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Escalating Cyber Threats to U.S. Financial System Conference – In person and virtual

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Escalating Cyber Threats to the U.S Financial System: Time to Think Outside the Box Conference – Offered in person and virtually

May 4, 2023, 1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (Eastern)

In-Person, Van Metre Hall, George Mason University, Arlington, Virginia

and via Zoom Webinar

Join Mason’s Center for Assurance Research and Engineering (CARE), the Financial Technology & Cybersecurity Center, Mason’s School of Business, and a host of experts for an executive roundtable discussion on the cybersecurity challenges facing the financial services sector and the solutions that should be pursued.

The increasing number of cyber incursions demonstrates the vulnerabilities of digital technologies and an internet that was not created to be a secure network. There are options for overcoming these increasing vulnerabilities and protecting the financial system.

Hear experts discuss current and upcoming issues in cybersecurity and the financial system including:

  • Financial system innovation and challenges of cybersecurity
  • Geopolitics and national motivations for financial system innovation and development
  • Crime and criminal enterprises and the financial system
  • Role of multilateral institutions such as the IMF and World Bank
  • New Web concepts to decentralize and segregate financial system critical infrastructure
  • Government initiatives to work with private industry
  • More secure software, hardware and systems
  • The path to global consensus
  • The cybersecurity alternatives that financial services companies are developing
Agenda May 4th, 2023

Our faculty will be moderated by cybersecurity experts:

  1. Dr. J.P. Auffret, George Mason University’s Director, Research Partnerships, School of Business; Director, Center for Assurance Research and Engineering (CARE), College of Engineering & Computing
  2. Thomas P. Vartanian, Executive Director of the Financial Technology & Cybersecurity Center and Author, The Unhackable Internet: How Rebuilding Cyberspace Can Create Real Security and Prevent Financial Collapse

Cybersecurity Experts Include:

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About the Hosts:

Mason’s College of Engineering and Computing hosts the Center for Assurance Research & Engineering Center (CARE). CARE’s multidisciplinary approach to cybersecurity encompasses the fields of technology, policy, business and leadership. Through partnerships with government and private industry, innovative research is translated into practices and policies used in real-world settings. Research includes security for distributed systems, mobile apps/devices, industrial control systems, and new technologies such as networked medical devices, as well as policies development for securing critical infrastructure and guidance for cybersecurity leadership/governance. For more information, please visit www.care.gmu.edu.

The Financial Technology & Cybersecurity Center is a nonprofit organization that brings together financial services professionals, regulators, trade association representatives, consumer group representatives, counsel and advisors to discuss, debate, and advocate in regard to financial technology and cybersecurity issues and their regulation. For more information about the Center and to sign up to hear about future events and projects visit www.fintsc.org.

The School of Business at Mason prepares a diverse student body to succeed in a global business environment through outstanding scholarship in business and expertise that ripples around the world. Instilling a strong ethical compass, a lifelong habit of learning, strong tradition of dynamic partnerships, leading faculty and creative curriculum fuels our regional economy and creates opportunities for all. Please visit: business.gmu.edu.

Contact Information:

For questions regarding the program, please contact Dr. JP Auffret at jauffret@gmu.edu or Phone at 703-993-5641 or Robert Ledig, FTCC Managing Director at rledig@fintsc.org.

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Meet the Tech Exec Event: Featuring Paul Hong and Kevin Donohue, AWS Cloud Assurance

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Meet the Tech Exec: Amazon Cloud Security Assurance & Careers Event

Featuring Paul Hong and Kevin Donohue, AWS Cloud Assurance
Wednesday, April 12
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Johnson Center Cinema at George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus

Meet with business leaders from Amazon Web Services and learn about the field of Cloud Security Assurance and careers at Amazon Web Services from Paul Hong and Kevin Donahue, AWS.

