Lila Ibrahim

Chief Operating Officer at DeepMind

Chief Operating Officer at DeepMind


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Duringmy 25+ years in global technology, I’ve learned that the most successful organizations are laser-focused on mission and impact. This focus has helped me deliver as a leader, builder, and operator. As a leader, I believe it’s my responsibility to help every person in the organisation understand the mission and develop their unique talents so that they can maximize their impact. In my current role as Chief Operating Officer at DeepMind, I am responsible for guiding and developing teams across engineering, virtual environments, program management, and operations. I focus on building culture and processes for responsible science and innovation, developing technological infrastructure for research, and guiding our sustainable evolution and growth. I also oversee cross-functional groups that assess the downstream impacts of our work and mitigate operational and strategic risk. Prior to joining DeepMind, I served as COO of Coursera, a global education technology company that I helped build from its early stages. Previously, I was a partner at the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. I began my career at Intel, where my background in electrical engineering and an interdisciplinary approach helped me succeed across a wide range of technical and business roles in the US and in Asia, including Chief of Staff to then-CEO and Chairman Dr. Craig Barrett. As a child of immigrants who grew up with Midwestern values, I feel a strong sense of responsibility to give back to those who have supported me throughout my career. I am the co-founder and chair of Team4Tech, an education technology non-profit that partners with industry-leading companies to bring technology curricula and infrastructure to students in underserved communities, and I have served as an advisor and mentor to many young professionals and early-stage companies in the technology field. Along the way, I’ve spent a lot of time in the boardroom — both in privately funded companies and in a public company where I also served as a committee chair. I love traveling and am a proud mom of twin girls who bring new levels of joy, challenge, and fresh perspective into my life every day.

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