Harnath Babu

Partner and Chief Information Officer

KPMG in India

A decorated CIO, a prolific thought leader, an award-winning business strategist, and a change-maker, Harnath Babu is an influential leader in the Indian technology space. With his innovative mindset, forward-thinking, and willingness to take calculated risks, he has crafted a niche for himself at India’s leading organisations.

Harnath Babu brings 22 years of leadership experience to his role as Partner and Chief Information Officer at KPMG in India. Prior to digitally transforming professional services at the Firm, Harnath worked in the financial services domain for 15 years and has been instrumental in setting up insurance startups and leading various legacy financial firms towards success. He has worked extensively in both Indian and international markets and has helped private and public sector organisations and clients reach their full potential by augmenting their digital transformation journey.

In his current role, he leads the award-winning IT operations across 35 sites for KPMG in India professionals. His executive and technical leadership and out-of-the-box thinking have not only transformed IT operations and service delivery at KPMG in India but have optimised business, accelerated efficiency, and maximised business results for numerous clients. He has championed innovative technologies like artificial Intelligence, machine learning, data analytics, robotics process automation, cloud computing, and more to deploy solutions that not only ease operations but also take them to the next level.

  • Master’s in computer science and management

  • MDP Project Management from IIM Ahmedabad

  • Harnath is not only a successful business leader but has also been an efficacious speaker who has inspired thousands with his notable thought-leadership articles and webinars. His words have been published in some leading publications, including Forbes, the Economic Times, the Indian Express and more.

  • His exemplary career has been validated by some of the leading awarding organisations in India and internationally, winning him numerous awards including Forbes Top 30 Technology Leaders in India, CIO 100 Hall of Fame, IDC, CIO Power List, DynamicCIO, Infosec Maestro, DataQuest, DataCon, and more over the years.