Meet The Team


Years of experience: 18
Position: Senior Managing Partner/CEO USA

Maik held many senior positions with Companies like Luxoft, Spirent, Ixia, JDSU, Allied Telesys, Danaher etc,
He understands what is required  to create a next generation partner ecosystem and a Sales force that will be highly successful in the new Telco world order.



Years of experience: 25
Position: Partner & COO Global 


Leadership is for everyone. This mindset in combination with the 20 years of global operations experience makes Rene suitable to for leadership and forward thinking to keep us ahead of the curve. Rene was instrumental in driving revenue for a large Network Equipment Manufacturer for the past 15 years.


Years of experience: 31
Position: Partner Japan 


Mr. Mikami has an education in business & engineering with 31 years experience helping both large Telcos and large industries improve business performance, An executive officer with NTT for 30 Years and a key Executive at Hitachi Mikami San has driven NTT's data center strategy.


Years of experience: 20
Position: Partner Middle East 


Mohammad is a Senior Sales Professional who worked with companies like ZTE, Huawei, Sonus, Tektronix, and Anritsu. He has become a trusted advisor to his clients in the Middle eastern region. Mohammad has a very successful sales track record and is an expert business developer in the service provider, consumer, and Enterprise sectors. 


Years of experience: 20
Position: Partner


Ihab brings over 20 years of experience at both start-up and industry leading technology companies. Prior to joining EXFO in 2014, he was VP Marketing and business Development at Avvasi Inc., where he brought the company from technology prototype to fully deployed product generating a growing revenue and winning mind and market share. He also held the position of VP of Product Management at Cartiza Networks, Director of Product Management at Redline communications, Development Director – Telecom Innovation Centre at Siemens Canada and various technical leadership positions at Nortel Networks and Nettest Canada.


Ihab holds Bachelor degrees in both Computer Science and Automation Control, and Engineering from Alexandria University.


Years of experience: 25
Position: Partner 


With more than 25 years of experience, Michael Appelby is a seasoned and dedicated professional with a passion for people, technology and business. He’s able to build relationships, trust, and rapport with almost anyone, and then are able to broker the relationships and make connections between people, creating partnerships and alliances, exploring new opportunities, delivering results and views across country and cultural boundaries.  He brings a wealth of experience working in various business environments, from small start-ups to mature enterprises and large telecom carriers. 

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Years of experience: 20+
Position: Partner West Coast


Michael Minkevich is a seasoned international technology executive with diverse background that covers multiple functional areas and industry verticals, including Telecommunication, Semiconductors, Automotive, Energy & Utilities, Digital Media and Travel & Hospitality. Throughout his 20+ year career, Michael held various executive positions at the global IT/software services companies, iincluding VP of Technology Services at Luxoft, a global software house with 12K+ employees worldwide (NYSE:LXFT), in which he was in charge of the company''s product engineering portfolio and also served as an executive board member, and CEO of Intellectsoft, a boutique consulting company focused on high-end technology consulting services around digital transformation.


Michael is an advisor to several early stage startups. His main focus is emerging technologies related to digital health, IoT, machine learning, edge computing, cloud IT infrastructure and AI. Michael has in-depth knowledge of all aspects of system engineering, product development lifecycle and the contemporary technology landscape in the context of multiple industry verticals. He is also helping enterprise customers and smaller startups with development and implementation of their outsourcing strategies.



Years of experience: 20
Position: Senior Business and Technology Alliance Director


 Umesh has In-depth market knowledge for Enterprise and Telecommunication service providers eco-system in APJ region. Very strong foundation in system solution sales, RFPs, purchase sales cycle and project management. Selling experience in APJ region covering Telcos, SP, NEMs, managed services system integrators covering Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Srilanka, India, Indonesia, Brunei,  Myanmar and Cambodia over many years working directly with end customers and Channel Partners. Umesh has Deep understanding of 2G/3G/4G Network infrastructure,  IoT (SigFox and LoRaWAN), Lawful Interception, Digital Security solutions, Telco cyber security, voice recording for lawful interception and enterprise customers, Mobile Assurance, Ethernet Assurance, OSS,  IP network Assurance (Triple Play) working directly with Telecommunication Operators, System Integrators and Channel Partners. Expertise in building new business from scratch, technology sales, building business value proposition and channel development.