Gartner Expert

Raf Gelders

VP, Research

Raf Gelders has a primary research focus on the evolution of the CIO role, IT strategy, IT operating model design and IT talent and culture.

His current role is as Vice President, Chief of Research in the CIO group, Peer and Practitioner Research. Mr. Gelders leads research projects for CIO clients globally and has led the research behind several of Gartner's flagship Annual Executive Retreats for CIOs. He also leads agenda setting for the CIO Peer and Practitioner research group globally.

Mr. Gelders received the CEB Tech Practice Force of Ideas Award in 2013 and 2016 for his work on digital business transformation. He was awarded the global Force of Ideas Award in 2017 for his work on the new IT operating model for digital and again in 2018 for his work on digital dexterity.

Previous experience

Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Gelders worked as a Research Fellow at the Flemish Science Foundation, during which he pursued a Ph.D. degree in the social sciences.

Professional background

Flemish Science Foundation

Research Fellow

Areas of coverage

CIO Leadership of Innovation, Disruptive Trends and Emerging Practices

CIO Leadership of Technology Talent, Culture and DEI

CIO Role Evolution

CIO Leadership of Strategy, Governance and Operating Models


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

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1IT Operating Model Design and Implementation of Product Management in IT

2Strategic Planning in IT

3IT Workforce Strategy and Organizational Cultural Change

4IT Performance Measurement and Dashboard Design

5Evolution of the CIO Role