Ahmed Murad is Director, Networking and Telco, at Lenovo. Ahmed currently leads Lenovo’s Data Center Networking and CSP/NFV solutions roadmap and Go to Market initiatives and strategies. Previously, he successfully led Spirent’s Networks, Security and Mobility test solutions businesses. Ahmed started out his career designing HF Micro Wave links and complex antennae radiation patterns for TV broadcasting systems, after which he was an executive in charge of design, deployment and operations at the first public communications network operator in Romania . Later in his career he led systems design and implementation for some of the world’s most complex metro communications systems (Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore).
Ahmed holds a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from Polytechnical Institute, Cluj, Romania and MSAT from Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada.Lenovo
Alan Clark is an experienced industry and corporate leader who specializes in engineering external research and development. He currently contributes to open source as a member of the Linux Foundation Board of Directors, Board Chair for the OpenHPC project, and as a Director for theOpen Mainframe Project. He also participates as an individual contributor to many additional open source projects and foundations. Alan is a member of the CTO Office and Director for Industry Initiatives, Emerging Standards and Open Source at SUSE.SUSE
Amol Phadke is a senior telecommunications executive providing technology and business leadership
in all areas of networked IT, Internet and Telecoms industry specialising in strategy definition, driving
large scale engineering development/delivery units and leading global multi-discipline teams. Amol
is currently the Managing Director responsible for Accenture’s Global Network Transformation,
Strategy and Consulting portfolio. Prior to joining Accenture, Amol was with Alcatel-Lucent as Senior
Director responsible for Asia-Pacific professional services delivery including SDN/NFV. Amol has
also worked with British Telecom (BT) as Chief Architect for their global 21CN network platforms.
Amol has a master’s degree in Telecommunications Engineering from USC, California and a double
degree executive MBA from UCLA, California-NUS, Singapore. He was also awarded the C H Wee
Gold Medal for outstanding academic achievement in the executive MBA program. Amol is based in
London and has been an active member of IEEE for the last 20 years
Andrew Aitken is the GM & Global Open Source Practice leader for Wipro. In this capacity he, and his
team, are responsible for crafting and executing Wipro’s open source consulting, community, go-to-
market and solutions strategy. Today, Wipro has well over 20, 000 open source developers working with
many LF member organizations and is currently engaged in four Linux Foundation projects with three
more being joined in 2019. Mr. Aitken has a long history with the LF going back to the very beginning
working with Jim Zemlin to craft the original business model. Our company’s goal is to become the
leading open source ecosystem global systems integrator and the LF is key to our success.
Mr. Aitken has served as an open source expert to the White House and California Senate and as a guest
lecturer at Stanford’s Entrepreneur program. He is an investor in Mautic and on the Board of Advisors of
various open source companies. He is past Board Member of OSEHRA, an initiative spearheaded by the
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, to provide open source-based cost effective healthcare solutions
for veterans. He has personally worked with organizations such as Intel, Capital One, Fidelity, Microsoft,
the U.S. Navy, the government of Japan and many startups, assisting them with developing their open
In Mr. Aitken’s 21 years in open source he has been a pioneer in the development of open source
adoption, governance and commercialization models, launched and ran the industry’s only “think tank”
event and is a frequent international speaker on a variety of open source-related topics.
1998 – joined Olliance Inc., a venture backed start up, developing open source middleware solutions
2001 – acquired the assets of Olliance Inc., launched Olliance Consulting Group to provide management
and strategy consulting to companies leveraging open source
2005 – launched the “open source think tank” held annually in Napa, CA, and Paris, France, for 9 years,
considered a must-attend event by 120 of the industry’s leading CEOs and visionaries each year.
2010 – Olliance acquired by Black Duck Software, became EVP and GM of Olliance Consulting, a Black
Duck Software division
2014 – Joined Wipro as Global Open Source Practice Leader.Wipro
Cecilia Corbi is Senior Project Manager in TIM (Technology Architectures & Innovation | Standards, Technology Communication & IPR department), responsible to coordinate TIM delegation in various SDOs and fora and to provide contributions to company strategies definition on open source communities and standards participation related to NFV & SDN, Automation and Orchestration areas. She has over 25 years of experience in the Telco Industry with various positions ranging from research and development, technical innovation and international strategic projects leadership. She has been active in multiple industry standardization organizations, representing TIM in various board committees and covering leadership roles being also OMA (Open Mobile Alliance) Board vice chairperson for 3 mandates.Telecom Italia
Chris Rice is Senior Vice President of AT&T Labs. He is responsible for delivering the architecture and design of Domain 2.0, the software-centric AT&T network. This transformation uses software-defined networking and network function virtualization to make AT&T’s network faster, simpler, and more scalable.
