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Fall 2015 Speakers

Aditya Akella headshotAditya Akella
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Aditya Akella is an Associate Professor of Computer Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Aditya’s research interests span software defined networking, big data systems, cloud computing, data center networking, and network management. He is a lead principal investigator for CloudLab, an open testbed for foundational cloud computing research. Aditya is a recipient of the IRTF Applied Networking Research Prize (2015), the SIGCOMM Rising Star Award (2014), NSF CAREER award (2008), and several best paper awards. He received his B. Tech. in Computer Science and Engineering from IIT Madras in 2000, and PhD in Computer Science from CMU in 2005.

Chalan head shotChalan Aras
Citrix – Vice President and General Manager, CloudBridge Networking, Delivery Networking Product Group

Chalan Aras leads the Citrix CloudBridge products within the Delivery Networking Group at Citrix. Aras’ background includes significant general management and product leadership roles in leading technology companies in Silicon Valley.

Aras joined Citrix from Cisco where he led the Enterprise Mobility (Wi-Fi) direction as vice president of marketing for the Wireless Networking Business Unit. Prior to Cisco, Aras was acting general manager and vice president of product management for Polycom’s Voice Communications Solutions Division, and the vice president of marketing and strategy at Ditech Networks, a mobility and interexchange carrier VoIP platforms provider. He has held other senior marketing roles at various voice and video networking startups, and started his career at IBM.

Lucien Avramov HeadshotLucien Avramov
Cisco – Principal Engineer

Lucien Avramov is a Principal Engineer at Cisco. Lucien specializes in the Nexus data center portfolio and the ACI. Lucien designs datacenter networks worldwide, and has a wide experience in switch architectures, QoS, ultra-low latency networks, high-performance computing designs, and OpenStack. Lucien is a distinguished Cisco Live speaker and former TAC technical leader. He has several industry certifications, authors RFCs at IETF, and owns an active patent. Lucien holds a master’s degree in Computer Science and a bachelor’s degree in General Engineering from Ecole des Mines d’Ales, France. In his spare time, Lucien can be found hiking, biking, running marathons around the world, and on Twitter @flying91.

Hansang Bae headshotHansang Bae
Riverbed – Chief Technology Officer 

Hansang Bae is Chief Technology Officer at Riverbed Technology, responsible for guiding Company’s technology vision and strategy in the application performance industry, as well as SteelScript (open APIs) and Wireshark open source development. In his tenure with the company, Bae has held several executive positions including Chief Scientist leading the Strategic Technology Group of the CTO office and the Global Consulting Engineering team.  Prior to joining Riverbed, Bae was a member of the Citi (Citigroup) Architecture and Technology Engineering leadership team.  As one of the six global engineering leads, he was responsible for performance engineering, network management (NMS) tools, and capacity planning groups for all of Citi.

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Michel Boulay
FMLogistic – Expert Network Engineer 

Michel Boulay has been in the IT business for 15 years. Starting with an system and network engineer diploma from ITIN. Michel became Network Engineer at FMlogistic, an international logistic company, and accomplished achievements in many complex network projects. In 2004 Michel was promoted network expert. Michel created it’s own IT services business Informasites in 2004 in addition of his formal job, and successfully sold it 4 years after. Michel is now senior network IT and network architect for FMlogistic group. He had big involvement in steelheads developments through the RAAP for 3 years, and helped to solve a lot of RiOS and SCC bugs and proposed many features that was accepted and implemented.

Maxime Bugat HeadshotMaxime Bugat
Deloitte LLP – Senior Manager, Regional Network Services

Maxime Bugat oversees the strategic direction of the IT infrastructure of Deloitte’s U.S. practice offices and also operates Deloitte’s global network. He provides vision and leadership for the operation, development and deployment of IT infrastructure technologies in the areas of networking (e.g., WAN, switching, routing, WiFi, WOC), cellular enhancement, field computing (server, system and storage) and UPS.

Maxime joined Deloitte almost 20 years ago. One of his first projects was to migrate from NetWare 3.11 to version 4. He has held a variety of different roles at Deloitte prior to his current position and also received ITIL and PMP certifications during his tenure.

Before joining Deloitte, Maxime worked as a consultant for a professional services firm in France where he initially developed electronic cards for PCs and Macs. He then switched to cabling, networking and systems. Maxime holds a Masters degree in engineering from EFREI (Engineering School of Information and Digital Technologies –

Maxime grew up in Thomery, France, a bucolic town with 2,500 inhabitants located 50 miles southeast of Paris. He completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Paris and moved to the U.S. with his American wife in 1996. Maxime has two daughters, a tween and a teen, who keep him on his toes.

John Burns HeadshotJohn Burns
Wells Fargo – Principal Network Architect

John Burns is a network engineer and architect with over 20 years’ experience in designing and deploying large scale networks at financial institutions including First Union, Wachovia, Bank of America and Wells Fargo. He currently is the principal network architect within the infrastructure architecture team at Wells Fargo, which includes his role as lead architect for IPv6. He holds CCIE #2357, and has served on the Cisco IPv6 Deployment Council and Enterprise Technical Advisory Board, and the IEEE Communications Quality and Reliability working group.

Martin Casado HeadshotMartin Casado
VMware – SVP and General Manager, Networking and Security Business Unit

Martin Casado is a VMware Fellow, and Senior Vice President and General Manager, Networking and Security Business Unit at VMware. He joined VMware in 2012, when the company acquired Nicira, of which he was co-founder and Chief Technology Officer.

Martin received his PhD from Stanford University in 2007 where his dissertation work led to the creation of the software-defined networking (SDN) movement, and laid the foundation for the new paradigm of network virtualization. He received his Masters from Stanford University in 2005. While at Stanford, Martin co-founded Illuminics Systems, an IP analytics company, which was acquired by Quova Inc. in 2006.

Prior to attending Stanford, Martin held a research position at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where he worked on network security in the information operations assurance center (IOAC). Martin has been recognized as one of the industry’s leading innovators, and has been featured as one of Business Insider’s “50 Most Powerful People in Enterprise Tech,” Forbes’ “Next Gen Innovators,” and Silicon Valley’s Business Journal’s “Silicon Valley 40 Under 40.” In 2013, Martin was also honored with the Grace Murray Hopper Award as Outstanding Young Computer Professional of the Year.

Christos Christou headshotChris Christou 
Booz Allen Hamilton – Principal/Director, Secure Cloud and SDN

Chris Christou leads IT infrastructure projects for Booz Allen clients, including those related to network engineering, cloud/data center infrastructure, unified communications, and SDN. For Booz Allen’s Secure Cloud offerings, Chris led engineering efforts to implement a suite of integrated security products that protect applications and data hosted in both on-premises and commercial cloud environments. Chris leads Booz Allen’s SDN initiatives that engineered capabilities to help our clients integrate new SDN-based products into their networks. Booz Allen integrated SDN capabilities into an open source Cloud Orchestration tool (codename: Jellyfish) that enables the automated provisioning of both computing and networking resources when deploying applications and systems in the cloud. Prior to joining Booz Allen, Chris was a network engineer at UUNet and Mitretek systems and led a software development project for Hughes STX. Chris holds a M.S. in Telecommunications and a Graduate Certificate in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland (College Park) Clark School of Engineering.

