Henry joined the GSMA in December 2013, and will be responsible for the delivery of the Future Networks programme. A key programme of the GSMA’s strategic focus, to deliver industry scale for IP Communications and 5G, whilst considering Network Economic challenges for the Mobile industry as it transitions to a 5G Era.
Previously he worked for the SingTel Group and has over 20 years’ experience in the telecommunications sector, both in Networks and IT portfolios and has been involved in the deployment of mobile networks in over 10 operations across 10 different countries. Henry designed and built Optus’ 3G + LTE mobile network, all IP network and managed the product development transformation. He was the creator and board member of the network sharing Joint Venture between SingTel Optus and Vodafone Networks Pty Ltd (Australia).
Henry has been a board member and Chair of the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) and previously held an Executive Management Committee position in the GSMA.
Caroline heads Analysys Mason’s Cloud research practice. Her research focuses on service provider adoption of cloud to deliver business services, support digital transformation and re-architect fixed and mobile networks for the 5G era. She is a leading exponent of the edge computing market and its impact on service provider network deployments and new revenue opportunities. She monitors public cloud provider strategies for the telecoms industry and investigates how key cloud platform services can enhance service provider value. Caroline is a leading authority on the application of cloud-native technologies to the network and helps telecoms customers to devise strategies that exploit the powerful capabilities of cloud while mitigating its disruptive effects.
Prior to joining Analysys Mason, Caroline was Practice Leader, Cloud and NFV, at Heavy Reading. She has over 25 years’ experience as a telecoms software analyst and consultant working for research companies including Current Analysis and Ovum. Her areas of coverage spanned cloud services, digital service development and delivery, B/OSS, customer experience management and analytics, Internet and cloud security, professional/managed services and service provider wholesale strategies in such areas as IP/Ethernet, enterprise cloud solutions and fixed and mobile wholesale access. Caroline started her career as a software programmer at what is now BAE Systems. This has given her a lifelong interest in software architecture and engineering approaches, most recently including lean/agile development and DevOps, microservices architecture and model-driven, intelligent software automation.
In her role at Verizon, Beth develops Software Defined Network and Edge products by leveraging the Verizon global network. She has been responsible for the launch of several successful products including Secure Cloud Interconnect, which allows companies to connect to public cloud services over private networks, and Virtual Network Services, which is a market leading SDN product. She is also an active participant in the Open Source community, holding several leadership roles in LFN and the OpenInfra Foundation projects. Currently co-chair of the LF Networking Anuket project TSC and chair of the LFN End User Advisory Group (EUAG). Also a founder and co-lead of the OpenInfra Foundation Edge Working Group.
At Google, Gabriele is tasked to drive strategy and adoption for a portfolio of Telecommunications products, focused at planning, transforming, modernizing, assuring and securing Telco Networks and deploying and monetizing 5G Edge services & applications across multiple vertical industries. Gabriele brings more than 20 years of enterprise and communication service provider (CSP) technology expertise in product management, marketing and business development to Google Cloud
Most recently, Gabriele was Vice President for Telco/NFV Products & Solutions at VMware enabling Telecommunication operators to transition to next generation converged cloud environments through modern Telco Cloud, Automation, Orchestration and Operations products.
Prior to VMware, Gabriele was Senior Vice President Products & Marketing for Guavus, a company that provides big data analytics applications to the CSP industry for improved customer experience and service assurance. Di Piazza has also been General Manager of Hewlett-Packard Marketing Optimization where he was responsible for HP’s Autonomy Digital Experience Management products, Gabriele led worldwide marketing for the Operator Channels group at Microsoft, where he was also responsible for Microsoft’s Media & Entertainment business and led global business development for media solutions in wireless carriers.
Before Microsoft, Gabriele spent 11 years at HP in different roles in the Communications & Media industries, related to marketing & solutions management in OSS/BSS/Contact Center/Rich Media/IPTV.
Gabriele holds a master’s degree in Electronic Engineering with a major in Telecom Networks from Politecnico di Milano University.
Anita Döhler has extensive international experience in various business areas including senior management positions with mobile network operators, vendors, and consulting firms. From 2016 until 2020, she held senior management positions at Accenture Industry X.0. Prior to joining Accenture, she worked at Vodafone Group for 16 years, before at E-Plus and Philips, among others. Anita holds a Dipl.-Ing. degree in Telecommunication Engineering as well as an Executive MBA degree. Furthermore, she is a Systemic Business Coach. Anita is passionate about driving technology innovation for the benefit of humans and societies and supporting the world’s leading operators, vendors, and research institutes as CEO of the Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) Alliance.
Junlan Feng is Vice Chairman of the China Artificial Intelligence Industry Alliance, Chief Scientist at China Mobile, General Manager of AI and Intelligent Operation R&D Center, Board Chair of Linux Foundation Network.
