Meet our Speakers at Terabit Optical & Data Networking




Mr. Mark Lum
Co-Founder & Market Lead | Layer123


Mark is a well known and widely respected consulting analyst with many years of experience in optical, packet, Ethernet and access technology markets.

Clients, associates and many in the industry know he takes care to stay on top of fundamental trends and disruptions, and examines new developments with a careful eye.

Mr. Mike Adams
Vice President, Product & Technology Marketing | Ciena


Mike Adams is currently Ciena’s Vice President, Product and Technical Marketing, encompassing the overall portfolio of transport, switching and Carrier Ethernet solutions on a global basis.

He joined Ciena in March 2010 through the acquisition of assets from Nortel’s Metro Ethernet Networks business, where he was head of Strategy, Marketing and Architecture.

In his 20 years of telecommunications experience, Mike has held a number of leadership roles globally. Specifically, he has led efforts in new technology and platform planning; strategy; partner and M&A identification and selection; business development; and, senior product line management, including P&L responsibility for Nortel’s highly-successful Optical Metro portfolio.

Mike holds a Bachelor’s of Applied Science degree in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada, with options in Management Sciences and International Studies.

Dr. Jeremy Batten
Principal Engineer, Architecture, Design & Economics | Cable&Wireless Worldwide


Jeremy Batten has been with Cable&Wireless for 11 years, responsible for various roles in transport network design, planning and build, and in product development.

For the international network he is the design authority for the core intelligent optical switch and the SDH/SONET Ethernet platform, and company wide for optical metro technology. He was the architect for Cable&Wireless Worldwide’s Data Centre Connectivity product and is currently developing its offering in International Ethernet Private Line.

Prior to Cable&Wireless, Jeremy obtained a Ph.D. in particle physics at Imperial College for research in beauty hadroproduction and then developed radiation hard optical data links for experiments at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva. His work was important in demonstrating the viability of standard optical fibres in the high radiation environments of these experiments.

A member of the Institute of Physics and Institute of Engineering and Technology, his interests include high speed transmission, optical network evolution, and energy efficient networks.

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. Klemens Birner
Senior Specialist, Network Design & Architecturer | Colt Technology Services


Klemens Birner is a Senior Systems Engineer at Colt Technology Services.

He works in the Transport Network Design & Architecture team, as part of the Strategy & Architecture department. His role is to drive and support product development, technology introduction and network design optimisation, today mainly for Carrier Ethernet and WDM transport systems.

With more than 20 years in the ITC industry, Klemens spent his last fifteen years at Colt in various roles. Before that he was responsible at DeTeWe (now Aastra) for R&D design verification testing and at Philips Kommunikations Industrie (now Alcatel Lucent) for production test automation.

He holds a degree in communications engineering & data processing technology from the University of Applied Sciences Georg-Simon-Ohm Nuremberg.

Mr. Frédéric Chatter
Head of Wireline Transmission Solutions, Group Strategy | France Telecom-Orange


Frédéric Chatter joined the FT group in 1993 to work on SDH architecture and equipment, and to introduce this technology into FT transport networks.

He then took responsibilities for data services (Frame-Relay, ATM, IP-VPN) provided to a panel of large account business customers, with the main objective to guarantee customer satisfaction and to propose evolutions meeting their requirements.

After 6 years with business customers, Frédéric finally moved to the corporate part of FT Group as a transport network architect to lead studies and provide guidelines and recommendation for the whole FT Group on optical transport network evolution for backbone and aggregation.

Today, as head of the wireline transmission solution team, Frédéric continues to support the FT affiliates in their network evolution, focusing especially on ROADM-based network architecture, sub-lambda switching (OTN, packet) and Control Plane (GMPLS, new services like bandwidth-on-demand).

Dr. Franck Chevalier
Manager | Analysys Mason


Franck Chevalier is a Manager at Analysys Mason, and is part of the Next Generation Networks division.

He has 12 years' experience in Telecom, spanning research, pre-sales and consulting. His wide-ranging technical expertise includes broadband (LLU/FTTC/FTTH) and wireless (2G/3G/WIMAX) networks, as well as transport and core networks. He also has extensive knowledge of procurement strategies, business case development and due diligence processes.

Franck has been advising a number of regulators on technical issues. For example, Franck was involved in a number of projects for Ofcom (UK) including delivering high-quality video services online, GPON competition models project and has managed a highly technical report on the capacity of future optical access networks.

