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Cisco Connect is the evolution of the successful Cisco Expo program. Delivered globally, Cisco Connect serving the East Africa region was delivered in Kenya at the Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi from October 8-9, 2013.

Bringing together hundreds of customers and partners, Cisco Connect Kenya, 2013, featured Cisco and guest keynotes, breakout sessions and exciting demos, designed to help you grow your knowledge and sharpen your skills.

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If you were unable to attend the event, we invite you to view the keynotes and breakout session ‘on-demand’. Register today and get access to technical expertise and business solutions aligned to the East African market from Cisco and our esteemed partners.

Time Tuesday, October 8, 2013
8:00 - 8:45 Registration and Refreshments
8:45 - 9:00 Enter the Jambo Conference Centre
9:00 - 9:30 Welcome Note - Your Vision Made Possible
David Meads, Vice President Africa
and Sabrina Dar, General Manager East Africa
9:30 - 10:15 Keynote Speech - The Internet of Everything, the Next Big Opportunity
Howard Charney , Senior Vice President, Office of the Chairman & CEO
10:15 - 10:35 Keynote Speech
Nzioka Waita, Corporate Affairs, Safaricom
10:35 - 11:05 Keynote - Collaboration in Action
Den Sullivan, Head of Architectures and Enterprise, Emerging Markets
11:05- 11:25 Keynote Speech
Susan Mochache, Assistant Director, Communications Commission of Kenya
11:25 - 11:55 Keynote Speech
Dr. Fred Okengo Matiang'i, Cabinet Secretary for ICT, Ministry of ICT
Government of Kenya
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch Break and World of Solutions Opening
Service Provider Enterprise/Commercial Public Sector
13:30 - 14:15 The Next Generation Internet
Presenter - Danny Chami
Owner - John Gitau
Branch of the Future
(Focused on Finance)
Presenter - Cris Ombogo
Owner - David Bunei
Connected Government & Healthcare
Presenter - Jens Mortensen
Owner - Sally Kimeu
14:15 - 15:00 IP NGN Architectures
Presenter - Arthur Seesink
Owner - John Gitau
Defend, Discover and Remediate
Presenter - Sameh Emam
Owner - Kaari Njeru
Connected Education
Presenter - Hania Baramki /
Dr Kevin Dunseath
Owner - Caroline Mbeneka
15:00 - 15:30 Refreshment Break in World of Solutions
15:30 - 16:15 Capturing Market Transitions for Service Providers
Presenter - Irfan Verjee
Owner - Ted Ogonda
Journey to the Private Cloud - Delivering IT-as-a-Service
Presenter - Haider Pasha
Owner - David Bunei
Connected Safety & Security Solutions
Presenter - Alper Erdal
Owner - Mercy Onyango
16:15 - 17:00 SP-WIFI
Presenter - Hussein El-Shamy
Owner - Melville Makokha
WiFi: A Platform for Business Innovation and Revenue Generation
Presenter - Karuna Ganas
Owner - Cris Ombogo
Solutions for a Smart+Connected Community
Presenters - Yasser Helmy/
Charles Frank (IBM)
Owner - Sally Kimeu
End of Day 1


 

Time Wednesday, October 9, 2013
8:00 - 8:45 Registration and Coffee
8:45 - 9:00 Enter the Jambo Conference Centre
9:00 - 9:45 Keynote Speech - Architecting the Future
Den Sullivan, Head of Architectures and Enterprise, Emerging Markets
9:45 - 10:15 Learning Partner Channel Presentation
by Annelies Jutte, Learning Partner Channel Manager - EMEAR
10:30 - 11:15 Refreshment Break and World of Solutions opens
Service Provider DC/V Collaboration Enterprise Networks
11:15 - 11:45 IBM Smarter Networks and Services Solutions for SPs
Presenter -
Fikreab Kidane
Owner -
Melville Makokha
EMC2 - Evolving To A Software-Defined Data Center
Presenter - Bruno Marchi
Owner - Fred Opere
The Copy Cat Ltd - Cisco VXI – An End-to-End Desktop Virtualization System
Presenter -
Isaac Kabutha
Owner - Andrew Andafu
Dimension Data – Secure Enterprise Mobility
Presenter - Sam Keiru
Owner - Regina Nthenge
11:45 - 12:30 Self Optimizing Networks
Presenter -
Ted Ogonda
Owner - Loren Lubanga
Cisco Unified Data Center - Unified Fabric Innovations
Presenter - Ayman Hamed
Owner - Lewis Miriti
Empower, Engage & Innovate with Cisco Collaboration - Executive Briefing
Presenter - JP Roederer
Owner - Joyce Amondi
How Cisco IT solves Real Business Issues
Presenter - Firas Abras
Owner - Cris Ombogo
12:30 - 13:45 Lunch Break and World of Solutions
13:45 - 14:30 Last Mile Access Technologies - FTTx
Presenter -
Arthur Seesink
Owner - Loren Lubanga
Cisco Unified Computing System
Presenter - Lewis Miriti
Owner - Felix Bako
People Centric Collaboration
- Mid-Market Solutions – BE6000
Presenter -
Morakinyo Salami
Owner - Irene Wambua
Cisco Video Surveillance Design
Presenter -
Edward Agostinho
Owner - Cris Ombogo
14:30 - 15:15 Cisco Prime
Presenter -
Nico de Louwere
Owner - Melville Makokha
Cisco Unified Data Center for Microsoft Virtualization and Cloud Solutions
Presenter -
Ayman Hamed
Owner - Joyce Amondi
Customer Collaboration
– Contact Center Deep Dive
Presenter -
Ahmed Zaghmouri
Owner - Cris Ombogo
Next Generation Security
Presenter -
Sameh Emam
Owner - Kaarl Njeru
15:15 - 15:45 Refreshment Break in World of Solutions
15:45 - 16:30 LTE - EPC
Presenter -
Hussein El-Shamy
Owner - Melville Makokha
Cisco Cloud Computing Strategy and Solutions
Presenter -
Rachid Benadjal
Owner - Felix Bako
Cisco's Telepresence and Video Portfolio - In person experiences, from Boardroom to Desktop and beyond
Presenter -
Abderrahim Maroufi
Owner - David Bunei
BYOD Deep Dive
Presenter -
Sameh Emam
Owner - Kaari Njeru
16:30 - 18:30 Technical Farewell Drinks sponsored by Knowledge Transfer Centre
Internship Program Launch & CCIE Awards Ceremony
End of Day 2: Cisco Connect Concludes