Dr. Feng received her Ph.D. on Speech Recognition from Chinese Academy of Sciences, and joined AT&T Labs Research in 2001, as a principal researcher on Speech recognition, language understanding and data mining until 2013. Dr. Feng has led R&D of China Mobile on artificial intelligence and intelligent operation since September 2013.
She is an IEEE senior member. She had served as an IEEE speech and language committee member and an IEEE industry committee member. She is a frequent reviewer and organizer for major data mining, speech, and natural language international conferences and journals. Dr. Feng has over 70 professional publications and co-authored a book. She holds 51 issued U.S and international patents and 3 issued Chinese patents. She has 46 pending patent applications.
Dr. Feng has won more than 20 domestic and foreign R&D awards, including AT&T CTO Award in 2009. “JiuTian”, the AI platform developed by her team won the single product gold award of China Mobile in 2019, the second prize of scientific and technological achievements of China Institute of Communications, the third prize of scientific and technological progress of China Institute of Electronics, and the 2018 Innovation Project Award of Deep Integration of Artificial Intelligence and Real Economy by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
Andre oversees the global technology direction for AT&T. This includes network planning, the company’s
innovation road map, AT&T Labs, AT&T Foundry, and the intellectual property organization. His
responsibilities include spearheading the design of the company’s next-generation 5G wireless infrastructure and software-defined networking (SDN) initiative.
He’s also heavily involved in AT&T’s push into open source software and other open standards, and engagement and collaboration with the broader developer community.
Since joining AT&T in 1995, Andre has supported and led several 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. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at U.C. Berkeley and completed his graduate coursework in Computer Science at Stanford University.
Anil Guntupalli is the Vice President of Technology Strategy and Network Cloud for Verizon. He is responsible for developing Network cloud and Edge platforms and driving virtualization, automation, & security across the network. He is also responsible for developing next-generation network technologies and strategies, identifying and partnering with suppliers to enable Verizon’s technology strategy, and driving technology architecture efforts across Verizon.
Prior to his current role, Anil headed product development and engineering of Fios device development, Interactive Media Guide, Video on Demand, and Ad. distribution platforms.
Anil holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Midwestern State Univerity, a second Master’s Degree in Telecommunications and Security from Boston University, and a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Rob High is the Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for the IBM Edge Computing portfolio. High has architecture and technical strategy responsibility for offerings that will enable a new generation of edge computing — where work is placed close to where data is produced and actions are performed. Prior to this assignment he was the CTO for IBM Watson, responsible for setting the technical strategy and vision for IBM’s leadership in AI computing. High is recognized as a global technical leader, author and evangelist, and was named an IBM Fellow in 2008 for his pioneering work in the field of SOA and for his leadership on WebSphere
Ed Knapp is the Chief Technology Officer at American Tower Corporation. Prior to joining American Tower in 2017, Mr. Knapp served as Senior Vice President of Engineering at Qualcomm, where was responsible for their New Jersey Corporate Research Center. Mr. Knapp has more than 40 years of communications technology experience and has spent more than 30 years invested in the development of the global wireless industry. He joined Qualcomm after its acquisition of Flarion Technologies. Prior to that he served as the Chief Technology Officer of PacketVideo Corporation, co-founded NextWave Telecom, Inc. and served as its Chief Technology Officer, and was Executive Director of Technical Services for Bell Atlantic/NYNEX Mobile (Verizon Wireless).
Mr. Knapp serves on the Board of Directors of AST SpaceMobile and the Center for Automotive Research, as well as the Rutgers University Industry Advisory Board. He is also a member of the Outthinker Strategy Network. Mr. Knapp currently has five granted U.S. patents and one pending application. He earned an M.B.A. from Columbia University, a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Polytechnic University (NYU) in New York and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Stony Brook University.
Petr Lédl is VP of Network Trials and Integration Lab and chief architect of Access Disaggregation program. His main responsibility is identification, prototyping and technical evaluation of future mobile network technologies and related concepts (mainly 5G, LTE-A/Pro, Managed connectivity, etc.) and defining and implementing DTAG disaggregated RAN architecture based on O-RAN principles.
He studied Electrical Engineering at Czech Technical University in Prague between 1995 and 2004. Since 2003 he has been working on different positions in Technology organizations of Deutsche Telekom and T-Mobile Czech Republic.
Catherine Lefèvre Assistant Vice President, Network Systems Common Platform & Services, AT&T Technology Services
Catherine Lefèvre is in charge of 140+ unique applications, to support key AT&T business initiatives (5G RAN/Access Automation, 5G Core/Network Cloud, Accelerated C-Band Deployment, SD-WAN, Fiber, ROADM, FirstNet, NetBond, Win@Home). She serves as ONAP TSC Chair since September 25th, 2018.
