SVP & CTO, Ciena, USA
With more than 20 years of telecom experience, Mr. Alexander is currently serving as Ciena’s Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. Mr. Alexander is an IEEE Fellow and was the recipient of the IEEE Communications Society Industrial Innovation Award in 2012. He is currently an Associate Editor for the IEEE / OSA Journal of Optical Communications and Networking. He has served as a member of the Federal Communications Commission Technological Advisory Council, as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Lightwave Technology, as a member of the IEEE / LEOS Board of Governors, and was a General Chair of the conference on Optical Fiber Communication (OFC) in 1997. Mr. Alexander received both his B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has been granted 18 patents and has authored a text on Optical Communication Receiver Design as well as numerous conference and journal articles.
COO, Digital Realty, USA
Jarrett Appleby joined Digital Realty in April 2015 as the company’s first Chief Operating Officer and is responsible for corporate strategy and global operations, including property and technical operations; design and construction; EMEA and APAC operations; and product management and development. Jarrett has more than 25 years of experience as a technology leader, spanning strategy, corporate development, sales and marketing, and global operations, including several executive leadership roles in the data center and telecommunications industry. Immediately prior to joining Digital Realty, he served as founder and CEO of the Appleby Group, an independent consultancy advising private equity and technology companies. Previously, Jarrett was Chief Operating Officer of CoreSite Realty from 2012 to 2014, and Chief Marketing Officer of Equinix from 2008 to 2012. He received Bachelor of Arts and MBA degrees from Lehigh University.
Director, Spectrum Strategy, Intel Corporation, USA
Reza Arefi leads spectrum strategies and global radiocommunication standards at Next Generation systems & Standards division of Intel’s Communications & Devices Group. He develops market-driven spectrum strategies for Intel’s wireless products and assists with global public policy efforts. Reza has been actively contributing to standards and various industry groups on wireless systems for the past fifteen years, often in leadership positions (ITU-R, IEEE, WiGig Alliance, etc.). Since 2004, Reza has regularly represented Intel in regional and international regulatory standards organizations including in World Radio Conferences (WRC). His current focus is on enabling spectrum for 5G cellular systems. He holds several patents in various areas of wireless communications including mm-wave technologies and spectrum sharing. Reza holds an EE bachelor’s degree from Sharif University of Technology and a Master’s degree from West Virginia University.
Managing Director, RBC Capital Markets, LLC, USA
Jonathan is a Managing Director of RBC Capital Markets. His focus areas include telecom services, telecom infrastructure, wireless, satellite, Internet, hosting and colocation providers. The Financial Times has ranked Jonathan as the No. 1 and No. 3 stock picker in the telecom and wireless service sectors. Previously, Jonathan held equity research positions with Alex.Brown and Toronto Dominion covering telecom services. Prior to his capital markets career, Jonathan worked in corporate strategy at Daimler-Benz and was a policy analyst with the U.S. Congress. Jonathan has an MBA from Columbia University and BS/MS degrees from Stanford University. He is a two-time finisher of the Ironman triathlon.
Project Researcher, Ogimoto Laboratory, Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo , Japan
Hiroyuki Baba is currently the project researcher at the Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo, where he explores the IoT and the use of ICT for the energy field. Before joining The University of Tokyo, he was the general manager of Inter-corporate Business Department, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) where he worked thirty years. Previously, he was the CEO of Fusion Network Services, Inc., a major Internet Service Provider in Japan. He holds the master’s and bachelor’s degrees in electronic engineering from Tokyo Institute of Technology.
General Manager, Submarine Systems, Xtera Communications, Ltd., United Kingdom
Dr. Stuart Barnes joined Xtera in 2007 and serves as Chief Technical Officer, Submarine Systems. He has more than 30 years' experience in submarine telecommunications and provides practical skills in fiber, cable and transmission equipment. Prior to Xtera, Dr. Barnes was the founder and COO of Polariq and founder and CTO of both Azea Networks and of ilotron. He has held senior management positions at Atlas Venture, Alcatel Recherche, STC Submarine Systems and STC Cables Newport. Dr. Barnes has a post-doctoral degree from QMC, London University and is Visiting Professor to School of Electronics and Computer Science, Southampton University.
CEO, Reliance Communications (Enterprise) & Global Cloud Xchange, Hong Kong SAR China
A veteran of the telecommunications industry, Mr. Bill Barney’s career spans more than 15 years in Asia. Mr. Barney was appointed CEO of Reliance Communications (Enterprise) in March 2015 to oversee the Enterprise, Data Center and NLD (National Long Distance) businesses in India in addition to his role as Chairman and CEO of Global Cloud Xchange, positions he has held since January 2014. Earlier, Mr. Barney served as CEO of Pacnet for 10 years leading the company's successful acquisition of regional ISP, Pacific Internet, which operationally merged with Asia Netcom and re-launched as Pacnet in January 2008. Prior to Pacnet, Mr. Barney served as Asia Pacific President and CEO for MCI Worldcom (Verizon) where he led the company through a three-digit growth phase. Across the telecom and technology sectors, Mr. Barney has been an advocate for regulatory and industry change and a major proponent of Cloud Computing and Open networks. His leadership also extends to 6+years on the Board of Governors for the Pacific Telecommunications Council. Mr. Barney received his MBA from Columbia University in addition to a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan University.
President, BCE Nexxia, A Bell Canada Company, and SVP, Bell Canada Wholesale, Canada
Adel Bazerghi brings more than 30 years of telecommunications experience and expertise to his role as President of BCE Nexxia, A Bell Canada Company, and Senior Vice President of Bell Canada Wholesale. In this capacity, Adel is focused on driving growth for wholesale telecommunications services in Canada, the U.S. and internationally through new market opportunities and strengthened relationships with clients and partners. Since joining Bell Canada in 2001, Adel has led technology and product development in mobile voice and data services. In his previous position as Bell Mobility’s Senior Vice President, Products and Pricing, he was instrumental in driving Bell Canada’s leadership in wireless services. In addition to his present BCE Nexxia / Bell Wholesale role, Adel serves as Senior Vice President of Marketing for Bell Business Markets and is responsible for the go-to-market strategy for Bell’s retail business product portfolio. Adel is recognized for his deep business knowledge and outstanding technological expertise in both wireline and wireless services. He holds an MBA from Toronto’s York University Schulich School of Business and a Master of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto. He is also holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from McGill University.
