Gartner Expert

Jan-Martin Lowendahl

Distinguished VP Analyst

Jan-Martin Lowendahl, Ph.D. (chemistry), is a Research VP in Gartner Research, where his research area is mainly higher education governance, strategy and emerging trends. The methodologies for strategic planning and frameworks for governance are especially focused on stakeholder communication and are also used in several other sectors with a high percentage of knowledge workers or end users with large and complex consumption of IT-related services. Such organizations include R&D organizations, public-sector organizations, as well as primary and secondary education institutions.

Previous experience

Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Lowendahl had 15 years of experience in higher education, including research and teaching and IT management. Most recently, he served as CIO, where his main focus was infrastructure strategies and governance. He has also worked collaboratively in the academic community and has served on several boards.

Professional background

Chalmers University of Technology


Chalmers University of Technology

IT Director

School of Chemistry, Goteborg University

IT Manager

Areas of coverage

Education Digital Transformation and Innovation


Ph.D., Chemistry, Goteborg University

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Strategic planning, engagement between IT and the rest of the business (knowl.-intense orgs. not just HE)

2IT governance, management and organization (knowl.-intense orgs. not just HE)

3Emerging trends in the education area

4CIO and IT leadership best practices, trends and career development

5Use of IT to build value in the extended community of enterprises and gov.