CIO Symposium Contributor


Nils Fonstad, SM ‘96, PhD ‘03

Research Scientist

MIT Center for Information Systems Research

Symposium Roles

Speaker/Panelist 2015


Nils researches how organizations build digitized platforms that enhance and sustain competitive business agility as well as how organizations define, access and foster new skills and leaders for operating and innovating digitally. In 2010, he co-founded with CIONET the European CIO of the Year Awards ( to raise awareness of the expanding strategic roles of digital leaders. Nils has returned to MIT CISR as a research scientist from INSEAD eLab, where he served as Associate Director.

Based in Madrid, Nils is responsible for both fostering relations with organizations from Europe and Latin America and conducting field-based research on how firms maximize business value and minimize risks from digitization.

Nils earned his PhD degree in Information Technology and Organization Studies from MIT Sloan School of Management; an MS from the MIT Technology and Policy Program; and a BS in Mechanical Engineering and BA in Film Studies from Cornell University.