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Brandon Amber

Brandon Amber

Managing Director, Palladium Partners, Hong Kong SAR, China

Mr. Brandon Amber is the Managing Director at Palladium Partners, a Hong Kong based advisory firm specializing in the telecom, media and technology sectors, and is Senior Advisor to Apollo Global Management. Prior to starting Palladium Partners, he was an Advisor …

at Distacom, a telecom development and investment company.

Mr. Amber previously worked as the Head of Business Development for TeleCIS Wireless (sold to Qualcomm). He has also worked as the Director of Corporate Development at Iris Wireless. In addition, Mr. Amber has experience in the financial industry working at, HSBC, BBVA and JP Morgan. Mr. Amber holds an MBA from New York University, Stern School of Business.

Tomonori Aoyama

Tomonori Aoyama

Professor, Keio University, Japan

Dr. Tomonori Aoyama is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Tokyo and a Visiting Professor at Keio University and serves as an IEEE Life Fellow and an IEICE Fellow. He is also President of NPO, Digital Cinema Consortium of Japan …

(DCCJ), Chair of the Global Inter-Cloud Technology Forum (GICTF), Vice-chair of the New Generation Network Promotion Forum and the Japan Cloud Consortium (JCC).

Dr. Aoyama has worked on numerous research and development and standardization projects at NTT Labs and in academia, providing valued networks and services in the ICT industry.

Jonathan Atkin

Jonathan Atkin

Managing Director, RBC Capital Markets, USA

Jonathan is a Managing Director of RBC Capital Markets. His focus areas include telecom services, telecom infrastructure, wireless, satellite, Internet, hosting and colocation providers. Financial Times has ranked Jonathan as the No. 1 and No. 3 stock picker in the telecom …

and wireless service sectors.

Previously, Jonathan held equity research positions with Alex.Brown and Toronto Dominion covering telecom services. Prior to his capital markets career, Jonathan worked in corporate strategy at Daimler-Benz and was a policy analyst with the U.S. Congress.

Jonathan has an MBA from Columbia University and BS/MS degrees from Stanford University. He is a two-time finisher of the Ironman triathlon.

Stuart Barnes

Stuart Barnes

General Manager, Submarine, Xtera Communications, UK

Dr. Stuart Barnes joined Xtera in 2007 and serves as Chief Technical Officer, Submarine Systems. He has more than 30 years’ experience in submarine telecommunications and provides practical skills in fiber, cable and transmission equipment.

Prior to Xtera, Dr. Barnes was the …

founder and COO of Polariq and founder and CTO of both Azea Networks and of ilotron. He has held senior management positions at Atlas Venture, Alcatel Recherche, STC Submarine Systems and STC Cables Newport.

Dr. Barnes has a post-doctoral degree from QMC, London University and is Visiting Professor to School of Electronics and Computer Science, Southampton University.

William Barney

William Barney

CEO, Reliance Globalcom, Hong Kong SAR, China

Nigel Bayliff

Nigel Bayliff

CEO, Huawei Marine Networks, People’s Republic of China

Nigel Bayliff is the Chief Executive Officer of Huawei Marine Networks. He joined the organization in 2009 bringing over 20 years of technical and executive experience in the global telecommunications industry.

From 2002 to 2008 Nigel was a member of the Executive …

team of FLAG Telecom, where he served as an Officer and Deputy Chairman for a number of group companies. Prior to this he held senior roles at NTL (now Virgin Media) and Cable & Wireless/Mercury Communications.

Nigel is a Chartered Engineer and holds a B.Sc (hons) in Telecommunications Engineering from Essex University and has completed International Executive Development programmes at Ashridge and INSEAD.

Stephan Beckert

Stephan Beckert

VP, Strategy, TeleGeography, USA

Stephan Beckert is VP of Strategy at TeleGeography. Stephan has more than 15 years of telecom market research and consulting experience.

Prior to joining TeleGeography, he served as Director of the Wireless Data practice at The Strategis Group, a telecom research …

and consulting firm.

He holds a B.A. from Trinity University and an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University.

David Bernstein

David Bernstein

Managing Director, Cloud Strategy Partners, USA

David Bernstein runs Cloud Strategy Partners, consulting in cloud computing and networking. Clients have included Orange, LG Electronics, Barnes & Noble, Cloudscaling, and Huawei.

David is Chairman of the IEEE P2301 Intercloud Standard and Intercloud Testbed. He is Special Advisor to the …

NIST Cloud Computing Lab and is on the Expert Group for the European Commission eInfrastructure Initiative.

David held executive positions at Cisco, AT&T, Siebel Systems, Pluris, Intertrust, and Santa Cruz Operation. At SCO David created the first PC UNIX – XENIX.

He holds nearly a dozen patents, speaking and publishing regularly. He graduated Regents Scholar in Physics and Mathematics from the University of California.