 

Keynote Speakers - External

Dr. Fred Okengo Matiang'i
Cabinet Secretary for ICT
Ministry of ICT
Government of Kenya

Dr. Fred Matiang'i was nominated as Cabinet Secretary for Information Communication and Technology on the 23rd of April 2013 and assumed office on the 15th of 2013 after a successfully rigorous vetting process.

He is the immediate former Eastern Africa regional Representative for the Centre for International Development, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, the State University of New York positions he left to join government

Dr. Matiang'i is one of the world's foremost experts on the Kenyan legislature. He has more than 12 years experience in democratic development, the last six years of which have been with the Kenya Parliamentary Strengthening Project, serving first as the Deputy Director & Senior Program Officer and, for the last three years, as Chief of Party. Dr. Matiangi serves as a liaison between the LSP, USAID/Kenya, and the Parliament of Kenya. He has demonstrated an extraordinary ability to secure stakeholder buy-in, facilitate program objectives, and deliver high-quality technical assistance.

Dr. Matiangi has extensive experience in governance-related research, civil society advocacy, and donor-funded democracy and governance projects. Prior to joining the Kenya Parliamentary Strengthening project, Dr. Matiangi taught at the English Department, University of Nairobi, held research and program implementation positions in various civil society organizations in Kenya and conducted research and training for the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, the Parliaments of Ethiopia and the East African Legislative Assembly.

He has also been a columnist for the Daily Nation, Kenya's leading newspaper and has consulted extensively with USAID, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the World Bank, The West Minister Foundation for Democracy, the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) and Transparency International.

Dr. Matiangi's education includes a Doctorate in Comparative Literature from the University of Nairobi, a Master's Degree in English from the University of Nairobi, and a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Kenyatta University.

He consulted previously for among others the World Bank, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the United Nations Development Programme

Susan Mochache

Susan Mochache
Assistant Director,
Communications Commission of Kenya

Susan Mochache - Wekesa is the Assistant Director in charge of Universal Access Obligation and Funding at the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK). Susan is passionate about public policy and has over 15 years' experience in both the private and public sectors of the ICT industry in Kenya.

In her position in CCK, Susan is responsible for the Universal Service Fund in Kenya. In addition, she been involved in several government led ICT policy and project initiatives notably, development of The East African Submarine System (TEAMS) and the National Optic Fibre Backbone Infrastructure. She chaired the National Steering Committee that successfully facilitated development of a National Broadband strategy for Kenya which government launched in July 2013.

Susan holds a Masters in Communications Management from the University of Strathclyde in the United Kingdom and a BSc. in International Business. She is a certified MSP Programme Management Practitioner and Prince2 Project Management practitioner. She has also undertaken various telecommunications, leadership and management training programs both locally and abroad.

Nzioka Waita

Nzioka Waita
Corporate Affairs, Safaricom Limited

Nzioka is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya of 11 years standing, a member of the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) and a Certified Public Secretary of the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya (ICPSK). He has served in the past as a convener and presently is a member of The Intellectual Property Rights & Information Technology Communication Committee within the Law Society of Kenya.

He is a graduate of Law (LLB) from the University of Sheffield in the UK and is presently undertaking a Masters Law degree in Computer and Communications Law from Queen Mary, University of London.

Nzioka is currently the Director of Corporate Affairs at Safaricom, one of the leading integrated communications companies in Africa. As part of his role, Nzioka has been instrumental in positioning Safaricom as a key player in shaping and driving Kenya's digital inclusion agenda.

In both his private and public engagements, Nzioka is very passionate about community service and aside from being a Trustee of the Safaricom Foundation, he sits on the Board of two other non-profit organisations, namely the African Braille Centre www.africanbraille.org which provides specialised Braille reading material for the visually impaired and Alive and Kicking Kenya www.aliveandkicking.org.uk a social charitable trust registered in the UK and having a local office in Kenya.

 

Keynote Speakers - Cisco

Howard Charney

Howard Charney
Senior Vice President, Office of the Chairman & CEO
Cisco

Senior Vice President Howard Charney is a member of Cisco's Office of the Chairman and CEO, contributing to Cisco's strategy and direction, and a dynamic speaker on the future of technology and global change. In addition to his international appearances as Cisco's technology evangelist, Charney advises businesses, governments, and educators around the world in implementing critical Internet technologies to improve organizational effectiveness.

While at Cisco, Charney has helped grow Cisco's two-tier distribution business to more than US$2.4 billion and, with Cisco's brand and market momentum, helped turn Fast Ethernet and low-cost switching into fundamental, global Internet technologies. He joined Cisco with the acquisition of Grand Junction Networks.

