21 & 22 May 2019, Villa Kennedy Frankfurt

2018 Speakers &

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Ritesh Mukherjee
Director of PLM

Ritesh Mukherjee is Director of Product Management leading routing technology strategy at 128 Technology. His expertise includes routing/switching, data center, cloud, SDN/NFV, and IoT. Prior to 128 Technology, Ritesh was Director, Network Solutions at Huawei leading their Technical Solutions Team responsible for all Canadian customers. Prior to that he was Manager, Product Management at Cisco responsible for LISP, Multicast, Routing, and other technologies for the Network Systems Software Technology Group across IOS, NX-OS, and IOS-XR. Ritesh holds a PhD in Computer Science from Concordia University, Montreal.

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Marcel Koenig
Principal Consultant, IT

Marcel Koenig is a founding member of Ancoma, a global professional services network for infrastructure engineering and sourcing. Prior joining Ancoma, Marcel has held over 15 years key positions in strategy, pricing and solutions consulting with major national and international telecom operators including Cable & Wireless (now Vodafone), Orange Business Services, BT Global Services and the Swisscom-Verizon Alliance. His major international projects included the implementation of hybrid networks, carrier gateways and the execution of large network benchmark and consolidation projects for multinational clients. A graduate of the University of Wales, Marcel holds a BSc degree in business administration and a MSc degree in information technology. Being a citizen of Switzerland, Marcel is a commissioner in public infrastructure.

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Marius Venter
Consulting Systems Engineer

Marius started his career as an MCSE and moved through scripting and internet design to finally settle on the networking portion of IT where his focus was Security. This is where he has spent the majority of his 20+ year career and what he is passionate about. He spent time in the industry working for Training companies, Service Providers and Major Vendors in this space. For the last 8 years Marius was and is focused on L3 and L3 concepts and specifically around WAN edge automation. In the last 2 years he has moved his focus to specifically SDWAN and the impact on the future of the Branch.

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Jason Poole
Principal Product Marketing Manager

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Sander Barens
VP Commercial Development

After joining Expereo 11 years ago and setting up its first international office in Singapore back in 2008, Sander now works out of the Global Head Quarters in Amsterdam as the VP Commercial Development. His team is spread out globally across 5 offices and combined manage about 2,500 local partners that make up all the portfolio and buying options of Expereo. Before joining Expereo Sander worked out of Australia for BT Global Services and Infonet Services Corp. His Telecom career started in 2006 with Unisource Business Services in Europe. Nice to know fact: before Sander went into telecom he was a helicopter pilot.

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Markus Feldbruegge
Network Consultant

Markus is working for more than 20 Years in the Network, starting with LAN and since more then 10 Years in the WAN as Network Architect responsible form global for the APAC Region.

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Juergen Kirchmann

Helping IT leaders in “Orchestrating Network Performance” to increase productivity and deliver best possible customer experience. Juergen Kirchmann has held senior management positions in high growth start-up and large multinationals covering pre-sales, direct and indirect responsibilities. Passionate, international business leader, with vast experience of building, implementing and executing channel strategies across multiple regions and business cultures, he holds a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science from Boston and Würzburg University.

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Dietmar Geiler
Head of Product Management & Presales

Dietmar was part of the team which founded the new company ngena GmbH in 2016, establishing along with its Alliance Partners around the globe, the Next Generation Enterprise Network Alliance. He heads the Product Management and Presales Teams where ngena combines all activities around product, pricing and presales of their SD-WAN++ based offering of global hybrid VPN services. Prior to ngena, Dietmar worked for over 18 years for Deutsche Telekom Group and during this time held several Senior Executive positions with a broad national and international responsibility in Product and Portfolio Management. Before he joined Deutsche Telekom Group, he worked for VIAG Interkom as a Technical Consultant. Dietmar holds a degree as graduate engineer of communications engineering at the Trier University of Applied Sciences.


Johan Witters
IP rPLM business services evolution       

Johan started in the research division of Alcatel. Since then he held several positions with an end-to-end solution-focus. He also worked as a business consultant in the IP division, being responsible for IP & Ethernet business data services and cloud services. Currently, he is responsible for business development for Nokia/Nuage’s SD-WAN solution as well as for the evolution of business services including SDN and NFV.

He holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Antwerp, Belgium as well as several telecom patents. He has been a speaker at numerous conferences and is active as MEF EMEA marketing co-chair.

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Felix Massoth
Product and QA Manager

Felix Massoth is a Product and QA Manager for the Global Network Service Business Unit at NTT Communications, covering everything from LAN and (SD-) WAN to security solutions.

