Principal, ICT Technology and Sourcing
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
Senior Network Analyst
VP & General Manager
Ian McEwan is the Vice President of EMEA for Aryaka. He has over 25 years of executive experience in the software-defined networking and IT industries having led EMEA operations in the region for several high-profile companies. Ian is a thought-leader and industry expert on digital transformation and GDPR. He actively contributes to strategic alliances, product management, sales, and marketing in Aryaka
VP Network Strategy and Innovation
Infrastructure Project Manager – Global
(FORMERLY) BMI GROUP
VP Connect Portfolio, Global Services
Keith Langridge leads Connectivity portfolio team for BT, having worked in the international networking market for over 30 years – all of this with BT. He is currently leading BT’s global and UK portfolio for Optical, Ethernet, MPLS, DIA and applications performance, including BT’s SD-WAN and NFV Portfolio
Regional Sales Director
Martin Budd is an IT Security Professional, with over 25 years’ of IT, networking and Security experience. Having started as a Novell Netware Administrator in a Local Government, Martin moved to specialise in providing customers with security solutions working for Netguard, Dimension Data, Nokia, Checkpoint, Integralis, Fortinet and F5. Martin moved in to a sales position 5 years ago whilst at F5, where he was the cloud and security sales manager responsible for UK&I and later a major account manager responsible for some of F5’s largest customers. Martin has joined Cato Networks as Regional Sales Director, Cato is redefining and disrupting the approach to Networking and Security. Cato brings value to companies providing a software-defined and cloud-based secure enterprise network, reducing MPLS costs, eliminating branch appliances, and providing secure internet access everywhere.
Director of Product Management EMEA
Claudio Scola heads the Product Management team for CenturyLink and is responsible for go-to-market strategy and planning for network-based services.
Claudio has over 25 years’ experience in the international telecommunications industry, spending the last 16 years bringing new products and services to market and growing them into key revenue streams for the business.
Prior to joining CenturyLink, Claudio served in various product related roles for Tata Communications, Level 3, Easynet, Interoute and Cable & Wireless, bringing Internet and network services to the international enterprise and wholesale market with particular experience in the European managed network services. Claudio is British and based in CenturyLink’s EMEA regional headquarters in London.
Principal Product Marketing Manager
A specialist in telecom, Sony has spent over 15 years collaborating with service providers globally in their continuing transformations to the digital era. With Citrix, Sony brings a unique and diverse experience in the areas of software-defined networking, virtualization, hybrid-cloud and the internet of things. Sony is based in Santa Clara, California, where the sun always shines.
IT Infrastructure Solution Architect
Rico Kaden is the IT Infrastructure Solution Architect for CWS. Prior to joining CWS, he was the Manager of IT Infrastructure for Central and Eastern Europe at Rentokil Initial.
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 of 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.
Principal Infrastructure Architect
With over 27 years in IT, Gary started out designing global networks and systems within the ceramics/minerals industry. Gary joined General Electric (GE) in 2001, responsible for simplifying GE’s European WAN from 31 hubs to just 2. As a Principal Infrastructure Architect, a role he took on in 2011, initially as a principal technologist, Gary is one of the most senior technical architects within GE Digital’s network architecture team. Since that time, he has led the design and implementation of simplified cloud connectivity, SaaS connectivity, network service rationalization, and OT/manufacturing network simplification. He is a member of the senior technical team leading GE’s global network transformation through SD-WAN deployment.
Director of Product Management
Samir Desai is Director of Product Management and leads the managed services portfolio at GTT. He’s also responsible for next generation enterprise WAN solutions, including software-defined networking, cloud connectivity and security services on the GTT global network. Samir has over 15 years of wide-ranging product development and marketing management experience in the Telecommunications industry. Prior to joining GTT, Samir spent nine years at Level 3 Communications where he managed their security, IPVPN and managed network services. Samir holds an MSc in Data Communications from Brunel University in London.
