Bilal is a Senior Director of Engineering at Northwestern Mutual. He was previously at the Director of Front End Development at LearnVest, which was acquired by Northwestern Mutual. He is an accomplished IT leader with success driving technical alignment with business goals, maximizing efficiency, cost savings, performance and optimizing high-performing teams for startups and Fortune 100 companies. He is a hands-on leader skilled at application architecture, leveraging front-end development, UX/UI and defining product vision to achieve KPIs, combining scalability and reliability with innovation. He is regarded for his ability to lead cross-functionally, collaborating across business units, and managing vendors, bringing a unique blend of people skills and technical expertise. He has a strong sense of strategy and vision while creating long-term value by using bleeding edge technology and platforms, and successfully introducing solutions on short timelines.Bilal holds a BS in Computer Science from Washington University and is working on post graduate studies in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning at UT Austin.