Susheel Varma

Susheel is a technologist – or possibilist – with 17+ years of experience in leadership and delivering strategic and technology-based solutions for complex transnational clinical and life science research.

In his current role as Chief Technology Officer – for an interim period – and Director of Engineering at HDR UK, he provides leadership and coordinates the confluent needs of scientific, data and technology to deliver and operate a cohesive national platform for health data research in the UK. He is a thought leader in the development of Trusted Research Environments (TREs) and is able to pragmatically convene, build, manage and empower a federated coalition of TRE providers nationally and internationally.

In his previous roles at EMBL-EBI and ELIXIR (both Cambridge, UK) he managed and led an international portfolio of data science projects in multiple jurisdictions and research infrastructures, including for the EMBLELIXIREOSC (Brussels, Belgium) and GA4GH (Toronto, Canada).

He has a broad operating range with high-level thought leadership and in-depth expertise in managing, developing, integrating, testing and maintaining innovative technical solutions using distributed data, network and software technologies across scientific and clinical domains.