Photo courtesy Vivek Kundra
In 2009, President Obama appointed Vivek Kundra became the United States’ first federal chief information officer. Placed in charge of a $71 billion budget and oversight of IT across the federal government, Kundra cracked down on wasteful spending, migrated the system to the cloud, and strengthened cybersecurity. His “cloud first” policy now serves as a model for government IT departments around the world. He is currently a fellow at Harvard University and the executive vice president of emerging markets at the computing firm Salesforce.