Workshop Speaker Profiles

James AitkenJames Aitken, Principal Solutions Evangelist, Aepona Ltd.

James Aitken is the principal solutions evangelist for Aepona Ltd. He has been in the computer industry for over 30 years working on a wide range of services, concentrating on advance services architectures for telecommunications in mobile and fixed networks. A primary area of focus in his current role is the service delivery platform and the role of telecom web services. He holds a BA in physics from Oxford University, England.

Previous to his current role, he spent 20 years as a consultant working on various aspects of the Intelligent Network(IN) and advanced services product planning and design for 2nd and 3rd generation mobile and fixed networks. In addition, he has been heavily involved in messaging products (SMS and MMS), in the design and realisation of service networks (SDPs) and, recently, in services exploiting the IMS, including IP telephony and fixed mobile convergence. He is a regular speaker at conferences and symposia and has given many seminars on IN exploitation, value added service delivery, service management, telecom web services and mobile messaging.

Abbie BarbirAbbie Barbir, Senior Advisor, Nortel

Abbie Barbir, Ph.D., co-chairs the OASIS TAB and is a member of Nortel's Strategic Standards group, where he serves as Senior Advisor in the areas of Web services and Security. This role has involved him in many activities within OASIS, W3C, WS-I, OMA,ITU-T, Canadian Advisory Committee (CAC) JTC1 SC6, IETF, Parlay and IPSphere. He currently chairs the Cyber security question in ITU-T SG17 and is the vice chair of the CAC for JTC1 SC 6. In 2005, he represented OASIS to ITU-T and was instrumental in having the ITU-T consent the SAML and XACML OASIS Standards as ITU-T Recommendations. Abbie holds a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, USA. In his more than 20 years in the software and telecommunication industry, he has been a professor of Computer Science in Western Carolina University, an application developer, data compression and encryption inventor, systems architect, security architect, engineering manager, consultant, author, and inventor of numerous security algorithms. His term on the TAB extends to July 2008.

Hanane BechaHanane Becha, Key Member-Strategic Standards Development Team, Nortel

Hanane is a key member of the Nortel Strategic Standards development team, which is responsible for the creation of Nortel-wide standards strategy for SOA and Web Services and participating in the developmentof SOA related standards and specifications. Hanane has extensive experience in delivering client-services in the area of information management and is currently responsible for coordinating Business Process Management (BPM), Event Driven Architecture (EDA) and Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) activities to best fit the Telecom domain needs. Hanane is an active participant in several Standards Development Organizations including the International Telecommunication Union Standardization (ITU-T) and the Object Management Group (OMG).

Edin Bektesevic Edin Bektesevic, Senior Technology Strategist, Vodafone

Edin Bektesevic is Senior Technology Strategist with Vodafone Group Services in the United Kingdom where he has led the company’s international team focused on standardization in service-orientated strategic and technical areas and international bodies. In turn, he focused on advising, guiding, contributing and leading in strategically crucial areas of standardization, like service architecture, identity management and mobile advertising. In his previous career he worked for Compaq Computer and Sun Microsystems in Stockholm, on strategic projects where innovation, business and technology meet.. Edin has a wealth of experience in both the commercial and technical aspects of the mobile and computer industry. He was one of the founders of a startup focusing on mobile retailing, which has won a Silver medal at the Swedish Business Plan of the Year, an award associated with Stockholm School of Economics and, at the European level, London School of Economics and other European counterparts. His academic background comes from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and the University of Sarajevo.

Martin BorrettMartin Borrett, Lead Security Architect, IBM

Martin is the lead security architect supporting IBM's Security business across NE Europe (NE IOT). Martin has worked in the IT industry for 16 years, the last 14 of which have been with IBM. Martin is based at IBM Hursley in the UK, and spends most of his time travelling across Europe advising clients on the business, technical and architectural issues associated with security and assisting them in exploiting IBM's Security capabilities. Over the last 3 years Martin has worked increasingly with clients and IBM teams on SOA, in particular the security and management aspects and this technology and how IBM can provide to help clients in this area. Martin is a Technical Staff Member, a Consulting IT Specialist, a chartered engineer (CEng) and member of the IET and a certified member of the BCS. When not at work Martin's main pastime and passion is sailing. This currently involves racing a Dragon from Cowes, UK.

Marco CarugiMarco Carugi, ITU-T/Nortel

Marco began his career as telecommunicationsystem engineer in Solvay, an international chemical group, and then worked for8 years in France Telecom R&D as Research Engineer in Broadband DataServices and Network Technologies, participating in a number of internationalFT projects as technical expert in IP/MPLS and VPN domains.

