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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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Clayton Christensen

Founder and Chairman


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Clayton Christensen

Founder and Chairman

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Clayton Christensen is the Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, where he teaches one of the most popular elective classes for second year students, Building and Sustaining a Successful Enterprise. He is regarded as one of the world’s top experts on innovation and growth and his ideas have been widely used in industries and organizations throughout the world. A 2011 cover story in Forbes magazine noted that ‘’Everyday business leaders call him or make the pilgrimage to his office in Boston, Mass. to get advice or thank him for his ideas.’’ In 2011 in a poll of thousands of executives, consultants and business school professors, Christensen was named as the most influential business thinker in the world.

Professor Clayton received his B.A. in economics, summa cum laude, from Brigham Young University and an M.Phil. in applied econometrics from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. He subsequently received an MBA with High Distinction from the Harvard Business School in 1979, graduating as a George F. Baker Scholar. In 1982 Professor Christensen was named a White House Fellow, and served as assistant to U.S. Transportation Secretaries Drew Lewis and Elizabeth Dole. He was awarded his DBA from the Harvard Business School in 1992, and became a faculty member there the same year, eventually receiving full professorship with tenure in 1998. He holds five honorary doctorates and an honorary chaired professorship at the Tsinghua University in Taiwan.

Prior to his academic career, Clayton worked as a management consultant with BCG in their Boston office and helped co-found Ceramics Process Systems, a Massachusetts-based advanced materials company. He has subsequently helped establish many other successful enterprises, including the innovation consulting firm Innosight, the public policy think tank Innosight Institute, and the investment firm Rose Park Advisors.

Clay is the best-selling author of nine books and more than a hundred articles. His first book, The Innovator’s Dilemma received the Global Business Book Award as the best business book of the year (1997); and in 2011 The Economist named it as one of the six most important books about business ever written. His other articles and books have received the Abernathy, Newcomen, James Madison, and Circle Prizes. Clay is a five-time recipient of the McKinsey Award, given each year to the two best articles published in the Harvard Business Review; and has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Tribeca Films Festival (2010).

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Alana Dunagan

Senior Research Fellow
Higher Education

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Alana Dunagan

Senior Research Fellow
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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As president of the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, 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. Under Ann’s leadership, the Institute has established a visiting fellows program, expanded its education work to include higher education, and added a global prosperity division.

Prior to joining the Institute, Ann worked at Huntsman Gay Global Capital, a private equity firm focused on middle-market companies, assessing potential investment targets across a variety of industries, and providing strategic and operational advice to portfolio companies. Previously, she 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 is on the board of trustees for both Southern Virginia University and the Waterford Institute.

Ann holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School. She earned a BA at Duke University, where she designed her own course of study to examine the political economies of developing nations. Following her time at Duke, Ann lived in Mongolia, where she served a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Her work in Mongolia included teaching at high schools and universities, helping grow the local church, facilitating job training, building homes, providing health care, and working with orphans.

 

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Chandrasekar I.

Visiting Research Fellow
Emerging Research

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Chandrasekar I.

Visiting Research Fellow
Emerging Research

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As a visiting research fellow at the Institute, Chandrasekar Iyer is investigating the future of manufacturing, focusing primarily on automotive, industrial machinery, and aerospace sub-sectors. He’s visiting the Institute from Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), where he worked as a business consultant for two years, focusing on business process management and technology solutions for sales, marketing, and after-sales functions. Prior to joining TCS, he was a senior executive in the industrial automation division at Siemens Limited, serving across sales, business development and proposal management.

Chandrasekar holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) from XLRI, Jamshedpur. He received a Bachelor of Engineering from Vivekanand Education Society’s Institute of Technology, Mumbai.

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Christina Nuñez Ross

Director of Communications

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Christina Nuñez Ross

Director of Communications

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Christina works closely with the healthcare, global prosperity, and emerging research teams in order to guide their communications and help bring their content to life. She enjoys working to make complex and abstract concepts relatable and meaningful.

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 organizations, and spent two years working as an instructional assistant in both general education and special education settings.

Christina has a master’s in Public Administration and certificate in Public Policy from the University of Southern California, and holds a bachelor’s in Global Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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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

Senior Research Fellow
Global Prosperity

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Efosa Ojomo

Senior Research Fellow
Global Prosperity

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Efosa Ojomo is a senior 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 leads the Institute’s communication efforts and works to promote its research to a wide variety of audiences and constituents. She guides the organization’s publicity and online marketing, and plays a key role on the Institute’s leadership team.

