Steering Committee Member Bios



    Senior Director, Huawei Technologies

    Wael is a business and technology strategist with more than 875 patents to his name in the fields of networking and ICT. Skilled in strategy for breakout technology products at large companies, Wael has architected strategies, driven industry standards and led associated company technology roadmaps for Green Networking, Ethernet, Power over Ethernet, Ethernet in the First Mile (EFM), Cloud/Mist/Fog/Edge Networking, Internet of Things (IoT), Industrial Internet, IT/OT Convergence, Big Data, Blockchain, automotive networking, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), audio video bridging, Time Sensitive and Deterministic Networking, ICT Sustainability, Open Compute and open source amongst others. Wael’s work has encompassed the full incubation cycle from identifying new growth areas, protecting the intellectual property via patent portfolios, setting and driving standards strategies, and establishing the business plan through to executing on the technology roadmap, leading cross functional teams, engaging strategic customers and building industry ecosystems. Wael is currently a Senior Director at Huawei. Prior to Huawei, Wael held senior leadership roles at Fortune 500 companies, including Cisco and Broadcom.

    Named winner of the 2011 TechAmerica Innovator Award for his leadership in Green Technology, Wael was recognized by the David Packard Medal of Achievement and Innovator Award. Wael holds BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, a BA degree in Economics from Stanford, and an MBA with honors from the Wharton School of Business. He has been recognized as a world class prolific inventor with over 370 US issued patents and over 505 pending US patent applications in the ICT field. He is a published author, having coauthored Ethernet in the First Mile: Access for Everyone and key technical white papers including a recent publication on Industrial Analytics: The Engine Driving the IIoT Revolution.

  • Dr. Jacques Durand

    Dr. Jacques Durand

    Director of Standards and Engineering, Fujitsu North America, Inc.

    Jacques Durand has been a technical director at Fujitsu North America, Inc. for 12 years, where he works on software and middleware architectures and standards (OASIS, DMTF, WS-I, CEN, W3C, NIST, ISO/JTC1 SC38). Previously, he was director of development in a business process management (BPM) start-up company and before that, he was an R & D software engineer at US West. Dr. Durand started his career as an assistant professor in computer science in France, where he got a Ph.D. in logic programming and rule-based systems. He has more than 25 years of experience in software engineering, ranging from research software to commercial products.

    Dr. Durand has extensive experience in Standards Developing Organizations, including chairing the OASIS Technical Advisory Board and representing Fujitsu on the W3C Advisory Committee. Currently he is chair, editor and member of Working Groups in OASIS, DMTF and NIST, mostly in Cloud computing initiatives and standards. Dr. Durand has long-time experience in testing and participation in several test initiatives in US, Europe and Asia. He has chaired Web-Services-Interoperability test team; participated in the Global Interoperability Test Bed European project; supervised ETSI eBusiness plugtests; chaired OASIS test assertions group; developed test suites and tools for WS-I, OASIS, and organized, chaired or assisted testing events in Beijing and Japan.

  • Mr. Christopher Ganz

    DR. Christopher Ganz


    Christopher Ganz is responsible in ABB to increase service awareness in research and development. After studying electrical engineering at ETH in Zurich and a PhD degree in control, he held various R&D positions in ABB’s power plant control unit. Later he was responsible for the corporate research program in “Control & Optimization”. In his current role located at ABB’s headquarters in Zurich, Christopher Ganz is leading cross-division projects in the area of service and digital technologies, which includes IoT and digital initiatives.

  • Mr. K. Eric Harper

    Mr. K. Eric Harper

    Senior Principal Scientist, ABB

    K. Eric Harper is a senior principal scientist at ABB Corporate Research specializing in software architecture and sustainable technologies. Over the past nine years he has made significant contributions to the Industrial Internet, process automation, substation automation, and power electronics. Eric graduated from Virginia Tech and attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in electric power engineering as part of the General Electric Advanced Course in Engineering (ABC), which provides training across the engineering disciplines for practical use of computer solutions and how to effectively communicate their results. Eric transferred to Westinghouse in their Power Generation division making substantial technical contributions for a service bureau dedicated to monitoring and diagnosing conditions in electric power plants. Since then Eric has had a variety of assignments over the past two decades as a hands-on project lead, development manager and software architect in distributed architecture, factory automation, business applications, middleware tools, server management, IT security, healthcare IT, software performance and scalability. Eric’s current work is to lead ABB’s architecture for industrial analytics. He recently served on the Steering Committee for the IEEE/IFIP Working Conference on Software Architecture (WICSA) and represents ABB at the Industrial Internet Consortium as Technology Working Group co-chair.

  • Robert Martin

    Mr. Robert Martin

    Senior Principal Engineer, Cyber Security Partnerships, The MITRE Corporation

    Bob Martin is a Senior Principal Engineer in Cyber Security Partnerships at MITRE. He has dedicated his career to solving some of the world's most difficult problems in systems and software engineering-including cybersecurity, application security and assurance, and establishing appropriate standards in these areas. He is actively contributing to or authoring 30 different standards within the ITU-T, ETSI, OMG, Open Group, and ISO on various aspects of cybersecurity and assurance. Bob's sponsor work spans across the seven Federal Funded Research and Development Centers that MITRE operates. Over the past 25 years Bob has utilized his expertise and experience in software quality and cybersecurity to help sponsors as well as to create and promote public international community initiatives such as SACM, SQAE, CVE, CAPEC, and CWE, which include large active vendor and research communities.

