Charles Chen HeadshotInstructor and Advisory Board Member, Cyber Intelligence Initiative

Charles Chen serves as the Director of the Artificial Intelligence & Emerging Technology Office for the U.S. State Department, under the guidance and directives of the Principal Deputy CIO & the CTO.  He leads a team of highly technical engineers and architects in developing leading-edge technologies and delivering innovative solutions to satisfy mission needs.

Originally from California, Charles has nearly 30 years of experience in I.T. infrastructure and cybersecurity and served for the federal government for the past 10 years.  He has founded an international telecommunications company, with specializations in global infrastructure, cybersecurity, data analytics, cloud computing, LoRaWAN IoT, and blockchain distributed computing.  Charles earned his bachelor’s degree from UCLA and his master’s degree from Northwestern University.  He is a council member for the University of Washington Pacific Northwest Cybersecurity Leadership Council and possesses numerous I.T. certifications, including CISSP, CISM, CEH, CCNP, and MCSE.