SVP and CTO, Ciena, USA
Steve Alexander is currently Ciena’s Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. He has held a number of positions since joining the Company in 1994, including General Manager of Ciena's Transport & Switching and Data Networking business units, Vice President of Transport Products and Director of Lightwave Systems. From 1982 until joining Ciena, he was employed at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, where he last held the position of Assistant Leader of the Optical Communications Technology Group. He is an IEEE Fellow, was ranked by ExecRank.com at #1 in their listing of top CTOs for 2012/2013, and was the recipient of the IEEE Communications Society Industrial Innovation Award in 2012. He has been an Associate Editor for both the IEEE/OSA Journal of Optical Communications & Networking (JOCN) and for the Journal of Lightwave Technology (JLT). He has served as a commissioner in the TechAmerica Cloud First, Cloud Fast Initiative and as a member of the Federal Communications Commission Technological Advisory Council (TAC-4) and was a General Chair of the conference on Optical Fiber Communication (OFC) in 1997. Mr. Alexander received both his B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has been granted 21 patents and has authored a text on Optical Communication Receiver Design as well as numerous conference presentations and journal articles.
Managing Director, RBC Capital Markets, LLC, USA
Jonathan Atkin is a Managing Director at RBC Capital Markets. His focus areas include telecom services, telecom infrastructure, wireless, Internet, hosting and datacenter providers. The Wall Street Journal ranked Jonathan as the No. 1 stock picker in the Internet Services and Computer sector in 2012. The Financial Times ranked Jonathan as the No. 1 stock picker in wireless services in 2008, and the No. 3 stock picker in telecom services in 2010. In 2015, Institutional Investor named Jonathan to its All America Research team. In 2016, Jonathan won #2 rankings from Thomson Reuters in two categories: Telecom Services and Real Estate investment Trusts. Prior to joining RBC, Jonathan held equity research positions with Alex.Brown and Toronto Dominion. Previously, Jonathan worked in corporate strategy at Daimler-Benz, in Stuttgart, Germany, and was a policy analyst with the U.S. Congress in Washington DC. Jonathan has an MBA from Columbia University and BS/MS degrees in Engineering from Stanford University. He is a two-time finisher of the Ironman triathlon.
Founder, Bandler Group LLC and Bandler Law Firm PLLC, USA
John Bandler founded Bandler Law Firm and Bandler Group, legal and consulting practices, to bring his experience to the private sector to help corporations and individuals with cybersecurity, data privacy, investigations, and anti-money laundering. John has 20 years of government experience, including thirteen as a prosecutor at the New York County District Attorney's Office, where he was hired by the legendary Robert M. Morgenthau. He gained unique insights into cybercrime, cybercrime intelligence, digital currency money laundering, and identity theft, and also prosecuted a wide variety of cases from inception through resolution, ranging from international cybercrime data trafficking and money laundering to violent street crime. Prior to his time as a prosecutor, John served as a State Trooper in the New York State Police for eight years, serving in one of the busiest stations in the state. He was also a commissioned U.S. Army officer, serving in infantry and military intelligence reserve units. He is licensed to practice law in New York, Connecticut, and Washington, D.C., and holds professional certifications in information security, privacy, information technology, fraud investigation, and anti-money laundering.
President, Northern Sky Research (NSR), USA
Mr. Baugh serves as the President and Founder of Northern Sky Research (NSR), which he created in 2000 to provide independent, actionable market research and consulting services to the satellite industry. Mr. Baugh directs all NSR multi-client research reports and single-client consulting projects, and manages a global team of analysts that stand at the forefront of satellite industry expertise. Before forming NSR, Mr. Baugh served as Senior Analyst for Pioneer Consulting where he covered all aspects of the satellite market. Mr. Baugh also has extensive legislative and analytical experience from his work for the Committee on International Relations and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, both in the U.S. House of Representatives. Mr. Baugh holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Westminster College and a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from The George Washington University.
Senior Research Fellow, Stevens Institute of Technology, USA
David Belanger is currently a Senior Research Fellow at Stevens Institute of Technology. He continues his work in Big Data Technology, Applications, and Governance, and is a leader in the Business Intelligence & Analysis Masters Degree program. He also leads the IEEE Big Data Initiative (bigdata.ieee.org). Dr. Belanger retired as Chief Scientist of AT&T Labs, and Vice President of Information, Software, & Systems Research. He created the AT&T InfoLab, a very early (1995) participant in “Big Data” research and practice. Prior to that, he led the Software Engineering Research Department at Bell Labs. He received a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Case Western Reserve University. Awards include: AT&T Science and Technology Medal for contributions in very large scale information mining technology; AT&T Fellow for “lifetime contributions in software, software tools, and information mining”; and the IEEE Communications Society Industrial Innovator Award. Belanger currently holds 31 awarded patents.
President & Co-Founder, APTelecom, Cambodia
Sean Bergin is based in APTelecom’s Asian headquarters in Cambodia. Bergin has been instrumental in building APTelecom into a globally recognized leader in telecom and fiber consulting, elevating from a start-up business to an award-winning global organization which has generated over US $195 million in sales for clients. Bergin has significant management experience at both national and international levels. Along with APTelecom Co-Founder and CEO Eric Handa, Bergin has generated over half a billion dollars in sales for clients throughout his career. Bergin is an Advisory Board Member for Pacific Telecommunications Council (PTC), and is a frequent speaker and panelist within the ICT sector.
Executive Chairman, LB Networks/OcularIP, USA
Matt is widely recognized in the telecommunications industry and considered a leading industry visionary and innovator. His extensive track record of global business success includes his experience as a Chairman and CEO at Compass Networks; Global CTO at Huawei; Group CTO, and CEO of BT Innovate, at British Telecom; and CTO and Managing Director of Emerging Markets at Williams Communications. Matt has led the technology innovation and investment strategies for the companies he has served across multiple technology and business domains, including carrier, enterprise, devices, applications and services. In each of these roles, Bross drove the innovation, investment and business strategies, and became a recognized global leader in business and international relations. Matt was awarded a William Pitt Fellowship by Pembroke College at the University of Cambridge. Matt was listed as one of the most powerful people in wireless by Fierce Wireless. Also, Interactive Week recognized Matt as one of the “Top 25 Unsung Heroes of the Net”. In recent years, Light Reading has recognized Matt as one of the Top 10 most influential people in Telecom. In addition to Chairing the Board of LB Networks, Bross currently serves on the Boards of Sonus Networks, Anova Data, RiftIO, and the EastWest Institute, and serves as Chairman of Global Information Infrastructure Consortium (GIIC).
Senior Managing Director, Laser Light Communications, LLC, USA
Robert (Bob) Brumley brings extensive executive experience in the management and financing of early stage ventures, particularly in aerospace, telecommunications and defense. In 2012, he was appointed as Senior Managing Director of Laser Light™ Communications, LLC, [www.laserlightcomms.com], and Laser Light Global, LTD (UK). Bob became the Development CEO for both firms in 2013. Laser Light™ intends on deploying the World’s 1st All-Optical Global Communications System – HALO™ - which is designed as a 7.2 Tbps capacity, 8-12 MEO Optical Satellite System, fully integrated into its own patented, proprietary SD-WAN Extended Global Terrestrial Network. Bob was a Presidential Appointee (Senate Confirmed) in the Reagan Administration, serving in both terms. He is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.
