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Prior to founding CENX, Nan held executive roles at Atrica (acquired by Nokia) and Bay Networks/SynOptics (acquired by Nortel). 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.

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 a member of the board of directors of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, one of the world's largest retailers of beverage alcohol.

  • Private IP, Carrier Ethernet and Public IP network solutions
  • Software Defined Networking and Network Function Virtualization
  • Security Operations, Threat Intelligence and Security Analytics
  • Managed and Professional Services

Prior to his role in the product and technology organization, Mr. Hakl has held leadership positions in Verizon’s Global Operations, Sales Engineering and Information Technology organizations. Given Mr. Hakl’s leadership in defining and delivering Carrier Ethernet and many of the virtualized network services offerings at Verizon, we believe Mr. Hakl will be able to provide a useful perspective of the needs of both carriers and enterprise organizations, and he would appreciate the opportunity to share Verizon’s early experiences in implementing virtual/cloud services in order to support innovation within the communications provider community.

Support Systems are evolving to provide the necessary foundational support toward service agility, lifecycle management, and operational automation. Gabriel’s broad experience in telecom, as well as Amdocs’ strategy, is supporting MEF direction at the intertwine between open source, a different approach toward standardization, and a faster pace of community driven innovation. Gabriel holds a PhD (Summa Cum Laude) in Physics, co-authored numerous articles in referred journals, and is the recipient of several prestigious academic awards.

MEF is at the forefront, guiding the change to enable new, innovative, services while protecting investments. A focus on collaboration and cooperation among the MEF’s committees and between the MEF and partner Standards Bodies has provided the ability for the MEF to set a vision for industry and, together, turn that vision into reality. Fostering this style of cooperative thought leadership not only ensures the viability of MEF, but illustrates MEF members as industry leaders attracting others to the MEF to be part of something bigger. New opportunities emerge as the MEF evolves into a hybrid organization consisting of traditional standards, software, and applications. My goal on the MEF Forum Board is to continue looking forward for new areas that provide a platform for evangelizing the MEF vision.

Pascal currently serves as MEF's Chief Technology Officer. He is focused on cloud scale architectures, real-time media networks, Software Defined Networks (SDN), Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO). He is a former Principal from Microsoft Skype for Business Global Carrier Group where he spent close to 10 years working on many real-time media and network technologies. As one of the leading industry experts in Unified Communication (UC) and SDN he is a UCStrategies Expert, pioneer of Unified Communications (UC) and Software Defined Networks (SDN), Chair of UC SDN Task Group at International Multimedia Telecommunication Consortium (IMTC), Vice-Chair of Open Network Foundation (ONF) NBI Working Group and Co-Founder and former Vice-Chair of Wi-Fi Alliance Task Group Mobile Multimedia Over Wi-Fi. Pascal has done five startups with multiple successes, has received numerous industry awards and has presented extensively in numerous events globally. Pascal holds 4 patents with 25 additional patents pending and has co-authored many standards in the IETF, MEF, IMTC and Broadband Forum (MPLS).

In 1979, he founded 3Com Corp., taking it public in 1984. After 30 years, 3Com became part of HP in 2010. In 2001, Bob became a venture capitalist at Polaris Venture Partners. In 2003, he was appointed Advisory Director to the MEF board. Among Bob's myriad awards and accolades are the IEEE Medal of Honor in 1996, National Academy of Engineering in 1999, National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2007, and Computer History Museum Hall of Fellows in 2008. In 2005, Bob received the National Medal of Technology for “leadership in the invention, standardization, and commercialization of Ethernet.

Prior to his current role, Kevin held the position of SVP & GM of New Business Solutions, leading the creating of Comcast Business Cloud Solutions environment and operations. A 20-year industry veteran, Kevin’s prior positions include leadership roles in sales, marketing, R&D, corporate strategy, and private equity. Kevin holds a BS in Mathematics/Computer Science and a MS in Information Networking, both from Carnegie Mellon University.

He has relentlessly championed open networking to put more people to work building novel solutions for more customers of all types. He also advises private and public companies to commercialize new ideas and stay abreast of new capabilities.