Martijn Blanken

Martijn Blanken

President and Managing Director, Telstra Global, Hong Kong SAR, China

Martijn Blanken is Telstra Global’s President and Managing Director based in Hong Kong, and leads sales, service, and operations across 15 countries for Telstra Global. He was previously Chief Operating Officer of Telstra Global.

Prior to joining Telstra, Martijn was the General …

Manager and Vice President, Asia Pacific and Japan for Openwave Systems. He has also held several senior positions at KPN Royal Dutch Telecom, most recently as Senior Vice President and Managing Director of the Managed Services and Outsourcing Division, and held non-executive directorships for several KPN Royal Dutch Telecom joint ventures.

Ron Box

Ron Box

Regulator, Telecommunications & Radiocommunications Regulator (TRR), Vanuatu

Ron is the Regulator of the Telecommunications and Radiocommunications Regulator of Vanuatu (TRR).

Prior roles include inaugural CEO of the Telecommunications Authority of Fiji, consultancies for the ITU, APT, and Government of Mongolia, a three-year secondment to the APT, and 19 …

years with the Australian Communications and Media Authority. Ron has led delegations, been an office bearer, and represented his country in a range of regional and international fora.

Ron is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia and holds electrical engineering, telecommunications regulation, and business administration and policy tertiary qualifications.

Robert Brumley

Robert Brumley

Senior Managing Director, Pegasus Global Holdings, LLC, USA

Robert Brumley brings extensive executive experience in the management and financing of ventures in aerospace, telecommunications and defense. Most recently, he was appointed as Senior Managing Director of Laser Light Communications, LLC, subsidiary of Pegasus Global Holdings, LLC.

Previously, Bob served …

as President and CEO of TerreStar Corporation and TerreStar Global & TerreStar Networks Inc., having led both firms into the field of Mobile Satellite Service and Ancillary Terrestrial Communications Systems.

Professionally, Bob has experience as an international M&A specialist and has held senior executive positions with global telecommunications firms such as Deutsche Telekom and Bell Atlantic International [Verizon].

He served in the Reagan Administration and is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Marine Corps.

James  Carlson

James Carlson

CEO & President , Carlson Wireless, USA

James Carlson is an engineer and hands-on CEO who has been in the business of rural wireless communications since 1986. In recent months, he was among the key industry partners working directly with the FCC to free up TV white space …

for the next generation of rural communication devices, the first of which is a software-defined radio from Carlson Wireless Technologies. This radio, like the others that will evolve for this new spectrum, is free from the constraints of line-of-sight positioning. Mr. Carlson looks forward to the opportunity to offer practical insight about deploying this exciting new technology.

Steve Collar

Steve Collar

CEO, O3b Networks, The Netherlands

Steve Collar is Chief Executive Officer of O3b Networks. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Collar was Senior Vice President Market Development at SES WORLD SKIES. Steve Collar led the division’s efforts to expand its satellite and service portfolio, including the design …

of new spacecraft and products. In addition, he oversaw the company’s long-range strategic planning activities. He was responsible for Mergers and Acquisitions and was responsible for SES’ acquisition of ProtoStar 2, among other things.

Mr. Collar was intimately involved in SES’ investment in O3b Networks; he was on the Board of Directors for the company and now serves as CEO. Mr. Collar originally joined New Skies Satellites (now SES WORLD SKIES) in 1999

Mark Dankberg

Mark Dankberg

Chairman of the Board & CEO, ViaSat, Inc., USA

Mark Dankberg is a co-founder of ViaSat, Inc. and has served as CEO and Chairman of the company since its inception in 1986. He is an expert and frequent speaker on defense and commercial satellite communications and holds several patents in …

communications and satellite networking.

He was Entrepreneur of the Year in San Diego in 2000, Satellite Industry Executive of the Year in 2003 and received the AIAA Aerospace International Communications Award in 2008. Mr. Dankberg earned BSEE and MEE degrees from Rice University and is a member of its Electrical and Computer Engineering Hall of Fame.

He was Entrepreneur of the Year in San Diego in 2000, Satellite Industry Executive of the Year in 2003 and received the AIAA Aerospace International Communications Award in 2008. Mr. Dankberg earned BSEE and MEE degrees from Rice University and is a member of its Electrical and Computer Engineering Hall of Fame.

Margaret Dawson

Margaret Dawson

VP, Product Marketing & Cloud Evangelist, HP Cloud Services, USA

For more than 20 years, Margaret has held global leadership roles with start-ups and Fortune 500 technology companies, including Microsoft and Amazon. At HP, she is part of the executive team driving HP’s cloud strategy.

Margaret is a frequent author and speaker …

on cloud computing, Big Data, network security, and the convergence of technology and business. She was recently selected as one of the Top Ten Women in Cloud Computing 2013.

