Ned Cabot leads Cisco’s Country Digital Acceleration (CDA) team in the Americas. CDA is a partnership between Cisco and state or national leadership, industry & academia aimed at accelerating a country’s digital agenda. A CDA partnership can help a country grow GDP, create new jobs, enhance educational opportunities and drive innovation across government and private sector institutions.
Mr. Cabot has made his career at Cisco advising government leaders on how to deploy information and communications technologies to achieve public policy objectives. During his eleven years with the company, he has led a series of strategic business development activities in Central Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and Africa.
Prior to joining Cisco, Mr. Cabot was in public service in the United States for more than seventeen years, the bulk of that time with the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), a federal export promotion and foreign assistance organization.
Mr. Cabot served as USTDA’s Regional Director responsible for Central Europe and later for Sub-Saharan Africa. He represented the United States in establishing the Infrastructure Consortium for Africa and oversaw the agency’s role in promoting growth and stability in the Balkans. Mr. Cabot served in the Clinton Administration as USTDA’s Director of Congressional Relations and as the agency’s Export Director.
Mr. Cabot has served as a Legislative Assistant to Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro and as an Aide to the Speaker of the Connecticut General Assembly, Irving Stolberg. He was also a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic.
Mr. Cabot holds a B.A. from Oberlin College and an M.A. in Political Science from the Braunschweig Technical University in Braunschweig, Germany. He speaks English, German and Spanish. He currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees at the Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School, a Mandarin immersion PK-5 elementary school. He is married to soprano Jennifer Casey Cabot and has two children.