Independent consultant and mentor Dr. P. (Gopal) Gopalakrishnan is currently an independent consultant and mentor. He is an experienced technology leader who has led successful product innovations, research, and technology strategy over the course a distinguished career. He was formerly the Vice President, Corporate Technology, IBM Corporation, based in Armonk, NY. In this role he helped the company set the broad directions for technology across some of the most strategic areas for the company such as cloud, analytics, cyber security, and cognitive computing. He was responsible for bringing well-considered technology strategy recommendations and actions for decision-making by the CEO and top leadership team in the company. He also managed several programs aimed at strengthening the innovation capabilities by developing technical talent and leadership across the company. He was the Vice Chair of the IBM Academy of Technology, a select group of global technical leaders responsible for innovation and technology across the company. Prior to this role, Dr. Gopalakrishnan was Vice President, IBM India Software Lab (ISL). In this senior leadership role he oversaw product development and technology innovation efforts of several thousand engineers spread across five cities in India. He was responsible for delivering on the product commitments across the team, promoting innovation, interfacing with local clients, and growing technical talent. One of the key priorities that he drove was the impact on global technical directions and new product directions for the company from this team of engineers. Dr. Gopalakrishnan has also held role as Director, Discovery Solutions, in IBM Software Group, where he helped take to market some early text analytics technologies. Dr. Gopalakrishnan received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park, where he has been recognized in the Alumni Hall of Fame along with several other luminaries from the technology industry. He obtained a B.Tech Degree in Electronics and Communication from the Indian Institute of Science.