- Governor Michael Dukakis, Boston Global Forum
- Minister Taro Kono, Japanese Ministry of Defense
- Mr. Yasuhide Nakayama, Former Japanese Foreign Affair Vice Minister
- Prof. Alex Sandy Pentland, MIT
- Prof. Nazli Choucri, MIT
- Assistant Secretary Nam Pham, Massachusetts
- Ms. Rebecca Leeper, AI World Society Innovation Network
- Prof. Thomas Patterson, Harvard
Nazli Choucri is Cyber-politics Director of The Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation and Professor of Political Science. Her work is in the area of international relations, most notably on sources and consequences of international conflict and violence. Professor Choucri is the architect and Director of the Global System for Sustainable Development (GSSD), a multi-lingual web-based knowledge networking system focusing on the multi-dimensionality of sustainability. As Principal Investigator of an MIT-Harvard multi-year project on Explorations in Cyber International Relations, she directed a multi-disciplinary and multi-method research initiative. She is Editor of the MIT Press Series on Global Environmental Accord and, formerly, General Editor of the International Political Science Review. She also previously served as the Associate Director of MIT’s Technology and Development Program.
The author of eleven books and over 120 articles, Dr. Choucri is a member of the European Academy of Sciences. She has been involved in research or advisory work for national and international agencies, and for a number of countries, notably Algeria, Canada, Colombia, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Honduras, Japan, Kuwait, Mexico, Pakistan, Qatar, Sudan, Switzerland, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. She served two terms as President of the Scientific Advisory Committee of UNESCO’s Management of Social Transformation (MOST) Program.
Chairman of The Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation;
Co-Founder, Chairman of The Board of Directors and Board of Thinkers, The Boston Global Forum;
Democratic Party Nominee for President of the United States, 1988;
Distinguished Professor J.D., Harvard University
As Co-Founder and Chairman of The Board of Directors and Board of Thinker of The Boston Global Forum, Michael Stanley Dukakis culminates a half-century career dedicated to public service, political leadership, fostering the careers of young leaders, and scholarly achievement.
Together with Nguyen Anh Tuan, this former Massachusetts governor, has established The Boston Global Forum as a globally recognized think tank noted for developing peaceful solutions to some of the world’s most contentious issues, among them: fair labor practices in third-world nations, US-North Korean denuclearization negotiations, and the militarization of the South China Sea. Most recently, Gov. Dukakis has called for the ethical development and deployment of Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things and other 21st century Internet advances that permeate out daily lives.
To promote the work of the Boston Global Forum and to recognize those who support its goals, Gov. Dukakis co-created: “World Leader in Peace and Cybersecurity” Award; “World Leader in AI World Society” Award, and the AI World Society Initiative. Together with Nguyen Anh Tuan he also established December 12 as the annual Global Cybersecurity Day. Gov. Dukakis also coauthored, “The concepts of AI-Government,” “Ethics Code of Conduct for Cyber Peace and Security (ECCC),” and the “BGF-G7 Summit Initiative Report.”
Gov. Dukakis’s dedication to public service began modestly when he was elected Town Meeting Member in his native Brookline, Massachusetts, just outside Boston. He was later elected chairman of his town’s Democratic organization in 1960 and won a seat in the Massachusetts Legislature in 1962 where he served four terms as a state legislator. In 1970, he was the Massachusetts Democratic Party’s nominee for Lieutenant Governor and the running mate of Boston Mayor Kevin White in a gubernatorial race lost to Republicans Frank Sargent and Donald Dwight, Jr.
In 1974, he again ran for governor of the Commonwealth beating Gov. Sargent decisively in November of that year. He inherited a record deficit and record high unemployment and is generally credited with digging Massachusetts out of one of its worst financial and economic crises in history. But the effort took its toll. Dukakis was defeated in the Democratic primary in 1978 by Edward King, but came back to defeat King in 1982 and was reelected to an unprecedented third, four-year term in 1986. His colleagues in the National Governors’ Association voted him the most effective governor in the nation that year.
