Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge

Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge

Calling Students + Recent Grads • $300,000 in Prizes
How can your new technology solution or service help benefit the economy, society or the environment?

Winners Announced!

  • Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
    Tae YooSenior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

    Cisco

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    A founding Cisco employee, Tae directs Cisco’s social investments, stewards CSR, and drives sustainability across Cisco. Her vision for Corporate Affairs is 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. Under her leadership, the Cisco Networking Academy program has become one of the largest ICT education programs worldwide, helping 1.2 million people in over 166 countries get jobs from 2005-2013. She is a Trustee of the Cisco Foundation, member of the Service Year Alliance Board, and part of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Education, Gender and Work.

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

    Cisco

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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.

  • Senior Director, Corporate Affairs
    Mary de WysockiSenior Director, Corporate Affairs

    Cisco

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    Mary heads the Corporate Affairs Strategy and Global Problem Solving Initiative (GPS) team to develop programs and partnerships that create opportunities for people to innovate and succeed in the digital economy. She leads the strategy and execution for social investment programs which includes the GPS Initiative, the Public Benefit Investment, and the Cisco Foundation. She also oversees the Corporate Affairs research and thought leadership agenda, which identifies the skills and experiences people need to become global problem solvers. Mary’s team is currently incubating global and regional university and non-profit partnerships to identify and develop a spectrum of early-stage innovation investments, from concepts to start ups. 

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

    Cisco

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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.