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The Clayton Christensen Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank dedicated to improving the world through disruptive innovation. Founded on the theories of Harvard professor Clayton Christensen, the Institute offers a unique framework for understanding many of society’s most pressing issues around education, healthcare, and economic prosperity.

Our mission is ambitious but clear: work to shape and elevate the conversation surrounding these issues through rigorous research and public outreach. The Institute is redefining the way policymakers, community leaders, and innovators address the problems of our day by distilling and promoting the transformational power of disruptive innovation.

The Christensen Institute has offices in the Boston area and Silicon Valley.

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Alana Dunagan

Researcher
Higher Education


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Alana Dunagan

Researcher
Higher Education

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Alana leads the Institute’s higher education research and works to find solutions for a more affordable system that better serves both students and employers. In this role, Alana analyzes disruptive forces changing the higher education landscape. Her research includes studying business model innovations, public policies, and investment strategies that can give rise to new and sustainable postsecondary models.

Prior to joining the Christensen Institute, Alana spent ten years in institutional investment management working on behalf of nonprofits, particularly colleges and universities. She worked as an investment consultant for Slocum, and spent five years with Macalester College managing their $700 million endowment. She holds a BA in Economics and Political Science from Macalester College and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

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Ann Christensen

President


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Ann Christensen

President

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Ann directs the overall strategic and operational development of the Institute and oversees its rapidly growing research programs. She also works closely with the Board of Directors to enhance the Institute’s impact and strengthen its strategic partnerships and resources.

Prior to joining the Institute, she worked at Huntsman Gay Global Capital, a private equity firm focused on middle-market companies. She previously also worked at Deloitte Consulting in New York City, where she was instrumental in establishing the Growth & Innovation practice by drawing on the theories of disruptive innovation to help clients create new growth businesses. Ann led projects for clients in a number of industries, including: pharmaceutical, biotech, telecommunications, travel, professional services, and insurance. She has also spent time as a strategic analyst for Elan Pharmaceuticals, an Irish biotechnology company.

Ann earned a BA from Duke University, where she studied the political economies of developing nations, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

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Aroop Gupta

Research Fellow
Emerging Research


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Aroop Gupta

Research Fellow
Emerging Research

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Aroop’s research at the Institute focuses on disruptive innovation within the banking and finance industry.

For more than seven years, Aroop worked for Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), most recently as an offshore program director in project and portfolio management. His work focused on developing online tools to help his clients make informed business decisions.

Later he worked as an offshore project manager for TCS. He managed a portfolio focused on application integration projects using third-party tools. He later worked in project finance, managing account receivables, contracts, and providing inputs to the leadership team on quarterly revenue and operational parameters impacting the cost of revenue. He also helped the TCS-Bank of America Program Management Office streamline their account receivables process.

Aroop is an electrical engineer and earned an MBA from ICFAI University in Mumbai.

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Audrey Hall

Research Assistant
Higher Education


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Audrey Hall

Research Assistant
Higher Education

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Audrey works with the Higher Education team on the design and implementation of a research project exploring the “jobs to be done” within higher education and its role in students’ lives. She administers surveys and conducts comprehensive interviews with students of all ages, circumstances, and backgrounds.

Before joining the Institute, Audrey worked as a research assistant in the Department of Psychology at Princeton University. She also taught language arts at Antigua International School in Guatemala, where she advised high school students on how to begin the college search.

Audrey is a former Fulbright Scholar and earned a BA in Comparative Literature from Princeton University.

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Christina Nuñez

Communications Associate


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Christina Nuñez

Communications Associate

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As Communications Associate, Christina’s primary focus at the Christensen Institute is guiding and supporting the team’s digital communications. She is passionate about using language and media to drive awareness for the issues she cares about most.

Prior to joining the Institute, Christina worked as an editor at the Global Poverty Project, an international advocacy organization based in New York City. There she developed and edited content for the organization’s online platform, Global Citizen, as part of a strategy to inform and empower users to take action around extreme poverty. Christina has served as an Americorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) to build capacity for refugee community based organizations, and spent two years working as an instructional assistant in both general education and special education settings.

