Naveen Menon President ASEAN, Cisco Systems

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Naveen is the President for Cisco Systems in Southeast Asia and is responsible for driving profitable growth across 10 countries in the region. 

Prior to joining Cisco, Naveen led the Communications, Media and Technology practice for the strategy consulting firm Kearney in Asia Pacific. He consulted to CEOs and Boards of the largest telecom service providers worldwide; public sector organizations and multiple hardware, software, ICT and media companies. Topics ranged from strategy, M&A/investments, digital transformation, operations improvement, public policy and organization restructuring.

Naveen is a knowledge adviser to the World Economic Forum and his work in the area of personal data has been featured at several public and private sessions at the Annual Meeting in Davos. He is currently a board member of Digital ASEAN and the Regional Action Group, World Economic Forum initiatives that aim to develop a single digital market, an enabling ecosystem, and an inclusive and upgraded system of digital infrastructure in Southeast Asia. Naveen is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Data Policy that is examining data architecture models that promulgate an appropriate balance of creativity, responsible use and efficiency.

Naveen has a deep passion on how technology can support social outcomes. Since 2012, he has worked with closely non-profits, social enterprises, industry associations and governments, on a wide range of topics across sustainability, diversity and inclusion, economic development and education. His CSR work in Cisco has focused on driving social impact across K-12 education, environmental programs (including conservation) and economic development (in particular gender parity and social entrepreneurship). From 2012-2017, he was the worldwide leader of Kearney’s Social Impact practice. Naveen serves on the Board of Trustees for the Cisco Foundation globally.

He is regularly featured on TV, print and in the online press, including BBC, CNBC, Bloomberg and Channel News Asia and is an experienced speaker and facilitator in large global conferences.

Naveen began his career at General Electric Corporation where he was part of the Corporate Audit Staff and was trained as a Six Sigma Black Belt. He has an MSc in Chemical Engineering from Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands) and an MBA from INSEAD (Fontainebleau/Singapore). He is a member of the Young President’s Organisation.