LEADING LAW FIRM
Ronald Van Der Breggen
Chief Commercial Officer
Ronald van der Breggen, Chief Commercial Officer of LeoSat Enterprises, has more than 20 years of experience in the telecom and satellite sectors. A native of the Netherlands, van der Breggen began his telecom career at Dutch Telecom incumbent KPN, rising to the position of VP IP Services. From 2003 to 2013, he served as Vice President Customer Account Management at SES, one of the world’s leading satellite operators. Having worked in both the fiber and satellite industries, Ronald knows first hand the traditional limitation for data on satellites as compared to fiber. With LeoSat’s unique constellation network this will now change as it brings opportunities for customers they never had before. Ronald holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Nijenrode University as well as a Masters in Business Telecommunications from the Technical University of Delft, both in the Netherlands
Director, Office of the CTO
As director in the MEF's Office of the CTO, Daniel is responsible for the development and implementation of a range of strategic MEF programs that are central to MEF's transformation to an agile-process oriented standards development organization. These innovative programs - including the MEF Software Developer Community, MEFnet global implementation platform, and MEF Reference Implementations - enable MEF's 210+ member companies to implement draft and published service orchestration and definitions work in code, and to make available standardized open APIs that accelerate the availability of highly agile, assured and orchestrated services for today's hyper-connected world.
Daniel has been involved in the networking industry for 25 years holding a variety of positions in RAD Data Communications, as well as co-founding Resolute Networks where he held executive positions. Representing Resolute in the MEF, Daniel served for 3 years as MEF Global Marketing Co-Chair and was elected three times to the MEF Board of Directors. Since 2010, Daniel has been a senior member of the MEF staff.
Chief Technology Officer
Robert (Bob) Wysocki’s core responsibilities at Microland include driving innovation, incubating emerging technologies and enabling customers to leverage key digital technologies for rapid business and operational transformation. Bob is a seasoned IT evangelist with 30 years of industry experience, gained at Fortune 20 as well as start-up organizations. During his 16 years at General Electric (GE), as an executive in Corporate Shared Services IT, he drove strong business results in numerous disciplines of procurement, product management, engineering, operations and financial management. Bob led the initial services definition of infrastructure for GE’s Predix Cloud platform and played a key role in executing GE’s transformation of Edge Networking to enable their cloud-first strategy. Prior to GE, he also held leadership roles at Pilot Network Services and AT&T.
Founder & CEO
Chief Solution Architect
Mathias Zimmermann is the Chief Solution Architect at NTT Europe and is based in Frankfurt Germany. Specializing in IP routing protocols and Technologies such as IWAN, he has designed and implemented many large-scale enterprise networks throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Mathias is a Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE #20111) and has been working in the Networking Industry for the past 18 years. Currently he is managing a team of Network and Design Architects in Europe in the NTT Business Network Services Team. He has a passion for developing and launching new products and services to make customer networks more intelligent and easier to manage through network orchestration.
Director Networking Consulting
Mr.Wim Henderickx provides senior level consulting on advanced IP solutions for Service provider and Enterprise customers around: Cloud Networking (SDN/NFV), SD-WAN, Triple Play, Mobile, IoT & 5G. He has over 20 years’ experience in the communications and networking industry, and is a regular speaker at technical conferences all over the world. He is active in a number of SDO’s like IETF, BBF, openStack etc. Mr. Henderickx holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering, Data Communications and a Masters degree in Economy and is a Bellabs Fellow.
VP Product Marketing
Laurent Zimmerli studied at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. He graduated with an MSc ETH degree in Computer Science. His master's thesis about «Rating Autonomous Systems» won the Best Paper Award at the International Conference on Internet Monitoring and Protection (ICIMP) in 2009. During his studies, he participated in a development program by Nouvelle Planète in Madagascar and worked at UBS Investment Bank in the area of IT risk management.
