Don Anderson is the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. In this capacity, he is responsible for the Federal Reserve System's Financial Management Technology services, the Bank’s IT and cyber security functions, Real Estate Services, and Law Enforcement units. Don is currently a member of the Bank's Executive Committee. In 2017, Don was awarded the Boston CIO of the Year ORBiE award by the Boston Business Journal and Boston CIO Leadership Association. Prior to joining the Federal Reserve, Don was a senior consultant with Hewlett Packard (HP) Enterprise focused on the development and execution of IT transformation strategies for Fortune 500 companies. While at HP, Don successfully managed a number of multi-million dollar international programs. He holds a BS degree from the University of Connecticut and an MBA from Bentley University, is a founding member of the Advanced Cyber Security Center (ACSC), a Board Member of the Boston CIO Leadership Association and is an active member of the Dana Farber Leadership Council (DFLC).
Wolfgang Bauriedel has spent his career connecting business and technology. As a member of Russell Reynolds Technology Sector, he specializes in supporting clients in technology and digital search and advisory. He advises clients across industries on leadership driven technology and digital transformation, organization, and enablement. He is based in Boston. Before joining Russell Reynolds Associates, Mr. Bauriedel served as Partner and Managing Director at Boston Consulting Group in their Technology and Digital Transformation Practices. Prior to that, he was Partner for the Strategic Information Technology and Operations practice at Oliver Wyman. Earlier in his career, he held various leadership roles for Kabel Baden-Wuerttemberg and Accenture. Mr. Bauriedel earned his Master’s in computer science from the Technical University in Munich, Germany. He also has Bachelor’s degrees in computer science from the Technical University in Munich and mathematics from the University of Bayreuth, Germany.
David Berlind is an award-winning journalist whose career spans over 25 years dating back to 1991 when he started reviewing technology for PC Week. He was the editor in chief at Windows Sources, the editorial director at Computer Shopper, and executive editor at CNET.com. In 2008, Mr. Berlind joined UBM Tech Media as a part of that company's acquisition of Mass Events Labs, a conference production company he founded in 2006 that among other events, produced the API and developer focused international event Mashup Camp. There at UBM, he served as the company's Chief Content Officer until 2013 when he returned to the API economy and joined ProgrammableWeb as its editor-in- chief. Mr. Berlind has appeared on international media such as CNN, CNBC, the Charlie Rose Show, NPR, the BBC, FOX, and The Economist. For a hearing held in 2016, he was called upon by the Office of the National Coordinator within the US Federal Government’s Department of Health and Human Services to testify on the realities of API security.
Tanguy Catlin is a Senior Partner in McKinsey’s Boston office in the Financial Services and Marketing & Sales Practices, where he leads McKinsey’s North American P&C practice and works with global leading institutions to meet the challenges of this changing industry. In this capacity, he has been driving the development of McKinsey's capabilities to develop multichannel strategies, execute digitally enabled business model transformations, and drive large scale marketing and sales programs at financial services clients. He is the leader of McKinsey’s Digital Quotient® (DQ) solution and helps companies build out their digital capabilities to deliver rapid results and sustained growth. DQ is an assessment that allows organizations to clearly identify their digital strengths and weaknesses across different parts of the organization, and compare them against hundreds of organizations around the world. Mr. Catlin frequently contributes to industry publications and has authored several McKinsey white papers, published through the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Harvard Business Review on issues confronting the insurance industry. He holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a Master’s in Sc. Eng. from the Ecole Polythechnique of the Universite Catholique de Louvain (Belgium), where he graduated summa cum laude. He is both a Fulbright Scholar and a Siebel Scholar.
Rudy Chang is a Managing Director at Discover Digital Group where he helps clients apply digital strategy, marketing technologies, and data platforms to customer-centric transformations within complex, global organizations. He has led the development and adoption of technology-intensive transformation programs for the last 20+ years at IBM and Pitney Bowes. His team built IBM's marketing technology platform that operated the company’s brand advertising, demand generation, IBM.com, eCommerce, events, and CRM. Prior to that he led digital transformation, e-commerce, business development, and CRM strategy for Pitney Bowes, where during his tenure, he formed the partnership that built a multi-million dollar SaaS business that provided millions of eBay sellers a secure and easy way to print USPS shipping labels within their auctions. Mr. Chang is an experienced speaker giving keynotes and leading workshops at industry conferences onthe topic of technology adoption, Agile methods, marketing, and enterprise transformation. He holds a BS in engineering and architecture from Princeton University and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is a board member of the American Marketing Association of Fairfield County CT.
Anthony Christie is the Chief Operations Officer at Trace3, where he is responsible for insuring that the Trace3 brand and unique approach to innovation is enriched and extended for customer success. He has oversight of all pre and post sales architecture and engineering, consulting, managed and professional services, IT, marketing, and supplier/distribution management. Mr. Christie holds a BS from Drexel University, an MBA from the University of New Haven, and an MS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His professional career spans the United States, Asia Pacific, and Europe where he held positions as Chief Marketing Officer, Chief Technology & Information Officer, Executive Vice President of Strategy & Corporate Development, and Managing Director of EMEA. His extensive global experience in senior leadership covers expertise in marketing, customer targeting, sales and sales management, product development and management, business development, customer experience, BPI, and operations in network technology and telecommunications. An avid reader, Mr. Christie is constantly staying abreast of industry trends and emerging technologies that can be harnessed for customer success which he often writes about on LinkedIn and his twitter handle, @christieontech. He is passionate about focusing his teams on customer experience throughout the customer’s journey and his experience has proven that companies are able to succeed when positive customer interactions are at the center of everything they do.
Kristine Dery, based in Sydney, Australia, is a Research Scientist with MIT CISR. Her research in technology and the workplace has resulted in a range of both academic and industry publications with particular emphasis on mobile connectivity. This work has stemmed from a longer-term research focus on the relationship between HRM and IS which has, in more recent times, generated further inquiry into the management of remote workers and the implications for new ways of working. Dr. Dery co-founded and co-chairs the Digital Disruption Research Group in Sydney, where both academics and industry are engaged in research on the impact of digital technologies and new ways of working. She previously held management roles in the tourism and airline industries in Australia, New Zealand, and the UK.
