TC3: Telecom Council Carrier Connections 2017

Main Stage discussions focus on telecommunications networks, network operators, partnerships, case studies, innovation roadmaps, go-to-market, and working with telcos.

  • Case Studies with telcos and their startup partners
  • Fireside Chat with vendors and their innovation partners
  • Fireside Chat with senior carrier executives from R&D, strategy, and innovation divisions

A few excellent communications and telecom startups will be selected in September to pitch to operators and telecom VCs on the main stage. Startups apply here.



Spotlight Stage topics focus on technologies and opportunities. Discussions on the Spotlight stage put technology companies in front of an interested and motivated segment of TC3 participants.

  • Spotlight stage is located in demo and networking area
  • Spotlight topics are exclusive; limited to one agenda session
  • Spotlight topics may be sponsored. Brochure here.


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Maha Achour
Co-Founder & CEO
Dr. Maha Achour is the co-Founder and CEO of Metawave Corporation, a VC-backed startup focused on commercializing first electronically steerable 5G antenna systems and radar senors for automotive market. Previously, Maha served as CTO of Rayspan where she commercialized the first Metamaterial antennas and RF font-end subsystems for the cell-phone and WLAN industries. She has also pioneered the first Free-Space Optical systems for last mile connectivity and led various DARPA projects in wireless MIMO and Optical devices. Maha holds a doctoral degree in Physics from MIT, and completed the Master’s Degree Program in Wireless Communication Theory and Systems at UCSD. She has authored over 30 publications in electrical engineering and physics, and has over 80 granted and pending patent applications.
Ramzi Alharayeri
Business Development and Sales Director
Ramzi has been the Business Development and Sales Director for Sigfox for the past year and a half responsible for Semiconductor GTM Strategy and Strategic accounts. Prior to Sigfox he was at Atmel responsible for the wireless BU IOT Ecosystem business development, Field Marketing, Global distribution strategies while representing Atmel at OIC as Chair of the Marketing Group. Prior to Atmel he founded two wireless technology companies Wi2Wi and XimoXi building IP for SiP and Wireless Discovery Software, he holds multiple wireless patents and known for productizing the first WiFi product in 2000.
Azita Arvani
Head of Innovation Partners & Venture Management
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.
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Michelle Avary
Vice President, Automotive Products & Strategy
Aeris Communications
Michelle Avary is a leader in connected vehicles and a key member of Aeris’ executive team, responsible for automotive products, strategy and business development. Over 18 years, Michelle has developed a holistic view of the connected vehicle having developed, launched, and operated embedded and tethered solutions for Toyota, as well as scouted technologies for Harman. She is a passionate connected vehicle technologist, co-founder of an automotive startup, founder of Women In Automotive Technology, an advocacy group, and an advisor to several start ups. Michelle received a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Pennsylvania State University, a Masters of Art in Economics from the University of San Francisco, and studied international law and economics at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok.
John Baker
Senior Vice President, Business Development
Prior to joining Mavenir, John held senior positions with leading wireless companies including GM Mobility Infrastructure, Spirent Communications, VP& GM Network Solutions, CommScope, VP & GM Base Stations at Nokia and VP of Technology and Chief Technology Officer at Pacific Bell Mobile Services. John also contributed significantly in the development of the GSM standards. He graduated with an honors degree in electrical and electronic engineering from Loughborough University, Leicestershire, UK.
Debarag Banerjee
VP, Head of Data Science
Reliance Jio
Rob Bartlett
CEO & Co-Founder
Tenacious serial Internet entrepreneur since 1997. Driven to succeed and create disruptive technologies. Launched wtfast service in December 2009 with the goal to help make game connections faster and smoother. We are the market and technology leaders in this space. We have closed distribution deals with notable companies such as MSI, ASUS, Gigabyte and Linksys, with more coming soon. We now have many loyal gamers all around the world who love wtfast. This has led to interest from many Telcos, who are looking to work with wtfast in their region to: differentiate to gamers, reduce support costs, improve revenues, and grow market share.
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Bob Bilbruck
Directed IoT
Mr. Bilbruck is Founder and CEO of B2 Group and Divisional President for Directed IoT, an internationally recognized strategy and consulting firm. He is responsible for developing and managing all aspects of strategy and operations within B2 Group’s organization. Bilbruck’s nearly 25-year career is rooted in strategy services, along with program development, sales and technology development, emerging technologies & business models. Bilbruck is seen as an expert in the Internet of Things, Connected Health, Wellness, Fitness & Aging, Business Modeling, Channel Structures & Venture Capital. B2 Group works with many fortune 500/1000 firms and also many well-funded startups. B2 Group has multiple divisions that specialize in different parts of business & technology and also has an extensive analyst division of the company that works frequently with VC’s and Debt Equity firms as emerging market and technology experts in regards to investments these firms make in these areas. Prior to being the founder of B2 Group, Bilbruck held positions at Brunswick Corporation, Samsung, Konica Minolta, Leviton, Advanced Digital Information Corporation,, US Modular & Mobiletain.
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Samer Bishay
President and CEO
As Iristel's founder, Samer led the company from a small startup to an international telecommunications service provider with domestic infrastructure licenses on three continents. Samer oversees global and domestic strategies for both Iristel and Ice Wireless to ensure business objectives are in line with telecommunications trending needs guaranteeing continued success in highly competitive markets. Samer is also actively participating in many public forums that are helping shape Canadian Telecommunications broadband policy which will have a significant impact on Canada's future in rural broadband development and advancement.
Eric Black
Pivotal Commware
After receiving his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon in 2010, Eric worked on several DARPA and other defense projects at Boeing Research and Technology. His interests lie in the design, fabrication, and evaluation of metamaterial-enhanced electromagnetic systems.
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Meg Blight
VP Scouting, Consumer Propositions and Customer Service
logo_bt_100Meg is a global scout in BT's External Innovation team whose role is to identify and introduce companies with innovative technologies, propositions and business models to BT Consumer - the largest Broadband and Phone provider in the UK. Prior to scouting, Meg spent more than 10 years in the UK telco sector working in product, commercial and strategic roles at BT and other major providers. She has managed product lines with annual revenues over $3bn per annum in more than 9m households in the UK. Meg has an honours degree from Cambridge in Experimental Psychology and Physics.
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Sue Bova
Business Development Manager, Product & Innovation
U.S. Cellular
Sue has been in the Telecom industry for over 13 years. She joined U.S. Cellular Strategic Investments and Partnership team three years ago focusing on developing commercial partnerships and building an investment portfolio of companies strategic to U.S. Cellular business. Prior to U.S. Cellular, she spent 8 years with T-Mobile in business development building strategic partnerships to provide mobility solutions for T-Mobile enterprise customers. Sue started her career with IBM in product management and channel sales then moved on to 8 successful years at Microsoft driving software and hardware revenue through retail partners.
Scott Brown
Startup Catalyst
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.
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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.
