Speakers

Azita Arvani
General Manager, Americas
Rakuten Mobile 

Azita Arvani is General Manager of Rakuten Mobile in the Americas, building the business and overseeing its development, strategy, and deployment. Deploying the latest digital technologies including 5G, AI, IoT, cloud, and AR/VR, Arvani has created new businesses, developed products, and built partnerships for both established Fortune 500 companies as well as rapid-growth startups. Prior to Rakuten, Arvani served as Head of Innovation Partnering & Venture Management at Nokia. Arvani has also held senior leadership and advisory roles at Docomo, Xerox, and Upek (now part of Apple), among others. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Open RAN Policy Coalition on behalf of Rakuten Mobile.

Robert Boyanovsky
Vice President - Mobility & IoT
AT&T Business

Robert Boyanovsky is Vice President of Mobility & IoT at AT&T Business. He oversees all aspects of product management supporting AT&T’s Mobility & IoT business customers. In a highly competitive market, Robert looks for new strategies to improve products, reach new customers and differentiate offers while driving revenue and operating income.

Gilles Garcia
Senior Director Wired and Wireless Group
Xilinx

Gilles Garcia is the Wired and Wireless group Comms Business lead Senior Director at Xilinx having joined the Company in 2009. He has more than 35 years experience in the networking/telecom field. Prior to Xilinx, he was Director of Marketing and Communications for AppliedMicro in 2006 and Director of the Switch Fabric Business Unit in 2003. He also worked for IBM for 19 years, including four years as Strategic Marketing Manager of the IBM microelectronic division, where he was in charge of managing the switch fabric business. Gilles’s work experience includes managing global accounts, Distribution customers, customer wins, P&L, strategic direction and investment, and corporate marketing and communications.

Samer Geissah
Director Technology Strategy and Architecture
Telus

Bio coming soon!

Monisha Ghosh
CTO
FCC

Bio coming soon!

Mazin Gilbert
VP of Analytics and Automation
AT&T

Bio coming soon!

Linda Hardesty
Editor-in-Chief
Fierce Telecom Group

Linda Hardesty is editor-in-chief at Fierce overseeing the telecom group comprised of FierceWireless, FierceTelecom, and FierceVideo. She's been a trade journalist since the mid-1990s covering the business and technology of telecommunications networks. Prior to Fierce, she wrote for SDxCentral, Communications Technology/CableFax, and Cable World. She can be reached at lhardesty at questex.com

Sachin Katti
Advisor, Telco Strategy
VMWare

Sachin Katti is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Stanford University and Telco Strategy Advisor at VMware. He is the Co-Chair of the Technical Steering Committee for O-RAN Alliance and the Director of the xRAN Foundation. The Co-Founder and ex-CEO of Uhana (now part of VMware), Sachin received his PhD in EECS from MIT in 2009. His research, which has won numerous awards, focuses on designing and building next generation high-capacity wireless networks. 

Kaniz Mahdi
Vice President of Advanced Technologies
VMWare

Kaniz Mahdi is Vice President of Advanced Technologies at VMware. With 45+ patent grants, she is an inventor of technologies underpinning current voice over LTE systems. Kaniz’s current focus is on research incubation for new technologies that sit at the cross section of B5G/6G, AI/ML, Time Sensitive Communications, High Performance Distributed Compute and Complex Adaptive Systems. Kaniz serves on the board of 5G Americas and Linux Foundation Networking and has served on the ONF boards for ONOS and CORD initiatives. 

Sireen Malik
Director of Automations Systems and Architecture
T-Mobile

Bio coming soon!

Tony Montalvo
Vice President, ADI Fellow
Analog Devices, Inc.

