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Dean Souleles

Former Chief Technology Advisor

Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Dean Souleles is a uniquely experienced technology leader and advisor who has held a variety of senior executive roles in government and private industry over the last four decades. He is a strategic advisor to Fortune 100 companies and venture-funded start-ups, actively evaluating mergers and acquisitions and providing expert technical assessments and due diligence on technology companies.

Souleles is a strategic advisor to MITRE Labs, a senior associate at the Chertoff Group and a senior advisor to Eric Schmidt’s Special Competitive Studies Project, focusing on the intersection of technology and National Security. In early 2023, he completed three years as a founding member of Amazon Web Services’ Federal Advisory Board. Previously, he was a senior advisor to the independent National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence and Texas A&M University’s Human Machine Ecosystem Laboratory. He also was a member of the National Academy of Science’s ad hoc review committee on the Detection, Verification and Monitoring of Nuclear-Weapons and Fissile Material.

Souleles was the founding director of the U.S. Intelligence Community’s Artificial Intelligence Innovation Center and Chief Technology Advisor at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), where he led the development of the intelligence community’s strategy for rapidly adopting artificial intelligence (AI) and related technology. From 2012 to 2020, he was the senior technology advisor at the ODNI. As chief technology advisor to the Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence (PDDNI), Souleles provided subject matter expertise, assessment and advice to the PDDNI, the director of national intelligence and other senior United States Intelligence Community (IC) and U.S. Department of Defense leaders. With ODNI and IC partners, he led the effort to assess, evaluate and develop IC-wide strategies to accelerate the adoption of key technology priorities, including AI, machine learning and automation to increase the IC’s ability to assess, understand, and contextualize the rapidly accelerating volume, velocity, and variety of intelligence-relevant data.

Previously, Souleles was the founding chief technology officer (CTO) of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC), where he established the Office of the CTO and developed and promoted the National Counterintelligence and Security Technology Strategy. Before joining NCSC, Souleles was special assistant to the ODNI for the Intelligence Community Information Technology Enterprise (IC ITE), a 17-federal agency IT modernization effort. He created the IC Architecture and System Engineering Team and the IC ITE Mission User Group, the “Voice of the Mission.”

Before joining ODNI, Souleles was chief operating officer of Resolution Health, Inc., a venture-funded healthcare, big data analytics, and software company Anthem/WellPoint acquired in 2008. Previously, he was executive vice president and CTO of QuadraMed Corporation, a $140 million international public health care information technology firm (formerly AMEX: QD and Nasdaq: QMDC). Early in his career, Souleles founded SureNet, one of the earliest dial-up internet services providers, after spending 10 years at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He studied computer science at the California State University at Northridge.

Sessions

How Agencies and Vendors Can Comply With the White House AI Executive Order

Wednesday, May 22nd
9:15am10:00am

The Biden administration is embarking on a federal government-wide approach to evaluate and mitigate risks of artificial intelligence (AI) systems while seeking to promote an innovative, competitive AI ecosystem that both supports workers and protects consumers. The broad and ambitious directives are focused on U.S. government perception of risks related to the development and use of AI. There are standards and guidance related to AI safety and security that will impact the private sector, particularly companies engaged in high tech and critical infrastructure. These government efforts will require ongoing collaboration with developers and users of AI. This session will address how agencies and vendors can comply with the AI executive order and best practices for implementation.