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Roy Chua
SDx Central
Roy Chua is co-founder at, a leading B2B media site focused on next-generation infrastructure technology news and research. Roy has 20+ years of experience in enterprise SaaS, cloud computing, networking and security, and has co-founded companies in the networking, security and identity management space. Roy holds an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and M.S. and B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley.
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Christina Claure
Business Development Manager
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.
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Randy Cook
VP Sales and Business Development
Saguna Networks Ltd
Randy leads Sales and Business Development for Saguna. Randy’s previous experience includes similar global responsibilities at Alepo, and Nokia Siemens Networks. Prior to NSN, Randy was the World Wide Vice President of Sales & Business Development at Atrica, a Silicon Valley-based carrier Ethernet market leader, and led the private start-up to an eventual acquisition by Nokia Siemens Networks. Prior to Atrica, Randy held Sales leadership positions at Nortel Networks, Bay Networks and Racal Datacom. Randy holds a BA degree in Marketing from Texas A&M University.
Michael Crane
Business Development and Partner Management
Skyler Ditchfield
Skyler Ditchfield’s entrepreneurial roots began at the age of 12 when he started his first communications-based systems utilizing local cable networks infrastructure to broadcast ISDN internet signals to his neighborhood. In 2000, Ditchfield built a network business from scratch with $550 in startup capital in his home town of Ojai, California. Ditchfield grew this small I.T. company to 2.1M+ in revenue in 4 years before selling his shares. In 2011, Ditchfield cofounded California Internet L.P. DBA GeoLinks. Under Ditchfield’s leadership, GeoLinks’ has recorded more than 100% growth every year since inception.
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.
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Rui Tang
Company: China Mobile Technology (USA) Inc
Guenia Gawendo
Managing Director Silicon Valley Office
Guenia Gawendo is Telefónica’s Silicon Valley Managing Director. Her mission is to: identify new trends and customer behavior in the digital world, coordinate Telefonica’s relationships with strategic Mobile Industry leaders; and identify new business opportunities, collaborations, and partnerships. Prior to moving to Silicon Valley, Guenia held a number of senior global positions within Telefonica including: CCDO Business Manager; and Chief Operating Officer of Advertising, Telefónica Digital, where she led the expansion of Telefónica’s Mobile Advertising business from Europe to LATAM; Head of Marketing Best Practices, and Senior Manager for Commercial Development. Guenia joined Telefónica as Corporate Strategy Manager after working with management consultant companies like McKinsey and The Boston Consulting Group. Guenia holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from University of Sao Paulo and an MBA from Kellogg Graduate of Management, Northwestern University.
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Will Gibson
Retail Business Optimization Lead
As the Retail Business Optimization Lead for Maplewave, Will is a seasoned consultant who offers insight and concrete solutions to retailers who are looking to take their business to the next level. Will’s retail experience spans over 20 years and 60 countries, and includes major retail projects for international blue-chip companies. In the past, Will has worked for several Telco’s, including Vodafone, Blackberry and Cable and Wireless. Will marries his robust Telco knowledge with his expertise in retail customer experience and total business transformations to deliver true thought leadership. Will uses his can-do mindset to collaborate and drive positive change on every project.
Stephane Giraudie
CEO and Founder
"A serial entrepreneur, Stephane Giraudie is CEO and founder of Voxeet, the only company that leverages WebRTC to enable the only highly secure, crystal clear 3D surround-sound, audio and HD video experience within browsers and apps. The API library also enables screen sharing, presentation mode, broadcasting, call recording, translation, messaging, scheduling and more. Markets include Telco/VoIP, Collaboration and Project Management SaaS, Social Apps, Education and Training, eCommerce, Recruiting ... Voxeet was recognized at launch with the prestigious DEMO God award and has since received extensive media accolades. After being named a Gartner Cool Vendor, Voxeet was just recognized as the 2017 ""Hot Vendor"" in Unified Communications and Collaboration by Aragon Research, the top-tier analyst firm. Stephane was named one of the Most Innovative People in VoIP in 2014. "
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Amie Gray
CEO & Founder
N³ Innovation
Amie is a collaborative leader of business-driven innovation and strategy for high-tech, B2B companies. Over the past decade in Silicon Valley, Amie has worked extensively with accelerators, VCs, and investors on behalf of corporate clients. She has combined broad industry knowledge with fundamental innovation processes to help clients realize millions of dollars in new market, new product and new technology opportunities. She brings insights from 20 years in high-tech companies, corporate innovation and management consulting. Her innovation-focused career began with international leadership positions with Nokia, Inet Technologies (now Tektronix), Teradyne and Texas Instruments. She holds an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management, in addition to a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Pennsylvania State University. Amie is a Board Member for Super Stars Literacy, a literacy intervention non-profit serving low-income elementary schools. Amie is an advisor for the Infuse Entrepreneurial Program. Amie previously held a board position on the San Jose Unified School District Community Advisory Committee for Special Education.
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Srini Gurrapu
VP - Customer Solutions and Strategy
Skyhigh Networks
Srini Gurrapu is the VP, Customer Solutions & Strategy at Skyhigh Networks. Srini brings 20 years of experience in networking, security, virtualization, mobile and cloud security markets at several success companies such as BlueCoat, Neoteris (acquired by Juniper), FaceTime (now Actiance), RingCube (acquired by Citrix), Virtual Bridges and Wheelz. Srini led product management and strategic alliances at these startups and helped drive the vision, strategy and execution. Srini's primary forte is building trusted adviser relationships with customers and partners, delivering innovative solutions that make them successful in their strategic initiatives. Srini also worked as EIR (Entrepreneur-In-Residence) at Austin Ventures, one of the largest VC firms in the US.
Kenny Hawk
Kenny joined Mojio as Chief Executive Officer and Director in November 2015. He is responsible for leading the company on its mission to give every vehicle a voice. Kenny has previously led three disruptive, venture backed companies as CEO: Ubidyne, a provider of active antenna systems for the global wireless market and winner of the GSMA Innovator of the Year Award; NemeriX (sold to Qualcomm in 2009), which set the world record for low power GPS chipsets for smartphones; and iGo, a company Kenny also founded, that has sold more than $1B in mobile power products to date. Kenny holds an MBA from Stanford, where he now guest lectures for the engineering entrepreneurship program. Not to be underestimated on the board, as well as in the boardroom, he was a semi-pro skateboarder as a teenager and can still do a handstand while riding. Kenny is also a huge rugby fan, and travels back to Michigan each year to play in the University of Michigan alumni/student match.
Mark "Hershey" Herschberg
Educated at MIT (degrees in physics, EE/CS, and a Masters in Cryptography), Mark has enjoyed career success in Fortune 500s, academia, and launching and improving startups. His work has included tracking cybercriminals and terrorists on the deep and dark web, a wireless application platform, big data tools, lead generation, a home services labor market, and an online video marketplace (now Hulu). In academia, Mark spent a year at HBS developing a new method of teaching case studies and has been teaching at MIT's Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program for nearly two decades. He is on the board of TechieYouth.
