Dr. David A. Bray, Visiting Executive In-Residence, Harvard University

Dr. David Bray

Visiting Executive In-ResidenceHarvard University


Dr. David A. Bray was named one of the top "24 Americans Who Are Changing the World" under 40 by Business Insider in 2016. He was also named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum for 2016-2021. He also accepted a role of Co-Chair for an IEEE Committee focused on Artificial Intelligence, automated systems, and innovative policies globally for 2016-2017 and has been serving as a Visiting Executive In-Residence at Harvard University since 2015 focusing on leadership strategies for our networked world.. He has also been named a Marshall Memorial Fellow for 2017-2018 and will travel to Europe to discuss Trans-Atlantic issues of common concern including exponential technologies and the global future ahead.

David enjoys creative problem solving. He began working for the U.S. government at age 15 on computer simulations at a high-energy physics facility investigating quarks and neutrinos. In later roles, he designed new telemedicine interfaces and space-based forest fire forecasting prototypes for the Department of Defense. From 1998-2000 he volunteered as a part-time crew lead with Habitat for Humanity International in the Philippines, Honduras, Romania, and Nepal while also working as a project manager with Yahoo! and a Microsoft partner firm. Dr. Bray then joined as IT Chief for the Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Program at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, leading the program's technology response to during 9/11, anthrax in 2001, Severe Acute Respiratory System in 2003, and other international public health emergencies. He later completed a PhD from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School and two post-doctoral associateships at MIT and Harvard in 2008.

David likes to be a digital diplomat and a "human flak jacket" for teams of change agents working in turbulent environments. He volunteered in 2009 to deploy to Afghanistan to help "think differently" on military and humanitarian issues and in 2010 became a Senior National Intelligence Service Executive advocating for increased information interoperability, cybersecurity, and protection of civil liberties. In 2012, he became the Executive Director for the bipartisan National Commission for Review of Research and Development Programs of the United States Intelligence Community, later receiving the National Intelligence Exceptional Achievement Medal. He received both the Arthur S. Flemming Award and Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Leadership in 2013. He also was chosen to be an Eisenhower Fellow to meet with leaders in Taiwan and Australia on multisector cyber strategies for the "Internet of Everything" in 2015.

David passions include "near impossible missions" involving humans and technology in challenging circumstances. He served as the Chief Information Officer for the Federal Communications Commission, leading FCC's IT Transformation since 2013 and later in 2017 will start as the Chief Ventures Officer for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Through the efforts of a team of positive change agents, he led the transformation of the FCC's legacy IT with more than 207 different systems to award-winning tech. This included rolling-out new cloud-based IT that achieved results in 1/2 the time at 1/6 the cost. He was selected to be one of the "Fedscoop 50" for Leadership in 2014, 2015, and 2016 and the recipient of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronic Association's Outstanding Achievement Award for Civilian Government in 2015. Dr. Bray also received the global CIO 100 Award twice, which usually is awarded to private sector Fortune 500 companies, both in 2015 and 2017, for his transformational leadership.


  • Disruption & Impact
  • Leadership & Change Agents
  • Artificial Intelligence & Internet of Everything
  • Global Trends & Social Impacts
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Organizational Transformations
  • Exponential Technologies & Geopolitics
  • Natural Disasters & Crisis Response
  • Bioterrorism & Outbreak Response
  • Cybersecurity & Privacy Engineering
  • Non-Partisan Public Policy
  • Humanitarian Endeavors
  • Space & Satellites
  • Networks & Computing
  • Big Data & Algorithms
  • Strategic Foresight & Forecasting
Previously Worked

Chief Information Officer, Federal Communications Commission

Dr. David Bray Content

Exponential Energy: Technology and Policy

Energy is a crucial part of modern life. This episode examines the impact of exponential technologies on energy and power for the future along with the public policy implications. Join our great guests for an exciting show!

