Combiz Richard Abdolrahimi, J.D., LL.M., Esq., Deputy Chair of the 2018 Blockchain Forum, Global Emerging Technology & Innovation Strategy Senior Manager, Deloitte. Combiz is a global emerging technology and innovation thought leader, modernization and digital transformation accelerator, public policy and strategic regulatory expert, national security lawyer, and until recently, he served as Senior Policy Advisor at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. In this role, he developed, coordinated, and harmonized financial regulatory reform and policy development in several areas including new and emerging technologies, FinTech, RegTech, financial services and payments, blockchain and DLT, tokenization, artificial intelligence, cryptocurrency, cybersecurity, identity, compliance and risk management, privacy, and big data. Combiz is a recognized authority in the policies, laws, and regulations of FinTech, RegTech, cryptocurrency, blockchain and DLT, robotics, data-driven innovation and analytics. He co-authored papers on how blockchain can enable innovation in government and public services, on how emerging technologies can improve transparency and accountability, and has held leadership roles on government interagency working groups for technology and innovation, policy, governance, and IT modernization. He serves as Special Advisor to the Co-Chairs of the Federal Identity Forum & Expo (FedID) – the world’s largest gathering of identity professionals – having previously served as Treasury’s first Representative to FedID and bringing a unified voice to identity issues important to Treasury – and national – priorities. Combiz has served extensively throughout government, working on global technology and innovation, policy and thoughtful regulation, economic, legislative, and legal matters. He has also served in the U.S. Senate, The White House, and the U.S. Department of State, receiving commendations from Republican and Democratic leadership. He is a graduate of UCLA; American University of Beirut; and Georgetown University Law Center, receiving his B.A., J.D. and LL.M. in national security law. He aspires to follow in the footsteps of an American hero and his mentor, Ambassador Col. Charles W. Hostler, USAF (ret.), and serve as U.S. Ambassador to the MENA region.
Tim Cummins, President, International Association for Contract & Commercial Management (IACCM). In his role as President and Founder of IACCM, Tim works with leading corporations, public and academic bodies, supporting executive awareness and understanding of the role that procurement, contracting and relationship management increasingly play in 21st century business performance and public policy.
Prior to IACCM, Tim's business career included executive roles at IBM and a period on the Chairman's staff, leading studies on the impacts of globalization and the re-engineering of IBM's global contracting processes. His earlier career involved the banking, automotive and aerospace industries, initially in Corporate Finance and later in commercial and business development. He led negotiations up to $1.5 billion in value and his work has taken him to over 40 countries.
Tim's writing is extensively published and he has acted in an advisory capacity to government bodies in countries that include the US, UK, Australia, Canada and Japan, as well as regular briefings to senior managers at many of the world's largest companies.
Mark Fisk, Partner-Public Service Blockchain Leader, IBM Digital. Mr. Fisk is a Partner in IBM Digital for Global Business Services focused on the Public Service Industry. Mr. Fisk has over twenty-five years of experience in executive consulting, release management, project management, software development, and technical leadership roles.
As leader of IBM’s Public Service Blockchain initiatives (#blockchain) he is working with federal/state governments, higher education institutions, as well as citizen advocates in order to address dilemmas with the current roadblocks which reduce value and prevent trust, transparency, and accountability in today’s business networks.
In combination with Blockchain capabilities, Mr. Fisk is leveraging Design Thinking, Cognitive Process Design, Personalization, and technologies such as IoT and Analytics in order to re-imagine how Public Services organizations will work in the future to support the full lifecycle of business network interactions – especially those involving the constituents of government (#CitizenCentricGov).