Graham Holt
Daitan Group
Mr. Holt, CTO, Daitan Group brings 2 decades of accomplished product and technical expertise in information technologies including software architecture, software development, pipeline automation, big data, analytics, cloud computing, social enterprise collaboration, unified communications, IT service management (ITSM) and data center infrastructure management (DCIM). His Engineering and Computer Science degrees are from Leeds University.
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Brian Honer
VP USA Sales
Mila is an on-demand home service marketplace, similar to Uber, but for technology and electronics. My job is to forge business partnerships with corporations in the telecom, retail, manufacturing, and energy space. We utilize a B2B2C approach to connect their consumers to vetted tech-savvy brand advocates and professionals in order to increase their levels of service, while at the same time limiting their operating expenditure.
Faraz Hoodbhoy
Director, Ecosystem, Outreach & Innovation
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.
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Michael Howard
Senior Research Director and Advisor, Carrier Networks, Technology, Media & Telecom
IHS Markit
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.

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Jervis Hui
Senior Manager, Product Marketing
Rob Hull
VP, Consumer and Networks Scouting
BT Technology, Service and Operations
logo_bt_100Rob Hull is the VP Network and Consumer Scouting for the External Innovation team within the BT Research & Innovation Directorate. He heads up the Innovation Scouting function whose role is to identify, qualify, then introduce companies with innovative technologies, propositions and business models into the BT Lines of Business. The team is charged with helping BT find new sources of revenue, reduce costs and improve customer service. The team also reports back on Global market trends and helps manage BT's small venture capital activity. He is the author of BT’s external venturing strategy and plays a major role in the evaluation of innovative technologies and propositions with a view to their strategic fit within BT. He then leads the initial business development activity into BT. Projects that Rob has been heavily involved with include BT’s VoIP services for consumers and business, IPTV, Gaming, FTTH and fixed mobile convergence propositions. Before commencing this current role, Rob worked in BT’s Group Strategy and Development Department for 15 months being heavily involved with BT’s strategy on Application Service Provision and API utilisation. Immediately before that, he was Head of Marketing and Business Development for one of BT's F2000 sales sectors where he had had a number of sales and marketing roles over a period of 9 years. Rob has a Master's Degree in Electronic Systems Engineering, and has lived in the Bay Area with his wife and 3 children since September 2000.
Ankur Jindal
VP, Business Strategy and Planning
Tata Communications
Ankur Jindal heads the corporate venturing initiative globally for $3bn Tata Communications (TCL), a cross border communications company, and is based in the Silicon Valley. TCL itself is part of the $107 bn TATA Group of companies, reputed 34th in terms of world’s leading corporate brands. Ankur has over 20+ years of experience in the ICT space and has operated in multiple geographies from UK/Europe, India and now the United States. He setup TCL’s corporate venturing program recently and in his current role, he is responsible for driving TCL’s venturing activities globally in terms of both partnerships with and investments in innovative technology startups across startup ecosystems, including the Silicon Valley. His venturing group works closely with different TCL business units around the globe to enable start up engagements from discovery to Proof of Value to launch. Areas where TCL is sourcing innovation span across multiple domains from SDN/NFV to programmable networks, IoT, hybrid cloud orchestration, advanced predictive security products and tools, cross-border mobility platform & services, AI/analytics/deep learning applied to communications, AR/VR based collaboration tools, media platforms and technologies, process transformation / automation, employee and customer engagement. Prior to the current role, he drove strategy, planning and innovation for TCL, headed sales in UK/Europe for TCL’s transformation services business and led the global integration of Telegloble (an acquisition) with TCL. Before TCL he spent over 7 years as a strategy consultant advising clients across Telecom, technology, IT and BPO on multiple challenges from strategy & planning, organization design / structure, leveraging Internet technologies for process transformation, M&A and operations improvement. In the initial years of his career he worked in TCS, world’s top 10 IT services company. He is an engineering (electrical) graduate from IIT Delhi and a post graduate (MBA) from IIM Calcutta, both India’s premier education institutes. His interests beyond work include travelling, golfing and coaching.
Derek Kerton
Principal Analyst
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.
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Liz Kerton
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.
Alexander Khalin
Director Strategy and Corporate Development
Verizon Ventures
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Thomas Kicker
SVP Group Partnering and Business Development
Deutsche Telekom
Thomas Kicker leads Deutsche Telekom Group’s Partnering and Business Development activities. With teams in San Francisco, Tel Aviv, London and Bonn, he is responsible for scouting innovation partnerships to help differentiate and enhance Deutsche Telekom’s product portfolio, as well as developing and managing existing partnerships across DT’s European footprint. Partners range from large OTT players to Category Champions in the AI, IoT, Security, Entertainment and Digitization sectors. Thomas also has responsibility for DT’s incubator programme, hub:raum. He has over 15 years of experience in the telecom industry and has held several senior management positions, with responsibility for driving revenue and new business development. In his prior role as Chief Commercial Officer at T-Mobile Austria, he was responsible for marketing, sales and service for both, B2B and B2C segments.
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Christos Kolias
Orange Silicon Valley
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.
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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.
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Christina Ku
NTT DOCOMO Ventures, Inc.
Christina Ku is a venture capital professional investing in consumer internet, mobile, big data and cloud startups. She has evaluated, researched and assessed the viability of thousands of consumer internet businesses and new ventures for Intel, Vodafone and institutional capital firms. At her roles in investment research, corporate development and investment analysis, she has tracked public internet and mobile companies which provide her with a well-rounded perspective on emerging technologies (US, Europe), new markets, business models and financial diligence. She started her career as an investment banker at Hambrecht & Quist, invested in emerging mobile companies such as Mobileway (sold to Sybase for $400 million) for Intel Capital and created new market development for Intel's Consumer Electronics Group. At Triplepoint Capital, she led the debt financing for 50 companies, primarily in the social networking space such as Facebook and Slide (sold to Google for $182 million). She also started one of the first online beauty social ecommerce startup at the Shimmer Group Inc. Her most recent investments for Docomo were Netpulse, Elemental Technologies (acquired by Amazon), Cyphort (acquired by Juniper), Auth0 and Countertack. Christina received her MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from Chicago Booth and BA in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley.
Tobias Kunze
As CEO of Glasnostic, Tobias Kunze is on a mission to help enterprises unlock digital innovation by transforming their business-critical applications into a service-based architecture. Before co-founding Glasnostic, he was the co-founder of an enterprise Platform-as-a-Service company that became Red Hat OpenShift and prior to that, he ran development and operations for Lycos Europe's shopping arm, among other positions.