Group Managing Director & Chief Customer Officer, Global Enterprise Services, Telstra, Australia
Martijn Blanken is the Chief Customer Officer of Global Enterprise & Services, a new $5.5 billion revenue business unit operating as a global scale, industry-based telecommunications services and solutions business. In this role, Martijn is responsible for Telstra's relationship with and sales activities to multinational corporations and international carriers across Asia, EMEA and the Americas including 1,500 large business, enterprise and government customers in Australia. Martijn has extensive experience across sales, product management, service delivery and service management and is also a member of the Executive Committee of Telstra Corporation. When he initially joined Telstra in July 2009, Martijn held the role of Executive Director, Network & Application Services. In this capacity he managed a strategic repositioning program to drive growth in the managed services market. Prior to joining Telstra, Martijn was the General Manager and Vice President, Asia Pacific and Japan for Openwave Systems.
Chief Scientist, Telstra, Australia
Hugh S. Bradlow is Chief Scientist at Telstra in which capacity he acts as advisor to the CEO and the Board on longer term technology directions and technology disruption. Before joining Telstra in September 1995, Professor Bradlow was Professor of Computer Engineering at the University of Wollongong in Australia and Professor of Electrical Engineering (Digital Systems) at the University of Cape Town. He received the D.Phil. degree for research in experimental nuclear physics from the University of Oxford. He is a Fellow of and on the Board of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, an Emeritus Professor of the University of Wollongong and a recipient of a Centenary Medal from the Commonwealth of Australia. In 2010 and 2011, Hugh was included in the Global Telecom Business Power 100 rankings and was named by Smart Company as one of the 12 most influential people in Australian ICT.
SVP, Carrier Business, PLDT, Philippines
Alejandro 'Alex' O. Caeg was appointed as Senior Vice President of International & Carrier Business effective January 2012, and is responsible for the International and Domestic Carrier Business of PLDT, Smart, Sun/Digitel and PLDT Global Corporation. Prior to this, he was FVP of International & Carrier Business Group since March 2009. In 2012-14, he was designated as Chairman of the Conexus Mobile Alliance - one of Asia's largest mobile communities with over 280 million customers from its 9 member-operators. After his stay with SMART in 2006, he became the Chief Commercial Officer of PT Smart Tbk, a telecom subsidiary of one of Indonesia’s biggest conglomerates the Sinar Mas Group. Mr. Caeg graduated from De La Salle University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Applied Economics. He also earned MBA credits at De La Salle University and a Management Development Program Candidate of the Asian Institute of Management, Manila.
VP, Marine & Network Services, TE SubCom, USA
Christopher Carobene joined TE SubCom in 1993 as a naval architect. In this role, he was responsible for overseeing the design and conversion of a variety of vessels into cable ships as the company expanded its fleet. From that initial and specialized role, Christopher advanced into broader roles such as Bids & Proposal support, Marine Project Management and Sales & Marketing. In his current role as Vice President, Marine & Network Services, Christopher leads all Network Construction activities for the global installation and maintenance of submarine cable networks, including operation of the company’s fleet of eight cable ships. Christopher received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture from the State University of New York, Maritime College in 1990.
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, ABS, USA
Thomas Choi is the CEO of ABS and has over 20 years’ experience in the Satellite and Aerospace industry. ABS is one of the fastest growing satellite operators in the world and over the past few years has grown an average of 30% per year. ABS operates six satellites in orbit, serving customers from the Americas to Asia Pacific. Two new satellites, ABS-2A and ABS-8 are scheduled for launch in 2016 and 2017/18 respectively. Prior to ABS, Tom was the founder and CEO of Speedcast. He also worked at Hughes Communications International and at Rockwell International. He has a MBA and B.S. in Aerospace Engineering both from the University of Southern California.
Chief Marketing Officer, Level 3 Communications, USA
Anthony Christie is Chief Marketing Officer for Level 3 Communications, responsible for worldwide marketing, product management and customer experience. Previously, Mr. Christie was Chief Technology and Information Officer for Global Crossing, where he was responsible for global technology, operations, IT strategy, customer experience and business process. Prior to that, Mr. Christie was managing director of Global Crossing for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, based in the United Kingdom. He also served as Global Crossing's Chief Marketing Officer. Prior to joining Global Crossing, Mr. Christie was VP of Business Development and Strategic Planning for Asia Global Crossing in Hong Kong. Mr. Christie also held key positions with AT&T Solutions and with AT&T’s Asia Pacific International Operations Division in Seoul, Korea and Hong Kong.
CEO, O3b Networks, USA
Steve Collar has been the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of O3b Networks since 2011. In that time, Mr. Collar has guided the company through the successful build and launch of its constellation of state-of-the-art satellites and has led the business into full operations and revenue generation. O3b now serves some of the world’s largest Telecommunications, Maritime and Energy companies as well as Governments on a global basis. Mr. Collar is a satellite industry veteran, having previously worked in a variety of commercial, business development and technical roles at SES, New Skies Satellites and Matra Marconi Space (now Airbus).
President & CEO, ARIN
John Curran is the President and CEO of the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN), responsible for leading the organization in its mission of managing the distribution of Internet number resources in its geographic region. He was also a founder of ARIN and served as its Chairman from inception through early 2009. John’s experience in the Internet industry includes serving as CTO and COO for ServerVault, which provides highly secure, fully managed infrastructure solutions for sensitive federal government and commercial applications. Prior to this, he was CTO for XO Communications, and was integral in leading the organization’s technical initiatives, network architecture, and design of leading-edge capabilities built into the company’s nationwide network. Mr. Curran also served as CTO for BBN/GTE Internetworking, where he was responsible for the organization’s strategic technology direction. He led BBN’s technical evolution from one of the earliest Internet Service Providers through its growth and eventual acquisition by GTE. He has also been an active participant in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), having both co-chaired the IETF Operations and Network Management Area and served as a member of the IPng (IPv6) Directorate.
