Track 1: Mobility Networks & Broadband Capacity Bio

Dr. Yiannis Argyropoulos, Principal Member of Technical Staff, AT&T

Yiannis is a Principal Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Labs, responsible for the Cellsite Backhaul and Small Cell Architecture for AT&T’s Mobility division. Previously he was responsible for the transport strategy of Cingular Wireless. He has more than 20 years experience in wireless in the areas of analysis and design of wireless systems, and the performance analysis and architecture of networks and protocols. Yiannis holds an MS and PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Northwestern University with major in telecommunications and wireless networking and a minor in Computer Science.

Rammy Bahalul, Vice President, Marketing, Omnitron Systems Technology, Inc.

Rammy Bahalul is the Vice President of Marketing at Omnitron Systems Technology, Inc., where he oversees worldwide marketing strategy and product management for all Omnitron fiber networking products. Rammy is a seasoned veteran of the telecommunication and network technology industries with over twenty years experience marketing Carrier Ethernet, Mobile backhaul and Access networking products in the systems and semiconductor industries.  Prior to Omnitron, Rammy held Marketing and R&D positions at PMC- Sierra, Mindspeed, Conexant and Orckit.  He holds a B.S.E.E from University of Bridgeport, CT and an MBA from Tel-Aviv University.

Afarin Bellisario, Technology Licensing Officer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Dr. Afarin Bellisario has over three decades of experience in semiconductors, advanced materials, communications, and signal processing. She holds both a doctorate in engineering and an MBA from MIT. Professionally, she has held executive strategy, marketing, and technical positions with Intel Corp., Analog Devices, BBN (now part of Raytheon), Booz-Allan and Hamilton, Shawmut Advanced Materials, and Fonix. Prior to joining TLO, Dr. Bellisario was the founder and president of Transtrategy Inc. a consulting firm specializing in commercializing technology in advanced materials and semiconductors. Her major clients included investment firms, major manufacturers of semiconductor and materials, prominent management consulting firms, venture capitalist, as well as two major universities. Her experience in licensing includes acquisition of $18 M 3G technologies for Intel Corp culminating in the Intel’s entry in wireless markets and establishment of a division sold to Marvel for $600M. She is a mentor at MIT Venture Mentoring Service (VMS), as well as a Catalyst at Deshpande Center.

Brooks Boliek, technology reporter, POLITICO

Brooks Boliek is a technology reporter for POLITICO Pro. He is a veteran journalist whose career runs from George Wallace’s last days in the Alabama governor’s mansion to Barack Obama’s first term in the White House. He has covered nine political conventions, Congress, the White House, the Pentagon, the FCC, K Street, Hollywood, Silicon Valley, the Alabama State House and the judiciary from the Colbert County (Ala.) Courthouse to the U.S. Supreme Court.

He covered the Littleville (Ala.) Town Council when it outlawed night baseball and prostitution in the same meeting. He once wrote a story about buzzards, another about a 750-pound man and also has interviewed a murderer on death row.

Boliek started on a typewriter and watched President Bill Clinton sign the 1996 Telecommunications Act with a digital pen. He pulled all-nighters in the Alabama and U.S. Capitols, where he followed arcane legislative and policy issues and explained them with lucidity and humor.

Paula Boyd, Director, Government and Regulatory Affairs, Microsoft

Paula H. Boyd is currently Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs for Microsoft Corporation, where she partners with colleagues to develop Microsoft’s communications policy positions and advocates those positions before the Federal Communications Commission, Congress and the Administration.  At Microsoft, Paula manages a variety of communications issues including those related to spectrum and Internet protocol services such as accessibility and next generation 911.

Prior to joining Microsoft in 2002, Paula was Senior Counsel to the Senate Subcommittee on Communications.  She joined the Subcommittee in April of 1997 and while there, she drafted legislation, developed legislative strategy, organized hearings and briefings, managed consideration of bills on the Senate Floor, and advocated the Senate position in House and Senate Conferences.  She handled issues such as broadband deployment, spectrum management, digital television transition, and competition in the local telecommunications marketplace. 

Paula joined the Office of the General Counsel of the Federal Communications Commission in February of 1994 where she reviewed draft orders involving, broadcast issues and worked on issues involving tax certificates and preferences for designated entities in PCS.  In September of 1994, Paula began working with the International Bureau on satellite policy issues.  Paula began her legal career at Verner, Liipfert, McPherson and Hand in 1997 where she worked on a variety of litigation and transportation issues.

Mary L. Brown, Director Technology and Spectrum Policy Government Affairs, Cisco

Mary L. Brown joined Cisco’s Government Affairs office in 2004, where she serves as Managing Director.  She covers a wide range of public policy issues for Cisco related to IP-based technologies, wireless and networking.

During her career, she has worked as a consultant, as in-house regulatory counsel for a major carrier, and for approximately 10 years as a staff lawyer and manager at the Federal Communications Commission.  In addition to telecommunications issues, she has substantial experience in Internet law and policy.  

Ms. Brown holds a J.D. with honors from the Syracuse College of Law, and a Master of Science in Telecommunications from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse.  She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Kelley Carr, Sr. Vice President, DAS Solutions

Kelley Carr is the Senior Vice President of DAS Solutions for Goodman Networks. Prior to the acquisition of CSI’s Custom Solutions Group, Kelley Carr was owner and President. He has more than 18 years of experience in the wireless industry. Under Carr’s guidance, CSI grew into a recognized leader for in-building wireless solutions, realizing an annual growth rate of over 40% with 9,000 turnkey solutions deployed. Previously, Carr held executive level positions with Nextel and Wavelink Communications. Carr is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and holds a BA in Political Science.