Pricilla Demition

Pricilla Demition

Chief, Frequency Management Division, National Telecommunications Commission of the Philippines, Philippines

Mrs. Pricilla Demition is presently Head of the Radio Spectrum Planning Division (RSPD) of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), Philippines.

Mrs. Demition first worked at the NTC in 1976 and completed her degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering at the …

FEATI University, Manila where she graduated in 1983.

She started as a Frequency Coordinator at the NTC until her assumption of duty as Head of the Frequency Management Division in 1991.

Mrs. Demition is regular Member of the Philippine delegation to various international and regional conferences and meetings of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the Asia Pacific Telecommunity.

Hossein Eslambolchi

Hossein Eslambolchi

Chairman & CEO, 2020 Venture Partners, USA

Dr. Eslambolchi is a foremost thought leader in the 21st century. From 1986 to 2006, he was the Global AT&T CTO, CIO, President of AT&T Labs and AT&T Global Network Services at AT&T Communications, which provides interexchange carrier and long distance …

telephone services. Dr. Eslambolchi was in charge of all technology for the entire AT&T network including wireless and wire-line and managed services including security, cloud, and storage based technologies.

In addition, he is on the advisory board to the University of California School of Engineering. Dr. Eslambolchi has also published a book called 2020 Vision.

Jim Fagan

Jim Fagan

President, Managed Services, Pacnet, Hong Kong SAR, China

Based in Hong Kong, Jim Fagan leads Pacnet’s Managed Services division, spearheading the company’s strategic focus in the Data Center and Cloud Services markets.

Prior to Pacnet, Mr. Fagan was the Managing Director of Asia-Pacific at Rackspace, where he was in charge …

of management, strategy and growth of the company’s Asia-Pacific operations. He also served as Director of Financial Operations at Rackspace and was instrumental in launching the company’s IPO on the New York Stock Exchange. Mr. Fagan also spent nine years with Dell, most recently as Finance Controller for Managed Services, and held positions at Chase Manhattan Bank and Sei Corporation.

John Finney

John Finney

CCO, O3b Networks, The Netherlands

John Finney leads O3b’s global sales, product and marketing efforts. Prior to joining O3b Networks, Mr. Finney served as Regional Managing Director for Ciena Corp, where he was responsible for Northern Europe, Russia and the Middle East.

Before this, Mr. Finney held …

a number of International Vice President positions from 2004 to 2007 with Alcatel-Lucent, including responsibility for the Vodafone business unit. He later served as Vice President of International Accounts for the Northern Europe region. From 1999 to 2004, Mr. Finney served as a founding member of Huawei Technologies’ European team. During this time, he secured major contracts across Europe, the Middle East and Africa as the company’s Vice President of Mobile Solutions for the EMEA region.

Early in his career, Mr. Finney worked for the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office and T-Mobile UK.

Michael Frendo

Michael Frendo

SVP, Architecture, Infinera, USA

Michael Frendo is the Senior Vice President of Architecture at Infinera. He joined Infinera in 2010 and in his role is responsible for the hardware, software and optical architecture for Infinera’s full suite of products.

Prior to joining Infinera, Michael was …

General Manager, Unified Communications Solutions Business Unit at Avaya and responsible for the Integration of the Nortel Enterprise Solutions Business into Avaya.

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

Ina Fried

Ina Fried

Senior Editor, Mobile, Re/code,

Ina Fried is a senior editor at Re/code, where she covers wireless issues and devices, including tablets, smartphones and even some phones of average intelligence.

Her road to becoming the woman she is today has been a long one. Ina spent three …

years at AllThingsD.com leading mobile coverage and served as co-producer of the D: Dive Into Mobile conference. Before joining ATD, she spent a decade at CNET where she covered, among other things, Microsoft and Apple. Her reporting spanned several continents, two genders and included chronicling the Hewlett Packard-Compaq merger, Bill Gates’ transition from software giant to philanthropist, as well as the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Prior to joining CNET in May 2000, she covered chips for Bridge News and was a writer at the Orange County Business Journal and Orange County Register. She graduated from Miami University in Ohio.

Carl Grivner

Carl Grivner

CEO, Pacnet, Singapore

Carl Grivner is responsible for directing Pacnet’s global strategy and leading the company on its next stage of growth.

Carl has over 23 years of international executive and leadership experience including 12 years at the level of CEO at major telecommunications …

companies in North and Central America, Europe and Asia.

Prior to Pacnet, Carl was CEO of XO Communications, a leading telecommunications company in the US, where he transformed the business from a local exchange carrier to a national carrier. He also held several executive level positions in the telecommunications and information technology industry.

Carl holds a BA from Lycoming College in Pennsylvania.

Andrew Hankins

Andrew Hankins

Head, Global Engineering, Telstra Global, Hong Kong SAR, China

Andrew Hankins is the Head of Engineering at Telstra Global.

