Atlantic Convergence brings you the visionaries and the most knowledgeable users and architects of pan-Atlantic digital infrastructure – from world renowned enterprises, from data center, submarine cable, and LEO satellite operators, from cloud service providers, OTTs, Internet Exchanges operators, etc.

Ivo Ivanov



Ivo A. Ivanov is Chief Operating Officer of the DE-CIX Group AG and also – as Chief Executive Officer of DE-CIX International – responsible for the global business activities of the Internet Exchange Operator. Ivo has more than 15 years’ of experience in the regulatory, legal and commercial Internet environment.

Ivo joined DE-CIX in January 2007. In recent years, Ivo has been deeply involved in the establishment DE-CIX sites in Istanbul, Palermo, Madrid, Marseille, New York, Dallas, Dubai (UAE-IX powered by DE-CIX) as well as Mumbai (Mumbai IX powered by DE-CIX), and several DE-CIX consultancy projects in Africa, Asia and Europe.

Ivo has an educational background focused on Law and Business. Fluent in German, English, Russian and Bulgarian, he graduated from a German business school in 1995 and holds two Law degrees, from the Universities of Sofia (Bulgaria) and Bonn (Germany). After graduation, he worked as a lawyer, with a focus on e-commerce law, IP law, telecommunications law and data protection law.

Philippe Dumont

CEO / Ellalink


Philippe Dumont is a member of ‘2020 Capacity Power 100’ an elite group of the most influential people of the wholesale carrier community. He is a CEO with over 25 years of international experience in the Telecoms industry. His strong leadership style is supplemented with an entrepreneurial attitude and long term vision.

Philippe was President & CEO of ASN (Alcatel Lucent Submarine Networks),  a worldwide leader for turnkey telecoms submarine cable systems, for 6 years and has also served for 5 years as President of the Wireless Transmission activities at Alcatel Lucent.

He is currently the CEO of EllaLink, a €180m project that has been designed to satisfy the growing traffic demand  between Europe and Latin America. The system will offer the first ever large scale, direct fibre route between the two continents, bypassing the congested routes of the North Atlantic.

Dr. Daniel S. Hamilton



Dr. Daniel S. Hamilton is President of the Transatlantic Leadership Network and directs its Atlantic Basin Initiative of African, European, South, Central and North American Eminent Persons, research institutes and private sector leaders that explores the changing dynamics among the four continents of the Atlantic Basin with regard to digital connectivity, energy, economic growth, human development, and human security.

He is Senior non-resident Fellow at the Brookings Institution and a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. Recent publications include The Transatlantic Digital Economy 2024 and The promise of a free and open Atlantic. He has held a variety of senior positions in the U.S. Department of State, and serves on several international advisory boards.

Ana Figueiredo

CEO / Altice Portugal


Ana Figueiredo is the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Altice Portugal, and Chairman of Altice Dominicana. From 2018 to March 2022, she was the CEO of Altice Dominicana.

Additionally, she also chaired the Association of Foreign Investment Companies in the Dominican Republic.

Between 2016 and 2018, she was appointed as Chief Audit Executive of the Altice Group in Switzerland, overseeing operations in France, the United States, Israel, Portugal and the Dominican Republic.

Ana Figueiredo has nearly 20 years of professional experience in the telecommunications sector since joining the PT Group in 2003, where she worked in the Auditing, Operational consulting, and Organizational transformation areas; and led teams and projects in Portugal, Brazil, Cape Verde, Morocco, Namibia, São Tome and Príncipe, Mozambique, Kenya and East Timor.

She holds a degree in Business Administration and Management from Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestão (ISEG) and an MBA from Universidade Católica and Nova Business School (Lisbon MBA).

Mohamad Ibrahim

CEO / Interfiber Networks

Republic Democratic of Congo

Mohamad H. Ibrahim is a visionary leader in the field of network and satellite communication. With over 15 years of experience in the Internet Service Provider (ISP) business, he has played a pivotal role in connecting countries across Africa. His passion for providing reliable, secure, and affordable connectivity has driven the success of Interfiber Networks.

Mohamad holds a strong background in ICT (Information and Communication Technology). He founded several Internet service providers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (D.R.Congo), contributing significantly to bridging the digital divide in the region. His expertise lies in leveraging leased circuits on the West African submarine cable to connect African countries.

As the CEO of Interfiber Networks, Mohamad leads a dedicated team focused on expanding connectivity throughout Africa with services such as IP Transit, Internet Connectivity, and Active Circuits.

