Technology, Strategy and Standardization
Recognized as a Member of Power 100 list (Capacity Media, 2020); Member of 20 SDN Market Leaders list (Capacity Media, 2019); Best Women in Network Orchestration (Capacity Media, 2019); Finalist in Female Tech Pioneer Category (Light Reading, 2018), and with multiple patents to her name, Alla Goldner is the Chair of Linux Foundation’s ONAP Requirements Subcommittee, as well as a member of its ONAP Technical Steering Committee (TSC). She also leads all ONAP activities and internal decision-making at Amdocs where her responsibilities include defining and implementing Amdocs’ ONAP strategy, working directly with ONAP members from service providers, vendors and partners, and leading Amdocs’ internal Technical Steering Committee. Her current focus is NFV and SDN network evolution, and in particular, the standardization and open-source domains.
With 26 years of experience in developing technology strategy and system architecture at global companies including Alcatel, Motorola, and Intel, Alla also has extensive experience in leading standardization efforts in 3GPP, IETF, ETSI NFV, BBF, ETSI and MEC – examples of standards she has created include TDF (Traffic Detection Function) into 3GPP Packet Core Architecture, Network Congestion handling into 3GPP architecture, and also traffic-steering architecture.
A key member of the group-defined service-functional chaining in IETF, she is also a leading contributor of multiple work items in the areas of 5G, Policy Control and Charging, NFV, SDN, control-user plane split and congestion management. She has also served on the program committees of several conferences including IEEE ICC and IEEE CSCN.
Alla holds an MSc in Technology Management from NYU and a BSc in Mathematics and Computer Science from Tel Aviv University.
OSS Architecture & Innovation
Andreas is an initial member of the ONAP project within Deutsche Telekom.
With more than 20 year experience as OSS Software/System Developer and Architect at Nokia/NSN,
He joined Deutsche Telekom 6 years ago as Senior Architect working in the “OSS Architecture & Innovation”
group of the “Technology Architecture & Innovation” department.
Located in Bonn, he is leading DT’s ONAP Labs, in which they are hosting multiple ONAP instances used within Proof of Concept projects as well as for automated installation and testing.
This year DT founded a development project, which focusses to create a DT Network Automation platform using ONAP as basis. Within this project Andreas serves as the lead system architect.
Senior Solution Architect
Bin Yang is a senior solution architect from Wind River who has been engaged with Open Source Community including ONAP, O-RAN, TIP. He has more than 16 year experience in software design & development for Telecom industry. He has solid knowledge and skill for Cloud Platform, Operating System, and Embedded System. He demonstrated his expertise and passion for Open Source community with the success of OPEN-O MultiVIM/Cloud project as PTL, ONAP Multi-VIM/Cloud as core committer and PTL.
Network Automation and Orchestration
Bruno received his Master Degree in Computer Sciences from EPFL and has more than 20 years of experience in software development. Along these years he has had the opportunity to develop and design architectures for multiple systems for various sectors and industries (finance, transportation, retail, international organization, …).
He joined Bell Canada in 2019 as developer and architect in Network Automation and Orchestration team.
Associate Vice President
Network Cloud and SDN Platform Integration
Catherine Lefèvre is an AVP in AT&T’s Network Cloud and SDN Platform Integration organization. She serves as ONAP TSC Chair since September 2018.
Located in Belgium, she is responsible for the software delivery of the Rules-Based Process Automation Platform, the Service Provisioning Platform (Voice, Network/Service Elements, etc.), TDM Network, System Impact Analyzer (RAN OpEx Savings) and AT&T SDN Platform (Application Controller, Policy Framework, Control Loop Automation Platform, Service Design & Creation, Master Service Orchestrator, Portal, Multi-Site State Coordinator Service, Virtual Infrastructure Deployment). She is also focusing on transforming BSS/OSS systems to Microservice Architecture and achieving data powered control loop automation. She leads AT&T Network Common Platform & Services Target State Architecture and drives ONAP/O-RAN (vRAN) SMO strategic alignment.
Catherine received a master’s degree in computer science as well as a qualified teaching degree in computer science in 1996 from the University Of Namur (FUNDP).
