IACS Dallas Technology Leadership Conference


  • Bala Subramanian

    Chief Digital Officer

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    Bala Subramanian

    Chief Digital Officer at AT&T


    Chief Digital Officer, AT&T Communications

    Bala Subramanian recently joined AT&T as the Chief Digital Officer in the Digital, Retail and Care Organization.  In this role, Bala leads efforts to transform the digital experience of our customers and employees across all touchpoints – stores, call centers, online and in-home.  In addition, he leads a team that is responsible for the retail and support experience for our customers and the employee tools used in the stores and call centers.

    Bala joins us with a unique blend of deep telecommunications along with leading the digital transformation of a large retailer. His 24-year career started in deploying GSM/GPRS networks and lead to various positions in leading teams in strategy, engineering, architecture, operations, and product management. 

    Prior to joining AT&T, Bala Subramanian was the Chief Digital Officer at BestBuy and part of the senior leadership team involved in the turnaround of Best Buy. He was responsible for developing and leading the technology vision and strategy, Enterprise Architecture and leading the Digital Organization that was spearheading the transformation of customer and employee experience across the channels. Prior to this role, he was the Chief Technology Officer of Best Buy leading the re-platforming of the web, mobile and app experiences for customers and introducing product management culture and lean/agile ways of working in the organization.

    Previously, Bala was with T-Mobile for over 12 years where he held multiple positions, including Vice President of Enterprise Architecture and Technology Strategy. In this capacity, Bala was responsible for product, IT and network architecture. In addition, he led the redesign of T-Mobile.com website and created a roadmap for T-Mobile to become an Open Service Model wireless provider.  Prior to this role, Bala was responsible for wireless data network engineering at T-Mobile. During his tenure, he led the successful development and implementation of high-speed wireless data networks (HSPA+, LTE, EDGE) as well as the underlying data center networks and infrastructure. He was also responsible for mobile product rollouts such as Games, Ringtones, Apps, etc. as well as T-Mobile HotSpot network.

    Bala holds an MBA from Fuqua School of Business, Duke University and an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma. 

  • Syed ("Ali") Raza

    Senior Vice President & Chief Digital Officer

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    Syed ("Ali") Raza

    Senior Vice President & Chief Digital Officer at Apergy

    Syed (“Ali”) Raza serves as Apergy’s Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer. Ali most-recently served as President of Dover Energy Automation, part of Dover Energy, a position he held since 2016. Prior to joining Dover Energy, Ali was with Honeywell Process Solutions as Vice President and General Manager—Advanced Solutions, General Manager Advanced Solutions—Europe, Middle East & Africa, General Manager—Americas, and Director, Global Business Development. Ali received a B.E. in Computer Systems Engineering from NED University of Engineering and Technology and a MSc in Computer Engineering from Wayne State University.

  • Dr. Sriraam Natarajan

    Associate Professor
    UT Dallas

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    Dr. Sriraam Natarajan

    Associate Professor at UT Dallas

    Sriraam Natarajan is an Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science at University of Texas Dallas. He was previously an Associate Professor and earlier an Assistant Professor at Indiana University, and at Wake Forest School of Medicine, a post-doctoral research associate at University of Wisconsin-Madison and had graduated with his PhD from Oregon State University. His research interests lie in the field of Artificial Intelligence, with emphasis on Machine Learning, Statistical Relational Learning and AI, Reinforcement Learning, Graphical Models and Biomedical Applications. He has received the Young Investigator award from US Army Research Office, Amazon Faculty Research Award, Intel Faculty Award, XEROX Faculty Award and the IU trustees Teaching Award from Indiana University. He is an editorial board member of MLJ, JAIR and DAMI journals and is the electronics publishing editor of JAIR. He is the organizer of the key workshops in the field of Statistical Relational AI, co-authored the book on this topic and has offered tutorials on the topic. He was also the co-chair of the AAAI student abstract and posters at AAAI 2014 and AAAI 2015 and the chair of the AAAI students outreach at AAAI 2016 and 2017.


  • Jude Soundararajan

    Senior Executive, Service
    Federal Government

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    Jude Soundararajan

    Senior Executive, Service at Federal Government

    Jude Soundararajan is the Executive Director, Health Information Technology, for the Social Security Administration. Previously, he served as an Associate Deputy General Counsel and ethics counselor for the Army Office of the General Counsel where he focused on financial compliance and ethics.

    Jude has also served as a policy advisor for the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

    In addition to his civilian position, Jude serves as a Major in the Army Reserve Judge Advocate General’s Corps. In his military capacity, he regularly travels to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to teach ethics and advise on conflict mineral issues.

    Before entering public service, Jude was a Senior Compliance Officer at JPMorgan Chase, concentrating on banking compliance, internet and technology issues. Jude also advises early stage technology companies, including 8tracks, a leading streaming audio mobile application.

    Before practicing law, Jude worked as a database administrator for ABN-AMRO and Grant Thornton with a concentration on Sybase, Oracle, and Microsoft SQL Server.  Jude’s experience in traditional databases lead to his interest in blockchain, artificial intelligence, and big data.

    Jude received a B.S. in Biology from the University of Illinois, and a J.D. from the Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology. He is a Fellow in the Truman National Security Project, a Board Member of the Filipino Veterans and Recognition and Education Project, and The Unforgotten Fund, which assists waste pickers in developing countries. 

  • Sunil Bondalapati

    Lennox International

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    Sunil Bondalapati

    Director at Lennox International


    Sunil Bondalapati is a digital transformation leader with a track record of helping companies leverage advanced digital technologies to drive business value. Sunil has extensive experience of leveraging advanced technologies like IoT,  Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning, Augmented Reality , Chat bot’s, Robotic Process Automation in architecting industry leading E-Commerce, Omni channel customer acquisition, engagement and retention strategies.

    Sunil currently serves as Director of IT for Lennox International –  leading delivery of digital modernization programs and implementation of key business tactical and strategic growth E-Commerce, Sales, Digital Marketing ,  Customer Service and Finance related Omni-channel initiatives.

    Before Lennox, Sunil served in leadership positions at IBM Global Business Services, Deloitte Consulting and Infosys Consulting  leading delivery of global transformation programs for  clients that included General Motors, Hersheys, Toyota, American Express, Zoetis, AT&T, AO Smith,  etc.