Researcher Profiles


Dave Aron
Global Research Director

Dave Aron, based in the UK, is Global Research Director for Leading Edge Forum.  In this position, he guides a series of global research initiatives aimed at helping CIOs and other Business/ IT leaders reimagine their organizations and leadership for a tech-driven future.

Dave’s key areas of research include digital business, strategy and new business models.  Previously, Dave spent more than 12 years at Gartner, as a Gartner Fellow, focusing on strategy and CIO leadership issues.  Dave has more than 30 years’ experience in the IT business, and has been writing, speaking and teaching on digital business, IT strategy and other topics around the world for more than a decade.

Dave holds a BSc in Computer Science from Queen Mary College, and an MBA from London Business School.

Dave's alter ego is Mu, The 21st Century Anti-Strategist, which comprises Dave's distilled thoughts about what doesn't make sense as 20th century organizations sleepwalk into the 21st century.

Mike Bufalino
Research Associate

Mike Bufalino, based in the UK, is a Research Associate for Leading Edge Forum.  Mike has extensive experience across matters pertaining to CIO and board-level leadership.  Mike’s current work for LEF focuses on the increasingly vital topic of cyber-risk, and how boards and senior leadership must reposition their thinking in order to best understand, support and embrace the realities of doing business in the digital age. 

Mike’s IT career spans 24 years, with over 10 years in CIO roles for global FTSE-sized enterprises.  Mike has experienced CIO positions through a very diverse cultural and organizational lens, having succeeded in global and divisional CIO roles, for Eastern and Western headquartered firms.  Mike has served on several boards, including Oracle and Computing Magazine.  Mike holds an MBA from Henley Business School in the UK, along with a Bachelor of Business from Griffith University in Australia.  

Richard Davies
VP, Strategic Advisory, DXC Technology and Managing Director, Leading Edge Forum

Richard is VP Strategic Advisory, DXC Technology and Managing Director of Leading Edge Forum.

In this role, Richard leads and manages a global strategic Research and Advisory business aimed at assisting COOs, CIOs and other enterprise leaders understand and exploit the ever-expanding intersection between business, information technology and management.

Kirt Mead
Senior Research Consultant, Leading Edge Forum

Kirt is a Senior Consultant for Leading Edge Forum, where his research and advisory work addresses issues at the interface between IT and the business, in particular the business relationship management (BRM) role.  He is a leading member of the LEF BRM training instructor team and has developed and delivered programs to many clients both in the US and Europe.  Kirt is the author or co-author of multiple research reports including Leveraging 'The Matrix' - Digital Ecosytem Dynamics and Strategies Outside-in BRM - Turning Relationship Managers into Digital Leaders and Revitalizing the Enterprise Skill Set.

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.  He is the project lead for our 2017 research into Disrupting ‘The Professions’ – Scenarios for Human and Machine Expertise. David was previously 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.  David is the author of multiple research reports.  His most recently published reports include Embracing 'the Matrix' and the Machine Intelligence Era (March 2016) and The Myths and Realities of Digital Disruption (September 2015).

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, based in the UK, is a Senior Researcher and Advisor for Leading Edge Forum.  Bill is currently working on the topics of anti-fragility in the 21st Century Organization and Platform Economics. 

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 reengineering.

Prior to Differentis, Bill spent eight years as 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 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, based in the UK, 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 part of our Xperience Lab Advisory workshops, enabling clients to build hands-on digital skills. 

Lewis’ most recent publication is entitled Technology Trends and Me: VR & Me – Episode 1. 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 the last 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 for a number of years 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.

Watch this video of Lewis being interviewed about using social media and being a digital representation of your physical self.

Glen Robinson
Emerging Technology Advisor

Glen Robinson, based in the UK, is an Emerging Technology Advisor for Leading Edge Forum. 

Glen’s main focus of research is leading edge Enterprise technology solutions that will power the 21st century business. He is the author of our March 2017 paper, Q1 2017 Public Cloud Adoption: Not as Much Progress as You Might Expect. 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.  

Adrian Seccombe
Research Associate

Adrian Seccombe, based in the UK, is a Research Associate for Leading Edge Forum.  Adrian's focus is on the future of security and mobility, and on managing information as an asset including identity, risk, governance and compliance considerations.

Having retired from his role as the Chief Information Security Officer and Senior Enterprise Architect at Indianapolis-based pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, Adrian lectured at Surrey University on the subjects of Information Asset Management and Information Security.  Adrian is an IT visionary with extensive knowledge and practical experience in various IT, Security, and Strategy & Quality Management positions in the UK, France and the US.  He was named Information Security Person of the Year (Europe) in 2010 by SC Magazine, and was recognized for his role in the leadership of the Jericho Forum during its decade of Deperimeterization.

Adrian joined Lilly as a Telecoms Analyst in 1980.  As Manager of Telecom & Technology Development, Adrian relocated to Lilly headquarters in Indianapolis.  Following four years in various management positions, including IT Strategy Manager, he moved to become the IT Director for Lilly in France.  On returning to the UK, Adrian took responsibility for the Lilly IT infrastructure of Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific & Japan.  He then took global responsibility for Lilly Client Computing & Collaboration Services, whilst retaining his responsibility for the EMEA infrastructure.  He then led the development of Lilly’s Information Risk Management processes, and the IT Quality and Security Management teams based around the globe.

Adrian holds a Bsc Hons in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Surrey University and is a trained facilitator.  He served on the Industrial Advisory Board of the University of Surrey Computing Department, was a member of the Board of Management of The Jericho Forum, and serves on the Advisory Board of the Information Security Forum.



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 Computer Weekly's 2012 and 2011 polls.



Edd Wilder-James
Research Associate

Edd Wilder-James, based in the United States, is a Research Associate for Leading Edge Forum.  Edd is an emerging technology analyst with a broad background in web, open source and data technologies.  A leading expert in big data, he was the founding chair of Strata, the central big data industry event, and the founding editor of peer-reviewed journal Big Data.  Edd spent six years as programme chair for the O'Reilly Open Source Convention.

Edd works as Vice President of Strategy at Silicon Valley Data Science, where he is focused on explaining and exporting the techniques of building strategic data applications from Silicon Valley to industry at large.



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
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
Ian Cohen
Digital Advisor, Leading Edge Forum
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
Regional Director
Lemuel Lasher
Senior Research Advisor, Leading Edge Forum
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
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
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
Global Head of Client and Advisory Services, Leading Edge Forum
Kathie Shannon
Client Success Executive
Paul Smith
Research Associate
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
Mark Zawacki
Research Associate, Leading Edge Forum