Scientific Advisory Board

nicholas christakis

Nicholas A. Christakis is a sociologist and physician who conducts research in the area of biosocial science, investigating the biological predicates and consequences of social phenomena. He directs the Human Nature Lab at Yale University, where he is appointed as the Sol Goldman Family Professor of Social and Natural Science, and he is the Co-Director of the Yale Institute for Network Science. He holds a B.S. from Yale University, an M.D. and M.P.H. from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania.

vincent crawford

Vincent Crawford is a University Academic Fellow at All Souls College at Oxford University, where he is Drummond Professor of Political Economy. He specializes in game-theoretic microeconomics, with emphases on bargaining and arbitration, strategic communication, matching markets, learning, and coordination. His research areas are behavioural and experimental game theory, and behavioural economics more generally. He holds an A.B. Summa cum Laude in economics from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

jennifer lerner

Dr. Jennifer S. Lerner is a professor within the Management, Leadership, and Decision Science Area at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She is also Co-founder of the Harvard Decision Science Laboratory and Steering-Committee Member of Harvard’s Mind, Brain, and Behavior Initiative. The first psychologist in the history of the Harvard Kennedy School to receive tenure, her work draws insights from psychology, economics, and neuroscience in order to elucidate human judgment and decision making. Together with colleagues, she has developed a theoretical framework that successfully predicts the effects of specific emotions on specific judgment and choice outcomes. Applied widely, the framework has been especially useful in predicting emotion effects on perceptions of risk, economic decisions, and attributions of responsibility. Across all areas, her work aims to expand the evidentiary base for designing public policies that maximize human wellbeing. She holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan Honors College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

karim Lakhani

Karim R. Lakhani is Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, the Principal Investigator of the Crowd Innovation Lab and NASA Tournament Lab at the Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science and the faculty co-founder of the Harvard Business School Digital Initiative. He specializes in technology management and innovation.  His research examines crowd-based innovation models and the digital transformation of companies and industries. Professor Lakhani is known for his pioneering scholarship on how communities and contests can be designed and managed to achieve innovative outcomes. He has partnered with NASA, TopCoder and the Harvard Medical School to conduct field experiments on the design of crowd innovation programs. His research on digital transformation has shown the importance of data and analytics as drivers of business and operating model transformation and source of competitive advantage. He earned his B.Eng.Mgt. from McMaster University, Canada, his M.S. and Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.