America’s Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has appointed Nand Mulchandani, an Indian-origin man who studied at a Delhi school, as its first-ever Chief Technology Officer.
Earlier this week, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director William J. Burns announced the appointment of Nand Mulchandani to serve as CIA’s first-ever Chief Technology Officer (CTO).
“With more than 25 years’ experience working in Silicon Valley as well as the Department of Defense (DoD), Mr. Mulchandani brings substantial private sector, startup, and government expertise to CIA.”, the media release announcing Mulchandani’s appointment read.
As the CTO, Mr. Mulchandani will ensure the Agency is leveraging cutting-edge innovations and scanning the horizon for tomorrow’s innovations to further CIA’s mission, the announcement added.
Who is Nand Mulchandani?
Nand Mulchandani has degree in Computer Science and Math from Cornell, a Master of Science in Management from Stanford Business School, and a Master in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Mulchandani completed his schooling at the Bluebells School International in Delhi between 1979 and 1987 before moving to Cornell. A serial entrepreneur, in his own words, he “has co-founded and been CEO of multiple successful startups – Oblix (acquired by Oracle), Determina (acquired by VMware), OpenDNS (acquired by Cisco), and ScaleXtreme (acquired by Citrix).”
Mulchandani most recently served as the CTO and acting director of the US Department of Defense’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, before joining CIA two months ago.
“I am honored to join CIA in this role and look forward to working with the Agency’s incredible team of technologists and domain experts who already deliver world-class intelligence and capabilities to help build a comprehensive technology strategy that delivers exciting capabilities working closely with industry and partners,” said Mulchandani on his recent appointment.