Telecom Virtual Event

Speakers

Hear from the experts

Keynote speakers

Randeep Sekhon

Bharti Airtel

Randeep Sekhon

CTO, Bharti Airtel

Randeep Singh Sekhon is Chief Technology Officer for Airtel India and South Asia. Headquartered in New Delhi, India, the company ranks amongst the top 3 mobile service providers globally in terms of subscribers. In India, the company's product offerings include 2G, 3G and 4G wireless services, mobile commerce, fixed line services, high speed home broadband, DTH, enterprise services including national & international long-distance services to carriers. Randeep is responsible for driving technology Strategy and Innovation, Digitization, Network operations, Rollout, Planning and quality. Prior to this, Randeep was CEO of Hutchison Tri Indonesia based out of Jakarta. He successfully drove customer centricity and digitization led efficiency and business transformation for 3 in Indonesia.

Enrique-Blanco

Enrique Blanco

Telefonica Group

Enrique Blanco

Chief Technology & Information Officer (CTIO), Telefonica Group

Enrique Blanco Nadales, born in Madrid in 1959, studied Physics at Universidad Complutense de Madrid and Master PDG at IESE. After a period of three years in Standard Eléctrica (a company associated to the multinational ITT) as a Software Designer in System 12, he joined the National Telefónica Company of Spain in 1985 in the Direction of Technology, assuming different responsibilities in the area of Digital Switching. In 2000 he started his activity in the Operations of Telefónica de España, assuming different roles and holding several positions such as Director of Madrid, Director of Local Operations, Director of Operations and Director of Network Operations and Engineering. In 2011 he is appointed Global CTO of Telefónica SA and in 2017 Global Chief Technology & Information Officer (GCTIO) and he is currently the Chief Technology & Information Officer (CTIO). Member of the Executive Committee of Telefónica since November 2019. He has received several international awards, such as CTO of the year in 2014 by Mobile Europe and CTO of the year in the World Communications Awards 2019. He is also decorated with the Military Merit Medal with a white badge in December 2016.

Analysts

Caroline Chappell

Caroline Chappell

Analysys Mason

Caroline Chappell

Research Director, Analysys Mason

Caroline heads Analysys Mason's Cloud research practice. Her research focuses on service provider adoption of cloud to deliver business services, support digital transformation and re-architect fixed and mobile networks for the 5G era. She is a leading exponent of the edge computing market and its impact on service provider network deployments and new revenue opportunities. She monitors public cloud provider strategies for the telecoms industry and investigates how key cloud platform services can enhance service provider value. Caroline is a leading authority on the application of cloud-native technologies to the network and helps telecoms customers to devise strategies that exploit the powerful capabilities of cloud while mitigating its disruptive effects. Prior to joining Analysys Mason, Caroline was Practice Leader, Cloud and NFV, at Heavy Reading. She has over 25 years' experience as a telecoms software analyst and consultant working for research companies including Current Analysis and Ovum. Her areas of coverage spanned cloud services, digital service development and delivery, B/OSS, customer experience management and analytics, Internet and cloud security, professional/managed services and service provider wholesale strategies in such areas as IP/Ethernet, enterprise cloud solutions and fixed and mobile wholesale access. Caroline started her career as a software programmer at what is now BAE Systems. This has given her a lifelong interest in software architecture and engineering approaches, most recently including lean/agile development and DevOps, microservices architecture and model-driven, intelligent software automation.

Lynda Stadmueller

Frost & Sullivan

Lynda Stadmueller

Research VP and Global Practice Area Leader, Information & Communications Technology, Frost & Sullivan

Lynda Stadtmueller is Vice President for the Network, Data Center, and Cloud practice at Frost & Sullivan. Research areas include digital transformation; network services; cloud and data center services (public, private, and hybrid cloud; co-lo; managed services); storage and infrastructure. She is a frequent speaker and contributor to technology publications. Ms. Stadtmueller has over 20 years of experience in the communications industry. Prior to joining Frost & Sullivan in 2008, she served in a number of leadership positions with AT&T and other technology firms.

