The Consulting Report is pleased to announce The Top 50 Government Consultants and Leaders of 2022. These individuals were chosen following a comprehensive evaluation of consulting leaders with expertise advising at the federal, state, or local levels. Particular consideration was paid to their career achievements, demonstrated leadership capabilities, and impact on the industry.
In 2020, U.S. government spending was equivalent to roughly 47.8% of GDP, and that puts it squarely in the middle of the pack for OECD countries. While state and local government expenditures may be smaller, the need to balance budgets at these levels is often paramount. Thus, expert guidance on how to optimize the impact of government spending is invaluable, particularly given the unprecedented confluence of ongoing economic, political, public health, and environmental crises currently facing governments.
A prime example of excellence in public sector consulting is Elaine Beeman, Chief Leadership Officer and Civilian Portfolio Lead for Accenture Federal Services, who supports federal agencies in achieving their strategic, operational, and technology mission goals to deliver meaningful impact for the American people. Meanwhile, President of Raytheon Intelligence & Space Roy Azevedo’s public sector remit is a more focused one. He leads a business of 37,000 employees and is responsible for a broad portfolio, including advanced sensors, training, and cyber and software solutions. And Bob Genter, President of the Defense and Civilian Sector of SAIC, is responsible for leading the growth strategy, business development, and service delivery and execution for the sector, which represents $4.7 billion of SAIC’s business.
Each nominee for this year’s list was evaluated based on a range of factors, including their tenure within the industry and their proven capabilities in advising government and government-related organizations. Also considered were their contributions to their firms in achieving major milestones and effectuating mission-based objectives. Please join us in celebrating The Top 50 Government Consultants and Leaders of 2022.
1. Judi Dotson
Company: Booz Allen Hamilton
Title: President – Global Defense Sector
Judi Dotson leads Booz Allen Hamilton’s Global Defense Sector and is a member of the firm’s leadership team. With more than 32 years of experience in consulting services, she is well-versed in leading diverse teams with deep mission understanding. She currently oversees teams that provide the Department of Defense (DoD) with functional expertise in artificial intelligence, machine learning, next-generation data solutions, cyber, advanced software development, and more.
Prior to her current role, Dotson led the firm’s National Security Sector, leading teams with expertise in cybersecurity; engineering and science; analytics; digital services and mobility; and strategy, organizational development, and workforce management. Earlier in her career, she led the firm’s work with the Joint Combatant Commands (JCC). Her clients included the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), the Chief Information Officer (CIO), the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), and the Combatant Commands. Collaborating with these organizations, Dotson and her teams developed market strategies, led business and contract capture activities, and oversaw delivery. She was also responsible for recruiting, developing, and delivering talented teams that consistently exceeded customer expectations.
As a testament to her deep expertise and client support, Dotson was named one of WashingtonExec’s Top 25 Executives to Watch in 2021. She has held several internal leadership roles, including serving as a member of the Booz Allen Excellence Awards Committee, the Partnership for Public Service Executive Committee, the Facilities Governance Board, and the Women's Golf Network Sponsor. She received a Bachelor of Science in computer science from the University of Maryland.
2. Emma Gibbs
Company: McKinsey & Company
Emma Gibbs is a Partner in McKinsey & Company’s London Office, where she leads the Strategy & Corporate Finance Hub and is a core member of the Public Sector Practice. Gibbs spends much of her time working with government agencies and state-owned institutions as they make sustainable strategic decisions, deliver ambitious sustainable transformations, and improve value for money, often managing complexities at the interface of the public and private sectors.
McKinsey Quarterly and the Harvard Business Review have published Gibbs’ insights on strategic topics. She contributes to McKinsey Center for Government and McKinsey Sustainability research and has written McKinsey Global Institute research on advancing women’s equality in the United Kingdom. She holds a first-class honours degree in manufacturing engineering from Cambridge University and MBAs from Columbia and London Business Schools. She first joined McKinsey as a business analyst in London and later worked on international development strategies with governments, UN agencies, and non-governmental organizations before returning to McKinsey. Gibbs is also a trustee of Sands (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity).
3. Roy Azevedo
Company: Raytheon Technologies
Roy Azevedo is President of Raytheon Intelligence & Space, a business of Raytheon Technologies. He leads a business of 37,000 employees and is responsible for a broad portfolio, including advanced sensors, training, and cyber and software solutions.
Azevedo has more than 30 years of executive leadership experience in aerospace and defense. Most recently, he served as President of Raytheon Company’s Space and Airborne Systems business prior to Raytheon Company’s merger with United Technologies Corporation in 2020.
Prior to that, Azevedo was vice president and general manager of Raytheon’s Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Systems mission area. He has also been vice president and general manager of the Secure Sensor Solutions mission area. Azevedo serves on the boards of directors for Raytheon Saudi Arabia, Raytheon United Kingdom, and Raytheon Australia. He is the chairman of RAYPAC, the company’s employee-funded political action committee. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Northeastern University.
4. Richard Crowe
Company: Booz Allen Hamilton
Richard Crowe leads Booz Allen Hamilton’s civil business and is a member of the firm’s leadership team. He drives growth by modernizing and transforming missions across federal civilian departments and agencies. In his 18+ years at Booz Allen, he has led some of the firm’s largest programs supporting challenging client missions across the business.
Previously, Crowe 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 the modernization of major electronic health records systems and the application of artificial intelligence in the healthcare space. Prior to that, he 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, Crowe 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. Crowe is the author of seven patents related to the method and application of non-equilibrium plasmas. He holds a Master of Science in technology management from Stevens Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Engineering in electrical engineering from the State University of New York Maritime College.