UnknownMichael Clark
Exceptional Leaders International – Partner

Michael Clark has worked in large enterprise computing for over 25 years, first in operations and engineering, and for the past decade in architecture and strategy. He began his career in network and server platform engineering at Bausch & Lomb, where he was instrumental in developing B&L’s global network infrastructure and in launching their first website.
Mike then moved on to Fidelity Investments, where he ultimately took on management of desktop and server operations for Fidelity’s Retail Operations group, merged 19 technology support organizations across the U.S. into 1, and ran network and telecom operations for the Boston region. He spent his final 5 years at Fidelity in the Enterprise Architecture group focused on various platform infrastructure initiatives, including leading the effort to develop a unified server strategy for the firm.
Mike has spent the last 5 years engaged in global professional services activities. He recently became a Partner at Exceptional Leaders International, where his focus is on working with mid-market companies, many of them private-equity owned, to synchronize their business imperatives and technology strategies. He has deep experience in global networking and cloud implementations.
Now Boston-based, Mike hails from Canada, where he received his undergraduate education at The University of Western Ontario. He has since done graduate work at both Brandeis and Harvard.
In his spare time Mike enjoys photography, traveling, and digital audio recording.

Comer_photoDr. Douglas Comer
Purdue University – Professor of Computer Science

Dr. Douglas E. Comer is a Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at Purdue University. Formerly, he served as VP of Research at Cisco Systems. As a member of the original IAB, he participated in early work on the Internet, and is internationally recognized as an authority on TCP/IP protocols and Internet technologies.

Dr. Comer has written a series of best-selling technical books on Computer Networks, Internets, Operating Systems, and Computer Architecture. His 3-volume Internetworking series is cited as an authoritative work on Internet protocols and technologies. Dr. Comer’s books have been translated into 16 languages, and are used in industry and academia in many countries.

Dr. Comer consults for industry, and has lectured to thousands of professional engineers and students around the world. For twenty years he was editor-in-chief of the journal Software – Practice and Experience. He is a Fellow of the ACM and the recipient of numerous teaching awards.

John Curran headshotJohn Curran
ARIN – President and CEO

John Curran is the President and CEO of the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN), responsible for leading the organization in its mission of managing the distribution of Internet number resources in its geographic region. He was also a founder of ARIN and served as its Chairman from inception through early 2009.

John’s experience in the Internet industry includes serving as CTO and COO for ServerVault, which provides highly secure, fully managed infrastructure solutions for sensitive federal government and commercial applications. Prior to this, he was CTO for XO Communications, and was integral in leading the organization’s technical initiatives, network architecture, and design of leading-edge capabilities built into the company’s nationwide network. Mr. Curran also served as CTO for BBN/GTE Internetworking, where he was responsible for the organization’s strategic technology direction. He led BBN’s technical evolution from one of the earliest Internet Service Providers through its growth and eventual acquisition by GTE.

He has also been an active participant in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), having both co-chaired the IETF Operations and Network Management Area and served as a member of the IPng (IPv6) Directorate.

dempseyHeidi Dempsey 
Raytheon BBN Technologies – Senior Technical Scientist, and GENI Project Office Operations & Integration Director

Heidi is the Operations & Integration Director for the GENI Project Office and and a Senior Technical Scientist at Raytheon BBN Technologies. She has been active in communications networking for more than 25 years.   She was hardware project manager for BBN’s first commercial IP router and was a project manager and engineer on the Terrestrial Wideband Network, the Defense Simulation Internet, the UK FatPipe, and other networks that served both research and government communities. As a Director at Internet service provider Genuity (a BBN spin-off) until 2000, Heidi led development and fielding of new technologies. She was responsible for creating multiple advanced services, including Genuity’s first managed VPN service, named best in industry by Network Computing magazine.

Chris DrumgooleChris Drumgoole
GE – Chief Operating Officer, Global Operations CoreTech

Chris Drumgoole is GE’s Chief Operating Officer – IT. In this role, he leads the company’s IT Infrastructure teams globally, responsible for the successful operation of the IT systems supporting all of GE’s business units around the world. Additionally he leads GE’s enterprise and industrial cloud strategy, including the company’s provider and application transition to the cloud as well as the company’s infrastructure supporting the Industrial Internet and Internet of Things.

Chris has a proven reputation for transforming enterprise IT infrastructure, operating models and services delivery frameworks.

He joined GE from Verizon Terremark, where he served as Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of Global Operations with responsibilities including data center commissioning and operations, service delivery, product development, as well as cloud computing operations across the enterprise. He also has over 15 years of technology and financial services experience, including design and architecture work for large retail trading platforms, high-traffic consumer Web properties, and computing/storage grids, having held leadership and technologist positions with the Toronto Dominion Bank, IBM, MasterCard International, Cable & Wireless, and Exodus/Savvis. Chris studied Information Systems at Pace University in New York. He and his family currently reside in Connecticut.

Kenneth Duda headshotKen Duda
Arista Networks – CTO & SVP Software Engineering

Kenneth Duda is a pioneer of advanced networking software and is the lead architect of Arista Networks EOS, a stateful modular operating system for all Arista Networks products. He is also co-author of the IETF’s VXLAN specification. From 2005 to 2008, Ken was also the Acting President of Arista Networks.

Prior to joining Arista Networks, Ken was the CTO at, where he played a lead role in designing a real-time 3-D distributed system that scaled to thousands of simultaneous users. Ken was also the first employee of Granite Systems and led the software development effort for the Catalyst 4000 product line after the acquisition by Cisco.

Ken holds three engineering degrees from MIT and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University.

Mike Elmore pictureMike Elmore
Cigna – IT Senior Director, Enterprise Network Engineering

Mike Elmore leads the Global Enterprise Network Engineering organization at Cigna – a Global Health Insurance and Health Services Company. In this capacity, he is accountable for all data networking, voice/unified communications, video, contact center, and instrumentation supporting 35,000+ employee’s operating in 30 countries, with $32B+ in revenue.

With over 14 years of experience in telecommunications architecture, engineering and operations, Mike has driven insourcing and outsourcing initiatives, managed large enterprise data and voice networks, contact center technologies and network security infrastructures. He has developed and led numerous large strategic initiatives, as a dynamic leader with a proven track record building and managing effective organizations, leveraging innovative technologies and approaches to drive quality up and cost down in large enterprises.

Prior to Cigna, Mike worked as a Solution Architect for Cisco, where he supported a large Fortune 10 financial institution and led the technical sales strategy across multiple technology domains.

In 2003, Mike joined United Health Care Group (a Fortune 25 Health Insurance Company), where he architected the next generation data network and led the Global Network Design and Planning team. He executed a three year strategic roadmap for network services yielding $100M in annual run rate savings, leveraging elastic IP technologies, convergence and insourced the engineering and operations components. Mike also built an offshore capability, driving operational efficiencies for the network support organization.

PAGE 2 - Pablo HeadshotPablo Espinosa
Intuit – Director of Network Engineering

As Director of Network Engineering, Pablo Espinosa oversees Strategy, Architecture, Engineering, and Operations at Inuit. Previously, Pablo was responsible for Network Architecture, engineering and design across a global footprint of production, non-production and test environments at Gap Inc. He’s responsible for developing a network infrastructure roadmap, enterprise network strategy and network technology adoption plans. His organization leverages convergence of voice/video, security and data into a unified network infrastructure that enables the Brands (Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Outlet, GID (e-commerce), Athleta and Piperlime to explore new technologies, scale and adapt to future privacy and security requirements.

Mr. Espinosa partners with Capacity and Performance engineering peers for network resource optimization, resolution of production issues and on-going maintenance of application and systems. His group works closely with infrastructure service delivery to delegate and prioritize portfolio initiatives. His group is responsible for design and delivery of network infrastructure disaster recovery that meet Tier 1 conforming requirements and network security infrastructure services that meet all security and privacy requirements.

Mr. Espinosa is responsible for the management of Network Infrastructure Fiscal Planning portfolio, Operating Costs and Capital expenditures and decisions of Network Infrastructure and services for outsourcing providers and vendor management.

