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Christian Ketels is chief economist of The Boston Consulting Group and leads the Center for Macroeconomics at the BCG Henderson Institute. He joined BCG in 2018.

Christian’s research themes include the impact of structural changes in the global economy on business, the role of location for business success, the future nature of public-private collaboration, and growth strategies for locations.

Christian has been a member of the Harvard Business School for 17 years, where he led the research team at Michael Porter’s Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness. He was a visiting professor at the NUS Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore and had further affiliations with BI Norwegian School of Management, EBS Business School in Germany, and the Stockholm School of Economics. Christian is president of the TCI, a global network of public and private organizations active in cluster-based economic development.

Christian holds a PhD in economics from the London School of Economics and further degrees from the Kiel Institute for World Economics and Cologne University. He was awarded an Honorary PhD in Economics and Business Administration by Lappeenranta University of Technology in Finland.

Areas of Expertise

  • Economic development
  • Macroeconomic analysis
  • Strategies for countries, regions, and cities
  • Cluster/ecosystem analysis
  • Global value chains
  • Public-private collaboration

Honors and Awards

  • Honorary Doctorate of Science in Economics and Business Administration, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland, 2017
  • Excellence Award (Teaching), European Business School Oestrich-Winckel, Germany, 2011
  • Training and Mobility of Research (TMR) Programme, European Commission, Marie-Curie-Fellowship, 1996-1997
  • Full Scholarship, Advanced Studies Program at the IfW Kiel, Böttcher-Foundation, Möllgaard-Foundation, 1993-1994
  • Scholarship (Deutsche Studentenförderung), Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation e.V., 1989-1993


  • PhD, economics, London School of Economics & Political Science
  • Summer School in Empirical Industrial Economics, Copenhagen University, Denmark
  • Advanced Studies in International Economic Policy Research, Kiel Institute of World Economics
  • MSc, economics, Cologne University
  • BA, economics, University Hamburg
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