Prior to this role, Chris was the Vice President of AT&T Labs, leading the research and advanced development for the software-centric network. He and his team made advancements in networking and IP network management; network virtualization; big data; speech and multimedia technologies; information systems and visualization; algorithms and optimization; and scalable, reliable software systems.
Chris has been with AT&T for over 20 years. He has contributed expertise and focus on wireless and broadband communication systems, as well as satellite and broadband data communication systems. He also led development efforts for a digital radio-based, pico-cellular base station, which provided in-building, mobile voice communication on standard cellular phones.
Chris holds more than 70 patents. In 2005, he received the AT&T Distinguished Scientist Award.AT&T
Chris Wright is Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Red Hat. Chris leads the Office of the CTO, which is responsible for incubating emerging technologies and developing forward-looking perspectives on innovations such as artificial intelligence, cloud computing, distributed storage, software defined networking and network functions virtualization, containers, automation and continuous delivery, and distributed ledger.
During his more than 20 years as a software engineer, Chris has worked in the telecommunications industry on high availability and distributed systems, and in the Linux industry on security, virtualization, and networking. He has been a Linux developer for more than 15 years, most of that time spent working deep in the Linux kernel. He is passionate about open source software serving as the foundation for next generation IT systems. He lives in sunny Portland, OR, where he is happily engaged in open source projects such as OpenDaylight, Open vSwitch, OPNFV, OpenStack, Open Container Initiative, and Cloud Native Computing Foundation.Red Hat
Dave Ward is Chief Architect at Cisco Systems, responsible for architectural governance, defining strategy, development of new technology, and leading use-inspired research. Working via tight partnerships with customers, partners, developers, and academia, he is also leading co-development and co-innovation initiatives. He has been the Routing Area Director at the IETF and chair of four working groups: IS-IS, HIP, BFD, and Softwires, and worked with the ITU-T, ONF, and several open source consortia. Dave was also a Juniper Fellow and Chief Architect working on the operating system and next-generation routing systems. He has a small vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains, an heirloom tomato farm along the St. Croix River in Somerset, Wisconsin.Cisco Systems
As CTO, Eyal Felstaine is responsible for planning and developing Amdocs’ technology vision, as well as the architecture and roadmap of the entire product portfolio.
Previous executive roles include Amdocs’ Head of Orchestration group, where he led the ECOMP co-creation collaboration with AT&T around their software-centric Domain 2.0 vision of achieving 75% virtualization in their network by 2020. Eyal also spearheaded the establishment of Amdocs’ NFV group and was responsible for shaping Amdocs’ product vision, strategy, and long-term roadmap for Network Cloud Service Orchestration and NG OSS.
An innovator and entrepreneur by nature, he has co-founded and held CXO positions in several successful startups in the communications and evolved packet core space. These include Traffix Systems, acquired by F5, Allot Communications, and SANRAD, acquired by OCZ Technology (OCZ was later acquired by Toshiba Japan). Prior to joining Amdocs, Eyal served as VP of Radware’s Cyber Security Division.
An experienced speaker at industry conferences, he has authored multiple referred journal papers, articles, patents, and Internet-standardization documents. Eyal has served as a faculty member in the Information Systems Engineering department of Ben-Gurion University, now sits on the advisory board for the Computer Science department at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, and has won several prestigious awards for research excellence in network security.
He holds a Ph.D. and an M.A.in computer science, as well as a B.Sc. in electrical engineering – all from the Technion. He also holds an M.B.A. from Columbia University and an M.B.A. from the London Business School.Amdocs
Dr. Ignacio Más is Ericssons Senior Expert in OSS and heads the Technology Strategy function of the management, orchestration, analytics and assurance portfolio. In his role, Ignacio oversees the overall evolution of network management and control towards a model-based horizontal management paradigm based on full automation, including the open source and standardization strategy in the OSS portfolio. In previous roles, Ignacio has been one of the top System Architects in Ericsson Group Function Technology holding the tittle of Senior Expert in Programmable Network Architecture. He obtained a PhD in Telecommunications from the Royal Institute of Technology, (KTH, Sweden) and a Master of Science from both KTH and the Telecommunications Engineering school of ‘Universidad Politécnica de Madrid’. Ignacio joined Ericsson in 2005 and started working in IETF standardization, IPTV and messaging architectures and media related activities inside Ericsson Research. When he joined Group Function Technology he became the CTO office expert in media, SDN and cloud networking related issues, where he lead the company in the evolution to a network architecture focused on flexibility and programmability with emphasis on SDN and NFV technical paradigm implications.Ericsson
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Jason is a 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.IBM
Jie Hu is Chief Engineer of Emerging Technology in Standard Strategy Team. He is responsible for planning and managing on open source contributions of ZTE System Product.ZTE
Jonne Soininen is Head of Software Industry Initiatives at Nokia in Helsinki. Prior to Nokia, he worked in different positions with Nokia, Nokia Siemens Networks, Renesas Mobile, and Broadcom and has an extensive history in telecommunications ranging over 15 years.