Nick Feamster HeadshotNick Feamster
Princeton University – Professor, Computer Science Department

Nick Feamster is a professor in the Computer Science Department at Princeton University. Before joining the faculty at Princeton, he was a professor in the School of Computer Science at Georgia Tech. He received his Ph.D. in Computer science from MIT in 2005, and his S.B. and M.Eng. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 2000 and 2001, respectively. His research focuses on many aspects of computer networking and networked systems, with a focus on network operations, network security, and censorship-resistant communication systems. In December 2008, he received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) for his contributions to cybersecurity, notably spam filtering. His honors include the Technology Review 35 “Top Young Innovators Under 35” award, the ACM SIGCOMM Rising Star Award, a Sloan Research Fellowship, the NSF CAREER award, the IBM Faculty Fellowship, the IRTF Applied Networking Research Prize, and award papers at the SIGCOMM Internet Measurement Conference (measuring Web performance bottlenecks), SIGCOMM (network-level behavior of spammers), the NSDI conference (fault detection in router configuration), Usenix Security (circumventing web censorship using Infranet), and Usenix Security (web cookie analysis).

Tom Gaughan headshotTom Gaughan
Fivesky – Managing Member

Tom is a Managing Member at Fivesky, an infrastructure consultancy and solution provider, where he is responsible for sales and business development. After graduating from Boston College with a degree in Accounting, Tom started his career in sales at IBM and subsequently moved on to more entrepreneurial roles including building and selling a network and security services firm/VAR. In a career that has spanned selling from the mainframe to the network edge, Tom has always focused on developing services solutions that truly solve Client problems including infrastructure transformation, outsourcing and insourcing. At Fivesky, Tom joins friend and founder Reza Pourkhomami to build a services business committed to innovation, delivering open, best of breed solutions and executing around the needs of the large enterprise on a global scale.

Simon Gibson_webSimon Gibson
Gigamon – Fellow Security Architect 

Simon Gibson is a Fellow Security Architect at Gigamon. He provides direction and roadmaps for the product that secures applications that secure the Internet.

Simon has been working on Internet infrastructure for nearly 20 years. From small ISP’s , to developing streaming media technology at AOL/Time Warner and working on hardware accelerated appliances with Extreme Networks for WinAmp/Shoutcast. Simon was a Systems Architect at Verisign

Prior to Gigamon Simon led the Information Security Group at Bloomberg LP. in New York and was their CISO from 2008 to 2013.

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University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign – Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science

Brighten Godfrey is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Co-Founder and CEO of Veriflow Systems. He received his Ph.D. at UC Berkeley in 2009, and his B.S. at Carnegie Mellon University in 2002. His research interests lie in the design of networked systems, network verification, and algorithms. He is a winner of the ACM SIGCOMM Rising Star Award (2015), the UIUC Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research (2015), the Sloan Research Fellowship (2014), an Internet2 Innovative Application Award (2013), the  National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2012), and several best paper awards.  He was a Beckman Fellow at the UIUC Center for Advanced Study in 2014-2015, and served as program committee co-chair of ACM HotNets 2014 and the Symposium on SDN Research (2016).

Vishal Goradia headshotVishal Goradia
Gap – Director, Technology

Vishal recently joined Gap in late 2015 after stints at Restoration Hardware and Xerox. In his current role, he’s shepherding Gap’s Network Infrastructure as it relates to WAN, supply chain, and data centers. Dedicated to helping Gap achieve its digital transformation and to lay the foundation for the next set of technology services, he is responsible for global architecture, roadmap, strategy and building an engineering team that will be deliver enhanced network/infrastructure services.

Vishal’s current focus is on building the next generation of data centers and WAN, including network automation and Orchestration. This also includes hybrid, private and public clouds, OpenStack running our production environment and continuation of our SD WAN deployment and execution of our roadmap in addition to partnering with our cloud automation team to identify our PaaS and IaaS strategy.

Prior to Gap, Vishal managed Network Engineering, Architecture and Strategy at Restoration Hardware with ownership of service delivery of RH’s Network and Telecom services for all of their retail, supply chain, corporate and data center locations.

Prior to moving to San Francisco Bay Area, he spent more than a decade at Xerox in multiple engineering and management positons with the most recent managing the corporate network infrastructure supporting global data centers, 400+ branch offices and campuses supporting > 130,000 users in addition to program management of a managed service provider and developing technology strategies/roadmaps to meet it’s strategic near and long-term business objectives.

Vishal holds both an MBA in Finance and Economics from Simon Business school (university of Rochester) and MS in Information Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Jeff GrayJeff Gray
Glue Networks – Chief Executive Officer

Jeff Gray is a thought leader in the field of Next-Gen Cloud Based Networking. His mission is to help customers do more with less while positively touching the lives of others around him. Jeff has helped numerous companies develop and execute their strategic vision. Jeff has worked closely with Cisco Systems, VMware, HP, and Panduit on next-generation data center and cloud computing initiatives. Jeff was the former VP Business Development of Yelofin Networks, a hybrid Virtual Network Operator where he was responsible for US operations. A former executive of networking and telecom spin-offs of Cisco Systems and E.ON Energie, he also worked on strategic network initiatives of power utilities throughout the US and Europe developing network and smart grid strategies and architectures. Jeff developed Deutsche Bank’s global e-Commerce strategy for the transaction bank and helped design and build several Deutsche Bank funded technology companies. Jeff has lived and worked in California, New York, Germany, Sweden, Norway, the UK, and holds a BA from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Jeff currently serves on the Board of Leaders of the Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership of John F. Kennedy University. Jeff enjoys ski racing Far West Masters on weekends, surfing, golf, weight lifting, running, and backpacking.

Cliff GrossnerCliff Grossner
IHS Technology Group – Research Director

Dr. Cliff Grossner is a Research Director within the IHS Technology group. He joined IHS in December 2014, when IHS acquired Infonetics Research—a premier global communications technology market research firm. He has more than 25 years of telecommunications industry experience. As a directing analyst at Infonetics, he led the firm’s data center, cloud and SDN research coverage. His specialties include Ethernet switching, WAN optimization and application delivery control (ADC) equipment; fibre channel switching, and converged data center networking; off-premises cloud services, infrastructure as a service (IaaS), cloud as a service (CaaS), platform as a service (PaaS) and software as a service (SaaS); and software-defined networking including SDN-capable physical and virtual switching, bare metal switching, SDN controllers and orchestration software, and SDN-capable applications. A recognized though leader, he is frequently quoted in Light Reading, FierceTelecom, eWeek, Network Computing and Lightwave Online. Prior to Infonetics, Dr. Grossner headed strategic marketing for Alcatel-Lucent’s enterprise network business unit. He also held a range of senior positions at Bell Labs, Sesame Networks, NewStep Networks and Nortel. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy at McGill University, and his Master of Science in Computer Science at Concordia University, both in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He holds multiple patents in computer networking, networking embedde

Eric HanselmanEric Hanselman
451 Research – Chief Analyst

Eric is the Chief Analyst at 451 Research and coordinates industry analysis across the broad portfolio of 451 research disciplines, with an extensive, hands-on understanding of a range of subject areas, including networks, virtualization, security and semiconductors and their intersection in areas such as SDN/NFV, hyperconvergence and the Internet of Things. Eric helps 451 Research’s clients navigate these turbulent waters and capitalize on potential outcomes. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a VMware Certified Professional (VCP), and is a frequent speaker at leading industry events.

