Denise Zheng, Accenture

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DENISE ZHENG, Strategic Initiatives in Office of the CEO, Accenture

Denise Zheng is Managing Director for Strategic Initiatives in the Office of the CEO at Accenture.

Prior to joining Accenture, she was head of technology and innovation at Business Roundtable, where she led the organization’s initiatives on innovation, privacy, cybersecurity, broadband, digital trade, and COVID-19 pandemic response working closely alongside the Business Roundtable’s more than 230 CEO members.

Ms. Zheng was a senior fellow and director of the Strategic Technologies Program at CSIS, where she led research initiatives on cyber and emerging technology issues. Prior to CSIS, she was chief of staff and lead science and engineering technical adviser for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) foundational cyber warfare program, Plan X. She also served as director for cyber policy at CA Technologies, where she advised company executives on cybersecurity, supply chains, and software assurance issues. While at CA, she was a member of the Information Technology (IT) Sector Coordinating Council, IT Information Sharing and Analysis Center, and SAFECode.

Earlier in her career, Denise was a professional staff member for the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. In that role, she was principal in drafting and negotiations for comprehensive cybersecurity legislation and conducted oversight of critical infrastructure protection programs, spectrum auctions, privacy, and federal IT programs.

Denise has testified multiple times before the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives as an expert on data privacy and internet governance issues. She has authored numerous reports on technology issues as well as U.S.-China relations, soft power, and civil space policy issues. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, and she has been interviewed by CNN, BBC, CBS, and NPR on a range of technology topics.

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