Chief Digital Officer

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Chief Digital Officer

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The Digital Wave is here

Nowadays, digital strategy has become an important part of corporate strategy. The responsibility of the professionals in this role is to achieve digital and business transformation by ensuring that the new technologies are implemented and then successfully adopted within and outside the company.


The breakout of the pandemic pushed 76% of businesses to strategize for long-term changes with their IT.

Source: Spiceworks Ziff Davis


As much as 64% of the US$1 trillion cloud market6 could benefit from industry clouds—a US$640 billion potential market.

Source: Deloitte Brian Cambell


According to a 2021 survey, 80% of participants say their industries will see new revenue streams from blockchain, digital assets, and/or cryptocurrency solutions.

Source: Deloitte Wendy Henry

Blended Professional Certificate: Chief Digital Officer

With the business world transitioning to digital, organizations increasingly require higher-level masters of digital strategy and transformation. In the coming years, new technologies will have immense implications for how businesses operate and interface, and they will rely on holistic digital experts to drive this change forwarded via knowledge, tools, leadership, and future-thinking strategy.


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The Learning Journey

In this 12-month program, participants will explore these five courses that will equip you with the tools and frameworks to lead the digital transformation.

1. Leadership and Innovation

With this program, participants will learn to lead by coming to know themselves better, harnessing their own creativity, and building teams and organizations through the culture of innovation.

2. Digital Transformation: From AI and IoT to Cloud, Blockchain and Cybersecurity

Given that our economy is currently undergoing a rapid evolution, professionals need to immerse themselves in technological environments in order to understand the technologies that are driving this change.

3. Blockchain: Disruptive Technologies

Takes a deeper look at the many applications that Blockchain has in nearly all industries and businesses in order to prepare participants to develop and lead Blockchain projects.

4. Digital Platforms: Designing Two-Sided Markets from APIs to Feature Roadmaps

Digital platforms and two-sided markets have quickly established themselves as a staple of modern business, presenting new opportunities and challenges alike for engineers, product managers, regulators, and entrepreneurs.

5. Data Leadership

Exercising leadership in the major strategic change and acquiring the necessary skills to form a global vision about the digital transformation process.

6. Impact project

The Impact Project is a transversal project that will be carried out throughout the Blended Professional Certificate. Participants will work in teams on a series of assignments that will culminate in a final presentation on the MIT Campus.

Participants will be given a choice of two tracks for this project:

1. Work on a project with an industry challenge provided by the learning facilitator.
2. Work on a project (industry challenge) chosen by the group and approved by the learning facilitator.

Learning Objectives

1. Develop individual reflections on the theoretical and practical concepts covered throughout the certificate courses
2. Apply knowledge acquired in courses to real-life industry cases
3. Integrate and connect ideas from each course, resulting in transversal knowledge acquisition
4. Build a community of practice in small groups, proposing concrete solutions to complex industry problems

Premium Access /
MIT Professional Education ecosystem

Exclusive access to networkings events, live – online sessions with speakers, company visits and international MIT Alumni network.

Career Development

You’ll participate in sessions with a career advancement coach who will guide you towards your goals and prepare you for new and exciting challenges.

Digital Pathway Access

You’ll have access to a gallery of webinars on all topics and in many languages, as well as be invited to attend upcoming live webinars and stay up to date with fourth industrial revolution trends.

Admission Process

To be considered as an eligible candidate, please proceed with the following steps: 


Complete the admission form and pay the non-refundable fee

Receive a call for an interview with our admissions team

Our Admission Committee will inform the final decision. (2 business days max)

Your place in the course will be confirmed, and you will receive a welcome email with the next steps


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What is included in the fee?

  • The program fee includes teaching fees, access to online coursework, and transportation to the different activities taking place during the face-to-face events.
  • The program fee does not include accommodations for the in-campus weeks, travel expenses (domestic, international, visa fee, and more), and other expenses not specifically mentioned in the fees.

Key Takeaways

Throughout this professional program, you will:


Acquire a solid foundation for driving digital innovation across the entire organization.


Develop a comprehensive perspective about how technologies, platforms and ecosystems boost growth and innovation.


Understand how to leverage and integrate data to transform your business and organization.


Develop key managerial capabilities to make transformation work in your company.


Being able to create a digital-focused action plan and establish the means to govern digital strategies on an ongoing basis.

In addition, you will receive a Certificate of Completion

All the participants who successfully complete Chief Digital Officer will recieve a Certificate of Completion from MIT Professional Education. Furthermore, the participants who complete the program recieve Continuing Education Units (CEUs)*.

To obtain CEUs, complete the accreditation confirmation, which is available at the end of the course. CEUs are calculated for each course based on the number of learning hours.

* The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is defined as 10 contact hours of ongoing learning to indicate the amount of time they have devoted to a non-credit/non-degree professional development program.

