Dr. Jaana Remes is an economist and a partner at the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), McKinsey & Company’s business and economics research arm, based in San Francisco.
Since 2003, Jaana has led MGI’s research on productivity, urbanization, competitiveness, and growth. Her most recent research looks at productivity and global growth prospects in an era of demographic decline. Jaana leads MGI’s Urban World research series that has examined the shifting economic power of cities, the rising urban consuming class, the global company landscape, and shifting urban demographics, as well as the patterns of urban growth and renewal across the Americas. Her long-term research interests also include analyses of how different policies have contributed to industry competitiveness and growth; the impact of multinational companies on emerging economies; and in-depth assessments of the barriers to competitiveness and growth across a range of economies, including the US, Mexico, Brazil, Canada, UK, Finland, Sweden, and South Korea. She has also led MGI’s research on energy, with a focus on understanding the microeconomic underpinnings of global energy demand and the opportunity to reduce energy consumption through higher energy productivity.
Jaana advises global business and government leaders on related topics and frequently contributes to policy debates through articles and conference presentations. She is a member of OECD’s Science, Technology, and Innovation Directorate’s advisory group and a nonresident senior fellow at both the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution and the Strategic Foresight Initiative of the Atlantic Council.
Remes was an event speaker at the Dialogue.
Latin America’s leading cities have a legacy challenge. Population growth has outstripped their ability to deliver infrastructure and services, creating daily stress from issues like gridlock, crime, and pollution. The region’s cities have have to figure out how to deliver more for less.