Hardik Bhatt is a business leader with tremendous acumen in both strategy and execution for large growth and transformations, moving seamlessly between the private and the public sectors.
As leader of Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) smart cities and mobility business, Hardik is responsible for helping state and local governments become more efficient, competitive, and engaged with the use of cloud, data analytics, Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence and machine learning.
In 2015, Governor Rauner recruited him as the Chief Digital Officer and Secretary of Innovation & Technology for the State of Illinois. In 2 years, Hardik brought Illinois from the bottom fourth to the top third in national digital rankings and pioneered Illinois’ Smart State and blockchain initiatives.
Between 2010 and 2015, he led global business development for Cisco’s Smart Cities and IoT businesses, working in 40 global cities in 19 countries.
Previously, Hardik was the CIO of the City of Chicago in Mayor Richard M. Daley’s administration, and a consultant with Oracle and Tata Consultancy Services.
Hardik is an angel investor and a civic leader, serving on the boards of Fermi National Labs and Chicago Innovation.