Open Source Networking
Governance for the The LF Networking Fund (“LFN”) is set forth in the project’s charter, which can be found here. The Governing Board of LFN is responsible for oversight of LFN, with a Technical Advisory Committee (“TAC”) responsible for assisting in the coordination of, and communication among, the various technical efforts supported by LFN.
LFN offers three levels of membership for for-profit entities (Platinum, Gold, and Silver) and an Associate membership level for non-profit organizations. The legal entity for LFN is The Linux Foundation, and membership in The Linux Foundation is required in order to become a member of LFN.
LFN currently supports six technical projects, each of which is organized as a separate series of LF Projects, LLC, as follows:
- FD.IO Project a Series of LF Projects, LLC
- ONAP Project a Series of LF Projects, LLC
- OPNFV Project a Series of LF Projects, LLC
- PNDA Project a Series of LF Projects, LLC
- Streaming Networks Analytics System a Series of LF Projects, LLC
- OpenDaylight Project a Series of LF Projects, LLC
Each supported project is responsible for its own technical oversight, and the TAC fulfills a liaison role as opposed to a prescriptive role. Participation in the supported technical projects is open to anyone, subject to compliance with the technical charters of the projects.
For more information on the technical projects, please see the website for each such project. For more information on LFN, please see this LFN FAQ.
LFN Governing Board
Ahmed Murad is Director, Networking and Telco, at Lenovo. Ahmed currently leads Lenovo’s Data Center Networking and CSP/NFV solutions roadmap and Go to Market initiatives and strategies. Previously, he successfully led Spirent’s Networks, Security and Mobility test solutions businesses. Ahmed started out his career designing HF Micro Wave links and complex antennae radiation patterns for TV broadcasting systems, after which he was an executive in charge of design, deployment and operations at the first public communications network operator in Romania . Later in his career he led systems design and implementation for some of the world’s most complex metro communications systems (Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore).
Ahmed holds a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from Polytechnical Institute, Cluj, Romania and MSAT from Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada.Lenovo
Bob Monkman is Director, Networking Software Strategy & Ecosystem Programs at Arm. He is part of the Enterprise Segment Marketing Team at ARM, located in San Jose, CA and focused on Enterprise Networking and Software Initiatives for the Enterprise Segment such as Linaro Networking Group, where Bob sits on the Steering Committee, the ETSI NFV ISG and the OPNFV initiative. Bob has been in embedded computing for 25+ years, much of it in the commercial RTOS/Middleware world focused on the network communications infrastructure space and did a stint in High Performance Clustered Computing. Bob’s career roles have spanned largely Product Management/Marketing, Strategic Alliances, and Business Development, but he started his career as a hardware/software engineer for Tellabs. Bob’s technology experience includes embedded operating systems, incl. Linux, NFV/SDN, M2M/IoT, Systems Management Middleware strategy and development tools- now delving deeper into silicon designs. Bob was the Carrier-Grade Linux PM at MontaVista from 2003-2005, where he was active in the Service Availability Forum and Carrier Grade Linux Working Group. Bob holds a BSEE from the University of Illinois.Arm
Chris Rice is Senior Vice President of AT&T Labs. He is responsible for delivering the architecture and design of Domain 2.0, the software-centric AT&T network. This transformation uses software-defined networking and network function virtualization to make AT&T’s network faster, simpler, and more scalable.
Prior to this role, Chris was the Vice President of AT&T Labs, leading the research and advanced development for the software-centric network. He and his team made advancements in networking and IP network management; network virtualization; big data; speech and multimedia technologies; information systems and visualization; algorithms and optimization; and scalable, reliable software systems.
Chris has been with AT&T for over 20 years. He has contributed expertise and focus on wireless and broadband communication systems, as well as satellite and broadband data communication systems. He also led development efforts for a digital radio-based, pico-cellular base station, which provided in-building, mobile voice communication on standard cellular phones.
