Speakers

Monica Alleven
Senior Editor
Fierce WirelessTech

Monica Alleven is editor of Fierce WirelessTech and pitches in as copy editor for several Fierce Markets Telecom Group newsletters. She previously was editor in chief of Wireless Week, where she held editorial positions covering everything from PCS auctions to noise-canceling techniques to base station technologies. Before covering the wireless industry, she worked at several community newspapers in the Pacific Northwest.

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.

Mauro Renato Boldi
5G EVE Project Coordinator | Dissemination/Standardization Leader
TIM | Hexa-X

Mauro Boldi graduated at Politecnico di Torino, Italy, in 1998. He joined then Telecom Italia, where he has been involved in radio access network research. He is author of books, patents and papers on wireless communications technologies, 5G and beyond, and the editor of the book “5G System Design” published by Wiley in 2018. Mauro has been involved in many European projects, among which Earth, METIS and METIS II, 5G MoNArch. Mauro is currently the coordinator of the project 5G EVE, and dissemination/standardization leader in Hexa-X. 

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.

Caroline Y. Chan
Vice President, Data Platforms Group
General Manager, Network Business Incubator Division

Intel

Caroline Y. Chan is responsible for driving new services running across the network infrastructure, working closely with network service cloud service providers and enterprises at Intel. Before joining Intel, Chan had a 15-year career at Nortel Networks Corp., culminating in her role as director of 4G wireless product management. She serves as an independent director on EnerSys Inc. board and on the board of the Telecom Infrastructure Project (TIP) and CBRS Alliance. Chan holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, respectively. 

Ronan Dunne
EVP & CEO
Verizon Consumer Group

Ronan Dunne is executive vice president and CEO of Verizon Consumer Group. He leads the teams responsible for providing wireline voice, data and TV products and services and wireless connected experiences to more than 100 million consumers every day. In addition, his teams are helping to build the first 5G technology network that will redefine how customers live, work and play. 

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

As a member of TELUS's CTO office and as Director, Technology Strategy and Architecture, Samer is leading a team of Principle Technology Architects, Product Managers and Business Development leaders to define the strategy, business model and technology options of TELUS's 5G, IoT, Edge Compute and Smart Cities technology road-maps.  

Samer has held previous positions at du, Siemens Mobile Networks Technical Consulting, and TELOS Technologies.  

Samer holds a Stanford LEAD: Corporate Innovation Certificate from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, a Bachelor's of Science in Computer Engineering and a Bachelor's of Science in Computer Science from North Carolina State University. 

Bob Gessel
Head of Technology Strategy & Market Development, Enterprise & Emerging Business
Ericsson North America

Bob Gessel has 35+ years of experience in the Telecom, Communications and Software industries. He has been with Ericsson for 27 years and is currently Head of Strategy & Market Development responsible for driving strategic planning and market development initiatives for Ericsson’s Enterprise and Emerging Business unit in North America. Current responsibilities include expanding Ericsson’s portfolio and go-to-market capabilities towards enterprise and industrial customers in areas such as private cellular networks, mission critical networks, industrial IoT and SMB solutions. He is also responsible for developing the ecosystem of solution partners across devices, platforms, applications together with System Integrator and VAR partnerships to create compelling solutions for enterprise and industrial customers.

Monisha Ghosh
CTO & Research Professor
FCC & University of Chicago

Monisha is serving as the CTO of the FCC on a leave of absence from the University of Chicago where she is a Research Professor. Her research interests are in wireless networks in general, with an emphasis on spectrum sharing and coexistence as well as broadband mapping. She received her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California in 1991, and her B. Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (India) in 1986. She is a Fellow of the IEEE. 

Mazin Gilbert
VP of Network Analytics and Automation
AT&T

Dr. Mazin Gilbert is the Vice President of Network Analytics & Automation at AT&T Labs. He leads AT&T’s Research and Advanced Development of its network analytics, optimization, orchestration and automation. In this role, Mazin oversees advancements in artificial intelligence and machine learning, software-defined access, network planning and design, closed loop automation, open source software platforms and data analytics. Mazin holds 180 U.S. patents in communication and multimedia processing and has published over 100 technical papers in human-machine communication. 

