CCIE Club Africa, a joint project between Cisco and NIL, aims to bring together CCIE-certified experts from Africa. It has more than 100 members who had their third regular meeting in the beginning of April in Johannesburg.

The CCIE Club Africa was started in March 2013 and has been a big success for NIL and Cisco, founders of the Club. The aim of the initiative is to connect the whole African CCIE-community. Thus the club became a platform that fosters networking among holders of the elite CCIE-certification.

NIL manages the club’s activities, a part of which are also the periodical events for members. They typically take place in South Africa, where most members are from, and on the 2nd of April, NIL organized the third meeting.

The attendees had two guest speakers join the event. Andre Hoffmann from The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers South Africa spoke about engineering in South Africa, where he emphasized the challenges as well as the opportunities professionals face there. The second presentation focused on the topic of the Internet of Everything. Edward Agostinho, CCIE #12577, a Consulting Systems Engineer from Cisco, explained in detail the concept Cisco invented and what business and career opportunities may arise from this technological transformation.

Thank you again for last night’s event, both myself and my wife enjoyed being there and networking with other CCIE’s and their families,” said Ian Trautmann, CCIE # 2501.

As at the previous event, this time the members were invited to bring along their spouses. Following the success of the first cooking demonstration and the feedback NIL received from attendees, the MasterClass workshop was organized again; it was pre-Easter time and the ladies got to make their own Easter eggs and decorate an Easter cake. They thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

The next CCIE Club Africa event will be in 3 months’ time at the Cisco office in Johannesburg.

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