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Keynote

Cisco Live's keynote addresses are frank, down-to-earth discussions about the direction of Cisco and the industry. Attendees look forward to hearing about what's on the horizon for Cisco solutions and the potential impact on their businesses.

The overall event will be hosted by Ken Boal, Vice President, Australia and New Zealand, Cisco.

Wednesday 19 March
The opening keynote session at Cisco Live, will be presented by Wim Elfrink, Executive Vice President, Industry Solutions & Chief Globalisation Officer, Cisco.

Friday 21 March
The closing keynote session at Cisco Live, Australia and New Zealand, 2014 will be presented by Mick Colliss.

Ken Boal
Vice President, Australia and New Zealand
Cisco

Ken Boal is the Vice President of Cisco Australia and New Zealand. Boal's responsibility is to drive profitable growth and market leadership through the innovative use of technologies and services that help our customers solve their biggest business problems. He is driven to helping customers and partners take advantage of market transitions such as Internet of Everything, cloud, video and mobility, to increase productivity and create competitive advantage through new, sustainable business models.

Boal is well known for his experience in building a vision, strategy and execution plan to further advance Cisco's relationships and business relevance with customers, partners and government, while accelerating market adoption of Cisco solutions and services.

Boal joined Cisco in 2004 and led the company's engagement in the public sector with Australia's federal, state and territory governments, defence, education and healthcare. His role was then expanded to also include the enterprise customer segment. In this role, Boal was responsible for identifying and leading growth and development in the enterprise and public sectors as well as managing the sales force that drive Cisco business in these areas.

Boal is committed to working with the higher education sector to enhance Australia's role in the knowledge economy. He has also held a leadership position within Cisco's primary education initiative, the Cisco Networking Academy, where he manages the team responsible for the delivery of the program into the Australian education system.

Prior to joining Cisco, Boal spent 10 years at Anixter Inc/NetStar, an Asia Pacific network systems integrator as Southern Region General Manager. He commenced his career at Honeywell in a technical role in the Building Management area.

Boal graduated from the University of Queensland in 1991 with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (Communications & Electronics). He currently lives in Melbourne with his three children. When time permits, he is a passionate golfer.

Wim Elfrink
Executive Vice President, Industry Solutions & Chief Globalisation Officer
Cisco

Wim Elfrink is responsible for three global functions at Cisco: the Industry Solutions Group, the Emerging Countries Initiatives, and the company's globalisation strategy.

Elfrink joined Cisco in 1997 assuming global responsibility for Cisco Services Europe. In 2000, he was promoted to Senior Vice President of Cisco Services where under his leadership business grew from $3.3 billion to more than $7.6 billion in 2010 with industry-leading margins and customer satisfaction.

Elfrink was appointed Chief Globalisation Officer in 2006 and was named Executive Vice President a year later. He went on to establish Cisco's Globalisation Centre East (GCE) in Bangalore, India. Over four years, Elfrink grew the GCE into an innovation hub and the company's smartest and most sustainable campus offering globally scaled solutions. Previously, he was Senior Vice President of Cisco Services, where under his leadership business grew from $3.3 billion to more than $7.6 billion in 2010. He joined Cisco in 1997 assuming global responsibility for Cisco Services Europe. During this time, Elfrink chaired the Confederation of Indian Industry's Steering Committee on Intelligent Urbanisation, which in 2010 recommended a Framework for Sustainable Urbanisation for India.

Today, Elfrink is recognised as Cisco's Corporate Entrepreneur in residence and is responsible for the company's initiatives concerning the next era of the Internet known as "The Internet of Everything" (IoE) and "The Internet of Things" (IoT). Addressing emerging countries that are experiencing significant economic, social and environmental change are part of his global charter aimed at transforming physical communities to connected communities (Smart + Connected Communities) using network centric innovation to enable sustainability. Today, there are more than 90 Smart + Connected Community projects around the world.

An officer of the company, Elfrink is also a board member of the US India Business Council, a member of the Silatech Board in Qatar, the New Cities Foundation Board, and the Chongqing Mayor's International Economic Advisory Group. In 2009 Daily News & Analysis, a leading Indian newspaper, named Elfrink one of Bangalore's 50 Most Influential People, one of 12 from the corporate world and the only non-Indian to be featured. In 2013, he was the recipient of the Ambassador C. Howard Wilkins, Jr. Award from the Netherlands-America Foundation.

Mick Colliss

Mick Colliss is a man who desperately wanted to play Rugby for Australia, and represent his country. After failing at numerous attempts to gain any notice at Rugby, as well as the various other sports and hobbies he tried, it was quite by chance that he came across a puzzle that had international followers and which might provide him with a chance to represent his country - sudoku. Against all odds (and without any idea of how to actually play the game), Mick and his friends became Australian Champions… well sort of!

He was soon to take four of his best mates to the International Sudoku Championships in India. Mick tells a laugh out loud true story of mateship, having a go and never giving up, no matter what the odds.