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Spring 2015 Speakers

Najam AhmadNajam Ahmad
Facebook – Vice President, Network Engineering

A Vice President of engineering at Facebook, Najam Ahmad oversees all aspects of the development and operation of a global network infrastructure that serves more than a billion people around the world.

Prior to joining Facebook, Najam was the general manager of global networking services at Microsoft. In that role, he was responsible for the overall architecture, implementation, and operations of Microsoft’s global online network. Najam’s other experience includes management and engineering roles at MCI/UUNET and Netrix Corporation.

Najam holds an MS in telecommunication protocols and computer science from The George Washington University and a BE in Electrical Engineering from the NED University of Engineering and Technology.


Alex Benik
Battery Ventures – Partner

Alex is a partner at Battery Ventures, a venture-capital firm that invests globally in cutting-edge, category-defining businesses at stages ranging from seed to growth and private equity.  Alex focuses on investments in infrastructure technologies for enterprises, data centers, and wired/wireless-service providers.  He is also the firm’s focal point for relationships with technologists and end users at Fortune 1000 companies and large, web-scale operators. Alex is particularly interested in the challenges of building web-scale, data-center networks and distributed computing and storage systems.

During his tenure at Battery, Alex has been involved with investments including Anobit Technologies (acquired by Apple), MaxLinear (NYSE: MXL), Optichron (acquired by Netlogic), Veraz Networks (NASDAQ: VRAZ), VSS Monitoring (acquired by Danaher), and ZeroG Wireless (acquired by Microchip). He is currently involved with Battery’s investments in AppDynamics, Cask, Catchpoint, Cumulus Networks, Diablo Technologies, GuardiCore, Interana, Nutanix, Primary Data and Stratoscale.  Alex was named one of the top cloud-infrastructure investors by Gigaom.

Prior to joining Battery in 2001, Alex was an analyst at The Yankee Group, where he conducted market research and consulted on data communications. While in this position, he executed strategic marketing and competitive analysis for clients including major networking-equipment vendors and service providers. Alex earned a BA in government from Wesleyan University, which has not prevented him from impersonating an engineer in his professional life.

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Duke University – Assistant Professor, Computer Science Department

Dr. Benson is an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department of Duke University.  His research group focuses on solving practical networking and systems problems, with a focus on Software Defined Networking, data centers, clouds, and configuration management.  In addition to serving regularly on several conference committees, he currently serves as the chair for the workshop on hot topics for Middleboxes (HotMIddleboxes 2015). In Oct 2014, he received the Yahoo! ACE Award, a prestigious award granted to top five first and second year faculty nationally, for his contributions to the field of data center performance diagnosis. His honors include IBM Fellowships, a Yahoo Faculty Engagement Award, and award papers at SIGCOMM internet Measurement Conference and SIGCOMM Workshop: research on enterprise networking.


Bhaskar Bhupalam

Avni – Founding Architect

Bhaskar is Founding architect for Avni, focusing on cloud network services and analytics. Avni’s software defined cloud is industry’s first application & network services platform providing end to end lifecycle management across multiple clouds. See
Before Avni, he was Principal Engineer with Cisco Systems in cloud video and cellular mobile technology groups contributing to many successful and highly scalable products including Videoscape Service Broker, Mobile Gateways LTE, GGSN, PDSN, Content Services Gateway. Overall, he has 20 years of experience in cloud, networking, and distributed embedded systems. He also holds 23+ patents issued and pending.

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Avi Networks – Vice President, Products

Guru is the Vice President of Products at Avi Networks, where he helped define the product, drove initial customer development, product messaging, and technical partnerships. Prior to joining Avi, Guru was an investor at Lightspeed Venture Partners, where he focused on networking, security, cloud, data analytics, and infrastructure management. Before his work with LSVP, Guru was the Director of Product Management at Cisco Systems for the Unified Computing System product line – a multi-billion dollar business for Cisco. Guru joined the UCS team before it shipped, helped define the product strategy and roadmaps, and was instrumental in ramping UCS traction. Before his time at Cisco, Guru held operational roles at Nuova Systems (acquired by Cisco Sytems), and Tropos Networks (acquired by ABB). An alumnus of Harvard Business School and Purdue University, Guru holds several patents in networking.

