Speaker Schedule


Networking After Dark,


Networking After Dark,

Ritesh Mukherjee

Vice President of Product Management, 128 Technology

128 Technology

Ritesh Mukherjee is Vice President of Product Management at 128 Technology where he leads routing technology strategy. His expertise includes routing/switching, data center, cloud, SDN/NFV and IoT. Prior to 128 Technology, Mukherjee was Director, Network Solutions at Huawei where he led the technical solutions team, and Manager, Product Management at Cisco where he led the software operating systems group. Mukherjee holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Concordia University in Montreal.


Mike Chase

Senior VP, Solutions Engineering, AireSpring


Mike Chase, AireSpring’s Senior VP of Solutions Engineering has deep expertise in advanced SD-WAN networking and related technologies. He has worked with many Fortune 500 firms including Wells Fargo, IBM and Experian. Mike brings over 25 years of experience designing complex datacenters worldwide. Mike, aka Dr. Cloud, has published many online articles, columns and blogs. He holds 30+ industry certifications including the prestigious Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE# 7226), Linux LPIC2, VMware Certified Professional (VCP #26676) and a Juris Doctor degree. He previously co-founded and was CTO of several cloud ventures.


Chandu Guntakala

CEO, Anuta Networks

Mark Casey

Founder & CEO, Apcela


Mark Casey, Apcela’s Founder and CEO, is a progressive leader intensely focused on leveraging emerging technologies and his deep knowledge of the global telecom and IT markets to deliver top results for clients, associates and stakeholders.Mark’s experience and reputation is built on a successful track record of over 25 years in the communications industry delivering results for industry heavyweights including AT&T and Verizon. Mark joined railroad operator CSX in 2001 to lead CSX Fiber Networks supporting large carriers with complex network optimization. In 2005, Mark led the acquisition of FiberSource,® the core intellectual property among other assets of CSXFN, to form the nucleus of CFN Services.Now leading Apcela, widely recognized as one of the fastest growing technology firms in North America, Mark and his team specialize in developing high-performance solutions for globally distributed, real-time, mission-critical applications. Under his leadership, Apcela pioneered the development of the Alpha Platform™, an award winning high-performance private cloud for global, low-latency electronic securities trading.


Ashok Venkatraman

Vice President, Strategic Business Development, AppFusions


Ashok Venkatraman is Vice President, Strategic Business Development at AppFusions, leading enterprise-scale digital transformation solutions, including ones that leverage blockchain for clients in financial services, logistics, distribution and other major industries. Ashok is a market-driven strategic leader with expertise in steering strategy for customer-centric, next-generation digital solutions. Previously, Ashok has served in multiple high growth business units as general manager and head of technology for Mastercard products, platforms and APIs. Mr. Venkatraman holds a M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Southern Illinois University.


Mike Thompson

Consulting Systems Engineer, Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company

Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company

Mike Thompson is a Professional Systems Engineer with over 25 years of experience designing, implementing, and troubleshooting complex networks. Over the course of his career, Mike has held several engineering, consulting, and executive leadership positions with technology leaders, including FORE Systems, Marconi Communications, Bay Networks, Alcatel-Lucent, and most recently Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company. As a Consulting Systems Engineer, Mike provides technical leadership for the Systems Engineers in the Florida and Alabama region. In his current role, his responsibilities include business development, solutions architecture, field updates, driving feature development, and direct engineering engagements with existing and new customers. Mike served in the US Marine Corps for 10 years. He is a Desert Storm Veteran and attained the rank of Sergeant before exiting active duty. Mike volunteers his time with several organizations, including the US Naval Sea Cadet Corp’s Thomas Norris Battalion in Central Florida, where he acts as the Executive Office. The USNSCC is a congressionally-chartered, U.S. Navy-based organization that serves to teach individuals about the sea-going military services, U.S. naval operations and training, community service, citizenship, and an understanding of discipline and teamwork.