Chairman & CEO, ViaSat, Inc., USA
Mark D. Dankberg is a co-founder of ViaSat Inc. and has served as CEO and Chairman of the company, since its inception in 1986. Under his leadership, ViaSat has consistently been one of America’s fastest growing technology companies. Mr. Dankberg is an acknowledged industry expert in aerospace, defense, and satellite communications, and is the leading visionary for a new generation of high-capacity satellite systems. He has received a number of awards for innovation leadership, including induction into the SSPI Satellite Hall of Fame in 2015. 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 BSEE and MEE degrees from Rice University and is a member of the Rice University Electrical and Computer Engineering Hall of Fame.
Global Product Marketing, Red Hat, USA
A 20-year technology industry veteran, Margaret is a frequent author and speaker on cloud computing, big data, open source, and women in tech. Margaret is a proven entrepreneur and intrapreneur, having led successful programs and teams at several startups, such as Aventail and Hubspan, and Fortune 500 companies, including Amazon, Microsoft, and HP. Currently, she leads global product marketing for the Integrated Solutions business unit at Red Hat. Prior to Red Hat, she was VP of Product Marketing and Cloud Evangelist for HP Helion, the cloud computing division of Hewlett-Packard. Margaret has worked and traveled extensively in Asia, Europe, and North America. She was a foreign correspondent for BusinessWeek magazine, and spent ten years in the Greater China region, consulting with many technology companies and governmental agencies. You can follow Margaret’s rants on Twitter @seattledawson.
CEO & Principal, DataGryd, USA
Mr. Feldman has over 20 years of experience in data center development, management, and design, with a focus on implementing energy-efficient technology. He has held CTO, President, and founding roles at several successful startups including the Telx group, a national leader in data center collocation services. Mr. Feldman has additional expertise in optical and wireless network engineering for rural broadband, IT infrastructure management, and wireless network infrastructure. Prior to founding DataGryd, Mr. Feldman served as the technical and business development interface with United Technologies Power for their hydrogen and natural gas fuel cell technology and CCHP micro-turbines, and AMSC (formerly American Superconductor) for developing superconducting cable technology for data centers. He holds industry related patents, is an active member of several professional trade organizations, and has spoken at industry conferences including Interop New York, Green Data Center Conference & Exhibition, 7×24 Exchange, and IMN’s Financing, Investing & Real Estate Development for Data Centers.
Pioneers Chair & Professor, Telecommunications and Law, Pennsylvania State University, USA
Rob Frieden holds the Pioneers Chair and serves as Professor of Telecommunications and Law at Penn State University where he teaches courses in technology management, regulation, business, policy and law. Professor Frieden has published four books, most recently Winning the Silicon Sweepstakes: Can the United States Compete in Global Telecommunications, published by Yale University Press. Before accepting an academic appointment, Professor Frieden served as Deputy Director-International Relations for Motorola Satellite Communications, Inc. He also has held senior telecommunications policy making positions at the United State Federal Communications Commission and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. In the private sector, Professor Frieden practiced law in Washington, D.C., and served as Assistant General Counsel at PTAT System, Inc. the first private, international undersea fiber optic cable venture. Professor Frieden holds a B.A., with distinction, from the University of Pennsylvania (1977) and a J.D. from the University of Virginia (1980).
General Manager, ITS Technical Consultant, Nissan Motor Co., LTD, Japan
Masao Fukushima is the ITS Technical Consultant at Nissan Motor Co., LTD. He is responsible for the entire government affairs of ITS, ADAS, and Connected & Autonomous Drive. He is a committee member of SIP-adus (Strategic Innovation Promotion Program – Automated Drive, led by Cabinet Office Japan) and leads many ITS related committees and activities of JAMA (Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, Inc.), UTMS (Universal Traffic Management Society of Japan), ITS-Japan, and so forth. He received the 2008 SAE Delco Electronics Intelligent Transportation Systems Award and the 2009 U.S. Government Award for Special Appreciation by U.S. DOT NHTSA.
SVP & CTO, Intelsat, USA
Mr. Thierry Guillemin is responsible for defining new service architectures, developing a fully integrated technology roadmap and driving innovation across the Intelsat infrastructure. He oversees satellite fleet planning, spacecraft definition, performance assessment of new satellite technologies, spacecraft procurement and launch campaigns. Mr. Guillemin also leads the team that manages in-orbit operations of Intelsat satellite assets and those of third party customers. Mr. Guillemin has more than 25 years of leadership experience in the satellite industry. When Intelsat acquired PanAmSat in July 2006, he led the successful integration of the two companies’ operations, which created the world’s largest satellite fleet and satellite services network. Prior to assuming his current role, Mr. Guillemin served as Vice President of Satellite Operations and Engineering where he was responsible for all aspects of operations and engineering of Intelsat’s satellite fleet.
Chairman & Founder, AJH Communications, LLC, USA
Andrew Haire has more than 30 years of experience and has been associated with some of the industry’s most successful telecom initiatives. His work in over 40 economies and jurisdictions primarily focused on industry policy, market growth, strategy, the sector's direction, technical opportunities, and economic structure. He was responsible for policy that included seminal work in privacy, data protection, and property rights. He has been responsible for architecting major policy frameworks in the telecoms, technology, and postal sectors, as well as serving as regulator for 10 years at Singapore’s iDA soon after its inception in the year 2000. Previously, his experience included integral senior management roles with regulatory and public policy portfolios at one of the world’s largest telecom operators. Mr. Haire graduated with honors in engineering in the United States, attended the advanced management program at Harvard University, and at American University’s (Washington D.C.) Graduate School of Public Administration.
