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​​​​​​Anwer Al-Dulaimi

Dr Anwer Al-Dulaimi received the PhD degree in electronic and computer engineering from Brunel University London, U.K., in 2012, after obtaining BSc and MSc honor degrees in communication engineering. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Toronto, sponsored by Blackberry’s advanced research team. Currently, he is a technical product owner (TPO) in the Center of Excellence at EXFO Inc., Montreal, Canada acting as the main R&D interface supporting strategic approaches on technology and product evolutions. He is the Chair of the newly established IEEE Future Network Industry Consortium (FNIC) project that is working to develop a virtual testing platform for E2E network innovation. His research interests include 5G and 6G networks, cloud computing, V2X and cybersecurity. Dr. Al-Dulaimi is the editor of Future Networks Series on 5G & 6G in IEEE Vehicular Technology magazine, Editor of Vehicular Networking Series in IEEE Standards Magazine, and guest editor for many IEEE journals. He was the recipient of the 2013 Worldwide Universities Network best paper for outstanding research in cognitive communications as well as many other awards and grants. He has published many papers in prestigious IEEE conferences and journals and contributed to industrial white papers. He is the chair of the IEEE 1932.1 Working Group ‘Standard for Licensed/Unlicensed Spectrum Interoperability in Wireless Mobile Network’ and IEEE VTS Distinguished Lecturer. He is Associate Fellow of the British higher education Academy (AFHEA) and registered as a Chartered Engineer (CEng) by the British Engineering Council since 2010. Dr. Al-Dulaimi is a member of NSERC discovery grants committee, senior member of IEEE and a voting member of IEEE MobiNet Standards Committee. 
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Denis Andreev
Advisor of ITU-T SG11, TSB, ITU

Denis ANDREEV was graduated from the Moscow Power Engineering Institute (MPEI) in 2000. From 2000 till 2011 he worked for Central Research Telecommunication Institute (ZNIIS) as a Director of telecommunication Testing Centre (Technopark, Russia). Under his supervision, Technopark tested key technologies which were further implemented on Russian public telecommunication networks. He had been contributing to ITU-T SG11 for 12 years and was appointed as a Rapporteur of Q10/11 and Q11/11 which focused on testing and benchmarking study areas. He is the author of 9 ITU-T Recommendations related to NGN and IMS testing developed from 2006 -2011. From 2008, he managed the joint ZNIIS/ITU project, aimed at establishing the International Telecommunication Testing Centre (ITTC) for the CIS Region. In 2012 he joined the ITU-T HQ as the TSB C&I Programme Coordinator. Since 2017, he is Advisor of ITU-T SG11 “Signalling requirements, protocols, test specifications and combating counterfeit products”. His current activities focused on facilitating ITU-T SG11 on development signalling protocols and test specifications for existing and future networks (4G/5G interconnection, flat ENUM signalling architecture, IMS testing, remote testing etc.). Also, he assists ITU-T SG11 on research and studies related to combating counterfeiting and stolen ICT devices. Several workshops and brainstorming sessions were organized on all those subjects under his supervision. For more information, please see: 1: 2: 3:​
Martin Brand 
A1 Telekom Austria​

Martin Brand finished his communications engineering and information technology studies at the University of Zagreb in 1988. Since then, he has worked for A1-Telekom Austria and currently he is working in the department of Service Network Planning.  Martin has been involved in the standardization ofnISDN, ISUP and IMS protocols. His expertise covers also Quality of Service in the VoIP area. He is also active in several international standards organizations including ITU-SG11, ETSI TC INT and ETSI STQ.  He was Vice chairman of WP4 ITU-T SG11 (2010-2013), Vice chairman of ITU-T SG11 (2013-2016), Chairman of WP4 ITU-T SG11 (2013-2016), Chairman of  ITU-T JCA-CIT (2013-2016) and editor in ITU-SG16.  Martin Brand is editor of more than 100 ETSI Standards and ITU-T Recommendations. Currently he is Q.16 Rapporteur of ITU-T SG11 and Vice chairman of ETSI TC INT.  
Ranganai Chaparadza
Senior Altran CapGemini Technical & Technology Consultant,  Vodafone 

