TNC24: 10-14 June 2024 | Rennes, France

TNC24: Rennes, France | 10-14 June 2024

SPEAKERS

In order to attend the Monday and/or Friday side meeting(s), it is mandatory to purchase a ‘Side Meeting Pass’. At the moment, this pass can be obtained while purchasing a full conference pass for the TNC conference. A separate pass for these Side Meeting will be made available later in the year.

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Guido Aben

SUNET

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Guido Aben is a senior strategy officer at SUNET, the Swedish NREN. He’s been around the eInfrastructures landscape for a good while, previously in roles at AARNet and SURF.

Through his positions in the GEANT (tf-storage / sig-ciss) and CS3 communities, he was quite closely involved in the bid for and execution of both the CS3mesh4EOSC and more recently the EOSC procurement action lot2/3 efforts.

Storage and collab systems aren’t his only gig; he finds fun in open source governance, data mobility, subsea cable systems and hurriedly learning Swedish as well.

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Claudio Allocchio

GARR

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Claudio Allocchio studied astrophysics and particle physics, but also music (piano). In 1985 he started his computer networking activities at CERN and then returned to Trieste (1988). Among the founders of GARR NREN, he managed the COSINE mail gateway services (early 90s) and the Italian Naming Authority (".it" regulator). Since 1991, he is a member of the ART (application and real time) area directorate at IETF. He is the GARR senior manager, advisor and director for advanced applications and security areas. Claudio is coordinating the development of LoLa (the liw latency videoconferencing system for performing arts education). In 2019 he was awarded the Medal of Honour from the Viesch Foundation, and in 2021 and 2023 the eCulture award by Anilla Cultural/RedCLARA. Since 2020 is the Chair of the GEANT Community Committee, and since 2023 a member of GEANT Board of Directors.

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Renato Ambrosone

Politecnico di Torino

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Renato Ambrosone was born in Italy, in 1998. He obtained a bachelor's degree in computer science engineering at Università degli Studi della Campania in 2019. He moved to Turin to pursue a master's degree in Computer Networks and Cloud Computing. He is currently pursuing a PhD at Politecnico di Torino within the Optical Communications (OptCom) research group.

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Joan Ampaire

RESEARCH AND EDUCATION NETWORK FOR UGANDA

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I am an Internal Audit & Risk Management Officer from RENU, the Ugandan NREN. I am passionate about my work is largely to bring value addition to an organisation.

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Changqing An

Tsinghua University

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Changqing An received her Master's degree in computer science and technology from Tsinghua University. Currently, she works at the Institute for Network Sciences and Cyberspace at Tsinghua University as an Associate Researcher. Her primary research interests include network measurement and network security, with in-depth studies on topics such as BGP security, BGP route hijacking, encrypted traffic classification, and cyberspace measurement and mapping.

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Elisabeth Andriantsarazo

CESNET, Czech Technical University

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Xavi Aracil Díaz

1EdTech

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Xavier (Xavi) Aracil is a technical standards architect focused on Open Badges and Comprehensive Learner Record.

After graduating with a degree in computer science (and later a master's in mobile application development) from the Technical University of Catalonia, Xavi worked in edtech for more than ten years at the Open University of Catalonia, holding various roles from developer to software engineer. While there, Xavi was introduced to 1EdTech standards, which solved how the institution designed and developed applications, and became involved in the 1EdTech community, including being co-chair of the European LTI Group in 2021.

Xavi lives and works in Barcelona, Spain.

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Albert Astudillo

REUNA

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REUNA technology manager. He has contributed for more than a decade to the development of the Chilean academic network, leading the implementation of new services and the growth of infrastructure. A network engineer by profession and with a Master's in Engineering, he specializes in the fields of routing, switching and optical networks.

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Chris Atherton

GÉANT

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Chris Atherton is a Research Engagement Officer at GÉANT, focusing on providing cutting-edge pan-European networking, and trust and identity services. His role focuses on supporting International user communities and organisations, as well as identifying new solutions to specific research requirements primarily in the Earth Observation, Astronomy and Planetary Science communities. Chris has over 10 years’ experience working in the IT and Space industry prior to joining GÉANT and holds a BSc (Hons) in Computer Networks and Security.

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ASIER ATUTXA IMATZ

UPV/EHU

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Asier Atutxa received his BSc degree in Telecommunication Engineering in 2018 and his MSc degree in Telecommunication Engineering in 2020 from the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). He joined the Communications Engineering Department of the UPV/EHU as a researcher in the I2T Research Lab (Engineering and Research on Telematics) in 2018. His research interests include cybersecurity, software-defined networks, and virtualization applied to industrial environments. Currently, he is a PhD student in Mobile Network Information and Communication Technologies at the UPV/EHU.

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Edward Balas

ESnet

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Edward Balas has been developing technical solutions for the R&E community since leaving the industry in the early 2000s. He is currently the Measurement and Analysis Group Lead at ESnet and is the head of the MetrANOVA consortium. His prior experience includes extensive work with Software Defined Networking, Security Analytics, and Network Modeling.

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Duuk Baten

SURF

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Responsible Tech lead at the SURF Innovation Lab. Working mostly on responsible AI (in research and education) in the broader context of SURF's Public Values program.

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Morten Brekkevold

Sikt

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Devops engineer with 20+ years experience in building network management software for campus and backbone networks

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Sebastiano Buscaglione

GÉANT

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Sebastiano Buscaglione, is a professional, with many years of experience supporting large scale data networks. Before joining DANTE, now GÉANT, in 2012 where he is currently employed as Senior Network Architect he worked as part of the At&t global operations department. Currently, Sebastiano leads the GN4-3N task looking at the definition of the future topology of the GÉANT Network.

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Laura Castellana

RedCLARA

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I`m a professional in information science—librarian, and a Magister in eLearning. I have dedicated more than 20 years of experience working in the education sector, and I enjoy it every day because I know that, with my experience and knowledge, I am creating a positive impact on education in Latin America and the Caribbean.

From my current position as Coordinator of academic projects in RedCLARA, I align myself with my purpose and passion for coordinating projects, regional initiatives, and innovation activities in education, science, and technology that enhance capacity building in Latin American, Caribbean, and European countries.

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Ismael Castell Uroz

Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya

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Ismael is a researcher at the Computer Architecture Department of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Barcelona, Spain. Here he received a MSc and PhD with Cum Laude in Computer Architecture in 2010 and 2023, respectively. His research focuses on network security and privacy by means of the development of novel web tracking, and network anomaly detection algorithms.