Prior to joining Telstra Global, Andrew was director of engineering at REACH, where he was responsible for the forecasting, planning and implementation of REACH’s core network including the transmission network, IP …

and ATM/FR platforms, the submarine cable network and leased capacity procurement.

Prior to joining REACH, Andrew worked for Telstra for 12 years. At Telstra, he held numerous management positions in Operations, Network Planning and in the International Carrier Business.

He holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Technology in Sydney and an Honours degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Queensland.

Chris Harper

Chris Harper

VP, International Network Services, SprintLink (UK) Ltd, UK

Chris is responsible for Sprint’s Network and customer experience outside of the USA. Functions that report into Chris, which are centralized in either the headquarters in Kansas City or in the Reston office, are Network Engineering and Planning, Global Order Management, …

and Global Network Operations.

Prior to Sprint, Chris worked with NEC to create the first Western Service Centre in the former Soviet Union. He then went on to be a founding member of the company Iaxis, whose largest customer was Sprint.

Chris has been with Sprint for over 11 years and is married with one daughter and lives in England.

Andrew Higginbotham

Andrew Higginbotham

CTO, Savvis & President, savvisdirect, USA

Andrew Higginbotham is the Chief Technology Officer at Savvis, a CenturyLink company, and leads all of CenturyLink’s Cloud Services Businesses. He joined CenturyLink in 2001.

He played a crucial role in CenturyLink’s acquisition of Savvis and has been an integral part …

of the team that has seen CenturyLink grow from a Rural Local Exchange Carrier (RLEC) to the third largest Integrated Communications provider in the United States and one of the largest Collocation, Managed Hosting and Cloud providers in the world.

Jeanne Holm

Jeanne Holm

Co-Chair, eGovernment Interest Group, W3C and Distinguished Instructor, UCLA, USA

As the Evangelist for Data.Gov, Jeanne Holm leads collaboration and builds communities with the public, educators, developers, and international and state governments in using open government data. (Data.gov is a flagship open government initiative for the Obama Administration, managed by GSA.) …

Jeanne is the Chief Knowledge Architect at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, driving innovation through social media, virtual worlds, gaming, ontologies, and collaborative systems, including the award-winning NASA public portal (www.nasa.gov). She is a Fellow of the United Nations International Academy of Astronautics and Distinguished Instructor at UCLA, with more than 120 publications on information systems, knowledge management, and innovation.

Timothy Horan

Timothy Horan

MD & Senior Analyst, Communication & Cloud Services, Oppenheimer, USA

Tim Horan is Managing Director and Senior Analyst of Oppenheimer’s Communication and Cloud Services team. He joined Oppenheimer in 1998 and has covered the sector since 1994. Tim researches communications and cloud companies, focusing on infrastructure and emerging services. The cloud …

computing industry is driving a convergence of several industries into one with a fundamental realignment of communications to a horizontal structure.

Prior to 1998, Tim was an analyst at Smith Barney, a group that was ranked number two among wireline services teams. He has been awarded both the Greenwich Associates Institutional Survey and Wall Street Journal All Start Analysts.

Susan Irwin

Susan Irwin

Head, Euroconsult USA, Inc., USA

Susan J. Irwin is President of Euroconsult USA, Inc., a global consulting firm specializing in the satellite and space industries. Until she joined Euroconsult in 2010, Ms. Irwin was President of Irwin Communications, a firm she founded in 1983.

Ms. Irwin …

has held key positions in the satellite industry for more than 30 years. She is a co-founder and Director Emeritus of the Society of Satellite Professionals International, a Director Emeritus of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation, on the Board of the American Astronautical Society and on the Board of Governors of the Pacific Telecommunications Council. Ms. Irwin holds a Masters of Arts degree in Education from San Francisco State University.

Ken Kiser

Ken Kiser

VP, Global Service Providers, Arista Networks, USA

Ken Kiser’s role is to build a world-class service provider organization and develop strategic long-term relationships with customers and partners.

Prior to joining Arista, Mr. Kiser spent 10 years at Foundry Networks and then Brocade through the acquisition of Foundry. During his …

tenure, he managed large organizations responsible for both service provider and enterprise customers. He was also an early stage employee at Force10 Networks, CacheFlow/Bluecoat, and Bay Networks. He has extensive industry experiences solving business problems for customers.

Mr. Kiser holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in both Finance and Computer Information Systems from James Madison University.

Kireeti Kompella

Kireeti Kompella

CTO, PSD, Juniper Networks, USA

Kireeti Kompella is CTO, PSD at Juniper Networks. His interests include SDN, MPLS (Seamless MPLS, Layer 2 and Layer 3 VPNs, Traffic Engineering, GMPLS), WAN architecture and Data Centers.

Dr. Kompella is active at the IETF where he is the author …

of several Internet Drafts and RFCs in the areas of CCAMP, IS-IS, L2VPN, MPLS, NVO3, OSPF, and TE, and a past co-chair of the CCAMP Working Group.