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 worked at the White House serving as assistant to the press secretary in the Office of the Vice President.

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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Jenny White

Research Associate,

BLU Content Manager

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Jenny White

Research Associate,

BLU Content Manager

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Jenny performs two functions for the Institute.  As a K-12 education research associate, she leads the growth of the Institute’s database of blended-learning schools and supports research on other new and emerging classroom approaches. In her role as content manager for the Blended Learning Universe, Jenny creates and enhances resources for innovative educators around the world.

Prior to joining the Institute, Jenny spent two years teaching English as a second 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 is the author of Who You Know: Unlocking Innovations That Expand Students’ Networks (Wiley, 2018). The book 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.

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 CNN. 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.

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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Jon George

Visiting Research Fellow

Emerging Research

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Jon George

Visiting Research Fellow

Emerging Research

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Jon is a visiting fellow from Li & Fung, a Hong Kong-based trading and supply chain management company. Jon’s primary research at the Institute focuses on the global supply chain of the future in order to identify how organizations should develop to serve the existing and emerging needs of stakeholders.

Jon is on a one-year secondment from his business development management role at Li & Fung. Jon has extensive global experience across multiple retail and supply chain functions. Prior to joining Li & Fung, Jon was the vice president of a leading Hong Kong/ China based trading and sourcing company.  He has detailed supply chain experience gained as a management consultant working with retailers and CPG customers in both the United States and United Kingdom, as well as extensive direct line experience working with multiple global retailers.

Jon has a BS in Management from Arizona State University and a MBA with dual concentrations in Finance and Strategy from the University of Pittsburgh.

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John Riley

Vice President of Finance and Human Resources

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John Riley

Vice President of Finance and Human Resources

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As vice president of finance and human resources, John oversees the financial management of the Institute and directs all human resources operations of the organization. He contributes to the development and pursuit of the Institute’s strategic goals and objectives, as well as the overall management of the organization, working directly with the president and other members of the leadership team on key strategic projects.

John has served in chief financial officer roles in the banking, broadcasting, and construction management industries. He has extensive experience in managing the accounting and finance, human resource, risk management, technology, investment, real estate, and administrative operations of these firms over an 18-year period. He has taken leadership roles in the strategic planning processes of both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.

Most recently, his passion for the importance of education led him to partner with his wife, Maureen, in founding The Rooted Mind, LLC, which introduces students to the meaning of Latin and Greek roots, the foundation for over 60% of the English language.

John has a strong commitment to community service and has served as a volunteer and/or board member of Nativity Preparatory School, the Massachusetts Catholic Self Insurance Group, the Friends of Natick Drama Workshop, the Catholic Foundation of the Archdiocese of Boston, the Boston College Alumni Association, and the Boston Liturgical Dance Ensemble, among others.

John received an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and holds a BA in Mathematics from Boston College.

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Luis Flores

Research Assistant
Education

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Luis Flores

Research Assistant
Education

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As a research assistant on the K-12 team, Luis supports research efforts around the changing roles of teachers in blended learning environments and teacher professional development. He also works with a number of external partners and oversees collaborative projects that examine the professional development market and the changing structure of schools and classrooms.

Prior to joining the Institute, Luis worked as the academic program assistant for Cornell University’s Pre-Freshmen Summer Program, and was a consultant for the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research within Cornell. He also volunteered in the Tompkins County Library and served as a math tutor at Ithaca High School.

Luis earned a BS degree in Policy Analysis and Management from Cornell University.

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Meris Stansbury

Director of Communications, Education

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Meris Stansbury

Director of Communications, Education

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Meris is the director of communications for education, and works to promote the Institute’s K-12 and higher education work throughout the education field. Meris works closely with the education team to execute timely and relevant content, as well as craft outreach strategies to help aid education leaders and administrators in their future-looking policies and implementations.

Before joining the Institute, Meris was with eSchool Media, an edtech and innovation media company, for over a decade; most recently as editorial director. Prior to eSchool Media, she was the assistant editor for The World & I, an education publication under The Washington Times.

Meris holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Kenyon College.

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Parthasarathi V.

Visiting Research Fellow
Emerging Research

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Parthasarathi V.

