Gopal Kakivaya

CVP & Technical Fellow, Office of the CTO at Microsoft


Gopal Kakivaya is the Corporate Vice President/Technical Fellow in the office of the CTO. Gopal has spent more than a decade working at the forefront of Microsoft's distributed computer systems. The highlight of his work has been leading the conception, incubation, development, and successful deployment of a ground-breaking distributed systems technology called Azure Service Fabric. He joined Microsoft in 1996 as a Lead Software Engineer-Component Object Model, and worked his way up through engineering and technical leadership roles of increasing responsibility and scope. Prior to his current role, he served as Corporate Vice President/Technical Fellow, Microsoft Azure, and before this, he was Distinguished Engineer-Service Fabric. Gopal holds a BS, Civil Engineering from Sri Venkateswara University, an MS, Structural Engineering from IIT, Madras, and an MS, Computer Science and PhD, Computer-Aided Engineering from North Carolina State University.



  • CVP & Technical Fellow, Office of the CTO

    Current role

  • Corporate Vice President/Technical Fellow, Microsoft Intelligent Edge

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