Please RSVP: https://MasonAmazonCareerNetworkingApril12.eventbrite.com

Paul Hong, CISSP, CPA, Security Assurance Training and Education Lead

Paul develops and delivers cloud security and compliance trainings for regulated industries, including the US government. Paul’s work also includes enabling public sector and regulated industry adoption of the AWS Cloud. Prior to joining AWS, Paul spent his career as an IT security professional working directly with Fortune 500 companies auditing or consulting on IT process, security, and risk projects. Paul is a CISSP, CEH, and CPA, and holds a Masters of Accounting Information Systems and a Bachelors of Business Administration from James Madison University, Virginia.

Kevin Donohue, CISSP, Senior Customer Enablement Manager, Global Regulatory Operations, AWS Security

Kevin has been with AWS since 2019 and is currently a senior manager in the Security Assurance org. He leads security and compliance initiatives for various government and commercial certifications and helps customers understand the shared responsibility model. He holds CISSP, AWS Cloud Practitioner and Solutions Architect Associate certifications. Before joining AWS, Kevin worked in the commercial cybersecurity practice at PwC and prior to that, the U.S. State Department. Originally from New Jersey, Kevin now lives with his wife and daughter in Alexandria, VA.

More information about the Johnson Center Cinema.

For more information, please contact: jauffret@gmu.edu or cbatchel@gmu.edu.

This event is hosted by Mason’s College of Engineering and Computing‘s Center for Assurance Research & Engineering (CARE), the Institute for Digital InnovAtion (IDIA) and School of Business.

 

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JP Auffret to Co-Lead First-of-its-Kind Mason Center for Excellence in Government Cybersecurity Risk Management and Resilience

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January 17, 2023 / By John Hollis

George Mason University will expand its research and real-world impact in Northern Virginia with a pair of projects that were made possible by the efforts of U.S. Representative Gerry Connolly (D-VA) to address cybersecurity and mental health care needs.

Mason will receive $1 million in federal funding to support the creation a first-of-its-kind Mason Center for Excellence in Government Cybersecurity Risk Management and Resilience, and nearly $1 million for the Saving Lives and Decreasing Health Disparities project. Funding for both efforts came as part of the federal omnibus appropriations bill that President Biden recently signed into law to fund the government through Fiscal Year 2023.

Connolly, whose 11th District includes Fairfax, is a senior member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and his party’s lead on the Subcommittee on Government Operations.

“George Mason University is a pillar of our community, but the effects of its world-class education and world-changing research can be felt throughout the country,” said Connolly.

The future Center for Excellence in Government Cybersecurity Risk Management and Resilience will act as a strategic partner in federal government cybersecurity and IT modernization efforts, translate state-of-the-art research on technology modernization and cybersecurity in federal practice, collate and disseminate best practices on federal government agency cybersecurity, and foster U.S. government cybersecurity organizational capacity.

The center will bring together experts in IT modernization, cybersecurity, and critical infrastructure systems to develop and provide in-person, hybrid, live virtual, and online executive education, tabletop exercises and workshops for federal government IT and cybersecurity executives and middle managers. In addition, the center will leverage Mason’s Institute for Digital Innovation, which integrates transdisciplinary centers and labs with deep interdisciplinary expertise across all facets of cybersecurity research, governance, policy, and education.

Amarda Shehu, associate vice president of research at the Institute for Digital Innovation, and professor of computer science with Mason’s College of Engineering and Computing, will operate the center along with J.P. Auffret, the director of research partnerships and grants initiatives in the School of Business and the director of the Center for Assurance Research and Engineering in the College of Engineering and Computing.

“This is further evidence of the value and depth of Mason’s research, programs, and outreach in cybersecurity,” said Ken Ball, dean of the College of Engineering and Computing. “This funding will help us strengthen our programs and generate new discoveries that will make our nation more secure.”

“We are exceptionally grateful to Congressman Connolly for championing the central importance of cybersecurity for the federal government,” added Shehu and Auffret. “We are excited to engage with federal IT and cyber executives to modernize and secure systems, and advance excellence.”

Mason has a 25-year history in government IT leadership and governance education, including as a founding partner in the U.S. Federal CIO University and as a founding partner in the International Academy of CIO. Mason’s partners include the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative, the Commonwealth of Virginia state government, the West Virginia state government, Connected DMV, and others.