Previously, he was CTO at Contrail Systems. Dr. Kompella received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering and M.S. in Computer Science at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and his PhD in Computer Science at the University of Southern California.

Andrew Kwok

Andrew Kwok

President, International and Carrier Business, HGC, Hong Kong SAR, China

Mr. Kwok is currently President of International and Carrier Business of Hutchison Global Communications Limited (HGC). Since joining the company in 2002, Mr. Kwok has been the Head of the International Business Division and presently spearheads the strategy, development, and management …

of the company’s international business, including the carrier voice and data business, international corporate business, international mobile traffic management, and overseas partners co-operation.

Prior to joining HGC, Mr. Kwok was the Vice President and Managing Director (Asia) of Teleglobe, managing its operations in more than 25 countries in Asia. Mr. Kwok held various management positions at MCI International in Asia, Hong Kong Telecom International, and Cable & Wireless (HK). Mr. Kwok was awarded the Executive of the Year Company leadership at the Capacity Global Carrier Awards 2013.

Jacky Kwok

Jacky Kwok

Chief Commercial Officer, CITIC Telecom International Holdings Limited, Hong Kong, SAR China

David Lassner

David Lassner

Interim President, University of Hawaii, USA

David Lassner is currently serving as Interim President of the University of Hawaii System. He previously served as Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer (CIO) with statewide IT responsibility for all public higher education in Hawaii. A …

PTC participant since the 1980s, Lassner served on and chaired the PTC Board of Governors. Lassner has played an active leadership role in numerous ICT organizations, including chairing the Hawaii Broadband Task Force, leading education initiatives for the Internet Society, and serving on the Board of Internet2. Lassner holds university degrees in Economics, Computer Science, and Communication & Information Sciences.

Maribel Lopez

Maribel Lopez

Principal & Founder, Lopez Research, USA

Maribel Lopez founded Lopez Research LLC in 2008 to research how technology trends transform business. Today, she is evaluating how mobile will integrate with big data, analytics, and cloud computing to build what Lopez Research defines as “Right-time Experiences.” It’s the …

topic of her upcoming book that will be published by Wiley in 2014. Her clients range from start-ups to global firms, including five of the Fortune 20.

Prior to founding Lopez Research, Maribel gained her expertise by working at Motorola, International Data Corp., Shiva Corporation, and Forrester Research. Follow her on Twitter @MaribelLopez and on Forbes.

Holger Magnussen

Holger Magnussen

SVP, International Carrier Sales & Solutions (ICSS), Deutsche Telekom AG, Germany

As head of ICSS, Holger is responsible for the international carrier wholesale business of Deutsche Telekom. His responsibilities include the sustainable stabilization and expansion of ICSS’s leading role within the international carrier market as well as the continuous adjustment of the …

portfolio and geographical presence to the changing market requirements. Holger joined Deutsche Telekom Group as Vice President of Roaming T-Mobile International AG in 2002. Before joining the Deutsche Telekom Group, he worked as a management consultant in the telecoms practice of McKinsey & Company, Inc. and as a key account manager for Nokia Telecommunications.

Jules Maher

Jules Maher

CEO, Telecom Cook Islands Limited, Cook Islands

Jules Maher is the Chief Executive Officer for Telecom Cook Islands, the largest provider of fixed phone, mobile and broadband services to the Cook Islands.

Mr. Maher has more than 25 years of experience within the telecoms sector. Prior to joining Telecom …

Cook Islands Limited in 2009, he spent close to 15 years with Telecom New Zealand, where he held positions as a Manager Risk Services and as Insurance and Risk Financing Manager. During his time with Telecom New Zealand, Jules led the teams that developed and implemented a highly sophisticated insurance program, protecting the company group from the financial consequences of events such as the Christchurch earthquake.

Early in his career, Mr. Maher held a position with Telecom South Limited.

Christian Michaud

Christian Michaud

SVP, Product and Business Strategy, Global Voice Solutions Business Unit, Tata Communications, Canada

Christian Michaud is the Senior Vice President of Product and Business Strategy in the Global Voice Solutions Business Unit for Tata Communications. Mr. Michaud is responsible for developing the Business Unit’s overall strategy as well as leading the product management and …

business development.

Mr. Michaud has over 20 years of experience in international telecommunications.

He is a member of the Steering Committee of the i3 Forum, a global organization of carriers and operators with the mandate to foster the transition to an IP environment.

Mr. Michaud holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in economics from the Universite de Montreal.

Leo Mondale

Leo Mondale

Managing Director, Growth Management and Support, Inmarsat, Switzerland

Before taking responsibility for the “Growth Management & Support” organization of Inmarsat, Mr. Mondale served as Vice President of Business Development and Strategy.

Before joining Inmarsat in 2004, Mr. Mondale held a variety of senior positions in the satellite and aerospace …

industries, including as partner in Thaler Associates, a defense industry advisory firm, and as President of Arianespace Inc., responsible for the U.S. sales, marketing and governmental affairs of the European launch services firm.

