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.
Dr.-Ing. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Greece
Peristera (Betty) Baziana received her Dr.-Ing. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece in 2008. Since 2002 she has been a researcher of the NTUA, while during the period 2000-2002 she was a research fellow of the University of Patras, Greece. Her research interests include optical communications, optical networks architectures and transmission protocols, analytical modeling and optimization, and telecommunication systems simulation. She has more than 50 publications in international journals, conferences with reviewers and book chapters, related to these fields. She has supervised many diploma theses. Since 2014 she has been a courses assistant at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, NTUA, Greece. Also, since 2015 she has been an adjunct lecturer at the Department of Engineering Informatics and Telecommunications, University of Western Macedonia, Greece, and at the Department of Informatics, University of Thessaly, Greece. Finally, since 2017 she has been a visiting professor at the Beijing University of Post and Telecommunications (BUPT), Beijing, China.
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).
Chairman & CEO, Zayo, USA
Dan Caruso is the chairman and CEO of Zayo Group Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:ZAYO), a global provider of communications infrastructure services. Zayo serves more than 7,500 carrier, content and enterprise customers and generates ~$2.2B in annualized revenue. Prior to founding Zayo in 2007, Dan was the President and CEO of ICG Communications, where he led the "take-private" buyout in 2004. In 2006, ICG was sold, which yielded a return of approximately 25X the $8.7M investment. In 1997, Dan co-founded Level 3 Communications and served in a variety of strategic and operational leadership roles during his tenure, including oversight of engineering, construction, operations and marketing. Earlier in his career, Dan served on MFS Communications’ senior management team. He began his career at Illinois Bell/Ameritech. Dan holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Illinois.
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.
Director & CEO, Global Voice & Data, Bharti Airtel, India
Ajay Chitkara is Director & CEO, Global Voice & Data Business of Bharti Airtel, the third largest mobile operator in the world, with operations in 20 countries. Mr. Chitkara has been credited with building Airtel’s brand in the global arena, taking Airtel’s network to reach more than 50 countries through submarine & terrestrial medium and more specifically India becoming an important transit services hub of data and voice business in the region. His work is largely focused on innovation and transformation and he was recently chosen as one of the GTB announces 50 innovators to watch for 2017 amongst many other industry accolades.
President and CEO, Vantage Data Centers, USA
Sureel serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Vantage Data Centers, a leading wholesale data center services provider. He has over 20 years of experience as an executive in the Internet infrastructure industry. Sureel is also a member of Vantage’s board of directors and serves as a Senior Advisor to Digital Bridge, a communications infrastructure investment firm. He was previously an Operating Executive at Silver Lake Partners, and prior to that Chief Executive Officer of Elevation Data Centers, a private-equity backed roll-up vehicle. Sureel previously held several executive roles with Level 3 Communications, including Chief Marketing Officer, President of Wholesale Markets, Executive Vice President of Services, Chief Financial Officer, Group Vice President of Corporate Development and Treasurer. Prior to Level 3, Sureel worked in venture capital at TeleSoft Partners and investment banking at Gleacher & Company. Sureel received a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School with concentrations in Finance, Accounting and Entrepreneurial Management, and a B.A.S. from the School of Engineering and Applied Science, both from the University of Pennsylvania.
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.
CTO, Level 3 Communications, USA
Andrew Dugan is chief technology officer for Level 3 Communications, responsible for global network technology, architecture, engineering, systems and security. Mr. Dugan joined Level 3 in 1998. He has 30 years of experience leading technology teams and in building telecommunications networks, switching platforms and services platforms. Prior to joining Level 3, Mr. Dugan held leadership positions at MCIWorldcom and AT&T Bell Laboratories, where he designed and built transport network support systems, enhanced voice services platforms and architecting next-generation voice switching networks. Mr. Dugan holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado as well as an M.S. Degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan.
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.
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.
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 Architect & VP, Innovation, 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.
CEO, YTL Communications, Malaysia
As CEO of YTL Communications, Wing and his team built the largest all-4G; all-IP network in Malaysia with 85% population coverage -- despite being one of the youngest national telco’s. Prior to YTL, Wing spent over 17 years in the U.S. in leadership positions to build the first nationwide fiber optics network; the first nationwide wireless data network and the first large scale 4G network. Wing holds 22 U.S. Patents and was recognized as Asian American Engineer of the Year in 2002 during the U.S. National Engineers Week. He attended the University of Texas at Austin and MIT.
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.
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.
VP, and President, Tencent, and Tencent Cloud, Peoples Rep. of China
Coby Qiu is currently Vice President of Tencent, President of Tencent Cloud, responsible for the overall management of Tencent Cloud. He also oversees the operation and R&D of Social Network Group (SNG). Joining Tencent in 2002, Coby led QQ, Qzone, QQ Show’s technical work and was the key architect of Tencent’s massive service infrastructure. He successively served as General Manager of Tencent Internet Operations and technical head of SNG. Coby took the role as President of Tencent Cloud in 2014. Under his years of hands-on experience and keen insight in advanced technology, Tencent Cloud witnessed rapid growth in consecutive years. Dedicated in optimizing product and service portfolio and accelerating global presence, the platform has become the world’s leading cloud service provider. Coby was awarded China’s “Most Influential People of Cloud Computing in 2015-2016”.
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).
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.
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.
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.
CEO & President, Equinix, USA
Stephen M. Smith joined Equinix in 2007 from Hewlett-Packard Co., where he served as Senior Vice President of HP Services. There he was responsible for management of the organizations Consulting and Integration, Managed Services, and Technology Deployment and Support business groups. Prior to joining HP, Mr. Smith served as Vice President of Global Professional and Managed Services at Lucent Technologies. He has also held various management and sales positions during his 16 years with Electronic Data Systems Corporation, including Chief Sales Officer, President of EDS Asia-Pacific, and President of EDS Western Region. At EDS, his roles spanned sales, business development, operations, acquisition-driven integration, and the management of international growth. Mr. Smith also had a successful eight-year career in the U.S. Army where, among other roles, he was aide-de-camp to the office of the Commander in Chief of the U.S. Armed Forces in the Pacific. Mr. Smith graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and holds a B.S. in Engineering. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for NetApp, Inc. and F5 Networks, Inc.
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).
CEO & Co-founder, Epsilon Telecommunications, USA
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.
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, USA
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.