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Annette Hicks is a Senior Health Advisor for IBM Watson Health where she works internationally to support the Chief Health Officer. In this role, she works with healthcare professionals to support the adoption of new technologies like cognitive computing. She also works with clinicians and researchers to generate an evidence base on the impact of cognitive solutions within the clinical setting. Annette is a member of the IBM Industry Academy which has a key focus to drive industry-focused eminence of its members across industries for collaboration and innovation.

Annette has a background in healthcare as a clinician and in the ICT Industry in the areas of strategy, business development, solution development and sales, service delivery, product management and training. She has worked for IBM Australia and New Zealand since 2008 and previously held the role of Health Industry Leader in the company. Annette holds a Masters of Business Administration from Deakin University, a Masters of Commercial Law from Macquarie University, a Bachelor of Health Administration from UNSW and a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology & Biochemistry from La Trobe University.