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Opening Plenary Agenda

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Tue 31 Jan


Welcome & Opening Remarks – Kevin Vachon, COO, MEF

In addition to his usual update on key MEF activities, Kevin will be announce the return of MEF's annual flagship conference to be held in Dallas, Tx, October 2-4, 2023.

1:40Chairman's Address – Andrew Dugan, MEF Chairman, CTO, Lumen 

President's Report –  Nan Chen, MEF President, Head of The One Network, Ericsson

The focus of this quarters report will be the announcement of the 2022 MEF Recognition Awards recipients, including the Distinguished Fellow, Outstanding Contributors, Top Contributors and Editors of recent completed standards. Nan will also lay out his vision for MEF progress in 2023.


CTO ReportPascal Menezes, CTO, MEF

In the context of MEF's evolving and successful technical vision and strategy, Pascal will recap MEF's accomplishments in 2022 and elucidate his expectations for industry trends in 2023 and  beyond.  Both broad and specific MEF work priorities for 2023 will be touched on with an emphasis on industry adoption.

Automation is a primary focus, including the introduction of LSO Operational APIs, a new Secure Network-as-a-Service initiative and the evolution to blockchain-based billing and settlement.  

Following on from MEF's recent release of MEF 117 (SASE) and MEF 118 (Zero Trust) frameworks, Pascal will also discuss activities to drive adoption of these standards, their continuation in new releases and the potential for related MEF certification programs.


Panel 1 – Next Generation SD-WAN and SASE Certifications

This panel discusses how enterprises can benefit by demanding new, innovative SD-WAN and SASE certifications that are being planned for 2023. It also touches on the need for MEF to explore new marketing approaches to reach enterprise audiences.

Moderator: Vikram Phatak, Founder and CEO,

Panelists: Debika Bhattacharya, Chief Product Officer, Verizon Business Group | Kelly Ahuja, CEO, Versa Networks | John Maddison, CMO and Executive Vice President, Products, Fortinet | Franck Morales, Vice President, Evolution Platform, Orange Business Services

3:00Networking Break

The New "MEF Showcase" - Daniel Bar-Lev, VP Strategic Programs, MEF

The MEF Showcase is launching in pilot phase in Q1 2023. It will provide an ongoing framework to feature projects initiated by MEF members using MEF work for important industry use cases. This session will introduce its objectives, milestones, and how members can participate. Examples of MEF Showcase projects being contemplated or started including: Televerse DAO (ENNI Visibility); SLA Assurance; Billing and Settlement using blockchain; Self-sovereign identity based MEF membership, MEF certification and LSO API profile; Address validation; Wholesale edge compute and more will be discussed.


Panel 2 – MEF Showcase Use Cases

This short panel highlights the initial projects and member teams underway and discusses opportunities for member engagement throughout 2023 and in the MEF flagship event.

Moderator: Daniel Bar-Lev, VP Strategic Programs, MEF

Panelists: Antonella Sanguineti, Head of Product Secure Cloud Network Solutions, Sparkle | Scott Johnson, President, Sage Management | Jeremy Villalobos, Chief Operating Officer, Orchest Technologies | Charmond Tsang, Chief Commercial Officer, DCConnect | Wenyu Shen, Senior Manager & Principal Architect, NTT Communications


Analyst Update - Stan Hubbard, MEF Principal Analyst

We will preview MEF's first State of the Industry report: Paradigm Shift: Inter-Provider Service Automation.


Previewing the Committee Activities

Committee Co-Chairs will join MEF COO Kevin Vachon to spotlight key areas of MEF work for 2023 and how MEF members can become engaged in projects and other initiatives. Check out the DSC, LSOC, CBC, and TCC Roadmaps to help prepare for the meeting.

Moderator: Kevin Vachon

Committee Co-chairs: Charles Eckel, Principal Engineer, Global Technology Standards, Cisco | Laurent Sevette, Senior Director Architecture and Engineering, Lumen | Chris Purdy, Head of Service Assurance, Spirent | Karthik Sethuraman, Principal Software Architect, NEC/Netcracker


Closing Remarks

5:30Welcome Reception

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