Jonne has a Master of Science in computer science from the University of Helsinki. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. at the Aalto University in Finland.
Within the technical community, Jonne has been active in organizations such as 3rd Generation partnership project (3GPP), the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA), and the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). In the IETF, Jonne has served as the Co-chair of IPv6 Operations (v6ops) and the Network-based Localized Mobility Management (netlmm) Working Groups, and as a member and the chair of the IETF Administrative Oversight Committee (IAOC). He has also served as the Vice-chair for the ISOC Advisory Council. Locally in Finland, Jonne has been active in the Finnish Internet Forum (FIF) – the Internet Governance Forum in Finland and as a member of the board of the local ISOC chapter.
Jonne has served on the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) board as the Technical Liaison Group (TLG) liaison in 2010 and since 2013 he is serving as the IETF liaison to the same board.Nokia
Dr. Junlan Feng, Chief Scientist at China Mobile，General Manager of AI and Intelligent Operation R&D Center. Dr. Feng has led R&D of China Mobile on artificial intelligence and big data since September 2013. She had been the architect of IBM Big Data from January 2013.1 to August 2013 and a principal researcher at AT&T Labs Research from August 2001 to January 2013. Dr. Feng received her Ph.D. on Speech Recognition in 2001 from Chinese Academy of Sciences. She is an IEEE senior member, an IEEE speech and language committee member and IEEE industry committee member. She is a reviewer for major data mining, speech, and natural language international conferences and journals. She has chaired and organized multiple conferences in these fields. Dr. Feng has over 50 professional publications and has been granted 33 U.S and international patents.China Mobile
An industry veteran with broad leadership background across all Go-To-Market functions, I started as a product manager, driving advanced product development and launches at Silicon Graphics. From there, I advanced into leadership roles, including Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at multiple companies. A deep understanding of technology and the markets our partners serve, combined with a belief that partnerships are essential to developing complete solutions, provides a unique perspective and passion for technology that translates into real world benefits for our customers.
My experience spans a broad spectrum of company size and market focus from my current role leading the software ecosystem team for the Infrastructure Line of Business at ARM to large enterprise companies (NetApp) to early stage startups (co-founder of Terawave). Early in my career, I was fortunate to spend ten years in Silicon Graphics, a small company when I first started that became a large company. Throughout my career, a focus on customer outcome through technology innovation and eco-system development, has remained a priority I have maintained throughout my career.Arm
Manish Mangal is the Chief Technology Officer of Network Services at Tech Mahindra. He is responsible for driving strategy, creating portfolio of solutions and developing strategic alliances for the Network Services business. Manish has 22 years of experience in the telecommunications and technology industry with a proven track record of conceiving, architecting, designing, engineering and deploying cutting-edge technology solutions and delivering transformational changes. He has worked with global Tier-I operators and OEMs such as Reliance Jio, Sprint, Bharti Airtel and Nokia (Alcatel-Lucent). Manish holds a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kansas and is an inventor of 60 patents.Tech Mahindra
Marisa S. Viveros is IBM Vice President, Strategy and Solutions for the Telecommunications, Mediac and Entertainment Industry, responsible for devising the role of cognitive computing and cloud platforms for this industry. In this role, she has led IBM’s strategy for NFV.
Marisa joined IBM as a Research Software Engineer, and led various large research teams prior to transitioning as an executive into the business, where she has held a series of leadership positions in wireless, networking services, security services, and cybersecurity innovation.
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
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.