Gov. Dukakis ran for the presidency of the United States in 1988 but was defeated by George Bush. After announcing that he would not seek reelection as governor in 1991, he and his wife, Kitty, spent three months at the University of Hawaii where he was a visiting professor in the Department of Political Science and the School of Public Health. While at the University of Hawaii, he led a series of public forums on the reform of the nation’s health-care system that influenced the creation of Hawaii’s first-in-the-nation universal health insurance system whose lessons were incorporated into the national Affordable Care Act, championed by President Barrack Obama.
In addition to his Boston Global Forum role, Gov. Dukakis is currently a Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Northeastern University and Visiting Professor at the School of Public Policy at UCLA. Recently, he and former U.S. Senator Paul Simon authored, “How to Get Into Politics-and Why,” to provide young people with a road map to a career in public service.
As a life-long public transportation advocate, Gov. Dukakis was nominated by President Bill Clinton for a five-year term as a named to the Board of Directors of Amtrak in 1998. He served a full five-year term on the Amtrak Board as Vice-Chairman. He is often called upon to offer his expertise on rail service to Boston.
Gov. Dukakis continues to live Brookline, where he was born on November 3, 1933 to Panos and Euterpe (Boukis) Dukakis, who had emigrated from Greece and settled there after marrying. He graduated from Brookline High School (1951), Swarthmore College (1955), and Harvard Law School (1960), after which, he served for two years in the United States Army, sixteen months of which were with with the support group to the United Nations delegation of the Military Armistice Commission in Munsan, Korea.
Mike and Kitty Dukakis have three children: John, Andrea, and Kara, and are the proud grandparents of eight grandchildren.
|January 10, 1963||Born|
|January 1985||Graduated from Georgetown University, USA|
|February 1986||Joined Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.|
|January 1993||Joined Nippon Tanshi Co., Ltd.|
|October 1996||First entered the Diet by winning a seat in the 41st House of Representatives election (The 15th electoral district of Kanagawa Prefecture)|
|June 2000||Reelected to the House of Representatives in the 42nd House of Representatives election (The 15th electoral district of Kanagawa Prefecture) (second term)|
|January 2002||Served as Parliamentary Secretary for Public Management (1st Koizumi Cabinet)|
|November 2003||Reelected to the House of Representatives in the 43rd House of Representatives election (The 15th electoral district of Kanagawa Prefecture) (third term)|
|October 2004||Served as the 9th Prefectural Chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party in Kanagawa Prefecture|
|September 2005||Reelected to the House of Representatives in the 44th House of Representatives election (The 15th electoral district of Kanagawa Prefecture) (fourth term)|
|November 2005||Served as Senior Vice Minister of Justice (3rd Koizumi Cabinet (Reshuffled))|
|September 2008||Served as Chairperson of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives|
|August 2009||Reelected to the House of Representatives in the 45th House of Representatives election (The 15th electoral district of Kanagawa Prefecture) (fifth term)|
|December 2012||Reelected to the House of Representatives in the 46th House of Representatives election (The 15th electoral district of Kanagawa Prefecture) (sixth term)|
|December 2014||Reelected to the House of Representatives in the 47th House of Representatives election (The 15th electoral district of Kanagawa Prefecture) (seventh term)|
|October 2015||National Public Safety Commission Chairman
Minister on Administrative Reform and National Public Service System Reform
State Minister in Charge of Consumer Affairs, Food Safety, Regulatory Reform and Disaster Management(3rd Abe Cabinet (Reshuffled))
|August 2017||Served as Minister for Foreign Affairs (3rd Abe Cabinet (3rd Reshuffled))|
|October 2017||Reelected to the House of Representatives in the 48th House of Representatives election (The 15th electoral district of Kanagawa Prefecture) (eighth term)|
|November 2017||Served as Minister for Foreign Affairs (4th Abe Cabinet)|
|October 2018||Served as Minister for Foreign Affairs (4th Abe Cabinet (Reshuffled))|
- Hobby :
- Reading and watching soccer games
Qualifications and Skills
Privacy Driven Interdisciplinary Software Engineer
BSc (Honors) Computer Engineering, AIWS Practitioner
Excellent technical and business communications skills, written and public speaking. Dedicated to integrating new technology with cross-
functional teams. Skilled in planning and executing on strict deadlines. Strong leadership and team-oriented attitude.