During more than 40 years in Silicon Valley, Charney has overseen the development and proliferation of key technologies that led directly to the global build-out of the Internet. In 1980 he co-founded 3Com, the progenitor of Ethernet and local area networking, whose breakthrough technologies brought Internet access to the desktop. Charney founded Grand Junction Networks in 1992. Grand Junction invented Fast Ethernet and low-cost switching, which transformed the economics of switching.

A licensed patent attorney, Charney belongs to the State Bar of California and the Federal Bar. He sits on the boards of several technology companies and on the advisory board for the Center for Science, Technology and Society at Santa Clara University. He holds bachelors and masters degrees in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and masters of business administration and juris doctor degrees from Santa Clara University.

David Meads

David Meads
Vice President, Africa
Cisco

In May 2013, David Meads was appointed to the role of Cisco's Vice President (VP) for Africa responsible for the company's go-to-market strategy across the continent as well as the field execution of that strategy.

As Cisco's VP for Africa, Meads will be looking at how technology can drive country transformational opportunities within this environment, in particular broadband penetration, and help accelerate governments' agendas.

His role is to act as a trusted advisor to customers, organisations and nations, helping them become more competitive, innovative, prosperous and inclusive, through life- changing networks, enabled by technology.

Meads has 29 years of experience in the IT industry. He has successfully established and grown large sales operations through his determination to remove barriers to growth and by leading dynamic teams, both at Cisco and Siemens.

Meads' transition to Vice President follows a period as Managing Director, Africa Emerging Theatre at Cisco for over a year, as well as more than two and a half years as Managing Director for Cisco in South Africa, where he created a robust partner model, grew the Enterprise, Service Provider and Commercial businesses and built a strong local team. During his tenure, Cisco helped the country develop its e-Skills Initiative, aimed at harnessing information and communications technologies for socio-economic development.

He has travelled extensively throughout Africa, re-establishing the foundations of Cisco's growth, which will deliver accelerated growth in Africa.

He has already successfully represented Cisco at a number of high profile external events including the most recent WEF Africa 2013, The Economist Nigeria Summit, AfricaCom and Cisco Expo 2013 South Africa, ensuring that Cisco builds stronger relationships with strategic Government and business leaders.

Meads, who is married with two teenage boys, is a keen golfer and a lifelong supporter of Queens Park Rangers.

Den Sullivan

Den Sullivan
Head of Architectures and Enterprise, Emerging Markets
Cisco

Den is responsible for helping customers in 84 countries align their business priorities with their IT strategies. His role is to demonstrate how an architectural approach to IT can help businesses thrive in a world where people want to share rich media with anyone, anywhere, on any device, at any time -securely, reliably, and seamlessly.

Prior to his role as Head of Architectures and Enterprise for Emerging Markets, he was CIO for a sales region that spanned Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe.

Under his leadership, the IT Group made significant investment to support tremendous growth in the region. This meant transforming the organisation's foundational infrastructure while providing a portfolio of new capabilities such as Telepresence, and additional video and collaboration technologies.

Den joined Cisco, and the IT Architecture Group, in 2000. He was responsible for several large-scale advanced technology programmes including the initial portfolio of Virtual Private Networks, Wireless and IP Telephony services. In 2003 he managed the transition of the European, Middle East and Africa WAN to a Multicast MPLS network, the first of its kind globally.

Prior to joining Cisco, Den held a number of management positions in utilities, public sector and consulting.

Den lives in Dubai with his young family and has run the London Marathon on ten occasions.

Sabrina Dar
General Manager, East Africa
Cisco

Sabrina is an accomplished business leader with over 10 years Cisco experience encompassing finance, strategy, marketing and sales. Recognized for her transformational leadership and passion to formulate vision & strategy, Sabrina has an established track record of consistently delivering results.

From instigating behavioral change across Emerging Markets sales teams to creating the budget for the marketing of Cisco’s London 2012 role, Sabrina’s business credentials speak for themselves. Sabrina’s past accomplishments have included delivering a consistently high rated customer experience for Cisco events through building a new partner go-to-market strategy for the UK and Ireland as well as formulating the European sales strategy. Sabrina has always been orientated to make a difference and positively impact Cisco business. Indeed, in 2011, Sabrina received the accolade of the ‘UK Asian Women of the Year.’

Sabrina’s financial acumen coupled with a CIMA qualification has helped to provide a solid foundation to understanding the importance of P&L responsibility and more importantly, the metrics which Cisco considers paramount when measuring the success of its sales business.

Sabrina was also previously nominated to be part of the Cisco Accelerated Development Program, run for only the company’s 20 top performing employees each year. This has provided her with the invaluable leadership development and insight, for her current role as regional General Manager.

Sabrina lives in Nairobi, Kenya.

 

Breakout Session Speakers

Abderrahim Maroufi

Abderrahim Maroufi
Consulting Systems Engineer

Based in Morocco, Abderrahim is the Collaboration Consulting Engineer for Cisco North, West, and Central Africa. Abderrahim is responsible for supporting and advising Cisco's customers and partners on innovative and business-transforming Collaboration solutions, using Cisco's extended offering that ranges from Unified Communications to Contact Centers, and includes conferencing, Telepresence and Video solutions, all of which can be offered on premise or via cloud.

Abderrahim has 18 years experience in ICT including 13 in the voice / data / video convergence industry. He joined Cisco in 2007 and holds a masters degree in Telecommunications.

Ahmed Zaghmouri

Ahmed Zaghmouri
Product Sales Specialist, Collaboration
Cisco

Ahmed Zaghmouri is a Contact Center expert with 14 years of experience in Contact Center strategy, technology and operations. He brings his thoughtful and insightful expertise to his clients and partners.

