Mark Acton Independent Consultant and Non-Exec Director | Ekkosense | Chelmsford, Essex, United Kingdom
Mark Acton is a Data Centre Consultant comfortable with operating at 'C' Level. He has extensive international experience and detailed knowledge of the data centre sector, capable of combining a service delivery driven-approach with solid engineering and technical skills.
As a regular public speaker at international events and Brand Ambassador for CBRE Data Centre Solutions, he is a recognised industry advisor on data centre technical issues, as well as being involved in European data centre standards development through CENELEC and BSI. Mark also acts as a representative on multiple technical committees within the data centre ecosystem and as the current chair of the Best Practice Committee for the European Code of Conduct for Data Centre Energy Efficiency, sponsored by the European Commission.
Mark has 25 years of experience within the data centre sector, demonstrating a successful record in data centre operations management, data centre facilities management, IT operations management, data communications/information systems installation and support. Having incorporated both IT and traditional engineering disciplines, he now operates as a senior level technical consultant and brand evangelist based on direct experience of both design and operational management of world-class data centres, data centre service delivery, cross-discipline expertise in data centre engineering, facilities management and international data centre standards development.
Eugene Seah is the Founder and Chief Coach at Trainium Academy and author of the upcoming book “Superbrand Me.” He is often interviewed by media and is well known as one of Singapore’s most entertaining, engaging and inspirational speakers in the area of growth mindset and future-readiness.
Effectively bilingual in English and Mandarin, Eugene has spoken in many countries including China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Brunei, Maldives and others.
Eugene’s wealth of experience is acquired through more than 15 years’ experience in regional sales and leadership in the financial industry. He has been invited by corporate leaders across a spectrum of industries to coach them and transform their teams. Companies include Sony, PwC, KPMG, GlaxoSmithKline, Western Digital, DBS Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland, ANZ Bank, GIC, Star Cruises and many other major brands.
The Executive Committee Member in the Asia Professional Speakers Singapore, Eugene also volunteers as the Head of Membership in the nation-building movement SG100 Foundation.
Ahmed Ghazy, RCDD Technical Manager, MEA & APAC | Excel Networking | Dubai, UAE
Through my 15 years’ experience in the Telecom field, I have taken up several positions that covered Telecom System Architecting, Data Network Design & implementation, Sales as well as Business & Market Development. My experience as a Senior Key Account Leader in the Telecommunication field is quite extensive and my responsibilities spread across the Middle East & Africa through 3M Gulf - based in Dubai. Furthermore, I worked as the Technology Program Manager for Raqmiyat in Dubai and as the Project Manager for BTC Ericsson in Egypt. Throughout my career, I have enjoyed offering Telecom Solutions to a broad base of clientele in addition to offering more than 250 training workshops for 2,500 engineers and technicians.
I have enriched my knowledge with professional trainings and courses from different countries such as Sweden, UK, Norway, Egypt and Dubai. I am a Cisco (CCNA & CCDA), Ericsson, and Green Belt Six-sigma certified.
My strong solutions knowledge - accompanied by enthusiasm and persistence - enabled me to succeed in inventing several products, and I currently hold a Patent registered under my name.
Alfred Tharwat, RCDD Business Development, Presales, Training & Consultancy Regional Head | R&M Middle East, Turkey & Africa | Dubai, UAE
This active BICSI member has 21 years’ experience in the ICT market and is a Certified Instructor at R&Mfreenet. Alfred Tharwat worked as Area Sales Manager at R&M Cairo for nine years, developing R&M business and channel partners in Egypt and North Africa. Today he is responsible for Training and Consultancy along with Data Centre Business Development for R&M Middle East, Turkey, and Africa.
Arafat Yousef Market Development Manager - EMEA, In-Building Network Solution, Enterprise & Data Centre Solutions | Corning | Dubai, UAE
Arno Stofberg Solutions Architect | Raritan |Schiedam, Netherlands
Arno Stofberg is the Solution Architect for Raritan based in the Netherlands at Raritan’s EMEA head office. His role spreads to the region of Eastern Europe, Russia, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia, where he manages all technical and presales-related enquiries. Arno’s responsibilities include POC management, channel partner and end-user certification and training, next to acting as an advocate for Raritan’s solutions at trade shows.
