SVP and Chief Strategy Officer, Cisco
In his role as SVP and Chief Strategy Officer, Hilton Romanski is responsible for driving Cisco's growth strategy through acquisitions, strategic partnerships, investments, co-development, and innovation. He manages Cisco’s more than $2 billion venture capital investment portfolio with a focus on fostering innovation and leading market transitions.
Since joining Cisco in 2000, Hilton has been responsible for nearly $20 billion in acquisitions across more than 40 deals and was the driving force behind many of the innovative financial structures now represented in Cisco's technology portfolio. As Senior Vice President of Corporate Development, Hilton led Cisco's $2.7 billion acquisition of Sourcefire and $1.2 billion acquisition of Meraki, two of the most successful platform acquisitions in Cisco’s history. Hilton has been at the forefront of Cisco's entry into multiple new markets, including mobility, unified access, and software-enabled solutions. In his previous role as Vice President of Global Corporate Development for Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) and Investments, Hilton spearheaded Cisco's M&A and investment strategy as well as entry into emerging markets, including China, Eastern Europe, India, Latin America, and Russia.
Prior to joining Cisco, Hilton held several leadership roles at J.P. Morgan, including cofounding the firm’s West Coast telecom practice. He was an investment banker in J.P. Morgan’s Technology, Media and Telecom group and, prior to this, served as a merger and acquisition specialist in the company’s New York headquarters.
Outside of Cisco, Hilton is a member of the board of Technicolor, a worldwide technology leader in the media and entertainment sector.
Hilton holds a master’s degree in business administration from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University.
Managing Director, Cisco Southern Africa
Cathy joined Cisco South Africa on 24 April 2015 as General Manager, in her new role, Cathy, who has over 25 years’ experience in the IT industry, will be responsible for engaging with public and private sector organisations to work on strategies for the digital transformation, thereby helping them transform their IT strategy, connect everything, embrace analytics, and secure their technology and operations.
Prior to joining Cisco, Cathy had been with IBM for more than 23 years, where she held various leadership roles in IT service delivery, HR and sales which have furnished her with the right skills to lead a diverse team as well as build strong customer relationships.
She also spent three years in the United Kingdom, where she held a number executive European and global roles in the outsourcing services business consolidating her international expertise. Before joining IBM, Cathy worked for several other companies in the Insurance Industry as an application developer.
She is a fellow of the African Leadership Initiative (ALI), an organisation set up to develop the next generation of ‘values’ based African leaders who are capable of guiding and leading their countries as they struggle to align the demands of globalisation with local visions of ‘a good society’.
Cathy is married with two daughters and has a keen interest in community work.
Consulting Systems Engineer - Cisco Umbrella
Paolo Passeri is a Consulting System Engineer for the Cisco Cloud Security Portfolio. Based in London, he is a passionate security enthusiast and evangelist with more than 15 years of experience in the security arena. Currently focused in cloud security and advanced malware detection and mitigation, when he does not help Cisco customers to protect their assets from advanced threats, Paolo updates his blog hackmageddon.com, a collection of timelines and statistics of the main cyber-attacks, which is considered, across the Infosec community, a primary source of data and trends of the threat landscape.
EMEA South Multivertical Commercial Director – Industry Solutions Group General Manager, Intel Southern Africa
Videsha stands at the forefront of the fastest moving technology industry. She is the EMEA South Multivertical Commercial Director for Intel’s Industry Solutions Group as well as the General Manager for Southern Africa. She is responsible for pushing the boundaries of smart and connected technology to make amazing experiences possible for all vertical industry segments and countries.
Her comfort in the industry derives from her 18 years’ experience working in high-profile ICT companies such as EDS, Microsoft and Intel. She has also successfully run her own business focusing on strategy and value creation. She has many accolades, including being honoured and recognised as the most influential Woman in Business and Government for ICT.
Videsha has always capitalised on opportunities to be an instrumental change-maker not only in the corporate world but also on issues close to her heart. She’s passionate about women and the girl child’s empowerment and she works on projects to uplift the community as a whole through Intel’s work in this space. She is a strong champion of Intel’s work with Government that touches the lives of citizens in emerging markets through technology.
