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Asad Jabbar
Mckinsey & Company, Head of Alliances & Partnerships, US Public Sector

Asad leads Strategic Partnerships & Alliances for US Public Sector at McKinsey & Company. In this dynamic role, Asad develops and cultivates partnerships within the complex services and technology ecosystem of the federal and state & local market to enable greater client impact. Prior to joining McKinsey, Asad led growth and strategy for LMI Consulting’s Health and Civilian market enabling client development, building strategic partnerships, and driving innovative solutions for our clients.

He has over 11 years’ experience as a growth leader, instituting organizational capture management strategy and planning, solution architecture, and implementing innovation. Outside of work, Asad is passionate about inclusive economic growth and scaling under-represented organizations to reach their full potential.

He is an Adjunct Professor of Business at Stevenson University in Maryland. Asad holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Loyola University Maryland, an MBA from the University of Maryland’s Smith School, a Master’s degree in Technology Management from Georgetown University, and Executive Education Certificates from MIT Sloane and Wharton Business School, UPenn.

Will Dickson
FedTech, Director

Will Dickson is a Director at FedTech, currently growing and leading the Accelerator portfolio. FedTech's custom accelerator programs help technology-differentiated startups grow more quickly with mechanics such as mentorship, custom deep-tech frameworks, and partnership development at the national level. FedTech brings unique expertise in demystifying the resources available for startups from the federal government, particularly the Department of Defense; built from years of working with 40+ federal research labs to commercialize technologies via entrepreneurship. One prime example of our accelerators is our xTech Accelerator, where in partnership with the US Army’s advanced technology scouting programs where we’ve helped over 20+ dual-use ventures win $10M+ of DoD contracts in the past year.

FedTech’s flagship program, Startup Studio, builds deep-tech startups from scratch – recruiting aspiring entrepreneurs from across the United States to commercialize technologies originally developed within the $170B+ of early-stage development funding from the US government. These technologies are grown in federal labs (NASA, Veterans Administration, Department of Energy, Department of Defense, etc.) or universities, and represent the most unique opportunity for entrepreneurship in the US – participation in FedTech’s Startup Studios is no-cost and equity-free for entrepreneurs, who emerge with a differentiated business model built on discoveries in cybersecurity, advanced materials, renewable energy, biotech, physics and more.

Will grew up in Dallas, Texas, attending high school at St. Mark’s School of Texas before pursuing a B.S from MIT and an M. Eng. From University of California at Berkeley (both in Material Sciences and Engineering). Previous to FedTech, will spent four years at General Motors in technical roles and as an intrapreneur - creating over $1 million dollars of new programs and partnerships to help GM leverage new technologies for advanced product development from non-traditional partners in Cambridge, MA. Will has been lucky to learn first-hand about the challenges of growing a startup, joining FedTech in late 2019 and being part of exponential growth; FedTech now operates 20+ unique programs and has over 30 full-time staff.

Scott Blackburn
McKinsey & Company, Senior Partner

Scott is a senior partner in the Washington, DC office where he helps design and implement large-scale transformation programs in both the public and private sector. He has also led performance transformations in large industrial Fortune 500 companies across the US and globally, including strategy, operational excellence, commercial excellence, organizational design, culture, change management, and capability building. 

Scott sits on the board of McKinsey Center for Government, a global hub for world-class research, analysis, and collaboration in government productivity and performance. In North America, he leads McKinsey Accelerate for the public sector, which focuses on developing leaders, building capabilities, and driving implementation excellence, and serves as the dean of McKinsey’s Change Leaders Forum. 

In 2014, Scott left McKinsey to lead the MyVA transformation at the Department of Veterans Affairs, before serving as interim VA Deputy Secretary during the presidential transition in 2017. He went on to serve as the CIO. During this period, veteran trust in VA improved to more than 70 percent, from 47 percent as a result of improved customer service, access to healthcare, contact center operations, digital experience, and employee experience, while streamlining operations and modernizing a decades-old IT infrastructure. He rejoined McKinsey in 2018. 

A former US Army Captain, Scott is also active in the veteran community, routinely working with over a dozen veteran service organizations and non-profits in a pro bono capacity. Scott is on the board of directors of VETSports and the Veterans Advisory Board of the Concussion Legacy Foundation. Scott grew up in Massachusetts in a family with a long history of military and government service.

Blake Hall, CEO

Blake Hall is the Founder and CEO of, the next-generation digital identity network that simplifies how individuals securely prove their identity online. Consumers can verify their identity with once and seamlessly login to more than 400 leading brands without creating a new password and verifying their identity again. Government agencies, healthcare organizations, financial institutions, and retailers use to verify the identity of customers. Blake was named CEO of the Year for 2019 by One World Identity. Prior to founding, Blake led a reconnaissance platoon in Iraq. He was awarded the Bronze Star with Valor for stopping an Al-Qaida assault on a Combat Support Hospital in Mosul. Blake holds a Bachelor of Science magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

J. Matt Gilkeson
Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Director, Innovation Task Force