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Ray Mota

ACG Research

Ray Mota

CEO and Principal Analyst, ACG Research

Dr. Ray Mota, responsible for the Carrier Strategy & Infrastructure Servicesand SD-WAN Service, brings a talent for complex technical and critical thinking and provides strategic direction, sharp analysis, and expert advice on networking issues, specializing in design, implementation, and troubleshooting. Prior to founding ACG Research Dr. Mota worked for Aberdeen Group, ManageAll, Micros-To-Mainframes, Advanced Technology Group, Eastman Kodak and the IRS. As a CTO, he designed, implemented and supported complex trading floor systems and large WAN Frame Relay and ATM networks. He also provided training on Sniffer, HP Advisor protocol analysis tools, and MPLS architectures. Ray has also developed cloud applications and has a software patent attributed to him. Routinely called upon to speak as a guest lecturer throughout the country, Ray is recognized as an expert in topics relating to networks, managed services, cloud computing, operational efficiency, and business modeling. He has been the keynote speaker for the top cloud, channel, Wall Street, telecom event around the world. His insightful commentaries and analyses have been published in The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Bloomberg, Telecom Magazine, MSNBC, CNN Money, Forbes, Fortune, Businessweek, NY Times, SF Chronicle and other industry publications.

Guest speakers

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Anand Shah

Verizon

Anand Shah

Director Technology Strategy and Architecture, Verizon

Anand is a globally minded high-tech leader with extensive experience in general management and engineering. He serves as the essential catalyst for developing and driving technology plans and designing network architecture for both enterprise and consumer products. His expertise is in 5G RAN, Core, MEC, Private Networks, large scale enterprise software, product development, and operations. He has 10+ years of experience in Verizon rotating through many high demanding roles.

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İnanç Çakıroğlu

Turkcell

İnanç Çakıroğlu

Director, Artificial Intelligence, Data Analytics and Data Science, Turkcell

İnanç Çakıroğlu is an executive manager with more than 20 years of experience. He joined Turkcell Group as a business analyst in 2000 and took various managerial positions at ICT including establishment of Lifecell (Turkcell Ukraine) and Turkcell Europe operations. He’s currently working as "Director, Artificial Intelligence, Data Analytics and Data Science" in Turkcell, specialized on new technologies and disruptive concepts such as digital transformation, big data, AI and machine learning. İnanç Çakiroğlu graduated from Bogazici University Electrical Electronics Engineering and studied MBA in Yeditepe University.

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Neil McRae

BT

Neil McRae

Managing Director and Chief Architect , BT

Since the early nineties Neil has been a leading innovator in the Internet and Telecommunications industry: from using open software to create one of the first service providers in theUK, to building several Global Telecommunications and Internet Networks. Neil has significant knowledge and experience in IP technologies and also significant experience with Optical, Mobile, Voice, xDSL, MPLS and Ethernet. He ran Network Engineering at COLT for ten years, (where he also contributed to COLT’s datacentre build) and ran Network Engineering at Cable and Wireless for four years. For the last four years Neil has led BT’s global network strategy, culminating in extending BT’s leading position in the Gartner magic quadrant, and supporting significant global network expansion. In addition, Neil has worked to expand BT’s footprint and capability in the UK, from BT’s fibre network through to Ethernet, Broadband and TV services. Neil is one of two ‘Distinguished Engineers’ in BT. Neil has been involved in the start-up of many internet governance and supporting organisations, and has been a non-executive director of the London Internet Exchange for fifteen years.

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Alexandre Harmand

Telefonica

Alexandre Harmand

Head of Core and Service Platforms, Telefonica

Alex is currently head of network platforms in Telefonica group leading key programs such as 5G Core, RCS, edge computing platforms and network virtualization. Before his current role Alex has been working in O2 UK in core network architecture and design after graduating from Aston University (UK) with an MSc in Telecommunication.

Ryota Mibu

Mibu Ryota

Rakuten

Mibu Ryota

Division Manager of Infrastructure Platform, Rakuten

Nagendra Bykampadi

Nagendra Bykampadi

Altiostar Networks, Inc

Nagendra Bykampadi

Director of Product Management and Standards (Security), Altiostar Networks, Inc

Nagendra Bykampadi has more than 24 years of experience in the wireless industry. In his current role, he is the director of product management for Altiostar’s product security portfolio. He is also the co-chair of O-RAN Security Focus Group (SFG) at O-RAN ALLIANCE e.V. He is actively engaged with operators on all matters related to Open RAN security. He has also been involved in 3GPP SA3 security standardization since 2014 and has been an active contributor to O-RAN Security Focus Group (SFG) standardization activities. He is a main author of the industry’s most comprehensive look at Open RAN security in a white paper which was a multi-vendor collaboration entitled "Security in Open RAN." 