Ford: Transformation in the Automotive Industry

The automotive industry is undergoing dramatic change based on ACE -- autonomous, connected, electrified vehicles that rely on large datasets to power on-demand mobility services. This episode brings together three top experts to examine the near-term future of vehicles and the auto industry.

Artificial Intelligence and Privacy Engineering

AI, machine learning, and predictive analytics rely on massive data sets. While holding the potential for great benefit to society, this explosion of data collection creates privacy and security risks for individuals. In this episode, one of the world's foremost privacy engineers explores the broad privacy implications of data and artificial intelligence.

Automation, AI, and Business with Michael Chui (McKinsey) and David Bray (FCC)

Data and automation have the power to transform business and society. The impact of data on our lives will be profound as industry and the government make greater use of techniques such as artificial intelligence and machine learning. Explore this important topic with two world experts.

AI and the Digital Healthcare Revolution

Shari Langemak is a physician, a journalist and a digital health strategist. Daniel Kraft is a Stanford and Harvard trained physician-scientist, inventor, entrepreneur and innovator.

Artificial Intelligence and Public Policy

Will A.I. make our government smarter and more responsive – or is that the last step towards the end of privacy? As chief scientist of U.S. Government Accountability Office, Tim Persons conceives its vision for advanced data analytics. Learn about the promise and challenges around government A.I. and what those portend for private sector companies.

The Global Impact of Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence is primed to pervade everyday life, from autonomous vehicles to intelligent ads that anticipate your desires. How will these shifts vary globally, and what do they mean for the future of work, life, and commerce? Two big thinkers share their views: Darrell West, editor in chief of TechTank at the Brookings Institution, and Stephanie Wander, who designs prizes for XPRIZE. Longtime CXOTALK guest, David Bray, joins the conversation.

AI: Legal, Ethical, and Policy Challenges

Artificial intelligence is fraught with legal, ethical, and public policy challenges. This episode brings two esteemed experts to discuss these issues and present guidance for both commercial companies and the public sector policymakers.

Disruption and Resiliency: Lessons from 9/11

The events of 9/11 changed how we think about leadership, disruption, and the ability of organizations to survive and be resilient in the face of change and even disaster. On the episode, three seasoned leaders from the federal government share their experiences and lessons learned.

David Bray, FCC and Corina DuBois, Office of the Secretary of Defense: Change Agents in Government

To innovate and be responsive, the federal government requires change agents -- people working within the system to drive improvements. In this episode, we talk with two accomplished change agents working in the government.

New Zealand & Human Nature

We stand at an era where our tool-making allows us to produce other tools that can shape the planet.

International Perspectives on Public-Private Technology Partnerships

How can we adapt representative democracies for our changing world?

Democracies and the Internet of Everything

When does data about your preferences, likes, and activities become another form of “money”?

Australia & the Internet of Everything

When does technological change disrupt the successful model of a Westphalian nation-state?

Cyber-Civic Endeavors in Taiwan

How the internet is transforming open government in Taiwan.

Taiwan and the Internet of Everything

Who will guard your grandmother’s car or refrigerator from being hacked?

Future Changes We Can Choose

Technology itself is amoral, how we humans chose to employ technology determines outcomes.

Needed Now More Than Ever

"We the People": choices and compromises — recognize both as central.

eGov Roundtable with David Bray, Craig Newmark, and Karen S. Evans

For this special event, three important thought leaders discuss innovation, technology, and change in the federal government.

David Bray, CIO, Federal Communications Commission

Dr. David Bray is Chief Information officer at the Federal Communications Commission. Bray holds a a PhD in information systems.During this time, Dr. Bray was also detailed as an Executive Director supporting the National Commission for Review of Research

David Bray, CIO, FCC and Alissa Johnson, Deputy CIO, White House

Dr. David A. Bray is Chief Information Officer for the Federal Communications Commission. Dr. Alissa Johnson (Dr. J) is Deputy Chief Information Officer (DCIO) for the Executive Office of the President (EOP)