Kaniz Mahdi is Vice President of Advanced Architectures at Ciena. In this role, Kaniz is responsible for Ciena’s technology vision, architecture, discovery and verification with industry and academia to drive new growth opportunities for Ciena. Her current area of focus is self-learning systems and Applied Intelligence.
Kaniz spent the last few years as VP/Head of Architecture at Ericson shaping technology landscape for multi-faceted transformation of telecommunication industry with Cloud, SDN, and 5G. Prior to joining Ericsson, she headed Communications Services Standards Research at Huawei Technologies, and held various roles in Systems Architecture and Product Design at Nortel Networks. Kaniz has a stellar record of continuously pushing the envelope on new technologies with 45 patent grants and over 90 publications on Multimedia Broadband and Software Defined Systems. She holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science in Telecommunications.