Nilay Rathod

Spark New Zealand

Nilay Rathod

Domain Chapter Lead, Spark New Zealand

Nilay has been working with Spark for more than 9 years. Before taking up the role of Domain Chapter lead in Orchestration and inventory area, he has spent 5 years in Architecture team. He is currently leading Telco Cloud and open source fulfilment implementation at Spark New Zealand.

Josh Bahlman

Spark New Zealand

Josh Bahlman

GM Telco Cloud and Cyber Defence, Spark New Zealand

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Shamik Mishra

Capgemini Engineering

Shamik Mishra

Vice President and CTO Connectivity, Capgemini Engineering

Shamik Mishra is currently serving as Vice President and CTO of Connectivity at Capgemini Engineering. Previously he served as the Vice President for Research and Technology Innovation and Global Chief Industry Architect for Altran’s telecommunication business. Shamik Mishra has nearly nineteen years of experience in the telecom and software industry, providing engineering R&D services, frameworks and solutions to telecom operators, network equipment providers and software firms around the world. As a global lead for R&I in Altran, Shamik drives research and innovation in areas like virtualization, cloud native, edge computing, artificial intelligence and carrier cloud platforms. He represents Capgemini Engineering in several industry forums including Linux Foundation Edge where is a member of the technical advisory council. Most recently, Shamik has been elected the deputy chairman for GSMA’s Operator Platform Group. He is a regular speaker at industry and academic conferences and is often covered by the industry media.

Randy Levensalor

Randy Levensalor

CableLabs

Randy Levensalor

Principal Architect, CableLabs

Randy Levensalor is a principal architect at CableLabs, a non-profit research & development lab funded by the global cable industry. As a principal member of the Future Infrastrcutre Group (FIG) team, he is responsible for creating the edge and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) infrastructure reference platform and progressing orchestration capabilities based on service providers’ needs. Randy also leads the Software Defined Networking NFV Application development Platform and Stack project, or SNAPS ® , a CableLabs initiative to accelerate and ease the adoption of network virtualization. Randy was recognized in Fierce Telecom’s "The top 25 movers and shakers in the telecom industry." Prior to joining CableLabs, Randy gained extensive experience leading R&D, DevOps, and product management across several Hewlett-Packard divisions focusing on successfully delivering its public cloud, Linux and converged management solutions.   Randy is actively involved in CNCF, OPNFV, OpenStack and OpenDaylight and contributes to key industry standardization efforts including ETSI NFV. A subject matter expert, he has spoken on a broad range of topics at several conferences including the Open Networking Summit, OpenStack Summit, OPNFV Summit, Big Communications, SCTE Cable Tech Expo, NFV World Congress, SDN World Congress, Linux Conference Australia, Automation Everywhere and many more. Randy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from Virginia Tech.

Jane Rygaard-Pedersen

Jane Rygaard

Nokia

Jane Rygaard

Head of Dedicated Wireless Networks and Edge Clouds, Nokia

Manish Gangey

Manish Gangey

Bharti Airtel

Manish Gangey

Head of R&D, Bharti Airtel

Patrick Lopez

Patrick Lopez

NEC Corporation

Patrick Lopez

Global VP Product Management - 5G, NEC Corporation

Franz-Kasparec

Franz Kasparec

Atos

Franz Kasparec

Global Offerings Manager Telecom & Media, Atos

Clara Qian Li.

Clara Qian Li

Intel Corporation // IOWN GF

Clara Qian Li

Senior Principal Engineer , Intel Corporation // IOWN GF

Dr. Clara Li is a Senior Principal Engineer with the Next Generation and Standards division of Intel. She also serves as the chair of the Technology Steering Committee of IOWN GF. Since joined Intel in 2012, Clara has been working on LTE and 5G communications system design and standardization in the area of air interface, radio access network, core network, and edge computing. Clara is currently leading 6G technology development in Intel.