VP, Boeing Global Broadband System Network & Space Systems Defense, Space & Security, USA
Dr. Bruce Chesley is vice president and program manager for the Boeing Global Broadband System within Network & Space Systems (N&SS). He leads the design, development, deployment and operation of a satellite-based system to provide very high data-rate connectivity to support a wide range of Internet and communications services for residential, commercial, institutional, governmental and other professional users worldwide. Previously, Chesley served in several key roles for N&SS, including as leader of Global Sales & Marketing. He also served in Boeing’s Phantom Works business unit, developing next-generation satellites and advanced mission capabilities. He joined Boeing in 2000 after serving in the U.S. Air Force, including positions at Air Force Space Command, the National Reconnaissance Office and the U.S. Air Force Academy. Chesley earned a doctorate in aerospace engineering at the University of Colorado. He also holds a Master of Science from the University of Texas, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Notre Dame.
CEO & Chairman of the Board, ViaSat, Inc., USA
Mr. Dankberg co-founded ViaSat Inc. in 1986. He has held the position of Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer since inception. Under his leadership, ViaSat has consistently been named one of America’s fastest growing technology companies. Mr. Dankberg is an acknowledged industry expert in the communications, aerospace and defense sectors, and is the leading visionary for a new generation of ultra-high capacity satellite systems. He holds a number of patents in communications and satellite networking technologies; has participated on Department of Defense advisory panels; and has received a number of innovation leadership awards, including the 2016 Director of the Year award by San Diego-based Corporate Directors Forum, induction into the SSPI Satellite Hall of Fame in 2015 as well as Via Satellite Magazine’s Satellite Executive of the Year, among others. Mr. Dankberg began his career with the Collins Radio Division of Rockwell International, and at Linkabit Corp. in San Diego, where he held positions in engineering, technical management and business segment management. He earned B.S. EE and M.S. EE degrees from Rice University and is a member of the Rice University Electrical and Computer Engineering Hall of Fame.
VP Strategy & Corporate Business Development, CenturyLink, USA
Daniel Davis currently serves as Vice President in CenturyLink’s Corporate Strategy group, leading its corporate business development efforts. He previously served as Deputy General Counsel for CenturyLink. Mr. Davis joined CenturyLink after its 2003 acquisition of LightCore, where Mr. Davis served as General Counsel. Prior to that time, Mr. Davis was in private legal practice with the international law firm of Bryan Cave. Mr. Davis earned his B.A. from the University of Illinois, his J.D. from St. Louis University and his MBA from Washington University in St. Louis. Mr. Davis is the former chair and current member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s TRB Emerging Technology Law Committee. Mr. Davis also serves as a mentor and Mock Angel for the St. Louis based Information Technology Entrepreneurial Network, a non-profit group of entrepreneurs and executives donating their time to provide guidance to start-up and development stage IT companies.
Global Product Marketing, Red Hat, USA
A 20-year technology industry veteran, Margaret is a frequent author and speaker on cloud computing, big data, open source, and women in tech. Margaret is a proven entrepreneur and intrapreneur, having led successful programs and teams at several startups, such as Aventail and Hubspan, and Fortune 500 companies, including Amazon, Microsoft, and HP. Currently, she leads global product marketing at Red Hat for infrastructure, cloud, IoT and Telco solutions. Prior to Red Hat, she was VP of Product Marketing and Cloud Evangelist for HP Helion, the cloud computing division of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise. Margaret has worked and travelled extensively in Asia, Europe, and North America. She was a foreign correspondent for BusinessWeek magazine, and spent ten years in the Greater China region, consulting with many technology companies and governmental agencies. You can follow Margaret’s rants on Twitter @seattledawson.
Senior Fellow & Co-Director, Spectrum Policy Initiative, Silicon Flatirons Center, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA
Pierre de Vries is a Senior Fellow and Co-Director of the Spectrum Policy Initiative at the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado, Boulder. His current work focuses on maximizing the value of radio operation, e.g. by improving allocation decisions, clarifying rights and responsibilities, and decentralizing spectrum management. Previously he served as a spectrum technology advisor to Harris Wiltshire & Grannis LLP in Washington DC; worked at Microsoft Corp. in various roles including Senior Director of Advanced Technology and Policy; and worked for Korda & Co, a London-based seed capital company and technology consultancy. He received his D.Phil. from the University of Oxford in theoretical physics.
CTO, Level 3 Communications, USA
Andrew Dugan is chief technology officer for Level 3 Communications, responsible for global network technology, architecture, engineering, systems and security. Mr. Dugan joined Level 3 in 1998. He has 30 years of experience leading technology teams and in building telecommunications networks, switching platforms and services platforms. Prior to joining Level 3, Mr. Dugan held leadership positions at MCIWorldcom and AT&T Bell Laboratories, where he designed and built transport network support systems, enhanced voice services platforms and architecting next-generation voice switching networks. Mr. Dugan holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado as well as an M.S. Degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Senior VP & GM, Innovation Management Department, NTT DOCOMO, and President & CEO, Mirai Translate, Inc., and Guest Professor, Osaka University, Japan
Dr. Minoru “Mick” Etoh has several professional and academic roles. He is General Manager of the Innovation Management Department and Senior Vice President (i.e., executive officer) of NTT DOCOMO as well as President and CEO of Mirai Translate, Inc. (Tokyo, Japan). He is commuting DOCOMO Innovations, Inc. (Palo Alto, CA) from Tokyo frequently across the Pacific Ocean. His fields of expertise include mobile network architecture & protocols, big data mining, cloud solutions for data storage & synchronization, pattern recognition, natural language interfaces, computer vision, distributed software, multimedia signal processing, audio / video / speech coding technologies, media delivery over mobile networks, and standardization activities. He joined NTT DOCOMO in 2000, where he contributed to launching DOCOMO’s 3G mobile multimedia services including video phones and audio-visual content download applications. Through those activities, he is recognized as one of major contributors to H.264 standard for Engineering Emmy Award 2008. He was President and CEO of NTT DOCOMO Ventures, Inc. (Tokyo, Japan) from 2014 to 2016, and President and CEO of DOCOMO Capital, Inc. (Palo Alto, California) from 2012 to 2015. He received his B.E. and M.S.E.E. from Hiroshima University, Ph.D. degree from Osaka University, in 1983, 1985 and 1993 respectively.
Director, Cloud Practice, Telstra, Hong Kong SAR China
Based in Hong Kong, Jim Fagan is responsible for oversight of the company's suite of managed services. Jim has 15 years of diverse experience, including product management and financial management that he brings to Telstra. He previously worked at Rackspace as Managing Director of Asia Pacific, where he oversaw the management, strategy and growth of the company’s Asia Pacific operations. He also served as Director of Financial Operations, and was instrumental in supporting the company’s IPO on the New York Stock Exchange. Prior to joining Rackspace, Jim was at Dell for nine years, most recently as Finance Controller for the Managed Service business, where he was responsible for the overall financial management and pricing structure of the company’s services division. Previously, Jim worked at Chase Manhattan Bank and Sei Corporation. Jim holds an MBA from Arizona State University and a BS in Finance from Villanova University.
CTO, Cheetah Mobile, USA
Charles Fan is the CTO of Cheetah Mobile, a leading global mobile Internet company. Some of its foremost applications include Clean Master, CM Security, Battery Doctor, CM Locker, Photo Grid and Duba Anti-virus. Charles leads the global technology platform team, and is responsible for Cheetah Mobile’s big data and cloud strategy. Charles also serves as the General Manager of Cheetah Mobile America. Prior to joining Cheetah Mobile, Charles was a SVP of VMware where he led the Virtual Storage and Big Data Business. Charles was the founder of EMC China R&D Center and VMware China R&D Center. Charles was a co-founder and CTO of Rainfinity which was acquired by EMC in 2005. Charles is an expert in distributed systems. He received his Ph.D. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology, and his B.E. in Electrical Engineering from the Cooper Union.
