MEET THE TEAM

Events the size of Cisco Live are only possible with the collaboration and efforts of people – our most important asset. Below is an introduction to the people in the core Cisco Live 2020, Barcelona team.

Bonny Shapira

Hi, I am Bonny and I am the leader of Cisco Live Europe. I am responsible for the overall vision, strategy and program management; but most importantly, my job is to make sure you all have a great week, full of meaningful learnings, impactful engagements and surprising experiences.

Together with my amazing team, who you can meet below, and with the support of so many Cisco employees we make Cisco Live possible. I am also responsible for the content program, leading a team of Cisco professionals responsible for the selection and creation of the educational sessions (breakouts, Technical Seminars, panels, case studies).

I am a father of three, an avid swimmer, and passionate about anything Spanish.

I look forward to meeting you in person during Cisco Live 2020, Barcelona and commit to do whatever it takes to make sure you have a great educational experience at Cisco Live.

Joanne Fielding
Joanne is the Cisco Live EMEAR Operations Lead responsible for the overall event experience. This year Joanne will celebrate her 10th anniversary working on Cisco Live EMEAR. Joanne joined the Cisco Live team in 2009 working as a Project Manager on Cisco Live Bahrain. In 2011, she joined Cisco Live Europe. Joanne has worked on all aspects of Cisco Live and manages the event through its life cycle, bringing the participant experience to life. Joanne loves spending time with her two children and traveling.

Remco Kamerman
Remco started his Cisco career in 1999 as an intern in the IT department, the year of the Y2K Bug. The team also supported the big events, which Cisco hosted across Europe. This is how he came in contact with Networkers, which has now evolved into Cisco Live. In 2008 he moved into the Events Team to work full time on events and demonstrations. Remco continues to organize events in his private life, such as local tennis tournaments.

Stine Kruse-Birch
Stine is our Cisco Live Marketing & Communications Manager, responsible for demand generation, communications, social media, and field engagement. She joined the EMEAR Events team in 2014, but has been with Cisco since 2005 and has worked in various marketing roles in the Denmark and North marketing teams. She is passionate about storytelling, photography and crafts and loves to travel. She calls Colorado her home away from home.

Heidi Dorrepaal
Heidi is the Cisco Live Registration Manager and is responsible for the management of the event registration process from pre- to post-event. Heidi is passionate about her work and has over 20 years Global Event Management experience. She joined Cisco in 2008 as part of the Cisco Global Events team and has worked on Cisco Live in many different capacities including Logistics Lead for Networkers Bahrain and Housing Manager for Cisco Live London & Milan. Heidi is a mom of two small children and loves spending time with them in the outdoors and whenever she gets the opportunity travels to new and exciting places around the world.

Xènia Lecha
A Barcelona native, Xènia joined Cisco as an Enterprise AM in 2005 and later took on a business development role within the EBG team, where among other responsibilities she ran TA Live before moving to EMEAR Events full time in 2016. Coming from an engineering background, she enjoyed her first Networkers so much she knew she wanted to become part of the Cisco Live core team one day. Now with 5 IT Management Programs and 3 Cisco Live Apps completed, she is still up for many more. When she’s not running after her two sons and her little daughter she loves to hit the ice for figure skating practice, travel, reread Harry Potter and binge watch Star Wars.

Marianna Raffaele
Marianna joined Cisco in July 2016 as Marketing Manager. She is the World of Solutions and Cisco Showcase lead for Cisco Live. With over 10 years of experience in events management in the IT industry, her passion about events and marketing never faded but actually got stronger and stronger regardless of the challenges that may come with it. What does she like the most about working in events? The sense of achievement after a well-executed event. When not at work, Marianna loves rowing and racing on the River Thames.

Trish Pomeroy
As part of the Cisco Live Operations Team, Trish is responsible for Cisco Live’s Social Impact activity as well as managing additional events such as the Cybersecurity Day, SP Opening Session and Networking Academy Day. Trish is inspired by the broad program of activity that Cisco Live has to offer and by the people and passion that make Cisco Live such a success. When she is not working on events, Trish loves skiing, cooking and yoga.

Hannah Rees
Making up part of the events operations team, Hannah is responsible for the DevNet Zone, the Meeting Village and the Executive Program. Hannah was part of the original events team at Cisco when Cisco Live was known as Networkers. Since then she has managed an array of programs, gaining experience and skills in all aspects of events both within Cisco and other industries. She has been back as part of the Cisco Live team since 2016 and is amazed at the developments and innovations at Cisco Live and is excited about the plans for 2020. When she has time, Hannah loves sailing and windsurfing and trying to keep up with her dog out on the beach.

Gunay Oksar
Gunay joined the Cisco EMEAR Events team in early 2016 and this is his fourth Cisco Live. He is responsible for all things Lead Management and Data Governance for Cisco Live. Gunay is a technology enthusiast and is passionate about adapting event technologies to create a better customer experience and closer relationship between our customers and Cisco. Gunay is passionate about his football team Besiktas and blogging about Apple products on his iphoneturka.com website.

Sharif Khalladi
While Cisco Live takes place in Barcelona, delegates from across the globe attend, both onsite and online. Sharif looks after our Digital Experience, making sure our viewers have a world-class experience, whether taking part in person at our magnificent venue or streaming from the comfort of their home. When not tinkering with the latest marketing technologies, he might be looking for the perfect GIF, evangelizing caffeine, binge reading, lifting heavy objects, traveling or giving a talk somewhere.

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