to successfully introduce transformational software monetization approaches and solutions.

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. Robin Mersh
CEO | The Broadband Forum


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

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

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

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


Chief Scientist, Future Network Theory Lab | Huawei


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

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

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

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

Mr. Bartosz Michalik
Technical Architect | Amartus


Bartosz Michalik is a Technical Architect at Amartus, a certified MEF engineer, and a distinguished MEF member. Bartosz graduated in Computer Science from Poznan University of Technology in 2006, and holds a PhD in Computer Science, Software Architecture from Katholieke Universiteit in Leuven.

Prior to joining Amartus, Bartosz held a number of software engineering and architect positions. He has more than 10 years of experience in the software development and consulting industry. Currently, Bartosz mainly focuses on building technical expertise around software-centric networks, network virtualization, open source networking and MEF standardization and APIs.

Bartosz is a keen supporter of open development initiatives and community collaboration. He's the leader of the MEF LSO Presto Hackathon project, and co-leads two other initiatives by the forum: OpenCS Packet WAN and LSO Presto SDK. He's also a contributor to the Open Daylight UniMgr project.

Mr. Dirk Michel
VP - Service Assurance Solutions & Technical Sales | MYCOM OSI


Dirk is currently leading the Solutions and Telco-Cloud Consulting Group for MYCOM OSI's Service Assurance portfolio. In this role he works closely with mobile and fixed CSPs to enable carrier-grade assurance solutions across physical and virtual network infrastructure, with a particular focus on network transformation through NFV, SDN, Cloud and closed-loop automation.

He also leads a team of technical pre-sales directors, which are dedicated to architecting assurance solutions across MYCOM OSI's Experience Assurance and Analytics portfolio.

Specialties: Mobile/Fixed Service Assurance, NFV/SDN Assurance, Telco-Cloud Closed-Loop-Assurance, NOC/SOC Processes, Bid and Contract Formation.

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


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

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

Mr. Naoki Miyata
Manager Technology Development | 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.

Mr. Carl Moberg
Technology Director | Cisco


Carl Moberg, VP of Technology works closely with strategic customers and partners and serves as the company's key technology evangelist. Carl has been an integral part of the Tail-f management team since joining in 2006 having a variety of positions including VP of Engineering and VP Marketing & Product Management. Carl is also a key contributor to many of the standards organizations including IETF, ETSI NFV, Cablelabs, ONF and MEF.

Before joiing Tail-f Systems, Mr Moberg held several management positions at ServiceFactory, a company that he co-founded in 1999. Prior to ServiceFactory. Mr. Moberg was one of the principal architects of Telia's Internet service platform. This platform was an industry first, supporting a wide variety of access types and application services in an integrated fashion to millions of subscribers.

Mr. Bob Monkman
Director, Networking Software Strategy & Ecosystem Programs | 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. Heinrich Munz
‎Lead Architect Industry 4.0 | KUKA


Heinrich Munz co-founded the Germany based LP Elektronik GmbH in 1985 after graduating as an Electronic Engineer. In 1993 he developed the Windows Real-time extender "VxWin" which in 1995 KUKA chose as the basis operating system for all KUKA robots and acquired LP Elektronik. Since 1996 VxWin has been the basis of each KUKA Robot controller. Since 1999 Heinrich Munz has worked for KUKA as a robot control system architect and recently as a "Lead Architect Industry 4.0". He also holds a position as vice chairman in the official German Industry 4.0 Platform initiative.

Mr. Marco Murgia
Chief Architect | Citrix


Marco is Chief Architect in the Citrix Networking Group, with over 20 years' experience in networking, security and application delivery. Marco is responsible for the Netscaler SD-WAN architecture and strategy as well as interoperability of the networking products overall in the Citrix portfolio.

Marco joined Citrix in 2007 through the acquisition of Caymas Systems where he was Chief Architect.

Marco has a BSEE from MIT and a MS in Engineering Management from Stanford.

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


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

Mr. Tetsuya Nakamura
Principal Architect | CableLabs


Vice Chair | ETSI NFV ISG


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

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

Mr. Rod Naphan
CTO & SVP of Solutions and Portfolio Planning | Fujitsu Network Communications


Rod Naphan, CTO & Senior Vice President of Solutions and Portfolio Planning at Fujitsu Network Communications, is the architect of the Fujitsu networking vision and portfolio. Rod provides executive leadership to the organization that engages the industry, imagines the possibilities inherent in technology as a source of digital transformation, and defines the future products and solutions for Fujitsu Network Communications.

Rod has broad experience in the planning, development and promotion of networking platforms.Over his 28 years in the communications industry, he has held various hands-on leadership roles in software and systems design engineering, program management, and product line management across several generations of industry leading communications equipment and software solutions. Prior to joining Fujitsu, Rod worked as a software engineer at Bell Northern Research in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

At Fujitsu Network Communications, Rod has been a champion for diversity in the workplace, and is a proud supporter of the Women's Innovative Network (WIN), an internal program designed to promote diversity overall and support women's growth and success in particular. He believes that a diverse employee base provides Fujitsu with innumerable benefits, including increased creativity, innovation and profitable growth.

