Farah Papaioannou is the president and co-founder of Edgeworx, a startup that enables people to run and develop applications at the edge (which she founded and got funded while pregnant with her first child in 2018). She has more than 15 years of experience in the enterprise software market, both as an investor and an operator. Before Edgeworx, Farah has been focused on early-stage investing in the big data, AI/deep learning, cloud and IoT markets. She has more than a decade of investing experience at Sinewave, Data Collective VC, Amplify Partners, and Valhalla Partners.
She also held roles at multinational companies such as Jabil, where she was responsible for global strategy and M&A for the enterprise infrastructure group; HP, where she also drove strategy, acquisitions and integration into the core business, such as the $2-billion acquisition of 3Par; and Hitachi Data Systems, where she held a variety of product marketing roles.
Farah holds three degrees from Stanford University. She graduated with a Bachelor’s with Honors in Computer Science, a Master’s in Communications and a Master’s in Management Science and Engineering.
Dr. Alex Jinsung Choi is Senior Vice President Research and Technology Innovation. He is responsible for the Group’s technology innovations as well as for strategic projects like 5G and edge. He is also Co-Head of the Telekom Innovation Laboratories (T-Labs), Deutsche Telekom’s central Research & Development division.
Andre oversees the global technology direction for AT&T. This includes global network planning, deployment, optimization and support, as well as creating the company’s innovation roadmap. He leads AT&T Labs, AT&T Foundry, AT&T’s Information Technology organization, the Chief Data Office and AT&T’s Intellectual Property organization.
Andre’s responsibilities include spearheading the design of the company’s 5G wireless infrastructure, delivering on AT&T’s software-defined networking (SDN) initiative, building and monetizing AT&T’s intellectual property portfolio, and driving research and commercialization in emerging technologies like edge computing and quantum networking.
Andre has also led AT&T to a global leadership position in open source initiatives through engagement and collaboration with the broader developer community.
Since joining AT&T in 1995, Andre has supported and led several technology organizations responsible for software, systems and network architecture, planning, and engineering, where he holds six patents in the field of network traffic optimization and database design.
Marisa is a Vice President at IBM, leading Strategy and Solutions for the Global Telecommunications, M&E Industry. She is responsible for creating a portfolio of solutions to address the needs of clients as it relates to digital transformation, networks, optimizing core business functions, and creating new services. In her position, she is spearheading IBM strategy for Telco Network Cloud – including 5G and Edge, while developing the partner ecosystem.
Marisa began her career at IBM as a member of the Thomas J Watson Research Center, followed by entrepreneur roles in envisioning the future with solutions that used mobile technologies, unified communications and emerging devices. Marisa also led IBM Security Services, a market leader organization that delivers IT security and Risk Management for business and government organizations. Among her responsibilities, she led the Security Operations Centers, a global competency operating critical IT infrastructure for thousands of customers around the globe.
She is a member of the IBM Industry Academy, the LFN Governing Board, ACM, and leads various programs for the advancement of women and Hispanics in technology within IBM, the industry and the academia. She was recognized as HITEC Top 100, the most influential and notable Hispanic Professionals in the IT Industry, in 2018 and 2019.
Justin Dustzadeh is Equinix’s Chief Technology Officer. He leads the organization responsible for developing the company’s technology vision, strategy and architecture. In addition, his team drives next-generation technology innovation and development, and fosters industry engagements with a focus on the developer community.
Prior to Equinix, Mr. Dustzadeh served as Head of Global Network and Software Platform at Uber where he led the team responsible for the architecture, engineering and operations of Uber’s global network infrastructure, as well as software platforms enabling Uber’s business worldwide.
Justin’s prior experience includes executive roles at Visa, Huawei, Ericsson, AT&T, a Silicon-Valley technology startup (where he was a founder), and two leading service providers in France.
He holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Computer Science from Télécom Paris, and a B.S. in Theoretical Physics from École Normale Supérieure (Ulm) in Paris.
Amar Kapadia is an NFV specialist and co-founder at Aarna Networks, an open source NFV company providing products and services around the Linux Foundation OPNFV and ONAP projects.
Prior to Aarna, Amar was the NFV product marketing head at Mirantis. Before Mirantis, he was responsible for defining and launching EVault’s public cloud storage service (acquired by Seagate), based on OpenStack Swift. In total, Amar has over 20 years of experience in storage, server, and I/O technologies through marketing and engineering leadership positions at Emulex, Philips, and HP.
Heather Kirksey works with the community to advance the adoption and implementation of open source NFV platforms.
Before joining The Linux Foundation, she led strategic technology alliances for MongoDB. Earlier in her career, she held various leadership positions in the telecom industry, including running a partner program for CPE, doing solutions marketing for the IP division at Alcatel-Lucent, and working in business development and numerous standards activities.
While at Broadband Forum she helped create and launch TR-069; served as BroadbandHome Technical Working Group Chair; served on the Board; and oversaw collaborative activities with ATIS, 3GPP, OSGi, ITU-T, OMA, IETF, Small Cell Forum, UPnP Forum, Home Gateway Initiative, and other groups.
Heather received her master’s degree in English literature from the University of Texas, Austin.
