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The Team

The Aistemos leadership team delivers fresh thinking into how intellectual property should be used and exploited.

Aistemos executive management is a blend of IP and data science expertise combined with a stellar Advisory Board from across financial services, analytics and the academic community.

The Aistemos team also includes highly regarded IP strategists and world-class engineers. We maintain a start-up mentality where curiosity and a commitment to excellence are the secrets to our success.



Nigel is the founder of Aistemos. Before that Nigel had a long career in the law, first with Slaughter and May and later with Olswang LLP. Throughout this period, Nigel has focused on the creation, defence and exploitation of IP assets, with specific focus on M&A, joint ventures and other commercial transactions where substantial value is associated with intangible assets. Nigel is a recognised expert by the IAM Strategy 300.


Steve is responsible for the design and development of Cipher. Previously Steve was CTO of Garlik, delivering their consumer anti-fraud products. Prior to that, Steve was an academic at the University of Southampton, specialising in Information Extraction, Graph Databases, and Analytics. Steve also advises the UK Government and European Commission on issues of information security and data science and contributed to Graph Database standards at the W3C.


Moni is responsible for Aistemos operations focussing in particular on sales and marketing. Previously, Moni had a long career as a finance lawyer and for 15 years was at Olswang LLP as  Head of Banking and Board member. Moni is a non-executive director on the Boards of Polypipe Group PLC and Investec Bank PLC. Moni is a Council Member of Cranfield University which specialises in applied sciences and management.


Scott Bell is Head of UK Investment Banking at Deutsche Bank. He is also global co-Head of Consumer & Retail Investment Banking. Scott qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen and has spent his subsequent career in London and New York with Schroders, Goldman Sachs and HSBC. Scott has an MA from Cambridge University, and is a native of Scotland.


Advisory Board


Steve was appointed CEO for Wood Mackenzie in August 2007, having been part of the business since 1989 He was part of the management team that led the management and employee buy-out in 2001 and instrumental in the 2012 private equity recapitalisation deal, which valued the business at £1.1bn. During his 28 years of energy industry experience, Steve has worked for BP in the downstream oil sector and TOTAL in its downstream gas business.


Ewan is CEO of BMS Finance, an investor and lender to high-tech companies. Ewan has worked in a range of companies, including as CFO for Netdecisions, and Agilisys, a high growth IT outsourcer. Before that, Ewan worked for Investec in their corporate finance department. He specialised in M&A in the technology, media and telecoms sector.


Sir Nigel Shadbolt is Principal of Jesus College, Oxford and Professorial Research Fellow in the Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford. He is Chairman of the Open Data Institute which he co-founded with Sir Tim Berners-Lee. Nigel is an interdisciplinary researcher, policy expert and commentator. His research focuses on understanding how intelligent behaviour is embodied and emerges in humans, machines.


Professor Jeremy Phillips is one of the world’s most respected IP academics. Jeremy was founding editor of the Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice and creator and blogmeister of the best read IP blog, IPKAT. He retired in 2016, but continues as Nigel’s inspiration, a task he began over 35 years ago.


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Intangible Not Invisible


Aistemos supports the Open Register of Patent Ownership (ORoPO), a voluntary and non-profit organisation committed to improving the transparency and openness around patent ownership data.