Rod serves on the Board of Directors for ATIS (Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions) and ONOS/CORD (Open Network Operating System/Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter, open source software defined networking projects). He has served on technical advisory boards for CIAN (Center for Integrated Access Networks, an NSF sponsored university research center of excellence) and for various device technology companies.

Rod holds a BSc. in Honors Computing and Computer Electronics from Wilfrid Laurier University, and a MASc. in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo in Ontario.

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.

Ms. Dana Nehama
Sr. Solution Manager, SDN & NFV | Intel


Dana Nehama joined Intel in February 2014 and is responsible for life cycle of Intel Open Network Platform Server, driving the adoptions and deployment of SDN and NFV.

During her 25 year career, 14 of which spent in Silicon Valley, Dana has spanned the full spectrum of roles in the telecom and wireless communications industry, bringing to market technology initiatives such as SDN, LTE, WiMAX, VoIP, and DOCSIS, growing business and driving multimillion dollar customer engagements.

Prior to Intel, Dana held various Product Marketing, Product Management, and Engineering senior roles with Hardware and Software companies such as Wind River, Alvarion, Terayon Communications, Copper Mountain Networks, RAD Data Communication and ECI Telecom.

Mr. Thinh Nguyenphu
Network Architect | Nokia


Vice Chair, SOL(Solution) WG | ETSI NFV ISG


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. Si Ya Ni
Student | Marist College


Si Ya Ni, who goes by the name of Wendy. is currently a junior Computer Science major at Marist College, located in Poughkeepsie, New York. She is also minoring in Information Technology, Information Systems, and Mathematics. This summer, she started working closely with her professor, Robert Cannistra, and other students in the research lab on multiple projects on cyber security. We are trying to tackle the issue of slow cyber defense responses with automation.

Mr. Sten Nordell
CTO | Infinera


Sten Nordell, Transmode's Chief Technology Officer, was formerly Chief Convergence Officer and also VP Networks & Platform Strategy at mobile operator Telenor Group, and served as CTO of both Utfors AB (the first carrier in the world to deploy IP/MPLS directly over WDM) and Bay Networks' Internet and Telecom Division in EMEA.

Sten also has experience as a Director of Business and Technology Strategy EMEA for Nortel. Being one of the few people in the industry to have senior level experience both in building networks from the operator's perspective and in designing systems as a vendor to meet operator needs, Sten has been in demand and recognised for his presentations at numerous consortia, conferences and shows.

Mr. James O'Brien
Client Technical Architect Leader for Telco | IBM


James has 19 years' experience in the telco industry, working for an OSS vendor, for Operators and in various roles in IBM. James's areas of interest are OSS & BSS transformation based on a cloud native approach.

James has represented IBM in the ZT NSM initiative as part of the architecture stream.

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.

Mr. Simon Osborne
CTO Service Orchestration | Nokia


Simon is currently CTO for Service Orchestration in Nokia's Applications & Analytics Division. Prior to the acquisition in 2017 he was responsible for detailing creative and innovative solutions for the communications market in Comptel.

As Vice President of the Fulfillment Business Unit he led product management and the development team to transform Comptel Provisioning & Activation technology into a fully integrated catalog-driven Fulfillment platform. Simon has also held senior roles in strategy and architecture and in over 20 years in the industry has also worked at Axiom Systems, Metasolv, Nortel, Architel and CGI.

Mr. Eugene Otoakhia
Researcher | BT


Eugene Otoakhia is a Senior Researcher at BT within the Data Networks Team responsible for BT's NFV research, where he leads BT's research on Virtualised Content Distribution Networks (vCDN) with its partners.

Prior to this, Eugene spent several years designing network solutions for large enterprise customers as part of the Portfolio and Service Design team within BT.
Eugene is currently involved in the SONATA EU-Funded Project, looking at agile service deployment and orchestration in 5G networks.

He has a B.Sc. in Computer Engineering from Benson Idahosa University, Nigeria, and an MSc in Electronic Communications and Computer Engineering from The University of Nottingham, UK. He is also a member of the Institute of Engineering Technology.

Mr. Luc-Yves Pagal Vinette
Global Business Development Executive & SDN/NFV Subject Matter Expert' | Kontron


SDN/NFV Subject Matter Expert


Luc-Yves Pagal Vinette leads Kontron Canada's Business Development efforts in Asia and Africa and overall global SDN/NFV activities. He strives to identify new trends in the market and to educate people about Kontron Open Service Platforms and their unique capabilities in helping a vast array of Service Providers (Network Operators, Wholesale Carriers, Mobile Operators, Cloud and Datacenter players and CDN distributors).

Luc-Yves has been with Kontron Canada for a year. Previously, he held a Senior Strategic Alliance Management position at PCCW Global for MPLS, Carrier-Ethernet and SDN/NFV solutions. Prior to PCCW Global, he held multiple senior Product
Management positions at OneAccess, ADVA Optical Networking, Huawei Technologies and Ericsson (Marconi Communications) and was the CTO of Europe Absolute Services from 2009 to 2012.

