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Ja-Nae Duane

Behavioral Scientist, Award-winning Innovator, 4x Entrepreneur

My Story

I am a systems thinker that digs beneath the surface. 

I am energized by exploration.

I thrive in the abstract and complex.

I am undaunted by the uncertain or unknown.

I lean into deep, diverse expertise to create clarity and resolution from chaos.


I am all of these things and more, but at the core, I am a movement maker guiding people toward better ways to solve the big, complex problems of today and tomorrow.



As a creator, behavioral scientist, award-winning innovator, and 4x entrepreneur whose work has been recognized by The Associated Press, NPR, The Boston Globe, and Businessweek, Ja-Nae Duane has dedicated over 20 years to guiding organizations, institutions, governments, and communities toward a new renaissance and a better future for humanity.

Through the exploration and enablement of future systems dynamics and emerging technology such as AR/VR, AI, and blockchain, Ja-Nae is helping leaders and executives reimagine the systems in which we live, learn, and work. In addition to her partnerships with industry leaders such as PWC, Samsonite, Constant Contact, John Hancock, AIG, and Deloitte, Ja-Nae is a top-rated speaker in the Singularity University community and author of the bestselling book, “The Startup Equation.”


Ja-Nae holds degrees from Brown University, IE Business School, Northeastern University, Carnegie University, and Boston University. Currently, Ja-Nae is a Ph.D. candidate focusing her research on the future of information systems, a member of the Loomis Council at the Stimson Center, and a research fellow at the Center for Information Systems Research at MIT.

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