Hendrik Blokhuis, Chief Technology Officer & Director Cisco EMEA Partners

As Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Hendrik is passionately building trusted partnerships to drive secure and impactful digitization. Together with his team of engineers and architects, he is responsible for enabling Cisco’s broad ecosystem of partners across the Europe, Middle East and Africa region as well as driving innovation by developing new partner managed services and API-driven solutions and integrations. He’s been with Cisco for over 24 years and held several leadership positions in Engineering, Sales, Strategy & Planning and Investments. 

Hendrik is also a board member of STT, The Netherlands Study Centre for Technology Trends, an independent Expertise Centre, established in 1968 by the Royal Dutch Engineering Society. The aim of STT is to explore the future on the leading edge of technology and society. He is founder of the Present Foundation in his local city of Zeewolde, Netherlands offering a platform to connect volunteers to people in need. 

He is passionate and ambitious on what technology can do for our economy and society. Fascinated by the power of new connections between people, things, processes and data, to give the world a serious update! Hendrik thinks it’s time to look with “new eyes” at the world around us as we are all empowered to change and innovate our economy and society by rethinking and redesigning our legacy processes. Using new connections followed by secure, trusted and intelligent interactions we can build a unique platform for open innovation. And we all have the opportunity (or obligation?) to be involved! 

To unwind and rewind Hendrik uses the wind, as a passionate kitesurfer. And as a techie he tries keeping his 1984 Sinclair ZX Spectrum alive.