Prof. Jaafar Elmirghani received a BSc (Hons) First Class in Electrical Engineering from the University of Khartoum, Sudan in 1989 and the PhD in 1994 from the University of Huddersfield, UK for work on optical receiver design and synchronization. He is a Fellow of the IET, Fellow of the Institute of Physics and is the Director of the Institute of Integrated Information Systems and Professor of Communication Networks and Systems within the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Leeds, UK. He joined Leeds in 2007 and prior to that (2000–2007) as chair in optical communications at the University of Wales Swansea he founded, developed and directed the Institute of Advanced Telecommunications. He was Chairman of the IEEE UK and RI Communications Chapter and was Chairman of IEEE Comsoc Transmission Access and Optical Systems Committee and Chairman of IEEE Comsoc Signal Processing and Communication Electronics (SPCE) Committee. He was a member of IEEE ComSoc Technical Activities Council’ (TAC), was an editor of IEEE Communications Magazine and is and has been on the technical program committee of 29 IEEE ICC/GLOBECOM conferences between 1995 and 2012 including ten times as Symposium Chair. He was founding Chair of the Advanced Signal Processing for Communication Symposium which started at IEEE GLOBECOM’99 and has continued since at every ICC and GLOBECOM. Dr. Elmirghani was also founding Chair of the first IEEE ICC/GLOBECOM optical symposium at GLOBECOM’00, the Future Photonic Network Technologies, Architectures and Protocols Symposium. He chaired this Symposium, which continues to date. He received the IEEE Communications Society 2005 Hal Sobol award for exemplary service to meetings and conferences, the IEEE Communications Society 2005 Chapter Achievement award, the University of Wales Swansea inaugural ‘Outstanding Research Achievement Award’, 2006, the IEEE Communications Society Signal Processing and Communication Electronics outstanding service award, 2009, and all four prizes awarded by the University of Khartoum for academic distinction in the Electrical Engineering Department. He is currently an editor of IET Optoelectronics, editor of Journal of Optical Communications, Co-Chair of the GreenTouch Core Switching and Routing Working Group, an adviser to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, member of the Royal Society International Joint Projects Panel and member of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) College.  He has been awarded in excess of £20 million in grants to date from EPSRC, the EU and industry and has held prestigious fellowships funded by the Royal Society and by BT.  He has published over 350 technical papers, co-edited “Photonic Switching Technology- Systems and Networks”, IEEE Press 1998, leads a number of research projects and has research interests in communication networks, wireless and optical communication systems.