Travis Dunn is the Chief Technology Officer at DrafKings and leads a team of 100 employees overseeing all technological resources including software engineering, data engineering, data science and site reliability while establishing the vision for the company’s future tech developments. mr. Dunn joined DraftKings in January of 2014, he was employee number 30. As Senior Director of Engineering, he oversaw the scaling work for DraftKings’ that enabled the company to sustain rapid growth and led the mobile development of the company’s iOS and Android apps. Prior to joining DraftKings, Mr, Dunn was the Senior Principal Software Engineer at Vistaprint where he was the technical lead responsible for Pricing, Channel Marketing and CRM and lead the R&D team in establishing patterns for refactoring and retiring legacy code. He studied english literature at Western Washington University, but his first professional job was in data & analytics at Pegasus Satellite TV where he found his love for database work and engineering. After teaching himself the backend work needed to be an engineer, he became the expert in .NET and helped build desktop software for his previous employers. Mr. Dunn resides in the Boston area.
Alan Eddie graduated with an Honours degree in physics from the University of Aberdeen and also holds a post graduate management degree from Lancaster University. His first role out of University was a Petroleum Engineer drilling for oil and gas in the waters around the UK. He moved into technology first as a programmer with British Airways (BA) where in one role he helped BA build their capacity management systems. Mr. Eddie's career in Finance encompasses management roles at Citi, UBS, RBS, JP Morgan and now at Nordea where he is the Chief Information Officer for Trading – the businesses in Nordea for Capital Markets, Wholesale Banking, Wealth and Asset Management. Mr. Eddie is both a Brit and a US citizen, has 3 grown up children and is married to another Scot, an active food and travel blogger.
As Mercer’s first Chief Digital Officer and a member of the Executive Leadership team, Gail leads a dedicated team focused on driving and delivering Mercer’s digital transformation strategy. In her previous role as Mercer’s Global Chief Information Officer, she oversaw transformation and modernization of Mercer’s technology with an emphasis on innovation and security of Mercer’s data assets. Throughout her career she held positions at Microsoft; Hewlett Packard; Bank of America, and started her career at Eastman Kodak Company as a Technology Executive and as CIO of Consumer Digital leading digital transformations. In recognition of these achievements and others, in November 2018, Gail was awarded the Phenom Award from the Digital Diversity Network which honors trailblazers in the digital media and technology sectors. Additionally, Mercer Digital was recognized and named to the 2019 Digital Edge 50 for its innovation in digital transformation with Mercer Data Connector, a solution developed under Gail’s leadership. Ms. Evans holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Nazareth College, an MBA from the Simon School of Business, University of Rochester, and an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Nazareth College.
Nils Fonstad researches competitive digital innovation. Currently, he is studying how organizations successfully transform and develop capabilities necessary to compete with an expanding portfolio of digital innovation—from new products and enhanced processes to complementary services and new business models. He also studies both how organizations build digitized platforms that enhance and sustain competitive business agility and how they define, access, and foster new skills and leaders for operating and innovating digitally. In 2010, he co-founded with CIONET the European CIO of the Year Awards (http://ecoty.eu/) to raise awareness of the expanding strategic roles of digital leaders. Dr. Fonstad returned to MIT CISR as a research scientist from INSEAD eLab, where he served as Associate Director. Based in Madrid, he is responsible for both fostering relations with organizations from Europe and Latin America and conducting field-based research on how firms maximize business value and minimize risks from digitization. He earned his PhD degree in Information Technology and Organization Studies from MIT Sloan School of Management; an MS from the MIT Technology and Policy Program; and a BS in mechanical engineering and BA in film studies from Cornell University.
Cathy Horst Forsyth is the Founder and Managing Partner of Strongbow Consulting Group, a boutique consulting firm driving network transformation solutions for large global enterprises. Ms. Forsyth launched Strongbow with a true passion for driving positive change by leveraging the market’s latest network and communications technology, from the data center/cloud to the desktop, within large enterprise. Strongbow has built a team of seasoned analysts, consultants, and technologists that understand large enterprises and can guide complex organizations through transformation challenges, especially in areas where technology, finance, and business requirements all intersect. During her 20+ years consulting in the IT industry, Ms. Forsyth has worked with business leaders at many Fortune 500 / Fortune 100 corporations, helping to drive large-scale change programs, yielding 8-digit operational efficiencies that can be re-invested to fuel further technology and business innovation. As a result, Strongbow has become a leading advocate for enterprise interests in the network technology sector, helping suppliers to rethink their approach and build creative solutions to maximize benefit for the enterprise. Ms. Forsyth is a recent recipient of the EY Entrepreneurial Women of the Year award. She holds a MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business and a B.S. in marketing from Boston College.
Alston Ghafourifar is an entrepreneur and inventor on a mission to move the dial on what is technologically possible and, in doing so, make life better for everyone. He is CEO and Co-Founder of Entefy, Inc., an AI-communication company developing pioneering technologies in digital communication, security, and artificial intelligence. As CEO, Mr. Ghafourifar leads a global product team across six technical stacks operating in four time zones, and is chief architect of the company's core technology. He is also Entefy's lead inventor on its portfolio of 48 combined filed and issued U.S. patents in AI, communication, search, cybersecurity, data privacy, and blockchain. Other highlights include executing key strategic partnerships in product and distribution, closing targeted M&A transactions, and raising multiple rounds of venture funding with Entefy, completing its most recent round at a $150 million valuation. He has also been a keynote speaker and guest lecturer at universities including UC Berkeley and Stanford on next-generation technology, entrepreneurship, and growth capital.
David Gledhill is Group Chief Information Officer, as well as Head of Group Technology and Operations at DBS Bank, a leading Asian bank and “World’s Best Digital Bank”. Under his leadership, the bank has consistently delivered business value through the innovative use of technology. Most recently, he was a 2017 recipient of the prestigious MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Award, becoming the first CIO from an Asian company to have won. Mr. Gledhill has over 25 years of experience in the financial service industry and has spent over 20 years in Asia. Prior to joining DBS in 2008, he worked 20 years at JP Morgan, holding senior regional positions in technology and operations. As Head of Group Technology & Operations at DBS, Mr. Gledhill manages about 10,000 technology and operations professionals across the region and is focused on reimagining banking for customers. Executing against DBS’ strategy to be at the forefront of digital transformation, he also plays a lead role in driving the bank’s innovation agenda, which encompasses design thinking, agile methodology, data analytics, fintech partnerships, hackathons, etc. He also oversees procurement and real estate initiatives. Mr. Gledhill is a Director of Singapore Clearing House Pte Ltd., and a member of an IBM Advisory Board, as well as a member of National Super Computing Centre Steering Committee. He is also Board Advisor to Singapore Management University (SMU) School of Information Systems and National University of Singapore (NUS) School of Computing. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computing and Electronics, from the University of Durham in the United Kingdom.
