George Thomas

Connected DMV

Advisor, Consultant and Strategist - Innovation, Technology & Industry for Equitable Economic Development.

George Thomas is a thought leader and adviser to public and private sector organizations in the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia. A dynamic leader and team builder, George helps clients develop successful strategies and execute transformational projects in business operations, capital improvement, enterprise processes, change management and strategic planning. George serves as Chief Innovation Officer for Connected DMV, and leads the DMV Regional Economic Development Strategy (REDS), and serves as Director for the Potomac Quantum Innovation Center (PQIC).

George also founded New Urban Informatics, a boutique business advisory firm, providing expertise to some of the most innovative companies and governments focused on Public Sector Analytics and Smart Cities. Among key clients, George served as Global Director, Smart Infrastructure, for Hatch Ltd. In this role, he led Hatch's efforts in helping clients maximize value across all Infrastructure and Urban Solution domains.

George previously served as Global Director of Strategy & Markets for IBM’s Government Industry. In this role, he was responsible for the strategy and execution of new innovations and solutions to assist governments globally in delivering improved services to their citizens. From 2013 to 2014, he was the Director of Smarter Cities for IBM Greater China, based in Beijing; and from 2010 to 2012, he was the Global Director for Smarter Cities Strategy & Sales Execution.

George is a recognized industry expert at the intersection of technology and business in areas such as quantum, cybersecurity, AI, deep analytics, Smart Cities, Blockchain, and IOT. George is a founding member of the Smarter Cities Council, serves on multiple NIST, ASCE & GCTC committees, and is a mentor, board member and coach to several start-ups and innovative companies. George is a proven thought leader and a regular speaker at conferences and events including at the C40 Mayor’s Conferences, TEDx, Chambers of Commerce, the World Bank and the United Nations.