Pastora Valero

Senior Vice President, International Government Affairs

Government Affairs

Pastora Valero is the Senior Vice President of Cisco’s International Government Affairs and leads government affairs activities in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Asia Pacific, Japan and Greater China (APJC) regions. She manages a team of professionals who engage lawmakers, regulators, and industry stakeholders across both regions on technology and communications policies that can deliver the promises of a digital world. Pastora joined Cisco in 2003, and she has close to three decades of experience in regulatory and public policy issues concerning telecommunications, internet regulations, competition and trade, among others. During her 19-year tenure at Cisco, she has successfully advocated for policies that foster the deployment of broadband networks, enable the future of wireless technologies, promote the green and digital transition, and enhance privacy and cybersecurity. She is passionate about mentorship, talent development, and women’s leadership—serving as the executive sponsor for the Women of Cisco Community in EMEA—and is an advocate for the role of digital technologies in powering a more sustainable and inclusive future for all. She is also a member of Cisco’s Senior Leadership Team in EMEA and APJC and the country sponsor for Egypt, a key market for Cisco in the Middle East region.


February 7, 2023


Cisco’s goal to train 2.6 million people with digital skills across the European Union

As the the European Year of Skills kicks off, Cisco has announced its goal to train 2.6 million people across the European Union in digital and cybersecurity skills over the next 10 years, through the Networking Academy. This blog explores Cisco's contribution to building a stronger digital Europe.

July 20, 2021


Europe’s recovery can be green, digital and truly inclusive

Opportunity presents itself in our response to unprecedented crises, as we drive towards a green and digital recovery in an inclusive way. We have it in our power to build a more inclusive, sustainable and digital world.

May 28, 2020


Prioritising digitisation will deliver jobs and a sustainable and green economy

Co-Authored by Pastora Valero and Cate Nymann The COVID-19 pandemic has created disruption and massive change at a scale and rate that many never thought was possible. But with change, even under heart-breaking conditions, can live opportunity. As we invest in reigniting growth, this is an opportunity to reinvent ourselves. We therefore welcome the ambitious blueprint […]

March 29, 2020


Helping Governments and Citizens Respond During These Extraordinary Times

Cisco is committed to helping our customers, partners, communities as well as governments across Europe, Middle East, and Africa, and around the world, take advantage of technology to reduce the impact of COVID-19.

February 18, 2020


Cisco’s Annual Internet Report Shows the Massive Growth of Europe’s Digital Future for EU Policymakers

Cisco’s Annual Internet Report (AIR) 2020 sets out the trends that will define our global communication networks for the next five years. As the European Commission sets out its strategy for a Europe “fit for the Digital Age,” the report provides insights into how the technology landscape across Europe will rapidly expand to over 2.2 billion mobile devices and 3.6 billion IoT connections by 2023.

July 22, 2016


An open Internet should not mean an Internet closed for innovation

Europe’s regulators should reconsider draft Open Internet guidelines in two key areas: technology mandates and specialised services As the digital revolution continues and new economies take shape, building the right framework for an open Internet is crucial. Cisco has been closely following Europe’s efforts and welcomed the Regulation that was agreed by EU legislators introducing […]

March 22, 2015


An Internet that spurs not strangles innovation

The world we live in today is one where people, process, data and – increasingly – things are connected as never before. The Internet of EveryThing (IoE), is driving the most dynamic area of innovation, creating new business models, economic, social and environmental sustainability and also has fantastic potential to improve our quality of life. […]

April 3, 2014


Roadmap for Additional Discussion on Net Neutrality in Europe

As consideration of the Net Neutrality legislation in Europe moves to the next phase, it is important that policymakers reflect on two real-world issues that were not fully resolved in the debate in the European Parliament.  These include whether networks under the currently proposed framework can handle the projected growth in fixed and mobile network […]