- Donna Yasay, HomeGrid Forum President
- Barbara Stark, HomeGrid Forum Chair of the Board of Directors
- David Thorne, HomeGrid Forum Vice President
- Ramon Garcia, HomeGrid Forum Ambassador
- Abdul Khan, HomeGrid Forum Compliance & Interoperability Workgroup Chair
- Marcos Martinez, HomeGrid Forum Contributions Workgroup Chair
- Livia Rosu, HomeGrid Forum Marketing Workgroup Chair
- Yuqing Niu, CEO & Founder, Xingtera
- Yves Gourvennec, VP of World-wide IoT Business Development & Sales, Sigma Designs
- Sylvain Riviere, Director of EMEA Sales, Sigma Designs
Donna Yasay joined the board of HomeGrid Forum and was elected president in March 2015. She is Business Development Director at Marvell Semiconductor.
Donna has over 20 years’ experience in the telecoms industry working in engineering, sales and business development roles in both operator and vendor organizations, including AT&T, D-Link and Ikanos.
She began her career as a systems engineer at AT&T and Internet Connect before going into technical sales at D-Link and gradually moving into business development roles at Netopia, Tzero Technologies and Asoka USA Corporation and now her current position at Marvell. Her previous roles in engineering, sales, network services and business development, means Donna brings a knowledgeable, broad vision to her role as leader for HomeGrid Forum.
Her past experience in home networking in both LAN and WAN domains, fuels her desire to provide the consumer community with the right technology to enable a better quality of experience in their homes.
Barbara Stark is a Lead Member of the Technical Staff in the Standards and Industry Alliances organization at AT&T. She has spent her entire (over 25 years) career working in the telecommunications industry, at AT&T, BellSouth, and then (as a result of merger) AT&T again.
She has been involved in standards and external industry activities for IP-connected consumer electronics devices and home networking technologies since 1999, participating throughout the years in Broadband Forum (BBF), UPnP Forum, Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA), IETF, National Emergency Number Association (NENA), Wi-Fi Alliance, HomePNA (on the Board of Directors), and BITAG. In BBF, she was an instigator of TR-069 (CPE WAN Management Protocol) and has edited a variety of BBF Technical References (TRs). Barbara is also listed as an author or contributor of a handful of IETF RFCs, has contributed to UPnP Forum and DLNA documents, and holds several patents.
Barbara received a BSEE and BA (German language) from The University of Texas at Austin and a MSEE from Stanford University.
David Thorne is Chief Broadband and Access Researcher at BT TSO (Technology, Service and Operations), and has been with BT for 26 years. His current job is to provide consultancy to the BT lines of business on both Access and Home Network technologies. The recent focus has been on G.fast, along with the technologies needed to distribute such high Access rates throughout the home. As part of this role he is very active in a number of International Standards organisations including HomeGrid Forum (Board Member and VP), Broadband Forum (Director of the Architecture and Migration Work Area) and the Home Gateway Initiative (Board member). Previous roles in BT include running groups which pioneered the development of structured cabling, evaluated the performance of business and home LANs, and carried out much of the original specification and testing of ADSL modems. His first role at BT was developing prototype novel access network diagnostics systems. Prior to joining BT, he spent 11 years at the Royal Greenwich Observatory working on state of the art CCD cameras and instrumentation for the La Palma Observatory. He holds a BSc in Physics from Imperial College, London, and a PhD in Radio Astronomy from the University of Manchester.
Ramon Garcia is the Product Manager, Broadband Solutions Group at Marvell
Ramón’s responsibility is to run Product Management for G.hn wireline connectivity in Marvell Semiconductor. Ramón joined Marvell in 2010 as part of the acquisition of powerline start-up DS2 to manage Business Development worldwide to promote the G.hn product line.
With more than 15 years’ experience in the home networking industry, his previous roles range from creating new sales structures, running subsidiaries in Asia and heading commercial teams as VP of Global Sales.
Prior to joining the powerline industry in 2000, after R&D positions in the UK, Ramón worked for IBM Global Manufacturing Services where he played a key role in IBM’s manufacturing process.
Ramón holds a degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV), Spain and the University of Birmingham, UK and an MBA in Marketing and Sales Management from ESIC.
