Michael Stevenson

Vice President Global Education of Cisco

United Kingdom

Michael Stevenson is Vice President, Global Education for Cisco Systems. He is responsible for developing Cisco’s education strategy and leading implementation in countries around the world.

Michael has built his expertise in education technology through roles in government and the media. Until September 2006 he was Chief Information Officer and Director of Technology at the Department for Education and Skills in England, driving the use of ICT in schools, colleges and universities. Before that he was DFES Director of Strategy. 

From 2000 to 2003, he founded and led the BBC’s Factual and Learning Directorate, responsible for factual programs and content across television, radio and online and spearheading an innovative education strategy that created an online curriculum for children at school and at home.

After studying Classics at Oxford, he joined the BBC as a graduate trainee. As a program maker he specialized in politics and religion, going on to found and edit the flagship political program On the Record. He then went into management, initially as BBC Secretary for the years leading up to the successful 1996 Charter Renewal. In 1996 he became Deputy Director of Nations and Regions, leading BBC Scotland and BBC Wales through the period of political devolution.