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It’s been a tumultuous couple of years and the world has learned to adapt in ways no one had ever imagined. Through it all, the telecommunications industry led the way at lightning speed, pivoting and innovating to meet customers’ and consumers’ changing needs and wants.
Now, as we regain some sense of normalcy, it’s time to build upon our enduring foundations, enhance our partnerships and relationships, and propel the further development of the digital ecosystem for the future.
PTC invites you to participate in its Annual Conference in Honolulu, and encourages you to share your expertise, insights, and vision in thought-provoking presentations or discussions on the topics indicated below or other topics you would like to propose.
As MEF COO since 2006, Kevin leads a team that builds, supports and scales the MEF’s ever-increasing mix of global programs activities. He is actively engaged with MEF’s global member and partner community and has a broad perspective on the important role that MEF plays in the industry and how to deliver results.
MEF is a global industry association of network, cloud, and technology providers who together drive network transformation to power the digital economy. MEF develops service standards, LSO frameworks and APIs, and certification programs for services, technologies, APIs, and professionals. As a major milestone in this journey, Kevin led MEF’s efforts to conceive and bring to market, MEF 3.0, the global services framework. He was instrumental in engaging global service providers for the development of MEF 3.0 LSO Sonata APIs for inter-carrier automation.
Prior to joining MEF, Kevin held the position of CEO of DIATEM Networks Inc., a Carrier Ethernet software company from 2003 to 2005 and was President and CEO of NUVO Network Management, a network management outsourcing firm, from 1996 to 2002. Previously, he held other senior management positions with NUVO and spent 10 years in a wide variety of capacities with Gandalf Technologies, a network equipment manufacturer.
Fascinated by solving complex challenges, Murad completed his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Colorado Boulder. Murad’s groundbreaking research on software defined networking became the patent and technology that underpins Stateless. Before founding Stateless, he helped design and build one of the first virtual routers while at AT&T. He also developed a scalable switching solution while working at IBM as part of a cloud infrastructure group. Murad received his Master’s Degree at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) where he focused on computer network performance. Rounding out his highly technical background, he honed his business skills by studying Management at the London School of Economics. Murad has published 12 papers in publications, conferences, and symposia such as USENIX Networked Systems Design and Implementation (“NSDI”), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (“IEEE”), and the Association for Computing Machinery (“ACM”).
In addition to running Stateless, Murad serves as a guest lecturer at the University of Colorado sharing his expertise in entrepreneurship. He also enjoys advising early stage founders on how to successfully balance the demands of graduate school and starting a company.
Ameet Naik is an industry expert with more than twenty years of experience in cybersecurity and network transformation. Prior to Cloudflare, Ameet worked at technology providers such as Cisco Systems, Juniper Networks and Netskope advising several large global organizations on best practices in cybersecurity and network transformation. Ameet holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and an undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering.
The architect of the ActivePortal Software and founder of ActivePort Group, Mark has a 34-year career as a technologist across software development, data centre infrastructure development, network engineering and wide area networks and software engineering. Mark established Rescue Technology Group which dealt with remote system management and Acure Technology Group which built and operated a number of Data Centre facilities in Australia. Both Companies where sold at different times to Amcom Telecommunications (now Vocus). In his current field of expertise Mark has a Graduate Diploma in Digital Communications from Monash University.
Ricardo Orcero is responsible for network investments in terrestrial fiber and submarine cables in the EMEA region at Facebook. He has broad experience within the telecom industry, and is focused on infrastructure architecture, negotiation, acquisition, and implementation on a global basis. His specialties include international experience in managing and developing telecommunications business, strategy, business planning, business development, marketing and sales, product development, carrier relations, project management, and customer service implementation.
Marc has been with the PCCW-HKT Group for the past 21 years, the past 14 years of which have been as the CEO of PCCW Global, during which time he has led the company through a period of significant growth and transformation. Marc was the chairman of the Global Leaders Forum (GLF) and the ITW Founders Council. He is also a member of the Board of Governors of the Pacific Telecommunications Council and he is on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Bridge Alliance, a grouping of 34 major mobile telecommunications companies spread across Asia, Australia, Africa and the Middle East.
