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Intel® Network Builder Network Innovation vSummit

Welcome to the Intel Network Builders Network Innovation vSummit. Designed to amplify the leading voices in the industry and focusing on the key topics that are driving the edge of innovation in the network, our Summits are a platform for collaboration, technical insight, and business mindshare.

Explore fireside chats and panel discussions on Network Core, vRAN, Security, and Edge; hear first-hand about the advancements the Intel Network Builders’ ecosystem has delivered in 2021 that will impact the evolution of network for years to come.

Network Innovation

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Ecosystem Enablement, the foundation for technical innovation and solution development for the future of the network

Intel has decades of experience in forming, fostering, and accelerating ecosystems to drive the next wave of innovation that will touch the lives of every person on our planet.

The Intel Network Builders is such a program. Formed almost a decade ago, the ecosystem program's primary mission is to accelerate network innovation that spans from the core of the network to its very edge. Counting hundreds of companies from around the globe, this award-winning program delivers technical enablement, training, and marketing benefits to its members.

Join Keate Despain, Intel Network Builders Director, to learn about the program's strategies and evolution, and find out what is in store for the ecosystem in 2022.

Keate Despain, Intel Network Builders Director, Intel
Keate Despain

Keate Despain

Keate Despain is head of the Intel® Network Builders program within the Network Platforms Group at Intel. He has been leading this team for two years. Keate has been working in the Communications industry ecosystem in and out of Intel for over 20 years. His experience includes IOT client, Telecom servers, middleware, and real-time operating system product management. He has worked with the communication ecosystem partners across the globe, including expatriate assignments in China, for over seven years. Keate has an MBA from Arizona State University and resides in Oregon, USA.

Keate Despain
Intel Network Builders Director, Intel

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Network Core

The Network Core is more vital than ever as 5G-enabled infrastructure evolves to meet new deployments and service demands. To optimize 5G networks and fully deploy its capabilities, the innovation has to start at the core with hardware and software innovation that stretches to the end of the network.

As an ecosystem enabler driving network transformation from the infancy of network functions virtualization, Intel has led the industry through many stages of technological innovation. In these Intel Network Builders vSummit Core Sessions, you can expect to hear from Intel experts and industry leaders on how essential and relevant innovation at the core is and how your organization can benefit from new network core solutions.

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Easing the Deployment of the Cloud Native 5G Core

As 5G continues to gain momentum with deployments and new service delivery worldwide, the core has become a vital element for operators to upgrade to reach the full promise of its specifications. This session provides an update on the collaboration between HPE, Red Hat, and Intel; and their progress to make deploying a cloud-native 5G network core easier and a competitive advantage for operators.

Chandresh Ruparel, Director, 5G and Wireless Core Infrastructure, Network and Edge Group, Intel
Chandresh Ruparel

Chandresh Ruparel

Chandresh Ruparel is the Business Unit Director of 5G and Wireless Core Infrastructure at Intel’s Network and Edge Group. In his 25+ years of professional experience, he has held Engineering Development, Product Line Management, Product Marketing and Business Development roles and successfully developed profitable Networking, Media and Server Businesses. His organization is currently responsible for developing innovative solutions in close collaboration with the partner ecosystem and Communications Service Providers (CoSPs) to deliver successful transition and the promise of 5G and Network Cloudification.

Chandresh Ruparel
Director, 5G and Wireless Core Infrastructure, Network and Edge Group, Intel

David Kypuros, Telco Global Solutions Architect, Partner Technologies, Red Hat
David Kypuros

David Kypuros

David Kypuros is a global telecommunications architect at Red Hat focused on helping telco customers worldwide design and deploy emerging 5G architectures for core, RAN, and edge workloads. As a former AT&T senior solutions architect, David has a strong background in telecom technologies. His career-long telco expertise helps customers transform their strategy through the adoption of open-source solutions. David has a passion for Kubernetes which comes from his desire to give back and contribute to the community.

David Kypuros
Telco Global Solutions Architect, Partner Technologies, Red Hat

Richard Band, Head of Mobile Core and 5G, Communications and Media Solutions, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Richard Band

Richard Band

Richard Band is the WW Head of Mobile Core and 5G for Communications & Media Solutions, Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

HPE Communications & Media Solutions (CMS) provides an innovative portfolio of telecom industry-specific software products, solutions and professional services for demanding Communications Service Providers (CSPs) globally.

Within the CMS portfolio, the Mobile Core and 5G segment covers HLR/HSS, Shared Data Layer, and 5G Control Plane Network Functions. Richard is responsible for the product strategy, product development and business results in Mobile Core and 5G.

Richard’s career with HPE spans more than 20 years. His previous roles include WW Network GTM Director, EMEA Domain Director, Vodafone Global Account Manager, Program Manager, Solution Architect and R&D Technical Leader.

Richard earned his Master’s Degree in Computer Science at Universiteit Twente and graduated with an MBA at HEC Paris.

He is married with 3 children and is based in France.