Arno has more than 13 years of experience in the data centre and connectivity market. Prior to joining Raritan, he was based in Russia as Plant Manager for a Gorelovo Datacenter—a regional data centrespecialised in the lease of fixed lines and Cisco VoIP solutions. He was a Cisco Network Architect at IPPhone Solutions, a company with a focus on network architecture design and implementation for international shopping malls.
Arno holds a degree in Information Technology and Information Science, with a minor in Innovation Management from University Leiden, Netherlands. He has also completed the following programmes: Certified Datacentre Specialist by EPI and Data Centre Infrastructure Management 1 & 2 by GoGoTraining. Arno delivers his training in various languages as he speaks Dutch, German, English and Russian.
Christian Schillab has been working for Fluke Networks Europe since 1997, and since 1999 his role has been Marketing Engineer for the Media Test product line. As a member of German Standards DKE/GAK 715.3.2 and AK 651.2.1, he actively participates as an expert on the topics of field and component testing, and prior to that, in the Frame Relay and ATM forum. Previously, Christian worked for various North American manufacturers of Telecom Test & Measurement products, namely Spectron, NAVTEL and Nextest, in various sales, marketing and market development positions for Europe, Middle East, and Africa.
David J. Carey Consultant and Project Director | MET Consulting | Dubai, UAE
David Carey has had a varied, international career specialised in implementing and managing technology. He was originally an underwater engineering and combat warfare specialist in the UK’s Royal Navy. He has been involved with asset management and planned maintenance for over 40 years, around the globe, operating and maintaining seaborne, land-based and aviation-centric platforms. He has also managed mixed-use, geographically dispersed facilities in major property portfolios of complex, corporate organisations undergoing real estate investment reviews, service outsourcing programmes and benchmarking analysis.
With a decade spent in South East Asia and, more recently, 10 years in the Middle East, his commercial forte is deploying technology to advantage in the built environment. Successful recent projects have involved implementing cutting-edge digitalisation, BIM and ERP systems, via business process re-engineering; upgrading a government client’s FM efficiency and capabilities; leading a winning FM bid for a KSA national, cultural, iconic campus; producing an asset management review and FM strategy for a major government organisation; and surveying 2.6 million m2 of commercial property. He has operated as a CEO, MD and board level director for over 20 years, managing workforces of 3,500-plus.
Graduating top of his year at Herlot-Watt University, David has presented technical conference papers on energy management, BIM, sustainability and workplace solutions. He is a devotee to achieving a positive impact on the through-life costings of residential, commercial, airport, retail, health care, educational and specialist facilities and is now two years into his PhD, studying BIM used in IFM.
David Cuthbertson CEO | Square Mile Systems Ltd. | Poulton, Gloucestershire, England, UK
David Cuthbertson is CEO of Square Mile Systems and AssetGen Limited. With a focus on best practices in the design, build and operation of IT infrastructures, David is an industry expert in infrastructure documentation practices and visualisation techniques with Microsoft Visio. He previously ran his own cabling installation company and a network troubleshooting consultancy before focusing on best practices. David’s industry roles include BICSI UK committee member, as well as ITIL and configuration management specialist groups in the British Computer Society.
Diogo Avelino Partner Development Manager | Amazon Web Services (AWS) | São Paulo, Brazil
Diogo Avelino is currently a Partner Development Manager in Amazon Web Services, responsible for development, support and managing AWS active partners in Brazil. Previously, he held a Technical Director LATAM position, responsible for technical support, training and pre-sales departments in R&M, providing pre/post services to Latin America customers.
For more than 19 years, Diogo has held qualifications and certifications in areas such as IoT, cloud computing, physical infrastructure, network, cybersecurity, and Linux. He has been a key speaker in various BICSI Mexico and Colombia events (Data Centre Dynamics) and in Brazil, Argentina, and Peru.
