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Past Proceedings

​Fred Baker 

Fred Baker has worked in the telecommunications industry since 1978, building statistical multiplexors, terminal servers, bridges, and routers.

At Cisco Systems, his primary interest areas include the improvement of Quality of Service for best effort and real time traffic, the development of routing and addressing, and issues in law enforcement and emergency use of the Internet. In addition to product development, as a Cisco Fellow, he advises senior management of industry directions and appropriate corporate strategies.

His principal standards contributions have been to the IETF, for which he served as IETF Chair in from 1996 to 2001. In that forum, he has contributed to Network Management, OSPF and Manet Routing, PPP and Frame Relay, the Integrated and Differentiated Services QoS architectures, and RSVP. He now serves on the IETF's Internet Architecture Board and chairs the Internet Emergency Preparedness Working Group, as well as directly contributing technically.

Vishnu Pavan Beeram

Vishnu Pavan Beeram is a regular contributor at the IETF and currently serves as a co-chair of the IETF’s TEAS Working Group. He has about 19 years of Software Development experience working on a variety of switching and routing platforms. He is an integral part of Juniper’s Routing Protocols Development team and his current focus is on customer-focused innovations, telemetry/analytics and optimization in the MPLS Traffic-Engineering space. Prior to joining Juniper Networks in 2012, he spent about 7.5 years developing control plane solutions in the optical domain for ADVA Optical Networking. Prior to that, he was with AVICI systems for about 4.5 years developing various MPLS-TE features. Prior to that he had stints doing maintenance work at Lucent/Ascend and 3COM. 


He has a Master’s in Engineering Management from The George Washington University and a Bachelor’s in Computer Science & Engineering from Sri Venkateswara University.

V Anil Kumar

V Anil Kumar is a Principal scientist at CSIR Fourth Paradigm Institute, Bangalore. His research interests are in Cyber Security, High Performance Computing and Protocol Engineering. He received DAAD Fellowship from German Academic Exchange Service and subsequently worked at Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication system (FOKUS), Germany from 2002 to 2004. From 2009 to 2010, he was with the French National Research Institute in Computer Science and Control (INRIA), France as a Senior Expert Engineer. He has worked on a large European Union Project called OneLab2 to establish a geographically distributed and federated network testbed among PlanetLab US, PlanetLab Europe and PlanetLab Japan.  He was the project leader for establishing a supercomputing facility for CSIR, which was ranked no. 1 in India and 58th fastest supercomputer in the world in June 2012. He was the Chief Investigator of multiple cyber security research projects from Ministry of Information Technology and CSIR. He has also initiated a long-term programme on Cyber Security Research and Observation (CySeRO) under 12 Five Year Plan.

Dharmanandana Reddy

Dharmanandana Reddy has around 17+ years of Industry experience in telecom, networking, security and cloud domains.He is currenly working actively for IP and Security related projects and analysis on Container security, Cloud security and security analytics in Huawei. He had presented papers in embedded systems conference and filed patents on IP security in wireless systems.

Dr. Balaji Rajendran

Balaji is working as a Principal Technical Officer in Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), Bangalore. He has more than 16+ years of experience in IT Research and Development, specifically in the domains of Information Security, Community Computing, and Applied AI. He has several research publications to his credit. He has been leading and executing many funded projects, and his current interests are in Public Key Infrastructure, Internet Security Protocols and Blockchain inspired security solutions.

Pradeep Kathail

Pradeep Kathail is the Chief Architect of Enterprise Networking Business at Cisco and CTO for Connected Car business unit and is responsible for architecture, technology and standards strategy, innovation and incubation of new businesses. His current focus areas are introduction of standard network technology in live TV production (PMN) and automotive (Connected Cars). He is also responsible for cost effective connectivity of IoT devices, security of network infrastructure and evangelizing use of IPv6 in Enterprise networks. During his tenure at Cisco, he led many large-scale OS infrastructure and system development. Prior to Cisco, Pradeep held various technology management jobs at Apple, Novell, SITA and IBM. He holds a MS Computer Science degree from IIT Roorkee, India.

​Carsten Bormann

Carsten Bormann received his Diploma in Computer Science in 1985 and his PhD in Engineering (Dr.-Ing.) in 1990 from Technische Universität Berlin. Serving as a Honorarprofessor for Internet technology at the Universität Bremen, he is member of the board of its Center for Computing Technology (TZI); he is also a Visiting Professor at the Design department of the Universität der Künste in Berlin (Institute of Electronic Business).