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Battery Ventures – Technical Fellow

Adrian Cockcroft has had a long career working at the leading edge of technology. He’s always been fascinated by what comes next, and he writes and speaks extensively on a range of subjects. At Battery, he advises the firm and its portfolio companies about technology issues and also assists with deal sourcing and due diligence.

Before joining Battery, Adrian helped lead Netflix’s migration to a large scale, highly available public-cloud architecture and the open sourcing of the cloud-native NetflixOSS platform. Prior to that at Netflix he managed a team working on personalization algorithms and service-oriented refactoring.

Adrian was a founding member of eBay Research Labs, developing advanced mobile applications and even building his own homebrew phone, years before iPhone and Android launched. As a distinguished engineer at Sun Microsystems he wrote the best-selling “Sun Performance and Tuning” book and was chief architect for High Performance Technical Computing.

He graduated from The City University, London with a Bsc in Applied Physics and Electronics, and was named one of the top leaders in Cloud Computing in 2011 and 2012 by SearchCloudComputing magazine. He can usually be found on Twitter @adrianco.

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Forsythe – Senior Director, Network and Workspace Solutions

Cook is a senior director for Forsythe’s network and workspace business. In this role, Cook is responsible for helping Forsythe clients with their network and workspace initiatives. He has more than 15 years of experience in information technology, having worked at Cisco and Avaya (formerly Lucent Technologies). At Cisco, he worked in various roles, including leading the national partner team for the eastern United States

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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.

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Gap, Inc. – Director, Network Infrastructure

Pablo Espinosa is 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.

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Princeton University – Professor

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).

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Big Switch Networks – Founder 

Kyle is the founder of Big Switch Networks, and at different times has led the Product, Marketing, Business Development and Sales organizations. As company founder, he has raised over $50m in venture capital and recruited the company’s management team and CEO. He led the initial product design efforts, and then led sales and business development teams as the company signed its first four million dollar customers and partners. Kyle later led the marketing team through a brand re-build in 2014, culminating in the launch of the company’s flagship product, Big Cloud Fabric. He currently serves as a board member and founder-at-large, working on projects of strategic interest to the company with key customers and partners. Prior to Big Switch, Kyle spent most of his career at Cisco in product management and strategy roles. He holds six patents in SDN, wireless networking and security, a BSE in Electrical Engineering from Princeton, an MS in Computer Science and an MBS from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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Ansible, Inc. – CTO and Co-Founder

Tim is a co-founder and the CTO of Ansible, Inc., one of the fastest-growing and most popular open source IT automation tools. Tim has more than 10 years of experience in IT infrastructure and systems management, including running the sales engineering team at Eucalyptus, the private cloud computing platform acquired by HP. He was one of the first engineers at rPath, an early and groundbreaking company in the software appliance market, later acquired by SAS. Tim holds a degree in Information Technology Management from the University of Minnesota, and lives in Durham, North Carolina.

Screen Shot 2015-04-07 at 2.15.44 PMCharles Giancarlo
Silver Lake Partners – Senior Advisor

Charles Giancarlo joined Silver Lake in 2007 and has been a Senior Advisor since 2014. Mr. Giancarlo has over 25 years of experience in the communications industry. Mr. Giancarlo was interim CEO of Avaya in 2008 and is currently chairman of the board. Mr. Giancarlo serves on the board of Vantage and previously served on the boards of Skype and Mercury Payment Systems. He also currently serves on the board of Accenture. A senior executive at Cisco Systems from 1993-2007, Mr. Giancarlo most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer of Cisco and President of Cisco-Linksys, leading the company’s overall product operating activities. As Chief Development Officer, Mr. Giancarlo directed the activities of half of Cisco’s employees, and was directly responsible for Cisco’s expansion into a large number of new markets and technologies. His first position at Cisco was Vice President of Business Development, where he developed Cisco’s merger and acquisition strategy and practice. Prior to Cisco, Mr. Giancarlo founded or was an early executive in several successful startups including Kalpana, the inventor of the Ethernet Switch, which was later sold to Cisco. Mr. Giancarlo holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Brown University, an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and an M.B.A. from Harvard University. Mr. Giancarlo currently serves on the advisory board for the UC Berkeley School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

KeithGillum_PhotoKeith Gillum
Talari – Solutions Architect

Keith Gillum is a Solution Architect at Talari and a member of the ONUG SD-WAN working group. Keith has held positions in solution architecture, product management and sales engineering for a prestigious list of networking companies, including F5 Networks, Silver Peak, Orbitaldata and Infoblox. Over the last four years he has helped grow Talari’s customer base and oversaw a period of rapid growth in the sales engineering team. In his current role at Talari, Keith helps Talari customers and partners understand software defined architecture and design networks that can transition from legacy infrastructure to full SDN.