Ahmed started his career with Avaya, where he held variety of positions in the services, technical operations and consulting engineering. In 2011, Ahmed received the most prestigious Avaya Global Award “The Achievers Club” for his significant contribution to defend and grow Avaya Contact Center business in the Emerging.

In his current role with Cisco, Ahmed works closely with the leading organizations across the Emerging Market to help them define, design, implement and deploy their Contact Center business strategies and technology architectures to achieve competitive advantage through superior customer experience.

Ahmed holds a bachelor degree of Telecommunication Engineering from the Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST), Jordan.

Alper Erdal

Alper Erdal
Connected Safety & Security Sales, IoT Group
Regional Manager, EMEAR
Cisco

Alper Erdal is the Regional Sales Manager for Connected Safety and Security for Europe, Middle East & Africa and Russia CIS (EMEAR). Prior to this he has worked in various roles ranging from systems engineering to account management and business development management to product sales during his 14 year tenure with Cisco. Alper has over 25 years of experience in the information technologies and communications industry. He is based in Turkey and has Electronics Engineering BSC and MBA degrees.

Annelies Jutte

Annelies Jutte
Learning Partner Channel Manager - EMEAR
Worldwide Learning Partner Channel
Cisco

As Learning Partner Channel Manager within the Worldwide Learning Partner Channel, Annelies Jutte is responsible for the development of the Learning Business in EMEAR. The group of Cisco Authorized Learning Partners in EMEAR consists of 130 companies delivering training in more than 75 countries.

Annelies has 9 years of experience in the ICT industry. Before joining Cisco in 2006, she worked for Philips Business Communications and Somera Communications. At Cisco, Annelies held various roles within the Dutch Sales and Channel Organisation. She started as Account Manager in the 'Business Services' vertical, moved on to being Account Manager for 'Large Accounts' and also worked as a Territory Business Manager in the 'Large Partner Segment'.

In 2012, she joined the Worldwide Learning Partner Channel team, where she is looking after a specific territory and driving various initiatives across EMEAR.

Annelies is based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, holds a Bachelor in Business Administration from the Drenthe University of Applied Science and participated in an Erasmus exchange program at the Jyvaskyla Polytechnic in Jyvaskyla, Finland.

Arthur Seesink

Arthur Seesink
IPNGN Technical Solution Architect
Cisco

Arthur Seesink is a IPNGN technical solution architect. Arthur joined Cisco in 1995 after successfully completing a Bsc Honors' degree in Computer Science and achieving a National Higher diploma in Electrical engineering. He was one of the founding members of Cisco South Africa and Africa. He travels and has technical discussions with most of the leading service providers in Emerging markets sharing the Cisco IPNGN vision for Service Providers. Arthur represents Cisco emerging in multiple international technical forums and conferences. He is a trusted advisor to Cisco's SP customers in emerging markets and has a passion for education and the vision of the Internet of everything.

Ayman Hamed

Ayman Hamed
Data Center & Virtualisation Consulting Systems Engineer, Africa
Cisco

With 16 years experience in the ICT industry, Ayman is the Data Center & Virtualization Consulting Systems Engineer in Cisco Systems covering Africa. Ayman supports the Data Center, Virtualization and Cloud computing architectures by providing the guidance, consultancy and support to Cisco field sales, Cisco partners and Cisco customers across Africa.

Ayman is CCIE, VCP 5 and TOGAF 8 certified and holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, he Joined Cisco in 2007, and prior to Cisco, he worked for NCR Corporation and other middle-eastern regional firms where he developed an industry proven experience in the Data Center arena.

Bruno Marchi

Bruno Marchi
Team Lead, Systems Engineers
EMC2 Computer Systems

Bruno currently leads the EMC presales team for East Africa and has been working in Emerging Markets since 2010, being involved in several large projects across West and East Africa.

Bruno has over 7 years of experience in presales roles in multinational companies, with a special focus on datacenter virtualization/cloud computing, storage, backup & archiving and business continuity solutions for enterprise customers.

Bruno holds a BSc (Hons.) and Msc (Hons.) in Electronic Engineering from University of Cagliari, Italy, speaks 4 languages fluently and has spent his life between Italy, Spain, Portugal, the United Arab Emirates and Africa.

Charles P. Frank

Charles P. Frank
Business Development Manager
IBM Cisco Global Alliance Team

Charles Frank is a IT professional who has over 35 years of experience within IBM. From 1989 through 2005, he managed IBM's infrastructure consulting practices responsible for both the New York State and New York City governments. He was responsible for many major project during that time, including transforming New York States drivers licensing process to digital imaging, consolidating New York State data center infrastructure, migrating all New York City network traffic from a service provider based network to a city owned fiber network, and working with the New York City Police Department on the first major investment in Digital Video Surveillance in the post 9/11 timeframe. He was also responsible for major projects in the education sector, which included major network design and installation projects in the City University system of New York, the US Military Academy at West Point, and a large number of private higher education institutions in the Northeast US.

Since 2006, he has worked on IBM's GlobalCisco Alliance Team, focused on industry solution development with Cisco, and providing education and support to IBM sales teams throughout the world.

Crispus Ombogo

Crispus Ombogo
Systems Engineer, EMEAR
Cisco

For more than 10 years, Crispus has been working with various organizations, institutions and their teams to help them understand how to harness the power of the network in all their business activities and benefit from its promises.

Crispus is a Cisco Certified Security Professional, a Certified Ethical Hacker with experience in Security Assessments, a Data Center Specialist, a certified Cisco CCNP and CCVP and has a Computer Science Degree. Crispus is one of the few inductees in the Cisco Systems Engineer Hall of Fame, a recognition given to only the most promising talent at Cisco.

