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Susan James
Ericsson

Head of Product Line NFV Infrastructure, Business Unit Cloud & IP

Susan has been with Ericsson for 25 years, 10 years with Ericsson in Australia and the last 15 years with Ericsson AB in Sweden. She has worked in Enterprise and Wireline business areas in the Market Unit in Australia, and in the Networks and Cloud organisation in Sweden. She has worked extensively with IMS and has been responsible for a number of the network functions in the Ericsson portfolio at different points in time.

A product management veteran her career has focused on developing products to address technology transitions and the establishment of new business areas.

She has a MBA and Bachelor of Business from the University of Victoria.

Prodip Sen
HPE

CTO of the Network Functions Virtualization (NFV)

Dr. Prodip Sen is CTO of the Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) business unit. He is developing our technology strategy for NFV and is helping guide our Communication Service Provider (CSP) customers as they make critical decisions on their NFV journey. As a respected member of the industry, he advocates for CSP interests and is a strong evangelist representing Hewlett Packard. Prior to HP, Prodip was Director of Network Architecture at Verizon, where he was responsible for providing the architecture vision and strategy for the network infrastructure.

He has been the first Chair of the ETSI Industry Specification Group (ISG) on NFV (2012-2014). As a founding member of the original core group of individuals who created this ETSI group, he helped launch the NFV industry movement. Since its launch with about a dozen members in October 2012, the NFV ISG has grown to over 200 member companies. The NFV ISG provides a key focus for industry work on NFV, producing architectural requirements, specifications and use cases, and fostering a Proof-of-Concept (PoC) program.

Prodip has also been associated with the SDN movement since its early days, and while at Verizon, was on the Board of the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) from its inception. He is a frequent speaker at industry events, and is sought after for his clear exposition of the problems facing the networks of today and on approaches to resolve them. Having led architecture and laboratory activities in both the SDN and NFV domains, Prodip brings a unique perspective and a holistic approach to solving business problems.

He holds a Bachelor of Technology (BTech) in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India.

Forrest Lee
Huawei

OPNFV Open Source Development Team Director

Mr. Forrest Lee joined Huawei in 2005. He is now Huawei OPNFV Open Source Development Team Director. He is responsible for OPNFV operation and development inside Huawei. He has been an important part of Huawei team and held several Key roles across a number of business units, including serving as Architecture Supervisor of Core Network Architecture & Design Department, Director of Cloud Core Network Solution Project Office, Senior Manager of Telco Software Marketing, etc.

John Healy
Intel

General Manager , Software Defined Networking

 

John Healy is the GM of the “Software Defined Networking Division” in NPG. He is one of the leading strategists behind software-defined networking. John’s leadership in intelligent systems for the communications industry is comprised of 25 years of experience in engineering, network deployment, transmission planning, switching and maintenance. Prior to his work in the communications group, John held positions in Finance, Information Systems, Network Planning and Sales Management at Intel. He is an engineering graduate from the University of Limerick in Ireland.

Zhang Fan
ZTE

Chief Architect of Packet Core

With more than 16 years experience in packet core, mobile network and cloud, Zhang Fan is in charge of system planning, designing and architecting of packet core and virtualization at ZTE. He is the head of packet core designing team for global business and deployment. Zhang is also the chief architect and consultant for VEON vEPC project.

 

Heather Kirksey
OPNFV

OPNFV Director

 

Heather oversees and provides guidance for all aspects of the project, from technology to community and marketing and reports to the OPNFV board of directors. Previously, she led strategic technology alliances for MongoDB and held various leadership positions in the telecom industry including Alcatel-Lucent, Broadband Forum, BroadbandHome, 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. She lives in the Dog Patch neighborhood of San Francisco, CA and enjoys electronica music, sci-fi movies, and camping in hostile environments.

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