Franck has also been advising a number of operators, on their technical strategy and network cost models, and is a regular speaker at international conferences on the subjects of broadband, backhaul and converged networks.

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

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

Mr. Bertrand Clesca
Head of Global Marketing | Xtera Communications


Bertrand Clesca is Head of Global Marketing for Xtera and has over twenty years experience in the optical telecommunications industry having held a number of research, engineering, and marketing positions in both small and large organisations, including Alcatel Group and the US start-up Corvis.

Bertrand joined Xtera in 2004 where his responsibilities included marketing in EMEA region, customer interactions, sales activities, partnership agreements, and business development. He holds an MSc in Physics and Optical Engineering, an MSc in Telecommunications, and an MBA.

Mr. Abhijeet Deore
Senior Manager, Solutions Marketing | Infinera


Abhijeet Deore is a Senior Manager, Solutions Marketing at Infinera. His team is responsible for worldwide marketing of solutions built using Infinera’s broad range of products with a focus on data center and wholesale services market segments.

His career spans over 13 years in the telecommunications industry having held several leadership positions in research and development prior to transitioning to a marketing focused function.

Having joined Infinera in 2004, Mr. Deore led WDM embedded software development for 5 years. Over the past 2 years, he has led product marketing for Infinera’s Line System and DTN products lines. Prior to Infinera, Mr. Deore held systems development and product architecture positions at Ciena (2000 – 2004) and Alcatel-Lucent (1998 – 2000). He has contributed to the design and development of several successful switching and transmission products including Ciena’s CoreDirector and the Infinera DTN.

Mr. Deore holds a Bachelor degree in Electronics and Telecommunications from the College of Engineering Technology, India. He also earned a Masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Duke University, Durham, N.C. In 2009, he completed his M.B.A from the Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley.

Dr. Michael Enrico


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

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

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

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

Dr. Michael Frendo
Vice President of Systems & Network Architecture | Infinera


Michael Frendo is Vice President of Architecture at Infinera and leads the development and implementation of long-term architectural direction at the company.

Prior to joining Infinera, Michael was General Manager, Unified Communications Solutions Business Unit at Avaya.

Past roles included Senior Vice President and General Manager, High-End Security Systems Business Unit at Juniper Networks. Michael has also held positions at McDATA Corp where he was leading system architecture, and worldwide product development, Cisco Systems where he held the role of Vice President for Systems and Software Engineering within the Voice Technology Group and BNR where he was a development manager for the Magellan Passport product.

Michael holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada.

Mr. Matthias Fricke
Fixed Mobile Engineering, Network Development & Evolution | Deutsche Telekom


Matthias Fricke has been working at Deutsche Telekom in Darmstadt for more than 15 years in the area of "Network development and evolution".

Currently his main responsibility is the evolution and design of the Deutsche Telekom's nationwide packet based transport. He is in charge of techno-economics studies concerning Packet-optical transport systems.

Dr. Matthias Gunkel
Senior Transport Network Architect | Deutsche Telekom


Matthias Gunkel is Senior Transport Network Architect within “Fixed-Mobile Engineering Deutschland” (FMED) group in Darmstadt, Germany, the technology centre of DT, being responsible for high-speed optical transport technology and future network architectures within the entire DT group.

Currently, Matthias leads DT-internal strategic activities on how to evolve towards a flexible all-optical L1/L2 network capable to transport high-bitrate traffic beyond 100G per wavelength. Doing so, he recently carried out a Terabit field trial in DT’s fibre infrastructure with practically relevant parameter settings: 8×216.4 Gb/s Nyquist-WDM superchannel transmission at 4b/s/Hz highest spectral efficiency over 1750km with EDFA-only amplification.

He joined T-Systems, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom (DT), in 1999. During his Strategy & Architecture work, he was involved in various European and national founded research projects over the last years (amongst others Nobel, Nobel-II, Diconet, KomNet, Eibone, MultiTeraNet, Strongest), partly leading the DT contributing parts.

Dr. Torben Jacobsen
Representative | OSA


Member of the Board of Directors | Ibsen Photonics


Torben Jacobsen holds chairman or member positions of the board of directors at following companies: Ibsen Photonics, Kaleido Technology, Ferroperm Optics, Stensborg and Nanofiber.

Furthermore, he is member of the Advisory board at the Department of Photonics Engineering, Technical University of Denmark. Torben served for four years on OSA’s Corporate Associates Committee.