​Ranganai Chaparadza: Dr.-Ing./PhD, is a Senior Altran CapGemini Technical & Technology Consultant for Vodafone (and for other Telecommunications Network Operators as well) and Solutions Design Architect, while also supporting in the Standardization of Autonomic/Autonomous Networking in ETSI TC INT AFI WG. He is also IPv6 Forum Fellow representative in ETSI TC INT AFI WG to bring perspectives of IPv6 enablers for autonomic network setup and operation. He actively supports Network Operators in various aspects: Vendor Management and Solutions Selections on SDN/NFV and E2E Service Assurance Solutions for Telco Networks and Data Center (DC) Network Services; Business Development with Emerging ICT Technologies and Future Networks; Standardization Expert (ETSI, BBF, ITU-T, NGMN, TMF, 3GPP, IEEE, IETF, ONF, MEF); R&D; RFIs/RFQs/RFPs Processes and Solution Supplier Selection; SDN/NFV TCO (Total Cost of Ownership); Building Optimal Commercial Models for Transport SDN and NFV; Procurement Transformation in the Era of SDN/NFV; Products Innovation with SDN, NFV and AMC (Autonomic Management & Control) for Network Automation using ETSI GANA oriented Standards; ETSI 5G PoC on E2E Closed-Loop (Autonomic) Service Assurance and E2E Autonomic Security Assurance for 5G Network Slices. He is also contributor to IEEE INGR Future Networks Standardization Building Blocks (SBB) Roadmap WG, IEEE INGR Systems Optimization WG, and IEEE INGR Testbeds WG.
Cédric Crettaz
Lead Researcher in ICT, Mandat International

Cédric Crettaz is an engineer for industrial systems, specialised in embedded systems. He received his engineering degree in 2006 from the School of Engineering in Sion, Switzerland. After his diploma thesis about the transmission of data using Power Line Communication (PLC), he worked temporarily at Logitech Europe SA as a test engineer. Then, he worked for three years as assistant at the School of Engineering in Sion for several national research projects. Since June 2011, he is working at Mandat International on several European research projects concerning the Internet of Things, IPv6, home automation and smart cities.
Cédric Crettaz took part in the development of the IoT Lab testbed, which allows online experiments with IoT devices. He continues to work with the IoT Lab testbed in other European projects such as F-Interop and Fed4FIRE+. The F-Interop platform offers the possibility to perform online tests for IoT with the objectives to measure the scalability, the interoperability and the compliance with standards for the Internet of Things. Fed4FIRE+ is the world's largest testbed federation in the context of the Next Generation Internet (NGI) initiative. He was in charge to integrate the IoT Lab testbed inside the Fed4FIRE+ testbed federation.
​Ashutosh Dutta
Ph.D., IEEE Fellow

Ashutosh Dutta is currently senior scientist and 5G Chief Strategist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL).  He is also a JHU/APL Sabbatical Fellow and adjunct faculty at The Johns Hopkins University. Ashutosh also serves as the chair for Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of Engineering for Professional Program at Johns Hopkins University. His career, spanning more than 30 years, includes Director of Technology Security and Lead Member of Technical Staff at AT&T, CTO of Wireless for NIKSUN, Inc., Senior Scientist and Project Manager in Telcordia Research, Director of the Central Research Facility at Columbia University, adjunct faculty at NJIT, and Computer Engineer with TATA Motors. He has more than 100 conference, journal publications, and standards specifications, three book chapters, and 31 issued patents. Ashutosh is co-author of the book, titled, “Mobility Protocols and Handover Optimization: Design, Evaluation and Application” published by IEEE and John & Wiley.  As a Technical Leader in 5G and security, Ashutosh has been serving as the founding Co-Chair for the IEEE Future Networks Initiative that focuses on 5G standardization, education, publications, testbed, and roadmap activities. Ashutosh serves as IEEE Communications Society's Distinguished Lecturer for 2017-2020 and as an ACM Distinguished Speaker (2020-2022) Ashutosh has served as the general Co-Chair for the premier IEEE 5G World Forums and has organized 73 5G World Summits around the world. Ashutosh served as the chair for IEEE Princeton / Central Jersey Section, Industry Relation Chair for Region 1 and MGA, Pre-University Coordinator for IEEE MGA and chair of Education Society Chapter of PCJS. He co-founded the IEEE STEM conference (ISEC) and helped to implement EPICS (Engineering Projects in Community Service) projects in several high schools. Ashutosh has served as the general Co-Chair for the IEEE STEM conference for the last 10 years. Ashutosh served as the Director of Industry Outreach for IEEE Communications Society from 2014-2019. He was recipient of the prestigious 2009 IEEE MGA Leadership award and 2010 IEEE-USA professional leadership award. Ashutosh currently serves as Member-At-Large for IEEE Communications Society for 2020-2022. Ashutosh is a Distinguished Alumnus and obtained BS in Electrical Engineering from NIT Rourkela; MS in Computer Science from NJIT; and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, New York under the supervision of Prof. Henning Schulzrinne.  Ashutosh is a Fellow of IEEE and senior member of ACM.
Muslim Elkotob
Principal Solutions Architect, Vodafone 

