Aneesh Chopra

Chief Technology Officer of the United States

Aneesh Chopra is the former (and first) U.S. chief technology officer. As an assistant to the President, he designed the National Wireless Initiative, helped launch Startup America, and executed an "open innovation" strategy focused on better public-private collaboration as described in his 2014 book, Innovative State: How New Technologies can Transform Government.

Chopra is the co-founder and executive vice president of Hunch Analytics, a “hatchery” incubating ideas that improve the productivity of health and education markets, including NavHealth, an open data intelligence service. He serves as a member of the council on Virginia’s Future and in 2015, served as the inaugural Walter Shorenstein Media and Democracy Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. In 2011, Chopra was named to Modern Healthcare's list of the “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” and in 2008, to Government Technology magazine's “Top 25” in their Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers issue. He is a senior advisor to The Advisory Board Company, a health-care consultancy, and to Albright Stonebridge Group, a premier strategic advisory and commercial diplomacy firm.
Upon Chopra’s departure as U.S. CTO, President Obama noted, "as the federal government's first chief technology officer, Aneesh Chopra did groundbreaking work to bring our government into the 21st century. Aneesh found countless ways to engage the American people using technology, from electronic health records for veterans, to expanding access to broadband for rural communities, to modernizing government records. His legacy of leadership and innovation will benefit Americans for years to come, and I thank him for his outstanding service."

Chopra earned his master's degree Public Policy from Harvard University in 1997 and his bachelor's degree from The Johns Hopkins University in 1994.

Session Info

Wednesday, May 24 5:15 pm – 6:00 pm

Kick-Starting America’s Digital Transformation

One of the world’s largest sources of valuable information is America’s federal government. As the nation’s First Chief Technology Officer, Aneesh Chopra advocated for the power of that data to spur innovation. Wired Magazine, editor-in-chief, Nicholas Thompson will engage Chopra in an exploration of how unleashing the vast volumes of government data will transform labor markets and spark a new wave of economic opportunity.

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