Iqbal Alikhan

Program Director for Blockchains & Innovations - Global Markets, Enterprise, IBM

Iqbal AliKhan is the Program Director for Blockchains & Innovations for Global Markets, Enterprise at IBM. He is a banker who moved over to management consulting and built an intuitive understanding of the intersection of business and technology, leveraging technologies such as cognitive analytics, Watson (artificial intelligence & machine learning), mobile, big data, API’s and Blockchains to accelerate go to market strategies and operationalize new business models. Most recently, Iqbal conducted the successful adoption of distributed ledger technology to trade for financial institutions. He followed that up by extending the value chain across 9 participants in trade supply chain finance, including ports, logistic companies, telco, banks, airline and regulators across the value chain. He is now working with multiple institutions to prioritize trade lanes. Iqbal works at the cusp of adoption of innovations, and blockchains by banks, governments, central banks and commercial organizations, as part of their digitization strategies.

Iqbal has over 20 years of experience including successful launch of a new product for a Fortune 50 bank, a corporate private equity and venture capital platform for a Fortune 50 corporate, and a business development platform generating over a billion dollars of corporate contracts for the same corporate.

He has conducted strategy and operational projects at banks and global card companies in North America, Europe and Asia. He has hands on experience in Fintech developments, most recently around payments, retail, transaction banking and regulations. Iqbal has been at the forefront of innovations and a change agent at IBM, leading several first of a kind initiatives.

Iqbal holds a BA in Economics and History, an MPhil in Finance and has completed various executive management programs at Citibank, IBM and INSEAD. He is recognized as an IBM Inventor for developing “Method & Application for Business Initiative Performance Management”.