In 1997, Torben Jacobsen joined Ibsen as CEO; the company was sold to the American telecommunication company ADC in the year 2000. During the telecom crisis in 2001-2002, the company was bought back and became Ibsen Photonics, a Danish company producing optical components such as diffraction gratings and optical modules such as interrogation monitors and spectrometers. In 2011 he changed from the CEO position and went into the Board.

Torben received a Master of Science and a Ph.D. from the Technical University of Denmark. He later studied at the Copenhagen Business School and earned his MBA from there.

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. Jim Jones
President | OIF


Transport Applications Marketing Manager | Alcatel-Lucent


Jim Jones joined Alcatel-Lucent in 1999 and is currently Transport Applications Marketing Manager. In this role Jim develops and supports global marketing and sales of cross-product optical transport solutions, leading a virtual team of product managers, marketing, CTO, network architects, and regional solutions and marketing members. His team focuses on intelligent optical solutions enabled by innovations in control plane and cross-layer automation.

Jim is active in standardization work and has contributed to control plane standards and interoperability work in OIF, ITU-T and IETF. He chaired the OIF Architecture/Signaling Working Group 2001-2004 and the OIF Technical Committee 2004-2007. Jim is currently President of OIF and also chairs the OIF Networking Interoperability Working Group.

Before joining Alcatel-Lucent, Jim was a Senior Member of Technical Staff with Texas Instruments and Raytheon 1978-1999, developing real-time signal processing and RF systems. He received his BSEE and MSEE from the University of Michigan, and his MS in Telecommunications from Southern Methodist University.

Mr. Mervyn Kelly
Director, Regional Field Marketing | Ciena


Mervyn Kelly is EMEA Marketing Director for Ciena covering Transport, Switching and Carrier Ethernet technologies.

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 in the industry covering Carrier Ethernet, Optical, fibre to the home and IP routing market segments.

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

Mr. Tim King
Product Director, European Transport and Infrastructure | Level 3 Communications


Tim King is responsible for the European Transport and Infrastructure Products within the European division of Level 3 Communications.

Tim joined Level 3 in May 2008 from his previous role of Operations Director of the Apollo Submarine cable network. He has over 15 years of experience in the Telecoms Industry and submarine cable networks, which has included overseeing of the design, construction and operation of a number of Trans-Atlantic and Pan continental cable systems.

Mr. Scott Kipp
President | Ethernet Alliance


Senior Technologist & IEEE 802.3 Participant | Brocade


Scott Kipp is an author and engineer who participates in industry organisations, develops standards and writes books as a Senior Technologist at Brocade. He is an expert on networking, including protocols, fibre optic links and cable management.

Scott has worked on a number of industry associations including:

- The Ethernet Alliance – Scott is President of the EA and has spoken at two TEFs and participated in the Power over Ethernet, High Speed Ethernet and Ethernet in the Data Center technical committees.
- The Fibre Channel Industry Association – he was the chair of the Fibre Channel Roadmap Committee and is actively involved in driving the various activities of the association. Scott has written three books for the FCIA on Fibre Channel technologies and written several white papers and given presentations at conferences on Fibre Channel technologies.
- Storage Networking Industry Association – he has staged interoperability events, spoken at SNW and developed storage management standards in this organisation.

Scott works on many standards committees including:

- IEEE 802.3 standards including 802.3ba where he played a key role in adding the 40 Gb/s speed in addition to 100 Gb/s Ethernet
- Optical Interconnect Forum where he is defining the Common Electrical Interface that will be used in the second generation of 100 GbE
- Chair of the 10×10 MSA to define a low cost 100 GbE single-mode link
- Chair and Editor of the Quad SFP (QSFP) MSA that developed the first pluggable 40 Gb/s transceiver standard that can be found at
- T11 Technical Committee for Fibre Channel Interfaces where he was Vice-Chair of T11.5 Task Group and has been editor, chair and secretary for multiple standards including FC-MI, FC-SWAPI, FC-BB and FC-DA
- Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) where he authored two MIBs
- The SFF Committee that defined the SFP+, IFP and QSFP+

Mr. Ron Kline
Research Director | Ovum


Ron Kline is a principal analyst in Ovum’s Network Infrastructure group.

With over 29 years of industry experience that includes 18 years working for a large North American service provider, Ron has an in-depth knowledge of network technology combined with a strong business-oriented approach to problem solving. He is responsible for the overall direction of Ovum’s North American optical networking research, its network infrastructure vendor strategies research, and its mobile backhaul research. Ron specialises in DWDM, bandwidth management, aggregation, and carrier Ethernet technologies used in both wireline and wireless networking applications.

