Researcher Profiles


Richard Davies
VP, Strategic Advisory, DXC Technology and MD, LEF

At LEF, Richard leads and manages a global cross-industry think tank dedicated to helping large organizations reimagine their organizations and leadership for a technology-driven future.  He is also responsible in DXC Technology for helping major global clients transform to take advantage of future state business platforms. 

Caitlin McDonald

Dr Caitlin McDonald is an award-winning scholar and writer about digital communities, data science, and dance. With experience in qualitative and quantitative research methods, she specialises in the intersection between human imagination and digital systems. Caitlin obtained her PhD from the University of Exeter in 2011.

David Moschella
Research Fellow

David Moschella, based in the United States, is a Research Fellow for Leading Edge Forum.  David's focus is on industry disruptions, machine intelligence and related business model strategies.  David was previously Global Research Director of the programme.

David’s key areas of expertise include globalization, industry restructuring, disruptive technologies, and the co-evolution of business and IT.  He is the author of multiple research reports, including Disrupting the Professions through Machine Learning and Digital Trust2016 Study Tour Report: Applying Machine Intelligence, There is Now a Formula for Machine Intelligence Innovation,  Embracing 'the Matrix' and the Machine Intelligence Era and The Myths and Realities of Digital Disruption.

An author and columnist, David’s second book, Customer-Driven IT, How Users Are Shaping Technology Industry Growth, was published in 2003 by Harvard Business School Press.  The book predicted the shift from a supplier-driven to today’s customer-led IT environment.  His 1997 book, Waves of Power, assessed global competition within the IT supplier community.  He has written some 200 columns for Computerworld, the IT Industry’s leading publication on Enterprise IT, and has presented at countless industry events all around the world.

David previously spent 15 years with International Data Corporation, where he was IDC’s main spokesperson on global IT industry trends and was responsible for its worldwide technology, industry and market forecasts.



Bill Murray
Senior Researcher and Advisor

Bill Murray is a Senior Researcher and Advisor for Leading Edge Forum.  Bill is the author of our reports on Liberating Platform Organizations and Rethink Risk Through the Lens of Antifragility. He is also the co-author (with Glen Robinson) of our publication The Renaissance of the IT Organization.

Bill’s IT career spans over 30 years, with 16 years as a Founder and Partner of Differentis, providing strategic IT consulting services to many industry sectors.  Bill has experience of developing Digital and business technology strategies, business cases and change programmes involving technology disruptions such as consumerization, analytics and cloud-based services.  Most recently, Bill has been helping clients develop IoT enabled business propositions and services in Connected Health, Connected Insurance, FMCG and supply chains, and advising on IoT platforms.

Bill’s experience also includes setting up/running business and IT innovation projects; shaping and growing analytics groups; IT organisation reviews; development of strategic IT initiatives and business cases; development of business and IT architectures; IT strategy definition; mobilization, delivery and turnaround of major programmes and business process re-engineering.

Prior to Differentis, Bill was Vice President of Management Consulting and Strategic Development for CSC where he consulted to clients on IT strategy, programme management and business/IT innovation projects.  Prior to CSC, Bill held various strategy roles with KPMG Nolan Norton and Accenture. 

Bill is a chartered engineer by background and started his career with Arup in high energy impact analysis in the nuclear and automotive industries.

Douglas Neal
Research Fellow

Doug Neal, based in the United States, is a Research Fellow for Leading Edge Forum. Doug's focus is on the intersection of strategy, business operations and technology.    

Doug is the author of multiple reports including A Guide to Co-creating Value with Your Customers, authored with Jim GinsburghLewis Richards and Professor Venkat Ramaswamy from the University of Michigan, Next Generation Consumerization – Co-creating Value with your Customers, The Consumerization Workbook and Preparing for a Post-PC World.  

He co-authored the book The Networked Supply Chain:  Applying Breakthrough BPM Technology to Meet Relentless Customer Demands.  Doug’s point of view on consumer privacy was published in Wilson Quarterly, the journal of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Doug has led a number of study tours over recent years on subjects including Dealing with DisruptionThe Future of Do-It-Yourself TechnologyMobilityCloud ComputingWeb 2.0 and Green IT.

Doug has developed state-of-the-art management and other end-user systems for clients in financial services, manufacturing, healthcare and high-technology companies.  Prior to joining the Leading Edge Forum, Doug worked at two international management consulting firms and founded an organization specializing in systems for executive management.

Doug received a BA from Haverford College, conducted special studies at the Ruhr University, and has an ABD from the University of Michigan.

Lewis Richards

Lewis Richards is a researcher and self-styled Digital Chef for Leading Edge Forum.  He is responsible for research into Pro-active, Haptic Sensing and bringing additional value to clients as Head of our 21st Century Human Upgrade Programme Advisory practice, enabling clients to build hands-on digital skills. 

Lewis’ most recent publications are the Technology Trends and Me video series; AI & Me,  Automation & Me and VR & Me which provide insights on today's emerging trends as we try to make sense of the world around us. Prior to this, Lewis authored the report The Field Engineer of the Future – An LEF Xperience Lab Case Study.

Lewis is a seasoned IT leader having spent 16 years working for CSC where he performed a number of UK and International roles within Financial Service and the Corporate Office of Innovation.  Lewis managed the European Innovation Centre for CSC and worked with clients and partners to showcase Next Gen technologies whilst articulating how IT can address the needs of current business problems.

In his previous post, Lewis was responsible for Global Portfolio Management for CSC's Application Business.  This role involved the management of a diverse workforce and the reengineering of the applications business, including the adoption of a globalized portfolio management process and the implementation of product and technology roadmaps.

Lewis is passionate about collaboration and the cultural changes required to enhance business functions.