Videsha believes that one should never be defined by a title but rather embrace opportunities to learn new skill sets and be enriched by new experiences – this is evident in her approach to her career and life in general.
Videsha has, amongst being a certified SAP and ITIL consultant, a B.Com degree, a post graduate degree in Business management and a MBA specializing in advanced strategic management. Videsha enjoys dabbling in yoga, meditation and Reiki and is a “readaholic”. When she counts her blessings she counts her two children thrice.
Sven is a Systems Engineer at Cisco Systems. He has been with Cisco since 2008, working on Service Provider accounts in Southern Africa and Germany. He specializes in Service Provider technologies with a keen focus on Wifi technologies. Meraki is one of his favorite Cisco products that he is passionate about.
He holds an Honors, Bachelor of Engineering along with various Industry and Cisco certifications.
Sales Specialist, Software Team – EMEAR
Robin Bellings currently holds the position of Software Sales Specialist in the EMEAR Digital Acceleration team. In this role, Robin is leading Cisco’s Software business the Middle East and Africa and driving the go-to-market of Cisco Enterprise License Agreements (ELA) with strategic customers across the region.
Robin Bellings previously held the position of Strategic IT Roadmap (SITR) Lead in the Emerging Markets Architectures and Enterprise team. In this role, he partnered with CxO level decision makers at selected customers to strengthen our long-term partnerships and support their IT and Digitization strategy.
Prior to joining the Emerging Sales organization, Robin held various leadership positions in Cisco’s IT organization as part of the office the CIO.
Prior to joining Cisco, Robin was active as an account manager in the Siemens Business Services Global Sales organization, where he managed the customer relationship and account P&L for the services business in several large customers. Robin also worked as a management consultant in several large organizations across the IT and Banking Sector.
Robin holds an MBA from the Vlerick Business School in Belgium. He graduated from the Antwerp Business School with a Batchelor’s degree in Applied Economics and a specialization in Information technology.
Consulting Systems Engineer Security
Joel joined at Cisco in 2008 as an Advanced Services Engineer. He then transitioned to the pre sales side dedicated to Mobile Services providers. He currently holds the position of Consulting Systems Engineer Security. He makes sure that Cisco’s Global Service provider customers are taking Security to the next level and the SP’s and their customers are protected against the advanced persistent threats that is so pervasive across all areas of the network..
He has been in the IT industry for almost 20 years and spend this time on all sides of the industry, being a customer a partner and now a Vendor
His experience extends across a wide range of technologies but Next generation Networking , Datacenter and Security has been his main focus throughout.
Consulting System Engineer - EMEAR Enterprise Business Group
As Consulting System Engineer in EMEAR Enterprise Group, I am responsible to help in designing, promoting and adopting IWAN/SD-WAN architectures and Enterprise NFV by our field, partners and customers. In addition to my current focus, I am also leading the worldwide adoption team on IWAN/SD-WAN and Enterprise Virtualisation
Duane de Witt
Systems Engineer Cisco Systems
Duane de Witt is a Systems Engineer at Cisco Systems, working in the NTT Global Account for Cisco’s Global Service Provider business. He joined Cisco in 2007 and has supported Service Providers across Africa in both Mobile and Wireline verticals. Duane’s technology focus is Programmatic Networks, covering Management and Orchestration, NFV and Automation. He has 17 years experience in the Service Provider space, having worked for Service Providers, Systems Integrators and Vendors within the vertical. Duane holds a CCIE certification and Bachelors of Business Administration.
Business Development Manager, Service providers, Emerging Markets
Kian Ellens is the Business Development Manager, Service Providers, Emerging Markets at Cisco South Africa. In this role, he is responsible for driving Cisco solutions focused specifically on the Service Provider segment across Emerging Markets.
Kian is skilled with a broad technical and commercial knowledge of the Service Provider Market and Cisco’s architectures, with a focus on Service Providers; cloud computing, SDN and security. Kian has held various positions within Cisco South Africa since he joined the company, ranging from Consulting Systems Engineer to being part of the strategic opportunities team for business development.
Prior to joining Cisco, Kian worked as an automation and network engineer. He holds a degree in BSc Physics & Chemistry, as well as a BSc Electronic Engineering degree.
