Cisco Live Event Team

Nesrene O'Connell

Nesrene O'Connell is the Event Marketing Manager for Cisco in Australia and New Zealand and is the overall Program Manager for Cisco Live 2012, Melbourne, Australia. Cisco Live Melbourne 2012 will be her 8th global Cisco Live / Cisco Networkers Conference. Nesrene previously managed the Cisco Networkers European event before moving to Australia three years ago.

Previously to Cisco, Nesrene worked at an agency and has a wealth of experience delivering large scale events for Oracle, Siebel, PeopleSoft, Novell and Motorola.

At Cisco, her main responsibilities include the overall vision, strategy and program management for Cisco Australia and New Zealand's event portfolio. She enjoys focusing on the delegate experience and journey.

Interesting Fact: Nesrene's career in events started when she was recruited to manage the Australian and British Ambassadors events in Damascus, Syria when she was on a posting with her husband in 1998.

Events of this size are only possible with the collaboration and efforts of PEOPLE, the most important asset. Below is an introduction to the people in the Cisco Live core team.

Raymond Janse van Rensberg

Raymond Janse van Rensburg serves as the overall content lead for Cisco Live Melbourne. He also leads the Solutions Architecture team for Cisco in Australia and his team includes the most experienced and skilled Architects at Cisco Australia.

Raymond joined Cisco as a Systems Engineer in the South African team in 1998. In 2001, he moved into Cisco's Middle East and Africa organisation as a Consulting Systems Engineer focusing on Unified Communications in Enterprise environments. In 2005, he took over the leadership for all technical resources in South Africa.

Raymond fulfilled several roles at Networkers and Cisco Live events since the late 90's. He was a speaker for Unified Communications (Europe and South Africa), demo owner (South Africa) and content lead (Australia and South Africa).

Prior to Cisco, he was working as a Technology Specialist at IBM South Africa and SASOL Ltd. He also lectured Data Communications at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa (Formerly TWR). Raymond holds a B.PL (Hons) degree from the University of the Free State, South Africa and achieved his Routing &Switching CCIE in 1999.

Andy Burke

Andy Burke serves as the overall lead for the IT Management stream within Cisco Live and has done so for the last 2 years.

Andy joined Cisco as an SE in London back in 1998 before moving to SE Manager and then to a move to Melbourne as an SE in the Channel team, SE in Enterprise and then SE Manager. He now leads the Enterprise teams of Exec Led and Solution Led System Engineers in Victoria and NSW.

This is his 4th Cisco Live event in Australia as well as 5-6 Networkers events in Europe.

Away from work Andy is a keen golfer, not good but keen and enjoys every aspect of the sports available in Melbourne while keeping an eye on Chelsea in the EPL.

Michael Christie

Michael is responsible for the Service Provider Program at Cisco Live. He is a Systems Engineering Manager with Cisco in Sydney, Australia. He has responsibility for driving the sales of Cisco's broad portfolio of technologies by managing customer relationships, providing trusted advice, proposals and demonstrations. Michael's team addresses Telecommunications Service Providers and "Evolving" industries undergoing rapid transformation driven by technology.

Qualified with a BSc, Michael has spent more than 20 years in the IT and Telecommunications industries. He has had a variety of roles including product engineering, customer support engineering and service management, Network Operations Centre management and project/program management.

Tony Hall

Tony has worked for Cisco for the past 5 years. His current role is as Systems Engineering Manager for the Public Sector Go-To-Market. Tony's role at Cisco Live is the World Of Solutions Demonstration Manager. He has been involved with Cisco Live for the past 2 years. Tony is looking forward to bringing demonstrations showing the latest Cisco technologies to the Cisco Live event in 2012.

Karen Lowery

Karen is an IT Project Manager who works for the APAC Project IT team, IBM. She began in this role in 2006 and delivers internal Cisco IT projects in a global managed service environment. Karen is the Asia Pacific Project Lead for the Cisco Fleet, Data Centre Fleet and Extranet Fleet Programs. As well as this she has also managed the set up of the IT infrastructure in a number of new Cisco offices, Cisco Partner Offices and of course at 2 Cisco Events! Karen has worked on Cisco Networkers 2009 in Brisbane and Cisco Live! 2011 in Melbourne and is very much looking forward to working with the team on the Cisco Live 2102 event.

Vanessa Taylor

Vanessa has been the Cisco Live Australia (and previously Cisco Networkers) Sponsorship and Exhibition Manager since 2005 and her and her team at PDK Corporate Events are also responsible for event creative elements and pre-event communications. In her sponsorship sales capacity Vanessa has seen a dramatic increase in the World of Solutions showcase over the last 6 years, in both sponsor participation and the breadth of involved partners and their best-of-breed technology demonstration capabilities. Of her involvement at Cisco Live, Vanessa says "Every year new partner dynamics are introduced, bearing witness to the historic evolution of technology's role in the world we live in. ''It's a wonderfully fast-paced, and exciting event to work on." Prior to her event management role for Cisco Live, Vanessa was the event manager at the heritage-listed ArtHouse Hotel and before that managed IT Procurement for Cisco Asia Pacific giving her extensive exposure to technology-led IT organisations and individuals throughout the region.