Paul Gabla is the Chief Sales & Marketing Officer and has been in charge of Sales & Marketing for Alcatel Submarine Networks since September 2016.
Paul is a highly respected executive with over 30 years’ experience in the Telecommunications, Aerospace and Defense industries. Prior to returning to ASN, where he worked until the early 2000s, Paul has been Vice President, Asia Pacific for Alcatel’s former Optical Networking division, and has also held senior management roles in Sales & Marketing at Alcatel Alenia Space, Thales and Rockwell Collins.
Paul is a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique (Paris) and Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications (Paris).
Nigel Bayliff, CEO of Aqua Comms, is a global telecom industry veteran of 30-plus years’ experience. He has been an advisor and consultant to cable development, private equity and government clients, and Vice-Chairman of the United Nations Joint Task Force that examined the gathering of disaster mitigation and climate information from the global web of undersea cable systems.
Mr. Bayliff also served as CEO and board member of Huawei Marine Networks, where he introduced several major, technological advances into the marketplace. Previously, he was a member of the executive team of FLAG Telecom where he was an officer and deputy chairman for several group companies, and was responsible for the construction and operation of the FLAG Global Network, which encompasses 65,000 km of submarine cable systems and provides carrier-grade connectivity services to 40 countries. In 2006, he was elected as a Fellow of the UK Institute of Engineering Technology.
Virginie Frouin is the Chief Sales Officer of Hawaiki and has over 20 years’ experience in the telecom industry.
Prior to joining Hawaiki, Virginie was the Sales Director of Intelia, a leading supplier of telecommunication infrastructure networks for the Pacific Islands region.
Her previous experience includes senior positions in Europe and US for Accenture and Altran.
Virginie graduated from Telecom Sud Paris engineering school (France) and holds a Bachelor of Telecom Engineering.
Ms. Stafford advises to clients across the globe who invest in and build submarine cable networks, providing them technical, commercial, project management support, plus market insight/analysis. Before DRG, Elaine was an engineer, manager and executive at AT&T, where she held various roles in R&D, engineering, implementation and sales of submarine networks- leading the design, planning and construction of projects dating back to the world’s first undersea fiber optic networks. Elaine holds engineering degrees from Union College and Stanford University. She is active in many submarine cable community activities which focus on supporting the industry as a whole, including serving on the SubOptic Executive Committee and SubOptic Foundation Board.
Jasvinder Khaira is a senior managing director in the Tactical Opportunities Group. Prior to joining Tactical Opportunities, Mr. Khaira was a member of Blackstone’s Private Equity Group and GSO Capital Partners. He has been involved in the execution of Blackstone’s investments across the digital infrastructure sector, including Global Tower Partners, Phoenix Tower International, Phoenix Tower do Brasil, Wireless Capital Partners, Ascenty, 21Vianet Group, Sipartech, and various spectrum investments. Mr. Khaira has been involved in a variety of strategic Blackstone business investments and special projects, including, the firm’s initial public offering and acquisition of GSO Capital in 2008.
Mr. Khaira received a B.S. in business and a B.A. in history from the University of California, Berkeley, where he graduated magna cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Mr. Jan Vesely joined EQT Partners in 2010. At EQT Mr. Vesely has been one of the leading investors in digital infrastructure globally and is responsible for many businesses in the space including: Zayo, the largest private fiber communication infrastructure company in the U.S., Canada, and Europe; Segra, the leading independent fiber provider in the Carolinas and the Mid-Atlantic region; and EdgeConneX, a high growth wholesale data center business focused on serving cloud customers globally. Prior to joining EQT Partners, Mr. Vesely worked in the investment banking division of Goldman Sachs. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Mannheim.