Chris holds more than 70 patents. In 2005, he received the AT&T Distinguished Scientist Award.AT&T
Chris Wright is Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Red Hat. Chris leads the Office of the CTO, which is responsible for incubating emerging technologies and developing forward-looking perspectives on innovations such as artificial intelligence, cloud computing, distributed storage, software defined networking and network functions virtualization, containers, automation and continuous delivery, and distributed ledger.
During his more than 20 years as a software engineer, Chris has worked in the telecommunications industry on high availability and distributed systems, and in the Linux industry on security, virtualization, and networking. He has been a Linux developer for more than 15 years, most of that time spent working deep in the Linux kernel. He is passionate about open source software serving as the foundation for next generation IT systems. He lives in sunny Portland, OR, where he is happily engaged in open source projects such as OpenDaylight, Open vSwitch, OPNFV, OpenStack, Open Container Initiative, and Cloud Native Computing Foundation.Red Hat
Dave Ward is Chief Architect at Cisco Systems, responsible for architectural governance, defining strategy, development of new technology, and leading use-inspired research. Working via tight partnerships with customers, partners, developers, and academia, he is also leading co-development and co-innovation initiatives. He has been the Routing Area Director at the IETF and chair of four working groups: IS-IS, HIP, BFD, and Softwires, and worked with the ITU-T, ONF, and several open source consortia. Dave was also a Juniper Fellow and Chief Architect working on the operating system and next-generation routing systems. He has a small vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains, an heirloom tomato farm along the St. Croix River in Somerset, Wisconsin.Cisco Systems
Elsie Wahlig is a Sr. Director and manager of the Software Product Management team at Qualcomm Datacenter Technologies. In this role, she leads all aspects of QDT software product management – setting our software strategy and roadmap, ecosystem and partner engagements, and driving participation in key open source projects and consortia.
During her 27+ years in industry, she’s enjoyed a wide variety of leadership roles in both technical and management capacity. Before joining Qualcomm, she worked at Samsung Austin Research Center where she started and led a team working on Arm based software. Prior to Samsung, Ms. Wahlig was an Engineering Fellow at Advanced Micro Devices, during which she was responsible for Operating System and Virtualization software. In the earlier days at AMD, she founded and led AMD’s device driver team implementing Linux and Windows drivers for the all AMD production chipsets.Qualcomm
As CTO, Eyal Felstaine is responsible for planning and developing Amdocs’ technology vision, as well as the architecture and roadmap of the entire product portfolio.
Previous executive roles include Amdocs’ Head of Orchestration group, where he led the ECOMP co-creation collaboration with AT&T around their software-centric Domain 2.0 vision of achieving 75% virtualization in their network by 2020. Eyal also spearheaded the establishment of Amdocs’ NFV group and was responsible for shaping Amdocs’ product vision, strategy, and long-term roadmap for Network Cloud Service Orchestration and NG OSS.
An innovator and entrepreneur by nature, he has co-founded and held CXO positions in several successful startups in the communications and evolved packet core space. These include Traffix Systems, acquired by F5, Allot Communications, and SANRAD, acquired by OCZ Technology (OCZ was later acquired by Toshiba Japan). Prior to joining Amdocs, Eyal served as VP of Radware’s Cyber Security Division.
An experienced speaker at industry conferences, he has authored multiple referred journal papers, articles, patents, and Internet-standardization documents. Eyal has served as a faculty member in the Information Systems Engineering department of Ben-Gurion University, now sits on the advisory board for the Computer Science department at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, and has won several prestigious awards for research excellence in network security.
He holds a Ph.D. and an M.A.in computer science, as well as a B.Sc. in electrical engineering – all from the Technion. He also holds an M.B.A. from Columbia University and an M.B.A. from the London Business School.Amdocs
Fran Heeran is Head of Network Virtualization, SDN and NFV at Vodafone Group, leading the group-wide, operations-driven transformation for network virtualization, SDN and NFV.