Fran Caulfield, Research Director, Insight Research

Fran Caulfield is a Research Director for Insight Research, a leading Telecommunications research firm.   He has spent over 20 years in the Telecommunications industry, in various strategy and product management roles at AT&T, Tellabs, and Motorola.  He has been at the forefront of several industry initiatives, including IP services, Optical Transport and Switching, Mobility Solutions, and Web Hosting.  In addition, he has authored series of research reports, including Managed Services, Mobile Workforce, Healthcare IT and Telecom, and Cable Telephony.  Fran has an MBA in Finance from Drexel University and a BS in Mathematics from St. Joseph’s University

Andrew Dodsworth, Chief Operating Officer, BT Global Telecom Markets

As chief operating officer for BT Global Telecom Markets (GTM), Andrew Dodsworth manages the overall GTM business and voice in particular.  Andrew joined BT in its graduate programme right after completing his studies and has spent the past 25+ years in the company, earning experience in client relationship management, communication, commercial and financial management, risk assessment and negotiations.  Coming from the Concert joint venture between BT and AT&T, Andrew’s first role in GTM was head of international wholesale voice sales.

Andrew has a BA (Hons) in business and marketing from Plymouth University and Diplomas of the Market Research Society and Chartered Institute of Marketing. 

In his spare time, besides cooking, collecting wine and looking after his garden, Andrew enjoys supporting organisations for disabled and disadvantaged children.

Jeffrey Feingold, Managing Partner, Tax Point Advisors

Mr. Feingold and his colleagues at Tax Point Advisors, Inc. are active supporters of many state CPA societies and industry organizations, including the CT, MA, NJ and NY societies.  A partial list of Mr. Feingold's speaking and writing engagements includes:

  • American Council of Engineering Companies
  • Boston Tax Institute
  • Massachusetts Society of CPAs Speakers and Writers Bureau
  • NY Society of CPAs
  • New Hampshire Society of CPAs
  • National Association of State Boards of Accountancy approved 4 credit CPE course, presented at CPA firms from coast-to-coast, including many Top 100 firms

Jeffrey Feingold, is the founder and Managing Partner of Tax Point Advisors, Inc. He focuses primarily on our northeast practice, sharing time between offices in Boston and NY, although he also works with CPAs and their clients in our other offices across the U.S. For the past eight years, Mr. Feingold has worked with hundreds of companies across the U.S. in assisting them to successfully claim over $100m in research and development tax credits.

Mr. Feingold began his career in the corporate tax practice of Arthur Andersen, where he specialized in corporate taxation, particularly state and local taxes. He then moved to industry, with 15 years experience, in roles ranging from CFO to CEO in a variety of companies, with particular focus on the research and development/technology sector. He was a CFO for Harte-Hanks Communications, Inc. ($1b public company, TX), for Ogilvy PR Worldwide ($200m, NYC), and for the University of Chicago's National Opinion Research Center ($100m). His international experience includes a role as CFO for Altran Group ($1b, Paris), Europe's largest technology consultancy.

Mr. Feingold received his B.S. in accounting, summa cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts. He is an active member of the Massachusetts Society of CPAs. He frequently conducts CPE seminars on research and development credits for CPAs across the U.S., and also conducts speaking engagements for state CPA societies and a variety of industry associations.

He resides in Massachusetts with his family and their Saint Bernard, Basset Hound, and "Potcake" (a native dog rescued from the Turks & Caicos islands).

Shauna Gamble, Vice President, Supply Chain Operations, Ciena

Shauna Gamble is currently Vice President, Global Supply Chain Operations for Ciena Corporation with responsibility for the procurement, manufacturing, distribution and product support and services of Ciena products to customers.   In addition, Ms. Gamble is the Executive Leader for Ciena’s Corporate Social Responsibility.

Ms. Gamble joined the Ciena team in March 2010 through the acquisition of assets from Nortel’s optical networking business, where she served as Vice President, Global Supply Chain.  Senior roles have included customer service, IT, operations, R&D, and quality.  In addition to these roles, Ms. Gamble has focused on M&A.  Acquisitions include companies such as Cambrian Systems and Qtera Inc.

Ms. Gamble runs a global function of approximately 500 employees located in all regions of the world, support hundreds of customers, interact with all suppliers, OEMs, and Contract Manufacturers.

Ms. Gamble frequently donates her time to lecture at the University of Ottawa (Telfer).  She has completed the London Business School’s Senior Executive Programme and was previously Executive co-leader of Nortel’s Global Women’s Business Council.

Ronny Haraldsvik, Chief Marketing Officer, SpiderCloud Wireless

Ronny Haraldsvik rejoined SpiderCloud Wireless in June 2012 as SVP/CMO, having formerly served as VP Marketing July 2008 through mid December, 2010. Prior to, Mr. Haraldsvik was the SVP/CMO at BelAir Networks (acquired by Ericsson in April, 2012). Prior to BelAir Networks, he was VP of Global Marketing at Bytemobile, Inc. (acquired by Citrix). Previous roles include VP of strategy and marketing for mobile broadband at Qualcomm and VP of marketing at Flarion Technologies (a company acquired by Qualcomm). Before Flarion, Mr. Haraldsvik  was the VP of marketing with Nortel Networks' Shasta IP Services BU (Shasta was acquired by Nortel) and director of North American field marketing with Bay Networks (acquired by Nortel Networks). Mr. Haraldsvik holds a BA from the University of San Francisco.

