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Mr. Wei Leping
China SDN / NFV Industry Alliance

Chairman of the SDN / NFV Industry Alliance

Mr. Wei Leping is one of the pioneers of China's optical network and a well-known expert in China's telecommunications industry. His main research direction includes optical communication, access network, NGN / NGI and network evolution strategy. So far, he has published more than 100 papers, and nine professional books. From 2001 to 2008, he served as the chief technical officer of China Telecom . After 2008, he served as director of China Telecom Science and Technology Committee. He is currently the Executive Deputy Director of the Science and Technology Committee of MIIT in China, and the Chairman of the SDN / NFV Industry Alliance which was established in November 2014.

Susan James

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

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

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

Vice President of the Data Center Group and General Manager of the Datacenter Network Solutions Group

John V. Healy is vice president in the Data Center Group and general manager of the Datacenter Network Solutions Group at Intel Corporation. He has overall responsibility for solutions that align with Intel's strategy to shape the future of networking by means of software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV) for communications, enterprise and cloud service provider networks. This role includes carrying out a strategy that supports Intel's SDN, software-defined storage and NFV activities to enable the transition to standards-based network solutions across market segments. 

A specialist in network transformation, Healy has more than 25 years of leadership experience in the communications industry, spanning engineering, network deployment, transmission planning, product marketing and business strategy. His prior roles at Intel include leading the software-defined network business and serving as director of strategic business planning for the Communications Infrastructure Group. He joined Intel in 2001 in Shannon, Ireland, initially serving as marketing manager for network processors in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. 

Before joining Intel, Healy held various engineering management and business development roles at Telecom Eireann and Eircom Ltd. The latter included two-year assignments at AT&T Unisource and Infonet Services as part of a strategic alliance. 

Healy earned a bachelor's degree in electronic engineering and telecommunications from the University of Limerick in Ireland. He is a chartered engineer in Ireland and a chartered European engineer. A member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, he is a regular industry speaker and 

Zhang Fan

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.



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