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Ixia – Chief Innovation Officer

Errol leads IxiaLabs and is Ixia’s chief innovation officer, where he focuses on engineering advances aimed at encouraging organic growth in new product areas. He also works closely with the Ixia management team in evaluating new market opportunities and potential acquisitions and performing early due diligence on potential acquisitions. 

Errol brings more than 25 years’ experience in the communications industry, with broad expertise in the design, development, and successful commercial marketing of technologies for the Internet and distributed networking community.

Errol Ginsberg founded Ixia in 1997, and took it from a startup to a multi-hundred million dollar public company with almost 2,000 employees that is a highly recognized leader in end-to-end network performance and security visibility and test. He served as its president from 1997 to 2000, and its president and CEO from 2000 to 2007. From the early days of Ixia’s founding, Errol Ginsberg has helped shape the IP communications testing industry. A visionary leader, Errol has overseen many of Ixia’s innovations, including 10/25/40/100G and recently 400G Ethernet. He was instrumental in establishing Ixia as the leading company providing test equipment and test methodologies for all kinds of network technologies such as SDN software and equipment, routers, switches, security appliances, load balancers, LTE wireless base stations and WiFi access points and devices. His drive and vision helped forge Ixia into its current position as the market leader.

Errol became chairman of the Ixia board of directors in January 2008.

Outside of Ixia, Errol is actively involved in several startup companies as an angel investor and serves on the board of directors with one of these startups.  In addition, he also serves on the board of directors of a nonprofit organization.

Errol holds a BSEE from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa.

KevinGlavin_PhotoKevin Glavin
Riverbed – Technical Director, CTO Office & SteelHead Engineering

Within the Riverbed CTO office, Kevin supports cross-product initiatives, strategy and standardization for advanced networking topics, engaging with Riverbed customers on aligning their strategic requirements with Riverbed strategic plans. Kevin is active in the ONF, IETF and ETSI NFV. Within Riverbed SteelHead engineering, Kevin drives requirements and technical direction for feature development on the SteelHead product in the areas of cloud, network integration, and hybrid networking. Prior to Riverbed, Kevin was CTO & co-founder of Shenick Network Systems, which provides voice, video and data test solutions. During his 25 years in industry, Kevin has worked on systems and solutions development across a wide variety of networking technologies for both service provider and enterprise networks. Kevin holds a Bachelor degree in Electronic Engineering from University of Limerick.

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University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

PP. Brighten Godfrey is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his Ph.D. at UC Berkeley in May 2009, and his B.S. at Carnegie Mellon University in 2002. His research interests lie in the design of networked systems and algorithms. He is a winner of the Sloan Research Fellowship (2014), the  National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2012), an Internet2 Innovative Application Award (2013), and paper awards from the IEEE Communications Society & Information Theory Society, the IEEE Communications Society Data Storage Technical Committee, and ACM HotSDN (2012 and 2014).  He is a Beckman Fellow at the UIUC Center for Advanced Study in 2014-2015, was program committee co-chair of ACM HotNets 2014.

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Texas A&M University – Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science & Engineering

Dr. Guofei Gu is an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering at Texas A&M University (TAMU). Before coming to Texas A&M, he received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology. His research interests are in network and system security, such as Internet malware analysis/detection/defense, software-defined networking (SDN/OpenFlow) security, web and social network security, mobile and Android security, and intrusion/anomaly detection. Dr. Gu is a recipient of 2010 NSF CAREER Award, 2013 AFOSR Young Investigator Award, 2010 IEEE Symposium on Security & Privacy (S&P’10) Best Student Paper Award, and a Google Faculty Research Award. He is currently directing the SUCCESS (Secure Communication and Computer Systems) Lab at TAMU.

