Enterprise Networks Innovation Day Speakers


Robert De Nicolo

Robert De Nicolo
Director, Enterprise Networking, Cisco, Australia and New Zealand

As the Director of Cisco’s Enterprise Networking Business for Australia and New Zealand, Robert is responsible for developing solutions and strategies that drive the adoption of Cisco’s Routing, Switching and Mobility solutions. Robert is passionate about working with customers and partners to assist them in understanding how Cisco’s technology can be leveraged to deliver improved business outcomes. Robert has been in the IT industry for more than 20 years, working both with and for, a number of large Enterprise organisations.

Robert holds a BSc-Genetics, as well as post-graduate qualifications in Computer Science and Digital Communications. Robert lives in Melbourne with his wife and daughter.

Matt Falkner

Matt Falkner
Distinguished Technical Marketing Engineer, Cisco

Dr. Matthias Falkner is a Distinguished Engineer, Technical Marketing, in Cisco's Enterprise Infrastructure and Solutions Group. He currently focuses on the evolution Enterprise and SP network architectures, and in particular on end-to- end architecture solutions involving virtualisation. Matthias is currently responsible for Cisco’s Virtual Branch Architecture for Enterprise Networks, integrating components such CSR 1000v Virtual Router, Branch Services Automation and APIC-EM on top of various x-86 hardware platforms. Prior to his role in EISG, Matthias was the lead TME Architect for the ASR 1000 Series Routers. He also held positions in Product management, and served as a Product Line manager for the Cisco 10000 Series Routers. From 2000 - 2005 Matthias was a Consulting Systems Engineer in the Deutsche Telekom Account Team with Cisco Germany. Matthias holds a PhD in Systems and Computer engineering from Carleton University, Canada, and an MSc in Operations Research & Information Systems from the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. His technical interests are in the area the evolution of enterprise network architectures, in particular on performance characterisation of virtualised networks and service chaining.

Peter Jones

Peter Jones
Principle Engineer, Cisco

Peter is a Principal Engineer with the Catalyst Switching Software team at Cisco, has been with Cisco for over 10 years and is originally from Perth, Western Australia.

Peter is driving the public push for adoption of 2.5 Gb/s and 5 Gb/s Ethernet rates in enterprise networking access as the chair of the NBASE-T alliance (http://www.nbaset.org). Peter was heavily involved in the recently completed IEEE 802.3 project - 802.3bz 2.5/5GBASE-T Task Force. Peter is also involved in other 802.3 work (25GE SMF, 10SPE & YANG).

Most of Peters' time at Cisco has been spent in and around the Catalyst 3850/3650 platforms. Peter is one of the key system architects (UADP ASIC, HW & SW) for this very successful family of campus switching platforms. Peter is a frequent speaker at Cisco Live, earning the Distinguished Speaker title at Cisco Live Las Vegas 2016, and has spoken at other events such as Tech Field Day and BICSI.

Kevin Kuhls

Kevin Kuhls
Technical Marketing Engineer, Cisco

Kevin is a Technical Marketing Engineer in the Enterprise Solutions Group with a focus on Network Automation and Programmability. He is a networking expert (CCIE RS/DC) with over 20 years in the industry. In the past few years he transitioned to a Python, Ansible, NETCONF, RESTCONF and all-around network automation enthusiast, proving old dogs can learn new tricks.

Mark Montanez

Mark Montanez
Distinguished Consulting Engineer, Cisco

Mark is the Lead Architect in the Enterprise Networking Group at Cisco Systems. He is a subject matter expert in enterprise network architecture focusing on campus networks and high availability. In EISG Mr. Montanez leads a group of Distinguished Technical Marketing Engineers who are driving the Transformation of the Enterprise Architecture on several different fronts including the Policy Based - Controller Driven Networking innovation marketed as DNA or Digital Network Architecture. Mark has presented at Networkers worldwide (Australia, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Chile, China, South Africa, Europe, and the US) on many different topics. Mark currently develops and presents many DNA related sessions as well as his long standing “Multilayer Campus Architectures and Design Principals” breakout. Previously, Mr. Montañez was a TME in the Enterprise Solutions Engineering (ESE) Infrastructure team where he was responsible for QoS across the ESE Solutions. In this capacity he co-authored the ESE Enterprise QoS Design Guide and developed and presented the Deploying Enterprise QoS at Networkers 2002/2003.Mr. Montanez holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Information Systems from the University of Phoenix. He is pursuing (Thesis remains) a Masters of Science degree in Computer Information Technology from Regis University in Denver Colorado. Mark has been a Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert (CCIE #8798) in Routing and Switching since February of 2002 (10+ years) and currently in Emeritus Status. He is an aspiring fly fisherman spending many weekends and evenings streamside. He enjoys riding his candy-apple red motorcycle and polishing his sports car. Finally, Marks friends and family know him as a cigar aficionado and tequila connoisseur or fiend -- depending…

