Karl Frederick Rauscher
Chairman of CloudMinds' Strategic Advisory Board
Karl Frederick Rauscher serves as Chairman of CloudMinds' Strategic Advisory Board, which supports the company's mission across technology, business and policy dimensions.
Karl has over 30 years of business experience in the communications and Internet industry, including 15 years of chief executive and board experience with responsibilities spanning profit and loss, cost center and hybrid business models. He serves as an Independent Director on the Board of Sonavation, where has also serves as Chairman of their Strategic Advisory Board. He is a member of the Strategic Advisory Board of Liquid Robotics.
Karl is a Commissioner, and the Managing Director and CEO of the Global Information Infrastructure Commission (GIIC), a federation of Chairmen and CEOs affiliated with the world's leading Internet companies with a reach of nearly 200 countries and with aggregate annual revenues exceeding $500 billion, who anticipate and address high-consequence issues concomitant with the advance of information and communications technologies.
He recently served as Ambassador-At-Large and Chief Architect of Cyberspace Policy at the 400,000+ member Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), where he encouraged technologists to engage in critical policy issues that have been created by the digital revolution. While serving as CTO & Distinguished Fellow of the EastWest Institute, he led the first China-U.S. and Russia-U.S. bilaterals on cyber security. In this regard, The New York Times editorial board recommended his guidance for U.S. President Obama and China President Xi prior to their meeting in 2013.
Previously, Mr. Rauscher was appointed as Vice Chairman of U.S. President George W. Bush's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC) Industry Executive Committee. He was elected by industry peers as Vice Chairman of the U.S. Network Reliability Steering Committee (NRSC), was appointed to chair subcommittees of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Network Reliability and Interoperability Council (NRIC) and served on the National Academy of Engineering / National Research Council Critical Infrastructure Roundtable. He is also the founder and President of the not-for-profit Wireless Emergency Response Team (WERT), which led advanced search and rescue efforts for survivors of the 9-11 terrorist attacks and Hurricane Katrina.
Mr. Rauscher previously served as Bell Labs Executive Director and has received its highest recognition as a lifetime Bell Labs Fellow, cited for his historic breakthrough in ultra-high reliability for architecting the development of hundreds of widely deployed industry best practices for the reliability and security of communications networks. While at Bell Communications Research (Bellcore) he conducted the first evaluation of speech recognition in live public networks (1990). Mr. Rauscher is an inventor with over 40 patents/pending, the first being awarded in the field of artificial intelligence. His work has been featured in major media, including BBC, Bloomberg, China Daily, CNN, C-SPAN, Financial Times, Hindustan Times, PCWorld, Scientific American, Sky News, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal.
Karl holds electrical engineering degrees with high distinction from Pennsylvania State University and Rutgers University, and has completed advanced programs at the MIT Sloan School of Management, the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School and the Stanford University Law School Rock Center for Corporate Governance Directors' College.