He joined Nortel in 2002 as Senior Advisor inside the CTO organization and his current focus is on Next GenerationNetworks and emerging telecommunication enabled services and applications,promoting Nortel strategic interests in those areas in international standardsbodies.

Involved in standardization since 1996, heis currently acting as the ITU-T NGN GSI and IPTV GSI Rapporteur for Question2/13 (Requirements and implementation scenarios for emerging services in NGN)and has also actively participated until now in the NGN related ETSI TISPANtechnical body. Among his past management positions in standardization, heco-chaired the Services and Requirements working group in the ITU-T Focus Group on NGN, served on the OpticalInternetworking Forum Board of Directors, chaired the IETF Provider ProvisionedVirtual Private Networks Working Group and held the Q11/13 Rapporteurshipduring the previous ITU-T study period.

Marco has authored a number of IETF draftsand RFCs, ITU-T Recommendations, and other contributions to standard bodies andpapers.

He holds an Electronic Engineering degreein Telecommunications from Pisa University (Pisa, Italy), a M.S. in Engineeringand Management of Telecommunication Networks from National Institute ofTelecommunications (Evry, France) and a Master in International BusinessDevelopment from ESSEC Business School (Paris).

Brenda ConnorBrenda Connor, Portfolio Manager, Ericsson, Inc.

Brenda has been with Ericsson since 1994 and is responsible for Business & Solutions Creation for Ericsson's Service Delivery Framework (SDF) in USA & Canada. Brenda creates new business through innovative and profitable end-user focused solutions and implementation strategies. Brenda provides leadership in multi-network service architectures, service orchestration in IMS, SOA, & Web 2.0 environments, and end-to-end policy management.

Brenda has 22 years experience in product development and systems engineering in computer and communications systems and has a patent in automated service provisioning.

Dr. Brenda Connor holds a B.S. and a M.S in Computer Engineering from Boston University, and a PhD in Engineering Management.

Dave ElemendorfDave Elemendorf, Director for 21 CN Voice and Multimedia Services Platform, BT

Dave is the Director for 21CN Voice and Multimedia Services Platform at BT. He has been working at BT for 3 years leading programs for service innovation on 21CN. Previously he worked at Qwest and US West as the Vice President for IT delivering systems for Network Operations, Lead to Cash, and 271 Compliance. Dave Started his career at Bell Laboratories and worked a number of years in Data and Voice Switching development.


Michael GiordanoMichael Giordano, Director of Application Architecture and SOA, Avaya

Michael J. Giordano, is the Director of Application Architecture and SOA with the Avaya Chief Technology Organization and is leading efforts for IP/ Telephony convergence and embedding communications technology throughout enterprise systems for strategic business advantage. Michael has spent more than 20 years spear heading the design and development of systems and the commercialization of packaged technology services across key industry sectors. Previously, Michael is was a vertical CTO for CSC and was responsible for the development and delivery of technology solutions, both internally and on behalf of clients in enterprise architecture, applications and infrastructure outsourcing engagements for Government clients. Mr. Giordano has also served as Director of Architecture for responsible for creating the Enterprise Architecture for the alignment of multi-channel insurance e-commerce/business vision with its software and technology architecture to support new market opportunities, client relationships and improved customer satisfaction. Mr. Giordano holds an M.S. in Software Engineering from Monmouth University and a B.A. in Business/Mathematics from Rutgers University.

Lucia GradinariuLucia Gradinariu, Senior Advisor, CA, Inc.

Lucia Gradinariu is a Sr. Advisor for Industry Programs at CA, responsible for architecture, standardization and technical strategy in the areas of Service Management and Service Delivery Frameworks for Service Providers. She has 20 years of combined experience in R&D, product management, operations and business development for large Information and Communications Technology suppliers such as Oracle and CA Inc. as well as nation wide Internet Services Providers. Her technical contributions are in the domains of Internet real-time communications, operation of large scale Internet services, architecture and implementations of Service Delivery Platforms, management of next generation of services. Her business development experience is in selecting technology partners, M&As and competitive strategies for IT and Telecom markets.

Lucia Gradinariu is an active technical member of Service Delivery Framework, eTOM/ITIL and Service Quality Management programs in TeleManagement Forum and SOA for Telecom Members Section in OASIS. She has a MSc in Electronics and Telecommunications from Technical University of Iasi, Romania, and a Doctorate in Computer Sciences from Institut National des Sciences Appliquées of Lyon, France.