Soledad Antelada Toledano

Security Technical Program Manager │ Google


Soledad Antelada Toledano is the Security Technical Program Manager at Google. She previously worked for Berkeley Lab, one of the most prestigious scientific centers in the world and one of the first nodes of ARPANET, the forerunner of the Internet. Soledad was the first woman in the history of the Cybersecurity department at Berkeley Lab. After specializing in ‘penetration testing’ for several years, Soledad also develops research and advancement tasks for intrusion detection systems, monitoring of high-capacity networks and vision and research exercises on how cybersecurity will evolve in the next 10 years adopting techniques of Artificial Intelligence for intrusion detection and handling of BigData generated by monitoring tools. Soledad has combined her work at the Berkeley lab in recent years with the responsibility of being the head of security for the ACM / IEEE Supercomputing Conference, the annual supercomputing conference in the United States, protecting and building the network architecture of SCinet, the fastest network in the world. She is the founder of GirlsCanHack, an organization dedicated to engaging women in the cybersecurity field, encouraging women to pursue a career in cybersecurity Soledad was named one of the 20 Most Influential Latinos in Technology in America in 2016. She has recently joined Google as a Technical Program Manager for Security

Tesh Durvasula

CEO / AtlasEdge

United Kingdom

As Chief Executive Officer, Tesh sets the strategy for the company and leads the talented team creating Europe’s leading data centre platform. Tesh is a digital infrastructure and data centre industry veteran with more than 25 years of experience in development, finance, sales, marketing, and real estate. Before joining AtlasEdge, he served as CEO of Africa Data Centres, where he led the company’s hyperscale expansion, making it one of the continent’s largest operators. Prior to this, Tesh held various executive roles at CyrusOne, eventually becoming the company’s CEO. During his tenure at CyrusOne, annual revenue grew from $221 million in 2012 to over $1 billion by 2020. His previous roles also include Chief Marketing and Business Officer for Telx, founder of NYC-Connect, and various management positions at Abovenet, Sprint, and Metromedia Fiber Networks.

Rafael De Fermin

Sr. VP IP and optical networksNokia


In 2022, Rafael de Fermín was appointed to lead Nokia’s Network Infrastructure business in Europe, in charge of all IP, Optical and Fixed Networks in the region.

Over his career in the industry, Rafael has been involved in multiple responsibilities, mostly linked to Telecom Networking, while living in the UK, the US, Belgium and Spain. Prior to his current position, he led the IP/Optics Networks team for Nokia in Europe and EMEA, as well as the EMEA Global Customer Delivery and Presales teams for Alcatel-Lucent. Before that, he spent five years working for the Access Business Division in Alcatel, in charge of the Regional Support Centers for different geographies (including Europe, Middle East, Africa, India and Latin America). He held pre- and post-sales responsibilities for the Division in those geographies. His earlier jobs with Alcatel include General Management of the Fixed Networks Division for Iberia, and several positions in R&D and PLM.

Jon Abbott

EMEA Technology Director | Strategic Segments / Vertiv

United Kingdom

Since January 2018 Jon serves as Technology Director, Strategic Segments for Vertiv in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), defining Communications and Edge Network strategy through ‘Voice of the Customer’ and segment facility trend; focusing on power, cooling and energy efficiency.

Jon has over 20 years of experience in Networks, working with critical infrastructure for OEMs, CSPs and Integrators.

Jon holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Product Design from London South Bank University and is alumni of Cambridge University’s Institute for Sustainability Leadership.


Robert Assink

Managing Director / Digital Realty


Robert Assink is Managing Director of Digital Realty in Spain. Since 2000, Robert has been working to facilitate a more interconnected world; first by interconnecting telecommunications networks, then by linking digital content and distribution, and now by bringing enterprise IT traffic to cloud platforms. All these interconnections take place in Digital Realty’s data centers.

Robert is Dutch by birth and Spanish by adoption. He holds a degree in business management from the European University of Antwerp (Belgium) and an MBA from IESE Business School in Barcelona.

Isabel Cardoso

CEO / aicep Global Parques


Isabel Caldeira Cardoso was appointed Executive Board Member of aicep Global Parques in July 2018, when she was the Business Manager of the Company, after leading the Marketing Direction since the creation of this department in October 2007. She holds a degree in Economics from Nova School of Business & Economics and an Executive Master in Retail Management from INDEG Business School. (Business Manager).

Isabel Cardoso began her professional activity in 1994 at OSRAM, a company of the Siemens Group, where she arrived at Sales Manager SBH (Modern Distribution), after a brief passage between 1997 and 1999 by – Freudenberg Group.