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Prasanna Gopalakrishnan is a Fintech executive who has been leading the financial services industry for 20+ years. She is currently the Executive Vice President, Chief Digital and Information Officer at Boston Private. She specializes in Digital transformation efforts centered on Client experience and works closely with her Board and CEO to drive growth and new business model centric strategy through Digital Transformation. She also sits on the Advisory Board of a number of startups focused on Blockchain and Cyber Security. Ms. Gopalakrishnan served as the Chief Information Officer of Campus Services at Harvard University, where she led an IT organization supporting a portfolio of 12 business units within a diversified set of industry segments of Harvard Campus Services. Prior to that, she also served in various leadership roles at Fidelity Investments, Thomson Reuters and State Street Bank. In 2017 – Constellation research recognized her as the one of top 150 – Business Transformation Leader (BT-150) among global leaders leading transformation efforts within their organization. In 2015, Diversity MBA Magazine recognized Gopalakrishnan as one of the “Top 100 Under 50 Executive Leaders. She holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance and International Management from the D'Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University, Boston and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, India.
David Hackshall is the Chief Information Officer at Cochlear Ltd, a leader in cochlear implant technology that supports over 450,000 people with hearing loss around the world. Since commencing his role in July 2015, Mr. Hackshall has overseen the organisation's global IT capability with a focus on innovating technology to further improve the Cochlear recipient's journey. Based in Sydney, he operates in a global capacity with operations throughout Asia, Europe and the US. Under Mr. Hackshall's supervision, the Cochlear technology function has undertaken a material restructure while delivering a number of customer facing and internal cornerstone applications. Mr. Hackshall was also recently selected by his peers to be included in the top 10 CIOs across Australia and New Zealand. He has over 20 years’ of experience in driving technological transformation spanning differing industry sectors. He has worked in some of Australia’s leading companies including logistics, financial services and now medical devices. He holds both a Master of Information Technology Management and MBA from Macquarie University.
Michael Hagler is an entrepreneur, technologist, and the President of Clevertech. Based in New York City, Mr. Hagler partners with CTOs, CIOs, serial entrepreneurs, sophisticated investors, founding teams, and boards of directors to help create new businesses, lead digital transformations, and drive new product innovation. As an operator and founder, he has worked in the SaaS, logistics, sports, agency, pharmaceutical, FinTech, manufacturing, and market-economy industries, and past projects have been featured on TechCrunch, by Apple, in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, the Inc. 5000 list, and on Bloomberg TV. Mr. Hagler currently serves as a board member, advisor, or active angel investor to a number of funded startups and growth businesses, and currently leads a team of 150+ designers, engineers, and business analysts across North America.
Jason Jackson is an Assistant Professor in Political Economy and Urban Planning in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT. He was previously a Postdoctoral Fellow at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Professor Jackson’s research focuses on the relationship between states and markets. It seeks to understand the historical origins and evolution of the institutional arrangements through which states and markets are constituted from the late 19th century to the present. His work is particularly focused on the role of economic ideas and moral beliefs in shaping market institutions. It assesses the implications of political struggles between business, government and societal actors for market structure and resulting competitive and distributional outcomes. Empirically his work focuses on contexts ranging from the politics of monopoly and foreign investment in India from the late colonial period to the present, to the ‘sharing economy’ and urban transportation markets in contemporary cities in Asia, Europe and the United States. Professor Jackson completed his Ph.D. in Political Economy at MIT. He also holds an AB in economics from Princeton University, an MSc in Development Economics from the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School. He has won fellowships from the Social Sciences Research Council and the UK-based Overseas Development Institute, and has worked with a variety of private, non-governmental and multilateral organizations in the Caribbean, South Africa and the United States.
Jay Jamison is Senior Vice President of Strategy and Product Management at Quick Base. He joined in September 2017 to lead the overall product strategy and roadmap for the business. Mr. Jamison has nearly two decades of experience in the technology industry with a focus on high-growth markets. Throughout his career, he has developed product strategies and roadmaps tailored to meet the needs of customers of all sizes —from small businesses to the world’s largest enterprises. Prior to joining Quick Base, Mr. Jamison was the Vice President of Strategy for Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Software Defined and Cloud Group, where he was responsible for the business strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and partnerships for that organization. Prior to that role, he was the Vice President of Product Marketing for HPE Helion, HPE’s cloud software division. He also has held leadership roles at Microsoft, and developed extensive experience founding and investing in many high-growth startups. Mr. Jamison holds an MBA in marketing from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. He also has a bachelor of arts degree in English from Duke University.
Simon Johnson is the Ronald A. Kurtz (1954) Professor of Entrepreneurship at MIT Sloan, where he is also head of the Global Economics and Management group and chair of the Sloan Fellows MBA Program Committee. He cofounded and currently leads the popular Global Entrepreneurship Lab course. He also works closely with Joi Ito, head of MIT’s Media Lab, on the Digital Currency Initiative (DCI). Specifically, Prof. Johnson supervises research projects related to blockchain technology and co-teaches a course on this fast-developing business sector. Prof. Johnson is a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, D.C., a cofounder of BaselineScenario.com, and a member since inception of the FDIC’s Systemic Resolution Advisory Committee. In July 2014, he joined the Financial Research Advisory Committee of the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Financial Research (OFR); he chairs the recently formed Global Vulnerabilities Working Group. Prof. Johnson has been a member of the private sector Systemic Risk Council since it was founded in 2012. From 2009 to 2015, he was a member of the Congressional Budget Office's Panel of Economic Advisers. In March 2016, he was the third Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Central Bank of Barbados. Over the past decade, he has published more than 300 high impact pieces in the New York Times, Bloomberg, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, the New Republic, BusinessWeek, the Huffington Post, the Financial Times, and Project Syndicate. His book, 13 Bankers: the Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown (with James Kwak), was an immediate bestseller and has become one of the mostly highly regarded books on the financial crisis. Their follow-up book on U.S. fiscal policy, White House Burning: The Founding Fathers, Our National Debt, and Why It Matters for You, won praise across the political spectrum. Prof. Johnson holds a BA in economics and politics from the University of Oxford, an MA in economics from the University of Manchester, and a PhD in economics from MIT.