Colleen LeCount
SVP, Sales & Marketing
Colleen LeCount leads Sales, Marketing and Product for Mobolize, enabling mobile providers around the globe to better See, Control and Monetize data. Mobolize's device-based software solutions provide a 360˚ view of the customer, providing enhanced mobile data orchestrating to Discover, Optimize, Secure, Block, Push, Sponsor and Reward. LeCount has extensive experience in the mobile industry, including 12 years with Sprint. As General Manager of Global Product & Business Development for Sprint, she was responsible for driving revenue through professional services and the licensing of intellectual property to mobile operators globally. LeCount also has run her own consulting practice, advising telecommunications and technology companies on product launches and market expansions. Previous clients include Enterprise Networking and IoT leader Cradlepoint, where she was responsible for their global expansion and mobile operator partnerships.
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Raviv Laor
Director of Strategy & Corporate Development
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Tongyun Li
Co-Founder and Vice President
Tongyun Li is the cofounder and vice president of ZiFiSense. He has many years of R&D and commercialisation experience on wireless communications and networking. Prior to working with ZiFiSense, Tongyun was a postdoctoral researcher at the centre for advanced photonics and electronics (CAPE), Cambridge University and cofounder of eComm which is a University spinout company dedicated to providing next-regeneration in-building wireless systems. Tongyun was graduated from Cambridge University with a PhD degree in Engineering and won several national and international Entrepreneurial awards over the past years.
Lars Lindeberg
Director, Business Development
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Mark Lowenstein
Managing Director
Mobile Ecosystem
Long-time mobile industry analyst, thought leader, and consultant. Founded and led Yankee Group's wireless practices. Was VP, Market Strategy at Verizon Wireless.
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Victor Magarino
CWS Board Advisor. Professor NYU Stern & ESADE
Cloud Worldwide Services
Ex-Google Director, managing midmarket sales in 6 countries. Keynote Speaker. Professor, Consultant and startup Mentor at prestigious Business Schools such as NYU Stern and ESADE. 25 years Global experience in top Sales & Marketing positions including GE´s NBC Universal, Cadbury Schweppes and McDonnell Douglas. Currently leading CWS Global expansion headed by “Recordia”, its enterprise level converged recording platform in the cloud, a unique value proposition for companies of any size and vertical.
Ryan Manfred
Global Account Director, Telefónica Business Solutions
Telefónica USA
Ryan has over 25 years of global telecommunications experience, with the last 7 years focusing on enabling multinational Enterprises to better plan and execute their global IoT projects. Having taken the best practices and methodologies from the largest companies in the world, and combining them with the speed to market of today’s growth companies, Ryan is able to increase his Partner’s time to market. In his spare time, Ryan is an avid golfer and he just added a new French Bulldog, Magnet, to his family.
Pat McCamley
EVP Corporate Development
Crius Energy, LLC
Pat McCamley brings more than 20 years of corporate and business development experience to his role as Executive Vice President, forging the partnerships and setting the strategic direction that are both critical to Crius Energy’s continued growth. Working closely with COO Chaitu Parikh, Pat also identifies acquisition opportunities to advance Crius's larger corporate objectives and leads deal negotiations on behalf of the company. In his previous role at Crius Energy, Pat was critical in the onboarding of Comcast, FairPoint and Cincinnati Bell as strategic energy distribution partners. Prior to that, he served as Partner in the private equity firm Skyline Partners and was Director of New Business Development for Siemens AG and an executive at Convergys Corporation. Pat holds degrees from Pennsylvania State University and is a frequent speaker at industry events around the world.
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Sean McDevitt
Arthur D. Little
Sean McDevitt is a Partner in Arthur D. Little’s Boston office. He leads the TIME (Telecommunications, IT, Media and Electronics) Practice in the US. Sean’s career includes over 25 years of experience in the TIME sector with consulting experience in investment due diligence, wireless market entry, and strategic growth initiatives. He also held several operating executive positions at technology-enabled business services firms where he drove profitable growth and financial results through new business initiatives, business expansions, and ongoing operations. Sean earned his MBA at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and his BA with dual majors in Classics and Business Economics from Brown University.
Graeme Millar
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 90% of homes and businesses on Jersey are Gigabit fibre connected with the project due to complete by the end of 2017.
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Tom Mitchell
Lead, Spectrum SIG
Wireless Communications Alliance
Tom Mitchell is a Silicon Valley wireless and IP industry veteran. As Spectrum SIG co-chair and board member at The Wireless Communications Alliance, Tom's goal is bring tech community stakeholders together on issues surrounding spectrum use and allocation, in order to maximize usability and business value. Tom joined Proxim, an early industry leader in 1992, where he advanced through a succession of roles and firms to become Chairman and CEO of RadioLAN. Tom co-founded wireless startups ThalesESD and BridgeLINK Wireless, and has held senior sales, marketing, and management roles at companies such as Alloy, Apple, Brocade, and Proxim.
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Nitin Motgi
Founder & CTO
Nitin Motgi is Founder and CTO of Cask, where he is responsible for developing the company’s long-term technology, driving company engineering initiatives and collaboration. Prior to Cask, Nitin was at Yahoo! working on a large-scale content optimization system externally known as C.O.R.E. Prior to Yahoo!, Nitin led the development of a large-scale fabrication analysis system at Altera, and he previously held senior engineering roles at FedEx. Nitin holds a Master’s degree in computer science from University of Central Florida (UCF).
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Kenneth Myers
Field Readiness Manager, Communications and Media Solutions
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Ken Myers has more than 35 years of industry experience. He is currently part of the Communications and media solutions business in HPE that develops and delivers solutions for the Communications Media and Entertainment industry. Since joining HP and now HPE, Ken has been in variety of worldwide roles centered on the Communications Media and Entertainment industry and focused on the creation, delivery and support of solutions for the CME industry and HPE’s strategy to address the industry. Currently Ken is leading WW Field Readiness for the CMS organization. In this role Ken leads a team that provides training and development around the Hewlett Packard Enterprise portfolio for the Communications Media and Entertainment industry along with general skills development for the organization. His team also leads Knowledge Management. Before taking on his current role, he was part of the CMS Portfolio and Strategy team focusing on HP’s strategy to address the Communications Media and Entertainment industry. Before Joining HP, Ken worked for Northern Telecom (Nortel Networks) and Bell Northern Research working on network design and planning and the analysis of future services. He started his career working on telecom policy at NTIA in the US Department of Commerce. Ken holds a Bachelor’s degree from the College of Wooster in Political Science, a Master of Science in Management (MBA) from Purdue University and a Master of Science in Telecommunications from the University of Colorado. He is a member of the IEEE.
Sandhya Narayan
Distinguished Member of Technical Staff - SDN/NFV Architecture
Distinguished Member of Technical Staff in Verizon’s Network Planning Technology Strategy organization. Currently involved in various open source projects at Open Networking Foundation (ONF) centering around SDN/NFV/cloud architectures for access networks and use cases. Sandhya holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Science.
