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Anatoli Levine

Director of Product Management - Americas



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Mr. Levine is currently Director of Product Management - Americas at RADVISION. He joined RADVISION in 1998 as a senior software engineer. From 1999 to 2008, Mr. Levine was responsible for a team providing engineering services for all RADVISION TBU products implementing various multimedia communications standards and technologies. In 2008, Mr. Levine assumed his present position representing and managing TBU product portfolio in the US as well setting strategy and defining new directions for TBU products in Americas region.


Mr. Levine is closely involved in the International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium (IMTC) activities where he has served as a Director on the Board of Directors since 2002 and Chairman of Conferencing over IP Activity Group since 2000. Mr. Levine is a President of IMTC since 2006. 

Barlow Keener


Keener Law Group


Barlow Keener has been specializing in communications law and its development for over 15 years. Barlow represents competing telecommunications providers (including firms using wired and wireless technologies) in state and federal regulatory matters. He negotiates interconnection agreements and handles issues involving universal service, pricing, tariffs, and other matters, as well as representing various Internet-related entities in regulatory matters and issues relating to rights management, privacy, and internet video. Barlow also handles matters related to inter-carrier compensation, providing advice and analysis regarding compliance with the Carrier Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) and CNPI rules, interpreting court orders, FCC orders, and tariffs to determine precise costs of network configuration, and negotiating interconnection agreements. In addition, Barlow works on matters related to start-up firms in the telecom, wireless, and internet sectors including incorporation and general corporate governance.


Barlow was the legal counsel and CEO of a facilities-based voice and data CLEC, General Counsel at CSA, Inc., a video advertising-focused consumer products company, and General Attorney at BellSouth Telecommunications.  He is a member of the Massachusetts, Georgia, and Florida bar associations. 


Barlow has spoken at numerous telecommunications conferences on the regulatory and legal issues related to femtocells and Fixed Mobile Convergence (FCM) issues.

Brian Deobald

Vice President, Technology Strategy

SkyTerra Communications


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Brian Deobald is Vice President of Technology Strategy at SkyTerra Communications which is developing the first integrated satellite-cellular communications network, which will provide seamless, transparent, interoperable and ubiquitous wireless coverage of North America using conventional devices. He is responsible for strategic technology and corporate development for the company's next-generation network.


Before joining SkyTerra, he was Vice President of Corporate Planning at CoreExpress, Inc., a provider of extranet services enabling businesses to deploy mission-critical applications over the Internet. He managed strategic and business planning.


Additionally, Brian was VP of Consulting at Telechoice, a market strategy consultancy for telecommunications service providers and equipment vendors, focused on leading edge public network technologies. Brian managed Telechoice's business planning practice for new world service providers and ASPs. Brian structured the business plans and developed strategies and structured distribution agreements for business-to-business E-commerce technology providers.


Brian also served as Vice President of Business Development and as a business unit Vice President & General Manager at DIGEX, Inc., a leading national Internet Service Provider.  Following DIGEX' successful IPO, Brian managed the company's business planning and treasury functions and managed the sale of the company to Intermedia Communications, a Florida-based CLEC.


As Director of Product Management at American Mobile, a provider of wireless voice and data services to mobile workforces.  He created the company's initial business plan, and managed the development and launch of the company's core portfolio of satellite-based mobile communication services. He also managed business planning in support of the company's initial public offering, structured key equipment manufacturing and distribution alliances, and created a business plan for the company's successful acquisition of one of only two FCC-awarded national satellite radio broadcast licenses.


Brian holds a BS in International Affairs from Georgetown University, an MA in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins University's Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, and an MBA with concentration in entrepreneurial management from the Wharton School of Business.

Brita Strandberg  


Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis 


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Brita D. Strandberg is a partner with the law firm of Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP, where she focuses on representing communications and technology clients before the Federal Communications Commission and federal courts. 


In addition to broad experience representing traditional telecommunications providers, Ms. Strandberg represents providers of a wide array of new technologies and services including VoIP, unified communications, online collaboration, social networking, and ecommerce.  Ms. Strandberg provides high-level strategic advice and advocacy and regularly assists companies facing compliance obligations including universal service fund and related payments, 911 and emergency calling requirements, law enforcement access, protection of consumer privacy, disability access, and telemarketing restrictions.  Ms. Strandberg graduated from PrincetonUniversity and YaleLawSchool, where she was Managing Editor of the Yale Law Journal.

