Vivek Bajaj

Vice President, Global Banking & Financial Markets / IBM Cognitive Solutions

Vivek is the Global Banking & FM Leader for IBM Cognitive Solutions. Cognitive Solutions have the ability to understand, reason and learn to enable transformational business value. In this capacity Vivek leads a worldwide team of experienced Industry consultants and architects who work with major financial institutions to apply cognitive in creating a customer focused enterprise, optimizing risk and compliance and delivering operational efficiency.

Alongside his leadership responsibilities Vivek works directly with C-­suite executives to share best practices based on his two decades of expertise in financial services. He has personally driven strategic transformation initiatives by leveraging cognitive & advanced analytics at major financial institutions in the recent past. In particular he has an in-­depth understanding of financial services use cases around customer centricity, risk & compliance and counter fraud.

Vivek has played numerous roles directly related to the financial services industry over the last several years. Directly prior to his current role Vivek led the WW Financial Services Analytics team for IBM. In the years before that Vivek has held a number of leadership positions in financial services including managing the client executive relationship with a top-­10 financial institution and heading a strategic consulting practice for financial services globally. He also setup up and grew a financial services sales & delivery practice at Microsoft in the past.

He is recognized as an industry expert and invited to speak at a multitude of industry executive roundtables, technology conferences and universities to highlight real world financial services and big data use cases. Vivek is also regularly interviewed and published by industry journals and think tanks.

Vivek is a recognized IBM management and sales leader with numerous awards and citations. He is an economics and management university graduate from the University of Mumbai and has a post graduate MBA degree from Henley Business School, UK.

When not at IBM, Vivek is passionate about sports, travel and spending time with his family.