Hardik Bhatt

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

He serves as President & Chief Growth Officer of SDI Presence LLC.

Previously, Hardik led Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) Smart Cities and Mobility Business, and was responsible for helping state and local governments become more efficient, competitive, and engaged with the use of cloud, data analytics, Internet of Things, artificial intelligence and machine learning.

In 2015, Governor Rauner recruited him as the Chief Digital Officer and Secretary of Innovation & Technology for Illinois. In 2 years, Hardik brought Illinois from bottom 4th to top 3rd in national digital rankings and pioneered Illinois’ 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 been CIO of the City of Chicago in Mayor Richard M. Daley’s administration and a consultant with Oracle and Tata Consultancy Services.

Hardik is an angel investor, a civic leader, and serves on the Board of Chicago Innovation.