Nishan DeSilva Microsoft

Nishan DeSilva is the CTO of Microsoft’s Corporate, External and Legal Affairs (CELA) department, with 19 years of business and technology leadership experience. He is responsible for providing strategic direction for CELA’s overall technology roadmap by partnering with key stakeholders in CELA, the Microsoft product groups, IT senior leadership, peer teams and other thought leaders, to influence Microsoft’s Cloud First, Mobile First architectures. He is responsible for conveying Microsoft’s innovation and technology journey, futures and the business value of it’s cloud platforms. He is currently leading various internal and external initiatives to develop compliance-driven Office 365 solutions including collaboration tools that take advantage of machine learning services in Azure. Previously, he created successful blueprints for establishing and leading global information governance program implementations in several Fortune 500 organizations and, he is a recognized information and knowledge management author in the Legal, Financial and HR verticals. Nishan is a sought after technical leader with a keen ability to envision, excite and connect business communities about how the latest technologies can be incorporated and connected to improve business productivity and intelligence.