Prior to ONF he ran and advised startup companies, served as dean of engineering at Santa Clara University, held executive management roles at Nortel Networks and Bay Networks, developed and managed networking technology and HP and IBM, and taught computer science and electrical engineering at Duke and UNC. He holds a B.S. from Duke and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois. He lives in Palo Alto with his wife and son.

Eric’s many contributions to the MEF have been in both the certification and marketing teams. He is currently the co-chair of the Certification Committee responsible for the development of the future MEF certification program and Treasurer of the Board.

Eric provides valuable insight to the MEF’s future direction due to his activities on AT&T’s User-Defined Network Cloud project utilizing NFV, SDN, Open Source, and Cloud technologies. Eric's background in the development of standards strategies brings a strong practical focus in order to fulfill the goals of the “MEF Third Network Vision”.

multi-vendor virtualized solutions using LSO, SDN, NFV and SD-WAN technologies that enable Third Network Services. Ralph’s team also developed Fujitsu’s new SD-WAN managed service launched earlier this year. A founding member and regular contributor & mentor to several MEF projects, Ralph helped incubate the OpenCS SD-WAN project and created the new SD-WAN Market Education project.

He frequently lectures on MEF topics at industry events and contributed to 10 MEF whitepapers, including MEF’s new “Understanding SD-WAN Managed Services” paper. On the board, Ralph would continue to advance MEF’s industry leadership in software-defined, virtualized, application-driven network services that fuel the rapidly evolving digital economy.

Representing a leading Asian Service Provider that is heavily reliant on partnership and Interconnects, and coming from the business side of the house, I am driving an agenda that places emphasis on inter-carrier/inter-domain operations and on federated orchestration. Through my involvement in several other industry bodies such as ONAP, TM Forum,

NGMN and ONF, and through my presentations in industry events, I am actively involved in aligning the industry towards this goal through Unified Info-Models, Standard interfaces and Standard Processes. I hope to receive your support for continuing those efforts and help keep MEF at the forefront of the industry.

Alessandro has developed a true passion for innovation and technological transformation in his over 25 years career in the telco business, which he starts at Italian manufacturing Italtel as Senior Manager, Strategic Planning and Marketing Development. In 1996, he joins Italian operator Infostrada as Head of Strategic Planning and National and International Interconnection.

Alessandro moves to Sparkle in 2001 as Head of Operational Coordination. In the same year, he is appointed Head of Marketing, Sales, Customer Service, Project Management and Pricing in the National Wholesale Services department. As Executive Vice President, he manages the entire National Wholesale Services organization through 2008, when in April that year, he is appointed Telecom Italia Group’s Chief Regulatory Officer and member of GSMA CRO Group, positions he maintains through 2011.

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During his tenure, membership has tripled to over 210 companies, representing 48 countries, with Service Provider membership increasing eight fold. New member committees have been formed and MEF’s Marketing, Certification programs have been substantially expanded. OpenCloud Connect has been established within MEF’s legal framework. Kevin held the position of CEO of DIATEM Networks Inc., a Carrier Ethernet software company from 2003 to 2005 and was Chairman, President and CEO of NUVO Network Management, a network management outsourcing firm, from 1996 to 2002. Previously, he held other senior management positions with NUVO and spent 10 years in a wide variety of capacities with Gandalf Technologies, a network equipment vendor.

Rami brings to the MEF a diversified leadership background in software architecture, product strategy, and business development. Recently, he supported the MEF’s evolution by promoting the current work to analysts, other SDOs, open-source projects, and the general market. This effort has led to recruitment of new members, greater participation of existing members, and cooperation with other standard and open-source organizations. Rami holds an MS in Computer Science and an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Haven.

strategy of communication network. She joined China Telecom in 2000. She is responsible for studying network evolution including IP network, service, equipment, protocol, interface and testing in China Telecom. Before joining China Telecom, she was the Vice President of Research Institute of Telecommunication Transmission of MII.

In 1999, she was the Chairperson of Network Switching Technical of organizing technical program and relevant technical specification of IP-MAN soft switch network and equipment. In 2006, she initiated and presided over research work on standardization for Common IMS convergence network, and set up a joint research group in China. She has won many awards for sci-tech programs at national and ministerial levels.

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