TC3: Telecom Council Carrier Connections 2016

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Johan af Sandeberg
Venture Investor
Telia Company
Johan af Sandeberg is a venture investor on behalf of Telia Company, the biggest mobile and internet service provider in the Nordics and Baltics. Johan has 9 years of experience within Telia and previously held the position as group Head of Partnerships. Within this role Johan created a number of successful collaborations with, among others, Spotify, pioneering new models for partnerships between the telco, music and internet businesses. Other partnerships created and managed ranged from insurances to e-books and e-magazines. Being part of creating the venture investment team at Telia Johan is passionate about creating value in the investments through exploring partnership opportunities throughout the Telia Company markets.
Company Website:
Telia Company
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Nasser Alsaadon
General Manager, Business Development & Innovation
Saudi Telecom Company
Nasser A.Al Saadon General Manager Business Development & Innovation (BD&I) with over 20 years of experience in Project Management & telecommunication industry. He has been with STC for over 15 years in different position, and brings over 10 years of extensive multi-disciplinary experience in Network planning, Services development in Marketing Enterprises in Business unites, Planning & performance, new ventures, international business development, project management, process management (re-engineering and continuous improvement), telecommunication engineering , outsourcing, deal evaluation, strategic investment planning, and successful leading ideation around digital adjacencies within the ICT industry. Nasser Al Saadon over the course of his career with Enterprise BU has been involved with mega projects that amount to SR 6 Bn in revenues. He is highly knowledgeable in customer care, sales, and marketing, fixed & mobile telecommunication businesses. His experience involves operating at the C and Board level. Nasser currently is General Manager of BD&I, Managing the unit’s critical efforts, necessary for successful STC investments, initiatives that operate outside the core telecom sector and aim to achieve 3 key objectives which are to enhance competitive advantage, secure additional revenue streams and achieve operational efficiencies for the corporate. He heads the Business Development & Innovations department and developed Number of digital startups incubated/accelerated and launched through inspireU. In that capacity he provided strong leadership and headed to develop holistic IoT technology and commercial roadmap for STC based on opportunity for consumer, enterprise and wholesale. Developed digital payments opportunity, value proposition, business model, business case and lobbying strategy for both regulatory and political landscape in KSA. Developed STC Ventures Portfolio/performance metrics in order to influence deal flow and align it with STC investment strategy and business unites objectives.
Company Website:
Saudi Telecom Company
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Thomas Annicq
CEO US
Axon Vibe
Thomas runs the US office and focuses on international business development. He is a philosopher at heart and by education, but a chief enabler by profession. After his MBA at MIT Sloan and a stint at Bain & Co, Thomas co-founded Thasos Group with Alex 'Sandy' Pentland and Quantified Labs. Thomas’s specialty lies in big data and geospatial technology.
Company Website:
AXON VIBE
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Azita Arvani
Head of Global Innovation Scouting
Nokia
As the Head of Global Innovation Scouting, Azita leads Nokia’s leading edge global team to leverage external innovation for driving growth or optimizing internal R&D serving five Nokia business groups. The innovations cover technology, process and business model disruptions. Azita Arvani has over 20 years of progressive management, business development and P&L experience across high-tech sectors, including: mobile & wireless, information and communications technologies, software and services, and handheld devices. As the Head of Innovation Partnering & Ecosystem Ventures, Azita leads Nokia’s leading edge global team to collaborate with disruptive innovators – primarily startups - by identifying, evaluating, and managing partnering and acquisition initiatives in new and emerging telecom domains. These domains include cloud technologies for telecom, Internet of Things, and Big Data/Analytics. Azita holds a Masters degree in Management from Stanford University (Sloan Fellow), a Masters degree in Computer Science from the University of Southern California and a Bachelors degree in Math/Computer Science from UCLA.
Company Website:
Nokia
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Paul Asel
Managing Partner
Nokia Growth Partners
NGPPaul is Managing Partner at NGP and has more than 25 years of investment experience across the U.S., Europe and Asia. Paul was an early investor in several $1B+ exits, including UCWeb and Ganji, the two largest technology acquisitions in China. He has been engaged in acquisitions and IPOs valued cumulatively at over $25 billion. Paul received an MBA from Stanford and a BA from Dartmouth. He is co-author of Upward Bound: Lessons of How Nine Leaders Achieved their Summits. He is an Advisory Board member at the University of Baltimore and has served as an Adjunct Professor of International Entrepreneurship at the George Mason School of Public Policy.
Company Website:
NGP
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Steve Augustino
Partner
Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
Kelley DryeSteve Augustino represents telecommunications service providers in compliance, litigation and enforcement matters. He defends clients in Federal Communications Commission (FCC) enforcement actions, including Universal Service Fund (USF) compliance investigations and Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) reporting audits. Steve also represents technology startups on their carrier agreements and on regulatory classification of their services. He is Co-Chair of the Federal Communications Bar Association’s Enforcement Committee (2013-2016). He has been recognized by Washington D.C. Super Lawyers and US Legal 500. Steve has presented at several Telecom Council events over the years.
Company Website:
Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
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Greg Belaus
Lead Business Development – UAV, Internet of Things (IoT) Solutions Group
AT&T
As Lead Business Development Manager, Greg is developing the key ecosystem relationships necessary to build the foundation of AT&T’s commercial UAS business. Greg first joined AT&T��s Emerging Devices organization in 2010 and most recently served as Lead Product Marketing Manager in Device Product Marketing and Developer Services (DMDS). He played a key role in the growth of connected tablets, championing some of AT&T’s biggest selling devices and related services including NumberSync.

