Mike Koons

Mike Koons, Vice President, WW Systems Engineering, Cisco Systems, Inc.

Mr. Michael Koons is the Vice President of World Wide Systems Engineering for the World Wide Sales organization at Cisco Systems. Mike is responsible for ensuring the Systems Engineering (SE) community meets the business needs of Cisco’s customers and partners. In this capacity, he focuses on the technology and business demands of this strategic community within Cisco.

Mike is also responsible for the field engineering and technology strategy for all architectures within Cisco as it relates to the SE community. In these technology areas, Mike focuses on strategy, network architecture, product placement and engineering. Through the SE community, Mike is responsible for building the bridge between Cisco’s technology solutions and our customers’ business imperatives while ensuring the SE community is influential throughout this business process.

Mike has more than 25 years of networking and telecommunications experience. He started his career within the Bell System working for Bell Atlantic in various engineering and operational roles. He joined Cisco in 1996 as a systems engineer and has worked in several technical and leadership roles while supporting many different market segments in the field sales group. He previously served as the technology lead for Global Segments and Architectures (GSA) where his primary function was to align the SE organization around Engineering, Architectures and Cisco’s technical strategy.

Mike has been active in several industry groups including USTA, ATIS and others. He has served on the ATIS Technology Council as the representative for Cisco focusing on common industry issues such as Network Optimization, Cloud Applications for Service Providers and CDN Federations. Mike has also served on the Colorado Governor’s Technology Board. Mike and his family currently reside in Wayne, Pennsylvania.


Dorin Pena

Dorin Pena, GM Cisco Romania

He started his career in 2005, as instructor within CATC Romania. During the same period he worked with Bucharest Polytechnic University, as university assistant. Between 2006 and 2007 he occupied the network specialist position within Ness Technologies, where he was responsible for supporting the sales team in what regards promoting and selling the Cisco products and solutions. In 2007 and 2008 he graduated a Cisco Sales Associate Program in Amsterdam and continued within the team as networking consultant engineer.

Between 2009 and 2010 he worked for Romtelecom and then retuned to Cisco as Account Manager. Before being promoted as Cisco Romania Country Manager, Dorin Pena was covering the Strategic Account Managers position within Service Providers division.

Dorin Pena holds a diploma in management at IEDC Bled School of Management (Slovenia).


Gabriel Musat

Gabriel Musat, Datanet Systems’ Technical and Marketing Director.

Gabriel Musat has 25 years’ experience in telecommunications, as system designer, implementation engineer, technical and business manager. In the past 19 years he held various management positions in Datanet Systems, being involved in hundreds of telecom and IT infrastructure projects, including projects for designing and testing IoT products and systems.


Cristian Matei

Cristian Matei, Datanet Systems

Cristian Matei is a Solutions Architect at Datanet Systems SRL with a main focus of translating business requirements into the best possible technical solution and system architecture. Cristian is also a Senior Technical Instructor at Internetwork Expert, developing expert-level technical content and teaching CCIE boot camps. Additionally, Cristian has authored several Cisco Press publications. Among other numerous certifications, Cristian holds a CCIE in Routing&Switching and Security.


Mihai Cristian Gagea

Mihai Cristian Gagea, Presales Consultant, Datanet Systems

Mihai has over 10 years’ experience in the IT industry as a network engineer and architect, with a focus on datacenter technologies and service provider networks.


Stelian Campianu

Stelian Campianu, ETA2U Executive Director

Stelian Campianu has a 20 years experience in IT. He graduated the Politehnica University from Timisoara, where he holds a Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering, and managed to turn his hobby for IT into a successful career.

Stelian Campianu joined ETA2U in 2005 in the position of Executive Director, with the role of supporting the company’s transformation towards a national player on the Romanian IT Market. Nowadays, ETA2U is the most important System Integrator located outside Bucharest and one of the Top 10 IT Companies in Romania.

Before joining ETA2U, Stelian worked for Solectron, a multinational Electronic Manufacturing Services Company where he held a management role at European level, being responsible for IT services delivery on all European Manufacturing Sites.