Graeme HayGraeme Hay

Until recently, Graeme Hay was a Managing Director and Technical Fellow of Credit Suisse leading the Infrastructure Architecture, Strategy and Innovation function as Chief Architect and a member of the CIO’s management team. In that role, he was responsible for architecture, design and investment prioritization across a broad portfolio of projects including Cloud Computing, Open Networking, Mobile Computing and so-called Big Data. Graeme has more than 20 years of experience in diverse global IT roles at JPMorgan Chase and Computer Sciences Corporation, including application operations, infrastructure services, grid computing, system engineering and strategic initiatives. He attended Imperial College London and holds both bachelors and masters degrees in Software Engineering.

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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Silver Peak Systems – Founder, CEO, and Chairman of the Board

David Hughes launched Silver Peak Systems in 2004 after a year as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Benchmark Capital. From 2000 to 2002, Hughes was a vice president and general manager at BlueLeaf Networks, where he led a team developing a unique network switching and transmission system. From 1996 to 2000, Hughes held several positions at Cisco Systems, including director of system architecture for the BPX and MGX product lines, and was senior director of product management for the Multi-Service Switching Business Unit.  Prior to Cisco, Hughes was a key engineering contributor at StrataCom, an early pioneer in frame relay and ATM equipment which was acquired by Cisco in 1996. Before StrataCom, David worked as an engineer for BNR Japan/Northern Telecom Japan Inc. Hughes has been awarded more than 40 patents in areas including data acceleration, packet switching, control and scheduling algorithms. Hughes earned his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Wollongong University, Australia, and holds a BE in Electrical Engineering from Auckland University, New Zealand.

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Aryo 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.

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Viptela – CEO and Co-Founder

Amir Khan is a CEO and co-founder of Viptela – a Sequoia-funded startup focused on Software-Defined Networking. He has more than 20 years of networking industry experience with Cisco, Juniper Networks and others. Amir has built market-leading products and played a direct role in designing network architectures for Fortune 500 enterprises and Global Tier-1 Service Providers. Over his career, Amir has contributed to the transformation of networking through several innovation cycles, and is now championing the Software-Defined Networking movement for the WAN.

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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.

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National Security Agency – Technical Director for Enterprise Connectivity & Specialized IT Services

As Technical Director for Enterprise Connectivity & Specialized IT Services at the National Security Agency (NSA), Bryan Larish is responsible for setting the technical direction of the development and operation of NSA’s global network infrastructure.

Prior to joining NSA, Bryan worked in the Chief Engineer’s office at the U.S. Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR).  In that role, he was responsible for implementing engineering techniques used to manage, architect, and plan the U.S. Navy’s communications/IT systems portfolio.  Bryan’s other experience includes Technical Director for Navy engineering policy and various engineering roles at SPAWAR.

Bryan holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in electrical and computer engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a B.S.E. in electrical engineering from Arizona State University.

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.

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Versa Networks – VP Products

Darrell is responsible for Marketing, Product Strategy & Product Management. Darrell brings a strong background in guiding teams in the delivery of industry leading solutions in high growth technology markets. Prior to Versa, he led Aerohive Network’s Cloud & Applications products. Darrell was also the GM for Blue Coat Systems Security and Carrier Infrastructure Products, where he led the definition, development, and delivery of the company’s main revenue generating enterprise security solutions and carrier/service provider web caching products. Before Blue Coat, Darrell held management positions in Systems Engineering and Business Development with Novell and was a senior consultant/analyst for Accenture. Darrell has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Ixia – Lead Technologist, Product Management Team

Pierre Lynch has been working in the network testing industry since the beginning of his 20 year career. Pierre is a Lead technologist in the Product Management team, and is responsible for representing Ixia at industry forums and standards definition organizations (SDOs) relating to virtualization and mobility. He has been with Ixia since 2006, when he helped start and then guided the development of the  wireless core network testing product line. He has acquired a deep understanding of the customer testing needs for all elements and features of UMTS/HSPA and LTE, and translates them into requirements for the development team. He is in constant contact with all of Ixia’s largest customers, and understands their test plans and methods, in addition to updating them on Ixia plans. He has been the Ixia representative for the industry forums GCF (Global Certification Forum), IMS Forum, MSF (Multi-Service Forum) and currently, the Small Cell Forum, ETSI NFV ISG, ONUG and OPNFV. Before Ixia, Pierre gained experience as a product manager, and systems and test engineer with Catapult Communications, Tekelec and Ericsson. He holds a bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering, and a bachelors degree in Applied Computer Science.

