Dr. Christian Ketels is a global expert on economic competitiveness and strategy. He recently returned to Harvard Business School, where he serves as a faculty member and Principal Associate at Prof. Michael Porter’s Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness. He is a Director and Co-Chair of the Innovation Fund Denmark, chairs the Advisory Board of the TCI Network and the Scientific Advisory Board of Orkestra, the Basque Institute for Competitiveness, and is a member of the Senior Economic Advisory Board of PIF, Saudi Arabia’s Sovereign Wealth Fund.
Dr. Ketels served as Chief Economist of the Boston Consulting Group in 2018-2019, where he was heading the Center for Macroeconomics at the BCG Henderson Institute. From 2000 to 2017, Dr. Ketels was already a faculty member at Harvard Business School.
His work focuses on the foundations of long-term growth, the role of location and broader macroeconomic factors in company success, the competitiveness of locations, clusters and cluster-based policies, and on regional and innovation policies.