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Cisco Live Opening Keynote - Wednesday 18 March 2015, 10:30am - 11:45am
Cisco Live Technology Keynote - Thursday 19 March 2015, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Guest Keynotes - Friday 20 March 2015, 11:15am - 12:30pm

Hear from the visionary Cisco and industry leaders who are charting the course for the technologies, practices and paradigms that will shape how businesses and individuals interact to realise their full potential and capitalise on new opportunities.

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Ken Boal

Ken Boal
Vice President, 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

Chuck Robbins

Wednesday 18 March 2015, 10:30am - 11:45am
Chuck Robbins, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Field Operations, Cisco

As Senior Vice President of Worldwide Field Operations for Cisco, Chuck Robbins leads the company's Worldwide Sales Organisation and Worldwide Partner Organisation.

Robbins has more than 20 years of sales leadership experience. Prior to his current role, he was Senior Vice President of The Americas, Cisco's largest geographic region, where he led more than 8500 employees in the United States, Canada, and Latin America

Prior to leading The Americas, Robbins was Senior Vice President of U.S. Enterprise, Commercial and Canada, and from 2007 to 2009, he led the U.S. Commercial sales organisation, one of the largest growth segments in the company.

From 2003 to 2007, Robbins led the U.S. and Canada channel organisation, where he was instrumental in building a world-class partner program for Cisco. He was recognised in CRN Magazine as one of the top Channel Chiefs in 2008, and VARBusiness named him one of the Top 100 Channel Executives of the year in both 2005 and 2006.

Robbins joined Cisco in 1997 as an account manager and quickly advanced into the role of regional manager and operations director.

Outside of Cisco, Robbins serves on the boards for the MS Society of Northern California and the Georgia Tech Advisory Board for the President of Georgia Tech.

Prior to joining Cisco, he held management positions at Bay Networks and Ascend Communications. Robbins holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics with a computer science concentration from the University of North Carolina.

Cisco Live Technology Keynote

Chuck Robbins

Thursday 19 March 2015, 11:00am - 12:00pm.
Gee Rittenhouse, Senior Vice President, Cloud and Virtualization Group (CVG), Cisco

Gee Rittenhouse is Senior Vice President and General Manager of Cisco’s Cloud and Virtualization Group (CVG), a market-driven organization leading industry transformation in cloud infrastructure software and services. Prior to his current role, he was Vice President of Service Provider for Cisco’s Cloud and Systems Management Technology Group.

Before joining Cisco, Gee helped launch Alcatel-Lucent's Software, Services, and Solutions business and led that business to profitability as Chief Operating Officer. Prior to that, he led Bell Labs through the most extensive transformation in its recent history with the merger of Bell Labs and Alcatel's Research group. Pioneering an open innovation model, Rittenhouse also helped create the world's most ambitious research collaboration effort on green networks called GreenTouch, a research consortium with approximately sixty leading industrial and academic research groups from around the world.

Rittenhouse is a highly respected IT industry leader with over 20 years of leadership experience in the telecommunications industry. He has appeared before the US Congress, US FCC, European Presidential Commission, and World Economic Forum, and has given a TED talk. He has been elected two times to the Global Telecoms Business Power 100, has published numerous articles and holds over a dozen patents.

He is currently a member of the Advisory Board for the University of California, Santa Barbara CE Department and has served as Chairman of the Board of Greentouch and a member of the Board of the ALU Foundation educating disadvantaged women world-wide.

Rittenhouse has a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is a Senior Member of IEEE, and a past winner of the IEEE Communication Quality and Reliability (CQR) Chairman’s Award.

Guest Keynotes

Friday 20 March 2015, 11:15am - 12:30pm.

Dr Clio Cresswell

Dr Clio Cresswell

Dr Clio Cresswell has established a diverse career as a mathematician, author, writer and presenter. Clio is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at The University of Sydney. She is author of 'Mathematics and Sex' (published through Allen and Unwin); and features regularly on television, radio and press. You may have seen her recently as a member of The Brains Trust on The Einstein Factor, ABC TV.

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki

Michael McQueen

Do you ever feel like the pace of change is leaving you behind? What if you were becoming obsolete and didn’t know?

Michael McQueen understands what it takes to thrive in a rapidly evolving world. Having dedicated the last ten years to tracking the dominant trends shaping society, business and culture, he has helped some of the world’s best-known brands navigate change and stay in front of the curve.  As a leading specialist in demographic shifts, change management and future trends, Michael features regularly as a commentator on numerous TV and radio programs and has written three bestselling books. His first book, The ‘New’ Rules of Engagement focuses on strategies for leading and connecting with Generation Y. His newest release, Winning the Battle for Relevance is a revealing look at why good ideas and great companies become obsolete and how to avoid their fate.

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki

Karl's media career began in 1981, when he started presenting 'Great Moments In Science' on Double J to pay his way through medical school. Since then, his media career has exploded from radio to include TV, books, newspapers, magazines, scripting, professional speaking, and of course, the Net. Karl made his TV debut in 1985 as the presenter of the first series of Quantum. Since 1986 he has reported science on the Midday Show, Good Morning Australia (including a full-time stint in 1991-2 as the TV Weatherman and science reporter), the Today Show and Channel 7's breakfast program Sunrise. Along side his fellow geek Adam Spencer, he has written and co-produced two series of Sleek Geeks for ABC TV. Karl also popularises science on ABC radio stations across Australia and, on the BBC, for several hours each week.

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