Bel Leong Hong

Belkis Leong-Hong is the Founder, President, and CEO of Knowledge Advantage Inc., a woman-owned, SDB-certified company specializing in delivery of a wide array of services on Information Technology and Knowledge Management Solutions, Program Management and Analysis, Strategic Planning, Leadership Development, Training, Human Capital, and Workforce Initiatives. Her clients include Government agencies, Fortune-100 companies, systems integrators, product companies, and small IT services companies.

Under KAI, she designed and developed a highly acclaimed IT leadership program for the Army, the Army Knowledge Leaders, and a model interns-leaders development program for Army civilians, which is in its tenth year of implementation. She co-created the foundational course on Knowledge Management that has been taught to more than 2500 Army personnel. She was invited to create an Executive Leadership development program for a US Military command and trained over 500 senior level US Military and civilian leaders in Europe. She is lead developer of a strategic workforce initiative, marrying human capital principles and practices with innovative knowledge management techniques to address the most critical HC issues in this decade: the graying of the workforce, succession planning, and the loss of corporate memory. Most recently, she shaped the foundation for the Maryland Cyber Security Strategy, for which she is publicly acknowledged by her Governor. She is a leader in various Cyber Security committees and commissions around the state of Maryland.

As a former General/Flag-equivalent senior executive in DOD, with 30 years of public service, Ms. Leong-Hong has held a number of high-level positions that include serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, where she managed a multi- billion dollar portfolio in Command and Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence (C4I) programs, congressional relations, information technology policies, and strategic planning; Principal Director and CIO at the Defense Security Service (DSS); Deputy Commander of the Joint Interoperability and Engineering Organization (JIEO) at Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) responsible for over 1500 computer scientists and engineers, and where she also served as Director for Center for Information Management, and Director for Information Engineering. Her achievements include establishing and implementing the first DOD-wide Data Administration function for the Department of Defense; creating the first Center of Software Excellence in DISA; implementing the first DOD-wide Corporate Information Management initiative; establishing and managing several DOD-wide BPR efforts, to include civilian personnel, medical logistics, and finance; actively participated as a group lead in the consolidation of IT capabilities and resources under the new DISA banner; and actively contributor to the first C4ISR enterprise architecture and standards development.

Ms Leong-Hong is a strategist and a change agent. She is an acknowledged expert in database management, data administration, knowledge management, business transformation and strategies, and software engineering. She is the author of a technical reference book on Data Dictionary/Directory Systems published by John Wiley and Sons; and has also published extensively in the areas of data administration, data dictionary systems, software engineering, and chapters on Knowledge Management. She has also written extensively on leadership development and management issues and is a frequent keynote speaker on the above technical and leadership subjects.

Ms. Leong-Hong is active in her professional community and sits on corporate boards as well as several non-profit and appointed boards. She was appointed in 2011 to the Maryland Commission for Cybersecurity Excellence and Innovation, and was named Co-Chair of the Committee on Cybersecurity Public/Private initiatives; in 2009, she was appointed to the National Defense University Board of Visitors; she was also appointed to the State of Maryland’s Federal Facility Advisory Board; she was appointed co-chair of the Cybersecurity Workforce committee of the Governor’s Workforce Investment Board (GWIB); the Univ. of MD Medical Systems Corporate Board; the State of Maryland’s BRAC and Minority Business Advisory Board; the APA Advisory Board to the Attorney General of Maryland; Senator Mikulski’s Military Academy Admission Review Board; the Board of Visitors of the Clark School of Engineering at the Univ. of Maryland; the NBC4 Community Advisory Board; founding member of the Board of Directors of AAGEN; board of directors of the Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association (AFCEA International); past President of the NOVA Chapter of AFCEA, past President of the DC Chapter of OCA (OCA-DC), and past President of Women in Technology. Ms. Leong-Hong is a mathematician and computer scientist by training; she holds a BS degree from Hunter College and a MPA in Executive Management from American University; certificates from Harvard’s Kennedy’s School of Government and Syracuse University. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the very prestigious Presidential Rank Meritorious Service Award, the DOD Distinguished Service Medal, the DOD Meritorious Service Medals, Oak Leaf clusters, the GSA Excellence in Management and Administration, the Professional Woman of the Year Award from NAPAW, the Governor of Maryland’s Citation for Outstanding Service in AFCEA International Leadership Award, AAGEN’s Stan Suyat Leadership Award, and AAGEN Sustaining Corporate Leadership Award. In 2011 she was recognized as one of “50 Women of Influence and Power” by MEA magazine.