After graduating MIT with a B.S E.E., Greg’s career began at Adobe where he worked on embedded PostScript products and eventually licensing management of large OEM accounts. He then was Senior Director of Business Development at Immersion Corporation, a leader in the haptics technology.
Company Website:
AT&T
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Oren Binder
Director of Service Provider Marketing
Ruckus Wireless
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Jack Blaeser
President
Retrieve
Jack leads the technology innovation and transformation of business communication platforms that result in game changing impact for clients. As President of Retrieve Jack leads an entrepreneurial team in innovative mobile app solutions that uniquely leverage video and personalized communications. Previously, as President & CEO Jack led the successful turnaround of StrategicClaim and BTC, Inc from start-up to $300m. He also co-founded Tenhands, a VC funded SaaS Cloud platform, played a key role in Equant’s growth to a successful IPO, and served on several boards. Jack holds degrees of MBA from the Carroll School of Management, B.S. Computer Science and B.A. in Organizational Behavior & Management from Brown University.
Company Website:
Retrieve
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Danny Bowman
Chief Revenue Officer
LeEco Holdings North America
Company Website:
LeEco US
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Dave Brown
VP of Product Management
Opera
Dave is Vice President of Product Management for all Rocket Optimizer, Marketer and Toolbar products. Dave has deep technical and marketing knowledge of the data optimization space as a result of his work for some of the leading data networking companies like Cisco where he was responsible for Technical architectures. Dave has been in the forefront of the executive team at Opera in developing the Rocket Optimizer-vMSE integration and partnership with Huawei.
Company Website:
Opera
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Scott Brown
Startup Catalyst
CableLabs
logo_cablelabs_100 logo_cablelabs_100 Scott Brown has been a long time technologist and entrepreneur with a strong history of building companies from inception to profitability. Currently, Scott leads startup/venture capital relationships for the global cable industry as part of CableLabs. In addition, Scott is the Executive Director of UpRamp, a new type of startup accelerator sponsored by CableLabs, that is designed to help emerging technology companies find true product market fit with the cable & broadband industry. UpRamp has a focus on doing deals, not demo days.
Company Website:
CableLabs, UpRamp
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Dino Brusco
Business Development
Zenly
Dino leads business development at an exciting new startup building a location-based social platform. Zenly is a consumer mobile app that allows users to know what their friends and family are up to. After several years in pure R&D, Zenly created the ultimate background location technology on mobile with a realtime, precise and battery-friendly algorithm. Dino is also the founder of The Catino Group (www.thecatinogroup.com), consulting services helping teams create mobile apps from concept to global scale. Prior to The Catino Group, Dino was the VP of the Mobile Innovation Center for Huawei, Sr. Director of Android Product Management for Motorola Mobility and VP of the Mobile Application Developers organization at Palm.
Company Website:
Zenly
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Chris Cavigioli
Strategic Planner
Intel Corporation
Intel recruited Chris in 2008 to guide Atom smartphone multimedia strategy planning, then operator planning due to his 20+ years of working relationships with operators, regulators/policy in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific plus standards (3GPP, GSMA, ETSI, ITU, GCF, MPEG). In 2016, Chris moved to Intel’s Data Center Group to evangelize network transformation with Mobile Edge Computing, 5G, Flex-RAN, Telco Cloud, SDN/NFV and SD-WAN. Chris also worked at MIPS Technologies, NemeriX, Synopsys, Analog Devices and Linkabit. He speaks 5 languages and has an engineering degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) with junior year abroad at ETH in Zurich, Switzerland.
Company Website:
INTEL
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Chetan Chaudhary
Head of IoT Business Unit
Twilio
Company Website:
Twillo
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Ben Chen
SVP Enterprise Business
China Unicom Americas
Mr. Chen is the Senior Vice President of China Unicom Americas in charge of Enterprise Business. He is also the GM of its Silicon Valley Operation. As one of the world largest telecom company, Ben and his team is responsible for providing global telecom services to enterprises in USA. He brings more than 20 years of experience in both fixed and mobile telecom industries. Mr. Chen was the President of Chinese Enterprise Association of Northern California (CEA) representing more than 200 major Chinese companies invested in Northern California from 2012 to 2015. He is now the Co-Chair of HiTech Committee and is on the board of CEA.
Company Website:
China Unicom Americas
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Christina Claure
Business Development Manager
Sprint
logo_sprint_100Christina has been with Sprint for more than 3 years, after working in Silicon Valley for more than 20 years in various positions in strategic alliance development. She is a technology scout in Sprint's Technology Development organization, located in San Carlos. She is specifically focused on future innovation - helping to ensure that Sprint's early phase business development efforts include ideas and technologies for the best partnership opportunities to enhance Sprint services. She works closely with the VC community, as well as start-ups and developer groups; the Telecom Council is one of the most valuable communities she belongs to.
Company Website:
SPRINT
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Subhra Das
CEO of Jawwy
Saudi Telecom Company
Award-winning, passionate and creative professional with CEO/CCO/CMO level experience within telecom operators in Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe and India. Areas of expertise include Marketing, Strategy, Communications, Sales, Digital, and Customer Experience. Lead roles in 5 successful telecom start-ups.

Successfully developed and executed an innovation-led strategy in the UAE to drive du’s rapid ascent to a record 48.5 percent mobile market-share, within 6 years from launch in one of the world’s most penetrated mobile markets. Spearheaded Marketing function at du since inception and delivered 6 years of quarterly top-line growth. Deliv-ered annual revenues of USD 2.6 billion in 2012.

Prior roles include CMO of 4th mobile entrant and 2nd national operator, Globacom in Nigeria from start-up stage to 12 million mobile subs and 2nd position in the market within 2 yrs from launch. Marketing head of a mobile telecom start-up in India in 1995-97. A pioneer of prepaid mobile service development in several markets including Romania and Egypt.
Regular speaker in international conferences and seminars, on a wide variety of sub-jects including Customer Experience, Mobile Data services, Innovation and Digital.

Ranked 23rd among the top 50 most powerful in the Media, Marketing and Advertising industry within Middle-East and North Africa region (Advertising Age-Communicate Magazine, 2011). Nominated for “Marketing Person of the Year” at the Middle-East Ef-fies in November 2011. Received the New Global Indian (NGI) Excellence award for Global leadership in Marketing & Branding (January, 2012).

