The papers committee is responsible for managing, reviewing and approving all papers submissions for the SubOptic 2019 technical program.


Marc-Richard Fortin
Marc-Richard FortinDirector, Network Operations, SubCom
Marc-Richard graduated with a master degree in telecommunication from Laval University in 1992. He began his career at Nortel in 1993 as field, system and sales engineer . He then worked at GlobeNet from 1999 to 2017 overseeing many aspects of the subsea network from terminal vendor selection, subsea cable deployment, marine maintenance and repair along with providing support to business development. Marc-Richard joined SubCom as NOC director in November 2017.
Steve Dawe
Steve DaweEngineering & New Business Manager, Vodafone
Based in London, England, Stephen is Engineering & Business Development Manager at Vodafone Group Services Ltd with 32 years of experience in the submarine systems industry and an extensive background in engineering, system development, management and business development.

Recent career highlights include serving Cable & Wireless Communications as Director of Submarine Systems Engineering for CWC Wholesale Solutions and development and implementation of 4 repurposed cable projects with a total length exceeding 6400 km.

Prior to leading business development for Vodafone Submarine Systems Engineering, Stephen was Director of Submarine Systems Engineering at Cable & Wireless Global Networks where he led a team that grew C&W’s international consultancy business to over £11 million. His expertise includes international connectivity and carrier commercial arrangements for submarine cables. He was the Network Manager for the Japan-US Cable and has managed a wide range of diverse submarine systems, Stephen is a regular contributor to the SubOptic, Chairman and Executive Committee Member of ESCA and represents Vodafone on a number of cross industry committees.


Bernard Logan - Commercial and Funding
Bernard Logan - Commercial and FundingChief Commercial Officer, MainOne Cable
Bernard Logan is a shareholder and Chief Commercial Officer for MainOne Cable System a 7500km submarine cable system spanning Europe and West Africa. Bernard is also: CEO of Delta+ Ltd, a business development company within the Subsea Industry; and Vice President Business Development for Mertech Marine Limited, a Subsea Cables recycling company who have acquired 135,000Km of cable and recycled 25,000Km. Bernard has over 30 years’ experience in subsea systems and has been involved at senior levels in Hontai 2, Pencan 5, SeaMeWe3, TAT12/13, Telic Phil, Jakarta-Surabaya, Yellow; TWA1; Esat2; Hugo; SeaMeWe4 extn; Farice, MainOne.
Yoshihisa Inada - Dry Technology
Yoshihisa Inada - Dry TechnologySenior Manager at Submarine Network Division NEC
Mr. Yoshihisa Inada is Senior Manager at Submarine Network Division, NEC Corporation. He is currently the head of SLTE development group. Working in the submarine industry for the past 18 years, he has made significant contributions to the development of submarine cable transmission systems and relevant advanced products, from 10Gb/s to 100Gb/s and beyond. He received his B.E. and M.E. degrees in Communication engineering from Osaka University in 1996 and 1998, respectively.
Global Citizen - Nicole Starosielski
Global Citizen - Nicole StarosielskiAssociate Professor, New York University
Nicole Starosielski is Associate Professor in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University. Her research is focused on the history of the cable industry and the social aspects of submarine cable construction and maintenance. She is author of The Undersea Network (2015) and co-editor of Signal Traffic: Critical Studies of Media Infrastructure (2015). She received her PhD from the University of California-Santa Barbara, and formerly held a position as Assistant Professor at Miami University of Ohio.
Marine Advancements - Ana Chamon
Marine Advancements - Ana ChamonMarine Maintenance Manager, SubCom
Ana is a Marine Maintenance Manager with 18 years service in SubCom who currently manages and implements marine private maintenance agreements in the Atlantic (APMA) as well as Marine Related Services contracts with other relevant customers as primary interface for the customer and responsible to ensure all necessary system and contract requirements are executed by the organization to ensure first class wet maintenance services. Ana’s carrier started in TEMASA under Maintenance Department, over the years Ana developed her carrier within SubCom as Charting and Documentation Specialist, Quality and Environmental as Internal Auditor, since 2010 when she was promoted to Marine Maintenance Manager for the Atlantic till present. Ana is certified as International Business Secretary at Mary Ward College, Madrid as well as initiate degree studies as technical architecture, civil engineer and law.
Networks of the Future - Tim Stuch
Networks of the Future - Tim StuchGlobal Optical Architect, Facebook
Tim Stuch is a Global Optical Architect for Facebook where he is part of the Subsea team. Currently he is working on pushing the envelope forward in the subsea space to help people and communities around the world connect. Working on subsea for the last 10 years, Tim has been designing, deploying, and operating IP and transport networks for 20 years with companies like Bay Networks, Nortel, Ciena, and Microsoft. Tim received his B.S. Physics from Guilford College and his Physics Ph.D. from the University of Denver.
Oil & Gas, Special Markets - Denise Toombs
Oil & Gas, Special Markets - Denise ToombsInternet Infrastructure & Offshore Services, AECOM
Ms. Toombs is a globally recognized expert in environmental permitting/licensing, marine and fiber capital projects, managing environmental, project and reputational risk over the entire capital project life cycle. She is a strategic partner with development teams, working with engineering, legal and construction teams to site and design projects that are achievable, and obtaining the approvals needed to get the job done. She has extensive experience in subsea cable systems, oil and gas, and other capital projects.
Regulatory, Legal & Security - Mike Conradi
Regulatory, Legal & Security - Mike ConradiPartner, DLA Piper LLP
Mike is one of the lead telecoms partners at global law firm DLA Piper LLP. He is rated amongst the leading telecoms lawyers globally by all the various guides and was the editor of the Communications Law Handbook. The legal guide Chambers and Partners says of him that “[he] produces punchy and straightforward answers – he’s direct and commercial, and gets to the point quickly.”

Mike has a particular interest in submarine cable systems – having worked on the legal aspects of more than 50 different cable projects during the course of his career. He has delivered a legal “masterclass” to every “SubOptic” event since 2004 and was the only private practice lawyer on the SubOptic industry legal standards working group.

Wet Technology - Olivier Gautheron
Wet Technology - Olivier GautheronChief Technology Officer, ASN
Graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique (Paris) in 1986, Olivier Gautheron is Chief Technology Officer within Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN) where he has been working for more than 25 years. Olivier started his career in Alcatel as research engineer, working first on coherent detection, optical amplification and WDM systems. He presented tutorials at SubOptic 2001 and SubOptic 2004 related to the transmission technologies involved in submarine networks.