Richard Band
Head of Mobile Core and 5G, Communications and Media Solutions, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

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Integrating Micro-Services with the 5G Network Core

A vital facet of an agile 5G Network is the fact that it is built on a cloud-native architecture that provides key benefits such as flexibility and service creation. These benefits are realized due to the distributed nature of the software, associated microservices, and service mesh that manages communication between them. In this session, you will hear from key vendors Mavenir and Kong on how software and infrastructure can work together to provide operators with the agility to create new services for their end customers. We will also explore how the abstracted layers of software power the 5G revolution and separate it from previous wireless generations.

Marco Palladino, Co-Founder and CTO, Kong
Marco Palladino

Marco Palladino

Marco Palladino is an inventor, software developer and Internet entrepreneur based in San Francisco, California. He is the co-founder and CTO of Kong, the most widely adopted open-source API platform. Besides being a core maintainer, Marco is currently responsible for the design and delivery of the Kong products, while also providing the technical thought leadership around APIs and microservices within Kong and the external community. Marco was also the co-founder of Mashape, which started in 2010 and is today the largest API marketplace in the world.

Marco Palladino
Co-Founder and CTO, Kong

Rajesh Gadiyar, Vice President, Network and Edge Group, CTO Network Platforms Group, Intel
Rajesh Gadiyar

Rajesh Gadiyar

Rajesh Gadiyar is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the Network Platforms Group at Intel and leads the Architecture & Systems Engineering organization. He is focused on delivering scalable and efficient platforms for next generation communications applications. He leads the architecture and product development efforts to accelerate Cloud Native Network Applications in 5G infrastructure, Edge Clouds, Video Processing and AI in Networking.

Since joining Intel in 2000, he has held several positions in engineering, professional services, strategic planning, and architecture. Prior to joining Intel, he led various engineering teams at Trillium Digital Systems and Wipro Ltd. He brings several years of experience in networking products, architecture, protocols, standards and software development for Voice over IP, cellular, broadband, mobile telephony and data networks. He represents Intel as a Governing Board member of the Linux Foundation Networking (LFN) and Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS). He is a regular speaker at industry events and conferences. Rajesh has a B.S. in Electronics and Telecommunications engineering from National Institute of Technology, Trichy, India and an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Rajesh Gadiyar
Vice President, Network and Edge Group, CTO Network Platforms Group, Intel

Dejan Leskaroski, VP and Head of PLM, EPC, and 5G Core, Mavenir
Dejan Leskaroski

Dejan Leskaroski

Dejan Leskaroski is the Vice President and Head of Product Management at Mavenir. He is responsible for product-related activities as part of the Mavenir MAVcore business unit. The product portfolio includes the Mavenir Evolved Packet Core (EPC), the Mavenir fully-containerized 5G Core (5GC), and the Mavenir Converged Packet Core providing support across 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G, and Wi-Fi access. Dejan has over 20 years of telecom experience delivering products and solutions for many leading Tier-1 operators worldwide. He has led Core and Radio Access Networks, including 4G/5G Network Functions, NFV and cloud platform integration, and end-to-end network orchestration.

Dejan Leskaroski
VP and Head of PLM, EPC, and 5G Core, Mavenir

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Network Core: Delivering on the promise of 5G

As 5G continues to gain momentum with deployments and new service delivery around the world, the core has become a vital element for operators to upgrade in order to reach the full promise of the specification. This session will provide an update on the 5G network core market and why it is essential to transform this element of the infrastructure for consumers, enterprises and operators to reap the full benefits that 5G was designed to provide. This executive fireside chat will feature vice presidents from Intel and British Telecom and will focus on how the companies have worked together to integrate the 5G core into the network, the deployment timeline and what capabilities are being offered as new services to the industry.

Alex Quach, Vice President and General Manager, Wireline and Core, Network Division, Intel
Alex Quach

Alex Quach

Alexander (Alex) D. Quach is a vice president of the Data Platforms Group and general manager of the Wireline and Core Network Division (WCND) within the Network Platforms Group at Intel Corporation. As part of the Intel Data Platforms Group, he is responsible for driving Intel’s business across service provider wireline access networks (broadband, cable) as well as the wireless core networks. WCND is specifically focused on the industry transition to virtualized and cloud native solutions along with the 5G next generation core to edge network.

Quach was a marketing manager for test and measurement products at Tektronix Inc.  before joining Intel® in 1997 as a product marketing engineer for desktop products. He was responsible for promoting the growth of Intel's wireless connectivity business in multiple market segments, including machine-to-machine communication, the automotive sector, low-power wide-area (LPWA) networking and client connectivity. Prior to that, Quach led Intel's wireless connectivity solutions business within the Client Computing Group, where he focused on mobile client platforms based on Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, wireless gigabit (WiGig) and cellular technologies. Earlier in his Intel career, as director of wireless marketing for the company's mobile wireless business unit, he led marketing for Intel's WiMAX product portfolio. Quach also spent several years as a customer marketing manager in the service provider group.

