OPNFV AmbassadorsOPNFV Ambassadors are experts from within the community (devs, solutions engineers, architects, etc.) who champion OPNFV in their various regions of the world. They are the go-to resource for new members of the community and help scale awareness of OPNFV broadly across the ecosystem. Ambassadors are recognized by their badges and are always available for questions around OPNFV.

If you would like to contact an ambassador in your region, please email ambassadors@opnfv.org and we’ll connect you.

Ashley Young
Ashlee Young

Huawei

Ashlee Young works as a Distinguished Architect for Huawei, Technologies, Inc., where he primarily focuses on furthering the NFV open source ecosystem. He is highly sought after by customers and vendors, alike, for his contributions to NFV and for his hands-on work in various open source communities, including within OPNFV.

Arif Khan
Arif Khan

Voereir

Arif Mohammad khan is Head – System Development in Voereir. He is heading PDU and R&D for VoerEir and developing industry leading offering in the area of NFV and help operator to onboard VNF. He has built a team of stars in India, Sweden and Poland. He is open source enthusiast and involved in Cloud from early days. Arif has been eager to take on new challenges, enthusiastically developing new services and products, which have led him to author several research papers, as well as being the driving force behind many promising patents. He is driving force behind meet up in OpenStack, ODL and OPNFV in India. Previous to VoerEir he was Chief Enterprise Architect in Ericsson and leading a cloud PDU for services organization.

Ashiq Khan
Ashiq Khan

NTT DOCOMO

Ashiq Khan is an Assistant Manager at NTT DOCOMO, Inc. where his present work focus is on research and development of the 5G mobile network for 2020. He has 10 years of work experience in network virtualization, and was involved in ETSI NFV standardization, NFV-based mobile network development, and the consequent commercial roll-out of the world’s first multi-vendor virtualized Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) mobile system by DOCOMO in March 2016. As a founding member, he contributed in building the OPNFV community from the start, and was a TSC member until September 2016. He initiated the Doctor and Promise project in OPNFV. Ashiq is now the chair of OPNFV Tokyo User Group. He holds a PhD in computer science from the University of Tsukuba.


Bala Thekkedath

HPE

Bala Thekkedath is currently the Director of Portfolio Marketing for Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Telecommunications solutions.  Bala has over 23 years of experience in the telecoms industry and has previously worked at Ericsson, UTStarcom, Lucent Technologies and Tata Telecom.  Bala is deeply interested in evangelizing emerging technologies and innovative business models for telecom services.   He has been a regular speaker at SDN & NFV related industry events in the past few years and has authored numerous articles and whitepapers in this domain – including the recent “NFV for Dummies”.   Bala holds MBA and MS in Telecommunications Management degrees from Stevens Institute of Technology, New Jersey, USA & a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering from MS University of Baroda, India.

Bin Hu
Bin Hu

AT&T

Being part of AT&T’s Domain 2.0 Architecture and Design team, Bin currently focuses on implementing AT&T’s open source strategy in network virtualization and cloud, and driving IPv6 and NFV Networking domains in OPNFV and OpenStack. Bin’s technical expertise ranges from mobile device, mobile Internet and web platform to network infrastructure, NFV, SDN and cloud computing. Bin’s experience covers software development, engineering management, project management, product management and business development.

Bin started his software career as a research engineer in NTT MCL and pioneered ATM high-speed networking and networked multimedia streaming technologies. Being an engineering manager of Disney Internet Group, Bin delivered Disney’s premium content to mobile devices in early 2000 which pioneered mobile Internet technology and business. After joining Motorola as a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, Bin led the advanced technology team and delivered end-to-end solutions and products on IMPS, DCD/SCREEN3, and Mobile Advertising. Taking the role of Director of Product Management, Bin worked with the team and delivered Motorola Android Platform (MAP) and Motorola’s first 2 Android devices in 2009.

Prior to AT&T, Bin was Director of Business Development and Senior Director of Americas Software and Application Division in Futurewei, incubating software products and business in network virtualization, cloud computing, IaaS, PaaS and SaaS.

Bin is the winner of 2015 OPNFV Annual Award and 2012 OMA Contributor and Achievement Award. In 2009, he led the IEEE ComSoc Santa Clara Valley Chapter winning 2009 IEEE ComSoc Chapter Achievement Award of North America Region.

Bob Monkman

ARM

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.