She joined AT&T in 2013. During her time with AT&T, she focused on software development best practices and early prototypes and proof of concepts of AT&T’s SDN technology, accelerating AT&T’s ability to move from concept to scaled production development, integrating the DevOps Culture for increased collaboration between the development and operations teams. In 2017, she co-led with AT&T Labs the open sourcing of the ECOMP Platform. She received several awards for her technical depth that provided a unique and significant contribution to AT&T (AT&T Science and Technology Medal; Technology Development President Award in 2016 and 2017).
Catherine is part of AT&T’s EMEA Women’s Network, mentoring young women about careers in STEM.
She is an avid horse rider and photography enthusiast.
Dr. Wang currently works as a research engineer at China Telecom Research Institute (Beijing). The research & development group focuses on the next generation network reconstruction of China Telecom, which is named the target of CTNet2025 whitepaper. Based on SDN/NFV technology, lots of outputs have been achieved by the team in the architecture, orchestration and full-stack solutions of 5GC, SD-WAN and so on.
Before Joining in China Telecom, he concentrated on his academic research at universities in the UK, where he received an M.Sc. by Research degree in telecommunications and a Ph.D. degree in computing (networks and communications). His research interests are around modeling and optimization of complex communication networks. Multiple emerging areas of communication networks have been touched, like 5G and beyond networks, large scale heterogeneous WSNs and IoT. Several academic papers had been published in academic conferences and journals including a top impact factor journal IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics. He also has rich experience in software development in the industry both in the UK and China. Based on the above experience in academics and industry, he has the potential to make more contributions to the next generation network reconstruction of China Telecom, as well as the development of ONAP.
Core Network Evolution Team Lead
Eric Debeau has a solid 20 years experience in the telecommunications area with a particular focus on IT techniques adoption in networks and OSS domains. Through his broad experience as network architect and platform development (IMS/VoIP, network API), he is recognized as a member of the Orange expert Community in charge of future network evolutions.
He is currently leading a team working on the core network evolution leveraging IT techniques mainly covering NFV, Orchestration and network data analytics. His team is very open-source focused and launched innovative platform for emerging countries (Emerginov) and is now strongly involved in ONAP and Acumos.
Eric is very involved in various open-source communities and he is responsible for coordinating the Orange contributions to ONAP project. He has contributed to various open-source communities, published various technical papers and holds several patents.
In addition to his professional activities, he is also an open data evangelist and a very active OpenStreetMap contributor and contributes to many events around open data promotion.
Fellow, Cloud Architecture and Network Automaton
Fred Oliveira is a Fellow at Verizon working on Cloud Architecture and Network Automaton. He is engaged with the Open Source communities of ONAP and ORAN. He is also represents Verizon to with the ETSI NFV WGs where he is actively working to enable industry wide support for container based network functions
Fred holds a B.Sc in EE and CS from the University of Connecticut.
Open-Source and Standardization
Magnus Buhrgard is an open-source and standardization manager and is responsible for coordinating Ericsson’s ONAP engagement. He is also Ericsson’s primary delegate to ETSI ISG ZSM.
With 30 years of experience in the telecommunication industry, his work has spanned a multitude of architectures and technologies, reaching from fiberoptic research to network and service automation. He has a long-term engagement in carrier-grade network architecture, previously serving on the boards of SA Forum and SCOPE.
Magnus is also engaged in the challenge of merging standardization, open source, and R&D ways of working.
He is the ONAP technical community coordinator in the area of Network Management, since 2019. In that role he has acted as the ONAP liaison officer in relation to SDOs, e.g. 3GPP, NGMN and TM Forum.
He has also been a speaker on ONAP related subjects in a number of conferences, e.g. Layer123 World Congress.
Magnus holds an M.Sc. in Engineering Physics from Lund University, Sweden.
He enjoys running and down-hill skiing.
N. K. Shankaranarayanan
Sterlite Technologies Limited
Senior Principal Architect
N. K. Shankaranarayanan (Shankar) is a Senior Principal Architect with Sterlite Technologies Limited (STL) where he is responsible for architecture and strategy for ONAP/O-RAN product solutions. Prior to that he worked for 29+ years with AT&T Labs Research creating and delivering research innovations in wireless systems & networks, and providing leadership in wireless standards. His work has spanned diverse areas including: 5G/4G/3G/VoLTE, cloud-based radio network automation, ONAP-based RAN automation solutions, Near-RT RIC development, service and network quality management, radio propagation, full-duplex wireless, fixed wireless systems, and fiber/cable systems.
During 2018-2021, he led the development and production deployment of the first ONAP-based 5G SON solution in AT&T. Since 2018, he has served as the 5G SON Use Case Lead in the ONAP open-source forum,
leading the development of ONAP-based SON solutions and PoC demonstrations. During 2006-2008, he served on the WiMAX Forum (WMF) Board of Directors, and also as Chair of the WMF Service Provider Working Group and Chair of the WMF X.509 Task Force. He was part of the core team that deployed the first two-way broadband fixed wireless
Internet field trial in 1997.
Shankar has 85+ patents in his name and 50+ research publications. He has a Ph.D from Columbia University (New York), an M.S. from Virginia Tech, and a B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology (Bombay), all in Electrical Engineering. He is senior member of the IEEE. He has served as a volunteer teacher for high-school students for 10+ years, and received the President’s Volunteer Service Award.
The Linux Foundation
Networking, Edge and Access
Ranny Haiby is the CTO of Networking, Edge and Access at the Linux Foundation. He works with open source communities to shape their technology vision and identify opportunities for innovation through collaboration. Ranny has been a member of the ONAP TSC since the project launch in 2017.
Prior to joining the LF, Ranny was a director at Samsung Research America, leading the open source group. He led a group of engineers who are actively participating in various open source communities.
Ranny is dealing with transitioning network functions to the cloud and is constantly seeking creative ways to make this experience smoother. He has been involved in NFV for several years, leveraging his twenty year experience from previous roles in his carrier in various telecom equipment vendors and startup companies. Ranny is always striving to think out of the box in order to make the impossible happen.
Ranny holds a B.Sc. in electrical engineering from the Technion – Israel Institute of technology.
Seshu Kumar M
17+ years of IT experience involving both product and service based organizations. Lead Architect from Huawei Technologies India pvt.,Ltd. handling multiple key roles in ONAP,
Project Technical Leader (PTL) role of ONAP Service Orchestrator project from its incubation, TSC member helped ONAP in taking some of the critical decisions for the past year, Liaison for ONAP XGVela, co-leading the ONAP cloud native journey through CNF orchestration efforts.
Hands-on technical Architect with multi-tasking capabilities with a strong track record on defining architecture and solutions for technical research and commercial projects involving open source software, handling global teams and bringing in value to the stake holders on what they needed the most.
He has been speaker on various open source forums on the NFV, ONAP and Orchestrator, also been a guest lecturer to multiple including IIT Madras.
Seshu is a full stack developer awarded with multiple accolades both in commercial and open source projects he was responsible. the best contributor for OPEN-O, SDN-O, GSO, UI platform project and recipient of the Gold award the highest individual award of Huawei for technical contributions.
Some of the key rewards and recognition in ONAP:
Elected as the Best Committer for twice across ONAP releases,
Lead the SO project as the best project for ONAP Casablanca release.
A ardent freestyle dancer, Seshu has performed on multiple stage shows and is ever ready to any beats.
Head of Open Source Network and Service Automation
Timo is the Head of Open Source Network and Service Automation at Nokia, where he is responsible for driving Nokia’s overall engagement in ONAP. In this role Timo works across multiple industry organizations, both open source and standardization, engages with both customers and other industry players, as well as internally across all Nokia businesses.
Timo has over 25 years of experience in network systems, ranging from multivendor interoperability verification, systems architecture research, new business incubation, to network and operations systems standardization. In his current role Timo was instrumental in ensuring Nokia’s early commitment and platinum founding member engagement in ONAP.
Prior to joining Nokia Timo was a lecturer at his alma mater Helsinki University Computer Science department, where he focused on distributed systems and systems communications.
China Mobile Research Institute
Senior System Developer
Yuanhong Deng is a senior system developer at China Mobile Research Institute.
She obtained a master’s degree in computer software technology from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics in 2003 and has more than 18 years experience in software design and development and 3 years experience in open source community project development and management.
Yuanhong Deng has been working with ONAP since early 2019 as Modeling project committer and currently serving as PTL for VFC project, focusing mainly on NFV domain management and orchestration.