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Opening Plenary Agenda 

Tue 18 Apr


Lunch at Metropole Hotel


Buses Depart for TIM Auditorium


Opening Remarks – Kevin Vachon, COO, MEF

14:10Welcome to Rome  Elisabetta Romano, Chief Network Operation & Wholesale Officer, TIM; Chair, ITW Global Leaders Forum

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

In addition to highlighting recent accomplishments and his vision for the future, Nan will introduce new members of the Board of Directors and a new CEO Advisory Council.


Executive Keynote, Q&A Enrico Bagnasco, CEO, Sparkle


CTO Report Pascal Menezes, CTO, MEF

In the context of MEF's evolving and successful technical vision and strategy, Pascal will lay out our opportunities and priorities for 2023 and beyond. 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.  Pascal will highlight the importance of 5G FWA support as part of our automation strategy

Following on from MEF's late 2022 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 plans for related MEF certification programs.

15:30Networking Break Hosted by TIM and Sparkle

New MEF Programs for 2023 – Kevin Vachon, COO; Daniel Bar-Lev, VP Strategic Programs, BD EMEA; Stan Hubbard, Principal Analyst, MEF

Kevin, Daniel and Stan will tag team to lay the latest additions to an ambitious set of MEF programs for 2023 - these include:

  • GNE, Global NaaS Event by MEF, 2-4 Oct, Dallas, TX
  • MEF Awards Program
  • MEF Showcase
  • Women @ MEF 
  • MEF Analyst Reports

Panel MEF and Secure NaaS

As introduced in the CTO report and in the new programs announcement, In October 2023, MEF will introduce a comprehensive industry blueprint for a new generation of secured NaaS  for enterprises, including the platforms and ecosystem required to deliver such services.  This panel will explore NaaS trends and the opportunity for MEF to take a leadership position in this area.

Moderator: Pascal Menezes, CTO, MEF

Panelists: Daniele Mancuso, SVP Chief Product Management, Sparkle; Mirko Voltolini, VP Innovation, Colt; Franck Morales, VP Evolution Platform, Orange Business Services; Frederick Chui, Chief Commercial Officer, PCCW Global/Console Connect;TBD Sparkle


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: TBD


Closing Remarks

17:00Sparkle Demos 
17:45Buses leave Tim Auditorium back to Metropole Hotel
18:30Welcome Reception at Metropole Hotel

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