After graduating, he joined Open Systems AG in 2008, where he joined the development team before taking on various functions in Professional Services and Customer Management as a Technical Account Manager, Key Account Manager and Vice President Customer Management. In mid-2016 Laurent Zimmerli became Vice President Product Marketing and a member of the Extended Executive Board.
Jean Critcher McDonald
Head of Solution Consulting Europe
ORANGE BUSINESS SERVICES
Jean Critcher has more than 20 years’ experience in the IT and Telecommunications industry. She was founder of several professional services startups in the late 1990s focused on consulting and executing technical innovation for global multinational companies. She joined Orange Business Services in 1999 helping them to deploy their first VoIP and MPLS services to customers. At Orange, she has held several senior roles in product marketing and development and professional services managing the business and technical practice areas of Networking, Security and Application Performance Management (APM).
Within Orange, Jean leads a team of professional services consultants based throughout Europe who consult and deliver Unified Comms-Collaboration, APM, Security and SDN/SD-WAN solutions for their global multinational customers. Over the last 2 years, her team has been driving the SDN/SDWAN journey transformation of Orange customers. Jean Critcher has more than 20 years’ experience in the IT and Telecommunications industry.
She was founder of several professional services startups in the late 1990s focused on consulting and executing technical innovation for global multinational companies. She joined Orange Business Services in 1999 helping them to deploy their first VoIP and MPLS services to customers. At Orange, she has held several senior roles in product marketing and development and professional services managing the business and technical practice areas of Networking, Security and Application Performance Management (APM).
Within Orange, Jean leads a team of professional services consultants based throughout Europe who consult and deliver Unified Comms-Collaboration, APM, Security and SDN/SD-WAN solutions for their global multinational customers. Over the last 2 years, her team has been driving the SDN/SDWAN journey transformation of Orange customers.
SVP Business Development and Co-Founder
Jezzibell was an early stage employee of AboveNet Communications and Akamai Technologies, and previously served as VP of Operations at RoamData, as well as VP of Business Development for GTT.
PACKET PUSHERS PODCAST
Greg Ferro is the co-host of Packet Pushers Podcast at PacketPushers.net where for 10 years he has interviewed engineers, vendors and industry figures on a range of highly technical topics where the motto is “Too Much Technology Would Never Be Enough”. Greg survived 25 years in Enterprise IT as a Network Architect and Engineer working in the Europe and Asia focused on design and deployment of Data Centres including Network Fabrics, Data Security, Cloud and Internet.
Leo is a highly experienced global telecoms & IT industry expert with over 20+ years of experience working for leading telecoms organisations and management consultancies. Leo has led telco industry market development across the Nordics, built a consultative Business-to-Business (B2B) technology solutions team, developed digital products and services and won global B2B Telecoms & IT outsourcing deals. He has also advised telecoms industry executives, developed strategic partnerships with IT system integrators and led global commercial launches of enablers for IoT. He has advised a diverse range of clients across Financial Services, Energy/Utilities, FMCG & Hospitality on IT architecture, network strategy, business cases, procurement and IT operations organisational design. He has completed an MBA at Henley Business School where his research study was in successful Open Innovation between start-ups and large corporates.
Principal Network Architect
Simon has worked many varied roles since his entrance to the field of IT in 2001, encompassing technical support, server and database administration and finally networking. Working for fixed-line and mobile service providers over the last 10-15 years (including CiX, Blackberry), he has been working for the last 6 years at Pearson, a large enterprise focussed on education of more than 30,000 employees. He currently works in an architecture role, with a focus on future state networking both on-premises and in public/private cloud. He is a strong proponent of using automation and orchestration toolsets to deliver improved networking performance and is currently undertaking a degree in software engineering so as to better meet the enterprise’s networking needs of tomorrow.
