John Baker
SVP, Business Development

John Baker is the Senior Vice President of Business Development at Mavenir. A veteran of the mobile industry, board member for 5G Americas, and sought-after industry speaker, John Baker leads the 5G team at Mavenir, intent on disrupting the market by transforming operator network economics. A visionary and driving force behind Mavenir’s business strategy, John is at the forefront of the company’s drive to change operator views on wireless infrastructure deployment—promoting a software-focused approach to innovation, with no ties to supporting legacy hardware.

Paul Challoner
VP Network Product Solutions
Ericsson North America

Paul Challoner, Vice President, Network Product Solutions for Ericsson North America, based in Plano, Texas is responsible for radio products including 4G, 5G, IoT & Open RAN. Prior to his current role, Challoner worked as Head of Product Line Wi-Fi and Head of Ericsson’s CDMA Product Line.

Challoner currently serves as Vice Chair, Board of Directors of the CBRS Alliance, Large Company representative, for the Board of the Wireless Innovation Forum and on the Board of Governors for 5G Americas.  He joined Ericsson in 2010 from Nortel where he held executive roles leading the GSM product line, Intelligent Networks and Broadband Wireless businesses. He has global experience working in the US, Canada, France, India and the UK. With 25 years in the telecom industry he possesses extensive industry experience and has innovated bringing numerous radio products to market specializing in the field of wireless communication.  

Challoner holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from Brunel University, London, UK.


Ed Chao

As CEO of Polte, Chao is leading the charge to position Polte as the premier provider of global, 4G/5G cellular location technology. Chao brings 26 years of leadership experience, serving as an executive for companies such as Bell Labs, MetroPCS, T-Mobile and with the U.S. Digital Service at the White House. Chao holds a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University, a Master of Science in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech, and a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Rutgers University. 


Matteo Fiorani
Strategic Product Manager for Cloud RAN

Dr. Matteo Fiorani is a Strategic Product Manager for Cloud RAN at Ericsson. In his role, Matteo focuses on Cloud RAN technologies and he is responsible for steering Ericsson product strategy in O-RAN. Before working on Cloud RAN, Matteo was a Strategic Product Manager for 5G focusing on bringing 5G software features into Ericsson products. Matteo has also been Chair of O-RAN WG5 at the O-RAN Alliance and worked for two years as a standardization delegate in 3GPP RAN3. Matteo holds a PhD in Information and Communications Technology from the University of Modena in Italy, and a Postdoc from the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden. Matteo was also a visiting researcher at Columbia University and University of California Davis in the USA. 

Sachin Katti
Advisor, Telco Strategy

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. 


Russell Lundberg
Intelefy LLC

Russell Lundberg has 30+ years of experience working in mobile technology for MNOs around the world, specializing in greenfield build-outs, quality of service, cost-effective operations, 5G, and OpenRAN.

Presently Russell is Principal at Intelefy LLC, consulting with Mobile Network Operators and others interested in wireless technologies. He also helps Telecom Pros develop their careers through outreach, education, and mentorship.  Intelefy has hosted over 11,000 Telecom Pros in our training webinars. 

Jim Neuens
Vice President and General manager of Wireless Instruments 
Viavi Solutions

Jim leads the product lifecycle for the VIAVI RF Test and Metro Transport solutions portfolios. With deep roots in R&D, Jim leverages his engineering experience to lead development of field test solutions that meet customers’ most stringent needs. He appreciates working directly with customers worldwide to understand their challenges, and he thrives on harnessing the power of technology to drive his customers’ success. 


Diane Rinaldo
Executive Director
Open RAN Policy Coalition

Diane Rinaldo is one of the country’s leading authorities on 5G, telecommunications supply chain security, privacy, and Internet governance. She served as Acting Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information. During her time at NTIA, Ms. Rinaldo directed the Administration’s efforts on privacy; testified in the House of Representatives and Senate on 5G and Internet security issues; served as a principal advising the White House and Congress on 5G and supply chain; as well as other successes in education and deployment of Internet access around the world. 

Sundara Venkatesh “Venky”
Market Development

Venky spent 20+ years in the wireless, transport & wireline industry working with multiple global operators, and network infrastructure vendors. At Anritsu, he is responsible for the strategic direction of the Anritsu portfolio within NEMS, ORAN and Private Networks. His broad knowledge base spans across different wireless, transport & wireline technologies including Cellular, Bluetooth, WiFi, and NFC.  He holds a Master’s from Arizona State University. 

Sameh Yamany, PhD
Chief Technology Officer
VIAVI Solutions

Sameh Yamany, PhD, is Chief Technology Officer for VIAVI Solutions where he drives technology innovation and execution for the company. He is the former CEO and President of Trendium, where he led innovations in service assurance and analytics and creation of a new paradigm in Customer Experience Assurance. Dr. Yamany's industry experience also includes his senior executive role at Tektronix Communications where he set the vision and development of the Iris wireless and wireline monitoring and troubleshooting suite of applications.