Dr. Irving Wladawsky-Berger


MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy

Symposium Roles
CIO Award Judge 2016
Speaker/Panel Team Member 2016

Dr. Irving Wladawsky-Berger is Visiting Lecturer in MIT’s Sloan School of Management and a
Fellow of the Initiative on the Digital Economy.

He retired from IBM in May of 2007 after a 37 year career with the company, where his primary
focus was on innovation and technical strategy. He led a number of IBM’s companywide
initiatives including the Internet and e-business, supercomputing and Linux. He was Strategic
Adviser on Digital Strategy and Innovation at Citigroup from March of 2008 to June of 2014,
and at HBO from September of 2014 to August of 2015. He’s currently affiliated with
MasterCard Advisors.

Since 2005 Dr. Wladawsky-Berger has been writing a weekly blog, irvingwb.com, which has
also been published in the Wall Street Journal’s CIO Journal since April of 2012.

He is Visiting Lecturer Adjunct Professor at the Imperial College Business School and member
of the Advisory Board of its Data Science Institute; Executive-in-Residence at NYU’s Center for
Urban Science and Progress; and member of the Advisory Board of USC’s Annenberg
Innovation Lab.

He was co-chair of the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee, as well as a
founding member of the Computer Sciences and Telecommunications Board of the National
Research Council. He is a former member of the University of Chicago Board of Governors for
Argonne National Laboratories, of the Board of Overseers for Fermilab and of BP’s Technology
Advisory Council, and of BP’s Technology Advisory Council. He is a Fellow of the American
Academy of Arts and Sciences as well as a Fellow of London’s Royal Society of Arts. A native
of Cuba, he was named the 2001 Hispanic Engineer of the Year.

Dr. Wladawsky-Berger received an M.S. and a Ph. D. in physics from the University of Chicago.