Bob Monkman
Bob Monkman

ARM (Silver)
Bob Monkman is part of the Enterprise Segment Marketing Team at ARM, located in San Jose, CA and focused on Enterprise Networking and Software Initiatives for the Enterprise Segment such as Linaro Networking Group, where Bob sits on the Steering Committee, the ETSI NFV ISG and the OPNFV initiative. Bob has been in embedded computing for 25+ years, much of it in the commercial RTOS/Middleware world focused on the network communications infrastructure space and did a stint in High Performance Clustered Computing. Bob’s career roles have spanned largely Product Management/Marketing, Strategic Alliances, and Business Development, but he started his career as a hardware/software engineer for Tellabs. Bob’s technology experience includes embedded operating systems, incl. Linux, NFV/SDN, M2M/IoT, Systems Management Middleware strategy and development tools- now delving deeper into silicon designs. Bob was the Carrier-Grade Linux PM at MontaVista from 2003-2005, where he was active in the Service Availability Forum and Carrier Grade Linux Working Group. Bob holds a BSEE from the University of Illinois.

Chris Wright
Chris Wright

Red Hat (Platinum)
Chris Wright is the Technical Director of SDN and NFV at Red Hat. During his nearly 20 years as a software engineer he has worked in the telecom industry on high availability and distributed systems and in the Linux industry on security and virtualization. He has been a Linux developer for over a decade, most of that time spent deep in the Linux kernel working on security and virtualization. He is intrigued by the challenges that cloud computing brings to virtualization and networking, and is now focused on the cloud, KVM, network virtualization, and virtualizing network functions. He lives in sunny Portland, OR where he is happliy hacking on OpenDaylight, Open vSwitch, and OpenStack.

Christopher Price
Christopher Price

Ericsson (Committer)
Chris leads open source industry collaboration for Ericsson in the areas of NFV, Cloud & SDN from the CTO’s office in Sweden and is an active member of the technical steering comitee’s of the OpenDaylight and OPNFV Projects. Chris’ experiences include leading Ericssons’ IP&Broadband network architecture and standardization teams with a rich history in development of systems and technology in the areas of network management, policy control and user service management, user session control plane solutions, and DPI technologies.

Frank Brockners
Frank Brockners

Cisco (Platinum)
Frank Brockners is Distinguished Engineer in Cisco’s Chief Technology and Architecture Office, driving software and architecture development for software defined devices. Frank holds a diploma degree in Electrical Engineering (Aachen University) and a PhD/Dr degree in Information Science (University of Cologne).

Harish De­­vanagondi
Harish Devanagondi

Juniper Networks (Platinum)
Harish De­­vanagondi is the Vice President of Engineering for Cloud Services at Juniper Networks, Inc. where he is responsible for Contrail Service Orchestration and Cloud CPE products.

Harish has over 25 years of technical experience ranging from ASIC Development and System and Software Architecture to leadership in delivering successful products in Enterprise Switching, Carrier / Metro Ethernet, Mobile Backhaul, GiLAN, and Cloud Services. Prior to Juniper Networks, Inc., Harish worked for Cisco Systems, Inc., Greenfield Networks (CTO and Co-Founder, Acquired by Cisco Systems, Inc.), Grandjunction Networks (Acquired by Cisco Systems, Inc.), and Cirrus Logic, Inc.

Harish has been granted 14 patents and holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of Mysore in India and a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University.

Igor Marty
Igor Marty

Lenovo (Platinum)
Igor Marty is the Lenovo Global Telco CTO and has more than 20 years of IT experience across the Data Center networking industry. He is responsible for engaging C-level Telco customers, establishing the Lenovo Telco Strategy, driving technical requirements into Lenovo development, and engaging in a number of industry communities and organizations.

With a strong background in Project Management, Product Management and Training, Igor also plays an integral role in helping clients define their strategic direction and then working with them and the Lenovo teams to implement that direction.

Jamil Chawki
Jamil Chawki

Orange (Silver End-User Member)
Jamil leads cloud computing, NFV and SDN standards and open source activities at Orange. Before this position, Jamil was a deputy director of Enterprise 2.0 research program working on Software as a Service marketplace architecture for France Telecom. In 2004 he was in charge of the first Fibre To The Home ‘FTTH’ Triple Play pilot project for Jordan Telecom. From 2000 to 2002, Jamil was Chairman and CEO of a telecom operator in Lebanon ‘Ogero Telecom’. His main responsibilities were to manage the network and Information System (OSS/BSS) restructuring and to supervise the implementation of Online billing system and the first Gigabit Ethernet network in the Middle East region. Prior to 2000 Jamil worked for 10 years as an R&D engineer and manager in the field of optical WDM and IP transport networks at France Telecom. He published numerous technical IEEE/IET papers and holds several patents. Jamil is currently chairman of the cloud computing Working Party, in ITU-T Study Group 13 ‘Future Networks’, and was convenor of the Collaborative Teams between ITU-T and ISO/IEC JTC1 on cloud computing vocabulary and reference architecture. He is an active contributor to the cloud computing Blog of Orange Business Services and founding member of OpenDaylight Advisory Group.

