Peter WilliamsPartner at Strategy of Things
Dr Peter Williams has over 30 years’ experience in helping businesses and governments adapt to, and make the most of, new technology. By background a strategy and process consultant, he was formerly the CTO of IBM's "Big Green Innovations" unit, where he played a major role in the development of IBM's "smarter planet" businesses in the areas of environmental management, water management, smart cities and disaster resilience: these focused on on the applications of big data, IOT, AI, blockchain and digital twinning to public infrastructure and public services. He was also the lead author the UN City Disaster Resilience Scorecard, now used by over 200 cities globally, and recently led, pro bono, the creation of a further UN Scorecard for the resilience of industrial and commercial real estate.
Peter was accorded the honor of being named an IBM Distinguished Engineer in 2009, and he also lectured at Stanford University for several years on Smart Cities and Communities. Having retired from IBM in 2018, today he is an independent consultant working on the application of information and data technologies to water, smart cities and disaster resilience with governments, vendors and NGOs. He is also a regular judge on VC competitions and he advises several start-ups. A native of the UK, he has lived in the US since 1999, and is married with three adult children. His PhD was awarded from the University of Bath, England.