Tony Montalvo joined Analog Devices in Raleigh, NC in 2000. He’s been the Vice President of Technology for Automotive, Communications and Aerospace since 2020. Before that he was Director of Technology for the Communications Business Unit since 2017 and a Fellow since 2012. Before joining Analog Devices, Tony led the RF IC group at Ericsson, Inc., and was involved with the design of Flash memories at Advanced Micro Devices. He received a B.S. in Physics from Loyola University, New Orleans in 1985, an M.S.E.E. from Columbia University in 1987 and a Ph.D. from North Carolina State University in 1995 where he is also an Adjunct Professor.

Udayan Mukherjee
Data Platforms Group General Manager, Network Technology Innovation
Intel

Udayan Mukherjee is an Intel Fellow in the Network Platforms Group and chief technologist for network infrastructure at Intel Corporation. Before joining Intel, Udayan spent more than a decade leading engineering teams at various technology companies, including Hewlett-Packard Co. and First Data Corp.. He has been granted 10 U.S. patents. Udayan holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the National Institute of Technology Durgapur in India, and earned dual master’s degrees in systems science and industrial engineering from Louisiana State University.

Parag Naik
Co-Founder and CEO
Saankhya Labs

Parag, the co-founder and CEO of Saankhya Labs, is a technology serial entrepreneur with over 26 years of industry experience, Prior to Saankhya he co-founded Smart Yantra technologies in 2000 and Vayavya Labs India’s first Electronic Design Automation Company in 2006. 
Parag is considered one of the foremost experts in the world on Software Defined Radios (SDR) as a technology for broadcasting, TV White Space Technologies for rural broadband and defense communications. 

Brian Naughton
CTO & Director IBM Telco Network Cloud
IBM

Brian leads 5G/Telco software strategy for IBM’s Hybrid Cloud division. Building on IBM’s Cloud expertise and long heritage in automation software, the 5G/Telco team combines Telco expertise into a software product and an ecosystem that brings hyperscale levels of automation to Telco Network Clouds.

Brian has over 25 years’ experience in the Telecommunications industry, including starting his career at Nortel Networks, leading Group OSS Architecture at Cable & Wireless and CTO of Accanto Systems, who were acquired by IBM in 2020. 

Sushil Rawat
VP RAN Platform
Rakuten

Bio coming soon!

Mark Reudink
VP of Technology Strategy
Crown Castle

Mark Reudink is currently Vice President Technology Strategy at Crown Castle and is responsible for defining business initiatives; evaluating emerging technologies; and bringing to market solutions that leverage Crown Castle’s tower, fiber and small cell assets. Prior to joining Crown Castle, Mark has held leadership roles in Engineering and Operations with major service providers and several startups. Mark holds a BS in Engineering-Physics from Pacific Luther University and an MS in Electrical Engineering from Oregon State University. He has been granted 16 patents and has authored over 20 technical papers and presentations.

Cristina Rodriguez
VP, Data Platforms Group and GM, Wireless Access Network Division
Intel

Cristina Rodriguez is vice president in the Data Platforms Group and general manager of the group's Wireless Access Network Division (WAND) at Intel Corporation. Before her tenure at LSI and Avago, Rodriguez spent seven years holding leadership roles in software development at Agere Systems Inc. and its parent company, Lucent Technologies Inc. Rodriguez earned her bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Instituto Superior Politécnico José Antonio Echeverría in Havana, Cuba; her master's degree in computer science from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid in Madrid, Spain.

Andreas Roessler
Technology Manager, North America
Rohde & Schwarz USA, Inc.

Andreas Roessler is the Rohde & Schwarz Technology Manager focused on UMTS Long Term Evolution (LTE) and LTE-Advanced. With responsibility for the strategic marketing and product portfolio development for LTE/LTE-Advanced, Andreas follows the standardization process in 3GPP very closely, particularly on core specifications as well as protocol conformance, RRM and RF conformance specifications for device and base stations testing. He graduated from Otto-von-Guericke University in Magdeburg, Germany, and holds a masters degree in communication engineering.

Raj Singh
Executive Vice President, Processors Business Group
Marvell

Raj Singh is the Executive Vice President of the Processors Business Group at Marvell.  In this role, Raj is responsible for all the company’s compute technology and processor product lines, including our embedded and baseband processors, server processors, security solutions, and artificial intelligence.  

