|Occupation||Telecoms expert, entrepreneur|
In 1985 Cleevely founded the telecommunications consultancy Analysys Mason, which was acquired by Datatec in 2004. Whilst at Analysys he made a significant contribution to the theory and practice of calculating Universal Service Obligation costs and was involved with a report to the European Commission on VoIP creating the framework for VoIP within the EU and the identification of The Broadband Gap – where the cost of supply would exceed the price consumers were willing to pay which prompted UK Government policy intervention in 2001–2005 to force increased broadband infrastructure in the UK.
He is an authority on telecommunication policy and has advised numerous governments on policy and innovation frameworks. He advised the Prime Minister and UK Government on the firstname.lastname@example.org report, and was one of the 8 industry experts that compiled the Communications White Paper which became the Communications Act 2003.
In 2001 he was appointed by the UK government to the Spectrum Management Advisory Group, which became the Ofcom Spectrum Advisory Board, and the IET Communications Policy Panel. He has also appeared before Select Committees in both Parliament and in the House of Lords.
Cleevely's entrepreneurial activities have been focused on the Cambridge area, with Business Weekly describing him as, "Intellectual heavyweight and passionate evangelist for the cluster. He has worked tirelessly to get government to understand what makes Cambridge academia and business tick." In 2015, his contribution to the UK Government-backed report Visions of Cambridge 2065 saw him predict dramatic changes in the city over the coming 50 years, such as having more than 1 million residents, two $100 billion companies and a regional underground system. 
In 2001 he co-founded and became chairman of Cambridge Wireless (originally Cambridge 3G) with Edward Astle. He later said of the mobile industry, "This is an industry undergoing a revolution. The competitive edge is moving from handsets to platforms, from voice to data, from services to apps. The move of the big internet players into mobile is just the beginning. The future of the industry hinges on how this will play out."
In late 2004 he co-founded the 3g pico base station company, 3WayNetworks, which was sold to Airvana in April 2007. Between 2005 and 2008 he was Chairman of the Communications Research Network at University of Cambridge, part of the Cambridge–MIT Institute.
In 2007 he co-founded and became the Chairman of the spectrum monitoring company CRFS, which has subsequently carried out the first ever UK-wide spectrum monitoring. In 2008 he also became the Chairman of the scanning ion-conductance microscopy company ionscope.
In 2009 David Cleevely became the founding chairman for the new Centre for Science and Policy and in 2012 joined forces with Hermann Hauser and Jonathan Milner – described as the "three musketeers of the Cambridge technology cluster" – to launch a seed funding round to create a Science Centre in Cambridge. In this year he also joined the board of Raspberry Pi (Trading) Ltd.
He funded and became chairman of the Bocca di Lupo restaurant in Soho, London in 2008, and of its subsidiary, Gelupo, in 2011. Bocca di Lupo came top in Time Out London's 50 best restaurants for 2009, was a runner-up in the Observer Food Monthly Awards 2010 and was named by Restaurant Magazine as the 23rd best restaurant in the UK at the National Restaurant Awards 2010. In 2013 he also invested in Cambridge restaurant The Pint Shop.
Cleevely is Chairman of LabTech company OpenIOLabs, and became Non-Executive Director when they were acquired by Cronin Group in 2017.
He is also on the advisory board for the Oxford Internet Institute.
After gaining a BSc in Cybernetics and Instrument Physics with Mathematics from the University of Reading, Cleevely gained a PhD in Telecommunications and Economic Development from Cambridge University.
Awards and honours
He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and has held an Industrial Fellowship at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, where he gave the IEE Pinkerton Lecture, 'Seizing the Moment: The Far Reaching Effects of Broadband on Economy and Society' in November 2002, and the 41st IEE Appleton Lecture 'Is there a future for research in telecommunications?' in January 2006 and the 46th IET Appleton Lecture 'What is the future for communications? What does it mean for the UK?' in January 2011.
|Rural Telecoms Handbook: Equipment and Manufacturers||1992||Tim Hills, David Cleevely||Analysys Publications||–|
|Regional Structure and Telecommunications Demand: A Case Study of Kenya (PhD thesis)||1982||D. D. Cleevely||University of Cambridge||–|
|The Route to Advanced Communications||1991||David Cleevely, Stefan Stanislawski, Ade Ajibulu||Analysys Publications||178|
|Global Turf Wars: Re-Inventing the Telecoms Operator for the Age of Global Competition||1999||Tim Hills, David Cleevely, Andrea Smith||Analysis Publications||218|
|ATM Vendor & Operator Strategies||1993||David Cleevely, Peter Aknai, Ian Leslie||Analysis Publications||180|
|The Far Reaching Effects of Broadband||2002||David Cleevely||Institution of Engineering & Technology||415|
|Regulating the Telecoms Market: Competition and Innovation in the Broadband Economy||2003||Tim Hills, David Cleevely, Ross Pow||Analysis Publications||35|
|Owning the Future: How Britain can Make it in a Fast-Changing World (contributor)||2014||Chuka Umunna, David Cleevely et al.||Rowman and Littlefield International||137|
|Connect people, build infrastructure, grow clusters: How to make the most of UK innovation||2014||David Cleevely, Sherry Coutu, Hermann Hauser, Andy Richards||Entrepreneurship and Innovation Policy||18|
|Visions of Cambridge in 2065 (contributor)||2015||Dr Konstantina Stamati, Dr Rosamunde Almond, Dr Moira V. Faul||Centre for Science and Policy, Cambridge Forum for Sustainability and the Environment||25|
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