Alumnus of Harvard Business School, and an avid guitar player/recorded artist in jazz/fusion/rock/blues styles.
Company Website:
Saudi Telecom Company
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Christine Dee
S&D Telco Industry Solutions and Strategy Global Leader - Analytics
IBM
Christine is the Global Solutions Executive for the Telecommunications, Media and Entertainment Industry Organization, focusing on Watson and Analytics. She offers perspective from more than 20 years experience in telecommunications, encompassing Customer Care, IT/Billing Operations, and Network Engineering. Additionally she brings more than 10 years experience leading pioneering projects in the big data and analytics space. Christine works with IBM Research and Solution Labs to create next generation intelligence solutions built to address the industry’s best growth opportunities. Focus areas include personalized insight/engagement, network knowledge systems, and media convergence.
Company Website:
IBM
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Frank DeJoy
CEO
Spectrum Effect
Frank DeJoy, CEO of Spectrum Effect, is a telecommunications and wireless executive with a twenty-five year track record in general management, business development, technology, fiber, wireless, mobile-multimedia and core network services. Frank also serves as a strategic and operational adviser on several technology company boards in the areas of networking, wireless, and public safety. Prior to joining Spectrum Effect, Frank held executive roles at Dycom, General Dynamics, TCG, Bell Laboratories, & AT&T. Frank and the teams he led have successfully deployed over fifty wireless data products, thousands of wireless cell sites and hundreds-of-thousands of Fiber-to-the-Home units.
Company Website:
Spectrum Effect
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Pascale Diaine
Lead Manager
Orange Fab
As the lead for Orange Fab, Pascale Diaine oversees all activities related to the identification, growth and success of the Orange Fab startups in the US. Previously an evangelist, her extensive networking activity over the past 8 years has positioned Orange strategically in the Silicon Valley and generated access to several world class thought-leaders, influencers, journalists, and emerging companies.
Company Website:
Orange Fab
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David Diggs
Vice President, Wireless Internet Development
CTIA
David Diggs was named CTIA’s VP Wireless Internet Development in 2009, and oversees CTIA’s outreach to the developer and investor communities through its Innovation Council. He also heads CTIA’s Messaging Forum, which convenes members of the messaging ecosystem to remove barriers to adoption of messaging services. Diggs received his BA degree from Duke University and his MBA from Loyola University Maryland. He is a Fellow of the Radio Club of America, and serves on the Board of Directors of the National Network to End Domestic Violence.
Company Website:
CTIA
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Francis Doumet
CEO
Adenda
Francis is founder of Adenda, the company powering next-generation push notifications on Android: interactive, full-page content with native content pushed straight to users’ lock screens. Notifications pushed by Adenda get up to ten times the engagement rate of traditional push notifications. His vision is to break down the boundaries between app and operating system, blending both into one integrated user experience. Prior to Adenda, he built a team making and selling mobile productivity apps to Fortune 500 businesses internationally. Francis has an engineering degree from Stanford University, and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.
Company Website:
Adenda
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Erik Ekudden
VP Tech Strategies & Industry
Ericsson
Erik Ekudden is Vice President, Head of Standardization and Industry Initiatives, for the Ericsson group. During more than 15 years of extensive engagement in the area of research, innovation and standardization, he has developed and led Ericsson's global network within standardization and industry relations resources. Through industry cooperation in global bodies such as 3GPP and IETF, Mr. Ekudden has established strategies in order to drive innovation and secure Ericsson's technology leadership. Throughout his career, Erik has been a driver in leading edge technologies and strongly believes that mobile broadband technology benefits individuals and society as a whole.
Company Website:
Ericsson
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John Feland
CEO and Founder
Argus Insights
Dr. John Feland is the award-winning founder and CEO of Argus Insights, a new type of market intelligence company, founded by tech industry veterans seeking to connect the dots between technology innovation and consumer adoption. John holds an S.B. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.
Company Website:
Argus Insights
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Michelle Fitzhugh
Sr. Business Development Manager, IoT/M2M Solutions
T-Mobile
Company Website:
T-Mobile
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Jean-Marc Frangos
Managing Director External Innovation
BT
logo_bt_100Jean-Marc Frangos is responsible for managing BT’s innovation partnership in the United States, Asia, and Europe. Based in Silicon Valley, and in association with leading VC firms and entrepreneurs, he identifies disruptive technologies and innovative service opportunities, and establishes the technical and commercial links with BT’s research and operational divisions. He is also responsible for the teams in charge of techno-economic validation, prototyping, customer co-innovation and customer showcases. He runs the internal idea management process which identifies the best innovation candidates from 90,000 employees worldwide. His team also designed and runs BT Infinity Labs to foster collaboration with the UK innovation community.
Company Website:
BT
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Lisa Gao
President
China Mobile Technology (USA) Inc
Lisa Gao is responsible for the operating and management of China Mobile Technology (USA), Inc. Lisa leads China Mobile Tech USA team to focus on the research of ICT technologies and applications in terminal, infrastructure, network, service, service platform, new IT, big data, IoT, deep learning, AI, etc. areas in Silicon Valley on behalf of China Mobile. Lisa has over 25 years work experience in mobile and ICT industry.
Company Website:
China Mobile
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Matt Gardner
CEO
California Technology Council
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Guenia Gawendo
Managing Director
Telefónica
Guenia Gawendo is Managing Director of Telefonica’s Silicon Valley Office. Within Telefonica she has held roles as Director of Telefonica Chief Commercial & Digital Officer office, COO of Telefonica Mobile Advertising, as well as a global role in Corporate Strategy. Previously to joining Telefonica Guenia has been working as a consultant with BCG and McKinsey.
Company Website:
Telefónica
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Eric Greenberg
Founder & CEO
Wrap Media
A serial entrepreneur, Eric has founded several businesses, including founder and CEO of Acumen Sciences; founder and Chairman of Scient (NASDAQ:SCNT), a systems integrator focused on e-business; and founder and Chairman of Viant (NASDAQ:VIAN), an Internet systems integrator. Eric was a pioneer in establishing the commercial Internet, where his companies built over 250 electronic businesses.
Company Website:
Wrap Media
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Paul Guckian
Vice President, Engineering
Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
As Vice President at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., Mr. Guckian is responsible for corporate engineering services including companywide responsibility for regulatory engineering support. He is responsible for Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) and Regulatory certification of new wireless technologies being introduced into different market segments including consumer electronics, automotive and medical markets. He works directly with Qualcomm customers and industry groups as well as country regulators, such as the FAA, FCC, and FDA to ensure streamlined processes for device development and ease of radio certification.
Prior to joining Qualcomm in 1996, Mr. Guckian held positions with a number of European based companies where he was responsible for design and certification of both commercial and military projects. He graduated 1983 in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Napier College of Technology, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Company Website:
Qualcomm
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Uri Gurevitz
Director, Market Insight & Strategy
Amdocs
Uri Gurevitz is responsible for analyzing market dynamics collected from both research and directly from service-provider executives, and translating these into thought-leadership programs, business strategies and business models which he presents to C-level service-provider executives at tailored workshops, to help them forge new strategies and grow their business. Uri’s extensive communications experience includes consulting, leading roadmap planning, market strategy, and positioning for innovative business solutions, products and new markets, and he has also worked on customer care, strategy, operations, and sales-force readiness projects at various US service providers. A regular conference speaker, Uri is often asked to brief industry analysts, and also frequently writes for industry publications such as VanillaPlus, GeekTime, European Communications, Insight Fuel, and, of course, Amdocs Voices
Company Website:
Amdocs
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Raheel Hasan
CEO
1App
Raheel Hasan is a co-founder and CEO of 1APP. Prior to founding 1APP, Raheel built multiple successful businesses and enterprise software products generating hundreds of millions in revenue from the top technology companies in the world. Prior to starting 1APP, he lead Synopsys’ cloud strategy and helped grow one of the largest private cloud-based applications, VCS, to the #1 verification product in the world. Raheel founded a hardware manufacturing and export company at the age of 15, which he ran as the majority stockholder for six years until his move to the US
Company Website:
1APP
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Werner He
Senior Director of Global Customer Support
Striim
Werner leads the Global Customer Support team of Striim, collaborating with Striim sales team and development team on product related issues and enhancement. Prior to Striim, he served as Director of Global Customer Support at Oracle for six years, focusing on Oracle’s Information Integration products, including GoldenGate/Streams/AQ/Gateways. Werner has lead the GoldenGate support team from 1998 thru its acquisition by Oracle in 2009. His team has supported many fortune 500 customers on real-time data replication projects and he has profound knowledge of real-time replication, disaster recovery, high availability and Big Data processing.
Company Website:
Striim
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Johan Hedberg
CEO and co-founder
CLX Communications
As CEO and cofounder of CLX, Johan Hedberg is responsible for overseeing the company’s growth and maintaining overall efficiency within the organization. He has over 15 years experience in the mobile messaging industry. Prior to co-founding CLX Johan was Head of Messaging at Ericsson and in various sales and business development positions at mBlox. Johan co-founded CoTraveller, a start-up in the wireless industry, in 2000 and before that worked as a management consultant. He has a strong track record from working with rapidly growing businesses.
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Faraz Hoodbhoy
Director of Outreach, Ecosystem & Innovation
AT&T
Faraz has 20 years’ experience in the mobile & software industries. Faraz was the Founder & CEO of PixSense, a mobile social networking company with 40M+ subscribers that he successfully exited in 2011. Currently Faraz leads AT&T’s Outreach, Ecosystem & Innovation team at AT&T where he & his team are the formal front door and face of AT&T to the innovation ecosystem (Startups, entrepreneurs, VCs, & big company innovation orgs.) Faraz & his team meet and evaluate 500+ startups a year for technology & business fits and also run AT&T’s equity program. Faraz is an engineer from Rensselaer and the co-author of “Applied XML – A Toolkit for Programmers”, one of the first 10 books published on XML. Faraz is an active mentor to several startups and continues to teach entrepreneurship at UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering where he’s been a course mentor for 9 semesters.
Company Website:
AT&T
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Kathrin Hösli
Head of Growth Areas
Swisscom
SwisscomKathrin Hösli has worked with Swisscom for the last 5 years. Since January she is now responsible for the Growth Area team of the Digital Business Unit, where she drives the collaboration with start ups. Kathrin Hösli has a double degree in international management and marketing, services and communication management from the university of st gallen (CH) and bocconi (IT).
Company Website:
Swisscom
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Michael Howard
Senior Research Director and Advisor, Carrier Networks
IHS
IHSSenior Research Director Michael Howard is recognized worldwide as one of the industry’s leading experts in emerging telecom markets, network operator trends, and user buying patterns. Michael co-founded market research firm Infonetics (now IHS) in 1990.

Michael leverages over 45 years of communications industry experience, including 25 years in market research, to author numerous works year-round, including quarterly vendor market share and forecast reports, service provider surveys, analyst notes, white papers, and custom research. He specializes in software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), carrier Ethernet, edge and core routers, IP/MPLS control planes, IP VPNs, cloud access, 40GE/100GE, packet-optical transport, mobile backhaul, and small cells.