Crispus is currently supporting the East Africa Public Sector Customers in Central and Local government, Education, Health and Defense with Country and Organizational Transformational Solutions.

Danny Chami

Danny Chami
Service Provider Segment Lead,
Emerging Markets SP

Danny Chami is currently responsible for SP Segment Sales in Emerging Markets. His role involves working closely with Service Providers (SP) across the region in support of their business and technical strategy, in relation to key SP architectures including IP-NGN, Cloud and Managed Services, Video and Mobility.

Prior to his current role, Danny spent over 7 years in a variety of Business Development roles in Emerging Markets, with focus on shaping Service Provider Core and Edge networks. Prior to that Danny spent 8 years with Cisco Systems in the Asia Pacific region in a variety of regional roles, as a Sr. Network Architect, Product Manager, Manager of Competitive Strategy, and Strategic Alliances Manager.

Danny brings with him both technical and business knowledge and experience, holding a CCIE (Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert) as well as an MBA degree from the Australian Graduate School of management (AGSM). Danny also holds a B.SC. of Computer Science from the University of New South Wales in Australia.

Edward Agostinho

Edward Agostinho
Consulting Systems Engineer, South Africa
Cisco

Edward Agostinho is a Consulting Systems Engineer for Cisco South Africa. He joined the company in 2006 and is responsible for all technical and sales consultancy for Cisco's Physical Security Product Portfolio in the EMEAR region (Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia). This portfolio consists of Cisco IP Video Surveillance (CIVS), Cisco Physical Access Control (CPAC), Cisco IP Interoperability and Collaboration Solution (IPICS) and Cisco's Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) solutions.

Edward joined Cisco South Africa as a Systems Engineer responsible for customers in the public safety and security industry. Prior to this he worked at Gijima, Denel Infoplan and Telkom. During his career, Edward has designed, deployed and managed numerous customer IP networks and Unified Communications Solutions.

Edward has a National Diploma in Electronics and has achieved numerous IT related certifications including, Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert, Cisco Certified Voice Professional, Cisco Certified Design Associate, Cisco Certified Network Associate and Cisco Certified Network Professional.

Fikreab Kidane

Fikreab Kidane
Architect, Network and Security Solutions
Central, East and West Africa
IBM - Global Technology Services

Fikreab Kidane is a network and security solutions architect in IBM GTS - Global Technology Service - covering Central, East and West Africa; based out of Nairobi, Kenya. He currently focuses on providing multi-vendor technology solutions to large Enterprises, Public Sector and Service Provider customers.

A TOGAF Certified Architect with various Cisco Certifications, Fikreab was a Systems Engineer in Cisco for 5 years covering the East Africa region.

Firas Abras

Firas Abras
Regional CIO, Emerging Theater
Cisco

Firas Abras is Regional CIO of Emerging Theater in Cisco Systems. Before assuming his role leading IT in Emerging, he led globally Cisco TelePresence and Video Conferencing for 4 years, during which, his team deployed the world's largest install-base of high definition video in human history to date. He holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Southern California and has management and leading technical positions designing and deploying world class transformational technology (Virtualization, Data Center, Collaboration, M&A and Directory Services Integration) in Deloitte Consulting, Dell, SAIC and NTT Data (Keane). His passions include the transformation of MEA with life-changing technologies, Future of Workplace, green IT and collecting vintage American Electric guitars and British tube amplifiers.

Hania Baramki

Hania Baramki
EMEAR Education Lead, Enterprise Business Group
Cisco

Hania is Cisco's Regional lead for the Education Vertical covering Europe, Middle-East, Africa and Russia. Based in Dubai, Hania has been working for Cisco for the past six years focusing on Public Sector, advising Ministries and departments of Education as well as local governments on their ICT strategies and assisting them in formulating a vision and an ICT roadmap to address innovation and economic sustainability.

Prior to joining Cisco, Hania was a Senior Consultant at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young where she focused on Strategy, and operational Efficiency for the Manufacturing and Financial sectors.

Hania has over 20 years of multi-national diversified experience and has worked in a wide range of countries: Turkmenistan, South Africa, Jordan, Hungary, UAE, France and Mexico. Hania holds a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Union College, Schenectady, NY, and an MBA from Weatherhead School of Management, Case-Western Reserve University, CL, OH.

Hussein El-Shamy

Hussein El-Shamy
Consulting System Engineer and Mobile Solutions Architect
Cisco

Hussein El-Shamy has over 15 years of experience as Consulting System engineer and Mobile Solutions Architect on a large number of complex solutions in the area of 2.5G/3G and Broadband Wireless/WiMAX/WiFi/3GPP/LTE Infrastructure. Also he has extensive experience in data networking and telecommunications industry with a strong background in sales engineering and technical support.

Hussein holds a Bachelor degree of Engineering in the telecommunication and electronic design from Cairo University. Coupled with his Engineering Background; Hussein holds an MBA degree from ESLSCA Business School of Paris.

Irfan Verjee

Irfan Verjee
Cisco Consulting Services, Emerging Markets - Africa & Middle East
Cisco

Irfan Verjee is a Senior Manager in the Emerging Markets Africa / Middle East practice of Cisco Consulting Services (CCS). CCS works with service providers, public sector and a range of industries in the emerging markets to enable them become more effective through business transformation and intelligent technology deployment - growing revenue, managing costs and adopting new business models.

Irfan is seasoned strategist specializing in media, telecommunications and economic development. He has worked in 15 countries across North America, Middle East, Asia and Africa developing strategy, designing operating models and conducting strategy execution for Fixed/ Mobile/ Satellite Telecom Operators, Media Providers and Government Ministries, including new city developments (e.g. Konza City, Kenya) and National ICT agendas including e-Government, e-Health and e-Education.

