Ramesh Gopinath is the global leader for Financial Technologies and Blockchain at IBM Research. He took on this role January 2016 following an exceptional tenure as Director of IBM Research – India, where he was responsible for strategy and execution of the lab’s research agenda, working in close alignment with IBM business units. He led a team developing breakthrough technologies underlying innovation in services, software and systems, with a special focus on service delivery innovations and solutions for emerging markets. Previously, Ramesh was the Director of Cloud Services at IBM T.J.Watson Research Center in New York. He has been with IBM Research since 1994 and over the years led the delivery of differentiated value to IBM products and services in a broad range of areas: speech and text technologies, collaboration, mobile technologies and most recently cloud. Ramesh graduated from Rice University (Phd, 1993, MS 1990) and the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai (BTech 1987).