    Bob is a frequently requested speaker on security and quality issues pertaining to software-based technology systems and has published numerous articles and presentations in this area. Prior to joining MITRE, Bob started his career designing and installing manufacturing control systems in Area 2 of Kodak Park and performing software integration and porting projects for both RPI and General Electric. Bob holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in electrical engineering from RPI and an MBA from Babson College.

  • Brett Murphy

    Mr. Brett Murphy

    Director, Business Development, Real-Time Innovations, Inc.

    Brett is the Director Business Development, Industrial internet of things, at Real-Time Innovations (RTI). Early on, Brett worked on controls analysis, hardware-in-the-loop test systems, robotics, real-time software development, and systems engineering in the aerospace and embedded software industries. More recently he has worked on product definition, market strategy and business development for embedded software tools, network middleware and scientific computing software. In the distant past, Brett received a BS and MS in Aerospace Engineering from Stanford University.

    Brett is also the recipient of the Industrial Internet Consortium 2016 Testbed Award.

  • Karthik Suri

    Karthik Suri

    Chief Operating Officer, Predix, GE

    Karthik Suri is currently the Chief Operating Officer for the Predix organization where he leads Strategy & Operations, Product Lifecycle & Program Delivery and Adoption & Engagement. He recently returned to GE in 2017 from PayPal where he led business planning and operations. Karthik's career started in the Technical Leadership Program at GE, where he spent the better part of a decade in different roles across multiple functions, businesses and geographies. Post GE, he worked at Barclays Global Investors in data, operations & technology. Following that he joined Yahoo! in the Open & Social group leading a variety of functions including business operations, program management, product delivery. and eventually led operations for Yahoo!™s Cloud Platform organization. He then joined eBay in the in the third party developer platform organization ( to lead strategy, planning, PMO, Developer Community/Experience, website product & engineering, and Integration/Professional Services prior to moving to PayPal to lead technology strategy, planning, analytics and M&A for the $1B technology, cloud and platform organization.

    Karthik secured a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Chemistry from BITS, Pilani, India; a Masters in Industrial & Systems Engineering from The Ohio State University and a dual MBA from Columbia Business School and University of CA at Berkeley.

  • Dr. Stan Schneider

    Dr. Stan Schneider

    CEO, Real-Time Innovations, Inc.

    Stan Schneider is CEO of Real-Time Innovations (RTI), the Industrial Internet of Things connectivity platform company. RTI is the largest embedded middleware vendor, with an extensive footprint in all areas of the Industrial Internet of Things, including Energy, Medical, Automotive, Transportation, Defense, and Industrial Control. RTI is an Industrial IoT (IIoT) leader, named the “Most influential company in the IIoT” by Appions and the “2016 IoT Emerging Company of the Year for the Enterprise Market” by Compass Intelligence.

    Stan serves on the Industrial Internet Consortium Steering Committee and chairs its testbed subcommittee. Stan also serves on the advisory boards for Smart Industry and IoT Solutions World Congress. Embedded Computing Design Magazine presented Stan the Top Embedded Innovator Award for 2015.

    Stan holds a BS and MS from the University of Michigan and a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Stanford University.

  • Dirk Slama

    Mr. Dirk Slama

    Vice President of Business Development, Bosch Software Innovations

    Dirk Slama is Vice President of Business Development at Bosch Software Innovations (SI). Bosch SI is spearheading the Internet of Things (IoT) activities of Bosch, the global manufacturing and services group. Dirk has over 20 years experience in very large-scale distributed application projects and system integration, including SOA, BPM, M2M and most recently IoT. He is representing Bosch at the Industrial Internet Consortium and is active in the Industry 4.0 community. His international work experience includes projects for Lufthansa Systems, Boeing, AT&T, NTT DoCoMo, HBOS and others. Dirk is a frequent speaker at conferences, as well as co-author of four successful books, including "Enterprise IoT" ( As Conference Chair of the Bosch ConnectedWorld, Dirk helps shaping the IoT strategy of Bosch. He holds an MBA from IMD Lausanne as well as a Diploma Degree in Computer Science from TU Berlin.

  • Dr. Richard Soley

    Dr. Richard Soley

    Executive Director, Industrial Internet Consortium

    Dr. Richard Mark Soley is Executive Director of the Industrial Internet Consortium and is responsible for the vision and direction of the organization. In addition to this role, Dr. Soley is Chairman and CEO of the Object Management Group (OMG) – an international, nonprofit computer industry standards consortium -- and Executive Director of the Cloud Standards Customer Council – an end-user advocacy group.

    Previously, Dr. Soley was a cofounder and former Chairman/CEO of A. I. Architects, Inc., maker of the 386 HummingBoard and other PC and workstation hardware and software. Prior to that, he consulted for various technology companies and venture firms on matters pertaining to software investment opportunities. Dr. Soley has also consulted for IBM, Motorola, PictureTel, Texas Instruments, Gold Hill Computer and others. He began his professional life at Honeywell Computer Systems working on the Multics operating system.

    A native of Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A., Dr. Soley holds bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in Computer Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

  • Dr. Said Tabet

    Dr. 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.

  • Mr. Wang Xuemin

    Mr. Wang Xuemin

    Vice President, European Research Institute, Huawei

    Mr. Wang Xuemin, joined in Huawei in 1995. He served as project manager of Huawei B-Type Circuit Switching product, vice manager of Product Testing Department, vice manager of General Technical Management Office and as director of Standardization & Industry Dept, responsible for developing and implementing corporate standard and industry development strategy. Currently Mr. Wang serves as the vice president of the European research institute.

    Also, Mr. Wang was served as board member of several industry organizations include CCSA, IEC MSB, OMA etc, for the aim of building nice communication channels and relationships with customers, vendors, and partners in the multi-level standard and industry development environment.