Quach has dual bachelor’s degrees in physics and psychology and an MBA from the University of Washington.

Alex Quach
Vice President and General Manager, Wireline and Core, Network Division, Intel

Neil J. McRae, BT Group Chief Architect, MD, Architecture and Technology Strategy
Neil J. McRae

Neil J. McRae

Neil, named after the first man to walk upon the moon, has more than twenty years experience in networking, systems, security and technology. Neil’s purpose is to get people connected and engaged with technology.

He joined BT in 2011 as Chief Network Architect driving the network strategy for BT across all lines of business. Using simplification as a core strategy; Neil was able to realise significant savings and improved customer experience on BT’s core products including broadband, voice, Ethernet and VPN. Neil was also instrumental in driving mobile and wireless as a critical capability which lead to BT acquiring 4G spectrum and building a 4G network. This led to the acquisition of EE where Neil lead the technology workstream.

Neil is now BT Chief Architect leading Architecture and Technology direction across BT, most recently leading the strategy on BT’s 5G programme and setting the strategy and architecture for BT’s IT Transformation programme now known as Simplify. Neil is a BT Distinguished Engineer.

Neil has been recognised in the industry on many occasions most recently being named in the 5G 100, a list of the most influential names in 5G.

Neil helps children with special needs in developing their technical skills in areas of computer programming and electronic engineering. Neil also runs board, video and pinball gaming events for children with Autism and is a fund raiser for the National Autistic Society.

Neil studied Management at Sloan School of Management and Software Engineering at Edinburgh. Neil is recognised for his interest in the history of telecommunications in Spaceflight and is a speaker at many space industry events. Neil is an advanced driving instructor.

Neil J. McRae
BT Group Chief Architect, MD, Architecture and Technology Strategy

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vRAN

Virtualized RAN (Cloud RAN) is generating tremendous interest from CoSPs for its ability to extend the flexibility, scalability and programmability of the cloud to a mobile environment. This burgeoning segment is creating new opportunities for the networking industry. Realizing these opportunities requires innovation and collaboration from a mature ecosystem to deliver the next wave of virtualized RAN solutions.

In these Intel Network Builders vRAN sessions, attendees will benefit from learning from Intel experts and industry leaders on how they are delivering optimal Cloud RAN performance as silicon, platform, software, and integration are layered into best-in-class commercial solutions.

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Driving Cloud RAN Evolution through Interactive Collaboration

As traditional and next-generation networks are poised to co-exist for many years to come, RAN cloudification presents new opportunities for the entire market. This session highlights Ericsson’s Cloud RAN innovations and the importance of ecosystem collaborations toward realizing Cloud RAN’s full commercial benefits.

Cristina Rodriguez, Vice President Network & Edge Group, General Manager Wireless Access Network Division
Cristina Rodriguez

Cristina Rodriguez

Cristina Rodriguez is vice president in the Network & Edge Group, general manager of the group's Wireless Access Network Division (WAND), and general manager of the Austin Design Center at Intel Corporation. She leads Intel’s efforts to provide innovative wireless access solutions in both traditional and cloud native networks, enabling the RAN of the future by bringing together 5G, the build out of the Edge and Artificial Intelligence. Rodriguez has full PnL ownership, responsible for strategy and business plans, technical product marketing, roadmaps, product definition, forecasting, customer relationships, investment decisions and GTM.

Rodriguez joined Intel in 2014 with the acquisition of LSI Corp.'s Axxia Networking Business from Avago Technologies Ltd., where she led and carried out software strategy. In her first Intel role as senior director of software for WAND, Rodriguez managed the division's worldwide software engineering and product development efforts. She also led the successful integration of the Axxia team into Intel and aligned the team's focus with Intel's networking business. Since joining Intel in 2014, her team has been recognized multiple times with Intel’s highest honor, the Intel Achievement Award, for their contribution to the company’s 5G leadership efforts.

Before her tenure at LSI and Avago, Rodriguez spent seven years holding leadership roles in software development at Agere Systems Inc. and its parent company, Lucent Technologies Inc. Earlier in her career, she worked at Zilog Inc. and at two startup ventures.

Rodriguez earned her bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Instituto Superior Politécnico José Antonio Echeverría in Havana, Cuba; her master's degree in computer science from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid in Madrid, Spain; and completed the Stanford Executive Program at Stanford University. Rodriguez is also a member of the Intel Latinx Leadership Council.

Cristina Rodriguez
Vice President Network & Edge Group, General Manager Wireless Access Network Division

Eric Parson, Head of PDU Cloud RAN, Ericsson
Eric Parson

Eric Parson

During his career, Eric has held various leadership positions in research and design, standardization and product management. At Ericsson, Parsons held the position of Head of Product Line 4G and RAN Mobile Broadband, having led the launch of VoLTE, LAA, and LTE-M/NB-IOT.

During this time, Parsons also enabled the launch of a uniquely structured R&D organization within Ericsson focused on virtual/cloud RAN, which now forms the foundation for PDU Cloud RAN.

