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HOSSEIN ESLAMBOLCHI, Ph.D

Dr. Hossein Eslambolchi is Chairman and CEO of CyberFlow Analytics and 2020 Venture Partners. CyberFlow Analytics provides security-based analytics solutions against APT based hacking using advanced statistical algorithms. 2020 Venture Partners focuses on technology and operations consulting to private equity firms, service providers, corporate enterprise customers, venture capitalists and start-ups, as well as publicly traded companies in the areas of telecom technology, operations, business transformation and content distribution including wireless and all IP communications.

He served as a director of Clearwire Corporation from December 2010-2013 and is on the Board of Directors for Hyperoffice. He serves on the Board of Advisors to the University Of California School Of Engineering, Allegis Capital VC, SquareZero, RainStor, Prodapt, Tickets48 and PureWave Networks. Dr. Eslambolchi also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Shiraz University School of Medical Sciences in New York City.

Dr. Eslambolchi is recognized worldwide in the scientific community as one of the foremost thought leaders and technological scientists of both the high-tech age and 21st century, often compared by industry experts to leaders such as Jack Welch of GE for his leadership in business transformation in global communications and Thomas Edison for his prolific scientific contribution in the field of IP.  Dr. Eslambolchi is well-known in the scientific community for his expertise in IP network design and reliability, security, IP technologies, services, IP applications and setting an industry vision for “the “Concept of One” (do it once, do it right, use it everywhere) and the “Concept of Zero” (zero defects, zero cycle time and automate where possible), which have been used to streamline production, as well as the “Concept of None,” where networks will be moved to become autonomic and in turn self healing, self-provisioning and self-restorable via fully automated network and operational support systems.  Dr. Eslambolchi also developed a very unique model of Complexity for Telecom which states that over time, complexity due to the number of protocols along with interconnection of these protocols, multiplied by the number of services will increase to a point that scale becomes a very difficult factor to manage in terms cost, capability and cycle time. He has been advocating models to lower this complexity to only a Factor of One. This is now known in the industry as the “Eslambolchi Law of Complexity.”

Dr. Eslambolchi is also known for his technical work on IP technologies and has a number of innovations in various fields supporting communications and worldwide IP infrastructure, technologies and applications. These accolades have earned him the respect and admiration of fellow scientists worldwide and have gained him visibility amongst influential marketplace pundits who acknowledge his ability to influence how private and public sector leaders must think if they expect to compete in a global economy.  His collection of achievements includes:

  • Holds over 1000 patents worldwide, both issued, pending and in-preparation
  • AT&T Fellow Award, AT&T’s highest technical honor, 1999
  • Thomas Alva Edison Inventor of the Year Award by the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame, 1997 and 2013. Only Thomas Edison and Albert Einstein have been so honored, and Dr. Eslambolchi is the first person to receive this prestigious award twice.
  • AT&T Science & Technology Medal and AT&T Significant Patent Award, 1997
  • #1 ‘mover and shaker’ in telecommunications, 2003, by Light Reading, for his visionary prediction of IP and MPLS worldwide nearly a decade ago.
  • 10 Internet Business Leaders, 2005 (Cisco IQ Magazine)
  • Premier 100 IT Leaders, 2004 (Computerworld Magazine)
  • The President’s Science & Technology Award, 2009, by President Obama for his vision and contribution to IP and technology
  • Top Ten Innovators by the Executive Council of New York, 2003
  • IEEE Chairman Quality Award, for improving the reliability of IP networks worldwide, 2008
  • Innovator of the Year, 2003 (Cisco Systems & John Chambers)
  • InfoWorld Top 25 CTO, 2005
  • ComputerWorld Premier 100 IT Leader, 2004
  • Top 100 Influential Leaders of the 21st Century, (Sun Microsystems)
  • Top 100 Alumni, University of California, San Diego
  • Top 100 Global Telecom Business Leader in 2010 and 2011
  • Chairman of the IEEE Globecom, 2012

Dr. Eslambolchi received his BS, MS, Ph.D and Post Doc degrees with highest honors from the University of California, San Diego.

