Mark Cooper joined the company in 2013 and is responsible for the management and development of AMS-IX marketing, sales, business development and customer service teams. Before joining AMS-IX, Mr Cooper was a Director with Interxion for 5 years with responsibility for strategy, marketing and business development within the Network Service Provider vertical segment. Prior to Interxion, Mr Cooper was employed by KPN International in the role of Product Manager and before that by KPNQwest in the role of Product Marketing Manager.
Christian Koch currently serves on the board of directors for the Open-IX Association, a non-profit formed to foster the development of critical data centre and IXP technical and operating standards. He is also the Program Chair of Megaport.org, a non-profit entity committed to the promotion of internet neutrality. Previously, he was a strategist at Microsoft driving interconnection and peering strategy. Prior to that, he was a senior engineer at Twitter, leading global internet engineering, design, network acquisition, and peering strategy. Christian has spent many years focusing on datacenter and backbone engineering at companies such as Meebo (acquired by Google), QTS Datacenters, and Fordham University.
A a Peering Facilitator, Phil Matte is responsible for developing sales strategies and leading the sales efforts in forging new customer relationships for AMS-IX Bay Area, AMS-IX Chicago and AMS-IX New York in order to drive the growth of AMS-IX USA Inc.
Phil holds over 25 years of decorated sales leadership experience in the Information Technology and Telecommunications sectors. He has joined the AMS-IX USA Inc. from Spread Networks, LLC, where he served as Director of National Accounts providing custom fiber optic network solutions to US-based Content Delivery Networks (CDNs), data centers and telecommunications companies. Prior to joining Spread Networks, Mr. Matte held sales management roles at Voiance Language Services, CoreLink Data Centers and Switch and Data (formerly Palo Alto Internet Exchange (PAIX)).
Job Witteman has been CEO of the AMS-IX Company since it was formed in 2000. In that capacity he was one of the founders of Euro-IX, a platform for European Internet exchanges. Before, Job joined AMS-IX, he was a founding board member of the AMS-IX Association that was formed in 1997. Currently, he is part of the Logistics Group of the Amsterdam Economic Board.
Prior to joining AMS-IX he was Senior Marketing Executive with UPC (Liberty/UCG) and GlobalOne/France Telecom. For both companies he initiated the (European) Internet Service portfolio.
Job was involved in the set up of the first commercial pan-European ISP EUnet prior to that. He holds a Masters degree in Computational Linguistics from the Amsterdam University.
Christian Kaufmann is a Senior Director Network Services at Akamai Technologies, a leading provider of CDN Services.
He is heading the Network Service department which is responsible for peering, supporting network partners and the architecture of the Akamai Network. Christian currently also serves as RIPE MAT WG co-chair and as a RIPE NCC Executive Board Member.
Having operated the INXS in Munich, co-founded the France-IX in Paris, served as the Chairman of the AMS-IX Executive Board in Amsterdam and as a Board Member of Netnod in Stockholm, Christian has extensive IX experience.
Before joining Akamai, Christian was Peering Manager at TeliaSonera, and Technical Operations Manager at Cable & Wireless.
Mr. Kaufmann received a Master of Science in Advanced Networking from Open University in the UK. He also holds various technical certifications, including both a CCIE & JCNIE.
Nico Scheper has 20+ years of experience in the telecommunications sector. Nico has successfully, initiated and managed several business development initiatives in Europe and the Caribbean. Key current assignments: 1) Responsible for the successful deployment of Internet Exchanges, including P&L responsibility, 2) Responsible for the deployment of a submarine cable system connecting the island territories of Saba, Statia, Sint Maarten, Sint Kitts and Sint Barts and to other existing submarine cable systems.
Henk Steenman joined AMS-IX in 2001 when the AMS-IX Association decided to insource the technical management of the Exchange to the AMS-IX B.V. Before he joined AMS-IX as CTO, Mr. Steenman had already been involved with AMS-IX as board member and chair of the AMS-IX Association.
