Gaurav Sharma

Vice President - IBM India Labs and Ecosystem

Gaurav Sharma is the Vice President of IBM India Labs & Ecosystem. He leads IBM Software (Development, Product Management, Design & Support) in the areas of Data & AI, Automation, Security, and Sustainability to deliver cutting-edge products in support of IBM’s strategy of Hybrid Cloud and AI. He is also responsible for leading global delivery teams working in Ecosystem Engineering, watsonx Client Engineering and Global Delivery Center (GDC) of Technology Expert Labs.

As part of his expanded role, and in addition to leading one of IBM’s biggest innovation labs, he is responsible for working closely with the Government (Center and State), Partners (GSI, ISVs etc) and Academia across India/SA for adoption, deployment and consumption of IBM’s products & offerings.

Gaurav is responsible for steering market-centric approach within the labs, driving technology innovations that are important for customers and establishing deep relationships with clients, ecosystem partners and developer community.

In his prior roles, Gaurav was responsible for expanding business across emerging clusters, establishing new labs (Ahmedabad & Kochi) and devising strategy for increasing sales in the region with Red Hat and IBM Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) teams. He has worked as a developer/engineer, global product lead, client advocate, executive for Global System Integrators and partners of IBM.

Gaurav is passionate about contributing to various Indian Government flagship initiatives including Niti Aayog’s Atal Tinkering Labs, Directorate General of Resettlement (Min of Defence) and Education/ Skills development. He is part of the Engineering council in NASSCOM and is on the Innovation Panel for CII.

Gaurav has vast experience in various technology areas, specializing in Data/AI & Automation, Analytics (both structured and unstructured), enterprise content management (products and solutions), and information management.

He has a Master’s in Software Engineering from BITS Pilani and a Bachelor's in Technology, Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT BHU), Varanasi.