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Neil McRae's personal purpose is focused on changing the world for good using the power of communications – a purpose he shares with BT. This purpose has been a constant driving force in his career. From using open software to create one of the first Internet service providers in the UK to building several large global networks, he has significant knowledge and experience in IP technologies and also with optical, mobile, voice, xDSL, data center, MPLS and Ethernet. He ran network engineering at COLT for ten years, and he also contributed to COLT's data center build; he also ran networks at Cable and Wireless Worldwide for four years. For the last five years, Neil has led BT's global network strategy culminating in extending BT's leading position in the Gartner magic quadrant and supporting significant expansion in BT's global and UK networks. He is one of two distinguished engineers inside BT and now as Chief Architect also leads BT's technical strategy across IT.