We interviewed Henry De Sio, one of the great boosters of the huge social innovation development worldwide.
Retired on May 31, 2007, after 37 years at IBM. He is currently the President Emeritus of the IBM Academy of Technology, where he remains involved in technical strategy and innovation initiatives at IBM. In March 2008 he joined Citigroup as a Strategic Advisor, assisting with innovation and technology initiatives in the company. At IBM, he was responsible for identifying emerging technologies and developing markets, critical in the future of the computing industry, as well as participating in the organization of activities inside and outside IBM to capitalize on them.
In addition, he was the head of the IBM office of university relations and the IBM Academy of Technology where he served as the Chairman of the Board of Governors. In 1196, he led the formulation of IBM’s Internet strategy and the development and market launch of advanced Internet technologies that could be integrated into IBM’s business. Since then, he has led initiatives in a wide number of companies such as Linux, Grid Computing and, in October 2002, On Demand Business. Irving Wladawsky-Berger is visiting professor at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and Engineering Systems Division; Senior Research Fellow at the Levin Institute of the State University of New York, and Adjunct Professor in the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group at Imperial College Business School.
In his academic activities he is involved in multidisciplinary research and teaching focused on how technology can improve commercial organizations and institutions of society. He is a member of the Advisory Council of BP’s Technology, the Visiting Committee for the Physical Sciences Division of the University of Chicago, and the Council of the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences of the University of Texas at Austin. He had the honor of participating and later co-chairing the Presidential Advisory Commission on Information Technologies from 1997 to 2001, and being a founding member of the National Council for Computer Science and Telecommunications Research in 1986. He is a former member of the Council of Supervisors of Governors for Argonne National Laboratories at the University of Chicago.
He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Born in Cuba and coming to the US at the age of 15, one of the things Irving Wladawsky-Berger is most proud of is having been named Hispanic Engineer of the Year 2001. He has a Bachelor’s and Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Chicago