His research interests are in protocol and system architectures for computer-mediated communication between humans. He has been leading the IETF efforts on Integrated Services for Low-Bitrate Links (ISSLOW) and is co-chairing the Robust Header Compression WG (ROHC), which are a prerequisite to seamless Internet Multimedia Conferencing over low-speed links (wired and wireless), including Internet Telephony. From 2002 to 2004, he served as a founding chair of the mobilitytask force of TERENA, the European association of research networks. Most recently, he is co-chairing the IETF IPv6 over Low-Power Wireless Personal Area Networks WG (6LOWPAN).

Elliot Lear

Eliot Lear is a Principal Engineer at Cisco Systems, where he has worked for nearly 20 years and focuses on IoT security,  He has participated in the IETF since 1989, and has served in numerous roles, including as a working group chair and on the Internet Architecture Board.  He is the author of sixteen RFCs.   Eliot has also served in the ITU-D as a rapporteur on a culture of cybersecurity.  He resides in Switzerland with his wife and daughter.

Rahul Arvind Jadhav

Rahul is a Lead Architect with 16 years of engg & systems experience with specific focus on network and protocols optimization. Architect for IPv6-based middleware solutions for Huawei LiteOS which is deployed in extremely constrained ad-hoc mesh networks. IoT Applications typically I work with are Smart Meters, Street Lights & Smart City solutions. 10 patents in networks domain with 3 active drafts related to IoT in IETF standardization groups.

He is also involved in 2 Open sources (Contiki & RIOT) related to IoT.

Shwetha Bhandary

Shwetha, Technical Leader at Cisco systems has been a code monkey at Cisco for over a dozen years.  She is a protocol enthusiast with expertise in Radius, Diameter, DHCP, DNS, mDNS and IPv6.  She has worked in networking solutions for Enterprise and Service provider in policy and session management. She is an active contributor to IETF standards in the area of IPv6, DHCP, DNS. She is actively defining new In-band OAM framework for IPv6 - new protocol extensions, software and hardware architecture. She has contributed reference implementation of In-band OAM (IOAM) to VPP/

Vinod Kumar S

Vinod is an Architect at Huawei Technologies, he has been working in the networking domin for the last 13 years. He has actively worked on Netconf, Yang, SNMP, OSPF, MPLS, at Huawei. He has worked in ONOS opensource for adding YANG support to the SDN controller, and involved in ONAP open source project for DCAE. He is currently working on research for applying machine learning and analytics in Network management. Filed 3 patents in networking domain, taken part in IETF hackathon.

Vipul Mathur

Vipul Mathur has been actively involved in R&D around the Web and data systems for 14+ years. He worked on making the Web more resilient by modelling and controlling behavior of overloaded Web servers as part of his doctoral work at IIT Bombay. Since then he has been part of the R&D team at NetApp, working on improving storage and data management systems by applying data-driven techniques. Recently, he has gone back to programming for the Web while building high-throughput, event-based, streaming data applications with the push towards hybrid cloud. 

​Paul Wouters

Paul Wouters is one of the core developers for the Libreswan IPsec VPN project. He is an active IETF member in security and DNS related working groups and author of several RFC's related to IPsec and DNS. He is one of the IETF liaisons for ICANN's Technical Experts Group and was a member of the ICANN DNSSEC Root zone Key Signing Key Design Team. He is the co-chair of the IETF Certificate Transparency working group.

Paul is currently the IPsec VPN maintainer for Red Hat Enterprise Linux and an active Fedora contributor. 

Syam Madanapalli

Syam heads the IoT Delivery at NTT Data Services and Subject Matter Expert for the Internet of Things. Co-authored a book on All IP Networks, filed for 22 patents, written 8 RFC standard for the Internet at IETF, contributed to various standards at IEEE and other SDOs. Syam lead the team that developed world’s first IPv6 ready logo certified TCP/IP stack. Mr. Madanapalli is the chair for IEEE P1931.1, the Roof Computing for the Internet of Things.

Darin Pettis

Darin Pettis joined US Bank in June 2008.  He currently serves as VP – Business Aligned Infrastructure Consultant advising the Business and Information Services (BIS) division of the company.  BIS has over 1,500 employees with more than 500 applications.  He is also involved with the Internet Engineering Task Force standards body.  It was at US Bank that he evolved from being strictly network focused to being performance oriented while managing a packet based performance team for a number of years. Prior to joining US Bank, Darin spent eight years at RBC Wealth Management in a variety of positions, eventually as Head of the Telecommunications Services Group.  There he was responsible for operations, engineering and trading floor support from a network perspective.   Before that he spent five years at US West.  He also served 4 years in the US Air Force in teletype and crypto groups as well as a decade in the MN Air National Guard doing a progressive variety of communications work for the 210th Engineering and Installation Squadron. Darin holds an Associate’s degree in Electronics from the Community College of the Air Force, a Telecommunications degree from UW Stout and has been a Cisco Certified Network Professional. He is also the proud father of three teenage boys.