Tim Harden, President of Supply Chain, AT&T

Tim Harden is President-Supply Chain and Fleet Operations for AT&T Services, Inc. He is responsible for all related global functions, including strategic sourcing, purchasing, supplier quality and supplier diversity programs, supply chain logistics and distribution, and fleet management.  These responsibilities cover all aspects of AT&T’s business.

Prior to that assignment, Mr. Harden was president and CEO of AT&T West, where he oversaw nearly 40,000 employees who deliver traditional and Internet Protocol (IP)-based voice, broadband Internet, wireless and video services to the company’s California and Nevada customers.  Previously, he served as president of network services for AT&T Southwest and has gained broad telecommunications experience from a series of executive assignments within AT&T.

Mr. Harden joined AT&T in 1982 from Caterpillar Tractor Company. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering and Operations Research.

Mr. Harden is active in organizations that promote economic development, educational and youth activities and was named a Distinguished American by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame for his efforts to promote and develop the qualities of leadership, sportsmanship, competitive zeal and the drive for academic excellence in America’s young people.

Ron Hill, CEO, Goodman Networks

Ron has served as our Chief Executive Officer since January 2012 and as our President since May 2010. He previously served as our Chief Operating Officer from May 2010 until January 2012, and as our Executive Vice President of Professional Services from July 2008 until May 2010. Ron is a seasoned telecom executive with 25 years of progressive management experience in sales, marketing, program management, services, and engineering, with the majority of his time spent in technical roles. He began his career with AT&T’s Consumer Products Division in 1985. Prior to joining Goodman, his most recent position was with Alcatel-Lucent where he served as Vice President of Network Engineering, Integration and Optimization. Prior to the merger of Alcatel and Lucent Technologies, Ron held positions in Lucent Technologies as VP of Marketing, Senior Director of Sales, Director NA Engineering, and Senior Director of Program Management. Ron earned an MBA from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. He also holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Biology and Psychology.

Glen Hunt, Principal Analyst, Transport and Routing Infrastructure, Current Analysis

Glen brings more than 20 years of experience to Current Analysis in the key areas of product development, product management, marketing and business development. As Principal Analyst of Transport and Routing Infrastructure, Glen analyzes technology, product, and partnership initiatives of vendors who supply carrier infrastructure equipment. Specifically, focusing on vendors that produce core routers, edge switching, optical transport, data center interconnection, mobile backhaul, network management and operational support systems.

Glen has held various senior marketing and product management roles at Advanced Switching Communications, Netrix, Sprint International, Dynatech Communications, and Tesdata Systems. At Advanced Switching Communications and Netrix, he held senior and executive level management positions in engineering, marketing and business development.

Glen holds a B.S. from The American University, Washington DC.

Kristie Ince, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, tw telecom

Kristie (Flippo) Ince began her regulatory and legislative career in 1993 in the office of Texas State Representative Kenny Marchant as a Committee Clerk and then served as his Chief Clerk in 1995. Ms. Ince then worked for Texas State Senator David Cain as his Legislative Director from 1997 until April 2000. 

In April of 2000, Ms. Ince took the position of Vice President of Regulatory Affairs with tw telecom.  As Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Ms. Ince covers a seven-state region for tw telecom including the states of Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Colorado, Nevada and Oklahoma, and interfaces with both the Public Utility Commissions and State Legislatures in each of these states on behalf of the company and is also involved with FCC advocacy.

Ms. Ince graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in German and she also attended the University of Wuerzberg in Germany.  Ms. Ince is married to Brant C. Ince and resides in Dallas, Texas with their three children.

Ashish Jain, Director, Solutions Marketing, GENBAND

Ashish Jain brings over 10 years of telecommunications industry experience with expertise in the areas of Voice over IP, IP-IP Interconnects, hosted and managed IP services, Internet/e-commerce, and enterprise social media applications.  In his current role as Director of Solutions Marketing at GENBAND, Jain drives planning and strategy for the session border controller (SBC) product line and manages SIP Trunking and IPX solution portfolio. Prior to GENBAND, Jain held various senior Product Management, Product Marketing and technology positions for NextPoint Networks, NexTone Communications and EAI Technologies. Ashish holds a bachelor degree in Electronics Engineering and a Masters in Computer Science, with specialization in networks and communications, from The University of Texas.

Juan Jung, Coordinator of Regulation and Studies, AHCIET

Juan Jung was born in Montevideo (Uruguay) on May 13th, 1982. He has a degree in Economics in the University of the Republic (Uruguay), and a Master in Economics in the University of Barcelona (Spain).  Actually he is doing research activities for PhD studies in the University of Barcelona. In the past he has been an advisor to enterprises, and has been working in the financial sector. Subsequently, he has been an advisor on regulation, as well as an independent consultant on diverse fields. Since 2012 he is Coordinator of Regulation and Studies in AHCIET.

Nick Karter, VP, Product Management and Business Development, Qualcomm Atheros

Nick Karter is the VP of Product Management and Business Development at Qualcomm Atheros and is responsible for Small Cell Products.  He has over 25 years of experience in telecommunications, including roles in engineering, sales and product management.  He holds a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University and an MBA from NYU.

Derek Khlopin, Head of Government Relations, North America Nokia Siemens Networks

Based in Washington, DC, Derek Khlopin leads the North America government relations activities for Nokia Siemens Networks, a global leader in solutions and services for mobile broadband communications networks. Mr. Khlopin has responsibility for the development and execution of the company’s regulatory and policy strategy and for the nurturing of its relationships with government policy makers. He represents the company’s interests before the U.S. Congress, the Executive branch, the Federal Communications Commission,  and other government agencies, as well as in industry forums. Prior to joining Nokia Siemens Networks in June 2009, Mr. Khlopin spent three years as the director of regulatory and industry affairs for Nokia. Previously he led the regulatory and legal advocacy efforts for the Telecommunications Industry Association and its information and communications technology member companies. Mr. Khlopin started his career as an attorney in the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau of the FCC. He has held leadership positions in industry associations, including chairing the Government Affairs Council of the Consumer Electronics Association, and professional organizations, including serving as a co-chair of the Federal Communications Bar Association’s wireless practice committee. He earned a J.D. from the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America, and its Institute for Communications Law Studies, and was a member of the editorial board of the CommLaw Conspectus, a law journal on communications law and policy.