Bryan Sullivan
Bryan Sullivan

AT&T

With 32 years’ experience in the telecom industry, Bryan has a broad background in software development, system engineering, and standards for private and public switching, data communications, and wireless data services. As part of the team that launched the first mobile web service in the U.S., AT&T PocketNet, Bryan served as lead architect for AT&T’s mobile browsing and push service architectures, and has represented AT&T with significant contributions to mobility-focused standards in the WAP Forum, Open Mobile Alliance (OMA), Open Mobile Terminal Platform (OMTP), and W3C. As Director of Service Standards for AT&T, Bryan currently leads a team representing AT&T in a diverse set of standards-setting organizations and industry alliances including the W3C, OMA, GSMA, ETSI, and IETF, with an overall mission to promote open standards supporting services that are innovative, ubiquitous, resource-efficient, and most of all, are driven by what developers need, in order to deliver what users want.

Carlos Goncalves
Carlos Goncalves

NEC

Carlos Goncalves is a Software Specialist on the 5G Networks team at NEC Laboratories, Europe in Heidelberg, Germany. He works in the areas of Network Functions Virtualization and Carrier-Cloud Operation & Management, developing novel technologies and tools for the design, deployment, operation and management of cloud-native virtualized network functions.
He has been participating in open-source projects including OpenStack and OPNFV where he plays a committer role in the OPNFV Doctor project.Carlos received his Master of Science degree in Computers and Telematics Engineering from the University of Aveiro, and prior to joining NEC he was a Researcher in the Institute of Telecommunications, Portugal.

Christopher Price
Chris Price

Ericsson

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.

Daniel Farrell
Daniel Farrell

Red Hat

Daniel Farrell is a Software Engineer on Red Hat’s SDN Team. His work SDN primarily involves contributing upstream to the OpenDaylight open source SDN controller. He serves as Project Technical Lead of OpenDaylight’s Integration/Packaging project and OPNFV’s SDN Controller Performance Testing project as well as  Committer to OpenDaylight’s Integration/Test project and the CentOS NFV Special Interest Group (SIG). Member of OpenDaylight’s Technical Steering Committee (technically a perma-proxy for Chris Wright, functionally equivalent).

Daniel is a frequent speaker at major SDN/NFV conferences, including LinuxCon North America 2014+2015, LinuxCon Europe 2015, Open Networking Summit 2015, OpenDaylight Summit 2015, OPNFV Summit 2015, All Things Open 2015 and numerous smaller FOSS conferences.

He enjoys working in open source communities, building/leading teams, biking, craft drinks, travel and learning about non-CS science domains.

Dave Neary
Dave Neary

Red Hat

Dave Neary works on SDN and NFV community strategy as a member of Red Hat’s Open Source and Standards team. In OPNFV, he is a committer for the Dovetail project, and an active participant in the SPC Polestar and C&C working groups, in addition to representing Red Hat on the Technical Steering Committee. He has also served as community manager in a number of other projects, including the virtualization platform oVirt, and the SDN controller OpenDaylight.

Fatih Degirmenci
Fatih Degirmenci

Ericsson
Fatih Degirmenci is a Principal Developer at Ericsson Product Development Unit Cloud. He is specialized in CI/CD, Software Development Infrastructure, and automation and currently involved in several large scale CI/CD activities across Ericsson. Before moving to his current role, Fatih worked in WCDMA MS RAN and took active part in CI Transformation, paving the way for Continuous Deployment. Prior to Ericsson, he worked for Havelsan Inc and provided expertise to its customers such as BOEING and BAE Systems. Fatih received his Masters Degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Gazi University and Master’s Degree in Computing from Dublin Institute of Technology.


Frank Brockners

Cisco
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). 

Ildikó Váncsa
Ildikó Vancsa

OpenStack Foundation

Ildikó started her journey with virtualization during the university years and has been in connection with this technology different ways since then. She started her career at a small research and development company in Budapest, where she was focusing on areas like system management and business process modelling and optimization. Ildikó got in touch with OpenStack when she started to work in the cloud project at Ericsson in 2013. She is a member of the Ceilometer and Aodh core teams and she drives NFV related feature development activities in projects like Nova and Cinder. Beyond code and documentation contributions she is also very passionate about on boarding and training activities, which is one of her focus areas within the OpenStack Foundation.

Liang Gao
Liang Gao

Huawei

Liang Gao (Kubi) works at Huawei as Project Manager within the NFV and Open Source Community. He is the PTL for the OPNFV Yardstick project, active in the Testing Work Group. Meanwhile, he is the founder of Shanghai’s OPNFV Meetup. He organized several Meetups in China and set up a WeChat Group of OPNFV users in China. Kubi received his Masters Degree in Control Engineering from Shanghai University. 

