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Who is... Vala Afshar?

by Ella, on 11 October, 2018

Vala Afshar is a digital marketing evangelist, author and Twitter storyteller. He contributes weekly technology, business and leadership articles to a variety of publications, as well as co-hosting the weekly video show DisrupTV. With an initial background in engineering, Vala is considered a pioneer in social technologies, business intelligence and customer relationship management (CRM).


Why we love him

Vala Afshar is SalesForce’s digital marketing evangelist. Widely regarded as a top martech and social media influencer (described as one of the best industry thought leaders by Forbes and Gartner amongst others), he is a regular contributor for renowned publications including Huffington Post and INC magazine.

Aside from this, Vala co-hosts DisrupTV - a weekly show covering the latest digital business and innovation market trends - interviewing Fortune 1000 business executives, start-up founders, venture capitalists and tech and media personalities. His book ‘’The Pursuit of Social Business Excellence’’ was published in 2012.


    • University of Massachusetts Lowell, Electrical Engineering 
    • Previously CMO and Chief Customer Officer, Enterasys Networks
    • Previously Chief Marketing Officer, Extreme Networks
    • Currently Chief Digital Evangelist, Salesforce

Fun facts

  • In March 2018, Vala sponsored the Vatican's first ever hackathon, participated by over 120 students from around the world
  • Vala is a two-time Stevie Award winner stemming from his experience as CMO for Enterasys and Extreme Networks

Where to find out more

  • Vala has written various blogs and pieces of content for the Salesforce platform
  • Huffington post:  Vala's articles and blogs for the publication
  • DisrupTV: weekly Web series Vala co-hosts with R "Ray" Wang
  • Why not check out his book, The Pursuit of Social Business Excellence

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