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DeepStorage Labs – Founder and Chief Scientist

Howard Marks is the Founder and Chief Scientist at DeepStorage, LLC an independent test lab and analyst firm specializing on data storage, virtualization and data center networking. Before founding DeepStorage Howard was a New York based consultant for over 30 years helping organizations including BBDO, SUNY Purchase and the Foxwoods Resort Casino solve their IT infrastructure problems.

An entertaining and energetic speaker Howard speaks regularly at industry events including Storage Decisions, Interop, SNW and Microsoft’s TechEd. He has written three books and hundreds of articles on networking and storage technologies. He currently writes a column/blog at

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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.

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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.

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HP – Senior Director and Chief Technologist of Open Source Networking

Kyle is a Senior Director and Chief Technologist of Open Source Networking at HP. He is also the OpenStack Neutron PTL, a core reviewer for the Neutron project in OpenStack, as well as a committer on the OVSDB project in OpenDaylight. He works primarily on open source projects including OpenStack, Open vSwitch, OpenDaylight and libvirt. He is the founder of the Minnesota OpenStack Meetup. Kyle has been writing systems software for more than 15 years. Kyle lives with his wife and family in Minnesota.

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Akanda Inc. – Chief Technical Officer

Mark McClain is the Chief Technical Officer of Akanda Inc, a member of the OpenStack Technical Committee and a core reviewer for several teams (Neutron, Requirements and Stable). Mark was the Program Technical Lead for the OpenStack Networking during the Havana and Icehouse cycles. In addition to his technical work, Mark is co-organizer of the Atlanta OpenStack Meetup group and frequent speaker on OpenStack. Formerly of DreamHost and Yahoo!, he has 15 years of software development experience.

Zakir Mohideen
Visa – Chief Security Architect

Zakir is a Chief Security Architect at Visa, primarily responsible for developing security solutions for their global network. Zakir has held various positions throughout his career where he designed, implemented and supported large enterprise networks. As a Network Architect at Visa, Zakir lead large production deployments in WAN, Campus and Data Center. In the same role, he was involved in development of network architecture blueprinte and strategic roadmaps. Prior to joining Visa, Zakir was a Sr. Network Consultant for Corliant Inc (now Accenture) where he helped Technology, Financial and Education firms deploy next-generation solutions that positively impacted Customer’s business.

Zakir holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics Engineering (BE) from Bangalore University, Master of Science in Information Systems and Management from University of Phoenix and several industry certifications including CCIE, CISSP, ITIL Expert.

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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 Masters degree in Computer Science from Stanford University and an MBA from UBC.

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Applied Communication Sciences (ACS) – Fellow and Chief Scientist, Information Assurance and Security Department 

Sanjai Narain is a Fellow and Chief Scientist in Information Assurance and Security Department at Applied Communication Sciences (ACS). ACS was earlier called Telcordia Research and Bellcore Applied Research. Since 2006, he has led the Science of Configuration project with continuous funding from major government agencies, and in collaboration with Princeton. He holds six issued patents. He has served on editorial boards and program committees of IEEE, USENIX, and ACM journals, conferences, and workshops. In 1990, he joined Bellcore where he developed SONET, ATM, and DSL network management tools. From 1981 to 1990 he worked at RAND Corporation where he developed technologies to reason about discrete-event simulation models. His formal training is in mathematical logic, programming languages, and electrical engineering. He obtained a B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of technology, New Delhi in 1979, and M.S. in Computer Science from Syracuse University in 1981, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from UCLA in 1988. He studied logic with Professor Alonzo Church at UCLA. For more information, see

Viraj Parekh
Verizon – Director, Product and New Business Initiatives, Managed and Hybrid Solutions

Viraj leads product management for Verizon’s global managed services and hybrid networking solutions for the enterprise marketplace. Verizon’s managed services practice helps organizations achieve high availability and performance from their networking infrastructure, and includes a range of monitoring, management and outsourcing services.

As part of Verizon’s Product and New Busienss Innovation, Viraj directs the strategy to define requirements for the next generation of managed networking platforms, which includes software defined WAN, networking function virtualizations and application intelligence and analytics.

