Hardik Bhatt

Leader, Digital Government
Amazon Web Services

Hardik is a business leader with tremendous acumen in both strategy and execution for growth and transformations. Hardik has moved seamlessly between private and public sector.

Since 2017, he leads Digital Government business for Amazon Web Services (AWS), where Hardik is responsible for helping US state and local governments transform with the use of cloud, analytics, Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and other technologies.

Between 2015 and 2017, Hardik served as the Secretary of Innovation & Technology and Chief Digital Officer for the State of Illinois. In those 2 years, Hardik brought Illinois from bottom 4th to top 3rd in national digital rankings and pioneered Illinois’ data analytics, smart state and blockchain initiatives.

Between 2010 and 2015, he led global business development for Cisco’s Smart Cities and IoT businesses, working in 40 global cities in 19 countries.

Previously, Hardik has also been the CIO for the City of Chicago and has worked for Oracle Corporation and Tata Consultancy Services.

Hardik is also an angel investor, and as a civic leader, serves on the board of Fermi National Labs. Hardik lives in Chicago with his wife and 2 children.