Cisco Connect

6 December 2016, Auckland

8 December 2016, Wellington

Our agenda and speakers

You'll hear perspectives from business experts on how to take your own digital transformation journey in the morning session. And in the afternoon, join our technical experts for deep discussions about how to build the foundation for digital transformation.







Keynote : The Digital Axiom

Securing Your Digital Business

Security Panel hosted by Ben Munroe

Cisco & Apple Partnership Update

David Dela Cruz, Cisco NZ

Kevin Bloch, CTO, Cisco ANZ

Ben Munroe, Director Security Business Group, Cisco

Julie Canepa, CIO, Cisco ANZ
John-Paul Sikking, Security Consultant, Deloitte

Adam Gillies, Business Development at Apple
Scott Lee-Guard, Engineering Manager, Cisco NZ


Morning Tea



The Network Intuitive


Simplicity Through the Cloud

Rob de Nicolo, Director Enterprise Networking, Cisco ANZ

Hamish Soper, Country Manager, AppDynamics NZ

Nicola Gerber, Director APJC, Cisco Meraki





Launch of Cisco Spark

(Including Demonstration and IAG’s Experience with Cisco Spark and Workplace Transformation)

Vaughan Klein, Director Collaboration, Cisco ANZ
Peter Stavroff, Transformation Executive, IAG
Lukas Carruthers, Collaboration Specialist, Cisco ANZ
Jason Tamasese, Collaboration Specialist, Cisco NZ


Close and Networking Drinks

Dave Wilson, Country Director, Cisco NZ


Conrad Bullock

Glen Bearman

Digital Transformation Officer, Cisco, New Zealand

Glen leads Cisco’s New Zealand's Digital Transformation go to market. With over 25 years of industry experience he has worked across various verticals. As businesses navigate through the current transformation of the ICT industry Glen is passionate about helping organisations navigate and understand what they can do today in preparing for their own digital transformation.

Conrad Bullock

Conrad Bullock

Technical Solutions Architect, Cisco, New Zealand

Conrad Bullock is a Technical Solutions Architect, specialising in Data Centre architecture and technologies. Conrad joined Cisco in 2005 - prior to this he has held roles as a Network Architect with Telecom New Zealand, spent five years in London as a Network Analyst with a Japanese investment bank, and has a background in software development. He has over 20 years experience in the computer, communications and networking fields. Conrad is a graduate of Victoria University of Wellington, with an honours degree in Computer Science, and holds a CCIE in Routing & Switching.

Scott Lee-Guard

Julie Canepa

Head of Information Technology, Cisco, Australia

Julie Canepa is responsible for driving strategy to enable business & IT alignment in terms of growth, productivity and user experience across Cisco’s IT service portfolio and for enabling digitisation through IT initiatives in Australia and New Zealand.

Julie has been in the IT industry for 20 years developing practical experience working in a variety of global and regional leadership roles. She has held several IT leadership positions at Cisco specialising in sales, commerce, supply chain systems and operations. Key initiatives include global ERP initiatives, Cisco Commerce solutions, CRM, customer insights and user experience in a mobile first, and as-a-service framework. Her strong commitment to operational excellence and aptitude for partnering cross-functionally has resulted in great synergies between business and IT.

Julie is an active member of her community with special interest in promoting STEM education as a CSIRO primary school mentor and championing women in technology. She is also passionate about raising awareness for Childhood Cancer initiatives. She resides in Sydney, with her husband and 3 children.

Scott Lee-Guard

Rodney Hamil

Cisco Cloud, Cisco, Australia and New Zealand

Rodney is responsible for the execution of Cisco's Cloud strategy in Australia and New Zealand. He leads a dedicated team that work with partners and customers across enterprise, public sector, service provider and commercial markets to capture opportunities arising from the transition to Cloud.

During his 6 years at Cisco, Rodney has held Account Management and Business Development roles prior to taking the Cloud Leadership role for Australia and New Zealand. Before joining Cisco, Rodney worked at Optus for 7 years in its newly emerging ICT business and has held various leadership and technical roles across other areas of the industry.

With more than 20 years of technical, business and sales leadership experience in the ICT industry, Rodney has a diverse ICT background that provides great insight into emerging market transitions.

Rodney holds a bachelor’s degree in Information Management from The University of Melbourne and a Master of Business (IT) degree from RMIT. Living in Melbourne, Rodney is a push over for tech gadgets, loves a round of golf and is a keen photographer

Scott Lee-Guard

Scott Lee-Guard

Senior Systems Engineer, Cisco, Australia and New Zealand

Scott Lee-Guard is a technical specialist in Enterprise Networking architecture and solutions. He has been with Cisco for 16 years, working closely with customers and partners to design large-scale converged network solutions. Scott is based in Wellington, New Zealand, having started with Cisco in Canberra, Australia. Scott has over 20 years’ experience as an IT professional in both Australia and New Zealand, long enough to have both accumulated a few grey hairs and still be able to remember thicknet, vampire taps and 50 ohm terminators!