Mr. Mondale holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota and was awarded a Jurist Doctor degree from The George Washington University, Washington, DC.

Robert Morse Jr.

Robert Morse Jr.

CEO, Strattam Capital, LLC, USA

Mr. Morse is CEO of Strattam Capital, LLC, a private equity firm based in San Bruno, California. Strattam focuses on the core enterprise IT and services sector. Previously, Mr. Morse spent more than 12 years with Oak Hill Capital Management, …

where he served as a Partner, Head of the Technology Vertical and Member of the Executive Committee. He has served on the board of numerous technology and communications companies.

Mr. Morse has also worked at Morgan Stanley’s Merchant Banking Division, and at GCC Investments, a growth private equity firm in Boston.

Mr. Morse is a graduate of Princeton University and the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Yutaka Nagai

Yutaka Nagai

Technical Advisor, SKY Perfect JSAT, Japan

Yutaka Nagai is Technical Adviser of SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation (SKY Perfect JSAT).

He started his career at Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Public Corporation in 1971. In 1986, he joined Japan Communication Satellite Company Inc. He dispatched to NTT Satellite Communications …

Inc. in 1998 as Senior Executive VP. In 2008, he was assigned as President & CEO of Space Communications Corporation. In the same year, he was also assigned as Senior Executive VP and the Director of the Board of SKY Perfect JSAT Holdings Inc.

He received a Bachelor of Engineering from Tokyo University.

Katsumi Nakata

Katsumi Nakata

SVP, Global Business, NTT Communications, Japan

Katsumi Nakata directs the global business of NTT Communications as senior vice president and also serves on NTT Communications’ board of directors as well as on that of a number of other subsidiaries of the company.

He has been with NTT Communications …

since its establishment in 1999, initially serving as director of corporate strategy for the company’s Corporate Planning Department.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Tokyo and a master’s in business administration from S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University in the United States.

Mike Palmer

Mike Palmer

VP, Strategic Solutions, Verizon Communications, USA

Michael Palmer is vice president of strategic, enterprise product strategy and management. His scope includes full P/L responsibility and accountability for product strategy and roadmap, market execution and, in collaboration with the business units, the distribution of these products.

Palmer joined Verizon …

through the 2005 purchase of Totality, a provider of remote managed services by MCI, Inc., now part of Verizon. Over the course of his career, Palmer has held leadership positions of increasing responsibility and he began his IT career in 1998 with Andersen Consulting, now Accenture.

Palmer holds a bachelor’s degree in development biology with a minor in Spanish literature from the University of Rochester.

Shin-Yi Peng

Shin-Yi Peng

Commissioner, National Communications Commission, Chinese Taipei

NCC Commissioner Dr. Shin-yi Peng is a professor of law at National Tsing Hua University. She was the Director of the Institute of Law for Science and Technology at NTHU. Her current research focuses on telecommunications law, spectrum policy, and international …

economic law. Dr. Peng actively publishes articles in Asia, the United States, and Europe. She has been a Member of the New York Bar. She is also a member of the Indicative List of Governmental and Non-Governmental Panelists for resolving WTO disputes.

Robert Pepper

Robert Pepper

VP, Global Technology Policy, Cisco, USA

Robert Pepper leads Cisco’s Global Technology Policy team working with governments across the world in areas such as broadband, IP enabled services, wireless and spectrum policy, security, privacy, Internet governance, and ICT development.

He joined Cisco in July 2005 from the FCC …

where he served as Chief of the Office of Plans and Policy and Chief of Policy Development where he led teams developing policies, promoting the development of the Internet, implementing telecommunications legislation, planning for the transition to digital television, and designing and implementing the first U.S. spectrum auctions.

Pepper received his B.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Ari Rabban

Ari Rabban

CEO & Co-Founder, Phone.com, Inc., USA

Ari Rabban is a VoIP industry veteran. He co-founded Phone.com, a cloud-based phone service, in 2007.

Previously, Rabban served as VP of corporate development and marketing for VocalTec Communications, the VoIP market pioneer, and served as president of Surf&Call and TrulyGlobal, Inc., …

both among the first VoIP web-based viral services. He also worked for Lucent Technologies.

Rabban is a member of the board of directors of the NJTC and is also an Ernst&Young Entrepreneur of The Year 2013 Finalist.

Rabban has an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University and degrees in Law and Economics from Tel-Aviv University.

Paul Savill

Paul Savill

SVP, Global Core Product Management, Level 3 Communications, USA

Paul Savill is the Sr. Vice President of Global Core Product Management for Level 3 Communications. In this role he sets the strategy and leads the global product management of Level 3’s optical networking, private line, Ethernet, data center, subsea, dark …

fiber, and professional services. His responsibilities also incorporate pricing, product development, and product financial performance.

