Guru Banavar


Guru Banavar

CTO, Viome

Guru is driven to develop and apply deep technology innovations to solve the big challenges of humanity, especially in health and education. He is known for his work on Microbiome Analytics, IBM Watson AI, Smarter Cities, Services Innovation, Mobile Computing, and Distributed Systems.

Guru is currently leading the development of AI systems at Viome Inc, a company that offers unprecedented visibility into the biological ecosystem inside each of us, and delivers personalized food and supplement recommendations to deter chronic disease. Until April 2017, he was a global Vice President at IBM leading Watson AI research, and a member of CEO Ginni Rometty's top executive team.

Guru has built a range of advanced technologies and delivered solutions in multiple industries throughout his career. He is a recognized thought leader who delivered the 2017 Turing Lecture, and has spoken on the world's biggest stages including the Nobel Prize (twice), the Aspen Ideas Festival, and the Milken Conference. His awards include the Leadership in Technology Management Award from PICMET in 2017, and a National Innovation Award from the President of India in 2009. He has served on NY Governor Cuomo’s commission for NY state resiliency, and was an elected member of the IBM Academy of Technology. He has published extensively, and holds more than 30 US patents. His work has been featured in major international media including the New York Times, the Economist, the Wall Street Journal, BBC, and NPR. He has a PhD in Computer Science.

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