OIDA Executive Forum Speakers Profiles
Ankit Agarwal, CEO Telecom Products Business, Sterlite Technologies
Ankit Agarwal is CEO of Sterlite Tech’s Telecom Products Business which spans across optical fibre, optical fibre cables, data cables and Smarter FTTH kits.
He has been instrumental in expanding the global footprint of the Telecom business by successfully executing and managing Joint Ventures in Italy, China and Brazil. Under his leadership, Sterlite Tech’s global sales have crossed over 100 countries. In addition to Joint Ventures, he is also responsible for executing strategic opportunities such as Mergers & Acquisitions and Greenfield projects globally for Sterlite Tech.
As Sterlite Tech transforms to a solutions company, Ankit is a champion of internal culture change, from driving a flat organisation to leading community efforts. Ankit holds a Bachelor’s degree from University of Southern California and an MBA degree from London Business School.
Shamim Akhtar, Chief Optical & RF Network Infrastructure Architect, Apple
Shamim Akhtar has been in optical networking industry for over 2 decades covering every facets of optical networks from broadband access, transport to warehouse scale data centers. Shamim has played key role in the transformation of optical industry across the world. During his long stint at Comcast Shamim architected and laid the key foundation of fiber deep HFC/Docsis network and commoditized DWDM transport network unit cost through multi-vendor interop. Shamim, currently leads the optical networking domain of Apple’s global network and Data Centers. His insight into the photonics/broadband technologies has helped shape many companies and standards bodies for several years.
Shamim has been a speaker in the OSA executive forum few years back introducing MSO architecture and scale.
Heidi Adams, Senior Research Director, IP & Optical Networks, IHS Markit
Heidi Adams joined IHS Markit in March 2016, bringing over 20 years of data networking and communications expertise to the team. As the lead analyst for IP & optical network research, she is focused on assessing the impact of cloud-centric operations and technologies on the evolution of underlying transport network infrastructure. Prior to joining IHS Markit, Heidi has helpd senior roles in product marketing, PLM, technical support, and R&D, at Nokia (Alcatel-Lucent), Nortel Networks, Bell Northern Research and IBM.
Heidi holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Queen's University (Canada) and an MBA from the University of Ottowa.
Basil Alwan, Co-President of IP/Optical Networks, Nokia
Basil was formerly President of IP Routing and Transport at Alcatel-Lucent, which was acquired by Nokia in 2016. Basil joined Alcatel in 2003 through the acquisition of privately held TiMetra Networks. TiMetra was a venture-backed Silicon Valley start-up focused on service routers for IP/MPLS networks where he was founder, President and CEO. Today, Nokia holds the #2 global market position in both service provider IP/MPLS routing and Optical networking, and wholly-owned venture Nuage Networks is a leader in the fast-emerging software-defined networking space.
Basil is a recognized industry leader who enjoys working with entrepreneurs and sharing views on networking technology and industry evolution. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, in 1984, with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering.
• Joined Nokia in 2016
• President of IP Routing and Transport, Alcatel-Lucent 2012-2016
• President of IP Division, Alcatel-Lucent 2003–2012
• Founder, President and CEO, TiMetra Networks 2000–2003
• Vice President and General Manager, Bay Networks (acquired by Nortel) Enterprise Products Division (EPD) 1997–2000
• Vice President of Product Management and Marketing, Rapid City Communications 1996–1997
Ron “Buddy” Bayer, Chief Network Officer, Windstream
Ron “Buddy” Bayer is Chief Network Officer for Windstream. He is responsible for Network Engineering, Architecture, Network Operations and capital investment for the company. He was previously Senior Vice President of Transport Engineering, overseeing Windstream’s long-haul, regional and metro networks; inside plant facilities, and fiber deployment.
Bayer joined Windstream in September 2014 from CenturyLink, where he was Director of Transport Planning and Engineering. He had previously held a variety of management and engineering positions with OnFiber Communications and MCIWorldCom.
Bayer holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Oklahoma State University.
Andreas “Andy” Bechtolsheim, Chairman, Chief Development Officer & Co-Founder, Arista Networks
Andreas “Andy” Bechtolsheim is Chairman, Chief Development Officer and Co-Founder of Arista Networks, a leading vendor of cloud networking solutions. Previously, Andy was a Co-Founder and Chief System Architect at Sun Microsystems, responsible for next generation server, storage, and network architectures.