Paul has twenty years of experience in the telecommunications industry. He came to Level 3 in 2006 with the WilTel acquisition where he was managing WilTel’s data, transport and customer portal services.

Paul holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Business Administration.

Soichiro Seki

Soichiro Seki

Director-General for International Affairs, ICT Strategy Bureau, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), Japan

Mr. Seki is the Director-General for International Affairs of the Global ICT Strategy Bureau in the Ministry of Internal Affairs & Communications (MIC).

Previously, Mr. Seki served as Deputy Director-General for Global Environmental Affairs of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry …

(METI), where he held several other positions. Mr. Seki has served in various offices and ministries within the Japanese government. Once Counselor in the Cabinet Office, he was also Counselor of the Mission of Japan to the European Union, Brussels from 2003-2006.

Mr. Seki holds an LL.B. from the University of Tokyo and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University.

Suraj Shetty

Suraj Shetty

VP & GM, Mobility Solutions, Cisco Systems, Inc., USA

Suraj Shetty leads the Mobility Solution for Service Provider sectors globally. In Cisco’s Mobility Business Group, Shetty is part of the senior leadership team that determines the company’s Service Provider Mobility Business strategy. He is chartered to create and implement a …

holistic mobility solution approach, positioning Cisco’s growth strategy and cultivating opportunities in new and existing markets. His team works closely with global Service Providers to translate their customer’s future business strategy to relevant technology architecture. Shetty holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Karnataka University.

Steve Sims

Steve Sims

VP, Solutions and Design & Founder, Behavior Lab, Badgeville, USA

Steve has 20 years of experience in game development and production for web, mobile, console and PC systems. He started his gaming career at Electronics Arts and EA Online where he was an Executive Producer and responsible for Madden NFL Football, …

the #1 selling sports video game franchise in North America, as well as EA’s earliest forays into the online space including Fantasy Sports and Casual Games. He has worked in the gaming industry since with notable roles including Director of Operations at Gemini Mobile Technologies and Vice President of Product Management and Service Operations at Outspark, where he launched and managed their portfolio of Free 2 Play Games.

Jesada Sivaraks

Jesada Sivaraks

Secretary to Vice Chairman, National Broadcasting & Telecommunications Commission, Thailand

Jesada Sivaraks is the Secretary to Vice Chairman of NBTC since 2011. He received his MSEE degree from Oklahoma State University in 1996 and BEng from King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology, Thailand. He completed his PhD in electrical engineering at Florida …

Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL in 2001. His PhD work was on the system aspects of Bluetooth, WLAN and Mobile IP/CDPD.

His current research interests are in telecommunication planning and related system analysis and efficient spectrum management. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi, Florida Epsilon and was an Honorary Advisory’s Chairman of Science & Technology committee of Parliament in 2009.

Stephen Smith

Stephen Smith

CEO & President, Equinix, USA

Stephen Smith joined Equinix in 2007 from Hewlett-Packard Co., where he served as Senior Vice President of HP Services. There he was responsible for management of the organizations Consulting and Integration, Managed Services, and Technology Deployment and Support business groups.

Prior to …

joining HP, Mr. Smith served as Vice President of Global Professional and Managed Services at Lucent Technologies. He has also held various management and sales positions during his 16 years with Electronic Data Systems Corporation.

Mr. Smith also had a successful eight-year career in the U.S. Army where he was aide-de-camp to the office of the Commander in Chief of the U.S. Armed Forces in the Pacific. Mr. Smith graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and holds a B.S. in Engineering.

Bjarni Thorvardarson

Bjarni Thorvardarson

CEO, Hibernia Networks, USA

Mr. Bjarni Thorvardarson is the CEO of Hibernia Networks since January 2005. Thorvardarson joined CVC, Hibernia’ parent company, in 2002. Prior experience includes investment banking at FBA bank, management of an MIS department and European Sales Director for Traffic Software.

Thorvardarson …

holds an M.Sc. degree in Engineering from UW-Madison, an MBA from ISG in Paris and an M.Sc. in Finance from London Business School. Thorvardarson has also served on the board of various private and public portfolio companies of his fund and that of CVC, serving as Chairman of the publicly traded Vodafone Iceland.

Motoyoshi Tokioka

Motoyoshi Tokioka

Executive Director, Global Sales and Marketing, Submarine Networks, NEC, Japan

Motoyoshi Tokioka has over twenty five years of experience in the international telecommunications system supply markets, always working closely with world-class telecommunications operators and network owners. Highly skilled at working across various cultural boundaries, Mr. Tokioka has been successfully satisfying a …

variety of customers’ needs.

He has served as a Vice Chairman for the SubOptic Program Committee and is now part of the SubOptic Executive Committee. Based in Tokyo, Mr. Tokioka is currently Executive Director, Global Sales and Marketing for NEC’s Submarine Networks business.

