Vice-President, Network Engineering, Facebook, USA
As VP of Network Engineering at Facebook, Najam Ahmad oversees all aspects of the development and operation of the global network infrastructure that serves more than a billion people around the world. Prior to joining Facebook, Najam was the general manager of global networking services at Microsoft. In that role, he was responsible for the overall architecture, implementation, and operations of Microsoft's global online network. Najam's other experience includes management and engineering roles at MCI/UUNET and Netrix Corporation. Najam holds an MS in telecommunication protocols and computer science from The George Washington University and a BE in Electrical Engineering from the NED University of Engineering and Technology.
Managing Director, RBC Capital Markets, LLC, USA
Jonathan is a Managing Director at RBC Capital Markets. His focus areas include telecom services, communications infrastructure, and cloud computing. During his tenure at RBC, Jonathan has received #1 rankings from Institutional Investor (Communications Infrastructure), the Wall Street Journal (Internet Services), Thomson Reuters (Telecom Services and Real Estate Equities), and the Financial Times (Telecom Services). Before joining RBC, Jonathan was a senior consultant at BIA Companies focused on wireless strategy and valuation topics, worked in corporate strategy at Daimler-Benz AG, and was a policy analyst with the United States Congress. He has an MBA from Columbia University and a BS and MS from Stanford University. He is a two-time finisher of the Ironman triathlon.
Chairman & CEO, Global Cloud Xchange, and CEO & Board Director, Reliance Communications, Hong Kong SAR China
A telecom industry veteran, Bill Barney is Chairman & CEO of Global Cloud Xchange in addition to CEO & Board Director of RCOM. Under his leadership, GCX has entered a new stage of growth and expansion with a successful international capital markets debut and the global launch of its next generation Cloud delivery platform. Earlier Bill served 10 years as CEO of Pacnet, during which the company achieved significant growth and won key industry awards. Bill was named CEO of the Year by TelecomAsia in 2008 and Best APAC Telecom Executive by CommsDay in 2009. He was former APAC President of MCI Worldcom and also served in leadership roles at Global One and AT&T. Across the ICT sectors, Bill has been an advocate for regulatory and industry advancement and an active member of the PTC Board of Governors. He received his MBA from Columbia University and BA from Wesleyan University.
CEO, SpeedCast, Hong Kong SAR China
Pierre-Jean Beylier has been with SpeedCast since December 2000 and was appointed CEO in July 2004. Under his tenure, SpeedCast has become the leading satellite service provider globally, servicing customers in over 100 countries, whether they are on land, at sea or in the air. He spearheaded the Group’s growth strategy, achieving strong organic growth over the past 10 years and acquiring 14 companies since 2012; he also led the company’s successful IPO on the ASX in August 2014. PJ has over 20 years of experience in international sales and marketing across Black & Decker in France, and at Rhodia (ex Rhone-Poulenc), a French manufacturer of specialized industrial chemicals where he spearheaded global strategy initiatives. He holds an MBA from the University of Southern California and Lyon School of Management in France.
Group Managing Director and Chief Customer Officer, Telstra Enterprise, Australia
Martijn Blanken is the Group Managing Director and Chief Customer Officer of Telstra Enterprise, where he is responsible for Telstra's business relationships with multinational corporations and international carriers globally, as well as 14,000 business, enterprise and government customers in Australia. Martijn’s role includes execution on the Telstra Enterprise’s global growth strategy, where he played a leading role in Telstra’s $900M acquisition of Pacnet in 2015. Martijn has extensive experience in senior leadership across general management, sales, product management, delivery and service management in Europe, Asia, the US and Australia. He is also on the Executive Committee of Telstra Corporation. Prior to his current role, Martijn held several positions at Telstra, most recently as President and Managing Director, Telstra Global. Martijn also held senior positions at Openwave Systems and KPN Royal Dutch Telecom, and also non-executive directorships for several KPN Royal Dutch Telecom joint ventures. Martijn holds an MBA from the University of Groningen (Netherlands).
Founder, Disruptive Analysis, United Kingdom
Dean Bubley (@disruptivedean) is Founder of Disruptive Analysis, an independent technology industry analyst and consulting firm. An analyst & futurist with over 25 years’ experience, he specialises in wireless, telecoms and advanced technologies. He is known as a contrarian, often with challenging opinions that go against industry consensus. His present focus is on 4G/5G/WiFi networks, the “future of voice and video”, contextual communications, blockchain, AI and IoT. He advises on telco service creation & monetisation, ecosystems, broad futurism and telecoms regulation/spectrum policy. His clients include many of the world’s leading telecom operators, vendors, regulators and industry associations. Mr. Bubley was formerly an equity analyst, covering communications stocks with investment bank Granville Baird. Prior to that, he spent eight years at UK research firm Datamonitor, where he was a director of the Technology practice and managed the Internet & Networking programme, with roles of Chief Analyst & Director of Consulting. He holds a BA in Physics from Keble College, Oxford University.
