Dr Alicia Abella

Managing Director - Telecom, Media & Entertainment Industry Solutions, Google

Dr Alicia Abella

Speaker Bio


Dr. Alicia Abella is the Managing Director of the Telecom, Media & Entertainment Industry Solutions organization, for Google Cloud leading the North America and Latin America regions. She has responsibility for building the go-to-market approach for Telecom, Media & Entertainment, partnering with the Product, Engineering, and Sales teams to deliver end-to-end solutions for customers.



Prior to joining Google Cloud, Dr. Abella was VP of the Integrated Systems Engineering and Realization organization of AT&T Labs driving the company’s network infrastructure deployments, SDN, Edge, and 5G programs. In her 25 year tenure with AT&T she also led multiple highly technical organizations specializing in cloud computing, softwaredefined networking, human-computer interaction, mobile services, big data analytics, and Internet of Things.



In 2015, Dr. Abella was named to the list of Top 20 Latinos in Tech by CNET. In 2013, Dr. Abella received Columbia University’s Medal of Excellence, an award given each year to an alumnus or alumna, under 45 years of age, whose record in scholarship, public service, or professional life is outstanding.  This is the first time since 1929 -when the award was first given-- that Columbia has awarded the medal to an engineer. In 2011, she was selected by President Obama to be on his Presidential Advisory Commission for Educational Excellence for Hispanics. Also in 2011, she was inducted into the prestigious WITI (Women in Technology International) Hall of Fame.



Dr. Abella is on the Consumer Technology Association’s Board of Industry Leaders and Chair of CTA’s Technical Advisory Council. She holds 29 patents. In addition to her technical contributions she has been a strong advocate in fostering the development of minorities and women in science and engineering. Dr. Abella received a BS from NYU and an MS and PhD from Columbia University all in computer science.