Dr. Ciprian Popoviciu, sub-committee chair, president and CEO of Nephos6, has over 14 years of experience working for Cisco in various technical and leadership roles and most recently 4 years in strategic IT consulting. Prior to starting Nephos6, Ciprian managed the architecture team of Cisco’s Engineering Infrastructure Services organization where he defined the strategy and led the execution of the internal DC consolidation and transition to Cloud. He is an industry recognized domain expert in IPv6 who, over the past 10 years worked on the strategy, architecture, implementation and validation of IPv6 adoption by large service providers and enterprises Worldwide. Ciprian did IT strategy consulting work for medium and large, enterprise and service provider companies around the World and he worked with various governments on defining national level and agency level IPv6 strategies and standards. He also worked with product and test teams on specific next generation network features and roadmaps towards IPv6 readiness. Ciprian authored two IPv6 books: “Deploying IPv6 Networks” and “Global IPv6 Strategies”. He co-authored 5 IPv6 related IETF RFCs and multiple patents. Ciprian is a frequent speaker to industry events and conferences and he is an active contributor to various technology and scientific publications. He taught IPv6 classes at several Universities and leads IPv6 training events for both executives and technologists.


Antonio Manzalini received the M. Sc. degree in electronic engineering from the Politecnico of Turin (Italy) and the Ph.D on Computer Networks from Télécom SudParis and Université Pierre & Marie Curie – Sorbonne Universités (France). In 1990 he joined Telecom Italia Lab (formerly CSELT). He started with RT&D activities on technologies and architectures for transport networks. He was active in the ITU standardization as Rapporteur (1996-2000) of two ITU-T Questions in charge of developing Standards on transport networks. He has been actively involved in several EURESCOM and European Project. He run as Project Manager (2000-2004) the following two project on innovative transport and networking technologies: FP5 IST Project LION, FP6 IST Integrated Project NOBEL. In 2003 he was appointed as member of the Scientific Committee of CTTC (Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya). On 2006 he has been appointed as Project Leader of the FP6 FET ICT Project CASCADAS. He has been General Chair of the 2nd International Conference on Autonomic Computing and Communication Systems (AUTONOMICS 2008). In 2008 he has been awarded with the International Certification of Project Manager by PMI. He has been General Chair of the European Conference on Networks and Communications (EuCNC2013). He run as Project Leader in 2013 and 2015 two EIT-Digital funded projects on SDN and NFV. He has been awarded with six patents on networking and services systems and methods. He was author of a book on network synchronization and his results have been published in more than 100 of papers and publications. He is currently Senior Manager at the Strategy & Innovation Dept. (Future Centre) of Telecom Italia Mobile. His interests are mainly in the areas management/control/orchestration of Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), primarily for 5G future service scenarios. Since 2013, he is Chair of the IEEE initiative on SDN.

Adam Johnson is a founding member and General Manager of Midokura, an IaaS network virtualization company. Prior to Midokura, he was building, working on, and advising numerous startups. He also has experience working at large Fortune 250 companies. He has degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics.


Dan Torbet has been involved in the Telecommunications industry for 21 years.  During this time, Dan has been focused on delivering high speed data services and related applications over a variety of infrastructures including DOCSIS, PON and DSL.  Dan has worked as the Director of Engineering for the Jones Internet channel which was a pioneer in data over Cable TV and one of the first companies to launch commercial High Speed Data services in North America.  Dan has worked the past 13 years for ARRIS in several roles. Dan has taken leading roles in spec development for DOCSIS and PacketCable and has been active in deploying IPv6 capabilities into ARRIS platforms.  Today Dan is actively working on projects that include Home Networking and IP addressing strategies, integration of SDN and NFV capabilities across ARRIS platforms, IP Video end to end architectures as well as DOCSIS 3.1 spec development.  Dan is a Co-Chair for the CEA working group defining IPv6 requirements for the  Consumer Electronics industry.  Dan is also part of the Rocky Mountain IPv6 Task Force Steering Committee and has served as the Speaker Coordinator for the past three years of the North American IPv6 Summit.


Jeffry Handal, SMIEEE, MSEE, PE, Manager, Network Engineering and Architecture University Networking and Infrastructure Louisian State University. An engineer, a pilot, a dreamer…Jeffry Handal has always set his sights on the promise of the future. He completed his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Electrical Engineering from Louisiana State University (LSU). In 2006, seeking to serve his community, he became a volunteer of the IEEE serving in various technical and non-technical roles (e.g. Standards Education, Professional Activities).

With over 10 years of experience in the field of information communication technologies, he continues to work at LSU leading the Networking Engineering and Architecture group. In such role, he enables students and faculty to research in live production environments. Jeffry believes knowledge comes from conducting and enabling experimentation and collaboration. He is particularly interested in IPv6, biomedical instrumentation, aerospace communication, smart grid, network virtualization, among other things. In addition, Jeffry serves the public through his participation in conferences; speaking at local and international events; contributing to and reviewing publications. He is a big promoter of technological change for the betterment of humanity.


Latif Ladid holds the following positions: President, IPv6 Forum, Chair, EUropean IPv6 Task Force, Emeritus Trustee, Internet Society, Board Member  IPv6 Ready & Enabled Logos Program, and Board Member World Summit Award.

He is a Senior Researcher at the University of Luxembourg on multiple European Commission Next Generation Technologies IST Projects: 6INIT, – First Pioneer IPv6 Research Project; 6WINIT,; Euro6IX,; Eurov6,; NGNi,; Project initiator SEINIT,, and Project initiator SecurIST,

Latif initiated the EU project u-2010 to research Emergency & Disaster and Crisis Management,, launched the Public Safety Communication Forum,, supported the new IPv6++ EU Research Project called EFIPSANS,, supported the new safety & Security Project using IPv6 called Secricom,

He is also a Member of 3GPP PCG (, 3GPP2 PCG (, Chair, 5G MWI subcommittee, member of UN Strategy Council, and member of the Future Internet Forum EU Member States (representing Luxembourg).


Yanick Pouffary is a Distinguished Technologist and the Chief Technologist of HP Network Services Networking. Pouffary draws upon nearly three decades of experience in the development of networking products, and technologies.

As Chief Technologist, Pouffary role is to drive technology transformation such as software-defined networking (SDN) and IPv6. She is tasked with developing network strategic vision and technology roadmaps for Network Services offering. Pouffary represents HP network technology interests in multiple industry standards development organizations and consortia.
As HP IPv6 worldwide global leader, Pouffary is responsible for HP’s IPv6 strategy to adopt and deliver this technology. Pouffary is a founding member of the IPv6 Forum, an IPv6 Forum Fellow, and General Chairperson for the IPv6 Logo Programs (Ready & Enabled & Education).

Pouffary is a strategic advisor to governments and enterprises on network transformation technologies such as IPv6 and SDN. Pouffary is one of the distinguished recipients of the IPv6 Forum Internet Pioneer Award for her technology contributions to support the adoption and deployment of IPv6. Pouffary was appointed member of the United Nations Strategy Council of the Global Alliance for ICT and Development.

Pouffary holds a Master of Science in Computer Science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, NY, USA and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Nice, France.