Zika is currently a business development senior manager in Cisco Israel and is leading Cisco's new initiative of Country Digitization Acceleration in Israel. In this capacity, Zika founded The MaanTech Program which supports the integration of Israeli Arabs into the High-Tech Industry under the hospice of President Peres, and together with Moshe Friedman founded the KamaTech Program which supports the integration of the Ultra-Orthodox Jews into the Industry.
Prior to to leading CDA at Cisco Israel, Zika led Cisco's Corporate Social Responsibility efforts in Eastern Europe, Israel, Palestine, and sub-Saharan Africa. In this role, she managed the implementation of several social investments including a $10M commitment in five African countries and a $10M commitment in the Palestinian Territories.
In December 2010, Cisco received the Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE) from the U.S. State Department for Zika's team's work in Israel and Palestine. Visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdjWSfbOJDQ to learn more about the award.
In Africa, Zika and team designed, initiated and implemented the CKC ( Community Knowledge Center) model in Sub Saharan Africa under Cisco's $10M commitment at the Clinton Global Initiative.
TheMarker Magazine listed Zika as one of Israel's 100 most influential people (#37 and #87):
Zika initiated the Cisco Networking Academy program in Israel and Palestine. She also implemented and managed several projects that emphasize collaboration, building leadership skills, and promoting economic opportunities such as MYTecC, the Net@ program, and various other projects in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
Prior to managing the Networking Academy program, Zika worked as an R&D manager in Cisco Israel.
She holds a Masters degree in Mathematics from Tel Aviv University.
Specialties: Economic Development; Technology as a tool for Economic development; CSR investments -> Towards business investments; Market Development