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Jim Kyung Soo Liew

Co Chair

Dr. Jim Kyung-Soo Liew is an Associate Professor of Finance at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and revels in pushing the boundaries of financial knowledge and product development both as an academic and FinTech entrepreneur. He has published pioneering research in the intersection of social media big data, blockchain, and financial markets.

He currently teaches "Big Data Machine Learning AI," "Crypto-Currencies and Blockchain,” “Advanced Hedge Fund Strategies," and "Leading Entrepreneurship and Innovation" at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. Additionally, he serves as the Chairman of the Johns Hopkins Innovation Factory and has received the Dean’s Award for Faculty Excellence 2015-2019. He serves on the Editorial Board of The Journal of the British Blockchain Association, Journal of Alternative Investments and the Journal of Portfolio Management where he co-authored the most read Invited Editorial "iGDP?".

About SoKat Consulting, LLC (www.SoKat.co)

Dr. Liew co-founded SoKat Consulting, LLC. SoKat creates award-winning, world-class Machine Learning / AI and Blockchain products and services primarily servicing institutional investors, government agencies, academic institutions and select-startups. SoKat unlocks the hidden value of data through thoughtful and creative solutions, comprising of actionable business intelligence, transparent data analytics, bold predictive models, and next-generation investment products.

Previously, Dr. Liew has been with the Carlyle Asset Management Group, Campbell and Company, and Morgan Stanley. He holds a BA in Mathematics from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in Finance from Columbia University.

Jose Arrieta

Co Chair

Chief Information Officer (CIO) of  HHS Office of the Secretary


In May 2018 José Arrieta was appointed as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Department.  As the CIO, José provides leadership and oversight of the Department’s $6.3B IT portfolio in support of the Department’s expansive mission to enhance the health and well-being of Americans by providing for effective health and human services and by fostering sound, sustained advances in science underlying medicine, public health, and social services. He is responsible for providing assistance and guidance on the use of technology-supported business process reengineering; investment analysis; performance measurement; strategic development and application of information systems and infrastructure; policies to provide improved management of information resources and technology; and better, more efficient service to our HHS clients and employees. José leads the development of HHS-wide IT strategy with an immediate focus on cybersecurity, cloud computing, and emerging technology. In addition, José provides advice and counsel to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary on how to advance the Department’s mission through the use of transformative information technology approaches.

José brings over 15 years expertise in policy, procurement and technology solutions to HHS. He has deep experience in all phases of the acquisition life cycle and has served in a broad range of roles including contracting officer, budget manager, financial manager, small business executive, ombudsman, and program manager. He is a respected leader in applying emerging technologies, especially blockchain, artificial intelligence and robotic process automation, to the Federal acquisition process and mission critical program challenges. 


He is actively engaged in the academic community, and currently serves at the University of Virginia and Johns Hopkins University as an Adjunct Professor focused on Blockchain, Business Management, and Public Procurement. He also serves as an advisor to the Dean of the Kogod Business School at American University and provides guidance on the creation of a data science lab that is exploring the use of blockchain.


Prior to becoming the CIO, from January 2018 to May 2018, Jose served as the Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Grants and Acquisition Policy and Accountability, the Senior Procurement Official and the Small Business Executive. José successfully built and began to implement the first fully functioning blockchain coupled with artificial intelligence and machine learning for public procurement, in the world. The core of the acquisition program, HHS Accelerate, was built in 7 weeks and achieved Authority to Operate in December 2018.


Ferdinand K Hui

Associate Professor, Interventional Neuroradiology, Carey School of Business

Co Director of Radiology AI Lab RAIL

Dr. Ferdinand K. Hui joined the Department of Radiology after 7 years at the Cleveland Clinic in the Cerebrovascular Center. Dr. Hui’s interests include the endovascular management of ruptured and unruptured cerebral aneurysms through minimally invasive techniques, an area in which he has published widely. He also has a strong interest in the use of vessel wall imaging to better assess management options for diverse cerebrovascular states including stroke, ischemia, intracranial stenoses and unruptured aneurysms.

Dr. Hui received his medical degree from the University of Virginia and completed basic surgical training at UCLA followed by diagnostic radiology at the Medical College of Virginia. He underwent further specialization in diagnostic neuroradiology and interventional neuroradiology at Emory University before joining the faculty of the Cleveland Clinic from 2008-2015.

Dr. Hui has published over 90 peer-reviewed scientific publications and book chapters on a wide range of topics and is heavily involved in transpacific scientific exchange and education in cerebrovascular disease, organizing and moderating conferences and dialogues. His areas of expertise include endovascular and combined endovascular/microsurgical treatment of aneurysms, flow diversion of intracranial aneurysms, dural fistulae of the brain and spine, endovascular treatment of arteriovenous malformations, cerebral vascular malformations, cerebral venous disease, acute ischemic stroke, intracranial atherosclerosis, and vessel wall imaging with high resolution MRI. His areas of interest in research include vessel wall imaging, cerebral aneurysms, acute ischemic stroke, dural fistulae and CSF pressure disorders.

