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GovernmentDX summit is a by-invitation only round table discussion.
See the global digital government leaders who attended 2024 below:

The Honorable Clare A. Martorana

Federal Chief Information Officer, Office of Management and Budget, United States of America

Clare Martorana is an industry leader in deploying innovative technology and human-centered design to create products, services, and experiences that improve people’s lives.

In March 2021, Clare was appointed by President Biden as the Federal Chief Information Officer. She previously served as Chief Information Officer of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and a member of the U.S. Digital Service team at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, launching the agency’s enterprise-wide digital modernization effort to give Veterans the 21st century digital experience they deserve. Prior to joining government, Clare was a President at Everyday Health and Senior Vice President and General Manager and editor-at-large at WebMD.

Throughout her career, Clare has worked to improve and simplify the digital experiences people have when interacting with businesses – and knows the same is possible when our citizens interact with our government. As a creative leader and big thinker, she is leading government technologists and policy experts in meeting federal mandates while working collaboratively to deliver secure modern tools and services to our citizens. She looks forward to partnering with key stakeholders to maximize investments and deliver high-quality digital services to the American people.

Brian Abrahamson

Associate Laboratory Director and Chief Digital Officer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, United States of America

Brian Abrahamson is an Associate Laboratory Director & the Chief Digital Officer for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, responsible for leading the institution on a digital transformation journey that brings to bear technology innovation to differentiate PNNL as a globally recognized research institution.

Brian has the privilege of leading a diverse team of professionals that span computing, information technology, user experience design, program management, cyber security, and systems engineering.  This team has a clear mandate to leverage human-centered design to re-imagine how digital technologies can simplify the research experience, enable data-driven insights for decision makers, enhance the efficiency of getting work done at the laboratory, and accelerate PNNL’s research missions through advanced computational testbeds, human centered design, DevSecOps, HPC, IoT, edge and cloud computing.

Having previously served as the CIO for San Francisco-based Pacific Gas and Electric Company, one of the nation’s largest investor-owned utilities, Brian returned to his home state of Washington in 2012 to join PNNL.  Prior to PG&E he spent over 10 years with Accenture, a management consulting organization, where he worked with technology and business leaders at over a dozen Fortune 200 companies to transform business operating models and lead digital transformation efforts.

Christopher Alvares

Chief Data Officer, Department of Agriculture, United States of America

Christopher Alvares serves as the Chief Data Officer (CDO) at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). In this role, he is responsible for developing strategies that enable USDA to fully leverage its data as a strategic asset, improving organizational decision-making and outcomes for citizens. He is also a member of the Federal Chief Data Officer Council working with other CDOs to improve the use of data across government.

Chris started his career in the private sector, working for several small biotechnology companies analyzing the relationships between genetics and human diseases. He worked in the labs generating data and quickly moved into genomic analytics. Chris became the Director of a data analytics staff providing genomic analytics services to other biotechnology and pharmaceutical clients.

Chris began Federal service in 2008 as a data analyst for the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). He helped grow and build out the analytics office from a staff of five to over 20 which supported a wide range of analytics and reporting for FSIS. Chris moved into leadership roles as Branch Chief and then Director of the Data Analytics and Integration Group in FSIS. Chris also served on the Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration with representatives from FSIS, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to advance analytics in foodborne illness. In 2018, Chris became a Special Advisor to the General Services Administration (GSA) Center of Excellence (CoE), leading a team to modernize data analytics at USDA. Chris joined the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) as Deputy Chief Data Officer in 2019 where he has been continuing the analytics modernization across USDA.

Chris graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a Bachelor of Science degree and earned a master’s from Johns Hopkins University while working. He is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute’s Leadership for a Democratic Society program.

Lauren Alexanderson

Deputy Chief Technology Officer, Department of Veterans Affairs, United States of America

For nearly 30 years, Lauren Alexanderson has been an advocate for designing health experiences with users, not for them. She got her start as a patient designer for Steven Spielberg and General Norman Schwarzkopf’s Starbright World, a 1990s virtual reality online community for children living with chronic and severe health conditions. Hooked on the practice of health experience design, she is now proud to serve as VA’s Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Health Delivery. In this role, Lauren oversees a large portfolio of accessible digital health products designed and developed with Veterans and their care teams. During the pandemic, Lauren led VA’s Veteran-facing content response for the agency-wide COVID-19 joint task force. Lauren has been with the Department of Veterans Affairs for 7 years, first as a United States Digital Service (USDS) Expert, before becoming the Deputy CTO for Health Delivery. Prior to enlisting in USDS, Lauren spent twelve years working in international and domestic public health and non-profits, with an emphasis on designing digital approaches to enable populations to better access and manage their health care.  Lauren holds an MBA and an MA in Health Communication from Johns Hopkins University, and a BA in Community Health from Brown University.

Jennifer Anastasoff

Executive Director, Tech Talent Project

Jennifer is co-Founder and Executive Director of the Tech Talent Project. Previously, she was a founding member of U.S. Digital Service at the White House and served as Head of People from 2014 until 2017, increasing the team from three to over 200 and created a diverse, cross-functional pipeline of digital talent from around America into our federal government. She focuses on bringing together talent, innovation, and social change and loves building awesome teams.

She served as founding CEO of Fuse Corps and prior to starting Fuse Corps, Jennifer founded a few social enterprises focused on bringing technical and operational skills to the public sector, served as a consultant on the Higher Education Committee of the California State Assembly, and was a proud 6th-grade teacher.

Dorothy Aronson

Chief Data Officer and Chief AI Officer, National Science Foundation, United States

Ms. Aronson currently serves as the Chief Data Officer and Chief AI Officer at the National Science Foundation where she is working to inspire innovation and continuous improvement in NSF’s operations.

Darren Ash

Chief Information Officer, Department of Interior, United States

Darren Ash serves as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the U.S. Department of the Interior.  For over 20 years, Mr. Ash has served as an IT expert in the public sector, implementing a wide range of IT and information management (IM) capabilities and enhancements and improved IT/IM budgeting, governance, and portfolio management processes.

Previously, Mr. Ash served as the Assistant CIO for USDA’s Farm Production and Conservation Mission Area, CIO for USDA’s Farm Service Agency, CIO of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and Associate CIO (ACIO) at the U.S. Department of Transportation.  Mr. Ash started his Federal career with the Internal Revenue Service and then moved to the Department of Treasury, prior to serving at the Department of Transportation.

A native of California, he received a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from The American University, a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University, and a Master of Science in Information Systems Technology.

Larry Bafundo (invited)

Deputy Executive Director and Acting Executive Director, Technology Modernization Fund General Services Administration, United States

Larry Bafundo is a technologist who has led complex digital initiatives across the private and public sectors and currently serves as the Deputy Executive Director and Acting Executive Director of GSA’s Technology Modernization Fund.

Prior to joining the TMF, he led a $2B effort at the Department of Labor to modernize the nation’s unemployment insurance systems. While at DOL, Larry built a team of digital experts to help states improve customer experiences, streamline workflows using automation and artificial intelligence, and strengthen program integrity through new partnerships with GSA’s Login.gov and the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Previously, Larry also served as the Vice President of Digital Services at Ad Hoc, a digital services company that came out of the Healthcare.gov rescue. In this role he led a team of 400 technologists and worked with agencies like Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) to improve how they use technology to serve people. He also founded the company’s product practice, making product management a key differentiator for the company, and built a team of product leaders that have gone on to lead digital teams across government, including at VA, HHS, and the United States Digital Service (USDS).

Larry also worked with Los Angeles County to design a new voting system that launched in 2020 and led product teams at 18F and Code for America.

Prior to focusing on the public sector, Larry served as a strategy consultant to Fortune 100
companies and was a frequent technology partner to IDEO, a global design firm and pioneer of human centered design practices.

He lives in Alexandria, VA with his wife, Monica, son, Enzo, and dog, Penny.

Erica Baker

Secretary and Chief Administrative Officer, Postal Regulatory Commission, United States

Erica Barker is the Secretary and Chief Administrative Officer for the Postal Regulatory Commission, where she manages the agency’s operations, infrastructure, and administration. As Secretary and CAO of a very small Federal agency, Erica oversees a broad portfolio including information technology, cybersecurity, finance, procurement, data management, human resources, facilities, and compliance.

 

She also serves a member of the Small Agency Council’s Executive Committee and serves as Chairperson of the Small Agency Council’s Administrative Services Committee, where she collaborates with other small agency leaders and seeks to implement solutions for shared challenges across the Federal government. In her role on the Executive Committee of the Federal Cloud and Infrastructure Community of Practice, she represents the perspective of non-CFO Act agencies. Erica holds a Juris Doctor from Seton Hall University of Law and previously worked as a government regulatory attorney and as a litigator in private practice.

Glorimar Ripoll Balet

Director of Product, US Digital Service, United States of America

Glorimar Ripoll Balet is currently the Director of Product at the United States Digital Services (USDS), a component of the Executive Office of the President of the United States. She leads a team of product managers working on some of the nation’s most pressing service delivery challenges. Glorimar joined USDS in 2021 as a Digital Service Expert and worked on projects with various federal agencies, including the Department of Labor, the General Service Administration, and the White House Infrastructure Implementation Team. During her time in the federal government, Glorimar has also been a policy advisor to the White House Working Group on Puerto Rico and Co-Chair of the Federal Fast Track Action Committee for Data Infrastructure for Puerto Rico, a subgroup of the Subcommittee on Equitable Data of the National Science and Technology Council.

Before joining the federal government, Glorimar was appointed the first Chief Innovation Officer for the Government of Puerto Rico in 2017 and the first woman Chief Information Officer in 2019. She led the creation of the Puerto Rico Innovation and Technology Service (PRITS), a component of the Office of the Governor, and became the first Executive Director of this agency in 2019. Having this office created by statutory law was a significant achievement for the Puerto Rican government. Under Ripoll Balet’s leadership, the people in Puerto Rico witnessed impactful advances in digital government services, particularly those related to driver’s licenses and motor vehicles.