CEO & Principal, DataGryd Data Centers LLC, USA
Mr. Feldman has over 20 years of experience in data center development, management, and design, with a focus on implementing energy-efficient technology. He has held CTO, President, and founding roles at several successful startups including the Telx group, a national leader in data center collocation services. Mr. Feldman has additional expertise in optical and wireless network engineering for rural broadband, IT infrastructure management, and wireless network infrastructure. Prior to founding DataGryd, Mr. Feldman served as the technical and business development interface with United Technologies Power for their hydrogen and natural gas fuel cell technology and CCHP micro-turbines, and AMSC (formerly American Superconductor) for developing superconducting cable technology for data centers. He holds industry related patents, is an active member of several professional trade organizations, and has spoken at industry conferences including Interop New York, Green Data Center Conference & Exhibition, 7×24 Exchange, and IMN’s Financing, Investing & Real Estate Development for Data Centers.
Partner, Paul Hastings LLP, USA
Tara Giunta is a partner in the Washington, DC, office of Paul Hastings LLP and is a Vice Chair of the Investigations and White Collar Defense Practice. She advises clients and their officers and directors in high risk, regulated industries, including telecom, technology and media, on global compliance focusing on anti-corruption, data privacy and national security. Ms. Giunta performs risk assessments for global enterprises, develops comprehensive compliance programs, conducts internal investigations, and represents clients before U.S. enforcement agencies. She was recognized by Global Investigations Review (GIR) in its Women in Investigations list, which recognized 100 women across the globe who are “achieving great things in a competitive and notoriously tough area of law.” She is also Editor of the Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Women in the Boardroom report. Ms. Giunta received her J.D. from Columbus School of Law, Catholic University, and her B.A., cum laude, from Tufts University.
President, DSA, USA
Kalpak S. Gude is President of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance, a global organization advocating for laws and regulations supporting more efficient and effective spectrum utilization through sharing. The DSA’s membership spans multinationals, SMEs, academic, research, and other organizations from around the world, all working to create innovative solutions to increase the amount of available spectrum to benefit consumers and businesses alike. Before joining the DSA, Mr. Gude was the Vice President Legal Regulatory at OneWeb, a low-earth-orbit satellite broadband provider seeking to bring internet connectivity to unserved and underserved regions of the world. Prior to this, Mr. Gude served in several senior positions at the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, D.C., overseeing complex regulatory issues in the Media and Wireline Competition Bureaus. Mr. Gude also served as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Intelsat, held various board positions in the satellite and telecommunications industry and was named a co-Satellite Executive of the Year 2007. He holds a J.D. from the Indiana University School of Law – Bloomington, and a B.S. Electrical Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
CEO, PCCW Global, Hong Kong SAR China
Before becoming PCCW Global CEO in 2007, Marc Halbfinger spent over 25 years in media and telecommunications roles, gaining experience in cable TV, directories, mobile, international voice, video, data and the Internet. He joined PCCW in 2000 as Senior Vice President, Business Development for the Pacific Convergence Corporation, covering markets in Europe and North America, where he was involved in now TV’s early commercial development. In 2001, he helped establish Beyond the Network, which became part of PCCW Global, covering Europe, the Middle East and Africa as its President. Marc was previously a Teleglobe Vice President, addressing Mediterranean and South European markets, after working for Global One, Sprint International and a Southwestern Bell subsidiary. He holds a Master of Science (Econ.) in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
CEO, CITIC Telecom International CPC Limited, Hong Kong SAR China
Mr. Stephen Ho is the CEO of CITIC Telecom International CPC Limited (“CPC”) and the President of China Enterprises ICT Solutions Limited (“CEC”). Mr. Ho carries with him more than 30 years of extensive industry experience. Prior to joining CPC, Mr. Ho held senior positions at Cable and Wireless Systems Ltd, Hongkong Telecom CSL Ltd, Hong Kong Telecom Ltd and iAdvantage Ltd. Mr. Stephen Ho has made significant contributions to Hong Kong's ICT development. He has served on many councils and advisory committees in promoting the innovation and technology industry in the region. Currently, Mr. Ho is the Chairman of the Communications Association of Hong Kong (CAHK) and one of the Appointed Directors of the Hong Kong Internet Registration Corporation Limited (HKIRC). He also served as the President and Chair of the US Pacific Telecommunications Council (PTC) for 2014 & 2015. Mr. Ho holds an Honor Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering, specializing in digital communications from McGill University of Canada.
Managing Director, Communication and Cloud Services Research, Oppenheimer & Co. Inc., 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.
Board Member, OpenFog Consortium, USA
Dr. T. Russell Hsing is Life Fellow of the IEEE and Fellow for the British Computer Society. His current research activities are in the areas of wireless 5G, Fog Computing & Networking, Internet of Things, and Technology Entrepreneurship. He is currently Chair Professor of National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan, Guest Professor of Peking University in China and also Visiting Professor for institutions across USA, Europe, and Asia. He is also the Advisor for NGMN Alliance and Board Member for OpenFog Consortium. Previously, he was with Ericsson/Telcordia/Bellcore for 26 years and retired as Executive Director of Emerging Technologies and Services in the year 2012. Prior to that he was with several US corporations such as Xerox and GTE Lab. He accumulated rich R&D experience of 35 years through affiliations with Bellcore/Telcordia/Ericsson and other five companies in USA. He pioneered the technology commercialization in emerging technologies and services through joint business ventures. He co-edits the ICT book series for John Wiley & Sons, Inc since 2007. He holds a B.Sc. from Taiwan & Ph.D. from the University of Rhode Island. He is an active volunteer within the IEEE Communications Society to serve as several Committee members and Chairs during past many years. He is now Chair for the IEEE Technical Field Awards Council in 2016.
Chief Scientist, Wireless Technologies, China Mobile Research Institute, Peoples Rep. of China
Chih-Lin I received her Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University. She has been working at multiple world-class companies and research institutes leading the R&D, including AT&T Bell Labs; Director of AT&T HQ, Director of ITRI Taiwan, and VPGD of ASTRI Hong Kong. She received the IEEE Trans. COM Stephen Rice Best Paper Award, is a winner of the CCCP National 1000 Talent Program, and has won the 2015 Industrial Innovation Award of IEEE Communication Society for Leadership and Innovation in Next-Generation Cellular Wireless Networks. In 2011, she joined China Mobile as its Chief Scientist of wireless technologies, established the Green Communications Research Center, and launched the 5G Key Technologies R&D. She is spearheading major initiatives including 5G, C-RAN, high energy efficiency system architectures, technologies and devices; and green energy. She is currently the Chair of FuTURE Forum 5G SIG, an Executive Board Member of GreenTouch, a Network Operator Council Member of ETSI NFV, a Steering Board Member of WWRF, and a SAB Member of Singapore NRF. Her current research interests center around “Green, Soft, and Open”.