William HernWilliam Hern, Architect, Nortel

William Hern has worked in the telecommunications industry for over fifteen years, gaining experience in both the enterprise and carrier businesses. Since joining Nortel, Will has served as one of the original architects for Nortel’s successful Call Server 2000 product that is in use with many of the world’s phone carriers. Most recently Will has been leading the development of Nortel’s services offerings that are built on top of its Communications-Enablement strategy. He also consults with companies wishing to take advantage of communications enablement for their Web 2.0 and SOA strategies and is an ardent believer that the Telecoms and Web 2.0 communities can collaborate successfully together.

Sune JakobssonSune Jakobsson, Research Scientist, Telenor

Sune Jakobsson has been working as aresearch scientist at Telenor R&D's lab on "Open Services Platforms" in Trondheim, Norway since August 1998. Since August 2004 he is research manager for the open services group. He has experience in research, development and teaching in the fields of Web Services, middleware and e-commerce technologies. Currently he is involved in research in the areas of location-based services, and standardisation of open interfaces intelecommunication networks. He is actively involved in European and national projects related to location-based services, rich presence, context, SIM card development and model driven development. Before joining Telenor he worked at Stentofon, designing intercom switches. He received the degree "Sivilingeniør" from Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH), at Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 1994. The Norwegian Institute of Technology considers the "Sivilingeniør" degree equivalent to the Master of Science degree in Engineering.

Stephane MaesStéphane H. Maes is Chief Architect and CTO at Oracle

Dr Stéphane H. Maes is Chief Architect and CTO at Oracle, Mobile, Voice and Communications, in charge of: product architecture for SDP (Service Delivery platform) and end to end OSS/BSS/SDP integration and of Technical strategy for SDP and end to end OSS/BSS/SDP vision targeting Telecommunications service provider and as well as enterprise markets. He has been involved in SDP, Telephony, Voice and Multimodal technologies and activities for the last 18 years at AT&T Bell Laboratories, IBM and Oracle. He is also involved and has influenced many related standard activities for example OMA, Parlay, IETF, TMF, OASIS, W3C, JCP, 3GPP etc...focusing on service layer aspects and evangelization of IT techniques and designs in Communications. He currently chairs OASIS TMS (Telecom Member Section). 

Angelo Morelli

Angelo Morelli, Executive Partner, Communications and High Tech, Accenture

Angelo Morelli is a partner with Accenture, responsible for Accenture's offerings and work around New Product Development and Innovation for Communications, High Tech and Media clients globally. He is based in Rome.

With more than a decade of experience helping communications service providers achieve high performance, Mr. Morelli is particularly focused on helping wireless and wireline operators simplify their network architectures and technologies to achieve greater flexibility and cost efficiencies. Mr Morelli also has extensive experience helping new market entrants defining the business case and setting up their operations.

Mr. Morelli is also the global lead for Accenture Service Delivery Platform solution, an industry-leading and award-winning offering that is helping service providers create, deploy and profit from new value-added services more rapidly and cost effectively. Within that role he has responsibility for architecture definition, asset development, offering creation and client team support, as well as alliance partner management.

Among his many client projects is a major program for a German wireless provider, where he was responsible for the architecture definition for the deployment of a service delivery platform and IP Multimedia System (IMS) solution within a broader reorganization program initiated by the operator. Mr. Morelli also led a service delivery platform deployment for a large European convergent operator, a project that reduced both costs and time to market for the operator by up to 75 percent.

Before joining Accenture, Mr. Morelli served in a number of management positions in the Telecommunications Industry. He received a university degree in electronic engineering from the University of Rome La Sapienza.

Rakesh RadhakrishnanRakesh Radhakrishnan, Senior IT Architect, Sun Microsystems

Rakesh Radhakrishnan is a Sr. IT Architect in the Communications Market Area of Sun. He has covered Telecom Companies, Network Equipment Providers (NEP), Independent Software Vendors (ISV) and Service Provider accounts in Europe, Canada, USA and Latin America.

He has over 15 years of experience and has an MBA (MIS) and MS (MIT). He is an active member of Customer Engineering Council (CEC) and was the Chairman of a Working Group on Container Alignment Engine (CAE patent received from Europe and US) and STAR at Sun. He also has Defensive Disclosures on Correlated Identity. He has published more than 50 papers on IT Architectures (Frameworks, Process and Techniques) and is a frequent speaker in conferences including ITU, DIDW, OMG, TOG, CMG, IRM, SuperG, SunNetwork, Java ONE, etc. He has led multiple Architecture Workshops and Architecture Assessments for IT Consolidation and Network Identity projects. He was recently featured on Officer Outlook for his work on Aligning Architectural Approaches (Sun's WS-Incite Award for 2005). He is the recipient of the "Above and Beyond" award from the Sun/Nortel team in 2007 and also the "Outstanding Contributor Award" from SEI. He was selected as a "Stellar Volunteer" -amongst 25 such volunteers from Sun Celebrating 25 years.