Waldemar Szlezak (New York) joined KKR in 2019 and is a managing director on the infrastructure team. Mr. Szlezak leads KKR’s communications infrastructure investments in the Americas, among other sectors. At KKR, Mr. Szlezak is actively involved in a number of investments including Hyperoptic and GTR. Prior to joining KKR, he was a senior managing director with Soros Fund Management LLC (SFM) where he was responsible for originating, structuring, and monitoring the firm’s communications infrastructure and real estate investments. Prior to SFM, Mr. Szlezak served as an associate at Soros Private Equity Investors / TowerBrook Capital Partners and prior to that, in the mergers & acquisition investment banking group at Credit Suisse First Boston where he was involved with a number of mergers, acquisitions, restructurings, and general corporate advisory transactions. Mr. Szlezak holds a B.S. in operations research from Columbia University in New York and a B.A. in mathematics from Knox College in Galesburg.
Beth Hoffman joined Berkshire Partners in 2003. Beth’s directorships and primary Berkshire portfolio company involvement includes: Masergy, a global provider of managed networking solutions; Protelindo, the largest independent owner and operator of wireless infrastructure in Indonesia; and Vapor IO, an early stage mobile edge computing platform. Beth has also worked extensively with the following portfolio companies: Asurion, Advanced Drainage Systems, Bartlett Nuclear, Crown Castle, Telx, Teraco, Torres Unidas, and Tower Development Corporation.
Before joining Berkshire, Beth worked for six years in venture capital and began her career as a financial analyst in the M&A Group at Morgan Stanley. Beth is a member of the Boston Children’s Hospital Trust and Chairman of the Boston Children’s Hospital Philanthropic Board of Advisors. She and her husband, Kevin, are also active supporters of Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center.
Jonathan Atkin is a managing director at RBC Capital Markets. His focus areas include telecom services, communications infrastructure, and cloud computing. During the last three years, Jonathan has received the #1 ranking from Institutional Investor in the Communications Infrastructure sector. He has also received #1 rankings from Thomson Reuters in Telecom Services and Real Estate Equities, a #1 ranking from the Wall Street Journal in Internet Services, and a #1 ranking from the Financial Times in Telecom Services. Before joining RBC, Jonathan was a senior consultant at BIA Companies focused on wireless strategy and valuation, worked in corporate strategy at Daimler-Benz AG, and was a policy analyst with the United States Congress. He has an MBA from Columbia University and BS and MS degrees in engineering from Stanford University. He is a two-time finisher of the Ironman triathlon.
As VP of Network Engineering at Facebook, Najam Ahmad oversees all aspects of the development and operation of the global network infrastructure that serves more than a billion people around the world.
Prior to joining Facebook, Najam was the general manager of global networking services at Microsoft. In that role, he was responsible for the overall architecture, implementation, and operations of Microsoft’s global online network. Najam’s other experience includes management and engineering roles at MCI/UUNET and Netrix Corporation.
Najam holds an MS in telecommunication protocols and computer science from The George Washington University and a BE in Electrical Engineering from the NED University of Engineering and Technology.
Campbell Massie is the Advocacy Manager for GSMA’s North America region. Located in Atlanta, she focuses on telecommunications policy and in the United States and Canada.
Prior to joining the GSMA in 2019, Campbell held roles at AT&T managing corporate communications for the Internet of Things and prepaid business groups. Prior to AT&T, she worked in public affairs for CTIA in Washington D.C.
Campbell holds Bachelors’ degrees in Journalism and Sociology from the University of Missouri. She is pursuing her MBA at the Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business in Atlanta with a concentration on Strategy and Innovation.
Joe Weinman is the author of Digital Disciplines: Attaining Market Leadership via the Cloud, Big Data, Social, Mobile, and the Internet of Things, which was the Amazon number one new release in the computer and technology industry. He is also the author of Cloudonomics: The Business Value of Cloud Computing, and a co-editor of Fog and Fogonomics: Challenges and Practices of Fog Computing, Communication, Networking, Strategy, and Economics. He has held a number of executive positions at Bell Labs, AT&T, HP, and Telx (now Digital Realty), and has been awarded 26 U.S. and international patents. He received his BS and MS in Computer Science from Cornell University and UW-Madison, respectively, and has completed executive education at the International Institute for Management Development and MIT Sloan.
