Alderman Professor Michael Mainelli FCCA FCSI FBCS
Alderman Professor Michael Mainelli is Emeritus Mercers' School Memorial Professor of Commerce at Gresham College, having held the chair from 2005 to 2009. A qualified accountant, securities professional, computer specialist, and management consultant, Michael gained his PhD in chaotic systems at London School of Economics, where he was also a Visiting Professor. His first degree was in Government from Harvard, followed by mathematics and engineering studies at Trinity College Dublin. He co-founded Z/Yen in 1994, the City of London's leading think-tank, to promote societal advance through better finance and technology after a career as a research scientist in aerospace & cartography then accountancy-firm partner and director of Ministry of Defence research. His clients include banks, exchanges, insurers, policy makers, governments, technology and scientific firms. Michael is non-executive Director of AIM-listed Wishbone Gold plc and the United Kingdom Accreditation Service overseeing UK laboratories and quality standards. During the 1990s he worked for the UK Ministry of Defence as Corporate Development Director for the Defence Evaluation & Research Agency.
Michael created the Long Finance initiative, asking "when would we know our financial system is working?", partnering Gresham College and the City of London Corporation. His civic work includes serving as Alderman for Broad Street at the City of London Corporation; Almoner (governor) for Christ's Hospital – the City's charitable boarding school; Council member of City & Guilds; Advisory Council Member for the City of London Festival; and advises several other charities such as IFAW and Sea-Change Sailing Trust. Michael was British Computer Society Director of the Year in 2005. He is a Liveryman, Worshipful Company of World Traders, Freeman, Watermen & Lightermen. His third book, based on his Gresham College lectures, co-authored with Ian Harris, The Price of Fish: A New Approach to Wicked Economics and Better Decisions, won the 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards Finance, Investment & Economics Gold Prize. With his wife Elisabeth, he races and restores the Thames Sailing Barge Lady Daphne.