5. Vincent Chin
Title: Global Vice Chair – Public Sector Practice
This is the 2nd consecutive year Vincent Chin has been named to this list. He embodies three fundamental qualities that make him one of the most impactful consultants working with governments:
First, Chin is a bold, visionary thinker fusing his experiences in formulating and enacting breakthrough models in public, private, and social sectors. He has the courage, conviction, and charisma to put the most difficult challenges to the client, thereby ensuring they go beyond the incremental in their solutions. Second, with a background in eastern philosophies, Chin preternaturally understands the full context of his clients and therefore shapes the right answers, taking into account their constraints and conflicts rather than foisting a “best practice” answer from elsewhere. Thirdly, together with the full strength of BCG’s industry sectors and functional expertise, Chin and the team design solutions to impact at scale rather than to plan, guided by proven principles of “Thinking Big, Starting Small & Scaling Fast.”
Chin is now the Global Vice Chair of BCG’s Public Sector Practice. He is based out of Singapore and devotes much of his time to helping developing countries and the disadvantaged segments of society so that no one is left behind.
6. Anshu Vats
Company: Oliver Wyman
Title: Partner and Global Lead of Public Sector and Policy Practice
As a Partner and the Global Lead of Oliver Wyman’s Public Sector and Policy Practice, Anshu Vats advises senior regional government, defense, and commerce leaders. Vats’ expertise spans national economic development policies, country competitiveness, national capacity, and capability building, though his primary focus is on the realization of benefits from the nation-building efforts of governments.
Vats credits his early experience in teaching and his fintech start-up roots with instilling a desire for social impact with transparency as a primary requirement in his career. He is a serial entrepreneur with a more than 30-year track record of building and growing advisory businesses at the regional and global levels.
Vats also serves as the CEO for Oliver Wyman UAE and is a member of the firm’s Global Leadership Team. Prior to Oliver Wyman, he established and led Kearney’s EMEA Government and Economic Development practice. Before that, he established, led, and grew various advisory businesses for major global strategy consulting firms in the Asia-Pacific region. Vats holds an MBA in marketing and operations from Massey University in New Zealand.
7. Petter Kilefors
Company: Arthur D. Little
Title: Managing Partner – Nordic Region
Petter Kilefors is the Managing Partner for Arthur D. Little’s Nordic region. Arthur D. Little was founded in 1886 and is the world’s first management consulting firm. 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.
8. Patrick Roche
Title: Senior Partner and Managing Director – London
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.
9. Robert Genter
Title: President – Defense and Civilian
Bob Genter is President of the Defense and Civilian Sector of SAIC, which encompasses the company’s defense and civilian business, including state and local, healthcare, and commercial customers. Genter is responsible for leading the sector’s growth strategy, business development, and service delivery and execution. The Defense and Civilian Sector represents $4.7 billion of SAIC’s business.
Genter joined SAIC in 2013 as the senior vice president and general manager of the Strategic Growth Markets customer group, which focused on growing market share with state, local, and commercial customers. Prior to joining SAIC, Genter held various leadership roles at CGI. Ultimately serving as vice president of Consulting Services, Commercial Markets, he was responsible for IT and business process outsourcing and global delivery. His responsibilities also spanned to software product development, geographic-based portfolio management, and industry-specific vertical (healthcare and insurance) markets.
Before his tenure at CGI, Genter held several finance and operations roles at American Management Systems. He earned his MBA in finance and strategy from the University of Rochester’s Simon School of Business, his bachelor’s degree from St. Michael’s College in Vermont, and he completed the Executive Education, General Management Program at Harvard Business School.
10. George Stancu
Title: Government and Public Services Industry Lead, Client Partner – AVP
George Stancu is an AVP based in the Cognizant Melbourne office with a strong background in digital transformation, business development, and solution architecture spanning over 20 years in the technology space globally.
Over the last five years, Stancu has focused within the public sector space in the region delivering strategic fast paced digital transformations to government organizations and is currently leading the Government and Public Services industry vertical for Australia and New Zealand at Cognizant. Prior to his current role with the company, he worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers and Accenture in Europe and Australia.
Above and beyond his role with Cognizant, Stancu sits on the board of directors for a not-for-profit, Groomed to Go (part of the Dress for Success network) as Vice President. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of London and is currently finalizing his executive MBA.
11. Elaine Beeman
Company: Accenture Federal Services
Title: Chief Leadership Officer and Civilian Portfolio Lead
Elaine Beeman is the Chief Leadership Officer (CLO) and the Civilian Portfolio Lead for Accenture Federal Services (AFS). In this dual role, she assures outstanding client delivery through strong organizational culture, founded in the core principles of human impact, belonging, and ingenuity. As CLO, Beeman collaborates closely with leaders across the business to ensure an exceptional experience for all employees, with a focus on engagement, community building, I&D initiatives, and developing strong career advancement and leadership development opportunities.
Through her leadership of the company’s Civilian Portfolio, Beeman supports federal agencies in achieving their strategic, operational, and technology mission goals to deliver meaningful impact for the American people. Her diverse portfolio includes the Department of Education, Commerce, USPS, Amtrak, GSA, OPM, HHS/CMS, SSA, Treasury, IRS, SEC, FDIC, Interior, and USDA.
Beeman’s career with Accenture spans nearly three decades. After leading a series of major change management and technology programs, she was tapped to lead Accenture Federal Services’ customer relationship management practice for the Health and Public Service business in 2009. In 2010, she became the head of the company’s Management Consulting Business. Beeman assumed leadership of the Civilian Portfolio in 2015, and she was elevated to CLO earlier this year.
12. Antoine Nasr
Title: 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.
13. Julia Harrison
Company: FTI Consulting
Title: Senior Managing Director and Global Head of Public Affairs & Government Relations
Julia Harrison is a Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting. Working in the Strategic Communications practice, she is the Global Head of Global Public Affairs & Government Relations and is based in Brussels.