Luke Hinds
Luke Hinds

Red Hat

Luke Hinds is a principal software engineer, working in NFV Partner Engineering in the Office of Technology at Red Hat. He has a fifteen year career as a security architect & engineer mainly focused on topics such as Telco Cloud, LTE Radio Transport, SS7 and Mobile Broadband security. He started his career in electronics as a server repair technician for Texas Instruments. He lives in a small town in Wiltshire, UK with his wife and two daughters.


Maryam Tahhan

Intel

Maryam Tahhan is a Network Software Engineer at Intel Corporation. Her focus for the last few years has been on virtual switching, virtual switch performance and enabling service assurance features in DPDK. She leads 2 OPNFV projects: VSPERF and SFQM. Maryam is a sports fanatic, from rugby to hurling and even the martial arts, she’ll try/watch any sport (at least once).

Morgan Richomme
Morgan Richomme

Orange

Morgan is a senior network architect within Orange, working on the cutting edge of innovation services, such as NFV and SDN. Primarily involved in VoIP and IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) deployment for Orange affiliates, he has more than 10 years’ experience in managing Open Source solutions. Morgan was instrumental in the setup, launch and run of the international Emerginov project, an open source PHP PaaS targeting education and co-innovation within Africa. He organized and animated several hackathons in both Africa and Europe. Prior to working for Orange, Morgan developed one of the first convergent SIP/HTTP application server for Siemens and worked on flight simulators for FarosECA.

Nan Zhou
Nan Zhou

Huawei

Nan Zhou is the Senior Standards Engineer in Huawei, responsible and industry engagement and community operations in cloud OS, NFV and container related open source communities. He serves at the trademark board and certification working group in Open Container Initiative, and is also active in CNCF, OpenStack and OPNFV. He holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Liverpool.

Qiao Fu
Qiao Fu

China Mobile Research Institute

Qiao Fu is a project manager at China Mobile Research Institute. She obtained her Master’s degree from the Dept.of  Electronic and Engineering at Tsinghua University in 2013. She joined China Mobile after graduation and is currently working network technology research. Qiao Fu has been engaged in the OPNFV community since its establishment. She is responsible for  China Mobile’s OPNFV Testlab and is also the project lead for the High Availability project currently. She is also working on the C&C committee and End User Advisory Group in OPNFV.

Ritch Dusome
Ritch Dusome

CENGN

Ritch Dusome is President & CEO of CENGN – Canada’s Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks. He has held this position since its inception in September 2014. CENGN is a federal and industry-funded consortium focused on Next Generation Networking including areas such as Open Compute Data Centre, Software Defined Networking, Network Function Virtualization and the Internet of Things.
Ritch has over 30 years of Data Centre, Networking and Internet Experience working at a variety of companies including: CENGN, Cisco Systems, Bell Canada, TD Bank.He was previously the Canada Site Leader and the Director of Product Management and R&D at Cisco. He held this position for 5 years as well as various positions in both Engineering and Product Marketing for 10 years. Ritch has held positions of Network Analyst at Bell Canada and TD Bank. Ritch holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Ottawa. He is also a 10-year CCIE Emeritus alumni and an Enterprise Architect.

Ryota Mibu
Ryota Mibu

NEC

He has been leading open source contributions in NFV context at NEC, as well as supporting product directors in development of the NFV solution at NEC’s Carrier Service Division. He has had prior experience in integrating SDN technology (OpenFlow) with OpenStack and adopting Cloud technologies to telecommunication platform form 2012 in NEC Central Research Laboratories.
For OPNFV, Ryota Mibu serves as Project Lead for the OPNFV Doctor (fault management) project. He has been contributing NFV requirement studies and collaborative development with OpenStack in terms of fault management towards high availability of network services and is also an active technical contributor in OpenStack.

Tapio Tallgren
Tapio Tallgren

Nokia

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. He currently serves as the chair of the OPNFV Technical Steering Committee.

Tetsuya Nakamura
Tetsuya Nakamura

CableLabs

Tetsuya Nakamura serves as Principal Architect, Strategy and Innovation Group at CableLabs. Tetsuya is leading CableLabs’ open source research efforts on NFV and SDN. Before joining CableLabs, Tetsuya worked at NTT for about 17 years. While at NTT DOCOMO, Tetsuya was in charge of NFV investigation for mobile networks, and actively involved in the ETSI NFV ISG as ISG Vice Chair, Vice Chair of Technical Steering Committee, and Chair of Software Architecture WG. Also, Tetsuya was a founder of OPNFV and the initial Board member for NTT DOCOMO. Tetsuya received B.S degree in Physics from Kyoto University and M.E degree in Engineering from The University of Tokyo.