He has presented numerous times at Cisco Live, Networkers and national road shows and has been awarded as a Cisco Live Distinguished Speaker for three consecutive years for his presentations on the topics of BYOD and Mobility.

Scott holds an honours degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

Jevon McSkimming

Jevon McSkimming

Chief Information Officer, New Zealand Police

Superintendent Jevon McSkimming is the Chief Information Officer (Acting) for New Zealand Police, responsible for delivery of the organisations ICT environment. Prior to this he was Director Mobility and Innovation where he oversaw the award winning Mobility Programme.

Jevon joined Police in 1996 after completing his studies in 1995. He has led substantial change management in large, complex departments and has delivered results and cost savings across Police.

Starting his career in Auckland he completed front-line, Communications and Maritime roles before shifting to the far south where he took on a range of challenges as a rural and provincial sole charge officer.

An opportunity to re-write rural officers work terms and conditions saw him move to Wellington and was followed by transfer to the Royal New Zealand Police College to run the promotion courses for Sergeant and Senior Sergeant ranks. As Deployment Manager for Wellington District Jevon and his team played a key role in the model and process design for the New Zealand Police Prevention First Strategy.

With a young family to support Jevon's love of racing motorbikes has taken a break, but he is still a keen pilot.

Adam Radford

Adam Radford

Distinguished Engineer, Cisco, Australia and New Zealand

Adam has spent the last twenty six years in the Computer Networking industry in a variety of roles, from research, implementation, design and architecture.

For the last sixteen years he has been with Cisco in a variety of engineering, technology and architectural roles. Two years ago, he was appointed Distinguished Systems Engineer, one of only 30 globally.

In his current role, Adam works with Cisco's largest customers on their technology strategy and direction. Adam has a breadth and depth of technology interests and enjoys staying abreast of latest technology trends and their business implications. Adam has been focused on Cisco’s SDN strategy for the past three years.

Adam is no stranger to public presentations, having presented at many Cisco and industry events for the past sixteen years.

In his limited spare time, Adam enjoys both coaching and participating in triathlons.

Adam Radford

John-Paul Sikking

Security Sales Specialist, Cisco, New Zealand

John-Paul Sikking is a Security Specialist at Cisco in New Zealand. During his day job, John-Paul consults with customers on how best to transform their business and manage risk.

He received a B.S. degree in Computer Science and Psychology from Auckland University and has over 16 years of experience in the IT industry with a focus on security. Prior to joining Cisco, John-Paul was pivotal in building and managing an Australasian security consulting team; he also managed two software development companies and was also a product development manager for high-speed threat detection. During his tenure, John-Paul has worked across all industries, from Government, Telco, Finance through to SMBs. John-Paul’s pragmatic approach to security, problem solving and managing software development provides a solid foundation for advising customers through digital transformation.

Douw Steyn

Douw Steyn

Systems Engineer, Cisco, New Zealand

Douw Steyn is a Datacentre systems engineer with 18 years networking experience. After a five-year stint with Dimension Data NZ, he re-joined Cisco as the newest member of the Auckland team. Douw’s previous role with Cisco was as a Public Sector SE in South Africa. He’s motivated by the cumulative effects of a connected world, the Internet-of-Things and he champions the adoption of software-defined everything.

Douw Steyn

Jason Tamasese

Collaboration Sales Specialist, Cisco, New Zealand

Jason Tamasese is a workspace specialist for collaboration solutions. He has been with Cisco for 5 years. Jason has 20 years' experience working in the Telecommunications and contact centre industry within New Zealand and the United States with roles in engineering, software development, product management and as a solution specialist for vendors and resellers.

Since working at Cisco Jason’s’ endeavours have almost been exclusively focused on assisting customers and partners improve their businesses through the wider adoption and increased utilisation of unified communications and collaboration technologies.

Dave Wilson

Dave Wilson

Country Manager, Cisco, New Zealand

Dave Wilson is the Director of Sales & Country Manager for Cisco New Zealand. He is responsible for all Cisco business including Service Provider, Enterprise and Commercial in New Zealand.

Wilson has 20 years' experience working in the ICT industry within New Zealand and overseas holding sales and senior management roles from vendor to distributor, reseller and end customers. Dave has a proven track-record of building go-to-market strategies, partnerships and high performance teams to ensure customers achieve their business goals.

Since joining Cisco New Zealand in 2009, Wilson has led Cisco's Global Service Provider group in New Zealand, and was the Client Executive and Regional Manager for Cisco's Collaboration business. Dave's endeavours have been focused on the Unified Communications and Collaboration market, assisting customers and partners improve their businesses through the wider adoption and increased utilisation of these technologies.