With over two decades of business and high-tech experience, Naufal Khan is driven by a desire to help companies leapfrog to digital leaders. He has made a career of working with retail, public sector, and transportation clients to unlock digital capabilities—leading to new services, products, operating models, and customer-facing campaigns. A global leader of McKinsey’s digital organization and IT strategy and organization segments, Mr. Khan works closely with C-level executives and management teams, counseling them on strategic and operational issues critical for business success. He provides strategic vision and hands-on expertise in driving and accelerating end-to- end digital transformations by thinking innovatively about digital strategy, business-IT collaboration, and overall technology organization, delivery, operations, and management. For example, Mr. Khan helped a global retailer accelerate the rollout and adoption of digital products across thousands of stores through a revamped digital delivery model. The effort allowed the company to quickly leverage input from across geographies and save time and money by prioritizing the highest-impact opportunities. He also led an end-to- end technology-enabled transformation of a public-sector organization’s administrative functions, resulting in more than $300 million in annualized benefits. A recognized thought leader on the business potential of disruptive technology, Mr. Khan has published extensively on digital and IT organization and the evolving role of the CIO and the IT function. Before joining McKinsey, he held senior leadership roles at two software firms, where he led teams dedicated to design, R&D, product management, pre- and post-sales engineering, and professional services.
Akash Khurana is the Vice President, Chief Information & Chief Digital Officer for McDermott Inc., a leading provider of integrated engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI), front-end engineering, and design and module fabrication services for upstream field developments worldwide. As CIO/CDO, Mr. Khurana is responsible for the transformation of McDermott’s information technology and digital strategy. He has been driving a vision which includes developing the right talent, streamlining processes, and delivering integrated strategic technology solutions aligned to business needs.
Bryan Kirschner leads research and strategy for Google Cloud DevOps platforms. He has spent more than 20 years helping large organizations succeed in changing market contexts using both rigorous quantification and deep empathy. Previous roles include Director of Open Source Strategy at Microsoft, founder of the Apigee Institute, and Vice President of the corporate practice at Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research. He received his BA degree in philosophy from Yale University in 1992.
As co-founder and Executive Chairman of Fuze, Steve Kokinos is responsible for corporate strategy. Under his direction, the company is transforming the way enterprises view communications as a key driver of business visibility, process improvement, and results. Previously, Mr. Kokinos was a founder of BladeLogic, Inc., a recognized leader in the data center automation market with a Fortune 500 client list that includes GE, Time Warner, Microsoft, Cable & Wireless, Walmart, and Sprint. BladeLogic was acquired by BMC for ~$900 million in 2008. Prior to BladeLogic, he was founder, president, and CEO of WebYes, Inc., an early market leader in the web hosting and application service provider arena. WebYes provided the electronic software distribution platform for all of Sun Microsystems’ software products, including Java, and was acquired by Breakaway Solutions in 1999. At Breakaway, Mr. Kokinos established and ran the company’s ASP business. He played a critical role in driving the business to $120 million in revenue and taking the company public, and in just 18 months was responsible for Breakaway’s #2 worldwide ASP industry ranking. Mr. Kokinos holds a B.A. from McGill University.
Bill Kracunas serves as RSM US LLP’s national management consulting leader, a role he’s held since 2015. He is responsible for setting management consulting’s strategic direction and ensuring the practice employs the latest technologies, methodologies, and approaches to assist RSM’s middle market clients in improving performance. Mr. Kracunas is also RSM’s Northeast region technology and management consulting leader. Under Mr. Kracunas' leadership, RSM’s national management consulting practice was named one of “America’s Best Management Consulting Firms” by Forbes in 2016. In addition, he has earned numerous personal accolades, including being named one of the nation’s “Top 25 Consultants” by Consulting Magazine in 2011 for Excellence in Technology and being named to the Boston Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” list in 2008, recognizing individuals under the age of 40 who have established themselves as leaders to be watched in their fields. He joined RSM in 2010, with the firm’s acquisition of Caturano and Company. He speaks frequently to professional and industry groups on topics that include digital transformation, strategy, technology trends, outsourcing, and risk management. Currently serving as a board member of Junior Achievement of Northern New England, he is also a member of the Bentley Executive Club and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Future Leaders Program. Mr. Kracunas has a bachelor of science in physics from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and an MBA from Bentley University.
Bruce Lee has been Fannie Mae’s Senior Vice President and Head of Operations and Technology since 2014 and is currently advising the COO and CEO on the evolution of the technology function. In his former role he reported to the President and Chief Executive Officer, served as the company’s Chief Information Officer and had direct responsibility for all development, infrastructure, data, operations, and end-user services across the company. Before joining Fannie Mae in June 2014, Mr. Lee was Group Chief Information Officer for NYSE Euronext, overseeing technology in the exchange traded securities sector. Prior to that he was Chief Operating Officer for HSBC’S investment banking and trading business in Canada, the U.S., and Latin America. He has also held IT leadership positions at BNP Paribas in London, Tokyo, and New York and at American Management Systems. Mr. Lee has a bachelor of science in computer science from the University of Hertfordshire in England.