Max Mancini

Executive VP, Digital Worker Ecosystem, Automation Anywhere

Automation Anywhere

Max Mancini is Executive Vice President of the Digital Worker Ecosystem at Automation Anywhere, where he leads the company’s efforts to build a thriving ecosystem of developers, bots and digital workers. He believes that the bot platform, and the ecosystem that supports it, enable innovation and opportunity for Automation Anywhere’s entire community of developers, channel partners and customers. Prior to joining Automation Anywhere, Max ran the $500 million Ecosystem business at Atlassian and retail eCommerce engineering at Apple. He also helped scale the developers program and mobile commerce business at eBay. While at eBay, he also launched their classifieds business, Kijiji, as the head of product and engineering and built their Disruptive Innovation team. He has been in various product, engineering and executive management roles in startups including Aha Mobile (acquired by Harman/Samsung), ConsumerReview, and PointCast. Max is a combat veteran and served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army and Army Reserves.


Thorsten Stoeterau

Systems Engineer Security, Barracuda


Thorsten joined Barracuda a little over a year ago. His focus at Barracuda is to secure customer’s infrastructures and data on-prem as well as in the cloud. Prior to that, Thorsten was on the other side and worked in the Cruise industry. He worked as IT Manager onboard, built and designed IT for new Megaships (4000+ Passengers) and drydock refurbishments and ultimately lead the infrastructure as Enterprise Admin for a 5-star Luxury Cruiseline out of Miami.


Alfredo Avilez

Int'l Product Marketing Manager, Claro Enterprise Solutions

Claro Enterprise Solutions

Alfredo has over 15 years of experience in the telecommunications/technology industry and is currently responsible for the Product Marketing Management and Strategy of Connectivity Services, including SD-WAN, Internet Services and Cloud Access in the US and Latin American markets at Claro Enterprise Solutions (CES), a subsidiary of América Móvil (NYSE: AMX) and telecommunication services provider with presence in 25 countries across North America, Latin America and Europe. He has held a wide variety of technical and commercial roles in American and European Fortune 500 companies including Network Planning, ITU Radiocommunications Research/Consulting, Sales, Business Analytics, Engineering Economics and Product/Project Management. Alfredo holds a BSc. in Electrical and Telecommunications Engineering from Universidad Mayor in Chile and a Master’s degree in Management Science from Florida International University. In addition, he has other post-graduate studies in Cognitive Neuroscience, Project Management, Technology Strategy and Marketing at University of Miami Business School, Stanford University and MIT Sloan School of Management.


Andy Abramson (Judge)

CEO, Founder, Comunicano, Inc.

Comunicano, Inc.

Andy Abramson is the founder of Comunicano, Inc., a full-service value creation communications agency, servicing start-ups, companies in transition and established brands with regard to marketing, advertising, public relations, promotion, events and reputation management.

Comunicano operates globally as a virtual company, with its headquarters in Del Mar, CA. Founded in 1992, since 2000 the company has participated in the exit or IPO’s of 32 companies in the mobile, telecom or IT infrastructure sectors or related industries. The acquiring parties of some of the companies include Google, Yahoo, Nokia, Cisco, Symantec, Computer Associates, IBM, Citrix, Fidelity Investments and Logitech as well as supporting Accredited Home Lenders, Magor, Boingo and Vringo up to their public offerings.

A veteran of the marketing and public relations industry with over 39 years of experience in all facets of marketing and corporate communications, Andy started his career in the marketing department of a professional sports team at age 14 and has been at it ever since. Since then he has held a series of front line marketing and communications managerial roles with three professional teams including the Philadelphia Wings, Philadelphia Flyers and Denver Nuggets, followed by roles in senior account management within the Foote, Cone and Belding/Impact and guiding the public relations and sports marketing for The Upper Deck Company, before founding Comunicano in 1992.

Often quoted both in the consumer and technology industry press, since 2003 Andy has authored VoIPWatch (http://www.andyabramson.com), a leading industry blog focused on mobile, video, voice, collaboration and over the top technology while also serving as the technology correspondent for the syndicated radio program, Business Rockstars, whose flagship station is KFWB-AM in Los Angeles, CA while also serving as a member of the board of advisors of multiple startups around the world.


Rick McFarland

Vice President, Contact Center Solutions, CoreDial



Ken Lienemann

Chief Revenue Officer, CoreDial


As chief revenue officer at CoreDial, Ken is responsible for leading channel recruitment initiatives as well as channel on-boarding, training, support, and success. With a deep background in marketing, sales, and service, Ken brings more than 20 years of experience to the position having previously worked for telecom and software companies ranging from start-ups and early stage IPOs to Fortune 500 enterprises. He has helped establish CoreDial as a leading provider of cloud communications services that drives channel success through a unique business model, empowering partners to deliver high-value, margin-rich communications solutions to more than 23,000 businesses with 320,000 seats nationwide. Prior to joining CoreDial, Ken served as Senior Vice President of Global Marketing at Tangoe, a $200M+ public SaaS company. There he built a global marketing organization including product marketing, demand generation and marketing communications teams. Before Tangoe, he was Executive Vice President of Global Sales and Service at Rivermine, a telecom expense management company that specializes in managing voice, data, and wireless telecom expenses. Ken holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering with Honors from West Virginia University.