He has over 20 years’ experience in the software industry and has spent the past 15 years in the telecommunications sector. Fran has served in senior technology and business leadership roles in a number globally renowned organizations, including Alcatel-Lucent, Nokia, and NEC. He has worked closely with some of the largest global service providers and has been a contributor to standards organizations, including GMSA and OMA.
Prior to his current role, Fran was the Senior Vice President and General Manager at Netcracker, a division of NEC Corporation, where he led the SDN/NFV business unit. He was also Senior Vice President and General Manager at Alcatel-Lucent, and subsequently Nokia, where he led the communications and collaboration business as well as the charging and policy business. Fran has also held senior business, technology and strategy positions at Aepona (now part of Intel) and Valista, where he was CTO and Senior Vice President of Product Management.Vodafone
John Zannos is the Chief Revenue Officer at Inocybe Technologies. He has responsibility for execution of the Inocybe open networking strategy, with responsibility for sales & marketing, field engineering, support and strategy. Previously, he was Vice President / General Manager of Cloud Platform business and Business Development at Canonical, where he was responsible for execution of the Ubuntu Cloud business, ecosystem/BD, alliances and strategy. He was also responsible for leading Canonicals’ strategy for Telecom with a focus on the application of cloud, scale-out, NFV, SDN and VNF technologies. During his career John has lead business and technology efforts around cloud computing, big data, telecom, networking, utility computing, hosting, application management, security, and content distribution networks. Prior to working at Canonical, he held technology leadership positions at HP, IVIA, Compaq, Digital, Boston University, USEPA and ARCO.
John has been a member of the Board of Directors of OpenStack, OPNFV, Open-O and OpenPOWER foundations. He is one of the Founding Silver Members of ONAP (Open Network Automation Platform). He also served as Chairman of the OpenPOWER board. His interest is to ensure an open and thriving technology ecosystem that drives innovation and collaboration through open technology in networking and compute.
He earned a Master’s of Science from Boston University and a Bachelors of Science from Bucknell University. He splits his time between Boston and San Francisco.Inocybe
Jonne Soininen is Head of Software Industry Initiatives at Nokia in Helsinki. Prior to Nokia, he worked in different positions with Nokia, Nokia Siemens Networks, Renesas Mobile, and Broadcom and has an extensive history in telecommunications ranging over 15 years.
Jonne has a Master of Science in computer science from the University of Helsinki. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. at the Aalto University in Finland.
Within the technical community, Jonne has been active in organizations such as 3rd Generation partnership project (3GPP), the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA), and the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). In the IETF, Jonne has served as the Co-chair of IPv6 Operations (v6ops) and the Network-based Localized Mobility Management (netlmm) Working Groups, and as a member and the chair of the IETF Administrative Oversight Committee (IAOC). He has also served as the Vice-chair for the ISOC Advisory Council. Locally in Finland, Jonne has been active in the Finnish Internet Forum (FIF) – the Internet Governance Forum in Finland and as a member of the board of the local ISOC chapter.
Jonne has served on the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) board as the Technical Liaison Group (TLG) liaison in 2010 and since 2013 he is serving as the IETF liaison to the same board.Nokia
Dr. Kasim Oztoprak is CEO Advisor in Türk Telekom on Cybersecurity and Emerging Technologies. In this extend, he is responsible from the coordination of the transformation in automation and orchestration, as well as helping in new technology adaptation. He is also co-leader of Managed Security Services Program in Türk Telekom. He spent more than 20 years in Telecommunication sector with a PhD degree taken from the Department of Computer Engineering at the Middle East Technical University.Turk Telecom
Marisa S. Viveros is IBM Vice President, Strategy and Solutions for the Telecommunications, Mediac and Entertainment Industry, responsible for devising the role of cognitive computing and cloud platforms for this industry. In this role, she has led IBM’s strategy for NFV.