Abdul Khan is the Chair of the C&I Working Group at the HomeGrid Forum. Abdul has more than 30 years of experience with leading edge networking, telecommunications and consumer electronics based technologies and products.
At the HomeGrid Forum together with the C&I Working Group, Abdul has over the past 5 years implemented and launched the first ever HGF G.hn Certification program for both Silicon Compliance and Product Logo certification. He has also developed and put into place all of the required certification processes and policies documentation and partnered closely with the Accredited Test House (ATH) to implement test methodologies and specifications as required for testing compliant silicon and products.
Abdul has also been working with the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) standards organization, since its inception in 2003, Abdul has been instrumental in defining and implementing the original DLNA Certification Program and establishing the first DLNA Independent Certification Vendors (ICV) as well as In-House Certification Labs (IHCL). Abdul is currently the primary Guidelines editor for that organization.
Abdul joined HGF and DLNA after over 28 years of Intel experience in leading award-winning products from concept to production as well as managing at all levels of engineering organizations such as R&D, Test & QA and Product engineering for both hardware and software products ranging from Consumer Electronic chipsets and platforms to Super-Computers.
Abdul holds a BSc, Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Polytechnic of Central London.
Marcos Martínez is the chair of Contributions Wotking Group at the HomeGrid Forum. He is Standards and External Cooperations Manager at Marvell Semiconductors. He has been involved in the microelectronics industry for more than 15 years, working for companies like Alcatel Microelectronics, ST Microelectronics and Design of Systems on Silicon (DS2). In these companies, he specialized in the design of advanced broadband systems, including GPON, EPON, xDSL and home networking systems. In addition to his role in HomeGrid Forum, he is also vice rapporteur of ITU-T Q18/15 (WP1/15), project stream leader of the Home Networking group in Broadband Forum and participates in different R&D projects in the field of broadband communications.
Livia Rosu works for Marvell Semiconductor, responsible for product marketing. With an engineering and MBA background, she has benefited from extensive exposure to silicon-enabled revolutionary technologies. She has served 12 years in the telecommunications industry in semiconductor companies and the standardization body ETSI, enjoying long-term involvement in smart grid activities globally.
After seven years at Cortina Systems, a leading provider of high-performance communications semiconductor solutions, where Yuqing was instrumental in transitioning it from an unknown player to a well-recognized IC leader developing the Chinese business from 0 to $60M, Yuqing left to start Xingtera and pursue her vision of creating a Chinese-focused semiconductor company.
Prior to Cortina, Yuqing spent 10 years at various companies within the semiconductor, telecommunication, and networking industries. At Silicon Access, Yuqing was a Principle Engineer and led a multi-site team developing breakthrough Network Processor technologies. At Cisco, Yuqing led the development of two ASICs that were deployed in Cisco’s 12000 GSR Router. At Nortel, Yuqing participated in several ASIC projects developing technologies such as ATM, DSL, IP Switching, and Sonet.
Yuqing holds a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Queen's University at Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
Yves Gourvennec is the Vice President of World-wide IoT Business Development and Sales for Sigma Designs where he has held many executive posts in his 13 year tenure. Mr Gourvennec is a 20 veteran of the Video and IPTV space, launching the first MediaRoom product in the late 90’s and later the first MPEG4 media players. Prior to joining Sigma Designs he held management roles at National Semiconductor. Mr Gurvennec holds an MIS in Computer Science from Arizona State University and an MBA in International Management from Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Toulouse, France.
Sylvain Riviere is Director of EMEA Sales for Sigma Designs Europe. He is an industry veteran with years of hands-on experience in sales, marketing, and management in the service provider space. Prior to joining Sigma Designs, Mr Riviere was Director of product at Bigband Networks responsible for deployment of HDTV and Advertising networking solutions. Under Mr. Riviere's management, these solutions grew to cumulatively provide services to more than 40 million digital cable subscribers.
Before this, Mr. Riviere was with Harmonic, There he was senior group manager in the video product group organization, responsible for defining and launching the first ever digital to home satellite head end solutions.
Mr. Riviere holds a master's degree in computer science from ESIEE University Paris.