Strategy Adviser + AI Expert + Entrepreneur

Mr. Varshney is a Partner in IBM Services, and leads the Artificial Intelligence (AI) practice in North America cross-industry. He is a trusted advisor to c-suites and a recognized global leader in delivering quantified business value by leveraging the transformative power of AI. He has 13 yrs proven track record of partnering with fortune 100 global brands on their Cognitive Enterprise journey, covering Conversational AI, AI vision, Unstructured documents and custom Machine/Deep Learning models. He also holds multiple AI patents.

Current role

Partner – AI Practice Lead


MBA, Cornell University


AI & Strategy Consulting


Delivering tangible impact for clients by leveraging the transformative power of AI, Analytics, Data & IoT

Cognitive Customer Care

AI-Augmented customer care – delivering exceptional brand experiences via Virtual Agent and Agent Assist. Best-in-class enterprise AI with pre-built assets and decades of industry expertise.

Unstructured Document Insights

Leveraging industry-leading natural language processing (NLP) and smart document understanding to extract hidden insights from invoices, contracts, PDFs, DOCs, PPTs, scans etc. 

Cognitive Enterprise

Reinventing enterprises by exploiting “inside-out” potential of data with exponential technologies like AI, Automation and IoT. Redesigning workflows and re-igniting talent for the AI-first era.

Cognitive Performance Foresights

Patented machine learning models to capture and simulate complex dynamics of different industries. Drastically increase forecast accuracy and deliver on-demand scenarios and investment advice

IBM Garage

Co-creating continuous & purposeful Innovation while delivering at unprecedented Speed and Scale. Think. Transform. Thrive.

AI Center of Excellence

Helping clients setup and accelerate their Analytics Center of Excellence. Leveraging lessons from IBM’s 14 yrs long history of Chief Analytics Office, and our CoE experience with clients globally

Ideas worth spreading…

I am passionate about sharing ideas, interactive discussions, and exchanging point of views on disruptive technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Unstructured data, Internet of Things, Automation, Robotics, Watson etc.

Fannie Mae

Data Luminary Lecture on Analytical decision making


Machine Learning driven Financial Planning & Investment Decisions


Performance Foresights using Cognitive Computing

National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors

Billion Dollar CEO Roundtable Keynote speaker – Applied AI and IoT

IBM THINK Conference

Leveraging AI to enhance customer engagement

New York University

Talk on leveraging Cognitive & Analytics in real world


Disruptive Technologies – Cognitive, Blockchain and Robotic Automation


Cognitive Process Automation and Image analytics using TensorFlow

Burns & McDonnell

Ignite keynote speaker – Applied AI

4 patents so far…

Internet Of Things @ Intel

Method and apparatus for a power-efficient framework to maintain data synchronization of a mobile personal computer to simulate a connected scenario

Sales optimization @ IBM

Reinforcement allocation in socially connected professional networks. Identifying evolving influence of key opinion leaders and optimizing sales effort to maximize impact

Consumer Behavior Prediction @ IBM

Market Share prediction under changing consumer preferences for product brand and product feature during repeat purchases

Self assembling algorithms @ IBM

Automated Self-Learning Adaptive Analytical Modeling Tool, where sequence of models and parameters are self selected to reduce error

Journey so far

Mr. Varshney leads the Artificial Intelligence practice in IBM Services in North America. As an expert in the field of applying strategic thinking and AI to address business challenges, Shobhit brings a global perspective on state-of-the-art AI & analytical methodologies and opportunities to his clients. Shobhit has more than 13 years of experience in the field of AI, analytics and decision science as an advisor, practitioner and entrepreneur.


Engineer 2005

As part of Ultra Mobile research group, patented software driven battery management techniques

Bloomberg LP

Project Manager

Led multiple projects in Visualization & Analytics team to deliver enhanced technical analysis on Bloomberg Terminal

Bain & Co.


Management consultant in Financial Services in NY, focused on Transformation and Organizational strategy

IBM Chief Analytics Office

Managing Strategy Consultant 2012-2013

Led strategy and analytics for global sales transformation initiatives. Projects collectively drove ~$1B benefit

IBM Global Advanced Analytics Practice & CoC

Associate Partner 2014-2017

Led a global cross-industry SWAT team of strategy consultants and analytics ninjas to deliver first-of-a-kind congintive solutions

IBM Services – AI Practice

Partner, AI Practice Lead 2018-

Lead the AI practice cross-industry in North America. Specialize in Conversational AI, Vision AI and insights from unstructured document

Relentless pursuit of knowledge

I have consciously tried to constantly up-skill myself to help my clients outhink disruption


Management Strategy, Analytics Center of Excellence, Cognitive Roadmap, Data Monetization Strategy, Sales Transformation


AI, Deep Learning, Machine Learning, Neural Networks, Bayesian statistics, System Dynamics, Optimization etc.


Python, R, Javascript, SPSS, C, C++, Unix
TensorFlow, Keras, Kubernetes, Cloud/AI platforms (IBM, Amazon, Google, Microsoft)


Photography, Adobe Photoshop/ Illustrator/ Lightroom/ After Effects, Apple Final Cut

BS in Computer Engineering & Math Summa Cum Laude, Univ. of Arkansas

Full waiver Chancellor’s scholarship Dean’s list, Silver medal Penn State Math semester, 3.9 GPA

MS in Computer Science & BioMedicine

Interdisciplinary Research Fellowship at Cornell Weill, Rockefeller and Sloan Kettering Cancer

MBA with distinction Johnson @ Cornell University

Consulting focus, Deloitte Case competition winner, VP – Consulting, SABC, Community Impact

MIT, Stanford, John Hopkins – Analytics Edge, Machine Learning, Python etc.

Multiple courses and certifications in leadership, analytics and machine learning