A political communications specialist, Harrison specializes in board-level advice and was previously CEO Europe of Fleishman-Hillard. She has 30 years of public affairs experience and has worked at the highest level across sectors and industries.
Harrison is a founding board member of the Women's Forum for the Economy and Society. She has held various Non-Executive Director and leadership roles and was Vice Chair of the Downing College Campaign Committee and their successful £20 million fundraising campaign. Harrison has an MA Cantab in English literature from Downing College, Cambridge.
14. John Wolff
Title: Lead Partner – Global Aerospace & Defense
John Wolff leads Kearney’s Global Aerospace & Defense practice, serving government and industry defense clients around the world. He is now in his 26th year with the firm, and after working across multiple industries for eight years, he began working with the U.S. DoD in 2005.
Wolff has been in the practice lead role since 2020 and has rapidly expanded the firm’s presence to multiple countries’ Defense Agencies and industrial bases. Building upon a wide range of strategic operations and organizational improvement capability, under his leadership the practice has pressed into several new areas, including advanced analytics, adoption of Industry 4.0, and development of AI tools for supply chain risk management. Wolff also leads Kearney’s broader “ATI” industry practice group for the Americas region, adding Automotive, Transportation, and Diversified Industrials teams to his list of sector responsibilities.
Wolff has served on Kearney’s Global Partner Selection committee that elects new Partners, and now on the Global Talent Team that oversees broader Partner development and career track. He also led Kearney’s Washington, D.C. office for four years. Wolff earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Michigan – Stephen M. Ross School of Business, graduating with High Distinction.
15. Bryan Zumwalt
Company: FTI Consulting
Title: Senior Managing Director
Since taking the helm of FTI Consulting’s government affairs practice in early 2021, Bryan Zumwalt has built one of the fastest growing government consulting practices in Washington. As an advocate, he has achieved regulatory and legislative victories that have impacted the bottom lines of some of the world’s most iconic companies.
Zumwalt began his career working on Capitol Hill, where he served in both the House and the Senate, including as Chief Counsel on two Senate committees (the Committee on Environment and Public Works and the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship). He has extensive experience successfully navigating complex policy issues through integrated campaigns, and has consistently been recognized as one of D.C.’s top lobbyists.
Most recently, Zumwalt was Executive Vice President for Public Affairs at the Consumer Brands Association (CBA). Preceding CBA, he 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 chemicals industry. He led all lobbying initiatives and successfully executed some of the most difficult public policy issues, such as the reform of the U.S. Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Zumwalt earned a JD from Case Western Reserve University and a Bachelor of Science in business and marketing from the University of Idaho.
16. Gemma Cotton
Company: Bain & Company
Gemma Cotton is a Partner based in Bain & Company’s London office. Bain is a global consultancy that helps the world’s most ambitious change makers define the future. Across 65 cities in 40 countries, Bain works alongside its clients as one team with a shared ambition to achieve extraordinary results, outperform the competition, and redefine industries. It complements its tailored, integrated expertise with a vibrant ecosystem of digital innovators to deliver better, faster, and more enduring outcomes.
Cotton is a leader in the firm’s Financial Services and Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) practices. She primarily advises clients across financial services and TMT on customer strategy, with deep expertise in driving customer-led growth through Net Promoter Systems, digital transformations, and omnichannel excellence. She also works extensively with the firm's Social Impact clients, using professional expertise to drive social good. Prior to her current role, Cotton served as a principal for Bain. In 2014, she was named in The Financial Times's Timewise Power Part Time List. She holds a master’s degree in human sciences from the University of Oxford.
17. Sanjin Goglia
Company: Bryan, Garnier & Co.
Title: Managing Director
Sanjin Goglia served in senior leadership roles at Atos, including Global Head of Sales Mission Critical Systems, from 2013-2021. He joined Atos in April 2013 as Head of Identity, Security, and Risk Management working on large global deals. In 2016, he joined the Big Data and Security team with responsibility for the Homeland Security business.
Goglia was appointed Managing Director of Bryan, Garnier & Co, a leading pan-European investment bank focusing on growth companies, in May 2021. Based in Paris, in his new position Goglia will help develop Bryan, Garnier & Co’s business and strategy in the rapidly growing cybersecurity and compute infrastructure markets in Europe. Goglia has a distinguished career in digital security gained from working at large corporations such as Siemens and Deloitte as well as small start-ups focused on data analytics, providing IT security solutions and services to national security agencies as well as financial services and life science customers.
Goglia holds an Executive Master in finance from HEC Paris; a Master of Advanced Studies in management, technology, and economics from ETH Zürich; and a Master of Electrical Engineering in mechatronics, robotics, and automation engineering from the University of Zagreb.
18. Doug Liddle
Company: BAE Systems Applied Intelligence
Title: Chief Executive Officer – In-Space Missions
After leaving Oxford in 1993 with an MA in physics, Doug Liddle joined the Defence Research Agency (now QinetiQ) to work on all things space, including radar surveillance, space radiation, spacecraft dynamics, and military communications systems.
In 2001, Liddle moved to Surrey Satellites to become a spacecraft systems engineer. Over the following years, he developed several new spacecraft, including Europe’s first Galileo demonstrator satellite, GIOVE-A; ran the Science and Exploration business unit; and delivered multiple satellites and optical imaging payloads including the U.K.’s first cubesat.
In 2015, Liddle created In-Space Missions, a company founded to develop new pace enabled services and offer expert consultancy to industry, academia, and government. Since 2015, he has variously run the U.K.’s rocket program; led the technical development of a disruptive innovation center; developed a commercial demonstration platform for space; and initiated a company delivering real time video and immersive experiences from space. Liddle also sits on a number of industry advisory boards and takes an active interest in STEAM outreach.
