Charu Mahajan
Partner & ASEAN Leader, IBM Garage

Charu Mahajan

Charu is a Partner and the ASEAN leader for IBM Garage, where she helps companies accelerate their digital transformation journeys, drive innovation, modernization, and culture transformation with a prescriptive approach built on design thinking, lean agile techniques applied at scale, that deliver business value at start-up speeds. Charu also manages IBM's corporate venture capital program in ASEAN, leading investments in highly strategic companies with interests and ambition aligned to IBM's growth vision. Her areas of focus are hybrid cloud, product and platform engineering, and sustainability. Concurrently, Charu leads the IBM Consulting practice for Consumer Goods, Retail, Travel and Transport sectors in the region. With 22+ years of end-to-end strategic consulting experience globally, she works with the C-suite and Boards of leading companies to address their most pressing strategic challenges-accelerated digital transformation of businesses, optimization of existing operating models through technology and data, re-engineering of core business processes, and building resilient skills and technology capabilities to drive new business models. She has helped enable notable improvements in her clients’ long-term financial performance including top-line and profitability growth, and sustained increase in enterprise innovation, productivity, and agility in rapidly changing APAC markets. Prior to joining IBM, she led and managed Accenture’s Consumer Goods & Services portfolio: in S.E. Asia and was focused on building large F100 relationships including P&G, Unilever, Mondelez, and Danone. Her work with these clients helped them build world-class ecommerce capabilities, modernize their legacy technology estates and business processes, digitize thew salesforce and deliver superior customer experience. Outside of work, Charu actively contributes to the local development of technology capabilities, talent, and start-ups. She is the Vice President of the Women in Tech Chapter and Senior ExCo Member of the loT Chapter at the Singapore Computer Society. She also mentors and invests in early-stage start-ups in the APAC region and serves as guest-faculty at leading graduate schools. She has also been an empaneled mentor and advisor to the DBS Venture Debt and BusinessClass vertical, focusing on digital disruption. Charu passionate about the role of women at leadership and board levels, and is committed to accelerating the presence of women in leadership roles in STEM industries. The Peak Magazine recently named Charu as a Next Generation Woman Leader in its 2021 Power List. She was also part of the Conversations on Singapore Women's Development initiative run by the Singapore Government. Charu is also the founder and owner of a successful online luxury ecommerce platform and is deeply interested in art and art history, being an avid collector of South Asian art.