Jaana is an economist and a partner at the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), McKinsey's business and economics research arm. Since 2003, she has led MGI’s research on productivity, urbanization, competitiveness, and growth. Her latest research maps the deployment of smart city solutions and sizes the potential benefits to urban citizens’ health, safety, commute times, and other factors affecting quality of life. 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 leads MGI’s Urban World research series that includes mapping cities’ economic power, identifying global consumer groups shaping global demand, and examining the global company landscape as well as the patterns of urban growth across the Americas. Her long-term research interests also include productivity prospects in the digital age, global growth prospects in an era of demographic decline, analyses of how different policies have contributed to industry competitiveness and growth, and in-depth assessments of the barriers to competitiveness and growth across a range of economies, including Brazil, Canada, Finland, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
In addition to advising global business and government leaders on issues related to her areas of research, Jaana frequently contributes to policy debates through articles and conference presentations. She is a nonresident senior fellow at the Foresight, Strategy, and Risks Initiative of the Atlantic Council.