President, Irwin Communications, USA
Ms. Irwin has been analyzing industry trends and developments in the satellite industry for more than 35 years. She served as a telecommunications policy analyst for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, where she facilitated some of the early satellite distance learning activities in the US and emerging regions. Since 1985, when she founded Irwin Communications, she has provided strategic consulting services to satellite service providers, manufacturers, broadcasters, government agencies and investors worldwide. From 2010 until 2014, Ms. Irwin also headed the US office of Euroconsult. Ms. Irwin serves on the Advisory Board of Kymeta Corporation, is co-founder and Director Emeritus of the Society of Satellite Professionals International, Director Emeritus of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation and Vice President of the American Astronautical Society. She served on the Board of Governors of PTC for 9 years. In 2013, Ms. Irwin was inducted into the SSPI Satellite Hall of Fame. Ms. Irwin holds a Masters of Arts degree from San Francisco State University.
Executive Board Member, DE-CIX, Germany
Ivo A. Ivanov is Executive Board Member of the DE-CIX International Corporation, Chief Strategy Officer of the DE-CIX Group and Vice President Strategy DE-CIX North America Inc. The DE-CIX Group operates Internet exchanges on four continents around the globe, including the world largest interconnection fabric DE-CIX Frankfurt. Ivanov has more than 10 years of experience in the regulatory, legal and commercial Internet environment. He joined DE-CIX in January 2007. In recent years, he has been deeply involved in international expansion of DE-CIX outside of the German home market and several DE-CIX consultancy projects in Africa, Asia and Europe.
VP Subsea Business Group, Infinera, USA
Scott Jackson is an accomplished leader in the submarine systems business, and has more than 31 years of experience directing teams from concept to delivery over a broad range of technology areas. In addition, he has successfully delivered large subsystems into multi-billion dollar deployments. Scott was involved in undersea fiber systems from their genesis, including the first transoceanic optical cable, TAT-8, connecting North America and Europe. In fact, he spoke the first words carried on fiber between continents. Scott’s experience includes 18 years at Bell Labs Submarine Systems, later Tyco Undersea Systems, where as a managing director, he led development of undersea repeaters and later undersea terminal equipment. Designs for the first optically-amplified repeaters, the first terminals incorporating forward error correction (FEC), the first remote-pump terminals, and the first wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) terminals all came from his group. He also served as vice president and general manager for the Finisar NJ Transmission Technology Center, vice president of engineering for Kodeos Communications, vice president of engineering for Defense Photonics Group, and most recently, chief technical officer for 4D Security Solutions.
Deputy Secretary-General, ITU, Switzerland
Malcolm Johnson was elected Deputy Secretary-General of the ITU on 24 October 2014 and started his mandate on 1 January 2015. From 2007 to 2014 he served as Director of ITU's Telecommunication Standardization Bureau where he spearheaded activities in cybersecurity, climate change and accessibility, considerably increasing the involvement of developing countries and academia in ITU’s standards activities. Between 2003 and 2006, Mr. Johnson was International Coordinator at the United Kingdom’s Office of Communications (Ofcom), where he had lead responsibility for the United Kingdom in ITU and in CEPT. From 1992 to 2003, he was Director of the United Kingdom’s Radiocommunications Agency and between 1988 and 1992, he worked in the European Commission’s Telecommunication Regulations Division, where he represented the Commission in the Council of the European Union, EU Parliament, CEPT and ITU.
VP, Sales, CoreSite, USA
Maile Kaiser is the Vice President of Sales for CoreSite’s Strategic Content and Central and Southwest Regions. Maile has twenty years of technology and sales experience leading sales and managed services teams across colocation, optical fiber networks, managed services and software and hardware platforms. Maile brings a consultative approach from her deep knowledge across all aspects of the industry to provide a holistic perspective to Enterprise companies evaluating new technology and datacenter strategies as they evolve their business into a 24x7 real time on demand product or service. Maile has successfully designed datacenter solutions for companies like Google, Apple, Paul Hastings, Sony Corporation, MLB Networks and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Maile has been with CoreSite for four and a half years managing sales and working cross functionally with engineering and operations to support CoreSite’s customers across our datacenter portfolio in 8 markets across the U.S.
Founder, Spectrum Futures
Gary Kim is a communications industry analyst of 30 years, and currently works as a telecom/Internet conference content developer, authoring white papers, articles and marketing collateral for firms in the communications industry. He recently founded the Spectrum Futures conference for the Pacific Telecommunications Council, and acts as a conference advisor for PTC. He was cited as a global "Power Mobile Influencer" by Forbes; ranked second in the world for strategic coverage of the mobile business. He is a member of Mensa, the international organization for people with IQs in the top 2 percent.
Head, Portfolio & Strategy Solutions, PA Cloud Systems, Ericsson, USA
Jonathan H. King is currently Vice President, Head of Portfolio Management & Strategy for Ericsson’s Product Area Cloud Infrastructure. Jonathan’s responsibilities include product area cloud strategy, portfolio management and investment, solution development, strategic alliances, open source community advocacy and ecosystem development. Jonathan has over 20 years of experience in IT infrastructure having held strategy, product development, sales, business development and alliance development leadership positions with CenturyLink, Joyent, Verizon, Totality and Exodus. Prior to his technology career Jonathan was a corporate securities and intellectual property attorney who put himself through law school coding. Jonathan still pursues his law and technology interests as a Visiting Scholar at Washington University School of Law researching socially sustainable data analytics practices, technologies, laws and regulations.
CEO & Co-Founder, Resilio, Inc., USA
Eric is co-Founder and CEO of Resilio Inc. and brings over two decades of proven leadership experience in networking and technology companies. Prior to Resilio, he served as President and CEO of BitTorrent Inc., CTO at Internap and CTO at netVmg. Eric was also an early builder of broadband networks in various roles for Excite@Home and led engineering and research teams at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. Eric holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a MS in Electrical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.
CTO, Juniper Development and Innovation, Juniper Networks, USA
Currently CTO for JDI, Juniper Networks, Dr. Kompella was formerly CTO at Contrail Systems, and before that, CTO and Chief Architect, Junos at Juniper Networks. He has deep experience in Packet Transport, large-scale MPLS, VPNs, VPLS, and Layer 1 to Layer 3 networking, and has been very active in the IETF, both as a former co-chair of the CCAMP Working Group and as author of several Internet Drafts and RFCs (in the CCAMP, IS-IS, L2VPN, MPLS, NVO3, OSPF, and TE WGs). Prior to Juniper, Kireeti worked on file systems at NetApp, SGI, and ACSC (acquired by Veritas). Dr. Kompella received his BS EE and MS CS at IIT, Kanpur, and his PhD in Computer Science at USC, specializing in Computational Number Theory and cryptography.
President, International & Carrier Business, Hutchison Global Communications Limited, Hong Kong SAR China
Mr. Andrew Kwok is currently the President, International and Carrier Business of Hutchison Global Communications Limited. 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 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. Furthermore, 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.
Director, Portfolio Solutions, Ciena, Canada
Brian Lavallée is the Director of Portfolio Marketing with global responsibility for Ciena’s Packet and Submarine networking solutions. Brian has over 20 years of telecommunications experience with past roles in Product Line Management, Systems Engineering, Research & Development, and Manufacturing. During his career, he has worked in various areas of optical networking including access, metro, regional, long haul, and submarine networks. He holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from Concordia University and an MBA in Marketing from McGill University, both located in Montréal, Québec, Canada.