Lewis has a BSc from the University of Surrey and an MBA in Technology Management from the Open University.

Glen Robinson
Emerging Technology Director and Distinguished Engineer

Glen Robinson is an Emerging Technology Director for Leading Edge Forum. 

Glen’s main focus of research is leading edge Enterprise technology solutions that will power the 21st century businessHe is the co-author of our research publication The Renaissance of the IT Organization. The cloud has unlocked innovation that is now allowing the next wave of disruptive technology solutions to come to market, and whilst businesses are still working out how best to maximize the value from cloud services, they are now aware of ‘the Matrix’, this advanced sensing, deciding, all-seeing, global force that will be a significant threat to some.  But others will learn to understand it, to harness its power, giving them and those around them super-powers.  Put simply, we are moving into a time where our own capabilities will be augmented by that of powerful, intelligent robots.  A lot of the tasks we do today won’t exist tomorrow as they will be fully automated but also watched over and governed by advance cognitive intelligence.  The interface into this world is moving away from the screen on our device, to the world around us becoming an interactive physical and digital experience, which will be responsive to our needs.  

As consumer expectations leapt forward with the adoption of the internet, so too is it about to leap forward once more now the Matrix is upon us.  This will change the way we service our customers, deal with our employees and live and do business in the 21st century.  

Simon Wardley

Simon Wardley, based in the UK, is a Researcher for Leading Edge Forum and the lead practitioner for Wardley Maps advisory service helping clients anticipate market and ecosystem developments.

Simon’s focus is on the intersection of IT strategy and new technologies, and he is the author of multiple reports including Clash of the Titans – Will China Dethrone Silicon Valley?  where he assesses the hi-tech challenge from China and what this means to the future of global technology industry competition. His previous research covers topics including Of Wonders and Disruption,  The Future is More Predictable Than You Think - A Workbook for Value Chain MappingBeware of Geeks Bearing Gifts: Strategies for an Increasingly Open EconomyLearning from Web 2.0 and A Lifecycle Approach to Cloud Computing.

Simon is a seasoned executive who has spent the last 15 years defining future IT strategies for companies in the FMCG, Retail and IT industries.  From Canon’s early leadership in the cloud computing space in 2005 to Ubuntu’s recent dominance as the #1 Cloud operating system.

As a geneticist with a love of mathematics and a fascination in economics, Simon has always found himself dealing with complex systems, whether it’s in behavioural patterns, environmental risks of chemical pollution, developing novel computer systems or managing companies.  He is a passionate advocate and researcher in the fields of open source, commoditization, innovation, organizational structure and cybernetics.

Simon is a regular presenter at conferences worldwide, and has been voted as one of the UK's top 50 most influential people in IT in recent Computer Weekly polls.




Matt Ballantine
Research Associate
Bob Barker
Digital and Social Media Skills Coach, Leading Edge Forum
Richard Bhanap
Research Associate
Mike Bowden
CIO Advisor, Leading Edge Forum
Erik Brynjolfsson
Director, MIT Center for Digital Business and Schussel Family Professor, MIT Sloan School
Mike Bufalino
Research Associate
Warren Burns
Regional Director, Leading Edge Forum
René Carayol
Business Leadership Guru
Robina Chatham
Research Associate, Leading Edge Forum
Peter Cochrane
Former Chief Scientist, BT
Frank Cutitta
Research Associate
Krzysztof (Chris) Daniel
Mapping Consultant
Paul Dorey
Research Associate, Leading Edge Forum
Foad Fadaghi
Regional Director, Leading Edge Forum
Rob Goffee
Professor of Organizational Behaviour
Edward Hess
Professor of Business Administration, Darden Graduate School of Business, University of Virginia
Steve Hutson
Research Associate, Leading Edge Forum
Ibrahim Jackson
Regional Director, Head of North America, Leading Edge Forum
William H Janeway
Senior Advisor & Managing Director
Mohammed Khalid
Commercial Director
Lemuel Lasher
Senior Research Advisor, Leading Edge Forum
Michael Leckie, MSOD
Digital and Business Transformation Executive HR Leader, Culture Changer, Leadership Developer, and Executive Coach
Valarie Mackey
Research Associate
Alex Mayall
Research Associate, Leading Edge Forum
Mariana Mazzucato
Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at University College London
F Warren McFarlan
T J Dermot Dunphy Baker Foundation Professor of Business Administration, and Albert H Gordon Professor of Business Administration Emeritus, Harvard Business School
Patty Morrison
Former Executive Vice President, Customer Care Shared Services and Chief Information Officer, Cardinal Health
Michael Nelson
Technology Policy, Cloud Flare
Ed Novak
CIO Advisor, Leading Edge Forum
Ash Pal
Digital Leadership Advisor, Leading Edge Forum
Carlota Perez
Visiting Professor
Brinley Platts
Research Associate, Leading Edge Forum
Thomas Power
Research Associate, Leading Edge Forum
Venkat Ramaswamy
Hallman Fellow of Electronic Business and Professor of Marketing, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
Venkatesh Rao
Research Associate, Leading Edge Forum
Tudor Rees
Research Associate, Leading Edge Forum
David Reid
Programme Director, Leading Edge Forum
Gareth Scragg
Marketing Director
Adrian Seccombe
Research Associate
Paul Smith
Research Associate
Lachlan Stokes
Principal Advisor
Richard Sykes
Research Associate, Leading Edge Forum
Anneclaire van Not
Research Associate, Leading Edge Forum
N Venkat Venkatraman
Professor of Management, Boston University Questrom School of Business
Edd Wilder-James
Research Associate
Mark Zawacki
Research Associate, Leading Edge Forum