VP & Chief Internet Evangelist, Google, USA
Vinton G. Cerf is vice president and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google. Cerf is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet. He has served in executive positions at ICANN, the Internet Society, MCI, the Corporation for National Research Initiatives and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. He is the past President of the Association for Computing Machinery and is a member of the National Science Board. Cerf is a recipient of numerous awards for his work, including the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, US National Medal of Technology, the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, the Prince of Asturias Award, the Tunisian National Medal of Science, the Japan Prize, the Charles Stark Draper award, the ACM Turing Award, the Legion d’Honneur and 24 honorary degrees.
CEO & Chairman of the Board, ViaSat, Inc., USA
Mr. Dankberg co-founded ViaSat Inc. in 1986. He has held the position of Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer since inception. Under his leadership, ViaSat has consistently been named one of America’s fastest growing technology companies. Mr. Dankberg is an acknowledged industry expert in the communications, aerospace and defense sectors, and is the leading visionary for a new generation of ultra-high capacity satellite systems. He holds a number of patents in communications and satellite networking technologies; has participated on Department of Defense advisory panels; and has received a number of innovation leadership awards, including the 2016 Director of the Year award by San Diego-based Corporate Directors Forum, induction into the SSPI Satellite Hall of Fame in 2015 as well as Via Satellite Magazine’s Satellite Executive of the Year, among others. Mr. Dankberg began his career with the Collins Radio Division of Rockwell International, and at Linkabit Corp. in San Diego, where he held positions in engineering, technical management and business segment management. He earned B.S. EE and M.S. EE degrees from Rice University and is a member of the Rice University Electrical and Computer Engineering Hall of Fame.
CEO, Peak 10 + ViaWest, USA
Chris leads Peak 10 + ViaWest as a proven chief executive with deep expertise in the economics, delivery and operations of the data center and colocation business. Joining Peak 10 in 2016, he is responsible for managing the strategic priorities that drive profitable growth in entrepreneurial, high growth environments. Prior to Peak 10, Chris served as chief executive officer of Telx, a leading interconnection and data center provider based in New York City, New York. He has over 20 years of combined executive leadership experience in finance and operations, working for Daniels & Associates, BroadStreet Communications and Motient Corporation. Chris holds a B.S. degree in History from Dartmouth College as well as a M.B.A. degree in International Business from New York University.
SVP, Technology Planning, Network Architecture & Security, CenturyLink, USA
As Senior Vice President of Technology Planning, Network Architecture and Security, Andrew Dugan is responsible for the development, integration and deployment of CenturyLink’s end-to-end digital IP/MPLS, transport, video platforms, content distribution network (CDN), voice platforms and security solutions. Prior to joining CenturyLink, Andrew served in various roles at Level 3 Communications since 1998, most recently as Chief Technology Officer. Andrew has more than 30 years of experience in building telecommunications networks, switching platforms and services platforms. Prior to joining Level 3, Dugan designed and built transport network support systems, enhanced voice services platforms and next generation voice switching networks for MCI Worldcom. Earlier, he worked for AT&T Bell Laboratories.
Senior Operating Partner, Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners, USA
Bill Fathers is a Senior Operating partner at Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners, focusing on Investments in Digital Infrastructure that includes data centers, fiber and wireless infrastructure segments. Prior to working in Private Equity Bill held a number of leadership roles in technology companies that include VMWare, SAVVIS Communications and Thomson Reuters. As well as making active investments he currently serves on a number of public and private boards. Bill lives in Silicon Valley, he previously served in the British Army and holds a Masters degree in Engineering from Cambridge University.
Director, Goldman Sachs Specialty Lending Group, USA
Jeff Ferry is a member of Goldman Sachs Specialty Lending Group (GSSLG) and has been with GSSLG since helping to start up the group in March of 2004. GSSLG focuses on providing a wide range of capital, ranging from senior debt and 2nd lien loans to mezzanine capital and preferred equity to middle market companies to support leveraged buyouts, management buyouts, expansions and growth capital as well as recapitalizations and other financings. GS has been a very active investor in the telecom and data center space, with debt and/or equity investments over the past few years in growing companies like AirTrunk, IXCellerate, Root Data Centers, Data Foundry and Cervalis, amongst others.
