Joseph A. Brendler, Sr. Major General, US Army (Retired), Principal Deep Water Point, LLC. MG (ret.) Joseph Brendler is a senior executive and thought leader with more than 20 years of experience managing large organizations specializing in delivery of information technology (IT), networks, and cybersecurity solutions. He has led strategic and tactical planning; advanced technology innovation; engineering and operations; budget, program, and contract management; change management; partnership development; and service delivery. Clients benefit immensely from MG Brendler’s technical, operational, strategic, and administrative expertise and experience.
Prior to becoming a consultant, MG Brendler was Chief of Staff for the United States Cyber Command. In that role, he directed, integrated, prioritized, and synchronized the activities of the 2100-person USCYBERCOM headquarter, to enable the command and its components to provide the worldwide defense of all US Department of Defense (DoD) networks and the delivery of full-spectrum cyber effects supporting operational commanders throughout the US military. Previously, as Director of Strategic Planning, Policy, and Partnerships, MG Brendler was responsible for the development of strategy and plans for cyber support to combatant commands, the evolutionary growth of USCYBERCOM, and the execution of its missions to defend the nation against the threat of significant cyber attack. He participated in the development of US military cyber doctrine and of DoD and national cyber policy.
Prior to those assignments, MG Brendler held a number of other executive positions in the US Army, NATO, and DoD. He served as US Army Director of Architecture, Operations, Networks and Space (AONS), where he had oversight of Army network operations and led Army network architecture and strategic planning. Prior to that, he was responsible for policy and operational oversight of all communications and information systems employed by NATO and US forces in Afghanistan as Chief of C5ISR, US Forces J6, and NATO Forces CJ6, ISAF. MG Brendler also served as the Chief of Staff for the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) for two years, prior to his last deployment to Afghanistan, and prior to that he was the J3 Director of Operations for DoD’s Joint Task Force for Global Network Operations, a precursor organization to today’s USCYBERCOM.
Over the previous 20 years of his military career, he held a variety of jobs including both staff leadership responsibility and command at every echelon from platoon to brigade. This included over six years of assignments in Europe, four combat deployments in both Afghanistan and Iraq, two years teaching Physics at West Point, and seven years at Fort Bragg, NC as a paratrooper and jumpmaster. MG Brendler earned his BS and MEng in electrical engineering from Cornell University. He also earned an MS in national resource strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and a Master of Military Arts and Science in theater operations from the School of Advanced Military Study.
MG Brendler is a member of the Board of Directors of Warrior Expeditions and a member of the Board of Advisors of CSFI and MCPA. He is a member of IEEE, AUSA, and AFCEA.
In 2017, following retirement from active military service, MG Brendler completed a 2189 mile through-hike of the Appalachian Trail. His hobbies include hiking, skiing, soccer, open source computing projects and robotics, and he and his wife, who reside in Northern Virginia, also enjoy travel and visiting with friends and family, including their two adult children.
Michael Bruce, Vice President/Division Manager, Leidos. 20+ years of experience managing operations and business development for U.S. federal agencies, such as DHS and TSA. Operations experience includes enterprise application and infrastructures, security and vetting solutions, and business process management. He is leading the CCAIML group’s efforts to development an AI/ML and playbook for ACT-IAC members and federal technology and program directors. Mr. Bruce led R&D and development projects to development AI-based security threat assessment and vetting, as well as insider threat detection solutions. Mr. Bruce has overseen diverse teams of up to 350 staff, including offshore development centers to systems and software products. He served as a federal senior executive with DHS/TSA and HHS overseeing enterprise-level Human Resources, Financial, and agency administrative systems. Mr. Bruce most recently served as a Director of Business Development with Booz Allen Hamilton and General Dynamics Mission Systems, and Senior Director with Andersen Consulting/Accenture. Mr. Bruce began his career as a Member of the Technical Staff with the Hughes Aircraft Company specializing in developing components for space and defense needs, as well as a Management Analysts for the Undersecretary for Defense for Acquisitions.
Michael serves as Co-Chair of the ACT-IAC CCAIML committee, Executive Committee of the Identification Technologies Association (IdTA), and Airport Consultants Council Aviation Security Committee.
Education: MBA, Cornell University - S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University.
Edward Burrows, Robotics Process Automation Program Manager, General Services Administration. Edward Burrows is the Robotics Process Automation (RPA) Program Manager at GSA for the Office of the Chief Financial Officer. He is also the liaison to the U.S. Department of Agriculture as GSA’s financial management shared service provider. ED has also led GSA's 's implementation of Treasury's Invoice Processing Platform (IPP) and the migration of GSA's child care subsidy administration programs to a commercial provider and the Department of Agriculture. Prior to joining GSA in 2015 Ed led financial operations and programs in the telecommunications industry, including senior leadership positions at MCI, Concert Communications, BT Group, and Telarix. Ed holds a B.A. in Economics from The Pennsylvania State University and a M.A. in Economics from University of Virginia.