Andile Ngcaba
Convergence Partners Investments
Andile Ngcaba is the founder and Chairman of Convergence Partners Investments. He is an technology investor and entrepreneur. He has been in the tech space for over 30 years spanning areas such as research, regulation/policy and investments. Andile holds a Master of Commerce, in Information Systems, from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. The University of Fort Hare honoured him with an honorary Doctorate in Commerce and the Nelson Mandela University appointed him as an Adjunct Professor in the faculty of Computer Science. Andile’s commitment to tech entrepreneurs is reflected in the establishment of The Cortex Hub, a tech accelerator in South Africa. At Convergence Partners, he is responsible for setting strategy and sourcing opportunities. In addition Andile serves on the boards of several Convergence Partners’ portfolio companies, these include but are not limited to: • Seacom, the first fibre-optic submarine cable connecting Africa to Europe and Asia. • FibreCo, the open access wholesale long distance fibre cable in South Africa. Andile was involved in the establishment of a joint venture with Intelsat in building and launching “New Dawn Satellite Company”, Africa’s first private communication satellite service supplying broadband services in Africa, which was subsequently exited. His current focus in Silicon Valley is NFV, SDN, Cloud and 5G. Visit Visit
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Austin Noronha
Managing Director, Growth Ventures & Innovation
Sony Corporation of America
Austin Noronha heads up the Growth Ventures & Innovation group and helps manage the Sony Innovation Fund in the US. In this role, he and his team are responsible for identifying potential growth areas and innovative start-ups to pursue strategic partnerships and venture investments. Austin joined Sony in 2001 as Director of Strategic Investments. Prior to joining Sony, Austin was founder and CEO of TrueScope Technologies, an immersive video product and services start-up. He has spent over 25 years in Silicon Valley at both, large multinational corporations and start-ups. Austin holds a master's degree in Computer Engineering from Michigan Tech, and a bachelor's degree from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, India.
Brendan O’Donohoe
EVP of Global Sales
Brendan is a Bronze Star-decorated U.S. Army Ranger veteran whose roles in the military included deployment of secure mesh networks and UAVs in the Special Operations Command. He is a graduate of Harvard Business School, a former GM and sales leader at PepsiCo, and he helped start the first Hunter Team at where Brendan was honored as a president's club awardee.
Robert Oberhofer
Vice President of Product Marketing
ItsOn, Inc.
Robert Oberhofer has nearly 2 decades of experience in introducing new and disruptive mobile products to the market, joining ItsOn as VP Product Marketing in 2015. Robert got his start in the pioneering days of mobile data in 1998 as an engineer, which quickly lead to his passion in leading innovation though product leadership roles since 2001 at numerous companies such as Opera, Skyfire, Openwave and others.
Steve Papa
Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO
Parallel Wireless
logo_bt_100Steve leads the senior management team in setting the company’s strategic direction & is guiding the company’s evolution from its successful 1st customer deployment into broad commercialization. As founder/CEO of Endeca, he reimagined the database to support faceted information, leading to Oracle acquiring the company as its 6th largest acquisition when announced. He was part of the team creating Akamai & led the team at Inktomi. Earlier, he worked with AT&T Teradata where enterprise computing was reimagined with the 1st use of Intel processors for enterprise servers. He has a BS from Princeton University & MBA from Harvard Business School.
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Andrei Petrus
Director, IoT
Avira Operations GmbH & Co. KG
Andrei’s mission at is to transform the Connected World into a safe place for everyone. Intrigued by the absence of relevant products that get this problem solved perfectly, he started the quest to design an IoT Security technology that just works. To achieve this, he combined the 30 years old expertise Avira has engrained in its DNA with a lean start-up initiative. The result is an AI powered IoT security technology that works with basically any router. It secures all the connected smart devices and operators’ infrastructures against hijacking, DDoS attacks and privacy intrusion.
Stefan Petzov
Head of Technology and Innovation
SwisscomStefan Petzov is leading the Technology and Innovation functions of the Swisscom Outpost. Stefan is in charge of evaluation and introduction of new solutions and technologies to Swisscom. He is also managing the partnership with startups, and implementing innovation best practices.
Patrick Pfeffer
Head, Growth Strategy and Venture Investment
Juniper Networks
Patrick leads the growth strategy and venture investment group at Juniper. Juniper is an active and seasoned corporate venture investor with a focus on strategic technologies with large impact potential. Since joining Juniper in 2008, Patrick has led Juniper’s packet optical strategy and has developed the concept of next generation central office. Before joining Juniper, Patrick was a managing director for Detecon a management consulting firm, he also worked for Alcatel, Gluon Networks and U S West. Patrick started his career as a professor at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He holds a Ph.D. in computer science.
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Eric Plam
Vice President
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Joseph Radecki
Managing Director, Group Head, Communication Systems and Technologies
KPMG Corporate Finance
Joseph is a Managing Director and leads the Communication Systems and Technologies sector practice at KPMG Corporate Finance, the investment banking arm of KPMG. In his nearly 30 years as an investment banker , Joseph has worked as a trusted advisor to his clients on over 100 transactions including merger, acquisition, divestiture and equity and debt capital formation assignments. His clients have ranged from emerging innovators to large, multinational industry leaders in verticals including IoT, Connected Car, carrier, industrial and enterprise networks, communication software, and data centers. Prior to joining KPMG, Joseph was a Partner at St. Charles Capital, and before that Global Head of Communication Technologies at RBC Capital Markets.
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Spencer Rosen
Strategy & Business Development
Verizon Telematics
Spencer Rosen helps executive teams make decisions about strategic partnerships and investments to drive exponential revenue growth and enhance product market fit. Over the past two years he has supported the launch and dramatic growth of Verizon Telematics’ connected car consumer aftermarket product, Hum -- which now counts more U.S. subscribers, miles traveled, and driver behavior data points than all competitors combined. Rosen has thrived as an automotive/mobility industry specialist with Verizon for the past 8 years by applying his prior experience and ongoing passion for helping tech startups grow. He loves working with top talent from across the auto-tech ecosystem, from start-ups to multinationals, to solve hard problems while bridging the adoption of technology for safer driving today to driverless vehicles in the future. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and their six year old son.
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Amir Sarhangi
Head of RCS
Amir is the head of product management for RCS at Google. He leads product strategy and rollout for Google’s RCS solution including the Messenger app for Android, Jibe cloud, and Jibe hub. Before Google, Amir was the founder and CEO of Jibe Mobile. Jibe, which was acquired by Google in 2015, was a pioneer in providing cloud-based virtual IMS, IP Messaging, video chat, and developer API gateways to mobile network operators.
Emmanuel Sauzay
Director, Commercial Space
Emmanuel graduated as an Aerospace Engineer from the Ecole Nationale Superieure de l’Aeronautique et de l’Espace (Toulouse, France) and also holds a master’s degree in business administration from Toulouse University. Emmanuel spent most of his career in the Space division of Airbus (formerly Astrium), occupying various positions in spacecraft design and engineering, spacecraft flight operations, program management and sales. Emmanuel has occupied positions in Europe, Asia and Africa. More recently he has been focusing on business innovation for space systems. Emmanuel is now in charge of commercial space activities for Airbus Defense and Space Inc, the U.S. affiliate of Airbus Defence and Space. He is based in the San Francisco Bay area since 2015.