Michael is a highly-sought speaker, and he frequently moderates educational webinars, chairs conference programs, and presents at industry events across the globe, including Mobile World Congress, CTIA, SDN & NFV Summit, and MPLS & Ethernet World Congress. He is also regularly quoted in the press, including Financial Time, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Business, Forbes, Businessweek, Light Reading, Network World, and Information Week.

As a consultant to startups, service providers, vendors, and the investment community, Michael helps clients identify new market opportunities, provides due diligence, and advises on positioning, product development, business plans, and M&A activity.

Before founding Infonetics, Michael was an IT Director at Tymshare/Tymnet, where he created network accounting and led the First Interstate Bank project that developed the world's first pre-Internet in-home banking system. Prior to that, shortly after receiving a BS in Mathematics from UC Berkeley, he worked for SDC on operating systems and programming language compilers for ARPAnet, which later became the Internet.

In 2008, Michael co-authored the book, Carrier Ethernet: Extending Ethernet Beyond the LAN, which received 5 out of 5 stars on Amazon.com. An accomplished abalone diver, chef, and photographer, Michael is based in the Silicon Valley.

Company Website:
IHS
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Bin Hu
PMTS
AT&T
Bin Hu is an innovation thought-leader and instrumental in diverse technology domains ranging from mobile Internet and web platform to NFV, SDN and cloud computing. He focuses on AT&T's open source strategy in SDN and NFV through active participation in OPNFV and OpenStack. He is Convener of OPNFV Technical Community, PTL of OPNFV IPv6 Project, and PTL of OpenStack Gluon Project. He was the Winner of OPNFV 2015 Annual Award, the recipient of OPNFV 2015 Q3 Collaboration Award, and a recipient of OMA Contributor and Achievement Award. Bin is a speaker of OpenStack Summit 2015 and 2016, ONS 2015 and 2016, and OPNFV Summit 2015 and 2016.
Company Website:
AT&T
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Dave Hudson
CEO
Vigilent
VigilentDave manages global operations for Vigilent. Prior to being named chief executive officer, Dave served as chief revenue officer for the company. He was most recently the founding CEO of NM Incite, a joint venture between McKinsey and The Nielsen Company that provides social media tools and analytics for large enterprise clients. Prior to that, he was executive vice president of sales and client services for Nielsen’s global telecom business. Prior to joining Telephia, Dave was co-founder and president of Blue Wireless, a startup providing application software to mobile carriers and served as a management consultant with Arthur D. Little and San Francisco Consulting Group. He holds an MBA from UCLA and a BA in Chemistry from UC Santa Barbara.
Company Website:
Vigilent
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Rob Hull
VP, Consumer and Networks Scouting
BT Technology, Service and Operations
logo_bt_100Rob Hull is the VP, Consumer and Networks Scouting for the External Innovation team within BT Technology, Service and Operations. He heads up the Innovation Scouting function whose role is to identify, qualify, then introduce innovative technologies, propositions and business models into the BT Lines of Business.
Company Website:
BT
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Jim Hunter
Chief Scientist and Technology Evangelist
Greenwave Systems Inc
Jim Hunter is the chief scientist & technology evangelist at Greenwave Systems, an international IoT software provider and services integrator partnering with Verizon, TCP, NXP, IBM, E.On, among others. Jim is responsible for oversight of technology, architecture and innovation of the company’s award-winning AXON Platform®. He is a highly regarded IoT technologist having patented multiple technologies that play a major role in driving the smart, connected future. Jim has founded and sold companies in this space (to Motorola/Google) and is a well-respected thought leader and speaker.
Company Website:
Greenwave Systems
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Diomedes Kastanis
Vice President, Head of Technology - CTO, Software Solutions
Ericsson
newsletter_spacer Diomedes Kastanis, is the Head of Technology and Innovation for Ericsson globally and leads Ericsson’s long-term technology vision and innovation. Diomedes is also contributing towards the top university collaboration, industry thought leadership and advanced technology incubations. He also facilitates the technical community within Ericsson. Diomedes is part of the executive team in Ericsson BU and holds a number of scientific publication and patents. Diomedes holds an MSc. in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering and an MSc in Mathematics. Last, Diomedes holds board member positions in new innovative companies around the world.
Company Website:
Ericsson
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Daniel Kennison
US Sales Director
Veniam
VeniamDan Kennison is the sales director of Veniam for the US market. Over 10 years of experience in designing, and deploying connectivity solutions into the market place, Dan sees himself as a Wi-Fi/Networking Guru. He has worked on projects throughout the America¹s delivering connectivity for a wide range of wireless projects including outdoor mesh networks, point-to point/Multi-point, and indoor high density solutions. He has expertise in architecting solutions for Smart Cities, education, retail and healthcare. Dan has been working in wireless networking since the beginning of 802.11, and has held positions at several other Wireless companies. Dan embodies the Veniam way of life with his work hard, play hard mentality.
Company Website:
Veniam
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Derek Kerton
Managing Partner
The Kerton Group
Derek Kerton, Principal Analyst and Head of our Strategy Practice, has 15 years experience in alliances, business development, management, strategy and implementation across software, infrastructure, applications, and content for consumer and enterprise users. This distinguished experience combined with a Cornell MBA and Derek's profound knowledge of the market, and relationships with key players in the telecom space have proven to be a valuable tool to many of his clients. With internationally recognized expertise in relating communications technology to real business, Derek is equipped to assist any telecommunications organization toward their strategic goals.
Company Website:
The Kerton Group
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Liz Kerton
President
Telecom Council
Liz Kerton is a technology and telecom marketing expert with a 20-year entrepreneurial history - from retail and wholesale to online and manufacturing. Building on 15+ years experience working with telecom companies, successfully marketing and launching many new services, new product lines, and even new companies. She started Telecom Council of Silicon Valley in 2001 - a community of telecom industry insiders who are focused on telecom innovation which connects 1000s of executives from 100s of companies, including 20+ global fixed and wireless telcos.