As a private venture investor, Andy has been involved in the funding of numerous companies including Google, VMware, Mellanox, and Brocade. He has served on the Board of Directors of over 25 companies, the majority of which went public or were acquired. Andy earned a M.S. in Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1976. He was a doctoral student in Computer Engineering at Stanford University from 1977 to 1982. He has been honored with a Fulbright scholarship, a Studienstiftung scholarship, the Stanford Entrepreneur Company of the year award, the Smithsonian Leadership Award for Innovation, and he is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Lily Chen, Manager of Cryptographic Technology, NIST
Dr. Lily (Lidong) Chen is a mathematician and the manager of Cryptographic Technology Group in Computer Security Division, NIST. Her areas of research include cryptographic protocols, zero-knowledge proof, special featured digital signature schemes, network security, and security for wireless and mobility. Dr. Chen has twenty-year experience in academic and industry on cryptography research and applications before she joined NIST in 2005. Dr. Chen has actively contributed to cryptography and security standards in various organizations.
Jörg-Peter Elbers, Senior Vice President Advanced Technology, Standards & IPR, ADVA Optical Networking
Jörg-Peter Elbers has more than 20 years of experience in the optical networking industry. At ADVA, he is responsible for technology strategy, applied research, standardization and intellectual property management. Before joining ADVA, Jörg was Director of Technology in the Optical Product Unit of Marconi which was later acquired by Ericsson. Prior to that, he worked at Siemens AG, last as Director of Network Architecture in the Optical Networks Business Unit. Jörg holds a Dipl-Ing. and Dr.-Ing. degree in electrical engineering from TU Dortmund University, Germany.
Bill Gartner, VP/GM Optical Systems & Optics Group, Cisco Systems, Inc.
Bill Gartner is Vice President/GM of Cisco's Optical Systems & Optics Group. In this role, Bill has P&L responsibility for these businesses and is responsible for strategic direction, product development, product positioning and new product introduction.
Prior to joining Cisco, Bill was Chief Operating Officer of Meriton Networks (acquired by Xtera Networks). Prior to Meriton, Bill served as President and COO of Mahi Networks and COO of Photuris.
Before joining Photuris, he was Vice President and General Manager of Lucent's Optical Networking Systems business, responsible for Metro, Access, and Long Haul DWDM Products. His earlier tenure in the industry included roles at AT&T Bell Labs and Paradyne. Bill has served on the boards of OptronX (acquired by JDSU) and CyOptics.
Bill has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech, a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, and an Executive Master’s in Technology Management from University of Pennsylvania/Wharton. He is a University of Pennsylvania Moore Fellow, and holds 3 patents.
Eve Griliches, Senior Product Marketing, Optical BU, Cisco Systems
Eve Griliches is the Product Marketing lead for the Optical BU. Previously, Eve was Director of Solutions Marketing at BTI Systems and Managing Partner of the global research firm ACG Research where she was VP of Optical Networking.
Before ACG, Eve served as IDC Program Director for Telecommunications Equipment, where she provided in-depth analysis on key telecom market technologies. Additionally, Eve has more than 10 years of product line management experience at equipment vendors including Marconi (Ericsson), PhotonEx, Nortel Networks, Bay Networks and Wellfleet Communications. She also spent four years at Thinking Machines Corporation, one of the first parallel processing supercomputer companies.
Stephen Hardy, Editorial Director/Associate Publisher, Lightwave
Stephen Hardy is editorial director and associate publisher of Lightwave and Broadband Technology Report, part of the Technology Group of PennWell. Stephen is responsible for establishing and executing editorial strategy across the both brands’ web sites, email newsletters, events, and other information products. He has covered the fiber-optics space for more than 20 years, and communications and technology for more than 35 years. During his tenure, Lightwave has received awards from Folio: and the American Society of Business Press Editors (ASBPE) for editorial excellence. Prior to joining Lightwave and PennWell in 1997, Stephen worked for Telecommunications magazine and the Journal of Electronic Defense.
Curtis Knittle, Vice President, Wired Technologies, CableLabs
As Vice President of Wired Technologies at CableLabs, Dr. Curtis Knittle and his team are responsible for specifying scalable deployment solutions in both HFC and all-fiber access networks for CableLabs member companies. DOCSIS® technologies, Full Duplex DOCSIS, Distributed CCAP Architectures, and Point-to-Point Coherent Optics are a few current high priority projects underway and lead by members of the Wired Technologies team. Prior to joining CableLabs, Curtis lead an engineering team at Harmonic, Inc. to develop the world’s first CMTS-in-a-node and Ethernet-switch-in-a-node, both solutions representing the first instantiation of what today is called deep fiber Distributed Access Architecture solutions for the cable industry. Currently, Curtis is also the Chair of the IEEE 802.3ca 50G-EPON Task Force, helping to usher in the first 50Gb/s PON solution.