Chief Commercial Officer, StarHub, Singapore
As Chief Commercial Officer, Kevin has responsibility for the commercial strategy and development of the company. He also has direct P&L responsibility for the Enterprise Business group with customers ranging from SMEs to multinational corporations, and corporate individuals. Additionally, he oversees the International Business unit which is responsible for international product management, carrier sales and wholesale, inter-carrier agreements, international network strategy and international business development. Kevin's professional career spans over 30 plus years in multiple industries and globally, with the last 23 years in the technology segment. Prior to joining StarHub, he was from Intel where he worked with telecom operators, vendors and regulators on the ecosystem for the proliferation of wireless broadband. Prior to his Intel role, he was managing director of Pacific Internet Singapore and Malaysia, a regional ISP which provides domestic and regional connectivity solutions and services to primarily enterprise customers. At a global level, he was worldwide division general manager of Lernout & Hauspie who was the leader in speech and language technology. In the earlier part of his career, he was regional head of marketing for IBM and Apple.
SVP, Global Wholesale Business, China Unicom Global Limited, Hong Kong SAR China
Eric Liu joined China Unicom Global as Senior Vice President of Global Wholesale Business in Oct. 2015. From 2000 to 2006, Eric worked in China Netcom (merged with China Unicom in 2009) and held several business positions in carrier sales, datacenter and CDN product development, and international strategic partnership. Before joining China Unicom again in 2015, Eric had been working as regional sales director of PACNET, business development director of Equinix and general manager of ChinaCache Asia Pacific. He graduated from China Foreign Affairs College with a Bachelor of Art and holds a MBA from Tsinghua University.
Senior Managing Director, Bank Street Group, USA
Mr. Lukaj has more than 20 years of investment banking experience having originated, structured and executed more than 200 deals totaling over $100 billion of transaction value. Mr. Lukaj is a founder of Bank Street and aspires with his partners to create a premier middle market investment banking franchise focused on growth sectors of the global economy. Mr. Lukaj has executed hundreds of transactions over the course of his successful investment banking career, ranging in variety from mergers and acquisitions, underwriting of debt, equity and derivative securities, restructurings, exclusive sales, and other financial advisory mandates. During his career at Bear Stearns, he contributed meaningfully to the development of one of the strongest investment banking franchises on Wall Street. Although heavily weighted towards the Media, Communications and Technology industries, he also has a very broad industry experience in Industrial, Consumer, Retailing, Energy, Aerospace, Specialty Finance, Real Estate and Natural Resources arenas.
CTO, EdgeconneX, USA
Mr. MacNeil has over 25 years of experience in network architecture and design; network engineering, access and optimization; customer operations; product and more. Prior to EdgeConneX, he served as EVP, Chief Operating Officer at XO Communications (XO), where he was responsible for the customer experience and the alignment of the products and services with XO’s Go-to-Market strategies. While at XO, Don also served as CMO for two years and was Vice President of Carrier Services Operations for six years. In this role, Don was overseeing service delivery, service assurance, product management, and the customer experience for XO Carrier Services, the company's wholesale services business unit. Joining XO in 2000, Don also held management positions in technology, operations and network engineering. Prior to XO, Don was an officer in the United States Navy, serving at-sea in operational leadership roles as well as various leadership roles in weapon system design and procurement.
SVP & Head, Voice, Mobile and Roaming Solutions, Bharti Airtel Limited, India
Vivek is Senior Vice President and head of Voice, Mobile and Roaming Solutions for Global Business, Bharti Airtel Limited. He spearheads Strategy, Innovation and Development across voice, mobile solutions, B2B2C, Roaming and Global Partnerships internationally out of 20 Airtel Operating Countries. Vivek is a seasoned business leader with over 22 years of experience in the telecommunications industry in a variety of roles. He also represents airtel in the Bridge Mobile Alliance as an alternate director. Prior to his stint at airtel, Vivek was with Tata Communications in a variety of roles and is well known amongst his peers as an industry thought leader. Vivek has earned a PG Diploma in Business Management along with Bachelor of Technology in Electronics and Communication.
Founder, PMP, United Kingdom
Stephen McClelland is Founder of PMP, a specialist writing and content consultancy. In this capacity he has produced many recent reports and overviews in the telecommunications space, notably for the International Telecommunication Union (ITU)in the development area. These include the Hyderabad Action Plan Review, and reports for both the m-Powering Development Initiative, and the Smart Sustainable Development Initiative. He was previously Editorial Director of Horizon House Publications Inc and Editor in Chief of Telecommunications International magazine. He has also been Director of Electronic Communities for the IIC, and Editor in Chief of Intermedia. He has authored six books on technology and technology futures and writes regularly on subjects ranging from Internet policy to intellectual property. He was educated at the Universities of Cambridge, Tokyo, London, Sheffield, and the University of California, Irvine.
President/Founder, Summit Ridge Group, LLC, USA
J. Armand Musey is a leading expert in valuation and related financial analysis in the telecom, media and satellite industries. He founded Summit Ridge Group in 2008 after returning from a sabbatical to climb the “7 summits” following 15 years of equity research, investment banking and consulting experience. He is the author of “The Spectrum Handbook 2013” and several law journal articles on telecom subjects. Armand earned numerous honors as a research analyst including being named to the Institutional Investor “All American” team three times (2000-2002) and the Wall Street Journal “All Star” team. He was also ranked the top satellite industry analyst by Greenwich Associates. Armand holds an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and a JD (cum laude) from its Law School. He also has an MA from Columbia University and a BA (with honors) from the University of Chicago. Armand is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
Head, Network Engineering, Aqua Comms, United Kingdom
Jol Paling, Head of Network Engineering, supports the Aqua Comms senior leadership team in all aspects of submarine cable system development, network design, system engineering and optical lighting. Over the past 25 years Jol has specialised in submarine cable system contracts and development and has worked either for or with all of the submarine cable system manufacturers and upgrade equipment suppliers. Jol has held key management and technical roles in implementing, upgrading and operating over 15 submarine cable systems.
Partner, Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP, USA
Tricia Paoletta is a partner with the law firm of Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP, where she specializes in telecommunications, trade and technology policy. Ms. Paoletta provides advice on regulatory and market access policy to clients before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the U.S. Administration and the United Nations’ International Telecommunication Union. Her clients include providers of mobile broadband and international telecom services. Ms. Paoletta has accrued considerable experience with telecommunications trade and policy in the public sector. She was Director of Telecommunications Trade Policy in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Executive Office of the President, where she worked on a number of trade agreements covering ICT, after which she moved to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce. Prior to those roles, Ms. Paoletta was senior advisor to the International Bureau Chief and Office Director at the FCC.
Head, Global Connectivity Policy and Planning, Facebook, USA
Dr. Robert Pepper helps lead Facebook’s connectivity and technology policy activities focusing on new technology development, deployment and adoption. Pepper previously was Cisco’s Vice President for Global Technology Policy for more than a decade working with governments globally helping them develop digital strategies including ICT and development, broadband plans, wireless and spectrum policy, the Internet of Things, security, privacy, and Internet governance. Pepper was Chief of the Office of Plans and Policy and Chief of Policy Development at the FCC for 16 years beginning in 1989 where he led teams designing and implementing the first U.S. spectrum auctions, developing policies promoting the development of the Internet, implementing telecommunications legislation, and planning for the transition to digital television. His academic appointments included faculty positions at the Universities of Iowa, Indiana, and Pennsylvania, and as a research affiliate at Harvard University. Pepper received his B.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
CEO, INCOMPAS, USA
Chip Pickering became CEO of INCOMPAS in January 2014. Pickering was a six-term Congressman, representing Mississippi’s Third District. During this time, he served on the House Energy & Commerce Committee, where he was vice chairman from 2002 to 2006 and a member of the Telecommunications Subcommittee. He also was co-chairman and founder of the Congressional Wireless Caucus and Assistant Minority Whip of the House. Prior to being elected to Congress, Chip worked for Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) and served as a staff member on the Senate Commerce Committee, where he helped shape the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Prior to joining INCOMPAS, Chip was a partner with Capitol Resources LLC, a public affairs and government relations firm, where he represented an array of communications clients, including wireless, cable and competitive broadband providers, as well as non-profits and companies specializing in education, energy, technology and defense.