Prior to working at AMS-IX, Mr. Steenman was Director Internetworking Center of Expertise (ICoE) at AT&T. In this role he was responsible for the ICoE budget, 9 team members and a lab environment. Prior to his function as Director ICoE, Mr. Steenman worked as a Senior Network Architect for AT&T. Before working at AT&T, Mr. Steenman worked at the Network Operations Center of SARA (1990 -1997 and as Manager Network Services at SURFnet.
Mr. Steenman studied Astrophysics, Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Amsterdam and holds a bachelor degree in Marine Engineering.
Lindsay Hill is a Senior Product Manager with Brocade, specializing in Network Automation & Integration. He has 15 years’ experience working on network management and network security projects, as well as supporting large data networks. His industry experience includes telecommunications, ISPs, and finance. He blogs at http://lkhill.com.
John Sarkis is currently an Executive Consultant with NTT America (NYSE:NTT) in New York supporting the company’s Cloud and Data Center Services Portfolio.
Up until the End of 2015, John was the General Manager of Colocation and Connectivity at Digital Realty (NYSE:DLR), responsible for overseeing the network and carrier products and services and Colocation solutions the company offers across its global data center portfolio. He was responsible for delivering vertical and client relevant solutions for both Colocation and connectivity services and setting the strategic direction for Digital Realty’s Colocation product offering, including market entry and exit analysis, market pricing and capital investment direction. He joined Digital Realty in 2013.
Prior to joining Digital Realty, John spent nearly 14 years at Deutsche Telekom North America, Inc., where he worked in a variety of roles developing Deutsche Telekom’s global network. In his last position as Head of Global Telehouse Real Estate, he was responsible for 192 locations across 27 countries. He oversaw all aspects of data center and carrier facilities development, retro-fit and management, from site selection to operating procedures. John started his career at MCI Communications in 1995.
John has a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and a Master of Business Administration degree in Executive Management from St. John’s University.
Ellen Barry, formerly the Chief Information Officer for McCormick Place and Navy Pier as well as the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, is currently leading a small, IT consulting business, The EBarry Group. Through her career, Ellen brought strong organizational skills, strategic planning, communications and relationship-building skills to public and private sector organizations helping to improve these organizations through the use of technology and innovation. Some of Ellen’s varied technology experiences have included work within the wastewater treatment industry, the convention and tourism business, the City of Chicago, the Chicago Police Department, Mt Sinai Hospital in Chicago, and Newark Electronics. Ellen completed her BS of Mathematics from University of Illinois at Chicago and her MBA from Loyola University, Chicago. Ellen has numerous affiliations within the IT and Innovation communities in Chicago, including
Rohit Pasam, CEO of Xaptum, is an industry trailblazer who runs technology businesses through the life cycle of start-up to turnaround with an incisive understanding of value drivers for technology products in the marketplace. Pasam had previously founded successful technology businesses in technology services and outsourced product development. In 2013, AT&T named him one of AT&T’s innovators in Internet of Things. Pasam is the Founder/CEO of Xaptum, an on-demand messaging network for Things.
Vinay Nagpal is responsible for growing DuPont Fabros Technology’s carrier-neutral data center connectivity and peering services, supporting customers’ networking requirements and managing the telecommunications infrastructure at DFT’s data centers nationwide.
Vinay has over 20 years of experience developing product and technology solutions in REIT, wholesale, retail and enterprise data center environments focused on networking and connectivity. Previously, Vinay has held several senior-level positions in Product Management and Product Development at Tata Communications, Verizon, MCI, Digex and UUNET productizing data center services in North America, Europe and Asia-Pac.
Vinay serves on the board of Open-IX Association and has been actively involved in building open standards for Peering and Interconnection globally. As a member of the Leadership Board of NVTC Data Center & Cloud Infrastructure Committee, Vinay actively participates in the region’s data center and cloud infrastructure development. Vinay also serves on the LINX NoVA Customer Advisory Board in Northern Virginia promoting LINX distributed Internet Exchange in Northern Virginia.