Justin Fessler, Artificial Intelligence Strategist, IBM Federal. Justin has worked with the Federal government since 2009 focused on data/information management and governance, analytics, workflow and collaboration across multiple agencies including DoT, NRC, DHS, EPA, DOE, NASA and others. He joined the core Watson team in 2015 because of his experience with the Watson capabilities and having sold the first Watson Content Analytics solution to the Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2011. After running Data Science for the past two years, Justin has recently returned to the Watson group to run the Artificial Intelligence strategy for IBM’s Federal clients. This entails working with clients to understand and help solve challenges around unstructured data, text analytics and machine learning, as well as developing IBM’s internal strategy for sales and execution with the extended market teams. Justin holds a Bachelors degree in Economics from Binghamton University.
Venkat Kodumudi, Director, Innovation & Outreach, CGI Federal. Venkat Kodumudi has over 25 years of IT experience as both a government leader and a consultant. During his US federal government tenure, he served first as a Branch Chief overseeing multiple application portfolios, then Deputy Director of Operations and Engineering Division within the Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration. Within the private sector, he has served as a consultant and lead architect for top technology product and consulting firms as well as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for a technology startup.
In his current role as Director of Innovation Programs for CGI’s Federal Strategic Business Unit, Mr. Kodumudi helps define technology direction and go-to-market strategy while architecting technology solutions to address government’s biggest challenges. With deep yet broad technical expertise, he focuses on how emerging technologies and methodologies such as Artificial Intelligence, blockchain, robotic process automation (RPA), DevSecOps, and IT service management can support the government in achieving mission objectives. He also co-chairs CGI Federal’s Blockchain Roundtable.
Marc Mancher, Principal, US Government and Public Services Robotics and Cognitive Lead, Deloitte. Marc Mancher is a Principal in Deloitte Consulting and serves as Global Public Sector Robotics Leader. Previously, he led Deloitte’s commercial Insourcing and Outsourcing Advisory businesses. Marc has advised, built, run, sourced, and/or operated IT, HR and Finance shared service and call centers for clients such as Google, IBM, T-Mobile, USAA, Anthem, and government entities. In addition to Marc’s significant professional operations experience, he recently completed 30 years of service in the US Navy. In 2017, Marc was awarded the Innovator of the Year award from the Washington Business Journal, and can be frequently heard in media channels.
Nino Marcantonio, CEO, Marcantonio Global LLC. Nino is Deputy Director of the Pentagon’s Defense Technology Innovations Program (DTIP), which identifies and brings to the US Department of Defense interesting ideas, technologies, hardware and software from private industry, with the potential to enhance US Military applications worldwide.
Nino is also CEO of Marcantonio Global, an emerging technology consulting firm which specializes in identifying capability gaps, service acquisition priorities and global technology trends; and is engaged as a systems compliance expert at the Department of Defense within the Pentagon.
Former roles were as a broker with AGC International, a world-leading manufacturer of petroleum fluid distillation and filtration equipment; a team lead with Dextera Corporation, attached to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA); and a business analyst with CACI International, attached to the Federal Railway Administration Office of Safety within the US Department of Transportation.
Nino gained a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology and minor in Business from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Mallesh Murugesan, Founder & CEO, Abeyon. Mallesh Murugesan, Founder and CEO of Abeyon, is an innovative leader with 20+ years of experience in Technology. He has been working with the Navy for 15 years in executing strategic IT initiatives, and providing innovative technology solutions. His latest being Artificial Intelligence based text analysis tool that recently won the Government Innovation Award.
Under his leadership, Abeyon has been working on several advanced AI technologies including Text Analysis, Category Management, NLP and more. His latest creation, chirrp.ai is a multi-channel chatbot platform that is powered by cognitive technology. And he has a patent pending on his intent identification methodology in a cognitive conversation.
Mallesh has a Masters in Information Systems from George Mason and an MBA from University of Maryland, College Park.
Kevin Youel Page, Specialist Executive, Deloitte Consulting LLC. Kevin Youel Page has been at the forefront of federal government acquisition reform for the last decade, with over 28 years of leadership experience driving the development of innovative, business-driven strategies in public sector operations. He currently serves as a Specialist Executive with Deloitte Consulting’s Enterprise Operations focused on Shared Services.
Mr. Youel Page served as the Deputy Commissioner, Federal Acquisition Service at the U.S. General Services Administration from November 2014 until June 2017. In this position, he effectively oversaw the annual delivery of more than $50 billion of products, services and solutions that saved over five billion taxpayer dollars and enabled federal agencies to accomplish their missions with greater efficiency. He also served as the Assistant Commissioner for the Integrated Award Environment and as the Deputy Assistant Commissioner for the Integrated Technology Service.
Before joining GSA, Mr. Youel Page was the Deputy Director, Office of the Procurement Executive at the Department of the Treasury, responsible for leadership of Treasury-wide acquisition policy, procurement assessment reviews of Treasury bureaus, strategic sourcing and other improvement strategies, Treasury acquisition career management, and electronic procurement. Mr. Youel Page initiated and led strategic sourcing program at Treasury, engaging cross-bureau interdisciplinary teams to generate common requirements and leveraged sourcing strategies and helped found the Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative to drive federal-wide governance that has saved over $500 million.