Ismael has several years' experience as a program developer, as well as a network and system administrator. His expertise and research interests are in computer networks, especially in the field of network monitoring, anomaly detection, cybersecurity, internet privacy, and web tracking.

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Eduardo Cezar Grizendi

RNP

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Eduardo Grizendi is Director of Engineering and Operations at RNP. Taught at Inatel - Instituto Nacional de Telecomunicações, in Santa Rita do Sapucaí, MG, Brazil. Hold Master of Science in Telecommunication Systems from Inatel, and MBA in Business from FGV - Fundação Getúlio Vargas, Rio de Janeiro, RJ. Graduated in Electronic Engineering at ITA - Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica . He has worked in the field of telecommunications since 80’s, initially in R&D institutions, and afterwards, in telecommunications carriers and business and innovation consulting services.

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Matteo Colantonio

GARR

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Matteo Colantonio received the B.Eng. degree in electronic engineering from the La Sapienza University of Rome in 2017 and the M.Sc. degree in photonic engineering from the Eindhoven University of Technology and the Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies of Pisa in 2020. Since then, he has been with the Consortium GARR where he works on the design and implementation of the optical backbone and on the development of innovative services, such as spectrum sharing and QKD.

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Jelena Cosic

RIPE NCC

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Jelena works as a Community Builder for the RIPE NCC, with a special focus on South Eastern Europe. As part of her role, she works on supporting local communities and engaging various stakeholders, including RIPE NCC members, governmental agencies, academic institutions and civil society organisations.
Another aspect of her work is the collaboration with the academic community, through the RACI programme and other institutional partnerships.

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Chris Cummings

ESnet

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Chris Cummings has been fascinated by, and heavily involved in, computer networking from a very young age—Chris has experience in Service Provider Networking, Enterprise Networking, Optical, Wireless, Security, Network Automation, and more. Currently, he works as a network engineer for a large US-based international research network, but started out in IT doing basic computer repair and malware removal as a hobby. During this time performing PC repair, he discovered a passion for networking and was exposed to a Wireless Internet Service Provider (WISP) for the first time, which really kicked off a passion for service provider technologies.

From there, Chris eventually moved on to work for a WISP in Juneau, AK as a network engineer, handling projects like microwave backhaul upgrades, routing and external connectivity upgrades, solar and power redesigns at remote towers, as well as general operational tasks. This was also where he began to explore network automation, and first saw the benefits that it can provide as a force multiplier.

After this, Chris moved into a job working at an international precious metals company, handling network engineering for one of the local sites and then moving to the corporate headquarters as a network engineer handling all WAN connectivity, firewall design and implementation, and provided direction and design assistance to the remote sites. Now Chris works for a large research network on the Software Engineering team, working daily at the interface of service provider network technologies and network automation.

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Leila Dekkar

GÉANT

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Leïla Dekkar is an International Relations Project Manager at GÉANT, focusing on the the AfricaConnect3 and the Emerging NREN programme.

AfricaConnect3 (AC3) is the third phase of the AfricaConnect project. It builds on the success of its predecessor projects, AfricaConnect and AfricaConnect2, in supporting the creation, development and use of advanced, reliable Internet connectivity for the teaching, learning and research communities of Africa.

AfricaConnect3 will connect Africa to unlimited possibilities by improving and enabling access for researchers, students and institutions to digital infrastructures and technologies.

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Roger Dingledine

The Tor Project

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Roger Dingledine is co-founder and original developer of the Tor Project, a nonprofit that develops free and open source software to protect people from tracking, censorship, and surveillance online. Roger works with journalists and activists on many continents to help them understand and defend against the threats they face, and he is a lead researcher in the online anonymity field. EFF picked him for a Pioneer Award, and Foreign Policy magazine chose him as one of its top 100 global thinkers.

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Casper Dreef

GÉANT

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Casper works as a Trust and Security Service Specialist at GÉANT, focusing Trust and Security services, such as eduroam, eduGAIN and TRANSITS.
He is also the task leader Enabling Communities in the GN5-1 project.

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Matthew Economou

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

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Sawsan El Zahr

University of Oxford

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Antônio Carlos Fernandes Nunes

RNP

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MSc. in Electrical Engineering at Teleinformatics and Automation Group at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (COPPE/UFRJ), and BSc. in System Engineering and Computer at Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ). He joined RNP in 1998, where he has worked in operations network, systems development, projects, services and solutions Manager. Additionally, represented RNP in the ELCIRA (Europe Latin AmericaCollaborative e-Infrastructure for Research Activities) project, where coordinated efforts related to AAI (Authentication and AuthorizationInfrastructure) between the EU and Latin America, and played a pivotal role indeploying eduroam services. Furthermore, coordinated RNP's involvement inthe MAGIC (Middleware for Collaborative Applications and Global VirtualCommunities) project, both funded by the European Union.

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Sonja Filiposka

UKIM

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Full Professor at the Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering. Teaching and conducting research in the areas of complex networks, service management architectures, cyber security and cloud/edge computing. Has published over 150 papers in various international journals and conferences and participated in a number of national and international projects. Head of the faculty CSIRT and a representative in ACM Women in Computing.

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Zoë Fischer

GÉANT

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Zoë Fischer works at GÉANT Association as an Information Security Graduate after completing her master’s degree in communication science with a specialisation in political communication at the University of Amsterdam. In her role at GÉANT, she supports the security team by assisting with organisational and communication tasks. This includes coordinating events such as the security conference, writing reports, helping to manage a ISO certification process, and being the service owner for the vulnerability management service.

She is interested in combining her background in communication science, with the technical field of cybersecurity. She sees opportunities to use her understanding of information dissemination to improve cybersecurity strategies, and to bridge the gap between technical complexity and user awareness.