Andre Marshall, Mason’s vice president for research, innovation and economic impact, praised Connolly for his continued leadership in the areas of federal cybersecurity and IT modernization.

“I am so proud to have secured funding for the Mason Center for Excellence in Government Cybersecurity Risk Management and Resilience, the first of its kind, and I can’t wait to see the results in action,” he said.

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The Business of Energy

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Please join us 11/7. More info here: https://business.gmu.edu/current-students/career-services

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International Academy of CIO (IAC) 2022 Virtual MiniConference

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IAC 2022 MiniConference “Redefining the Role of the CIO in the Age of AI”

December 15, 2022 (Virtual)

7:00 AM – 10:00 AM – Eastern Time (US and Canada) & 9:00 P.M. – 12:00 MIDNIGHT JAPAN TIME

TOPICS

CIO and IT Leadership
Institutions and Institutional Capacity Building
Digital Transformation and Society
CIO Education

SPEAKERS

  • Professor Toshio Obi, Ph.D., President Emeritus, International Academy of CIO
    Naoko Iwasaki, Ph.D., Professor, Institute of e Government, Waseda University, Japan, President of IAC Japan
  • Shaukat Ali Khan, Global CIO, Aga Khan University and Hospitals in Asia, Africa and United Kingdom, Pakistan
  • Sundar Balakrishna, Ph.D., Special Secretary, Department of Information Technology, Electronics, and Communications, Government of Andhra Pradesh, India
  • YoungSik Kim- E-Government Consultant, UNU-EGOV, Digital Government Authority, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Andrew Beklemishev, Vice President – CIS Region, IDC, Kazakhstan
  • Fengchun Yang, Ph.D., Director, Academy of eGovernment, Peking University, China
  • Suhono Supangkat, Ph.D., Director of Smart Cities and Communities Innovation Centre, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia
  • Jirapon Sunkpho, Ph.D., Vice Rector and CIO, Thammasat University, Thailand
  • Ken Wang, Director, Department of Digital Service, Ministry of Digital Affairs, Taiwan
  • Francisco Magno, Ph.D., Director, Jesse M. Robredo Institute of Governance, De La Salle University, Philippines
  • Alexander Ryzhov, Ph.D., Professor, Head of Chair, Russia Presidential Academy of Public Administration (RANEPA), Russia
  • Naoko Mizukoshi, Founder and President, Leftright Law and IP, Japan
  • Hiroko Kudo, Ph.D., Professor Public Policy and Management, Chuo University, Japan
  • Luca Buccoliero, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Marketing, Bocconi University, Italy
  • Elena Bellio, Ph.D. Professor, Department of Marketing, Bocconi University, Italy
  • Liao Hsin Chung, Ph.D., Deputy Director, Taiwan E-Governance Research Center, Taiwan
  • J.P. Auffret, Ph.D., George Mason University; President, International Academy of CIO

AGENDA

7:00 a.m. Welcome

7:05 a.m. Professor Toshio Obi, Ph.D., President Emeritus, International Academy of CIO

7:15 a.m. Naoko Iwasaki, Ph.D., Professor, Institute of e Government, Waseda University, Japan, President of IAC Japan

Session 1 – CIO and IT Leadership

7:25 a.m. Shaukat Ali Khan, Global CIO, Aga Khan University and Hospitals in Asia, Africa and United Kingdom, Pakistan

7:35 a.m. Fengchun Yang, Ph.D., Director, Academy of eGovernment, Peking University, China Centre, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia

7:55 a.m. Andrew Beklemishev, Vice President – CIS Region, IDC, Kazakhstan

8:05 a.m. Liao Hsin Chung, Ph.D., Deputy Director, Taiwan E-Governance Research Center, Taiwan

Session 2 – Digital Transformation and Society

8:15 a.m. Ken Wang, Director, Department of Digital Service, Ministry of Digital Affairs, Taiwan