Masahisa Kawashima

NTT

Masahisa Kawashima

Vice President, Head of IOWN Development Office, NTT

Masahisa Kawashima is currently leading NTT's R&D of Innovative Optical and Wireless Network (IOWN) as the Head of IOWN Development Office. He is also serving as the Chair of the Technology Working Group at IOWN Global Forum. He has been working as a bridge between technologies and businesses since he joined NTT in 1994. His expertise includes high-speed networking, SDN, cloud/edge computing, AI, and data management. Nowadays, he is exploring innovative ways of realizing digital twin applications levering the evolution of optical communication and optoelectronics integration technologies. ---

Folke Anger

Ericsson

Folke Anger

Head of Solution Line Packet Core at Business Area Digital Services, Ericsson

  Folke is the head of Solution Line Packet Core within Business Area Digital Services. He is responsible for the Ericsson Packet Core offering including the dual-mode 5G Core solution. Ericsson Digital Services provides solutions that realize our customers’ digital transformation including software and services in the areas of monetization and management systems (OSS/BSS), telecom core (packet core and communication services), and cloud & NFV (Network Functions Virtualization) infrastructure. Before taking on his current role, Folke has been Head of Solution Line Unified Data Management & Policy, Head of Solution Line Network Management and Head of Product Management Group for RNC, BSC and RAN transport. Folke has also been the Ericsson CTO in the Global Customer Unit Vodafone and in the Multi Country Account SingTel. Folke is a successful senior Telecom & IT executive with +20 years of experience in general management and international business.

Clive Grethe

Atos

Clive Grethe

Global Head of Hybrid Cloud, Atos

Clive Grethe has over twenty-five years International commercial and business experience for Atos and has been supporting customer adoption of Hybrid Cloud for over 10 years. He is the Global Head of Hybrid Cloud in the Telecommunications, Media and Technology Industry team and is responsible for business development and strategy for Hybrid Cloud and application transformation opportunities.

Javed Khan

Altiostar

Javed Khan

Director, 5G RAN Product Management, Altiostar

Javed Khan leads Private Enterprise Networks and Radio Product Management at Altiostar. He has over 25 years of experience in the telecommunications industry with expertise in systems engineering and product management of CDMA, LTE and 5G networks. Prior to joining Altiostar in 2020, he worked for Nokia’s Mobile Networks division since 2011 in LTE RAN Systems Engineering and 5G RAN Product Management. Javed also worked for Motorola for over 17 years in software development and Systems Engineering roles spanning many products and technologies including Iridium, CDMA and LTE RANs.

Ulrich Ahle

FIWARE Foundation

Ulrich Ahle

Chief Executive Officer, FIWARE Foundation

Before been elected to become the CEO of the newly founded FIWARE Foundation headquartered in Berlin Ulrich was Vice President Manufacturing, Retail &Transportion within Consulting and System Integration of the international IT provider Atos in Germany.

He worked in a range of industries and sectors including Electronics & High Tech as well as Autmotive.

Ulrich is a well known expert in the broad field of IT, Consulting, Industrie 4.0 and Digitization covering the entire spectrum from IT Strategy (Business Models, Organizational Alignment, Service Delivery) to Operations, including Corporate Transactions and Acquisition Integration. He is also a frequently sought after expert for Digital IT Services and the Industrial IT Revolution.

Rashim Kapoor

Bharti Airtel

Rashim Kapoor

Senior Vice President, Bharti Airtel

Ravi Saxena

HPE

Ravi Saxena

Master Technologist, HPE

Ravi Saxena is the Worldwide Solution Architect in Communication Technology Group at Hewlett Packard Enterprise India, his primary role is to provide technical assistance on telecommunication products and solutions to various teams across the globe.   Ravi Saxena has extensive R&D (Research and Development) and customer facing experience and held number of technical roles in HP/HPE over last 18 years.  He is quite active in innovation and have multiple patents, publications, etc. under his name.   He is also front-ending technical interactions with various partners providing 5G network functions for HPE pre-integrated cloud native 5G core stack.

