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Economic development expert

MIT Sloan School of Management
Director, Global, Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Sarah Jane Maxted

What are you currently working on?
Enabling and catalyzing regional innovation ecosystems around the world.

What is the funniest thing that has happened to you while pursuing that work?
Ah so many here, but I can’t disclose without calling someone out. One of the funniest was getting hired by the same company as my roommate so we were colleagues and roomies. Too many stories to tell!

What is the coolest thing you've learned in 2018?
Ask questions when you don’t know the answer or when frustrated with a response. Perhaps not the coolest thing, but quite practical.

What new innovation or org have you heard about working in this space that excites you?
The Engine (investment fund / accelerator) is awesome; recently launched out of MIT aka “Built by MIT”

Who would you most like to switch places with for a day?
Michelle Obama.

What's your secret talent no one knows about?
It’s not life changing (or perhaps it is!)… but I am known for always finding the coolest, most unique local spot (i.e. coffee shop, restaurant, park) in any city/town.

Who is your biggest inspiration?
So many! Ranging from my Grandfathers (&mothers) to Barack Obama to my colleagues like Georgina Campbell who are really trying to change the world.