Isuru Fernando

Based in: Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch

Isuru Fernando is the Head of Artificial Intelligence for IBM New Zealand. He is a recognised thought leader at IBM, is part of IBM’s Global Top Talent, and sits on the Worldwide panel for Product Futures.

Isuru holds Undergraduate and Postgraduate degrees where he spent his time pushing the boundaries of theory and practice, and co-founded a start-up that went onto a successful acquisition. He is an author and researcher, has published in international journals, is a resident lecturer and advisor at a number of universities and academic research groups, and a member of the Embedded Systems and Robotics research group at the University of Auckland. Isuru is a board member of the Association of Information Professionals Asia Pacific Chapter, and sits on the Executive Council of the New Zealand AI Forum.

Globally, Isuru has extensive experience working with leading organisations on digital and economic disruption. He extends his remit outside of IBM to create market momentum for emerging technology and advocate for trusted ethical design.

Areas of expertise:

  • Artificial Intelligence,
  • Digital Intelligence,
  • Human Machine Interaction
  • Customer Experience
  • Artificial Intelligence Ethics
  • Ethical Design
  • Artificial Intelligence Design
  • Artificial Intelligence Driven Design
  • Design Thinking for Artificial Intelligence
  • Digital Humans
  • Avatars


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