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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.

leading businesses and is a new, highly competitive player in the Canadian business market. 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 single purchasers of beverage alcohol products.

Vin has held positions in Network Engineering, Finance, Product Development, and Corporate Technology and worked on multiple technologies since joining Verizon in 1985. His extensive work in the Ethernet services area since 1999 has been instrumental in growing Verizon’s Ethernet service into one of the company’s key strategic products.

Vin holds several US patents and has presented at various industry conferences. Vin’s association with MEF started in 2003, when Verizon joined as a member company.

Cologne Computing Center from 1989 to 1998 and was one of the main drivers for the deployment of the Internet Protocol in the German research community.

In 1998, Axel joined Cisco Systems as a Consulting Engineer on Core IP technologies in the German team. In 2000, Axel moved to an international role in the Cisco EMEA Service Provider team and held various leadership roles. From 2005, Axel was part of the core team building the Emerging Markets sales organization for Cisco. His territory included Latin America, Africa, Middle East, Central/Eastern Europe and Russia. From 2008 to 2011, he acted as Sales CTO in Emerging Markets and had the responsibility for solutions development and deployment across all market segments. Axel also had the content responsibility for Cisco’s flagship events: Cisco Live and Cisco Networkers in Africa, Middle East, Europe and Latin America. He delivered event keynotes at various Cisco EXPO events around the globe.

Axel joined Deutsche Telekom AG in September 2011. He is responsible for a harmonized IP and Optical Architecture at the group level – this will be the foundation of all current and future products and services.

Axel is a passionate people, business, and technology leader, and believes in diversity (gender, geographic, etc.), trust, communication, and collaboration as keys for success.

development of new solutions for Spectrum Enterprise customers. Throughout his career, he has served in technical leadership, academic and administrative positions, providing technical direction and managing organizational units. His experience designing and implementing networks for large carriers, operators and academic institutions enables him to offer a breadth of knowledge with sufficient depth to help the MEF execute on the Third Network Vision. Lance’s passion is for bringing new solutions to market, setting the direction and guiding others to achieve the desired outcome.

launched the company’s business data solutions portfolio, including Ethernet and Internet products. As the Executive Director of Product Development for Comcast Business, he is currently responsible for the development and deployment of new data, voice, and managed service products supporting the Carrier and Enterprise segments for Comcast Business. He also serves as co-director of the Operations Area of the MEF Technical and Operations Committee.

Scott has also been the Lead Architect for Ericsson’s North American Mobile Backhaul Solutions, before moving into a position of Standards Engineer. Scott has been Ericsson’s MEF Coordinator for the past 7 years and is also an active contributor to the IETF and the ITU-T.

Pascal currently serves as MEF's Chief Technology Officer. He is focused on cloud scale architectures, real-time media networks, Software Defined Networks (SDN), Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO). He is a former Principal from Microsoft Skype for Business Global Carrier Group where he spent close to 10 years working on many real-time media and network technologies. As one of the leading industry experts in Unified Communication (UC) and SDN he is a UCStrategies Expert, pioneer of Unified Communications (UC) and Software Defined Networks (SDN), Chair of UC SDN Task Group at International Multimedia Telecommunication Consortium (IMTC), Vice-Chair of Open Network Foundation (ONF) NBI Working Group and Co-Founder and former Vice-Chair of Wi-Fi Alliance Task Group Mobile Multimedia Over Wi-Fi. Pascal has done five startups with multiple successes, has received numerous industry awards and has presented extensively in numerous events globally. Pascal holds 4 patents with 25 additional patents pending and has co-authored many standards in the IETF, MEF, IMTC and Broadband Forum (MPLS).

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.

He has relentlessly championed open networking to put more people to work building novel solutions for more customers of all types. He also advises private and public companies to commercialize new ideas and stay abreast of new capabilities.

Prior to ONF he ran and advised startup companies, served as dean of engineering at Santa Clara University, held executive management roles at Nortel Networks and Bay Networks, developed and managed networking technology and HP and IBM, and taught computer science and electrical engineering at Duke and UNC. He holds a B.S. from Duke and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois. He lives in Palo Alto with his wife and son.

Eric’s many contributions to the MEF have been in both the certification and marketing teams. He is currently co-chair of the certification committee responsible for the development of the MEF 2.0 certification program. Some current areas AT&T heavily supports/leads are Mobile Backhaul, Certification, Multi-Network Layer 2 Control Protocol, and Virtual NID.

Eric’s background in the development of standards strategies brings a strong practical focus in order to fulfill the goal of “Accelerating the Adoption of Carrier Ethernet”.

an active leader in defining MEF’s future and educating the networking community across the world on MEF’s excellent work on Services & Orchestration. Raghu has been with Ciena since 1998. He is a Senior Member of IEEE with many publications and patents in addition to conference presentations.

multi-vendor solutions using LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration), SDN, NFV, and SD-WAN technologies to enable on-demand virtual network services.

Ralph is a MEF Distinguished Fellow, founding member serving on the Board of Directors, and co-chairs the MEF’s Global Marketing Committee. Ralph was editor of MEF 5 and 6 and contributed to MEF 1/5/6/7/10/22/33/50/51 specifications. He also authored, co-authored, or contributed to 10 MEF whitepapers, including the new “Carrier Ethernet and NFV” paper. Ralph created MEF’s highly successful Carrier Ethernet professional certification program, developed the MEF-CECP exams, and co-authored the popular MEF-CECP exam study guide book. Ralph has been a catalyst for the MEF’s Third Network vision and organizational transformation and evolution towards developing software artifacts, architectures and service definitions addressing LSO, NFV, and SDN. In the MEF’s OpenCS SD-WAN project, Ralph is developing a standardized SD-WAN service definition and use cases that integrate into MEF’s LSO reference architecture and associated APIs.

Shahar has been involved in the international telecoms arena for over 20 years and has seen the progress from traditional SDH platforms, through ATM, Frame-Relay and MPLS to today’s VPLS and Ethernet technologies.

Prior to his current role in PCCW Global, Shahar worked for Teleglobe Inc. and for NetVision, an Israeli ISP.  Shahar is also an active member of the Steering committee and the current Co-Chair of the OSS-ICDS forum. The OSS-ICDS forum brings together international carriers from all continents and develops the processes and documents associated with Inter-Carrier Data Services, including IPLC, MPLS and Ethernet.

in his over 25 year career in the field. He started as a researcher in mobile technology to later become a technology strategist, acquiring competences on network services development. Today, he runs a company that strongly leverages innovation to stay ahead as a global leader in the international wholesale market.

He joins Italian operator Infostrada in 1996 as Head of Strategic Planning and National and International Interconnection, while he maintains the responsibility of Fixed and Mobile International Carrier Development through 2001.

In 2001 Alessandro joins Telecom Italia 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.

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During his tenure, membership has tripled to over 210 companies, representing 48 countries, with Service Provider membership increasing eight fold. New member committees have been formed and MEF’s Marketing, Certification programs have been substantially expanded. OpenCloud Connect has been established within MEF’s legal framework. Kevin held the position of CEO of DIATEM Networks Inc., a Carrier Ethernet software company from 2003 to 2005 and was Chairman, President and CEO of NUVO Network Management, a network management outsourcing firm, from 1996 to 2002. Previously, he held other senior management positions with NUVO and spent 10 years in a wide variety of capacities with Gandalf Technologies, a network equipment vendor.

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.