New York

8 & 9 April 2019, Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan

2018 Speakers


Ritesh Mukherjee
Director of Product Management

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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Amar Abdelhak
Enterprise Architect

Amar Abdelhak is an Enterprise Architect leading strategic initiatives to support the Abbvie global footprint. He has 17 years experience in Implementation/Engineering and Enterprise Architecture, with a specific focus around enterprise WANs and Infrastructure. Amar started his career with Abbott as an Operations Technician and has held many IT roles spanning his 12 year tenure. As Abbvie was created as a result of the Abbott divestiture, for the past 5 years, Amar lead strategic initiatives to establish and optimize the future state blueprint of AbbVie’s network architecture, focusing on emerging technologies with an emphasis on SD-WAN, Security-as-a-Service (SECaaS) and Cloud transformation

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Eric Gillenwater
VP and Business Head for US & Europe

Eric Gillenwater, VP and Business Head for US & Europe, and based in New York, NY, has been in the telecommunications industry for over 15 years. A business leader, with strong business acumen, he is responsible for all business activities along with serving on Board of Directors for Airtel’s US and European operations. Most recently, Eric was awarded with 2017 Voice and Data Telecom Leadership Award for Internet and Broadband Services category.  This honour was awarded based upon Eric’s contributions enabling global content providers to invest and grow in India.


Taki Remtulla
CTO & Partner

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Ryan Gibbons
NE Channel and Sales Director

Ryan Gibbons is the North-East Sales Director at Aryaka Networks. Ryan is a passionate and seasoned sales leader responsible global SD-WAN implementations for enterprises and service providers headquartered in the Americas.

He has a proven track record delivering record-breaking results, creating new relationships, managing complex sales projects, and managing highly motivated sales teams. Ryan is an SD-WAN evangelist and often participates in webinars and discussions on the subject.

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Partha Turaga
Bloomberg WAN Network Manager

Partha Turaga is a Network Design WAN Manager at Bloomberg L.P responsible for design of managed global WAN network & internet routing. 

16+ years experience in Network Architecture in different areas - Bloomberg Managed Customer Edge area, Core Networks, Datacenter Networks, Network Management, Tools & Automation, QoS, Wide area Network, DMZ architectures and Internet Routing.  

Key member in Design Team of Bloomberg Global Multi-AS MPLS Network, Automation of multi-vendor Customer Edge Devices, Leading the effort for continuous integration of WAN technologies ( SD. Virtual Routers, Telemetry, etc ) at Bloomberg, Automation options & evolution. 

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Mark Williams
Sr. IT Manager, Global Networks/ Telecommunications/ Security

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Chris Cannon

Ever since co-founding Cannon Group in 1995, Chris and his firm have been helping clients save over $500M through telecom sourcing, expense management and wireless management. Chris has negotiated some of the largest enterprise telecom and IT agreements for the likes of AAA, QVC, SAP, Wawa, ADT and Air Products.

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Steve Sesko
Executive Director

Steve Sesko is the Communications &  IT Hardware Category Lead  for Chain IQ – a company of 200+ sourcing managers providing end-to-end indirect procurement services to their end-user client companies.  Previously Steve held a similar position at UBS.  Earlier in his carrier Steve was a telecom consultant at KPMG and network sourcing manager at Verizon (then NYNEX).   Steve has experience with sourcing of IT HW, software, professional services, outsourcing and telecom including the sourcing of large scale wireline carrier WAN conversions and upgrades.


R.M Boccuti

25+ years of IT experience spanning from programmer to CIO of $1.5B global performance polymer company.   Current Enterprise Infrastructure Director  for the Chemours Company($6B).  Documented history of strong, decisive and executive leadership in organizations ranging from $500M to $38B .  Results proven, growth oriented, global focused leader fixated on delivering shareholder value, driving vision and delivering business strategic objectives.   Dynamic change agent skilled in repositioning organizations to achieve operational excellence. 

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Lloyd Noronha
Head of SD-WAN Marketing

Lloyd Noronha heads the Cisco SD-WAN marketing team. He was an early member of the Viptela team that introduced SD-WAN technology to the industry; and transformed some of the first enterprises to SD-WAN across large financials, retail and healthcare. He has twenty years in the networking industry.