8:25 a.m. Francisco Magno, Ph.D., Director, Jesse M. Robredo Institute of Governance, De La Salle University, Philippines

8:35 a.m. Naoko Mizukoshi, Founder and President, Leftright Law and IP, Japan

8:45 a.m. Hiroko Kudo, Ph.D., Professor Public Policy and Management, Chuo University, Japan

8:55 a.m. Elena Bellio, Ph.D. Professor, Department of Marketing, Bocconi University, Italy

Session 3 – CIO, CIO Institutions and Capacity Building

9:05 a.m. Jirapon Sunkpho, Ph.D., Vice Rector and CIO, Thammasat University, Thailand

9:15 a.m. Sundar Balakrishna, Ph.D., Special Secretary, Department of Information Technology, Electronics, and Communications, Government of Andhra Pradesh, India

9:25 a.m. YoungSik Kim, E-Government Consultant, UNU-EGOV, Digital Government Authority, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

9:35 a.m. Luca Buccoliero, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Marketing, Bocconi University, Italy

9:45 a.m. Alexander Ryzhov, Ph.D., Professor, Head of Chair, Russia Presidential Academy of Public Administration (RANEPA), Russia

9:55 a.m. J.P. Auffret, Ph.D., George Mason University; President, International Academy of CIO, USA

10:00 a.m. Closing

For more information, please contact J.P. Auffret at jauffret@gmu.edu.

More information: https://iacio.org/

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Mason – NSF Local Government Cybersecurity Partnering Workshop – Northern Neck & Middle Peninsula

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Northern Neck & Middle Peninsula – Mason & NSF Local Government Cybersecurity Partnering Workshop at the Historic Beale Sanctuary in Tappahannock, Virginia

Hosted by George Mason University and National Science Foundation

The workshop is follow-on to the Virginia workshop we held in Richmond in the fall of 2017 and subsequent regional workshops in Roanoke, Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula, and Leesburg, Purcellville, Richmond and more.

Topics and discussion will include: ransomware update, cyber insurance, Commonwealth of Virginia update, CISA update, election security, K – 12, regional SOCs and new DHS and CISA funding opportunities amongst others.

Please RSVP: https://NorthernNeckMiddlePeninsulaMasonNSF.eventbrite.com. No cost to register / attend – Lunch provided.

Who should attend: State and Local Government Administrators, IT and Cybersecurity Administrators, K-12 IT and Cybersecurity Administrators and Police and Emergency IT Managers

For more information: jauffret@gmu.edu

Hosts and Organizers: George Mason University and the National Science Foundation.

About the Workshop:

The workshop builds upon many state and local government cybersecurity workshops held in 2019, 2020, 2021 & 2022 with the objective of discussing current cybersecurity challenges and associated potential partnering and funding opportunities.

The workshop is part of the George Mason-National Science Foundation Cybersecurity City and County Cross Jurisdictional Collaboration project, having the goal of furthering U.S. city and county cybersecurity efforts by developing foundations and policies that enable and foster city and county cybersecurity partnerships.

The Mason-NSF project has co-hosted 13 successful local government cybersecurity partnership workshops in Virginia and West Virginia between 2017 and 2022.

Follow us on Twitter @MasonCyber for more up-to-date discussions on cybersecurity and innovation.

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International Academy of CIO (IAC) 2021 Mini Conference Announces Speakers

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 IAC 2021 Mini Conference “COVID-19, Digital Resilience and Economic Recovery in the Age of AI, Robotics and 5G” Announces Speakers

DATE: December 7th & 8th, 2021 (Virtual)

TIMES:
December 7, 2021 AT 7:30 AM – 1030 AM – Eastern Time (US and Canada)
8:30 PM – 11:30 PM

TOKYO TIME
December 8, 2021 AT 7:3
0 AM – 10:30 AM – Eastern Time (US and Canada) 8:30 PM – 11:30 PM TOKYO TIME

The International Academy of CIO (IAC) 2021 Mini Conference is set for December 7th & 8th, 2021 with timely topics featuring COVID-19, Digital Resilience and Economic Recovery in the Age of AI, Robotics and 5G.

