Technology Empowering U.S. Diplomacy and Development

Afternoon Keynote Address - Speaker Bios

Mark Ryland (@awscloud): Chief Solutions Architect, Amazon Web ServicesAmazon

Mark Ryland is the technology leader for Amazon Web Service’s Worldwide Public Sector (WWPS) team. Mr. Ryland leads a team of Solutions Architects and Professional Services Engineers who provide AWS technical evangelism, architectural guidance, knowledge transfer, and implementation services to government and education customers around the globe. He also serves as a key interface between the WWPS team and the engineering, security, and compliance teams at AWS, ensuring that public sector customer requirements are front-and-center in cloud service planning and roadmaps.

Ryland has more than 20 years of experience in the technology industry, beginning with Microsoft Federal Systems, where he began his career as a Senior Architectural Engineer in the early 1990s. He continued at Microsoft for ten years, serving in a variety of software engineering and technical evangelism roles on projects like Windows Cairo, Windows NT 4.0, COM/DCOM/OLE, XML/RPC and SOAP, and others. In the late 1990s he started and ran the first standards organization at Microsoft, serving as Director of Standards Strategy until he left Microsoft in 2000. Subsequently, Ryland served as CTO of two start-up companies, as well as Vice-President and Director of the Washington DC office of a Seattle-based public policy think-tank. He rejoined Microsoft in 2008 as National Standards Officer for the USA, later switching back to an engineering role as a principal program manager in Microsoft’s identity and access team, where he worked on Active Directory, Office 365 directory, and the Azure Access Control Service.

Ryland joined the AWS WWPS team as Chief Solutions Architect in September 2011, bringing a rich set of software engineering, distributed systems, cyber security, technical evangelism, and tech policy skills to the team.

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