Eric has recently re-joined Ericsson from his role in the Government of Canada, where he was responsible for national wireless regulatory policy and operational functions.

Eric holds a M. Math degree in Computer Science, University of Waterloo, and Ph.D., Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto, Canada. Eric is based in Ottawa, Canada.

Eric Parson
Head of PDU Cloud RAN, Ericsson

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Enabling Cloud RAN Systems for New Edge Workloads and Services

Commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) servers based on Intel® architecture deliver carrier-class performance, but optimal Cloud RAN performance comes when a system is tuned —from the accelerators to the BIOS, firmware, operating system, and virtualization stack.

This session will examine how solutions are put together (Silicon, Platform, Software and Integration). Key items that will be covered in this discussion:

  • HW Platform Ingredients
  • Enabling Software
  • HW Optimization for the RAN
  • Platform Software Optimization
  • Solution verification (System Integration)
Jeffrey Lee, Associate Technical Director, Telco Business, QCT
Jeffrey Lee

Jeffrey Lee

Jeffrey Lee, an Associate Technical Director in QCT Telco Business team, is in charge of product management for 5G network product including NFVI, MANO, 5G core and 5G RAN. Jeffrey has over 20 years of Telco experience and held different positions in FAE, SDA, R&D, product marketing and sales. Jeffrey joined QCT, Quanta Cloud Technology, in Jul 2016 as a business development for ecosystem alliance and partnership. He also attended 1st ORAN plugfest in Beijing 2019 in which teamed up with Intel Academy members in Beijing to demonstrate 5G RAN running on top of COTS server with open disaggregation architecture. Former experience includes software development, system engineer, 2G and 3G base station product engineer in tire 1 TEM, 3.5G and 4G LTE mobile broadband device and small cell product management.

Jeffrey Lee
Associate Technical Director, Telco Business, QCT

Adnan Boustany, Director, Wireless Access Business Group, Intel
Adnan Boustany

Adnan Boustany

Adnan Boustany, a Director in Intel’s Wireless Access Business Unit, has over 20 years of industry experience in both wired and wireless communications. Joining Intel in Feb. 2014 as part of their acquisition of Mindspeed Technologies, Adnan is now focused on FlexRAN™ reference architecture, the enabling technology for open RAN and vRAN. He also works closely with customers to enable adoption, deployment and scale of vRAN/openRAN-based solutions. Prior to Intel, Adnan began his carrier in product design for Wi-Fi based solutions, led applications teams for WiMAX Solutions, and managed product marketing and management of RAN-based infrastructure for macro- and small-cell solutions.

Adnan Boustany
Director, Wireless Access Business Group, Intel

Gil Hellmann, Vice President, Telecom Solutions Engineering & Architecture
Gil Hellmann

Gil Hellmann

Gil Hellmann leads the Telecom Engineering and Solutions Architecture teams at Wind River, focusing on defining, aligning, creating, and executing the technical aspects of go-to-market strategy for Wind River’s telecom business. With over 24 years of experience in R&D, product management and sales, Gil also brings expertise in solutions architecture of critical infrastructures with reliable, safe & secure software. Gil joined Wind River in October 1999, as a Field Application Engineer, and since, held different positions in R&D, sales, and marketing, as a team member, leader, and a manager. Former experience includes Team Management in the Israeli Aircraft Industry, preforming system integration for software and hardware; and development of board support packages and device drivers for jet fighter mission computers for the Israeli aerospace industry. He has an M.B.A. from Heriot-Watt University, in Scotland. B.A. in Economics from Tel-Aviv Open University, and Software Engineering Diploma from Bar-Ilan University.

Gil Hellmann
Vice President, Telecom Solutions Engineering & Architecture

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Edge

Edge Innovation is touching all verticals and stretching business horizons to deliver new opportunities for enterprises and service providers alike. As 5G and AI-enabled technologies are developed to meet these new demands, edge innovation is critical to achieving the needed breakthroughs in infrastructure.

Intel is leading the way on edge innovation with highly optimized platforms and ingredients. In this Edge segment of the Intel Network Builders Network Innovation vSummit Series, you will have an opportunity to learn about Intel’s edge strategies and the Intel® Smart Edge portfolio, a Kubernetes-based software offering, to achieve a cloud-native service infrastructure for on-prem, access and near edge locations.

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Evolving Service Innovation at the Edge with Intel® Smart Edge Open

This session will outline how Lenovo, Cellnex and Intel are continuing to collaborate closely on addressing the challenges with the edge and bringing products and solutions to accelerate services innovation at the edge. We will discuss how our blueprint for optimizing the use of the hardware and the management of the services based on Intel® Smart Edge Open is enabling Cellnex to extend their services to new use cases and expand into new markets.

Prakash Kartha, Segment Director, Edge Services, Network Platforms Group, Intel
Prakash Kartha

Prakash Kartha

Prakash leads the Edge Services segment within the Network Platforms Group in Intel, where he and team are building critical technology solutions to accelerate the next wave of Edge Computing. Prakash brings years of experience driving IoT and cloud end-user applications to the Edge, in partnership with the ecosystem.