Douglas Lieberman

Dell EMC

Douglas Lieberman

Solutions Director, Dell EMC

Douglas Lieberman currently runs a global organization at DellEMC responsible for driving the future strategy of DellEMC in the global service provider market. Previous to his current position, Douglas was the Vice President of Global Engineering for Leidos (previously Lockheed Martin) driving the creation and implementation of a Leidos Presence for Cloud, Enterprise IT, and Cyber programs around the world, as well as being responsible for managing the engineering talent globally for all regions outside the United States. Douglas has been architecting solutions and designing/delivering Enterprise IT and Cyber solutions across the industry for over 20 years. Douglas is highly engaged across the industry speaking at senior leadership forums, government events, and conferences to promote the benefits of Cloud computing, Cyber, and Modern Critical Infrastructure Solutions as well as serving on the Board of Directors for technology companies and supporting multiple Industry Councils. Douglas served as Director of Operations, Director of Research, and other leadership positions for various global companies before joining Leidos. Across his career, Douglas has served in the roles of CTO for several organizations each with annual sales of close to $1B, Chief Architect implementing multiple new classified global networks, designer/implementer of large internal clouds, and senior technical advisor to many International Programs. Douglas leverages his depth and breadth of experience as well as his extensive connections to design and implement highly complex solutions for Enterprise Customers and governments around the globe. Douglas holds an MBA from University of Maryland University College, an M.S. in Cyber Security from University of Maryland University College, and a B.S. in Computer Science from DeSalles University. He also is the recipient of numerous awards including the prestigious Lockheed Martin Celebration of Excellence Award for Leadership, the NOVA Award for International Business Growth (top award at Lockheed Martin), and the US President’s Bronze award for Community Service. Douglas has also served on the Board of Directors for technology companies into addition to roles with community organizations such as the Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce and the Erie Innovation District where he is providing support to grow business globally through technology outreach.

Lory Thorpe

IBM

Lory Thorpe

Industry partner global TME, IBM

Jithu Raghavendran

MYCOM OSI

Jithu Raghavendran

Vice President of Telco Digital Transformation Solutions, MYCOM OSI

Jithu Raghavendran is Vice President of Telco Digital Transformation Solutions at MYCOM OSI. Jithu is a member of the senior leadership team responsible for commercial and technology propositions for 5G, AI/ML and Telco Cloud solutions and pioneering the OSS service assurance transformation for various Communications Service Providers across the globe. He heads up a diverse team of people comprising specialists in mobile network performance and optimisation, NFV/SDN and customer success advocates. He has over 18 years of experience in the telco domain and has successfully driven business strategies through a range of innovative cloud-native solutions and product-centric applications working with global CSPs, NEPs and ISVs. Prior to joining MYCOM OSI in 2014, he held several leadership positions in solutions engineering and product management with ISVs including TEOCO and AIRCOM International. He is a regular presenter in several industry events and has an extensive research background in the mobile telecoms industry. Jithu holds a MSc degree in Telecommunications from the University of London and a BEng with honours degree in Electronics and Communications from the University of Madras, India.

Bhupesh Agrawal

Intel

Bhupesh Agrawal

Director of the Private Networks and Edge Computing in the Network & Edge Computing Group (NEX) , Intel

Bhupesh Agrawal is a Director of the Private Networks and Edge Computing in the Network & Edge Computing Group (NEX) of Intel. He is responsible for delivering business growth by driving strategy, ecosystem, and new use cases for private networks. Bhupesh also leads new business model initiatives for NEX.   Bhupesh brings over 20 years of industry experience in networking and cloud computing. Bhupesh joined Intel in 2001 and has held positions in product management, product marketing, and business development, and served as Chief of Staff & TA to the Vice President of Intel’s Products Security Group. Bhupesh has published several technical papers on product engineering techniques.   Bhupesh is passionate about STEM education and is an official coach of the First Lego League team for middle school students. Bhupesh holds an MBA from Arizona State University & BSEE from the University of Delhi, India.

