Jia Chen

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Jia Chen is the Offering Leader of Blockchain solutions for Healthcare and Life Sciences at IBM’s Innovation and Solution Incubation team. She also serves on the IBM Academy of Technology Leadership Team which is a leadership team consists of top 100 technical leaders of the company.

She previously led technical strategy at IBM Watson Health Innovation, with a focus on data and AI. Prior to that, Dr. Chen was the global leader of Watson Experience Centers at IBM, responsible for Watson AI client experiences across all Watson group. She held leadership positions for Innovation and client engagement at IBM Corporate Headquarters as well as emerging markets, she led the identification, structuring and execution of first of a kind technology and business initiatives that provide innovative and transformative differentiation for IBM’s clients.

She was formerly the Director of Health Solutions for Smarter Cities at IBM, and the Director of Technical Sales & Innovation for IBM’s Growth Market Units (GMU), based in Shanghai, China. Dr. Chen had leadership for technical sales team across all IBM's business units for the Greater China Group, ASEAN, Australia/New Zealand, Korea, India, Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa, and Latin America.

She received her Ph.D in physics from Yale University. She was named as one of the top 35 technology innovators under the age of 35 worldwide by MIT's Technology Review (TR35)[1] in 2005, the Best Researcher of the Year by Small Times magazine in 2006 and one of the top 26 tech women innovators at IBM in 2015. She’s an innovation catalyst with over 15 issued patents, 8 book chapters and 50+ journal and conference papers. She serves on the Yale Graduate School Alumni Association Board.


  1. ^ "2005 Young Innovators Under 35". Technology Review. 2005. Retrieved August 15, 2011.