Lew Tucker

Lew Tucker

VP & CTO, Cloud Computing, Cisco, USA

Lew Tucker is Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Cloud Computing at Cisco where he is responsible for shaping the future of cloud strategy and products. He is also currently leading a team working on the Quantum networking service in …

the OpenStack community.

Tucker has more than 20 years of experience in the high-tech industry, ranging from distributed systems and artificial intelligence to software development and systems architecture. Prior to Cisco, he was VP and CTO for Cloud Computing at Sun Microsystems and led the development of the Sun Cloud. Other achievements in his career include Salesforce.com’s AppExchange, the java.com developer community, and the massively parallel Connection Machine.

Gopala Tumuluri

Gopala Tumuluri

VP, Cloud and Hosting Solutions, Internap, USA

Tania Tupou

Tania Tupou

Ambassador, Embassy of the Kingdom of Tonga, Japan

Ambassador Tupou has served the Government of the Kingdom of Tonga since 1991 with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Defense and as Deputy Private Secretary to His Majesty at the Palace Office. Her overseas tenures includes as Consul with the …

Tonga Consulate General Office in San Francisco, and as Senior Adviser, Joint Office for Commonwealth Permanent Missions to the United Nations, New York.

Her primary role is the strengthening of relations between Japan and the Kingdom of Tonga, and seeking strategic opportunities for the people of Tonga. Amongst the strategies pursued, is the recent commission of the fibre-optic cable in Tonga.

Jeffrey Voas

Jeffrey Voas

Computer Scientist, National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA

Jeffrey Voas is a computer scientiest at the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Before joining NIST, Voas was an entrepreneur and co-founded Cigital. He has served as the IEEE Reliability Society President (2003-2005, 2009-2010) and served as an …

IEEE Director (2011-2012).

Voas co-authored two John Wiley books (Software Assessment: Reliability, Safety, and Testability [1995] and Software Fault Injection: Inoculating Software Against Errors [1998].

Voas received his M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science from the College of William and Mary (1986, 1990 respectively). Voas is a Fellow of the IEEE, Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Jack Waters

Jack Waters

CTO, Level 3 Communications, USA

Mr. Waters is Chief Technology Officer for Level 3 with responsibility for information technology, business process engineering, network architecture and engineering, global security, and integration planning and execution. Mr. Waters joined Level 3 in 1997, and under his leadership, Level 3 …

has achieved numerous milestones in Internet Protocol (IP) communications, including Softswitch networking, Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS), and advanced optical networking.

Before joining Level 3, Mr. Waters served as an executive staff member of MCI Communications, Inc. with responsibility for network architecture, design and implementation. He was also Director of Engineering and Operations of SURAnet.

Joe Weinman

Joe Weinman

SVP, Cloud Services & Strategy, Telx, USA

Joe Weinman is Senior Vice President, Cloud Services and Strategy at Telx. Named a “Top 10 Cloud Computing Leader” by TechTarget, Weinman is the author of Cloudonomics: The Business Value of Cloud Computing, and a frequent international keynote speaker. He has …

been awarded 15 U.S. and international patents in diverse fields and has been showcased in numerous print and online publications and global video broadcasts.

He has a Bachelors and Masters in Computer Science from Cornell University and UW-Madison respectively, and has completed Executive Education at the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne.

Elton Wilson

Elton Wilson

Owner, Aloha Broadband, USA

Originally a web and database programmer from Chicago, Elton took over Aloha Broadband in 2006. Focusing on providing high speed Internet for rural areas on the Big Island, he has expanded coverage to almost the entire island.

He Resides in Kailua Kona with his wife and two sons.

Christopher Yoo

Christopher Yoo

John H. Chestnut Professor of Law, Communication, and Computer & Information Science, University of Pennsylvania Law School, USA

Christopher S. Yoo is the John H. Chestnut Professor of Law, Communication, and Computer & Information Science and the Founding Director of the Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition at the University of Pennsylvania.

Before entering the academy, Professor Yoo clerked …

for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the Supreme Court of the United States and practiced law with Hogan & Hartson, now Hogan Levells, under the supervision of now-Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.

He is a graduate of Harvard College, the Anderson School at UCLA, and the Northwestern University School of Law.

Joseph Ziskin

Joseph Ziskin

VP, Corporate Strategy, IBM, USA

Joseph Ziskin joined IBM in 1997 and is currently Vice President, Corporate Strategy. He works with IBM’s business and technical leadership to develop business strategies, resolve critical issues and formulate IBM’s overall strategy. His current focus is on the disruptive value …

of mobile, social, analytics, and cloud. He also led IBM solutions and strategy in servicing the telecommunications industry.

Prior to IBM, he was a strategy consultant and researcher with E&Y, Coopers & Lybrand, and Vice President, Strategic Planning for Technology at the Bank of New England. Mr. Ziskin serves on the Executive Committee of the TM Forum.

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