In 2012, Liz started the Autotech Council to connect car companies and their vendors to innovation and entrepreneurs. Ms. Kerton speaks English, French, and Spanish, has a MA in Diplomacy from Tufts University's Fletcher School, and was voted one of the Silicon Valley's most influential women in 2012.
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Christos Kolias
Principal Research Scientist
Orange
logo_orange_100Christos Kolias is a principal research scientist and head of the Netsquared Studio at Orange Silicon Valley (a subsidiary of Orange). He is a co-founder of NFV and the ETSI group and had led the formation of the ONF's Wireless & Mobile working group of which it was its first chair. He has lectured on NFV and SDN at several events. He has more than 15 years of experience in networking and is the originator of Virtual Output Queueing (VOQ), used in packet switching. Christos holds a PhD in computer science from UCLA where he studied under Prof. L. Kleinrock.
Company Website:
Orange
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Tom Komuro
Senior Manager
NTT Communications Corp.
Tom is in charge of making good relationships with startups to do business globally with strength of both of startups and NTT Communications. In order to achieve it, Tom facilitates the startups' business. Currently, Tom focuses on emerging technologies like SD-WAN, AI, Robotics, Healthcare, IoT (Smart home, Connected Car), AR/VR.
Company Website:
NTT Communications
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Ulrich Lang
Co-Founder & CEO
ObjectSecurity
ObjectSecurity founder & CEO; Ph.D. from University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory (Security Group) on access policies; Master's Degree (M. Sc.) in Information Security from Royal Holloway College (London) in 1997. Ulrich is a renowned thought leader in access control policy, model-driven security, and Cloud/SOA/middleware security, identity & access management. He is on the Board of Directors of the Cloud Security Alliance (Silicon Valley Chapter). He is co-inventor and co-developer of ObjectSecurity's OpenPMF product. He delivers some of the professional services Objectsecurity offers He has published over 150 papers/presentations, and has previously worked as a proposal evaluator, project evaluator, conference program committee, panel moderator, consultant, book author.
Company Website:
ObjectSecurity
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John Lauer
CEO
Zipwhip
John is an Internet and mobile veteran with 20 years of corporate management experience. At 21 years old, his first entrepreneur endeavor was Rootlevel, a web application development company that built GM.com and Ford.com. He then founded Simplewire, one of the mobile industry’s first text messaging aggregators which was acquired by Qpass in 2006 and rebranded as OpenMarket. John stayed on board with OpenMarket for a year and a half as VP of Sales driving revenue from $5M annually to $150M. John is also known for throwing the most elaborate Halloween party in the state of Washington.
Company Website:
Zipwhip
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Pat Lawlor
Sr. Manager,Technical Marketing
Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
QualcommPat is currently part of Qualcomm’s Technical Marketing group, where is he is focused on messaging and content creation around mobile computing topics, such as virtual reality and heterogeneous computing. Prior to joining Qualcomm, Pat held various business roles at tech companies, such as product management at NVIDIA and product marketing at Sun Microsystems. Prior to business school, he worked as an ASIC design engineer at NVIDIA and a startup called MediaQ, designing low-power chips for mobile devices. Pat holds a BS in electrical engineering and computer science from UC Berkeley and a MBA from UCLA Anderson.
Company Website:
Qualcomm
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Bill Leece
Vice President of Product Management
Cinarra Systems
Bill Leece is head of product management for Cinarra’s mobile advertising and carrier analytics platform, which bridges the digital marketing and carrier infrastructure business to enable mobile operators to monetize their data assets through advertising. Prior to Cinarra, Bill worked at start ups in Singapore and across APAC for over eight years, primarily in the areas of mobile advertising and payment services. He started his career in the medical device industry at Medtronic in Minneapolis.  Bill has an MBA from the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business; an MEngSc in Biomedical Engineering from the University of New South Wales; and BS degrees in Electrical Engineering and Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Company Website:
Cinarra Systems
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Laurent Le Gourriérec
Head of Strategic Partnerships
Nokia
Laurent E. Le Gourriérec is VP of Strategic Partnerships at Nokia. His organization’s mission is to:
- Manage and extend the Strategic Alliances currently operating with Accenture, HP, IBM, and Dell
- Manage and extend the Technology Partnerships currently active with Qualcomm, Intel, and, most recently, Facebook
- Develop partnerships with Cloud services providers
- Develop partnerships with new Verticals (specific industries like banking, automotive, municipalities, and governments)
- Lead relationships with Venture Capital firms interested in partnerships rather than investments for their portfolio startups.

In his previous role, Laurent was in charge of technology scouting and business assessments for Bell Labs and led various investments in startups as well as venture capital funds. Laurent has built an extensive experience in Optics and Software Applications through various operational leadership roles in product line management, pre-sales, and financial planning. He has worked in Asia-Pacific, France, and the U.S. He is currently based in Nokia Bell Labs’ headquarters in Murray Hill, New Jersey.