Daniel Gorfine, Chief Innovation Officer and Director, LabCFTC, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission. LabCFTC is dedicated to facilitating market-enhancing financial technology (FinTech) innovation, fair market competition, and proactive regulatory excellence and understanding of emerging technologies. Daniel is also an Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University Law Center where he teaches a course on ‘FinTech Law & Policy.’ Daniel previously served as director of financial markets policy and legal counsel at the Milken Institute think tank where he focused on technology-driven financial innovation, capital access, and financial market policy. Earlier in his career, Gorfine worked at the international law firm Covington & Burling LLP and served a clerkship with U.S. District Court Judge Catherine C. Blake in the District of Maryland. A graduate of Brown University (A.B.), Daniel holds a J.D. from George Washington University Law School and an M.A. from the Paul H. Nitze School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University.
Todd Hager, Industry Deputy Chair of the 2018 Blockchain Forum, Vice President, Macro Solutions Todd Hager is Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for Macro Solutions and has been working with Macro since early 2015. He provides leadership in strategy, innovation, quality, marketing and practice development. His nearly 30 years of federal work includes financial and analytics systems, contact center applications, agile application development, application governance, and DevOps.
Todd is the Industry Chair for the ACT-IAC Emerging Technology Community of Interest, Co-Chair for the ACT-IAC Blockchain Working Group, a member of the AGA Financial System and Technology Committee, a member of the AGA Blockchain Working Group, and a member of the GAO Agile Experts Working Group. He is a certified PMP, a Certified Scrum Master (CSM), and ITIL v3 certified.
Marcel Jemio , Chief Data Architect, Office of Personnel Management. Jemio has spoken on the importance of data and performance to government and global industry groups, and has been an invited expert on enterprise data management and community data exchange at a variety of data governance groups.
Caitlin Long, Former Chairman & President, Symbiont. Caitlin Long is former chairman and president of Symbiont, and enterprise blockchain company. She has been active in bitcoin since 2012 and blockchain since 2014. Caitlin previously spent 22 years on Wall Street in senior roles, working for Morgan Stanley (2007-2016), Credit Suisse (1997-2007) and Salomon Brothers (1994-1997). During her Wall Street career she started and ran three new businesses. MarketsMedia awarded Caitlin its 2016 Women in Finance Award for Excellence in Blockchain, and Institutional Investor named Caitlin to its list of the most influential people in pensions during her final 3 years on Wall Street. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School (JD, 1994), the Kennedy School of Government (MPP, 1994) and the University of Wyoming (BA, 1990).
Brent Maravilla, Acquisition Strategist, U.S. Digital Service. Brent is at the U.S. Digital Service within the Office of Management of Budget, where he works on initiatives and experiments with strategies and tactics that make buying digital services faster, more transparent, less confusing, and result in building products that improve citizens lives. He has been working in procurement for a total of 10 years across multiple agencies, including the U.S. Postal Service, U.S. Army, and EPA before joining the U.S. Digital Service.
Jim Nasr , Vice President of Technology & Innovation, Synchrogenix, a Certara company. Jim leads strategy and implementation of emerging technologies, including Blockchain and machine learning, to improve patient outcome and transform life sciences.
Prior to joining Synchrogenix, Jim was the Chief Software Architect at the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Jim led a number of initiatives around modernization of CDC’s public health systems, through design and implementation of interoperable software (based on microservices and modern DevOps), data as a service, blockchain and open technology frameworks. Prior to CDC, Jim was the CEO and co-founder of Armedia, a technology firm focused on building enterprise solutions for managing unstructured data.
Jim has more than twenty years of experience in the technology industry, with over a decade as an entrepreneur profitably growing Armedia from inception to over 100 employees, and a 5-time Inc. 5000 awardee. Jim has co-authored several technology books and spoken at numerous industry events and conferences, including over many in recent times on Blockchain.
Jim is on the editorial board for the peer reviewed Blockchain in Healthcare Today scholarly journal, a mentor for the machine learning accelerator Cyberlaunch, and on advisory for a number of blockchain startups. He has an MBA from the University of Connecticut, a BS in Computer Science and Statistics from Coventry University and resides in Atlanta, GA.
