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G. Nagesh Rao currently serves as Chief Information Officer for the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) within the US Department of Commerce. Most recently he was Director of Business Technology Solutions (BiTS) at the US Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of the Chief Information Officer, and prior to was Chief Technologist & Entrepreneur in Residence within SBA’s Office of Investment & Innovation.

Over the last 20+ years, Nagesh has worked for numerous organizations in the public, private, and not for profit sectors focused around intellectual property, technology R&D, and entrepreneurial ventures. During his time in the public-sector, he co-developed national programmatic efforts such as i6 Green, Patents for Humanity, USAID’s-SBAR Program, and SBA’s Growth Accelerator Fund Competition. Furthermore he led a number of policy and technology driven initiatives around SBA and SBIR programmatic endeavors, which culminated in his overseeing technical direction for SBA’s COVID-19 response as part of the historic CARES Act efforts prior to his arrival to BIS in June 2020.

Nagesh’s musings (written and oratorical) have been featured and/or quoted via Wired, TechCrunch, WAMC-NPR, The Scientist, The National Academies, The Hill, FedTech Magazine, DC Inno, PC Magazine, Government Executive, Financial Times (Sri Lankan version), and many more.

He is a 2004 Mirzayan Fellow of The National Academies and a 2016 USA Eisenhower Fellow with degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Albany Law School, and University of Maryland-College Park. Among many accolades that Nagesh has received over the years, prominent ones include the Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Samman & Hind Rattan awards from the NRI Welfare Society, ACT-IAC Collaboration Award, Fed 100, BT 150, DC Inno 50 on Fire, 2019 Gears of Government, and the RPI Alumni Key Award.



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