Christina is currently pursuing a master’s in Public Administration at the University of Southern California, and holds a BA in Global Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Clifford Maxwell

Product Manager
Education


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Clifford Maxwell

Product Manager
Education

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Clifford oversees our popular Blended Learning Universe - or BLU - a comprehensive online hub filled with blended-learning resources and practical guides, as well as a dynamic directory of blended-learning programs worldwide. In addition to keeping the BLU humming, he also manages the Institute’s online course offerings on Coursera and Khan Academy and assists research fellows with ongoing projects.

Prior to joining the Institute, Clifford worked as a CPU design engineer for a large semiconductor company. While working in the tech industry, he also taught test-prep courses for Kaplan, completed a year of graduate coursework in Educational Policy at Arizona State University, and built an online college outreach platform serving Title I students in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Clifford earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from Brigham Young University.

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David L. Sundahl

Senior Research Fellow
Emerging Research


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David L. Sundahl

Senior Research Fellow
Emerging Research

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David has authored and co-authored a number of papers and is currently writing a book about scientific theory in business strategy and operations—the culmination of work from his time as a visiting scholar at the Harvard Business School. Prior to joining the Institute, David was founder and managing partner at Rule 4 Consulting, LLC where for a decade he transferred relevant practices and principles of the Toyota Production System and the Toyota Business System to many of the most prestigious and successful healthcare organizations in the U.S.

David is fluent in seven languages and has a BA from Brigham Young University and a PhD from Harvard University. He, his wife Heather, and their four kids live—mostly happily—in the Boston area.

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Efosa Ojomo

Researcher
Global Prosperity


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Efosa Ojomo

Researcher
Global Prosperity

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Efosa Ojomo is a research fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation. Efosa’s work focuses on using disruptive innovation theory to fundamentally change the discourse in the global development community, thus enabling nations to engender their own path to long-term growth and prosperity. The pillars of his research include understanding why poor countries have remained poor despite the trillions of dollars spent on development over the past several decades; analyzing a country’s capabilities to help them better predict the viability of projects; and helping investors, entrepreneurs, and policy makers improve their project success rates.

Prior to joining the Institute, Efosa worked as a researcher under Professor Christensen at the Forum for Growth and Innovation at the Harvard Business School. He also worked for a number of years at National Instruments. At that time, he co-founded Poverty Stops Here, a nonprofit organization that provides Nigerian communities with access to wells, small business microloans, and primary education for children.

A native of Nigeria, Efosa moved to the U.S. to attend college. He earned a BS in Engineering from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

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Hayden Hill

Vice President
External Relations


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Hayden Hill

Vice President
External Relations

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Hayden guides the Institute’s communication efforts and works to promote its research and achievements to a wide variety of constituents. She oversees the organization’s publicity and online marketing and plays a key role in development strategy and donor engagement.

With experience in the nonprofit and political communication fields, Hayden most recently served as director of communications at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. Prior to that, she held leadership positions in two congressional campaigns and guided message strategy and grassroots engagement for more than a dozen state legislative campaigns. She previously worked as a political consultant at the Exoro Group, a boutique PR firm. Earlier in her career, she interned at the White House serving as assistant to the press secretary in the vice president’s press office.

Hayden earned a BA in Public Relations from Brigham Young University and an MA in Media and Public Affairs from the George Washington University.

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Horace Dediu

Director
Fellows Program


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Horace Dediu

Director
Fellows Program

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As Director of the Fellows Program, Horace oversees visiting fellows as they master the theory of disruption and apply it to a wide range of industries both in the business and social sector. Horace is also instrumental in researching and refining core components of the theory; his current work examines the lifecycle of innovation and the identification and segmentation of long-term technology adoption.

Horace is the founder of the market intelligence site Asymco.com, and also works as an independent analyst on mobile platform strategy. Declared “King of Apple Analysts” by Fortune magazine, Horace has set the standard for open, public access to deep industry analysis. He has been cited by numerous media outlets, including Bloomberg, Financial Times, Economist, and Forbes and produces a weekly podcast on technology strategy called The Critical Path. Horace also established the conferences Asymconf and IBM-sponsored Airshow to bring audiences together in debate using the case method.

Previously, Horace spent more than eight years analyzing mobile software, platforms, and markets at Nokia.