Languages: Java, C++, Python, C#, C, XAML, XML, MySQL, HTML, MIPS
IDEs & Tools: PyCharm, IntelliJ, Visual Studio, Xcode, Sublime, Atom, Cisco NSO, Camunda Workflow Engine, Git, ViroMedia, Docker,
Yang, Ansible, Git, Lux, pytes, Junit, Squarespace, Mailchimp, Microsoft Office
Awards and Honors
Northeastern University Commencement, 2019 Class Orator (1:34:08) May 2019
• Selected to deliver the 10-minute Student Address to 25,000 people at TD Garden
Northeastern University College of Engineering Senior Capstone Competition, 3rd Place Winner May 2019
• Placed 3rd of 20 in technical competition judged by industry leaders in the Greater Boston Area
Order of the Engineer, Inducted Member May 2019
• Association of graduate and professional engineersthat emphasizes leadership, pride, and responsibility in the engineering profession
Blanche Z. Greenberger Award, Recipient May 2019
• Highest award granted to an Alpha Epsilon Phi collegian in recognition of academic achievement, service, and leadership
Data Ductus Inc., Maynard, MA August 2019-Present
Software Engineer: Network and software engineering consulting
• Contribute software engineering expertise in design and integration of solutions through software lifecycle, from requirements
definition, development, testing, through deployment
• Participate in sales and client presentations due to ability to translate user needs into software solutions
• Address application technical bugs and issues for timely resolution
Service provider greenfield/brownfield provisioning (Python, pytest, Java, Lux, NSO, Yang); Network reconciliation (Python, NSO);
Various automation scripting (Python)
Data Ductus Inc., Maynard, MA July-December 2018
Software Engineer (Full-Time Co-Op): Network and software engineering and consulting
• Designed and prototyped new software service integrating open source platforms (Ansible, Camunda, Python)
• Developed and integrated first Camunda integration test, and multiple unit tests in a telecommunications migration project (Java,
• Developed software enhancements and remediated multiple bugs in agile development cycle (Python, Java)
• Critical analysis and Threat Model evaluation of software in Cisco Secure Development Lifecycle (CSDL) toolbox
Textron GeoSpatial Solutions, Wilmington, MA July-December 2017
Software Engineer (Full-Time Co-Op): Software application enhancements and maintenance
• Remediated multiple bugs in mature satellite imagery exploitation WPF application (C++, C#, and XAML)
• Developed and integrated voice control into the application
Textron Weapon and Sensor Systems, Wilmington, MA July-December 2016
Computer Engineer (Full-Time Co-Op): Research and development of a correlation tracker
• Developed five real time standard tracking demos, integrating and applying the openCV image processing library (C++)
• Discovered the VOT (Visual Object Tracker Database) for benchmark standards of state-of-the-art correlation trackers
Northeastern University, Global Resilience Institute, Boston, MA January 2019- May 2019
Research Assistant, CINet Project
Space Security Conference 2019, United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research, Geneva, Switzerland May 2019
Northeastern University Delegate
AI For Good Global Summit, International Telecommunications Union, Geneva, Switzerland May 2018, May 2019
Northeastern University Delegate
Harvard University, Belfer Center, Cambridge, MA August 2017-December 2019
Research Assistant, Information Sharing Project
Relevant Research Papers:
• Can They Block Me!? A Review of How Courts are Qualifying Government Social Media Accounts with Respect to Public Forums, 2019
• Racial Facial? The Ethical Considerations of Facial Recognition Technology Deployed in Body Worn Cameras, 2019
• Regulating Fully Autonomous Weapons, 2017
• Regulation on Cyber Warfare, 2017
Committee to Elect Damali Vidot, Chelsea, MA August 2019-November 2019
Communications Director and Campaign Scheduler
• At-Large candidate earned the most votes in a municipal election since 2011, doubling Hispanic and low-income voter turnout
• Lead and developed media and communications strategy increasing Facebook and Twitter followers by 20%
• Wrote, edited, and designed press releases, all social media content, newspaper ads, weekly newsletters and community outreach
efforts, and campaign literature
• Designed, developed, and wrote all content for candidate website: https://www.votedamali.org/
• Coordinated, managed, and lead scheduling, staff meetings, forums, and events
Global Governance of International Security & Politics of Diplomacy Course, Geneva, Switzerland January-July 2019
Teaching Fellow and Leadership Assistant
• Assisted with curriculum planning, grading organization of high-level meetings at the United Nations, and candidate interviewing
• Delivered full-class lecture: Emerging Cyber Security Threats
• Served as head academic advisor to all STEM students
The Cambridge Women’s Center, Cambridge, MA July 2017-July 2018
• Weekly shifts supervising the domestic violence hot-line and providing support to visitors and members
• IT support and initiated migration to Google Drive for volunteer and organization documents, scheduling, and communications
Global Governance of International Security & Politics of Diplomacy Course, Geneva, Switzerland May-June 2017
Visiting Student Researcher
Northeastern University, Boston, MA | GPA 3.501 May 2019
Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering, Cum Laude, with a minor in International Security Studies.
