Advisory Board

Romesh Wadhwani 

Romesh Wadhwani is founder, chairman, and CEO of Symphony Technology Group, which combines his 30 years of experience in enterprise software with his passion for building great companies. Earlier, Dr. Wadhwani founded Aspect Development, Inc., where he was chairman and CEO until 1999 when the company was purchased by i2 Technologies. For nearly a decade, he grew Aspect Development into a leader in business-to-business e-commerce, culminating in the merger of Aspect with supply chain software company, i2 Technologies. This was one of the largest enterprise software mergers. Following the merger with i2, Dr. Wadhwani served as vice chairman of i2 and a member of the i2 Board of Directors. He also previously served as chairman and CEO of Cimflex Teknowledge Corporation, a company specializing in products and systems for computer-integrated manufacturing. Dr. Wadhwani received his B.S. degree from IIT Bombay and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University. 

Thomas R. Pickering

Thomas R. Pickering is currently Vice Chair of Hills & Company. Ambassador Pickering served as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (1997-2000) and as U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation, India, Israel, El Salvador, Nigeria, and Jordan.  He also was the U.S. Ambassador and Representative to the United Nations in New York, where he led the U.S. effort to build a coalition in the UN Security Council during and after the first Gulf War.  He has held additional positions in Tanzania, Geneva, and Washington, including as Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Oceans, Environmental and Scientific Affairs and as Special Assistant to Secretaries of State William P. Rogers and Henry A. Kissinger.  After retiring from the State Department in 2000, Ambassador Pickering joined The Boeing Company, where he served for five and a half years as Senior Vice President for International Relations. He holds degrees from Bowdoin College, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and the University of Melbourne.

Carla A. Hills

Carla A. Hills is chair and CEO of Hills & Company. The firm provides advice to U.S. businesses on investment, trade, and risk assessment issues abroad, particularly in emerging market economies. Ambassador Hills served as U.S. trade representative (1989–1993) in the Bush administration. During the Ford administration, she served as U.S. secretary of housing and urban development and assistant attorney general, civil division at the U.S. Department of Justice. Ambassador Hills currently sits on the board of trustees at CSIS. She is also co-chair of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the Executive Committee of the Peterson Institute for International Economics. She received her bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, her law degree from Yale University, and studied at Oxford University.

Sudhakar Shenoy

Sudhakar V. Shenoy is the Founder and Chairman of Alyx Technologies, a software company. He is also the Founder and Former Chairman of IMC, Inc. Under his leadership, IMC became an award-winning company that served the information technology needs of federal government, health and life sciences, and commercial clients. Mr. Shenoy received his BS in Technology in Electrical Engineering from IIT, Bombay and earned his MS in Electrical Engineering and MBA from the University of Connecticut.

James Brady

James Brady is currently National Managing Partner – U.S. Government Affairs & Public Policy at Deloitte. Mr. Brady has extensive global and domestic operations experience, including seven years launching and building audit & advisory practices in Russia and, most recently, India.


Bret Wincup

Bret Wincup joined HP Government Relations in 2013 as Director of Congressional and Federal Relations.  He is the lead Democratic lobbyist and brings with him more than 12 years of experience in politics.  Prior to joining HP, he served as Director of Federal Relations at the Information Technology Industry Council where he lobbied the U.S. Congress on technology policy, including tax and trade issues. Before ITI, Bret worked on Capitol Hill starting with Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle followed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.