CEO, Hibbard Consulting Pty Ltd, Australia
John has worked in the telecommunications industry for over 40 years, and for more than 30 has been associated with submarine cables. An Engineer by qualification, John worked for much of his career at Telstra with his final 7 years as Managing Director of Global Wholesale. John was the inaugural Chairman of Australia Japan Cable which he guided to a successful implementation. Since 2001, John has been an independent consultant in his own company, Hibbard Consulting, involved in strategic and commercial aspects associated with the development and implementation of international telecom projects such as the recovery and relay of A-PNG2 cable and other Pacific telecoms initiatives.
Managing Director & Senior Analyst, Communication and Cloud Services, Oppenheimer & Co., USA
Tim Horan is Managing Director and Senior Analyst of Oppenheimer’s Communication and Cloud Services team. He joined Oppenheimer in 1998 and has covered the sector since 1994. Tim researches communications and cloud companies, focusing on infrastructure and emerging services. The cloud computing industry is driving a convergence of several industries into one with a fundamental realignment of communications to a horizontal structure. Prior to 1998, Tim was an analyst at Smith Barney, a group that was ranked number two among wireline services teams. He has been awarded both the Greenwich Associates Institutional Survey and Wall Street Journal All Start Analysts.
CTO, Asia Pacific, Ciena, Hong Kong SAR China
As Chief Technology Officer (Asia Pacific), Karl Horne is responsible for architecture and technology strategies for Ciena across APAC. In this capacity, Mr. Horne works with operators, technologists, industry analysts, and key partners to establish and refine Ciena’s solutions for the APAC region. In particular, Mr. Horne consults with a wide range of operators and service provides to advise on how these technologies combine for maximum business benefit. Mr. Horne has over 25 years’ experience in the telecom and technology industry. Prior to his current position, he has served in various senior roles within Ciena, in Portfolio Strategy, Office of the CTO, and R&D.
Principal Consultant, Asia-Pacific Electronic Media Communications, LLC, USA
Dr. Hukill is founder and leader of an international consultancy practice that provides strategic insight and analysis in telecommunications policy, systems and services, convergent broadcast and media systems, travel information systems, and telecoms/ICT conference content development. He was previously a professor, administrator, and media labs facilities designer and programs start-up developer at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, and the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and has served as Senior Advisor to the Pacific Telecommunications Council.
Chairman of the Board, Toyota Info Technology Co. Ltd, Japan
Yuji Inoue was born in 1948 in Fukuoka, Japan. He received his B.E., M.E. and Ph. D degrees from Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan, in 1971, 1973 and 1986, respectively, and was made an Honorary Professor of the Mongolian University of Science and Technology in 1999. He joined NTT Laboratories in 1973 and served there for 34 years. After new business development in NTT Data, he was a board member of NTT for 5 years as CTO and the head of NTT group’s R&D with 6,000 researchers and engineers. He moved to The Telecommunication Technology Committee, TTC in 2007 as the President and CEO, then to Toyota Info technology Center Co. Ltd, as the Chairman of the Board. He is a Fellow of IEICE and IEEE and served as the President of IEICE, in which he is an Honorable Member. He wrote and edited many technical books.
CEO, PJSquare Ltd., Hong Kong SAR China
Peter Jackson retired from the position of Executive Chairman of AsiaSat on 31 July 2011 following 18 years with AsiaSat as CEO and Chairman. Mr. Jackson has over 32 years of international experience in the satellite and telecommunications industry with AsiaSat, Cable and Wireless and British Telecom. Whilst with Cable & Wireless he worked on ventures in Dominica and the BVI in the Caribbean, the United Arab Emirates in the Middle East, Macau and China. Prior to joining AsiaSat in July 1993, he was the Regional Director, Asia Pacific of Cable & Wireless. Mr. Jackson is a Non-executive Director of AsiaSat and was the Chairman of Daum Communications Group, a listed company in Korea and serves on the investment committee of a Private Equity firm.
Founder, Spectrum Futures
Gary Kim has been an industry analyst for more than 25 years and is editor-in-chief of IP Business Magazine and blogs daily for TMC.net, IP Carrier and MetaSwitch. He is also a consultant to service and application providers. He recently served as director of strategic research for Convergent Communications, an Englewood, Colorado based company active in both premises and wide area networking. He was also strategy VP for Cachestream, a streaming media company. Prior to starting his own firm, he was Senior VP with Probe Research, where he anchored Probe's cable TV and competitive carrier practice. He is a member of Mensa, the international group for people with IQs in the top two percent.
President, International and Carrier Business, Hutchison Global Communications Limited, Hong Kong SAR China
Mr. Andrew Kwok is currently the President, International and Carrier Business of Hutchison Global Communications Limited. Since joining the company in 2002, Mr. Kwok has been the Head of the International Business Division, and presently spearheads the strategy, development and management of the company’s international business including carrier voice and data business, international corporate business, international mobile traffic management and overseas partners co-operation. Prior to joining HGC, Mr. Kwok was the Vice President and Managing Director (Asia) of Teleglobe, managing its operations in more than 25 countries in Asia. Furthermore, Mr. Kwok held various management positions at MCI International in Asia, Hong Kong Telecom International and Cable & Wireless (HK). Mr. Kwok was awarded the Executive of the Year – Company leadership at the Capacity Global Carrier Awards 2013.
Director, Product Architecture, BTI Systems, Canada
Peter Landon is responsible for delivering all hardware and mechanical products at BTI. His more than 25 years of experience in ASIC design include: leading the architecture and design of BTI’s award-winning intelligent cloud networking solutions; leading the design of the tracking system for the NASA James Webb Space Telescope while at COM DEV; being appointed a distinguished member of the technical staff in ASIC design at Lucent Technologies/Bell Labs; and serving as technical manager for optical IC development at Agere Systems. Peter currently serves as the chair of the Optical Internetworking Forum’s (OIF) Networking & Operations Working Group committee. He earned his BSc in Engineering from Queen’s University and did post-graduate work at Carleton University.
President, University of Hawai‘i, USA
David Lassner has served as President of the University of Hawaii System since September, 2013. Prior to that he served as Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer (CIO) with statewide IT responsibility for all public higher education in Hawaii. A PTC participant since the 1980s, Lassner served on and chaired the PTC Board of Governors. He has played an active leadership roles in numerous ICT organizations including: chairing the Hawaii Broadband Task Force, leading education initiatives for the Internet Society, and serving on the Board of Directors of Internet2. Lassner holds university degrees in Economics, Computer Science, and Communication & Information Sciences.