Product Marketing Engineer, INSBU at Cisco
Joseph Ezerski, CCIE #8588 (Emeritus) is an 11-year Cisco veteran spending most of his technical life working in the Datacenter space. Originally working for Broadcom, as a customer of Cisco, building various DC and Enterprise architectures on Cisco platforms, he made the jump to Cisco in 2005. Having spent time in the field as a System Engineer and later a Consulting SE, he soon heard the calling of the Business Unit. Working initially with UCS and helping to grow this solution in our EMEAR region, he later joined INSBU to take on the exciting task of doing the same for ACI, Nexus 9K, and now Cloudcenter and Tetration. His primary interaction is with Cisco partners helping them to build their own skills and businesses around Cisco technology. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture, and an M.B.A in Information Systems.
Distinguished Engineer, Technical Marketing
Patrick Grossetete is a Distinguished Engineer, Technical Marketing, working on Field communication architecture and design (IEEE 802.15.4g/e RF, IEEE 1901.2a PLC, LoRaWAN, IPv6, 6LoWPAN, RPL,...) in Cisco Internet of Things Connected Group and joined Cisco through its acquisition of Arch Rock. At Arch Rock, he was Director of Product Management and Customer Solutions, focusing on IPv6-based wireless sensor network technology for smart grid, energy and environmental optimization applications.
Patrick is coauthor of the books “Global IPv6 Strategies” and “Deploying IPv6 Networks” published by Cisco Press as well as several white papers, such -as “Unified Field Area Network architecture for Distribution Automation (2014)” and “IPv6 architecture for Field Area Networks (2012)”. In June 2003, he received the "IPv6 Forum Internet Pioneer Award" at the San Diego summit and is an IPv6 Forum Fellow. Before to joining Cisco in 1994 as a Consulting Engineer, he worked at Digital Equipment Corporation as a consulting engineer and was involved with network design and deployment. He received a degree in computer science from the Control Data Institute, Paris, France.
Ahmed Abdel Hamid
Security Advisory Leader
Ahmed Abdel Hamid is a Security Advisory Leader for Middle East and Africa in Cisco, with more than 15 years of Security Services and information security solid sales and delivery experience. In his current role, Hamid is a helping Cisco Clients better identify, assess, and effectively manage security risks through a wide range of vendor agnostic portfolio of services. Before his current role, Hamid was a Senior Managing Consultant in IBM Global Center of Competence where he participated and led sales, presales and delivery security services engagements for IBM regionally and globally.
Hamid is also a public speaker in many Cisco events. Hamid is currently based out from Dubai. Hamid holds CISSP and CISA certificates since 2004. He holds a BSc Engineering degree from Alexandria University (2000) and an MBA degree from the American University in Cairo, majored in Operations management (2009).
Product Manager, Market Strategy.
Steven has from the beginning of his career been associated with technology. Working for a Cisco Distributor, he got the opportunity to educate Partners, Customers and even Cisco employes on anything Technology. From the early days of IP Telephony, End-to-End and in-Depth security technologies up to the latest Datacenter Trends and developments. He was responsible for growth of Business, and Partner Development both in the Netherlands and later in the Middle East. In 2010 he was asked to join Cisco. First as a Territory Business Manager looking after ‘Velocity Partners’ (Registered, Select & Premier) Helping partners differentiate, grow the business and be more profitable.
Steven is now holding the position of Product Manager, Market Strategy for EMEAR. He’s looking into Trends and Developments in the IT market, Competitive Insights and Vertical Solutions.
Steven is a well known speaker on events and seminars. He was awarded with the distinguished speaker award twice. Both in at CiscoLive Berlin 2016 & Las Vegas 2016.
He wrote a training course and a book on Presentation Skils and has filed a Patent on Innovations in the Education Market.
His presentations are Active, Engaging with a good sense of humor.
Consulting Systems Engineer, Collaboration
Gawie Herholdt is a 10-year Cisco veteran spending most of his time working in the Collaboration space supporting Customers, Partners and Account Teams across Southern Africa. He leads the technical team in Southern Africa for Cisco Collaboration technologies and has been working in the industry for the past 20+ years. Before joining Cisco in 2007, Gawie spent 15+ years in various technical and architecture roles at service providers and channel partners in South Africa.