Prakash Kartha
Segment Director, Edge Services, Network Platforms Group, Intel

Antonio Bocigas, Telco Director, Lenovo EMEA
Antonio Bocigas

Antonio Bocigas

Antonio Bocigas is Telco Director for Lenovo EMEA, a position he has held since 2019. He is responsible for business and technical sales strategy development, channel and field enablement and technical level relationship with many of the telcos across the region and many of the partners in the telco ecosystem. Lenovo Alliance Partners.

With over 25 years of experience in the IT industry, Antonio has served in a number of international business development and technical roles, including Cisco and Intel throughout EMEA and Latino America, working in different communications and telco service providers such as Telefonica, British Telecom, Orange and others.

During his time at Cisco and Intel, Antonio worked with different communications, telcos and cloud service providers to develop different IoT (Internet of Things), Cloud, NFV (Network function virtualization) projects to achieve the digital transformation of those customers.

Antonio is committed to working closely with the telcos and the ecosystem partners to accelerate the expansion of the data centers and networks to the edge deployments, 5G technologies to ignite private networks and to joint have success in the telco network transformation journey.

Antonio Bocigas
Telco Director, Lenovo EMEA

Aitor Rubio Elguea, Senior Product Manager, Cellnex
Aitor Rubio Elguea

Aitor Rubio Elguea

Senior Product Strategy Manager in Cellnex, leading the Edge Computing strategy. 15+ years of experience in Business development & Innovation in Telco market, working in Tier-1 Operators, Manufacturers and Consultancy companies. Skilled in technical areas (Telecom Engineering) as well as business (Executive MBA). Extensive experience in 5G networks, Digital Transformation, IoT and Edge Computing.

Aitor Rubio Elguea
Senior Product Manager, Cellnex

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Accelerating Services at the Edge with Intel® Smart Edge

The edge is transforming the way we live and the way our customers do business. 5G, AI, and the intelligent edge are among the super powers that fuel edge computing which is providing new streams of monetization for enterprises and service providers. Intel is at the forefront of delivering edge innovations with a complete portfolio of hardware, software and accelerators highly optimized for the edge. The Intel® Smart Edge portfolio provides Kubernetes-based edge software solutions that provide the foundations for a cloud-native service infrastructure delivering powerful optimizations for onboarding and managing applications and network functions across all edge locations: On-Premise, Access and Near Edge. The Smart Edge Open toolkit provides critical capabilities and pre-validated experience kits that customers leverage and adopt as they build their edge platforms, while the commercial software, Smart Edge offers a ready to deploy, turn-key offering from Intel delivering advanced MEC for on-premise such as private wireless deployments. In this session, you will hear how we are accelerating edge deployments with Smart Edge and enabling the ecosystem with easily consumable, use-case specific reference implementations and scalable blueprints.

Renu Navale, Vice President, Data Platforms Group, General Manager, Smart Edge Platforms Division, Intel Corporation
Renu Navale

Renu Navale

Renu N. Navale is vice president in the Data Platforms Group and general manager of the Smart Edge Platforms Division at Intel Corporation. She is responsible for overall strategy, software and platforms that strengthen Intel’s presence in the network edge computing business sector. She also leads ecosystem enabling for the Network Platforms Group (NPG) to accelerate network and edge transformation, and she fosters scale and industrywide collaboration through open-source initiatives.

Navale joined Intel in 2004 with extensive experience in networking and software. During her Intel career, she has held positions in strategic planning, product management, software marketing and engineering, and in 2015, she earned an Intel Achievement Award, the company’s highest recognition.

Before assuming her current role in 2017, Navale served as technical assistant and chief of staff to the vice president and general manager of NPG. Earlier in her Intel career, she oversaw the creation and launch of the Intel Network Builders program. Her tenure at Intel also includes managing the strategic planning team in the Internet of Things Group’s automotive division, where she led autonomous driving and connected car strategies.

Before joining Intel, Navale worked on wireless, VoIP and network management technologies at Nokia Networks. Her achievements were recognized twice with the company’s highest award for software design and innovation during her eight-year tenure.

Navale holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and engineering from Bangalore University in India, a master’s degree in computer science and engineering from Arizona State University, and an MBA degree from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. She has published multiple papers on topics related to wireless technologies.

An active champion of STEM education, Navale volunteers as a programming coach and science fair mentor and judge. She also champions diversity and inclusion efforts for NPG as part of the People First initiative.

Renu Navale
Vice President, Data Platforms Group, General Manager, Smart Edge Platforms Division, Intel Corporation

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Exploring Visual Data Processing with Intel® Smart Edge

Join Robert Pike, GM for the Intel Smart Edge Business Unit, as he discusses recent trends associated with visual and auditory data processing at the network edge in public safety applications. In this session, the role of AI and the benefits of edge processing will be outlined in detail. Additionally, we will explore how these technologies are operationalized as a turnkey managed service offering across Mexico.

