Sanjeev Mervana

Vice President of Product Management

Emerging Technologies & Incubation

As Vice President, Product Management, Emerging Technologies & Incubation (ET&I), Sanjeev leads the team in sourcing, generating, screening, and managing new innovation and incubation ideas that ultimately fuel growth for Cisco. The ET&I team establishes and advances new technologies and business models, or “the Bold Bets” that can create new markets, disrupt existing markets, or can solve problems our customers face. Mervana has as long history of accomplishments, specifically around product management, competitive differentiation, and building successful global teams. Mervana is recognized as a proven business leader with a strategic, innovative, and collaborative lens in approaching business needs and requirements. Mervana has been with Cisco for two decades and has authored a Cisco Press Book “Design Principles of DSL Based Access Solutions.” With over 20 years of experience in Cloud, Software & Networking, Mervana has held various prominent leadership roles within Cisco. Mervana, a CCIE, relies heavily on his networking technology foundational knowledge as he searches for emerging technologies trends and new market frontiers in cloud and cloud native technologies spaces. When he is not incubating new technologies and discovering new tech trends, Mervana enjoys supporting causes in India such as education for women, supporting the visually impaired, and spreading mental health awareness. Finally, Mervana is keen on helping solve some of the world’s most challenging problems and building diverse teams that can help solve them. Mervana holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics from Vishwakarma Institute of Technology, University of Pune, and currently resides in San Jose, California.


November 29, 2021


The Power of BOLD: Innovative Partnerships

2 min read

Earlier this year Cisco launched our very first Partner Bold Bets, an opportunity to clear the path for extraordinary partner ideas. A Bold Bet is about a transformational new business idea. Do you have a Bold Bet?

August 27, 2021


Application Networking on the Go

3 min read

Modern applications are on a steep rise and application experience is the new customer experience for most businesses. Learn how application networking is enabling a cloud native world.

The importance of Ethical AI in creating a sustainable, equitable future

4 min read

Our fifth annual Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge includes a $50,000 USD Ethical Artificial Intelligence (AI) Prize this year. This prize will be awarded to a startup designing artificial intelligence (AI) in an inherently ethical manner, so that the solution addresses social, environmental, or technological challenges.

What happens when the Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge meets Digital Inclusivity?

4 min read

Our fifth annual Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge includes a $50,000 USD Digital Inclusivity Prize this year. This prize will be awarded to a startup using technology that closes the ever-widening digital divide.

Clearing the Fog Around Automation

2 min read

We have benchmarked service providers that have used ‘Automation” to spearhead their SDN & NFV transformation. Find out where you stand relative to these operators.

All Hail (and Support) Open Source!

2 min read

Open source is not a panacea. An open source product doesn’t mean it’s cheap or free. And open source solutions don’t provide a cookie-cutter approach – every solution needs customization and usually integration.

Delivering a New and Improved Online World

3 min read

Service provider networks are at the epicenter of digitization. You need to be faster, more efficient, more focused on strategic partnering and security obsessed. Here are some suggestions for how to do it.