Erik Keith, Principal Analyst, Broadband Infrastructure, Current Analysis

As Principal Analyst for Fixed Access Infrastructure, Erik is responsible for tracking major technological, strategic and tactical developments in the wireline broadband access market. Erik's primary areas of coverage include FTTP/PON systems, DSLAMs, DLCs/MSAPs, cable access and head-end systems, as well as digital media infrastructure solutions.

Erik has been a featured speaker at multiple industry conferences including the FTTH Council Europe and Broadband World Forum Europe, and has been quoted in numerous telecommunications industry publications including Telephony, Telecommunications, Cable & Satellite International, IEEE's Computer magazine, and Light Reading.

Ken Ko, Senior Staff Scientist, ADTRAN

Ken Ko is a Senior Staff Scientist at ADTRAN, where he currently researches communications technologies and supports standards development with the Broadband Forum and other organizations. Ken joined ADTRAN’s technical staff in 2008 after over 25 years developing communications products, systems and technologies for Paradyne, AT&T, Rockwell Semiconductor Systems and other companies. In his standards development role he has worked with the International Telecommunications Union, Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions, European Telecommunications Standards Institute, Metro Ethernet Forum, the Federal Communications Commission, the Office of Telecommunications, and other national and international standards and regulatory organizations. Ken holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of South Florida.

Tony L. Lefebvre, Director, Product Management Wireless, TE Connectivity

During his tenure with TE, Tony Lefebvre has held a variety of business development and product management positions with the company including Program Manager for Distributed Antenna System (DAS) products, Senior Manager for IP Cable products, and Director of Product Management for Outdoor Wireless products, his current position. In this role, he is responsible for product development initiatives for TE’s outdoor wireless products and the business expansion into global markets.  

Lefebvre holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management, and an MBA degree from the University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul, MN.

Mark Lowenstein, Managing Director, Mobile Ecosystem

Mark Lowenstein is a leading wireless industry executive, advisor, and commentator. Most recently, Lowenstein was a member of the senior leadership team at Verizon Wireless, where as Vice President of Strategy he led the company’s efforts in product and business planning, market segmentation, national pricing, and customer intelligence for both consumer and enterprise markets.

Prior to his role at Verizon Wireless, Lowenstein was Managing Director of consulting firm, Mobile Ecosystem, where he advised companies and C-level executives across the landscape of wireless communications on market, product, and industry strategy. Prior to founding Mobile Ecosystem, Lowenstein spent ten years at the Yankee Group, where he founded and led the company’s wireless practices on a global basis. He also managed Yankee Group’s overall research activities in Canada, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America. Lowenstein also spent a year as VP, Strategy at Informio, a wireless software and applications firm that raised $40 million from leading VCs.

During the course of his fifteen-year career as an industry consultant, Lowenstein has advised nearly all of the major players across the mobile value chain, as well as top advertising agencies, media/entertainment firms, and industry associations. Lowenstein has also had advisory roles with several leading venture capital and private equity firms. He has been on the advisory boards of Telephia, SeaPoint Ventures, Visage Mobile, East Peak Advisors, and Froghop. In 2006, Lowenstein was selected by Boston Mayor Thomas Menino to be part of an executive team to determine wireless strategy for the City of Boston. Lowenstein also founded the Boston Wireless Braintrust, a group of twenty CEOs and wireless industry thought leaders who meet quarterly, on a proprietary basis, to discuss key industry issues, opportunities and challenges.

As one of the wireless industry’s thought leaders, Lowenstein is a sought-after speaker, delivering keynote addresses at major industry and private corporate events. He has also published extensively. His Lens on Wireless newsletter is read by more than 12,000 industry executives; he authored a monthly opinion column in Wireless Week for five years; and he has written columns for leading trade and business media.

Lowenstein has appeared as an expert witness on the wireless industry in several proceedings, and has been engaged in several prominent cases with the FCC. Lowenstein has also been an adjunct faculty member at Tufts University, where he taught a course on the “Business of Wireless Communications”.

Jennifer A. Manner, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, EchoStar

Jennifer A. Manner is Vice President of Regulatory Affairs at EchoStar Corporation where she is responsible for the company’s domestic and international regulatory and policy issues.  Prior to this, Ms. Manner was Deputy Chief of the Office and Engineering and Technology and before that Deputy Chief of the FCC's Public Safety and Homeland Secuirty Bureau where she has had a focus on broadband and other related issues. Ms. Manner previously worked as a Principal at ZComm Strategies LLC.

Before that, Ms. Manner was Vice President of Regulatory Affairs at SkyTerra Communications, LLC, where she handled the company's domestic and international regulatory and policy issues. Before joining SkyTerra, Ms. Manner served as Senior Counsel to FCC Commissioner Kathleen Abernathy with responsibility for wireless, international and new technology issues.  Ms. Manner joined the Commissioner's office after working at MCI Communications Corporation, later WorldCom, Inc., as Associate Counsel for Foreign Market Access and then as International Wireless Services and Director of International Alliances.