Karl Brown
Senior Director - Product Management

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Ciaran Roche
Co-Founder & CTO

Ciaran Roche is the Co-Founder and CTO of Coevolve. Ciaran has worked in a range of technology strategy roles in Europe and the US, and has established Coevolve as a leader in driving enterprise adoption of next-generation technologies such as SD-WAN. Ciaran has over 16 years of experience in enterprise network architecture and management, with a specific focus on the use of Internet technologies in enterprise WANs. He led a number of teams at Vanco (later Reliance Globalcom / Global Cloud Xchange), responsible for technical solutions for its largest clients including a 1,200 site network for Avis Europe, a global VPN solution for British Airways and complex solutions for Siemens, SGS, Ernst & Young (now EY) and Pfizer. Ciaran also spent several years working in the enterprise networking practice of Pace Harmon, a boutique management consulting firm specializing in IT strategy and transformation projects for major global businesses. There he led the delivery of a number of significant projects for large clients including Molson Coors, Capital One Bank, CSC and several of the largest technology and media companies in the world. As the CTO of Coevolve, Ciaran leverages this experience that spans many technologies and geographies, to help enterprises drive new levels of efficiency in their environments. Ciaran has presented to, and worked with major enterprise CIOs, CFOs and CEOs around the world to deliver effective, high quality networking and cloud-based solutions. Ciaran is based in Chicago, Illinois.  

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Jeff Lewis
Vice President, Connectivity Services

Jeff Lewis is responsible for driving, growing and evolving our portfolio of Data Products, Services and Solutions for SMB, Mid-Market and Enterprise tier customers. He has a proven track record of execution and leadership across virtually the entire span of Carrier based Data, Video, Wireless and Voice services.

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Sander Barens
VP Commercial Development

After joining Expereo 10 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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Michael Wynston
Director GNE Network Architecture, Global Network Engineering

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Barry Bonson-Bruce
Director of Global IT Infrastructure

Barry Bonso-Bruce is Director of Global IT Infrastructure at gategroup, the global leader in airline catering, retail-on-board and hospitality products and services. In his current role Barry is responsible for gategroup’s global WAN network, Datacenters, Cloud environments and core IT services. Barry has over 18 years of experience in the networking and telecom industry, having held previous positions at MegaPath and Covad Communications. Barry has a Master’s degree in Information Technology from Virginia Tech and a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Kingston University.


Samir Desai
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. Mr. Desai has over 15 years of wide-ranging product development and marketing management experience in the Telecommunications industry. Prior to joining GTT, Mr. Desai spent nine years at Level 3 Communications where he managed their security, IPVPN and managed network services. Mr. Desai holds an MSc in Data Communications from Brunel University in London. 


Ripin Checker
Director Cloud Solutions

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Kristan Kline
Principal, Network Strategy, Office of the CTO

Kris has over 20 years of experience in voice and data network architecture and operations at several companies with national and global scope. He currently serves as the principal strategist for Kaiser Permanente's Network covering Wide Area Network (WAN), cloud connectivity, cellular, and wireless technologies for the CTO office.  He holds a B.S. from Rollins College and an M.B.A. from University of Colorado at Boulder, Leeds School of Business.

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Andrew Brown

Andrew M. Brown is Managing Partner of Levine, Blaszak, Block & Boothby, LLP (“LB3”) and Chairman of the firm’s consulting affiliate, TechCaliber Consulting (“TC2”).  He advises large enterprise and public sector customers in their strategic sourcing and contract negotiations for IT/telecom products and services, including managed service outsourcings and shared service arrangements.  He also provides regulatory advice and advocacy on issues critical to the end-user community including Universal Service, Net Neutrality, privacy, E911, and other proceedings emanating from Washington DC that affect the cost and competitiveness of enterprise services.


Stan Hubbard
Director Research & Communications

Stan is a communications professional with 20 years of experience in industry analysis, forecasting, strategic marketing, and event programming. In 2013, he joined MEF, where he is directing program development for MEF global networking events, managing industry analyst relations, and developing research and other initiatives to help accelerate MEF 3.0 adoption and LSO development. Prior to MEF, Stan was a Senior Analyst at Heavy Reading, where he focused on CE services and network equipment markets and SDN. He chaired ~20 major Light Reading CE events in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Before Heavy Reading, Stan was the director of market intelligence at Ciena



Ross Ortega
Partner Program Manager, Azure Networking

Ross Ortega is a Program Manager in Azure Networking responsible for ExpressRoute (private network connectivity to Microsoft), VPN, Application Gateway, Web Application Firewall (WAF) and Network Virtual Appliances. Prior to Azure he was in Windows Networking focusing on network virtualization, Hyper-V switch security, and network performance. Before Microsoft Ross founded a couple of venture-backed networking startups focusing on networking software and network behavioral analysis. He received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Washington and Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from MIT.

