Harshitha Shivakumar

Enthusiastic and passionate about technology, Harshitha has won several awards for being a role model in the tech industry due to her exceptional technical expertise, strong leadership skills, continuous innovation, outstanding contribution as a strong advocate for encouraging more women into technology, mentorship for early professionals and for being a Diversity Champion at IBM.

After growing up in India, Harshitha moved to the UK and gained a First class MEng Computer Science and Software Engineering degree from the University of Birmingham. During her University course, she did a Placement Year at IBM as a Technical Support Analyst. Her outstanding all-round performance during her Placement year made her a finalist for several National Awards.

Harshitha was also the only student from her cohort to receive appreciation from the University’s Vice Chancellor at the Graduation ceremony for her academic excellence and for being a role-model to her peers. After graduating from University in 2019, Harshitha returned to IBM as a Graduate Technical Consultant. As a Consultant, she has taken on diverse technical roles on a variety of projects and has helped achieve business transformation for clients primarily in the Distribution and Public Sector. Harshitha is currently a QA Lead for a large team on a critical customs transformation project for a prestigious client in the Public Sector and is the youngest person to ever take on this role on her team.