Muslim is a Principal Solutions Architect at Vodafone with a lead role and end-to-end responsibility in the Enterprise Business Line. His works on driving innovation and standardizing architectures in the areas of SDN/NFV, Autonomics, Slicing and Security in 5G and IoT. He is an IPv6-Forum Fellow and delegate with lead roles in various SDOs including ETSI, TMForum, ITU-T and IEEE. Having a career background with vendors, service providers and R&D, he has spent the last seven years strengthening Vodafone’s role in the enterprise Value Chain as a global player with a powerful infrastructure and autonomic IT services on top.  ​
Brad Kloza
Program Director, IEEE Future Network

Brad Kloza is the Program Director of IEEE Future Networks, a technical community in the IEEE Future Directions operating unit. IEEE Future Networks develops programs and projects that strive to help pave a clear path through development and deployment of 5G and the great potential it enables, while envisioning the landscape of connectivity and applications in future networks beyond 5G. Prior to this position, Brad ran, IEEE’s video distribution platform and full-service video production unit. A formally trained science journalist with more than two decades of experience in broadcast, print and online storytelling, Brad is passionate about communicating the revolutionary potential and impact of science and technology.

​​Evangelos Kosmatos
Senior Solution Architect, Wings ICT Solutions
Dr. Evangelos A. Kosmatos received his Dipl-Ing. degree and his Ph.D. Degree from the school of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ICCS) of National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece, in 2002 and 2008 respectively. He has participated in several EU projects (AQUILA, ENAMORADO, SMS, INCASA, STRONGEST, IDEALIST, FANTASTIC-5G, SPEED-5G, ONE5G, 5G EVE, 5G-TOURS, 5G-ROUTES). His research interests include 4G, 5G, B5G networks, optical networks (EPON, GPON, WDM-PON), testing and validation frameworks, prototyping activities, QoS in heterogeneous networks, sensors / actuators networks (IoT), middleware and distributed technologies; he has 20 publications in international journals and 35 publications in international conferences related to these fields. He joined WINGS ICT Solutions in 2015 and is working for the past five years as senior solution architect.
Giulio Maggiore
ETSI TC INT (Core Network and Interoperability Testing) Chair 
Giulio Maggiore was appointed as ETSI TC INT (Core Network and Interoperability Testing) Chair in march 2008. He was ETSI TC MTS (Methods for Testing and Specifications) vice Chair from 2010 to 2012 and led GSMA Network Efficiency Task Force GSMA group from February to December 2010. Giulio was CME2G3G User Group Chairman from 2009 to 2017, and CME2G3G TSG Core Network Project manager from 1998 to 2005 and currently CME2G3G TSG Core Network Chairman since 2006. In TIM he joined Vendor Management Group in 2020 dealing with Vendor performance measurements and Vendor Rating. Previous experience in TIM: User Experience Performance within Technical Planning 2018-2020, Core Network Quality and Optimization 2008-2018, Service Layer Engineering Integration 2006-2008, Mobile Core Network Testing project manager 2000-2006. He joined CSELT, R&D Telecom Italia Group 1993-2000 dealing with research in Computer Aided Test Generation for Functional and Performance aspects. Giulio received his Master of Information Technology and Telecommunication from Politecnico of Turin, with Thesis in Computer Aided Testing Generation held in CSELT in 1992, and Bachelor’s Degree in 1991 in Electrical, Electronic and Communication Engineering from Politecnico of Turin with Thesis in RAI (Radio Televisione Italiana) for the HDTV transmission during Italia ’90 world championship.​​

