Meet our Speakers at Zero Touch Automation Congress 2019











Dr. Shahin Arefzadeh
CTO | Ziotis


We automated processes for some of the biggest carriers in the world. We have extensive experience with mission critical networks. We designed and implemented the biggest media networks worldwide for ATT, Telstra, Telenor, Vodafone to carry NHL, NBA, NFL, soccer/football, News across the world.

At Ziotis, we are passionate about collaborative automation, which enables telecom operators and enterprises to optimize their resources and minimize their investments. We are doing this by harnessing advanced technologies such as Blockchain, AI, data analytics. Our software is beautifully designed, easy to use and based on latest web scale architecture.

The pace of innovation and cycle of new technologies can sometimes be overwhelming. Most organizations are trying to catch up with the technology the best they can, in order to get through the digital transformation journey. Most advanced product companies use AI in their marketing material. As a machine learning veteran I always refer to AI as digital intelligence. Most of the cases in AI are nowadays simple decision trees, or at best anomaly detection. In best case scenarios, AI algorithms have to be adapted to a new environment, through extensive learning, in order to make them work.

Mr. Carlos Arias Leivas
Head of Technical Architecture | Telefonica


Mr. Daniel Bar-Lev
Director, Office of the CTO | MEF


Since 2011, Daniel has been responsible for developing and expanding the MEF's very successful CE 2.0 Services and Equipment certification programs and the MEF-CECP Professionals Certification program. He oversees all aspects of the programs including new item development, development of new infrastructure capabilities, publication of reference materials, exam delivery, MEF Accredited Training Providers and MEF Subject Matter Experts. During his tenure, the MEF-CECP Community has grown from zero to over 3,200 certified professionals in 72 countries and 350 organizations, as well as the CE 2.0 certification program that has grown from zero to over 90 certified service providers and equipment vendors around the globe.

In addition, Daniel works with the membership on developing and rolling out strategic programs such as UNITE, the MEF Services Interconnect program and the Ethernet Internet Points project, as well as leading the requirements and development program of the MEF's online CRM and collaboration platforms based on SalesForce and Atlassian Confluence.

Daniel has been involved specifically in the networking industry for over 20 years holding a variety of positions in RAD Data Communications, as well as co-founding Resolute Networks where he held executive positions and which he represented in the MEF, serving for 3 years as Global Marketing Co-Chair and being elected three times to the MEF Board of Directors.

Enrique Blanco
Systems and Network Global Director, GCTIO | Telefónica


Enrique Blanco was born in Madrid in 1959. He has a degree in Physics from the University Complutense of Madrid and a Masters Degree in Management (PDG) from IESE Business School (University of Navarra). He also received a Master Degree in Technology from the EOI.

He joined Telefónica 30 years ago after 3 years working for ITT in digital switching software design. He has mainly developed his professional career in Telefónica's Spanish operating business, working in the technology area from 1986 to 1999. He then moved to Telefónica International where he was responsible for Networks and Platforms.

He returned to Telefónica's Spanish operating business to take up several Director roles in the operations division related to development and management systems, partners and networks. He was then appointed Director of Operations and Engineering, with a team of about 18,000 employees.

In September 2011, Enrique Blanco became the Chief Technology Officer within the Global Resources Division of Telefónica SA.

In September 2017, he was appointed Global Chief Information Officer in addition to his position as GCTO in Telefónica SA.

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

Mr. Marc Cohn
Solutions & Technical Strategy, Strategic Marketing | Spirent


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.

Mr. Jean-Michel Cornily
Standards Expert - OA&M for Mobile Networks | Orange


Ms. Maria Cuevas
Head of Mobile Core Networks Research | BT


Dr. Deng Hui
Chief NFV Strategy Officer | Huawei


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. Antonio Elizondo
Head of Network Technology and Innovation Strategy | Telefónica


Since 1998, Antonio Elizondo has worked in Telefónica I+D, the Research and Development company of the Telefónica group.

His expertise areas are IP network architecture, traffic analysis, QoS, network planning and dimensioning, routing and network performance, and techno-economic analysis. During this period, he has participated in European research projects like EURESCOM DISCMAN and IST MUSE and IST NOBEL, focusing on QoS topics, and was leader of the IST AGAVE project, whose goal was the design of a lightweight architecture for providing QoS. As a result of his work, he has authored more than 30 conference and specialised journal publications, most of them focusing on the QoS topic.