Prior to this position, Ms. Manner was an associate in the Communications Group at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer and Feld, L.P. Before joining Akin, Gump, Ms. Manner was an Attorney-Advisor at the FCC.

Ms. Manner currently serves as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center and previously served as an adjunct professor of the Washington College of Law at American University. Ms. Manner has published several books on telecommunications issues and has written numerous law review articles.

Ms. Manner received her B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany, from which she was recently awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award for Political Science. She received her J.D. cum laude from New York Law School and LL.M. with distinction from Georgetown University Law Center. Ms. Manner is admitted to practice in Washington, D.C., New York and Connecticut.

Jake MacLeod, President, Gray Beards Consulting, LLC

Jake is a communications industry veteran with over 30 years of experience in network design, deployment and operations.

Jake is Founder and President of Gray Beards Consulting (GBC) which provides consulting services to government and commercial entities regarding communications network design, deployment and operations. 

Jake spent 10 years with Bechtel as Principal Vice President, Chief Technology Officer and Bechtel Fellow. While in that role he:

  • was responsible for the development of Bechtel’s Network Planning and Network Optimization engineering teams totaling over 150 RF engineers.
  • proposed and executed the Iraq Rapid Reconstruction Plan for Communications Networks (wireline and Public Safety Wireless) and led the team of specialists in Baghdad to successfully complete the plan.
  • was responsible for the design and development of Bechtel’s state of the art communications laboratories which provided applied research and product development expertise for  UMTS, HSDPA, Node B Hotels, WiMAX,and DAS.
  • led team to analyze Smart Grid Technologies and Data Centers.
  • led the development of the Virtual Survey Tool, an automated GIS based network-planning tool. 
  • conceived and produced the Bechtel Communications Technical Journal, an authoritative technical publication focused on operations issues.
  • represented Bechtel on various industry boards and at industry conferences..

Prior to Bechtel Jake spent nine years with Hughes Network Systems as AVP for Digital Cellular Systems where he designed and deployed advanced wireless communications technologies in Russia, the US and Indonesia.

Jake started his career as a Transmission Engineer in 1978 with Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in San Antonio, TX.

Jake Graduated with a BS degree in Composite Science Education from the University of Texas in Austin, TX.

Brian Mefford, President, Connected Nation Exchange (CNX)

Brian Mefford is recognized as a leading resource among global corporations, policy makers, and associations interested in designing and executing digital inclusion strategies and programs around the world. He was featured as part of CSPAN’s “Communicators” series and has been profiled in The Economist and The Wall Street Journal for efforts to provide broadband Internet and computers to underserved areas of the United States. Mr. Mefford serves as the Founder & CEO of CNX, Connected Nation Exchange, a company dedicated to mapping the nation’s digital assets. Prior, Mr. Mefford served as the Chairman & CEO of Connected Nation, Inc., a nonprofit organization widely known for its ability to accelerate technology availability, literacy, and use among previously overlooked populations. Mr. Mefford was responsible for leading the successful design and execution of broadband expansion plans in Kentucky with ConnectKentucky - the organization's “proof of concept” project. Through those efforts, Kentucky went from “worst to first” among various technology indicators, making ConnectKentucky a model program for states seeking to ignite a technology turnaround of their own.

Mr. Mefford’s extensive executive experience encompasses: business development and strategy, market intelligence and analysis, public affairs, and government relations. He has worked for and consulted with leaders at the highest levels of state and federal government.  In a leadership capacity, he has been involved in a number of successful high-tech startups or early stage businesses in various parts of the United States. He founded The Coronado Group
in Phoenix, Arizona and the Pareto Institute in Washington, D.C. He also worked as a tech sector market analyst for New York-based Fulcrum Analytics, a business intelligence and marketing services firm.

Mr. Mefford also serves on the Malaysia International Advisory Panel (IAP) which advises the Prime Minister of Malaysia on technology and wealth creation issues. The panel includes industry luminaries and thought leaders and warrants unrivaled access to the premier and other top government officials and helps design policies and programs that will shape the country for generations to come in Malaysia.

Mr. Mefford has participated in the Legislative Studies Program of the Governmental Affairs Institute at Georgetown University. He received a B.S. in Economics from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky and an International M.B.A. from Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International Management, in Arizona. At Thunderbird, Mr. Mefford’s focus was Business Intelligence and Communications and his regional specialization was Latin America.


  • International M.B.A., Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International
  • Management, Glendale, Arizona
  • B.S., Economics, Centre College, Danville, Kentucky
  • Legislative Studies Program, The Governmental Affairs Institute, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
  • English Literature studies, Regents College, London, England

Viju Menon, Senior Vice President - Supply Chain Services, Verizon Communications

Viju Menon is senior vice president - Supply Chain Services at Verizon Communications, the largest wireless provider and the premier telecommunications company in the United States. He leads a team of over 1300 supply chain professionals focused on global strategic activities.  Viju is responsible for purchasing and material management, warehouse, investment recovery, and transportation, as well as sustainability strategies. He oversees global sourcing activities which total approximately $30 billion annually. Viju manages business relationships with certified diverse suppliers (MWDVBE) and he leads a VLSS team that is working to transform critical processes across all of CAO.

In his prior role Viju was vice president, Supply Chain – Verizon Wireless beginning in May of 2010. His charter was to drive transformational changes to the wireless devices supply chain. Viju’s scope included procurement of wireless devices and accessories, collaborative product supply planning, inventory & service level optimization, supplier quality management, warehousing, freight, product distribution, and replenishment across sales channels. He also managed the reverse supply chain including device quality assurance, returns, repair, refurbishment, re-use and re-cycling. During his tenure, Viju and his team radically transformed the supply chain at Verizon Wireless, delivering significant shareholder value.

