Charla Griffy-Brown

Charla Griffy-Brown, Full Professor; Pepperdine University(US), Editor-in-Chief of Technology in Society

Topic :
Digital Innovation and Cybersecurity : Transforming Your Business and Strengthening Your Cyber Risk Posture

Biography :

Charla Griffy-Brown is an accomplished professor, board member and executive. She works extensively in the area of digital innovation and cybersecurity. From 2015 to the present, working with the principal of Blue Lava consulting, she completed a project involving 80 companies and 200 executives and board members to develop a risk-based approach to information security. She speaks Japanese and has extensive experience in the Asia-Pacific region. Her published work demonstrates her unique set of skills bringing an expanded perspective on cyber risk and technological innovation to achieve strategic objectives. She is distinguished as Editor-in-Chief of the international journal, Technology in Society and her work has been published widely in Technovation, The Journal of Applied Business and Economics, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Energy, Energy Policy, and the International Journal of Technology Management as well as others.

In addition, to her academic work and serving on corporate boards, she has been a featured speaker sponsored by the US State Department in transitional economies such as Bangladesh and Bulgaria where she has worked with government advisors and heads of state. Most recently, Dr. Griffy-Brown has conducted research at companies such as Honda, Hilton Hotels and Pratt-Whitney Rocketdyne/Boeing. She has worked with CIOs from the U.S. Treasury Department, the Internal Revenue Service, the US Department of Homeland Security, FDIC and NASA exploring critical success factors including automation and transactions Dr. Griffy-Brown graduated from Harvard University, is a former Fulbright Scholar, and holds a Ph.D. in Technology Management from Griffith University in Queensland, Australia. She was an Associate Professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology in Japan. She has worked for NASA in programming at the Kennedy Space Center and served as a consultant for the United Nation’s Global Environmental Facility and the European Commission.

In 2011, she was recognized as one of Pepperdine University’s outstanding faculty with the Howard A. White Teaching Award and her research was recognized with a best paper award at the International Conference on Services Management held in New Dehli, India. She has also received recognition from the International Association for the Management of Technology as one of the most active and prolific researchers in the Technology Management and Innovation field. Most recently she received a Special Congressional Recognition from Representative Mimi Walters of the United States Congress for her work with Small and Medium-Sized Businesses and cybersecurity.