John Zannos
John Zannos

Canonical (Silver)
John Zannos is Vice President of Cloud, responsible for Alliances, NFV / SDN initiatives and Ecosystem at Canonical. He is responsible for execution of the Ubuntu Cloud business, ecosystem, partnerships, alliances and strategy. During his career John has lead business and technology efforts around cloud computing, telecom, utility computing, hosting, application management, disaster recovery, security, unified communications, and content distribution networks. Prior to working at Canonical, he held technology leadership positions at HP, IVIA, Compaq, Digital Equipment Corporation, Boston University and the US EPA. During his time at Canonical and HP / Compaq he has worked in the Telecom industry focused on cloud, VNF, SDN and NFV. John is a member of the Board of Directors of the OpenStack, OPNFV and OpenPOWER foundations; his interest is to ensure an open and thriving technology ecosystem that drives innovation and collaboration. He now lives in the Boston area with his family.

Jonne Soininen
Jonne Soininen

Nokia (Platinum)

Jonne Soininen is  Head of Software Industry Initiatives at Nokia based in Helsinki, Finland. Prior to Nokia, he worked in different positions with Nokia, Nokia Siemens Networks, Renesas Mobile and Broadcom and has an extensive history in telecommunications ranging over 15 years.

Jonne has a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Helsinki, Finland. He is currently pursuing his PhD at the Aalto University in Finland.

Within the technical community, Jonne has been active in organizations such as 3rd Generation partnership project (3GPP), the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) and the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). In the IETF, Jonne has served as the co-chair of IPv6 Operations (v6ops) and the Network-based Localized Mobility Management (netlmm) Working Groups, and as a member and the chair of the IETF Administrative Oversight Committee (IAOC). He has also served as the vice-chair for the ISOC Advisory Council. Locally in Finland, Jonne has been active in the Finnish Internet Forum (FIF) – the Internet Governance Forum in Finland and as a member of the board of the local ISOC chapter.

Jonne has served on the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) board as the Technical Liaison Group (TLG) liaison in 2010 and since 2013 he is serving as the IETF liaison to the same board.

Kyle Mestery
Kyle Mestery

IBM (Platinum)
Kyle is a Distinguished Engineer and Director of Next Generation Networking for IBM Cloud. He leads a team developing the next generation of networking technology to drive IBM Cloud’s continued growth. Prior to IBM, he was the Chief Technologist for Open Source Networking at HP, where he drove the technical direction of HP’s Open Source networking investments and helped the company launch the OpenSwitch project. Before HP he worked at Cisco as a Principal Engineer, helping to drive Cisco’s OpenStack strategy. He has previously been the OpenStack Neutron PTL, as well as worked in the OpenDaylight and Open vSwitch communities. Kyle is a frequent speaker at industry events around the world, though he happily calls Minnesota home.

Lingli Deng
Lingli Deng (Treasurer)

China Mobile Research Institute (Platinum)
Lingli Deng is a Project Manager at China Mobile Research Institute. She obtained her Doctor’s degree in Computer Application Technology from the Institute of Software, Chinese Academy of Sciences and joined China Mobile in 2009. She is a core member of the Novonet project which drives SDN/NFV strategy for China Mobile, and is leading the work on evaluation and introduction of data plane acceleration technology, running the Novonet Testing Lab and constructing the SDN/NFV trial network for the company.

Paul To
Paul To

Dell (Platinum)

Paul To serves as Director, Carrier Cloud & NFV within Dell EMC’s CTO Office. He is in charge of building Carrier Class NFV & Cloud Infrastructure solutions, leveraging assets from across Dell (Compute & Networking), EMC (Storage & Data Services), Pivotal (Big & Fast Data, Cloud Foundry PaaS), RSA (Security & Identity) and Virustream

Prior to Dell EMC, Paul served as Director, SDN & Cloud at Spirent and as Vice Chair, Test Leadership Council at Open Networking Foundation (ONF) where he helped develop ONF’s test and interoperability eco-systems and program.

Paul has over 20 years of experience in telecom, networking, OSS, and cloud computing at companies like Nortel, HP, and Riverstone Networks (acquired by Lucent). He has a proven track record of incubating and commercializing strategic opportunities from very early stages. He also served as Principal Investigator in a National Science Foundation funded program, and ran Nortel’s Incubator and Open Innovation Program which has generated multiple industry awards, patents and successful product ventures.