Victor Moreno

Victor Moreno
Distinguished Technical Marketing Engineer, Cisco

Victor Moreno is a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco Systems responsible for the definition of next generation network architectures. Victor has more than 15 years of industry experience focused on enterprise and data centre design and architecture. Victor holds several patents that are at the foundation of the key protocols and networking technologies that enable network virtualisation and cloud connectivity. He has worked directly with major customers and designs worldwide and has done extensive research on the topic of virtualisation, being a driving force within Cisco and earlier Digital Equipment Corporation for new product definition and technological direction. Victor is the co-author of the Cisco Press title: Network Virtualisation and has published a multitude of technical papers and articles on behalf of Cisco Systems. Victor holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the Simón Bolívar University, as well as Master Degrees and Specialisations from the Universities of York, Cambridge and Stanford. Victor’s current areas of focus include Virtual Networks, Network Automation, Multi-Domain Network Modeling and Software Defined Networking Architectures.

Adam Radford

Adam Radford
Distinguished Systems Engineer, Cisco, Australia and New Zealand

Adam has spent the last 27 years in the Computer Networking industry in a variety of roles, from research, implementation, design and architecture. For the last 17 years he has been with Cisco in a variety of engineering, technology and architectural roles. He was recently appointed Distinguished Systems Engineer. In his current role, Adam works with Cisco's largest customers across the APJC region on their technology strategy and direction. Adam has a breadth and depth of technology interests and enjoys staying abreast of latest technology trends and their business implications. Adam leads Cisco’s SDN strategy across APJ. Adam is no stranger to public presentations, having presented at many Cisco and industry events for the past 15 years. In his limited spare time, Adam enjoys both coaching and participating in triathlons.

Jeff Reed

Jeff Reed
Senior Vice President, Enterprise Networks, Cisco

Jeff Reed is responsible for the business development strategy of Cisco’s Enterprise Networking business – a product portfolio spanning campus and branch environments. His focus is on evolving the network to deliver simplicity and automation, security and world class user experiences through the Cisco Digital Network Architecture (DNA).

Previously, Reed led product strategy, product management, and go-to- et activities for Cisco’s Enterprise Infrastructure and Solutions Group (EISG). Prior to that, Reed had responsibility for the company’s SDN solutions and architectures for enterprise customers. Additionally he was General Manager for Cisco’s largest switching business unit, the Unified Access Group.

Prior to joining Cisco, Reed held a number of senior positions in large-scale enterprise software businesses, covering storage product development, alliances, and business development. He also served as president and cofounder of an e-commerce start-up venture.

Reed holds a bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering (with distinction) and a master’s degree in business administration, both from Stanford University.

Tim Szigeti

Tim Szigeti
Principle Engineer, Cisco

Tim Szigeti, CCIE#9794, is a Principal Engineer on Cisco’s Enterprise Architecture team where he serves to define and develop Cisco’s Digital Network Architecture (DNA). In this role, he collaborates with customers, the field, engineering, Cisco IT and third-party technology partners. Tim has authored 4 generations of Cisco QoS Design Guides, 3 Cisco Press books and an IETF internet draft. Additionally, Tim has been inducted into Cisco’s Distinguished Speaker Hall of Fame. Outside of Cisco, his passion is on-track sports/performance driving; however, you may at times find him taking corners at high speeds on the spectacular Sea-to-Sky highway between his hometown of Vancouver and Whistler, British Columbia.

Shawn Wargo

Shawn Wargo
Principle Engineer, Cisco

Shawn Wargo has worked at Cisco since 1999 (16+ years). During this time, Shawn has worked as part of Cisco TAC (Core LAN / LAN Switching), and also within Product Engineering as part of Systems / Solutions Testing and also Development Testing, and most recently within Product Marketing. Shawn has been a Technical Marketing Engineer (TME) since 2010, primarily focused on Catalyst 6500 and 6800 Architecture & Infrastructure, VSS, IPv4 & IPv6 Routing & Switching, IP Multicast and Next Generation products.

Dave Zacks

Dave Zacks
Distinguished Systems Engineer, Cisco

Dave is a Distinguished Systems Engineer with Cisco Systems, based in Canada, and has been with Cisco for over 16 years. Dave works primarily with large, high-performance Enterprise network architectures, designs, and systems. Dave has over 22 years of experience with designing, implementing, and supporting highly available network systems and solutions that have included many diverse network technologies and capabilities, using multiple different topologies. Dave maintains a CCIE certification in Routing and Switching (13 years and counting!).

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