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 2018, Barcelona team.

Bonny Shapira
Bonny is the Cisco Live Europe leader. He joined the Cisco Live team just after the conclusion of Cisco Live 2012, making the 2018 event his sixth Cisco Live. Bonny’s responsibilities lie in the overall vision, strategy and program management. It is his job to make it all happen and connect with Cisco’s overall vision and strategy. He is also responsible for the content program, leading a team of Cisco professionals responsible for the selection and creation of the educational sessions (breakouts, techtorials, panels, case studies). Bonny is passionate about swimming, Spanish and making sure you have a great educational experience during the week of Cisco Live.

Joanne Fielding
Joanne is the Cisco Live Program Manager responsible for the overall operations. Joanne joined the Cisco Live team in 2009 working as a Project Manager on the Bahrain Event. 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. She enjoys watching Cisco Live develop and change year on year. 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 15 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 mum 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 3 IT Management Programs, 2 Keynotes and 1 Cisco Live App 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.

Caroline Watson
Caroline is responsible for developing and nurturing Cisco’s partner relationships relating to Cisco Live. Caroline has held various senior marketing and communication roles within the IT and defense industry and has a versatile and passionate approach to everything she does. She loves golf, running in the countryside with her dog, making and icing celebration cakes, and traveling to places in the sun.

Marianna Raffaele
Marianna joined Cisco in July 2016 as Marketing Manager. She is the Campus lead for Cisco Live and responsible for the end-to-end delivery of 3rd party events within the EMEAR region. 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
Trish is our Cisco Live Customer and Partner Events Manager, running all our auxiliary activities such as Academy Day and the Connected Women’s Event. Trish is excited by the return of Cisco Live to Barcelona which is where she worked on her first Networkers back in 2008, and she is still inspired by the people and passion that make Cisco Live such a success. In her spare time Trish loves skiing, cooking and yoga.

Hannah Rees
Making up part of the events operation team, Hannah is responsible for the DevNet Zone, the Meeting Zone, the Enterprise Network Innovation Forum, and the Executive Program. Hannah was part of the original events team at Cisco when Cisco Live was known as Networkers. She is excited about the developments and innovations at Cisco Live, is really enjoying being part of the team again and is looking forward to another great Cisco Live in 2018. Since Networkers she has managed an array of programs, gaining experience and skills in all aspects of events both within Cisco and other industries. When she has time, Hannah loves sailing and windsurfing and is still trying to run 10K in under 55 minutes.

Gunay Oksar
Gunay joined the Cisco EMEAR Events team in early 2016, and this is his second Cisco Live. He is responsible for all things Lead Management 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 and blogging about Apple products on his iphoneturka.com website.

Natalia Nikiforenko
Natalia joined the EMEAR Events team in December 2015 but has been with Cisco for 7 years successfully driving Cisco Connect in Russia and CIS countries as well as working on an online community called Cisco Expo Learning Club. Natalia has become part of the Cisco Live team responsible for the participant journey and gamification. She loves composing music, arts and travelling.

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