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Sunit Chauhan
Senior Director Product Management

Sunit Chauhan leads the Product Management team for the SDWAN product line at Nuage Networks (Nokia).  Working closely with global Service Provider and Enterprise customers, his team defines the strategic direction and product roadmap for next-gen WAN services portfolio.
Sunit brings over 16 years of experience in the networking industry in product management, marketing and R&D roles. Most recently, he led the global product marketing team at Big Switch Networks. Prior to that, Sunit was in product management at Juniper Networks, responsible for Juniper's NFV and SDN product portfolio including Junos Virtual App Engine and Contrail, and was instrumental in defining Juniper’s SDN strategy including the acquisition of Contrail Systems.  Before Juniper, Sunit was a management consultant with Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy Practice out of the San Francisco office. He started his career as a routing protocols developer within Cisco Systems’ IOS Core IP Engineering group.
Sunit earned his MBA degree with high distinction from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He also holds a Masters and Bachelors degree in Computer Science & Engineering.

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Andy Weiss
VP Sales

Andreas Weiss studied at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW) in Basel. He completed his education there by earning a degree as a business economist FHNW. Additionally, Andreas Weiss holds a Bachelor of Honors degree from Open University of London, and a Master of Commerce and Sales certificate from University of Haute-Alsace, as well as a diploma in business economy from the Cooperative State University Loerrach. As part of his studies, Andreas Weiss completed internships in Spain and India. After graduating, he worked as a Product Manager and Business Development Manager with international responsibility for companies such as Fossil Switzerland and Bridge2Think. 

At Open Systems Andreas Weiss held different positions in the Consulting division, the most recent being Consultant Key Accounts. In 2016, Andreas Weiss started working as the Vice President of Consulting and Sales for Open Systems of Switzerland, Ltd., which focuses on the American market.


Jezzibell Gilmore
SVP Business Development & Co-Founder

Jezzibell Gilmore is a co-founder and SVP of Business Development at PacketFabric, the highly scalable connectivity-as-a-service platform.

Prior to founding PacketFabric in 2015, 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

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Ed Higgs
Director of Global Service Delivery

My role is to create, deploy and deliver consistent technical services to our 35,000 staff. My team sets standards and creates roadmaps for service management, data centres, networks, fixed and mobile telecommunications across our global estate of 74 countries.

We are in the process of deploying SD Wan globally. Despite working within the networking and infrastructure space for 20 years, this was a challenging and tremendously rewarding project. The deployment has been a resounding success, and the business is now experiencing significant tangible benefits from the rollout.

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Mike Howell
Global Infrastructure Engineering Manager

In my current role i am responsible for creating and driving through standards, strategies and road maps across Rentokil Initial’s global estate. Rentokil Initial is one of the largest business services companies in the world with over 35,000 employees in 70 countries. 

Previous to this role, I worked as a Network Specialist focused on enterprise networking, data centres, security and automation. I have an extensive background in programming having previously worked as a freelance Software Designer.  

I have been instrumental in driving the adoption and deployment of SD-WAN in Rentokil Initial having been working with the technology since 2015.


Michael Kaehly
Technical Director, Advanced Technology Group

Michael holds over 25 years of experience in networking technologies —covering everything from x.25 and Cray Multiplexors to SDWAN business intent based routing – and is currently a Technical Director in Riverbed’s Office of the CTO. In his role within the office of the CTO, Michael is the subject matter expert for SD-WAN technologies and Cloud architectures. 

He has had decades of experience working both for and with global Service Providers across large multi-national and multi-vendor telecommunications operations, as well as demonstrating a deep understanding of enterprise application performance analysis and troubleshooting. In his spare time Michael enjoys cookies.


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Steve Garson

Steve Garson heads SD-WAN Experts, a vendor independent consultancy that advises enterprises worldwide on the design, selection and implementation of secure SD-WANs. Steve writes the popular Network World blog “Ask the WAN Expert”. He brings more than a decade of experience helping global enterprises design, source, and implement wide area networks. His neutral methodology to WAN assessment and selection makes Steve the trusted advisor to enterprise IT. Through his practice, he has more knowledge about the different SD-WAN vendors than anyone,  which his clients leverage for their benefit, saving clients time and money to get the WAN they need. 

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Shweta Gupta
Director, Vendor Management and Procurement

Shweta leads Vendor Management for State Street Global Markets, drawing in from experience in the telecom-technology and finance space. She is responsible for owning the technology budget for her business verticals, and cites her biggest challenge as delivering highly profitable-rapidly evolving fin-tech services to the market. Areas of expertise include procurement, budget allocation and forecasting, expense management, vendor risk management and critical service delivery.