Luc-Yves received a Master's degree in Networking & Telecommunications from INSTA in France and a MBA from Heriot-Watt University. Luc-Yves has contributed to many standard bodies (IETF, ITU and MEF) and continues to push the Hybrid MANO approach very heavily.

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.

Mr. Manuel Paul
Senior Standardization Expert | Deutsche Telekom


Manuel Paul is a senior expert in international standardization for Deutsche Telekom. Deeply engaged in strategy, innovation and engineering projects, he coordinates Software-Defined Networking standards & collaborative community activities.

He is involved in the SDN movement since the early days, has driven and actively contributed to numerous related standardization activities, and serves in leadership positions at Broadband Forum and the Open Networking Foundation.

Mr. Michael Pauls
Researcher | Fraunhofer FOKUS


Michael Pauls received his M.Sc. in Computer Science from the Technical University of Berlin in 2016. During his studies he focused mainly on communication systems and next generation network infrastructures. He realized his Master thesis "Design and Implementation of an Autoscaling Engine for Carrier-grade Virtualized Network Functions (VNFs)" during his 2-year employment at the TU Berlin and gained a lot of expertise, especially in this domain.

After finishing his studies he started to work as Research Assistant at TU Berlin and Fraunhofer FOKUS with ambitions of writing his PhD. During this time he became an expert in the emerging concept of Network Function Virtualization (NFV) by being mainly involved in projects such as the prototyping of the first standard compliant NFV framework, called Open Baton, and, additionally, involved in OPNFV, in particular, the Orchestra project. Previously he was one of the main developers in the European project NUBOMEDIA taking care of the orchestration of components at the IaaS and PaaS level. Currently he is involved in the European project ElasTest, an elastic platform to ease end to end testing. His main task is to develop a Management and Orchestration platform which is agnostic to the underlying infrastructure.

Mr. Uwe Pecis
Orchestration Practice Principal | HPE


Uwe currently leads the HPE CMS Orchestration EMEA competence team in its Communications and Media Solutions, a team of senior telecom experts focusing on NFV transformation, working with CSPs to help shape their strategy for NFV transformation. Uwe was an early member of HPEs NFV and SDN community and is one of the leadership team inside HPE driving the go to market and solutioning activity for HPEs NFV orchestration portfolio, working closely with both HPE's clients and industry solution partners, to build composable end to end NFV solutions.

Uwe has over 20 years' experience within HPE's telecommunications businesses, holding a number of different roles in both sales and delivery, covering the entire telecommunications portfolio offered by HPE. His passion for innovation is clear and he has played a key part in the development of a number of HPE Solutions that are designed to enable zero touch operation using OSS solutions, influencing HPE's contribution to TMF standardization. Uwe is based in the Düsseldorf area and holds a degree in Physics from the Universität des Saarlandes Saarbrücken

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. Gabriel Podolsky
Product Line Manager | Telco Systems


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

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

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

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

Mr. Adan Pope
Chief Information Technology Officer | Ciena


Adan Pope is currently Chief Information Technology Officer for Ciena. Adan is responsible for the overall vision and technology strategy for the software and solutions business encompassing Ciena's software platforms and delivery practices. He works with the Software and Services leadership team as well as the CTO team to drive industry-leading technology and value leadership and spearheads Ciena's strategic engagement with key customers, partners, and other external stakeholders. Prior to transitioning into his current role, he was Chief Industry Architect for Ciena's office of the Chief Technology Officer.

Prior to joining Ciena, he held a number of senior positions at Ericsson including Vice President of Technology and CTO Support Solutions and head of portfolio management and strategy for the multimedia business unit. Adan also held senior leadership roles at Telcordia Technologies, Tellabs, Amdocs, and ShopperTrak. He is a member of DeVry University's Engineering and Information Sciences Advisory Council.

He received an MBA ands Masters of Science in Computer Science from North Central College where he was recognized as Outstanding Graduate Student of his class.

Mr. Sergio Pozo
Senior Architect for Orchestration | Vodafone


Sergio Pozo is a Senior Architect for Orchestration and works in the Network Virtualisation Centre of Excellence in Vodafone Group Technology.

He has an extensive knowledge of networking technologies based on over 17 years experience and has spent the last few years working on Software Defined Networking and Network Function Virtualisation. Currently he is the owner of Orchestration products and is additionally leading the activities regarding SDN based service chaining. In previous roles,

Sergio spent three years in Vodafone Spain gaining expertise in Mobile Networks. He also participated, mainly in Telefonica, in different projects related with Networking and IPTV, including some innovation projects related with WIFI.

Mr. Marc Prenger
Sr. Network Systems Engineer | Dell EMC


Marc started his career as software developer at local ISPs and carriers. There he learned how to combine Open-Source-Software based on Linux along with scripting and programming into open and flexible Network Services. Looking back, this might have been first aspects of Software-Defined-Networking (SDN).

Marc continued to develop himself in network administration and troubleshooting and decided to extend his career as a Systems Engineer in networking. Nowadays those two areas (networking and Linux programming) are merging into Open Networking and Automation.