Dr. Novikova is a visionary & global entrepreneur, strategic investor and technologist who has been at the forefront of POLYMEDIA Group since its inception in 1998. She has flawlessly empowered the foundation and the international expansion of the POLYMEDIA Group of companies with fully researched growth strategies and interoperable organic sources. As an industry thought leader, speaker and author, Dr. Novikova produced scientific publications on intelligence centre design and implementation, and co-authored a book titled “Command and Control Centers. Best Practices, Condition, Future Trends.” Dr. Novikova represents POLYMEDIA as a member at the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association (AVIXA) and Global Presence Alliance (GPA). Dr. Novikova was included in the IT Woman of the Year (2014) list in Russia, compiled by CNews.
Gautier Humbert, RCDD Standards Coordinator, Digital Infrastructure | Legrand | Saint Marcellin, France
Gautier Humbert is the Standards Coordinator for Legrand Digital Infrastructures. This involves copper and fibre cabling, enclosures, PoE and data centre design. He is a member of working groups in multiple French, European, International and BICSI standards, such as: ISO/IEC JTC1/SC25, IEC TC48, IEC TC46, CLC/TC 215, CLC/TC 46X and CLC/TC86BXA. Gautier is also the BICSI District Chair for Mainland Europe and a volunteer in multiple BICSI standards. In 2012 Gautier received the BICSI European Member of the Year Award.
George Berbari, with 33 years’ extensive experience in the Middle East, is the founder & CEO of DC PRO Engineering. He has published The Energy Budget book and several papers in the ASHRAE Journal, MEP magazine and Climate Control magazine. George holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from the American University of Beirut and is the recipient of AUB’s Distinguished Alumni Award.
Ihab Assi Member of the Board of Directors | MEFMA | Dubai, UAE
Ihab Assi is the UAE Managing Director of Apleona HSG Facility Management, managing Apleona’s presence in the UAE, including SANED, a JV with the Sharjah government. In addition, he is a board member at the Middle East Facility Management Association (MEFMA).
Coming from a business administration (MBA) background, Ihab has been active for 18 years in business development and management in Germany and the UAE, where he accumulated extensive experience in the real estate and facilities management fields.
Para Munaweera has 30 years of extensive experience in telecommunications fixed networks/ELV network design, engineering, implementation, project management, operation and maintenance. He is currently the head of the FLV/ICT division at Tamdeed Projects, Etisalat, UAE, leading a team of 160 employees in delivering FTTH/ELV and POLAN solutions. A professional engineer, Para was a panelist for a 2014 Job Task Analysis in Tampa, Florida. He is currently reading for his Ph.D.
Jessica Bello Salguero is a Global Product Manager for firestop in electrical applications at HILTI. Her area of responsibility is to maintain and develop HILTI’s portfolio of electrical through-penetration solutions ensuring new product developments fit customers’ needs and building life safety requirements worldwide. She has worked in different strategic initiatives with regional teams in North America, Asia and Europe. Jessica holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in industrial and environmental engineering.
Jonathan L. Jew Principal, J&M Consultants | Chair, BICSI 002, Data Centre Standard Subcommittee | Secretary, TIA TR-42, Telecommunications Cabling Systems | San Francisco, California, USA
Jonathan Jew is one of the world’s leading data centre telecommunications consultants. He has a 30-plus-year career with more than 100 data centre projects ranging from small enterprise data centres to mega data centres used by the largest internet companies. Jonathan also has experience in designing infrastructure for colocation data centres and for colocation customers moving into a colo. He plays a major role in developing U.S. and international telecommunications standards for data centres. Jonathan is the co-chair of the BICSI data centre subcommittee, the editor and primary contributor to ANSI/TIA-942-B, the U.S. national data centre standard, and the U.S. project lead for ISO/IEC 11801-5, the international data centre telecommunications standard. In his presentation he will describe in detail the technical planning that anyone moving into a colocation data centre will need to perform.
Mitesh B. Desai, RCDD, PRINCE 2 INS Manager - Infrastructure Solutions | GBM | Dubai, UAE
Mitesh Desai has 30 years of information technology industry experience in project management, business management, technical services delivery, data Centre design & build, project management and PMO direction, business development, practice development, profit centre management and consultancy. He was a past BICSI presenter at the 2017 BISCI MEA Conference for C&C Centres.
