Speakers

 

Rahul Atri
Head of Automation COE and Products
Rakuten

Rahul joined Rakuten Mobile in 2019 and is currently heading up the Automation Center of Excellence Department, playing a critical role leading end-to-end automation strategy efforts of the Rakuten Mobile cloud-native network. 

Rahul hails from northern India and started his career working with greenfield telco operators and startups. He also worked alongside Tareq Amin, Rakuten Mobile CTO, at Reliance Jio, building the company’s very successful green field mobile network in India.  

Rahul holds a bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering.

Linda Avery
Chief Data Officer
Verizon

Linda is the strategic voice and visionary for data and analytics at Verizon, focused on making Verizon an AI powerhouse.  Linda joined Verizon in September 2019 and has grown the Data and Analytics organization to approaching 1000 contributors by the end of 2020, covering a broad range of disciplines from Data Governance, Data Engineering, AI Industrialization, to data literacy development. 

Prior to this role, Linda was the first Chief Data Officer at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, where she shaped the Central Bank’s data strategy, establishing a new Data Science organization from the ground up.

Previously, Linda had a 20 year career at Goldman Sachs, where she was a Managing Director of Technology and co-chaired the Women in Technology Global Network, and the IT Career Development Committee.

Stelyana Baleva
Principal Analyst
LightCounting

As a market research professional with more than 18 years of telecommunications industry research and product marketing experience, Mrs. Baleva is currently focused on analyzing and tracking the wireless infrastructure market, 5G radio access networks and core networks, 5G service-based architecture and network automation, and network disaggregation, as part of LightCounting Market Research analyst team. 

Jitin Bhandari
CTO & VP, Cloud and Network Services
Nokia

Jitin Bhandari is Vice President & CTO of core portfolio at Nokia. Core portfolio includes products & solution for packet core, voice, subscriber data and signaling for service provider & enterprise markets enabling 4G, 5G and IoT services for mobile, fixed and cable networks. Jitin leads core portfolio technology strategy, disruptive technology scope for mid & long-term accelerating transformation of packet, signaling, voice and subscriber data and it’s join to operations and assurance management with accelerated momentum towards cloud & 5G.  Jitin has 20+ years of experience in software/IT/telecom industry and is based out of Austin, TX. With extensive knowledge of IP transformations of networks into software and cloud for worldwide markets,  Jitin is known as a communications visionary with end to end expertise of networks, operations and services with a unique ability of big picture strategic focus and proven ability to deep dive and execute.  

Kuntal Chowdhury
SVP & GM, AI & Analytics Business Unit
Mavenir

Kuntal Chowdhury is responsible for building products and solutions at Mavenir utilizing cutting-edge Big Data Analytics, AI/ML based applications for network automation and Edge AI applications for 5G Enterprise & IoT segments. He is an industry veteran with decades of experience in various roles such as technology development, product management, systems engineering, marketing, business development, standards & strategy.

Ajeet Das
Research Director, Telecom Infrastructure
IDC

Ajeet Das is Research Director for IDC's Telecom Infrastructure research program, focused on carrier networks transition to build cloud-native/next-gen network infrastructure solutions. He is also responsible for Client/Prospect outreach with thought-leadership around the current telecom industry operations’ shift to virtualization.

Previously, Ajeet was Director, Market Intelligence and Corporate Strategy at CommScope where he led the market intelligence group and advised the senior leadership team on the company’s long range strategic planning process. 

Shawn Draper
Vice President of Enterprise Platform Engineering
Lumen Technologies

Shawn Draper is Vice President, Enterprise Platform Engineering at Lumen Technologies.  In this role, he is responsible for platform, software, and systems development across Lumen’s Enterprise suite of network, cloud and Edge based solutions.  He brings 20+ years of telecommunications, technology, and operational experience.

He is passionate about the technology advancement we see in the market today and the achieving consumption of network at the pace of compute, thereby driving the shift of conversation with our customers from products to solutions. 

