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Johann D. Harnoss

Fellow, Innovation Without Borders



  • PhD, economics, Université Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne
  • Master’s in Public Administration/International Development, Harvard University
  • Master of International Management, Thunderbird School of Global Management
  • Diploma in Business Administration, European Business School, Oestrich-Winkel

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Johann D. Harnoss

Fellow, Innovation Without Borders

Johann Daniel Harnoss is a Fellow based in BCG’s Berlin office and Partner and Associate Director for Innovation. Johann was named a BHI Fellow in 2021, and his research is focused on Innovation Without Borders.

His research explores the future of global talent mobility, innovation, and the strategic implications for global firms. Prior to his fellowship, Johann was an Ambassador to BHI’s Strategy Lab based in New York where he explored topics such as corporate vitality, your strategy needs a strategy, leadership and strategy, amongst other themes.

Johann is also the founder and CEO of Imagine Foundation, a social startup dedicated to advancing global equality of opportunity by providing digital coaching to students in the Middle East.

Johann is a frequent speaker at C-suite events of Fortune 500 clients and has been named a Top40 under 40 by Capital Magazine. He is also a member of the Migration Strategy Group (MSG) and a Gates Foundation UN SD Goalkeeper. His work has also been published in leading publications including Harvard Business Review, the MIT Sloan Management Review, and the Journal of Economic Growth.

Outside of work, Johann enjoys running and podcasts, often together.

Recent Work

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World Economic Forum | November 16, 2022

5 Key Predictions for the Future of Talent Migration

As migration accelerates and work is decoupled from place, cities must recruit for the economy they want, not the economy they have.

BCG Henderson Institute | November 3, 2022

How Cities Can Win The Competition For Talent — And Residents

The time to act is now: We predict that the pillars of the global economy will coalesce around nations and cities that deliberately guide policy toward attracting and retaining top talent.

BCG.COM | June 14, 2022

When Innovation Has No Borders, Culture Is Key

Many companies aspire to global diversity, but only a few achieve it. Here’s how leading organizations overcome cultural obstacles to build globally diverse teams.

BCG.COM | February 9, 2022

The CEO Agenda for an Era of Innovation Without Borders

There is now a window of opportunity to build bridges for skilled global talent that would ignite innovative growth. It’s not politicians but business leaders who hold the keys to make this happen.

Harvard Business Review | January 24, 2022

Building a Globally Diverse Team Is Actually Getting Easier

We suggest five tactics for leaders to build globally diverse teams that drive innovation.

BCG Henderson Institute | May 27, 2021

A Fresh Look at Diversity and Innovation

A first report in a series that explores the innovative potential arising from the global movement of skilled workers and examines the implications for CEOs and policymakers.