For 15 years, Managing Director and Federal Government Leader Amanda Bonser has steered Huron Consulting to new heights in delivering top-tier enterprise growth strategy solutions to its government clients. Specializing in high-reliability organizations such as hospitals and healthcare systems, Bonser leads her team to improve engagements in workforce optimization, organizational change management, and safety transformation. Bonser has also worked to bring greater equity to the workplace, co-chairing the Huron Diversity and Inclusion Council and sponsoring their Women iMatter Team resource group. A passionate volunteer in addition to her significant career accomplishments, for over seven years Bonser has worked with international social services organization Dress for Success Worldwide. This year, Bonser’s achievements in the field of consulting were honored by being named one of Consulting magazine’s Women Leaders in Consulting for 2021. Bonser has a bachelor’s degree in industrial and systems engineering as well as a Master of Business Administration from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Partner and Global Lead – Public Sector
Antoine Nasr is a Partner and the Global Lead, Public Sector for Kearney. In his 18-year consulting career, he has helped governments and private-sector organizations define national visions, develop their strategies, and transform their performance and results. Nasr is currently based in Dubai; his passion is seeing growth in the region he grew up in and helping nurture that growth, and he sees building relationships as one of the most fulfilling parts of the job. He believes in always being open to new ideas, and that openness extends to bringing junior consultants along, helping them grow and develop into the firm’s next-generation owners. This adds to the huge variety of experience that can be gained at Kearney. Nasr joined Kearney in 2015 and previously worked as a principal at Booz & Company and as a consultant at Oracle. He earned an MBA with distinction from INSEAD and a Bachelor of Engineering with distinction in computer and communications from the American University of Beirut.
Wilson Perumal & Company
Andrei Perumal is Managing Partner for Wilson Perumal & Company, which was founded on the insight that companies are struggling with the level of complexity in today’s world and need to rethink traditional approaches to strategy and execution. WP&C brings a distinct point of view, deep experience, and unique methodologies to help clients tackle complex, systemic issues. Whether they want to lower costs, accelerate growth, or reduce risk, WP&C can help seize previously untapped opportunities. Andrei Perumal is a seasoned advisor to senior leaders in both industry and government and an innovative thinker on complexity, strategy, and operations. He has deep business and technical expertise across a variety of disciplines, and draws from his broad base of experience to help clients solve their most critical strategic and operational issues. Prior to WP&C, Perumal was an officer in the U.S. Navy. He then went on to work as an engineer/project manager for Beal Aerospace Technologies before becoming a senior associate consultant with Bain & Company. Immediately before WP&C, Perumal served as a senior executive for Accenture after it acquired George Group Consulting, for which Perumal was a Principal. He earned a Bachelor of Science in aeronautical/astronautical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Senior Managing Director
Bryan Zumwalt is the Head of Government Affairs and a skilled, tested leader with substantial experience in successfully executing public affairs initiatives and advocacy campaigns. Through his work, he has achieved regulatory and legislative victories that have impacted the bottom lines of some of the world’s most iconic companies. Mr. Zumwalt spearheaded his career working on Capitol Hill where he served in both the House and Senate, most recently as Chief Counsel on two Senate committees, the Committee on Environment and Public Works and the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Mr. Zumwalt has consistently been recognized as one of D.C.’s top lobbyists and has extensive experience successfully navigating complex policy issues through integrated campaigns. Most recently, Mr. Zumwalt was Executive Vice President for Public Affairs at the Consumer Brands Association (CBA), where he oversaw all advocacy and communications while relaunching one of Washington's most venerable trade organizations during the transformation of the Grocery Manufacturers Association to CBA. Preceding CBA, Mr. Zumwalt was Vice President of Federal Affairs at the American Chemistry Council, where he was responsible for developing and leading comprehensive advocacy campaigns across a broad range of issues impacting the chemical industry. Mr. Zumwalt led all lobbying initiatives, successfully executing on some of the most difficult public policy issues, such as the reform of the U.S. Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
Senior Managing Director
As Senior Managing Director for Accenture Federal Services (AFS), Elaine Beeman serves as the firm’s Civilian Portfolio Lead, supporting Federal and quasi-governmental agencies in achieving their mission-critical strategic, operational, and technology goals. Beeman’s mandate is clear – develop the best technology and operational solutions for clients across the Federal spectrum. Her client portfolio is highly diverse and far-reaching: U.S Postal Service, Amtrak, the General Services Administration, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/CMS, the USDA, United Nations and several key Federal financial oversight agencies (Treasury, IRS, the SEC, and FDIC), among other organizations. Since joining Accenture in 1993, Beeman’s professional focus has evolved and expanded, from guiding clients on journeys of transformational change, organizational design, and process optimization for the health, communications and media industries, to overseeing all Federal Civilian business for AFS. Beeman joined AFS in 2009 as head of the CRM practice for the firm’s Health and Public Service business. The following year, she was selected to run AFS’ Management Consulting business. Beeman’s responsibilities expanded in 2015 when she assumed leadership of the AFS Civilian Portfolio. Across Beeman’s senior management roles at AFS, one thread has run it all -- a commitment to excellence and optimal performance, for clients and for her AFS team. Beeman is passionate about providing exceptional client service and coaching, organizational and strategic design, and strategies that are genuinely transformational for Federal agencies most in need of it. Beeman holds Bachelor’s and Masters degrees from the University of Delaware and lives in the Washington, D.C. area with her husband and three daughters.
