Our team

Meet the executive team at CM Research:

Cyrus Mewawalla

Managing Director, Research

Cyrus Mewawalla is one of the world's leading technology analysts. His core expertise lies in thematic equity investing. He has twenty years of expertise in the technology, media and telecom sectors. Cyrus spent the first decade of his career as an auditor at PwC and the second decade as a stock analyst. In 2000, Cyrus left PwC to become a telecom analyst at Nomura. A few years later, he set up independently. Over the years Cyrus has built a reputation for being early in detecting new investment themes. Cyrus is a regular CNBC commentator on technology themes and his investment research is regularly referenced in business journals such as The Wall Street Journal and The Economist for being ahead of its time. In 2015, Bloomberg ranked him the No. 1 stock analyst for 21 technology companies. Cyrus is a former advisor to McKinsey and a Mentor at Level 39, Europe's leading hub for technology start-ups. Cyrus graduated with an Economics degree from Cambridge University, England and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He is also the author of "City of Thieves", the internationally bestselling financial thriller novel published by Little Brown Book Group.

Elgen Strait

Managing Director, Sales

Elgen has ten years' experience in institutional research sales. He has worked in sales for BCA Research, a well-established macro-economic research house as well as being the first salesperson for Cognolink Ltd, a then start-up research boutique in London which now has over 100 staff members and offices worldwide. Most recently he witnessed the inner workings of the technology industry as the first salesperson for a cloud-based software provider to the independent financial research community. Elgen graduated with an Economics degree from the University of Maryland College Park in Washington DC, USA.

Michael Orme

Senior Analyst, Research

Michael has spent over 40 years analysing technology trends and actual and potential disruptions brewing in left field. He has been a business journalist on the Investors Chronicle, Management Today and LBC radio. He ran the European operation of what was then Silicon Valley's premier marketing consultancy Regis McKenna dealing at the top level with clients such as Apple, Intel and Genetech. He ran customer opinion auditing and CIO relations programs for HP in Europe. He was a strategy consultant for the Cambridge University spin-out and real-time software leader, Apama, now part of Software AG, for which he arranged start-up funds. He is the editor of the confidential fortnightly briefing, Peripheral Vision, for global fund managers. He wrote one of the first books on the microprocessor revolution, called "Micros: a Pervasive Force" (1979), which ran to a Japanese edition. He was a philosophy scholar at Trinity College Cambridge, but opted to join HM Treasury instead of taking up the scholarship. He is currently working on a book about how upcoming technologies will impact intimate human relations, and is involved in private equity in Kenya.

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