Glorimar has a Bachelor of Science in Management Science with concentrations in Information Technologies and Marketing Research, a Minor in Economics, and a Master of Engineering with a concentration in Information Systems, both from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Betsy Beaumon

Chief Transformation Officer, Social Security Administration

Betsy Beaumon is the Chief Transformation Officer and Senior Advisor at the Social Security Administration.  She is the former CEO of Benetech, a nonprofit delivering software for social good, developing and scaling products to address inclusion, equity, and justice for marginalized communities in over 50 countries. She coined the term “Born Accessible” to describe the goal of digital content and products that work for all from the start. Betsy previously held roles in product development, customer service, and consulting across the tech sector, including co-founding two pioneering start-ups: the first web-based information and referral service for social services and one of the first online global trade management platforms. Betsy has been an active board member, advisor, and volunteer, as well as author and speaker.  She holds a degree in electrical engineering from Northwestern University.

Thomas Beautyman

Deputy Director for Government Digital, Data and Technology Capability, Government Digital and Data, United Kingdom

Thomas joined the Cabinet Office in 2021, in the new Central Digital and Data Office, and is responsible for transforming how Government grows  capability in digital and data.  This including attracting, recruiting and building digital expertise, through to developing the many leaders in government who have specialism in other domains, but increasingly need digital and data confidence to deliver.  Thomas moved to the Cabinet Office from DWP Digital, having joined Government in 2019 from BT where he led workforce planning, apprenticeships and learning transformation.

Christine Bellamy

Director, GOV.UK, Government Digital Service, Cabinet Office, United Kingdom

Government Digital Service (GDS) mission is to build a simple, joined-up and personalised experience of government for everyone. Using its unique position at the centre of government, they develop services that work for the user, however complex the underlying systems may be. GOV.UK is the best place for people to access government services and information. It’s one of the most visited websites in the UK, and is relied upon by millions of people each week for clear and accurate guidance on government policy and information, and access to vital services.

As Director of GOV.UK Chris sets the vision and strategy and leads the work to develop future products that will deliver a joined-up and personalised experience of government for everyone. She also works with teams across the UK government to transform digital services and content.

She joined GDS from the BBC where she held a number of roles over a ten year period (2012-2022) and most recently was Head of Product for BBC News and Sport, UK and Global. Prior to working at the BBC, Christine was a Managing Director at Johnston Media (2009-2012).

Rohan Bhobe

CEO, Nava

Amira Boland

Lead, Federal Customer Experience Office of Performance and Personnel Management, United States of America

Amira Boland is currently a Visiting Fellow with the McCourt School’s Better Government Lab on a temporary assignment from her role as the lead for Federal Customer Experience at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in the Executive Office of the President. Amira joined the Federal government in 2015 as a founding member of the White House Social and Behavioral Sciences Team. She left the private sector where she’d been working with financial institutions and insurance companies on products based on individuals’ spending, saving, and risk-taking behavior and with other public institutions on forming innovative delivery teams at the center of government. Following the Obama Administration, Amira worked to institutionalize SBST as the Office of Evaluation Sciences at the General Services Administration, a team that works across government to build the capacity of civil servants to embed evaluations, and Randomized Controlled Trials whenever possible, into their program delivery. Amira joined OMB in 2018 and has built a Customer Experience team working to implement Executive Order 14058 on Transforming Federal Customer Experience and Service Delivery to Rebuild Trust in Government. Amira also coordinated OMB’s work implementing the first Executive Order of the Biden-Harris Administration, Executive Order 13985, on Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government and supports ongoing cross-government initiatives to better account for, calculate, and reduce administrative burdens. Amira is a proud mom of two and ramblin’ wreck from Georgia Tech.

Martin Bowyer

Deputy Director, Securing Government Services, Central Digital and Data Office, United Kingdom

Martin leads a team of talented and creative digital and security experts in the Cabinet Office at the heart of the UK Government. Part of the Central Digital & Data Office, he works with the National Cyber Security Centre, cyber experts, digital teams across the public sector and key suppliers to provide pragmatic solutions to digital and cyber challenges. A co-author of the UK Government’s Cyber Security and Digital & Data Strategies, Martin brings practical experience to transforming public sector technology and helps to deliver great digital services that are secure by design. Martin is also responsible for critical technical infrastructure used by the UK public sector.

Martin’s background is in Consulting. Before joining the UK Government, Martin delivered technology transformation programmes, technology consulting and assurance engagements and grew a successful public sector cyber business in a top tier consultancy.

Judy Brewer

Assistant Director of Accessibility, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, United States

Judy Brewer is OSTP Assistant Director for Accessibility at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where she focuses on technology policies that impact people with disabilities. Her work includes strengthening implementation of digital accessibility in government services, improving access to technology-based reasonable accommodations, promoting equitable access to accessible technologies, helping build paths for accessible AI, and opening the STEM pipeline for people with disabilities.

Prior to working at the White House, Judy served for several months as a Digital Accessibility Expert at the Partnership for Public Service, a non-partisan non-profit focused on building better government. For the previous 25 years she led the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), where she led development of the internationally recognized Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), which have been taken up by many governments around the world. During that time she also served as a Principal Research Scientist at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL).

Her experience includes work on digital accessibility, assistive technology, international technology standards development, disability rights, and development of technology policies and practices to advance digital equity and inclusion.

Stephen Burt

Chief Data Officer of Canada and Assistant Deputy Minister of Data and Digital Policy, Canada

In March 2022, Stephen Burt was appointed Chief Data Officer for the Government of Canada, at the Treasury Board Secretariat. His mandate is to provide leadership within the federal government across all aspects of managing information and data. This includes protective policy elements for privacy and responsible use of data-driven technologies, and policy elements related to transparency such as access to information and open government, including GC enterprise tools for data and information sharing. The CDO also oversees policy and guidance for data-enabled digital services and programs, including foundational information management and data governance practices across federal departments.

Prior to this appointment, Mr. Burt was the functional authority for data governance and
analytics capability for the Department of National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces
(DND/CAF). He drove the analytics adoption and maturity throughout DND/CAF, and led the department-wide initiative to establish analytics and data governance.

Mr. Burt began his career in the Government of Canada in 1997 with Revenue Canada. In 1999, he joined DND, where he worked in a variety of policy, operational and defence intelligence roles, including two years as Executive Assistant to the Deputy Minister.

Mr. Burt moved to the Privy Council Office (PCO) in 2007 to work in the Security and Intelligence  Secretariat as Senior Advisor on National Security. In that role, he was secretary for the committees of the National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister. In 2009, he joined the Intelligence Assessment Secretariat (IAS) at PCO, and held positions as Director for Afghanistan and, later, for Asia. Mr. Burt was appointed Director of Operations for the IAS in January 2012, and took on the position of Assistant Secretary on an acting basis in March 2014.

Robin Carnahan

Administrator, General Services Administration, United States of America

Robin Carnahan currently serves as the Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).

As Administrator, she is working to empower GSA career professionals and build on the agency’s efforts to deliver the best value in real estate, acquisition, and technology services to the government and American people.

Prior to joining GSA, Carnahan served in executive and leadership roles in business, academia and government, including as the Secretary of State of Missouri (2005-2013), and founded and led the State and Local Government Practice at 18F, a tech consultancy, inside GSA (2016–2020). She’s a nationally recognized government technology leader and in 2017 was named one of the federal government’s “Top Women in Tech.” Most recently, Carnahan was a Fellow at Georgetown University’s Beeck Center where she co-founded the State Software Collaborative.

As Secretary of State, Carnahan also served as the state’s Chief Election Official and State Securities Regulator and was responsible for providing in-person and online services to hundreds of thousands of customers. An essential part of her job was leading the office’s technology modernization efforts across 7 operating divisions. She frequently speaks, writes and testifies about government innovation through smarter use of technology.

While previously at GSA, Carnahan helped federal, state and local government agencies improve customer facing digital services and cut costs. She focused on training and empowering non-technical executives on ways to reduce risk and deliver better results for the public by more effectively budgeting, procuring, implementing, and overseeing digital modernization projects.

Carnahan holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from William Jewell College and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.

CHANG Sau Sheong

Deputy Chief Executive, Government Technology Agency, Singapore

Sau Sheong is the Deputy Chief Executive, Product & Engineering, for GovTech Singapore.

Prior to GovTech, he was an Operating Partner, Digital for Temasek, a global investment company headquartered in Singapore and part of the AI Strategy and Solutions team.

Before that, he ran SP Digital, the digital business unit of SP Group. He also headed IT, OT and digital transformation for the whole of SP Group for more than 6 years. Sau Sheong was instrumental in changing SP Group from a traditional utility company to a regional energy player.

In his 28 years of industry experience, he has built and led product engineering teams at PayPal, Yahoo and HP building various software products for enterprise businesses and consumers globally.

He was previously a co-founder of a software company and was involved in startups for more than 10 years. He is active and contributes to many technology communities in Singapore and Southeast Asia and has written 4 programming books, currently working on a 5th book.

Sau Sheong has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering, a Master’s in Commercial Law and a Postgraduate Certificate in International Arbitration.

Dana Chisnell

Executive Director for Customer Experience, Department for Homeland Security, United States 

Dana Chisnell serves as the Executive Director for the Customer Experience Directorate at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In her role, she drives initiatives to reduce administrative burdens, simplify public-facing processes, and equip the DHS workforce with the tools necessary to improve customer interactions at all levels.

