Dr. Peter Williams

IBM Distinguished Engineer, Chief Technology Officer, Big Green Innovations, IBM

Dr Peter Williams specializes in Smarter Cities, with special reference to resilience and citizen engagement; and cloud computing for government. He has had a major role in developing the intellectual foundation for IBM’s “Smarter Planet” and “Smarter Cities” initiatives, and in identifying and integrating their technological components – both IBM-originated and from outside the company. He is currently engaged in helping to define IBM’s “Government as a Platform” (GaaP) positioning and solutions.

Dr Williams holds the title of IBM Distinguished Engineer, and is also a visiting lecturer on Smarter Cities and Communities at Stanford University. By background, he is a strategy and change consultant with well over 20 years’ experience of bringing technology and business issues together to develop novel solutions and business models. He holds or co-holds, or has pending, 9 US patents. A native of the UK, he has lived in California since 1999, and is married with three children. His PhD was awarded by the School of Management at the University of Bath, England, in 1986.