The End User Advisory Group (EUAG) assists and supports OPNFV in its objectives by providing technical and strategic guidance based on challenges of running a real-world network. Members hail from both OPNFV members and non-members. The chair is Steven Wright from AT&T. Meetings are held monthly and new members can join at any time. Download the End User Advisory Group Charter and the End User Advisory Group Agreement here.

For more information, please see the End User Advisory Group Wiki Page.

Please send requests to join and any questions to: user-advisory@opnfv.org.


Andrea Pinnola

Telecom Italia

Andrea Pinnola is Senior Project Manager within the Standard Coordination & Industry Influencing Line at TIM; with 26 years of experience in Telecommunications and several in Software Development and Testing, he is currently coordinating Telecom Italia Standard & Open Source Participation related to NFV and SDN areas. His main interest is about Network Evolution towards Virtualized Architectures and the impacts on Network Management and Operations Processes (CI/CD and DevOps). Formerly responsible for the OSS Qualification Area and IT Innovation SOA Laboratory, awarded as Human Resource Champion, he is also a trainer on Lean & Agile Methods and a facilitator in Lean Improvement Workshops within the Technology Department. He holds BE/ME degrees in electronic & telecommunications engineering from Politecnico of Turin.

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.

Brian Smith
Brian Smith

Bell Canada

Brian joined Bell Mobility in 1995 and has worked in 3GPP standards since 2005.  A member of the Bell Network Strategy group, he participates in ETSI NFV, and other standards groups. Previously he worked at OPTO Electronics in the manufacture of  optical communications test equipment. Brian graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering Physics  from McMaster University and is a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario.

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 Matos

Fidelity

Carlos has been with Fidelity Investments for 15 years in multiple areas including Operations, Engineering, and Architecture. Currently as Director of Global Network Architecture, in addition of being the Architect for the External infrastructure (Internet and Extranet), he leads the emerging technologies, (NSV/NFV) Network Service/Function Virtualization, (SDN) Software Defined Networking, and Cloud Education Programs.

Carlos has been the Network Architect for the Click-to-Compute private cloud project from its inception, overseeing the entire design, automation of network Services, and creation of Network self-service offerings for LBaaS, FWaaS, etc. He was also part of the group who designed the Public Cloud, Next generation data center, next generation firewall, NG monitoring projects among many others.

He has a bachelor degree in Business, and Management of Information Systems from the University JMV, Venezuela, and an MS in telecommunications and Data Networks from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Cecilia Corbi
Cecilia Corbi

Telecom Italia

Cecilia Corbi works at TIM as Senior Project Manager within the Standard Coordination & Industry Influencing Technology department where she is responsible to coordinate TIM standardization activities in the service domain including NFV.

She graduated at the University of Turin (Mathematics Master Degree) and she has more than 30 years of experience in Telecommunications and international projects. Since 2006 she has been working in several standards-setting organizations and industry alliances such as TM forum, W3C, OMA (where she was acting as OMA board Vice chairman), ETSI where currently she is attending the NFV ISG group.

Her current interest is related to network evolution domain with focus on NFV and SDN areas both in Standardisation and Open Source domains.

David Amzallag
David Amzallag

Vodafone

As the Head of Network Virtualization, SDN and NFV for Vodafone David is leading the E2E Transformation for the entire Vodafone Group. In this role, he is responsible for developing Vodafone’s vision, strategy, End-to-End architecture, Execution Plan and worldwide deployment for Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), in close co-operation with the other group functions, with the operating companies, regional engineering and operation teams.

David served until recently as the Vice President for Virtual Telecommunications & NFV in Alcatel-Lucent where he designed the first company-wide vision and strategy for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). In addition, David was the CTO of CloudBand, responsible for the entire technology vision, strategy and architecture of ALU’s NFV Management & Orchestration as well as for the positioning of CloudBand as an industry leader.