The emergence of a new, more cooperative security environment—where police and citizens privately share gathered video evidence and communicate directly—is outlined. This novel democratized security posture contrasts with the many disparate and less optimal approaches to these important problems in place today. The benefits of this new coordinated paradigm are enumerated.

Bob Pike, General Manager, Smart Edge Division, Network & Edge Platforms Division, Intel Corporation
Bob Pike

Bob Pike

Robert (Bob) Pike is General Manager of the Smart Edge Division, in the Network & Edge Platforms Division, leading the team responsible for driving the intelligent edge platform that will fuel a joint roadmap aligning with Intel’s Smart Edge Open and Smart Edge’s commercial offering. Smart Edge is built to run on Intel technologies such as high-performing Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors today and, going forward, Optane™ memory, Intel FPGAs and other accelerators. Smart Edge’s software is also highly complementary Intel’s OpenVINO and Open Visual Cloud.

Bob joined Intel in October 2019 as part of the acquisition of the Smart Edge™ intelligent-edge platform business from Pivot Technology Solutions, Inc. Previously, as one of the founders and original developers of the Smart Edge™ platform. Earlier in his career, Mr. Pike served as: CTO for Network & Mobile Broadband solutions at ACS (US), a Pivot subsidiary specializing in enterprise infrastructure; President and COO of MDSI, a provider of RAN and network integration services; and, at AT&T where he won high-performance recognition in bringing digital data services to Enterprise clients. Bob also was one of the principles in a successful startup that was sold to Wang Systems.

Bob is a graduate of Auburn University. He is a strong advocate for youth and serves as a teacher/mentor for church youth, targeting working with young men just going into or coming out of college to assist in finding their passion. He is also involved in a Bereaved Parent Support – Specifically supporting Fathers who have lost children.

Bob Pike
General Manager, Smart Edge Division, Network & Edge Platforms Division, Intel Corporation

Sukant Acharya, SVP, Global Business Head IoT/IIoT/I4.0, IoT WoRKSTM HCL Technologies
Sukant Acharya

Sukant Acharya

Sukant leads the IoT business for HCL and is responsible for the BU P&L across all industry verticals globally. As part of HCL’s Mode 2 business model, IoT WoRKSTM designs, develops, and delivers industry leading products and solutions to the Global 2000 organizations. Sukant is responsible for overall business growth that includes the charter of driving the BU strategy, driving HCL’s thought leadership in IoT-led digital transformation, creating, and nurturing the market space, establishing, and strengthening the alliance and partner ecosystems, conceptualizing, and launching IoT led products and solutions.

With 25 years of experience in management consulting, outsourcing, and several core industry verticals, Sukant brings a 360-degree perspective to help global organizations navigate and lead the digital wave and the connected industry imperatives.

Sukant’s career has revolved around sponsoring and nurturing emergent technology led business transformation areas like Digital, Analytics, Cloud, Edge, IoT, IIoT, 5G, Smart Products, Smart Operations, Smart facilities, and Industry 4.0. His experience extends across fostering global businesses and co-creating value with clients, partners, and supplier ecosystem. He has extensively worked in sponsoring, advising, developing, and delivering digitally enabled business transformation, innovation, and operational improvement programs.

Sukant Acharya
SVP, Global Business Head IoT/IIoT/I4.0, IoT WoRKSTM HCL Technologies

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Security

As network infrastructure for enterprises and communications service providers evolve into a cloud-native reality, security solutions, protocols, and procedures become essential to protect and safeguard data and their applications.

In these Intel Network Builders Security Sessions, explore the technologies keeping 5G networks safe and U.S. government compliant, how services providers are implementing new O-RAN based and cloud-native solutions to improve cybersecurity, and what threats may be on the horizon as cloud infrastructures evolve in dimension and complexity.

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Securing Telecom Networks in the Transition to a Cloud-Native Architecture

DISH Networks recently announced a collaboration with Intel to deliver a pioneering, cloud-native, O-RAN based, 5G network. Palo Alto Networks was announced as the security provider. Based on the US government executive order to improve cybersecurity, service providers are implementing new strategies to address evolving threats. Henry Yu, Director of Network Security and Architecture at DISH Networks will highlight their strategy for protecting data in use, in flight, and at rest. Lessons learned in during implementation will be described. This approach can be a model for the mobile industry.

Bob Ghaffari, General Manager of Enterprise and Cloud Network Division, Network and Edge Group, Intel
Bob Ghaffari

Bob Ghaffari

Bob Ghaffari is currently general manager of the Enterprise and Cloud Network Division (ECND) within Intel’s Network and Edge Group and is responsible for driving network solutions for Enterprise and Cloud. He works closely with leading Enterprise/Cloud customers as well as with industry leading partners to deliver agile, secure, scalable and cost-effective solutions to enable best in class TCO / OpEx with transformational capabilities for the Edge as well as network / security solutions for multi / hybrid clouds. Prior to this position, Bob has spent time in a variety of product, business development and marketing positions. Bob has an EECS degree from UC Berkeley and an MBA from Santa Clara University.

