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Michael E. Porter  -  Biography 
Institute Director
Phone: 617 495 6153   Fax: 617 547 8543
email: mporter hbs edu

Michael E. Porter is the Bishop William Lawrence University Professor, based at Harvard Business School. A University professorship is the highest professional recognition that can be awarded to a Harvard faculty member. Professor Porter is the fourth faculty member in Harvard Business School history to earn this distinction, and is one of about 15 current University Professors at Harvard. In 2001, Harvard Business School and Harvard University jointly created the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness, to further Professor Porterís work.  continued


Richard Bryden
Director of Information Products

Phone: 617 495 6777   Fax: 617 384 7268
email: rbryden hbs edu

Rich Bryden is Director of Information Products at Harvardís Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness where his work with Michael Porter centers on analytical methods supporting strategies for economic development. Rich designed and launched Harvard's Cluster Mapping Project, an effort that continues under a U.S. Economic Development Agency grant to make the the website a hub for education, analysis, and professional community around cluster-based economic development.

Rich is lead data analyst for many of the Institute's research and teaching publications, with examples including:

---Competitiveness in U.S. Rural Regions: Learning and Research Agenda

---Executive Opinion Survey: Capturing the Voice of the Business Community

---Competitiveness at the Crossroads: Choosing the Future Direction of the Russian Economy

---In-Vitro Fertilization: Outcomes Measurement

Rich joined the Institute in 2002.  Prior to joining the Institute, he worked for eight years in product management and marketing roles for Bloomberg and Knight-Ridder Financial.  He earned an M.B.A. with highest honors from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 2001 and also holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University.



Jordan Goldberg
Executive Assistant to Michael Porter

Phone: 617 495 6408   Fax: 617-547-8543
email: jgoldberg hbs edu


Melissa Higdon
Health Care Program Manager

Phone: 617 496 6903   Fax: 617 547-8543 
email: mhigdon hbs edu


Jill Hogue
Adminstrative Director

Phone: 617 495 6153   Fax: 617-547-8543
email: jhogue hbs edu


Alex Houghtalin
Phone: 617 495 6041   Fax: 617 496 7392

email: ahoughtalin hbs edu


Christian Ketels
Principal Associate
Phone: 617 384 5935   Fax: 617 384 7268
email: cketels hbs edu

Dr. Christian Ketels is a member of the Harvard Business School faculty at Professor Michael E. Porterís Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness. He holds a PhD (Econ) from the London School of Economics and further degrees from the Kiel Institute for World Economics and Cologne University. He is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Strategy and Competitiveness at the Stockholm School of Economics and a Director of The Competitiveness Institute, a not-for-profit global network of cluster practitioners and researchers. He has led cluster and competitiveness projects in many parts of the world, has written widely on economic policy issues, and is a frequent speaker on competitiveness and strategy issues.

Dr. Ketels currently serves on the advisory boards of The Baltic Development Forum, the Center for Strategy and Competitiveness at the Universidad de los Andes, ORKESTRA The Basque Competitiveness Institute, the academic advisory council of Invest in Sweden Agency, is a special advisor to the Asia Competitiveness Institute, chairs the selection committee of RegioCluster.NRW cluster funding competition in Nordrhein-Westfalen (Germany), and is a member of the selection committee for the excellence cluster initiative launched by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Germany).


Sarah Jane Maxted
Research Manager 

Phone: 617 495 6451   Fax: 617 496 7392
email: smaxted hbs edu

Sarah Jane Maxted is the Research Manager for the Cluster Mapping Initiative. Most recently Sarah Jane worked for Deloitteís Energy & Resources practice with a focus industrial partnerships, innovative financing, and both R&D and economic development. She has a diverse background in energy ranging from energy policy to clean energy technology commercialization to developing prizes and challenges. She developed and ran the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition where hundreds of start-up companies have formed. While at the DOE she focused on regional clean energy ecosystem development with an emphasis on accelerating technology transfer from the 17 DOE National Laboratories. She has worked for both the private and public sector, and Federal and state levels, over her career including the DOE for both the Secretary of Energy and the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program Office, CGI (consulting firm) in their oil and gas sector as well as for former Senator John F. Kerry. Originally from Colorado, Ms. Maxted went to Duke University where she double majored in Energy Policy and Cultural Anthropology. She has also spent significant time in Washington, D.C. working for President Obamaís Administration.



Marcela Merino
Research Associate
Phone: 617 384 5938   Fax: 617 384 7268
email: mmerino hbs edu


Jorge Ramirez-Vallejo
Principal Associate
Phone: 617 496 3429   Fax: 617 384 7268
email: jramirez hbs edu

Dr Jorge Ramirez-Vallejo is a member of the faculty of the Harvard Business School working at the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness. Dr. Ramirez-Vallejo has been a Visiting Associate Professor at the Harvard Business School, Visiting Scholar at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies and Visiting Scholar at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University. He worked previously at the Colombian Federation of Coffee Growers (FEDERACAFE) as director of the competitiveness program. He was CEO of the National Development Bank in Colombia, FINDETER; Director General of the Irrigation and Land Improvement Institute and Director of Agricultural Planning of the country. He also worked as an economist for the Inter-American Bank. He holds a PhD in Applied Economics from the University of Minnesota and degrees in Engineering from Colorado State University and Escuela Colombiana de Ingenieria. He is an Associate Professor at the School of Management at Universidad de los Andes in Colombia, and founder and former director of the Center for Strategy and Competitiveness at the University of los Andes in Colombia.


Katie Schlepp
Program Manager
Phone: 617 384 8085   Fax: 617 384 7268
email: kschlepp hbs edu


Caleb Stowell
Phone: 617 495 6657   Fax: 617 496 7392
email: cstowell hbs edu


Jenny Zhao
Phone: 617 495 6427   Fax: 617 496 7392

email: jzhao hbs edu


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