Hardy Schmidbauer
CEO and Co-Founder
Hardy Schmidbauer is CEO and co-founder of TrackNet where they are developing end-to-end solutions for LPWAN including the most scalable core network server. The TrackNet solutions are architected to provide an immediate ROI for LPWAN deployments. Previously he was the Director of Wireless and IoT at Semtech Corporation where he successfully positioned the wireless division to be a leader in IoT and LPWAN with his efforts in defining LoRa strategy, LoRa product definition, and the formation of the LoRa Alliance. In his time at Semtech he increased revenue 50-100% each year under his management and constructed the original LoRa ecosystem under his business development efforts. He holds a MBA degree from Santa Clara University, MSEE and BSEE degrees in electrical engineering from Oregon State University.
Damien Scott
Chief Commercial Officer
Renovo Motors
Damien Scott is the Chief Commercial Officer at Renovo. He has previously worked with a range of firms at the forefront of transportation and energy technology including Google X, Khosla Ventures and Bill Gates backed grid-edge optimization startup Varentec. Prior to coming to the US, he worked for Williams F1 where he was integral to the establishment and operation of its Advanced Engineering division serving as General Manager. Scott is also the co-founder of the Stanford/Harvard Forum on the Future of Transportation (SHFFT), a network of students, professors, founders, and investors working or interested in the automated vehicle mobility space. He graduated with a BS in physics from the University of Sydney and MS and MBA degrees from Stanford University.
Sean Seaton
VP, Global Innovation & Partnerships
Rogers Communications Inc.
Sean joined Rogers in October 2011 to lead the Strategic Partnership Group and is responsible for building long-term strategic relationships by creating value with partners on behalf of Rogers Companies. Prior to Rogers, Sean held the role of Vice President, Communications Sector at Microsoft Corporation where he led a team responsible for marketing, business development and sales for all Microsoft product and service lines in Telecom, Media and Entertainment for Canada. Sean also previously held a senior role with a large management consulting firm with a mandate to deliver services and solutions in the Communications Service Provider Industry Vertical. Sean’s consulting focus was in the area of strategy, marketing and services business models related to outsourcing, software and hardware with Canada's top Telecommunications, Cable, Media and Network companies. Prior to his consulting and integration days, Sean held a variety of senior marketing and product management roles in both the Consumer and Business Segments with one of Canada's largest telecommunications companies. Sean is currently a Board Director for the Jays Care Foundation, Toronto Blue Jays. He is the National Executive Sponsor for Rogers Women’s Network (RWN) and an active mentor with the Rogers Mentoring Circles. Sean holds a B.B.A in Marketing and an M.B.A from Clarkson University in New York. Sean resides in Oakville Ontario with his wife Christine and their two daughters.
Ben Sharma
Co-founder & CEO
Ben Sharma is CEO and cofounder of Zaloni. Ben is a passionate technologist with experience in solutions architecture and service delivery of big data, analytics, and enterprise infrastructure solutions. With previous experience in technology leadership positions for NetApp, Fujitsu, and others, Ben’s expertise ranges from development to production deployment in a wide array of technologies including Hadoop, HBase, databases, virtualization, and storage. Ben is the coauthor of Java in Telecommunications and Architecting Data Lakes, and he holds two patents.
Adrian Shatku
UNIFI Communications, Inc
Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Industry pioneer, disrupter and founder of UNIFI Communications, Inc. and UNIFI Holdings Companies. CEO of recently acquired WIS Telecom SPA and WIS Telecom SA (formerly M- Link Orascom and Wind International Services) ranked top 15 in the world by Telegeography in terms of volume in 2014. Mr. Shatku is one of the true visionaries of the IP telephony UC (unified communications) technologies. Early believer in the power of the Internet to transform global telecommunications, in the early 90’s. Mr. Shatku established UNIFI as one of the first providers of top-quality Voice-over-IP (VoIP) service. Providing leadership and entrepreneurial spirit to help UNIFI become one of the world's largest international carriers. Mr. Shatku has over 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry and is a Harvard Business School and MIT Sloan Alumni.
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Mark Sherman
Managing Director
Telstra Pty Ltd
Mark is the Managing Director of Telstra Ventures, which is the corporate venture capital group Telstra Corporation. Telstra Ventures’ mission is to invest in market leading, high growth companies that are strategically aligned with Telstra. We target innovative technology companies that: (i) are typically in the mobile, cloud, analytics and media sectors; (ii) are geographically based in the USA, Asia or Australia; (iii) are managed by lighthouse entrepreneurs; and (iv) typically have between $1M to $50M in revenue. Telstra Ventures plans to complete ~6-8 new investments (typically $5M to $15M investments) plus follow-on investments per year. Mark was previously a General Partner at Hidden Lion Partners, an emerging growth equity firm focused on technology-enabled services. Prior to this 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. He also served as 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.
Abhishek Shukla
Managing Director, Software Investments
GE Ventures
Abhishek Shukla leads the team focused on finding investment opportunities in Industrial Internet (IIoT), Cloud, Cybersecurity, Big Data/ Analytics, Artificial Intelligence and other technologies associated with GE Digital portfolio. Prior to joining GE Ventures, Abhishek was a member of Cisco’s Corporate Development & Ventures Investments team leading Security and Services portfolio and was involved in multiple acquisitions & investments. In his earlier career, Abhishek has held leadership positions in M&A, Strategy and Sales in Agilent, Sony and SAP.
Manmohan Singh
VP Solution Sales-Americas
A seasoned and highly qualified Telecom professional, who has demonstrated ability to lead diverse teams of professionals to new levels of success in a variety of highly competitive scenarios and fast-paced environments. Strong technical and business understanding with an impressive track record of more than 20 years of experience .Currently working with Tier 1 carriers in Americas to help them transition from reactive Network Maintenance to Proactive Predictive Maintenance . AI Based predictive maintenance solution enables them to achieve up to 30% savings on OPEX.
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Steve Skinner
The Unity Project
Steve Skinner is the Founder and CEO of The Unity Project ( With an MBA as well as a background in large scale retail and military engineering, Steve has turned his attention to uniting businesses with a deeper human connection. Steve has found a way to leverage enterprise level technology to help businesses create an individual relationship with each of their customers in a way that has never been done before.
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Timon Sloane
VP of Marketing & Ecosystem
Open Networking Foundation (ONF)
Timon Sloane is the vice president of marketing and ecosystem of the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) leading the organization’s efforts with SDN standards, skills certification, and membership. In his role as vice president of standards, Timon’s primary focus is to drive activities within the organization relating to the OpenFlow® standard, bridging standards activities and open source initiatives to bring efforts in both areas under a single umbrella. Timon also leads efforts relating to the ONF-Certified SDN Professional (OCSP) Program to build and enhance the worldwide footprint of the ONF’s skills certifications. Timon works closely with current and potential ONF membership to ensure that the full community is working together towards a common goal of accelerating the adoption of SDN.
