Featured Speakers

Jose ArrietaJose Arrieta
Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Jose Arrieta is the deputy assistant secretary for acquisition and senior procurement executive at the Department of Health and Human Services. “There are few people in the federal acquisition community who are on a higher trajectory than Jose Arrieta,” remarks Jason Miller at FederalNewsRadio. Previously he served as the GSA’s director of the Office of IT 70 Schedule Contract Operations. Mr. Arrieta is known to reject the risk-averse culture of the government and is not afraid to take on challenges. Read: “GSA experimenting with blockchain to cut contracting time” on FederalNewsRadio.

Avi Goldfarb

Avi Goldfarb, PhD
Ellison Professor of Marketing
Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

Avi Goldfarb is the Ellison Professor of Marketing at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto and coauthor of the book Prediction Machines: The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence. He is Chief Data Scientist at the Creative Destruction Lab, Senior Editor at Marketing Science, and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His research on the economics of technology has been discussed in White House reports, Congressional testimony, European Commission documents, the Economist, the Globe and Mail, the National Post, CBC Radio, National Public Radio, Forbes, Fortune, the Atlantic, the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Northwestern University. Further details about his research can be found at www.avigoldfarb.com.

Dr. Brian JacobsDr. Brian Jacobs, MD
Vice President, Chief Medical Information Officer and Chief Information Officer
Children's National

Dr. Brian Jacobs is Vice President, Chief Medical Information Officer and Chief Information Officer at Children's National. He also serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Pediatric Informatics. In this capacity, he directs the Children’s IQ Network®, a pediatric health information exchange in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan region. 

Jacobs is a Professor of Pediatrics at the George Washington University and an attending physician in the Pediatric Critical Care Department. Prior to joining Children’s National, Jacobs was a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati, as well as the Director of Technology and Patient Safety at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. While at Cincinnati Children’s, he oversaw the implementation of their electronic medical record and was the principal author and winner of the HIMSS Davies Award.

Jacobs has authored numerous journal articles, book chapters, abstracts, and scientific presentations. He frequently shares his knowledge in the pediatric space as a guest lecturer at conferences, leadership forums, and hospitals. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Critical Care Medicine. He also is a member of the Society for Pediatric Research, the Association of Medical Directors of Information Services and serves as a member of the HIMSS Board of Directors. Jacobs was named to the 2017 Becker’s Hospital Review Top CMIOs list.

Ginger Zhe JinGinger Zhe Jin, PhD
Professor of Economics, University of Maryland
Chief Data Scientist, Hazel Analytics

Ginger Zhe Jin received her Ph.D. from UCLA in 2000 and is currently Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland, College Park. She was on leave at the Federal Trade Commission in 2015-2017 and served as the Director of the FTC Bureau of Economics from January 2016 to July 2017. She has been Research Associate of NBER since 2012. Most of her research focuses on information asymmetry among economic agents and how to provide information to overcome the information problem. The applications she has studied include restaurant food safety, health insurance, prescription drugs, e-commerce, online reviews, regulatory inspection, scientific innovation, air quality, blood donation, intrafamilial interaction, data security and consumer protection. Her research has been published in economics, management and marketing journals, with support from the National Science Foundation, the Net Institute, and the Sloan Foundation. She is currently co-editor of Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, associate editor of RAND Journal of Economics, and guest senior editor for a special issue of Marketing Science on consumer protection. 

In October 2014, she co-founded Hazel Analytics, an analytics company that promotes the use of open government data. In June 2015, she co-organized the Research on Effective Government: Inspection and Compliance Workshop and co-led the effort to compile and maintain a research archive about inspection and compliance at umicra.com.


Elizabeth BoudreauElizabeth Boudreau
Executive Advisor
Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Elizabeth Boudreau is an Executive Advisor at Amazon Web Services (AWS) with over a decade of Healthcare IT experience. She works with customer executive teams globally to understand their mission and business drivers in order to assist them in developing appropriate strategies for sustainable cloud adoption.

Prior to AWS, she was the Senior Director of IT and HIPAA Privacy and Security Officer at Claritas Genomics leading all of the IT activities for informatics, bioinformatics and laboratory. At Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH), she coordinated the requirements and implementation of a clinical bioinformatics pipeline for the future of genetics research and clinical application. Earlier at BCH, Elizabeth directed a team of software developers responsible for the innovative creation of internal custom clinical software and mobile solutions. Elizabeth brings a clinical mindset to the adoption of technology and addressing healthcare challenges.  In balance to a Masters in Health Informatics from Northeastern University, Elizabeth has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Art History and Architectural Restoration from Boston University.

Sachiko Kuwabara

Sachiko A. Kuwabara, PhD, MA
Director, Risk Management and Operational Integrity
Division of Emergency Operations
Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Sachiko Kuwabara is the Director for the Office of Risk Management and Operational Integrity (RMOI) in the Division of Emergency Operations. As Director, she provides overarching strategic leadership, centralized management, coordination and guidance to identify and mitigate risks inherent in public health emergency preparedness and response operations. RMOI is committed to addressing the various aspects of emergency operations that can impact personnel, processes and performance; including the characteristics of and processes for evaluating and implementing risk and operational integrity management systems.