Lev Lesokhin is responsible for strategy, cyber resilience policy, and analytics research activities for CAST, the global leader in software analytics and risk prevention. He serves on the boards of the Consortium for IT Software Quality and the TMMI Foundation, and appears in such media as the BBC, Bloomberg, CBS, The Times, and CNBC. Mr. Lesokhin has many years of direct experience as a developer and manager of application development teams, and managed large client relationships for a regional systems integrator. Mr. Lesokhin came to CAST from SAP, where he helped launch SAP’s first SaaS products. He also served as a consultant at McKinsey & Company, dealing with issues of business strategy, IT management, governance, metrics, and outsourcing. Mr. Lesokhin holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Mike Macrie joined Subway in May 2019 to focus on turning around the company, modernizing and restructuring the core technology function, and focusing on the digital transformation required to succeed with ever evolving consumers. As former Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Land O’ Lakes Inc., Mike successfully led a 7-year transformational and digital effort that modernized the corporation’s core applications and made significant industry-leading investments in advanced analytics, artificial intelligence, and digital marketing. He pioneered the utilization of satellite imagery for managing and operating large farms to improve crop yields and reduce the financial risk to farmers. Prior to his time at Land O’ Lakes, Mike was the VP of Architecture and Strategy at Ingersoll Rand where he led numerous efforts across the globe to consolidate and modernize their 9,000+ application portfolio by modernizing core ERP, CRM, PLM and digital systems. Before entering the corporate technology world, Mike was a founder in two startups in the technology space. Mike has been recognized as a transformative and innovative leader by his peers by bringing innovation and startup cultures into traditional industries in a way that is amenable to large corporations. Mike earned his bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics from Cornell University in New York and then continued his studies completing his M.B.A. from Duke University.
Stuart Madnick, John Norris Maguire Professor of Information Technologies at the MIT Sloan School, holds a PhD in computer science from MIT and has been an MIT faculty member since 1972. He served as the head of MIT Sloan Information Technologies Group, consistently rated #1 in the nation, for more than twenty years. He currently serves at the Director of the MIT Interdisciplinary Consortium for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, (IC)3. Prof. Madnick has been active in industry as a key designer and developer of projects such as IBM’s VM/370 operating system and Lockheed’s DIALOG information retrieval system. He has served as a consultant to major corporations, including IBM, AT&T, and Citicorp. He has also been the founder or co-founder of five high-tech firms, and currently operates a hotel in the 14th century Langley Castle in England. Prof. Madnick is the author or co-author of over 350 books, articles, or reports including the classic textbook on operating systems. His current research interests include information integration technologies, semantic web, database technology, software project management, internet applications, the strategic use of information technology, and cybersecurity.
Ryan Mallory serves as Equinix’s Vice President of Global Solutions Architects and is an active contributor in the IoT space. Sitting on multiple customer advisory boards and advising start-ups in Silicon Valley around the interconnect grid, city, home and person, his line of sight into emerging market trends and advanced execution is highly regarded. Key areas of expertise are the mobile integration point, edge access and aggregation point and core distribution infrastructure for IoT and the industrial internet. His guidance and recommendations have helped fortune 500 companies solidify their IoT roadmap and implement a comprehensive execution plan.
Harmeen Mehta is the Chief Information Officer & Head Cloud and Security Business of Bharti Airtel Limited. She leads the Cyber security, Cloud and Applications businesses for Bharti Airtel. She has over 20 years of experience as Global CIO and global technology roles with companies such as BBVA (Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria), Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and HSBC. She also worked as a consultant to British Airways and Qantas. Harmeen has lived in 11 countries and worked across over 30 countries in all continents. Harmeen is the recipient of the prestigious 2018 MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Award and the TMForum Global CIO of the year award. She has also been recognized by Economic Times as top 10 women in the telecom and tech industry across the globe. Harmeen has also been awarded the Women of the Decade in Innovation & Leadership by the Women Economic Forum. Harmeen is the Vice-chair and Board member for TM Forum and other startups in India and the Silicon Valley.
As editor in chief of MIT Sloan Management Review, Paul Michelman leads editorial strategy and operations for one of the world’s most influential sources of new ideas for business leaders. He is also the host and executive producer of MIT SMR’s popular Three Big Points podcast. With a sharpened focus on addressing the management challenges of the digital age through a daily published website, a quarterly print edition, and a growing portfolio of new digital products and services, MIT SMR has grown audience by more than 75% over the past four years. MIT SMR was recently named the world's second most influential publication on digital transformation and as a finalist in the 2019 Folio Ozzie Awards for Issue of the Year.
Stephanie Mills is Digital Lead for Avanade Advisory Services. In this role, Stephanie is responsible for scaling the digital capabilities and revenues of Avanade’s consulting practice worldwide. Prior to joining Avanade, Stephanie was a Partner at UK-based consultancy Eden McCallum for five years. Stephanie also has 10+ years of experience with Boston Consulting Group in North America and Europe. Stephanie is passionate about digital strategy co-creation, but also about partnering with clients on execution to achieve real business impact. As a digitally native consulting firm, Agile is part of the DNA of Avanade Advisory Services and fundamental to the rapid prototyping and innovation services the firm provides to clients across business units. Stephanie will share insights on how Avanade’s clients are embracing [email protected], as well as learnings from Avanade’s own journey to move Agile beyond the IT function.
Peter Nichol is a healthcare business and technology executive recognized for digital innovation. As Managing Director at OROCA Innovations, he leads the CXO advisory services practice driving digital strategies. Mr. Nichol was honored as an MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Award Finalist in 2015 and is a regular contributor to CIO.com on innovation. As Head of Information Technology, he was responsible for Connecticut’s Health Insurance Exchange’s (HIX) industry-leading digital platform transforming consumer and retail oriented services for the health insurance industry. He championed the Connecticut marketplace digital implementation with a transformational cloud-based SaaS platform and mobile application recognized as a 2014 PMI Project of the Year Award finalist and with awards for best digital services, API, and platform. Mr. Nichol also received a lifetime achievement award for leadership and digital transformation, honored as a 2016 Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader. He has a BS in computer information systems from Bentley University and an MBA from Quinnipiac University, where he graduated summa cum laude. He earned his PMP® in 2001 and is a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt and Certified Scrum Master.
Andrei Oprisan is a technology executive with experience managing high performance engineering teams, helping grow and transform world class engineering organizations that develop innovative digital experiences. He is currently a vice president of technology and director of the Boston tech hub at Liberty Mutual Insurance. Mr. Oprisan leads Liberty Mutual’s technology practice for direct digital service and claims applications, the core digital web and mobile customer-facing experience portfolio for US personal insurance lines. By the end of 2017, he scaled up the team from eight developers to over 120 developers, scrum masters, and software development managers. At HubSpot Labs, the start-up incubator within HubSpot, Mr. Oprisan led engineering efforts to build the largest marketing community platform, among other R&D projects. At Optaros, an MRM McCann digital commerce consulting group, he led technology engagements in mobile application development and web e-commerce projects, including developing multi-language, multi-currency solutions for large European retailers and contributing to engineering efforts in the areas of advanced hosting and platform techniques. At Wayfair, he focused on engineering high-visibility storefront components, such as registries, wish lists, and product reviews. Having started his career as a software engineer, Mr. Oprisan continues to stay hands-on with architecture and technology strategy that will help his teams win and adapt quickly.
