As a global sales leader, Petra is driving the worldwide IBM Power Systems scale-up and sale-out of business focusing on AIX and IBM I, which includes the IBM Power Systems Software portfolio. In 2019, Petra was elected as Chairwoman of the IBM Technical Expert Council which is an affiliate of the IBM Academy of Technology. In this leadership role, Petra and the Technical Expert Council support shaping and driving the technical strategy in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. In this week’s episode, Nick chats with Petra Bührer of IBM about how IBM is leveraging their Watson technology to help doctors and scientists combat COVID-19. Petra talks about her various roles at IBM over the years and how working for a global tech company has allowed her to travel and experience so many different cultures and meet so many new people from around the world. Petra also discusses the “AI for Good” initiative and why she believes it is crucial that more voices from women and people of color are needed in order to truly help AI evolve to serve the needs of every human being on the planet. Nick and Petra also briefly talk about how they first met at the 2019 Asia Property Awards in Bangkok, Thailand, and how that event impacted both of them.
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