Ali Ahmed

Senior Manager

Workplace Resources Global Energy Management and Sustainability

Ali Ahmed, a senior manager at Cisco Systems, has more than 18 years of experience assisting companies in managing energy and developing cost-effective strategies to reduce energy consumption and improve environmental sustainability.

In his current role leading the Global Energy Management and Sustainability team within Workplace Resource, Ali and the team focus on developing offerings and leading programs to improve sustainability while reducing operational expense and improving client satisfaction within Cisco facilities.  Although the team leverages technology to achieve many of these goals, change management and occupant engagement are critical to success and play an important role in the design and execution of each project.

Ali has collaborated worldwide with both industrial and commercial companies as well as government and institutional facilities to analyze and apply a wide range of technological and operational improvements specific to the issue of energy management. He has specific knowledge in the operation of heating and cooling systems, small-scale generation including combined heat and power, and electrical systems. Ali is also a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, LEED Accredited Professional, Certified Energy Manager, and Certified Energy Auditor with the Association of Energy Engineers.

Prior to Cisco, Ali worked for Deloitte Consulting, Rockwell Automation, and Novar, a division of Honeywell, in a variety of roles from sustainability consulting to engineering to business development. Ali completed his Executive MBA at the Weatherhead School of Management and also earned his bachelor’s degree in physics from Case Western Reserve University.



Big Data, Facility Planning and Quantum Mechanics

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What could these three things possibly have to do with each other? A fundamental concept of quantum mechanics is that the position of sub-atomic particles like electrons orbiting the nucleus of an atom is defined as a probability function… and when we started thinking about how to measure people moving through a building, the models […]

Cisco Awarded Top International Honor for Energy Management

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On September 30, 2015, Cisco received the International Corporate Energy Management Award from the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) for our global energy management program and our commitment to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions globally.  We are very honored to receive this award and very proud of the work that we have done in setting […]

Why Cisco, Why Solar, Why Now

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In the past year, Cisco has significantly ramped up its use of renewable energy with a focus on solar.  We’ve been sharing these activities in press releases, blog posts, videos and our annual CSR report, but we haven’t talked about why – and these reasons are deeper than just a commitment to the environment. Here’s […]

Sustainability Up on the Roof

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When most people think about sustainability at a company like Cisco, they envision solar arrays and smart cities – and we certainly have those! But humming quietly on the roof of every building is a significant energy consumer, the air conditioning.  So just as we innovate solutions for the Internet of Everything, we also search […]

Cisco’s People Going Solar at Home

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The people of Cisco in the United States and Canada can now buy or lease solar power for their homes at a discount, thanks to an initiative between the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Geostellar, an online marketer of solar systems. The program uses bulk buying power to give employees, families, and friends access to solar […]

Trading Up to Lower Carbon in Bangalore

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Electric trading markets that allow consumers to procure blocks of energy directly from generation providers have existed for a long time, but have tended to be in areas with highly stable distribution systems with access limited to large consumers.  Customer segmentation within electricity markets has therefore been limited, with utilities defining tariffs and establishing service […]

Cisco Recognized by EPA as Green Power Partner of the Year

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Today, Cisco was recognized as one of only four organizations nationwide as a “Green Power Partner of the Year” by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This annual award recognizes the country’s leading green power users for furthering the voluntary green power market.  EPA presented Cisco with the award at an event held at the 2013 […]

Cisco’s Workplace Electric Vehicle Charging Journey Continues

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Today, Cisco is participating in the Drive the Dream event organized by the California Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Collaborative. We are excited to be working with Governor Jerry Brown and other organizations making up the electric vehicle ecosystem to promote the on-going effort to improve the environmental sustainability of our transportation system.  By continuing to […]

Accelerating the shift to renewable power

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When we announced Cisco’s new environmental sustainability goals, one goal continued to require the most clarification from both internal and external stakeholders:  having our corporate electricity emissions factor at half of the International Energy Agency (IEA) world average. This goal, and it’s delicate wording, perhaps only makes sense to us sustainability nerds who are immersed […]

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