Director General, Telecommunications Business Department, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), Japan
Mr. Hirohisa Furuichi serves as Director-General of the Telecommunications Business Department in the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications since last July. In that position, he is in charge of formulating regulatory and policy frameworks for achieving sound development of the telecom sector in Japan. Before taking up his current position, Mr. Furuichi held various positions within the Ministry, such as formulating competition policies and consumer protection policies in the telecom sector. He joined the Ministry (the former Ministry of Post and Telecommunications) in 1986, and has contributed to the development of the telecommunications business in Japan over the past 30 years with his outstanding expertise. He is a graduate of the University of Tokyo and holds a B.A. in law.
CEO, Colt Technology Services, United Kingdom
Carl Grivner was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Colt in January 2016. He joined Colt having spent 3 years in Singapore as CEO at Pacnet, directing the global strategy of one of Asia’s leading end-to-end communications service providers. Prior to that, Carl was CEO of XO Communications, a US network provider, for eight years where he played a key role in transforming the business from a local exchange carrier to a national carrier. Carl has held several executive level positions in the telecommunications and information technology industry including Chief Executive Officer of Cable & Wireless plc (Western Hemisphere) where he headed the North American operations. He also held various senior management positions in Ameritech and IBM. He brings over 25 years of international executive and leadership experience including 12 years’ operating at the level of Chief Executive Officer at major telecommunications companies in North and Central America, Europe and Asia.
CEO, PCCW Global, Hong Kong SAR China
In a career spanning 25 years, Marc Halbfinger has gained in-depth business experience covering a range of sub-sectors across the media and telecommunications industries. Appointed as CEO of PCCW Global in 2007, Marc has overseen a huge number of transformative projects, including the acquisition of Gateway Communications in 2012. That acquisition significantly expanded PCCW Global’s capabilities in the EMEA region and paved the way for new relationships and opportunities. Subsequently, Marc has led a number of smaller acquisitions aimed at positioning PCCW Global as a leader in the provision of digital communications solutions. Marc is also chairman of the ITW Founders’ Council, established to oversee International Telecoms Week and the related Global Leaders’ Forum, an organization with a remit to guide wholesale industry leaders in a dynamic market. He holds a Master of Science (Econ) in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
CEO, CITIC Telecom International CPC Limited, Hong Kong SAR China
Mr. Stephen Ho is the CEO of CITIC Telecom International CPC Limited (“CPC”) and the President of China Enterprises ICT Solutions Limited (“CEC”). Mr. Ho carries with him more than 30 years of extensive industry experience. Prior to joining CPC, Mr. Ho held senior positions at Cable and Wireless Systems Ltd, Hongkong Telecom CSL Ltd, Hong Kong Telecom Ltd and iAdvantage Ltd. Mr. Stephen Ho has made significant contributions to Hong Kong's ICT development. He has served on many councils and advisory committees in promoting the innovation and technology industry in the region. Currently, Mr. Ho is the Chairman of the Communications Association of Hong Kong (CAHK) and one of the Appointed Directors of the Hong Kong Internet Registration Corporation Limited (HKIRC). He also served as the President and Chair of the US Pacific Telecommunications Council (PTC) for 2014 & 2015. Mr. Ho holds an Honor Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering, specializing in digital communications from McGill University of Canada.
Vice President, Telesat LEO, Canada
Erwin Hudson is Vice President, Telesat LEO at Telesat Canada, responsible for development of Telesat's innovative LEO broadband satellite constellation. Prior to joining Telesat, Erwin managed ViaSat’s satellite communications business in Australia which included ground system responsibility for Australia’s National Broadband Network Long-term Satellite Service. Mr. Hudson was formerly chief technical officer at Denver, Colorado-based WildBlue. WildBlue built the first successful Ka-band satellite broadband network, including launch of two first-generation high throughput satellites. WildBlue was acquired by ViaSat in 2009. Prior to WildBlue, Erwin was vice president of Mission Engineering at Space Systems/Loral. Previously, Mr. Hudson was satellite communications manager at TRW Space & Electronics Group. Mr. Hudson holds a Bachelor of Science from North Carolina State University, a Master of Science from The Ohio State University, and an advanced degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California.
Executive Director, President & CEO, AsiaSat, Hong Kong SAR China
Andrew Jordan was appointed Executive Director, President and Chief Executive Officer of AsiaSat on 1 November 2016. He has over 25 years of experience in the satellite industry. He started his career in 1984 in the computer software industry as a sales executive before being promoted to regional manager based in Singapore. He acted as the General Manager in Marketing of AsiaSat from 1991 to 1993. He has held executive positions with several satellite operators including General Electric’s GE Satellite. During the period from 2013 to October 2016, he held the position of Executive Vice President Strategic Projects at Eutelsat SA, France and was responsible for overseeing Eutelsat’s business in Asia and for developing key strategic customer relationships globally. In the course of his career, he has led complex deal negotiations in China, Hong Kong, Australia, Italy and the United Kingdom. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Chinese from London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies in 1984.
