Rizwan (Riz) Khaliq has spent more than nine years at IBM. Riz is the Director of Marketing & Communications in IBM Global Public Sector. Riz worked previously as a Global Business Executive for IBM’s Intelligent Transportation Systems and Growth Markets initiative. Prior to his current role, he led key wireless and mobile solutions business area, which leveraged bleeding edge technologies to address post 9/11 security concerns, optimizes government operations as well as addresses the digital divide by extending the reach of the Internet via broadband. He also was a business development executive for the wireless/pervasive business in the EMEA region.
Before joining IBM, Riz was with the U.S. Foreign Service and served as commercial attaché at the U.S. embassies in Demark and South Africa. He also carried out temporary assignments in a number of international markets, including Kenya, India, and Germany.
He has received numerous awards, including the Gold Medal Award for Distinguished Achievements in Foreign Services from the U.S. Secretary of Commerce; The Secretary’s Award from the U.S. Secretary of State; and the highly regarded Thomas Jefferson Star for Foreign Service from the President of the United States of America.
Riz earned a master’s degree in international transactions and a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from George Mason University. As part of the master’s program, he also attended St. Peters College, Oxford University with a focus on international trade from the European perspective.