Marisa joined IBM as a Research Software Engineer, and led various large research teams prior to transitioning as an executive into the business, where she has held a series of leadership positions in wireless, networking services, security services, and cybersecurity innovation.IBM
Mats Karlsson leads the group within the Ericsson responsible for the network and implementation architecture for all Ericsson products. He also heads the Ericsson Cloud Program, defining and setting the strategy around cloud for the company.
His current focus is to ensure that Ericsson can provide an NFV environment for telco operators, based on OpenStack, that can retain and improve carrier-grade SLAs when applications move from a box-based/native deployment to a cloud-based deployment model.
Mats is also responsible for Ericsson’s open source strategy and has been instrumental in driving the foundation of Ericsson-initiated open source projects such as Erlang and OpenSAF.Ericsson
Morgan Dollard is the Vice President & General Manager of Contrail at Juniper Networks, where he’s responsible for Juniper Software and Cloud Networking products. Prior to Juniper, Morgan held various roles at Google running Google Cloud’s Networking business, Content Delivery Network, Edge Computing Platforms, Production Backbone Engineering, and the Google Games business. He also was a Growth Advisor for CapitalG, providing insight and recommendations for the Networking, Security, and Cloud verticals. In addition to his time at Google, Morgan also ran Datacenter Network Engineering at Microsoft, special R&D projects at Xbox and has held a number of roles at large Global 500 enterprises. Morgan holds a number of patents in the areas of advertising, content distribution, authentication, and networking.Juniper
Peeyush Goyal leads the Network Services business in the Americas, including global consulting, alliances and solution development, and marketing for Tech Mahindra. He has focused on driving initiatives to help communication service providers transform their networks through the adoption of open source. Prior to joining Tech Mahindra, he worked for Perot Systems.
Peeyush holds a Bachelor’s of engineering degree in computer engineering and is based in Dallas, Texas.Tech Mahindra Americas
Pere Monclus is CTO of the Networking and Security Business Unit of VMware.VMware
Robert Pippert is VP of Technology Development for wireless and common platforms at Reliance Jio.Reliance Jio
Russ White has more than twenty-five years’ experience in designing, deploying, breaking, and troubleshooting large scale networks. Across that time, he has co-authored more than forty software patents, presented at conferences throughout the world, participated in the development of several internet standards, helped develop the CCDE and the CCAr, and worked in Internet governance with the Internet Society. Russ currently works at at LinkedIn, where he works on next generation data center designs, complexity, security, and privacy. He is also currently on the Routing Area Directorate at the IETF, co-chairs the IETF I2RS and BABEL working groups, is a maintainer on the open source FR Routing project, and serves on the Technical Steering Committee for the FR Routing project. He also serves on the boards of Modulo and Cascade Technology parters; his most recent works are Problems and Solutions in Network Engineering, The Art of Network Architecture, and the Intermediate System to Intermediate System LiveLesson.
MSIT Capella University, MACM Shepherds Theological Seminary, PhD in progress from Southeastern Theological Seminary
CCIE #2635, CCDE 2007::1, CCAr
Sandra L. Rivera is Corporate Vice President and General Manager of the Network Platforms Group at Intel Corporation. She is responsible for the Intel group charged with providing innovative technology and solutions to the networking industry.
Sandra leads a global organization in Intel of more than 2,200 employees to drive the transformation of network infrastructure to Intel-based solutions. The network infrastructure business in the Data Center Group’s fastest growing business enables Intel to become a market leader for network logic silicon, a $19B market segment. Sandra’s organization is responsible for driving the technology innovation in Intel products and roadmap that delivers competitive capabilities to address networking platform requirements for current generation products, and future 5G-based solutions. She engages directly with the industry’s leading C-Suite executives, developing strong, collaborative relationships with the world’s largest communications service providers, telecom and network equipment manufacturers, system integrators, and software developers.