From October 2014 to 2016, Ms. Chisnell was part of the founding cohort of the United States Digital Service. Her focus was on bringing human-centered design to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) as the agency revamped its software development and design practices. Ms. Chisnell also acted as part of a cross-functional team to design a more agile and design-forward procurement process for the entire Department.

In February 2021, Ms. Chisnell returned to federal service to improve processes to obtain Afghan Special Immigrant Visas, lead service design on parts of “Operation Allies Welcome” and explore process redesign for various parole programs.

Before returning to federal service at DHS, Ms. Chisnell co-founded Project Redesign at the National Conference on Citizenship with Ginny Hunt and current DHS Chief Information Officer Eric Hysen. While with Project Redesign, she created and led the Tech Executive Leadership Initiative (TELI) with the Aspen Tech Policy Hub and the Tech Talent Project to prepare senior leaders from the private sector to enter public service.

Ms. Chisnell also co-founded the Center for Civic Design (CCD). CCD was the first to map the experience of American voters. She worked on the Anywhere Ballot, the basis of the digital user interfaces on most commercially available voting systems today.

Ms. Chisnell is an expert in plain language, forms design, and user experience for older adults. Her work on design for older adults includes groundbreaking work at AARP that was the basis for several requirements in the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).

Ms. Chisnell received her Bachelor of Arts in English and Linguistics from Michigan State University.

Kevin Cunnington

Former Director General, Government Digital Service (GDS), United Kingdom, and Expert Advisor, Global Government Forum

Kevin was Director General of the International Government Service and Digital Envoy for the UK from August 2019, until April 2021. Prior to that, he was the Director General of the Government Digital Service from August 2016 to July 2019. Kevin left the UK Civil Service in April 2021.

Kevin has led a variety of large scale, and global, digital transformation programmes. He spent his early career in programming and IT consultancy. More recently he was the Global Head of Online for Vodafone Group and Business Transformation Group Director General at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Kevin now advises Global Government Forum, and leads the Global Government Digital Leaders’ Study.

Chris DeRusha

Federal Chief Information Security Officer, Office of Management Budget, United States of America

In January 2021, Chris DeRusha was appointed as the Federal Chief Information Security Officer in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Office of the Federal Chief Information Officer (OFCIO). Before coming back to federal government, DeRusha served as the Chief Information Security Officer for the Biden for President campaign. Prior to joining the campaign in June 2020, he served as the Chief Security Officer for the State of Michigan. DeRusha has extensive experience managing cybersecurity and critical infrastructure programs and operations both in the public and private sectors. DeRusha led Ford Motor Company’s Enterprise Vulnerability Management program and has over eight years of Federal Government experience working both at the Office of Management and Budget and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He holds a Master’s in Security Studies from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from James Madison University.

Neal Desai

Technical Advisor, Internal Revenue Service, United States of America

Neal Desai is the Director of Culture and Communications for the Transformation & Strategy Office in the IRS.  He also serves as an advisor to the Commissioner on a broad range of human capital issues.  Prior to the IRS, Neal worked in the Transformation Office at the Office of Personnel Management and as a Special Advisor to the Deputy Secretary of Defense, focused on her human capital and performance improvement portfolios.

Ann Dunkin

Chief Information Officer, Department of Energy, United States of America

Ann Dunkin currently serves as Chief Information Officer at the U.S. Department of Energy, where she manages the Department’s information technology (IT) portfolio and modernization; oversees the Department’s cybersecurity efforts; leads technology innovation and digital transformation; and enables collaboration across the Department. She served in the Obama Administration as CIO of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Prior roles include Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, Dell Technologies; CIO, County of Santa Clara, CA; CTO, Palo Alto Unified School District, California; and various leadership roles at Hewlett Packard focused on engineering, research and development, IT, manufacturing engineering, software quality, and operations.

Ann is a published author, most recently of the book Industrial Digital Transformation, and a frequent speaker on topics such as government technology modernization, digital transformation, and organizational development. Ann received the 2022 Capital CIO Large Enterprise ORBIE Award, and she has been given a range of previous awards, including DC’s Top 50 Women in Technology for 2015 and 2016, ComputerWorld’s Premier 100 Technology Leaders for 2016, StateScoop’s Top 50 Women in Technology list for 2017, FedScoop’s Golden Gov Executive of the Year in 2016 and 2021, and FedScoop’s Best Bosses in Federal IT 2022.

Ms. Dunkin holds a Master of Science degree and a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering degree, both from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is a licensed professional engineer in the states of California and Washington. In 2018, she was inducted into Georgia Tech’s Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni.

Jen Easterly

Director, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, United States of America

Jen Easterly is the Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). She was nominated by President Biden in April 2021 and unanimously confirmed by the Senate on July 12, 2021. As Director, Jen leads CISA’s efforts to understand, manage, and reduce risk to the cyber and physical infrastructure Americans rely on every day. She is a proud Mom, a mental health advocate, a Rubik’s Cube enthusiast, and an aspiring electric guitarist. 

Before serving in her current role, Jen was the head of Firm Resilience at Morgan Stanley, responsible for ensuring preparedness and response to business-disrupting operational incidents and risks to the Firm. She also helped build and served as the first Global Head of Morgan Stanley’s Cybersecurity Fusion Center, the Firm’s center of gravity for cyber defense operations.

Jen has a long tradition of public service, to include two tours at the White House, most recently as Special Assistant to President Obama and Senior Director for Counterterrorism and earlier as Executive Assistant to National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice. She also served as the Deputy for Counterterrorism at the National Security Agency.

A two-time recipient of the Bronze Star, Jen retired from the U.S. Army after more than twenty years of service in intelligence and cyber operations, including tours of duty in Haiti, the Balkans, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Responsible for standing up the Army’s first cyber battalion, she was also instrumental in the design and creation of United States Cyber Command.

A distinguished graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Jen holds a master’s degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from the University of Oxford, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. She is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the 2023 Sisterhood Award from Girls Who Code; the 2022 National Defense University Admiral Grace Hopper Award; the 2021 Cybersecurity Ventures Cybersecurity Person of the Year Award; the 2020 Bradley W. Snyder Changing the Narrative Award, and the 2018 James W. Foley Legacy Foundation American Hostage Freedom Award.

A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a French American Foundation Young Leader, Jen is the past recipient of the Aspen Finance Leaders Fellowship, the National Security Institute Visiting Fellowship, the New America Foundation Senior International Security Fellowship, the Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship, and the Director, National Security Agency Fellowship.

Brian Epley

Principal Deputy Chief Information Officer, Department of Energy, United States of America

Brian Epley joined the Department of Energy as the Principal Deputy Chief Information Officer (PDCIO) in September 2022. As PDCIO, Brian leads the day-to-day operations of the Office of the CIO, and also partners with the CIO on strategic direction to protect and modernize DOE’s information technology, information resources, data, and cybersecurity across the DOE enterprise.

Before joining DOE, Brian held several roles at the Environmental Protection Agency. He served in roles including Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator for Administration & Resources Management, Chief (IT) Operations Officer, and Deputy Chief Technology Officer. His responsibilities covered enterprise information systems management and operations management, including desktop, enterprise hosting, service and business management, endpoint and collaboration solutions, and network and security operations.

Brian is a seasoned professional with more than 25 years’ experience across federal and state government and the commercial sector. Throughout his career, he has distinguished himself as an innovative change leader with the unique ability to deliver strategically aligned and mission-focused services. His experience in building coalitions, creating a shared vision, and actively partnering with customers will be immensely helpful as he joins the CIO to help lead DOE’s remarkable organization.

Marcela Escobar-Alava

Chief Information Officer, Social Security Administration, United States of America

Marcela Escobar-Alava was appointed Chief Information Officer in March 2024, where her primary focus will be on continuing the agency’s progress in improving the customer experience. Prior to coming to SSA, she served as Special Assistant to the President and Chief of Enterprise Applications for the Office of Administration where she delivered technology strategy and enterprise solutions across the Executive Office of the President. During this Administration, she also served as the Deputy Director of White House Information Technology. Prior to her federal service, she was the transformational CIO for Monarch Companies where she led the integration of acquisitions towards a unified culture and single operating model. Prior to Monarch, she was the Chief Digital Officer for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) where she developed the digital products, technology, and marketing strategies to enable the broadest reach, largest grants, donations, and generational impact the organization has ever attained. Prior to HSF, she was the Divisional CIO for Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, a multi-billion-dollar division of Sony Pictures Entertainment. In that role, she oversaw the Global Information Technology strategy and direction to support and enable Home Entertainment’s business operations, including sales, marketing, manufacturing, distribution, business intelligence, finance, and digital functions.

Originally from Los Angeles, Marcela holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in International Business from Loyola Marymount University, and a Master’s of Business Administration in Information Systems and Operations Management from the University of Southern California. Her proudest accomplishment has been to have a progressive career while raising 3 beautiful and generous human beings – Alex, Nikki, and Robert. She continues to give back as a mentor and inspirational speaker and has served and led a variety of non-profit boards and Advisory Committees at the local and national level within the STEM, Early childhood education, Higher Ed, and DE&I spaces.

Jonathan Finch

Director, Digital Experience, Office of Management and Budget, United States

Jonathan Finch currently serves as the Acting Director of Digital Experience within the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). He helped draft and now leads the government-wide implementation of OMB’s flagship policy on delivering a digital-first public experience. Jonathan also serves as an implementation lead for the customer experience priority area of the President’s Management Agenda. Throughout his career which has spanned both the private and public sectors, Jonathan has helped organizations of all sizes rethink how they engage with and serve their customers. Prior to joining the government, Jonathan worked at Deloitte Consulting, where he served as an advisor to C-suite executives on a range of topics.  Jonathan holds a Master of Public Policy degree from Georgetown University and began his career in public service as a White House intern while at Georgetown.