Prior to serving as the Director of RMOI, Dr. Kuwabara served as the Deputy for the Deployment Risk Mitigation Unit (DRMU). In this role, Dr. Kuwabara relied on her training as a psychiatric epidemiologist to help guide the development of support programs to meet the needs of agency staff working on the frontline of the Ebola outbreak. The DRMU was stood up during CDC’s 2014 Ebola Response and was tasked with addressing concerns related to responder well-being. The unit supported CDC’s mission of ensuring safer, healthier people by addressing the needs of deployed CDC staff and their families.

Dr. Kuwabara officially joined DEO in 2015 and has forged new working relationships and synergies across the organization - including serving as the co-lead and founder of the Deployment Community and the lead for OPHPR’s Excellence in Response Operations Initiative.

Post-Ebola, the unit’s role expanded to include mitigating risks to CDC’s ability to effectively support and respond to public health emergencies more broadly. To reflect this expanded role, the unit was renamed RMOI in 2017. Through strategic risk management, preparedness and capacity development, a strong evaluation framework and measurable performance indicators, RMOI helps CDC to operate reliably, efficiently and safely in preparing for and responding to urgent threats to the public’s health.

Dr. Kuwabara holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of California, San Diego; a masters in psychology and human development from the University of Chicago; and a doctorate in public health from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Kuwabara loves to travel, is an avid runner and a PADI certified scuba diver but her favorite hobby is racing rally cars on ice in Finland.

Shameet LuhaShameet Luhar
Vheda Health

Shameet Luhar’s passion lies at the intersection of healthcare and technology. As Vheda Health’s CEO, Shameet is responsible for leading an organization that is humanizing healthcare, through technology. Under Shameet’s leadership, Vheda Health has partnered with some of the nation’s largest health plans, with a 12 million population reach and growing.

Shameet is a veteran of the health insurance industry, holding various positions at Anthem, CareFirst, and Deloitte. At Anthem, Shameet implemented various care and disease management programs for 33 million Commercial, Medicaid, and Medicare members. Shameet’s work on the Medicare STARS Outbound Call program was recognized by URAC with a 2013 Gold Medal. At CareFirst, Shameet led a variety of member engagement initiatives, including the successful implementation of their personal health record system.

Shameet received his MS in Medical Informatics from Northwestern University and BS from the University of Maryland – College Park.

Oki MekOki Mek
Emerging Technology Strategist
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Oki Mek is an Emerging Technology Strategist with the Division of Acquisition at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He is leading the effort to explore opportunity to cut cost and improve efficiency by targeting acquisition business process, with the emphasis on truly understanding the pain points and issues by using an innovative way of solving problems through the process of human-centered design. He places emphasis on risk risk‐controlled implementation strategy through incremental approach,human-centered design, agile, and DevOps.

Additionally, Oki provides security expertise for the blockchain technology to ensure compliance with federal mandates and legislations, including the Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act, President’s Management Agenda (PMA), Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), HHS Security Policy, Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standards. He plays an important role in protecting HHS' ability to provide mission-critical acquisition operations. Oki previously served as a Senior Information System Security Officer at HHS, providing federal cybersecurity program management, architecture, and engineering expertise to the department.

David T. NguyenDavid T. Nguyen, JD, MBA, PMP, CSM, SAFe SP
Founder & CEO
United Solutions

David T. Nguyen 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 an INC 5000, 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 / Supply Chain Blockchain and A/I platform for GSA, one of the world’s largest buyers. Additionally, United is building a state-of-the-art Blockchain Data Lake to enable cognitive automation and optimization of HHS’s $20+ billion spend. Lastly, United is also building a state-of-the-art Mobile (IoT)Emergency Response Blockchain for the CDC. United Solutions is 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 Washington Business Journal, Federal Computer Week, and Daily Record.

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), Certified SAFe Practitioner (SAFe SP), and Certified Hyperledger Blockchain for Business.

Prithvi RaoPrithvi Rao
Executive Architect — Federal Healthcare

Prithvi Rao is an Executive Healthcare Architect with IBM Federal CTO Strategy Office based in Maryland. In his professional IT career of over 28 years, he brings extensive technical, executive and consulting experience to the design, sales and services of IBM software. He has worked in various technical capacities and has architected, designed and implemented several enterprise-wide solutions using IBM cross-brand software for the Media and Entertainment industry and has provided technical leadership and consultation services to Federal agencies across DoD, Intel, and Civilian. To address the many challenging needs of the Federal Healthcare, he has now focused his attention on the Federal Healthcare industry and has promoted and build mindshare for IBM Healthcare Point of View and Industry Solution capabilities across Health and Human Services, Military Health Systems and Veteran Affairs. As a pre-sales technical architect, he works closely with healthcare executives, technical and sales team to understand their business requirements and to transform that vision into viable technical offerings with IBM cross-brand integrated software solutions and research assets.

Robert H. Smith School of Business
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University of Maryland
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