Open Networking & Edge Summit North America

Featured Keynote Speakers

  • 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.

  • Dr. Justin Dustzadeh joined Equinix in 2019 and serves as Chief Technology Officer. In this role, he is responsible for developing a technology roadmap to support the company’s broader platform strategy, leading the next-generation technology and innovation function, and contributing to the company’s ongoing leadership in the cloud ecosystem.

    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.

    Mr. Dustzadeh’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.

    Mr. Dustzadeh 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.

  • Dan is Executive Director of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, which sustains and integrates open source technologies like Kubernetes and Prometheus. He also helped create and launch the Linux Foundation’s Core Infrastructure Initiative as an industry-wide response to the security vulnerabilities demonstrated by Heartbleed.

    He previously served as CTO of several startups, including Spreemo, a healthcare marketplace, and Shopbeam, a shoppable ads company. Earlier, he was a general partner at Skymoon Ventures, a seed-stage venture capital firm that created startups in semiconductors and telecom infrastructure.

    Dan helped manage a number of telecoms firms controlled by Craig McCaw and started his career as founder and CEO of NetMarket, one of the first Internet companies. In 1994, he led the development of the first music store on the web, conducting the first secure commercial transaction after building the first web shopping cart. Dan lives in Manhattan with his wife and two sons.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Aparna Sinha is Director of Product, at Google Cloud. She has a track record for creating new revenue streams and building competitive advantage through technical and go-to-market innovation. Her teams are focused on transforming the way we work through platforms. She currently runs the Anthos / Google Kubernetes Engine business and has been recognized as a strategic thought leader in Enterprise Software.

    At Google, Aparna has worked on Anthos, Kubernetes, Android, ChromeOS and Play. Before Google, she was Director of Product for Storage and Data Management at NetApp, delivering the OnCommand product family, winning placement in Gartner’s “Leaders” quadrant for storage software. She was recruited to Netapp from McKinsey & Company where she was a leader in the business transformation office, working with CXOs on IT strategy, pricing, and M&A.

    Aparna holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford and has authored several technical and business publications. She serves on the Governing Board of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF). 

  • 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.