19. Agnieszka Gajewska
Title: Global Government & Public Sector Leader
Agnieszka Gajewska leads the PwC Government & Public Services network of more than 12,000 professionals, helping governments around the globe maximize positive impact for their citizens. For the last 20 years, Gajewska has worked globally supporting governments, international institutions, and the private sector in the origination and implementation of projects to achieve sustainable growth. She has advised on public sector transformation, structural reforms, digitization, and ESG, working with the clients and driving large scale engagements in more than 30 countries, including advisory contracts for multilateral institutions like the European Commission, World Bank, European Investment Bank, and United Nations Development Programme.
Gajewska also leads the ESG agenda across 29 countries in Central and Eastern Europe, and advises clients in both the public and private sectors on their green transformation. As a leader, she is a great supporter of diverse teams with different skills and backgrounds to think outside the box. She proudly mentors young women as a part of the Vital Voices programme and leads the PwC Poland Foundation.
Gajewska believes that building meaningful, efficient cooperation is crucial not only on a team or a firm level, but on a much broader scale. A sustainable, inclusive, and prosperous future for all requires cooperation across sectors, industries, and regions, across public and private institutions, and civil society. Gajewska worked for PwC from 1999-2007 as an assistant director before spending time as an associate director at Depfa Bank and as a partner at InfraLinx Capital. She returned to PwC as a partner in 2016 and assumed her current role in October 2021. She holds a PhD in economics and finance and an MA in economics, finance, and banking from the SGH Warsaw School of Economics.
20. Roz Brooks
Title: Principal and U.S. Public Policy Leader
Roz Brooks is PricewaterhouseCoopers’ U.S. Public Policy Leader and is based in Washington, D.C. She leads PwC’s engagement with government officials and other policymakers to communicate the firm’s perspective on issues, manage risk, and highlight opportunities for PwC stemming from government action. Building and maintaining trusted relationships is indispensable to Brooks’ job. Her role lets her leverage her intellectual curiosity and passion for people. She and her team lobby federal, state, and local governments on issues affecting PwC and the broader profession. While PwC is her team’s primary responsibility, they also engage with client teams and clients to provide insights on the policy agenda in Washington, D.C.
Brooks believes in mentorship—full stop. She serves on the boards of GlobalWIN and Financial Services Professionals, organizations whose missions are rooted in mentorship. She is responsible for ensuring PwC has a voice in important debates at the nexus of business and government and helping the firm successfully execute its business strategy. She leads PwC’s engagement with Congress, the White House, regulatory agencies, state and local governments, and organizations including trade associations, think tanks, and NGOs. Brooks started at PwC in 1996 as a tax associate and worked her way up from there. She earned a JD from the University of Michigan Law School, an LLM in taxation from the Wayne State University Law School, and a Bachelor of Arts in English and psychology from Stanford University.
21. Tobias Aebi
Company: Arthur D. Little
Title: Senior Principal
Tobias Aebi is a Senior Principal with Arthur D. Little’s Dubai office. He has been with the firm for eight years and is currently heading its Aerospace and Defense practice in the Middle East. Aebi helps clients throughout the Middle East and Europe with their strategy, organization, and transformation challenges. He makes a difference for his clients by developing cutting-edge and tailored solutions side-by-side with them.
Aebi is a thought leader on how to future-proof public and private aerospace and defense stakeholders alike and is author of various publications on this topic, such as “The Space Agency of the Future.” He holds a master’s in finance and a CEMS Master’s in international management from ESADE Business School in Barcelona and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He also earned a Bachelor of Arts in business administration from the University of St. Gallen.
22. Amanda Bonser
Company: Huron Consulting
Title: Managing Director
For 16 years, Managing Director and public sector industry expert Amanda Bonser has steered Huron Consulting to new heights in delivering top-tier enterprise growth strategy solutions to its government clients. She is responsible for setting Huron’s government strategy, achieving market growth, and ensuring high quality results are delivered to clients to help them achieve their mission. 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 Huron’s Diversity and Inclusion Council and sponsoring their employee resource group that helps advance women in the workplace.
A passionate volunteer in addition to her significant career accomplishments, for over seven years Bonser has worked with the international social services organizations Dress for Success Worldwide and National Coalition for Homeless Veterans. Bonser’s achievements in the field of consulting have been honored by being named one of Consulting magazine’s Women Leaders in Consulting in 2021. Bonser earned an MBA from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in industrial and systems engineering.
23. Tina Radabaugh
Company: Bain & Company
Tina Radabaugh is a leader in the firm's Energy & Natural Resources, Utilities & Renewables, Performance Improvement and Advanced Manufacturing & Services practices. She also holds deep expertise in the Aerospace & Defense sector. Radabaugh has more than 18 years of management consulting experience, helping clients to develop and implement competitive, sustainable growth strategies as well as dramatically improve operational performance. On growth, she has led significant consulting efforts in the areas of market growth and new capability development, competitive analysis, and M&A. On performance improvement, she has deep expertise in operational efficiency redesign, sustained cost reduction, operating model design, and performance management.
Within the utilities sector, Radabaugh has led operational improvement efforts with a focus on the transmission and distribution operations businesses. She specializes in field force operations and broad work management efficiencies across utilities, telecommunications, and related industries. She has served virtually all leading U.S. aerospace and defense companies at the prime contractor level, as well as many prominent Tier One and Tier Two suppliers globally. She has experience across a broad array of industry domains including the commercial aviation, military defense, and space segments.
Radabaugh holds additional expertise across a range of industries, including consumer products, technology, telecommunications, and manufacturing. Prior to joining Bain in 2004, she was a senior manager at Deloitte. She also worked in finance and business development for Raytheon (formerly Hughes Aircraft Company) in Southern California. Radabaugh earned an MBA from UCLA's Anderson School of Management and a bachelor's degree with honors in business and economics from UCLA.