McKinsey & Company
At McKinsey, Emma Gibbs helps public and private sector clients set sustainable strategies and modernise their organisations. Her work in the private sector focuses on players looking to scale up carbon removals businesses. She regularly works with the government to inform strategic decisions. Outside of McKinsey, Gibbs is a Trustee of Sands (the stillbirth and neonatal death charity), which is a leading organisation in a field about which she is very passionate.
Government and Public Services Industry Lead
George leads the Government and Public Services Industry for Cognizant in the ANZ region. As part of the senior leadership team within Cognizant ANZ, he is driven every day to build trust and solve important community problems across government and public services. George has a wealth of customer and citizen centric digital transformation experience driving world's and Australia's leading organisations across Government, Healthcare, Finance, Energy and Products sectors, to transform, adopt and change.
Senior Vice President
Horace Blackman leads the Defense, Intelligence, and Space Business Unit at CGI Federal, a wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary of CGI Inc. In this role, he is responsible for strategy development and delivering business and information technology solutions to a diverse set of clients within this market. For more than twenty years, Blackman has worked with government and public sector organizations to support their missions and deliver impactful change through business and information technology solutions. This includes supporting mission-critical programs within the DoD and Intelligence sectors. Prior to joining CGI, Blackman held leadership roles focused on business development, program execution, and strategic planning at major defense contractors. Additionally, he spent six years in various IT leadership roles at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Blackman received the Federal Computer Week Federal 100 Award and is a three-time FedHealthIT100 awardee. Appointed by the Governor of Virginia to serve on the George Mason University Board of Visitors, he currently serves as the Vice Rector. He also serves on the board of 1455 Literary Arts. Blackman earned an MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Arts from George Mason University, double majoring in American studies and English.
Lead Partner for Kearney's Global Aerospace & Defense practice, and Americas Region ATI practice, encompassing Aerospace & Defense, Automotive, Transportation, Industrials and Infrastructure industry sectors. 23 years of experience with clients across the value chains of these sectors, improving operational performance and strengthening strategic positioning.
Booz Allen Hamilton
Throughout her 31 years at Booz Allen Hamilton, Dotson has developed market strategies, built teams and shaped business with a wide variety of federal clients. Today, she leads the firm’s National Security Business. In her previous roles, she has led the firm’s Joint Combatant Command account, including clients throughout the Defense Department’s technology community; Finance, Energy, & Economic Development account, including clients across the Civilian agencies; and the Infrastructure & Military Health account. Judi is an excellent leader of people. She has a strong record of anticipating the needs of their clients, shaping opportunities, and delivering with excellence, all while developing talented teams and the leaders of tomorrow. She has extensive experience serving clients at the intersection of national security and technology, including cybersecurity, analytics, digital services, and workforce management. Under her leadership, the firm has delivered essential programs to clients that include the Treasury Department, the Internal Revenue Service, EPA, Army, Air Force, Navy, and the Defense Acquisition University. Her strong technology background has been beneficial to building solutions to solve client's toughest challenges.
Senior Managing Director
At the outset of 2020, public affairs wizard Julia Harrison rose from her longtime position of managing partner to become Senior Managing Director and Global Head of Public Affairs & Government Relations with FTI Consulting. Specializing in political and strategic communications with more than three decades of public affairs experience, in her professional life Harrison emphasizes delivering board-level advice to manage change and resolve disputes. Harrison is a founding board member of the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society and has worked extensively to raise funds for her alma mater of Downing College. Previous to her achievements working with FTI Consulting, Harrison founded Brussels-based public affairs consulting startup Blueprint, a company that was eventually sold to FTI. She also held the title of CEO of public affairs for Europe with Fleishman-Hillard for 16 years. Harrison earned a master’s degree in English literature from the University of Cambridge.