Brough Turner

Chief Strategy Officer

Dialogic Corporation


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Brough has over 25 years of experience in the communications industry, including as co-founder and CTO of Natural MicroSystems and NMS Communications (acquired by Dialogic in December 2008).  He focuses on business, product and technology strategy.  He is an engineer in origin but his career has included roles in engineering, operations, finance, marketing and customer support.  Brough writes and is quoted widely on telecommunications topics in both trade and general business publications and he is a frequent speaker at telecom industry events around the world.  Brough also blogs on the technology, economic and social issues of communications at the intersection of telecom, mobility and the Internet; see: http://blogs.nmss.com/communications.  He holds a BSEE from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

Charles "Chip" Spann

Wireless Business Analyst

Connected Nation


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As the Wireless Business Analyst for Connected Nation, Chip works closely with wireless technology providers, gathers data relevant to improving the broadband coverage map and designs and implements wireless systems.  He provides analysis and facilitation of wireless broadband projects in both licensed and unlicensed spectrum.  Prior to joining Connected Nation his previous roles in the telecom industry included President of EZ Transition Advisors, LLC (a wireless consulting firm), Vice President of Broadband with Fleming Mason Service Corporation and Sr. Director of Spectrum Management at Sprint.  Although he started his career in the CATV industry, wireless caught his attention in the early 90's.  As a professional consultant Mr. Spann also provided services to Time Warner Telecom, Sprint/Nextel, Clearwire, BellSouth and other notable companies.

Chris Drake

Vice President of Marketing and Product Management

NeuStar, Inc.


Chris Drake, Vice President of Marketing and Product Management for Converged Addressing Services at NeuStar Inc., is responsible for delivering managed information services for mobile, fixed and carrier networks leveraging SIP, ENUM and other technologies. NeuStar is the global leader in registry services and provides trusted, neutral, and essential addressing, interoperability, infrastructure, and other clearinghouse services for communication service providers and enterprises worldwide. Prior to NeuStar, Chris was Vice President for the Trunking Solutions business unit at Sonus Networks, where he was responsible for a broad portfolio of VoIP products and solutions. Chris was also Vice President at Telcordia Technologies, responsible for Marketing and Presales Support for the Telcordia Interconnection Services business unit, including ENUM and Number Portability registry solutions.

Daniel Hess

Vice President Sales, North America



Daniel Hess joined Airvana in 2004 and is currently vice president of sales for North America.  In this role, he is responsible for the company's relationships with all major U.S. and Canadian operators as they implement mobile broadband network build-outs and femtocell deployments.  Prior to joining Airvana, he held senior sales, business development, and engineering roles with Telica, Alcatel, and TTC.  Mr. Hess served as a captain and Harrier pilot in the U.S. Marine Corps.  He holds an MBA from Emory University and a BS from Auburn University.

Ed Pimentel




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UnWiredSys was founded and funded by Ed Pimentel, a serial entrepreneur which also founded BroadRiver Communications and AgileCO.net.  Prior to founding AgileCO, Mr. Ed Pimentel was with Cisco Systems responsible for global XoIP services deployment.

Ed Pimentel, exited Cisco back in Dec 2003 to start/incubate Web2.x Social Networks(Mobiquity.ws), Mobile Payment(GooWallet.ws), CloudComputing-Apps(DatR.ws) Mobile Marketing(MessagR.us) start-ups. He is currently organizer for Atlanta-GA MobileMonday.ws organizer and Co-Chairs the South East WAMM Atlanta based WirelessAPPs group.

Eric Burger

Chairman of the Board

SIP Forum


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Eric Burger is the Chairman of the Board of the SIP Forum and was most recently AGM of the Communications Products Division and Deputy CTO of BEA Systems. He worked at MCI and Cable & Wireless, as well as SnowShore, Cantata, Brooktrout, TI, and Centigram. He sits on the advisory boards of Sigma Systems, Dexrex, PC-NG, Kanga Networks, Mobera Systems, and AGNITY.


His IETF activities include holding the chair of three work groups. He published 10 RFCs, 12 patents, journal papers, and a book on SIP signalling, Ubiquitous Reach and Remote Control of Devices: Introducing KPML.