Joseph Foster

Cloud Computing Program Manager at NASA, United States

Joseph Foster, Cloud Computing Program Manager at NASA is a leader in Government Cloud Innovation whose expertise is frequently sought-after across the Federal Government. Joseph brings lessons learned and experience implementing High security Cloud at NGA as an Early Adopter as well as close relationships with community partners like NRO, CIA, NSA. He developed a functional ATO-approved system that is now a NASA Enterprise service in under 2 years and leads a Bi-monthly Environmental Data Systems working group with NASA, USGS, and NOAA. Joseph was a 2020 Robert H. Goddard Award Winner, 2021 OCIO Peer award for Leadership, 2021 Agency honors Award winner, 2021 AFFIRM Leadership in Cloud Computing Award winner. He served as the IT Program Manager at National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) from 2010-2018. Here he served on NGA’s Cloud Leadership Team, Cloud Adoption Management Group, and DevOps Council as well as 2 Intelligence Community-wide Cloud forums, the Intelligence Community IT Enterprise (ICITE) steering committee, and the ICITE Mission Users Group (MUG) Forum. Joseph brings lessons learned and experience implementing High security Cloud at NGA as an Early Adopter as well as close relationships with community partners like NRO, CIA, NSA.

Nazim Gasimzade

Director, State Treasury Agency, Azerbaijan

Nazim is an expert in programme, project and strategic management, and has played a leadership role in IT-related modernisation. Before joining the State Treasury Agency (which operates under the Ministry of Finance), he worked for private banks, consulting companies, as well as Fortune 500 companies. He has won national and international awards for his work, and is involved with the PEMPAL (Public Expenditure Management Peer Assisted Learning) network – the multi-lateral effort to develop capacity and share reform experiences among countries in Central Asia and Central and Eastern Europe. When time permits, he teaches project management courses in his hometown and abroad. As well as his native tongue, he is fluent in English, Russian and Turkish.

Laura Gerhadt

As a the Director of Technology Modernization & Data in the White House Office of Management and Budget’s the Federal Chief Information Office, Laura oversees a broad portfolio of initiatives focused on driving better mission enablement through accelerated delivery, driving greater return on investment, and use of data. Previously, she managed teams of engineers and privacy experts modernizing citizen experiences at GSA. She was detailed to support critical Health and Human Services COVID-19 response efforts and helped lead vital public health education campaigns during the pandemic. While at GSA she also served as the Deputy Director of the government-wide login.gov digital identity program where she worked to securely streamline public access to benefits and services online. Laura holds a Master of Public Policy from UC Berkeley and Bachelor’s from Tufts University.

Greg Gershman

Co-Founder and CEO, Ad Hoc

Greg Gershman is the Co-Founder and CEO of Ad Hoc. Since founding Ad Hoc in 2014, Greg has led the team in growing from a small team to an organization of 500 people working in support of critical government digital services. In his role as CEO, Greg has led Ad Hoc’s growth from a startup into a trusted partner supporting major digital services efforts at the US Department of Veterans Affairs and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, as well as other government agencies.

In October 2013, after the launch of HealthCare.gov, Greg—along with Ad Hoc’s Chief Technology Officer, Paul Smith—was part of a small team of technologists sent by the White House to help the government and their contractors stabilize the site so that millions of Americans could enroll in health insurance.

Before founding Ad Hoc, Greg worked more than 15 years as a software engineer in both government and commercial organizations. In 2012, he joined the first class of Presidential Innovation Fellows (PIF). As a PIF, Greg led the MyUSA program by conceptualizing and building a platform for government digital services.

Laura Gilbert

Chief Analyst, Director of Data Science, 10 Downing Street, United Kingdom

Dr. Laura Gilbert is the director of 10DS, the data science and analytics team in Downing Street, director of the Incubator for Artificial Intelligence (i.AI), joint Chief Analyst for the Cabinet Office and SRO for the AI for Public Good program. Her teams provide fast-paced modelling and analysis to support policy making and delivery, deliver expert data and AI solutions into public services, and run a radical transformation agenda promoting the better use of evidence, data and technology in government decision making.  She also created and spearheads a broader program of innovation, digitisation and radical upskilling in central government called Evidence House. She holds a doctorate in Particle Physics and is a Visiting Professor at LSE, and holds fellowships of the Institute of Physics and the Institute of Analytics.

Laura has a doctorate in Particle Physics and GRID computing from the university of Oxford, and undergraduate degrees in natural sciences from Cambridge. She held lectureships and a post-doctoral research position at Oxford and is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics. Laura spent three years as a quantitative analyst in the financial sector, working in modelling, analysis and artificial intelligence before joining a new medical technologies company as the second director. She spent the next decade working as a hands-on CTO bringing the company from start up to SME to acquisition, and has significant experience in software development, wearable technology, systems architecture, data integration and system/data security. She is fluent in seven programming languages, and is named on four patents, including lead inventor on two data security patents.

Gina Gill

Chief Strategy Officer at the Central Digital and Data Office, United Kingdom

Gina is the Chief Strategy Officer at the Central Digital and Data Office in the UK. Her focus is on shaping cross government digital strategy, and working with the team on the system reform and cross cutting transformation needed to build the foundations for a digital future for government.

Previously, she was the Chief Digital and Information Officer (CDIO) at the UK Ministry of Justice, where she was responsible for supporting the 90,000 staff working in courts, prisons, probation services and across other smaller agencies by providing simple and intuitive digital solution services.

Gina started her working life as a software developer and has had a long and varied career in technology working in programme delivery, operational and commercial roles. She joined the Civil Service in 2017, prior to which she worked predominantly in financial services for the Financial Conduct Authority, Lloyds Banking Group and Barclays Capital.

Dr. Giorleny Altamirano Rayo

Chief Data Scientist & Responsible AI Official, Department of State, United States

With a distinguished career spanning 15 years, Dr. Giorleny Altamirano Rayo is renowned for her contributions in public service, encompassing roles in the federal government and academia. In June 2023, she embarked on a pivotal role at the Department of State’s Office of Management Strategy and Solutions, Center for Analytics. As the Chief Data Scientist and Responsible AI Official, Dr. Altamirano Rayo spearheads initiatives in artificial intelligence and data science, guiding the Department in these critical domains.

Before her current tenure at the State Department, Dr. Altamirano Rayo dedicated five years to the Department of Labor. There, she significantly impacted the field as the Senior Mathematical Statistician at the Chief Evaluation Office. Her work focused on democratizing reliable statistical and AI/Machine Learning methodologies, along with leading advancements in behavioral economics and human-centered design to support the Department’s diverse sub-agencies and regional offices.

Dr. Altamirano Rayo’s eclectic background also includes a diplomatic tenure at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nicaragua and a dynamic academic career in the U.S. as an applied researcher.

Her academic achievements are equally impressive. Dr. Altamirano Rayo holds a JD from the American University in Nicaragua, a Master’s degree from Vanderbilt University—earned through the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship—and a Doctorate in Political Science from the University of Texas-Austin. Her postdoctoral journey includes a fellowship from Carnegie Mellon University, and she is a celebrated National Science Foundation Scholar.

In her role, Dr. Altamirano Rayo continues to leverage her extensive experience and academic background to drive forward-looking policies and practices in data science and AI, contributing to the strategic vision of the U.S. Department of State.

Jim Guinn

Senior Partner, Ernst & Young LLP

Jim serves as EY’s Americas Cybersecurity Leader and sits on the Consulting Management Committee supporting clients in all industries and across all cyber related capabilities. Jim has worked extensively with organizations deemed Critical Infrastructure and has assisted various agencies with subject matter expertise including DHS, CISA, TSA and SEC. Cybersecurity is at the core of Jim’s experience and he specializes in securing assets from industrial control systems to enterprise applications for large-scale multi-national organizations.

Prior to EY, Jim held leadership roles with diverse organizations. His experience includes leading Accenture’s Global Cyber business for Industry, Strategy & Consulting, Operational Technology, and Embedded System Testing, PwC’s Security, Privacy & Risk practice for Energy, Chemicals and Utilities across the US, and he was the managing partner of CPSG/Partners Consulting, driving the business and leading the technical architecture and emerging technology group.

Jim started his career in the early 1990’s with a global oilfield services and geophysical data acquisition company, where he acquired a wide range of field experience in systems engineering while working in remote locations and offshore.

Anshu Gupta

Chief of Staff, US Digital Service, United States

Anshu Gupta is currently the Chief of Staff for the United States Digital Service.  She supports the Administrator and is hyper focused on driving organizational success.  Prior to her time in government, Anshu was immersed in big tech for seven years, primarily focusing on launching new initiatives at Meta and Amazon, with a brief stint at an early-stage fintech startup. Prior to her venture into big tech, she served as a Middle School Math Teacher as a part of  Teach for America and worked as a Fellow for Indicorps, a grassroots development program. She studied Journalism and French at UNC-Chapel Hill and earned her MBA from the UVA-Darden School of Business.

Frida Rut Hallgrimsdottir

Chief Customer Service Manager, Digital Iceland

 

Christine Harada

Senior Advisor, The Office of Federal Procurement Policy Office, Office of Management and Budget, United States

Noreen M. Hecmanczuk

Senior Advisor to the Federal Chief Information Officer, Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President, United States of America

Noreen Hecmanczuk serves as a Senior Advisor to the Federal CIO where she leverages her broad range of federal experience to drive innovation across government. As a strategic convener, she brings key stakeholders together to advance cybersecurity, IT modernization, data strategy, and digital service delivery for the federal workforce so they can best serve the American people.

Over the course of her career, Noreen has supported a diverse range of extraordinary missions from modernizing our food inspection system to ensure it is based on science at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, to engaging the workforces of the National Science Foundation and Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration, to leading a Presidential burden reduction effort while serving as a White House Leadership Fellow.