CFO, Digital Realty, USA
Andrew (Andy) Power is the Chief Financial Officer of Digital Realty (NYSE: DLR) and is responsible for the company’s financial functions, including financial reporting, capital markets, tax, investor relations, and financial planning and analysis. Prior to joining Digital Realty, Andy served as Managing Director of the Real Estate, Gaming and Lodging Investment Banking for Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he was responsible for relationships with over 40 public and private companies, including Digital Realty. Prior to Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Andy was employed by Citigroup, where he held similar positions. During his career, he has managed the execution of public and private capital raises in excess of $30 billion, including the largest REIT IPO to date, and more than $19 billion of merger and acquisitions transactions. Andy was part of the lead underwriting team that advised Digital Realty on its initial public offering in 2004 and served as a lead manager on nearly every subsequent public capital raise. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Analytical Finance from Wake Forest University.
General Manager, Kacific Broadband Satellites, Singapore
Jacques-Samuel has over 15 years’ experience in senior telecommunications and IT roles, challenges of scaling-up companies, building world-class operational teams and managing strategic partnerships on the global stage. Before joining Kacific he spent a decade working for language technology solutions, Appen Butler Hill, helping take it from start-up to a global leadership position. As Senior Vice President Operations, he led project teams in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia. Prior to that he worked for Altran Europe, providing project management and infrastructure optimization services to Philips, Solvay Group, BASE, Sud Presse and British Telecom. He holds an eMBA from the AGSM and two master degrees, including a telecommunications engineering degree from a French grande ecole, Telecom Sud Paris.
Co-Founder & CEO, Cloud Security Alliance, USA
For many years, Jim Reavis has worked in the information security industry as an entrepreneur, writer, speaker, technologist and business strategist. Jim’s innovative thinking about emerging security trends have been published and presented widely throughout the industry and have influenced many. Jim is helping shape the future of information security and related technology industries as co-founder, CEO and driving force of the Cloud Security Alliance. Jim has been named as one of the Top 10 cloud computing leaders by SearchCloudComputing.com. Jim is the President of Reavis Consulting Group, LLC, where he advises security companies, governments, large enterprises and other organizations on the implications of new trends such as Cloud, Mobility, Internet of Things and how to take advantage of them. Jim founded SecurityPortal, the Internet’s largest website devoted to information security in 1998, and guided it until a successful exit in 2000. Jim has been an advisor on the launch of many industry ventures that have achieved a successful M&A exit or IPO. Jim is widely quoted in the press and has worked with hundreds of corporations on their information security strategy and technology roadmap. Jim has a background in networking technologies, marketing, product management and systems integration. Jim received a B.A. in Business Administration / Computer Science from Western Washington University in 1987 and serves on WWU’s alumni board.
CEO, LeoSat Enterprises, Luxembourg
Mark Rigolle joined LeoSat as CEO in September 2015. He has 22 years of experience in the telecom and satellite sectors. Most recently he has advised satellite operators and private equity funds, as well as being a co-founder of Kacific, a promising satellite-broadband-to-the-home start-up. Previously he was CEO of O3b Networks successfully raising USD 1.2B to fund the launch of a MEO constellation of satellites that provide affordable trunking and mobile backhaul capacity in developing countries. Between 2004 and 2009 he served as Chief Financial Officer of SES. Prior to SES, Mark held various positions in Finance and Business Development at Belgacom and ABN AMRO. Mark holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Leuven, Belgium.
Managing Director, Colocation and Connectivity, Digital Realty, USA
Anthony Rossabi is Managing Director, Senior Vice President – Digital Realty Trust, where he is responsible for driving strategic development and execution of the Colocation & Connectivity line of business strategic initiatives globally. Mr. Rossabi holds BA, MBA, and JD degrees, with more than 17 years of experience in the technology and communications industries. Prior to joining The Telx Group, he started his career as an assistant District Attorney in New York City before entering the technology sector. Since entering the technology industry, Anthony has served in various capacities for BellSouth (now AT&T), and WilTel (now Level 3), focusing on product innovation, international growth strategy, and customer solutions. Later, he moved to Tata Communications, one of the largest global providers of undersea cable systems, serving as Senior Vice President, Global Carrier Solutions.
CEO & Executive Director, NEXTDC, Australia
Craig Scroggie is the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of NEXTDC, Australia’s leading Data-Centre-as-a-Service provider. Prior to becoming CEO in June 2012 Mr. Scroggie previously served on the Board as a Non-Executive Director for 18 months, including as Chairman of the Audit and Risk Management Committee. Mr. Scroggie has substantial leadership experience within the IT and telecommunications industries, having held senior positions with Symantec, Veritas Software, Computer Associates, EMC Corporation and Fujitsu. Prior to joining NEXTDC, Mr. Scroggie was Symantec’s Vice President & Managing Director in the Pacific, the company’s fastest growing region. NEXTDC has grown from a start-up in late 2010 to an ASX200 company, currently serving more than 700 customers across five cities and hosting many of the world’s leading enterprises, cloud platforms, IT and telecommunications providers. NEXTDC’s steep growth trajectory has attracted a number of accolades, including first place on the 2014 Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Australia, sixth place on the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 APAC and third place on the BRW Fast 100 list for 2015.
VP, Business Operations and Strategy, Salesforce, USA
Ryan A. Servatius is Vice President of Business Operations and Strategy at Salesforce, managing a gifted team of data scientists, technologists, bankers, and corporate strategy professionals focused on infrastructure operations and supply chain planning. Prior to this, Ryan was Director of Strategy and M&A at Microsoft leading multiple strategy engagements, acquisitions, and commercial relationships in the cloud computing and enterprise software spaces. Prior to this, he was product manager for Internet Explorer and held various business development roles in tech and telecom. Ryan is also an advisor to Harvard Business School's Digital Initiative.
VP, Business Development EMEA, Equinix, Netherlands
Mr. Shaw is a unique senior International Telecommunication Specialist who earned his post-graduate qualifications in electronics, telecommunications, business, marketing, and management, and has over 30 years of experiences in the field of technology, business development and sales. As the current Vice President of EMEA of Equinix, one of the world's largest International Business Exchange (IBX) data center and colocation provider, Mr. Shaw has rich experiences with Business Ecosystems, Cloud Services, Colocation, Data Exchange, Data Security, International Business Exchange (IBX®) Data Centers, Internet Content, and Infrastructure, Interconnection Oriented Architecture, and more. Mr. Shaw specializes particularly in the deployment of Network Service Providers into the Equinix Cloud Exchange, the collaboration with the key Cloud Providers (e.g. Amazon, Microsoft and Google), the expansion of the footprint of Network Service Providers to new markets in the Equinix Footprint, as well as the location and acquisition of new facilities in new markets. Having worked previously in Hong Kong, Johannesburg, the Middle East, and London, Mr. Shaw is currently based in Amsterdam.
