chief strategist, Intel Corporation; director, architecture, World Ahead
Considered one of Intel's visionaries charting future directions for industry and computing, Chris S. Thomas directs a worldwide team of solutions architects establishing technology solutions for Intel’s “Next Billion” customers. His team develops strategies and architectures for education, health care, small business and other areas. He engages governments, industry, NGOs and development agencies worldwide in effective use of IT for emerging markets and is an active participant in world economic forum IT, internet and cloud computing activities. Thomas is well known for driving computer industry standardization and next generation solutions, including founding the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF), directing Intel’s Distributed Enterprise Architecture Lab, and architecting core technologies behind the LANDesk™ Management Suite. He is also co-author of the book “Mashup Corporations” providing a very human perspective of the implications of Web2.0 and Services Oriented Solutions. Thomas is a member of the Board of Directors of Agilix Labs Inc. developing the BrainHoney™ Learning Environment for occasionally connected and mobile learning and a member of the advisory board of the Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC). Thomas received a BS in Computer Science and a BA in Spanish from Carroll College in Waukesha, Wisconsin.