Director, GI Partners, USA
Tony is a Director of GI Partners and is responsible for the oversight, operations and management of direct investments in real estate, including various data centers acquired through the firm’s technology-advantaged real estate mandates. He oversees a portfolio of assets located in the Los Angeles (including the One Wilshire building), San Francisco, San Diego, Dallas, Kansas City, New York, Boston and Washington D.C. metropolitan areas totaling over 4 million square feet. Prior to joining GI Partners, Mr. Lin was with MacFarlane Partners in San Francisco, where he managed a $3 billion portfolio of real estate assets in Washington D.C. Prior to that, he was at AMB Property Corporation in San Francisco, where he managed the company's Bay Area portfolio and started AMB's Value Added Conversion platform. Early in his career, Mr. Lin worked for Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York. Tony holds an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA and an AB from Dartmouth College.
SVP, Global Wholesale Business, China Unicom Global Limited, Hong Kong SAR China
Eric Liu joined China Unicom Global as Senior Vice President of Global Wholesale Business in Oct. 2015. From 2000 to 2006, Eric worked in China Netcom (merged with China Unicom in 2009) and held several business positions in carrier sales, datacenter and CDN product development, and international strategic partnership. Before joining China Unicom again in 2015, Eric has been working as regional sales director of PACNET, business development director of Equinix and general manager of ChinaCache Asia Pacific. He graduated from China Foreign Affairs College with a Bachelor of Art and holds a MBA from Tsinghua University.
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.
SVP & Head, Voice, Mobile and Roaming Solutions, Bharti Airtel Limited, India
Vivek is Senior Vice President and head of Voice, Mobile and Roaming Solutions for Global Business, Bharti Airtel Limited. He spearheads Strategy, Innovation and Development across voice, mobile solutions, B2B2C, Roaming and Global Partnerships internationally out of 20 Airtel Operating Countries. Vivek is a seasoned business leader with over 21 years of experience in the telecommunications industry in a variety of roles. He also represents airtel in the Bridge Mobile Alliance as an alternate director. Prior to his stint at airtel, Vivek was with Tata Communications in a variety of roles and is well known amongst his peers as an industry thought leader. Vivek has earned a PG Diploma in Business Management along with Bachelor of Technology in Electronics and Communication.
Executive Officer, Global Business, Internet Initiative Japan Inc., Japan
Koichi Maruyama joined International Digital Communication (IDC) in 1989, and became a senior manager for network planning and then for new business development. Cable and Wireless bought IDC in 1999, he became Vice President in charge of wholesale and partner business in Asia. In 2007, he joined IIJ and was in charge of establishing the MVNO business. In April 2012, he set up the Global Business Division, in charge of the global expansion of the whole IIJ group. He acquired an MBA from IMD at Lausanne in 2002.
SVP, Product & Business Strategy, Tata Communications, Canada
Christian Michaud is the Senior Vice-President of Product and Business Strategy for the Global Voice Solutions Business Unit at Tata Communications. Christian is responsible for developing the Business Unit overall strategy as well as leading the product management and business development. Christian has over twenty years of experience in international telecommunications, including twelve years with Teleglobe, which was acquired by VSNL in February 2006. Prior to his appointment as Senior Vice-President, Product and Business Strategy, he held a number of senior positions in Sales, Marketing and Regulatory Affairs and was a key member of the team that positioned Teleglobe in international markets. Christian is a member of Steering Committee of the i3 Forum, a global organization of carriers and operators with the mandate to foster the transition to an IP environment. He also actively participates in a number of international forums including the Pacific Partnership Meeting and the International Marketing Forum. Christian holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in economics from the Université de Montréal.
Former CEO, StarHub, Singapore
Neil has over 36 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. He was the CEO of StarHub in Singapore from 2010 to 2013, prior to that he was the founding CEO of M1 in Singapore, the first competitor to SingTel. Neil joined the Cable and Wireless group, from Marconi Space and Defence , in 1976 and held various marketing, engineering and management roles in UK, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. He was appointed CEO of Cable and Wireless Systems HK in 1987 and from 1995 ran CSL , Hong Kongs largest mobile operator. Neil is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
Group CEO, Bluesky Group, American Samoa
Adolfo Montenegro is the Group Chief Executive Officer, Bluesky Group. He is also Chairman of the Board and CEO of Bluesky Samoa Ltd. in Samoa, President and CEO of AST Telecom, LLC & American Samoa Entertainment, President of the American Samoa Hawaii Cable, LLC, in American Samoa, and Director and CEO of Telecom Cook Islands. He brings over 28 years of leadership and executive experience in the technology and telecommunications sectors within the USA, South Pacific and the Latin America regions. He has been the driving force in the expansion of Bluesky group to include Pacific Island Cable (2009) and SamoaTel (2011). Prior to joining Bluesky in 2008, he has worked for Telefonica USA, Velocitel, Telcel Venezuela, Telefonica International and Telmex. Mr. Montenegro holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Cooper Union in New York and a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of South California.
Director-General, International Affairs, Global ICT Strategy Bureau, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), Japan
Mr. Kiyoshi Mori has been Director-General for International Affairs, Global ICT Strategy Bureau, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) since 2014. In his current position, he promotes international cooperation and international dialogue on both a bi-lateral and multi-lateral basis in the ICT field. After joining the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI, currently abbreviated as METI) in 1986, he mainly dealt with trade issues and energy issues for over twenty years in director level positions for International Energy Affairs, Middle East and Africa, Energy Resources and Trade Finance, and Deputy DG for Trade and Economic Cooperation in METI. He also served as a Guest Scholar at the Economic Studies of the Brookings Institution, and as a member of the Governing Board at the International Energy Agency. Mr. Mori holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and an LL.B. from the Department of Law, University of Tokyo.
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).
