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GovernmentDX summit is a by-invitation only round table discussion.
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Clare A. Martorana

Federal Chief Information Officer, Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President, 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.

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.

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).

Amira Boland

Lead, Federal Customer Experience Office of Performance and Personnel Management Office for Management and Budget, 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.

Judy Brewer

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

Biography to be updated shortly.

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.

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.

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 Digital & Information Officer, Ministry of Justice, United Kingdom

Gina Gill is the Chief Digital and Information Officer (CDIO) at the Ministry of Justice (MoJ).

She is responsible for supporting the 90,000 staff working in courts, prisons, probation services and across other, smaller agencies by providing simple, intuitive technology solutions and automating basic tasks; building and running digital services that make it easier for the public to get access to justice; and driving user centred service design and transformation.

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 at the Financial Conduct Authority, Lloyds Banking Group and Barclays Capital. Before taking up the CDIO position in MoJ, Gina was Chief Operating Officer and Deputy CDIO.

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.

Luukas Ilves

Government Chief Information Officer, Estonia

Biography to be updated shortly.

Paul James

Chief Executive Officer and Government Chief Digital Officer, Te Tari Taiwhenua Department of Internal Affairs, New Zealand

After several senior roles in the New Zealand public service, Paul has extensive experience in strategic policy development, leading change, and working collaboratively and effectively across government and communities. In 2018, he was appointed Secretary for Internal Affairs, Secretary for Local Government and Chief Executive for Te Tari Taiwhenua Department of Internal Affairs. Paul also holds the role of  Government Chief Digital Officer (GCDO) with responsibility for digital leadership across government agencies.

The GCDO leads work to uplift the public service’s digital skills, and as the lead for the public service’s use of AI, he has issued guidance to support agencies to make more informed decisions about its benefits and risks. The GCDO supports agencies and Ministers to align with an All-of-Government investment direction and manages a portfolio of digital products and commercial services that is currently used by more than 330 public sector agencies and organisations. The GCDO is mandated to set expectations and the strategic vision for privacy across government.  The GCDO is currently leading work to establish an innovative and secure digital identity ecosystem and supporting an increase in the use of data and modern digital platforms to make real-time, evidence-based decisions. 

Vigdís Jóhannsdóttir

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

Biography to be updated shortly.

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.

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.

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.

Alison Pritchard

Deputy National Statistician and Director General for Data Capability, Office for National Statistics, United Kingdom

Alison is leading the transformation in data usage which will see ever more integrated data put to effective and safe use across the private and public sectors. She ensures ONS has the right technology and skills to meet its ambitious goals in data analytics and data science and champions safe and secure data sharing for the public good in ONS and beyond.

Most recently Alison was Director General of the Government Digital Service leading the organisation through a busy and critical period. And before that, she was Director of Transformation at the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

She began her Civil Service career in 1987. She has worked across a range of departments including the Ministry of Defence, HM Treasury, Cabinet Office, Home Office and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Her career has seen her enjoy a varied and interesting range of roles, including: spending five years in Saudi Arabia with a UK defence programme; leading the independent review of Royal Family and ministerial air travel; and being responsible for gambling and the National Lottery.

Outside government, Alison has experience as Head of Operations for an IT engineering business and on secondment to the third sector as Director of Programmes for a multi-faith research body supporting counter-radicalisation.

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.

Loren DeJonge Shulman

Associate Director, Personnel and Performance Management, Office for Management and Budget, United States

Loren DeJonge Schulman is the Associate Director for Performance and Personnel Management at OMB. She joins OMB from the Partnership for Public Service, where she served as Vice President of Research, Evaluation and Modernizing Government and oversaw thought leadership, capacity building and policy solutions to build a better government and stronger democracy. She began her career in public service as a Presidential Management Fellow and spent a decade in senior staff positions at the Department of Defense and the National Security Council. After leaving government in 2015, she led research efforts at the Center for a New American Security to elevate the national security debate and prepare the national security leaders of today and tomorrow. Loren has served as an adjunct professor with Georgetown University’s Security Studies Program and a “serial” podcast host for the Partnership’s Profiles in Public Service and the War on the Rocks Bombshell podcast. Raised in Texas, she received her Bachelor of Arts in political science and international studies from Trinity University and her master’s in public policy from the University of Minnesota, and today lives in Washington, DC, with her family.

Melanie Scott

CIO and Assistant Deputy Minister, Digital Solutions, Statistics Canada

Biography to follow shortly.

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.

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).

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