During his 30-year career as a technical executive, Nelson was Google’s Vice-President for Europe and Emerging Markets, an IBM Distinguished Engineer and Vice-President for Information and User Technologies, as well as a Professor at the University of Kaiserslautern.
During his tenure at Google, he grew the engineering presence in Europe from 300 to more than 3000 engineers, and his team made major contributions to many Google projects including: Google Chrome; Android and Mobile products; Google+ Hangouts; privacy; child protection extensions to Search; YouTube copyright protection tools; Transit and other Google Maps features; Google Calendar; Priority Inbox for Gmail, and many more. Nelson also spearheaded Google’s efforts to bring cultural content online through the Paris-based Google’s Cultural Institute and Google’s drive to increase Internet adoption in emerging markets. Nelson has always been very passionate about making the Internet an integral part of the daily life of people in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East who cannot yet benefit from the use of this technology.
At IBM, Nelson created the new Information Integration business unit for the company driving new products to market and executing five key acquisitions worth over billions of dollars. Nelson's career with IBM also included key roles in database development, leading major language extensions, and driving worldwide database standards; in this capacity, he contributed to the design of the SQL 1999 international standard through more than 300 accepted proposals.
Before his time with IBM, Nelson was an associate professor at the University of Kaiserslautern in Germany, where he was involved in research on object-oriented and knowledge base management systems.
Currently, Nelson is an independent consultant, an active member of a few executive boards, as well as of a few research forums, authors a column for a large newspaper in Brazil, and gives lectures. He leverages his technical and cultural skills obtained by having lived in multiple continents and travelled extensively across the globe to help organizations create technical solutions that will have a positive impact particularly in Emerging Markets.
Nelson received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Kaiserslautern and holds bachelor's and master's degrees in Computer Science from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil. He has published more than 80 papers on database management and related topics, holds 13 patents, and is the author of An Approach to Knowledge Base Management.