24. Beth Howen
Company: TELUS International
Title: Chief Transformation Officer
As Chief Transformation Officer for TELUS International, Beth Howen is dedicated to the ongoing development and delivery of integrated transformation, digital, CX, and analytics solutions for the company’s more than 600 global clients.
Howen joined TELUS in August 2022 and brings with her more than 25 years of experience, having held senior leadership positions in increasingly large and complex U.S. government agencies, non-profit, and private sector organizations. Most recently, she served as the Global Head of Digital Transformation at Atos, an IT service and consulting company specializing in high-tech transactional services, unified communications, cloud, big data, and cybersecurity services.
Howen is a strong advocate for compassionate and collaborative leadership and believes that fostering environments that enable people to share knowledge and experiences is essential to helping customers tackle major challenges. For her, one of the greatest rewards of her position is the ability to mentor other professional young women as they navigate a successful career path in the technology field. She is active in the “Women & Hi Tech” organization, whose mission is to change the landscape of women represented in STEM to be equally inclusive to all. Howen also regularly speaks at events on the topic of diversity, equality, and inclusion. Howen graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in information technology.
25. Frank Banda
Company: CohnReznick LLP
Title: Managing Partner – Government and Public Sector
CohnReznick’s Government and Public Sector Managing Partner, Frank Banda, has over 30 years of financial management and consulting experience providing mission-oriented business solutions for federal and state governments. His work has placed a special emphasis on preventing and detecting fraud, waste, and abuse; and assisting organizations with accounting, financial reporting, and business process management improvement.
He has assisted governmental entities such as the Department of Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Office of Historical Trust Accounting with their accounting and compliance projects; serves as the Senior Partner for the contract audits of the Department of Energy; and has served as a Project Manager for CohnReznick's disaster housing recovery engagements with the State of Texas, State of Mississippi, and State of Louisiana. He is well-versed in public policy and audit/fraud prevention, which has enabled him to serve as an expert witness for the Department of Justice, and he leads Inspector General support projects for the Federal Housing Finance Agency – Office of Inspector General and the U.S. State Department.
Banda is also a member of CohnReznick’s Managed Services & Outsourcing team, which focuses on enhancing critical functions within clients’ accounting, compliance, finance, risk, and technology operations. Prior to joining CohnReznick, he co-founded and served as Chief Financial Officer for an e-commerce software development company. Banda earned a Bachelor of Science in accounting from the University of Maryland, College Park.
26. Caroline Marshall
Title: President – Government Solutions
Caroline Marshall became Chief Executive Officer of Verus Analytics immediately following the company’s acquisition by Kroll in July 2020. She played an integral role in managing and growing the company and in leading it through the transition. Before being named CEO, Caroline served as General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer, advising on company strategies and running the legal, compliance, and risk management functions, including managing the performance of more than 200 complex examinations of some of the largest companies in the U.S. She was instrumental in negotiating the terms of more than 40 comprehensive agreements, resolving those examinations, which resulted in the return of over $12 billion.
Prior to Verus, Marshall represented a wide variety of clients, including state pension funds and other institutional investors. She served as an assistant district attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s office and is on the Fortune Society, Inc.’s board. Marshall holds a JD from Fordham Law School and a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College.
27. Daniel Kaniewski
Company: Marsh McLennan
Title: Managing Director – Public Sector
As Managing Director, Public Sector for Marsh McLennan, Daniel Kaniewski leads enterprise-wide initiatives that deliver breakthrough perspectives and innovative solutions for public sector challenges. He is also chair of the Committee on Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate at the National Institute of Building Sciences. Previously, he served as Deputy Administrator for Resilience at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), where he was the second-ranking official and led the agency's pre-disaster programs.
Prior to serving with FEMA, Kaniewski led resilience practices at Verisk and ANSER and served as assistant vice president/deputy director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University. He holds a PhD in public policy and administration from George Washington University, a Master of Arts in national security studies from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, and a Bachelor of Science in emergency medical services from George Washington University.
28. Horace Blackman
Company: CGI Federal
Title: Senior Vice President and Business Unit Leader
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.
29. Andrew Saxe
Company: Tata Consultancy Services
Title: Global Managing Partner
Andrew Saxe is the Global Managing Partner for the Public Sector at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), an Indian multinational information technology services and consulting company. Saxe is a strategist, profit & loss manager, and sales leader, experienced in turning divisions from low growth/low margin businesses into strong performers. He is an expert in state and local government, with experience in human services, Medicaid, finance, e-government, cybersecurity, performance management, and organizational change management.
Before joining TCS, Saxe was the Northeast sector leader at Gainwell Technologies and DXC Technology and vice president of state & local government at CSRA, Inc. He also previously served in government and public sector leadership roles at IBM, Oracle, and Tier Technologies. Saxe holds degrees from Harvard University and Harvard Law School.
30. Dan McKone
Company: L.E.K. Consulting
Title: Senior Partner and Chairman of Global Innovation
Dan McKone is a Senior Partner at L.E.K. Consulting, a global management consulting firm based in London, England. McKone also currently serves as Chairman of Global Innovation, helping to incubate and scale new service lines to benefit clients across the firm’s industries and practices. Over the years, he has served in a variety of executive roles, including on both the firm’s global leadership team and management committee, and has chaired major initiatives responsible for the firm’s strategy, remuneration, and governance.
McKone also heads the firm’s Customer Engagement & Loyalty service line globally and is Head of the Travel & Transportation practice in the Americas. He has spent more than 25 years focused on strategy and optimization, and Consulting magazine has recognized him as a Top 25 Consultant in the industry. He holds an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in economics and government from Dartmouth College.
31. Arunabh Gupta
Title: Head of Central Government, Public Sector Units & State Government
Arunabh Gupta is the Head of Central Government, Public Sector Units & State Government at Wipro, an Indian multinational corporation that provides information technology, consulting, and business process services. In his current role, Gupta is responsible for achieving high growth in revenue, collections, billing, operating margin, order booking, and overall profit & loss.
