W. Craig Fugate served as President Barack Obama’s FEMA Administrator from May 2009 to January 2017. Previously, he served as Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s Emergency Management Director from 2001-2009. Fugate led FEMA through multiple record-breaking disaster years and oversaw the Federal Government’s response to major events such as the Joplin and Moore Tornadoes, Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Matthew, and the 2016 Louisiana flooding. Fugate set a clear and compelling vision, mission, and priorities for FEMA and relentlessly drove the Agency to achieve better outcomes for survivors. FEMA’s effectiveness in dealing with more than 500 Presidentially-declared major disasters and emergencies under Fugate’s leadership restored the faith of the American people in the Federal Government’s ability to respond to disasters. Prior to his tenure at FEMA, Fugate was widely praised for his management, under Governor Jeb Bush, of the devastating effects of the 2004 and 2005 Florida hurricane seasons (Charley, Frances, Ivan, Jeanne, Dennis, Katrina, and Wilma).
Rohit Bhanot is a Government, Public Safety and National Security focused strategic business leader. Rohit has spent the last 15+ years in the telecommunications industry with global experience across multiple discipline such as sales, business development, services, operations, consulting and strategy. Rohit has had tremendous success in navigating complexity, identifying new growth areas, formulating go-to-market strategies, consultative selling, driving and managing positive change, and building solutions and teams to achieve measured success.
Rohit currently heads up Nokia’s Public Sector practice in North America with specific focus on smart communities, safe cities, IoT and government IT transformation. Prior to joining Nokia, Rohit held leadership positions at Rivada Networks, Motorola, Alcatel Lucent and Accenture. Rohit is the co-chair of the CTIA Smart Cities working group amongst other notable industry affiliations.
Rohit earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Computer Engineering & Mathematics form Stevens Institute of Technology. Rohit currently resides in New York City.