Prior to joining RHK and Ovum, Ron worked for Bell Atlantic (now part of Verizon) as senior member of the technical staff responsible for future optical network architectures, including bandwidth management, aggregation (SONET/MSPP), and the initial deployments of DWDM in the service provider’s network

He has a wide variety of network transmission and switching equipment experience, a deep industry network, and extensive knowledge of network management and operational support systems. Ron received a Masters of Science in telecommunications and computing management from Brooklyn Polytechnic University in 1997.

Mr. Per Larsson
Executive Network Architect | TDC


Per Larsson joined TDC in 2001, and currently holds a position as executive network architect at TDC Capacity & planning department, with focus on optical & transmission, mainly DWDM and SDH platforms.

Per started his work in carrier networks in the mid 80’s, with a focus on X.25, Frame Relay and ATM. Planning, building and network operation/management were the main topics.

Since 1997 he focused on optical & transmission platforms as DWDM and SDH. Particularly the main topics of development, planning, network operation/management and cost analysis, in both international and regional areas.

With his broad experience, Per is today active in the development and planning of TDC’s Optical & transmission networks in the Scandinavian and European region.

Mr. Nicolas Lemonnier
Transport System Engineer | Bouygues Telecom


Nicolas joined Bouygues telecom in 2010 to investigate the evolution opportunities of Bouygues Telecom DWDM network.

In 2010 and 2011 he has been involved in an RFI (request for information) and RFQ (Request for quotation) process as an expert of DWDM equipments. Both aimed at the selection and the introduction of a new DWDM equipment as a basis for the next generation 100G DWDM Core network.

After the selection of the new equipment,Nicolas worked as project leader for the introduction of these new features. He continues to work on their implementation on other parts of the network, trying to find the best way to fulfil the needs of Bouygues’ internal customers with the most cost efficient solutions.

Mr. Chris Liou
Vice President, Network Strategy | Infinera


Chris Liou is the Vice President of Network Strategy at Infinera, where he focuses on strategies for developing low-latency transport networking solutions, along with general long term strategic product planning and next-generation optical network solutions for service providers worldwide. Previously, Chris has also served in the roles of Vice President of Product Planning and Vice President of Product Management at Infinera, where he oversaw all product management and technical marketing activities for the DTN™ product lines, including product planning, product definition, and product lifecycle management.

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

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

Mr. Mauro Macchi
Director of Product Marketing | Cisco


Mauro Macchi is Product Marketing Director at Cisco Systems Inc. His 20+ years career in the telecom industry includes Engineering and Product Management roles in Pirelli, Cisco and Juniper Networks.

Mauro’s expertise is in Layer 1-3 network convergence with deep knowledge of WDM, IP/MPLS and OTN technologies. Prior to this role in Cisco, Mauro was managing the DWDM system architecture team. He is currently leading EMEA Business Development for Converged Optical and Routing Business Units.

Mr. Pertti Mikkonen
Chief Development Specialist | TeliaSonera


Pertti Mikkonen has worked for TeliaSonera (and its predecessors) from 1994 focusing on packet transport technologies since 1999.

Mr. Greg Nehib
Senior Product Manager | Cisco


Greg Nehib is a Senior Product Marketing Manager at Cisco Systems Inc. focused on converged Optical and IP network solutions.

His 20+ year career in the Telecom industry includes Engineering and Product Management roles at Alcatel, Fujitsu and Cisco.

Greg rejoined Cisco in July 2010 to better leverage his experience in Layer 1, 2, and 3 convergence for large network applications across technologies such as WDM, OTN, MPLS-TP and IP/MPLS.

Mr. Tom Palkert
Editor, CEI-28G-VSR | OIF


System Architect | Molex


Tom Palkert is active in high speed network design for HPC (Infiniband), Networking (Ethernet), Storage (Fibre Channel) and Telecom (OIF).

He is a past member of the BOD for the OIF, and past editor of the IEEE 10G Backplane standard. His current work includes editor of the OIF CEI-28G-VSR agreement, Chair of the INCITS T11.2 Fibre Channel Physical Layer working group, a participant in the IEEE 100G copper and optical groups, and a participant in the Infiniband FDR and EDR work. He is also active with the Ethernet Alliance.

