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Ahmed Abro – 3Cs (CCDE, CCIE Security, CISSP), Technologist, Cisco AS Lead Secure SDN/ONE, Cloud & Data Center – Ahmed is a technologist & contributor in multiple technology fronts such as SDN, cloud, multi-tenancy, virtualization, data center & Layer X technologies.
He is currently leading two major initiatives for Cisco AS for Secure Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Secure Cloud & Data Center where he has introduced various new service solutions, innovated new architectures, frameworks, developed education programs and continued evolving the cloud, data center and SDN area.
Beside this, he is actively engaged with several other working groups, tiger teams, solution development teams and certification development teams within Cisco.
He is member of team developing Certified Design Expert (CCDE) program, and established a CCDE mentorship program for professional community. He is the organizer of the famous "Crossing the CCDE Border" training webinar.
This time he has accepted the challenge to provide industry wide awareness on the security aspects of Software Defined Networking.
He sees security as the key concern for SDN adoption, and on the other side he also believes SDN is the best way to establish a security launch pad for an effective threat defense system. He has developed the "Secure ONE" architecture for defining security through programmability.
Elaine Lopes – Elaine Lopes is Certification Program Manager with over 9 years of experience in the design, development, and life-cycle management of expert-level, performance-based certification programs. Skilled at process and product improvement, at employing data and Voice of the Customer analysis, and at innovation, by prioritizing and implementing surgical improvement measures, with attention to detail without losing focus of the big picture. Results-driven, possesses both a networking background (CCIE Routing & Switching and Service Provider, number 4478) and strong project management skills (PMP). Elaine is currently the Exam Program Manager for the Cisco CCDE, CCAr and CCIE SP Operations certifications, and is based in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Greg Coté – Greg Coté is a Product Manager in the Learning at Cisco organization and is responsible for ensuring the success of Cisco's Route & Switch, Design and Wireless career certification tracks. Greg has worked in various Marketing Product Manager roles at Cisco over the past 14 years supporting both Enterprise and SP routing platforms. In his current role as product manager for career certifications, he is responsible for the strategic direction and roadmap of these certifications and the related training products.
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