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Prior to founding CENX, Nan held executive roles at Atrica (acquired by Nokia) and Bay Networks/SynOptics (acquired by Nortel). Nan has been well-recognized with awards/accolades, including the Leader of the Year in telecom, and one of the 100 Most Influential People in the Industry. In his past life, Nan was a record holder for pole vault at Beijing University.

Mr. Strople has twenty-five years of experience in the telecommunications industry. He joined MTS Allstream in October 2005 and since then has served as Chief Technology Officer, Chief Operating Officer and President. Zayo acquired Allstream in January 2016. He is a licensed Professional Engineer and holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering with an Option in Management Science from the University of Waterloo. He is a member of the board of directors of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, one of the world's largest retailers of beverage alcohol.

  • Private IP, Carrier Ethernet and Public IP network solutions
  • Software Defined Networking and Network Function Virtualization
  • Security Operations, Threat Intelligence and Security Analytics
  • Managed and Professional Services

Prior to his role in the product and technology organization, Mr. Hakl has held leadership positions in Verizon’s Global Operations, Sales Engineering and Information Technology organizations. Given Mr. Hakl’s leadership in defining and delivering Carrier Ethernet and many of the virtualized network services offerings at Verizon, we believe Mr. Hakl will be able to provide a useful perspective of the needs of both carriers and enterprise organizations, and he would appreciate the opportunity to share Verizon’s early experiences in implementing virtual/cloud services in order to support innovation within the communications provider community.

Aamir is a veteran technology executive with more than 25 years of proven success in the implementations of global technology operations, operationalization of complex technology, infrastructures and business solutions, while driving capital cost efficiencies and enhanced customer experience within the business. Since joining CenturyLink as CTO in 2014, he has worked aggressively to transform the company's core network into a Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV)-based environment. He's also been instrumental in accelerating broadband enabled efforts through innovative solutions such as vectoring/bonding, GPON and G.fast.

Aamir has a diverse background in data, security, voice, video and wireless technologies. Prior to joining CenturyLink, he held senior leadership roles at Liberty Global, Covad, TELUS and Qwest. Aamir sits on several startup and non-profit boards, is technical advisor to technology companies and holds 11 patents in telecommunications.

Aamir holds a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of South Florida and a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. In addition, he has completed leadership, innovation and strategy training at Harvard University, the INSEAD Business School in France and the International School of Business Management in Switzerland.

Support Systems are evolving to provide the necessary foundational support toward service agility, lifecycle management, and operational automation. Gabriel’s broad experience in telecom, as well as Amdocs’ strategy, is supporting MEF direction at the intertwine between open source, a different approach toward standardization, and a faster pace of community driven innovation. Gabriel holds a PhD (Summa Cum Laude) in Physics, co-authored numerous articles in referred journals, and is the recipient of several prestigious academic awards.

MEF is at the forefront, guiding the change to enable new, innovative, services while protecting investments. A focus on collaboration and cooperation among the MEF’s committees and between the MEF and partner Standards Bodies has provided the ability for the MEF to set a vision for industry and, together, turn that vision into reality. Fostering this style of cooperative thought leadership not only ensures the viability of MEF, but illustrates MEF members as industry leaders attracting others to the MEF to be part of something bigger. New opportunities emerge as the MEF evolves into a hybrid organization consisting of traditional standards, software, and applications. My goal on the MEF Forum Board is to continue looking forward for new areas that provide a platform for evangelizing the MEF vision.

Prior to his current role, Kevin held the position of SVP & GM of New Business Solutions, leading the creating of Comcast Business Cloud Solutions environment and operations. A 20-year industry veteran, Kevin’s prior positions include leadership roles in sales, marketing, R&D, corporate strategy, and private equity. Kevin holds a BS in Mathematics/Computer Science and a MS in Information Networking, both from Carnegie Mellon University.

Prior to his current role, Roman was Senior Vice President, Offer Management & Service Integration where he was leading the development of industry leading SDN based offers and creating unique value propositions for the Business Market. In this role, his team was responsible for global business development, pricing, market analytics and service integration for the AT&T Business portfolio.

Roman has also previously served as Senior Vice President-Marketing & Global Strategy. In this role, he led the marketing functions including channel marketing, brand and product positioning, advertising, market analysis and global business development.

During his 20+ year career, Roman has held key leadership positions to drive innovation and performance across multiple disciplines including Sales, Product Management, Marketing, Systems Development, Engineering and Operations. He was a key architect for the Applications Services business. And, he served as Senior Vice President of Regional Marketing where he was responsible for developing and marketing services for the Small, Medium, Government, Education and Medical Markets.

Roman holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University and a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. He is married with three children and resides in Dallas.