Marc Bresniker

VP Product Management , Cradlepoint

Dr. Donald Robinson

CEO, Craxel


Dr. Donald Robinson serves as the CEO of Craxel Inc. which has created the highest performance and most secure distributed ledger technology. Based in Silicon Valley and Washington DC, Craxel is transforming business operations with usable and secure distributed ledgers. Previously, as the CTO for General Dynamics IT - Defense, he led the development of technical solutions that won over $4B of next generation IT programs in his last 2 years. Dr. Robinson focused on complex mission critical IT solutions in the national security, intelligence, and other government services. Dr. Robinson has worked on missile defense, cyber operations systems, radar and sensor systems, space systems, battle management command and control, and UAV systems. Each of these projects involved direct advocacy to the Pentagon, international governments, and Congressional stakeholders.Dr. Robinson holds (5) B.S. degrees in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Management Economics, and Applied Mathematics from Hampden-Sydney College, a M.S. degree in Statistics specializing in data mining and artificial intelligence systems. and a PhD in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia focused on large scale computational statistics. He also attended Oxford University and executive programs at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of business. Dr. Robinson is also an instructor at Caltech in cybersecurity. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP).


Erik Day

VP & General Manager, North America Small Business, Dell Technologies

Dell Technologies

Erik Day has been at Dell (now Dell Technologies) for 18 years. During this tenure, Erik has held multiple sales, merchandising, operations and marketing leadership roles both domestically and internationally. As Vice President of Small Business, Erik’s goal is to advocate for small business across the US and Canada and ensure they are receiving the IT necessary to help their businesses grow and thrive. He believes that Small Business is the growth engine of the global economy and that technology will help them achieve their goals. Just this year, Erik developed and launched Dell’s new Small Business Advisor marketing campaign that focuses on how Dell can be a virtual IT advisor for your small business (https://youtu.be/Z16nZiVKd-c ). In May 2018, Erik graduated with his Masters of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX where he also received his Bachelors in 1994. Erik is an avid tennis player and a die-hard collegiate (SMU, UT Austin, Florida State, Michigan, Oregon, Northwestern) and Chicago Based (Blackhawks, Bears, Cubs) sports fan. He is heavily involved in advocating for workplace equality globally for Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual and Transgendered employees of all sized corporations. He is the Global Executive Chair of the PRIDE (LGBTAQ) Employee Resource Group at Dell Technologies and on the Board of Directors for Out & Equal Workplace Advocates this year. He has also served on the board of various other organizations such as the Anti-Defamation League, AIDS Services of Austin, Nashville Cares and The Austin Tennis Club. He loves spending time at home in Austin or on Lake Michigan with his husband Craig and their 2 Samoyeds, Chester and Chase.


Ralph Santitoro

Head of SDN/NFV/SD-WAN Services , Fujitsu


Ralph Santitoro is head of the SDN/NFV/SD-WAN services practice at Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc. The practice assesses, designs, integrates, and manages multivendor virtualized solutions using SDN, NFV and SD-WAN technologies to create agile, on-demand virtual network services to facilitate the enterprise digital transformation. Most recently, Ralph and his team developed Fujitsu’s SD-WAN-as-a-Service, an OTT subscription-based SD-WAN managed service.Prior to Fujitsu, Ralph developed B2B and B2C technology products and services at Nortel Networks, IBM and four technology startups – three of which he co-founded. He has published over 30 papers and regularly lectures at industry events covering SD-WAN, Virtual Network Services, NaaS, XaaS, MANO, NFV, SDN, Carrier/Metro Ethernet, Network Virtualization, and Cybersecurity.Ralph is also a founding member, distinguished fellow and director at MEF Forum. He authored MEF’s “Understanding SD-WAN Managed Services” paper and provided significant contributions to the industry’s first SD-WAN Service Definition standard being developed at MEF.