Prior to serving in the Office of the Federal CIO, Noreen led the government relations portfolio of the United States Digital Service where she guided USDS through its first presidential transition to continue its mission to design and deliver digital services for the American people. While with the USDS team at the Department of Veterans Affairs, she led the congressional and public affairs strategy for the launch of the new VA.gov, and then moved on to the Office of Personnel Management where she secured the support of key stakeholders to put OPM on a path to digital modernization.

Technology powers secure mission delivery. By recognizing our customers across government and working as an enterprise team, Noreen knows it’s possible to deliver well-designed secure interactions to the American people and provide them with the government they deserve.

Mina Hsiang

Administrator, United States Digital Service, United States of America

Mina Hsiang is the third Administrator of the United States Digital Service (USDS) and has been in the role since August 2021. As Administrator, she leads the organization within the Executive Office of the President, charged with tackling government’s most critical technology challenges to deliver simpler, more secure, and more efficient government services for the American public. Core to this work is bringing top technical talent from the private sector into civil service, and rethinking how the government manages and buys digital capabilities. USDS is home to over 200 top technologists working across multiple agencies to tackle dozens of critical problems.

In the private sector, Hsiang was VP of Technology Products and VP of Policy at an integrated insurance and services startup for seniors that she helped start and grow into a 700+ person company. She previously led new product development for the analytics division at a large healthcare technology & services company. She spent time as a venture investor and advisor, helping start and grow companies across multiple industries. Hsiang spent her early career building cutting-edge medical devices including point-of-care diagnostics and robotic prosthetics.

Hsiang has also held roles that allow her to do work across the federal government.  Beginning in January 2021, she served as USDS’s COVID lead where she oversaw the delivery of the Vaccines.gov integrated consumer experience in collaboration with the CDC and HHS.

During the Obama Administration, Hsiang was a key member of the HealthCare.gov rescue. She went on to help start USDS, serving as the lead for healthcare projects, which spanned the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs, and Health and Human Services (HHS), where she eventually started HHS’s own Digital Service. Hsiang also served as Senior Advisor to the U.S. Chief Technology Officer during the Obama Administration, in the Office of Science and Technology Policy, where she was the technology lead for the Precision Medicine initiative. She served on the DoD’s Defense Innovation Board subcommittee on software development, and on the Biden Harris Transition Team.

Administrator Hsiang held her first government role while studying biomedical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she served as an intern at the Federal Drug Administration.

Mina received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. She and her husband, Orin, have two children.

Vigdís Jóhannsdóttir

Chief Marketing Officer for Digital Iceland, Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs, Iceland

Chief Marketing Officer for Digital Iceland, Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs.

Vigdís is the Chief Marketing Officer of Digital Iceland where she leads internal and external communication, branding, culture, education and strategy.

Vigdís began her career in media where her focus was on branding and communication for both television and radio, as well as producing and hosting tv shows. A decade in media life led her into advertising where she was a senior adviser and Chief Operation Officer at one of Iceland‘s top advertising agencies. In 2016 Vigdís was the campaign mangager for Halla tómasdóttir, presidential candidate, who grew from inital following of 1% to becoming the runner-up with nearly 30% of the vote.

Vigdís has been with Digital Iceland since spring of 2020 taking part in building the strategy and being instrumental in growing the impact of Digital Iceland with special focus on the change management needed for the project to succeed.

Vigdís has over 25 years of experience in communication, marketing, and branding. Experienced strategist and in change management, project management, human resource management, service management and company culture.

Vigdís holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with specialization in management from the University of Reykjavík, jointly finishing her master’s in international Relations from the University of Iceland.

Vigdís is married with two children plus two stepchildren from the age of 16-31.

Amy Jones

EY US Public Sector AI Market lead

Amy Jones is the EY US Public Sector AI Market lead.  She is dedicated to helping public sector clients utilize data and analytics, with a focus on AI/ML, for informed decision-making, operational excellence, and fostering a technology-literate workforce. Amy serves on EY’s National Women in Technology executive committee, working passionately to improve representation of women in technology across industry. Previously, Amy served as a data scientist in support of the U.S. Navy, developing algorithms to characterize multi-dimensional system performance trade space and optimize performance. Beyond work, Amy is head cheerleader for her three sons and plays doubles tennis in the neighborhood.

Elisse Jones

Co-founder and Executive Director, Hippo

Scott Jones

President, Shared Services Canada

Scott Jones was appointed President of Shared Services Canada (SSC) effective September 11, 2023. Previous to this appointment, he was Executive Vice-President of SSC and, concurrently, Associate Deputy Minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada. 

Prior to April 2022, Scott was the Federal Lead on Proof of Vaccine Credentials and Associate Deputy Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). He collaborated with federal partners, provinces and territories to successfully deliver the Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination program that is used for travel in Canada and internationally. Scott also led IRCC’s efforts related to digital transformation, modernization, IM/IT and data, as well as the Citizenship and Passport programs.  

From October 2018 to August 2021, he was the founding  Head of the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security, Communications Security Establishment (CSE).

Since beginning his career in 1999, Scott has held various positions at CSE. They included Assistant Deputy Minister of IT Security; acting Assistant Deputy Minister of Corporate Services; Chief Financial Officer; and Director General of Cyber Defence, providing leadership in the areas of signals intelligence and IT security. Before that, he worked at the Privy Council Office as a National Security Policy Advisor in the Security and Intelligence Secretariat.

Scott has been with the public service for over 20 years. He is a graduate of the University of Ottawa, where he earned a Master of Business Administration. Scott also holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electronic Systems Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Regina.

Kenneth Klinner

Deputy Chief Information Officer, Department of the Interior, United States

Christina Lang

Chief Executive Officer, DigitalService, Germany

Christina Lang is co-founder and CEO of the DigitalService, the internal digitalization unit of the Federal Government of Germany. Providing interdisciplinary product teams, the DigitalService builds user-centered digital public services together with the government. It also drives the digital transformation of public administration through the fellowships Tech4Germany and Work4Germany. In spring 2020, she initiated the #WirVsVirus hackathon of the German Government as a national, coordinated covid response effort. Before founding the DigitalService in 2019, Christina worked at the Federal Foreign Office and as a strategy consultant at McKinsey Company. She is a trained lawyer and holds a Management degree from London Business School.

Sonya Lehmann

Principal, EY Consulting: Technology Transformation Leader

Sonya serves as a Technology Transformation Consulting leader at EY with significant experience managing and delivering large-scale digital transformation implementations for global clients spanning multiple industries.

Sonya has over 20 years of experience focused on business-led technology transformation initiatives and implementing digital and custom architecture solutions. Specializing in robust enterprise digital omni-channel applications and processes, Sonya has led over 40 complex programs covering the full application lifecycle.  She has played key interface roles between business and technology organizations and has provided technical and methodology leadership using agile and distributed team approaches. Sonya has an enthusiasm for leveraging digital technologies, data and analytics, and ai to drive value for clients and create meaningful experiences for customers.

Sonya has led delivery for multiple connected medical device programs with global rollouts across multiple industries, and has  led the multi-year, global digital technology work at a market leading global organizations  focusing  on delivering experience driven technology solutions for stakeholders  She is currently leading the digital technology modernization work at a market leading organization focused on delivering scalable technology supported experiences.

Sonya is dedicated to supporting EY’s Women in Technology initiatives to improve representation of women in technology in the consulting industry and sponsors EY’s Consulting Development Program focused on developing core skills for success in the corporate workplace.

Jodi Leo

Chief Delivery Officer, Nava

Jodi Leo is the Chief Delivery Officer at Nava, a public benefit corporation which emerged from the effort to help rebuild HealthCare.gov after its troubled launch. Nava exists to address some of the most complex challenges in the public sector and works to make government services simple, effective, and accessible to all. The company’s portfolio spans several projects in the U.S. including Medicare, Veterans Affairs, unemployment benefits, and paid family leave. Nava has helped tens of millions of people enroll in critical programs, streamlined processes to save decades of labor years, and saved government agencies hundreds of millions of dollars.

Jodi is responsible for marshaling the company’s core capabilities in engineering, design, project, program, and product management to deliver better, simpler public services to all people. She has spent the last 10 years establishing highly effective organizations, helping them scale, cultivating leadership, and articulating a vision for the future. Previously, Jodi spent 15 years deep in the delivery environment with users, teams, and stakeholders. She shipped improved user experiences and achieved numerous industry awards, improved regulations, plus earned two patents and a challenge coin from the Department of Veteran’s Affairs Digital Services team. Jodi is a professor at the School of Visual Arts Masters Interaction Design, where she trains future digital services talent, and is a critic at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Andy Lewandowski

Chief Digital Experience Officer, Department of the Interior, United States

Andy Lewandowski serves as the first Chief Digital Experience Officer at the United States Department of the Interior. In this role, he is responsible for digital strategy and delivery across the agency’s public-facing services and customer experiences, including for more than 300 million annual visitors of National Parks.

Previously, Mr. Lewandowski served as Digital Experience Advisor to the United States CIO in the White House. He was the chief architect of Memorandum M-23-22, “Delivering a Digital-First Public Experience” (Sept. 2023), a 10-year digital delivery policy framework that includes more than 100 actions and standards for federal agencies to implement. He was also a co-architect of Presidential Executive Order 14058, “Transforming Federal Customer Experience and Service Delivery to Rebuild Trust in Government” (Dec. 2021).

A former product and design lead at the United States Digital Service and technology consultant, Mr. Lewandowski is a public interest digital leader and agile business, product, and customer experience strategist who uses technology and human-centered design to deliver better experiences to the public when they interact with the government. He’s worked at the federal level on diverse digital transformations including reimagining the immigration experience for the 21st century, creating novel ways to deliver benefits and health care to veterans, modernizing customer call centers with integrated self-service digital tools, and harnessing data to power modern workforce experiences. He’s also worked on innovative products and programs in hospitality and higher education.