With over 20 years of consulting experience, John Drake is a Vice President in Kaiser’s Public Sector Practice. With more than 300 professionals across offices in Washington D.C., London, São Paulo, and Hong Kong, Kaiser is a multinational boutique strategy consulting firm specializing in research, external insight and analysis, and commercial diligence. The firm caters to a highly selective and elite client base comprised of many Global 500 corporations, private equity firms, and government entities, creating a successful environment even during times of crisis. Since 2013, Drake has served as a VP in the firm’s Public Sector practice, consulting across nearly all Federal departments and agencies as well as state and local governments and organizations. Drake brings experience and expertise in strategic planning, business process reengineering and improvement, and organizational development, among others. He has helped senior level C-Suite executives become true business partners with their customers, and enable mission success through improved operations and support. Before joining Kaiser, he was director of operations and strategy with Voorthuis Opticians, Inc.; and he began his career with a ten-year stint as a senior manager with Grant Thornton LLP. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the College of Wooster and is a certified Balanced Scorecard Professional (BSP).
Arthur D. Little
Petter Kilefors is the Managing Partner for Arthur D. Little’s Nordic region. In 2002, at the age of 28, Kilefors was the youngest ever promoted to Partner at Arthur D. Little. In his 25+ years of experience, he has served about 300 clients in the public, private, and financial sectors. He has advised government offices and multilateral organizations on matters such as artificial intelligence, nuclear safety, consumer politics, sustainability, governance, and budget matters. His clients include the Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Integration & Equality, the Nordic Council of Ministers, and the Council of Baltic Sea States. Kilefors is also a well-known advisor in the healthcare and life sciences, including to one of the world’s most prestigious hospitals, the Karolinska University Hospital. Early on in the pandemic, he was engaged by a large private nursing home provider to investigate the impact of COVID-19, and is currently engaged in investigating the learnings from the COVID-19 ramp-up for a state-owned airport. Kilefors is the co-founder of “The Art of Case Cracking,” a top-rated course at the Stockholm School of Economics, and has published a significant number of articles, including “Demystifying robotics: A drone’s eye view” (2019) and “When Global Megatrends Run Amok: Growth strategy in an era of de-globalization, cybercrime, systemic competition … and European war” (2022). He earned a Master of Science in economics and business administration from the Stockholm School of Economics and a Master of Science in international business from the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University.
Associate Vice President - Aerospace and Defense
Sharad Maheshwari is the Associate Vice President for HCL Technologies focused on the Aerospace and Defense (A&D) industry and the U.S. State, Local, and Education segment for business acquisition, industry research, and go-to-market (GTM) strategy. He has over two decades of work experience and is known for his integrity, candor, and trusted decades-long relationships. Maheshwari has rich experience in supporting A&D clients with business consulting services (Model Based Enterprise 2.0, MRO Advisory, A&D Taxonomy for Parts, Project Accounting), SAP led business transformation (IP & Products) with benefits realization, Intelligent Process Engineering for A&D Business Value Chains, manufacturing shop floor software engineering, enterprise analytics, digital workplace, Hybrid Cloud (GOV/FedRAMP Authorized), Networks, and Cybersecurity & IT managed services. Maheshwari has worked on internal HCLTech projects in partnership with export compliance teams that were focused on ensuring its U.S. Global Delivery Centers’ ITAR Compliance, ISO 27001/DFARS 252.204-7012/CMMC certification, and Data Sovereignty needs. Over and above his duties with HCLTech, he has served as a volunteer for nonprofit organizations (Chicagoland area hospitals and charity groups) and has supported orphaned children in the Americas, Africa, and Asia. Maheshwari earned a master’s degree in marketing management and a bachelor’s degree in instrumentation from the University of Mumbai.