At the same time, she collaborated punctually in economic journals with short articles. As a hobby she attended the Painting Course at the National Society of Fine Arts. She is a Founding Member of Joao 13 – Association of Support and Service to Poor People, belonging to its fiscal council and she is member of the General Assembly of APLOG – Portuguese Logistics Association for the 2016-2020 Triennium.

Giuseppe Valentino

VP Backbone & Infrastructure Solutions / Sparkle


Giuseppe Valentino leads in Telecom Italia Sparkle the Backbone & Infrastructure Solutions – Product Management team. He joined the company in 2003 and he has held senior positions within sales, product management and innovation organizations.

From 1996 to 2002 he worked, in Belgium and in Italy, for GTS/Ebone, a pioneer in IP and cross-border fiber backbones development in Europe, with business development as well as sales responsibilities.

He started his carrier in 1991 at ICT manufacturer Italtel as Project Engineer and worked at Bell Labs in Denver, Colorado, between 1994 and 1995 as coordinator of a joint development program between Italtel and AT&T (now Nokia).

He holds a Master’s degree in Management and Production Engineering from Politecnico di Milano University.

Marco Terenziani

Senior director optical networks / NOKIA


Vincent Gatineau

SVP Subsea Infra. Dev. / EllaLink


Vincent is the driver of the company’s efforts in expanding EllaLink’s subsea cable network, after successfully leading the Sales and Marketing team of the EllaLink project since its inception.

Vincent has been a member of Alcatel Submarine Networks’ Sales and Marketing team for 9 years. Previously, held various international positions within the Alcatel-Lucent Group in India and Chile.​

Vincent is a graduate of the Mines Telecom Nord Europe. ​

He is fluent in French, English and Spanish.

Jorge Andrade Santos

Head of International Wholesale / Altice


Jorge is passionate about digital infrastructure and of ways to interconnect it. He has worked for the telecommunications industry for the past 15 years having been appointed as Head of Altice’s International Wholesale unit 5 years ago.

With responsibilities ranging from Strategy and Network Development to Sales and Product Management, to Wholesale Roaming, Jorge leads an experienced team dedicated to the development of the Portuguese telecommunications and digital infra ecosystem leveraging on Altice’s network, infrastructures, and know-how.

Altice is one of the founders of the newly created Portuguese data center association-PortugalDC, through its company MEO, and Jorge is now a member of the association’s Board, hoping to boost the country’s capabilities to enhance the data center industry.

Luis Bernardino

Portuguese Army Colonel & Professor at the Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa / Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa


Luís Manuel Brás Bernardino is a Portuguese Army Colonel (Reserve) with more than 37 years of experience in UN, NATO and EU missions graduated with the Staff Course and the National Defence Course. He holds a master’s degree in Strategy and a PhD in International Relations from the Lisbon
University. Professor at the Military University Institute with extensive international experience on teaching, training, and advising. Luis Bernardino is the author and co-author of 15 books and has published more than 100 articles in national and international scientific and non-scientific journals on
topics of Security and Defence. Regularly participates in conferences, evaluation boards, and other academic or institutional events related with submarine cables and global interconnectivity. He is currently Professor at the Department of International Relations at the Autonomous University of

Rolf Mendelsohn

Co-Founder / Paratus


Andrés Ruiz

Deputy Director General of Cybersecurity of Telecommunications / Ministry for Digital Transformation and Civil Service


Current post:
Deputy Director General of Cybersecurity of Telecommunications. Secretary of State for Telecommunications and Digital Infraestructure. Ministry for Digital Transformation and Civil Service.

Past posts:
More than 20 years of experience in cybersecurity, including:


  • National Security Department. Cabinet of the Prime Minister of Spain.
    Senior Policy Advisor in the Cybersecurity Unit.
  • European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA). National Liaison Officer of Spain with the European Cybersecurity Agency.
  • Spanish representative in the NIS Cooperation Group (NIS Directive) and EU-CYLONe Network.


  • European Parliament: National Expert in the Risk Management Unit.


  • Spanish Ministry of the Interior: Head of Information Technology Area. National Counter-Terrorism Coordination Center.

Civil Guard: Head of technical Area. Cybersecurity Office.

Civil Guard.

Information Systems Engineer. Catholic University of Ávila.

Computer Science Engineer. Polytechnic University of Valencia.

Master in Cyberintelligence and Cyber Terrorism. UNED University.

Master in Audit and Information Security Management from UCINF of Chile.

CISA Computing Auditor. ISACA.

CISM Information Systems Manager. ISACA.

