Kaniz Mahdi

SVP Technology Architecture & Innovation, Deutsche Telekom

Kaniz Mahdi

Speaker Bio


Kaniz serves as SVP Technology Architecture and Innovation at Deutsche Telekom. Along with her esteemed colleagues at TAI, she is shaping DT’s global technology architecture with true in-depth content and thought leadership in Telco, Cloud and IT industries, anticipating industry trends ahead of competition as well as for translating upcoming business challenges into clear technology strategy including tangible execution outputs and plans for technology and industry evolution. Kaniz also represents DT at the Technological Advisory Council of the FCC, and various multinational industry boards to foster technology collaboration and co-innovation across the globe.



She previously served as VP Distributed Edge, a new technology focus area she helped establish in the VMware Office of the CTO. Kaniz served on the FCC Technological Advisory Council, as well as various other public and private industry boards, actively shaping emerging technologies with human centric approaches such as the Automating Life vision she pioneered for sustainable path to 6G.



Kaniz is a co-founder and chairperson of the Open Grid Alliance where she is passionately advancing the state of the edge with truly distributed intelligence constructs underpinning real world discovery and verification of these emerging technologies in partnership with industry and academia.



Prior to VMware, Kaniz held various technology leadership positions at Ericsson, Huawei, Ciena and Nortel.



With 45+ patent grants, Kaniz has a stellar record of continuously pushing the envelope on new technologies. She is an inventor of essential technologies underpinning current Voice over LTE systems and has been instrumental in defining the 5G era landscape with disruptive technologies (e.g. SDN/NFV & O-RAN).