Rashik Parmar

Rashik is the leader of IBM’s European technical community and an IBM Distinguished Engineer and previously President of IBM's Academy of Technology. He currently ad-vising clients on their cloud innovation roadmap from a technology and business per-spective drawing on thirty-four years of practical experience in IBM. He has worked for 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 Employability and Skills Panel. He is helping develop the innovation strate-gies to accelerate growth of this £55bn marketplace. Rashik chairs the Board of Trustees for IVE is a social enterprise that is working to en-sure a more creative future for businesses, teachers, children and young people. 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 Net-works 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 in-novation.