Meet our Keynote Speakers


Nitin Pradhan

CEO and President of Launch Dream LLC
Former CIO for the US Department of Transportation

(live via video conferencing)

Mr. Nitin Pradhan is the CEO and President of Launch Dream LLC., and the founder and champion of Public Private Innovations  (  the  nation’s  first  federal  technology  accelerator.The goal of the accelerator is to drive public value through private growth by:
•     Researching and analyzing government problems and matching them with business technology solutions.
•     Nurturing,   adapting   and   deploying   commercial   technology   platforms   and   products   for   the   federal marketplace.
•     Starting, building and growing robust government practices for IT contractors and technology suppliers.

Mr. Pradhan was a recent Obama administration  appointee and award winning, nationally recognized federal CIO for the US Department of Transportation  (DOT) where he provided IT vision, strategy, policy and oversight for US DOT’s more than $3.0 billion IT portfolio, the 6th largest in the federal government. Nitin’s focus for the last two decades  has  been  on  utilizing  technology  transformatively,   innovatively  and  strategically  to  drive  significant business  and  public  value.  The  CIO  magazine  honored Nitin  Pradhan with  CIO 100 award for  the  innovative approaches  to use  IT to reduce  costs  and  increase  efficiency  and  public  value.  ComputerWorld  magazine  also recently named Nitin to its Computer World Premier 100 lifetime recognition award where he joins an elite group of top US IT executives. Nitin has been on Information Week’s “Government  CIO 50: Driving Change in the Public Sector”  for bringing a businessperson’s  point of view to management  of IT strategy,  policy and implementation. Under his leadership,  the US DOT Office of the Chief Information  Officer (OCIO) has also won awards  from the White  House,  Information  Week,  GTRA,  AFFIRM,  and  the  U.S.  General  Services  Administration  for  leadership, innovation, open government, governance, service and culture.

Prior to joining US DOT, Nitin was an IT Executive at Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), the 12th largest school district in USA. FCPS’ IT department  was ranked in the CIO Magazine’s  Top 100 IT Organizations  and Computer World’s 100 Best Places to Work in the nation during Nitin’s tenure. Prior to joining FCPS, Nitin was the Managing Director  of Virginia’s  Center  for Innovative  Technology  (CIT).  Nitin  has also been  the co-­‐founder  and CEO of a wireless startup. Nitin has a BS in engineering  and a MBA  in marketing from India, as well as a MS in accounting from The American University, in Washington DC.



Armistead Sapp

Senior Vice President, Business Intelligence R&D and P20

Armistead Sapp heads three divisions at SAS Institute’s world headquarters in Cary, NC.The largest is the SAS Business Intelligence R&D division charged with developing BI solutions that leverage modern computing platforms and deliver value to customers.  The most recent high profile work from this division has been the well-received SAS® Visual Analytics, a high-performance, in-memory solution for exploring massive amounts of data.  Sapp is leading the development applying SAS Visual Analytics to all payer claims databases.Sapp also heads the division which develops and sells SAS Intelligent Advertising for Publishers, a sales-order management, forecasting, ad serving and BI solution for online publishers.

Finally, Sapp heads the P-20 division which houses both product development and sales for the education market in the United States.  In addition to supporting data-driven decision making for administration, teaching and learning, the division develops innovative products like SAS® Curriculum Pathways®Web-based curriculum resources for grades 8-14.  This division is also responsible for education-oriented mobile applications Sapp is writing a Wiley-imprint book on State Wide Longitudinal Data Systems to be published in 2013 with the working title “Implementing Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems:  Creating a Culture of Data”

Prior to heading these divisions, Sapp held a variety of roles at SAS, most recently as a Senior Director in SAS’ R&D division leading release management.  He was also President of SAS’ Southpeak Interactive…a computer gaming start-up which developed dozens of titles prior to its spinoff in 2000.  He has held several marketing and development positions, including work in product management, product marketing, and database marketing.

Sapp is on the board of “Ready by 21”… an organization working to help communities improve the odds that all children and youth will be ready for college, work and life. He chairs the board of The Center for Volunteer Caregiving, and works with the Duke University School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics – Division of Neonatology, researching best practices and safety using SAS’s data mining tools.

Armistead is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he studied philosophy and history.  He has also made advance studies in immunology, physics and biochemistry.