Shaadi Valadkhani

Shaadi Valadkhani

Cognitive Computing Consultant


I thoroughly enjoy leading teams in developing cognitive solutions that will fundamentally transform the way in which customers and/or colleagues will interact with businesses. Having a business mindset and with a technical background, I can bridge the gap between vision and reality - taking the first step with businesses on their cognitive journeys. 

Work History

Work History

Cognitive Computing Consultant

Oct 2014 - Present

I have worked with telecoms, financial and public clients in both strategic and delivery roles. I am currently project leading agile teams in delivering business solutions using IBM's cognitive technologies. Bridging the gap between the technical and business sides I apply design thinking to create customer experiences and brainstorm with developers on adding new features.

I have undertaken Cognitive Value Assessments where I have held work shops exploring ways in which cognitive technologies can add value to businesses. In these engagements I have managed prototype build and delivery, built cognitive journey maps and developed benefits cases and final reports.

Application Developer

Aug 2009 - Sep 2014

I worked on e-commerce websites for large UK retailers as a Java developer. My responsibilities spanned over:

  • Leading releases with a small team of developers
  • Building Linux development/test environments
  • Build and deploy management
  • Writing high/low level technical design documents 
  • Requirements gathering
  • Testing

Technologies and applications used: WebSphere Commerce Enterprise, WebSphere Application server, DB2 and IBM HTTP server, SQL, HTML, XML, Endeca.


Jun 2008 - Jul 2012
Epos Company

I worked as secretary for an EPOS (Electonic Point of Sale) business supplying solutions to hospitality clients. My responsibilities included:

  • Business book keeping using QuickBooks accounting software
  • Processing bank reconciliations and financial reports to verify practice of proper due diligence
  • Programming EPOS systems and software testing
  • Identifying opportunities with new and existing customers
  • Aiding in sales and advertising by running exhibitions stands



Cognitive Skills

  • I have worked with a range of Watson APIs including Watson Dialog Services and Natural Language Classifier
  • I have designed user journeys for digital advisor and researcher use cases
  • Watson Explorer: Using text analytics I have extracted customer sentiment through social media

Soft Skills

I have lead a number of projects with both technical and business teams, ensuring high quality delivery within project timelines. Working in an agile environ rapidly implementing changesI ensure that updates are executed on time and make myself available for any questions to sustain good relationships with my teams and clients. 

Technical Skills

I have knowledge and experience in Java, HTML, Javascript, UNIX and SQL (Oracle
and DB2).



BSc Hons in Computer Science and Mathematics

2009 - 2012
Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom

For my dissertation I implemented a chat bot to demonstrate the workings of RSA encryption.

ISTQB® Certified Tester Foundation

2010 - 2010
International Software Testing Qualifications Board

Course on practical knowledge of the fundamental concepts of software testing.


  • English - Native
  • Farsi - Fluent

Charity Work and Achievements

  • 2015: Volunteered at local church feeding the homeless
  • 2011-2012: Elected Third Year Course Representative who fulfilled student needs with regards to lack of resources by engaging with students and voicing their issues to the faculty
  • 2010-2012: Active member of the Queen Mary Belly Dancing Society
  • 2007-2012: Performed at the 2011 BritAsia TV Music Awards, various other dance shows and charity events
  • 2007-2010: Participated in sponsored runs for Cancer Research in 2007 and 2010
  • 2009: Orchestrated my Year 13 Prom. Involved venue investigation, budgeting, market research and advertising
  • 2004-2009: Competed in basketball and netball tournaments at a secondary school level
  • 2003: Cycled 10KM and raised £2500 for the Bam Earthquake