Founder, Spectrum Futures
Gary Kim is a communications industry analyst of 30 years, and currently works as a telecom/Internet conference content developer, authoring white papers, articles and marketing collateral for firms in the communications industry. He recently founded the Spectrum Futures conference for the Pacific Telecommunications Council, and acts as a conference advisor for PTC. He was cited as a global "Power Mobile Influencer" by Forbes; ranked second in the world for strategic coverage of the mobile business. He is a member of Mensa, the international organization for people with IQs in the top 2 percent.
Chief Innovation Officer, EdgeConneX, USA
Mr. Lawson-Shanks has been at the forefront of designing and deploying industry leading solutions in both the UK and the US for over 25 years. Prior to joining EdgeConneX, Phill was CTO of Virtacore responsible for data center build-out, network core architecture and systems to accommodate the migration and consolidation of thousands of clients and infrastructure. Phill’s team also designed and deployed the world’s largest VMware-based Public Cloud. At Alcatel-Lucent Phill served as Chief Strategy Officer where he led their effective transition to the cloud, virtualizing many of their programs and creating meaningful time and cost savings. Phill joined SAVVIS as VP and GM of Hosting to re-establish the Managed Hosting business as well as introduce the first ‘virtual server’ product to the market. As Founder, VP and GM of Digital Media at MCI (now Verizon Digital Media Services), Phill created the division and received several related patents in the process. Phill holds 8 active Technology Patents secured worldwide including 4 in the U.S. and 4 in Europe.
Senior Director, Sales and Business Development, Thales Alenia Space, USA
Timothy J. Logue is the Senior Director, Sales and Business Development, for Thales Alenia Space of France and Italy in Washington, D.C., having joined Thales in 2009. Mr. Logue has been involved in the satellite and telecom industries for more than 30 years, beginning as a policy analyst with the original Communications Satellite Corporation. Associated with his business activities he has also been active in professional organizations, including in the leadership of the Pacific Telecommunication Council since the 1980s. He attended his first PTC conference in 1981. Most recently he has been serving as chairman of the PTC’s Advisory Council and served on the Board of Governors in 2013-2016. He is also currently Treasurer of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation and a past member of the board of the Hosted Payload Alliance. He is also a past president of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Society of Satellite Professionals International.
Senior Managing Director, Bank Street Group, USA
Mr. Lukaj has more than 20 years of investment banking experience having originated, structured and executed more than 200 deals totaling over $100 billion of transaction value. Mr. Lukaj is a founder of Bank Street and aspires with his partners to create a premier middle market investment banking franchise focused on growth sectors of the global economy. Mr. Lukaj has executed hundreds of transactions over the course of his successful investment banking career, ranging in variety from mergers and acquisitions, underwriting of debt, equity and derivative securities, restructurings, exclusive sales, and other financial advisory mandates. During his career at Bear Stearns, he contributed meaningfully to the development of one of the strongest investment banking franchises on Wall Street. Although heavily weighted towards the Media, Communications and Technology industries, he also has a very broad industry experience in Industrial, Consumer, Retailing, Energy, Aerospace, Specialty Finance, Real Estate and Natural Resources arenas.
President, TMA Associates, USA
William Meisel, Ph.D., is president, TMA Associates, and editor of LUI News (a monthly newsletter on commercial applications of the Language User Interface), organizer of the Conversational Interaction Conference, author of a vendor guide on building digital assistants, and a consultant and analyst on market and product opportunities created by the maturing of speech and natural language technology. His experience includes directing the computer science division of an engineering company and founding and running a speech recognition company. He began his career as a professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and published the first technical book on machine learning.
President/Founder, Summit Ridge Group, LLC, USA
J. Armand Musey is a leading expert in valuation and related financial analysis in the telecom, media and satellite industries. He founded Summit Ridge Group in 2008 after returning from a sabbatical to climb the “7 summits” following 15 years of equity research, investment banking and consulting experience. He is the author of “The Spectrum Handbook 2013” and several law journal articles on telecom subjects. Armand earned numerous honors as a research analyst including being named to the Institutional Investor “All American” team three times (2000-2002) and the Wall Street Journal “All Star” team. He was also ranked the top satellite industry analyst by Greenwich Associates. Armand holds an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and a JD (cum laude) from its Law School. He also has an MA from Columbia University and a BA (with honors) from the University of Chicago. Armand is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
Professor, Graduate School of Media Design, Keio University, Japan
Ichiya Nakamura serves as chairman of Japan’s government committees including Intellectual Property Committee, and Pop Culture WG. He was Executive Director at Stanford Japan Center (2002-2006), visiting Professor at MIT Media Laboratory (1998-2002), and a policy maker at Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications Japan (1984-1998). Prior to joining the government, he was a director of a rock band Shonen Knife. He wrote many books and articles such as "Contents and National Strategy” (2013, Kadokawa-Books), "Ichiya Nakamura's New Generation IT Business Evolution” (2011, Discovery 21), and “Digital Toy Box – from MIT Media Lab” (2003, NTT).