The mini conference will explore technology and country responses to COVID-19, the subsequent and ongoing economic recovery and current industry and supply chain challenges.

The mini conference will also consider new opportunities arising from the development of AI, Robotics and 5G in light of COVID-19 and the economic recovery.

The IAC 2021 Mini Conference brings together government, private sector and academia speakers and participants.

Please RSVP here: https://iac2021miniconference.eventbrite.com

Speakers include:
-Hong-Wei Jyan, Director General, Department of Cyber Security, Executive Yuan (Cabinet), Taiwan (ROC)
-Hiroko Kudo, Ph.D., Professor Public Policy and Management, Chuo University, Japan
-Alexander Ryzhov, Ph.D., Professor, Head of Chair, Russia Presidential Academy of Public Administration (RANEPA)
-Naoko Iwasaki, Ph.D., Professor, Institute of eGovernment, Waseda University, Japan
-Luca Buccoliero, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Marketing, Bocconi University, Italy
-Elena Bellio, Ph.D. Professor, Department of Marketing, Bocconi University, Italy
-Suhono Supangkat, Ph.D., Director of Smart Cities and Communities Innovation Centre, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia
-Andrew Beklemishev, Vice President – Central Asia, IDC, Kazakhstan
-Jirapon Sunkpho, Ph.D., Vice Rec
tor and CIO, Thammasat University, Thailand

-Fengchun Yang, Ph.D., Director, Academy of eGovernment, Peking University, China
-Sundar Balakrishna, Ph.D., Special Secretary, Department of Information Technology, Electronics, and Communications, Government of Andhra Pradesh, India
-Voahangy Rakotonirina, Ph.D., Professor, Economics, Professor, University of Antananarivo, Madagascar
-Kenneth Wang, Director, National Development Council, Taiwan
-Serge Adouaka, Director, Technology and ICT Leadership Accelerator, Central African Republic
-Naoko Mizukoshio, Founder and President, Leftright Law and IP
-Shaukat Ali Khan, CIO, Aga Khan University and Hospitals, Pakistan
-Tomi Dahlberg, Professor, Information Technology, University of Turku, Finland
-Pierre El Haddad, Professor, Management, St. Joseph University, Lebanon
-J.P. Auffret, Ph.D., George Mason University, President, International Academy of CIO, USA

For more information, please go to: https://iacio.org/iac-2021-mini-conference-december-virtual-international-academy-of-cio. Or please contact J.P. Auffret at jauffret@gmu.edu.

About the International Academy of CIO (IAC):
The IAC or International Academy of CIO was founded in 2006 in Japan by co-founders including Japan, USA, Indonesia, Philippines, Switzerland and Thailand. The IAC members, partnerships and alliances now span all regions with economies such as China, Cambodia, Netherlands, India, Korea, Laos, Hong Kong, Macao, Peru, Singapore, South Africa, Nigeria, Taiwan, United Kingdom, Vietnam, Italy, Russia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. The IAC has active participation from more than 50 countries and partners with NGOs and multilateral organizations including APEC, OECD and ITU.

For more information, please go to: www.iacio.org.

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Collaborating Globally by Jennifer Anzaldi

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Dr. J.P. Auffret is the director of the Center for Assurance Research and Engineering (CARE) in the College of Engineering & Computing and director of the Research Partnerships and Grants Initiatives in the School of Business at George Mason University  

Dr. J.P. Auffret is the director of the Center for Assurance Research and Engineering (CARE) in the College of Engineering & Computing, director of the Research Partnerships and Grants Initiatives in the School of Business at George Mason University and is the co-founder and current president of the International Academy of CIO (IAC).

The IAC was founded in 2006 in Japan by co-founders from Japan, the United States, Indonesia, Philippines, Switzerland and Thailand. The IAC members, partnerships and alliances now span all regions with economies including China, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Kazakhstan, Korea, Laos, Macao, Netherlands, Nigeria, Peru, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam.

