Steering Committee Bios

  • Prith Banerjee

    Prith Banerjee

    Chief Technology Officer, Ansys

    Prith Banerjee is the Chief Technology Officer of Ansys. He is responsible for leading the evolution of Ansys' technology strategy and will champion the company's next phase of innovation and growth. Previously, he was Senior Client Partner at Korn Ferry where he was responsible for IoT and Digital Transformation in the Global Industrial Practice. Prior to that, he held leadership positions at Schneider Electric, Accenture, ABB and HP. Formerly, he was Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the Walter P. Murphy Professor and Chairman of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northwestern University, and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2000, he founded AccelChip, a developer of products for electronic design automation, which was acquired by Xilinx Inc. in 2006. During 2005-2011, he was Founder, Chairman and Chief Scientist of BINACHIP Inc., a developer of products in electronic design automation. He was listed in the FastCompany list of 100 top business leaders in 2009. He is a Fellow of the AAAS, ACM and IEEE, and a recipient of the 1996 ASEE Terman Award and the 1987 NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award. He received a B.Tech. (President's Gold Medalist) in electronics engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana.


  • Sameer Kher

    Sameer Kher, M.S., M.B.A.

    Senior Director, Product Development, Ansys

    Sameer Kher, M.S., M.B.A., is a leader in the technology industry with over 15 years of experience with creating successful software products. He is currently Senior Director, Product Development at Ansys, where he is responsible for Digital Twin and System Simulation activities. Most recently, Sameer was responsible for the conception and launch of Twin Builder, an award winning, first-of-its-kind product that enables the use of simulation in operations. He has a background in engineering with a BS in Electronics, an MS in Computer Engineering and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University.


  • Richard Ferris

    Richard Ferris

    Head of Engineering, Lendlease

    Mr. Richard Ferris is co-founder of the Lendlease property lifecycle platform and is responsible for leading the engineering team developing this platform, which utilises and adapts digital twin technology for Lendlease. Mr. Ferris has 30 years of experience applying technology in the property, construction and healthcare sector, 25 of which have been with Lendlease corporation. He previously held the positions of Group Chief Technology Officer, Head of Group ICT Strategy & Architecture, and Head of Technology Services. Mr. Ferris earned a bachelor's in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from De Montfort University and a master's in Computer Science from University of Bristol.


  • William Ruh

    William Ruh

    Chief Executive Officer, LendLease Digital

    Mr. William Ruh is the Chief Executive Officer for LendLease Digital. In this role, he is focused on building out advanced automation and analytics capabilities, as well as driving the global strategy, operations and portfolio of digital services across all of LendLease businesses. Prior to joining LendLease, Mr. Ruh was the CEO of GE Digital and the Chief Digital Officer for GE. He grew the overall GE digital sales 2.5x and established the GE Digital business unit. Mr. Ruh is an accomplished author of four technical books and a frequent speaker on such topics as industrial Internet, IoT, Industrial AI and ML and Digital Industrial Strategy. He serves on Advisory Boards for the California State University, Fullerton School of Engineering and Computer Science and the University of Virginia Department of Systems Engineering. He earned a bachelor's and master's degrees in Computer Science from California State University, Fullerton.


  • Said Tabet

    Said Tabet

    Lead Technologist, IoT and AI Strategy, Dell EMC

    Dr. Said Tabet is the Lead Technologist for IoT and Artificial Intelligence Strategy at Dell EMC. Said is a member of the Object Management Group Board of Directors and the Principal Dell Technologies representative to the Industrial Internet Consortium and member of its Steering Committee. Said is Chair of the INCITS Secure Cloud Computing Ad-Hoc Group, and ISO Editor of the Cloud Security SLA project. Said is leading Deep Learning testbed activity within the IIC. Dr. Tabet is also a member of the Cloud Security Alliance International Standardization Council.

    With over two and a half decades in the industry, Said played the role of a technology advisor to a number of large multinational companies. Said contributes to technology innovation forums, guides startups through mentorship and coaching, is himself an entrepreneur and a supporter of industry efforts encouraging new technology adoption in multi-disciplinary environments. Said currently focuses on Artificial Intelligence, Industrial IoT and Deep Learning exploring challenges in Smart facilities, Manufacturing, Utilities/Energy, Connected vehicles, IoT Security, Big Data Analytics, Model-based engineering, and future technology innovation. Dr. Tabet is a regular speaker and panelist at industry conferences and international standards meetings, co-founder of RuleML, Artificial Intelligence and IoT Expert, as well as author and editor of several book series and articles. Said worked closely with W3C founder Sir Tim Berners Lee and with other globally recognized technology leaders.


  • Ron Zahavi

    Ron Zahavi

    Chief Strategist for IoT Standards, Microsoft Azure IoT

    Ron Zahavi is Chief Strategist for IoT Standards, Microsoft Azure IoT. Ron has extensive experience managing technology and strategy, business transformation, and integrating software and applications to meet business requirements. His breadth of experience includes work in commercial and public sectors, with startups and large companies, with Federal and State agencies, and with private equity. Previously he was a Senior Enterprise Architect in the Enterprise Strategy Business within Microsoft Consulting Services and prior to Microsoft led his own strategy consulting company and spent several years in CTO, CIO and Chief Architect roles managing technology across several companies and performing due diligence of potential acquisitions.

    Ron represents Microsoft in several Standards organizations and Consortia. He is on the OMG board of directors, leads the Microsoft internal IoT community and was a member of the OpenFog board of directors. He is also member of the IoT Solutions World Congress program committee, co-chairs the IIC Security Applicability task group and is a co-author of the IoT Security Maturity Model.

    Ron's work with IoT spans 18 years including the creation of the architecture for an IoT platform that drove the acquisition strategy at a private equity company. His IoT project experience includes city flow meters, energy supply chain, electronic border fence, bio surveillance, and others. He is an internationally recognized speaker and expert panelist on IoT, systems integration and business architecture, and a published author and co-author of several books including Business Modeling: A Practical Guide to Realizing Business Value. Ron received his Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland and Masters in Computer Science from the Johns Hopkins University.