Mr. Lewandowski holds an M.A. from Georgetown and a B.A. from San Diego State. A California native, he is an avid cyclist and hiker and a budding surfer and golfer.

Ann Lewis

Director, Technology Transformation Services, General Services Administration, United States of America

Ann Lewis is the Director of Technology Transformation Services (TTS) at the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), and runs a team of ~600 technologists working on a variety of platforms, products and programs that bring tech industry best practices and tools into government. Ann is a tech industry veteran, and has held a variety of tech leadership roles, including 2 CTO roles, and Senior Advisor for Technology and Delivery at the U.S. Small Business Administration. Ann is passionate about shipping great products, building great teams, and using tech as a force for good. Ann is based in DC, and holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University.

Gulsanna Mamediieva 

Adviser to the Vice Prime Minister for Innovations, Development of Education, Science & Technologies — Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine

Currently Gulsanna is CEO at Digitality. GovTech Center of Excellence, Brussel`s-based nonprofit aimed to enhance digital transformation of the public sector. She is also Fellow at Better Governance Lab, Tech and Public Policy Program and Adjunct Professor at the McCourt School for Public Policy, Georgetown University. Gulsanna also serves as Adviser to the Vice Prime Minister for Innovations, Development of Education, Science & Technologies — Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine. Previously she led the strategic planning, European and NATO integration of Ukraine’s digital sector as Director General for European and NATO integration at the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine in 2019-2023.

Catherine Manfre

Chief Transformation Officer, Office of Personnel Management, United States

Catherine Manfre serves as Chief Transformation Officer at the Office of Personnel Management under the Biden-Harris Administration where she supports initiatives related to customer experience, data leadership, employee experience, and agency modernization. She also has developed and executed strategies related to data-driven products and multiple government-wide initiatives. Before this role, Catherine served as a Senior Advisor for Transformation supporting a number of agency priorities and the President’s Management Agenda Workforce Priority including employee engagement and retention, mental health and well-being, and making data-driven decisions.

Prior to joining OPM, Catherine was a Partner at the Boston Consulting Group advising both large private and public sector clients on strategy, transformation, data & analytics, and operational improvements. While at BCG, she authored several articles on executing a successful Presidential transition and other workforce development topics. She also led diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts focused on recruiting, mentorship, and career development.

She graduated with Honors from New York University and has an MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.

Jill Marlow

NASA Digital Transformation Officer, United States 

Jill Marlowe is the agency’s Digital Transformation Officer, and leads the agency to conceive, architect, and accelerate enterprise digital solutions that transform NASA’s work, workforce and workplace to achieve bolder missions faster and more affordably than ever before. In this role, she defines and evolves NASA’s digital transformation vision, strategy, and policies to accelerate NASA’s transformation progress in four target areas: engineering, discovery, program/project management decision making, and business operations. She partners with internal/external organizations to synchronize digital plans and implementation activities exercising five high pay-off digital levers to accelerate progress: interoperable architectures, process transformation, maximizing data impact, common tools, and inclusive teaming.

Previously, Marlowe was the Associate Center Director, Technical, at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, where she led strategy and transformation of the center’s technical capabilities to assure NASA’s future mission success. In this role, she focused on accelerating Langley’s internal and external collaborations as well as infusing digital technologies critical for a modern federal laboratory to thrive in a digitally-enabled, hyper-connected, fast-paced, and globally-competitive world.

In 2008, Marlowe was selected to the Senior Executive Service as the Deputy Director for Engineering at NASA Langley and went on to serve as the center’s Engineering Director and Research Director. With the increasing responsibility and scope of these roles, Marlowe has a broad range of leadership experiences that include: running large organizations of 500 – 1,000 people to deliver solutions to NASA’s science, human spaceflight, space technology and aeronautics missions; managing a diverse portfolio of technical capabilities spanning aerosciences, structures & materials, intelligent flight systems, space flight instruments, and entry descent & landing systems; assuring safe operation of over two-million square feet of laboratories and major facilities; architecting partnerships with universities, industry and other government agencies to leverage and advance NASA’s goals; managing technology development and flight test experiment projects; and throughout all of this, incentivizing innovation in very different organizational cultures spanning foundational research, technology invention, flight design and development engineering, and operations. She began her NASA career in 1990 as a structural analyst developing space flight instruments to characterize Earth’s atmosphere.

Marlowe’s formal education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace and Ocean Engineering from Virginia Tech, a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a Degree of Engineer in Civil and Environmental Engineering at George Washington University.  She serves as a senior advisor for the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy’ Future Advanced Computing Ecosystem Subcommittee, Sandia National Laboratory’s Engineering Sciences Research Foundation, Virginia Tech’s Aerospace & Ocean Engineering Department, Virginia Tech’s Center for Research in Aero/Hydrodynamic Technologies, and the Federal Innovation Council sponsored by the Partnership for Public Service. Marlowe’s recognition includes AIAA Fellow, a Meritorious Presidential Rank Award, two NASA Outstanding Leadership Medals, election to the Virginia Tech Academy of Aerospace & Ocean Engineering Excellence and being voted the 2017 NASA Champion of Innovation.  She lives in southeastern Virginia with her husband and the youngest of their three children and their energetic labradoodle.

Dan Munz

Account Director – Federal Civilian, AdHoc

 

Dr. Inshan Meahjohn

Chief Executive Officer, National Information and Communication Technology Company Limited, Trinidad and Tobago

Dr Inshan Meahjohn is currently the CEO of iGovTT and has over twenty-three years of international experience in multiple industries including insurance, information technology, higher education, finance, entrepreneurship and banking. In addition to his professional experience, Inshan holds a Bachelor of Administration (Hons) from the University of Glamorgan in the United Kingdom, a Master of Business Administration from the Australian Institute of Business and is currently a PhD Candidate.

Seeyew Mo

Associate National Cyber Director for Workforce, Training and Education Office of the National Cyber Director, United States of America

Seeyew Mo serves as the Assistant National Cyber Director for Cyber Workforce, Training and Education at the Office of National Cyber Director (ONCD). In his role, Seeyew leads and supports the creation and implementation of the National Cyber Workforce and Education Strategy. He believes in taking a holistic view – doctrine, people, and technology – to making advancements in cyber workforce and digital safety awareness. He is an expert in the intersection of cybersecurity, technology, and national security with 17 years of experience that spans tech development, policymaking, and political campaigning.

Prior to ONCD, Seeyew was at the Office of Senator Mark Warner as a TechCongress fellow, where he served as Senior Fellow in Cybersecurity, Technology, and National Security. In that capacity, he worked on cyber workforce, health care cybersecurity, and competition with China legislation. Prior to that, he led engineering teams at Salesforce to integrate cybersecurity features on mobile applications. Prior to Salesforce, Seeyew co-founded an advocacy group to organize and empower families on education and economic issues, ran for office, and worked on various presidential and congressional campaigns. Seeyew began professional career in with building AI-powered Optical Character Recognition technology for checks-scanning.

Seeyew prides himself in bringing an inclusive lens, understanding, and humility fostered by life experiences as a child of working-class parents into policy discussions. When his family first immigrated to the United States, they survived by operating a fruit stand in New York City, and the lessons learned served as the basis for his continued public service and to create positive social impact. He is the first person in his family to graduate from high school and college.

Travis Moore

Founder and Executive Director, Tech Congress, United States of America

Travis Moore is the Founder and Executive Director of TechCongress, which places computer scientists, engineers, and other technologists to serve with Members of Congress on tech policy matters in order to galvanize Congress to invest in tech talent. Since 2015, TechCongress has sent 95 technologists into Congress. In 2020, in the face of COVID-19, TechCongress launched a one-time Congressional Digital Service Fellowship to meet the urgent digital capacity needs revealed by the pandemic. Congress created the House Digital Service as a result, which is the first digital service office in a legislature in the United States. Travis worked on Capitol Hill for six years and was the Legislative Director for Rep. Henry A. Waxman, the former Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee. Travis is the Co-Founder of the Congressional Staff Alumni Council and #CongressToo, a group of 1500 former Congressional staffers that brought the #MeToo movement to Capitol Hill and spearheaded a reform overhaul signed into law in late 2018. @travismoore

Drew Myklegard

Deputy Federal Chief Information Officer, Office of Management and Budget, United States

Andrew Nielson

Director of the Government-wide IT Accessibility Program, Office of Government-wide Policy, General Services Administration, United States of America

Andrew is the Director of the Government-wide IT Accessibility Program in GSA’s Office of Government-wide Policy, which has the mandate, under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to provide technical assistance to federal agencies and individuals in meeting Section 508 requirements. Andrew is an expert in the field of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) accessibility. He is Co-Chair of the annual ICT Accessibility Testing Symposium, which brings together other experts from around the world in the field of ICT accessibility testing to exchange academic analysis of current ICT accessibility testing issues and explore approaches to improve accessibility testing practices. He is a principal co-author of the current version of the Harmonized Processes for Revised Section 508: Baseline Tests for Web Accessibility (aka the “ICT Baseline”). Andrew was also the coordinator and facilitator of the inter-agency team of experts that developed both the Baseline and the current version of the “Trusted Tester” accessibility testing process, which is recognized across the federal government as a leading practice in accessibility testing.

