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“World Advocate Awards 2023: EMEA” winners introduced at Cisco Stay Amsterdam

My group and I are excited to deliver again the Cisco World Advocate Awards for 2023! Now in its third 12 months, this program celebrates Cisco’s buyer advocates who go above and past in demonstrating thought management and supporting Cisco via success tales, talking engagements, product critiques, and a lot extra.

We are going to host three unique award celebrations in 2023 that may coincide with Cisco Stay conferences in Amsterdam, Las Vegas, and Melbourne. Every regional awards occasion—EMEA, Americas, and APJC—will acknowledge prime Cisco clients of their respective areas.


Celebrating excellence in advocacy and innovation

Our Cisco World Advocate Awards 2023: EMEA ceremony, held at Cisco Stay Amsterdam simply final week, marked a triumphant return to an onsite awards celebration. A standing-room crowd of Cisco clients that included a mixture of titles from engineers to executives joined Cisco senior leaders from gross sales, advertising, and providers as we awarded 10 winners in 10 classes.

We acquired 67 nominations for our EMEA occasion and relied on the experience of two dozen judges, a mix of Cisco leaders and exterior trade specialists throughout expertise, advertising, and advocacy sectors.

Well being and well-being professional, writer, coach, and TEDx speaker Jesse Pavelka keynoted our ceremony, talking to the viewers concerning the significance of “staying effectively to carry out at your finest.” And, lots of our clients acknowledged “Gadget Lady” Ella Williamson, who returned as our awards host as soon as once more. Ella is a well-liked client expertise commentator with twenty years of expertise who has appeared on tv and radio, and in newspapers and magazines. Ella final hosted our World Advocate Awards at Cisco Stay Barcelona in 2020.

All shortlisted nominees acquired a “shock and delight” reward field via the mail that included a World Advocate Awards 2023 champagne flute and extra travel-themed presents that commemorate a return to in-person occasions. Our 10 winners additionally acquired personally engraved crystal plaques onsite.


Congratulations to our winners!

And now let’s discover out who the winners are from the Cisco World Advocate Awards 2023: EMEA occasion:

EMEA Buyer Advocate of the Yr

Our award for EMEA Buyer Advocate of the Yr went to Joacim Wicander with Conscia Sweden AB! Joacim has been in our advocacy neighborhood since 2017, and we’re grateful for the help he’s proven all through the years as he helps mentor different clients contained in the neighborhood, shares finest practices, and joins us in social promotion, blogs, video, and even in dialog with the trade influencer, Invoice Kleyman. Be taught extra about Joacim and his work with Cisco right here.

Congratulations to our shortlisted nominees:

  • John Pell with ServiceNow
  • Marcel Janecek with Syntax Techniques GmbH
  • Simon Watkins with Prosperity 24/7
  • Damian Erni with Swisscom (Schweiz) AG

EMEA Govt Advocate of the Yr

Congratulations to Enric Cuixeres with Leng d’Or, who was named EMEA Govt Advocate of the Yr! This class is new this 12 months and is focused to Cisco’s government clients. Enric participates with Cisco in webinars and can converse at upcoming conferences. Be taught extra about Enric and his work with Cisco right here.

Congratulations to our shortlisted nominees:

  • Rachel Higham with WPP
  • Jon Townsend with Nationwide Belief
  • Chris Perry with Police Scotland
  • Cayetano Carbajo with Telefonica

Business Excellence Award

Our Business Excellence award applies to organizations within the public sector, or within the personal sector industries of producing, retail, or monetary providers. Congratulations to Medibus and Felix Thielmann for the fascinating and life-changing work they’re main! Felix and the Medibus group have accomplished Cisco success tales and took part in a digital actuality expertise, in addition to PR and talking actions. Be taught extra concerning the inspiring Medibus story right here, in addition to right here, and right here.

Congratulations to our shortlisted nominees:

  • College Hospital Basel and Dr. Jens Eckstein
  • Teleperformance Greece and Nikos Tsahouridis
  • STADA and Marinel Boksan
  • ThPA S.A. – Port of Thessaloniki and Christos Papadopoulos

Excellence in Storytelling

WPP and Mark Cameron took prime honors in our award for Excellence in Storytelling. Congratulations! Learn the way WPP is utilizing Cisco options to help their objective of web zero scope 1 & 2 emissions by 2025, and scope 3 by 2030. Be taught extra about WPP’s work with Cisco right here, and right here.

