About Michael

Michael Rennie, based in our Dubai office, has nearly 30 years of consulting experience and is the global leader of our Organization Practice. He previously led McKinsey in Australia and New Zealand.

Michael's primary focus is on working with top teams and company leadership to build high-performing organizations, including shaping compelling visions and redesigning core processes and systems. He has developed radical approaches to organizational transformation, which integrate the deeply personal dimensions of awareness and meaning with external performance drivers—including structure, process and measurement—with significant results.

Michael has led major change programs in banking, insurance, telecommunications, mining, energy, agriculture, heavy manufacturing, retail and professional services. This work has taken place in many countries around the world, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Taiwan, Australia, and South Africa. He is currently supporting our clients across the Middle East, including in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar.

He has also worked closely with conglomerates and leading family-owned businesses in Mexico, Brazil, United States, and Australia over many years.

Michael has a strong interest in government policy and community issues. He has led five major economic policy projects for three Australian prime ministers and was the longtime chairman of Inspire Foundation, Australia’s leading mental-health service for youth. Prior to joining McKinsey, Michael was a lawyer.

He has honors degrees in law and economics, studied languages and history in Switzerland, and has a master's degree in arts from Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

Published work

Promoting gender diversity in the Gulf,” McKinsey Quarterly, February 2015


Worcester College, Oxford University
MA, philosophy (Rhodes scholar)

University of Western Australia
LLB, BA, law and economics