Viju brought nearly twenty years of Intel semiconductor manufacturing and supply chain experience to our industry. At Intel, he was most recently head of worldwide supply planning operations, owning all aspects of Intel’s supply planning across a complex global network of wafer fabrication plants and assembly/test factories. In 2007, Viju led a company‐wide task force that cut Intel’s net inventory levels by thirty percent, and then exquisitely managed the supply pipeline during the 2008 economic downturn and subsequent recovery in 2009. Prior to that, Menon served as the Costa Rica factory manager for two years where he led the startup and production ramp of a new chipsets factory delivering best‐in‐class unit costs. Menon has published several journal articles and conference papers on factory operations, line yield improvement, constraint management, and flexible manufacturing. He has been an invited and keynote speaker at various international semiconductor manufacturing and supply chain conferences.

Viju is a Fellow of the MIT Leaders for Global Operations Program, receiving graduate degrees from the Sloan School of Management and the School of Engineering (Electrical Engineering). Prior to attending MIT, he received a Master’s degree in Computer Science Engineering from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Kerala, India.

Udayan Mukherjee, Senior Architect, Intel

Udayan Mukherjee is the Senior Principal Engineer at Intel and Chief Technical Officer driving Intel’s Mobile Infrastructure/RAN technologies and products.  Udayan leads the team of architects and engineers responsible for designing and developing next generation Base station platforms addressing 3G & LTE infrastructure including Cloud-RAN, Macro & Micro base stations as well as Small Cells.

Udayan has spent more than 26 years in computer and Semiconductor industries in building and leading organizations on developing carrier grade products & systems for Communications as well as Mobile Wireless segments.  Prior to the current role, Udayan was the chief technologist for the AdvancedTCA* based Blade server products at Intel and was involved in original development work on blade based Highly-Available switched architecture for dense server and appliances at Intel. Udayan led technology direction of a 100+ engineers organization that was involved in developing key elements of PICMG’s ATCA blade specification as well as developing Industry’s first set of ATCA carrier grade blades products.  Udayan also directed Intel’s architecture effort in developing Telecom Software program for Telco industries including the release for Industry’s first “Telecom Linux” specification which formed the draft based on which open-source Carrier Grade Linux specification was later developed.

Before joining Intel in 2000, Udayan spent 15+ years in leading Engineering and system level engineering teams in various companies and startups including more than 7 years at Hewlett Packard, defining high availability SW/system products as well as services on PA RISC/HPUX and working with telecom carriers to help shape HP's HA product plans with carriers/service provider/telecom market segments.

Udayan has double master's degrees awarded from Computer/System Science and Industrial Engineering departments of LSU.  Udayan has more than 8 issued patents from US patents office as well as around 5 pending in areas of Carrier Grade computing, Advanced Memory Power, Blades, HA & failure predictions.  He is also a senior member of both IEEE as well as ACM.

Gautham Nagesh, Staff Writer, CQ Roll Call

Gautham Nagesh has spent the past six years reporting from the intersection of politics and technology in Washington, covering the debate over laws that will govern the future of our economy. He was most recently the senior tech policy reporter at The Hill, where he spent almost two years covering cybersecurity, the FCC, privacy, the debate over SOPA/PIPA and other prominent stories while also running the Hillicon Valley blog.

Before that, he spent two and a half years at Government Executive magazine, where he covered federal management, procurement and technology and helped launch He is a frequent guest on C-SPAN, NPR and other media outlets to discuss technology, politics, and other topics.

Robert W. Quinn, Senior Vice President, Federal Regulatory and Chief Privacy Officer, AT&T

As AT&T’s Senior Vice President-Federal Regulatory and Chief Privacy Officer, Robert W. Quinn, Jr. leads AT&T’s Federal Regulatory group which is responsible for all regulatory matters affecting AT&T and its affiliates before the Federal Communications Commission. Mr. Quinn is also responsible for customer privacy policies at the international, federal and state level across all lines of businesses.

Prior to being appointed to his current position on February 1, 2006, Mr. Quinn served as Vice President, Federal Regulatory Affairs for AT&T Corp. in Washington, DC where he represented AT&T before the Federal Communications Commission and the United States Department of Justice.  Prior to joining AT&T, Mr. Quinn spent five years as a trial attorney with the Chicago, Illinois firm of Mayer, Brown & Platt (now Mayer Brown).

A Chicago native, Mr. Quinn graduated from the University of Illinois-Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in English. He also received his J.D. with Honor from
DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois where he served as Managing Editor of Lead Articles for the DePaul Law Review.

Mr. Quinn resides in North Potomac, Maryland with his wife, Anne and their three children.

Humair Raza, Product Marketing Manager, Juniper Networks

Humair Raza ( is a member of the Advanced Technology team at Juniper Networks. He has recently worked at Tellabs as a member of wireless technology and strategy group, where he was responsible for evaluation of existing and emerging technologies for possible integration into Tellabs product portfolio. Previously he was a system architect at several early stage startups focusing on disruptive networking technologies, and has also held various positions in GSM and Optical Networking Groups at Nortel Networks. His research interests include design and performance analysis of distributed systems and networks. Humair received an MS and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

Eric Fitzgerald Reed, Vice President – Entertainment & Tech Policy, Verizon Communications

Eric Fitzgerald Reed, Vice President – Entertainment and Tech Policy for Verizon Communications in San Francisco, CA, is responsible for analyzing entertainment industry trends, managing telecommunications developments and emerging high-tech matters as they relate to public policy. Mr. Reed leads Verizon’s outreach to an array of Silicon Valley and Hollywood-based stakeholders in content and entertainment, digital media, information technology, and major sports leagues with vested interests in telecommunications policy, regulatory and legislative matters. In this role, he advances the company’s positions and analyzes emerging technologies, consumer and industry trends and related telecommunications policy issues.

