Esther Ayorinde

2020 Speaker

ESTHER AYORINDE is growth strategy leader for Cisco Africa. She is executing on Cisco’s vision to build a digitally inclusive Africa – creating digitally powered jobs, empowering governments for digital acceleration and securely connecting the unconnected. In 2018 she become the inaugural chief of staff for Gerri Elliott, Cisco’s EVP of global sales and marketing. She previously served on the board of Women in Cable Telecommunications in New York, and was recently named to the 40 Under Forty Achievers list by The Network Journal. Outside of the tech industry, Ayorinde was a professional dancer for the National Football League and National Basketball League for seven seasons, five while working at Cisco. She was named the first black Captain of the New York Jets team. She entered the tech industry as early as fifteen years old as a Cisco NetAcademy student just after migrating to the United States, four years later she started her first company. Of Nigerian decent and originally from London England, Esther earned a BS in business management from Santa Clara University. @cisco

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