LSO, SDN, NFV and SD-WAN technologies that enable MEF 3.0 Services. Ralph’s team also developed Fujitsu’s SD-WAN-as-a-Service, an OTT subscription-based managed SD-WAN service launched in 2017. A founding member and regular contributor & mentor to several MEF projects, Ralph helped incubate MEF’s SD-WAN projects by writing MEF’s “Understanding SD-WAN Managed Services” paper and writing MEF’s initial SD-WAN Service Definition Technical Specification draft. He frequently lectures on MEF topics at industry events and contributed to 10 MEF white papers.

Representing a leading Asian Service Provider that is heavily reliant on partnership and Interconnects, and coming from the business side of the house, I am driving an agenda that places emphasis on inter-carrier/inter-domain operations and on federated orchestration. Through my involvement in several other industry bodies such as ONAP, TM Forum,

NGMN and ONF, and through my presentations in industry events, I am actively involved in aligning the industry towards this goal through Unified Info-Models, Standard interfaces and Standard Processes.

Alessandro has developed a true passion for innovation and technological transformation in his over 25 years career in the telco business, which he starts at Italian manufacturing Italtel as Senior Manager, Strategic Planning and Marketing Development. In 1996, he joins Italian operator Infostrada as Head of Strategic Planning and National and International Interconnection.

Alessandro moves to Sparkle in 2001 as Head of Operational Coordination. In the same year, he is appointed Head of Marketing, Sales, Customer Service, Project Management and Pricing in the National Wholesale Services department. As Executive Vice President, he manages the entire National Wholesale Services organization through 2008, when in April that year, he is appointed Telecom Italia Group’s Chief Regulatory Officer and member of GSMA CRO Group, positions he maintains through 2011.

Jean-Claude is an operations and management executive with over 25 years of experience in the Telecommunications industry leading global initiatives with international companies like MCI-BT Concert, Bell Canada and TeliaSonera. He held various roles in Operations Management & Engineering as well as Network, Infrastructure & Technology and other functions. He worked at Ericsson for more than 10 years in different positions, including Managing Director of Ericsson Belgium and Luxembourg as well as Vice President Services for Western and Central Europe. He became SVP Global Managed Services in 2013 and was President of the Region Sub Sahara Africa since 2016.

He is also accountable for delivering and operating E2E product components to the NatCos and ensuring the central delivery of products, platforms or IT-systems.

From 2011 to 2017, Stephen served on the Board of Directors of International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortia (IMTC), serving as Secretary in 2016-2017. He has held leadership positions in the ITU-T, the IMTC, the Unified Communications Interoperabilty Forum (UCIF) and the Alliance for Open Media (AOM).

From 2006 to 2017, Anatoli was the President of International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium (IMTC) – an industry organization facilitating interoperability of multimedia communication products and technologies based on the open standards.


Anatoli is a frequent speaker at various industry events and conferences, covering subjects of MCC, WebRTC, VoLTE/ViLTE, standards, and interoperability. He contributes to the Softil and other industry blogs.


Prior to Softil, Anatoli was Director of Product Management for Spirent Communications Developer Tools BU, and prior to that, a Director of Product Management for Radvision, an Avaya company.

In 1979, he founded 3Com Corp., taking it public in 1984. After 30 years, 3Com became part of HP in 2010. In 2001, Bob became a venture capitalist at Polaris Venture Partners. In 2003, he was appointed Advisory Director to the MEF board. Among Bob's myriad awards and accolades are the IEEE Medal of Honor in 1996, National Academy of Engineering in 1999, National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2007, and Computer History Museum Hall of Fellows in 2008. In 2005, Bob received the National Medal of Technology for “leadership in the invention, standardization, and commercialization of Ethernet.

In his current role at NEC/Netcracker, Rami oversees SDN/NFV solutions to enable large-scale digital transformations by unlocking the opportunities of the cloud, virtualization, and the 5G mobile ecosystem.

Previously, Rami held various senior-level positions in architecture, product strategy, and business development at Telco Systems, DragonWave, Axerra Networks, Carrier Access, and Paragon Networks.

Rami holds an MS in Computer Science and an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Haven.

strategy of communication network. She joined China Telecom in 2000. She is responsible for studying network evolution including IP network, service, equipment, protocol, interface and testing in China Telecom. Before joining China Telecom, she was the Vice President of Research Institute of Telecommunication Transmission of MII.

In 1999, she was the Chairperson of Network Switching Technical of organizing technical program and relevant technical specification of IP-MAN soft switch network and equipment. In 2006, she initiated and presided over research work on standardization for Common IMS convergence network, and set up a joint research group in China. She has won many awards for sci-tech programs at national and ministerial levels.