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

David Joosten
Regional Director Americas & Partner Markets
Vodafone Business

David Joosten is the regional director for Vodafone Americas and Partner Markets. In this role he leads Vodafone Business commercial operations throughout the United States, Canada and Latin America, in addition to Vodafone partner markets including France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg, the Nordics and Vodafone’s international public sector customers. With more than twenty years in international IT, telecoms and sales, David brings a wealth of experience to the role.  

David joined Vodafone in 2007 and has held many international roles over the years, including most recently Head of International Sales, a position he held from 2016 - 2019. 

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. 

Maribel Lopez
Principal and Founder
Lopez Research

As the principal and founder of Lopez Research, Maribel Lopez offers deep industry knowledge and expertise to provide research, analysis, and strategic insight to the communications industry. During the past two decades, she has observed, commented on, and engaged in the massive shifts in communications technologies. She has worked directly with the service-provider community as well as with equipment, device, and software vendors. Her perceptions are gained through direct industry involvement and interaction where she has an opportunity to listen and speak to the customers that are the ultimate beneficiaries of her clients’ technologies.   

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. 

Sue Marek
Contributing Editor
Fierce Telecom

Sue Marek is a Denver-based freelance writer that has been reporting on the telecom and tech industries for more than 25 years. Previously she was the editor in chief at SDxCentral and prior to that the editor in chief of FierceWireless. Sue is a frequent speaker at industry events and has moderated panels for the Consumer Electronics Show, the Competitive Carriers’ Show, The Wireless Infrastructure Show, 5G North America, DC 5G, Interop, and more. 

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.

Kyung Mun
Principal Analyst
Mobile Experts, Inc.

Kyung Mun is a principal analyst at Mobile Experts Inc., a network of market and technology experts that analyze wireless markets.  He currently focuses on trends in 5G, Small Cells, Enterprise, and Industrial markets for wireless infrastructure.  With over 25 years in the mobile industry, he has held product development and technology strategy roles at Motorola, Texas Instruments, Alcatel-Lucent, and a few startups in between.  Kyung Mun holds electrical engineering degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and Georgia Tech and received his MBA from SMU.

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. 

Chris Pearson
President
5G Americas

Chris Pearson is the President of 5G Americas.  In his executive role, he is responsible for the overall planning of the organization and providing management for the integration of strategy and operations in the areas of technology, marketing, public relations and regulatory affairs. Mr. Pearson earned a Master of Business Administration degree from The Albers School of Business and Economics at Seattle University. 
 

Stefan Pongratz
Vice President and Analyst, RAN and Telecom Capex
Dell'Oro Group

Stefan Pongratz joined Dell’Oro Group in 2010 and is responsible for the firm’s Radio Access Network (RAN) market and Telecom Capex research programs. While at the firm, Mr. Pongratz has expanded the RAN research adding significant detail on LTE, Small Cells, and 5G. He has authored several Advanced Research Reports assessing the impact and the market opportunity with 5G, CBRS, Open RAN, Private Wireless, Small Cells. He built the Telecom Capex coverage detailing revenues and investments of over 50 carriers worldwide. 

Anil Rao
Principal Analyst
Analysys Mason

Anil Rao is the Research director and Practice head for Telecoms applications research. Anil is also the lead analyst on network and service automation research that includes the Network Automation and Orchestration, Automated Assurance and Service Design and Orchestration research programmes, covering a broad range of topics on the existing and new-age operational systems that will power operators’ digital transformations. His main areas of focus include service creation, provisioning and service operations in cloud and SDN-based networks, 5G, IoT and edge clouds; the use of analytics, ML and AI to increase operations efficiency and agility; and the broader imperatives around automation and zero touch networks. 

