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Keynote by former federal CIO – Mark Forman, Making Cities Safer

Mark Forman - Vice President Digital Government Strategy, SAIC
20 Jun 2019
13:45 - 14:15
Keynote Room

Keynote by former federal CIO – Mark Forman, Making Cities Safer

Session Abstract:

Urbanization is a global trend that is here to say. Today’s cities are home to three-quarters of the earth’s population. In these spaces, emergent smart technologies are transforming our work and our lives. Cities around the globe are investing in Smart City initiatives and IoT to improve efficiency, resilience and quality of life for their residents. The forces of urban transformation unleashed by the wide deployment of smart technologies will continue to produce social and economic benefits as well as disruptions. City leaders must manage these changes in urban life while mitigating negative consequences. Urban populations will rely on government leaders to take advantage of technology to improve city operations and enhance urban livability and attractiveness, increase safety and security, and strengthen resident participation. However, the new technologies also pose critical risks regarding privacy, cyber security and vital city functions, risks that often remain underestimated.  Constrained by workforce and technology challenges, Smart City executives must modify governance approaches – including engagement of businesses, civic and religious organizations, non-governmental organizations and charities, municipalities, and governments—to ensure IoT investments yield results that matter to the community.


Mark Forman, is an accomplished executive with more than 30 years of professional work experience, including a Presidential appointment to be the first U.S. Administrator for E-Government and Information Technology, the Federal Government’s Chief Information Officer. Mark has a long record of accomplishments in government management reforms, spanning a variety of government and industry positions.​​ In his current role, Mark is leveraging deep domain industry expertise across the entire Unisys portfolio to provide solutions important to Public Sector clients. He has global responsibility for leading all Unisys activities and growing revenues and profitability within the Public Sector vertical. This includes providing direct leadership for the Client Executive teams supporting Public Sector clients and developing strong working relationships within Unisys to expand existing solutions and develop new offerings. Prior to joining Unisys, Mark was Vice President for IT Services and Cloud Solutions, assisting government agencies in transitioning to the cloud by providing advanced systems engineering, integration and decision-support services to the federal government. This work includes creating and managing a high quality team of consultants that developed IT Modernization Roadmaps and a modern IT governance framework, and engineers who architected and deployed FEMA’s first hybrid cloud. Mark is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and CIO Sage. He led the Industry Advisory Council’s Presidential Transition Study. He has given well over 100 speeches on federal IT management, E-Government, business transformation and information technology to a wide variety of industry groups and government officials from around the world. Mark has testified frequently before the U.S. Congress and California State Senate on information policy and management reform issues. He has participated in on-line Q&A sessions hosted by the Whitehouse and Washington Post, and written numerous papers and reports on government management and use of IT. He is a respected speaker on government use of cloud computing, IT risk management, Enterprise Architecture, data center consolidation, e-government and social media tools.

Professional Accomplishments, Affiliations, and Other

  • Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration
  • Janice K. Mendenhall Award for Leadership
  • CIO SAGE at the Partnership for Public Service
  • GCN Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement award
  • FCW Eagle Award Winner
  • Industry Advisory Council Executive Chairman’s Award
  • Multiple Fed100 Awards
  • Guest Lecturer, Defense Acquisition University
  • FOSE 2014 Advisory Council Chair
  • FOSE 2012-13 Cloud Computing Advisory Council Chair

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