Haar Sandhu

Mobile Program Manager, Bureau of Information Resource Management (IRM)

U.S. Department of State

Mr. Sandhu is a mobile program manager at the U.S. Department of State within the Bureau of Information Resource Management (IRM). He has more than 20 years of experience in both public and private high tech sector. Known as a visionary, he possesses keen abilities to lead and implement organizational change and use progressive technology to achieve business and mission goals.

As the Division Chief of the Mobile and Remote Access (MRA) Division, Mr. Sandhu was personally selected by the Department’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) to institute a new mobile office and to lead the strategic and operational vision of the mobile program.

Prior to joining the IRM, Mr. Sandhu was Deputy Director and Acting CIO/Director for Consular Systems and Technology (CST) in the Bureau of Consular Affairs, at the U.S. Department of State. He led and provided management oversight to support 300 locations worldwide and over 50,000 Department users. Additionally, he commanded all aspects of strategic planning and implementation, as well as maintained and transformed a portfolio of over 110 mission critical legacy applications. He also managed to successfully break barriers and negativity between IT and Business units by providing transparency into all initiatives/status and prioritizing projects and enhancements based on business input.

In addition to his extensive federal experience, Mr. Sandhu also brings a wealth of experience and knowledge from the corporate world. Before working for the Federal government, he began his career in the corporate world as a systems engineer at Wang Government Services, 3COM Corporation and Lucent Technologies supporting a variety of federal and corporate clients.

Mr. Sandhu has earned a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland, a M.S. in electrical engineering from Johns Hopkins University, and numerous performance awards from both government and the private sector. He is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and an ITIL Expert. Recently, Mr. Sandhu completed the rigorous CIO Certificate Program at the National Defense University.