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Promoting gender diversity in the Gulf
article | McKinsey Quarterly

Promoting gender diversity in the Gulf

February 2015—Companies in the region increasingly recognize the potential of women leaders to enhance organizational effectiveness.more

commentary | McKinsey Quarterly

Women leaders in the Gulf: The view from Saudi Aramco

February 2015—The oil giant’s most senior female executive recounts her experiences as a young leader at Saudi Aramco and describes its approach to developing talented women.more

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interview | McKinsey Global Institute

The growth opportunity in Africa

February 2015—Nigeria’s finance minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, explains why addressing the technology, agriculture, and infrastructure needs in parts of Africa, and in other emerging markets, is crucial to sustaining global growth.more

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article | McKinsey Global Institute

Lions go global: Deepening Africa’s ties to the United States

August 2014—Africa is the world’s second-fastest growing economic region, yet US engagement with the continent is lagging. There’s an opportunity to change that.more

report | McKinsey Global Institute

Nigeria’s renewal: Delivering inclusive growth

July 2014—With the right reforms and investments, Africa’s largest economy can live up to its economic potential and bring more Nigerians out of poverty.more


When gas gets tight: Next steps for the Middle East petrochemical industry

April 2014—The region’s producers are entering a world of limited new gas supply. To continue to grow at home and remain competitive, big changes will be required.more


Making water flow: An interview with Matt Damon and Gary White

April 2014—What does it take to get clean water to those who need it? According to the cofounders of, actor Matt Damon and Gary White, less than you may think—and the payback is tremendous.more

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Uncovering hidden investment opportunities in Africa

February 2014—Recent research on the African private-equity market reveals a mismatch between supply and demand for financing that could point to investment opportunities.more


Sub-Saharan Africa: A major potential revenue opportunity for digital payments

February 2014—Sub-Saharan Africa offers tantalizing potential for mobile financial services, but as yet there have been few success stories. One hurdle has been the lack of clear numbers on the size of the opportunity.more


Profit with purpose: Alternative investing for emerging markets

February 2014—Many global insurance and financial-services companies have traditionally avoided emerging markets such as Africa and Asia. In this interview, LeapFrog Investments president Andrew Kuper argues that the regions offer unprecedented opportunity.more

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report | McKinsey Global Institute

Reverse the curse: Maximizing the potential of resource-driven economies

December 2013—In 20 years, almost half of the world’s countries could depend on their resource endowments for growth. These economies have a huge opportunity to transform their prospects, and a new model could help governments capture the coming resource windfall instead of squandering it.more

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