Jonathan Reichental Speaker

Jonathan Reichental

Human Future founder and CEO, educator, mentor, author, and a former CIO for the City of Palo Alto

Jonathan Reichental: Biography highlights

For almost 30 years, Dr. Jonathan Reichental has been successfully helping organizations leverage the value of information and communications technology to solve business problems, increase effectiveness, and support revenue growth. He has experience in both the private and public sectors.

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Jonathan Reichental’s background

He spent almost 15 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in a variety of technology-related roles including leading technology innovation by delivering specific expertise in emerging technologies and the impact of macro trends such as demography on organizational success.

In 2017, he was named one of the top 100 CIOs in the world and in 2016 he was named one of the top 20 most influential CIO’s in the United States. Dr. Reichental is also recognized as a global thought leader on a number of emerging trends including urban innovation and blockchain technology.

He is formerly a multiple award-winning Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the City of Palo Alto, focusing on modernizing the technology environment, implementing enhancements to the citywide SAP implementation, and pushing the boundaries of innovation in local government such as open data and broader civic participation through mobile devices. Under Jonathan’s leadership, Palo Alto has been named one of the top 5 digital cities in America four years in a row, including the top spot in 2013.

Prior to joining the City, Jonathan served as CIO of O’Reilly Media, an integrated media company. During his tenure he led the successful technology effort to deploy a new global ecommerce platform, enhanced the Oracle financial system, completed and maintained PCI-compliance, implemented an IT governance process, and made several strategic upgrades to the network infrastructure.

Jonathan was awarded the distinction of being one of the 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers in Government in America in 2013. He also won a best CIO in Silicon Valley award and a national IT leadership prize. He has also recently been named the top social government CIO on Twitter and his blog was named one of the top 50 must-read in government.

Dr. Reichental holds several degrees including a Ph.D. in Information Systems. He informally advises several technology start-ups and is engaged in a variety of charity efforts in Silicon Valley. Jonathan is a co-founder of Code for Ireland. He is also an adjunct professor in the School of Management at the University of San Francisco, and several other universities across the United States.

Jonathan is also a highly sought-after public speaker and presents on a range of subjects which has included a TEDx presentation on the future of privacy. He is a popular writer and online host, producing several highly successful online courses with LinkedIn Learning. His work has been featured on media such as National Public Radio (NPR), CBS Radio, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, CIO magazine, InformationWeek, Computerworld, and Government Technology magazine. His TV appearances include CNBC and NBC News. He co-hosts the popular podcast, Drinking Wine Talking Tech.

He is a popular blogger, and recently co-authoring The Apps Challenge Playbook. Along with his co-author, Brett Hoffstadt, Jonathan is also the author of the Exploring Smart Cities Activity Book for Kids. This STEAM-oriented exploration of the smart and sustainable cities movement is the world’s first kid-friendly book focused on this important topic. Its interactive format comes with an engaging historical narrative written in entertaining and memorable rhymes.



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Smart Cities: Solving Urban Problems Using Technology
Smart Cities: Solving Urban Problems Using Technology
Government Services in the Fourth Industrial Revolution Era -  Jonathan Reichental -  GxTalks
Government Services in the Fourth Industrial Revolution Era - Jonathan Reichental - GxTalks
Dr.Jonathan Reichental: Enabling a New Operating System for Cities - FLUX – The Age of Evidence 2018
Dr.Jonathan Reichental: Enabling a New Operating System for Cities - FLUX – The Age of Evidence 2018
The Future of Smart Cities with Jonathan Reichental | SVIC Interview
The Future of Smart Cities with Jonathan Reichental | SVIC Interview
Austrian Digitalisation Agency

I have rarely seen a public servant with such a visionary mind and a hands on-mentality as Jonathan. He is a truly inspiring speaker and shows us the way forward in an entertaining way. Perhaps most importantly besides all the digital numbers - he stays a human inside, knowing that human-centered approaches are the way to success. Definitely a recommendation for anybody who is seeking a powerful speaker with private and public sector background.'

Rainhard Fuchs
Project Manager - International Relations
Assistive Tech

'Having Jonathan speak at a conference not only tops your conference agenda but his depth of knowledge and the way he delivers it is impeccable.'

Dan Arjuna
Head of Business Development

'I have found Jonathan to be an extremely articulate individual who is able to express complex thinking on a variety of technology and social media topics in clear, direct language that has influenced my own thinking. To me, this is the definition of a thought leader.'

Steven Ramirez
Author and Technologist
DigiLab Scandianavia AS

'Jonathan is one of the best speakers in the world about smart cities and the silicon valley mindset.'

Bjarne Hareide
CEO and Founder

'Jonathan is a rare gem; one of very few who are able to take the most complex of concepts and transform them into a meaningful narrative that can be understood by everyone.'

Robert Brennan Hart
Tyler Technologies

'Jonathan is a student of history and practitioner of technology. He's equal parts futurist, academic, public servant, technologist and business person.'

Kevin Merritt
Chief Evangelist

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