Sultan Meghji most recently served as the inaugural Chief Innovation Officer at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation of the United States Government. His remit included emerging technology, regulatory policy, interagency and intergovernmental activities including owning Digital Asset, Artificial Intelligence and Quantum policies.
A noted expert in AI, Cybersecurity, Quantum Computing & Web3, he also serves as a scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a fellow at the George Mason National Security Institute and is a distinguished member of the Bretton Woods Committee. Mr. Meghji also serves as a professor in the graduate programs at Washington University’s Olin Business School with a focus on AI, startups and quantitative risk.
Mr. Meghji began his career as an Artificial Intelligence researcher at the National Center for SuperComputing Applications where he built some of the first deep learning platforms for visual pattern recognition. He also worked on a variety of other projects, including the first web browser and the first video streaming platform on the internet. He moved from research to the New York Stock Exchange where he built the first internet-facing trading applications (both web and mobile), and was instrumental in the reconstruction of the market systems after 9/11. Other corporate experience includes time spent at ABN AMRO, American Express, Monsanto, United Airlines and more. He has also served in an advisory capacity for the global private equity firm Advent for more than 10 years. For the last 15 years, Mr. Meghji has launched, led or scaled a number of startups – from cloud computing, to clinical genetics, to AI-enabled banking. The value created out of those startups is in excess of $5bn USD as of 2020. He has served on a number of private corporate boards in biotech, fintech and high tech.
Mr. Meghji lives in Washington DC, having previously lived in France, Singapore, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has served in an advisory capacity to the US government: Central Intelligence Agency, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigations, Federal Reserve, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and Department of the Treasury. Internationally he has served as an advisor to the German Bundesbank, European Central Bank, G7, G20, International Monetary Fund, United Nations and the governments of Singapore and the United Kingdom.