Curtis holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Mexico, and an M.S. and B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Colorado State University.
Vladimir Kozlov, Founder & CEO, LightCounting
Vladimir Kozlov is the founder and CEO of LightCounting, an optical communications market research company established in 2004 with an objective of providing in-depth coverage of market and technologies for high speed optoelectronic interfaces employed in communications. By now, LightCounting is the leading market research company covering the optical networking supply chain, including Cloud companies, Service providers, equipment and component manufacturers.
Dr. Kozlov has more than 30 years of experience in optoelectronic technologies and devices, optical communications and market research. Dr. Kozlov held market analyst, product development and research staff positions at RHK Inc., Lucent Technologies and Princeton University.
Dr. Kozlov holds several US patents and has numerous publications in the area of optoelectronics. He received M.Sc. at Moscow State University in Russia and Ph.D in Physics at Brown University in the United States.
Wenhua Lin, Principal Engineer & Photonic Architect, Intel Corporation
Wenhua Lin is a Principal Engineer and Photonic Architect at Intel Corporation, where she works on the architecture, design, and technology development of silicon photonics products within Intel's Datacenter group. Before joining Intel, Wenhua co-founded Kotura, the first silicon photonics company in the United States, and also served as a VP of R&D. Prior to that, she started her career as a member of the technical staff at Bell Labs Lucent. Wenhua received a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She is an OSA Fellow and holds 21 U.S. patents.
Xiang Liu, VP Optical Technologies, Transmission and Access Network Product Line, Huawei
Xiang Liu has more than 20 years of experience in the optical communication industry. At Huawei, he is responsible for advanced optical technologies and industry development for the transmission and access network product line.
Before joining Huawei, Xiang had been with Bell Labs working on high-speed optical transmission technologies for 14 years. Xiang has a Ph.D. degree in Applied Physics from Cornell University. He has authored over 340 publications and holds over 85 US patents. He has served as a General Co-Chair of OFC 2018, and is currently serving as a Deputy Editor of Optics Express and an Executive Committee member of the IEEE ON2020 industry connection activity. Dr. Liu is a Fellow of the IEEE and the OSA.
Lucy Lombardi, Vice President, Head of Digital & Ecosystem Innovation, Telecom Italia
Ms. Lombardi has been working in the telco and ICT sectors for more than 20 years; she is currently Vice President, Head of Digital & Ecosystem Innovation in Telecom Italia. In this role she leads different TI group areas of innovation including the Competence Center on Artificial Intelligence, scouting and partnership development, and driving a network platform based innovation. She also coordinates Industry Relations activities.
In 1991, Ms. Lombardi graduated in Physics at the University of Rome La Sapienza with a Masters on Radiometry for Advanced Robotics. She then won a European competition for a temporary contract with the European Space Agency ESTEC in the Netherlands (Young Graduate Trainee). In 1992, she moved to Tecsiel, a leading Italian software company, as a software developer in object oriented language for advanced solutions and geographical networks.
1996, Ms. Lombardi joined TIM, in the CTO Office, starting her carrier in telecommunications then in 2000, she accepted the challenge of a telco start-up company, Blu, where she first took responsibility for Network Planning and then for Service Development. In 2003, she was back in TIM Commercial Department where she lead a number of initiatives spanning from innovative services (Personal IM, RCS), new interconnect models (IPX), innovative roaming architectures (Local Break out), new commercial opportunities (partnership with big players), just to name a few. She also took on Profit & Loss responsibilities for roaming commercial activities.
Since 2014, Ms. Lombardi has lead TIM’s innovation activities, and has coordinated more than 170 people.
She is a member of the Board of the Global Women Telecom Network, and it TIM appointed delegate to the GSMA Technology Group and to ISTAT Big Data Committee.
Sun Min, Optical Architect, Tencent
Dr. Sun Min majored in Microelectronics and Solid-State Electronics in Nanjing University. After receiving his PhD, he joined Lab of Huawei in 2012, where he focused on the next generation photoelectricity component and was awarded several related patents since 2013. Afterwards, he has been engaged as an Optical Architect at Tencent, in charge of the data center optical interconnection since 2018.
