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Vassilis Seferidis

Vassilis is CEO and Founder of Zeetta Networks an innovative spin-out company offering Open Networking solutions that monitor, optimise and automate the operations of complex ICT networks to extract greater efficiency and agility while enhancing the end-user experience and reduce the overall networking costs. Vassilis has more than 25 years’ experience in the Telecommunications, Entertainment and Consumer Electronics industry. Before founding Zeetta Networks, Vassilis was VP of Business Development for Samsung Electronics responsible for driving revenue growth and strategic development of Samsung’s Smart TV (OTT) business in Europe. Prior to Samsung, he held executive management positions at British Telecom, Toshiba,

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Sriram Rupanagunta

Sriram Rupanagunta  is a co-founder at Aarna Networks, Inc, and heads their engineering team.  Aarna Networks provides commercial distribution of ONAP. Prior to Aarna, Sriram was the Head of India Engineering at Data Center Business of  Western Digital Corp, responsible for the development of ActiveScale product line from India development center. Prior to Western Digital, Sriram was with the SSD based startup Virident Systems (which was acquired by Western Digital). Earlier to that, Sriram was also the co-founder of start up Aarohi Communications which was acquired by Emulex Corporation, and was the Vice President, Technology at Emulex. He lives in Bangalore, India

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Donald Clarke

Don Clarke is an experienced international telecommunications consultant based in the United States. In his previous role at CableLabs, he led the collaborative cable operator effort to develop the NFV strategy for the global cable industry. Prior to moving to the US, Don enjoyed a varied career in R&D at BT in the UK where he initiated the global telco collaboration on NFV. He was editor of the joint-carrier paper published in October 2012 which coined the term “Network Function Virtualization (NFV)” and outlined the industry vision. This paper is widely regarded as the seminal document heralding cloud networking as

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Dan Pitt

Dan Pitt has been a leading voice of the Open Networking movement since its inception. He served as executive director of ONF from 2011-2016, launching the concept of SDN into the vernacular, and since 2017 has been senior vice president of MEF (currently retired but active), applying SDN, NFV, Cloud, Disaggregation, and Open Source to the offering of new, dynamic services across a global system of automated networks. Since 2009 he has been an Executive in Residence at the Plug and Play Tech Center in Sunnyvale, California, the world’s foremost startup accelerator, and advises private and public companies to commercialize

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Ben Cheung, Ph.D

Author of 5 books including: 32 Innovation Factors and The Four Elements of Thinking. His book, Renewable Energies in 90 minutes, can be found in the Library of Congress. Ben has been published in the Bell Labs Technology Journal. He holds three patents: 7443804B2, 8755805B2 and 9918232. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, American Sign Language and English. He was the Heroclix (Chess like game) World champion in 2008. He has been to 30 countries around the world on 6 continents. Ben holds a Master of Electrical Engineering degree from Purdue University and Ph.D. in Operations Research from Walden. He

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