MEF Announces All-Star Speaker Line-up for MEF16 Global Networking Event, 7-10 November

110+ Executives and Experts

Online PR News – 23-October-2016 – Los Angeles, 21 October 2016 – MEF (, the driving force enabling agile, assured, and orchestrated Third Network services, today announced a world-class lineup of more than 110 LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration), SDN, NFV, Carrier Ethernet, and cloud service expert speakers that will be participating in the MEF16 ( global networking conference. MEF16 is taking place 7–10 November 2016 at the Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor Hotel, Baltimore/Washington, USA. See the MEF16 Speakers page for details.

“MEF16 will provide attendees an unparalleled forum to engage with the world’s top service and technology experts who are driving the industry’s shift to on-demand connectivity and NFV-based services orchestrated over automated, virtualized, and interconnected networks,” said Kevin Vachon, Chief Operating Officer, MEF. “If you want to know where the industry is going and how we are going to get there, MEF16 is the place to be.”

MEF16’s speaker line-up includes a Who’s Who list of executives and other experts from dozens of service provider, cloud, technology supplier, enterprise, open source, standards, industry research, and other organizations.

Keynote & Featured Speakers – Communications and Cloud Service Providers

Marc Halbfinger, CEO, PCCW Global
Eric Cevis, President, Verizon Partner Solutions
Michael Strople, President, Zayo Managed Services; Managing Director, Canada, Zayo
Huiling Zhao, CTO of ChinaTelecom Beijing Research Institute, Director of the Cloud Research Center in China Telecom
Jack Waters, CTO & President, Network Solutions, Zayo
Travis Ewert, SVP, Global Network Software Development, Level 3
Chris Alberding, VP, Product, Global Capacity
Josh Goodell, VP, AT&T Network on Demand
Gabriella Vacca, VP, Systems & Technology, Comcast
Axel Clauberg, VP Aggregation, Transport, IP, Deutsche Telekom
Adam Saenger, VP of Product Development & Product Management, Level 3
Karen Schmidt, VP, Products and Marketing, Intelsat
David Hughes, VP of Engineering, PCCW Global
Tom Siracusa, Executive Director, AT&T Labs
Allan Langfield, Executive Director, Product Development, Comcast
Jim Fagan, Head of Global Platforms, Telstra
Chris Benson, VP, Cloud Engineering, Oracle
Divesh Gupta, VP, Technology and Sales Operations, Presales, PCCW Global
Jeff Schwartz, AVP, Managed Network Services and Cloud Enablement, Tata Communications
Shahar Steiff, AVP New Technology, PCCW Global
Daniele Mancuso, Director of Innovation & Engineering, Sparkle
Jagan Rangarajan, Director, Verizon
Jeffrey Cohen, Azure Network Partner Program Manager, Microsoft
Keynote & Featured Speakers – Technology Solutions Vendors

Stephen B. Alexander, SVP & CTO, Ciena
John Strassner, CTO, Software Laboratory, Huawei
Chris Purdy, CTO, CENX
Hayim Porat, CTO, ECI
Steve Vogelsang, CTO, IP & Optical Networks, Nokia
Michael Kearns, VP Open Source Ecosystems, Huawei Technologies
Sanjay Mewada, VP of Strategy, NetCracker
Gabriel Kerner, VP, Head of Product Management, Amdocs
Ralph Santitoro, Head of SDN/NFV Solutions Practice, Fujitsu Network Communications
Raghu Ranganathan, Principal & Distinguished Engineer, Office of CTO, Ciena
Keynote Speakers – Enterprise and Defense

Gert Vanderstraeten, Network Architect, Microsoft IT
David J. Stern, Electronics Engr, Advanced Optics & IP Engr, Joint Enabling Capabilities Branch (ID24), Cyber Directorate (ID), Defense Information Systems Agency
The complete list of companies with speakers at MEF16 is shown below.

Communications and Cloud Service Providers. MEF16 will feature 30+ executives and other senior speakers from more than 20 leading global, national, and regional communications and cloud service providers, including:

C&W Networks
China Telecom
Deutsche Telekom
Global Capacity
Level 3 Communications
PCCW Global
Tata Communications
Verizon Partner Solutions
XO Communications
Additional sponsoring and participating service providers include: CenturyLink, China Unicom, Datanet (Africa), Fibrenoire, and INDATEL.

Technology Solutions Vendors. MEF16 will feature dozens of corporate executives, CTOs, and other expert speakers from network technology, software, and testing providers, including:

Accedian Networks
Cisco Systems
Fujitsu Network Communications
Juniper Networks
MRV Communications
Oracle Communications
Silver Peak
Additional sponsoring and participating technology solutions and training companies include: ADTRAN, ADVA Optical Networking, Amartus, Brain4Net, CDG, Canoga Perkins, Carrier Ethernet Academy, Cisco DevNet, Comptel, Datavision, Edgecore Networks, Local Backhaul Networks, NoviFlow, Omnitron Systems, Raisecom, Sandvine, Siama Systems, Spirent, Telco Systems, Tech 2000, Viavi, and Wedge Networks.

Open Source and Standards Organizations. Senior representatives from open source projects and standards organizations will be participating in the MEF16 main conference, the OPEN-O Mini-Summit, and the UNITE Partner Summit. Organizations with speakers include:

Broadband Forum
Open Networking Foundation (ONF)
TM Forum
Industry Research and Financial Analyst Firms. More than a dozen service and technology experts from the following industry research and financial analyst firms will participate:

Current Analysis
Frost & Sullivan
IHS Markit
MKM Partners LLC
Morgan Stanley
Vertical Systems Group
About MEF

MEF is the driving force enabling Third Network services for the digital economy and the hyper-connected world. The Third Network concept combines the agility and ubiquity of the internet with the assurance and security of CE 2.0. Third Network services provide an on-demand, orchestrated, and assured experience with user-directed control over network resources and cloud connectivity. Third Network services are delivered over automated, virtualized, and interconnected networks powered by LSO, SDN, NFV, and CE 2.0.

MEF leverages its global 210+ network operator and technology vendor community, builds upon the robust $80 billion Carrier Ethernet market, and provides a practical evolution to the Third Network with LSO, SDN, and NFV implementations that build upon a CE 2.0 foundation. See for more information.

About MEF16

MEF is the host of the MEF16 ( global networking event that will be held during 7–10 November 2016 at the Baltimore Inner Harbor Hotel in Baltimore/Washington D.C., USA. This year's event will expand popular elements of last year's program, including the MEF Excellence Awards Dinner, Proof of Concept Service & Technology Showcase, LSO Hackathon, and Global Media Hub. MEF16 will feature new Workshops on LSO, Open Initiatives, MEF Certification Programs (services, technology, professionals), and Wholesale Services & Interconnection. Also new for 2016 are the UNITE Partners Summit focusing on standards and open source solutions for Third Network orchestrated services and the OPEN-O Mini-Summit.

Register here for MEF16. Attendance is free for qualified service end-user professionals from enterprises, businesses, government, defense, educational, or non-profit organizations. For sponsorship information, please contact Alysia Bennett at

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