His expertise involves chip-level technology (quantum-dot laser, new VCSEL and hybrid integrated silicon photonics and so on), packaging technique (non-hermetic package), module level application and data center system architecture, etc.. He is also interested in photoelectricity integration in consumer production
Michele Mosca, Co-founder, Institute for Quantum Computin, University of Waterloo
Michele Mosca is co-founder of the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo, a Professor in the Department of Combinatorics & Optimization of the Faculty of Mathematics, and a founding member of Waterloo's Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. He was the founding Director of CryptoWorks21, a training program in quantum-safe cryptography. He co-founded the ETSI-IQC workshop series in Quantum-Safe Cryptography. He co-founded evolutionQ Inc. to support organizations as they evolve their quantum-vulnerable systems to quantum-safe ones and softwareQ Inc. to provide quantum software tools and services. He obtained his doctorate in Mathematics in 1999 from Oxford on the topic of Quantum Computer Algorithms. His research interests include quantum computation and cryptographic tools designed to be safe against quantum technologies. He is globally recognized for his drive to help academia, industry and government prepare our cyber systems to be safe in an era with quantum computers. Dr. Mosca’s awards and honours include 2010 Canada's Top 40 Under 40, Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2013), SJU Fr. Norm Choate Lifetime Achievement Award (2017), and a Knighthood (Cavaliere) in the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (2018).
John Prisco, President & Chief Executive Officer, Quantum Xchange
Throughout his 30-year career, John Prisco has demonstrated success driving revenue growth, implementing operational excellence, and bringing companies such as Triumfant, GeoVantage and Ridgeway Systems to successful exits. His depth of experience in telecommunications, cybersecurity and quantum physics are ideally suited to lead Quantum Xchange and its customers, partners, investors, and employees through the emerging era of quantum computing and the future of secure key exchange and encryption.
Prisco established a track record of success in the high-tech field first by founding Penn Access, a competitive local access carrier operating in Pittsburgh. Prisco also served as President and CEO of 2nd Century Communications, the nation’s first packet-based CLEC operating in 33 of the largest U.S. metropolitan areas. In 2001, Prisco became CEO of eLink Communications, a BLEC with over 300 multi-tenant buildings operating in New York City. In 2003, he became President and CEO of Ridgeway Systems & Software, a U.K.-based software company specializing in secure firewall traversal and acquired by Tandberg Incorporated in 2004. Prisco served as President and CEO of GeoVantage Inc., a location-based services aerial imaging company sold to John Deere at the end of 2005. Prior to joining Quantum Xchange, Prisco was CEO of Triumfant for 11 years. Triumfant was the first cybersecurity company to perfect anomaly detection techniques to detect and remediate advanced threats such as file-less attacks in memory.
Prisco holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University and a Master of Science in the field of quantum mechanics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Toby Redshaw, SVP, 5G Ecosystems, Innovation & Product Development, Verizon
Toby Redshaw is responsible for Verizon’s 5G Ecosystems, Innovation and Product Development, AR/VR as well as Location Services/Geo Intelligence Business. Prior to joining Verizon, Toby was most recently CEO of Kevington Advisors, a leading edge consultancy offering services in enterprise technology strategy, coaching start-ups and various government/military engagements.
Toby previously held Global CIO positions at American Express and Aviva PLC, a UK-headquartered $85B revenue insurer with $800B in assets under management.
He had simultaneous product, marketing, strategy and technology responsibilities during the six years prior at Motorola, while also working as Executive Chairman of a start-up portfolio company.
Toby has also helped found and run a global start-up based out of Silicon Valley, China, London and Ohio. He started his career as one of the first employees on the international side of FedEx, where he had a 17 year career in business and IT.
Among his recognitions, Toby was named to Top CTO 25 – Most Influential IT leaders by InfoWorld and Top 50 Global CIOs by InformationWeek.
Natarajan 'Subu' Subrahmanyan, Principal, AO Asset Management
Natarajan ‘Subu’ Subrahmanyan, CFA is a Principal at AO Asset Management. Subu has over 15 years of equity research experience in the technology sector and focuses on hardware, semiconductor and security sectors at AO. Prior to joining AO, Subu spent 12 years at The Juda Group as an equity research analyst covering the communications equipment and network security and before that was lead analyst for networking at Goldman Sachs. Subu has been featured on the Wall Street Journal’s Best of the Street Analyst List, and ranked in the Institutional Investor polls. He holds an MBA from Vanderbilt University and a B.S in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Madras University in India.
