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Kartik Jayaram

Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company

Kartik is a Senior Partner in McKinsey’s Nairobi office and leads the firm’s Public and Social Sector Practice in its EEMA region (Africa, Middle East, Turkey, CIS). Kartik previously led the North American education practice and the East Africa office. He started his career at McKinsey in the US in 2000 and has worked in many countries around the world such as the UK, France, China, and Malaysia before moving to Kenya.

Kartik works deeply on economic development and sustainability topics with countries and social sector organizations. Some recent examples include developing national economic development strategies for multiple countries, supporting foreign direct investment transactions, driving ‘green manufacturing’ development in multiple sectors, and developing voluntary carbon markets.

In addition, Kartik helps companies drive growth by building new ‘green’ and digital businesses. Some recent examples include developing and launching a digital retail business, supporting a fintech along its growth journey, and setting up a new renewable energy fund.

Kartik has co-authored several acclaimed reports including the Green Africa series and China’s economic influence in Africa, that have been featured on various media—including BBC, Bloomberg, Economist, FT, and others.

Outside of the firm, Kartik serves on the Advisory Council of the University of Chicago's Graham School. For several years, Kartik also chaired the Board of Generation Kenya, a non-profit dedicated to developing and providing career opportunities for youth.

Kartik earned a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He holds a Masters in Operations Research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology. He also taught business statistics at the UNC Kenan–Flagler Business School.