She is building an operating model that engages with industry and aligns with partners to drive innovation and streamlined processes, incorporating security, resiliency, agility and speed.
She is driving AT&T Network Common Platform & Services Cloud Native Target State Architecture and ONAP/O-RAN (vRAN) strategic alignment.
She is also fostering an inclusive culture that challenges the status quo, embraces diverse ideas and perspectives, empowering and celebrating our ability to try, grow and succeed.
Catherine received a master’s degree in computer science as well as a qualified teaching degree in computer science in 1996 from the University Of Namur (FUNDP).
She joined AT&T in 2013. During her time with AT&T, she focused on software development best practices and early prototypes and proof of concepts of AT&T’s SDN technology, accelerating AT&T’s ability to move from concept to scaled production development, integrating the DevOps Culture for increased collaboration between the development and operations teams. In 2017, she co-led with AT&T Labs the open sourcing of the ECOMP Platform. She received several awards for her technical depth that provided a unique and significant contribution to AT&T (AT&T Science and Technology Medal; Technology Development President Award in 2016 and 2017).
Catherine is part of AT&T’s EMEA Women’s Network, mentoring young women about careers in STEM.
Mr. LI Leding is Principal Architect of Baidu Cloud and also serves as member of LFEdge Technical Advisory Council.
Mr. LI is responsible for the technology product development of Baidu IntelliEdge and “Tiangong” IoT platform. In 2019, Baidu donated the IntelliEdge Framework to LFEdge as Baetyl project, and in the same year Li was elected as chair of the Project Technical Committee.
Baetyl projects are committed to driving the convergence of IoT, edge computing, and cloud computing technologies, providing an open and flexible environment for innovated applications.
David A. Maltz is the engineering leader for the Azure Networking team, responsible for developing, deploying, and operating the software and network devices that connect Microsoft’s largest services, including the Azure Public Cloud and Microsoft 365. We write the code for the network services ranging from Network Security to DNS, the distributed systems that control our software defined and physical network, and the SONiC firmware that runs many of our physical switches. We design the cloud-scale networks and data centers that provide petabits of connectivity at low cost and high reliability, from the optical systems on up.
My past projects include a broad array of hardware and software that improves the usability, performance, and cost of cloud computing and mobile/wireless networking. I founded two venture-funded startup companies in network traffic management and wireless networking. I worked in industry research and academia, including 5 years in Microsoft Research.
Education – Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University, 2001. S.B. and S.M., Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1994.
Ravi joined Walmart in June 2021 and headed up Traffic Foundation teams that are responsible for traffic platforms from CDN to Service Mesh, Load Balancers, Proxies, GrpahQL, L3AF/eBPF etc. Prior to Walmart, Ravi worked at Gartner for a short period leading their Peer Insights and Vendor platforms. Before that, Ravi worked at Priceline for 19 years leading several initiatives like API transformation, cloud transformation, microservices migration, and built products for highly scalable caching systems, Data Pipelines, ML-based monitoring, Marketing & CRM products.
Xudong Ren (Bill) General Manager of ICT Infrastructure Open Source Business, Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd
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 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.
Bill Ren holds a Bachelor Degree from Shanghai Jiaotong University. Since Joining Huawei in 1998，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.
Tom Rondeau is a DARPA program manager with a focus on adaptive and reconfigurable radios, improving the development cycle for new signal-processing techniques, and exploring new approaches and applications with the electromagnetic spectrum. Prior to joining DARPA, Tom was the maintainer and lead developer of the GNU Radio project, a visiting researcher with the University of Pennsylvania, and an Adjunct with the IDA Center for Communications Research in Princeton, NJ.
Jason Shepherd is VP of Ecosystem at ZEDEDA and the governing board chair of the Linux Foundation’s LF Edge organization. Prior to joining ZEDEDA, Jason was CTO for the Dell Technologies Edge and IoT Solutions Division. His proven track record as a thought leader in the market is evidenced through his leadership building up the award-winning Dell IoT Solutions Partner Program, establishing the open source EdgeX Foundry project to facilitate greater IoT interoperability, and leading the formation of the Linux Foundation’s Project Alvarium to foster data trust at scale. He speaks and writes regularly on technology topics such as edge computing, IoT, AI, 5G, Digital Twin and Ecosystem and was recognized as one of the Top 100 Industrial IoT influencers in both 2018 and 2019. He holds a total of 40 granted and pending US patents.
LF Edge Governing Board Member at the Linux Foundation, LoRa Alliance Board Member, previous President of ONAP and Vice Chair of Linux Networking Fund. Yachen is mainly leading in Tencent Network, edge computing, SDN/NFV, 5G and SmartNic related technical research, platform development and network deployment. Yachen has much experience in 4G/5G, NFV/SDN, network evolution, international standardization, and open source etc.