Dr. Guruduth Banavar is Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of the Global Public Sector in IBM. In this role, he is responsible for providing technical leadership across the Public Sector, with a particular focus on IBM's Smarter Cities initiatives to capture strategic opportunities, improve upon solutions, harvest core assets, and maintain a vital link to IBM Research.
Previously, Dr. Banavar was the Director of IBM Research in India, one of eight labs of the world-leading IBM Research Division. He was responsible for establishing India as a pre-eminent research lab in the areas of services research and mobile computing. He also created the Bangalore branch of IBM Research as well as a Collaboratory with the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad. In his additional role as Chief Technologist (CTO) of IBM India / South Asia, Guru led the creation of a technical leadership group, a regional technical strategy, and sales enablers aligned with the business objectives. Finally, he served as the external face and spokesperson for IBM's technology leadership in India.
Earlier, Dr. Banavar worked for 10 years at IBM's Thomas J. Watson Research Center in New York, which he joined in 1995 after his PhD. His broad technical interests and contributions have been in Service Science, Pervasive Computing, Distributed Systems, and Programming Models. Guru has published more than 40 research papers in top international forums, invented more than 25 US patents, chaired major international technical conferences and workshops in his research areas, and served on PhD committees in major US universities.
Dr. Banavar is an elected member of the IBM Academy of Technology. He serves on the advisory boards of international governmental, educational, and industrial organizations.