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The overall event will be hosted by Les Williamson, Vice President, Cisco Australia and New Zealand.

The opening keynote session at Cisco Networkers, Australia and New Zealand 2009, will be presented by Guido Jouret, Chief Technology Officer, Emerging Technologies Group at Cisco.

The closing keynote session at Cisco Networkers, Australia and New Zealand 2009, will be presented by our Special Guest Keynote, Shaun Micallef


Cisco Networkers Host - Les Williamson

Les Williamson

Les Williamson is the Vice President for Cisco, Australia and New Zealand. Within that role, Les is responsible for driving profitable growth through the promotion of the network as the platform for productivity and innovation for businesses, services providers, government and consumers.

Cisco is the leading global networking and Information Technology company across the world, providing a wide range of industry best in class solutions based on networking technologies to help drive collaboration, productivity and social improvement. Cisco is a leader in the Australian and New Zealand markets, working closely with major service providers, large, medium and small businesses, educational facilities and health care operators to use the network as the platform for improving the standard of living for Australians and New Zealanders. Beyond business, Cisco works as a leader in corporate social responsibility and also in the promotion of environmentally sustainable work practices through the use of video and Web2.0 collaboration technologies to reduce the need for travel.

His prior role was Cisco Client Director, Telstra Sales, where Les was responsible for strong growth in the Telstra account for Cisco, and was instrumental in securing the first IP Core network sale and TelePresence in the Australian market.

Les has more than nine years experience with Cisco and more than 19 years in the information technology and joined Cisco in 1999 as an account manager.

Les holds a Bachelors Degree in Electronic Engineering from Monash University, Victoria.

Les is married to Monique, lives in inner city Melbourne, Victoria, has an 8 year old son Max and 4 year old daughter Edie, and enjoys cooking, gadgets and photography.

Tuesday 29 September - Guido Jouret

Guido Jouret

Based in San Jose, California, Guido Jouret is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Cisco's Emerging Technologies Group (ETG), which is responsible for incubating Cisco's future billion-dollar businesses. In this role, he evaluates new product and market opportunities, ensures architectural tie-in between the emerging technologies and Cisco's core products, and is responsible for developing and communicating Cisco's thought leadership on new technologies. He is also the general manager for early-stage business units, leading them through initial product development.

Prior to his role as CTO, Guido was the global head of the Innovation Team of Cisco's Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG). His team was responsible for developing new methods, architectures, and business cases to help Cisco's key customers successfully adopt Internet-based technologies.

Prior to this role, Guido held a similar position for the Asia Pacific region, where he worked with Asia's leading corporations and governments, advising them on how they could best develop IT strategies to leverage the latest technologies.

Prior to his position in IBSG, Guido was responsible for information systems for Cisco's sites in EMEA (Europe Middle-East and Africa), heading up a team of 600 IT specialists, with budget responsibility of 100M$. His team was responsible for delivering all IT infrastructure and applications for Cisco in EMEA. Specific areas of responsibility included: Networking & Telecoms, Datacenter, Security, Help Desk, Desktop, Operations, and applications areas (Sales, Marketing, Finance, HR).

Guido was in charge of defining Cisco EMEA's IT strategy, communication, implementation and coordination of the activities of a distributed multinational team. Global application implementations included Oracle Financials, PeopleSoft, and Siebel. He also out-tasked application development, desktop services, and various other IT functions using a core vs. context analysis methodology.

Prior to joining Cisco, Guido was responsible for IT in the R&D division of Beaufour-Ipsen Pharmaceutical Group. Before that, Guido worked as software co-ordinator at the London Parallel Applications Centre, where he developed software strategy. He commenced his career as a research associate at the Imperial College for Science, Technology and Medicine, London.

Guido has a B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (MA, USA), a DIC (Diploma of Imperial College), and PhD in Computing from Imperial College (UK).

Thursday 1 October - Shaun Micallef

Shaun Micallef

The closing keynote session at Cisco Networkers, Australia and New Zealand 2009, will be presented by our Special Guest Keynote, Shaun Micallef.

Shaun has had three TV shows on the ABC. The Micallef Program in 1998, The Micallef Programme in 1999 and The Micallef Program in 2001.

Before filming two seasons of his own show, he was on Full Frontal which was axed in 1997. Two very memorable characters that he played are Nobby Doldrums and Sergeant Farch. Nobby was obsessed with Kerry O'Brian from the 7.30 report and Sergeant Farch was a police officer and his partner was Constable Spoog (played by Glenn Butcher).

Don't miss this hilarious presentation from one of Australia's best comedians!

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