Jurij Paraszczak

Director, IBM Industry Solutions and Smarter Cities
Relationship Manager, IBM Venture Capital Group

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Jurij is Director of IBM Research Industry Solutions and the leader of the Global Research Smarter Cities program focusing on helping cities manage the complex set of demands placed on their infrastructure by their constituents and on the optimization of flows of energy, people, water and other resources through this infrastructure.


As the IBM Research lead for Smarter Cities Jurij is responsible for aligning the 10 Research Laboratories around these opportunities emerging around the globe. Over the last 3 years, Jurij has managed significant projects with over 20 cities ranging from the prediction of how work crews can better address pipe leakage to the optimization of energy management in over 1200 buildings in large cities to the engagement of citizenry in the optimal management of cities.


Previously Jurij was Chief Technology Officer of the IBM Venture Capital group and also Director of Technology for the IBM Research Emerging Business Group, where he was responsible for identifying and harvesting all sources of innovation for IBM’s solutions and products from a the global Venture community and the Research Division, In this role Jurij helped IBM establish deeper relationships with the venture community, integrated startups in IBM’s sales opportunities, identified startup acquisitions for IBM and created new approaches to venturing.


Jurij has over 55 publications in various areas of telecommunications, technology and systems and over 18 patents in a wide variety of fields including communications, plasma chemistry, microlithography, materials manipulation and chip fabrication, packaging systems, media delivery and characterization, smarter cities analytics and models.


Jurij has a broad experience to draw on to help span a wide variety of disciplines and to synthesize new approaches to old problems. He obtained his PhD and BSc from the University of Sheffield, UK


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