Shiraz Qureshi

Evangelist – Software-Defined Networking Head of BT Connect, MENA

British Telecom (BT)

Shiraz Qureshi is the Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) Evangelist for British Telecom (BT) in the Middle East region.

With 21 years of business development and R&D experience, Shiraz is passionate about helping customers transform themselves with borderless Hybrid-IT clouds harnessing software-defined networking. Shiraz is a strategic advisor to governments, and commercial enterprises in key technologies including Cloud, Virtualization, Mobility, Big Data, and Security.

Prior to BT, Shiraz was the Head of Business Development for Nuage Networks (Nokia) in Asia- Pacific where he helped launch the first global SD-WAN managed service. He worked in several leading organizations including Hewlett-Packard, Lockheed Martin Missiles & Space, and Motorola. During this time, he led product development of large scale network deployments, server firmware, commercial satellites, nuclear and ballistic missile controls, cellular base station operating systems, and miniature nuclear reactor design research.