Cumarran Kaliyaperumal, Chief Data & AI Officer, Microsoft Asia

Cumarran Kaliyaperumal, Chief Data & AI Officer, Microsoft Asia

Cumarran is the CDAO for Asia overseeing strategic data driven transformations for key Microsoft clients.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Cumarran was with the Travel and Finance Data Analytics business in Google, Southeast Asia. He was responsible for growing sales in the region and was the key touchpoint for his clients during the pandemic where he implemented digital technologies to help them thrive in the new normal. He authored Google’s flagship ‘e-conomy’ report in 2021.

Cumarran was in McKinsey & Company before Google where he helped clients globally on their multi-year enterprise-wide AI transformations focusing on AI strategy, use case delivery and monetization of data assets.

He was seconded to QuantumBlack in London, McKinsey’s Centre of Excellence for AI, and helped them set-up their first office in Asia (Singapore) in 2018.

As a Singapore Armed Forces scholar, Cumarran served a decade as a Combat Drone Pilot where he led multi-national military exercises globally. He was also the Private Military Aide to the President of Singapore and Foreign Military Secretary to the Minister for Defence and the Chief of Air Force.

Cumarran lives in Singapore with his wife and two children and is a voracious reader. He loves spending time with friends and family and hitting golf courses in his spare time.

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