Bevin Fletcher
Editor
Fierce Wireless

Bevin Fletcher is Editor of Fierce Wireless. She previously covered the wireless industry as senior reporter for Wireless Week and CED Magazine, reporting on regulation, technology and business. Bevin has bachelor’s degree in journalism from West Virginia University.

Molka Gharbaoui
Research Engineer
Sant’Anna Scuola Superiore

M. Gharbaoui is a Research Engineer at the Scuola Superiore Sant’anna, Pisa, Italy. She received her Ph.D. degree in Innovative Technologies of Information & Communications Engineering and Robotics in 2012 from the Scuola Superiore Sant’anna, Pisa. Her main research interests are in the field of software-defined networking, network function virtualization, network orchestration, the development and the implementation of service-oriented architectures and service management for smart cities. She has been involved in several EU projects and has co-authored more than 50 papers appeared in international journals and conferences.

Imen Grida Ben Yahia
AI Empowered Networks Program Manager/Tech Lead
Orange

Imen Grida Ben Yahia is Program Manager/Tech Lead at Orange. She is tech-leading a transverse program on AI and Networks covering several key topics such as Predictive Network Maintenance, Network Traffic Classification, Network configuration Mining, Cyber Security, Smart Energy Consumption, Network Data Ops, etc.). Her main mission is to ease the transformation and empowerment of networks with AI, this includes technical and organizational strategies definition, identification of key network use cases and associated suitable machine Learning/deep learning techniques as well as best practices for capitalization. She is also researcher and machine learning practitioner with expertise in Predictive Network Maintenance techniques, Intent based networking and Network configuration mining to ensure resiliency and stability of network and services. 

Denis Murphy
Product Manager - Software Defined Networking
IBM

Denis Murphy is an Product Manager in IBM, responsible for helping customers along the network cloudification journey leveraging approaches that include Multicloud Networking, Software Defined Networking, 5G, and Multi-access Edge Computing solutions. 

Murphy joined IBM through an  acquisition in 2007. Prior to that he spend time on the client side with Hutchison (Three) and the vendor side with Ericsson. Murphy has over 20 years of experience in the Telecommunications industry and holds a BE in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from University College Cork, Ireland.

Hans Raj Nahata
Director of Strategy & Technology Architecture
Verizon Communications

Over two decades ago he began his career with NYNEX Science and Technology as a researcher in Speech Recognition.  He enjoys teaching and has taught Math, CS, and Operation Management courses at NJIT and other local colleges.  He is very passionate about the applications of technology and science and has a strong interest in recreational mathematics. Hans holds MBA in Operations Management from NYU, and Masters in Operations Research from Columbia University. He resides in New Jersey with his wife and two amazing kids. 

Jyrki Penttinen
Senior Technology Manager, North America
GSMA 

Dr. Jyrki Penttinen is Senior Technology Manager at GSMA, North America office. He has worked on mobile telecommunications in Finland, Spain, Mexico, and the USA. His past employers include Telia Sonera, Nokia, and G+D Mobile Security Americas. He is experienced in research and operational activities such as planning, optimization, measurements, system architectures, and services. Since 2014, he focused on security solutions and developing industry trends. At present, he assists operator members with the adoption, design, development, and deployment of GSMA specifications and programmes. Dr. Penttinen has also authored various books on 5G and other telecommunication technologies.

Walter Prior
Business Development Head 
Nokia

Walter Leads Digital Operations Business Growth for Nokia. He joined Nokia in 2001 holding roles across 3 different continents spanning from Global Head of Customer Support to Sales Vice President for Latin America, previously to Nokia he has worked with France Telecom and General Electrics. Walter has a Master in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from the ISCTE Institute of Lisbon. His global perspective coupled with business acumen helps executives in all latitudes to translate capabilities into business outcomes. When not working you will probably find him on a motorcycle race track with one of his 3 kids.

Michael Raj
Executive Director - Artificial Intelligence & Data
Verizon

Michael Raj is the Executive Director of Artificial Intelligence and Data at Verizon, reporting to the Chief Data Officer. He leads the Artificial Intelligence and Data related programs across Verizon’s Global Network and Technology and Finance organizations. He leads the team in identifying key strategies that drive business transformation by leveraging data-driven capabilities and advanced analytics. 

