Presenters at the 10th Annual CIO Forum
Federal Chief Information Officer
Vivek Kundra is the Federal Chief Information Officer (CIO). He directs the policy
and strategic planning of federal information technology investments and is responsible
for oversight of federal technology spending. Kundra formerly served in Mayor Fenty's
cabinet as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the District of Columbia, responsible
for technology operations and strategy for 86 agencies. He has been recognized among
the top 25 CTO's in the country and as the 2008 IT Executive of the Year for his
pioneering work to drive transparency, engage citizens and lower the cost of government
operations. Kundra is also recognized for his leadership in public safety communications,
cyber security and IT portfolio management. Before Kundra came to the District,
Governor Timothy M. Kaine appointed him Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Technology
for the Commonwealth of Virginia, the first dual cabinet role in the state's history.
Kundra's diverse record also includes technology and public policy experience in
private industry and academia. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia's
Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership and holds a MS in Information Technology
from the University of Maryland.
Chief Strategist, Federal Communications Commission
Paul de Sa has been Chief of OSP since joining the FCC in July 2009. Before that,
he was a Partner at McKinsey & Company, where he was a leader in the Telecom/Media,
Private Equity and Corporate Finance practices in the United States and Asia. Prior
to joining McKinsey, de Sa received a doctorate in theoretical physics from Oxford
University. He was also a Kennedy Scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
and a post-doctoral Research Fellow in the Science, Technology, and Public Policy
program at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.
Douglas A. Abel
Vice President, Chief Information Officer Anne Arundel Health System,
Douglas Abel has more than 25 years of experience in information systems across
the healthcare industry. His unique background includes holding senior positions
at a software vendor, leading healthcare consulting organizations and directing
IT at a large academic medical center. As Vice President and Chief Information Officer
at Anne Arundel Health System, Abel is responsible for all information management
activities including Information Systems, Information Technologies, Telecommunications
and Health Information Management.
Prior to joining AAHS, Abel held the positions of Vice President at Cerner Corporation,
Senior Director at HCIA, and Director Positions at the University of Maryland Medical
System and Ferranti Healthcare Systems. At Cerner Corporation he led large portions
of the consulting organization in the deployment of healthcare automation leading
to clinical transformation at academic medical centers, IDN’s and community hospitals.
While at the University of Maryland Medical System, Abel managed groups including
computer operations, help desk and software applications leading the procurement,
implementation and support of clinical and financial applications used by the system.
Starting his career at Ferranti Healthcare Systems, he was a software engineer and
led the development of clinical and financial applications for the healthcare industry.
Abel earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Elizabethtown College and
a master’s of business administration degree from Loyola College in Maryland graduating
with honors (Beta Gamma Sigma). Abel has served on the Board of Directors for the
Northland Chamber of Commerce in Kansas City, Missouri, the First Hand Foundation
and the Maryland Chapter of HIMSS. He has served on the Annual Conference Education
Committee for HIMSS as well as several committees for CHIME including the Advocacy
Larry Fitzpatrick, Computech's President, leads a thirty year old IT
application development firm with particular expertise in online auctions, data
driven dashboards, and legacy system replacement. His record of successful
software delivery and transformational software management has spanned academia
and government, commercial software product development, and corporate IT for
over 25 years.
Prior to joining Computech this year, he served as Senior Vice President of
the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). While at FINRA, during a
time of substantial change in the financial sector, he created the architecture
group, built an application development team of over 500 individuals, and led
the delivery of numerous key systems.
Prior to joining FINRA in 2002, Mr. Fitzpatrick consulted to a number of
technology firms. Until 1999, he led delivery of commercial software products as
Technology Vice President at Open Text Software (OTEX), and as Chief Technology
Officer at Personal Library Software. He has specialized in high performance
computing and database systems and delivered industry-leading commercial
software that has been widely used. He has taught several university courses in
database and programming. Mr. Fitzpatrick has a Master’s in Biomedical
Engineering (Informatics) from The University of Virginia, and Bachelor of
Science in Biology and minor in Computer Science from Georgetown University.
Prior to joining CRISP, David Horrocks was Senior Vice President for EMR Initiatives
in the Developing Enterprises division of Erickson Retirement Communities. Horrocks
was responsible for the organization’s several startup ventures seeking to promote
electronic medical records and health information exchange. He also served at Retirement
Living TV, a startup television network for seniors currently in 30 million homes,
where he was responsible for IT, HR, business process improvement, and the network’s
Horrocks previously served four years as Chief Information Officer for Erickson
Retirement Communities, during which time he led the effort to deploy Centricity
EMR to all of Erickson’s primary care providers. He subsequently extended electronic
medical records to Erickson’s eight Skilled Nursing facilities and Rehab departments.
