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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.

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.

Chris DeRusha

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

Biography to be updated shortly.

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

Biography to follow shortly.

Valentina Ion

Public Finance Administration Global Lead at Microsoft

As Senior Director of Public Finance and Administration, Valentina leads the Microsoft sales and industry solutions strategy, enabling a strong organization that supports Ministries of Finance, Tax Agencies, Customs and Trade Agencies, National Treasuries as well as Financial Market Regulators, embarking on the digital transformation journey.

Valentina has a diverse background in industry sales strategy and execution, business management as well as, marketing and product management.

With more than 23 years’ experience in ICT and Business transformation Valentina is passionate about business re-engineering and technology innovation for a better economy and society.

Valentina is energized by people and is a strong believer that women are a cohesion and growth factor in every industry and organization.

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.

Vigdís Jóhansdóttir

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

Biography to be updated shortly.

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

Paula Scher

Partner, Pentagram

Paula Scher is one of the most acclaimed graphic designers in the world. Since 1991, she has been a principal in the New York office of the distinguished international design consultancy Pentagram, where she develops brand identities, signage, packaging and publications for a wide range of clients. With fearless simplicity, her work makes unknown brands iconic, and iconic brands epic. Her identity systems for organizations such as the Public Theater, the Museum of Modern Art, Shake Shack, Citibank, Microsoft, Tiffany & Co., and the High Line have become landmarks of modern branding.

Scher has been the recipient of hundreds of industry honors including the National Design Award, the D&AD Special President’s Award and the AIGA Medal. Her designs are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, the Library of Congress, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and other institutions. A documentary on Scher and her work can be seen in the Netflix series “Abstract: The Art of Design.”

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.

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.

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).

Siobhan Benita

Event Moderator, Global Government Forum

Siobhan was a senior civil servant in the UK with more than 15 years’ Whitehall experience. She worked in many of major delivery departments, including Transport, Environment, Health and Local Government. She also had senior roles at the heart of government in the Cabinet Office and HM Treasury, including supporting the then Cabinet Secretary, Lord O’Donnell, to lead work on civil service reform and strategy. Siobhan left to run as an independent candidate in the Mayor of London election. She subsequently joined her alma mater, Warwick University, as Chief Strategy Officer of Warwick in London and Co-Director of the Warwick Policy Lab.

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