Michael Mainelli co-founded Z/Yen, the city of London’s leading commercial think tank and venture firm, in 1994 to promote societal advance through better finance and technology. Today, Z/Yen boasts a core team of 25 highly respected professionals and is well capitalized because of successful spin-outs and ventures.
Mainelli’s career summary is a decade of technology research, followed by a decade in finance, then more than 15 years of finance and technology in Z/Yen. Educated at Harvard, Trinity College Dublin and the London School of Economics, where he was also a visiting professor, Mainelli’s early scientific research in aerospace and computer graphics led to his starting Swiss companies in seismology, cartography and energy information. After a post at Arthur Andersen, Mainelli spent seven years as a partner and board member of the leading accountancy firm BDO Binder Hamlyn, directing global consulting projects. While co-founding Z/Yen, Mainelli served as a director of Europe’s largest R&D organization (DERA) leading to two privatizations.
Highlights of Mainellil’s career include:
• creating Z/Yen’s Long Finance, Global Financial Centres Index, London Accord, Taskforce 2000, Global Intellectual Property Index, Farsight Award and other initiatives.
• developing a £100 million business within the UK Ministry of Defense operating as a senior civil servant (military two-star equivalent) commercializing defense technology.
• growing an accountancy consultancy, BDO Consulting, profitably to 100 people with global privatization, finance, technology, government, services and NGO clients.
• conceiving and producing the first complete digital map of the world in 1983, Mundocart, the Google Earth of the 1980s, as well as the $20 million Geodat cartography project.
Mainelli’s biggest honor was the Mercers’ School Memorial Professor of Commerce chair at Gresham College, founding home of the Royal Society.