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Speakers.

Fred Baker

Past IETF Chair, RSSAC Co-Chair at ICANN, USA

Fred Baker is an engineer that has worked in data communications and Internet technology since 1978, and in Internet standardization since 1986. He has written or edited at least 60 RFCs on a variety of topics including QoS, routing, network management, services for law enforcement, architecture, and more. He has also served as the chair of the IETF and a number of its working groups, and contributed to the Broadband Internet Technology Advisory Group. As of 2019, he chairs the IETF IPv6 Operations Working Group and the ICANN Root Server System Advisory Committee.

Adrian Farrel

Past Routing Area Director, ISE, Old Dog Consulting, UK

Adrian Farrel is an innovator and standards-maker in Internet technologies working within the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) where he has participated in the development of Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), Generalized MPLS (GMPLS), Path Computation Element (PCE), and various technologies. He served as one of two IETF Routing Area Directors for six years and was chair of the CCAMP, L1VPN, L3SM, L2SM, I2NSF, and PCE Working Groups. He is the co-author of over 70 RFCs, currently serves as the Independent Submissions RFC Editor, and has written, edited, or contributed to seven books on Internet technologies and four books of fairy stories.

Nalini Elkins

EDCO and Inside Products, USA

Nalini Elkins is CEO and founder of Inside Products. She has also been the CEO / CTO of 3 other high-tech companies. Her area of technical expertise is in performance metrics for wide area networking. Her latest standard is RFC8250: Performance Metrics and Diagnostics for IPv6. She has also been a commercial software product developer. Her products have been marketed by IBM as well as other major software vendors. She was honored to receive the A.A. Michelson award in 2014 from the Computer Measurement Group for her contributions to the industry.

Ron Bonica

Distinguished Engineer, Juniper Networks; Co-chair of V6OPS & OPSEC WG

Ron Bonica is a Distinguished Engineer at Juniper Networks, specializing in IPv6 and Segment Routing. He is active in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), having authored or co-authored twenty RFC documents and served three two-year terms as co-director of the IETF Operations and Management Area. Ron currently co-chairs the IETF V6OPS and OPSEC Working Groups.

Paul Wilson

Director General, APNIC.

Paul Wilson has nearly 30 years’ involvement with the Internet, including 20 years as the head of APNIC, the Regional Internet address Registry for the Asia Pacific. In this role, he has led APNIC’s development as a provider of critical Internet services and as a key contributor to Internet growth and development throughout the Asia Pacific. Paul has worked as an expert and leader across the full range of communities and organizations involved in Internet development, including ISPs and network operators, non-profit organizations, governments and governmental agencies; and with many key organizations including RIRs, the IETF, ICANN, ISOC, APEC-TEL, the ITU and others.

Bimal Kumar Roy

Chairperson, National Statistical Commission

Prof Bimal Kumar Roy is the newly appointed Chairperson of the National Statistical Commission. He is a former Director of the Indian Statistical Institute. He is currently serving as the chief of RC Bose Centre for Cryptology and Security at the ISI, Kolkata. He received a Ph.D. in Combinatorics and Optimization in 1982 from the University of Waterloo under the joint supervision of Ronald C. Mullin and Paul Jacob Schellenberg.

In 2015, Prof Roy was awarded Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian honour, recognizing his accomplishments and contribution to education.

Mohit Sethi

Co-Chair for EMU & LWIG WG, Ericsson, Finland

Mohit Sethi is a Senior Researcher at Ericsson and a postdoc researcher at Aalto University in Finland. He has received a Doctor of Science (Tech) degree in Computer Science from Aalto University. He has previously completed his dual MSc. degree in security and mobile computing from Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden and Aalto University, Finland with full EU scholarship. Mohit actively contributes to IoT standardization (author of RFC8387 and RFC8576) at the IETF and is currently co-chairing the Light-Weight Implementation Guidance (LWIG) as well as the EAP Method Update (EMU) working groups of the IETF. He has received best paper awards at the ACM Ubicomp and IEEE IoT conferences and has more than 50 international patent applications.

Prateep Misra

Head of Technology & Engineering and Chief Architect, TCS, Kolkata, India

Prateep Misra is Head of Technology & Engineering and Chief Architect of the TCS IoT Platform – TCS Connected Universe Platform (TCUP).  He has over 26 years’ experience in software engineering, research and technology consulting. As a thought leader in TCS' R&D organization, Prateep has been responsible for setting up Center-of-Excellence (CoEs) in the areas such as Stream Processing, Storage Systems, RFID and Digital Signal Processing. His areas of expertise include Embedded Systems, RFID, IT Infrastructure, Real-Time Analytics and Cloud Computing.  He holds a B. Tech and M.Tech in Electrical Engineering, both from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. He attended Executive Leadership program conducted by Michigan Ross School of Business.

Prateep was awarded the TCS Research Distinguished Engineer Award in 2018. He has authored over 10 international patent grants and over 20 international publications. 

Deepak Maheshwari

Director - Government Affairs, India, ASEAN & China, NortonLifeLock Inc., New Delhi

Deepak Maheshwari has over two decades of experience as a public policy professional with a keen interest in the interplay of technological innovation and socio-economic development. An often invited speaker and a prolific author, he has served as the global chair of IEEE Internet Initiative, the secretary of ISP Association of India. He co-founded National Internet eXchange of India and the ITU-APT Foundation of India. A graduate in engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, he is also a law graduate and has earlier worked in Microsoft, MasterCard, Sify and HCL.

