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About Seelan

Seelan is a leader in the Public Sector Practice. He advises government leaders in developing countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East on public-sector transformation. Among his areas of focus are transformation within state-owned enterprises, public-service delivery, economic development, government holding corporations, and sovereign-wealth funds. He has also worked extensively with clients in the financial-services sector.

Seelan joined McKinsey in 1993 and worked in the United Kingdom, Australia, and the United States before moving to Kuala Lumpur, where he has been based since 2003. Examples of his recent work include:

  • helping an Asian government work with the private sector to create a 5- to 10-year economic development programme for the nation
  • advising a government agency in Asia as it designed a programme to improve living standards and reduce the cost of living for the urban poor
  • working with a middle-income nation to develop a programme that would deliver on the government’s top social priorities: education, rural basic infrastructure, urban public transport, poverty, corruption, and crime
  • helping a national oil company develop its top leaders and intensify performance management to achieve its global aspirations
  • working with four major retail banks in the United States and the Asia–Pacific region to design and launch holistic performance-transformation efforts

Prior to joining McKinsey, Seelan worked with the Royal Bank of Canada and the ANZ Bank in Australia. He holds a BA with high distinction from the University of Toronto and an MBA with distinction from the University of Melbourne. During his postgraduate work, Seelan was awarded a Rupert Murdoch Fellowship.

Published work

Delivery 2.0: The new challenge for governments,” McKinsey, October 2012 (PDF–323 KB)

Jump-starting Malaysia’s growth: An interview with Idris Jala,” McKinsey Quarterly, October 2011

Improving performance at state-owned enterprises,” McKinsey Quarterly, May 2009

Turning around a struggling airline: An interview with the CEO of Malaysia AirlinesMcKinsey Quarterly, November 2008

Past experience
ANZ Banking Group Management consultant
National Mutual Royal Bank Project accountant
Royal Bank of Canada Management trainee
University of Melbourne MBA
University of Toronto BA in economics and commerce

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