Ima Okonny

Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Data Officer at Employment and Social Development Canada

Ima, Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Data Officer at Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) has over 23 years of experience in the field of data.
As Chief Data Officer of ESDC, she works to enhance and advance Data Science, Data Management and Data Sharing to support ESDC’s policies, service delivery and results reporting.
In addition to ground-breaking enhancement of the evidence base to support policy analysis and results reporting during the pandemic, Ima led the renewal of ESDC’s Enterprise Data Strategy and Enterprise Data and Analytics Policies. This involved promoting integration of data in the Departmental Policy on Information and Data Management and developing the Artificial Intelligence and Data Ethics Framework. She also led the establishment of the Data Literacy Program, the refreshed Data Inventory as well as its core instruments to better assess and manage data-related risks
Prior to ESDC, Ima held an executive role at the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions, where she led a team to ensure the effective collection, governance, and management of federally regulated financial institution and pension plan data collected by the Office.
Ima has also worked at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, where she led the development and delivery of analytical data, research databases, data products and tools that supported performance measurement, policy development, program monitoring, results/outcome reporting and research and evaluation. Ima’s previous experience has also included positions with the Canada Revenue Agency, and Statistics Canada.
She has an educational background in Mathematics, Computer Programming and Public Management and during her time with the Government of Canada, she has received several nominations and awards for her leadership and results. The Women’s Executive Network (WXN) recently announced Ima as a winner of Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100™ Award. Ima also won the Insight 250 award, a global recognition of her work in data-driven insights and impactful leadership.

Kolbrún Eir Óskarsdóttir

Chief Catalist and Project Portfolio Manager, Digital Iceland

Tim Paydos

Vice President, Global Public Sector Mission Solutions, ServiceNow

Tim recently joined ServiceNow to lead Mission Solutions as part of Raj Iyer’s Global Public Sector organization.   In this role he will lead a team to define ServiceNow’s Mission Solution Strategy, and to develop a robust set of solutions to support Government agencies in their Digital Transformation journey.

Tim spent 25 years at IBM working in the Government industry, though not contiguously—he left briefly in 1999 to try his hand at a startup before rejoining IBM three years later.   Tim has a degree in Government from Harvard University, where he studied international relations, and became obsessed with deterrence theory and nuclear war-gaming. 

Tim served as IBM’s Global General Manager for Government, Healthcare & Life Sciences, a role in which he led sales leaders and enterprise architects in helping government agencies across the world harness the value of Hybrid Cloud, Artificial Intelligence, Information Management, and Enterprise Security to transform the business of Government.    As part of this role Tim wrote IBM’s strategy for supporting government leaders in their response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and later shifted the approach to preparing the government ecosystems for future shocks (https://www.businessofgovernment.org/blog/preparing-governments-future-shocks)

He has had the honor of working personally with several hundred government agencies both in the United Stated and abroad, across the national, provincial and local levels.   While fluent in all segments and levels of government, Tim’s particular passion lies in supporting intelligence, defense, public safety, and emergency management leaders in protecting the society they serve.     Throughout his career Tim has led a range of strategy and marketing, solution sales, services and technical teams across several business divisions. 

He is recognized as a government digital transformation leader globally and is frequently found keynoting or serving as a panelist at industry events.  Recently he participated in a live tabletop exercise along with senior leaders from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Centers for Disease Control and Federal Emergency Management Agency, in which the panel simulated incident management and government emergency response to a hypothetical outbreak of hemorrhagic fever after a professional basketball game in a major U.S. city. “This was one of the few times where my professional life at IBM intersected with my hobby as a fire rescue instructor and fire officer,” Tim says. “It was an incredible experience to have earned a seat at the tabletop exercise with such experienced government leaders.”

Gayan Peiris

Head, Data and Technology, United Nations Development Programme

Gayan Peiris is the Head of Data and Technology at the Chief Digital Office, UNDP. As a digital strategist and advisor, he’s dedicated to revitalizing UNDP’s organizational culture with cutting-edge skills and a forward-thinking culture for stronger results and greater SDG impact. Gayan’s current work entails being at the forefront of driving UNDP’s global digital transformation and data strategy. His leadership spans critical areas such as Governance, People, Culture, Technology, Societal Impacts of AI, and Partnerships, where he champions UNDP’s internal digital advancement and plays a pivotal role in executing its comprehensive data strategy.

Gayan also has a track record of incorporating people’s voices into policy-making. He has led data collection and analysis efforts for global initiatives like UN75 and MYWorld, collecting over 10 million voices globally through public and private sector partnerships.

Anjana Rajan

Assistant National Cyber Director for Tech Security Office of the National Cyber Director, United States

 

Gio Altamirano Rayo

Chief Data Scientist & Responsible AI Official, Department of State, United States

With a distinguished career spanning 15 years, Dr. Giorleny Altamirano Rayo is renowned for her contributions in public service, encompassing roles in the federal government and academia. In June 2023, she embarked on a pivotal role at the Department of State’s Office of Management Strategy and Solutions, Center for Analytics. As the Chief Data Scientist and Responsible AI Official, Dr. Altamirano Rayo spearheads initiatives in artificial intelligence and data science, guiding the Department in these critical domains.

Before her current tenure at the State Department, Dr. Altamirano Rayo dedicated five years to the Department of Labor. There, she significantly impacted the field as the Senior Mathematical Statistician at the Chief Evaluation Office. Her work focused on democratizing reliable statistical and AI/Machine Learning methodologies, along with leading advancements in behavioral economics and human-centered design to support the Department’s diverse sub-agencies and regional offices.

Dr. Altamirano Rayo’s eclectic background also includes a diplomatic tenure at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nicaragua and a dynamic academic career in the U.S. as an applied researcher.

Her academic achievements are equally impressive. Dr. Altamirano Rayo holds a JD from the American University in Nicaragua, a Master’s degree from Vanderbilt University—earned through the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship—and a Doctorate in Political Science from the University of Texas-Austin. Her postdoctoral journey includes a fellowship from Carnegie Mellon University, and she is a celebrated National Science Foundation Scholar.

In her role, Dr. Altamirano Rayo continues to leverage her extensive experience and academic background to drive forward-looking policies and practices in data science and AI, contributing to the strategic vision of the U.S. Department of State.

Ragnhildur Helga Ragnarsdóttir

Chief Development and Technical Officer, Digital Iceland

Tom Read

Chief Executive Officer, Government Digital Service, United Kingdom

Tom Read became the Chief Executive Officer of the Government Digital Service (GDS) in February 2021. Tom joined GDS from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) where he was Chief Digital and Information Officer. While at MOJ he spearheaded reforms to modernise technology used across prisons and the legal aid service.

Tom is a digital technologist by background with experience across a range of industries including banking, media, and consulting. Tom was Head of Applications at the Guardian Media Group from 2008 before joining HMG as Cabinet Office Chief Technology Officer in 2013.

Jeffrey Saviano

Principal, EY Consulting: Emerging Technology Strategy & Governance Leader

Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts Jeff is a Partner (Principal) with EY Consulting and leads EY’s Emerging Technology Strategy & Governance practice; Jeff is also the Artificial Intelligence Leader with the EY Center for Board Matters. He advises corporate boards, C-Suite executives, and senior government officials on the risks, opportunities, and policy / governance implications emanating from innovative technology and data systems, with an emphasis on artificial intelligence and Web3 applications.

In August of 2023, Jeff began an academic appointment with the Edmond & Lily Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. The Safra Center was founded in 1986 and unites scholars, ethicists, practitioners, and students from various fields to engage in thoughtful discourse and research on ethical challenges in modern society. In this role, Jeff aligns with the Harvard community to study the ethics and responsibility associated with innovative technologies, such as AI and Web3. These technologies are advancing rapidly and introduce ethical dilemmas that are now highly relevant for both governments and commercial enterprises. Government policymakers, corporate boards, and executive teams are faced with new ethical decisions prompted by innovative technologies that impact individuals, organizations, and societies on a global scale. Jeff’s scholarship pursuant to this Harvard appointment is focused on the ethical / responsible technology implications for both the public and private sectors. Jeff’s Harvard research team publishes a weekly essay on Business AI Ethics that can be found here.

Jeff is a founding member of The Prosperity Collaborative, a multi-stakeholder initiative dedicated to helping countries create better systems through innovative technology as digital public goods. The mission of the Collaborative is to build and deploy new technology, improve capacity of government administrations, and advance Web3 based decentralized governance models that promote transparency and interoperability. Founding members of the Collaborative include, New America, MIT, EY, The World Bank Group, and the Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation.

In 2018, Jeff launched the EY global Advanced Technology Cambridge Lab, which includes a research collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The Cambridge Lab is dedicated to solving complex issues for both government and the private sector through the application of advanced technologies and business model innovation. Jeff is also an MIT Connection Science Senior Founding Fellow.

Jeff is the host of the Better Innovation podcast, featuring interviews with technology and innovation thought leaders. The podcast, in its 7th season, explores stories of how innovation is reshaping and transforming our inextricably digital world. Notable guests appearing on the show include, U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN), Co-Chair of the Congressional Blockchain Caucus; Andrew Card, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation and White House Chief of Staff, Steve Blank, Stanford Professor and Lean Startup Architect, and Jeremy Allaire, Chairman and CEO of Circle Financial.

In October of 2020, Jeff joined New America for a one-year Senior Fellowship with the Digital Impact and Governance Initiative (DIGI) to study the development and governance of digital public infrastructure. New America is dedicated to renewing the promise of America by continuing the quest to realize our nation’s highest ideals, honestly confronting the challenges caused by rapid technological and social change and seizing the opportunities those changes create. DIGI is renovating democratic institutions by developing world-class, open-source digital / Web3 infrastructure to power the public sector.

Moreover, in 2021 Jeff was appointed by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo to the Trade Finance Advisory Council, where he advised the Secretary in the identification of effective ways to expand access to trade finance for U.S. exporters and their foreign buyers, with an emphasis on new fintech investments to fuel economic growth.