Prior to joining Wipro in 2020, Gupta worked in the public sector enterprise practice for NTT, as a senior strategic account manager (government) for Dimension Data, and as a sales general manager in the government vertical of Huawei Telecommunications. Before that, he was a national account manager for Wipro from 2003-2006. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering in electronics and communication from BLDEA's V.P. Dr. P.G. Halakatti College of Engineering and Technology.
32. Andrew Montgomery
Title: Global Leader – Government and Public Sector
As Partner and Global Leader for Government and Public Sector at BearingPoint, Andrew Montgomery is responsible for the firm’s core public sector business across all the international regions in which it operates. His consulting and technology experience includes over 26 years working with Stokes Kennedy Crowley, KPMG Consulting, and BearingPoint, both in Ireland and internationally. He has led, advised on, and delivered a wide range of consulting, technology, and digital transformation projects for clients across the government, commercial, and financial services sectors.
BearingPoint combines its consulting know-how and technology delivery capability with innovative digital solutions to enable organizations to transform and grow their business and services. Montgomery is a member of BearingPoint's firmwide leadership team and its global public services and digital and strategy leadership groups.
Prior to beginning his consulting career, he completed a Master of Arts with Honors in management science and industrial systems studies at Trinity College, Dublin. He later obtained his CDipAF qualification from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. He has also completed BearingPoint’s Senior Management Development programme and Executive Leadership programme at the Yale School of Management.
33. Gustav Jeppesen
Title: Global Central Government Leader
Gustav Jeppesen is the Global Central Government Leader for Deloitte. In this role, he coordinates the firm’s global efforts within Core Government Operations; Tax, Revenue, and Finance; Education; and International Affairs and Development (including IDO).
Jeppesen has a strong background in transforming central governments, with 30 years spent serving within central government as a civil servant and almost 25 years as an advisor and implementation partner for governments mainly in the Nordic Region. In recent years, his main focus has been on the digital transformation of tax administrations and on leading strategic cost transformation in central government, often with a key role in the Ministry of Finance.
Jeppesen is the chair of the Danish Deloitte firm and is a member of the Deloitte Global and NSE Boards. He earned a Master of Arts in economics from Aarhus University.
34. Sara Siegel
Company: Deloitte UK
Title: Lead Client Service Partner and Head of Healthcare
Sara Siegel is Deloitte’s Lead Client Service Partner (LCSP) for the health account in the U.K. and across North and South Europe. She has worked with the NHS and healthcare clients for the last 20 years in the U.K. and across Europe. Deloitte’s healthcare practice has broad capabilities including digital transformation, net zero, supply chain, governance & leadership, operational improvement, and AI and robotic tools to improve the speed and quality of NHS services and to release more time for direct patient care.
Siegel has led the growth of the practice over the past three years, including work with a growing number of ICSs and NHS clients, as well as key central healthcare bodies in the U.K., including NHS E/I, NHS Digital, UKHSA, DHSC, and NHS Blood and Transplant. Prior to Deloitte, she served as a management consultant for A.T. Kearney. Siegel earned an MBA from INSEAD and a Bachelor of Science in romance languages and communication from Northwestern University.
35. Rachel Spurlock
Title: Partner – National Tax Exempt Practice
Rachel Spurlock is the office managing partner of the Crowe office in Louisville and is a partner in the Crowe tax group. She is a leader in services for not-for-profit organizations, particularly in the healthcare industry. Spurlock has extensive tax compliance and consulting experience in the tax exempt sector; she is the Leader of Crowe's National Tax Exempt Practice and serves as Crowe's Tax Healthcare and Public Sector Tax Leader. In addition, she holds several leadership roles within the firm to enhance the delivery experiences for clients and leadership programs, including on the Tax Client Experience Steering Committee and as Crowe University's Client Experience Department Chair.
Specific engagement responsibilities in Crowe’s tax practice include managing tax engagements and consulting on tax matters unique to the nonprofit sector. Spurlock provides clients with tax guidance and planning related to protecting tax-exempt status, IRS audit defense and compliance, and other relevant tax matters.
Spurlock continually works to keep clients informed about key issues facing tax-exempt organizations. She leads tax teams dedicated to providing tax planning and implementing best practices to effectively meet their goals and objectives. Prior to Crowe, she served as a member of the senior staff for Deloitte. She holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting from the University of Louisville.
36. Steven Capace
Title: Government Contracting Practice Leader
Steven Capace is a Managing Director and co-leader of the U.S. Government Contracting Practice at Marsh, a subsidiary of Marsh McLennan, bringing more than 30 years of experience to the firm. In this role, he specializes in helping clients understand and mitigate the unique insurance, financial, operational, administrative, and legal risks that contractors operating in the government contractor, aerospace, and defense industries often experience.
Capace is an expert in the practical, legal, and regulatory frameworks applicable to federal government contractors, including the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and the Defense Base Act (DBA). Prior to joining Marsh, he was an executive vice president at Willis Towers Watson, where he co-founded the government contracting practice. He also served as an associate in the New York office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP for ten years, where he was a member of the Business and Finance Group specializing in financial restructuring, distressed investing, leveraged finance, and mergers and acquisitions. Capace received a JD from Brooklyn Law School and a bachelor’s degree in economics and philosophy from Binghamton University.
37. Kelly Ferrell
Company: General Dynamics Information Technology
Title: Senior Vice President – Intelligence and Homeland Security
Kelly Ferrell is General Dynamics Information Technology’s Senior Vice President for the Intelligence and Homeland Security division, reporting to President Amy Gilliland. GDIT supports some of the most complex government, defense, and intelligence projects across the country, bringing the expertise needed to understand and advance critical missions and shifting the ways clients invest in, integrate, and innovate technology solutions. Ferrell oversees the delivery of information technology, software development, and professional services and solutions to customers within the Intelligence Community and throughout the Department of Homeland Security.
