Ian Foddering

CTO & Technical Director, UK & Ireland, Cisco Systems

Ian Foddering is the Chief Technology Officer and Technical Director for Cisco in the UK and Ireland. Together with his technical teams, his key objective is to work with Cisco's Customers and Partners to articulate how Cisco's architectures and solutions can be applied to drive business transformation.

Ian is also the technical lead spokesperson for Cisco in their role as the Official Network Infrastructure supporter to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, as well as being a core member of the British Innovation Gateway, Cisco's 5 year plan to creating a legacy around the Games, driving innovation and entrepreneurship in the UK.

Ian has a passion for technology, and the positive impact it has on society, fervently believing we are still only at the being of what is possible with respect to the power of ICT. To support this, Ian regularly talks about the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) in education and its standing for the long term sustainability of the industry and the UK.

After joining Cisco in 1999, Ian has held various roles including systems engineer, systems engineering management, sales management, channel management, and leading advance technology teams.

Prior to joining Cisco in September 1999, Ian spent 4 years at Cogent, the professional services arm of Nortel, working on a number of predominately large Public Sector solutions.

Ian studied Communications Systems Engineering from the University of Portsmouth, and a Fellow of the IET. He lives, with his family, in Hertfordshire and enjoys participating and watching sports, cars and travelling.