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SubOptic 2013


   Yves Ruggeri

President of the SubOptic Executive Committee

With more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunication field, Yves Ruggeri is in charge of Network Strategy and Submarine Systems Department in Orange, for designing and implementing Orange international backbones. Yves chairs the management committee of ACE (Africa Coast to Europe) cable, which handles the most challenging cable being deployed along the West Africa Coast. He is also in charge of SeaMeWe 3, the  longest submarine cable in the world and LION/LION2 cable, which serves the areas from the Indian Ocean up to Kenya.


John Horne

John Horne

Secretary to the SubOptic Executive Committee

John Horne has been involved with telecommunications networks for nearly 40 years, most of the time in the international field. He joined British Telecom in 1964 and first became involved in submarine networks in 1969, initially in a project implementation role on systems such as CANTAT2 and TELPAL and then in planning.

In the early 1980’s he was responsible as Technology Manager for BT’s initial optical fibre systems, UK-Belgium 5 and TAT8. During the latter part of his career in BT, John was responsible for the implementation of BT’s International Transmission Centres and worked on the planning and implementation of several multi-national global projects.

John’s involvement with SubOptic started with the first conference in 1986, where he presented a paper on the branching potential for optical fibre systems. He was a Vice-Chairman of the Papers Committee for SubOptic 2001 and has been Secretary to the SubOptic EC since then.

John is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the UK’s Institution of Engineering Technology and holds a Diploma in Management Studies from Middlesex University.

Richard Elliott

SubOptic 2013 Programme Committee Chairman

Prior to joining Apollo Submarine Cable Systems Ltd full time as Managing Director, Richard was executive chairman of Band-X a company he co-founded in 1997, a centralised trading exchange for communications capacity.  From 1986 to 1997 he was at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson and as a director of the securities division advised institutional and corporate clients on capital markets, valuation and investment.  Of particular note were the financings of COLT, Telewest, Energis, and Orange. Between 1978-86, he served in an armoured regiment in the British army.

Richard is a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment, a member of the Institute of Cancer Research and has a BA from the University of Edinburgh.

Alice Shelton

SubOptic 2013 Papers Committee Chairman

Alice is currently Technical Area Marketing Manager for Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks.  Before joining the ASN marketing team in 2010, she was the technical project manager for the development of the ASN 1620 Light Manager SLTE, leading the project through the implementation phase of several successful releases, culminating in the introduction of 40G coherent technology.

She started her career as a design engineer in submarine systems at STC in the UK in 1989, just after the first fibre optic transatlantic system, TAT-8, went into service and has since been involved in the introduction of several new generations of submarine systems.  Before joining STC she designed active infra-red proximity fuses for surface to air missiles.

Alice is a Physics graduate from Durham University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEE), now the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET).

She has attended all the SubOptic conferences since 1997, actively contributing to the programme as an author and presenter of papers and posters on SLTE technology research and development.