Morgan Dollard is the Vice President & General Manager of Contrail at Juniper Networks, where he’s responsible for Juniper Software and Cloud Networking products. Prior to Juniper, Morgan held various roles at Google running Google Cloud’s Networking business, Content Delivery Network, Edge Computing Platforms, Production Backbone Engineering, and the Google Games business. He also was a Growth Advisor for CapitalG, providing insight and recommendations for the Networking, Security, and Cloud verticals. In addition to his time at Google, Morgan also ran Datacenter Network Engineering at Microsoft, special R&D projects at Xbox and has held a number of roles at large Global 500 enterprises. Morgan holds a number of patents in the areas of advertising, content distribution, authentication, and networking.Juniper
Muhammed Özhan graduated from BA faculty of Istanbul University in 2003 and earned his master’s degree in Finance Engeneering from Boğazici University in 2008. Afterwards, he completed the Sloan Executive Education Program in MIT and worked in the TTNET Strategy department in 2007 following HSBC, Active Group and Turkish Airlines experiences. In 2009, he continued his career in the M&A desk of the International Investment Department of Türk Telekom. In 2010, Özhan worked as a CEO consultant and Business Development Director for ALBtelecom-Eagle Mobile that Türk Telekom is a shareholder in Albania. He returned to Türk Telekom in November 2012 and served as Director of Strategy & Business Development and Director of Commercial Planning. He has been serving as Strategy, Planning and Business Development Director since December 2016.Türk Telekom
Rajesh Gadiyar is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the Network Platforms Group and leads the Architecture & Systems Engineering organization at Intel. He is focused on delivering a scalable and efficient architecture for next generation communications platforms. He leads the architecture efforts to accelerate Network Function Virtualization (NFV) including 5G infrastructure, Edge Cloud, and AI in Networking.
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.Intel
Robert Pippert is VP of Technology Development for wireless and common platforms at Reliance Jio.Reliance Jio
Sebastian Zechlin is Head of OSS Architecture & Innovation at Deutsche Telekom. He is based in Bonn, Germany.
After graduating in Computer Science from the Technical University of Braunschweig, Sebastian has worked in the telecommunications industry for 15 years. At Deutsche Telekom, Sebastian has held several designer and architect roles in technical implementation projects ranging from access to voice via IMS. Most recently, he was senior architect for Operations Support Systems within the Technology Innovation department. Since 2018 Sebastian leads the OSS Architecture & Innovation department with a focus on Orchestration and SDN / NFV management. Sebastian has been actively involved in international standardization activities at ETSI, 3GPP and IETF.Deutsche Telekom
Shahid Khan is Senior Engineering Manager at Qualcomm Corporate R&D. He is currently responsible for driving Telco & Edge products strategy, software architecture, and development of end-to-end platform solutions for ARM SoCs with a focus on Orchestration and NFV/SDN as the key technology enablers of disruptive solutions for emerging markets for Edge computing and 5G/IOT. Previously, Shahid has been responsible for driving open source software ecosystem enablement for Qualcomm’s ARM based server platforms through various community engagements and partnerships.Qualcomm
Sohyong Chong is VP of Engineering at Network Business Unit of SamsungElectronics in Korea, where he is currently responsible for development of NetworkAnalytics, Network Management and Network Cloud products and solutions for the mobile networks.His 25 years of industry experience includes areas such as network virtualization, software defined network, orchestration and automation, mobile networks, routers and switches. Prior to joining Samsung Electronics, Sohyong held various technical leadership roles at several networking companies in Silicon Valley.Samsung Electronics
Srinivasa (Srini) Kalapala is the Vice President of Technology and Supplier Strategy at Verizon. Srini is responsible for developing next-generation network technology strategies, identifying strategic suppliers to enable Verizon’s technology strategy and driving architecture efforts across Verizon’s Technology organization.
Prior to his current role, Srini was managing technology strategy, architecture and user experience functions in the wireline business unit. In that role, he led transformation efforts delivering world-class platforms such as Fiber to the Premises networks and well recognized Technician Tablet and Mobile Coach. Srini drove the technology transformation efforts in the areas of work force mobility, Wireline network transformation and platform rationalization. InfoWorld-Forrester recognized Srini’s team as one of the top five leading architecture organizations in the world for these efforts.
Prior to this role, Srini drove the technology architecture for Verizon’s Fiber to the Premises (FiOS) business. Srini has played notable roles in the delivery of long distance, voice unbundling and development of broadband strategies at Verizon. Prior to joining Verizon, Srini worked at British Telecom, IBM and MCI in various technology roles.