Cristian Pațachia-Sultănoiu

Cristian Pațachia-Sultănoiu

Mr. Cristian Pațachia-Sultănoiu is an experienced manager with over 15 years of experience in telecom industry, covering an extensive spectrum of technology, business development and innovation management He received a BSc degree in Electronics and Telecommunications at the Satellite and Mobile Communications department of the Politehnica University Bucharest in 2000 and also his MSc degree in Optical Fiber, Fixed and Mobile Radio Communications at the Politehnica University of Bucharest in 2001.

Mr. Pațachia-Sultănoiu also has an Executive MBA in Finance from University of Sheffield and has been working for Orange Romania since 2000, currently managing the Development & Innovation team of the Engineering department. He is currently coordinating several research projects in the following areas : cybersecurity, smart city, Wi-Fi offload for cellular data networks, monetisation of network’s APIs, mobile cloud computing and IoT/M2M. In addition, Mr. Pațachia-Sultănoiu is coordinating Orange Educational Program, Innovation Labs and several Horizon 2020 research and innovation projects on various topics such as next generation emergency services and critical infrastructure security.


Gert Wolfis

Gert Wolfis, F5

Senior System Engineer at F5 Networks specializing in Cloud Solutions, covering EMEA region.

Gert Jan Wolfis is a Sr. System Engineer at F5 for 4,5 years now. Previous roles where Network and Security Architect, Consultant and Engineering at companies like KPN, Philips and ING, which covers over 20 years of IT experience.

In his current role Gert Jan takes care of Cloud related topics which cover both public and private cloud use cases.

Customers are moving into cloud very quickly, the trend is more towards the hybrid model, than 100% public cloud. Most customers keep a specific part of their IT services on premise, but that should scale at the promises of SDN. F5 Application Services is capable of overcome the gap between applications and the SDN network. Being able to automate is of course key and the session will exactly address these challenges and how F5 BIG-IP service insertion with Cisco ACI using iWorkflow get delivered.


Cornel Popescu

Cornel Popescu, Veeam

Cornel has 16 years of experience in enterprise computing and data management solutions. Cornel is primarily focused on virtualisation, cloud computing and data protection. With a deep knowledge on virtualization, Cornel helped partners and customers to transition to the cloud, while achiving better efficiency and minimizing risks. In the past, Cornel had worked as a Proffesional Services Engineer, as VMware trainer and Systems Engineer, educating and helping customers to tackle challenges and adopt inovative solutions to solve problems. Cornel is curentlly Veeam Systems Engineer, responsable for South East Europe. He holds several industry certifications, including VCP, VCAP, MCSE, NCDA, EMCTA and others.


Dave Locke

Dave Locke, Ecosystem for Watson Internet of Things and M2M, IBM

Dave for many years has enjoyed playing in what is today called the Internet of Things (IoT). Connecting up “Things” is not new or novel but the approach taken and emerging technologies enable a vast range of new and innovative uses.

Pre IoT projects worked on over the last 20 years include connecting up pipelines in deserts, the first pay as you drive insurance scheme and an early pay per mile city car project. A key driver for business is the knowledge that IoT is an evolution and not a revolution.

Dave is an evangelist for IoT both in business helping build IBMs IoT ecosystem and applying lessons learnt over the last 20 years but also enjoys using it for fun outside of the office both at home and for education. Dave is passionate about the use open technology, a key driver for IoT be it open standards or open source. He has worked on a number of open source projects and standards with a heavy focus on MQTT a fast emerging protocol for connecting “Things”.Leading up or rather down to working on tiny things at the edge of the network.

In a previous incarnation Dave has worked on mainframe, mid range and pc based compute platforms, including transaction processing and messaging systems that drive many of todays financial systems. Even though a sensor and a mainframe are vastly different, lessons have been learnt and are being applied to IoT. Core to these being data is king.


Ovidiu Pismac

Ovidiu Pismac, Account Technology Strategist, Microsoft Romania

Ovidiu is 41 years old and graduated the Academy of Economic Studies, Faculty of Cybernetics in Bucharest.