Mohamed Mohie El Din, RCDD Lead Telecommunications Design Engineer | Dar-Engineering | Riyadh, Saudi Arabia With more than 12 years of ICT industry experience, Mohamed Mohie El Din has a wide range of expertise in telecommunications system design and site supervision. He carried out many projects, from the initial/concept stage to the construction stage. A BICSI member since 2014, he is now working on earning the Revit MEP certification.
Murat Erenturk is an IT professional with 20 years of experience. He has been working as a trusted advisor in the Middle East and Africa region for large enterprises, including telco, health care, manufacturing, and governments. He specialises in data centre planning and implementation auditing, and cybersecurity operations in data centres.
Paul Cave, RCDD, RTPM, CDCDP, CNID Technical Product Manager | Excel Networking | Monk Sherborne, Hampshire, UK
Paul Cave is Technical Product Manager at Excel Networking and has nearly 30 years experience in the IT industry, 25 of which has been in the Structured Cabling and Networking Markets.
He holds a number of professional qualifications including: ► Certified Data Centre Design Professional (CDCDP) ► BICSI Technician, RCDD ► Registered Telecomms Project Manager
Paul is a member of: ► The Expert Panel for TCT/7/-/2 and TCT/7/-/3 ► The BISCI European Standards and Education Committee
As the Senior Security Project Manager for the newest addition to the Abu Dhabi International Airport, Phillip Johnson drafted and assisted in implementing the 2014 update to the Abu Dhabi International Airport (ADIA) Security Master Plan, advising Abu Dhabi Airport Company (ADAC) AVSEC in all stages of the document. He drafted and assisted in the documentation for Security Testing Procedures, Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and Security Design Standards for Abu Dhabi’s five airports.
Phillip also assisted in updating all security specifications and drawings for the Defined Provisional Sum for the Midfield Terminal Building (MTB). One of his projects included the design of the Integration Testing Lab to ensure all software and equipment were tested prior to installation in the airport. Phillip oversaw the design of the Security Operations Centre and Customs Command Centre for the MTB. He continues to support ADAC as Senior Security Design Manager assisting all security project managers with stakeholder requirements, changes and requests.
In his previous role as Director of the Shen Milsom & Wilke Dubai office, Phillip gained experience in project management and comprehensive IT design specialising in seaport, airport, and commercial and industrial low-voltage systems. His project management skills also include design experience for outside plant, structured cabling, microwave, cellular/GSM/LTE, WAN/LAN, building management, cable management, warehouse inventory management, flight information display systems (FIDS), pay telephone, public address, CCTV, card access and security systems.
Phillip’s previous transportation project responsibilities have ranged from schematic design through construction administration for both new construction and renovation projects. Having worked as a director/project manager, coupled with his knowledge as a private pilot, he has an in-depth knowledge of day-to-day airport operations for existing or new facilities.
Richard King Channel Development Director, EMEA | Legrand | London, England, UK
Richard King is a Strategic Program/Account Manager and Business Developer with a proven record of driving change and delivering consistent results in multiple functions and markets within technology and financial services.
He gained a comprehensive understanding of programme and project management, business operations, and marketing and finance at the local and EMEA level with his experiences at Midland Bank, Midland Montagu, HSBC, Unisys, Nokia, Raritan, and Legrand.
Richard’s specialties include developing and managing partner programmes, building productive alliances, managing effective teams, business development, communication, operations, and finance, as well as project and programme delivery.
An excellent communicator, Richard has worked in the UK and overseas, managing multicultural teams. He is passionate about people, teamwork, honesty, ethics, and sustainability.
CTS certified by AVIXA, Shahzad Ather brings with him more than 10 years of experience in the AV industry. His areas of expertise include designing complex systems for IoT, digital transformation, AV over IP, projection mapping, AR, AI, and virtual reality.