Brian HedstromBrian Hedstrom
Datavision – Senior Consultant

Brian is a communications architect and consultant. He provides independent consulting services to industries including telecommunications and cable in the areas of service and network management, operations, business process and workflow management, information and data modeling, OSS/BSS interface definitions, standards and specification development, and back-office automation. Brian joined Datavision in May of 2014 as a Senior Consultant. In addition to Datavision, he is the lead OSS/BSS architect for the Metro Ethernet Forum. He held a prior position at CableLabs for Business and Operational Support Systems. In this role, he was leading the development of network management and operational interface specifications, information models and data models for the Cable Industry. In this capacity he was also leading the Management Market Focus Group within the Metro Ethernet Forum and served as one of the Technical Editors. Brian also has participated in the TeleManagement Forum in representing and advancing cable technology initiatives. He led the architecture and development of Network and Element Management Systems for a small telecom equipment provider in Boulder CO as well as held various software engineering roles within Motorola. Brian received a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wyoming and a master’s degree in Telecommunications from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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Daniel Hertzberg
PNC Financial Services – Lead Infrastructure Engineer

Daniel leads infrastructure engineering services for network, virtualization and storage technologies within PNC financial services.  As a young 10 year veteran of the IT field Daniel has worked for large enterprises, financial institutions and services providers.  Daniel is currently working towards the software defined data center approach.  Daniel holds two CCIE’s #37401, multiple VMware certifications and studied at the University of Pittsburgh.

Tim HockinTim Hockin
Google – Senior Staff Software Engineer

Tim Hockin is a Senior Staff Software Engineer at Google, where he works primarily on the Kubernetes cluster management system. He is responsible for storage and networking in Kubernetes, among other things. Before Kubernetes he worked on Google’s internal cluster systems, Borg and Omega, and before that we worked in Google’s Platforms team doing machine and datacenter bringup and management.

Ryan IzardRyan Izard
Clemson University – PhD Student and Graduate Research Assistant

Ryan Izard received his B.S. degree in Computer Engineering from Clemson University in 2012. Since 2012, he has been pursuing his Ph.D. degree in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Clemson University. He is a research and engineering intern with Big Switch Networks in Santa Clara, CA where he leads the development of the open source Floodlight OpenFlow controller project. He has worked on NSF GENI projects since 2011, where he has been a lead developer of SDN-based projects including vertical handover, content delivery, high-throughput data transfer, and network services. His current research interests include computer networks, wireless networking, SDN and OpenFlow, heterogeneous networks, mobile networking applications, and future Internet architecture. Ryan is a student member of the IEEE.

Zeus Kerravala headshotZeus Kerravala
ZK Research – Principal Analyst
Zeus Kerravala is the founder and principal analyst with ZK Research. Kerravala provides a mix of tactical advice to help his clients in the current business climate and long term strategic advice. Kerravala provides research and advice to the following constituents: End user IT and network managers, vendors of IT hardware, software and services, resellers of technology and the financial community looking to invest in the companies he covers.

Tobi Knaup HeadshotTobias Knaup
Mesosphere – CTO and Co-Founder

Tobi Knaup is the CTO and Co-Founder of Mesosphere, a startup that is building a data center operating system based on Apache Mesos, to support the next generation of large scale distributed applications. He was one of the first engineers and engineering leaders at Airbnb. At Airbnb, he wrote large parts of the infrastructure including the search and fraud prediction services. He helped scale the site to millions of users and build a world class engineering team. Tobi is the main author of Marathon, an Apache Mesos framework for managing long-running services.

John Kohlwey HeadshotJohn Kohlwey
Verizon Communications – Associate Director of Intelligent Networking and Emerging Technology Development 

Mr. Kohlwey is currently the Associate Director of Intelligent Networking and Emerging Technology Development for Verizon Communications. In this role, Mr. Kohlwey is responsible for leading an organization that is responsible for providing Subject Matter Technical Officer (SMTO) support for all IP Communication Services and underlying technologies within Verizon. This would include MPLS, 802.11, Mobility, SDN, Cloud and Security. Mr. Kohlwey also has in-direct responsibility for leading the development of custom product solutions and associated end-to-end operational support

Prior to this assignment, Mr. Kohlwey has held various positions of increasing responsibilities centered on providing Advanced Engineering Support to the Public and Private Sector and various internal organizations within Verizon.

Mr. Kohlwey has been with Verizon Communications for 16 years. Prior to joining Verizon Communications, Mr. Kohlwey was a Principal Architect for Liz Claiborne Inc. in North Bergen, NJ.

Mr. Kohlwey resides in Charlotte, NC with his wife and children. He is an active volunteer within multiple for youth programs in and around Charlotte.

Aryo Kresnadi pictureAryo Kresnadi
FedEx – Chief Engineer/Principal

Aryo Kresnadi is Chief Engineer for FedEx Enterprise Network Architecture, responsible for setting network architecture guideline, future and solution for FedEx Global Enterprise Network supporting all FedEx information movement to ensure on time delivery for all FedEx packages. In the last 8 years, Aryo has been focusing in the Data Center Architecture, including designing and building FedEx Enterprise Data Center.

Joining FedEx in 1998, Aryo has been involved in Network Operation Center, network management system and architecture, network compliance (SOX/PCI) area, ITIL process and Network WAN/LAN/DC design, deployment and architecture.

Aryo holds Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) from The Ohio State University and Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) from University of Pittsburgh. Aryo currently based in Collierville, TN, the home of FedEx World Technology Center.

Andy-Executive-Photo-SquareAndrew Kulawiak
Bank of America – SVP, IT Architecture Executive 

Andy Kulawiak has over 19 years working in the banking and financial services industry. He joined Bank of America in July of 2014 and is responsible for global architecture and engineering of the firms Data Network and Cyber Security infrastructure. Andy came to Bank of America from Morgan Stanley where he served as Global Head of Voice and Data Architecture and successfully led the banks global network transformation program and Data Center consolidation strategy.  Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Andy held Senior Technical Leadership roles at Goldman Sachs, Cantor Fitzgerald and Bankers Trust.

Jim Kyriannis headshot Jim Kyriannis 
New York University – Program Director, Technology Architecture

Jim Kyriannis has been working in the IT industry for over two decades, having served on several boards and working groups across a broad range of technologies. His portfolio of experience spans numerous IT fields, including enterprise networking, global WAN, data center, servers, large-scale application architectures and HA strategies.

David Larkin headshotDavid Larkin
Cigna – Director, Enterprise Data and Security Network Engineering 

Dave Larkin is the IT Architecture Director for the Infrastructure Services Group at Cigna, a leading global health services provider. In this role, he leads the Data and Security Enterprise Network Engineering teams, including domestic and international data centers and remote site connectivity. He is accountable for network and security architecture strategy, standards based designs, infrastructure roadmaps, reducing costs and increasing business value via successful exploration and implementations of new and innovative technologies. By translating customer challenges and opportunities into technical and business requirements, Dave and his team build and effectively communicate the value proposition of improved end to end solutions.

Prior to joining Cigna, he was a Principle Solutions Architect at Verizon Business supporting development and recommendations of strategic technical solutions and services to critical Top 5 accounts. Dave holds a B.S. in Applied Information Technology from Saint Mary’s University.

Dave is driven to identify and propose specific strategies, initiatives, and remedies, necessary to align technology infrastructure with corporate objectives. He is focused on data and security network engineering operational excellence.

Greg LavenderGreg Lavender
Citigroup – CTO, Citigroup Cloud Architecture and Infrastructure Engineering

Greg Lavender came to Citi from Cisco Systems, where he was the Corporate VP of Network Software Engineering. Greg led Cisco’s global engineering organization in several key efforts, including their platform independent networking protocol software and next generation virtualized embedding network OS.

Prior to Cisco, Greg spent 10 years at Sun Microsystems and then Oracle, serving as Senior Director of Software Engineering and then as Vice President of Engineering for Solaris. He was responsible for development of OpenSolaris and the Solaris 11 Operating System, including the Solaris Kernel, Networking, Infiniband, Virtualization, application runtime environment, as well as high performance computing technologies, cloud computing, and low latency high bandwidth data center networking and storage technology. He also served as CTO for the Network Identity, Messaging and Portal Software Division for the Sun Open Networking Environment.