Principal, Economists Incorporated, USA
Hal J. Singer is a principal at Economists Incorporated, a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute, and has served as an adjunct professor at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. Dr. Singer is co-author of The Need for Speed: A New Framework for Telecommunications Policy for the 21st Century (Brookings Press 2013), and Broadband in Europe: How Brussels Can Wire the Information Society (Kluwer/Springer Press 2005). Dr. Singer has testified before Congress on the interplay between antitrust and sector-specific regulation. His scholarship and testimony has been widely cited by courts and regulatory agencies. Although his consulting experience spans several industries, Dr. Singer has particular expertise in the media industry. He has served as consultant or testifying expert for several media companies, including Apple, AT&T, Bell Canada, Google, MASN, NFL Network, Tennis Channel, and Verizon. Dr. Singer is a frequent speaker and editorial writer. His essays have appeared in several leading newspapers and magazines. Several of his public appearances are available on C-SPAN. Dr. Singer earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from the Johns Hopkins University and a B.S. magna cum laude in economics from Tulane University.
CEO & President, Equinix, USA
Stephen M. 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, including Chief Sales Officer, President of EDS Asia-Pacific, and President of EDS Western Region. At EDS, his roles spanned sales, business development, operations, acquisition-driven integration, and the management of international growth. Mr. Smith also had a successful eight-year career in the U.S. Army where, among other roles, 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. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for NetApp, Inc. and F5 Networks, Inc.
Partner, Paul Hastings LLP, USA
Sherrese Smith is a partner in the Telecommunications, Media, and Technology (TMT), Privacy and Cybersecurity, and Internet of Things practices at Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. She is a highly regarded lawyer with significant private sector and high-level government experience in media, communications, Internet, and digital technology issues as well as privacy, security and data security issues. Prior to joining Paul Hastings, she served as Chief Counsel for Chairman Julius Genachowski at the Federal Communications Commission. In this position, she managed the overall policy agenda for the agency and developed the FCC’s positions and key messages for all media, telecommunications, and mobile policy issues and specialized in the areas of media, Internet, video, broadcast, cable, broadband, IP, mobile and wireless spectrum issues, telemarketing issues, and data privacy and security. Prior to joining the FCC in 2009, Ms. Smith was Vice President and General Counsel of Washington Post Digital.
CTO, Cloud Constellation Corporation, USA
Jeff Snyder is the CTO for Cloud Constellation Corporation and is responsible for the technical development, program management, and procurement of the SpacebeltTM satellite network which is an advanced LEO system designed to provide ultra-secure data storage services for enterprise users, globally. The fully-scalable, initial constellation of 14 satellites is planned to be launched in early 2019. The Spacebelt system will also be capable of providing telecommunications transport between regions and will ultimately provide inter-system satellite connectivity in multiple frequency bands. He has over 36 years of experience in the commercial communications satellite industry and wireless industries serving as Senior VP at XM Satellite Radio and Lightsquared and he was an executive at Worldspace and Lockheed Martin. He is also CEO of ExM Solutions, LLC, a business and technical consulting company in the satellite industry. Mr. Snyder has a BS in engineering from the University of Maryland.
CEO, Digital Realty, USA
A. William Stein (Bill) is Digital Realty’s Chief Executive Officer and serves on its Board of Directors. Under Bill’s leadership, Digital Realty has executed a series of transformational transactions that have sharpened the company’s strategic focus and significantly enhanced its product offerings. Bill has overseen a near doubling in the size of the company’s total enterprise value, as well as its recent inclusion in the S&P 500 Index. Prior to being named CEO in 2014, Bill served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Investment Officer. Bill has over thirty years of leadership experience at a wide variety of companies including GI Partners, VentureBank@PNC, TriNet Corporate Realty Trust and Westinghouse. Bill has a BA from Princeton University, a JD from the University of Pittsburgh and an MS with Distinction from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University.
President & CEO, CoreSite, USA
Paul E. Szurek is CoreSite’s President and Chief Executive Officer and has been a member of the board of directors since September 2010. Prior to assuming the President and CEO role at CoreSite, Mr. Szurek was the Chief Financial Officer of Biltmore Farms, LLC, a developer and operator of mixed-use master planned communities, since 2003. Mr. Szurek previously served as Chief Financial Officer of Security Capital Group Incorporated, a publicly traded real estate investment, development and operating company with extensive REIT engagement. At Security Capital, Mr. Szurek held a variety of roles and achieved a number of significant accomplishments, including supporting the company from its IPO, through its acquisition by GE Real Estate in 2002. Mr. Szurek received a J.D. with honors from Harvard Law School and a B.A. in Government, magna cum laude, from the University of Texas at Austin.
Director-General for International Affairs, Global ICT Strategy Bureau, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), Japan
Mr. Seiji Takagi has been Director-General for International Affairs, Global ICT Strategy Bureau at the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) since 2016. In his current position, he has led many delegations from ICT industry and has been attending many international meetings as well as negotiations in that field. Through these activities, he is promoting international cooperation with many countries and organizations in ICT field. Since joining the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) in 1987, he has been involved with trade strategy planning and trade negotiations with many countries. Before joining MIC in 2016, he served as Director General, Planning Department, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), and as Senior Trade Negotiator, Trade Policy Bureau of Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). Mr. Takagi holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Faculty of Law at the University of Tokyo, and a MBA from Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. In addition, Mr. Takagi studied as a visiting scholar at the School of International Relations at Peking University.
Editor, Disruptive.Asia, Hong Kong SAR China
John Tanner has been covering the Asia-Pacific telecoms industry since 1996. Before signing on at Disruptive.Asia, he served as Editor in Chief and Global Technology Editor for Telecom Asia. He has two degrees in telecommunications, and worked for six years in the US radio industry in various technical and advisory capacities, covering radio and satellite equipment maintenance, studio networking, news writing and production, the latter of which earned him several regional and national awards.
VP, Global Networks, Netflix, USA
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 over 80 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, Open-IX, Community IX, and Children of Bellevue.
Chief Strategy Officer, Apcera, USA
Mark Thiele’s successful career in IT spans 25 years and has focused on both operating roles and on driving cloud adoption across enterprises of all sizes. Mark has deep industry experience and extensive knowledge of the requirements of policy-driven cloud computing and drives cross-functional strategic initiatives as Chief Strategy Officer for Apcera. Prior to joining Apcera, Mark was the executive vice president of ecosystem development at Switch SUPERNAP, builders of the world’s highest-rated data centers. He is also the president and founder of Data Center Pulse, an organization created to promote best practices in the data center industry. Mark has held executive roles at HP, Gilead, VMware and Brocade and is a member of nonprofit groups including The Green Grid and Infrastructure 2.0, where he advocates for data center and cloud industry evolution.
Senior Director – Sales Engineering, Hibernia Networks, USA
Charlie Thomas is senior director, solutions engineering and customer experience at Hibernia Networks. Charlie is responsible for sales engineering in the Americas region. His team ensures the network solutions meet customer requirements. Prior to joining Hibernia Networks in 2010, Charlie was senior manager for data networking engineering at Ericsson. From 1994 to 1999, Charlie was network engineer for off-shore communications at Shell Oil. Charlie started his career at ISP, ICCC, after nine years active service in the U.S. Air Force. Hibernia Networks provides secure and diverse optical transport, Ethernet, and carrier-grade IP transit services. Hibernia Networks also offers dedicated cloud connectivity, low latency services, DTM and Hibernia CDN for seamless anytime, anywhere content delivery. Hibernia Express, Hibernia Networks’ transatlantic cable, provides the lowest latency connections available between major commercial and financial centers in North America, Europe and beyond. Hibernia Networks was acquired by GTT Communications on January 9, 2017.
