Board Members & Staff

The Board Members provides strategic and financial oversight of OpenDaylight resources and staff.

Abhishek Chauhan

Abhishek Chauhan is CTO and vice-president for the Cloud Networking Group at Citrix, driving the company’s technology vision for its networking products.  Abhishek joined Citrix through the acquisition of Teros, where he served as CTO.  Prior to founding Teros, Abhishek helped architect scalable network services and distributed systems at Sun Microsystems working on the J2EE blueprints.  Before joining Sun, he co-founded Vxtreme where he was the architect.  He studied Computer Science at University of Wisconsin and Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

Chris Wright

Chris Wright is the Technical Director of SDN at Red Hat.  During his nearly 20 years as a software engineer he has worked in the telecom industry on high availability and distributed systems and in the Linux industry on security and virtualization.  He has been a Linux developer for over a decade, most of that time spent deep in the Linux kernel working on security and virtualization.  He is intrigued by the challenges that cloud computing brings to virtualization and networking, and is now focused on the cloud, KVM and network virtualization.  He lives in sunny Portland, OR where he is happliy hacking on Open vSwitch and OpenStack.

David Meyer

David Meyer is currently CTO and Chief Scientist at Brocade Communications, where he works on future directions for Internet technologies. Prior to joining Brocade, he was a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco Systems, where he also worked as a developer, architect, and visionary on future directions for Internet technologies. He has been a member of the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) of the the IETF (www.ietf.org) and the chair/co-chair of many working groups. He is also active in the operator community, where he has been a long standing member of the NANOG (www.nanog.org) program committee (and program committee chair from 2008-2011). He is also active in other standards organizations such as ETSI, ATIS, ANSI T1X1, the Open Networking Foundation, and the ITU-T. Mr. Meyer is also currently Director of the Advanced Network Technology Center at the University of Oregon. One of his major projects at the University of Oregon is routeviews (see www.routeviews.org). Prior to joining Cisco, he served as Senior Scientist, Chief Technologist and Director of IP Technology Development at Sprint.

David Ward

As CTO and Chief Architect of Engineering at Cisco Systems, David is responsible for defining strategy and leading research and development of new innovation via tight partnerships with customers and academia. He is known in the industry because of his knowledge and expertise in IP/MPLS routing, high availability, network design, and systems software. He is the Routing Area Director at the IETF and chair of four Working Groups: IS-IS, HIP, BFD and Softwires. Also, he is leading the work on defining a transport profile for MPLS at the ITU-T. He speaks frequently at the North American Network Operators’ Group (NANOG), IETF, IEEE and RIPE conferences and collaborates with several university and private research groups, including Stanford, MIT, Cambridge and Tsinghua University. 

David held the roles software architect for IOS-XR; co-system architect of the CRS-1 multi-terabit router & ASR9000; and co-system architect of several next generation routers, line cards, route processors and service blades for multiple routing products in Cisco’s Service Provider portfolio. 

David served as CTO of Platform Systems Division in Juniper Networks, responsible for the switches, routers and data center products in the portfolio as well as the Operating System (Junos) and ASICs. David was also a Juniper Fellow and Chief Architect working on operating system and next generation routing systems. 

David graduated from Syracuse University with a BS in International Relations, and later received a Ph.D. (ABD) and Master of Science in Forestry from University of Minnesota. 

David has a small vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains and an heirloom tomato farm along the St Croix River in Somerset, Wisconsin. 

Francois LeMarchand

Francois Lemarchand is heading Ericsson SDN product & solutions group. He was previously responsible for strategy in Ericsson IP & EPC product line. Before joining Ericsson Francois headed Consulting Sales Engineering for Redback and held various Product Management and Sales positions at CoSine Communication and Cisco.

Inder Gopal

Inder Gopal is Vice President for Networking Development and is responsible for all hardware and software networking products in IBM. Previously, Inder Gopal was Vice President of Big Data  in the IBM's Software Group. Before IBM, he was the founding CEO of two venture-funded start-up companies, ReefEdge and Iptivia, and worked in senior executive roles at AT&T and Prodigy. He has a long record of successful commercialization of leading edge technology, often creating new markets and product categories. Inder has also had a distinguished research career in the area of computer networks, with 20 patents and more than 70 technical publications to his credit. He has served as editor of several technical journals and was elected Fellow of the IEEE. He has a PhD from Columbia University, New York and a BA from Oxford University, England.

Jennifer Lin

Prior to joining Juniper through the acquisition of Contrail Systems, Jennifer was a member of the founding team and VP, Marketing at Contrail Systems, where she led the product management and marketing activities. Jennifer was Senior Director of Product Marketing at Cisco, where she led the Product Management and Technical Marketing teams for Cisco’s Connected Energy Networks, Wireless Networking and Mobility Services, and Enterprise Routing BUs. She has led numerous partner ecosystems to drive market adoption of wireless/mobility services, smart sensor networks and application services. Prior to Cisco, Jennifer led teams in technical, operations and strategic marketing roles at Intel and Silicon Valley startups. Jennifer earned a BSE from Princeton University and an MSE from Stanford University. She lives in Los Altos Hills, CA and enjoys being outdoors with her three young sons.