Prior to Sun, Greg cofounded two successful Internet software venture, ISODE Inc, and Critical Angle, Inc. At ISODE and Critical Angle, Greg pioneered the X.500 and LDAP directory protocols and implemented high-end multiprocessor network servers using Internet and OSI protocols. As Chief Scientist, he commercialized early LDAPv3 directory servers, proxy servers, and SDKs. Critical Angle was acquired by Innosoft International, which in turn was acquired by Sun Microsystems.

Greg has an M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Virginia Tech. He has also worked as a Networking Research Scientist and Computer Science Professor conducting advanced R&D on virtual machine architectures, network protocols, and distributed systems. He began his career in the early 1980s implementing TCP/IP and other early Internet protocols on IBM VM/CMS and MVS mainframes, BSD Unix minicomputers, Sun/DEC workstations, and specialized network processors.

ernest.lefner@bankofamerica.comErnest Lefner
ONUG – Co-Founder and Co-Chairman 
Bank of America – SVP Architecture & Engineering Executive

Ernest is responsible for building internal infrastructure at Bank of America to deliver greater flexibility and optimize the company’s data center enabling IT to better support the company’s business goals.

Ernest co-founded ONUG with Nick Lippis after realizing that the user community needed to take control of their own destiny and expedite the network transformation. At the time he was VP of the Internetwork Engineering organization at Fidelity Investments and under his leadership Fidelity hosted the first ONUG in Boston in February 2013.

A 12-year veteran of Fidelity, Ernest was responsible for leading the team that engineered world class network, security, and application delivery services driving value to the customer beyond infrastructure management. Ernest also managed the Network and Voice service portfolio as well as Global Network Operations LAN/WAN teams and has held various technical and leadership roles.

Nick LippisNick Lippis
ONUG – Co-founder and Co-chairman

Nick Lippis is an authority on corporate computer networking. He has designed some for the largest computer networks in the world. He has advised many Global 2000 firms on network strategy, architecture, equipment, services and implementation including Hughes Aerospace, Barclays Bank, Kaiser Permanente, Eastman Kodak Company, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Liberty Mutual, Schering-Plough, Sprint, WorldCom, Cisco Systems, Nortel Networks and a wide range of other equipment suppliers and service providers.

Mr. Lippis is uniquely positioned to comment, analyze and observe computer networking industry trends and developments. At Lippis Enterprises, Inc., Nick works with entrepreneurs evaluating new business opportunities in enterprise networking and serves as an independent investor and advisor.

Boon Thau LooDr. Boon Thau Loo
University of Pennsylvania – Associate Professor, Computer and Information Science Department

Boon Thau Loo is an Associate Professor in the Computer and Information Science (CIS) department at the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a secondary appointment in the Electrical and Systems Engineering (ESE) department. He is also the CIS Masters Chair, overseeing all masters programs within the CIS department, and Director of the Master of Science in Engineering in CIS program. He received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley in 2006. Prior to his Ph.D, he received his M.S. degree from Stanford University in 2000, and his B.S. degree with highest honors from UC Berkeley in 1999. His research focuses on distributed data management systems, Internet-scale query processing, and the application of data-centric techniques and formal methods to the design, analysis and implementation of networked systems. He was awarded the 2006 David J. Sakrison Memorial Prize for the most outstanding dissertation research in the Department of EECS at UC Berkeley, and the 2007 ACM SIGMOD Dissertation Award. He is a recipient of the NSF CAREER award (2009) and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Young Investigator Award (2012). He has published 100+ peer reviewed publications and has supervised 7 Ph.D dissertations. His graduated Ph.D. students include 3 tenure-track faculty members and winners of 3 dissertation awards.

Scott LoweScott Lowe
VMware – Engineering Architect; IT Blogger and Speaker

Scott Lowe is a blogger, speaker, best-selling author, and IT industry veteran. He focuses his time and efforts on open source, cloud computing, virtualization, networking, and related data center technologies.

Scott regularly shares technical content and insight on his blog at Currently, he works for VMware, Inc., on the NSX team

Rita MartyRita Marty
AT&T – Executive Director, Mobility and Cloud Security, Chief Security Office

Rita currently serves as an Executive Director with AT&T Chief Security Office. Rita has 15 years of experience and has held various positions in AT&T.

In her current role, Rita is responsible for developing the security architecture and security platform for Mobility and Cloud as well as Emerging Services including M2M, Industrial Internet, Connected Car, etc. She is driving the secrity ecosystem transformation to software-enabled architecture to support AT&T’s Integrated Cloud Platform.

Rita served as a member of the CTO Technology Council chartered to provide technology thought leadership for AT&T and the partner community that makes up AT&T Technology Ecosystem. She led strategic initiative to accelerate innovation through internal rapid development efforts and focused industry collaborations.

In her previous role, Rita was responsible for defining the target architecture for AT&T’s Mobility Network and driving innovation and optimization in key Mobility growth areas. She also led various service development teams focused on design, development, and deployment of AT&T’s Global Network in Europe and Asia Pacific serving multi-national enterprise customers. She also led the planning, development, and operations for the 2000 Sydney Olympics broadcast on NBC.

Rita earned BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University. She received an MBA in Finance from Rutgers University. She is a graduate of the AT&T Accelerated Development Program and the AT&T Leading with Distinction Leadership Program.

In addition to her technical contribution, Rita is an advocate in fostering the development of women in science and engineering. She served on the board of Woman of AT&T South Jersey Chapter as a Public Relations Officer. She continues to mentor woman in engineering and science and sponsors various events to recruit children to science, technology, and engineering, and math (STEM) fields.

Rita was a guest speaker at AT&T’s Annual 2014 Cyber Security Conference and IEEE Globecom 2014. She was also featured in Forbes Magazine to highlight key transformation initiatives in AT&T.

CarlosMatosCarlos Matos
Fidelity Investments – Director, Global Network Architecture

Carlos has been with Fidelity for 15 years in multiple areas including Operations, Engineering, and Architecture. Currently as Director of Global Network Architecture, in addition of being the Architect for the External infrastructure (Internet and Extranet), he leads the emerging technologies, (NSV/NFV) Network Service/Function Virtualization, and (SDN) Software Define Networking Programs.

Carlos has been the Network Architect for the Click-to-Compute private cloud project from its inception, overseeing the entire design, automation of network Services, and creation of Network self-service offerings. He was also part of the group who designed the Next generation data center, next generation firewall, NG monitoring projects among many others.

While taking a leave from Fidelity to later return,  he worked as a Chief Architect as part of the Divx Professional Services group,  consulting, designing, and deploying  video over IP and Content Delivery Networks for Fortune 100 Companies.

Prior to Fidelity Carlos worked for The Venezuelan Revenue Service, and Verizon Wireless as Chief Internal Auditor among other positions.

He has a bachelor degree in Business, and Management of Information Systems from the University JMV, Venezuela, and an MS in telecommunications and Data Networks from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Conrad MenezesConrad Menezes
Bank of America – SVP Architecture and Engineering Executive

Conrad Menezes brings over 20 years of global experience to Bank of America where he is Senior Vice President, Architecture & Engineering Executive. Conrad has successfully engineered and led large scale voice & data network transformations helping companies achieve significant operational cost savings and business competitiveness; leading with vision and innovative design, open standards systems/protocols, re-engineering and strategic sourcing. He has a proven track record of developing and executing on business focused IT strategies, eliminating traditional and converged network complexities, simplifying and securing networks commensurate with high levels of efficiency, scalability, availability, performance, breach resistance and information security/regulatory compliance.

