Ra’ad Siraj is passionate about extracting value from data for differentiation, innovation, and growth. He has deep and wide experience across multiple industries, including experience in rapidly growing established firms and with leading-edge technologies at pre-IPO venture-backed firms. He held several executive roles including CIO and CTO and has extensive experience in corporate IT strategy, management consulting, data services/monetization, and innovation. He also held a teaching position for two years on leveraging machine-learning technologies for business value. Ra'ad is a Cutter Expert and a member of Arthur D. Little's AMP open consulting network.
Ra’ad is currently the Director of Strategic Project Management at the MIT Investment Management Company, which manages the endowment for the world-renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as well as being responsible for smart-district placemaking in the “most innovation per square mile on earth.” He is the former Head of Data Solutions at State Street Global Exchange (SSGX) where he established a business around data aggregation that can act as a platform for actionable insights for Asset Managers and Asset Owners through advanced analytics and machine learning of both structured and unstructured data. Prior to SSGX, Ra’ad was Chief Technology Officer for the Boston Company Asset Management (a division of BNY Mellon), and was part of two high-growth, pre-IPO firms: Sermo (as VP of Operations) and Endeca (as VP and CIO). Endeca was purchased by Oracle. Prior to that, Ra’ad spent 12 years in the financial industry at Eaton Vance (bought by Morgan Stanley). He joined the Boston-based asset manager from Investors Bank & Trust (now part of State Street), where he served as senior director and chief information strategist. Ra’ad began his career as a management consultant with Arthur D. Little.
Ra’ad serves on the boards of the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council (with the mission of increasing regional innovation and competitiveness in New England), as well as several selected startups. He also serves as an international juror for the Lemelson-MIT prizes - a catalyst for innovators ranging from their mid-careers to graduate/undergraduates, and down to high-school programs in the US.
Ra’ad holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees both in Computer Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara and Harvard University. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.