Horrocks spent much of 2006 in a management rotation as the Associate Executive
Director of Charlestown Community in Baltimore, which is home to 2,500 seniors.
Prior to joining Erickson, Horrocks was with Visalign, an IT consulting firm,
where he focused on infrastructure technology and economic analysis of IT projects.
He also spent five years as a technologist and department manager for AbiliTech,
a nonprofit company providing technology services to people with disabilities.
Horrocks holds a BS in Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and
an MBA from the Wharton School of Business. He and his wife Amy live in Maryland
and are raising six children.
Director of Outreach, CRISP
Cheryl Jones joined CRISP with more than eight years experience in the
clinical and operational aspects of the healthcare industry. Prior to joining
CRISP, Jones was employed by Erickson Retirement Communities. Her roles included
serving as a Six Sigma internal consultant and a Senior Business Analyst,
reporting to the executive team. She was also responsible for the administrative
management of the 170-bed skilled nursing and assisted living facility at one of
Erickson’s largest campuses.
Earlier in her career, Jones spent nearly two years as a healthcare
consultant with BearingPoint (now Deloitte). She completed projects at several
hospitals across the United States, focusing on revenue cycle optimization and
other financial issues. Serving as a BearingPoint consultant, Jones was
instrumental in assisting the CDC with the Hurricane Katrina After Action
Jones holds a BA in Psychology from Spelman College and an MBA and MHA from
the University of Florida. She has a background in human resources and has
received her PHR certification.
Dr. Jamshed J. Irani
Chairman of the Executive Committee, Tata Quality Management Services
and Director, Tata Sons Ltd.
Jamshed J. Irani is a well-known personality in the iron and steel industry who
was honored in 2007 by the President of India who conferred on him the award of
Padma Bhushan for his services to trade and industry in the country.
He began his career in 1963 as a senior scientific officer at BISRA, Sheffield,
where he rose to the position of head, physical metallurgy division. On returning
to India, he joined The Tata Iron and Steel Company (now Tata Steel) as assistant
to the director, research and development. He was appointed general superintendent
in 1978, general manager in 1979, president in 1985 and managing director in 1992.
After holding the CEO's office for almost a decade, he retired as managing director
of Tata Steel in 2001. Presently, he is a director on the board of Tata Steel.
Besides Tata Steel, Irani is a director on the boards of several companies
including Tata Motors, Tata Teleservices, BOC (India), Electrosteel Castings, Repro
India and HDFC. He is chairman of Tata Refractories, TRF and Kansai Nerolac Paints.
In 1993, the University of Sheffield conferred upon him the honorary degree of Doctor
of Metallurgy. In 1997, Queen Elizabeth II conferred on him honorary knighthood
(KBE) for his contributions to Indo-British trade and co-operation.
Irani obtained his master's degree in geology from Nagpur University in 1958.
Thereafter he obtained an M.Met. and a PhD from the University of Sheffield, UK.
Jason Karas is the founder of Carbonrally.com a year-old website that motivates
people to reduce energy use and CO2 emissions through competitive game play. Recognized
as a TIME Magazine best website of 2008, Carbonrally has attracted individuals
and teams from universities, high schools, corporations, and other communities across
the country. Prior to Carbonrally, Karas created a radical product development approach
for European mobile carrier Orange. Through his program at Orange, Karas cut development
times in half and shepherded 7 innovative products from concept through customer
deployment. Karas received a Masters in Environmental Economics and an MBA from
Duke University in 1997. Through Carbonrally, he is realizing his longtime goal
to connect these two disciplines in a new venture. He lives in Boston with his family.
Dr. Sean Khozin, MD, MPH
Founding Member, Practicing Physician, Hello Health
Sean Khozin is a founding member and practicing physician at Hello Health.
Hello Health physicians use email, instant messaging, and video conferencing to
communicate with their patients, in addition to seeing them in the office. Their
proprietary web-based technology enables a patient-centric environment powered
by social networking tools to connect and share information with healthcare
providers. The technology is also a fully integrated electronic medical record
and practice management system.
Khozin's background encompasses a broad range of bench-to-bedside activities.
He has conducted public health research on disease prevention and infection
control, and basic science research at the Laboratory of Cell Regulation and
Carcinogenesis at the National Institutes of Health where he worked alongside a
team of world-class scientists on the development of novel therapeutic targets
for breast cancer. He has also worked with biotechnology companies in support of
bringing innovative pharmacotherapies to the market and has conducted
comprehensive evaluation of large, multicenter clinical trials as a member of
the Integrated Scientific and Ethical Review Board at St. Vincent's Catholic
Medical Centers in New York City.
Khozin received a Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology and Physiology
from the University of Maryland at College Park and attended medical school at
the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He holds a Masters of Public
Health degree from George Washington University and did his internship and
residency in Internal Medicine at New York Medical College, St. Vincent's
Hospital in New York City.
