Standards and Deployment


Javan Erfanian, Bell Canada

In his role as Distinguished Member of Technology at Bell Canada, Javan Erfanian is responsible for the end to end wireless technology strategic direction and industry initiatives. Since 2013, he has been the Co-Lead and Chief Editor of the Next Generation Mobile Network (NGMN) Alliance’s 5G initiative and 5G White Paper, and the Lead of the NGMN Verticals Requirements initiative. He is currently the Vice Chair of NGMN 5G Board Committee, and member of the Steering Board at Wireless World Research Forum. Javan grew up in Iran and studied at the Universities of Calgary and Toronto in Canada, with research publications and many citations. He has taught many academic courses. Javan was a recipient of IEEE Millennium Medal in 2000, an author and editor of IEEE Comsoc Wireless Engineering Book of Knowledge and an IEEE Comsoc Distinguished Speaker for many years.

Igor Faynberg, a 2011 Bell Labs Fellow, is an industry consultant and an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science in Stevens Institute of Technology. He represents Cable Television Laboratories in the ETSI NFV ISG, where he has been chairing the Security Working Group for the past four years.

Prior to founding the Stargazers Consulting LLC in 2015, Dr. Faynberg had had various staff and management positions in Bell Labs and Alcatel-Lucent business units where he had contributed to various R&D projects, starting from the development of variants of Karmarkar algorithm for supercomputers, Intelligent Network and its interworking with the Internet, to Cloud Computing and Network Functions Virtualization. Most recently he directed a group that researched solutions for security and identity management problems and led their standardization in the ATIS, IETF, ITU-T, ISO/IEC, ETSI, and INCITS Cyber Security Committee.

Prior to joining Bell Labs in 1986, Dr Faynberg had contributed to design and development of operating systems and a hypervisor as well as a network management suite for the Sperry Distributed Communications Architecture and designed the Local Area Networking architecture and protocols for the Borroughs Network Architecture.

Dr. Faynberg holds over 50 U.S. and international patents for inventions relevant to converged services, data communications, and security, and he has over 30 refereed publications in application of computers science to communications and network security. He has co-authored three books entitled, respectively, Intelligent Network Standards, Their Applications to Services (McGraw-Hill, 1997), Converged Networks and Services: Internetworking IP With PSTN (John Wiley & Sons, 2000), and Cloud Computing—Business, Trends, and Technologies (John Wiley & Sons, 2016).

He holds an M.A. in mathematics from Kharkov University, Ukraine, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer and Information Science from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

Pamela Kumar, Director General, TSDSI & Founder Chair & Vice President, Cloud Computing Innovation Council of India
Since February 2017, Ms. Pamela Kumar has been appointed as the Director General of TSDSI. An alumnus of PEC Chandigarh, Rutgers University and IIM Bangalore, Pamela brings with her an experience of 30+ years in the communications, computers and semiconductor industry.

Prior to TSDSI, she has spent the first 10 years of her career at AT&T, Bell Labs in USA and at C-DOT in Bangalore. Later, she held leadership positions in Texas Instruments, IBM, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, R&D labs in India. She also did a short stint setting up the R&D centers of Network Programs and Alliance Semiconductors. She holds 3 Patents granted by USPTO and has 5 patent applications pending in the Networking Accelerators domain. She has been a Keynote/ invited speaker in 50+ Local and Global forums.

Pamela is also the Founding Chair and current Vice President of Cloud Computing Innovation Council of India (CCICI). She is on the Governing Boards of Indian Financial Technologies and Allied Services (IFTAS) and PEC University of Technology. She is the Bharti Chair for IT Research and Member Research Council, UIET, Punjab University. She also mentors Startups in the ICT space.

Pamela is currently the Chair of the IEEE Charles Steinmetz Awards Committee and the Vice Chair of IEEE Bangalore section. She was the first ever appointee from India in the IEEE Standards Association – Board of Governors, as the Member at large for 2011-12. She has also been the Chair for IEEE Computer Society- Bangalore Section.


Alex Gelman 
NETovations Consulting Group