An American and French bi-national, Laurent holds an MSEE from Supélec with a major in Information Technology and Telecommunications. Laurent is a Certified Independent Director, with a joint degree from the Institut Français des Administrateurs and Sciences Po. He is also the Vice-President of the Advisory Board of I-Source, a member of the Strategy Board of Innovacom, and an observer at the Board of Directors of Team8 (a cyber-security fund in Israel). Laurent gives regular masterclasses at HEC Business School for MBA students and SMB executives.
Company Website:
Nokia
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Florence Lecuyer
Head of New Business Development - Innovation Scouting & Strategic Partnerships
Telefónica
Company Website:
Telefónica
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Gregory Leproux
VP Business Development
Swisscom
SwisscomGregory Leproux has been heading the innovation and business development outpost of Swisscom in Silicon Valley since September 2015. He joined the team in January 2014 after having worked for Swisscom in Switzerland for the last 15 years. He owns a master of engineering in Network & Telecommunications as well as a MBA. As a business executive, he is passionate about identifying opportunities which can accelerate innovation and the creation of better experience for Swisscom’s consumer and enterprise customers.
Company Website:
Swisscom
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Rusty Lhamon
Senior Director, IoT Solutions
T-Mobile
Company Website:
T-Mobile
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Peng Li
Director, Ecosystem Partnership
Huawei R&D USA
Peng Li is Director of Ecosystem Partnership for Huawei's newly formed CloudCore Business Unit. He has extensive knowledge and experience on SDN, NFV, network architecture and network protocols. He spent all his professional career on computer networking, mainly with Foundry/Brocade and Amber/Nokia networks before joining Huawei. With his technology background and enthusiasm to build new ecosystem for the new era, Peng is actively working with partner companies for new solutions, new revenue generators for our customers. In the past he co-implemented the industry first full redundancy BGP protocol, and has many years of experience in network protocol development and engineering management for flagship data center routers. Peng holds a Master's degree in Computer Engineering from USC, and Bachelor's in EE from Tsinghua University, China.
Company Website:
Huawei
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Mark Lowenstein
Managing Director
Mobile Ecosystem
Mark Lowenstein is a prominent industry consultant, analyst, executive, and thought leader. He founded and led Yankee Group's wireless practices, and was a VP, Market Strategy at Verizon Wireless. He now runs his own firm, Mobile Ecosystem.
Company Website:
Mobile Ecosystem
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Steve Martin
SVP/GM Emerging Technologies
Ruckus Wireless
Steve Martin is SVP Emerging Technologies for Ruckus Wireless. With more than 25 years of engineering experience in the networking industry, Steve is an expert in networking, hardware and software design, and a veteran at developing state-of-the-art wireless technologies. Since joining Ruckus in 2006, Steve has helped lead the company from an early stage startup company to its present day form as a publicly traded company with a leadership position in the wireless industry. Prior to joining Ruckus, Steve was an engineering executive with Cisco’s wireless networking group, which acquired Airespace where he served as VP Engineering. Steve has also previously held senior management positions with CommWorks Corporation, 3Com, and US Robotics. Steve was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and received a MS in Telecommunications Systems from DePaul University and a BS in Computer Engineering from San Jose State University.
Company Website:
Ruckus Wireless
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Sanjeev Mervana
Head of Service Provider Portfolio Marketing
Cisco Systems
As Senior Director of Marketing for Service Provider Business at Cisco, Sanjeev is responsible for setting and executing the strategic direction of products and solutions for Cisco Service Provider Architectures around SDN/NFV, Cloud, Software, Mobility, and Video for Cisco’s global service provider customers.
Company Website:
Cisco
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Jon Metzler
Founder & President
BlueField Strategies
Jon Metzler is Founder and President of Blue Field Strategies, a San Francisco-based consulting firm supporting US and Asian telecom, media and technology clients, with a focus on service launch and innovation acceleration. Jon has supported new business launches in print, online media, services, edtech, wireless broadband, wireless location and more. Recent engagement fields include connected car, wearables, industrial IoT, smart cities, and mobile security. Jon is also a lecturer in the MBA and undergraduate programs at the Haas School of Business at UC-Berkeley, where he teaches classes on telecom and media strategy and on international business.
Company Website:
Blue Field Strategies
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Graeme Millar
CEO
Jersey Telecom
JTGraeme graduated in Natural Sciences and gained a post graduate engineering qualification from Cambridge University. After a brief period working for 3i plc, he embarked on a career in technology and telecommunications. He has worked for Motorola, Vodafone Group, MTS and latterly JT Group. His work has led him to live in locations as diverse as the UK, USA, Russia, France, Netherlands, Hungary and most recently Jersey. At JT he has led the transformation of this state-owned business from a civil service culture to a 21st century telco. JT recently deployed an LTE-A network and is replacing its legacy copper broadband network with fibre. Currently 60% of homes and businesses on Jersey are Gigabit fibre connected with the project due to complete by 2018.
Company Website:
JT
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Tomofumi Miura
Chief Operating Officer
DOCOMO Innovations, Inc.
DOCOMO InnovationsTomo Miura became Chief Operating Officer of DOCOMO Innovations in April 2013. He oversees the administrative functions of the organization, including finance, accounting, information technology, legal, and human resources. He also leads its business development and investment activities whose achievements include helping NTT DOCOMO to become the world’s first mobile operator to deploy biometric authentication throughout its service. Prior to that, Tomo introduced BlackBerry service to the Japanese market and within one year, made over 20 million dollars in sales, and expanded BlackBerry team from 2 to 50 people. He earned an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management, and received a B.A. in commerce from Otaru University of Commerce.
Company Website:
DOCOMO Innovations
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John Moon
Head of the Honda Developer Studio
HSVL
John Moon is developer relations lead for Honda Developer Studio at Honda Silicon Valley Labs. At Honda Developer Studio, he explores the integration of Honda vehicles and products with apps and services from start ups to established partners.
Company Website:
Honda R&D Americas, Inc.
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Amitava Mukherjee
CEO & Co-Founder
RedShift Networks
Company Website:
RedShift Networks
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Richard Ortega
Head of US Enterprise Sales
PLDT US
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Steve Papa
Chairman and CEO
Parallel Wireless
logo_bt_100Steve leads the senior management team in setting the company’s strategic direction and is guiding the company’s evolution from its successful first customer deployment into broad commercialization and growth. As founder/CEO of Endeca, he reimagined the database to support faceted information ultimately leading to Oracle acquiring the company as its 6th largest acquisition ever when announced. He was part of the team creating Akamai that reimagined global Internet content distribution and led the team at Inktomi that reimagined the network cache to create carrier-class caching. Earlier, he worked with AT&T Teradata where enterprise computing was reimagined with the first use of Intel processors for enterprise servers. He has a BS from Princeton University and MBA from Harvard Business School.
Company Website:
Parallel Wireless
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Christie Pitts
Manager
Verizon Ventures
logo_verizonWireless_100 Christie Pitts joined Verizon Ventures in 2015 and is part of the Venture Development team. Christie works with the Verizon Ventures portfolio companies to create compelling new value propositions for Verizon, source new technology, and identify emerging technology trends. Christie has been with Verizon for over 10 years and has held a variety of sales, marketing, and operations leadership roles. Most recently, Christie focused on developing fruitful relationships in the startup community, with a focus on IoT and the sharing economy. Christie began her career in retail sales and moved on to lead the marketing and sales operations teams for the Northern California/Nevada/Hawaii market. Christie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from San Jose State University and a MBA from University of Phoenix. She is based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Company Website:
Verrizon Ventures
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Dave Patton
Sr. Sales Engineer
Rocana
Dave Patton is a Senior Sales Engineer with Rocana, where he is passionate about making customers successful with their operational visibility initiatives. Before joining Rocana, Dave worked as an engineer at Hortonworks and Cloudera, and taught the inaugural semester of the University of Washington Graduate Big Data program. He brings over 20 years of IT and business experience, working with a large cross section of Fortune 500 companies architecting and delivering solutions to solve complex business challenges. Dave holds a B.S. from American University in International Affairs and a Master’s degree in Business and Information Technology. He served in the US Army and Navy, completing tours in Iraq. He lives with his wife and daughter in the Seattle area.
Company Website:
Rocana
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Maci Peterson
Co-Founder and CEO
On Second Thought
Maci Peterson is a Millennial entrepreneur and marketing expert. She has been named “Tech’s Newest Innovator” by Essence Magazine, and is a recognized subject-matter expert and advisor on entrepreneurship, innovation and diversity initiatives. Maci is the co-founder and CEO of On Second Thought, a messaging app whose patented technology lets users take back text messages before they get to the other person’s phone. She has been recognized on Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30 List” of 2016, and Washington Business Journal’s “40 Under 40 List” of 2015. In addition, Maci has been identified as a rising leader in technology by Revolt TV, and one of the “29 People You Should Know” by BET. Maci began On Second Thought after winning 1st Place in the #StartupOasis pitch competition at South by Southwest in 2014. Maci’s experience includes years of marketing and business development in the entertainment, media and hospitality industries. She was the founder and editor-in-chief of the former Mwari Magazine, a digital publication for women of the African Diaspora ages 18-24. It was one of the first of its kind, and she grew the circulation to 130,000 readers. Maci is a member of the Internet Marketing Association’s Women Leaders Group. She was a member of the Founder’s Council at the 1776 Incubator in Washington, D.C., and an alumna of the MindShare Class of 2015. She has been invited to speak at a variety of leadership and business conferences including: South by Southwest, The White House Initiative on HBCUs’ National HBCU Week Conference, Inc Magazine’s GrowCo, IdeaFest and Cox Communications’ Tech Summit.