Talita Ianaguihara Favoreto Application Engineer for Passive Optical LAN, Structured Cabling and Data Centre | Furukawa Electric Group | Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil
After a few years working as a Product and Network Design Engineer, Talita Ianaguihara Favoreto is now an Application Engineer for Passive Optical LAN, Structured Cabling and Data Centre at a global market level. She also has experience as a Training Instructor in different Furukawa Electric Latin American marketing verticals.
Tareq Salman General Manager | Tamdeed Projects | Dubai, UAE
Engineer Tareq Salman is the General Manager of Tamdeed Projects. Prior to Tamdeed Projects, Tareq acquired vast experience in the telecom industry working with the Etisalat Group for 25 years, heading International Etisalat Operations as Chief Technical Officer.
Dr. Taseer A. Rangrez is an acclaimed collaborator, motivator and a business incubator with a proven track record of 17 working years and over 25,000 hours of corporate training excelling in strategic alliances, new business development and marketing outreach programmes in global IoT, Connected Communities, Smart Spaces & Intelligent Building Technologies Infrastructure industry operations, with particular award-winning achievements in EMEA markets.
He relies on high motivation, detail-orientation and an upbeat, positive mindset and persistent belief in self-worth and revenue delivery capabilities.
His core competencies are in the areas of strategic alliances, new business development, sales enablement and marketing outreach programmes in telecom service providers, health care, hospitality, education, oil & gas, government, defense, banking & finance, manufacturing and the SMB industry domains.
Tertius Wolfaardt is the Business Development Manager for the Architecture & Engineering Programme for Axis Communications in the Middle East. He has been with Axis for over four years with various roles in sales and business development. Prior to joining Axis in Dubai, Tertius was part of the MEA Team in South Africa as a Sales Engineer & Trainer. In his role as BDM, A&E, Tertius will be responsible for managing and optimising the relationship with the Architects and Engineering partners in the Middle East. The Axis Architecture & Engineering Programme is designed to help network architects, engineers and consultants design smarter systems.
Todd Taylor has 34 years of ICT experience across various industries including health care, education, data centre, commercial and residential. He graduated from Utah State University in 2000 with a degree in Business Information Systems Management and has been a BICSI member since 1995. He owned his own technology systems design-build company, specialising in integration solutions for voice and data networks, security systems and integrated smart homes.
Todd continues to be very active in driving ICT design standards within the industry by leading and participating in various committees within BICSI, HIMSS, ASHE, and TIA. The past 18 years have been focused in the design and management of projects in the health care, education, and data centre industry, providing a full range of medical communications/technology planning and design services with projects both local and international. Todd has visited several countries, and while the environments may differ, the growing presence of BICSI has remained a constant.
An active member of BICSI’s International Standards Programme since 1998, Todd served as the programme’s chair for six years. He helped to steer this committee with successful publications focused on education, bonding and grounding, data centres, wireless, health care and building information modeling (BIM), to name a few. He has also been the subject matter expert on several chapters for the Telecommunications Distribution Methods Manual (TDMM), Information Technology Systems Installation Methods Manual (ITSIMM), and has assisted in the editing of the Electronic Safety and Security Design Reference Manual (ESSDRM).
Tommy Chiu, RCDD, DCDC, ESS, NTS Project Manager | Stantec Consulting Ltd. | Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Tommy Chiu is an inspirational leader working in one of the largest Canadian multidisciplinary engineering consulting firms. With his strong project management experience, he is proud to help clients translate their business objectives into successfully delivered projects.
Valerie Maguire, BSEE Director of Standards & Technology | The Siemon Company | Cave Creek, Arizona, USA
Valerie Maguire is the Director of Standards & Technology at Siemon and a well-recognised cabling standards expert. She is the TIA Liaison to IEEE 802.3, Treasurer of IEEE 802.3, and Chief Editor of the P802.3cg Single Pair-Ethernet amendment project. She has held leadership positions in TIA Cabling subcommittees for eight two-year terms. Valerie has authored over 50 technical articles and engineering papers, holds one U.S. patent, received the 2008 Harry J. Pfister Award for Excellence in Telecommunications, and was named one of CI&M’s Top 20 Positive Contributors to the Cabling and Networking Industry.