Pierpaolo Marchese
Pierpaolo Marchese

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
Prodip Sen (Chair)

HPE (Platinum)

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
Sandra Rivera (Marketing Committee Chair)

Intel (Platinum)

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.

Susan James
Susan James

Ericsson (Platinum)
Susan James is the Head of Product Line NFV Infrastructure at Ericsson. Susan has been with Ericsson for 25 years. She has worked in customer facing organisations, and in the Networks and Cloud organisation in Sweden. She has worked extensively with IMS and has been responsible for a number of the network functions in the Ericsson portfolio at different points in time. A product management veteran her career has focused on developing products to address technology transitions and the establishment of new business areas. She has a MBA and Bachelor of Business from the University of Victoria.

Tapio Tallgren
Tapio Tallgren (TSC Chair)

Nokia (Platinum)

Tapio Tallgren works as a system architect in Liquid Core in Nokia Network’s Mobile Broadband business unit. His current focus is NFV enhancements to Qemu/kvm and OpenStack. His earlier open source projects include OpenSAF and Python for Series 60.

Thomas Di Giacomo
Thomas Di Giacomo

SUSE (Platinum)

As CTO, Dr. Thomas Di Giacomo drives the rapid innovation and growth of SUSE’s expanding portfolio from the enterprise Linux operating system to software-defined solutions such as the OpenStack cloud infrastructure, Ceph-based storage, and software-defined networking, as well as container orchestration and Platform as a Service solutions. Thomas has over 15 years of experience in the IT industry, serving in various global leadership roles in engineering and product innovation. Especially relevant to OPNFV, prior to SUSE Thomas was CTO at Swisscom (Hospitality), defining and providing different telco-related services to specific verticals. Thomas holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Geneva where he was a senior software developer & researcher involved in both academic work and joint corporate projects with international leading enterprises, as well as standardization bodies such as MPEG.

Tobias Ford
Tobias Ford (Vice Chair)

AT&T (Platinum)
As the AVP of Cloud Infrastructure and Platform Architecture & Strategy for AT&T, Toby Ford leads technology efforts around AT&T’s cloud offerings both internally and externally focused. Currently, Mr. Ford is responsible for shepherding SDN and NFV projects on to AT&T’s Common Cloud platform. Toby served as CTO for USi, which was acquired by AT&T in 2006. Previously, Mr. Ford held positions at Cornell University, ARINC, TeleCommunication Systems, and his own company in the Netherlands. Toby is also a member of the OpenStack Board of Directors.

Toshiyuki Tamura
Toshiyuki Tamura

NEC (Platinum)

Toshiyuki Tamura is a standardization manager, who is responsible for international core network standardization in NEC. Upon joining NEC, he was engaged in software development for various mobile radio communication systems, including Analog Cellular MTS, IS-41, PDC (Personal Digital Cellular), W-CDMA and LTE. He has been participating in 3GPP standardization from the start of 3GPP in 1998 and has been an active contributor to both 3GPP network architecture and the corresponding protocol area. In the latter area he also served several terms as Vice-Chairman of 3GPP CT4. He is currently editor of seven 3GPP specifications including GTPv1 (GPRS Tunneling Protocol version 1). In addition, he has been participating in ETSI ISG NFV from the beginning of that project. Currently, he serves as Vice-Chairman of the 3GPP Working Group in TTC (Telecommunication Technology Committee) in Japan.

Wenjing Chu
Wenjing Chu (Secretary)

Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. (Platinum)

Wenjing Chu is a Distinguished Engineer and Senior Director of Open Source and Standards at Huawei in the US, leading strategy and research in NFV and cloud operating systems. Prior to Huawei, he was a Distinguished Engineer in Dell Research, Santa Clara CA, driving its NFV strategy and advanced research in High Velocity Cloud, focusing on high performance networking and real-time machine learning systems for the cloud. In that role, he also served as Secretary of the OPNFV Board, Chair of the Compliance and Certification Committee, and a member of the Technical Steering Committee. His long career in technology companies includes lead roles in startup multimedia network vendor Sentient Networks Inc. and enterprise Wi-Fi pioneer Airespace, Inc., both of which were acquired by Cisco Systems. Mr. Chu holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science from Peking University in China and M.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of British Columbia in Canada.

Xing Chen
Xing Chen

ZTE (Platinum)

Dr. Xing Chen is currently a Principal Architect in the corporate CTO Group in ZTE, responsible for new technology and product strategy. He has been working on various projects including SDN/NFV, wireless core network, IMS, routers & switches, xPON, and ICT, etc.

Dr. Xing Chen had worked for BNR/Nortel, GDC, and Alcatel, before joining ZTE in 2005.  He held various positions in product R&D, strategic planning, marketing, and standards development.  His professional interest includes future network architecture and evolution. He received his Ph.D in electrical and computer engineering from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.