Eric is a Senior Member of the ACM and IEEE, a Patron of the AAAS, and a Benefactor of the Internet Society. He has taught and done research at GMU and GWU and holds an SBEE, MBA, and PhD from IIT, KU Leuven, and MIT.

Fanny Mlinarsky




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Fanny Mlinarsky runs a Boston area consulting company, octoScope, focusing on RF and wireless data communications technology.  In 2001 She founded Azimuth Systems, the leading vendor of wireless test systems, and was the company's CTO for 5 years. Fanny held senior R&D and executive management positions at companies including Hewlett Packard, Agilent Technologies and Teradyne.  She is an active contributor at the IEEE, a regular presenter at Interop and a frequent contributing author to EE Times, RF Design and other publications. 

Dr. Girish Pathak


ITE Services, Inc.


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Dr. Pathak, a leading North American expert in IP-based digital convergence, has about 24 years of telecom and software industry experience in leading-edge technology development, ventures, technology & CapEx management, network engineering & operations, and strategic selling.


He is currently responsible for the transformation of products, technology, operations, support systems, and strategic marketing of a full-service telecom provider with focus on broadband, wireless and data.  He also advises top-tier New York-based investment banking and securities companies on the IT/telecom industry.


Prior to founding ITE Services, Girish was chief technology officer and chief customer strategist of TELUS Communications, Canada.  He was widely recognized for leading the transformation of the TELUS legacy network to a converged IP-based Next Generation Network, a 3-year project with an investment of more than USD$1 billion.


Before TELUS, he held key technology positions in the US with Verizon Communications, Xerox Corp., and Texas Instruments Inc.


Dr. Pathak served as the technology expert for Vancouver's successful bid for the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. He has been a keynote speaker at various national and international conferences within the information and communication technology industry.


Dr. Pathak was honored with the Wharton InfoSys Business Transformational Award for his leadership on the IP-based Next Generation Network project. Verizon recognized him with its Leslie Warner Award for innovative operation support systems. In addition, the US National Academy of Engineering honored him as one of the nation's top 100 young engineers.


During 2001-04, Dr. Pathak has served on the board of TR Labs, a successful private public partnership in information & communication industry across North America, and is currently serving on the board of The Food project, www.TheFoodProject.org a Boston-based institution focused on youth development through sustainable food systems, which provides expertise & resources on a worldwide basis.

Glenn S. Richards


Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP


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Glenn Richards is a partner in Pillsbury's communications group.  He represents wireline and wireless communications carriers, VoIP providers, satellite companies, equipment manufacturers and large users of telecommunications services in transactional and litigation matters, and in regulatory matters before the FCC and state PUCs.


Mr. Richards has spoken at numerous telecommunications conferences.  He has also participated in ITU radio conferences, including the 1995 and 1997 World Radiocommunication Conferences, and CITEL conferences in 1992 and 1995.  He has also served on the North American Numbering Council.

He received a journalism degree from West Virginia University in 1982 and a J.D. from New York Law School in 1985. 


He is based in Pillsbury's Washington, DC office and can be reached at 202-663-8215 or glenn.richards@pillsburylaw.com.

Hyung G. Myung

Senior Engineer

Qualcomm/Flarion Technologies


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Hyung G. Myung is currently with Qualcomm/Flarion Technologies as a senior engineer. He previously worked at ArrayComm, Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology, and InterDigital Communications in various wireless projects as a research and development engineer. He also served in the Republic of Korea Air Force as a lieutenant officer and he was with Department of Electronics Engineering at Republic of Korea Air Force Academy as a faculty member. He holds BS and MS degrees from Seoul National University, South Korea, MS degree from Santa Clara University, and PhD from Polytechnic University, Brooklyn, NY (now, Polytechnic Institute of NYU).

Jim Baller

Senior Principal and President

Baller Herbst Law Group


Jim Baller, president of the Baller Herbst Law Group in Washington, DC, represents clients in more than 35 states on a broad range of communications matters.  He is also the founder of the US Broadband Coalition, a large and diverse array of organizations that are working to develop consensus on a national broadband strategy. 


