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Transformative Leadership in Exponential Times

April 13 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am

Technology is rapidly changing our world, which is requiring a new kind of leadership. By 2022, the world is expected to have more than 50 billion network devices — for 8 billion people. Data is growing exponentially. By 2022, estimates suggest the amount of data will be equal to more than double the total number of conversations the human species has ever had. With these rapid changes, so too is the nature of leadership changing. How can a modern leader thrive and anticipate the second- and third-order effects of the technologies we employ? This session will explore how to lead courageously in our period of rapid change.

David A. Bray, Executive Director, People-Centered Internet and Marshall Memorial Fellow for 2017-2018

David Bray previously served as IT Chief, Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Program at the CDC; Executive Director, National Commission for Review of Research and Development Programs of the U.S. IC; CIO, FCC.

Dr. David A. Bray was named one of the top “24 Americans Who Are Changing the World” under 40 by Business Insider in 2016. He was also named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum for 2016-2021. He also accepted a role of Co-Chair for an IEEE Committee focused on Artificial Intelligence, automated systems, and innovative policies globally for 2016-2017 and has been serving as a Visiting Executive In-Residence at Harvard University since 2015. He has been named a Marshall Memorial Fellow for 2017-2018 and will travel to Europe to discuss Trans-Atlantic issues of common concern including exponential technologies and the global future ahead. He also has been speaking at Singularity University events on the impact of AI and other disruptive technologies on society, civic innovation, and public-private partnerships.

David enjoys creative problem solving.He now serves as Executive Director for the People-Centered Internet coalition founded and chaired by Vint Cerf. The coalition includes the World Bank, World Economic Forum, and IEEE as partners focused on providing support, expertise, and where possible funding for demonstration activities that measurably improve people’s lives using community-based approaches to the internet. He began working for the U.S. government at age 15 on computer simulations at a high-energy physics facility investigating quarks and neutrinos. In later roles, he designed new telemedicine interfaces and space-based forest fire forecasting prototypes for the Department of Defense. From 1998-2000 he volunteered as a part-time crew lead with Habitat for Humanity International in the Philippines, Honduras, Romania, and Nepal while also working as a project manager with Yahoo! and a Microsoft partner firm. Dr. Bray then joined as IT Chief for the Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Program at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, leading the program’s technology response to during 9/11, anthrax in 2001, Severe Acute Respiratory System in 2003, and other international public health emergencies. He later completed a PhD from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School and two post-doctoral associateships at MIT and Harvard in 2008.

David likes to be a digital diplomat and a “human flak jacket” for teams of change agents working in turbulent environments. He volunteered in 2009 to deploy to Afghanistan to help “think differently” on military and humanitarian issues and in 2010 became a Senior National Intelligence Service Executive advocating for increased information interoperability, cybersecurity, and protection of civil liberties. In 2012, he became the Executive Director for the bipartisan National Commission for Review of Research and Development Programs of the United States Intelligence Community, later receiving the National Intelligence Exceptional Achievement Medal. He received both the Arthur S. Flemming Award and Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Leadership in 2013. He also was chosen to be an Eisenhower Fellow to meet with leaders in Taiwan and Australia on multisector cyber strategies for the “Internet of Everything” in 2015.

David passions include “near impossible missions” involving humans and technology in challenging circumstances. He has served as the Chief Information Officer for the Federal Communications Commission, leading FCC’s IT Transformation since 2013. Through the efforts of a team of positive change agents, he led the transformation of the FCC’s legacy IT with more than 207 different systems to award-winning tech. This included rolling-out new cloud-based IT that achieved results in 1/2 the time at 1/6 the cost. He was selected to be one of the “Fedscoop 50” for Leadership in 2014, 2015, and 2016 and the recipient of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronic Association’s Outstanding Achievement Award for Civilian Government in 2015. Dr. Bray also received the global CIO 100 Award twice, which usually is awarded to private sector Fortune 500 companies, both in 2015 and 2017, for his transformational leadership.


April 13
8:00 am - 9:00 am
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Dallas Ballroom
The Sheraton Dallas
Dallas, 75201 United States
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