IQ-EQ expands Group Technology leadership team with three key appointments

IQ-EQ has made three senior appointments to our Group Technology team as part of an ongoing digital transformation journey. William Harris joins us as Chief Digital Officer, Shezad Khan joins as Head of Data and Analytics and Vikas Sharma joins as Head of Engineering.

All three appointments are to newly created roles, signalling the expansion and strengthening of IQ-EQ’s Group Technology function as we make strides towards fulfilling our group-wide strategic vision to become a global leader in innovative, technology-enabled services.

William Harris is a highly qualified IT business strategy and technology transformation expert, with hands-on experience of developing and implementing digital strategies across a range of different businesses and organisations in the UK, Europe, Middle East and US. Prior to IQ-EQ, he was Director and Head of Intelligent Automation & AI for the EMEA region with ISG, a leading global technology research and advisory firm. He is also currently researching applied AI in operational management as part of a Doctorate in Business Administration.

As Chief Digital Officer, William will be the driving force for the management and development of IQ-EQ’s group-wide automation strategy. He will engage in strategic initiatives to drive greater client capability through intelligent and robotic process automation (RPA), internal data analytics and business digitisation. He will also work closely with the wider Group Tech leadership team to further develop the technical vision and strategy for IQ-EQ’s digitisation roadmap.

Shezad Khan is an experienced leader of cross-functional teams focused on data and advanced analytics and is well versed in driving business innovation and transformation by combining the latest technologies in big data platforms with sophisticated AI and machine learning algorithms. Before IQ-EQ, he was Global Head of Advanced Analytics for HSBC, where he led the development of sophisticated machine learning solutions for risk management purposes and headed up the R&D function delivering end-to-end information and knowledge systems.

As Head of Data and Analytics, Shezad will help define and drive IQ-EQ’s data strategy, expanding how the group uses more advanced techniques and technologies like AI and machine learning to collate, analyse and report data for both its clients and internal efficiency needs. He will also be heavily involved in building out IQ-EQ’s investor reporting service in the data and analytics space.

Vikas Sharma is a software engineering and product management specialist with extensive experience in tech innovation, software development, product delivery and managing large and complex technology programmes on a global scale. He also has significant expertise in front- and back-office investment banking technologies through previous roles with UBS and Morgan Stanley. Before joining IQ-EQ, Vikas was Head of Technology for Smart Currency Exchange, focused on the company’s foreign exchange platform.

As IQ-EQ’s Head of Engineering, Vikas will own and manage the development of client service and internal software solutions. He will oversee the delivery of state-of-the-art, secure and scalable systems and drive greater service capability for the group by building, deploying and supporting systems that further differentiate IQ-EQ’s offering in the market.

Chris Robinson, IQ-EQ’s Group Chief Technology Officer, commented:

“IQ-EQ’s vision is to be the leading independent investor services business globally and as a group we recognise that one of the keys to achieving this is through technology innovation – which is why we are undergoing an extensive, multi-year digital transformation with heavy ongoing investment in new technologies and infrastructural enhancements. William, Shezad and Vikas’ appointments are all pivotal to this evolution as we strive to put our best foot forward under the leadership of a robust senior team with stellar technical expertise. I am delighted to welcome each of them on board and am confident their extensive knowledge and experience will be of great benefit to our group as we strive to deliver the very best in intelligent, tech-enabled services for our clients.”

IQ-EQ's newly expanded Group Technology leadership team

L-R: William Harris, Andrew Barkley (Group CIO), Vikas Sharma, Chris Robinson, Shezad Khan