“We have active participation from more than 50 countries and foster and facilitate CIO and IT leadership education programs, development of CIO institutions including government CIO Councils and associated IT policies, and application of technology to major societal challenges,” says Auffret.

Key initiatives are the annual publication of the Waseda – IAC Digital Government Rankings, a book series with IOS Press, a CIO accreditation program for CIO master’s degree programs and an IAC annual conference which has been hosted in twelve different countries.

The IAC partners with NGOs and multilateral organizations including Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

What began as a meeting between Auffret and Professor Toshio Obi from Waseda University in the spring of 2004 in Arlington, Virginia has blossomed into a collaborative partnership.

During the last year, the IAC activities have included hosting a series of “Technology and Country Experiences in COVID-19 Response” webinars highlighting innovations from Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and other countries.

The IAC 2021 Mini Conference will be virtual and is planned for December 7th and 8th focusing on COVID-19, Digital Resilience and Economic Recovery in the Age of AI, Robotics and 5G.

For more information, please go to: https://iac2021miniconference.eventbrite.com

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Bringing the ‘economic miracle’ to Central African Republic November 2nd, 2021 / By Benjamin Kessler

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In 2019, Serge Adouaka, an IT executive from Central African Republic (CAR), paid a six-week visit to George Mason University as part of his Humphrey Fellowship, a Fulbright-affiliated program for scholars and professionals from developing countries. His Mason host was J. P. Auffret, who directs both the Center for Assurance Research and Engineering (CARE) in Mason’s College of Engineering and Computing and the Research Partnerships and Grant Initiative for Mason’s School of Business. This short stint laid the groundwork of a lasting partnership between the two that may help foster economic growth in one of the world’s most challenging contexts.

Adouaka was the seventh Humphrey Fellow to be hosted by Auffret, who believes that information and communication technology (ICT) “for development and entrepreneurship is a good path to enable careers and raise a country’s per-capita GDP and standard of living while reducing poverty.”

During Adouaka’s time at Mason, the pair explored how ICT ecosystem development could point the way toward a brighter future for CAR. Adouaka returned home inspired and determined to put these ideas into action.

He worked with Mason and the University of Bangui to launch an accelerator for CAR-based tech founders and start-up managers. The U.S. State Department has provided funding for the project. Participants in the three-month program receive mentoring from the Mason community, as well as from experienced professionals within the CAR and neighboring countries.

The initial cohort of 20 entrants represents a wide range of areas, including agriculture tech, health and geographic systems, computer design, system integration, IT placement, video games and financial technology (fintech). Their primary goal for the three months is to devise a “next-step” plan for achieving scale, with the help of their mentors.

It is also hoped, however, that by forming relationships with other accelerator participants and mentors from CAR and beyond, they will foster a culture of entrepreneurship in the small African country and build strong professional networks that are more than the sum of their parts.

Almost as soon as the program began, there were hints that this was starting to happen. Recently, participants decided to hold some meetings face-to-face at the University of Bangui instead of remotely. The final presentation that officially concludes the program’s first iteration—where participants will unveil their future plans—will also be an in-person event.

CAR’s small population and challenging rural terrain mean that networking across national borders is essential for fueling future business growth. Any viable plan for scale must involve penetrating regional markets outside CAR. Sub-Saharan Africa has an increasing number of regional role models. For example, five-year-old Nigerian fintech unicorn Flutterwave has expanded to 20 African countries and even has an office in San Francisco (so it can tap into the $48 billion remittances business driven by the sub-Saharan Africa diaspora). Microloan app Tala launched in Kenya in 2014 and has since spread to the Philippines, Mexico and India.

To be sure, CAR has unique challenges. It has experienced only intermittent intervals of peace in its 61 years as an independent nation. To this day, the government and people, security forces and U.N. peacekeepers struggle to quell rebel violence and stabilize the country. Amid these volatile conditions, CAR has been left out of the economic growth enjoyed by many other sub-Saharan countries. Rwanda, for example, is on a path to becoming an upper-middle-income country within 15 years despite the turbulence of its recent history. Could CAR, too, join in the “African economic miracle”?