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Heather Flanagan

Spherical Cow Consulting

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Heather Flanagan, Principal at Spherical Cow Consulting, comes from a position that the Internet is led by people, powered by words, and inspired by technology. She has been involved in leadership roles with some of the most technical, volunteer-driven organizations on the Internet, including IDPro as Principal Editor, the IETF, the IAB, and the IRTF as RFC Series Editor, ICANN as Technical Writer, and REFEDS as Coordinator, just to name a few. If there is work going on to develop new Internet standards, or discussions around the future of digital identity, she is interested in engaging in that work. You can learn more about her at

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Licia Florio

NORDUnet

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I'm a Senior Senior Strategy and Policy Officer with about 20 years experience on trust and identity aspects, including policies and privacy. I have managed large distributed teams in the research and education community and led many successful projects.
I have had the pleasure and honour to be involved and/or led most the activities that make up the current European and global authentication and authorisation landscape for research and education.
I'm currently the AARC TREE Project coordinator

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DAVID FRANCO VEIGA

Universidad del País Vasco UPV/EHU

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Heidi Fraser-Krauss

Jisc

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Humberto Froes Forsan

RNP

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More than 20 years of experience in Cyber Security, working as Information Security Manager, Leading Red and Blue Team, Data Privacy team (LGPD) and Identy and Acess Manager Team.
Graduated in Computer Network Administration, MBA in Cyber Security and certificated in CEH Practical and Master, ISO 27001, DPO, Data Privacy Foundation and Praticioner, Itil.

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Renato Furter

SWITCH

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Renato is an Agile Coach at Switch.
He is with Switch since 2008.
He used to be a software engineer.
Then he was a Team Leader.
Now he develops stuff and people as an Agile Coach.
He's involved in the crisis management exercise CLAW.
He helped with the CS3MESH4EOSC.
He's the holder of the inaugural TNC lightning talk award.

He makes the TNC Logo move

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Lorena Gomez Gaviria

CSC/FUNET

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Lorena is finishing her master's degree in Global Management of Innovation and Technology at LUT University in Finland. She's intrigued by emerging technologies driving Industry 4.0, especially in education.

She is a strong believer in the transformative power of education for both personal growth and societal development. Currently, Lorena is delving into her master's thesis investigating the role of 5G technology in shaping the future landscape of universities. She envisions dynamic, interconnected campuses leveraging advanced technologies where collaboration, innovation, and experiential learning thrive.

In addition to her academic pursuits, Lorena has been actively involved in the 5G adoption for Industry 4.0 at Nokia. Her journey has been marked by diverse experiences across South and North America, Europe, and most recently, South Korea, where she engaged in advanced studies on topics related to AI, Human-robot interaction, and Smart cities. Through these experiences, she has developed a deep appreciation for the global landscape of education and technology and its pivotal role in addressing today's challenges.

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Simon Green

Singapore Advanced Research and Education Network (SingAREN)

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Simon is the Technical Manager for Network and Services at SingAREN. He is one of the operators managing the SingAREN Open Exchange Points-of Presence within Singapore, UK and US,

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David Groep

Nikhef and Maastricht University

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David Groep is programme leader of physics data processing at Nikhef, the Dutch national institute for sub-atomic physics, and endowed professor of e-Infrastructure at Maastricht University. Large scale processing and 'end-to-end-solutions' are key themes in his work, and interests encompass trust, identity, and security for multi-domain ICT infrastructures, authentication and authorization collaboration models, and scaling behaviour of resource-balanced operational e-Infrastructures, including networks, storage, computing systems, the governance models that enable the infrastructure - and how data intensive research can exploit them in an effective way.
He also coordinates the policy area in the AARC Community.

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Teresa Grove

AARNet

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Teresa has over 30 years’ experience in Human Resources, Employment & Workplace Relations. She is a globally recognised leader in the design and delivery of leadership development training programmes, including mentoring programmes, and executive leadership coaching. Teresa has a strong track record of achieving positive and lasting change on initiatives pertaining to diversity & inclusion, gender-based violence, legislative change, Collective Agreement & Union negotiations, complex workplace investigations, acquisitions & divestitures, cultural change programmes, workforce management & structural design, and Board & CEO planning & recruitment. Teresa is currently developing and leading the Global Leadership Development Programme for our global NREN community.

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Eliza Gyulgyulyan

Institute for Informatics and Automation Problems of the National Academy of Science of the Republic of Armenia

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I earned my bachelor's degree at Yerevan State University, Armenia, as a financial and actuarial mathematician. Within the Erasmus+ cotutelle program, I continued my master's degree at the University Paul Sabatier IRIT Lab, Toulouse, France, as a computer scientist in Aerospace, where I started my PhD in Big Data Quality Metrics.

I am currently a Junior Researcher at the Institute of Informatics and Automation Problems, at the National Academy of Science of the Republic of Armenia. Here I am working on developing a quality alert system for big data analytics. My project aims to make data analytics available, and affordable, to small businesses that cannot spend resources on solving data quality problems.

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Ann Harding

SWITCH

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Ann was a student of English and History whose e-mail didn’t work. Learning what was behind a broken email system was one of the steps on a journey that took her to study computers and to become Network Operations Manager at HEAnet. A change of country and NREN to SWITCH found her moving away from the packets and fibres into ten intense, amazing years of GÉANT Activity Leadership She is now Reliability Engineering Coach at SWITCH and continues to believe in a moral imperative that NRENs must do good in what we do and how we do it. She will also talk to anyone willing to listen about standards for incident management.

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Nicole Harris

GÉANT

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Nicole Harris joined GÉANT in March 2013 as a Project Development Officer to support the global GÉANT Community Programme. She works primarily in the security and middleware areas and specialises in managing global IT initiatives, policy and legal issues and open source developments.

Since 2010, Nicole has been involved in REFEDS (Research and Education Federations) and continues that role as part of her GÉANT responsibilities. REFEDS is the voice that articulates the mutual needs of research and education identity federations worldwide, and provides a range of working groups, advisories and services to enhance interaction and interoperability between identity federations.

Nicole is responsible for TF-CSIRT, GÉANT's forum for CSIRTS, and works to support GÉANT's successful TRANSITS training programme as well as managing a variety of security related projects for National and Research Education Networks (NRENs). More recently, Nicole has set up the GÉANT "Greenhouse" initiative to support sustainable models for open source software projects.

Prior to joining GÉANT, Nicole worked at JISC for 10 years, supporting a range of programmes and services in the middleware, research and open source spaces. Whilst at Jisc, Nicole established the UK Access Management Federation, one of the earliest research and education identity federations to emerge.

Nicole holds a Master of Arts degree in Children's Literature, which has been more useful in her technical career than people might think.

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Peter Havekes

SURF

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Peter Havekes is a Technical Productmanager in the Trust & Identity team of SURF. Working on identity and access solutions such as eduID, Openconext and SURFconext invite.

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Gustavo Hermínio de Araújo

RNP

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Gustavo Araújo is an R&D coordinator at RNP, working with development and implementation teams of R&D projects in cyberinfrastructure on the topics of OpenRAN, 5G/6G networks, Software Defined Networks, network visualization, advanced internet, and testbeds.

