Aaron "Ronnie" Chatterji

Award-winning economist, researcher, and teacher.


Thinkers50 Radar Class of 2022.


Previously worked for President Obama as a Senior Economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisers (CEA).


Won the Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in entrepreneurship, the Rising Star award from the Aspen Institute, and the Strategic Management Society Emerging Scholar award.


Ronnie works at the intersection of academia, policy and business, investigating the most important forces shaping economy and society. He has pioneered new ways to understand entrepreneurship, developed innovative policy ideas to leverage technology for a better world, and documented the rise of CEO activists and their impact on government.


Mark Burgess & Lisa Benson-Burgess Distinguished Professor of Business and Public Policy at Duke University. Senior economic policy official in Biden and Obama Administrations. Ph.D. UC Berkeley; B.A. Cornell University.



Over 30 peer-reviewed articles in the journals in strategic management, economics, finance and organizations. Ronnie’s most recent book is Can Business Save the Earth? (2018). He has authored several op-ed pieces in the NYT and WSJ and writes often for management and policy audiences, with recent pieces in HBR and for Brookings.


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“Important work with impact on entrepreneurship, innovation, and economic growth.” 

Stuart Crainer & Des Dearlove, Thinkers50

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