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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

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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Chelsea Waite

Research Fellow
Education

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Chelsea Waite

Research Fellow
Education

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Chelsea is a research fellow at the Institute focusing on blended and personalized learning in K-12 education, where she analyzes how innovation theory can inform the design of new instructional models. This research includes tracking the evolution of blended learning and the opportunities it affords for many kinds of instructional innovation. As part of this role, Chelsea is leading an effort to build a national dataset on innovative schools.

Before joining the Institute, Chelsea built global partnerships and designed learning programs at Digital Promise, a nonprofit working to spur innovation in education. She also spent two years as an English teacher in Brazil on a Fulbright fellowship. Chelsea holds a BA in History from Brown University and was part of the first cohort of a masters program in Social Innovation at the Judge Business School at Cambridge University.

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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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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. His work focuses on understanding how best to create prosperity in low- and middle-income countries. 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 it better predict the viability of projects; and helping investors, entrepreneurs, and development professionals improve their project success rates.

In January 2019, Efosa alongside co-authors Clayton Christensen and Karen Dillon will release The Prosperity Paradox: How Innovation Can Lift Nations Out of Poverty. The book focuses on the important role of innovation in the process of creating prosperity across the globe.

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 as an engineer 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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Jessica Plante

Research Associate
Healthcare

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Jessica Plante

Research Associate
Healthcare

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Jessica is a research associate at the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, where she focuses on business model innovation in healthcare, including new approaches to population health management and person-centered care delivery. She’s currently working on an analysis of market trends challenging traditional healthcare providers, and the implications to their innovation strategies.

Prior to joining the Institute, Jessica worked with a number of Massachusetts healthcare providers on projects to increase patients’ engagement in care, mainly by improving their health literacy and understanding of social determinants of health. She has also worked with nonprofits to improve public engagement with health programming, consulted on strategies for enabling coverage for doula care under Medicaid ACOs, and conducted policy research for the Alzheimer’s Association.

Jessica holds a BA in Politics and Health: Science, Society and Policy from Brandeis University, and a Master of Public Health from Boston University.

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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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Lisa Hicks

Director
Education

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Lisa Hicks

Director
Education

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Lisa Hicks provides strategic oversight and operational management for the Institute’s education team, whose research and initiatives span the K-12 and higher education arenas.  In this newly created role, she helps to advance the Institute’s broad goals as a member of the leadership team.

Lisa comes to the Institute having worked at the intersection of policy and practice in education for much of her career. She has over 20 years’ experience working in national non-profit organizations and with state and community leaders to improve outcomes of secondary and postsecondary education and workforce development systems. As a senior manager at Jobs for the Future, she partnered with educators, school leaders, employers, and state policymakers to help innovative and experiential teaching and learning practices take root and scale. Prior to that, she served as executive director of a state-level education reform commission in Delaware, and was also instrumental in expanding the scope of college and university service learning initiatives in the early days of Campus Compact, a national coalition of higher education presidents.   

For the past 12 years, while raising two children, Lisa has worked as an independent consultant to non-profit organizations and foundations in the Greater Boston area, focusing on strategic planning, organizational development, fundraising, and program planning.    She currently serves on the boards of A Far Cry, Boston’s Grammy-nominated string orchestra, and the Wellesley Education Foundation. Previous board service included Community Action Partners, a Harvard-alumni pro bono consulting group, and The Sharing Foundation, a U.S.-based nonprofit supporting disadvantaged children and families in Cambodia.

Lisa has a BA from Brown University and a MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School.  She lives with her husband and children in Wellesley, MA.

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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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Peter Ting

Visiting Research Fellow
Emerging Research

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Peter Ting

Visiting Research Fellow
Emerging Research

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Peter is a visiting research fellow from Li & Fung, a Hong Kong-based trading and supply chain management company. Peter’s primary research at the Institute focuses on advancing the global research agenda on the future of the apparel supply chain, where Disruptive Innovation is having a profound impact on incumbent companies.

Peter is on a one-year secondment from his project management role at Li & Fung, where he has a wealth of experience across different supply chain functions in China, Hong Kong, Portugal, and the U.K. Peter also seconded to the China-United States Exchange Foundation for two years and managed track II diplomacy programs designed to enhance the Sino-U.S. relationship. Before joining Li & Fung, Peter was a senior account representative in Canada’s technology distribution industry.

Peter has a BCom in Information Technology Management from Ryerson University and an MBA with dual concentration in Marketing and China Business from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Peter is a MASc candidate in Supply Chain Management at MIT.

 

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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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Rich Alton

Director
Visiting Fellows Program

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Rich Alton

Director
Visiting Fellows Program

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Rich is the director of the Visiting Fellows program at the Clayton Christensen Institute. He is responsible for training new visiting research fellows, advising them on research questions, and helping them drive their research to publication.

Prior to joining the Institute, Rich was an independent consultant advising on corporate strategy and M&A due diligence. Before that, he worked as a portfolio manager at Q Investments, a billion-dollar multi-strategy hedge fund. In his early career, Rich was an associate consultant at Bain & Company and an associate at mid-market private equity firm Sorenson Capital.

In 2010, Rich was the first fellow at the Forum for Growth and Innovation at the Harvard Business School. The Forum was started by Clayton Christensen as a vehicle to expand research and perform outreach to alumni and other professionals. While at the Forum, Rich co-authored two papers with Professor Christensen: The New M&A Playbook, published in Harvard Business Review, and Picking Green Tech’s Winners and Losers, published in Stanford Social Innovation Review.

