- A Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur, he most recently served as the CTO and acting director of DoD’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center.
Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur Nand Mulchandani has been named the first-ever Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), director William J. Burns announced on April 29. In his new role, the Indian American “will ensure the agency is leveraging cutting-edge innovations and scanning the horizon for tomorrow’s innovations to further CIA’s mission,” Bruns said in a CIA press release.
Mulchandani most recently served as the CTO and acting director of DoD’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC). He took the CTO role in June 2019, about a year after the JAIC was created. He also served as interim director after Lt. Gen. Jack Shanahan, the JAIC’s first leader, left the team in mid-2020.
“During his time at the JAIC, Mulchandani also played a part in scaling the JAIC from a small office in the Pentagon to a larger organization, now under the leadership of the Department of Defense’s newly installed chief digital and AI officer,” as reported by FedScoop.
He also co-founded and was CEO of several successful startups– Oblix (acquired by Oracle), Determina (acquired by VMWare), OpenDNS (acquired by Cisco), and ScaleXtreme (acquired by Citrix).
“I am honored to join the 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.
He holds a degree in computer science and math from Cornell University, as well as a master’s of science degree in management from Stanford University and a master’s in public administration degree from Harvard University.
(Top photo, Department of Defense/Lisa Ferdinando)