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Billy Holbrook

GÉANT

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I'm a young and eager Network Engineer from the UK who has a particular passion for BGP and routing security!

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Erik Huizer

GÉANT

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Proud father, CEO@GÉANT, Internet Hall of Fame, TEDx speaker, NTR, Media, Science, Education, Networking, NGO's, Music, Kampong & (Chocolate) Milkshake

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Charles Hutchings

Jisc

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Charles is head of market research and insight at Jisc providing the business with insight on the views of its members and customers and the markets in which it operates. Charles has 25 years of experience working within client and agency-side roles across the public and private sectors including 10 years with Jisc, running his own market research agency and with Ipsos MORI.

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Bartek Idzikowski

PSNC

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Bartlomiej Idzikowski graduated from Poznan University of Technology in 2003 (Computing Science - Computer Networks and Distributed Systems) and has become PSNC employee (Network Department). His research interests focus on video- and web-conferencing, high resolution video systems (4K, 8K), web-based applications, streaming technologies, network management and traffic monitoring. Bartlomiej's professional background is asserted by long-term cooperation within different European projects (GN2 – GN4, 6NET, Porta Optica Study, Phosporus, VISIONAIR), as well as national ones (Platon, Future Internet Engineering, Future ICT). Currently Task Leader for WebRTC task in GÉANT project, technical coordinator for TNC (The Networking Conference), coordinator of the scientific TV team and SIG Multi Media steering committee member.

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Paul Iske

Maastricht University

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Professor at the School of Business and Economics at Maastricht University, Paul works on service and social innovation, in particular Combinatoric Innovation. His mission is to make organisations smarter and more innovative. He is also a founder of the 'Instituut voor Briljante Mislukkingen' (Institute for Brilliant Failures), where the focus is to create environments in which innovation and agile entrepreneurship can thrive whilst
understanding their complex nature.

Paul obtained his PhD in theoretical physics. He is a speaker and consultant in the areas of creativity, innovation, intellectual capital, knowledge management and entrepreneurship.

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Christos Kanellopoulos

GÉANT

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Rajkumar Kettimuthu

Argonne National Library

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Raj Kettimuthu is a computer scientist and group leader at Argonne. His research interests include advanced data communication tools for science and quantum networking.

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Vojdan Kjorveziroski

UKIM

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Vojdan Kjorveziroski is a research and teaching assistant at the Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering in Skopje, North Macedonia. He is also currently a PhD student and is taking an active role in multiple international research projects. His main interests include cloud computing, cybersecurity, and distributed systems.

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Antoni Klorek

PSNC

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Antoni is finishing his master's degree in Artificial Intelligence at the Faculty of Computing and Telecommunications, at the Poznan University of Technology. His research interests include artificial intelligence in the broadest sense, particularly areas such as natural language processing (NLP), large language models (LLMs), and retrieval augmented generation (RAG).

Since 2022, Antoni has been working as a Machine Learning Engineer at Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center. He participates in various projects where he's responsible for introducing AI solutions, and is currently working on an intelligent chatbot and an automatic text simplification system. Antoni is dedicated to developing safe AI systems that can help people in various industries.

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Jan Kolouch

CESNET

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Assoc. Prof. Dr. Jan Kolouch has been working in the CESNET, a.l.e. and is also a lecturer at Masaryk University and at Ambis vysoka skola, where he is the guarantor of subjects dealing with cybercrime and cyber security. He cooperates on a number of activities with, among others, the CZ.NIC association and CERT/CSIRT security teams. The focus of his professional interest is issues of applicability of law and liability for illegal acts in cyberspace. Jan Kolouch is the author of books CyberCrime and CyberSecurity (https://knihy.nic.cz/). He is also involved in other projects and training in the field of cybersecurity, fighting cybercrime and user protection.

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Marc Körner

ESnet / LBNL

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Marc Körner joined the ESnet network automation group in October 2019. Prior to that he worked as a lead engineer at a Bay Area startup, developing SDN based office network solutions in the network access provider domain. Before that he spent two years on an awarded postdoctoral fellowship at the UC Berkeley Netsys Lab group, the ICSI, and the EIT Digital Silicon Vally hub. He received a Dr.-Ing. degree (PhD equivalent) from the faculty of EECS at TU Berlin in 2015 for his dissertation on Software Defined Networking based Data Center Services, while he was working for the Complex and Distributed IT Systems department. Dr. Körner further holds a MEng degree in embedded systems, as well as a MSc equivalent university diploma in computer engineering. He has a total experience of around 15 years in academic research and industrial software development.

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Nataliya Kosmyna

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

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Nataliya is passionate about creating a partnership between AI and human intelligence, fusion of a machine and a human brain. For the past 14 years, she has been working on designing solutions to control drones, robots, and home appliances using brain activity only. Nataliya has won multiple awards for her work and was also named as one of the 10 Top French Talent 2017 from MIT Innovators Under 35.

Her interests also include closed-loop systems using real-time biofeedback to enhance and augment human performance, particularly attention and focus. At MIT Media Lab, Nataliya works on designing and testing novel hardware solutions and paradigms for different applications (such as learning and driving) and user groups.

Her work was covered in more than 100 appearances on news outlets.

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Nikos Kostopoulos

NTUA/GRNET

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Nikos holds a diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). He is currently a Ph.D. student at NTUA focusing on network security. He participates in GN5-1 as a member of WiFiMon and RARE teams.

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Koos Kruithof

SURF

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Biography

Koos is Teamlead Vendor Compliance at SURF in the Netherlands.
Prior to joining SURF, Koos worked for EdTech vendors in a commercial role. At SURF Koos started as contract- & vendormanager and has therefore a broad experience on both sides of the relations between the educational sector and tech companies.
In his work as vendormanager Koos already joined compliance projects from SURF. Koos worked together with a team on the privacy and security aspects of Zoom early 2022. Following an intensive consultation with SURF, Zoom made changes to its privacy agreements for Education and Enterprise customers not only in the Netherlands but applied the results to the European Economic Area (EEA).
Latest work from SURF in this field is the DPIA on Google Workspace.

Koos, on behalf of SURF, stands up for public values, including the privacy of students and staff in education and research. In doing so, the New York Times wrote an article on how the Dutch are working with big tech.

Since the start in January 2024 of the new service Koos is assigned as the teamlead of SURF Vendor Compliance service.

