Managing Director, IBM Watson Health
Originally from the UK and now based in Sydney, Australia, Dr. Terry Sweeney is the IBM Watson Health Commercial Leader for Asia-Pacific, Japan and China. His particular area of focus in healthcare and life sciences is the use of health technology and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to drive better outcomes for patients, citizens and organisations.
Working at the intersection of AI, big data and healthcare, Terry is recognised as a thought leader in health and government technology, with over 18 years’ industry experience in a number of global senior strategic health and human services positions in both public and private sectors.
By age 15, Terry had co-founded his first start-up, providing security and replication technology in the PC gaming industry. Three years later, the company was acquired by a US based multinational.
Since that time, Terry has held a position as the UK Government Senior Advisor on health, social policy and digital strategy, leading the transformation of front line services through technology adoption. He also headed up a health and social policy research global think tank, providing health and human services thought leadership.
Terry is also a former Director of the social health and human services technology start-up, Cúram Software. Based in Ireland, Cúram’s global presence and market leadership led to IBM acquiring the company in 2011.
A former professional athlete, Terry holds a Ph.D. in Economics and a first class honours degree in Economics, both from Cambridge University, in addition to a Master of Science degree in Business Information Technology from Newcastle University. Her Majesty the Queen honoured Terry with the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George (CMG), for his service overseas with the British Government.