ODA Networking event with Cisco – Tech & Balance: Leading the Way to Sustainable Work and Life

Join us on November 28th for an enlightening afternoon at Cisco offices in Lysaker as we delve into the inspiring world of technology and work-life balance with focus on sustainability.

Gain valuable insights into Cisco’s Sustainability strategy and learn about concrete product innovations driving the company toward its net-zero emissions goal by 2040.

Additionally, we’ll transition to the discussion of cultivating a sustainable work/life balance, highlighting how culture is a trailblazer in promoting a healthy and harmonious approach to work and life.


  • 16:30 – Doors openFood and minglin
  • 17:00 – Welcome
  • 17:10 – Driving sustainable outcomes across the product lifecycle (Marte Sannesmoen)
  • 17:30 – Developing Sustainable Products – behind-the-scenes engineering view (Steinar Brander Iversen)
  • 17:50 – Break
  • 18:00 – Sustainability from the perspective of work/life balance (Anna Gjerlaug)
  • 18:20 – Time for Q&A

Anna Gjerlaug | Leader, Strategy & Planning

Anna Gjerlaug is Head of People & Culture for the global Collaboration Devices team at Cisco. Anna’s focus includes employee wellbeing, inclusion & diversity, and ensuring the office is a magnet to all employees. Since joining in 2018, Cisco Norway has been named #1 Great Place to Work in 2020 and again in 2023. Anna was recently awarded “Finalist” for HR Personality of the Year by Great Place to Work Norge. Before Cisco, Anna acted as Head of Human Resources at Inditex, supporting the Zara and Zara Home brands in Norway and Sweden. Anna is a certified coach through the Norwegian Gestalt Institute. After hours, Anna enjoys hitting the snow with her two Samoyed sled dogs, Monsen & Nansen.

Marte Sannesmoen | Product Marketing Manager

Marte is a Product Marketing Manager for Webex devices, based out of Oslo, Norway. She holds a MSc in Corporate Communications from the University of Amsterdam, and a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Manchester. She is passionate about telling stories about how technology can change the world for the better and help organizations meet their sustainability goals. When she is not working, you can find her hiking with her husky or enjoying a good book.

Steinar Brander Iversen | Senior Director Engineering

Steinar leads the Cisco Oslo engineering department developing all our Video Collaboration Products. The team includes 120+ engineers working across several disciplines including mechanical and electrical engineering, displays, cameras, microphones, speakers, low-level software and more. Steinar is passionate about Circular Economy aspects of our products and also works closely with other teams within Cisco focused on Sustainability.

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