In addition to his entertainment, high-tech and digital media responsibilities, Eric manages relations with telecommunications equipment manufacturers and suppliers, business and tech associations, consumer device and electronics companies, strategic partners, government agencies and industry groups important to the policy process.

He began his career at Verizon in November 2000 and has worked in various government affairs and legal functions since joining the company. Eric was promoted to his current position in the State Public Affairs, Policy and Communications organization in June 2012. In the community, Mr. Reed joined the Tumml Mentorship Board in July 2013 and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation Board of Directors in March 2013. Eric previously served as Chairman on the Board of Directors of JUST TRYAN IT, a nonprofit organization supporting families fighting childhood cancer, from October 2011 – March 2013. He joined the JUST TRYAN IT Board of Directors in June 2010.

Eric is a member of the Consumer Electronics Association Board of Industry Leaders and is also a member of the Digital Hollywood Board of Advisors to the OTT-ConnectedTV – Hollywood Alliance.

Mr. Reed received his Masters in Business Administration from University of Maryland University College in May 2005. He also received a Masters of Science in
Telecommunications Management from University of Maryland University College in 2001 and his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from American University in 1996. Mr. Reed has also completed executive management coursework at the University of Virginia - Darden Graduate School of Business.

Keith Russell, Fixed Networks Products Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent

Keith Russell is responsible for global marketing activities for Alcatel-Lucent’s Wireline Access Division. In that role, he has focused his efforts on both copper and fiber based access solutions.

Previous to his current role, Keith spent five years at Alcatel-Lucent as a business manager focused on the North American Independent Telco Market.

He has over 17 years of experience in fixed access and the Telecommunications industry holding positions in Business management, marketing and applications engineering.

Prior to joining Alcatel-Lucent in 1999, he managed Application Engineering and technical marketing functions for Independent carriers at Advanced Fibre Communications.

Keith holds a BS in Marketing from Sonoma State University

Kurt Schaubach, Chief Technology Officer, National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative

Kurt Schaubach is the Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC).  Kurt works closely with the organization's business units to analyze and apply the best technologies to fit the members’ needs.   In addition, he works closely with other NRTC's affiliated organizations to shape technology and regulatory issues.  Kurt joined NRTC in 2009 as vice president, broadband technologies. He has more than 20 years of experience in the wireless industry and 12 years of experience in senior engineering positions. This experience includes communications network design, deployment, operation and advanced technology development.

Kurt served at NextWave Broadband, formerly a division of NextWave Wireless, Inc., an early provider of wireless broadband products and services. Prior to joining NextWave, Kurt provided consulting services to numerous clients, including SK/Korea Mobile Telecom, QUALCOMM and Nextel Communications. He started his career with Southwestern Bell Technology Resources.

Kurt earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University.

Rick Talbot, Senior Analyst, Transport and Routing Infrastructure, Current Analysis

Rick brings more than 25 years of experience to Current Analysis clients as a technology and marketing analyst in the telecommunications industry. As Principal Analyst, Optical Infrastructure, Rick primarily focuses on tracking, analyzing and reporting on developments that impact the metro, and long-haul optical infrastructure market. His areas of coverage include the companies, technologies and strategies related to the market for WDM-based access, switching, optical add/drop, packet-optical transport and Transport SDN products.

Rick has served with network operators, equipment vendors and a state regulatory agency.  He has held product marketing, product management and strategic planning positions at NEC Corporation of America, PacketLight Networks, Ciena Corporation and Alcatel Network Systems.  He has held engineering, network planning and marketing positions at Broadwing Communications, WilTel, National Datacom and Southwestern Bell Telephone Company.  He was also a policy analyst for the Public Utility Commission of Texas.

Rick holds an MBA degree from Southern Methodist University and a bachelor of engineering science degree from Trinity University.  He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Texas and a senior member of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers.

Michael Tighe, Executive Director, Data Services, Comcast Business Services

Michael Tighe is the executive director of data services for Comcast Business Services. In this role, Michael leads the development and implementation for Comcast’s data solutions portfolio, including Internet and Ethernet services for businesses of all sizes.

Prior to joining Comcast, Michael led Verizon’s consumer and business strategy organizations with responsibility to build revenue streams for significant adjacent markets. He drove development and approval for several billion dollar new business opportunities including mHealth, Verizon’s Digital Video Distribution, Verizon Information Service and the company’s relationship with Skype.

Additionally, Michael has an extensive background in enterprise networking and Information Technology services. He was instrumental in launching key next generation network services for Verizon including Carrier Ethernet and Multiprotocol Label Switching. Michael also served at several networking and IT services companies, where he held vice president of marketing and chief operating officer positions.

Michael served as chairman of the board for the Metro Ethernet Forum from 2004-2006.
He earned a Master of Business Administration in information systems from the University of North Texas and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Wittenberg University.

Hayley Tsukayama, Technology Reporter, Washington Post

Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology and writes for “Post Tech,” The Washington Post’s technology policy blog. A Minnesota native, she joined the Post in 2010 after completing her master’s degree in journalism. She lives in Washington D.C., where she sings alto with a local choir and plays video games in her copious free time.