Bill Ren holds an EMBA and Master’s Degree from Peking University and a CS Bachelor Degree from Shanghai Jiaotong University. Since joining Huawei in 2000，Bill served as an Intelligent Network Research and Development Engineer, Product Manager and Architect of India Branch, General Manager of Business OSS, Vice President of Network OSS, Vice President of Network OSS Strategy and MKT, Vice President of Solution MKTG, etc. We have accumulated rich experience in R&D, marketing and product management. Mr. Ren Xudong（Bill Ren）serves as the General Manager of ICT Infrastructure Open Source Business at Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd, and as the chief liaison officer of Huawei. In this role，he is fully responsible for the implementation of open source solutions for operators/enterprises in the network automation industry, using open source means to build industrial ecology, expand industrial space, build a healthy and harmonious industrial environment, and support the success of the company’s business
Tom is Technical Director for NFV at Red Hat where he leads a team of engineers focusing on the many areas of Open Source Networking including SDN, NFV, data plane acceleration, and container networking efforts. In addition, Tom leads the NFV Partner Engineering team which is focused on supporting Red Hat’s Telco/SP customers. Tom works across Red Hat’s products and business to strengthen and sure up its networking technologies around these products by working on M&A, partner and company strategy. He serves on the Linux Foundation Edge Board and Networking Technical Advisory Council (TAC), and has previously held similar roles in the OPNFV and OpenDaylight projects. Tom is an Apache Software Foundation Committer and is co-Maintainer of The Public Yang Repository on GitHub.
Prajakta is Senior PM in Google Cloud leading Cloud Networking, Telco and Edge. In this role, she manages a broad product portfolio spanning areas of Telco modernization, 5G/4G Edge Computing, Content Delivery and modern application networking. Prior to Google, Prajakta was Director of Product at ON.Lab (now ONF) where she helped launch two open source telco projects, ONOS and Central Office Re-architected as Datacenter (CORD). She also served in senior engineering roles at Brocade, Foundry Networks and Cisco. She was recognized as Fierce Telecom rising star in 2019.
Prajakta is co-founder of Aurora, a community of senior women leaders in Google Cloud, and serves on Google Cloud’s diversity, equity, inclusion (DEI) council. Prajakta received her M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Southern California and holds 8+ patents.
Jonas Arndt is a Chief Technologist for HPE’s Telco Segment and NFV Solutions team in HPE’s Telco Sales organization. In his current role at HPE, Jonas is focusing on standards based open Telco infrastructure management solutions.
Over his 25+ years’ experience in the Telecom industry, Jonas has represented HPE in multiple standards bodies and industry forums. As an architect Jonas has worked with Carrier Grade Hardware, Service Availability, and NFV Solutions to drive business in the telecom market.
Jonas holds a Master of Science in Electrics with a focus on Telecommunication from Chalmers University of Technology. He is from Sweden and currently resides in Ft. Collins, Colorado.
Rajesh Gadiyar is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the Network Platforms Group and leads the Architecture & Systems Engineering organization. He is focused on delivering a scalable and efficient architecture for next generation communications platforms. He leads the architecture efforts to accelerate Network Function Virtualization (NFV) including 5G infrastructure, Edge Cloud, and AI in Networking.
Since joining Intel in 2000, he has held several positions in Engineering, Professional Services, Strategic Planning and Architecture. Prior to joining Intel, he led various engineering teams at Trillium Digital Systems and Wipro Ltd. He brings several years of experience in networking products, architecture, protocols, standards and software development for Voice over IP, cellular, broadband, mobile telephony and data networks. He represents Intel as a Governing Board member of the Linux Foundation Networking (LFN) and Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS). He is a regular speaker at industry events and conferences. Rajesh has a B.S. in Electronics and Telecommunications engineering from National Institute of Technology, Trichy, India and an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Priyanka is the General Manager of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. She was previously the director of Cloud Native Alliances at GitLab Inc., where she built the developer evangelism team that participates regularly in the cloud native community.
Priyanka also serves as an advisor at Heavybit Industries, an accelerator for developer products. She has contributed to several CNCF projects such as Jaeger and Vitess and was a founding team member of the OpenTracing standard. In addition, Priyanka is a leading speaker and subject matter expert on cloud native and observability and has spoken about Kubernetes, Prometheus, Jaeger, OpenTracing, Envoy, Vitess, SPIFFE/SPIRE, and more. She was a startup founder featured at TechCrunch Disrupt and started her career at Google.
Martin Halstead is a worldwide Distinguished Technologist, Telco Vertical at HP Enterprise. Prior to this role, Martin was worldwide Chief Technologist for Communications, Media and Entertainment within HPE’s BEST (Business Development, Enablement, Solutions & Technology) organization. Martin has in-depth knowledge of industry trends in SDN and NFV with over 20 years’ experience specializing in Communications Services Provider networking environments where he lead several engineering teams in developing innovative networking solutions. Prior to joining HPE, Martin has held senior engineering leadership positions at Nortel Networks, FirstMark Communications and Nexagent which was acquired by EDS. He has co-authored several Internet Drafts, as well as holding a patent on Inter Service Provider communications networking. Martin attended the University of West London where he majored in Computer Studies. He is based in Maidenhead in the United Kingdom.
Arpit Joshipura brings over 25 years of networking expertise and vision to The Linux Foundation, with technical depth and business breadth. He has instrumented and led major industry disruptions across enterprises, carriers, and cloud architectures, including IP, broadband, optical, mobile, routing, switching, L4-7, cloud, disaggregation, SDN/NFV, and open networking, and has been an early evangelist for open source. Arpit has served as CMO/VP in startups and larger enterprises, including Prevoty, Dell/Force10, Ericsson/Redback, ONI/CIENA, and BNR/Nortel, leading strategy, product management, marketing, engineering, and technology standards functions.