Press Release: Professor Michael Mainelli Becomes Lord Mayor-Elect: Z/Yen Continues Its Support For The City Of London

Friday, 29 September 2023

The Z/Yen Group is enormously proud that its Chairman, Professor Michael Mainelli, has been elected as the 695th Lord Mayor of London.

We very much look forward to Professor Mainelli’s time as Lord Mayor, which is the highlight of Z/Yen’s ongoing commitment to the City. Alongside providing Professor Mainelli with a sabbatical year to enable him to take up his new position, Z/Yen is providing logistical and infrastructure support for the Lord Mayor’s Knowledge Miles webinar series, which will run throughout the year with support from the Gresham Society.

Mike Wardle, Chief Executive Officer of Z/Yen said:

“Michael Mainelli’s election as Lord Mayor is a proud moment for Z/Yen. We have been planning for this possibility for some time, with his earlier release from Z/Yen to undertake the role of Sheriff of London for two years. We wish Michael every success in his Mayoral year and with the development of the Knowledge Mile, and we continue to support the City of London in its work.”


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About Professor Michael Mainelli

Professor Michael Mainelli MStJ FCCA FCSI(Hon) FBCS, Executive Chairman, Z/Yen Group

Michael is a scientist and economist trying to promote societal advance through better finance and technology. Originally a research scientist in aerospace (rocket science) and computing (architecture & cartography), educated at Harvard, Trinity College Dublin, he gained his PhD from the London School of Economics, where he was also Visiting Professor in innovation and IT. Working Switzerland, he conceived and created the first commercial digital maps of the world, Geodat and MundoCart. He became a senior partner of accountants BDO Binder Hamlyn, and Corporate Development Director for the Ministry of Defence’s Defence Evaluation & Research Agency. During a mergers & acquisitions spell in merchant banking with Deutsche Morgan Grenfell, in 1994 he founded Z/Yen, the City of London’s leading commercial think-tank. Z/Yen is renowned for its Global Financial, Green Finance, and Smart Centres indices, as well as notable ‘firsts’ in technology research, including distributed ledgers. Michael has advised numerous governments and municipalities around the world, including four years as International Financial Services Advisor to the Office of the Taoiseach. Michael is a fellow of Gresham College, King’s College London, and Goodenough College, visiting professor at UCL’s Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction, Honorary Bencher of Middle Temple, and non-executive director of the United Kingdom Accreditation Service and a listed mining company. He is active in fourteen livery companies, past Master of the World Traders, an Alderman of the City of London for Broad Street, and past Sheriff of the City of London 2019-2021, with charity interests in the environment, education, and care. He is Lord Mayor elect of London from 10 November. His third book, written with Ian Harris, The Price Of Fish: A New Approach To Wicked Economics And Better Decisions, won the Independent Publisher Book Awards Finance, Investment & Economics Gold Prize.

Professor Mainelli was elected the 695th Lord Mayor of London at Common Hall, comprising liverymen belonging to all of the City of London's livery companies. He will take up his position on 10 November 2023.


For more information please email Mike Wardle at or by phone on +44 (0) 20 7562 9562 or +44 (0) 7880 737319.