Jia Chen

Director, Health Solutions, Smarter Cities

Dr. Jia Chen is the Director of Health Solutions for Smarter Cities globally at IBM. She is responsible for the definition of strategic direction and development of integrated, replicable smarter health solutions for IBM’s clients. She also serves on IBM Academy Leadership Team which is a leadership team consists of top 100 technical leaders of the company.
Dr. Chen was formerly Director of Technical Sales & Innovation for IBM’s Growth Market Units (GMU), based in Shanghai, China. Dr. Chen had leadership for technical sales team across all IBM's business units for the Greater China Group, ASEAN, Australia/New Zealand, Korea, India, Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa, and Latin America, focusing on bringing innovative integrated solutions to IBM’s clients.
Before moving to GMU, she was Program Director for Innovation at IBM Corporate Headquarters, NY. Dr. Chen was responsible for the identification, structuring and execution of first of a kind technology and business initiatives that provide innovative and sustainable differentiation for IBM’s clients. She led IBM cross business units global teams and drove strategic collaborative innovation in datacenter, cloud, smarter security and energy with major multi-national firms. Prior to that, she held business development, technology development and research positions at IBM Systems and Technology Group and IBM Research.
A Fellow of the United Engineering Foundation since 2000, and a Fellow of the World Technology Network since 2006, Dr. Chen was honored as one of 35 leading technology innovators under the age of 35 worldwide by MIT’s Technology Review Magazine in 2005. In 2006, she was honored as Best Researcher of the Year by Small Times magazine, and recognized as one of the top 15 innovators of Nano50 by NASA's Nanotech Briefs. She holds both U.S. and foreign patents, an author of numerous professional publications, and a frequent invited/keynote speaker at professional society conferences. She served on the organizing committee of the United States National Academy of Engineering’s Frontiers of Engineering.
Dr. Chen received her B.S. from Fudan University, China, and Ph.D. in Physics in 2000 from Yale University. Her research work was recognized as one of the ‘Breakthrough of the Year’ by Science magazine in 2001.

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