  Mr. Nathan Rader
Representative | OSM


Director NFV Strategy | Canonical


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


Rajesh Rajamani is the Director of Marketing, Service Provider Networks and NFV, where he is responsible for developing Spirent's End-to-End Test Methodology for the Service Provider SDN and NFV domains.

Rajesh has worked in the telecoms industry for over 20 years and prior to joining Spirent, Rajesh has worked in various technical and marketing roles at CenturyLink, Redback & Nortel.

He attended Duke University in Durham, NC where he obtained a Master's degree in Business Administration. He is also a veteran speaker for the Layer 123 and other industry events on the topic of NFV testing, benchmarking and validation.

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


Chair | Open Source MANO


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

In April 2016, he was elected Chairman of Open Source MANO (ETSI 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. Yann Rapaport
Product Manager | 6WIND


Yann is responsible for 6WIND's products management. He works closely with sales, marketing and R&D to define and implement the 6WINDGate and Speed Series roadmap.

Yann has held miscellaneous positions at 6WIND, from joining the company as a QA engineer in 2001, managing the software outsourcing team in Vietnam in 2004, being 6WIND's first pre-sales engineer in the US in 2008 to managing the customer support team back in Paris in 2009. These diverse experiences allowed him to develop an extensive knowledge of 6WIND's technology and of 6WIND's ecosystem of partners and customers.

Yann holds a MSc in Computer Science, with a major in Systems and Networking, from ENSIMAG (top French engineering school specialized in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics)."

Dr. Uwe Rauschenbach
Rapporteur SOL003 | ETSI NFV ISG


Senior Standardization Specialist, Nokia Bell Labs & CTO | Nokia


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

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

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

Mr. Andy Reid
Chief Network Services Architect | BT


Vice Chair | OSM


Andy Reid is currently architect for BT's project on network functions virtualisation.

Andy has worked in the telecoms industry for over 25 years and is now particularly concerned with removing packet performance bottlenecks in hypervisors, and the operations and management of virtualised network functions and their supporting infrastructure platform.

Andy has a long history in telecoms strategy and architecture and has a particular interesting in modelling, including functional modelling, data modelling, operational modelling, and performance modelling. Following his close involvement with the original SDH network architectural definition almost 20 years ago, Andy co-authored the seminal reference text "Transmission Networking: SONET and the Synchronous Digital Hierarchy", together with Mike Sexton. In more recent years he has also done a substantial amount economic modelling for pricing, regulation and competition law.

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. Ron Renwick
Director of Product Marketing and Product Line Manager | Netronome


Ron Renwick serves as Director of Product Marketing and Product Line Manager at Netronome Systems. In this role Ron is responsible for all existing Netronome hardware products and development of future solutions. With extensive background in server adapters for networking and storage, Ron understands the challenges and needs of customers for cost-effective server based networking solutions.

Prior to Netronome, Ron was Product Line Manager for Fibre Channel OEM adapters at Emulex. Prior to Emulex, Ron has run the cloud orchestration software project at Platform Computing (now IBM) in addition to server and storage adapter product management roles at Xsigo and SGI.

Ron holds a BSME from the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA from Santa Clara University.

Mr. Patrick Richardson
Senior Product Manager | Akamai Technologies


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

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

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


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

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

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

Mr. David Rose
‎VP Sales & Business Development | Virtuosys


Dave joined ARM prior to their IPO and over the course of the next 11 years helped shape the company's growth to be the leading IP licensing company. His roles included running European Sales to semiconductor companies, Director of Segment Marketing in the Consumer sector and finally leading their OEM Sales activities in Europe and APAC regions.

After leaving ARM he joined IPWireless to lead their IMB Business Development working with handset manufacturers before joining another Cambridge based start-up, UltraSoC Technologies, as VP sales. For the past year he has been driving all the commercial activities for another UK based start-up, Virtuosys, focused on leading the development of Edge Computing

  Ms. Eva Rossi
Head of Transport Product | Vodafone


Eva Rossi works in the Network Centre of Excellence in Vodafone Group Technology where she leads the Transport Product team. In her role she is responsible for defining E2E transport Architecture and select Transport technologies to be deployed in Vodafone as well as for defining the transformation towards SDN-based Transport Network.

Eva joined Vodafone in 1998 and covered different roles in the area of Transmission and Transport. Her experience in Transport has been more than 20 years since she graduated at the University of Padua in Italy with a degree in Electronic Engineering.

Ms. Sue Rudd
Director Service Provider Analysis | Strategy Analytics


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Mr. Ciaran Ryan
Director, Operations Insights, IBM Cloud | IBM


Ciaran has responsibility for the development of the IBM software portfolio that is used by Network and IT Operations personnel across multiple industries, including telcos. This software portfolio is built around the Netcool suite and it is supporting clients in their ongoing transformation.

He has over 20 years experience in the industry and joined IBM in 2007. Prior to IBM, Ciaran worked for Ericsson, Vodafone and Vallent Technologies. Ciaran is excited about bringing the potential of Cognitive Analytics to Network Operators and IT Operators to help manage them the growing complexity of their physical and virtual environments.

Mr. Dmitriy 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


Elio Salvadori is the Director of CREATE-NET Research Center within Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK), where he is responsible for managing, organizing, executing and monitoring of the activities of the Center.

