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Richard Shockey - SIP Forum Chairman of the Board - Shockey Consulting

Richard Shockey serves as Chair of the SIP Forum Technical Working Group, and most recently was a Director and Member of the Technical Staff for NeuStar, Inc. [www.neustar.biz] based in Suburban Washington DC. NeuStar provides a number of critical services to the communications industry including the administration of all telephone numbers in North America, management of the wireline and wireless Number Portability Administration, number pooling and OSS products for carriers. NeuStar also operates the .BIZ. Internet Top Level Domain and manages the United States Country Code domain .US for the U.S. Dept of Commerce.

Mr. Shockey is a founder and has been Co-Chair of the IETF ENUM Work Group for many years and is an author of several IETF RFC's and numerous articles on Next Generation Network technologies for various publications. Mr. Shockey has lost count of how many times he has given a speech on ENUM. Educated at Washington University in St. Louis. Mr. Shockey and his wife live in Reston, Virginia.



Mary Barnes - IETF and IAB

Mary Barnes most recently was a Principal Engineer in the CTO organization within Polycom. Mary has been involved in system architecture and product development for real-time communication systems for over 25 years, focusing for the past 12 years on IP communications and standards development. She is an active contributor to the IETF. She is the author of RFCs relating to the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), Centralized Conferencing, NAT/Firewall traversal and Geographic Location Delivery. She is past chair of the SIPPING WG and currently serves as chair of the DISPATCH working group in the Real-time Applications and Infrastructure (RAI) Area and as an advisor for the IETF Nominations Committee for 2010-2011. In addition, Mary currently serves as the Vice-chair of the Technical WG in the Unified Communications Interoperability Forum (UCIF).

Prior to Polycom, Mary was a Senior Advisor for Nortel, leading the IETF standards strategy for the Carrier VoIP and Application Solutions (CVAS) business unit (now Genband). She was also a senior manager/advisor for Nortel's 3G IP research, participating in industry standards forums and prototyping a mobile IP based system. She is the inventor of several patents related to this work. She also designed and developed real-time software for Nortel's DMS-based GSM and Enterprise products. Prior to her 22 years at Nortel, Mary developed real-time embedded software for GPS and video reconnaissance systems for Texas Instruments. Mary has a BS in Computer Science with a minor in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia.



Andrew Hutton - Unify

Andrew Hutton is Head of Standardization at Unify. KG and has over 25 years experience within the communications industry. Andy is an experienced software engineer with extensive knowledge of communications protocols.

Prior to his current role at Unify (formerly called Siemens Enterprise Communications), Andy gained many years hands on experience of developing SIP based communications products (SIP Phones, Gateways and Servers) and related interworking and deployment issues. Andy has been engaged in many projects related to SIP based multi-vendor connectivity and interoperability.

An active supporter of open standards based communications; Andy is active in the IETF as well as in other international standards organisations and is co-chair of the IETF SIPREC (SIP Based Media Recording) working group and the SIP Forum IPv6 task group. Andy is a Chartered IT Professional member of the British Computer Society (MBCS CITP).



Dr. Alan Johnston - Avaya

Dr. Alan Johnston, Consulting Member of Technical Staff in Avaya’s Unified Communications division, has been involved with SIP and VoIP since the mid 1990s. While a Distinguished Technical Member at MCI, he served as an architect of the first enterprise SIP VoIP product in the United States. He is also an adjunct assistant professor of electrical and systems engineering at Washington University in St. Louis. He is a co-author of the SIP protocol specification RFC 3261, and editor of the Basic and PSTN call flows BCP (Best Current Practices) documents, RFC 3665 and RFC 3666 and several other RFCs. His recent areas of work include the SIP Service Examples, Peer-to-Peer (P2P) SIP and security, where he has co-authored the ZRTP protocol. Dr. Johnston has authored or co-authored four books on SIP including the best selling “SIP: Understanding the Session Initiation Protocol”, “Understanding Voice over IP Security” “SIP Beyond VoIP” and “Internet Communications Using SIP”. He also wrote the Foreword for Avaya’s “SIP Communications for Dummies”. He is also co-chair of the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) Centralized Conferencing Working Group. He holds a Bachelor's of Engineering degree with Honours from the University of Melbourne, Australia, and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA.



Robert Kinder - Cox Communications

Robert Kinder is a Sr. Product Development Manager with Cox Business, a $1B+ division of Cox Communications where he’s responsible for the specification, cross-functional development and launch of Hosted PBX, SIP Trunking, SIP-based ISDN PRI trunk and other VoIP services. With over 25 years of experience, Robert previously held positions in Product Operations (lifecycle management), Product Management and Distinguished Member Technical Staff with Cox Business, Tollgrade Communications and Siemens for a variety of SIP, PacketCable, softswitch and BSS/OSS products.

Robert has a deep operational understanding of SIP communications and frequently meets with strategic account customers to understand their requirements, design customized SIP Trunking solutions and guide the implementation through cutover. Working directly with the hardware/software manufacturers and end-users has given Robert an appreciation of how SIP interoperability challenges impact field deployments and ideas for what can be done through the SIP Forum to improve SIP interworking for our mutual success.



Gonzalo Salgueiro - Cisco Systems

Gonzalo Salgueiro is a technical leader in the area of Unified Communications at Cisco Systems. As a member of the Global Technical Center (GTC), Gonzalo drives engineering excellence and customer success as a senior advisor and escalation point for many of Cisco's largest and most critical Unified Communications networks. Gonzalo's highly technical responsibilities coupled with his Services background give him a unique perspective on real-time communications architectures and how they can deliver customer value and ROI through strategic extensibility and effective product serviceability.

Gonzalo is an established member of numerous industry organizations and is a regular presenter at a variety of technical industry conferences and Cisco events around the world. He currently serves in various industry leadership roles, including co-chair of the INSIPID Working Group in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) as well as co-chair of the FoIP Task Group in the SIP Forum. He is an active contributor to various standardization activities in the IETF and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). After 16 years of work in real-time communications, Gonzalo has co-authored a book, technical papers, is co-inventor of seven patents (pending), and has contributed to various open source development efforts. He holds an M.S. in Physics from the University of Miami.



Gernot Scheichl - Edgewater Networks

Gernot Scheichl has over 20 years experience in the networking industry in a variety of business development, sales and customer support roles. Mr. Scheichl is the VP of Support and Services at Edgewater where he is responsible for customer support, systems engineering and professional services.

Mr. Scheichl joined Edgewater from First Virtual Communications where he held a number of senior positions in worldwide support and international business development. Mr. Scheichl holds a degree in Electronic Engineering and Information Technology from the Technical University Vienna, Austria.




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