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Rashik Parmar

CTO for EMEA, IBM

Rashik is the IBM Fellow and Vice President responsible for creating and driving IBM’s European technical strategy. His focus is on helping clients on the journey to become a cognitive enterprise leveraging Cloud, AI and IoT technologies whilst creating a dependable IT platform.
Drawing on thirty-six years of practical experience in IBM, he is uniquely placed in developing strategies that are realistic and whilst providing tangible business impact. He has worked with financial, retail and manufacturing clients on IT transformation projects of all sizes. Overall, he specialises in ensuring the technical success of complex IT projects that transform business models. Some of his work is summarised in the HBR Article he co-authored – “New Patterns for Innovation” – Jan-Feb 2014. Rashik was appointed to the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership Board and chairs the business communications group. He is helping develop the innovation strategies to accelerate growth of this £55bn marketplace. Rashik is also IBM’s Partnership Executive for Imperial College – London. He is also an Adjunct Professor for Department of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Imperial College Business
School and Visiting Professor to the Intelligent Systems and Networks Group at the Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering.
Rashik was awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) as part of the HRH Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday honours for his contribution to business and innovation.