Chintan PatelChief Technologist / CTO, UK & Ireland at Cisco
As Chief Technologist and a member of the senior leadership team of Cisco UK & Ireland, Chintan leads a team of visionaries, technologists and specialists in Emerging Technology areas such as Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Coding, Cybersecurity, Internet of Things, Blockchain, Future of Work, Virtual & Augmented Reality and 5G Mobile Networks.
He is passionate about driving business transformation using innovative technology and working with Cisco’s major clients, partners, industry and academia. His educational and career background in gives him a unique perspective in bridging the business and technology worlds, as does his experience on the buy-side and sell-side of transformational technology.
He has extensive experience working across global markets, including practical working experience in several industries such as Telecoms, Financial Services, Transportation and Logistics and Retail. His roles have ranged from mergers and acquisitions to strategic partnerships, technical product development and design to sales and marketing.
He is frequent industry speaker in the press and media along with events such as TEDx and SWSX, has authored multiple papers in a range of technology topics and blogs on a regular basis on future technology trends.
He currently spearheads Cisco’s DevNet Developer community work to establish a platform for the digital coding skills our future generations will need. His work involves regular interactions with the academia, government and industry forums that help drive the technology agenda forward for the UK and Ireland.
He studied at Brunel University in London for his BSc (Joint Hons) in Computer Science and Economics, and Diploma in Professional Business Development.
A sports fan, self-confessed geek and who is always an engineer at heart, he mentors those early in career within IT and has a focus on life-long learning in STEM subjects. Follow @chintancsco for his latest views and perspectives.