He holds a CCIE (#7668) certification in Routing and Switching and Diploma in Information Technology from UNISA.
In his free time, he enjoys sailing, traveling and motorcycling.
Ashley Jacobs is a Systems Engineer for Cisco Systems based in Johanesburg, South Africa. He joined the company in
2007, and has fulfilled several engineering roles, working with customers and Cisco Partners. He is part of the internet of Things Engineering team in South Africa.
Ashley holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science and several industry certifications. He has been in the IT industry for the past 12 years.
CSIR Defence, Peace, Safety and Security (DPSS) Command Control Information Warfare (CCIW)
Pierre Jacobs has 15 years consultation experience in the IT Security industry building and getting involved in multiple Information Security initiatives. Pierre was a key part in running and architecting Security Operation Centres for Altech Namitech, Faritec, Datacentrix and public Sector Secure Operations offerings. He is currently with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research where he is a member of various cybersecurity projects engaging and sharing information between departments with a national impact and interest. Key activities like South Africa CCERT and National Threat and Information Security projects allow Pierre to engage multiple Vendors, Partners and custodians ensuring we address todays Information Security challenges effectively. He holds a MSc with Specialisation in Information Security from Rhodes University, and is currently a Ph.D candidate at the University of Johannesburg
Marcus Josefsson, originally from Sweden joined Cisco 2006, a 10 year Cisco veteran based out of Dubai working across Middle East Africa and Russia/CIS. Among other positions Marcus been responsible for security sales in the Sweden as well as UK&I enterprise and Director at Lancope for MEAR & APAC.
Marcus has been involved with all major Stealthwatch implementations in MEAR over the last years as well as a number of very large clients in the UK&I.
Marcus is currently responsible for Stealthwatch and ISE across MEAR.
During his spare time, Marcus enjoys spending as much time outdoor as possible together with his wife Saira.
Marcel Kardol is part of Cisco’s worldwide collaboration sales organization and is leading Cisco’s cloud collaboration sales acitivities across EMEA. With a history in web hosting, cloud and collaboration going back to the mid ‘90s, he spent his days before Cisco primarily in startup and early stage companies. Since 2011 he joined Cisco and his first mission was to build a partner landscape for Cisco’s Hosted Collaboration Solution (HCS), which has become a great success and game changer for Cisco. Since early 2016 Marcel added responsibilities around Cisco Spark to his daily activities with Cisco partners in EMEA, and he is now rapidly expanding the partner and service provider base offering Spark based services.
He is passionate about designing simple and winning cloud collaboration portfolios with our partners and pursuing mutual success.
Marcel is married and has 4 children. He lives with his wife and youngest son in Dubai, but is moving back to his home country the Netherlands within the next few months.
A United States Army Veteran, Emmett’s focus is on Threat Intelligence and Reverse Engineering. Emmett is a member of the Reverse Engineering and Research Team for the Cisco AMP Threatgrid product line.
Prior to Cisco, Emmett worked as a contractor operating unmanned aircraft systems for the US Army. He worked in various capacities as a Security Engineer and Threat Intelligence Analyst in higher education and secure cloud-computing space.
Emmett holds the CEHv8 and GREM certifications. He has his bachelor of science in Computer Systems Security.
Consulting Systems Engineer
Hakan Nohre is a Consulting Systems Engineer with Cisco Systems specialising in Cyber Security.
Hakan has over 20 years experience in IT security working with Enterprise accounts.
Prior to joining Cisco Hakan was working in Software Development and and as a Manager at Ericsson.
Hakan is MSc from the University of Wales.
Hakan holds the CISSP and GIAC Pen tester certifications.
Rene Raeber is one out of the 30 Worldwide Distinguished Systems Engineer ‘s in Cisco, working in the WW Datacenter & Cloud Organization at Cisco, responsible for new technology and product developments as well as acquisitions.
Rene was and is actively part of the various Cisco Datacenter development cycles, currently focusing on ACI/SDN and Tetration Analytics.
