Dr. Jaana Remes is a principal at the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), McKinsey's business and economics research arm, based in San Francisco.
Since 2003, Dr. Remes has led MGI's research on productivity, urbanization, competitiveness, and growth. Her most recent research looks at the cities and the shifting global company landscape, the rising urban consuming class and shifting economic power of cities, as well as the patterns of urban growth and renewal across the Americas. Other recent work sheds light on the changing global manufacturing landscape through case studies of diverse industries and draws implications for companies and policy makers. Her previous research includes an in-depth analysis of how different policies have contributed to industry competitiveness and growth; the impact of multinational companies on emerging economies; as well as in-depth assessments of the barriers to competitiveness and growth across a range of economies, including the US, Canada, UK, Finland, Sweden, Brazil, and South Korea. She also has also led MGI's research agenda on energy, with a focus on understanding the microeconomic underpinnings of global energy demand growth and the opportunity to reduce energy demand growth through higher energy productivity. She advises global business and government leaders on related topics and frequently contributes to policy debates through articles and conference presentations.
Prior to joining MGI, Jaana was a consultant on McKinsey corporate finance and strategy projects in the US and Mexico, primarily working with software, semiconductor, and financial sector clients. Before joining McKinsey, she worked as a research fellow and consultant at several international development agencies and universities.
Selected published work
“Urban world: The shifting global business landscape,” McKinsey Global Institute, October 2013
“How to make a city great,” McKinsey & Company, September 2013
“Manufacturing the future: The next era of global growth and innovation,” McKinsey Global Institute, November 2012
“Urban world: Cities and the rise of the consuming class,” McKinsey Global Institute, June 2012
“Urban America: US cities in the global economy,” McKinsey Global Institute, April 2012
“Sustaining Vietnam's growth: The productivity challenge,” McKinsey Global Institute, February 2012
“Building globally competitive cities: The key to Latin American growth,” McKinsey Global Institute, August 2011
“Urban world: Mapping the economic power of cities,” McKinsey Global Institute, March 2011
“US growth and renewal: Retooling America’s economic engine,” McKinsey Global Institute, February 2011
||PhD in applied economics
|University of Helsinki, Finland
||MA in economics and philosophy