VP, Comcast Technology Solutions, USA
Barry Tishgart is Vice President for Comcast Technology Solutions, a division of Comcast Cable. In this role, Tishgart oversees sales, service and product management for IP solutions at Comcast Technology Solutions, delivering solutions to hundreds of Media and Technology companies worldwide. Barry has over 22 years of experience in the wireless, cable, Internet, and telecommunications sectors in technical, sales, and marketing roles. Prior to Comcast Technology Solutions, Barry was Vice President of Internet Product Management for Comcast. Before joining Comcast in 2007, Tishgart was Vice President of Managed Services at Sprint and led enterprise sales and service functions. While at Sprint, he also led product and marketing for global data services and wireless data, and served as Director of Network Engineering. Tishgart holds a B.B.A. in Information Systems and a Master’s in Business degrees from the University of Texas at Austin.
CTO & President of Network Solutions, Zayo, USA
Jack Waters is chief technology officer (CTO) and president of Network Solutions at Zayo. In this role, he oversees global technology and network strategy and execution. He is also involved in all aspects of the business and is directly engaged with Zayo’s strategic customers, technology vendors and alliance partners. Prior to joining Zayo, Jack was CTO at Level 3 Communications, where he was focused on global network technology, architecture, engineering, process and security. He joined Level 3 in 1997 and held numerous leadership roles within the company, spanning global operations and engineering. Before joining Level 3, Jack served as an executive staff member for MCI Communications, Inc. with responsibility for network architecture, design and implementation. He was an original member of the team responsible for InternetMCI, the company’s initial Internet service. Prior to MCI, Jack served as director of engineering and operations for SURAnet, the Southeastern University Research and Academic Network. Jack serves on the FCC’s Technical Advisory Council and the board of directors for the Colorado Technology Association. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from West Virginia University and a Master’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.
COO, Telstra, Hong Kong SAR China
Darrin is a senior technology services executive with over 25 years of experience building and transforming businesses in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Europe. He has deep experience working with strategic customer and partner organisations in a wide diversity of industries, combined with a very strong track record of successfully delivering IT outsourcing and cloud based ICT Services. Darrin has most recently been the driving force behind the growth of Telstra’s Network Applications and Services business in Australia, which focuses on delivering a wide variety of integrated network based applications and services to enterprise and government customers. He successfully led the delivery of Telstra’s largest ever single customer program of work & the largest Telco managed services deal outside of the US and Europe and has experience leading large workforces of up to 7000+ people.
Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Graduate Institute of Communication Engineering, National Taiwan University, Chinese Taipei
Hung-Yu Wei received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from National Taiwan University. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Columbia University. He was a summer intern at Telcordia Applied Research in 2000 and 2001. He was with NEC Labs America from 2003 to 2005. He joined National Taiwan University in 2005. He is currently a Professor with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Graduate Institute of Communication Engineering at National Taiwan University. His research interests include broadband wireless, vehicular networking, IoT, and game theoretic models for networking. He was a consulting member of the Acts and Regulation Committee of the National Communications Commission. He actively participates in wireless communications standardization activities. He was the recipient of K. T. Li Young Researcher Award from ACM Taipei Chapter and IICM in 2012, CIEE Excellent Young Engineer Award in 2014, the NTU Excellent Teaching Award in 2008. He also received Wu Ta You Memorial Award from Ministry of Science and Technology in 2015. Currently, he is the chair of IEEE VTS Taipei Chapter.
Author, Cloudonomics and Digital Disciplines, USA
Joe Weinman is the author of Digital Disciplines: Attaining Market Leadership via the Cloud, Big Data, Social, Mobile, and the Internet of Things, the number one new release in the computer and technology industry. He is also the author of Cloudonomics: The Business Value of Cloud Computing, and the Cloud Economics editor for IEEE Cloud Computing Magazine. He has held a number of executive positions at Bell Labs, AT&T, HP, and Telx, and has been awarded 22 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.
Corporate Director, Strategic Initiatives, Google Access Team, Google Inc., USA
Richard Whitt currently is Corporate Director for Strategic Initiatives at Google Inc. As part of the Google Access organization, Rick is responsible for guiding the team’s approach to working with governmental bodies to deploy communications infrastructure globally. Previously Rick was Vice President for Global Public Policy and Government Relations with Motorola Mobility, a Google company (2012–2014), and for five years he headed up Google’s public policy team on all telecommunications issues (2007–2012). He is a 1988 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center.
Professor, Graduate School of Informatics, Kyoto University, Senior Consultant, Nomura Research Institute Ltd, and Vice Chairperson, Internet Economy WG in Keidanren, the Japan Business Federation, Japan
Dr. Yokozawa is the head professor of the Market and Organization Informatics Systems Laboratory (a joint research unit with a private IT service company, Nomura Research Institute, Ltd.), at the Graduate School of Informatics, Kyoto University. He has been participating in many study groups for regulatory and policy issues, including Ubiquitous Network Society, broadband policy, spectrum management, Internet governance, personal data protection, digital trade, Internet Governance and United Nation’s Enhanced Cooperation for Information Society. He has led the global policy discussions as the chairperson and vice chairperson in many global fora including APEC, OECD/BIAC, WITSA(the World IT Service Association) Public Policy WGs. He is also leading domestic policy strategy in Japan as the chairperson of Personal Data Protection Task Force in JISA(the Japan IT Service Industry Association), and vice chairperson of the Internet Economy WG in Keidanren(the Japan Business Federation).
VP, Information Technology & CIO, University of Hawaii, USA
As the University of Hawaii’s VP for information technology and CIO, Garret Yoshimi is responsible for UH systemwide information technology systems and services. Yoshimi provides executive leadership in collaboratively setting forth the overall vision, goals, strategies and plans for the effective and appropriate use of information technologies to advance the UH System. Yoshimi joined UH in January 2015. He previously served as the first CIO for the Hawaii Judiciary, senior technology executive for the East-West Center. Yoshimi also previously served as telecommunications manager before being promoted to director of technology infrastructure for the University of Hawai‘i. He actively represented the University of Hawaii in state and national venues as a member of EDUCAUSE, Internet2 and ACUTA. A native of Honolulu, Yoshimi earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University and a graduate certificate in telecommunications and information resource management from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Distinguished Engineer/Senior Director, Cisco Corporate Strategic Innovation Group, USA
Dr. Tao Zhang, an IEEE Fellow, is a Distinguished Engineer / Senior Director of Cisco Corporate Strategic Innovation Group. He joined Cisco in 2012 as the Chief Scientist for Smart Connected Vehicles. He is leading initiatives to create strategies, technology, and eco-systems for the Internet of Things and Fog Computing. Dr. Zhang co-founded, and is a Board Director of, the Open Fog Consortium. He is the CIO and a Board Governor of the IEEE Communications Society. He co-founded and served as a founding Board Director for the Connected Vehicle Trade Association (CVTA). Dr. Zhang holds 50+ US patents and has co-authored two books “Vehicle Safety Communications: Protocols, Security, and Privacy” (2012) and “IP-Based Next Generation Wireless Networks” (2004), published by John Wiley & Sons. Prior to Cisco, he was Chief Scientist and Director of Vehicular Networking, and Director of Mobile Networks at Telcordia Technologies (formerly Bell Communications Research or Bellcore).