Ferrell previously served as GDIT’s chief growth officer, led the health and civilian solutions division, and served as vice president and general manager within the intelligence division. Prior to GDIT, Kelly served in management roles at CSC and Northrop Grumman. She earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from West Liberty University.
38. Dara Castle
Company: RSM US LLP
Title: Partner and Government Contracting Leader
Dara Castle is a Partner and market leader responsible for the culture, growth, and strategy in RSM US LLP's Washington, D.C., metro offices. She is also the national leader for RSM's nearly $100 million government contracting practice. Castle leverages her deep experience in government contracting to help RSM deliver the highest level of client service. She stays abreast of current issues in the federal government and other regulatory bodies to guide her RSM colleagues and clients, and she leads audit, tax, and consulting teams to advise government contractors in multiple industries, customer bases, and organizational structures. She is focused on growing the firm's government contracting practice and delivering RSM's comprehensive services and resources to serve the needs of this ecosystem.
For nearly her entire career, Castle has been with RSM and its predecessor firms in the Washington, D.C., market. She derives great satisfaction in being an ally, sponsor, and coach to her RSM colleagues and is passionate about mentoring women and advocating for their career advancement within the firm.
Castle previously led RSM's women's initiative, focusing on the retention and advancement of women through the firm's STAR (Stewardship and Teamwork for the Advancement and Retention of women) employee networking group. A mother of two sons, she is a role model for working moms at the firm, helping to grow STAR's membership from 300 to in excess of 3,000 in three short years. She helped design robust programming and education to aid women in realizing their full potential and helped guide RSM leaders in becoming allies for those women. As market leader, she continues to encourage and facilitate broad participation in local culture and diversity programming. Castle earned a Bachelor of Science in accounting from North Carolina State University.
39. Wanda Seiler
Company: Alvarez & Marsal
Title: Managing Director
Wanda Seiler is a Managing Director with Alvarez & Marsal’s Public Sector Services in Washington, D.C. She focuses on Medicaid policy and programs that serve vulnerable populations and specializes in program design and the enhancement of long-term services and supports (LTSS). With 25+ years of government experience, and 10+ years of private sector experience, Seiler has both led and guided human services LTSS transformation efforts in over a dozen states.
Seiler has worked with clients across the spectrum of LTSS to transform home and community-based services (HCBS) for people with disabilities. Her notable assignments include working with state intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) agencies to refine and create new services, to remediate issues identified by the Center for Medicaid Services, to rebase and redesign reimbursement methodologies, to provide expert witness testimony related to Olmstead’s integration mandate and service quality, and to develop a continuum of care to serve youth in Child Welfare custody. She has assisted states in procuring and implementing information technology and refining quality systems responsible for monitoring and improving service delivery.
Prior to joining A&M, Seiler spent 25 years with the State of South Dakota—the last eight years she served as the Director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities. Prior to that, she was a Senior Consultant with the Rushmore Group, and a Principal/Product Owner with Fei Systems. Seiler earned an Executive Master in Public Administration (EMPA) degree from the University of South Dakota. She has served as the President of the Council on Quality and Leadership and is a former board member of the National Association of Directors of Developmental Disability Services (NASDDDS).
40. Ruth Morgan
Company: KPMG UK
Title: Head of Local Government
Ruth Morgan leads KPMG’s local government practice in the U.K., working in and with local government and the broader public sector. This includes change programs of every scale and increasingly involves working with partner organizations. KPMG UK is a leading provider of tax, audit, and advisory services employing 14,000 people in 22 offices across the country. The firm focuses on clients’ big issues and opportunities by providing innovative approaches and deep expertise to deliver real results.
Morgan’s team provides support, challenge, and innovation in the areas of insight led performance improvement, connected customers, corporate services transformation, digital transformation, audit, tax, pensions, and infrastructure. She was inspired to work with local government by her parents, who were foster carers and worked for the local council. Morgan’s graduate program quickly led to her setting up new fostering schemes for looked-after children. Prior to KPMG, she worked as a consultant and director for PwC. Morgan earned an LLB (with Honors) from the University of Glamorgan and a postgraduate diploma in Local Government Management from Warwick University’s Business School.
41. David Welch
Title: Managing Director – Government Solutions
David Welch is Managing Director for Kroll, which he came to from Verus Analytics when the latter was acquired in July 2020. Welch is an attorney with over a decade of experience working with technology teams on data-driven audits on behalf of state treasurer’s offices and unclaimed property departments. He is responsible for the legal aspects of ongoing unclaimed property examinations, including negotiating the detailed terms of proposed agreements, resolving examinations, and providing counsel on legal challenges. Welch also provides business development and strategic support for the practice’s fraud prevention offerings for state clients and others.
Prior to joining Verus, where he served as Director, Welch specialized in securities litigation and the representation of financial services industry professionals. He has litigated cases based on the Securities Acts, SEC and FINRA rules, corporate accounting practices, and generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Welch holds a JD (cum laude) from the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University and a Bachelor of Arts in financial management from The Ohio State University.
42. Alexandria Hicks
Title: Managing Director
Alexandria Hicks is the Managing Director of Teneo. Teneo is the global CEO advisory firm, singularly focused on its clients' needs, breaking down traditional boundaries to fully leverage its global expertise and unchallenged breadth of services to solve clients' most complex issues. Hicks boasts two decades of experience in policy and political campaigns, strategic communications, public affairs, and reputation management spanning Europe, the U.K., Australia, and the United States. Based in Europe for eight years, she has helped build pan-European and transatlantic campaigns on some of the most challenging corporate reputation, policy, and regulatory issues.
