People we work with

Michael North: Commercial, cultural

Michael North is managing member of Pacific Royalties, an investment group founded in partnership with Arthur Lipper, that develops financing vehicles using corporate revenue royalties. He is also vice-president of the Zhou Enlai Peace Institute, working in the field of citizen-diplomacy to create a long-term relationship of trust and respect between America and China. He is a co-founder of Greenstar, a green energy and media company that installs solar-powered community centers in remote villages in the developing world. He was the original founder and CEO of North Communications, a public access network company that pioneered the use of touchscreens for banks, retailers and government agencies worldwide.  He resides near Honolulu, and serves as a strategic business development advisor for growing businesses.





Marian Petre: Theory, usability

Professor Marian Petre is a professor of Computing at the Open University, Milton Keynes, UK.
Much of her research focuses on expert software designers, including the reasoning and representations that they use, the mistakes that they make, and the craft skills that they employ.
Her interest in craft skills also involves the craft skills of expert academic research and practice, with particular respect to helping students to acquire the skills that they actually need. This is a central theme in The Unwritten Rules of PhD Research, and in A Gentle Guide to Research Methods, both of which she co-authored with Gordon.
Her homepage at the Open University is here: