Maria Hernandez

Head of Innovation, UKI – Cisco


Having been with Cisco since 2000, Maria is the UK&I lead for Country Digitisation. In this capacity, Maria is focusing on accelerating the UK Digital Agenda, progressing projects that advance digital adoption such as digital skills, productivity improvements, innovation, IoT, smart environments and cybersecurity. Maria is also responsible for branding Cisco as a thought leader in this space.

Previously, Maria has been focused on cross-vertical IoT initiatives and in particular Smart cities, enabling organisations to become digital with the use of technology. A key aspect of her role was the development of the ecosystem and partner landscape necessary to make IoT happen. In this capacity Maria was part of the winning team on the 10m£ IoT Smart City UK-wide demonstrator competition run by Innovate UK and won by a consortium led by Manchester with their CityVerve project.

Before turning her focus to the use of ICT within Enterprise and Public Sector organisations, Maria held various positions as Finance Manager within the technology sector in Spain and in UK. Maria holds an MBA as well as an Accountancy and Economics Degree.

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