Bipin Patel joined ProQuest as CIO in April 2007 and is responsible overseeing
product development, internal systems, and infrastructure operations for
ProQuest and Dialog. He is a member of the ProQuest executive management group.
ProQuest was ranked #27 in the 2009 InformationWeek 500 listing of the
most innovative technology organizations in the nation.
Previously he was with Ford Motor Company for 25 years. He was the Director
of Ford’s North America IT Business Operations where he was a member of the Ford
Americas Operating Committee. He oversaw Information Technology for Product
Development, Manufacturing, and Marketing, Sales, and Service operations. Prior
to that appointment, he was responsible for the creation of Ford’s off-shore
centre Chennai, India. Previous responsibilities have included the launch of the
global intranet/collaboration platforms, and driving a common global Accounting
process and system. Patel has also served as IT Manager for Asia Pacific
Operations overseeing IT strategy for the region, and in a variety of IT
positions in Ford of Europe.
Patel, a British citizen, was born and schooled in Tanzania. He has a B.Sc. (Honours)
in Maths from University of Greenwich in London, UK.
Premal Shah leads Kiva.org – a website that lets you make micro-loans to
low-income entrepreneurs. Kiva raises over $1 million each week for the working
poor in +50 countries and was named as a Top 50 website by TIME magazine in
2009. Prior to Kiva, Shah spent 6 years at PayPal. During a sabbatical from
PayPal in 2005, Shah volunteered in India at a women's cooperative and began to
develop the internet microfinance concept. He returned to Silicon Valley and
connected with a like-minded team to turn the idea into reality and bring it to
scale. Shah has been invited to speak at the Clinton Global Initiative and his
honors include being named one of Fortune magazine's "40 under 40" and a Young
Global Leaders selection by the World Economic Forum. Shah graduated with an
Economics degree from Stanford University.
Smith School Presenters
Dr. Ritu Agarwal
Professor & Robert H. Smith Chair in Information Systems
Ritu Agarwal is the Robert H. Smith Dean's Chair in Information Systems and founder
and director of the Center for Health Information and Decision Systems (CHIDS) at
the Robert H. Smith School of Business. She has published more than 75 papers on
information technology in journals such as Information Systems Research, MIS
Quarterly, Communications of the ACM, Journal of Management Information Systems,
Decision Sciences, IEEE Transactions, and Decision Support Systems.
Her current research is focused on the use of IT in healthcare settings, technology-enabled
transformations in the auto-retailing and printing sectors; and appropriate strategies
for the management of IT human capital. She received her PhD from Syracuse University.
Dr. G. “Anand” Anandalingam
Dean, Robert H. Smith School of Business
Anand Anandalingam is the dean and Ralph J. Tyser Professor of Management Science
at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland. His research
focuses on telecommunication networks, and electronic markets' design, economics,
industry analysis, strategy, and policy. He also works on global information systems
strategy. Anandalingam has published more than 75 papers in refereed journals, and
has guest-edited volumes on electronic markets for Management Science,
and on hierarchical optimization for Annals of Operations Research. He
is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and
INFORMS (Institute for Operations Research and the Management Science). Anandalingam
serves on the editorial board of Telecommunications Systems, and Networks
and Spatial Economics, and as the associate editor of Operations Research.
His PhD in operations research is from Harvard University.
Dr. Il-Horn Hann
Associate Professor of Information Systems, Co-director of DIGITS
Il-Horn Hann is associate professor of information systems at the Robert H. Smith
School of Business and co-director of the Center for Digital Thought and Strategy
(DIGITS). Hann teaches Managing Digital Business Markets at the Robert H. Smith
School of Business at the University of Maryland. His research interest is in the
intersection of IT and markets; recent projects include price competition in electronic
markets, pricing in Name-Your-Own-Price markets, and online privacy. Another research
interest of his is open source software. Hann's papers have been published in
Management Science, Journal of MIS, and Communication of the ACM.
He has served on the editorial board of Information Systems Research
and is currently on the editorial board of Management Science. He received
his MA and PhD from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Siva Viswanathan
Associate Professor of Information Systems, Co-director of DIGITS
Siva Viswanathan is associate professor of information systems at the Robert
H. Smith School of Business and co-director of the Center for Digital Thought and
Strategy (DIGITS). Viswanathan’s research focuses on emerging issues related to
online firms and markets, and on analyzing the competitive and strategic implications
of new information and communication technologies. His current research examines
the growth of online information intermediaries, and their potential to disrupt
traditional business models and transform the competitive landscape in sectors such
as auto-retailing, financial services, and advertising, among others. Viswanathan’s
research has appeared in top academic journals including Management Science,
Information Systems Research, Journal of Marketing, and Decision Support
Systems. He is also an active participant in international conferences and
industry forums. He received his PhD from New York University.