Since 2008, he has been supporting the Direction of Network and Service Platforms performing co-ordination and strategy activities. Since 2011, he is the head of the innovation and technology strategy within the Direction of Network Transversal Projects & Innovation, co-ordinating and inspiring the future vision of the network evolution, the network innovation strategy and alignment to reach the vision, relation with the industry, and synergy network activities with Telefónica partner operators.

Antonio earned a Master's degree in Telecommunications Engineering at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) in 1998 and a Master's degree in Economics at the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED) in 2005.

Mr. David Fang
Huawei solution marketing director | Huawei


Ms. Sonia Fernandez Tejeria
Researcher Core & Platforms Technology | Telefonica


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


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


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

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

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

Mr. Juan Carlos García López
Director of Technology and Architecture, Global CTIO | Telefónica


Juan Carlos has worked in the telecom sector since graduating as Telecom Engineer at the UPM (Univ. Politécnica Madrid). He joined Telefónica in 1990 working as researcher at the R&D unit (TI+D), developing communication software stacks, IP networks and Digital TV solutions. In parallel, he worked as associate professor at the Universidad Carlos III.

In 1998, he moved to the Latinamerica business unit, being in charge of Transformation projects in the region. After this, year 2000, he took a role of deputy Director of Business Development at Telefonica Data Europe, launching fixed and broadband networks and business in Telefonica's subsidiaries in Italy, Germany and UK.

He joined the Global CTO unit when it was founded in 2006, taking several director roles: Fixed Access, Transport, Architecture&Plans and Operations. In 2011, he moved to Telefónica Germany acting as Vicepresident of Access & Transport Engineering, leading the development of the LTE network and the transport fiber network, and supporting with technical analysis and advice on diverse strategic agreements, like the acquisition of ePlus.

Since 2015 he has been back at Telefónica's Global CTO unit, first as director for Transport Network Optimization and later on (2016) as director of Radio Access Network. He was the appointed as representative at GSMA's Technology Group, and nominated as delegate at the NGMN Board.

With the merger of the IT and Network units in Telefonica in 2017, he became director of Technology & Architecture both for networks and systems. As part of his current role, he is focused on E2E Digitalization of processes and E2E Virtualization of the Network. For this reason, NFV/SDN, Zero Touch & Carrier Automation are key topics for him.

Mrs. Alla Goldner
TSC Member and Usecase Subcommittee Chair | ONAP


Director of Technology, Strategy and Standardization | Amdocs


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.

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. Ken Kanishima
Senior Research Engineer | NTT


Ken Kanishima is a research manager of NTT Group's operation innovation area with over twenty years of experiences including service operations for multimedia, ISP businesses, VoIP charging/compensation, network operations for NGN/IMS and recent works of operations for virtual/physical network and service environment.
He holds over twenty patents on service and network operations.

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. Andreas Krichel
Chief Architect | ETSI


Chief Architect of OSS for NFV Program | HPE


Andreas Krichel is Chief Architect for OSS solutions within the global team of the OSS for NFV program.

Starting in IT industry 1992, working in HP since 2001, he keeps a focus on Telco industry and OSS solutions since 1994. His broad experience as IT Architect for OSS projects is leveraged for technical leadership and consultancy in numerous short- and long-term customer engagements in Europe and world-wide and within HP's OSS and NFV solutions management.

Mr. Gianpietro Lavado
Module Development Lead | OSM


Senior Solutions Architect | Whitestack


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

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

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


Chair, Technical Steering Committee | OSM


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

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

Mrs. Aurelia Martínez Guerra
Telco Cloud & Network Virtualization Manager and Head of UNICA , gCTIO | Telefónica


Aurelia Martínez has worked at Telefónica since 2000. She started at Telefónica Mobile Spain and participated in the deployment of Internet Mobil and in the areas of Development of areas designing and building solutions for the handling of event payments and in the orchestration of features that the network can offer for the creation of value-added services

In 2011 she was moved to Telefónica define the architecture of the Public Cloud solution in Telefónica.

Since 2012, head of UNICA Infrastructure project. It is the solution of the Telefónica to deploy the group's new virtualized network and evolve it to 5G.

