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Professor Michael Mainelli

Professor Michael Mainelli MStJ PhD BA FCCA FCSI(Hon) FBCS CITP FIC CMC MEI,

Executive Chairman, Z/Yen Group

Michael 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 a Visiting Professor of Innovation & IT. 

His career spans scientific research, accountancy-firm partner, and director of Ministry of Defence research.  During a spell in merchant banking, Michael founded Z/Yen in 1994, the City of London’s leading commercial think-tank, to promote societal advance through better finance and technology, particularly famous for its Global Financial, Green Finance, and Smart Centres indices, as well as its technology and financial research. 

Michael is Executive Chairman of Z/Yen, FS Club, and the Esop Centre; Emeritus Professor and Honorary Life Fellow of Gresham College, the Tudor ‘Open University’ origin of the Royal Society; non-executive Director of the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (national standards body) 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.

Michael has advised numerous government and cities around the world. 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.

Michael is an Alderman of the City of London and late Sheriff 2019-2021.  Michael is Past Master of the Worshipful Company of World Traders, Freeman of the Company of Watermen & Lightermen, as well as an Honorary Liveryman of the Furniture Makers, Water Conservators, Marketors, Tax Advisers, International Bankers, and Management Consultants, and an Honorary Freeman of the Educators. 

He speaks English, German, Italian and French fluently, Dutch poorly, and even worse Spanish and Mandarin.  His third book, The Price Of Fish: A New Approach To Wicked Economics And Better Decisions, won the Independent Publisher Book Awards Finance, Investment & Economics Gold Prize. 

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