Hugh Owen is the Senior Vice President in charge of Product Marketing for MicroStrategy. A sixteen-year industry veteran, he is responsible for the marketing of MicroStrategy’s Enterprise Software offerings for analytics, data discovery, big data, mobile, and cloud. He has been with MicroStrategy since 2000 in various roles. Mr. Owen received a Bsc (Hons) degree in business from the University of Bath, England.
Joe Peppard researches, teaches, and consults in the domains of IT leadership; digital strategy and innovation; the execution of digital transformation programs; the creation of value from IT investments; and the role, structure, and capabilities of the IT unit in contemporary organizations. In an environment where hype is all too commonplace, he seeks to help business and IT leaders navigate an appropriate route through what is an increasingly complex landscape. His research investigates contemporary issues and challenges that managers face in a world of accelerating technological change. Mr. Peppard recognizes that managers want frameworks and models to help them understand their own predicaments, insights to figure out options and consequences, and clear actionable advice and guidance His most recent book (with John Ward) is The Strategic Management of Information Systems: Building a Digital Strategy (Wiley).
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Eve Phillips is a Group Product Manager at Google, leading product strategy and development for Chromebooks and Chrome browser for enterprise and education. Previously, she co-founded and served as CEO of Empower Interactive, Inc., a digital health company dedicated to improving access to high-quality, measurable behavioral healthcare for those in need. Before Empower, Ms. Phillips held a variety of roles in various technology companies including Trilogy, Zazzle, and Microsoft. She has also worked as a member of the investment team at Amadeus Capital Partners, Vector Capital, and Greylock Partners. She is a graduate of Stanford, MIT, and Miramonte High School. She also serves as an elected City Councilmember in Orinda, CA.
Iyad Rahwan is the AT&T Career Development Professor and an Associate Professor of Media Arts & Sciences at the MIT Media Lab, where he leads the Scalable Cooperation group. A native of Aleppo, Syria, Professor Rahwan holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne, Australia, and is an affiliate faculty at the MIT Institute of Data, Systems and Society (IDSS). Rahwan's work lies at the intersection of the computer and social sciences, with a focus on collective intelligence, large-scale cooperation, and the social aspects of Artificial Intelligence. He led the winning team in the US State Department's Tag Challenge, using social media to locate individuals in remote cities within 12 hours using only their mug shots. Recently, he crowdsourced 40 million decisions from people worldwide about the ethics of AI systems. Professor Rahwan's work appeared in major academic journals, including Science and PNAS, and features regularly in major media outlets, including the New York Times, The Economist, and the Wall Street Journal.
A 20+ year veteran of the Silicon Valley and Seattle technology scenes, Sam Ramji is VP Product Management for Google Cloud Platform (GCP). He was the founding CEO of Cloud Foundry Foundation, was Chief Strategy Officer for Apigee, designed and led Microsoft's open source strategy, founded the Outercurve Foundation, and drove product strategy for BEA WebLogic Integration. Previously he built distributed systems and client software at firms including Broderbund, Fair Isaac, and Ofoto. He is an advisor to multiple companies including Accenture, Insight Engines, and the Linux Foundation, and served on the World Economic Forum’s Industrial Internet Working Group. He received his BS in cognitive science from the University of California, San Diego in 1994.
Elisabeth B. Reynolds works on issues related to systems of innovation, regional economic development and industrial competitiveness. She has focused in particular on the theory and practice of cluster development and regional innovation systems and advises several organizations in this area. Her current research focuses on the pathways that U.S. entrepreneurial firms take in scaling production-related technologies, as well as advanced manufacturing, including the globalization of the biomanufacturing industry. She is a member of the Massachusetts Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative Executive Committee. Before coming to MIT for her Ph.D., Ms. Reynolds was the Director of the City Advisory Practice at the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC), a non-profit founded by Professor Michael Porter focused on job and business growth in urban areas. She has an A.B. from Harvard in Government and was the Fiske Scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge. She holds a MSc. from the University of Montreal in Economics and a Ph.D. from MIT in Urban and Regional Studies.
A senior executive and philanthropist, Atefeh (Atti) Riazi has served in both the public and private sectors as a CIO managing large-scale technology projects and initiatives. Since 2013, she has held the post of Assistant Secretary-General and Chief Information Technology Officer of the United Nations, transforming the technology function into a strategic partner. Ms. Riazi is also the Executive Director of the nonprofit CIOs Without Borders. Earlier, Ms. Riazi was the Executive Vice President and CIO of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA)—also acting as its General Manager, responsible for a $3 billion organization staffed by over 12,000 employees. Prior to that, she served as the global CIO of communications giant Ogilvy & Mather for over nine years, overseeing all technology across 400 offices in 100 countries. In her preceding role as the Vice President and CIO of MTA New York City Transit, Ms. Riazi implemented the extraordinarily successful $2 billion automated fare collection system, MetroCard. She has published many articles and studies, and speaks frequently on issues involving technology for social good, responsible innovation, and cybersecurity.
Dr. Jeanne W. Ross is Principal Research Scientist at the MIT Sloan Center for Information Systems Research where she lectures, conducts research, and directs executive education courses on IT management practices. Her research examines organizational and performance implications of enterprise initiatives related to enterprise architecture, IT governance, outsourcing, and business agility. Dr. Ross is co-author of three books: IT Savvy: What Top Executives Must Know to Go from Pain to Gain (2009); Enterprise Architecture as Strategy: Creating a Foundation for Business Execution (2006); and IT Governance: How Top Performers Manage IT Decision Rights for Superior Results (2004). She has served on the faculty of customized courses for a number of major corporations, including PepsiCo, McKinsey, General Electric, TRW, Pfizer, News Corporation, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, IBM, and Credit Suisse. She regularly appears as a speaker at major conferences for IT executives. Dr. Ross earned a BA at the University of Illinois, an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a PhD in management information systems from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. She is a founding senior editor and former editor in chief of MIS Quarterly Executive.
