Steven R. Bratt

122 Cambridge Street / Winchester, MA, 01890, USA / steve at thinkabit dot com

Resume / Curriculum Vitae

Steve Bratt portrait

Steve Bratt


Senior Executive with 20+ years of success in driving change with technology at the international level. Directed initiatives to build international organizations and boards, create next-generation technologies and software systems, and improve access to information for people around the world. Cross-functional leader in commercial, government, and non-profit environments.

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Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Professional Experience

GS1 (2012 - present)
Princeton, New Jersey and Brussels, Belgium

Chief Technology Office & President, Standards Development and EPCglobal, Inc.
GS1 is the international non-profit organization that develops open, technical standards for identifying just about everything (products, assets, services, entities, people, places). This includes the world's barcodes (40 years old in 2013), RFID tags (e.g. on products, shipping containers, cars, medical devices, coupons, runners, etc.) and the registry services that allow these identifiers to be created, to be shared, and to make the world a more efficient place. GS1 has a presence in over 100 countries. Close to 2 million companies are members of GS1.
Steve is President of the EPCglobal Board of Governors and Innovation Board (including Google, P&G, Walmart, JM Smuckers, MIT and others), and responsible for the Global Standards Management Process (GSMP), the GS1 Innovation Network, technology strategy, data systems development, corporate information technology and the Princeton office.


World Wide Web Foundation (2008 - 2012)
Geneva, Switzerland and Boston, Massachusetts

Chief Executive Officer
The Web Foundation drives high-risk, high-impact initiatives to connect and empower all people for whom communication could be life-changing.

Launched the Foundation, together with Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee.  Led initial business strategy and launch plan. Headed operations and finances while serving a combination of C-level functions.  Managed two international offices and staff based in the US, Europe and Africa. Accountable to two Boards of Directors and multiple funders and beneficiaries.


World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) (2002 - 2009)
Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Chief Executive Officer
The World Wide Web Consortium is where the world’s leading organizations develop the technologies that make the Web work, including HTML, XML, CSS, VoiceXML, SOAP, RDF, Web accessibility, internationalization and privacy.

Executive leadership of all governance, technical and financial functions. Developed strategic plans and organizational goals. Coordinated the W3C Advisory Board (included IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, HP, Google, Mozilla, Boeing and others). Oversaw process governing development of open standards by 1,500 technologists within 60 working groups. Directed team of 60 noted professionals based in 20 offices around the globe to coordinate Web standards and develop open source software.


Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) (1997 - 2001)
Vienna, Austria

Coordinator, International Data Centre Division - IDC
The CTBTO is a UN-affiliated organization, founded in 1997 to a build treaty verification regime to detect and deter global nuclear weapons testing.

Appointed first Coordinator of the IDC, one of two senior US executives on inaugural executive team. Guided the IDC and Global Communications Infrastructure (GCI) to initial operation in two years. Directed strategic planning as well as systems design and deployment for $25M annual budget.  Oversaw information security and measurement-based quality assurance.  Hired and managed 100+ staff members from 40+ nations. Directed cross-divisional teams to implement state-of-health and knowledge management systems that communicated through open public, secure external and private intranet Web interfaces. Communicated progress and plans to stakeholders, global dignitaries, and technical experts.


Office of the Secretary of Defense (1996 - 1997)
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
(1993 - 1996)
Arlington, Virginia

Principal Program Director, OSD / Program Manager, DARPA
Directed $40M research and development (R&D) program to improve US and global nuclear-weapons-test-verification capabilities and ensure test ban treaty compliance. Directed team of 100+ science and engineering professionals in development of an integrated system for collection, fusion and analysis of multi-sensor data. Integrated advanced concepts for real-time sensor surveillance and intelligent data processing, including global telecommunications, knowledge-based data fusion, artificial intelligence, visualization, the Web, seismology, hydroacoustics, infrasonics, nuclear physics, meteorology and satellite imagery. Supported US delegation to treaty negotiations in Geneva.


Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)
Center for Seismic Studies / Center for Monitoring Research, Arlington, Virginia (1989 - 1993)
Geophysical Systems, San Diego, California (1985 - 1989)

Assistant Vice-President, Director of Systems and Support, Geophysicist
First hire in division which shortly thereafter became the largest among all competitors. Directed 20 scientific and IT professionals to design, implement, operate and improve advanced geophysical real-time processing systems.  Designed and led development of the Intelligent Monitoring System, which integrated automated real-time artificial intelligence systems, interactive analysis, and decision support. Directed installation, operation, and successful testing of International Data Center (IDC) prototype during worldwide monitoring experiment. Developed advanced prototypes for pre-Web client-server-based data mining and browsing tools. Directed international training, staffing, procurement, monitoring operations and customer support. Successfully presented strategic technical and funding proposals and reports to high-level US and global officials.


Thinkabit, LLC (2003 - present)
Winchester, Massachusetts

President and General Manager
Consulting for startups and mature enterprises on open technology standards, World Wide Web, big data, cloud computing, corporate social responsibility, strategic planning, leadership, non-profit organizational development, patents, scientific and technical reviews, and application of advanced technologies to improve productivity.




Executive Programs


Other International and Interagency Experience




Media, Talks and Publications

Dr. Bratt has given tens of interviews and conference keynotes, including at TED and the World Economic Forum; and has authored more than 100 publications, technical reports and papers tabled within international organizations. Selected, recent talks and interviews:


Additional Information


June 2012