Oliver Elirani is the managing partner of Ollen Group. He has 12 years of institutional and entrepreneurial experiences in different industries and capabilities, mainly in Agribusiness, Consumer Goods, Food & Beverage, and Healthcare. He started his career when he established a sports training startup and was in parallel handling the financial management of his family-owned carpet factory. He later joined the Banking industry working for 2 alfa banks in Lebanon, managing risk and credit portfolios reaching up to $1 Bln. He went on to become a senior manager in PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) Middle East where he served in Beirut, Riyadh, and Dubai offices across different practices, from CIPS and Government consulting, to deals transaction services and corporate finance. He managed and delivered some of the highest impact engagements across the MENA region, working with leading private and public sector entities. He also worked extensively on the GCC visions, mainly Saudi Arabia Vision 2030 and UAE Vision 2051. Most recently, he served as the Deputy CEO of one of the leading Agtech companies in the MENA region. Oliver is a CFA Charterholder, and Certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM), Six Sigma Black Belt, and Financial Modeling & Valuation Analyst (FMVA). In addition, Oliver holds a Bachelor's degree in Business & Finance and has completed several specialization programs in strategy, innovation, entrepreneurship, data science and artificial intelligence from global universities and organizations.
Boston Consulting Group
Senior Partner & Managing Director
Patrick Roche is a Senior Partner and the Managing Director of Boston Consulting Group's London office. BCG partners with leaders in business and society to tackle their most important challenges and capture their greatest opportunities. The firm was the pioneer in business strategy when it was founded in 1963. Today, it works closely with clients to embrace a transformational approach aimed at benefiting all stakeholders—empowering organizations to grow, build sustainable competitive advantage, and drive positive societal impact. Roche has extensive experience working across industries and geographies on all aspects of strategy, transformation, and operations. He works particularly in the healthcare (biopharma, medtech) and public sectors and specializes in strategy and large-scale change. Prior to BCG, Roche served as a consultant for Deloitte. He earned a Master of Engineering in engineering science from the University of Oxford.
Booz Allen Hamilton
Richard Crowe leads Booz Allen’s civil business and is a member of their leadership team. He drives growth by modernizing and transforming missions across federal civilian departments and agencies. In his 17 years at Booz Allen, Rich has led some of the firm’s largest programs supporting challenging client missions across the business. Previously, Rich was Booz Allen’s chief growth officer, building a best-in-class business development organization aligned to the firm’s business strategy and growth. He also led Booz Allen’s Health business, where he oversaw a team of more than 2,700 technologists, scientists, clinicians, and consultants supporting mission-critical initiatives, including modernization of major electronic health records systems and the application of artificial intelligence in the healthcare space. Prior to that, Rich presided over the firm’s entire portfolio of work supporting the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). He has more than 30 years of strategy development and technology delivery experience, and in 2021 won WashingtonExec's Pinnacle Award for Business Development Executive of the Year. Before joining Booz Allen in 2004, Rich was the chief technical officer at PlasmaSol Corp. There he led a team of engineers, physicists, chemists, and technicians in developing custom plasma-based applications for dual use in counterterrorism and medical applications. He also provided technical leadership in intellectual property management and product development proposal assessments, as well as expertise in technology strategy plan development and merger and acquisition strategies. Rich is the author of seven patents related to the method and application of non-equilibrium plasmas. He has a B.E. in electrical engineering from State University of New York Maritime College and an M.S. in technology management from Stevens Institute of Technology.
Arthur D. Little
In his 8+ years of strategy consulting across the Middle East, Europe, Asia, and North America, Tobias has developed strong expertise in advising energy and aerospace & defense clients on their most pressing strategic and organizational issues to make them fit for the future. He has particular experience in defense, the space industry as well as across all life-cycles of nuclear power where he recently led multiple assignments, such as: Establishment of two new deputy ministries at a Ministry of Defense, Transformation of a Ministry of Defense, Development of a, GCC country's national space strategy and policy, Establishment of a national space agency, Development of business and industrial roadmap of a nuclear program, Business model development to localize and later export a newly developed nuclear reactor design. Outside of work, Tobias is passionate about spending time with family & friends, sport (incl. scuba diving, golf, skiing, sailing), traveling, and reading.
Boston Consulting Group
Global Vice Chair
A stalwart figure in the world of public and private sector consulting, Vincent Chin is Boston Consulting Group’s (BCG) Managing Director and Senior Partner in Singapore, and also holds the title of Global Leader, Public Sector. In his work with BCG, Chin leads the global public sector team to deliver cutting-edge solutions to government officials and private sector stakeholders alike. Chin began his work with BCG as principal, then partner and managing director of the company’s Malaysian team, rising after a celebrated decade in the field to lead the firm’s ASEAN division as senior partner and managing director. Prior to his distinguished tenure with BCG, Chin held a manager position with Malaysian consulting firm Accenture, and cut his teeth in management and logistics as station manager for Singapore Airlines. Chin earned a Bachelor of Science degree in information systems from the National University of Singapore as well as a master’s degree in business administration and management from Edinburgh Business School.