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Agostino Santoni

General Manager, Cisco Italy

BACKGROUND / Academic and professional background.

Agostino Santoni is the General Manager for Cisco Italy. Agostino resumed the country leadership role in 2012.

Agostino joins Cisco from SAP software, maintenance and consulting-related services, where   he was Managing Director for Italy with full operational responsibility. Prior to that, Agostino was at HP Italy for several years, where he held executive positions as Vice President of their Enterprise business and Vice President of their Personal System Group.

Agostino brings a wealth of experience from 20 years in the Italian IT industry, managing P&L operations across several technology markets

Building inclusive environments in which individuals and teams feel engaged and can thrive is a key quality that characterizes   Agostino’s leadership style in the large teams he has led.

Since April 2014, Agostino is President of Assinform; he is also member of the Board of Directors in Confindustria Digitale, member of Council of Assolombarda and member of Council of Monza-Brianza Chamber of Commerce.

ACHIEVEMENT / What is the project/initiative/startup/company you will be presenting at the Positive Economy Forum all about ? 

Networking Accademy

LOCATION / In which city, country, part of the world do you conduct your activities ?


IMPACT/ What is the positive economic, social, political, environmental…of the activity, project, initiative, startup, company ?

Cisco CSR education programs and partnerships improve access to quality education for students worldwide using the combined power of network technology and human collaboration.   Thanks to the  Cisco Networking Academy we are building the workforce of the future. People with skills in information and communication technology (ICT) will thrive in tomorrow’s workforce. ICT know-how is in demand in every country, in almost every field, as the Internet of Everything connects people, process, data, and things. The Cisco Networking Academy prepares workers to succeed in this increasingly connected economy.

97% of participants in a program for secondary school graduates in Italy, where youth unemployment is over 40%, found work within 6 months.

QUOTE / saying, quote or reference phrase that tells something about you.

It’s all about people