Dr John Davies leads the Next Generation Web research group at BT. Current interests centre around the application of semantic web technology to knowledge management and semantic web services. He is industrial chair of the Semantic Web Services Initiative, co-organiser of the European Semantic Web Conference series and Project Director of the SEKT EU integrated project. He has written and edited many papers and books in the areas of knowledge management, web services and the semantic web and has served on the program committee of many conferences in related areas. He is a member of the British Computer Society and a Chartered Engineer. Earlier research at BT led to the development of a set of knowledge management tools which are the subject of a number of patents. These tools are now marketed through Exago Ltd (www.exago.com), of which Dr Davies is Chief Technology Officer and a co-founder.