Sushil Rawat
Vice President, vRAN Platform
Rakuten Mobile Inc., Japan

Sushil Rawat is Vice President for Radio Access Network Planning and Engineer platform at Rakuten Mobile Japan, at Rakuten, Sushil is responsible for Disaggregated and Open-RAN solution, virtualRAN technology and product engineering. Sushil leads OpenRAN eco-system partner engagement and next wave of product innovation in OpenRAN. 

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 of Data Center Group
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.

Prakash Sangam
Founder and Principal
Tantra Analyst LLC

Prakash Sangam is the founder and principal at Tantra Analyst, a leading boutique research and consultancy firm. He is a recognized expert in 5G, IPR strategy, IoT, and AI. Prakash has >20 years of experience working for Qualcomm, Ericsson, and AT&T. He is often quoted in the media, including CNBC, and NBC, and has spoken at leading industry events, including MWC. 

Partha Seetala
CEO
Robin.io

Partha Seetala is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Robin.io. With more than 20 years of technology and product vision and expertise, he has taken multiple fully-featured products from concept to market. He has conceived, designed and built products in Scale-out distributed storage, File Systems, Networking, Distributed Systems, Big Data, and Information Analytics and Containers/Kubernetes space. 

Franz Seiser
VP Core Networks and Services
Deutsche Telekom

Franz is Vice President and executive lead for “Access Disaggregation” at Deutsche Telekom Group’s “Technology Architecture and Innovation” unit. In his role he is in charge to drive the development of innovative, flexible and efficient network architectures for DT, covering both fixed and mobile networks; nowadays Franz has a very strong focus on open RAN. In addition, Franz is leading the “cloud and services” domain within the Technology Architecture division of DT’s German operation, Telekom Deutschland. 

Olivier Simon
Global Radio Innovation Director
Orange Labs Networks

Olivier Simon joined France Telecom/Orange in 2002 and has been involved since 2005 in the Research and Development of digital cellular networks of third, fourth and fifth generation. In 2009, he became Radio Infrastructures Program Manager in Orange Labs, also in charge of delivering radio access network innovations to the countries of Orange group. Olivier Simon is currently Radio Innovation Director in charge of defining the evolution of Radio Access Networks and delivering innovation in this domain for Orange. 

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
Director, RJIO and Chairman of 5G & Tech Group
SCF

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 at Vodafone, whose role is to define the Fixed and Mobile Network Strategy for all markets. Aside from his role at Vodafone, Yago is the Chairman of the TIP Board.
His team's 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

Mikko Uusitalo is Head of Research Department Wireless Advanced Technologies at Nokia Bell Labs Finland. Mikko is leading the European 6G Flagship Hexa-X. He obtained a M.Sc. (Eng.) and Dr.Tech. in 1993 and 1997 and a B.Sc. (Economics) in 2003, all from predecessors of Aalto University. Mikko has been at Nokia since 2000 with various roles, including Principal Researcher and Head of International Cooperation at Nokia Research. 

James Weaver
Director, Product Marketing
Cradlepoint

James Weaver is a Director, Product Marketing at Cradlepoint. With 25+ years of technology experience, James’ analytical-creative approach to marketing has earned him notable awards including the Presidential Award of Excellence, the Gold Award of Distinction, and the Gold Effie Award from the American Marketing Association.   

Prior to Cradlepoint, James held finance, marketing and product marketing roles at Nortel and Avaya. James has a finance degree from Weber State University and an MBA in Marketing from Vanderbilt University. When not at work, James enjoys outdoor recreational sports and is proud of the fact that he has only had to call search and rescue once. 

Mike Wolfe
VP, Wireless Networking Engineering - Mobility Solutions
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.

Shaney Zaidi
Senior Manager of Technology, Networks Business
Samsung Electronics America

Shaney Zaidi steers the 5G network development for the Networks Business of Samsung Electronics America, specializing in developing and introducing new feature software design. Shaney has been instrumental in driving the vRAN design and development for US Operators. Shaney earned a degree in engineering and started his career in India at Motorola as a Software Engineer working on 3G Network design and development functions and then moved on to research and design for Nokia Siemens. Shaney is based in Berkley Heights, NJ. 

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.