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Ken Boal

Ken Boal
Vice President
Cisco, Australia and New Zealand

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.

Cisco Live Opening Keynote

John N. Stewart

Wednesday 9 March 2016, 10:30am – 11:45am
John N. Stewart
Senior Vice President, Chief Security and Trust Officer
Cisco

John N. Stewart formed and leads Cisco's Security and Trust Organisation, underscoring Cisco's commitment to address two of the most critical issues that are top of mind for boardrooms and world leaders alike. Under Stewart’s leadership, the organisation’s core missions include protecting Cisco's public and private customers, enabling and ensuring Cisco Secure Development Lifecycle and Trustworthy Systems efforts across Cisco's portfolio, and protecting the Cisco enterprise from ever-evolving cyber threats.

Throughout his 25-year career, Stewart has led or participated in widely ranging security initiatives from IT design for elementary schools to national security programs. In addition to his role at Cisco, he sits on technical advisory boards for Area 1 Security, BlackStratus, Inc., and Threatstream. He is a member of the Board of Directors for Shape Security, Shadow Networks, Inc., and the National Cyber-Forensics Training Alliance (NCFTA). He also serves as a special advisor to Redseal’s Board of Directors. Additionally, Stewart serves on the Australian Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Cyber Security Review panel and on the Cybersecurity Think Tank at University of Maryland University College. He served on the CSIS Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th United States Presidency and on advisory boards for many companies including Akonix, Cloudshield, Finjan, Fixmo, Inc., Ingrian Networks, Nok-Nok Labs, Riverhead, and TripWire.

Stewart is a highly sought public and closed-door speaker and most recently was recognized with the RSA 2015 award for Excellence in Security. Other recent honours include the global 2014 Golden Bridge Award for CISO of the Year, as well as the CSO 40 Silver Award for Chief Security Officer of the Year in 2014.

Stewart has a Master of Science degree in computer and information science from Syracuse University.

Cisco Live Technology Keynote

Susie Wee

Thursday 10 March 2016, 11:00am – 12:00pm
Susie Wee
Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Networked Experiences and DevNet
Cisco

Susie is the Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Networked Experiences and DevNet at Cisco Systems. She is the founder and lead of DevNet, Cisco's developer program, which aims to make the evolving Internet an innovation platform for the developer ecosystem. Susie and her team are developing UX and technology innovations that improve the operational experience, end user experience, and developer experience with the network. They are developing technologies and systems for the Internet of Things, software-defined networking, augmented collaboration and co-creation, and network visualisation. Prior to this, Susie was the Vice President and Chief Technology and Experience Officer of Cisco’s Collaboration Technology Group where she was responsible for driving innovation and experience design in Cisco's collaboration products and software services, including unified communications, telepresence, web and video conferencing, and cloud collaboration.

Before joining Cisco, Susie was at Hewlett Packard in the roles of founding Vice President of the Experience Software Business and Chief Technology Officer of Client Cloud Services in HP’s Personal Systems Group and Lab Director of the HP Labs Mobile and Media Systems Lab. Susie was the co-editor of the JPSEC standard for the security of JPEG-2000 images and the editor of the JPSEC amendment on File Format Security. She was formerly an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Circuits, Systems and Video Technology and for the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing. While at HP Labs, Susie was a consulting assistant professor at Stanford University where she co-taught a graduate-level course on digital video processing.

Susie received Technology Review’s Top 100 Young Innovators award, ComputerWorld's Top 40 Innovators under 40 award, the INCITs Technical Excellence award, the Women In Technology International Hall of Fame award, and was on the Forbes Most Powerful Women list. She is an IEEE Fellow for her contributions in multimedia technology and has over 50 international publications and over 45 granted patents. Susie received her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Guest Keynote

Ken Boal

Friday 11 March 2016, 11:15am – 12:30pm
Harper Reed

Harper Reed is a US-based technology engineer, innovator and entrepreneur. He has been called a “tech pioneer”, a “digital wizard” and “hard to miss in a room”. He is fascinated by how technology continues to shape, transform and empower human behaviour. He is currently the Head of Commerce at Braintree, a PayPal Company.

In 2012 Harper was responsible for delivering Barack Obama’s online campaign and get-out-the-vote programme. As Chief Technology Officer at Obama’s campaign HQ in Chicago, Harper was the man who was responsible for engineering perhaps the most sophisticated political campaign of all time.

From 2005 to 2009, Harper Reed was the CTO of Chicago-based clothing company “Threadless” one of the first successful crowdsourcing companies, and helped increase revenue tenfold during that period. From 2009 to 2012 he consulted for companies like “Rackspace”, an innovative cloud-based website host, and Sandbox Industries, a forward-thinking venture capital company which funds hundreds of tech projects in their early stages and then launches the best few. Harper has also developed a number of community based apps in Chicago.

Harper is a brilliant speaker on how technology can enhance business performance, foster organisational creativity and build strong teams. He also speaks eloquently on the state of data security on the internet and the demographics and constituencies of US politics.

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