Partner, Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP, USA
Tricia Paoletta is a partner with the law firm of Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP, where she specializes in telecommunications, trade and technology policy. Ms. Paoletta provides advice on regulatory and market access policy to clients before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the U.S. Administration and the United Nations’ International Telecommunication Union. Her clients include providers of mobile broadband and international telecom services. Ms. Paoletta has accrued considerable experience with telecommunications trade and policy in the public sector. She was Director of Telecommunications Trade Policy in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Executive Office of the President, where she worked on a number of trade agreements covering ICT, after which she moved to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce. Prior to those roles, Ms. Paoletta was senior advisor to the International Bureau Chief and Office Director at the FCC.
Head of Global Connectivity Policy and Planning, Facebook, USA
Dr. Robert Pepper helps lead Facebook’s connectivity and technology policy activities focusing on new technology development, deployment and adoption. Pepper previously was Cisco’s Vice President for Global Technology Policy for more than a decade working with governments globally helping them develop digital strategies including ICT and development, broadband plans, wireless and spectrum policy, the Internet of Things, security, privacy, and Internet governance. Pepper was Chief of the Office of Plans and Policy and Chief of Policy Development at the FCC for 16 years beginning in 1989 where he led teams designing and implementing the first U.S. spectrum auctions, developing policies promoting the development of the Internet, implementing telecommunications legislation, and planning for the transition to digital television. His academic appointments included faculty positions at the Universities of Iowa, Indiana, and Pennsylvania, and as a research affiliate at Harvard University. Pepper received his B.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
VP, Business Development, Equinix, USA
As the VP of Business Development, Jim Poole provides insight into the ecosystem of carriers, CDNs, ISPs, MSOs, cable operators, cloud, and web content and applications. With a background in telecommunications, broadcast communications and device manufacturers, Jim's team is focused on strategies that support all varieties of network connectivity to accelerate the monetization of services. Jim joined Equinix in January 2010. He was most recently with Roundbox as Vice President of Business Development. Over the last 18 years, Jim has held a variety of senior level positions in product management, sales management, and systems engineering with Savvis, Cable & Wireless America, DynamicSoft, and UUNET Worldcom.
CCO, Colt Technology Services, United Kingdom
Tom Regent was appointed as Colt’s Chief Commercial Officer and EVP in September 2016. Reporting directly to CEO, Carl Grivner, Tom leads an international team of Sales and Marketing professionals that are executing Colt’s refocused fibre-based, high-bandwidth strategy. Tom joins Colt from BT Global Services, where he most recently held the role of President, Global Banking and Finance Markets and was responsible for the largest global market unit, providing networked IT services and a portfolio of dedicated financial services solutions to the world’s leading banks, insurance companies and other financial services. Previously, Tom held the position of President of Global Sales and Marketing within BT Global Services. In this role, Tom was in charge of worldwide sales operations across 190 countries, bid management and indirect channels and marketing. Prior to his move to BT, he was heading up AT&T Europe, Middle East and Africa with 5,000 people serving corporate customers across more than 30 countries.
Executive Vice President & Chief Revenue Officer, TierPoint, USA
With nearly 20 years of experience driving growth and innovation for technology and telecommunications enterprises, Mr. Rossabi is responsible for overseeing TierPoint’s revenue growth, managing the daily operations of the company’s sales organization, and contributing to strategic planning. Before TierPoint, he served as Managing Director for Digital Realty Trust’s colocation and connectivity business unit. Prior to that, he was Executive Vice President of Sales, Marketing, and Strategy for Telx Group, Inc. His career also includes leadership roles at TATA Communications, WilTel (now Level3) and BellSouth (now AT&T).