Horace is a member of the Forum for Growth and Innovation at the Harvard Business School. He obtained an MS in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

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Jenny White

Assistant to the Director of Education


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Jenny White

Assistant to the
Director of Education

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As assistant to Julia Freeland Fisher, Jenny helps to manage various projects across the Education team and supports Julia’s scheduling and engagements.

Previously, Jenny worked as a program assistant for Alwaleed Islamic Studies at Harvard University, where she helped organize events and digital resources. She spent the past two years teaching English as a foreign language, first at Ureki Public School in the Republic of Georgia and later in the nonprofit sector in Mexico. Most recently, she coordinated a community English education program in Oaxaca’s Central Valleys for Fundación En Vía.

Jenny earned BA degrees in International Relations and French from Tufts University.

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Julia Freeland

Director
Education


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Julia Freeland

Director
Education

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Julia Freeland Fisher is the director of education research at the Clayton Christensen Institute. She leads a team that educates policymakers and community leaders on the power of disruptive innovation in the K-12 and higher education spheres through its research. Her team aims to transform monolithic, factory-model education systems into student-centered designs that educate every student successfully and enable each to realize his or her fullest potential.

Julia has published and spoken extensively on trends in the EdTech market, blended learning, competency-based education, and the future of schools. Julia's writing has appeared in outlets including Education Next, Forbes, entrepreneur.com, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the New Hampshire Union Leader. Her recent white papers focus on how disruptive innovations are changing the education landscape. These include The educator’s dilemma: When and how schools should embrace poverty relief with Michael B. Horn, Schools and software: What’s now and what’s next with Alex Hernandez, and Blending toward competency: Early patterns of blended learning and competency-based education in New Hampshire.

Julia's current research focuses on emerging tools and practices that leverage technology to radically expand who students know - their stock of "social capital" - by enhancing their access to and ability to navigate new peer, mentor, and professional networks.

Prior to joining the Institute, Julia worked at NewSchools Venture Fund, a venture philanthropy organization that supports education entrepreneurs who are transforming public education. She also served as an instructor in the Yale College Seminar Program. Julia holds a bachelor's degree from Princeton University and a JD from Yale Law School.

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Katherine Mackey

Managing Editor
Education


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Katherine Mackey

Managing Editor
Education

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Katherine manages the Institute’s education publications. She also coordinates the education team’s social media presence. Before moving into her current role, Katherine was a research fellow for the Institute where she authored a number of case studies, white papers, policy briefs, and journal articles.

Prior to joining the Institute in 2008, Katherine was as an 11th-grade English language arts teacher at Highland High School, a public school in Utah. She is the co-author of a strategic five-year Academic Master Plan for Salt Lake Community College and has assisted with the formation and writing of professional development packets for the Utah State Office of Education. She previously worked as a designer at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Katherine holds an EdM in Education Policy and Management from Harvard University and a BA in English and French from Wellesley College.

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Katrina Bushko

Research Associate
Education


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Katrina Bushko

Research Associate
Education

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Katrina supports the education team on a variety of projects, from researching teacher professional development programs to examining how to increase student social capital in schools. She is also conducting an international study of blended learning in order to uncover global trends, discover hotspots for innovation, and understand how public policy affects edtech implementation.

Before joining the Institute, she wrote for 2U Inc.’s international relations blog and was an assistant editor for Morocco World News, an online news provider. In addition to studying abroad extensively during college, Katrina was actively involved in human rights advocacy and was president of an organization that worked to help eradicate human trafficking.

Katrina speaks five languages and earned a BA in Political Philosophy from Princeton University.

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Rebecca Fogg

Senior Research Fellow
Healthcare


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Rebecca Fogg

Senior Research Fellow
Healthcare

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Rebecca’s research at the Institute focuses on a number of critical healthcare issues ranging from business model conflict to changing demands on leaders and consumers. She is currently writing a book with Clayton Christensen and Andrew Waldeck about the status of disruptive innovation in healthcare delivery today.

Prior to joining the Institute, Rebecca led business development at London’s Air Ambulance (LAA), a medical service pioneering the delivery of physician-led trauma care to critically injured patients at the scene of emergencies. There she co-founded The Institute of Pre-Hospital Care at LAA and negotiated a partnership with Queen Mary University of London to develop and run the UK’s first undergraduate degree in pre-hospital medicine.

