Top 10: Chief Technology Officers in APAC

From India and China to Japan and Australia, Technology Magazine looks at 10 of the most influential Chief Technology Officers in the APAC region

Home to some of the world's most innovative and dynamic technology companies, the APAC region is home to a number of technology leaders at the forefront of change and disruption.

Below, Technology Magazine takes a closer look at 10 of the top Chief Technology Officers in the Asia-Pacific region, from India to Australia.

10: Dan Sutherland

CTO Deloitte Software Group - Consulting, Deloitte

Australia

Chief Technology Officer of Deloitte’s recently-launched Software Group, Dan Sutherland joined the business in 2021 following a number of years at the software development company Biarri, serving most recently as Biarri EMI’s CEO.

Since joining Deloitte, Sutherland has been heavily involved in the launch of its Software Group, helping create a team of high performing product and software professionals to solve Deloitte’s clients’ biggest challenges: leveraging emerging technologies to drive positive change.

9: Dahnesh Dilkhush

COE Lead & CTO, Microsoft India

India

Dahnesh Dilkhush first joined Microsoft in 2000 after a role as a Technical Account Manager at Wipro. He spent a decade with Microsoft India, leading a team of Solutions Sales Specialists, Principal Architect & Product Specialists before moving to Cisco.

He rejoined Microsoft in 2014 as the CTO of its Global Alliances. In his current role, he is responsible for the Center of Excellence (COE) teams across Azure and Modern Workplace, and leads in the CTO role for Azure for Microsoft India.

8: Vincent Caldeira

Chief Technology Officer, APAC, Red Hat

Singapore

APAC CTO for Red Hat, Vincent Caldeira is a dynamic and visionary technology leader with a proven track record for leading ambitious business and technology transformation roadmaps and leading cross-functional teams to deliver complex strategic delivery programs within the Financial Services Industry. 

Caldeira has more than 11 years in the banking sector shaping target architecture and technology roadmaps, and over nine years in the financial technology sector building software on cutting-edge technology.

7: Purshottam Purswani

CTO APAC, Atos

Australia

Purshottam Purswani is a chief architect with more than 20 years of cross-industry IT experience in the telecom, manufacturing and financial sectors. In his 20 years of experience, he has fulfilled a variety of roles including enterprise architecture, IT management, and program management. Today at Atos, Purswani is responsible for the strategy and driving innovation for customers.

A member of the Atos Scientific Community and an Atos Distinguished expert, Purswani works on digital technologies around IoT, cloud, machine learning, blockchain and AI.

6: Dr Dave Goad

CTO and Head of Advisory, IBM ANZ

Australia

As the Chief Technology Officer for IBM Consulting Services in Australia and New Zealand, Dr David Goad provides technical leadership to IBM's consulting organisation. This involves working with a variety of technologies on a daily basis to deliver client solutions, including Azure, AWS, IBM Cloud and GCP. 

His role also involves managing the CTO office, a team of senior cloud architects, industry CTOs and technology specialists providing technical leadership and quality assurance for IBM Consulting's largest transformation projects and customers.

5: Sharad Sriwastawa

CTO, Rakuten Mobile

Location

Sharad Sriwastawa joined Rakuten Mobile in 2018 and was appointed Chief Technology Officer in March 2022. Sriwastawa is responsible for the development and operation of the operator’s fully virtualised, cloud native, Open RAN-based mobile network.

Sriwastawa is an experienced technology manager with a demonstrated history of working in the telecommunications industry. With a broad range of experience, he has more than 20 years of management and system deployment experience across the USA, MEA and Asia.

4: Ajay Mishra

CTO, Japan & Asia Pacific, Palo Alto Networks

Location

Ajay Mishra has spent more than 20 years designing and implementing secure systems in multiple domains including semiconductor equipment, consumer electronics, financial services and retail. As an experienced public speaker, Ajay has been running a popular “White Hacking Seminar” in Japan and has served as a regular speaker for FS-ISAC Japan and Nippon CSIRT Association. 

In 2021 he joined Palo Alto Networks as CTO, based in Tokyo, where he is focused on the emerging cybersecurity area of cloud native security. He previous spent nine years at Akamai Technologies.

3: Andrew Underwood

Asia Pacific & Japan CTO, Dell Technologies

​​​​​​​Australia

Andrew Underwood is a technology leader and system theorist who orchestrates Dell Technologies’ high performance computing, edge computing and AI go to market in Asia Pacific and Japan. He joined Dell in 2014 after five years at the Victorian Partnership for Advanced Computing, known as VPAC Ltd, where he led investment in supercomputers and scientific computing platforms, and enterprise companies across Australia.

Today, he works hand-in-hand with industrial, academic and government clients to build the computational foundations critical to their scientific advancement and global economic competitiveness.

2: Mohit Kapoor

Group CTO, Mahindra Group

​​​​​​​India

A business technology leader with 30 years of experience across industries, with the last 20 years focused on innovation, digital technology, process & product quality, company culture and customer experience, Mohit Kapoor currently leads Digital transformation at the Mahindra Group. 

An electronics engineer with advanced management & professional certifications from Cornell University and Georgia Institute of Technology, his key strengths include global technology & operations, global delivery & workforce strategy, application development management, risk management, enterprise CIO, CISO, CTO functions & data/analytics.

1: Jingren Zhou

Chief Technology Officer, Alibaba Cloud

​​​​​​​China

Jingren Zhou is Chief Technology Officer of Alibaba Cloud, a position he has held since December 2022.

With a range of experience across Cloud Computing, Database Systems, Machine Learning, Search, and Advertising, he joined Alibaba as a Vice President in 2015, managing several core technical divisionsto drive data intelligent infrastructure and applications.

Before joining Alibaba, Zhou was a partner development manager at Microsoft and a researcher at Microsoft Research. He has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Columbia University and a B.S. at University of Science and Technology of China.

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