The Fiber to the Home Council has called Jim "the nation's most experienced and knowledgeable attorney on public broadband matters."  The National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors named him its Member of the Year in 2001 and its first Community Broadband Visionary of the Year in 2007, "for almost single-handedly putting the issue of the need for a national broadband strategy to the forefront of public consciousness."   MuniWireless's presented him its first Esme Award in 2006, and Washingtonian Magazine listed him as one of Washington's "Best Lawyers" in 2007.    


He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Cornell Law School.

Jim Machi

Senior Vice President, Marketing

Dialogic Corporation


Jim Machi is Senior Vice President, Marketing, responsible for developing marketing strategy and driving marketing communications for Dialogic. He is also responsible for long term product planning and strategy for all Dialogic products. Machi joined the business in 1998 as Director of Product Management, working to develop the company's IP telephony roadmap and strategy and was recognized by Internet Telephony Magazine as one of the "Top 100 Voices of IP Communications" in October 2006. Machi holds an MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business and a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

Joe Mele

Vice President, Dialogic Media Labs

Dialogic Corporation


Joe Mele is Vice President at Dialogic Media Labs, a unit of Dialogic Corporation that develops software to power the next generation of IP video applications. Joe joined Dialogic with its acquisition of OpenMediaLabs, where he had been Founder and CEO.  Previously, Joe was the Co-Founder and CEO of elemedia, a start-up focused on multimedia software for IP networks.  The elemedia team pioneered many of the technologies used today in Voice-over-IP and Video-over-IP networks.  elemedia was acquired by Lucent Technologies, where Joe held executive positions including leadership roles for Lucent's Softswitch program and Lucent's Network Management Software business. 

Joseph V. Mocerino

P-ONP Strategy

Fujitsu Network Communications


Joe Mocerino is a member of the Packet Optical Network Platform Strategy group at Fujitsu Network Communications.  In this role, Joe oversees product strategy, sales support, product launch programs and business case development for the FLASHWAVE MSPP access product line. Joe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Dr. Kamran Etemad

Director of Technology Standards, Intel Corporation

WiMAX Forum


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Dr. Kamran Etemad is the director of technology standards at Intel Corporation leading various technical and strategic initiatives related to WiMAX technology in IEEE802.16 and in WiMAX Forum. Prior to Intel, he has held senior technical and management positions with Sprint-Nextel as an executive technology consultant, with WFI as the Vice President of Advanced Technology.


Kamran's current interest is on advanced development and standardization of next generation of mobile broadband technologies and networks with more focus on MAC and network protocols for enhanced mobility, location, femtocell and multicast/broadcast services. Prior to his involvement in WiMAX he had also made many contributions in 3GPP2 and has also authored a book on "CDMA2000 Evolution".  Dr. Etemad received his B.S. degree from Sharif University and M.S./ Ph.D. from University of Maryland all in Electrical Engineering.

Kevin Mitchell

Director, Solutions Marketing

Acme Packet


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Kevin leads wireless solution marketing at Acme Packet, focusing on access, interconnect and core session routing applications of the Net-Net product family. He joined Acme Packet in 2005 after 8 years with Infonetics Research where he was most recently a Principal Analyst, serving as an overall company director and product manager and lead analyst responsible for consulting, analysis, product development and overall strategic direction of multiple coverage areas encompassing routing and IP/MPLS, VoIP and IMS, and service provider capex. In that role, he authored numerous in-depth reports, articles and presented research and analysis at industry trade shows and conferences. He obtained his bachelor degree in marketing and philosophy from Boston College.

Matthew I. Growney

Founder & Managing Partner

Rudyard Partners


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In 2008, Matthew launched Rudyard Partners, a venture capital firm, to create & deliver new consumer products and businesses to both mass market and specialized users alike. Matthew is also Founder & CEO of Isabella Products, a revolutionary new consumer electronics company that will be launching its first product, Vizit™, in 2009.


Prior to creating Rudyard Partners, Matthew was Co-founder & Managing Director of Motorola Ventures, the venture capital arm of Motorola, Inc. where he co-managed a $350M portfolio of 70+ companies. He focused on Networks (3G, 4G, Wireline, Cable), Media, and Software. Matthew serves on the Board of Advisors for several private equity firms.

Matthew serves as Chairman of the Advisory Board for the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship, a charity focused on developing entrepreneurship criteria for low-income students. In November 2005, Matthew was named one of Boston's "40 under 40″ by the Boston Business Journal for his professional achievement and contributions in New England. Matthew graduated from Michigan State University, where he serves on the Board of the Center for Venture Capital, Private Equity, & Entrepreneurial Finance at the Sloan School of Business, and the New England School of Law (JD).

