Atefeh (Atti) Riazi

Atefeh Riazi is CIO at the United Nations. Riazi is also the Executive Director of CIOs Without Borders, a global non-for-profit organization, focused on using technology and innovation for the good of humanity.

As Executive Vice President and CIO of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), Riazi directed all IT operations of one of North America’s largest housing agencies. She was charged with bringing innovation and cost containment practices that help advance the mission of the organization while transforming its services and improving the quality and efficiency of the operations.

Riazi is also the Executive Director of CIOs Without Borders, a global non-for-profit organization, focused on using technology and innovation for the good of humanity.

She was recently the Senior Partner and Global Chief Information Officer of Ogilvy and Mather Worldwide, a leading global marketing and communications agency with 497 offices in 125 countries supporting more than 2,300 clients. In her role as CIO, her focus was in driving technology strategy to create efficient business processes across the organization.

Throughout her career, she has had a tremendous track record of innovation and successful large-scale deployments allowing for productivity gains and competitive advantage. Riazi was ranked in #49 amongst the top 100 global CIOs. Under Riazi's leadership Ogilvy and Mather has earned a place on InformationWeek's 500 list of innovative IT organizations.

Riazi is a graduate of electrical engineering with over 23 years experience managing large organizations, private and public, in the manufacturing, engineering, advertising and transportation sectors. Most recently, she was Vice President and CIO of Technology for MTA New York City Transit responsible for implementing the $1.5B MetroCard in New York City. Prior to that she was the Sr. VP of Manufacturing.

Riazi has published many articles and studies. She speaks frequently on issues involving technology, organizations and work. She has delivered keynote addresses and seminars globally and serves on the Board of major financial and marketing organizations.