He joint NTT Communications in 2011 as a solution consultant. Next to successfully working on several large enterprise projects, he completed a degree in Business Informatics (B.Sc. 2013) and a degree in IT-Management (M.Sc. 2016). Mr. Massoth spent his whole carrier in the network business. During his studies he focused on digital transformation trends and investigated internet usage behaviour in relation to bandwidth requirements.

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Hussein Khazaal
VP Marketing & Partnerships

Hussein has served as Vice President, Marketing & Partnerships at Nuage Networks since January 2017. Prior to this role, Hussein was Sr. Director, Business Development – Partnerships, where he built Nuage Networks Technology Partner Program. Before joining Nuage Networks in 2014, Hussein served as Vice President, Operations & Customer Service at Ciinow, a cloud services start-up that was acquired by Google in 2014. Prior to that, Hussein was a Management Consultant at Alvarez & Marsala, a leading management consulting firm, where he delivered performance improvement, turnaround management and business advisory services to Fortune 1000 companies seeking to transform operations and grow their business.

Earlier in his career, Hussein held leadership roles at Alcatel-Lucent, Ciena, Cyras Systems (acquired by Ciena) and Newbridge Networks (acquired by Alcatel).

Hussein holds a B.Eng. (EE) from the University of Dalhousie and an M.B.A. from UC Berkley, Haas School of Business.

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Michael Huber
Vice President Sales, Germany

Michael Huber has the position of Vice President Sales Germany for IT security at Open Systems AG. Previously he was a Key Account Manager at a German car manufacturer and has additional experience doing project management in Asia, North America, and Europe. Michael Huber graduated from the ESB Business School in International Business and also studied at the Zagreb School of Economics and Management in Croatia.


Oliver Burgstaller
Director, Advanced Business Solutions

Oliver Burgstaller ist seit Januar 2016 als Director Advanced Business Solutions bei Riverbed Technology tätig, wo er zuvor die Position als Portfolio Solutions Architect inne hatte. In dieser Funktion ist er in engem Kontakt mit Produktmanagement und Sales, um gemeinsam Materialien und Strategien zum Vertrieb des Produktportfolios zu erstellen. Gleichzeitig ist er Teil von internen strategischen Diskussionen und er berät das Management bei der Entwicklung, Gestaltung und Integration der Riverbed-Produkte mit dem Ziel, die Bedürfnisse der Kunden und Partner in den Mittelpunkt zu stellen. Dies gelingt ihm nicht nur, weil er sich auf technischer Ebene sehr gut mit den Produkten auskennt, sondern ebenfalls, weil er in seiner Karriere auch schon in der Position des Endkunden und des Reseller war. Diese Erfahrung kommt ihm nun auch auf Hersteller-Seite zugute.

Vor Riverbed war Burgstaller unter anderem als System Engineer Manager DACH bei TINTRI sowie als Head of Network Infrastructure bei der Messe Düsseldorf und der Net Consult and Net 200 GmbH tätig. Weitere Stationen seiner Karriere beinhalten die WIRD AG sowie Acopia Networks / F5 Networks.

Oliver Burgstaller ist Diplom-Ingenieur (FH) und hat seinen Abschluss in Nachrichtentechnik an der Fachhochschule Düsseldorf gemacht. In seiner Freizeit ist Burgstaller begeisterter Segler. Der gebürtige Düsseldorfer versucht jede freie Minute mit Frau  und Tochter auf dem Wasser zu verbringen. 

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Facundo Musante
Global Network Services Manager

Facundo Musante is the Global Network Services Manager for Schlumberger, the leader on oilfield services. In this role, Facundo is responsible for the operation of SINet (Schlumberger Information Network), connecting securely end-user and stand-alone devices spread among +1,000 sites globally to network resources and applications.

He has 24 years of experience on IT,  including more than 20 years with Schlumberger, where he held different key positions in IT based in Argentina, the US and France.

In addition to networking and telecommunications, he has experience managing the operation of large High Performance Computing (HPC) data centers, developing innovative technical solutions for business enablement, and managing complex global-scale projects.

Mr. Musante holds a bachelor’s degree in Electric Engineering from Instituto Tecnologico de Buenos Aires.

