Mehran Basiratmand
CTO
Florida Atlantic University
Dr. Mehran Basiratmand is the Chief Technology Officer at Florida Atlantic University (FAU), a publicly-funded institution located at Boca Raton, Florida with close to 30,000 students.
At this capacity, Mehran is responsible for the day to day operation and infrastructure of information Technology. This includes but not limited to networking and telecommunications, research computing, data warehouse, business intelligence and reporting, user services, data center, middleware, campus-wide software initiatives and cloud computing strategies. Mehran has been at this role for close to 14 years, and prior to this he served as Executive Director of Enterprise Systems and Director of Academic and Research Computing respectively.
Mehran has earned various technology degrees from Barry University, University of Miami, M.I.T and Florida Atlantic. His area of expertise is organizational transformation and emerging technologies.
Mehran is the Chairperson of NWRDC Policy Board which is the single largest publicly funded data center in the state Florida. He is also a member of Forbes Technology Council, an invitation only organization. Mehran has a teaching appointment at FAU Executive MBA Education and he serves on several IT organizations, and he is a contributor to various technology publications and white papers.
Mehran Basiratmand
Dr. Hernan Londono
Associate VP & CTO Information Technology Division of Strategic Initiatives & Digital Strategies
Barry University
Dr.Hernan Londono is an incredibly dynamic and resourceful Information Technology executive and Cybersecurity professional with over 2 decades of experience. Over this 20 plus years in the field, Dr. Hernan has led operations and strategy in different segments of IT, with major emphasis over the past 10 years holding a combined role as Chief Technology Officer and Chief Information Security Officer.
His experience spans over industries such as Higher Education and Healthcare, this experience has resulted not only on a long tenure in his current position, but it has also allowed him to serve in other capacities such as chairing Boards of Directors of charitable organizations, as well as being an advisor for Silicon Valley cybersecurity startup companies and local IT/Cybersecurity services companies.
In addition to the IT/Cybersecurity practitioner side, Dr.Hernan is also a writer and public speaker, having articles published in several IT and Cybersecurity trade magazines as well as having spoken at many national conferences on topics ranging from disruptive thinking to countering industry related crises, to stopping network cyberattacks, crossing through ways to leveraging integrations to foster a digital transformation culture.
Dr. Hernan Londono
Ruth Abercrombie
Director, Enterprise Data Networks
University of South Carolina at Columbia
With twenty years of experience in information technology with the University of South Carolina, Ruth currently serves as the Director of Enterprise Data Networks in the Division of Information Technology.  She also serves on the university’s Emergency Management Team which is currently activated for the pandemic.
Ruth Abercrombie
John Lowe
Executive Director of Technology and Auxiliary Services
Clinton City Schools
John Lowe serves as the Executive Director of Technology and Auxiliary Services for Clinton City Schools where he oversees the technology
department, facilities and the maintenance department. Clinton City Schools is a small city school district in North Carolina with just under 3000 students in grades PreK-12 and is located approximately one hour due south of Raleigh.
John Lowe
Renee Tarun
Deputy CISO
Fortinet
Renee Tarun has over 20 years' experience in the cybersecurity and information technology fields with leadership experience in development and engineering, operations, strategy, policy, and portfolio management, across the intelligence community, law enforcement, and private industry. As Deputy CISO at Fortinet, she focuses on enterprise security, compliance and governance, and product security. Prior to joining Fortinet, she served as Special Assistant to the Director, National Security Agency (NSA), for Cyber and Director of NSA's Cyber Task Force, in which she advanced NSA's execution of its cybersecurity and cyber-related missions by overseeing resources; defining and integrating mission capabilities; and shaping agency strategy and national level policy at the White House. Renee is also a board member for the George Mason University Volgenau School of Engineering, creating synergy between the school and the professional community by addressing workforce development demands, industry expectations, and employment trends.
Renee Tarun