Joshua Slater completed his PhD in Canada, working on a range of technologies in quantum cryptography and quantum communication. After 3 years at the University of Vienna and the Bavarian Academy of Sciences, Joshua came to the Netherlands to join the Quantum Internet Team at QuTech at the TU Delft. Currently he is leading a project to start building and laying the foundations of the Dutch Quantum Internet.
Massimo Candela is a Senior Software Engineer at the Global IP Network division of NTT Ltd., focused on developing applications to guide decisions and to facilitate day-to-day Internet operations. Some of the open-source tools he developed are the go-to resources for network operators to monitor certain aspects of the Internet performance. Currently he is contributing to the automation and monitoring of the NTT Global IP Network, one of the biggest backbone networks in the world.
Arjan Erkel both inspires, impresses, and touches his audiences with his motivational speeches of how he was kidnapped in Russia working for a charity organisation but managed to move on afterward and use the experience to grow as a human being. His personal, authentic, and inspirational approach to telling his dramatic, tragic and brave story certainly makes people wonder about their own situation, their own freedom of choice and freedom of mind. It serves as a lesson in self-reflection, courage and self-esteem, and building rapport. Arjan Erken seeks to use his own story to inspire and empower other people.
Throughout his 20-year career within the IT, Telecommunications, and Internet industries, Peter has been the driving force behind global business transformation initiatives spanning people, processes, and technology. Peter launched his career within Landis Group, a network products and services company, where he ultimately became Director of Vendor Management and Business Development EMEA.
He then went on to found his own IT solutions company and systems integrator – 2Build4 – from scratch, turning it into a profitable growth engine within just one year. Later as Business Director with KPN, Peter expanded the company’s IT services into outsourcing.
Eventually, Peter joined Westcon-Comstor – a technology distribution leader – where he advanced through leadership roles spanning operations, SAP implementations, and business development.
Most recently Director of Digital Transformation, EMEA, Peter demonstrated his ability to drive radical change through an IT transformation project and complex SAP implementation spanning 24 countries.
Peter holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Architecture and a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing from The Hague University of Applied Sciences.
Chris van ’t Hof is a researcher and writer in information technology. With his background in both engineering and sociology, he analyses the interaction between human and electronic networks. He has written a book on ethical hacking. His company Tek Tok organises conferences on scientific and technological issues. He also has his own talk show: Tek Tok late night.
For more information, visit his website.
Elena joined AMS-IX as Business Development Manager in 2018. Her primary focus within this role was to develop new sales channels and methods of altering the "go-to-market" approach. The major focus was adjusting and driving new products, pricing and sales strategy to open new markets and meet the customer requirements. She is now leading the innovation program within the organisation to seek and develop innovative projects as well creating structures and process to accommodate the innovation.
Niels Raijer (1974, M.Sc. Chem.Eng.) is CTO and owner of Fusix Networks, where stability of the Internet Routing System is of the highest importance. He has been a BGP networker since 1999 and has worked for ISPs such as Demon Internet and Proserve before starting a career in BGP consulting, building and running dozens of autonomous systems. Having founded Coloclue and being one of the founding members of NLNOG as well as volunteering in the boards of non-profits (‘vereniging’) outside of the Internet world, Niels is now chairman of the Route Server Support Foundation and will make it the success that IXPs require.
Julia Janssen creates awareness about the impact of technology and digitization on society. She translates scientific insights into accessible design giving her audience a peek behind the internet’s surface. By making the complexity of information technology understandable, she builds a movement that strives for data sovereignty. Ultimately, everyone must consciously choose who knows what about him or her on the internet. This philosophy is reflected in several projects: she develops and designs projects about the lack of ownership, control, and transparency over personal data, the capital in online behavioural patterns, the changing definition of privacy, and the future of digital identity.
Lucien Engelen is CEO of Transform.Health and Fellow at the Deloitte Center for the Edge, where he works as the Global Strategist Health(care). He is a Faculty member of Singularity University Exponential Medicine and author of the book Augmented Health(care), the end of the beginning.
Lucien works at the intersection of innovation and strategy and advises boards, governments, companies and professionals. His advice focuses on how to initiate change.
Vincent Sleiffer has over 10 years of experience in high-speed optical transport. He holds a PhD in high-capacity transmission over long distance, with standard and novel fiber types using coherent technology. He is the world record holder on highest data transmission rate over hollow-core optical fiber. In his current function as Senior Systems Consultant at ADVA, he advocates new optical transmission technologies, designs optical transmission systems for customers and likes to demo new products.
Kent joined Smartoptics in January 2018, to lead the newly established product unit Optical Networks. Previously held various positions at Transmode and Infinera and he has recently returned to Sweden from a 4-year assignment as the director of sales engineering in the USA. He has over 15 years of experience from the optical networking industry.
Vanesh has 18 years of experience spread across Service Provider, Enterprise and Cloud Datacenter Networks in several reputed companies such as Sify, DU Telecom, MLB Advanced Media, Cisco & Tata Communications. As a CCIE Certified professional, he has designed DC networks for Fortune 500 companies. In his current role at Pluribus Networks, he works closely with APAC customers to move to SDN based DC & Metro Network.
Dan DeBacker, Vice President, Service Provider Engineering and Product Management leads the software engineering and product management teams responsible for delivery of Extreme’s Service Provider solutions. This includes all aspects of the business including field enablement, solution vision and strategy, industry analyst engagements and offering insight to address customer business requirements and providing Extreme’s long term vision for networking use cases targeted to Service Providers.
A tech veteran for more than 30 years, Dan is valued for his communication skills, customer-first mentality and transparency. His vast industry experience in dealing with large customers worldwide enables him to help solve complex customer needs, create new business opportunities and utilize skills in strategic planning, team building and business development.
Dan came to Extreme via the Brocade acquisition where he was a Principal Systems Engineer. Prior to Brocade he held positions within systems engineering, office of the CTO and product/solution management at Bay Networks / Nortel / Avaya. Dan started his career and spent ten years in various positions within the IT organizations of Ford Motor Company.
Dan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer and Information Systems as well as an MBA from the University of Michigan.