IMRAN SAYEED

Imran is a visionary, high-impact executive and respected thought leader who was recognized in 2013 by Computerworld as one of the Premier 100 IT Leaders. He has also been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Harvard Business Review and most of the leading business and technology publications for his work on entrepreneurship, digital technologies and innovation. Imran has been a keynote speaker at global conferences in North and Central America, Europe and Asia, including presentations on digital and entrepreneurial opportunities to business leaders in Mexico, Singapore and Jakarta and at the Asia Business Conference at MIT in 2016.

Imran is an inspiring leader with an infectious enthusiasm for maximizing business opportunities using the latest technologies. He has an exceptional track record using technology and innovation to increase profits, expand into new markets, develop new lines of business, launch new products and accelerate growth. He is focused on operational excellence and known for attracting top talent and motivating operationally-focused teams to develop leading edge business solutions.

With his unique background spanning startups, large global companies and academia, Imran has demonstrated an outstanding ability to build strategic partnerships and transform organizations by harnessing rapidly evolving technologies coming out of leading universities. Highlights of his experience and accomplishments include:

  • Creating, launching and leading the Digital practice while concurrently leading global innovation initiatives across the organization as chief technology officer with NTT Data, the 6th largest technology consulting company in the world with 75,000 employees in 45 countries and $16 billion in annual revenue
     
  • Consulting with clients on realizing the business value of digital investments and on strategies to compete successfully with the hottest upstarts in their industry
     
  • Executing global initiatives focused on Disruptive, Incremental, Top Down, Grassroots, Industry- specific and Horizontal innovation and the mechanisms for developing, measuring and creating impact across 4 continents
     
  • Leading a 7,000-person, $750 million technology consulting organization spanning North America, Europe and Asia for Keane, providing end to end IT services from strategy to implementation and outsourcing.
     
  • Achieving excellent results in 2 successful software product and services startups:
    • Founding and serving as Chairman and CEO of netNumina, a technology strategy and consulting firm, and growing the company from a 15-person startup to one of Computerworld’s Top 100 emerging companies and Inc 500’s fastest growing businesses; the company was sold to Keane in 2005.
       
    • Playing a key role in the growth of Open Environment, a leading middleware product company, as a founding member of a 10-person startup that went public with an IPO in 1995.
       
  • Currently teaching courses on Entrepreneurship and Innovation as faculty member at the MIT Sloan School of Management, one of the leading universities for technology innovation in the world.
     
  • Imran teaches graduate courses on a variety of topics including Disruptive Technologies, New Business Models, Software and Internet Entrepreneurship and Global Innovation in Large Companies.
     
  • He has started and developed entrepreneurial ecosystems in Central America and South Asia
     
  • Founded and served as Global President of OPEN, an entrepreneurship and leadership organization, with 5000+ executives and entrepreneurs in 11 cities around the world
     
  • Imran is a graduate of Brown University and did post-graduate work at Harvard. He also holds a patent for an Internet security technology that he developed jointly with Citibank.