Prior to Alcatel-Lucent, David served as the Chief Technology Officer and an Executive Vice President at Amdocs. In this role he was responsible, among others, for planning and developing Amdocs’ technology vision as well as Amdocs’ future strategy, architecture and roadmap of the entire product portfolio. Prior to Amdocs David served as the Chief Scientist of 21st Century Network (21CN) of BT, where he was responsible for designing, planning, and optimizing solutions in BT networks, architectures and infrastructures in more than 100 countries and 250 networks worldwide. David has over 20 years of unique experience in Telecommunications in leading, developing, and executing strategies, transformations, technological innovation, and advanced solutions in very large Operators, Software Vendors and Network Equipment Vendors. David holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science, specializing in coping with computationally-hard optimization problems.

Diego Lopez
Diego Lopez

Telefónica

Dr Diego R. Lopez joined Telefonica I+D in 2011 as a Senior Technology Expert on network middleware and services. He is currently in charge of the Technology Exploration activities within the GCTO Unit of Telefónica I+D. Before joining Telefónica he spent some years in the academic sector, dedicated to research on network service abstractions and the development of APIs based on them, collaborating in several open-source initiatives related to these matters. Diego is currently focused on identifying and evaluating new opportunities in technologies applicable to network infrastructures, and the coordination of national and international collaboration activities. His current interests are related to network virtualization, infrastructural services, network management, new network architectures, and network security. Diego chairs the ETSI ISG on Network Function Virtualization, and the NFV Research Group within the IRTF.

Don Clarke
Don Clarke

CableLabs

Don Clarke is a leading member of the networks team at CableLabs. In his former R&D leadership role at BT, he co-founded the ETSI NFV Industry Specification Group (NFV ISG) and was instrumental in the foundation of OPNFV. The NFV ISG has grown to over 290 companies including 38 service providers and is the leading industry group converging and specifying industry requirements for NFV. He is a member of the NFV ISG leadership team and chairs the Network Operator Council.

Don was the managing editor for the joint-carrier white paper on NFV published in October 2012. This document was co-authored by 13 carriers and is widely regarded as the seminal document heralding NFV as the future direction for telecommunications networks. He has originated 9 patents related to optical technologies and authored numerous papers over the course of his telecommunications R&D career.

Dr. Gerald Kunzmann
Dr. Gerald Kunzmann

DOCOMO EuroLabs

Dr. Gerald Kunzmann is a manager of the DOCOMO Communications Laboratories Europe’s standardization team, responsible for Network Function Virtualization (NFV), Software-defined Networking (SDN), Machine-Type-Communications (MTC), and 5th Generation Mobile Networks (5G) works. He is an active participant of the ETSI NFV ISG, and a committer in the OPNFV Doctor and Promise projects.

Dr. Kunzmann joined DOCOMO EuroLabs in Munich in 2010. He worked in developing the next generation mobile core network, focusing on Quality-of-Experience (QoE)-based network operation procedures and the integration of content distribution networks (CDN). He also led DOCOMO’s work in EU projects like MEDIEVAL and SAIL, respectively contribution in optimizing mobile network systems for rich multimedia services, and designing scalable and adaptive next generation transport network architectures. He also has 15 years of research and development experience in light-weight network operation systems, self-organizing autonomous routing protocols, and the next generation Internet architecture. He received a PhD in Information and Communications Engineering from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in 2009.

Dr. Steven Wright
Dr. Steven Wright

AT&T

Dr. Wright helped create the concept of virtualized network functions.  He currently chairs the End User Advisory Group at OPNFV and previously chaired the ETSI NFV ISG where he also initiated the Proof of Concept program. Over 30 years and 4 different countries, his career has involved research, development, program management, product management, university faculty  and board roles; resulting in 50+ patents and a number of diverse publications. He has presented his research at international conferences in Europe, Asia, Australia and the USA; founded the IEEE NFV SDN conference and serves on other conference committees.   He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia.

Guy Meador
Guy Meador

Cox Communications

Guy Meador is a Senior Solution Architect at Cox Communications. Guy holds a Computer Engineering degree from Clemson University, and has decades of experience architecting and developing software and systems in multiple settings, including almost twenty years of experience in the service provider space. Prior to joining Cox, Guy held positions at Cisco Systems, Scientific Atlanta, and Harris.