Prior to FBK CREATE-NET, Elio has developed a mixed industrial and academic background: he graduated in 1997 from Politecnico di Milano through an internship pursued at CoreCom, a research lab funded by Politecnico and Pirelli Optical Systems (now Cisco Photonics). After a few years working as network engineer at Nokia Networks, he pursued his PhD at the University of Trento in 2005.

During his research career, he has been involved in several national and European projects on SDN and transport networking technologies as well as on Future Internet testbeds.

Mr. Saurabh Sandhir
VP, Product Line Management, Nuage Networks | Nokia


Saurabh Sandhir leads the Product Management team at Nuage Networks. Saurabh brings over 16 years of experience leading cross-functional engineering, product management and marketing teams focussed on networking software products. Most recently,

Saurabh was Head of Technology Strategy, CTO office at Ericsson. Prior to his role at Ericsson, Saurabh held a variety of leadership roles during his 13 year tenure at Juniper Networks. He was the head of the NFV platform product line for both engineering and product management functions. Saurabh also headed the Network Programmability (Junos SDK) product line at Juniper and the development of the industry's first network API toolkit for developers. This group was also instrumental in defining the marketing blueprint for the introduction of software products in a thus so far hardware centric industry.

Saurabh played key roles in building Juniper's SDN partner and channel programs and defining the SDN architecture/strategy leading to the acquisition of Contrail Systems.

Mr. Vinay Saxena
HPE Fellow & Chief Architect Communications Solutions Business | HPE


Vinay Saxena is a Fellow in the Communications Solutions Business Unit at HPE, and acts as the Chief Architect CSB business Unit. In this role, Vinay is responsible for defining the overall CSB (Network Functions Virtualization, SDN, Cloud and emerging solutions) technology architecture, strategy and future vision including the evolution of the solution plan of record aligning with the business priorities.

A seasoned technology and business executive, Vinay has spent 20+ years creating and delivering innovative technology solutions for the worldwide markets of Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Vinay has spent the last 5 years incubating NFV and SDN technology solutions inside HPE driving various Products/Solutions and driving key customer PoC's and delivery engagements with Communications Service Provider customers.

Vinay has proven leadership and experience in delivering large complex solutions, products and projects to the communications industry. His extensive experience in setting strategy for new products, developing end-to-end solutions and taking them to market includes significant experience with Cloud, SDN, and Virtualization technologies.

Vinay holds multiple patents issued and is the author of a number of technical publications. Prior to joining HP in 1996 Vinay was Network & MIS Manager at Lamar University, where he also earned his Master's degree in Electrical Engineering.

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 CTO for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) at HPE's Communications Solutions Business (CSB), where he is responsible for the technology strategy and industry engagement for NFV. His current focus is the transformation of service provider networks to become digital service provider networks, using software-defined and cloud-like architectures. He served as the first Chair of the ETSI NFV ISG, and is currently Chair of the Board of Directors for OPNFV.

Prodip is a Life Member of the IEEE. Before joining HPE, Dr. Sen held various positions at Verizon, NYU Poly and UCLA.

Mr. Wenyu Shen
Technology Development Manager | NTT Communications


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

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

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


Mr. Darko Simic
Product Manager | Swisscom


Darko Simic has been designing and building large scale enterprise networks and security solutions for large customer since 18 years.

He joined Swisscom in 2013 and has been active in the service development focused around customer experience in combination with SDN/NFV technologies.
He holds Masters of Science degrees from Swiss Universities of Lausanne and Neuchatel.

Mr. Manish Singh
VP, Product Management - SDN & NFV | Tech Mahindra


Manish Singh is a well-respected industry leader with over 20 years of experience and specializes in Wireless Networks. He is the Vice President of SDN and NFV Solutions at Tech Mahindra. For three consecutive years, Manish served on the Executive Board of Small Cell Forum. Manish is a Thought Leader with an excellent mix of technology depth and business acumen.

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

Manish holds an MS degree from I.I.Sc. Bangalore.

Manish routinely features as a keynote speaker at leading industry events. He is a thoughtful writer with copious published papers and articles. Manish holds multiple patents in fields of computing and communications.

Mr. Damjan Slapar
CTO | Iskratel


Damjan Slapar is Chief Technology Officer at Iskratel. He has more than 25 years of experience in Cloud applications and computing, software services and platforms, software architecture, development methodologies, business development and strategic technology planning. Also acting change manager - reshaping and transitioning individuals, teams and organizations

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


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

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

Prior to this new role, Timon provided product and management consulting services to numerous technology firms, most recently with Ericsson where he was driving product strategy for the networking product lines. His prior experience also includes executive roles in product management, marketing and engineering for firms such as Matisse Networks, Extreme Networks, NET, FlowWise and SCO.

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

Ms. Gail Smith
Founder, SDN practice lead | Cavell


Gail is leading Cavell's efforts in developing its SDN practice across its research, consulting, training and technical service groups. Cavell's efforts in SDN include:

Skills enablement : ONF certified training partner, partner of SDN Essentials
Post sale customer support for large enterprise networks: transformation directors, design and implementation engineering
Providing pre-sales support: go to market strategy, service creation and proof of concept staffing
Research and analysis: our research program within the hosted comm service will be expanded to include monitoring the decision criteria of Service Providers that are actively pursuing SD-WAN.