In his previous role, as Director of Business Intelligence at Verizon, Michael focused on Verizon’s network capital investment optimization, competitive intelligence and leadership reporting. He led the teams that developed multiple data science models focused on driving capital efficiency.

Sabine Randriamasy
Senior Researcher
Nokia Bell Labs

Sabine Randriamasy, PhD is a Senior Researcher at Nokia Bell Labs. Her current research focuses on Intent-based networking and network abstraction for vertical applications. She works on architectures for automated service request processing, algorithms for service deployment on 5G topologies, access-aware and layer-cooperative application traffic optimization. She also contributes to the IETF with RFCs in the ALTO WG and to the IRTF NMRG. Her work builds on previous experience in IP/MPLS distributed, adaptive, multi-path routing, traffic engineering on IP and LTE networks. Sabine Randriamasy joined Alcatel in 1995 to work on machine vision applied to satellite and cartographic images for site monitoring and mobile network design, traffic modelling, using combinatorial optimization, multi-objective decision making and dynamic models. 

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. 

Raj Savoor
VP of Network Analytics & Automation
AT&T

Raj Savoor is the Vice President of Network Analytics and Automation, AT&T Services Inc. In this role, Raj is responsible for the analytics and automation of AT&T’s wireless and wireline broadband networks in support of Consumer, Enterprise, Internet of Things, and Government services. Raj and his team support both operations and product teams across business units on both tactical and strategic initiatives including integrated access network planning, performance & capacity analytics, key SDN based automation initiatives, the 5G Innovation Studio, Open RAN architectures and outreach initiatives. 

Francesca Serravalle
Emerging Technology Director
Colt Technology Services

Francesca Serravalle the Emerging Technology Director at Colt Technology Services responsible for identifying key trends in terms of technology, business models and customer behavior - with the key objective to support the business in innovating the connectivity portfolio as well as go-to-market through innovative partnership and business models. 

Prior to joining Colt Technology Services, she worked for the UK telecom regulator, Ofcom, as a technology consultant with a key focus on 5G security and resilience. 

Taleb Tarik
Director of MOSA!C Lab and Associate Professor
Aalto University

Bio coming soon!

Stéphane Teral
Chief Analyst
LightCounting

With 32 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, including 24 years in Silicon Valley, Mr. Téral is regarded as one of the top analysts in his field, having been the trusted advisor at some of the world's largest telecom providers and manufacturers. He specializes in next-generation mobile infrastructure including 5G and 6G, network disaggregation, cloud and quantum networking, programmable core networks and service provider digital transformation. He also tracks overall telecom economics and forecasts service provider capex, opex and revenue, as well as outsourced and managed services.

Mehmet Toy
Associate Fellow
Verizon

Mehmet Toy received his Ph.D degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ; and B.S and M.S in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey. He is currently an Associate Fellow in Verizon Communications Inc., Basking Ridge, NJ and involved in the architecture, implementation, testing, APIs, orchestration, analytics, and standards of virtual networks and services, Intent-based Networking, 5G/Network Slicing, and Multi-Access Edge Computing.  Dr. Toy is also a Distinguished Fellow of MEF, leading standard projects involved in definition of Edge Computing Services and Service Elasticity APIs. 

Douglas Wadkins
VP, Product Management & Strategy
OpenGear

Douglas Wadkins has extensive product management, business development and strategy expertise. Having a wealth of knowledge in unified communications, security, cloud PBX and IoT, he is at the helm of product management at Opengear. He is passionate about technology, having two been a founding member of several Silicon Valley startups. Douglas has developed patented technology, written technical specifications for industry consortiums, as well as contributed to industry bodies such as IETF and ETSI. 

 

Dr. Dong Wang
Research Engineer and ONAP TSC Member
China Telecom Research Institute

Dr. Dong Wang currently works as a research engineer at China Telecom Research Institute. He also services as an ONAP TSC member. His current researches are around the development and application of Intent-based Networks to support the AI-based closed-loop autonomy in next generate networks.

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.