Information Security Management Systems Auditor. AENOR.

ISMS Information Security Management Systems Implementer Specialist. ISO 27001. AENOR.

Teacher at IE Law School Executive-Education, University of Alcalá de Henares, UNED, University of León and University of Nebrija.

Member of the expert group that developed the Spanish National Cybersecurity Strategy

Kevin Smith

Market Development Lead – AI & HPC / AtlasEdge

United Kingdom

With 20+ years in technology and a computer science education, Kevin has become a specialist in accelerated (AI/HPC/3D) platforms, with a focus on business process transformation. Empowering business through strategic adoption of these transformative technologies. His diverse experience spans managed services, telco, and cloud providers, with a recent focus on cutting-edge GPU as a service platforms. Kevin leverages market intelligence to guide businesses on their AI & HPC journey, ensuring success in the digital age.

Tito Costa

Chief Revenue Officer (CRO) / Elea Digital


Chief Revenue Officer at Elea Digital, Tito has 15+ years of experience in the Telecommunications and IT markets. Building high performing teams to sell directly or indirectly, throughout this period, achieved extensive knowledge creating business ecosystems within Datacenters, fostering different platforms for peering and interconnection and also becoming a reference for M&A/Expansion strategies and Submarine Cable Systems in South America.

Alex Ramoneda

Deputy COO of Barcelona Cable Landing Station


Alex Ramoneda is a telecommunications engineer and MBA graduate from ESADE with over 30 years of professional experience in the IT industry. He has developed his career in an international setting over the past 15 years, holding senior management positions in operators and vendors in Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Complementing his extensive experience and knowledge in fiber networks and optical transmission, Alex has participated in and led digital several transformation projects for telecommunications operators. He is passionate about and an expert in new Artificial Intelligence technologies, which he teaches as a master professor at the European University.

In 2023, Alex joined the Barcelona Cable Landing Station team as Deputy COO and Business Development Manager. Barcelona CLS, an open access cable landing point for Submarine Cable Operators, began operations in 2022 and has capacity to host up to 8 incoming submarine cables.

Karina Marcus

Project Adviser / European Health and Digital Executive Agency (HaDEA)


With over 20 years of experience, Karina worked in the digital industry and in the last years contributed to managing the EU funding of several projects in telecommunications and e-health.

Currently, at the Health and Digital Executive Agency (HaDEA) of the European Commission, Karina leads the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) topic investing in backbone networks called “digital global gateways”. As a Project Adviser, she also follows closely the implementation of several projects benefiting from CEF grants. Karina holds a PhD degree in Applied Mathematics from Université Joseph Fourier, France.

Angelo Gama

CEOAngola Cable


Chris Atherton

Senior Research Engagement Manager / GÉANT


Afonso Salema

Founder and Partner / Light fossil


Nacho Velilla

CEO / Templus


Nacho Velilla lleva más de veinticinco años dedicado a la transformación digital en el sector de los data centers. Ocupa el puesto de CEO en Templus desde la creación de la compañía, en mayo de 2024. Previamente, y desde
2022, desempeñó el rol de VP Global de Servicios Gestionados en Equinix, tras haber sido director general de Equinix España desde 2018. En su currículum también destaca su papel como cofundador de Spain DC, la Asociación Española de Data Centers, de la que ejerció su presidencia entre 2021 y 2023.

Siempre vinculado al mundo de la tecnología, con el paso de los años ha ido orientando su carrera hacia los servicios digitales, con el foco en la interconexión, el fomento y el acceso a la nube y el tratamiento de datos. Su bagaje multidisciplinar, que incluye responsabilidades previas en los departamentos de operaciones o comercial, entre otros, le aporta una visión integral para afrontar los retos a los que se enfrenta el sector.

Ingeniero de Telecomunicaciones por la Universidad de Alcalá y Executive MBA por la IE Business School, Nacho Velilla posee otro título de Project Manager Professional por ESI International. Asimismo, su pasión por la tecnología le ha llevado a involucrarse como asesor con start-ups de temáticas tan diversas como el boat sharing o los e-sports.

José Barros

Executive Council / JTF SMART Cables


Degree in telecommunications and electronics engineering from IST, Lisbon in 1983. Post graduations in management and leadership.

José Barros performed International Network Planning and Provisioning Managing functions at CPR Marconi during 1984-2002.

At Portugal Telecom during 2002-2003, José Barros was responsible for the International Network Administration.

At ANACOM, José Barros served as Director of External Relations Department during 2003-2020, and until September 2023 served as Senior Advisor for International Connectivity and Submarine Cables.