Director, New-Generation Mobile Communications Office, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), Japan
Mr. Yuji Nakamura joined the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (current Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), Japan) in 1995. After that, he has been mainly engaged in mobile communications policies and R&D policies. From 2007 to 2010, he worked for Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva. In August 2015, he took his current position (Director, New-Generation Mobile Communications Office, Radio Department, Telecommunications Bureau,) in MIC-Japan.
Senior EVP, NTT Communications, Japan
Katsumi Nakata directs the global business and sales of NTT Communications as senior executive vice president and also serves on NTT Communications' board of directors as well as on that of a number of other subsidiaries of the company. He has been with NTT Communications since its establishment in 1999, initially serving as director of corporate strategy for the company's Corporate Planning Department. He holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Tokyo and a master's in business administration from S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University in the United States.
Director, Columbia Institute for Tele-Information, USA
Eli Noam is Professor of Economics and Finance at the Columbia Business School since 1976, and its Garrett Professor of Public Policy and Business Responsibility. He is the Director of the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information, a research center focusing on management and policy issues in communications, internet, and media. Noam has published 30 books and over 300 articles. Recent books and projects include: Who Owns the World’s Media (Oxford); Media Management (3-volumes, forthcoming); and the project: A National Initiative for Next Generation Video. Noam advisory board memberships have included the Federal government’s telecommunications network, the Nexus Mundi Foundation (Chairman), the Electronic Privacy Information Center, Oxford Internet Institute, Jones International University, and several committees of the National Research Council. He received the degrees of BA, MA, Ph.D. (Economics) and JD from Harvard University, and honorary doctorates from the University of Munich (2006) and the University of Marseilles Aix-la-Provence (2008).
Executive Director, Dynamic Spectrum Alliance, and Founder & Director, Atlantic Telecoms & Media, USA
As Executive Director of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance, H Nwana assists with the development and execution of the organization’s strategic initiatives and outreach to and recruitment of potential partners and members across the private, public, and non-profit sectors. Prior to this, Nwana was Group Director of Spectrum Policy at Ofcom, where he ran UK’s Spectrum Policy and spearheaded UK’s dynamic spectrum management activities, specifically focusing on TV White Spaces for broadband and other applications. Before this, Nwana was MD at Arqiva and earlier in his career he worked at Quadriga Worldwide Ltd and was instrumental in the introduction of digital technology and services to the hospitality industry across Europe, Middle East, and Africa.
CTO, EVP, Member of the Board of Directors, and Managing Director, R&D Innovation Division, NTT DOCOMO, Inc., Japan
Seizo Onoe was named Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President and a Member of the Board of Directors in June 2012. Mr. Onoe became a Senior Vice President and Managing Director of the R&D Strategy Department in June 2008. He was a Vice President and took positions as Managing Director of the Radio Access Network related development departments from July 2002 to June 2008. He has been responsible for leading initiatives in the research and development of the analog cellular system, the digital cellular system, W-CDMA/ HSPA, LTE, LTE-Advanced and 5G. He is working on the research and development of radio access networks, core networks, consumer devices and cloud services. He has worked for NTT and NTT DOCOMO since 1982, acquiring more than 30 years of experience. Mr. Onoe has a master’s degree in electronics from the Kyoto University Graduate School of Engineering.
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, Global Technology Policy, Cisco, USA
Robert Pepper leads Cisco's Global Technology Policy team working with governments across the world in areas such as broadband, IP enabled services, wireless and spectrum policy, security, privacy, Internet governance, and ICT development. He joined Cisco in July 2005 from the FCC where he served as Chief of the Office of Plans and Policy and Chief of Policy Development where he led teams developing policies, promoting the development of the Internet, implementing telecommunications legislation, planning for the transition to digital television, and designing and implementing the first U.S. spectrum auctions. Pepper received his B.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
CEO, LeoSat, Luxembourg
Mark Rigolle joined LeoSat as CEO in September 2015. He has 22 years of experience in the telecom and satellite sectors. Most recently he has been advising satellite operators and private equity funds, as well as being a co-founder of Kacific, a promising satellite-broadband-to-the-home start-up. Before that he was CEO of O3b Networks, successfully raising USD 1.2B to fund this innovative new satellite operator through to the recent launch of a constellation of satellites that provide affordable trunking and mobile backhaul capacity in developing countries. Between 2004 and 2009 he was Chief Financial Officer and member of the Executive Committee of SES, one of the world’s leading satellite operators. Before joining SES, Mark held various positions in Finance and Business Development at Belgacom. During his 10 years at the Company, he rapidly evolved from Treasurer, Controller, Chief Strategy and Business Development Officer to Chief Financial Officer. He project led the 2004 EUR 3.5B Belgacom IPO, the first large European TMT IPO since the bursting of the tech bubble in 2001. Prior to Belgacom, he worked for ABN AMRO and for Sanwa Bank as Corporate Account Officer. Mark holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Leuven, Belgium.
VP, Global Business Development, ADVA Optical Networking, USA
Niall has spent more than 24 years in the telecommunications industry and has worked at all levels of the food chain from service provider to component provider. Specializing in moving cutting edge technology from the lab to the network, he’s held roles in MCI/Worldcom’s Advanced Technology group, Nortel’s optical research team and Oclaro’s high speed optical modules group. During his tenure at these companies he worked on a wide range of technologies, from terrestrial and submarine optical amplification solutions to 100Gb/s transmitters and receivers. Niall is now VP Global Business Development at ADVA Optical Networking, still focusing on moving cutting edge technology from the lab into the network.
Submarine Cable Network Architect, Equinix, USA
Frank has been involved in submarine cable network development and operations over 24 years, leading the efforts for procurement of authorizations and infrastructure for many submarine cables around the globe. He has been engaged in all phases of these projects ranging from business case development, engineering, and procurement activity to construction management and final acceptance. Frank was directly involved in the first privately owned trans-Atlantic fiber optic cable and more recently, the first cable providing direct connection between the US and mainland China. In addition, he has served on the Board of Directors for two privately owned cable systems.