Sandra joined Intel in 2000 as Marketing Director for the new Intel division that resulted from the company’s acquisition of Dialogic Corporation. During her Intel career, she has held various marketing and business development roles focused on network infrastructure, including product marketing, segment marketing, and channel and ecosystem marketing. Prior to her current position, Sandra led the global market development team responsible for communications and storage infrastructure segments.
In 2015, Intel recognized her with its highest honor, the Intel Achievement Award, for helping to transform the telecommunications industry with Intel architecture technologies and NFV.
Before joining Intel, Sandra co-founded and served as president of The CTI Authority, a computer telephony distributor, and served as president of the computer telephony division at Catalyst Telecom. She also spent seven years at Dialogic, culminating in her role as director of Dialogic’s sales organization in the eastern United States and Canada. She started her career as an engineer at Westinghouse Electric Corporation.
Sandra holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Pennsylvania State University. She sits on the board of the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS). She is also a member of the Intel Hispanic Leadership Council.Intel
Dr. Li currently serves as CTO of Products and Solutions at Huawei. Prior to this, Dr. Li served as CTO at Carrier Network Business Group, IT product line and Core Network product line as well as the president of Data Center & Media Network business unit. Before joining Huawei in 2009, Dr. Li held several senior leadership roles and served as a full-tenured professor at ECE department, University of Texas, Austin in US. He co-founded high-tech companies such as GaoHong Telecommunication Technology Inc. in China (acquired by Datang Telecom Group in 2000) and Santera Systems Inc. in US (acquired by Tekelec in 2003) and also co-led and architected original spin off of Santera Softswitch to form Spatial Wireless (acquired by Alcatel in 2004). In 2003-2007 he served as CTO at Tekelec. In his distinguished career, Dr. Li provided technical consulting services to companies like Cisco, AT&T, Verizon, KT and Samsung, and served on the advisory boards of several high-tech startups. Dr. Li had 25 patents filed/granted and over 160 papers published in international academic archival journals and best-in-class refereed international conference proceedings. Over 20 Ph.D. students graduated under his supervision.Huawei
Shigeru Okuya is Senior Vice President of NEC Telecom Carrier Business Unit. Responsible for software and solution business including SDN/NFV and OSS/BSS for telecom industry in the global market. He has been with NEC for over 30 years.NEC/Netcracker
Srinivasa (Srini) Kalapala is the Vice President of Technology and Supplier Strategy at Verizon. Srini is responsible for developing next-generation network technology strategies, identifying strategic suppliers to enable Verizon’s technology strategy and driving architecture efforts across Verizon’s Technology organization.
Prior to his current role, Srini was managing technology strategy, architecture and user experience functions in the wireline business unit. In that role, he led transformation efforts delivering world-class platforms such as Fiber to the Premises networks and well recognized Technician Tablet and Mobile Coach. Srini drove the technology transformation efforts in the areas of work force mobility, Wireline network transformation and platform rationalization. InfoWorld-Forrester recognized Srini’s team as one of the top five leading architecture organizations in the world for these efforts.
Prior to this role, Srini drove the technology architecture for Verizon’s Fiber to the Premises (FiOS) business. Srini has played notable roles in the delivery of long distance, voice unbundling and development of broadband strategies at Verizon. Prior to joining Verizon, Srini worked at British Telecom, IBM and MCI in various technology roles.
Srini holds an MBA from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, a Master’s degree in Information Systems from George Washington University, and a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electronics and Instrumentation from Birla Institute of Science (BITS) in Pilani, India.Verizon
Sun Qiong has been engaged in IP network technology research, IP network planning and network-related product development of China Telecom for 10 years. She is the author of several IPv6 transition-related RFCs and leads new operation system architecture design for CTNet2025 at China Telecom.China Telecom
Tamer Shenouda is Director of Network Transformation at Bell. He leads Bell’s Network 3.0 initiative in the Network organization and is responsible for end-to-end network architecture, overall program management, and network service orchestration. Network 3.0 is a transformation initiative addressing people, process, and technology aiming to drastically improve service and operational agility as well as reduce costs in order to improve customer experience.