Dave Temkin is the Vice President of Global Networks for Netflix, where he and his team built the Open Connect Network infrastructure to serve streaming video to nearly 150 million customers. Prior to Netflix, he worked on building the Yahoo! and Right Media delivery networks. Located in New York City, he is active in several non-profit and charity groups including NANOG, Community IX, and Children of Bellevue.
Chris Sharp has over 20 years of experience in the technology industry, with an extensive background in developing technology strategies in global markets. He has a deep knowledge of the data center sector and is well positioned to expand technical innovation at Digital Realty. Most recently, he was responsible for cloud innovation at Equinix, where he led the development of innovative cloud services solutions and developed new capabilities enabling next-generation, high-performance exchange and interconnection solutions, facilitating broad commercial adoption of cloud computing on a global basis. Previously, Mr. Sharp held leadership positions at top network and colocation providers, including Qwest Communications, MCI/Verizon Business and Reliance Globalcom.
Introduction to Telecom: Key Trends and Changes in Business Models Gary Kim, Content Developer, IP Carrier, USA
5G and Beyond Gary Kim, Content Developer, IP Carrier, USA
Pipes to Platforms: Cloud and Data Centers Anthony Rossabi, Executive Vice President & Chief Revenue Officer, TierPoint, USA
Your Career, Your Ladder Anthony Rossabi, Executive Vice President & Chief Revenue Officer, TierPoint, USA
Doing Well While Doing Good Eric Handa, Co-Founder & CEO, APTelecom, USA
How Would You Do It? Sean Bergin, Co-Founder & President, APTelecom, Cambodia
OTT: Opportunity or Threat? Tony Mosley, Director of Business Development, Ocean Specialists, Inc., USA
The Connectivity Business in an Internet Era Sean Bergin, Co-Founder & President, APTelecom, Cambodia
The world is constantly faced with many challenges, global threats from natural disasters to cyberattacks, and outbreaks like the recent COVID-19 pandemic. All sectors are shifting and adapting to a new way of life, an uncharted territory. Thanks to the widespread deployment of information and communication technologies (ICT), in some ways, the world is more prepared to tackle these obstacles and face new realities. Will standard practices and the global economy return to pre-COVID-19 norms, or has the world changed irrevocably, and what will it mean for the ICT industry?
Participate in PTC’21: New Realities. Share experiences, understand this new world, and help determine what’s next.
PIONEERING TECHNOLOGIES: HOW ARE THEY BREAKING THE MOLD OF LEGACY SUBSEA INFRASTRUCTURE? Keith Shaw, VP Business Development EMEA, Equinix, Netherlands
WHAT IS 5G ALL ABOUT, AND WHY DO YOU CARE? Gary Kim, Content Developer, IP Carrier, USA
WHAT UNIQUE CHALLENGES WILL YOU FACE IN MOVING TOWARDS A NEXT-GEN FUTURE? Sean Bergin, Co-Founder & President, APTelecom, Cambodia
GETTING THE BALANCE RIGHT Eric Handa, Co-Founder & CEO, APTelecom, USA
THAILAND INTERNET PEERING ENVIRONMENT Ubonpan Chuenchom, VP of International Business Development, CAT Telecom, Thailand
EVOLUTION OF OTTS AND THEIR IMPACT ON TRADITIONAL REVENUE STREAMS: OPPORTUNITY OR THREAT? Tony Mosley, Director, Business Operations, Ocean Specialists, Inc. (OSI), Guam
CAPACITY PROCUREMENT: YESTERDAY AND TODAY Eric Green, Senior Consultant, Cambridge Management Consulting Ltd., United Kingdom and Grant Kirkwood, Founder & CTO, Unitas Global, USA
USING LINKEDIN TO LOVE A CAREER IN TELECOMS Russell Lundberg, CTO, Intelefy, LLC, and Bangkok Beach Telecom, Thailand
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