​​​Tayeb Ben Meriem
PhD: ETSI TC INT AFI WG Chair, Senior Standardization Manager, Orange

In his role at Orange Group as Senior Standardization Manager (OSS), Tayeb is involved in various Standards Development Organizations, serving as chair of working groups or projects for TM Forum (ZOOM, ODA, AI & DA, DLT-Blockchain PoC Leader), NGMN Alliance (5G Network Slice PoC Leader) and ETSI Vice Chair of TC INT (Chairman of “Autonomic Management & Control” WG and Chairman of “AI Testing & Certification” WG). Tayeb initially joined Orange R&D and led the first studies on WDM systems then was appointed at the Orange Network Business Division as responsible for transmission equipment policy. He was the head of the Orange’s IPv6 Skills Centre, VP of the French IPv6 Task Force and Board member of the EU IPv6 Task Force during 7 years. In 2000 he authored a book called “SDH Networks & Services” (Springer) and he is author or co-author of numerous papers and participated in various EU’s funded projects. He was also professor at the University of Paris and supervisor of PhD thesis. Tayeb gained his Telecommunications Engineering degree from (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications: ENST now IMT: Institut Mines Telecoms) of Paris and his PhD degree.
​​Dave Milham 
Chief Architect, TM Forum

Dave, a TM Forum Distinguished Fellow, is the TM Forum Chief Architect for Service Provider engagement and Open Digital Architecture programs. The Open Digital Architecture program addresses a new approach for BSS/OSS to support future operations characterised by agile service and product management, participation of service providers in digital ecosystems, support for modern virtualised Software defined networks, and autonomous networking. Dave’s role is technical leadership in building agile, Zero friction integration component based BSS/OSS management systems, Network as a Service, Security and Privacy and autonomous networking. Requiring liaison with many other Standards Defining Organizations, he manages the technical liaisons between TM Forum and many other organizations particularly those involved with 5G services and networks. Earlier he led the TM Forum ZOOM project on management and operations of virtualized services – the vision is seamless agile operations in a virtualised world with zero touch service provisioning  and lifecycle management for digital service applications, NFV/SDN and the Internet of Things.
​​Mohammad Patwary
Professor of Telecommunications & Director of Centre for Future Networks & Autonomous Systems (CeFNAS), University of Wolverhampton 

Professor Mohammad Patwary is Full Professor of Telecommunications & Director of Centre for Future Networks & Autonomous Systems (CeFNAS) at the Faculty of Science & Engineering in University of Wolverhampton from June 2020. He is also research lead for ‘5G Connected Forest Project’ funded by DCMS that aims at accelerating ‘visitor economy’ in midlands. He was a full Professor of telecommunication networks and digital productivity and the Head of the Intelligent Systems and Networks (ISN) Research Group, at School of Computing and Digital Technology, Birmingham City University, UK, between 2017 till 2020; he was also the Principal Architect for a large scale 5G testbed in the UK to accelerate digital productivity and to develop urban connected community with West Midland 5G during 2018-2020. He was also Full Professor of wireless systems and digital productivity & the Chair of the Centre of Excellence on Digital Productivity with Connected Services, Staffordshire University, until 2017.  His current research interests include intelligent & autonomous systems, wireless communication systems design and optimization, future generation of cellular network architecture, and business modelling for data-economy. He is Chartered Engineer of Engineering-Council UK, Senior Member of IEEE, Fellow of IET, and co-chair of Testbed working group of International Network Generation Roadmap at IEEE.
Carsten Rossenhövel
Managing Director and Co-Founder of EANTC AG (European Advanced Networking Test Center).

