ROLE PLAYERS 2017 - Rizwan Hussain

Rizwan Hussain

Rizwan Hussain is the Government Industry and Smarter Cities Leader for IBM's Middle East and Africa business. He leads IBM's vision, strategy and market development efforts for teams active in cities within the region. The delivery of citizen services and the integration of transport, water management, public safety, energy, social services, health and urban management are at the heart of IBM's Government industry initiative.

Over the past twenty years, Rizwan has built a successful international career working with clients in the Americas, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa. He is a seasoned industry executive and thought leader in the areas of cognitive government, digital transformation, citizen services, transportation, emergency management, water management and social welfare delivery. His depth of industry experience has seen him advise city leaders and elected officials on strategy development and project implementation as well as partner with private companies to deliver associated services. Prior to his current role, he has also held management and marketing roles. In addition, he has been part of the Leadership Development Program, Corporate Service Corps and Smarter Cities Challenge program at IBM.

Rizwan has an MBA in International Business from Thunderbird in Arizona, USA. He also received leadership education from Harvard Business School, USA. Originally from Pakistan, he is currently based in Dubai with his wife and daughter.