Azeem Akhtar


Ask Azeem about career progression, working with global clients, and how business works around the world. Industry: Tech. Roles: Chief Technology Officer, BT (Global division)

Industry: Tech

Roles: Chief Technology Officer, BT (Global division)

Azeem Akhtar is currently Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at BT Global, where he engages with multi-national clients at C-Level to share BT’s vision for digital transformation, and deliver the client’s desired business outcomes.

After graduating from King’s College London in Mathematics and Business Management, Azeem went on to complete a Masters in Sea-Use Law, Economics and Policy Making at The London School of Economics. He commenced his professional career working first in the oil and gas industry before moving into the telecommunications industry just as the dot.com era was really taking off. Azeem has held senior commercial, finance, business development and technology leadership roles to date and has extensive international experience where he has utilised his multi-lingual skills.

A committed sportsman, Azeem plays cricket, football, squash and tennis and is a die-hard Liverpool FC supporter. Since September 2016, Azeem holds a non-executive director role as Chairman of Active Essex and passionately leads the charge against physical inactivity to improve the quality of life for all people, of all ages in Essex. Azeem also sits on the Board of Sport England. In 2016, Azeem was named in the UK’s Top 100 Most Influential BAME Business Leaders, and he was nominated for CTO of the Year 2018 Award by Information Age.

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