Bob Ghaffari
General Manager of Enterprise and Cloud Network Division, Network and Edge Group, Intel

Henry Yu, Director of Network Security and Architecture, DISH
Henry Yu

Henry Yu

Henry Yu is the Director of Network Security and Architecture here at DISH. With more than 20 years of experience building high-performing teams for enterprises, Henry is working collaboratively to build a best-in-class security architecture for DISH Wireless. In the early 2000s, Henry served as VP of Network Technology and Head of Security (CISO) for TW Telecom, then transitioned to VP of Global Security Architecture and Engineering at Level3. In addition, Henry owned and operated a consulting company that developed end-to-end, enterprise-wide security programs and roadmaps for large companies. Most recently, he ran security, network and corporate infrastructure at Red Robin International. Henry's knowledge and experience with security in the telecom space is an invaluable asset to the DISH Wireless team as they build the United States' first cloud-native, standalone 5G network.

Henry and his wife Angela have two girls, Emmie and Anderson. In his free time, Henry enjoys BBQ, golf and watching movies.

Henry Yu
Director of Network Security and Architecture, DISH

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Enterprise-Grade Security for Service Provider Networks Today and Tomorrow

With telco, energy, healthcare, and other critical infrastructure connected to 5G, how well is the industry prepared to deal with cyber threats? We must protect 5G networks and the businesses and industries that use them. In this session, Leonid Burakovsky, Senior Director, 5G Product Management from Palo Alto Networks will discuss and recommend how to mitigate different attack vectors on all 5G layers (signalling, data, applications, management). In this panel session with Intel, we’ll cover automation aspects of 5G security, best practices to use AI and ML technologies. For 5G to live up to its promise of transforming industries, companies need the confidence that 5G networks and services have enterprise-grade security today and in the future.

Sab Gosal, Segment Director for Enterprise and Cloud Networking, Network Platforms Group, Intel
Sab Gosal

Sab Gosal

Sab Gosal is the Segment Director for Enterprise and Cloud Networking, bringing over 22 years of experience working in the Communications and Security industry. Prior to Intel, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Sensory Networks, a high-growth company that developed innovative deep packet inspection software technology that Intel acquired in late 2013. In earlier years, Mr. Gosal served as Vice President of Marketing at Verilink Corporation, a publicly traded leading provider of broadband access solutions. Sab has also held senior product management roles at companies that include Cisco Systems, StrataCom and Fujitsu. Mr. Gosal holds a Bachelors degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of North Wales, Bangor, UK.

Sab Gosal
Segment Director for Enterprise and Cloud Networking, Network Platforms Group, Intel

Chris Cavigioli, Xeon-SP Platform & Technology Product Manager, Intel Corporation
Chris Cavigioli

Chris Cavigioli

Chris speaks 5 languages, and his passion is to turn future technology dreams into commercial revenue products. Intel recruited Chris in 2008 as a Strategy Planner to define leadership video, graphics, audio and web telecom requirements for Atom-based 4G/5G smartphone platforms. In 2016, Chris moved to Intel’s Data Center Group to tackle edge computing and long-term network strategy planning. Chris championed Intel’s technical innovations such as Optane™ persistent memory and wafer-scale silicon photonics for 5G, AI, networking, telecom, visual cloud and network automation markets. For several decades, Chris pushed the cutting edge of wireless telecom and multimedia innovation, connecting semiconductor products with the technopolitics of standards in 3GPP, ETSI, MPEG, ITU, WebRTC, GSMA, GCF – even serving as secretary of the ECTEL TMS trade association (Task Group for Mobile Services, European Telecommunications and Professional Electronics Industry). These decades span over 12 years at Analog Devices evangelizing digital signal processors (based in Boston), and GSM chipsets (based in Munich) pioneering 3rd party software development in India. At Synopsys, Chris launched SystemC, evangelized SoC system level design tools and ran business development for the Asia-Pacific region. Chris owned Marketing for NemeriX, a fabless startup based in Switzerland, recognized for the world’s lowest power GPS chipset. At MIPS Technologies, Chris drove IP licensing for processor cores and third-party multimedia IP engines. Chris was accepted by MIT for early admissions, earned an engineering degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts with high highest honors and completed his junior year abroad at the ETH in Zurich, Switzerland. Upon graduation, Chris moved to Washington DC to work for Linkabit Corp, a boutique defense contractor just when the founders Viterbi & Jacobs had left to launch Qualcomm.

Chris Cavigioli
Xeon-SP Platform & Technology Product Manager, Intel Corporation

Leonid Burakovsky, Senior Director of Product Management, Palo Alto Networks
Leonid Burakovsky

Leonid Burakovsky

Leonid Burakovsky currently serves as a Senior Director of Product Management at Palo Alto Networks. Leonid pioneered and led a new area of products to strengthen 4G and 5G security. He is a co-inventor and an author of 23 granted 5G/4G security patents. Leonid initiated and led the creation of the GSMA permanent security reference document, FS.37. This document provides recommendations for Communication Service Providers to detect and prevent attacks and security threats against mobile networks, services, and applications.