Adeel Saeed is a senior vice president, Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Corporate Technology Services, and Interim Chief Security Officer (CISO) at State Street. Prior to joining State Street, he was the chief information officer for Group Corporate Technology of the London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) where he was responsible for the Group’s corporate systems, PMO, business management, and information security. Mr. Saeed has led technology transformation through technology modernization and cost efficiencies by enhancing and consolidating infrastructure onto a common platform. He has held various senior technology positions at various financial institutions, including Refinance.com, American Stock Exchange, and Millennium BCP.
David Schmittlein joined the MIT Sloan School of Management as John C Head III Dean in October, 2007. His focus, since arriving on campus, has been to broaden MIT Sloan's global visibility, work with the faculty to create new high-quality management education programs, develop enhanced educational opportunities for current students, and to develop and disseminate business knowledge that has impact and will stand the test of time. He has also reached out to the many members of MIT's alumni community to gain their valuable insights on MIT Sloan and management education. Prior to his appointment at MIT Sloan, Dean Schmittlein served on the faculty at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania from 1980 until 2007. While at Wharton, he was the Ira A. Lipman Professor and Professor of Marketing. He also served as Interim Dean during July 2007 and as Deputy Dean from 2000-2007. In addition, he was chair of the editorial board for Wharton School Publishing. Dean Schmittlein received a Ph.D. and M.Phil. in Business from Columbia University and B.A. in Mathematics (magna cum laude) from Brown University. His research assesses marketing processes and develops methods for improving marketing decisions. He is widely regarded for his work estimating the impact of a firm's marketing actions, designing market and survey research, and creating effective communication strategies.
A fellow with MIT Sloan School's Initiative on the Digital Economy, Michael Schrage is author of The Innovator’s Hypothesis (MIT Press 2014), Who Do You Want Your Customers to Become? (Harvard Business Review Press 2012), and Serious Play (Harvard Business Review Press 2000), among other books. His research, writing, and advisory work focuses on the behavioral economics of models, prototypes, and experiments as collaborative media for managing innovation risk. His current research explores the interplay of network effects with innovation and human capital. He is pioneering work in “selvesware” technologies—he coined the word—designed to augment aspects, attributes, and talents of productive individuals. His consulting and innovation/experimentation clients have included Prudential, Microsoft, BASF, ZF, Accenture, Mars, Google, SAS, Edmunds, and Embraer. Mr. Schrage has conducted non-classified research for the U.S. Department of Defense (Office of Net Assessment) and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) on cyber-conflict, complex systems procurement, and other issues. Previously a Merrill Lynch Forum Innovation Fellow, he founded and was executive director of its Merrill Lynch Innovation Grants Competition for doctoral students worldwide. An angel investor in several digital media and machine learning start-ups, Mr. Schrage is a featured and top trafficked blogger on the Harvard Business Review site. His work has been published the Sloan Management Review, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Nikkei Asian Review, and many peer-reviewed publications.
Lena Smart is Managing Director and Global Chief Information Security Officer at Tradeweb. Ms. Smart joined Tradeweb in 2016 and is responsible for managing cyber and information security initiatives and infrastructure at Tradeweb. She has more than 20 years of experience in technology infrastructure, security operations and cyber security roles in the energy and financial services sectors. Previously, Ms. Smart was CIO/Chief Security Officer of the New York Power Authority, the United States’ largest state public power organization, and was responsible for management of large scale critical projects, assurance and management of the NYPA’s facilities and cyber programs. Prior to that, she worked at a private banking firm in London. Ms. Smart holds certifications in CISSP, CISM, CISA, CRISC, and CCISO, and is also a member of FBI Infragard and the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC). She is also an avid cellist for her local Community Symphony Orchestra, and often plays in Chamber Music ensembles.
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Melissa Swift is the Global Leader for Digital Solutions at Korn Ferry Hay Group, based in the firm’s New York City office. Ms. Swift is charged with driving the development, alignment, and marketing of innovative solutions for digital transformation offerings across Korn Ferry Hay Group. She partners with clients to understand their deepest challenges in the digital arena, and to address those challenges in novel and comprehensive ways. Prior to joining Korn Ferry, Ms. Swift focused on transforming organizations. Ms. Swift co-founded a think tank for a major executive search firm. At Deloitte, she launched two $200 million service offerings addressing clients’ growing ESG mandate. Earlier in her career, she conducted Deutsche Bank’s first structured carbon credit sale. Ms. Swift’s experience spans across industries and geographies, with particular focus in the energy, industrial, and financial services sectors. She has worked in North America, Europe, and Asia. She is a frequent speaker and writer on the topic of digital. In addition to the human dimension of digital transformation, her areas of specialization include cultural transformation, innovation, C-suite succession, psychometrics, leadership profiles, and executive assessment and development. Her research has been published in such venues as Harvard Business Review and the Wall Street Journal. Ms. Swift received her MBA from Columbia Business School and her BA from Harvard University.
Stephen Taylor is the Global Head of Analytics, Reporting, Integration, and Software Engineering at Devon Energy Corporation, a leading independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company. Over the last 25 years, he has helped companies through transformations and created sustainable competitive advantage through innovative applications of advanced analytics, data management, infrastructure management, and software engineering. Prior to joining Devon Energy, Mr. Taylor had run multiple startups, held leadership positions with companies such as Stonebridge and Chesapeake Energy Corporation, and delivered on critical programs for companies including ConocoPhillips, Target, and Pfizer. In addition, he has consulted with many other organizations and run his own consulting practice with work in all areas of business. Mr. Taylor received his BS in management of information systems from Oklahoma State University.
Frédéric Véron is CIO and Head of Safety & Soundness at Deutsche Bank. Prior to Deutsche Bank, Mr. Veron was Senior Vice President and Enterprise CIO at Fannie Mae, where he built the team that led the company through an enterprise Agile transformation, implementing automated release pipelines while improving the robustness and stability of core systems. Prior to that, Mr. Veron held multiple roles at Fannie Mae, including CTO and Head of Applications, where his group was responsible for developing and maintaining all applications supporting the company’s business—including portfolios spanning capital markets, customer engagement, underwriting and pricing, credit loss management, finance, risk, and corporate systems. Before joining Fannie Mae, he was a partner and managing director at several consulting firms, including KPMG, Kurt Salmon and BearingPoint, where he directed significant IT strategy and technology transformation initiatives for clients such as AIG, AXA, Bank of America, Banque Nationale du Canada, JPMorgan Chase, MetLife, Société Générale, TD Bank Financial Group, Visa, and others. Mr. Véron has a Master’s in computer science from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications in Paris.
Lance Weaver is VP, Product Strategy & Emerging Services at Equinix, the leading global interconnection and data center company. His organization is responsible for anticipating industry trends, creating platform strategy and inventing new products which accelerate company growth and deliver lasting customer value. Prior to joining Equinix, Mr. Weaver was the CTO for Cloud at GE Digital where he was responsible for the cloud architecture of GE’s Industrial Internet of Things Platform (PredixTM) and the GE-wide enterprise IT global strategy leveraging public, private and hybrid clouds. He also held several additional roles for divisions of GE including CTO for Appliances & Lighting, a $9B division of GE where he led a 400 member global team delivering core infrastructure services, application middleware, and predictive analytics; Executive Director of Application Infrastructure; IT Operations Leader; and Chief Information Security Officer. Prior to joining GE, Mr. Weaver was a consulting engineer for ten years designing, selling and implementing infrastructure solutions for a broad range of customers. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Truman State University.
Dr. Peter Weill is the Chairman of the MIT Sloan Center for Information Systems Research (CISR) at the MIT Sloan School of Management. His work centers on the role, value, and governance of digitization in enterprises. He joined the MIT Sloan faculty in 2000 to become director of MIT CISR, which is funded by 90 corporate sponsors and patrons, and undertakes practical research on how firms generate business value from digitization. As chair, he focuses on globalizing the center’s research and delivery. In 2008, Ziff Davis recognized Dr. Weill as #24 of The Top 100 Most Influential People in IT, the highest-ranked academic. His award-winning books, journal articles, and case studies have appeared in the Harvard Business Review, the Sloan Management Review, and the Wall Street Journal. Dr. Weill has co-authored five best-selling books published by Harvard Business School Press, including IT Savvy: What Top Executives Must Know to Go from Pain to Gain; Enterprise Architecture as Strategy: Creating a Foundation for Business Execution; and IT Governance: How Top Performers Manage IT Decision Rights for Superior Results. Dr. Weill presents executive and MBA programs on digital transformation, and in 2007 received an MIT Sloan Outstanding Teacher Award. He works regularly on digitization issues with the senior leadership of corporations and governments.
Dr. George Westerman works at the dynamic intersection of executive leadership and technology strategy. During more than 16 years with MIT Sloan School of Management, he has written three award-winning books, including Leading Digital: Turning Technology Into Business Transformation. As a pioneering researcher on digital transformation, He has published papers in Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, Organization Science, and other top journals. He is now launching a new MIT initiative focused on rethinking the process of workforce learning around the world. He is co-chair of the MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Awards, faculty advisor to (and former member of) the Board of Directors for the Technology Business Management Council, and a member of the Digital Strategy Roundtable for the US Library of Congress. He works frequently with senior management teams and industry groups around the world. Prior to earning a Doctorate from Harvard Business School, he gained more than 13 years of experience in product development and technology leadership roles.
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Dr. Irving Wladawsky-Berger is Visiting Lecturer in MIT’s Sloan School of Management and a Fellow of the Initiative on the Digital Economy and of MIT Connection Science. He is Adjunct Professor at the Imperial College Business School and a member of the Advisory Board of its Data Science Institute. He retired from IBM in 2007 after a 37 year career with the company, where his primary focus was on innovation and technical strategy. He led a number of IBM’s company-wide initiatives including the Internet and e-business, supercomputing and Linux. He’s been a strategic adviser at Citigroup and at HBO, and is currently an adviser at MasterCard. Since 2005 Dr. Wladawsky-Berger has been writing a weekly blog, irvingwb.com, which has also been published in the Wall Street Journal’s CIO Journal since 2012. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as well as a Fellow of London’s Royal Society of Arts. Dr. Wladawsky-Berger received an M.S. and a Ph. D. in physics from the University of Chicago.
Stephanie Woerner studies how companies manage organizational change caused by the digitization of the economy. Her research centers on enterprise digitization and the associated governance and strategy implications. Dr. Woerner is currently studying the pattern of digital investments in enterprises and the coordination needed to manage those investments, how digitization is influencing the next-generation enterprise, the practices of digital leaders, and the impact of the Internet of Things on company business models and the competitive landscape.
Michael Woods is currently Vice President of Information Technology at CDM Smith, a leading engineering and construction firm that provides lasting and integrated solutions in water, environment, transportation, energy, and facilities to public and private clients worldwide. He oversees all aspects of the technology organization, including cloud, AI and machine learning research and strategies for improvement of critical business systems, sustainable innovation, and technology practices. Current areas of focus include improving business processes and practices through robotic process automation, using leading-edge middleware tools and IoT data streams to improve business operations, and reducing time to deliver on key projects. Mr. Woods’ efforts to rebuild a highly virtual infrastructure have allowed the technology teams to refocus on leading-edge cloud technologies in these areas. Additionally, this has resulted in the ability to accelerate innovative technology research and processes, and significantly reduced the needs of staff focusing on operations and day-to-day maintenance activities. His vision of the future to provide engineering services enabled by AI and machine learning will provide a significant advantage for the firm to win new work based on the ability to deliver innovative solutions with significantly higher value to the clients.
Giorgos Zacharia serves as Chief Technology Officer of KAYAK and has served as its Chief Scientist since February 2009. Dr. Zacharia has extensive experience in machine learning and data mining and is also a co-founder of two machine learning-driven hedge funds, Stocknomics Ltd., and Emporics Capital Management LLC. He received Ph.D. in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also holds a master of science from the MIT Media Laboratory where he was a Telecom Italia Fellow in the Software Agents Group, as well as a bachelor of science in mathematics and a bachelor of science in computer science with a minor in economics from MIT.