Srini holds an MBA from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, a Master’s degree in Information Systems from George Washington University, and a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electronics and Instrumentation from Birla Institute of Science (BITS) in Pilani, India.Verizon
Sun Qiong has been engaged in IP network technology research, IP network planning and network-related product development of China Telecom for 10 years. She is the author of several IPv6 transition-related RFCs and leads new operation system architecture design for CTNet2025 at China Telecom.China Telecom
Tamer Shenouda is Director of Network Transformation at Bell. He leads Bell’s Network 3.0 initiative in the Network organization and is responsible for end-to-end network architecture, overall program management, and network service orchestration. Network 3.0 is a transformation initiative addressing people, process, and technology aiming to drastically improve service and operational agility as well as reduce costs in order to improve customer experience.
Tamer is also Co-chair with Facebook of the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) People & Process group. The group’s purpose is to help telcos through their transformation initiatives by enabling knowledge sharing and visibility into cultural, skills, and process transformation efforts. He has been at Bell for 15 years and has played various roles in IT and networking. In his previous role, he led the enterprise architecture team in IT for Bell’s business market services, developing architecture roadmaps and solutions for customer management, order management, provisioning, billing, and security.
Tamer holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and software engineering from Université du Québec and a mini-M.B.A. from McGill University.Bell
Vanessa is the Director of Global Telco Innovation at VMware. She is focused on leading innovative architectures that bring together diverse partners across the globe, commercial hardware and software as well as Open Source technologies in useful telco solutions that solve for specific problems, and driving the industry toward the next generation of solutions.
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. Van spent much of her career as a contractor, consulting for every telco as well as major retailers in North America over the years. Having worked as everything from unix sysadmin to Chief Technical Officer with a number of leadership and architectural 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 Telco Innovation Van is focused on leading innovative architectures that bring together diverse partners across the globe, commercial hardware and software as well as Open Source technologies in useful telco solutions that solve for specific problems. This role has her speaking at conferences around the world, and spreading the word about the next generation of Telecommunications technologies. A member of Women of Openstack, and Women in Comms, Van is active in showcasing and championing women in tech fields. Currently splitting her time in various open source communities, Van sits on the Technical Steering Committee of Open Source Mano, is a member of the Layer 123 NFV advisory board, a Linux Foundation Board Member, and spear headed the VNF Onboarding open source community.
Van attended the University of Toronto where she majored in Computer Science and Astro-Physics. Van currently makes her home in Toronto Canada, where she enjoys spending her free time playing hockey, tennis and fishing.VMware
Vincent Danno is Director of Standards at Orange. His responsibilities include all wireline networks and home networks, as well as the IoT platform. In his role, he defines standardization strategy and policy and leads Orange’s standardization activities to set the direction and lead the transformation of future networks, including in such areas as convergence in 5G, the move to software-defined networks, transport networks and machine-to-machine computing.
Vincent has held various roles, covering both fixed and mobile networks, both at the access and core level. He has also been involved in numerous standards development organizations and industry associations, such as ETSI, 3GPP, and the GSMA. His contributions have been recognized through a number of industry awards.
Mr. Ren Xudong（Bill Ren）serves as the General Manager of ICT Infrastructure Open Source Business at Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd, and as the chief liaison officer of Huawei. In this role，he is fully responsible for responsible for the implementation of open source solutions for operators/enterprises in the network automation industry, using open source means to build industrial ecology, expand industrial space, build a healthy and harmonious industrial environment, and support the success of the company’s business.
Bill Ren holds a Bachelor Degree from Shanghai Jiaotong University. Since Joining Huawei in 1998，Bill served as an Intelligent Network Research and Development Engineer, Product Manager and Architect of India Branch, General Manager of Business OSS, Vice President of Network OSS, Vice President of Network OSS Strategy and MKT, Vice President of Solution MKTG, etc. We have accumulated rich experience in R&D, marketing and product management.Huawei
Yukio Ito is Executive Vice President at NEC.
After the reorganization of NTT in 1999, Yukio designed the architecture of the Transport Network of NTT Communications and introduced new technology in the Transport Network of NTT Communications.
Since June 2010, he has been in charge of engineering, construction and operation of the IP & L1, L2 backbone network in NTT Communications. He has also been in charge of the entire NTT Communications service infrastructure and introduced SDN/OpenFlow technologies into NTT communications’ Business Network.
More recently, since August 2014, he has been responsible for Technology Development to strengthen cross-service technological development capability in accordance with NTT Communications’-wide business strategies.
He had been a member of the Board of the Open Networking Foundation from December 2011 to June 2015.
He has been a Chairman of the OKINAWA Open Laboratory from May 2013.
He had moved to NEC as an advisor regarding Carrier Business of NEC since July 2015 and had been a board member of ONOS/CORD project of the ON.LAB from April 2016 to March 2017.
He has been promoted to Executive Vice President since April 2016.NEC