Melissa Glidden Tye, Head, Federal Policy, Motorola Mobility, LLC

Melissa Glidden Tye is Head of Federal Policy at Motorola Mobility, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Google Inc.  In that capacity, Ms. Tye advocates before federal agencies in order to implement Motorola’s public policy priorities, including spectrum policy, accessibility, privacy, intellectual property, device regulation, and international trade.  Before joining Motorola Ms. Tye most recently was Vice President for Strategic Planning at the National Association of Broadcasters, representing broadcaster interests in the FCC’s planned spectrum incentive auctions.  Prior to that, Ms. Tye served as Legal Advisor in the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission, where she helped guide the agency’s position on a number of wireless issues, including spectrum policy, privacy, and wireless mergers and acquisitions.  Ms. Tye also has private practice telecommunications law experience.

Melissa is a 2005 graduate of Harvard Law School and a 2000 summa cum laude graduate of Roger Williams University.

Lance Uyehara, Senior Manager, Design Engineering, TE Connectivity Wireless

Lance Uyehara is senior manager of design engineering at TE Connectivity Wireless, where he oversees system architecture and engineering for TE's DAS products. Previously, Lance was chief architect at mDiversity and a member of the technical staff at Signal Science. He holds an MSEE from Stanford University and a BSEE from Oregon State University.

Richard S. Whitt, Corporate VP and Global Head of Public Policy and Government Relations, Motorola Mobility

Richard S. Whitt is Corporate Vice President and Global Head of Public Policy and Government Relations with Motorola Mobility, a Google Inc. company.

Since moving to Motorola in May 2012, Rick has overseen all of Motorola’s public policy thinking and interactions with government policymakers around the world.  Previously, he spent five and a half years with Google's public policy team based in Washington, D.C., where he was responsible primarily for telecom and media policy issues.  Among other achievements he led Google’s advocacy on open Internet, broadband deployment, and spectrum policy, and helped guide the Company’s efforts regarding the 700 MHz spectrum auction, TV White Spaces, and Google Fiber.  Most recently Rick had served as Google’s director and managing counsel for federal policy, overseeing strategic thinking on privacy, cybersecurity, intellectual property, Internet governance, free expression, and international trade.

Prior to joining Google in 2007, Rick founded and headed NetsEdge Consulting, a public policy consulting firm that provided legal analysis, regulatory strategy, and advocacy counsel to Web companies.  From 1994 to 2006, Rick worked in the legal department at MCI Communications, where he served as vice president for federal law and policy.  Rick previously spent over five years as an associate attorney in the communications practices of two large Washington, D.C.-based law firms.

Rick is a 1988 cum laude graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center, and a 1984 magna cum laude graduate of James Madison University.  He is a resident of Washington, D.C. with his wife Cathy and three well-maintained felines.

Rodney Wise, Director of Technology, Walker and Associates

Rodney Wise is Director of Technology, Walker and Associates.  He has more than 25 years  of experience in wireless networks, equipment applications, marketing and distribution.  He currently guides Walker and Associates on product portfolio decisions, market technology direction and professional services. In the past, he led Walker and Associates’ team of engineers responsible for recommending and providing solutions for most telecommunication industry markets.  Rodney also served in network engineering roles at VoiceStream and BellSouth Mobility.   He received his B.S. in engineering technology from Southern Polytechnic State University.

David E. Young, Vice President, Public Policy, Verizon

David Young is responsible for developing company policy on a broad range of Internet and technology issues.  Before 2000, he spent six years working in Verizon’s Research and Development (R&D) group on many advanced technologies including VoIP, data network architectures, and audio, video and image compression.  He has been named as an inventor on eleven U.S. government patents for his R&D work.  David is a member of the IEEE and IEEE Communications Society.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.

Lisa R. Youngers, Vice President, Federal Affairs, XO Communication

Lisa Youngers is Vice President and Assistant General Counsel - Federal Affairs at XO Communications one of the nation’s largest competitive communications service providers focused exclusively on businesses, government, and carrier and wholesale service providers nationwide.  In that capacity, she is responsible for all federal policy, regulatory, and legislative matters affecting XO’s interests before the FCC, Congress, and all levels of executive administration including regulatory and legislative strategy.  Ms. Youngers also oversees the company’s corporate PR and messaging. Prior to joining XO, Ms. Youngers was Federal Regulatory Counsel for General Communication, Inc. (“GCI”), in Washington D.C., a telecommunications and cable television provider operating primarily in the state of Alaska, whom she represented before the FCC on wireline, wireless, universal service, telehealth, and school access issues. Ms. Youngers also served as Federal Regulatory Counsel for MCI appearing before the FCC on competition policy, enforcement matters, and consumer issues.  Ms. Youngers is a former Assistant Attorney General for the state of Minnesota where she served as legal counsel to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.  A former television news producer, Ms. Youngers is a frequent presenter at industry events, has appeared on C-SPAN, and has been quoted in several publications regarding regulatory and public policy matters. Ms. Youngers earned her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin and received her J.D. magna cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law.  She is a member of the Minnesota and District of Columbia Bars and currently resides in suburban Washington, DC.

Syed Zaiti, Sr. Director, Solutions Architecture, Goodman Networks

Syed is Senior Director for Solutions Architecture at Goodman Networks. He is responsible for leading end to end multi-vendor services solutions development, business development, technical sales, business management and delivery to tier 1 and tier 2 US carriers. He is leading the development of end to end Small Cell Services portfolio for US carriers. Syed has over 18 years of experience in wireless industry with a proven track record of leading global businesses and emerging technologies. His previous roles included R&D, Product Management, Systems Engineering, Marketing and Technical Sales for TDMA, GSM, UMTS, CDMA and LTE technologies at Bell Northern Research, Nortel, Hughes Network Systems and Huawei Technologies.