Speaker Hitesh Saijpal

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Cisco Investments

Global Head of Portfolio Development
Hitesh Saijpal

Hitesh Saijpal is the Global Head of the Portfolio Development team for Cisco Investments, focused on accelerating growth and driving long-term success for Cisco’s portfolio companies. His team serves as champions for their entrepreneurs, providing support in their go-to-market strategies, business development, marketing, and product strategy. They also harness insights and innovation from startups to make powerful connections with Cisco’s broader ecosystem of engineering teams, customers, partners, and sales teams.

Hitesh is a 19-year Cisco veteran, holding multiple leadership positions across the sales organization and engineering business units before moving into the world of corporate venture capital. As a leader, Hitesh is committed to developing next-generation talent, building lasting relationships, and keeping a lens on tomorrow’s disruptive technologies.

Hitesh holds an MBA degree from Santa Clara University, an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Dallas, and a BS in electronics and telecommunications from the University of Mumbai.


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