Since 2017, she is also responsible of the UNICA Center of Excellence. It is made up of professionals from all the Telefonica's operations and from the global areas of gCTIO that are involved in UNICA project. It is the way defined to governance the evolution and deployment of UNICA in Telefonica.

Since 2018, she is leading the initiative of gCTIO whose objective is to have an E2E network virtualized in Telefónica."

Ms. Johanne Mayer
Evangelist - NaaS 2020 | Telstra


With more than 25 years in the OSS/BSS industry, Johanne is Global evangelist NaaS 2020, part of Telstra Networks 2020 Transformation group.

Prior to joining Telstra, Johanne was director product marketing, focused on orchestration at Oracle, ICT account manager with Ericsson Australia, senior analyst with Analysys Mason leading the service provider programme, and marketing director with Nokia (former Alcatel-Lucent) OSS/BSS solutions.

She is a frequent speaker at conferences. Following her tenure as board and executive committee member, Johanne was recipient of the TM Forum Distinguished Fellow in 2010.

Mr. 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 Milham
Chief Architect | TM Forum


Dave, a TM Forum Distinguished Fellow, is the TM Forum Chief Architect for service provider engagement and ZOOM programs.

The Zero-touch Orchestration Operations and Management program (ZOOM) addresses management and operations of virtualized services - the vision is seamless agile operations in a virtualised world with zero touch service provisioning support for digital service applications, NFV/SDN and the Internet of Things.

ZOOM - a part of the overall TM Forum Open Digital Architecture initiative - addresses how to deliver agility in operational management support for virtualisation in a cloud native context. The main results from over 20 Catalysts /PoC are: ZOOM management architecture using Management Platform/Domains exposing intent based service realised using Model Driven closed control loops, policy and AI/ML techniques; e2e SLAs management across hybrid (current and virtualised ) networks operated by multiple providers; 'Operations Center of the Future' operational process, organisational skills and DevOps transformation; Agile automated procurement and operational onboarding of Software Assets including NFV; and foundational studies on modular OSS, information, AI/ML, security and policy management models.

Prior to joining the TM Forum Dave worked in BT CIO office for over 20 years on OSS Futures and innovation.

Mr. Neeraj Pandey


Technical veteran with 20+ years of experience into planning, roll-out, optimization and operation of cellular network covering RAN, Transport, circuit-core and packet core. Extensive experience in building up long haul optical networks. In current role, working as VP (Network Engineering and Delivery), Vodafone Shared Services based out of India responsible for delivering solutions with a team of certified Solution Architects.
around SDN, NFV, Orchestration, building up Telco over Cloud and Programmable networks.
Special interest towards Automation, Analytics, Unikernels and 5G Core, Transport and NR.

Mr. Kaustubha Parkhi
Principal Analyst | Insight Research


I am a market researcher with more than eighteen years of industry experience. I am passionate about making sense of technology. I focus on quantifying market opportunities presented by emerging technologies in the areas of telecommunications and semiconductors. I also engage in unveiling the dynamics of information-opaque regional markets in the industrial engineering technologies.

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. Luca Prete
Deployment Engineer | ON.Lab


Luca Prete is a network engineer, having earned a bachelor degree in computer science and a master post-graduate degree in Internet technologies.

He is involved in computer science consulting since 2005, with particular focus on systems and networks. Since 2012 he is collaborating with GARR in the R&D department, focusing his attention on Software Defined Networking. He is interested in networking, cloud and virtualization technologies.

Mr. Walter Prior
Global Head Business Development-Digital Operations | Nokia


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


Chair | Open Source MANO


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

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

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

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

Dr. Uwe Rauschenbach
Rapporteur | ETSI


Senior Standardization Specialist, Nokia Bell Labs & CTO | Nokia


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

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

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

Dr. Alex Reznik


Distinguished Technologist | HPE


Alex Reznik is currently an Distinguished Technologist on Hewlett Packard Enterprise's telco strategic account team. In this role he is involved in various aspects of helping a Tier 1 telco evolve towards a flexible infrastructure capable of delivering on the full promises of 5G.

Prior to May 2016 Alex was a Senior Principal Engineer at InterDigital, leading the company's research and development activities in the area wireless internet evolution.Since joining InterDigital in 1999, he has been involved in a wide range of projects, including leadership of 3G modem ASIC architecture, design of advanced wireless security systems, coordination of standards strategy in the cognitive networks space, development of advanced IP mobility and heterogeneous access technologies and development of new content management techniques for the mobile edge.