Curtis Snyder
VP, New Business, Strategic Development Group
Curtis Snyder is Vice President of New Businesses for Comcast Cable’s Strategic Development Group. He is responsible for identifying and leading new business opportunities for Comcast in the energy and connected home space. Prior to his current role, Curtis was an Executive Director of Strategic Planning for Comcast Cable, where he helped to drive the long-term strategic plan for the Cable business, as well as pricing strategy and portfolio management. Prior to Comcast, Curtis held a variety of corporate finance and strategy roles at Cisco Systems in San Jose. He spent eight years in equity research at Prudential and Merrill Lynch, specializing in the networking, cable & satellite, and media industries.
Balaji Sridharan
Balaji Sridharan is currently VP of IoT & M2M at T-Mobile US, Inc. In his current role, he heads up IoT related efforts, including sales, solutions and marketing, on both the business and consumer side. Prior to his current role, Balaji ran the Corporate Strategy & Analysis group at T-Mobile during which he championed an effort to develop a comprehensive strategy for T-Mobile to enter the IoT market. Before his career at T-Mobile, he spent 4 years as a management consultant with McKinsey and Company focused on technology & telecom clients. Earlier on in his career, Balaji worked at a couple of startup companies in the technology space pioneering some of the early innovations in RFID (Radio Frequency Identification). Balaji has an MBA from Wharton, an MS in Manufacturing Engineering from UCLA and an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Madras, India.
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Kartik Subramanian
Senior Director of Digital Product Managment
Vidya Subramanian
Vice President, Products
Roambee Corporation
An energetic leader and results driven executive with over 15 years of solution delivery experience, Vidya Subramanian is the Vice President of Products for Roambee. He is responsible for product strategy, product delivery, and product management with a singular focus on product-market fit. Before Roambee, Vidya was Co-Founder and VP Professional Services at KeyTone Technologies Inc., a RFID technology company focused on providing a technology-enabled service for real-time asset monitoring through an enterprise scale sensor-based platform. KeyTone was successfully acquired by Global Asset Tracking UK Ltd. He has also held influential and leadership roles at Plexus Technologies Inc., KPMG Consulting, Unisys, and PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Vidya holds a Masters in Computer Science from Temple University and dual Bachelors degrees in Computer Science and Economics from Calvin College, Michigan.
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 big three focus is IoT, AI and Robotics. Particularly , I’ m looking at AI x IoT, Ai x Robotics business. Vertical wise, digital marketing,(including payment and omani channel), connected vehicles (including autonomous vehicle drones) , smart homes, smart city and healthcare.
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Sandro Tavares
Head of Cloud Marketing
Sandro Tavares has 20 years of international experience in the telecoms industry, holding positions in sales and marketing, and participating in industry breakthroughs such as the launch of the One Voice Initiative for VoLTE. He has worked with the Nokia family of companies for more than 15 years, and is currently serving as Head of the Cloud Marketing. Previously, he led Business Development for Telco Cloud in Americas, overseeing our sales and business development activities for Telco Cloud and Data Center infrastructure in the region. His topics of coverage include Cloud Computing, NFV, Telco APIs, DevOps, Subscriber Data Management, Data Center Infrastructure and VoLTE/VoWiFi.
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Bruce Templeton
Co-Founder & CEO
Pete Thompson
Managing Director
Invisible Systems Ltd
Pete Thompson, originally a Mechanical and Production engineer, with the Ministry of Defence, moved into a more commercial business area running a manufacturing facility for Electrolux in the UK for almost 10 years, before transferring to Electrolux in Sweden for 5 years being responsible for International sales. Thereafter a Commercial Director for a UK sales and service company. In October 2003 Pete founded Invisible Systems, a technology company developing and supplying wireless IoT solutions for various industries, starting with clients in the food industry monitoring and reporting conditions for compliance and environmental/energy saving etc. Invisible Systems now have installations all over the world in a wide range of industries, reporting compliance, savings and critical assets from their Realtime Online web platform. Invisible Systems are proud to have won the BT Infinity Lab IoT competition in July 2017. BT went to the market globally for applicants to enter into an IoT competition, over 90 companies entered, we are looking forward to working with BT in the future in the IoT space.
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Tom Tofigh
Principal Member of Technical Staff (Architect)
Tom is currently a Principal Member of Technical Staff in the AT&T’s Domain 2.0 architecture and planning Labs at AT&T. Tom has been responsible for planning and implementation of large-scale telecommunications equipment He has extensive experience that spans across many disciplines including 5G networks. Tom is currently representing AT&T at Open Networking Foundation working on Open Source CORD. He holds over 50 patents awarded and many more pending.
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Frédéric Van Durme
Frédéric always combined Business and Technology to create new ideas and ventures in an international context. After his initial career at Barco, a startup adventure with Xemex, he joined Alcatel, where he has gathered 15 years of experience in Telecommunication, Broadband, Video Technologies, Internet of Things and Connected Life. Through several marketing and product management functions at Alcatel, later becoming Thomson and renamed Technicolor, Frédéric became Vice President of Technicolor’s Broadband Division and in 2011, Vice President Europe North and General Manager for Belgium. Today, as CEO of Accelleran, he aims at realizing the convergence of ubiquitous wireless broadband connectivity and the explosion of new applications and capabilities in 5G context. Frédéric Van Durme has a Commercial Engineering Degree from the University of Antwerp, and MBA from the Antwerp Management School and a Master of Intercultural Management from ICHEC. He was fortunate to complement his academic career with Corporate Programs at Harvard and IESE business schools.
Pradeep Varadan
Manager of Geospatial Data Science
Verizon - Global Products and Solutions
Srinivas Vegesna
Founder & CEO
Criterion Networks
Srinivas Vegesna, Founder and CEO at Criterion Networks, has over 23 years of experience in the networking industry. Srinivas comes with wide ranging network architecture and deployment experience with special focus on IP network design, routing, Quality of Service (QoS) solutions. In his long stint with Cisco, Srinivas held leadership roles in customer support, advanced services, and engineering with extensive experience in working closely with service provider customers in delivering consulting services, Cisco 3.0 customer labs and solution testing ensuring customer success. Criterion Networks was started in 2014 with a vision to provide network transformation acceleration solutions to service providers and large enterprises looking to rebuild their networks by adopting network virtualization and automation technologies. Srinivas Vegesna holds MSEE from Arizona State University and MBA from Santa Clara University and is the author of the book, “IP Quality of Service”.