Pat Scannell

Director, Market Development



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Pat joined Clearwire from Sprint as a part of the spin-out of Sprint's WiMAX business unit Xohm into Clearwire in early 2009.


Prior to that, Pat had been with Sprint over 6 years, working in various responsibilities across Corporate Development, Business Development, Product, and within Sprint's business-to-business consulting organization. During that time he has played a key role in 4 national wireless network launches.  Most recently over the last few years before joining Clearwire, Pat has led Sprint's Corporate Development for the majority of embedded 3G notebooks.

Paul Kapustka

Editor and Founder

Sidecut Reports


As editor and founder of Sidecut Reports, Paul Kapustka continues a career trying to make literal sense out of complex computer and networking-related subject matter.


Most recently, Kapustka served as managing editor and staff writer for the GigaOM and NewTeeVee blogs; prior to that, he was vice president for online content at Pulvermedia, where he produced the VONosphere news site.


Old-school networking industry types may remember Kapustka from his numerous editorial posts inside the CMP Media empire, most recently as editor of the Networking Pipeline and Advanced IP Pipeline web sites. Paul lives in San Mateo, Calif.

Paul Tornatta

Chief Technical Officer



Mr. Tornatta has more than 18 years of experience the aerospace, wireless, telecommunications and automotive industries. Prior to joining SkyCross, he served as vice president of the automotive business unit at Radiall Corp., a leading supplier of RF interconnect products. He also served in a variety of leadership positions at Larsen Antenna Technologies, Metricom, and Lockheed Martin. Mr. Tornatta earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from New Mexico State University. He has written articles on RF design and electromagnetics for a variety of RF trade publications. He is a member of IEEE and the Society of Automotive Engineers.

Robert Mazer



Robert Mazer has been a leading telecommunications attorney and entrepreneur since leaving the Federal Communications Commission staff in 1983. Over the course of his career Bob has represented international, wireline, wireless and satellite companies, and companies engaged in the development of emerging telecommunications technologies. For these companies Bob has provided a broad range of strategic, regulatory and corporate support. He currently advises several companies on U.S. and international telecommunication regulatory issues. He has assisted clients in obtaining submarine cable landing licenses in the U.S., Venezuela, and Brazil and in obtaining regulatory approvals to offer a variety of international telecommunication services in many countries throughout the world. Additionally, Bob conceived and assisted in the establishment of several emerging telecommunications companies. For instance, he conceived the idea and founded a company ("iBiquity Digital") that is currently developing a technology that will allow all existing AM and FM analog radio stations to convert to a digital format ("HD Radio") enabling reception of compact disc quality sound and new digital radio programming services by all radio listeners. In another matter, Bob was a founder and assisted in the conception and wrote the business plan for a company that has established a telecommunications network for the financial services industry ("iXnet").  Recently he founded a company ("Ondas Media") that is developing a satellite radio platform for Europe.

Shawn Molodow

Director, Market Development



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Shawn joined Clearwire following the merger of Sprint's WiMAX business into Clearwire in 2008. 


At Clearwire, Shawn leads an effort to develop the market for WiMAX services by working closely with device manufacturers for the embedding of WiMAX technology and use of the WiMAX service.


At Sprint, Shawn led the Content & Internet Services business development team, and prior to Sprint, he was at VeriSign where he held general management and leadership positions in strategy and business/market development.

Stephen Vincent

General Manager, IP Premises Systems North America




Stephen VINCENT recently took over responsibility for Thomson's IP Premises systems business in North America after 3 years in a Product Management role for Thomson's Residential Gateway and IP STB products.  Stephen has over 12 years experience selling access technologies and core network equipment to support broadband services. These range from working for BT on the early use of ATM to deliver video over fiber, through the development of DSL and IP solutions with Alcatel, to the support of Thomson's femtocell gateway product line.



Stephen joined Thomson in 2001 and worked in the UK sales team where Thomson successfully grew the business following deregulation. He then left England to help Thomson grow the North American business in 2004. Stephen has a Masters degree in Electronic Systems Engineering from the University of York, UK.

Tariq Qureshi

Sr. Vice President

A-Infiniti Consulting


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