Company Website:
On Second Thought
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Pete Peterson
Sr. Director - AR/VR IP and Network Readiness
Deutsche Telekom, Inc.
Deutsche TelekomPete is now part of the vanguard to make Deutsche Telekom “VR Ready” - bridging the gap between the VR demands users will have and the underlying network to allow it to happen. He has spent over a decade working for leading European cellular providers in new technology deployment including Vodafone/D2 (Germany), TeliaSonera (Finland), and Vodafone Italia (Italy). Pete was also part of the launch team for 3 phones at Microsoft, including the completely re-designed Windows Phone 7. He was responsible for the crafting and compelling delivery of Microsoft’s mobile communications strategy, competitive positioning and product roadmap, to maximize new opportunities and drive thought leadership globally. Interspersed within this mobile industry adventure, Pete ran the Telecommunications Technology Group in equities research at Prudential Securities, a leading US investment bank. Pete also served Vice President at Saints Capital, a venture capital and private equity firm, where his focus was on direct secondary investing in venture-backed, Information and Technology companies. After, before, and in between technology and finance, Pete lead a dedicated team of talented writers to craft his extensive research and over 50 interviews of martial arts luminaries into a 550 page non-fiction book. First edition is in layout, and a film/television version is in development with Wolper Productions. Pete received a BS in Engineering, as well as a BA in History, from Stanford University, and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Specialties: VR/AR/MR, Wireless Industry, Business Development, Strategic Leadership, Finance & Asset Management, Planning and Analysis, International Operations, and Communications
Company Website:
Deutsche Telekom
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Mario Proietti
CEO
LocationSmart
Mario Proietti is the CEO of LocationSmart, the world’s largest mobile engagement platform for workers, assets and consumers. With more than 25 years of industry experience, Mario is a pioneer in location-based services, creating an award-winning cloud-based platform. LocationSmart is trusted by Fortune 500 and enterprise-level companies for verification, compliance, cybersecurity, proximity marketing and operational efficiencies. Mario is now a member of the CTIA Privacy Working Group and IAPP. He is also on the Editorial Advisory Board of GPS World Magazine and was a founding chairman for the Wireless Network Issues Committee of the E9-1-1 Institute. Recently, Mario wrote a chapter on cellular location technologies for a book on location technologies entitled “Beacon Technologies: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Beacosystem.”
Company Website:
LocationSmart
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Sri Purisai
Vice President and Business Unit Manager
Microsemi
Sri has spent the last 20 years in the field of communications infrastructure, identifying new markets and addressing the challenges through innovative silicon and systems. He is currently the Vice President and Business Unit manager for the Frequency and Time Division (previously Symmetricom), a market leader that delivers the world’s widest variety of solutions to address “Time” and “Synchronization” needs. These solutions are deployed in over 200 operator networks worldwide. Prior to taking on his current role, he has been involved in corporate strategy and communication market strategy at Microsemi. Sri started his career at “Xaqti”, a startup developing the world’s first gigabit MAC controller and advanced network processor. He has held engineering and business positions at Cypress Semiconductor and Altera (now Intel). His technology interests include application aware LAN/WAN networks, timing/synchronization for unmanned vehicles in GPS denied environments, cloud radio access networks (C-RAN) including network function virtualization (NFV), Openflow for mobile and IoT networks. Sri holds an MSEE from Santa Clara University with a specialization in VLSI and Computer Networks. He is a member of Small Cell Forum, Ethernet Alliance, and Telecom Council.
Company Website:
Microsemi
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Greg Raleigh
CEO & Chairman
ItsOn, Inc.
Greg has a 30-year track record of innovation that has shaped today’s wireless and networking industries. He conceived and proved the groundbreaking theory for multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO) wireless transmission, a contribution that completely changed 100 years of thinking and led to dramatic data speed increases and connection reliability improvements in the field of radio communication. He invented and commercialized the MIMO signal processing architectures and algorithm approaches used today in all 4G chipsets and most Wi-Fi chipsets. Most recently Greg co-invented and commercialized Smart Services, the world’s first highly customizable mobile network service technology.
Company Website:
ItsOn Inc.
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Sumanth Sathyanarayana
Research Engineer
Deutsche Telekom Innovation Laboratories
Deutsche TelekomSumanth M. Sathyanarayana is a Research Engineer working at Deutsche Telekom Innovation Laboratories (T-Labs) in Mountain View, CA. He is working on Containerization of NFVs ,SDN and IoT along with OpenStack at T-Labs. Prior to joining T-Labs, he was working as a SDN Software Design Engineer at Hewlett Packard where he was developing HP’s Core SDN Controller focusing on the HA, Persistence and Backup & Restore aspects of the Controller. Sumanth worked at ON.Lab developing FlowVisor, the open-sourced network hypervisor tool and was responsible for the development and release of FlowVisor 1.2 and 1.4. He has also worked at Nokia Siemens Networks, Bangalore developing the Integrity Checking components of Home Location Register in Telecommunication Networks. His research mainly focuses on the design and implementation of SDN, NFV and Advanced Networking Systems. He received his Master’s Degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Company Website:
Deutsche Telekom
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Nicolai Schättgen
Managing Partner
Match-Maker Ventures
Nicolai is an Entrepreneur with a strong background in digital industries. Today Nicolai is the founder of and Managing Partner at Match-Maker Ventures. Match-Maker Ventures is dedicated to help startups to connect with corporates to create impact within no longer than 12 months. Prior to that Nicolai was part of the Global TIME (telecommunications, informatics, media and electronics) leadership team at Arthur D. Little where he helped his clients to innovate their businesses.
Company Website:
Match-Maker Ventures
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Hardy Schmidbauer
Director, IoT and Wireless
Semtech
Hardy Schmidbauer is the Regional Chairmen of the LoRa Alliance and one of the original founders of the Alliance. Currently he is CEO of a new LoRa based company, Tracknet. Previously he was Director of Wireless and IoT at Semtech Corporation, a leader in wireless solutions and IoT connectivity. Mr. Schmidbauer has more than fifteen years’ experience in wireless design, product definition, and strategic marketing for wireless and IoT solutions. At Semtech, Hardy successfully transition the wireless division to be a leader in IoT/LPWAN with LoRa and increased revenue 50-100% each year under his management. He holds a MBA degree from Santa Clara University, MSEE and BSEE degrees in electrical engineering from Oregon State University.
Company Website:
Semtech
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Mark Sherman
Managing Director
Telstra Ventures
Telstra Venture logo_Telstra_100pxMark joined Telstra Ventures as a Managing Director in 2012. Previously, he was a General Partner at Hidden Lion Partners, an emerging growth equity firm focused on technology-enabled services. Previously, he was a General Partner at Battery Ventures where he led the firm’s enterprise IT and India investment practices with investments in Coupa, Mformation, Neoteris, and Tejas. Previously, he was a Managing Director at Robertson Stephens & Company, where he ran its software investment banking practice working with companies such as BEA, HNC, Informatica, JD Edwards, Quest, and Siebel. Mark received his MBA from Harvard Business School and BS in Economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Company Website:
Telstra Ventures
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Mounir Shita
Founder & CEO
Kimera Systems
Mounir Shita is the founder, CEO and Chief Scientist of Kimera Systems. He founded Kimera Systems after almost a decade of research in artificial intelligence and future economics. With a strong belief that the future in the connected world requires device manufacturers and network operators to be in the forefront, Kimera Systems delivers artificial general intelligence (AGI) empowering devices and networks to proactively understand the needs of end-users and deliver what they need exactly when they need it. Prior to Kimera Systems, Mr. Shita founded PayWi, a mobile payment company, and GoLife Mobile, a mobile application platform.
Company Website:
Kimera Systems
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Steve Smith
Director
trueCall Ltd
Steve started a business developing software for call centers which he sold in 1999. He predicted that new call center technologies would to lead to an explosion of unwanted phone calls, so in 2005 he patented and developed trueCall – technology to help people control their calls. BT licenced trueCall technology for the BT8500 which quickly became the UK’s best-selling landline phone, and trueCall has since been licenced for phones around the world. trueCall’s technology is protecting almost a million households and is blocking 95% of unwanted calls (350 million calls each year). trueCall’s award winning technology can be used in telephone networks (landline, mobile, VoIP) or built into a smartphone OS. Steve holds a Masters degree in Usability design.
Company Website:
trueCall Ltd
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Bill Snow
Vice President, Engineering
Open Networking Laboratory
Bill Snow is the VP of Engineering with the Open Networking Laboratory (ON.Lab). He is responsible for all engineering and operations at ON.Lab and leads the teams providing core engineering to the ONOS and CORD projects. Prior to joining ON.Lab, Mr. Snow spent over 25 years in the industry building development teams and delivering innovative products. He has led engineering teams for both startups and public companies in the networking and security spaces. He was responsible for the routing and high availability teams delivering the Cisco CRS-1. He was also responsible for the Centillion LAN switching product line prior to Centillion’s acquisition by Bay Networks. He received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, a Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Stanford University as well as a Master of Science in Engineering Management from Stanford University.
