Gartner Expert

Raf Gelders

VP, Research

Raf Gelders is a Chief of Research in the CIO Practice, with a primary research focus on the CIO role and IT operating model design. He works to design research strategies and high-impact storylines on topics such as fusion teams, business technologists and more broadly, the changes CIOs and other CxOs are making to democratize digital delivery by design.

His current role is as Vice President, Research in the CIO group, Peer & Practitioner Research. Mr. Gelders leads research projects for CIO clients globally and has led the research behind several Annual Executive Retreats (AERs) for CIOs. He also leads agenda setting for the CIO P&P research globally.

Previous experience

IT B2B Business Development Executive

Professional background

Flemish Science Foundation

Research Associate

IRSMarketing Ltd

IT B2B Business Development Executive

Areas of coverage

CIO Technology and Innovation Leadership

CIO Leadership of Culture and People

CIO Impact on Digital Business Strategy and Execution

CIO Executive Leadership Development


Ph.D., Comparative Science of Cultures, Ghent University

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Transforming IT and enterprise operating models

2Implementation of product management in IT

3Fusion Teams: launching and scaling

4Culture change, agile transformation enterprisewide

5Evolution of the CIO role, the future of Corporate IT