ICIN 2016 Keynote Speakers


Marcus Weldon,

President of Bell Labs and Corporate Chief Technology Officer
Nokia, USA

The Future X Network: A Bell Labs Perspective

As President of Bell Labs and Corporate Chief Technology Officer, Marcus Weldon is responsible for coordinating the technical strategy across the company and driving technological and architectural innovations into the portfolio.

Marcus is considered one of the key person in our industry in terms of the clarity, depth and breadth of his vision, and he has a phenomenal track record in terms of picking the right technological disruptions and opportunities, from vectoring in Access, to the evolution to LTE overlay and Small Cells, to the emergence of virtualization and SDN as profound industry changing forces. He is now combining this vision with the power of Bell Labs, to create an unrivalled innovation engine for Alcatel-Lucent.

Marcus holds a B.S in Chemistry and Computer Science from King’s College, London, and a Ph.D. degree in Physical Chemistry from Harvard University. In 1995, he joined the Physics Division at AT&T Bell Labs as a post-doctoral researcher, before becoming a Member of Technical Staff in the Optical Materials Division, where he won a series of scientific and engineering society awards. In 2000, Dr. Weldon started work on fiber-based Broadband Access technologies and, in 2006 he was appointed CTO of the Wireline Networks Product Division in Alcatel-Lucent following the merger of Alcatel and Lucent, with responsibility for DSL and FTTH, IPTV, Home Networking and IMS.

He was one of the primary architects behind the evolution of the Triple Play Service Delivery Architecture to the High Leverage Network™, widely accepted industry architecture for an ‘all IP, converged wireline and wireless, intelligent, optimized networking’. Marcus was also a primary driver behind the groundbreaking and multiple award-winning lightRadio™ architecture for next generation wireless networks and continues to help drive the company in new directions, including defining the new programmable ‘Cloud Network’ paradigm that will enable the network to emulate computing and become a agile, reconfigurable, consumable platform for innovation and value creation for Cloud services (based on the principles of Software-Defined Networking and Network Functions Virtualization).

Marcus is a member of the Executive Board of ATIS (Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions) and a member of the FCC Open Internet Advisory Committee, as well as an advisor to select Venture Investment Funds. He is one part of a happy Anglo-American union which has produced 5 progeny, ages ranging from 4-19. He lives in Summit, NJ when not on a plane or train.


Ina Minei,

Network Architect
Google, USA

Programmatic management plane

Ina Minei is a network architect at Google, where she focuses on the Internet-facing backbone and its evolution.

Prior to Google, Ina worked at Juniper Networks as a distinguished engineer in the office of CTO, exploring SDN applications in mobile and enterprise. Before that she was director of IP and MPLS development, delivering next generation network technologies. Ina started her career at Juniper as a network protocols developer, with focus on MPLS protocols and applications, traffic engineering and network convergence and prior to that she worked at Cisco on the development of a next generation router operating system..

Ina is an active contributor in the IETF, where she worked on LDP, RSVP-TE, DiffServ-TE and YANG models in the MPLS and TEAS working groups and on the definition of a stateful path computation element for SDN-enabled MPLS networks in the PCE working group. Ina holds several patents in the area of MPLS and SDN and is co-author of the book “MPLS-enabled Applications”, now in its third edition. She graduated from the Technion, Israel with a Master’s degree in computer science.


Volker Ziegler,

Chief Architect, Technology and Innovation
Nokia Networks, Germany

The Nokia Architecture Vision for the 5G era

Volker Ziegler serves as Chief Architect of Nokia Networks. He leads and owns the long term Nokia Networks e2e architecture; steers and leverages architectural development cycle for sustainable and innovation led growth and competitive differentiation; ensures that Nokia Networks e2e architecture evolves in step with Nokia top customers.

Volker has more than 20 years of Telco and IT industry experience and has an excellent understanding of both Technology and Business. He works closely with the Nokia Unit Heads and Technology&Innovation leadership team to define and move forward the Nokia architecture vision and associated network evolution. He has previously led Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) strategy and business portfolio and, the global business development, sales and operations strategy and transformation of NSN.

Prior to that, Volker has successfully served as the Head of the North East Region of NSN. This role has included the profit and loss responsibility as well as full accountability for operational sales and services for one of the seven world regions of NSN including Scandinavia, Russia, CIS and Turkey. He holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Karlsruhe and is graduated from the Harvard executive development program.


Raouf Boutaba,

Professor at University of Waterloo
IEEE fellow, Canada

The software-defined future of networking and management

Raouf Boutaba is a Professor with the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, University of Waterloo, Canada. His research interests are in resource, network and service management in wired and wireless networked systems with a current focus on network virtualization, cloud computing and information centric networking.

He received the Bachelors degree from the University of Annaba, Algeria in 1988, a M.S. degree from the University Pierre et Marie Curie, France, in 1990, a Magister degree from the University of Annaba in collaboration with the University of Glasgow, Scotland, in 1993, and a Ph.D. degree from the University Pierre et Marie Curie in 1994, all in Computer Science.

He is the founding Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management (2007-2010) and he is currently an Editor for several IEEE, ACM and Springer journals. He has been the General or Technical Program Chair of several conferences/symposia/workshops. Dr. Boutaba is also an active member of the IEEE Communications Society and held several offices and leaderships.

For his contributions, Dr. Boutaba received several recognitions. He received the Harold Sobol Award from the IEEE Communications Society in 2007, the IFIP Silver Core in 2007, the IEEE Communications Society Joseph LoCicero Award in 2009. He also received the Salah Aidarous Award in 2012 “presented to an individual who has provided unremitting service and dedication to the IT and Telecommunications Network Operations and Management community”. Dr. Boutaba is an IEEE Fellow (2012) with the citation: "for contributions to network management methodologies and applications", as well as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (2015).


Nicolas Demassieux,

Senior Vice President Research, Orange Labs
Orange, France

Future challenges for telecoms research

Nicolas Demassieux leads the research of Orange Labs : defining the research strategy and coordinating major research initiatives involving 700+ engineers and PhD students in multiple countries, and impulsing an active policy of research partnerships with SMEs/start-ups, large enterprises and universities.

Nicolas Demassieux started his career as assistant professor at Telecom ParisTech in the field of integrated circuits architecture. In 1991, he became professor and head of the Electrical Engineering department while leading research in the area of electronics and digital IC design for Multimedia and Telecom. His work on the first generations of digital image processing (MPEG) and wireless communication (OFDM turbocodes) was transferred to industry and led to several successful product lines. He also pioneered in France the teaching of innovation, and the use of Multimedia and Web-based material for teaching.

He joined Motorola in April 1997 to help create a new research centre in Paris, which he directed from 1997 to 2001, before taking the direction of the European research, and later of the global broadband Wireless research of Motorola. With his teams at Motorola, he worked at enabling Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G mobile broadband, mobile Internet, mobile television and digital home. In 2007, he became one of the 9 Motorola fellows. He also served during this period as CEO of Motorola France.

During the years 2009-2010, Nicolas Demassieux worked at creating an Internet start-up, in the area of big data market place before joining Orange in 2010.

Nicolas Demassieux published more than 40 papers and book chapters and holds several patents. He his passionate about innovation and R&D efficiency issues. Externally to his professional activity, he is interested in a large set of science domains, including: complexity, biology, evolution and paleontology, natural and artificial ecosystems, urbanism of digital life.