Prior to joining Marvell in 2018, Raj served as Vice President and General Manager for the Network and Communications Group at Cavium.  Previously, Raj held a number of senior executive roles at technology companies including Chief Executive Officer of Wavesat Inc., and co-founder of 3Dlabs.  Raj holds a MA in English Literature from the University of Aberdeen, where he graduated with honors.

Ravi Sinha
Chairman of 5G and Tech Group
Small Cells Forum

Bio coming soon!

John Smee
Vice President of Engineering
Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

Dr. John E. Smee is Vice President of Engineering at Qualcomm Technologies Inc., where he is the R&D lead responsible for overseeing all 5G/6G research projects in Qualcomm’s wireless research and development group.  He joined Qualcomm in 2000, holds over 150 U.S. Patents, and has been involved in the design, innovation, standardization, and productization of wireless communications systems such as 5G NR, 4G LTE, 3G CDMA, and IEEE 802.11.  John received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Princeton University.

Santiago Tenorio
Head of Group Network Architecture
Vodafone

Yago leads the Network Architecture team in Vodafone, whose role is to define the Fixed and Mobile Network Strategy for all markets. Aside to his role in Vodafone Yago is the Chairman of the TIP Board.
His team most important mission is to lead the company into the Network as a Platform transformation, keep driving Open RAN in the industry and shape the 5G evolution, including AI and Low Latency services. 
With over 12 years of history, the team is recognized as one of the most innovative and influential ones in the Mobile Industry – endorsed by more than 150 patents and well known developments such as Single RAN, and achievements like the Open RAN Industry leadership, that has driven Vodafone being the first European operator to announce RAN deployment plans (Nov 20).

Guy Turgeon
Chief Architect
Red Hat

Guy Turgeon is a Chief Architect at Red Hat where he is focused on helping CSP’s migrate to a cloud native 5G architecture. His career spans 25+ years in the networking, telecommunications and software industry. Initially starting his career in embedded development at Mitel Networks and more recently in solution architecture roles at Wind River. He is an active contributor in the O-RAN Alliance Cloudification and Orchestration Workgroup and is passionate about making open disaggregated 5G RAN a reality.

Mikko Uusitalo
Project Lead
Hexa-X

Bio coming soon!

Mike Wolfe
VP, Wireless Networking Engineering - Mobility Solutions Mobility Network Engineering
CommScope

Mike Wolfe is the vice president of Network Engineering, Wireless for CommScope, responsible for troubleshooting and solving customers’ most challenging technical problems. Mike previously worked for CommScope as a regional sales manager and has served in a variety of management and engineering roles in both the commercial and defense communications sectors. He holds a bachelor degree in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University and a master degree in electrical engineering from Southern Methodist University.

Dr. Ian Wong
Director, RF and Wireless Architecture
VIAVI Solutions

Dr. Ian Wong is Director of RF and Wireless Architecture at VIAVI.  He serves on the O-RAN Alliance as co-chair of the Test and Integration Focus Group (TIFG), editor of the end-to-end test specification and contributor to the conformance and interoperability test specifications for open front haul. 

Previously, Dr. Wong led development of real-time end-to-end 5G wireless test and prototyping systems and managed 3GPP wireless standards and IP strategy at NI (National Instruments).  He is a senior member of the IEEE and co-authored Resource Allocation for Multiuser Multicarrier Wireless Systems.

Marty Zimmerman
Engineering Fellow - Mobility Solutions Mobility Network Engineering
CommScope

Marty Zimmerman is an engineering fellow with CommScope. Currently, he fills two roles, leading the global technical business development team for the BSA-Filters BU and leading the North American region for the Mobility Network Engineering organization within the larger Outdoor Wireless Networks division. Marty holds 45 U.S. and numerous foreign patents in addition to having been published in several journals. He has a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.