• Ajay has over 20 years of experience in networking with most of these years focused on telco/service provider technologies such as IPNGN, MPLS, BGP, L2/L3 VPNs, video and mobile. Ajay has been focusing on NFV since 2013 and led major projects in NFV as it applies to mobility including GiLAN project with a major telco company in Europe and vEPC deployment with a major mobile operator in North America. He is well versed with ETSI NFV and has been using various flavors of Openstack in deploying NFV.

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  • Ali Kafel is the technical product marketing lead for Red Hat’s telco solutions initiative, responsible for technical thought leadership, industry insights and field enablement. Prior to Red Hat, Ali held leadership roles in marketing and business development for various high-tech start-ups and multinational companies, including Stratus Technologies, Extreme Networks, Sonus Networks and Lucent Technologies (now Nokia). He brings over 20 years of experience in telecom and networking, including carrier/packet telephony, mobility, data networks, and NFV/SDN. Ali holds an MBA and a bachelor’s degree in physics from Suffolk University in Boston, MA. He can be reached at LinkedIn or twitter (@akafel) for more information.

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  • Annie Potvin leads Red Hat's Product Marketing for Vertical Industry Solutions. She globally supports vertical industry strategies across the Red Hat portfolio. Prior to this role, Annie was responsible for global marketing at eNovance, a leading provider of open source cloud computing services. Her specialties include marketing emerging technologies such as open source, OpenStack, NFV and DevOps. She has more than 25 years of professional experience in Marketing and Product Marketing. Annie has also worked at Insight Enterprise, a global technology company that focuses on information technologies for enterprises, where she led Product and Technical Marketing.

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  • Azhar Sayeed is currently a chief architect for the service provider/telco group at Red Hat Inc., driving the company’s service provider architectures and solutions strategy with Openstack, SDN, NFV and Data Center orchestration. Azhar has more than 25 years of experience in the field of networking and communications industry that includes development, design, installation and management of complex networks. Prior to Red Hat, Azhar spent 17 years at Cisco Systems, Inc. His last responsibility there was as senior director of solutions engineering. Azhar was responsible for developing system architectures, and developing and delivering cloud-based solutions and monetizing them as whole offers. Azhar has also actively contributed to the industry adoption of cutting edge technologies. He is an active participant and a contributor to industry forums and standards bodies. His interests are in the area of cloud architectures, Openstack, SDN, virtualization, data center networking and mobile networks. Azhar is the co-author of a book “MPLS and Next-Generation Networks: Foundations for NGN and Enterprise Virtualization.” He has 9 patents in the area of computer network protocols including MPLS, multicast, OAM etc. as well as several dozen published papers.

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  • Benjamin Henshall the Red Hat’s director of sales, financial services, for the Asia Pacific region. His primary responsibility is to help clients, partners and the eco-system within Asia adopt the Red Hat toolsets and services in digital transformative opportunities. Benjamin holds a bachelor of science in information systems from UNSW in Sydney. Prior to Red Hat, Benjamin worked at Oracle within the Fusion Middleware business unit and BEA Systems preceding his time at Oracle. He is particularly interested in helping organisations ‘out innovate’ the competition through compressed innovation cycles using software engineering principles and cultural change, known as DevOps, and aligning IT architectures and operations to meet the demands of the next generation business model(s). Benjamin also has a passion for helping organisations understand how to harness the innovation from open source software and participate in their respective communities.

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  • Bill is responsible for business development, technology advancement and partner enablement. Most recently, he began the Red Hat AI Network initiative to explore the use of AI and machine learning applications in network topologies and open source platforms. Bill is responsible for Tier 1 global accounts and strategic NEP and ISV partnerships. He is a regular keynote speaker and requested panelist for discussions on technology futures.

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