Mekala Krishnan

Senior Fellow, McKinsey Global Institute, McKinsey & Company

Senior Fellow at the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), McKinsey’s business and economics research arm, based in Boston, MA. Leads MGI’s global research on gender economics, inclusive growth and economic development, focusing on various topics including climate risk, globalization, productivity growth in advanced economies and women’s role in labour markets. Recent work has focused on the near-term impacts of physical climate risk, including its implications for companies and countries. Earlier work includes research on the future of work, globalization, gender inequality, and productivity. Active thought partner to business, government, and social sector leaders around the world. A regular speaker at multiple global forums, including the UN High Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment, events at UN General Assembly week, the Commission on the Status of Women and a frequent contributor to efforts of government and multilateral stakeholders including the UN, World Bank and IFC, IMF, DFID, and the G20 / W20. Member of a task force at the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy at Brookings. Serves on an advisory board for the Sibley School of Mechanical Engineering at Cornell University; board member of the Global Fund for Women, a leading public foundation dedicated to improving global gender equality.
Previously a consultant in McKinsey’s Advanced Industries Practice, focusing on innovation, strategy and operations for engineering clients. Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University; Bachelor of Technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi.

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