Prior to joining Verizon, Viraj has held multiple strategic and leadership roles in IBM, AT&T and most recently at Virtela.

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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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JPMorgan Chase – Executive Director and Engineer Lead

Michael Payne leads the Network Strategy team for the Global Network Services organization at JPMorgan Chase. 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. He works closely with teams in the Investment Bank and Chief Information Office in driving the innovation agenda within JPMorgan Chase.

Prior to JPMorgan Chase, Mr. Payne joined Cisco Systems in 2000 to develop financial services solutions for the Asia Pacific region. He transitioned to the U.S. market in early 2003 and assumed global responsibility in 2004 as the Financial Services Segment Executive for global industry solutions in Worldwide Enterprise Marketing.

Before joining Cisco, he was a manager in Andersen Consulting’s Internet and Media Technologies practice. During his five years with Andersen Consulting (now known as Accenture), Mr. Payne developed and implemented several Internet and e-commerce systems for large global financial institutions in Australia, Singapore, and Malaysia.

He has a bachelor’s degree in business majoring in marketing from the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia. Mr. Payne is based in California, United States.

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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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Viptela – VP of Product Management 

Ramesh Prabagaran is VP of Product Management and Marketing at Viptela, a provider of Software-Defined WAN technology. He is a veteran of the networking industry and played a direct role in the architecture of large enterprise and Global Tier-1 service provider networks. Previously, at Juniper Networks he delivered several groundbreaking enterprise routing products to market.

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Brown University – Ph.D. Student

Jeff Rasley is a third-year Ph.D. student at Brown University advised by Rodrigo Fonseca. He completed his undergrad at the University of Washington and is primarily interested in networks, distributed systems, and security.

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Gigamon – Vice President of Product Line Management

Ananda Rajagopal is currently Vice President of Product Line Management at Gigamon, where he is responsible for all aspects of Gigamon’s product strategy including the definition, positioning, promotion and lifecycle management of Gigamon’s entire product portfolio. Prior to Gigamon, Ananda was with Brocade (previously Foundry Networks), where he was most recently VP Product Management & Strategy, leading their Service Provider and Data Center Routing business. At Brocade/Foundry, he spearheaded initiatives in network visibility, 100Gb and the industry’s first commercial SDN/OpenFlow solution. Before Foundry Networks, Ananda was with Ascend Communications, subsequently acquired by Lucent Technologies, where he led Software, Quality and Pre-Sales Engineering teams, and was responsible for the industry’s first IP-DSLAM product together with early deployments of IPTV. He started his career with Wipro in Bangalore, one of the world’s largest IT outsourcing/staffing consultancies, where he consulted for clients such as Cisco, Sun Microsystems and AT&T. Ananda holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of Mysore, India, a Master of Engineering degree from IIT, Kanpur, India and received his MBA in Technology Management from Santa Clara University.

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Avi Networks – Analytics Architect

Gaurav Rastogi is Analytics Architect at Avi Networks. The Avi Networks Cloud Application Delivery Platform (CADP) brings the benefits of hyperscale application delivery to every enterprise, at any scale. At Avi Networks, he works on inline machine learning based analytics to provide insights about end-user experience, application performance, infrastructure resources and health. He has developed predictive analytics based innovative solutions to autoscale and identify anomalies in cloud applications.

Prior to Avi Networks he was Sr. Engineering Manager at Adobe where he led Adobe Primetime Publishing Services team to build SaaS based solutions for video monetization for large media companies. He has more than 10 years of software development experience in distributed systems and networking platform including High TPS and I/O intensive Video Streaming servers, IP and Storage Networking. He has MS in Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He received his undergraduate (B.Tech) degree from Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur.

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Cisco – Vice President, Enterprise Infrastructure and Solutions 

Jeff Reed is Vice President for Cisco’s Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions Group. In this role, he is responsible for evolving the business strategy and driving innovative solutions for customers, across the data center and campus and branch routing, switching and wireless architectures. Reed also oversees the vision, engineering and go-to-market activities for SDN applications and infrastructure.

Formerly Reed led the product management and software development teams. Prior to this role, Reed served as VP and GM for Cisco’s Unified Access Group, Cisco’s largest switching business unit. Reed joined Cisco from Symantec Corporation, where he held senior positions in product development and alliances and business development.  Reed led product management for the Storage Foundation business unit, ran Strategic Alliances and Business Development for Symantec’s Enterprise Product Group and was general manager for Symantec’s Clustered Storage product line.

