Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Distinguished Associate

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Irving Wladawsky-Berger is Visiting Lecturer at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, a Fellow of MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy and of MIT Connection Science, an Adjunct Professor at the Imperial College Business School, and member of the Advisory Board of its Data Science Institute.

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, Supercomputing, and Linux. He’s been a Strategic Adviser on Digital Strategy and Innovation at Citigroup, HBO, and MasterCard. 

Since 2005, Wladawsky-Berger has been writing a weekly blog,, which has also been published in the Wall Street Journal’s CIO Journal since April of 2012. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Manhattanville College; the Advisory Board of USC’s Annenberg Innovation Lab; the Board of Directors of Inno360, and the Corporation for National Research Initiatives. 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, 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, Wladawsky-Berger was named the 2001 Hispanic Engineer of the Year. Wladawsky-Berger received an M.S. and a PhD in physics from the University of Chicago. 

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