Marc Cohn (Silver Member Board Representative)

Marc Cohn is a Senior Director, Market Development at Ciena Corporation based in San Jose. Marc has been a major contributor to Ciena’s Software Defined Networking (SDN) initiative, and chairs the Committee (MEC) for the Open Networking Foundation (ONF). He also is on the OpenDaylight Board of Directors where he represents the Silver members. Marc also represents Ciena on the ETSI Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) ISG and the ONF liaison to the Open Networking User Group (ONUG). Marc also speaks extensively on SDN, and has organized successful SDN tutorials and workshops for major SDN and NFV events, including the Open Networking Summit, SDN & OpenFlow World Congress, NFV & SDN Summit, and SDN & OpenFlow APAC Congress. In addition, Marc is a frequent contributor to SDN Central, the ONF Blog, and ETSI NFV Blog. Prior to joining Ciena, Marc held senior marketing and product management roles with IP Infusion, Amdocs, Lucent Technologies, Alidian Networks, and International Network Services. He has over 20 technical publications and has been a frequent contributor to networking standards, along with newsletters, Blogs, etc. Marc earned a MS EE degree from the University of Southern California where he was a Hughes Fellow, a BS EE degree in Electrical Engineering and was the first Computer Engineering graduate from the University of Missouri.

Neela Jacques (OpenDaylight Executive Director)

As OpenDaylight's executive director, Nicolas “Neela” Jacques works with the OpenDaylight community to advance SDN and NFV with a developer-driven open source platform for products and technologies that expand the intelligence, programmability and performance of network infrastructures. He oversees and provides guidance for all aspects of the project, from governance and technology to community and marketing and reports to the OpenDaylight board of directors. Formerly at VMware, Jacques was part of the core team that took virtualization from a niche development and testing product to ubiquitous use. He developed and took to market the company’s software-defined data center vision and strategy including VMware’s vCloud Suite. Jacques also founded and launched VMware's first cloud computing initiative in 2007. Prior to VMware, Jacques was a consultant with Bain & Company. He received his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with High Honors and a Bachelor of Science from Georgetown University.

Rajeev Nagar

Rajeev Nagar oversees the Core Networking team in Windows responsible for infrastructural networking/connectivity technologies for Microsoft operating system platforms, devices, and services (datacenter/Cloud). Past responsibilities have included strategic, business, & technological leadership for storage, clustering, and high-availability offerings within Microsoft Windows. Prior to Microsoft, Rajeev was founding-CEO and CTO of Kuokoa Networks, Inc. (focused on storage networking solutions for large enterprises), and founder/CEO of NTCS, Inc. (delivering file-systems, storage, and security solutions for Windows NT based deployments). Rajeev has also held technical leadership positions with Hewlett-Packard, and Transarc Co. (IBM). Rajeev’s credits include multiple patents and publications, including a book. Rajeev holds a BE in Computer Engineering, MS (Computer Sc. – UCF), and MBA (Haas School – UC, Berkeley).

Sarwar Raza

Sarwar Raza is Director of Cloud Networking and Software Defined Networking (SDN) in the Advanced Technology Group at HP Networking. His responsibilities include driving the strategy, development, marketing and sales of HP Networking products and SDN solutions for the Cloud and Enterprise. He also represents HP as the Chair of the North Bound Interfaces (NBI) workgroup in the Open Network Foundation (ONF), and serves on the Board of Directors of the OpenDaylight Project, a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project, focused on open SDN and NFV architectures.

He was previously a Distinguished Architect in the Office of the Chief Technology Officer for Networking at HP, where he provided technical and marketing leadership spanning the areas of cloud networking and orchestration, network and systems management, and unified communications and collaboration to engineering, marketing and sales teams across HP’s product and service businesses.

Sarwar joined HP in 2010 via the acquisition of 3Com Corporation, where, for 10 years he held a variety of senior roles in product management and engineering. Most recently, he led the Product Management team for 3Com’s Unified Communications business line. Prior to this, he served as a software architect on the Voice Engineering team for the VCX product line. His network management expertise includes work on carrier-class management systems for RAS, VOIP and 3G systems that have been deployed by some of the world’s largest service providers. Sarwar also was lead architect for 3Com’s flagship NMS product, Enterprise Management Suite.

Sarwar has a bachelor’s degree in economics and computer science (Phi Beta Kappa) from Clark University, a master’s degree in computer science with a concentration in computer and communications networks from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and an executive certificate in management and strategy from the Sloan School of Management at MIT.

Sarwar is based in Boston, Massachussetts.

Terry Nakajima

Terry Nakajima is Senior Manager in NEC Corporation of America, leading business strategy and engineering for NEC’s Software defined networking products. As a founding member of NEC ProgrammableFlow product line, he was instrumental in launching the world’s first production ready SDN product in Q2 2011. Prior to ProgrammableFlow, Terry led NEC's strategic corporate alliance for IT platform.  He also has over 10 years of experience in carrier optical network business. Terry holds a Master's degree (Quantum Engineering and Systems) and a Bachelor's degree (Nuclear Engineering), both from the University of Tokyo.