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Harri Kuusisto

Funet

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Harri has been working for CSC - IT Center for Science in Finland for more than two decades. He has been mainly managing Funet services provided to Finnish NREN community. Harri has also been an active member and co-chairing steering group of GÉANT SIG-MSP (previously known as TF-MSP and before that TF-LCPM).

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Ben Kyemba Kitimbo

RENU

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Biography

Kyemba Ben is a team lead of the Access Networks section at the Research and Education Network for Uganda (RENU). He has previously worked with the NREN’s technical team as a Network Engineer since 2015 and as a Senior Access Networks Engineer since 2019 where he has spearheaded different projects. His contribution has resulted into the extension of the RENU last mile to over 600 research and education institutions in Uganda since 2015. He has as well-made vital contributions to the vibrant RENU capacity building program as a core facilitator in different tracks which has empowered the technical skills of the community. He holds a BSc. in Computer Engineering and a specialist level certification in service provider routing and switching with Juniper Networks (JNCIS-SP).

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Laetitia Lagneau

Belnet

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Laetitia joined Belnet in 2005 as a relationship manager. She then became head of the marketing and communications department and is now team leader of the product & marketing department. She has been involved in the Géant constellation for several years, as a member of Sig-MarCom and in the GN5-1 project.

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Jennifer Lane

Nunavut Arctic College

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Biography

Jennifer Lane is a distinguished IT Executive and Innovation Strategist with over 20 years of visionary leadership in the technology sector. Holding an MBA in Entrepreneurship & Innovation. Jennifer has carved a niche in spearheading technological advancements and digital transformation across various industries. Her expertise spans executive leadership, AI adoption, enterprise architecture, strategic planning, and cybersecurity, with a notable emphasis on leveraging technology for educational and connectivity advancements in remote regions.

Jennifer's career highlights include the successful deployment of a Territory-wide Research and Education Network using cutting-edge LEO technology, recognized both federally and globally for its impact on remote connectivity and educational frameworks. As an Executive Consultant and Acting CIO for Nunavut Arctic College, she has led critical technological initiatives, including comprehensive IT strategies, organizational AI adoption, and policy development.

A thought leader in her field, Jennifer has delivered insights at numerous conferences, focusing on technology's role in governance, education, and workplace efficiency. Her contributions to the field have been instrumental in shaping innovative solutions that support secure, digital workplaces and enhance business decision-making through data and analytics.

As a speaker at The Networking Conference, Jennifer Lane brings a wealth of experience, insights, and forward-thinking strategies to the forefront of technology and innovation. Attendees can expect to gain valuable perspectives on navigating and leading through the challenges and opportunities presented by the digital age.

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Roman Lapacz

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Roman Łapacz is a network systems researcher at the Poznań Supercomputing and Networking Center. Additionally, he is a member of the GN5-1 Network Platform team (WP6 Task 2), where he focuses on developing programmable network infrastructure, virtualization, automation, and orchestration solutions.

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Denim Latić

Restena

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Denim Latić is currently a bachelor student in his final year in Nancy, France while in parallel working for Restena as a Security Analyst.
Cybersecurty is an ever-evolving field and so, he embarks on a perpetual journey to do his best to be able to face new and old threats in the cyberspace. Furthermore, he is enthusiastic about raising awareness on cybersecurity related issues to both small and large audiences.

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Peter Leijnse

SURF

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Peter Leijnse works as Enterprise architect at SURF, the collaborative organisation for IT in Dutch education and research, since 2022. His focus areas are identity and access, credentials, integration and standardisation. Peter participates in several national and international initiatives related to these subjects. Before joining SURF, he worked in senior architect roles on solutions, architectures, standards and infrastructures for citizen and company services at Logius, the Dutch digital government agency. In all, Peter has over 20 years experience in architecting and designing IT solutions.

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Slávek Licehammer

CESNET

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Stefan Liström

SUNET

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Stefan is working at the Swedish NREN Sunet as a service manager for the e-signature service eduSign. He is also involved in EU collaborations such as the European Digital Student Service Infrastructure (EDSSI) project and the development of the EU Digital Identity Wallet (EUDIW).

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Lukasz Lopatowski

PSNC

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Łukasz Łopatowski works in Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center (Poland) as a Software Engineer and Computer Networks Analyst since 2007. Over the years he participated in a number of EU and national R&D projects focused on developing solutions for next generation networks. Within the GÉANT project involved in the NMaaS service design, development and operations since 2015 and currently leading these activities.

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Davina Luyten

Belnet

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Davina Luyten is communications officer at Belnet. She has a background in translation, journalism and multilingual corporate communication. At Belnet, she focuses on external communication, public relations, crisis communication and security awareness. She has participated in the GÉANT project since 2020, where her involvement includes the annual cyber security awareness campaign.

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Arusik Manasyan

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My name is Arusyak Manasyan, and I was born on July 24, 1999, in Armenia. I pursued my education at the National University of Architecture and Construction of Armenia (NUACA), where I earned both my Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Information Technology. Currently, I am preparing to embark on my PhD journey in this field.

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Edoardo Martelli

CERN

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Edoardo Martelli is an experienced network engineer in the Communication Systems group of the CERN IT department. His expertise is in the field of Internet connectivity, campus and datacentre networks, network security and firewalls. Edoardo chair the community that provides LHCOPN and LHCONE the international networks for the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid

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Irina Matthews

GÉANT

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Professional experience includes delivering business objectives on a global scale (American Express), as well as project management aimed at adoption of learning technology and developing associated professional competencies when working in the non-profit sector (further education sector and local government, UK). As part of developing the competencies of change management and supporting others to transitioning to a different mindset developed competencies that allowed to become the member of the UK Leadership and Management Institute as well as associated member of the European Mentoring and Coaching council. These competencies together with the Foundation Degree in Computing, experience of working in the commercial and non-profit organisations and a range of interpersonal skills to form effective professional relationship paved the way for managing international development projects (EaPConnect); projects that enable technology to deliver benefits for education, science and research as well as wider societal benefits.

The main areas of professional interests includes the transformative impact of technology for individuals, communities and societies at large, human capital development and organisational development. More personal interests include vintage detective stories and the ambition to qualify as a tea sommelier.

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Brian McArdle

HEAnet CLG

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Brian holds a BA in Computer Science and Classics, as well as a Masters in IT. He has been in HEAnet for over 15 years, starting as a Network Systems Software Developer programming web applications and NOC tools.

He led the dedicated Software Development Team while it existed at HEAnet, setting best practices and building internal tools to enable cross-collaboration and automation within the organisation.

He is now a Technical Architect, designing and building automated network provisioning and monitoring tools.