Irfan hold a MBA from the London Business School, UK and Bachelors of Electrical Engineering (Hons.) from McGill University, Canada.

Isaac G. Kabutha

Isaac G. Kabutha
Presales Consultant
The Copy Cat Ltd

Isaac Kabutha is a Presales Consultant focused on Cisco Data Center and Collaboration Technologies. Isaac has 3 years + experience in the technologies mentioned. He has been involved in some of the largest deployments of Cisco data center solutions in the region. Joined Copycat in March 2013 and has previously worked for Seven Seas Technologies and Computech Limited. As a Presales Consultant, Isaac is focused on articulating and designing Cisco Data Center and collaboration technologies to customers. This includes Cisco Unified Computing Servers, Data center Networking, , Unified Communications ,contact centers, Server virtualization, Desktop Virtualization (Collaborative Workspace) as well as Cisco technology partner products that complete the VXI system.

Jacques-Philippe Roederer

Jacques-Philippe Roederer
Head of Collaboration for Africa
Cisco

Jacques-Philippe Roederer has 20 years experience in international sales management in the Information & Communication Technologies sector, mainly in the Service Provider space. JP joined Cisco in June 2011 to lead the Collaboration portfolio sales for Africa.

Prior to joining Cisco he worked for BT Global Services (ex British Telecom) as Sales Director for the Systems Integrators sector where he developed and managed very diverse and innovative go-to-market strategies (with both direct and indirect channels) in complex global environments.

Jens Mortensen

Jens Mortensen
Director - Public Sector, EMEAR
Cisco

For more than 15 years, Jens Mortensen has been focused on Public Sector's usage of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) across the world.

In his current capacity as Director for Public Sector, EMEAR* he leads Cisco's Sales Business Development for Central Government and Healthcare.

In this role Jens acts as the lead in the development of Cisco's business- and sales initiatives focusing on Central Government and Healthcare which can meet the increasing needs arising within and around the Public Sector markets in EMEAR.

These solutions and initiatives consist of Cisco's well known networking and collaboration products as well as packaged vertical solutions which include offers from ISVs and Technology Partners who bring even further industry relevance into the final solution.

Prior to joining Cisco in 2006, he was leading Oracle's Public Sector business in Europe, Middle East & Africa - and for the last two decades he has been focussed on the ICT solutions & eGovernment within the Public Sector Markets.

Jens is an experienced speaker and presenter on Public Sector ICT trends, eGovernment and the specific challenges within the Public Sector's usage of technology.

Before turning his focus to the use of ICT within Public Sector, Jens held various positions as CFO and CEO in SME's within the service industries in Denmark and he has a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Management Accounting.

Karuna Ganas

Karuna Ganas
Mobility Product Sales Specialist, Africa
Cisco

Karuna Ganas is a member of Cisco's Architecture team for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia (EMEAR). She is currently accountable for the Cisco Wireless business across Africa and is based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Passionate about engineering and its practises from a young age, the growth in wireless technology and its business practises grabbed her attention whilst she completed her studies at university. As a result, she has been actively involved in wireless technology for over 8 years and over the past 7 years, she focused on gaining experience in Cisco networks which include wireless network design across various sectors, business development and product sales.

Prior to re-joining Cisco in 2011, Karuna was a Cisco Wireless Product Specialist with focus on enterprise design and business development at a large system integrator and one of Cisco's largest partners globally.

Karuna holds a BSc. Engineering degree with Hons. (Electrical - Light Current majoring in Telecommunications). One of her major projects in her final year included "Next Generation Networks": which focused on the service providers migration from GSM networks to 3G and 4G networks at the time and Digital Signal Processing. She started off her career at Cisco as an intern working on projects such as NEPAD and the Oprah Winfrey Academy for Girls whilst enhancing her knowledge on WiMAX technologies. She has participated in various IT publications representing Cisco on Wireless technology.

Kevin Dunseath

Dr Kevin Dunseath
Director, Education,
Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Russia, CIS
Cisco

Based in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, Dr Kevin Dunseath is Director of Education for Cisco in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Russia, developing strategies for engagement with ministries and other governmental agencies responsible for education as well as with educational institutions, both public and private. He plays a key role in encouraging and enabling education development across the regions, aligning Cisco's wide-ranging expertise and state-of-the-art solutions for the education sector.

Kevin's career spans more than 40 years in education, in both the secondary and higher education sectors. He has significant teaching and senior management experience at educational institutions across the world.
This experience includes leadership positions in Brunei, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, the UK and Zambia. The universities at which Kevin has worked for significant periods include: London Business School, the University of Sheffield, the University of Exeter, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, the University of Sharjah and King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals.

A fully UK-qualified teacher, Kevin has a first degree in English from the University of Oxford and a MPhil degree in Linguistics from the University of Cambridge. In addition, he has both a MBA degree and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Sheffield. His doctoral thesis explored changing perceptions among government leaders, the media, and researchers themselves about the role and value of educational research in the UK in the late 20th century. Kevin has been an invited speaker at numerous international education conferences and events across the world.

Lewis Miriti

Lewis Miriti
Data Center & Virtualisation Specialist, East & Emerging South Africa
Cisco

Lewis is responsible for Cisco's Data Center Virtualisation line of Business across East Africa and Southern Africa Markets.

His core responsibility is driving Converged Infrastructures and Cloud Computing strategies which are one of Cisco's fastest growing product streams globally.

