Zaid is currently GM in Microsoft’s Silicon, Cloud Hardware, and Infrastructure Engineering where he leads systems engineering and hardware development for Azure including AI systems and infrastructure. Zaid is part of the technical leadership team across Microsoft that sets AI hardware strategy for training and inference. Zaid's teams are also responsible for software and hardware engineering efforts developing specialized compute systems, FPGA network products and ASIC hardware accelerators.
Prior to Microsoft Zaid was head of infrastructure at LinkedIn where he was responsible for all aspects of architecture and engineering for Datacenters, Networking, Compute, Storage and Hardware. Zaid also led several software development teams focusing on building and managing infrastructure as code. This included zero touch provisioning, software-defined networking, network operating systems (SONiC, OpenSwitch), self-healing networks, backbone controller, software defined storage and distributed host-based firewalls. The network teams Zaid led built the global network for LinkedIn, including POP's, peering for edge services, IPv6 implementation, DWDM infrastructure and datacenter network fabric. The hardware and datacenter engineering teams Zaid led were responsible for water cooling to the racks, optical fiber infrastructure and open hardware development which was contributed to the Open Compute Project Foundation (OCP).
Zaid holds several patents in networking and, is a sought-after keynote speaker at top tier conferences and events. He is currently on the EECS External Advisory Board (EAB) at UC Berkeley and a board member of Internet Ecosystem Innovation Committee (IEIC), a global Internet think tank promoting Internet diversity. Zaid has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Physics from the University of the South Pacific.
Mr. Handa’s team is responsible for the design-in of Intel’s hardware and software solutions with Hyperscale Cloud and Strategic customers. Prior to this role, he served as General Manager of the Cloud Custom Solution Division where he led custom silicon development efforts for key cloud service providers. Anurag was also a founding member of Intel Custom Foundry. He joined Intel in 1997 as a senior component design engineer. During his 20-plus year career at Intel, he has held various business and engineering leadership positions.
Anurag holds a bachelor's degree in computer engineering from the National Institute of Technology in Kurukshetra, India, a master's degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada, and a master’s of business administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
David joins board members Andy Bechtolsheim, Anurag Handa (Intel), Partha Ranganathan (Google), Zaid Kahn (Microsoft), and Rebecca Weekly, who serves as Board Chair. A leader in Meta's AI Systems and Accelerated Platforms, David is responsible for driving technology ecosystems, partnerships, and technical business operations, and is passionate about furthering the company's ecosystem bonds.
Prior to joining Meta, David spent 18 years at Intel. In his most recent role, he served as the General Manager of the Infrastructure Processing Unit (IPU) business, responsible for building and selling hardware network accelerators that enable cloud service providers to customize infrastructure function deployments, while improving data center utilization by enabling flexible workload placement. He has also served as the COO for Intel's Data Center Connectivity Group, as well as in roles supporting Intel Capital, Technology Development and Technology Manufacturing.
"We want to thank Mark Roenigk for his decade-long leadership serving on the OCP Board, including as Chair. Mark is a big reason we have the reach, influence and impact in the industry today, with nearly 300 corporate members, and tens of thousands of engineers and thought-leaders collaborating worldwide," states Rebecca Weekly, Chair of the Board of Directors for the Open Compute Project Foundation.
"The OCP Foundation and the Community welcomes David and we are excited to have his leadership and experience to help guide us through the next decade and beyond. We also would like to express our gratitude to Mark Roenigk for his long-standing services, support and guidance," states George Tchaparian, CEO for the Open Compute Project Foundation.
In 2009, Meta started a journey in designing efficient and sustainable data centers that ultimately led to the founding of the Open Compute Project (OCP). Today, the company's infrastructure supports more than 3.7 billion users and incorporates the hardware innovations and solutions driven and open sourced through the Open Compute community.
Amber Huffman is a Principal Engineer in Google Cloud responsible for leading industry engagement efforts in the data center ecosystem across servers, storage, networking, accelerators, power, cooling, security, and more. Prior to joining Google, she spent 25 years at Intel serving as an Intel Fellow and VP. Amber is the President of NVM Express, on the Board of Directors for the Universal Chiplet Express Interconnect, the co-chair of the Open Compute Foundation Storage Project, and on the Board of Directors for the Universal Chiplet Express Interconnect. She has led numerous industry standards to successful adoption, including NVM Express, Open NAND Flash Interface, and Serial ATA.
Amber earned a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University. She has been granted more than 20 patents in storage architecture. Amber is known as an inclusive leader and passionate mentor for technologists, including a track record of sponsoring numerous men and women to senior technologist positions.
Andreas Bechtolsheim is a Founder and Chief Development Officer of Arista Networks, a high-speed datacenter and cloud networking company. Previously, Andy was a Co-Founder and Chief System Architect at Sun Microsystems, responsible for next generation server, storage, and network architectures.
From 1995 to 1996, Andy was CEO and President of Granite Systems, a Gigabit Ethernet Switching startup company he founded that Cisco acquired in September of 1996. From 1996 to 2003 Andy was General Manager for the Gigabit Systems Business Unit at Cisco System that developed the Cat-4K Switch family, which became the highest volume modular switching platform in the industry.
As a private venture investor, Andy has been involved in the funding of numerous companies including Google, VMware, Mellanox, Brocade, and Magma Design. He has served on the Board of Directors of 25 companies, the majority of which went public or were acquired.
Andy earned a M.S. in Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1976. He was a doctoral student in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Stanford University from 1977 to 1982. He has been honored with a Fulbright scholarship, a German National Merit Foundation scholarship, the Stanford Entrepreneur Company of the year award, the Smithsonian Leadership Award for Innovation, and he is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
George Tchaparian is a seasoned technology executive with more than 30 years of industry experience in all corporate levels and functions. George was the longstanding President and CEO of Edgecore Networks Corporation. Most recently, George was a corporate executive focusing on transformative next generation strategies for the Accton Group (Accton Technologies and Edgecore Networks Corporation), and previously a senior vice president of worldwide research & development (R&D). George was also the General Manager for Accton Group's Open Disaggregated Networking Business. George also held senior management positions at Hewlett–Packard Corporation (HP) for more than 25 years, and has served as the Co-Chair of Open Compute Project (OCP) Taiwan regional community for many years and a member of the Open Network Foundation (ONF) board of directors. In 2018, George was recognized as one of "The World's First Top 50 Edge Computing Influencers" (#EDGE50) and in 2019, one of "The World's Most Influential Data Economy Leaders" (#POWER200).