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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.

After joining Hong Kong Telecom (HKT) in 1991, Frederick played senior roles in solutions design, product management, product development and marketing.

He worked as PCCW Global’s Senior Vice President of International Products and Solutions until 2008 and was responsible for all product management and development activities, while overseeing marketing and presales support operations all over the world. He then took on responsibility for sales and business development operations as Head of Eastern Europe, Mediterranean, the Middle East, Africa and Oceania.

Before joining HKT, Frederick developed products and solutions for a number of telecoms operators in Asia Pacific. He graduated from the UK’s University of Nottingham with a Bachelor of Engineering degree and holds an Executive MBA from The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Andrew is a veteran technology executive with more than 30 years of experience in building telecommunications networks, switching platforms and services platforms. Prior to his CTO role, he served as CenturyLink senior vice president of technology planning, network architecture and security. He joined Level 3 in 1998 where he played an integral part in building its global network. He held various roles at Level 3 and was named its CTO in 2016.

Before joining Level 3, Dugan designed and built transport network support systems, enhanced voice services platforms and next generation voice switching networks for MCI WorldCom. He also worked for AT&T Bell Laboratories.

Dugan is an innovator with more than 20 networking patents. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and electrical engineering from the University of Colorado and a master’s degree in computer engineering from the University of Michigan.

Product Families include:

  • Wireless Business Services (M2M, Mobile Private Network, Public Safety)
  • Internet of Things and 5G services
  • Networking solutions (SDN, SD WAN, NFV, MPLS, Internet, Ethernet, Wave)
  • Security (Threat Intelligence, Security Analytics, DDoS, Cloud Security)
  • Advanced communications services (Unified Comms, SIP, Digital CX)
  • Managed and professional services (Network, Security, IoT and Advanced Comms)

Mr. Hakl has also held leadership roles in Verizon’s Product and New Business Innovation, Global Operations, Sales Engineering and Information Technology organizations. Prior to joining Verizon, Mr. Hakl held positions in IT, strategy and product management at various communications companies around the world.

He is in charge to define the strategic guidelines of Sparkle Group, the products & services portfolio evolution and the global partnership & consulting programs. He also oversees the competitive intelligence on reference markets and act as Program Management Officer for the Strategic Transformation Projects.
Prior to that he was Executive Vice President ICT Engineering, responsible for the technological innovation, planning, engineering and development of Sparkle’s Global Network, Datacenters and Submarine Cables as well as of Information Technology platforms & applications. Previously he held the position of Director of Innovation & Engineering, in charge of the engineering and deployment of all Sparkle’s Network and Cloud Infrastructures, while leading the Network Innovation and Evolution processes. He began his career in in 1991 in a Software House dealing with Robotics applied to Agriculture and, in 1993, he moved Telecom Italia’s Transmission Network department, focusing initially on the transition between Plesiochronous and Synchronous Systems and, later, pioneering the evolution towards Photonic Systems, both in terrestrial and submarine applications. In January 2013 Daniele was appointed Director of Network Engineering, Information Technology & Security at Sparkle Mediterranean & Balkan Region where, since 2001, he had been holding several positions within Network Engineering & Operations departments. Daniele holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Catania.

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.

The practice assesses, designs, integrates, and manages multi-vendor virtualized solutions to create agile, on-demand digital services to accelerate the enterprise digital transformation. Ralph and his team created Fujitsu’s SD-WAN-as-a-Service, a MEF 70-compliant, OTT, subscription-based SD-WAN managed service.

Ralph is a founding member, distinguished fellow, director at MEF. He is a regular contributor and mentor to MEF projects and incubated MEF’s SD-WAN work by authoring MEF’s “Understanding SD-WAN Managed Services” paper. Ralph provided extensive contributions to MEF 70 - the industry’s first SD-WAN service standard. He lectures on all MEF topics at industry events and webinars, contributed to 12 MEF whitepapers, and regularly briefs the press and analysts to evangelize the MEF’s latest work to advance the industry.

Zayo serves the world’s leading carriers and Fortune 500 businesses.

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 currently Chair of the MEF Forum and was a member of the board of directors of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, one of the world's largest single distributors and retailers of beverage alcohol.

From 2014-2019 Mr. Victor was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Comcast Business. He was also responsible for OSS/BSS development and off-net Access.

From 2008-2013, Bob served as Senior Vice President of Strategic and Financial Planning for Comcast Corporation.  He was responsible for the consolidated budget, the long-term strategic plan, capital allocation, and new strategic growth initiatives.  He also led the integration of NBCUniversal into Comcast.

Prior to joining Comcast, Mr. Victor served as a Partner and Managing Director of The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in the firm’s Technology, Media and Telecommunications Practice.

He is responsible for the strategy, architecture and development of the network technologies enabling Colt software defined on demand network, the IT orchestration and monitoring capabilities and the management of the on demand product portfolio.

He joined Colt in 2002 and has held several senior leadership roles in the technical development and engineering areas. Previously Mirko served as VP Network Engineering, responsible for technical development of Colt services, and for the architecture of the Colt network.

Mirko has lead the contribution of Colt to the MEF standards throughout the years. He has been involved since the creation of the Carrier Ethernet 1.0 and 2.0 specifications and is a strong proponent of the MEF LSO architecture.

Mirko holds an MSc in Telecommunications Engineering from Politecnico of Milan.

He chairs the Bell Customer Advisory Board, engaging with strategic enterprise clients, consulting on roadmap evolution, and advising on technology innovation.

In his last 8 years, Jeremy launched a number of innovative products and services across networking, UC, cloud computing and security. Most recent launches include first in Canada Bell Virtual Network Services including SD-WAN, Cyber Threat Intelligence, and Bell Total Connect UC. Early in his career, as product manager, Jeremy developed and launched the first enterprise grade MPLS network in Canada.

With a Bachelor of Systems & Computer Engineering and Bachelor of Commerce from Carleton University, he also spent a number of years involved in research and development with a global technology provider.

The MEF has emerged as the leading hybrid standards body, successfully melding traditional standards development, with open-source style agility. The CTO and the MEF Leadership has worked well together to position the MEF 3.0 Connectivity Services and Orchestration messaging, and provide the enabling platform for Service Providers, Equipment Vendors, Integration Houses, and the Open-Source Community to effectively build interoperable networking solutions and services.

Since 2013, Franck has led the Orange Business Services connectivity portfolio and was instrumental in the company’s global transformation toward SD-WAN, orchestration and virtualization.

Franck is a frequent speaker promoting SDx technologies at industry conferences, including MEF 2018, Cisco Live, SDWAN Summit and other industry partner events. He is keen to share the Orange experience, resources and leadership gained from his work with the LSO SONATA program to new service developments, such as SD-WAN, to ensure broad adoption in the industry.

Franck’s entire career has been centered on the B-to-B sector and managing strategic industry partnerships. From 2006-2008 Franck was also co-chair of the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA).

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