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Individual Speaker Profile

Vanessa Little Back to Speakers Bureau

Date Joined: July 13, 2016
Country: Canada
Home Town: Toronto
Zip Code: M9W 1X4
Registered for Upcoming Summit: No
  • Layer123 NFV Advisory Panel - From 2017-10-01 (Current)
  • Open Source Mano - From 2017-06-01 (Current)
  • ETSI Open Source Mano - From 2017-05-01 (Current)
  • Women In Comms - From 2017-04-01 (Current)
  • Women of Openstack - From 2017-01-01 (Current)
  • VNF Onboarding - From 2017-01-01 (Current)
  • EMC, VMWare - From 2016-01-04 (Current)
Statement of Interest

To drive Openstack based architectures for NFV

Areas Of Expertise
  • NFV
  • telecom
  • openstack
  • architecture
  • unix




With over 25 years experience in various roles in network and system architecture, mobile video system architecture and governance in both telco and  retail sectors, Van has developed a diverse toolset.  Van spent much of her career as a contractor, working for every telco as well as major retailers in Canada over the years.  Having worked as everything from unix sysadmin to Chief Technical Officer with a number of leadership roles in between, Van has contributed to technologies from mobile, enterprise data centre, multi-national networks and beyond. 

Now at VMware as the Director - Global NFV Ecosystem Architecutre Van is focused on leading integrated architectures that integrate all of the NFV partners across the globe in useful NFV solutions that solve for specific problems.  This role has her speaking at conferences around the world, and spreading the word about the strength of the NFV Ecosystem.

A member of Women of Openstack, and Women in Comms, Van is active in showcasing and championing women in tech fields.   Currently splitting her time in various open source communities, Van is the current Chair of Technical Steering Committee of Open Source Mano, is a member of the Layer 123 NFV advisory board, and spear headed the VNF Onboarding open source community aka project bellhop.

Van attended the University of Toronto where she majored in Computer Science and Astro-Physics.  Van currently makes her home in Toronto Canada, where she enjoys spending her free time playing hockey, tennis and fishing.

Presentations from previous and upcoming OpenInfra Summits:
Additional presentations:

Willing to present via video conference: No
Willing to travel to any country: Yes
Fluent in
  • English
  • French

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