Computer Engineering and Security Studies Electives:
Introduction to Machine Learning and Pattern Recognition; Law and Ethics of Digital Technology; Computer Architecture &
Organization; Computer Systems; International Conflict & Negotiation; The Arab-Israeli Conflict; Ethnic Political Violence
Leadership and Activities:
• College of Social Sciences and Humanities, International Conflict and Negotiation, Teaching Assistant Fall 2018
• Northeastern Husky Call Center, Student Fundraiser January-August 2018
• Northeastern Office of Alumni Relations, Students Today Alumni Tomorrow, Student Leader 2018-2019
• Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Student Advisory Board, Student Representative 2017-2019
• The Gordon Institute Engineering Leadership Program, Selected Participant July-December 2017
• Embark: The Undergraduate Applied Science and Engineering Review, Co-President 2018 2016-2019
• Student Government Association, Operational Appeals Board, Justice 2016-2019
• Alpha Epsilon Phi, Phi Omega Chapter (2014-2019), President 2018 2014-2019
– Chapter of the Year 2018, Community Service Award 2018, Risk Management Award 2018
Relevant Technical Projects:
TWIST: Through-Wall Imaging System & Technology Spring 2019
• Integrated MIT Prof. Dina Katabi’s through-wall visualization research with augmented reality (ViroMedia)
Convolutional Neural Network (CNN) to Classify Street Signs June 2018
• Designed a six-layer CNN that achieved 90% accuracy on the Belgium Street Sign dataset (Python, Tensorflow)
Interactive Website Linked to Backend SQL Database Fall 2015
• Full stack development creating website with user access to backend database (HTML, Microsoft Access, MySQL).
Yasuhide Nakayama is a Japanese politician representing the Liberal Democratic Party, elected in December 2012 as a member of the House of Representatives of Japan and was re-elected in the December 2015 and 2017 elections. Mr Nakayama is the current State Minister for Foreign Affairs in the Japanese cabinet.
- Graduate School, Waseda University
- Secretary to the Minister of Construction
- Advertising Agency Employee
- State Minister for Foreign Affairs
- Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs
- Director, Committee on Economy, Trade and Industry, HR
- Chief Director, Special Committee on North Korean Abduction and Other Issues, HR
- Director, Committee on Security, HR
- Director, Public Speeches Division, LDP
- Director-General, Information Bureau, LDP
- Chief Secretary, Research Commission on Security, LDP
Parliamentary Friendship Association Attached
- Japan-US Parliamentary Association
- Japan-Israel Parliamentary Friendship Association
- Japan-France Parliamentary Friendship Association
Area of Interest
- Foreign Affairs
- Abduction issue
Thomas E. Patterson is Research Director of The Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation. Heis a Professor of Government and the Press of Harvard Kennedy School and has served as the Acting Director of Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy since July 1, 2015. His book, The Vanishing Voter, looks at the causes and consequences of electoral participation. His earlier book on the media’s political role, Out of Order, received the American Political Science Association’s Graber Award as the best book of the decade in political communication. His first book, The Unseeing Eye, was named by the American Association for Public Opinion Research as one of the 50 most influential books on public opinion in the past half century.
He also is author of Mass Media Election and two general American government texts: The American Democracy and We the People. His articles have appeared in Political Communication, Journal of Communication, and other academic journals, as well as in the popular press. His research has been funded by the Ford, Markle, Smith-Richardson, Pew, Knight, Carnegie, and National Science foundation.
