Robert Schukai (Bob) is the global head of design for Digital Identity Solutions at Thomson Reuters. His day-to-day job includes applying new technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence, biometrics, and more to explore digital identity opportunities across the spectrum of global commerce use cases.
Prior to his current role, Schukai was the head of Applied Innovation for Thomson Reuters. In addition to overseeing the development and execution of the mobile growth strategy across the corporation, he lead the central technology innovation function for Thomson Reuters globally including core research and development, advanced product concept development, core mobile technology and application solution development. Focus areas included cognitive computing, machine learning, natural language processing, artificial intelligence, financial technology (fintech), blockchain, user experience, and data visualization.
He serves as an ambassador to New York City and the east coast of the United States for the London Tech City initiative, driven by the British government and the United Kingdom Trade and Investment group. He also serves as a mentor for companies in the Level 39 fintech accelerator in London and is a board member for Angel Academe, an organization dedicated to matching female entrepreneurs with female angel investors.
Prior to joining Thomson Reuters, Schukai was the vice president of Wireless/Broadband Technologies for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., (TBS, Inc.) from 2005-2010. During that time, he was responsible for global research and development activities for TBS, Inc. in the areas of mobile/wireless, broadband, Internet protocol television (IPTV) and games. He also led the technology strategy and deployment for Turner’s mobile web and applications platforms, including analytics and advertising solutions.
Schukai spent eighteen years working for Motorola, Inc., in the United States and United Kingdom. In his last role at Motorola, he served as director of global 3G strategy and business development for Motorola, overseeing global strategy and business development activities for 3G handsets. While at Motorola, he held roles in research and development, product development, engineering management, marketing, strategy, and business development.
Schukai holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and a Master’s degree in electrical engineering from Arizona State University. He is a long-term member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a technical and professional association of more than 365,000 individual members in approximately 150 countries.
In 2014, he was named a Member of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen’s 2014 New Year Honours List for services to British trade and investment and for promotion of STEM education.