Rebecca also has over a decade of experience in consumer financial services, primarily at American Express, in functions from product and technology development to customer acquisition and servicing.

Rebecca’s deep interest in healthcare innovation stems from an extended experience as a trauma patient, and subsequent volunteer, at one of New York City’s premiere teaching hospitals.

Rebecca holds a BA in English Literature from Yale University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

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Ryan Marling

Research Associate
Healthcare


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Ryan Marling

Research Associate
Healthcare

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As Research Associate at the Christensen Institute, Ryan works on jobs-to-be-done case research as it pertains to healthcare. He’s also currently co-chair of the HealthIMPACT committee within Boston Young Healthcare Professionals.

Prior to joining the Institute, Ryan worked in practice solutions and health policy research at the Massachusetts Medical Society, publishers of The New England Journal of Medicine. Ryan contributed to the Society’s policy-making process, research publications, and informational resources on trending healthcare topics. While pursuing his degree, Ryan raised funds for Peak 4 Poverty, a nonprofit benefiting the Kilimanjaro Orphanage, and traveled to Tanzania to visit the orphanage before completing a group climb to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Ryan attained a BS in Biochemistry from the University of Iowa and an MPH in Health Policy & Management from the Boston University School of Public Health.

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Ryan Wells

Vice President
Operations


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Ryan Wells

Vice President
Operations

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Ryan oversees all internal operations at the Christensen Institute, including finance and human resources. Before joining the Institute, Ryan worked for ING, Pepsi, and Twitter. At ING he worked in mutual fund operations and prepared financial statements for over 200 mutual funds. At Pepsi he did finance for the sales and distribution of the Northern California bottling operations. Ryan was a human resource specialist at Twitter in preparation for its IPO.

Ryan is originally from Arizona and loves the outdoors. He has an undergraduate degree in Finance and an MBA from Brigham Young University.

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Spencer Nam

Senior Research Fellow
Healthcare


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Spencer Nam

Senior Research Fellow
Healthcare

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Spencer’s research at the Institute focuses on disruptive innovations in the healthcare industry. Spencer has over 15 years of professional experience working with U.S. and international healthcare enterprises, most recently as an equity research analyst covering more than 50 medical technology companies. He also has advised numerous privately owned MedTech companies as well as the South Korean government on the future of the global telemedicine industry.

Spencer’s Wall Street career included tenures at Cowen & Company, Summer Street Research Partners where he served as Director of Research, Madison Williams and Company, ThinkEquity, and Janney Montgomery Scott. Prior to his career in equity research, he was a consultant at Bain & Company advising senior management teams of Fortune 500 technology and financial services companies. As a member of the investment team at Technology Directors, he researched early-stage venture capital financed technology and life science companies. Prior to Bain, Spencer advised Partners Healthcare System in Boston on post merger integrations.

Spencer holds a BA in mathematics from Harvard University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

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Subhajit Das

Research Fellow
Emerging Research


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Subhajit Das

Research Fellow
Emerging Research

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Subhajit’s research applies the theory of disruption to questions of economic growth. Since 2010, Subhajit has worked as a business analyst for Tata Consultancy Services, focusing on business process management and technology solutions for sales, marketing, and after-sales functions of consumer-oriented industries.

Subhajit began his career as a software engineer in enterprise application integration and helped manage the vendor payments systems for a major FMCG company across 17 countries. Subsequently, he worked as a software developer on multiple enterprise software platforms and contributed to the development of software for billing, payments, and ERP integration.

Subhajit received a Bachelor of Technology degree in Mechanical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Silchar and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Indore.

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Thomas Arnett

Senior Research Fellow
Education


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Thomas Arnett

Senior Research Fellow
Education

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Thomas’ research focuses on the changing roles of teachers in blended learning environments and other innovative educational models. He also studies how teacher education and professional development are shifting to support the evolving needs of teachers and school systems. Additionally, he examines policies and innovations affecting technology access and infrastructure.

Thomas previously worked as an Education Pioneers Fellow with the Achievement First Public Charter Schools, where he designed and piloted a blended-learning summer school program. He also taught middle school math and experimented with blended-learning models as a Teach For America corps member in the Kansas City Missouri School District. Thomas received a BS in Economics from Brigham Young University. He also earned an MBA from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University, where he was a William G. McGowan Fellow.

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