Technology Innovations Event

March 15, 2011

Yuvi Kochar
CTO & VP - Technology
The Washington Post Company

Yuvi Kochar, as corporate CTO, collaborates with the major divisions of The Washington Post Company in the areas of technology strategy, architecture and shared information technology services. Under his leadership, shared IT services have rapidly expanded to support key compliance, identity management, security and privacy, HR, benefits, payroll and procurement processes across all divisions. The team also supports the corporate Intranet and is currently innovating in the areas of Enterprise 2.0, collaboration and flexible architectures enabling rapid deployment of new solutions to respond to the fast-evolving requirements of the company's business units.

Kochar constantly evaluates opportunities and threats presented by new technologies. He collaborates with business executives to develop innovative strategies to leverage the rapidly changing technology environment. His current focus is in the areas of open source, collaboration, mobile applications and cloud computing.

Prior to joining the Post, Kochar was the CTO at Brassring (now Kenexa), a leading SaaS solution for talent management. Besides Brassring, Kochar worked at technology startups in France, New York and Southern California. In addition to his diverse startup experience, Kochar has a strong experience in managing large outsourcing engagements.

Robert Ames
Director and Deputy CTO
IBM Federal

Robert Ames is director and deputy CTO of IBM Federal. Throughout his IBM career, Ames has worked with senior technical leaders from government, federal systems integrators and industry partners to develop solutions that will transform and modernize government, and allow it to benefit from powerful innovations and developments in technology. Through this work, Ames has comprehensive knowledge of the IT strategy and directions in place across government, from the DoD to the intelligence community and civilian agencies. Ames is a globally recognized expert in cloud computing, large-scale/real-time data analytics and IT optimization.

Ames' role at IBM is to focus on the future and ensure IBM's products will effectively solve his clients' most complex and challenging emerging problems. Ames has built close relationships with IBM's technical visionaries and development organizations, often putting IBM, client engineers and scientists together to evaluate technology directions and client requirements. Through these collaborations, IBM has been able to design innovative, standard products that meet the unique needs of his clients.

Ames joined IBM in 2002 through the acquisition of PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting. At PwC, Ames was instrumental in their strategic data center consolidation project. This project, and the enabling technologies involved, gave Ames deep, first-hand knowledge of the benefits of consolidation and ultimately virtualization in building the IT Infrastructure of the future.

Ames has both a bachelor's and master's degree in vocal performance from Rice University, and is a tireless advocate for the relevance of music study to the IT profession. He has performed professionally as an Opera Singer across the United States, including several seasons with the Washington Opera.

Dr. Andrew Barbash
Chief of Neurology
Holy Cross Hospital

Andrew Barbash, MD is a neurologist in active practice and medical director of the stroke care program and neurosciences at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Md. He went to medical school at Northwestern University in Chicago, and did his neurology residency at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. He was with Kaiser Permanente in the Mid-Atlantic area for 12 years as both a member of the neurology department and as the vice president of Clinical Information Systems for the medical group, overseeing the deployment of the electronic medical record until 2001.

Dr. Barbash has been an active speaker in the areas of eHealth, mobile health and telehealth, and is the first clinical director for virtual care services at Holy Cross, a new division created in the medical staff office. As one of the founders of Apractis Solutions, he has also been an active participant in the NowDox virtual care community.

Robert Kingsley
Director 4G Network Development & Engineering

Robert Kingsley is the director of the Sprint Nextel 4G Network Development and Engineering organization and is currently responsible for 4G network development, engineering and implementation focused on bringing the next generation of 4G features to Sprint subscribers. He has been a 4G leader for more than three years with more than 11 years of technology leadership within Sprint and Nextel. Kingsley has more than 20 years of experience in telecommunications in both wireless and wireline networks.

Rich Dolson
Executive Director of Network Implementation
Verizon Wireless

Rich Dolson is the executive director of the Verizon Wireless Network and is currently responsible for network engineering, performance and operations in Maryland, D.C. and Virginia. He has led the VZW network team in the deployment and implementation of 2G, 3G and now 4G technologies within our region. Dolson has more than 30 years of experience in telecommunications in both wireless and wireline. He has spent the last 20 years in wireless and virtually all of that experience has been in network planning, engineering, performance and operations. Dolson holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.

Wanda Gibson
Chief Technology Officer
Fairfax County

Wanda Gibson has enjoyed a 28-year career as a technology executive in both private and public sector organizations. She joined Fairfax County Government in May 1999 serving as director of the Department of Information Technology (DIT). Gibson is responsible for leadership, technology innovation and management of a comprehensive portfolio of projects, systems, capabilities and services using contemporary technologies across the county's enterprise for all agencies, and on-line services for constituents. She directs the efforts of more than 450 employees and contract staff in the DIT and county agencies, including strategic planning and advanced innovation, policy development, standards compliance, and program management for all technology. She also is responsible for the e-government program, IT security and the county's IT investment portfolio.

Gibson is also the County's CTO, responsible for developing an enterprise technology environment that leverages the county's IT investments. She advises executive County management on IT matters. She serves on and manages the agenda of a number of County-wide IT governance committees, including the County's Executive Technology Steering Committee of senior county officials, the Board of Supervisors' appointed Information Technology Policy Advisory Committee, the e-Gov Steering Committee, Public Safety Technology Governance Board and the Courts Technology Joint Governance Board.

Gibson has a Bachelor of Science in psychology and an M.B.A from Howard University, and advanced certificates in software engineering and technology planning from a professional institute at MIT. Read more