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Ron Victor
CEO & Founder
Ron Victor is a Silicon-Valley based entrepreneur with 20 years of experience and expertise in both Fortune 100 companies and launching new ventures and start-ups. To-date, he has enabled raising more than $30 million in capital for multiple start-ups. He has founded and led three companies to successful exits. His latest venture, IoTium Inc., provides a secure, cloud-managed, easy-to-deploy Networking as a Service infrastructure for all IoT verticals. IoTium is the first secure network infrastructure company for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), allowing mission-critical environments to safely realize the promise of Industry 4.0. Prior to IoTium, Ron served as VP of Marketing and Business Development of Wireless Industrial Technologies, an Industrial IoT company providing IoT solutions for heavy industry such as aluminum smelters, copper tank houses, and more.
Jan Volzke
VP, Caller Profiles
As Vice President, Caller Profiles, Jan manages the team that protects Hiya’s millions of users from spam, nuisance calls and mobile fraud. Prior to Hiya, Jan worked for Whitepages, following the acquisition of his company, Numbercop. Jan is a telecom & security expert with more than 15 years of experience in mobile devices, telephony networks, and application security. He holds a BCEE in Engineering Telecommunications from Dresden University of Technology and a MBA in International Business and Marketing from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.
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Amy Waterman
Director, Technology Advocacy
Intel Corporation
Amy Waterman, directs programs as part of Intel’s 5G International Advocacy efforts. In her role, she works with Intel’s 5G teams to communicate the company’s leadership as an enabler of end-to-end 5G solutions. Amy works closely on programs to engage external thought leaders within universities, think tanks and analyst firms. With over 20 years of wireless industry experience, she has experience designing and implementing programs to educate and inform key industry stakeholders including media, government officials and analysts.
Dave Weidner
Director of Business Development
Dave is responsible for driving strategic growth opportunities for Arm in IoT. With experience launching and growing new business initiatives, cultivating partnerships and establishing technology and business ecosystems, Dave is focused on engaging stakeholders across ecosystems to realize the value of the IoT. He joined Arm in 2014 and previously led the global Operator Relations team responsible for engaging with MNOs & MSOs on subject areas including IoT, Networking and 5G. Prior to Arm, Dave has extensive experience in the tech industry developing partnerships, delivering software products and launching services in the embedded, mobile and cloud services.
Sebastien Wickert
Head of External Innovation and Partnerships
Sebastien Wickert is the Head of External Innovation and Partnerships at Winnovation, the Silicon Valley outpost of Bouygues. Bouygues ( is a French conglomerate and amongst the top 40 enterprises in France with diversified activities around the world in construction, real estate, energy, media, telco and transportation. Bouygues’ revenue in 2016 was $35 billions. Sebastien is responsible for sourcing and structuring strategic partnerships, primarily in the startup community. While identifying the potential disruptions that could affect the Bouygues Group in the short term and the long-term, he recommends and implements strategies with partners within different divisions inside Bouygues to solve direct problems or generate new business. Sebastien has created more than 16 partnerships in the past four years, ranging from negotiating with a US-based wearable company to launch their product in Bouygues Telecom’s retail stores throughout France, to deploying drones on quarries for land surveying and analyzing market share of new road construction using AI on satellite imagery. Sebastien has been with Bouygues for more than a decade and has been representing Bouygues in Silicon Valley for the past seven years.
Chip Yorkgitis
Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
Chip Yorkgitis is a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. He focuses his practice on telecommunications. Chip represents clients with interests and concerns related to spectrum management. He has acted as counsel to users of spectrum on issues related to spectrum allocation, interference resolution, private and NTIA coordination of stations and spectrum sharing, management of stations, adherence to operational and technical regulations, interconnection, Federal Communication Commission (FCC) radio station licensing, foreign ownership, antenna structure marking and lighting requirements, and FAA obstruction evaluations. He advises numerous equipment manufacturers, importers, and retailers with regard to equipment radiofrequency emission testing, equipment authorization (certification, Declarations of conformity, and verification), limits on human exposure to radiofrequency emissions, and other electromagnetic compatibility matters, covering both licensed and unlicensed devices. He has represented satellite carriers and their customers in negotiating transponder, capacity and other commercial arrangements, as well as complying with all facets of federal regulation. Chip also represents a wide range of service providers, such as Internet Protocol (VoIP) and other advanced communications services, domestic competitive telecommunications carriers, and international carriers, in all aspects of state and federal communications laws. He regularly represents these clients in development and interpretation of FCC and state implementing regulations; negotiation, arbitration and enforcement of interconnection agreements and service contracts; regulatory compliance; agency investigations and enforcement in matters as diverse as universal service contribution obligations, outage reporting, access charges, equipment authorization; private adjudications; and regulatory matters related to mergers, acquisitions and other transactions in today’s fast changing environment. He represents a number of providers and utilities in matters related to pole attachments, conduit occupancy rights, local franchises and public rights-of-way in numerous municipalities, counties, and localities around the United States.
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Mark Yarkosky
Director Product Development
Mark is the Director of Product Development at Sprint. He leads the team responsible for wireless services, messaging and applications, doing both new product development as well as product lifecycle management. Products span consumer and enterprise security, family safety, entertainment services, and social networking. Mark has worked at Sprint since 1996 in a variety of roles, including local wireless network planning, research and development, and RF engineering. He is the holder or co-holder of 35 patents with an additional 30 patents on file.
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Dave Zilberman
Managing Director
Comcast Ventures
Dave joined Comcast Ventures in 2006, and is responsible for identifying, executing and managing new investments while supporting existing portfolio companies. His investment focus is on enterprise IT and financial services. Prior to joining Comcast Ventures, Dave was a business development manager at Flarion Technologies, where he played a pivotal role in the company’s fundraising activities and ultimate acquisition by Qualcomm. Prior to Flarion, Dave was a communications and media investment banking analyst and asset management associate at Lehman Brothers. Dave holds a B.S. in Management with a concentration in Finance from Binghamton University.
Chris Weasler
Global Head of Spectrum Policy and Connectivity Planning
Chris has been at Facebook since early 2012 and is Facebook’s lead on spectrum policy and connectivity planning. Chris and his team provide direct support for Facebook’s Connectivity Lab and the Telecom Infra Project (TIP). He has also lead Facebook’s crisis connectivity response efforts including projects for ebola workers in west Africa, refugees in Greece and Jordan, and those affected by the recent hurricanes. Chris currently serves on the U.S. Commerce Dept’s Spectrum Management Advisory Committee (CSMAC). Prior to his current role, Chris led the initial formation of Facebook’s global connectivity initiative, and has managed Facebook's partnerships with mobile operators. Before joining Facebook, Chris held a range of operational roles including VP of Business Development at LightSquared and VP of Global Development and Roaming at Sprint Nextel. At Palm he helped launch the first wireless PDA, and at OmniSky, Chris led the product and business development for its wireless portal. He also serves as an advisor to tech start-ups and VC firms, and has consulted with wireless operators and advised the FCC on a host of roaming and spectrum issues. Early in his career, Chris coded custom software for telco clients while at Accenture, and provided strategic consulting services to international telco clients while at KPMG. He has an undergraduate degree from Marquette University and an MBA from Dartmouth's Tuck School.