Shrirang “Ranga” Deshpande, a second time IBM Champion, and Lifetime Achievement Award winner, is Senior Advisor at the IT Executive Circle, a premier CIO think tank in Belgium.
He is actively engaged in the community as Strategy Advisor to IT and Honorary ICT Director at the Institut Jules Bordet, the Comprehensive Cancer Centre of the University of Brussels, Belgium.
Ranga sits on the Common Europe Advisory Council (CEAC) since its launch in 1991 helping IBM shape the future of IBM i.
A very active volunteer, Ranga is Vice-President and Events Organizer of COMMON Belgium, and a Director of COMMON Europe Board.
Having had to champion the IBM i - and IT in general - at companies throughout his career, Ranga, a frequent speaker, is well placed to share his experiences with other CIOs and impart good,
strategic advice on how to help ‘Steer the IT ship’ for business.
With a doctorate in Biology, Ranga was Associate Professor, a Scientists’ Pool Officer and a Fellow of the Indian College of Allergy and Applied Immunology in his previous life.
Constant improvement of people's quality of life through the informatics ecosystem is his passion.