Reed holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering (with distinction) and an M.B.A, both from Stanford University.

When Reed is not focused on SDN disruption, he enjoys traveling with his family and watching the Golden State Warriors eclipse the 50-win mark. You can find Reed on Linked In and Google+.

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AO Asset Management, LLC – Founder and CEO 

Currently founder and CEO of AO Asset Management LLC, a TMT hedge fund operating in New York City.   Prior to AO, Nick was a founding member of Andor Capital Management where he was a portfolio manager, analyst and member of the operating committee.   Nick started at Fidelity Management Company in 1995 as an analyst following communication technology stocks and managing the Select Developing Communication Fund.

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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.

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SDN Hub – Founder
Infinera – Cloud Platform Architect

Srini Seetharaman is Cloud Platform Architect at Infinera and the Founder of SDN Hub. Previously he was the Technical Lead for SDN at Deutsche Telekom Innovation Center and an early member of the OpenFlow/SDN team at Stanford, where he lead the SDN deployments in several nation-wide campus enterprise networks. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Georgia Tech.

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Big Switch Networks – Chief Technology Officer

Rob serves as the CTO for Big Switch Networks, where he spends his time internally leading software architecture and externally evangelizing SDN to customers and partners.  Rob is an active contributor to open source projects such as Switch Light and Floodlight as well as the Open Compute Project.  He was the former Chair of the ONF’s Architecture & Framework Working Group as well as vice-chair of the ONF’s Testing & Interoperability Working Group.  Rob prototyped the first OpenFlow-based network hypervisor, the “FlowVisor”, allowing production and experimental traffic to safely co-exist on the same physical network and is involved in various standards efforts and partner and customer engagements.  Rob holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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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.

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Cowen and Company – Managing Director and Senior Research Analyst

Paul Silverstein is a Managing Director and Senior Research Analyst at Cowen And Company covering data networking and wireline equipment.  Prior to joining Cowen in January 2013, Mr. Silverstein was a senior analyst in Credit Suisse’s equity research department, covering the communications infrastructure industry.  Prior to that, he was a senior analyst in equity research at Robertson Stephens and at Needham & Co.  Prior to becoming a securities analyst, Mr. Silverstein practiced corporate and securities law as an associate at Weil Gotshal & Manges and at Pryor Cashman Sherman & Flynn.  He holds an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School, a J.D. from Cornell Law School, and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.  Institutional Investor, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes Magazine and Thomson Reuters StarMine have ranked Mr. Silverstein as one of the top U.S. networking and communication equipment analysts.

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Nuage Networks – Founder and Chief Architect

Dimitri is leading the technology and architecture of the Nuage Networks Virtualized Services Platform. Before starting Nuage Networks, Dimitri was the CTO of Alcatel-Lucent Ventures and he led the Alcatel-Lucent strategy in cloud computing and NFV. He was also the CTO of the OmniAccess Nonstop Laptop Guardian, a security and compliance solution for IT organizations.

Dimitri brings a multi-disciplinary background in distributed systems, security, and networking. He has held several leading roles in Bell Labs Research, where he led a series of research programs with fundamental contributions in packet classification, traffic management, router architectures, and asset management, and was instrumental in the commercialization of these technologies.

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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.

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The Juda Group – Senior Managing Director and Lead Research Analyst 

Natarajan ‘Subu’ Subrahmanyan, CFA is a Senior Managing Director and lead research analyst for communications equipment companies at The Juda Group, a division of Concept Capital Markets. Subu’s research focuses on leading networking, security and datacenter infrastructure companies. He has been featured on the Wall Street Journal’s Best of the Street Analyst List, and ranked in the Institutional Investor polls.

Mr. Subrahmanyan joined The Juda Group in 2003 prior to which he was lead research analyst for data and optical networking companies at Goldman Sachs. He holds an MBA from Vanderbilt University and a B.S in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Anna University in Madras, India.

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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.

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Cohesive Networks – Chief Technology Officer

Chris Swan is CTO at Cohesive Networks, where he focuses on product development and product delivery. Chris was previously at UBS where he was CTO for Client Experience working on strategy and architecture for web and mobile offerings across all regions and business divisions. At UBS Chris was also co-head of Security CTO focussing on identity management, access control and data security. Chris represented UBS as a Director on the Steering Committee of the Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA), an industry association focussed on enterprise adoption of cloud computing.

