Professor Michael Mainelli MStJ PhD MPhil BA FCCA FCSI(Hon) FBCS FRSA CITP FIC CMC MEI is a qualified accountant, securities professional, computer specialist, and management consultant, educated at Harvard University and Trinity College Dublin. He gained his PhD at the London School of Economics where he was also Visiting Professor of Innovation & IT. Originally a research scientist in aerospace (rocket science) and computing (architecture & cartography), after directing mapping projects in Switzerland he became a senior partner with accountants BDO Binder Hamlyn directing global consulting, and Corporate Development Director for Europe’s largest R&D firm, then the Ministry of Defence’s 14,000 strong Defence Evaluation & Research Agency. During a mergers & acquisitions spell in merchant banking with Deutsche Morgan Grenfell, he founded Z/Yen in 1994, the City of London’s leading think-tank, promoting societal advance through better finance and technology, renowned for its Global Financial, Green Finance, and Smart Centres indices.
Michael’s career summary is a decade of technology research, a decade in finance, then three decades at Z/Yen combining research and finance for social purposes. Career highlights include:
Michael is Chairman of Z/Yen Group; Emeritus Professor of Commerce and Honorary Life Fellow of Gresham College; Senior Independent Director of the United Kingdom Accreditation Service and AIM-listed Wishbone Gold plc; City & Guilds Council Member; Trustee of Morden College; Fellow of Goodenough College; Visiting Professor at UCL’s Bartlett School. Awards include a UK Foresight Challenge Award for the Financial Laboratory; UK Smart Award for prediction software; Technology Strategy Board Challenge Award for financial avatars; British Computer Society Director of the Year; Gentiluomo of the Associazione Cavalieri di San Silvestro; Consigliere del Senato Accademico of L’Accademia Tiberina; ‘Hons’ award from the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment; Member of the Order of St John; Honorary Fellow of King’s College London; Honorary Bencher of Middle Temple.
He is an Alderman of the City of London, Trustee of the Lord Mayor’s Appeal, Director of the Lord Mayor’s Show, and late Sheriff of the City of London 2019-2021, with charity interests in the environment, education, and care. Michael is Past Master of the World Traders, Craft-Owning Freeman of the Watermen & Lightermen, Honorary Liveryman of the Worshipful Companies of Furniture Makers, Water Conservators, Marketors, Tax Advisers, International Bankers, Management Consultants, Security Professionals, Engineers, Architects, and Makers of Playing Cards, Honorary Freeman of the Educators, and member of the City Livery Club and Guild of Freemen.
Michael has published over 60 journal and 250 commercial articles. His third book 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. Michael’s interests include skiing, woodcarving, bagpipes, glassblowing, and racing boats & barges. With an international family, he speaks English, German, French, Dutch, and Italian poorly, but even worse Chinese. All Michael's articles can be read here.
The Price Of Fish: A New Approach To Wicked Economics & Better Decisions, Nicholas Brealey Publishing, 2011 - www.priceoffish.info - winner of the 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards Finance, Investment & Economics Gold Prize - Kindle
Finally, a bit of fun, my 'Chinese name' 梅睿孟 [Mei Rui Meng] "the wisdom of Mei is priory", and travels over time in red: