SPEAKER BIOGRAPHY:

Michael J. Dixon is the General Manager for IBM's global smarter cities business. He leads IBM's vision, strategy and operations for teams active in cities around the world which are focused on a core element of IBM's long term strategy. The integration of transport, sports, health, public safety, energy, utilities, social services, education and urban management are at the heart of numerous initiatives.

Prior to a brief period as the Managing Partner for IBM's consulting and systems integration business (GBS) in Central / Eastern Europe in 2011, Michael was the Vice President of Public Sector for GBS in the growth markets, leading teams focused on supporting client initiatives in Government, Healthcare Payers and Providers and Education across Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, Central / Eastern Europe and Latin America. Client success in numerous projects resulted from IBM providing strategic advice, business change and process transformation to improve services and deliver cost efficiencies.

Before joining IBM Michael completed a BBSc at La Trobe University, an MSc at the University of Melbourne and a PhD at the University of Alberta.

Michael is an Australian and spends his time in Melbourne, New York and all parts of the world.