Keynotes 2019

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Critical Technology Industry Perspective

Mr. Yuvi Kochar

May 21, 2019 at 13:00



Yuvi Kochar is Managing Director, Technology and Operations at CAQH. With extensive experience in large-scale product development and infrastructure support, Yuvi is responsible for overall information technology functions at CAQH. He brings strategic leadership and tactical execution to the design and implementation of an evolving suite of solutions and services to streamline the business of healthcare.

He has held a variety of IT leadership positions during his career, from his recent Chief Technology Officer position with Graham Holdings, formerly the Washington Post Co., for over 12 years to Chief Technology Officer with Brassring, the leading recruitment automation SAAS product used by a number of Global 1000 companies. He started his career as a programmer and evolved into technical and operational roles.

He has worked at several technology startups: a PC fax product developer in California, a small footprint RDBMS developer in New York and a software localization service provider in Normandy, France.

Yuvi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rajasthan in Jaipur, India.

The Perfect Weapon

Mr.David Sanger

May 22, 2019 at 09:00


The Perfect Weapon is the startling inside story of how the rise of cyberweapons transformed geopolitics like nothing since the invention of the atomic bomb. Cheap to acquire, easy to deny, and usable for a variety of malicious purposes—from crippling infrastructure to sowing discord and doubt—cyber is now the weapon of choice for democracies, dictators, and terrorists. It is the dramatic story of how great and small powers alike slipped into a new era of constant sabotage, misinformation, and fear, in which everyone is a target.


Mr. Sanger is a national security correspondent for the New York Times and bestselling author of The Inheritance and Confront and Conceal. He has been a member of three teams that won the Pulitzer Prize, including in 2017 for international reporting. A regular contributor to CNN, he also teaches national security policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Mr.Paul “Rusty” Thomas

May 22, 2019 at 13:00



Mr. Paul “Rusty” Thomas joined DARPA in September 2017 as a program manager in the Tactical Technology Office. His current focus areas include increasing the resilience, global reach, and networked connectivity of U.S. space assets. Areas of technical interest and expertise include disruptive low-cost space and launch systems, autonomous mission authority for satellite fleets, persistent intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR), and software-defined holographic light control.

Mr. Thomas joins DARPA from DAQRI, where he served as the executive vice president for global operations. He has also held positions at SpaceX, Orbital Sciences, and Motorola/Iridium, where he has been involved with the design and management of a number of space-related programs including the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft, the DARPA Microsatellite Technology Experiment (MiTEx) satellite, the Iridium low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite constellation, and the U.S. Air Force Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program (GSSAP).

Mr. Thomas holds a Master of Science in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Science in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from Purdue University.