Patterson received his PhD from the University of Minnesota in 1971.
Professor Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland directs the MIT Connection Science and Human Dynamics labs and previously helped create and direct the MIT Media Lab and the Media Lab Asia in India. He is one of the most-cited scientists in the world, and Forbes recently declared him one of the “7 most powerful data scientists in the world” along with Google founders and the Chief Technical Officer of the United States. co-led the World Economic Forum discussion in Davos that led to the EU privacy regulation GDPR, and was central in forging the transparency and accountability mechanisms in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. He has received numerous awards and prizes such as the McKinsey Award from Harvard Business Review, the 40th Anniversary of the Internet from DARPA, and the Brandeis Award for work in privacy.
He is a founding member of advisory boards for Google, AT&T, Nissan, and the UN Secretary General, a serial entrepreneur who has co-founded more than a dozen companies including social enterprises such as the Data Transparency Lab and the Harvard-ODI-MIT DataPop Alliance . He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and leader within the World Economic Forum.
Over the years Sandy has advised more than 60 PhD students. Almost half are now tenured faculty at leading institutions, with another one-quarter leading industry research groups and a final quarter founders of their own companies. Together Sandy and his students have pioneered computational social science, organizational engineering, wearable computing (Google Glass), image understanding, and modern biometrics. His most recent books are Social Physics, published by Penguin Press, and Honest Signals, published by MIT Press.
Interesting experiences include dining with British Royalty and the President of India, staging fashion shows in Paris, Tokyo, and New York, and developing a method for counting beavers from space.
Nam joined the Baker/Polito Administration as the Assistant Secretary of Business Development which
oversees the Mass. Office of Business Development, Mass. Office of Travel and Tourism, Mass. Film
Office and Mass. Office of International Trade & Investment. Previously Nam was the CEO of
Vietnamese American Initiative for Development (VietAID).
Nam has been a commercial banker for more than 20 years in both lending and credit for premier
community banks and large commercial banks. From 1994 to 2000 Nam served as Commissioner of
Massachusetts Office for Refugees and Immigrants, and Deputy Director of the Massachusetts Office of
International Trade & Investment.
Nam earned his BS degree in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School
of Management, and MPA in Political Economy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
- Adrien Abecassis, Advisor for European Affairs and Senior Political Advisor to the President of France
- Prof. Constantine Arvanitopouluos, Tufts, Former Greek Minister of Education, Culture
- Nicola De Blasio, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center, Harvard Kennedy School
- Anders Corr, President of Corr Analyst
- Sharon Dow, Operating Partner, Dow Private
- Prof. Duc Tran University of Massachusetts at Boston
- Juan Gallego, Noreastern University
- Lyndon Haviland, Adviser of United Nations Secretary General
- Dang Thu Hien, Fellow, University of Massachusetts at Boston
- Eugene B. Kogan, Executive Director, American Secretaries of State Project
- Andrew Lewman, Vice President of DarkOwl
- Van McComick, Founding Director, International Economic Alliance
- Fernando Morera, EY
- Barry Nolan, Executive Board Member of Boston Global Forum, Adviser of US Congress
- Bill Ottman, Co-Founder and CEO of Minds.com
- Jean Marc Paudraud, Business Leader in Boston
- Dick Pirozzolo, Writer
- Prof. Marc Rotenberg, President of EPIC
- Jeff Saviano, EY
- Anina Schwarzenbach, Fellow Belfer Center, Harvard Kennedy School
- Prof. Jeffrey Shaw, Naval War College
- Prof. H. David Sherman, Northeastern University
- Michael Siegel, Principal Research Scientist, Director, Cybersecurity at MIT Sloan
- Prof. David Silbersweig, Harvard
- Kate Stebbins, University of Massachusetts
- Prof. Peter Szolovits, MIT
- Nguyen Anh Tuan, Boston Global Forum
- Dang Minh Tuan, Fulbright Scholar at New York University (NYU)
- Tommy Vallely, Harvard
- Prof. Christo Wilson, Berkman Center, Harvard
- Prof. Josephine Wolff, Tufts University
- Lauren Zabierek, Executive Director of Cybersecurity Project, Belfer Center, Harvard Kennedy School