I coordinate a wide variety of innovation activities across the firm, aimed at stimulating the development of new content, products and propositions. As well as helping to enable Thomson Reuters to be innovative, I am also directly responsible for the incubation of certain products and services. I link internal development activities to longer term trends in areas such as the API economy, Cloud Computing, Machine learning, Open Data and Blockchain (member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Futures Council on Blockchain). I have been and continue to be a major sponsor of Thomson Reuters’ open platform strategy and was an early proponent of the firm’s Open PermID initiative (see PermID.org), as well as the launch of the firms associated big data solutions, also known a Big Open Linked Data Solutions. I regularly take part in external panels, and conferences and have authored a number of articles in the firm’s widely read Exchange Magazine (https://blogs.thomsonreuters.com/answerson/authors/tim-baker/). I am also a Data Geek and when I have the time a "Data Hunter". Prior to Thomson Reuters, I was a Managing Director at UBS – joining the firm as an equity research analyst based in Mexico, after which I became Head of Latin Research, Deputy Head of US Research and CTO for Global Research. Latterly I was led the firm’s investments in independent research firms, and assumed a number of board positions in portfolio companies. I originally trained as an electronic engineer at Rolls-Royce, having graduated with a BSc in Electronic Engineering, and an MBA both from Bath University. I am a CFA Charter Holder.