Arshad Masih

TPG Telecom Limited

Arshad Masih

Senior Cloud Solutions Architect – Telco Cloud Platform, TPG Telecom Limited

Francisco Martin Pignatelli

Vodafone

Francisco Martin Pignatelli

Head of Open RAN, Vodafone

Francisco ‘Paco’ Martín Pignatelli is a Vodafone Executive with 22 years of experience in mobile. He previously worked in the US and the UK, and in that time, gained invaluable experience across all network domains both in technology and customer facing roles. Latterly, he is focused on Open RAN, which he helped pioneer from 2016 and develop to become one of the most important mobile technologies today. Open RAN is reinvigorating the industry, and driving innovation to benefit customers through the advancement of a diverse and open vendor ecosystem.  Paco has been instrumental in establishing Vodafone as a key proponent of Open RAN, having recently unveiled plans for one of the world’s largest deployments of this technology.

Jean-Michel Farin

Orange

Jean-Michel Farin

Network security expert, Orange Security Experts community member, Orange

Jean-Michel works on network and security since near 20 years, now he’s working on Orange France fixed and mobile networks security and is specialized on NFV technologies security.

Dhananjay Pavgi

Tech Mahindra

Dhananjay Pavgi

Competency Head -OSS, Tech Mahindra

Dhananjay is an accomplished telecom industry veteran with more than 20 years of professional experience. He is dynamic Leader with result oriented approach and global experience having expertise in Technology Consulting, Presales and Solutions , OSS Domain, OSS/J, MTOSI, TMF NGOSS, ONAP, NFVO/MANO and helping revenue growth. He is skilled in delivering large Brown and Greenfield OSS transformation programs. He is an established Thought Leader in Telecom OSS domain with active presence in industry forums and open source programs such as TMF NGOSS, Linux Foundation ONAP.

Hiroshige Tanaka

NTT Communications Corporation Innovation Center

Hiroshige Tanaka

Senior Manager, NTT Communications Corporation Innovation Center

Hiroshige Tanaka has been a network engineer for a long time. In recent years, he has been leading to provide the private cloud service utilizing software defined network (SDN) in over 10 countries all over the world. Now his scope is expanding to the local 5G and the network function virtualization (NFV) technologies to achieve end to end traffic control, and to meet the customers' demands and enhance the customers' experience. In this session, he shows the latest activities of local 5G, NFV and explains the importance of the end to end traffic control.

Red Hat speakers

Chris Wright

Red Hat

Chris Wright

CTO, Red Hat

Chris Wright is Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Red Hat. He leads the Office of the CTO, which is responsible for incubating emerging technologies and developing forward-looking perspectives on innovations like artificial intelligence, cloud and edge computing, distributed storage, software-defined networking and network functions virtualization, containers, automation and continuous delivery, and distributed ledgers. During his 25 years as a software engineer, Wright has worked in the telecommunications industry and beyond on high-availability and distributed systems. He also has experience in the Linux® industry on security, virtualization, and networking. Wright has been a Linux developer for more than 15 years, with most of this time spent working deep in the Linux kernel. He is passionate about open source software serving as the foundation for next-generation IT systems.

Darrell Jordan-Smith

Red Hat

Darrell Jordan-Smith

Senior Vice President, Industries & Global Accounts, Red Hat

  With more than 30 years of experience in the IT industry, Darrell leads a global organisation focused on key high-growth industries. Darrell and his team work with customers and partners to deliver value through Red Hat’s next-generation software solutions and services to industries including Media and Entertainment, Financial Services, Healthcare, Automotive, and Energy entities. Darrell supports cross-industry opportunities for ecosystems with a focus on utilising entry point solutions, such as 5G/Edge, Core Banking Modernization, Payments Modernization, Digital Oilfield, and Open Health Connect. Darrell helps organisations to drive new revenue, adopt innovative technology, and build agile, open and integrated platforms for infrastructure, data, and applications. At Red Hat Darrell works with customers to establish an open culture of collaboration and innovation, helping to remove silos and focus on innovation. Before joining Red Hat in 2013, Darrell was Vice President and Head of Sun/Oracle’s Global OEM business. At Sun's Communications and Media Business, he was responsible for software and engineering development of Sun's Telco Platform Group that established Java ME, Carrier Grade Solaris, Netra SPARC as a leading platform(s) for application development. Darrell won chairman’s awards within AT&T Unix Systems Labs and Sun Microsystems for excellence in business development, as well as many awards for strong sales leadership in Novell, Lucent, Sun Microsystems, and Red Hat, through demonstrable success in delivering software, hardware, and services to multinational corporations. Darrell holds a BSc in Computing Science from the University of Glasgow, and an MBA from Strathclyde University. Darrell has lived and worked in Asia, Europe, and the USA.