To understand whether or not these CEUs may be applied toward professional certification, licensing requirements, or other required training or continuing education hours, please consult your training department or licensing authority directly.

This Blended Professional Certificate: Chief Digital Officer is designed for

  • Directors, VP and entrepreneurs responsible for digital transformation.
  • Current and aspiring C-suite executives from Digital, Marketing, IT and Operation looking forward for boosting growth and innovation.
  • Senior consultants and entrepreneurs focused on innovation and growth.
  • Senior executives looking for innovating and leveraging technology.

Participants are required to have:

  • A minimum of ten years of experience working in a managerial position
  • At least 3 years of experience managing projects related to technology, innovation, or business development
  • International experience is appreciated

Meet the instructors of this program

*Faculty are listed in alphabetical order 

Dr. Bruce Cameron

Dr. Bruce Cameron is director of the System Architecture Lab at MIT and co-founder of the consulting firm Technology Strategy Partners. His areas of research include technology strategy, system architecture and product platform management.

  • Dr. Cameron teaches the subject of System Architecture for the “System Design and Management”, where he has trained over 500 students.
  • Dr. Cameron´s teaching at Sloan Executive Education has been rated as the highest level of Executive Education program at MIT for several years.
  • In addition, he is the Faculty Director of MIT´s online certificate “Architecture and System Engineering”, which has trained more than 5,300 participants.

Dr. David Niño

"Leaders learn to find important problems but define them in such a way that allows a team to come together to solve them".

David Niño is a senior lecturer on the Daniel J. Riccio Graduate Engineering Leadership Program at MIT. Previously, he was a professor in the practice of engineering leadership at Rice University. During this tenure, he led the creation of the first four-year certificate in engineering leadership and was director of Leadership Rice, the university’s leadership development program.

A former professor of management, Dr. Niño has published works on leadership, ethics, corporate culture, and the development of professional management skills. He has conducted research in cutting-edge technology environments and is currently interested in researching how leadership develops among engineers and in engineering organizations. Dr. Niño has taught leadership since 1998 at the undergraduate, master’s, doctoral, and executive/professional levels.

He is currently a founding officer of the Leadership Development Division of the American Society for Engineering Education and advises professionals and executives on leadership and development issues.

He holds a PhD in management from the University of Texas, Austin, where he also studied for his Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Business Administration, and Master of Arts.


Dr. Abel Sanchez

"Five technologies are redefining both the way we make our products and the types of opportunities that exist in the marketplace".

Dr. Sanchez is the architect of the global network “The Internet of Things” and data analysis platforms for SAP, Ford, Johnson & Johnson, Accenture, Shell, Exxon Mobil and Altria. In cyber security, he has developed cyber-attack impact analyses for the U.S. Department of Defense and a password firewall for the IARPA.

  • Dr. Abel Sanchez holds a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and teaches MIT courses in cyber security, engineering, blockchain and data science.
  • He has been involved in developing educational software for Microsoft and establishing the Accenture Technology Academy.
  • He has produced over 150 educational videos, has 10 years of experience with learning management systems and has made deployments in the Americas, Asia and Europe.

Prof. Olivier de Weck

"The design of platforms and product families is aimed at achieving long-term success and survival of companies".

De Weck is a leader in systems engineering research. His focus is on how complex human-made systems such as aircraft, spacecraft, automobiles, printers, and critical infrastructures are designed and how they evolve over time. His main emphasis is on strategic properties that have the potential to maximize lifecycle value and minimize planned obsolescence.

Since 2001, de Weck’s group has developed original quantitative methods and tools that explicitly consider manufacturability, flexibility, commonality, and sustainability, among other characteristics. De Weck’s teaching emphasizes excellence, innovation, and the irrefutable bridge between theory and practice.

  • De Weck holds a degree in industrial engineering from ETH Zurich and an M.S. in aeronautics and astronautics from MIT.
  • He earned his Ph.D. in aerospace systems from MIT.
  • De Weck was an engineering program manager on the F/A-18 aircraft program at McDonnell Douglas.

Prof. John R. Williams

"Once you climb that first mountain of knowledge, you will be able to teach yourself many things".

Professor John R. Williams’ research focuses on the development and application of computing algorithms in distributed cyberphysical systems.

He was director of the Auto-ID Laboratory, where the Internet of Things was invented. He is considered, along with Bill Gates and Larry Ellison, one of the 50 most powerful people in “Computer Networks”.

  • He is author and coauthor of more than 250 articles in journals and conferences.
  • Professor Williams teaches courses on the basics of programming, modern software development, the architecture of web, cloud and blockchain systems.
  • In addition, he holds a BSc in Physics from Oxford University, an MSc in Physics from UCLA, and a PhD from the University of Swansea.

Are you ready to take the reins of the digital transformation?

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