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.

Michael Orme

Director, 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.

Maria Lombardo

Director, European Sales

Maria has more than 20 years of experience in marketing and finance. She spent most of her early career working as an investment analyst with Lazard in Milan and CDC Group in London. She worked on investment projects in Africa, South America and India, dealing with various types of investment from loans to mezzanine finance to private equity. From the late nineties, Maria progressed into capital markets in research and sales and relationship management roles for UBS, Sberbank, Unicredit and Otkritie, becoming Managing Director heading teams of sales people and co-ordinating reearch analysts. She has a particularly strong reach with UK and European institutional investors. Maria graduated at Bocconi Universtity in Milan and has an MBA from UCLL in Brussels. She is fluent in Italian, French and English.

Sean Griffin

Associate, North America Sales

Sean has been working in marketing and sales capacities with independent financial research firms across various sectors since 2015. Based in Montreal, Canada, he is currently responsible for new sales development across North America. Prior to beginning his career in the financial markets, Sean worked with a consulting organization focused on educational technologies. Sean holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Babson College in Massachusetts. 

Barry McAlinden

Director, Asian Sales

Barry has more than 20 years of experience in finance. Based in Hong Kong, he has spent the last 10 years in equity sales, covering Asia Pacific institutions at firms including Standard Chartered and CLSA. Most recently he has been focused on distribution of European equity and independent macro research. Prior to moving to Asia, Barry worked at Deutsche Bank in Sydney as part of the Equity Strategy team. In the early part of his career, he joined the audting profession in London before moving to EY in Dublin. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, holds an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management and a BA in Accounting and Law from the University of Manchester.


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