Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Research Affiliate, MIT Sloan School of Management

Dr. Irving Wladawsky-Berger is a Research Affiliate at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, a Fellow of MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy and of MIT Connection Science. He retired from IBM in May of 2007 after a 37 year career with the company, where his primary focus was on innovation and technical strategy. He led a number of IBM’s company-wide initiatives including the Internet, Supercomputing and Linux. He’s been Adviser on Digital Strategy and Innovation at Citigroup, at HBO, and at MasterCard, and Adjunct Professor at the Imperial College Business School.

Since 2005, Dr. Wladawsky-Berger has been writing a weekly blog,, which has also been published in the Wall Street Journal’s CIO Journal since April of 2012. He is a Senior Fellow of the Global Resilience Institute at Northeastern University; a Distinguished Associate of the Energy Futures Initiative; chairman of the r4 Advisory Board; Research Director of the Blockchain Research Institute; a member of the Advisory Board of USC’s Annenberg Innovation Lab and of AiRo Digital Labs; and a Director of the Board of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives. He was co-chair of the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee, as well as a founding member of the Computer Sciences and Telecommunications Board of the National Research Council.

He is a former member of the University of Chicago Board of Governors for Argonne National Laboratories, of the Board of Overseers for Fermilab and of BP’s Technology Advisory Council. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. A native of Cuba, he was named the 2001 Hispanic Engineer of the Year. Dr. Wladawsky-Berger received an M.S. and a Ph. D. in physics from the University of Chicago