Chris is the Head of Open Technologies at Avanade and a Microsoft MVP.

I'm a technologist, with a legal background; and a burning passion for Open Technologies, Service Design, and Sustainability. I like to apply this to Emerging Technology, Microsoft AI, Python on Azure, Robotics, and Digital Twins.

I run the Open Technologies group within the Office of the CTO at Avanade. Our focus is on the open innovation ecosystem, including academia, foundations, and startups - we also run Avanade's Open Source Projects Office. I trained initially as a lawyer before reskilling in data science, open innovation, and software engineering.

I'll often contribute under the name Sealjay®.

I like to write tech content, and ruminate on content related to futurology and broader societal changes. You can find out about events I've spoken at, or recent media mentions and external blog posts.

Awarded Microsoft MVP for AI / Artificial Intelligence in May 2021

Community Involvement

My Background

I've worked on projects around quantum computing, the internet of things, and distributed ledger technology - all to test ideas with real organisations, figuring out if these technologies work, and if they provide the right cost/benefit.

I led the Emerging Technologies Engineering function at Avanade for three years, entrenching my belief in the power of collaboration between different groups.

I believe in the power of design - when fused with technology, and product management. Everyone I work with is passionate in what they do every day, and I'm no exception - working with some of the best people is what motivates me.

My professional background includes leading Avanade's Intelligent Automation Centre of Excellence for Europe, leading Innovation within the Avanade London Digital Studio, and creating a Robotic Process Automation offering from the ground up, from sales, through to capability.

Prior to working in technology, I had a background in law, local government, and consumer regulations.

Finally, I focus on a work/life balance - taking the time to exercise and refresh.

Blowing off steam

Outside of work, I'm studying an MSc in Data Science, Technology and Innovation at the University of Edinburgh; and I'm usually either on a fitness trend (think F45, or CrossFit) or back to basics with Fencing and Powerlifting.

When we're allowed to travel, I like to see the sun and the sand.

Want to get in touch? Hit me up on LinkedIn!