Prior to running Cisco's Data Centre practice in east and Emerging South Africa, Lewis was responsible for driving strategic engagements as the Sub Saharan Africa Sales Manager for Global Knowledge in Dubai, VMware Cisco and EMC Technology Evangelist in Dimension Data East Africa and held a number of Management positions with a diverse set of companies operating across East Africa

Lewis has a B.Sc. in Computer Science from University of Sunderland, UK, and a Higher Graduate Diploma in Management of Information Systems from Strathmore University. He is currently engaged with a number of key Banking, Telcos and Government customers to drive Technology Innovation initiatives.

Lewis is an experienced speaker at regional conferences, CIO Events, Partner Summits and Cisco Customer Engagement.

Morakinyo Salami

Morakinyo Salami
Consulting Systems Engineer Collaboration Sub Saharan Africa
Cisco

Moraks, as he is known, joined Cisco over 7 years ago as a Systems Engineer covering Public Sector.

He has extensive telecommunications experience spanning over 11 years having worked for a number of years with an ISP called Emperion West Africa headquartered in Denmark and prior to that with Resourcery Plc., the number one Systems Integrator in Nigeria and a Gold Cisco Partner. He graduated from Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife with a B.Sc. in Computer Science and Engineering. He is a CCIE (Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert) and was the first person to be Cisco certified as a CCVP Voice as far back as 2001. He is also a Project Management Professional (PMP) and is TOGAF certified. He is currently doing an online course in Telecommunications Technology management at the University of Denver, Colorado.

He has worked extensively on multi complex and architectural opportunities, most notable of which was the Lagos State IP Video Surveillance Project. He is very well respected in the Industry as an authority on voice and collaboration. He was a Cisco Sales Champion in FY10.

Nico de Louwere

Nico de Louwere
Consulting Systems Engineer
Cisco

Nico de Louwere has been working in a role as Consulting Systems engineer with an expertise in network management (NMS) for more than 10 years. He started his career in NMS in Europe and quickly expended the work field to Africa and its unique challenges. He has been involved in the development of the cisco portfolio and deployment of multiple systems at service providers world wide.

Rachid Benadjal

Rachid Benadjal
Consulting Systems Engineer
Cisco

Rachid Benadjal is a Consulting Systems Engineer at Cisco Systems involved in Cloud & Data Center designs and architectures. Rachid's expertise includes: end-to-end DC virtualization; applications background, routing, switching, Cloud Xaas integration.

During his more than fifteen years at Cisco, Rachid held different positions in post-sale and pre-sale area supporting customers as a TAC engineer, network consulting engineer (NCE), systems engineer and Consulting systems engineer. Before joining Cisco, Rachid worked at France Telecom. Rachid holds computers engineering degree from University of Orsay (France).

Sam Keiru

Sam Keiru
Pre-Sales Lead
Dimension Data

Sam Keiru is Dimension Data's Pre-Sales Lead whose focus as a Solution's Architect is on building solutions to meet requirements around Security, Application Delivery Networking, Network Optimization and Infrastructure Management Solutions alongside demand Generation and customer enablement/education on the ever widening Network Solutions portfolio.

His background and experience in infrastructure audit and assessment coupled with time as both a solution architect and implementing engineer provides the perfect blend of skills and experience to effectively manage service availability and facilitate continual improvement of service delivery in customer environments both large and small.

Sameh Emam

Sameh Emam
Consulting Systems Engineer, Security
Cisco

Security professional with more than 12 years of experience in the IT Security industry. Sameh is recognized as one of the early security specialists in Middle East and Africa. Sameh has held several positions in leading security firms during his career. Sameh is Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), certified ISO 27001:2005 Auditor and TOGAF Certified.

Security is a critical component to Cisco's overall strategy to be the No. 1 IT company. Sameh is at the capacity of Consulting Systems Engineer providing security consultancy to key Cisco clients in the Emerging markets enabling the Internet of Things in a secure way.

Ted Odonda

Ted Odonda
Regional Technical Lead, East Africa
Cisco

Engineering Lead for Eastern Africa - Responsibilities include leading technical operations in the region. He coordinates solutions positioning, design, deployment and support across all market segments comprising of Service Providers, Enterprise/Commercial and Public Sector. Prior to this Ted has been the lead systems engineer focusing on Service Provider customers in the region.

Yasser Helmy

Yasser Helmy
Sales Manager, EMEAR
Smart+Connected Communities
Cisco

Yasser joined Cisco in 2005 during the creation of the Connected Real Estate team in the Arabian Gulf Region. Since then, he has been a key member of the worldwide "Smart+Connected" initiative at Cisco starting in the Gulf Region, then the Emerging Markets Theatre, then the EMEAR Geo. As part of the Smart+Connected Communities Business Development team, he has actively led S+CC sales engagements in the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, and Europe. In his current role he leads the Go-To-Market for Smart+Connected Communities in the UK, Southern Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Prior to Cisco, Yasser has held a variety of management, sales, presales, and engineering roles with several multinational companies including Hewlett-Packard, Fastlane, and SITA. He holds a B.Sc degree in Electronics and Electrical Communications from Cairo University. Having lived in many countries, including 12 years in Dubai, he is now based in Munich, Germany.

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dimension data

Founded in 1983, Dimension Data, a specialist ICT services and solutions provider, helps clients plan, build, support and manage their ICT infrastructures. Dimension Data applies its expertise in networking, converged communications, security; data centre solutions, Microsoft and contact centre technologies, and its unique skills in consulting, integration and managed services to create customised client solutions.

Dimension Data's comprehensive portfolio of Cloud Services enables organizations to accelerate their adoption of cloud computing. We do so by simplifying planning, design, deployment and management of private, public and hybrid clouds.

Today, Dimension Data counts 17,000 employees, including 5,000 in Africa and the Middle East, and operates in over 50 countries on five continents.

