Annabelle Gawer is Professor of Digital Economy at the University of Surrey and co-Director of the Surrey Centre for the Digital Economy (CoDE). Professor Gawer is a leading expert on digital platforms. Professor Gawer is the author of two important books Platform Leadership, and Platform, Markets and Innovation. She also authored more than a dozen articles on platforms in top international research journals including Research Policy, the MIT Sloan Management Review, Organization Studies, the Journal of Product Innovation Management, and the Journal of Economics and Management Strategy.
Cited in The Economist and The Wall Street Journal, she is a frequent keynote speaker at international academic conferences and high-tech industry events. She advises the European Commission and the House of Lords on regulation of online platforms and on the future of ICT research directions in Europe. For over 15 years she has been a thought-leader on platforms, clarifying the fundamental economic and technological forces shaping the competition and innovation dynamics of platform-based high-tech industries, including Internet businesses, telecoms, electronics or digital media.
Professor Gawer also consults with global corporations and start-ups on digital platform strategy, and directs executive education programs on platform strategy, innovation and entrepreneurship. She earned her PhD degree in Management of Technological Innovation from the MIT Sloan School of Management. She also holds an MSc from Stanford Industrial Engineering, an MSc in Applied Maths, and a French civil engineering degree from École des Mines.