Carlos Pignataro

Principal Blue Fern Consulting Senior Fellow, ESF Center, Europe The Conference Board

Carlos Pignataro True
Carlos Pignataro

Carlos Pignataro

Principal, Blue Fern Consulting
Senior Fellow, ESF Center, Europe, The Conference Board

Carlos Pignataro is Principal at Blue Fern Consulting. Drawing from his experience as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Head of Sustainability Technology and Data, he brings multidisciplinary expertise in both technology and sustainability.

He also holds the roles of Mentor in Residence (MIR) with Duke University New Ventures, adjunct faculty at NC State University, and serves as Board chair at Code the Dream and Board member at the NC Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED). Carlos has built a 25+ year career driven by a passion and curiosity for innovation, strategic thinking, and tech-for-good, and brings his experience and expertise in growing technology businesses.

Carlos has held various technology and executive roles at Cisco and worked for a more diverse and inclusive workforce. Most recently, he was Head of Technology and Data for Cisco’s Engineering Sustainability, embedding sustainability into the engineering roadmap, as well as leveraging the portfolio to drive sustainability outcomes. He previously held roles of Distinguished Engineer and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the multi-billion-dollar Services Global Service Provider and Customer Experience businesses, and was the lead architect for techno-conservation.

An engaging speaker, Carlos keynotes about sustainability, technology, and innovation. He also leads standardization of environmental sustainability technologies at the IETF and IEEE, and is a champion at the Green Software Foundation.

Carlos is Fast Company's Innovative Leader of the Year (2021), a Fellow at the National Academy of Inventors (NAI), a two-time HITEC 100 (the one hundred most influential Hispanic leaders in technology) awardee (2021 and 2023), Stevie's Tech Innovator of the Year and Information Technology Executive of the Year, Senior Fellow at The Conference Board (TCB), co-founder of the International Society of Service Innovation Professionals, and recipient of several of industry awards including the IEEE Communications Society Industrial Innovation Award 2019. He is also co-author of more than 50 Internet RFCs, four books, multiple publications, and co-inventor of over 300 patents issued with the USPTO.