Head of Network Design and Development
Dimitrios Voutsinas has over 20 year Telecommunications, Internet Service Provider and Financial Service Provider industry experience. Having worked at Bank of New Zealand, British Telecom, Radianz and Thomson Reuters. Dimitrios has gained end-to-end network and service management experience and established a strong leadership, consultancy and management track record with a very high level of credibility and integrity. He has led several large global IP Network transformational projects and seen them through all lifecycle stages - architecture, design, implementation, support, optimization and evolution. He has acquired extensive WAN, Internet and Data Centre experience and has been tasked with overseeing the design and implementation of some of the largest and most complex Service Provider and Financial low latency real time network architectures in the world. Dimitrios was a CCIE from 1998 to 2010 and has an MBA from Warwick University.
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.
Richard Brown is Managing Director at Straxia, a network centric IT consultancy. Straxia provide our clients with the vendor independent expertise they need to be confident in their networking infrastructure. Our technical, service and project management experts have many years of hands-on experience in delivering benefits to our clients, whether that be through benchmarking, helping to build the business case for change, sourcing, managing the transformation program or ensuring the right operational model is put in place to deliver the expected benefits. Before forming Straxia ten years ago, Richard had an extensive career in the field of telecommunications spanning both enterprises and telcos including BP and Verizon and can remember when 9.6Kbps was considered to be quite fast.
Co-Founder & CMO
A leading expert in WAN/LAN switching and routing, Andy co-founded Talari Networks after previously serving in executive roles in both startups and public corporations. He was Vice President of Marketing at RouteScience, a route optimization startup, and before that led marketing at MMC Networks, the pioneering Network Processor developer, through its $4.5B acquisition by Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (AMCC) in 2000. Andy also served on the board of LVL7 Systems, a network processing software company. Previously, he spent more than a dozen years at 3Com Corporation, highlighted by his leadership of the Switching Systems business unit through its development and introduction of the CoreBuilder 9000 enterprise switching platform. He also served as 3Com's Vice President of Marketing for Large Enterprise Markets and held a number of other senior marketing, product management, and engineering roles. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan University and a Master of Science degree in computer science from Stanford University.
Senior Manager, IZO SD-WAN Product Incubation
Fouaz Bouguerra is a Senior Manager, responsible for the management and execution of the product incubation strategy for IZO SD-WAN product portfolio in Europe.
Fouaz brings over 12 years of experience working with global service providers and systems Integrators, delivering solutions for global enterprises.
Prior to joining Tata Communications, Fouaz worked as Senior Pre-Sales Engineer for Interdata (a leading Systems integrator in France), where he was instrumental in developing and managing their SD-WAN product offering. He also spent almost 10 years with Orange Business Services, where he started in their global IP backbone engineering team and then moved to pre-sales consultant role managing support for their Large enterprise segment.
Fouaz spent last few years working on next-generation technologies such as SD-WAN, SD-Security, APM and Enterprise Mobility.
Mark Sheard is a managing director at TechCaliber consulting, a global consultancy firm focused on maximizing large enterprise customers’ return on their investment in telecoms and related services. Mark specializes in multi-country EMEA mobile services deals, and multi-region global deals including for SIP trunking services and data networks supporting Internet first and SD-WAN strategies and procurements. With over 30 years working in networking and information systems, Mark is adept at helping clients develop and execute successful transformation and sourcing strategies. Whether it is hybrid networking or SD-WAN, MPLS, broadband aggregation, managed service or mobile services, Mark can help bring together operations, technical and detailed commercials to give significant savings within robust commercial deals that don’t compromising service.
Rubén Núnez García
Global Product Marketing Manager - Wide Area Network Services
TELEFÓNICA BUSINESS SOLUTION
RubénNúñez is a Telecommunications Engineer from Spain with qualifications from Universiteit Hasselt and IESE Business School.
He has held positions in Engineering, Product and Project Management for leading technology companies such as Siemens, Terra Networks, BT Global Services and Motorola.
In 2008 he joined Telefónica International Wholesale Services and has since taken on roles across the Telefónica Group, including Pre-Sales Specialist for MNCs, as well as Global Solution & Innovation Manager and IoT Global Product Manager. In 2015 he was appointed Global Product Marketing Manager for the Global B2B Communications Services area where he is responsible for leading Business and Product Development activities.