Azhar Sayeed

Azhar Sayeed

Red Hat

Azhar Sayeed

Chief Technologist, Red Hat

  Azhar is a chief technologist, Global Telecommunications, at Red Hat. His role is to work with communications service providers worldwide to define new architectures and develop deployment models and strategies for cloud and virtualization. Azhar is active in open source communities such as OpenDaylight and OPNFV. Most recently Azhar drove a virtualized central office architecture as an OPNFV community project demonstrating how central offices can be virtualized to drive new cost effective ways to deliver residential, business and mobile services. Azhar has more than 25 years of experience in the networking, telecommunications and software industry. Prior to joining Red Hat Azhar was a 17 year veteran of Cisco Systems where he ran many teams and projects from software product management to engineering development and solutions delivery teams. He has 9 patents and is author of a book - "MPLS and Next-Generation Networks: Foundations for NGN and Enterprise Virtualization".
 

Susan James

Susan James

Red Hat

Susan James

Senior director of telecommunications strategy, Red Hat

  In Susan’s current role as senior director of Telecommunications Strategy at Red Hat, she is actively working on NFV, 5G and edge computing projects. Susan leads discussions with customers and ecosystem partners about infrastructure investments, hybrid cloud implementation and service orchestration. Susan joined Red Hat in 2018, after 27 years at Ericsson, where she was head of Product Line NFV infrastructure. While at Ericsson, she worked in Enterprise, Wireline, Network and Cloud organizations. She worked extensively with the IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), and was responsible for a number of the network functions in the Ericsson portfolio. A product management veteran, her career has focused on developing products to address technology transitions, and the establishment of new business areas.
 

Timo Jokiaho

Red Hat

Timo Jokiaho

Chief Technologist - Global Telco Ecosystem, Red Hat

  Timo Jokiaho is Chief Technologist - Global Telco Ecosystem at Red Hat, focusing on network functions virtualisation (NFV). He works with service providers, network equipment providers, system integrators and independent software vendors to progress the NFV agenda in the industry. Special focus on disaggregated RAN (Radio Access Networks). Previously Jokiaho led software technology planning in Huawei Technologies, focusing on the base platform domain (operating systems, virtualization, and telco cloud), and also planning for terminal software platform, including Android and some experimental technologies. Jokiaho also led Samsung’s device software R&D in Finland, and prior to this, he led the Strategy, Technology & Architecture section at Nokia and Nokia Siemens Networks.
 

Ian Hood

Red Hat

Ian Hood

Chief Technologist, Red Hat

Ian is Chief Technologist, Global Service Provider Business at Red Hat, the world’s leading provider of open source technologies. Ian brings more than 30 years of engineering, business, and telecommunications industry leadership to Red Hat. Acting as a catalyst and trusted advisor, Ian brings together a wealth of industry and open source community insight to help our customers flourish in the digital economy. More recently, Ian was responsible for global service provider architecture at Cisco, leading their SDN/NFV portfolio vision and business transformation strategy. With his extensive background in system engineering, product management, and business development, Ian has proven expertise in helping organizations navigate and succeed in today’s fast-paced competitive environment.

Bill Wright

Red Hat

Bill Wright

Head of AI/ML and Intelligent Edge, Global Industries and Accounts, Red Hat

Bill Wright is the head of AI/ML business development and technical strategy for global verticals at Red Hat. He is also a member of the Red Hat AI ILT, and participates in the ETSI ENI working group, to establish standards for the use of AI/ML in mobile network operations. He was the former Director of Product Management at Affirmed Networks, where he led their efforts in virtualization, management tools (ASAP) and security planning. Prior to this, he worked at VMware with Sanjay Aiyagari, where they conducted pioneering research with technology partners in the use of virtualization for network functions. They eventually disrupted the networking industry by delivering the first production NFV deployment at a multinational mobile operator, effectively kickstarting a new multi-billion dollar market. He lives in San Francisco with his wife Dahlia, son Nico, and an oversized French Bulldog named Sophie.