Steve Fenter

Steve Fenter has been doing network packet analysis for 32 years.  He spent 17 years at NCR Comten doing both code level and packet level analysis on IBM SNA networks.  Following his time at Comten Steve completed his Cisco CCIE certification in Routing and Switching, and currently holds a CCIE Emeritus status.  The last 15 years he has been at US Bank analyzing their enterprise network as part of the Network Application Analysis team.  His responsibilities have included packet analysis as well as architecture of US Bank's packet capture/packet broker environment.  The last few years he has also been focusing on packet visibility issues, including visibility in virtual networks and in the cloud, as well as the ability to decrypt and inspect packet payloads for troubleshooting.  This interest has led him into active involvement with the IETF since July of 2016. 

Dhruv Dhody

Dhruv has been working in the networking domain for last 14 years with Huawei Technologies. Over the years he has worked hands on in L2VPN, VPLS, OSPF, NTP, ALTO, CSPF etc for the Huawei Routing Platform. He is currently working on research, standards and proof of concepts for various SDN related projects (PCE, ACTN, Network Analytics etc) and Open source (ONOS, ONAP etc). He is an active IETF contributor in the area of Path Computation and Traffic Engineering with 11 RFCs. He is also serving as the PCE WG secretory. 

Vinayak Hegde

Vinayak Hegde is currently Head of Engineering at Zoomcar. His areas of specialization are Big Data, Large-scale software architecture and large scale networks. He has more than 17 years of experience building online products. In the past he has been an early employee at Akamai India and Inmobi. He has been an ISOC Fellow to the IETF several times and is active in the IETF since 2009. He has bootstrapped several tech and startup communities in India including Headstart ( and IIESoc ( He is a
lifelong learner and loves to travel and photograph. You can follow him on twitter at


Manav Bhatia

Manav Bhatia is a long term IETF contributor by authoring of 18 RFCs in the Routing and MPLS Area and has been serving the Routing Directorate since last 5 years. He is a Distinguished Engineer and currently heads the team that’s building the Hierarchical and Multi-Layer SDN controller in Nokia. Prior to this, he was the IP/MPLS architect of the SAS 7210 routers in Nokia and had briefly worked in a valley based startup Ionos Networks where he had built the data-plane and was later heading the entire Engineering.

Ramakrishna Reddy Yekulla (Ramky)

Ramakrishna Reddy, Ramky  is currently a Principal Engineer with RedHat with the Storage Engineering Group. He is also a contributor to the Fedora Project.  Prior to Red Hat, he was an Independent Consultant, consulting in the Natural Language Processing, Machine Translation, Indic Text processing. He is a Free Software and OpenSource, Agile, extreme programming evangelist and is involved with the IndLinux project. Best Open Source Project, Linux Asia 2005. His interests lie in  I18N and l10N of software applications. He has spoken at various conferences including the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit, PyCon USA, Pycon India and SciPy India Conference.  He can be reached on IRC on Freenode or OFTC with nick::ramky / ramkrsna

Vivekananda Pani 

Vivek Pani is the Co-founder and CTO of Reverie Language Technologies, where he is the key driver behind Reverie’s language as a service platform and its consumer apps initiatives, and leads his teams towards the goal of delivering unparalleled language experience across devices. After graduating as an Electronics and Instrumentation engineer from CET, Bhubaneswar, India, Vivek began his language computing journey at the Center for Development of Advanced Computing, CDAC. Here he led the language computing team and pioneered several tools including the first free text transliteration from English to Indian languages for regular text and names.

Kalyankumar Asangi

Kalyan is working as Director Engineering for SDN Opesnource and IP Innovation group in Huawei Technologies India Pvt Ltd. He has involved in the architecture/design of the distributed the IP platform . He is having design/development experience in the areas of BGP/MPLS VPN, LDP, LR/VR, L2TPv3. Currently he is driving the projects in the areas of Network Telemetry and Analytics, SDN, Data Plane and Security areas. He is also ONOS Ambassador for India region.

Manjul Khandelwal

Manjul Khandelwal is a Chief Architect & Co-founder at Nivetti Systems which is a Bengaluru based Network Products and Solutions company engaged in developing next-generation Routing/Switching and security solutions. Having an overall experience of close to two decades in the networking industry, he is responsible for providing technology direction to the company, strategy planning and engineering. He has rich global experience in the networking industry and has been part of the evolution of networking technologies from legacy ATM/Frame relay days to current IP/MPLS and the evolving SDN/NFV space.

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