Arvind Satyam

Managing Director, Global Business Development

Smart+Connected Communities

Arvind leads business development globally for Cisco’s Smart+Connected Communities initiative, driving transformative partnerships with service providers and strategic partners and executing joint ventures, acquisitions and equity investments.

Under his leadership, the team has executed iconic city projects in Barcelona, London, Songdo and various locations across the world. Arvind is responsible for driving innovative partnerships with Accenture, Deutsche Telekom, TDC, Orange to scale the go-to-market of Cisco’s smart city solutions. Arvind has executed joint ventures with U-life solutions and investments with Sensity, Majitek, WorldSensing, Nexpa and others. He serves on advisory boards for fast paced IoT startups, World Sensing and Urbanise.

Arvind is an alumnus of Harvard Business School and holds a bachelors in computer engineering and a masters in finance from the University of New South Wales.


April 23, 2019


Closing the Loop: Driving a Circular Future

4 min read

At Cisco, we are the builders of bridges. In our circular economy initiatives, we strive to bridge the gap between technological innovation and sustainable development.

December 18, 2018


How will the Fourth Industrial Revolution Transform How We Govern?

4 min read

Co-authored with Heather Keleher.             The Fourth Industrial Revolution is a new beast: progressing at...

September 12, 2018


Why blockchain will bring smart cities to the next level

3 min read

Explore the possibilities of how distributed ledger technologies will change government processes to drive smart cities into the future.

November 15, 2017


Key infrastructure financing program to facilitate smart city projects worldwide

2 min read

If cities are to address the gap between needs and resources, public- and private-sector institutions must collaborate. Together, they must innovate and fund creative solutions to allow cities to effectively deliver citizen services.

How Service Providers are Helping to Enable the Next Phase of Smart City Adoption

3 min read

There has been lots of discussion on why cities are looking to embrace digital solutions to make them smarter. As smart city technologies and their related business models mature, cities are increasingly looking to deploy and scale multiple solutions across the city. This creates a really interesting opportunity for telecommunications service providers (SPs) based on […]

November 23, 2016


Orchestrating Smart City Ecosystems

5 min read

Orchestrating the smart city ecosystem is a combination of art and science that blends company cultures, business models, and objectives into a living, evolving expression of alignment with the goals of city leaders and citizens.

August 11, 2016


#TransformationThursday: Thinking Outside of the Box

2 min read

In the Name of Innovation: Technology is only as useful as the processes it changes, the money it saves, and the lives that it improves. In increasingly complex city environments where there are more people, less resources and higher demands than ever, how do we ensure that we’re getting the right solutions to the right […]