David Nguyen, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, United Solutions, is a creative thinker and passionate innovator who wants to change the world with great technology. He has over 15 years of digital transformation experience in both the public and private sectors. He formed United Solutions over 10 years ago with the vision of helping people do extraordinary things with technology. United Solutions is a CMMI DEV L3 and ISO 9001:2015 certified company.
Today, his company is building technology such as Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence (A/I), and Open Innovation to reinvent management, reimagine workforce, and redesign value chains. United Solutions built the first Federal Procurement Blockchain and A/I platform for GSA. It is also the winner of the Spirit of Free Enterprise Award, Smart Ceo Cornerstone Award, and Alliance for Workplace Excellence Award; and it has been featured in the Daily Record, Washington Business Journal, and Federal Computer Week.
David serves on the Board of Directors of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, Workforce Development Board, and The Community Foundation. He is a life learner and welcomes new challenges. He holds a Juris Doctorate (JD) from the Antonin Scalia Law School, a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees in Biochemistry, Physiology & Neurobiology and Computer Science from the University of Maryland. He is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Scrum Master (CSM), and Certified SAFe Practitioner (SAFe SP).
Robert Palatnick, Chief IT Architect, Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation. Robert Palatnick is Managing Director and Chief Technology Architect at DTCC, where he has responsibility for the global IT strategy, architecture, standards and engineering design of the systems and applications that support the firm’s broad range of products and services. In addition, he leads DTCC’s technology innovation initiatives, including cloud, automation, big data analytics and distributed ledger technologies and co-sponsors DTCC’s Office of Fintech Strategy.
Before this role, Mr. Palatnick held a number of senior technology positions at DTCC including Application Development Domain Lead, Chief Administrative Officer of IT and CIO of FICC. Prior to joining DTCC, Mr. Palatnick was Vice President, Development and Systems, at Security Pacific Corporation Sequor Software Services.
An active technology voice in the industry, Mr. Palatnick has been a featured guest speaker at key conferences worldwide and is often quoted in the press. He currently serves as a member of the Governing Board of the Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger Project, a collaborative effort to establish, build and sustain an open, distributed ledger platform across industries.
Mr. Palatnick received his BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Buffalo, and is an alumnus of the David Rockefeller fellowship.
John Sprague, Deputy Associate CIO Tech & Innovation Division, National Aeronautics and Space Administration Headquarters in Washington, DC. He has a Master’s Degree in Computer Resource and Information Management; a Bachelor’s in Industrial Technology Engineering and is a retired Air Force Officer where he was deployed after 9/11 to support European operations, and for 6 months in the Kingdom of Bahrain with visits to Egypt and Kuwait and a deployment to Kosovo/Macedonia. He develops new technology infusion, data science and digital innovation prototypes, using best practices affecting over 60,000 scientists, researchers, and University partners.
Valerie Szczepanik, Assistant Director, Securities and Exchange Commission, Division of Enforcement’s Cyber Unit. Valerie A. Szczepanik is an Assistant Director at the Securities and Exchange Commission in the Division of Enforcement’s Cyber Unit. She is Head of the SEC’s Distributed Ledger Technology Working Group and a member of its FinTech Working Group. Ms. Szczepanik served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. She clerked for federal judges on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and, prior to clerking, practiced patent law. Ms. Szczepanik received her JD from Georgetown University and her Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Mihaela Ulieru, Chief Alchemist, Endor.com – an MIT startup committed to use Blockchain to decentralize access to artificial intelligence for the 99% with 1% of the cost. She is an Expert at the Oxford University Blockchain Strategy Executive Education Program as well as President of the IMPACT Institute for the Digital Economy aiming to enable wealth creation in a decentralized world. As a Blockchain champion at the World Economic Forum she advocated to include it in the 2016 Top 10 Emerging Technologies, developed in collaboration with Scientific American. Dr. Ulieru’s research in distributed intelligent systems created a strong foundation for governance on Blockchain as an institutional technology with a crucial role in revolutionizing supply chains, healthcare and homeland security. Dr. Ulieru has been awarded the “Industrial Research Chair in Intelligent Systems” and the “Canada Research Chair in e-Society” and has numerous board appointments including on the Science Councils of Singapore, Canada and European Commission and to the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum. Dr. Mihaela also coaches young people to success, including Garrett Camp, co-founder of StumbleUpon and Uber, whom she guided for his MSc degree – and more recently is advising young entrepreneurs how to build a successful Blockchain endeavor.
