Cisco General Manager, East Africa
As Regional Sales Manager for Cisco East Africa, Shahab is responsible for Cisco's Sales Operation in 6 countries.
Shahab brings strong experience from his past extensive dealings with emerging economies in East Africa and has been instrumental in driving public private partnerships in those regions, particularly in the case of Ethiopia.
He has received an award of Excellence from Cisco for his leadership and dedication to assist countries in Africa.
Fascinated about Africa and its vast opportunities for growth and development, he moved with his family in 2003 from Germany to Kenya to open Cisco office in Nairobi and build the sales team, to grow Cisco's business from $4M to $10M in 2005.
In 2005 Shahab moved to Public Sector team to lead Networking Academy Operation, Cisco's flagship in Corporate Social Investment in Middle East & Africa, responsible for 600 academies in 62 countries. Between 2005-07 the program grew from 15,000 to 50,000 students.
In his previous roles at Cisco Systems, Shahab has been working in different Sales Management positions responsible for Global Account Siemens and Business Development driving advanced technologies.
Having worked in IT and Telecommunications industry for 18 years, he brings to his position global experience, a strong understanding of industries and increasing responsibility in leadership positions. He joined Cisco Systems in Germany in 1995, where he held several Sales, Marketing and Business Development Management positions in Munich. Prior to joining Cisco in July 1995, he held a position as Marketing Manager at Siemens Automation.
Born in 1961 in Iran and having lived in Germany for over 26 years, Shahab bridges East and West by understanding the complimentary role, diverse cultures need to play in an ever-increasing integrated global society.
Shahab holds a Master in Electronic Engineering from Technical University of Berlin, Germany and a Postgraduate degree from Cambridge University in Cross Sector Partnerships. He currently lives in Nairobi, Kenya with his wife and two daughters.