Company Website:
ON.Lab
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Kenneth Sobel
Co-Founder & CEO
Whirl
Ken is the Co-Founder and CEO of Whirl, a mobile-first retail payment network based in San Francisco. Prior to Whirl, he worked as a nuclear reactor designer at the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory in Schenectady, NY. Ken is a Y Combinator alumnus and holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Company Website:
Whirl
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Brian Spector
CEO and co-founder
MIRACL
Brian Spector is the CEO and co-founder of MIRACL with more than 20 years of experience in the information security industry. Brian began his career in cryptographic development at Silicon Valley’s first full disk encryption software company and has held leadership positions in development, product management and sales at Thales, RSA Data Security and McAfee.
Company Website:
MIRACL
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Rob Switzman
Vice President, Innovation
Rogers Communications
Rob has a 16 year history with Rogers Communications and is currently the Vice President, Innovation. Rob's role is to discover and attract innovative companies from around the world, and find suitable opportunities for them across Rogers that deliver on company priorities. He is in constant exploration and discussions with companies that are seeking to transform our products, platforms, customer experience and how Rogers operates, across our Consumer, Enterprise and Media business units. Rob's previous areas of expertise at Rogers include Planning & Development, Emerging Business, Product Strategy, and Wireless Data. Rob has an MBA from The Ivey Business School at Western University and a BBA from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Company Website:
Rogers Communications
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Karim Taga
Managing Partner, Global Practice Leader TIME
Arthur D. Little Austria GmbH
Karim Taga is Managing Partner of Arthur D. Little and leads the Global TIME (Telecommunications, Information Technology, Media and Electronics) Practice.
Company Website:
Arthur D. Little
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Yoshiaki Tanaka
Director of Business Development
SoftBank Telecom America
Soft BankMore than 20 year-experiences in telecommunication industries. Yoshi Tanaka has been engaged in mobile carrier for 15 years. The background- Marketing, Corporate Planning, Business Development. Yoshi has been working in Silicon Valley since October, 2013. The mission is to scout business and technology partners for SoftBank Corporation (Japan ) and SoftBank Group companies all over the world. The current focus is digital marketing, connected vehicles, smart homes, wellness/fitness, smart cities, robotics and AI.
Company Website:
Softbank
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Mark Thomas
Global Head of Connected Car Product Marketing, IoT Cloud
Cisco-Jasper
Company Website:
Cisco Jasper
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Marcel van der Heijden
VP Business Development US
Datapath.io
Marcel has over 15 years experience in the service provider, software and cloud industry, and today leads Datapath’s US business development efforts, building and managing relations with key customers, resellers and strategic partners
Company Website:
Datapath.io
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Dave Weidner
Director, Operator Relations
ARM
Company Website:
ARM
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Susan Welsh de Grimaldo
Director
Strategy Analytics
Susan Welsh de Grimaldo Director, Wireless Operator Strategies Strategy Analytics Susan joined Strategy Analytics in 2008, and has nearly 20 years of experience developing strategy and analyzing trends in the global wireless and broadband industries. Susan thrives on discussing both the business and technical angles of wireless services and mobile broadband and regularly speaks at conferences and client events. Her recommendations are invaluable to clients across the mobile value chain as they tackle critical issues such as operator innovation and transformation for the digital world, 3G/4G plans and pricing strategies, competitive positioning and performance, service evolution on the roadmap to 5G, data monetization and revenue growth opportunities, and voice/data business models for traditional and emerging devices. Recent publications include “Mobile Service Evolution on the Road to 5G,” “Operator Innovation Strategies: Unlocking the next $1 Trillion,” “DT Stands for Digital Transformation as Deutsche Telekom Leads Telco Transition,” and “Measuring the Success of Sponsored Data.” Prior to joining Strategy Analytics, Susan was a Strategic Business Manager at General Dynamics Wireless Services, where she conducted strategic planning and market analysis for commercial and public safety wireless network and international IT services. She held various positions including Director of Wireless Consulting at The Strategis Group, where she led projects involving business and strategic planning, market entry strategies, competitive assessment, market sizing and forecasting, and due diligence. Her experience includes analysis and forecasting of wireless services and devices, wireless infrastructure and components, pricing innovations and evolution of billing and charging systems. Her early career prior to telecommunications was in the area of nuclear non-proliferation, including work at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and at US think tanks. Susan holds a master’s degree (MA) from The Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (Monterey, California) and a bachelor’s degree from Guilford College (Greensboro, North Carolina).
Company Website:
Strategic Insights
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Sebastien Wickert
External Innovation
Winnovation
Company Website:
Winnovation
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Mark Wippich
VP of Business Development & Marketing
Telescent
Mark is leading all commercial aspects of Telescent and was a Board Advisor to the team prior to this. Currently, he is a co-founder and Board Member of DirectPhotonics Industries GmbH, Advisory Board Member of Everix Optical Filters and Partner of LightWave Advisors, a leading Advisory firm in the Photonics Space, where he completed Mergers and Acquisitions, Business Development Advisory, and C-Level directed projects for many clients. Prior to this, he was in key management positions at multiple high-growth startups with successful exits, Optametra (pre-revenue through being acquired by Tektronix) and New Focus (early stage through IPO).
Company Website:
Telescent
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David Witkowski
Executive Director
Joint Venture Silicon Valley
Joint VentureDavid Witkowski is Executive Director of the Wireless Communications Initiative at Joint Venture Silicon Valley, and the Founder of Oku Solutions. David serves as an Adviser to the Carnegie Institute of Technology Dean's Council, as a Member of the UC Davis Industrial Affiliates Council, as a Member of the CTIA Innovation Council, and as a Member of the 21st Century Communications Infrastructure Committee of the Bay Area Council. David obtained his BSEE from University of California @ Davis, and is a Senior Member of the both the IEEE and the Radio Club of America.
Company Website:
Joint Venture Silicon Valley
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Michael Wood
VP of Marketing
VeloCloud
Michael has more than 20 years of leadership and management experience in the networking industry. Prior to VeloCloud, Wood served as VP of product management and marketing for Akamai Technologies’ Cloud Networking Business Unit, driving both product management and marketing activities while establishing a new product category and market. He also was an EIR, and is currently an advisor, for Plug and Play Tech Center, a startup incubator and accelerator. Wood spent 15 years with Cisco in various positions, culminating in the director of product management and marketing role for the multi-billion dollar branch office integrated services router business for enterprises and service providers.
Company Website:
VeloCloud
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Thomas Vogel
Investment Director
Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners
Thomas Vogel is an Investment Director at Deutsche Telekom Strategic Investments, managing corporate venture capital and strategic investments for DT Group. He is based in San Francisco and active as a board member at various portfolio companies. Thomas is responsible for investments in start-ups in the Segments Digital Services (including ad tech, data analytics, e-commerce, IoT) and Telecommunications Technology. Thomas Vogel has been active in managing, advising and investing in technology and media companies for more than 17 years. He started his career in investment banking with Credit Suisse First Boston working on technology M&A transactions, followed by a position at a publicly listed Internet Investment Holding. After a job with T-Online in its M&A and Corporate Development department he worked for Scout24 and co-founded and led a new online market place. He also worked as Interim-Manager and CFO for selected start-up companies, before joining T-Venture in Germany in 2010 and moving to San Francisco in 2014.
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Takuya Yusa
Manager of Data Center Solution Division
NTT FACILITIES, INC
NTTAs the Manager of Data Center Cooling Solutions in NTT FACILITIES, Yusa is responsible for partnership strategy, product portfolio management, sales and engineering of data center cooling solutions in Japan and Asia Pacific. He has a technical background as a mechanical engineer and an architect for mission critical facilities. By leveraging around 14 years of his experience and know-how driving business developments through the partnership with globally competitive manufacturers in the data center cooling industry, his expertise integrating variety of cooling solutions helps customers to cut cooling energy and costs.
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NTT FACILITIES
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Daniel Zhao
Director
China Mobile USRC
China MobileAs the Director of Terminal and Application, Daniel Zhao is driving the innovation of smart devices and application platforms as well as leading research in next-generation mobile & digital services at China Mobile Technologies (USA) Inc. Prior to China Mobile, Daniel was the Director of field operations at ArcSoft, where he took variety of technical and management roles for both its internet services division and mobile business unit. Daniel received his Bachelor’s degree of Computer Science from University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), and Master degree of Computer Science from Polytechnic University (now Polytechnic Institute of NYU) and Institute of Software of Chinese Academy of Sciences.
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China Mobile
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Debarag Banerjee, PhD
Chief Data Scientist
Reliance Jio
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Daniel Herb
Director, IoT
T-Mobile
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