Hajime Miyamoto
Hajime Miyamoto

KDDI

Hajime Miyamoto is a cloud architect at KDDI in Japan. He has worked in enterprise business unit as a developer and operator of IaaS and virtual private network service for over a decade. In this engineering experience, he leads a development for public IT cloud based on many open source virtualization technologies, and also Peta Byte scale distributed cloud storage using erasure coding.

He is now focused on network virtualization as a specialist of virtual infrastructure.

Herbert Damker
Herbert Damker

Deutsche Telekom

Herbert works within the CTO department of Deutsche Telekom in the team “Aggregation, Transport and IP” where he is responsible for execution and architecture of the technology program to provide and implement DT’s Infrastructure Cloud and NFV approach. He is involved in DT’s NFV activities since the first NFV industry whitepaper.

Herbert has more than 20 years of experience in security, software and telecommunications. After his graduation at the University of Karlsruhe in Computer Science and research about security in telecommunication, he worked as a program manager within a internet technology software company. In 2002 he joined Detecon, the ICT Management consultancy subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom. Since 2006 he is working in technology strategy and CTO departments of Deutsche Telekom as a Senior Expert, contributing to and leading group-wide and international technology projects and programs for Service Delivery, Content Delivery Networks, and Network Function Virtualization.

Jeff Finkelstein
Jeff Finkelstein

Cox Communications

Jeff Finkelstein is the Executive Director of Access Technologies at Cox Communications in Atlanta, Georgia. He has been part of the engineering organization at Cox since 2002, and led the team responsible for the deployment of DOCSIS technologies, from DOCSIS 1.0 to DOCSIS 3.0.

Jeff has over 43 patents issued or pending.

Johan Gustawsson
Johan Gustawsson

Telia

Johan Gustawsson works within the Network Architecture unit of Telia Company, where he focuses primarily on the group-wide SDN and NFV architecture and strategy for transport (IP + optical) and data center domains. He is currently leading a number of initiatives that involves several upstream projects of OPNFV. One example is OpenDaylight, for which he also serves as an end-user advisor. Johan holds a degree of Science in Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology and is an active CCIE-SP.

Jong Han Park
Jong Han Park

SK Telecom

Joined SK Telecom recently in 2014, Dr. Park Jong-Han is currently focusing on NFV, SDN, and orchestration in the context of 5G mobile network.

Prior to joining SK Telecom, he spent a few years at AT&T Labs as a system architect where he worked on various network topics including BGP and network traffic data monitoring, network performance analysis, NFV and SDN in the context of efficient and cost effective CDN architecture.

Dr. Park received his B.S. and M.S. degree in computer science and networked systems from the University of California, San Diego, in 2000 and the University of California, Irvine, in 2005, respectively. He also finished his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of California at Los Angeles in 2011.

Junjie Tong
Junjie Tong

China Unicom

Junjie Tong works in SDN/NFV innovation center of China Unicom network technology research institute. And his main works are on SDN/NFV implementation architecture and strategies, especially on the requirements and solutions of NFVI.

Karim Rabie
Karim Rabie

STC (Advisor)

Karim Rabie is a Mobile Broadband Consultant with 13 years of Multi-vendor experience on diverse fields of Data Networks & Mobility domains.

Karim was one of the pioneer core planners working in the LTE/EPC domain back in 2009 during his role as a PS Core Solution Architect at Nokia working on some of the first LTE commercial launches and trials in addition to leading many Mobile broadband overseas projects with Tier-1 operators globally.

With an extensive current work and focus on NFV, Cloud, & SDN; Karim Rabie is a key player of STC NFV Committee working on STC Telco Cloud Project with an active role covering the Technology aspects of NFVI & MANO domains.

Karim is currently taking the role of senior Core Consultant with Tech-Mahindra working for STC Account with previous Technical roles such as IP/PS Core Solution Architect, Technical Project Manager, & Senior Consultant with Nokia, Huawei, Equinox, Orange Business Services, & Orange – Telecom Operator.

Kazuaki Obana
Kazuaki Obana

NTT DOCOMO

Kazuaki OBANA is an Executive Research Engineer at Research Laboratories, NTT DOCOMO. After joining NTT, he was engaged for 17 years in R&D of priority queuing by time and place information, proxy design with shaping functions, fast transmission system with multi-lane aggregation, Home ICT system on Customer Premises Equipment (CPE), and programmable nodes. His current interests and responsibilities are NFV, SDN and related areas. He holds BE/ME degrees in electrical engineering from Waseda University, Tokyo.