Director, Research, TeleGeography, USA
Robert Schult is a Research Director with TeleGeography and manages the company’s wholesale pricing and enterprise network research groups. His areas of expertise include telecom service pricing, corporate WAN technologies, and Cloud service integration. Over the past 15 years he has led research efforts and consulting projects worldwide. Robert holds an MBA from London Business School and a Bachelor’s of Science from the U.S. Naval Academy.
VP, Business Operations and Strategy, Salesforce, USA
Ryan A. Servatius is Vice President of Business Operations and Strategy at Salesforce, managing a gifted team of data scientists, technologists, bankers, and corporate strategy professionals focused on infrastructure operations and supply chain planning. Prior to this, Ryan was Director of Strategy and M&A at Microsoft leading multiple strategy engagements, acquisitions, and commercial relationships in the cloud computing and enterprise software spaces. Prior to this, he was product manager for Internet Explorer and held various business development roles in tech and telecom. Ryan is also an advisor to Harvard Business School's Digital Initiative.
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.
Partner, Paul Hastings, LLP., USA
Sherrese Smith is a partner in the Telecommunications, Media, and Technology (TMT) and Privacy and Cybersecurity practices at Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. She is a highly regarded lawyer with significant private sector and high-level government experience in media, communications, Internet, and digital technology issues as well as privacy, security and data security issues. Prior to joining Paul Hastings, Ms. Smith served as Chief Counsel for Chairman Julius Genachowski at the Federal Communications Commission. In this position, she managed the overall policy agenda for the agency and developed the FCC’s positions and key messages for all media, telecommunications, and mobile policy issues and specialized in the areas of media, Internet, video, broadcast, cable, broadband, IP, mobile and wireless spectrum issues, telemarketing issues, and data privacy and security.
Chairman & CEO, Object Management Group, Inc., USA
Dr. Richard Mark Soley is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of OMG ®, Executive Director of the Cloud Standards Customer Council, and Executive Director of the Industrial Internet Consortium. As Chairman and CEO of OMG, Dr. Soley is responsible for the vision and direction of the world's largest consortium of its type. Dr. Soley joined the nascent OMG as Technical Director in 1989, leading the development of OMG's world-leading standardization process and the original CORBA® specification. In 1996, he led the effort to move into vertical market standards (starting with healthcare, finance, telecommunications and manufacturing) and modeling, leading first to the Unified Modeling Language TM (UML®) and later the Model Driven Architecture® (MDA®). He also led the effort to establish the SOA Consortium in January 2007, leading to the launch of the Business Ecology Initiative (BEI) in 2009. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A., Dr. Soley holds bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in Computer Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
CTO & Co-founder, Spectrum Bridge Inc., USA
As CTO and co-founder of Spectrum Bridge Inc, Mr. Stanforth is responsible for implementing the vision of Dynamic Spectrum Access via the Spectrum Bridge Spectrum Access System (SAS). Prior to co-founding Spectrum Bridge, Mr. Stanforth was co-founder and CTO of MeshNetworks, Inc, where he was responsible for managing the strategic business and technical aspects of product development and operations. Prior to MeshNetworks, Mr. Stanforth held a variety of engineering and management roles in telecommunications startups and Fortune 100 equipment manufacturers. Mr. Stanforth has authored over 35 US Patents on wireless technologies and has published numerous papers on Telecommunications Technology and Strategy. Mr. Stanforth Holds a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science from the University of Teesside.
CEO, Communications Alliance, Australia
John Stanton joined Communications Alliance as CEO in early 2010. From 2006-2009 John was Chief Executive Officer of ASX and NZX-listed telecommunications carrier, People Telecom. Under his leadership, People Telecom became profitable and was recognised as Australia’s Best Regional Service Provider in the Australian Telecom Awards 2007. Prior to that Mr Stanton was a senior executive with satellite service provider Intelsat, serving as President and Director of Intelsat Global Sales & Marketing and of the Data, Carrier and Internet Business Unit and as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Mr. Stanton joined Telstra in 1992 and held a number of roles, including Managing Director of Payphones and Card Services and General Manager, Americas & Satellite Arrangements. From 1996-1997 he was Chairman of the Intelsat Board. In his early career, Mr Stanton worked as a political journalist for The Australian newspaper and as an adviser to the Australian Minister for Telecommunications and the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Chairman & CEO, Internet Initiative Japan Inc., Japan
Mr. Koichi Suzuki is the CEO of Internet Initiative Japan Inc. (IIJ, NASDAQ: IIJI) and he has been taking initiatives to provide the most advanced and reliable Internet environment since IIJ started its business in 1992 as the pioneer of commercial Internet services in Japan. Prior to the establishment of IIJ, he had experience in industrial engineering, industrial/economic research and consultation for new business developments at Japan Management Society and Applied Research Institute, Inc. In addition to IIJ, Mr. Suzuki is responsible for other group companies including IIJ Engineering Inc., which enables IIJ group to operate the fastest and largest IP backbone network and to furnish a full suite of network services starting with provider services and content production and ranging to network system integration.
CTO, Equinix, Inc., USA
Ihab Tarazi is responsible for Equinix International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) network operations, platform strategy, leading the next generation technology and innovation function and contributing to the company's cloud initiatives. He has a deep understanding of how cloud, analytics, social networking and mobility trends are changing the way next-generation applications are getting architected and the underlying infrastructure is getting deployed. His thought leadership in understanding these trends is sought after by all the major IaaS, SaaS, NSP, networking, and storage vendors, especially as they are developing their hybrid cloud strategy. Ihab was an early proponent of the SDN paradigm and is responsible for its successful adoption as part of the Equinix Cloud Exchange offering.
CTO, Level 3 Communications, USA
Jack Waters is Chief Technology Officer for Level 3 Communications, focused on global network technology, architecture, engineering, process and security, which are critical for Level 3 to deliver solutions needed by its customers. Mr. Waters joined Level 3 in 1997 and has held numerous roles within the company spanning operations and engineering. Prior to his current role, Mr. Waters led Level 3’s global operations team. Before joining Level 3, he served as an executive staff member for MCI Communications, Inc., with responsibility for network architecture, design and implementation. In that role, he was also an original member of the team responsible for InternetMCI, the company’s initial Internet service. Prior to MCI, Mr. Waters worked as Director of Engineering and Operations for SURAnet, the Southeastern University Research and Academic Network.
