Keynote Speaker

Tim Persons

Tim Persons is the Principal, Digital Assurance and Transparency of US Trust Solutions. In this role, he leads the development of innovative assurance solutions for PwC clients in artificial intelligence/machine learning, data, algorithms, and other digital transformations to best help them build and maintain trust with their customers and stakeholders. As Principal, Tim is responsible for addressing sector-specific digital assurance problems of today and tomorrow in coordination with stakeholders, policymakers, and oversight bodies – all based on design thinking and the development of a proper understanding of the opportunities, challenges, and risks.   Tim brings a proven track record of leadership in innovation, strategy, and results-oriented execution in digital transformation and services (i.e., AI/ML, data analytics, cybersecurity) and myriad science and technology issues. He is a member of or serves on various Councils and Committees of multiple U.S. National Academies.   Previously, Tim was a Managing Director and Chief Scientist at the US Government Accountability Office in Washington, DC where he focused on providing assurance for oversight mechanisms in critical areas to help build trust in our institutions. During his career in public service, Tim gained a unique perspective and established relationships and credibility inside many of the US government agencies and external constituencies in the technology, cyber, AI, data science, and analytics industries. Tim holds a PhD in Biomedical Engineering and an MSc in Computer Science from Wake Forest University as well as an MSc in Nuclear Physics from Emory University.