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  • Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
    Tae YooSenior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

    Cisco

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    Tae leads Cisco’s social investments and stewards CSR and sustainability across the business. She directs Cisco's business, technical, and financial assets to accelerate global problem solving to positively impact people, society, and the planet.
     

    Under Tae’s leadership, Corporate Affairs strives to inspire, connect, and invest in global problem solvers to nurture innovative solutions and catalyze an entrepreneurial ecosystem that supports progress and inclusive growth. Corporate Affairs also invests in developing digital skills so everyone can participate in the digital economy and become a global problem solver. Corporate Affairs has committed to positively impact 1 billon people by 2025.
     
    A founding Cisco employee, Tae pioneered Cisco’s Business Development – establishing new markets through partnerships for joint product and market development. Under her leadership, the Cisco Networking Academy program has become one of the largest ICT education programs worldwide, helping 1.2 million get jobs from 2005-2013. She is a Trustee of the Cisco Foundation, a member of the Service Year Alliance Board and of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Education, Gender, and Work.

  • Senior Director, Corporate Affairs and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
    Mary de WysockiSenior Director, Corporate Affairs and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

    Cisco

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    Mary has over a decade experience leading various Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and education initiatives for Cisco. She currently heads up Corporate Affairs Strategy, including new program development, Public Benefit Investment and the Cisco Foundation, and Research and Insights. As technology rapidly changes the world of work, local communities, and our daily lives, Mary’s team is proactively creating initiatives and supporting innovations that leverage technology and Cisco’s expertise at making connections to enable opportunity for all. By equipping a new generation of “global problem solvers” with the skills they need to survive and thrive in an increasingly digital future, Corporate Affairs hopes to impact 1 billion lives around the globe by 2025.

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  • Corporate Affairs Director, Community Development
    Peter TaverniseCorporate Affairs Director, Community Development

    Cisco

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    Peter Tavernise is the Executive Director of the Cisco Foundation and Director of Cisco Public Benefit Investment. Peter brings over 25 years of non-profit fundraising, private family foundation, and corporate funding experience to meeting the core mission and strategy of Cisco Public Benefit Investment. He helps empower global problem solvers to innovate as technologists, think like entrepreneurs, and act as social change agents in ways that can be replicated, scaled, and sustained. Peter is currently a Trustee of the Cisco South Africa Education Trust, a board member of the Giraffe Heroes Project, and an advisory board member of GreatNonprofits.org.

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  • Distinguished Engineer
    Phillip RemakerDistinguished Engineer

    Cisco

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    Phillip Remaker is a Distinguished Engineer and has been a leader at Cisco with his work in technology adoption, software quality improvement, and defect tracking systems and processes. In addition to developing the Intellectual property strategy for Cisco, he helps to nurture innovative ideas and mentor inventors, as well as to analyze, evaluate, and rank new ideas for Cisco’s Intellectual Property and patent portfolio. Phil co-authored RFC 4335 and holds six patents with two more pending.

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  • Global Head, Financial & Strategic Investors Group
    David LawGlobal Head, Financial & Strategic Investors Group

    Standard Chartered Bank

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    David is the Global Head of Standard Chartered Banks’ Financial & Strategic Investors Group and a member of the Global Banking Management Team. He has over 20 years of commercial and investment banking experience and has held a variety of leadership positions throughout his career. Prior to joining Standard Chartered, David worked as a Managing Director and Chairman of Investment Banking for the Middle East and North Africa at Morgan Stanley. David graduated from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand with a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Accountancy and Finance in 1991. He is admitted to the bar as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.

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  • Co-Founder and Managing Director of Campaigns
    Simon MossCo-Founder and Managing Director of Campaigns

    Global Citizen

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    Simon Moss is a Co-Founder of Global Citizen, and is currently the Managing Director of Campaigns. He's another Australian living in New York, has been campaigning on global issues for more than a decade, and writes and speaks regularly on the role of global citizens in ending extreme poverty.

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  • Founder and Principal Analyst
    Zeus KerravalaFounder and Principal Analyst

    ZK Research

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    Zeus Kerravala is the founder and principal analyst with ZK Research, and provides a mix of tactical advice to help his clients in the current business climate and long-term strategic advice. Kerravala provides research and advice to end-user IT and network managers, vendors of IT hardware, software and services and the financial community looking to invest in the companies that he covers.


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  • Founder and Principal Analyst
    Carolina MilanesiFounder and Principal Analyst

    The Heart of Tech

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    Carolina has over 15 years’ experience in the consumer technology industry most recently at Creative Strategies where since 2016 she has been focusing on a broad range of consumer technologies and services including those that have a deep impact on user behavior in an enterprise context. 

    In 2019, Carolina founded The Heart of Tech, her newest endeavor aims to help technology providers with their corporate social responsibility efforts. Two areas are particularly dear to her, because of the impact on society as a whole: education and diversity and inclusion.

    Between 2013 and 2016, Carolina was Chief of Research at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech where she drove thought leadership research by marrying her deep understanding of global market dynamics with the wealth of data coming from ComTech’s longitudinal studies.

    Prior to her ComTech role, Carolina spent 14 years at Gartner, most recently as their Consumer Devices Research VP and Agenda Manager. 

    Carolina is a regular contributor to Tech.pinions, Forbes and Fast Company. 

  • Regional Manager, Corporate Affairs
    Murugan VasudevanRegional Manager, Corporate Affairs

    Cisco

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    Murugan leads the Social Innovation Group for Cisco in South Asia. His team is responsible for directing Cisco’s social investments around human capacity building, workforce development, and community enablement. This includes programs such as the Networking Academy and CSR investments. Cisco Networking Academy, a public-private partnership approach to tech skills development, currently reaching ~150,000 students annually in South Asia has set a goal of training 1M students by 2025. On the social investments, Murugan leads overall CSR strategy helping to establish the investment framework and strategic partnerships in India with a key focus on digital, sustainable, and scalable solutions. Cisco has set an audacious goal of positively impacting 50 million people in India by 2025.

  • Managing Director, Public Affairs & Strategic Engagements
    Harish KrishnanManaging Director, Public Affairs & Strategic Engagements

    Cisco Systems, India & SAARC

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    As the Managing Director, Public Affairs & Strategic Engagements, Harish leads Cisco’s strategic engagement with National and State Governments of India on wide range of public policy issues that concerns Cisco in India - as an investor, globalization hub, business unit and as a corporate citizen. Harish manages Cisco’s India External Advisory Board which has oversight on transformational project and strategic issues on a 3-5 year horizon. Harish is based in New Delhi, India and is with Cisco since May 2007.

    An industry veteran of over 25 years, Harish actively participates in public policy forums in India and is a Member of CII National Committee on Communications and Information Technology and Chair of US India Strategic Partnership Forum digital task force, Vice President of the Manufacturing Association of Information Technology, Chairman of Corporate Social Responsibility committee of American Chamber of Commerce in India. Harish is also the Former President and Co-Founder of Public Affairs Forum of India.

    From 2003 to 2007, Harish was an Executive in the Governmental Program function of IBM specially focused providing leadership to IBM’s policy engagement with the Government of India on Innovation, Global Resourcing & HR issues.

    Prior to joining IBM, Harish worked for over 11 years with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) – India’s Premier Industry organization in a variety of roles. In his last role as CII’s Director for Information Technology, Harish worked with top CEOs of corporate India on issues affecting the IT& BPO industry.