and barely floating amidst financial crises, governments claim that they cannot
afford to deliver on all their promises. Necessity has brought forth new
views on government finance and how it can be used to achieve social ends.
Many of these views are redressed mutton. Some are more or less just
off-balance sheet accounting. Others prompt new thoughts about the role
of the state. We will explore various roles for government finance and
discuss how radical ideas and new monies may help governments better manage our
Dr Mainelli is Executive Chairman of Z/Yen, a City-based risk/reward firm, where he works on strategy, technology, finance and business development. His early research was in aerospace and computer graphics, which led to work in seismology, cartography and energy information.
He spent seven years as a partner and board member of an accountancy firm directing their financial services consultancy work in the UK and overseas, followed by a position as Corporate Development Director of the MoD’s Defence Evaluation and Research Agency.
From November 1995 to July 1997 Dr Mainelli was Chief Scientist of the Financial Laboratory, a DTI project undertaking research into the visualisation of financial risk.
Dr Mainelli is a qualified accountant, computer specialist and management consultant with a degree from Harvard in government with economics, plus a further year of mathematics and engineering at Trinity College Dublin and a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London.