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Dr. David A. Bray began work in public service at age 15, later serving in the private sector before returning as IT Chief for the CDC’s Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Program during 9/11; volunteering to deploy to Afghanistan to “think differently” on military and humanitarian issues; and serving as a Senior Executive advocating for increased information interoperability, cybersecurity, and civil liberty protections. He completed a PhD in from Emory University’s business school and two post-docs at MIT and Harvard. He serves as a Visiting Executive In-Residence at Harvard University, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a Visiting Associate at the University of Oxford. He has received both the Arthur S, Flemming Award and Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Leadership. In 2016, Business Insider named him one of the top “24 Americans Who Are Changing the World”.
Dr. Bray currently serves as Senior Executive and Chief Information Officer for the Federal Communications Commission. Through the efforts of a team of positive “change agents” he led the transformation of the FCC’s legacy IT to award-winning tech in less than two years. He rolled-out new cloud-based solutions achieving results in 1/2 the time at 1/6 the cost. He was awarded as one of FCW’s prestigious “Fed 100” and received the Armed Forces Communications and Electronic Association’s Outstanding Achievement Award. In 2015, he was chosen to be an Eisenhower Fellow to Taiwan and Australia and was named “Most Social CIO” globally by both Forbes and Huffington-Post, tweeting as @fcc_cio. In 2016, he was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and Co-Chair for an IEEE Committee focused on artificial intelligence and innovative policies for the future ahead.