Mr. Vinay Rathore
Sr. Director, Product Marketing | Infinera


Vinay Rathore brings 20 years of telecom experience across a broad range of technologies. He has helped some of the world’s largest companies including Sprint, Global One, MCI, Alcatel and Ciena build and market their newest products and services.

His area of expertise includes network engineering, operations, sales and marketing in both wireline and wireless systems as well as leading-edge network solutions spanning Layer 0 to Layer 3.

Vinay holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute as well as an MBA from the University of Texas.

Dr. Kim Roberts
Senior Director, Systems Engineering | Ciena


Kim Roberts currently serves as Senior Director for Optical Signal Processing at Ciena Corporation.

He is a passionate evangelist of new optical and high-capacity packet technologies and holds the distinction of being Ciena Corporation’s leading inventor. He holds more than 110 U.S. patents with many more pending. Kim is responsible for Optical Systems development at Ciena, where he leads an R&D team focused on pushing the optical boundaries even further in terms of speed, distance and cost.

He has been a major force in the field of digital signal processing (DSP) for optical transmission systems, and prior to Ciena he worked for Nortel where he played a key role in the optical innovations developed. These range from the Superdecoder (the use of electronic signal processing of optical signals), the OC-48 regenerator, and the original OC-192 (10-Gbit/s) system, to terrestrial optical amplifiers and the revolutionary eDCO precompensating transmitter. Building on these breakthroughs, Kim Roberts helped develop the DSP-assisted coherent transceivers that are at the heart of the world’s first coherent 40G and 100G optical systems.

In recognition of the pioneering role he has played in the industry, he was named a Nortel Fellow and he received the Outstanding Engineer medal in 2008 from IEEE Canada.

Kim holds a Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering with an emphasis on mathematics, and a Master degree in Electrical Engineering with the topic of processing of brain signals, both from the University of British Columbia.

Dr. Kevin Smith
Network Technology Specialist | BT


Kevin Smith graduated from Oxford University in 1980 with a BA degree in Physics. He gained a Ph.D from Imperial College, London. Following post-doctoral and lectureship positions, he joined AT&T Bell Labs to research and develop high-speed optical transmission systems.

In 1989 he joined BT to lead the development of new optical systems and techniques. During his time at BT, Kevin has led teams providing specialist technical consultancy, technology Proof of Concept evaluations and trials for the BT Group across a range of advanced IP, Ethernet and Optical networking technologies.

Mr. Brian Swenson
Network Strategist | Microsoft


Brian Swenson has been at Microsoft for over 10 years holding a number of roles such as manager of planning and architecture, manager of core engineering, group manager of network engineering and currently is network strategist where he looks at what are the key long term technologies/locations/positions that Microsoft needs to invest in for the future. Prior to joining Microsoft, Brian worked at XO communications as manager of network engineering.

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


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

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

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

Mr. Rémi Theillaud
Networking & Operations Working Group Chair | OIF


Senior Consultant | Marben Products


Rémi Theillaud is a Marben Products senior expert. He joined Marben in 1995 where he implemented OSI protocols, then led the design of OSI to IP migration solutions, in both cases with a focus on the SONET/SDH DCN.

He is the architect of Marben Products GMPLS offer, and continues leading its extensions design as new features are being standardised. He actively participates at the OIF (Editor of the OIF E-NNI Routing 2.0 implementation agreement, and E-NNI Recovery amendment. He is also the chair of the OIF Networking&Operations working group since October 2010).

Dr. Ioannis Tomkos
Head of the “High Speed Networks and Optical Communications” Research Group | AIT


Chair, Optical Communications Technical Group | OSA


Ioannis Tomkos is with the Athens Information Technology Center (AIT), since Sep 2002.

In the past, he was Adjunct Faculty member at the Information Networking Institute of Carnegie-Mellon University, USA, senior scientist at Corning Inc. USA and research fellow at University of Athens, Greece.

Ioannis is representing AIT as Principal Investigator in many EU-funded research projects and has a consortium-wide initiator/leader role. Ioannis was elected in 2007 as Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE Communications Society for the topic of transparent optical networking. Together with his colleagues and students he has authored over 400 peer-reviewed archival articles, including over 100 Journal/Magazine/Book publications and 300 conference/workshop proceedings papers.

Ioannis has served as the Chair of the International Optical Networking Technical Committee of IEEE Communications Society, of the IFIP working group on “Photonic Networking”, and is currently the Chairman of the OSA Technical Group on Optical Communications, of the IEEE Photonics Society Greek Chapter and of the working group “Next generation networks” of the “Digital Greece 2020” Forum. He has taken Chair and committee responsibilities for the major conferences (e.g. OFC, ECOC, IEEE GlobeCom, IEEE ICC, ONDM, IEEE ICTON, BroadNets, etc.) in the area of telecommunications/networking.