From 2006 in Microsoft, Ovidiu is responsible for the Microsoft management, virtualization and security solutions from System Center and Forefront family. In his focus are also Microsoft Virtualization Solutions (Hyper-V, APP-V, VDI and RDS), Windows Server and Windows Client platforms, Microsoft PKI solution – Certificate Services and the optimization technologies from the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP).

For the last 18 years Ovidiu worked as IT Department lead at Banca Nationala a Romaniei – Giurgiu branch; System Engineer at GeCAD– working directly with the actual Microsoft antivirus solution and Security Engineer at UTI Systems – specialized in security and PKI solutions.


Vlad Arsene

Vlad Arsene, ETA2U

Vlad Arsene is a R&D Project Manager at ETA2U with the main role of developing the IoT business line within the company. His activities span from strategy, partnerships and building projects to business analysis and system architectures for projects with significant technological innovation components.

After graduating Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Transilvania University in Brasov, Vlad Arsene has worked as an ICT consultant and project manager, mostly, involved in international R&D and innovation projects. Moreover, he has experience in European research funding having been involved in several FP7 and Horizon 2020 projects.


Filip Zgubea

Filip Zgubea, Strategic Programs Manager at Crescendo specialized in Mobility / IoT / BI solutions

Filip has 20 years of experience in providing business solution such as ERM, CRM, BI and handling complex projects in manufacturing and distribution. He joined Crescendo in 2003 as Senior Account Manager, followed by Business Unit Manager - Enterprise Resource Management and Sales Manager position, while supporting many different market segments in the field sales group. Starting this year, Filip is focusing his efforts from the Strategic Programs Manager position within Crescendo. In this current role supports new strategic directions of the company, having the point of convergence on Cloud and Mobility / IoT / BI solutions.

He embraced the new position by taking into consideration the continuuous and significant changes in the technology market and he is dedicating his actions in helping partners and customers by tackle challenges and adopt inovative solutions area to resolve their needs, while achiving better efficiency and minimizing risks for their businesses.

Filip believes that a CEO must base his decisions on real and accurate data, as indicators for analysis and decisions in all areas of business activity and he recognize the business and operational challenges encountered by manufacturing companies.

The session will exactly address these challenges showing how to integrate existing business systems - ERP, CRM, BI, SCM, WMS - cars, machinery, and robots in the production areas - through IoT, being focused on real business cases which will include a demo and ordering a robot to perform business tasks.

Filip holds several industry certifications, including a Ph. D in Economics, and numerous publications in Leadership and IT&C area.


Dan Agache

Dan Agache - Executive Director @ Crescendo

He started his career in 2002 at Crescendo. He was involved in, and later started to lead from the technical side, plenty of IT &C projects. His capabilities grew and extended from support to implementation and then design of networking and other integrated solutions.

As the Team Leader of Unified Computing System & Security Solutions he had a key role in achieving better efficiency for customers’ investments, and minimizing the potential risks their business might have faced when adopting new technologies.

He dedicated his effort to add value to customers’ business in different industries (Financial, Industrial, Call Center, Public Sector, Education, etc.) with IT&C solutions adapted to their specific needs. Dan and his team achieved acknowledged results by using complex IT solutions, based on multi-vendor technologies for communication, unified collaboration, DC/DRC, Security, Contact Center and CRM in high availability architectures to keep up with customers’ business continuity plans.

Dan earned his Engineer Diploma at Military Technical Academy, Electronics and Informatics/ Computers Faculty and holds several industry certifications, including CCNP, CCNA, Cisco Data Center Architecture Design Specialist, Cisco Contact Center Express Implementation Specialist, Cisco Identity Services Engine System Engineer, etc. From 2006, Dan owns one of the most prestigious networking certification in the industry: Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE), as a recognition for its expert network engineering skills.

Aiming to address the continuous challenges any CEO or LOB Manager experiences in the context of restless change and fast technology evolution, Dan will approach, during his session, innovative solutions for their business. Getting real time reports based on relevant information help managers in taking the right decisions for their company by implementing the latest IOT trends, and this will be the core subject of Dan’s presentation at Cisco Connect.