Our teams stand ready to help you respond to the unique challenges of Africa and the Middle East. This is where we were born and bred. As the region's largest ICT Company, we are able to draw on a wealth of local knowledge along with our extensive global experience.

Dimension Data is a member of the NTT Group.


IBM

IBM is the only IT Company in the world and also in East Africa that offers end-to-end services and solutions hardware, software, services and consulting enabling clients to derive unmatched value by solving complex business and technical challenges.

East Africa is an important market for IBM and the company has been making significant investment in the region. To date, IBM has offices in Kampala, Dar es Salaam and Ethiopia with headquarters in Nairobi. The company has established itself as one of the leaders in Information Technology (IT) Industry, providing a wide range of hardware, software solutions and services offerings. These solutions and services offering by IBM East Africa spans all major industries, including financial services, government, telecommunications and education.


Copy Cat LTD

The Copy Cat Limited (TCCL) was established in 1984 as a leading fully integrated Office Automation outfit selling products including but not limited to Copy Printers, Fax Machines and Shredders.

In the 1990's, the I.T world started to change tremendously. We therefore had to radically reposition ourselves in order to meet our customer needs. There was need for highly experienced I.T solutions and systems integration in addition to Office Automation equipment. This led to us partnering with different global solution providers so as to offer unique business solutions to both large, small and medium entities. Today, The Copy Cat Ltd. has partnered with I.T partners like Cisco, Oracle, Symantec, VMware, HP, EMC2, Netapp and Microsoft. Office Automation partners include, Diebold, Godrej, HSM, RISO, RICOH, to mention but a few. The Client Base has grown over the years with clients ranging from the Private and Public Sectors, Banking, Financial, Sacco's and Insurance (BFSI) and the Education Sector.

Quality Customer service is at the heart of The Copy Cat Ltd. and in order to deliver efficient, reliable and fast service, we have responded by creating a network of sales and service centers including seven branches countrywide in Kisumu, Mombasa, Eldoret, Nyeri, Kisii, Embu, Nakuru.

Steady growth and expansion has seen The Copy Cat Ltd. emerge as the leading IT Systems Integrator within East Africa with a turnover of beyond USD 100 million. The regional offices include The Copy Cat Uganda, Business Machines Technology Limited (BMTL) Tanzania and The Copy Cat Ethiopia.

We conduct continuous and regular upgrade of our staff skills through Trainings and Workshops to ensure that the services we offer are the best in the industry. Today The Copy Cat Ltd. prides itself in having a wide range of skill-sets in all major areas within its scope with over 150 trained technical experts and a robust workforce of over 800 talents in East Africa who are well trained and equipped to offer excellent Sales and Support services.

Our commitment in giving back to the society seeks to enrich lives in the community we operate in. We aim to make positive contributions to communities in direct ways through value added services and financial support of community projects. We manage our business processes to produce an overall positive impact to the society. Key areas that we address are Sports, Education, Culture and Health.

For over 25years, The Copy Cat's single-minded approach has been to provide I.C.T and Business technology Solutions for our customers. Our philosophy is provision of excellent professional services and detailed attention to the requirements of our customers.

With our vast wealth of knowledge and excellent support from our array of Tier 1 partnered firms across the globe, The Copy Cat limited has undoubtedly positioned itself as the Preferred Business partner in East Africa.

 

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redington

EMC is a global leader in enabling businesses and service providers to transform their operations and deliver Information Technology as a service. Fundamental to this transformation is cloud computing. Through innovative products and services, EMC accelerates the journey to cloud computing, helping IT departments to store, manage, protect and analyze their most valuable asset - information - in a more agile, trusted and cost-efficient way.

EMC works with organizations around the world, in every industry, in the public and private sectors, and of every size, from startups to the Fortune Global 500. Our customers include banks and other financial services firms, manufacturers, healthcare and life sciences organizations, Internet service and telecommunications providers, airlines and transportation companies, educational institutions, and public-sector agencies. EMC also provides technology, products, and services to consumers in more than 100 countries.

EMC is represented by more than 400 sales offices and distribution partners in more than 85 countries and employs approximately 53,500 people worldwide. In Turkey, Emerging Africa and Middle East region, EMC has offices in Turkey, KSA, Egypt, Pakistan, Nigeria, Kenya, Qatar, Morocco, Algeria, Jordan and Ghana with the headquarter in UAE to best serve our customers and work closely with our channel partners.

 

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redington

Redington Value is the Value Added Distribution division of Redington Gulf, the largest distributor of IT products in Middle East and Africa. Redington Value helps it's partners in the channel deliver the most optimal IT solution to their customers in Middle East and Africa. These solutions span across technology domains such as Networking, Voice, Servers, Storage, Software, Security and Infrastructure. Over 27 vendor relationships in various parts of Middle East and Africa ensure that all the requirements of the channel are met under one-roof. This is supported by in-house pre-sales expertise to support partners, regular sales/technical training and programs to benefit partners do more business.

 

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Comstor

Comstor is the Cisco dedicated business unit within the Westcon Group. We work very closely with our operations organisation, but also with our sister companies Westcon Convergence and Westcon Security to provide you with the most comprehensive services, products and support offering.

It is about complementing the skills you already have - supporting you in the areas you need, mentoring you and your team to succeed and empowering you to grasp every opportunity and embrace every challenge. Distribution is just the beginning.

This is Comstor.

This is your edge.


 

INTERDIST

Interdist Alliances is the VAD division of Unidist, one of the largest technology distributors in Africa. We remain at the forefront of the global technology market place, providing the latest products and enabling our partners with a range of training and events aimed at adding value to their businesses.

 

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