Bob Lord
SVP, Cognitive Applications, Blockchain and Ecosystems, IBM

Bob is Senior Vice President, Cognitive Applications, Blockchain, and Ecosystems at IBM, where he is responsible for infusing emerging and open technologies across the business. He oversees IBM’s market-leading blockchain business and drives the company’s key partner ecosystems across developers, global systems integrators and independent software vendors, which help clients accelerate their journey to the cloud and gain competitive advantage.

At the centre of this work is a commitment to the developers and data scientists of the open source community. Bob oversees IBM’s leadership and participation in dozens of open source communities, contribution and donation of open source code, and overall industry advocacy.

In 2018 Bob launched Call for Code, a major initiative to give developers and data scientists access to IBM tools and technologies as a means to solve global, societal challenges. In collaboration with the United Nations Human Rights and The Linux Foundation, IBM helps the world’s 24 million developers use these technologies to address society’s most pressing concerns: the growing threat of climate change and mitigating the spread of COVID-19. Since launch, over 300,000 developers and problem solvers from over 168 nations built solutions for an immediate and lasting impact in society.

In collaboration with leading relief organisations, the winning solutions are further developed through IBM Code and Response, a four-year initiative to build, fortify, test and deploy open technology to serve communities in need of critical aid.