Dhruv Dhody

Co-Chair, PCE WG, Huawei, Bangalore, India

Dhruv has been working in the networking domain for last 16 years with Huawei Technologies. His current designation is Lead Architect for Data Communications. Over the years he has worked hands on L2VPN, VPLS, OSPF, NTP, ALTO, CSPF etc for the Huawei's Routing Platform. He is currently working on research, standards and proof of concepts for various emerging technologies as PCE, Segment Routing (SR) and ACTN. He is an active IETF contributor in the area of Path Computation and Traffic Engineering with 18 RFCs. He has filled 20 patents. He is also serving as the PCE WG co-chair at IETF. He is also part of Routing Directorate and sergeant-at-arms for the IETF mailing list. He is a founding member and secretary for India Internet Engineering Society (IIESoc).

Abhijan Bhattacharyya

Scientist, TCS, Kolkata, India


Abhijan Bhattacharyya is presently serving as a scientist in TCS Research, Tata Consultancy Services, Kolkata, India. He has been serving the industry for 16 years. His current areas of interest are network protocols for IoT, low-latency communication for Industry 4.0, 5G, etc. In the past he has provided technical leadership to several critical projects in India and abroad on implementation of contemporary digital wireless communication protocols for wireless test equipments used by some global leaders in mobile communication. He has authored several peer-reviewed international publications and granted patents in multiple geographies. He has served as a visiting faculty in Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India. He is also holding the position of Vice President (Projects) in Internet Society India Kolkata chapter. He has played a lead role in representing his organization in Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). He has led the first ever contribution of TCS to IETF Standard in the form of "RFC 7967". He has been a IETF fellow under the NextGen Leadership Program of Internet Society in multiple IETF meetings. He has also actively participated in the efforts to spread awareness on IETF in India. He has recently been designated as Internet Society Resource Person for IETF sensitization in South Asia.

Venkatram Aurva

Head of India R&D, SYNTIANT, Hyderabad, India

Venkatram Manages India R&D Team @ Syntiant Corp. for the development of Always-On Machine Learning Solutions for Battery Powered Devices and IOT devices. 

With Over 24+ years of experience in commercialization of Industry first solutions including LTE, IMS, IPV6, eHRPD, HTTP, TCP/IP and DNS for multiple products segments including IOT GWs, Smart speakers, Smartphones, Industrial devices, Automotive & Wearables.

Vinayak Hegde

CTO-in-residence, Microsoft, Bangalore, India

Vinayak Hegde currently works as CTO-in-residence at Microsoft for Startups. With over 17 years of experience, Vinayak has built multiple products across different domains such as IoT, large scale networks and large scale data systems in a variety of individual contributor and senior technical leadership roles. Previously he has worked with Akamai, Inmobi, and Zoomcar.

Anurag Bhatia

Network Researcher, Hurricane Electric

Anurag Bhatia has been working with the global IP backbone provider Hurricane Electric since 2015.  He keeps a close on the global routing tables, interconnection of networks, IXPs and DNS. He’s also managing tech platform at BharatIX exchange in Mumbai. In past he has worked with ISPs and web hosting companies.

Rajeev Chaubey

Principal Engineer, Juniper Networks

Rajeev Chaubey has 20+ years of experience in application security, proxies, VPN technologies and building security solutions and platforms. He is currently working for Juniper Networks as a Principal Engineer and responsible for DPI, TLS proxy and local breakout solutions. His current area of interest includes security automation and research on application security for encrypted traffic.

Abhishek Goliya

Lead Engineer, VMware, Bangalore, India

Abhishek is the lead engineer at VMware and working on network and security solutions. He is with VMware for more than 7 years now and has been part of the NSX design team since its early days of vCNS to today's NSX. He played the lead in role architecting NSX management plan and cross-cloud solutions. He did his post-graduation from IIT Bombay and before VMware, he has worked on digital asset platforms and backup solutions.

Santosh P K

Routing Architect, VMware, Bangalore, India

Santosh is routing architect at VMware working for NSX datacenter networking solutions. He has been actively working in research team in VMware to bring intent based networking to NSX product line. He has been active in IETF BFD and OAM working groups. 

Reji Thomas

Juniper Networks, Bangalore, India

Reji Thomas has 15 years of experience in systems development focusing on networking and security. Currently, he works as a Sr Staff Engineer in Kernel networking team at Juniper Networks. He has worked with Symantec, Cisco Systems and Citrix in the past. His involvement with IETF started a year ago primarily on IPv6 areas and he has co-authored two RFCs and has filed around 24 patents. 

Goutam Paul

Associate Professor, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata.

Dr. Goutam Paul completed his Bachelor degree in Computer Engineering from IIEST Shibpur; Master degree in Computer Science from State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany, U.S.A.; and Ph.D. in Cryptology from Indian Statistical Institute. From 2006 to 2013, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering of Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India. Currently, Dr. Paul is serving as an Associate Professor at Cryptology and Security Research Unit of Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata.

Dr. Paul received the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Award of Germany in 2012 and the Young Scientist Award from the National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI) in 2013. Dr. Paul's research area is Classical and Quantum Cryptography. He is known for his cryptanalysis in RC4 of IEEE WiFi protocol.

Bipin Pradeep Kumar

CoFounder, Gaia Smart Cities, Bangalore

Bipin Pradeep Kumar is the CoFounder and Director at Gaia, a startup in the IoT space focussed on data driven insights. Gaia recently has been recognised as a NASSCOM Emerge 50 company, and is one of India's Emerging 20 companies chosen by the Mayor of London. He is the Chairman of the Smart City Group for TEC, DOT, Ministry of Communication and IT, Government of India, and also serves as an Expert with United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business. Academically, Bipin has a dual MBA from Georgetown University and ESADE Business School and an MSc from the University of Wales.

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