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Ian McDonald

EUMETSAT

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Ian McDonald is the Competence Area Manager for Network & Communication Services at the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT).

He has been involved in most aspects of IT Infrastructures since the mid 1990's, and joined EUMETSAT from academia in 2018.

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Brenna Meade

Indiana University

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Étienne MÉLÉARD

RENATER

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Software developer at RENATER, the french NREN, for the last 13 years, my primary focus is on the design, build and run of online collaborative services.

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Nathaniel Mendoza

Texas Advanced Computing Center

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Linda Meulenkamp

SURF

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Carmen Misa Moreira

CERN

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Carmen works as an Electrical and Electronics Engineer at CERN. Previously, she worked at a Space Systems Engineer at Alén Space.

Carmen has a Bachelor's Degree in Telecommunications Engineering in the field of Electronic Systems at the University of Vigo. Her thesis topic was: Analysis, design and implementation of a non-invasive glucose monitoring system based on the near infrared. She holds a Master's Degree in Telecommunications Engineering in the field of Electronic Systems at the University of Vigo. The thesis topic was: Validation and verification of COTS FPGA in radiation environments: simulation-based fault injection [Developed at DLR]. She holds a second Master's Degree in Astronomy and Astrophysics at the International University of Valencia, with the following thesis topic: The Evolution of Stellar Bars in the Cosmological Simulation TNG50 [Developed at Donostia International Physics Center].
She is currently writing her PhD on Edge Computing in Space [Developed at Space Systems Engineering research group, University of Luxembourg].

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Anila Mjeda

Munster Technological University

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Claire Sharitah Nakakeeto

RENU

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Claire Sharitah Nakakeeto is a software engineer with experience in the field of information technology. She currently works at the Research and Education Network for Uganda (RENU), where she has been employed since October 2019. Her role involves managing servers, developing software, and implementing new services for the organization​

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Karl Newell

Internet2

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Karl Newell is a Network Software Architect at Internet2 (US national Research & Education network) where he leads their network automation and orchestration efforts. He is currently focusing on helping the Internet2 community jump start and expand their network automation endeavors.

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Dawn Ng

GÉANT

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Dawn Ng is the Community Programme Manager at GÉANT, where she is responsible for overseeing community activities such as thematic special interest groups and the Innovation Programme.

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Damian Niemir

PSNC/PIONIER

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Head of Cooperation and Contacts Department at PSNC, an active member of SIG-MARCOMMS at GÉANT, actively involved in the organization of TNC Conference and CLAW – the crisis management workshop; originator of many projects and initiatives related to the audio-visual world of the Internet. He creates promotion strategies, maintains active contact with the media, and organizes many conferences, meetings and exhibitions with PSNC and the PIONIER Consortium.

Guitarist and musician by heart, a computer scientist by education and a graphic designer by passion, he follows the development of the Internet and its impact on civilization changes, being at the same time its great fan and avid observer. New media enthusiast, striving for interdisciplinary cooperation between artists and IT specialists.

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Rosanna Norman

GÉANT

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Communications Manager

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Sean O'Brien

Internet2

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As associate vice president for NET+ at Internet2, Sean O'Brien provides leadership for service development with commercial cloud providers, vendor management, training and workforce development, and architecture and engineering for Internet2’s research and higher education cloud programs and services.

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Mick O'Donovan

HEAnet

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Senior Network Engineer with HEAnet since Jan 2021. 20+ years of previous experience in network engineering in the service provider space.

Regular contributor to the Networking community via participation in INEX and INOG in Ireland as well as both the RIPE and SIG-NOC communities at an international level.

Current member of the SIG-NOC Steering Committee.

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Madara Ogot

UbuntuNet Alliance

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Keiko Okawa

WIDE Project

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Keiko Okawa is a Professor at Keio University Graduate School of Media Design. She’s a director of the SOI (School on the Internet) Asia project launched by the WIDE Project in 2001.

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Jenny O’Neill

HEAnet

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Jenny O'Neill joined HEAnet as Research Engagement Officer at the end of 2023. In this role she develops relationships with the Irish research community, leveraging the HEAnet service portfolio and fostering innovative collaborations. She previously worked as Data Manager with UCD Library where she provided researchers in UCD with guidance, training and support in all aspects of research data management.

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Jörg Pareigis

Karlstad University

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Jörg Pareigis is an assistant professor in Business Administration and director of library including the Centre for Teaching and Learning at Karlstad University, Sweden. He has vast experience of developing open online graduate courses for lifelong learning based on strategically important research centres at Karlstad University and is co-organizer of the open online course ONL - www.opennetworkedlearning.se.

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David Patterson

Jisc

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Bram Peeters

GÉANT

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Bram Peeters is Chief Networks Operations Officer at GÉANT, where he is responsible for the network development, deployment and operations.

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Monique Pellinkhof

GÉANT

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Senior Procurement Manager at GÉANT Amsterdam since July 2021. Specialised in European (and Dutch) Procurement Law and Contracting law. Monique is the task lead of the procurement of the new cloud tender OCRE2024 within the GN5-1 project.

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Yeshaswini Ramesh

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Evelien Renders

SURF

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Evelien Renders facilitates international collaboration in higher education at SURF, the cooperative organisation for IT in Dutch education and research. Complex processes, manageable data, and interoperability between systems make her happy. She keeps track of international developments in student mobility and other logistical processes. In doing so, she contributes to flexible and agile education, both in the Netherlands and abroad. With a commitment to public values and open standards, Evelien advocates for communication, trust, and collaboration between IT stakeholders in higher education.

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Jose Rezende

RNP

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Jose Rezende received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Electronics Engineering from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in 1988 and 1991, respectively. He received the Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Université Pierre et Marie Curie in 1997. Since 1998 he is associate professor at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and since 2016 he is also R&D consultant at RNP. His current research interests are in mobile networks, wireless communication, performance evaluation and experimental platforms.

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Scott Richmond

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory - ESnet

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Group Lead for ESnet's Orchestration and Core Data team, focusing on network service automation and orchestration. As a Software Engineer with experience in network engineering and operations, I lead cross organization teams designing and developing high-quality software solutions to create simple abstractions for our complex infrastructure. With background in technical project management and leadership experience, I regularly mentor junior developers, plan sprints and act as scrum master for various software projects. I am a full stack developer, focusing on all aspects of software engineering, including databases, infrastructure and front-end.