Gail has delivered strategy and operating model consulting to carriers throughout EMEA and has provided interim general management for companies such as Clearwire's Belgian operation (early 4G player). Prior to founding the Cavell Group she was a senior executive with Service Providers. She led Level 3 Communications start-up in Europe first as SVP Sales and Marketing and then as regional President overseeing a major infrastructure build and growing the operation from $0 to $120 Million in revenue with presence in 5 countries. Prior to Level 3, Gail was VP, GM of International Networks at MFS International (now Verizon Business) where the team established the first competitive infrastructure based carrier in Europe and built the first non-consortium transatlantic cable, growing revenue from 0 to $2 Billion.

Gail's early career was with Motorola where she held a number of strategy and product management positions. She also led Motorola's standards delegation to Study Group XVIII, and was chair of T1S1.1 the largest US standards group at the time. In addition to focusing on Cavell's SDN practice, Gail represents Cavell shareholder interest as Managing Director of Penzias Ltd and is on the advisory board of Solvay Business School's Programme on GDPR.

Mr. Steve Smith
Associate Fellow, Information Technology | Verizon


At Verizon, Steve is responsible for SDN NFV service assurance architecture, design and development for Managed Services with a focus on automation. Current interests include the application of robotic process automation, machine learning and intent-based networking for service assurance.

Steve has 33 years of experience with Verizon in Service Management, Service Assurance and Network Engineering including extensive experience in Managed Services. He holds 5 patents in the areas of automated network fault isolation, root cause automation, and automated customer notifications related to the managed services domain.

Mr. David Snow
Principal Analyst, Global Telecom Technology & Software | GlobalData


As Principal Analyst for Service Provider Infrastructure, David is responsible for tracking the evolution and key developments within the IP Services Infrastructure market. His coverage areas include Hosted Multimedia Application Servers, IP
Multimedia Subsystems (IMS), Session Border Controlsllers (SBCs) and Softswitches. Coverage areas also include Network Analytics and NFV Management and Network Orchestration (MANO).

Prior to joining Current Analysis, David served as a Senior Analyst at both Ericsson AB and Marconi Corporation, where he focused on market, strategic and competitive intelligence.

David is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and earned a B.Sc. in Physics from University of Bristol and an M.Sc. in Telecommunication Technology from Aston University

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. Robert Soukup
Senior Program Manager | Deutsche Telekom


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

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

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

Mr. Shahar Steiff
AVP New Technologies | PCCW Global


Board Member | MEF


Shahar Steiff joined PCCW Global in 2001 and has served in various sales, pre-sales product development and management roles.

In his current assignment Shahar explores the applicability of new technologies to PCCW Global's current and future product portfolio. Shahar represents PCCW Global in numerous Standard bodies such as MEF, TM Forum, NGMN, ONAP and others with focus on inter-carrier orchestration standardization.

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

Shahar is also a board member of MEF and a Co-Chair of the MEF LSO Committee.

Mr. Paul Stevens
Telecom Sector Marketing Director | Advantech


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

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

Mr. Kazuo Sugiyama
General Manager of Core Network Development Dpt. R&D Innovation Div. | NTT DOCOMO


Kazuo Sugiyama joined NTT in 1990 and moved to NTT DOCOMO, which was established in 1992. He is now Managing Director of the Core Network Development Department of NTT DOCOMO, with responsibility for the Company's core network development.

In June 2014, NTT DOCOMO launched Japan's first VoLTE service and Sugiyama led the project to its successful conclusion as the development director. His current focus is on implementing and testing SDN and NFV, which are planned to be commercial by March 2016. Sugiyama continues to put an emphasis on next-generation core network development.

Mr. Tomislav Sukser
Senior Expert, Data Center & Cloud Orchestration | Deutsche Telekom


Tomislav Sukser works as a data center architect for Deutsche Telekom AG, and has been involved with Network Function Virtualization before it was even called that. Since 2011 he has focused on cloud scalability and efficiency, and has significant experience with various technologies including OpenStack, containers, virtualization platforms and SDN especially as used by telcos and carriers.

Mr. Maen Suleiman
Senior Software Product Line Manager | Marvell


Maen Suleiman is a Software Product Line Manager at Marvell Networking BU, In his current role, Maen is responsible of ARMADA Processors Software Ecosystem and partnerships, prior to this role Maen filled several positions in Marvell in SoC Software Architecture, Product Definition and software R&D team in managerial and in engineering positions.

Maen received an Information Systems Bachelor of Science (BSc) Degree at the Technion , Israel Institute of Technology.

Dr. Oguz Sunay
M-CORD, Chief Architect | Open Networking Foundation


Oğuz Sunay is the Chief Architect for M-CORD,the service provider-driven open source project on the development and implementation of the SDN, NFV based mobile edge cloud architecture towards 5G enablement,at the Open Networking Foundation.