Tamer is also Co-chair with Facebook of the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) People & Process group. The group’s purpose is to help telcos through their transformation initiatives by enabling knowledge sharing and visibility into cultural, skills, and process transformation efforts. He has been at Bell for 15 years and has played various roles in IT and networking. In his previous role, he led the enterprise architecture team in IT for Bell’s business market services, developing architecture roadmaps and solutions for customer management, order management, provisioning, billing, and security.
Tamer holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and software engineering from Université du Québec and a mini-M.B.A. from McGill University.Bell
Thomas Di Giacomo
As CTO, Thomas Di Giacomo drives the rapid innovation and growth of SUSE’s expanding portfolio, from the Linux operating system to software-defined solutions such as the OpenStack cloud infrastructure, Ceph-based storage, and software-defined networking, as well as container orchestration and Platform as a Service solutions.
Thomas has over 15 years of experience in the IT industry, serving in various global leadership roles in engineering and product innovation. Prior to SUSE, he was CTO at Swisscom (Hospitality), defining and providing different telco-related services to specific verticals.
Thomas holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Geneva, where he was a senior software developer and researcher involved in both academic work and joint corporate projects with international leading enterprises, as well as standardization bodies such as MPEG.SUSE
Vincent Danno is Director of Standards at Orange. His responsibilities include all wireline networks and home networks, as well as the IoT platform. In his role, he defines standardization strategy and policy and leads Orange’s standardization activities to set the direction and lead the transformation of future networks, including in such areas as convergence in 5G, the move to software-defined networks, transport networks and machine-to-machine computing.
Vincent has held various roles, covering both fixed and mobile networks, both at the access and core level. He has also been involved in numerous standards development organizations and industry associations, such as ETSI, 3GPP, and the GSMA. His contributions have been recognized through a number of industry awards.Orange
Woojune Kim is currentlySenior Vice President, Head of Products and Business Strategy and Head of North America Sales, Networks Business Unit at Samsung Electronics.
He has worked extensively in the telecommunications industry during the transition over the last 20 years from traditional telephony to IP and wireless networks, covering engineering and business roles,He started as a systems engineer at Lucent Technologies Bell Labs(Murray Hill), working on the firstATM PON/FTTH networks. In 1999, he joinedSamsung and helped develop the first commercialCDMA2000 3G system in the world.Later he joined Airvana Inc, Boston, where he became Vice President of Technology and CTO of Femtocells.In this role, he led marketing and development teams to develop new and innovative wireless products related to 4G LTE RAN, smallcells, and security and access gateways.Since 2011 he has been with SamsungNetworks, working in various roles, including Head of Global Product Management and Technical Sales, and Regional GM for North American Networks business. More recently he has focused on bringing the advanced 5G mmWave technology developed by Samsung’s R&D teams into commercial deployments including the first commercial 5G systems in the world.
He obtained his Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Electrical Engineering at Seoul National University, Korea.Samsung Electronics
Yachen Wang is the Deputy Director of the Network Technology Department at China Mobile Research Institute and Vice-chair of the ITU-T SG13 IMT-2020/5G working party. At China Mobile, he helps lead R&D supporting network evolution, NFV/SDN, 5G network architecture design, and the NovoNet project. Though NovoNet, China Mobile will take the advantages of NFV/SDN to achieve the fast deployment, auto-scaling, and fast upgrade for the world’s largest mobile networks with more than 800 million subscribers.
Yachen Wang earned his master’s degree in computer science at the University of York in the UK, and had 15 years’ working experience in telecommunication network technology areas. In addition, as the Vice-chair of ITU-T SG13 IMT-2020/5G Working Party, he has experience in international standardization activities and collaborations.
Yuan Yue is Director of SDN/NFV Open Source Strategy at ZTE Corporation. He began working in the telecom industry in 2000. He was previously a software engineer, system engineer, architect, and ETSI standard researcher.ZTE