Telecom Italia Group (Platinum)
With almost 30 years of activity in Telecommunications, Pierpaolo now operates in Telecom Italia, Global Advisory, the team responsible for Standards, Technical Disclosure and International Cooperation of the Technology Department. After his initial experience in CSELT, the former R&D Centre of Telecom Italia, he has covered various responsibilities in Planning and Network to set teams and launch innovation projects in the area of Mobile and Network Services, as Head of Service Platform Innovation, Program and Vendor Management, Vertical Markets Solutions, SVP for R&D Governance and Network Transformation. He was previously in the board of OMTP (merged in WAC) and is now in the board of ISMB (a national R&D centre). He holds BE/ME degrees in electronic engineering from Politecnico of Turin.
Prodip Sen (Chair)
Dr. Prodip Sen is CTO of the Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) business unit. He is developing our technology strategy for NFV and is helping guide our Communication Service Provider (CSP) customers as they make critical decisions on their NFV journey. As a respected member of the industry, he advocates for CSP interests and is a strong evangelist representing Hewlett Packard. Prior to HP, Prodip was Director of Network Architecture at Verizon, where he was responsible for providing the architecture vision and strategy for the network infrastructure.
He has been the first Chair of the ETSI Industry Specification Group (ISG) on NFV (2012-2014). As a founding member of the original core group of individuals who created this ETSI group, he helped launch the NFV industry movement. Since its launch with about a dozen members in October 2012, the NFV ISG has grown to over 200 member companies. The NFV ISG provides a key focus for industry work on NFV, producing architectural requirements, specifications and use cases, and fostering a Proof-of-Concept (PoC) program.
Prodip has also been associated with the SDN movement since its early days, and while at Verizon, was on the Board of the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) from its inception. He is a frequent speaker at industry events, and is sought after for his clear exposition of the problems facing the networks of today and on approaches to resolve them. Having led architecture and laboratory activities in both the SDN and NFV domains, Prodip brings a unique perspective and a holistic approach to solving business problems.
He holds a Bachelor of Technology (BTech) in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India.
Sandra Rivera (Marketing Committee Chair)
Sandra Rivera is Vice President, Data Center Group and General Manager of Intel’s Network Platforms Group, which is focused on delivering leading-edge technology and solutions to the networking industry. Prior to her current role, Ms. Rivera held marketing and business development positions for 14 years at Intel, focused on network infrastructure segments and customers, with responsibility for product marketing, segment marketing, channel and ecosystem marketing. Prior to Intel, Ms. Rivera co-founded The CTI Authority, a computer telephony distributor, served as president of Catalyst Telecom’s Computer Telephony division, and had responsibility for the Dialogic sales organization in the eastern US and Canada. Ms. Rivera holds a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Penn State University.