Prior to this role, Leonid served as F5 Networks' Senior Director of Strategic Solutions and Juniper Networks' Alliances CTO. Leonid regularly speaks at industry forums such as IEEE, NGMN Forum, Mobile World Congress, 4G, CTIA, Futurecom, BroadbandForum, LTE NA, LTE World, LTE LATAM… to name a few.

Leonid Burakovsky
Senior Director of Product Management, Palo Alto Networks

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NIST National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence: An Ecosystem Partnership to Keep 5G Networks Safe

This session examines the evolution of network cybersecurity to meet stringent U.S. government requirements of keeping 5G networks safe. The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) is a group of vendors working together, including Intel and Daniel Carroll, Field CTO for Cybersecurity at Dell. We’ll discuss the NCCoE goals, group structure, the notional architecture, security elements, schedule, and give a status update.

Steve Orrin, Intel Federal CTO and Senior Principal Engineer, Intel
Steve Orrin

Steve Orrin

Steve Orrin is Intel’s Federal CTO and a Senior Principal Engineer. He leads Public Sector Solution Architecture, Strategy, and Technology Engagements and has held technology leadership positions at Intel where he has led cybersecurity programs, products, and strategy. Steve was previously CSO for Sarvega, CTO of Sanctum, CTO and co-founder of LockStar, and CTO at SynData Technologies. Steve is a recognized expert and frequent lecturer on enterprise security, He was named one of InfoWorld's Top 25 CTO's, received Executive Mosaic’s Top CTO Executives Award, was the Vice-Chair of the NSITC/IDESG Security Committee and was a Guest Researcher at NIST’s National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE). He is a fellow at the Center for Advanced Defense Studies and the vice-chair of the INSA Cyber Committee.

Steve Orrin
Intel Federal CTO and Senior Principal Engineer, Intel

Chris Cavigioli, Xeon-SP Platform & Technology Product Manager, Network Platforms Group (NPG), a part of Intel’s Network and Edge Group (NEX)
Chris Cavigioli

Chris Cavigioli

Chris speaks 5 languages, and his passion is to turn future technology dreams into commercial revenue products. Intel recruited Chris in 2008 as a Strategy Planner to define leadership video, graphics, audio and web telecom requirements for Atom-based 4G/5G smartphone platforms. In 2016, Chris moved to Intel’s Data Center Group to tackle edge computing and long-term network strategy planning.  Chris championed Intel’s technical innovations such as Optane™ persistent memory and wafer-scale silicon photonics for 5G, AI, networking, telecom, visual cloud and network automation markets.  For several decades, Chris pushed the cutting edge of wireless telecom and multimedia innovation, connecting semiconductor products with the technopolitics of standards in 3GPP, ETSI, MPEG, ITU, WebRTC, GSMA, GCF – even serving as secretary of the ECTEL TMS trade association (Task Group for Mobile Services, European Telecommunications and Professional Electronics Industry). These decades span over 12 years at Analog Devices evangelizing digital signal processors (based in Boston), and GSM chipsets (based in Munich) pioneering 3rd party software development in India. At Synopsys, Chris launched SystemC, evangelized SoC system level design tools and ran business development for the Asia-Pacific region. Chris owned Marketing for NemeriX, a fabless startup based in Switzerland, recognized for the world’s lowest power GPS chipset. At MIPS Technologies, Chris drove IP licensing for processor cores and third-party multimedia IP engines. Chris was accepted by MIT for early admissions, earned an engineering degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts with high highest honors and completed his junior year abroad at the ETH in Zurich, Switzerland. Upon graduation, Chris moved to Washington DC to work for Linkabit Corp, a boutique defense contractor just when the founders Viterbi & Jacobs had left to launch Qualcomm.

Chris Cavigioli
Xeon-SP Platform & Technology Product Manager, Network Platforms Group (NPG), a part of Intel’s Network and Edge Group (NEX)

Daniel T. Carroll, Cybersecurity Practice Lead, Dell Federal
Daniel T. Carroll

Daniel T. Carroll

Dan Carroll leads the cybersecurity practice development for Dell Federal. He focuses on designing and implementing cybersecurity frameworks to help Federal customers meet their diverse cybersecurity missions.

He participates extensively with the NIST community to understand global cybersecurity challenges and help shape responses that can be leveraged by the community through common frameworks and reference architectures.

Prior to Dell Federal, Dan held the position of head contract negotiator for enterprise service agreements with the Fortune Global 500. His responsibilities included government and commercial organizations.

Dan was a lead architectural engineer for the Marine Corps Network Operations and Security Command both as a commercial contractor as well as a U.S. Marine. Dan was responsible for large portion of the deployed military application network architecture planning, design and deployment.

Daniel T. Carroll
Cybersecurity Practice Lead, Dell Federal

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