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Thomas Lentz
Solution Manager Innovative Services

Thomas is working for more than 18 Years in the ICT Business and since 4.5 Years with Singtel as Solution Manager. Specialised to innovative services for Global Enterprise business customers. During his career Thomas worked as Internet specialist, MPLS Solution Architect, SIP Specialist, Internal Trainer for new technology as well as presales consultant. The challenges Thomas covers these days are the local internet integration into corporate networks, hybrid routing approaches, Software defined WAN, Network Function Virtualisation, innovative network management and reporting as well as technical contract management


Simon Barlow
Senior Manager, Managed Networks Services  

Simon is the Senior Manager for Tata Communication’s SDWAN strategy in Europe where he is focused on delivering solutions that support Enterprises on their transformation journey as they strive for increased agility. Simon has over 20 years of experience in Telecoms both as a Solutions Consultant and Product Manager. Prior to Tata Communications, Simon was Global Product Manager at Telia Carrier responsible for their Tier-1 Internet and Security Services

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Greg Bryan
Senior Manager, Enterprise Research

Senior Manager Greg Bryan joined TeleGeography in 2006 and has specialized in pricing and market analysis for the wholesale and enterprise long haul and network markets. While at TeleGeography, he has worked on designing, creating, and launching several new data products focused on wholesale and enterprise pricing as well as enterprise services.

Mr. Bryan’s primary focus is on enterprise wide area networks including our benchmarking practice and serving as the chair for several of our WAN Summit conferences around the world.

Mr. Bryan earned a B.A. in Political Science from American University, an M.A. in Geography from the University of Maryland, and a J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He previously taught Geography as an Adjunct Professor at Marymount University in Virginia.

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Robert Schult
Research Director

Robert Schult is a Research Director with TeleGeography. He manages the company’s wholesale and enterprise pricing research groups, and leads efforts benchmarking Enterprise WAN services and developing new research products. Over the past 13 years he has led research efforts and consulting projects worldwide and developed comprehensive knowledge of international infrastructure and service provider service portfolios. He has also moderated panels and presented TeleGeography data at numerous international telecom events. Robert holds an MBA from London Business School and a Bachelors of Science from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.


Johan Ottosson
VP Strategy

As an experienced strategist and manager, Johan has led corporate strategic planning, growth strategy development and M&A across various technology-driven industries. After 10 years with a global consultancy, Johan joined Telia Carrier in 2016 as its Head of Strategy.

With the Internet and Cloud adoption growing at the speed of imagination, so are the demands on the network – and the only way to keep up is innovation. For Johan, this means leveraging SDN, automation and data-driven decisions to create an even better customer experience – so that Telia Carrier can continue to empower enterprises, content providers and operators to execute their most critical activities.

Johan holds a MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management from the Royal Institute of Technology, KTH, in Stockholm

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Elliott Cheresh
Research Analyst

Elliott Cheresh is a research analyst with TeleGeography. He specializes in broadband and enterprise service pricing analysis, with focuses on WAN cost analysis and the European and Eurasian markets. Elliott holds a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University.


Neil Miller   
Solutions Engineering Manager, EMEA  

Neil Miller is the Solutions Engineering Manager for ThousandEyes in EMEA, ThousandEyes are the market leader in Network Intelligence. 

Joining in 2014 Neil worked to build the initial EMEA region as a Solutions Engineer focussing on the Enterprise Market. Neil is now building a high quality team of Solutions Engineers to enable ThousandEyes to better support its customers across the EMEA region as they grow.

Neils primary focus is to ensure ThousandEyes customers are able to reduce their risks when moving towards Internet centric service delivery, enable WAN transformation and increase the depth of knowledge regarding User Experience. Neil has a BSc (hons) in Computer and Network Engineering, and over 10 years of Pre-Sales experience.


Marco Van Den Akker

Marco van den Akker is the Cloud Evangelist, where he provides cloud computing expertise acting as rainmaker to reach out for new business partners and innovating markets.

Marco was involved as co-founder in several cloud computing centralized companies, where under self-service infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and Cloud Brokerage platforms, early 2007. As group co-owner of the 5 biggest Cloud Computing Linkedin Groups with a span over 600,000 members has Marco a clear sight on market, identifying trends, and foreseeing disruptive elements.

With a big bluff and courage and out-of-the-box thinking he connects business models, people and innovation together. Marco is an expert commentator, contributor and writer for a variety of IT and business publications, writes about the future media, technology and cloud computing trends for A STATE OF CLOUD

Marco currently serves as VP of nearly everything at TiNC Works! A network analyzing company helping organizations to get the best Cloud Experience with the use of low-latency networks.


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We are actively recruiting case studies for the WAN Summit Frankfurt. Don't miss this opportunity to share best practice in a fertile environment for knowledge exchange, networking and insight. 

Martina Höllbacher, Senior Product Developer
Tel. : + 44 (0) 207 779 7290