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Manjari Raman

Harvard Business School
Program Director & Senior Researcher
Manjari manages two HBS research Projects. She supports co-chairs Professor Michael E. Porter and Professor Jan W. Rivkin on all U.S. Competitiveness Project priorities such as the Young American Leaders Program and the HBS worldwide survey on U.S. competitiveness. Her research efforts focus on location choices by global companies, the role of business in making cities and regions more competitive, shared prosperity, and cross-sector collaboration.
Manjari works closely with co-chairs Professor William R. Kerr and Professor Joseph B. Fuller on shaping strategy and conducting research related to all aspects of Managing the Future of Work Project. She has researched and co-authored two reports on the role of business in closing the skills gap in America: “Bridge the Gap” and “Dismissed by Degrees.” In 2019, she co-authored “The Caring Company,” which demonstrates that employers can cut costs and boost productivity by helping employees manage caregiving needs, as well “Future Positive: How Companies Can Tap into Employee Optimism to Navigate Tomorrow’s Workplace.”
Previously, she worked as a Senior Editor in Bain & Company’s global marketing team, supporting practices such as healthcare, industrials, telecommunications, technology, and media.
Prior to that, Manjari was the Senior Vice President of Programs at the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, a national not-for-profit focused on revitalizing America’s inner cities. She managed programs such as the Inner City 100 as well as helped launch new programs such as the Inner City Economic Forum, the first national network of public and private leaders focused on inner city economic development.
She conceptualized, designed, and led Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC), a national platform for facilitating private equity capital flow to inner city businesses. Since its inception in 2005, ICCC companies have created 11,000 jobs and secured more than $1.3 billion in debt and equity capital. In 2008, Manjari designed the Small Business Administration’s Emerging 200 program to help small businesses in low-income neighborhoods grow. More than 2,000 business leaders from 50 underserved communities across the country have undergone training on expand their businesses – creating additional jobs and wealth in their communities.
Before joining ICCC, Manjari had more than 15 years of experience with the corporate sector, working as a business editor.

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