Diane Chaleff

G Suite Lead for Office of the CTO, Google Cloud

Google Cloud

Diane is the G Suite Lead for Office of the CTO at Google Cloud, focusing on building strategic relationships with the world’s top Enterprises to foster collaboration at work.Diane comes from the Google Drive team, where she led the development of Team Drives, a complete rewrite of Drive including the back-end API, and front-end to scale Drive for the needs of our largest customers. She also led the acquisition of Synergyse (now branded as G Suite Training) to provide contextual product support. Previously, Diane worked for AppNexus and Applied Predictive Technologies.Diane attended Lehigh University where she earned degrees in Information Systems & Engineering and Business. Outside of work, she volunteers with Minds Matter to help low income students prepare for the SAT (college entrance exam), and enjoys running, climbing, and skiing.


Mark Palmer

Vice President of Relationship Development, Granite Telecommunications

Granite Telecommunications

Mark Palmer is Senior Director of Relationship Development at Granite Telecommunications. Mark currently works with the Granite Channels team promoting non-POTS service to partners nationwide. Mark previously worked at Bell Atlantic (now Verizon) in 1995 - 1996 as a service splice technician upgrading phone services at older facilities. In 1999, Mark moved his career to direct sales, working for Network Plus. By 2001, Mark was helped launch a new Network Plus office in Philadelphia, PA. Mark joined the Granite Telecommunications team shortly after its founding in 2002, selling analog phone lines. In 2011, he was asked to help start the data team at Granite to sell non-POTS service to our customer base. In 2015 Mark was named one of the first directors in the Relationship Development team, which was more proactive in understanding customer goals and ensuring that we were helping to meet them. In 2017, Mark hit his 15th year with Granite Telecommunications. Mark currently works with the Granite Channels team continuing to work and develop programs introducing current clients and agents to next generation products Granite delivers today. Mark lives in Rhode Island with his wife and three children. He is currently the Vice President of the non-profit, Burrillville Junior Hockey League and very much enjoys coaching his children’s’ hockey teams.


Nick Coval

Sr Network Architect, Hughes


Nick is an seasoned Enterprise Architect who has, for over 17 years, been building complex enterprise-class network solutions for large organizations with distributed locations and workforces. He is a passionate technologist with a progressive vision for developing solutions with the customer and end-user objectives in mind. Throughout his career, he has held a variety of roles, including engineering management, product line management, marketing and business development. In his current role at Hughes, he is the Chief Architect for the Enterprise Solutions division focusing on emerging technologies in Cloud, SDN, SD-WAN, Application Assurance, NFV, WAN Optimization and network security. Nick also leads the product and service development for the HughesON™ Managed SD-WAN solution.


Jeff Bradbury

Sr Director Marketing, Hughes


Jeff Bradbury has over 20 years’ experience designing and delivering enterprise technology solutions on both the IT and product management functions, and has led a variety of technology companies through successful high-growth phases. Jeff is currently Senior Marketing Director at Hughes, a leading provider of fully managed SD-WAN and digital media services dedicated to transforming distributed organizations into better-connected, customer-focused enterprises. In this role, Jeff works across markets to understand customer needs, technology adoption trends, and the direction of digital transformation to ensure Hughes is already blazing a trail to where customers need to be.


Dr. Ben Amaba

Chief Innovation Officer (CINO) for Industrial Sector, Watson & Cloud Platform, IBM


Dr. Ben Amaba holds a PhD. degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering, a M.B.A./M.S. degree in Engineering and Operations, and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering. Dr. Amaba is a registered and licensed Professional Engineer in several states with International Registry; certified in Production, Operations, and Inventory Management by APICS ®; LEED® Accredited Professional (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design); and certified in Corporate Strategy by Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is responsible for industrial manufacturing, infrastructure and logistics solutions. Dr. Amaba is the Chief Innovation Officer for the Industrial Sector – North America for the IBM Watson and Cloud Division. Dr. Amaba’s focus and interest is in artificial intelligence, blockchain, robotic process automation (RPA), software engineering, data analytics, Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud technology.Dr. Amaba holds a copyright for Process Activity Flow Framework®, the foundation for IBM’s Business Driven Development framework for requirements, design, architecture, simulation, and application development techniques. Dr. Amaba has been a keynote in major professional and industry conferences around the world for the past 30 years, is prominently featured in “Giving 2.0,” by Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen with Stanford Business School, which details contributions to bolster and promote STEM education and careers, and is an Alexis de Tocqueville Society/United Way Member, which recognizes local philanthropic leaders. Dr. Amaba holds positions as Industry Council Advisor to Project Production Institute, Board of Director of Whoop Wireless Corporation, UCX Corporation, and RANCS Group LLC, Executive Board Member of Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE) and Editorial Board Member to IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) IT Professionals, Founding member to the Institute of Advanced Systems Engineering, Founding member to the Center of Advanced Supply Chain Management, Editorial Board of The Open Cybernetics and Systemics Journal, and Executive Advisory Board Member to the University of Miami, University of Houston, and University of Central Florida.


