Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2018

Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2018

$300,000 in Prizes • Calling Students and Recent Grads  

How can your innovative technology solution solve the world’s most pressing social and environmental problems?

Applications Open through January 12, 2018
  • Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
    Tae YooSenior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

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    Tae leads Cisco’s social investments and stewards CSR and sustainability across the business. She directs Cisco's business, technical, and financial assets to accelerate global problem solving to positively impact people, society, and the planet.

    Under Tae’s leadership, Corporate Affairs strives to inspire, connect, and invest in global problem solvers to nurture innovative solutions and catalyze an entrepreneurial ecosystem that supports progress and inclusive growth. Corporate Affairs also invests in developing digital skills so everyone can participate in the digital economy and become a global problem solver. Corporate Affairs has committed to positively impact 1 billon people by 2025.

    A founding Cisco employee, Tae pioneered Cisco’s Business Development – establishing new markets through partnerships for joint product and market development. Under her leadership, the Cisco Networking Academy program has become one of the largest ICT education programs worldwide, helping 1.2 million get jobs from 2005-2013. She is a Trustee of the Cisco Foundation, a member of the Service Year Alliance Board and of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Education, Gender and Work.

  • Vice President, Corporate Affairs
    Harbrinder S. KangVice President, Corporate Affairs

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    For more than 20 years, Harbrinder has provided networking and telecommunications leadership to organizations ranging from Silicon Valley startups to Fortune 100 companies. He currently co-leads the Cisco Corporate Affairs board responsible for delivering the Cisco Networking Academy, Cisco’s longest-running, most globally-scaled, and highest impact CSR program. In this role, he is responsible for the curriculum, growth and evolution of Networking Academy’s delivery platform, NetSpace and Marketing. The program both empowers a new generation of global problem solvers with the skills they need to thrive as well enables them to accelerate the pace of social change.

  • Corporate Affairs Director, Community Development
    Peter TaverniseCorporate Affairs Director, Community Development

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    Peter Tavernise is the Executive Director of the Cisco Foundation and Director of Cisco Public Benefit Investment. Peter brings over 25 years of non-profit fundraising, private family foundation, and corporate funding experience to meeting the core mission and strategy of Cisco Public Benefit Investment. He helps empower global problem solvers to innovate as technologists, think like entrepreneurs, and act as social change agents in ways that can be replicated, scaled, and sustained. Peter is currently a Trustee of the Cisco South Africa Education Trust, a board member of the Giraffe Heroes Project, and an advisory board member of GreatNonprofits.org.

  • Distinguished Services Engineer
    Phillip RemakerDistinguished Services Engineer

    Cisco

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    Phillip Remaker is a Distinguished Services Engineer and has been a leader at Cisco with his work in technology adoption, software quality improvement, and defect tracking systems and processes. In addition to developing the Intellectual property strategy for Cisco, he helps to nurture innovative ideas and mentor inventors, as well as to analyze, evaluate, and rank new ideas for Cisco’s Intellectual Property and patent portfolio. Phil co-authored RFC 4335 and holds six patents with two more pending.

  • Global Head, Financial & Strategic Investors Group
    David LawGlobal Head, Financial & Strategic Investors Group

    Standard Chartered Bank

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    David is the Global Head of Standard Chartered Banks’ Financial & Strategic Investors Group and a member of the Global Banking Management Team. He has over 20 years of commercial and investment banking experience and has held a variety of leadership positions throughout his career. Prior to joining Standard Chartered, David worked as a Managing Director and Chairman of Investment Banking for the Middle East and North Africa at Morgan Stanley. David graduated from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand with a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Accountancy and Finance in 1991. He is admitted to the bar as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand. 

  • Venture Partner, Africa Tech Ventures
    Juliana RotichVenture Partner, Africa Tech Ventures

    Executive Director, BRCK.org

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    Juliana Rotich is a consultant at Novato Africa, technologist, strategic advisor, entrepreneur, and keynote speaker. Juliana serves as an advisor to the councils of BASF, Risk Cooperative, Africa Technology Ventures (ATV) and the Lemelson Foundation. She is also a trustee of Bankinter Foundation for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Spain, board member of Digital Impact Alliance and the Kenya Vision 2030 Delivery Board.

    Juliana enjoys forging powerful partnerships to accomplish transformational projects and provide opportunity for innovators in East Africa. Her personal mission is to make things, fix problems and help others. Wherever technology can help to do these three things and accelerate progress, she enjoys figuring out that intersection and adding constructive value. She is a champion for internet connectivity, science education, inspiration and works to support entrepreneurs to scale their work and impact.

    She is Co-founder of BRCK Inc, a hardware and services technology company based in Nairobi, Kenya. BRCK was formed to realize a vision for enabling communication in low infrastructure environments by developing useful, innovative, and exciting hardware-centered technologies in Kenya. She drives partnerships for tackling social problems through appropriate technology.

    Juliana co-founded Ushahidi Inc., a non-profit tech company, which specializes in developing free and open source software for changing how information flows in the world. She was Executive Director from Jan 2011 to September 2015, strategically spearheading Ushahidi to be translated into over 30 languages, over 90,000 deployments and a 20 million populations reach. She was instrumental in increasing business development revenue and philanthropic capital into Ushahidi and its related initiatives like iHub & Gearbox. Before Ushahidi, she worked in the telecommunications and data warehousing industry with over 10 years of experience.