Kamal Bhattacharya


Chief Innovation Officer | Safaricom

Dr. Kamal Bhattacharya is the Chief Innovation Officer at Safaricom Ltd. In his current role, he is establishing an independent innovation center called Safaricom Alpha. He presently has also been appointed as Senior Lecturer at MIT Sloan Business School. In previous roles, he acted as CEO of the iHub in Nairobi and Country Manager for the International Growth Center in Kenya. Dr. Bhattacharya spent most of his career in applied R&D at IBM Research across the US, India and Africa, with his last role as an IBM Distinguished Engineer and the inaugural director and Vice President for IBM Research – Africa. Dr. Bhattacharya holds a PhD in Theoretical Physics from Göttingen University in Germany, has published 50+ papers and holds 20+ patents.