Alex also serves as Chair of ETSI's Multi-Access Edge Computing Industry Specification Group (MEC ISG) - the leading international standards group focused on standardizing the architecture and APIs for management and service exposure for edge computing.

Alex earned his B.S.E.E. Summa Cum Laude from The Cooper Union, S.M. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University. He held a visiting faculty appointment at WINLAB, Rutgers University, where he collaborated on research in cognitive radio, wireless security, and future mobile Internet. He served as the Vice-Chair of the Services Working Group at the Small Cells Forum. Alex is an inventor of over 130 granted U.S. patents, and has been awarded numerous awards for Innovation at InterDigital.

Dr. Bessem Sayadi
Research Manager | Nokia Bell-Labs


BESSEM SAYADI is a research manager at NOKIA, Bell-Labs France. He received M.Sc. (00) and Ph.D. (03) degrees from SUPELEC. Previous and current employers include SAGEM SA, CNRS, Orange and Alcatel-Lucent Bell-Labs.

Project Management • Research & Development • 5G architecture • Microservice Architecture • Media Processing • Machine learning • Wireless Communications •

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Ms. Nurit Sprecher
Vice-Chair | ETSI ZSM ISG


Head of Management, Virtualization and Application Enablement Standardization | Nokia


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

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

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

Mr. 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. Alfonso Tierno
Technology Expert, Network Virtualisation Initiative, GCTIO Unit | TELEFONICA


Module Development Lead | OSM


Alfonso Tierno is a Technology Expert at Telefonica Global CTIO Unit in the Network Virtualisation. He is currently a software architect and main contributor of the OSM (Open Source Mano) project, leading the core modules of NBI, LCM & RO.
Active in the NFV ecosystem since 2011. Alfonso is expert in program languages involving real time processing. He worked on developing layer 2/3 real time decoders for mobile communications (2000), wireless sensor controllers (2007), VNF data plane processing using DPDK (2012), hypervisor virtualization (openvim) (2015) among others.
Alfonso holds a Master in Telecommunications Engineering at the Technical University of Valencia (Spain). He is co-author of several research papers and publications related to mobile communications and networking.

Mr. Thomas Tovinger
Chair | 3GPP


Thomas Tovinger is a standards expert working at Ericsson and chair of 3GPP SA5 since 2015.
Thomas received a Master of Science diploma in Engineering Physics with Computer Science specialization at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg (Sweden) 1980 and has over 35 years of experience in the telecommunications industry.

Thomas joined Ericsson 1980 and worked with OSS programming, system design and testing from 1980 to 1999. He joined his first standardization group 1993: ETSI SMG6 developing the GSM management specifications. He joined 3GPP SA5 from the start 1999 and was rapporteur of the first Configuration Management group 1999-2001, where he was heavily involved in introducing the IRP (Integration Reference Point) concept for SA5.

From 1999 to 2015 he was rapporteur and chair of various SA5 work items and Sub Working Groups, and he was also member of the ETSI TISPAN NGN (Next Generation Networks) Network Management group (WG8) from 2005 to 2007.

In August 2007 Thomas was elected for the first term as vice chair of 3GPP SA5, a role which he pursued until 2015. In August 2015 Thomas was elected chair of SA5, a duty which he successfully has ensured until today.

Mr. Luis Velarde Tazón
Solutions Architect Senior Manager | Telefonica


Since 2013, Luis has been responsible of the design of the Global Integration Strategy across all operations within the Telefónica Group, defining an API based architecture and the standard interfaces for BSS/OSS exposition required to interact with digital providers, as well as the design of open architectures to foster innovative technologies and services to be deployed globally"

Mr. Farni Weaver
Technology Strategist | Sprint


Mr. Umut Yazici
Expert Ip Access Network Engineer | Turkcell


Mr. Helmut Zürner
Senior Manager Virtual Network Products Europe | Verizon


Helmut Zuerner is responsible for Virtual Network Product Technology and Strategy at Verizon Europe, a role that spans product development, Sales enablement, strategic product planning and thought leadership.

Helmut has over 20 years of experience in network planning and product enablement for public and private Enterprise IP networks, with a special focus on emerging technologies and innovation management.