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Mihaela Ulieru

President, IMPACT Institute for the Digital Economy, Technology Alchemist Innovating at the nexus AI, IoT, and Blockchain

Top Six "Women to Watch in Crypto and Blockchain" Technology Section: https://bcbgroup.io/insight/women-to-watch-in-crypto-blockchain/

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Interests: How to foster economic development, leverage and adopt frontier technologies to improve health, education, operations, sustainability and security. Since Garrett Camp, one of my first MSc students went on to co-found Uber, I kept advising young entrepreneurs build startups and helping their growth.

My passion lies in championing emerging technologies as a scientist and business / government adviser, forging partnerships, funding alliances, and regional / global projects to successfully design, pilot and implement frontier technologies that change the ways in which we live, work, and function in our rapidly changing world.

With a PhD in robotics from Germany, I dove into distributed intelligent systems design through a postdoctoral work in Berkeley, after which I embarked on a very successful academic career that culminated with the Canada Research Chair Award and a tenured professorship. With over 200 publications and 300 Keynotes, I began to advise governments and organizations on the adoption of emerging technologies.

I’ve built major multi-stakeholder programs leading the scaling-up of operations through strategic partnerships and networks: Industrial Informatics, Future of Medicine, Self-Organizing Security, EnergyWeb, Global Manufacturing Systems, Sustainable Personal Living Technologies. I have held and hold appointments to numerous executive boards and councils of which: the Science Technology and Innovation Council of Canada; Agency for Science, Technology And Research Singapore and SimTech Manufacturing Institute; The World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Data Driven Development; IEEE-Industrial Electronics Society Board; the European Commission Future and Emerging Technologies Directorate; US-NSF.

Details: http://www.theimpactinstitute.org 


Combiz Richard Abdolrahimi

Emerging Technologies and Innovation Lead Deloitte and Co Chair of Emerging Technology Forum

Combiz Richard Abdolrahimi is a national security lawyer, emerging technology and innovation leader at Deloitte, a banking & digital financial services regulatory and policy expert, & until recently, he served as senior policy advisor at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Combiz has more than 13 years of experience working with senior executives & world leaders on shaping the business, policy, legal, regulatory, & technology dimensions of artificial intelligence, analytics & cognitive, blockchain & DLT, cloud, cryptocurrency, tokenization, cybersecurity, data science, smart cities, FinTech & RegTech, energy & utilities, ICT & 5G, digital identity, ICAM, AML compliance & risk management, privacy & big data. He serves on many boards & is the ExecSec for the Federal Identity Forum having served as Treasury’s first Representative. He provides leadership on public-private partnerships, strategic planning, & innovation.

He has served extensively in government since he was 19 years old; & has worked on national security, technology & innovation, public policy & diplomacy, economic, & regulatory reform as well as global engagement. He joined Treasury after serving in the U.S. Senate. He also served in The White House & State Department, liaising with senior foreign government officials from over 90 countries & receiving commendations from Republican & Democratic leadership.

Born in Texas, the son of immigrants, Combiz’s first job was working the cash register for his family’s small business—at the age of 12. He is a graduate of UCLA; American University of Beirut; & Georgetown University Law Center, receiving his B.A., J.D. and LL.M. Combiz speaks several languages critical to U.S. interests, such as Turkish, Persian (Farsi & Afghan-Dari), Arabic (MSA and Lebanese), Azerbaijani, & has a working proficiency in Spanish. He aspires to follow in the footsteps of an American hero, Ambassador Col. Charles W. Hostler, USAF (ret.), & serve as our country’s Ambassador. 


Mitchell Winans

Special Assistant at Internal Revenue Service

Mitch has extensive experience in managing stakeholder relations, advising senior executives, and creating smart business arrangements for a wide range of customers. He effectively communicates with stakeholders at all levels of organizations, facilitates sound contractual partnerships, and represents the executive branch to private industry, academia, the media, Congress, and other government entities. Mitch's leadership and acquisition experience span support for financial services, emergency management, law enforcement, and R&D programs. Mitch's background includes working both independently and in collaborative, multidisciplinary team environments.

Mitch has specialties in customer and employee engagement, strategic planning, organizational development, oral and written communication, coalition building, federal acquisition regulations, program analysis, conflicts of interest, workshop facilitation, career advising, and mentoring students. He is a responsible, results-driven, and self-motivated professional that brings fun and enthusiasm to everything he does.