Guy Diedrich, Ph.D

Senior Vice President & Global Innovation Officer

Office of the Executive Chairman

Dr. Guy Diedrich is a Senior Vice President and the Global Innovation Officer for Cisco Systems where he is responsible for its Country Digital Acceleration (CDA) program. In this role, Dr. Diedrich collaborates closely with government and industry leadership in 44 countries around the world to drive mass-scale digitization initiatives that help increase GDP, create millions of next-generation jobs and develop sustainable innovation ecosystems. With over 1200 active or completed projects since CDA’s inception in 2015, Dr. Diedrich continues to grow and evolve the program into new markets, and build trust with government, industry and academic stakeholders, which is integral to the program’s success. Prior to his current role at Cisco Systems, Dr. Diedrich was a Vice Chancellor at the Texas A&M University System where he was responsible for research, commercialization, federal government relations, state government relations and strategic initiatives. Before joining Texas A&M, Dr. Diedrich served as President and CEO of GRA Inc., a software development and consulting company that he co-founded and grew from a start-up to a firm employing more than 130 professionals. The company was sold to a publicly-traded technology company. Dr. Diedrich holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University, a Master’s degree from the University of Cambridge (Kings College) and a Ph.D. from Swansea University where he studied the economics of trust in organizations. Dr. Diedrich is a published author in cost accounting and medical psychology, and has worked extensively throughout Europe, the Americas, Asia, and the Middle East for more than two decades.


August 3, 2023


Building a Stronger, More Secure, More Connected Ukraine Together

Cisco is launching the next wave of Country Digital Acceleration program initiatives in Ukraine to help secure the country’s critical infrastructure, promote connectivity, and provide critical workforce development training.

December 16, 2022


Harnessing the power of technology on the Pacific Islands

Cisco is determined to play a part in helping the Pacific Islands combat challenges related to digital skills development and sustainability

March 31, 2022


Closing the Digital Divide to Power Health Equity

Technology can enable an inclusive and connected future for all by bridging the digital divide and addressing the lack of health equity around the world.

September 15, 2021


Transforming Digital Policing in New Zealand with Webex

With investment from Cisco’s Country Digital Acceleration (CDA) program, the New Zealand Police were able to leverage Webex to create operational resiliency and respond to incidents in real-time. #CiscoCDA

January 27, 2020


Cisco’s new Cybersecurity Co-Innovation Center inside one of Europe’s most famous museums

Italy’s largest science and technology museum has a new addition to its elaborate exhibitions of artefacts and art. Thanks to our collaboration with the Italian Government and an investment through our Cisco Country Digital Acceleration (CDA) Program, Milan’s Leonardo da Vinci Museum of Science & Technology is now home to our newest Co-Innovation Center – […]

Cisco and TomTom Teaming up to Build Safer, Less Congested Roads

Cisco teams up with Europe’s leading in-vehicle navigation system, TomTom, to digitize the world’s highways, creating safer and less congested roads