Prior to his federal service, Mr. Youel Page worked as a strategy consultant to government leaders with IBM Global Services and Touchstone Consulting Group, where he worked to translate conceptual goals into actionable strategic and tactical approaches. He has also done work for the World Bank and in the non-profit sector.
Mr. Youel Page earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan Business School in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts.
Rajesh Radhakrishnan, Senior Vice President, Cognitive Automation at Automation Anywhere. Rajesh Radhakrishnan runs Cognitive Automation at Automation Anywhere. In his role he is responsible for defining the strategy to address this complex market and growing the business at a highly accelerated pace. Rajesh is passionate about driving growth through finding the right product-channel-market fit by building the product and sales organizations in lock step. Prior to Automation Anywhere, Rajesh was the Chief Revenue Officer of Global Logic and has held product, marketing and services leadership positions at HP, Mercury Interactive, Veritas, Healtheon/WebMD and Oracle.
Harrison Smith, Chief Procurement Officer (Acting), Internal Revenue Service within the U.S. Department of the Treasury. He is responsible for all acquisition programs and contractual commitments for equipment, supplies, and services for IRS and Treasury Departmental Offices (approximately $2.4 billion annually).
Prior to joining the IRS, Harrison served in various roles at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Naval Sea Systems Command. As the Industry Liaison for DHS, he was responsible for providing leadership and direction for DHS offices and outside officials for all aspects of the DHS industry engagement program. He also promoted rapid and innovative approaches to solving complex problems, and served as a principal advisor to the Chief Procurement Officer on matters relating to all aspects of procurement.
Harrison has over 15 years of operational procurement experience, including acting as the Contracting Officer for several multi-billion dollar IT procurements. As the Director of the Enterprise Acquisitions Division with DHS, he was responsible for a portfolio of 25 strategically-sourced contracts with a cumulative value of $68 billion. He has also worked in policy and strategic analysis positions for the U.S. Congress, and has supported the Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Navy for Business Initiatives and the Chief of Naval Operations Executive Panel under the auspices of the Presidential Management Fellows program.
Harrison holds a B.A. in International Relations and an M.A. in U.S. Foreign Policy from The American University, and an M.B.A. from George Washington University. Harrison brings a wealth of leadership, acquisition, and operational experience and a high standard of professionalism.
Currently, Harrison is focusing on leveraging the financial underpinnings of major IT agreements to accelerate and amplify the value of IT projects, and creating a repeatable and flexible structure for deploying innovative processes to support the government’s contracting needs.
Peet van Biljon, Founder and CEO, BMNP Strategies LLC. Peet van Biljon advises clients on strategy, innovation, and new product development (NPD). He focuses on management challenges related to Industry 4.0 and on the impact of transformative technologies such as AI, digitization, fintech and IoT. Peet previously managed McKinsey’s global innovation practice. He is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy, where he teaches a graduate course on innovation. Peet co-chairs the General Principles Committee of the IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems. He authored a book on business ethics, Profit with a Higher Purpose (2017).
Jim Walker, Federal CTO and Director of Public Sector Marketing at UiPath. Jim Walker is a former Army Artillery Officer and federal employee. He is currently duel hatted as the UiPath Federal CTO and leads their Public Sector Vertical in the Americas. He served at the Deputy Chief Information Officer and Services Portfolio Manager at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Shared Services Center (NSSC), held IT lead positions with DISA, the US Missile Defense Agency and a counter-drug taskforce in Key West. Jim was a member of the class of 2018 for Federal Computer Weekly “Federal 100”, and recognized as runner up at the Government Computer News “DigIT 2017” award for Robotics, Automation and Unmanned Systems.
Pam Wolfe, Chief, Enterprise Services Division, National Aeronautics and Space Administration Shared Services Center. Pamela Wolfe is the Chief of the Enterprise Services Division of NASA’s Shared Services Center (NSSC) located in Bay St Louis, MS. Pamela is a graduate of the University of Southern MS and is responsible for managing the Agency IT help desk, the customer contact center, and robotics process automation. Pamela also services as the Innovation Champion for the NSSC.
During her tenure at the NSSC, Pamela established the Agency Information Technology Business Office to manage $400M in Agency IT contracts. As a charter member of NASA’s Shared Services Center, Pamela established processes and procedures for monitoring performance and reporting of metrics associated with service level agreements for the 60+ services provided across Financial Management, Human Resources, Procurement, and IT. Prior to joining NASA in 2006, Pamela held various Business and Financial management positions with Lockheed Martin and Sverdrup Technologies.
Pamela has been honored as the recipient of the NASA Superior Accomplishment Award, and the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal for her analytical support to the NSSC.
Swathi Young, Founder and Chief Digital Strategist, TechNotch Solutions. Swathi Young is the founder of TechNotch Solutions, a product management, and technology strategy consulting company. In her 20+ years of technology experience, she has led over 100+ projects globally - Belgium, India and the United States across e-commerce, supply chain, Hi-tech and financial sectors. Swathi is passionate about using cutting edge, artificial intelligence technologies to increase the performance of organizations. She recently launched an AI/ML cyber-security product and is a leading speaker about ethical design of Artificial Intelligence applications. Her forte lies in connecting the dots between business strategy and technology solutions.