In addition he is a member of the Editorial Boards of the IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology, the IEEE/OSA Journal of Optical Communications and Networking, the IET Journal on Optoelectronics, and the International Journal on Telecommunications Management.

Ioannis is a consultant for high-tech companies, regulators and government officials on business planning and telecom policies/regulations. He is a Fellow of the IET.

Mr. Ramesh Vasudevan
Head of Transport Network, Architecture & Technology | SFR


Ramesh Vasudevan is a seasoned telecom professional with many years of experience in transport networks. He joined SFR in 2002 where he has been working in the area of Network Architecture and Technology Evaluation.

He’s currently working on the evolution of the Fixed+ Mobile Transport Network and is responsible for defining the target transport architecture including the evolution path and evaluating the Next-gen Optical and Packet systems options. He was previously involved in the definition of the mobile core transport backbone and the IP evolution path of the mobile backhaul.

Ramesh has also addressed various network topics such as the definition of a Network Energy Efficiency program in the frame of the sustainable development policy.

Prior to SFR, Ramesh worked for MCI-WorldCom where he held different positions in network architecture and engineering for the Pan-European network development. He has also consulted for various fixed and cellular operators. His initial experience was at Alcatel in the development of transport systems.

Mr. Valerio Viscardi
Technical Marketing Manager | Cisco


Valerio Viscardi joined Cisco in January of 2000 through the Cisco acquisition of Pirelli Optical Systems division.

He had worked with Pirelli since 1998 as a R&D Engineer in the Optical Networking group. As an optical design engineer in Cisco, he was responsible for the design and development of the ONS 15454 ROADM product family. As part of his job responsibilities, he was responsible for optical technology scouting with a main focus on optical switching.

Valerio joined Cisco’s OTBU Technical Marketing organisation at the end of 2007, based in Monza (Italy). As a TME Valerio worked in pre and post sales roles, with a particular focus on IPoDWDM, Packet Optical Transport solutions, custom design and architectures validations and troubleshooting. He is now responsible for optical business development in Europe.

Valerio earned his masters degree in electrical engineering from Politecnico di Milano in 1997, working on all-optical switching and processing.

Mr. Wayne Wauford
Director of Technical Marketing | Infinera


Wayne Wauford is Director of Technical Marketing at INFINERA, and is responsible for world-wide market development and product marketing activities.

He has been active in the Telecom industry for over 20 years, focusing on control plane, IP and optical transport technologies and working for both carriers and leading equipment vendors.

Prior to INFINERA, Wayne held executive, product management, and engineering positions at Ciena, Cisco, Bell Communications Research, and Pacific Bell. He holds a degree in Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Caltech as well as an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.

Mr. Werner Weiershausen
Senior Architecture Manager, Packet-Optical Transport Networks | Deutsche Telekom


Werner Weiershausen joined Deutsche Telekom in 1998 and has been working for different divisions, first the Technology Center of T-Nova, followed by T-Systems. Since June 2008 he is with T-Home, now Fixed-Mobile-Engineering Deutschland.

He has first been engaged in theoretical and experimental research on integrated and fibre optics devices, measurement methodology and WDM fibre transmission. As project manager, since 2000 he has been heading different kind of projects, several R&D projects on high-speed transmission systems and on multi-layer network architectures, furthermore of strategic projects on internal consulting of DT's headquarter and divisions for next generation network transformation. He is now responsible for the architecture of national optical packet transport networks, also incorporating IP-over-Optical solutions.

Werner has also been active in the executive management board (as CSO) of Luxdyne Ltd from 2008 to 2012, a Finnish startup company for the development of optical access network technologies. He has authored or co-authored more than 80 scientific papers or conference contributions and holds several patents. He was active in standardization (IEC, ITU-T, DKE) and as Chair of Optics East Symposium, still being Conference Chair at SPIE Photonics West.

Mr. Peter Winterling
Sr. Business Development Manager | JDSU


Peter studied Telecommunication Engineering and graduated as Diplom Ingenieur Dipl.Ing.(FH). He works at JDSU as a Product and Business Development Manager for Optical Transport for more than 15 years. He has a long experience in Optical Transport and Fibre Optic technology and published several papers covering these technologies.