Soufiane Adil

CEO, SD-WAN eXpert/Network Architect, InnuCloud Experts Inc

InnuCloud Experts Inc

Holder of a Masters Degree in Computer Science, PhD in Applied Mathematics, Cisco Certificates and a solid experience in Networking and Telecom. I account more than 10 years of experience, primarily in the roles of network engineer and IT management.I have had the chance to perform with success in many major projects, which have enabled me to maintain at the forefront of technologies and methods of management. In the vast majority of cases, these projects were completed in accordance with the budgets and the initial timetables.Being well aware that each member of the team contributes to the success of the company, I privileged a participatory approach. Develop a clear vision and objectives, communicate them adequately, arouse the team work, develop the confidence, constitute an extremely important part of my work. Many references, provided on request can testify.


Ryan Harrelson

VP of Engineering , Light Networks

Light Networks

The years I have spent in the Technology space specifically around network, collaboration, and telecom have allowed me to not only work but learn and develop as new technologies are developing. This unique knowledge of both the hands on technical components and the business aspects of the technologies allows me to help those around me making decisions for where they should be looking.


Gary Davis

Chief Consumer Security Evangelist, McAfee


Gary Davis is Chief Consumer Security Evangelist. Through a consumer lens, he partners with internal teams to drive strategic alignment of products with the needs of the security space. Gary also provides security education to businesses and consumers by distilling complex security topics into actionable advice.He is a sought-after speaker on trends in digital security including the evolving threat landscape, privacy and securing the Internet of Things. He has presented at high profile conferences and events including Consumer Electronics Show, Mobile World Congress, South by Southwest, and the National Association of Broadcasters. He has also delivered digital security topics to major educational institutions including Harvard University and Columbia University.Gary has appeared on multiple business, security and consumer lifestyle broadcast outlets, including CBS News, CNBC, NBC, ABC, FOX News, Bloomberg, WSJ MoneyBeat and quoted in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Money Magazine, CNN, Forbes, TIME Magazine and several more.During his 9+ years at McAfee, he has held leadership roles in the consumer and enterprise divisions where he has helped shape various product portfolios and strategic direction along with advocating for cybersecurity education.


Chris Donlan

Solutions Architect / SD-WAN Evangelist, Microcorp


With a 20 year plus career in technology solution design, selling, sales engineering, and management, Chris focuses on providing the best technology solutions available and those aligned with the critical issues and initiatives of the business. His experience working and consulting with hundreds of organizations has provided him the knowledge and the acumen to make an impactful connection between technology and the business challenges and goals. His areas of expertise include SD-WAN, MPLS, UCaaS, Security, and telephony, amongst others.


Doug Case

VP, Sales, Mode


A technology sales leadership veteran, Doug has held executive sales positions at startups and large brands in Network Infrastructure, IoT, Storage and Aerospace. https://www.linkedin.com/in/douglas-case-488985/


John Ayers

Vice President, Product Management, Netsurion



Mike Spanbauer

Vice President of Research & Strategy, NSS Labs

NSS Labs

Mike Spanbauer is a recognized leader in security and infrastructure technologies. He leads the analyst team in creating research that combines years of testing experience with quantitative analysis of the world’s leading security companies, products, and markets. In addition to running the companys research organization, he also advises clients on how best to address today’s cybersecurity threats. Prior to joining NSS, Mike was Service Director at Current Analysis, managing the Business Technology and Software group which monitored, analyzed, and advised on application platforms, collaboration platforms, data center technology, enterprise mobility technology, enterprise networking, enterprise security, and unified communications and contact centers. Previously, he spent nearly 15 years at Hewlett-Packard where he established and managed competitive intelligence programs in networking hardware and network management software. Mike is well respected within the enterprise and carrier communities for his comprehensive insights into the domains and management of cybersecurity, cloud, networking, and software-defined networking. He has been quoted as a subject matter expert on a number of security related topics in both mainstream and industry publications including CSO, Dark Reading, InfoSecurity Magazine, Reuters, TechTarget and ZDNet. He has also spoken at many global industry events as a subject matter expert and as a Track Chair.


