Rania Khalaf

Chief Information and Data Officer, Inari

Rania Khalaf is the Chief Information and Data Officer at Inari where she is leading Inari's work in machine learning, data, and compute to improve plant performance and achieve a more sustainable food system. Rania has more than two decades of experience in software engineering, cloud computing and artificial intelligence. She joined Inari from IBM Research, where she defined their global AI-Infused Automation research strategy and oversaw the launch of innovation in multiple new and existing AI-driven products. She held several positions at IBM, including Director of AI Platforms, Director of Cloud Platforms and Distinguished Research Staff Member, creating with her teams award-winning innovation in cloud-native AI platforms, human-centered AI, serverless computing and web services. A frequent invited speaker and panelist, Rania has been a judge of MIT IU35 and on the leadership group for MIT SOLVE challenges on Digital Inclusion and Learning for Women and Girls. A board member of the Hariri Institute for Computing at Boston University and on the Advisory Board of the Museum of Science Boston, Rania received her doctorate from the University of Stuttgart and her master's and bachelor's degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

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