From October 2023 José Barros develops independent activity related to the development of the country’s international connectivity, considering the installation of data storage services in Portugal and landing of submarine cables in the country and their use for environmental and seismic detection for the benefit of scientific communities and populations (early warnings of tsunamis and earthquakes). José Barros is member of the Executive Council of JTF SMART Cables and joined PQI – Portuguese Quantum Institute as Researcher for submarine cables and is ambassador of PORTUGAL.DC association.

Paul Rendek

Senior Consultant / NEXOP BV


Paul Rendek is currently a Director at Dstream Group, a strategic management consulting group specialised in the IT industry. He has 30+ years of experience in a global capacity in the Internet industry and a solid understanding of the Internet’s technical aspects, business development, and public policy.

He was part of RIPE NCC’s Senior Management Team, responsible for developing organisational strategies and maintaining the RIPE NCC’s external relations and public affairs activities, overseeing outreach to RIPE NCC & RIPE members, industry partners, governments, law enforcement and regulators.

Paul was one of the founders of the Middle East Network Operators Group (MENOG) and the Eurasia Network Operators Group (ENOG). He was also appointed to the Consolidated RIR IANA Stewardship Proposal (CRISP) team to produce the Internet Number Community response to the IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group’s RFP.

As an Internet governance expert passionate about Internet development, he was an appointed representative of the Internet technical community in the global Internet governance arena.

Before his employment at the RIPE NCC, his position at EUnet, the first commercial Internet Service Provider (ISP) in Europe, and GEANT, the pan-European network for research and education have ensured that he has been a known face in the Internet community since 1993.

Esther Paniagua

Award winning tech & cybersecurity journalist and author


A freelance journalist and author specializing in technology and cybersecurity.

Esther has been recognised as one of the best science writers in Europe and has received numerous awards in science, technology and innovation journalism. In 2023 she received the Inspire Award for her work on Artificial Intelligence and its impact on society.

Esther is one of the ‘Forbes 100 Most Creative People in Business’ and one of the ‘Top 100 Women Leaders in Spain’, as well as a sought-after speaker, presenter and presenter on topics related to artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, technology ethics and digitalization.

University lecturer and advisor to several think tanks (Salesforce, Fundación Innovación Bankinter and Santa Lucía).

She participates as a jury member in numerous prestigious national and international awards and competitions.

Serge Radovcic

Senior Consultant / Dstream Group


Serge Radovcic brings nearly a quarter-century of experience to the Internet industry, with a deep-rooted focus on Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) across the globe. His professional journey is marked by pivotal contributions, particularly in Europe but extending worldwide.

Serge was instrumental in the development from the inception of the European Internet Exchange Association (Euro-IX) in 2001. His tenure as Chief Communications Officer at the RIPE NCC for nine years further solidified his influence, where he engaged with various IXP, peering, and IP community forums across Europe. These include the European Peering Forum (EPF), the Middle East Network Operators Group (MENOG), the Euro Asian Network
Operator Group (ENOG), and the South East Europe Regional Initiative (SEE).

Currently, as a Senior Strategic Advisor for the Dstream Group, Serge maintains his engagement with high-profile IXPs in Europe. He continues to support the evolution of interconnection points, striving to meet the dynamic needs of existing and prospective customers seeking more efficient and secure networking solutions.

Vinay Nagpal

CEO / InterGlobix


Vinay Nagpal has been leading the development of digital infrastructure solutions on a global scale for over 29 years. As the CEO of InterGlobix, a global consultancy, advisory and media firm advancing digital infrastructure and leading economic growth, he has been leading global initiatives focused on the convergence of data centers, subsea fiber, and terrestrial fiber.

Nagpal is a former executive with Digital Realty, DuPont Fabros Technology, TATA Communications, Verizon Business, UUNET, CanWest Global Communications, and Intrinsyc Software. He is currently part of leadership and advisory teams for the Internet Ecosystem Innovation Committee (IEIC), Loudoun County Economic Development, Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC), Total Telecom Submarine Networks EMEA, DE-CIX, RTI Cables, SMU M.S. in Datacenter Systems Engineering, SubOptic, PTC and
previously GPX India, LINX NoVA, the QTS Richmond NAP and the Open-IX Association.

Nagpal has an MBA in Information Systems, a bachelor’s in computer science, and a Higher Diploma in Software Engineering. He has authored white papers, blogs, and industry publications on data centers and connectivity services. He has been a keynote speaker, panelist, and moderator at several renowned digital infrastructure conferences worldwide.

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