Dr. David A. Bray began work in public service at age 15 at a high-energy electron beam facility, later serving in the private sector before returning as IT Chief for the CDC’s Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Program during 9/11, SARS, and other outbreaks. He volunteered to deploy to Afghanistan to “think differently” on military and humanitarian issues in 2009. In 2013, he served as the Executive Director for the bipartisan National Commission for the Review of the R&D Programs of the U.S. Intelligence Community. He holds a PhD and two post-docs from MIT and Harvard. He has received the Arthur S. Flemming Award and Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Leadership in addition to the National Intelligence Exceptional Achievement Medal. He served as a Senior Executive and CIO for the Federal Communications Commission and through the efforts of a team of positive “change agents” led the transformation to cloud-based IT that achieved results in 1/2 the time at 1/6 the cost. He was selected to be an Eisenhower Fellow to Chinese Taipei and Australia focused on the impacts of the Internet and Everything. Since 2017, he has served as Executive Director for the People-Centered Internet coalition co-founded by Vint Cerf, focused on providing support and expertise for community-focused projects that measurably improve people’s lives using the Internet. Dr. Bray was named a member of the Council on Foreign Relations starting in 2014 and later named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum for 2016-2021. He has served as a Visiting Associate at the University of Oxford, a Visiting Executive In-Residence at Harvard University, and a Faculty Member at Singularity University. He was named a Marshall Memorial Fellow for 2017-2018 and traveled to Europe to discuss Trans-Atlantic issues of common concern including exponential technologies and the global future ahead. He also serves on advisory Boards and provides strategy to start-ups espousing human-centric principles regarding collaboration, technology, and decision-making in turbulent, challenging environments.


People Centered Internet Coalition


Executive Director

Areas of Interest

Cybersecurity, Emergency Preparedness, International Affairs
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Program Year



United States Program

Country of Origin

United States

Destination Country

Australia;Chinese Taipei