Theodore Kaouk

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Theodore Kaouk

Chief Data & AI Officer

Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Data Division

Ted Kaouk is the Chief Data & AI Officer (CDAO) & Director, Division of Data (DOD), at the U.S. Commodities Future Trading Commission (CFTC).  In his role as CDAO, he leads the development of the CFTC’s overarching enterprise data and AI strategy, strengthening the agency’s efforts to bolster its data-centric capabilities.

The CFTC’s DOD is responsible for the Commission’s enterprise data strategy and data governance approaches. DOD creates data architecture and centers of excellence for analytics, visualization, and storage of data. DOD also supports the Commission’s strategic objectives with respect to data and analytics by collaborating with other Divisions and Offices to help the agency make informed policy decisions.

Prior to joining the CFTC in December 2023, Kaouk was the Chief Data Officer at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), where he also served as the Deputy Director for Human Capital Data Management and Modernization. He also served previously as the CDO at the Department of Agriculture (USDA), where he developed strategies to leverage data as a strategic asset and improve organizational outcomes for citizens. He managed the USDA’s enterprise analytics platform and appointed assistant CDOs across eight mission areas to lead major analytics functions. Before that, he served as Chief of Staff in the USDA Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), where he provided leadership, strategy, communications, and administrative support for the USDA Chief Information Officer in managing a $3 billion IT portfolio.

He started his career as a Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy, where he served as a communications officer and a damage control officer on a guided missile destroyer. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Naval Academy, a master’s degree from the University of Virginia, and a PhD from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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