Dr. Howard A. Rubin is a Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at Hunter College of the City University of New York, a MIT CISR Research Affiliate, a Gartner Senior Advisor, a BCG Senior Advisor, and a former Nolan Norton Research Fellow. He is the founder and CEO of Rubin Worldwide. In 1997, Industry Week named Dr. Rubin one of the top 50 “R&D Stars to Watch . . . an individual whose achievements are shaping the future of our industrial culture and America’s technology policy” as a result of his bringing the IT workforce shortage to national attention.
Dr. Rubin is a pioneer in the area of digital & technology economics and has built the world's largest database in the field consisting of business, national, and technology data captured continuously since 1994. Using this database Dr. Rubin monitors technology-economic trends across companies and organizations that account for roughly 20% of the world’s GDP and an equivalent amount of technology spending/investment.
Dr. Rubin’s personal portfolio of client companies in total generate more than $1.5T in revenue to the global economy annually and account for more than $100B in yearly Information Technology (IT) spending. In addition to his global data collection encompassing more than 350 financial services companies and 270 insurance companies annually, his financial services and insurance sector clients over the years include Aetna, AIG, Allstate, AXA, American Express, Bank of America, Barclays, CIGNA, Citi, Credit Suisse, Danske Bank, Deutsche Bank, Equitable Life, Fidelity, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, The Federal Reserve, Goldman Sachs, Key Bank, JPMorgan Chase, Liberty Mutual, Lincoln Life, Manulife, Mass Mutual, MetLife, Morgan Stanley, New York Life, PNC Bank, Progressive, Prudential, State Farm, Sumitomo Mitsui, TD Ameritrade, The Principal Financial Group, Toronto Dominion, UBS, and Wells Fargo among others. Dr. Rubin has done extensive work in other sectors inclusive of pharmaceuticals, consumer products, technology, media, and telecommunications over his 30+ years of working in the field.
Dr. Rubin has also worked directly with heads of state or their key ministers around the world in the development of national competitive technology strategies and job creation programs (Canada, Philippines, India, Singapore, and more). His work has been used extensively in the U.S. by former President William Clinton and Secretary Hillary Clinton and has been the subject of briefings to President Obama’s National Economic Council.
He is also the author of a Pearson/Financial Times video series on Technology Economics. His Technology Economics column regularly appeared in Wall Street and Technology. Dr. Rubin possesses a Ph.D. from the City University of New York in Computer Science and Oceanography.
Outside the world of technology Dr. Rubin is former Chair of the Board of Riverkeeper and was honored in 2016 with a “Big Fish Emeritus” award with Leonardo DiCaprio and Ralph Lauren, a supporter of the Clinton Global Initiative, a Leadership Council member of the RFK Foundation, a major contributor to student development programs/Film Fellows at the Tribeca Film Institute, and a dedicated supporter of the Rainforest Foundation. Dr. Rubin is also a member of The Recording Academy and recently became a member of the NRDC’s Global Leadership Council.