Previously, Oğuz was the Chief Technology Officer at Argela-USA where he led the research and development for a programmable RAN architecture that enables dynamically programmable RAN slicing. He has also held academic positions at Ozyegin University, Koc University, both in Istanbul, Turkey, as well as industrial positions at Nokia Research Center, Texas, USA, and Bell Laboratories, New Jersey, USA, where he participated actively in 3GPP standardization efforts.

Oğuz received his Ph.D. and M.Sc. degrees from Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, and his B.Sc. degree from ODTÜ, Ankara, Turkey. He holds over 40 patents in various aspects of wireless communication systems. His current research interests lie in the areas of wireless communications and networks, with special focus on software-defined wireless networks, split RAN architectures, and programmability, virtualization and orchestration in wireless networks.

Mr. Naohito Taga
Manager, NFV Solution Business Division | Fujitsu


Naohito Taga has spent over 15 years at Fujitsu in different roles in telecommunications and networking industries.

He is now focusing on network management especially using new technologies like NFV and SDN.

Mr. Takafumi Tanaka
Researcher | NTT


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

He received his B.E. degree in electrical engineering and M.S. degree in informatics from the University of Tokyo, Japan in 2007 and 2009, respectively. In 2009 he joined NTT Network Innovation Laboratories and has been engaged in research on elastic optical network planning, transport SDN, and so on.

In the EU-Japan Horizon 2020 program, he is a member of a project named Scalable And Flexible optical Architecture for Reconfigurable Infrastructure(SAFARI).

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. Pedro Tavares
Associate Partner | Deloitte


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.

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


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

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

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

Mr. Abel Tong
Representative | MEF


Sr. Director of Solutions Marketing | Ciena


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

With over 15 years of networking and telecommunications systems experience, Abel is an active blogger, speaker, and thought leader in the industry. Abel joined Ciena through the acquisition of Cyan in 2015. Prior to Cyan, Abel ran Marketing for Omnitron and led the launch of several Carrier Ethernet products. Abel has also held positions at Aktino, Calix, ADC and Pairgain.

Abel is a long-time contributor to the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF). Abel works with the MEF to define and drive their Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO). He is also a part of MEF's Project UNITE, an industry wide collaborative initiative bringing standards development organizations together to create the building blocks for LSO and Third Network. Additionally Abel is a member of Open Daylight and the Open Networking Foundation (ONF).

Mr. Petar Torre
Lead Architect, telco | Intel


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

Mr. Brandon Traditi
Computer Science Student | Marist College


Brandon is a Junior at Marist College studying Computer Science with an emphasis in Software Development.

In the Summer of 2017 he began working at the Marist Innovation Lab where he took an IT role, working on research projects to further the development of integrative technologies.

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


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

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

Mr. Raanan Tzemach
VP Product Management and Marketing | Telco Systems


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

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

  Mr. Mario Ueno
Sales Director Western Europe | Dell EMC


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.

Mr. Andras Vajda
Director, Advisor for Security Solutions | Ericsson


Andras Vajda is currently Director for Ericsson's Security Solutions, covering the full spectrum of Ericsson's portfolio, including NFVI, VNFs and Orchestration. In this role he works closely with network operators worldwide to implement a holistic security architecture enabled by security automation for NFV, SDN & Cloud.

With more than 15 years of experience in the Telecommunications and IT industry, Andras has also held a number of other Director and Technology expert roles in Product Management and R&D, being one of the pioneers of NFV, SDN for NFV and early driver of OpenStack and MANO features for NFV.

Andras holds an MSc in Distributed Systems from Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj Napoca, Romania

Ms. Srilakshmi Valisammagari
Senior Technologist | Verizon


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

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

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

Mr. Erwin van Rijssen
Head of Product Management, Orchestration | Ericsson


Erwin van Rijssen is currently leading the Product Management team for Ericsson's Orchestration portfolio. In this role he works closely with network operators worldwide to enable network transformation through NFV, SDN & Cloud and through automation of operations processes. He also directs his team in the evolution of the Orchestration solutions towards machine-learning and 5G network slicing.

With more than 20 years of experience in the Telecommunications industry, Erwin has also held a number of other Director roles in Product Management and R&D, ranging from OSS to M-Commerce and IP Networks. Furthermore, he has been an active contributor to various 3GPP and ETSI standards working groups. Prior to joining Ericsson, Erwin served as a Senior Consultant in the IT industry working with various Telecommunications Service Providers.

Erwin holds an Executive MBA from Rotterdam School of Management and an MSc in Computer Science from University of Twente.

Mr. Steven van Zanen
‎Head of Product Management & Marketing | BroadForward


BroadForward are the leading signaling experts from the Netherlands - delivers BFX - the multi-protocol routing and Interworking solution for 3G, 4G/LTE, 5G, IMS, Fixed, Wi-Fi, Number Portability and M2M networks. BFX is a three-times-in-a-row GSMA nominee for Best Mobile Technology and won the award for Best M2M product.

For over 17 years Steven has been at the forefront of telecom product innovation in areas such as multi-protocol interworking and routing, business intelligence, mobile broadband, mobile messaging and mobile advertising. He has held senior management functions at leading product companies and has partnered with operators, product vendors and system integrators all over the world.