With over more than 26 years experience in the Datacenter and telecommunications industry he joined Cisco 22 years ago coming from a Financial Customer environment,
where he was responsible for the IBM Mainframe SNA and Storage Business as well as financial transaction applications.
Rene is one out of 10 Cisco Datacenter Patent reviewer.
Rene holds Swiss University degree in Physics, IT Engineering, and owns a Masters Degree in Business IT Security from HSW University in Lucerne.
He is a Security Auditor for BS7799-2, ISO 17799 Information Security.
Additionally, Rene is an official and voting IEEE member, actively representing Cisco, and develops new Datacenter standards, such as IEEE-802.1BR (Virtual Bridge port Extension).
Cloud Security Specialist
Brandon is a Cloud Security Product Specialist, focused on optimizing security effectiveness and strategy at our EMEAR based customers through the use of Cisco Umbrella and CloudLock. He joined Cisco in 2015 as part of the OpenDNS acquisition. Prior to OpenDNS Brandon spent 8 years in Silicon Valley providing M&A and Growth Equity advisory services to the VC and Start-up Communities.
Technical Solutions Architect
Jamie Sanbower, CCIE No. 13637(Routing and Switching, Security, Wireless), is a Technical Solutions Architect focusing on security for the Global Security Architecture Team. Jamie has been with Cisco since 2010 and is currently a technical leader and member of numerous technical advisory groups. With over 15 years of technical experience in the networking and security industry, Jamie has developed, designed, implemented and operated enterprise network and security solutions for a wide variety of large clients. Prior to Cisco, Jamie was the director of the cyber security practice at Force 3. His other certifications include: CISSP, C|EH, MCSE and many more.
Senior Product Manager
Anant Shah is a Senior Product Manager for Virtual Topology System(VTS) . He is responsible for Product Strategy, Product Positioning, Go-To-Market, Product Evolution, Road-Mapping and Marketing of the Cisco VTS, a controller for Automation of VXLAN EVPN Fabrics.
Anant has been with Cisco for almost 10 years, which also includes experience in Product Manager for Cisco Nexus Switches(Nexus 2k,3k,5k and 9k), BU Escalation and Cisco TAC. His experience ranges from reactive technical support to proactive engineering, design, optimization, pre-sales, product management & marketing etc. Anant is a regular speaker at Cisco Live conferences and customer workshops and seminars worldwide.
SDI/Cloud Solutions Architect
Volga started his Intel career in 2006 as a Technical Marketing Engineer, now is working as a Cloud Solutions Architect where he is responsible for technically helping Data Center, Cloud & Software Defined Infrastructure initiatives with service provider/government/enterprise accounts in EMEA region. His focus is on Scale-out Storage solutions (Ceph and Hyperconverged), Networking/Fabrics and is a member of the WW hyperscale solution architects team driving Rack Scale Design
Consulting Systems Engineer
Malcolm Stewart is a Consulting Systems Engineer at Cisco Systems, working in the GSP MEA Service Provider Architecture and Consulting Team. He joined Cisco in 2008 as a Systems Engineer supporting strategic Service Providers across a broad set of SP technologies including IPNGN and SP DC. Today as a Consulting Systems Engineer Malcolm focuses on Service Provider converged architectures (IP+Optical, Core/Edge, Carrier Ethernet) and innovation areas including SDN/NfV.
Before joining Cisco, Malcolm spent 9 years in various technical and architecture roles at services providers in the UK, Australia and South Africa. Overall , he has more than 15 years experience in Service Provider technologies and industries.
He holds CCIE certificaiton in Routing and Switching.
Cisco IT - European Lead for Innovation and Digitisation
Campbell's passion is building the digital workplace for enhanced employee productivity in tomorrow’s world.
He delivers collaboration services throughout Europe for Cisco's employees and facilitates internal digitisation programmes.
Campbell also manages innovation programs in Cisco that cover topics like start up acceleration, maker spaces, hack labs and the use of bots.
Technical Marketing Engineer for Cisco’s Wireless Networking Group
Carlo Terminiello is a London based
Carlo is involved with all aspects of enterprise wireless, outdoor wireless and Service Provider mobility projects including solution and partner development, strategic account support and product and solution development. Carlo also leads the European mobility technical community acting as a liaison into the Wireless Networking Group.