Sachin Vasuveda, Vice President, Product Line Leadership and Engineering, Calix
Sachin Vasudeva is a Vice President of Product Line Leadership and Engineering at Calix. He is responsible for delivering next generation access solutions at Calix, focused on market disruption and redefining the access edge with the AXOS software platform. Prior to Calix, he worked at Juniper Networks for over 15 years and Nortel. He has a MBA from Cornell and MS from the University of California, Irvine. He is also an active participant of the open source community, currently serving as an ONOS ambassador, and previously serving as the co-chair of the certifications committee in the Metro Ethernet Forum(MEF). With over 20 years in the industry, he has deep expertise on routing, switching, security, and related network architectures across the full range of network domains from the cloud, to the core and the edge through to the access network.
Vijay Vusirikala, Director, Network Architecture and Optical Engineering, Google
Vijay Vusirikala is currently Director, Network Architecture and Optical Engineering Google. He is responsible for technology development, design, scaling and optimization of Google's inter-datacenter and user-facing networks. He and his team spurred a number of fundamental optical network innovations such as Open line systems, Data Center Interconnect (DCI), Subsea Open Cables, C+L band line systems, Zero-touch optical networking, and deployed them in a large scale production environment.
Prior to Google, Vijay was Director of Marketing at Infinera where he worked with major global network operators to design and deploy PIC based digital optical networks. Prior to joining Infinera, he was at Motorola Access Networks as Director of Market Development for PON, DSL, and IPTV products. Earlier, he was with Sycamore Networks in senior system architecture and product management roles, where he defined architecture for reconfigurable optical networks, and integrated switching and transport systems.
Vijay has published extensively and holds 15+ patents in optical components, system design and network architecture. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and executive forums. He received an MS in Physics and a Ph.D in EE with a focus on optoelectronic integration from the University of Maryland, College Park and a BSEE from IIT, Madras in India.
David Welch, Founder & Chief Innovation Officer, Infinera
Dr. Dave Welch is the Founder, Chief Innovation Officer and member of the Board of Directors at Infinera. He previously served as the President. He holds over 130 patents in optical transmission technologies, and has authored over 300 technical publications in the same field. In recognition of his technical contributions to the optical industry, he has been awarded the OSA’s Adolph Lomb Medal, Joseph Fraunhofer Award and John Tyndall Award, the IET’s JJ Thompson Medal for Achievement in Electronics, and the IEEE Ernst Weber Managerial Leadership Award. He is a Fellow of the OSA and the IEEE. In 2016, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Welch holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Delaware and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University. Dr. Welch is also involved in several philanthropic organizations that address the issues of public education and the environment.
Tom Williams, Senior Director, Marketing, Acacia Communications
Tom Williams is Sr. Director of Marketing at Acacia Communications and has more than 20 years of experience in optical communications. Prior to Acacia, Tom spent 14 years at Optium and Finisar Corporations, where he held various management roles, including Director of Product Line Management for high speed (>100G) transmission products. Tom has also held positions at Lucent Technologies and Northrop Grumman Corporation. He has an MS in Electrical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and BS degrees in Electrical Engineering and Physics from Widener University.
Lee Young Wuk, Vice President, Head of Infra Innovation EF, Infra Laboratory, Institute of Convergence Technology, KT
Dr. Lee received Ph.D in Physics in Korea Advanced Institute of Technology (KAIST) Daejeon, Korea in 2002. He joined KT R&D Center since 1993 as a member of Technical Staff in Optical Telecommunication Network Construction and Operation. He is in charge of establishing Fully Automated Operation of Network Infra from Physical to Application layer based on SDN (Software Driven Network) Control and A.I. Management. Also he is interested in Infra Transformation toward Data Center and Cloud oriented Next Generation Network. He is currently a head of Infra Innovation TF in KT infra Laboratory, Institute of Convergence Technology.
Martin Zirngibl, CTO, Finisar Corporation
Martin Zirngibl was named Corporate CTO in June 2018. He joined Finisar in 2016 as a VP Technology Fellow responsible for coherent product strategy. Prior to Finisar, he held progressive managerial roles at Nokia Bell Labs including Director of Optical Networking Research and Executive Director of Device and Subsystems Research. He also served as a member of technical staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories. Dr. Zirngibl holds a PhD in Physics from the Swiss Institute of Technology, Lausanne and a Diploma in Theoretical Physics from the same Institute. He received the Bell Labs Fellow award in 2008 and has published more than 100 scientific papers and filed over 50 patents.