Dave Martin

Sr Director, Product Management - Threat Response, Open Systems

Open Systems

Dave Martin brings to Open Systems more than 20 years of experience with IT security and networking technologies in a variety of engineering, product marketing, product management and business development roles. He currently serves as the Senior Director, Product Management - Threat Response and is responsible for market positioning, product strategy and feature definition for Open Systems’ global managed detection and response services. Prior to joining Open Systems, Mr. Martin has held executive and technical positions at companies including Arctic Wolf, NSFOCUS, Edgewater Networks, Nokia, Ipsilon Networks and Newbridge Networks. Mr. Martin is a US Patent holder, a recognized security and networking expert and regular speaker at trade shows, partner conferences, insight panels, webinars and other industry events.


Frank Cittadino

CEO, QOS Networks

QOS Networks

Frank Cittadino is the Chief Executive Officer of QOS Networks, the leading SD-WAN Managed Services Provider. He is focused on helping organizations optimize the reliability, security and performance of their network services and applications. Prior to being named CEO, Mr. Cittadino served as Executive Vice President of Client Solutions for QOS Consulting (the predecessor to QOS Networks) where he directed the design, deployment and support of cloud application and WAN edge solutions for more than 600 companies. In this capacity, he drove revenue growth of more than 300% over 3 years. Previously, he served in a senior sales role at TelePacific Communications, where he delivered Unified Communications, Managed IT Services, Telecom and Internet Connectivity Solutions, and Cloud and Business Continuity Services to enterprise customers in banking, insurance, hospitality, retail and technology industries. Mr. Cittadino began his career at The Home Depot, where he served in a series of increasing senior operations roles devoted to driving organic growth and delivering value at the local, regional and corporate level. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from East Carolina University.


Brian Arnold

, Silver Peak

Silver Peak


Hugo Martinez

Service Delivery Coordinator, Cloud Solutions, Spectrotel

Mitchell Wright

CIO, Spectrotel

Andy Gottlieb

Co-Founder, Talari Networks

Talari Networks

A leading expert in WAN/LAN switching and routing, Andy co-founded Talari Networks and served as its first CEO after previously serving in executive roles in both startups and public corporations. He was Vice President of Marketing at RouteScience, a route optimization startup, and before that led marketing at MMC Networks, the pioneering Network Processor developer, through its $4.5B acquisition by Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (AMCC) in 2000. Andy also served on the board of LVL7 Systems, a network processing software company. Previously, he spent more than a dozen years at 3Com Corporation, highlighted by his leadership of the Switching Systems business unit through its development and introduction of the CoreBuilder 9000 enterprise switching platform. He also served as 3Coms Vice President of Marketing for Large Enterprise Markets and held a number of other senior marketing, product management, and engineering roles. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan University and a Master of Science degree in computer science from Stanford University.


Paul Congdon

CTO, PhD, Tallac Networks

Tallac Networks

Paul Congdon is a co-founder and is the Chief Technology officer (CTO) for Tallac Networks. He has over 27 years of experience in the networking industry and has become a widely esteemed inventor and leader in the networking industry. Prior to Tallac Networks, Paul was a Fellow at Hewlett Packard Networking and Communications Labs with responsibility for HP’s research for mobility, wireless and SDN network infrastructure. Paul has led, chaired, and is currently contributing widely to industry standards in the IEEE and IETF. Paul has a PhD in Computer Science from the University of California, Davis.


Peter Juffernholz

AVP, Virtualized Network Services, Tata Communications

Akshay Sharma (Judge)

, Tech Analyst

Tech Analyst

Akshay Sharma is a tech analyst, having authored or co-authored over 280 research notes, on emerging technologies like SD-WAN, 5G, mobile video, cloud CDN, etc. in the past decade. A frequent speaker at tech events, he is often quoted in leading institutions like CNN, Wall St. Journal, etc. He is a former CTO of one of the first video/WiFi smartphone firms and an entrepreneur in the tech sector, having worked for firms that are now part of leading firms like Intel, IBM, Ericsson, and Gartner.