He is responsible for delivering wireless services at CiscoLive EMEAR and takes particular interest in large scale events with leadership positions helping deliver the London 2012 Olympics, Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, CiscoLive, WenSummit, and Mobile World Congress events in Barcelona for the last 6 years.
For the previous 8 years, Carlo was the wireless sales technical lead for Cisco EMEAR. Here he helped develop the EMEAR technical sales and partner teams, directly supporting Cisco's EMEAR strategic accounts. His previous 6 years at Cisco were spent as an SE and CSE on the British Telecom account team, covering enterprise LAN and WAN technologies and focusing on wireless and security technologies. Carlo has 24 years experience in IT, from desktop through to pre-sales management and consultancy in an ISP environment.
Consulting Systems Engineer
Dirk-Jan is a Consulting Systems Engineer in the EMEAR Cloud Collaboration team with a focus on Cisco Spark, Cisco Spark API platforms and our Cloud Collaboration offering.
Since 1998 Dirk-Jan has worked as a Collaboration Systems Engineer in the Netherlands before moving to a TME role working for the Voice Technology Group. In 2010 he moved to the Europen Collaboration Consulting team with different Collaboration focus areas.
He is passionate about user interfaces, innovative ideas, sharing knowledge, new technologies and presenting. As a presenter he has received the Distinguished Speaker award for presentations at Cisco Live.
Dirk-Jan is married and has a 7-year-old son. He loves skiing, mountains and automating everything in his home. Using API’s he can fully control & monitor his home with Cisco Spark.
Before joining Cisco in 1998, mr. Uittenbogaard was both running an IT company and studying Information Technology in The Hague.
Johan Van Puymbrouck
Johan is driving the “transformation to cloud collaboration” at the technical level in Cisco’s Enterprise Business Group. He also leads the central EMEAR team of collaboration architects and consultants as a center of excellence. Favourite topics of coverage are compliance & privacy, monetisation of Collaboration APIs and the Next Generation portfolio (Spark) with Message, Meet and Call components. Johan is a recurring Cisco Live participant/speaker and absolutely loves community building.
Johan holds a bachelor degree in Electromechanical Engineering from the University of Antwerp (Belgium), as well as a masters degree in Mechatronics (Civil Engineering) from the university of Leuven (Belgium).
He happily lives in Belgium with his wife and 3 kids and enjoys skiing, singing in his band, dancing Salsa with beautiful women and playing tennis.
Senior Technology Solutions Architect, WW Data Center team, Cisco
Andrea joined Cisco in year 2000 as System Engineer for the Financial market covering Italy and the major financial institutions, helping them in transitioning to IP based networks. He always worked on emerging Data Center technologies and took several roles in the company since then.
Now he is working in the World Wide team for the incubation of new technologies like SDN, Automation and Analytics, consulting with some of Cisco's largest enterprise and Global Service Providers accounts on current and emerging data center / cloud technologies and architectures. He has been part of the ACI team since the beginning of the journey towards SDN.
With his broad expertise in systems, networking, data center and a good technical knowledge in adjacent domains and technologies, he is able to understand customer strategies and requirements and map them to innovative solutions. Considered by several customers their trusted advisor.
Prior to joining Cisco, Andrea had been with Sun Microsystems and Olivetti, where he held various training and consultancy roles on new technologies, leading several strong teams of experts in both the telecommunications and software domains.
Andrea is married with one son and he enjoys riding his mountain bikes all over the year.
Darren leads the Technical Sales team in EMEAR for Cisco Storage Technologies such as HyperFlex and the S-Series servers. He has been working in the storage industry for the past 25 years as a customer and a vendor. In his customer experience, he had many roles ranging from Systems Administrators to Global Storage Architect covering many storage technologies including Storage Area Networks, Storage Arrays and Data Protection. After moving from his customer background, he has worked at several storage companies covering Storage Area Networks and All Flash Storage Arrays before moving to Cisco. He has been at Cisco 4 years evangelising Cisco’s storage offerings and enabling both partners and customers to see the benefits of these storage solutions alongside other Cisco Datacentre offerings.