Prior to joining Teneo, Hicks was Vice President of Corporate Communications at FleishmanHillard and a parliamentary advisor for Rushanara Ali MP in the U.K. In addition, she served in leadership roles with Health Services Union in Melbourne, Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Melbourne University.
43. Eduardo Guerrero
Title: Chief Sales Officer and Managing Director – Government Sector
During his tenure of over two decades at Softtek, Eduardo Guerrero has held various management positions. In his current role, Guerrero heads the global sales organization and is in charge of the integration of the commercial and business development processes across the Americas, Europe, and Asia.
Having led the Financial Services and Government business units at Softtek, Guerrero possesses vast experience in two of the largest and most demanding IT services segments. This background has allowed him to manage multi-million-dollar accounts and complex engagements. He has led the sales and client relationship management teams for many of Softtek’s largest and more ambitious projects.
Prior to his current role, Guerrero served as Vice President of Sales and Business Development for Softtek Mexico, where he led the organization’s efforts to consolidate as one of the country’s premier solution providers. He has also been a participant in Softtek’s management council since the year 2000, helping draft the organization’s strategic and operational directions. Guerrero holds an MBA and a computer systems engineering degree, both from Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Campus Estado de México.
44. Rachel Taylor
Company: PwC UK
Title: Leader of Industry for Government and Health Industries
Rachel Taylor leads PwC UK’s Government and Health Industries team, helping shape strategy at the heart of government to improve results on the frontline. She specializes in Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC). Since joining the firm as an intern, she has worked across the breadth of the government and health sectors, specializing in finance and assurance. As leader of industry, she brings together the best of PwC’s technical capabilities, industry insights, and networks to the firm’s government, health, and pharma clients.
Following the pandemic, navigating a post-Brexit world, tackling climate change, and delivering a fair recovery means Taylor’s teams support clients to tackle challenges that are more complex, more challenging – and more rewarding – than probably any other industry. To lead the industry, Taylor embraces a positive mindset, believes in the power of the team, and always aims to be curious and embrace new ideas to bring the best insights to clients to help them tackle the complex challenges they face and make the most of the opportunities.
Prior to her current role with PwC, Taylor also served as a senior manager and director for the firm. She is an active supporter of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, is a Trustee of the learning disabilities non-profit MacIntyre, and was formerly a Trustee of the non-profit Tomorrow’s People. Taylor earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of Nottingham.
45. Kristina Meier
Title: Public Entity Practice Leader
Kristina Meier leads the Public Entity practice alongside Tom Hoblitzell for WTW, which provides data-driven, insight-led solutions in the areas of people, risk, and capital that make organizations more resilient, motivate workforces, and maximize performance. Meier also focuses on Real Estate, Financial, and Not-For-Profit clients. Her major insurance skill set is rooted in Property, Casualty, Cyber, and Fiduciary coverages and Risk Management plans. She leverages her diverse background, including her 10 years of insurance underwriting experience and 5+ years in broking roles, to assist clients in crafting coverage, terms, conditions, or thinking outside of traditional insurance.
Prior to WTW, Meier served as Senior Middle Market Key Accounts Underwriter for The Hartford, and before that she was an underwriter and claims support specialist for Travelers. Meier earned a Bachelor of Arts in public relations from York College of Pennsylvania.
46. Derrick Moreira
Company: Censeo Consulting Group
Title: President and Chief Executive Officer
Derrick Moreira is President and Chief Executive Officer of Censeo and leads the firm’s Organizational Effectiveness practice. He brings more than 20 years of management consulting and industry experience, leading and delivering complex supply chain, organizational transformation, and operations strategy solutions. He is a sought-after expert in strategic acquisition and in transforming organizations to better enable exceptional mission outcomes. He has directly led projects at over a dozen agencies across the federal government.
Prior to joining Censeo, Moreira worked as a project team leader and consultant for A.T. Kearney and as a process improvement manufacturing engineer for Boston Scientific Corporation. He holds an MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Science in manufacturing engineering from Boston University. He is a multiple time recipient of Supply & Demand Chain Executive’s Pros to Know list.
47. Andrei Perumal
Company: Wilson Perumal & Company
Title: Managing Partner
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.
48. Oliver Elirani
Company: Ollen Group
Title: Managing Partner
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 began 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 the Bank of Beirut and Banque BEMO sal, managing risk and credit portfolios reaching up to $1 billion. He went on to become a senior manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) Middle East, where he served in the 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.
Elirani is a CFA Charterholder and Certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM), Six Sigma Black Belt, and Financial Modeling & Valuation Analyst (FMVA). In addition, he holds a bachelor's degree in business & finance from the Lebanese University and has completed several specialization programs in strategy, innovation, entrepreneurship, data science, and artificial intelligence from global universities and organizations.
49. John Drake
Company: Kaiser Associates
Title: Vice President
Since 2013, John Drake has served as a Vice President in Kaiser Associates’ Government and Not-for-Profit Practice, consulting across nearly all Federal departments and agencies and not-for-profit organizations. With professionals in offices in Washington D.C., London, and São Paulo, Kaiser is a multinational boutique strategy and management consulting firm that has earned a reputation as a partner with many of the largest companies in the world, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations, developing sound growth strategies and solving some of its clients most complex operational and strategic challenges.
Drake brings experience and expertise in organizational design and development, organizational change management, IT strategy and operations, strategic planning, and business process reengineering and improvement. He helps senior level C-Suite executives become true business partners with their customers and enable mission success through improved operations and support. Passionate about gardening, Drake started the “Plot Against Hunger” program in partnership with the Arlington Food Assistance Center (Arlington, VA), bringing fresh produce to this vital food bank. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the College of Wooster and is a Prosci Certified Change Management Professional, Certified Scrum Master, and certified Balanced Scorecard Professional (BSP).
50. Sharad Maheshwari
Company: HCL Technologies
Title: Associate Vice President –Aerospace & 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.
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