Congratulations to our shortlisted nominees:

  • Repsol and Lukene Berrosteguieta and Santiago Maestro
  • Canary Wharf Group and Mark Nallen
  • First Abu Dhabi Financial institution and Emma Lewis
  • VINCI and Rémi Drouin

CX Ambassador of the Yr

Our award for CX Ambassador of the Yr went to John Pell with ServiceNow—for the second 12 months in a row! Our Cisco Insider Advocates neighborhood has an unique channel for Cisco’s Buyer Expertise (CX) providers and choices. John impressed our judges together with his enthusiasm, experience, and willingness to help Cisco CX as he took half in two Cisco CX Quarterly Connection occasions and accomplished greater than 30 Cisco surveys. He additionally actively shares on social media and accomplished this Cisco success story, all of which factored into awarding John this honor as soon as once more.

Congratulations to our shortlisted nominees:

  • Benjamin Bubbers with Schleswig-Holstein Netz AG
  • Riccardo Bortoletti with Generali
  • Bader Alrouqi with Communications, House and Know-how Fee
  • Saleh Al Owain with Dawiyat Built-in Telecommunications and Info Know-how Firm

Hybrid Work Hero

Zakarieya Abderoef with Baraka Know-how Group was one other repeat winner, this time incomes prime honors in our Hybrid Work Hero class! Zakarieya gained our Digital Transformation Pioneer award final 12 months. This 12 months, our judges have been happy to be taught extra about how Zakarieya and Baraka Know-how Group use Cisco Safety, Collaboration, and VPN options to allow a “work from anyplace, anytime” coverage that doesn’t compromise service high quality or safety.

Congratulations to our shortlisted nominees:

  • Rik Aragoza with Kinly
  • Sebastian Kozankiewicz with Norma Group
  • Mohamed Abdelhameed Rezk with Fathalla Market
  • Peter Bella with DXC Know-how

Unified Experiences Trailblazer

Congratulations to David Clark with Amelco UK Restricted, who’s our Unified Experiences Trailblazer! David shared with us in his software how Amelco depends on Cisco applied sciences to construct safe networks for its personal group in addition to for its exterior clients, and the way the corporate lately made massive developments into the cloud with Cisco ACI and SD WAN options. Be taught extra about David in an off-the-cuff query and reply session over at our Cisco Insider Voices weblog.

Congratulations to our shortlisted nominees:

  • Joacim Wicander with Conscia Sweden AB
  • Mohamed Alhenawy with BT Group

Reimagine Purposes Visionary

Simon Challis with easyJet PLC was named our Reimagine Purposes Visionary! Although Simon shared that he’s comparatively new to the Cisco Insider Advocates neighborhood, what impressed our judges is how rapidly and enthusiastically he embraced advocacy alternatives. Simon lately recorded each an inner and exterior success story for Cisco ThousandEyes. He’s additionally partaking with Cisco’s product groups to supply suggestions, in addition to what new Cisco providers can be of curiosity to his firm.

Congratulations to our shortlisted nominee:

  • Damian Erni with Swisscom (Schweiz) AG

Innovation Champion

Congratulations to Damian Erni with Swisscom (Schweiz) AG, who was named our Innovation Champion! Damian impressed the judges with how he leads a number of initiatives in enabling his firm’s gross sales, architects, and engineering colleagues within the deployment of Cisco options. This ranges from expertise updates, to closed professional teams, to collaborating in roadshows and inner data streams. Damian additionally shared with us that he enjoys creating and sharing LinkedIn posts round Cisco matters.

Congratulations to our shortlisted nominees:

  • Martin Saunders with Spotlight
  • Simon Watkins with Prosperity 24/7

Cybersecurity Defender of the Yr

Our award for Cybersecurity Defender of the Yr goes to Luigi Vassallo with Sara Assicurazioni! Luigi has been a member of the Cisco Insider Advocates neighborhood since 2018. Luigi can be a member of Cisco’s “League of Cybersecurity Heroes” and has been a featured speaker, sharing his experience round cybersecurity and dealing with Cisco’s Safety options. Be taught extra about Luigi’s work with Cisco right here.

Congratulations to our shortlisted nominees:

  • Alessandro Braga with Expertise Backyard
  • Mark Healey with South Yorkshire Police
  • Diego Zengin with Grupo Cosentino
  • Christoffer Vargtass Hallstensen with Norwegian College of Science and Know-how


Subsequent up: World Advocate Awards 2023: Americas

The World Advocate Awards 2023: EMEA occasion is within the books, however our group is already planning our subsequent celebration of advocacy excellence and innovation at Cisco Stay Las Vegas in June. We hope to see you there!


Congratulations to our winners, and to all of our shortlisted nominees! We applaud every of you on your ardour, innovation, and help for Cisco’s advocacy initiatives.


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