In his book ‘2020 Vision,’ Dr. Eslambolchi sets forth the foundation for the telecommunications industry over the next two decades and his prediction that “broadband wireless will eat IP” and micro-applications will dominate the industry. In his many keynote presentations to business, scientific and technology-focused audiences across the world, Dr. Eslambolchi advances a 21st century agenda that has become the transformational plan for global telecommunications technology. “His (Eslambolchi’s) evangelizing has underscored the notion of where the entire communications infrastructure is heading,” Light Reading.

A quintessential telecommunications visionary, he champions the creation and delivery of pragmatic state-of-the-art transformational business strategies. He joined AT&T Bell Laboratories in 1986 and quickly climbed the corporate ladder to become global CTO and CIO, President and CEO of AT&T Labs and AT&T Global Network Services and was a 16B officer of the company as of 2001. He also served as a critical member of AT&T’s governing Executive Committee. As CTO of AT&T he developed and executed a comprehensive four-stage strategy that included Enterprise Customer Service, Network Transformation, Service Transformation and Cultural Transformation, all in a span of just three short years. Essentially, he initiated and instigated the overhaul and remodeling of the company dubbed the “new AT&T” by SBC. The New York Times called him “the technological strategist behind AT&T’s ambitious turnaround plan to become a data transmission company selling an array of software products like network security systems.” He predicted and advocated an architecture that would allow all services to run on IP and work together with connectivity to any device and advised top leaders accordingly on the formulation and implementation of his strategic technologic vision. He left AT&T soon after its merger with SBC in January 2006. Upon his departure, BusinessWeek called him “a critical player in maintaining AT&T’s status as a technology leader” and noted that he is “a bold, but pragmatic, visionary.”

 

Telecom Asia said of him, “perhaps no one since Alexander Graham Bell, with his famous call to Thomas Watson, has led a more radical or intense telecom-related transformation program than Dr. Eslambolchi, AT&T’s transformation czar until the company was acquired by SBC Communications in late 2005.”

As CTO, Dr. Eslambolchi advised AT&T’s top leaders on the formulation and implementation of a strategic technology vision from 2001 to 2005.  Early on, he predicted that IP would “eat everything” and advocated MPLS architecture as Ethernet as being the layer 2 backbones that would allow all services to run on IP and work together with connectivity to any device, in any place using Location Based Services. In addition, his significant service ideas regarding routers, security, hosting, cloud computing, virtualization and collaboration were implemented to increase company revenue as much as $5B. He worked tirelessly with Sales, Marketing and Product Management to implement his ideas in support of customer needs in both the enterprise and consumers’ market.  The New York Times credited Dr. Eslambolchi as “the technological strategist behind AT&T’s ambitious turnaround plan to become a data transmission company selling an array of software products like network security systems.”

As President and CEO of AT&T’s Global Networking Technology Services and AT&T Labs, he was responsible for end-to-end implementation of the company’s technology and operational vision of the 21st century, encompassing management, engineering and deployment of worldwide data centers and SDN based services.  He led a team of some of the world’s best scientists and engineers in developing an architecture that transformed AT&T’s legacy voice and data networks into a converged IP/MPLS network that now reaches all major business centers around the globe.

 

Dr. Eslambolchi, in a very short period of time helped transform AT&T from being perceived as ports and pipes into a single global wireless company using state-of-the-art technologies and advised the AT&T Board of Directors on which access technologies to invest in for the future success of the company.

 

As President of Global Network Services, Dr. Eslambolchi was responsibility for the design, development, engineering, operations and reliability of AT&T’s global network, as well as for its Global Network Operations Center (GNOC) – AT&T’s networking nerve center.  Dr. Eslambolchi was the main architect, engineer and implementer of this new GNOC, which came to fruition in 18 months. He oversaw and managed several tens of thousands of employees in both engineering and operations divisions of AT&T Corporation.

 

As Chief Information and Investment Officer, he provided the leadership that reengineered AT&T’s underlying information technology (IT) infrastructures with his unique Concept of One and Concept of Zero business processes. While moving AT&T’s legacy networks onto an IP/MPLS platform, he also directed the convergence of the operating support and customer service systems underlying the network, making AT&T the lowest-cost major carrier.  This also improved cycle times and allowed customers unprecedented access to the network that permits them to monitor and control their services.  More can be found on his superb innovation at www.2020vp.com. He also managed over $14B in Capex and $20B annually in operating expense for AT&T.