Bernard Breton



Bernard Breton is the Chief Executive Officer of TELoIP. With 25 years of telecom software experience, including more than 15 years in an executive role, Bernard has been using his technical expertise and passion for solving problems to create winning business strategies. Before joining TELoIP, Bernard was recently an executive at InfoVista overseeing product strategy, business operations, marketing and sales.


Pejman Roshan

Vice President, Teridion


Pej Roshan is VP of Products for Teridion with over 20 years of experience in marketing and product management. Prior to joining Teridion, Pej ran product management for the Aruba Networks business unit responsible for delivery of cloud based network management. Previously, he served as the vice president of product management at ShoreTel, which he joined with the acquisition of Agito Networks, where he was the chief marketing officer and co-founder. Before founding Agito, he held various product management and marketing roles in Cisco Systems Wireless Networking Business Unit.Pej’s accomplishments include participation in the IEEE 802.11 task groups responsible for security (802.11i) and QoS (802.11e) and co-authoring ‘802.11 Wireless LAN Fundamentals’, published by Cisco Press in 2004. He is the author of several wireless networking patents. Pej holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from California Polytechnic (Cal Poly) University.


Rahul Vijay

Head of Tech Sourcing, Uber


Manages tech deals @ Uber. Board advisor, global keynote speaker and mentor. His team helps make outside technologies a competitive advantage to Uber. Heading global mobility, IoT, wireless, messaging, voice, network, telecom, data center, cloud, contact center & connectivity strategic sourcing, relationships and spend at worlds most valuable private company.


Steve Woo

VP Products, Co-Founder VeloCloud , VeloCloud by VMWare

VeloCloud by VMWare

Mr. Steven Woo, also known as Steve, co-founded VeloCloud, Inc. in 2012 (now part of VMWare) and serves as Vice President of Products. Previously, Mr. Woo was the Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at Riverhead Networks, leading the security company to dominate the market for protecting ecommerce from distributed denial of service attacks. He parlayed this success into an acquisition of Riverhead by Cisco Systems, (CSCO). At Cisco, he drove the integration of behavioral anomaly technology into their security platforms and deployments to leading enterprise and financial customers. Prior to Riverhead, Mr. Woo served as Director of Marketing for Enterprise Management solutions at Cisco responsible for a portfolio of security management, traffic analysis and quality of service tools.


Sanjay Srinivasan, PhD

Vice President & Chief Technology Architect, Business Engineering, Vonage


As VP and Chief Technology Architect, Business Engineering for Vonage, a leading provider ofbusiness cloud communications, Sanjay Srinivasan is responsible for the Company’sengineering and product development. With more than 20 years of experience in data networks,voice services and hosted application services, Sanjay’s expertise includes network design,VoIP, software architecture, service provider process engineering, product marketing, andnetwork and service operations.Sanjay joined Vonage upon the Company’s acquisition of Telesphere in 2015, where he servedas Chief Technology Officer.Sanjay holds a doctorate degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia and is amember of Engineering Honor societies Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi.


Jason Gintert

CTO & Co-founder, WANDynamics


Having managed IP/MPLS networks and service provider products for nearly 20 years, Jason co-founded WAN Dynamics based on the belief that SD-WAN will be the way we build wide area networks from now on. Working with networking technologies is not only his profession, but something of a hobby as well. Jasons education consists of hacking on Linux since 97 and surviving the late 90s/early 00s ISP world. He now lives in the woods outside of Cleveland Ohio with his wife, 2 girls, 2 dogs and a rabbit.


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Moe Nagle (Moderator)

Editor, TMCnet


Growing up a gamer, the love of tech started for Maurice at a young age. This passion evolved over time and today includes interest in the IoT, UC, digital services and network transformation. With TMC, Maurice stays at the tip of the innovation spear by reporting on cutting edge solutions extending from the data center to the end user. Maurice is a graduate from the University of Connecticut with a degree in Political Science and Communications. He previously interned and worked for ESPN Radio where he wrote on-air material, produced programming and covered the Miami area teams (Dolphins, Heat, Marlins, Panthers). Maurice has been published on cbssports.com and Bleacher Report.