Naveen is the President for Cisco Systems in Southeast Asia and leads the P&L and go-to-market operations for all Cisco products and services across 10 countries. He is on the Board of Trustees of the Cisco Foundation.
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 service providers worldwide; public sector organizations and multiple software, SaaS, cloud, ICT and media companies. Topics ranged from strategy, M&A/investments, GTM/sales, digital transformation, operations improvement, public policy and organization restructuring. From 2012-2017, he started up and led Kearney’s global Social Impact practice.
Naveen is a knowledge adviser to the World Economic Forum and led several public and private sessions at the Annual Meeting in Davos in January 2014 and 2015. He has been active in the domain of personal data and privacy since 2013. He is currently a board member of Digital ASEAN, the Regional Action Group, and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Data Policy.
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 and economic development (in particular gender parity and social entrepreneurship).
He is the Chair of the ICT Committee for the US-ASEAN Business Policy Council; a member of the Young President’s Organisation, the global leadership community of chief executives across 142 countries; and on the Industry Advisory Board of the NUS School of Continuing and Lifelong Education (SCALE). Naveen 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).