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June 10, 2021 Forum: Keynote Speakers

Dr. Pallab Saha 

Chief Architect, Open Group

As Chief Architect at The Open Group and President, Association of Enterprise Architects (India), Dr. Saha has been identified as a thought leader by IBM Smart City Connect and featured by Forbes Magazine. Dr. Saha advises various ministries and states on matters pertaining to government-wide architecture initiatives.

Hani Eskandar

Digital Services Senior Coordinator, ITU

Mr. Hani Eskandar is the Digital Services Senior Coordinator at the Digital Society Division of the Telecommunication Development Bureau of ITU. Mr. Eskandar is currently involved in providing assistance to several developing countries by advising on digital applications and service strategies and policies, assisting in implementing technical cooperation projects in areas of digital health, agriculture, governance and education.

Dr. Jason McColm Smith

CIO, Object Management Group

Dr. Smith is the CIO of Object Management Group, Inc, as well as the VP / Technical Director of the OMG Standards Development Organization, supporting communities across a broad set of industries to create, curate, and communicate their best practices through collaboration and open participation.

Jean Rice

Senior Broadband Specialist
National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA)

Jean Rice is a telecommunications expert and advisor who works with federal agencies, tribal, local and state governments, industry, universities and non-profits on smart cities and community projects and provides technical assistance to support the widespread deployment of broadband infrastructure.

Matthew James Bailey

Author of Inventing World 3.0

Matthew James Bailey is an internationally recognized pioneer and authority in the fields of Innovation, Artificial Intelligence, Smart Cities and The Internet of Things.

Katalin K. Bartfai-Walcott

Sr. Principal Engineer, CTO - Ambient Science Architecture, Intel Corporation

Katalin is responsible for Software and Systems Innovation Architecture in Intel’s Emerging Growth Initiatives organization. Her focus is on the development of self-forming, self-aware and responsive infrastructure as well as on-demand platform technologies. She was awarded the Top 50 Smarter Cities Global influencers for 2019.

Jennifer Waldinger

Director, Illinois’ Health and Human Services Innovation Incubator (HHSi2)

Jennifer is the Director of the State of Illinois’ Health and Human Services Innovation Incubator (HHSi2), which was established to help facilitate more coordinated and collaborative delivery of health and human services programs to Illinois’ most vulnerable populations.

About OCF
The Open Civic Foundation (OCF) is a non-profit for the development, management and redistribution of assets from the Open Civic Architectural Framework (OCAF) and digital ecosystem to communities and civic projects to better civic services and constituent quality of life.

About OMG
The Object Management Group® (OMG®) is an international, open membership, not-for-profit technology standards consortium with representation from government, industry and academia. OMG Task Forces develop enterprise integration standards for a wide range of technologies and an even wider range of industries. OMG's modeling standards enable powerful visual design, execution and maintenance of software and other processes. Visit for more information.

About GCTC
The Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) program is a collaborative platform for developing smart cities and communities. The program is led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), with partners U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T), National Science Foundation (NSF), International Trade Administration (ITA), and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).


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The Digital Infrastructure Forum---an OCF, OMG, GCTC collaboration---addresses the top data and information technology issues challenging government, and the use of public data and digital assets for improved civic outcomes through open civic standards.

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