2021 Second Virtual Inspiring Across Generations
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Vishal Ahuja

Hybrid Cloud Services Leader


Vishal is the Hybrid Cloud Services leader for distribution market at IBM. In this role, he leads a large services team that helps clients manage and modernize their application estate to run effectively on cloud and to deliver digital transformation to the business. In this role, he is responsible for all aspects of this business, including setting the strategy, overall delivery of projects including revenue, profit, signings, and client satisfaction attainment. Vishal is an avid triathlete and is training for an Ironman 140.6. He is also a coach for a charity that helps people train for marathons and fundraise towards education of underprivileged kids. Please tell us one fun fact about you. I am a triathlete and am training for Ironman that involves swimming, biking and running 140.6 miles, all in a few hours.

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Kristie Bradford

Director of Intellectual Property


As Director of Intellectual Property at IBM, Kristie Curameng Bradford is responsible for monetizing select technology investments, from strategy development to transaction execution. Focus areas include quantum computing, artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, and monetization via Venture Capital and Private Equity channels.  Deal structures include licensing, acquisitions, divestitures, minority equity investments, NewCos, and spinoffs.  Previously, Kristie served as Business Development Executive at IBM Watson Business Development and led mergers and acquisitions for Watson Health (2016-2019).  Kristie brings +22 years of experience in strategy, M&A, corporate finance, sales, and marketing. She also has +16 years of direct M&A experience as a consultant to strategic and PE buyers and as an investor at several organizations including IBM, GE Capital, NBC Universal, and New Markets Venture Partners.  Kristie has undergraduate degrees in Government & Politics and Japanese Language and MBA from the University of Maryland and studied abroad at Keio University in Tokyo

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Dr. Jerry Chow

Director of Quantum Hardware System Development


Dr. Jerry M. Chow is the Director of Quantum Hardware System Development at IBM, leading the effort to envision and implement IBM's quantum hardware systems roadmap through design, characterization, and system integration. His technical expertise is in the area of superconducting qubit quantum computing. Chow graduated magna cum laude with a BA in physics and MS in applied mathematics from Harvard University (2005) and subsequently a PhD in physics from Yale University (2010). He joined IBM as a Research Staff Member in 2010. In 2012 he was recognized in the Forbes 30 under 30 Technology list. In 2016 he co-lead the IBM Quantum Experience project, placing a real quantum processor accessible to anyone on the Cloud.

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Mahmoud Elmashni

Managing Partner, Global Business Services


Mahmoud Elmashni is a Managing Partner in Global Business Services in IBM within their Strategic Partners teams.  He has personally worked with a number of clients overseeing their journeys to the cloud as well as forged IBM's relationships with its strategic partners as it expands it's footprint in the technology ecosystem in a striveto meet clients where they are.  He has grown up in IBM working critical situations, applications services, hybrid cloud services and most recently, acquisitions.  Please tell us one fun fact about you.Mahmoud is a die-hard sports fan and his first car was a Plymouth Cricket (look it up...)

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Inwha Huh

Partner, Banking & Financial Markets


Inwha is a Partner and Practice Leader for Banking & Financial Markets - Cognitive Process Transformation & Banking Industry Academy member at IBM. She works with global banking clients on their business transformation initiatives across core domains including Operations, Onboarding, Risk, Lending, Capital Markets, Trade & Supply Chain Finance.


She has 25 years experience working in Corporate & Investment Banking in the US, UK and Hong Kong. She has led global and regional P&Ls, including sales, structuring, risk, operations and client services, and have led transformation executions, platform rollouts and fintech partnerships.


Prior to IBM, Inwha was the EVP & Global Head of Structured Trade Solutions at HSBC based in Hong Kong. From 2015 she was a member of the Executive Committee of HSBC Commercial Bank and Global Banking & Markets Americas, as the Head of Global Trade Finance for HSBC N America.


Prior to that, she was Managing Director, Global Head of Capital Markets, Working Capital Solutions at GE from 2007. She has also held roles in in syndicated finance at Deutsche Bank and JPMorgan since 1996.


She has been an active diversity & education leader throughout her career - she is currently the Executive Sponsor of IBM’s Asian American Council, Sponsor of Women for Women International, Board member of Carver Foundation and Advisory Board member of the Greens Farms Academy.

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Richard Lui

Author of "Enough About Me" | News Anchor | Filmmaker


Author Richard Lui is a veteran and award-winning journalist with more than 30 years in television, film, technology, and business. Currently at MSNBC and previously with CNN Worldwide, he is the first Asian American man to anchor a daily national cable news program, and a team Emmy and Peabody winner. He has just completed an Oscars Qualifying documentary on student caregivers in military families that will hit national broadcast and mainstream streaming in late spring 2021. In addition, Richard’s 15-year business career involves a fintech patent and launching six tech brands over three business cycles. Richard has lived, worked, and volunteered on every continent. Learn more at richardlui.com


Dr. Hanhee Paik

Research Staff Member


Dr. Hanhee Paik is a Research Staff Member at IBM Quantum, IBM T J Watson Research Center. Through her research career, she has been focusing on understanding the coherence mechanisms of superconducting qubits and developing superconducting multi-qubit architectures. Dr. Paik pioneered the novel design of a superconducting qubit that helped the industry to push the boundary of superconducting qubit performance and her research on the quantum processor design has greatly impacted the quantum computing community. Today's IBM Quantum systems coherence times benefit from Dr. Paik's work, and average an industry-best 100 microseconds. She played a pivotal role developing the 16-qubit IBM Q Experience device (Rueschlikon and Melbourne), and she is currently working on developing the next generation of quantum computing processors