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About Jonathan

Based in Shanghai for more than 15 years, Jonathan has been instrumental in establishing and scaling McKinsey's presence in China. He works with Chinese businesses to develop strategies, organizations, and operations for global growth, and with city, regional, and national authorities on energy, sustainability, and economic development.

Jonathan has deep experience in corporate strategy, operations, and organization, serving clients in industries including energy, basic materials, healthcare, telecommunications, and transportation. He supported the largest company in China in a fundamental restructuring that led to the then-largest foreign listing on the New York Stock Exchange.

In the public sector, Jonathan has advised the State Economic Commission of China on improving the environment for foreign investors, supported the development and drafting of the energy policy of the Republic of China, and advised national and local government authorities on economic development. He has conducted more than 60 projects for local governments throughout China to support local economic development and transformation.

Jonathan actively participates in a number of international fora, particularly in the area of US-China relations, including the US-China Clean Energy Forum, the Joint US-China Coalition for Clean Energy, and the Aspen Strategy Group. He co-chairs the Urban China Initiative, a joint initiative between McKinsey, Columbia University, and Tsinghua University to develop and implement solutions to China’s urbanization challenge. He lectures at the Guanghua School of Business and the China-Europe International Business School, and is also an honorary lecturer at Jiaotong University’s Antai Business School.

Published widely in both Chinese and international publications, Jonathan has written three books on China, including Capitalist China: Strategies for a Revolutionized Economy (Wiley & Sons, 2003). He also co-authored with Jimmy Hexter the book, Operation China: From Strategy to Execution (Harvard Business Press, 2007).

A U.S. citizen, Jonathan is proficient in Mandarin, Spanish, and German.


China’s next chapter: The infrastructure and environmental challenge,” McKinsey Quarterly, June 2013

Published work

Five myths about the Chinese economy,” McKinsey Quarterly, November 2015

The power of parity: Advancing women’s equality in India,” McKinsey Global Institute, November 2015

Gauging the strength of Chinese innovation,” McKinsey Quarterly, October 2015

How advancing women’s equality can add $12 trillion to global growth,” McKinsey Global Institute, September 2015

The new global competition for corporate profits,” McKinsey Global Institute, September 2015

Unlocking the future: The keys to making cities great,” McKinsey & Company, June 2015

Building the cities of the future with green districts,” McKinsey & Company, May 2015

Why China’s consumers will continue to surprise the world,” The One Hour China Book, May 2015

No ordinary disruption: The four global forces breaking all the trends, PublicAffairs, May 2015

How do you govern a disrupted world?,” McKinsey Global Institute, May 2015

The four global forces breaking all the trends,” McKinsey Global Institute, April 2015

How a private-sector transformation could revive Japan,” McKinsey Global Institute, March 2015

How Asia can boost productivity and economic growth,” McKinsey Global Institute, March 2015

Debt and (not much) deleveraging,” McKinsey Global Institute, February 2015

Where to look for global growth,” McKinsey Quarterly, January 2015

Can long-term global growth be saved?” McKinsey Global Institute, January 2015

Is GDP the best measure for growth?” McKinsey Global Institute, January 2015

Three paths to sustained economic growth in Southeast Asia,” McKinsey Global Institute, November 2014

Tackling the world’s affordable housing challenge,” McKinsey Global Institute, October 2014

A productivity perspective on the future of growth,” McKinsey Quarterly, September 2014

China’s digital transformation,” McKinsey Global Institute, July 2014

All you need to know about business in China,” McKinsey & Company, April 2014

How to make a city great,” McKinsey & Company, September 2013

Chinese infrastructure: The big picture,” McKinsey Quarterly, June 2013

What's next for China?McKinsey Quarterly, January 2013

New models for sustainable growth in emerging market cities,” McKinsey on Sustainability and Resource Productivity, Summer 2012 (PDF 538–KB)

What China’s five-year plan means for business,” McKinsey Quarterly, July 2011

A truer picture of China’s export machine,” McKinsey Quarterly, September 2010

Making the most of Chinese aid to Africa,” McKinsey Quarterly, June 2010

From bread basket to dust bowl?” McKinsey, November 2009 (PDF–476 KB)

China and the US: The potential of a clean-tech partnership,” McKinsey Quarterly, August 2009

If you’ve got it, spend it: Unleashing the Chinese consumer,” McKinsey Global Institute, August 2009

China’s green opportunity,” McKinsey Quarterly, May 2009

China’s green revolution,” McKinsey, February 2009

Profiting from innovation energy productivity,” China Daily, November 2008

Preparing for China’s urban billion,” McKinsey Global Institute, March 2008

University of Southern California PhD, political science
University of Southern California BA, MA

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