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, the 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, and has been awarded 21 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.
Director, Ilex Content Strategies, United Kingdom
Matthew Whalley is the director and co-founder of Ilex Content Strategies, a content marketing and public relations agency dedicated to the technology and telecommunications markets. Ilex Content puts content creation at the centre of its marketing strategies to drive efficiency and consistency while giving organisations the multiple touch points they need to influence their audiences and sell more. It serves clients in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and the Americas. Formerly the editor of Capacity magazine, Matthew has matched a foundation in journalism with an understanding of marketing for technology-based businesses. He has had success in creating and executing marketing and communications strategies for some of the world’s largest and most innovative brands.
Corporate Director, Strategic Initiatives, Google Access Team, Google Inc., USA
Richard Whitt currently is Corporate Director for Strategic Initiatives at Google Inc. As part of the Google Access organization, Rick is responsible for guiding the team’s approach to working with governmental bodies to deploy communications infrastructure globally. Previously Rick was Vice President for Global Public Policy and Government Relations with Motorola Mobility, a Google company (2012–2014), and for five years he headed up Google’s public policy team on all telecommunications issues (2007–2012). He is a 1988 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center.
Director General, APNIC
Paul Wilson has over twenty-five years' involvement with the Internet, and over fifteen as the Director General of APNIC (www.apnic.net). As part of this current role, he represents the activities and interests of the Asia Pacific Internet community in regional and global forums related to the development and management of the Internet. Paul has participated, often as a speaker, in every IGF event, and served on the MAG for 3 years. He has also been closely involved in the Asia Pacific Regional IGF (APrIGF), serving currently as the Chair of the Multistakeholder Steering Group. Previously the Chief Executive Officer of Pegasus Networks, the first private ISP established in Australia, Paul also acted as a consultant to the United Nations and other international agencies. He also worked with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) on their "PAN" (Pan-Asia Networking) Programme, helping to introduce Internet services for the first time in several developing countries.
Founder, OneWeb, USA
In 2012, Greg founded OneWeb with the mission of enabling Internet access for everyone. Prior to OneWeb, in 2007 Greg founded O3b Networks, Ltd. O3b raised approximately 1.3bn USD to design and build a satellite constellation to provide fiber quality backhaul for telecom operators in the most remote markets around the world. Today, O3b has launched 12 satellites, which have attained individual link speeds in excess of 1gbps with only 130ms of latency. The system provides the highest capacity and lowest latency combination of any satellites built to date.
Senior Chief Engineer, Honda R&D Co., Ltd. Automobile R&D Center, Japan
Toshio Yokoyama joined Honda Motor Co., Ltd. in 1979 and was transferred to Honda R&D the following year. His first project at Honda R&D was research and development of an electronic fuel injection system for internal combustion engine. He was then assigned as an original research member of the Honda Fundamental Research Center, which was established in 1986. In 2000, he resided in Silicon Valley in California as vice president of Honda Research Americas. There, he established Honda Research Institute (HRI) USA in 2003 and became the first president of HRI. In 2008, he was the general manager of the Future Transportation Systems Laboratory. From 2012 to present, he is in charge of ITS and automated driving research and development as a senior chief engineer of Honda Automobile R&D Center.
VP, Information Technology & CIO, University of Hawaiʻi, USA
As the University of Hawaiʻi’s VP for information technology and CIO, Garret Yoshimi is responsible for UH systemwide information technology systems and services. Yoshimi provides executive leadership in collaboratively setting forth the overall vision, goals, strategies and plans for the effective and appropriate use of information technologies to advance the UH System. Yoshimi joined UH in January 2015. He previously served as the first CIO for the Hawaiʻi Judiciary, senior technology executive for the East-West Center. Yoshimi also previously served as telecommunications manager before being promoted to director of technology infrastructure for the University of Hawaiʻi. He actively represented the University of Hawaiʻi in state and national venues as a member of EDUCAUSE, Internet2 and ACUTA. A native of Honolulu, Yoshimi earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University and a graduate certificate in telecommunications and information resource management from the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa.
Director, Platforms and Applications, Verizon Partner Solutions, USA
Dawane Young is the Division Vice President of Platforms and Applications for Verizon’s Partner Solutions organization. He is a 20 year telecommunications veteran having held business development, marketing, operations and sales management roles. In Young’s current role, his team engages in Security, Data Center Collocation, Professional Services, Internet of Things (IoT) and Cloud sales opportunities with partners and resellers globally. His team helps to identify emerging sales strategies, technology shifts and also develops new models to address the rapidly growing ‘as a service’ market. Mr. Young holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mass Communications from James Madison University.
Secretary-General, ITU, Switzerland
Houlin Zhao was elected 19th Secretary-General of the ITU at the Busan Plenipotentiary Conference in October 2014. He took up his post on 1 January, 2015. Prior to his election, he served two terms of office as ITU Deputy Secretary-General (2007-2014), as well as two terms as elected Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (1999-2006). He is committed to further streamlining ITU’s efficiency, to strengthening its membership base through greater involvement of the academic community and of small- and medium-sized enterprises, and to broadening multistake holder participation in ITU’s work. He is married with one son and two grandchildren.
CTO, PortaOne, Inc., Canada
For 14 years Andriy Zhylenko has been the CTO of PortaOne Inc. and has guided the company from a small start-up to a world-renowned telecommunication software vendor. He leads research, sets a pace for agile development and oversees engineering support.Andriy has an MS degree in Information Technology and has a solid technical background (previously, Brainbench ranked him as the world's 7th Perl programmer). Prior to joining PortaOne, Andriy held a position as software development manager for Telenor (Czech Republic), so he knows firsthand all the challenges of telco operations.All this allowed him to lead the successful completion of 500+ various telecom projects in 85 countries, and to accumulate hands-on experience in the field of VoIP, telecom B/OSS, IMS and recently – SDN/NFV and IoT.