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. 

Spencer Izard
Researcher and Advisor

Spencer is a Researcher and Advisor for Leading Edge Forum. Prior to joining the LEF, his most recent roles were with ServiceNow, as their executive strategy advisor for UK&I, and at Ovum as the Chief Analyst leading their global CxO practice. Prior to Ovum, he led IDC’s European CxO advisory practice and also headed up their European retail group.

Spencer has previously worked at several large international end-user organizations, both directly and indirectly, within CIO strategy and architecture functions developing and delivering IT strategies to bridge business demands and IT capability, creating and managing architecture teams, and establishing IT best practices.

Whilst working at Marks & Spencer he introduced enterprise architecture, IT harmonization, and cloud strategies. Prior to that, Spencer worked for three years at Microsoft providing strategic CxO advisory focused on business and IT engagement, building high performing IT functions, the identification of new technology trends for business objectives, and enterprise architecture across retail, financial, energy, and public sectors.

His engagements had a particular focus on enterprise applications, cloud computing, mobility, and data driven middleware, both from internal employee and external customer/partner perspectives. Before Microsoft, Spencer spent over six years at BP as a global architecture manager among other roles, which also involved introducing middleware, mobility, and virtualization technologies.

Spencer holds a BSc in Computing Science from Staffordshire University.

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 is a Research Fellow at the Leading Edge Forum where he explores the global business impact of digital technologies, with a particular focus on disruptive business models, industry restructuring, and machine intelligence.  Before LEF, for more than a decade, David was in charge of worldwide research for IDC, the largest market analysis firm in the information technology industry, responsible for the company’s global technology industry forecasts and insights.

A well-known international speaker, writer, and thought leader, David has recently released his latest book, Seeing Digital – A Visual Guide to the Industries, Organizations, and Careers of the 2020s.  He is also the author of two earlier books – Customer-Driven IT (Harvard Business School Press, 2003), and Waves of Power (Amacom, 1997). He has lectured and consulted on digital trends and strategies in more than 30 countries, working with leading customers and suppliers alike.  David lives in Boston, MA. 



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.

Glen Robinson
Emerging Technology Director and Distinguished Engineer

Glen helps create 21st Century Humans.

Technology is constantly reinventing itself and keeping pace is a long-term investment.

In his role as Emerging Technology Director for the LEF, Glen is constantly exploring the emerging technology advances that will augment our lives, changing the way we think about everything.

Glen takes these learnings and delivers them to customers in the form of the Digital Experience Lab, or Xlab, which is part of the 21st Century Human programme. This haptic learning experience helps customers build confidence and competence in a vast array of digital tools that are available to them today. Using these responsibly to augment our lives in a positive way is the outcome of the workshops he runs, tasking attendees to consider their current level of digital maturity and injecting ideas for personal development and improvement through a more responsible, competent use of digital.

Glen also arranges Study Tours where he facilitates tours of global technology hubs, immersing customers in the technology they seek to understand the impact of better.

A frequent speaker at customer and industry events, Glen also leads the 21st Century Human community, is a STEM ambassador, a distinguished engineer for DXC Technology, passionate about the environment, and a very average surfer. Most of all, he enjoys helping others build the lifelong skills which make happy, healthy and more productive individuals, all essential capabilities needed for success 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
James Bodsworth
Emerging Technology Advisor, Leading Edge Forum
Mike Bowden
CIO Advisor, Leading Edge Forum
Erik Brynjolfsson
Director, MIT Center for Digital Business and Schussel Family Professor, MIT Sloan School
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
Mohammed Khalid
Commercial Director
Huma Khan
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
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
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
Paul Worthington
Senior Research Advisor
Mark Zawacki
Research Associate, Leading Edge Forum