Visiting Research Fellow
Emerging Research

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As a visiting research fellow at the Institute, Parthasarathi Varatharajan is researching the implications of emerging technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality on business models. He is visiting the Institute from Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), where he worked in corporate research and development for seven years as an innovation evangelist, exploring initiatives on employee experiences, platform models, conversational systems, crowdsourcing, and innovation ecosystems. Prior to his role in R&D, Parthasarathi worked for three years in data warehousing and business intelligence support at TCS, providing enhancements for many business-critical applications.

Parthasarathi holds a Bachelor of Technology in Electronics and Instrumentation from SASTRA University, Thanjavur.

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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 leads the healthcare practice at the Clayton Christensen Institute. Her current research focuses on business model innovation in healthcare delivery, particularly new approaches to population health management and patient-centered care.

Rebecca’s work with Clayton Christensen includes The Innovation Health Care Really Needs: Help People Manage Their Own Health, published in Harvard Business Review; and two research papers: How Disruptive Innovation can finally revolutionize healthcare, and Health for hire: Unleashing patient potential to reduce chronic disease costs, both published by the Institute.

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, which she continues to advise; and negotiated a joint venture with Queen Mary University of London to develop and run the U.K.’s first undergraduate degree program in pre-hospital medicine, which continues today.

In addition, Rebecca has over a decade of experience in consumer financial services, managing strategy, innovation and operations in functions from product and technology development to customer acquisition and servicing.

Rebecca has been a volunteer in the trauma surgical wards at Bellevue Hospital in New York City, and is currently a ward volunteer at St. Christopher’s Hospice in London. She holds a BA from Yale University, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

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Richard Price

Research Associate

Higher Education

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Richard Price

Research Associate

Higher Education

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Richard Price is a research associate at the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation where he focuses primarily on researching disruption in higher education. Richard’s work delves into some of the most pressing topics in higher education today, including policy initiatives, enrollment trends, alternative financing mechanisms, and innovative business models. He is currently working on an analysis of coding bootcamps and their potential to scale beyond a software engineering curriculum. Richard also spearheads the Institute’s “Innovators Worth Watching” blog series, which highlights emerging trends and potential disruptors in EdTech.

Prior to joining the Institute, Richard worked as a financial analyst at Point Break Capital Management, a small hedge fund based in Miami. He attended Princeton University where he earned a BSE degree in Computer Science.

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Ruth Hartt

Chief of Staff to the President

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Ruth Hartt

Chief of Staff to the President

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As chief of staff, Ruth manages the schedule and workflow of the president, coordinates projects with senior management, and helps facilitate communication across teams. She also coordinates logistics for Institute events and handles various strategic initiatives at the direction of the president. Ruth serves as the primary contact for direct inquiries to the organization, and manages day-to-day operations for the Boston and Silicon Valley offices.

Ruth joins the Institute after a 17-year career in music, where she worked as director of choral programs, vocal coach, and professional singer, performing with Opera Theater of Saint Louis, PORTopera, and Spokane Opera, among others. Winner of the 2012 American Prize for Vocal Performance in Art Song, Ruth was also the second place recipient of the 2012 American Prize for Vocal Performance in Opera.

Ruth has served as membership and communications Chair on the board of the Boston chapter for the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and also served on MetroWest Opera’s founding board. While studying abroad in the U.K., she completed an administrative internship with the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity. Ruth received a MM in Vocal Performance from Boston University, and holds a BMus in Music Education from Houghton College.

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Ryan Marling

Research Associate
Healthcare

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Ryan Marling

Research Associate
Healthcare

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Ryan investigates potentially disruptive healthcare delivery models and the technologies that will enable their success. He is particularly interested in health information technology and is currently researching Disruptive Innovation in the space of electronic health records.

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. Ryan was also formerly co-chair of the HealthIMPACT committee within Boston Young Healthcare Professionals.

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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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 Arnett is a senior research fellow in education for the Christensen Institute. His work focuses on Disruptive Innovations in K–12 education and the changing roles of teachers in innovative educational models. He also examines how teacher education and professional development are shifting to support the evolving needs of teachers and school systems.

Thomas previously worked as an Education Pioneers fellow with 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 for Kansas City Public Schools.

Thomas received a BS in Economics from Brigham Young University and an MBA from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University, where he was a William G. McGowan fellow.

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