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23 - 25 September 2018

Dubai World Trade Centre

Claire Penny

Global Industry Leader , IBM
Claire Penny

Claire is a member of the extended leadership team in the IBM Watson IoT business unit. She has a record of successfully converting innovation projects into commercialized revenue generating products, and, for driving results across matrixed global teams. She is renowned for her passion, getting things done, love of evangelizing and sharing IBM capabilities with internal and external audiences. She attained her Ph.D. in 1998.

Claire is the Global Leader for Watson IoT for Buildings. Claire gets to combine all her passion, experience and learning from the past 17 years and focus it into IoT for Buildings and Retail, focusing on the operational phase of a building. This combination means that she can add value to customers, whilst working and collaborating with brilliant teams, to develop and deliver cognitive building solutions. In this role, Claire is also driving IBM’s thinking and vision to strategically shape IBM’s Buildings and Retail cognitive (IoT) solutions, which are helping clients to drive operational efficiencies, cost savings and even generate new revenue streams.

Her career at IBM spans 17 years, including Business Development roles where Claire has successfully grown qualified product pipeline by 900% and revenue by 182% year on year. She also led a global team within the Integrated Supply Chain where she delivered $15M in cost savings through environmental focused projects. She has also worked in IBM Real Estate, where she led the European Energy and Environmental team, and over achieved on all targets including 4% year on year energy reduction and 15% reduction in waste.
She regularly shares her knowledge and passion through public speaking, publications, and social media activities

Delivering presentations on topics such as Cognitive Buildings, IoT, BIM, IWMS, Energy Optimisation and Environmental Affairs. Some of her work can be viewed via these links:


o AECOM IQ:: Big data, small changes, big benefits, Innovation Quarterly Magazine Issue #2 Special Edition Innovation + Data pg 38-39 http://iq.aecom.com/content/big-data-small-changes-big-benefits-2/ (July 2016)
o Watson IoT Cognitive Building Forum https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqzGwtJdpNA (June 2016)
Not one to sit still even after hours, Claire’s external commitments include:
• Chair of the CitA BICP (BIM Innovation Capability Programme) Client BIM Task Group, Ireland (Jan 2016 – present)
• Non-executive Director of WEEE (Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment) Ireland, (2005 – present)

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