Rubén has extensive experience in applying innovation, digitalization and agility to Network Services, Cloud Services, IoT, Security, Mobile and Fixed Accesses across the global B2B arena.
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.
Patrick Christian is a Senior Analyst with TeleGeography. Patrick has over 15 years of telecom market research experience. Patrick heads the Cloud and WAN Infrastructure research service. He also focuses on West African and European markets specializing in international bandwidth markets and Internet infrastructure, WAN services, terrestrial and submarine cable systems, and international voice traffic analysis. He holds an M.A. from Arizona State University.
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.
Head of Global Managed Network Services
Anthony heads the teams of Managed Network Services Sales Specialists and Enterprise Solution Architects globally for Telstra. He is an experienced IT leader across multiple industries, having worked in financial, service provider, airline and government roles, with a wealth of experience in the telecommunications field.
Anthony studied mechanical engineering at Loughborough University in the UK and holds professional certifications such as TOGAF and ITIL. In his personal time, he is an avid rugby fan and has represented the Hong Kong National A Team in international competitions.
Technical Sales Consultant
Tom Weston is Technical Sales Consultant at Teneo. He has 10+ years of experience in network and security engineering, architecture and design with a specialism in managed service environments.
Tom’s background is in complex and challenging networking environments such as critical mining infrastructure and maritime.
He holds an in-depth knowledge of technologies in specialist areas such as SDN/SD-WAN/NFV, IP/MPLS, Data, Voice and Video Integrations, Cloud and Data Centers, Enterprise Wi-Fi Deployments, Firewall Design & Migration, Distributed WAN, Enterprise LAN, DSL & Internet Connectivity and Private WAN.
Tom is experienced in end-to-end project management and infrastructure lifecycle management and brings an innovative approach to solution design and problem solving.
THE NETWORK COLLECTIVE
Craig Northveth is CTO at The Network Collective (TNC), which is a leading independent consultancy specialising in strategy development, sourcing and optimisation for Network and Telecoms services. Craig is responsible for developing TNC’s knowledge and understanding of the market and emerging trends being implemented by both traditional and disruptive service providers. Craig and his team of consultants work with TNC’s clients, large UK and international organisations, to develop business aligned technical strategies and execute strategic sourcing processes. Craig has developed a proven competency in thought leadership, strategic design, and operational management for large multinational network infrastructures.
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.
Head of EMEA Sales
Jon Arnold is head of EMEA Sales for VeloCloud, now part of VMware. Jon is a dynamic and creative strategic planner, who is able to articulate and present compelling business solutions; build high value "High-Touch" sales teams and establish effective channel and customer relationships. Prior to joining, VeloCloud, Jon was regional director of Viptela.
Csaba Kiss Kallo
Head of Portfolios - Connectivity and Security
Dr. Csaba Kiss Kalló is a telecommunications expert with 19 years’ experience with service providers and equipment vendors like Vodafone, Telecom Italia, Enet, Intune Networks and Ericsson.
Csaba has spent most of his career working in international settings in a range of countries including Ireland, Italy, Romania, Hungary and the USA.
His projects won The Irish Times “Product of the Year” and “Innovation of the Year” awards in 2011 for Intune’s optical packet switching technology and the “Tech Excellence Project of the Year 2014” for his work in building Ireland’s first “fibre town” with Enet.
Csaba currently heads up the Connectivity, Mobility and Security Portfolio in Vodafone Ireland where his team brought to market a range of innovative products like the cloud-based, integrated Secure Network Gateway and the first nationwide Narrowband IoT network.
Csaba has published a number of articles and regularly speaks on the international conference circuit. He frequently appears in the Irish media as speaker for Vodafone Ireland on connectivity, mobility and security topics.
Csaba is passionate about bringing state of the art technology to customers by developing world class telecommunications and services.
Csaba holds an Engineering degree in Computer Science and Automation and a PhD degree in Wireless Communications and Networking.