Jeff delivered a TEDx Talk in Brookline, Massachusetts in the fall of 2016 based on the idea that imposing a carbon tax could help mitigate the harmful effects of climate change. He has been a frequent speaker on policy and innovation / advanced technology matters across the globe, including presentations on this topic in Davos, Switzerland aligned with the World Economic Forum in 2019 and 2020.

Jeff received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Iona University, a J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law, and an LL.M. in Taxation from Boston University School of Law. He has published articles on policy and practice, advanced technologies, innovation theory and application, and innovative technology strategy, policy, and governance.

Jeff is on the Editorial Advisory Board for Innovation Leader, content deliverer and developer of the largest network of corporate innovators in the world; Board Member of StreetCred, a non-profit organization providing free tax preparation in hospitals and clinics targeting families eligible for antipoverty government programs; and Council Member of The Digital Economist, an NGO launched in Davos in 2020, defining a bold vision of technology convergence for the new human-centered digital economy.

In 2020, Jeff joined the faculty at the Boston University School of Law, where he teaches Innovation, Technology, and the Law, with an emphasis on Web3 and AI systems and associated technology policy / governance matters. Also, Jeff served as a Colleague Instructor with Development Ventures, an Action Lab at MIT, for students interested in founding, financing, and building entrepreneurial social change ventures targeting developing countries, emerging markets, and the underserved throughout the world.

Lauren Bracey Scheidt

Assistant Commissioner Office of Solution Technology Transformation Service, General Services Administration, United States

Aaron Snow

former Presidential Innovation Fellow (PIF), founder and head of GSA’s 18F, and former CEO of the Canadian Digital Service

Aaron Snow (he/him) is a Fellow at the Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation at Georgetown University, where he divides his time between the Digital Service Network and the Intergovernmental Software Collaborative.

Aaron has led digital service teams for two national governments. In 2014 he co-founded and then led 18F, the US government’s in-house technology and design consultancy, and was the first Deputy Commissioner of the Technology Transformation Service. In 2018, he became the first CEO of the Government of Canada’s Canadian Digital Service. He has twice been named one of the “World’s 100 Most Influential People in Digital Government.”

Before 18F, Aaron was a 2013 Presidential Innovation Fellow. Before entering government service, he developed software and managed product development for small and large enterprises, including Microsoft, and co-founded Daring Software, building the back-end for its flagship Arro shopping app. He serves on the Advisory Boards of gov.uk and FWD50.

Aaron is an honors graduate of Harvard College and Columbia Law School. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, he is based in Kensington, MD.

Conrad Stosz

Director of Artificial Intelligence, Office of the Federal CIO. Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President, United States of America

Conrad Stosz is the Director of Artificial Intelligence in the Office of the Federal Chief Information Officer (OFCIO) at the White House. Conrad is focused on developing and issuing policy to advance federal agencies’ use of AI to improve customer experience and support agency missions, while protecting the public from AI risks. Previously, he was an AI Policy Advisor for the Office of the Secretary of Defense and oversaw a multi-billion dollar intelligence program for the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and developed legislation specific to Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity, and Geospatial Intelligence. He also served as a policy fellow for the Defense Innovation Board and built data science tools for the Open Source Enterprise within the Central Intelligence Agency’s Directorate of Digital Innovation. Before entering government service, Conrad held a number of leadership positions in the private sector where he managed teams of software engineers as they built cutting-edge AI tools and received recognition from Massachusetts’s Institute of Technology’s Start Up Exchange as one of 25 “industry ready” start ups poised for significant growth. Conrad holds an M.A. in Security Studies from Georgetown University and a B.A. in International Relations from Boston University.

Phillip Stupak

Assistant National Cyber Director, Office of the National Cyber Director, United States of America

Michael Roy William Tattersall

Chief Delivery Officer, Hippo

Kirsten Tisdale

Managing Partner, EY Government and Public Sector

Kirsten has spent three decades helping build stronger, smarter, modern governments across Canada and around the world. As a former Deputy Minister in British Columbia, she has driven transformation from the inside, and as a strategic advisor she has partnered with senior government executives to help achieve their digital ambitions. Kirsten is driven by a core belief that all positive change comes down to humans becoming more confident, empathetic leaders and collaborating to achieve incredible outcomes.

During her career moving between senior executive roles within both federal and provincial government, as well as leading EY’s GPS teams at both a national and global level, Kirsten has helped drive better outcomes for citizens at every level of government. She has a global perspective, informed by her work in more than 20 countries.

Kirsten is active in her community, as the recent past Chair of the British Columbia Cancer Foundation and director for Smart Prosperity, a national green innovation research organization. She enjoys going on hiking and biking trails with her two teenage boys.

Stavros Tsiakkouris

Senior Officer, Directorate of Digital Policy and Communications, Deputy Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digital Policy, Cyprus

Biography to be updated shortly.

Mark Vermeer

Director, Digital Government, Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, the Netherlands

As the director of Digital Government, Mr Mark Vermeer is responsible for a digital government that works on a value-driven and open basis for all citizens and businesses. This work includes the promotion of a transparent and open government, a digital identity, the control of citizens over their digital lives, and the accessibility and innovation of digital public services.

Mark Vermeer previously worked in diverse positions at the Municipality of Rotterdam, including as the Director of innovation, information and research and as the Chief Information Officer. Mark Vermeer holds a Master of Science in Econometrics from Erasmus University Rotterdam, and a PhD from the Faculty of Computer Science of the University of Twente.

Paul Wagner

Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Digital Service, Canada

Paul N. Wagner is the Chief Executive Officer for the Canadian Digital Service (CDS). In this role, Paul is responsible for leading work to modernize digital service delivery across government departments, improving user experiences, accelerating project timelines and building digital common components that solve common service problems.

With over 20 years experience in the Canadian Federal Public Service, Paul has held executive leadership roles since 2004 including most notably as the Deputy Chief Information Officer of Canada within the Office of the Chief Information Officer, the Chief Information Officer for Justice Canada, Library and Archives Canada and the National Research Council of Canada.  Paul remains very active in the national and international councils and boards related to technology and digital service delivery.

Prior to joining the Public Service, Paul held a number of senior positions spanning a decade in the private sector working on implementing Enterprise Resource Planning systems in the Retail Industry.

Paul holds a B.A. with a major in Economics from McGill University and an MBA from the University of Ottawa’s Executive MBA program.

When not focused on the business of Government, Paul is Chief DIY Officer at home and is very active in the Ottawa sailing community and enjoys racing and cruising sailboats on the Ottawa River and beyond.

Traci Walker

Executive Director, Digital Services Coalition, United States of America

Traci Walker is a procurement guru and visionary leader in the digital services industry. With over 20 years of experience in the federal government, she now serves as Executive Director at the Digital Services Coalition, a nonprofit trade association dedicated to driving digital transformation in the public sector. Before transitioning from government to industry, she was the Director of Procurement at the United States Digital Service (USDS) and one of its original members. While there, Traci created the Digital IT Acquisition Professional (DITAP) training & development program, which has helped 1000+ acquisition professionals understand and purchase digital services more effectively, leading to higher quality outcomes and better value for taxpayers. With a focus on improving government acquisition practices through incorporating industry best practices, Traci has been instrumental in driving progress in this field. Prior to her work at the USDS, Traci served as a Senior Contracting Officer for the Office of Administration at the Executive Office of the President (White House) and the General Services Administration (GSA).

Brenda Darden Wilkerson

Chief Executive Officer, AntiB.org

Brenda Darden Wilkerson is a prominent figure in the tech industry, renowned for her dedication to promoting computer science education for all. She is the current President and CEO of AnitaB.org, a global nonprofit organization that works to connect and empower women and non-binary people in technology, with a vision of intersectional gender equity and pay parity in the tech ecosystem.

With over 30 years of experience in the technology industry, Brenda is a vocal advocate for diversity and inclusion in the field. She is a recognized leader in the movement to make computer science education accessible to all, regardless of gender, race, or socioeconomic background.

Prior to joining AnitaB.org, she spent 11 years managing computer science and information technology for Chicago Public Schools (CPS). In 2008, while she was still at CPS, she founded the groundbreaking Computer Science for All program, which aims to maximize the potential of every student through a computer science education defined by equity, empowerment, and opportunity. Also, during that time, Brenda founded the Chicago chapter of Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA). Through her efforts, she connected with educators and industry leaders to raise awareness about the importance of computer science education and the need to increase access to those opportunities.

In 2016, Brenda was appointed by President Barack Obama to the White House’s Tech Inclusion Task Force, where she worked with other experts to create strategies for increasing diversity and inclusion in the tech industry. She was also a driving force behind the launch of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), which seeks to increase the participation of girls and women in computing.

As the leader of AnitaB.org, Brenda has continued to influence technology equity on a global scale. Under her leadership, the organization has expanded its reach to include programs that support women and non-binary technologists at all stages of their careers, including mentorship, leadership development, and advocacy.

Brenda’s contributions to the field of technology education have been recognized with numerous awards and accolades, including the 2017 Computer Science Education Week Champion of Change Award from the White House and the 2019 Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Lifetime Achievement Award. She is a passionate advocate for access, opportunity, and social justice in the tech industry, and her work continues to inspire and empower women, non-binary people, and historically excluded groups in technology.

Brenda was named to the 2023 Forbes 50 Over 50 list for Impact. The third annual list is a collection of founders, innovators, and creators and is divided into four broad categories – Innovation, Impact, Investment, and Lifestyle. The women on the 50 Over 50 Impact list are leading the charge for a better world.

Most recently, Brenda was selected as one of five honorees for the 2024 SXSW Community Service Awards.

Donovan Wilson

CIOC Senior Advisor, Executive Councils Team, Government Shared Services, United States

Lloyd Whittall

Advisor to DOD CXO (Former Air Force CXO), DOD CIO

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