Florin Raclariu

Florin Raclariu, Market Development Manager, Intel® Romania & Bulgaria

Florin Raclariu is experienced IT professional working at Intel® from more than 7 years. He keeps relationships with Multinational Vendors in Romania & Bulgaria. With more than 30 year experience in IT he is a good advisor for IT projects. Starting working experience in the biggest IT Research Institute in Bucharest (ITC) as software engineer he worked before Intel® in different international companies like Apple Representative Office, Fujitsu-Siemens, IT distributors and for 4 years was IT deputy manager in one of the biggest bank in Romania (BRD - Societe Generale).


Cristian Ionescu

Cristian Ionescu, CCIE R&S #20005, Chief Technology Officer Bittnet

Cristian started his career in IT nearly 15 years ago and since then acquired extensive knowledge in routing and switching, datacenter solutions, security and wireless architectures. Cristian has vast experience in managing full life-time complex IT projects from pre-sales to final implementation as well as post-sales including support and optimization.

With strong leadership skills and the ability to identify and implement technical approaches needed effectively in delivering services, Cristian holds a key role in managing the technical team of Bittnet.


Cosmin Voicu

Cosmin Voicu, CCIE Security, R&S #37076 and CCSI #35335, Senior Solution Engineer Bittnet

With nearly 7 years of experience in telecommunications and IT, Cosmin has fulfilled various roles such as documenting IT solutions, pre-sales consulting, providing support, designing and testing IP solutions, implementing and troubleshooting solutions as well as training.

His vast expertise in the field of IT security is expressed through his numerous certifications with regards to Cisco security technologies ending with his CCIE - Security and R&S certification.


Mihai Dumitru – Senior Network Consultant, CCIE #16616 at Cronus eBusiness

Mihai has been involved with computer networks since the first Internet service providers appeared in our country, more than 15 years ago. As network design is not simply his occupation but also his passion and main professional interest, Mihai is allocating a great deal of time to continually increasing his knowledge and understanding the options in the field of networks and networks security.

Cronus portfolio of IT services and complex projects all through these years Mihai is working with our team of experts developed his specialties in: SME IT consulting and analysis, network design and administration, technology writing, and of course - Project Management.


Boris Zupancic

Boris Zupancic, Enterprise Business Development CEE Philips Lighting

As Enterprise Business Development CEE in Philips Lighting, Boris is always contributing to a client’s business performance by bringing a strong expertise of the impact light has nowadays on Employee Engagement, Work Efficiency, Work Quality and improvement of operational management. Boris is acting as Evangelist in CEE region of a Connected Office Solution (IoT) which demonstrates a Light Beyond Illumination. Connected Office is an essential part of the much bigger topic of a Smart Cities and Smart Buildings. In a frame of Connected Office agenda he is establishing the relationship, business development and joint pipeline generation and execution of Philips Lighting Alliance partners. He is a business development professional with diverse leadership experiences in solution selling, enterprise marketing and technology solutions management. He is engaged in developing together with the client a Lighting System Solution which needs to fulfill a clearly defined Business Values/Deliveries. Within a project, he is also involving himself in an execution and post execution follow up process to control and measure the real impact and compare it to defined targets.


Ovidiu Ghiman

Ovidiu Ghiman

Ovidiu Ghiman began working in telecommunications in 1998, and starting 2009 joined former Romtelecom, currently Telekom Romania. Up to now he held various executive positions such as Strategy and Business Development Executive Director, Chief Officer for Strategy and Commercial Residential Segment. Since 2013, he was appointed Chief Commercial Officer – Business segment.

Ovidiu Ghiman is an enthusiast of new technologies such as IoT and M2M and is strongly focused on enhancing the leading position of Telekom as turn-key IT&C solutions provider for companies of all sizes.


Elena Paun

Elena Paun is a Sales and Business Development professional with an experience of over 10 years in the IT industry, having a significant exposure on the major software technologies. For the last 4 years she acts as a Business Development Manager in the ICT & Large Accounts Division from the B2B Commercial Segment, Telekom Romania, where she has lead business development activities for several strategic topics such as solutions for Healthcare and Energy market. She is currently involved in developing the internal practices and business opportunities for Smart City solutions, with a special focus on enabling local communities to adopt new trends and technologies available on the market in order to become smarter and more efficient.