Tech Entrepreneur, Strategic Advisor, and Co-Founder, BRCK, Kenya
Juliana Rotich is a consultant, technologist, strategic advisor, entrepreneur, and keynote speaker. Juliana serves as an advisor to the councils of BASF, Risk Cooperative, Africa Technology Ventures (ATV) and the Lemelson Foundation. She is also a trustee of Bankinter Foundation for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Spain, board member of Digital Impact Alliance and the Kenya Vision 2030 Delivery Board. She is Co-founder of BRCK Inc, a hardware and services technology company based in Nairobi, Kenya. BRCK was formed to realize a vision for enabling communication in low infrastructure environments by developing useful, innovative, and exciting hardware-centered technologies in Kenya. Juliana co-founded Ushahidi Inc., a non-profit tech company, which specializes in developing free and open source software for changing how information flows in the world. She was Executive Director from January 2011 to September 2015, strategically spearheading Ushahidi to be translated into over 30 languages, over 90,000 deployments and a 20 million population’s reach.
EVP & Chief Strategy Officer, CyrusOne, USA
Jonathan is CyrusOne’s EVP and Chief Strategy Officer and is responsible for helping the company achieve its objective of accelerating growth. He helps refine the company’s digital infrastructure strategy, overseeing new investments, mergers and acquisitions, as well as joint venture arrangements. Prior to CyrusOne, Jonathan was a senior analyst following the Communications Infrastructure & Telecom Services sectors at Guggenheim Partners, Evercore ISI, Jefferies, and Cowen & Co. – where he focused on data center services, tower operators, and fiber companies. With over 20 years of experience in the telecommunications space, he has served in various roles in investment banking, operations and research, earning several awards and recognitions from Institutional Investor, Thomson Reuters (formerly FT Starmine), and Forbes. Jonathan has followed the telecommunications industry since 1997 and, prior to his work in research, ran business development for Winstar, a New York based telecom company, and started his career as an investment banker at Salomon Smith Barney. He received his JD and MBA from New York University and his BA from the University of Michigan.
Vice President, Pacific Dataport Inc., USA
Chuck Schumann is the Vice President of Microcom and a founder of Pacific Dataport Inc. He has over 38 years of experience in the satellite communications industry in Alaska, Russia, Hawaii and the lower 48. Chuck founded Microcom in 1984 to focus on satellite communications projects and has been responsible for many “firsts” for the industry in Alaska. Bringing the first full time network (ABC) television to Alaska, the first Ku-band business network (Alyeska Pipeline Service Co.) and pioneering direct-to-consumer satellite services in Alaska to name a few. He co-founded the Anchorage teleport that would become Pacific Dataport in 1988. Working in Russia in the early 1990s he was instrumental in the development of the first private international networks in the Russian Far East. PDI is now focused on another first for Alaska; building and launching Aurora IV as a regional HTS satellite. He attended his first PTC in 1985.
CTO, Digital Realty, USA
Chris Sharp has over 20 years of experience in the technology industry, with an extensive background in developing technology strategies in global markets. He has a deep knowledge of the data center sector and is well positioned to expand technical innovation at Digital Realty. Most recently, he was responsible for cloud innovation at Equinix, where he led the development of innovative cloud services solutions and developed new capabilities enabling next-generation, high-performance exchange and interconnection solutions, facilitating broad commercial adoption of cloud computing on a global basis. Previously, Mr. Sharp held leadership positions at top network and colocation providers, including Qwest Communications, MCI/Verizon Business and Reliance Globalcom.
Vice President, Optus Satellite, Australia
Paul has been with Optus for over 20 years and was appointed as Vice President, Optus Satellite in April 2009 where he is responsible for leading the Optus Satellite team. Under his leadership the Optus satellite network has increased on-orbit capacity by over 30% and continues to provide innovative solutions particularly to the regional rural and remote areas of Australia and New Zealand. Paul has more than 30 years’ experience in the Satellite industry. He began his career at Mitsubishi Electrical Australia, where he was involved in the development of the Australian Satellite Network (Aussat), which is now the Optus Satellite network. Paul is passionate about using satellite technology to make a difference to people’s lives and to developing opportunities for young Australian’s to ensure a strong future for the Australian satellite and space industries.
President & CEO, NTT Communications, Japan
Tetsuya Shoji is President and CEO of NTT Communications, one of the world’s largest telecommunications carriers and an ICT service provider. Before becoming President and CEO, he was a Senior Executive Vice President responsible for group sales and corporate management of NTT Communications from 2012. Prior to this, he was with NTT Corporation, the parent company of NTT Communications, where he served as Senior Vice President, Director of the General Affairs Department and Director of the Internal Control Office from 2009. Among other things, he established the NTT Deutschland GmbH soon after the fall of the Berlin wall in 1991. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Tokyo and master’s degree in Business Administration from New York University in the United States.
