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Sharon Nunes Sharon Nunes
Vice President, Big Green Innovations, IBM Corporation

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Sharon Nunes

Sharon Nunes

Vice President, Big Green Innovations, IBM Corporation

Inducted in: 2009

Sharon Nunes is an advocate for women in technology and is a leader on IBM’s Women in Technology executive committee. Sharon currently works as the Vice President of Global Government & Smarter Cities Strategy & Solutions at IBM. Previously she leads IBM's Big Green Innovations organization.

She retired from her position as the vice president of big green innovations for IBM in 2010 after four years.

During her time as vice president, she guided a worldwide team of IT and domain experts who develop solutions in water management, carbon management, and photovoltaics. Together with clients and partners, Sharon demonstrated how information technology plays a critical role in managing the world’s water systems. Sharon held numerous executive positions which led to key growth initiatives for IBM, including the position of vice president of technology, working with IBM’s chair and the senior executive team to set the company’s technical agenda. She also served as an executive leader of the life sciences business unit at IBM and a founder of IBM’s computational biology center.

In 2009, Sharon was designated a Women’s History Month Honoree as one of the "Women Taking the Lead to Save our Planet." Previously, in 2007, she launched IBM’s Technical Women’s Leadership Forum.

Sharon was one of the executive leaders of the Life Sciences business unit, which was launched in 2000 and was responsible for the launch of IBM’s computational biology center in 1997.

She was named a NAFE "Women of Excellence" national award winner for her impact in mentoring technical women in 2006 and was inducted into the UConn Academy of Distinguished Engineers that same year. Two years earlier, in 2004, she was awarded the Frances E. Allen Mentoring award for her efforts to instruct other women in the industry.

She is a leader on IBM’s Women in Technology executive committee and is a member of IBM’s executive advisory council for the Society of Women Engineers.

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