Mr. Gert Vanderstraeten
Network Architect | Microsoft


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

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

Mr. Armin Veit
Senior Enterprise Architect | Swisscom


Armin Veit is Lead Architect for B2B Connectivity Services within Swisscom. He gained experience in various architecture domains and roles.

Since 2014 he has focused on virtualization and the implementation of SDN and NFV services, based on agile development methods within Swisscom.

Prior to Swisscom, Armin worked as a Senior Consultant and Development Engineer.

Mr. Logasundar Venkatachalam
Operations Director | HCL Technologies


Logasundar Venkatachalam (Logs) is the Operations Director with HCL Technologies. He has been with the Telecom and Networking industry for 25+ years and with HCL for over 15 years.

An enthusiastic technologist, he currently focusses on developing SDN / NFV solutions for his customers leveraging R&D teams across the world. Prior to this, he has been involved in development of small cell gateways, IMS networks and Wireless core networks. He holds a master's degree in Software Systems from BITS, Pilani, India.

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.

Mr. Alex Vul
Principal Cloud Architect | Intel


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

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

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

Alexander holds a Computer Science degree from Boston University.

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


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

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

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

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

Mr. Jim Wanderer
Director of Engineering, Platforms | Google


Alternate Board Member | Open Networking Foundation


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

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

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

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


Sue leads the marketing of SDN/NFV at Netcracker, a forward-looking software company wholly owned by NEC Corporation. She brings over 20 years of experience in the telecoms industry, spanning a variety of roles across many parts of the business.

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

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

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


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

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

Dr. Johan Witters
RPLM SD-WAN bussdev | Nokia


Johan Witters is currently in IP Business Management and Consulting at Alcatel-Lucent.

He is a very active member of the MEF and a Co-chair for EMEA Marketing and Benelux Marketing. Since joining Alcatel-Lucent in 1992, he held several positions within the company with an end-to-end solution focus in voice-data convergence. His current responsibilities at Alcatel-Lucent include consulting on business data services such as IP and Ethernet VPNs as well as value added services.

Mr. Georgios Xylouris
Research Fellow | NCSR Demokritos


George Xilouris received a B.Sc. in Physics from University of Ioannina in 1999 and his M.Sc. in "Automation Systems" from National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in 2001. Since 2000 he has been working as Research Fellow at the Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications in NCSR "Demokritos".

He has participated in numerous EU-funded projects, with various roles and responsibilities, dealing with a variety of subjects. Currently he is the Technical Coordinator of FP7-T-NOVA project, focusing on the area of Network Function Virtualisation and Software Defined Networks.

He has strong technical and research expertise in the fields of Network Virtualisation and Management, Programmable Networks, Cloud Networks, Satellite Networks, Media delivery technologies and Performance Evaluation of IT services. He is author of more than 60 publications in journals and conferences and editor and author of numerous project deliverables and technical reports. Additionally he explores the possibilities of the commercial exploitation of research acquired expertise being the co-founder and CIO of a start-up company.

Mr. Hirotaka Yoshioka
Director of IP transport technology | NTT


Hirotaka Yoshioka received his B.E. and M.E. in physics in 1993 and 1995. He joined NTT Network Service Systems Laboratories in 1995. He has engaged in R&D of the legacy exchange system software, IP server, edge-router and transport technologies. He is now leading a new IP transport technology by commodity switches, Multi-Service Fabric (MSF).

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


Dr. Frank Zdarsky
Senior Principal Software Engineer | Red Hat


Frank Zdarsky is a Principal Software Engineer at Red Hat, responsible for the NFV and SDN technology and standards strategy. Frank has been active in ETSI NFV and OPNFV from their beginnings. He received the ETSI NFV Excellence Award for his contributions and is currently leading ETSI NFV's open source work item.

Prior to Red Hat, Frank was the head of NEC's European mobile network research and lead several successful pan-European research consortia and internal projects on radio access, backhaul and mobile core networks, service delivery platforms, and carrier cloud. He also received NEC's Standardization Best-Practice Award and the Business Contribution Award for his work on management systems.

Frank holds a Dr.-Ing. degree in computer science and a joint master's equivalent (Dipl. Wirtsch.-Ing.) in business administration and electrical engineering. He has published over 30 research papers, journal articles and book chapters and holds several patents.

Mr. Erez Zelikovitz
VP, Head of SDN/NFV Network Solutions LoB | ECI


Erez has 25 years of management experience in the Telecommunication market, 12 years of which are in Product Marketing and Business development including strategic alliances with large global firms.

Business oriented by differentiation, passion and teamwork form the basis of his success. Erez started as Developer, System Architect and Executive R&D Manager of large R&D teams of all disciplines.

Today, he leads as a VP at ECI the SDN/NFV SW solutions Business Line with Product Strategy, Product Management, Business Development and Go to Market strategy responsibility.

Ms. Angela Zhang Jingqiu
Senior Marketing Manager, Carrier BG | Huawei


Mr. Zhang Yu
Carrier Data Center Solution Chief Architect | Huawei