21 & 22 October 2019, QEII Centre London

2019 speakers


Peter Ingleson
Network Communication Manager

Peter Ingleson leads the Network and Communications team for the Atradius group responsible for the global data connectivity, collaboration, call centre’s and network security services. He has day-to-day responsibility for the smooth running of the services and management of the providers.  Currently working on various transitional projects such as SD-WAN, Cloud and the Digital Transformation of the business. With over 20 years experience in the connectivity area he feels he has heard most excuses a telco has to offer but still hopes to be surprised.


Robin Atkin
Network Architect


Claudio Scola
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.


James Kirkby
EAME Network Manager

James Kirkby is an enthusiastic, self-motivated enterprise network manager with 15 years' experience in IT. Having a passion for technology and interest in networking from a young age, he was destined to work in the communications field. Starting as a network engineer and progressing into senior technical roles, James decided to take on a new challenge providing management and leadership to technical teams. James has since led and managed network teams and associated services for large enterprises including CGG Services, John Lewis Partnership and Prospects Services, and overseen numerous service improvement projects including large scale wired and WiFi network installations, data centre and wide area network upgrades/new technology implementations, IP telephony/contact centre solutions and design/improvement of network services using the ITIL framework. 


Adam Hill

Adam Hill leads the Cisco SD-WAN Technical Solution Architects in EMEAR.  He and his team provide strategic insight into customers across markets, from Service Providers to Enterprises, assisting with the comprehension of SD-WAN, it’s architectural impact and alignment to business imperatives. Adam has been involved in the networking and IT/Security industry for over 15 years holding a variety of positions, ranging from operational roles, to leading the strategy for innovation within a Global Communication Service Providers. Almost inevitably in the current climate, this has culminated in Adam further developing the industries perception of SDN, leveraging his knowledge and drive around SD-WAN propositions, aligned to insight around end customer requirements; first as an employee of Viptela, and now Cisco Systems. Adam holds a degree in Computer Science, as well as numerous independent and vendor based qualifications.


Stuart Cooney
Head of Global Infrastructure

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Phil Wood
Director of IT Service Delivery

Phil Wood is the Head of Service Delivery and IT Security at EasyJet.  He is accountable for the day-to-day operations for all easyJet systems, including Infrastructure, networks, end user compute, Service delivery and IT Security. Leads numerous large scale IT programmes to improve stability and security of our underlying infrastructure and end user computing. 


Sander Barens 

After joining Expereo 11 years ago and setting up the first international Expereo office in Singapore back in 2008, Sander now works out of the HQ in Amsterdam as the Chief Commercial Officer. His team is spread out globally across 5 offices. Before joining Expereo Sander worked out of Australia for BT Global Services and Infonet Services Corp. His telecom career started in 1997 with Unisource Business Services and AT&T Unisource in Europe. Nice to know fact: before Sander went into telecom he was a helicopter pilot.

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Samir Desai
Director of Product Management EMEA

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.


Peter Job

As founder and CEO, Peter has spent 13 years helping IT executives retain control of their digital ecosystems. After starting Intergence in 2003 Peter went on to create Hyperglance, the world’s first 3D visualisation tool for IT infrastructure and application process flows. He has brought that expertise to bear in the creation of Stratiam – Intergence’s cornerstone technology platform. Previously Peter held senior sales and management positions at Gandalf, Alcatel, ThruPoint and Omnetica. Outside of technology his passions include sport and if he wasn’t running Intergence he would love to be part of an F1 pit crew.


Catherine Lucas
Founder & CEO


David Steculorum
Senior Network Manager


Laurent Zimmerli
Head of Product Marketing

Laurent is the Head of Product Marketing for Open Systems. He has over 10 years of experience in the world of managed network and security services. He held positions in various areas, starting in development and network and security operations, continuing in technical account management and pre-sales, followed by product management and product marketing. Laurent is based in Zurich, Switzerland, and holds a MSc degree in Computer Science from ETH Zurich. 


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Leo Whyte
Principal Consultant

Leo Whyte is a Principal Consultant at PA Consulting, where he is a member of the Networks practice which helps clients extract more value, reduce costs and deliver innovation with their enterprise networks.  Leo has over 20+ years of experience working both as a supplier for leading telecoms organisations and as a client-side advisor for Enterprise customers looking to transform their networks.  He has advised a diverse range of clients across Financial Services, Energy & Utilities and Transport on their network strategy, architecture, benefits realisation and procurement.  Leo currently leads the Enterprise Network Security proposition and capability within the PA, in collaboration with PA’s Digital Trust and Cyber Security capability. 


Greg Ferro
Co-Founder & CEO

Greg Ferro is the co-host of Packet Pushers Podcast at 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.


Richard Brown
Managing Director

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. 


Mark Sheard
Managing Director

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. 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 Internet first and SD-WAN, broadband aggregation strategies, managed services, full-PSTN replacement SIP services or multi-country mobile services, Mark can help optimize the commercials and the deal structure while delivering the technical and service solution best suited to your enterprise needs. Mark specializes in strategy and complex multi-region/global deals across the full range of voice and data services. 


Rubén Núñez García
Global Product Marketing Manager - Wide Area Network Services

Rubén Núñez 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.


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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Patrick Christian
Senior Analyst

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.

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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. 


Adrian Joyce
Head of Consulting

Adrian is the Head of Consulting at The Network Collective. He runs some of TNC’s largest UK and international WAN, Data Centre, Voice and Mobile procurement projects. Adrian has been in the telecom’s industry for nearly 25 years in both sales and service functions and as a result has established a wide background of telecoms experience. He was previously an Account Manager at Reliance Globalcom (formerly Vanco) where he worked in their VNO business looking after some of their largest accounts such as the Lloyds Banking Group, IBM and British Airways. Adrian has also previously worked for a number of years at MCI WorldCom (now Verizon) and prior to that at Vodafone.


Neil Miller
Director of Solutions Engineering

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.


Nick Conway
Senior Manager (Smart Networks)

Nick has over 30 years’ experience within networks and telecoms and provides strategic leadership utilising technology as a key business enabler. He is adept at influencing and facilitating strategic and technical change within progressive organisations. Combining Programme Management skills with an extensive technical background, conceptualises and delivers innovative solutions, with meaningful benefits aligned them to corporate objectives.


Steve Glasgow
Director (Smart Networks)

Steve has over 30 years’ experience within networks and telecoms and specialises in providing high value strategic advice to global organisations. Steve manages and deliver complex engagements with leading international organisations, which spans strategy development through to delivery realisation and focuses on delivering tangible commercial, service and operational benefits.


Thomas Quinlan
Solution Architect

Thomas helps organisations transform from legacy hub-and-spoke network models to digitally transformed ones that take advantage of things like cloud-enablement, SDP, Zero Trust/CARTA and SDWAN. All this is with a focus on security; I have extensive experience in cloud, network, and application security, electronic discovery, digital forensics, and malware analysis, and have used these skills for prevention and investigation the world over. Thomas is certified in Computer Security (CISSP), Cloud Security (CCSK), Digital Forensics (CCFP), and Malware Reverse Engineering (GREM) and is a Certified Solutions Architect (Associate) with AWS. Thomas holds two Masters Degrees (MS IS/MBA) from Johns Hopkins University. He speaks regularly on topics related to digital transformation, security, investigation, and analysis.