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Jan-Frederik "Janfred" Rieckers

DFN-Verein

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Janfred is an eduroam expert, working at DFN. He has been around eduroam since 2014, when he started at the IT department at the University Bremen as a student assistant in the WiFi team, and switched to DFN in 2021.
In his bachelor thesis he analyzed the security of the eduroam login process. Currently he works on several ongoing standardization efforts at the IETF.

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Marlies Rikken

SURF

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Marlies Rikken is a Productmanager in the Trust & Identity team of SURF. Working on identity and access solutions such as eduID and SURFconext invite.

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David Ripley

Indiana University

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David Ripley is a reformed physicist who has been developing network management and analysis tools for almost 25 years. He is currently director of systems and software engineering at Indiana University's Global Network Operations Center, helping to advance the missions of R&E, government, and non-profit networks.

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Guy Roberts

GÉANT

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Guy Roberts is a senior network architect with 30 years’ experience in equipment and network design, with specific expertise in photonic network research and its application to production networks. He has contributed to and lead tasks in several European projects. He is currently working on developing the GEANT time and frequency network. Guy received his PhD in photonics from the University of Cambridge in 2006 in the area of DWDM subsystem design based on integrated photonic components.

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Jennifer Ross

GÉANT

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Ntuthuko Sambo

SANReN

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I am a Network Engineer for the South African NREN.

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Leonie Schäfer

DFN Verein

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Léonie Schäfer is Senior Manager Global Liaison at the German National Research and Education Network (DFN). At DFN, she is responsible for coordinating DFN's contribution to international projects and joint developments. At GÉANT, Leonie represents DFN as a delegate and takes on various tasks in the area of programme planning, EU liaison, international relations and stakeholder management within GÉANT projects.
Prior to joining DFN, Léonie worked for several years in science, where she conducted her own research and was responsible for the management of EU research projects. Later, she worked as a Scientific Officer at the EU Commission, DG INFSO, dealing with innovation policies, new research trends and emerging research communities in ICT-related technologies. Léonie holds a diploma and a PhD in Computer Science from the Technical University Berlin.

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Jennifer Schopf

Texas Advanced Computing Center / UT Austin

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Dr. Jennifer M Schopf is the Director of Networking Partnerships at TACC and also Director of the NSF-funded Engagement and Performance Operations Center (NSF #1826994, #2328479). In these roles, she oversees a team that works with researchers and cyberinfrastructure professionals to ensure effective data transfers to enable collaborative science by understanding and improving the research infrastructure supporting them. She also leads the NetSage project, which is a measurement and monitoring tool broadly used by regional networks to better understand data flow patterns between institutions.

Prior to TACC, Schopf led the International Networks at Indiana University (IN@IU) team, and supported the use of transoceanic networks to Europe, Africa, and Asia. Schopf spent four years at the US National Science Foundation (NSF), overseeing programs related to deployed networks, distributed systems, and pragmatic software. She was a founding member of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s Ocean Informatics team, a senior member of the Globus team for over 7 years, and spent 3½ years at the UK National eScience Center in Edinburgh, Scotland. She has co-authored over 50 refereed papers and given over 200 invited talks and presentations.

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Jessica Schumacher

SWITCH

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Jessica is a security engineer at Switch, the Swiss national research and education network. She mostly works to improve the security of the universities. You can find her on site during a major incident or back in the lab during forensic investigations. She loves everything related to DNS and is passionate about information security. She enjoys sharing this passion with other people.

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Dan Sellars

CANARIE

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Irina Sidorova

GÉANT

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I've been a Project Manager for 8 years, mainly working on software projects in healthcare. In 2022, I moved from Russia to the Netherlands and started a new job at GÉANT.
I'm a certified Project Management Professional (PMP©). Right now, I'm leading our community's Mentoring Programme, which I believe will help everyone learn and grow.
Even though I'm now focused on Learning & Development, I still have a passion for tech and love being surrounded by "tech" people.

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Goran Škvarč

CARNET

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Goran Škvarč graduated political science at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Political Science in 2000 and completed a postgraduate professional study programme at National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Department of Economics and Political Science.

He began his professional career in 2003 in the Ministry for European Integration as an analyst. The same year he joined the Croatian Academic and Research Network – CARNET, where he held various positions over the years, from Expert associate, Head of special programs and projects (2005-2008), Head of business communications (2008-2012), to Coordinator of information and public relations (2012-2016) and Coordinator of international cooperation (2016-2020). In December 2020, he was appointed Deputy CEO for Education Support. After that, he moved to the position of Advisor to the CEO of CARNET for public administration.

He managed the Online Database Center as the chief negotiator and procurator of national licenses for access to scientific and professional journals on behalf of the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports, and was the head of procurement of educational microcomputers for the ProMikro project.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of the World Bank’s Global Development Learning Network for the ECA region and has also worked as a consultant on projects for the development of international cooperation and the capacity of academic networks in Southeast Europe.

In December 2023, he was appointed Deputy CEO for International Cooperation.

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Simone Spinelli

GÉANT

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Father of twins and telecommunication engineer. I spent most of my professional life at University of Pisa (Italy) where I developed my passion for Open Source software and highly available infrastructure. I moved to the Netherlands in 2016 and I started jumping in various ISPs to work on physical and virtual infrastructure. I landed in Geant in 2019 where my focus is network automation. Love the people, the spirit and the values shared by this amazing community.

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Rogier Spoor

eduVPN

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Rogier Spoor is Product Manager at SURF, the National Research and Educational Network in the Netherlands. Rogier supports SURF's security community (SCIRT) and develops and innovates new services in the field of security and cloud computing. Rogier is co-founder of eduVPN, a full open-source VPN solution, which has been specifically developed for educational and research institutions. Rogier Spoor graduated in Bioprocess Engineering at the Wageningen University and Research Centre. He is one of the founding board members of [The Commons Conservancy].

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Michal Stava

GEÁNT

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I worked for almost 10 years for CESNET (NREN in the Czech Republic) in multiple roles, starting as a student developer and then as an Identity Engineer, with overlaps in student management, product management, and SCRUM master. And because I have always been interested in international experience, I joined GEÁNT in the middle of 2023 to become an AAI Solutions Architect in the Core AAI team.

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Cathrin Stover

GÉANT

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Cathrin has more than 25 years of experience working in global telecommunications, as well as international and European focused collaborative projects and activities. She is a highly effective global team leader, successfully working across borders and cultures in complex multi-dimensional projects. She delivers passionate messages about otherwise dry roll-outs of infrastructures, project or governance topics – always focusing on the benefits and opportunities. Cathrin is committed to collaboration and knowledge sharing and transfer as well as inclusive team building based on a foundation of mutual trust.