Kenichi Ogaki
Kenichi Ogaki

KDDI

Kenichi Ogaki is a network architect in Mobile Network Technical Development Division at KDDI Corp., Japan, where he is responsible for operations automation of the next generation mobile core network. He has 15 years experience of network control and management, and more specifically on NFV, SDN, Data Center networking and MPLS/GMPLS.

In 2014, his team successfully launched a value-added commercial VPN service, Wide Area Virtual Switch 2(WVS2), using SDN: Service Function Chaining and model-driven control.

He has been involved in standardization works in IETF L3SM, PCE and CCAMP, ONF and ETSI NFV MANO, especially as one of founding members of ETSI NFV ISG. He has also served as a TPC member of major conferences: IEEE Globecom, ICC and others.

Klaus Martiny
Klaus Martiny

Deutsche Telekom

Klaus Martiny is a Senior Program Manager at Deutsche Telekom. In 1972, he was an engineer in the area of radio communication and has also been involved in GSM radio validation and specification; a group lead in D1: Optimization of Radio Network; Head of Operations (SVP) in E-PLUS; and Vice President Continuous Improvement for Operations of T-Mobile International. Klaus is also Vice Chair of the NOC in ETSI ISG NFV and Project Lead regarding the definition of MANO requirements in the 5G Project of NGMN. His publications include articles concerning outsourcing and international project management (merger and optimization of international organizations); organizational change management; disaster and business continuity; and network management of future networks.

Kodi Atuchukwu
Kodi Atuchukwu

Vodafone

After obtaining a BSc. in Electrical Engineering in Nigeria, I worked there a couple of years: first in IT networking and then with a Big 4 Audit firm doing IT audit, compliance and best practice. My interest in telecoms grew and I proceeded to the UK to complete an MSc. in Telecoms Technology.

After this, my career in telecoms started with 4 years in Ericsson UK, doing service delivery around the full spectrum of Ericsson’s Packet Core portfolio. I then joined Juniper’s inaugural professional services outfit of a new Mobile Core division, working closely with the Business Unit, R & D and Program Management to test and implement live solutions. My last year in Juniper was focused on cloud technologies, specifically OpenStack and then vCPE, following Juniper’s acquisition of Contrail.

At Vodafone for close on 2 years, I am tasked with developing the VIM strategy of that component with respect to our overall SDN/NFV architecture. OPNFV is well poised as a vehicle to drive through the requirements of telco clouds on OpenStack. I am fully committed to contribute to that effort on behalf of Vodafone.

Lingli Deng
Lingli Deng

China Mobile

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 working on evaluation and introduction of data plane acceleration technology, running the Novonet Testing Lab and planning the SDN/NFV trial network for the company. She has been leading the DPACC of OPNFV project under Linux Foundation since 2015.

She is currently serving as the TSC representative for China Mobile, and the Project Technical Lead of the NFV-O sub-project of OPEN-O project.

Masanori Miyazawa
Masanori Miyazawa

KDDI

Masanori Miyazawa has been engaged in research on service and network management in telecom network. He is currently investigating the network management for SDN/NFV, especially, real-time performance and fault management . He is also in charge of standardization activity regarding orchestrator and operation process such as TMForum, 3GPP SA5 and OPNFV in KDDI.

Milind Bhagwat
Milind Bhagwat

British Telecom

Milind works in the Chief Architect’s Office in BT as an Enterprise Architect. He leads the technology strategy for programmable networks and agile OSS in BT. He is an active participant in ETSI NFV and TM Forum.

Milind has previously lead the architecture and design activity for a number of multi million pound transformation programs in the telco space.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical & Electronics engineering and MBA from University of Mumbai.

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.

Qiao Fu
Qiao Fu

China Mobile Research Institute

Qiao Fu is a project manager at China Mobile Research Institute. She obtained Her Masters degree from Dept. Electronic and Engineering at Tsinghua University in 2013. She joins the China Mobile after graduation and is working on the research of network technology. Qiao Fu is working on OPNFV community ever since its establishment. She is responsible for the China Mobile OPNFV Testlab and is also the project lead for the High Availability project currently.