Before joining UBS he was CTO at a London based technology investment banking boutique, which operated a cloud only IT platform. Chris previously held various senior R&D, architecture and engineering positions at Credit Suisse, which included networks, security, data centre automation and introduction of new application platforms. Prior to the world of financial services Chris was a Combat Systems Engineering Officer in the Royal Navy. He has an MBA from OUBS and a BEng in Electronics Engineering from the University of York.

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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 – Chief Technology Officer

Sunay is the Founder and CTO of Pluribus Networks Inc and was the Sr. Distinguished Engineer and Chief Architect for Kernel/Network Virtualization in Core Solaris OS. Sunay has an extensive 21+ years of software background, and was one of the top code contributor to OpenSolaris. He also holds over 100+ patents encompassing Network and Server virtualization including Virtual Switching and H/W based Virtual NICs in the server. At Pluribus Networks, Sunay is creating the Distributed Network Operating System, Netvisor, to run on switches to brings server economics, programmability and innovation to the switching layer.

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Cisco – Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Cloud Computing

Lew Tucker is Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Cloud Computing at Cisco, responsible for shaping the future cloud strategy and products. He is also currently driving Cisco’s contribution to the OpenStack open source cloud project and is vice-chairman of the OpenStack Foundation’s board of directors.

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

Tucker holds a B.A. from Cornell University, and a Ph.D. in computer science from the Polytechnic Institute of New York University.

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Intuit – Senior Network Engineer

Ted Turner has been in the IT business for over twenty five years, starting as a programmer in the United Stated Marine Corps. Ted soon realized he was more interested in building and integrating business applications than coding.  Ted spent many years as a consultant to small and medium sized businesses, which gave him the opportunity to gain depth and breadth in both system and network architecture and troubleshooting.  In the past five years with Intuit, Ted’s depth and breadth of experience has been instrumental on the Network Performance Anaylysis team in helping to discern whether the issue is network, OS or application related.  With these insights, Intuit has been able to build a team of like-minded individuals, to work with the application performance teams, with the net result of increased customer satisfaction and backend system scalability.

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VeloCloud – CEO & Co-Founder 

Sanjay is the CEO and co-founder of VeloCloud where he leads the team that is working to Re-Invent WAN and transform how businesses connect. Prior to VeloCloud, Sanjay ran publicly traded OnMobile Global, serving as its President and COO. Sanjay also spent time at Citrix through the acquisition he negotiated with Caymas where he was President and CEO. At Citrix, he defined the product strategy and go to market for the Access Management, Delivery Controller and WAN acceleration product lines. Prior, Sanjay served in executive roles at Webvan (Vice President of Engineering and Business Development) and at Hewlett-Packard where he initiated and rapidly grew Internet Infrastructure as a profitable new business for HP. He holds an MS from Stanford University, an MS from the University of Wisconsin, and a BS in Electrical Engineering from The Indian Institute of Technology.

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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 – Principal Engineer and Solution Architect for IWAN, Enterprise Network Group

Steve Wood is Principal Engineer and Solution Architect for IWAN in Cisco’s Enterprise Network Group. A 17-year veteran of Cisco, his expertise spans custom ASIC and Systems Design, 3G/4G and Wifi Mobility as well as Enterprise Architecture. He is currently the Solution Architect for Cisco Enterprise WAN solutions and is developing Cisco’s IWAN solution architecture. He was previously architect of Cisco’s Intelligent WiFi Access Gateway and has worked on mobile network architecture and service delivery for both RAN and Mobile Core networks. Steven was also Vice Chair and Technical Editor of the IEEE 802.17 Resilient Packet Ring working group. He holds an MASc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario, Canada.

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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.

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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.

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Brown University – PhD Student

Da is a 2nd year PhD student at Brown University. His research focuses on Computer Networks, Distributed Systems. Now, he is mainly working on Software-Defined Networking (SDN). Before joining Brown, Da received his Bachelor in Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China and got his Master degree in Peking Univerisity in Beijing, China. Meanwhile, from 2012 to 2013, he worked as a research assistant in the University of Hong Kong.