Founder & CEO, Superloop, Australia
Bevan Slattery is recognised as one of Australia's leading technology entrepreneurs having founded some of Australia's most successful technology companies including peering and telecommunications business PIPE Networks, Australia’s largest data centre operator NEXTDC, global elastic interconnection specialist Megaport, submarine cable operator and Indigo Cable investor SubPartners and pan Asian telecommunications infrastructure-based telecommunications provider, Superloop. Bevan's entrepreneurial success is highlighted in having listed a record five (5) companies on the Australian Stock Exchange and received many industry awards including EY Champion of Entrepreneurs Award in 2016, National Charles Todd Medal, and the Pearcy Foundations Benson Award as well as recently inducted into the Commsday Australian Internet Hall Of Fame.
President & CEO, Ciena, USA
Among the longest-serving CEOs in technology, Gary Smith took the helm at Ciena in May 2001 just before the unprecedented telecommunications industry downturn. Since then, he has successfully led Ciena through two recessions to build a truly global network strategy and solutions company. His prior positions with Ciena include Chief Operating Officer, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales, and Vice President of International Sales. Previously, Mr. Smith served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for INTELSAT, and also held executive roles in several pioneering European communications companies, including Cray Communications Group, Tricom Communications PLC, and Case Communications Group. Mr. Smith is a member of the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee, and serves on the board of directors for Avaya Inc. and CommVault Systems, Inc. He is a Commissioner for the Global Information Infrastructure Commission and participates in the Center for Corporate Innovation. Mr. Smith received his M.B.A. from Ashridge Management College, United Kingdom.
Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer, TierPoint, USA
Mr. Stewart leads TierPoint’s product development, technology strategy, and M&A activity. Since 2010, he has helped the company through a series of 11 acquisitions and over $2 billion of equity and debt financings, which together created an industry-leading provider of hybrid IT solutions, including cloud, colocation, and managed services. He also serves as EVP and Chief Strategy Officer of Cequel III, which manages TierPoint. Since joining Cequel III, Mr. Stewart has played key leadership roles in finance, corporate development, technology, and operations for several other technology and communication companies, including Suddenlink (now Altice USA) and Broadwing (now Level3).
Director, Machine Learning Lab, Department of Information and Computer Sciences, University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA
Susanne Still is the director of the Machine Learning Lab at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa in the Information and Computer Sciences Department. She received her PhD in physics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zürich, Switzerland. Prior to joining UH, she worked at Princeton University in theoretical biophysics. Dr. Still is a member of the Foundational Questions Institute. She is best known for contributions at the interface between physics and computer science. Her work illuminates how fundamental thermodynamic limits to information processing determine optimal strategies for representing data, leading directly from physics to information theory and learning algorithms. Her research at UH balances fundamental science with applied machine learning, including applications in finance and volcanism.
Chairman & CEO, ManSat LLC, USA
Chris Stott is Founder, Chairman and CEO of ManSat, the world’s largest commercial provider of satellite spectrum. Chris also serves as the Chair Emeritus of the Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI), the largest professional association in the global space and satellite industry, and on several satellite industry boards and not for profits focused on STEM and STEAM education.
CEO, Epsilon, Singapore
Epsilon Co-Founder and CEO Jerzy Szlosarek is a seasoned industry executive with a strong sales and engineering background particularly in the global telecom markets. Leading Epsilon’s worldwide partner development and innovation initiatives, Jerzy has been central to the company’s success positioning Epsilon into Service Provider Networks worldwide. Jerzy’s track record of success spans almost twenty years having progressed in Epsilon from the founding days as CTO during which Jerzy laid out the technical vision to running the Global Sales and Operations teams as COO before assuming the CEO position. Starting off his career at Ciena, EMEA and later in Dynegy Europe holding Senior System and Network Engineering positions, Jerzy built, developed and nurtured successful technology, support and sales teams for almost 20 years.
CCO, LeoSat Enterprises, Netherlands
Ronald van der Breggen, Chief Commercial Officer of LeoSat Enterprises, has more than 20 years of experience in the telecom and satellite sectors. A native of the Netherlands, van der Breggen began his telecom career at Dutch Telecom incumbent KPN, rising to the position of VP IP Services. From 2003 to 2013, he served as Vice President Customer Account Management at SES, one of the world’s leading satellite operators. Having worked in both the fiber and satellite industries, Ronald knows first hand the traditional limitation for data on satellites as compared to fiber. With LeoSat’s unique constellation network this will now change as it brings opportunities for customers they never had before. Ronald holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Nijenrode University as well as a Masters in Business Telecommunications from the Technical University of Delft, both in the Netherlands.