Prior to State Street, Shweta headed a channel sales team and was responsible for new business development . She is an Electronics Engineer by training and has a graduate degree in Information and Telecommunication Systems from Ohio University. Shweta is passionate about giving back to the community and is involved in youth mentorship and volunteering at the local shelter.


Andy Gottlieb

A leading expert in WAN/LAN switching and routing, Andy co-founded Talari Networks and served as its first CEO 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. 

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Jim Fagan
Director, Global Platforms

Jim Fagan is Head of Global Platforms responsible for Cloud business and convergent technology groups across infrastructure, software-as-a-service, software-defined networking, mobility and partnering services.

Jim has 20 years of diverse experience. Prior to Telstra, Jim was President of Managed Services at Pacnet. He previously worked at Rackspace as Managing Director of Asia Pacific, where he oversaw the management, strategy and growth of the company’s Asia Pacific operations. He also served as Director of Financial Operations, and was instrumental in supporting the company’s IPO on the New York Stock Exchange.

Prior to joining Rackspace, Jim was at Dell for nine years, most recently as Finance Controller for the Managed Service business, where he was responsible for the overall financial management and pricing structure of the company’s services division. Previously, Jim worked at Chase Manhattan Bank and Sei Corporation.

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Mark Sheard
Managing Director

Mark is a Managing Director at TechCaliber Consulting. Mark has a long-standing record of successful consulting projects for large enterprise clients, whether strategy in action, cost reduction, benchmarking, or sourcing and negotiation.  With over 30 years working in networking and information systems, Mark is adept at helping clients develop and execute successful transformation and sourcing strategies to maximize the return on their telecom and IT investment.  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.   

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Ellaury Hernandez
Head of Product Management, Network, UC&C, Security

Ellaury joined the Telefónica Group in 2005 as Network Planning Engineer at Telefónica Puerto Rico. Since 2014, he serves as Head of Product Management, Network, UCC and Security services acting as main liaison with the global factory to develop new services. He’s also part of the innovation programme, winning an award in 2015 for the development of WebRTC services. Ellaury has a Master in Science degree in Computer and Information Networks from University of Essex (UK) and holds Executive Certificates in Strategy/Innovation & Management/Leadership from MIT’s Sloan School of Management (USA). 


Mike Bisaha
Manager, Data Science

Michael Bisaha is the Manager of Data Science with TeleGeography. His work includes market and pricing trend analyses in the wholesale and enterprise telecom space, with an additional focus on developing TeleGeography’s price forecasting methodologies and suite of analytical tools. He manages TeleGeography’s research relationships with many major U.S. and European service providers, and is a regular participant at leading industry conferences. Michael holds an MS in Data Science from Columbia University in New York, and a BA, cum laude, in Economics and Mathematics from Georgetown University in Washington DC.


Patrick Christian
Senior Analyst

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Erik Kreifeldt
Principal Analyst

Principal Analyst Erik Kreifeldt tracks the global market for enterprise and wholesale network services. He manages product development and forecasting for TeleGeography’s pricing research and co-chairs the WAN Summit conference series. Before joining TeleGeography in 2006, Erik was an optical networking industry analyst with RHK, following editorial roles at Fiber Optics OnlineFiber Optics News, and the Optical Society of America—where he covered the first commercial DWDM systems. He holds an MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and a B.A. from Penn State.


Rob Schult
Research Director


Adnan Ramji
Senior Manager - Global Technology

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Rohan Naggi
Sr. Mgr, Technical Product Management
VELOCLOUD (now part of VMware)

Rohan leads Technical Product Management at VeloCloud, now part of VMware. He focuses on Service provider and Large enterprise SDWAN deployments. He has been intimately involved in the WAN arena for over 10 years, having worked at Cisco System on WAN optimization and other solutions ranging from Routing, Security and IWAN.

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Yulia Duryea
Director, Product Management

Yulia Duryea is Director of Product Management at Windstream where she is the product lead over the Enterprise SD-WAN portfolio. Prior to joining Windstream, Yulia held a variety of product roles at Level 3 Communications, where she managed the product lifecycle of a number of services, including managed security services, managed router, managed UCC, Ethernet and IP-VPN. Yulia holds an MBA from Oregon State University, and a BS from Université Lyon 3, in Lyon France.

If you are interested in speaking opportunities, please contact:

Martina Höllbacher, Product Development
Tel. +44 (0) 207 779 7290