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David A. Bray

MEMBER SINCE: 2023

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Dr. David A. Bray is both a Distinguished Fellow and co-chair of the Alfred Lee Loomis Innovation Council at the non-partisan Henry L. Stimson Center. He also is a Distinguished Fellow with the Business Executives for National Security and a CEO and transformation leader for different “under the radar” tech and data ventures. He is Principal at LeadDoAdapt Ventures and has served in a variety of leadership roles in turbulent environments, including bioterrorism preparedness and response from 2000-05, Executive Director for a bipartisan National Commission on R&D, non-partisan leadership as a federal agency Senior Executive, as well as improving the organizational adaptability of the U.S. Department of Defense and countering disinformation from 2017-2020 – including personally surviving a disinformation attack that occurred in 2018. He has received both the Joint Civilian Service Commendation Award and the National Intelligence Exceptional Achievement Medal. Dr. Bray served as Executive Director for the People-Centered Internet coalition Chaired by Internet co-originator Vint Cerf and directed another successful bipartisan Commission on the Geopolitical Impacts of New Technologies and Data in 2020-21. Business Insider named him one of the top “24 Americans Who Are Changing the World” under 40, the World Economic Forum named him a Young Global Leader, and for twelve different startups he has served as President, CEO, Chief Strategy Officer, and Strategic Advisor roles.

History of Employment

Position
Division
Organization
Start
End
Distinguished Fellow with the Business Executives for National Security; Featured keynoter to both U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force on AI & Trust
BENS.org; U.S. Air Force, U.S. Space Force
2022
Current
Representative Member on the International Digital Economy and Telecommunication Advisory Committee
U.S. State Department, International Digital Economy and Telecommunication Advisory Committee
2022
Current
Executive Leader with CMU Harvard IHMC, Marshall & Eisenhower Fellow
Carnegie Mellon University, Harvard, Institute for Human-Machine Cognition
2014
Current
Speaker to Global Boards Fortune 500s UN SxSW, Leader at World Economic Forum
World Economic Forum, Keynotes, Executive Boards
2015
Current
Principal & CEO at LeadDoAdapt (LDA) Ventures, Co-Chair & Distinguished Fellow at NGOs
LDA Ventures, The Stimson Center, Atlantic Council
2021
Current
2x Time Award Winner for the Global Business Transformation 150, 2017-2018 and 2022-2013
Global Business Transformation 150 (BT150)
2017
2023
Asked to serve as distinguished emcee for 2022 Charity Event with the Director of National Intelligence speaking
Defense Intelligence Memorial Foundation
2022
2022
Bipartisan Endorsement received from both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House for the recommendations, report hand-delivered to the President
Commission on the Geopolitical Impacts of New Technologies and Data,
2021
2021
Executive Dir for PCI Coalition & Founding Director Global GeoTech Commission & Center
People-Centered Internet, Atlantic Council
2017
2021
Senior Consultant on Foreign Relations, Strategic Defense, Human Data Rights
Council on Foreign Relations, DoD, Human Rights
2013
2020
Invited to Deliver Distinguished Keynote to UN on AI, the Internet, and Future of Data
United Nations / UN Charter Day
2019
2019
Global CIO 100 - selected globally for innovative use of technology to deliver genuine business value, received twice in 2015 & 2017
Global CIO 100
2015
2017
Senior Executive, Chief Information Officer (both SES, FCC CIO) & Champion of Positive Change Agents
Federal Communications Commission, SECDEF / X-Cell
2013
2017
Named top "24 Americans Who Are Changing the World" by Business Insider
Business Insider, World Economic Forum
2016
2016
Outstanding Achievement Award for Civilian Government
Armed Forces Communications and Electronic Association
2015
2015
National Intelligence Exceptional Achievement Medal
U.S. Intelligence Community
2013
2013
Roger W. Jones Exec Leadership & Arthur Flemming Award, previous winners include Hon. Robert Gates, Hon. Elizabeth Dole
Roger W. Jones Executive Leadership Award, Arthur Flemming Award
2013
2013
Senior Executive, Executive Director for National Commission on Research & Development
Office of the Director of National Intelligence, ISE, National Commission
2010
2013
Senior Strategist, Expert, and Leadership Coach on Scaling Startups, Artificial Intelligence
Harvard Kennedy School, MIT, Sermo / CDC
2005
2011
Visiting Associate & Senior Leader of Practice on Tech, People, and Transformations
National Defense University, DOE
2001
2011
Joint Civilian Service Commendation Award and NATO Award for humanitarian and military service in Afghanistan
U.S. Department of Defense
2008
2010
Senior Strategist, Expert, & Defense Researcher on Global Security, Disruption, Tech Trends
Institute for Defense Analyses
2008
2010
PhD from Emory University; Post-Doctoral Associate at both MIT and Harvard University
Emory, MIT, Harvard
2005
2008
Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response IT Chief, Associate Director of Informatics
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
2000
2005
Multiple Health and Human Services Secretary’s Awards for response to 9/11, anthrax, and SARS
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
2002
2004
Volunteer International Crew Leader, Emergency Medical Technician
Habitat for Humanity International
1998
2001
Enterprise Project Manager, Senior Systems Developer for Fortune 500 Companies
Microsoft / IntelliNet, Yahoo! WebCorps
1998
2000
Lead Application Developer, Project Manager for Prototype Satellite Applications
Institute for Defense Analyses, NIH, CDC
1995
1998
Simulations Researcher & Environmental Algorithms Developer for Global Models
Intel Science and Engineer Fairs
1992
1995
System Developer, Project Manager for Global Response Models & Solutions
U.S. Department of Energy, USDA, and Walter Reed Army Medical Center
1993
1995
Primary Policy Areas

Acquisition, Alternative Energy, Banking/Financial Regulation, Board Governance, Broadband, Budget and Finance, Civic Engagement, Civil Rights and Liberties, Commerce, Consumer Protection, Cybersecurity, Defense, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Economy, Education, Energy, Environment/Natural Resources, Ethics, Foreign Policy, Green Energy, Government Operations/Innovation, Health Care, Higher Education, Homeland Security, Infrastructure, International Aid and Development, Intergovernmental System/Federalism, Intergovernmental Affairs and Coordination, National Security, Nonprofit/Philanthropy, Oversight/Regulation, Science – Basic/Lab , Science – Research and Development, Small Business, Social Equity, Technology – Product Development, Transfer, Commercialization, Technology – Telecommunications, Information, Data Security, Trade

Primary Sector of Expertise

Federal

Primary Functions

Academic Faculty, Academic Research, Advocacy, Budgeting and Finance, Change Management, Data Analytics, Enterprise Risk Management, Information Technology, Intergovernmental, Military Service, Nonprofit / NGO leadership, Organizational Structure/Design/Development, Performance Measurement, Procurement and Acquisition, Program Evaluation, Risk Management, Strategic Planning, Working Capital Funds