François Duthilleul

Red Hat

François Duthilleul

Principal Solutions Architect, Red Hat

François is part of the Red Hat’s Telco Technology Office (TTO) and collaborates with telecom service providers and partners across EMEA. Passionate about security, François leads the NFV security domain in TTO and is the Red Hat’s technical interface to the National Cybersecurity Agency of France (ANSSI) and the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). He contributed to the "OpenShift Security Guide" book. Before Red Hat, he spent more than 15 years contributing to network evolution especially towards cloud platforms.

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Ben Panic

Red Hat

Ben Panic

Senior Director, Telco Sales Vertical APAC, Red Hat

  Ben Panic is Senior Director of Sales for the telecommunications vertical for Red Hat Asia Pacific. He has led the vertical in Red Hat for the past 3 years and has over 24 years of experience working in operators and vendors throughout the region. Passionate about technology and its impact on the world, Ben has most recently focused on the adoption of open source technology and value creation for customers through innovation from the community. Ben expands Red Hat’s business in the region through direct and indirect channels and partners. Prior to joining Red Hat, Ben held sales leadership roles for Alcatel-Lucent, Netcracker Technologies, Spike Networks, Telstra and Macquarie Telecommunications. He moved to Singapore in 2010 with Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs Ventures to lead the commercialisation of new ventures in the region, and spent seven years leading the sales effort in NFV for both Alcatel-Lucent and Netcracker. Ben has studied at Insead (senior management program), The University of Technology Sydney (BEng) and holds a Diploma in Electrical Engineering. He also graduated with GAICD from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Honoré LaBourdette

Red Hat

Honoré LaBourdette

Vice President, Telco, Media & Entertainment, Red Hat

Honoré LaBourdette recently joined Red Hat as Vice President, Telco, Media and Entertainment, with a focus on Industry Verticals & Edge. In this role, she has global responsibility for helping ensure that service providers, ecosystem partners and key vertical enterprise 5G networks can rapidly deploy cloud native applications at scale leveraging Red Hat’s open, hybrid cloud technologies, 5G, OSS/BSS, Cloud RAN and more. Prior to Red Hat, Honoré was Vice President, Global Market & Business Development for VMware’s Telco and Edge Cloud Business unit. In this role, she was tasked to build and lead VMware’s Telco vertical GTM strategy and execution including the ecosystem of partners that serve this market. Honoré is a seasoned technology executive having held senior positions in sales, business development, marketing, strategy and operations in both software and hardware companies including Cisco/NetSolve, Nortel, N.E.T. and AT&T with a particular focus on transformational vertical industries and initiatives. Throughout her career, Honoré has received numerous industry awards, including Global Business Telecom magazine’s Top 50 Women in Telecom to watch. She is a strong advocate for women in technology – for which she received the PBWC (Professional Business Women of California) Industry Leader Award. Honoré resides in Colorado with her husband, two dogs, four horses and a small herd of Texas Longhorns. She is an avid skier and working volunteer for the Steamboat STARS program – which provides therapeutic activities for individuals with special needs, in a natural and healthy environment.

Michael Tadault

Red Hat

Michael Tadault

Chief Technologist, Red Hat

Michael Tadault is Chief Technologist Telco in Red Hat’s APAC Office of Technology. He helps telco service providers become more agile, innovative and efficient by adopting technologies like cloud native development, containers, virtualization and the open hybrid cloud, as well as changing their processes and culture to make the best use of these technologies. Before joining Red Hat Michael spent more than 20 years in the telco industry holding key positions in project management, product management, system integration, presales, and solution architecture across numerous technical domains like fixed/mobile access, transport, core, and OSS/BSS. While working for Alcatel-Lucent he joined the internal startup that pioneered the telco cloud which eventually became known as Network Function Virtualization (NFV). He contributed to the adoption of telco cloud by several leading service providers. Prior to joining Red Hat, Michael worked for Netcracker, a leading OSS/BSS provider, where he focused on NFV, end-to-end orchestration, and digital transformation. Michael holds Masters of Engineering degrees from École Polytechnique and Télécom Paris.

Franz Meyer

Red Hat

Franz Meyer

VP, EMEA Strategic Business Development, Red Hat