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Jelina Tetangco

Advanced Science and Technology Institute

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I am a Supervising Science Research Specialist at the Advanced Science and Technology Institute, and has over a decade of experience as a lead Project Manager for several major ASTI projects in the areas of research networks, grid computing, high performance computing, e-governance, and data science. I currently lead a number of teams and projects in ASTI as Project Leader. Aside from leading these projects, I am involved in initiating strategic research collaborations with research organizations and consortia, both local and international, to promote knowledge exchange with experts. Likewise, I represent the Philippines in the ASEAN Regional Research Infrastructure (RRI) Task Force.

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Zacharias Törnblom

SUNET

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Product manager of SUNETs IdP (eduID.se) and SeamlessAccess (seamlessaccess.org). Chair of SWAMID and co-chair on REFEDS working group for browser changes and federation.

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Raimundas Tuminauskas

PSNC

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Raimundas is currently heading the Network and Services Infrastructure Department at Poznan Supercomputing and Network Center in Poland, where he's coordinating the operations of Polish NREN PIONIER infrastructure. He has held various positions and participated in number of activities on national and pan-European level during his work in NREN community. Raimundas currently leads GÉANT Foresight Study activity in the framework of GN5-1 project as a part of his international engagement.

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Davide Vaghetti

GARR

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Current coordinator of the Italian Identity Federation IDEM and GARR's DPO, he serves also as the eduGAIN service owner in the GÈANT project. He holds a Master degree in History and a post-graduate diploma from the Faculty of Engineer in Internet Technology.

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Javier Alfredo Valdiviezo Ortiz

CEDIA

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Ing. Javier Valdiviezo, Mgs is the Head of the Academic and Continuing Education Area at CEDIA. He holds a Master's in ICT applied to e-learning and in digital teaching environments from the University of Barcelona, and a Master's in e-learning from the Caribbean University of Curaçao. Javier has been invited by NASA for the Lucy Space Probe Launch Program and has collaborated with NASA's Servir program.

He has held various technology advisory roles, including with the Ministry of Security and ECU 911. Additionally, he has been a lecturer at multiple universities and has published works with NASA and the International Astronautical Federation.

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Mark van de Sanden

SURF/EUDAT

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Mark van de Sanden is working as an Enterprise Architect at SURF. He has more than 25 years of experience in managing supercomputers, large scale data infrastructures and has been participating in European projects. He is a data and storage expert and has been leading the data services team for more than 10 years. In EUDAT, Mark is a member of the secretariat. He has been involved in many EOSC related projects (e.g. EOSC-Hub, EOSC Future, DICE, FAIRCORE4EOSC, EOSC-ENTRUST, AARC-TREE) and has been member of the EOSC Architecture working group and the EOSC-A task forces on technical interoperability.

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Ricardo Veiga

NOVA LINCS & University of Algarve

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Ricardo Veiga, holding a master’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, has aptly fused traditional computer vision with advanced deep learning, innovating in the realm of indoor pose estimation and navigation. His academic journey has continued into a PhD at the University of Algarve, where he has significantly contributed to the MARREAL project and the deployment of an underwater marine monitoring station. His research aims towards the automation of marine surveillance through AI, leveraging both edge and cloud computing technologies. Beyond his academic pursuits, Ricardo dedicates time to his community, offering pro bono services that have led to meaningful patents and awards.

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David VERDIN

RENATER

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David Verdin has been doing computer stuff since a quarter of a century now, thanks to what he finally learned how to type on a keyboard.

Using this precious skill, he spent more than a decade writing code for the Sympa software, managing groupware services and, generally speaking, taking part in the growth and success of the collaborative tools offered by RENATER to its community.

He and his accomplice Étienne Méléard are now busy writing Sympa successor while at the same time managing the 600k users groupware service Universalistes.

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Domenico (Dom) Vicinanza

GÉANT

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Dr Domenico Vicinanza is a Senior Research Engagement Manager and the Coordinator for Arts and Humanities at GÉANT. He is also an Associate Professosr of Intelligent Systems and Data Science at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge. He received his PhD in physics working at the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN, Geneva) and he is a professional music composer and orchestrator.
He worked for more than a decade as a Scientific Associate at CERN, where he was a member of the Offline Board for the ALICE experiment and worked on research and development for particle physics detectors.
He has an active collaboration with CERN on auditory display, and with NASA, writing music from data collected by the Voyager 1 and 2 space probes and Mars missions.
His research interests are on the applications of scientific data sonification in physics, neurobiology and motor control.

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Ana Villalta

CEDIA

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Ana Villalta is the PMO Manager at CEDIA since 2020. Her experience in Project Management started in 2014.
She had her Master's Degree in Project Management at the Ramon Llull University - Barcelona. She obtained certifications as a Practitioner of the PMO Value Ring Methodology ( PMO-CP) for the PMO Global Alliance. Also, Ana is the first professional certified as a consultant of PMOs in Ecuador (PMO-CC).

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Cynthia Wagner

Restena

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Cynthia Wagner is the Chief Information Security Officer and Security Manager at the Restena Foundation, the national research and education network in Luxembourg. Previously, Cynthia was managing the Restena-Computer Security Incident Response Team. She graduated with distinction from the University of Luxembourg with a PhD in computer science, where she studied the effects of various Machine Learning approaches on flow measurements for improving security. Besides her daily work, she is an active member in different working groups at Geant (the collaboration of European National Research and Education Networks). On a national plan, she is active in various advisory boards and co-founder of Restena’s CyberDay.lu and the Data Privacy Day conference. The more, she is active in teaching.

In her spare time, she loves to work in the garden and exploit new recipes in her kitchen (successfully and not).

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Brian Ward

EUMETSAT

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Father of two boys living in Germany. I enjoy kayaking and RPGs.

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Michel Wets

SURF

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Michel (1967) has been with SURF, the Dutch NREN for 13 years and leads the public clouds team. Michel has a procurement background and has also participated in drafting and scoring of the pan-European GEANT IaaS 2016, the OCRE 2020 and OCRE 2024 cloud services tenders.

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Stefan Winter

Restena Foundation

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Stefan studied Compter Science at the (now) Karlsruhe Institue of Technology, and is working in NREN space at Restena ever since graduating.

His areas of work include European projects, eduroam, AAI infrastructures and, as of recent, management duties in the context of ISO27001 certification.

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