Simon has over 35 years of experience creating and deploying technology for business benefit. He has served as CTO of the UK’s Office for National Statistics, Chief Architect at Emirates Group in Dubai and, most recently, interim Head of Architecture at Admiral Group, the UK’s leading auto insurer. He spent five years as a Senior Executive Partner at Gartner, advising business and IT leaders across the Gulf region. His clients included the governments of Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, UAE, Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi, major banks and insurers, international universities and some of the world’s largest oil and gas companies. From 1996 until 2002 he led a team of computer scientists creating award-winning e-business technologies at IBM’s Zurich Research Laboratory, where he also oversaw IBM’s European Insurance Research Center. His doctoral thesis explores the application of software architecture evaluation techniques to the domain of service design.