Helder Antunes

Senior Director

Corporate Strategic Innovations Group

Helder Antunes is a Senior Director in Cisco’s Corporate Strategic Innovations Group. As a member of Cisco’s Chief Technology & Strategy Office, Antunes is charged with aligning technology development and corporate strategy to enable Cisco to anticipate, shape, and lead major market transitions. He helps direct technology and operational innovation across the company and oversees strategic partnerships, mergers and acquisitions and incubation of new technologies.

Before joining Cisco, Antunes worked in various Silicon Valley startups. As a leader, he has earned a reputation for exceeding expected results through relentless and methodical execution and building exceptional teams to identify solutions that address complex global challenges.

Outside of Cisco, Antunes is also a General Partner at Pereira Ventures and a counselor to the Regional Government of the Azores, Portugal. Antunes has received many awards for his work at Cisco and with the Portuguese government, and is a much-sought-after speaker for various innovation, IoT and security related topics.


February 23, 2015


Cisco, the New (Old) Innovator

Every day, entrepreneurs launch startup companies to create apps, services, products, you name it! But often these self-starters have limited resources, small staffs and thus encounter other challenges that every new company faces. So what’s the key to any successful startup? Innovation. By finding new and creative ideas to operate a business, entrepreneurs can unlock […]

August 6, 2013


From Concept to Execution: Connecting the Car

Cars are important to Cisco. With Cisco’s heritage in networking the enterprise, we understand how to create a secure, scalable and high performing networking framework – one that enables connectivity and new user experiences. In a nutshell, this has been the foundation for our efforts in connecting cars. We’ve taken some of the key aspects […]

June 26, 2013


Connected Driving Experience at Cisco Live

 Your car GPS alerts you on an accident and automatically found the best detour. The car ahead of you suddenly brakes and your car adjusts automatically.  Your car alerted your mechanic that something is ‘not quite right’ and started sharing diagnostic data, before you set out on your excursion. During your road trip, your car […]

January 4, 2013


Smart Connected Vehicles – Changing How We Drive

The Internet of Everything is the idea that we can start connecting everything around us. Connections between people, things, and machines to produce intelligent data will lead the way we experience life. Therefore, cars and vehicles can be connected to provide a richer and more valuable driving experience. How will Cisco fall into this mix? Cisco’s […]