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Learn More About Christian Ketels

Christian Ketels, Ph.D., is a senior advisor and affiliated researcher at the Center for Resilient Health and the House of Governance and Public Policy at the Stockholm School of Economics. He is an expert on the relationship between company strategy and location as well as competitiveness at different geographic levels, especially in Europe.

In addition to his academic appointments, Ketels is a special advisor on competitiveness to the European Commission, editor-in-chief of Competitiveness Review, and chairs the advisory board of TCI Network. During his more than 20 years at Harvard Business School, Ketels worked closely with strategy trailblazer Michael E. Porter while serving as principal associate at the esteemed Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness. In addition, he was Boston Consulting Group’s chief economist and head of the BCG Henderson Institute’s Center for Macroeconomics.

Ketels has worked as an international strategy consultant for Monitor Group in the UK, Germany, and Scandinavia, and was part of the team that founded Cell Strategy, now part of Sweden-based internet strategy consultancy Adcore AB.

He received his Ph.D. in economics from the London School of Economics where he developed microeconomic models analyzing the relationship between international competition and firm efficiency.

Christian Ketels is available to advise your organization via virtual and in-person consulting meetings, interactive workshops and customized keynotes through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers & Advisors, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

Christian Ketels was last modified: June 6th, 2024 by Justin Louis

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Christian Ketels, Ph.D. has for more than twenty years led the research team at Michael E. Porter’s Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard Business School and served as the Boston Consulting Group’s global Chief Economist. Now a senior advisor to European Commission Vice President Dombrovskis and  the House of Governance and Public Policy at The Stockholm School of Economics, Christian is a global thought leader on competitiveness, cluster-based economic development, strategies for long-term growth, and the role of the macroeconomic and geopolitical context for company success. Through this expertise, he helps government and business leaders apply a context-specific lens to look beyond short-term fluctuations and understand how today’s big trends affect them, informing strategic decisions that position them within an increasingly complex global environment.

Christian helps companies and governments set coherent strategies, design cluster-based economic development policies and implementation structures, and leverage the potential of a specific geographic footprint for long-term value creation. He brings broad international insights gained as an advisor to governments from India to Ireland and from Guyana to Germany as well as international institutions like the World Bank, the Nordic Investment Bank, and the European Commission. He currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Danish Innovation Fund, Denmark’s national innovation agency, is a member of the Senior Economic Advisory Council of PIF, Saudi-Arabia’s Sovereign Wealth Fund, and chairs the advisory boards of the Basque Institute for Competitiveness and of TCI, the leading global network within cluster-based economic development.

Speech topics:

  • Global competitiveness in a new geopolitical context
  • The drivers of AIs economic impact and the competitiveness of locations
  • Cluster-based economic development in an era of systemic change
  • Green transition and societal challenges: New policy tools and approaches
  • A changing global innovation landscape: Implications for locations and firms
  • The rising Tiger: What India will mean for the world, and how it can achieves its potential
  • European competitiveness
  • Germany’s business model under pressure

Industrial Policy Reloaded

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How Can India Realize Its Potential? Setting the Scene

(Institute for Competitiveness, June 2023)

Competitiveness Roadmap for India@100

(Institute for Competitiveness, September 2022)

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Cluster Mapping as a Tool for Development

(Harvard Business School, June 2017)