Prior to joining Bank of America, Conrad served as Vice President, Network & Information Security at Sears Holdings, where he led the network & information security program and practice, modernizing and transforming the company wide telecom, network & information security infrastructure. In this position, he led strategic planning, engineering, operations support and compliance across all sears retail formats and subsidiaries. Prior to Sears, he provided data center, network and information security consulting to Fortune 1000 and private firms. Conrad has held a number of IT leadership positions over the years, in his last position at American Express he was Vice President, Technologies Integrator with the Technology Strategy & Operations Group, leading the global network strategy, architecture, standards and engineering for voice, data, and information security across all bank, card and travel business units.

Conrad holds a B.E. degree in Electronics & Telecommunications from Jawaharlal Nehru Engineering College, India and a M.S.E.E. degree from The University of Toledo, Ohio, and is the author and co-author of several engineering and research publications. He has presented at several industry leading CIO/CISO networking and security conferences and serves on the advisory board at a number of technology firms.

PatrickMoorheadPatrick Moorhead
Moor Insights & Strategy – Founder, President, and Principal Analyst

Moor Insights & Strategy is a unique technology industry analyst and disruptive strategy firm dedicated to advising, researching, problem-solving, and communicating at the ecosystem intersections inside and between the client, infrastructure and content. Ecosystems include the hardware, software, content, and services required to deliver a holistic solution.

Recognized by clients, the media, and analyst peers as experts in software defined products, server architecture, networking, datacenters, hyperscale architectures, and the Internet of Things, Moor Insights & Strategy  brings executive experience in marketing, research, strategy, and product management to help clients solve their most difficult problems.

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Silver Peak – Director of Product Management

Rolf Muralt is Director of Product Management for Silver Peak, leading the overall Software Defined-WAN product strategy and roadmap. Prior to Silver Peak, Rolf drove product management at Pluribus Networks pioneering the network hypervisor and hyper-converged server-switch architecture. He also held product management roles for Cisco’s UCS server and ASR edge router platforms. Rolf started his career as part of the Stanford team that built the first terabit switch chipset. He has advised on virtual private cloud and SDN strategy, most recently for

Rolf holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Stanford University and an MBA from UBC.

Glenn Odonnell headshotGlenn O’Donnell
Forrester Research – Vice President and Research Director

Glenn leverages his 35 years of technology industry experience to serve Infrastructure and Operations professionals. He is widely regarded as a top thought leader in service design, infrastructure, cloud, automation, service management, operations, and the broader social implications of technology evolution. Glenn leads the research team focused on service design, including data center infrastructure and cloud computing. He is the coauthor of The CMDB Imperative, the definitive book on how to plan, prepare, develop, model, capture, and leverage a strategy and system for technology configuration information.

Prior to joining Forrester, Glenn was a major force in transforming EMC’s resource management software business, as a marketing lead and strategic contributor. He is also a former analyst at META Group, where he covered IT Operations and management software. Most of Glenn’s career encompassed two decades in various companies within the Bell System, including Western Electric, Bell Labs, AT&T, and finally, Lucent Technologies, where he held increasingly influential roles in technology development, IT operations, and enterprise architecture.

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Gap Inc. – Network Architect and SD-WAN Subject Matter Expert

Snehal Patel is a Network Architect and SD WAN Subject Matter Expert at Gap Inc. He leads the design and deployment of WAN architectures at Gap Inc.’s more than 3,000 stores, corporate offices and distribution centers. Snehal also participates in the architecture and designs Gap Inc.’s retail and e-commerce data centers. Snehal plays a key role in all the network-related POC at Gap Inc. He collaborates regularly with network vendors, business partners and the operations team.

Snehal has been at Gap Inc. for more than three years. Recently, he has been at the forefront of Gap Inc.’s retail and corporate SD WAN deployment with Viptela. He holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Engineering from San Jose State University with a specialization in Network Systems. Prior to joining Gap Inc., Snehal was a Network Operations engineer at Yahoo for about three years. Snehal regularly goes to meet-ups and tries to remain up-to-date on the latest technology trends, like SD WAN, data center SDN and cloud technologies.

Lane PattersonLane Patterson
Symantec – VP of Global Network

After serving in many roles in telecom and Internet companies, Lane Patterson joined Symantec in 2014 and is currently Vice President of Global Network. Prior to joining Symantec, Lane was Chief Network Architect at Equinix. Before that, Lane was Director of IP Network Management Systems for Global Crossing, Inc. where he supported a global IP backbone and first generation content distribution centers. At Metropolitan Fiber Systems, he lead operations of mid-Atlantic Frame Relay, ATM, and related data networking services, as well as the MAE-East Internet exchange point during the first wave of commercial ISP growth. Lane has a deep background in the technologies related to telecommunications, Internet routing, and data center computing infrastructure.

Lane received a B.A. in Physics from Cornell University and an M.S. in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University.

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Credit Suisse – Vice President, Infrastructure Architecture and Strategy Team

Vesko Pehlivanov is a Vice President in the Infrastructure Architecture and Strategy team at Credit Suisse. Credit Suisse Group is a leading financial services company, advising companies, institutional clients and high-net-worth private clients worldwide, as well as retail clients in Switzerland, in all aspects of finance across the globe.

Vesko joined Credit Suisse in July 2010 as an Infrastructure Architect responsible for network and network security strategy and architecture across a global footprint of production, non-production and test environments. In this role, he evaluates emerging technologies and companies in the software defined networking, network virtualization, data center and cloud networking and unified communication areas.

In addition to working closely with Credit Suisse’s engineering and operations teams, Vesko also serves as technical advisor to the Technology Investment Banking, Equity Research, and Prime Investments business units.

Vesko has an MS in Computer Science from Columbia University with concentration in Network Systems and Network Security. He is currently based in New York City.

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First Technology Federal Credit Union – Senior Director of Enterprise Architecture 

Sam Poozhikala is currently the Senior Director of Enterprise Architecture at First Technology Federal Credit Union (First Tech). First Tech is the 8th largest Credit Union in the country and the fastest growing credit union for last 3 years. At First Tech Sam initiated the Enterprise Architecture process and is currently leading multiple initiatives, including Hybrid Cloud, and creating a real time failover and DR environment on public cloud. Previous to First Tech, Sam successfully led multiple enterprise technology initiatives at MTN South Africa, VMware, Cisco Systems, among many others.

Elisabeth Rainge HeadshotElisabeth Rainge
IDC – Vice President, Communications Service Provider Operations

Elisabeth Rainge is the Research Vice President of IDC’s Communications Service Provider Operations research program. She is responsible for research into how CSPs use software-rich technology solutions to improve their efficiency, effectiveness and profitability. Key areas of research include customer experience, infrastructure transitions, business value, revenue management, business support systems (BSS) and operational support systems (OSS). She is a seasoned analyst with a strong commitment to making research useful to her clients, advising operators, end users, vendors and others on a variety of industry trends and developments.

Elisabeth rejoined IDC in 2013 after spending three years at Nokia Solutions & Networks (formerly Nokia Siemens Networks) where she led NSN’s Cloud and Enterprise Strategy initiatives, contributed to technology strategies and worked as part of the analyst relations team to drive the use of market research across the company.

In her previous tenure at IDC, Elisabeth launched the company’s Next-Generation OSS & Billing service in 2000, expanding IDC’s coverage of management of networked infrastructures and the telecommunications industry. After initiating coverage of telecom operations, she evolved coverage to examine the expanding use of IT technologies in the telecommunications industry. Elisabeth led IDC’s NGN Operations service — covering CSP operations, carrier-grade VoIP infrastructure, network management and network test and measurement — as a member of its CSP network infrastructure team from 2007 through early 2011. In addition, she led IDC’s enterprise Network Management research from 1996 to 2007.