Sheila Warren, Head of Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology, World Economic Forum. She began her career as a Wall Street attorney before turning to philanthropy and nonprofit tech over a decade ago. Sheila has represented banks, philanthropists, and progressive nonprofits, and she most recently served as the VP of Strategic Alliances and General Counsel of TechSoup, the global social enterprise that has connected civil society organizations around the world with over $9B in donated tech-based resources. Sheila previously designed and launched NGOsource, a groundbreaking service focused on international grantmaking, and created a blockchain-backed registry of non-profit organizations around the world. She is a graduate of Harvard College and the Harvard Law School.
Mark White, Principal, Innovation Office, Chief Technologist, Deloitte. Mark White currently serves as Chief Technologist in Deloitte Consulting Innovation, leading disruptive technology sensing and insight development. He brings that to the Federal government market, advancing capabilities and adoption for advanced and cognitive analytics and Blockchain distributed consensus ledger solutions.
He has served clients in Federal, State, Financial Services, Real Estate, High Tech, Telecommunications, and other industries. His professional focus areas are technology trends and innovation, and architecting, developing, and delivering critical mission solutions for our clients.
Mr. White has served Deloitte in multiple leadership roles including CTO for US Consulting, Global Consulting, and US Federal. He led the US Platform Architecture & Infrastructure service line and was lead IT Principal on the Department of Homeland Security and Citigroup accounts, Program Delivery Principal for major Federal programs, and Engagement Principal for Global 100 Financial Services firms.
His engagement focus areas include emerging technologies, innovation, advanced analytics, CIO strategy, services architectures, IT service management, operations engineering, and data center design and consolidation. Mark is a frequent speaker at US and global conferences and is regularly quoted in the media discussing the impact of technology on business and government.
Mr. White earned a B.S. in Computer Science with a concentration in Systems Architecture, graduating Magna Cum Laude from the University of Georgia. He also earned a Masters of Applied Mathematical Sciences with a concentration in Operations Research from the University of Georgia.
Jim Williams, Partner, Schambach & Williams Consulting. Mr. Williams has 37 plus years of public and private sector experience. He was GSA’s Acting Administrator and first Federal Acquisition Service Commissioner. Mr. Williams was also the first Director of DHS’s US-VISIT Program, the program successfully implemented at DHS to track the entry of foreign visitors with biometrics after 9/11. Earlier, Jim was IRS’s leader of their Procurement and Program Management organizations. He has received numerous awards, including two Presidential Rank Awards and four Federal Computer Week FED100 Awards. He has an MBA from The George Washington University and a B.S. in Business from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Aleksandar Zelenovic, Strategy and Consulting Practice Lead, Sapient Consulting, Public Sector. As a Strategy Lead, Aleksandar focuses on creating long-lasting solutions at the intersection of technology, innovation, and business. He has 20+ years supporting U.S. and overseas clients from Fortune 500 companies to government, including DHS, GSA, USAID, FDIC, and SEC. His approach to leadership generates results by focusing on end-customer value, rapid prototyping, and organizational learning. Aleksandar is an expert in business and digital strategy, Blockchain, DevOps/Agile, transformation, modernization, advanced analytics and organizational design. He holds an MBA from MIT Sloan where he received the prestigious Seley Scholars Award. He is currently implementing Blockchain for a major federal client.