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Aadil Ginwala

Chief of Staff, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Department of Commerce

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Aadil Ginwala was named Chief of Staff for NTIA (the National Telecommunications and Information Administration) in July 2021. 

Prior to joining NTIA, Aadil served in the Obama White House as the Assistant Director for Telecommunications and Education Innovation in the Office of Science and Technology Policy from 2015 until the end of the Administration. In the White House, Aadil worked on the launch of the $400 million Advanced Wireless Research Initiative, a public-private partnership focused on developing technologies for 5G and beyond that is now administered by the National Science Foundation as the Program for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR). He also helped organize interagency work to finalize a NEPA regulation to streamline deployment of broadband through federal lands, and a Program Comment for historical preservation by ACHP (the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation). In addition, Aadil worked closely with the National Economic Council and other White House agencies on tribal and rural broadband and attempts to close the digital divide and homework gap, including ConnectEd, ConnectHome, and Lifeline reform.

After leaving the Obama Administration and until joining Commerce, Aadil has been the founder and CEO of an artificial intelligence startup in the healthcare space in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he lives with his wife and two children. He is originally from Moorestown, N.J., and earned his bachelor’s degree and law degree from Harvard University and Harvard Law School. Aadil is also a proud alumnus of the Peace Corps, where he served in Benin, West Africa from 2001 to 2003, and a former law clerk to Justice Virginia A. Long of the New Jersey Supreme Court.