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Steve Cotter

Steve is CEO of the newly established Centre for Space Science Technology (CSST), a Regional Research Institute based in Alexandra, New Zealand.  He came to the role in 2017 with 25 years leadership experience, including more than 15 years in the information technology and research & education (R&E) sectors. 

Prior to CSST, Steve was the CEO of the GÉANT Association, overseeing both operating companies in Amsterdam and Cambridge.  GÉANT runs the pan-European high-performance R&E network serving more than 50 million users from 41 countries. Before joining GÉANT, he was the CEO of REANNZ, the New Zealand R&E network. He joined REANNZ from the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) in 2011. As the head of ESnet, he was responsible for providing high-performance networking to thousands of researchers and scientists at more than 40 national laboratories and research institutions. 

Prior to ESnet, he served as Google’s network deployment manager for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Before being hired by Google, Steve worked for Internet2, the R&E network in the U.S. as Deputy Operations Officer and was CEO & President of their wholly owned subsidiary, FiberCo. Steve got his start in telecommunications and networking at SBC Global Communications (now AT&T), serving as a Director in network engineering and construction departments, and also in optical networking as an engineer and program manager at Cisco Systems. He served eight years as an Officer and helicopter pilot in the U.S. Marine Corps.  Steve attended the U.S. Naval Academy, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering. Steve also earned an MBA from Boston University.