Alderman & Sheriff Professor Michael Mainelli is Emeritus Mercers' School Memorial Professor of Commerce at Gresham College, having held the chair from 2005 to 2009. His first degree was in Government from Harvard, followed by mathematics and engineering studies at Trinity College Dublin and a PhD from the London School of Economics in chaotic systems, where he was also a Visiting Professor.
Professor Mainelli is Executive Chairman of Z/Yen, the City of London’s leading commercial think-tank and venture firm, which he co-founded in 1994 to promote societal advance through better finance and technology. A qualified accountant (FCCA), securities professional (FCSI), computer specialist (FBCS) and management consultant (FIC), Michael began his career as a research scientist in aerospace (rockets) and computing (architecture & mapping). He later became a senior partner with accountants BDO Binder Hamlyn directing global consulting projects. During the 1990s he worked for the UK Ministry of Defence as Corporate Development Director for Europe’s then largest R&D firm, the Defence Evaluation & Research Agency leading to two privatisations. Career highlights include directing Z/Yen’s Long Finance initiative with Gresham College and the City of London Corporation asking “when would we know our financial system is working?” as well as creating the Global Financial Centres Index, Global Intellectual Property Index, London Accord and Farsight Award. Michael also conceived and produced the first complete digital map of the world in 1983, Mundocart (a 1980’s Google Earth), and the $20 million Geodat consortium cartography project.
Michael is non-executive Director of the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UK’s national body for standards and laboratories), AIM-listed Sirius Minerals plc (potash mining), AIM-listed Wishbone Gold Plc; Alderman for Broad Street Ward (elected) at the City of London Corporation; Almoner for Christ’s Hospital School; Trustee of International Fund for Animal Welfare. Michael has held numerous advisory posts, for example with Hitachi UK, City University and HM Treasury. Michael won a 1996 UK Foresight Challenge award for the Financial Laboratory, 2003 UK Smart Award for prediction software, 2005 British Computer Society Director of the Year, 2011 Technology Strategy Board Challenge Award for financial avatars, and was awarded Gentiluomo of the Associazione Cavalieri di San Silvestro in 2011. Michael is a Liveryman, Worshipful Company of World Traders, Freeman, Watermen & Lightermen, and represents the Financial Services Group of Livery Companies.
Michael has published over 40 journal articles, 150 commercial articles and four books. Michael’s humorous risk/reward management novel, Clean Business Cuisine: Now and Z/Yen, written with Ian Harris, was a Sunday Times Book of the Week in 2000; Accountancy Age described it as “surprisingly funny considering it is written by a couple of accountants”. Their third co-authored book, The Price of Fish: A New Approach to Wicked Economics and Better Decisions, based on his Gresham lectures, won the 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards Finance, Investment & Economics Gold Prize. Michael plays bagpipes, loves skiing and sailing and, with his wife, Elisabeth, he races and restores the 1923 Thames Sailing Barge Lady Daphne and sits on the world’s oldest sailing racing body, the Thames Match Committee. With an international family, Michael speaks English, German, French and Italian poorly, but even worse Spanish and Chinese.
To access all of Professor Mainelli's previous Gresham College lectures, please click here.
Dr Douglas Board specialises in career change and leadership coaching, and is the founder of Maslow’s Attic Ltd (maslowsattic.com). He is a senior visiting fellow at Cass Business School. After receiving degrees from Cambridge and Harvard, Douglas worked as a fast-stream civil servant in the UK Treasury and then for 18 years as a headhunter, becoming deputy chairman of a 50 person London firm. Since then he gained a doctorate in management and writes from time to time for the FT on leadership, careers and selection. His book ‘Choosing Leaders and Choosing to Lead: Science, Politics and Intuition in Executive Selection’ was published in 2012 by Gower, and is co-writing with Rob Warwick a book on leadership and knowledge to be published in 2013. From 2007 to 2012 he was chair of the Refugee Council, Britain’s largest refugee and asylum charity.
Simon Caulkin is a writer and editor who, for sixteen years, was The Observer's management columnist, writing on subjects ranging from rock 'n' roll to the banking crisis. He has contributed to The Economist, The Financial Times and many national and international business magazines. He edited the UK monthly Management Today from 1986 to 1989.
Aside from journalism, Simon has worked on books with prominent business academics and leaders such as the late Sumantra Ghoshal (a particular hero), Andrew Campbell and John Seddon, and edited publications for many of the major management consultancies. He has also worked closely with the UK's Advanced Institute for Management Research and London Business School's Management Lab. Under his own name he has written two reports for The Economist Intelligence Unit and is working on a book of his own based on the lessons of his Observer columns.
He is a member of the advisory council of TWIN, the Fair Trade organisation, and a fellow of the think-tank ResPublica.
Executive Director, Duke Corporate Education and Regional Managing Director India.
A leading business educator with an MBA and PhD from London BUsiness School, Dr Liz Mellon works with many of the FTSE100 CEOs. Considered one of the foremost authorities on leadership development, she has also contributed to the development of public service leadership through her early research and teaching interests. Some notable clients include The New York Times, HSBC, Shell, The Uk Foreign Office, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deutsche Bank, AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, BP, Novartis, Credit Suisse First Boston, Rio Tinto, BNP Paribas, Unilever, United Business Media, Rolls-Royce, Atlas Copco and the Standard Bank Group.
Prior to joining Duke Corporate Education, Liz was Professor of Organisational Behaviour at London Business School. Before this, she was Managing Partner in her consultancy, Mellon Marketing Services. She started her career in the public sector as a fast-track graduate entrant into the government. There, she covered a range of policy activities, from inward investment to trade, including running a Minister's Office.