Auffret cites CAR’s increasing mobile phone adoption as a meaningful sign of hope. Mobile technologies enable developing countries to leapfrog the need for heavy physical infrastructure such as telephone wires and bank branches.

Also, Auffret says that underdeveloped countries like CAR may also be able to use their relatively open regulatory environment to gain an advantage in commercial drone technology. Already, companies in Kenya and Nigeria are widely deploying drones for last mile delivery, cartography and other business purposes.

In the meantime, ambitions run high for the Mason accelerator. With the initial three-month program nearly concluded, plans for the second cohort are underway. Eventually, Auffret and Adouaka would like to secure support from private companies, both in Africa and the United States.

Another short-term goal is to recruit major international development agencies as venture partners. Auffret expects these influential parties will share his view that the uncertain security situation in CAR makes this accelerator—and ICT innovation in general—an urgent priority for the country.

Increasingly the Mason mission is to contribute and have impact globally, and this project is one of many Mason initiatives aligned with the U.N. Strategic Development Goals,” Auffret said. “Through international work, such as this accelerator, one can gain a better sense of the wonder of the world, as well as make a contribution to the well-being of societies.”

For the article, please go to: https://www.gmu.edu/news/2021-11/bringing-economic-miracle-central-african-republic

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International Academy of CIO (IAC) 2021 Mini Conference

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IAC 2021 Mini Conference “COVID-19, Digital Resilience and Economic Recovery in the Age of AI, Robotics and 5G”

DATE: December 7th & 8th, 2021
TIMES: December 7, 2021 AT 7:30 AM – 1030 AM – Eastern Time (US and Canada)
8:30 PM – 11:30 PM TOKYO TIME
December 8, 2021 AT 7:30 AM – 10:30 AM – Eastern Time (US and Canada)
8:30 PM – 11:30 PM TOKYO TIME

The International Academy of CIO (IAC) 2021 Mini Conference is set for December 7th & 8th, 2021 with timely topics featuring COVID-19, Digital Resilience and Economic Recovery in the Age of AI, Robotics and 5G.   The mini conference will explore technology and country responses to COVID-19, the subsequent and ongoing economic recovery and current industry and supply chain challenges.

The mini conference will also consider new opportunities arising from the development of AI, Robotics and 5G in light of COVID-19 and the economic recovery. The IAC 2021 Mini Conference brings together government, private sector and academia speakers and participants.
Please check back for speakers and agenda.

For more information, please go to: https://iacio.org/iac-2021-mini-conference-december-virtual-international-academy-of-cio Or please contact J.P. Auffret at jauffret@gmu.edu.

About the International Academy of CIO (IAC):
The IAC or International Academy of CIO was founded in 2006 in Japan by co-founders including Japan, USA, Indonesia, Philippines, Switzerland and Thailand. The IAC members, partnerships and alliances now span all regions with economies such as China, Cambodia, Netherlands, India, Korea, Laos, Hong Kong, Macao, Peru, Singapore, South Africa, Nigeria, Taiwan, United Kingdom, Vietnam, Italy, Russia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. The IAC has active participation from more than 50 countries and partners with NGOs and multilateral organizations including APEC, OECD and ITU.

The IAC promotes and facilitates CIO and IT Executive leadership education and education standards; government CIO and IT governance policies and institution building related to CIOs and CIO Councils; and application and innovation of ICT such as mobile, IoT and blockchain in areas including ICT and ageing society, smart cities, and ICT and natural disasters.

The IAC publishes the annual Waseda University – IAC Digital Government Rankings now in its 14th year and the Journal of CIO and Digital Innovation. The IAC also partners with IOS Press on a Global E-Governance book series. In education, the IAC accredits CIO master’s degree programs and provides CIO certificates to graduates as well as directly partnering on training through the Asia CIO University Network on topics including CIO and data science. The IAC hosts an annual conference and partners on conferences and workshops with governments and NGOs such as APECTEL, OECD and U.N. For more information, please go to: www.iacio.org.