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BlueMountain Capital – Head of Information Security 

Bala Rajagopalan is the Head of Information Security for BlueMountain Capital Management, a private investment company managing $25 billion in assets across co-mingled hedge funds and private capital vehicles, customized single-investor funds and CLOs. Rajagopalan is a technologist with in-depth domain expertise and strong leadership. In his current position he is responsible for the company’s security policies and strategy, security framework, security risk assessment, data protection and security operations. He is the former Head of Information Security for ConvergEx Group and has held various information security positions at large financial institutions including Citi, World Bank, GE Capital and Reuters India. He also serves on various advisory boards

alex ratcliffe headshotAlex Ratcliffe, 
Talari Networks – Director Technical Marketing

Alex Ratcliffe began his career working with Internet Service providers in the early 90s including UUNET technologies, before migrating to the vendor space. Alex has been involved in various technologies from routing to WAN optimization and finally to vendors in the SD-WAN space. Alex originally hails from the United Kingdom but currently resides in Northern Virginia.

Jason Rolleston
Cisco – Program Director, Technology Architecture

Jason Rolleston is the Senior Director of Product Management for Enterprise Routing at Cisco. In this role, he is the visionary responsible for helping customers transform the wide area network (WAN) and bring new value to their businesses. Jason drives product strategy across the enterprise and service provider markets for WAN routing, network functions virtualization (NFV), and converged branch network & compute infrastructure.

In 2011, Jason joined Cisco and worked in multiple areas within Enterprise Networking including Unified Communications on the integrated services router (ISR), branch office compute (UCS, E), and high-end Enterprise Routing (ASR 1k). Prior to Cisco, Jason held a variety of senior positions at Symantec Inc., including Enterprise Security, Endpoint Manaement, and Datacenter automation.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics, a Masters in Engineering Management from Cornell University, and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

When he’s not transforming the WAN, Jason enjoys traveling to tropical islands with his family, cheering for his favorite English “football” teams, and grilling up tasty treats in his backyard. Follow him on Twitter @JasonRolleston.

Stephen RosenbushSteven Rosenbush
Wall Street Journal – Bureau Chief

Steven Rosenbush is editor of CIO Journal, a digital edition of The Wall Street Journal that reports on the interplay of business and technology. He has a particular interest in the development of self-driving cars. His prior positions include telecommunications reporter at USA Today, telecommunications editor at BusinessWeek, and assistant managing editor for capital markets at Institutional Investor. He is the author of a book, Telecommunications Opportunities for Entrepreneurs. He has a bachelor’s degree in English from Wesleyan University.

Steve is also the author of CIO Journal’s popular email newsletter, The Morning Download, which you can subscribe to by clicking

Colin Ross
vArmour Networks – Senior Systems Engineer

Colin Ross, Senior Systems Engineer at vArmour Networks is a technology professional with over 23 years experience. His security focused career includes: The Royal Air Force, Nortel Networks, Crossbeam Systems, and Plexxi. Colin spent many years designing automation systems for security products, and was featured in “Test and Measurement World” magazine: “Testing Toward Secure Networks”.

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BNY Mellon – Managing Director and Head of Network Architecture

Neal is a Managing Director and Head of Network Architecture at BNY Mellon, a world-renowned leader in Investment Management and Investment Services. He has spent his career working at leading firms within the Financial Services and Financial Services Technology industries. Neal has extensive experience with designing network architectures for cloud systems, large-scale data centers, latency-optimized network fabrics, software defined networks, secure business-to-business and Internet perimeters, and advanced instrumentation tool-sets. Prior to joining BNY Mellon, Neal served as an Executive Director and Head of Network Architecture at Morgan Stanley. Previous to his time at Morgan Stanley, Neal was a Senior Vice President and Head of Network Architecture and Engineering for the Systematic Trading Infrastructure group at Citi. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from New York University and is pursuing an MBA from Fordham University.

Keith ShinnKeith Shinn
Fidelity Investments – SVP Wholesale IT, Fidelity Technology Group

Keith Shinn is Senior Vice President, Wholesale IT of Fidelity Technology Group (FTG), a division of Fidelity Investments, the largest mutual fund company in the United States, the No. 1 provider of workplace retirement savings plans and a leading online brokerage firm. Mr. Shinn joined Fidelity in Nov 1987 and is currently responsible for Wholesale IT Architecture and Strategic Services which responsibilities includes IT Strategy Network, Server, Storage, Middleware, Database, Cloud, Big Data, and development of  “Click2Compute” the Cloud services offering for Fidelity IT departments.

Mr. Shinn has over 25 years of experience in the IT and has held leadership roles at First Data Corporation, Neiman Marcus and RepublicBank. He began his technology career in 1981 with RepublicBank.

John StormJohn Storm
Morgan Stanley – Executive Director, Institutional Securities Division

John Storm is an Executive Director within Morgan Stanley’s Institutional Securities division. He is currently in the Enterprise Infrastructure CTO organization focused on architecture and long term strategy related to enterprise network connectivity including Software Defined Networking, End User/Campus and Market Data/Exchange connectivity. Before joining the CTO organization, John managed Morgan Stanley Enterprise Telecommunication’s global network architecture and engineering organizations. During his tenure at Morgan Stanley John has worked in various areas including the strategic development of future infrastructure and technologies to support very large-scale computing requirements, high performance computing, data center strategies, telecommunications and data networks. Before Morgan Stanley, Johnwas associated with the University of Utah where he served as the Assistant Director of the Utah Supercomputing Institute and later as Associate Director for the Department of Telecommunications and General Computing. John sat on the Cisco technical advisory board for six years and a past member of the US Council for Competitiveness HPC Advisory Committee. He is currently a member of Insieme’s technical advisory board. John holds a B.S. from the University of Utah with a specialty in large-scale satellite image processing.

Lakshmi SubramanianLakshminarayanan Subramanian
New York University – Associate Professor, Courant Institute

Lakshminarayanan Subramanian is an associate professor in the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at NYU. His research interests are in the areas of networked systems, big data analytics and computing for development. He co-leads the Center for Technology and Economic Development (CTED). He is a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award (2009), Facebook Faculty Award (2015), IBM Faculty Awards (2009, 2010), Google Faculty Award (2013), C.V. Ramamoorthy Award at UC Berkeley and Microsoft Research Challenge Award. He is the co-founder of Entrupy Inc. ( He received his PhD and MS from UC Berkeley and finished his B.Tech from IIT-Madras.

Gene SunGene Sun
FedEx – Vice President, Global Network and Communication Services

Gene Sun joined FedEx in 1997 as a System Analyst, focusing on the design and implementation of large-scale eCommerce and Data Warehouse applications.

In 2000, he entered into management and assumed leadership roles including Manager, Managing Director, and Vice President responsible for the creation of the first-generation FedEx pricing system that supported the global FedEx sales force as well as the entire customer base. He also led FedEx’s global Information Security and Risk Management program for four years ensuring security, brand protection, and regulatory compliance.

In his current role as Vice President of Global Network and Communication Services, Gene is accountable for:

1) Long term strategic vision and business plan for Global Network and Communication program

2) Multi-hundred million dollar budget and globally diverse organization

3) Architecture, implementation and operation of global data, voice, video, customer service/call centers and telecom infrastructure as well as social/collaboration tools/solutions

In May 2008, The ComputerWorld magazine named Gene to the “40 under 40 IT Innovators” list of the most promising IT leaders under 40 years old.

Prior to his studying and working in the United States, Gene was employed for two years in China as a sales engineer for Hewlett-Packard, China, LTD.

Gene holds both a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from The University of Memphis.