Randy Levensalor
Randy Levensalor

CableLabs

Randy Levensalor is a leading member of the CableLabs Network Virtualization team.

He is responsible for creating the NFV infrastructure reference platform and progressing orchestration capabilities based on service providers’ needs. Randy is actively involved in OPNFV, OpenStack and OpenDaylight and contributes to key industry standardization efforts including ETSI NFV.

Prior to joining CableLabs, Randy gained extensive experience leading R&D, DevOps, and Product Management across several HP divisions focusing on successfully delivering HP’s public cloud, Linux and converged management solutions.

Samer Mahmoud
Samer Mahmoud

STC (Advisor)

With 13+ years of Telecom-Backed experience, Samer is now leading Telco Cloud project in LCC-Tech-M (STC Account) in Saudi Arabia.

His current responsibilities include setting up network transformation strategy as part of 2020 vision, building infrastructure that is capable of hosting major telco VNFs, and building resources’ capabilities within design department.

Although Samer’s focus now is in providing design consultancy services , he has rich profile in variant telecom engineering functions and roles .He worked as Support, Configuration , Performance , Planning engineer and Technology trainer . This mix formed his capability of leading multi-vendor verification and integration of complex projects across his career.

Before joining LCC Tech-M Samer was part of Etisalat Egypt launch team and was ex- Vodafone O&M Engineer.

Serge Manning
Serge Manning

Sprint

Serge is a veteran of the telecommunications industry having spent over 20 years working on both the manufacturer and service provider sides. He has played the roles of software developer and system architect before concentrating his energies on standardization and open source. With a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, Serge has always embraced new technologies while working at Nortel Networks, Huawei Technologies, and Sprint Corporation. Along the way, he has held numerous leadership or officer positions in organizations such as 3GPP2, WiMAX Forum, Open Networking Forum, and ETSI NFV. More recently as a Senior Technology Strategist for Sprint, he is focused on NFV and SDN where he helps drive Sprint’s technology plans for 3GPP core network standardization and open source software.

Sungho Jo
Sungho Jo

SK Telecom

Mr. Sungho Jo, Director / Head of 5G Tech. Lab, is responsible for developing 5G and IoT network at Network Technology R&D Center, SK Telecom. He initially joined network operation division, SK Telecom in 1997.

From 2001, Mr. Jo, as head of Commercialization part at Access Network Lab, had contributed on commercialization of CDMA1X and EVDO, and WCDMA development of SK Telecom. His contributions and R&D activities led to many notable events including Korea-first LTE launch, the world-first, multi-carrier deployment, the world-first nation-wide HD Voice (VoLTE) commercialization, the world-first LTE-A (Carrier Aggregation) commercialization. Recently, Mr. Jo also led a successful LoRa IoT Network Commercialization in 2016.

Since 2015, Mr. Jo is the head of 5G Tech. Lab. His current interest mainly focuses on next generation communication system like 5G, SDN/NFV and LTE-A evolution, LPWA, IoT.

He received a Bachelor degree in the department of Electronic Engineering at Kyungpook National University (KNU) and received a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree at Korea University.

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.

Tobias Ford
Tobias Ford

AT&T

As the AVP of Cloud Infrastructure and Platform Architecture & Strategy for AT&T, Toby Ford leads efforts to enhance and streamline delivery of AT&T’s Cloud, Big Data, SDN, NFV and Orchestration platforms. Currently, Mr. Ford is responsible for shepherding SDN and NFV projects onto AT&T’s Integrated Cloud (AIC) platform. Mr. Ford joined AT&T via the acquisition of USi in 2006, where he was CTO. Mr. Ford is on the Board of Directors for the OpenStack Foundation.

Vijay Kumar
Vijay Kumar

Bell Canada

My role is Senior Technical Architect, Bell Network Strategy, Services and Management organization. I look after Strategy, planning and architecture covering Orchestration, NFV, SDN, MANO, network management systems.

In my free time, I enjoy travel, music and spending time with my family.