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Mona Mourshed leads our global Education Practice. She has led projects in Asia, Europe, South America, the Middle East, and the United States, supporting school systems and vocational and higher-education institutions to improve students’ skills, their chances of finding jobs, and their day-to-day lives.

Mona’s recent work includes:

  • Leading McKinsey’s efforts to study more than 100 education-to-employment solutions across 25 countries and to survey more than 8,000 employers, education providers, and youth in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Mexico, Brazil, Turkey, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and India
  • Designing strategies to increase private-sector participation in developing vocational training programs in the Middle East and North Africa and to raise the employment numbers for vocational graduates in South America
  • Helping to design and implement reform strategies to improve student outcomes in schools. One of those programs nearly doubled literacy rates to 86 percent at the primary-school level in four years, while another increased instructional time for students by over 40 percent and raised the quality of that time.
  • Helping a large private university in Latin America to develop a research strategy that aligns with the country’s needs
  • Developing a strategic plan for a large public university in the Middle East to become a leading global university within 20 years
  • Advising leading universities in the United States, Europe, and Asia on maintaining and improving their teaching and research quality and their academic leadership.

Mona has co-authored three groundbreaking reports: “Education to Employment: Designing a System That Works” (2012), “How the World’s Most Improved School Systems Keep Getting Better” (2010), and “How the World’s Best-Performing School Systems Come Out on Top” (2007). All have been widely cited in the media and by educators, leading to invitations to speak at high-profile events in more than 40 countries around the world.

An expert on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, Mona helped establish McKinsey’s Dubai office in 2000 and was the first woman elected partner in the region. She was also the lead author of “Education for Employment: Realizing Arab Youth Potential” (2011), a report commissioned by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, and the Islamic Development Bank. This report led the IFC to create of a $2 billion fund for education-to-employment initiatives across the region.

Included on Fortune magazine’s 2011 “40 under 40” list, Mona has won numerous awards and recognition for her work. For the last two years she has been a juror for the WISE Prize for Education, a $500,000 award given to an individual who makes an outstanding contribution to education, and she sits on the steering council of the Center for Education Innovations, a nonprofit organization that tries to find ways for people living in low- and middle-income countries to realize their full potential. She lives in Washington, DC.

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Published work

Education to employment: Getting Europe’s youth into work,” January 2014

How to attract US women to the sciences,” September 2013

The $250 billion question: Can China close the skills gap?,” June 2013

From education to employment: Designing a system that works,” McKinsey Center for Government, December 2012

Education for employment: Realizing Arab youth potential,” April 2011

How the world’s most improved school systems keep getting better,” November 2010

How to close the achievement gap,” Newsweek, August 2010

Shaping the future: How good education systems can become great in the decade ahead,” July 2009

How the world’s best-performing school systems come out on top,” September 2007

Videos

Education to Employment, December 2012

The Fair to Good Journey: Louisiana, May 2012

Education
Massachusetts Institute of Technology PhD 
Stanford University BA

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