Nelson Tai photoNelson Tai
Pfizer Inc. – Senior Manager, Hosting and Connectivity Services 

Nelson Tai is a Network Engineering and Strategy lead for the Hosting and Connectivity Services group at Pfizer, the world’s largest research-based pharmaceutical company. His responsibilities have included developing and leading global initiatives for Network Technologies, WAN Optimization, Data Center and Load Balancing to meet business requirements. Nelson also held technical leadership roles in Pfizer Operations and Global Engineering and is an IT business leader and CCIE with over twenty years of experience leading or managing teams in Network Operations, Engineering and Architecture. He has worked across multiple industries including Financial Services, Service Providers, Networking and Pharmaceutical. Prior to Pfizer, Nelson held senior technical Sales positions at Cisco Systems and Predictive Systems. Nelson lives in NY with his wife and twin boys.

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Pluribus Networks – Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer

Sunay Tripathi was a Senior Distinguished Engineer for Sun Microsystems, and was the Chief Architect for Kernel/Network Virtualization in Core Solaris OS. Sunay has an extensive 20+ year software background, and was one of the top code contributors to Solaris. Sunay holds over 50 patents encompassing network and server virtualization.

Ted Turner headshotTed Turner
Intuit – Senior Network Engineer, Performance Analysis

Ted is a member of the dynamic network team at Intuit, focused on performance of networks and applications. Ted’s most recent achievement was the review and performance guidance of new business systems for Intuit including Money Finder, ACA, and a new platform to take Intuit technologies into the next decade. For the next step, Intuit (and Ted) is baking software defined networking and automation into the DNA of business operations

Samir Vaidya headshotSamir Vaidya 
Verizon – Director, Device Technology Team

Samir has over 15 years of experience in the wireless industry on both the network operator and equipment vendor sides. Currently, Samir is a Director on Verizon’s Device Technology team where he is responsible for technical relationships with major OS partners, OEM’s and app developers. As part of this role, Samir works on ensuring IPv6 is well supported on mobile devices and apps that operate on the Verizon Wireless network.

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Docker Inc – Senior Director, Networking 

Madhu Venugopal is Sr. Director of Networking at Docker Inc, where his team is responsible for bringing open networking innovation into Docker ecosystem. Prior to Docker Inc, he was the founder and CEO of Socketplane, which was acquired by Docker Inc in early 2015. Madhu is an active contributor to open source projects such as docker, libnetwork, opendaylight, openvswitch and spends his time evangelizing open networking to the developer and devops community.

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Citigroup – CitiCloud Solution Manager & Emerging Technologies, Networking and Storage Team

Harmen van der Linde is CitiGroup Solution Manager and  Senior Vice President in Citigroup’s Strategy and Emerging Technologies team, focused on networking and storage. In this role, Harmen is driving the vendor interlock for emerging networking and storage technologies. One of his key focus areas is Software Defined Networking (SDN), which is being targeted as strategic building block for Citigroup’s new data center networking infrastructure.

In addition to working closely with Citigroup network and storage engineering, Harmen also serves as technical advisor to Citi Technology Investment Banking, Equity Research, and CitiVentures.

Prior to Citi Harmen worked a Cisco Systems for 7 years where was a senior manager, leading the product management team responsible for Cisco’s Service Provider software strategy and technology roadmap. Together with his team, he covered a wide range of technologies supporting carrier network transport and services supported by the various software product lines offered by Cisco.

Prior to Cisco, Harmen worked at AT&T for 6 years where he was a district manager leading the team responsible for network management and operations planning for AT&T’s global business services network infrastructure. Before joining AT&T, Harmen worked at Bellcore for 4 years where he was a consultant focusing on network and operations management.

Harmen has an MBA in Economics and Finance from Stern NYU and an M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Twente University in the Netherlands. He is currently based in New York City.

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Cisco – Senior Vice President, Chief Architect, and CTO – Engineering

Dave is Chief Architect at Cisco Systems, responsible for architectural governance, defining strategy, development of new technology and leading use- inspired research. Working via tight partnerships with customers, partners, developers and academia he is also leading co-development and co-innovation initiatives. He has been the Routing Area Director at the IETF and chair of four Working Groups: IS-IS, HIP, BFD and Softwires and worked with the ITU-T, ONF and several Open Source consortia. David was also a Juniper Fellow and Chief Architect working on the operating system and next-generation routing systems. Dave has a small vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains, an heirloom tomato farm along the St. Croix River in Somerset, Wisconsin.

Alan Weckel HeadshotAlan Weckel
Dell’Oro Group – Vice President 

Alan Weckel joined Dell’Oro Group in early 2006 and is responsible for the Ethernet Switch market research program. Mr. Weckel participates in and oversees the research produced on the data center across the analyst team. While at the firm, Mr. Weckel has significantly expanded Dell’Oro Group’s research on the data center including deep analysis of network convergence with servers and storage systems. In addition, he has authored several Advanced Research Reports on the Ethernet Switch market and related technologies, including the impact the Cloud, SDN, and white box vendors have on the data center.

Prior to joining Dell’Oro Group, Mr. Weckel spent five years at Raytheon, where he worked as a Systems Engineer in the Network Centric Division on a variety of projects ranging from product development to integration and test. Prior to Raytheon, Mr. Weckel held positions in software development and manufacturing at General Electric Power Systems and Cisco Systems, Inc.

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Viptela – Vice President of Business Development

James Winebrenner has more than 12 years experience in global sales management, business development and technical marketing in both the security and networking industry. Most recently, he was director of sales in the financial-services division for Cisco, leading top-tier financial accounts, where he was recognized for consistently beating aggressive sales targets. Earlier, for Siegeworks, he managed the Major Accounts team serving Fortune 200 customers, and he led the transition of sales and business-development teams in the company’s merger with Fishnet Security. Before that, as vice president of consulting services for Network Presence, James played a critical role in bringing significant improvements in profitability of the security practice. Earlier, he held leadership roles in sales, business development, technical marketing with Check Point Software Technologies. He also holds a professional certification as Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Marc WoolwardMarc Woolward
vArmour – Chief Technology Officer

Marc has over 30 years of experience in mission and software-defined critical networks. Marc joined vArmour as CTO, EMEA in December, 2014. Prior to this role he was a Technology Fellow and CTO for Networking at Goldman Sachs, and the founder and leader of the Security Working Group within the Open Networking Foundation. Earlier in his career he managed infrastructure at Cantor Fitzgerald and Coutts & Co. Marc has over a decade’s worth of experience of architecting and implementing datacenter software automation, and private cloud architectures.

James YounanJames Younan
UBS – Director, Infrastructure Research and Development

James Younan works within UBS’s CTO organization in the IT Research and Development group. He currently runs an engineering lab where his role is the evaluation of strategic technologies spanning multiple disciplines including network, compute, and storage. His current focus is in enterprise utility or “cloud” space including system and network virtualization, monitoring, storage. His expertise spans advanced systems architecture, network architecture, network applications and development in a wide range of sectors including financial services, brokerage, hedge funds and telecoms. He has cutting-edge, hands-on experience in high-speed low-latency networking. He is also an expert in HPC environments used for financial modeling and advanced mathematical systems.

Prior to joining UBS, Jim worked as a Senior Architect/Engineer in the Research and Strategy team in Bank of America / Merrill Lynch where he was responsible for defining the firm’s internal cloud architecture, contributing to the firm’s overall storage strategy, and engineering the firm’s electronic trading platform. James also designed a branch architecture for Merrill’s International Private Client group including branches distributed throughout the world. He has also worked as a Senior Systems Engineer at JP Morgan Chase, Smith Barney, AT&T Wireless Services, ADP and Goldman Sachs.

James studied at DeVry Institute, Woodbridge, New Jersey.