Rich holds a BS from Brigham Young 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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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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Ann Christensen

President, Board of Directors


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President, Board of Directors

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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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Clayton Christensen

Founder and Chairman, Board of Directors


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Clayton Christensen

Founder and Chairman, Board of Directors

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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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Mark Johnson

Director, Board of Directors


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Director, Board of Directors

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Mark Johnson is a co-founder and Senior Partner of Innosight, a strategic innovation consulting and investing company with offices in Massachusetts, Singapore and Switzerland, which he co-founded with Harvard Business School professor Clayton M. Christensen. He has been a strategic advisor to both Global 1000 and start-up companies in a wide range of industries—including automotive, health care, aerospace/defense, enterprise IT, energy, and consumer packaged goods. He has advised Singapore’s government on innovation and entrepreneurship.

Mark’s most recent work has focused on helping companies envision and create new growth, manage transformation, and achieve renewal through business model innovation, and he is a frequent writer and speaker on these topics.

He is the author of the new book Reinvent Your Business Model: How to Seize the White Space for Transformative Growth (July, 2018) and coauthor of the book Dual Transformation: How to Reposition Today’s Business While Creating the Future (April, 2017), a blueprint for how successful companies can leverage disruptive change to fortify today’s business and create tomorrow’s growth engine.  He is also the author of the best-selling book Seizing the White Space: Business Model Innovation for Growth and Renewal and coauthor of the McKinsey award-winning Harvard Business Review article, “Reinventing Your Business Model.” In addition, Mark has published articles in the Sloan Management Review, BusinessWeek, Advertising Age, andNational Defense.

Prior to co-founding Innosight, Mark was a consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he advised clients on managing innovation and implementing comprehensive change programs. Before that, he served as a nuclear power-trained surface warfare officer in the U.S. Navy.

Mark received an MBA from Harvard Business School, a master’s degree in civil engineering and engineering mechanics from Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree with distinction in aerospace engineering from the United States Naval Academy.

Mark, his wife, Jane Clayson Johnson, and their children live in Belmont, Massachusetts.

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Michael B. Horn

Co-Founder and Secretary, Board of Directors


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Michael B. Horn

Co-Founder and Secretary, Board of Directors

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Michael Horn speaks and writes about the future of education and works with a portfolio of education organizations to improve the life of each and every student. He serves as the Chief Strategy Officer for the Entangled Group, an education technology studio, and as a senior partner for Entangled Solutions, which offers innovation services to higher education institutions. He is also the co-founder of and a distinguished fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, a non-profit think tank.

Michael is the author and coauthor of multiple books, white papers, and articles on education, including the award-winning book Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns and the Amazon-bestseller Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools. An expert on disruptive innovation, online learning, blended learning, competency-based learning, and how to transform the education system into a student-centered one, he serves on the board and advisory boards of a range of education organizations, including the Clayton Christensen Institute, the Robin Hood Learning+Tech Fund, and the LearnLaunch Institute. He also serves as an executive editor at Education Next and is a venture partner at NextGen Venture Partners.

Michael was selected as a 2014 Eisenhower Fellow to study innovation in education in Vietnam and Korea, and Tech&Learning magazine named him to its list of the 100 most important people in the creation and advancement of the use of technology in education. Michael holds a BA in history from Yale University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

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Thomas Armstrong

Treasurer, Board of Directors


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Thomas Armstrong

Treasurer, Board of Directors

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Thomas Armstrong serves as Senior Advisor for the Cartesian Group. Prior to forming Cartesian, Tom served as Senior Advisor to AIGCP from 1999-2005. Tom was co-founder of Advent International, a global private equity firm, where he served as Executive Vice President and COO from 1984 to 1998. During that period, Tom served on the firm’s Investment Committee and assisted in the formation and operation of 26 affiliated private equity firms around the world. Tom has also served as Vice President, International of The Allen Group, a NYSE-listed manufacturer. Tom is also co-founder and former COO of Thrasos, Inc., a pharmaceutical development firm using combinatorial and computational chemistry technology to validate early stage biological targets and accelerate the development of new therapeutic agents. Tom holds engineering degrees from Princeton and Cornell, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Aroop Gupta

2015-2017 Research Fellow, Visiting Fellows Program


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Aroop Gupta

2015-2017 Research Fellow, Visiting Fellows Program

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From 2015-2017, Aroop was a Visiting Research Fellow from Tata Consultancy Services. Aroop’s research at the Institute focused on Disruptive Innovation within the banking and finance industry. For more than seven years, Aroop has worked for Tata Consultancy Services, with a focus on program management for IT consulting projects for banking and financial service clients.

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Jon George

2017-2018 Research Fellow, Visiting Fellows Program


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Jon George

2017-2018 Research Fellow, Visiting Fellows Program

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From 2017-2018, Jon was a visiting fellow from Li & Fung, a Hong Kong-based trading and supply chain management company. During his one-year secondment from his business development management role at Li & Fung, Jon’s primary research at the Institute focused 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 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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Parthasarathi Varatharajan

2017-2018 Research Fellow, Visiting Fellows Program


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2017-2018 Research Fellow, Visiting Fellows Program

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From 2017-2018, Parthasarathi was a Visiting Research Fellow from Tata Consultancy Services. His research focused on the implications of emerging technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality on business models. Parthasarathi visited 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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Subhajit Das

2015-2017 Research Fellow, Visiting Fellows Program


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Subhajit Das

2015-2017 Research Fellow, Visiting Fellows Program

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From 2015-2017, Subhajit was a Visiting Research Fellow from Tata Consultancy Services. Subhajit’s research applied 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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