Research & Advisory
San Francisco, United States


Donald's coverage areas include: technology and business strategy; transformative technologies such as insurtech, digital, connected cars and homes, the Internet of Things, core systems; and insurance technology M&A due diligence.

His recent consulting work includes: developing a strategic IT plan for a specialty insurer, core system vendor selection support; a build vs. buy analysis for core systems; and several due diligence assignments.

Light is widely quoted in the press and media, including The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Forbes, NBC and CBS Evening News, CNBC, and National Public Radio (NPR). He is a frequent presenter at industry conferences including those sponsored by ACORD, PCI, and IASA.

Prior to joining Celent, Light was an insurance subject matter expert with Sapient and for his own firm Donald Light Consulting, where he advised senior managers at major insurers and other financial institutions. He has also held a senior research position in Allstate’s Research and Planning Center.

Light has a B.A. in economics from Princeton University, and an M.B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.

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