Rakesh is also Certified by The Open Group (on TOGAF 8), SEI (as a SW Architect) and OGC (Prince 2 and ITIL). He has Green Belt Six Sigma training. He is a ECCSE (Enterprise Computing Certified Systems Engineer -Competency 2000- from Sun ) and as a Systems Architect Pro (from Peoplesoft).

He is the Author of the Book titled "Identity and Security" and is currently working on its sequel "Identity and Policy" (2008).

Tony RichardsonTony Richardson, Senior Program Manager, TM Forum

Within the TM Forum, Tony is Senior Program Manager for the Service Delivery Framework (SDF) program. Previously, Tony was responsible for managing Strategic Liaisons between TM Forum and other Industry Groups and the NGN Management program. Tony is also Managing Director of System Technology Solutions (STS) Ltd. This is a company specialising in the provision of Telecommunications and Information Technology (IT) consultancy services.

Prior to forming his own company, Tony had over 30 years experience in Telecommunications developments working for BT. When he left BT his position was that of Senior Engineering Advisor on Management System Platforms in the Ipswich Systems Engineering Centre (Approx. 800 Development staff).Tony is a Chartered Electronics Engineer and holds a Masters Degree in Computer Science (University of Hertfordshire).

Enrico RoncoEnrico Ronco, Project Manager, Telecom Italia

Enrico graduated in Computer Science at the Turin University (Italy) and is currently Project Manager at Telecom Italia. He is in the telecom industry since the early '90s and has been involved in numerous projects related to the "process management" theme both in Telecom Italia and Telecom Argentina, covering consultant/project manager roles.

Since 2000 he is involved in the TM Forum activities and has covered the role of the eTOM (enhanced Telecom Operations Map) Team Leader until spring 2005, when he was awarded as "TMF Distinguished Fellow". His current role within TM Forum is now the Chairman of the SDF project.

In 2006-07 he also served as Chairman of ETSI TISPAN WG8 on NGN Management contributing to the specification of TISPAN Release 2, and has been a contributor to ITU-T SG4 Q.8.

Babak SadighiBabak Sadighi, Co-Founder & CEO, Axiomatics

Babak Sadighi is co-founder of Axiomatics and the CEO of the company. Babak has a PhD in Computer Science from Imperial College, London. He is an active member of security research community and he has been working as a researcher in the field of authorisation management and access control for the past 10 years.

Amardeo C. SarmaAmardeo C. Sarma, Senior Manager, NEC Laboratories Europe

Amardeo C. Sarma received his Bachelor of Technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, in 1977 and his Master’s degree (Diplom-Ingenieur) from the Technical University of Darmstadt in 1980, both in Electrical Engineering.

He was at Deutsche Telekom and predecessor from 1981 to 1995, where he participated in several internal and international projects dealing with signalling, protocols, ATM, middleware and specification techniques. In 1995, he joined EURESCOM GmbH in Heidelberg as Project Supervisor, where he supervised international Projects in the area of software technologies, middleware, ATM and IP. In April 2001, he joined NEC Laboratories Europe in Heidelberg, where he is currently responsible as Senior Manager for the areas identity management, security for restricted devices and car-to-car communication. Amardeo was Chairman of ITU-T Study Group 10 from 1996 – 2001 and then Co-Chairman of the combined Study Group 17 on “Data Networks and Teleccommunication Software” until 2004. He is IEEE Senior Member and Steering Board member of the WWRF (Wireless World Research Forum). Amardeo is in charge of the “Global Architecture and Scenario based design” Work Package of the EU IST Integrated Project “Daidalos” and Technical Project Manager of the EU IST “SWIFT” project.

Musa UnmehopaMusa Unmehopa, Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, Alcatel-Lucent

Musa Unmehopa is a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff within the office of the CTO of Alcatel-Lucent's Applications business division. Musa has held several leadership positions in various standards organizations (3GPP, Parlay, and OMA), and currently is the chairman of the OMA Architecture Working Group. In the past, Musa was the vice-chairman of the OMA Mobile Web Services Working Group. Musa is a co-author of two technical books "The Open Mobile Alliance — Delivering Service Enablers for Next-Generation Applications" and "Parlay/OSA: From Standards to Reality", both published by Wiley & Sons. In addition, Musa authored numerous journal and conference papers, and has one patent and several patents pending in the area of service delivery and service mediation.

Musa holds an M.Sc. degree in computer science from the Technical University of Twente in The Netherlands.