Chairman & Managing Director, Sify Technologies Ltd., USA
Serial Entrepreneur Raju Vegesna, based in California’s Silicon Valley, is Chairman & Managing Director of Sify Technologies Limited, which was the first private ISP in India. Raju acquired Sify in 2005 and has since transformed it into one of the largest integrated ICT solutions and services companies on the Indian subcontinent, with a clientele of 8500+ businesses. Before Sify, Raju founded multiple technology companies. ServerEngines, an industry leader in network and storage convergence products, was acquired by Emulex in 2010. ServerWorks, founded in 1994, became the world leader in computer chipsets and was acquired by Broadcom Corporation. Before ServerWorks, Raju co-founded Ross Technologies, spearheading the creation of the HyperSparc processor, a CPU used by Sun Microsystems for its first multiprocessor servers. Raju’s career began at Motorola. Raju holds several patents in microprocessor and multiprocessor technologies. Raju has a master's degree in computer engineering from Wayne State University, Michigan, and a bachelor's degree in electronics engineering from Bangalore University.
CTO & President, Fiber Solutions, Zayo, USA
Jack Waters is chief technology officer (CTO) and president of Fiber Solutions at Zayo. In this role, he oversees global technology and network strategy and execution. He is also involved in all aspects of the business and is directly engaged with Zayo’s strategic customers, technology vendors and alliance partners. Prior to joining Zayo, Jack was CTO at Level 3 Communications, where he was focused on global network technology, architecture, engineering, process and security. He joined Level 3 in 1997 and held numerous leadership roles within the company, spanning global operations and engineering. Before joining Level 3, Jack served as an executive staff member for MCI Communications, Inc. with responsibility for network architecture, design and implementation. He was an original member of the team responsible for InternetMCI, the company’s initial Internet service. Prior to MCI, Jack served as director of engineering and operations for SURAnet, the Southeastern University Research and Academic Network. Jack serves on the FCC’s Technical Advisory Council and the board of directors for the Colorado Technology Association. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from West Virginia University and a Master’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.
Author, Cloudonomics and Digital Disciplines
Joe Weinman is the author of Digital Disciplines: Attaining Market Leadership via the Cloud, Big Data, Social, Mobile, and the Internet of Things, which was the Amazon number one new release in the computer and technology industry. He is also the author of Cloudonomics: The Business Value of Cloud Computing, and the Cloud Economics editor for IEEE Cloud Computing magazine. He has held a number of executive positions at Bell Labs, AT&T, HP, and Telx (now Digital Realty), and has been awarded 23 U.S. and international patents. He received his BS and MS in Computer Science from Cornell University and UW-Madison, respectively, and has completed executive education at the International Institute for Management Development.
Head Network Algorithms, Analytics, Control and Security Research Lab, Nokia Bell Labs, USA
Christopher A. White leads the Network, Algorithms, Analytics, Control and Security (NAACS) lab in Bell Labs. He joined Bell Labs in 1997 after graduating with a Ph.D. in theoretical quantum chemistry from the University of California in Berkeley, California. His research interests include the development of computational models and methods for the simulation and control of interesting physical and digital systems. This has included work in areas ranging from linear scaling quantum chemistry simulations, to the design of new optical devices, to the global control of transparent optical mesh networks and to understanding and facilitating the propagation of ideas in organizations. In addition to the management of an international team of world-class researchers, Dr. White’s current work focuses on the creation of assisted thinking tools that leverage structural similarity in data with the goal of augmenting human intelligence.
CEO & Chairman, Technologies Management, Inc., USA
Connie Wightman is CEO and Chairman of Inteserra Consulting Group, Inc. (f/k/a Technologies Management, Inc.). She founded the company in 1985 after thirteen years telecommunications experience with the Bell System and AT&T. Inteserra offers consulting services to companies of all types and sizes in the communications industry. These services are typically related to product planning, strategic planning and regulatory compliance. Inteserra's clients range from the smallest entrepreneurial start-up ventures to large-scale telecommunications, broadband and cable entities. Since founding Inteserra, she has helped hundreds of companies enter and thrive in the telecommunications business.
EVP, Global Sales, SES Networks, USA
Elias joined SES in 2000 and is responsible for global commercial activities for SES Networks. He leads multiple market segment-focused sales teams including Maritime, Aeronautical, Energy, Government, Telco, MNO, Enterprise and Cloud services. Prior to his current role, Elias held several executive positions within SES including SVP, Commercial, Americas; SVP Mobility; VP, Business Development, Asia; VP, Sales, Asia-Pacific; VP International Sales, SES Americom; and Managing Director, Americom Asia-Pacific. Before joining SES, Mr. Zaccack led Scientific-Atlanta’s (now Cisco) commercial efforts in Asia and Lockheed Martin’s (formerly GE Astro Space) international satellite initiatives in Western Europe and in Mexico. Elias is a board member of Ciel, Canada, and is an active board member of the Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI). He holds a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, a Master’s of Science Degree in engineering administration, and an MBA in international finance.