Monique Morrow

Founder and President, The Humanized Internet
President of the VETRI Foundation
CTO, Cisco (2012-2016)


English, French, German


Specific topics

BlockchainDigital fingerprintInternetIoTinternet of thingssocial exclusionsocial impact of technology

Monique Morrow was CTO of Cisco (2012-2016). Monique is President and Co-Founder of the Humanized Internet, a non-profit organization focused on providing digital identity through the use of blockchain for those individuals at risk of social exclusion, approximately a billion people worldwide. Moreover, since January 2019 Monique is also President of the VETRI Foundation in Switzerland. The main goal of this foundation is to manage a platform known as VETRI and the creation and implementation of initiatives aiming to control and manage data and privacy. Monique Morrow’s focus in blockchain has been specific to education and credentialing, in addition to blockchain’s applicability in other industries, for example, healthcare, Internet of Things, and insurance. She has been active in the Bitcoin-Blockchain and Ethereum [Smart contracting] architectural discussions including the application of security-privacy, i.e. SHA-256 vs SHA-3 mechanisms and the use of secure multi-party computation [sMPC]. It is this intersectionality between blockchain technology, security-privacy, legal jurisdiction and portfolio development that has been Monique ’s blockchain focus. She holds several industry advisory positions such as Venture Partner at Sparklabs Accelerator for Cybersecurity and Blockchain, based in Washington, D.C. Moreover, she is engaged as a member of the and VETRI’Global advisory boards based in Switzerland, positions she coordinates with also being an an active member of the IEEE Ethics in Action Executive Committee as well as Co-Chair of the IEEE Ethics in Action Extended Reality Committee.

Monique has already advanced Cisco’s technology footprint through the ideation and conception of disruptive technologies spanning Artificial Intelligence and Mixed Reality (AI/MR), blockchain, IoT and M2M services, semantic web, cloud federation, and the tactile internet. Her greatest success has been in infusing a big-picture perspective that helps engineers and business leaders understand how existing and future technologies align with the needs of business, government, non-profits, and society-focused organizations. To this end, Monique was honored as Business Worldwide Magazine’s 2016 Visionary of the Year (Technology, Social Change, and Ethics) and 2016 Social Media Champion of the Year.

Monique Morrow began her journey with Cisco in 2000 as an SP Solutions Engineer in Europe where she helped embed a service provider DNA into the company. In 2001, she became the CTO Consulting Engineer for the service provider segment in Europe and Asia. By 2005, Monique was building a technical leadership team in Hong Kong and directing strategic initiatives for technology globalization for the Office of the CTO. She became Cisco’s first Services CTO in 2012, effectively aligning the vision and architecture for services technology across the organization. In this role, Monique helped to prepare Cisco for the transition from hardware to services as the core business, growing the monetary impact of services for software, security, and analytics.

Recognized as one of the most influential technology leaders worldwide, Monique has earned honors that include OneWorldIdentity top 100 influencers in Identity 2019 and top Global Women in Tech by Forbes Magazine 2018. Additionally, she has been selected one of the top Digital Shapers 2018 in Switzerland. She is also member of the winning team for Advocate Europe 2018, with Alexander von Humboldt Internet Institute and Society [HIIG] for the submission “Digital Identity, Citizenship and the Democracy of Europe”. Moreover, she is a current member of a cross organizational MIT Solve 2018 winning team in the health area aiming to close the global caregiver gap. Older recognitions include prestigious awards like Top 100 CIOs for 2016 (, Top Women in Cloud Innovations Award 2016 (CloudNow), Social Media Presence of the Year 2016 (AI Magazine), 10 Women in Networking/Communications You Should Know, Top 10 Influential IT Women in Europe (Think Progress), 2015 Women of M2M/IoT (Connected World Magazine), and 2014 GEM-TECH Award (ITU and UN). She is a tireless advocate for women in technology and engineering, serving on multiple non-profit boards, publishing Internet of Women, Accelerating Culture Change in 2016 and facilitating the launch of the Women in Standardization Expert Group for ITU.

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