​Carsten Rossenhövel is Managing Director and Co-Founder of EANTC AG (European Advanced Networking Test Center). Based in Berlin, Germany, EANTC is a test lab specializing in telecommunication technologies and offers vendor-neutral network testing services for manufacturers, service providers, and enterprise customers. In this role, Carsten has over 20 years of experience in telecommunication networks testing and is responsible for EANTC's business development and marketing. His technical areas of expertise include Network Functions Virtualization and transport network solutions.
Ivan Seskar
IEEE INGR Testbeds WG Chair​ and Chief Technologist, WINLAB, Rutgers University 

​Ivan Seskar is the Chief Technologist at WINLAB, Rutgers University responsible for experimental systems and prototyping projects. He is currently the program director for the COSMOS project responsible for the New York City NSF PAWR deployment, the PI for the NSF GENI Wireless project, which resulted in campus deployments of LTE/WiMAX base stations at several US universities, and the PI for the NSF CloudLab deployment at Rutgers. He has also been the co-PI and project manager for all three phases of the NSF-supported ORBIT mid-scale testbed project at WINLAB, successfully leading technology development and operations since the testbed was released as a community resource in 2005 and for which the team received the 2008 NSF Alexander Schwarzkopf Prize for Technological Innovation.  Ivan is a co-chair of the IEEE Future Networks Testbed Working Group, a Senior Member of the IEEE, a member of ACM and the co-founder and CTO of Upside Wireless Inc.

​​Andreas Ulrich
In-house consultant and Technology Adviser, Siemens AG, Research and Technologies

Andreas Ulrich received his PhD in Computer Science at the University of Magdeburg in 1998. Currently, he works as an in-house consultant and technology adviser at Siemens AG, Research and Technologies in Munich, Germany. His main task is to support Siemens business units in coping with changes in software technologies and software development practices. His particular focus is on software system modelling, verification and validation, and testing for a wide scope of software systems at Siemens, including embedded and networked systems. Andreas is active at ETSI, where he has contributed to the development of TTCN-3 and TDL. He is Chairman of the Working Group ETSI TC MTS TDL and active in the field of artificial intelligence and testing.

​​Veronica Sanchez Vega
 ETSI TC INT Rapporteur, Systems and Technology Driver, Ericsson 

Veronica Sanchez is part of 5G PPP 5G EVE EU trial project and appointed as rapporteur of ETSI INT "5G vertical testing and validation methodologies" work item. She joined Ericsson in 2011 and is working for the past four years as Innovation and Technology strategy driver for Ericsson Packet Core products. She has contributed to the standardization of 3GPP 5GC FMC, ATSSS, SFC and Network Automation and related BBF/IETF specifications, holding several patents in these areas. She is a member of the GSMA Internet Group with focus on smart traffic management and user plane traffic visibility. During her career she has undertaken different lead roles at Ericsson Packet Core and Cloud SDN R&D and at other network and communication service providers. Veronica received her Telecommunications Engineering master degree from the Escuela Superior de Ingenieros of Bilbao (Spain) in 2000.
​​ Sébastien Ziegler
F​ounder and Director General, Mandat International

Dr Sébastien Ziegler is a founde​r and the Director general of Mandat International, a foundation promoting international cooperation and international research. He serves as President of the International Internet of Things Forum (IoT Forum) and IoT Lab, as Chair of the Europrivacy International Board of Experts, and as Rapporteur on Emerging Technologies for the IoT and for smart cities at the ITU (SG20). Sébastien has a PhD in Management with a specialization in Information Systems at the Faculty of Economy and Management of the University of Geneva. He graduated in International Relations at the Graduate Institute of International Studies, followed by a Master in Environment, a MBA in international administration (HEC Geneva), and complementary executive courses at Harvard Business School in Boston, Stanford University, UC Berkeley and EPFL. He is a qualified expert in data protection for Europrivacy and ISO 27001 certifications. Sébastien founded several foundations, organizations and companies, and he initiated several international research projects in the area of ICT, with a focus on the Internet of Things, IPv6, and privacy. He is currently coordinating and associated to several ongoing European research projects and is co-directing the Master in Advanced Studies on the Internet of Things at the University of Geneva. With a multi-disciplinary academic profile, combining international law, science, and economics, he is a relentless promoter of research, innovation and international cooperation.