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David Shaw, PhD Particle Physics

Chief Analyst


David Shaw, PhD Particle Physics, has worked extensively in Consulting, Market Analysis & Advisory businesses across a wide range of sectors including Technology, Healthcare, Energy and Financial Services. He has held a number of senior executive roles in public and private companies. David studied Physics at Balliol College, Oxford, and has a PhD in Particle Physics from UCL. He is a member of the Institute of Physics.

Quantum Tech Experience

Active in Quantum Tech since 2017, David is a renowned expert in the field based in Europe. For him it is a career coming full circle since he studied physics at a young age:

  • Founder, Fact Based Insight - the expert analysis firm in QIS

  • Analyst in Quantum Tech, part of The Quantum Analyst Roundtable

  • Consultant & Advisor to many vendors, startups and users in QIS

  • Frequent keynote speaker at all the main conferences in QIS

  • Physics at Balliol College, Oxford

  • PhD in Particle Physics from UCL

  • Member of the Institute of Physics




University of Oxford

BA, 1st Class, Physics


University College London

PhD, Particle Physics



Fact Based Insight

Helping business prepare for tomorrow's breakthroughs

Whether the vector is the large scale application of new data science techniques and ubiquitous connectivity, or new quantum technology, biotech or energy technologies, the future impacts are wide ranging across and within traditional sectors.

FB Insight helps businesses and investors anticipate how new discoveries and new thinking in selected high impact areas will change the way the world works.


COO, Member of the EMC


Leading provider of industry reports, online data solutions, bespoke custom research and consulting services to the Healthcare and Energy industries, with more than 1,000 dedicated researchers, market analysts, consultants and other professional staff across 10 offices worldwide.

COO role included specific responsibility for Healthcare and Energy product teams, Software team and Business Performance Management across the business.

Particular focus on strengthening and embedding the systems and processes required to allow the business to continue its successful growth to a new scale and with controlled financial performance.


IBI Exec Board


Informa Business Information (IBI) is the publishing arm of Informa plc.

Assisted in the Integration of Datamonitor into IBI. Memeber of the IBI Exec Board. Reviewed existing and potential energy sector activities and opportunities across the Group.


Group Director, Member of the EMC


Line responsibility for Datamonitor’s 750 R&A staff based in 15 offices around the world inc. New York, London, Dubai, Hyderabad, Shanghai and Sydney.

Developed a very strong and capable senior R&A team across 7 verticals: Healthcare, Technology, Consumer Markets, Financial Services, Energy, Automotive, and Business Insights.

Led the turnaround and growth strategy for the Ovum division. Led the Collaborative Intelligence initiative. A unique offer in the Technology sector built on the post-acquisition integration of Datamonitor, Ovum and Butler Group teams.

Developed and implemented fact-based annual and quarterly planning processes.

Overhauled writing and editorial processes, research methods and staff appraisals.

Led the migration of 14 separate offers onto the Knowledge Center 2.0 platform.

Led the online Analytic Tools programme. 14 different decision support tools using digital delivery to embed the use of Datamonitor proprietary data within client organisations.


Head, UK Utility Practice

A.T. Kearney

Wide consulting experience across Europe. Head of the UK Utilities Practice.

Projects included business strategy formulation, organisational design, financial modelling, cost reduction and change management. Expert specialism in procurement, negotiating strategy and business process design.

Oil & Gas sector clients included BP, BHP Billiton and DONG. Projects ranged from large scale cost reduction to partnering strategy.

Utility sector clients included EDF, TXU, ATEL and various German stadtwerke. Projects focussed on commodity business process design and also partnering strategy.

Transport sector clients included Railtrack, Deutche Bahn, P&O and Sea Containers. Projects included procurement and new business unit planning and implementation.

Strategic Sourcing specialist. Procurement adviser and negotiator for clients across Europe, with a focus on Commodities.

Extensive communication skills: including a full range of writing, presenting, listening and influencing techniques. Effective in dealing with stakeholders at all levels.

Extensive project management and delivery experience: effective managing multiple projects to tight deadlines across a wide variety of team compositions and structures.

Wide international experience: projects ‘on the ground’ in Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, Italy and Denmark; business development experience in Japan and Brazil.


Senior Manager


Project and Programme management experience: ranging from small senior level strategy projects, to initiation, review and delivery of large scale technology and change programmes.

Business process analysis: including work in large scale data intensive environments and pioneering design in new business areas.

Application design, coding, and testing, including the planning and supervision of large scale system and user acceptance tests.

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