• On-Site Registration Opens:
    30 November 2008

  • Awards Luncheon:
    1 December 2008

  • Exhibit Opening & 
    Welcome Reception:
    1 December 2008

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Keynote Speakers

Richard Miller

Monday 1 December 2008
8:00 - 9:30

Kaoru Yano
President (Representative Director)
NEC Corporation

Kaoru Yano was appointed President of NEC Corporation effective April 1, 2006, after serving as the Senior Executive Vice President. During his tenure as Senior Executive Vice President, Yano's responsibilities included company-wide management and R&D, and held a key position in driving the technological advancement of the NEC group.

Yano joined NEC in 1966. He spent the first two decades in the development of communications equipment, and was then assigned to NEC America, where he led the development and sales team of communications business for the North American market. He has since then held key positions mainly in the network infrastructure business for both Japanese and global markets, and has been instrumental in re-inventing the business to respond to the rapid change in the marketplace brought on by the Internet and shift to IP technologies.

Throughout his career, Yano has focused on driving innovation through advanced technologies, and building strong relationships with a diverse field of customers including telecommunications carriers, public sectors and enterprises worldwide.

Yano has resided in the US on three separate occasions, one of which is at the Graduate School of Stanford University where he received a master's degree in Science in Electronics Engineering and is known for his broad international perspectives.

Richard Miller

Tuesday 2 December 2008
8:00 - 9:30

Richard J. Lynch
Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Verizon Communications

Richard J. Lynch is executive vice president and chief technology officer for Verizon Communications. In this role he is responsible for technology direction and network planning for all the Verizon business units.

Prior to assuming his current position in July 2007, Lynch had been the executive vice president and chief technical officer for Verizon Wireless since its formation in 2000, and before that, had held the same position at Bell Atlantic Mobile since 1990.  In those positions he was responsible for network technology selection and planning as well as network operations.  Under Lynch, the Verizon Wireless network attained the distinction of quality and reliability which has formed the basis for the very well known "Can you hear me now?" advertising campaign.
Lynch has been at the forefront of wireless data solutions, starting with Cellular Digital Packet Data (CDPD) in 1995 when he led Bell Atlantic Mobile‚s build of one of the largest CDPD networks in the country. In 2004, Lynch again led the industry with the decision to widely deploy EV-DO, in the first true wireless broadband service widely provided to the public in the US.  Lynch was also responsible for the decision to deploy CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access), which still remains the basis for the Verizon Wireless high-quality voice network.  Building on these and other key technology decisions, Lynch has supported the introduction of key innovative products and services into the marketplace.

Lynch is a Fellow of The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).  He has served on the executive board of the CDMA Development Group (CDG) and as a member of the Federal Communications Commission Technical Advisory Committee.  For his leadership in the early years of wireless data, Lynch was honored with the President‚s Award by the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association (CTIA).  He has earned patents for advances in the area of wireless technology.  He is a frequent guest lecturer in academia and industry on technology and its business implications.

Lynch began his career in 1972 with New England Telephone and has held a variety of positions in planning, operations, and engineering there and in Bell of Pennsylvania.

Lynch is a graduate of Lowell Technological Institute (now University of Massachusetts) where he received bachelor‚s and master‚s degrees in electrical engineering.  He has also completed post graduate work at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University.

Richard Miller

John Donovan
Chief Technology Officer AT&T

Mr. Donovan is chief technology officer for AT&T. In this role, he oversees the company's global technology direction and innovation road map, including product development, network and engineering operations, AT&T Labs and the security and intellectual property organizations. Donovan previously was executive vice president of product, sales, marketing and operations at Verisign Inc., a technology company that provides Internet infrastructure services. At VeriSign, Donovan was responsible for leading VeriSign‚s global sales organization, driving the expansion of broad solutions offerings, and integrating a global professional services capability. Before that, he was chairman and CEO of inCode Telecom Group Inc., where he helped shape strategic direction and positioning for wireless network operators around the globe. Prior, Donovan was a partner with Deloitte Consulting, where he was the Americas Industry Practice director for telecom. He has authored two books, The Value Enterprise, published in January 1998, and Value Creating Growth, published in 1999. Donovan received a B.S.E.E. from the University of Notre Dame and earned an M.B.A. in finance from the University of Minnesota.

Richard Miller

Wednesday 3 December 2008
8:00 - 9:30

Dr.  Flavio Bonomi, PhD
Head of the Advanced Architecture and Research Organization
Cisco Distinguished Engineer
Cisco Systems

Dr. Flavio Bonomi, PhD, is a Cisco Distinguished Engineer who is currently leading Cisco Research. He has been working at the boundary between networking research and development since 1985. Flavio brings his unique talents of product development and forward looking research work to Cisco Research.

Dr. Bonomi  received a EE Degree from Pavia University, Italy, and received his PhD in EE from Cornell University. He enjoyed 10 years at AT&T Bell Laboratories working on networking related technologies. Dr . Bonomi moved to the Silicon Valley in 1995,  working with two startup companies. In 1999, Flavio joined Cisco as a Senior Architect for Cisco high end routers first, and later for Cisco Data Center products.  He became a Cisco Distinguished Engineer in 2004. In 2007 he took over managing Cisco's Research activities.

Dr. Bonomi has published more than 40 papers and was awarded more than twenty patents. He was a 3 time winner of the highly prestigious internal Cisco Pioneer Award.

Richard Miller

Wednesday 3 December 2008
8:00 - 9:30

Pankaj Asundi
Vice President Media and Content
Ericsson Inc.

Pankaj Asundi, who joined Ericsson in 2000, has over 20 years of systems and technology experience within the telecommunications industry. He is currently responsible for developing and managing new business and multimedia solutions as they relate to content and media companies.
Prior to this role, Pankaj was part of Ericsson‚s Strategy and Network group and was responsible for developing Ericsson‚s North America and Global multimedia strategy. Other roles at Ericsson include the CTO for Ericsson‚s North America Enterprise business and Strategic Marketing towards Ericsson key customers.
Before joining Ericsson, Pankaj was a Software Development Manager for First Consulting Group. He holds a Masters of Science in Industrial Engineering from University of Oklahoma.