Vinay has an MBA degree in Information Systems, a B.S. degree in Computer Science and ITIL certification. Vinay has authored white papers and industry publications on Data Center Outsourcing and IT infrastructure and he has been a featured speaker on Data Centers, Interconnection, and Peering at telecommunications and data center industry events.
Tom is the Senior Network Engineer at Rackspace Hosting. He has over twelve years of experience with network architecture and engineering within enterprise and service provider networks. Tom has been involved with a number of industry organizations. In 2013, he started the Chicago Network Operators Groups (CHI-NOG), which hosts annual local conferences. He has been involved within the OPEN-IX organization. Currently, he is part of the internet exchange committee and previously been part of the Americas Interconnection Summit’s program committee and membership committee.
Tom holds a degree in Computer Science and the CCIE certification.
Carol Wilson is Editor-at-Large for Light Reading, where she covers broadband service providers and plans content for global events. She has covered the telecom industry for 31 years, including 14 years at Telephony, eight of those as editor-in-chief. Wilson also was a founding editor of Inter@ctive Week and founding editor-in-chief of The Net Economy, both for Ziff-Davis Media, and also founded a news and information Web site, Broadband Edge. Prior to covering telecom, Wilson wrote about higher education, business, politics, the arts and sports for newsletter and newspaper companies. She holds a BA in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Wilson’s work has been recognized by the Computer Press Association, the American Society of Business Press Editors, the Jesse H. Neal Awards of the American Business Media and the North Carolina Women’s Press Association.
Khaled N. Sedrak is a continuous entrepreneur with passion for creating disruptive extraordinary-value ventures. His accumulated experience in large-scale global ICT-infrastructure projects, coupled with his true believe in open access philosophy, gives him the drive and authority to lead in such challenging and complex projects; and has made him a common guest and speaker in many international conferences and global forums such as the Global Connect Initiative, ITU, WEF, Arctic Economic Council, Broadband Commission and the Nordic’s North Glow.
Capitalizing on the rising cloud wave and its inherent pressing demand on massive data center space and connectivity, and building on the healthy organic growth in this sector, Khaled has started his latest venture “NxtVn” to address this global opportunity through developing NxtVn’s flagship multi-tenant Data Center Parks as mixed real estate and technology infrastructure play.
He is leading an elite multi-national team in creating a global cluster of well-connected Data Center Parks, distributed around the world in key strategic locations. Khaled aims at creating a unique natural habitat for all data center players, whether big data or private clouds, where they can build, operate and grow their business in a reliable, scalable and secure ecosystem.
After 12 years of running technology companies, including a CEO appointment at the age of 28, Daniel Newman traded the corner office for a chance to drive the discussion on how the digital economy is going to forever change the way business is done.
Newman holds an MBA and is an adjunct Professor at North Central College. He is also the author of Five best selling business books including “The Millennial CEO” and “Building Dragons: Digital Transformation in the Experience Economy.”
As the CEO of Broadsuite Media Group and President of V3B, a family of marketing and media agencies, Newman works with more than 10 Fortune 500 companies to help them approach their digital transformation strategies and build winning strategies for the rapidly changing digital landscape.
Newman enjoys playing the piano, is an avid soccer fan, husband and father.
As a keynote speaker Newman gives speeches in locations worldwide on technology, digital transformation and omni-channel marketing.
As the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for ZenFi, Walter leverages over 20 years of technology sales and executive management experience in the enterprise and financial marketplace to lead the sales team in efficient delivery of network solutions that enable customers to grow their businesses more effectively. Prior to ZenFi, Walter served as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Metro|NS, where he effectively developed sales strategies that delivered results. Before Metro|NS, Walter was the Director of Enterprise Sales for Lexent Metro Connect, where he was responsible for growing Lexent’s core business. Walter previously served as Vice President at TCG SecureZone and helped forge key relationships and partnerships with numerous business and enterprise clients. He received a degree in Liberal Arts with a focus in Engineering and Mathematics from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.