Mekala Krishnan


Mekala Krishnan

McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) Fellow

Publish Date: March  08,  2017

Mekala Krishnan is a McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) Fellow in the Stamford, CT office of McKinsey and Company. She co-leads MGI’s research on global gender equality and is an author of the MGI report “The Power of Parity: How advancing women’s equality can add $12 trillion to global growth”. She has also co-led MGI’s deep dives into gender equality within countries, as well as analyzed the spending needed to bridge gender gaps. Her other areas of expertise include global macro-economic, business, and demographic trends, including their impact on productivity growth and financial asset returns. Some of her recent research work includes:

· Co-led MGI’s research on global gender equality, with a focus on both societal and economic aspects of the issue. Has shared the research at a variety of public events, as well as led discussions with private sector companies, international organizations, and social sector stakeholders on gender equality trends and interventions

· Provided research support to the UN’s High Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment, including on the issue of unpaid care work and digital inclusion

· Co-led MGI’s research on gender equality in India, the United Kingdom, and the United States, including understanding variation in gender equality by state and city

· Co-led MGI’s research on future investment trends in financial assets, based on an understanding of the global macro-economic environment and corporate performance

· Co-led MGI’s research on urban demographic trends and the implications on economic growth and policy for cities

· Currently co-leading MGI’s work on global trends in productivity growth


Krishnan will be joining the board of the Global Fund for Women, a leading public foundation dedicated to improving global gender equality, in June 2017. Prior to joining MGI, Krishnan worked as an Engagement Manager in the Advanced Industries Practice of McKinsey and Company. Her previous work includes innovation, strategy and operations projects for engineering clients. She has also worked with a public sector client in disaster relief efforts, including establishing an organization to manage disaster recovery, and creating performance management systems.


Prior to McKinsey, Krishnan received her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University in 2011, where she conducted interdisciplinary numerical and experimental studies of micro-scale fluid mechanics and fusing optics with microfluidics. During her time at Cornell, she actively led outreach efforts to encourage the participation of high school girls in STEM, and served as President at Asha for Education Cornell, a global non-profit dedicated to improving educational outcomes for children in India. Prior to Cornell, she received a Bachelor of Technology degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2006 from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi.

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