Annabelle Gawer is Professor in Digital Strategy at the University of Surrey, Director of the Centre of Digital Economy, and a visiting professor at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. A pioneer of international stature in the field of digital platforms, Prof Annabelle Gawer is a leading voice in advancing research, as well as managerial practice and European policy. She is a world-class scholar and advisor on digital platforms and innovation ecosystems. She is a highly-cited author of 4 books and has authored or co-authored over 30 articles in top international journals. Her seminal research on platform leadership and innovation ecosystems explains how innovation and competition interact to shape platform-based markets and the digital economy. Prof Gawer advises the European Commission, as an expert in the European Commission’s Observatory of the Online Platform Economy Expert Group. She also advises the UK Parliament House of Lords, the UK Government, and the OECD on regulation of online platforms. Annabelle Gawer also consults as a strategy coach for top management in major international corporations in the US, Europe, and Asia. She first studied physics, math, and engineering in France, then moved to the US to study industrial engineering/engineering management at Stanford University, worked in telecoms in France, and then pursued further graduate studies in social science in the US. Her first degrees include a Diplôme d’Ingénieur Civil des Mines (1992), an MSc in Applied Mathematics (Univ. Paris 6), and an MSc in Industrial Engineering (Stanford 1992). This was followed by professional corporate experience as an engineer in a large industrial corporation in military mobile telecom networks design (1992-1994). Further studies ensued with a PhD in Management of Technological Innovation (MIT Sloan School of Management, 2000), before embarking on an academic career as a business school professor and management scholar.